Adult Basic Literacy Education

Principal Investigator: Melinda Arcuri, Program Director/GED Coordinator
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Adult Basic Literacy Education
Department: Education
College: Reap College of Education and Human Development

Free classes are offered to the community as part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Adult Education. The program works to assist adults with improved literacy, obtain knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, become full partners in the education and development of their children, and to complete their secondary school education.

African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and Sister Leadership Development Initiative: SLDI

Principal Investigator: Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D. Executive Director, ASEC/SLDI; Jennifer Mudge, MSW, LSW, Co-Investigator, Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI)
Sponsor: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation,
Department: African Sisters Education Collaborative,

Capacity-building of African Sisters and the development of leadership, financial, and management 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, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Malawi and Lesotho.

The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) is an innovative partnership envisioned by Steven Hilton, President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The purpose is to increase access for  technological, 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.  Through a recent $8.5 million grant from the Hilton Foundation, 1,890 sisters will be trained over a three year period in SLDI Phase IV.

Communication Sciences & Disorders - Head Start Screenings

Principal Investigator: Andrea M. Novak M.A., CCC/SLP
Sponsor: Starkey Hearing Foundation
Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders
College: Reap College of Education & Human Development

Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic was awarded a grant from the Starkey Hearing Foundation in the amount of $6,900 to allow the Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) student clinicians and their supervisors to conduct an estimated 350 hearing screenings and 25 speech-language screenings at Head Start centers located in Lackawanna County.   Additionally Head Start teachers will be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays. Individuals identified with hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for early intervention that will lead to earlier diagnoses, treatment, and children better prepared for academic success. 

Determining Dietary Habits and Nutrient Deficits of Guatemalan Mothers of the Child Health and Nutrition Program of San Lucas, Toliman Guatemala: Pilot Study

Principal Investigator: Emma Shank, Graduate Student
Sponsor: Marywood University Research and Sponsored Programs
Department: Nutrition & Dietetics
College: College of Health & Human Services

On March 6, 2016, along with an inter-professional team of students, Emma Shank, graduate student, Nutrition & Dietetics and Mrs.Jessica Bodzio, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics and faculty adviser traveled to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala for a medical mission. During the week, Emma trained a team of community Health Promoters to administer a customized Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) with Guatemalan mothers for the first stage of their research. After the training, Emma and Jessica visited with Guatemalan mothers to test the questionnaire. The purpose of this phase of the research was to assess and improve the questionnaire's effectiveness. The Health Promoters did an excellent job and provided much helpful feedback. Emma and Jessica are looking forward to furthering their research and continuing their work in the upcoming months.

Financial Literacy Program for Veterans and Their Families

Principal Investigator: Ashley Woodward, PACC Vista, R-VETS Coordinator
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation
Department: Marywood University Renewal-Veteran Education and Transition Services (R-VETS)

The Prudential Foundation awarded $1,500 to Marywood University's Renewal-Veteran Education and Transition Services (R-VETS) to help fund the Financial Literacy Program for Veterans and Their Families.  This program provides knowledge and strategies for good money management by empowering student veterans to make financial decisions through activities focusing on budgeting, use of credit cards, debt management, saving and investment strategies, financial planning for future consumption, and how to avoid financial fraud and scams.  A total of five workshop/student sessions will be offered from fall 2015 through summer 2016.

Northeastern Biennial Twenty-Fifteen; Arts and Culture Community Project

Principal Investigator: Sandra Ward Povse, Gallery Director
Sponsor: Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community Project Grant
Department: Art Galleries
College: Insalaco College of Creative & Performing Arts

Marywood University Art Galleries received an Arts and Culture Community Project Grant from the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture to help defray printing costs and juror honoraria for the Northeastern Biennial Twenty-Fifteen, a collaborative juried exhibition of regional art displayed concurrently in four local galleries, October 17–November 12, 2015. This project was supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community grant a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick O'Malley, Edward G. Stabeck, and Jim Wansacz.

Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 – SOAR 2015

Principal Investigator: Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Sponsor: Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 (NEIU 19)
Department: Special Education Program, Education
College: Reap College of Education

Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) 19 and Marywood University entered into an agreement that will see eight students enrolled in the Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program. Now entering its seventh year, SOAR is the first program of its kind and is designed to increase the opportunities of successful competitive employment and higher education experiences for high-functioning students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Regional Archives Mapping Project (RAMP)

Principal Investigator: David Schappert, Library Director
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries; Library Services and Technology Act
Department: Library
College: Munley College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Marywood University, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, will create a high-resolution, geo-referenced image of a historically significant mining map (1883-1889) of the northern anthracite coal fields. This image will be the first in a public regional digital archive.  The work of geo-referencing was accomplished by Marywood students with the guidance and supervision of Dr. Adam Shprintzen, Assistant Professor, Social Science,

Religious Experience Cluster Group Initiative

Principal Investigator: John M. DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Melinda Krokus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Sponsor: The Experience Project (University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) The Experience Project is funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation
Department: Philosophy and Religious Studies
College: Munley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Marywood University’s Religious Experience Cluster Group will explore various aspects of religious and spiritual experiences (RSEs) and is part of the Religious Experience Cluster Group Initiative of The Experience Project being conducted at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  2015-2016 speaker events sponsored by The Religious Experience Cluster Group will be held to allow Marywood University students and community to join in on the discussions.  The Experience Project is funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

The Margaret Briggs Foundation to Provide Language Stimulation Groups

Principal Investigator: Andrea M. Novak M.A., CCC/SLP
Sponsor: The Margaret Briggs Foundation
Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders
College: Reap College of Education & Human Development

Funding received from the Margaret Briggs Foundation will be used by Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic over three semesters to conduct language stimulation groups at Head Start centers in Lackawanna County. The groups are designed to stimulate speech and language skills for preschool children ages 3-5 years in a fun learning environment which also includes increased peer interaction to further assist with pragmatic development. Head Start teachers will be trained on how to incorporate similar activities into the classroom setting to stimulate language skills throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.