Diocese and University of Scranton Sign Memorandum

University admissions

Gathered for the signing ceremony are, front row, from left: Jason W.S. Morrison, diocesan secretary of Catholic education and chief executive officer, Diocese of Scranton; Rebekah Bernard, information and technology specialist for admissions and enrollment, University of Scranton; Gerry Zaboski, vice president for enrollment management and external affairs, University of Scranton. Second row: Joseph Roback, associate vice provost for admissions and enrollment, University of Scranton; Benjamin Tolerico, principal, Holy Cross High School; Jeffrey Lyons, principal, Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School; Alisia McNamee, principal, St. John Neumann Jr./Sr. High School; Kristen Donohue, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Scranton; Doreen Dougherty, principal, Holy Redeemer High School; Mary Kay Aston, assistant vice provost for admissions and enrollment, University of Scranton.

The University of Scranton and the Diocese of Scranton have signed a memorandum of understanding that will guarantee admission and minimum scholarships of $15,000 or more to the University for graduates of Catholic high schools in the Diocese who meet eligibility requirements. 

The memorandum will grant admission to most majors at the University to graduates of Holy Cross High School, Holy Redeemer High School, Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School and St. John Neumann Jr./Sr. High School, who have a minimum GPA 3.00 and either a 1080 SAT (EBRW and math) or a 21 ACT composite score, or higher, and meet other criteria. 

Students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive, at minimum, an annual $15,000 scholarship to the University with a total value of $60,000. The agreement will take effect for most majors beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

Graduates of Diocese of Scranton high schools wishing to enroll in the University’s entry-level programs for occupational therapy (5-year master’s program), nursing (bachelor’s degree) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (guaranteed seat for 7-year program) must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and either a 1270 SAT (EBRW and math) or a 27 ACT composite score, and meet other criteria. Students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive, at minimum, an annual $18,000 scholarship to the University with a total value of $72,000. The agreement for these majors will take effect beginning with the 2021-22 academic year.

“The Diocese of Scranton and The University of Scranton have a shared mission of educating young men and women in the Catholic tradition in an environment that is both academically excellent and grounded in service to others. This agreement is a tremendous opportunity for students in all four of our Diocesan high schools to seamlessly continue their education, becoming tomorrow’s faith-filled leaders,” said Jason W.S. Morrison, diocesan secretary of Catholic education and chief executive officer, Diocese of Scranton.

“The agreement we sign today guarantees admission into The University of Scranton for even our most competitive programs. In signing it, we honor and reward the sacrifice that families make to invest in a Catholic education and show our great respect for the preparation provided by the dedicated teachers, staff and administrators of the Diocese of Scranton,” said Gerry Zaboski, vice president for enrollment management and external affairs at the University. He added that the agreement “recognizes just how wonderful the students are, how hard they work and how consistently they thrive at the finest colleges in our nation, especially here at The University of Scranton.”

The University also has guaranteed admission agreements with Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg; Trinity High School, Camp Hill; York Catholic High School, York; and John S. Burke Catholic High School, Goshen, New York.

For more information about the memorandum of understanding, contact Diocese of Scranton Catholic Schools Office at 570-207-2251, or Rebekah Bernard, information and technology specialist for admissions and enrollment at The University of Scranton, at Rebekah.bernard@scranton.edu or 570-941-5918.


Dunmoreans of the Month: Patti and Bob Montalbano

patti and bob. maltabanojpgThe Scranton Chapter UNICO National has announced that Patti and Bob Montalbano of Dunmore will be honored as the UNICANS of the Year for 2018 at the organization’s annual Charity Ball to be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Genetti’s Manor, Dickson City.

Melanie Naro, chapter president, made the announcement, saying, “The Montalbano’s have been a terrific volunteer team since they joined.” Ms. Naro said. “We are thrilled to honor them for their contributions.”  

Mary Marrara, Charity Ball chairperson, added, “We are thrilled to honor them for their contributions.” She notes that the event is open to the public. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (570) 499-1534, or contacting Ms. Naro, Chris DiMattio or any Scranton UNICO member.

