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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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. Happy reading!
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.
- June 23–29, 2019
- Exploring Legal Careers
- LIFE (Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship)
- Publishing & Editing Institute
- Wall Street Susquehanna
- Wind Ensemble Institute
- July 7–13, 2019
- Choral Institute
- LIFE (Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship)
- Stream Ecology Institute
- Strings & Keyboard Institut
- Wall Street Susquehanna
Were You on Campus for the Party?
We rolled out the welcome mat for families during Family Weekend Oct. 26–28 and we hope you were able to join us! Students and their families enjoyed talking with faculty and staff, attending sporting events, watching the musical and trying their luck at casino games, among other activities.
Applications for GO Close Next Week
The applications for GO Short summer 2019, GO Long fall 2019 and GO Long spring 2020 close on Nov. 15. Students submit applications via go.susqu.edu. If your student is planning on participating in a GO Short or GO Long program, they must apply by Nov. 15. Students can also sign up for an advising appointment online.
FAFSA Reminder from Student Financial Services (SFS)
To parents of first-year, sophomore and junior students: next year’s FAFSA is now available at studentaid.gov/fafsa. SFS staff will host FAFSA completion week Nov. 12–16 and will be happy to help your student complete the application. Staff will be available at these dates and times, and no appointment is required:
- Monday, Nov. 12, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Apple Community Room
- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Degenstein Campus Center, SDR 3
- Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Student Financial Services Office (free pizza!)
- Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Financial Services Office
Staff members suggest that students bring the following items to ensure a successful application:
- Student’s FSA ID and password
- Access to parent (with FSA ID and password)
- Copy of parents’ 2017 taxes and w-2’s (or access to it on laptop, phone, etc)
- Copy of student’s 2017 taxes and w-2’s (or access to it on laptop, phone, etc)
- Value of parents’ cash/savings, and other assets (NOT retirement or family home value)
- Value of student’s cash/savings
- Student’s laptop (not required, but helpful!)
Parents should call Student Financial Services staff at 570/372-4450 with any questions.
Thanksgiving Break Is Approaching
We encourage students to take advantage of the break to leave campus and revitalize, in preparation for the final days of the semester. Practicing mindfulness and self-care are equally important and support academics.
Students who need to remain on campus must register and receive approval from Residence Life to remain in the residence halls. Limited services will be available on campus during this break as the university closes for the holiday. Counseling, health and food services will not be offered when the university is closed. Emergency services and staff will be in place.
Final Exam Care Packages
You will soon receive a letter from the Office of Leadership and Engagement, which is sponsoring and distributing fall final-exam care packages to students. For those who have never sent a college care package to your student, the impact is amazing. We guarantee your student will love it, and the proceeds help fund many of our Leadership and Engagement initiatives!
Is Your Phone Ringing?
Chances are you received a postcard recently that a student caller will be reaching out to you asking for a gift for one of four worthy Susquehanna causes: The Center for Academic Achievement, Global Opportunities, Student Emergency Fund or the Student Opportunity Fund.
If you’re ready to make a gift now, hooray! Simply visit www.susqu.edu/makeagift. Your gift can be earmarked for any campus cause of your choosing, not just the four listed above.
More Kudos for SU’s Sustainability
Susquehanna University is one of the nation’s 399 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review, in its just-published guide to green colleges. From student-focused learning opportunities like our campus garden and Beekeeping Club, to flipping the switch on our solar array last month, our commitment to environmental stewardship is stronger than ever and continues to grow.
Did Your Student Take Advantage?
One of the hallmarks of Susquehanna is the enthusiasm of our alumni, and their willingness to give back to their alma mater. Eighty-two generous alumni in New York City hosted students at their workplaces this fall and/or networked with students at an evening reception. In all, 81 students participated in this “career trek.” 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. The Career Development Center actively assists in helping students identify opportunities for summer internships and connecting them with alumni.
More Career Development Opportunities
Next up is the 2019 Break Through student-alumni networking conference on Feb. 14–16. Please encourage your student to attend this important career-building event. Students network with visiting alumni, practice their professional skills and prepare for life after college.
If you work with a company or organization that could potentially offer experiential learning or internship opportunities for SU students, or would even like to send representatives to campus to meet with students, Employer Relations Coordinator Keesha Moore would be happy to speak with you. Contact her at email@example.com or 570-372-4737.
