John Pekarovsky, Community Bank, N.A., Larksville, was recognized by the PBA School of Commercial Lending at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Group 3 meeting for achieving honor student status. Honor students are selected on outstanding work during school and on a post-test examination.
The Commonwealth Medical College has recognized twelve employees for outstanding service; for excellence in teaching, devotion to students, and spirit of helpfulness.
Gregory Shanower, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular biology; Youngjin Cho, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology/pathology; and Ying Ju Sung, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy, M.D. program, were named Professors of the Year. Clinical Professors David Greenwald, M.D. and Sarah Kent, M.D. were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for their demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Ed Lahart, registrar, received the Staff Service to Community Award for his contributions to the M.D. community. Connie Dombrowski won the Regional Staff Award for outstanding service to students at TCMC’s Wilkes-Barre regional campus. Jill Taggart won the same award for outstanding service to students at TCMC’s Williamsport regional campus. Patrick Coughlin, Ph.D., professor of anatomy, received the Mark Miller Faculty Award for outstanding faculty/student relations. Dr. John Farrell (Scranton), Dr. Richard Fishbein (Wilkes-Barre), and Dr. Alexander Nesbitt (Williamsport) received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for exemplifying the qualities of caring and compassionate mentorship in the volunteer teaching and advising of medical students.
Judge A. Richard Caputo of the U.S. Middle District Court was honored by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association/the bar association of Luzerne County, for 50 years of service and membership. Judge Caputo attended Brown University and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.