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Celebrating two decades of FIRSTs. PLUS: Scranton partners with Geisinger on a reimagined student-run clinic for the uninsured, a man "for and with others" reflects on a lifetime of service to the University, and alumni give freely of themselves to help others find their voice and the pathway to education.

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For the Health of the Community

University and Geisinger partner on newly reimagined Edward R. Leahy Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured.

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Mark O'Malia '14, M.S., CCC-SLP: Speaking From Experience To Help Others Open Up

As a speech-language pathologist at the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), Mark O’Malia ‘14 provides specialized, universally affordable stuttering therapy and support for clients ages 2 to 80.

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Accounting for Opportunity with Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron

Alumni couple repays debt of gratitude with new opportunities for Scranton students.

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Estate Society: Mark McDonough ’72 — From the Bottom Quartile to the Top of the Heap

Mark and Carol McDonough recently established The McDonough Family Scholarship in Memory of Rev. Joseph A. Rock, S.J. H'81

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Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA '95: Prepared for Every Open Door in Her Path

An inaugural member of the University’s Business Leadership Honors Program champions the Jesuit education model, and her family’s lifelong commitment to giving back.

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Celebrating Two Decades of FIRSTs

Founders, past participants and the current coordinator gathered at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake to reflect and celebrate 20 years of First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together (FIRST). The initiative connects incoming students with fellow Royals while also introducing them to the “powerful Scranton culture of service and community."

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Newest Member of the 200 Club: Coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ‘04

In her 16th season, assistant director of athletics has helped guide Royals to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Landmark Conference championships.

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What Inspires Legacy Athletes To Join the Royal Ranks?

Student athletes attribute their decisions to lasting connections and factors they describe as 'bigger than the great academic and athletic programs.'

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ONE-ON-ONE with Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students shares her story to encourage students as they build resilience and find their calling.

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In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, enjoy these photos from a few of our alumni signature events.

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A Lifetime of Wonderment

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 credits the University with opening the world to him, and he’s spent a lifetime serving it in return.

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Becoming Men and Women for Others

The pathway to FIRST for Wendy De La Cruz Garcia '27, Bryan Pulla '27, Sarika Mongar '27 and Lucia DeCarvalho '27 began as middle schoolers at Scranton’s NativityMiguel, a private, tuition-free Catholic school serving a diverse student population grades 5-8.

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Celebrating 200 Victories

Head coaches for University's field hockey, men's soccer and volleyball attain success.

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Meet the Directors

Leahy Clinic Directors Proud To Serve Students and Community

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'Look Even More Intentionally to the Margins'

How did an international service trip to Mexico and pilgrimage to El Salvador change Dean Lauren Rivera’s perspective on advocacy?

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A Two-Generation Service Success Story

Since 1988, members of the Guarnuccio family have been putting a priority on volunteerism with The University of Scranton and in the surrounding community.

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Why Scranton?

Legacy athletes share their stories.

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Guarnuccio Family Gives Back

When Keith Guarnuccio was earning his B.S. in political science, the Center for Service and Social Justice First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together (FIRST) program had not yet been established, but in recent years, second-generation Guarnuccios Hanna ’22, Aidan ’23 and Bridgid ’27 have participated in the program.

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The Public Launch of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires”

The University announced the start of the public phase of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign To Advance Mission, Access, & Excellence".

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