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Student Staff

Deacon of Worship 

Katie McCoy ’15
Howell, N.J.
Music education major
Katie assists in the planning and celebration of the university's worship life. Katie serves as the worship assistant each Sunday in chapel and also plans Tuesday Night Watch.

Katie is the current president of SU's Lutheran Student Movement and is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, which is a professional music fraternity for women. Katie sings in the University Choir and is the secretary of SU's chapter of the Collegiate Music Educator's National Conference.

In addition to her time in the chaplain's office, Katie works in the president's office as a student assistant. She also assists with early childhood music classes with the music preparatory program. Katie looks forward to the bi-annual SU Christian fellowship retreats, as well as the Candlelight Service.

Deacon of Service

Janelle Geist ’14
Kutztown, Pa.
Biochemistry major
As deacon of service, Janelle's main duty is planning and executing large service events throughout the year, such as the CROP Hunger Walk in September, Fair Trade Festival in December and 30-Hour Famine and Lutheran Youth Day in the spring. In this position she also assists the other deacons in their duties as needed.

Janelle loves being involved in religious life and community service groups on campus. She is a member of Lutheran Student Movement and Tuesday Night Watch and also rings in the handbell choir. Janelle is a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and a member of the community serve organization called Circle K. She is a member of the Chemistry club as well. When she has free time, she loves to play sports and read.


Deacon of Spiritual Nurture

Kathleen Nelson ’14
New Hartford, Conn.
English major
Kathleen's main job as deacon of spiritual nurture is to plan Christian fellowship retreats for the Religious Life Council on campus, but she also has developed the Lenten Devotional and assists with other events happening within the chaplain's office.

Kathleen is involved with many organizations on campus. She is a member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, SU Swings, Alpha Phi Omega and the Symphonic Band. Currently, she works at the IT Help Desk, but her career goals incldue attending medical school and becoming a medical missionary



Student Assistant to the Chaplain

Melani McLean ’15
Fort Gratriot, Mich.
Religion and creative writing double major, Jewish Studies minor 
As the student assistant to the Chaplain, Melani’s duties include publishing the religious life newsletter every semester, recruiting new students interested in religious life and helping plan service-learning trips to Central America through the SU CASA program. In addition, she assists the deacons with events and publicity.

She is involved in several religious organizations and is president of the pre-ministry group. Melani’s self-proclaimed talents include laughing at nearly everything and turning falling into an art form, but she also enjoys writing poetry and singing. She is considering seminary as a possible option for her future and is excited to see how God can use her interests for his service at Susquehanna and beyond.


Student Assistant for Chapel Music

Arlo Ehly ’14
Biglerville, Pa. 
Music education major with a concentration in organ
Arlo serves as the student assistant for chapel music. His duties include accompanying the chapel choir and providing service music for Sunday services. In addition to playing, Arlo assists in planning and coordinating much of the service music.

Arlo is a music education major with a concentration in organ. He also studies piano as a secondary instrument. He is a member of the Handbell Choir, Chorale, CMENC, Colleges Against Cancer and German Club. He also serves as a rehearsal accompanist and pit member for the fall musicals. When not performing, practicing or attempting to catch some shut eye, Arlo enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and catching up on current events.

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