Spotlight on Student Worker George Ebeid

When I first met George Ebeid of Tobyhanna, PA, he was a freshman and a little shy and nervous about working in Circulation Services.  I knew that if he was at all like his brothers who worked here before him, John and Peter, he would work out just fine.  That he did.  George loves to learn “new stuff” and he learns well.  He is very deliberate in his work and always accurate.  Working in customer service, he began to enjoy meeting and interacting with new people.  He learned to be himself and that helped him personally as well as in his job performance.  A most faithful worker, his attendance record is almost perfect!  You can always count on George to show up bright and early in the morning, ready to get to work.

George has studied hard and will receive his degree in Electrical Engineering.  He is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Club.  Some of his hobbies include drawing, bird watching and programming.  He has spent the past two years working on programming a game in C++.  Of course he likes to read and his favorite book is George Orwell’s 1984.

George is in the process of job searching in the Philadelphia area.  After graduation, he plans to move there with his brother John.  After a few years of work experience, his plan is to go on to Grad school.  I see a bright future for him.  We wish him all the best!

Spotlight on Student Worker Erica Westlake

We first met Erica Westlake of West Chester, PA during her Summer orientation when she visited the Library with her mom. While Erica inquired about a work study position in Circulation Services, her mom was concerned about a broken window that she discovered outside over the patio exit.  We made two good discoveries that day!  Erica applied and began working with us the following Fall semester.  Like her mom, she has great attention to detail and it’s evident in her work here.  She keeps herself informed of current policies and procedures in order to provide the best possible customer service experience.  Some of the things she enjoys most about working in the library is chatting with patrons and co-workers and helping Barb Evans set up displays.

Erica majors in Biology and Philosophy. Her favorite class was Dr. Sulzinski’s Virology class.  Her goal is to become a medical doctor and she has applied to several medical schools.  Also an athlete, she was a member of the Royals Varsity Swim Team for the past four years.  In her spare time, she keeps busy by contributing to Esprit, participating in Praise & Worship, volunteering at the Leahy Clinic and tutoring.  She also enjoys photography* and of course – reading.  Her favorite book is When breath becomes air / PaulKalanithi. Something interesting about Erica is that although she is left-handed, she plays all sports right-handed.

To date, she’s been accepted at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton and is anxiously waiting to hear from the rest. Though she can’t be certain where she will end up, she’s prepared to stay in Scranton for a few more years.  It certainly would be nice to keep in touch with her.  We wish her all the best!

*Look for Erica’s photography entries on display as part of the Environmental Art Show, WML Heritage Room.

Spotlight on Student Worker Mollie Medrano

Mollie Medrano, of Long Beach, New York, has been working in the Circulation Services department for the past 4 years.  She loves interacting with people at the Circulation Desk and being able to socialize while working.  Helping students realize all that the library has to offer is something she enjoys about her job.  She advises students to borrow a laptop or a tablet and to use the Interlibrary loan and Palci EZBorrow systems.  Sharing her knowledge of library resources is rewarding.

Mollie is a Community Health Education Major.  Of all her classes she especially enjoyed Dr. Andrew Lazella’s Ethics class.  She is an active member of the CHED club on campus.  She volunteers her time and services by participating in programs that beautify and benefit the local community such as ‘Street Sweep’, Relay for Life and Safe Trick or Treat.

Mollie enjoys traveling or just hanging out at the beach with her friends.  Her favorite book is Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and her favorite movie is Finding Nemo.  You might be surprised to learn that Mollie spent 12 years participating competitively in Irish step dancing!

After graduation, Mollie plans to seek a career in Nursing.  We thank her for the work she’s done here and wish her all the best!  Good luck Mollie!

Spotlight on Student Worker Christine Jerome

Shortly after her arrival at The University of Scranton in late summer 2013, Christine Jerome of Union, New Jersey made her way to the Weinberg Memorial Library seeking a Work Study position.  After spending all four years of high school volunteering as the librarian’s assistant, she was anxious to work in a setting where she felt at home and familiar with the job.  It’s hard to believe that now she’s been with us for almost four years.

