Lackawanna College and University of Scranton Form 30+ Program Articulation Agreement

Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton collaborate to establish over 30 program articulation agreements, offering pathways for Lackawanna College graduates to transition to The University of Scranton to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

“The formation of more than 30 program articulation agreements between Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton stands as a groundbreaking initiative, reflecting our mission to offer affordable educational opportunities for our students,” Provost of Lackawanna College Erica Barone Pricci, Ph.D., said. “By streamlining credit transfers and offering diverse academic pathways, these agreements allow our students to engage with a large range of bachelor’s programs. This collaborative endeavor underscores our joint dedication to fostering educational accessibility and elevating the academic landscape for our student community.”

These agreements cover 33 bachelor’s degree programs, including majors like accounting, finance and operations management. To be eligible, Lackawanna College students must earn their associate’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and enroll at Scranton within a year of graduation.

Students who meet the criteria can complete their bachelor’s degree at the University within four regular semesters. They also have the opportunity to earn nine credits at Scranton while attending Lackawanna at half of the University of Scranton’s tuition rate.

Additionally, Lackawanna College graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher accepted into a degree program at Scranton through an articulation agreement qualify for a University of Scranton merit scholarship, starting at a minimum award of $20,000 per academic year for full-time students.

For more information about these articulation agreements, visit or contact Lackawanna College at 570-961-7898 or The University of Scranton at 888-SCRANTON.

Keystone College Shares Statement on Status of College: President Remains Hopeful for the Future

On Friday, April 26, 2024, Keystone College President John F. Pullo, Sr. updated members of the college community on the status of the college.  

In letters to Keystone students and their parents and to faculty and staff, President Pullo emphasized that Keystone, as it has maintained in the past, is continuing to pursue discussions with an investment partner to secure an agreement which would be in the best interest of Keystone, its students, and the entire college community. While those talks are ongoing, President Pullo noted that he is “growing more confident in successfully concluding those discussions.”

While those discussions continue, President Pullo noted that Keystone continues to work with its accrediting organization, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), on elements of a “teach out plan” to protect students. The need for such a plan arose because of an  MSCHE requirement as a result of a “complex substantive change” after a planned partnership with the Washington Institute for Education and Research (WIER) concluded unsuccessfully in March. As noted in the past, such a procedure is a typical measure taken by accreditors in response to such changes being withdrawn. MSCHE also requested that the College submit a “Substantive Change for Closure” which is a procedural step required to enact a teach out plan. The “Substantive Change for Closure” can be withdrawn by the college if not needed.

While acknowledging this can be a stressful time for everyone, President Pullo, a 1969 Keystone graduate, encouraged Keystonians to remain optimistic about the future. For example, in his letter to students, he said, “I am proud of you all and applaud your persistence in staying the course in spite of the visibility we’ve received in the press and in social media. In the words of freshman Brock Kreider, ‘Keep your head high and keep going….Keep driving and keep doing what we are doing.’” 

He concluded: “That’s the Giant spirit, and what energizes me every day to keep fighting for this College, so many years after I was a student here just like you. Thank you for everything you are doing and your loyalty to Keystone.”

Four Allied Services Clinicians Earn Specialist Certification in Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Four members of the therapy team at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center recently earned an advanced certification for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Stacey Williams, PT, DPT, CNDT, Sondra Morgan, PT, DPT, MHA, Dawn Van Horn, PT, MS, and Laurie Griggs, PTA, all earned the PWR!Moves® Certification.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurologic disorder. It affects motor planning and cognitive regions in the brain. Recent advances in basic and clinical science research suggest exercise and learning approaches may protect, repair, and optimize function in persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) is an approach that targets the multiple motor, sensory, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The PWR!Moves® Certification teaches the theory and practice of utilizing dynamic moves during therapy to help patients with Parkinson’s improve fitness, counteract their PD symptoms, and increase their daily activity. PWR!Moves® is just one of the treatment protocols provided at Allied Services outpatient rehab centers in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wayne Bank Holds Annual Meeting of Shareholders

The 153rd Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Norwood Financial Corp, parent company of Wayne Bank, was held in person on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 6th & River, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Matters presented to, and approved by, stockholders were the re-election of company directors Lewis J. Critelli, James O. Donnelly, and Meg L. Hungerford, the ratification of S.R. Snodgrass, P.C., as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024, and the approval of the Norwood Financial Corp 2024 Equity Incentive Plan.

