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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition

Rights Reserved

The President and officers of The University of Scranton reserve the right to change the information, regulations, requirements and procedures announced in this catalog; to change the requirements for admission, graduation or degrees; to change the arrangement, scheduling, credit, or content of courses; and to change the fees listed in this catalog.

The University reserves the right to refuse to admit or readmit any student at any time should it be deemed necessary in the interest of the student or of the University to do so and to require the withdrawal of any student at any time who fails to give satisfactory evidence of academic ability, earnestness of purpose, or active cooperation in all requirements for acceptable scholarship.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy as to Students

The University of Scranton admits students without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or age to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or age in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Otherwise qualified persons are not subject to discrimination on the basis of handicap or disability.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or age, or handicap or disability, then please contact the Director of Equity and Diversity.

It is the personal responsibility of each student to acquire an active knowledge of all pertinent regulations set forth in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Within the various schools and colleges the only official interpretations or modifications of academic regulations are those which are made in writing by the dean of the school or college of which the student is a member, or such interpretations or modifications of academic regulations as are approved by the appropriate dean in writing.

The Mission Statement of The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.

The Vision of The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton will be boldly driven by a shared commitment to excellence. We will provide a superior, transformational learning experience, preparing students who, in the words of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola, will “set the world on fire.”


As a Catholic and Jesuit university, The University of Scranton shares with all the fullness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the distinctive worldview of the Christian Gospels, and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. The University educates men and women for others who are committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice. At the same time, the institution invites persons from other religious traditions and diverse backgrounds to share in our work and contribute to our mission.

The University of Scranton is a comprehensive university, offering degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts as well as in pre-professional and professional areas. The University provides educational opportunities and support programs that promote its mission, meet the needs and interests of traditional and non-traditional students, and serve the needs of the local region.

By offering undergraduate students a core curriculum in the Jesuit tradition based on the arts and sciences, the University adheres to its liberal arts tradition. The University communicates to students the importance of gathering, evaluating, disseminating and applying information using traditional and contemporary methods. Scranton provides learning experiences that reach beyond the fundamental acquisition of knowledge to include understanding interactions and syntheses through discussion, critical thinking and application. This dedication to educational process promotes a respect for knowledge and a lifelong commitment to learning, discernment and ethical decision making.

Scranton is more than a respected institution, but also a caring, nurturing community. Students, faculty and staff foster a spirit of caring – grounded in Jesuit tradition of cura personalis – that enables all members of our community to engage fully in our mission, according to their needs and interests. Our institution facilitates the personal growth and transformation of all members of the University community through a spirit of caring. This spirit of caring for the wider community is extended through acts of civic engagement and service. By demonstrating high standards and care for our physical environment, the University enhances our sense of community.

The University of Scranton is dedicated to being a dynamic institution, developing goals and aspirations by systematically reflecting on opportunities for and challenges to fulfilling our mission. We fulfill our institutional objectives through careful planning and management of resources in order to achieve our aspirations while remaining affordable to our students. The University also engages our community in purposefully monitoring progress toward the accomplishment of our mission and strategic plan.

History of the University

The University of Scranton was founded as Saint Thomas College by Bishop William G. O’Hara, the first Bishop of Scranton, who had always hoped to provide an opportunity for higher education in the Lackawanna Valley. In August 1888, with few resources at hand, he blessed a single block of granite as a cornerstone for his new college, which would admit its first students four years later. (The cornerstone of Old Main is preserved in the wall of St. Thomas Hall located at the corner of Linden Street and Monroe Avenue.)

The college was staffed by diocesan priests and seminarians until 1896 and then, for one year, by the Xaverian Brothers. From 1897 until 1942 the school, which was renamed The University of Scranton in 1938, was administered for the Diocese by the Christian Brothers. In the late summer of 1942, at the invitation of Bishop William Hafey, 18 Jesuits, led by Rev. Coleman Nevils, S.J., the newly appointed president, arrived on campus to administer the University.

The Jesuits restructured and strengthened Scranton’s traditional and pre-professional programs with an emphasis on the liberal arts, which are the foundation for every program at a Jesuit university. This emphasis is intended to give students an appreciation for all disciplines as they develop specific subject knowledge.

The University has flourished under the Jesuits, growing from a primarily commuter school with fewer than 1,000 students to a broadly regional, comprehensive university with a total enrollment of more than 6,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and nontraditional programs.

In these early years of the 21st century, the University is building on its historical and educational heritage guided by the 2005-2010 Strategic Plan, entitled “Pride, Passion, Promise: Shaping Our Jesuit Tradition,” and a 20-year Facilities Master Plan adopted in 2000. In May 2010, the Board of Trustees approved the University’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, “Go and Set the World on Fire.” The broadly integrated plan consists of three themes that have their roots in our Ignatian identity: Cura Personalis (treating others, especially students, as individuals, just as God treats us), Magis (a relentless desire for excellence grounded in gratitude) and Rei Solicitudo (a commitment to careful stewardship of the resources entrusted to our care).

The University remains committed to enriching the quality and variety of its academic offerings. In addition, it continues to invest in its physical plant, opening a 118,000-square-foot campus center and 386-bed sophomore residence hall in 2008. In fall 2011, Scranton will welcome two more facilities to the city’s skyline: a unified science center and an apartment and fitness complex on the 900 block of Mulberry Street.

The 200,000-square-foot science center, which is being constructed to meet silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, will be home to 22 class and seminar rooms, 34 laboratories and a multistory atrium. The apartment and fitness complex will stand directly across the street from the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center and provide fitness space, a dining area and apartment-style units to accommodate approximately 400 juniors and seniors.

On Dec. 15, 2010, the University announced the unanimous selection of Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D., as the University’s 25th president, succeeding Rev. Scott R. Pilarz. Father Quinn assumed the duties as president in July 2011.

The University Seal

The principal colors of the shield are the traditional colors of the University, royal purple and white. On the purple field there is a horizontal silver bar containing, in purple, a star taken from the seal of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and from the seal of Saint Thomas College, predecessor of the University, and two stacks of wheat from the obverse of the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The upper half of the shield contains, in gold, two wolves grasping a cauldron suspended from a chain; they are taken from the coat of arms of the family of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and they identify the University as a Jesuit institution. Below the silver bar is a golden rising sun, symbolic of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the shining light of the Church and the Patron of the University.

Indicating the Diocese of Scranton and William Penn, founder of the Commonwealth, the black border of the shield reproduces the border of the shield of the Diocese and the silver hemispheres are taken from William Penn’s coat of arms.

The crest is a golden cross of the particular style known as Patonce. It symbolizes Christ, the goal and the norm of the University’s educational efforts, and it complements the motto, which the University has had since it was entrusted to the care of the Christian Brothers in 1899: Religio, Mores, Cultura.

The outer ring surrounding the seal includes the name and founding date of the University and reference to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Faculty

Approximately 280 faculty and administrators participate in the University’s educational enterprise. They hold degrees from 135 different universities in 30 countries on five continents. Cambridge and the University of London in England; Louvain and the Gregorian in Europe; the University of Calcutta in India; Sophia University in Japan; Soochow University in China; Berkeley, Yale, MIT, Notre Dame, Harvard and Georgetown in America – all are represented among the faculty.

By its nature and function, a university faculty constitutes the most cosmopolitan element in a community. Hindu and Muslim, Christian and Jew, ministers and rabbis – scholars and teachers all – are found on the University’s faculty.

The Jesuit tradition is carried on at the University not only by Jesuits engaged in teaching or administration, but also by the scores of faculty members who hold at least one degree from a Jesuit college or university.

As indicated in the Mission Statement, excellent teaching and scholarship are regarded as complementary at this institution. In 2008-09 there were 677 scholarly works, including books and book chapters, articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, patents and patent applications, presentations and proceedings, and other creative works. Subjects reflects a wide range of current topics, including white collar crime, pollution prevention through green chemistry, and energy transfer at the molecular level, to name just a few.

Faculty interests are extensive and include research and projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Air Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The American Heart Association, as well as numerous private foundations and corporations.

Many faculty participate in international projects and faculty exchange programs with universities and hospitals around the world, bringing this global perspective into the classroom. Among the countries involved are Slovakia, Republic of Georgia, Mexico, China, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Uganda and Mozambique; funding has been received from the USAID and the Department of State.

The University Directory  presents more detailed information about the faculty.

Student Diversity and Participation

As our faculty come from around the world, so do our students. Twenty-eight states and thirty foreign countries are represented in the University’s student body of just over 5,000. In turn, through the Fulbright and Study Abroad programs, University of Scranton students matriculate at such foreign universities as Oxford, Leuven, Madrid, Tubingen, Mainz, Oslo, Fribourg, Cologne, Salamanca, Lancaster, Berne, Strasbourg, the Sorbonne and University College, Dublin. This interchange of students contributes to the diversity and intellectual life of the University.

Much of the work in this university community is accomplished through student input. Considerable scientific research at Scranton is done by undergraduate students in the laboratories and in the field. With faculty assistance, the University newspaper and yearbook are edited and managed by students, and students publish articles and abstracts in national scholarly journals. Students work in the Public Relations and Admissions offices, computer center, as resident assistants in the dormitories, as research assistants and interns for deans and the registrar. Others serve with departmental chairpersons and faculty on the conferences which recommend to the deans changes in academic programs. Students also serve with other members of the University community on the various search committees that recommend candidates for principal administrative posts from deans to president.

Volunteer Activity

The Community Outreach Office is committed to advancing the Jesuit tradition of forming men and women for others. The programs sponsored by this office include food and clothing drives, domestic break trips, on-campus activities and local community service. Each element enables the students to express their faith in reflective service while responding to local and national needs.

The University of Scranton’s Community Outreach Office has a roster of approximately 2,700 students who perform well over 162,000 service hours each year. Since 1983, a total of 446 Scranton graduates have chosen to spend a year or more in full-time volunteer service immediately after graduation. Of these alumni, 233 have volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Additional information about The Community Outreach Office can be found in the Life on Campus  section of this catalog or at www.scranton.edu/volunteers.

Baccalaureate Source of Ph.D.s

Scranton’s achievement is also recognized in 8th edition of the Franklin and Marshall Report on the Baccalaureate Origins of Doctoral Recipients. The study ranks four-year, private, master’s-degree-granting institutions as the baccalaureate source of Ph.D.s in all fields. The University ranked 15th for all science disciplines, 5th for life sciences and 2nd for chemistry.

National Recognition

“Best 373,” “Best Buys in College Education.” “America’s Best Colleges,” “A Jesuit School in Every Sense of the Word,” “Best Values in Private Colleges,” “Strong Commitment to Teaching” – these are just a few of the ways that the nation’s leading college rankings and guidebooks consistently refer to The University of Scranton.

For 17 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition has ranked the University among the 10 top master’s universities in the North, the survey’s largest and most competitive region. In the 2011 edition of U.S. News, Scranton placed 10th in the North. For the past seven years, the University has been included among only 15 colleges in the North recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “Great Schools at a Great Price.” For two consecutive years, Scranton has been listed among colleges expressing a “Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

For the past nine years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges” in the nation. Scranton is among just 100 universities in the nation — and one of just seven institutions in Pennsylvania — listed in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Colleges,” a ranking measuring “academic quality and affordability.”

The University is also listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education.”

Scranton is among just 119 colleges in the nation earning the highly selective 2008 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

For six consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Business Schools.” GI Jobs has listed Scranton among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation as a Military Friendly School.

Scranton is ranked 14th in the nation among the top 30 Master’s Universities listed in the September/October 2010 issue of Washington Monthly.

The University of Scranton is among the elite universities included in Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges 2010.”

Scranton is among just 115 colleges in the nation, and one of only 17 schools in Pennsylvania, to be named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

In recognition of its work as a values-centered institution, the University is one of 100 American schools named to the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll of Colleges That Encourage Character Development. 

Fulbrights and Other International Fellowships

The prestigious Fulbright is the U.S. government’s premier graduate scholarship for foreign study, research, and teaching. For six consecutive years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed The University of Scranton among the “top producers” of Fulbright awards for American students. Since 1972, 134 Scranton students have accepted grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education (Fulbright) and International Rotary.

Continuing Scranton’s strong Fulbright tradition, six graduates have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year. They will travel to the United Arab Emirates, India, Germany, Malaysia, and Canada. Two of the six will focus on research while four will teach English as a second language. Rebecca Bartley, a double major in management and marketing, will teach English at a high school and promote small business development in Terengganu state during her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. Melissa C. Beltz, an international language/business major will teach English in Thüringen, Germany, on her Fulbright /Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistantship. Kaitlyn L. Doremus, who double majored in secondary education-German and German cultural studies will take up her Fulbright/ Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistantship in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Philip J. Kachmar, who double majored in political science and philosophy, will spend his Fulbright year pursuing a master’s degree in political science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he will study the fundamental identity of North America as a political entity and the implications of this identity on North American integration. Aileen M. Monks, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Scranton in 2010, and her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from the University in 2011, has won a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship to teach at the Navyug School in New Delhi, India. The sixth winner is Gian P. Vergnetti, who graduated with a major in international business in University’s class of 2008. He has received a Fulbright to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he will research the implications of the world’s first carbon-neutral sustainable technology cluster: Masdar City.

Four members of the class of 2010 won Fulbrights and spent the 2010-2011 academic year overseas. Mary Elise Lynch, who majored in biochemistry spent her year at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kisumu, conducting research on “Discordance Between HIV Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Kisumu, Kenya.” Mackenzie Lind, who double majored in neuroscience and French explored “The Neuroscience of Sleep and Circadian Shifts” during her Fulbright scholarship year at the University of Helsinki’s Institute of Biomedicine in Finland. Janine Grosso, who majored in elementary education/special education was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea where she taught at Yeongcheon elementary school. Finally, Mary Martin, who also majored in elementary education/special education, spent her year teaching English as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a boarding school in Indonesia.

Three members of the class of 2009 were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Cynthia David, who majored in elementary education, was awarded a Fulbright to Ngaoundere, Cameroon, where she taught English as a foreign language to university undergraduates. Amy Lee, who also majored in elementary education won a Fulbright to Macao Polytechnic Institute in Macau, China. Amy spent the 2009-2010 year teaching English to undergraduate students while pursuing coursework in Chinese Studies. Megan LoBue, who majored in English, spent her Fulbright year teaching ESL to high school students at Gymnasium Statfeld in Wernigerode, Germany.

Dr. Susan Trussler of the Economics/Finance department is the University’s Fulbright Program Advisor. Additional information is available online at www.scranton.edu/fulbright

Awards from Institute of International Education Fulbright Program and International Rotary, 1988-2011

Michel Aboutanos Switzerland
Jeffrey Gabello Germany
Christine O’Brien Kenya
Mary Yuen Singapore
Kim Marie Newak Germany
Caroline Parente Uruguay
Daniel Jurgelewicz Finland
Thomas Spoto Singapore
Maureen Cronin South Korea
Alissa Giancarlo Germany
Thomas Kish Hungary
Jennifer Murphy Denmark
Neal Rightley Germany
Salvatore Tirrito Finland
Denise Udvarhely New Zealand
Timothy Gallagher New Zealand
Susan Kavalow South Korea
Jennifer Kelly Uruguay
Alan Landis Colombia
Beth LiVolsi Italy
Colleen McInerney Australia
Jennifer Seva Argentina
Margaret Mary Hricko Spain
Terrence Kossegi Pakistan
Karis Lawlor Germany
Brian Zarzecki Namibia
Jason Cascarino New Zealand
Jeffrey Greer Sri Lanka
Renee Kupetz


Robert Brennan Israel
Michael Pagliarini France
Michael Tracy New Zealand
Kevin Bisignani Germany
Jennifer Cahill Japan
Matthew Pierlott South Korea
Karen Towers Mauritius
Alison Glucksnis Japan
Katherine Roth United Kingdom
Christopher Warren Guatemala
Lisa Angelella India
Amy Patuto South Korea
Maria Atzert South Korea
Lisa Biagiotti Italy
Erin Friel Germany
Carol Gleeson Paraguay
Nicole Heron Finland
Clifford McMurray Germany
Sean St. Ledger (Rotary) Italy
Joy Oliver Netherlands
Kristy Petty Argentina
Nicole Negowetti (Rotary) Ireland
Jennifer Bradley South Korea
Elliott Gougeon Germany
Nicole Sublette South Korea
George Griffin Germany
Maria Hundersmarck South Korea
Amy Martin South Korea
Rosemary Moran South Korea
Thomas Murtaugh South Korea
Vincent Solomento Netherlands
Andrea Frankenburger Argentina
Jessica  LaPorta South Korea
Allison Martyn France
Christopher  Molitoris Morocco
Amy Lee Macau
Cynthia David


Megan LoBue      Germany
Janine Grosso South Korea
Mackenzie Lind Finland
Mary Elise Lynch Kenya
Mary Martin


Rebecca Bartley Malaysia
Melissa C. Beltz Germany
Kaitlyn L. Doremus Germany
Philip J. Kachmar Canada
Aileen M. Monks India
Gian P. Vergnetti United Arab Emirates

Truman and Other National Scholarships

Scranton students excel in several national fellowship competitions, compiling a superb record of achievement in many areas in addition to their exceptional record in the Fulbright competition.

In 2010-2011, Sarah Neitz was one of 60 students in the United States to be named a Truman Scholar. Sarah is pursuing a triple major in Hispanic studies, international studies, and philosophy. Abbe Clark, a biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology major and member of the Honors program, received a Goldwater Scholarship, one of 274 students selected nationally.  Carl Caceres, a philosophy and theology/religious studies double major, and captain of the Scranton Royals tennis team, received one of 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships awarded to male athletes playing Spring sports in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III; Christopher Stallone, a finance major and captain of the Scranton Royals baseball team, was also on of the select group of scholar athletes receiving a 2011 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

In 2009-2010, Maria Gubbiotti became the eighth Scranton student to be named a Goldwater Scholar since 2002. Maria, a biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology major and member of the Honors program, is pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.program.

In 2008-2009, Coral Stredny, a two-year recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, was named to the All-USA College Academic Third team for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. Melissa Wasilewski, a biomathematics and biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology major and member of the Honors program, received a Goldwater Scholarship, one of 278 students nationwide and the second Scranton student to be named a Goldwater Scholar as a sophomore. Melissa is pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.program.

In 2007-2008, Cynthia David, an Elementary Education major, received an Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award. Douglas Jones, an international studies, philosophy, and political science major, received an NSEP Boren Scholarship to support his study in Jordan. Deirdre Strehl, a political science major, received a Gilman Scholarship to help fund a term of study in Morocco .

In 2006-07, Coral Stredny, a biochemistry major, became the sixth Scranton student and the first sophomore to be awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Two seniors were honored as NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: John Mercuri, a biology and philosophy major, was one of 29 male scholar-athletes recognized for a fall sport; John is using his scholarship for medical school. Taryn Mellody, a physical therapy major, was one of 29 female athletes recognized for a winter sport. Taryn is applying her NCAA scholarship toward graduate work in physical therapy. Cynthia David, named above, received a Gilman Scholarship to support study in Dakar, Senegal. Two alumni, Mark Bell and Nicole Sublette, were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

In 2005-06, Tina Marie George, a biology and philosophy major, was among 20 students nationally selected by USA Today for its All-USA College Academic First Team. Ms. George was also awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship, which covers expenses for her M.D. at Harvard and her M.P.H. at Yale. Han Li, a 2005 graduate, was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow. Vincent Solomeno, junior political science major, became Scranton’s seventh Truman Scholar, one of only 75 students selected in the country. Junior chemistry major Kristy Gogick was selected as a 2006 Goldwater Scholar. Daniel Foster, an environmental science and philosophy major, was named a Udall Scholar.

In 2004-05, Tina Marie George, named above, became Scranton’s sixth Truman Scholar. She also received a Udall Scholarship. Two students, Timothy Sechler, a chemistry major, and Karen McGuigan, a biochemistry major, were awarded Goldwater Scholarships. Han Li, a biochemistry and biomathematics major, was named to the second team of the 2005 USA Today All-USA Academic Team.

In 2003-04, Han Li, named above, received a Goldwater Scholarship. Sara Shoener, a biomathematics and philosophy major, and Christopher Corey, a biochemistry, biomathematics and biophysics major, were named to the first and third teams, respectively, of the 2004 USA Today All-USA Academic Team. Vanessa Cortes, an elementary education major, was selected as a Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Lilly Endowment Inc. Scholar.

Alumni Society

The Alumni Society of The University of Scranton provides a way for graduates to continue their participation in the life of the University after their student years. Its 20 alumni clubs and affiliates include more than 43,850 members. The society, which is governed by elected officers and a 24-member Board of Governors, fosters communication among alumni and encourages continued dialogue between alumni and the University community. It hosts alumni functions, including reunions, and promotes the interests of the University by identifying prospective students, encourages networking among its membership, provides numerous services and benefits, performs community service projects, and honors student, faculty and alumni accomplishments. These activities are coordinated through the Office of Alumni Relations (www.scranton.edu/alumni).