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April 12

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Why D3: Celebrating D3 Week

By: Kelly Lappin
Last week, The University of Scranton celebrated Division III Week. Student-athletes shared why they love their sports, school and division.

“A D3 athlete means being a student-athlete. The word student comes before athlete showing how academics carry more importance than athletics,” said Nick Denniston, a junior on the men’s swim team, “Obviously while competing, we all want to win just as bad as a Division I or Division II athlete, but we also understand that we are at school to earn a degree and better ourselves as individuals”

Randy Shemanski, the athletics communications manager, also gave us his thoughts on Division III week and what it means to him, for others and the impact of athletics:

What does D3 week mean to you?
“To me, D3 Week is a chance to celebrate everything our nearly 400 student-athletes do in their sports, in the classroom and in the community. We often get caught up in the wins and losses, so it’s definitely important to understand that there’s more to being a student-athlete at the NCAA Division III than just the competition.”

How does athletics impact the University of Scranton?
“I think it gives our students something to take pride in and a sense of identity that builds on the outstanding academic reputation of the University. It shows that our students are able to be successful in many different avenues of life.”

Why is the University of Scranton athletics special?
“I think the sense of family and commitment to a common goal that everyone in University of Scranton athletics shares is extremely special. We have been working hard to build a culture around The Royal Way, and our student-athletes, coaches and staff have all embraced the ideals within The Royal Way and are working hard to make them a part of everyday life, both inside and outside of athletics.”

To learn more about the University of Scranton’s athletics check out their website, here, and see their photos with Iggy, here.

Prepare for the Future with the Center for Career Development

By: Kayla Johnson
It’s about that time, students. Time to find a job or an internship! So we did some research for you. We reached out to Chris Whitney, director for the Center for Career Development, to ask what students should do when searching for and applying to jobs, as well what online resources the center has for students to practice for interviews and find job postings.

Here are some of Chris Whitney’s job-hunting tips:

  •  Go to your network, all the people you know- family, friends, and alumni. Anyone they know is a helpful source for finding jobs.
  •  Start sooner rather than later because no one wants to be panicking in June.

We also delved into the importance of sites like Big Interview and Vault.com when it comes to a shift from in-person interactions to online interviews. Here’s what Whitney had to say:

Big interview is an online mock interview program. Students need to become more familiar with the online interview. Companies, in order to save money, have started using the online setting for first and second round interviews. It gives students the chance to practice and become more comfortable with sitting down in front of a computer and helps them notice things they may have never seen before – like if they say “um”, get really red, or play with their hair. They can also send their interview out to get reviewed by anyone they want- alumni mentors, professors, or a career services coach.”

And, this is what she had to say for the resource, Vault.com:

“It’s an online career library where you can get all sorts of info about an industry or company. Also, it has information about the careers a student could be interested in and job-postings. It’s a great place to prepare for interviews.”

To find out more or try out these resources check out the Center for Career Development’s website, here.

Get Ready for Earth Day

By: Kelly Lappin

As we get closer to Earth Day, there are more and more events related to sustainability. Check out the list below to plan how you’ll get involved. Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day every day!

Earth Day Events:

April 7 – Electric City Bike Event – Courthouse Square, 5-8 p.m.

         Students enjoyed a chance to explore the local downtown area while riding on bikes!

April 18-23 – Environmental Art Show – WML

Come enjoy a taste of culture and enjoy art centered around the environment!

April 18 – Earth Day Fair – DNP patio – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

         Find out more about the earth you live on and how you can make a difference.

April 20 – Evening of Environmental Science – LSC – 6-8 p.m.

         Learn more about the environment and discuss changes that can be made for the better!


April 22 – Street Sweep – Hill Section, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

         The hill section of Scranton gets a makeover when students join together to clean up!

April 29-30 – Used Book Sale – WML

Make a change in the world by buying used books and saving paper!

April 29 – Kayak Trip to Susquehanna River

         Sign up on 2nd Floor DeNaples on April 12th from 12 p.m. – 2p.m.

Get the details and more info, here.

A Bucket List

We asked seniors what they want to accomplish before graduation. Here’s what they had to say. (Oh and also follow us on Snapchat at univofscranton!)

April 5

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

The 2017 Mr. and Miss Scranton are Crowned

By: Kelly Lappin

Students enjoyed a night filled with pizzazz and sparkle when they attended Mr. and Miss Scranton last Thursday! Contestants danced, sang and dazzled the audience with their many talents. Kyle Miller and Jessica Signore stole the title of Mr. and Miss Scranton, but all the contestants were amazing.

