The University of Scranton April Events

Through Apr. 14                    Art Exhibit: “Post COVID: Art by Students for the Scranton School District.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call 570-941-4214 or email  

Apr. 1      9 a.m. Regional National History Day Competition for junior and senior high school students. The DeNaples Center. Pre-registration required. Call 570-941-4549 or email

Apr. 2      7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Recital” featuring Mikaela Bennett, voice. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 4      7 p.m. Performance: “From Music Score To Life On Stage” book by Gene Terruso, co-produced with the University Players and The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities. Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Free. Call 570-941-4700 or email  

Apr. 14      4:30 p.m.Environmental Art Show opening event – Artist Talk with Stéphanie Williams. Charles Kratz Scranton Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Free. Call 570-941-7482 or email  

Apr. 14-25       Environmental Art Show. Charles Kratz Scranton Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Free during library hours. Call 570-941-7482 or email  

Apr. 15     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring The University of Scranton Jazz Band and Saxophone Ensemble with guest baritone/bass saxophonist Leigh Pilzer. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 17     5:30 p.m. The Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities Lecture: “The Regeneration Revolution: Working at the Nexus of Food, Climate, and Culture” presented by Nicole Negowetti, managing director of the Plant Based Foods Institute and vice president of Policy & Food Systems at the Plant Based Foods Association. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-4700 or email  

Apr. 18     11 a.m. Earth Day Fair with interactive games, presentation and information related to the environment and sustainable practices. Atrium, Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-7520 or email  

Apr. 20     8:30 a.m. Hayes Family Competition in physics and engineering for high school students. Byron Complex. Registration required. Call 570-941-7509 or email  

Apr. 20            4 p.m. Henry George Lecture: “Where Does Wealth Come From?” presented by Sandra Black, Ph.D., Columbia University. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 570-941-4048 or email

Apr. 20            5:30 p.m. Earth Day “Evening of Environmental Science” with University student-run interactive science experiments and exhibit of University of Scranton Earth Day Essay Contest submissions. Essay contest awards will be announced at the event. Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-6267 or email  

Apr. 20-22       8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Performance: “Curtains” presented by The University of Scranton Liva Arts Company. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Ticket prices vary. Call 570-941-4318 or email  

Apr. 21     noon. Schemel Forum’s World Affairs Luncheon Seminar: “How Stories Heal the World” presented by Colum McCann, author of seven novels and three collections of stories, recipient of many international honors including the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Collegiate Hall, Redington Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-4740 or email  

Apr. 23     7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring The University of Scranton Singers and Symphonic Band. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email  

Apr. 24 through May 5                      Art Exhibit: “The University of Scranton Student Exhibition Online.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call. 570-941-4214 or email

Apr. 26     noon. Celebration of Student Scholars. Displays and presentations of undergraduate and graduate student research and scholarly projects. Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-6353 or email  

Apr. 27            4:15 p.m. Math Integration Bee. Calculus-based high school math competition. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Free. Registration required. Visit or email  

Apr. 27            5 p.m. Campus Take Back the Night. Dionne Green. Free. Call 570-941-6194 or email

Apr. 27            7 p.m. Schemel Forum with Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute at The University of Scranton Collaborative Program: “Only in America? Religion, State, and a Hasidic Town in Rural New York” presented by David N. Myers, Ph.D., distinguished professor of history, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History and director of the Luskin Center for History and Policy, UCLA. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Registration required. $15 per person. Call 570-941-4740 or email  

Apr. 27-30       8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Theatrical performance of “Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” by The University of Scranton’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the English and Theatre Department as part of the University’s year-long “Celebrating Women: 50th Anniversary of Coeducation” series of events. Studio Theatre of the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Ticket prices vary. Call 570-941-6194 or email  

Apr. 28            noon. Schemel Forum’s World Affairs Luncheon Seminar: “The World after the Ukraine War” presented by Jill Dougherty, Russian expert, former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief, current CNN on-air contributor and professor, Georgetown University. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-4740 or email  

Apr. 29-30       9 a.m. Saturday; Noon Sunday. Friends of the Library Book and Plant Sale. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 570-941-7816 or email  

The University of Scranton to Host Webinar

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center is proud to be hosting “Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks”, a Grow with Google webinar, on Tuesday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Learn how to manage work and life tasks more effectively using Google tools. Whether you want to build a budget, create a meeting agenda or organize your priorities, these best practices will boost your productivity. This will be a mostly hands-on webinar showing you the products in action.
The Webinar will go over Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and much more!

