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November 8, 2011: Student News

Thanksgiving Closing for On-Campus Housing

On-campus houses, apartments and residence halls will close on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at noon for Thanksgiving Break. On-campus housing reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at noon.

Dining Information
The Fresh Food Company (third floor of the DeNaples Center) closes on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4:45 p.m. The first-floor food court closes on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m.

All residents are required to complete the following closing procedures:
  • Clean your room (i.e. remove trash/clean out personal refrigerators).
  • Remove any items that may spoil over break (i.e. milk, bread, etc.).
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Pull down and close blinds.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Close and lock room door.
  • Last person to leave, sign the "We're Outta Here" form and place on the outside of the bedroom or apartment door.
Residents are not permitted to stay on campus during the Thanksgiving Break. Graduate students living in graduate housing in Herold House and Dorothy Day Apts. are not required to leave for the break. Contact if you have questions.

Post-Graduate Service Fair Scheduled Sunday

The Community Outreach Office and University Ministries will be hosting a Post-Graduate Fair on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Students interested in doing a year or more of service after graduation should come and talk to more than 30 agencies about possible placements nationally and internationally.  For more information, contact Cathy Seymour at or Pat Vaccaro at  

Turkey Bowl to Benefit Thanksgiving Food Drive

Mark your calendars for the Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament! Get together a co-ed flag football team for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. for a tournament to raise money for the eighth annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Each team should have 7-10 players. The tournament will be held at Fitzpatrick Field. The cost is $3 per person. Pick up forms in the Community Outreach Office, second floor of DeNaples Center and return them by Friday, Nov. 4. There will be prizes! For more information, contact Pete Delong at or Dave Hopp at

Work Study Position, Planning & Info Resources

The Planning and Information Resources Division will be hiring a work-study student who can work in the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., including during the summer. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, answering/following-up on phone calls/inquiries, directing/escorting visitors, mail sorting/distribution, filling, maintaining office supply inventory, refreshment tasks, photocopying, mailings, running errands, preparing/maintaining Excel spreadsheets, use of Microsoft Word, etc.   

This position requires professionalism, confidentiality and the ability to work quietly without a great deal of supervision. It also requires good interpersonal skills as the person hired will be dealing with a variety of students, staff and faculty. 

The start date for this position will be no later than the week of Jan. 9, 2012. If you are interested, contact Linda Scherer at Thank you in advance for your interest in working at the University.

Political Engagement Week Set for Nov. 8-15

Political Engagement Week is an opportunity for students to explore public service and engagement at multiple levels, through participation in municipal elections, getting involved with Student Government, learning about pressing state and national issues and interacting with local elected officials. Events begin tomorrow and include: 

Nov. 8: Election Day! Local Polls, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Nov. 11: Student Government Meeting, DeNaples Center, room 405, 3:15 p.m.

Nov. 12-13: The Politics of Our Democracy Film Festival Including Gasland, Gerrymandering and Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections, Brennan Hall, room 228 (Nov. 12, 3 p.m.; Nov. 13, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

Nov. 14: Think Global, Act Local - Panel Discussion with Local Elected Officials & Student Leaders, including Scranton’s Mayor Chris Doherty, New Loyola Science Center, room 133, 7 p.m.

To view a flyer, click here. Have questions? Contact ext. 6326 or email  

Political Engagement Week is a project of: Student Government, College Democrats, College Republicans, Debate Society, Young Americans for Liberty, Department of Political Science, Office of Community Relations, Office of the Associate Provost for Civic Engagement and Academic Mission.  

January 2012 Travel Course Offered

The Department of Latin American Studies and Women's Studies (LA/W/S) is offering a January 2012 travel course, LAWS 395 Women and Development in Latin America, team-taught by Sharon Meagher, Ph.D., and Linda Ledford-Miller, Ph.D. This course engages students in thinking about the challenges of development in Latin America, with particular focus on the gendered dimensions of both development theory and practice. Students will travel to Puebla, Huehuetla, and Cuetzalan, Mexico, where they will learn from indigenous women who have formed in economic cooperatives. These are very safe locations in Mexico, far removed from the places of violence reported in the news.

We will stay in two eco-tourism centers founded and managed by such indigenous women's co-ops, and we will work side-by-side the women on some projects. The course requires some fall pre-trip class meetings, some online course work, and two weeks of travel to Mexico in January 2012. This course counts as a Latin American Studies and a Women’s Studies elective, and it fulfills cultural diversity (D) credits as well as Social Science (S) credits. The cost will be approximately $1,600 per student, covering airfare, accommodations, workshops and performances plus 1 credit tuition ($846) for the three-credit course (University discounted rate).

The course is open to students in all majors; students must apply by completing an application. Applications can be picked up from Mary Rafter, LA/W/S secretary, in LSC, room 235, or emailing Dr. Meagher, chair of LA/W/S at Dr. Meagher can also provide additional information and answer any questions that you may have.

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