Contestant Alex Pinarreta said that he “liked the event because it allowed students to come out and showcase their talents, they gave the fans a chance to vote for who they wanted to win, and USPB ran a great show. I look forward to competing next year!”



Preview Day

By: Kelly Lappin








Saturday was Preview Day at The University of Scranton! Prospective students enjoyed touring the school and seeing what life at Scranton is like!











Gabe Ragusa, a prospective student, said that “the personalized experience at Scranton from day one is bar-none and lets everyone realize their own potential.”










Let’s go #Royals2021!

See more photos here.

Explore Art: Where Do Ideas Come From? by Lisa Fedon

By: Kayla Johnson
The Hope Horn Gallery, located on 4thfloor Hyland Hall, is hosting an art exhibit named “Where Do Ideas Come From?” by Lisa Fedon, who has worked as an artist in steel and bronze for 35 years. My favorite part of the exhibit is how Lisa Fedon managed to take the smallest and simplest things into an intricate piece of art.

The piece I liked best was the Gratitude Map USA — I could see the meaningfulness behind each piece that made up the map and it gave me the chance to reflect on what matters to me. Each piece had a story and a tale to tell and Fedon used her skill to interweave them beautifully within the states. It shows that everyone has something they want to share with the world — no matter how big or how small.

Check out the pieces from the exhibit, here.

Visit the exhibit, “Where Do Ideas Come From?” Find when you can go, here.

Find Who You Are: Identity Development Retreat

By: Kayla Johnson
This past weekend, the Multicultural Center hosted its first annual Identity Development Retreat at the Chapman Lake Retreat Center. The mission was to bring to life a reflective and eye-opening experience to University of Scranton students.

The retreat focused on principles of culture, prejudice, equality, and human dignity topped off with a viewing of “The Color of Friendship.” The Identity Development Retreat aimed to engage the students through these distinct and meaningful topics to help them grow and develop into globally, culturally and emotionally aware people who will become leaders of an international and universal society in the future.

Missed this retreat? See the full list of upcoming retreats, here.

March 29

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Middle States: A Self-Study

By: Kayla Johnson

You may have seen the flyer and gotten the emails, but you may not know exactly what Middle States is! Middle States is one of six regional accreditors within the United States. As stated on our website, “Although a voluntary practice, holding regional accreditation is a requirement for higher education institutions seeking to access federal student financial aid funding.” This is why it might be important to you! Read more about the Self-Study 2019, here, and come to an Open Forum about the self-study that is being held this coming Friday, Mar. 31, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

CAPTIONS: This week, students, faculty and staff were asked how they felt connected to the University community. They reflected on this question and answered on post-its as part of the collaborative campus process. 

Reactions to the Announcement of our New President, Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Just last week, the University announced that Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will be our new University president. You can read a Q&A with him here and see the press release here.

We asked students how they felt about it.







“I’m excited about the new president because I heard he did great things in the past and I think he’ll do a lot of good things now.” – Claire Mason, sophomore




“I think the new president is going to do great things.” – Melissa, senior

“I am beyond excited to have Pilarz as our new president, especially after all of the great things I’ve heard about him. All of my senior friends are jealous that they didn’t have time with Pilarz as our president.” -Josef Kampfe, a junior

“Father Quinn will be missed as the president, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how Rev. Pilarz will transition into his former leadership position here at the school. Everyone tells me how great of a person he is, I’m excited to meet him.” – Cameron Hughes, a junior

“Rev. Pilarz seems like an amazing leader and a great option as the new president for the University. I’m lucky enough to experience time here at the school with him as our president.” – Brianna Johnson, a sophomore

March 22

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Home Sweet Home

By: Kayla Johnson

lookoutAs much as I love being here at Scranton, this spring break could easily be described as “much-needed,” especially after the stress of midterm after midterm, paper after paper, and presentation after presentation. Unfortunately, I didn’t go on a nice vacation or travel anywhere exotic, but it was still a great time being home with friends and family who I hadn’t seen in a long time. There was a swirl of birthday celebrations, my sister (who turned 20), my cousin (who turned 5) and even my puppy (he’s one-year old now!). One of my best friends, Ismael, invited me to see the opening night for a dance ensemble he was a part of — I had never really seen him in action before, but I’m happy I had the time to go and see him perform at something he loved — not to mention he was an excellent dancer.

