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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.
Help Your Student Break Through to Life After SU
Parents, please encourage your students to attend the annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference Feb. 15–17, where they can meet and learn from our successful alumni.
There’s something for everyone at this free campus conference for all majors in all class years, including money management advice, résumé tips and networking activities. Break Through 2018 kicks off with the Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 15. Presentations on Friday night will feature former student-athletes and alumni who are using their Susquehanna degrees in innovative ways. Then on Saturday, Feb. 17, students are invited to attend alumni-led panel discussions, a keynote address and networking opportunities.
Attending Break Through events is a great way for students to connect with alumni who want to help them prepare to find internships, research opportunities and career connections. Visit www.susqu.edu/breakthrough to learn more!
A Message From Leslie Imhoof, Assistant Director of Parent Engagement
Thank you to those who have given gifts that help support your students’ education. We know the main way that you support Susquehanna is by sending your student here and we are very grateful for that decision. If you wish to make a charitable donation, you can learn about our immediate and ongoing fundraising needs here.
March 1, 2018 will be a very big day for Susquehanna. Stay tuned for more information.
Tell Us How We're Doing!
Like what you see in Susquehanna Currents? How about the business school’s Ventures magazine? If you receive both Ventures and Currents magazines, we want your opinion!
- Help us shape the future of our business school magazine by taking the Ventures survey.
- Tell us how we’re doing with our institution-wide publication in the Susquehanna Currents survey.
- Or take both surveys and let your voice be heard twice.
Just make your choice quickly! Both surveys close on Feb. 2.
The 2018–19 Financial Aid applications are due today, Jan. 18! If you have not already filed next year’s FAFSA, please do so today! In addition, please watch for requests for additional documents that might be needed to complete your student’s financial aid application. Remember, 2018–19 aid packages will be mailed in June, after spring final grades have been reviewed.
1098-T forms will be distributed to students via email or U.S. mail by Jan. 31. The 1098-T form will include tuition and related expenses and scholarship/grant information. During the month of December, students could elect whether or not they wished to receive the form electronically or via U.S. mail. Check with your student to determine how he or she will be receiving this form. Please note that we can only provide this form to the student.
Students who worked on campus in 2017 will receive a W-2 from Susquehanna. Students who did not opt to receive it electronically will receive it via U.S. mail to their home address. Remember: Students need to report income from on-campus employment when filing a 2017 tax return.
Protecting Your Student's Privacy
Over the next few months, Student Financial Services will be reviewing our account authentication policies. You might notice that we’ll ask security questions before we can provide some of the information you might seek over the phone, and our emailing capabilities may be limited. To help ease this transition, we suggest the following:
- 1. Make sure your student has given us permission to discuss his/her account with you. Your student can give this permission by going to mySU → WebSU → Student Financial Information Release, and listing the individuals with whom the account can be discussed.
- 2. Make sure your student has signed you up for electronic billing. When your student accesses his or her account at www.susqu.afford.com, you can be listed as a user and will have access to Susquehanna’s online billing system.
Have you Heard?
Construction has already begun on a 12,000-panel, 14-acre solar array, located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. It is the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania. The facility is expected to be completed by summer. Read more...
Five Susquehanna students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, enabling them to study in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Scotland and New Zealand during the spring semester. Find out who they are and what they’ll be doing here.
More than 40 teams of students in Global Business Perspectives, the class taken by first-year students across all majors in the Sigmund Weis School of Business, evaluated Bed Bath & Beyond and presented their ideas for how the business could expand to a panel of business executives, including several alumni and even some parent-child alumni judging teams. Read more...
Know Any High School Students
If so, spread the word. Susquehanna’s summer high school workshops are expanding again and providing excellent academic instruction, plus an opportunity to live on campus for a week. Check out this year’s options below, including the new acting, legal careers, finance and engineering options:
- July 1-7
- Choral Institute
- July 22-28
- Writers Workshop
Learn more about our summer high school programs here.
Green Formally Installed as President
SU marked its 160th academic year with the inauguration of our 15th president, Jonathan D. Green. More than 1,000 people gathered in Weber Chapel Auditorium on Oct. 20 for the installation ceremony and Green’s inaugural address, The New American Scholar. Read more...
Family Weekend Festivities
We rolled out the welcome mat for families Nov. 3–5, and we hope you were able to join us! Students and their families enjoyed sporting events, faculty presentations, a student musical, an art exhibition, and family-fun activities including an Escape Room and lunch with mentalists who performed mind-blowing feats of ESP and Second Sight. Families also had opportunities to meet President Green and his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck. Check out photos from the weekend here.
Upcoming Shuttle Service
Thanksgiving shuttles will depart campus on Tuesday, Nov. 21. All shuttles leave from the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center parking lot at 5 p.m.
Winter Break shuttle service is offered only to New York City, Paramus, N.J., and Harrisburg, Pa. There is no Winter Break shuttle service to Philadelphia or Stamford.
The Winter Break shuttle to New York City and Paramus departs at 5 p.m. on the last day of finals, Dec. 14. Harrisburg shuttles will run at various times during finals week. Your student can find a full schedule on mySU and in The Weekender.
To purchase tickets or for more information regarding shuttles going to Paramus, N.J., New York City and Philadelphia go to www.Breakshuttle.com. To purchase tickets or for more information regarding shuttles going to Harrisburg, Pa., or Stamford, Conn., email email@example.com or call 570-372-4225.
