The 27th Annual Johnson College Open Registration Available

Join us for the 27th Annual Johnson College Open on May 9, 2019!

Our Early Bird Registration Special is ending soon! Join us on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club for the 27th Annual Johnson College Open. Sign up by April 12th to receive our Early Bird Special ($160 individual/$640 team). All proceeds benefit the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund.

 

SLIBCO Hosts Park Association Meeting

From left, front row: Amy Luyster, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Terry Bruno, Concrete Countertop Solutions; and Shawnna Giumento, Process Technologies & Packaging, LLC. Back row: Aaron Whitney, facility manager, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Steve Zaricki, NEPA Alliance; Bruce Reddock, economic development specialist, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; and Andy Skrip, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

SLIBCO, the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, recently hosted its first Park Association Meeting at the Scott Technology Park. During the meeting, tenants discussed park growth, tenant expansions, infrastructure and public transportation concerns. This meeting was hosted in partnership with NEPA Alliance as part of the Engage! Program. The Engage! Program is a statewide, industry-driven initiative featuring a robust team of experienced professionals who proactively listen to businesses across the state to identify their opportunities and challenges, while offering targeted technical assistance and solutions.

 

Skills in Scranton Hosts Meeting With Pennsylvania Department of Education

rom left, front row: Mike Mahon, superintendent, Abington Heights School District; Laura Fridirici, career readiness advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Virginia Turano, executive director, Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board. Back row: Amy Luyster, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Musheno, board chair, Skills In Scranton; and Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives from Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently met with Laura Fridirici, a Career Readiness Advisor with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

During her visit, Ms. Fridirici met with participants in the healthcare cohort of the Educators in the Workplace program. She also had the opportunity to discuss various programs and initiatives of Skills in Scranton, including the Educators in the Workplace program, as well as the Small Business Internship Fund and industry partnerships

Skills in Scranton Hosts Educators in the Workplace Healthcare Cohort

From left, front row: Susan Rodway, Valley View School District; Adrianna Rupprecht, Old Forge School District; Amanda Nitowski, Abington Heights School District; Nellie Shiver, Lakeland School District; Nanine Gramigna, Scranton School District; Jennifer Pietryka, Lakeland School District; Kylene Owen, Lakeland School District; and Amy Luyster, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Middle row: Jacob Banik, Mid Valley School District; Debra Bell, Mid Valley School District; Christy Hinton, Carbondale Area School District; Anthony Rennekamp, Dunmore School District; Lisa Micciche, Riverside School District; Heather Washenko, Lakeland School District; Maribeth Miley, Carbondale Area School District; and Virginia Turano, executive director, Workforce Development Board. Back row: Jerry Musheno, board chair, Skills in Scranton; Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Karly Hine, Old Forge School District; Dawn Chilek, Riverside School District; Nadine Solomon, Riverside School District; Leslie Graham, Lakeland School District; Lisa Ross, education outreach coordinator, Skills in Scranton; Brianna Florovito, workforce and entrepreneurial development specialist, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Laura Fridirici, career readiness advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Mike Mahon, superintendent, Abington Heights School District.

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently completed the healthcare cohort of its Educators in the Workplace program. This cohort welcomed 17 educators from eight school districts, who will incorporate information learned from their shadowing experiences into their classrooms to help their students make educated career decisions.

Business hosts for this cohort included Allied Services, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton, Delta Medix, Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton Primary Healthcare Center and St. Joseph’s Center.

Summer Fun and Fitness Programs Announced at Misericordia University

Misericordia University is offering a full schedule of classes and camps for children, teenagers and adults beginning as early as May 14 that will add some fun and learning to their summer.

“Introduction to Digital Photography and Photoshop,” for people 15 and older, will be held on five Tuesday evenings beginning July 16. Instructor Jimmy May will provide the basics on how to take photos with a digital camera or smart phone and edit using Photoshop and other photo processing techniques.

“Therapy Dog Preparation Class,” is a six-week course for qualified dogs, which will provide handlers the opportunity to learn and practice basic skills for their dogs to become therapy dogs. To be eligible for training, dogs must meet a list of qualifications. The program will be held on Wednesdays beginning July 10.

“Clay by Hand and Pottery Wheel” is for people 14 and older. It offers three eight-week class options beginning June 3. Instruction will include hand-building and pottery wheel skills, and decorative and glazing techniques. Online registration is available at www.misericordia.edu/adultclay.

The new “Senior Lunch and Learn Series” features two free personal development and growth programs that will help senior citizens deal with life’s events. “Senior Citizens and Over-the-Counter Medications: The Good, the Dangerous and the Side Effects,” will be presented on Tuesday, June 25. The second free program is “Eight Things Older Adults & Families Should Plan For,” on Tuesday, July 30. Both programs are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, and include a healthy lunch courtesy of Metz Culinary Management. Advanced registration is required four days prior to the event.

