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Alumni Postcard Profile - November 2018

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It is 6:00am, and 2010 English alumna Brandi Brace is heading off to bed for a good night's sleep. It might seem strange to us, but it is actually 11:00pm for Brandi who is currently in Finland getting her master's in Internet and Game Studies at the University of Tampere.
It is not every day that you see an English major perusing her master's degree in gaming. Brandi admits that she was never able to settle on one thing that interested her. In fact, she began as a chemistry major at Misericordia, and in her spare time, you would catch Brandi teaching herself various gaming design techniques. However, MU gave Brandi the flexibility to explore everything she was interested in. This flexibility truly provided her with the opportunity to make the English program unique to Brandi.
Brandi has begun to merge her passions of teaching and gaming. She is an adjunct professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre which allows her the time to design games with her husband, Jeremy. They have quite…

Alumni Postcard Profile - October 2018

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 2007 OT alumna Bethany McCullough Bondura is a strong supporter of this month of awareness. Bethany got her job in the Lehigh Valley after graduating from College Misericordia, and she has been working at the Lehigh Valley Health Network as an occupational therapist for the past 11 years. She saw breast cancer patients with extreme swelling, due to lymph node removal or trauma from surgery, but realized that no one in her unit was certified to help those individuals. Bethany knew that it would be a lengthy process to get certified in lymphedema therapy, but she was extremely passionate about helping these breast cancer patients as well as others who have lymphedema.

After taking online classes and several weeks of hands-on education, Bethany became a certified lymphedema therapist, and she now works strictly with lymphedema patients. She educates the patients, many of those who had breast cancer, about exercises that support the compromised…

Alumni Postcard Profile - September 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …