Celebrating Scranton’s Superheroes

To celebrate National Superhero Day, we are highlighting some of the people we consider to be superheroes at The University of Scranton. There are hundreds of faculty, staff and administrators who keep the University running. Here are just a few we talked to on campus. Three cheers for our Scranton superheroes!


Maintenance

General mechanic David Arneil standing outside of the Romero Plaza.

The work of the mechanics and maintenance workers helps to keep all campus buildings, machinery and equipment in operation with as minimal disruption as possible.

David Arneil is a general mechanic at Scranton.

“I like serving the students and being able to help them out in any way that I can,” Arneil said.

 


The Mailroom

Campus mail carriers (from left) Michele Posocco and Synthia Kretsch in the mailroom.

Synthia Kretsch and Michele Posocco are campus mail carriers at Scranton.

Kretsch said she enjoys how unique each day is in the mailroom.

“[My favorite part is] seeing all of the people on a daily basis,” Kretsch said.

Posocco also enjoys interacting with people on campus.

“My favorite part is just working with the students all of the time [and] always seeing them,” Posocco said.


Dining Services

Jania Hunt works at POD in the DeNaples Center.

Dining services employees keep students well-fed and provide them with everyday necessities all within close proximity on campus.

Jania Hunt works at the DeNaples Center POD. Her favorite part of working here?

“How nice [and approachable] everyone is, even the students,” Hunt said. “I feel comfortable doing my job. … I love my job.”


Educators

Educators not only teach but hold office hours, handle assignment work and offer career advice.

John Kilker is a faculty specialist within the Communications Department at Scranton. Kilker teaches television and radio production classes as well as other industry-centric courses such as screenwriting.

John Kilker on the set of The Paragon Cortex.

Kilker is the director and writer of The Paragon Cortex and The Gidge as well as one of the producers for Bonneville.

He enjoys having the opportunity to prepare his students for their careers.

“When I teach film, TV and video production, I approach it with the mindset that I’ve got [my past] experiences, failures and successes under my belt,” Kilker said. “I want to enthusiastically offer all of that to everyone who walks into one of my classes.”

He said he always hopes to one-day cross paths with his students out in the real world.

“Hopefully, if I have done well and [the students] choose to really take the knowledge on board, I may [meet people] who could be future [crewmates],” Kilker said.

Adjunct history professor Magdalyn Boga.

Magdalyn Boga is an adjunct professor in the University’s History Department.

Boga said she most enjoys sharing her knowledge and time with those around her.

“Being able to share the discipline I love so much with [my students] is a privilege I’m thankful for every day,” Boga said. “And of course, I couldn’t ask for better colleagues. ”

Boga said being a part of the tight-knit community is important to her.

“I really think the community we have here at the University makes it a truly special place, and it makes me love coming to work,” Boga said.