Campus News

LCCC to hold Wellness Fair April 16

The Luzerne County Community College Wellness Committee will hold its Wellness Fair from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the College?s Campus Center, third floor. The LCCC HPE 151 Health Promotion, Fitness and Sport Programing will demonstrate grip strength, perform body composition analysis, and blood pressure screenings.

Six LCCC basketball players named to All-Academic Team

Luzerne County Community College's basketball team is showing everyone they have what it takes both on and off the court. The Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) recently named six Trailblazers to the All-Academic Team. For EPAC to name a player to the team, the person has to play in a fall sport and have a minimum grade point average of 3.25. The players who made the All-Academic Team are Michael Crespo Ruiz, William Preston, Matthew Panchura, Ousmane Diallo, John Occhipinti, and Lane Haneef.

President Leary helps encourage children's love of reading

The Head Start children hung on every word Luzerne County Community College President Thomas P. Leary read. With each rhyming set of words from Dr. Seuss' "The Eye Book," the children giggled, smiled or looked excitedly at Leary in anticipation of how the story would unfold next. Although the teachers had the children sit for the story, some stood because they couldn?t contain their enthusiasm over the playful yet educational story.

Therapy dogs offer fun and relaxing distraction for students

As soon as Willow walked into the classroom at Luzerne County Community College's Pittston Center, Sarah Minella couldn't contain her excitement. The LCCC student quickly walked over, threw her arms around her new canine friend's neck, and gave her a hug. Minella sat on the floor next to the light-colored English lab, gently patting the dog on the head as Willow leaned in to soak up the affection.

LCCC President visits local alumni-owned business in Nanticoke

As the employees of NEPA'rogi worked on the latest batches of perogies, Luzerne County Community College President Thomas P. Leary smiled and listened intently as Lauren Gorney gave him a tour of her business. As Gorney took him to the different pierogi-making stations, Leary learned how the LCCC alumni turned her dream into reality. Leary's visit to NEPA'rogi, along with other stops he's made over the years, gives him the chance to see how LCCC is helping graduates succeed in their local communities.

LCCC to host history events about NEPA and Nanticoke's Concrete City

Area residents can learn more about a 1920s abandoned state-of-the-art concrete housing development in Nanticoke and other Northeast Pennsylvania landmarks during two community events in April. As part of NEPA Appreciation Week, Luzerne County Community College is hosting a screening of NEPADOC from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 9 and holding the Concrete City and Abandoned Pennsylvania: A Community Symposium from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 11. Both events will be held in the Education Conference Center's auditorium at the College's main campus in Nanticoke. Free refreshments will be offered at both events and the public is invited to attend.

Luzerne County Community College's AllOne Recovery Educational Institute (AREI) will host a Collegiate Recovery Day starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15. The event will be held on the second floor of the College's Campus Center in Nanticoke. It is part of national Collegiate Recovery Week.

The AREI program was created in 2019 through a $1.19 million private grant. The program has served more than 300 students in recovery.

During the April 15 event, participants will be able to make their own tie-dyed t-shirts. Organizers will also give out Collegiate Recovery Bracelets and attendees can fill out inspirational cards that will be displayed. There will also be free popcorn.

The event is designed to take the stigma out of recovery and show students that they can succeed.

Area children can get a free dental cleaning and checkup at Luzerne County Community College's Kids' Dental Day. The College will hold the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Benco Dental Clinic at 38 E. Main St. in Nanticoke. Parents can call (570) 740-0446 to book their appointments. Appointments are preferred for the cleanings but LCCC officials will take some walk-ins.

"Our second-year dental hygiene students will be performing free dental hygiene care for children three to 17 years old," said Julie Cleary, professor of LCCC's Dental Hygiene Program. "Dental health is so important and we need to start educating children at a young age about taking care of their teeth. By making sure you get regular checkups and cleanings, and ensuring you care for your teeth properly each and every day, you can help prevent tooth decay."

LCCC second-year students will be performing free exams, x-rays, cleanings and other work based on a patient's needs. The results will be sent to the child's regular dentist. The College will have 10 stations set up where children can visit to learn more about dental topics in a fun way. No appointments are needed to visit those stations. At each one, children will receive a prize. At the end of their visit, each child will get a spin toothbrush to help them continue to care for their teeth. LCCC's first-year dental hygiene students will be manning the information stations.

"Luzerne County Community College is committed to educating not only the students we serve but also the local communities," said LCCC President Thomas P. Leary. "By offering the Kids' Dental Day annual event, we are creating a real-world learning experience for our students, which makes them better prepared when they enter the workforce. Our students are also helping to educate young children about the benefits of good dental hygiene, which can help prevent illnesses and keep them healthy."

