Marywood University Hosts “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week

Healthy relationships and violence prevention will be the focus of Marywood University’s “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week scheduled for Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 2020.

Marywood University will, for the sixth year, be joining thousands of schools from around the country to take part in the national “It’s On Us” campaign to end relationship violence and sexual assault. “It’s On Us” is a growing nation-wide cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something big, or small, to prevent it. The statistics about campus sexual assault are staggering: one in five women and one in sixteen men will be sexually assaulted during his or her time on a college campus. It is time that we stand up and say no more to this epidemic.

This weeklong event at Marywood University is sponsored by the Counseling/Student Development Center(C/SDC) and Peers on Wellness (POW). It is supported for the second year by the Pennsylvania Governor’s It’s on Us PA Grant Program.

The goal is to engage Marywood’s community through raising awareness and providing educational material to reinforce that everyone has a role to play in stopping sexual violence and creating healthy relationships.

Events planned for the week include:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 – Poster Scavenger Hunt. Marywood students willstart “It’s On Us” week by searching through buildings on campus for educational posters on topics ranging from sexual assault awareness and consent to self-care and healthy communication skills. Each poster has its own unique QR code which can be scanned to access a PDF with more information on each topic. Each poster also has its own puzzle piece – put all 8 pieces together, sign the puzzle, and upload a picture of it to the online “It’s On Us” pledge website by Friday night to have the chance to win a prize basket or a gift card.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Zoom, 7-9 p.m.) Because I Love You Workshop & Discussion Words Matter. Phrases like “because I love you” hold a lot of power in relationships and can be used for manipulation and control. This film and discussion encourage students to reflect on how words can be used as control tactics in unhealthy relationships. Small group discussions, led by trained students, will follow the film.  Discussion participation earns students one raffle entry for the giveaway.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Various campus locations) Throughout campus, students will find wanted signs for each of the six main characters of the TV Show, FRIENDS. Take note about what makes each character a good friend, even though they are not perfect. Check out our social media pages: and Instagram @marywooduniversity_csdc, to see how groups around campus define healthy friendships.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (Zoom, 7-9 p.m.) Bystander Engagement Workshop “It’s On Us” means we have to share responsibility for the safety of the campus community. We can accomplish this through Bystander Engagement. The C/SDC, joined by Marywood University Health Services, Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, and the Lackawanna County Women’s Resource Center, will host a showing of the film Intervene along with a presentation by Marywood C/SDC peers. An interactive dialogue will follow on Zoom discussing ways students can safely intervene in an act of violence or the acts leading up to violence. Students will engage in scenarios that are based on real-life situations that students face from across the nation. Participation earns students one raffle entry for the giveaway.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (Trailer and Giveaway at Drive-In Movie, 9 p.m.)—Watcha short film created by C/SDC trainees and staff about the scary truths of campus sexual assaults before watching Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at Marywood’s Drive-In Theatre. Stay tuned for “It’s On Us” giveaways throughout the movie.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 (Online): Take the “It’s On Us” Pledge—Be a part of the solution. Check your Marywood email for a link to sign our virtual “It’s On Us” pledge to prevent campus sexual assault. Once it is signed, the pledge will be printed and displayed on campus. Each student signature earns one raffle entry. Giveaway winners will be announced via email on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Join us and pledge to be part of the solution. “IT’S ON US.” All of us! 

For additional information about “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week at Marywood University, please contact the Counseling/Student Development Center, at (570) 348-6245, or visit

Johnson College Adds a Specialized Soldering Training and Certification Course to its Continuing Education Program

Johnson College is proud to announce it has added an IPC J-STD-001 Training and Certification Course to its Continuing Education Program. This specialized course introduces the materials, methods, and acceptance criteria for producing high-quality soldered electrical connections. The inaugural course will be held during the late afternoons or evenings starting Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 30. The total cost of the course is $750. To learn more or to enroll, visit or contact the Johnson College Continuing Education Department at 570-702-8979 or

This 16-hour course can be utilized by workers in industries such aerospace, bio-medical, computer technology, and electronics to name a few, who are interested in expanding their careers while helping their companies grow.

