Our Parents and Families E-Newsletter is distributed each month throughout the academic year, with the exception of December.

The newsletter keeps parents informed about upcoming events, top news, the academic calendar and student activities. Financial aid information and payment deadlines are also included.

What’s more, the newsletter provides parents with tips on how to help their students transition to college life and have a successful collegiate experience. Please keep us up-to-date on your email address so you don’t miss a single month of this great resource. To update your contact information or your student’s, go here and fill out the form.


November 2019


Celebration of December Graduates

If your student is on track to complete Susquehanna’s graduation requirements in December, make plans now to attend the Celebration of Mid-Year Graduates on Friday, Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall

Although diplomas are not distributed, students will dress in regalia and walk individually across the stage to be recognized. The ceremony also will include remarks from President Green and a faculty speaker. Students, their guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments in Heilman Rehearsal Hall to continue the celebration.  

It’s Not Too Late To Vaccinate

Although the SU Student Health Center is running low on flu vaccine supply, there are other options to help your student get vaccinated to prevent illness. For students with private insurance, most pharmacies near Susquehanna will administer flu vaccine for free. CVS, Weis Markets and Walmart pharmacies all have the flu vaccine available and can vaccinate students on a “walk-in” schedule (check first for pharmacy hours of operation). If your student is too busy to get vaccinated while at school, please encourage them to get vaccinated with their primary care provider over Thanksgiving break. 

If any student does not have insurance or is having difficulty arranging for the vaccination with local pharmacies, we encourage students to call the SU Student Health Center at (570) 372-4385 to explore other options.  

Please encourage your student to practice good handwashing and “cover your cough” techniques to prevent the spread of upper respiratory infections. An interactive educational event will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Mellon Lounge from 11:30–1 p.m. to educate students how to prevent illness and stay healthy during this cold and flu season. 

Help protect your students from lung injury and illness associated with e-cigarette use!

There have been 2,172 cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI), with 42 confirmed deaths. The CDC has identified Vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people suffering with EVALI, and strongly recommends against e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC. Since the specific causes of lung injury are not yet known, it is not recommended to use ANY e-cigarette products.   

Please click this link for more information, including tips on how to talk to your student about e-cigarettes.  

Important Information from Student Financial Services

Billing

Spring 2020 billing will be available on the Student Account Center by Dec. 9, 2019, with the semester balance due on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. To view your student’s statement and make a payment online, visit https://susqu.afford.com/

If you currently don’t have access to the Student Account Center, please work with your student. They can grant you access by selecting “Manage Account Access” in the Student Account Center and providing your name and email to invite you to be a registered user. 

Payment Plans

If you are interested in enrolling in a payment plan for Spring 2020, log in to the Student Account Center, or visit https://susqu.afford.com/PaymentPlans for more information. The six-month plan runs November-April (and there is still time to enroll), while the five-month plan spans December-April, and the four-month plan begins in January. All payments are due the first of the month. You can calculate your spring balance using your Fall 2019 charges as a guide or by contacting Student Financial Services

Tuition Insurance

Susquehanna University partners with GradGuard to provide a tuition protection plan that assists students and their families in overcoming the financial losses that could result from events which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason. For more information about tuition insurance and a free quote, click here

2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you have not yet completed the 2020-21 FAFSA, we encourage you to set some time aside during the holidays and complete it for the next academic year. The FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov. Please keep in mind that it’s an annual requirement to receive federal, state and need-based institutional financial aid. Here’s a great video that walks you through completing the FAFSA. 

National Scholarships

Many national scholarship opportunities for the 2020–21 academic year begin at the end of the 2019 calendar year. Please check out these websites for more information: https://www.fastweb.com/https://www.scholarships.com/ and https://www.unigo.com/

Learn More About Competitive Suffering

You may have heard of all the ways that young adults are impacted by the internet, social media and smart phones. They have instant access to pretty much anything, leaving few opportunities to learn how to tolerate the discomfort associated with the unknown. Now, they are faced with a new form of social pressure with social media posts of their peers’ seemingly “perfect” lives. The result is increased pressure to appear flawless with an inability to tolerate imperfections. 

