125th Celebration: Events

Commemorative Events

125th Anniversary of the Founding of the University with a Liturgy
Date: August 12, 2013
Description: Most Rev. William O'Hara, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, blessed a single block of granite as the cornerstone of the new College of St. Thomas of Aquinas on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 12, 1888. The University of Scranton recognized the blessing ceremony with a Mass and luncheon on campus.         
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Mass of the Holy Spirit: Celebrating 125 Years Campus Kick Off
September 5, 2013
Description: Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President, and the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of The Diocese of Scranton, in celebration of 125 years since the founding of The University of Scranton.       
Location: Byron Complex Gym

Celebrating 125 Years Campus Closeout Mass
Date: May 16,  2014
Description: Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. was the presider and celebrant. Mass was followed by a Luau, featuring refreshments, games and live entertainment. Limited edition 125th Anniversary commemorative t-shirts were distributed.        
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Anniversary Tour

University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., hosted events across the country in celebration of our 125th Anniversary.

• Boston

• Washington, D.C.- December 12, 2013

• Northern New Jersey- March 28, 2014
• New York City- March 27, 2014  
• Philadelphia- April 11, 2014

• Chicago  

• San Francisco- February 21, 2014 

• Los Angeles- February 22, 2014 
• Atlanta 

• Long Island- April 10, 2014 

• Pittsburgh 

Anniversary History Luncheon Series

Title: Acquisition and Development: The Growth of The University
 October 3, 2013
Speaker: Jack Carling
Location: DeNaples Center, McDonnell Room

Title: The History of ROTC  from 1947 to today
 November 12, 2013
Speaker: Colonel (Ret.) Zim Lawhon,  LTC (Ret.) Joseph Wetherell, LTC (Ret.) Mark Carmody, and LTC Ryan Remley
Location: DeNaples Center, McDonnell Room

Title: The History of Women at the University
Date: January 23, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Casey
Location: DeNaples Center, McDonnell Room

Title: The Law and Our Landscape: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Diversity at The University of Scranton
Date: February 27, 2014
Speaker: Stephen Casey
Location: DeNaples Center, McDonnell Room

Title: The History of Athletics
Date: April 14, 2014
Speaker: Toby Lovecchio, Director of Athletics and Randy Shemanski, Assistant Director of Sports Information & Assistant Baseball Coach 
Location: DeNaples Center, McDonnell Room

Engaged, Integrated, Global Lecture Series

Title: Jesuit Education in the 21st Century
 November 14, 2013
Speaker: University president, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.
Location: DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater

Title: Faith, Action, Results
 May 8, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, President and C.E.O. of Catholic Relief Services
 DeNaples Center 4th Floor

Library Events

Exhibit: Pride, Passion, Promise, Celebrating the 125th Anniversary
Description: Displays of photographs, documents, and memorabilia from the founding of the school in 1888 to the present.
Date: August 21, 2013 – December 15, 2013
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Heritage Room

Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award
Date: September 7, 2013
Description: The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library honored Susan Campbell Bartoletti ’G82, Ph.D., with The Distinguished Author Award.
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Exhibit: A 225 year Voyage from Fiction to Fact
Description: Mutiny on the Bounty 225th Anniversary, featuring selections from the Edward R. Leahy Collection
Date: February 7, 2014 – April 14, 2014
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Heritage Room

Performance Music Events

Pre-Concert Music Talk with Loren Schoenberg
October 19, 2013
Houlihan-McLean Center

In Concert with Wycliffe Gordon H’06 and The University Jazz Band
October 19, 2013
Houlihan-McLean Center

In Recital featuring Andrew Gonzalez, viola, and Christine Wu, Piano
November 9, 2013
Houlihan-McLean Center

44th Annual Noel Night Concert
The University of Scranton Singers, Chamber Choir, and String Ensemble with guest harptist Andre Tarantiles.
December 7, 2013
Houlihan-McLean Center

Organ Recital featuring Mr. David Ball
March 28, 2014
Houlihan-McLean Center

The Manhattan School of Music Brass Orchestra and The University of Scranton Singers
April 6, 2014
Houlihan-McLean Center

University String Orchestra Concert
April 25, 2014
Houlihan-McLean Center

31st Annual World Premiere Concert featuring the University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir
May 3, 2014
Houlihan-McLean Center