Staying on Campus During Breaks
Student housing closes for Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Students must request and be approved to remain in the residence halls during breaks. Students will receive information regarding break housing via their SU email accounts. Please encourage your student to look for information on break housing or contact Residence Life for more information about staying late, registering break housing or returning early. If students have exams on the closing day, Dec. 14, they can register to remain in their rooms until Friday, Dec. 15, by completing the Winter Break Housing Registration Form.
SU Tradition Coming to a TV Near You
Each December, Susquehanna celebrates its annual Christmas Candlelight Service, which features student and faculty musicians. On Dec. 6, 2016, WVIA-TV filmed a milestone anniversary celebration of this beloved tradition. It is a one-hour television program called Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service, which will air nationally through American Public Television in December. The program will air locally on WVIA (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area) on:
- Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 3, at noon
- Saturday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. and 7p.m.
Please consult your local PBS affiliate for broadcast dates near you.
WVIA Studios also produced This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation, filmed on location at Susquehanna and in St. Anne’s Church in Augsburg, Germany. The program began airing on PBS stations throughout Pennsylvania at the end of October. Both programs are available on DVD and may be ordered by visiting www.susqu.edu/buymusicdvd or by calling 570-372-4281.
Wrap Up November by Making a Difference
You’ll join family and friends for Thanksgiving and a league of fellow shoppers on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, not to mention giving your web browser a workout on Cyber Monday. So why not join the national #GivingTuesday movement and support our current students with a gift on Tuesday, Nov. 28? Keep an eye on your email and social media for more information.
Alumni Help Students Break Through in Big Cities
Twenty-three generous alumni in New York City and Washington, D.C., hosted students at their workplaces this fall. In all, 66 students participated in these Break Through “career treks.” These annual, daylong bus trips include tours and Q&A sessions at host employers, along with networking receptions attended by members of our regional alumni chapters. Next up is the 2018 Break Through student-alumni networking conference on Feb. 15–17. Please encourage your student to attend this important career-building event.
Housing Tips and Updates
Our residential numbers remain strong and our housing program is operating at 100 percent capacity. The Residence Life staff are working with students who may be experiencing roommate concerns and when possible, helping to navigate room changes. Living on a college campus can be challenging and developing communication skills is critical. We encourage you to talk with your student about how their experience is going, and guide them on how to appropriately raise concerns, resolve issues and create a collaborative living experience. Here are some tips to share with your student about living with roommates:
- Be clear about your expectations. It is never too late to talk about expectations or negotiate a roommate agreement.
- Address problems when they are little.
- Respect your roommate’s stuff and expect the same respect.
- Be mindful of who you bring into your room—and how often.
- Lock your doors and windows, and always be aware of safety.
- Be friendly, without expecting to be best friends.
- Be open to new things, but always be sure to express when you are not comfortable.
- Stay open to change throughout the year.
- Address problems when they are big.
- When in doubt, reach out to your RA or professional staff member. They are there to help!
The spring semester online billing statement will be available on Dec. 8, 2017, and payment is due by Jan. 2, 2018. Payment can be made through the Student Account Center, located online at www.susqu.afford.com. If you have not set up access to your student’s account center, please go here for details.
Student whose accounts have not been paid in full by the designated due date will be placed on a hold and may not register for or attend classes, receive any degree or transcript or participate in campus housing registration. Monthly payment plans are available. Learn more here or contact Student Financial Services at 570-372-4450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students receiving financial aid are not exempt from payment of enrollment deposits, student activity fees or health fees by the dates prescribed.
In addition, please note that the Financial Information Release Form found on the Student Account Center is a requirement of the university under our policy regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Your student needs to list all person(s) with whom our staff can discuss the tuition bill. Please remind your student of this requirement.
It’s a Weekend of Fun, Just For You!
The Family Weekend 2017 brochure should have made its way to your home by now. Click here to register and to check out additions to the schedule of events. While you’re on campus, meet President Jonathan Green and his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck, challenge yourself with an escape room, grab seats to the student musical She Loves Me, or put your skills to the test during open-mic night. Whatever you choose to do, you’re bound to have a great time with your student! We look forward to welcoming you Nov. 3–5.
Financial Aid for 2018–19
Good news, your student can complete next year’s FAFSA now! The 2018–19 FAFSA, which opened on Oct. 1, will use your 2016 tax information. You will not enter 2017 tax data. Families can utilize the IRS data retrieval tool to update tax data, then simply answer questions related to current cash, savings, investment and household information. The returning student financial aid application deadline is early January 2018, so don’t be late!
We are delighted that you are part of our parent community at Susquehanna. The Office of Alumni, Parent and Donor Engagement is here to support you throughout your student’s time here. Please feel free to contact Leslie Imhoof, assistant director of alumni, parent and donor engagement, to find out more about ways to become involved as a parent. If you have already reached out, thank you! Leslie can be reached at 570-372-4156 or email@example.com.
Off Campus and In the Workplace for a Day
Please encourage your student, regardless of his or her class year, to sign up for the final Break Through Career Trek of the fall semester. The free bus trip will take students to New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to spend the day touring the workplaces of alumni hosts and networking with other alumni professionals living and working in the city. Students can learn more and sign up by contacting the Career Development Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-372-4146, or by stopping by the center in Fisher Hall, Room 211.
