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                                  Leahy Endowment Celebrates Ten Years
                                     The University of Scranton celebrated the         tions by faculty of the Panuska
                                  10th anniversary of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr.         College of Professional Studies.
                                  Endowment during a reception held Septem-               Over the past 10 years, the
                                  ber 28 on campus at the Joseph M. McShane            Leahy Endowment has awarded
                                  Executive Center in Brennan Hall.                    more than $300,000 to support
                                                       The Edward R. Leahy, Jr.        17 research projects relating to
                                                    Endowment was created in           health-care issues for persons
                                                    1995 with a gift from Edward       with disabilities, especially chil-
                                                    R. Leahy and Patricia Leahy        dren. The results of this
                                                    to honor the life and memory       research are shared in profes-        President Emeritus
                                                    of their son, Edward, whose        sional publications, presenta-        J. A. Panuska, S.J.,
                                                    personal disabilities were         tions at scholarly conferences,       giving the invocation
                                                                                                                             with Patrick Leahy
                                                    attended to with compassion        and presentations through vari-
                                                                                                                             looking on
                                                    and skill by many health pro-      ous media such as educational
                                                    fessionals over the course of      television programming.
                                                    his life. The Leahys’ founding        Through the endowment, the Leahy Faculty
                                                    vision, and subsequent             Fellow Program was established in 2001. This
                                                    accomplishments made possi-        program rewards and encourages University
                                                    ble by the endowment, were         faculty who have demonstrated excellence in
Patrick Leahy, Interim Vice       the basis for the evening’s celebrations. “The       teaching, research and service. To date, five fac-
President for Institutional       insight and wisdom of Ed and Patricia Leahy          ulty members have been awarded fellowships.
Advancement and Executive
                                  have left a legacy at The University of                 This year marked the fourth annual confer-
Assistant to the President
(right), presenting a gift to     Scranton upon which all of us can build – a          ence on disABILITY. Edward and Patricia
Edward and Patricia Leahy         legacy of service, especially service to the least   Leahy serve annually as honorary chairpersons
                                  among us, and in particular, to children,” said      for this event, and the Leahy Endowment pro-
                                  Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S. J., President of The        vides partial support. (See article on page 3.)
                                  University of Scranton.                                 In addition to these activities, in March
                                     “As we look back over the past 10 years, we       2003, the University opened the Leahy Com-
                                  are proud to see the many ways in which the                                         (continued on p. 4)
                                  endowment, and now the Leahy Community
                                  Health and Family Center, have positively
                                  impacted the lives of persons with disabilities
                                  and the underserved,” said Mr. Leahy, who is
                                  an alumnus of The University of Scranton
                                  and former Chair of the University’s Board of
                                  Trustees. “We are also deeply grateful for the
                                  unwavering commitment of our many friends
                                  and benefactors who have supported these
                                     The endowment provides resources to
                                  enhance the lives of persons, particularly chil-
                                  dren, with disabilities. It supports health-care
                                                                                       Patricia and Ed Leahy chat with Margi “Casey”
                                  initiatives that include physical and occupa-        McGrath and Attorney Patrick Casey, daughter
                                  tional therapy, nursing, research, and publica-      and son of the late Governor Robert Casey
                                                   Leahy Endowment Makes Contribution
T    he Edward
     R. Leahy,
Jr. Center
                                                   to Disabled Victims of Katrina
was founded                                           The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment             has family and friends who live and work
in 1995 by                                         donated $5,000 to the Louisiana Center            there. All are safe. Reflecting on his and
Edward and                                         for the Blind in Ruston, La. According to         his family’s experiences, Dr. Hobbs
Patricia Leahy                                     Patricia Leahy, it is the intent of the           believes that we should continue to
to honor the                                       endowment that the funds go directly to           remember and act to support the needs
life and memory of their son, Edward               individuals with disabilities who are in          of post-Katrina victims as they put their
R. Leahy, Jr., whose personal disabili-            need of assistance because of Hurricane           lives back together. “All sorts of individu-
ties were attended to with compassion              Katrina. The Louisiana Center for the             als, with and without disabilities, have
and skill by many health professionals             Blind was selected because it is already          had their lives horribly disrupted. The
over the course of his life. The Leahy             assisting about 40 people with disabilities       long-term effect on families is profound.
Center provides financial resources                who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.          They have lost everything and will most
to support theoretical and applied                    Tim Hobbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor          likely be suffering the aftereffects for
research, faculty development, and                 in the Department of Education, is a              some time,” he said.
support for programs that advance                  part-time resident of New Orleans and
the cause of disabled persons who
need long-term assistance. The center              University of Scranton and Mercy Health Partners
supports the work of persons prac-
ticing in physical and occupational                Establish LPN to B.S.N. Scholarship Program
therapy, nursing science and related                  The University of Scranton and Mercy              Qualified LPNs will be admitted into
health-care areas, with particular                 Health Partners have created The Univer-          the University’s Dexter Hanley College
interest in individuals and groups that            sity of Scranton Mercy Scholars Program,          for adult students and will typically
approach their practice as scholars,               which provides scheduling, advising, and          enroll for 12 credits each year.
teachers and practitioners. Primary                scholarship support to Licensed Practical            LPNs in the Scranton area are wel-
recipients are University of Scranton              Nurses (LPNs) wishing to pursue bache-            come to enroll in the Bachelor of Science
faculty from the Panuska College of                lor’s degrees in nursing. Through the pro-        Nursing program. The University will
Professional Studies, consisting of                gram, LPNs employed at Mercy Hospital             assist them in locating financial aid to
the Departments of Counseling and                  can complete the requirements for a               facilitate attendance. For more informa-
Human Services, Education, Exercise                Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing             tion, contact Dexter Hanley College for
Science and Sport, Health Adminis-                 part time while working full time.                adult learners at (570) 941-5813 or
tration and Human Resources,                          Participating LPNs will receive a schol-
Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and                 arship from Mercy Health Partners each
Physical Therapy.                                  year based on credit load, as well as an
                                                   additional scholarship from the Univer-            Panuska College of Professional Studies
Each fall the center publishes a Call              sity which, together, will in effect leave         James J. Pallante, Ed.D., Dean
for Proposals to identify candidates                                                                  Rhonda A. Waskiewicz, Ed.D., OTR/L,
                                                   the LPNs with the responsibility to pay
                                                                                                      Associate Dean
for next year’s grant awards. Awards               only for books and lab fees. The agree-            Dianne Posegate, M.S., Assistant Dean/
are granted in May for the follow-                 ment will be in effect for five years.             Director of Advising Center
ing year. The selection committee                     “The University of Scranton Mercy
                                                                                                      Challenges in Theory & Practice
is comprised of members of the                     Scholars Program will enrich the lives of          Publication Committee
University’s allied health faculty and             the LPNs who participate while increas-            Rhonda A. Waskiewicz, Ed.D., OTR/L, Editor
the Dean of the Panuska College of                 ing the level of skilled nursing at Mercy          Elizabeth Jacob, Ph.D., Counseling and Human
Professional Studies.                              Hospital,” said James May, president and           Services
                                                   CEO of Mercy Health Partners. “It pro-             Ronald Deitrick, Ph.D., Exercise Science
The center was established and is                  vides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to          Robert Spinelli, D.B.A., and Steven Szydlowski,
supported, in part, by an endowment                                                                   M.H.A., Health Administration and Human
                                                   highly qualified LPNs.”                            Resources
established by the Leahy family. This                 “We are pleased to be part of a pro-            Mary E. Muscari, Ph.D., Nursing
endowment is enriched annually by                  gram that brings such obvious benefit to           Rita Cottrell, M.A., OTR/L, Occupational Therapy
gifts from corporations and individu-              the community through improved health              Barbara Wagner, D.P.T., Physical Therapy
als who wish to support the work of                care,” said University President Rev. Scott        Patricia Connolly, Editorial Assistant
the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center.                   R. Pilarz, S.J.                                    Lynn M. Sfanos, M.S., Designer