A one-day workshop, “An Introduction to Mindfulness: Personal and Professional Implications,” will be held June 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. Dr. Cindy March, RSM, will offer simple practices that can be used to enhance the depth and quality of life and encourage a deeper appreciation for everyday lived experiences.  A second one-day workshop, “Time Management: There’s an App for That!” will be held on July 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. This workshop will review and offer practical tips and applications to help organize personal and professional life.

There are two free NEPA Lyme Support Group Meetings on June 4 and Aug. 6. They offer guest speakers and informational literature on how to prevent tick bites, Lyme and tick-borne illnesses.

There are six sports camps for children and teenagers on the schedule:

  • Baseball Camp for Boys ages 7-12 is July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tambur Field. For information, contact Coach Pete Egbert, head baseball coach, at 570-674-6471 or e-mail pegbert@misericordia.edu.
  • Basketball Camp for Boys ages 7-15 is Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Anderson Center. For information, contact Coach Willie Chandler, head men’s basketball coach, at 570-674-6317 or email wchandler@misericordia.edu.
  • Basketball Camp for Girls ages 8-15 is July 8-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center. For information, contact Coach Jason Rhine, head women’s basketball coach, at 570-674-3367 or email jrhine@misericordia.edu.
  • Cougar Field Hockey Camp for ages 7-16 is June 24-28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Robyn Fedor Stahovic, head field hockey coach, at 570-674-6491 or email rfedor@misericordia.edu.
  • Girl’s Lacrosse Camp for ages 7-17, is July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Mat Faas, head women’s lacrosse coach, at mfaas@misericordia.edu or 570-674-8309.
  • Cougar Soccer Success Camp, a co-ed camp for ages 7-14, is July 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., under the direction of Mark Stauffer, head women’s soccer coach, and Andrew Loughnane, head men’s soccer coach at Misericordia University. For more information, contact Coach Stauffer at 570-674-6492 or email mstauffer@misericordia.edu.
  • Girl’s Softball Camp for ages 7-13 is Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Anderson Softball Field. For information, contact Lindsay Freitag, head women’s softball coach, at 570-674-3066 or email lfrietag@misericordia.edu.

In addition to the Fun and Fitness schedule, a series of five Career Exploration Camps is available for students entering 11th and 12th grades. They include: Biology Camp; Communications/Media Camp; Literature Camp and Speech-Language Pathology Camp, which will be held June 30 to July 3. The Chemistry-Biochemistry Sciences Camp will be offered June 30 to July 2. For more information on the Career Exploration Camps, please contact Rachel Oberg at roberg@misericordia.edu or 570-674-8023.

There is a charge for all programs, except where noted. For detailed information on Career Exploration or sports camps, go to Misericordia.edu/camps. A brochure on the Fun and Fitness programs with a registration form that you can download is available by going to www.misericordia.edu/funandfitness or by calling the center for Adult and Continuing Education at 570-674-6289.

The Family Business Alliance Scheduled to Host Event on Family Business Communication 

The Family Business Alliance of Wilkes University presents a half-day program, “Improve Family Business Communication, on April 16 at Wilkes University. The program, presented by family business experts in fields such as accounting, law, communications, psychology, succession planning and more, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. in Wilkes-Barre. The public may attend the program as a free trial session before joining the Family Business Alliance.

The program begins with networking at 8 a.m. and presentations start at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation, “Parameters for Healthy Family Connection,” will be given by Patricia Fox, clinical psychologist from Clarks Summit, Pa.
Gary Plaster, principal, and Erich Bergen, director, both of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, will present “Is Your Business Ready for Transition? A Family Assessment” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

A panel discussion titled “What Works/What Does Not Work in Running a Family Meeting,” begins at 10:30 a.m. The panel includes Steven Roth, attorney at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP; Daniel Haggerty, attorney and president of PJM Productions in Clarks Summit, Pa.; Bill Corcoran, president of Corcoran Printing in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Gerard Donnellan, business advisor and consulting psychologist.

Keynote speaker Donnellan will present “Family Secrets and Ghosts” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donnellan is a family business advisor and consulting psychologist who focuses on family dynamics, succession planning and governance issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston College and the author of “Who Will Drive the Bus? Guidance for Developing Leaders in the Family Enterprise.”
For more information and to register, visit www.wilkes.edu/FBA or contact Sue Reilly, executive director of the Family Business Alliance, at (570) 408-2120 or susan.reilly@wilkes.edu.

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