A Decade of Progress

Best of the Decade collage

January 23, 2020

The past 10 years have seen significant progress at Susquehanna University.

Here are some highlights.

Welcome, President Green

Jonathan Green became our 15 th president in 2017. His inauguration included delegates from more than 90 colleges, universities and professional societies. At the end of 2019, he announced the SU 2026 Strategic Plan.

President Jonathan Green

Fly, River Hawks!

The River Hawks became our moniker in 2016, represented by Benny, our beloved mascot. Selected via a community-wide vote, River Hawks are distinctive, powerful, adaptive and resilient — all characteristics of Susquehanna’s students and alumni.

Benny the Hawk

A Generous Gift

In 2018, the university accepted one of its largest gifts to date — from Lucille Arthur, widow of Douglas Arthur, Class of 1949 and World War II veteran. Doug Arthur Stadium was named in recognition of her $10 million gift.

Douglas Arthur Stadium

New Digs

In 2010, the university dedicated its Natural Sciences Center, which is home to several programs. The 81,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility is the largest academic building on campus.

In 2017, we dedicated our new Admission House, designed to be a campus beacon and a symbol of opportunity to all prospective students.

Admission House

Sustainability Starts with SU

Our Center for Environmental Education and Research has expanded significantly over the past several years.

  • Our Freshwater Research Institute, funded by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, opened in 2015 at the CEER.
  • In 2018, we flipped the switch on our 14-acre, 12,000-panel solar array that supplies 30 percent of the university's electricity needs.
  • Last year, we welcomed a flock of fleecy lawnmowers — sheep graze around the solar array to keep the grass trimmed.
  • The Campus Garden has blossomed to 15,000-square-feet of raised beds, in-ground plots, and a greenhouse. Students grow and donate hundreds of pounds of healthy food each year to those in need.

Solar Array

Expanded Opportunities for Women

In 2019, we announced the Signe Gates and Dawn Mueller Women's Leadership Fund. The multi-million-dollar fund supports a robust, four-year preparation plan for every female student — nearly 1,300 — that includes career exploration in major cities; job-shadowing experiences with SU alumni; professional conferences; and summer research, internships or other experiential learning opportunities.

Women's Leadership Symposium

Weaving a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Two affinity ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of students from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Now in its fourth year, Umoja — the Swahili word for unity — honors students of color at Susquehanna. Umoja ceremonies are held in the fall to welcome first-year students and in the spring to celebrate graduating seniors.

Held for the first time in 2019, our Lavender Graduation Ceremony honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions to the university.

Umoja ceremony

Success on the Field and in the Classroom

Over the past decade, our athletes have captured 27 conference championship titles in 13 sports. The women's swimming and diving program has claimed nine consecutive Landmark Conference titles. The football team earned the program's first-ever national rankings in 2019 and has won three straight Centennial-MAC Bowl Series games. In the classroom, our student-athletes have captured five CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and 21 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Swimming

Alumni Mentor Students at Break Through

In 2012, the university launched Break Through, the annual two-day, student-alumni networking conference. Students benefit from a career expo and alumni presentations and panels. It has grown to include Career Treks of students visiting alumni at their offices in New York and Philadelphia.

Break Through

3 + 2 = 2 in 5

In the latter half of the decade, we began offering dual-degree programs at three of the U.S. top-50 universities in engineering for our students majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics. In addition to a degree from Susquehanna, students earn an engineering  degree from Case Western Reserve, Columbia, or Washington University of St. Louis.

Hareem Zain at Columbia

Bloomberg Terminals Offer Real-World Experience

In 2015, we added Bloomberg Terminals to our state-of-the-art Student Investment Center at the Sigmund Weis School of Business. The terminals allow students to analyze and trade stocks like professionals. 

Bloomberg terminals

Endowment Sees 89% Increase

Over the past 10 years, Susquehanna’s endowment has grown from $91 million to $172 million. This growth enables Susquehanna to offer more financial aid to students, and to further enrich academic offerings.

Students walking

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