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November 29, 2011: General News

Blessing of the Books Ceremony Dec. 6

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. Also, please join us for the Blessing of the Books ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. in the lobby of McGurrin Hall. For more information, please visit our website.

Players Present "Our Town" Dec. 1-4

The University of Scranton Players will close the fall 2011 semester with a production of Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town," directed by Michael O’Steen. The play will open Thursday, Dec. 1, in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts’ Royal Theatre. The production will run Thursday, Dec. 1, Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.

The play features Avanell Culp, Casey Kelly, Colin Brucia, Cristin Carroll (stage manager), Dan Satterfieild, Dana Majeski (Emily Webb), Fabiana Vargas, Hannah Sayre, Holly Ference, Julia Ekwall, Kaitlyn Lauber, Megan Reddock, Miguel Lozano, Kelly Krieger, Nicole Lopez-Isa, Larry McIver Jr, Peter Alexander, Quinn Hemphill, Susan Pickup, Tim Flynn, and Warren Dolan (George Gibbs).  Local students include Casey Kelly, Dana Majeski, Fabiana Vargas, Kelly Krieger, Larry McIver, Jr. and Quinn Hemphill.

"Our Town" is a classic of the American theater. It has come to represent not only our national identity, but also how we conceive of ourselves as a community. The play features the romance between George Gibbs, a doctor's son, and Emily Webb, the daughter of the town's newspaper editor. The play follows their relationship throughout their entire lives, from first meeting to their marriage. The play is set in the fictional community of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, modeled upon several towns in the Mount Monadnock region.

"Our Town" was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., in January 1938. A radio version was performed by many of the same film actors for Lux Radio Theater. Wilder received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 for the work. The play was banned in Russian-occupied Berlin, due to the fact that they thought that it was too depressing and there would be a wave of suicides. Recently, renowned director David Cromer revitalized Wilder’s text through his Barrow Street Theater and reintroducing this classic work to a new generation of theater artists and theatergoers.

Tickets for The University of Scranton Players production are available by reservation, or may be purchased at the box office located on the first floor of the McDade Center, next to the Royal Theatre. This show will have a limited one-week run and freshmen can receive a free ticket when they show their Royal Card.

For more information about the University Players, "Our Town," or reservations, contact the Players Box Office at 570-941-4318, email or visit

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, is slated for Thursday, Dec. 8. The liturgy schedule is 12:05 and 4:40 p.m., and masses will be held in the Madonna della Strada Chapel. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please join us! For additional information, contact The Office of University Ministries at 941-7419.

Kurilla Appointed ORSP Grants Manager

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) welcomes Therese Kurilla as its newly appointed grants manager. Kurilla joines Tabbi Miller-Scandle, director of research and sponsored programs, Eloise Libassi, sponsored programs coordinator, and Jamie Hayes, office assistant, in promoting the pursuit of research and scholarly endeavors by University faculty and staff. The new structure of ORSP will enable the office to utilize its expertise and resources through a more efficient and effective allocation of responsibilities. As your "Partners in Inquiry and Discovery," we will encourage and support the strategic research and educational goals of the University by forming collaborative relationships with our University community and beyond.

For general ORSP questions, or if you require immediate assistance, contant Jamie Hayes at 941-6353 or

Writing Center Returns to STT 588 D

As of Monday, Nov. 28, the Writing Center will once again operate from St. Thomas Hall, room 588 D. You can call (570) 941-6147 during our regular hours, visit our website, stop by St. Thomas, room 588 D, or fill out the request form available online. Walk–in sessions are dependent on consultant availability. To avoid disappointment, you should schedule in advance.

Blood Drive Set for Thursday

The Community Outreach Office will be sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, Dec. 1. Eligible donors may come to the Long Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guidelines for blood donations can be found on the blood donation web page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Lori at 

Holiday Tips Now on Foursquare

It's been said that this upcoming season is "the most wonderful time of the year." But, if you haven't gotten into the spirit of this Christmas season yet, there's plenty to do around the region that should put you in the mood. Check out our holiday tips list on Foursquare for some suggestions and take a break from the hustle and the bustle to enjoy yourself.

Not on Foursquare? Visit to sign up. Follow the University on Foursquare to get all our tips on campus venues including info on upcoming events.

Film Series Presents 'The Colors of the Mountain'

The Foreign Film Series will present the Colombian drama "The Colors of the Mountain" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Yamile Silva, Ph.D., will lead a discussion following the film.

As described by Film Movement, "The Colors of the Mountain" centers around a boy’s desire to play soccer in an area surrounded by war. The boy, Manuel, lives with his parents, who are hard-working farmers, in a mountainous and remote region of the Colombian countryside. As military forces square off against rebels in a civil war, Manuel and his friend Julian try to hold onto their everyday lives. When the soccer ball Manuel received for his birthday is kicked into a minefield, Manuel and his friends are determined to retrieve the precious gift.

