College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

News & Events

English Chair Dr. Laurie McMillan co-leads summer travel course go ireland

Read about the travel course that Dr. McMillan and Dr. Lyndsey Wotanis led in Summer I - Marywood In Ireland 2014 and take a look at the video recapping their students' experiences.

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Marywood University Announces school of business and global innovation


Computer Science and Information Security Programs

Marywood offers programs to prepare students for careers in information technology and cyber security:

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Munley

Kathleen P. Munley, Ph.D., Professor of History, Social Sciences Department Marywood, received the Legion of Honor Award of The Chapel of Four Chaplains at the 23rd Annual Awards Celebration of this national organization on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Dr. Munley's award states that she was selected "in recognition of your services to all people regardless of race or faith. This award symbolizes for all Americans and for all time the unity of this Nation, founded upon the Fatherhood of One God." The Chapel of Four Chaplains is a national organization "encouraging cooperation and selfless service among all people." It was founded in 1947 to "recognize and encourage observation of the unity which binds together Americans of all Faiths." The organization memorializes the courageous act of four Army Chaplains who gave their lifejackets to others when the troopship Dorchester was torpedoed on February 3, 1943 during World War II, and honors the 672 men of the Dorchester who perished, one of the largest naval disasters suffered during wartime in United States history. 



Students Selected for Immersion Program

Luis Canales, an English major, and Gaetano Zarra, a Criminal Justice major, have just been notified that they have been accepted into Widener University School of Law's summer  Immersion program for undergraduate students who are contemplating going on to law school. The Widener program is highly selective, only accepting 25 students from all over the United States. These students are to be congratulated for acceptance into this program. Additionally, Luis was also accepted into The Pennsylvania State University School of Law's immersion program for this summer, also a very selective program.  Congratulations!



Tammy Amosson, Instructor in the Religious Studies Department, is coordinating the Annual Youth Ministry Leaders Retreat on April 7 & 8, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Click here for more information.



Marywood University Student Will Present Research  Project at Capitol Hill Event

 SCRANTON, PA—Marywood University student Kasey Lee Lynn, Orangeville, PA, has been selected from approximately 600 applications to present her research at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) at its’ 18th Annual “Posters on the Hill” event on April 29, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

 “Posters on the Hill” helps raise awareness about the exciting research that undergraduate students are conducting, along with its impact on their futures and that of the country.  In addition to the poster session, Ms. Lynn and her mentor, Erin Sadlack, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Marywood University, will meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss the importance of undergraduate research.

Ms. Lynn examined two prominent twentieth-century women as case studies for her research project: Eva Perón, the First Lady of Argentina, who broke the boundaries of her country and time period by helping women gain the right to vote, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who helped to change America and the world, especially in the Middle East, in terms of women’s rights, giving hope and tools for change to many women.

Ms. Lynn received a double undergraduate degree in English and Spanish in January 2014 from Marywood University, and she has been accepted into the American Government master’s program at Georgetown University, with the hopes of pursuing a career as a political speechwriter.

“I want to effect change, and I can think of no better way to do so than to be the one who writes the words that people will hear and read,” said Ms. Lynn.

Social Change Film Series

Celebrate the power of people to make positive and lasting change in the world!  Click here for more details!  For more information on the Social Change Film Series, please contact Samantha Christiansen at or Jon Christiansen at

Congratulations to the winners of the Delta Epsilon Sigma 2013 Honors Society Writing Contest!

 There were winners in each of four separate categories:

 1. Poetry: Christina Sauer (Honor for the Horror )

 2. Short Fiction: Marnie Azzarelli (The Hanged Man)

 3. Nonfiction: Stephanie Santore (Speak No Evil)

 4. Research: Caitlyn Wroblewski (Technology: A Catalyst for Change in the Architectural World)

The winners of the university-wide writing contest have been entered into the DES National Writing Competition. Winners will be announced in February/March of next year.


As Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I am very pleased to share with you the news that the Department of Mathematical Sciences has been given approval to start offering three new degree programs.  The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and the Bachelor of Science in Information Security will begin in Fall 2014, and the M.S. in Information Security will begin accepting students in Fall 2016.  For more detailed information about the new programs, or to apply, please click over to the Departmental Website!

