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East Stroudsburg University


Doreen Tobin, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs at ESU, has received the Suzanne S. Brown Distinguished Service Award, which is named for a long-time PASSHE official working in academic and student affairs and was created to honor an outstanding student affairs individual from the state system of higher education. The award is presented semi-annually by the Council of Chief Student Affairs Offices to a professional who has shown to be innovative or creative in ways that have benefitted his or his university or to PASSHE. Tobin has spent 35 years at two PASSHE institutions, including the last seven at ESU. In 2009, she led a coalition of individuals from the PASSHE universities and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the writing of a U.S. Department of Education grant for the Prevention and Reduction of Underage and Binge Drinking at the state system universities.

Also, the Office of the Provost and the College of Health Sciences sponsored a visit from Nicole Smith, Ph.D., a research professor and senior economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Smith visited with various groups of students, faculty and administrators throughout the day and discussed with them the long-term projections of various occupational areas and their educational requirements. Smith is part of a team of economists working on multiple projects to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways and was invited to ESU so that faculty and staff from the college of health sciences could integrate these predictions in their future planning.



King’s College


Dr. Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy at King’s College, recently published an essay titled, Virtue-Centered Approaches to Education: Prospects and Pitfalls in Michael W. Austin, ed., “Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics.” Dr. Bassham also published an article titled, Mearsheimer’s Mistakes: Why Colleges Should (and Inevitably Do) Provide Moral Guidance, in the journal Expositions, as well as a review of Alister McGrath’s “C. S. Lewis: A Life” in the journal Mythlore. Also, Robert McGonigle, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at King’s College, successfully completed the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Student Affairs Law and Policy certificate program, covering legal research, federal and state courts and statues, FERPA, Title IX, discrimination, employment issues, and academic fraud. Also, Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professor of English at King’s College, published the article, titled “Expressing ‘Irishness’ in Three Irish American Autobiographies,” in New Hibernia Review/Iris Eireannach Nua. She also recently presented the paper, titled “Negotiating Irishness Down Under in Peter Carey’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’” at the American Conference on Irish Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island. Additionally, Rev. Anthony Grasso, C.S.C., professor of English at King’s College, recently presented a paper entitled, “Luther’s Theology of the Cross: Redemptive Suffering and Vivian Bearing’s Death in Margaret Edson’s Play, ‘Wit,’” at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. This year’s conference theme was “Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom and Grace,” in advance of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Father Grasso’s essay was accepted for publication in a volume to commemorate the conference, “Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom and Grace,” by Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, Ore. Father Grasso also had his poem accepted in this year’s “Poetry in Transit” series, sponsored by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. His poem, “Time Warp,” will appear in billboard advertising on the LCTA’s buses through next summer. Finally, Gregory Janik, clinical professor of athletic training at King’s College, was presented the 2014 Jeffrey Stone Service Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA). The award is provided to an EATA member for their unselfish and dedicated efforts to serve and advance the EATA student program. The EATA is comprised of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Districts 1 and 2; the six New England states were designated as District 1, while Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania constitute District 2.





Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, recently was recognized by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute for her six years of service on the board of directors. Dr. Mailloux served on the strategic planning and executive committees, as well as the planning committee for “Tiles: From Tears in Triumph’’ in Luzerne County. At Misericordia University, Dr. Mailloux chairs the nursing program. Seen, Peter J. Danchak, chair of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s board of directors, presents a certificate of appreciate to Dr. Cynthia Mailloux.

Also, Michael Orleski, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics at Misericordia University, had his article, “Service Learning in Introductory Astronomy,’’ published in the December issue of T he Physics Teacher, a refereed journal read by thousands of teachers in high schools and colleges around the world. In Dr. Orleski’s article, he describes how his students host astronomy observation sessions for student groups and the public.

