DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University honored three faculty members for excellence in scholarship, teaching and service to the campus and community during the 90th annual commencement ceremony held at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on May 21.
McKinley Hunter Manasco, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., associate professor of speech-language pathology, was awarded the 2016 Louis and Barbara Alesi Excellence in Scholarship Award. This annual award recognizes and promotes the academic accomplishments of faculty members in terms of their scholarship and/or artistic achievements. The Faculty Awards Committee makes the selection.
A resident of Dallas Township, Manasco specializes in treating children with autism and other neurological disorders. His areas of specialization include neuroanatomy, aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, dementia and autism. He has made 37 presentations in his areas of specialty at state, national and international conferences and has published four research articles in his time at Misericordia University.
Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the department of mass communications and design, was presented the 2016 Judge Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning and development. The award is given annually to an outstanding faculty member elected by a vote of the students.
A Dallas Township resident, Sgroi joined the Misericordia University faculty in 2006. She recently conducted a three-year study in her area of scholarly research that focuses on disability in the media.
In 2013, she and fellow Misericordia University communications professor and videographer Dan Kimbrough produced the 15-minute documentary, “VOTE,” which chronicled the barriers to voting that exist for people with disabilities and how accessibility issues can disenfranchise some voters.
Maureen Romanow Pascal, P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S., associate professor of physical therapy, received the Pauly and Sidney Friedman Excellence in Service Award. The honor is given to a member of the faculty who has been selected by the Faculty Awards Committee in recognition of their service for the university and greater community.
A resident of Forty Fort, Pascal’s record of service includes activities benefiting Misericordia University and her profession, as well as the community at large. For the past eight years, Dr. Pascal has travelled with Campus Ministry on international service-learning trips for students to Guyana, and has provided her professional physical therapy expertise in Haiti, Suriname and Rwanda.
Information provided by Misericordia University.