Standard Academic Progress Requirements
Financial aid recipients are required to meet minimum academic standards to receive federal financial aid. Please see the Student Academic Policy online to learn about the pace, GPA and maximum timeframe requirements. The federal requirements could have serious implications for students who are falling behind in either number of credits earned, or in grade point average. Please contact Katie Erdley in the Office of Student Financial Services at 570-372-4450 with your questions.
Upcoming Academic Breaks
Your student may have just returned from Fall Break, but Thanksgiving and Winter breaks are right around the corner. Thanksgiving break begins at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Classes resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. Fall classes end on Dec. 8, followed by study days and finals through Dec. 14. All students are required to leave the residence halls after their last final. Halls close for Winter Break at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14.
If students have exams on the last day of finals, they can remain on campus until Friday, Dec. 15. We just ask that they complete the Winter Break Housing Registration Form to notify us they will be remaining in the halls due to their exam schedule.
We contract with Breakshuttle and OLE to offer transportation to and from Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia, Paramus, N.J., New York City and Stamford, Conn. The shuttles depart campus at 5 p.m. on the last day of classes before academic breaks and return to campus on the last day of break. Private shuttle service through OLE is also available. Learn more about transportation services here.
SU Named Among Best by Wall Street Journal
Susquehanna University is listed among the top 16 percent of colleges and universities in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 college rankings. The guide primarily measures student success and learning. Susquehanna moved to No. 172 out of more than 1,000 schools in the ranking, up from No. 180 last year. Read more …
Reminders From Student Financial Services
Remember to check your student’s account monthly on the Student Account Center, located online at www.susqu.afford.com, to confirm that his or her account balance is zero. If you have not set up access to your student’s account center, please go here for details.
In addition, please note that the Financial Information Release Form found on this site is a requirement of the university under our policy regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We will be corresponding with students who have not completed the form. Your student needs to list all person(s) with whom our staff can discuss the tuition bill. This is a simple process and will only take a few minutes. Please remind your student of this requirement.
Student Loan Tips
Right-to-cancel notifications for all federal student loan borrowers were sent out as loans were disbursed on Aug. 24. Student and parent borrowers should pay close attention to any mailings coming to the home from federal loan servicing companies, such as FedLoan, Nelnet, Great Lakes and Navient, over the next two-to-three weeks. It is both the student’s and parents’ responsibility to set up online accounts to manage their respective student loans and repayment. We strongly advise the payment of interest, at minimum, while enrolled in school.
If you borrowed with a private education lender, please make sure you access your account and have understood your rights and responsibilities. Contact Erin Wolfe or Brent Wallisch if you need assistance at 570-372-4450.
How to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
As indicated to parents earlier this fall, when we are concerned about a safety matter on campus, our protocol is to notify students using an emergency text system. The university has implemented a new emergency alert system for the campus from a company called Regroup. All students were sent an email last week 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. Parents wishing to be added to the emergency alert system should ask their student to follow the directions emailed to them last week.
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 an online web page, www.susqu.edu/emergency. The page will be updated as needed to help keep you informed regarding 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 and campus life at 570-372-4199 with questions or public safety at 570-372-4444 with more immediate concerns.
Keep An Eye on Your Mailbox!
Very shortly you’ll be receiving the 2017 Family Weekend brochure outlining all the fun activities awaiting you and your family on campus Nov. 3–5. Meet President Jonathan Green, challenge yourself with an escape room, grab seats to the student musical She Loves Me or put your skills to the test during open-mic night. Whatever you choose to do, you’re bound to have a great time with your student! Check out the full schedule of events here.
Many Thanks …
To Heather Friel P’18 and John and Karen Bolger P’16, ’17, ’18, ’19 for lending a helping hand during Move-in Day 2017! The parents of first-year and transfer students no doubt appreciated your warm smiles and SU experience. The day is as big of a milestone and transition for parents as it is for students! Thank you for exemplifying Susquehanna’s tradition of service.
The First-Year Experience So Far
A few weeks into the semester, students will be more comfortable navigating campus, tackling dirty laundry and making new friends. Some challenges during this time include preparation for exams and roommate conflicts.
College is the first time most students experience total responsibility for their education. They may not be used to completing assignments and knowing the semester due dates without reminders. It is essential for students to read through all materials provided by their professors, and to develop a study schedule and attend all classes. For additional help, students should visit the Center for Academic Achievement for academic advising, disability services, peer tutoring and more. Students can learn more by calling 570-372-4412, emailing email@example.com, or stopping by the center, located on the second floor of Fisher Hall.
Living with a new person is a great opportunity to recognize, accept and adjust to individual differences. To avoid problems, encourage your student to talk with their roommate(s) about common living concerns such as cleanliness, noise level, study habits and nighttime etiquette. If conflict develops, students should ask their resident assistant (RA) to sit in on a discussion to resolve the conflict.
Students will begin taking exams soon. With them comes a fair amount of stress. If your student is feeling overwhelmed by upcoming tests, encourage him or her to keep these tips in mind:
- Manage time well: Get plenty of sleep, find time to exercise or be active, and schedule time to study.
- Focus on healthy behaviors: Eat regular meals, drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages, choose healthy snacks (excessive sugar can cause drowsiness), and limit caffeine consumption (it increases anxiety).
- Study in places that have minimal distractions.
- Join a study group.
- Attend all review sessions offered by the professor.
