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November 24, 2009: General News

University Advent Liturgy and Tree Lighting

Sunday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m., Byron Center
All members of the University Community are invited to attend this annual tradition of celebrating the First Sunday of Advent.  The liturgy concludes with a candlelit procession to the Dionne Green for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.  Students returning to campus from Thanksgiving break are encouraged to invite their families to the Mass.

Contact: Office of University Ministries
phone: 941-7419

What's News in Science, Medicine, and Technology?

Find out this Tuesday, November 24th, in the DeNaples Center  Room 405 at 11:30 a.m.  The last one of 2009!  Come for a free-wheeling discussion of current topics in the news,  All are invited and there will be snacks!  Questions, contact Tim Cannon (

Some topics for this week are:
* Clever fools:  Why a high IQ doesn't mean you're smart
* Depression linked to processed food
* Thirsty plant dries out Yemen

University of Scranton Football Collection at the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Weinberg Memorial Library is proud to announce The University of Scranton Football Collection, a digitized version of our football archives. The collection includes over a thousand photographs of University of Scranton (and St. Thomas College) football teams, players, coaches, and games - as well as photos of the cheerleaders and marching bands who cheered them on.  The collection also features a set of football game programs, containing team rosters, statistics, and game analysis, as well as advertisements from many Scranton area businesses.  Most of the materials come from the years 1900 through 1960, the year the varsity football team was disbanded.

We invite all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to browse and search the collection at  You can also read a brief history of University of Scranton football on our Special Collections website at  If you have questions about the collection or recognize an unidentified player, please contact Digital Services Librarian Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki at or x7003.

CAS Dean and the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department Present

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Eric Piza, Geographic Information System Specialist from the Newark Police Department, will present a talk on  “GIS in Law Enforcement: A Problem Solving Analysis of the Newark Police Department” from 3:00-4:15 in Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall room 228.
Eric Piza has served as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for the Newark Police Department since February 2007.  He is responsible for the agency’s GIS and evaluation activities, which include performing problem solving analysis for the purpose of designing crime reduction strategies, conducting geographic and statistical analysis for weekly Compstat meetings, operating the Geographic Information System at Compstat meetings, producing daily reports of crime and officer activity within areas of concern, and conducting “location investigations” for every shooting and home invasion occurring in the city.  In an effort to expand the benefits of GIS technology, Eric designed and maintains a department wide GIS network, which allows personnel with little to no knowledge of GIS to utilize spatial data.

For more information contact Michael J. Jenkins, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice – ext. 5908 or jenkinsm2@scranton.

Annual Intersession Ski/Snowboard Trip!

The University of Scranton Mountain Sports Club is going to Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY for our Annual Intersession Ski/Snowboard trip!  We will depart from Scranton on January 5th and return January 8th.  The trip includes 2 days of skiing/snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain, 3 nights at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, and transportation to and from Lake Placid.  The cost of the trip is $260.  This trip is open to University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff.  For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Lauren Hahn, MSC treasurer, at

White Ribbon Week

From the week starting November 30th, please join the University’s Gender and Communication class celebrate “White Ribbon Week”.  White Ribbon Week is a week long event to help raise awareness and stop domestic violence.  Starting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, November 30th, December 2nd and December 4th, you can find a table with white ribbons, cookies, and information on the second floor of the DeNaples Center between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.   Also on Monday, vanilla milkshakes on the 3rd floor cafeteria for dinner! On Tuesday night, we will be presenting the movie “Enough”, starring Jennifer Lopez at 8 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center 4th floor.  The movie will be cut into segments to hear a reaction from the audience.  Immediately following the movie will be a Q&A session about domestic violence and relationships with former Pennsylvania State Police Officer Toni GilHooley.  All are welcome to join.  On Thursday, be sure to stop by the Dionne Green for our high heel race for all males on campus starting at 11:30 a.m.  Be sure to wear white on Friday because the week will end in a bang with local media around to cover the events held on campus on December 3rd,.  Help the Gender and Communication class in their fight against domestic violence!

