5th Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture – April 19, 2018, 5 pm

The University of Scranton will host the fifth annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center.

At the event, George Cristian Maior, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the United States, and Dr. Remus Stefureac will join Dr. Nathan for the panel discussion, “The Rise of Romania: History. Culture. Economy.” The talk will be followed by a performance of traditional Romanian music and dance by the professional dance group “Folcor” and a reception.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and made possible through the generosity of Dr. Nathan, a former professor in Scranton’s Kania School of Management who is now a tenured professor of management at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

A recipient of the Fulbright Travel Scholar Grant to Romania, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Thailand, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, Dr. Nathan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. He serves as editor of the Journal of Global Awareness, and was past president of the Global Awareness Society International. In addition, he is the author of recently published books on Kazakhstan and India.

Ambassador Maior has been in his current position since 2015, and prior to that he held a number of prominent positions within the Romanian government.

Between 1992 and 1997, he was a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 and 2004, he was state secretary and head of the Department for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Defense Policy within the Ministry of National Defense. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating the strategic and military dimension of Romania’s NATO accession process. In November 2004, he won a senate seat in the Romanian Parliament.

In October 2006, Ambassador Maior was appointed director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). During the eight years he led the SRI, it went through an extensive reform process, allowing it to strengthen bilateral and multilateral partnerships with the most important intelligence services throughout the democratic world.

A university professor and Ph.D. coordinator at the Department of International Relations and European Integration within the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Ambassador Maior has been a keynote speaker at many prestigious universities, organizations and think tanks, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University, American University, Atlantic Council, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Center for European Policy Analysis. In 2017, the CIA awarded him with the Earl Warren Medallion for his leadership during his tenure as director of the SRI.

Dr. Remus Ioan Stefureac is a political scientist, obtaining his degree in Political Science at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest. In 2003, he graduated from the same university as Master of “Governance and Institutional Development”. In 2013, he obtained the title of Doctor of Military Sciences and Information at the National Academy of Information “Mihai Viteazul”. Between 2008-2011, he was adviser to SRI Director George Cristian Maior. During the last 15 years he has published numerous articles of political analysis in the Romanian press, as well as specialized studies in the country and abroad. Currently he coordinates the activity of INSCOP Research, a specialized structure of sociological research and political analysis

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from emerging democracies and countries in political and economic transition to visit the University to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community at large. While visiting the campus, scholars deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.

Reservations are suggested for the lecture, and can be made at scranton.edu/JayNathanLecture, or by calling 570-941-7816.

Spotlight on Student Worker Alexandra Mueller

Focused, knowledgeable and gracious are just three words that describe Alexandra Mueller, a Neuroscience major from Stamford, Connecticut who has been working in Media Resources/EdLab for the past three years. As Alexandra’s graduation date approaches, the Library would like to recognize her hard work and dedication.

Over the years Alexandra has been instrumental in helping with the transfer of archival VHS tapes, setting up table displays and assisting patrons. She enjoys working in such a friendly and helpful environment. Her advice to other students is to utilize all the resources the Library has to offer. She’d also like students to know that Media Resources has films for both education and entertainment.

Alexandra is involved in many University organizations. She’s a member of the Equestrian Team, and she’s a Peer Health Educator.  She participates in research in the Language and Memory Lab and took advantage of the Study Abroad program to study in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester in her sophomore year.

Alexandra’s favorite book is The Kite Runner and her favorite movie is Rushmore. An interesting fact about Alexandra is that she is a direct descendent of the first king of Hawaii!

Alexandra career goal is to become an epidemiologist, and with her strong work ethic and determination, she is sure to achieve that goal.

Thank you Alexandra! Best wishes for a happy and successful future!

Bike Scranton 2018

Even though the weather isn’t ready, the bikes are!

For the 2018 season the library has 8 bikes of different sizes to lend to anyone age 18 or over. Bikes may be borrowed whenever the library is open, and all bikes must be returned before the library closes that same day. There is no charge for borrowing bikes. We hope to see both some sunshine and some borrowers later this week…

Seniors: Vote for Teacher of the Year

Vote For: Teacher of the Year

ATTENTION: GRADUATING SENIORS

2018 University of Scranton Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year.” Beginning Monday, April 16th, please vote for the full-time faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  • Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Is consistently effective in communication.
  • Is available outside of the classroom.

The award will be presented during Class Night on Friday, May 25th, 2018.

HOW TO VOTE: To cast your electronic ballot, access www.scranton.edu/toy

WHEN TO VOTE: Monday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.

Remember a Faculty Member Whose Teaching Has Inspired You!

(Posted on behalf of our CTLE colleagues)

Libraries Lead: Celebrating National Library Week

Libraries lead us on unplanned journeys. When we visit the library, who knows where it can take us: A career change? A new passion? A graduate degree?

This week the Weinberg Memorial Library celebrates National Library Week (April 8-14) with the theme “Libraries Lead.” The following quotes demonstrate the importance the library holds on an individual.

I used to go to the library all the time when I was kid. As a teenager, I got a book on how to write jokes at the library, and that, in turn, launched my comedy career. – Drew Carey, comedian

I would walk into the Carnegie Library and I would see the pictures of Booker T. and pictures of Frederick Douglass and I would read. I would go into the Savannah Public Libraries in the stacks and see all of the newspapers from all over the country. Did I dream that I would be on the Supreme Court? No. But I dreamt that there was a world out there that was worth pursuing. -Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

When I was a kid and the other kids were home watching “Leave it to Beaver,” my father and step-mother were marching me off to the library. -Oprah Winfrey, actress & entrepreneur

We ask you to pause for a moment and think about how a visit to the library led you in a new direction. Reply to this post, or stop in at the display on the first floor and share a way the library has transformed your life.

Happy National Library Week!

Spotlight On Student Worker: Tim Zinna

Tim Zinna, a Theology/Religious Studies major from Tappan, New York, has worked in Digital Services for all four of his undergraduate years.  He has always been enthusiastic and efficient, and credits the job with helping him to learn new skills while giving him an additional sense of belonging and purpose during his time at the University of Scranton.

In addition to his studies and Digital Services work, Tim has also served on campus as Founder and President of the Bible Club and is a percussionist in the Concert Band.  Other hobbies include reading, creative writing, playing the piano and composing music.  His favorite book is the Bible and favorite movie is The Great Escape.  After graduation, he plans to enter a field where he can serve God and bring glory to His name.  To that end, he is also currently in the process of learning Classical Hebrew so that he will be able to read and study the Old Testament in its original language.

We thank Tim for sharing his time and talents with the Weinberg Library, and wish him all the best with his future endeavors!

Apply Now for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize!

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is for you!

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

New this year:  Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

The application deadline for projects completed during Intersession or Spring 2018 is Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Winners will be announced at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:  www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize

Exhibit Reception Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night, March 27, at 6 p.m. the Library will host a reception for the exhibit “Distinguished for Their Talents,” Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 1905-1930, in the 5th floor Heritage Room. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, this event is free and open to the public. P. W. Costello’s great-grandson, Thomas W. Costello, will discuss Costello’s career, and University of Scranton professor Michael Friedman, Ph.D., will speak on Shakespearean performance at the turn of the 20th century.

Last week, WVIA’s ArtScene with Erika Funke featured an interview with Thomas W. Costello and Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies about the exhibition.  A recording of their discussion can be found on WVIA’s website: wvia.org/radio/local/artscene/

The exhibit will be on display through April 23 during normal library hours. For more information, please email archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.