Keystone College Announces Speaker for 2023 Commencement

The Honorable William R. Evanina, former director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center in Washington, D.C., will address members of the Keystone College Class of 2023 during the college’s 152nd commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 on campus.

A 1987 Keystone College graduate and a native of nearby Peckville, Pa., Mr. Evanina is now the founder and CEO of the Evanina Group, advising CEOs and boards of directors on strategic corporate risk. He also serves on multiple advisory boards. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2020 to be the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). He served as the NCSC Director since 2014 and was head of counterintelligence (CI) for the United States government.

In that role, Mr. Evanina was responsible for leading and supporting the CI and security activities of the nation’s intelligence community, the United States government, and private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. He oversaw national-level programs and activities such as the National Insider Threat Task Force; personnel security and background investigations; information technology protection standards and compliance; counterintelligence cyber operations; supply chain risk management; threat awareness to sectors of the nation’s critical infrastructure; national-level damage assessments from espionage or unauthorized disclosures; CI mission management; and national CI and security training programs.

Under Mr. Evanina’s leadership, NCSC produced the President’s National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020, which has been instrumental in raising foreign intelligence threat awareness to critical infrastructure sectors and private sector executives regarding supply chain, economic security, cyber, and malign foreign influence.

Mr. Evanina chaired the National Counterintelligence Policy Board and the Allied Security and Counterintelligence Forum comprised of senior CI and security leaders from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He served as chair of the NATO Counterintelligence Panel.

Prior to his selection as the director of NCSC, Mr. Evanina was the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterespionage Group. He served as assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he led operations in both the Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Divisions.

Mr. Evanina has more than 31 years of distinguished federal service, 24 of which as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the start of his law enforcement career in 1996, he investigated organized crime and violent crimes through the FBI’s Newark Field Office. He then served on an FBI SWAT unit for 10 years, ultimately supervising this unit. He led some of the highest profile terrorism investigations in our nation’s history including the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax attacks, and the Daniel Pearl kidnapping. During his tenure with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Mr. Evanina was selected as a supervisory special agent and received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for his leadership in the investigation into convicted spy Leandro Argoncillo. His government career began in 1989 as a project manager with the General Services Administration in Philadelphia. He retired from federal service in 2021. 

Mr. Evanina attended Valley View High School, where he played baseball and football. As the first in his family to attend college, he holds an associate degree from what was then Keystone Junior College, where he played baseball and graduated summa cum laude. He continued his academics and athletics with a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Wilkes University (summa cum laude), and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Arcadia University in Philadelphia. He resides in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Dominic and Will. 

The Hospice of the Sacred Heart Announces Speaker

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is pleased to announce that Mitch Albom, author, philanthropist, columnist and sports reporter, will speak in Scranton as part of the year-long 20th Anniversary celebration of Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Albom will speak at the Theater at North, Thursday, April 20th at 7 PM. A book signing will follow in the Theater at North Gallery.   

Author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Albom’s books have sold over 39 million copies and have been translated into over 45 languages. While nationally recognized for his sports writing, Albom is perhaps best known for the themes of hope and kindness that weave through his books, plays and films. In his talks and presentations, he brings the same inspiring message of community building, giving and purpose.

His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold. Now in its twentieth year, Tuesdays remains one of the top selling memoirs of all time and was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning TV movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.

Albom has founded 10 charities, including nine in the Detroit area, such as S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans, as well as the Chika Fund, which provides life-saving medical costs and health care.

A columnist for The Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on The Sports Reporters podcast, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June, 2010, he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

He is the author of eight bestselling books, with five debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, including The First Phone Call from HeavenHave A Little FaithThe Five People You Meet in Heaven and its sequel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. Albom is currently developing an hour-long drama series based on the novels for FOX.

His bestseller, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and Making of a Family, is the true story of Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change Albom’s heart. Albom’s latest book, The Stranger in the Lifeboat, will be available for sale immediately following the April 20th event and Mr. Albom will gladly sign them.  

Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM and has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, and CBS Sunday Morning. His articles have been featured in The New York TimesGQ and Sports Illustrated.  