University Hosts Fourth Annual Conference on disABILITY
   On September 29-30, The University of
Scranton hosted its annual conference on dis-
ABILITY. The conference was presented by
the Panuska College of Professional Studies
and the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment and
sponsored by Northeast Educational Interme-
diate Unit #19, Project A.B.L.E.–Acceptance
by Learning Experiences, and the Pennsyl-
vania Department of Education.
   This year’s theme was “From Disabilities to
Possibilities: Strategies for Success.” Keynote
speakers included Edward Hallowell, M.D.,
founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive
and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Mass. Dr.
Hallowell is a nationally acclaimed author and
expert on the topic of attention deficit disor-
                                                  Edward and Patricia Leahy (center) with Leahy Fellows (from left) Dr. Ronald Deitrick,
der. Keynote speaker Jerry Lynch, Ph.D., is       Dr. Oliver Morgan, Dr. Gary Mattingly, Dr. Tom Collins (missing: Dr. Margarete Lieb Zalon)
the founder and director of the TaoSports
Center for Athletic and Personal Develop-         versity and Chair of the
ment in Santa Cruz, Calif. He is known for        National Board for
his work with Olympic, national, and world        Certified Counselors.
champion runners and has authored numer-             Day two of the confer-
ous books.                                        ence ended with a special
   Nearly 150 attended the conference, which      session sponsored by
also featured keynote presentations from Linda    DeNaples Auto Parts. Mr.
Rhen, Ed.D., Director of the Bureau of Special    Jay Blake, founder and
Education in the Pennsylvania Department of       president of Follow a
Education, and Thomas Collins, Ph.D., Leahy       Dream, offered attendees a
Faculty Fellow, Professor in the Department of    rare opportunity to hear an
Counseling and Human Services at the Uni-         inspirational success story
                                                  from a person with a dis-
                                                  ability. While working as       Panel discussants, from left: Keith R. Williams, Statewide
                                                                                  Action Team Community Organizer, NEPA Center for
                                                  the head mechanic of a          Independent Living; Michael D. Wolk, M.D. Physiatrist
                                                  transportation company in Northeastern Rehabilitation Association; Drew Christian,
                                                  May 1997, Mr. Blake was         Esq.; Sr. Mary Beth Makuch, Director, Ministry with the
                                                  involved in an industrial       Deaf and Persons with Disabilities, Office for Parish Life,
                                                  accident that caused him to Diocese of Scranton
                                                  lose vision, smell, and taste.
                                                  His journey from then to now has
                                                  resulted in his learning how to live
Dr. Linda O. Rhen, keynote speaker                his life as a blind person while
                                                  realizing his “Dream” to own a
                                                  professional auto-racing team. In
                                                  addition to working on race-car
                                                  engines and managing the racing
                                                  team, Mr. Blake speaks publicly
                                                  about his experiences and philoso-
                                                  phy regarding following your
                                                  dream. Jay’s 2002 Dodge Avenger
                                                  Alcohol Funny Car (3000 hp) was
                                                  displayed in front of Weinberg
                                                  Memorial Library.                       Edward Leahy and Jay Blake with the Follow a
Dr. Thomas Collins, keynote speaker                                                        Dream Alcohol Funny Car

