Marywood Helps Make Spirits Bright During Holiday Season

Marywood University collected a record number of gifts this year, thanks to the generosity of the “Making Spirits Bright” initiative. More than 160 gifts were provided to local children/teens through Friends of the Poor, 73 gifts were provided to Marywood Heights residents, and 146 items for persons experiencing homelessness were donated to the Keystone Rescue Mission.

Marywood University’s answer to encouraging prayer, sharing gifts, and uplifting people through New Year’s Day is a success. Marywood University began its festivities in November with its “Making Spirits Bright,” initiative, prior to students leaving campus to finish the remainder of their semesters online. 

The students desire to help plan and share in the holiday event, which has become such a special part of their Marywood experience, was the catalyst for campus representatives to gather with students and find creative, community-minded solutions. The timeline also connected to the spirit of Marywood’s sponsors, the IHM Congregation, who celebrate their Founders’ Month in November.

Marywood University’s Community Christmas Card Writing project yielded nearly 5,500 Christmas cards that were delivered to 18 different groups locally, nationally and internationally. Participants included 17 clubs and campus organizations, 2 athletic teams, 21 additional individual students, 58 staff members, 20 departments, 5 faculty, 1 retiree, the retired IHM sisters living at Our Lady of Peace residence, and 97 students at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School, Dunmore. 

Recipients of the Community Christmas Card Writing project included Marywood Heights residents, Our Lady of Peace residents and staff, NativityMiguel School students and staff, the Gino Merli Veterans Centers residents and staff, St. Francis Commons residents and staff, Regional Hospital staff, Moses Taylor Hospital staff, Geisinger CMC staff, St. Joseph’s Center residents and staff, Friends of the Poor staff, the children in Big Friends Little Friends after-school program, and active/deployed military members.

Marywood University also collected a record number of gifts this year, thanks to the generosity of the “Making Spirits Bright” initiative. More than 160 gifts were provided to local children/teens through Friends of the Poor, 73 gifts were provided to Marywood Heights residents, and 146 items for persons experiencing homelessness were donated to the Keystone Rescue Mission.

Marywood University’s “Making Spirits Bright” kicked off its campaign with an Outdoor Tree Lighting and Blessing of Nativity. Student groups typically create ornaments for the tree, but, since it was an outdoor event this year, the student organizations decided to participate in campus decorating efforts with Marywood’s Grounds/Maintenance staff. Campus decorating was completed by 18 volunteers who contributed 54 hours of service to decorate campus. 

Tax Credit Donation Benefits Marywood’s Momentum Program

From Left: Patricia Rosetti, Marywood University’s leadership annual giving officer, and Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank president and CEO.

FNCB Bank presents a $6,000 Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to Marywood University’s Momentum Program. Marywood University’s Momentum Program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to get a head start on college by enrolling in college level courses. Students can choose from a variety of courses, most often liberal arts courses, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters through to high school graduation.

Since 2010, FNCB has contributed nearly $2 million dollars to local educational and scholarship organizations through the EITC program. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis for contributions to EITC approved organizations like Marywood University. 

The support of Marywood University is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations, and outreach programs. FNCB Bank, locally-based for 110 years, continues as one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community banks—offering a full suite of personal, small business, mortgage and commercial banking solutions with industry-leading mobile online and in-branch products and services. FNCB remains dedicated to the communities they serve with an on-going mission to make your banking experience simply better.

Marywood to Offer Competitive Esports Program

Marywood University announced today that it will become one of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive Esports program. Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking this option, as the Esports industry continues to explode throughout the country. Marywood University’s Board of Trustees recently approved a measure for the University to move forward with an Esports Program in fall 2021. 

An inclusive activity, Esports reaches many demographics and provides numerous options to students who are interested in playing both individual and team sports. Esports (also known as electronic sports) is organized, competitive video gaming. Marywood’s Esports program will compete in one of the Athletic Conferences, and Marywood will be the third regional university to offer an Esports program. 

Patrick Murphy, director of athletics and recreation at Marywood University, said, “We are extremely excited about the addition of Esports here at Marywood as part of the athletics department. With the growing trend of Esports in higher education, we are ready to be a part of this select group of institutions that offers Esports, as it will further enhance the student experience.”

Marywood’s Esports program will benefit both prospective students and the community by providing opportunities for students who are interested in playing a competitive sport and for employers who are seeking people with Esports skills. Students in the program will also obtain practical skills that can be transferred across multiple disciplines. 

Students will develop fluency in science, technology, and computer skills that will strengthen their reasoning and problem-solving capabilities and allow them to gain competencies that will be in great demand in a post-pandemic job market.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Esports program, visit www.marywood.edu/news