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September 19, 2003
Vol. 45 No. 2

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New faculty bring talent to campus

New Faces
The Crusader/Dr. Catherine Hastings
NEW FACES - New faculty and staff join Susquehanna. They are front row from left, Michael Smith; Edward Slavishak; Erik Viker; Thomas W. Martin; Balwant Chohan. Second row from left, Alissa Packer; Richard Juang; Jennifer McGillan; Coleen Zoller; Amanda Meixell; John Bodiger de Uriarte. Back row form left, John Jurcevic; Wade Johnson; Courtney Thomas; Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan; Geneive Henry; Leann Mischel; Shruti Gupta; Nivine Richie. Michael Hardin is not pictured.
This semester has presented a collection of new faculty at Susquehanna, with 17 new professors and seven new administrators.

There have been additions to the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the Sigmund Weis School of Business and the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications. These new faces have come from such places as Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, and the West Indies.

The School of Natural and Social Sciences has six new faculty members. Balwant S. Chohan received a master's degree as well as a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and accepted the position of assistant professor of chemistry.

Geneive Henry is joining Susquehanna as an assistant professor of chemistry.
She earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate from the University of the West Indies. She also did postdoctoratoral work at Michigan State and Harvard University.

Wade Johnson is the third and final assistant professor of chemistry joining this year. He came to Susquehanna after earning a master's degree and a doctorate from Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he won an award for excellence in teaching in biochemistry.
After teaching in classrooms with up to 400 students, Johnson said he was interested in a smaller school.

"Susquehanna fit the bill perfectly," he said.

John Jurcevic, assistant professor of physics, is also among the new faculty. His master's degree and doctorate were earned at Indiana University. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Holding a doctorate from Indiana University, Alissa Packer is joining as an assistant professor of biology. Packer previously worked as an associate instructor at the University of Indiana.

Michael Smith recently served as an assistant professor of psychology at Plymouth State College and will be filling the same position here. He received a master's degree from John Carroll University and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Sigmund Weis School of Business has three new professors. Shruti Gupta is filling the position of assistant professor of management. She received two master's degrees from Temple University, as well as a doctorate. She previously taught at Temple University and La Salle University.

Coming to Susquehanna from Spring House, Pa., where she served as the vice president of operations analysis and support at ADVANTA Bank Corp, Leann Mischel is joining as an assistant professor of management. Mischel received a doctorate from the University of Illinois.

When asked about her expectations of Susquehanna, she said, "I look forward to making a positive contribution to both the university and to students' learning, becoming an active part of the community and seeing my students succeed in every way possible."

Nivine Richie is joining the faculty this spring as a visiting professor of finance.
She received a bachelor's degree from Penn State University and is currently in the doctoral program at Florida Atlantic University.

The School of Arts, Humanities and Communications welcomes eight new members to the faculty.

Michael Harden is a visiting assistant professor of English.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, a master's degree from California State University and a doctorate from the University of Houston.

Harden said that he expects in students "an eagerness to learn, willingness to confront new ideas and confidence to challenge me."

Richard M. Juang has joined as an assistant professor of English.

He received a doctorate from Cornell University in June and holds a master's degree from Cornell and a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Stanford. His most recent work was in the department of English at Oberlin College.

Coming from the University of Nebraska is Thomas W. Martin, assistant professor of religion. He received his doctorate from Oxford University.

When asked why he decided to move here from Nebraska, Martin said: " Karla Bohmbach of the religion department and I were married this summer. Previously, we had decided that if we were married, it would be nice to at least live in the same state. To make a long story short, it was somewhat easier for me to move institutions, and when the possibility of sharing a position here at Susquehanna opened up, I jumped at it."

Coming to Susquehanna from Penn State, Amanda Meixell joins as an assistant professor of Spanish.

After studying in Madrid, Spain, Meixell now holds a master's degree in Spanish literature and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and anthropology.

Formally as an adjunct professor at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona, Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan took a position as visiting assistant professor of music. Roadfeldt-O'Riordan received a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Colorado, a master's from Indiana University and a bachelor's in music from Eastman School of Music.

Edward S. Slavishak who joins Susquehanna as a visiting professor of history, earned a doctorate and master's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in social history from Carnegie Mellon University.

Formerly a lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Slavishak said "Susquehanna has a much better atmosphere than the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There is a feeling of community here that is downright impossible to achieve at a school of 25,000 students. This environment makes teaching seem more natural."

With a master's degree in fine arts and a bachelor's degree in psychology, Erik Viker comes from Austin, Texas, where he worked as a technical supervisor. Viker said he is planning on teaching while continuing to learn as much as he can about theater technology.

"Susquehanna has an excellent reputation as a top-quality small liberal arts institution and opportunities to research and write about my field while still practicing my craft almost every day. The nature of our theatre facilities almost perfectly suits the kind of theatre I like to create," Viker said.

Coleen Zoller, assistant professor of philosophy, holds a master's degree in philosophy and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Greek studies. She anticipates earning her doctorate in philosophy from Emory University this summer, she said.

In addition to new professors, there are several other administrators joining Susquehanna this fall.

Jennifer McGillan is the project archivist in the Blough-Weis Library, Pamela Samuelson takes over as new athletic director, Marie Wagner is instructional computing support specialist, Amy Zimmerman is the new field hockey head coach and John Tom takes over the volleyball team.

LaVonne Clark is an admissions counselor and Kelly Grattan is the director of alumni and development records.

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