Marywood Senior Selected to Join Cooper-DuBois Fellow

Marywood University senior Spanish and biology major, Krystine Jiménez, was selected to join the next cohort of Cooper-DuBois Fellows at the Pennsylvania State University. Through this program, she will learn about Penn State’s commitment to Africana, African American, and Ethnic Studies through the historic cluster hire of 13 faculty specializing in African American life and culture, as well as its 2020 launch of the new Center for Black Digital Research.

Ms. Jiménez will also attend a variety of workshops related to new directions in the field of African American and African Diaspora literary, cultural, and rhetorical studies, and hear about opportunities for Black digital and public research. The mentorship program will also provide an opportunity to meet with faculty, area, and program heads, as well as current and former graduate students to provide support as she applies to graduate programs.

Ms. Jiménez said, “When I first decided to take Spanish classes at Marywood University, I never thought I would minor in it, let alone take on another major. In my first Afro-Latinx course, taught by Joshua Deckman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Foreign Languages program at Marywood University, I learned more about myself and my heritage in one class than I have learned my whole life. 

“I am Dominican, and I am Black. I decided to apply to the Cooper-DuBois Fellows program to see how I can pursue a career in Black Studies to build upon what I have learned in my courses at Marywood. The knowledge that I have acquired through my Afro-Latinx courses at Marywood and what I will acquire from this fellowship program is the first step in reaching my goals.”

The world is full of languages. It’s a first step toward a wide world of career options. At Marywood, every student is able to study a modern language as part of the University’s core liberal arts curriculum. There are numerous opportunities for students to study abroad in countries throughout Europe and Latin America. Exposure to different cultures and diverse people helps prepare students for study and travel abroad and local and international internships.

For information about Marywood University’s Communication, Language and Literature department, please visit www.marywood.edu/efla, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6207. 

Penn State Scranton hits a home run with new fields

By Victoria Sheridan

With this year’s mild winter, there is not much snow that needs to melt quickly in order for baseball and softball season to begin. Which is a great outcome for the spring Penn State Worthington athletes practicing for the upcoming season.

baseballWhile every season is an important one, this one is special. It marks the first time athletes will dig their cleats into the dirt of the newly renovated Matt McGloin Baseball Field and UGI Utilities Softball Field.

The makeover that took place over the past few years was phase one of a three part multi-million dollar campus Athletic Facilities Renovation. Future phases include a campus wellness center, an auxiliary gym, and major improvements to the Multi-Purpose Building such as renovated offices, classrooms, restrooms, shower and locker facilities, and a new gymnasium. This will be the first time the Multi-Purpose Building has seen any work done since it was built in 1968.

For now, however, the baseball and softball fields are a much needed improvement. Before the renovation, the fields were not up to the standards of other local colleges. It was dangerous for athletes to play as there not a lot of dirt and a hard lip. In the outfield, there were many holes and divots. The fields were not regulation size as they were longer and bigger than NCAA rules. There was no scoreboard to keep track of the innings or score. The field lacked bleachers and a concession stand.

Now, there are scoreboards, dugouts, bleachers, a field house, a concession stand, and a sports information center. There are sidewalks to insure safety for those and a new parking lot to accommodate spectators and opponents.

While these fields are state of the art, none of it would have been possible if weren’t for a collective effort from the plethora of donors in the local community and former student athletes. Both fields, along with the scoreboards and dugouts, were named after campus alumni to recognize their generous donations to Penn State Worthington Scranton’s campus.

The softball field was named UGI Utilities to recognize the generous gift from the company. The Matt McGloin Baseball field was dedicated to the West Scranton native and former Nittany Lions quarterback and currently the quarterback for the NFL Oakland Raiders, Matt McGloin.

According to Penn State Worthington Scranton’s website, Mr. McGloin released a personal statement at last year’s ribbon cutting ceremony about the dedication.

“Having grown up playing baseball, and with baseball being one of my favorite sports, it’s truly an unexpected and terrific honor to have a baseball [field] named after me in the Scranton area,” he said. “I hope the Matt McGloin Baseball Field will inspire future athletes to excel in athletics.”

Many faculty and staff have expressed their feelings toward the three part renovation series. Jeff Mallas, Director of Athletics at Penn State Worthington Scranton, stated the renovation is an asset to the school and athletes, “The renovation is positive for our campus. It helps us and our student athletes.”

Mr. Mallas expressed that once phase two and three of the renovation takes place, the facilities will rival colleges in the area. With a sharper appearance to the campus, it could help to recruit athletes.

Mr. Mallas has high hopes for the fields, “It will be good for the community during the summer for camps, programs, and clinics.”

Assistant softball coach, Mar Tsakonas, has been part of the athletic program since 2009. This spring marks the first time ever that the softball team will be playing at home instead of Sherwood Park located in Dunmore.

“It’s a great opportunity to be playing on our home ground. We now have a place to call home, so there’s a greater pride that comes along with it,” Ms. Tsakonas commented, “Now it allows the softball team to show the campus the hard work they put into their game.”

With the convenience of a home field, it makes it easier on everyone involved. “It’s easier to practice and have a game. Before, we had to schedule all this time just to travel,” Ms. Tsakonas explained, “It puts us on the map now that we have our own facility. It adds a nice aspect to the campus for prospective students thinking about coming here. It also helps with recruiting too.”

While the faculty and staff are excited, so are many of the athletes. A few of the returning baseball and softball players are excited to step onto the field for the first time.

To celebrate the opening of this facility, the baseball and softball teams have been playing double-headers throughout the months of March and April.

The first home game for softball wass a double-header on March 24 against St. Joseph, followed on March 28 when Penn State Worthington Scranton played a double-header against Brandywine. On April 3, PSWS went up against Penn State Hazelton in a double header, and on April 19  is another double-header match against SUNY Delhi beginning at 3 p.m. PSWS plays a double-header against Penn State Beaver at 2 p.m. The final softball home game will take place on April 24, against Penn State Allegheny at noon.

For more information about stats, scores, or pictures of the renovation, please visit www.psuscrantonathletics.com.