By Maddie Sunday, Student Government
Student Government hopes that you are refreshed and ready for the remainder of the spring semester.
Did you know that several on-campus resources are available to students that can provide support during the rest of the spring semester? This week, Student Government is highlighting various offices and departments that serve to foster a supportive and healthy environment for students at the University. If you have any questions on the resources highlighted, stop by the Student Government Office for more information or check out the Student Government Instagram @uofssg!
The University of Scranton has three primary academic advising offices to assist students throughout their undergraduate years. The College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office is located on the first floor of the Loyola Science Center. The Panuska College of Professional Studies Advising Center is located in McGurrin Hall, room 101, while the Kania School of Management Advising Center is located in Brennan Hall, suite 206. In addition, Graduate students can receive academic support at O’Hara Hall, room 201, as all offices are open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Academic advising serves as an invaluable resource to students on campus, assisting in course scheduling, mentoring, and guidance for students throughout their academic careers.
The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development is located in Ciszek Hall and serves to help students achieve their career goals. The center provides career counseling, mock interviews, and training in resume writing. In addition, the center is responsible for connecting students with alumni of similar career interests and provides internship resources for interested students. The center also holds the annual Career Expo on campus in which students can meet with potential employers. The center is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and an appointment to meet with a staff member can be made online via their website. Continue reading
The Irish Cultural Society presented their 4th Annual Potato Mash on March 7 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. The 4th floor of the Denaples Center was decked out in green, orange and white, and every Irish eye was smiling.
From the French fry bar to the Irish dancers to the traditional bagpipes, authenticity was a clear theme for the event.
Katie Butler, a coordinator of this event, explained the importance.
“This is an annual event to celebrate Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s day, too,” she said. “So we really tried to bring an authenticity that would be noticed and enjoyed by all. We even ordered authentic crisps and chocolate straight from Ireland. The Irish exchange students say they feel like they’re home.”
Spring Break is a great time for rest and relaxation. It’s also a good time to swap out those school books for a pleasure read. Students were eager to share their reading list for break, and their choices were as variant as their personalities. If you’re looking to flex that literary muscle over the next week, here are some of your fellow students’ Spring Break top choices.
Nadiya Latif ’20: A Beautiful Composition of Broken by r.h. Sin – “A collection of poetry and prose meant to remind the wounded that they are, in fact, beautiful in a way society may never comprehend.”
Kaleigh Valeski ’20: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – “Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.”
Ash crosses could be seen all over the foreheads of Scranton students today across campus.
Students flocked to the Denaples Center Ballroom to commemorate the beginning of the Christian Lenten season.
A major theme that resonated throughout the homily was that, while no one wants the fun of Mardi Gras to end on Fat Tuesday, there is a great joy in taking up a Lenten sacrifice to put at the foot of the cross on Easter. While Lent is usually seen as a time of repentance and abstaining, it can also be seen as a time for reflection and self-examination. Furthermore, it doesn’t always have to coincide with “giving things up,” as Lent can be a time to add positive changes into your life.
Campus Ministries hosted a Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, March 5. Fat Tuesday is a day of feasting before fasting on Ash Wednesday.
Beaded necklaces with information about Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice were handed out encouraging attendees: “Don’t give something UP, give something MORE!”
Second-floor DeNaples was a party scene from 11:30 to 1 p.m., with music pumping, blow-up dinosaurs and, everyone’s favorite, a chocolate fountain.
The floor was packed with students conversing and enjoying treats covered in chocolate.
Other Fat Tuesday celebrations included a bake sale in Brennan Hall to support the Society of Accounting Students.
Information from Campus Ministries about volunteering can be found here.
Kim Barr, Fahad Ashraf and Marlene Geerinck (left)
The Kane Forum, Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, was the setting for Student Government’s third meeting of the semester on Friday, March 1st, 2019. Starting at 3:15 p.m., Senate had multiple guests attend the meeting, addressing topics such as the academic calendar and digitizing services offered at the Weinberg Memorial Library.
Senators Jacob Myers and Peter Zabiegala (right)
Each meeting, Student Government invites guests to discuss topics, ideas, and proposals that various departments at the University are working on through a forum discussion.
Academic Calendar 2020-2021
Senate had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Gingerich, Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, who discussed the 2020-2021 academic calendar, noting that changes in the calendar would not have much of an impact to on-campus students, but the difficulty lies in scheduling holidays amidst two 16-week semesters. Senate voiced their concerns and comments regarding the current calendar, noting some hardship in ending fall semester to immediately begin intersession classes.