DALLAS TWP. – Misericordia University’s Trustee Associates Gala on Saturday night brought over 300 people to the Beaumont Inn as a show of support for the school as it launches its “Now for Tomorrow” campaign.
The effort is the largest campaign in the university’s history, and it will help build a new $35 million science center.
“The project will mean a new wing and renovation of our old science building,” said Anthony Serino, professor of biology and liaison for the project. “Our current science building was built in the 1950s and has lost its structural integrity. The new building will be state of the art.”
The science center will be named for Frank M. and Dorothea Henry, longtime benefactors of the university and supporters of education.
Frank Henry, who died in June, was the CEO of the Martz Group in Wilkes-Barre for decades. His grandfather founded the company.
Henry, for whom the science building will be named, and John C. Metz were also honored with the university’s Founders Medal on Saturday.
Metz said that his friendship with Frank made the medal even more special.
“It’s especially significant that I’m receiving this honor alongside my best friend Frank Henry,” he said. “It’s hard, though. I miss him.”
Metz served as a member of Misericordia’s board of trustees for over 30 years, retiring in June. He was lauded by University President Thomas Botzman for supporting the remodeling and renovation of the university’s dining hall and the addition of a café in Insalaco Hall.
Metz, executive chairman of Metz Culinary Management in Dallas, has also been honored by other community-based organizations, including receipt of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award in 2014.
Botzman said Henry had applied a transformative approach to both business and philanthropic efforts, referencing the Frank M. & Dorothea Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, which has assisted cancer patients and their families since 1992.
Also at the event were student researchers eager to share information and reinforce the benefits of upgraded science facilities.
Junior Kyra Grzymski recently did a research project involving green tea and its impact on metabolism and hopes to do more research on the topic in the upcoming year.
Grzymski said she looks forward to the university increasing opportunities for student research in its new, larger building.