Business and Managerial Science Department

Lindsey Schroth, a Business Marketing major, has earned a placement at a Fulbright Summer Institute in the U.K. She will study for six weeks at Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth Universities in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.  Click here for more information.



Check out the Anatomical Halloween Project by our Science Department! 


Foreign Language Hosts Immersion Day for High School Students

 The Foreign Language Department  hosted its  annual Immersion Day, on Thursday, October 24 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  On this day between 60-80 area high school students came to campus to enjoy a day of Spanish or French activities and games, all of which are prepared and presented by our Foreign Language majors and minors. The students also had the opportunity to explore how to combine their Foreign Language skills with different majors, such as International Business or other helping service professions.  This also gives the students the opportunity to see the campus and what Marywood University has to offer them. View the Immersion Day presentation (PPT)



Joel Best, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware


The Social Sciences Department at Marywood University is pleased to announce a free public lecture by Dr. Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Best is widely regarded as a leading scholar in the sociological study of social problems.  He has published more than twenty books, including Threatened Children, Everyone’s a Winner: Life in a Congratulatory Culture, Damned Lies and Statistics, and The Stupidity Epidemic.

Book Award for Religious Studies Chair

Dr. Laurie Cassidy

At their recent Annual Meeting in Denver (June 19-21) the Catholic Press Association announced the recipients of this year's Catholic Press Association Awards, and that the recipient of the First Place Award for Books on Gender Issues was She Who Imagines, by Laurie Cassidy and Maureen H. O'Connell, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN.  This volume includes an Introduction written by Dr. Cassidy and her co-editor, and 12 essays written by different authors.  The collection includes the articles, "Picturing Suffering: The Moral Dilemmas in Gazing at Photographs of Human Anguish," by Dr. Laurie Cassidy, and "Being Immaculate:  Images of Oppression and Emancipation," by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, both of Marywood's Religious Studies Department.

The citation for the award commends She Who Imagines  and notes that "The theology of aesthetics takes many steps forward through this expansive work to open the reader's mind, break down barriers, and forge new avenues for women in the Church and in the world. The beauty of this volume lies in the wisdom of its women authors who together provide a life-affirming book that raises the standard of justice and dignity for all people."

Congratulations to Dr. Laurie Cassidy and to Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer for this recognition of their work!

Please visit the links below For News and Events from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Departments.

Business and Managerial Science Department

Aviators Club Toys for Tots - delivery of toys to children in the Pediatric ward of Moses Taylor Hospital; date TBA (usually early Dec)

Delta Mu Delta Induction Ceremony (our Business Honors Society) - Wed, February 19 from 3-4:30pm in Upper Dining Room Nazareth

Ethical Leadership Conference - March 17th 9am-9pm in Latour (open to public)

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - various successful regional entrepreneurs; open to public but please contact Dr. Chris Speicher for availability; runs on most Wednesdays throughout fall semester from 5-6pm in MG 1059

Aviation Day - at the WB/Scr Int'l Airport and coordinated by our Aviators Club; Date TBA (usually mid-April on a Saturday); all proceeds benefit Angel Flight charity

China trip - in conjunction with a few Business courses in the spring semester (i.e., BUS 370 and 461), students will have the opportunity to visit China and research their economic and business environments with two or three Marywood Business faculty; trip occurs during Spring Break 2014

English Department

Book Swap: October 2013 & April 2014 (with the Library), in the Fireplace Lounge; annual events

Scranton Reads Events:
Movie Night: October 2013, The Red Badge of Courage by John Huston
Veterans' Panel: October 2013 (with Marywood's Veterans Office)
[see for details of community events]

Writers On Writing (WOW) Day: 18 Nov 2013 (with the Comm Arts Dept); morning and afternoon workshops in classrooms, evening poetry performance in PAC;

Holiday Social: December 2013 (with the English Club), in a classroom; annual event

Foreign Language Department

Mathematics Department

Philosophy Department

Religious Studies Department

Science Department

Social Science Department

Honors Program