University of Scranton students familiarized themselves with a variety of downtown Scranton shops, restaurants and cultural venues on Fri., Aug. 30, during the third annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt.
Nearly 200 university students participated in the event, which began on the patio of the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center. Students were given free T-Shirts, along with a list of clues of the 38 businesses and a special downtown map. Once received, the participants had 90 minutes or less to visit each location, find the clue, collect "treasure" and snap a picture with a photo of the university's mascot, Iggy, hidden in each business.
"Treasure" items included coupons, menus and other giveaways sponsored by the 38 locations. Many locations were creative with their participation in the event. Northern Light Espresso Bar, which offered free smoothie samples, placed their poster of Iggy by the sugar and milk. NOW Hair Studio provided hair-product samples and placed Iggy by the shampoos.
While students dashed around downtown Scranton searching for clues, they also found the real Iggy roaming around.Students incorporated social media by uploading creative photos with Iggy onto Instagram with #findiggy. The winners of a special Iggy Instagram photo contest were Kateri Sternberg, a freshman from Poughkeepsie, NY and Laura Bopp, a freshman from Wantagh, NY.
The Scavenger Hunt concluded with an awards ceremony and refreshments on the second-floor atrium at The Mall at Steamtown.
The first-place winners were Jared Gambino, a junior from Chester, NJ and Christopher Peticca, a junior from Franklin Lakes, N.J. Each of the winners received a $200 gift certificate to The Mall at Steamtown.
The second-place winners were Chames Cyphers, a sophomore from Bedford, MA and Andrew Candela, a sophomore form Bayside, N.Y. They received a round trip to New York City with the Martz Bus Group.
The third-place winners were Kyle Gleaves, a senior from Wilkes-Barre, PA and Elisa Guisto, a senior from Mountain Top, PA. They received tickets to a Broadway Theatre League show at the Scranton Cultural Center.
The Downtown Scavenger Hunt is part of the University's ongoing Downtown Engagement Initiative designed to better familiarize students, faculty and staff with downtown Scranton. This event was organized by the University's Office of Community Relations in partnership with the Center for Student Engagement, Small Business Development Center, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce & Metro Action, and Scranton Tomorrow. Sponsors included: Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, The Mall at Steamtown, Penn Security Bank & Trust, Pennstar Banks, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, TMG Health, Broadway Theatre League and Wayne Bank.
More events are planned for this fall. During Family Weekend Sept. 20-22, parents and their student can dine downtown taking advantage of a special Family Table discount program. On Oct. 4, Community Relations will partner with Residence Life once again to organize the Electric City Downtown Nite, which highlights First Friday and includes dinner at a downtown restaurant, followed by a movie at Marquee Cinemas or the Listen Local concert at the Scranton Cultural Center.
The University is also participating in two collaborative downtown events in partnership with the seven other Lackawanna County colleges. A special Downtown Outdoor Movie, featuring Skyfall, is planned for Sept. 12 at 7:45 p.m. in cooperation with Scranton Tomorrow. Lackawanna County is hosting a special County College Battle of the Bands on Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m. that will include student bands performing before a panel of judges.
For more information about the University's Downtown Engagement Initiative, visit the Community Relations website.