Economics professor appointed interim dean of business

By Seema Tailor Contributing writer

Matthew Rousu, an economics professor and Warehime chair of the economics department at Susquehanna is set to assume the role of interim dean of Sigmund Weis School of Business on May 1.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Rousu said. “We have fantastic students and faculty in the Sigmund Weis School of Business and I look forward to helping everybody achieve their goals.”

A few of his accomplishments include being appointed as the Warehime chair in 2014 and being appointed as the chairperson of the economics department.

These kinds of roles have given Rousu the opportunity to mentor not only students in the field of economics but also junior faculty members on their research.

By doing this, Rousu is helping both students and faculty be successful in the field.

Rousu’s other accomplishments include writing the guidelines for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the AACSB, to ensure the re-accreditation of the Sigmund Weis School of Business.

The Sigmund Weis School of Business is one of the few to receive the accreditation.

This accreditation has been given to a select group of schools, among which are Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

To receive this type of recognition is no small feat and it truly recognizes the outstanding work that the business school here at Susquehanna has done.

Rousu hopes to continue with the momentum that has been set by Marsha Kelliher who is the current dean and will step down at the conclusion of the academic year in May.

As interim dean, Rousu hopes to provide the business school and its students with the opportunity to participate in even more research and continuously engage the faculty.

Rousu loves Susquehanna because of the liberal arts education that is offered here.

The environment at Susquehanna is diverse and the curriculum that is offered encompasses a large range of topics that enable students for a more diverse study experience.

Another notable aspect that is appealing to Rousu is that Susquehanna is very student-oriented, particularly when working with students on their research. When Rousu works with students on their research, this allows him to become a better teacher.

When asked what he expects from his students, Rousu replied simply that he expects them to give a good faith effort into doing the work.

Courtney Conrad, a senior economics and business administration major, has worked with Rousu closely throughout her undergraduate career.

The two first met when she had him for global business perspectives during her first year at Susquehanna.

Early on, Rousu took an interest in Conrad’s abilities because of her exceptional performance in his classes.

Rousu eventually asked Conrad to be his research assistant and the two have been working together in that capacity since October of her freshman year.

The two co-created and co-managed content for a website that is aimed to make economics lessons more interactive for both students and teachers.

Rousu uses the music videos on the website in many of his classes to introduce the material in an engaging way.

Additionally, the two co-authored a project titled, “Economic Lessons from Hamilton the Musical.”

This project was designed to teach both educators and students different concepts of economics in an interactive manner and was the first of its kind to incorporate the lyrics of songs in a musical to do so.

Another highlight of Conrad’s work with Rousu was attending the NETA Conference in Florida to present their work.

Conrad views Rousu as a mentor, an inspiration and a positive influence who has had a significant impact on her time here at Susquehanna.

She said that he saw potential in her that she didn’t see in herself when she started here almost four years ago and wanted to help her realize that potential.

SU celebrates MLK week with moving words and music

By Kyle Kern Staff writer

The month of January is often a time to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Jan. 26, Susquehanna hosted a Winter Convocation celebrating the life of Dr. King and vocalizing the struggle of various groups in society. The event took place in Degenstein Campus Center Theater.

Before the event started, jazz, funk, gospel and mixes of the various types of music were played to entertain the crowd. Sophomore Christian Coleman opened the program and introduced Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons.

Lemons said he was glad to see all the seats filled in the theater including those in the balcony. He was overjoyed at this fact, because at the same event in 2001, Lemons was one of around 11 people in attendance.

With a few words of tribute to Dr. King, Lemons passed the spotlight to Harmonic Combustion, the acapella group on campus. The group asked everyone to stand up and sing along. Everyone sang a song titled “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with Harmonic Combustion.

Upon the completion of the song, University Chaplain Scott Kershner was welcomed onstage. He reflected on who Dr. King was and what he stood for. Kershner touched upon the topic of religious affairs like the Winter Convocation. He said that most are referred to as a very conservative force. However, there is another side that speaks of social justice and compassion.

He quoted Luke 1:52, which says, “He has cast down the mighty from thrones and has raised up the lowly.”

Kershner spoke of the work done by Harriet Tubman and John Brown, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rosa Parks, Reverend Abraham and of course Dr. King, but he emphasized that there is work still to be done toward the goal of equality, fairness and justice for everyone. He also added that we must reflect and be aware of the fact that there are “many thousands that struggle for a stable place in society today.”

The next speaker to the stage was junior Jessica Ram, who read to the audience her poem about stereotypes, fairness, equality and the future. It included a message about equal and fair opportunities for all people in the world.

Junior Zach Kane said: “Ram’s poetry was, as always, great. I love her poetry.” Senior Alassane Coulibaly introduced the artists Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost.

Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost performed soulful jazz and inspiring gospel music. Through songs of gospel, jazz and funk, the group brought voice to the movement of equality and justice.

