Lackawanna College has awarded more than 430 bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates to the class of 2020, which includes students from 15 states and countries including France, Dominica and Saint Lucia. The College’s 126th commencement is currently scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, after its traditional May ceremony was postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Jena Rose Hansen, of Gouldsboro, Pa., is the class valedictorian. Hansen received her bachelor’s degree in Business.
Students in the class of 2020 were among the first to receive the College’s associate degrees in Baking & Pastry and Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Restaurant & Foodservice Management and RN-to-BSN.
Graduates also included seven regional high school students who completed their associate degrees while still enrolled in high school through the College’s Level Up program.
Bachelor in Arts
Bachelor in Science
Restaurant & Food Service Management
Associate in Applied Science
Associate in Arts
Associate in Science
Baking & Pastry
Computer Information Systems
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Early Childhood Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Petroleum & Natural Gas Business Administration
Petroleum & Natural Gas Industrial Mechanics
Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology
Physical Therapist Assistant
Conservation & Natural Resource
Petroleum & Natural Gas Technician
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in coordination with the City of Scranton, has started preliminary design for the Scranton Local Bridges Project, which includes the replacement of the following four bridges: Elm Street, North Main Avenue, Parker Street, and West Lackawanna Avenue. PennDOT has launched a website for the Scranton Local Bridges Project, which allows the public to track the progress of each bridge replacement. The website can be viewed by visiting PennDOT’s District 4 website and clicking on “Construction Projects and Roadwork.”
“The ability for the public to track the progress of each bridge project through the PennDOT website is a welcome resource and one that we hope citizens will use to keep updated and also learn about the complexity of large infrastructure projects,” said Mayor Paige Cognetti. “Replacing these four bridges will not only improve Scranton’s critical infrastructure, it will create jobs and improve quality of life for residents.”
While the preliminary design phase will continue for approximately 18 months, the website will be updated regularly. For now, PennDOT is evaluating each bridge to determine the appropriate work required during construction. “We will be on-site during this spring and summer to complete surveys, in-depth bridge inspections and traffic counts,” explained Jennifer Borino, PE, PennDOT Project Manager. “We will use this information to evaluate environmental constraints, develop preliminary plans and determine an appropriate means to maintain and protect traffic during construction.”
Once the existing conditions are evaluated and preliminary design is complete, PennDOT will schedule a public officials’ briefing and a public meeting to be held late this year. Then, once construction on the four bridges begins in 2024, updates to the Scranton Local Bridges Project website will become more frequent to minimize impacts to the community and motorists who rely on these crossings daily. Updates will include construction schedules and information on any closures and detours.
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Most patients with COVID-19 will recover at home, but that doesn’t mean they have to do it alone. Geisinger launched a new mobile app to connect patients with their care providers and monitor their symptoms as they recover from COVID-19 at home.
Through Epic’s MyChart Care Companion, patients report their symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels twice a day to a team of nurses. If symptoms worsen, an automated alert is sent, and the patient is quickly contacted by a clinical nurse for further evaluation and a video encounter with a physician if needed. The clinical team can help get patients who have particularly concerning findings to the emergency room.
“One of the clinical challenges with COVID-19 is being able to identify patients who need additional care or hospitalization,” said Dr. Benjamin Hohmuth, chief medical informatics officer at Geisinger. “By closely monitoring patients recovering at home, we can quickly make adjustments to their level of care, answer any questions they might have and help keep them healthy and safe.”
The mobile app uses reminders, notification badges and other features to prompt the patient to complete standardized assessments of their symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels, as well as provide educational content to engage them in their care.
All Geisinger patients who test positive for COVID-19 have the option to receive a care package with a mask, activities and other items to self-treat at home. If they are at a higher risk for complications, such as those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, COPD, hypertension and heart failure, they receive a care kit with tools to help their care team monitor their condition.
