Marywood University and Kara F. Medeiros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, received 39 BIGMack Communicator as part of a grant from AbleNet, Research Consortium. AbleNet provids educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. The BigMacks, and additional funding received as part of the grant, will be used toward research that will allow both faculty and students to work toward improving the ability of practitioners to help families implement AAC devices in the home environment.
Recognizing the importance of receiving their GED, recent participants of Marywood University's Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program and GED graduates attended graduation on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Marywood University offers free classes to the community as part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Adult Education. The intent of adult education and family literacy services is to assist adults to become literate; to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; to become full partners in the education and development of their children; and to complete their secondary school education.
Capacity-building of African Sisters and the development of leadership competencies for effective ministry are at the heart of the mission of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and the needs of African Sisters. This project provides technological and/or leadership skills to African Sisters in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) is an innovative partnership envisioned by Steven Hilton, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The purpose is to increase access for management and leadership skill-building for African Sisters through training and education and adaptable to the specific needs and contexts in which the Sisters are working.
Marywood University was awarded $100,000 toward its Hunger-Free Communities program to research and assess hunger and food insecurity within Lackawanna County. Joanne Christaldi Ph.D. R.D. L.D.N., Primary Investigator, co-investigators, Lee Harrison Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A., C.N.S.D., C.M.F.C., and Gerald S. Zavorsky, Ph.D., work with advisory member Peg Kopko, Vice President, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and over 25 community partner representatives and several Nutrition and Dietetic graduate students in conducting surveys, focus groups, food store analysis. The data will help to better recognize and overcome food insecurity within Lackawanna County. Additionally, the plan to achieve a hunger-free community will also serve as an educational resource and model for other communities.
Marywood University's Physician Assistant Program received a $704,000 grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will be used toward scholarships for students who commit to practicing in primary care within the community for at least two years upon graduation. The students began their classes during Summer I 2011 and will receive funding over the next four years. The Physician Assistant Program began in 2000, currently has over 200 alumni, and was one of only 40 PA Programs granted nationwide.
Primary Document Recovery Project, a cooperative venture between Marywood University, the University of Scranton, and the Lackawanna Historical Society, received a matching grant from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV). Sponsored in part by LHV, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service, this grant will be used to locate and archive primary Lackawanna Historical Society documents. Program directors are William Conlogue, Ph.D., Professor, English, and Amanda Avery, Instructor, Library Service, Marywood Univeristy, and Lawrence W. Kennedy, Ph.D., History, University of Scranton.
The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has awarded $320,869 to Marywood University's Student Academic Success and Inspiring Excellence (SASIE) program for year two of a three-year program designed to provide opportunities for selected groups of high school students to enhance their success at the secondary school level and to increase their awareness and academic readiness to pursue higher education as an academic goal. The grant was used in part to create a new Learning Instructional Lab that includes a climate controlled environment housing 24 new computers learning stations, instructional station, projection screen and speakers.
SOAR (Students On-Campus Achieving Results) encourages independent living and prepares students with autism for competitive employment using real life experiences in an age-appropriate environment. Students attend classes and participate in vocational and student activities.
June 9, 2011 marked the second annual Commencement Ceremonies for the SOAR program. Graduates John Hevers, Daniel Ogozaly, and Rachel Boyer, proudly display their certificates alongside program administrators, Mary Ann Fedrick, Ph.D., Dean, Reap College of Education, Jack Kirby, Special Education Teacher, Patricia Arter, Ed.D., Program Director, Lisa Walters, Teacher Assistant, Dr. Clarence Lamanna, Acting Executive Director, NEIU and Anne Mary Doyle, Special Education Supervisor, NEIU.
Working to integrate solar technology into building design, Joseph Gluba, Assistant Professor, Architecture, conceived his "Solar Leaves Project"—the first project for the Bureau of Solar Research—after considering the similarities between the natural aesthetics of trees and building design.
Watershed Workshop for Educators II, an interactive five day workshop designed to educate middle and high school teachers about local ecology and the value of natural watersheds was presented by Jay Clymer, III, Ph.D., in collaboration with Northeast Intermediate Unit 19 (NEIU). The workshop included classroom instruction, lab exercises and field work in Lake Winola, the Lackawanna River, and the Lackawanna County Conservation District office in Mayfield, PA. Information obtained from the workshop will allow participants to further educate their students of the importance this and all watersheds have both directly and indirectly to our communities. The Lackawanna River flows from northern Wayne County to southern Lackawanna County where it eventually joins the Susquehanna River, then on to the Chesapeake Bay." Young brown trout from the Lackawanna River pictured indicating an improvement of water quality.
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