Rail-Trail Council hosts yoga

The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA will host a yoga session on the trail at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The session will take place at the Starrucca Viaduct at Luciana Park, off Depot Street in Susquehanna County. Participants will enjoy the historic, beautiful viaduct’s arches and stonework while performing yoga.

After finishing stretching and poses, the group will hike to the railroad bridge for another session and then continue the hike to Brandt, stopping to stretch at the next bridge and enjoy the view and sound of the Starrucca Creek as it flows below.

Participants can meet at 8:15 a.m. the trail office in Union Dale or join the group at the viaduct. Bring a mat, water, insect repellent and sunscreen.

Pre-register by calling the council at


Johnson College hosts day of giving

Johnson College will host its first-ever 24-hour Day of Giving fundraising event on Aug. 18 to benefit the Presidential Scholarship fund.

While campuses around the country closed, and the future of higher education became uncertain, Johnson College and its industry partners kept going, the college said in a press release. Students worked and learned first-hand just how essential they are to the workforce. From automotive and diesel technicians to HVAC and physical therapy assistants to computer information technology, they kept the economy moving forward in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. They are fixing, building, and healing our communities, especially through this global pandemic.

Johnson College’s industry partners became more essential during the College’s unique spring semester. While the campus was closed, partners including Earlbeck Gases & Technology, Don’s Machine Shop Inc., Visbisky Mechanical, Sean Byrne Construction Inc., Simplex Homes, Equine Therapy Solutions, Polcha Farms, Friends for Life Veterinary Care, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, P.C./TLC Physical Therapy, Kenworth of Pennsylvania, and Gibbons Ford invited students into their businesses to continue their hands-on learning and finish their training.

By participating in the upcoming day of giving, alumni, employees, family, community friends and neighbors have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Johnson College’s hard-working students. To make a donation visit Johnson.edu/dayofgiving.

“The Presidential Scholarship is one of the ways in which we give back to our students. It shows we are just as invested in their education as they are” Dr. Katie Leonard, president and CEO of Johnson College, said in a press release. “The world now sees what we have always known: that our students, and the degrees they earn, are essential. By investing in our students’ futures through the Presidential Scholarship, we are also making an investment in our community.”

PennDOT extends license expiration dates

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has again extended expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits, in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through Aug. 31, have been extended until August 31, 2020.

A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Camera cards with expiration dates within this timeframe are also extended through Aug. 31.

Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and schedule a driver’s exam. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Marywood professor receives teaching award

Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor and director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Global Innovation at Marywood University, has received the 2020 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs International Teaching Excellence Award.

The announcement was made during the ACBSP Annual Business Meeting that was held virtually on June 25. As the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Teaching Excellence Award Recipient for ACBSP Region 2, Speicher was honored with other regional recipients, each of whom received a crystal medallion and a monetary award. From that group, two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients were announced, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution, and one from an associate degree-granting institution. Dr. Speicher was presented with an additional crystal medallion and monetary award to recognize this achievement.

“The Teaching Excellence Award is always a highlight for the entire ACBSP membership,” said Deborah Gaspard, teaching excellence committee chair, in a press release. “From the innovators, to the experts, to those special leaders going above and beyond, the Teaching Excellence Award allows us to collectively recognize and honor those faculty members making a difference on our campuses and in the lives of our students.”

Arthur Comstrock, Ph.D., executive director and chairman of the SBGI at Marywood University, said, “Dr. Speicher’s particular area of professional success is entrepreneurship — to which his achievements are second to none. He regularly mentors and prepares students for our regional Business Plan Competition at which the 14 colleges and universities within Northeastern Pennsylvania participate. His success with students in this competition is unprecedented — having mentored three of the last six competition winners, including a recent first-place, second-place, and third-place finish, all in the same year.”

ACBSP recognizes the significance of the classroom teacher to the mission of degree-granting institutions. That’s why the Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching.

Marywood University’s SBGI is committed to improving the world by enabling students to acquire and develop their leadership competencies to meet the dynamic challenges of a knowledge-based global society, according to a press release. Marywood’s SBGI nurtures values conducive to ethical and socially responsible behavior. The undergraduate and graduate business programs promote academic excellence and scholarship through applied, experiential learning that emphasizes entrepreneurial solutions to business problems. That education focus fosters strong leadership qualities of integrity, accountability and disciplined work ethic in service to others.

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