A Message from the President
St. Ignatius instilled in the Jesuits a restless desire for excellence, the magis, but this restlessness was to be grounded in gratitude for all that God has done and is doing in our lives and in our world. As our team shared with me the stories for this issue of The Scranton Journal, I could not help but be deeply grateful of all that our students, faculty, staff and alumni are accomplishing.
On campus, we are starting our school year by dedicating the Loyola Science Center, the most ambitious project in our history, as part of a semester-long celebration. On its surface, the building has transformed the skyline of campus. Within, the laboratories, classrooms and gathering spaces are empowering our faculty and students to take Scranton’s well-deserved reputation for excellence in science education and research to new heights.
Within this issue, we reflect on another Scranton tradition – the incomparable success of graduates in securing Fulbright Fellowships, the nation’s most competitive international grants. There is much more: the inspiring story of Tim Burke, Esq. ’89, the thought-provoking messages of “Dear World,” and the reflections of recent graduates in “Without Scranton” who ponder how their experience here has changed them.
Just a few short weeks ago, we welcomed the class of 2016 in our usual fashion – hundreds of volunteers helping our first-year students to feel right at home and amazing parents with how quickly they can unload boxes. As I begin my second year, I want to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into the Scranton family. I look forward to the coming year and beyond with the confidence that this great Catholic and Jesuit university will continue to thrive through the hard work of our students, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the love and generosity of our alumni and friends.
God bless you all.
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.