Registration link:
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Allied Services Recognized for Excellence in Rehabilitation

Allied Services Scranton Rehab Hospital recently received the Top Performer Award from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. UDSMR is the most widely used system for documenting the severity of patient disabilities and medical rehabilitation outcomes. The Top Performer Award recognizes facilities that rank in the top 10 percent of more than 800 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide. UDSMR ranks facilities according to data on several important patient outcomes, including functional improvement, length of stay, and how often patients return home after rehab. 

The Scranton Rehab Hospital ranked in the top 4 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities for patient outcomes. In addition, the facility ranked in the top 2 percent for the proportion of patients able to return to the community following discharge.  

The Scranton Rehab Hospital has earned the Top Performer Award for 15 consecutive years, an achievement that the hospital’s leadership attributes to several factors, including staff expertise, a multi-disciplinary approach, and advanced rehab technology. 

“Our inpatient rehabilitation hospitals serve a vital service to the region,” commented Karen Kearney, LCSW, Vice President of Inpatient Rehabilitation. “Patients come to us in the days following a serious illness, injury, or surgery in need of highly specialized care. Our sole focus is to support patients in achieving their full rehabilitation potential in the most expeditious manner, allowing them to return to independent living. This recognition exemplifies the success of the high-quality patient care our physicians and employees of the Scranton Rehab Hospital are delivering.”  

The data used to determine the latest ranking of 861 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States is based on twelve months of data drawn from Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The rankings are determined by using UDSmr, LLC’s program evaluation model (PEM), a case-mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from over 80 percent of all IRFs in the country.  Allied Services Scranton Rehab Hospital provides intensive rehabilitation services and medical management for patients with various conditions. In addition, its specialty programs serve the post-acute needs of patients recovering from an amputation, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and other neurological conditions

Johnson College to Host Events

Closer Look Event

Johnson College is hosting a Closer Look event at Five Star Equipment at 1300 Dunham Drive, Dunmore, PA, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Prospective students can learn more about the College’s Heavy Equipment Technology program while getting a sneak peek at new, industry-immersed classroom and lab space.

Johnson College’s two-year Heavy Equipment Technology Associates Degree program prepares students to succeed as well-trained, mechanically minded, hard-working technicians with heavy equipment dealers and contractors. Instruction involves classroom theory, live shop demonstrations, and repair of heavy equipment currently used in industry. Making repairs on actual equipment is vital to skill development.

The Johnson College Enrollment team, Heavy Equipment Technology faculty, and members of industry partner, Five Star Equipment, will be on hand to answer questions regarding the program, career opportunities, and the enrollment process.

For more information or to register, contact the College’s Enrollment department at (570) 702-8856 or

Women In Industry Event

In honor of Women’s History Month, Johnson College’s Special Programs Department will be hosting a Women in Industry event on March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Health Science Center on the Johnson College Scranton campus.

The theme of this event will be women’s entrepreneurship, with a focus on how women can start their own businesses. It will feature two speakers: Donna J Kane, Branch Manager for Fidelity Bank, and Maggie Calpin, owner of Nibbles and Bits, a gourmet chocolate shop in Dunmore. They will use their expertise as fierce supporters of the community to inform, encourage, and inspire attendees to pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship.

The event will also feature an interactive chocolate-making activity with materials supplied by Nibbles & Bits.

This event supports the College’s Women in Industry initiative and its goals to provide networking opportunities, collaborate on industry-related projects, and support women in industries that are still considered “non-traditional.” To learn more or to register for the event, visit

FNCB Bank Donates $15,000 to Friendship House

FNCB Bank, locally based since 1910, today announced a $15,000 Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Program/Special Program Priorities (NAP-SPP) donation to the Friendship House for their downtown Scranton building renovation project.