Coordinated in part with Geisinger Health Plan, these tools include a pulse oximeter to monitor blood-oxygen levels, a digital thermometer and acetaminophen to reduce fever and any muscle aches or pains.
For more information about the COVID-19 care packages, visit go.geisinger.org/CarePackages.
Johnson College, a two-year technical college founded in 1912, will confer degrees on over 150 graduates throughout the summer of 2020. Graduates will be awarded Associate in Science degrees (A.S.), Associate of Applied Science degrees (A.A.S.), and certificates.
Joseph Stoffey, a graduate of the Computer Information Technology program, and recipient of the Johnson College Award for Academic Excellence in the Associate in Science programs and Stephanie Laskowski, a graduate of the Automotive Technology program, and recipient of the Johnson College Award for Academic Excellence in the Associate in Applied Science programs will serve as student speakers at the commencement ceremony scheduled for August. These awards recognize the students with the highest grade point average in each degree category.
Official commencement activities are scheduled to take place on a to be determined date. later this summer.
Following is a list of graduates in relevant counties:
Computer Information Technology
Zachary Allen, Scott Township
George Campbell, Scranton
Pablo Correa, Moosic
Alexander Dubas, Magna Cum Laude, Clarks Summit
Brendan Herbert, Clarks Summit
Brian Hill, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Scranton
Joshua Howells, Jessup
Rodrigue Ngongo, Scranton
Johnathan Odell, Old Forge
Daniel Schultz, Magna Cum Laude, Tobyhanna
Joseph Stoffey, Departmental Honors, Summa Cum Laude, Jessup
Joey Brown*, East Stroudsburg
Angela Capone*, Dunmore
Richard Cucura*, Moscow
Alexis DiGregorio*, Old Forge
Dylan Ratzin*, Duryea
Heather Smith*, Bechtelsville
Maura Speicher*, Taylor
Jewel Talarico*, Old Forge
Jessica Tecotl*, Edwardsville
Kelly Boyer, Clarks Summit
Kaylee Ceci, Tamaqua
Nicholas Cherubini, East Stroudsburg
Kathleen Donovan, Scranton
Ryan Dopko, Mountain Top
Karen Dykeman, Scranton
Chloe Hedgelon, Honesdale
Alexandria Hilker, Simpson
Miranda Jones, Falls
Caitlyn Krucar, Cum Laude, Scranton
Regina McCaffery, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Pocono Summit
Shannon Miskell, Archbald
Chelsea Nelson, Dunmore
Christine Noldy, Summa Cum Laude, Jessup
Maria Pesta, West Pittston
Jennefer Petliski, Cum Laude, Dunmore
Samantha Sheridan, Factoryville
Jeffrey Smicherko, Pittston Twp.
Kiesha Smith, Wilkes-Barre
Nicholas Van Hoof, Moosic
Kerri Wydeen, Summa Cum Laude, Scott Township
Samantha Hauenstein, Lake Ariel
Anneliese Jewell, Clarks Summit
Taylor Psolka, Tunkhannock
Sarah Purdy, Falls
Kimberly Rivera Mendoza, Wilkes-Barre
Bethany Severn, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Sunbury
Rose Troiani, Archbald
Ashley Van Horn, New Albany
Diana Warrington, Magna Cum Laude, Tafton
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Julius Burden, Scott Twp.
Binyomin Davidson, Magna Cum Laude, Scranton
David Hudak, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Scott Twp.
Jami Matis, Scranton
Elizabeth McCracken, Covington
Architectural Drafting & Design Technology
Nicholas Bush, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Factoryville
Nicholas Cicci, Scranton
Brandon Heim, Magna Cum Laude, S. Abington Twp.
Shayne Jordan, Carbondale
Joseph Minzak, Cum Laude, Falls
Paul Seman, Carbondale
Patrick Walker, Archbald
Valerie Crandall*, Newfoundland
Matthew Cadden*, Dunmore
Ryan Cavage, Waymart
Michael Cicerini, Jefferson Twp.
