Dress For Success New Choices Program

Dress for Success Lackawanna is announcing enrollment for New Choices career development program for unemployed and under-employed women. This specially designed course is for individuals looking for a new opportunity in their professional life or experiencing a career transition. Through this professional workshop, participants will work in both a group and one-on-one setting to learn critical professional development skills and get prepared for a career move.

“New Choices is just one of the comprehensive suite of services we offer for every phase of a woman’s professional life, starting with the job search and leading to sustained employment and self-sufficiency.,” said Mary Ann Iezzi, Executive Director of Dress for Success Lackawanna. Due to the pandemic, these services are needed now more than ever. During New Choices, participants will revise or create their resume, practice online interview and application skills, learn stress management tactics, gain access to job opportunities, and more.

New Choices program consists of five 2-hour sessions. It is free of charge and open to women needing assistance in seeking employment. This FREE transformative professional development class will yield participants a brand-new resume, polished interviewing skills, better communications tactics, a strong understanding of the job application process, and a renewed sense of self-worth. For more information contact, Dress for Success Lackawanna, at 570-941-0339 or email to lackawannacountygpn@dressforsuccess.org. Seating is limited.

Who: Dress for Success Lackawanna’s New Choices program is a job search and career development program for unemployed women and women who are seeking a transition in their careers. Seating is limited! For additional information, please contact Dress for Success Lackawanna at (570) 941-0339 or email at lackawannacountygpn@dressforsuccess.org .

What: New Choices, a free career development program to help female job seekers experiencing difficulties in obtaining employment and/or women seeking to transition careers or industries.

When: February and March Virtual Sessions

Where: New Choices will be conducted over an online live video streaming service, Zoom

Time: TBD

Wright Center Dentist Appointed to NYU Langone Dental Medicine Faculty

Dr. Satya Upadhyayula, a board-certified general practice dentist at The Wright Center for Community Health, recently received a faculty appointment to NYU Langone Dental Medicine, enabling him to share his oral surgery and dental treatment know-how with dental residents who are training locally.

The Wright Center became a dental training site and welcomed its first two residents in 2021 through a new affiliation with NYU Langone Dental Medicine. The Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based organization operates the world’s largest postdoctoral dental residency program of its kind, training about 400 residents annually at partner sites including community health centers, hospitals and other affiliates in nearly 30 states.

The Wright Center is currently the only partner site in Pennsylvania.

The affiliation between the two health care organizations represents another way in which The Wright Center is bringing more health professionals to Northeast Pennsylvania to address the community’s pressing health needs.

“I’m glad to have attained this faculty appointment, allowing me to play a more integral role in preparing the next generation of dentists, especially those with a heart for serving in medically underserved and economically disadvantaged areas,” said Upadhyayula.

Known to many of his patients and colleagues as “Dr. U,” Upadhyayula is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Prior to joining The Wright Center, he completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

He becomes the second faculty physician based at The Wright Center to support the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency, joining site director Dr. Caitlin McCarthy. Faculty physician Dr. Isaac Navarro, who is based in California, was instrumental in the program’s startup at The Wright Center and remains critical to its success, leading grand rounds virtually each month.

The dental residents train at The Wright Center’s Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave., Scranton, and its Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn. Each site has a state-of-the-art dental clinic that offers the public access to oral care services including check-ups and cleanings, fillings, X-rays, extractions, emergency services, oral cancer screenings and denture care.

NYU Langone Dental Medicine’s residency program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, complements The Wright Center’s existing educational activities.

For more than 45 years, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has been a provider of residency training in Greater Scranton, helping to build a pipeline of medical professionals to meet the needs of the region and the nation. Today it offers residencies in internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry as well as fellowships in cardiovascular disease, gastroenterology and geriatrics.

For more information, visit TheWrightCenter.org.

The Greater Scranton YMCA We Are Y Program

The Greater Scranton YMCA believes all individuals should have access to opportunities that allow them to grow stronger in mind and body. The YMCA is excited to announce its We Are Y Program has officially returned.

We Are Y is an inclusive community outreach program that provides individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities access to recreational activities that encourage staying active, building interpersonal relationships among peers, self-sufficiency, and aid in developing cognitive abilities. Recreational activities will rotate weekly and will be followed by light refreshments before departing.
We Are Y will help build individuals’ developmental skills, personal strengths, creativity, cognitive and non-cognitive skills through swimming, movement, music, arts, and much more, all while taking place in a safe and nurturing environment. The program is generously supported by grant funding from AllOne Charities.

“The Y is a community organization open to all,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “Through We Are Y, we are proud to provide individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as their families, with access to all the Greater Scranton YMCA has to offer!”

We are Y is open to individuals (children and adults) ages 10 and up who have developmental disabilities. Participants’ families are welcome to attend. The program is free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members and is held on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (beginning February 16th). Participants must register each month. To register, visit the YMCA online at https://www.greaterscrantonymca.org/programs/40053/we-are-y/?locations=13.

For more information on We Are Y, contact Natalie Wasilchak at nwasilchak@greaterscrantonymca.org.

University of Scranton to Host Author Discussion

Roosevelt Montás, Ph.D., author and senior lecturer in American studies and English at Columbia University, will present “Liberal Education for Human Freedom” at the Sondra and Morey Myers Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in the Humanities and Civic Engagement Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 10, at The University of Scranton. The lecture, sponsored by The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Ignatian Humanities, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Moskovitz Theater DeNaples Center.

At Columbia University, Dr. Montás teaches “Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West,” a year-long course on primary texts in moral and political thought, as well as seminars in American Studies including “Freedom and Citizenship in the United States.” He served as the director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia College from 2008 to 2018. He is also the director of the Center for American Studies’ Freedom and Citizenship Program in collaboration with the Double Discovery Center.

Dr. Montás speaks and writes on the history, meaning and future of liberal education and is the author of “Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation” (Princeton University Press, 2021).

“‘The West’ as a category is, of course, itself problematic … the banners of “Western civilization” and “Western culture” have been used to give cover to imperialist, racist and colonialist agendas and to justify the subjugation and exploitation of “non-Western” people. But the term is also used to describe something more legitimate: a large and porous cultural configuration around the Mediterranean Sea, with strong Greco-Roman roots, that served as the historical seedbed for the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and much of what is called ‘modernity,’” wrote Dr. Montás in an opinion piece published by The Chronicle of Higher Education on Nov. 16, 2021. “While the European continent figures prominently, the tradition incorporates defining elements from non-European sources like the Arab world, ancient Egypt and North Africa, and even the East. It is a tradition rife with fissures, where overturning the past is preferred to venerating it. Loose and fractured as this tradition of contest and debate is, key aspects of the modern world emerge from it. The tradition matters not because it is Western, but because of its contribution to human questions of the highest order.”

Dr. Montás earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. His research specializes in Antebellum American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American citizenship.

For the lecture, the University will follow current health and safety guidelines as outlined in the Royals Back Together plan, which include the wearing higher grade masks (e.g. N95, KN95 or KF94) or double masking (e.g. a cloth mask worn over a surgical mask) in indoor spaces on campus.

For more information about the lecture, contact Matthew Meyer, Ph.D, professor of philosophy and faculty director of the University’s Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Ignatian Humanities, at matthew.meyer@scranton.edu.

Johnson College Now Enrolling Students in Fundamentals of Welding

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is currently enrolling students in its next Fundamentals of Welding course, scheduled to run from Monday, February 28, 2022, to Friday, April 22, 2022, in Weaver Hall on its campus in Scranton. Space is very limited. To learn more or enroll, contact the Johnson College Continuing Education department at 570-702-8979 or email continuinged@johnson.edu

Students will learn the basics of the major welding processes. After fundamentals, students can enroll in an intermediate class in either Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), or Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG). Each of these classes works toward plate certification to a common welding code. 

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu.

MiLB Expands Triple-A Schedule to 150 Games

Minor League Baseball has announced that six additional games will be added to the 2022 Triple-A season, expanding the slate to 150 games. The additional games help Triple-A baseball better align with the Major League season and push the end date of the Minor League campaign to September 28.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was slated to close the season with a three-game set at Lehigh Valley from Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21. That series will now begin on Tuesday, September 20, and run through Sunday, September 25.

The RailRiders will now close the 2022 season at PNC Field with a three-game series against the Buffalo Bisons from Monday, September 26 through Wednesday, September 28. Each of those three games will begin at 6:35 P.M. Full season ticket members will have tickets for the additional three home games added to their accounts while all other plans will have the ability to exchange unused tickets or vouchers for these games per the RailRiders exchange policy.

This 150-game schedule will be the longest for any Minor League team since 1964. International League franchises played 154 games that season while the Pacific Coast League clubs played 156.

Tickets packages for the 2022 season are available now. For more information, please visit swbrailriders.com or contact a ticket sales representative at (570) 969-BALL.

Nicole Strauser – EMPOWER Conference Moderator

Vice President, Beneficiary Fulfillment, Prudential Enabling Solutions

Presentation Moderator: Managing Conflict Panel

The ability to resolve conflict in the workplace is an essential ability for leaders in any organization. When there is open and transparent processes for identifying, resolving, and managing conflict, it is proven to improve productivity and job satisfaction of employees. In this session, our panelists will discuss techniques on how to engage in meaningful conversations and manage conflict in the workplace.


Nicole Strauser, vice president, beneficiary fulfillment, has over 20 years of experience with Prudential. In her current role, Nicole is responsible for delivering final promises for group insurance, individual life insurance, annuities, and retirement customers. She has been focused on strengthening Prudential’s operational discipline and empowering associates via ideation and customer obsession to transform our customer experience.  

Prior to her current role, Nicole held various roles across Prudential’s retirement organization including the contact center, client services, and all back office operations from money in, money out, to complex record keeping.   

Nicole holds a  bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marywood University. She is a Series 6, 99, and 26 registered principal.  

Nicole currently sits on the board for Leadership Northeast, a local non-profit focused on creating servant leaders in the community.  Nicole also serves as the Prudential executive site lead for the Scranton office and the executive sponsor of the Scranton PRIDE BRG. 

Brooke Lipperini – EMPOWER Conference Panelist

Regional Manager, Human Resources, CANPACK US

Presentation: Managing Conflict Panel

The ability to resolve conflict in the workplace is an essential ability for leaders in any organization. When there is open and transparent processes for identifying, resolving, and managing conflict, it is proven to improve productivity and job satisfaction of employees. In this session, our panelists will discuss techniques on how to engage in meaningful conversations and manage conflict in the workplace.


Brooke Lipperini, SHRM-SCP, has over 15 years of professional experience in human resources, primarily in manufacturing organizations. Currently, she is the regional manager, human resources at CANPACK US, a manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans. 

Prior to joining CANPACK US, she was the human resources manager at The AZEK Company, a manufacturer of premium building products in Scranton. Lipperini holds a SHRM-SCP certification and has been awarded the Veterans at Work Certificate by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. She has served on the NEPA SHRM board of directors since 2017 and currently holds the role of president elect.  Brooke also serves on the board of directors of Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. 

Brooke lives in Olyphant with her two children, fiancé, and two dogs.