Additonally, Matthew S. Hinton, M.A., M.F.A., has been named the coordinator of writing for the Writing Center in the Student Success Center at Misericordia University. Hinton is responsible for the promotion, coordination, and management of the Writing Center and its related services. He is also in charge of tutorial services related to writing instruction through the Writing Center, sponsored workshops, and other activities. In recent years, Hinton was an adjunct professor in the Department of English at Misericordia University; a head researcher and assistant with J. Michael Lennon, the author of the official biography of Norman Mailer, at Wilkes University, and the world literature and co-advisor for AP English students at Lake-Lehman High School.

Also, Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious rdia University, recently had his essay, “Mary: Mirror of Justice,’’ published in the book, “Mary, God-Bearer to a World in Need,’’ by Pickwick Publications, Eugene, Ore. The 202-page paperback is a collection of essays that explores what the world knows about the mother of Jesus Christ in both Scripture and tradition, and in turn applies it to issues of the modern world.



Pennsylvania College of Technology


Two administrators from Pennsylvania College of Technology offered the presentation “Assessing Student Learning: The Role of Student Affairs in Institutional Assessment and Planning” at the Middle State Commission on Higher Education’s 2013 Annual Conference. Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, and Jennifer McLean, director of counseling, college health and disability services and director of career services, offered the program at the conference, which was held Dec. 8-10 in Philadelphia. The presentation focused on how Student Affairs can integrate a planning and assessment cycle into a collegewide plan. Strickland and McLean communicated the practical elements of engaging the institution in the value of assessment in Student Affairs and discussed the challenges of measuring student learning in Student Affairs and applying efforts to enhance data and “close the loop” with assessment activities. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, nongovernmental membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through rigorous accreditation standards and enforcement.



University of Scranton


Eight faculty members of the University of Scranton have been awarded development intersession grants for January 2014. Jeremy Brees, Ph.D., assistant professor of management/marketing, received a grant to research “Understanding How People Perceive Accountability.” Dr. Brees joined the faculty at the university in 2012. Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, received a grant to study “Finite Geometries.” She has been a faculty member at the university since 1995. Arthur Catino, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, received a grant to study “Synthesis of Hexaphenylethane.” Dr. Catino joined the university in 2013. Zachary Huard, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering, received a grant to research “Cluster Computing.” Dr. Huard joined the faculty at the university in 2013. Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, received a grant to study “Collective Bargaining Units and Innovation of Policing.” Dr. Jenkins, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2013, also taught at the University in 2009 as a faculty specialist. Erica Lasek-Nesselquist, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, received a grant to research “Examining Kelptoplastidic Relationships to Understand the Evolution of Endosymbiosis.” Dr. Lasek-Nesselquist joined the University in 2013. Krzysztof Plotka, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, received a grant to research “Lineability of N-to-One Function Within the Classes of Hamel and Sierpinski-Zygmund Functions.” Dr. Plotka joined the faculty of the University in 2001. Edward Scahill, Ph.D., associate professor of economics/finance, received a grant to study “Is the Fed Printing Money?” Dr. Scahill has been a faculty member at the University since 1989.


Wilkes University


Wilkes University announced that Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D. was named provost and senior vice president. In this role, Skleder will be responsible for leading the university’s academic programs and initiatives, working with the deans of its five academic schools and colleges and its faculty. She also will have a major role in implementing initiatives outlined in its strategic plan. She will join Wilkes in June 2014. Skleder comes to Wilkes from Cabrini College in Radnor, where she has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology since July 2010. Before joining Cabrini, Skleder was dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She also served Alvernia University in Reading, in a number of administrative positions, including vice provost, associate vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management, department chair of psychology, director of the Honors Program, and founding director of the Center for Community Engagement. Skleder received her doctorate and master’s degree in social and organizational psychology from Temple University.

Also, Mia Briceno, assistant professor of communication studies at Wilkes University, presented research at the National Communication Association’s annual convention held on Nov. 21 – 24 in Washington, D.C. Briceno presented at the “Great Ideas for Teaching Students” series. She also presented her research on Pan’s Labryinth , a Mexican-Spanish fantasy film released in 2006, and the politics of Latina girlhood in the narrative film, set during the Spanish Civil War which interweaves the real world with a mythical world,