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Susquehanna University Invites Local Community to Homecoming Events

Published on October 13, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University will kick off its annual Homecoming Reunion Weekend—a five-day celebration this year—on Oct. 20, with a series of events, most of them free, that are open to the local community.

On Oct. 20, Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and Harvard biologist, will discuss the planet’s needs for survival at 8 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. In his free lecture, “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,” Wilson will discuss the future of the planet, suggesting that those of faith and science alike should be concerned about Earth’s welfare. The celebrated professor of biology at Harvard University is one of the most highly respected scientists in the world today. Hailed as one of America's 25 Most Influential People by Time magazine, he has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for his books “Ants” and “On Human Nature.”

Prudential Financial chairman and CEO John Strangfeld will deliver the Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics on Oct 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. In addition to serving in his executive role at Prudential, Strangfeld is also chair of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees. The lecture is free.

Oct. 21 also marks the premier of the Department of Theatre’s fall musical production of “The Full Monty.” The musical follows a group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., who, inspired by their wives’ enjoyment of male strippers on “girls’ night out,” decide to make some quick cash of their own. As the men perfect their act, they face fears and crises of confidence, presenting a good-humored tale of friendship and following one’s dreams. (Audiences should be aware that “The Full Monty” contains adult language and nudity and is not suitable for children.)

Performances will be in the Degenstein Center Theater. Show times are Oct. 21 through 23 and Oct. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance Oct. 23 and 24. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for non-SU students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the university box office at 570-372-ARTS.

On Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., the homecoming parade brings floats, marching bands and gleaming vehicles to onlookers along University Avenue. This year, one group of participants will don costumes representing the periodic table of elements to mark the dedication of Susquehanna’s new, “green” science building, which follows at 2:30 p.m. Among those speaking at the ceremony, on the science building lawn, will be Dawn Grigg Mueller, vice chair of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees; Jack R. Holt, professor of biology; U.S. Rep. Christopher P. Carney, 10th Congressional District; State Rep. Russell H. Fairchild, 85th Legislative District; State Rep. Merle H. Phillips, 108th Legislative District; Marie Burns, University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience; John R. Strangfeld, chair of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees; and L. Jay Lemons, university president. The dedication includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, placement of a time capsule, and tours of the building with refreshments.

The celebration continues at 4 p.m., when Susquehanna takes on Johns Hopkins University in a football matchup in Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children at the gate.

Karen M. Jones


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