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University Teams With Hertz to Make Students More Mobile

SELINSGROVE—When they return from winter break this year, Susquehanna University students, faculty and staff will have access to  high-mileage, “green” vehicles to get around town—or beyond. Starting Jan. 11, Susquehanna is making a Toyota Prius and MINI Cooper available for rent through the Hertz Connect program. 

Through this unique and economical program, students, faculty and staff who want to drive the eco-friendly cars pay a one-time application fee of $25 and then choose from three usage plans, all of which include free gas, insurance, GPS navigation, an iPod adaptor and Bluetooth technology, 24-hour roadside assistance and access to a Member Care Center. Membership fees ranging from $50 annually to $125 monthly—depending on the selected usage plan—can be applied to hourly or daily usage charges that reflect how long the car is rented, all tracked by a Hertz “Smart Card.” To give the new program a boost, the application fee and the membership fee for the basic usage plan will be waived until March 1.

Only about half of SU students currently have their own cars registered on campus. Known for their safe, fun and gas-sipping drive, the Prius and MINI Cooper will make it possible for students to take day trips, weekend trips or more to destinations near and not-so-near. The Hertz cars are available to all qualified student, faculty and staff drivers who are at least 18 years old.

“With Hertz Connect, our students will have the opportunity to easily access New York City, Washington,  Philadelphia and Baltimore, or just take a road trip to visit friends at nearby universities when the mood strikes,” said Gerald S. Cohen, associate vice president of university communications and chief communications officer.

The cars can be reserved up to six months in advance by phone or online at www.connectbyhertz.com.

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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