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 and Emily were a part of the largest turnout that the Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society has ever seen at a conference, with over 500 individuals in attendance. The two alumnae not only had the opportunity to present at such a prestigious and well-attended conference, but they also took full advantage of everything that Paris, France had to offer- including the Eiffel Tower where the conference poster that Leah designed was displayed to all of Paris.

There is still plenty in store for these two international travelers, but they will always have a home in Dallas, PA.

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