Sept. 27: Reflection from Family Weekend, Plus Theatre Review and Campus Safety Tips

The University Players Present: ‘The Glass Menagerie’

By: Jessica D’Aquila

The University of Scranton Players’ performance of Tennessee Williams’ classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” had a successful opening this past Friday with performances continuing through Saturday and Sunday of Family Weekend. Set in 1937 St. Louis,”The Glass Menagerie” tells the story of the Wingfield family through brother Tom’s memories of his mother Amanda, a Southern belle whose husband’s disappearance has left the family in a fragile state, and his sister Laura in their pursuits to find her a gentleman caller to finally appease their mother’s wishes. The University Players’ performance featured Conor Hurley ’18 as Tom Wingfield, Ali Basalyga ’19 as Amanda Wingfield, Victoria Pennington ’19 as Laura Wingfield, and Nick Gangone ’19 as Jim O’Connor, the gentleman caller. The cast and crew produced a captivating performance with mystical lights and sound, raw and emotional scenes, and an overall mesmerizing and poignant story.

Natalie Gray ‘20, the production stage manager, reflected on the rehearsal process. “The cast and crew would meet five days a week for several hours at a time to rehearse,” she said. “It is because of this hard work and dedication that the show was able to become a success.”

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September 28

Family Weekend 2016

By Megan Castaldi

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Students welcomed their families to campus this past weekend, Sept. 23-25, for Family Weekend.

As much as college students say they like to move away from home and learn to be on their own at school, they can’t deny that a visit from their family is pretty great!

The weekend featured various events, such as Bike Scranton, campus tours, a community fair, volleyball, field hockey and rugby games and a Family Weekend Mass Celebration.Through special interest sessions with faculty, programming from University Ministries, evening activities with our Center for Health, Education and Wellness (CHEW) and The University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB), parents and siblings alike were able to share in a day in the life of a Scranton student.

“What makes Family Weekend so special to me is witnessing the reunion between students and families and seeing those smiles and hugs,” said Elizabeth Geeza, coordinator of Conference and Event Services at the University.

University of Scranton alumnus Elinor Gibney ’87 (nee Sweeney) visited her daughter, Moira Gibney ’18.

“I really enjoyed seeing all my kids together with their friends and their friend’s parents all getting to know each other,” said Elinor. “It is really special seeing how happy your child is at a place that made you so happy.”

Moira was also joined by her father and two siblings.

“It was great getting everyone in my family back together after a long time apart. It was fun for my siblings and me to see my mom reminiscing about her Scranton experience and then making new memories this weekend here with us,” said Moira.

All in all, the weekend was a success, said Frani Mancuso, director of Conference and Event Services at the University. “It was an awesome weekend. As a University, we can be proud of the collaborative effort of our faculty and staff as they rolled out the red carpet for our families and made them feel at home,” she said.

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September 23

Here at the University of Scranton, our students are extremely dedicated to their studies and extracurricular activities. But what makes Scranton students stand out from students at other colleges and universities is their commitment to service. Whether it is through participating in a campus retreat, volunteering at a local organization or getting involved with the various clubs and activities that are available, they are devoted to service learning. Read on to learn more about how Scranton students get involved! You’ll also find a recap of Family Weekend and a Q&A with one of our admissions counselors below! Continue reading