Alumni Making Headlines: June 2013

University of Scranton alumni are often in the headlines and making news. Here is a list of links to news stories highlighting their recent accomplishments.

Elizabeth Edmunds, M.D., G’71 was recently named the state's Family Physician of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. She said the award is an honor after seeing about 5,000 patients during her career in Berks County and beyond. To read more, click here.

Joseph Migliorino ’75 has joined First National Bank of Pennsylvania as senior vice president and commercial banking team leader. He will lead the commercial banking team in the development and management of new business opportunities while maintaining an existing portfolio of clients in the Scranton market. To read more, click here.

Tom Sohns '76 and Scott Sannito '90, two former University baseball standouts, were named to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Century team. To read more, click here.

Neal Thompson ’87 discussed his fourth book, “A CURIOUS MAN: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not' Ripley," on the BBC News website. To read more, click here.

Rev. Michael Letteer ’91 is off to Ukraine for the sixth year in a row. Father Letteer, parochial vicar at Manheim Township's St. John Neumann Church, will teach summer school to students at Ukrainian Catholic University “to expose them to the West.” To read more, click here.

Lynn Heard G’97, a school nurse at North Pocono High School for 16 years, leads several clubs and committees that focus on student health. To read more, click here.

Jerry Mecadon, J.D. ’97 will square off with Alexandra Kokura in the Nov. 5 general election for a judge seat for District 11-1-04. Mecadon is a private practice lawyer. To read more, click here.

Dozens of people swarmed Nay Aug Park for the inaugural Ryan O'Malley Race 5K Run/Walk May 19. The event honored the late Ryan O’Malley ’99, G’03. To read more, click here.

Geoffrey Celis '02 recently started his first project, "Some Guys Are Bigger Than Others,” as a film director. The short film features a guy named Jim who enters an amateur Luchador competition to prove to his friends he can wrestle. To read more, click here.

Liz Baumbach '03, G'04, the most prolific scorer in University of Scranton women’s lacrosse history, earned a major honor by landing a spot on the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) All-Century team for women’s lacrosse. To read more, click here.

Kaci Haines, M.D. ’08 has earned a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is continuing her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center with plans to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology/hepatology. To read more, click here.

Jennifer Sidari, M.D. '09, who recently received her medical degree for The Commonwealth Medical College, died unexpectedly May 29. She exhibited so many characteristics – namely compassion and selflessness – that we at The University of Scranton strive to promote each day. To read more, click here.

Rebecca Gonzalez ’10, a teacher at Notre Dame of Bethlehem School, is planning to do something extraordinary this summer – fly to San Diego, Calif., hop on a bicycle and ride all the way back east. Gonzalez, who teaches fifth- and sixth-grade math, is calling her 3,022-mile venture "Coast to Coast for Catholic Schools." She aims to raise awareness of Catholic education and $20,000 in donations. To read more, click here.

Mia Bartoletti G’12 was featured in The Scranton Times-Tribune, discussing the Serving Seniors Inc. picnic in Waldorf Park. To read more, click here.

Chris Wasnetsky ’12 raced to first in the 33rd annual Old Fort 5 Miler on Memorial Day, leading a record field of more than 400 runners. He finished in 25 minutes and 53 seconds. To read more, click here.

Ed Kastreva G’13, who was diagnosed with a malignant meningioma – a tumor on the brain's protective membranes – a decade ago, recently graduated from Scranton with a double MBA in international business and marketing. To read more, click here.

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