Jordan Davis*, Old Forge
William DesChenes, Greentown
Brandon Farrell*, Dunmore
Owen Hyde, Dalton
Stephanie Laskowski, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Covington Twp.
Michael Minich, Scranton
Camillo Olivieri, Clifton Twp
Ryan Roberts, Clarks Summit
Kevin Selemba, Blakely
Patrick Teeple, Cum Laude, Carbondale
Walter Terry, Richmondale
Matthew Tully, Clarks Green
Sasha Wolf, Duryea
Soren Yadlosky, Carbondale
Biomedical Equipment Technology
Jacob Crablo, Mountain Top
Steven Cross, Tunkhannock
Joseph DelVecchio, Departmental Honors, Dunmore
Justin Jones, Factoryville
Cameron Kashmer, Dunmore
Emily Williams, Scott Township
Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology
Carl Frey, Waymart
Elisandro Fuentes, Taylor
John Grady, Departmental Honors, Honesdale
Van Ha, Scranton
Kory Klatt, Dunmore
David Kosch, Scott Township
Zachary Laub, Carbondale
Tristan McMyne, Scranton
Joseph Minzak, Falls
Jacob Pasake, Waymart
Samuel Pelka, Tunkhannock
Joshua Shaver, Throop
Carter Terysen, Damascus
David Vaquero, Scranton
Ashley Weidow, Hop Bottom
Diesel Truck Technology
Zachary Benczkowski*, Kingston
Timothy Brown, Equinunk
Daniel Burian, Avoca
Robert Caswell, Jessup
Nicholas Christian*, Simpson
Joshua Green, Clarks Summit
Benjamin Lewis, Kingston
Jaime Martinez, Carbondale
Edwards Novak, Jefferson Township
Kelvin Ortiz*, Scranton
Kevin Parchinski, Dickson City
Ethan Podunajec, Waymart
Kenneth Raymond, Magna Cum Laude, Gouldsboro
Colin Roche*, Dunmore
Geoffrey Sekelsky*, Dickson City
Terry Tyler*, Meshoppen
Preston West, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Monroe Township
Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology
Stephen Bryan, Scranton
Adam Buczynski, Exeter
Eric Bunnell, Honesdale
Mark DeLuccie, Cum Laude, Dunmore
Austin Eltora, Blakely
Jake Geda, Pittston
Joseph Iannielli, Magna Cum Laude, Dunmore
Tommy Ibarrondo Vega, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Greeley
William Johannes, Carbondale
Griffin Kasson, Hop Bottom
Dylan Lach, Roaring Brook Twp.
Matthew Nelson, Factoryville
Matthew Parry, Wilkes Barre
Kyle Poslosky, Carbondale
John Savage, Scranton
Michael Schutz, Exeter
Vincent Simoncelli, Jessup
Gage Smith, Springbrook Twp.
Nathan Steele, Archbald
Jordan Tolerico, Carbondale
Elias Torres, Scranton
Stephen Yachwak, Clarks Summit
Electronic Engineering Technology
Ryan Mullally, Carbondale
Joshual Thomas, Waymart
Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology
Matthew Bachman, Pittston
Andrew Belles, Hughestown
Kyle Brink, Elmhurst Twp.
Peter Graziano, Taylor
Colin Hunter, Pittston
George Knutelski, Dickson City
Nathan Krobert, Cum Laude, Kingston
Daniel Piccolo*, Scranton
Justin Reed, Moosic
Thomas Rooney, Cliston Township
Sean Shearin, Madison Twp.
