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More than 1,200 members of the campus community participate in Opening Day Picnic
08-27-13

The Opening Day Picnic was Aug. 26.
The Opening Day Picnic was Aug. 26.
Students enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken.
Students enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken.
Andrea Veneziale and Hunter Pates enjoy lunch together.
Andrea Veneziale and Hunter Pates enjoy lunch together.

Misericordia University hosted more than 1,200 students, staff and faculty at the annual Opening Day Picnic on the lawn of the Banks Student Center on Monday. The event was held to celebrate the first day of classes for the largest enrollment in the 89-year history of the institution of higher education, a record 3,058 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs. An abbreviated class schedule allowed the students to mix and mingle with faculty and staff at the campus where caring and personal attention are a hallmark of a Sisters of Mercy education.

 A group of students who are juniors in the Occupational Therapy Program were among those who gathered during the picnic luncheon. Shown seated from left, are Kellie Campbell, Cranford, N.J.; and guest Lindsay Empfield, who stopped by to visit her sister, standing from left, Bethany Empfield, Shavertown, Pa., and Kristi Cianfichi, Moscow, Pa.; Jenna Pendleton, Bernville, Pa.; and Jenna Burgio, Greenfield Township, Pa.
 
Among those enjoying the picnic luncheon on the lawn near Gildea Hall, shown front row from left, are psychology major Erin Gracey, Lititz, Pa.; and occupational therapy majors Julie Mikolaichik, Harding, Pa.; and Brittany Bly, DuBois, Pa. Second row: government, law and national security major Jake Livingston, Utica, N.Y.; Tyler Hessert, Williamsport, Pa.; and occupational therapy major Ellen Mahon, Stanhope, N.J.  Livingston is a defensive end and Hessert is a safety on the Misericordia Cougars football team.
 
On the lawn near Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Center, speech-language pathology major Andrea Veneziale of Burlington, N.J., and biology major Hunter Pates of Columbus, N.J., enjoy the picnic lunch together.