The Annual Meeting also included presentations to shareholders from President and Chief Executive Officer, James O. Donnelly and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, William S. Lance.

Chairman Lewis J. Critelli welcomed shareholders and introduced the Directors present at the meeting. He then turned the meeting over to Mr. Donnelly, who conducted the formal business portion of the meeting.

Mr. Lance provided shareholders with a detailed report of the Company’s financial results for the 2023 fiscal year. Among the highlights of the Company’s performance in 2023 cited by Mr. Lance, was loan growth of 8.8%, deposit growth of 3.9%, and an increase in cash dividends paid to shareholders.

Mr. Donnelly’s address included the results for the first quarter of 2024 and a summary of the opportunities in many of the Company’s markets. Mr. Donnelly noted first quarter earnings were $4.4 million, earnings per share (diluted) were $0.55 per share, total loans increased 4.5% annualized, total deposits increased 9.8% annualized, and the net interest margin was 2.79%.

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had total assets of $2.3 billion, total loans outstanding of $1.6 billion, deposits of $1.8 billion, and stockholders’ equity of $181.2 million.

Johnson College to Hold Instant Decision Day for Veterans and Current U.S. Military Service Members

Johnson College’s Instant Decision Day for Veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Military will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtually and inside Ideal Saldi Hall on the Johnson College Scranton campus. To register to attend in person or virtually, visit

During the Instant Decision Event, Johnson College will provide prospective veteran students and those currently serving in the U.S. military with an immediate enrollment decision. They must supply their high school transcripts and can bring their college and military transcripts if applicable. It is highly recommended that the prospective student completes an application before attending.

Applications for Johnson College’s Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Veterinary Nursing programs are excluded from instant decisions.

Johnson College Hazleton Now Enrolling for Medical Assistant Course

Johnson College’s Continuing Education program is now enrolling students in its Medical Assistant course at its satellite campus, Johnson College at the CAN DO Training Center in Hazle Township. The course will begin on May 20, running Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This program prepares students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office. Functions include preparing patients for examination, treatment, routine laboratory procedures, pharmacology, and taking and documenting vital signs. Plus, students will learn the fundamentals of phlebotomy and venipunctures, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology encountered in the field. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of a medical assistant.

The class fee is $5,000 and is approved by PA CareerLink for those eligible for funding through their local CareerLink. To learn more or to enroll in the Medical Assistant course, visit or contact the College’s Continuing Education department at

The Wright Center Shares Health Column for National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Below is a guest health column by The Wright Center’s Dr. Nirali Patel for National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May.

By now, many of you are well aware of the dangers of hypertension or, as it’s more commonly known, high blood pressure, which affects roughly half of all Americans and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine, we now have drugs that significantly reduce the potential harms of high blood pressure. Still, too many people don’t realize they even have it, so fortunately, there are observances like May’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month, which the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other organizations use to promote myriad resources relevant to the subject.

For those who don’t know, high blood pressure develops when blood flows through the arteries at an elevated level. Blood pressure consists of two numbers – systolic, the pressure when the ventricles pump blood out of the heart, and diastolic, the pressure between heartbeats when the heart is filling with blood.

Blood pressure changes throughout the day based on activity. For most people, normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), which is the systolic pressure reading over the diastolic pressure reading. That becomes high blood pressure with consistent systolic readings of 130 mm Hg or higher or diastolic readings of 80 mm Hg or higher.

Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t experience symptoms related to high blood pressure until it’s already begun to cause serious health issues – and roughly 1 in 3 American adults aren’t aware they have it, according to the NHLBI.

That’s why it’s extremely important that you get your blood pressure checked at least once a year. In addition to taking medications, you can make several lifestyle modifications to control or lower your blood pressure. Here are a few:

Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight often leads to hypertension and can also disrupt breathing during sleep, which also elevates blood pressure. Losing a few pounds can have a marked effect.

Exercise: Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure by 5 to 8 mm Hg, so aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.

Eat better: A diet heavy on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy that’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol can lower high blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg. Examples include the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the highly adaptable Mediterranean diet.

Reduce salt intake: Decreasing your sodium consumption can improve heart health and reduce high blood pressure by about 5 to 6 mm Hg. The recommended daily amount is no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg), while 1,500 mg is ideal.

Limit alcohol: Less than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men can help lower blood pressure by about 4 mm Hg. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Quit smoking: Not surprisingly, smoking increases blood pressure. Quitting will not only lower your hypertension but improve your overall health.  

Get a good night’s sleep: Consistently poor sleep can raise your blood pressure. In fact, one of our internal medicine resident physicians at The Wright Center, Dr. Aayushi Sood, recently worked on a study that found that sleeping less than seven hours a night increased the risk of developing high blood pressure by 7% while sleeping less than five hours increased the risk by 11%.

High blood pressure is serious business, but as we’ve clearly demonstrated here, many practical ways exist to contend with it. Be vigilant and be well. 

Nirali Patel, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine, and is board eligible in geriatrics. Dr. Patel is accepting adult patients at The Wright Center for Community Health Scranton Practice. She also serves as associate program director of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Geriatrics Fellowship Program and as core faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Celebrating Success with Lackawanna College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Alumni Mixer

Lackawanna College will host a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Alumni Mixer event on Thursday May 9, in the lobby of Angeli Hall following the current PTA senior cohort pinning ceremony.

Attendees will have the chance to network with peers, reconnect with former classmates and engage with Lackawanna College clinical education partners. Clinical partners include Saber Healthcare Group and AccessPT.

“An event like this benefits our graduates because they have the opportunity to communicate and network with our local clinical partners and possibly get interviews and job placements,” Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Dr. Ashley Reedy said.

Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Location: Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509

In addition to creating professional connections, the event will offer refreshments, basket raffles and giveaways. Tickets are free, and alumni attendees are encouraged to bring guests, with each guest receiving two raffle basket tickets plus a special giveaway.

Join us for an evening of networking and celebrating the accomplishments of our students at the PTA Alumni Mixer event.

“We want our graduates to leave with pride in their future profession, themselves and personally I hope they leave being proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Dr. Reedy said.

Those interested in attending can register online at no cost here:

Big Bass Lake Community Association, Inc. Honored as Award Winner in 2024 American Business Awards

Big Bass Lake Community Association, Inc. (BBLCA) was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Achievement of Organization Recovery category in The 22nd Annual American Business Awards® today.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Tuesday, June 11.

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Thought Leader of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.

BBLCA’s Mission Statement is to promote a high quality of life and to protect property values through the prudent use of resources, for the benefit of all who live, visit, or work in our community.

Feedback from the 2024 Judging Panel included, “BBLCA is a powerful story of resilience, strategic leadership, and a commitment to excellence” and “This entry clearly outlines the challenges faced by BBLCA during the COVID period and sets the stage well for understanding the context in which the recovery efforts took place.”

More than 300 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“While growth in much of the world economy has recovered slowly from the COVID-19 pandemic, the American economy continues to show remarkable resilience and growth,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Miller. “Our 2024 Stevie winners have contributed to that successful recovery through their innovation, persistence, and hard work. We congratulate all our winners in the 2024 ABAs and look forward to celebrating their achievements during our June 11 awards banquet in New York.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2024 Stevie winners are available at
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