The project, which encompasses the Murray Building at 413-415 Biden St. and the Davidow Building at 200-216 Wyoming Ave., when completed, is expected to house substance abuse, mental health and pharmacy services for the community.

“The services Friendship House provides are a great benefit to our community,” said Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank President and CEO. “Our downtown Scranton Community Office is adjacent to the Friendship House’s new location and we are excited to witness the rebirth of two well-known buildings in the city.”

Including the Friendship House donation, FNCB Bank has made NAP-SPP commitments to seven different community projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  As a true, local community bank, FNCB is making a difference through volunteerism, donations, and outreach programs.

The Wright Center Promotes Healthier Eating Habits

Walter Wanas, LDN, RD, a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist, is the director of lifestyle modification and preventive medicine at The Wright Center for Community Health. He collaborates with primary care teams to offer lifestyle medicine at practices in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wayne counties. Go to or call 570-230-0019 for more information about the lifestyle medicine program.

For several years now, The Wright Center for Community Health has been promoting healthier eating habits through our lifestyle medicine initiative. With March serving as National Nutrition Month, now is a great opportunity to promote and tout the many virtues and benefits of incorporating lifestyle medicine into your primary care. 

Created 50 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month promotes the ways in which people can make better dietary and physical fitness decisions in the name of long-term good health. This year’s theme, “Fuel for the Future,” is geared around making smart eating choices that are also environmentally friendly. 

When we think about good nutrition, the government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as a good roadmap. They are: 

  • Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every stage of life; 
  • Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices in ways that reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations; 
  • Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages and stay within calorie limits; 
  • Limit foods and beverages high in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limit consumption of alcoholic beverages. 

These tips make for a great common-sense framework, and better still, they align perfectly with the mission of lifestyle medicine, which The Wright Center launched in 2020 at our primary and preventive care practices throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. 

There’s no question that medications, surgeries, and other medical procedures are crucial to bettering and prolonging our lives, but it’s also very important that we take a more proactive, rather than reactive, approach to our health and well-being. Lifestyle Medicine adheres to this philosophy by focusing on what we would call the six pillars of health: Nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, relationships, and the avoidance of risky substances. It’s not alternative medicine but rather an evidence-based approach that could have long-lasting, positive effects on health care. 

The data are showing lifestyle medicine can prevent, treat, or even reverse many chronic conditions. One way of doing this is through better nutrition, specifically through adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet that is high in fiber, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals, and low in saturated fat, transfats, and sodium.

A vegetarian diet can also accomplish your healthy diet goal. Today, vegetarian diets come in many formats. Some incorporate eggs and/or dairy products. There are hybrid vegetarian diets such as the flexitarian diet which allows for small amounts of animal products, the pescatarian diet which allows for some seafood products, and the vegan diet which excludes all animal products.

These diets are plant based and provide the benefits of a plant-based nutrition profile, while providing the flexibility to match a person’s cultural and personal preferences.

If a vegetarian diet is not for you, consider use of the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods, moderate amounts of fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs, and limited red meat and sweets. This diet is still ranked as one of the best overall healthy diets and allows for a wide variety of foods.

Please use this National Nutrition Month to reexamine your diet and exercise patterns and begin making healthy changes to your own diet and routine. If you stick with it, chances are it will pay big dividends in the long run for your health and overall well-being.

HNB Promotes Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

Thomas E. Sheridan Jr., President and CEO of The Honesdale National Bank, announced the promotion of Kathy Enslin to Vice President, Chief Operations Officer.

Enslin joined The Honesdale National Bank in 1999 as an Assistant Vice President, Bookkeeping after spending 24 years with another area financial institution. In that role, she was an integral player in the oversight and development of many procedures and advancements that supported the Bank’s core account management and transaction workflows.  Enslin previously held the position of VP, Deposit Operations Officer for several years at HNB prior to her promotion to Vice President, Compliance Officer in 2015.

“With this promotion, we are very pleased to showcase Kathy’s technical, operational and innovative leadership,” said Sheridan. “Kathy’s appointment as COO is a strategic step for our organization and we know that her experience and skillset will continue to advance the Bank’s opportunities for growth as well as that for our customers.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to The Honesdale National Bank’s continued growth. I am looking forward to embarking on this new chapter in my career and new chapter for HNB.”

