May 17

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.

Seniors! Use #USGRAD17 for all things Commencement-related, including photos of your decorated caps. For more about Commencement, check out

Please note, this is our FINAL Campus Corner of the semester. Thanks to Rob Bauer, Kayla Johnson and Kelly Lappin for all your hard work this semester.

See you in the fall!!

U of S Humans #USGRAD17

Senior Lauren Conniff runs the U of S Humans Instagram account. Read a Q&A we did with her in this issue of Campus Corner. Conniff recently interviewed several seniors to get their stories and she featured them on her Instagram account. Check out what they had to say about their time at Scranton below.


 Iggy Spreads Cheer on Dead Week

Students get a #ScrantonCoffeeBreak

May 10

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.

Festival of Nations

By: Kelly Lappin
Students traveled the world all in a day at the recent Festival of Nations on campus! Students visited each nation’s table and sampled different activities and food. Some of the nations that were represented were Poland, Italy, India, Ireland.

Check out photos from the event on our Flickr.




By: Kelly Lappin
The annual Ryan O’Malley run was held on Saturday. The proceeds of the run go to the Ryan O’Malley ’99 memorial scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to computer science students with an interest in fitness and community services who have limited resources to attend The University of Scranton. The University of Scranton’s field hockey, women’s basketball and men’s soccer teams took part in the race.

View photos from the event on our Flickr.

Springfest 2017

By: Kayla Johnson
The Scranton rain couldn’t stop Springfest this past Saturday as students came to the Byron Center for a day full of fun and games. USPB outdid themselves for Springfest 2017 — they had Springfest merchandise (sunglasses, beach balls, cups and a T-shirt), a mechanical shark, inflatable skee-ball, a basketball shooting contest, an obstacle course and a blowup football field where you can face-off with your friends. And, Springfest closed out the night with an electrifying music performance by Norwegian DJ, SEEB.

Check out the Snapchat story from Springfest on our Flickr.

May 3

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.

Great Commons Ball Roll 2017

By: Robert Bauer
Last week, the annual Great Commons Ball Roll swept the commons with thousands of tennis balls. Students and faculty took a break from their work and studies to purchase tennis balls and watch them roll in hopes they would win a prize. There were well over a hundred winners for various prizes and gifts. Besides tennis balls flooding the commons, everyone enjoyed some pizza, Rita’s and music.

The Great Commons Ball Roll is an event that supports Campus Ministry’s International Service Program (ISP). All of the donations go toward funding ISP’s future service trips across the world. Come check out our Flickr album of the event here!

A Magical Night: The Royal Rooftop Carnival

By: Kayla Johnson
The Royal Rooftop Carnival was hosted this past Saturday by the University of Scranton’s Commuter Student Association (CSA). They had everything you could imagine — a real-life “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” game, a photo booth with all the works, a caricature artist, a performance by AJ the DJ, a towering Jenga game, the infamous “Adrenaline Rush” obstacle course, an inflatable reminiscent of the “Ninja Warrior,” popcorn, snow cones, and so much more. There was even a chance to win a Royal Rooftop Carnival T-shirt (if you completed all of the activities)! The rooftop of the DeNaples parking garage looked livelier than ever- meaning the Royal Rooftop Carnival was a success all around!

If you missed out on the Royal Rooftop Carnival, check out our Snapchat story and photos from the night on our Flickr.

For Those Ruff Days: Pet Therapy

By: Kelly Lappin
Last Tuesday, students (and staff!) enjoyed some stress-free time petting puppies. Pet Therapy Day is one of the most loved (and fluffy!) days of the semester for students! Can’t wait for next year’s event!



Make sure to check out the puppy pictures from Pet Therapy on our Flickr.

Take Back the Night

By: Kelly Lappin
Scranton’s Annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) event was held last Thursday on the Dionne Green. We talked to community outreach coordinator TBTN Megan Barr.

Q: What is Take Back the Night?

