What to Look Forward to this Semester

    Students catch up before the spring 2020 semester.
    January 29, 2020
    By: Lauren Earnshaw '20

    Welcome back, Royals! Today we kick off the spring 2020 semester. For seniors, an exciting few months lay ahead.

    Here is some of what we have to look forward to this semester.

    Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing

    ski.jpgOne great thing about this chilly Scranton weather is the opportunity for snow activities! We are lucky enough that Montage Mountain is only a 15-minute drive away from the University. You can ski, snowboard and even snow tube at Montage. Montage offers a College Lift Ticket option, which is a great deal. This $25 ticket gets college students admission to ski or ride all day on a Thursday or Sunday.

    All College Tickets include life access and a complimentary rental if needed. Find this ticket option as well as Montage’s other ticket options here. While you’re there, stop by the shops or grab a bite to eat.

    Shamrockin’ Eve

    For the past 12 years, the University has hosted alumni and senior undergraduate students at the annual Shamrockin’ Eve. The event allows current and past Royals to connect or reconnect, while also working to fundraise for many different causes. This year, Shamrockin’ Eve will be on Friday, March 13 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. in The Byron Center. More information here.


    USPB Events

    Every semester, USPB organizes a range of events for students. Some upcoming USPB events include:

    Magician Daniel Martin
    USPB Movies: The Lion King
    USPB Comedy: Orlando Baxter
    USPB Snow Tubing at Montage Mountain
    Restaurant Night
    USPB Coffeehouse: Kate Barnette, not to mention…Spring Fest!

     Spring Fest

    When it comes to the spring semester, students always look forward to Spring Fest. USPB organizes Spring Fest, an event on campus that includes inflatables, food and t-shirts on the Dionne Green, as well as a concert. The concert has an opening act and a headliner, which USPB selects each year and keeps a secret until a few days before the event. In the past three years, the headliners have been Jonas Blue, Jesse McCartney and Seeb. Let the guessing for the 2020 headliner begin!

    Spring Fest’s daytime activities at The University of Scranton.

    Relay For Life


    Relay for Life at The University of Scranton will be on Friday, April 24 this year. This community-based team event occurs every year at the University in The Byron Center. The basic event schedule includes the Opening Ceremony where those at the event honor everyone who has been affected by cancer and those who have contributed to Relay for Life’s success, the Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony and Closing Ceremony where attendees commit to take action and help fight for a world free from cancer.

    If you would like to donate and/or participate in this event, click here.

    Intramural Sports

    A new semester means a new intramural sports season! Whether your team won the t-shirt last year or you have never played intramurals, definitely consider signing up this semester. See what sports will be taking place and sign up here.

    The Annual Great Commons Ball Roll

    ballroll.jpgEvery year, 5,000 tennis balls roll down the University Commons as students, faculty, staff and community members watch and enjoy. The Ball Roll is a fundraiser event for Campus Ministries’ International Service Program (ISP). Students who plan to participate in an ISP trip sell tennis balls (by number) to raise money to travel to developing countries on service trips. The money made from the ball roll event goes toward funding for these trips.

    Those who purchased the first 100 tennis balls to reach the bottom of the hill wins a prize. The prizes range from electronics to tickets to gift cards. Stay tuned for more details about the ball roll!

    Purple Umbrella Days


    One of the simplest things we can look forward to in the coming spring semester is the pending warm weather. It may seem like an eternity away with these brisk days we have been having, but before you know it, it will be time to ditch the parkas for some t-shirts. When the warm sun makes its debut, you can find students doing work, hanging out and eating outside all around campus.

    And the purple umbrellas will be open!



    Seniors, this one is for you. Graduation is 113 days away. All the info you need is here! #USGRAD20!




    And a look ahead on the University calendar is here. Or you can check back at!

    Have a great semester, Royals!!

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