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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Oct. 4: Students Attend Career Expo, Pet Therapy and Salsa Class

Career Expo 2017

By: Kayla Johnson

career-expoWhen you see the students of The University of Scranton dressed in their best suits and dresses you know what is happening on campus that day — the Career Expo! The Center for Career Development hosted the 2017 Career Expo in the Byron Center on Friday and students from every major and field stopped in to look for their potential future careers. There was a variety of companies and graduate schools including PWC, Havas Group, SEI Insurance, Mercy Work, Kids Peace, the Marine Corps, and so much more — no matter what you are interested in there was a place for you!

“It was a great way to connect with companies and agencies related to my major,” said Brianna Johnson, a PCPS student. “I feel like I got my foot in the door and met a lot of great representatives.”

The Career Expo is a wonderful way to meet possible employers face-to-face if you are looking for a job, internship or service opportunities. Even if you aren’t in need of a job, the Career Expo is a way to build connections with important people in any industry, including alumni. Don’t miss the chance to practice your networking abilities or to find your future job.

Missed this Career Expo? Check out the Center for Career Development’s page to stay up-to-date about the next one.

Check out pictures from the Career Expo, here.



Students (and Pets!) Enjoy Pet Therapy

By: Kassie Dunn


screen-shot-2017-10-03-at-3.07.42-pm.pngEach semester there comes a time when students are working hard to stay on top of their schoolwork. Thankfully, the Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice is well-aware of the stress level and offers a pet therapy session to brighten students’ spirits.

Students know it’s going to be a good week when they see Pet Therapy signs all throughout The DeNaples Center. It gives them something to look forward to. This semester Pet Therapy was held on the Dionne Green and students from each class showed up to get some puppy love.


“I love when the school hosts Pet Therapy,” said junior Holly Funk said. “It brightens my mood to see all the cute dogs and makes me wish my two dogs could come up!”

People love to bring their dogs and cheer up The University of Scranton student body. Not only is Pet Therapy beneficial for students, but it’s also good for the dogs!

“Last September was the first time we did this and he loved being here,” said Joelyn Condron speaking about her and her dog, Henrys. “He loves the attention and its good for him to interact with people! It’s also nice to help students de-stress during a tough semester.”

It is important for students to unwind and forget about their worries for a little while. Thanks to the Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, and Pet Therapy, Scranton students are able to do that!



Learn to Salsa!

By: Kassie Dunn

This past Thursday, The University of Scranton held a dance class in Collegiate Hall to teach students salsa. Instructor Vince Brust (pictured, left) was there to teach beginners the basics and, man, did it look fun! Students really got into the class and learned a lot.

“This event was a great opportunity to learn more about other cultures and their customs,” said Lauren Brogan, a senior. “Learning how to salsa was a great way to learn about the Hispanic culture in more ways than one!”

While there were many students who attended, there were also a few faculty members there to help both take the class and teach.

Gerry Loveless (pictured, right) is an advisor for KSOM who was there to get students on the dance floor and to teach them the basic steps. “I love the salsa! This is what I do in my spare time,” she said. “I attend the classes every Tuesday afternoon.”

Learning the salsa was a great way for students to get up and moving during a stressful week. The end of September is when people feel the weight of their workload so it’s great to have outlets and different ways to unwind.

Dance classes are held weekly on Tuesdays 12:10 -12:40 P.M. in the aerobics room in the Byron center. It is open to students, staff and faculty.


October 5


ccparksThings To Do In Fall
By Megan Castaldi

Fall has arrived! What better way to welcome in the change of seasons than by getting outdoors to part take in the many festive, fun, fall activities in the Scranton region!

Here are a few of the activities #OurScranton has to offer! Read more here.

Canine Friends Provide Stress Relief
By Megan Castaldi

Students are always looking for a way to relieve their stress around midterm time. What better way to do this than to take a study break at Pet Therapy!

Hosted by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, Pet Therapy had the Dionne Green packed on Sept. 27 with students and faculty members petting and playing with The University of Scranton’s canine friends! This event typically welcomes about 800 visitors and greets around 40 dogs.

Our friendly, furry visitors were happily receiving hugs and belly rubs from members of the community. Many students enjoyed this event because it reminded them of their pets at home.

