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March 30, 2010: General News

Classroom Assignments for Combined Final Exams

Classroom assignments for combined final exams for Spring 2010 are currently posted on the Registrar's Web page and can be accessed at http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/ac_ro_combined_exams.shtml.
 
The Final Exam Schedulee for Spring 2010 is also currently posted on the Registrar's Web page and can be accessed at the following link: http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/ac_ro_finalexams.shtml.

Career Carnival Comes to Scranton April 16

The Office of Career Services will be sponsoring a Career Carnival on Friday, April 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the John and Jacquelyn Dionne Campus Green. (In the event of rain, the carnival will be moved to The Long Center.) 

In addition to carnival-style games (including a dunk tank) and food, local employers will also be accepting resumes and providing information on possible job or internship opportunities. 

The carnival will conclude a week of career-related workshops designed to promote The Office of Career Services to the campus community. Students may register for the workshops by visiting College Central Network. 

Students participating in any of the workshops, or who schedule an appointment with Career Services during the week of April 12-16, will be entered in a raffle to win several grand prizes including a Netbook, Nano, iPOD shuffles and digital cameras. In addition, prizes from area vendors will also be awarded. The carnival is free of charge and is open to students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

A Death Row Survivor Tells His Story

The Education for Justice Office, in conjunction with Witness to Innocence, is hosting a presentation on the death penalty by Juan Melendez, a former prisoner who spent 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. The presentation is slated for Friday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in Collegiate Hall of Redington Hall. For more information, contact justice-education@scranton.edu.

The Running of the Royals 5K Run/Walk

The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) is hosting a 5k Run/Walk for all ability levels at Nay Aug Park Sunday, April 11, at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $10, and all proceeds benefit the Haiti Relief Fund. For more information, contact CHEW at chew@scranton.edu or 941-4253.

On-Campus Housing Easter Break Closing

Campus housing will close on Thursday, April 1, at noon for Easter Break. The halls will reopen on Monday, April 5, at noon. Prior to leaving campus all residents are required to do the following:
 
1. Clean room
2. Remove all trash & food
3. Clean refrigerator and remove non-perishable food
4. Unplug all electrical items
5. Close and lock all windows
6. Pull down and close blinds
7. Turn off all lights
8. Close and lock room door
9. Pack all items & valuables you will need over break
 
The last person to leave the room must fill out the “We’re Outta Here” form that will be attached to the room/apt. door.
 
Students may seek permission to stay during the break if they have extenuating circumstances — international student, student teaching, etc. — by submitting an online break request form on UIS available until Friday, March 26. Access to all residential areas during the break will be denied to all students who did not receive official written approval from the Director of Residence Life.
 
Students with questions should contact Residence Life at 941-6226 or res-life@scranton.edu.

Race and Ethnicity Code Update

Colleges and universities are asked by many organizations and agencies, including the federal government, accrediting associations, college guides, newspapers and our own university community, to describe the racial/ethnic backgrounds of our students and employees. The federal government requires us to ask the following two questions pertaining to race & ethnicity: 
 
1. Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic/Latino?
_ Yes 
_ No 
 
2. Select one or more of the following racial categories to describe yourself:
_ American Indian or Alaska Native 
_ Asian 
_ Black or African American 
_ Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
_White 
 
To answer these questions, please update your information on the HOME tab of the University portal at http://my.scranton.edu. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this update, contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) at x4357 or e-mail taylorv2@scranton.edu.

Eleven New Web Sites Launched

In the University's ongoing work to migrate Web sites into new designs within the Web Content Management System, 11 sites have gone live since January 1.

Approximately six other sites are scheduled to go live within the next two weeks.

Volleyball Marathon Set for April 10

The 29th Volleyball Marathon, hosted by the Physical Therapy Club, is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Byron Center. The marathon has an Olympics theme, and there will be food, raffles and prizes available.   

Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to form teams. It costs $45 per team, and all proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis, Hope for Haiti and Be the March. 

Registration will be held March 22-26 and 29-31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the DeNaples Center. For more information, contact jacobsp2@scranton.edu

H1N1 Vaccine Still Available

H1N1 vaccines are still available to all students, staff and faculty. To set up an appointment, call Student Health Services at 941-7667. There is no fee.

IT Matters Spring 2010 Edition

The newest edition of IT Matters, a newsletter focused on the developments and activities of the Information Resources Division is now available. With rapid changes, we realize that there is a need to create an ongoing method of keeping our community up to date. IT Matters will provide our faculty, staff and students with information on current applications, planned changes to technologies and new initiatives. The Spring edition can be found at http://www.scranton.edu/it-matters.

Women’s Business Center Offers Certification

The University of Scranton Women’s Business Center (WBC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are teaming up to offer an 8-week certification program for aspiring entrepreneurs. The program will be held in Scranton on Tuesdays, beginning April 6 and ending May 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The program, entitled “Locally Grown™ Woman Owned,” is designed to give entrepreneurs the specific step-by-step guidance needed to grow their new ventures the right way. Participants in this powerful, interactive, community-based program will learn the basic principles for starting a small business; legal and insurance issues; the essential aspects of sales and marketing; how to start smart with a business plan that really works; the basics of small business budget and finance; funding opportunities; and strategies for growing strong in the marketplace.

The highly interactive Locally Grown™ curriculum is built upon The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education’s National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education and taught by experienced SBDC consultants, community professionals and local entrepreneurs. Participants will also receive ongoing individual consulting and coaching, to help grow their businesses strong, at no additional cost.

Cost for the 8-week series is $160 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, call 941-7588 or e-mail info@ksomwomenscenter.org.

Pet Therapy Returns April 28

The Community Outreach Office is bringing back Pet Therapy, titled Time to Paws: Canines on Campus, Wednesday, April 28, on the Dionne Green and DeNaples Patio from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We are seeking staff and faculty members who would like to bring their dogs to campus to interact with students. Dogs must be friendly to all types of people, good with other dogs and on leash at all times. If you can come with a friendly canine, e-mail Ellen Judge at judgee2@scranton.edu. Respond with your name and your pet’s name and breed.

Easter Basket Drive Continues Through March 31

The Community Outreach Office is sponsoring an Easter Basket Drive through Wednesday, March 31, for children in need from local Head Start programs and United Neighborhood Centers. We are asking that you make a basket for a child, age 0-12, that contains a chocolate bunny, jelly beans, wrapped candies, assorted small toys, etc — no loose candy please. The baskets should have Easter grass and be wrapped in cellophane. Estimated cost for each basket should be approximately $20. Please choose an egg from the Bunny Basket on the second floor of the DeNaples Center and return basket to The Community Office anytime prior to March 31. For more information, e-mail judgee2@scranton.edu or call 941-7429.

One Stop Donation Drop

Do you have a garage or basement full of unwanted, new or gently used items waiting to reach the hands of those in need? One Stop Donation Drop (OSDD), a local event partnering the community with charities will make sure they do. 

Join in the donation spirit Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The University of Scranton where OSDD will help your unwanted items reach wanting hands. Can’t get to The University of Scranton? Be sure to visit the other One Stop Donation Drop location, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, also hosting the event on Saturday, April 17.
 
Here’s how you can get involved: Spend some time cleaning out your closets, basements attics — whatever! Then bring your items (visit www.donationdrop.org to view the wish list of accepted items), along with a nonperishable food item or $5 per carload donation to your nearest OSDD location. From there, team members will unload your car, sort your items and ensure that everything reaches who need it most. In addition, Scranton will have professional document shredding available at no charge provided by ShredDoc.

One Stop Donation Drop Scranton is a project of Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2010. For more information, visit www.leadershiplackawanna.com, www.donationdrop.org or call Michelle Williams at 346-0759 ext. 104.

Donate Dresses to Cinderella’s Closet

Have a formal or prom dress taking up room in your or your daughter's closet? Donate it to Cinderella's Closet! 
 
Sponsored by the Junior League of Scranton, Cinderella’s Closet is an annual event that occurs in April at the Scranton Cultural Center. The event helps high school girls have an opportunity to go to the prom in a dress of their choice and feel like the “belle of the ball” — all for less than $10. 
 
With the cost of formal attire increasing, students and parents are likely to have difficulty affording this important night. The junior league believes students shouldn’t suffer the consequences of these growing prices. 
 
Dresses should be of modern style, clean and in good condition — no 80s dresses please. Cinderella’s Closet also accepts formal footwear, jewelry and hair accessories. Bring back your dresses after Spring Break! Donations can be dropped off in The Community Outreach Office now through Wednesday, March 31. Our office is located in DeNaples 205B. For more information, contact Ellen Judge at judgee2@scranton.edu.

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