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2014 Career Exploration Camps


Students exploring SLP
Students learning more about the SLP Program

Misericordia University is offering rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to experience and learn more about exciting professions and residential life on a college campus in a series of eight Career Exploration Camps in June.

The Career Exploration Camps at Misericordia University are a popular destination for students who want to explore both college campus life and a potential career. The university offers academic camps in biology, business, chemistry-biochemistry sciences, communications and media, literature, nursing, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. Space is limited in each camp and registration is necessary.

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Misericordia Named A Top Military-Friendly University


President Dr. Botzman receiving a citation from State Rep. Karen Boback
President Dr. Botzman receiving a citation from State Rep. Karen Boback

Misericordia University has been awarded the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. Misericordia University is the only college or university in northeastern Pennsylvania to be recognized in the annual publication. The complete guide is available online at


“Misericordia University is proud to be recognized by Military Advanced Education for working with our nation’s veterans to help them realize their dreams of achieving an advanced degree,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “Our men and women in the armed services deserve the opportunities they need to succeed in life and in a profession of their choosing after completing their military service. Working closely with our veterans is consistent with our historic mission of providing a high-quality education to motivated students.’’

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Istanbul native earns Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

Ozcan Dalgic earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Ozcan Dalgic, DPT, a native of Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey, earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Misericordia University at ceremonies on Dec. 14 in Dallas, Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA).

Dr. Dalgic was one of 63 students who earned their degree in the university’s first class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. He earned a 3.61 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale.

One of nine children of Mahmut and Gulsum Dalgic of Kadikoy, Dr. Dalgic, age 33, was a member of the Turkish National Badminton Team from 1996 to 1999 and was named national champion in 1997 and 1998. He served as badminton coach at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey from 1998-99.


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Wrapping up MU Memories


Elizabeth Graeber and her quilt of old, sentimental attire
Elizabeth Graeber and her quilt of old, sentimental attire

When she needs a hug, all Elizabeth Graeber ‘14 needs to do is pick up the quilt at the end of her bed and wrap herself in Misericordia memories. Graeber, a sport management major from Mansfield Twp., N.J., lost more than 30 pounds between her first-year and sophomore years of college. She soon found herself with boxes of sentimental T-shirts that were too big to wear, so she asked her grandmother, Pat Burns of Stockton Springs, Maine, if she could make a quilt out of them so she could keep them nearby.

“I love the fact that I have these special pieces to look back on and help me remember all my good times in high school and at Misericordia,” she says. “The fact that it is something useful is a bonus.”

Among her favorites are the “Undefeated since 1924” football T-shirt, the “I Bleed Blue and Gold” shirt she purchased as a first-year collegian, and the two “Relay for Life” shirts from walks she participated in while at MU. Graeber will graduate in May and is sure to have the quilt with her as she pursues an MBA with a sport management specialization.


Cancer Research at Misericordia


Misericordia University Faculty and student researchers from The Commonwealth Medical College and Misericordia University
Faculty and student researchers from The Commonwealth Medical College and Misericordia University

As part of an on-going collaborative research project between The Commonwealth Medical College and Misericordia University,Dr. Jun Ling, assistant professor of biochemistry at The Commonwealth Medical College, presented a lecture at Misericordia University regarding his research that may lead to a cure for cancer.


Dr. Ling presented the talk, “Regulation of mRNA translation by PAK-2 kinase and its regulatory role in cancer development.” He described the general properties of the PAK-2 gene and discussed the analysis of the dual function of PAK-2 in cancer development. He also shared experimental results on regulation of mRNA translation by PAK-2 with the audience comprised of more than 90 Misericordia students and faculty.

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