Alumni News: April 2, 2013

 The following items highlight the many alumni events and initiatives at The University of Scranton.


Shamrockin’ Eve Kicks Off Parade Weekend 

On March 8, the classes of 2008-2013 gathered in green to help throw a record-breakin’, Irish-jiggin’, Shamrockin’ Eve party. Created for alumni by alumni, Shamrockin’ Eve is one of Scranton’s most popular traditions as it reunites young alumni, seniors and friends on campus the evening before the city of Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade Day. Check out photos of the Irish shenanigans at

2013 Day of Service Right Around the Corner

Join fellow Scranton alumni in our annual Day of Service on Saturday, April 13. This year there will be 14 service project sites in 12 cities, each helping to make an impact on their local community. These service sites are organized by your very own alumni – and are part of the Jesuit Service Initiative – so together you can say, “I make a difference!”  The service project locations range from Scranton to Arlington, Texas. Go to our website,, to check out the different service opportunities in your area and register today! 

NOTE: The service projects in Baltimore, Md., the Lehigh Valley and The University of Scranton are on a different date, see website for details.

Medical Alumni Council Hosts Reception

The University’s Medical Alumni Council will host a reception on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center’s PNC Auditorium. We are honored to welcome guest speaker Dennis Dawgert, M.D. ’68.

Medical practitioners are taught to examine patients, diagnose their ailments, and provide treatment to alleviate their pain and distress. St Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises teaches a way to examine ourselves, evaluate our spiritual life and on the way discover how to make ourselves healthier human beings. This talk plans to explore how Ignatian Spiritual Practices can influence and improve practitioners personally, and medical care in the process. 

After the presentation, we will enjoy a networking reception with current students, as well as tours of the new Loyola Science Center. We will also provide an update on the Medical Alumni Council's activities. 

The event cost is $20 per person. If you are interested, register online today.

Philadelphia Law Day Set for April 19

Please join us as members of the University’s Council of Alumni Lawyers and Pre-Law Society gather for a reception on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow Scranton alumni lawyers, as well as to serve as a resource for our students interested in pursuing a law degree. The event costs $35 per person. Please visit for more information and to register.

Attention Norseman: Join Us as We Celebrate Scranton Rugby!

We have several alumni events scheduled for our Scranton Rugby family.

Norsemen Alumni Golf Outing
Friday, April 26
1 p.m.
Blue Ridge Trail –

Norsemen Alumni Dinner
Friday, April 26
7:30 p.m.
The Rose Room, Brennan Hall, The University of Scranton

Norseman Alumni Game
Saturday, April 27
1 p.m.
Whether as a player or a spectator, enjoy rugby at it’s finest!

Costs: $65 for golf only, $60 for dinner only, $125 for golf and dinner. Register today.

Reunion Weekend Just Two Months Away!

If your class year ends with a “3” or “8,” now is the time to start thinking about Reunion Weekend, scheduled June 7-9. Register online today at

OT Graduate Student Spring Fling & Alumni Reunion

Celebrate the achievements of occupational therapy students and alumni at the Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Spring Fling and Alumni Reunion, scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., in the DeNaples Center's ballroom. Proceeds will support the Thomas Jerome House, founded by Kristen Reil Perilli ’05 after working with Thomas Jerome Hromisin ’05, who was injured in Iraq. Click here to find out how one Scranton OT alumna is turning her dream into a reality.

‘Beyond the Commons’ Continues Success

“Beyond the Commons” – a dinner series that give members of the senior class an opportunity to connect with Scranton alumni – has become one of the most popular student-alumni engagement programs hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations.

The senior class committee members select a dinner discussion topic, ranging from “Careers in Medicine” to “Finances 101.” In October, Brian Goldsack ’09 and Tina Cognetti ’12 shared their “Do’s and Don’ts of Senior Year” and provided insight to being a member of the Scranton Alumni Society. Another dinner in November provided a unique opportunity for seniors to gain insight on completing a year of service after graduation from Kelly Miguens ’10, a former JVC member and current campus minster at Scranton, and four current JVC members serving in the city of Scranton. In February, a group of seniors had dinner with Shawn Lamb ’11 and Rita Dileo ’11 who shared their transition from being an active college student to a career within student affairs and higher education. April will have a number of dinners ranging in dinner topics – nursing, student-athlete, medicine, education and physical therapy.

If you are interested in participating in this program, contact Kristi Cordier ’09, class affinity coordinator, at

Alumni Society Prepares to Welcome Class of 2013

The Office of Alumni Relations encourages members of the class of 2013 to visit the “Welcome Alumni” table during Grad Finale on April 15 and 16 to take a picture with Iggy, update their contact information, make their senior class gift, and pick up information about becoming alumni. The class of 2013 will gather for the first time as alumni at the 2013 Welcome Parties this summer. Click here to see photos from 2012 Grad Finale.

Spread the Word: Alumni Benefits and Services

As a graduate of The University of Scranton, you and your family have access to exclusive discounts, programs and services through the Alumni Society. Whether you need auto or home insurance or just want to take an unforgettable trip with Scranton friends, your alumni benefits can help you and support alumni activities at the same time. The Alumni Society provides access to comprehensive and affordable short-term medical coverage for new graduates to keep them insured throughout the job search, as well as auto and renter’s insurance. Read more about the benefits of being a Scranton alumnus at

Apply Now for Our Alumni Society Credit Card

Applying for a University of Scranton credit card is a great way to “give back” to the University. Visit The Alumni Society Credit Card for more information!

Our Alumni Qualify for Insurance Savings

As a graduate of The University of Scranton, you qualify for special savings from Liberty Mutual on auto and home insurance. See for yourself how much money you could save with Liberty Mutual compared to your current insurance provider. Visit Liberty Mutual for a free quote.

Alumni Small Business Initiative Celebrates Our Entrepreneurs 

Celebrate the entrepreneurs among us! Visit our Alumni Small Business Initiative website to browse the online directory of more than 200 restaurants, stores and businesses owned by fellow Scranton alumni. If you are a Scranton graduate who owns a business, submit your business information at to be included in the directory.

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