Community Enrichment Series Calendar

  • Fall 2017  

    All Saint Francis University community members are welcome to attend any of the Community Enrichment Series (CES) programs.  Many professors incorporate CES programs into their courses in order to enrich the classroom experience and integrate learning in and out of the classroom.  

    First-year students are required to participate in the Community Enrichment Series, Core 103-104, on a Pass/Fail basis in partial fulfillment of their General Education requirement for graduation.  In order to receive a passing grade at mid-term, students must attend a total of three programs.  To receive a passing final grade, students must attend a total of six different programs by the end of the semester.    


    Because a goal of the General Education Program is to encourage you to broaden your horizons and expose you to new ideas, we hope you will sample several of the categories listed below and perhaps even make one of your choices a program you would normally be least likely to attend. 


     Events listed in red are offered multiple times over the course of the semester, but students may only earn one CES credit for attending these events.  You may earn only ONE CES credit for Museum.

    Day of event







    Tuesday -Friday    


    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 1:00-5:00 p.m Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Exhibits  Laborand Landscape: 100 Paintings of the Allegheny Mountain Region


    A Selection of Works from the Butler Institute ofAmerican Art 
    SouthernAllegheny Museum of Art  
    Thursday 9/14 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The Image Made Recent photos by ChrisEvans, Brandon Fiume and Liz Schaffner. SFU Library Gallery Patricia McVicker
    Monday 9/18 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Presidents Behaving Badly US Magistrate JudgeKeith Pesto will be visiting for Constitution Day.  He will begin our programming with apresentation entitled “Presidents Behaving Badly.” DiSepio 201 Joseph Melusky
    Monday 9/18 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Overcriminalized and Undervalued: The Consequences of Purposeless Punishment Professor JelaniJefferson Exum from University of Toledo will be talking about how oursentencing laws are not grounded in any rational purposes and that theconsequences of purposeless punishment includes facilitating the continuedovercriminalization of people (rather than criminalizing specific offenses),which facilitates a continued undervaluing of the humanity of those people. JFK Auditorium Edward Timmons
    Tuesday 9/19 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. To Run a Constitution: Interns' Stories from the Field Several students willserve as panelists to discuss their internship experiences.  Woodrow Wilson once observed that Americanswere better at framing constitutions than they were at running them.  These students have contributed to “running”our Constitution.  They will share theirexperiences with those that attend. DiSepio 201 Joseph Melusky
    Tuesday 9/19 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Connect Through ASL Students will learnwhy it is important to learn ASL and where ASL can take them in their chosencareer path.  Students will also learnabout the ASL minor, the mission trip to Jamaica, and the Deaf FreedomCaribbean (DFC) immersion. Scotus 209 Gale DeArmin
    Wednesday 9/20 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Equalogy presents "One Night" One Night is anoriginal play about rape among friends. In the course of being entertained audience members will have theopportunity to consider some misconceptions about rape.  The program also covers: legal, medical, andcommunity options available to rape victims; how drug and alcohol are oftenused to increase vulnerability; risk-reduction techniques and ways to supportvictims and work to end rape. JFK Auditorium Bobby Anderson
    Thursday 9/21 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. What Can You Do to Save the World Residents will bring alaptop and calculate their carbon footprints. This activity allows the residents to see what areas of their lifestylethey can adjust in order to create a more sustainable lifestyle to help theenvironment. Agnes Hall Front Lounge Katie Slater
    Saturday 9/23 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Solar System 5K The course will beginon the mall in front of the Science Outreach Center.  Solar 5K unifies health and natural sciencesinto one event.  We scaled down the SolarSystem to 5 kilometers so it is much more manageable for us to reach theboundaries of the Sun’s domain.  We willrun or walk (or stroll) through the Solar System.  As we run (walk) we will learn how the Sungenerates energy in its core and how we use it on Earth.  We will encounter planets and their moons,cross the Asteroid and Kuiper belts, meet asteroids and comets, and learn sometips from health specialists on how to stay healthy throughout our life. Saint Francis University Campus Lanika Ruzhitskaya
