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    Holiday Giving Roundup

    The University of Scranton’s Panuska College of Professional Studies held the 15th annual Blessing of the Books ceremony in the lobby of The Kane Forum in the Edward Leahy, Jr. Hall on Dec. 2. Two University students, who were the largest book donors this year, offered the blessing at the 15th annual ceremony of a program started by Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, when she began her tenure at Scranton. From left are: Victoria Mauri, a first-year kinesiology major; Dean Pellegrino; and Melissa Menagh, a senior kinesiology major.
    January 5, 2022

    Several groups across campus volunteered to give back to the community around Christmastime.

    More Than 6,000 Donated Books Blessed at Scranton

    The 15th annual Panuska College of Professional Studies Blessing of the Books project collected more than 6,000 children’s books this year. The books were blessed at a ceremony in the lobby of The Kane Forum in the Edward Leahy, Jr. Hall on Dec. 2.

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    Students Give at Annual Christmas Gift Drives

    More than 200 students, in addition to faculty and staff, participated in The University of Scranton’s annual Christmas gift-giving programs. In addition, Scranton’s Kania School of Management raised funds for this year’s program and Performance Music provided gifts donated by area residents from its Empty Stocking Fund Concert. The gifts were given to Friends of the Poor/Catholic Social Services who will distribute the donated items to families in need.

    In addition, the Center for Service and Social Justice organized the Adopt a Family program with the Catherine McAuley Center, which helped 40 family members through generous donations made by members of the University community.

    Read more, here.

    Pre-Law Society Gives Back

    The University of Scranton’s Pre-Law Society had a large turnout on Dec. 6 for its Holiday Service Party. The Society’s officers set a goal of collecting 50 toys. Members rose to the challenge by donating a total of 114 toys for the Catherine McAuley Center’s visiting families. The Catherine McAuley Center assists women and children experiencing homelessness and provides them with temporary shelter and support systems to regain independence. They also signed over 140 handwritten Christmas cards for resident Veterans of the Gino Merli Center. Read more, here.

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