This Month in our History - January


First issue of the Aquinas, 1916 (University of Scranton Archives)

January 1916 - The Aquinas
St. Thomas College’s first student publication, The Aquinas, was initially a monthly literary magazine, with the final issue of the academic year serving as a yearbook for the graduating class. The Aquinas became the student newspaper of St. Thomas College in 1931 and today thrives both on paper and on the web.

January 12, 1924 - College Charter
Without a state charter, St. Thomas College was unable to confer its own collegiate degrees, so in 1922 College President Bro. Firmus Edward, F.S.C., petitioned the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas for incorporation. A proposed charter described the College’s purpose and established its first Board of Trustees. At the recommendation of the State Council of Education, the Court approved the charter on January 12, 1924

January 10, 1943 – First Students Initiated into Alpha Sigma Nu
A chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society founded at Marquette University in 1915, was established at the University in 1943, and for the next twenty years it would be the only recognized academic honor society on campus. On January 10, 1943 Rev. Richard M. McKeon, S.J. initiated the first University of Scranton students (five seniors and seven juniors) into the society at the Scranton Estate.

January 1955 - Campus Planning
In the early 1950s, the University’s campus was divided, with administrative offices and the pre-med program housed in Old Main on Wyoming Avenue while the arts and sciences, business, and engineering divisions held classes in the naval barracks near the Estate. To better serve the University’s growing student body, in January 1955 the University Planning Board announced a $5,000,000 campus expansion plan, which provided a grand vision for the construction of ten new buildings in less than ten years.

January 1972 - Intersession
The University’s first intersession courses ran in January 1972, just before the Spring semester. During intersession, students can take classes on a condensed, one-month schedule.

January 16, 2003 - Presidential Visit
United States President George W. Bush addressed the University community in Byron on January 16, 2003. The University has had many prominent visitors, but this was the first visit by a sitting president

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