Students Get Involved on Campus at Annual Fall Club Fair
By: Megan Castaldi
The Dionne Green was lined with tables Aug. 26 for Scranton’s annual Fall Club Fair.
With over 80 clubs and organizations on campus, it is easy to find something that interests you.
“It was exciting to hear from people who loved what they’re doing on campus so much that they wanted to spread that passion to others,” said Amy Kaiser, a first-year student.
There was nothing but high energy and enthusiasm from leadership and members of clubs as you walked down the green. This, along with the music being played by the students at the Praise and Worship table, created an exciting environment. Some tables were even giving away items that represented their clubs.
“This campus also gives away a lot of free stuff. It’s awesome!” Kaiser exclaimed.
The University of Scranton has clubs ranging from the Urban Beats dance crew to the Pre-Law Society to Photography! If there is something you are passionate about, there is most likely a club for you here. The wide variety of assorted clubs and organizations makes getting involved, both on and off campus, easy for students.
There is even Scranton RAKS: Random Acts of Kindness club!
“We do service projects on campus and in the community and just try to promote general happiness and make people feel good,” said Emily Carr, a sophomore.
For more about clubs and organizations, visit clubs.scranton.edu.
Uniting Downtown Scranton and the University: #OurScranton Scavenger Hunt
By: Kayla Johnson
On Aug. 26, 285 students, from first years to seniors, gathered on the patio of the DeNaples Center to prepare for the University’s 6th annual Scavenger Hunt. The race is used to help students become more familiar with the community and businesses surrounding them. The Scavenger Hunt is one of the main events organized as part of the Downtown Engagement Initiative that was begun by Community Relations in 2011.
“I believe the Scavenger Hunt is a great event to get students familiar with all the amazing downtown businesses,” said Ashley Paschke, founder and maker of Post Home and Body. “In one afternoon, they are able to walk through the doors of so many businesses that work hard to make Scranton a great place to live. They get to meet the owners and putting a face to a name is so very important.”
This experience is meant not only for team building, but to introduce downtown Scranton to the students, especially the city’s variety of shops. The Scavenger Hunt centers on the ideas of shopping local and bringing revitalization to Scranton.
“Businesses give out coupons, samples and other giveaways, often with a personal touch that is very much characteristic of Scranton,” said Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of Community and Government Relations. “It also communicates to students something of why St. Ignatius ‘loved the cities’ – encouraging them to see that the City of Scranton is part of who we are as The University of Scranton.”
The Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to emphasize and strengthen the bond Scranton students have with the wonderful city in which they live. It allows the students to see Scranton as their second home complete with a strong sense of community and a giving neighborhood.
Read more about Scranton and the Downtown Engagement Initiative, here.
Check out our photo album from the Scavenger Hunt here.
USPB’s ‘Welcome Week’ 2016
By: Megan Castaldi
When new and returning students move to campus each fall, the University wants them to feel embraced as members of the community. USPB helped to accomplish this by filling the students’ first week with exciting events during this year’s Welcome Week.
USPB is particularly focused on making the first-year students feel welcome in our tight-knit community. They plan out events for the week to keep students engaged and to make the transition into college smooth and fun. Every year, USPB plans more than 60 events that are open to students and faculty.
This year, they welcomed Joel Meyers, a comedian illusionist, Noel Hoehn, a musician, and also held a USPB publicity launch. To wrap up the week, an outdoor screening of Captain America was played on the Dionne Green.
“Welcome week is a vital part of the beginning of a new school year,” said Jennifer Riccardi, executive chair of USPB. “The main reasoning behind Welcome Week is to help ease the transition for first-year students as they begin their college experience.”
USPB will be hosting more events throughout the school year! Check their website at clubs.scranton.edu/org/uspb
Browse all photos on Flickr.