Fall Alumni Preview

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Alumni and students who participated in the Medical Alumni Council’s medical mission to Haiti reunite at the 2016 Medical Alumni Symposium.

Autumn is a special time at The University of Scranton, a time that signals the beginning of a new academic year even as it heralds the coming end of the calendar year. While many Scranton students are thrilled to return to campus each fall, many alumni may not realize they, too, can participate in a variety of events designed to strengthen the Royal tie that binds the University community together.

On Friday, Sept. 15, Royals from around the country will gather both on campus and at regional receptions to celebrate Toast2Scranton, the University’s annual celebration of all things Scranton. On campus, alumni will have the opportunity to network with current student while enjoying a veritable cornucopia of hors d’oeuvres.

Off campus, alumni will gather at regional receptions throughout the month of September to celebrate their alma mater and officially welcome the newest crop of Scranton grads into the alumni family.

“For our alumni, especially recent graduates, Toast2Scranton gatherings are a great opportunity to catch up with friends and network with fellow Royals in the region,” said University of Scranton Alexandra Maier, assistant director of Annual Giving.

Throughout the evening, alumni at regional receptions will “toast” Scranton with the main celebration on campus via Facebook Live.

For more information, visit scranton.edu/toast2scranton, or contact Lynn Andres at lynn.andres@scranton.edu or 570-941-4142.

The President’s Business Council will also give alumni several opportunities to connect with their alma mater during the Autumn months. On Sept. 13, Royals in the Philadelphia area are invited to a Networking Reception with current University Students; this reception will also include the region’s Toast2Scranton celebration. On Oct. 19, Royals in the Washington, D.C., area will have the same opportunity as their Philadelphia counterparts at a Networking Reception with University Students. Locations and times for these receptions will be announced in Royal News.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the President’s Business Council 16th Annual Award Dinner will take place at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The dinner supports the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund and will honor Dennis J. McGonigle ’82, chief financial officer and executive vice president at SEI Investments, with the President’s Medal. Since its inception, the annual black tie gala has generated $13 million for the scholarship fund and transformed the lives of scores of Presidential Scholars. For more information, contact Tim Pryle ’89, executive director, at 570-941-5837 or pbc@scranton.edu, or visit scranton.edu/pbcdinner.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, alumni working in healthcare will have the opportunity to attend the 2017 Medical Alumni Symposium, hosted by the Medical Alumni Council and the Alumni Society in the PNC Auditorium of the Loyola Science Center.

The symposium will feature presentations on a variety of topics by a variety of speakers, including “Precision Medicine in Pediatric Epilepsy: From Bedside to Bench to Back” by Mark P. Fitzgerald, M.D., Ph.D. '02, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology fellow, Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program, Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, “The Role of the Interventional Radiologist in a Tertiary Care Medical Center” by Paul V. Suhocki, M.D. '78, associate professor, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, “Zika Virus: From the Road to Entebbe to Your Front Door” by Col. James Cummings, M.D., FACP, FIDSA '88, vice president of Clinical Development and Translational Medicine, Novavax, Inc., “Catching up on Sleep: Recognition, Evaluation and Management of Common Sleep Disorders” by Raymond J. Kovalski, M.D. '78, president, PMA Medical Specialists, and “Medical School & Graduate Medical Education: What Makes Applications Competitive?” by Jay Bannon, M.D. '83, physician, general surgeon, Geisinger Community Medical Center. Note: CME credits for the event are pending. Click here for more information.

Also, on Friday, Oct. 13, alumni who have participated in the Medical Alumni Council’s annual medical mission to Haiti are invited to return to campus for a reunion. For more information, contact Lynn Andres at lynn.andres@scranton.edu.

If you would like to receive advance notice of events like these, please update your contact information at scranton.edu/beengaged, especially if you have not done so since you graduated. For more information on alumni events, visit scranton.edu/alumnievents.

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