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Name Dropper Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

November 25, 2018
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Name Dropper Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

Super students John G. Whittier Elementary School students, including Jake Condrad, Christian Felker, Adeline O’Brien, Trinity Hamilton, Justin Sanchez, Jayshawn Tooson, Dominick Rose, Nora Gallagher, Lucy Gallagher and Pearl Wolff, created Thanksgiving greeting cards for patients of Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Whittier art teacher Sarah Strong and Tim Wolfe, principal, supervised the project at the South Scranton school. The cards were included with meals prepared by Mansour’s Market and delivered by hospice staff members and volunteers on Thanksgiving Day. “These young people are learning valuable lessons about giving thanks and caring for others. We appreciate their artistic talents,” said Diane Baldi, Hospice of the Sacred Heart CEO. Open house hosts poet Scranton poet Sandra Burgette Miller will sign copies of her recent collection of poems, “Tell ’Em,” during the Lackawanna Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House in December. Miller’s poems are based on the story of her ancestors’ escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad. Her work draws on research and family stories and is illustrated with photos recreated by Miller to suggest the “urgency of escape” from slavery that led her great-great-grandfather to Waverly, according to the historical society. The open house also features traditional decorations, sweet treats, stories and music. A special Christmas guest will make an appearance for children. Books on local history topics, note cards, playing cards and other items will also be available for sale. The Victorian Christmas in the 1912 George H. Catlin Memorial House — the society’s headquarters — will be held Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. For details, contact the society at 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com. High notes Keith Edwards, Ph.D., a nationally recognized speaker and educator on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity and social justice education, will speak about sexual assault prevention, consent and being an active bystander at the University of Scranton on Wednesday. Edwards has spoken and consulted at more than 150 colleges and universities, presented more than 150 programs at national conferences, and has written more than 15 articles or book chapters on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, curricular approaches and leadership. He has received national awards and recognition for his research, writing and speaking. A national leader in social justice education, Edwards founded and served as chairman of American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Social Justice Educators. He recently co-chaired the ACPA’s Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence Prevention in Higher Education and co-edited the group’s publication, “Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.” The presentation, “Stepping In and Stepping Up: Becoming Men and Women for Others,” is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education “It’s On US PA” grant program and will begin at 6 p.m. in the PNC Auditorium of the Loyola Science Center on campus. It is free to attend and open to the public. For information, contact 570-941-6645 or email Jennifer Pennington at jennifer.pennington@scranton.edu.

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