Patti Montalbano was born in Scranton, daughter of Alfonso Giambrone,  and the late Lucy Coviello Giambrone. She graduated from St. Anthony of Padua Grade School, Dunmore; St. Paul’s High School, Scranton, and received her Registered Nurse diploma from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Scranton, University of Scranton and a bachelor of science degree from Trinity University.

Certified by the National Nurse Certification Association, Patti’s hospital nursing career was spent in Obstetrics, Newborn Nurseries, and the Neonatal ICU.   She then moved on to Community Health Nursing at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She was a member of several health-related networking groups in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.  She also was a part-time Hospital Clinical Instructor in Newborn Care at Penn State University’s Scranton Campus. Patti retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the School Health Consultant (covering 59 school districts) following 25 years of service.

Patti joined the Ladies Auxiliary to the Scranton Chapter UNICO National in 2006 and then the Chapter proper in 2009. Committed to the work of the Auxiliary, Patti, with the help of other dedicated members and support of  the Board of Directors of the Scranton Chapter, was instrumental in the reorganization of the Ladies Auxiliary in 2011-2012. She was president of the Auxiliary, serving for three consecutive years, She then joined the Auxiliary Board of Directors and was chosen again to be president.   

unicoFor her service, Patti received the Al Dante Award in 2012, which recognizes extraordinary volunteerism and service. Assisted by her husband, Patti cochairs the Scranton UNICO Friday Bake Sale at St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival.   

Bob Maltalbano was also born in Scranton, son of the late Pellegrino and Lucy DeMaio Montalbano. Bob attended Dunmore schools, graduating in 1963 from Dunmore Senior High School. Bob served proudly for four years in the United States Air Force stationed at Bunker Hill Air Force Base, Indiana, where B58 bombers were maintained and training flights were performed during the Vietnam War.  

After discharge, he was employed by Printcraft and Spotless Cleaners, then went on to employment at Emery Worldwide as the Mail/Communications Office Supervisor.  While at Emery, Bob was on the Board of the NE Postal Customer Council.

During this time, Bob organized an annual golf tournament with the proceeds going to St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton and St. Vincent dePaul Kitchen, Wilkes Barre. Bob retired after 33 years at Emery.

Bob joined UNICO in 2004 and quickly became active in working to support fundraising efforts.  After learning from the best, Pat Yanni, Bob took over the organization of cooking the porketta for the Scranton UNICO stand at LaFesta Italiana. He continues to enjoy cooking and slicing with the team of dedicated men and women.  

Bob also served on the Board of Directors for several years.  He received the Chapter’s Presidential Award in 2015. Bob served as a Presidential Aide to Chris DiMattio, during his tenure as UNICO National President in 2010-11, accompanying Chris on his travels to many UNICO National events throughout the year.

Bob and Patti met each other during the winter of 1968 and were married during a snowstorm in November, 1969, in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore.   The ceremony was performed by Rev. John Turi, then Chaplain of Mercy Hospital. They continue to be parishioners of St. Anthony’s where Bob is a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Society. Patti is a member of the Altar and Rosary  Society and serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion at Mass and to the home bound.

Bob and Patti are the proud parents of daughter Lori Montalbano Nozzi and her husband, Michael Nozzi, and grandparents to puppy, Lola. Bob has two brothers Benjamin, John (deceased) and a sister, Santa. Their daughter, Lori, is also an active, dedicated member of Scranton UNICO and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Purple Club Awards Scholarships to Students at U of S

Purple club 2018 scholarship winners

The Purple Club of the University of Scranton meets to award scholarships to five local students attending the University of Scranton.

The award winners for the 2018/19 school year are, front row, from left: Erin Carlin, Christina Carachilo, Jeffrey Burrell, Natalie Sottile, and Jake MacDonald.

Back row, same order: Crystal Ondrick, Assistant Director of Financial Aid; William R. Burke, Director of Financial Aid; Joe DeAntona, Jay Schectman, Deborah Perry, secretary/treasurer, and Patrick O’Malley, president.