“We invited Mitch to speak to a large group of Hospice of the Sacred Heart employees, volunteers {“type”:”block”,”srcIndex”:10,”srcClientId”:”51dda515-b228-4e21-97df-7ba68d842c1e”,”srcRootClientId”:””}and community members in 2005. We’re delighted to bring him back and look forward to his fresh and inspiring presentation,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

Tickets for “An Evening with Mitch Albom” are $55 and are available by visiting the Hospice of the Sacred Heart website (HospiceSacredHeart.org) or at the Theater at North box office. Box office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 AM to 2 PM, Thursday 3 to 6 PM and the evening of the show starting at 5 PM.

Media outlets are invited to interview Mr. Albom immediately after his presentation.  

Clarks Summit University to Host Lunch & Learn Event

Learn from Dr. Crawford Loritts in this resource event presented by Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary.

Click here to register today!

Expand Your Godly Leadership Skills

God has called His people to lead in different ways and various settings. No matter where you are leading, you can put four basic concepts into practice to become a more effective, godly leader. Learn from national speaker Dr. Crawford Loritts about the characteristics of brokenness, communion, servanthood andobedience. At the Lunch & Learn Leadership event at Clarks Summit University, Loritts will examine each counter-cultural trait and help you understand a truly biblical view on leadership. His sessions are based on his insightful book, “Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence.”

Details:  

March 30, 2023
Recreation Center Room 209
Clarks Summit University
538 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, PA

$25 per person includes breakfast, Chick-fil-A lunch, three main sessions plus Q&A time.
Due to limited seating, registration is required and early registration is encouraged.

The first 50 people to register will receive the complementary gift of Loritts’ book: “Leadership as an Identity.”

Register today!

Schedule:           

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. Session 1: Brokenness
  • 10 a.m. Session 2: Communion (combined session with CSU students)
  • 11 a.m. Session 3: Servanthood & Obedience
  • Noon Lunch: Chick-fil-A; Q&A time with Dr. Crawford Loritts

Meet National Speaker: Dr. Crawford Loritts

Loritts speaks at conferences, universities, churches and evangelistic outreaches across the nation and other parts of the world. He’s been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four Chapel and the Pentagon.

President and founder of “Beyond our Generation,” he is committed to helping shape the next generation of Christian leaders. Loritts has been a church planter, pastor and on staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. He serves on several boards including CRU, FamilyLife and Chick-fil-A. The author of nine books and host of two national radio programs has received five honorary doctorates.

The New Jersey native trusted Christ as his Savior when he was a teenager. He met his wife in college; they’ve been married since 1971.

Speaker and Sports Activist Kyle Richard Addresses Lackawanna College Students

Lackawanna College welcomed guest speaker Kyle Richard on January 27 to share his story with students and the Scranton community, promote active bystanders and speak about violence prevention awareness.

“Richard’s presentation is an important part of our initiative to educate and engage our students in bystander awareness,” said Tierny Ulmer Cresswell, Student Wellness Program Director. “We are honored to host Richard and provide our students with an opportunity to hear his heroic story.”

Richard is a former SUNY Cortland linebacker and football team captain who was shot twice during the summer of 2017 when he intervened to stop a sexual assault. Due to his experience, Richard has become a nationally known and influential advocate for bystander intervention and the prevention of sexual assault. Richard has received several awards for his heroism, including the notable Biden Courage Award for Bystander Intervention from It’s On Us and the Biden Foundation, the Orange Bowl Award and the Next Generation Award.

“I’m beyond excited to get the year kicked off at Lackawanna College,” said Richard. “I shared my story to provide a wide range of emotions through vulnerability & to motivate athletes, students and faculty to continue doing their part in preventing sexual & domestic violence.”

The Kyle Richard event was part of Lackawanna College’s “It’s On Us Lackawanna” project, which was funded by a grant award from the 2020-2021 Governor’s It’s On Us PA grant program.

Dr. Katie Leonard – EMPOWER Conference Speaker

President & CEO, Johnson College

Presentation: Wanted: Women Who Work

This session covers topics that are close to Dr. Katie Leonard’s heart, including how women affect the workforce, how the workforce affects women, what or who sabotages your success, how to overcome obstacles, and most importantly, how to mentor others and help yourself, so you stay in the workforce and thrive. A lot goes into empowering oneself, and during this session, you’ll learn how to rock it!!!