These pressures are, in part, why we are seeing increased rates of anxiety amongst college students across the country. Here at SU, students can experience what is referred to as “competitive suffering” in an attempt to be the hardest working and best student, employee, athlete, etc. The person who puts the most time and energy into their school is somehow seen as the “better” student. When this is the reference point and social norm, it is easy for a student to start to feel like they are not doing enough, especially if they take the time to take care of themselves. This is a particularly important topic at this time of the year, as students are beginning to feel burnt out. This burn out has negative implications for physical health, mental health and academic performance. 

If you are concerned that your student might be experiencing stress or burn out, please encourage them to stop in or call the Center for Academic Achievement (570-372-4412) or the Counseling Center (570-372-4751) to discuss time and stress management skills.


September 2019


Family Weekend Is Almost Here

As summer begins to transition to autumn on campus, we can’t help but be excited for our lineup of fall events, beginning with Family Weekend, Oct. 4–6! We can’t wait to celebrate our Susquehanna families with a weekend of athletic events, theatre performances, special programming and fun activities! View the complete schedule and go here to register.


Time to Think About GO!

Parents of students studying spring 2020 GO Long, please be in contact with your student regarding updates and information they received. Winter 2019-20 students will receive more information during their prep course, which will begin in October.

Students who are not yet signed up to GO (and parents!) can look through GO program options online and students can schedule an advising session. Applications will open on Oct. 15 for summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 GO trips.


Bragging Rights

Susquehanna rose in the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The university climbed 18 places to No. 117 out of the 223 universities included on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list!


SU Mobile

Encourage your student to download SU Mobile, Susquehanna’s new official app! Compatible with both Apple and Android devoices, the app is a one-stop shop for campus news, events and updates. Students can also view their class schedules, contact departments, communicate with professors and more. Just search for “Susquehanna University” in the app store.


From Student Financial Services

2019-20 Billing:

  • FALL 2019 - If you have any questions about your bill or require counseling regarding payment strategies or outstanding financial aid requirements, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@susqu.edu. To access your student’s real-time billing account online and make a payment, please visit https://susqu.afford.com/
  • SPRING 2020 – A friendly reminder that payment plans for the spring semester will become available in mid-October, so please keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks via email to you and your students.

Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements: Please visit MyAid with your student and review the “Your Documents” information for any outstanding requirements that could impact the disbursement of your student’s financial aid.

2020–21 FAFSA: While the 2019–20 academic year has just kicked off, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. We recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as possible.


Emergency Alert System on Campus

When we are concerned about a safety matter on campus, our protocol is to notify students using an emergency text system, called Regroup. All students were emailed recently asking them to check their Regroup profile to ensure we have accurate phone numbers. Students were also informed of their ability to add parents’ cell phone numbers and email addresses to their profile.

Please Note: Parents wishing to be added to the emergency alert system should ask their student to follow the directions in the email.

During an emergency situation, our first priority is the safety of our students. Our Public Safety, Student Life and other department staff members carefully monitor the situation and work closely with students. Although keeping parents informed is important to us, the care we provide to students often leaves us little time to answer parent phone calls during and immediately following the emergency.

To provide you more immediate information, we have created a web page. that will be updated as needed to help keep you informed about a specific campus emergency. We realize how difficult it can be to wait for new information and ask for your patience and understanding.

If your student contacts you with a concern, please suggest they contact their Resident Assistant or Community Assistant. Students may also call the Dean of Students & Campus Life at 570-372-4199 with questions or Public Safety at 570-372-4444 with more immediate concerns.

We communicate regularly with students to help them be successful in their daily living and learning environment. Although we do talk with parents about significant issues, we communicate most often with our students. This practice is consistent with the university’s philosophy of helping students become independent thinkers and decision makers.


Flu Vaccines Available

Flu season is almost here, and the SU health center staff want to help keep your children and the SU community healthy! Once again, FREE flu vaccines will be offered to students. Students can schedule an appointment at the health center by calling 570-372-4385 or by sending a MyGeisinger message. Additionally, several flu vaccine fairs are planned for this fall, including on Oct. 30 in Mellon Lounge. Please encourage your student to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible!

As we have limited flu vaccine supply, having students vaccinated over fall break would be helpful. For more information, please refer to the CDC’s flu prevention tips.


Celebration of December Graduates

If your student is on track to complete the graduation requirements in December, make plans now to attend the Celebration of Mid-Year Graduates on Friday, Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Although diplomas are not distributed, students will dress in regalia and walk across the stage individually to be recognized. The ceremony will include remarks from President Green and a faculty speaker. After the ceremony, students, their guests and the campus community are invited to a reception with light refreshments in Heilman Rehearsal Hall.


SU Employment and Internship Fair

We encourage students from all class years and majors to attend the SU Student Employment and Internship Fair, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2–7 p.m., and free LinkedIn Photoshoot, 4–7 p.m., in Mellon Lounge. We feature local, statewide and national employers, many of whom are SU alumni who are eager to recruit Susquehanna students.


Break Through Career Trek to New York City

Each fall, students engage in Career Treks to explore industries and network with alumni. This year, we will travel to New York City on Thursday, Nov. 7, where students will network with alumni and visit industry employers. This trip is a valuable way for students to learn more about future career paths as well as to connect with alumni who can serve as mentors throughout their college careers at Susquehanna and beyond.

Encourage your student to watch their email and our social media accounts (@SusquCareer) for event registrations. They can call 570-372-4146 to make an appointment or stop by Fisher 211 for “Quick Questions” drop in hours from 2 – 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday, no appointment needed!


Advice from the Counseling Center

We can’t prepare our children for every challenge life will throw at them, but we can allow them to struggle in order to build the resilience that will carry them through those challenges. Roommate conflicts, stressful classes, managing money and juggling extracurricular activities are challenges that are expected. But then there are those other unexpected things, and those can be scary as a parent. We encourage you to keep good faith that you have prepared your students well to make safe, responsible decisions. Continue to send texts and call to remind them that you are still there to catch them if they fall, and that you are confident that they have the skills and perseverance to overcome any of the challenges they may face.


Library Showcases Student Scholarship

The Sandwiches & Scholarship Series showcases research by Susquehanna students. The fall luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, in library classroom #104 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are visiting campus or live close by, come listen to the presentations and enjoy lunch. If your student would like to present at the spring 2020 luncheon, please contact Cindy Whitmoyer. A Certificate of Scholarship and honorarium are presented to students who present, and they are designated as “Dalton Scholars” in honor of retired information literacy librarian Kathy Dalton.


August 2019


Move-In Day!

Move-In Day is quickly approaching. On Thursday, Aug. 29 members of the Class of 2023 and transfer students will move to campus for the first time. Find full move-in details here.


Save the Date

Make plans now to attend Family Weekend, Oct. 4–6. Enjoy a backstage tour of the theater, see fish, bees, sheep and more at the CEER; take a class; relax; play or watch a game; and meet professors and the people who are educating and supporting your students. The complete schedule will be mailed to you soon.


From Student Financial Services

Fall 2019 Semester Billing

Bills for the fall 2019 semester were due on Friday, Aug. 9. To access your student’s real-time billing account online and make a payment, please visit https://susqu.afford.com/.

Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements

Please visit MyAid with your student and review the “Your Documents” information for any outstanding requirements that could impact the disbursement of your student’s financial aid.

New Student Employment Orientation

The Career Development Center will host an employment orientation for new students on Sunday morning of Orientation weekend. Make sure your student attends if they're interested in working on campus this year.

2020-21 FAFSA

While the 2019–20 academic year has just kicked off, it’s never too early to mention that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 1.


The Center for Academic Achievement is Hiring Writing Consultants

Writing consultants (WC) are peer educators who work with other SU students to help them develop their writing processes and presentation skills. WCs hold interactive, one-on-one and small group sessions across academic disciplines to talk with students about their writing and presentation materials. Students can apply here!


Limited Spaces Still Available for Passport Event!

Thanks to the generosity of SU alumni and friends, the GO Program is holding its 6th annual Passport Caravan on campus in September! This one-day event in the GO office helps students complete passport applications. Passport Caravan participants receive a passport, completely funded by SU, a $145+ value.

Announcements were made to students on mySU, and sign-up information is on the GO Program’s mySU page. 20 spaces are still available – signups are due by Aug. 20. Students must bring required documents to campus for the event.


Career Development Center Launches Handshake

Is your student interested in an on-campus job, attending a career-related event or searching for internships? They should claim their account on River Hawk Recruiter, the Career Development Center’s modern recruiting platform.

Visit https://susqu.joinhandshake.com/login and select the Student-SSO log-in option or stop by our Handshake Launch Party on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. outside Degenstein Campus Center.

