Places & Spaces

Fall Winter 2021 Issue


The university’s oldest auditorium has undergone a major renovation. Isaacs Auditorium, located in Seibert Hall, has been used as a large gathering space and for chapel services and lectures for more than 100 years. And now — with the upgrades to the lighting and sound technology, a renovated stage, new flooring and seating — student, faculty and guest recitals and performances will return to Isaacs. To mark the reopening of Isaacs and to celebrate its rich history, a special recital was performed by members of Susquehanna’s music faculty during a dedication ceremony. Also dedicated that evening was the Bramer Piano, a Steinway piano that will be permanently housed in Isaacs and used for student, faculty and guest recitals. The piano was a gift made by Becky Bramer ’92 Toth, associate vice president of advancement at Susquehanna, in loving memory of her father, James Robert Bramer ’64, and brother, Mark Andrew Bramer.


Susquehanna, formerly with two schools, has been restructured to have four schools, allowing for smaller, more manageable meetings among department groups that have greater similarity in their pedagogical strategies, which in turn encourages sharing best practices and innovative teaching ideas.

Dividing the School of Arts and Sciences into three schools will better serve students. The new structure consists of three deans overseeing four schools:

  • School of the Arts and School of Humanities, Interim Dean Betsy Verhoeven
  • School of Natural and Social Sciences, Interim Dean Katherine Straub
  • The Sigmund Weis School of Business, Dean Matthew Rousu

“This decision was made with faculty input to more evenly distribute programs and resources,” Provost Dave Ramsaran says. “It is our belief that the more even distribution of programs will allow for greater flexibility as we move forward with retention efforts.”


Over the past year and in consultation with students, Susquehanna has been reimagining what an improved student experience should look like — and the new Hawk Hub is part of that vision. The former location of the Info Desk in Susquehanna’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center has been transformed into a space for any student who has a question about — well, anything! This “one-stop shop” serves as a spot where students can meet with someone trained on a variety of topics related to student activities, scheduling, on-campus employment, the GO program and more. The Hawk Hub is a single place where students can turn for information they need to succeed at Susquehanna.


Graphic design students moved into their newly renovated “classroom” space this semester — a brand new graphic design suite designed to mimic the inner workings of an agency. Located in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, it includes 22 fully equipped iMac computers, two Wacom Cintiq Pros creative pen displays, a dedicated lecture and production space, flat file storage, design library and presentation walls. During Homecoming–Reunion Weekend, students, alumni and friends of the graphic design program attended an unveiling ceremony, which included remarks by Art and Design Department Chair Amanda Lenig ’07, who paid tribute to Mark Fertig, founding faculty member of the graphic design major at Susquehanna. 

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