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November 8, 2011: General News

Co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail’ Visits Wednesday

The co-author of “Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity,” Daron Acemoglu, Ph.D., will address that topic at the Henry George Lecture at The University of Scranton on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. To read the entire release, click here.

Symphonic Band 'In Concert' Saturday

On Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The University of Scranton Symphonic Band will present a concert featuring a variety of contemporary works for band, including Vaclav Nelhybel's "Songs of Praise," Joseph Turrin's "Two Sketches for Band," Ayatey Shabazz's "Of Honor and Valor Eternal," Philip Sparke's "Mandalen Landscapes," and more. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public. The University of Scranton Symphonic Band is a 75-member ensemble made up of students from majors spanning the curriculum, none of them music majors, all of them brought together by their love of making music. For more information, visit

Senior Cadets Conduct Gettysburg Staff Ride

Military Science Level IV Cadets from the Royal Warrior Battalion took part in the program’s annual Staff Ride to the Gettysburg National Battlefield on Nov. 4-5. The Military Staff Ride is a event designed to help cadets and officers gain insight into a specific battle or conflict in order to come away with a better understanding of military history, tactics, terrain analysis, as well as battle command+. A firm understanding of these areas is vital as they play into an officer’s ability to plan, execute and assess training and missions. The Army views the staff ride as a means of conveying the lessons of the past to the present day Army leadership for current application. To read the full release and photograph, click here.

Stay Up Late with Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness is back this year! Student Government will be hosting Midnight Madness on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 11 p.m. in the Long Center. There will be free student section T-shirts, performances by on-campus groups, appearances by our beloved sports teams, and much more! The admittance fee is at least one can of non-perishable food for the Thanksgiving food drive. Please join us for all the fun!

Math SPIRAL Presents "A Beautiful Mind" Tonight

Come be a part of Math SPIRAL –Students and Professors InteRacting And Learning! Join the Math Department for some refreshments and a movie on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Loyola Science Center, room 133. We will be viewing the movie "A Beautiful Mind" in advance of the annual Harry Mullin, M.D., Memorial Lecture which will be delivered by John F. Nash, Jr., Ph.D, a 1994 Nobel Prize recipient in Economics and the subject of the film. Students and faculty of all disciplines are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. S. Muir at or ext. 6580.

Women & War Film Series Continues Wednesday

The Jane Kopas Women's Center invites the University community to our second installment of our Women and War film series, featuring "Grace, Milly, Lucy ... Child Soldiers" The film will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Moskovitz Theater, room 401, of the DeNaples Center. A facilitated discussion will follow.

Film Overview:
The girls were like little warriors, teens dressed up in combat fatigues, fighters in a war they could not understand.
It was not their choice: Grace, Milly and Lucy were abducted and forcibly recruited into a Ugandan rebel army.
As girl soldiers they were trained to kill and hurt people. In turn, they themselves were beaten, mutilated and raped. When the nightmare was over, when they finally got back on their feet, they wanted to bear witness and tell their stories.

For more information, visit, stop by the Women's Center, DeNaples Center, room 205F, or email Malia Uhatafe, program coordinator, at

Educational Fair on Feminism Today

FEMINISM: BELIEVE IT OR NOT. A fun, interactive educational fair on feminism will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the DeNaples Center's ballroom (room 407 A/B). There will be raffle prizes. Proof of attendance for faculty wishing to count for extra credit. The event is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Department of Latin American Studies and Women's Studies; created and hosted by students enrolled in PHIL 218: Feminism: Theory and Practice. For more information, contact Sharon Meagher, Ph.D., director of Women's Studies and chair of Department of Latin American Studies, at 941-4075 or

How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Lecture Nov. 17

"How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young, Arab, and Muslim in America Ten Years After 9/11," a lecture by Professor Moustafa Bayoumi of Brooklyn College CUNY, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Brennan Hall, room 228, Pearn Auditorium.
Just over a century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a provocative question in his classic "The Souls of Black Folk: 'How does it feel to be a problem?'" Now, Professor Bayoumi asks the same question about a new “problem” group in the United States and relies on seven young Arab-Americans to provide the answer. Bayoumi presents striking portraits of 20-something Arab-Americans in Brooklyn who face surveillance and detentions, workplace discrimination, threats of vigilante violence, and the disappearance of friends or family all trials that have faced the newest population in America to be tagged “problematic.” Bayoumi will reflect on what it means to be Arab-American and Muslim-American today, 10 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of "How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America" (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. (The book has also been translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers.) His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The Guardian, The National,, The London Review of Books, The Nation, and other places. Bayoumi is also the co-editor of The Edward Said Reader (Vintage) and editor of Midnight on Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict (O/R Books). He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, FOX News, Book TV, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets from around the world. Bayoumi is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Bayoumi will be signing books at the lecture; "How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America" is on sale at the bookstore and will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Campus Cadet Culture Set for Thursday


The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents Campus Cadet Culture on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the DeNaples Center, ballroom B and C. The event will serve to highlight the cadet culture at the University and cadets will share the benefits and challenges of their dual role on campus. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Tashika Griffith at or 941-5904.

