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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 email@example.com, or fill out a change of address form online today.
Thank you to all who participated in SU SERVE during April! From individual alumni doing volunteer work in their communities, to participants in regional chapter service events, to faculty, staff and students making a difference in Selinsgrove and surrounding communities, we have already garnered more than 67,000 hours toward our goal of 125,000 hours.
Even though April has ended, there’s still time to participate. Submit your hours year-round by visiting www.susqu.edu/service.
A big shout-out to these alumni who have each pledged more than 800 hours of service this year: Joan Haefle ’62, Jennifer Hamme ’67, Michael Kling ’80, Marsha Lehman ’74 and Susan Stanford ’77!
Sharing Leadership Advice
More than 25 students traveled to Philadelphia for the Women’s Leadership Symposium this spring. We so appreciate the following alumnae who shared valuable advice about their careers and how to succeed in the workplace:
Annie Albert ’14, Jenn Rojek ’98 Barton, Danielle Boutwell ’16, Lisa Ryan ’78 Burke, Alison Caulfield ’16, Aileen Carlson ’06 Dreibelbis, Nicole Elliott ’11, Marlena Ford ’17, Samantha Harclerode ’11, Jamie Malachowski ’09 Hindman, Sarah Kornhaber ’93, Janice Trojan ’76 Lessman, Virginia Lloyd ’81, Shelby McGuigan ’17, Trisha Noel ’06 Noll, Nora Olsewski ’11, Manouchka Paulemont ’16, Anne Marie D'Andrea’02 Peterson, Kristen Rice ’16, Valerie Stearns ’16 and Kim Stenman ’07
Get Your Pens Ready!
In about three months, the Class of 2022 will arrive on campus! We are excited and proud to continue the tradition of providing each incoming new student a handwritten note from an alumna/alumnus.
If you wish to volunteer, please contact Susan Kreisher by June 30. Blank cards and a sample note will be sent to you in July, and we’ll need your finished masterpieces by mid-August.
Fun fact: This tradition is in its sixth year! The Class of 2017 was the first to benefit from this warm gesture; 77 alumni wrote welcome notes to them. Last year, 191 alumni wrote notes to the Class of 2021!
Orange + Maroon = O & M Day!
Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make Susquehanna’s annual day of school spirit, May 1, a big success! We loved your photos and we hope you had fun with your creativity that day. Congratulations to Orange & Maroon Day grand prize winner Deanna Bruce, who will be joining our Class of 2022! Runner ups were: Madeline Albert ‘18, Sarah Sandberg ‘19, Tiffany Guth ‘21, Lauren Van Derzee ‘12, Tom Carter ‘12, Elodie Hardt from our School of Arts and Sciences, and parent John Korinko!
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
On May 16, 467 students received their diplomas from Susquehanna University. After each graduate walked across the stage, Robert Ries and Emily Stankaitis presented them with a Susquehanna Tradition pin on behalf of the Alumni Association. Bobby and Emily are the outstanding seniors from the Class of 2013.
This year’s outstanding senior awards, given to those who most typify the ideals of Susquehanna, were given to Sarah Derrick, Michael Sharer and Dylan Smith. Honorees must be in strong academic standing, demonstrate leadership qualities, and be involved in a broad range of campus and/or extracurricular activities. See a list of past recipients here.
SU Offers Master of Education Degree
We are excited to announce that Susquehanna will offer a master’s program in education (M.Ed.) this fall. It will feature a hybrid teaching format that combines online coursework and some face-to-face class meetings. Students are paired with Susquehanna faculty members in classes that focus on curriculum design, research methods, critical media literacy and inclusive classroom strategies. To assist teachers financially, the university will accept a promissory letter from a teacher's district of employment to directly compensate the university for tuition. Apply here.
Keith Costello ’73| Alumni Spotlight
The concept of serving others was ingrained in Keith Costello ’73 long ago by his parents, friends and Susquehanna University. In Lancaster, Pa., his father assisted at their church and with youth sports, and his mother led a Brownie troop even though she had no daughters in the program. At Susquehanna, Costello spent several hours a week bonding with mentally challenged residents of the Selinsgrove State School and Hospital (now the Selinsgrove Center). “It was just the feeling of helping someone out, and realizing that all you had to do to make them feel better was to give them some of your time,” says the psychology major.
