Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together

There are a limited number of spaces for this service opportunity for new students. Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

Welcome to The University of Scranton! In keeping with our Jesuit identity, we work toward incorporating the values of St. Ignatius Loyola in all aspects of daily life. Living up to this goal gives us a desire to be "men and women for and with others," which fosters a yearning not only to help those in need but also to be an agent for change.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to take part in an exciting service immersion program - F.I.R.S.T.: Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together. Forty incoming freshmen will be given the opportunity to participate in five days of service in the Scranton community immediately preceding Fall Welcome. Types of service include working with elementary school children and nursing home residents, and participating in a painting project. In the evening, we will stay at the University's beautiful Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. A team of eight upperclassmen will lead F.I.R.S.T., a staff chaperone will direct it and there will be meals and reflections involving faculty and staff.

The program runs Monday, August 15 through Saturday, August 20.  If you will be living on campus, you will move all of your belongings into your residence hall on Monday afternoon and a bus will take you to Chapman Lake. Everyone will return to campus on Saturday morning, in time for Fall Welcome activities.

The cost of this experience is $150.00, which covers room, board, transportation and supplies for the service week. If you are interested, please send an email from your UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON account to Pat Vaccaro at patricia.vaccaro@scranton.edu by June 5. Your Scranton email account can be accessed by clicking the envelope icon in the top right corner of the my.scranton.edu portal.  No registration from personal accounts will be accepted.  Once we have received your e-mail, we will send you a confirmation response with payment instructions and additional information. Remember--spaces are limited!

We look forward to meeting you as the beginning of your college experience grows near!


Pat Vaccaro

Director, Center for Service and Social Justice

Shannon Murphy Fennie

Director, Center for Student Engagement