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        “The insight and                  Leahy Endowment’s First Ten Years, cont. from page 1
                                     munity Health and Family Center. The center                    For more information on the Edward R.
    wisdom of Ed and                 provides health and wellness programming to                 Leahy, Jr. Endowment, please visit the Web
                                     underserved individuals in the greater                      site,
Patricia Leahy have                  Scranton community and provides a place
                                     where faculty guide students in a practical
        left a legacy of             education experience. The work of this center
                                     is underwritten, in part, by the Edward R.
          service to the             Leahy, Jr. Endowment.
                                        While the majority of activities supported
   least among us…                   by the Leahy Endowment are located in
                                     Northeastern Pennsylvania, the endowment
     in particular, to               also supports select programs within the Uni-
                                     versity’s Center for Global Health and Reha-
               children.”            bilitation in countries such as the Slovak
 Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S. J.,        Republic, Republic of Georgia, and Mexico.
  President, The University             In a documentary created for the event, Fr.
                 of Scranton         Pilarz stated, “When I think to the future, it              Ed and Patricia Leahy receive a gift from Patty
                                     is indeed bright. We can build on a rich past               Simpson and Nicole Spaldo, Student Occupational
                                     and imagine ways in which the University can                Therapy Association representatives
                                     serve people thanks to the generosity of Ed
                                                           and Patricia Leahy.” One
                                                           of the future directions is
    Leahy Awards                                           the establishment of an
                                                           Endowed Chair Fund.
   The Leahy Awards are given annually to indi-            The fund, instituted in
 viduals who exemplify excellence in leadership            2002-03, is intended to
 and advocacy for persons with disabilities. This          support a faculty posi-
 year’s recipients were U.S. Senator Tom Harkin            tion occupied by a per-
 (D-Iowa); Dr. Ralph N. Pacinelli, Regional                son with an outstanding
 Commissioner of Atlanta and Philadelphia                  record as a published
 Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S.              scholar and teacher in an
 Department of Education; and Brother Rick                 academic discipline that
 Curry, S.J., Ph.D., Founder and Artistic Direc-           relates to health-care                Jerry J. Weinberger, Esq., Board of Trustees; John
 tor of the National Theater Workshop of the                                                     E. Brennan, Board of Trustees; Judith Weinberger;
                                                           issues for persons with               Charles E. Kratz, Dean of the Weinberg Memorial
 Handicapped. Awards were accepted in absentia.            disabilities.                         Library and Information Fluency

    2005-06 Faculty Research
    Award Announced
                             Tim Hobbs, Ph.D., Associ-
                          ate Professor in the Depart-
                          ment of Education, was
                          awarded a grant from the
                          Leahy Endowment to con-
                          duct a project entitled
    Dr. Tim Hobbs         “Bringing Research to Prac-
                          tice for Children with Dis-
    abilities.” Dr. Hobbs’ work with children with
    disabilities, their families, and their teachers led
    to the development of the Leahy Classroom as a
    prototypical module of teacher training in
                                                                Reception guests watch a documentary commemorating the 10-year history of the
    Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
                                                                Leahy Endowment

International News
USAID Looks Back at University of Scranton Legacy
  Eight years ago, the American International       kian partner now implements its own health
Health Alliance, USAID, supported a health          partnership program in Kenya, South Sudan,
partnership between The University of               and Cambodia. Primary care services, HIV/
Scranton and Slovakia’s School of Public            AIDS, a full-service hospital, and University
Health and Nursing at Trnava University. The        degree programs are a few of the legacies from
funding for the initial project ended in 1999,      the initial partnership that are making a
but the partnership concept built through           difference.
that Jesuit alliance has continued. The Slova-

Center for Global Health                              Center for Global Health and Rehabilitation Event Sponsors
and Rehabilitation Holds
Second Annual Reception
                              On October 27,
                           the Panuska College
                           of Professional Stud-
                           ies’ Board of Visitors
                           sponsored a recep-
                           tion at Jefferson
                           Alumni Hall at               Joseph T. Sebastianelli      Stephen R. Wojdak ’62          John J. Lynch III ’83
                                                        President and CEO,           President and CEO,             President and CEO,
                           Thomas Jefferson             Jefferson Health System      S. R. Wodjak &                 Main Line Health
                           University in Phila-                                      Associates                     System
                           delphia. The pur-
pose of the reception was to raise awareness of
global issues related to health and rehabilita-
tion and to assist the University’s Center for
Global Health and Rehabilitation. Special
consideration is given to Collaboration,
                                                                    Daniel E. Kennedy,
Credentialing, and Training across borders.
                                                                    President and CEO

 Study Abroad Students
 Summer 2005                                        Brianna Orrigo – Cultural Experience
 Lisa Carpenito – Richmond College, Italy             Abroad, Italy
 Sarah Dillmuth – Universidad Espiritu              Lisa Piegaro – Richmond College, Italy
   Santo, Ecuador
 Danielle Graziano – Richmond College,              Fall 2005
   Italy                                            Joseph Naughton – University of Barcelona,
 Erika Marango – Universidad Espiritu                 Spain
   Santo, Ecuador                                   Glenn Petriello – Richmond College, Italy
 Molly McNulty – Cultural Experience                Lauren Scanlon – Bond University, Australia
   Abroad, Italy                                    Rachel Whalen – Bond University, Australia

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                                                                                                Health Administration and

                                                                                                Human Resources
                                                                                                   The Health Resources and Services Admin-
                                                                                                istration awarded the M.H.A. program with
                                                                                                federal traineeship funds to help graduate stu-
                                                                                                dents with tuition. Only accredited programs
                                                                                                are eligible to apply.
                                                                                                  Peter C. Olden,
D E P A R T M E N T                                                N E W S                      Ph.D., has been pro-
                                                                                                moted to Professor.
                                                                                                   Daniel J. West, Jr.,
                                         Education                                              Ph.D., Professor and
                                                                                                Chair, is the recipient of a
                                            Associate Professor Patricia Gross, Ed.D.,          2005 Leadership and Ser- Dr. Peter Olden
                                         along with Dr. Nagy of Marywood University,            vice Award from the Col-
                                         was selected to receive funding from The Uni-          lege of Education and Alumni Society at The
                                         versity of Scranton/Marywood Cooperative               Pennsylvania State University. Dr. West was
                                         Grant Program for “Investigating the Evolving          also appointed to the Graduate School Alumni
                                         Role of the Literacy Coach.”                           Society Board of Directors at Penn State.

