Namedropper, 8/9/18

August 9, 2018

High notes

Alicia, Paul and Katie Patchoski are serving as co-chairms of the 17th annual Lebanese-American Food Festival at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in Scranton.

The Rev. Christopher Manuele, pastor, is serving as coordinator; Kathie Abda Barrett and Karen Abda Kane are in charge of baked goods; Betsy Zaydon is working on advertising, social media and baskets; while Terri Patchoski is in charge of books and raffles.

The festival is Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. at the church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave. in West Scranton. Ethnic food includes grape leaves, kibbee, shish-kebobs, meat and spinach pies, tabbouli, hummus, baklava and pastries and local picnic favorites including potato pancakes, sausage and peppers, burgers and pizza fritta. The event also features kids’ games, 50/50, baskets, clams and beer, used book sale, DJ, church tours and feast day liturgies and services.

For details, visit melkite

scranton.org; St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Scranton, on Facebook; or email melkite.scranton@gmail.com.

Super students

Local University of Scranton students are starting their career experiences early by participating in the university’s competitive Royal Experience Summer Internship Program.

Robert McGowan of Scranton, a philosophy and psychology double major, is an intern at McLean Hospital, Middleborough, Massachusetts; Mark Miller of Archbald, a marketing and business administration double major, is an intern at Wasserman, a sports marketing agency in Raleigh, North Carolina; Sarah Novak of Scranton, a health administration major, is an intern at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Jordan Oakey of South Abington Twp., a liberal studies major, is an intern at the Everhart Museum; and Stefan Olsen of Kingston, a biochemistry major, is an intern in the university’s chemistry department.

The selected students are given a stipend of up to $4,000 to support them during their unpaid internships for the summer of 2018. The program is funded by the university’s parents’ executive council and the donations of alumni and friends of the university. The students will write about their internship experiences in a blog published on the university’s Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development webpage.

Super teachers

Pat Carpenter, a recently retired Lackawanna Trail gifted education teacher, received the Environmental Education Partnership Award from the Alpha Alpha PA State Album of Distinction.

Pat was recognized for her dedication to environmental education in her school. For three years, she partnered with the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited and the state Fish and Boat Commission for the “Trout in the Classroom.” Her gifted education students raised trout from eggs to the fingerlings which were released each spring.