February 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.

Winter Club Fair 2017

By: Kayla Johnson

winter club fair '17If someone happened to make their way to the DeNaples Ballroom last Friday, they could see the endless amount of clubs the university provides to a campus full of students.

The University of Scranton’s Center for Student Engagement hosted the Winter Club Fair, which was filled with a variety of special clubs and organizations. The event promoted the chance for the students to come and discover the clubs offered at the University. Students who love to write could join The Aquinas, the official newspaper of the school, or if someone wanted to promote sustainable practices at the University through various events such as the Earth Day Fair and the Night of Environmental Science, they checked out the Sustainability Club table, and if a student was intersted in serving the local — or global — community, they could join Circle K, which “follows in the footsteps of Mother Theresa.”

And, that’s just the beginning of the list of clubs that appeared the fair. Others included: Campus Ministry, Student Government, USPB, Women’s Rugby, Her Campus, and so much more. No matter what a student’s interest is there was a club for it. The Winter Club Fair was the perfect place to discover a new hobby, a new passion or even new friends.

Miss the Winter Club Fair? Check out the full lists of clubs on campus, here.

Social Media Ambassadors

By: Kayla Johnson

Anyone who has stepped onto The University of Scranton’s campus agree it is unique and beautiful in its own way. What better way to capture this beauty than with some amazing student photographers? Our newest members of the Marketing Communications team are our Royal Social Media Ambassadors. These students are out and about, capturing campus through their lens. So, who are they?

deferenza-portraitMeet Matthew DeFrenza, a senior English literature major from Brooklyn with quite the eye for photography, a talent reinforced by the 28,000 followers on his Instagram account. Check it out: the_sunday_photographer.

“I joined the University’s marketing team as a Social Media Ambassador because it gave me the opportunity to share my photography and to become more involved within the University community… I picked up photography about two years ago and it has been the craziest, most exciting adventure of my life.”

Here’s his favorite campus shot so far:


Next is Elise Molleur, a first-year environmental science major from Summit, New Jersey, who loves drumming, acting, writing and ultimate frisbee and is a part of Royal Harmony and in SJLA. On top of it all, she’s a great photographer.


“I joined the Royal Social Media Ambassador program because I have a passion for photography but wanted to balance that out with my academics; this position allows me to do that by encouraging me — but not pressuring me — to carry my camera around for opportunities to take pictures around campus. I’ve been into photography for a few years and hope to follow my passion as a hobby.”

Here’s Elise’s favorite University shot, so far:


gabe-portraitAnd, last but not least, is Gabe Azevedo, a psychology major from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who loves playing and watching soccer (the World Cup is his Superbowl). He has a passion for music; he plays the guitar, ukulele, drums, and sings. He likes to write songs and enjoys watching “mind-bending” movies like InceptionInterstellar and most recently Split.

“Today, everything we do involves technology and social media. Being that our generation experienced the transition into a world where technology is the foundation of our society, we are now integrated in this system. Social media is now the means by which we communicate with our friends and the rest of the world and it’s a very powerful medium that, when utilized correctly, can serve as a great way to connect and expand.”

Here’s his favorite picture of our wonderful campus:


See more of the Social Media Ambassadors’ photos, here.

Chat with Dean Rivera

By: Robert Bauer

You’ll see her at home games, campus events and even on Twitter. She is all over campus, but who is she?  Meet Dean Rivera, an important leader on campus and an integral part of The University’s administration.

RN: Who are you, and what do you do at The University of Scranton?

dean-riveraLR: Most people find it interesting that I pursued a joint degree in law and student affairs; in fact, I created the program at Penn State! The most important part of my role as the associate vice provost for Student Formation & Campus Life is serving as a student advocate for individuals and groups of students. More detail on my responsibilities can be found here: scranton.edu/studentlife/studentaffairs/dean/.

RN: How do you stay conneced to student life on campus, and what do you like to keep up-to-date with?

