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2019 Living Wage Report Released
In partnership with The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, The University of Scranton released a comprehensive report that details how conditions have changed three years after their groundbreaking "Living Wage Report 2016." A living wage is a rate at which a worker can reach a standard of living that meets essential basic needs and provides a modest but dignified life.

A "State of Scranton" Seminar held in November to release the results was attended by 150 community organization leaders and representatives and included interactive discussions about the report's findings and recommendations and a special video presentation with greetings from University President Scott Pilarz, S.J., and three individuals who have experienced economic insecurity in our region. 

Read the full Living Wage Report 2019 Update at

Upcoming Christmas Events

Christmas Day Breakfast Planned at University

The University of Scranton's 11th annual Community Christmas Day Breakfast will take place Wednesday, Dec. 25, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the third-floor of the DeNaples Center on campus. The breakfast, organized by the Center for Service and Social Justice and Dining Services/ARAMARK, is offered free of charge to the elderly or those who are alone or in need as a gift to the community for the holiday season. Reservations are not needed to attend. For additional information, call 570-941-7401.

Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert: Ken McGraw with Brass and Ivory
The concert on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.  will include performances of a variety of holiday favorites and an audience Christmas caroling sing-along. It  is free and open to the public. All who attend are asked to bring a new toy, new toiletry items, or a monetary donation. The collection will benefit children of local families in need this holiday season. View more Performance Music events   

Academic Highlights

Two Majors Seeing Major Growth

Two majors at Scranton - criminal justice and history - have seen the number of incoming students triple in the past three years for the same reasons: cogent explanations of career employment opportunities following graduation; having an engaging faculty and providing appealing courses. read more
A Successful First Semester for Slattery Humanities Center

Announced in May, the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities is completing its first semester with projects that have included the inauguration of the Humanities in Action Lecture Series. Renovations are set to begin this month to the Center's home, a Victorian mansion on the corner of Mulberry Street and Clay Avenue.  Leading the Center's efforts is its executive director, Gregory Jordan, J.D. A writer, teacher and film producer, Jordan has authored two books, "The Saints are Coming" and "Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home." read more

Community Outreach

University Conducts Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

University of Scranton students, faculty and staff donated food baskets for area families in need through its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive organized by the University's Center for Service and Social Justice. More than 80 students, including 45 members of Scranton's Lacrosse team, volunteered to prepare and distribute 200 food baskets to families at the Valley View Housing Development in South Scranton.

Education Collaboration

Third Cohort Begins Nonprofit Leadership Program

The University of Scranton held an orientation for the incoming participants of the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program for 2019-2020. It seeks to develop future executives to serve area nonprofit institutions.T he certificate program combines a rigorous academic component taught by Kania School of Management faculty with expertise in nonprofit organizations, a mentorship and experiential learning.  read more

 Area High School Students Benefit From Dual Enrollment 

At The University of Scranton, high school students are placed in classes on campus with their college peers. High school students who have finished their sophomore year and have a good GPA are eligible to take classes at the University. Information about the University's college enrollment programs for high school students can be found read more