Since then, his three terms on the Alumni Association’s board of directors included two terms as president. The former free safety, who supports the university’s Football Alumni Association, also met his wife, Louise Hower ’72, at Susquehanna. Their two children, Sarah ’00 and Mark ’04, and one of his sisters, Karen Costello ’83, are also Susquehannans, and a nephew and niece currently attend.
“I’ve tried to give back to Susquehanna because it’s given so much to me and my family—great friends, a sense of family and a great education,” Costello says.
Among his SU influences was his father’s best friend, the late Robert Pittello, an assistant football coach at Susquehanna for five decades. Referring to the man he calls “my Italian uncle,” Costello says, “What I’ve done for Susquehanna pales in comparison to the 50 years he devoted to the university.”
Costello, who retired in 2012 after a 40-year career with The Hershey Company, also served his long-time community of Palmyra, Pa., in multiple capacities, including twice as borough council president. As alumni association president, Costello, who now lives in Havre de Grace, Md., emceed several SU alumni award ceremonies. “I thought that the recipients really exemplified the best that Susquehanna has to offer, and to be included in that group is humbling.”
Save the Dates
Susquehanna’s ever-popular networking trips will return for the 2018–19 academic year. Students will head to Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and New York City on Thursday, Nov. 1. If you are interested in hosting students on one of these trips, please contact Devin Rhoads.
A Walk Down Kurtz Lane (aka Memory Lane)
What was your favorite memory of Commencement Day? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quite a Day
The final results are in—and a grand total of 2,246 donors and $175,958 later, all we can say is: WOW!
A huge thank you to everyONE who came out in force to show their Susquehanna love on the One SU Day of Giving March 1. We more than doubled our goal of 1,000 donors in 24 hours, in large part to the more than 900 alumni who donated to the campaign. Check it out!
Melissa Komora has been named the new vice president for advancement, following Ron Cohen’s departure in December. She was most recently vice president of institutional advancement at The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y.
Before joining Sage in 2008 as director of planned giving and later associate vice president of development, Melissa was the executive director of Benedictine Health Foundation in Kingston, N.Y. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and an MBA from The Sage Colleges School of Management. She is a certified fundraising executive and a chartered advisor in philanthropy.
Please join us in welcoming Melissa and her husband, Ron, to Susquehanna.
Susquehanna students certainly felt the love from our alumni the weekend after Valentine’s Day. We were honored to welcome 124 alumni back to campus to participate in Break Through 2018. A little afternoon snow didn’t deter more than 300 students from joining alumni for a career expo, 33 panel discussions, a keynote address, speed networking, small group lunches, alumni career coaching and a networking reception. Check out our special news coverage of the conference here.
And speaking of Thank Yous...
More than 500 alumni received hand-written notes from students, thanking them for their contribution to Susquehanna during the past year. Whether alumni contributed time, money or talent, students know they have plenty of reasons to be thankful on TAG Day (Thank-A-Grad), Feb. 22, and throughout the year.
TAG Day marks the approximate date each year when tuition dollars run out and gifts from supporters kick in to cover expenses through the remainder of the year.
April Showers Bring SU SERVE Hours
SU SERVE 2018 is gearing up for its official launch on April 1! Service events for our alumni chapters are well into the planning stages, so look for an event near you and plan to join us! As always, we also want to know about the volunteer work you do all year long, whether it’s for your church, your kids’ sports teams or a local nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart. As long as you’re not getting paid, it counts! Help us reach our goal of 125,000 hours for the year. Submit your hours here using our easy online submission form.
Take a Walk Down Kurtz Lane (aka Memory Lane)
It’s spring break on campus. Where was your favorite spot to visit during your spring breaks? Your parents’ house? Florida? Tell us at email@example.com, and we’ll share some responses with you in the next alumni e-newsletter.
Keep an eye out for us, too! We might just be coming to your area for an event. Our aim has been to branch out from our usual event locations by adding alumni happy hours and receptions in California, Colorado and upstate New York. Want to recommend a location? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line here.
Orange and Maroon Day is right around the corner on May 1. Get your favorite SU gear and your camera ready, and make May Day a big day for the Orange and Maroon. Prepare to win some cool prizes, too! Stay tuned for details.
Spread the Word
Susquehanna’s summer high school workshops are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options, including the new acting, legal careers, finance, and engineering options, here.
