Service Learning

As I have told you all before, each semester I am required to complete a certain number of service learning hours.  These hours can be completed at any local non-profit organization in need of volunteers.  This year I decided to complete my hours at Timmy’s Town Children’s Museum located in the Steamtown Mall in downtown, Scranton.  So far, I have volunteered there 4 times and I absolutely love it.  Children of all ages visit and interact with us with hands-on games and activities.  My favorite activity so far was when we made paper mache using balloons, newspaper, and flour paste.  There is also a coloring station, clothes for dress-up, a fake grocery store that the kids can go food shopping and many others.  I am really glad that I am volunteering there and look forward to the new activities the rest of the semester will bring.

Another service learning opportunity that happened right on campus was Pet Therapy.  This is an event hosted by the University of Scranton Community Outreach Office.  Faculty and staff bring their beloved pups to campus and allow students to interact with them on the Dionne Green.  This year, I volunteered to help work the event and there was a great turnout.  The smiles on everyones faces from playing with the dogs was priceless.  The event is a great way for students to take a break from the stress of school and interact with some fun-loving animals.

For other ways to get involved and other service learning opportunities, visit the Community Outreach Office website.  It is always being it updated with upcoming events and different sites looking for volunteers.

http://www.scranton.edu/ministries/community-outreach/current.shtml

Have a great week!

Kara

You Deserve A Break!

Do you ever need a break and just want to spend time off campus with your friends?  The University is located in the heart of the city of Scranton with so many great places to visit and fun things to do.  Here are just a few:

  1. Nay Aug Park: Just up the street from campus, Nay Aug is a beautiful place to take a walk or go for a run.  The park also has a picnic area and several hiking trails.  It is a great place to spend the day with friends when the weather is nice and you want to get off campus for the day.

    Treehouse at Nay Aug Park

  2. Steamtown Mall: Located in downtown Scranton, the Steamtown Mall is a short 10-minute walk from campus.  It has several great stores, including American Eagle, Wet Seal, Boscov’s and many others.  Also located on the second floor of the mall is the Timmy’s Town Museum for Children, where I will be performing my service learning hours this semester. Located downtown are also several restaurants, including Kildare’s (my favorite), Cooper’s Seafood, Osaka Hibachi Steakhouse, and many others.
  3. Lackawanna County Coal Mine: A famous coalmine located nearby offers a tour that will take you 300 feet underground to experience the blackness and chill of old-time mines.  This is a must see and do for anyone in the Scranton area.  Take a visit with your friends one day you’re feeling adventurous.  I promise you won’t be sorry you did.

These are just some of the many attractions, sites, and things to do in the Scranton area.  Although the campus is always offering fun programs and activities, it’s always nice to spend a day with your friends taking a break from the stress of schoolwork.  I hope you take advantage of these great things that the city of Scranton has to offer.

Enjoy!

Kara

Things I Love About Scranton!

Hey there!

There are so many things I love about being a student at The University of Scranton.  The campus, the community feelings, the friends I’ve made, my professors and so many others.  One important thing I love is the fun events that take place on our campus.  This weekend Residence life and Late Night @ Scranton hosted the Res Fest.  Located right on campus, the fest had live music and tons of activities.  There was a caricature artist, tons of food like funnel cakes and snow cones, a dunk tank and various other things to do.  There was a great turnout, the music and food were amazing, and everyone had a great time!  I’ll keep you posted on other fun events that will be taking place on campus.

One of the other things I love about Scranton is how it promotes service and giving back to the community.  Each year our students perform over 170,000 service hours through local organizations.  In order to inform students about the various volunteer opportunities that are available, The University of Scranton’s Community Outreach Office hosts an annual Volunteer and Service Learning Fair.  Local nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers come to campus to basically recruit students to help out at their programs.  There are a wide range of places to choose from so you’re bound to find something you’re interested in.  There are opportunities to work with elderly and youth, food and housing programs or hands on projects.  The fair is a great way for students to meet directly with representatives from these programs to discuss the possibility of volunteering for them.

Have a great week!

Kara

 

Things to Do at the U

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a great first week of classes and weekend. 🙂

As I said in my previous post, I am a junior Occupational therapy student.  As a requirement for my OT classes, I need to complete a certain number of service hours.  Service learning is a way for students to help give back to the community and use what they are learning in class to help others.  Last semester, I completed my service learning hours at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.  The shelter adopts all sorts of animals and gives them a home and caring environment.  I would go once a week and walk dogs and play with them outside.  It was so much fun and felt so nice to be able to give attention to the lovable pups.  This weekend my friends and I decided to take a trip back there to see the new dogs they have.  I was so glad to see all the dogs and spend time with them.  Below is a picture of a 4-month old German shepherd named Moe whom I had the pleasure of spending time with while I was there this weekend.

Moe

This weekend was also the famous La Festa Italiana in downtown Scranton.  Tents and tables are set up with a wide variety of delicious foods and displays.  My favorite food was the fried raviolis…YUM!  During the afternoon, there was live entertainment and music for children and people of all ages and styles.  Our own University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble performed on Saturday!  The festival lasted until late Sunday night ending with a fabulous firework display.  It was a great way to spend Labor Day weekend and celebrate the wonderful Italian culture.

Enjoy your week everyone!

Kara