Facilities

Buildings and Facilities. Selinsgrove Hall, the university’s first building, houses administrative offices. Built in 1858, largely through the generosity of the people of Selinsgrove, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The university added an elevator and ramps to provide equal access for people with disabilities in an extensive 1991 renovation.

Seibert Hall, built in 1901 and renovated in 1984, was named for donor Samuel Seibert. A handsome Greek-revival building on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a multipurpose facility with the upper two floors used for student residences. The lower two floors house the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Education faculty offices, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Information Technology, and the 200-seat Isaacs Auditorium.

Steele Hall, originally completed in 1913 for the science program, was named for Charles Steele. An extensive renovation in 1992 added an elevator to the building, which now houses the departments of economics, history and political science.

Bogar Hall, dedicated in 1951 and renovated in 1990, is home to the departments of modern languages, philosophy and religious studies.

The Cunningham Center for Music and Art, completed in 2002, is named in recognition of President Emeritus Joel Cunningham and his wife, Trudy, and their contributions to the university. The building provides contemporary art and music teaching facilities and flexible practice and performance space, including a 320-seat concert hall named in honor of Director of Choral Activities Emeritus Cyril Stretansky. A grant from the Degenstein Foundation of Sunbury, Pa., funded the extensive renovations and additions to Susquehanna’s original music building, Heilman Hall, constructed in 1958 thanks to a generous gift from May Heilman.

Fisher Hall, renovated in 2010-11, contains classrooms, laboratories, offices and research space for the departments of physics, English, sociology and anthropology, mathematical sciences, and psychology. The building is designed to encourage collaborative research between faculty and students and among departments.

The Center for Academic Achievement is located in Fisher Hall. Students can obtain assistance with writing projects, math assignments and study skills. The Career Development Center is also located in Fisher Hall. It offers services and support of student outcomes in anticipation of graduation.

The Natural Sciences Center, completed in 2010, is an 81,000-square-foot building that provides teaching and research space for the departments of biology, chemistry, and earth and environmental sciences, as well as for the university's programs in ecology and health care studies. Designed specifically to support undergraduate science education, spaces in this new building enable flexible and effective teaching in the sciences, featuring collaborative laboratories for student-faculty research. Sustainable features are also a significant part of the building's design, demonstrating Susquehanna University's strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

Apfelbaum Hall, completed in 1999, is a high-tech center for the entire campus, as well as home to the Sigmund Weis School of Business and the offices of the Department of Communications. The building features three multimedia computer laboratories, a state-of-the-art presentation classroom, two television studios, and 600 information technology dataports—one for every seat in the classrooms, team study areas and student lounges.

The Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, opened in 1968 and renovated in 2005, is the hub of student life at Susquehanna. It includes the 500-seat Evert Dining Room, Benny’s Bistro, Charlie’s Coffeehouse, The Crusader student newspaper and campus radio station WQSU-FM. A 1992 addition includes a 450-seat theater and the Lore Degenstein Gallery. The Campus Center is home to the offices of student life, residence life, student activities and event management and the centers for diversity and social justice and civic engagement. The Campus Bookstore, also in the Degenstein Campus Center, sells textbooks and other reading matter, Susquehanna gifts and clothing, supplies, and sundries. The building was named in 1981 to honor Charles B. Degenstein, a generous Susquehanna benefactor.

TRAX, a campus nightclub and entertainment venue, opened in 2006. The facility was designed with input from students and hosts themed parties, dances, musical groups and other performers.

Charlie's Coffeehouse is a student-run, non-alcoholic coffeehouse and entertainment venue. Its purpose is to provide a non-alcoholic alternative for students. Entertainment is scheduled for almost every night of the week, free of charge. The programming manager schedules anything from live bands to craft nights. The Charlie's management team works with the Student Activities Committee to show new movies twice a week. Other events include open mic night, karaoke, football games on the big-screen TV and chicken wings. Charlie's also hosts poetry readings, art shows and student performer nights.

The Art Studio, renovated in 1990, provides a site for studio instruction in painting, printmaking and three-dimensional design. In 2008 a north wing was added to the facility through support from the Degenstein Foundation. In 2012 a south wing was added and the existing space was renovated through a generous donation by Gus and Jenny Rose Carey P’13.

The James W. Garrett Sports Complex, completed in 2001, includes a field house, the Clyde H. Jacobs Fitness Center, the Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium, a swimming pool, a weight room, and other facilities for fitness and intramural and intercollegiate athletics. The 51,000-square-foot field house includes a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track, four multipurpose playing courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball, and indoor team practice space for field sports. An extensive selection of weight-training and fitness equipment is available in the fitness center, which was named for Susquehanna parent and friend Dr. Clyde Jacobs and his wife, Alice Ann Patterson ’58 Jacobs. The sports and fitness complex, named for former football coach Jim Garrett, also includes indoor racquetball courts, student lounge and study spaces, and Clyde's Place, which offers cafe-style dining for lunch and snacks.

Lopardo Stadium, a 3,500-seat football and track stadium named for Nicholas A. Lopardo ’68, a former member of the university’s Board of Trustees and Sports Hall of Fame member, opened in the fall of 2000. The stadium includes an eight-lane, quarter-mile track and is equipped with a high-tech artificial turf surface and lighting for night events. Stagg Field is named for Amos Alonzo Stagg Sr., the Grand Old Man of Football, and his son, Amos Alonzo Stagg Jr., professor emeritus of physical education, who co-coached Susquehanna football from 1947-1952. Six all-weather tennis courts are adjacent to the field. The Harold Bollinger Baseball Field is located near West Hall, and the Sassafras Fields complex serves six varsity sports with a softball field, a multipurpose field with an artificial turf surface and lights, and a multipurpose practice field.

