Marywood University to Host Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

Marywood University was recently named by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to host Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) campus center.

According to AAC&U, Marywood University is among thirteen institutions selected through a competitive process as sites for the second cohort of TRHT Campus Centers. Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U said, “AAC&U is thrilled to partner with these outstanding institutions on our way to establish 150 centers across the country to ensure that higher education is playing a leadership role in promoting racial and social justice.”

In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort, AAC&U works with higher education institutions across the country to develop self-sustaining, community-integrated TRHT Campus Centers. Organized around the five pillars of the TRHT framework—narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy—the Centers seek to prepare the next generation of leaders to confront racism and to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value.

The Marywood University faculty/staff team includes: Yerodin Lucas, Ph.D., interim director of equity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator; Lia Palmiter, Ph.D., director of student equity and inclusion; Joshua Deckman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the foreign language department; Christopher Smith, director of military and veteran services; and Kristen Anderle, director of student disability services. In June 2020, the Marywood team, along with the other 12 selected TRHT Campus Center institutions, will attend AAC&U’s annual Summer Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers to refine their transformative action plans. At the Institute, which is taking place in Atlanta this year, leaders from the first cohort of TRHT Campus Centers will mentor participating teams during topical workshops and consultation sessions. In addition, teams will practice designing and co-facilitating “Rx Racial Healing Circles,” an integral component of the TRHT Framework.

For additional information about the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center at Marywood University, please visit, or call (570) 348-6211.

The Dime Bank donated $5,000 to the Greater Pike Community Foundation

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Robert Curtis, AP Physics, Astronomy and Engineering teacher; Ms. Bernadine Salak, AP Environmental Science and Anatomy & Physiology teacher; Amy Burke, Assistant Vice President Dingmans Ferry Branch Manager The Dime Bank; Juliette McKerrell, Vice President Commercial Lending Officer The Dime Bank; Zoe Elaro, Junior Anatomy and Physiology student; Amy Carpenter, Junior AP Environmental Science student; Victoria Hoffmann, Junior Anatomy & Physiology
student; Sophia Ramos, Junior Astronomy and Anatomy & Physiology student; James Ballard. Sophomore Engineering and Astronomy student; Edson Whitney, Greater Pike Community Foundation Board Member.

The Dime Bank donated $5,000.00 to the Greater Pike County Community Foundation (GPCF) through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Through the GPCF, the EITC Program provides significant funding for innovative educational programming enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Delaware Valley School District (DVSD). The funding will continue to support MakerSpace laboratory and summer science camp as well as help kick-off a new after school LEGO-based computer coding club for elementary school students. This new program will explore hands on learning and have a large impact on the students’ education and preparation for an increasingly technology-based world.

Executive Director Jenni Hamill of the GPCF said, “The Greater Pike Community Foundation values our longstanding partnership with The Dime Bank, Delaware Valley School District and PA’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). We are committed to bringing EITC dollars to our local schools to benefit our students and future leaders. We would also like to thank The Dime for their ongoing support and involvement in our community. The Dime Bank most certainly makes Pike ‘Greater’!”

HamSCI Workshop Coming to Scranton in March

The third annual HamSCI Workshop 2020 for amateur radio operators and professional scientists will be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, at The University of Scranton. The theme of the workshop is “The Auroral Connection,” and will include addresses by guest speakers, poster presentations and demonstrations of relevant instrumentation and software.

The workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project awarded to University of Scranton physics and electrical engineering professor Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D. The project seeks to harness the power of a network of licensed amateur radio operators to better understand and measure the effects of weather in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere.

Through the grant, Dr. Frissell, a space physicist, will lead a collaborative team that will develop modular, multi-instrument, ground-based space science observation equipment and data collection and analysis software. He will also recruit multiple universities and ham radio users to operate the network of “Personal Space Weather Stations” developed. In addition to Scranton, the Personal Space Weather Station project includes participation from TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) amateur radio engineering organization, Case Western Reserve University amateur radio club W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College and the ham radio community at large.

