Think Spring – Think Schemel!

Northeastern Pennsylvania is expected to get 3-5 inches of snow tonight – but according to us, it’s not too early to be thinking Spring!

Our Schemel Forum spring semester schedule is about to be posted to our website, and the classes, lunches, and trips it includes will all be great ways to hold off the winter blues until May arrives.  Featured this year are:

For the full schedule and to register for programs, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816 or

Health Care Reform Discussion

The Schemel Forum is collaborating with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce to host a discussion of how health care reform will affect businesses.

This Health Care Reform Panel Discussion will be held on Monday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the DeNaples Center on the campus of The University of Scranton. The discussion will feature nationally known speakers Douglas Hastings, Mark Lutes, and Adam Solander, who will look at the issue from four perspectives: the employer, the consumer, the medical professional and the underwriter.

Douglas Hastings is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Epstein Becker & Green P.C. and is a member of the firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice in Washington D.C. Mr. Hastings provides a wide range of health care organizations with legal guidance in responding to the challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing U.S. health care system.

Mark Lutes is a senior member of EpsteinBeckerGreen’s health law practice. He counsels health insurers on reform and compliance issues, and a variety of health care businesses about reimbursement issues and regulatory trends. He has led multidisciplinary teams developing and implementing regulatory and public policy strategies for health care companies.

Adam Solander recently joined EpsteinBeckerGreen from the ERISA Industry Committee where he was Health Policy Counsel. He worked on behalf of Fortune 500 employers concerned with legislative and regulatory developments affecting their employees’ welfare benefit plans. He counseled employers on the impact of health reform legislation and emerging regulation.

The cost for the event is $10 for Chamber members and Schemel Forum members and $15 for all other attendees. A continental breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP to Karen Durkin by October 13 at 570-342-7711 or, or visit the Secure Registration page of

Meet Sheli, Our New Cataloger!

We’d like to introduce the Weinberg’s newest faculty member: Sheli McHugh, our Cataloging/Metadata Librarian!  Sheli joined us in June 2010, having previously served as the Scranton Public Library‘s Head Cataloger.  Sheli has a B.A. from Penn State and earned her M.L.S. at Clarion University in 2005.  She’s a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

The next time you visit the Library, stop by the cataloging room on the first floor and say hi!  In the meantime, to help you get to know Sheli, we asked her a few questions:

What made you decide to be a librarian?
After I finished my undergrad degree, I was working full time for my parents.  Lots of people had advice on what I should do for the rest of my life…then my high school principal’s wife suggested I look into library science.  I did a little bit of research (I Googled it!) and the first thing I read was about the librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and how they talk to major film directors and writers every day.  Since my undergrad degree was in film studies, I was sold! 

What do you like most about cataloging?
I like finding a place for things to fit in – like doing a crossword puzzle and figuring out what goes where for each clue.

What’s the strangest item you’ve ever cataloged?
I once cataloged a Gerry McNamara bobble head.

What are you reading now?
I just bought my copy of Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  I wish I was reading it RIGHT NOW! It’s taunting me from my purse! I’m also reading Wuthering Heights for a book club I belong to at Anthology…but I’m shelving that till I finish Mockingjay.

Where’s the best place to get coffee in NEPA?
My favorite coffee shop is Northern Light Espresso Bar on Spruce St.  But, I also love Zummo’s and Mansour’s.  I definitely go to NLEB the most, so I’ll go with that.

What else should the University community know about you?
I’m the co-chair for the Scranton Reads committee.  We try and get everyone in the community to read the same book and talk about it each October.  This is my second year as co-chair and I’ve been a member of the committee for several years.

Thomas Childers Book Signing

This Thursday, November 12, the Schemel Forum is hosting a lecture and book signing by University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Childers, author of Soldier from the War  Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II.

The lecture will be held at 7:15pm on campus in Brennan Hall, Room 228, but you can also join Dr. Childers at a cocktail reception from 6-7pm at Catlin House (232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton) prior to the lecture.  Both the cocktail reception and lecture are free of charge.  For more information, contact Schemel Forum director Sondra Myers at myerss2 (at) scranton (dot) edu.

P.S. The Weinberg Memorial Library doesn’t have a copy of Soldiers from the War Returning quite yet, but you can borrow it from another library using Interlibrary Loan.  We do have some of Dr. Childers’ other books available in our own stacks, including The Formation of the Nazi Constituency, 1919-1933 and The Nazi Voter: The Social Foundations of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1933.