Tree Dedication at Marywood

Marywood University dedicated a tree at the pathway to the Learning Commons, in honor of The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family on Tuesday, Oct. 21. With Conaboy family members in attendance, the tree was blessed and a plaque unveiled to commemorate the occasion.

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University said, “We have planted this tree for the glory of God, to honor the Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family, and to remember all the joy and beauty that they themselves have brought to the campus of Marywood University.”

Recently, Marywood University held its first ever Virtual Community Leadership Celebration (CLC), honoring The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family. Marywood Joined the honorees in saluting Marywood students, alumni, and community members working on the front lines. 

Marywood and Scranton Reads Team Up for Reading Events

Marywood ReadsMarywood University and Scranton Reads will present several events throughout the month of October at the Learning Commons at Marywood University. All of the events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Learning Commons, Room 203, the Marywood Reads book selection is Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstong Dunbar, finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. 

“A fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources, it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom.” (Eric Fomer, from Amazon site). 

Scranton Reads/One Book—One City returns to Marywood with the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Marywood will host two presentations. The first presentation will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, Room 206, in the Learning Commons, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dr. Lee Sebastiani presents “Artificial Intelligence: The Promise and the Danger.” Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises a transformed future. This event guarantees a lively discussion about the questions AI raises and the impact it will have on each of our lives. To add to the discussion, tabletop robots will be available at the event.

The second Scranton Reads presenter is Dr. Aaron Simmons, who will present “Frankenstein, Human Nature and the Ethics of Biotechnology”on Tuesday, Oct. 29,  from 6:30- 8 p.m. in the Learning Commons, Room 206. 

Originally written in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein raises philosophical and ethical questions about the appropriate goals and boundaries of science that are still very relevant in today’s world. In this talk, participants will reflect on some of these questions and the implications that they may have for current pursuits in science and medicine, including our use of genetic technology to improve human beings and the quest to radically extend the average human lifespan.

The inaugural Trivia Challenge will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, on the First Floor of the Learning Commons, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Teams between one to five players will test their knowledge and skill, and the winning teams will receive a grand prize plus bragging rights. Refreshments will be served. 

Additionally, watch for the pop-up trivia question of the day on Marywood University’s Learning Commons Facebook page for a chance to win a gift basket.

For additional information about Marywood University and Scranton Reads events, please visit, or call (570) 961-4707.

Dunmoreans honored with 2016 Sage Awards


Various Dunmore businesses and organizations were honored when the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2016 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. The winner of each award category was publicly announced at The Chamber Gala in November at The Theater at North.

More than 100 applications were received. A group of community leaders and professionals teamed up to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life.  


This year’s winner from the borough of Dunmore included:

  • DePietro’s Pharmacy – Best Practices in Community Involvement
  • The Greater Scranton YMCA – Non-Profit Organization of the Year
  • Marywood University’s Learning Commons, Pride & Progress – New Construction.