April 20

Everyone loves a Ball Roll! (Or is it just us here at The University of Scranton?!) Check out coverage of the event below.

Also, Earth Week is upon us! The University is hosting many events and activities this week to bring about ecological awareness and promote sustainability. To see a list of events for the week, click hereand read on to see how our Scranton community got involved this past week to better our world.

And, as always, check out photos on our Flickr page.

Great Commons Ball Roll

By: Jessica Perillo

The annual Great Commons Ball Roll took place yesterday at the University.

The Commons was filled with music as our Scranton community came together to support Campus Ministries’ International Service Program (ISP). Students, faculty and staff watched as 5,000 tennis balls were dumped out of a truck and raced down the Commons. The first 170 balls to reach the bottom earned those who bought them special prizes.

“This ongoing tradition is a great chance for our Scranton community to come together while also supporting ISP. A tremendous amount of the overall fundraising for the trip is raised through ball roll sales,” said Jimmy Buckley ’17, peer facilitator for this year’s service trip to Belize.

The Ball Roll, which occurs annually,  has been a tradition for the International Service Program to raise money for the various service trips that students embark on each summer.

“The ISP Ball Roll is one of the biggest fundraisers and everyone gets so excited for it. The overall meaning behind it knowing that all the money goes toward these countries makes it 10 times better for all participants,” said Meghan Kerr ’17.

See more photos here.

Congrats to the Ball Roll winners and safe travels to ISP participants!

USPB Coffeehouse: Emily Hackett

By: Jessica Perillo and Michele Schulmeister

Students, faculty and staff welcomed acoustic singer Emily Hackett to campus on Thursday night as she performed as part of the University of Scranton Programming Board’s (USPB) Coffeehouse event.

Hackett filled late night on the first floor of The DeNaples Center with some of her favorite covers and live music.

“Students always have a fun time listening to the musical performers that we bring to campus. Emily Hackett brought energy and great live music to late night,” said Jenna Bruchalski ’17, a member of the senior programming committee for USPB.

Liva Presents “GREASE”

By: Michele Schulmeister

“Grease” was the word this past weekend! After rehearsing for almost the entire semester, Liva Arts Company presented their own rendition of “Grease.”

When it comes to choosing which musical to perform, members of Liva have to take a lot into consideration, including what the director and students are interested in and the limitations they face because of their small stage in Elm Park Church.

Father Ron McKinney, S.J., is the moderator of Liva and revealed that he was given the opportunity to make a small cameo appearance in this year’s production.

“It made me realize all the more how extraordinarily difficult it is for them to memorize all their lines, music and lyrics, and dance choreography,” said Fr. McKinney. “I also got to see more closely how talented and dedicated the seniors are in this production: Andrea Marano, Johnathan MacNamee, and Jessica Lavery, in particular.”

Earth Week Festivities

By: Jessica Perillo and Michele Schulmeister

Over the past few weeks, students, faculty and staff have participated in many events and activities for Earth Day. See photos here.

Sustainability Symposium

Last week, our community discussed  the theme “Climate Change, A Time For Change” at the Spring Sustainability Symposium. Issues discussed at the event included composting at an urban campus, plant propagation, Royal Community Garden, fossil fuel divestment, Sustainability Club efforts, and Student Government involvement in sustainability on campus.

The keynote presentation included many examples of campus sustainable activities, technologies and practices, such as LEED buildings, water conservation, recycling, LED lighting, energy wheels, native plants, bike share, car share, and events.

Initiatives that have already made Scranton a more sustainable campus?  Filtered water bottle filler fountains, the Royal Community Garden, the campus plant identification Project and an increased number of bikes for the Bike Share program, said Mark Murphy, director of Sustainability at the University.

Environmental Art Show

The Environmental Art Show in the Library opened to the public last week and will stay open until this Friday, April 22. You’ll find different types of artwork, such as photography, paintings, mixed media and a sculpture. All University of Scranton students, staff and faculty were able to submit their work to the art show.

“My favorite aspect of the art show is seeing the various interpretations of the environment that different people have. Environmental Artwork can help you to see the world we live in through someone else’s eyes. I think that’s pretty amazing!” said George Aulisio, outreach coordinator of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Street Sweep

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff volunteered to clean up the surrounding area of campus during the semi-annual Street Sweep. From planting flowers in the downtown area to picking up litter at Nay Aug Park, students helped to clean up our community.

“Helping to clean up the surrounding community was a great experience. I love Scranton and it was nice to be able to give back,” said Caroline Korz ’17.

See more photos here!






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