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Community Invited to Celebrate Inauguration of New President

Inauguration 2011

The Inauguration Ceremony of Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., as The University of Scranton's 25th president will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, in the William J. Byron, S.J., Recreation Complex. Scranton area residents are invited to attend the ceremony as well as various events that will take place from Sept. 9 - Sept. 17, including a Mass, lecture and concert. Read more



Six Scranton Graduates Earn Fulbright   Scholarships


Fulbright Scholars

Six University of Scranton graduates will make the most of their talents and interests as they share with - and learn from - cultures across the world as Fulbright scholars. In a banner year for an already strong tradition at the University, six graduates were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year. Read more




University Named Among Nation's Best Colleges


For the 10th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named The University of Scranton among the select schools in the nation profiled in "The Best 376 Colleges" which became available in bookstores on Aug. 2, 2011. The University was also ranked No. 170 among the nation's elite universities included in Forbes magazine's online listing of "America's Best Colleges."  

Service Spotlight

University of Success Program Provides Chance to Realize Dreams  

University of SuccessStephanie Pacheco, a soft-spoken eighth-grade graduate of South Scranton Intermediate School, thought she might want to be a veterinarian. Then, through The University of Scranton's University of Success program, she watched as TCMC students "saved the life" of Sim Man, a lifelike robot in the throes of a heart attack. Then she KNEW she had to have a career in health sciences. The best thing about her revelation was that it was backed up by a program that will give her a solid plan and the skills to realize her dream. Read more

University-Community Partnerships

Calling Area Non-Profits: September Volunteer Fair 

Volunteer Fair

The University's Community Outreach Office is hosting its annual Volunteer and Service Fair on Tuesday Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the DeNaples Center's ballroom. Last year the fair was attended by more than 850 students looking for find a volunteer placement in the Scranton community. Interested nonprofits can contact at the Community Outreach Office. Read More

Downtown Connections

Students to Explore Downtown with New Cooperative Events

Downtown Scavenger HuntTwo new University-downtown cooperative events are coming up in August and September. This Thursday, August 18 the Office of Community Relations, together with the University's Office of Residence Life and Scranton Tomorrow, will conduct a downtown tour for over 85 Residence Assistants ending at 10 different downtown restaurants. On September 2, students will participate in a Downtown Scavenger Hunt, a fun, interactive orientation to the downtown and introduction to First Friday Scranton. For more information about these initiatives, visit the Community Relations business opportunities page.

Campus & Neighborhood

Students Return During Fall Move-In Day on August 27 

Fall Move-In 
The campus will once again be teeming with students, beginning on Saturday, August 27, which is known as the University's annual Fall "Move-in Day."  450 upperclassmen student volunteers, as well as many faculty and staff, will assist freshmen with unpacking their car and moving their belongings into their dorm rooms.  Area residents can plan for some increased activity along Mulberry Street as students unload and settle into their new campus life.  Read more    
Forty Freshmen Arrive Early for Scranton Area Service Program 
Some students are arriving on August 22 - one week early - to participate in a program called FIRST: Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together.  Forty incoming freshmen will be given the opportunity to participate in five days of service in the Scranton community immediately preceding Fall Welcome. Types of service include working with elementary school children, nursing home residents, and participating in a painting project. Some of the sites included this year are North Scranton HeadStart, Belleview center, Jewish Home of NEPA and United Neighborhood Centers.  Read more

University-Community Social Media Links

Like the University's Office of Community Relations on Facebook! 

Like us on Facebook!The Office of Community Relations has launched a new Facebook page to create a further link between the University and the Scranton area. It will promote community events to University students, faculty and staff and share information about University news and events to Scranton area residents. It will also provide an opportunity for informal conversation and information-sharing. Like us on Facebook today!


Upcoming Events

Aug. 18 & 25: Schemel Forum "Light in August" Downtown Programs, 7 p.m. 

What Makes Classical Music Classical: Themes and Variations (Aug. 18); Profile of a School that Works (Aug. 25), Conducted in collaboration with Pages & Places @ Anthology, Alley Coffeehouse, 515 Center Street, Scranton, refreshments at 6 p.m., presentation discussion at 7 p.m., read more.


Sept. 3: The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble, 9 p.m.

Performance at "La Festa Italiana," Court House Square, Scranton, Free, Call 941-7624.


Sept. 8: Christian versus Secular Bioethics: Incompatible Visions of Morality and Reality, 7:30 p.m.

Lecture presented by Tristram Engelhardt, Ph.D., M.D., professor of philosophy Rice University, Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, Free, Call 941-4545 or view flyer


Sept. 9 - Sept. 17: Inauguration Events

The Inauguration Ceremony of Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. as the University's 25th President will take place on Friday, Sept. 16 and is part of a weeklong series of events, view full schedule.  


Sept. 11: Interdependence Day and Asian Moon Festival Performance, 3 p.m.

A Musical Journey to the East, "Silk and Bamboo (Sizhu)" featuring the internationally acclaimed Chai Found Music Workshop Ensemble, Houihan-McLean Center, Free, Call 941-6312, read more.  


Sept. 12: Chai Found Music Workshop for School Groups, 1 p.m.

Presentation, performance and hands-on demonstration of traditional Taiwanese and Chinese music and instruments for area elementary and high school children, Rose Room, Brennan Hall, Free, Preregistration required, Call 941-4094, read more.

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