University to host open mic night in memory of Unviersity graduate


The University will host an open mic night and art auction Nov. 10 in memory of Jennifer Sidari, M.D., a University graduate who died last year.
Sidari graduated from The University in 2009 and graduated from The Commonwealth Medical College just before she died in 2013. A resident of West Pittston, Sidari was very involved at The University. She founded the photography club, was a member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts program and directed an off-campus open-mic venue.
During medical school, Sidari was honored with The Commonwealth Medical College’s Global Pride Award for her service trip to Haiti. She was also a nominee for the American Medical Association’s Physicians of Tomorrow Award.
Rebecca Guenther, Sidari’s friend and roommate at The University, is part of the planning committee. She said the events is designed to be fun and to raise money for a book scholarship for students pursuing health professions careers.
“Our goal for the event is to have it as a celebration of Jen and the person she was and what she stood for,” Guenther said.
Guenther also said people “from all walks of Jen’s life” will be part of the night as performers, contributing artists and guests. She said she got the idea for the event from the open mic nights Sidari used to organize at a local cafe, and she hopes the event will be reminiscent of those.
“She was a fun person, so we’re not trying to make it really heavy,” Guenther said.
The open-mic night will raise money for the new book scholarship in honor of Sidari. The event, called “Across the Universe: A Tribute to Dr. Jennifer Sidari,” is Nov. 10 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the Denaples Center. The event will feature music by University students and local musicians and a silent auction for art and photography. Suggested donations for admission are $5 for alumni and community members and $3 for current University students.
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