Lastly, as students begin scheduling spring 2019 classes in early November, make sure to talk with your student if they are undecided or unsure about their major, and let them know that they can come discuss their options with our staff! We are happy to help students conduct research about various career paths, or utilize our self-assessments to reflect upon their interests, values and skills to identify a fulfilling major or career. Students can call the Career Development Center at 570-372-4146 or stop by our office in Fisher 211 to make an appointment!
Fall Break Transportation
Tickets for the fall break and Thanksgiving break shuttles to New York City, Paramus, N.J., King of Prussia, Pa., and the Philadelphia airport are available at www.breakshuttle.com.
Registration is also open for fall break shuttles to Harrisburg and Stamford, Conn. For more information or to sign up, students should go to the Information Desk in the Office of Leadership & Engagement. Registration for the Thanksgiving shuttle service to Harrisburg and Stamford will open on Monday, Nov. 5.
Fasten Your Seatbelt for Family Weekend Fun!
If you’re coming to campus Oct. 26–28 for Family Weekend, get ready for a great time. And, if you’ve never seen Susquehanna during autumn, you’re in for a real treat.
The festivities kick off Friday night with the Shabbat Dinner, Scholars Recognition Program and the student musical performance of Pippin. The Scholars Recognition program is open to everyone and will include an illuminating lecture by music professor Marcos Krieger. It will be clear to you why he received an award for teaching! Whether you attend the program or not, you’re welcome to stop by the reception that follows at 8:30 p.m. in Heilman Rehearsal Hall. Check out the full weekend schedule and RSVP here!
GO Applications Open Oct. 15!
GO Short Summer 2019, GO Long Fall 2019 and GO Long Spring 2020 applications are open from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 at go.susqu.edu. And GO Your Own Way Summer 2019 applications are open there from Oct. 15 to Feb. 15. We look forward to working with your student about their GO Options. Students can sign up for an appointment online!
Library Showcases Student Scholarship
The Sandwiches & Scholarship Series showcases research by Susquehanna students. The fall luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 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 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.
Send Your Student to The Big Apple!
Please encourage your student to sign up for Susquehanna’s annual New York City job shadowing and networking trip on Thursday, Nov. 1. Students will spend the day in small-group settings, job shadowing our alumni at some very prestigious companies. The day wraps up with an evening networking reception with a large group of New York City-area SU alumni. This popular trip books quickly, so have your student contact the Career Development Center ASAP to reserve their space on the bus. Our alumni are always motivated to lend a helping hand to students.
More Career Activities
The Career Development Center also took students to the Penn State Job and Internship Fair where students could interact with 450+ employers, learn about local and national companies, practice speaking with recruiters, and identify leads for employment opportunities or summer internships.
On Oct. 4, the center also sponsored the SU Employment and Internship Fair on campus with 40+ employers. This fair was a fantastic opportunity for students to meet with potential employers, half of whom were represented by SU alumni. Students can call us at 570-372-4146 to make an appointment or stop by Fisher 211 for Quick Questions every weekday from 2–4 p.m.!
Save the Date for December Graduation
Is your student on track to complete graduation requirements in December? If so, congratulations! Please plan to attend a “Celebration of December Graduates” on Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. A reception with light refreshments will follow in Heilman Rehearsal Hall.
A Note from Student Financial Services
Student account balances must be at $0 in order to participate in spring 2019 registration. Please review your student’s account at www.susqu.afford.com to make sure your student’s account balance is clear.
Flu Shot Reminder
Flu season is almost here, and to improve vaccination rates on campus, we are offering free flu vaccines to students! The SU Health Center staff want to keep your student and the SU community healthy. The single best way to protect against Influenza is to get vaccinated each year.
We are also planning several flu vaccine fairs, including one on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Mellon Lounge. Students can also schedule an appointment at the Health Center at 570-372-4385 or by sending a MyGeisinger message. Please encourage your student to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible! For more information on flu prevention, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html
Conflict is a normal part of the student experience. While sometimes unpleasant and uncomfortable, conflict allows our students to grow and strengthen their resilience. Sometimes conflicts happen with roommates, whether they selected to live together or not, and can be hard to navigate. All students were asked to complete roommate agreements during opening weekend, and RAs encourage students to revisit those agreements every few weeks to make sure the agreement is working for both parties.