The event also gives LCCC second-year dental students the chance to use what they've learned in the classroom in a real-life setting under the supervision of a dentist.

"We have several stations in our clinic that are set up just like you would find in a real dental clinic," Cleary said. "By having all of our students participate, our first-year students learn the importance of interacting with clients while our second-year students get the hands-on experience of actually doing the work."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website indicated that one in six children between the ages of 6 and 11 have had at least one cavity. Additionally, more than half of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 have had a cavity with about one in six having untreated cavities. Nationwide, about 34 million school hours are lost because of unplanned, emergency dental care, the CDC indicated.

We are excited to invite you to our Open House on April 13, 2024, 9:30 am to 12 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet our faculty members and learn about the programs we offer. You will also be able to speak with our admissions and financial aid staff to get any questions you may have answered.

In addition to these informative sessions, we will also be hosting a breakfast in the Trailblazer Cafe at 9:30 am. This is a great chance to connect with other prospective students and get a feel for the campus community.Join the LCCC staff and faculty for a day of exploration on our main campus in Nanticoke, PA. After breakfast in our Trailblazer Café you will be able to chat with faculty, tour our facilities and have your admissions and financial aid questions answered. You can even apply and be admitted on the spot!

If there's one thing in common for everyone in the world, no matter your race, gender, ethnicity, it's that we are all people. Going about our days, doing normal human tasks and the days of Ancient Greece weren't any different. Luzerne County Community College History Club and club President Olivia Kishbaugh will be hosting an Ancient Greece lecture on Thursday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 917 at the Main Campus.

Of all the countries and cultures in the world, why Ancient Greece? Club President Olivia Kishabugh said coming up with one mutual topic was difficult but eventually, the club agreed on Ancient Greece. "We were debating what we were going to do, and we narrowed it down to what is something big that can cover everyone's interests within one big umbrella and eventually, we all settled on Ancient Greece," said Kishbaugh.

The club decided on lighter topics to discuss instead of the traditional dark war and politics. Mostly because those topics weren't what they were interested in. They were interested in the kind of jobs they had, the types of clothing they wore, the homes they lived in, what they were built out of, what they used for beds, hygiene, etc.

"When everyone talks about history, they always talk about war from the Vietnam War to Civil War to World War II, but we wanted to make it lighter and say, 'yeah there was war and heavy events that happened, but they were people,'" said Kishbaugh. "They bathed together, they ate together, they had lives, they were people. That was my focus in doing this [lecture], just a reminder that we're all people."

Kishbaugh said that the history club is always accepting new members whether you're a history buff or just wanting to make new friends. "Come hang out and nerd out with us, even if you're not doing anything. We talk about random history facts from Napoleon to the Civil War to World War II, we're just nerds hanging out."

Luzerne County Community College is hosting a campus-wide food drive. The food drive runs from March 11 through 22.

People can drop off their donations at the following LCCC locations:
- Main campus in Nanticoke at 521 Trailblazer Drive
- Wilkes-Barre Center at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
- Berwick Center at the Eagles Building, 107 S. Market St., Berwick
- Hazleton Center at 100 W. Broad St., Suite 108, Hazleton
- Pittston Center at Education Center, 13 S. Main St., Pittston
- Scranton Center at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton
- Shamokin Center at the Northumberland Regional Higher Education Center, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin
- Watsontown Center at the Greater Susquehanna Center, 1100 Main St., Watsontown

People can also donate through LCCC's Food Bank Amazon Wish List by calling (570) 740-0735.

Luzerne County Community College is working toward ending hunger among its students. From March 11 through 22, the campus and its seven centers will be collecting food donations from the community that will be used at its student food banks the College has at each location.

People who are interested in donating can drop off items at LCCC's Campus Center at the main campus in Nanticoke at 521 Trailblazer Drive and at the College's seven centers, see list below. They can also donate through LCCC's Food Bank Amazon Wish List by calling (570) 740-0735.

"We're urging the public to donate to this important cause, which helps students who are facing food insecurity," said LCCC President Thomas P. Leary. "Our students are always our top priority, so we want to make sure they have the necessary resources to succeed. Research shows there's a connection between hunger and negative school performance. Our food banks and the generous donations we receive ensure our students can succeed in the classroom so they can get their education and be successful in their local job markets."

LCCC is holding the food drive in conjunction with National Nutrition Month. A recent study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed that food-insecure students were more than 40 percent less likely to graduate college.

