Campus community dedicates Frank and Dorothea Henry Student Lounge|
Student Cory Chikowski '13 thanks the Henry family for their generous support.
Henry Student Lounge is blessed during the ceremony.
Frank and Dorothea Henry talk with students after the ceremony.
The newly renovated 2,100-square-foot building is being named in honor of Mr. Frank M. and Mrs. Dorothea Henry. Mrs. Henry served the University as a trustee from 1980-86. Mr. Henry is the CEO of Martz Trailways, a historic motor coach company that was founded in 1906 by his grandfather, Frank Martz, Sr., in Plymouth, Pa., under the name White Transit Co. Mr. and Mrs. Henry’s son, Scott, is the president of the company.
Mr. Henry has been at the helm of the family-owned company since 1964. In that time, the company has grown to include six major motor coach companies spanning the east coast from New York City to Florida. The company also owns and operates a travel agency in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for air and cruise services, as well as the coach companies of Gold Line/Gray Line sightseeing in Washington, D.C.; National Coach Bus Co. and National Coach Works Trailways in Fredericksburg, Va.; and Gulf Coast Gray Line and First Class Coach Co. Trailways in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla.
The couple’s philanthropy is known throughout northeastern Pennsylvania as they have supported endeavors for the betterment of higher education and quality of life issues. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education presented Mr. Henry with the Seymour Preston Award in 2000. At Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, the Henrys supported the construction of the Frank M. & Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, as well as ongoing enhancements to the state-of-the-art health care facility. At Wilkes University, the couple supported the construction of the Henry Student Center. Mr. and Mrs. Henry also are ardent supporters of Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
“The Henry family have been key community leaders for many years,’’ said Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University. “They care deeply about northeastern Pennsylvania and have supported a variety of worthy causes.
“Dottie Henry was a Misericordia Trustee and the Henry’s daughter, Marjorie Marquart, received a second degree in education from the University. Their engagement with MU, coupled with the family’s historic and ongoing interest in the Back Mountain, makes naming the very popular student lounge in their honor a very appropriate thing to do.”
Formerly known as Black Top Lounge, the 1960s era building was renovated completely for about $200,000 in order to accommodate the needs of a growing campus population and the need for additional office space. The 2,100-square-foot, one-story lounge received a comprehensive facelift, including a new roof, new windows, new furniture and new heating and air conditioning system. Henry Lounge features a kitchenette for students, as well as café tables and chairs, two separate living-room styled seating areas and one 55-inch flat screen television.
The facility, located near Rosenn Plaza and adjacent to the Banks Student Life Center, is connected to the University’s wireless network and features a charging station for laptop computers and two newly renovated bathrooms. It also houses the offices for the multicultural student outreach coordinator and the student affairs and community standards coordinator.
The Henrys have three children, Frank Jr., Scott and Marjorie Henry Marquart, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, magna cum laude, from Misericordia in 1983. The Henrys also have nine grandchildren.