Fall 2018

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Curious Minds

History books are filled with familiar stories of founding fathers and war heroes. But Ed Slavishak is more curious about the many stories that go untold.

The Home Advantage for Sports Media Program

Even before Giancarlo Stanton was introduced to the national media as the newest member of the New York Yankees, Sean Rodriguez ’19 saw him in pinstripes. Rodriguez, then a junior, was milling about the lobby of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando last December when Stanton, attired in his Yankee pinstripe jersey for the first time, walked past him on the way to a news conference introducing the slugger as the newest member of the Bronx Bombers.

Also in this issue

If there’s one thing that Tom Murphy ’94 can attest to, it’s that life has a way of opening unexpected doors. And sometimes those doors take you right back to your Susquehanna roots, requiring you to apply everything you know about achievement, leadership and service.

The third time was the charm for Gretchen Anderson ’03 Brinza.

Nick Martell ’16 has achieved at 23 what most aspiring authors dream of—a multi-book publishing deal with foreign rights for his forthcoming epic fantasy series The Kingdom of Liars.

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 13 students who traveled to Louisiana for two weeks in January on the GO New Orleans program experienced highs and lows together.

When students walk into Heather Lang’s Introduction to Modern Publishing and Digital Publishing courses, many are preparing for a career in a constantly changing publishing industry. Her goal is to teach the critical thinking skills the students will need to navigate their career challenges, no matter how frequently changes occur.

Susquehanna was named among the top 35 colleges in the state whose graduates have the highest median annual earnings 10 years after enrollment. The university was ranked No. 25 on the list, with graduates earning a median income of $52,500 annually 10 years after beginning their college career-more than graduates of Penn State ($48,500) and the University of Pittsburgh ($50,700).

When Brian Papson ’99 was trying to choose which college to attend, he had more than a few options-but it was a visit to Selinsgrove that cemented his decision to enroll at Susquehanna University. He says it’s one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Susquehanna University announced the first class of inductees into its Football Ring of Honor, which recognizes the accomplishments of players, coaches, administrators and staff involved with Susquehanna football over the years.

The athletic department added four new head coaches to its staff over the summer.
The new online home of Susquehanna athletics is SURiverHawks.com. The new site features larger and more vivid photography, a more robust social media presence and a special section for River Hawks of the Week.

Two Susquehanna University students have been chosen as Cultural Vistas Fellows, which allows them to complete an eight-week, international internship, all expenses paid, this summer.

Susquehanna University is now enrolling qualified students in its new Master of Education program.

Susquehanna University opened its 161st academic year with 676 new students, one of the largest and most academically successful incoming classes in the university’s history.

From Our Own

First Word

It’s hard to believe that we are well into our second year at Susquehanna.

End Notes

On April 24, 2013, garment workers reported to work at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh as usual. But that day was anything but usual. The factory collapsed that morning, killing 1,100 workers. This tragic news directed my research to the world of fast fashion-and its high social and environmental costs.