Chris is a Biology major who minors in French.  In addition to speaking French, she can speak some Creole too.  She is an active member of the United Color Organization (UCO), the Asia Club, the Fencing Club and the Liva Arts Company.  Of course she enjoys reading – her favorite genres are history, fantasy and mysteries.  A few other pastimes she enjoys are art, music, fitness & health and baking.

At the Circulation Desk, Chris enjoys interacting with the patrons and has gained great customer service skills.  She is a pleasant co-worker who is always willing to learn something new and help out wherever needed.  She often advises other students to take advantage of the Palci EZBorrow  & Interlibrary Loan services.  Note:  her green thumb is responsible for the thriving plants all over the library.  They will miss her too!

After graduation, Chris’s career goal is to work in the healthcare field.  She would particularly like to provide healthcare to medically underserved areas, domestic or international.  We wish her all the best.

Thank you Chris!

Student Spotlight on Nathan Cardona

Nathan Cardona of Dickson City, PA came to work in the Circulation Department in the Fall of 2013.  Prior to that he worked for a year in the Library Dean’s office.  He enjoys working in the Library.  He’s learned a great deal from Library employees who he finds to be kind individuals who take every opportunity they get to help another person.  His advice to fellow students is to take advantage of everything the library has to offer – especially the study rooms and the enormous supply of resources we have to offer.

Nathan is an Occupational Therapy Major.  He also enjoys studying European History (1815-present).  When he’s not studying or working in the library, he enjoys writing and music.  Some of his favorite activities are exercising, playing soccer, and drumming.  Of course, he likes to read and his favorite book is City of Thieves.  His favorite movie is Inglourious Bastards.

An interesting fact about Nathan is that he has a twin brother Seth who is also a student here at The University of Scranton and looks very much like him.  So, if you ever see him in the cafeteria after just passing him at the Circulation Desk that could explain it!

After graduation in May, Nathan will continue at The University of Scranton as a Grad student to complete his studies.  His plan is to become a Certified Hand Therapist.  Let’s wish him well as he prepares to graduate and continue to reach for his goal!

The Last Hurrah!

IanAs the academic year comes to a close, I’d like to recognize one more outstanding student worker who will graduate next week. Ian Taylor of Delran, New Jersey has been working in Circulation Services for the past two years. Ian is a lively presence at the Circulation Desk, eager to assist patrons with whatever they need.  He does an excellent job of sorting and shelving books.  His work is always very accurate.  We certainly will miss his pleasant personality and his sense of humor.

Ian’s studies have been in Theology/Religious studies. He especially enjoyed Dr. Clark’s Virtue & Christian Ethics class.  His minor field of study is Media Information Technology.  He is an active member of The Aquinas, Students for Life, Catholic Relief Services, Liturgical Ministries, Campus Ministry, Praise & Worship groups.  He could always be seen assisting in Mass as a Eucharistic Minister.  He plans to eventually become a priest.

Ian loves to read and made good use of our library during his time here. His favorite book is The Confession by John Grisham and his favorite movie is The Grace Card.  He advises other students to utilize this library and its vast amount of resources.  He always made good use of Palci EZBorrow and Illiad and encourages other students to do the same.

Congratulations Ian! All the best to you as you continue your religious life.

Spotlight on Student Worker Melisa Gallo

bandbMelisa Gallo of Scranton, PA began her studies here in the Fall of 2012. One of her good friends, who also worked in the library, referred her to a job in Circulation Services at the end of her freshman year.  She began working at the start of the Fall 2013 semester and she’s been with us ever since.

Melisa studies Psychology and hopes to become a clinical psychologist. Dr. Orr, Dr. Karpiak and Dr. Norcross are her favorite professors.  She especially enjoys her Abnormal Psychology class as well as her Field Experience in clinical settings.  She is treasurer of the Psychology Club on campus.  She is also an active member of the Association for Psychological Sciences Caucus (APSSC), the Scranton Neuroscience Society, the Asia Club and Autism speaks U: The University of Scranton.

When she’s not studying or working, Melisa enjoys reading and watching movies. That’s why she feels like she belongs working in the library where she’s comfortable and enjoys the atmosphere. It’s exciting for her to see all of the new books firsthand and the Media department has many of her favorite movies to watch.  Her favorite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  Her favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast.  Another interesting hobby of hers is playing the alto saxophone.