You can help your student by asking them how the roommate relationship is going and, if they express any concerns, by encouraging them to talk to their roommate.
We often discover in our conversations with students that the problem they talked with you about is minor, and they are just struggling with how to convey that communication to their roommate. We often practice role-playing in those situations because it helps students to practice those conversations in a safe environment. Please have your student reach out to the RA, SCA or Residence Life professional staff member for assistance!
Damage Billing to Begin
Monthly damage billing will start this month, and will be posted to student accounts on the first of the month, October through June. The charge will be for any damages that occurred in the month prior. October bills include damages from August and September.
When applicable, students will get a notification that billing has been added to their account. They will have two weeks from that date to appeal. The specific date and time of the appeal deadline is outlined in the notification. Any appeal requests after that date will not be accepted.
Students cannot appeal community charges, lock changes and restitution (sanction from a conduct process). Community charges can be the result of ongoing damage to a specific hallway or within the common area of a suite, townhouse or house.
Register for Family Weekend Oct. 26-28!
Kick off the weekend in academic style at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, by attending the Scholars’ Recognition Program. Help us celebrate the academic achievements of students and enjoy an entertaining lecture by Associate Professor of Music Marcos Krieger. If you can’t attend the program, please come to the reception at 8:30 p.m. to meet other Susquehanna families, President Green and Ms. Lynn Buck, and staff and faculty members.
The festivities continue Saturday with coffee and donuts, a session on the cross-cultural requirement, sporting events, student musical and casino games. See the complete schedule here.
Time to Think About GO!
Parents of students doing a spring 2019 GO Long experience, please be in contact with your student regarding updates and information that they have received. Winter 2018–19 students will receive more information during the prep course, which begins in October.
Students who are not yet signed up to GO can look through program options and schedule an advising session on our web page. Applications will open Oct. 15 for summer and fall 2019, and spring 2020.
Reminders from Career Development Center
Remind your student to sign up by Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. for our Break Through Career Trek to Philadelphia on Sept. 26! 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.
Students will visit numerous industry employers, including JPMorgan Chase, Accolade, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Villanova University and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The day will end with a networking reception at the Vesper Boat Club. Tell your students to check their emails for more information about how to sign up.
We are available to meet with your student throughout the year. Encourage them to call us at 570-372-4146 for an appointment, or suggest that they stop by Fisher 211 for Quick Questions hours from 2–4 p.m. every Monday through Friday while classes are in session, no appointment needed!
Students Gain Experience Through Summer Internships
Did you know that about 90 percent of Susquehanna students do research, one or more internships or another professional experience before graduation? Students got internship experience this summer all over the globe, including at NBCUniversal, the U.S. Senate, Tesla and Fox Chase Cancer Center, and in Australia, Ireland and Japan. Maybe your student is featured on our website!
We all know how valuable a Susquehanna education is, and it’s gratifying to also be recognized by numerous guidebooks and college search experts. They include Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges” guide to schools that offer “a great education at an affordable price that help students launch promising careers”; Washington Monthly, which places SU among the nation’s Top 40 liberal arts colleges; The Princeton Review's “The Best 384 Colleges” where SU is listed #16 of the Top 20 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs in the nation.
In addition, Susquehanna is named among the Top 35 Colleges in PA whose graduates have the highest median earnings 10 years after enrollment. See the story here. For our sustainability efforts, the Sierra Club lists us as one of their “cool schools” and SU became the first campus in PA to be an affiliate of Bee Campus USA!
These accolades are thanks to our amazing students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends who all help to make Susquehanna a university to be proud of!
The Health Center encourages students to register for MyGeisinger, the health system’s secure, online health management tool. Patients can submit appointment requests, renew prescriptions and view their online medical record, including lab and test results.
A Geisinger medical record is required to sign up for MyGeisinger. If your student has never been seen at a Geisinger location, they may still create a MyGeisinger account by calling 570-271-8092 or by going here to have a record created.
Clinic hours remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
News from Student Life
The Dean of Students is accepting applications for University Conduct Board student members. Serving in the university conduct system is critical to our community and we invite students to participate in this highly regarded leadership role. Please encourage your student to visit the Dean of Students’ mySU page.
