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USPB Comedy Event: Priyanka Wali

On Wednesday, April 1o, USPB presented doctor and breakout comedian Priyanka Wali. This was USPB’s last comedy event of the school year.

Wali, from San Francisco, has been featured on The Today Show, Cosmopolitan and Healthline, among others. She was also named by Refinery29 as one of the “50 Female Stand-Up Comedians You Need to Know.” And if that’s not enough, she’s also the only American Indian female comedian who practices Internal Medicine.

After her show on Wednesday, however, she makes a strong case that laughter may very well be the best medicine.

“This performance was definitely a highlight of my week. I had so many exams and papers, but it was refreshing to laugh nonstop for an hour,” Maveli Espitia ’20 said.

Her stand-up focuses on life as a woman, an Indian-American, the child of immigrant parents, and a scientist in America.

To find out more about the USPB events going on for the rest of the semester, click here.

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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Roommates by Chance, Best Friends by Choice

Emily Errickson and Katherine Manna probably didn’t think that The University of Scranton Class of 2019 Facebook page would give a lifelong friendship bond.

But it did.

“I messaged Katherine and said ‘We should be roommates, or just friends, depending on if you definitely come to Scranton or not’ and we were in contact back in forth for a while until we both decided to come to Scranton. Then we decided to be roommates! We even ended up going to the same orientation session, where we could finally meet. And the rest is history!” Errickson said.

Of course, being friends and living together does not always work in everyone’s favor, but Errickson and Manna seem to have perfected that delicate balance.

“It was never even an option not to live together…we built our friendship on living with each other,” Manna said.

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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, dawn@adoptaboxerrescue.com 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 mpizur@thearcnepa.org

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 kcross@vacnepa.org 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 friendsofthepoor.pa@gmail.com

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.


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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