University of Scranton Nationally Recognized for ‘Being Green’

The University of Scranton was included in “The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” published in October. The Loyola Science Center is among the three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings on Scranton’s campus.

The University of Scranton is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. Scranton was listed in the 2018 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” which was published in October.

The guide profiles selected schools based on their “Green Rating” scores assessing the “sustainability-related policies, practices and programs” at colleges as complied from data from the Princeton Review’s survey of school administrators. The Princeton Review weighted analysis of more than 25 data points to assign a college’s Green Rating score, which was done on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide.

According to The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek, college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 11,000 teen-aged students and their parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 “College Hopes and Worries Survey,” 63 percent overall said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would “influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

Scranton’s long-established sustainability efforts include academics, facilities and community education and outreach. Scranton has infused issues of sustainability in courses across the curriculum, ranging from theology, to business, to the natural sciences, to education, as well as other disciplines. Scranton uses numerous “green” procedures in building maintenance practices, as well as in building design and construction. Scranton currently has three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings: Leahy Hall, the Loyola Science Center and the DeNaples Center, which became the city’s first LEED certified structure in 2008. The University also conducts multiple community educational programs organized through its Office of Sustainability, which include a community garden, an Earth Day Essay Contest, an Earth Day Fair and an Evening of Environmental Science program for area children and families.

University’s community garden, which now occupies nearly three quarters of a city block, was used by nearly thirty families, staff, faculty, clubs and neighbors in the 2017-18 academic year. Biology professor Anne M. Royer, Ph.D., also used an area of the garden for research this summer. Fresh vegetables grown through-out the summer were donated to the University’s Leahy Center food pantry.

In addition, the Sustainability Office began a Work Study Program that engages work-study students in service-learning opportunities to help them grow in knowledge practical applications of sustainability concepts taught in their classes.

In addition to its “Guide to 399 Green Colleges,” The Princeton Review has listed Scranton in its “Best Colleges” guidebooks for 17 consecutive years, also ranking Scranton in its 2019 edition among the nation’s “Best Campus Food” (No. 15) and “Best Science Labs” (No. 16).

Allied Services and Heinz Rehab Transitional Rehab Units Recognized

The U.S. News & World Report recently released the 2018-2019 Best Nursing Homes report. To produce the report and its online Nursing Home Finder tool, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide. The ratings draw on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Traditionally, nursing homes receive an Overall rating based on measures such as quality of medical care, state-conducted inspections and staffing.  For the 2018-2019 ratings, U.S. News introduced a new Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating for those facilities with sufficient relevant volume. According to U.S. News, the new rating is aimed at providing patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

Only two facilities within 100 miles of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area received the survey’s top rating of “High Performing” in either the Overall rating or the Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit in Scranton and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit in Wilkes-Barre both received the title of “High Performing” in both the Overall and Short-Stay Rehabilitation ratings. This double accolade earns these non-profit health facilities the “Best Nursing Home” designation.

“In the midst of a constantly changing landscape in healthcare, our nursing service delivery model is anchored in best practice and theory which enables our patients to achieve the best outcomes” comments Chris Minich, OTR/L, NHA, Administrator, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit. “Our fast track rehab program boasts a multitude of therapists who are certified in the latest rehab technology and treatment techniques enabling our residents the ability to return home in a shorter amount of time”

Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit and Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit have consistently earned top marks for their patient care, receiving the US News & World “Best Nursing Home” title 5 years in a row. In October 2018, Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit increased its capacity to 45 beds in response to a growing community need for short-term rehabilitation.

More information about the data or methodology behind the ratings and the online Nursing Home Finder tool is available at

Lackawanna College to Hold Fall Open House

Lackawanna College will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, November 17  beginning at 9 a.m. at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton. The event highlights the application process, resident housing, life on campus, and academics.

The open house is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the campus, attend individual academic sessions, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives. Coaches from the Athletics Department will also be available.

Open House is free and walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. To register, visit For additional information, contact Lackawanna College Regional Admissions Manager, Tom Bogush, at 570-955-1509.

Wilkes University Corporate Social Responsibility Survey


Wilkes University and Stifel are conducting research on Corporate Social Responsibility in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises in NEPA and they want your input!

The survey is interested in learning how your business engages with the community, participate in philanthropy, and contribute to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.  Your responses will be kept confidential, and you may decline to answer any question that is a part of the survey.

As a thank you, If you participate in this survey, you will receive an invitation to our symposium where we will discuss the results of the data (Date to be announced) and you can see how your company compares to the other companies.  All we will need is an email address to send the invite. The link to the survey is HERE and it will take about 30 minutes to fill out.  We appreciate your time and we cannot wait to learn about your business!

