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Faculty Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

Geneive Henry and W. Douglas Powers were honored at Susquehanna’s 151st Commencement for exemplary service to the institution.

Henry, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded the John C. Horn Lectureship for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The award is named for a former longtime member and chairman of Susquehanna’s board of trustees. As this year’s recipient, Henry will deliver a public lecture during the 2009–10 academic year.

Henry earned her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at the University of the West Indies and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University and Michigan State University. She joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2003. An organic chemist, she focuses her research on organic synthesis and natural product chemistry from rare and endemic plants of Pennsylvania and Caribbean regions.

“Her nominators praise her as an exceptional example to the community of what it means to be both a scholar-teacher and a member of a larger academic community,” says Linda McMillin, provost and dean of faculty.

Powers, associate professor and head of the Department of Theatre, was honored with the Susquehanna University Teaching Award. Powers earned master’s degrees from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Ohio University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He joined the Susquehanna faculty in 2000. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he directs three major stage productions each year. A professional actor and director, Powers is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

“Students in his classes are successful on the stage, in their courses and in their postbaccalaureate experiences as actors and directors—all testaments to the excellence of his teaching,” McMillin says.

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Design Students Dominate Student ADDY Competition

Susquehanna graphic design students took home 18 of 21 possible awards in March from the Greater Frederick Advertising Federation’s Student ADDY competition. Student award winners were seniors Tracy Brauner, Rebecca Brelsford, Jessica Oswald, Joe Pilcavage, Kyle Nalls, Robert Prall, Anne Toal and Meredith Tompeck.

“While Susquehanna is a liberal arts college and the art department is relatively small, Susquehanna can hold its own in any design competition,” Brauner says.

The ADDY awards are the largest competition in advertising, and the student ADDYs mirror the three-tiered structure of the professional competition at the local, state and national levels. Student work is judged by professionals in the field, and the competition gives design students opportunities to build their resumes and portfolios, and to benefit from exposure to professional critique and judging.

Brauner, who took home Best of Show and two Gold ADDY awards, expressed the significance of having work noticed by professionals in this setting: “The biggest value in entering this competition is the exposure of your work.” She says Mark Fertig, associate professor of graphic design and head of the Department of Art, encourages all design students to enter the competition and offers insight into which pieces might be most successful.

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SU Students Present Research At National Conference

Thirty-four Susquehanna students and seven faculty members traveled to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse in April for the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Professor of Biology David Richard says NCUR is distinct from other undergraduate conferences in that it is national and multidisciplinary. This year SU students presented work in history, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science and psychology.

Large groups of SU students have regularly presented at NCUR. “For a university of our size, we probably have more people going consistently than any other [university] in the country,” says Richard. He attributes this largely to faculty dedication and university commitment to research and scholarship as learning.

Presenting is an invaluable experience for undergraduates, Richard says, exposing them to other research and putting them outside of their comfort zones. Traditionally, Susquehanna’s sciences have been heavily represented at the conference, but Richard expresses a desire for broader representation in the future. He encourages students from other disciplines, such as philosophy, music and creative writing, to apply and hopes faculty will explore the opportunity with their students. Abstract submissions for the 2010 conference at the University of Montana open in October.

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University Communications Wins Awards In International CASE Competition

University Communications has earned two awards in the CASE Circle of Excellence international competition. The honors follow the five awards Susquehanna earned earlier this year in the CASE District II regional competition.

The office received a silver award in the Visual Identity Systems category, in recognition of a newly designed view- book, alumni magazine, departmental majors cards, letterhead and business cards, SU 150 appeal brochure, and an athletics and recreation brochure.

CASE gave the office a bronze award in the Excellence in Design: Single-Page Publications category, the only award given in this category. The winning entry was for a Supporting the Sciences brochure designed by Creative Services Manager Nick Stephenson ’99 and graphic designer Steven Semanchik ’08.

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Susquehanna Grad Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Susquehanna University’s Joel Patch ’09 was selected as one of seven men’s basketball players from all three NCAA divisions for a 2009 NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Patch is attending Widener University’s School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., and applying the $7,500 award toward a law degree with an emphasis on environmental law. Patch maintained a 3.69 grade point average as an earth and environmental sciences major at Susquehanna.

He was one of 10 men’s finalists for the 2009 Jostens Trophy, awarded to the Division III Player of the Year. He led the Landmark Conference this past season and tied for 14th in Division III in rebounding, with 11.2 rebounds per game. He also finished second in the Landmark in scoring (17.5 points per game) and fourth in blocked shots (27). Patch finished the 2008–09 campaign with 16 double-doubles, including four straight to end the season. He moved into the top 25 in Susquehanna men’s basketball history in career points (1,067). He was also a first-team all-Landmark player and the conference’s Player of the Year. He earned second-team D3hoops.com all–Middle Atlantic Region honors on March 18 and first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches all–Middle Atlantic District honors on March 25.

NCAA postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.


Contributing writers to The ‘Grove are Robert Edward Healy III, Victoria Kidd and Billie Tadros ’10.

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