Speaking of WOW!
The immediate fundraising needs we introduced in January made solid progress on our One SU Day of Giving. Thanks to everyone who has supported these great causes so far. If you haven’t, there is still time to help students:
See something that piques your interest? Click on one of the links above to learn more and make your gift today. Donations are being accepted through the end of the month!
J. Thomas Uhler ’70, firmly believes in embracing life to the fullest and giving back more than he has received. Since moving to Sanibel Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast 40 years ago to establish Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, the biological sciences major has assisted and led numerous nonprofits. They include the United Way of Lee County, for which Uhler, his wife, Linda, and four others co-chaired two campaigns raising over $17 million. And that’s just the start of it. Read more about Uhler in the next issue of Susquehanna Currents magazine, coming to your mailbox in June this year.
Is your organization interested in recruiting talented SU students for jobs or internships? If so, the Career Development Center (CDC) is interested in hearing from you! Registration is now open for the 2018 Career Expo, being held on campus Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The registration fee will be waived for all alumni-connected employers who register by Jan. 19. For more information, contact Keesha Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-372-4146. Please visit the CDC website to discover additional ways to build your brand on campus.
The expo kicks off our annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference Feb. 15–17. The conference features the advice, expertise and encouragement of more than 100 alumni who participate in the event each year.
Tell Us How We're Doing!
Like what you see in Susquehanna Currents? How about the business school’s Ventures magazine? If you receive both Ventures and Currents magazines, we want your opinion!
- Help us shape the future of our business school magazine by taking the Ventures survey.
- Tell us how we’re doing with our institution-wide publication in the Susquehanna Currents survey.
- Or take both surveys and let your voice be heard twice.
Just make your choice quickly! Both surveys close on Feb. 2.
New and improved alumni and development web pages. More easily navigate the rich content on these pages and quickly identify the areas in which your support is most needed throughout the year. Check it out here!
Between now and March, we are working to fund five new initiatives that will directly benefit current students. The initiatives speak to President Jonathan Green’s four pillars of a liberal arts education, beginning with access—the ability of students to attend a life-changing institution like Susquehanna and experience all it has to offer.
Help give students an “all-access pass” to the Susquehanna experience by supporting current initiatives for the Center for Environmental Education and Research and the campus gardens, co-curricular leadership opportunities, diversity and inclusion programming, the Global Business Perspectives’ curriculum and human anatomy classes.
Remember, every gift, regardless of size, puts us one step closer to providing the transformational student experience for which SU is known.
Tell Us Your Story
As the products of a Susquehanna education, our alumni make the best stories. We are currently looking for alumni who received Pell grants and can talk about how their ability to attend SU made them the successes they are today. We’re also in search of alumni who studied away from campus, even before the Global Opportunities (GO) program was developed, and who can talk about how their experience shaped them into the people they are now. Other story ideas are welcome as well. Submit your ideas here for consideration in Susquehanna Currents magazine, or drop us a line at email@example.com. Please note that the deadline for stories about alumni who were Pell grant recipients is Jan. 26.
Honor Roll of Donor Correction
We hope you liked the 2016–17 Honor Roll of Donors we included as insert to the fall issue of Susquehanna Currents magazine last month. It was our pleasure to recognize the loyal alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff who commit their time, talents and treasures to make Susquehanna all it can be for our students. In this, like all of our publications, we strive to be as complete and accurate as possible. Unfortunately, errors do occur—and this year, we have an error in, of all things, the email address for reporting errors. (Where’s an eye-roll emoji when you need it?) Our apologies! The correct email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use this email address or call 800-353-7970 with any questions or corrections to the honor roll.
Have you Heard?
Construction has already begun on a 12,000-panel, 14-acre solar array, located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. It is the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania. The facility is expected to be completed by summer. Read more...
Five Susquehanna students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, enabling them to study in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Scotland and New Zealand during the spring semester. Find out who they are and what they’ll be doing here.
More than 40 teams of students in Global Business Perspectives, the class taken by first-year students across all majors in the Sigmund Weis School of Business, evaluated Bed Bath & Beyond and presented their ideas for how the business could expand to a panel of business executives, including several alumni and even some parent-child alumni judging teams. Read more...