Alcohol Awareness Week will be Oct. 1–6. Encourage your student to attend educational programs and events to strength their understanding and awareness.
Student Government Association meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in Seibert 107. SGA meetings are open to all students and are a great way for students to be involved in their campus community.
Fall Break this year will begin at the end of classes on Friday, Oct. 12, and will end with the start of classes on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Students may register to remain on campus, but there will be limited services open during the break. We encourage students to take advantage of their break periods to get away from campus and re-charge.
Love the Library? Get Involved to Make It Even Better
The leisure reading collection has been moved to the Scholarly Grounds café to encourage casual browsing and recreational reading. We’re happy to add items to the collection. Just ask! The Student Library Advisory Committee is how students help to plan library programs and activities, and provide feedback on our services. Your student has the opportunity to become involved. They may contact Ashley Porter, SLAC chairperson (firstname.lastname@example.org), to become a member of our group. We welcome all voices!
First-year Parents—Welcome to the Susquehanna Family!
The Office of First-Year Experience is excited to welcome your family into the Susquehanna community. Recently, incoming first-year students received an email (in their SU inbox) with detailed information regarding Move-in Day on Aug. 23. Please review the information in that newsletter together to help make move-in as smooth as possible!
Also, you can get a sneak peek at the Orientation Schedule for first-years, starting on page 4 of the Orientation Handbook. We encourage you to attend the Move-In Day activities for parents and family members. Convocation, a Susquehanna tradition, will formally welcome the Class of 2022 and set the tone for your student’s academic career. Afterward, please stop by a Parent & Family Reception on the Degenstein Campus Center patio, when you can meet other SU families, faculty and staff, and bid farewell to your student before Orientation activities continue.
Residence Hall Move-In Dates
Transfer students are invited to move in on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
New Student Move-In is Aug. 23, from 7 a.m. to noon. Be sure to arrive at your assigned time. Early arrivals will be asked to wait until their buildings open. Volunteers will be available until noon to help you move items in.
Returning Student Move-In will occur on Sunday, Aug. 26.
All students will receive information about their arrival or return to campus in their SU email. Coaches and others will communicate information about Early Arrival/ Pre-Season participation to their athletes.
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. The university has implemented an emergency alert system for the campus from a company called Regroup. All students were sent an email 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. Parents wishing to be added to the emergency alert system should ask their student to follow the directions emailed to them.
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 in times of an emergency, we have created an online web page, susqu.edu/emergency.
The page will be updated as needed to help keep you informed with information 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 & 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 stay in touch 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.
The Student Activities Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 4, is a great opportunity to get engaged in the Susquehanna community. Clubs and organizations will display their programs and activities.
Students looking to get involved and serve their campus community should consider being a University Conduct Board member. Applications are available on the Dean of Students & Campus Life mySU page.
Library Open House
Please encourage your first-year student to attend the Blough-Weis Library Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 5 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.
All SU students will enjoy the new Richard E. & Sally F. Caruso Mentoring Center offering 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.
Thanks to the generosity of SU alumni and friends, the GO Program is holding our 4th Passport Caravan on campus in September. Students selected for this event will receive assistance with their passport application, and the passport processing will occur right on campus. Passport Caravan participants receive a completely funded passport by SU–a $145+ value (and a passport is valid for 10 years!)
Announcements have been made to students via mySU, and sign-up information can be found on the GO Program’s mySU page. Limited spaces are available. Students must confirm they have the required documents and bring all of the documents to campus for the event.
Career Development Full Steam Ahead
The Career Development Center is excited to welcome your student back to campus, hear what they’ve done over summer, and assist them in adding that experience to their résumé and LinkedIn profile! Please encourage your student to attend our fall events listed here. Highlights include:
- Munch & Mingle Kick-Off Event
The CDC and Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) invite all students to our Munch & Mingle (Thursday, Aug. 30, 3–4:30 p.m.), featuring food, prizes and interaction with professional staff in both the CDC and CAA. This is a great way for students to learn about our services. Encourage your student to participate and enter to win a gift card to Starbucks or the Bookstore!
