Annual Report: Highlights

Sister Mary Persico

On July 1, 2016, Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., officially became Marywood’s 12th President. She was formally installed as President at her inauguration on October 28, 2016. In keeping with her commitment to make Marywood the university of choice for talented, diverse, and intelligent men and women who want to make a positive impact on society at regional and global levels, the focus of Sister Mary’s inaugural celebration was Marywood: A University for the World. She shared her empowering global vision with the entire Marywood University community. During her Inaugural Address, In Service of the Vision, Sister Mary stated, “The commitment to empower others by educating the whole person compels us. The desire to serve in pursuit of a just society transforms a job into a vocation. The development of true leaders is a mandate we take very seriously. Working for the common good in an interdependent world is what we do every day…As we live and we work in service of that vision, we embrace it—strongly—and we will never let it go.”

Marywood signed several new articulation agreements to enhance a shared commitment to students with other institutions. Development of articulation agreements continues to be a priority of Marywood University, as it eases the transfer process for students in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Marywood partners with local colleges, such as Lackawanna College and Luzerne County Community College, as well as community colleges in New York and New Jersey, to create articulation agreements that help students attain their educational goals.

Marywood Orientation

Marywood University welcomed more than 1,000 new faces, including nearly 500 incoming and future students, accompanied by their families, at Summer Orientation 2016. Under brilliant blue skies, and in toasty July temperatures on Friday, more than 300 enrolled members of the new Class of 2020, and their families, were welcomed to Marywood’s beautiful campus by a small army of cheering upperclassmen, and then settled in for two days of preparation to begin their college careers. On Saturday, an additional 140 high school students and 220 of their family members joined the action at the first-ever summer Open House—a turnout that exceeded expectations by 40 percent. It was a perfect opportunity for high school students considering Marywood University to witness and meet students who’ve already made the commitment to Marywood.

For the second consecutive year, Architecture and Interior Architecture students spent the summer academic session learning about and preparing for “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.” The special topics course, taught by Stephen Garrison, Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture/Design, focuses on residential furniture design, using recycled materials. Marywood students debuted their final design projects at both the Las Vegas World Market, July 31-August 1, 2016, and at the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina, October 22-26, 2016.

Dr. Mona Griffer, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), was notified that she was elected an ASHA Fellow—one of the highest forms of recognition awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance and have made significant contributions to the profession. From hundreds of applicants considered for an ASHA Fellow, fewer than 20 were awarded Fellow status.

The Board of Trustees appointed Susan C. Turell, Ph.D., as Marywood’s new Provost, and Tammy J. McHale, CPA, as the new Vice President for Business Affairs (VPBA). Dr. Turell’s appointment was effective as of January 1, 2017, while Ms. McHale began her tenure on December 1, 2016.

The Field of Flags

Marywood University offers the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” in veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic success, according to Military Times. Marywood was also one of only two regional Universities ranked in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. According to US News, “These are the top-ranked schools in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.” Additionally, Marywood was ranked as a “Best Value” university among Master’s level colleges in the North by US News.

Marywood University offers one of the top 25 Doctor of Psychology degree programs in the nation, according to a recent ranking by Online Psychology Degrees. Eleventh of the 25 universities ranked for Doctor of Psychology degree programs, Marywood is the only university in Northeast Pennsylvania to merit a ranking on the list.

TV Marywood Election Night

The student-run television station, TV Marywood, and its student-run newspaper, The Wood Word, provided all-day coverage of the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016. In addition to the live broadcast, there was live tweeting from @TVMarywood and @TheWoodWord. Information relevant to the election, historical information regarding voting rights, and materials to get students to the polls on Election Day was also provided. Election Cake, based on a recipe from the 18th Century, was served, and historians spoke briefly about the importance of voting.

The Learning Commons received the 2016 Pride and Progress—New Construction Award, which is sponsored by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce on November 9, 2016, at the Theatre at North, Scranton, Pa. Sister Mary Persico, IHM, president of Marywood University, accepted the award at the Chamber Gala on behalf of the University.