Let’s Can Hunger Campaign Kick Off Rally

The Community Outreach Office and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will launch a 6-month hunger awareness and food collection campaign on Monday, December 7, 2nd floor DeNaples Center. The local campaign is part of Campbell Soup Company's challenge to SIFE teams across the country to end hunger through community activism. Bring cans and other non-perishable items to the rally. Collected food will be donated to the Leahy Food Pantry on campus. Contact Jan Kelly for more information (

The University of Scranton Players Present…

The University of Scranton Players will present the comedy The
by Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin and directed by
Michael O'Steen. The show starts @ 8:00 p.m. Thurs December 3 –Saturday December 5th  and Sunday, December 6th  at 2:00 p.m. in the
Royal Theatre located in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing
Arts. Tickets for Faculty, Students, and Staff are only $5 and $8 for
general admission. For more information or reservations contact the
players at 570-941-4318

Blessing of the Books

During this Thanksgiving season, as you take time count your blessings ,
past and present, please give thought  to how your life has been enriched by
the books of your childhood.  Won’t you please pass that blessing on to a child
in need?   We continue to collect new and gently used children’s books. Purple collection
boxes have been placed across campus or If you would like a student to pick up books  from  your work site, please call 941-6390 to schedule.

In the United States 19 percent of children under the age of 18 live in poverty.
Because of your generosity in 2007 and 2008, over 3,200 books have been
distributed to children. Please join us as the books are blessed by

Father Thomas Roach

Rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community

December 1, 2009,  3:30 p.m.

First Floor Lobby McGurrin Hall

Asante! (Pronounced: Ah-san-te).

Thanks to the  University community  for making the 2nd Annual Diversity Fair a great success.  Your feedback is valuable to us; please take a moment to follow the link at the end of this article to let us know what you thought of the Diversity Fair and what you would like see next year.

Many thanks to all the volunteers, vendors and participants who shared their talent, artifacts, knowledge and team spirit as we took the time to teach/do/honor Diversity on November 5 & 6. We had over 244 registered participants and more than a few walk ins.

A hearty “miigwech” to Cathy & Doris, the two Aboriginal women who brought the Native American culture to us. From Korea to Oman, India to El Salvador, participants were able to take a cultural diversity tour of nations represented by students from the International Students’ Club.  Instructional activities in the form of quizzes, henna tattoos from India, dance performances and lessons, language lessons, music from unusual diverse instruments, and a wheelchair obstacle course served to be educational as well as fun. There were books, artifacts and instructional materials from Rwanda & Uganda, mind teasers and various retreat dates and ideas at the Religious Diversity Table. 

We would like to thank the following:
Dr. Harold Baillie, for his unwavering support,  the Maintenance Staff, especially Toni Kraucheunas,  John Monahan and Dave for their tireless efforts and the  beautiful set up in the DeNaples Ballroom, the International Students’ Service for letting us borrow the flags representing diverse nations, Teri Ashenbrenner and the Staff at Aramark for indulging our diverse pallets and waiting on us… literally. We would also like to thank, the Media Dream Team: Physical Plant (Banner) Valarie Clark (Royal News), Larry Hinkernell (My Scranton), Mike Bybel (Aquinas) & Joyce Knots (Flyers & Emails); thanks for getting the word out.

A special mention to Nadege Valcin for the 2009 winning theme “see yourself in others” and Lori Ryan of Lori Ryan Photography for the logo design. 

What is a fair without volunteers and vendors?
HelenMae Newcomer of the National Association of Mental illness, Keith Williams, Robert Fox, Deana Gioupis & Ellen Exner of NEPA Center for Independent Living, Faculty & Staff from ReSpect, Hope Smith and the students of the Kopas Women’s Center, Staff Sergeant William Meade of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Brenda Cramer of Terapyn Gifts, Cathy Seymour of University Ministries, members of Fr. Sivalon’s World Religions Class, and Dr. Michael Allison’s class for the table on El Salvador. 

Thank you to our music performers for providing an atmosphere of fine culturally diverse entertainment: Marko Marcinko and the Latin Jazz Quintet; Jamie Orfanella and Tribal Waves; and Diana Shahein and the Oasis Winter Garden (for performance and Middle Eastern Dance Lesson); and Pedro Gonzalez of the Latin Cultural Diversity Center who provided the Salsa Dance lesson.

If you attended the Diversity Fair, we want to know what you think.  Please visit this link: Diversity Fair Survey

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