Career Planning. Susquehanna's Center for Career Services provides programs and resources to assist students at each stage of their academic careers. The university encourages students to explore their own interests and abilities, to identify a major program of study and plan for a career. Students define career objectives, identify and research potential places of employment and learn to communicate effectively with employers.
Susquehanna's Core curriculum includes a required one-credit, seven-week career planning course to be taken during the sophomore year. The focus is on self assessment, career research and job/internship search skills (resumes and interviewing). Individual office appointments are available for more concentrated work in these and other areas, while workshops often explore more diverse subjects like salary negotiation and dining etiquette. In addition to its programs, the Center hosts representatives from business, industry, government and education at job fairs and on-campus interviews. The office also provides information and assistance for students interested in graduate study.
Students have access to printed and electronic directories of potential employers and job listings. The Alumni Career Team (ACT) database, along with externship and internship programs, helps students to network with potential employers. The career services staff works cooperatively with academic departments to arrange and supervise academic internships. For more information about internships and externships, see the Active Learning section.
Counseling Center. Susquehanna offers a range of psychological services under the supervision of the director of counseling, a licensed psychologist. Services include brief counseling for students experiencing personal and/or academic difficulties, psychiatric referrals to the university's consulting psychiatrist, testing referrals, and referrals to area mental health providers for those students who wish to meet with someone outside the university or whose needs cannot be managed by the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center also serves as a campus resource for information about mental health and substance abuse and provides workshops on these and related matters. Services provided by the staff of the Counseling Center are free of charge to all students enrolled full-time.
Services for Students with Disabilities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the university makes efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. To be considered for disability accommodations, the student should forward recent documentation of the disability to Kathy Bradley, director of the counseling center and associate dean of student life. Full information about the required documentation and steps for obtaining accommodations is discussed in the disabilities policy available at www.susqu.edu/counseling/disabilities/.
There are several compliance officers for services to students with disabilities. Kathy Bradley coordinates the programs. Dave Henry, physical plant director, is responsible for physical facilities compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Maureen Pugh, director of human resources, is responsible for employment compliance.
Health Services. Susquehanna requires each student to have a physical examination performed by his or her physician, fulfill certain immunization requirements, and complete a health record before entering the university. Nurses and the university physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant are on duty weekdays at regular clinic hours. Nurses are on call at other times. Their services are available to full-time students for treatment of illness or injury. All students are required to enroll in the university’s student health insurance program to facilitate general health and emergency services.
Multicultural Affairs. As an integral part of the educational experience, Susquehanna University is committed to developing a campus that is pluralistic and culturally diverse-one where everyone is welcome. The Office of Multicultural Affairs promotes learning opportunities for the campus community to integrate diversity and multiculturalism in all residential, scholastic, and community policies and programs. The office maintains a multimedia resource library available to all students, staff and faculty, and provides ongoing support for the university SAFE ZONE project (a network of allies for the university's LGBT students), the annual Latino Symposium, and other diversity initiatives.
First-Year Programs. Susquehanna University sponsors a series of programs designed to assist first-year students with their transition to university life. New students attend a one-day summer orientation program where they meet other members of the incoming class, provide information which helps faculty to build their fall semester course schedules, and take placement exams. There are programs for parents as well. New students then participate in Welcome Week, a series of programs and events beginning four days before the start of the fall semester and continuing through the first week of classes. Along with specially designed first-year courses and programs, such as the optional Summer Service Plunge and first-year student leadership program Leaders Inc., Susquehanna University provides new students with a wide variety of services and programs to assure a smooth and successful transition.
Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety, located in the Degenstein Campus Center, operates 24 hours a day. Public safety officers enhance the academic experience by maintaining the safe environment within our community. This goal is accomplished by providing a variety of services such as security, law enforcement, fire safety, training, and other auxiliary duties.
Tutorial Services. Staffed by professional and peer tutors, the Tutorial Services provides academic support for all university students, including one-to-one assistance in writing, mathematics and foreign languages. Students may also consult with an academic counselor or a college-level study skills specialist who can help with such issues as time management strategies, analysis of texts, and test-taking skills. More information is available on the Web at www.susqu.edu/tutorial/.
Women's Resource Center. The Women's Resource Center has two locations: in the lower level of Bogar Hall (Bogar 014) and in the Women's Studies House, 604 University Avenue. The office in Bogar offers a variety of resource materials related to women's issues and services. Staffed by student workers and volunteers, it serves as a referral and drop-in center for students, faculty and staff. The Women's Studies House hosts events related to women's studies and houses additional resource materials (indexed in Bogar).