    Monday 9/25 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. International Coffee House Poetry Special This will be a poetryreading organized for the Multicultural Week. Volunteers will read a poem in English or another language, and theyplus audience members will then mingle and enjoy desserts. Frankie's Roxana Cazan
    Tuesday 9/26 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The K of C Peer Minister, MattFraley, a prominent member will give a presentation about the Knights ofColumbus.  Topics will include history,what they do, charitable acts, and how to join. Francis Hall Lounge Benjamin McMullen
    Thursday 9/28 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Internships in Italy Presentation This is the secondannual presentation of reflections and power points by the Participants in thisyear’s internship program in Parma, Italy. It is both a requirement for the participants and a forum for questionsabout the program and the opportunities it provides. Sullivan 119 Mary Jean Bujdos
    Thursday 9/28 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Lessons in Languages Join InternationalStudent Programs and meet international friends from around the world.  Enjoy free refreshments and take a fewmoments to meet students representing cultures and languages, make a few newfriends, and learn something. Boiler House Sam Heikinen
    Thursday 9/28 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. "Out of the Shadows and Into the Light" Candlelight vigilremembrance that students, faculty, and staff can provide a first name of alost loved one who died of suicide. Those names will be read at the vigil. This event is to promote awareness of suicide that is the mostpreventable cause of death for 10-24 year olds, only accidents and homicidesare more frequent.  Co-sponsored withCampus Ministry. SFU Chapel Carrie Vinglish
    Thursday 9/28 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The World is Your Classroom A panel of studentswill talk about their study abroad experiences. Schwab 102 Juliana Horvath
    Friday 9/29 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Multicultural Fest The Multicultural Festis a celebration of our diverse cultures and talents at Saint FrancisUniversity.  Please join us for music,food, dance and information. University Mall (JFK Lounge if it rains) Heather Daniels
    Tuesday 10/3 12:00 p.m. Social Media Audit “Ensure your digitalimprint is the best representation of you.” Not sure if it is?  Does it needsome tweaking or maybe some overhaul? Stop by and Career Services’ representatives will provide suggestions tohelp you clean up your on-line presence. Padua Hall Entrance Way Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 10/3 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. RC Car Race and Car Maintenance University Police willtalk about general car maintenance. After the presentation there will be a RC car race.  Each contestant will get one practice trialand then one timed trial.  The winner ofthe race will keep the RC car. Francis Hall Parking Lot Benjamin McMullen
    Thursday 10/5 12:20 p.m. Interview Like a Pro Learn how to beat thecompetition.  Interview strategies forin-person interviews, telephone interviews, and virtual interviews (Skype),tips and resources covered during this session. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Friday 10/6 2:20 - 3:00 p.m. Comprehensive Solutions to Mine Drainage This seminar ispresented by Mr. Tim Danehy, co-founder of BioMost, Inc, and StreamRestoration, Inc.  He recently receivedthe 2017 “National Reclamationist of the Year” award from the American Societyof Mining and Reclamation. Science Center 024 Rachel Wagner
    Friday 10/6 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.. Freezing Free Ice Cream A science experimentwill be performed for the residents involving liquid nitrogen. The residentswill go through the experiment and volunteers will be needed.  At the end of the presentation ice cream willbe made from the liquid nitrogen.  ALL safetyprecautions will be advised. Giles Hall Benjamin McMullen
    Monday 10/9 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sign Jam Mr. Rodney Watson, ofRod & Friends, will lead SFU students in an annual Sign Jam with supportfor the ASL Club and Ms. Gale DeArmin, Clinical Assistant Professor ofASL.  Students will learn how to performa popular song in Sign Language and a choreographed dance. Stokes Auxiliary Gym Gale DeArmin
