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Susquehanna University Celebrates a Fearsome Homecoming

Published on September 13, 2011

Fear is on the minds of many at Susquehanna University.

That’s because the university’s theme for the 2011–12 academic year is Fear, and it’s turned this year’s Homecoming-Reunion Weekend into a celebration of thHomecoming-Reunion Weekend at SUe SUspenseful, SUpernatural and SUblime. Events, many of them open to the public, will get underway Sept. 16, including the following:

On Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., the university’s Paranormal Club will conduct a Ghosts and Legends Tour, departing from Mellon Lounge in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The tour will point out places on campus where strange occurrences have left a lasting legacy.

On Sept. 17, there will be absolutely nothing to fear at the Kids’ Carnival, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the Blough-Weis Library. Food, carnival games and a giant moon-bounce will be part of the midday fun.

At 1 p.m., sports fans can catch the football game between the Crusaders and Dickinson College’s Red Devils at Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students, and are available at the stadium.

Also at 1 p.m., at the university’s Blough-Weis Library, Glen Retief, assistant professor of English and creative writing, will discuss his memoir, “The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood,” published last April by St. Martin's Press. Retief will sign copies of his book afterward.

Scary characters return at 4:30 p.m. with a parade on University Avenue. Spectators are challenged to guess what horror movies are portrayed on the themed floats. The spooky spectacle continues at 7:30 p.m. with Weber Chapel Auditorium’s transformation into a Haunted House, sponsored by the SU Paranormal Club. The club requests a $2 donation as admission.

Visitors can recover with the soothing sounds of music at 8 p.m., when the university’s Department of Music presents a Faculty and Student Showcase at Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The event features performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and George Perle’s Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani, with faculty soloists and faculty/student ensembles. Tickets, available only at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for non-SU students.

The weekend winds down with a public Worship Service Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium, exploring the notion that "The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom." The service will consider the meaning of “fear of the Lord,” a recurring phrase in scripture and tradition, and will include special music by the University Chorale.

The university theme presents a year-long opportunity for the Susquehanna community to examine and discuss a central idea or question, both in and out of the classroom. The theme creates a common experience among students, encouraging intellectual engagement; creating a diverse community; and supporting communication, collaboration and creativity across campus. Other theme-related events this month include a lecture on Sept. 15 by David Ropeik, author of “How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,”at 8 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium, and another lecture, “Fear and Its Inhibition: From Mice to Men,” on Sept. 27 by Kerry Ressler, featuring the Emory University School of Medicine scholar’s research on fear-related disorders, including phobias, panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Both lectures are free and open to the public.


Karen M. Jones


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