Halloween Week

Happy Halloween week!

Before I start talking about getting into the Halloween spirit, I want to talk about an event that I attended last week, the Occupational Therapy Specialty Fair.  This event, held in Collegiate Hall, is a great opportunity for OT students to talk with professionals in the various fields of OT.

At the Specialty Fair, OT practioners set up tables and give presentations about the particular setting they work in, what kinds of patients they work with and what a “normal” day of work is like for them.  There were presentations given by OT’s who work in the physical rehabilitation setting, mental health hospitals, home health care, pediatric settings and others.  It is a great way to learn about all the different areas you can work in as an occupational therapist.  As a senior OT student, I felt it helped me to narrow down where I would like to work when I graduate.

Last week, the University of Scranton Programming Board hosted one of my favorite events of the year, Midnight Madness.  This is Scranton’s version of a pep rally and is a fun time for all.  All of our NCAA Division III athletic teams were presented along with performances from Urban Beats, Sub-Urban Beats and the Dance Team.  Students were also able to participate in fun activities including a three-point shooting contest and a pie eating contest.  And of course, everyone who attended walked away with a free t-shirt!

Now, to get in the Halloween spirit, this weekend was the Safe Trick or Treat event on campus.  Student volunteers bring children from the area through the dorms, stopping at each room to collect some candy.  The kids have an opportunity to show off their costumes and participate in the Halloween trick-or-treat tradition, while guaranteeing their safety on Scranton’s campus.  I always enjoying participating in this event because the children have such a great time and knowing that I am helping to put a smile on their face is a great feeling.

Hope you all have your costumes planned for Halloween! Enjoy the rest of your week…don’t eat too much candy 🙂

-Kara

 

Fall is Fun!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re week is going well!

This past weekend I got to participate in two great activities.

On Saturday, my friends and I took a trip to Roba’s Family Farm.  Located just 20 minutes from campus, this is a great place to spend time outside doing fun fall activities. You can pick pumpkins, go on a hay ride, get lost in the corn maze, play with animals in the farm center, and enjoy some delicious honey crisp apples or homemade cider doughnuts.  It was a great day to spend time off campus enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

For those of you interested in taking a trip Roba’s Farm, the Commuter Student Association and Recreational Sports will be sponsoring a trip on Friday, October 25th from 5:00-9:00pm. Tickets are available for only $5.00, which includes transportation, admission, hayride, corn maze, and campfire snacks and refreshments.  Both commuters and residents are invited to attend.  To purchase tickets, sign up on one of the following dates:
             -October 18, 11-2pm First Floor DeNaples
             -October 21-25, 11-2pm Second Floor DeNaples

 

The other event that I was able to be a part of this weekend was Open House.  As a senior occupational therapy student, I was in one of our OT labs talking with parents and prospective students about some of the many great things the U has to offer.  I shared some of my experiences as a student and especially focused on what to expect as an occupational therapy major.  It was great to be able to share my stories with students looking to come here and help to answer any questions that they had.

Any students interested in attending Scranton should come for an open house visit.  This is a great opportunity to see the campus, learn about programs and clubs that are offered, and talk to current students about student life as well as admissions, financial aid, and coaches from the 18 Division III athletic teams.  The next Open House will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  Click on the following link to RSVP and reserve yourself a spot at this great event.

http://admissions.scranton.edu/visit/open-house.shtml

Have a great week!

-Kara

 

Weekend Recap!

Hi everyone!

I hope your semester is going well.  Can you believe we’ve just about hit the midpoint of fall semester?! It feels like just yesterday I was writing about syllabus week.  As always, there have been many exciting things happening around campus and in the Scranton area.

Since this past Friday was the first Friday of the month it seems fit to talk about First Friday Scranton.  On the first Friday of every month year round, First Friday Scranton features a variety of cultural events in some of Scranton’s restaurants, cafes, galleries, and other small businesses.  It is meant to promote a free art walk and serves as a way for artists to connect to prospective venues and art lovers to seek entertainment.

To learn more about First Friday Scranton, you can visit their website: http://firstfridayscranton.com/about-first-friday/

This past Saturday was the 2nd Annual Michael Mulhall 5K Fun Run/Walk held at Nay Aug Park.  Students, alumni and friends alike came out to support and remember Michael, a graduate of the University of Scranton who passed away in 2010.  All proceeds from the run go towards funding a memorial scholarship in his name for a Scranton student pursuing a degree in education or special education.  It was a beautiful sunny day and a great way to support such a good cause.

Here’s a link to the University webpage with more information about this event: http://www.scranton.edu/alumni/StayConnected/Mulhall.shtml

I want to wish everyone who has midterms/tests this week good luck! Only 4 more days until Fall Break!

Have a great week!

-Kara