Know Any High School Students
If so, spread the word. Susquehanna’s summer high school workshops are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options below, including the new acting, legal careers, finance and engineering options:
- July 1-7
- Choral Institute
- July 22-28
- Writers Workshop
Learn more about our summer high school programs here.
Green Formally Installed as President
SU marked its 160th academic year with the inauguration of our 15th president, Jonathan D. Green. More than 1,000 people gathered in Weber Chapel Auditorium on Oct. 20 for the installation ceremony and Green’s inaugural address, The New American Scholar. Read more...
A Homecoming to Remember
Hundreds of alumni and their families returned to Susquehanna Oct. 20–22 for Homecoming–Reunion Weekend 2017. Amid a picture-perfect autumn weekend, they enjoyed tent parties, athletics events, class reunions and more.
Traditions like the Annual Golf Outing, Milestones Champagne Brunch, and the Athletics Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards banquets, mixed with new and emerging events like the Alumni and Students of Color Fellowship Gathering, WQSU’s 50th anniversary celebration and the Susquehanna Champions Suite at the football game, to bring a fresh, yet nostalgic feel to the weekend.
The celebration continued through the weekend with a live, music festival on Saturday, dubbed “Greenstock” in President Green’s honor. Student talent and local bands entertained visitors to “Reunion Central” from noon to 10 p.m. on Smith Field, which was dotted with reunion tents, lounge areas and lawn games where alumni enjoyed a beautiful fall day on campus. Check out photos from the weekend here.
Wrap Up November By Making A Difference
You’ll join family and friends for Thanksgiving and a leagues of fellow shoppers on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, not to mention give your web browser a workout on Cyber Monday. So why not join the national #GivingTuesday movement and support your alma mater with a gift on Tuesday, Nov. 28? Keep an eye on your email and social media for more information.
SU Tradition Coming to a TV Near You
Each December, Susquehanna celebrates its annual Christmas Candlelight Service, which features student and faculty musicians. On Dec. 6, 2016, WVIA-TV filmed a milestone anniversary celebration of this beloved tradition. It is a one-hour television program called Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service, which will air nationally through American Public Television in December. The program will air locally on WVIA (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area) on:
- Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 3, at noon
- Saturday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. and 7p.m.
Please consult your local PBS affiliate for broadcast dates near you.
WVIA Studios also produced This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation, filmed on location at Susquehanna and in St. Anne’s Church in Augsburg, Germany. The program began airing on PBS stations throughout Pennsylvania at the end of October. Both programs are available on DVD and may be ordered by visiting www.susqu.edu/buymusicdvd or by calling 570-372-4281.
Alumnae-Trustees Launch Women’s Leadership Campaign
Inspired by a financial challenge from two trustees, SU has launched the Women's Leadership Initiative. In an effort to raise a total of $3 million, funding is structured as a four-year challenge. Signe S. Gates ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Dawn Grigg ’68 Mueller, board vice chair, have pledged $250,000 each year for the next four years to create a $1-million challenge gift. Read more...
Tell Us Your Story
As the products of a Susquehanna education, our alumni make the best stories. We are currently looking for alumni who received PELL grants and can talk about how their ability to attend SU made them the successes they are today. We’re also in search of alumni who studied away from campus, even before the Global Opportunities (GO) program was developed, and who can talk about how their experience shaped them into the people they are now. Other story ideas are welcome as well. Submit your ideas here for consideration in Susquehanna Currents magazine, or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Be On the Lookout
No, we have not forgotten. We know we owe you the fall issue of Susquehanna Currents magazine. We delayed production so the magazine could cover as much of our fall festivities as possible. It is scheduled to hit the mail stream in early December!
Be on the lookout in January, too. We want your opinion, and we will be emailing you a magazine survey at that time. Keep an eye out and please participate. Your opinion is valued and greatly appreciated.
SU Named Among Best in Wall Street Journal Ranking
Susquehanna is listed among the top 16 percent of colleges and universities in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 college rankings. The guide primarily measures student success and learning.
Susquehanna moved to No. 172 out of more than 1,000 schools in the ranking, up from No. 180 last year. Read more...
Support Our Students as They Help Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September. In response, several Susquehanna students have established a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for San Juan and the surrounding areas where they were stationed during their Global Opportunities (GO) program last summer, Service and Culture in Puerto Rico. Read more...
