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Susquehanna University Alumni to Share Teachers’ Views on Education

SELINSGROVE—Three Susquehanna University alumni, all teachers in Pennsylvania, will share their views on education during a panel discussion Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. Sponsored by the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, the free, public program is part of the university’s homecoming weekend celebration.

Exploring the university’s theme for 2009–10, “What Does It Mean to Be Educated?,” will be alumni Roseann Sinkosky, a teacher at George Washington Elementary School in Lancaster; Suzanne Morris, learning support instructor at Mifflinburg High School; and Renee Kanaskie, an English teacher at Saint Nicholas School in Minersville. Anne Reeves, associate professor of education and department chair at Susquehanna, will moderate the discussion.

Among topics the panel will consider are how to distinguish fact and evidence from opinion, whether a relationship exists between education and citizenship, and how education contributes to one's moral and ethical values and related behaviors. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Sinkosky, who has more than 18 years’ experience in public school education, most of them in a high-poverty, urban elementary school, says her colleagues are committed to teaching parents and children to make broad education a priority. “As a public school teacher, I have academic standards, set by the state, that I am responsible for teaching to my students,” she said. “However, along with these academic standards, I teach social skills, cooperative skills, and an appreciation for our world and our planet.”

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. 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. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu


Karen M. Jones

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