                                         Exercise Science and Sport                             Nursing
                                            Adjunct Professor                                      The Nursing Department received notice of
                                         Virginia Corcoran,                                     a grant from the Health Resources and Ser-
                                         Ed.D., was one of five                                 vices Administration for Advanced Education
                                         recipients of the 2005                                 Nurse Traineeships.
                                         Medallion Award of
                                                                                                  Sharon Hudacek,
                                         the American Dietetic
                                                                                                Ed.D., received the 2004
                                         Association. This
                                                                                                Distinguished Service
                                         award is given in rec-
                                                                                                Award, presented to her
                                         ognition of contribu-     Dr. Virginia Corcoran
                                                                                                by Dean James J. Pallante.
                                         tions to the Associa-
                                         tion and the profession. This year’s recipients           Dr. Patricia Harring-
                                         were chosen from a membership of nearly                ton is presenting “Teach-
                                         100,000. Dr. Corcoran is the first recipient of        ing HIV/AIDS in a Col-
                                         this award from Northeastern Pennsylvania.             lege Environment: An
                                         The awards ceremony took place on October              Interdisciplinary Course”
                                         23 at the ADA’s national convention in St.             at the annual conference
                                         Louis, Mo.                                             for the Association of    Dr. Sharon Hudacek accepting
                                                                                                Nurses in AIDS Care       Distinguished Service Award
                                                    Ronald Deitrick, Ph.D., Associate
                                                                                                (ANAC) in November in from Dean Pallante
                                                 Professor and Program Director, is this
                                                                                                Orlando, Fla.
                                                 year’s Leahy Faculty Fellow. Dr. Deit-
                                                 rick has amassed an impressive list of           Juniors Heather Koehl and Carrie Inkrott
                                                 publications, presentations, and affilia-      were accepted into the Cooper University
                                                 tions since joining The University of          Hospital Nurse Externship Program. For this
                                                 Scranton in 1998. His work with stu-           competitive program, Heather and Carrie
                                                 dents is tireless, and he is active with       were among
                                                 several service organizations, including       nearly 60
                                                 the American Heart Association. He             applicants
                                                 most recently presented a paper at the         who were
Dr. Ronald Deitrick accepts                      American College of Sports Medicine            chosen from
Leahy Faculty Fellow award               conference (October 13-15) at the University           an applicant
from Panuska College Dean                of Illinois and at a Research Seminar in               pool of more
James J. Pallante
                                         Syracuse, N.Y.                                         than 300.       Heather Koehl   Carrie Inkrott

   Jo Ann Nicoteri, M.S., co-authored an arti-    Botto, Lori Sledgewski, and Chris
cle entitled “The development of health care      Gnad co-presented a poster on
seeking behaviors in traditional-age under-       “Activity Analysis: A Unique
graduate college students.” The article appears   Approach.” This presentation was
in the Journal of the American Academy of         based on an occupational therapy
Nurse Practitioners, 17(10), 411-415.             course, taught by Karen Brady,
                                                  which employs a problem-based
Occupational Therapy                              learning approach.
                                                     Marlene Morgan, Ed.D., OTR/L,
   Senior Nancy Duda completed an intern-
                                                  presented a workshop on “Making
ship at Prime Time for Kids, a preschool for
                                                  the Occupational Therapy Practice
children with problems in motor skills devel-
                                                  Framework User Friendly.” Rita
opment and sensory integration. Ms. Duda’s                                               Lisa Burns, Karen Brady, Lauren Botto, Lori
                                                  Fleming Cottrell, M.A., OTR/L,         Slediewski, and Chris Gnad with poster presen-
story, which included her preparation at The
                                                  presented a workshop on “The New tation “Activity Analysis: A Unique Approach”
University of Scranton, was featured in the
                                                  Freedom Initiative: Opportunities
August issue of ArcLight, a publication of the
                                                  for Psychosocial OTs.” This presentation was
Association of Retarded Citizens (The Arc).
                                                  partially funded by an Edward R. Leahy, Jr.
   Margaret (Meg) Waskiewicz ’05 was              Center for Faculty Research grant.
awarded a major scholarship from The Burke
                                                     Lori Schwartz ’05 presented “Elders’ Per-
Rehabilitation Hospital of White Plains, N.Y.,
                                                  ceptions of Spirituality as Experienced in
to support her graduate studies at The Uni-
                                                  Occupational Therapy,”
versity of Scranton. Meg’s successful comple-
                                                  a poster based upon
tion of a fieldwork placement at Burke during
                                                  research completed at
the 2005 intersession was a key factor in her
                                                  The University of
successful bid for this scholarship.
                                                  Scranton as part of her
   Meg reports that the training she received
                                                  graduate work. Junior
at Burke and her outstanding educational
                                                  John Patro, who pro-
experience at The University of Scranton have
                                                  vided service to the Stu-
added considerably to her readiness to
                                                  dent Market Group at
become an entry-level occupational therapist.
                                                  the Conference, repre-
She will be employed at Burke following
                                                  sented the University’s
graduation in May 2006.
                                                  Student OT Association        John Patro with his SOTA poster
                                                     Rita Fleming Cottrell, M.A., OTL,
                                                  FAOTA, authored an article in the Septem-
                                                  ber/October 2005 issue of the American Jour-
                                                  nal of Occupational Therapy. Her work, “The
                                                  Olmstead decision: Landmark opportunity or
                                                  platform for rhetoric? Our collective responsi-
                                                  bility for full community participation” is
                                                  based on research that was partially supported
                                                  by Leahy grants.
Meg Waskiewicz (center) with OT faculty Barry
Wolf and Karen Brady                              Physical Therapy
  Faculty, students, and a graduate of the OT       Marybeth Grant-Beuttler,
Department presented at the annual confer-        Ph.D., has been granted
ence of the Pennsylvania Occupational Ther-       tenure.
apy Association (POTA) held at Valley Forge
                                                    Renee M. Hakim, Ph.D.,
on October 6-7. Instructor Karen Brady,
                                                  N.C.S., has been promoted
Clinical Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
                                                  to Associate Professor.           Dr. Grant-Beuttler      Dr. Hakim
Lisa Burns, and senior students Lauren

