Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D.
Dr. Melissa Sgroi serves as Chair of the Department of Mass Communications and Design. Her research area is media and disability. Her work has been published in academic journals – and her documentaries have led to meaningful improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities. Dr. Sgroi’s professional background is in both television and print journalism. She has worked as an anchor, reporter, producer, and assignment editor, and her feature writing has appeared in national and international publications. Many of her journalism students have had their articles published in national magazines, and many have won prestigious regional and national awards for their work in The Highlander, the university’s newspaper, which she advises. Dr. Sgroi previously taught at King's College in Wilkes-Barre. She holds bachelor's degrees from King's College, and her Master's and Doctorate from Wilkes University.
Dan Kimbrough, MA
Dan Kimbrough is an experienced videographer and producer. He particularly enjoys teaching Final Cut Pro, the gold standard for editing in the video industry today. Kimbrough has won many awards for his work, including a recent Videographers Award of Distinction for the program he shot and edited - with editing assistance from two COM seniors - in the spring of 2009 when Dan accompanied MU Campus Ministry's spring break trip to Slidell, Louisiana, and video taped students rebuilding houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Kimbrough also has own production company. Kimbrough received his Master's degree in Electronic Broadcast Management from Central Michigan University.
Rachel Urbanowicz, MA
Rachel Urbanowicz has an extensive background in designing and writing in the marketing communications field. She has developed corporate identities and websites for many organizations, and has worked for small and large clients in Minneapolis, Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Silicon Valley. At Misericordia, her service learning classes and student design club have created pieces for many local non-profits, resulting in strong, and even award-winning, real-world portfolio pieces for her students. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication Management from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
James May serves as a staff photographer for the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise and has worked as a contract photographer for the Associated Press. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the San Fransisco Chronicle, and it has been nationally and regionally recognized by The Associated Press Managing Editor, MSNBC.com and the Keystone Press Awards. He has an Associate's Degree in photography from Luzerne County Community College and a BA in humanities from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.