Fan-Favorite ‘The Roadshow Tour’ Coming to Wilkes-Barre


Wilkes-Barre, PA. (Nov. 5, 2018) – Continuing to take both music and message to thousands, Compassion LIVE’s “The Roadshow Tour” 2019 announced today the tour will visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, February 23rd at 6pm. “The Roadshow Tour” will feature Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, worship with very special guest Michael W. Smith and Leanna Crawford.

“I’m so honored to be invited back by my friends at Compassion International to now headline ‘The Roadshow Tour’ for the first time,” explains 4X GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West. “I firmly believe that every concert can be not just a concert, but a life changing experience. I’ve seen God at work night after night in the lives of people who attend. And because of the work of Compassion International, the impact goes far beyond those in attendance at the shows. Many children’s lives are being radically changed, rescued from poverty through the blessing of sponsorship.” 2019 marks 3X GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith’s first appearance on the talented line-up. “I’m really looking forward to being a part of ‘The Roadshow Tour,’” adds Smith. “I’m going to start off the night in a really unique way – on the floor of the arena surrounded by the crowd. I’m grateful for my long and productive relationship with Compassion International and I appreciate them providing the opportunity for me to kick off these concerts setting the tone for the night from the very beginning.”

Tickets are on sale now at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena and through Ticketmaster. For tickets and additional information, visit


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Compassion LIVE, established in 2014 by Compassion International, provides the highest quality events for families to join together and grow with others in faith. Compassion LIVE partners with impact-making leaders, artists and communicators to produce life-changing events that share the message of faith and impact the church for children around the world. For more information, visit www. Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. Compassion’s child sponsorship program has been validated through independent, empirical research. For more about the ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter @compassion.


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Justin Moore to Headline Mohegan Sun Arena with Special Guest Eric Paslay

Justin Moore has built a reputation of being a dynamic live entertainer and one of the best vocalists in country music. On Thursday, February 14th Justin will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with special guest Eric Paslay. Tickets will go on-sale Friday, November 16th at 10am and be available at the NBT Bank Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at



Justin Moore has built a loyal fanbase over the past decade with his traditional Country sound and captivating live shows. He most recently released his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE earning the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album debut and featuring his chart-topping singles “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will.” The 16-track project skyrocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart upon release. The Arkansas native spent three years putting the project together, which serves as a follow up to his second No. 1 album release, the GOLD-certified OFF THE BEATEN PATH.

Moore holds seven No. 1’s under his signature white cowboy hat including “Point at You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll” as well as seven Top 10 hits and PLATINUM-certified albums JUSTIN MOORE and OUTLAWS LIKE ME. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations as well as an ACM Award win. He has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert and is currently traversing the country entertaining audiences.

Moore is currently working on his fifth full-length album, due out in 2019. The first track from the LP, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” was released to all digital partners on October 12, 2018 and was co-written alongside Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill and producer Jeremy Stover.



“Honesty is a powerful magnet that always draws an eager audience and it has proven to be a potent tool in Eric Paslay’s creative arsenal. Sometimes playful, often poignant and always thoroughly entertaining, the 6’ 4” singer/songwriter with the fiery red hair and easy smile has quickly earned a reputation as an artist that knows how to capture the attention of an audience and hold them in the palm of his hands.”

Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current “Song of The Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Eric’s new single, “Young Forever” is available everywhere now!

Marywood University to Honor Veterans with Special Events




SCRANTON, PA (October 11, 2018)—Marywood University’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the Student Veteran Alliance will lead activities to honor those who are serving and who have served our country on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Field of Flags, in Tree Stadium, next to Marywood’s Veterans Resource Center, 2236 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, Pa., on the University’s campus.

Marywood University trumpeters will play “Echo TAPS,” surrounding the nearly 7,000 flags which represent fallen troops from the Global Wars on Terrorism in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served following the Veterans Day Ceremony.

Christopher Smith, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University said, “This year, lighting has been added to the Field of Flags. We knew we wanted to implement lighting to the flags this year, especially since the United States flag should always be lit at night.”

In addition to the Field of Flags, which will be on display from November 1 – November 14, 2018, Tom Tice from Warrior Strong will serve as the guest speaker at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Marywood University. Warrior Strong will also provide a free yoga class for veterans and dependents at Marywood University’s Veterans Resource Center on November 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. The class is also available to non-military community members and is donation based.

Warrior Strong is an adaptive workout facility that offers veterans four core services including: an adaptive workout facility, free personal training certification, occupational and mental health therapy; and networking and socialization for veterans.

The community will meet again at 9 p.m., on November 9, 2018, at Marywood University’s Veterans Resource Center for light refreshments and a candlelight vigil.

Mr. Smith said, “Veterans Days gives the Marywood community and the public the opportunity to pray, reflect, and honor those who have served or are serving, as well as those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

For additional information on Veteran’s Day activities at Marywood University, please visit