Leaves of Class XXI – January Winner!

JANUARY ~ Congratulations to Kate Leahy of Waverly, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (two tickets to Wait Until Dark – Jan 31, Feb 1-10); Broadway Theatre League of NEPA (two tickets to the opening night of The King and I  – Mar. 29);  Scranton Cultural Center (one voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center);  PNC Bank (four club seats at the Mohegan Sun Arena to see the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins  – Feb. or Mar.); Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (two orchestra seats to the PNC Pops Performance: Imagine, Music of the Beatles at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre — Sat., Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.)

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); P.J. Scanlan’s ($25 gift certificate); Sidel’s Restaurant ($30 gift card); Starbucks (4 – $10 gift cards – courtesy of Gretchen Welby).

Wellness:  Montage Mountain Resorts (four Extended Lift Tickets); Crunch Fitness (1 – three month Peak Plus membership with 2 personal training sessions).

Memberships:  AAA Travel Agency (Basic Membership).

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.

Leaves of Class XIX – June & July Winners!

Congratulations to Irene Fotta & Mary Beth Hennigan from Clarks Summit, our June winners, who won a 5 class card from Jaya Yoga Studio, a one year couple membership to The Schemel Forum, a PRO Fitness Club basket including one 3-month membership & 2 personal training sessions gift certificates. Irene & Mary Beth also won a gift certificate to Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton ($75), admission tickets to Montage Mountain Resorts Waterpark, 6 flex tics to the Wildflower Music Festival and tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival.

Congratulations also to Kevin Clarke of Dunmore, our July winner, who won a basket of cheer compliments of Ann Moskovitz, a “Family Fun” gift basket from The Commonwealth Medical College, a Mountain View Vineyard wine basket and bottle opener set, seven wines in a lovely Longaberger basket courtesy of Charles Kratz and Charlene Reese, a Coleman Roadtrip portable propane grill courtesy of Fidelity Bank, and a ceramic chip and dip Telavera platter. Kevin also won gift certificates/cards from The Epicurean Delight Catering, Inc. ($100), Wegmans ($100), Bella Facia ($25), DOMA Importing Company ($25), Gold Crown Pizza ($25), Mansours Market ($25), Quinn’s Supermarket ($25), and Tasty Freeze Ice Cream ($25).

There are still FIVE chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is August 31, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XIX – January Winner!

Congratulations to Catherine A. Bolton from Lake Ariel who won event and performance tickets courtesy of The Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, The Ballet Theatre of Scranton, the Actors Circle, Community Concerts at Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton Players. Catherine also won four club seats to a Penguins home game courtesy of PNC Bank, gift cards/certificates from Alexander’s Spa & Salon and Aramark, a calendar and two large jar candles from American Candle, a 1 year family membership from the Everhart Museum, and a diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D.

There are still ELEVEN chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is February 28, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good luck!

 

Leaves of Class XVIII – December Winner!

Congratulations to Jim & Dee Carroll of Beach Lake, our December Leaves of Class winners, who won an iPad from The University of Scranton, Division of Information Resources, a gift basket from Medicus Express Care, a basket of wine and spirits courtesy of Nimble Hill Winery, Mary Ellen Picchiarello, William Varady, and Debra Pellegrino, a Longaberger basket of wine courtesy of Charlene Reese and Gretchen Welby, a Literary Classics Book Basket from Library Express, a copy of Orange is the New Black from Carroll & Carroll Booksellers, a tea and scone basket from Something Old & Something New Marketplace, and gift certificates to Alexander’s Family Restaurant and Alibris.

Thank you to all who participated in Leaves of Class XVIII!

Our first drawing of Leaves of Class XIX is January 31, 2017. To purchase entires online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves.

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Happy Holidays!!!

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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Leaves of Class XVIII ~ July Winner & August Drawing

We pull our August winner tomorrow – Will it be you?

Congratulations to Donna Rupp of Scranton, our July winner, who won a Coleman Roadtrip portable propane grill courtesy of Fidelity Bank, gift cards from Wegmans, Abe’s Deli, Mansour’s Market, Gold Crown Pizza, Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, The University of Scranton Bookstore, and TGI Fridays. In addition, Donna won a basket of cheer compliments of Ann Moskovitz, a beach gift basket from The Commonwealth Medical College, a movie gift bag from The Dietrich Theater, 2 theatre subscriptions from The University of Scranton Players, and two tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival!

There are still FIVE more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII. PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES TODAY!

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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 ~ May, 2016

Congratulations to Dorothy Mackie of Clarks Summit, our May Leaves of Class winner, who won an overnight getaway to MT. AIRY CASINO RESORT, which includes an overnight stay (2 rooms) in a deluxe king room, a foursome of golf including cart and green fees, and four tickets to the buffet.  In addition, Dorothy won a $50 gift certificate from LENORA’S and a $50 gift card from DOC MAGROGAN’S OYSTER HOUSE.

There are still seven more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII. PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES TODAY!

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THE THIRD ANNUAL JAY NATHAN, PH.D. VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE SERIES

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THE THIRD ANNUAL JAY NATHAN, PH.D.

VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE SERIES

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 5:30 PM
The Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center, 4th Floor
The University of Scranton

Free and Open to the Public
Click Here to RSVP

For additional information, call the Weinberg Memorial Library at 570-941-7816 or email kym.fetsko@scranton.edu

This free event, which also will include a showcase of Thai art and culture, entertainment and a reception offering Thai delicacies, is all made possible through the generosity of Dr. Nathan, who divides his time between Scranton and New York, where he is a tenured full professor of management at St. John’s University in Queens. He was previously a tenured professor in the University’s Kania School of Management.

The honored guests, with similarly distinguished backgrounds, will bring a perspective to campus that is unique to emerging democracies and will highlight their own research while discussing timely topics of interest to students, faculty and the community at large.

In addition to Dr. Nathan, the panelists are:

▪ The Honorable Pornpong Kanittanon, the Royal Thai Consul General, who previously held multiple Secretary positions in the departments of Protocol, Political Affairs, East Asian Affairs and Information and worked in the Royal Thai Embassies in Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea;

▪ Napadol Thongmee, consul of the Thai Trade Center, who also has held top positions in several Royal Thai Embassies across the globe and has spent 28 years in government service, representing Thai interests in Milan, Italy, Mexico City, Mexico, and Tehran, Iran;

▪ Srimala Waraphaskul, a 22-plus-year executive with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT, who is responsible for integrated marketing communications, advertising and trade outreach and promotional campaigns to increase arrivals to Thailand from the United States’ Eastern Seaboard;

▪ Korbsiri Iamsuri, director of the Thailand Board of Investment, who promotes North American investment in Thailand as part of the Thailand Board of Investment in New York City.