SU to Offer Alumni Online Mini Courses
Join Associate Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary for our first-ever online alumni mini course. The series of live streaming lectures, titled Legal Dimensions of Current Controversies, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday during the month of February. The class will explore the power of the Supreme Court in resolving contemporary political issues. The cost is $150 with assessment and certification opportunities, and online access to recordings of each lecture and the discussions that follow. Sign up today at www.susqu.edu/minicourses. Registration closes on Jan. 29.
A Round of Applause, Please!
A big THANK YOU to our generous alumni in New York City and Washington, D.C., for hosting students at their workplaces this fall. In all, 66 students participated in these Break Through “career treks.” This year, the annual, daylong bus trips took students to the nation’s capital on Sept. 28 and The Big Apple on Nov. 1 for afternoon visits with host employers and evening networking receptions with regional alumni chapters. We cannot express our gratitude enough to the following alumni for the generous time and tireless energy they gave them:
Briley Acker ’15, Jordan Decker ’07, Christine DiFucci ’13, Jason Eck ’05, Teague Emery ’13, Michael Giordano ’15, Heidi Heikenfeld ’00, Megan Schroeder ’06 Janssen, Melissa Gilbert ’07 Miller, Kendall Kasarjian-Moynihan ’90, Kaitlyn McInnis ’07, Melanie McLaughlin ’14, Christopher Minghenelli ’14, Jamilee Morgan ’10, Brett Moyer ’13, Chris Noah ’88, Mark O’Donovan ’92, John W. Rendina ’86, Peter R. Rendina ’93, Kyle Robertson ’11, Ainsley Rossitto '13, Robert Stearns ’16 and Jessica Takats ’14.
Come Home to SU This Fall
Join us for a far-out Homecoming–Reunion Weekend, Oct. 20–22, as we celebrate “Greenstock” (like Woodstock) in honor of our new president, the musically talented Jonathan Green, D.M.A. We’re turning Smith Lawn into Reunion Central and an all-day music festival, featuring student talent along with local favorites like Faculty Lounge, Spencer and the T-Bones, and Green Eggs. WQSU-FM will broadcast the festivities live. Register today!
Installation Ceremony Set for New President
Homecoming–Reunion Weekend is your chance to welcome President Jonathan D. Green and his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck, to the Susquehanna family! Come back to campus a little early this year, and celebrate Jonathan’s formal inauguration as Susquehanna University’s 15th president at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in Weber Chapel Auditorium. Learn more here.
Have a Minute?
We are considering the creation of continuing education opportunities for SU alumni and friends, and we’d like your input. These opportunities would be led by current or retired SU faculty and would primarily be conducted online using synchronous tools (such as Skype) to connect faculty and their students. Please complete this brief survey to help us gauge interest in such programming.
Welcome to the Class of 2021
On Aug. 24, the Class of 2021 arrived on campus—669 students strong! They make-up one of the largest and most academically successful incoming classes in the university’s history. With O-Team cheers and music by the stadium band echoing across campus, our newest families were greeted by President Jonathan Green, who gave up his three-piece suit and bow tie for the morning to join in our Move-in Day tradition. A special thanks to Stacy Koppenhaver ’92, Lowell Leitzel ’76, Heather Heath ’93 Rowe and Dawne Fritz ’86 Veet who were on hand to help us welcome the new students and their families. Read more about the Class of 2021’s Move-in Day and Opening Convocation here.
SU Launches Center for Business Education
Beginning this fall, Susquehanna’s newly established Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship Education will assist teachers in bringing economic and business education into K-12 classrooms in the region. Led by Emma Fleck, associate professor of management in Sigmund Weis School of Business, the center will serve the local community by hosting workshops for educators on how to help school-age students learn about economics, entrepreneurship and business. Read more here.
D.C. Regional Alumni, We Want You!
Help us transform Washington, D.C., from the U.S. capital to the SU networking capital on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Join fellow alumni and current students from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Capital View Ballroom at the Key Bridge Marriott. Culminating a day of exploration and job shadowing for current students, this evening of networking and fellowship is the perfect way to share your SU story! Help students see what possibilities lie ahead for them. We can’t think of anyone better to advise them than their fellow Susquehannans. Register today!
Bonus! Attending this event puts you one step closer to becoming a 2017–18 Champion for Growth.
