Michael Orleski, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Misericordia University, and chair of the department of physics, was an invited speaker at the winter 2014 National Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Orleski presented, “Service-Learning in Introductory Astronomy and Physics,’’ that was based on the service-learning component of his astronomy course and the Introduction to Physics I course that is taught by Lynn Aldrich, Ed.D., associate professor of physics. Dr. Orleski earned doctorate and Master of Science degrees in physics from Lehigh University, Bethlehem. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in physics, a Master of Science in general science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in earth science and secondary education and general science and secondary education from East Stroudsburg University. Dr. Aldrich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Grinnel College, Grinnell, Iowa; a Master of Science in physics from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala., and a doctorate in science education from Temple University.
Orleski also had his article, “Service Learning in Introductory Astronomy,’’ published in the December issue of The Physics Teacher, a journal read by thousands of teachers in high schools and colleges around the world.
Gregory Janik, clinical professor of athletic training at King’s College, was presented the 2014 Jeffrey Stone Service Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA). The award is provided to an EATA member for their unselfish and dedicated efforts to serve and advance the EATA student program. Janik was named the 2013 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for Division III. He was awarded the Max and Tillie Rosenn Award for Faculty Excellence by King’s in 2012, and the Young Professionals’ Committee National Distinction Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2011.
Karen McCloud, Golden Technologies, has been chosen as Employee of the Month for January 2014. McCloud, a business development coordinator, received compelling support from the Employee Recognition Committee, noting her professionalism, attention to detail and ability to work as a team player.
The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, has been awarded the prestigious LEED Silver Green Building Certification for its Medical Sciences Building. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the green building certification program, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.