The course will focus on modules 1 and 2 of the IPC J-STD-001.  Module 1 includes:  General requirements: applicable documents; materials, components, and equipment requirements; general soldering and assembly requirements; cleaning; printed circuit board requirements; coating, encapsulation, and staking; anti-tampering; and rework and repair.  In module 2, students will learn how to make wire and terminal connections; demonstrate wire stripping, wire tinning, and gold removal; and assemble turret, bifurcated, pierced, hooked, and hollow cup terminals to the highest performance standards. Upon successful completion, students will receive an IPC Certification in J-STD-001 soldering.

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program distinguishes itself from the College’s 2-year degree programs and certificate courses by providing its adult students the opportunity to improve their skills to stay ahead of the competition, learn new technologies, and advance in their current career. The Continuing Education courses, many taught by industry professionals, are utilized and recognized by industry partners because they’re developed in partnership with industry. The program also includes pre-employment skills testing and exclusive online courses offering certification classes for essential industries. Johnson College also assists individual students and industry partners in obtaining funding or grants so their continuing education courses are cost effective. We train the workforce of northeastern Pennsylvania by immersing our continuing education, degree and certificate earning students in industry from day one. We Work, so our students succeed. For additional information on Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program, please call 570-702-8979, email, or visit

The Time is Ripe for Wally Wine Fest

COVID-19 shelved Wally Wine Fest this spring, but the popular annual event at The Waterfront at Silver Birches makes an eagerly anticipated return November 20-22. In light of the ongoing health situation, modifications were made to allow attendees to enjoy, “safely spaced sips and savories.”

Tickets may be purchased for one of three seated wine tasting sessions offered on both Saturday and Sunday. During the two-hour sessions, attendees will enjoy four small plate tasting courses accompanied by three wine samples per tasting. Ticket holders will select their top three sampling choices from eight different wines for each course. Settlers Hospitality Sommelier, Claude Briere, has personally chosen the featured wines, which include domestic and international labels. Tastings are scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. each day. Tables may be reserved for groups from two to 10 people. “This is a major event in the Lake Region that’s really exploded in popularity over the last four years,” explains Justin Genzlinger, CEO/Owner, Settlers Hospitality. “It was important for us to host the festival this year and we’re thrilled to be able to offer people a sense of normalcy during these unpredictable times. We’ve made some alterations to allow for social distancing but retained the spirit and caliber that makes Wally Wine Fest unique.”

Bottles of every wine featured will be available for sale. With prices ranging from $10-$100, there’s something to match every taste and budget. A Marketplace will overflow with fine food, gift items and decor fit for wine lovers– all available for purchase. Visitors may shop offerings from places such as Art on the Edge, which features home/wine décor. A Silent Auction benefits Lake Wallenpaupack’s fireworks display and features overnight stays at some of the area’s finest accommodations plus gift cards to local restaurants and businesses. Golf and spa packages, as well as boat and paddle board rentals, are also up for grabs. Live entertainment rounds out the weekend-long festivities.

Wally Wine Fest weekend launches with the Venge Wine Dinner on Friday, November 20 at The Settlers Inn. A sumptuous prix fixe menu will be paired with selections from the award-winning Napa Valley California vineyard. Platinum ticket holders enjoy exclusive entry to the Venge Wine Dinner as well as one session during Wally Wine Fest. A Champagne Brunch at The Settlers Inn on Sunday, November 22 caps off the weekend. Visitors may savor a prix fixe brunch menu, live music and a tasting flight of three French champagnes including Veuve Clicquot.

Everyone who attends the festival at Silver Birches receives a commemorative wine glass. General admission is $50 per person. Designated drivers may attend for $25. A $175 platinum ticket includes the Venge Wine Dinner at The Settlers Inn on November 20. Visit to purchase tickets.

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Swift Kennedy Helps Businesses During Pandemic

As businesses continue to endure repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employers are turning to insurance brokerage firms like Swift Kennedy & Associates for help in solving health insurance issues that have surfaced during this challenging time.

“We are trying to help our clients as much as possible during this crisis, because we know that their companies’ survival may be at stake,” said Jerry Calistri, Swift Kennedy’s President and CEO, who is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.

For example, since insurance carriers are now adjusting benefits frequently according to evolving circumstances, Swift Kennedy is keeping clients informed via e-mail about the latest developments regarding carrier decisions (such as coverage for COVID-19 tests and treatments), group health insurance requirements, human resources, and other issues.