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                                         A       lumni News
                                            Rebecca Brill Moody ’97 is the recipient of
                                                                                                Greg participated in Rotar-
                                                                                                ian humanitarian projects
                                                                                                to provide water, among
                                         the Pitman School District’s 2005 Teacher of
                                                                                                other things, to impover-
                                         the Year Award and the 2005 Pitman High
                                                                                                ished children.
                                         School Teacher of the Year Award, Pitman,
                                                                                                   Greg currently resides in
                                         N.J. Rebecca received a B.S. in Secondary
                                                                                                Slovakia with his wife,
                                         Education and a B.A. in English from The
                                                                                                Andrea, a physician at
                                         University of Scranton in 1997. While at the
                                                                                                Trnava Medical University.
             Rebecca Brill Moody         University, she participated in the Honors
                                                                                                He plans to continue work-
                                         Program. She received her M.A. in Writing:
                                                                                                ing internationally as a
                                         Composition and Rhetoric from Rowan Uni-
                                                                                                therapist and administrator. Andrea and Gregory Shahum
                                         versity in Glassboro, N.J., in 2004. In addi-
                                         tion to teaching English at Pitman High                Physical Therapy
                                         School, Rebecca has found time to publish,
                                         present, and develop curriculum for the dis-              Maj. Bob Feldman,
                                         trict. She volunteers regularly for school proj-       M.A., PT, USAF, is the
                                         ects and committees and is the advisor for             husband of Sara Feld-
                                         several student organizations.                         man, senior physical
                                                                                                therapist at the MDA/
                                         Exercise Science and Sport                             ALS Center of Hope at
                                                                                                Drexel University’s
                                            Joseph Pierce ’03 and Kevin Heffernan ’01
                                                                                                School of Medicine. His
                                         each received graduate research awards from
                                                                                                article about his wife’s      Maj. Bob Feldman
                                         the American College of Sports Medicine
                                                                                                role in training counsel-
                                         Meeting. Joe is attending Syracuse University.
                                                                                                ors for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
                                         His research is on growth hormone and exer-
                                                                                                Camp near Philadelphia was featured in the
                                         cise. Kevin is working on his doctorate at the
                                                                                                July 2005 edition of Advance Online for Physi-
                                         University of Illinois and his research interest
Joseph Pierce and Kevin Heffernan                                                               cal Therapists. This past summer Bob and his
                                         is in the effects of resistance exercise on vascu-
                                                                                                wife got to know a group of seven students
                                         lar compliance.
                                                                                                from The University of Scranton’s PT pro-
                                            Melissa Behr ’05 is a graduate student at the       gram. “The Scranton contingent was enthusi-
                                         University of North Carolina majoring in               astic, bright, and ready to learn what it means
                                         Exercise Physiology with an interest in Exercise       to be a primary care giver.” Bob and Sara
                                         Endocrinology. She is the recipient of the Exer-       were so impressed with Ellen Driscoll, Lisa
                                         cise Science 2005 Major of the Year Award.             Rutkowski, Colleen O’Connor, Jenn Evans,
                                                                                                Megan Strong, Jenny Parry, and Melanie
                                         Occupational Therapy                                   Bond that Bob called Department Chair John
                                                                                                Sanko, Ed.D., to find out why The University
                                            Gregory Shahum, M.H.A., OTR/L, has
                                                                                                of Scranton was so successful in having stu-
                                         traveled to Cambodia, Slovakia, central
                                                                                                dents volunteer at the camp. Dr. Sanko sur-
                                         Europe, China, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philip-
                                                                                                mised that PT students generally enter this
                                         pines, and Puerto Rico. During his graduate
        Melissa Behr receiving award                                                            care-centered profession because they are car-
                                         studies he spent two weeks in China studying
        from Dr. Ronald Deitrick                                                                ing and compassionate themselves. He sug-
                                         its health-care system and making compari-
                                                                                                gested that the excellent faculty role models
                                         sons to health care in the United States. In
                                                                                                related to service are strong motivators as well
                                         February 2005, Greg completed a four-month
                                                                                                as the fact that service learning has been part
                                         internship in Slovakia and Cambodia, where
                                                                                                of the curriculum for the past 10 years.
                                         he worked with service providers providing
                                                                                                Finally, Dr. Sanko suggested that the
                                         care to HIV/AIDS children; taught health
                                                                                                increased emphasis on the University’s Jesuit
                                         administration to graduate students at Trnava
                                                                                                identity has heightened awareness among fac-
                                         University; and collected data on the thera-
                                                                                                ulty and students regarding community
                                         peutic modalities Slovakian physiotherapists
                                                                                                involvement and issues of social justice.
                                         use to treat physical impairments. Recently,

