Paula Shields, Jacksonville, FL, was elected to Marywood’s Board of Trustees in 2012-2013. In addition, the slate of officers elected for the 2012-2013 year, included Marion Munley, Moosic, PA, Chair; Patricia Glinsky, Denver, CO, Vice Chair; Ann R. Henry, Ph.D., Flemington, N.J., Secretary, and Antonia M. Schierling, Rockville, MD, Treasurer.
Frances M. Zauhar, Ph.D. was named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Marywood University in July 2012.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, 99 percent of undergraduate students received financial aid. Marywood-funded scholarships and grants for 2012-2013 totaled $33,921,090. Marywood maintains a strong historical commitment to providing access to quality higher education for students of working and middle class families.
Marywood maintained its place on the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year. Ninety-four percent of the student body completed some form of community service in 2012-2013, and 769 students were enrolled in courses with a service learning requirement. Overall, 3,635 faculty, staff, and students contributed 146,534 hours of community service in 2012-2013.
Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Marywood has sent 200 volunteers to flooded areas, with 13 trips to Brooklyn, Staten Island, Little Ferry, NJ, and Rockaway Park, NY, to assist with relief efforts. In addition, members of the Marywood community have donated 1,695 items of food, clothing, toiletries, household and cleaning supplies to victims of the storm.
At the annual 2015 Society Dinner in October 2012, Marywood University celebrated its leading benefactors and bestowed three Presidential Medals. Recipients of the 2012 Presidential Medal included: The Most Reverend James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton, for his dedicated service to the people of Northeast Pennsylvania; Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little ‘66, a Marywood alumna and current Chancellor of the University of Kansas, for her outstanding contributions to higher education as a brilliant educator, psychologist, clinician, researcher, and leader; and Kenneth Hackett, former President of Catholic Relief Services, for his visionary and compassionate leadership and the engagement of the U.S. Catholic community in CSR’s work around the world.
The Office of Military and Veteran Services hosted a three-day conference to educate regional colleagues on best practices for working with military and veteran students. In addition, the University conducted a week-long tribute to the 6,600 U.S. service members who have fallen during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. Marywood displayed a field of American flags on the Memorial Commons, held a Veterans’ Day Mass and Veterans’ Day Roll Call, participated in a national moment of silence, and held a special Veterans’ Day salute at the site of the flag display. The image of 6,600 flags drew media attention regionally, and Internet and social media attention through the nation and the world.
The Fall Convocation, the first formal academic ceremony of the 2012-2013 year at Marywood University, was held on Friday, October 19, at the Sette LaVerghetta Center. The University's core value of empowerment was the focus of the day’s events, which featured Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D. ’66, Chancellor of the University of Kansas and a Marywood University alumna, as the keynote speaker. In addition to the keynote address, the event featured the annual faculty awards for distinguished academic work, including “Distinctions in One’s Discipline,” awarded to Edward J. O’Brien, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology/Counseling. A new faculty award for service was also presented to Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., Professor of Social Science (pro-rata). Marywood’s nominee for “2012 CASE Professor of the Year” was Laurie McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English.
A new Organic Chemistry Laboratory in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences was constructed. The new laboratory allows the University to expand its instrumentation and further its research efforts. In addition to offering new courses, students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of new, meaningful research projects. The lab is environmentally friendly, with such features as ductless hoods that don’t vent out into the surrounding area, special filters that absorb chemicals, and procedures that cut down the amount of chemicals students use.
For the past 37 years, Marywood has hosted the Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s annual rendition of “The Nutcracker.” In 2012, the free performances were held December 26-28.
Outreach to community members aged 50+ continues through the University’s Lifelong Learning Institute. In 2012-2013, the Institute served the highest number of seniors ever—1,037 participants via 32 different classroom offerings and seven one-day travel experiences.
Lori E. Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C, Director of the Physician Assistant Program, received national recognition for her work and writing in the field of physician assistant education and was awarded the Physician Assistant Education Association's (PAEA) Article of the Year Award.
Through their “Training the Trainer” program, two professors from the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies are educating a group of Bhutanese refugees living in Scranton. The program began in October 2012 and was the brainchild of Sr. Angela Kim, IHM, Ph.D. and Steven Burke, Ph.D., both faculty members in Marywood’s social work program. Each week the Bhutanese refugees take interdisciplinary classes covering topics as wide-ranging as health, technology, nutrition, K-12 and college information and the cultural integration process.
Marywood University and East Stroudsburg University signed an agreement on June 14, 2013, that allows Marywood to offer its Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree on East Stroudsburg’s campus. Beginning fall 2013, M.S.W. students in Stroudsburg and the surrounding areas can earn their Marywood MSW degree off-campus through the Pocono Program.
In keeping with Marywood’s historic commitment to the arts, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance provided 35 separate performances for the Marywood community and the broader region during the 2012-2013 academic year. An estimated 7,500 persons attended these events. For the 49th year, Marywood Children’s Theatre delivered three performances to full houses of local school children (2,400 overall). The Summer Concert Series, now in its 35th year, drew audiences of approximately 500 for each of the four concerts held.
Marywood’s Chamber Singers were selected as finalists in the 2012 competition for The American Prize in Choral Performance. In addition, six members of Marywood's Wind Ensemble were selected to perform with the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band in the spring of 2013.
The three art galleries presented 20 different exhibitions: 12 in the Mahady Gallery and Suraci Gallery; 8 in the Maslow Study Gallery. On average, there are more than 13,500 people moving through the galleries for exhibitions and related events.
Marywood art students took home gold and silver awards at this year's Northeast Pennsylvania ADDY Awards, held on March 8. This is the eighth consecutive year in which Marywood students have won ADDY Awards.
Batt Burns, a “seanchai,” or Irish storyteller, performed on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in the Comerford Theater, Science Building. In the spring, author Beverly Donofrio, best known for her memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, appeared at Marywood on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Rebecca Davis, founder of the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, delivered the keynote address at Marywood’s 4th Annual Fulbright Lecture on April 19, 2013.
Lindsey Schroth, a student at Marywood University, earned a placement at a Fulbright Summer Institute in the U.K. She studied for six weeks at Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth Universities in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
Marywood University awarded over 850 degrees at its Commencement on May 12, 2013. His Grace, The Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis, served as keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. Archbishop Tobin encouraged the Class of 2013 to make choices guided by love as they travel on life’s journey.
A new slogan for the Marywood Alumni Association, “Forever Green,” was developed and introduced at various alumni events through the last half of the academic year and will continue through the Centennial. “Forever Green” supports the idea that alumni continue to draw on the spirit and the values of their alma mater throughout their lifetimes, and the sense of belonging that started at Marywood continues with them wherever they go.
The 2012 Alumni Award Winners included: Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 (M.S. ’69), Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service; Ann Cooney Newswanger ’57, Award for Excellence in Health and Human Services; Kathryn Lynott Oursler ’72, Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dr. Paulette Posluszny Merchel ’69, Award for Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts; and Suzanne Vanston Speicher ’72, Award for Excellence in Education and Human Development.