Bio:

Dr. Katie Leonard joined Johnson College in January of 2007 as the College’s Coordinator of Grants and Annual Fund. From there, she had continued success in fundraising and community outreach, which led to several positions within the College leading up to her becoming Executive Vice President, overseeing all campus operations.

In her time with the College, Dr. Leonard formed industry relationships, reestablished the alumni program, increased annual giving, and initiated the College’s rebranding in 2011. She executed the College’s first-ever capital campaign in 2013, which raised, comprehensively, over $5 million to build the new Health Science Technology Center on campus, the College’s largest building project to date. After a nationwide search, Dr. Leonard was selected Johnson College’s 8th President & CEO in January of 2018.

Under Dr. Leonard’s leadership as President & CEO, Johnson College joined the rankings of premiere technical education in 2018 by being ranked #10 on Forbes Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools. Two new programs, Heavy Equipment Technology and Building Property Technology, have been developed and have started accepting students. Total donor investments in the College have reached over four million dollars, and the College has received over 2.8 million dollars in grants awarded. The College continues to enhance its relationships with new and long-standing industry partners and continues to develop ways to get students into the workforce faster through programs like Industry Fast Track and Industry Immersion. In 2021 the College reached record enrollment numbers for the third year in a row and was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The College will launch four new academic programs during the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Dr. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Mansfield University, and a doctorate of education from Capella University. Before bringing her talents to Johnson College, Dr. Leonard held multiple positions in York, PA, working with government officials and non-profit organizations. In York, she was the Executive Director of Downtown Inc., York’s Main Street Program. Dr.  Leonard has also made significant contributions to the community outside of her roles with Johnson College. She serves on the board of directors of NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Outreach Center for Community Resources, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a Trustee for her undergraduate alma mater, York College of Pennsylvania.

Penn State Scranton Hosting Speaker on Race and Identity

Michael Sidney Fosberg, founder of Incognito Inc., grew up believing he was white; then, in his early 30s, he learned that he is actually black. On Thursday, Nov. 4 at noon in the Study Learning Center’s Sherbine Lounge, he will present, “Nobody Wants to Talk About It – Race, Identity and the Difficulties in Forging Meaningful Conversations”.

For more than a decade, Fosberg has toured the country performing his autobiographical play, “Incognito” at schools, colleges corporations, government agencies, community organizations and military bases. The play is based on his personal experiences in learning of, and discovering, his Black biological father.

After hundreds of presentations and in-depth dialogues, Fosberg has assembled a set of tools and takeaways useful in navigating uncomfortable conversations about race and identity. 

He will share these tools at this presentation, with the goal of providing a road map to more authentic and meaningful conversations and authentic dialogue.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Nicole Paolicelli in Penn State Scranton’s Student Activities Office at 570-963-2703 or email: ntp10@psu.edu. You can also visit the speaker’s website at: www.incognitotheplay.com.

Candy Frye to Deliver Johnson College’s 2021 Commencement Address

Johnson College has selected Candy Frye, Director of New Business Development at A. Pickett Construction, Inc. and Johnson College graduate, to give their 2021 commencement address to graduates on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at dusk, at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Scranton.

As the Director of New Business Development at A. Pickett Construction, Inc., Frye is instrumental in driving new business.  She nurtures relationships with existing commercial and facilities-related clients.  She identifies new opportunities through the development of strategic relationships with potential clients of various sectors.  Prior to this role, Frye was the Dispatch Manager of Pickett Facilities Maintenance, a subsidiary of A. Pickett Construction, Inc.  Her background has been diverse in nature, though always trade-related.

Mrs. Frye currently serves on the Johnson College Board of Directors, is the current chair for the NEPA Associated Builders and Contractors Association, and is an active member of multiple chambers of commerce.  She also serves on the Domestic Violence Service Center Board of Directors as well as multiple associated related committees.

During her time as a student at Johnson College, she earned an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in both Building Construction Technology in 1993 and Architectural Drafting and Design in 1994. She was nominated and served as Student Government President as well as received the Non-Traditional Student of the Year award.

She resides in Harding with her husband Jay, daughter Jordan, and great-nephew, Noah.

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