Reception and Exhibit Talk Tonight at the Library

murray blog banner-1Tonight at 6pm the Weinberg Memorial Library will host a reception and exhibit talk in the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room. The exhibit on display features the work of local artist Don Murray. Comprised mainly of pen and ink drawings, the works on view depict the historic architecture and landmark sites of Scranton and the surrounding northeast Pennsylvania landscape. These works are considered by many to contribute to the preservation of Scranton’s architectural heritage.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies. michael.knies@scranton.edu, (570) 941-6341.  The exhibit will be on display during normal library hours through Friday, December 9, 2016.

Leaves of Class XVIII – September Winner!

Congratulations to Linda Newberry of Scott Township, our September Leaves of Class winner, who won tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Motor coach tour to New York City courtesy of AAA Travel Agency, and gift cards and/or certificates to: Alexander’s Family Restaurant, Aramark, Hottle’s Restaurant, JJ McNally’s, Live With It by Lora Hobbs, Sanderson Street Tavern, Sidel’s Restaurant, State Street Grill, Tiffany’s Tap & Grill, Total Hair Solutions, and Zummo’s Café. Linda also received a Dunkin Donuts gift card from Gretchen Welby, and an Amazon gift card courtesy of Jeanne Bovard,

There are still THREE more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII!

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15th Annual President’s Business Council Gala Tonight in NYC

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Archival materials for the President’s Business Council honoree video

By collecting, preserving, and making available institutional records of permanent value, the University Archives serves the administration and community of the University of Scranton. This summer, staff from the University’s office of Events & Conference Services visited the Archives in search of materials for the 15th annual President’s Business Council award dinner. This gala, taking place tonight at The Pierre in New York City, recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in their fields and who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion for others. The President’s Business Council seeks to provide meaningful networking opportunities for alumni and friends, as well as mentoring and career opportunities for current students. In addition, since the inaugural dinner, over $11 million has been generated for the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund, which supports full-tuition, merit-based scholarships for talented students who will become leaders of vision and integrity.

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Fr. Bernard McIlhenny, S.J. welcoming several women students and their parents outside of Gunster Memorial Student Center during freshman orientation in 1972. The students were among the first women to enroll in the University’s daytime undergraduate school.

One of this year’s honorees, Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J., arrived in Scranton in 1958 to serve as the fourth headmaster of Scranton Preparatory School. Known to many as “Father Mac,” he was appointed dean of admissions at the University in 1966 and, over a 31 year tenure, is credited with admitting more than two-thirds of the University’s living alumni. He is currently dean of admissions emeritus and serves as minister of the Scranton Jesuit Community. University Archives staff gathered materials for a video that will be presented at tonight’s gala. A selection of these materials and other documents on Fr. McIlhenny can be viewed in our digital collections.

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Videographers reviewing materials from the University Archives for an honoree video for the President’s Business Council Dinner.

This year’s second recipient of the President’s Medal is Frank J. Dubas, Jr. ’75. This past May, Frank retired as Deloitte’s global managing partner for Sovereign Financial Institutions (SFI). Over a 42-year career, Frank held a number of client service leadership roles and built a distinguished track record of service to many multinational clients. During his tenure, many Scranton graduates were hired at Deloitte and benefited from Frank’s mentorship. A native of Jessup, Pa., Frank and his wife, Marigrace, reside in New Canaan, Ct., and have three children: Megan, Rob and Paul. Frank’s experiences as a University student were highlighted in an alumni article for the Fall 2015 issue of the Scranton Journal.

To read more news and events about the University Archives and Special Collections, visit www.digitalservices.scranton.edu.

Leaves of Class XVIII ~ August Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. John Norcross of Clarks Summit, our August Leaves of Class winner, who won a Pro Fitness basket including: 1 3-month membership and 2 personal training sessions gift certificates; sweat towels, key clips, ear buds, club information and more, gift cards and/or certificates from P.J. Scanlan’s, Nana’s Pasta House, Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, The Windsor Inn, Six East Restaurant, Boscov’s, Salon Sage & Day Spa, The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, Debbie’s Flower Boutique, Inc., The Bog, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and a Amazon gift card courtesy of William Varady. John also won a set of 4 tickets from Roba Family Farms, and a 1 ct. t.w. diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D.

There are still FOUR more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII!

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Online Reservations for 2016 Distinguished Author Award Now Open!

The Royden B. Davis, S. J.,
Distinguished Author Award Presentation
honoring
Stephen Karam
October 29, 2016
5:00 P.M. DeNaples Ball Room

Stephen Karam

  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 25 per student
  • $ 55 for Friends members & Schemel Forum members
  • $ 20 per Student Friends member

For what is sure to be a sell-out event, purchase your admission or sponsorship today! (Invitation packets will be mailed the beginning of September. Checks made payable to The Friends of the Weinberg Library may be mailed in advance of the packets to reserve your seat. For more information visit www.scranton.edu/authaward or contact kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Stephen Karam is best known for his Tony-Award winning play The Humans, which centers on a Thanksgiving dinner in a New York City apartment, hosted by a former Scrantonian for her parents, sister, and grandmother, who have traveled in for the day from Northeastern Pennsylvania for the holiday. In addition to the Tony, The Humans was also awarded the Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Karam also received the 2016 Obie Award for Playwriting.