Enslin started her career in banking shortly after graduating from Western Wayne High School and has furthered her education through the American Institute of Banking (AIB).

Penn State Scranton to Offer Summer Cub Camps

Penn State Scranton has a wide variety of fun-filled summer camps for youth and teens to attend during the summer months. Youth campers explore interests while engaging in projects, crafts and events that provide subtle education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Summer Camp Schedule 2023

Nittany Cub Summer Camps serve the youth of Northeast PA. 

Summer camp registration is now open. Check back often for additional announcements. 

  • Week 1 – July 10 – July 14, 2023
  • Week 2 – July 17 – July 21, 2023
  • Week 3 – July 24 – July 28, 2023
  • Week 4 – July 31 – August 4, 2023
7/10/237/14/239 am to
4 pm
M-FSustainability Environmental Camp (for youth ages 13-16 residing in Lackawanna County)Michele Swarts
7/10/237/14/239 am to 12 pmM-FWizards & Cauldrons – Section 1
(ages 8-13)
Julie Tischler
7/10/237/14/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FWizards & Cauldrons – Section 2
(ages 8-13)  – Sect. 2
Julie Tischler
7/10/237/14/239 am to 12 pmM-FCool Science Camp
(ages 6-8)
Julie Cardillo
7/10/237/14/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FForensic Scientist Camp
(ages 9-13)
Liz Durdan
7/10/237/14/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FCreative Lego Engineering – Section 1
(ages 6-9) 
Doug Mallas
7/17/237/21/239 am to 12 pmM-FRocketry Camp
(ages 9-12)
Doug Mallas
7/17/237/21/239 am to 12 pmM-FPop Art Camp
(ages 8-12)
Julie Tischler
7/17/237/21/239 am to 12 pmM-FLego Mindstorm Robotics
(ages 10-15)
Tom Czachor
7/17/237/21/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FK’NEX Bridge Building (ages 9-12)Doug Mallas
7/17/237/21/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FEngineering Camp (11-14)Michelle Swarts
7/17/237/21/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FWizards  Academy
(ages 12-15) 
Julie Tischler
7/17/237/21/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FJr. Robotics Camp (ages 7-9) Liz Durdan
7/24/237/28/239 am to 12 pmM-FBusiness Start-Up Academy
(ages 12-16)
Kevin Feifer
7/24/237/28/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FCarnival Games (ages 9-13)Liz Durdan
7/24/237/28/239 am to 12 pmM-FFossil Frenzy Camp
(ages 6-8)
Liz Durdan
7/31/238/4/239 am to 12 pmM-FThe Biosphere Environmental Camp – Section 1 (for youth ages 10-12 residing in Lackawanna County)Michele Swarts
7/31/238/4/239 am to 12 pmM-FOur Ecosystem Environmental Camp – Section 1 (for youth ages 6-9 residing in Lackawanna County)Julie Cardillo
7/31/238/4/239 am to 12 pmM-FNursing Academy: Summer Camp (ages 8-12) Explore Health Care CareersJustina Malinak
7/31/238/4/239 am to 12 pmM-FScience of Superheroes
(ages 8-12)
Doug Mallas
7/31/238/4/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FThe Biosphere Environmental Camp – Section 2 (for youth ages 10-12 residing in Lackawanna County)Michele Swarts
7/31/238/4/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FOur Ecosystem Environmental Camp – Section 2 (for youth ages 6-9 residing in Lackawanna County)Julie Cardillo
7/31/238/4/231 pm to
4 pm
M-FCreative Lego Engineering – Section 2
(ages 6-9) – Sect 2
Doug Mallas
  • Dates, fees, instructors and camp descriptions are subject to change.
  • Please ask for discount codes for Employee, Alumni, Family, & Children of PSU Scranton Students.

Marywood University to Host Events for Prospective Students

Marywood University School of Architecture Day Set for March 20

In an eventspecially designed for students interested in pursuing degrees in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Construction Management, Marywood University will hold a School of Architecture Day for prospective students on Monday, March 20, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, at the Center for Architectural Studies on campus. Students must register for the event by March 10 if they plan to attend, as space is limited.

