Alumni Postcard Profile - September 2018

From Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Misericordia University to Paris, France, recent alumnae Leah Santucci ’16 and Emily Halbing ’15 have quite an interesting story. It was not until their years at Misericordia that they crossed paths. English is what brought them together, both working in the Writing Center and on Instress, but English was ironically not their sole focus at MU.

Leah majored in Nursing and minored in English while Emily chose to double major in Psychology and English. Leah now works in Endoscopy at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and Emily teaches children science, math, and English in South Korea.

How did these two find themselves together in Paris? Leah and Emily were selected to present at the XVIII International Hemingway Conference held in Paris, France from July 22-28, 2018. Misericordia was well represented at this conference with not only these two remarkable alumnae presenting, but also current MU students as well as faculty and staff.

Leah a…

Alumni Postcard Profile - August 2018

PT alumnus, Dr. Charles Stevens, III '10, '13, has put "outpatient therapy on wheels" with his company, Mobile Therapy Services. Charles and his team are currently serving 30-40 active patients in Luzerne and Lackawanna County. Mobile Therapy Services is the only company in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area doing this type of outpatient house-call therapy service. His company has assembled a top-notch team and specializes in Geriatrics, MS/PD, and other neurologic diseases.

He knew that fellow Misericordia alumnae could bring the talent and skills needed to give his patients the best experience possible. Lori Recek Cardinale '95 and Lori Wasilewski Pecuch '98, are graduates of Misericordia's Occupational Therapy program, and are part of the Mobile Therapy Services team.

Charles accredits the guidance of the Physical Therapy department at Misericordia for pushing him to always strive for excellent care. Mobile Therapy Services' Facebook page showcases c…

Alumni Postcard Profile - July 2018

Director of Marketing by day and Furniture Flipper by night, 2017 communications alumna Melanie Quintanilla utilizes her time management skills that she learned while at MU to find success in her post-grad life.
Timing was everything for Melanie. The Paper Shop in Moosic, PA knew about Melanie’s talents in marketing and graphic design before she even received her degree. Melanie transitioned from part time into the full time director role right after graduation. As the Director of Marketing, Melanie has been given the freedom to give the Paper Shop a fresh start. She has been working on the redesign of a brand new website, as well as an app.
When Melanie’s work day ends at the Paper Shop, this young alumna does not simply hang out at home. Melanie also runs a small business with her sister, Natalie, called ‘Find and Beautify.’ The sisters not only refurbish furniture and make it “F.A.B.,” but they also custom-make furniture. Melanie still utilized her communications degree from MU with …

Alumni Postcard Profile - June 2018

She moved her tassel from left to right on Saturday, May 12th, and now the question is Montana or Miss Pennsylvania? 

When 2018 biology alumna, Becky Zaneski (currently Miss Pocono), began her journey at Misericordia University in 2014, she had no issues diving into MU’s charism of service. She has been living with the charism of service in her heart her whole life.

When she is not serving others, she is preparing to compete for the title of Miss Pennsylvania. This month, Becky will compete for the coveted title in Pittsburgh. Since the young age of four thanks to Becky’s mother, Miss Pennsylvania ’91, she has been heavily immersed in the Miss America Organization.

Her platform for Miss Pennsylvania #builtonservice reflects her love for serving others – choosing MU strengthened her desire to help others. “Misericordia was the perfect place for me”, said Becky. 

During her time at MU, she was a part of the Mercy Leaders’ Program for three years, and completed over 700 hours of service. As …

Through the Arch - 2018 Spring Semester Reflection: Kacie, Alexis, and Alec

Question 1: What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?

Kacie Hymers: Achieving dean’s list during my first semester while I was in season.

Alexis D'Amico: Every year the NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) club at Misericordia organizes a benefit concert that raises money for local individuals with special needs. This year we partnered with the St. Joseph’s Center for our 4th annual benefit concert. Our club has been volunteering at the center all year long, so we thought it was a perfect match to team up with. We raised $2,475 from this year’s concert and the proceeds went towards an adapted foot tricycle for a 6 year old boy with spina bifida and also other equipment used in therapy sessions at the St. Joseph’s Center. As the Vice President of the NSSLHA club here at Misericordia, I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished, not only because of this successful concert, but also all of the volunteer work we’ve done this year. From …

Through the Arch - 2018 Spring Semester Reflection: Ashley, Mike, and Mariah

Question 1: What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
Ashley Warner: Reflecting on my first year of college, I can say I am proud of achieving a 4.0 gpa in my very first semester and stepping out of my comfort zone by getting involved in clubs and service opportunities. 
Mike Diakunczak: I feel like I have a lot to be proud of when it comes to my second year of college. Some of these big accolades is what I wanted to have before I even came to college. In my sophomore season for Misericordia Football, I got a lot closer with a good number of guys I stepped on the field with my freshman year; creating strong bonds with guys I knew and even most of the freshmen that came in this year. I find that a huge accomplishment because as a team, we go through everything side by side and you might as well create a brotherhood out of it; which I am lucky to say I have. In addition, I earned my way to have playing time in 4 games during the season; one game being my first co…

Misericordia Alumnus Swings for the Fences, and Succeeds