Fall 2019

Issue Archives


6 Continents, 6 Covers — Vote for Your Favorite

We designed multiple unique covers, each representing the six continents where Susquehanna students GO. View all six covers and vote for your favorite. On Dec. 4, we will randomly select 10 respondents to win an SU travel item.

Man on a Mission: How a Grad Helped Put Man on the Moon 50 Years Ago

Haussler was triple-majoring in math, physics and chemistry at Susquehanna as the “Space Race” was heating up. It was an epic contest between two Cold War rivals — the United States and the former Soviet Union — to achieve various firsts in spaceflight, with the ultimate goal of landing a man on the moon.

Also in this issue

Some actors work their entire careers without playing their dream role. Danny Arnold ’07 landed his after attending one open call.

A year after graduating from Susquehanna, Cayla Spatz ’18 was standing on a red carpet holding not one, but two Emmy awards.

Whitney Frederic ’16 has been cooking since she had to stand on a popcorn can to reach the kitchen counter. “I’m a cook at heart,” she says. “I learned from my mom and my grandma.”

Justin Rummel joined Susquehanna in March as assistant vice president for student financial services, bringing a broad range of experience in higher education over an 18-year career. Most recently, he was the director of financial aid at Salisbury University, Maryland. His career began in the public sector as a research analyst for the Republican Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as a federal policy analyst for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

Long before the curtains part, students in Erik Viker’s Stagecraft class are already hard at work behind the scenes. Each year, as SU theatregoers book their seats, this cast of student stagehands creates the scenery that astounds audiences on opening night.

The public is becoming increasingly aware of the toll microplastics—particles less than 5mm in size—are taking on our environment. But it’s not just oceans that are vulnerable.
A joint project meant to encourage civil discourse through classroom discussions and community outreach is underway through an $83,820 grant awarded to Susquehanna professors from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
During Homecoming weekend, Susquehanna University held its 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in order to honor, promote, and commemorate seven individuals who contributed greatly to Susquehanna athletics. The Hall of Fame inductees – Dr. Michael Cordas ‘63, Bobby Eppelman ’11, Lindsey Jankiewicz ’11 Breiner, Devin Lessard ’13, Don McLoughlin ’90, Chris Price ’10, and Cara Swerdlow ‘11 – were honored during halftime of the Susquehanna Homecoming football game on October 26. 
The second class of the Susquehanna University Football Ring of Honor was announced Wednesday by fifth-year head coach Tom Perkovich. This year’s inductees include Rod Bamford ’84, Steve Briggs, Richard Caruso ’65, Bill Muir ’65, William “Rocky” Rees, Ernie Tyler ’72, and the 1991 Team.
The Susquehanna athletics department welcomes three new head coaches.
Students are now able to earn a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in addition to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering from one of three top-50 universities in the U.S.
Susquehanna’s students can select from an expanded offering of majors beginning this fall.
Susquehanna University held its first-ever Lavender Graduation Ceremony, an event to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions to the university.
Members of the Class of 2022 teamed up with staff from the Blough-Weis Library and the Office of Sustainability to plant an edible Shakespeare garden on campus.

From Our Own

First Word

As most of you know, Susquehanna University’s seal features a globe under an arch of text reading Ad gloriam maiorem Dei. This phrase is typically worded Ad majorem Dei gloriam and means “For the greater glory of God.” It is a wonderful crystallization of the spirit and intent of the Missionary Institute of our founding. Susquehanna was founded to help its graduates change the world for the better.

End Notes

Even before becoming a Susquehannan, I knew that I wanted to travel to a Spanish-speaking country to combine my love of music with my interest in the Spanish language and Latino culture.