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Service Leaders Program Established at SU

Susquehanna University has received a $7.1 million gift from an anonymous donor to establish the Susquehanna Service Leaders Program, in which SU students will serve community organizations that support youth development in the Susquehanna Valley. The gift enables the university to support all aspects of the program, including the hiring of a program coordinator and will fund scholarships for the first six cohorts of students. The incoming Class of 2021 will have 10 SU Service Leaders, and in four years the program will be fully enrolled with 40 students, 10 in each class.

Data Shows SU Degree Pays Off

SU grads earn $16,600 more a year than the typical college graduate, within 10 years of enrolling at the university, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Data from the U.S. College Scorecard, which is overseen by the Department of Education, shows the average Susquehanna grad is making $50,000 annually, compared with the $33,400 average earned by all college graduates 10 years after starting college.

Moreover, Susquehanna alumni earn $4,300 more than the median for all Annapolis Group schools, according to the Scorecard. The Annapolis Group is an alliance of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, including Susquehanna.

Founding Director of Writers Institute Retires

After stepping down as director of The Writers Institute in January 2015, Professor of Creative Writing Gary Fincke continued teaching for more than a year. But in December, the SU community bid a fond farewell to the retiring 37-year veteran.

Fincke continues his prolific writing career with 33 published books and six national book prizes under his belt. In addition to a Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohio State/The Journal Prize for Poetry, he recently won four more prizes, including the Elixir Press Fiction Prize for his collection of short stories The Killer's Dog and the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose for his collection of essays The Darkness Call.

Read more about Fincke's career in the spring 2015 cover story of Susquehanna Currents at www.susqu.edu/Currents-Fincke.

A Leader in Work Study

Susquehanna has been ranked No. 8 in Pennsylvania for the amount of federal work-study financial aid awarded to its students. The ranking is part of a study released by the Student Loan Report. Using Peterson's Financial Aid Data released last August, the Student Loan Report calculated the total federal work-study aid awarded to thousands of colleges and universities in the United States.

SU employed 708 students in work-study jobs this year, which amounted to $795,571 in financial aid. Of Susquehanna's total student population, 54.8 percent are eligible for federal work-study financial aid.



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