Films for Veterans Day

Celebrate Veterans Day by picking up a patriotic film displayed in Media Resources. Our military men and women have been portrayed in many films over the years. Watch the story of an African-American sailor who dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver in Men of Honor. The movie Flags of Our Fathers boldly explores the complex nature of heroism, bravery and patriotism in the harrowing true story of four Marines during WWII and how a single photo emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the 20th century. If you’d like a local story of courage, try the extraordinary docudrama Gino Merli: the Healing Hero. These movies along with American Sniper, The Best Years of Our Lives, Legends of the Fall and many others remind us of all our Veterans have done for us. Stop in to check one out.

Honor Roll, 1945


In honor of our many veterans: This Honor Roll booklet from January 1945 lists 1,835 University of Scranton students and alumni who had served in the armed forces.

Find photographs, documents, news clippings, and more about the many veterans in the University community in our digital collections.


Blessing of the Books

Two of my favorite words are “blessing” and “books” — and the U sponsors and runs an annual event that involves both of these things!

From today’s issue of Royal News:

Have books been a blessing in your life? Pass the blessing on! New and gently used children’s books, suitable for toddlers through young teens, as well as Spanish language books are being collected by the Panuska College of Professional Studies. On December 1, at 3:00 P.M. in the McGurrin Reading Room, Father Pilarz, S.J. will be blessing the books. The books will then be shared with the children of Scranton, and beyond!

Other useful information:

Collections boxes are located in: McGurrin Hall lobby, Weinberg Memorial Library lobby, Brennan Hall second floor, DeNaples Center by the Community Outreach Office and the John Long Center in the Exercise Science area. If you need books picked up from your office or if you would like a collection box placed in or near your office please call 941-6390.

As you can see, the Library is a great place to bring your books for kids who may not have any other opportunities to get books this year. It works out nicely — come to the Library to access the abundance of books and resources we’ve been blessed with as Scranton students, staff and faculty, and if you have any books lying around that you think the children of the greater Scranton area would enjoy, offer that blessing back by donating those books to the Blessing of the Books event! Everyone wins!


And a special “Thank you!” to our U.S. soldiers — past, present, and future — who have served our nation selflessly and bravely, on this day in which we honor our Veterans! May God bless you and your service!!