Thirteen King’s College students recently completed a three-week faculty-led study abroad program to the Los Amigos Biological Research Station in the lowland Amazon forest in Peru. This is the third summer that King’s students and faculty have conducted research in the Amazon.
Robert J. Ciaruffoli, a 1975 graduate of King’s College and a retired member of the Office of the CEO at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLC, one of the nation’s largest accounting and advisory firms, provided the address at King’s 67th Annual Commencement exercises held Sunday, May 22, at which 434 students received either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Dr. William Irwin, the Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at King’s College, has published his first novel, “Free Dakota,” with Roundfire books.
Fifteen King’s College students and two faculty members recently completed a faculty-led study abroad experience to Greece with stops in Athens, Tolo, Ancient Olympia, and Delphi. This is the first time in the College’s history that a group of King’s students and faculty have studied cultural sites in Greece.
Approximately 1,100 regional students from elementary through high school recently competed in the National Spanish Examinations, sponsored locally by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). The contest concluded with 40 Chapter winners from public and private schools in the Wyoming Valley, Scranton, Poconos, Hazleton, and South Williamsport areas.
Three members of the King’s College faculty earned faculty awards that were announced at the College’s recent Commencement exercises that marked the 70th anniversary of its founding.
King’s College honored four of its alumni with annual awards at a ceremony held during Commencement Weekend. Honorees were John Bowblis, Ph.D., The Leo Award; Nichola D. Gutgold, Ph.D., Outstanding Professional Achievement; Rev. Joseph Long, C.S.C., Service to Society; and Jennifer Domnick Mantini, Outstanding Service to Alma Mater.
Sue Hand is best known for her artworks in watercolor and her hexagon-shaped historical illustrations of mining, “The Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground” which are on permanent display at King’s on the Square in Wilkes-Barre. Her newest work, to be exhibited at the Widmann Gallery at King’s College from Monday, June 6, through Friday, August 12, focuses on very large canvases filled with thick oil paint applied in layers with a palette knife.
King’s College graduate students recently participated in the Education Department’s Master’s Symposium. The presentations were a culmination of research projects on a variety of topics to fulfill requirements in the College’s Master of Education programs. Reading research project topics included smart and mobile technology, student motivation, comprehension, note-taking technology, and project-based learning. Presentations for the curriculum and instruction program focused on English as a Second Language initiatives, computer-assisted instruction, telemedicine, phonemics, virtual field trips, effects of sports participation on academic performance.
Dr. Karen Mercincavage, associate technical professor of Mass Communications at King’s College, earned a doctorate in Media Communications and Instructional Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was titled “The Effects of Delivery Modes of HIV/AIDS Advertisements on Behavioral Change in Young Women,” a quantitative study focusing on the interplay between visual and health communication.