    Tuesday 10/10 12:20 p.m. Search Strategy Workshop Job/Internship searchstrategies for full-time, part-time positions. **Laptops required to earn CES credit. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Wednesday 10/11 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Nephrolithiasis: Kidney Stones and What You Should Know This event is meant to be educational on a Masterscapstone project for physician assistant studies.  The participants willtake a quiz before and after to test baseline knowledge and post session gainson the subject of kidney stones. Padua 110 Tracy Wright and Tayler Sechrengost
    Monday 10/16 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Title IX and Lynn Banks A presentation onTitle IX through a series of skits done by Lynn Banks and Ben McMullen Louis Hall Bottom Lounge Benjamin McMullen
    Wednesday 10/18 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Life of a PA State Trooper State Trooper CaptainDavid Cain will be coming to do a talk regarding the life of a trooper and whatit entails.  Also hitting on the healthaspects of the life of a trooper, drug use, and the need for seat belts. Louis Hall Bottom Lounge Benjamin McMullen
    Friday 10/20 2:10 - 3:00 p.m. An Early Insight on Engineering as a Career You Desire Seminar presentationby one of the first SFU students to graduate from our environmental engineeringprogram.  Luke Mignogna (2012) will speakabout his young but successful career as an engineer. Science Center 024 Rachel Wagner
    Tuesday 10/24 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. ASL Positions Open This Summer Russ Goddard, from thePennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will talk about positionsavailable at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy scheduled for July2018 at Penn State University. Recruiting residential assistants, residential assistant directors, anda residential director to work with deaf and hard of hearing high schoolstudents from around the state during our Summer Academy. Padua 110 Gale DeArmin
    Thursday 10/26 12:20 p.m. Finding an Internship Most employers arerequiring hands-on experience in your field for consideration of employmentafter graduation.  It’s never too earlyto start looking for the right internship that will make you more marketable ina competitive pool of candidates. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 11/2 12:20 p.m. Government Job Search Learn the "ins and outs" of applying to state and federal jobs. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 11/7 12:20 p.m. Unsure About Your Major/Career Plans Discover more aboutyourself in relationship to occupational fields, activities, jobs, etc.  A good start for the person who just isn’tsure about what he/she wants to do. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 11/7 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Jan Scheuermann: Writing My Memoir, "The Lighter Side of Being a Lab Rat" Jan Scheuermann is anSFU mom, a person with quadriplegia, and a cybernetics pioneer. From 2012 to2014, Jan volunteered to participate in a brain-machine interface research atUPMC, during which a matrix of electrodes was surgically implanted directly on herbrain.  Although the personal risk wasgreat (any infection would be fatal), she exalted in moving the robotic arm shenamed Hector, the first limb movement she directed in ten years.  Quickly she mastered directing Hector throughten degrees of movement, meanwhile delighting researchers with her exuberantpersonality.  In 2013 Jan spoke at SFUabout her participation in the study, particularly the thrill of feedingherself chocolate.  Since then, she testdrove a flight simulator and has dictated a memoir full of optimism, humor andfaith, which will be the subject of this talk. JFK Lounge Tim Brintrim
    Wednesday 11/15 6:30 p.m. Mock Interview Blitz ProfessionalInterviews/Recruiters will be on campus to help you sharpen your interviewskills.  Schedule a one-on-one practiceinterview and be ready to ace interviews “with flying colors!” Library, 2nd Floor Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 11/28 11:00 a.m. Resume/Cover Letter Professional Development Get samples or bring aresume draft for review, learn how to create a powerful resume and cover letter Greek Room JFK Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 8/29 12:20 p.m.      What to Do at a Career Fair Get tips on what totake, what to wear, what to say, how to follow-up and more.  Be prepared for all the upcoming job andinternship fairs. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 9/5 10:00 a.m. Resume/Cover Letter Drop in Session Bring your resume draft to review or pick up sample resumes. Knowing how to create a powerful resume is important in developing a professional resume. Library 2nd Floor Melissa Stasik