Blessing of the Books Project Returns

The Panuska College of Professional Studies is collecting new or gently used children's books for its annual Blessing of the Books Project. Donation boxes are located in McGurrin, Leahy, Hyland, O'Hara, Brennan, St. Thomas, Long Center, Weinberg Memorial Library, DeNaples Center and the Loyola Science Center. Please join us for the Blessing of the Books ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of McGurrin Hall. For more information, visit

Jewish POW in Nazi Germany to Lecture Thursday

The experiences of a Jewish-American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany during World War II will be the topic of a lecture by Robert R. Max, a slave laborer who escaped from his captors, earned several prestigious medals, and became a community and business leader in northern New Jersey.

The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute of The University of Scranton will present “From American Soldier to Nazi Slave Laborer” at The University of Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 509 of Brennan Hall on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. To read the full release, click here.

Mass of Remembrance Set for Thursday

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 4:40 p.m. Please join us as we remember in prayer the deceased family members, friends and loved ones of the students, faculty and staff of The University of Scranton.
As part of the Nov. 10 Mass, there will be a ritual reading of the names of those who have died since this time last year. If you have lost a loved one during the past year and would like their name included during the Mass, please email Amy Hoegen at and include your name, the name of the deceased and your relationship to them, as well as if you plan on attending the Mass of Remembrance. Please contact University Ministries at 570-941-7419 with any additional questions.

Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador Remembered Nov. 16

Please join the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Club as it commemorates the anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador and their companions beginning with a silent procession from the DeNaples Center patio and concluding with a short prayer service at the martyrs memorial in front of Campion Hall. The Wednesday, Nov. 16, event will begin at noon. All are welcome, please join us! For more information, contact University Ministries at 941-7419.

Advent Liturgy & Tree Lighting Nov. 27

An advent liturgy & tree lighting ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. in the Byron Recreation Complex. It is a beautiful annual tradition, so please join us for liturgy and the candlelight procession immediately following to the Dionne Campus Green for the lighting of the Christmas tree. All students, faculty, staff and their families are invited. For more information, contact the Office of University Ministries at 941-7419. 

Film Series Presents 'Helena from the Wedding'

The Foreign Film Series goes domestic this month with the presentation of the American dramatic comedy "Helena from the Wedding" on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Sheli McHugh will lead a discussion following the film.

Written and directed by Joseph Infantolino, "Helena from the Wedding" is described by Film Movement as the story of Alex (Lee Tergesen) and Alice (Melanie Lynskey) who are hosting a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. But when the other couples arrive in various states of discord, their hopes for a relaxing weekend are quickly thrown out the window. The tensions in the cabin are compounded when Alice's friends bring along a surprise guest - the very young and very beautiful Helena (Gillian Jacobs). As the New Year creeps closer and closer, Alex and Alice must keep the evening from spiraling out of control.

This free event is open to faculty, staff students and the public, however seating is limited, so contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or for reservations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the film begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

SIFE Helps Downtown Scranton Businesses

The University of Scranton Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, in partnership with the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction, will help two to four local businesses develop a social media platform and strategy to market their businesses. SIFE accepted applications for the program at the “Social Media and your Small Business Seminar," hosted by the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center, on Nov. 3. SIFE recognizes that while social media could be extremely useful in marketing and advertising a business, not all business owners know how to use social media effectively. For more information about the program, contact Maria Kristina Melgarejo at

IT Matters Fall 2011 Edition Released

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 fall edition can be found at or

Adopt an Angel/Giving Tree Programs

It’s that time again! The Community Outreach Office will be sponsoring its annual Adopt an Angel and Giving Tree programs for the holidays. Since our semester ends so early this year, gifts are all due back to our office on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Makre sure ot shop over Thanksgiving break!

Here’s how it works

ADOPT AN ANGEL: Purchase toys and clothing for a child in need from our local community. Names, sizes and wishes are provided. Spend about $100. Gifts are due, unwrapped, to the Community Outreach Office by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Please include a roll of wrapping paper and tape. Be sure to include batteries if your items require them. Put the child’s name and assigned number on each item please.

GIVING TREE: Our tree will be on the second floor of the DeNaples Center by Friday, Nov. 11. Take an ornament for a boy or girl, age 0-teens, and purchase a gift of your choice for a value of about $25. Return, unwrapped, to the Community Outreach Office, by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Contact Ellen Judge at by Monday, Nov. 28, to have your angel info sent to you by e-mail! If you are also interested in helping us deliver gifts, please email Delivery dates TBA but will most likely be finals week.

This year, most of our children are from area Headstart preschool programs. They must meet federal poverty standards to attend this program. A family of four can make no more than $22,350. Other programs that will benefit from our holiday programs are Friends of the Poor, United Neighborhood Centers and area group foster homes.

New Photos Now on Flickr

The University's official Flickr page is updated throughout the semester with images from on-campus events. Check out these images from:
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New Issue of Alumni Magazine Now Online

The fall 2011 issue of The Scranton Journal, the University's alumni magazine, is now in the mail, enroute to our more than 44,000 alumni nationwide. While we only mail to our alumni, we now feature a robust website,, which houses all of the printed version's content, as well as a few web extras. Make sure to check it out for alumni profiles, class notes and University news!

Upcoming Community Events

Check out this week’s downtown and Scranton area events posted on the Community Relations website, including an “Ask the Doctor” event at The Commonwealth Medical College on Thursday, Nov. 10, an opportunity to hear from author Nina Burleigh at the Everhart Musuem on Thursday, Nov. 10, and 2011 Fee Free Days at the Steamtown National Historic Site this weekend. You can also like us on Facebook to stay up to date with Scranton happenings. If you have any questions, contact or 941-4419.

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