- Take notes of lectures and reading assignments, use flash cards, or try condensing notes each time they are reviewed.
The university calendar has breaks built into it so students can get away from campus and recharge. Please encourage your student to leave campus during breaks to help make their time on campus that much more productive and effective. Because we expect students to step away from their collegiate activities from time to time, there are limited services available to students during break periods. Academic breaks for the fall semester include midterm break from Oct. 13–18 and Thanksgiving recess from Nov. 21–27. See the full academic calendar here.
Student Life Leadership Team: Supporting the Whole Student
The Division of Student Life is a collaborative group of educators working with students to create engaged communities, vibrant social experiences and lifelong learning opportunities. Under the leadership of Vice President Susan Lantz, the Student Life Leadership Team works collaboratively to develop and implement strategic planning for the division and to supervise the various offices within the division.
Vice President for Student Life
- Leads and inspires all areas of student life including leadership and engagement, residence life, student conduct, the Center for Academic Achievement, health services, counseling services, intercultural and community engagement, and public safety.
- Supports a student life staff of 45 employees and eight departments, creating a common vision to inspire staff to meet the needs of students and others members of the campus community.
- Actively participates as a member of the president’s senior leadership team, collaborating with senior leadership to achieve institutional goals.
Dean of Academic Achievement
- Leads the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) team in supporting students’ academic experiences outside the classroom.
- Notifies students’ faculty regarding absences due to illness, injury, bereavement, etc.
- Resolves students' requests for Medical Leave of Absence.
- Chairs CARE (Concern Assessment, Response & Evaluation) Team, which reviews alerts regarding students of concern and manages cases to provide support to students.
Dean of Students and Campus Life
- Leads and provides vision and strategic direction for campus life, including on-campus living, civic engagement, Greek life and student activities.
- Coordinates the university’s conduct process thorough documentation, implementation and consistent application of protocols, policies and procedures.
- Partners with members of the faculty to advance student learning and support the university’s academic mission through on-campus living-learning communities.
Director of Public Safety
570-372-4444 (24/7 Communications Center)
- Leads a team of safety professionals to promote a safe, secure and service-oriented campus environment.
- Served in a variety of roles with the Pennsylvania State Police during his 29-year career, from patrol trooper to forensic services bureau director.
Dean of Health and Wellness, Director of Counseling Center
570-372-4751 (Counseling Center)
570-374-9164 (Counseling Center after-hours line)
- Serves as chief mental health officer, ensuring that the university’s services meet national standards.
- Provides administrative oversight of the Student Health Center.
- Chairs the Wellness Committee and coordinates programming for the Amy E. Winans Center for Wellness.
Assistant Dean of Intercultural Engagement
- Builds an intentional campus community where all students can feel they belong and thrive.
- Directs the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, which provides diverse community programming, workshops in cultural competence, mediated dialogues and student advocacy.
- Serves as a deputy Title IX coordinator, partnering with students to eliminate sexual violence and discrimination on campus.
Off Campus and in the Workplace for a Day
Please encourage your students, no matter what class year they are, to sign up for one of our Break Through alumni-student networking bus trips scheduled for the fall semester! These free-of-charge, daylong bus trips allow students to meet with Susquehanna alumni to gain valuable working-world advice and networking experience. The dates are Thursday, Sept. 28, in Washington, D.C., and Wednesday, Nov. 1, in New York City. Students may sign up through the Career Development Center.
Your student received an email invitation with details and application deadline for the trip to Washington, D.C. Details regarding the November trip to New York City will be forthcoming via email as well.
Just in Time for the Holidays
The Department of Music and WVIA Studios proudly present two new TV programs, available on DVD:
Christmas at Susquehanna, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university’s first Candlelight Service, features a reading by President Jonathan Green and his predecessor L. Jay Lemons.
This Is My Song, marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, features President Green conducting the University Choir in A Mighty Fortress.
The DVDs also feature our talented University Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Wind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles. Get your copies today—$20 each (+S&H), or $35 (+S&H) for both DVDs. Orders are now being taken at www.susqu.edu/buymusicdvd or by calling 570-372-4281. Shipping of both DVDs begins Dec. 1.
We are delighted that you son or daughter has chosen to attend Susquehanna University. You are important members of our community, and the Office of Alumni, Parent and Donor Engagement is here to support you throughout your student’s time here. Please feel free to contact Leslie Imhoof, assistant director of alumni, parent and donor engagement, with questions about different ways to become involved as a parent. She can be reached at 570-372-4156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raise the Orange and Maroon
Susquehanna Athletics and our more than 600 student-athletes generate pride in thousands of supporters, including parents. Thank you for entrusting us to build your child into a champion both in the classroom and on the playing field. The generosity of our Orange and Maroon Club members supports this work and is critical to the success of our student-athletes. Learn how you can become a member by contacting Tony White, manager of the Orange and Maroon Club, at 570-372-4565 or email@example.com.
Students who have university commitments (for example, fall sports athletes, teaching assistants, residence life student staff and the orientation team) will be asked to return to campus prior to Aug. 27. Their sponsors, supervisors or coaches will request their return to campus.
Students who are requesting an exception to return early for other reasons, such as travel, off-campus employment or attending class at another campus, will need to complete an Early Arrival request form on the Residence Life page of mySU (link available on the top right of page), the campus intranet. The deadline is Aug. 11. All students were sent an email on July 24 with this information.