- Largest Career/Internship Fair in the Region
We sponsor a bus trip to the Penn State Career and Internships Fair on Sept. 11 and 12. Students network with 500+ employers recruiting for full-time and internship positions. Many students earn second-round interviews, ultimately leading to offers!
- SU Employment and Internship Fair
We encourage students from all class years and majors to attend the SU Employment and Internship Fair in Garrett Field House, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We feature local, statewide and national employers who are eager to recruit Susquehanna students, many of whom are SU alumni. Each year we’re told that our students impress the recruiters and outshine competition from other regional institutions. Make sure your student takes advantage!
- Break Through Career Treks to Philadelphia and New York City
Each fall, students explore industries and career paths through Career Treks, and network with alumni who can serve as mentors while at Susquehanna and beyond. This year we will travel to Philadelphia (Sept. 26) and New York City (Nov. 1). Sign-ups will be announced via our social media accounts (@SusquCareer) and email soon!
Encourage your student to call 570-372-4146 to make an appointment with staff in the CDC, or stop by Fisher 211 for “Quick Questions” drop-in hours from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, no appointment needed!
Students Responsible for Statement Review
SU provides a monthly statement to all students. Please make sure your student is reviewing statements monthly to handle all incidental charges (such as music lessons, parking permit, etc.) and confirm receipt of payments, loans and outside scholarships. Statements are found at www.susqu.afford.com.
Students participating in a winter GO Short experience will be billed in October. Winter GO Short balances will be due by Oct. 31.
Fall Break Transportation Options
Beginning with Fall Break, the Office of Leadership & Engagement will offer a Next Day Shuttle. Service will run to the Philadelphia airport at 7 a.m. on the morning following the 5 p.m. departures. Tickets will be available at www.breakshuttle.com. Since the break will officially begin the night before, those choosing to use the Next Day Shuttle will need to obtain approval to stay on campus over the first night of break. Students can do this by submitting the approval-to-stay request on Residence Life’s mySU page. If paying for the shuttle presents a financial challenge, students may contact Mary Markle in the Office of Leadership & Engagement at email@example.com.
Career Development Ready to Help This Summer
As the semester draws to a close, the Career Development Center would like to remind students and parents that our office remains open over the summer and our professional staff is available to assist with any career-related needs. Our summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-person meetings, and 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 during this time frame.
For parents of graduating seniors, we offer free continued service to alumni, and can assist in the post-graduation transition. For parents of returning students, summer is a great time to explore potential career paths and take advantage of experiential opportunities. If your student needs assistance over the summer, please have them call (570) 372-4146 to schedule an appointment.
Honoring Your Graduate
Some families choose to honor their son or daughter’s graduation by giving a gift in their honor to Susquehanna. If you’re interested in making a gift, please go online to www.susqu.edu/makeagift or reach out to Leslie Imhoof in the advancement office, 570-372-4156.
Concert Pianist to Deliver Commencement Address
Concert pianist Awadagin Pratt will deliver the keynote address at Susquehanna's 160th commencement on Wednesday, May 16, which begins at 1 p.m. in the James W. Garrett Sports Complex Field House. Born in Pittsburgh, Pratt began studying piano at the age of 6, and the violin three years later. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Illinois and subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas—piano, violin and conducting. Read more...
The Class of 2018 Is Going Places
From New York City to Los Angeles, many of our 2018 graduates already have jobs or are going to graduate or professional school. They are ready to apply what they've learned to their career and life pursuits, whether their first postgraduate job or graduate school. Go here for the story, and to see a list of where these grads are going!
Rousu Named Dean of SWSB
Matthew Rousu is the new dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business following a nationwide search. He served as interim dean since July 2017 and already has made an impact. “Our faculty are doing exceptional work with teaching, research and service. I will continue to do everything I can to support my colleagues and ensure that our students continue to receive one of the best business educations in the country," Rousu said. Read more...
Forty-five Susquehanna University students recently returned from Oklahoma from the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), where they presented research on topics ranging from to psychology. NCUR has recognized Susquehanna as a leader in encouraging student research. Read more...
Men’s Rugby Qualifies for National 7s Championships
Susquehanna's men's club rugby team will advance to the 7s National Championship after winning the qualifier tournament in Lancaster earlier this month. This is Susquehanna's fifth trip to the national championships in the last six years, having finished third in 2016. Read more...