The School of Architecture Day will feature meetings with faculty and student groups, tours of the Center for Architectural Studies and the Marywood campus, and opportunities to engage with various studio classes in the Architecture and Interior Architecture programs, as well as the new Center for the Living City’s Living Lab. In addition, there will be make/take activities with student groups and a Q&A panel with the Architecture Student Council and Admissions representatives. The event also includes a complimentary lunch.

Due to the structure of the program, this event is for students only. Parents are invited to attend a Q&A parent panel with the School of Architecture’s Program Director and faculty at 3 p.m.

To attend Marywood University’s School of Architecture Day, please go to and register by March 10; space is limited. Contact the School of Architecture at or 570-961-4536 if you have any questions about the event.

Marywood University to Hold Virtual Master of Fine Arts Information Session

Marywood University will hold a virtual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Information Session on Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m. This information session is free and open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a low-residency master of fine arts degree. To register, please visit

Marywood’s “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program for designers and illustrators is the oldest and best low-residency program in the country, designed for those who are working full time, but who are also interested in earning a terminal degree.

The virtual info session will cover what to expect during the three-year program that includes

four, two-week residential summer sessions at Marywood’s campus; six study tours conducted in New York City and other major cities; and independent work. Former student thesis and class

project examples will be shared. While production and technical skills are stressed, the thrust of the program is on creativity and conceptual thinking.For additional information about Marywood University’s MFA Information Session, please contact Steven Brower, MFA, director of the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2569, or email

Discover if Being a Dietitian is Right for You at Marywood University’s “Dietitian for a Day” Program

Marywood University is hosting a “Dietitian for a Day” program on Monday, March 27, from 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., in the O’Neill Center for Health Families on the University’s campus. The program is free and open to anyone considering a career in nutrition and dietetics.

The program offers students an opportunity to learn what a dietitian is and about the different areas in which dietitians practice. Attendees will gain hands-on experience in several practice areas including sports, clinical and community nutrition, food science, and food service. The program also includes a session with admissions and financial aid counselors, a tour of Marywood’s campus, and lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the nutrition and dietetics faculty as well as current students.

Attendees will gain a clearer picture about the career opportunities for a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the types of classes, course material, and supervised practice involved in being a nutrition and dietetics major. Marywood’s Nutrition and Dietetics department provides coursework that prepares students to provide nutrition care in a variety of settings.

Register online by March 22 at to attend “Dietitian for a Day.” For additional information about Marywood University’s nutrition and dietetics program, please visit or call (570) 348-6277.

Marywood University’s MFA Program Ranks Among Top 10 in the Nation

David Plunkert, an nationally recognized illustrator, poster artist, graphic designer, and co-founder of Spur Design LLC in Baltimore, MD, is one of the industry masters who mentor and guest lecture in Marywood’s renowned “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” program.

Marywood University was recently notified that its MFA program, featuring the low-residency MFA Program, “Get Your Master’s with the Masters,” ranks among the top 10 in the nation by Best Value Schools. At #4, Marywood is the only regional institution named in this ranking, which is based on student/faculty ratio and tuition cost, including out-of-pocket expenses. To view Marywood’s ranking, go to

Marywood’s distinctive “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” program, a low-residency MFA in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Sequential Art for working professionals, is the oldest low-residency program in the country, designed for those who are working full time, but who are also interested in earning a terminal degree. Marywood also offers a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary MFA in Visual Arts with tracks in Clay, Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, and Photography.

For more information about Marywood’s “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” low-residency MFA program, go to To learn more about the scope of Marywood University’s Art Programs, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234 or email (graduate) or (undergraduate).

United Neighborhood Centers to Host Purse Bingo

The United Neighborhood Centers of Northeaster Pennsylvania will host a designer purse bingo.

The event will take place on Sunday April 30 at 1:00PM. Doors open at 12:00PM

The event will be held at Holy Cross High School in Dunmore.

The cost to attend the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

20 games with additional purchases available for 3 bingo specials, basket raffles, door prices, basket sales, refreshments and daubers while supplies last.

This is a BYOB event. Players are welcome to bring their own food and alcoholic beverages.

Proceeds benefits United Neighborhood Center of NEPA.