Marywood University Student Breaks School Track Record…Twice

Marywood University freshman, George Thompson, Montrose, Pa., recently broke two school records for track and field within a week of each competitive event. First, Mr. Thompson broke Marywood’s school record in the Men’s 400 Hurdle, and then was a member of the Men’s 4×1 400-meter relay team, where a school record was once again broken.

Mr. Thompson is a freshman math education major. He graduated from Montrose Area Junior/Senior High School, where he was also a member of its track and field program. Knowing that he wanted to continue to run track in college, Mr. Thompson explored opportunities where he could find a college that had both math and education majors, and that also had a strong track and field program.

Mr. Thompson said, “Marywood was one of the few schools that offered a math education program, where I could graduate with a double major. What confirmed for me that I wanted to attend Marywood was the personal outreach from Robert Ahrens, head track and field/cross country coach for Marywood University.”

Finding time to participate in the track and field program at Marywood came more easily for Mr. Thompson, as he stated it’s an easier sport to find time to train on one’s own. While other sports teams need to work together, track and field provides the opportunity for more individual practice and training. In addition to being a member of the University track and field team, Mr. Thompson also serves as an alumni assistant on campus, where he writes letters and makes phone calls to alumni of the University.

Mr. Thompson said, “When I was applying for work study jobs, I was hoping to work at the gym, where I would be able to both work and train, freeing up some of my personal time. However, the alumni office was the first to reach out to me. While I knew it would be more difficult, the position offered me the opportunity to refine myself as a person and to make lifelong friendships and connections. I’m really glad that I took this path.”

As a freshman, Mr. Thompson has a few years to make additional favorite memories, but his favorite to date is of breaking a school record with his teammates in the 4×1 relay race, as he was able to share that experience with other teammates.

While Mr. Thompson emphasizes the personal importance of doing well, both with running and with his academic career, he feels that the connections and bonds he’s made on campus have been the most important, as they have enhanced his college experience.

Post-graduation, Mr. Thompson plans to take the tests necessary to pursue an actuary profession. Having a double major in both mathematics and education, Mr. Thompson feels that the education major will serve him in his professional goals, to enhance his knowledge and experience in his interactions with others.

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

Horizon Dental Care Welcomes Dr. Thomas Simrell

Dr. John Evanish III, President and CEO, Horizon Dental Care, recently announced the Thomas Simrell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 514 North Blakely Street, Dunmore is joining Horizon Dental Care. Thomas Simrell, DMD, MAGD will see his patients at Horizon Dental Care, located at the Guild Building, 400 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton beginning May 3rd, 2021.

Horizon Dental Care is owned by Dr. John Evanish, III.  Dr. Evanish has been serving dental patients in Northeastern PA since 1993.  He currently has four full-service offices in Hawley, Honesdale, Scranton, and Stroudsburg.  Horizon Dental care has cultivated an exceptional team of dentists and dental hygienists who share Dr. Simrell’s philosophy of excellent patient care. They offer comprehensive, personalized dental care with an empathetic touch to help patients receive worry-free dental treatment every day.  

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Simrell and his patients to Horizon Dental Care,” said Dr. Evanish. “Dr. Simrell is a very accomplished dentist and has incredible compassion for his patients. This jointure is a perfect fit for both practices. Dr. Simrell brings over thirty years of expertise to our amazing dental team while his patients can still continue in his great care at our state-of-the-art dental facility with expanded services.” he added.

Horizon Dental Care’s services include routine cleanings, family, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry as well as full mouth reconstruction. They also offer emergency services and specialize in senior dental care with an in-house, full-service denture lab. There is free parking on site, greater access to available appointments and dental treatments and they work with all insurances. Also offered is “The Horizon Plan,” Horizon Dental Care’s in-house dental discount plan for patients without insurance. Multiple financing options are also available. Dr. Simrell and Dr. Evanish are making this transition as seamless as possible so that patients can continue their dental care without delay.

Patients can call (570) 342-8800 or visit for immediate assistance. New Patients are always welcome.

Geisinger Offers Virtual Support Group for COVID Survivors

Geisinger will offer a free, virtual support group for survivors of COVID-19 beginning May 12.

Geisinger psychologist Erin Hall, Psy.D., will facilitate the group each Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Sessions will cover common experiences in recovery from COVID-19 including issues with sleep, memory or concentration; physical challenges; depression and anxiety; concerns about health, future medical care or COVID re-infection; trauma related to illness or hospitalization; and changes to family roles, relationships and friendships. The group will focus on coping strategies and building resilience.

“Recovering from COVID-19 can be a lengthy process, and each person’s experience is different,” said Dr. Hall. “Having a safe space to talk about your experience and challenges, among others with similar struggles, is important in helping people heal and recover. Recovery from COVID-19 is truly both physical and psychological.”

