Marywood to Offer Construction Management Degree in 2022

Marywood University will launch its bachelor of science degree in construction management for the fall 2022 semester. As part of the University’s renowned School of Architecture, this is the first and only four-year construction management program in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Marywood University’s School of Architecture’s integrative curriculum emphasizes a design/build approach, sustainable construction, and novel problem-solving skills, preparing its graduates to take on the most complex situations in the profession.

A bachelor’s degree in construction management prepares graduates to manage complex projects in the construction industry. Construction managers plan, budget, coordinate, and supervise construction projects throughout every step of the process. Construction managers work with all members of the team, from designers to contractors, to fulfill client needs and positively contribute to the built environment.

Students in the construction management program, within the School of Architecture, at Marywood University will enjoy close partnerships with other disciplines in the built environment. The University’s integrative curriculum connects business practices, construction knowledge, emergent building technologies, and design practices. With a construction management degree from Marywood University, graduates will be able to apply their education to a range of industry applications in a projected field for growth.

The new construction management program at Marywood University is a participant in the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Mentor Program. As part of ACCE’s five-year process for new programs on the path to full accreditation, Marywood University is a prospect school, currently in a mentoring partnership with The Ohio State University.

For additional information about Marywood University’s construction management major, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.

James F. Swift Scholarship Recipients Announced

Shown first row from left: Gabrielle Snee, Rebecca Lucas, Liz Stone, Olivia Manarchuck, Taralyn Reilly and Ryan Coleman. Second row, same order: Hannah Carr, Maura Turi, Jillian Brennan and Alexis Tanana, both from Holy Cross High School; Ava Decker, Caitlin Doughton, Gerardo Sanchez Garcia, Gwyneth Serowinski, Fione Evans, Korey Kruk. Third row: Hunter Geise, Ben Thompson, Antonio Pugliese, Nicholas Guerra, Ashley Capone, Taylor Seprosky, Jenna O’Malley. Fourth row: Christian Snee, Jacob Vituszynski, Joshua Vituszynski, Claudia Pitts, Tyler Muskey, Marguerite Flynn, David McKenney, Eric Spivak. Also in the photo are Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarship Manager, and Frank Caputo, Grants and Communications Coordinator, Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Twenty students from 13 different high schools in the area, including Alexis Tanana and Jillian Brennan, two students from Holy Cross High School in Dunmore, have been awarded a prestigious scholarship through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which provides $5,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses. 

The James F. Swift Scholarship Fund has awarded over $3.2 million since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date. Created in 2002 through a gift by James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund provides support for higher education for students graduating from high schools in Lackawanna County. 

Following Mr. Swift’s death in 2006, the Scranton Area Community Foundation gratefully received a significant gift from his estate to the scholarship fund which has allowed a great number of students from Lackawanna County the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals through higher education.

The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.

Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of Mr. Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, these scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

Scranton Area Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 180 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships in 2018. Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.5 million in grants and scholarships in 2018 through assets under management. More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at

Dunmore Pony League Team Wins Big in Championship Game

By Steve Svetovich

Memories are often created by youngsters on a baseball diamond.

Take the case of the Ackourey and Turel Pony League team in the Dunmore Little League.

This group of youngsters came into the Dunmore Pony League Tournament as underdogs this past June 27.

Coached by Mark Levendoski, the boys had a 12-5 regular season record entering the Pony League Tournament. The team defeated Eastern Residential Solutions 6-2 in the first round of the playoffs. Then after a bye, the team faced the undefeated 3 Jacks Bar and Grill in the championship game. The 3 Jacks team was 16-0 and the favorite coming into the game.

But the Ackourey and Turel Pony League team, a group of youngsters between 6 and 8, rose to the occasion and easily beat the favored team, 16-2, to capture the Dunmore Pony League championship. 

“I can’t even single one player out,” said coach Levandoski. “Every player on our team had multiple hits. They kept hitting and hitting. It is just a great group of kids who all get along with each other. They are all students at Dunmore Elementary Center.”

Levandoski is assisted by coaches Mike Coleman, Chris Bantell, Ashley Lancia and Luke Coleman, a former college baseball pitcher.

“It is coach-pitch, so our kids really rocked Luke Coleman, a former college baseball pitcher, who was pitching to them,” said Levandoski, a 1998 Dunmore High School graduate who works for Schiff’s Food Service, Taylor. “We were kidding him about that.” 

“The kids were all excited after we won. They were presented with medals and all had pizza at the field after winning the games. It was an all day tournament. They really enjoyed it.”

Levandoski said most of the youngsters will be playing fall baseball in Dunmore starting in early September. “They are looking forward to it already,” he said.

This was Levandoski’s second year coaching the team. He has been involved in the program for the past five years.

“All of the kids played great during the tournament,” Levandoski said. “They were all hitting and making the plays. These kids are all friends in school. They are all good kids and love playing the game. They get along well.”

Levandoski said the kids were so excited after winning the championship that they poured water all over him. “Yes, I was soaked. But it was all good. The kids were happy and having fun.”

Team members include Marcus Levandoski, Michael Coleman, Jack Coleman, Kate Coleman, Connor Sciartilli, Brady McCarthy, Hunter Smolskis, Carter Bantell, George Siracuse, James Archer and Hannah Scanlon. 

The graduating members are Marcus Levandoski, Connor Sciartilli, Hunter Smolskis and Michael and Jack Coleman.

“The graduating players kind of led the way for us this year,” said Levandoski. “They got us going.” 

Levandoski said the graduating players will go on and play in the Dunmore Minor League which consists of 9-10-year-old youngsters. After Minor League, the kids progress to the Dunmore Little League.

“These kids will just keep on playing and having fun,” he said.