Fall 2017

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An Historic Occasion for a Contemporary Vision: The Inauguration of President Jonathan D. Green

History and tradition, forward thought and future promise were interwoven during the Oct. 20 ceremony officially installing Jonathan D. Green as Susquehanna University’s 15th president. Delegates from more than 90 colleges, universities, and learned and professional societies joined Susquehanna students, current and emeriti faculty and board members in a formal procession to begin the ceremony. Of the delegates, six were presidents of their institutions, representing Augsburg University, College of St. Benedict, Elizabethtown College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Juniata College and Walsh College. In addition, the president emerita of Kenyon College participated.

Not Your Grandmother’s SU … Or Is It?

Now in its 160th academic year, Susquehanna has certainly seen its share of changes through the generations. Once an exclusively white, male-dominated campus composed primarily of Pennsylvania students, the university has grown into a cosmopolitan campus represented by a student body with more women than men, from dozens of states and countries.

Alumni Engagement and Support Spell Success for Students

Our alumni play a key role in the success of Susquehanna and our students. They strengthen the SU community with their service, advice, student recommendations, school spirit and monetary donations. And as the university’s reputation grows through alumni support, so too does the value of a Susquehanna degree. 

Also in this issue

Susan Little Lantz, Ed.D., joined Susquehanna this summer as vice president for student life. She brings extensive experience and an impressive skillset to the position, having worked as an instructor in the Higher Education Graduate Program at Pennsylvania State University, as dean of students at Bucknell University, associate dean of students for Lehigh University and director of student programs and director of Greek life and off-campus housing at Millersville University. Here’s what she had to tell Susquehanna Currents as the university geared up for the 2017-18 academic year.

The earth is currently populated with 7 billion people. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more. How will we feed all of them without overwhelming the planet?
You know how it’s just about impossible to ignore the sweet aroma of Cinnabon no matter where you are in the mall or airport? That’s no coincidence.
Susquehanna University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma received Highest Honors status among all chapters in the international business school honor society. The distinction is reserved for only the top 10 percent of chapters internationally. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are available only to business schools with AACSB accreditation, a hallmark of excellence earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools and even fewer undergraduate-only liberal arts and sciences universities.

It is often said that success breeds success, and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jim Findlay is a believer. In his 20 seasons as head coach of the men’s program (he also coached eight seasons for the women’s team), he has seen more than a few quality assistant coaches come through the program.

Five new faces were added to the Athletics Hall of Fame wall in James W. Garrett Sports Complex.

After falling in the first game of the 2017 Landmark Conference Softball Tournament, Susquehanna softball reacted with a never-give-up attitude. The River Hawks needed four consecutive victories in the double-elimination tournament to achieve an unthinkable conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Emily Stankaitis ’13 had the opportunity of a lifetime over the summer. She was selected as one of two goalies to represent the New Zealand national team at the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Tournament in Guilford and Surrey, England.

The summer months in the athletics department are usually a time for recovery, rest and recruiting–and a little quiet in Selinsgrove. That wasn’t the case this summer, as the department worked to fill key positions for the start of the fall season.
Alex Smith, emeritus registrar at Susquehanna University, was recently awarded the Citizen Archivist Award from the National Archives for his work transcribing more than 15,000 historical documents.
When senior Zachary Clinchy, of Macungie, Pa., arrived in Australia for his semester-long Global Opportunities experience, he and his classmates used iVenture cards to experience some of the tourist attractions around Sydney.
Julianna Whalen ’19 encourages fellow students to attend Break Through, our annual on-campus alumni networking event, because it’s where she got the chance to work in her dream field.
Senior Samantha D’Amico has some big dreams—namely, making it as a television writer. Her recent internship will go a long way toward helping her get there.
Sophomore Shaneeka Emile is contributing to this research through her internship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

From Our Own

First Word

I have the great privilege of beginning my service as a college president here at Susquehanna University, one of the leading higher education institutions in the United States.

End Notes

Over a year ago, the Susquehanna community chose Conflict as the university theme for the 2017-18 academic year. Little did we know at the time how appropriate it would become.