Softball Lands Five on All-Conference List
Kelly Miller and Emilie Boman led a group of five Susquehanna University softball players to All-Landmark Conference honors as First Team selections as announced by the conference office recently. They were were joined by Second Team selections Heather Pearson, Kasey Bost and Leigh Ann Greenwald. Read more...
Attention: Parents of Seniors!
Please remind your graduating senior to complete the survey he or she received about participating in Commencement May 16. 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 15 Baccalaureate in a large tent on Smith Lawn 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 4 with the names of all family members who plan to attend either or both events.
Residence Halls Close May 10
Residence halls will close promptly at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Students will have an opportunity to check out at a hub with a staff member. We ask that everyone leave promptly. If your student needs an exception due to travel concerns, classes or work on campus, he or she can fill out an exemption form found on the Residence Life mySU page toward the end of April.
Summer Housing Applications Now Open
Students may apply for summer housing in 18th Street Commons through the mySU Residence Life page. Summer living at Susquehanna is laid-back, full of programmatic opportunities, and enjoyable as campus is in its quiet phase. Student staff members receive training and live with the summer students to aid in safety and providing programming opportunities.
Students in a Panic Over Finals? Never Fear, the Library’s Here!
If your student is stressed over research, remind them that the Blough-Weis Library has services and resources to help. Librarians are available on a drop-in basis for quick help, and for more in-depth assistance with any research need, students can make appointments with librarians using our convenient online scheduler.
Our library’s collections are tailored to meet the needs of students, but if we don’t have what your student needs, we will find it! The interlibrary loan service opens up collections from libraries across the country and around the world.
24/7 access begins Saturday, April 28 until Thursday, May 10. As always, the building is monitored and secured by a contracted security service, and students need to bring their ID for access. We are grateful to the Student Government Association for funding this service.
Upcoming Campus Activities
April 16 kicks off Greek Week, which culminates with the popular Airband event on April 20. Students will volunteer April 21 to help area communities through SU SERVE. On April 25, the university will recognize campus leaders at the Leadership Awards Ceremony. To close the month, the Student Activities Committee will host Spring Weekend, including the Spring Carnival and Grit and Wit, beginning April 27.
Thank You for Being ONE With Us
Parent support helped us exceed all of our challenge goals during One SU, our successful Day of Giving on March 1. In fact, 632 parents made gifts that day with these results:
- Because more than 200 parents made gifts, an anonymous donor gave SU another $5,000.
- Parents alone contributed more than $30,000!
Contributions benefited many programs such as athletics, the Center for Academic Achievement, the library, career development and more. Thank you for helping to make One SU a huge success and for trusting us with the education of your child. We are Susquehannans and together, we are ONE.
Getting Ready to GO!
Students on summer GO Short programs have begun their prep course, which provides them important pre-departure information. Those going on a summer GO Your Own Way or fall GO Long program are also in a prep course AND are currently attending GO workshops to help them prepare. When they leave for summer break, they will have all of the necessary information for their program. Dates for a Parent Pre-departure webinar in early June will be emailed to students. A past webinar can be found here.
April Means Serve ... SU SERVE!
Susquehanna students are called upon to achieve, lead and serve. Service is so important that we dedicate an entire month to Susquehannans making a difference in Selinsgrove and around the world.
This year’s goal is 125,000 volunteer hours, and we ask you to help! Simply visit www.susqu.edu/service and tell us about the volunteer work you do. Every hour counts and helps boost Susquehanna one step closer to our goal. Together we can make this happen! Also, please remind your student to take part in the campuswide day of service, Sat., April 21.
Get Your Orange and Maroon Spirit On!
May 1 will be here in a flash, so mark your calendar now for Orange and Maroon Day, Susquehanna’s international day of spirit! Join students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends of Susquehanna by rocking your favorite SU gear on that very special day. Tune in to social media on how you can submit a photo—or two—and possibly win some neat prizes. But the fun isn’t limited to just you. Dress up your pet, your garden, your house, your car—you get the idea! Help us make Susquehanna a household name!
