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Namedropper 3/31/2019

March 31, 2019

High notes

Gerianne Barber from the University of Scranton received the Jane Kopas Women’s Center inaugural Legacy Award during a luncheon celebration of the center’s 25th anniversary.

Barber, a 1984 and 1988 university graduate, is the director of the Counselor Training Center at the university. Barber, who joined the university staff in 2004, supervised graduate students in counseling in several programs, including a shoplifting intervention program for first-time offenders, and Peacemakers, a free after-school program for area children offered through the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, according to the university. She served on the university’s presidential search committee and is a member of the university’s Task Force on Healing, Reconciliation and Hope. Barber also received the university’s Sursum Corda (Lift Up Your Hearts) Award in 2012 for her outstanding contributions to the life and mission of the university.

Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., assistant vice president for student life and dean of students, presented the award to Barber.

During the luncheon on March 2, Jean Wahl Harris, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the university’s women’s and gender studies program, served as the keynote speaker; and university President the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., provided the invocation. Maria R. Marinucci, director of the university’s Cross Cultural Centers; Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., vice president for student life, and university graduates Amy McKiernan, 2007, and Megan Barr, 2018 and 2019, also spoke.

The Women’s Center at the university was established in 1994 to provide a forum on campus for exploring women’s issues and to address concerns of gender equality and justice, according to the university. The center was renamed in 2001 after theology and religious studies Professor M. Jane Kopas, Ph.D., to recognize her numerous and diverse contributions to improving the status of women on campus and in the greater Scranton community. Kopas was the first director of the Campus Women’s Center and was a key member of the group that developed the women’s studies concentration, among other contributions. She was instrumental in developing the “Empty Place at the Table” memorial to women, children and men who have lost their lives as a result of relationship violence.

Super students

Mid Valley sophomores Emma Yusavage and Damien Chmielewski lead the charge to make sure their school community was informed about the district’s wellness policy.

Emma and Damien, alongside their peers, Jack Foley, Olivia Stein, Mike Novak, Therese Reily and Phil Davit, worked alongside school officials and members of the wellness committee.

They designed a process to inform everyone in the Mid Valley Secondary Center about the policy. Committee members reviewed the responses from the student survey, which questioned their knowledge about the wellness policy while the student members inspired a plan to make informational flyers about the policy.

Damien and Emma would place informational sheets on the cafeteria tables each lunch period. They grouped the tables and made a color-coded chart to ensure each table was given an opportunity to read the details. …

While some of their peers relaxed during spring break, 24 Scranton Prep students spent their break cleaning debris from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida.

The students, including Nora McGrath, Kate Franceschelli, Andrew Mariotti, Norman Kanavy, Angelina Falcone, Isabella Paoli, Stephen Postupak, Miranda Nardone, Val Vavlas, Sophia DiBileo, Kate Welby, Lauren Golden, Dominique Preate, Sophia DiPaolo, Tess McGovern, Stephanie Carolan, Mia Bellucci, Meg Lyons, Christine Lenahan, Alexis Ralston, Victoria Barboas, Lauren Gershey, Lauren Best and Amanda Kornutiak, were accompanied down South by Marie Donnelly, Prep faculty member and a service director; Matt Walsh, faculty member; Kathleen Grogan, Alumni Service Corps volunteer and alumna Elana Falcone.

The Category 4 Hurricane hit the region on Oct. 10.