Stephen’s Sons of the Prophet, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the recipient of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner Awards for Best Play. Other plays by Mr. Karam include Speech & Debate, the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground; and the libretto for Dark Sisters, an original chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. For film, he has written screenplay adaptations of Chekhov’s The Seagull (starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan), and Speech & Debate. Stephen is the recipient of the inaugural Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Drama Desk and Horton Foote Playwriting Awards. He teaches graduate playwriting at The New School. A graduate of Brown University, Stephen was born and raised in Scranton, PA.

CRITICS’ PICK “A haunting, beautifully realized play, quite possibly the finest we will see all season… Blisteringly funny and altogether wonderful.” —Charles Isherwood,The New York Times

“Absolutely, relentlessly gripping… Rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you.” —Jesse Green, New York Magazine

CRITICS’ PICK, FIVE STARS “Gorgeous. Stephen Karam boldly forces us into a world beyond the familiar.” —Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

Leaves of Class Raffle Winner ~ April, 2016

As we prepare tLandingPageButton_LOCo draw May’s winner on Tuesday, May 31st, we would like to congratulate April’s Leaves of Class Raffle Winner ~ Sarah Jane McHale of Scranton.

Sarah won a wellness visit to The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley which includes 1 wellness/preventative health exam with diabetic and cholesterol lab tests; 1-dental hygiene exam and teeth cleaning; and 1-nutrition visit, a 6 month Fitness Membership to The Michael J. Aronica, M.D. Wellness Center from Allied Services, and a Glenmaura National Golf Club basket of gifts: 2 boxes of golf balls, a Bushnell GPS Rangefinder, fleece pullover and hat.  In addition, Sarah won a $50 gift certificate for a round of golf from Lakeland Golf Club, 15 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates from Aramark, and a $50 gift certificate from N. B. Levy’s Jewelers.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Remember, there are still 8 chances to win! BUY A RAFFLE TICKET TODAY!

The International Film Series Presents: The Black Balloon

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Image courtesy of Neoclassics Films Ltd.

When Thomas and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, he just wants to fit in. That becomes more difficult when his pregnant mother is hospitalized and his father puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Thomas struggles with the responsibility since he both loves and is sometimes embarrassed by his older brother. Will the support of his family and new girlfriend be enough to help Thomas fit in and accept his often chaotic family life?

Director Elissa Down drew on her experiences growing up with two autistic brothers, and she offers a realistic and sympathetic look at a family with an autistic teenager.  The Black Balloon is in English and stars Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward and Toni Collette.

Please join us on Wednesday May 4th at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Professor Allison Lai will lead a discussion following the film.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

The International Film Series Presents: Her

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Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Set in Los Angeles in the not-too-distant future Her leaves the viewer with plenty to think about and discuss. It tells the story of Theodore a lonely writer who is having trouble accepting the break-up of his marriage. When he purchases a new operating system, OS1, which is advertised with the words “It’s not just an operating system; it’s a consciousness,” his life begins to change. Before long Theodore comes to depend on “Samantha,” the voice of his constantly evolving operating system. When the relationship becomes intimate, it leaves both of them wondering if a romance between a human being and a cyber consciousness can be sustained.

Directed by Spike Jonze, Her is in English and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Please join us on Wednesday April 13th at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Professor Donna Witek will lead a discussion following the film.

Please note: This film portrays adult situations and language.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

Friends of the Weinberg Library – February Leaves of Class Drawing

LandingPageButton_LOCDidn’t win the January Leaves of Class drawing? Don’t worry, there’s still eleven chances to win in 2016! We will pull February’s winner on Monday, February 29th!
 
Look at February’s fabulous prizes: Tasty Freeze Ice Cream gift certificates, two bunny bowls – courtesy of William Varady, $250 cash – courtesy of Dolores Groncki, a 5-class card from Jaya Yoga Studio, a basket of natural lotions (and more) for face and body from Alchemy Home Company, gift certificates from Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton, Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood, The Olive Garden and Nada & Co., two general admission tickets to a Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performance with Mark Laubauch, two tickets to the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Distinguished Author event honoring Stephen Karam and two tickets to an Actors Circle performance of The Big Meal.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets: www.scranton.edu/leaves

The International Film Series Presents: Illegal

Photo courtesy of Film Movement.
Photo courtesy of Film Movement.

 

Please join us on Friday March 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the Belgian drama “Illegal.”

Film Movement describes the film as the story of Tania a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her son, Ivan. One day she is stopped for a routine check by the police and is arrested. Separated from Ivan, who manages to escape, she is placed in an immigration detention center for women and children. While utterly refusing to face expulsion, Tania begins a fight to preserve her dignity, identity and humanity, as well as find her son.

Directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse, “Illegal” is in French and Russian with English subtitles. Dr. Marzia Caporale will lead a discussion following the film.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.