SU Jewish Community Celebrates Passover
Susquehanna Hillel and Jewish Life celebrated its annual Passover Seder on March 30. Seder is an ordered way of telling the story of the exodus from the bible. Attended by 180 people this year, it is the largest Jewish program on campus and a great way for students from all backgrounds to learn about Passover traditions. Our committee this year was chaired by Rebekka Rosen ’19. Thank you to all those who helped facilitate and celebrate Passover with us.
Awesome Academics for High Schoolers
Registration for Susquehanna’s summer high school workshops is still open, with some filling up fast. If you know a high school student who wants to be immersed in an academic subject they enjoy and live on campus for a week, please refer them to www.susqu.edu/summer18. This year’s new options include acting, finance and engineering institutes, along with our popular music, business and science programs. Apply here.
Important News From Student Financial Services
Enrollment into the monthly payment plan for fall 2018 semester began April 16. The six-month plan begins May 1. Please access the Student Account Center at www.susqu.afford.com to enroll. Please contact our office staff if you’d like help calculating your fall balance.
Congratulations to the parents of our May 2018 graduates! As the end of the year is fast-approaching, please review your student’s electronic statement and forward any balance due immediately. Also, senior student loan borrowers have been contacted to complete the federally required Direct Loan Exit Counseling. Please encourage your seniors to complete this requirement and contact us if there is a desire for additional “in-person” counseling.
Career Development for Undeclared Students
The Career Development Center recently concluded an initiative for undeclared students. Students received a letter instructing them to come to the CDC in exchange for a prize. They then met with a staff member, learned about resources and services, and explored their major options in partnership with a career advisor.
The CDC assists students in gaining self-knowledge, exploring educational and occupational resources, and obtaining experiential learning opportunities. As your student continues to explore majors and related careers, please suggest they stop by Fisher Hall 211 to schedule an appointment. We also offer drop-in hours Monday–Friday from 2–4 p.m.
Quite a Day
The final results are in—and a grand total of 2,246 donors and $175,958 later, all we can say is: WOW!
A huge thank-you to everyONE who came out in force to show their Susquehanna love on the One SU Day of Giving March 1. We more than doubled our goal of 1,000 donors in 24 hours, in large part to the more than 900 alumni who donated to the campaign. Check it out!
Important News from Student Financial Services
Enrollment into the monthly payment plan for fall 2018 semester will begin April 16. The six-month plan begins May 1. Please access the Student Account Center at www.susqu.afford.com to enroll. Please contact our office staff if you’d like help calculating your fall balance.
Congratulations to the parents of our May 2018 graduates! As the end of the year is fast-approaching, please review your student’s electronic statement and forward any balance due immediately. Also, senior student loan borrowers have been contacted to complete the federally required Direct Loan Exit Counseling. Please encourage your seniors to complete this requirement and contact us if there is a desire for additional “in-person” counseling.
Please check your student’s account at www.susqu.afford.com to confirm that your student’s balance is resolved, and if needed, remit the balance due to ensure your student’s ability to select their fall courses, receive their transcripts, and avoid accrued interest. If you were billed for a summer GO Short program, the balance is due March 31 and will not affect participation in fall course selection.
Housing Selection Has Begun!
All students have received a selection number based on their class year. Our process starts with our group housing selection and then transitions into individual housing options. Upper-class housing options include the ability to live in suites, townhouses, apartments, singles, doubles and multiples. Students can find information on the Residence Life MySU page, or by visiting the Office of Residence Life or asking a Resident Assistant.
SU Recognized for Providing Student Aid
Susquehanna University ranks among the top private universities that offer the most scholarship aid per undergraduate student. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that don't require repayment.
The report released this month by the Student Loan Report ranked Susquehanna 14th in Pennsylvania and 152nd out of 700 private colleges and universities nationwide. Read more...
Orange and Maroon Day is right around the corner on May 1. Get your favorite SU gear and your camera ready, and make May Day a big day for the Orange and Maroon. Prepare to win some cool prizes, too! Stay tuned for details.
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, including the new acting, legal careers, finance and engineering options here.
Speaking of WOW!
The immediate fundraising needs we introduced in January made solid progress on our One SU Day of Giving. Thanks to everyone who has supported these great causes so far. If you haven’t, there is still time to help students:
- Strengthen Their Sense of Community
- Experience Leadership and Learning Beyond the Classroom
- Steward Our Environment
- Learn the Very Human Side Anatomy
See something that piques your interest? Click on one of the links above to learn more and make your gift today. Donations are being accepted through the end of the month!
