Fall 2014 Issue

Alumna Gives Music Program Something to Sing About

Susquehanna graduate, staff member, faculty spouse. If anyone bleeds orange and maroon, it’s Martha Barker ’70 Blessing. Blessing showed off her true colors this summer by establishing an endowment intended to further enhance Susquehanna’s strong music program. Thanks to Blessing’s gift, the music department is kicking off the inaugural year of the Martha Barker Blessing Musicians-in-Residence Series with performances and residencies by four preeminent musicians-keyboardist Trevor Stephenson, composer Libby Larsen, pianist Gilbert Kalish and conductor Timothy Reynish.

Known by friends and former colleagues as Marty, Blessing is a 1970 graduate of Susquehanna, a 40-year employee now retired, and the widow of political science professor James Blessing.

Business Honor Society Achieves Chapter Distinction

Susquehanna is the only undergraduate-only liberal arts and science university in Pennsylvania to have a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter, and its chapter recently received premier status in the international business school honor society. The Premier Chapter distinction is reserved for the top 20 percent of chapters internationally.

Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are available only to business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which only a few undergraduate-only liberal arts and science universities in the world have achieved. Susquehanna’s chapter, established in 1994, nominates for membership only the top 10 percent of Sigmund Weis School of Business juniors. The benefits of lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma are increased professional networking opportunities and scholarship opportunities, as well as career and graduate school resources.

An Emmy for Your Thoughts

Earlier this year, on the heels of his 2013 Emmy Award for his work with NBC’s The Voice, lighting director Craig Housenick ’98 was nominated for his second Emmy in as many years. Unfortunately, the 2014 prize in the Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction in a variety series category went to Dancing With the Stars. But that’s OK. Housenick already has one of those winged statues at home.

And now, so, too, does another Susquehanna alumnus. Jason Mammen ’00 received an Emmy Award in May for Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The win was for his work on Showtime’s All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue. He is a senior writer and producer for Showtime Networks.

Super Scientists

Having a paper published in a highly regarded journal is always exciting for a scientist. But being the lead author on the cover story for what’s arguably the most prestigious science journal in the country will put a researcher on cloud nine.

That’s where Sabin Mulepati ’08 found himself when his co-authored journal article hit the cover of Science magazine in September. The article examines the complex internal defenses of bacteria, specifically a bacterial immune complex that detects invading DNA. Mulepati believes the research has applications in areas such as genome editing and curing cancer. Following graduation from Susquehanna, Mulepati earned a doctorate degree in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University.

While Mulepati’s research focuses on the smallest of subjects, mathematics major Joe Antonides ’15 researches some of the largest, or so it would seem. Antonides and his faculty mentor, Toshiro Kubota, associate professor of mathematical sciences, gained national attention recently for their research on the supermoon phenomenon. The Oregonian, a daily newspaper and website in Portland, Ore., published an article in September citing the two-part theory Antonides and Kubota developed about the moon illusion. MIT Technology Review also made mention of the research, and the duo has received strong encouragement from Lloyd Kauffman, a leading moon illusion expert from New York University.

Contributing writers to the departments are Julia Lesperance ’15, a neuroscience and creative writing major from Duncannon, Pa.; Dan MacArthur, manager of Web communications and Web content strategy; Megan McDermott ’14; and Katie Meier, director athletics communications.

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