At one point in the performance, Harmonic Combustion was invited to perform onstage with the group.

Junior Eric Martine and Kane did not believe words did the event justice. They said, “[Our] hands hurt from clapping, legs hurt from standing and jumping, but [our] hearts and souls are jumping for joy.”

The event ended with sophomore Yazmin Swain closing the event with a thank-you to the faculty, staff and students who had helped to put together the event and a thank-you to Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost for their inspiring words and songs. Afterward there was a CD signing in the Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement in the basement of Degenstein Campus Center.

Career event to connect students

By Matthew Dooley Staff writer

Susquehanna’s annual career convention, Breakthrough, is back to give students a chance to connect with alumni.

Breakthrough is a three-day series going from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11. Students will find themselves shoulder to shoulder with alumni making new connections to further their careers.

Whitney Purcell, associate director of the Career Development Center, said, “[Breakthrough] is everything from a job [and] internship and career fair on Thursday to some affinity group panels—meaning for student athletes, for students involved in Greek life, for students involved in different career paths, like STEM.”

She added, “And Saturday culminates in a full day conference with panels ranging from networking for first and second-year students to money management 101 to major specific topics, like careers in social science [and] careers in finance.”

Breakthrough is full of many opportunities for students to practice and perfect their interviewing skills.

Purcell said, “[These events are] a great place to go experiment in a low-stakes, low-risk environment. You can practice your hand-shake, you can practice your elevator pitch. You can meet people in fields that you didn’t expect to have anything to do with your major and make valuable connections. Get business cards and follow up with questions about internships and future jobs.”

Breakthrough is not limited to one type of major.

James Norman, a junior and a career ambassador, said, “It gives you a chance to build your network with professionals that have to do with your major and with other majors.”

He added, “Breakthrough can also benefit students who have not fully decided their career path. It gives you a chance to see what you could do with a different major. Maybe that is something you want to do.”

Breakthrough can even be that first stepping stone into a real career, as Purcell said that many students have gotten an internship or job because of connections they made at Breakthrough.

With Breakthrough, Norman fostered relationships with numerous alumni.

One alumni he connected with was Jermaine Edwards.

“He works in King of Prussia at a finance firm,” Norman said. “It was pretty cool to see him because he was a man of the same demographic as me. He was a black man. It was good to see someone who went here, graduated from here.”

He added, “He had a dominant role on campus being on football and SGA. I saw he went on to do great things. He is in a management position. He is working his way up the ladder. It was good to keep in touch. [I] matched him on LinkedIn. We keep in touch on LinkedIn. I let him know how I am doing.”

Norman’s first-hand experience gave him insight into Breakthrough’s value for students.

Norman said, “It is a pretty great experience connecting with different alumni and seeing students get career advice. In whatever field you are going into.”

He added, “Whether it is soft skills or hard skills, [Breakthrough shows] how to better those skills to become a better professional in the future.”

For students with anymore questions Purcell added, “My career ambassadors next week will be sitting at tables [in Mellon Lounge] to answer student questions about Breakthrough and get them registered for different events.”

Students can find a full list of all the events happening during Breakthrough on Susquehanna’s website at www.susqu. edu/breakthrough.

Camp ENERGY seeks counselors for summer

By Jillian Houser Contributing writer

Get out and get energized. Camp ENERGY is recruiting counselors for their annual overnight summer program that is held from Aug. 5 to 11, 2017.

Located in Millville, Pennsylvania, the camp aims to empower children to be healthy, teach them skills to enable their goals and practice healthy habits.

Camp ENERGY began as a result of a research study on adolescent weight management at Geisinger Hospital in 2008.

Originally a weekend camp focused on weight loss, the program has since grown into a weeklong camp that is focused on helping children set and achieve personalized wellness goals.

Campers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including rock wall climbing, zip line, archery, building campfires, volleyball, swimming, cooking and much more.

They also develop lifelong friendships and wellness goals in the process.

Jerry Foley, director of Camp ENERGY and head coach of the swimming and diving team, said, “We are helping youth change their lives in a fun and nurturing environment.”

Foley also added, “To witness the transformation of some of our campers is extremely satisfying.”

The staff who work alongside the children are professionals in the medical, educational and athletic fields.

They are dedicated to improving the program each year to provide the most educational and fun experiences.

In addition to the week-long camp, Camp ENERGY hosts annual reunions that allow their campers to further develop wellness initiatives and reconnect with friends.

Camp ENERGY is hosted at Camp Victory, a camp specialized for disabled and handicapped children.

Victory partners with over 25 groups to provide weekend and week-long camps from April to October.

Each partner group focuses on children with different chronic illnesses or disorders, including those with diabetes, heart disease, skin disorders, brain injuries and more.

Additionally, they provide bereavement camps for children struggling with loss or who have a family member deployed in the military.

