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University & Alumni Society Present Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Awards

University & Alumni Society Present Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Awards
At the award ceremony are, from left, Tom Grech ’84, president of the University’s Alumni Society; Patrick W. Shea, Esq. ’78; Michael D. DeMichele, Ph.D. ’63; Joseph P. Bannon, M.D.’83; Kathleen Sprows-Cummings, Ph.D. ’93; and Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University president. O’Hara Award recipient James F. Duffy, S.J., M.D. ’88 is not pictured.

The University honored five alumni with the Frank J. O’Hara Award at the Reunion 2013 O’Hara Award ceremony in June. Although these Royals come from an array of professional backgrounds, they all have one commonality: they’ve achieved distinction in their professions and/or personal endeavors. It is only fitting that they received the highest honor bestowed jointly by the University and its Alumni Society.

2013 O’Hara Awardees:
Joseph Bannon, M.D. ’83, Clarks Summit (Medicine)
Michael DeMichele, Ph.D. ’63, Scranton (University Service)
Rev. James Duffy, S.J., M.D. ’88, Washington, D.C. (Education)
Patrick Shea, Esq. ’78, Wilton, Conn. (Law)
Kathleen Sprows-Cummings, Ph.D. ’93, South Bend, Ind. (Religion & Spirituality)

Mancuso Family Celebrates Another Scranton Degree

Mancuso Family Celebrates Another Scranton Degree
Members of the Mancuso family have been regulars at University commencement ceremonies over the past three decades, earning six degrees in that time. Seen (from left) are Atty. Robert J. Mancuso II, G’06; Robert “Bob” J. Mancuso ’80, G’83; Lorraine T. Moraca Mancuso ’82, G’95; and Richard A. Mancuso G’13.

After falling in love at Scranton more than three decades ago, Bob and Lorraine Mancuso have never really left the Commons, making the University’s mission very much their own. Here is an abbreviated version of the Mancuso/Scranton story. 
Since 1978, when Robert “Bob” J. Mancuso ’80, G’83 and Lorraine T. Moraca Mancuso ’82, G’95 first met on campus and continuing through their son Richard’s graduate degree commencement this spring, the family has earned six Scranton degrees. But the family’s ties haven’t ended at graduation. 
Following their August 1981 wedding, Bob and Lorraine, who reside in Dunmore, have remained close to the University where they met. Currently the director of the Project Management Office, Lorraine has worked as a University staff member for 31-plus years. At one time, Bob, currently senior vice president/chief information officer of a regional financial institution, served as an adjunct faculty member in the University’s Accounting Department.
The couple’s two sons, Atty. Robert J. Mancuso II, G’06 and Richard A. Mancuso G’13, have carried on the family legacy, receiving advanced degrees at Scranton in recent years. Following his graduation from Duquesne University School of Law (2010), the younger Robert is now an associate in the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Just months removed from his graduation, Richard is currently a software engineer for EA Sports located in Orlando, Fla.

A Scrantastic Summer

Hundreds of Scranton graduates gathered in their hometowns this summer for various regional alumni events. Kicking off the summer festivities, young alumni welcomed the newest generation, the class of 2013, to the Alumni Society at our very own alumnus’ Jack’s Firehouse at the end of June. In July, the celebration continued in New York City at O’Casey’s Irish Pub.
Alumni Clubs had their fair share of summer events that kept them busy! The Scranton Alumni Clubs of Lehigh Valley, Chesapeake, New York City, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. all had baseball games in their areas! The baseball games, held from June to September with alumni from down the coast coming out to cheer on their favorite teams. 
That’s not all! Some of our alumni clubs held meetings to recruit new and engaged members of our Alumni Society to give back to their alma mater and to help in coordinating events in collaboration with the Alumni Office. 
If you would like to help plan a regional alumni event for the Scranton graduates in your area, contact Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator at
Photos from this summer’s alumni festivities areavailable online at

The Future of Alumni Clubs

With alumni spread across the country, regionally based alumni clubs gather alumni to join in coordinating events, engaging in service or helping to support the University. Alumni clubs keep the Scranton spirit alive, strengthen our powerful alumni network and keep alumni connected to their alma mater.
In partnership with the Alumni Board of Governors and the Alumni Office, our clubs are becoming even stronger, more effective ambassadors for Scranton across the nation.
Watch for what the alumni club in your region has in store, whether it’s a welcome party, a service project or a baseball game. There are endless opportunities to reconnect with old Scranton friends, meet some new Scranton alumni or give back to the University community! 
Check out our website at, or contact Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator, to see what’s going on in your area or to be a volunteer!

Did You Recently Earn an Advanced Degree?

We want to keep you informed of the valuable programs our Medical Alumni Council and Council of Alumni Lawyers have to offer. If you recently earned an advanced medical, dental, veterinary or legal degree, please email your information to, or update your information on the Online Alumni Community at

Welcoming All Entrepreneurs

Celebrate the entrepreneurs among us! Visit our Alumni Small Business Initiative website,, to browse the online directory of more than 200 restaurants, stores and businesses owned by fellow Scranton alumni. If you are a Scranton graduate who owns a business, make sure to submit your business information to be included in the directory.

Alumni Memorial Mass Scheduled

In the church’s calendar, November is the traditional month for remembering those who have passed away. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Alumni Office, in collaboration with University Mission & Ministry, will celebrate All Souls’ Day by hosting our annual Alumni Memorial Mass, to be celebrated by University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., in the Madonna della Strada Chapel on campus. The mass will honor all alumni who have passed during the year.

Spread the Word:Alumni Benefits & Services

As a Scranton graduate, you and your family have access to exclusive discounts, programs and services through the Alumni Society. Whether you need car insurance or just want to take an unforgettable trip with Scranton friends, your alumni benefits can help you and support alumni activities at the same time. The Alumni Society provides access to comprehensive and affordable short-term medical coverage for new graduates to keep them insured throughout their job search. Auto and renter’s insurance are also available. Read more about your benefits at

Planning Begins for Day of Service 2014

In April, gather with alumni in your area for the fifth annual Scranton Day of Service. The Alumni Office is currently seeking volunteers to organize service projects in regions outside of Scranton. 
If you know an organization or community project that could use the help of Scranton graduates, contact Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator at by Feb. 3, 2014.

Members of the Class of 1963 Serve as Marshals

Members of the Class of 1963 Serve as Marshals

Five alumni represented the class of 1963 by participating in the longstanding tradition of serving as marshals in the 2013 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Partnering with Harris Connectto Produce Alumni Today

Our alumni change emails, jobs and locations, often making it hard to keep up with them. We have therefore contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for our alumni so that they can keep up-to-date on news, activities and events. Harris will also help produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow you to reconnect with old friends as well as network professionally.
Harris specializes in alumni and membership publications and the data specifications involved with this type of project. You will be contacted by email, regular mail or  phone over the next few months to verify and update your contact and career information. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Legacy Families Celebrate at Commencement

Legacy Families Celebrate at Commencement

Legacy Families gathered on commencement weekend for a photo with University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Seventy-seven members of the class of 2013 now join their parents as proud Scranton Alumni.

Represent your alma mater! Be a Royal Recruiter!

Royal RecruiterRobert Colmant ’91 is seen representing Scranton this past year in Seattle, Wash. Royal Recruiters are Scranton alumni who volunteer to represent the University at college fairs across the United States. If you are interested in attending a college fair near you, please contact Rita DiLeo ’11, admissions counselor and coordinator of the Royal Recruiters program at
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