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November 29, 2011: Student News

Info Session on Study Abroad to Taiwan Today

An information session will be held today (Tuesday, Nov. 29) at 11:30 a.m. in Brennan Hall's auditorium, room 228, to provide information and to answer questions on the first bi-annual faculty-led summer study abroad in Taiwan. The short-term summer travel course will take place from June 1 to June 25, 2012. Students may earn up to 6 credit hours for this 25-days travel course (3 in philosophy and 3 in language). Both courses can fulfill GE and Asian Studies requirements. Students may earn a supplemental scholarship awarded by Taiwan's Ministry of Education to offset the travel cost. In addition, to encourage students' participation in faculty-led study abroad courses, the University will only charge 1-credit discount tuition fee for a 3 credit-course.
The cost of the study trip is approximately $2,999, which includes the round trip airfare to Taiwan, round-trip airport transportation, 25-days accommodation, some meals, 6 field trips/cultural excursions (including a visit to tea plantation, participation in a tea ceremony, and an overnight stay at a Zen Buddhist monastery), museum entrance fees, Internet access, four cultural lessons (Chinese medicine, calligraphy/painting, seal cutting, & Chinese cuisine), lectures, one-on-one student buddy system (you will be paired with a Fu Jen Catholic University student) for cultural experience enhancement, etc. 
The first deposit of $999 is due on Feb. 22, 2012. The remaining balance is due on March 26, 2012. Application packages can be picked up at the information session or from Dr. Ann Pang-White at LSC, room 271, or from Professor Mary Rafter at LSC, room 235.  If you have any further questions about the trip or the courses, please email
The 1-credit discount summer tuition rate of $753 (for the philosophy course) and/or $300 (for the language course) plus approximately $40 mandatory health/travel insurance will be charged by the Bursar's Office separately. This travel course is co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Department of World Languages and Cultures, in partnership with Fu Jen Catholic University (one of our sister universities in Taiwan).

Shop Scranton, Shop Local this Holiday Season

Want to reduce your carbon footprint, support downtown Scranton businesses, and buy unique gifts this holiday season? Shop Scranton, Shop Local! The Office of Community Relations and several campus and community partners have teamed up to promote downtown and other local Scranton businesses, products and events.

Enjoy discounts at downtown shops, get in the spirit at special events and bring Scranton home with “Scranton-opoly” – available in the University bookstore in early December.  Check-in to downtown locations using Foursquare and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to The Mall at Steamtown.

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Photos of 2011 Fall Concert

Check out The University of Scranton Programming Board's photographs from the 2011 Fall Concert: Secondhand Serenade, featuring The Brian Jarvis Band.

On-Campus Housing December Break Information

All University of Scranton housing will be closed over the winter break from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, through noon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Access to all buildings will be denied to any student who did not receive official written approval from the director of Residence Life. Students will not be permitted to return to campus prior to the regularly scheduled opening of the residence halls at noon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, unless they have registered for intersession classes or received permission to return to campus for intersession housing due to extenuating circumstances (athletics, employment, internship, etc.). Intersession housing for those students opens at noon on Jan. 2, 2012.

As students prepare to check out of housing in December, they should consider the following information:

  • 24 Quiet Hours begin Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.
  • All students must check out within 24 hours of their last final.
  • Take home keys and Royal card and follow all closing instructions listed on "Outta Here" form posted by RA/CA.
  • The residential areas close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, except for graduate apartments in Dorothy Day and Herold House.
  • Contact a Residence Life staff member or email if you have questions.

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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