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The Luzerne County Community College Alumni Association has rescheduled the 24th annual Flea Market and Collectibles Show to Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the College's Educational Conference Center parking lot.

The flea market will consist of collectibles, flea market items, crafts, direct sales vendors, and food vendors. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit Alumni Association student programs.

For more information, contact the LCCC Alumni Office at 570-740-0734 or

The Luzerne County Community College Alumni Association will hold its eighth annual alumni golf tournament on Monday, May 23, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course, in Mountain Top.

The tournament will be captain and crew format. Cost per golfer is $115 or $40 for only dinner. The tournament will include lunch and refreshments, registration gift, cart with GPS, golf, buffet dinner at 5 p.m., flight winners, raffles, and prizes. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins with a noon shotgun start. The tournament will include two hole-in-one prizes -- $10,000, donated by Berkshire Asset Management and a two-year lease from Motor World Toyota.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Monday, May 9. Proceeds will benefit the LCCC Alumni Trailblazer Award.

For more information, or to register to participate, contact the LCCC Alumni Office at 570-740-0734 or Online registration is available at

The Alumni Graduate Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Educational Conference Center.

Classes Begin for the Six-Week First Summer Session on Monday, May 23.

The College will be closed on Friday, May 27.

The annual Dental Recognition Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m., at the Educational Conference Center.

Final Exams for the Spring Semester will be held from Saturday, May 14 through Friday, May 20.

Luzerne County Community College will hold its 54th annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Liz Murray will be this year's Commencement speaker.

Murray is the co-founder and executive director of The Arthur Project, a mentoring program that works intensively with at-risk youth through the duration of middle school. She is a passionate advocate for underserved youth and is working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning. She believes that when it comes to a child facing even the most extreme adversity, it is having a relationship with at least one caring, dedicated adult that can make all the difference.

Murray was raised in the Bronx by two loving, but drug-addicted parents. She grew up in poverty, often without enough food, chronically absent from school and most of all, struggling to connect her education to a viable future. By age 15, Murray's mother had died and she was homeless, living on the streets, riding the subway all night, and eating from dumpsters. Amidst the pain, Murray always imagined her life could be much better than it was. "I started to grasp the value of the lessons learned while living on the streets," Murray says. "I knew after overcoming those daily obstacles, that next to nothing could hold me down."

Determined to take charge of her life, and with the support of an upstairs neighbor and trusted family friend named Arthur, Murray finished high school in just two years and was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, all while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. She graduated from Harvard in 2009 and received her Master's Degree in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. She is passionate about speaking on the importance of personal motivation, transforming problems into opportunities, and what it takes to make a difference in people's lives.

Lifetime Television produced a movie about Murray's life story titled, "Homeless to Harvard," which was nominated for three Emmy Awards. She is the recipient of the White House Project's "Role Model Award" and Oprah Winfrey's first-ever "Chutzpah Award." Her memoir, Breaking Night, is a New York Times best seller and an international bestseller published in twelve countries, in eight languages.

The College will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

The annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m., at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

LCCC will hold its annual Student Art Exhibit at the College's Schulman Gallery. The exhibit highlights the work of students in the LCCC communication arts program and features original artwork in the following categories: painting, illustration, photography, mixed media, sculpture, portfolios, and digital art. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Schulman Gallery. President's Choice Awards in each category as well as a Best of Show Award will be presented during the opening reception. The sponsor for the President's Choice Awards is Marquis Art & Frame. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, June 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The LCCC Counseling Office will hold Veteran Support Group meetings every Wednesday, in May, at 11 a.m., at the Patrick J. Solano Veterans Center. Individual counseling appointments are also available. To schedule an appointment, call 570-740-0551 or email

Campus Candids - Celebrating Community College Week!

The LCCC Math department and Math Club recently held a Pi Day celebration at the College's Math Center featuring games, contests, and giveaways and students from the Northumberland Regional Center held a fundraiser for the Ukranian Orphanage Fund. The Peer Mentors held an ice cream social at the Trailblazer Cafe and the Counseling Office participated in the Red Sand Project. Participants poured red sand into cracks of sidewalk outside of the College's Campus Center to raise awareness of human trafficking. The Student Life Office held a National Craft Month Painting Party and March Madness Bingo.

Speakers Bureau

Our motto at Luzerne County Community College is to always keep learning. With that we a pleased to share the expertise of our faculty and staff as a resource with our community. LCCC's Speakers Bureau offers faculty and staff volunteer experts free of charge to nonprofit and civic organizations. In this listing, you will find speakers on a wide variety of topics. To request a speaker, please call the College Relations Office at 570-740-0732.

When you request a speaker, we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Please understand that acceptance of an invitation to speak may depend on the speaker's teaching or work schedule.

Robert Bogdon
Director, Marketing

  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Robert Boyer
Professor, Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice

Brian Gill
Chair, LCCC Board of Trustees

  • Fundraising

Thomas P. Leary

  • LCCC related topics
  • American History
  • Political Science

Martha Pezzino
Assistant Professor, Social Science/History

  • Women's History
  • African-American History
  • General European and American History
  • The Holocaust
  • Revolutions and Revolutionary History

Mark Rutkowski, PE
Professor, Technology

  • Protecting Yourself Online
  • Cyber Crime

David J. Sawicki
Director, Business Solutions and Customized Training

  • LCCC Workforce Development
  • LCCC Why it is the Community's College
  • LCCC The Best Bargain in Town
  • LCCC The College for Everyone

Jeffery Schultz
Associate Professor, Social Science/History

  • Military History