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Spring 2018 Alumni Events Preview

Alumni reunite at Shamrockin' Eve 2016.
March 6, 2018

Although recent snowstorms indicate that winter is alive and well in Northeastern Pennsylvania, springtime is just a few weeks away, and The University of Scranton has scheduled a host of events for our alumni to enjoy, regardless of which way the wind blows.

March 9 – Shamrockin’ Eve

The 10th annual Shamrockin’ Eve will return to the Byron Center Friday, March 9, at 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will unite alumni from the classes of 2008-2017 with current seniors in support of student scholarships at the University.

In 2009, the University held its first Shamrockin' Eve. The event was founded by a group of young alumni who wanted to reconnect with Scranton and each other prior to their five-year class reunion. It quickly evolved into an opportunity for current seniors and recent graduates to contribute to the success of future University students.

Alumni can register online at regonline for $35 through Thursday, March 8 at noon; alumni may also register as walk-ins at the event for $40. Current students must register on campus.

For more information, visit scranton.edu/shamrock or contact Alex Maier, assistant director of Annual Giving, at alexandra.maier@scranton.edu.

March 24 – Legacy Reception for Accepted Students & Their Families

Alumni parents and grandparents of accepted students are cordially invited to attend a Legacy Reception for Accepted Students and Their Families on Preview Day, March 24, anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library for light fare and refreshments. To register or to find out more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at alumni@scranton.edu or 570-941-5997.

April 14 – Day of Service

The University of Scranton will celebrate its annual Alumni Day of Service Saturday, April 14.

This initiative, coordinated through the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement, provides alumni, parents and friends around the nation with a shared service opportunity to demonstrate the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. This year, participants will have the opportunity to serve at 15 sites in multiple cities along the east coast.

In Atlanta, Georgia, Royals will inspect, sort and pack grocery donations at the Atlanta Community Food Bank from 9 a.m. to noon. Interested parties can register here.

In the Lehigh Valley, Royals will prepare and serve a meal to the men at The Allentown Rescue Mission; Royals will also have the opportunity to stock the shelves of the mission’s pantry. Interested parties can register here.

In Cary, North Carolina, Royals will perform farm work at Corral Riding Academy, a Christian non-profit that pairs rescued horses with girls in high-risk situations to provide healing and transformational life changes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Interested parties can register here.

In Brighton, Massachusetts, Royals will work in stations to inspect, sort and package donations at Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory Warehouse from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested parties can register here.

Royals in New York City will have two opportunities to serve their communities. In the Bronx, volunteers will distribute fresh produce to eligible market-goers at City Harvest at St. Mary’s Mobile Market from 8:45 a.m. to noon; interested parties can register here. In Manhattan, volunteers will serve a meal, bus tables, and assist with cleanup at Meatloaf Kitchen at the Cardinal Spellman Center from 8 a.m. to noon; interested parties can register here.

Royals in NEPA will pack and sort items for distribution at the Weinberg Food Bank in Pittston from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to bring one canned item as a donation, if possible. Interested parties can register here.

Royals in Philadelphia will have three opportunities to serve the City of Brotherly Love. Volunteers will serve dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. to residents at Project Home: James Widener Ray Homes, a 53-unit permanent supportive housing residence for adults who were previously homeless or who qualify for affordable housing based on income eligibility; interested parties can register here. Also in Philadelphia, volunteers will paint and clean the childcare center and playground from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Drueding Center, a transitional housing program for homeless and formerly homeless families; interested parties can register here. Philadelphia-area Royals will also have the opportunity to serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the residents at Project Home: St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence, a 24-unit recovery residence for men that designates 12 units specifically for veterans; interested parties can register here.

Royals in the Washington, D.C., area will have two opportunities to serve their communities. In Washington, D.C., Royals will sort and pack donations at Capital Area Food Bank from 9 a.m. to noon; interested parties can register here. In Arlington, Virginia, Royals will bag produce at Arlington Food Assistance Center; interested parties can register here.

Royals in New Jersey will have two opportunities to serve their communities. In Hillside, NJ, volunteers will sort and re-pack food items, stock shelves with food, assist the staff at Kathleen’s Closet thrift shop, help assemble fundraiser mailings, sort and package new clothes for children and stock shelves with school supplies at The Community Food Bank of New Jersey from 8:45 to 11 a.m.; volunteers are asked to bring a $1 donation for the food bank. Interested parties can register here. In Hightstown, NJ, volunteers will sort, tag and organize items from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater Goods Thrift Store (through RISE New Jersey), a gathering site that provides affordable recycled clothing and household items; interested parties can register here.

Royals in Harrisburg will sort, relabel and repackage food at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank from 9 a.m. to noon; interested parties can register here.

For more information, contact Alumni Engagement Coordinator Marge Gleason at margery.gleason@scranton.edu.

April 19 - 2018 Jay Nathan Lecture – The Rise of Romania - History. Culture. Economy.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from emerging democracies and countries in political and economic transition to visit The University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania Community. Register here for “The Rise of Romania – History. Culture. Economy.”

May 4-6 – 5.06 Weekend

Mark your calendars for the University’s Weekend of Giving! The action kicks off May 4 with regional happy hours in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, NEPA and Washington, D.C. On May 5, Royals of all ages will gather to run (or walk) the inaugural 5.06K on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail near the Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus. Finally, on May 6, students and donors will unite to celebrate the 2018 Scholarship Brunch. For more information, visit scranton.edu/506.

June 8-10 – Reunion Weekend

Alumni who graduated in class years ending in “3” or “8” will gather on campus to celebrate their milestone years at Reunion Weekend 2018 June 8-10. Reconnect with your classmates, reminisce about your student days and see how campus has changed since your last visit. For more information, including a tentative schedule of events and a list of alumni who plan on attending, visit scranton.edu/reunion.

June 18 – Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner

The University of Scranton is proud to honor Mike Strong with the 2018 Peter A. Carlesimo Award. One of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, Coach Strong is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division III with 815 wins over his 34 seasons as head coach of the Lady Royals.

This year's Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner will be held at Saucon Valley Country Club on Monday, June 18, 2018. The University is proud to partner with the Quandel Construction Group as Title Sponsor for this year's event.

Registration for this event will be available later in March. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Eric Eckenrode at eric.eckenrode@scranton.edu.

Saucon Valley Country Club is considered one of the finest golf clubs in the country and has hosted seven U.S.G.A. Championships, including the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. It will also host the U.S. Senior Open in 2022.

Named in honor of Peter A. Carlesimo, former University of Scranton coach and athletics director, the Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner celebrates athletics at The University of Scranton and honors a person who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education. The Golf Tournament and Award Dinner serves as a fundraising event to support and enhance the student-athlete experience at Scranton. 

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