Paulette Posluszny Merchel ’69, Ph.D.

    Theatre Arts Scholarship

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    Few college professors can boast that they stood before just about every student that attended the college/university where they taught, regardless of major.  Marywood was privileged for over 20 years to have Dr. Paulette Merchel teach the required Fine Arts course allowing her to do just that.  As a liberal arts university, Marywood has always believed in the value of the arts in the communal world and that belief was nurtured passionately by Dr. Merchel.  In addition, she reached across all majors through the undergraduate and graduate public speaking courses.  As Director of Theatre for most of her tenure at Marywood, she was the consummate educator guiding students to a dedicated work ethic, teaching them the value of team work, and infusing a love of theatre.  She did this with boundless energy, a brilliant mind, a sense of humor, and genuine affection.  

    Her death on May 6, 2021, has left a legacy of students, colleagues, and a host of friends who benefitted from her contributions to all aspects of life.  Her dedication as an educator during her 42 years of teaching in secondary and higher education touched so many and deserves a lasting legacy so that future Marywood theatre students can benefit.  To honor that legacy, Paulette’s family has established the Paulette Posluszny Merchel ’69, Ph.D., Theatre Arts Scholarship which, when the endowment has been met, will continue to benefit theatre majors in perpetuity.  

    It’s important to note that Paulette said that Marywood had truly been her alma mater—“another mother.”  She believed she was a reflection of the values to which she was generously exposed as a Marywood student.  She honed her skills as a performer and director at Marywood and shared them in all avenues of her life including community organizations and her church where she took enormous pride in her heritage and her faith. 

    To honor the memory of this remarkable woman and valued member of our Marywood community, we hope you will consider joining us in making a donation to this scholarship.  

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