MB: Take Back the Night is an event to raise awareness and educate about the issue of sexual assault and violence. We host three components to the event which all hold specific meaning to the cause as a whole. The night starts with a pre-rally, which educate those in the community through interactive activities. We then have a rally which leads into a march. This part of the night brings the community together and is a great segway into our final event, which is the speak out. This is a space which gives those who have experienced any form of violence the opportunity to share their stories.

Q: Why is TBTN special at The University of Scranton? 

MB: While Take Back the Night is held all over the world, the Scranton community provides a great atmosphere to hold the event. I truly believe the community students often talk about on campus is seen in the best way at Take Back the Night.

Q: Why is this event special to you?

MB: This event has sparked a passion in me and has given me the opportunity to enact change with that passion. We have an amazing group of work study students and staff who devote their energy to make this possible and I am grateful to be part of that. Take Back the Night gives all attendees the chance to get what they need from the event. From education to passion, and even just being able to be heard, this is a truly special night. I will never forget the fire that ignited in me after attending my first Take Back the Night last year. Everyone has a place here.

View photos from Take Back the Night on Flickr.

Relay For Life

By: Kelly Lappin
The annual Relay for Life event was recently held at The University of Scranton! Students fundraised to fight cancer and had fun while doing it. We caught up with some students and asked why they Relay for Life!

“I relay to make a tangible difference in the lives of those battling cancer. I relay to remember the family members I have lost to cancer, to honor those who have fought cancer in the past, and to support those whose fight continues.” -Ashley Javitz, Class of 2017 

“I relay because I lost someone who was like a father to me to cancer and I don’t want other people to have to experience that.” -Geena Wasiak, Class of 2018 

“I relay because in my junior year of high school, three of my good friends lost a parent to cancer. I’ve seen the devastating effects cancer has on good people, so I participate for a future where more families will not have to go through this.” -Courtney Tampone, Class of 2020

Each person’s contribution helps save lives through the American Cancer Association.

Find more photos from Relay for Life on our Flickr.

April 26

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.

O Canada!

By: Kelly Lappin

This past weekend Scranton students took a trip to Montreal, Canada! The trip allowed students to explore Montreal on their own and indulge themselves in Canadian culture. The trip begab early Friday morning with a 6 a.m. departure and ended Sunday in the early afternoon. This gave students plenty of time to look around in Old Montreal, Quartier-Latin and Chinatown. Some of the many sights included the famous and beautiful Notre-Dame church, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Olympic Park and much more. The Montreal trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Get ready to sign up for next year’s trip!

Check out some photos from the trip on our Flickr.

Spring Cleaning: Street Sweep 2017

By: Kayla Johnson
Earth Day arrived on Saturday and with it came the students of The University of Scranton, ready to clean up the streets of the Historic Hill Section, and much more. This Street Sweep introduced new elements into sprucing up the students’ home away from home — including painting fire hydrants, installing solar lights, raking out leaves from sewer drains and tidying up around Nay Aug. Thanks to the students, the streets of Scranton look great!

Check out photos from Street Sweep on our Flickr.


Maintain and Sustain: Teach-In with Mark Murphy

By: Kayla Johnson
During Earth Week, the Education for Justice hosted a series of teach-in seminars on different topics and the importance of campus sustainability, religious literacy, environmental literacy, HIV/AIDS in the world and feminist art. Mark Murphy, director of sustainability at the University, gave a talk on how maintaining sustainability on campus affects us and our environment.

Murphy stated there is an inherent importance of maintaining our campus, “If we don’t keep it clean, functional and appealing, students will go to another University.” He also stated that we need to do the same for our planet, because we only have one — and there is simply nowhere else for us to go. Things such as climate change and global warming are real and vital to keeping our earth clean — as one point in his talk stated, “Why continue dirtying our air, water and land? We live here, let’s maintain it and the other things will take care of themselves.”

Learn more about Education for Justice, here.

Holi at Scranton

Hosted by the Asia Club, the Residence Hall Association, the Multicultural Center, the Asian Studies Department, the United Colors Organization and ICA, the event was a great success. See the event in photos by Christine Cicoria ’18 here.

Scranton students took part in Holi, commonly known as the Festival of Colors, on Saturday.

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 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,

“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.