A Message from our President

Dear Friends:

I pray 2024 is off to a fine start for you and all those you love. In this spring issue of The Scranton Journal, we reflect on growth and renewal in the form of collaborative partnerships, specifically those that flourish between the University community and our neighbors in need.

One program featured within the pages ahead celebrates two decades of student volunteerism that occurs prior to them ever setting foot in a classroom: First years Involved in Reflective Service Together (FIRST). Its founders, alumni, current leaders and longtime partner agencies illustrate the instant connections established when our Royals take their successful FIRST steps on the path to becoming people for and with others.

We also take inspiration from two catalysts for change, Patricia and Edward R. Leahy ’68, H ’01, who each day rededicate themselves to unprecedented levels of service and generosity. Their support for the University and a newly reimagined student-run Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured, named in tribute to their late son, reopens the doors to a true medical home for the underserved. Learn more about how unified efforts between the University and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will provide practical experience for our students in all aspects of health care.

The magazine shares the journeys of alumni Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron, and Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ’95, who have created pathways to education through their philanthropy, and Mark O’Malia ’14, M.S., CCC-SLP who provides universally affordable stuttering therapy — and advocacy — to help others find their voice.

In describing Jesuit education to our students, I am always quick to reference our graduates and the example of your lives and accomplishments. As alumni, you demonstrate how our Jesuit mission extends through the rest of your life, helps you to uncover meaning and keeps you grounded in the truth and focused on others. Your efforts were illuminated recently when Washington Monthly analyzed universities’ contributions to the public good, based, in part, on a calculation of public service of graduates. Scranton ranked No. 10 in the nation among master’s universities for “community and national service.”

As we continue to strive for unity of heart, mind and soul, please continue to keep the University in your prayers and be assured of mine in return. I wish you every grace and blessing in the new year. GO ROYALS!!

Yours Faithfully,

Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J.


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