Junior Devon Tirney said, “I love pet therapy! It’s a great stress reliever from school and is comforting because I miss my dogs from home.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, click here.

See more pictures of Pet Therapy on our Flickr page.

Beautifying Scranton: Street Sweep Fall 2016
By: Kayla Johnson

streetsweepThe University of Scranton’s student government organized an army of nearly 650 students this past Saturday to take on the streets of Scranton, especially downtown and the historic Hill Section. Many members from student clubs and organizations took the opportunity to exercise service (and just exercise in general . . . those hills are steep!) and give back to the community of Scranton by tidying up the area. More than 400 bags were filled with garbarge.

“It felt great to give back,” said Emily Calderone, a junior. “Even though I’m a junior this is my first Street Sweep. When you’re done cleaning the streets it makes you feel like a better person.”

Service to the community is the driving force of Street Sweep and students and volunteers were excited to help. Hundreds waited in a line that spanned the lengths of the Loyola Science Center’s first floor hallway. They were looking forward to getting their t-shirts and filling up trash bags with litter.

Streets were swept from Madison to Prescott and Mulberry to Myrtle, and were swarming with students from various clubs from the University as well as individuals who just wanted to serve the community. Trekking through the hills with friends and fellow students united the school and the community.

Get to Know the Alumni: Advertising Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

Professor Stacy Smulowitz and the Advertising Club hosted a group of Advertising alumni in the Loyola Science Center recently. The purpose? For alumni to connect with current students from the University and dole out some (much-appreciated) advice and insight to the industry.

The alumni who were invited maintain a strong connection to their university which continues to help shape and mold their careers. So, they were more than willing to do a Q&A for the school after the meeting! Here are some their answers, tips, advice and wise words.

danDan Antonelli, president and creative director for Graphic D-Signs, Inc.

RN: Why were you excited to speak with Scranton students?

DA: It’s important to give back and recognize where you came from, and acknowledge that you wouldn’t have arrived at this point without help from a lot of folks. Without the education from Scranton, and – more importantly – the internship I had at the University in the Publications Office (working for Gerry Zaboski), there’s probably no way I get to where I am today.

RN: What is the best advice you have for students (either graduating or still in school)?

DA: Follow your passion. Find a job that you can’t wait to get to in the morning and that doesn’t depress you on a Sunday night. Life’s too short to work in a job that you’re not passionate about. Chasing money won’t make you happy, but pursuing something you’re truly passionate about will.

RN: What do you consider to be the best gained knowledge from your experience in the real world that you can share with students?

DA: Nothing you do today should be considered good enough for tomorrow. And there is no pinnacle for success. You should always be aiming higher.

ad-alumKaren Mennella, a media trainee at Zenith (part of Publicis Media)

RN: What are some insider industry tips?

KM: Speak up, be passionate, and be ready to learn. For future graduates, don’t be afraid to participate. Also, find what you’re passionate about in the industry and get more involved with it. Lastly, every day is a learning opportunity, so be open to new things and constructive criticism.

RN: How has the industry changed since you’ve joined it?

KM: Even though I’ve only been working in the industry for four months, I’ve already seen so much change in the industry. It’s pretty fast-paced and exciting. Stay on top of trends, know what’s in and out, and know what’s coming.

Student Musician Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

student-musicI recently talked to Richard “Richie” Endico about being a student musician! Read on for more:

RN: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?

RE: I play percussion and I learned how to play when I was around 5 or 6. I learned from my dad. I also play the piano a bit, which I picked up in high school and learned from my band teacher.

RN: What made you want to be a student musician at The University of Scranton?

RE: When looking at schools my senior year of high school, I wanted to go somewhere that had a music performance program, but something that wasn’t too intense or a class for a credit. When I visited, it was exactly what I was looking for. A wide variety of different performance groups that rehearsed once a week, and it was with student musicians who played because they wanted to, not because they had to.

RN: What’s your favorite thing about a student musician?

RE: My favorite thing about being a student musician are the people I have met so far. Through performance music, I have made some great friends . . . coming from all different backgrounds and majors.

RN: Do you want to play after college? And what are your plans after graduation?

RE: I would enjoy the opportunity to continue playing after college. My plan after graduation is to try and find a few musicians that also play, get together maybe once or twice a week, and jam out. The great thing about music is that there is always something to work on and get better at.

Read more about Student Ensembles here.