Adam Zelna, Greenfield Township
Building & Property Maintenance
Harry McFarland, Cum Laude, Pleasant Mount
Diesel Preventative Maintenance Certificate
Michael Pajalich, Lake Ariel
Welding Technology Certificate
Leonard Ash, Dalton
Anthony Bridges, Scranton
Michael Clifford, Factoryville
Seth Dolan, Scranton
Christopher Earley, Milford
Tyler Galea, Dunmore
Richard Hill, Archbald
William Kelly, Kingsley
Justin Klee-Medici, Scranton
Julian Koch, Dalton
Nicholas Koch*, Moscow
Zackarey Lloyd, Carbondale
Jessie Lopez, Dalton
Joshua Perniciaro, Old Forge
Matthew Piccoletti, Taylor
Robert Pissott, Nicholson
Sedrick Roche, Dunmore
Brian Talley, Lake Ariel
All graduates are from Pennsylvania unless noted.
summa cum laude: GPA 3.90 or higher
magna cum laude: GPA 3.80-3.89
cum laude: GPA 3.70-3.79
Honors recognition based on academic achievement to December 2019
* December Graduates – Graduates walk in the May ceremony but completed degrees in Dec. 2019
Do you find yourself hesitantly opening public doors? Do you think twice before you touch the ATM machine, a touchscreen keypad or pressing a button on an elevator? We found these stylish yet function keychains that do it for you! Keep yourself safe by avoiding germ transmission from shared surfaces.
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Each keychain comes with an information card so if you are gifting it to someone, they will know all about it! Also, the jewelry company is donating 10% of its profits will go to the CDP Foundation for COVID relief.
On May 15, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems reached a milestone, marking its 30th Anniversary since opening in 1990. Founded by Thomas Chen, who immigrated to America from Taiwan, the company has grown steadily to become one of the largest window manufacturers in the nation. It now employs over 725 workers and expanded from its original small commercial space in Queens, New York City, to five major production facilities across the country. With factories in New York, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Illinois, Crystal’s manufacturing footprint totals almost one million square feet.
In recognition of the company’s growth and its vital contribution to the regional economy, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio have presented official certificates to Crystal to mark the 30th Anniversary.
“Crystal is truly a story of perseverance, hard work, and most of all, vision,” said Steve Chen, President of Crystal Windows and son of the company’s founder. “We saw opportunities to serve the construction market with quality window products, and Crystal has certainly fulfilled that vision and beyond.” Crystal now has over 25 product lines of aluminum and vinyl windows and doors, from basic models offering good value to high-end window wall systems and custom architectural fenestration.
Crystal held a major 30th Anniversary corporate celebration in January of this year, with nearly 1,000 employees, their families, and other guests in attendance. Additional events are planned for later this year when conditions permit.
Wayne Bank is pleased to announce that over the past few months, they were able to assist over 700 local businesses in obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans to help ease the challenge the COVID-19 crisis has created.
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress earlier this year, the Paycheck Protection Program was created to provide emergency relief for business owners with 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. As an approved Small Business Administration Lender, Wayne Bank participated in the Paycheck Protection Program to support existing customers, as well as help other local businesses across the Bank’s market area in Pennsylvania and New York.
“We are proud to have helped so many local businesses obtain the funds needed to keep their businesses running and their employees on payroll,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, James F. Burke. “Our mission at Wayne Bank is to help our local businesses and communities. Our dedicated team worked tirelessly to sustain businesses through this challenging time.”
For more information, visit https://www.waynebank.com.
The Everhart Museum is hosting FREE Virtual Classroom Series. The classes are multi-generational and most activities can be done with children as young as kindergarten. The series teaches the intersection of history, food, and art through the lens of the Everhart Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions and as a way to connect with one another to learn about culture, collaborate, create art, and have fun!
Presenters are the Museum’s Manager of Educational Programs, Sarah Sutton, Chef James Bolus, and author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George.
Each class will include a detailed overview of the class material, an at-home prep and materials list, worksheets, and a 20-25 minute instructional video. At the end of the week, join museum staff for a live Show & Tell chat via Google Meet to ask questions or share your creations!
To register, please visit Events and Programs on the Everhart Museum’s website www.everhart-museum.org