Move-In Day 2017
We are excited to welcome the newest River Hawks to our community on Thursday, Aug. 24. First-Year Programs and Residence Life are communicating with the Class of 2021 about arrival times, routes and details. Move-in begins at the same time as local school traffic so we strongly encourage the Class of 2021 and their families to adhere to the arrival routes and times. It will help you avoid community traffic and lessen the impact on local families dropping off children at schools. You will receive your key and ID during your check-in process.
Early arrivals, you will receive an email for your specific check-in process. Unfortunately, since we have multiple days of early arrival check-in, we are unable to offer the same assistance for moving in as we do on Move-In Day for first-year students. Residence Life staff will be in the communities to get you checked in and answer questions.
Orientation and Welcome Week
There will be a lot of programs and activities during Orientation and Welcome Week. Encourage your student to be bold and attend them—he or she may find a new interest, a new friend or a new hobby. Students should look for advertisements about the events, or talk with their resident assistant (RA) about them. Learn more about Move-in Day, its accompanying Opening Convocation and other Susquehanna Traditions here.
Off Campus and In the Workplace for a Day
Please encourage your student—no matter what class year they are—to sign up for one of Susquehanna’s Break Through career treks scheduled this fall! These free-of-charge, daylong bus trips allow students to meet with Susquehanna alumni to gain valuable working-world advice and networking experience. The dates are: Washington, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 28, and New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 1. Students may sign up through the Career Development Center, located in Fisher Hall, Room 211.
Get to Know SU’s New President and First Lady
President Jonathan D. Green, accompanied by his wife, Ms. Lynn Buck, officially took office on July 1. There will be several opportunities to meet them this fall, including Homecoming–Reunion Weekend and Family Weekend. President Green’s formal inauguration as Susquehanna’s 15th president will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, just prior to the start of Homecoming–Reunion Weekend. His installation ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium, followed by a reception.
Folks Are Talking …
And it’s all good news! But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what top media and college guides had to say about us this summer:
- Money magazine named SU to its 2017 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. Learn more …
- The Princeton Review ranked SU No. 9 on its national Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs list, up from its No. 11 placement last year and No. 13 the year before that. The university is also ranked No. 20 for Best Science Facilities and is listed as one of the “Best Northeastern Schools” in the United States. Learn more …
- The New York Times recognized Susquehanna’s Common Reading Program in a July 2 article about college summer reading programs for incoming students. Learn more …
- The 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges, which highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities, notes the university’s challenging academics, small class sizes, access to study-abroad opportunities and competitive athletic teams. Learn more …
SU Has Best Fundraising Year Ever
We’re proud (and deeply thankful!) to report that Susquehanna concluded its most successful fundraising year on June 30, with donors contributing more than $16.2 million to support a wide range of student-centered programs and activities.
New major commitments received during the period of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, include:
- $7.1 million to establish the new Susquehanna Service Leaders Program for students to serve community organizations that support youth development.
- $1.3 million to establish a permanent, endowed scholarship fund honoring outgoing president L. Jay Lemons and his wife, Marsha.
- Nearly $500,000 from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for new science equipment.
- Bequests and estate commitments totaling $2.2 million that will support scholarships, student-faculty collaborative research, student life programs, career and professional preparation for students, the Global Opportunities (GO) program and more.
The university received gifts from 2,351 Susquehanna graduates—an increase of 300 from the previous year and 500 from two years earlier. Read more …
Join the New President in Philly This Summer
On behalf of the Susquehanna University Board of Trustees, you’re cordially invited to an evening at Philadelphia’s esteemed Franklin Institute. Join us from 6:30–9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, to meet Susquehanna’s incoming president, Dr. Jonathan Green, and his wife, Lynn Buck. Enjoy fellowship and heavy hors d’oeuvres at one of the city’s most stunning landmarks while being serenaded by some of our most talented jazz students. RSVP here by Friday, June 15.
New VP for Student Life
Susan Little Lantz, Ed.D., will join the university on June 1 as vice president for student life. Her appointment follows a national search, which yielded a very strong pool of candidates. Susan brings extensive experience and an impressive skillset to the position. Her background includes serving as dean of students at Bucknell University from 2011 to 2016, and as associate dean of students for Lehigh University from 1999 to 2011. Most recently, she served as an instructor in Penn State’s Higher Education Graduate Program. Click here to read more.
Rousu Assumes Role of Interim Dean
Matthew Rousu, professor and Warehime chair of the Department of Economics, assumed responsibilities as interim dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business on May 1. He succeeds Marsha Kelliher, who was appointed president of Walsh College in Troy, Mich. Click here to read more.
SU Named “Best Value College” by Forbes
What is Susquehanna’s ROI? According to FORBES 2017 Best Value College rankings, SU is among the nation’s top 300 schools “that deliver the best tuition bang for the buck based on tuition costs, school quality, postgrad earnings, student debt and graduation success. Click here to read more.
Speaking of Rankings
Susquehanna ranks No. 15 among the top 30 most affordable colleges with the best study abroad programs in the nation, according to Great Value Colleges (GVC). The university also ranked as the No. 9 college in America for getting a job, according to Zippia Inc., which operates a website with career information for professionals across industries. The list shows Susquehanna as No. 1 in Pennsylvania and in the top 10 nationwide.
