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Environmental Art Show Kicks Off Earth Week

By: Christina Brannon

Original artwork and photography paying tribute to our Mother Earth is beautifying the Heritage Room of the Library this week. Students, faculty and staff are portraying their view of the environment through their lenses and brushstrokes. The art show is held to promote sustainable living through showing viewers the natural beauty of the Earth we call home.

Erica Westlake used her keen eye for finding beauty in the simple things with her stunning photography of flowers and plant life. Members of the environmental club showcased their talent with acrylic in their painting of vintage bicycles with flowers in the basket, a picture reminiscent of a favorite childhood pastime. Mark Murphy, Elise Molleur, and Yajaira Perez used their lenses to photograph the natural beauty of the world in all forms, from pictures of the memorable eclipse, to delicate butterflies and to families enjoying a much-needed day at the beach. Eugeniu Grigorescu used new perspectives with his vivid imagery of landscapes we don’t often get to admire. Bonnie Strohl brought her talent for detail in her acrylic paintings of wild birds that looked like they could have flown off of the canvas. George Aulisio and Jaclyn Hardcastle showcased their talents with acrylics as well, with brightly colored and eye-catching painting of the solar system and a scenic mountain view. Finally, Marleen Cloutier showed her skill with mixed-media in her representation of a chemical compound that exemplified the science that makes up the world we live in.

The artists are currently wowing spectators with their talent. In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get lost in our phones or in our work. This show is a reminder to quite literally “stop and smell the flowers” and to enjoy the simple beauty the Earth offers us every day. More importantly, it is a testament to the beauty that we have to protect and sustain for ourselves and future generations.

If you haven’t stopped by the Heritage Room to check out the art yet, you have until April 24 to celebrate Earth Week by admiring the talents of Scranton students.

Women in Business Luncheon Panel 2018

This past Thursday the Women in Business Luncheon Panel was held in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall. The panel, led by Tera Hatler ’03, Megan Morgan ’95, Rachele Browning ’84, Kristyn Lartz ’08, Susie Craig ’12, and Betsy Peck ’82, was created in order to offer both women and men who attended the event advice, personal and professional knowledge and information on the obstacles that women in the world will face. Additionally, the panel was conducted by women leaders who used the stories of their own success to inspire and encourage women, and men, to always go after their dreams to make sure they could happen of their own will.

“It was really amazing seeing these women who are so inspiring and being able to use the words of wisdom they gave us in order to pursue our own goals, it was just all around inspirational,” said Kelly Lappin, a senior who attended the event.

The two-hour event was packed with endless pointers, tips and tricks, and knowledge about gaining confidence as women entering the real world as well as clearly stating the inequalities and situations women may face as they come into their careers, where, most of which, is dominated by men.

Megan Morgan urged that women become stronger and more aware of how amazing their skills and abilities are so that they can stay true to themselves and know their personal worth. While Betsy Peck advised that we keep track of all women do for their jobs, otherwise known as a Success Inventory, tasks that women have achieved that are worth commemorating so that we can see how much women are capable of. And, Susie Craig, said that women in the world should stick together and hold each other up instead of trying to tear each other down.

The panel also highlighted some of the traits that successful leaders will show once they enter the world — among them was being held accountable for one’s own actions, staying dependable and remaining honest at all times. Leaders know what they want and find any possible way to go about getting it, leaders follow their dreams until they achieve it and leaders know how much what they do means to both themselves and the world.

The Women in Business Panel was a perfect way to get these messages out to the female students, especially, who needed to hear their words of wisdom.

Check out more photos from the event, here.

Course Conversations with Dr. Rebecca Mikesell

By: Christina Brannon

Dr. Mikesell graduated from Illinois State University with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. She then attended Ohio University for her Ph.D. in interpersonal communication.  She joined The University of Scranton Communication Department in 1994 and went on to be the director for the Basic Speech course a year later.  Dr. Mikesell is also a member of the Faculty Senate on campus.

While she teaches many communications courses, she let me in on her personal favorite. It might come without surprise that her course of choice is her Ph.D. area of expertise, “Interpersonal Communication,” which is a 100-level course that is a communication elective.

The course catalog describes it as “an investigation and analysis of the process and nature of human communication and its intrapersonal and interpersonal attributes.” However, Dr. Mikesell sheds light on how this course extends far beyond the classroom.

“It is applicable to your everyday life,” she said. “We all engage in interpersonal communication every day. This course can help students with relationship development, like romantic relationships, friendships and coworker relationships.”