April Showers Bring SU SERVE Hours
SU SERVE 2018 is gearing up for its official launch on April 1! Service events for our alumni chapters are well into the planning stages, so look for an event near you and plan to join us! SU parents are always welcome. We also want to know about the volunteer work you do all year long in your communities, whether it’s for your church, your kids’ sports teams or a local nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart. As long as you’re not getting paid, it counts! Help us reach our goal of 125,000 hours for the year. Submit your hours here using our easy online submission form.
Alumni Return to Campus, Talk Career Prep With Students
Susquehanna students certainly felt the love from our alumni the weekend after Valentine’s Day. We were honored to welcome 124 alumni back to campus to participate in Break Through 2018. More than 300 students attended conference events, which included a career expo, 33 panel discussions, a keynote address, speed networking, small group lunches, alumni career coaching and a networking reception. Check out our special news coverage of the conference here. Encourage your student to follow up with the alumni they met and maintain a connection with them.
Student Life Activities in Full Swing
The Office of Leadership and Engagement has already had a busy spring with the annual Leadershape program, fraternity and sorority recruitment, and a number of other student programs and events. Additionally, four students traveled to Boston last month for the National Association for Campus Activities Conference. The Student Activities Committee will present their annual spring concert this month. Fraternities and sororities will be conducting education programs and planning for Greek Week later in the spring. The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement is also gearing up for SU SERVE in April.
Career Prep Programs for All Students
The Career Development Center has unveiled its spring programming. Please encourage your student to review the calendar and add our career workshops, career fairs and Résumé Doctor sessions to their agenda. If your student has any quick questions, we offer drop-in hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment necessary.
The center is also gearing up for Break Through 2018. The three-day event begins Feb. 15 with a Career Expo, followed by special alumni presentations and networking activities on Feb. 16 and all day Feb. 17. Break Through is free and open to all majors in all class years! Please remind your student to register on RiverHawk Recruiter and take advantage of this unique career education experience!
A Message from Leslie Imhoof, Assistant Director of Parent Engagement
Thank you to those who have given gifts in support of your students’ education. We know the main way 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 will be a very big day for Susquehanna! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details coming soon!
SU Recognized for Providing Scholarship Aid
Susquehanna ranks among the top private universities that offer the most scholarship aid per undergraduate student. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that don't require repayment. The report released this month by the Student Loan Report ranked Susquehanna 14th in Pennsylvania and 152nd out of 700 private colleges and universities nationwide. Read more...
WQSU Nominated for Five Golden Microphone Awards
Susquehanna’s radio station, WQSU The Pulse, has been nominated for five Golden Microphone Trophy Awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Award winners will be announced in March during the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. The radio station’s success was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Read more about Golden Microphone nominations here.
Hillel Helps Students Adjust to College Life
Our campus Jewish community is continuing to grow and serve the needs of the Jewish students on campus. In this blog, first year student leader Ari Hagarty reflects on the importance of having the student organization Hillel by her side during her transition to college. At Susquehanna, the Jewish community is part of our work to strengthen the diversity of identities on our campus. Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds to our programs. To learn more about our Jewish community, visit www.susquehannahillel.org.
Reminders From Student Financial Services
Review your monthly electronic statement. Fees for students enrolled in music lessons and summer 2018 GO short program fees are included on this month’s electronic statement. Music lesson fees and summer 2018 GO short program deposits are due by Feb. 28. Balances for summer 2018 GO short trips are due by March 31. If you have questions about your bill, please contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-372-4450.
Financial aid applications are due now! Need-based financial aid applications for the 2018–19 academic year must be completed immediately. If you’ve misplaced your checklist of items required to complete the application, you can find it on our website.
Help Us Meet Immediate Needs for Our Students
Each year, several co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities for student growth are identified by our faculty and staff. Unfortunately, financial challenges can make experiences like these unattainable for some students. That’s what the All-Access Pass to Opportunity campaign is all about—helping students get the most out of their SU education!
Will you join us today in making a gift to one of these great fundraising initiatives for this spring?
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
The Student Opportunity Fund
Center for Environmental Education and Research
Cadaver for Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy Classes
Thank you for your support.