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!


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 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.


Scranton Welcomes New Biology Professor to Campus

If you’re a returning student, the start of a new school year is filled with familiar faces. Although we recognize first-years and transfer students, we don’t often don’t think about another group that is just settling in: newly hired faculty.

Dr. Galen performs research in Alaska on the study of birds and parasites.

Spencer Galen, Ph.D. is one of those new professors. He teaches General Biology and General Physiology Lab at Scranton. This is his first full-time job as a professor.

“It has been a dream of mine to become a professor for many years,” Dr. Galen said, “It is thrilling to finally be living that reality.”

This semester, Dr. Galen is teaching both of his classes with a hybrid method of some in-person meetings and some online. Dr. Galen said he wanted to have some in-person interaction while also reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission for both his students and himself.

“My thought was that hybrid teaching would be a good balance between these two goals, though it has not been without challenges,” Dr. Galen said.

The current situation has made Dr. Galen more aware of his students’ varying needs.

“Some people have been affected more than others by the pandemic,” Dr. Galen said, “I have tried to keep that in mind this semester.”

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Mid-semester Advice from Dr. Tadros

Billie Tadros, Ph.D., teaches poetry and first-year writing at The University of Scranton.  She has completed bachelor’s degrees in creative writing and in music at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and a doctoral degree in English and creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She previously taught at universities in Alabama and Louisiana. This is Dr. Tadros’s first year teaching at Scranton.

What are some helpful tips to avoid a mid-semester slump?

Make sure you’re taking care of your body, not just your brain. Eat real food. Hydrate. Sleep. (Do as I say, not as I do.) And, as far as your brain goes, be sure you’re addressing your mental health—not just your grades. Take advantage of the resources available to you on campus, including the university’s Counseling Center, and recreational sports and the fitness center.

If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, or if you’re stressed out, talk to your friends about it. Though people often present a façade that suggests they’ve totally got it together (especially on social media—some of y’all still use Facebook too, right?), the likelihood is that you’ve got friends who are stressed or struggling too. Sometimes just knowing you’re not alone in that can helpful, and what’s even better is when you’re able to support each other—maybe just by chatting and checking in, or maybe by having accountability study sessions where you sit together for two hours in the library or in DeNaples and work separately on what you need to get done in each other’s company.

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