There are additional outdoor campus facilities for rugby and intramural sports.

Weber Chapel Auditorium, completed in 1966 and seating 1,500, features a revolving stage with performance facilities on one side and a chancel on the other. It is named in honor of Gustave Weber, university president from 1959-1977. The building includes the Horn Meditation Chapel, the Music Education Center, the Dance Studio, the Office of the Chaplain and two organs—one built by Lynn Dobson and the other a 3,000-pipe, three-manual Möller.

The Office of Admissions is located at 514 University Ave., the Office of Financial Aid at 512 University Ave., the Office of University Communications at 530 University Ave. and the Office of Alumni Relations at 504 University Ave.

Pine Lawn, constructed in 1929 and expanded and extensively renovated in 2000, is the home of the president of the university.

The Health Center, at 620 University Ave. within the Geisinger Susquehanna Clinic, is operated under the direction of the university nurse administrator.

The George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha includes 600 acres ranging from 600 to 1,800 feet above sea level and featuring deciduous and mixed coniferous forests, an 8-acre lake, Penns Creek, and a series of small streams. The site includes a modern research facility and a variety of habitats.

Library and Information Technology. Newly renovated in 2014, the Blough-Weis Library is a dynamic teaching, learning and social center on campus. In addition to a wide selection of books, films, music, journals and databases that support classroom learning, the library provides wireless access to the campus network, a wide array of innovative technology and flexible furniture configurations that allow for collaborative or independent work. The library also has a coffee bar, a small theater and numerous study rooms. Susquehanna University's archive, which houses and preserves university history, is located in the library and boasts interesting, historical documents and artifacts that can be studied for academic projects.

Librarians teach many sessions on research sources for classes taught at SU. Reference librarians are available to assist students for many hours during the week, including late hours on weeknights and Sundays. Librarians can be found in person at the reference desk or contacted by phone, email and chat. For patrons needing books or articles that the library does not own, prompt interlibrary loan service is available through the library's membership in several resource-sharing consortia that includes major research universities. All of the library's online databases and journals, as well as ebooks, are available to students and faculty from off campus and can be accessed on traditional computers, as well as mobile devices.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT), located on the lower floor of Seibert Hall, provides comprehensive centralized technology support for all university constituents, including academic departments, administrative offices, students and clubs, prospective students and alumni. The newly upgraded fiber-optic campus network supports more than 3,000 high-speed wired Ethernet connections to all campus buildings, including residence halls. Wi-Fi network access is abundant and widespread throughout the campus. From residence halls or through the use of more than 300 PCs and Macs provided in campus computer labs, students have access to all of the university’s rich technology resources, such as laser printers, Blackboard Web services, email, broadband Internet, specialized licensed software, library resources and subscription databases. Antivirus, spam-blocking and identity thief protection are provided and required for every campus computer, including student-owned technology. The OIT also provides campuswide telecommunication services for phones and voicemail, along with wireless solutions, including cell phones and Blackberries. The central data and networking center includes more than 40 servers running the latest in Microsoft, Apple and Linux operating systems connected by a state-of-the-art secure Cisco network core.

Residence Halls. Susquehanna has a variety of residence options. All residence halls have sprinkler systems and are provided with monitored fire alarm systems. All halls are also connected to the secure private campus network and have access to high-speed Internet service.

Hassinger Hall, dedicated in 1921 and extensively renovated in 1992, is a three-story residence hall. The building was originally erected largely through gifts from the family of Martin Luther Hassinger.

Smith Hall, Aikens Hall and Reed Hall are residence halls originally completed in 1961, 1961 and 1963, respectively. They are named for G. Morris Smith, university president from 1928-1959; Charles T. Aikens, president from 1905-1927; and Katherine Reed, a Susquehanna benefactor. Smith was extensively renovated in 1999 and houses 271 students. Aikens and Reed were renovated between 1990 and 1992, and each houses 150 students.

Other residences include West Hall, renovated in 2006 and accommodating about 156 students, and North Hall, renovated and expanded in 1998 to house 123 students.

Shobert Hall, Isaacs House and Roberts House in the Sassafras Complex opened in the fall of 1995, offering a townhouse and suite complex for 87 upper-class students. They are named for former chair of the university’s board of directors Erle Shobert and his wife, Marjorie; Board Member Emeritus Larry Isaacs and his wife, Louise, former president of the Women’s Auxiliary; and the late William Roberts, a distinguished Department of Music faculty member, and his wife, Ruth. A second phase of the Sassafras Complex was completed in the fall of 2001, doubling the size of this residential option, and it has recently been renamed O'Connor House, Ross House and March Hall in honor of three outstanding individuals who served as chairs of Susquehanna's Board of Trustees.

West Village is a seven-building complex completed in 2009 that offers suite-style amenities to its residents.

Liberty Alley apartments represent a small complex of units that the university purchased in the spring of 2001. These units for upper-class students are located adjacent to campus off University Avenue.

18th Street Commons is a new housing option acquired by the university in 2012 that offers more than 90 individual townhouse apartments for upper-class students. These units are fully renovated, including new kitchens and bathrooms. In addition to the apartments, there is a central community building, which houses the Department of Public Safety, as well as laundry facilities and a community center. The site also contains a number of exterior amenities, including multiple patio spaces with outdoor grills.

The GO House, located on the west side of campus, houses 23 students who are participating in their cross-cultural immersion experience during the year in which they live in the house.

The university Scholars’ House, completely renovated and renamed in 1994, provides housing for 23 upper-class students completing scholarly work in a personal area of interest.

Susquehanna also has a number of smaller residences, including the Presser International House and the Writer's House. In addition, 36 students live in a fraternity house on the west side of campus and other fraternity and sorority houses along University Avenue.