Misericordia University To Launch Lunch and Learn Series

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DALLAS TWP., Pa. – The Office of Service Learning at Misericordia University is launching a free “Lunch and Learn Community Education Lecture Series” that is designed to expand awareness and deepen the understanding of critical community issues and the work-dedicated organizations in the region are doing to tackle those issues.


Jeffrey Dauber, education and outreach coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, is presenting the inaugural lecture, “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 12-1 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program will explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s and dementia, risk factors and general stages of the disease, and what happens to the brain affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as current treatments and the future of Alzheimer’s research.


Dauber holds a certificate in Elder Care Services and is an Alzheimer’s Association Certified Master Trainer. He has been in his current position with the Alzheimer’s Association for five years helping to provide care and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Luzerne County Community College, he is a past member of the Pennsylvania State Subcommittee on Organ and Tissue Donation. He currently serves on the Allied Health Education Advisory Board of the McCann School.


“Myths, Miracles, and Everyday Heroes: How Organ Donation Saves Lives in Our Community,” will be the title of a lecture presented by Susan Koomar, community relations coordinator of the Gift of Life Donor Program, on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 12-1 p.m. in rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall. The program will address the myths and realities of organ donation, what can be donated, the organ donation process, the ethics and decisions involved, and how organ donation is saving lives in the local community. Koomar’s talk will feature personal stories from local organ recipients and organ donor families.


In her role with the Gift of Life Donor Program, Koomar leads a team of volunteers, including transplant recipients, donor families and living donors. Her work focuses on outreach throughout the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania to promote and educate the community on organ and tissue donation. A native of Nesquehoning, Koomar is also an award-winning writer who has worked extensively in community journalism and innovative online media.


Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, please contact Louise Keller, service-learning specialist, at lkeller@misericordia.edu, or (570) 674-6203.


For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.