Her advice to other students is to take advantage of all the library has to offer. Explore the Library’s collection and remember Interlibrary loan services when you can’t find what you need here!

Melisa is proud of her French-Canadian heritage and enjoys traveling to Canada to visit family. She also had a remarkable trip to Ireland that she will never forget.

Thank you Melisa! We hope you continue to go places!

Spotlight on Student Worker – Olivia Gillespie

Olivia Gillespie of Ocean City, New Jersey began studying at The University of Scranton in the fall of 2012 as an Exercise Science major. Before the end of the spring 2013 semester, she had changed her major to English Literature with minors in Spanish and Theology. It was just around that time when she approached me at the Circulation Desk inquiring about a work-study position. We corresponded over the summer and she began her work here at the Circulation desk with the start of the fall 2013 semester.

She loves being able to watch the campus community as they pass through the library. Her job allows her to meet new people while meeting their needs. She advises fellow students to utilize the library. There are so many librarians and resources that can inform you and make your education easier and more fulfilling.

Olivia is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English National Honor Society. She enjoys writing stories and poems. She’s won the Berrier Prose Award for her entries in Esprit, a literary magazine published by the students of The University of Scranton. In fact, Olivia is currently its Editor-in-Chief! She tutors English students in the CTLE and last semester she was a teaching assistant for Freshman Seminar.

Though English is her first language, she loves studying Spanish and Portuguese. Not only can she speak in all three languages, but she dreams in all three languages every night! In her spare time, she enjoys beat boxing and rapping. Her favorite movie is The World According to Garp.

Currently, Olivia is a semi-national finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship. If selected, she will travel to Brazil in March of 2017 to teach English in a college classroom. Her career aspirations are to become either a teacher, a lawyer or an interpreter or perhaps all of the above. Whatever the future brings, we wish her all the best.

Thank you Olivia!

Spotlight on Student Worker – Brianna Blozen

Brianna Blozen of Nutley, New Jersey has been a student worker in the Library since the Fall of 2013. You’ll find her most evenings, working at the Circulation Desk where she loves the atmosphere and seeing her friends and professors moving through. She enjoys helping other students and advises them to save money by looking in the Library first before spending too much money on required readings.

Bri is a Counseling and Human Services major who is planning a career as a parole/probation officer after graduation in May. She is an active member of the Counseling and Human Services Association. The club’s moderator, Dr. Paul Datti is her favorite professor.

When Bri is not studying or working, she volunteers her time in the community whenever possible. In her spare time, she enjoys watching television and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite movie is West Side Story.

A fun fact about Bri is that she loves cats! She loved her cat Sheena so much that her face is tattooed across her back. In warmer months to come, you just might see Sheena peeking out over the edge of a tank top!

Thank you Bri!

Spotlight on Student Worker Julianna Sacco

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This week the student spotlight is on Julianna Sacco of Kinderhook, New York.  Julianna, a Health Administration major, began working for Circulation Services in the Fall of 2013.  She understands what it means to work hard.  Before attending The University of Scranton, she assisted her father in the family funeral home business.  She enjoys working in the library because there is always something new to learn and Julianna always learns quickly.

And if being a full-time student and working in the library isn’t enough, Julianna also works for the Catering Department. In fact, students working for catering aren’t allowed to take time off during the last month or so of the semester, so when one of her scheduled catering shifts conflicted with the WML Student Work Study Celebration at the library last week, she volunteered to cater the event just so she could be in attendance!

She is an active member of the Health Administration Society and Dr. Spinelli is her favorite Professor. When she’s not busy with her studies and her work, she enjoys watching movies, reading, snowboarding and traveling.  Her favorite book is The Departed and her favorite movie is Gone With the Wind.

After Graduation in May, Julianna will continue her Graduate studies here at The University of Scranton.  Her advice to other students is to utilize the resources the library has to offer – especially the Reference librarians who are very helpful in locating resources.

Congratulations, Julianna, on your upcoming graduation. We’re all looking forward to you continuing your work and studies here in the Weinberg Memorial Library!