Just in Time for the Holidays
The Department of Music and WVIA Studios proudly present two new TV programs, available on DVD:
Christmas at Susquehanna, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university’s first Candlelight Service, features a reading by President Jonathan Green and his predecessor L. Jay Lemons.
This Is My Song, marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, features President Green conducting the University Choir in A Mighty Fortress.
The DVDs also feature our talented University Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Wind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles. Get your copies today—$20 each (+S&H), or $35 (+S&H) for both DVDs. Orders are now being taken online or by calling 570-372-4281. Shipping of both DVDs begins Dec. 1.
Two New Faces Are on Campus!
What a great way to start July—by welcoming President Jonathan Green and his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck, to Susquehanna! Read all about it here. President Green’s inauguration ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Stay tuned for details, as it would be wonderful to have you here to join in the celebration.
Save the Date
Three months and counting until Greenstock 2017—Susquehannna’s Homecoming–Reunion Weekend, Oct. 20–22. Like Woodstock, the weekend will feature live music, but with a splash of “green” as we officially welcome President Jonathan Green and celebrate his inauguration on Friday, Oct. 20. Keep your eyes on your mailbox later this summer for the official brochure.
Oh What a Night!
Many thanks to the more than 300 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of Susquehanna who came to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on Thursday evening, June 22, to welcome President Jonathan Green and his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck! While the venue and food were outstanding, the night was made outstanding by the impressive showing of the Orange and Maroon family.
30 Donors in 30 Days a “W” for SU Sports
The Second Annual 30 Donors in 30 Days Challenge scored a big win for Susquehanna Athletics! A huge THANK YOU to all alumni who raised the Orange and Maroon in June by making a gift to our varsity sports teams. Together, you raised more than $43,000 for our athletes!
Summer Job Shadowing Trip a Success
In May, we took 15 students to New York City to learn from 14 alumni hosts working at 13 different organizations. The students spent the day job shadowing alumni at companies like:
- L’Oreal USA
- American Express
- Cosmopolitan magazine
- Deutsche Bank
- TED Conferences
Special thanks to these alumni for making the day possible: Bart Donovan ’09, Bret Moyer ’13, Kelly Marinaccio ’15, Joe Shannon ’08, Gwen Edwards ’86, Karen Giberson ’87, Leah Wyar ’00 Romito, Ravi Kantha ’07, Cassie Collier ’09, Matt Curran ’92, Lisa Ryan ’78 Burke, Destiny Arturet ’12, Adetutu Adekoya ’11 and Jaclyn Gee ’06.
Longtime SU Registrar Honored by National Archives
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.
The National Archives created the Citizen Archivist transcription project as a means of increasing public access to the records of the federal government. Read more here.
SU Common Reading Program Featured in NYT
Susquehanna’s Common Reading Program is recognized in a July 2 New York Times story about college summer reading programs for incoming students. According to the article, about 40 percent of colleges include a discussion of a common reading assignment in orientations for new students prior to the beginning of fall semester. The goal of Susquehanna’s program is to create a shared academic experience and point of discussion for first-year students. Read more here.
SU Named “Best Value College” by Forbes
What is Susquehanna’s ROI? According to FORBES 2017 Best Value College rankings, SU is among the nation’s top 300 schools "that deliver the best tuition bang for the buck based on tuition costs, school quality, postgrad earnings, student debt and graduation success." Click to read more.
Speaking of Rankings
Susquehanna ranks No. 15 among the top 30 most affordable colleges with the best study abroad programs in the nation, according to Great Value Colleges (GVC). The ranking recognizes SU’s Global Opportunities (GO) program in which students study off campus in a culture different from their own, either in the United States or abroad. Click to read more.
Back By Popular Demand
We’re celebrating another year of sports achievements with the Second Annual 30 Donors in 30 Days Challenge! Help Susquehanna Athletics “raise the Orange and Maroon” this June by making a gift to our varsity teams. We’re shooting for 30 donors in 30 days for each team again this year, but with a twist for those sports programs that do not have deep alumni pools. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!
Join the New President in Philly This Summer
On behalf of the Susquehanna University Board of Trustees, you’re cordially invited to an evening at Philadelphia’s esteemed Franklin Institute. Join us from 6:30–9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, to meet Susquehanna’s incoming president, Dr. Jonathan Green, and his wife, Lynn Buck. Enjoy fellowship and heavy hors d’oeuvres at one of the city’s most stunning landmarks while being serenaded by some of our most talented jazz students. RSVP here by Friday, June 15.