The Office of Military and Veteran Services and the Student Veteran Alliance led Veterans Day events to honor those who are serving and who have served our country on Friday, November 11, at the Field of Flags, in Tree Stadium, next to the Veterans Resource Center. Cadets from the University of Scranton Royal Warrior Battalion provided the Color Guard, and trumpeters played “Echo TAPS,” surrounding the nearly 7,000 flags, which represented fallen troops from the Global Wars on Terrorism in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. The Field of Flags was on display from November 7-14, 2016. In addition to the Veterans Day ceremony, a memorial wall of remembrance was displayed in the Liberal Arts Center Rotunda. The memorial wall was constructed by interior architecture students, under the direction of Maria MacDonald, Program Director of Interior Architecture. The wall of remembrance was on display from November 7-11, 2016.

Chamber Singers

The University’s Chamber Singers were named semifinalists in the collegiate division of The American Prize 2016 in Choral Music, a nationwide performing arts competition. The Chamber Singers were evaluated for the ensemble’s latest CD, Ave Maria: A Celebration of Marywood University’s First 100 Years. Candidates for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional and national recognition based on their recorded performances.

Students in the University’s Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) won 15 awards in the 2017 SCJ National Contest.

The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association chapter at Marywood earned Gold Chapter Honors.

Rachel Looker ’18, a digital media major, was awarded the Arthur H. Barlow Student Journalist of the Year Award at the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) 2016 Biennium Conference. Additionally, Kristen Gabriella Pietryka, ’17, an advertising and public relations major and business minor, received the Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise in December 2016 at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Philadelphia’s Pepperpot and Achievement Awards Ceremony.

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Music, Theatre, and Dance department received recognition for its Fall 2016 production of To Kill a Mockingbird from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in January 2017. Student performers Markis Blackwell ’18, who played the character of Tom Robinson; and Amanda Hirschler ’17, who played the character of Maudie Atkinson, were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Award Competition at the Regional Festival. KCACTF also cited student Helena Rankin ’19 for excellence in stage management. A first-time stage manager for the University's production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Helena received a certificate of Honorable Mention for excellence in stage management.

The University’s student-run radio station, VMFM 91.7, was voted “Best College Radio Station” by Electric City magazine. VMFM has won a number of awards as one of the top regional college radio stations, including “The 40 Best Little Radio Stations in the Country’ by Paste Magazine, and Electric City’s “Best College Radio Stations” for 13 years. VMFM 91.7 features alternative music and other music genres, including rock, jazz, and Christian, and gives students’ production, on-air, and management experience. The station is the only station in Northeast Pennsylvania with an alternative music format. Student disc jockeys also develop specialized programming, including R&B, country, and talk shows. VMFM 91.7 is on air 24/7 and also streams online.

Doctoral student Patricia Richards-Service received a Fulbright Research Grant to the European Union.

The School of Social Work hosted a Heroin & Opioid Addiction Panel Discussion on April 4, 2017. Panelists included: State Senator John Blake, Carl Graziano, Douglas Albertson, and Richardo Horn. Stacy Lange, WNEP-TV, moderated the discussion.

CNN Correspondent, Jill Dougherty, addressed graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony.

CLC 2017

Marywood University hosted its Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on Marywood’s campus. The event honored Patrick Fricchione, M.D., with Marywood’s Lead On Award, in recognition of his enthusiastic dedication to his profession and to his community, as well as his selfless, ongoing commitment to Marywood University and its students.

Marywood’s Graduate Criminal Justice Program announced that that the program would be entirely online for Fall 2017.

Erin O'Hora, DHSc, RDN, LDN was named Outstanding Dietetic Educator for the Graduate Category at the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting and exhibition

Joseph A. Polizzi

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D. received the 2017 Donald Walters Lecture and Award at the 8th Annual New DEEL conference at Temple University.

Marywood’s String Project was presented with a check from The Scranton Area Community Foundation to help support the All Saints String Project.

The work of Tony Rodriguez, a 2014 graduate of “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” fine arts program, was selected by The Washington Post as one of the 50 great illustrations from 2016