Hot Off the Presses
Thanks to Susquehanna University's publishing and editing major, we have been named one of the top 10 Best Colleges with Publishing Degrees in the U.S. by Universities.com. The program ranks No. 9, alongside New York University, George Washington University and Manhattan's The New School. Click to read more.
Meet Barbara Johnson
As Susquehanna’s new director of workforce diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator, Barbara Johnson is on the frontlines of providing students with an environment free from all forms of sexual assault. Here is what she had to say about the problem and her efforts to combat it:
“Nationally, approximately 1 in 6 students experience some form of sexual assault on college campuses. Susquehanna has a clear commitment to address this through prevention programs, education and a Title IX policy guided by the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. Our workforce is trained in understanding the importance of their role as responsible employees to report all instances of sexual misconduct. We also have two new officers in our public safety department who are trained investigators and have enhanced our Title IX process. We have a great partnership with Transitions of PA, a local organization that serves victims of abuse, as well as with the Sexual Assault Nurse (SANE) team at Evangelical Community Hospital in nearby Lewisburg. It is my hope that parents and families can empower your students to understand Title IX so that we can soon eliminate the instances of sexual assault on our campus.”
Underclassmen Net Prestigious Awards
Two underclassmen recently netted two of the most prestigious awards given to college students. Kara Eckert ’20 has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, a four-week academic and cultural program open to only eight U.S. students at the university's International Summer School. Gabriela Marrero ’18 has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Connect, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility.
SU Earns Grant for Scientific Equipment
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Susquehanna a nearly $500,000 grant for a suite of new science equipment. The four-year grant will provide for the purchase of more than 20 pieces of equipment, including digital microscopes, an eye-tracking device, various spectrometers and flourometers and high-speed cameras.
A Special Commencement Ceremony
On May 17 during commencement exercises for our nearly 500 graduates, we bid a fond farewell to both the Class of 2017 and our 14th president L. Jay Lemons, who ends his tenure on June 30 to become president of Academic Search. If you missed this memorable and sentimental occasion, you can watch the entire archived ceremony video here.
Senior Earns Fulbright Scholarship to Germany
Kudos to history grad Rachel Baer ’17 who recently received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2017–18 academic year. Baer, of Shermans Dale, Pa., will travel to Germany to participate in Fulbright's English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, which places award winners in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. Click to read more.
Enjoy a Night Out
Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees is hosting an evening at the Franklin Institute! You and your family are cordially invited to this Philadelphia landmark on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30–9 p.m., for an opportunity to meet President-elect Jonathan Green and his wife, Lynn Buck. Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live student music, networking and fellowship. For more details and to RSVP, click here.
Thank You for a Successful SU Success Day
A very special thank-you to the parent panelists who graciously traveled to campus on Saturday, April 1, to participate in the parents’ panel at Susquehanna Success Day: Brian and Jennifer Gamble ’79 Allebach P’07, P’17; Wesley and Cynthia Barkley P’17; Karen and John Bolger P’16, P’17, P’18, P’19; and John Lewis P’18.
Listen to Luke Eddinger ’00, president of Susquehanna’s Alumni Association, talk about the importance of alumni-student connections in his keynote address at Break Through 2017. Watch Luke’s address here.
Join Us in Making an Impact!
Service is an important part of Susquehanna’s culture. Every April, students, faculty and staff demonstrate our commitment to serving others with SU SERVE. And we’re excited to invite you to be part of the action!
Join one of our regional alumni chapters for an SU SERVE event near you. You can also help us hit our goal of 125,000 service hours by telling us what you already do in your community.
Sing in your church choir? It counts! Sit on a board of directors? Those hours count, too. Walk dogs at your local animal shelter? You get the picture: It counts!
Remember, we’re collecting service hours year-round now! Visit our online submission form today and dedicate your volunteer hours to Susquehanna.
Bonus! Alumni parents who tell us about their service will be one step closer to becoming a Susquehanna Champion!
Commencement Is Coming Quickly
Attention Class of 2017 parents! Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. in the James W. Garrett Sports Complex. Come also on Tuesday evening, May 16, for Baccalaureate at 8 p.m. and a Post-Baccalaureate Celebration from 9–11:30 p.m. Baccalaureate, which will take place in a large tent on Smith Lawn, will be a celebration of gratitude for the gifts of opportunity, learning and support—including special music, student reflections and readings. Immediately following, please join us for a post-Baccalaureate festival in Degenstein Campus Center. Graduating students and parents received an email invitation earlier this week to the Baccalaureate events, with a request to RSVP. More details, including information about Commencement photos and flowers, can be found here.
Special accommodations for Baccalaureate and Commencement are available for wheelchair users, the visually and hearing impaired and those with other mobility or health conditions. Handicapped parking (with advance registration) is available in the Weber Chapel lot and near the Garrett Sports Complex, and shuttle bus services will be available before and after both events.
If you have questions or need special accommodations, please call the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surviving Final Exams
The end of the semester can be particularly challenging as final tests and projects rapidly approach their due date. A moderate level of stress before and during an exam can be useful if it helps students perform at their peak. However, too much stress can keep students from being able to focus on the task at hand. If your student is feeling overwhelmed by upcoming final exams, encourage him or her to keep these tips in mind:
- Manage time well: get plenty of sleep, find time to exercise or be active, and schedule time to study.
- Focus on healthy behaviors: eat regular meals, drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages, choose healthy snacks (excessive sugar can cause drowsiness), and limit caffeine (it increases anxiety).