Fear of Public Speaking? Not These Alumni!
Many thanks to the 29 alumni who spoke during President L. Jay Lemons’ Farewell Tour events! From Boston to D.C., Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and as far away as Florida and California, hundreds of alumni and friends came out to bid a fond farewell to President Lemons. Speaking at each event were:
Board Trustee, Alan Bennet ’72
Alumni Speaker, Susie Odjakjian ’79
Camp Hill, Pa.
Board Trustee, Frank Leber ’64
Chapter Representative, Stacy Koppenhaver ’92
Alumni Board Representative, Dawne Fritz ’86 Veet
Toast to Jay, Dr. Hazel Brobst ’51 Brown
Board Trustee, Bruce Ficken ’70
Chapter Representative, Bob Campbell ’79
Alumni Board Representative, Larry Hutchison ’80
Toast to Jay, Ginny Lloyd ’81
Board Trustee, Lisa Ryan ’78 Burke
Chapter Representative, Julie Buckingham ’09
Alumni Board Representative, Janet Lambert ’86
Toast to Jay, Scott Heller ’82, Esq.
New York, N.Y.
Board Trustee, George Liberopoulos ’86
Chapter Representative, Teague Emery ’13
Alumni Board Representative, Megan McMullen ’02 Blue
Toast to Jay, Allison Grebe ’94
Chapter Representatives, Cristina Loss ’10 and Ali Ressing ’11
Alumni Board Representative, Don Hamlin ’70
Toast to Jay, Sarah Johnson ’12
Board Trustee, Dr. Doug Kniss ’80
Chapter Representative, Kevin Barley ’97, Esq.
Toast to Jay, Megan Will ’09 Flower
Board Trustee, Bill Lewis ’68, Esq.
Board Trustee, Dr. Gail Hanson
Chapter Representative, Maureen Acquino ’10
Alumni Board Representative, Caitlyn Thistle ’09
Toast to Jay, Ainsley Rossitto ’13
You have through June 30 to become a Champion for Growth. Learn more here, and don’t forget to keep turning in those SU SERVE hours. SU SERVE runs throughout the fiscal year and participation counts for your Tradition of Service.
Celebrating Your Impact
Thanks to everyone who attended the 10th Annual Celebrating Scholarship Luncheon on April 9. It was wonderful seeing you! If you were unable to join us, please visit the Celebrating Scholarship web page for highlights from the event, including a photo gallery and special 10th anniversary video.
Class of 2017 Is Ready To Launch
From working as a theatre manager to teaching English in Germany to attending graduate school in Austria, Susquehanna’s 2017 graduates are going places. Click here to read more.
Prudential CEO Delivers Commencement Address
John R. Strangfeld ’75, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial and emeritus member of the university’s Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address at Susquehanna’s 159th commencement on May 17. Approximately 460 students are expected to graduate in the Class of 2017. Click to read more.
Senior Earns Fulbright Scholarship to Germany
Kudos to history grad Rachel Baer ’17 who recently received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2017–18 academic year. Baer, of Shermans Dale, Pa., will travel to Germany to participate in Fulbright's English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, which places award winners in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. Click to read more.
Underclassmen Net Prestigious Awards
Two underclassmen recently netted two of the most prestigious awards given to college students. Kara Eckert ’20 has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, a four-week academic and cultural program open to only eight U.S. students at the university's International Summer School. Gabriela Marrero ’18 has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Connect, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility.
Thank You For Making Break Through 2017 A Success!
The annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference held Feb. 9–11 exceeded expectations again. The conference brought 100 alumni to campus for the series of events, which included a Summer Opportunities Fair, a Financial Literacy Luncheon and a full-day conference complete with panel discussions and networking opportunities for students.
Some 552 students took advantage of the events and our alumni speakers couldn't be happier with the results. By all accounts, Break Through 2017 was both an anecdotal and mathematical success. Read student testimonials and check out the stats here.
Thank you to all of our alumni speakers. You truly made a difference for your fellow Susquehannans.
Were You a WQSU Staffer?
WQSU is celebrating its 50th anniversary on May 14. As part of the celebration, you have the opportunity to hit the airwaves once again—and you don’t even have to come to campus to participate!