Panuska College Student Organizations
  The Panuska College of Professional               National Association for the Education             standards, pertinent knowledge, and a rele-
Studies is proud of its students’ com-              of Young Children (NAEYC)                          vant credentialing program.
                                                       Mission Statement: To serve and act on             President: Katie Ziarko
mitment to their chosen professions
                                                    behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of        Vice President: Trevor Gogoll
and to the Scranton community. Each                 all young children with primary focus on              Treasurer: Joe Fromknecht
department has one or more highly                   the provision of educational and develop-             Secretary: Beth Stoudt
active student clubs or organizations               mental services and resources.
that focus on a combination of scholar-             Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)             Human Resources
ship and service. Many of the clubs are                Mission Statement: To improve educa-            Undergraduate Student Chapter,
nationally affiliated, and our student              tional outcomes for individuals with excep-        Society for Human Resource
ambassadors consistently represent The              tionalities…by advocating for appropriate          Management (SHRM)
                                                    governmental policies, by setting profes-             Mission Statement: SHRM serves the
University of Scranton well at regional
                                                    sional standards, by providing continuing          needs of the human resource management
and national conferences and meetings.              professional development, by advocating for        professional by providing the most essential
                                                    newly and historically underserved individu-       and comprehensive set of resources avail-
Counseling and Human Services                       als with exceptionalities, and by helping          able. In addition, the Society is committed
                                                    professionals achieve the conditions and           to advancing the human resource profession
Counseling and Human Services
                                                    resources necessary for effective practice.        and the capabilities of all human resource
Association (CHSA)
                                                       President: Colleen Ashcroft                     professionals to ensure that HR is an essen-
   Mission Statement: The Counseling and
Human Services program has a multi-                 Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor               tial and effective partner in developing and
disciplinary perspective designed to develop in     Society in Education                               executing organizational strategy.
students the values, knowledge and skills nec-         Mission Statement: Dedicated to scholar-           President: Andrea Jaworski
essary to work within a variety of human ser-       ship and excellence in education. The Soci-           Vice President: Krystan Silva
vices settings. Through the interplay of coun-      ety is a community of scholars dedicated to           Vice President for Merit: Laura Yeckley
seling, skilled development, social work            worthy ideals; recognizes scholarship and             Treasurer: Adam Weikel
systems, rehabilitation services, cultural diver-   excellence in education; promotes the devel-          Secretary: Jamie Harrington
sity, substance abuse and addictions, field         opment and dissemination of worthy educa-
work experiences, internship and service            tional ideas and practices; enhances the con-      Nursing
learning, students are prepared to enter into a     tinuous growth and leadership of its diverse
variety of careers in the human services field      membership; fosters inquiry and reflection
                                                                                                       Student Nurses Association
                                                                                                          Purpose Statement: To foster interest in
or to pursue graduate studies.                      on significant educational issues; and main-
                                                                                                       and knowledge of the current trends and
   President: Bridget Lally                         tains a high degree of professional fellowship.
                                                                                                       issues in the profession of Nursing. To cre-
                                                                                                       ate an atmosphere of collegiality between
Education                                           Exercise Science and Sport                         and among students and faculty. To broaden
Student Education Club of the                       Student Association                                the interest of the University community
University of Scranton (SECUS)                         Mission Statement: To promote profes-           and the Community at large in health
   Purpose Statement: To bring together stu-        sional and educational experiences, service to     related issues.
dents with a mutual interest in Education           the community, and provide social opportu-            President: Katie Wentzell
and to provide academic and social enrich-          nities on and off campus. Members also             National Student Nurses Association
ment for its members                                attend regional and national meetings of the          Mission Statement: The NSNA mission is
   Co-Presidents: Erica Sonzogni and                American College of Sports Medicine.               to organize, represent and mentor students
Jennifer Wagner                                        President: Julia Gamble                         preparing for initial licensure as registered
Association for Childhood Education                    Vice President: Matthew Monaco                  nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalau-
International (ACEI)                                                                                   reate completion programs; convey the
   Mission Statement: To promote the inher-         Health Administration                              standards and ethics of the nursing profes-
ent rights, education, and well-being of all                                                           sion; promote development of the skills
                                                    Undergraduate Association                          that students will need as responsible and
children in their home, school, and commu-
nity. To work for the desirable conditions,          President: Christina Smith                        accountable members of the nursing profes-
programs, and practices for children from             Vice President: Becky Ryman                      sion; advocate for high quality health care;
infancy, through early adolescence. To raise          Treasurer: Joseph Indelicato                     advocate for and contribute to advances in
the standard of preparation for those                 Secretary: Jannien Arnella                       nursing education; and develop nursing
actively involved with the care and develop-          Community Service Representative:                students who are prepared to lead the pro-
ment of children. To encourage the continu-         Valerie Pracilio                                   fession in the future.
ous professional growth of educators. To            Graduate Program, American College                                      (continued on back page)
focus the public’s attention on the rights          of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
and needs of children and on the ways that             Mission Statement: The mission of ACHE
various programs must be adjusted to fit            is to advance our members and healthcare
those rights and needs.                             management excellence through high ethical