The award-winning film is directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez and is in Spanish with English subtitles.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Seating is limited, so please contact Sharon Finnerty at (570) 941-6330 or for reservations.

Does Your Project Need Funding?

Because of the inspirational work of our University community, awesome things are happening every day. Our students, our staff and our faculty have ideas that can change lives, and our alumni would like to help bring those ideas to life.

Introducing Scranton[Micro]Grants – a new kind of fundraising in which the funding for your project comes from alumni, parents and friends of the University. Starting in February, a live website will make select campus projects eligible for direct donor support.

If you have a project in need of funding, contact Special Projects Manager Ashley Alt for more information at 570-941-4213,, or visit O’Hara Hall, room 616. Deadline for 2011-12 academic year submissions is Thursday, Dec. 1.

Commemorating World AIDS Day

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in the DeNaples Center's fireplace lounge for World AIDS Day. Create your own red Christmas ornament in honor of those affected by HIV/AIDs. Donations will be accepted for St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School for AIDS orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. The University of Scranton community is invited to remember and reflect upon the lives impacted by HIV/AIDS at a Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9:45 p.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel. The event is sponsored by the Center for Health Education and Wellness, University Ministries and Scranton Inclusion.

Criminal Justice Club Hosts Nov. 30 Event

criminal justice

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Criminal Justice Club will be hosting "A Glimpse into the Federal Criminal Justice System" at 5:30 p.m. in the DeNaples Center, room 405.

Our special guests/speakers will include:

  • FBI Special Agent Larry Whitehead
  • FBI Analyst Shawn Skovronsky
  • Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus
  • Federal Probation Officer Kimberly Kaleta
  • Captain Enrique Pabon

Each speaker will give students some insight into the Federal Criminal System and ideas of various employment opportunities in the Federal System. CK's pizza and refreshments will be served! For more information, contact Laura Murphy at

Flu Shots Still Available

Flu shots are still available to students, staff and faculty. The cost is $20 (check, cash or Royal Card). To set up an appointment, call Student Health Services at 941-7667.

Sustainamania Slated for Today

Sustainamania, an exhibit of sustainability experts and professionals, showcasing environmental issues and how to reduce your carbon footprint, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the DeNaples Center, room 405. All exhibits will be geared toward the college lifestyle. Free pizza will be available and there will be a raffle-off.

Holiday Vendor Fair Set for Thursday

The Annual Holiday Vendor Fair, sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement, will take place in the McIlhenny Ballroom in the DeNaples Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Choose from a wide selection of kitchenware and entertaining accessories, sauces, spices, accessories, knitted scarves, photographs of Scranton and vicinity, sterling silver, swarovski crystal, beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, skin care products, homemade greeting cards, handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, repurposed book purses, paper crafts, handmade purses, hair bows, bone sculptures, art related gift items, scarves, hats, gloves, bags, purses, soap, cards, granola, jam, potpourri, small furniture, lamps, bath and body, fair trade items homemade soaps & candles, leather bracelets, popcorn shirts, vests, jackets, homemade chocolates, candy baskets, recycled bags and sweets, musical instruments, clothing, sterling silver jewelry, collectables, comics and more!

Don't Miss the Espirt Reading Dec. 8

Don't miss the Esprit Reading on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in the DeNaples Center, room 405. Student authors will read selections from the fall 2011 issue, and awards will be presented in the categories of poetry, prose, and art & photography.

Open Mic Night Slated for Wednesday

99.5 WUSR FM and the Fresh Food Company on the third floor of DeNaples will be holding an Open Mic Night open to all students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 30.  The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, email

Coatally Sustainable Begins This Week

Senior communication students enrolled in Senior Seminar, the capstone communication class, are holding a coat drive to promote textile recycling and sustainability on campus.

The project, titled “Coatally Sustainable," seeks to raise awareness about textile manufacturing’s impact on the environment. According to National Geographic, Americans throw away 2.5 billion pounds of clothes a year, constituting about 5% of landfill waste.

Clothing impacts the environment at every stage of its life cycle, including production, cleaning and post use, according to an article from Environmental Health Perspectives. Along with using significant amounts of water, pesticides and crude oil, the manufacturing process is energy-intensive and emits toxins, greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds into the air.

“Coatally Sustainable” is encouraging students, faculty and staff to reduce their impact by donating new or used coats. “Coatally Sustainable” will be collecting coats on the second floor of the DeNaples Center on Monday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. All of the coats will be distributed to guests of the Christmas Day Breakfast.

Don’t forget to follow Coatally Sustainable on Twitter @CoatallySUSTNBL for facts about textile recycling and updates about the coat drive. For more information, visit or contact Maria Kristina Melgarejo at

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. Make sure to 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.

First Friday in Downtown Scranton Dec. 2

Don’t miss First Friday throughout downtown Scranton this Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m., including the Lackawanna County Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Courthouse Square (North Washington side) at 6 p.m. Check out more downtown and Scranton area events on the Community Relations website. You can also Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with Scranton happenings.

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