The University of Scranton Alumni Spotlights John Mercuri

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Scranton Orthopaedic Surgeon John MercuriName: John J. Mercuri

Sport(s) played at Scranton: Cross Country

Graduation year: 2007

Degree(s) earned: Biology and Philosophy

Hometown: Moscow, PA

Current employer and occupation: Geisinger, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Why did you choose to attend The University of Scranton?: I was a student at Scranton Preparatory School, so I was drawn to the Jesuit education offered by The University. I was also planning to be a pre-medical student, and The University had a strong programs in this area. Finally, I was hoping to keep running competitively during college, and I had a great opportunity to do so at The University.

What did you love about being an NCAA Division III student-athlete?: I loved the comrade of my teammates, and I loved being able to participate at a high level of intercollegiate athletics while still prioritizing my academic goals.

When was the last time you were back on campus and what was it like to be back?: I am able to visit the campus frequently because I now live and work in Lackawanna County. While the campus feels familiar in certain ways, there has been tremendous change and progress in the time since I graduated.

What is your favorite memory in a Scranton uniform?: My favorite memory was when our men’s cross country team finished 9th at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional Championships.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?: My greatest athletic accomplishment was qualifying for and competing in the NCAA Division III National Championships.

What advice would you like to share with current student-athletes at Scranton?: Embrace your time as a student-athlete at The University of Scranton. It really is the opportunity of a lifetime.