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 For additional information about the University’s HyBridge Education Model, visit

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

Dunmoreans Recognized for Academic Excellence at Lackawanna College

lackawanna collegeLackawanna College has recognized more than 300 students named to its President’s List for academic excellence during the Spring 2019-20 semester. A student qualifies for the President’s List if they achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum of 24 credit hours, including 12 credits during the most recent semester.

Students from Dunmore named to the President’s List are: Shayna Bradley, Nicole Gillette, Devin M. Lyke, Isabella Mandarano, and Jessica Murphy.

Nearly 380 Lackawanna College students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. A student qualifies for the Dean’s List if they achieve a grade point average of 3.2 with a minimum of nine credit hours to qualify.

Students from Dunmore named to the Dean’s List were: Adrianna M. Acker, Noah Barton, Ethan W.Bobb, Derek Bogdan, Sara A. Grande, Abdul James, James J. Malone, Mitchell Russavage and Samantha Wesley.

Lackawanna College Honors Class of 2020

lackawanna collegeLackawanna College has awarded more than 430 bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates to the class of 2020, which includes students from 15 states and countries including France, Dominica and Saint Lucia. The College’s 126th commencement is currently scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, after its traditional May ceremony was postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Students in the class of 2020 were among the first to receive the College’s associate degrees in Baking & Pastry and Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Restaurant & Foodservice Management and RN-to-BSN. 

Graduates also included seven regional high school students who completed their associate degrees while still enrolled in high school through the College’s Level Up program.

Dunmore graduates included: Pauline Ann Macarski, cum laude, and Elisabeth Jamison Padula, bachelor of science, human services; Gloria Marie Stryweski, cum laude, associate in science, baking & pastry; Seamus Michael Gerrity, associate of science,business studies; Alyssa Marie Fazio, associate of science, early childhood education; Kylia Denice Conaway, associate of science, human services; Jennifer Alexandra Gerrity, magna cum laude, associate of science, occupational therapy assistant; Corbin James Smith, associate of science, sports management, and Amanda Nowakowski, certificate program, conservation & natural resource.