We will help students navigate this new portal and are available for appointments. Encourage your student to call 570-372-4146, or stop by Fisher 211 for “Quick Questions” drop-in hours from 2–4 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

For more information and to follow along during our events, check out @SusquCareer on Instagram and Facebook!


Upcoming CDC Events

Munch & Mingle Kick-Off Event

The Career Development Center invites all students to its Munch & Mingle (Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.), featuring food, prizes and interaction with professional staff in the CDC. This is a great way for students to learn about our services. Encourage your student to participate and enter to win a prize!

Largest Career/Internship Fair in the Region

The Career Development Center will sponsor a bus trip to the Penn State Career and Internships Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18. Students can network with 500+ employers recruiting for full-time and internship positions. Many students earn second-round interviews, ultimately leading to offers!


Blough-Weis Library Open House

Please encourage your first-year student to attend the Blough-Weis Library Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from noon until 5 p.m. Students will meet the staff, have the chance to win prizes while touring the library and learn all about the personalized services available to ensure academic success.

Students are enjoying the new Richard E. & Sally F. Caruso Mentoring Center, which offers a flexible, dynamic and high-tech innovation room for budding entrepreneurs in all majors. This new space is accompanied by refreshed technology throughout the main floor. Don’t forget that the library circulates laptops, cables and other technologies for student use in-house.


April 2019


Housing Selection for the Fall Is Coming Up!

Students received their housing selection numbers on April 8 via email. Rising seniors will select their housing on April 15, rising juniors on April 16, and rising sophomores on April 17. If students have questions during the selection process, they should contact the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@susqu.edu or 570-372-4138.


Student Financial Services Reminders

  1. Graduating Soon.If your student is graduating next month, please take a moment to review the Student Account Center Portal at https://susqu.afford.com/. Unpaid balances may cause a hold to be placed on your student’s account and remove their ability to obtain a cap and gown, transcripts or diploma.
  2. GO Program Students.GO spring balances are due; please review charges with your student in the Student Account Center Portal.
  3. Current Students.Keep in mind that current students must renew their federal, state and need-based institutional aid annually. Please go to https://studentaid.gov/sa/fafsa and file your FAFSA by April 15.
  4. Looking Ahead.Fall 2019 payment plans (6, 5 & 4 month options) become available in mid-April. Log in to the Student Account Center Portal to get started!

Hiring Now for Student Health Center Drivers

The student driver team for the SU Health Center works to drive students to and from medically related activities (such as the pharmacy), and scheduled and urgent appointments when not in class and after hours, using a university-owned vehicle. Any student who is responsible, respectful, has good time management skills, and is interested in a good salary would be a welcome member of our team. Students interested in a position this fall should apply now on the River Hawk Recruiter website.


Attention: Parents of Seniors!

Please remind your graduating senior to complete the survey he or she received about participating in Commencement May 15. It is important that we have the correct pronunciation of your student’s name, gown size, sash order and other details to ensure they have a wonderful graduation experience!

Also, you should have received an email invitation to the May 14 Baccalaureate in the field house of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex and the celebration to follow in Degenstein Campus Center. These are wonderful, memorable events that we hope you will attend. Your graduating student also received an invitation and is asked to RSVP no later than May 3 with the names of all family members who plan to attend either or both events.


Save the Date for Family Weekend 2019!

Selinsgrove is the place to be Oct. 4 and 5, 2019! While October may seem to be light years away, it’s never too soon to start planning your weekend on campus. Remember, hotel rooms in the area are limited!

The weekend is chock full of musical and theatre performances, athletic competitions and academic exhibits. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to experience Susquehanna and the Selinsgrove community through your student’s eyes. We look forward to seeing you! Stay tuned for details and a schedule of events.


Summer Advice from Career Development Center

As the semester’s end draws near, it’s time for your student to consider how they’re going to spend the summer. The best way to set themselves apart as candidates for job, fellowship and graduate school markets is to highlight relevant experience in their fields of interest. Even first-year students can have exposure to career fields!

How? Help your student consider whom they already know. Is there a family friend or former teacher/coach/mentor they can ask to shadow for a day or week this summer? Recruiters often report that the length of a student’s experience isn’t as important as seeing that a student has made the effort to gain hands-on experience and learn the language of the field.

Support your student in connecting with campus resources such as the Career Development Center to enhance their networking skills and to seek out SU alumni in their field of interest for advice and possible internship or research opportunities.

