Gary Fincke, the Charles B. Degenstein professor of English and creative writing and founding director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, has spent 35 years working with generations of young writers.
Signe Gates ’71, vice chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, counts her parents and her years at Susquehanna as the most impactful influences on her life. Gates’ gratitude and commitment to her alma mater have led to many years of sharing her time, talent and treasure with the university. The primary focus of her philanthropy has been its people.
As the keynote speaker for the event, civil rights activist, author and University of Pennsylvania history professor Mary Frances Berry educated her 2015 Winter Convocation and Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration audience about the decades-long civil rights struggle and the key players in the movement.
Soft-spoken and articulate, Susquehanna University graduate and author Marcus Burke shares insights that belie his 27 years. Nine months after having his first book published, Burke returned to Susquehanna in January for Winter Convocation.
Susquehanna would not be Susquehanna without the vision, commitment and generosity of the late Charles B. Degenstein and the stewards of the foundation he created.