Since its formation last year, Penn State Scranton's Student Organization of Latinos has quickly become one of the most popular groups on campus, with a membership of 60-plus students and growing. The group co-sponsored a successful virtual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a signature event featuring a guest speaker, campus alumnus and Brazilian immigrant Allan Souza, as well as a presentation by the group’s officers.
Penn State Scranton is observing National Hispanic Heritage Month with a schedule of special programs. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, the campus will host three Hispanic Heritage Month-themed virtual events culminating with an official observance of the month on Friday, Sept. 25.
On Thursday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, the Red Cross’ Bloodmobile will be parked in the visitors parking area near the Study Learning Center for a blood drive. All are welcome to come and donate. In addition to giving blood, donors will also be provided with free antibody testing to determine if they’ve potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
George Stojakovic, left, and Deymeliz Desarden-Ruperto were among six Penn State Scranton students selected by the University to serve as virtual orientation leaders this summer. Other Scranton students selected were: Tabitha Boyd, Dominic Corma, Joseph Krishanda and Marisa Milton. The orientation leaders were tasked with providing assistance to 16,000 incoming University students.
The Penn State alumni family grew by more than 15,000 this past weekend as the University recognized its spring 2020 graduates in a livestreamed commencement ceremony, which took place on Saturday, May 9.
Lecturer in IST and campus alumnus Fred Aebli, bottom screen at right, gives an interactive Penn State-themed survey during his talk at the ZOOM-held Student Recognition Dinner. Also pictured are Dharti Ray, top screen, coordinator of diversity and inclusion, and Deborah Brandt Johnson, middle screen, alumni and development specialist.