And, a trip home is never really complete without me seeing my friend of 15 years, George — this time he taught me how to master “Zombies” (it’s on Black Ops, I’m basically a pro now), while we recounted horror stories from high school. But, my absolute favorite part of the break was getting all of my friends together and visiting the Bethlehem Lookout — it’s this beautiful view of the city which is even better at night with the lights all around (trust me, the picture does not do it justice). But no matter what I did — kicking back on my couch, binge watching Netflix, or chilling out with my sisters, my mom and puppy — it was all I could have asked for in a break. It surely isn’t Cancun or Miami, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

California Dreaming

By: Kelly Lappin

spring break 1Scranton is my home away from home … but sometimes the infamous Scranton snow gets to be a little much when spring fever hits. Spring break comes just in time every year for a little break from the weather. This year, I flew six-and-a-half hours to find some sun in San Francisco, California. I had never been to California but I was quickly accustomed to the high sun in the sky and 70 degree weather.

My trip started out with venturing to Union Square where the notorious cable car turnaround was centered. The cable car was an amazing view of the city going up and down huge hills and taking me on my own personal tour of the city. I hopped off the cable car at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf for a boat tour and some delicious dungeness crab. The boat tour off of the Wharf took us underneath the Golden Gate bridge and past Alcatraz island. The views of the bridge were gorgeous. The day ended with decadent chocolate and ice cream from Ghirardelli Square. The next day was filled with beaches and hikes. The day started with walking to Baker’s Beach for some sun and beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After laying out in the sun for a couple of hours, Land’s End hiking trail was the next destination. The views of this hike was unbelievable. High above the the bay water, you can see the city, bridge, and views of Napa Valley. My time in San Francisco was amazing. I have always said that my home is in Scranton and my heart in New York City, but this trip has opened my eyes for another city I love.

Spring Break in Mexico City

By: Robert Bauer

mexico cityThis spring break, I traveled to Mexico City to visit my girlfriend. A five-hour flight allowed me to visit the city for the first time, and there was a lot for me to see. I visited the National Anthropology Museum, toured downtown, walked through Mexico City’s metropolitan cathedral, and trekked up a hill to see the Chapultepec Castle. I also shopped at various open bazaars, and I ate some delicious homemade and restaurant food. Other than authentic tacos and quesadillas, I had some of Mexico City’s best chilaquiles, seafood, crepes and desserts. The trip culminated in a visit to Acapulco where I stayed in a luxurious beach house overlooking the shore and west coast of Mexico. Overall, the best part of the trip was not visiting many amazing locations and eating delicious food, but instead being welcomed in by my girlfriend’s family. They gave me a new home away from home.

March 8

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Rest and Relaxation: Spring Break 2017

By: Kayla Johnson

The much-awaited spring break is right around the corner — whether it’s going home to see the family, taking a much-needed vacation to a different country or state, catching up on sleep or using the break for “me time,” no one can deny that  we all have to release some stress and take a nice breather from the pressures of school and exams.

“For me, it’s about getting to see my parents and grandparents. And, my puppy,” said Brianna Johnson, a sophomore at The University of Scranton. “It’s basically about getting to be back with my family after not seeing them for a while.”

It could also be a time spent with friends you haven’t seen in a long time, as one junior, said. “I finally get to see my closest friends from back home, our breaks never line up so I’m going to use this one to hang out with them and reconnect,” said Nicole Borrelli.

You may be at an exotic resort, on a sandy beach,  sitting on the front porch of your house, or on the couch in your best friend’s living room. Anywhere you are this spring break, it’s about making the most of your time and knowing that it’s time well-spent.

Stay Updated: Men and Women’s NCAA Tournament

By: Kayla Johnson

This past weekend, both the women and men basketball teams made amazing victories and played some thrilling games in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament. The Royals traveled to Williamstown where they played against Oswego State. They took a stunning victory home that night after the team overcame Oswego with a 19-point rally in the second half for a final 82-77 overtime victory with exceptional plays by senior, John Vitkus, and juniors, Ethan Danzig, Drew Schankweiler and Chris MCullough.
The second round of the NCAA tournament showed a valiant effort made by the men’s team, but they fell to Williams, a second mounting comeback not in the cards for them.

