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Message from the President 

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.

Dear Friends,


When I arrived in July to take office as President of The University of Scranton, my enthusiasm and excitement for joining a remarkable academic community was coupled with an eagerness to get to know my new home - the City of Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania.


It has often been said of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, that he wanted to be where the action is, amidst people and communities. As a President of a Jesuit and Catholic institution, I believe that the well being of universities and their cities are very much intertwined. I am committed to community engagement - to educating our students to become men and women for others who can go and set the world on fire.


As a great legacy of Bishop O'Hara, the University has always and will always treasure its relationship with the City. In the short time I have been here, you have impressed me with your generous and welcoming hearts, your rich history, and your commitment to community.  


Just as you have warmly welcomed me, I encourage all of you to participate in the life of the University through lectures, concerts, plays, athletics or the library. While the year will give you many such opportunities, I want to invite you personally to join me on September

16th for our Inauguration Ceremony, which celebrates the past, present and future of The University of Scranton.






Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.



Schedule of Inauguration Events 


Sept. 13: Inauguration Lecture, 7:30 p.m. 

Rev. Frank Brennan, S.J., professor of law at the Australian Catholic University and chair of the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee, will discuss: "A Jesuit Perspective on Making Human Rights and Religion Friends, Not Foes." McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Call 941-7401. Read more 

Sept. 15: Inauguration Eucharist, 4 p.m.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton, principal celebrant; Rev. Michael McCarthy, S.J., executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, homilist. Dinner on the University Commons will follow. Call 941-7401.


Sept. 16: Inauguration of Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., 11:30 a.m.

Byron Recreation Complex. Luncheon on the University Commons will follow. Call 941-7401.


Sept. 17: President's Inauguration Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Concert will feature University of Scranton Performance Music Student Ensembles, with guest composer/guest conductor Lawrence Wolfe. Aula, Houlihan-McLean Center. Call 941-7624.


All of the above events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the Inauguration website

Service Spotlight

A Celebration of Service Marks Start of Inauguration Activities 

Volunteer Fair

More than 750 students, faculty and staff joined the University's new president, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., to volunteer at nearly a dozen area nonprofit organizations at the first of a weeklong series of events planned to celebrate the Inauguration of the 25th president of the University.  Father Quinn joined students and staff members at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, where they swept floors and sorted clothes at the Scranton facility.  The University's Community Outreach Office arranged for a variety of volunteer opportunities at area organizations, as well as projects on campus.  Read More

University Nationally Ranked Among Service-Oriented Colleges 

Washington Monthly

The University of Scranton is among the nation's leading service-oriented colleges according to a ranking published in the 2011 September/October issue of Washington Monthly. For the second consecutive year Scranton was among the universities listed in what the publication touts as a "different kind of college ranking" - one that measures how well universities are meeting their public obligations of providing research, service and social mobility.  Read More

Downtown Connections

University Scavenger Hunt Draws 250 Students Downtown

Downtown Scavenger HuntUniversity of Scranton students had a unique opportunity during Fall Welcome Week to explore the many boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, and cultural venues that make up the Electric City. The University held its first ever downtown scavenger hunt on Sept. 2 as part of on ongoing project by the Community Relations Office to increase University-downtown connections. More than 250 students registered, descending on the downtown with the goal of locating over 30 participating businesses and using the Foursquare mobile app to find clues. Mary Kate Gallaglier, a freshman from Port Ewen, N.Y., said the event "was a really good way to see the city." Read more

Campus & Neighborhood

Phase One of Loyola Science Center Completed

Science Center

At a naming announcement of the Loyola Science Center on Tuesday, Aug. 30, The University of Scranton unveiled 150,000 square feet of newly constructed space for phase one of the project.  Glass from floor to ceiling throughout phase one of the center exposes science being taught and learned at the University and combines light with panoramic views of the campus and Lackawanna Valley. Read more 


Major Campus Dates Ahead


Family Weekend

Family Weekend Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.

Hundreds of families will return to campus to visit their son or daughter for a weekend of activities, including a special promotion of downtown restaurants and local museums and cultural attractions. Read more



Upcoming Events

Sept. 16: Latin Explosion, 10 p.m. 

A celebration of Latin Heritage Month featuring Rumba Con Son, a nine-piece band, salsa dancers and more. First floor, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 941-5904, read more.


Sept. 17: Schemel Forum "University for a Day: America & the World," 8:45 a.m. Topics include America's unwritten constitution, globalization, environmental justice and more. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Registration required. $25.00 non-member fee. Call 941-7816, read more


Sept. 22: "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965," 7p.m.

The Swing Set presented by the Schemel Forum & Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Free. Call 941-7816, read more


Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2: "Wait Until Dark" by Frederick Knott 

The University of Scranton Players. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Fees vary. Call 941-4318.


Oct. 5: 10th Annual Northeastern U.S. disAbility Conference, 8 a.m. 

"Transition Planning In School, To Work, For Life." DeNaples Center. Fees vary. Pre-registration required. Call 941-7819, read more


Oct. 11: Award for Woman Entrepreneur Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. 

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will celebrate success in entrepreneurship by honoring four businesswomen. $25 tickets. Registration required. Call 570-941-7588 or visit     


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