Advice for #Royals2023

We asked our Instagram followers for move-in day advice for the class of 2023! Here’s what they said:

Get to know everyone in your dorm. These people turn into family.

Keep your door open while you’re setting up so you can meet your dorm-mates!!

Wear something comfortable and bring a fan for sure!

Commuters – there’s tons of stuff going on on-campus. Don’t miss out!

Just relax and breathe! Everything will be fine <3 I wish I was moving in again!

Pack snacks!!!

Cherish every moment. You’ll wish you can go back to this day for the rest of your life.

You don’t need a lot of hands on deck because the move-in volunteers help you! #ROYALS

Give your parents a big hug! This is a hard day for them.

Take a deep breath! It’s ok to be nervous!

Take a family selfie before your parents leave!

Get out and about on campus! Attend the events and meet your new friends!

Enjoy it! 4 years flies by quick!

Learn something new everyday.

Give your parents a hug and thank them!

Enjoy every second! Next year you’re moving yourself in.

Go to the Mass!

Pack things in plastic stackable bins! Keeps you organized and makes packing up easier in May.

Embrace all new things!

Eat with your roomie on night 1! Then walk around together to find your classrooms.

Be yourself.

Label everything and let the purple people do all the work!

Bring shower shoes!

Bring a fan and pack light!

Don’t sweat the small stuff! It’s such a fun and exciting day, so be present and take it all in <3

Wear comfy clothes! It’ll be hot and there’s a lot to do.

Make your bed first!!

Enjoy it. Let your parents take the pics.

Work hard.

HYDRATE! And make sure parents don’t do any heavy lifting! They got you this far!

Relax and have fun! Freshman year flies by!

Ask your floor mates to get a meal! I can guarantee they will be relieved.

Cherish every second. It happens only once.

Don’t forget wall decoration!

You don’t need nearly as much stuff as you think.

Bring extension cords! Not all of your stuff will reach where you need it to.

Set up your bed and fans first!!!

Keep your door open when in your room for the first week to meet your floor mates.

Bring clothes already on hangers in a garbage bag for easy unpacking!

Look up where your classrooms/buildings are before heading out the first day.

Be excited for the best four years of your life!

The maintenance staff is the best! Be sure to say hi!

Those you meet on your freshman dorm floor become your lifelong friends. #DayOnes

Label everything.

Move your furniture before you unpack!

Go to the events that OAs, Res Life, and USPB have planned! You’ll make so many friends!!

Try not to stress about your room being perfect and hug your parents goodbye!

Bring scissors and tape for help opening or closing boxes!

Don’t be afraid to go and see your floor mates just to say hi! 

This is the first day of many, you have a long time to figure everything out. Don’t stress!



Men and Women for Octaves Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Men and Women for Octaves, the a cappella club on campus, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Both groups in the club, the Octaves and Royal Harmony, spend each semester learning a variety of songs to perform at their concert at the end of the semester.  The groups also perform at various events on and off campus.  Over the years, dozens of Royals have become part of the Men and Women for Octaves family.

After 10 years of countless rehearsals, performances, bonding and service activities, the club has gained a reputation for being a dedicated, talented group that brings uplifting entertainment to many events!

Dr. Michael Friedman is the moderator of the club, as well as a member of the Octaves, and has been with the club since its start.  We reached out to Dr. Friedman to learn more about the club and how it has changed over the past 10 years.

How did a cappella get started at Scranton?

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Pet Therapy – Canines on Campus

Tuesday, April 30 might have been the happiest day of the semester…Pet Therapy Day! Students had the opportunity to bring their dogs to the Dionne Green to visit with fellow Royals!

“It’s so fun to see everyone get so excited!” Cory Freivald ’20 said.

Pet Therapy – Canines on Campus is an event held by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice.  The purpose of the event is to provide stress relief to students and give them an opportunity to relax before dead week and finals.

“It comes at a great time because everyone starts to really miss their pets at the end of the semester,” Katherine Melilli ’20 said.

Dozens of Royals gathered on the green to meet all the dogs, take photos with them, and enjoy some time without worrying about the stress of upcoming final exams.

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PRSSA’s Organ Donation Awareness

Did you know that one organ donor can save up to eight lives?

The University of Scranton’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter hosted an event called “Save Eight” on Thursday, April 25.  The goal of this event was to raise awareness for organ donation.

PRSSA has been working on putting this event together since the start of the semester.  Members have been researching organ donation, planning the event and coming up with ideas to publicize for the event.

“I love that the brilliant members in PRSSA planned, managed and executed an amazing event,” PRSSA member Gabriella Basile said.  “Our event was to raise awareness for organ donation — the myths and facts and to get students, faculty and staff to register to become donors.”

Over 160 Royals gathered on the DeNaples patio to learn about organ donation, play games and eat. In addition, 24 people registered to be organ donors at the event.

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Easter Basket Drive

Campus Ministries ran an Easter Basket Drive throughout the end of February and beginning of April. The University of Scranton community was invited to make an Easter Basket for a child in need, wrap it in cellophane and drop it off in Campus Ministries’ Center for Service & Social Justice.

Campus Ministries outlined what should be included in the basket, which included chocolate bunnies, wrapped candies and toys.

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Service in Scranton

During our years at The University of Scranton, the city and campus become our home away from home. Service and volunteer work give us an opportunity to give back to the community that has grown to mean so much to us.

Some volunteer opportunities are:

Adopt a Boxer Rescue was “formed to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs.” Volunteers are needed to man booths at adoption events and transporting dogs as well as dog walking. Contact: Dawn Karam, or 1-877-570-0360.

The Arc of Northeastern PA: Dedicated to securing for each individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to realize personal dreams through choice in how one lives, learns, works and enjoys life. Recreational Aides needed on Thursday evenings from
6-8:30 pm. Contact: Mari Pizur, 570-207-0825 or

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Voluntary Action Center has ongoing volunteer opportunities for men and women to become a mentor for children facing adversity. Become part of a strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationship that can positively change a child’s life forever. Clearances necessary and training provided.  Contact or call 570-347-5616

Friends of the Poor – Volunteer driver to pick up donation at the grocery store, one morning a week, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Receive men’s clothing donations, one morning or afternoon a week, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Sister Ann Walsh, 570-348-4429 or

University of Scranton Center for Service & Social Justice –  End of the Year Drive collects all the items that students would normally discard at the end of the academic year.  A team of more than 20 underclassmen undertake the effort to collect, sort and distribute the donations, volunteering to stay on campus after final exams.  Donations are given to area agencies in need such as Friends of the Poor, Community Invention Center, Leahy Family Center, and Safety Net. Boxes will placed in all residence halls, in additional to the parking garage stairwells and several academic buildings.  Register on Royal Sync

More service opportunities can be found here.