Pre-Commencement Concert with Band and Singers
May 16, 2014
Houlihan-McLean Center

Other Lectures

Title: Ignatian Values in Action Lecture, Almost Home
 September 19, 2013
Speakers: Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, authors of Almost Home
Location: Byron Complex, Gym

Title: “Life as a Laboratory: Using Field Experiments in Economics”
Date: October 1, 2013
Speaker: Dr. John List, Professor at The University of Chicago
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Title: From the 300 Block of Wyoming Avenue to the Hill Section: The Evolution of the University of Scranton from 1888 to the Present,
Date: October 2, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Frank X.J. Homer, Professor of History Emeritus
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Heritage Room

Title: Jesuit Schools and Universities in Italy, 1548-1773
Date: October 21, 2013
Speaker: Paul Grendler, a leading historian of the Jesuits, gave a talk.
Location: Loyola Science Center

Title: Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry
 April 3, 2014
Topic: Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, V.E., M.S.W., Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic ministry of The Diocese of Scranton, received the award for his contributions to a wide range of Ignation-inspired ministries.
Location: Brennan Hall

Other Celebratory Campus Events

Title: USPB Welcome Week: Scranton's 125th Birthday Party
Description: Limited edition t-shirts, pennants to celebrate the 125th, and a 1-2-5 photo were taken.
Date: August 29, 2013
Location: DeNaples Center Patio

Title: ResFest Trivia Contest
Description: Students participated in a variety of activities including a trivia contest with questions related to the historical significance of their Residence Hall.
Date: September 16, 2013
Location: GLM Patio

Title: U of S Players Present The 39 Steps
September 20-29, 2013 
Description: The 39 Steps, based on the novel by John Buchan (the original concept of Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon) and adapted by Patrick Barlow.
Location: McDade Center, Royal Theater

Title: 125th Celebration: Forum Looks to Sustainable Practices, Fall Symposium on Sustainability
October 29, 2013 
Description: The University hosted a Symposium on Sustainability that engaged expertise from diverse disciplines to examine ways that the University and the greater Scranton community could become more sustainable over the next 125 years.
 DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Title: 42nd Annual Wall of Fame Sports Ceremony
Seven new members were inducted into the University’s Wall of Fame.
Date: January 25, 2014   
Location: John Long Center

Title: Employee Celebration - Celebrating 125 Years
 February 8, 2014 
Description: An annual party for employees of The University of Scranton took on a 125th Anniversary theme.
Location: Byron Complex Gym

Title: Jane Kopas Women's Center 20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
: March 1, 2014 
Topic: The Jane Kopas Women's Center celebrated its 20th Anniversary as the Campus Women's Center. The lunch included a short program highlighting the success of the center.
Location: Brennan Hall

Title: “New Perspectives on Aging and Eldercare,” the 4th Annual Conference on Aging
 April 10, 2014         
DescriptionThis annual Conference on Aging provided a forum that educated practitioners, providers, academics, economists, and the community with numerous and diverse presentations. The conference promotes the view that healthy aging results from an integrated approach to caring for the elder.
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Title: 125th Celebration: "Water and the Human Condition", Spring Symposium on Sustainability
Date: April 22, 2014 
Description: An Earth Week-themed discussion about sustainability was the focus of the event.
Speaker: Professor Nicholas Truncale and panelists Senator John Blake, Dr. Jessica Nolan, Ms. Caroline Earnest, Dr. Linda Ledford-Miller, Dr. Erika Lasek-Nesselquist, and Dr. Joan Grossman.
Location: DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Title: Employee Donor Reception
 April 24, 2014
Description: University president, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., provided remarks thanking the support to the Royal Fund.
Location: Redington & Collegiate Hall

Title: R.O.A.R. (Ryan O'Malley Annual Race) 5K
The University of Scranton partnered with the O’Malley Family to present the second R.O.A.R (Ryan O’Malley Annual Race) in support of The Ryan T. O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship.
Date: April 27, 2014
Location: Nay Aug Park, Scranton

Title: Diversity: The University of Scranton's Metamorphosis
 May 1, 2014
Description: A short film was premiered documenting the evolution of diversity and diverse populations at The University of Scranton, and followed by a panel discussion and reception.
Location: DeNaples Center 4th Floor