The Misericordia University family and members of the community are coming together at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for retiring university president Michael A. MacDowell’s “Watch Your Wallet Roast,’’ a retirement celebration that will raise money for the Dr. Michael and Tina MacDowell Endowed Scholarship and the First Lady’s Campus Beautification Project.
Misericordia and members of the community will acknowledge and celebrate MacDowell’s contributions to the region, to higher education and to Misericordia University during a fun-filled evening. The roast includes a series of surprise guests who will provide unique and colorful glimpses into the president’s life and overall career.
The MacDowell Endowed Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2014 to an academically eligible and financially deserving high school student from the greater Wyoming Valley who has exhibited a passion to serve others.
Michael and Tina MacDowell announced in April 2012 that they will retire June 30, 2013, after serving 15 years and helping Luzerne County’s oldest college and newest university become regionally acclaimed and nationally recognized.
Remaining true to Misericordia’s mission, President MacDowell has been very active by offering his time and talent to the greater NEPA community and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is the past vice chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, where he remains on the board. He is the past chair of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Colleges and Universities and is a past vice president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council.
He was instrumental in establishing the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, the Back Mountain Community Partnership and Back Mountain Historical Association. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett appointed him to the 31-member Commission on Postsecondary Education that studied how to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students and taxpayers of the commonwealth.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored President MacDowell in 2010 and 2012 by presenting him with the 2010 Eminent Eagle Award and the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award. The Luzerne Foundation, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the North Branch Land Trust and the Wyoming Valley Interfaith Council also have recognized his leadership.
Most recently, he received the 2013 Francis J. Michelini Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.
The president and his wife will receive The Salvation Army Community Service Award in recognition of their contributions and dedication on behalf of humanity and the promotion of health and wellness initiatives at the annual awards dinner in May.
Tickets for the “Watch Your Wallet Roast’’ are $125 per person, which includes a cocktail hour, dinner and an open bar. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, call Marie Stolarick, assistant director of cultural and special events, at Misericordia University, at 674-6418.