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Mother M. Germaine ONeill Mother M. Casimir Murray Mother Mary William Craig Mother M. Josepha Hurley Sister M. Marcella Gill Sister M. Sylvia Morgan Sister M. Eugenia Kealey Sister M. St. Mary Orr Sister M. Coleman Nee Sister Mary Reap Sister Anne Munley
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1997

The Board of Trustees approves expansion of the Center for Human Services, January 25.
1997

Mr. Morton Dean, ABC News Correspondent, delivers the Commencement address, May 18. An honorary doctorate is conferred.
1997

Clayton N. Pheasant, Vice President for University Advancement, is named to the Commission on Philanthropy of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, May.
1997

The positions of Registrar and Secretary of the College are separated. Ms. Ann Boland-Chase becomes Registrar, and Sister Dolores M. Filicko, I.H.M., becomes Secretary of the University, September 1.
1997

Marywood College becomes Marywood University, July 1.
1997

Mr. Steven D. Karcher becomes Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer, July 1.
1997

Through the fifth amendment to its charter, the institution's name is changed from Marywood College to Marywood University, September 4.
1997

The Marywood Community celebrates the achievement of University status with a week-long schedule of activities,September 7-14. Marywood, while never losing its original identity, is expanding within the confines of its Charter. All of our alumni can indeed delight in the fact that each and every one was an important part of a process that led to our designation as Marywood University. Sister Mary Reap
1997

The Marywood University Mace is commissioned by the Marywood Alumni Association to mark the inauguration of Marywood as a university. It is designed and executed by Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, I.H.M., Professor of Art. The mace is made of gold-plated bronze and black walnut wood. The staff of the mace is triangular in shape, representing the ideals which are found in the University motto: Sanctitas, Scientia, Sanitas (Holiness, Knowledge, Health). The head of the mace is also triangular, spreading outward and upward toward Truth and Light. Cradled in and thrusting forth from the head of the mace is the University seal. Its prominence and placement symbolize the University's leadership in the field of higher education.
1997

Honorary degrees are conferred upon Florence Perkoski D Urso 55, international philanthropist, and David J. O Brien, historian of Catholic higher education, at a solemn convocation celebrating university status, September 7.
1997

Ground is broken for the William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, September 8.
1997

New softball and baseball fields, constructed during the summer on the old Scranton Municipal Golf Course, are dedicated, September 8.
1997

An African American Cultural Training Workshop is held to promote appreciation of African American culture in Northeastern Pennsylvania, September 26.
1997

TV-Marywood schedules weekly airing of "The Mass from St. Ann s Basilica in Scranton," October.
1997

Marywood wins the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference tennis title, October.
1997

Marywood hosts a conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dorothy Day, leading figure in the Catholic Worker Movement, November 6-7.
1997

Jazz legend Clark Terry performs at Marywood with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, November 30.
1997

Sister Mary Reap, I.H.M., is elected to the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
1997

Sister Mary Reap, I.H.M., is elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges.
1997

The Marywood campus, an arboretum by its own declaration in 1975 as The Sister Maria Laurence Maher Arboretum, is nationally recognized as an arboretum, with membership in the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.