Students React to Springfest Announcement

The University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB) announced the celebrity guests for this year’s Springfest celebration yesterday via their Facebook.

USPB’s The Office style Springfest announcement.

The Office stars Angela Kinsey and Rainn Wilson were the highlight of yesterday’s announcement. The two will be holding a Q&A session and a Trivia game via Zoom for students to attend.

Event information for the Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey Springfest event.

Students can send their questions in through the form on RoyalSync.

Students on campus that saw the announcement were all excited to see what the event and the rest of Springfest will hold.

Maggie Westerman is a senior journalism and electronic media major.

Massapequa, Ny. native Maggie Westerman.

“I think it’s great that [USPB] was able to pull something together for us, especially since there wasn’t one last year,” Westerman said.

Westerman is also impressed with the celebrity guests set to attend.

“It’s awesome how they got such big names from the show,” Westerman said. “I’m looking forward to hearing what {Rainn and Kinsey] think about their fake home!”

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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.

 

Scranton Celebrates Earth Day

April 22 marks the 51st celebration of Earth Day.

While the in-person Earth Day fair is not taking place due to the pandemic, the University is holding several virtual Earth Day events.

Environmental Art Show

A post regarding this year’s environmental art show.

The Environmental Art Show is being held for the 10th year, however this year it is virtual.

The exhibit debuted this past Monday.

Students, staff and faculty are responsible for this year’s submissions.

View this year’s art show here!

Climate Reality: There is Good News

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A Discussion on Climate Change

On April 14, the Office of Sustainability, the political science department and the environmental studies concentration held a discussion about the United States’ rejoining of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris vs. Pittsburgh advertisement poster.

The event featured three keynote speakers: JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., professor of environmental policy, Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., professor of environmental psychology, and Mark R. Murphy, director of sustainability at Scranton.

JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., teaches several courses at the university, including including courses in U.S. political institutions, social welfare and environmental policy, federalism and research methods.

Dr. Hopper’s research focuses on state-level environmental policy. She spoke about how the solution to climate change is global cooperation and said that the outcome depends on how everyone else participates.

“The agreement was made in Paris, but it’s going to be what happens in places like Scranton . . . that determine how successful we’re going to be in protecting our future both environmentally and economically,” Dr. Hopper said.

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Senior Spotlight: Annie McSherry

With commencement approaching, the reality is beginning to set in for some seniors. Their time as undergraduate students is coming to an end.

Annie McSherry is a nursing major gearing up for the professional sector post-graduation. She said she hopes to return to her home state of New York.

Camel, New York native Annie McSherry.

“After graduation, I would love to work in New York as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit,” McSherry said.

Though eager to start her nursing career, McSherry said she is going to miss Scranton.

“I’m really going to miss living with my best friends,” McSherry said. “I can’t imagine what I would have done without them the past four years, and it’s so sad to think about us all living in different states in a few months.”

Outside of the close-ties McSherry shares with her housemates, she is also a member of the cheerleading team and the Student Nursing Association. She said her favorite Scranton memory came from the cheer team’s finals appearance in the 2020 United Cheerleading Association’s College Nationals in Disney World.

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Senior Spotlight: Stephen Chimenti

With commencement approaching, the reality is beginning to set in for some seniors. Their time as undergraduate students is coming to an end.

Stephen Chimenti is an exercise science major, and though his academic career is set to continue — he will go on to get his doctorate in physical therapy  — he said he is going to miss the sense of community at Scranton.

Park Ridge, New Jersey native Stephen Chimenti.

“There are so many things about [Scranton] that I will miss, but if I had to narrow it down … it would be the community,” Chimenti said. “Meeting my friends and seeing people on my walks to class are things I have appreciated from the [first] day I stepped foot on campus.”

Chimenti met many of his friends during his first year as a Royal and was thankful to keep those connections during his four years.

“My lifelong favorite memories from Scranton come from the first semester of my first year,” Chimenti said. “Every day was a new experience, and I met more people than I ever have before.”

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