Legendary NASA engineer and University of Scranton alumnus Glynn S. Lunney passed away on March 19th at the age of 84. Lunney was lead flight director at NASA for Apollo 1, 4, 7, and 10, and on duty as flight director during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University until 1955 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Scranton in 1971, conferred by president Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., who received an autographed moon landing photo from Lunney (see below). He will be remembered for his incredible contributions to US spaceflight.
This physical and online exhibit looks at the progression of medieval handwriting primarily in liturgical books, lay prayer books and Bibles. While not all types of medieval handwriting are in the exhibit, scripts such as Carolingian, Gothic, and Humanist among others are featured. The exhibit was curated by Casey Welby, Classical Languages and History Major ’21 as part of her Honors Project and as a student humanities fellowship at the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities. Welby worked with Special Collections Librarian Prof. Michael Knies, Digital Services Librarian Prof. Colleen Farry, with the support of Digital Services Web Developer Jennifer Galas. The Heritage Room will be hosting the physical exhibit of the Sims medieval manuscript leaf collection from February 8 through May 21. However, due to COVID restrictions, the campus is closed to the general public. The online version of the exhibit can be viewed here: digitalprojects.scranton.edu/s/sims-exhibit.
For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at email@example.com
It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of Terry Connors, University of Scranton photographer of nearly four decades. At once both an omnipresent and unobtrusive figure on campus and in the greater community, Terry documented almost every major activity and accomplishment of the University while serving under five different administrations. Not only did Terry fastidiously record history in conventional fashion but showcased a knack, undoubtedly aided by his geniality, for capturing candid moments. He also documented the many distinguished visitors to the region, including politicians, religious figures, actors, musicians, and many other celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, military officials and international dignitaries. In addition to work on campus, Terry provided services to such clients as the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Lackawanna Bar Association, Moses Taylor Hospital and the Diocese of Scranton. His photographs are therefore an invaluable asset not only to the University but the greater Scranton area, constituting a survey of its events and people dating back to 1976. He will be deeply missed.
JSTOR’s Open Community Collections feature open access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives. The Weinberg Memorial Library recently agreed to be a Charter Participant in this pilot initiative and contribute materials from our digital collections. The University of Scranton now has its own portal on JSTOR with 19 collections and over 18,000 items. The portal facilitates browsing, sub-collection groupings, and searching within our publicly-available collections. To browse our institutional portal, visit jstor.org/site/scranton/.
Charter Participants will help JSTOR identify and develop new community services for primary source research and scholarship. Our participation in this initiative is made possible through our partnership with PA Digital and PALCI.
By sharing on JSTOR, our collections will reach millions of researchers around the world and be discovered alongside journal articles, ebooks, primary sources, and images from Artstor. The University of Scranton’s collections will also benefit from the features of the JSTOR platform and interface, including full-text search, citation management tools, content download and sharing, as well as innovative research tools such as Text Analyzer and Workspace.
Throughout the pilot period, ending in December 2021, we will share feedback with JSTOR to help them develop new tools and features to enhance usage and aid discovery of primary source materials. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Archives serves The University of Scranton community by collecting records that reflect the life of the institution and document its various functions including teaching, research, cultural activities, student life, administration and athletics.
Help us document the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to the University Archives. Our goal is to collect materials that reflect how the University’s activities, teaching and learning have changed as a result of the pandemic. We invite you to contribute your photos, screenshots, social media posts, videos and stories. Years from now, students, faculty, and staff will be able to learn about our daily experiences and how we adapted during this crisis.
Examples of what to submit:
screenshots of social media posts
videos or recordings of events and performances
photos of your home workspace
photos from your community
screenshots of virtual meetings
journal entries (written, audio, or video) documenting your experience
If you would like to share your experience of the COVID-19 crisis by submitting physical materials, please print out the submission form and send it with your materials to the University Archives. If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Royal Experience Archive University Archives Weinberg Memorial Library Linden & Monroe Scranton, PA 18510
Aware that so many of us carry everyday crosses in life, Italian St. Paul of Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist Congregation in 1720. This exhibit shows how Passionist priests, brothers, sisters, nuns and the peoples of the world have found compassion through the wisdom of Jesus on the Cross. See how sacred Passionist relics and inspirational art invites us to meditate on contemporary faith and healings and how artifacts and photos offer an understanding of Passionist monastic traditions and Scranton’s devotion to Good St. Ann. The diversity of Passionist ministry is represented by scholars, various media and a commitment to peace and justice.
On April 1, Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton and Passionist historian will offer a free public lecture entitled “Our Modern Quest for Compassion of the Mind and Heart: Reflection on the Passionist Tradition, 1720 to 2020.”
The Heritage Room exhibit will run through April 19. For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through numerous donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room and seen in these photos. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through such events as the Leaves of Class drawings, the annual book sale, and Distinguished Author Award dinners. They have purchased rare books and facsimiles, donating more than $75,000 to acquire more than 1240 books and other items for Special Collections as well as for the circulating and reference collections. The Friends have sponsored numerous other donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This coming Monday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., the exhibit reception for “Life, Death and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be held in the library’s Heritage Room. Passionist priest and historian Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., will give a lecture dedicated to remembering the Catholic witness of faith in China and especially honoring the memories of three Passionist priests who were martyred there in April of 1929.
The event, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Schemel Forum, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-941-6341.
WYOU recently interviewed Father Rob Carbonneau, Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, concerning the new Passionist exhibit currently on display in the Heritage Room. Watch the interview here! The exhibit, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be on display during normal library hours until April 24. On Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Father Carbonneau will give a lecture focused on the Chinese Catholic witness of faith and honoring three priests who were martyred in China. The reception is free and open to the public – don’t miss it! For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.