Have they explored positions on SU’s online job and internship board and looked at helpful information on mySU? Are they having their résumé reviewed by a career advisor? Have they practiced their elevator pitch so that they can confidently introduce themselves to professionals and ask for advice?

CDC staff are available to meet with students throughout the semester and summer (hours below). They can call us at 570-372-4146 for an appointment, or stop by Fisher 211 for Quick Questions hours from 2-4 p.m. every Monday through Friday while classes are in session.

Summer hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-person meetings; we can accommodate distance appointments via phone calls or video chat. We will continue to post employment opportunities on River Hawk Recruiter and be available for technical support as well. Have a great summer!


March 2019


Thanks for Being ONE SU!

Thank you so much to parents, family and guardians for supporting Susquehanna University on OneSU, our Day of Giving on March 1. We had a tremendous day of generosity! Your gift is a vote of confidence in the Susquehanna experience, and we are so grateful. We will share results of the day with you soon.


Apply for Enrichment Funding to Offset Costs

Is your student applying for internships this summer? Do they have to relocate or have a long commute to participate in a great professional opportunity? The Career Development Center encourages students to apply for Enrichment Funding opportunities to offset financial costs.

There are two Enrichment Fund Workshops on Wednesday, March 20, at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in Fisher 248 (same information presented at both sessions). Students will learn what criteria will qualify them for enrichment funding and how to complete the application process.

Please remind your student of this amazing opportunity.


GO Winter 2019–20 Applications Open March 15!

Has your May 2020 graduate completed GO? Winter 2019–20 is the last opportunity for rising seniors to participate in a GO Short or GO Your Own Way program. GO Short applications are open March 15 to April 15; GO Your Own Way are open from March 15 to Sept. 15. Applications are on go.susqu.edu. Students can also sign up for an advising appointment online.

Reminder: Students traveling summer 2019 and fall 2019 will start their preparations course after spring break!


Major Madness—Help Available

With course registration fast approaching, the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Center for Academic Achievement are kicking off their Major Madness initiative running from March 18 to April 8!

Undeclared students will receive an email instructing them to come to the CDC in exchange for a prize. Students will meet with a staff member, learn about resources and services, explore their major options and be given direction on the major declaration process. If your student is undeclared or questioning their major, encourage them to check their mailbox and stop in the CDC office, Fisher 211, during Quick Question drop-in hours (Monday–Friday from 2–4 p.m.).


Upcoming Student Events of Note

  • Greek Week – April 6–13
  • SAC Spring Concert – April 13
  • Leadership Award Ceremony – April 17
  • Spring Weekend – April 25–27
  • Senior Scholars Day – April 23
  • SU SERVE – April 27

Library Showcases Student Scholarship

The Sandwiches & Scholarship Series showcases research by Susquehanna students. The spring luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 19, in library classroom #104 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are visiting campus or live close by, come listen to the presentations and enjoy lunch. If your student would like to present at the fall 2019 luncheon, please contact Cindy Whitmoyer.

A Certificate of Scholarship and honorarium are presented to students who present, and they are designated as “Dalton Scholars” in honor of retired information literacy librarian Kathy Dalton.


Know Any High School Students?

Perhaps you have one or two at home yet? If so, spread the word. Susquehanna’s summer pre-college programs are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options here and below. Registration is open now with discounts on most programs before May 1.


February 2019


Break Though Is Here

Today is the day! … and tomorrow, too!

Please encourage your student to attend Break Through, the networking event with alumni happening this weekend, Feb. 15 and 16. More than 100 Susquehanna alumni and regional employers will be on campus. It kicks off with the Career Expo this afternoon and a full day of alumni panels on various industry and career topics on Saturday, plus other great events. The full schedule can downloaded at susqu.edu/breakthrough. To follow along with all of the weekend’s action, follow the Career Development Center’s social media sites (@SusquCareer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and use the #BT2019.

We encourage students to follow up with alumni and maintain the connections they make during Break Through. The CDC welcomes students to drop by their office for advice, Fisher 211, Monday-Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. Or they can schedule an appointment with a member of the Career Team.


Housing Selection Begins Soon

The Housing Selection process is beginning for all returning students in the next few weeks. Students will receive emails regarding their role in the process. The timeline, FAQ and PowerPoint from information sessions are available on the Residence Life mySU page. Please encourage your student to check out these resources and direct questions to the Office of Residence Life.


