Susquehanna University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Saturday, Nov. 12, to elect Jonathan D. Green, D.M.A., as Susquehanna’s 15th president, effective July 1, 2017. He was also the unanimous choice of the 15-member Presidential Search Committee, which recommended him to the trustees following a six-month, national search.
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We are committed to maintaining lifelong connections with our alumni. From special events to alumni publications, our goal is to keep you in the loop about all things Susquehanna.
One way we “spread the word” is through our bimonthly alumni e-newsletters. The newsletter is sent to all alumni for whom we have a valid email address. Not sure if we have your latest contact information? Call us at 570-372-4118, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a change of address form online today.
Look For Your Invitation
President Lemons will kick off his farewell tour this spring, and you’re invited!
While many events will be evening receptions open to all alumni, students, parents and friends of the university, there will be breakfasts and lunches by invitation only, exclusively for our Champions!
Not a Champion? It’s not too late to become one and receive your invitation! These invitation-only gatherings will be modeled after the breakfasts and lunches President Lemons shared with each Susquehanna student during his tenure.
Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, please take note of the following dates and geographic regions:
- Tuesday, March 14 – Washington, D.C., area
- Wednesday, March 15 – Baltimore area
- Tuesday, April 11 – Central Pennsylvania
- Wednesday, April 12 – Lancaster and Philadelphia areas
- Thursday, April 13 – Philadelphia area and New Jersey
- Tuesday, April 18 – Bethlehem, Pa. and New York City
- Wednesday, April 19 – Connecticut and Boston areas
- Thursday, April 20 – Pittsburgh area
Is Your Phone Ringing?
Later this month, we’ll randomly select 500 alumni to receive a brief call from a Susquehanna student. If you’re one of those selected, you’ll be asked a question or two about your Susquehanna experience. So if SU pops up on your caller ID, be sure to take the call! Our students are anxious to hear your thoughts.
Now's Your Chance
You heard us talk about Susquehanna’s Champions for Growth program a lot in 2016. Now that we’ve turned the calendars to 2017, it’s time to renew—or become a Champion for the very first time! Some new options for fulfilling the five tasks necessary to become a Champion make it even easier! Stay tuned for more details as they become available. A special thank you to the alumni who already stepped up to become a Susquehanna Champion for 2017:
Kelly Bugden ’02 Breckenridge
Mary Phillips ’08 Carlson
Catherine Compton ’81 Caulfield
Jennifer Cullin ’09
Matt Curran ’92
Fred Dudley ’67
Joanne Steinke ’81 Faul
Todd Frantz ’97
Janet Wyllie ’’86 Lambert
Alysha Melnyk ’14
Tammy Erney ’06 Ozlanski
Jessica Owens ’09 Pastuszek
Hilary Hutter ’10 Stone
Jessica Culp ’07 Umbenhauer
SU Expands Its Global Footprint
Winter break finds students in countries that are new to our nationally recognized Global Opportunities program, in which all students study away in a culture different from their own so they are better prepared to succeed personally and professionally in our global society.
A number of Susquehanna students are studying abroad this January in new faculty-led programs to Cuba and Israel. Check out photos from Jerusalem and look for a feature story about GO-Israel in the spring issue of Susquehanna Currents, due out in mid-May.
February Means Honors Band
The Department of Music is enthusiastically planning next month’s 25th anniversary of the Honors Band at Susquehanna. The weekend of Feb. 17–19 will be filled with all sorts of activities to mark this exciting milestone. And the best news is: You’re invited! Register here.
Break Through Returns
We’re counting down the days until Break Through 2017, scheduled for Feb. 9–11!
More than 70 alumni are scheduled to visit campus for this popular student-alumni networking event. As always, we appreciate the alumni who volunteered their time to come to campus for the event. We’re working through a rotation of alumni, so students get to meet a wide variety of professionals. If we haven’t tapped your talents for this year, don’t count yourself out! Break Through is an annual event and we’re always looking for new alumni to participate.
How's Your Faith?
Join CNN political analyst David Gregory on Feb. 27 as he presents the 2017 Alice Pope Shade Lecture, How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey, based on his critically acclaimed memoir of the same name. The book and lecture explore his attempts to deepen his faith amid the rough-and-tumble of broadcast news. Best known for his nearly 20 years at NBC News, Gregory served for six years as the moderator of Meet the Press and chief White House correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush.
The event, which begins at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, in Degenstein Center Theater, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
This annual lecture is made possible by the Alice Pope Shade Fund, established in 1983 by her daughter Rebecca Shade ’54 Mignot. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of the Chaplain, the lecture helps students and the community explore the role religion plays in various aspects of public life—civic, social, spiritual, political, moral, environmental—and in terms of individual character development.
#GivingTuesday 2016: A Susquehanna Success Story
Nov. 29 was one of the most successful fundraising days in Susquehanna’s history, thanks to YOU! Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled largely by social media, netted 311 gifts to Susquehanna during the 24-hour giving window. In all, gifts totaled more than $60,000.
In addition, four former alumni board members and their spouses issued a challenge to their fellow alumni in advance of the day: If 250 alumni make a gift, Susquehanna will receive four bonus gifts, totaling $10,000. And yes, we nailed it, bringing the total raised in one day to $70,000+!
Our sincere thanks to Jack ’57 and Joan Bishop, Keith ’73 and Louise Hower ’72 Costello, Linda Kline ’72 and Robert Bugden, and Jeff ’82 and Susie Kees ’83 Morgan for generously offering the challenge.
On Dec. 6, we were honored to welcome 75 alumni back to campus to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Candlelight Service. Thank you to the alumni who performed O God, Beyond All Praising under the direction of Professor Emeritus Cyril Stretansky.
On Nov. 22, the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions issued its report on Susquehanna University’s handling of an NCAA violation last year. The NCAA credited the university for its “exemplary,” proactive handling of the situation as soon as it became aware of the violation and accepted the university’s self-imposed penalties, adding only one corrective action.