LR: Given my role as a student advocate, I do my best to be present on campus at student meetings, programs, and competitions whether related to clubs and organizations, Athletics, theatre and arts, etc. Each week, I select a few different events to attend – last week I attended Student Government, stopped by the Clubs and Organizations Fair, spoke at Orientation Assistant Training, and stopped by a Late Night Program! I’ll be at Late Night Bingo on Saturday Night; you should come out!

RN: Where can students find you?

LR: Students can find me on Twitter or Instagram @lscottrivera, in my office 201 DeNaples, or milling around campus! Sometimes, I’m tough to track down which is one reason I hold weekly drop in hours, a time when students can drop in to share a success or a challenge, seek advice, or simply say hello.

Dean Rivera’s bio: scranton.edu/studentlife/studentaffairs/sa-staff.shtml

February 10

Welcome back, students! We’re excited to see that campus is up and running again with fun events and activities to kick off the spring semester. Seniors, it’s your last semester here at The U, so start using #USGRAD16 for all things related to senior year!
Don’t forget to check out our Flickr album for more pictures!

Royal Days
By: Michele Schulmeister

royalOn Monday, more than 150 accepted high school seniors were able to live a day in the life of a Royal at the first of this spring’s Royal Days sessions!  Students were able to attend a class, enjoy a meal at DeNaples and meet with students and faculty to hear about what makes the U so great!

Jane Hagemann from Staten Island, New York enjoyed her visit, “I really liked going to an introductory nursing class. Everyone on campus is really inviting and cares a lot about the school,” she said.

After lunch, students attended different breakout sessions. These sessions gave them more information about important aspects of the University, such as: the arts, faith and service, athletics, campus involvement and honors/research programs.

More Royal Days are coming up on February 15 and 22. Registration is full, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see campus. Schedule a campus visit or save the date for our Accepted Students Preview Day on April 2. Learn more here!

Lenten Season
By: Jessica Perillo

The Lenten Season is officially here at the University of Scranton!

As a pre-Lenten celebration, students, faculty and staff gathered in the DeNaples Center to enjoy the Fat Tuesday chocolate fountain.

For the first year ever, Campus Ministries has coordinated a donation drive called “40 Bags in 40 Days,” which will benefit the local community. To begin the season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter, our community will gather in the DeNaples Center Ballroom to celebrate Ash Wednesday Masses. Mass times are as follows and are open to the public: 12:05 pm, 4:40 pm and 8:00 pm.

For the full story, click here.

Super Bowl 50 Watch Party

By: Jessica Perillo

Students gathered for some Super Bowl fun on Sunday.

The University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB) hosted a Super Bowl 50 Watch Party in the Moskovitz Theater on Sunday night.

Students watched the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers battle it out as they enjoyed their favorite tailgate foods, such as mozzarella sticks and wings. USPB also raffled off an NFL team blanket and a football.

Winter Club Fair 2016

By: Michele Schulmeister

The DeNaples Ballroom was filled with students this past Friday for the Winter Club Fair. Anyone who was interested in getting involved was able to see what the University has to offer for the spring semester!

One of the best things about the University of Scranton is there’s no shortage of clubs, organizations and activities. From the Royal Television Network to Colleges Against Cancer, students are able to participate in anything that they are passionate about. There is a wide variety of clubs, from academic to special interest to many other types in between!

“Because I was abroad last semester, I wasn’t able to join any clubs on campus. I really enjoyed the Winter Club Fair because I was able to see almost everything that I could get involved with all over campus,” said Bridget O’Connor, a junior at the University.

If you missed out on the club fair, make sure to check out the list of clubs we have here!

90’s Night
By: Michele Schulmeister

Students had the opportunity to travel back in time this past weekend! Last Friday, USPB hosted their first event of the semester, 90’s Night, in the Byron Center.

The night consisted of some throwback snacks, trivia, games and even a roller skating rink!

“90’s Night was a great way to kick off the semester! We had about 250 students come and enjoy the event,” said Jenna Bruchalski, member of USPB’s Senior Programming Committee. “One of my favorite things by far was the dunkaroo dip!”

If you missed out on this event, don’t worry! USPB has tons of things planned for this spring. Check out this list of their upcoming events here!