Alumni Credit Dedicated Professors and Staff
For Christy Vogelsang '65, Susquehanna presented a unique opportunity to pursue an education, despite limited funds and a long commute. Vogelsang began her education at Westminster College and left in her sophomore year to move with her then-husband, a pastor, to Tower City, Pa.
At that time, she says, the Lutheran church would pay tuition for ministers' family members to attend affiliated colleges or universities, which included Susquehanna.
She describes the tuition grant and additional financial aid she received as a miracle.
"I was one of four kids," Vogelsang says. "My parents believed we should all get a college education."
As a commuter student, Vogelsang found her professors flexible and dedicated to helping her succeed, despite not living on campus.
"I was given a lot of help to be able to complete projects and research from long distance," she says. "I credit Susquehanna with nourishing my dreams and goals and providing me with a solid grounding in the humanities and sciences."
Vogelsang went on to earn a degree in secondary education, which she describes as "a degree in everything." She worked in a variety of fields, including with the anti-poverty program Neighborhood Youth Corps and as a rehabilitation counselor with the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Michael Hudock '01, a first-generation college student, says that his education would not have been possible without the dedication of Susquehanna's staff. Helen Nunn, director of financial aid at the time, worked closely with Hudock's family to create a financial aid package that made college a reality.
"Despite their best planning, my parents had limited financial means to cover the costs of higher education," he says. "My father faced a diagnosis of a terminal illness before I graduated from high school and was unable to work, which placed even more financial pressures on my family."
A biochemistry major, Hudock landed a job after graduation in the pharmaceutical industry in the field of chemistry informatics. After graduate school and a biophysics research career, he moved into the business world. He is now vice president of predictive analytics at ADP, a global provider of HR, payroll and tax solutions for businesses.
At Susquehanna, he was able to pursue his passion in two very different fields.
"It was important to me that I found a school where I wouldn't feel lost, where I could learn to be not only a scientist, but also a musician," he says.
"Susquehanna changed my life."