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Celebrating St. Joseph's 125th Anniversary
In 1888 the prevailing attitude was that the young, old, poor, or abandoned were themselves the cause of their plight; and so responsible for freeing themselves from their circumstances. This was the backdrop against which a small group of women came together to talk about the problem of deserted orphans in the city of Scranton; that led eventually to the founding of St. Joseph's Center.
Meet Dr. Michael A. MacDowell, President of Misericordia University
Dr. MacDowell has been president of Misericordia University for 15 years and now he’s retiring. He is a regional academic and community leader, an accomplished former New York City economist, and a visionary who physically transformed Misericordia’s campus, increased enrollment and fields of study at the university. Plus, he’s a very interesting man.
NEPA Did It - Doctors Are Born
The cynics have been proven wrong. They said the new Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton would never graduate a doctor. It hasn’t been easy for northeast Pennsylvania to birth a medical school, but a handful of heroic folks gave four years of hard work, time and treasure to make it happen.
The Statdium Is Here - Batter Up!
Northeast Pennsylvania Yankees baseball seemed to lose some of its sparkle the last few years, but that’s about to change. Between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre there’s a new, modern and exciting stadium and a plan to entertain you on and off the field. We’ll give you television’s first look at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball stadium and explain how they’ll be “taking you out to the old ball game.”
Armed Guards in NEPA Schools?
Twenty dead in Connecticut – children and teachers – tragedy followed by controversy over gun control. . . some say, “hurry, put armed guards in schools” while others want innocence protected.
What Does Bob Casey Say About That?
Scranton native and 2-term United States Senator Bob Casey stopped by WVIA to talk WVIA President Bill Kelly about Sequester. If Sequester happens, it will be the showdown that shuts down government, cripples the military, throws hundreds of thousands out of work, and perhaps puts our slowly recovering economy back on its back. Can it be avoided … what does Bob Casey think about sequester?
What Does Your Congressman Say About That?
These are busy - some would say scary days in Washington. A few weeks ago we feared the fiscal cliff now in a few weeks, “sequester.” Our nation’s political parties seem as partisan as ever, their leaders positioning themselves for another showdown that could shut down our government, cut our military and maybe cripple the economy. What does your congressman think about all this? Guests include: Congressman Matt Cartwright(D), Congressman Lou Barletta(R), & Congressman Tom Marino(R)"
February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most of us know someone affected by heart disease. According to the CDC, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three American deaths can be linked to heart disease and stroke – equal to 2,200 deaths per day! These conditions, which eventually lead to fatal heart failure, are also leading causes of disability, preventing people from working, enjoying family activities, or walking, talking and breathing normally. Cardiovascular disease is also very expensive; together heart disease and stroke hospitalizations in 2010 cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity. All matters of the heart are discussed with Peter Berger, M.D., chairman of cardiology for Geisinger Health System and associate chief research officer for the Geisinger Center for Clinical Studies Director, and Alfred Casale, M.D., associate chief medical officer for Geisinger Health System and co-director of the Geisinger Heart Institute. Both will share the latest in cutting-edge treatments and technologies for anyone suffering from a “broken” heart.
Meet the President of Penn College
For the past few months we've introduced you to several northeast and north central Pennsylvania college and university presidents. Next you’ll meet Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, the president of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which is a special mission campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Learn how she helped create the college she now leads and Penn College’s plans for the future.
Northeastern Pennsylvania is welcoming several new college and university presidents. On the next State of Pennsylvania you’ll meet Dr. Patrick Leahy, the 6th president of Wilkes University and learn the university’s fascinating history, which begun in 1933.
Meet Lackawanna College’s New President Mark Volk
Lackawanna College in Scranton has a new President. Mark Volk spent 26 years in the Army, trained in Arabic and traveled throughout the world. He saved lives at the Pentagon after the September 11th attack and earned the Army’s highest non-combat award for heroism. Lackawanna College, a promising future under President Mark Volk on this episode of State of Pennsylvania.
Meet Northampton Community College’s New President
Northampton Community College just inaugurated a new president; a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities, a former dean at Lehigh and a native of Nebraska. He calls Northampton “an amazing community and a place without pretense,” and looks forward to being its chief cheerleader and fundraiser. Meet Dr. Mark H. Erickson, president of Northampton Community College.