The keynote address for the HamSCI Workshop 2020 will be given by Tim Duffy, K3LR, chief operating officer and general manager at DX Engineering, an active amateur radio operator and well-known contester. He serves as chairman of Contest University, the Dayton Contest Dinner and the Top Band Dinner, as well as coordinator of the Contest Super Suite. He is the founder and moderator of the popular RFI Reflector. Duffy serves on the board of directors of the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation and as chairman and president emeritus of the Radio Club of America. He was elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2006 and was honored with the prestigious Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio service award by the Radio Club of America in 2010.

Speakers at the workshop include Elizabeth MacDonald, Ph.D., the NASA researcher that founded and leads the Aurorasaurus project. Dr. MacDonald will discuss fundamentals of auroral physics, its optical signatures, and the Aurorasaurus citizen science project. James LaBelle, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth University and auroral radio physicist, will discuss radio signatures of the aurora, remote sensing using active and passive techniques, and ways the amateur radio/HamSCI community could contribute. Also, David Hallidy, amateur radio call sign K2DH, a retired microwave engineer who is also a well-know amateur radio operator for his work in auroral mode propagation, will discuss his practical experiences of using the aurora for radio communication purposes.

Additional information, attendance fees and registration can be found on the HamSCI Workshop 2020 website.

Dave Matthews Band Kicks Off Tour at Mohegan Sun Arena

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 21. Band to help plant one million trees.

Dave Matthews Band announced dates for its 2020 North American summer tour, which will launch with a two-night stand on June 16th in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena. The headline run will also include two-night stands in Noblesville, IN, Chicago, IL, Saratoga Springs, NY, Gilford, NH, West Palm Beach, FL, Irvine, CA and Durant, OK. The Mohegan Sun Arena performances both start at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $117.00 and $87.00 and go on sale Friday, February 21st at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00am, subject to availability.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin on Thursday, January 23rd, at 10:00am ET at Citi is the official presale credit card for the Dave Matthews Band 2020 Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets through Citi Entertainment® beginning

Tuesday, February 18th, at 10:00am local time through Thursday, February 20th, at 10:00pm local venue time. For complete presale details veeisit

Dave Matthews Band is committing to help plant one million trees as a collective effort with The Dreaming Tree Wines and DocuSign.  The band invites concertgoers to join them in this mission by contributing an optional donation of $2 per ticket to plant a tree with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign – a major forest restoration effort with a goal of planting a billion trees around the world by 2025. For further details, visit This year’s annual eco-village will feature a heavy emphasis on the tree-planting campaign.  Tour greening efforts and the eco-village are in partnership with DocuSign and REVERB.

Dave Matthews Band,who was named a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador in 2019, will be neutralizing the biggest contributor to a concert’s carbon footprint – fan travel.  In addition to the band’s footprint, REVERB will be calculating the carbon footprint associated with fan travel to DMB shows in 2020 and the band will be neutralizing these emissions by supporting carbon reduction projects.  The band has a long history of reducing their environmental footprint and neutralizing tour carbon emissions from flights, busses and trucks, hotel stays and venue energy use going back to their first shows in 1991.

Dave Matthews Band has sold more than 25 million tickets since its inception and a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined. With the release of 2018’s Come Tomorrow, Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The New York Times, in a Critic’s Pick review, observed, “willed optimism fills the songs on ‘ComeTomorrow,’ while cynicism and irony are nowhere within earshot.”

For additional 2020 dates, visit

University Players to Perform “Carrie: the musical”

Cast members for The University of Scranton Players’ production of “Carrie: the musical” which will run Feb. 28-Mar. 1 and Mar. 6-8, are, from left Rachel Lopez, Hannah Mackes, Katherine Pepe, Samantha Gurn, Matt Valunas, Ben McFadden, Alex Pérez, Cameron Wesley and Adam Hill.