    Wednesday 9/6 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Student Involvement Fair The Student Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at SFU.  Organization members will be available to share their experiences and invite you to join.  The co-curricular experience is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career!  You will make friends, learn all about SFU and develop invaluable skills you will use in life beyond your ears in Loretto JFK Bobby Anderson
    Wednesday 9/6 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Great Greek Meet & Greet Students will have the opportunity to meet our Greek chapters officially for the first time.  The 12 chapters will have presentations setup in the JFK Lounge as an open house environment for students to learn about each organization JFK Lounge Luke Trotz
    Wednesday 9/6 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. UNITE Bonfire This event will bring together all faith-based groups on campus for an evening of faith and fellowship.  All students are welcome to attend and meet representatives from the various organizations. Campus Ministry Patio Paul Girardi
    Thursday 9/7 11:00 a.m. Career Services "Cookie Kick Off" Open House Stop by and celebratethe new school year with Career Services! Enjoy cookies, refreshments, free giveaways, and a chance to win a“Kindle E-Reader.” Library 211 Melissa Stasik
    Thursday 9/7 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. School of Sciences Summer Research Symposium The School of SciencesResearch Symposium is a showcase of research and internships students andfaculty participated in during the summer. Science Center Atrium Irene Wolf
    Thursday 9/7 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Student Government Senate Meetings The Saint FrancisUniversity Student Government Association is represented by electedstudent-leaders representing each undergraduate class, each academic school,and each area of student life including Athletics, International students,Greek Life, and much more.  Each week theSGA Senate convenes to report on the developments and initiatives of the SFUFaculty Senate, the SFU administration, as well as their own projects withinthe SGA.  As the voice of the SFU studentbody, the SGA ensures advocacy and leadership for all students. JFK Lounge Bobby Anderson
    Thursday 9/7 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Be Someone Light RA’s and students willbe discussing suicide prevention and the importance of awareness, as well asdecorating tea light holders.  These willbe used as a reminder that you can always be someone’s light. Saint Joan Hall Back Lounge Kayli Gallen
    Thursday 9/7 9:15 - 11:00 p.m. Sorority Recruitment Kick-Off This event is toprovide women the opportunity to learn about Greek Life and the sororities thatwe have on campus.  This is also thefirst recruitment event of the year. Scotus Hall 103, 104,105, 106, 206, 207, and 209 Luke Trotz
    Saturday 9/9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Freshman retreat Join us for a day offood, fellowship and fun.  The retreathelps freshmen in their transition to college while orienting them to acommunity of faith. Campus Ministry Paul Girardi
    Monday 9/11 9:00 - 9:20 a.m. 9/11 Flag Ceremony Captain Abby (Cooper)Coccagana, a 2012 graduate from Saint Francis University’s Nursing Department,is currently stationed with her unit in Afghanistan.  She recently sent a flag that was flown atBagram Airfield.  As a tribute to all ofCaptain Coccagna’s dedication and achievements, the ROTC cadets will be foldingthe flag for a display case to be hung in the Nursing Department. Sullivan 204 Rita Trofino and Sarah Davis
    Monday 9/11 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. "Life of Jesus" Bracelets This activity willgive students an opportunity to explore the life of Christ and create somethingto war as a personal expression/reminder of their own faith journey.  It will also aide in building communitywithin the residence hall and provide an opportunity for social and spiritualgrowth. Agnes Basement Lounge Paul Girardi
    Tuesday 9/12 12:20 p.m. Where to Begin with Graduate School Learn about deciding,applying and researching graduate programs and more.  Guides, handouts and Q&A. Scotus 208 Melissa Stasik
    Tuesday 9/12 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. SAO Planning Board Meeting Student ActivitiesOrganization would like to invite first year students to learn about SAO andactivities held on campus. JFK Lounge Brittany Lambermont
    Wednesday 9/13 7:00 p.m. The Human Experience A movie screening ofthe documentary film, “The Human Experience.” This film engages existential questions by moving to the periphery andseeking the experiences of lepers, the sick, homeless and forgotten.  Padua 112 Paul Girardi