Simply record a brief audio message (be sure to include your name and class year) explaining why WQSU was an important part of your Susquehanna experience. You can be as elaborate as or as short and sweet as you’d like. Send your recording to WQSU’s general manager, Dawn Benfer, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 5. Recordings will be shared on-air beginning Saturday, April 8.
SU Honors the Memory of Colleen Supinski ’96
We are honoring the memory of Colleen Supinski ’96, a student-athlete and Kappa Delta sister, who was tragically killed in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept 11, 2001. The Supinski Room will offer students an additional 3,900 square feet of workout space in the newly renovated Vialonga Sports Performance Center, named in memory of Chris Vialonga ’93 who also died in the 9/11 attacks. With the addition of The Supinski Room, the center offers ample conditioning equipment with a modern design, and accommodate more athletes in less time. The center is an inspiration to current athletes and new recruits, and will have a lasting impact on all of our varsity sports programs.
More than two-thirds of the fundraising goal has been met for The Supinski Room! To learn more or to make a gift in memory of Colleen, click here.
Join Us on Tour
During his last semester as Susquehanna’s president, L. Jay Lemons is embarking on a coast-to-coast farewell tour and you’re invited! Our regional alumni chapters will be hosting evening receptions for all alumni, parents, students and friends of Susquehanna in cities across the Northeast, and Jay would love to see you at one of them.
In addition to large receptions open to everyone, President Lemons will hold small-group gatherings with Susquehanna Champions to say, thank you. Not a Champion yet? It’s not too late to become one and receive your invitation!
Go here to see the full schedule of events and RSVP.
Can You Keep a Secret?
Fundraising is off and running for a surprise, permanent scholarship in honor of President L. Jay and Marsha Lemons. Gifts of all sizes will have a positive impact on future Susquehannans, including four students this coming fall!
To make a gift, or simply to watch the progress of LemonsAid (get it?!) click here.
Don't forget ... it's a surprise for Jay and Marsha. We'll let the cat out of the bag at Commencement.
SU SERVE Officially Kicks Off April 1—And That’s No Joke!
Susquehanna has set its sights on reaching 125,000 hours of service this year. Here’s how you can help:
- Tell us about the volunteer work you do, no matter what time of year. Any unpaid community service you perform counts! Simply fill out this form.
- Keep an eye on your inbox for an SU SERVE invitation for a service project near you. Each of the seven regional alumni chapters will host a project next month for a worthwhile cause in their regions. You’ll get to work alongside your fellow Susquehannans to make your community a better place. Can’t wait for an email? Check this page regularly for event updates.
It Might Be March Madness, But It’s Never Too Early to Think Homecoming!
Save the date for Homecoming–Reunion Weekend 2017, Oct. 20–22! This year’s theme is Greenstock, in honor of our new president Dr. Jonathan Green. It’s kind of like Woodstock, but Susquehanna style! The weekend will feature lots of groovy, live music, in addition to reunion celebrations for classes ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’. But no matter what your graduation year, make plans to join us and officially welcome President Green!
College Search Program Offered at SU
Do you have a child, grandchild, niece/nephew or sibling who is starting the college search process? Bring them home to Susquehanna on April 29 for our annual Choosing the Right College program, featuring keynote speaker S. Darryl Tiggle, director of college counseling at Friends School in Baltimore.
It’s a great way for them to learn the ins and outs of the college search, and an ideal opportunity for you to visit your alma mater. Plus, it’s FREE!
Enjoy campus at the peak of its spring splendor while helping your loved one manage the college search with confidence. Register today!
Athletics Teams Earn National Nod
College Factual has recognized several of Susquehanna University's athletics teams as exceptional for students who want to play competitively while pursuing a first-rate education. Susquehanna is named as one of the top schools for scholar-athletes in Division III men's lacrosse, men's basketball, women's softball and women's volleyball in College Factual’s 2017 National Student-Athlete Rankings. Read more...
Support today’s student-athletes by joining the Orange and Maroon Club today!
Gift Funds Community Service Program
Susquehanna has received a $7.1 million gift to establish the Susquehanna Service Leaders Program, in which SU students will serve community organizations that support youth development in the Susquehanna Valley. The gift enables the university to support all aspects of the program, including the hiring of a program coordinator, and will fund scholarships for the first six cohorts, or 60 students. Read more...
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.