Attorney Donald C. Ligorio of the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn has been certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as a specialist in worker’s compensation law. He is a member of the first class to be certified by the PBA and only one of four attorneys in Luzerne County to hold the certification. Ligorio is a graduate of the University of Scranton, earned his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, and he is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
John A. Bednarz, Jr., Wilkes-Barre, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine. Five percent of Pennsylvania lawyers obtain the status of Super Lawyers. Bednarz is the only claimant’s attorney practicing in Wilkes-Barre to attain this title in the Workers’ Compensation field He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kings College, his Juris Doctor Degree from the Villanova University School of Law, and an M.A. Degree from the Wilkes University Creative Writing Program.
Daniel Clasby, a King’s College assistant professor of history, and Rev. Anthony Grasso, a King’s College professor of English, were awarded Innovation in Teaching grants by The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at King’s College. Clasby will use the funding to design and build a high-impact teaching-learning website and Rev. Grasso will use the grant to develop teaching strategies to increase student engagement in introduction to literature courses. He will also develop other strategies of engagement for students in other core classes.
Eric Ruggiero, of Shavertown, a professor at Wilkes University is one of three individuals nationally awarded a fellowship from Sony Pictures Imageworks. Ruggiero was selected for the Faculty Fellowship Program known as IPAX, at the Sony Pictures motion picture lot in Culver City, Calif. He will then attend the annual ACM/SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, Calif., where the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques is explored. Ruggiero holds an MFA in computer art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a BFA in computer graphics from Syracuse University, and an AAS in architectural technology from Onondaga Community College.
Patrick Long, of Wilkes-Barre, along with 27 others, has been recognized by the PA Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (PIBH), as a nominee of the Nettie Mann Achievement Awards. He was nominated not only for his character, but also the personal fortitude, work ethic and abilities he exhibits while living and working with a disability.