Hope lives on, however, with the women’s team, who made a memorable comeback in the first round of the NCAA tournament against the University of New England in the Long Center. Bridgette Mann, a sophomore guard, made a three-pointer in the last second of regulation, which brought the women’s team to a “come-from-behind” victory, winning 49-48, and advanced them to the second round. The team then played SUNY-Poly where four players scored in the double-figures and stayed in a lead for most of the game.

Led by Bridgette Man, Alexix Roman, Sarah Payonk, Denise Rizzo and Mackenzie Mason, the team scored points right off the bench and played a strong defense against the Wildcats, propelling them into the third round of the tournament, which will bring them to St. Louis for a Sweet 16 rematch with the No. 4 Tufts this coming Friday!! #GoRoyals!

The Hunger Banquet

By: Kelly Lappin

Last Thursday, students at The University of Scranton experienced a “Hunger Banquet” run by the Campus Ministries. Just as in real life, some of us are born into poverty as others into prosperity, students were randomly placed in where they sat and what they ate.

“The hunger banquet was an eye opening experience and really put into perspective how fortunate I am, but also how many opportunities I hate to give back to those in my community.” –Justine Plummer ‘18

Many students were surprised at their “Hunger Banquet” experience and hope to spread its eye- opening message to others.

Learn about the Campus Ministries and their upcoming events, here.

Craft Night Out

By: Robert Bauer

Last Saturday, Residence Life and the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) hosted the Late Night At Scranton event “Craft Night Out.” Nearly 300 participants got their craft on and decorated mason jars, painted pictures and tie-dyed t-shirts.

“The turnout for this event was phenomenal,” said Steven DePrimo ’18, one of the event organizers.

Learn more about the mission behind Late Night At Scranton, here.


Women’s Health Research Panel

By: Robert Bauer

Last Thursday, the women’s studies program and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs hosted a women’s health research panel, comprised of University faculty who work in women’s health on campus. Because “most medical research is done on men,” the discussion focused on important issues women face and the ongoing research to analyze and solve these problems.

“This talk shined a light on some things that aren’t really talked about a lot. Women’s studies, as they described, is very new in science, so I’m very excited about that and learning about all these things, especially having these professors in class. I know that they put a lot of work into it [their research]. I was very excited to see them all passionate about something that I share that passion with,” said Leah Colussi ’19, who is majoring in exercise science.

These topics included smoking relapse rates in women after childbirth, weight loss and gain in women, social and psychological influences on women’s health, and laws/policies affecting women. The panel was followed by questions from the audience and an interactive fair with several professors proving presentations of their work.

Learn more about the Women’s Studies program here.

March 1

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Ready for the Future: The Nursing Professional Development Conference

By: Kayla Johnson
Last Tuesday, The Career Center and Nursing Department collaborated together to bring the Nursing Professional Development Conference to the 72 seniors that are a part of the major. The conference was held in the Kane Forum of Leahy hall and was packed with current students, visiting alumni, and professional guest speakers. The all-day event covered what to do to enter the professional world after the seniors graduated, ranging from dining etiquette and dressing to impress to crafting your own personal brand to transition to profession. Guest speakers included recently graduated University of Scranton alumni as well as staff and professionals, including: Chris Whitney, Frank Gilmartin, Robert Shutt, Melissa Starace, Ed.D., and Catherine Lovecchio, Ph.D., RN. The event helped instruct the nursing students on how to conduct themselves during special dining events, what to wear when in a professional atmosphere, how to make the change into the professional world, and how to utilize the job search resources and much more.

“The Nursing Professional Development Conference was a great opportunity to interact with alumni and receive advice on how to best prepare for the NCLEX as well as tips on what to expect during job interviews,” said Mariah Wedul, a senior nursing major.

“Being back on the Scranton campus honestly rekindled my drive to bring the Jesuit values to my postgraduate life,” said Tricia Leavy ’16, a staff nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center, said of returning to The University of Scranton “The energy and love that spreads throughout campus even on the coldest days made me really miss Scranton. It was nice to come back to Scranton and know I’m still a part of Scranton’s story and Scranton is still a part of mine.”

Safe to say, the conference was a success, showing the senior nursing majors what the professional world has to offer and how to be properly prepared for it. The event is an important tool for the students to use in getting ready for the NCLEX and moving into their professional lives.

For more information about the Career Center, check out their page.

Check out photos from the event on our Flickr.

