October 01, 2015

Faculty Earn Top Honors in Teaching and Advising

Three faculty members were honored with awards during Susquehanna’s 157th commencement ceremony in May.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Swarna Basu received the John C. Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship Award. The award memorializes a former longtime member and chair of Susquehanna University’s Board of Directors and recognizes a faculty member for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. As award recipient, Basu, who joined Susquehanna in 2005, will present a public lecture during the 2015-16 academic year.

Mark Fertig, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art, received the Susquehanna University Teaching Award. Fertig began teaching at Susquehanna in 2002.

Associate Professor of Biology Tom Peeler received the Distinguished Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes the important role students’ academic advisors have in students’ academic experiences and outcomes. Peeler has been at Susquehanna since 1990.

Enactus Advisor Honored

Susquehanna’s Enactus advisor George Cravitz was one of three such faculty advisors recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellows at the Enactus National Exposition held in St. Louis. Cravitz received the award for his notable contributions, service and commitment to the Susquehanna team and to the advancement of the entire Enactus organization, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

SU Grads Collect More Emmy Awards

Craig Housenick ’98 and Jason Mammen ’00 won their second Emmy awards this year-Housenick, a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy for his outstanding lighting work on NBC’s The Voice, and Mammen, a Sports Emmy for outstanding edited event coverage on Showtime’s All Access. Housenick, who won his first Emmy in 2013, says his team’s greatest strength is their ability to collaborate. “It plays to all of our strengths and creates a piece that is stronger than any individual could possibly muster. These are skills that began at Susquehanna and have served me well in the wider community,” says Housenick, lighting director for The Voice.

Mammen, a producer for Showtime, says his “why not me” attitude was cemented by his experiences at Susquehanna. He says he learned a lot by essentially plotting his own path in the then-budding broadcasting program, which didn’t have a specific track for television production when he was a student. “I think having to figure out what worked best in that way really helped make me a ‘doer’ and to anticipate what was needed to get the end result I wanted to achieve,” Mammen says.

Susquehanna Sweeps ADDYs Again

Thirteen of the 15 American Federation’s Greater Frederick ADDYs in the student competition, including the coveted Judges’ Choice and Best of Show awards, were won by Susquehanna graphic design students-just as they were last year.

Eleni Dimou ’15, from Center Valley, Pa., won the Judges’ Choice Award for her Bates Motel ad campaign, as well as a silver ADDY at the national competition. Loren Schott ’15, from Drums, Pa., took Best in Show for her design of the Ocean Conservancy annual report. Both also took home regional ADDYs, as did fellow graphic designers Erin McGarrah ’16, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., and 2015 grads Kelsey McManimon from Newtown, Pa., Steve Arhontoulis, from Coopersburg, Pa., Joey Vivacqua, from Frackville, Pa., and Alexander Wilson, from Morristown, N.J.

Contributing writers to the departments are Victoria Kidd, associate director of advancement communications; Julia Lesperance ’15; Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; and Amanda O’Rourke, digital communicationsand media specialist.