March 07, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in senseless violence, loss of life, and an alarming humanitarian crisis. As we follow the tragedy through the reporting of our free press, Russia has systematically shutdown the independent media and silenced those that spoke out against the bloodshed.

As much of the world continues to hope for a peaceful resolution and for the safety of those impacted by the war in Ukraine, we recognize that members of the campus community experience the tragedy in different ways. In order to provide additional opportunities to discuss the unfolding events and provide supports for members of the campus community, I want to highlight the following opportunities for reflection, learning, and care.

  • Light a Candle for Ukraine: Horn Meditation Chapel (located in the side door of Weber closest to the Degenstein Campus Center) will be open starting today (Friday, March 4) to light a candle and to spend time in reflection and prayer. Chaplain Kershner and Rabbi Nina Mandel will be available (if not in person, by phone/text/email) for prayer and spiritual care.

  • Faculty Panel Discussion: On Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., members of the Susquehanna faculty will offer a panel discussion on the crisis in Ukraine. Additional details will be shared with the campus next week. The community dialogue will be moderated by Kirk Harris, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and include the following panelists:
      • Lyudmyla Ardan, Assistant Professor of Economics
      • Nick Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science
      • Andrea Lopez, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Students are encouraged to visit the CAPS website for information on scheduling an appointment or for 24/7 crisis services call 570-372-4751.

Yours ever,

Jonathan D. Green