February 17, 2015
Susquehanna University has been recognized for its student participation in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
February marked the American Cancer Society's "Bring the People Campus Recruitment Challenge," a nationwide drive to register 10,000 students for their school's Relay for Life event. Susquehanna registered 102 new student participants, more than doubling its previous number of participants and landing Susquehanna within the top 25 schools that took part in the challenge. Other participants included schools within the Big 10, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences.
"That is incredible considering we were ahead of some really large colleges and we mainly only trailed those large schools with 10,000-plus students," said Andrew Culbertson, a senior information systems major from Carlisle, Pa. Culbertson is president of Susquehanna's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, which organizes Relay for Life on campus.
This year's Relay for Life of SU takes place at 7 p.m. March 27 at the James W. Garrett Sports Complex Field House and lasts all night until 7 a.m. March 28. The event is filled with fun, games, entertainment, food, and ceremonies to celebrate survivors and remember those who have been lost to cancer.
Susquehanna's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer is making strides in more than just participation. As Culbertson pointed out, last year the group consisted of 12 teams, 85 participants and had raised $1,694 toward its overall goal. This year the group is made up of 32 teams, 196 members and has raised nearly $6,000 toward its $25,000 goal.
"We have students in many different academic departments, organizations, academic years, Greek life, etc.," Culbertson said. "This is by far going to be one of the best Relay for Life events that the school has ever had in its 20 years existing here on campus."