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Giblin-Kelly Hall Dedicated

Giblin-Kelly Hall Dedicated
From left are: Joe and Mary Giblin, parents of the late Brendan Giblin; University student Kim Baxter, recipient of the Giblin Scholarship who spoke at the ceremony; Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president; Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry; and Joanne and Bill Kelly, parents of the late William Kelly.

The University dedicated a freshman residence hall in honor of the late Brendan J. Giblin of the class of 2006, who died in a hit-and-run accident while on spring break during his senior year, and the late William H. Kelly Jr. of the class of 1993, who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

“Your families had suffered the unthinkable, the unexpected death of a child — of a brother,” said University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., at the dedication ceremony. “Yet, somehow, you were able to find the strength to turn these tragedies into a way to help others. Through your efforts, more than $1 million has been raised to support Giblin and Kelly scholarships that have been awarded to dozens of students at Scranton.”

To date, the University has awarded six Giblin Scholarships and 27 Kelly Scholarships to students at Scranton.

Kim Baxter, a senior from Philadelphia who is majoring in political science and criminal justice, spoke at the dedication on behalf of the recipients of Kelly and Giblin scholarships. Baxter is the recipient of a Giblin Scholarship.

“I have loved attending the University for the past four years, because I have had the opportunity to serve in different leadership positions, to serve others through different services trips, and to gain experience through different internships,” said Baxter. “I would not have been able to attend the University without receiving the Brendan J. Giblin Scholarship.”

Giblin-Kelly Hall, formerly called Hannan Hall, is a residence facility built in 1960 that accommodates 74 students.

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