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     Founders Society                               Ms. Dona Bainbridge                             Mr. & Mrs. Martin Lentz
     Mr. Stephen Whitney Bradley                    Mr. & Mrs. Ernesto S. Baldo                     Mr. Michael Levitt & Ms. Laura Greenberg
     Mr. & Mrs. John E. Brennan                     Mr. & Mrs. William Batdorf                      Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lieberman
     Mr. James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. &             Mr. & Mrs. Paul S. Berger                       Mr. & Mrs. John C. Lutkenhouse
       Dr. Mychelle Farmer                          Mr. Pearce Bloom                                Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand Magpayo
     Mr. & Mrs. Hugh J. Gownley                     Professor & Mrs. Robert M. Bloom                Frank J. McDonnell, Esq.
     Mr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Kania                     Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bloom                         Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. McGlotten
     Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Kolar                     Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P. Boam                  Mr. & Mrs. William McGrath
     Mr. & Mrs. Edward R. Leahy                     Mr. & Mrs. Arthur L. Bobbouine, Sr.             Mr. Brian P. McKenna
     Marshfield Associates                          Judith A. Buckalew, Esq.                        Mr. & Mrs. Fred McRobie
     Mr. & Mrs. Jack Olender                        Mr. & Mrs. Jeremiah S. Buckley                  Mr. & Mrs. Michael Miller
     Mr. & Mrs. Robert O’Neil                       Mr. & Mrs. Bobby R. Burchfield                  Dr. & Mrs. John Minehart
     Philip Morris Companies, Inc.                  Mr. & Mrs. James Burke                          Mr. James Molloy
     Mr. & Mrs. Timothy H. Scully, Jr.              Mr. & Mrs. Keith Calhoun-Senghor                Ms. Ellen A. Morgenstern
     Mr. Guy T. Valvano                             Career Development and Employment, Ltd.         Mr. & Mrs. John J. Morrissey
                                                    Mr. William W. Carpenter                        Mrs. Diane Kuchera Muniz
     Benefactors Circle                             Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Casey                        Dr. Georgia L. Narsavage
     AstraZeneca                                    Mr. & Mrs. Robert Casey, Jr.                    Dr. & Mrs. David B. Nelson
     Mr. Michael Clark                              Mr. & Mrs. Al Cassette                          Mr. & Mrs. James A. Noone
     Mr. & Mrs. James C. Doyle                      Mr. Christian Chandler                          Mr. & Mrs. Eamonn O’Brien
     Mr. & Mrs. Joseph T. Doyle                     Mr. Jordan J. Clark                             Mr. & Mrs. Michael O’Brien
     Mr. & Mrs. Andrew V. Fellingham                Mr. William M. Cloherty                         Mr. Stephen Ornstein
     Mr. Adam Gurwitz                               Mary M. Connolly, Esq.                          Drs. Michael J. & Martina A. O’Shea
     Mr. & Mrs. James C. Holcomb, Jr.               Mr. & Mrs. Barry L. Corman                      Mr. Mark Paradise
     Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Judah                          Ms. Amy M. Cutchineal                           Mr. Joseph M. Piepul
     Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Ondrasik                    Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Darling IV                Mr. & Mrs. John Pilcher
     Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Savitsky                     Mr. & Mrs. William F. Demarest                  Dr. John V. Pilitsis
                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Dempsey                    Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Quinn
                                                    Mr. Sean C. Denniston                           Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn
                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Craig Diemer                         Mr. & Mrs. James C. Riccobono
     Bank Austria Creditanstalt
                                                    Atty. & Mrs. James A. Doherty                   Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Roberts
     Mr. & Mrs. Larry Beckler
                                                    Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J.                        Mr. David L. Roll
     Atty. & Mrs. John J. Boland
                                                    Ms. Christine M. Faller                         Mr. & Mrs. Barry Rosenthal
     Atty. & Mrs. Peter J. Chepucavage
                                                    Ms. Dolores Farr                                Ms. Wendy M. Solensky Runco
     Mr. & Mrs. William Finn
                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Roger Feldman                        Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Russell
     Mr. & Mrs. George Grandison
                                                    Debra Lynne Fetherman, Ph.D.                    Nicholas D. Saccone, D.D.S.
     Mr. & Mrs. Grant Green
                                                    Dr. & Mrs. Kamran Foroughi                      Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Sadowski
     Mr. Peter F. Hurst, Jr.
                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Albert Foster, Jr.                   Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Salemme
     Mr. John J. & Mrs. Sharon Hurst-Kneiss
                                                    Freddie Mac Foundation                          Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Sandherr
     Mr. Eric Lewis & Ms. Elise Hoffmann
                                                    Frederick S. Upton Foundation                   Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Schneider
     In Memory of Mrs. Murray Dondy
                                                    A Friend                                        Mr. & Mrs. Robert Shanks
     PNC Bank, Northeast PA
                                                    Georgetown University                           Mr. & Mrs. Russell L. Smith
     Providian Corporation
                                                    Ms. Megan K. Getz                               Sol-Air Techniques
     Rees, Broome & Diaz, P.C.
                                                    Melinda C. Ghilardi, Esq. &                     Ms. Nicole M. Spaldo
     Dr. Alfred & Kathleen Rotondaro                   Sidney J. Prejean, Esq.                      Stevens & Lee
     Mr. Henry J. Sallusti                          Mr. & Mrs. Terence E. Golden                    Mr. & Mrs. Neal Sullivan
     Mr. Roger L. Selfe                             Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Hedley                       Ms. Susan M. Swain
     Mr. & Mrs. David Steinfield                    Mr. & Mrs. Warren T. Hohn                       Atty. & Mrs. Thomas N. Tate
     Mr. & Mrs. Olin Wethington                     Mr. & Mrs. Alan Holmer                          Mr. & Mrs. Peter W. Thomas
     Mr. & Mrs. Richard Whiting                     E. Paul Hornyak, M.D., Ph.D.                    Mr. Edward J. Ureta
     Williams Capital Group, L.P.                   Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Hudock, Jr.                  Wachovia Securities
     Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Wilson                     Jackson & Consumano                             Mr. & Mrs. Mike Washo
     Friends                                        Mr. & Mrs. Micardo L. Johns                     Mr. & Mrs. Jerry J. Weinberger
     Mr. Dele Akinla II                             Sr. M. Gabriel Kane, I.H.M.                     Mr. James Wolf
     Diane Ambler, Esq.                             Ms. Deborah Kennedy & Mr. William Kennard       Ms. Dorothy Wrazin
     Mr. Robert H. Angeloni                         Mr. Stephen Klitzman & Mrs. Justine Lisser      Mr. & Mrs. Linwood C. Wright, Jr.
     Mr. & Mrs. John H. Appleton                    Ms. Robyn T. Kowalski                           Ms. Diane Helyne Zyats &
     Ms. Anne Azencot                               Ms. Veronica Kulick                                Mr. Michael E. Tyrrell
                                                    Drs. Bennett & Judith Lavenstein

