125th Celebration: What we are Celebrating
We asked members of the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee to share their thoughts on what we are celebrating during this anniversary year. Here are some of their reflections.
thinking of the 125th anniversary, my mind goes to the students. We are
celebrating 125 years of our students going out into the world and doing
phenomenal things. That's the legacy of our students -- the change they've
created in the world, whether in academia, service or as practitioners of their
-Stephanie Adamec, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services
celebrating: Bishop O’Hara’s vision and faith; the work of the Xaverian
Brothers; the risk taking and persistence of the Christian Brothers; the
Jesuit’s ministry of education grounded in faith and the promotion of justice;
the fulfillment of the University of Scranton’s mission to prepare and inspire
men and women for and with others; and the successes of our students and
alumni/alumnae ― successes in their personal lives, professional lives and as
instruments of justice in their communities.
-Jean W. Harris Ph.D., Chairperson and Professor, Political Science
celebrating growth, achievement, and community.
-Ellen Casey, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English
as both a student and an alumna, celebrating the 125th anniversary means
honoring the place that has provided me with support and education to not only
obtain the knowledge and skills needed for my future, but to grow as a person
who is willing to accept challenges, think critically and continue to search
for new ways to care for and with others. This celebration honors the service,
commitment and passion of the entire University of Scranton community.
-Jennifer Villare, graduate student
celebrating the enduring legacy of Catholic and Jesuit education--not only its
past contributions to our region and its people but also its hope to serve the
needs of future generations. We are called at this time to imagine a future for
our university that will live up to the ideals of its founders.
-Brian P. Conniff, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
celebrating who we are – a community that has been given the tremendous
opportunity to see and celebrate Christ in one another through the love, care
and gratitude we extend to ourselves, each other and to God through our work.
-Cheryl Y. Boga, Conductor and Director, Performance Music
anniversary provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of
our alumni over the last 125 years and to look ahead to a very exciting future.
-Gary R. Olsen, Vice President for Advancement
worked at the University for 14 years, in both Development and in the
President's Office. Working in an environment where grounding in the Jesuit
ideals tops the mission statement has been a blessing in my life. I get to take
part in God's work and watch as His will for each student is fulfilled. I call
our students "kids," because they are like my own kids. Even though I
don't work in an educational capacity, I get to nurture them and watch them
grow and mature. Being a part of the University community has enriched my life
-Tara M. Seely, Projects Coordinator, Office of the President
celebrating the faith and determination required to start a college in a
rough-and-tumble coal town and then to continue to invest in it through wars,
national and local economic depressions and many other challenges. We are also
celebrating the joy and satisfaction of seeing that faith and determination
result in a widely recognized, nationally celebrated University.
-Michael J. Knies , Special Collections Librarian
yearlong celebration is an opportunity for us to look back with gratitude for
the people and events that helped shape our University. In that spirit, we can
focus on sustaining our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit University for future
members of our community.
-Robert W. Davis Jr., Chief of Staff
are celebrating is a remarkable series of acts of faith that have shaped the
University’s history from its inception, beginning with Bishop O’Hara laying a
cornerstone for a building he did not yet have the funds to build and then a
half-century later with the willingness of the Jesuits to accept ownership of a
school saddled with debt in the midst of a world war. Such acts of faith
continue to be repeated in more recent years every time ground is broken for a
multi-million dollar project with confidence that the generosity of our
benefactors will ensure its completion. The University today with its beautiful
campus, vibrant student body and dynamic faculty gives testimony to the extent to
which those acts of faith have been and continue to be so amply rewarded.
-Frank X.J. Homer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and University Historian
we celebrate our pride in being a part of the University community. We have the
opportunity to look back at Scranton's growth and reflect on its promise for
the future. As Scranton continues to strive for excellence, the entire
community is privileged to be part of something special. We are celebrating the
University's commitment to education, wellness and service. As we celebrate 125
years, we celebrate our success in the pursuit of Magis.
-Jennifer Grigorescu, student
Anniversary is about celebrating the amazing heritage that we all share here at
The University of Scranton. It is an opportunity both for us to reflect on the
contributions of all those who have had a hand in shaping what the university
is today and for us to commit ourselves to furthering the ideals of the
university as we look to the future.
-Christian Burne, student
celebrating our students, who come from near and far to experience a Jesuit
education second to none on a campus where the sense of community is as strong
as the cornerstone put in place 125 years ago.
-Frani Mancuso, Director of Conference & Event Services
I have a unique view of the
university. Not only did I receive my undergraduate and graduate degrees here,
three of my four children are also alumni; plus I've worked in varying roles
for the university for 23 years. What I have seen is how special this place is.
Despite its growth, there is one thing that never changes: the students remain
at the heart of everything we do. That's at the center of Scranton's success --
that unfailing mission to groom men and women for others.
-Edward J. Steinmetz, Jr., Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration