A Message from the President

Dear Friends:

As president of The University of Scranton, I draw great energy and inspiration from seeing our students grow in the light of all that Scranton has to offer. From the moment you set foot on our beautiful campus, you can feel we are a family, a community where hard work, dedication and an authentic commitment to the ideals and characteristics of Catholic and Jesuit higher education converge for the benefit of the students we serve.

In this issue of The Scranton Journal, we present our ambitious $135 million plan – “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign to Advance Mission, Access, & Excellence” – to ensure that the University’s unique spirit is sustained for generations to come. We believe this initiative is essential for The University of Scranton to advance to the next level of academic excellence. Together, we can achieve our aspirations by maintaining affordability and accessibility, prioritizing the humanities and the excellence of our core curriculum, enhancing our long tradition of espousing faith and spirituality, and increasing sources of aid for our students with limited economic resources.

In addition to information about the campaign, we reminisce with Chris ’87 and Nancy (Lange) Neumann ’87, a Scranton Legacy couple who, with their sons Chris Jr. ’24 and Tim ’27, regularly recruit relatives and high school students into the fold. We celebrate the University’s Athletics Department for making school history with their Landmark-record eight conference championships. We also laud Lady Royal Bridget Monaghan ’23 who, in her first month as a member of our alumni community, had her jersey selected for display in the Ring of Honor at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, in its second decree, proposed the symbol of a fire that kindles other fires. This is a metaphor that every Jesuit work, and every member of that work, can take on in a personal and apostolic way. The University of Scranton is a fire that kindles other fires, and my time with you has given me boundless confidence in our ability to achieve the ambitious goals and aspirations we have outlined for our future. Please join us in making it possible for our students to continue to “go forth, and set the world on fire.”

Yours Faithfully,
Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J.

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