Alumni News and Events

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 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Ron Babcock ’01

Less than five minutes into “This Guy,” the comedy album from Ron Babcock ’01 and Sure Thing Records that debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy chart, Babcock shouts, “Comedy has arrived, people, and its name is Babcock!” While the line is clearly meant to be self-deprecating, it ends up fulfilling its own prophecy, serving as the call to action for a comedic odyssey through the mind of one of America’s funniest stand-up comics. On “This Guy,” Babcock shares his hilarious thoughts on topics as diverse as Coinstar, beards and time travel while keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of the awkward absurdity that is American comedy.

“Most of stand-up is failure,” Babcock said. “It’s one of those things where it’s a process profession. You have to be in love with that process because that’s all it is. Success is the most minor part of the process.

“I always describe it as you’re swimming through a sea of failure to islands of success. You get on that island, you take a break and you enjoy it, and then you jump back in.”

How did a native of Wilkes-Barre evolve into a comedic powerhouse who has been featured on “Adam Devine’s House Party” and “Last Comic Standing,” and what role did The University of Scranton play in that development? It’s a question we explored when we caught up with Babcock during his morning commute from his home in South Pasadena, California, to his new job editing the relaunch of “Muppet Babies,” which will premiere on Disney Junior in 2018.

Read the full alumni spotlight here.


ALUMNI NEWS AND EVENTS 

2017 Alumni Survey Results to Drive Future Alumni Programming

Thanks to all those who took part in our Alumni Survey! Your thoughts and feedback will help us better understand your student experience and what you now expect from the University as an alumna/us. The results will be shared this fall and incorporated into our future communications and programming.

Stay tuned to the Royal News to learn more.


Center for Student Engagement Continues Focus on Leadership Development

The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) at The University of Scranton is looking for a few good Royals to support its leadership development opportunities.

“Over the last two years, the primary focus for the Center for Student Engagement has been leadership development,” said CSE Director Shannon Murphy Fennie ’99. “Our goal is to develop the capacities within our students to not only engage in our University community, but to engage when they leave the institution.

“Programs like Orientation, Student Government, USPB and Scranton Emerging Leaders give our students an opportunity to develop valuable life and leadership skills while making friends and making a difference.”

Fennie also said donations to the center would aid its efforts to expand student leadership opportunities on campus and beyond.

“Every gift, no matter the amount, will help us do a little bit more than we could before,” she said.

For more information on the CSE, visit this link. To support the center, visit scranton.edu/makeagift.


Attention: University of Scranton Alumni Authors 

Did you know that the Weinberg Memorial Library has a collection of books written by alumni authors? Each June, the Weinberg Memorial Library presents The University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit featuring the work of alumni nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers and historians.

If you are an alumni author and are interested in donating your published work to the collection, please mail a copy to the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.

Read more here.


SAVE THE DATE: Medical Alumni Council Symposium 2017

The Executive Committee of the Medical Alumni Council has announced the date of the 2017 Symposium. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, and plan to attend the daylong event. 


Calling all 3’s & 8’s!  Your Reunion Weekend is June 8-10, 2018

Classes in years ending in 3 and 8 - it’s time to celebrate your milestone Reunion! Start making plans with friends and classmates to come back to campus and celebrate. Click here to add your name to the planning to attend list. Email alumni@scranton.edu to volunteer to join your class committee.

 


What’s New with YOU?

Did you recently earn an advanced degree? We want to keep you informed of the valuable programs we have to offer our alumni with advanced degrees. If you recently earned an advanced medical, dental, veterinary, health administration, business or legal degree, please click here or email your information to alumni@scranton.edu.

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