To register, visit and search “COVID survivor support group.” Participants can register for each week’s session separately.

NBT Announces Promotions

NBT Bank announced the promotion of Regional Commercial Banking Manager Matt Colgan to Senior Vice President, and Retail Learning & Development Manager Erica Burger and Junior Credit Officer Gwen Grier to Assistant Vice President. All three employees are based at NBT’s Scranton Financial Center.

Colgan joined NBT in 2008 as part of the Commercial Management Development Program, then advanced to Commercial Relationship Manager. In 2018, he was promoted to Regional Commercial Banking Manger where he is responsible for oversight of Commercial Banking services in Pennsylvania. Colgan earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from King’s College in Wilkes Barre. He also participated in the American Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending. Colgan is active in his community, serving as a board member for Metro Action, and loan committee member for Pursuit (formerly NYBDC) and NEPA Alliance.

Burger joined NBT in 2007 and works to create and implement content that elevates and enhances employee engagement through innovative training programs and resources. Burger earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers School of Banking. She is also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Lackawanna and campaign co-chair for NBT’s United Way campaign.

Grier joined NBT in 1998 and has advanced through several roles within the company, including Mortgage Underwriter, Senior Credit Analyst and Credit Support Team Leader. With nearly 30 years of financial industry experience, she now underwrites larger complex commercial loan requests and provides internal customers with guidance on loan structures in accordance with loan policy guidelines. Grier also is an active member of the community, serving in several roles for the Boy Scouts of America, including council program and training committee member, district committee member, venturing associate advisor and assistant scoutmaster.

More information about NBT is available online at

Johnson College to Host 28th Annual Golf Tournament

The 28th Annual Johnson College Open will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA (rain or shine).  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Each academic year, Presidential Scholarships are awarded to four qualified and deserving full-time students.

Sponsors of the 28th Annual Johnson College Open to date include:
Presenting Sponsor: Gerrity’s Supermarkets
Advertising Sponsor: Lamar Advertising Company
Platinum: Shea Demolition, Inc.
Platinum Marketing Sponsor: Sweda Advertising
Gold Print Sponsor: Sprint Print
Gold Sponsors: Fastenal Company, Johnson Controls, L.R. Costanzo Construction Services Company Inc., Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PNC Bank, Reilly Associates, Simplex Homes, Sordoni Construction Services, Inc., Toyota of Scranton, Stevens & Lee, and Vacendak Construction.
Cart Sponsor: ShopRite
Breakfast Sponsor: Troy Mechanical, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: Christiano Welding Supply
Dinner Sponsor: Kutztown University 
Gift Sponsor: Action Lift, Inc.
Cocktail Sponsor – Topp Copy
Mulligan Sponsor: A. Pickett Construction, Inc.
Hole in One Sponsor: Gibbons Ford

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email, or visit

Sensory Safe Suite to Debut at PNC Field in 2021

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, are pleased to partner with Curemark this season on a Sensory Safe Suite at PNC Field. Suite 6 on the Geisinger Champions Club Level will be redesigned as a fun, accommodating and functional space for families with children on the autism spectrum and with special needs to help better enjoy the game.

The Curemark Sensory Safe Suite will have features that provide a comforting, relaxing and less stimulating space for guests to experience RailRiders games while still being fun and functional. This allows guests in the suite to decompress and enjoy baseball with their family away from the louder, hectic and often over-stimulating environment in other areas of the ballpark.

“We are happy to sponsor this great initiative with the Yankees Triple-A affiliate SWB RailRiders” states Dr. Joan Fallon the CEO of Curemark. “Bringing baseball with the creation of this space affords individuals with autism and special needs and their families a day or night at the ballpark. At Curemark, we feel that these families should have a sensory safe space so that our National Pastime is accessible and enjoyable for all”.

For the 2021 season, one family will be chosen to use the room per game at no charge. In accordance with PNC Field capacity restrictions, the Sensory Safe Suite can have a party of up to 12 people on any given game night. Families can request use of the room by visiting and filling out the request form on the Sensory Safe Suite page under the Community tab.

Fun and Function designed the look and furniture for the Sensory Safe Suite. Fun and Function is a Pennsylvania-based company in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has worked with Curemark in the past to create sensory spaces for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

“We are thrilled to work with Curemark to create this new suite at PNC Field,” said Jordan Maydole, the RailRiders Director of Community Relations. “This is a truly important space to add to our great ballpark and we anticipate expanding the features and capacity as time goes on. With Curemark’s help, we look forward to making a difference in how children can experience RailRiders games.”

The RailRiders will be working with local non-profit groups such as Brighter Journey’s, Abilities 21 and SAFE to promote awareness of the Sensory Safe Suite and have the opportunity to request access.

For more information on the Curemark Sensory Safe Suite or the 2021 season, please visit or call (570) 969-2255.

Crystal Windows Presents at Mid-Atlantic Architect Workshop

National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems will be a featured presenter at a virtual workshop for architects and other design professionals focusing on the Mid-Atlantic region.  Hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper, the forum is part of the media outlet’s online CE|Strong series of continuing education programs, including live virtual workshops, online courses, and other resources.  The June 16, 2021, workshop theme is solutions for High-Performance Facades.

Crystal will be a featured speaker in an upcoming continuing education forum on facades for architects and other design professionals. The forum is part of The Architect’s Newspaper CE|Strong continuing education platform.

“During 2020, Crystal really ramped up its online program delivery to architects, engineers, and others in the design community to stay connected with our market,” said Steven Yu, Marketing Manager for Crystal.  “The participation has been tremendous for each webinar and has enabled us to reach many more architects across the country.  This CE|Strong Virtual Workshop is another great way for Crystal to communicate critical technical fenestration information to architects and specifiers.”

Vincent Grieco, Crystal’s Technical Sales Manager, will present Specifying Windows, Doors, and Skylights Using Performance Standards.  He will cover how to use window and door standards and codes to specify product type, performance level, and key performance attributes.  Grieco brings his extensive experience with major commercial fenestration projects, installation techniques, and product specification to his educational presentation, giving architects participating in the workshop many examples and addressing common challenges they are likely to face.

The CE|Strong Mid-Atlantic Virtual Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (ET), with the one-hour Crystal presentation beginning at 1:00 PM (ET).  Participants in all sessions earn AIA continuing education credits with five presentations and interactive discussions on a variety of façade materials, including windows.  While the forum focuses on the Mid-Atlantic region, participants from all regions are welcome.  For more information on registering for the workshop, visit

Marywood University Students Win First Place for Student Advocacy Day PSA Project

Marywood University’s Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was recently notified by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association that they are the first-place winners of the Student Advocacy Day Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project.

Following an educational session on legislative issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, NSSLHA Chapters were asked to develop a public service announcement that would address key issues that professionals and individuals with communication disorders face. The project helps others to understand the purpose for advocating for these issues, and the importance of making their voices heard.

Marywood University’s NSSLHA Chapter chose to create a PSA regarding Diversity in the Workplace. A monetary prize was awarded, and Marywood University NSSLHA Chapter students chose to donate the monetary prize to the NativityMiguel School. Located on Marywood University’s campus, the NativityMiguel School seeks to empower students of all races and beliefs to reach their full potential.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders department, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234.

Effective Communication Strategies Program by the Alzheimer’s Association

Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:  

  • Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
  • Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
  • Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. 

Please join us for “Effective Communication Strategies” on Tuesday May 18, 2021 from 10:00am-11:00am

Hosted by: Second Family Memory Care Center

The program is a “Virtual Zoom” meeting. Attendance is free but registration is required at this link or call our 24/7 Helpline for registration assistance 800-272-3900.

Once you register, a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to your email a few days before the program. 

Geisinger Awarded $3.6 Mmillion to Study Genetics of Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a 5-year, $3.6 million contract to Geisinger to study the role of genetic variation in cancer.

Researchers from Geisinger and the NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) will analyze genetic data from Geisinger’s MyCode Community Health Initiative, a precision medicine project with more than 276,000 consented participants. The work will be led by David J. Carey, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Functional Genomics at Geisinger and a MyCode principal investigator, and Douglas Stewart, M.D., a senior investigator at DCEG.

The investigative team will use a “genome-first” approach, analyzing data from MyCode participants to identify specific gene variants and then linking that information to the participants’ electronic health records. This approach will allow investigators to determine the effect of these gene variants on cancer risk. The size and scope of the MyCode project provides an opportunity to investigate the relationship between multiple genes and cancers to develop a better understanding of genetic cancer risk in a large clinical population. This will expand the list of genes that can be used to guide genetic cancer screening, improving care for patients and families. 

This project builds on a history of successful collaboration between Drs. Carey and Stewart to investigate the role of gene variants in specific cancers, including a recent study of DICER1 syndrome, which is linked to lung, thyroid, and other kinds of tumors, published in JAMA Network Open.

“This partnership allows Geisinger and NCI investigators to combine our expertise in cancer diagnosis, epidemiology, cancer biology, and genetics,” Dr. Carey said. “The data available through MyCode provides us with a unique opportunity to investigate the genetic risk of cancer in a large regional population.”

Since 2007, MyCode has enrolled more than 276,000 participants in Pennsylvania. With DNA sequence and health data currently available on nearly 175,000 of these participants, MyCode is one of the largest studies of its kind in the world.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. 75N91021C00006.

Geisinger has an exciting research environment with more than 50 full-time research faculty and more than 30 clinician scientists. Areas of expertise include precision health, genomics, informatics, data science, implementation science, outcomes research, health services research, bioethics and clinical trials.