We Are The (Landmark Conference) Champions

By: Kayla Johnson

This past weekend, both the men and women’s basketball teams made history again: they became Landmark Conference Champions! After the championship games, I got in touch with the senior players from the teams, John Vitkus (pictured, left), Sarah Payonk (pictured, right) and Alexix Roman (pictured, bottom), and asked them about their time on the team and what it’s like to be Landmark champions:

RN: How does it feel to be Landmark Conference Champions?

JV: It’s amazing as a senior to capture a conference championship. That’s the goal for every senior going into their last season, your entire focus is getting to that championship game and bringing it home.

SP: It’s such an amazing feeling to end our conference play with a conference title.  I’m so grateful to my teammates for sending us out with a championship and am looking forward to what NCAAs holds for us.

AR: It feels great to be back-to-back Landmark champions. It ends senior year on a high note and we’re not done yet. We had a rocky road here but we made it.

RN: What is your favorite part about being on the team?

JV: My favorite part about being on the team is getting the opportunity to play at the college level. I have been fortunate enough to play with some great players and great friends through my four years.

SP: My favorite part about basketball is my teammates.  They make the season so fun, and I couldn’t be where I am without them.  Something that is unique about our team is that we are more than just teammates.  My teammates are also my 15 best friends which makes the wins and the memories so much more meaningful to me.

AR: My favorite part about the team is they are all my best friends. They are who I hangout with when we are not in season. I have made lifelong friends and lifelong memories that I will always cherish.

RN: What can you take away from having been on the basketball team?

JV: What I can take away from having been on the basketball team is that you’re going to have to work hard for the things you really want in life. A lot of people want those same things and it comes down to who really wants it more and who is going to make the extra effort and go out there and take it.

SP: There is a lot that I’ve learned from basketball over the years, and I can’t believe my career is coming to an end soon.  There are so many qualities that basketball has given me that I will take with me for the rest of my life.  It taught me how to be a good leader and how to work within a team.  So many things within the sport itself, from communication to hard work, are applicable in all aspects of life.  Being a student-athlete has also helped me become more organized and manage my time better.

AR: I take away family, tradition and the honor of being able to play at Scranton. It is a great school with a great reputation in basketball. We are always a high-caliber program with great players. I am lucky I got to play with such players and be coached by amazing coaches.

RN: Looking back, as a senior, what is your favorite memory from being on the team? Is it any different than when you first joined?

JV: My favorite memory from being on the team is all the conference championships we have won through the four years. Looking back on those games and the guys we won with is something I will always remember.

SP: It’s hard to pick one memory because there are so many great moments each season.  Obviously winning the Landmark Conference in 2014, 2016 and 2017 were great memories from my career.  The trips we went on to Daytona, Puerto Rico, and Las Vegas were also so fun and filled with so many memories.  I think the common thread in the many great moments of the season is the people, my teammates, which are what make it exciting.  It’s different than when I first joined because each year new memories are made that are just as great as the old ones.

AR: The team is different from when I joined. We had seven in my class now there’s just three of us. My favorite memories have been by far these past two seasons. We have won the Landmark and advanced to NCAAs. It’s such an amazing feeling when you play in the NCAAs in front of so many people.

Royals Welcome Lent

By: Kelly Lappin

The season of Lent has arrived again but not without the infamous on-campus “Fat Tuesday.” Students milled about on second floor DeNaples and enjoyed tasting a chocolate fountain with many treats. In the midst of this chocolate-overload, students shared what they were giving up for Lent and why they chose such things.

Dan O’Reilly- Junior

            “I’m giving up social media. I want to focus on what’s important in my life-faith and my priorities.”

Molly Smith- Senior

            “Instead of giving up something, I am writing three good things that happen each day. Then every Sunday I am going to reflect on what happened each week.”

Emily Calderone- Junior

            “I want to work out more instead of giving up something.”

Rebecca Wagner- Junior

            “I want to give up juice. Lent is about challenging yourself and going without something you have. You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. You need to appreciate all that you have.”

Stephanie Latorre- Senior

            “I’m not giving up anything for Lent, instead I want to focus on going to the gym more.”

Tim Quigley- Freshmen

            “I eat a lot of candy so for Lent I want to try to cut back on how much I have.”

Looks like many of the Royals are ready to get healthy and improve themselves physically and spiritually! Read more about what’s happening around Lent on campus: http://ow.ly/3fjN309iq6L

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