- Study in places that have minimal distractions such as the library or Center for Academic Achievement.
- Join a study group or create one!
- Attend all review sessions offered by professors.
- Review notes and chapters, use flash cards, or try to condense notes each time you review for the test.
Residence Hall Reminders
All underclass residents must vacate their housing assignments 24 hours after finishing their final exams. The residence halls will close at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, for all underclass residents. Seniors will be permitted to remain in residence halls through Wednesday, May 17, for Senior Week and Commencement activities.
Final exams are given according to the Final Exam Schedule, not during regular class hours. Students can view the final exam schedule on the registrar’s office mySU page. Please consult with your student about his or her final exam schedule and Commencement plans before making travel arrangements home for summer break.
Adulting 101 Continues
Is your student ready for the real world? We’re here to help with Adulting 101, a series of seminars that help students prepare for life after Susquehanna. The series continues this month with the following presentations:
- Self-care on a Budget: Monday, April 17
- Adapting to Change: Tuesday, April 18
- Resolving Conflict: Thursday, April 20
Please encourage your student to attend these helpful discussions—because, as we all know, “adulting” is hard!
Gift Funds Community Service Program
Susquehanna has received a $7.1 million gift to establish the Susquehanna Service Leaders Program, in which SU students will serve community organizations that support youth development in the Susquehanna Valley. The gift enables the university to support all aspects of the program, including the hiring of a program coordinator, and will fund scholarships for the first six cohorts, or 60 students. The incoming Class of 2021 will have 10 SU Service Leaders, and in four years, the program will be fully enrolled with 40 students, 10 in each class. Read more ...
Alumni Return for Networking Conference
Susquehanna students had opportunities to meet with more than 100 alumni Feb. 9–11 for the annual Break Through student-alumni networking conference. There was something for everyone during the multi-day event, from career-specific panel discussions and money management advice to résumé tips and how to brand yourself online. In all, 552 students attended the three-day series of events. Read More...
Faculty will submit midterm grades following spring break. Midterm grades are a helpful indicator of your student’s academic progress in each course. If your student is not satisfied with his or her grades, or is struggling in a course, encourage him or her to visit the Center for Academic Achievement to discuss helpful resources and strategies for finishing the semester successfully.
End-of-Semester Residence Hall Closing
The residence halls will close for the semester in May. All underclass residents are to pack and vacate their housing assignments 24 hours after finishing their final exams. The residence halls will close at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, for all underclass residents. Please make arrangements with your student for this important process. Seniors will be permitted to remain in residence halls through Wednesday, May 17, for Senior Week and Commencement activities.
Fall Housing Selection Is Here
The Housing Selection Process is underway for the 2017–18 academic year. All information is live on mySU’s Residence Life page. This includes information about each housing selection stage, selection numbers and all the applications. Our housing process is divided into two parts. The first is our group application process, during which we award our townhouses, apartments and suites to upperclass students. The second part is our individual stage process where we award our singles, triples and doubles. The majority of our students will participate in the individual stage process. Application deadlines for each stage are listed below:
- Townhouse applications due: March 9
- Apartment applications due: March 22
- Programmatic applications due: April 3 Individual rooms:
- Triple and single Room selection night: April 10
- Doubles room selection night: April 17
Fall Semester Course Registration
Registration for fall 2017 courses begins March 31 and runs through April 10. Prior to registering, students must meet with their academic advisor for course-planning guidance. This meeting is most effective if students have thought ahead about their interests and what types of classes they would like to take in the fall. The Academic Advising page on mySU contains a wealth of helpful resources for students. They can access this by logging into mySU, selecting “Menu,” then “Quick Links,” then “Academic Advising.”
Congrats to Our Accounting Majors!
This just in … 69% of our senior accounting majors already have job offers in cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and at Big Four firms of Deloitte, KPMG and PwC. An impressive 91% of majors complete the 150 credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam within four years, at no additional cost—a Susquehanna distinction! Most other schools require a master’s degree to reach the 150 hours.
Career Help on Campus
From one-on-one advising to résumé and cover letter reviews, the Career Development Center is here to help your student with career development and planning from first through senior year. The center offers
- Career assessment inventories such as the MBTI, Holland Code and DISC
- Programs, workshops and mock interviews
- Internship assistance
- On-campus recruiting, employment/internship fairs and employer info sessions
- Sample graduate school entrance exams, preparation materials and bulletins
- Networking events and alumni mentoring
Check Your Inbox
Plans are underway for President L. Jay Lemons’ farewell tour this spring—and you’re invited! Events will be held in cities across the Northeast. See the full schedule and register for an event near you today!
Journalist Talks Religion at SU
Former NBC news correspondent and CNN political analyst David Gregory will present the 2017 Alice Pope Shade Lecture on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. Based on his critically acclaimed memoir of the same name, How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey will explore Gregory’s attempts to deepen his faith amid the rough-and-tumble world of broadcast news.
Time to Take a Break
With no Easter Break this year we are encouraging all students to depart campus during Spring Break. Only students with university requirements or international students with home addresses outside of the United States will be granted exceptions. There are no meal, health or counseling services during this break. We want students to take a break and get some much-deserved rest.
Spring Break Travel Arrangements
Shuttle service for Spring Break, March 10–20, is available to several Northeast locations.
Shuttles to New York City, Paramus, N.J., and Philadelphia can be reserved at www.breakshuttle.com. Cost per person for one-way service ranges from $49 for early-bird specials to $65 for last-minute booking.
