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Local Olympian to Speak At Susquehanna University

Feb. 9, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Selinsgrove native and Olympic athlete Keli Smith will share stories from the Beijing games on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Free and open to the public, the program is presented by the university’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. Attendees may stay for lunch at noon.

In addition to her experiences as a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic field hockey team, Smith has competed on the national field hockey team since 2001. She has participated in numerous international competitions, including the World Cup and Pan American Games.  A 1997 graduate of Selinsgrove High School, Smith has been playing hockey since 7th grade. She credits her parents, Selinsgrove residents Sharon and Neal Smith, and former coach, Kathy Kieser, with helping to guide her success. “Coach Kieser is no longer my coach, but she remains my friend and advocate,” Smith says. 

Smith is quick to point out that the life of an Olympic athlete isn’t just about one moment in the spotlight. "Becoming an Olympian can sound very prestigious,” Smith says, “but the road to get there is not always one of glory and triumph. The lessons and hardship that you encounter just chasing an Olympic dream can be something incredible and life changing."

To reserve lunch or learn more, call the university’s Office of Conference and Event Management at 570-372-4354.
The Institute for Lifelong Learning hosts an annual series of lectures and luncheons that seek to promote fellowship and continued learning among seniors and others in the community and surrounding area.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Study and service learning abroad, collaborative research among students and faculty, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones


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