Students Turn Out to Discover Deals in Downtown Scranton


University of Scranton students had plenty of opportunity to familiarize themselves with their “second home” at the second annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt.

More than 200 students participated in the event that began with distribution of T-shirts and maps on the patio of the DeNaples Center. The maps showed the more than 30 downtown businesses that the teams had to visit – in 90 minutes or less – in an attempt to win one of the top prizes. At each location, teams had to stop, collect “treasure,” and take a picture with a poster of Iggy, The University of Scranton’s mascot.

“Treasure” items included coupons, menus and other giveaways sponsored by the participating locations, such as the coupons on entrées offered by Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood.

Many locations were creative in their participation in the event. Mackrell’s Barber Shop, which offered discounts on haircuts, sat its Iggy poster in the barber chair. Comics on the Green posted its Iggy poster on a life-size superhero cutout.

To view a special “Iggy cam” tracking students participating in the event and following the real Iggy roaming around downtown, click here. To view photos of the event, visit the University’s Flickr page.

The Scavenger Hunt concluded with an awards ceremony and refreshments at the second-floor atrium of The Mall at Steamtown. 

The first-place winners were Chris Cummings, a graduate student from Scranton, and Bob Law, a senior from Lansdale. Each of the first place winners received a $100 gift card to The Mall at Steamtown.

The second-place winners were Will Hartz, a freshman from Eagleville, and Chris Kilner, a freshman from Rockville, Md. They received two tickets to “West Side Story” performed by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center.

The third-place winners were Matt Murnin, a sophomore from Clarks Green, and Jared Gambino, a sophomore from Chester, N.J. They received vouchers for dinner and a movie downtown.  

The Scavenger Hunt is part of the University’s ongoing Downtown Engagement Initiative designed to better familiarize students, faculty and staff with downtown Scranton offerings. 

The event was organized by the University’s Office of Community Relations in partnership with the University’s Center for Student Engagement, Small Business Development Center, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce & Metro Action and Scranton Tomorrow.  Sponsors included: Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, The Mall at Steamtown, Penn Security Bank & Trust, Pennstar Bank, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, TMG Health, Broadway Theatre League and Wayne Bank.

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This article was written By Catherine Erbicella’ 14, Media, Public Relations Intern.  Catherine is a management major with a minor in philosophy and participant in the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Business Leadership Honors Program at The University of Scranton.