The University of Scranton Players will present “Carrie: the musical” based on the novel by Stephen King, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, and directed by Bob E. Gasper, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 and Mar. 6-8. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday’s shows are at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Royal Theatre in the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts on the University’s campus.

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over- protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show’s original authors have created a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

The University Players production of Carrie features: Keenan Beveridge of Warminster; Amy Black of Hop Bottom; Emily DeMouth of Hillsborough, New Jersey; Holly Ference of Jenkins Township; Bridget Fry of Hightstown, New Jersey; Samantha Gurn of Brackney; Adam Hill of Middletown, New Jersey; Erin Horan of Massapequa, New York; Rachel Lopez of Bethel, Connecticut; Hannah Mackes of Tafton; Ben McFadden of Mount Carmel; Katherine Pepe of West Pittston; Alex Pérez of Puerto Rico; Matt Valunas of Dunmore; Andrew Vizzard of Havertown; and Cameron Wesley of Wilkes-Barre.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens, students and University of Scranton faculty and staff.

For more information, contact the University Players box office at 570-941-4318 or visit the Players website at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Scranton Plan Celebrates 75 Years and Campaign Kick-Off

From left: Amy Luyster, vice president, The Scranton Plan; Patrick Fricchione, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce board chair; Pete Danchak, The Scranton Plan co-chair; Marianne Gilmartin, The Scranton Plan co-chair; Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

The Scranton Plan, the economic development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, hosted its 2021-2025 Funding Campaign Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, February 11 at the Scranton Enterprise Center, in conjunction with celebrating 75 years of sustaining, attracting, and growing jobs and business in Lackawanna County.

The Scranton Plan announced its plans for the next five years, thanking the businesses and volunteers who help support its mission. The organization has already exceeded its goals from 2016–2020 by creating and retaining more than 5,000 jobs and providing community investment of more than $1.4 billion.

“For 75 years the historic success of The Scranton Plan has shown the good that can happen when leaders of the public and private sectors come together for the benefit of the community. And while we measure achievements in terms of jobs, capital investment and business success, we should never forget that at its core, The Scranton Plan is about investing in our people – the current and future generations that will drive the economy and quality of life in our region for decades to come,” said Bob Durkin, president and CEO of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Since 1945, The Scranton Plan has been the driving force behind job creation and retention, as well as supporting relocating and expanding businesses to the area. Learn more about The Scranton Plan.

Winter Workshop with USA Paralympian

Leadership Lackawanna, the community leadership and professional development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, will host a winter workshop “The Climb” on Wednesday, February 26 with Stephanie Jallen, Team USA Paralympian alpine skier and a two-time medalist.

You’re invited to this inspiring evening of cocktails and conversation as Ms. Jallen shares her stories of success and failure, the importance of friendship and family, and describes her pursuit to happiness.

The workshop will be held at the Main Lodge of Montage Mountain Resorts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person, which includes a drink voucher and a ski voucher.

This event is co-sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna, Montage Mountain Resorts and the Allan S. Karaffa Memorial Fund of The Luzerne Foundation.

Get your tickets.

Scranton Chamber Donates Art to Anthracite Heritage Museum

From left, Roseann Martinetti, assistant manager, Anthracite Heritage Museum; Amy Luyster, vice president, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; and John Fielding, curator, Anthracite Heritage Museum; with the donated Wyso piece.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently donated artwork by local artist Frank “Wyso” Wysochansky to the Anthracite Heritage Museum.

The mixed media piece, which depicts coal miners making their way home to Blakely, PA, will be a part of the museum’s permanent exhibit.

According to John Fielding, curator at the Anthracite Museum, Wyso – although not a miner himself – was often influenced by the coal mine region and used those experiences in his pieces. “This is the only Wyso print in our collection, as well as the only one that is part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission,” Fielding states. “We’re very happy to add this to our collection and be able to keep the piece in this area.”