• SU’s Freshwater Research Initiative is partnering with the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Bloomsburg University and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to pilot a new approach for reducing sediment runoff from agricultural land.
    Gordon R. Wenzel

October 01, 2016

New Partnership for Freshwater Research Initiative

In September, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded $562,000 to the Chesapeake Conservancy for a major restoration and conservation initiative in the Susquehanna River watershed. The work involves a partnership between the Conservancy, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Bloomsburg University, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Susquehanna University, specifically its Freshwater Research Initiative (FRI).

A portion of the funds will support a new position for a project technical coordinator, who will be based at Susquehanna and work to engage partners, including Susquehanna University faculty and students, in restoration and monitoring work.

The three-year initiative, for which matching funds are being sought, will pilot a new approach to restoration on agricultural land called “precision conservation.” The cohort of environmental organizations and universities will work with local partners in Centre and Clinton counties to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff by using high-resolution data to identify parcel-scale opportunities for riparian buffer restoration.

Students Named Gilman Scholars

Five Susquehanna students were recently awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

• Olivia Cohenour, a junior ecology major from Mifflinville, Pa., will study at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

• Junior art history major Damian Munoz, of Tamaqua, Pa., will travel to the United Kingdom to study at Regent’s University London, School of Fashion and Design.

• Brenda Ortega, a junior communications major from Baldwin Park, Calif., will study at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica.

• Junior French and biology major Brandy Shrawder, of Mifflinburg, Pa., will travel to the West African country of Senegal, where she will live with a Senegalese family in the capital city of Dakar.

• Linsey Sipple, a junior earth and environmental sciences major from Edinboro, Pa., will study at the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland.

Rankings Recognize Academic Quality and Affordability

Susquehanna University appears on several of the top college rankings in the nation.

The university was named to Money magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” list of schools that “deliver the most value—that is, a great education, at an affordable price that helps students launch promising careers.” The ranking is based on the six-year graduation rate; the net price of a degree, which is the estimated amount that a student will pay after financial aid is subtracted; the amount of student and parent loans; and the estimated earnings of a college’s graduates, among other criteria.

The Princeton Review ranked SU No. 11 on its list of Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the nation. That’s up from its No. 13 ranking last year. The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges guidebook also recognizes Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities (GO) program. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are selected for the guide.

Susquehanna is also in the most recent edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The book notes the university’s commitment to diversity, and lauds its emphasis on off-campus study that prepares students to work in cross-cultural teams, its innovative curriculum that links relevant majors with career success, and its scholarship opportunities.

Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings places Susquehanna at No. 54 among 239 ranked national liberal arts universities—up 19 places from its spot in the 2015 guide. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good, measured by social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research and service opportunities. Additionally, the publication’s 2016 Best Bang for the Buck ranking places Susquehanna among the top 30 percent of colleges in the Northeast for affordability.

Contributing writers to the departments are Victoria Kidd, associate director of advancement communications; Megan McDermott ’14; Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; and Amanda O’Rourke, digital communications and media specialist.