We’ve all been in situations before where we can’t quite interpret a text from a significant other or a cryptic social media posting from a friend. Often, situations like these leave you wondering how to respond. By putting a scientific spin on an everyday part of life, this course takes much of the guesswork out of effective communication. This course helps to analyze the aspects of interpersonal communication that can make relationship management less of a hassle.

In this course, you can learn how to analyze and label certain aspects of communication that can make you a more effective communicator. It fuses theory and research in a way that is both informative and engaging.

This course is currently offered every other year, but now it is a designated social science course.



Royal Signers Club Hosts Silent Simulation

By: Christina Brannon

The University of Scranton Programming Board and the Royal Signers (the American Sign Language club) put on a Silent Simulation event that brought awareness to the experiences of those in the deaf community. The event featured several activities that immerse hearing individuals in everyday occurrences for deaf people.

Club President, Jordan Thomas, began the event with an Irish blessing for the moderator, Rebecca Haggerty. Following the blessing, the Royal Signers performed “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw in sign language. This song is a message of hope and kindness, even when life presents mountains of difficulty.

The keynote speakers for the evening, Lisa and Andrew Lopatofsky, then shared their story and experiences with deafness. The Lopatofskys are the parents of two (soon-to-be three) daughters, Michaela, 4, and Lexi, 2. Both Michaela and Lexi have the most severe type of Ushers syndrome, and Michaela attends the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Ushers syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes severe deafness and vision loss. Both girls are bilaterally implanted with Cochlear Implants, but still have their vision intact. The Lopatofsky’s third child is also expected to have severe hearing loss due to this dominant recessive genetic condition.

While to most people this disease would come as a life-altering setback, the Lopatofskys prove that it is possible to stay positive even in the most difficult of situations. Tim McGraw, in “Humble and Kind,” sings the line, “Bitterness keeps you from flying,” and the Lopatofskys illustrate just how to soar through setbacks with hope.

The evening also featured a fact or fiction quiz on deafness. Participants answered by holding up contrasting color glow sticks, so questions could be answered without words. As the night came to a close, the final event let the participants visit four stations, one on lip reading, one on levels of hearing, one on vocabulary and one on snacks.

“These stations featured several vocabulary words and immersion into common items the deaf community face regularly. The event had a greater than expected turn out with an active audience and thorough questions,” Thomas said.

Spring 2018 Career Expo Prepares Students for Success

By: Christina Brannon

This spring’s Career Expo, hosted by the Center for Career Development, was an event for all students and alumni in any major or field.  It was an opportunity to discover potential full-time jobs or internships and to interact with representatives from professional and graduate schools.

More than 100 organizations and institutions were present, including Allied Services, Commonwealth Financial System, Enterprise and the American Student Dental Association.

Confident, poised andprofessional, students came to secure future full-time jobs, while others came to gain experience and aptitude in a quasi-interview setting.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to find many organizations all in one spot. It’s easy to network,” said Kerim Kerimoglu, Class of 2020 and representative for the American Student Dental Association.

Kerimoglu’s classmate Babak Alipour is also a representative for the American Student Dental Association.

“All of the opportunities here can really kick-start careers,” saidAlipour.

Preparation is a key component to a successful future. The Career Exposition here at Scranton highlight the importance of setting yourself up for success through confidence, practice and professionalism.

Compassion for Animals Club Volunteers at True Friends Animal Welfare Center

By: Christina Brannon

The Compassion for Animals Club recently volunteered at True Friends in Montrose. Members braved a few inches of snow as they took turns walking the dogs, giving out treats and giving much-needed playtime to the cats.

The club chose to travel to True Friends because it is a nonprofit and no-kill shelter that serves as a refuge for animals in need. Although this shelter is unfunded, the work it does is parallel to shelters with many more resources. True Friends has adopted out 3,500 animals since 2011 and saved 130 animals from kill shelters since 2016. Their mission is to bring together a united community to protect the lives of homeless animals and to place as many of our animal friends as possible into loving and compassionate homes.

Not only do they work to find animals loving homes, they also have a spay and neuter program, as well as a lost and found pet program. True Friends Animal Welfare Center gives all animals a second chance at the life of love they deserve. The dedicated shelter staff proves that although you certainly can’t buy love, you can always adopt it.

“It was a great way to spend my Saturday. I love that the club has service opportunities like this, where the members can spread love to animals who need it most and actually make a difference,” said Elizabeth Kugler, club secretary.

To visit, adopt, volunteer or donate, head to https://www.truefriendsawc.com/about-us/. If you would like to join the Compassion for Animals Club on campus, sign up on RoyalSync or email club president, Christina Brannon, at Christina.Brannon@scranton.edu.



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