The College created the Peter J. Lello Student Food Bank at the main campus in Nanticoke in 2016 and has opened other food banks at all other centers over the years to help fight food insecurity. The food bank was named after the late Lello, who devoted his life to charitable causes including addressing hunger issues. Lello joined the staff at LCCC in 2006 as a major gifts officer and planning giving specialist and was instrumental in raising money for the Public Safety Training Institute, the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, and the Francis and Mary Gill Carrozza, RN, Health Science Center.

"The mission of the College's Student Food Banks is to work to eliminate hunger and food insecurities among our students and their families," said Rebecca Brominski, Executive Director, LCCC Foundation. "Food drives like this one will support and feed hundreds of LCCC students and their families throughout the year."

Students use LCCC's food banks regularly and can get ready-made, to-go items or take-home food that they can make later. Kevin Lloyd, LCCC student, said the food bank is vital to the student community because it ensures there is food for those who may need it.

"Having something to eat helps us focus in class so we can do well academically," Lloyd said. "It's hard to focus when you're hungry. For students who may not be able to afford a lot of food, our food bank ensures that you have access to something nutritious to eat instead of going hungry."

The following are the drop off locations for the food drive:
- Main campus in Nanticoke at 521 Trailblazer Drive
- Wilkes-Barre Center at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
- Berwick Center at the Eagles Building, 107 S. Market St., Berwick
- Hazleton Center at 100 W. Broad St., Suite 108, Hazleton
- Pittston Center at Education Center, 13 S. Main St., Pittston
- Scranton Center at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton
- Shamokin Center at the Northumberland Regional Higher Education Center, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin
- Watsontown Center at the Greater Susquehanna Center, 1100 Main St., Watsontown

As the music quieted for a moment, students, faculty, and staff listened intently as Joseph Patterson spoke about Martin Luther King Jr. The imagines that played on the three large screens in Luzerne County Community College's cafeteria provided attendees with a glimpse into King's life as a Civil Rights leader.

"He was one of the greatest men in our history," Patterson said as the iconic and powerful words of King's "I Have a Dream" speech showed on the screens.

Patterson, along with Nathan Harman and Joy Massie, sang in the Totally Awesome Traveling Black History Show at LCCC on Feb. 19 as part of the College's Black History Month activities. The College's Office of Student Life & Athletics sponsored the event to help teach students and the College community about Black history.

"We're honored to offer events like the Totally Awesome Traveling Black History Show at Luzerne County Community College because it gives our students an additional opportunity to learn beyond the classroom," said LCCC President Thomas P. Leary. "At Luzerne, our faculty and staff are always looking for ways to enrich the lives of our students. This show teaches our campus community about the men and women who have played a vital role in societal changes throughout the years."

Patterson, who owns Key Arts Productions, puts on the show for colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

"We want to highlight Black History and honor all the work that has been done throughout the years," said Patterson, who is based out of Philadelphia and has brought his show to LCCC for 10 years. "We can all learn from each other. Our shows are meant to show how it's beautiful to be different and we should embrace that."

Throughout the show, participants were able to sing along and clap to popular songs like "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, songs of faith like "This Little Light of Mine," and music from blues artists and Black composers like John Legend.

"This group does a wonderful job portraying events throughout history," said Teddi Janosov, secretary of Student Life and who has coordinated the event at LCCC for the past 14 years. "Every event they have done for us is different and gives our students an in-depth look at the different genres of Black History."

In between the music, attendees learned more about historic figures such as King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. Bridges attended a desegrated elementary school in New Orleans in 1960 and had to be escorted by federal marshals to school when she was 6 years old.

"People would throw things at her as she entered her school," Patterson explained as the singers sang in the background. "She had said she thought it was part of Mardi Gras and didn't realize what people were actually doing to her. She was instrumental in making big steps in the Civil Rights movement."

Campus Candids - Business Symposium Spring 2024

The LCCC Business Club recently hosted the 2024 Spring Business Symposium at the LCCC Educational Conference Center. The program featured successful local business professionals and entrepreneurs sharing keys to success in today's business environment. The speakers were Susan Unvarsky, executive leader (retired), financial service industry; Lauren Gorney, founder/owner of NEPA'rogi Polish Foods and Grassroots Development; and George R. Shadie, AEP, CLU, president and cofounder, Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere (SAFE), Inc. and Financial Services Professional, NY Life Securities, LLC Unvarsky spoke about her career path from Luzerne County Community College to executive leadership positions in the financial services industry. Gorney spoke about her career path from LCCC to marketing and sales professional to successful entrepreneur. Shadie spoke about his career in financial services and advocating for families dealing with autism.

Business Symposium Spring 2024