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MU students tour the National Press Club, White House with Com Dept.

The Misericordia University Department of Communications sponsored a field trip to Washington, D.C., for students actively involved with student media on campus.

“We went into conference rooms where celebrities from George Clooney to journalists talked about issues that they urged support for,’’ said Misericordia University communications major April Dulsky of Dallas, Pa. “We also went into a lounge area where national press members can relax and write their articles. It was interesting to go into a place where so many game changers stood and to see how journalism and history meshed together in many ways.’’
During the day-long experiential learning opportunity, students toured the Smithsonian Institution — the world’s largest museum and research complex — the White House and the National Press Club. MU students interviewed members of the Secret Service manning the White House, toured the White House and National Press Club, and viewed historic Pulitzer Prize-winning photos and articles at the National Press Club.
“The National Press Club visit provided our students with a prime example of an all-in-one world-class facility,’’ said Melissa Sgroi, M.S., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Communications at Misericordia University. “Its studio equipment and editing software is the same as our students are using on campus. Taking our students to the facility showed them a side of journalism that they could not have seen anywhere else and it helps to prepare them for their careers after graduation.
“Seeing original Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and plaques celebrating the lives, careers, and accomplishments of the working media is to journalism students what seeing the displays at the Baseball Hall of Fame is to baseball fans,’’ Sgroi added.
The National Press Club “is where news breaks and flows out to the world,’’ the private club’s website states. “It is where history can be seen in the making. And it is where today’s journalists train to become the next generation of storytellers, with writers and editors using cutting-edge platforms and techniques still being fully imagined.’’
For more information about the Department of Communications at Misericordia University, please log in to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.
Picture: Misericordia University students recently participated in an experiential learning opportunity in Washington, D.C. Students who participated, first row from left, are Julia Truax ‘12, Millville, Pa.; April Dulsky ‘12, Dallas, Pa.; Amber Gulla ‘12, Plains Township, Pa.; Lauren Gorney ‘12, Glen Lyon, Pa.; Gabriella Lenygel ‘15, Wharton, N.J.; Mary Bove ‘15, Wapwallopen, Pa.; Dom Dellos ‘13, Johnson City, N.Y.; Brittany Lovette ‘14, Beach Haven, Pa.; and Shawn Kellmer ‘13, Hazleton, Pa.; second row, Hilary Hoover ‘15, Trucksville, Pa.; Jon Bodack, ‘14, Allentown, Pa.; Ellen Hoffman ‘14, Kingston, Pa.; Michele Drago ‘12, Larksville, Pa.; Catie Becker ‘14, Shickshinny, Pa.; Grace Riker ‘13, Bridgewater, N.Y.; Arthur Dowell ‘14, Berwick, Pa.; Alexis Vaskas ‘15, Dallas, Pa.; Alexandria Smith ‘15, Seaford, Del., and Rob Lopez ‘13, Kunkletown, Pa.