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.
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 email@example.com 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.