Shuttle service to Harrisburg, Pa., and Stamford, Conn., will be provided by SU’s Office of Leadership and Engagement. Registration will open on Monday, Feb. 20. The cost to Harrisburg is $20 per person, each way. The cost to Stamford is $75 per person, each way.
Students can learn more and register by stopping by the Office of Leadership and Engagement, calling 570-372-4225, or emailing here.
Please note, no shuttle service will be offered for Easter weekend or the end of the semester.
Fall 2017 Room Selection Process
Encourage your student to speak with their resident assistant or community assistant about the fall room selection process. Housing options range from traditional rooms and theme-housing options to Greek houses, apartments and suites. There will be selection information sessions held on campus this spring, as well as communications via bulletin boards and email to inform students about the processes.
Adulting 101 is an educational series focused on helping soon-to-be graduates prepare for life beyond college. The series will include hands-on activities and discussions about concerns and issues related to leaving SU. Topics will include budgeting, loans, benefits, relocating, taxes, cooking basics, buying/leasing a car, nontraditional opportunities after graduation, soft skills development, and more.
Event dates and times will be posted on mySU, the Center for Academic Achievement Facebook page and the Class of 2017 Facebook pages. Email notifications will also be distributed. Please encourage your student to attend this important series.
While Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter, we promise spring will be here before you know it. And with it comes SU SERVE! The campus community will observe the annual day of service on Saturday, April 22, which just so happens to be Earth Day, too! We’d love to have you join your student for their day of volunteering. Stay tuned for more details.
Save the Date
The Susquehanna University Board of Trustees and the Philadelphia Regional Alumni Chapter will hold an evening reception at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on Thursday, June 22. Look for your invitation in the coming months.
Career Development Center Hosts Break Through
Encourage your students to mark their calendars for the return of the Break Through student-alumni networking conference Feb. 9–11. It’s a great way for them to meet successful alumni who can give them advice about life after graduation. We’re expecting 70 alumni to return to campus this year to offer tips on everything from career paths to handling personal finances. And remember, Break Through is free and open to all majors in all class years!
Don’t Let Your Student Miss the Drop/Add Deadlines
Students may adjust their spring course schedules through the first week of classes, ending Friday, Jan. 27. Students should consult with their academic advisor before making changes and request that their registration hold be lifted. After the drop/add period, students are unable to add courses. They may still withdraw from classes, however. Student may withdraw from full-semester classes until the end of the third week of the semester. For 7-week courses, students have until the end of the eighth day of class to withdraw. Detailed explanations of course load and withdrawal policies can be found on the SU Academic Policies and Regulations Web page.
Spring Activities Fair
Students looking to re-engage in campus life after Winter Break will have the opportunity to attend a Spring Activities Fair Jan. 30–Feb. 1. The fair will be held in Mellon Lounge from 4:30–7 p.m. each day. Different categories of clubs and organizations will be featured nightly. The Activities Fair is a great way to meet other students with common interests.
Financial Aid Reminders
2017–18 Financial Aid applications were due on 1/13/17. If you haven’t filed the 2017–18 FAFSA but wish to apply for financial aid for next year, please file the FAFSA by 2/1/17.
If your student is participating in a GO Short trip after the spring semester, payment for the trip is due by 3/31/17.
Loan exit counseling reminders will be sent to seniors this spring. Please encourage your senior to make a personal appointment to discuss loan repayment and options if s/he still has questions after completing the online counseling.
The 1098-T tax form will be available to students electronically by Jan. 31. The 1098-T is available to any student who paid “qualified educational expenses” in the preceding tax year. Students will receive an email with instructions to access the form. Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot provide this form to parents. We can only provide this form to students.
Any student who participated in federal work study or campus employment in 2016 can access his/her W-2 form on mySU. If your student worked on campus and files a 2016 tax return, these earnings MUST be included!
Fall Room Selection Process
Returning students will receive information about the Fall Room Selection Process in February. The selection processes will be held beginning in early March through mid-April. Look for more information in the February e-newsletter.
Resident Assistants Needed
If your student is interested in gaining valuable leadership skills, they may want to consider becoming a Resident Assistant (RA). The application period opens on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and closes on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The selection process will then begin for fall 2017 staffing and conclude prior to Spring Break. Working for Residence Life is a tremendous way to gain knowledge and skills in leadership, programming, community building and crisis management. Encourage your student to look into this opportunity. A Residence Life staff member is happy to meet with anyone interested in the process.
- New RAs have room costs waived.
- RAs who return for their second year have room costs and one-quarter of their board waived.
- RAs who return for their third year have room costs and half of their board waived.
- 2.8 GPA
- On-campus residency
Interested students should apply through River Hawk Recruiter.
Questions? Contact Sarah Matter, area coordinator of independent living and community standards, at 570-372-4133 or email her.
Tips for Loan Repayment
It is possible to make loan or interest-only payments on student loans while students are enrolled at Susquehanna. We encourage student and parent federal loan borrowers to contact their federal loan servicer to discuss repayment methods. If you don’t know your loan servicer, check www.NSLDS.ed.gov. Private loan borrowers should contact their individual lenders.
It is important to remember that interest accrued while in school or during your grace period will be added to the principal balance of your loan. If you can afford to make any interest or principal payments now, you should! It will save you money in the long run.