Becoming a Resident Assistant

Resident assistant selection has begun! The application is available to candidates on the Residence Life mySU page and is due Feb. 22. Applications will be reviewed and candidates will complete the interview process on March 2 and 3. If your student is applying, we're sure they will appreciate your support! Questions about the RA selection process can be directed to the Office of Residence Life.


Billing Reminder

Student Financial Services, via the Student Account Center Portal, provides a monthly billing statement. Please access the statement monthly to confirm payments are posted, your account is at a $0 balance, or a balance is due from a new billing.

Students participating in a spring semester GO trip will be billed in February. Balances should be paid at susqu.afford.com by March 31.


Blough-Weis Library Happenings

The Friends of the Blough-Weis Library group is excited to announce the Book Club at the Brew Pub has added a virtual option that can be accessed here. (A Facebook login is required). This group provides a space where readers can start and keep a discussion going about the book as it is being read.

The book for February/March is My Sister, the Serial Killer. If you are within driving distance of campus, please join us Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. at the Selin's Grove Brewing Company, 121 North Market Street, Selinsgrove. Contact Ryan Ake, ake@susqu.edu, with any questions. Happy reading!


January 2019


Weekend Weather and Move-In Information

To assist students’ return to campus this weekend when a snowstorm is expected to impact the region, we’ve added more options to our move-in schedule. Your family’s safety is our priority.

Based on the current weather forecast for Selinsgrove and predicted time needed to clear sidewalks, roads and parking lots, we encourage you to arrive during one of these times:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 20, noon – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 8 a.m.

Faculty have been alerted to these changes and are encouraged to keep them in mind as they work with students who return late due to weather. We will monitor the snow/ice conditions of the campus and have prepared a tentative, alternate class schedule if needed. Students will receive a text alert on Sunday afternoon if Monday’s schedule changes.

We have activated our emergency web page, susqu.edu/emergency, where you will find storm-related updates through the weekend. If you need to reach out for assistance, please contact Susan Lantz, vice president for student life, at (570) 372-4415.


Still Time to Vaccinate Against the Flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is widespread influenza virus activity in most states along the East Coast, including Pennsylvania. See where it’s active on this U.S. map. If your SU student hasn’t been vaccinated yet, please encourage them to do so prior to returning to campus since it takes at least one week to develop immune protection. The student health center staff will continue to administer influenza vaccines until supplies last.


Celebrating MLK’s Legacy

Students, faculty and staff will remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy the week of Jan. 21. That evening Winter Convocation will feature Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football star who was primed for an early-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft when he came out as gay during an ESPN interview. On Jan. 23, there will be a day-long series of lectures and readings on topics spanning the humanities and sciences. All are also invited to attend a special chapel service Jan. 27 at 11 a.m.


GO Your Own Way Fair Feb. 5

Students interested in a GO Your Own Way program over summer 2019 may take classes through partner universities that can be transferred back, and also complete GO! A GO Your Own Way fair will highlight these programs February 5. Students can make an appointment online if they have additional questions.

GO Long Fall 2019 students will receive important information, including next steps and enrollment in the preparations course, during an overview meeting early in the semester. Details will be emailed to them.

GO Short Summer 2019 students will receive more details about their program during the preparations course in the second 7-weeks of the semester, for which GO will enroll them.


Help Your Student Break Through to Life After SU

We are excited to welcome your student back to campus and are gearing up for Break Through on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15–16. The annual student-alumni networking conference is free and open to all majors in all class years! Please remind your student to register on River Hawk Recruiter beginning Feb. 6 to take advantage of this valuable career education experience!

Students will benefit from a career expo, alumni presentations and a special session for student-athletes on Friday. Saturday continues with a full day of alumni panels, brunch for female student-athletes, and an alumni networking luncheon for all students who register.

Our spring program calendar will be posted on campus by the start of classes. Please encourage your student to review it and add our Career Workshops, Career Fairs and Résumé Doctor sessions to their calendar. For quick questions, we offer drop-in hours from 2–4 p.m. Monday–Friday, no appointment needed.


Know Any High School Students?

Perhaps you have one or two at home yet? If so, spread the word. Susquehanna’s summer pre-college programs are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options here and below. Registration is open now with discounts on most programs before May 1.