Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mohammed

Dr. Sufyan Mohammed is an Associate Professor who teaches public relations and social media strategies at the University of Scranton.  This semester, Dr. Mohammed created an events management class.  Together, the class is working to plan and implement a social media conference that will take place at the end of the semester.  We sat down with Dr. Mohammed to find out more about the course.

Why did you want to start the events management class?

Events are a big part of public relations.  We don’t teach events and many students end up working at some level of events if they go into PR.  Normally, I like to teach one section of public relations agency once a year, but I haven’t been able to do that for a couple of years because I was busy with teaching other classes.  I had quite a few students ask me about it, and I had an idea to create an event, the social media conference, so I thought I could put them both together, and that’s why I decided to put together the events class.

Why a social media conference?

From a PR marketing perspective, there is no university in our surrounding area that sort of has a brand connected to social media or teaching social media through a social media program.  So if you go and look at social media programs around this area, there’s no one university that really stands out.

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Being Environmentally Friendly on Campus

April 22, is Earth Day! Earth Day is meant to be a reminder to take care of the planet and to inspire others to do what is right for the environment.

There are plenty of ways you can be environmentally friendly on campus!

Recycle

Every building on campus has separate bins for trash, plastic and cardboard.  Separate plastic and cardboard from your trash, and be sure to recycle them accordingly.  On average, plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose.  That means when a plastic bottle ends up in the trash, it’s sitting in a landfill for 450 years.  Recycling is an easy way to prevent this and help the earth stay clean!

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Gaining (Paid) Experience

Finding a summer internship can be hard enough before financials get involved.  Many companies are unable to provide a salary or stipend for their summer internships.  The University of Scranton offers a selective opportunity that gives stipends to undergraduate students with internships that do not provide any salary or stipend.

The Royal Experience Internship Program is available to all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, and gives students the opportunity to receive a stipend of up to $4,000.

Senior Mark Miller applied to the program in 2017 for his internship at Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

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Scranton’s Got Talent

Scranton’s Got Talent, Scranton’s biggest talent show, took place on Friday, March 29.  Students showcased their talents, ranging from comedy and singing to dancing and limbo!

Royals filled the Moskovitz theatre at 9 p.m. to see the performances.  The night opened with stand-up comedy from Jake Ratowski.  Next up was a performance of “Rise Up” by Grace Dickson and Zack Richard.  Then was Scranton’s Got Swag, a dance group consisting of members of Urban Beats Crew. Following them was an original song by Giancarlo Ponticello.  During intermission, Scranton’s female a cappella group, Royal Harmony, performed “Million Reasons.”

After intermission, the crowd was ready for part two.  Stas Postowski opened with a stand-up routine.  Next was Jamie Greene singing “All I Ask.”  Then, Marisa Guardino got the crowd involved with a limbo competition. Next, Ted Felix performed an original song.  The night ended with a stand-up routine from Yusuf Qadri.

While the judges were choosing a winner, the host of the evening, Jason Galarza, returned to the stage dressed as Freddie Mercury, and got the crowd involved with a performance of “We Will Rock You.”

The night resulted in Marisa coming in second place with her limbo competition, and Stas coming in first with his stand-up routine. Congratulations to all who participated!

#USgrad19: Kailey Medzadourian

Kailey Medzadourian is a senior from Township of Washington, New Jersey. Her major is strategic communications with a concentration in public relations and she has a minor in writing. She has worked as a Writing Consultant at the CTLE Writing Center for three years and is a member of PRSSA.

What were your expectations about college before coming to Scranton, and how have they changed or stayed the same after being here?

My expectations were set extremely high before coming to Scranton. I had attended an all-girls Catholic high school and I didn’t love it, so I was more than ready for a change. The reason I chose to attend Scranton was that it immediately felt like home when I visited on Accepted Students Day. Thankfully, that feeling of comfort has only grown since my first year and I could never imagine going to college elsewhere.

What is your favorite thing about Scranton?

I have so many favorite things about The University of Scranton, I could never choose just one. I love how comfortable and happy I feel here, I love all the different friends I’ve made along the way and I’m super thankful for all the professors I’ve had over the past four years. I changed my major four times before finding my perfect fit with PR, and I owe it all to them.

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Coffeehouse Committee Member Victoria Pardi Talks USPB Open Mic Night

On Thursday, March 28, USPB hosted an Open Mic Night on first floor DeNaples.  Students and faculty signed up throughout the week.  USPB provided food, and free stickers and water bottles.  The Coffeehouse Committee: Victoria Pardi, Zoe Rodriguez, Carly Kreitzer and Deanna Leicht, organized a successful, fun night for the Scranton community.  We reached out to Victoria Pardi to find out more about the event.

What inspired having an open mic night?

This year the Coffeehouse Committee of USPB was excited to have students perform at Open Mic Night after having a successful Open Mic Night last school year.  We wanted to be able to give students the ability to showcase their talents and I think that we were able to provide that.

What was your favorite part of the night?

Personally, my favorite part of the night was being able to see all of the student performers on stage expressing themselves and showing their many talents from singing to playing different instruments, such as the guitar and the ukulele, we even had a student recite a poem she had written! Another highlight of the night was being able to give a karaoke machine away to one of our performers. Hui Chuan was so excited to win the karaoke machine, and when she gave me and my co-chair Zoe Rodriguez a hug I realized that many people do appreciate what USPB does for the campus community.

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