Reflections of a Young Man with Autism
Michael is mostly non-verbal and profoundly            they call it. In the water, I didn’t know which
limited in most functional tasks, yet he com-          way was up when under it. Nothing is more
municates his thoughts about his swimming              frightening than swimming in the wrong
activities through the use of an electronic com-
munication device. Carol Reinson, Ph.D.,
                                                       direction to air. But amazing things are hap-                 I loved yesterday
                                                       pening. I am learning to feel my body as itself
Department of Occupational Therapy, has
been working with Michael in the University
                                                       in water. It is a wonderful feeling to finally                to swim is to be
                                                       know yourself as separate. It is a wonderful
pool for the past two years. Michael is 16             learning experience. It yields major gains in
                                                                                                                     flowing like water
years old.                                             movement. To move as an entity alone is a
                                                       blessing. To move is a major goal for me – a
                                                                                                                     it is freeing
   My name is Michael and I am an autistic
                                                       major, and potentially life changing goal. You,
person. The University has a program that lets
                                                       as normal, do not appreciate what an autistic’s
                                                                                                                     really love the feel
me take swimming as occupational therapy.
I’d like to let you know                                                body can and cannot do. When                 of surround
what that means to me. I                                                young I could not move some-
am very smart, but you                                                  times, “frozen in space,” I call             swimming is
would not know it to look                                               it. I could not tell where I was             heaven on earth
at me. My physical appear-                                              or where I was going. Just try
ance is normal, but I have a                                            to touch your nose with no                   thank you for
lot of behaviors that make                                              idea of where your face is. Try
me appear retarded. Motor                                               to move an object with no idea
                                                                                                                     taking me
                                                                        of what direction you are mov-
movement issues over-
                                                                        ing in. It makes you look and
whelm my being. To move
is to look all spastic and                                              feel stupid. Swimming is far
impulsive. I cannot kick                                                more than just swimming for
and move my arms at the                                                 me. It lets me develop my
same time in the pool. I        Michael at the Byron pool on campus
                                                                        motor awareness and skills in a
cannot swim as a normal                                                 very fun way. My whole child-
stroke yet. I have senses which fail to function       hood has been about working to overcome
as they should. My limbs can’t seem to coor-           my issues. There has been precious little fun
dinate. It was very scary in the water at first. I     in it. To get so valuable a lesson in a fun
have trouble “knowing where I am in space”             package is heaven itself to me. That is what
                                                       swimming is – sheer heaven.

  Contribution to The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center
     The work of The Edward R. Leahy,                    Please send payments to: The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center, c/o Development Office,
                                                               O’Hara Hall, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4615.
  Jr. Center is supported by the Leahy
                                                                                   Contributions are tax deductible.
  Endowment. Contributions from the
  friends and benefactors of the Center
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  of delivering quality health care to              Address__________________________________________________________
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                                                                        Success By 6 Lackawanna County
                                                                        School Readiness Taskforce
                                                                        Completes Activities Calendar
                                                                           Under the direction of Dona C. Bauman, Ph.D., Department of
                                                                        Education, the Success By 6 Lackawanna County School Readiness
                                                                        Taskforce developed and distributed a School Readiness Calendar
                                                                        filled with a year’s worth of activities and ideas that assist parents
                                                                        and children to spend quality educational time together. It lists com-
                                                                        munity resources, age appropriate books, games, tips, and activities
                                                                        meant to help parents create an environment for learning. The proj-
                                                                        ect was supported by the Lackawanna County Library System, area
                                                                        schools, community organizations, and childcare centers. Success By
                                                                        6 is the Early Care and Education Program of the United Way of
                                                                        Lackawanna County.

  Panuska College Student Organizations, cont. from page 9
  Sigma Theta Tau International –                   Occupational Therapy                            Physical Therapy
  The Honor Society of Nursing
     Mission Statement: Provides leadership and
                                                    Student Occupational Therapy                    Physical Therapy Club
  scholarship in practice, education and research
                                                    Association (SOTA)                                 Mission Statement: To serve as a catalyst in
                                                       Purpose Statement: SOTA has been orga-       promoting professional attitudes and com-
  to enhance the health of all people. We sup-
                                                    nized to provide service to The University of   petencies among its members through orga-
  port the learning and professional develop-
                                                    Scranton, the Department of Occupational        nized service opportunities. In supporting
  ment of our members, who strive to improve
                                                    Therapy, Scranton and area community, and       the Jesuit tradition of The University of
  nursing care worldwide.
                                                    members of the association. This mission will   Scranton, the club works to nurture the stu-
     President: Cathy McGeehan
                                                    be accomplished through the active involve-     dents’ educational, social, and professional
                                                    ment of SOTA in University and community        development to therefore aid their success as
                                                    functions.                                      entry-level physical therapists upon comple-
                                                       President: Patti Simpson                     tion of the program.
                                                                                                       President: Brittany Finch

                                                                                                                                     Non-Profit Org.
                                                                                                                                      U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                                      Permit No. 520
                                                                                                                                       Scranton, PA
Panuska College of Professional Studies
Scranton, PA 18510-4670