Since many employees now being laid off are choosing to continue their health insurance, Swift Kennedy also offers companies COBRA administration, which includes providing HIPAA certificates and required letters, as well as billing continuation premiums and employer reporting.  Companies using this service rather than in-house COBRA administration usually see substantial savings.

Even while facing the challenges of a pandemic, employers must comply with the government regulations imposed by ERISA and the Affordable Care Act to avoid audits and large penalties.  As a result, Swift Kennedy gives compliance guidance and provides clients with the Benefit Notices they must send employees, as well as Wrap Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) and Wrap Plan Documents (which wrap around their certificates of insurance and benefit plan booklets) in order to satisfy ERISA and ACA mandates.

Swift Kennedy also offers clients a digital benefit administration platform, Swift Virtual, which allows an employer’s Human Resources staff to conduct virtual open enrollment meetings, process enrollments digitally, and have online access to tax forms, invoices and payroll integration.  This system streamlines absence management, enhances benefit communication to employees, and provides access to a comprehensive digital library of HR and benefits information.

This digital platform also allows employees to make better informed decisions when selecting benefit packages by providing digital support tools like cost calculators, plan comparison tools, and online benefit summaries, and it gives them access to a virtual benefit support team via phone, webchat or video conference.  What’s more,it lets employees access their benefit information remotely around the clock, which millennials and Gen Z employees especially value.

“Modernizing their benefits administration by going digital gives companies the added benefit of being able to continue their operations seamlessly during any emergency,” said Calistri.

Swift Kennedy also offers clients day-to-day administration (including claims assistance, billing support, enrollments, and terminations) and provides employers with the opportunity to meet virtually with benefit specialists to review their insurance options.

“Our goal is to help employers solve the thorny insurance issues that have arisen during this pandemic so that they can spend more time doing what they do best – running their businesses!” said Calistri.

Marywood University to Hold Its October Graduate Open House Virtually

Marywood University will hold a virtual October graduate open house on Saturday, October 31, 2020, for future graduate and doctoral students. Virtual events begin at 10 a.m. Prospective students can register online at

Register for live virtual events with staff and faculty. There will also be an online Open House experience that prospective students will be able to participate in on their own time.

For additional information, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.

Your Neighbors: LGBTQ in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania

A community panel discussion on living in Pennsylvania as a member of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community will be hosted on Zoom the evening of October 22, 2020.

This event is made possible through a confluence of organizations concerned for the cultivation and growth of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania.

It is through sharing our experiences that we hope to show our similarities, provide insight into our struggles, and help inspire understanding.

All those who would like to learn more about the lives of LGBTQ people in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania, and how to support them, are invited to attend this event.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Employees Invited to ‘Play Ball’ With Donation

Frontline healthcare providers at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center received a home run of a delivery on Oct. 8 as representatives from Visiting Angels of Kingston, Homebound Health Services of Shavertown, and Commonwealth Home Health of Wilkes-Barre donated baseball-themed packages to more than a dozen units at the hospital.

Donation boxes contained individually wrapped, sealed food items commonly found at ballpark concession stands and novelty items like miniature baseball gloves that play music traditionally piped through organs in stadiums across the country. Each package contained enough snacks for all three shifts at the medical center.

The donors provide medical and social services in the home environment but came together because of a shared mission to support fellow healthcare workers and clinical support staff who have been at the forefront of caring for their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were here in the spring, cheering on the staff, and there was so much excitement, it was inspiring,” said Carol Zalutko, director of client care, marketing and admission for Visiting Angels. “But the pandemic is still going on, and these heroes are here every day, putting their patients first, and missing out on the simple pleasures that were possible before the pandemic. We figured since they couldn’t go to the baseball game, we’d bring the game to them.”

Stephanie Rarig, Observation Unit and Critical Care nursing operations manager at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, said the visit was a kind gesture in a series of small, impactful gestures that have resonated with her teams throughout the pandemic.

“Every day, our nurses put themselves at risk to provide the best care to our community,” Rarig said. “Most of staff has trained up to be able to take care of our sickest patients affected by the virus. It’s so meaningful that the community is recognizing those efforts with compassion and respect.”

To offer support or make a donation in the fight against COVID-19, please visit or call 800-739-6882.