International Thanksgiving

As we approach our Thanksgiving break it’s the perfect time to take a step back and reflect on what we are thankful for as well as take a much-needed rest from the daily stresses of writing papers, studying for exams and preparing for the upcoming week of getting ready for finals.

While most students will return home, one group of students  — our international students — won’t. We asked some of our international students how they plan to celebrate the holiday:

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Honoring the Veterans

On Friday, members of The University of Scranton community gathered together on the “Field of Flags” to pray for the veterans who have fought or are fighting for our country. The heartwarming prayer service took place at the Commons Flag Terrace near the “Field of Flags” on the Founders Green to commemorate and show the University’s gratitude and appreciation for the service of those who have served in the military.

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Artist Spotlight: Here and There, Now and Then

Helen Evanchik is a native of New York and received her art training at the Cooper Union. Evanchik has been a part of a range of regional and national exhibitions.

Take one step into the Hope Horn Gallery on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall and you can see the en plein air technique that Evanchik is most known for- the French term (literally meaning “outdoors”) means the artist works outside in nature to create her paintings. Evanchik often paints landscape scenes of Long Island or Pennsylvania, stop by and see if you can recognize any of the locations.

“Her technique and style are apparent and I think she knew how to accurately and beautifully capture the many different scenes,” says Nicole Borrelli, ’18, who had to attend the gallery for her art history class.

Haven’t visited the Hope Horn Gallery yet? Don’t worry, the exhibit will be there until Nov. 17.


Center Yourself: Mindfulness Meditation

The 30-minute Mindfulness Meditation class is hosted by the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) and takes place on the third floor of the Weinberg Library. These classes provide those who attend the fundamentals of Mindfulness Meditation-a practice that has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and to improve well -being.

“Many of us — students, faculty and staff — experience stress and anxiety in our fast-paced, busy lives. So practicing mindfulness can give us a tool to calm down and find some peace and, in that peace, reenergize and cope with our stress and have more energy for what we want to do in our lives,” said Cathy Mascelli, assistant director for CHEW.

Meditation allows us to feel an increased awareness of body sensations, thoughts and emotions and a reduction in stress. This relaxing routine is thought to enhance the participant’s ability to recognize and respond to the many different stresses we may undergo in our day-to-day lives. Through meditation and awareness exercises, the class explores the practical time-proven approach to living fully in the present moment.

“For mindfulness, in general, it has the ability to help with reducing anxiety, depression and emotional and physical pain,” said Lisa Rigau, Mindfulness Meditation teacher. “It’s great for memory and attention and allows us to focus on our thoughts and emotions. We can have a better sense of why we’re doing things and can make better decisions. It’s really about the presence in each moment so that we can speak with clarity, treat people with compassion and, in itself, reduce stress.”

To learn more about Mindfulness Meditation, visit CHEW’s page.

Miss this class? Check out the events’ calendar for the next one.


Student Club Spotlight: PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has a local chapter here at The University of Scranton, the club is headed by president, Kelly Lappin, and vice president, Dania El-Ghazal. The objective of PRSSA is to enhance the education of public relations professionals (although the club is open to any major or concentration) through real public relations work and cases, as well as broaden the students’ professional network and aid in launching careers post-graduation. PRSSA helps to develop superior leadership abilities among its members as well as create more engaged and professional public relations students. This club helps to foster community engagement and create service-minded individuals.

“I originally joined PRSSA to have real-world experience in public relations. After three years of PRSSA, I found that it was one of my best choices in my Scranton career,” said Kelly Lappin, ’18, president of PRSSA. “Last year I was given the opportunity to become president of PRSSA and I decided this was my chance to help others find their calling in the communication world,”

PRSSA has done a multitude of cases and volunteer work with The University of Scranton. For example, last year PRSSA hosted “Happiness Week” which was centered on the mission of eliminating the negative stigma associated with mental health as well as garnering awareness to mental health issues.

This year, PRSSA is working alongside the Leahy Clinic to help with marketing, advertising and branding of the clinic in order to reach out to a wider range of audiences and gather attention for the work that the clinic does for, not only the University but, for the local Scranton community. PRSSA is also currently working on the Bateman Case Study in preparation for the presentation of their findings at the national conference held each year.

For more information about PRSSA, visit their page.

Oct. 30: A Sunday in the Life of Dr. George Gomez

Who is Dr. George Gomez – in his words?

At Scranton, I run a pretty busy laboratory that currently has 10 research students (8 who are in the honors program). I also teach courses that have laboratories where students do independent research projects. This means that a lot of my time at school is spent mentoring both my course students and my research students. My wife and I also participate in the University’s performance music ensembles, so our Monday and Thursday nights are taken up by rehearsals for the University Singers, while her Tuesday night is taken up by rehearsals for the String Orchestra. My wife also plays with the Wyoming Seminary Civic Symphony Orchestra, which takes up her Sunday evenings.

A (Busy) Day Off:

My wife and dedicate Sundays as a day for ourselves. However, we never keep a regular activity schedule. Many weekends are spent with my mother-in-law (who lives in Chester County) so on the Sundays we are there, we run on her schedule. It’s also a three-hour trip back to northeast Pennsylvania, so we allocate travel time for that. Sometimes we visit my sister who lives in New York City or plan a short weekend getaway. On occasion, I have to come to work on a Sunday to do some research-related activities, or prepare for laboratory for the coming week. Continue reading