“Rally For Restaurants” Supports Local Businesses

With restaurants feeling the impact of COVID-19, Lackawanna College teamed up with Scranton Tomorrow and the City of Scranton to raise money to help local restaurant owners and workers make ends meet. The effort raised over $30,000, which went directly to participating restaurants, and over $7,000 for the Lackawanna College School of Hospitality scholarship fund.  

Lackawanna College’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, pivoted in a multi-faceted effort to help support the restaurant industry while also giving students valuable culinary experience with some of the area’s leading chefs. 

“Rally for Restaurants exemplified what our region is known for-neighbors helping neighbors. We were honored to serve alongside the City of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow to bring much-needed dollars to local restaurants,” said Stephanie Decker, Associate Vice President of Social and Economic Impact.

Lackawanna College’s School of Hospitality students worked alongside expert chefs from eight local restaurants, serving a total of 684 meals since the initiative launched in February 2020. A combination of generous sponsorships and in-kind donations helped offset the operating costs for the events, along with funds raised from private donations and t-shirt sales. 

“I want to thank Lackawanna College and all of the students, and anyone involved at the College who has generously donated their time and energy to put these events on. There are few places like Scranton where you see a community rally around each other in times of need. It has been the bright spot in an otherwise dark year,” said Patrick Nasser, co-owner of Backyard Alehouse. 

Lackawanna College will launch a second Rally for Restaurants initiative later this month.

Lackawanna College Venture Lab Launching Microloan Program

The Lackawanna College Venture Lab, a program operated by the College to support entrepreneurs in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is launching a pilot microloan program. The program can provide up to $2,500 in short-term zero-interest loans for entrepreneurs to launch their startups in the region. 

The microloan program will provide access to funds for low-income entrepreneurs who are launching microenterprises, which have fewer than six employees and require a smaller amount of capital to get started. The Venture Lab offers professional services, innovative programs and industry connections within a supportive peer-to-peer learning environment. 

Though the microloan program and the Venture Lab does not specifically target women and minority entrepreneurs, 2019 US Census data shows that the Venture Lab’s Target Area contains a higher concentration of minority and Hispanic individuals than the NEPA region as a whole (13% vs. 8% minority and 16% vs. 9% Hispanic). This program will benefit these constituencies. In addition, most of the early Venture Lab client companies have been led by women and minorities.

“Our research shows that NEPA is behind other urban centers in Pennsylvania in microenterprise activity, representing a lost opportunity of over $100 million in annual revenue flowing into our communities,” said Michael Jensen, director of the Venture Lab. “We hope these microloans will help disadvantaged entrepreneurs obtain the vital capital they need to launch new businesses and build more economically resilient neighborhoods.”

The Venture Lab is supporting the program with funds provided by Lackawanna College. This pilot program will test the microloanmodel, processes and effectiveness in addressing the financial startup needs in the local entrepreneurial community and plans to expand and seek out additional resources.

To learn more about the Venture Lab and the microloan program, visit Lackawanna.edu/venturelab or email venturelab@lackawanna.edu.

Colleges Plan Reopenings Amid Pandemic

marywoodMarywood University

Marywood University has developed an expansive, yet versatile, plan to move forward into a successful academic year. Understanding that public health circumstances are continually developing, Marywood’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan is not static — it is built to both prepare for and adapt to these unpredictable times. 

 Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model is the key to the University’s plan, designed to provide students with options and choices. This blended model of learning incorporates remote, interactive instruction, and in-person experiences that enhance student learning, preserving both the safety of students and faculty and delivering a high-quality educational experience. This model ensures the continuity of learning, even if circumstances demand a pivot to entirely remote instruction at any point in the semester.

 With the dedicated collaboration of many people throughout the University, Marywood developed a thorough approach to monitor the health, safety, and well-being of the entire Marywood community, while creating a deep culture of care. Marywood is committed to adhering to these criteria as well as the guidelines set forth by governmental and public health agencies.

 The extensive protocols and options outlined in Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Planwill serve to guide the University through its intended, best-case scenario of on-campus learning, but also will adjust as needed to changing conditions. 

 For additional information about Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan, please visit marywood.edu/forward. For additional information about the University’s HyBridge Education Model, visit www.marywood.edu/article/2020-HyBridge-Education-Model

Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College announced its reopening plan today for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 31, at all locations. The plan includes implementing new safety protocols and adjusting some course formats with the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind. 

lackawanna collegeThe College will welcome students back to campus, but students will be given the option to choose all online classes for the semester. Students who elect to take in-person classes will receive hybrid courses—with most on-ground classes meeting in person once per week.

Select classes requiring hands-on instruction such as the Division of Health Sciences and the Police Academy will continue with in-person instruction. Campus offices will open with minimal staff, with many employees continuing to work remotely. 

Lackawanna President Dr. Jill Murray says the plan will remain flexible and is subject to change based on public health guidance or other developments. 

“A hallmark of a Lackawanna College education is our genuine interest in helping each and every student succeed by providing a welcoming, engaging, relevant academic experience that motivates, inspires, and meets students wherever they are on their educational journey,” said Dr. Murray. “COVID-19 has made us more committed than ever to our mission. The physical, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being of our students remains our utmost priority.”

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks, participate in daily temperature screenings and adhere to social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

To access the Lackawanna College Academic reopening plan, visit Lackawanna.edu/coronavirus.