“I can say without hesitation that MU prepared me to excel and lead in my profession. MU allowed me to recognize, develop and advance in my professional career.”
-Joan Cooper Bonczek
Faculty Present Interdisciplinary Research at the American Educational Research Association
Dr. Tobin's Book Signing!
On Monday October 13, 2014 Kerri Tobin PhD, did a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Wilkes-Barre for her book, Homelessness Comes to School. Dr. Tobin's substantial and far-reaching research describes the plight of homeless children and ways to work together toward a solution. A fresh look at a most-challenging issue.
Dr. Polizzi Presents Fulbright Alumni Association Annual Conference
Dr. Polizzi had the honor of giving a presentation entitled Documentary Photography and Films as Intercultural Learning at the 36th Annual Fulbright Association Conference in Washington, DC. The conference was aimed at empowering Fulbright alumni to utilize their Fulbright experiences in service to their local, national, and international communities while carrying on their commitment to public diplomacy and intellectual exhange. Dr. Polizzi is pictured above with Harriet Fulbright in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Rooms in the State Department.
Dr. Patricia Arter and Dr. Frank DeMatteo recently trained and certified their dogs, Mocha and Moose, as therapy dogs in the local Welcome Waggers chapter through Therapy Dogs International.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. Therapy dogs have been found to reduce anxiety, stress, and improve overall mood of those they visit. Mocha and Moose have recently visited the sisters at Our Lady of Peace and homesick freshmen at Nazareth Hall.
Additionally, the dogs participate in the Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Read to the Dogs program. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Many of the children chosen for this program have difficulties reading and as a result have developed self-esteem issues. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.