For those interested in how they can get involved and become a Camp ENERGY counselor with Camp ENERGY, they can visit the Camp ENERGY website and use the contact information provided.

Forum addresses campus incidents

By Michael Bernaschina Contributing writer

Members of the faculty, Public Safety, the Selinsgrove police and the state police gathered for a public forum on Jan. 25 to discuss recent incidents of hate speech on campus.

Located in Faylor Lecture Hall, the forum was led by a panel of Angelo Martin, director of Public Safety, Cheryl Stumpf, counselor and outreach coordinator for the Counseling Center, Sgt. Girard Hughes of the state police, Richard Blair, community services officer and public information officer for the state police, and Thomas Garlock, chief of the Selinsgrove police department.

Each panelist spoke about their respective department, and its role in addressing and dealing with these incidents.

These incidents have included a swastika being drawn on a dorm white board and a message written in chalk on Kurtz Lane. “We need to do more of what we do best. Community policing absolutely relies on each one of us. If you see something, you need to say something,” Martin said.

Garlock offered a similar message. He said, “It’s my hope that through this forum and through similar ones, hopefully in the future, that we can work together as a team, that we can talk, we can engage in the process of understanding, and through that process we can educate those who obviously have no education on how to interact with our peers.”

Hughes also added, “As a station commander in the county in which you live, I take it very seriously.”

Hughes continued, “In the last three years, we have not investigated one [crime] that would be constituted as a hate crime, so I guess that’s good news. There are certain times where I suppose you had a tire slashed, and maybe it was because of your color or something, but because we cannot prove that, we can’t report it as such.”

Hughes also brought up the UCR, the Uniform Crime Reporting System, a website run by the state police that’s entirely accessible to citizens, where anyone can look up the crimes that have been reported in their area and use it as a tool to stay informed.

In the event that a hate crime is reported, Hughes described the actions that the department will take. “So if you say this happened at your house and you live in an area that we primarily cover, we’re going to go to your house,” he said.

“We’re also going to canvas your neighborhood. We’re going to talk to your neighbors and see if they happened to see something. But like I said, if that’s not reported to us, we can’t get that ball rolling,” Hughes added. Stumpf spoke about the particular training they offer at Student Life and the Counseling Center that deals with these concerns.

“We do active bystander training,” she said. She explained that this teaches students what to say and how to act when intervening in a situation. She also spoke about step-up training, which is designed to help students learn to stand up to their peers.

“You probably have heard about step-up training, and step-up training is all about being able to learn how to tolerate when people don’t receive your stepping in very well,” she said. “When we stand up for what is right, it’s not always easy.”

In addition to the panelists, members from various student groups on campus spoke, offering their support. Among them were the SGA, Hillel, and the Interfraternity Council, which offered a walking service for anyone uncomfortable with walking home alone.

“You’re trying to think a couple steps ahead of the game,” said Andrew Orzehowski, one of Public Safety’s newer officers who attended the forum. “The best way to combat it, if you could, is education.” Rebecca Willoughby, an assistant professor of communications, was also in attendance.

She said, “I felt like there was good information disseminated at that meeting, but sometimes I feel like the people who most need to hear it either aren’t able to come or aren’t there.”

Willoughby added, “It was useful to me to know that there is a method to reporting a biased incident. Again, I want to see that information disseminated. They put how to respond during a university lockdown on the back of every office door. Give me a sign that says that.”

Willoughby also said that she felt the meeting was very helpful and that she hopes there is more of them because there is more work to be done.

Editor shares frustrating iPhone issues

By Jenna Sands Forum editor

Technology is advancing, whether we like it or not, but there are as many problems with it as ever.

We have created touchscreen smart phones, convertible laptop computers, wearable technology such as watches and even virtual reality headsets. Despite these advances, there are still problems with certain technologies that irritate me.

It bothers me that iPhones are built to only last for two years. Maybe I don’t want to buy a new phone that’s slightly larger and pretty much exactly the same every two years, but I have to because I can’t make my phone last much longer than three years at the longest.

It’s also annoying that iPhone users have to constantly update their phones. The changes in the updates are usually things I would not have made on my phone if given the choice. I used to try to wait as long as I could to update my phone.

Last summer, the headphone jack in my iPhone stopped working. It made a buzzing sound, and I tried several different pairs of headphones to make sure the buzzing was actually coming from my phone. I took my phone to the Apple store, hoping someone they could replace the headphone jack.

The person who helped me said it was not possible to replace the headphone jack and that I could either just live with it until I got a new phone with my upgrade or I could buy a new one now. He didn’t mention the notification to update my phone, which had been there for probably over a month.

I took my phone home to think about it, because I really did not want to buy a whole new phone just because the headphone jack wasn’t working. My mom told me to update it and see what happens. I didn’t think much of it, but I updated it anyway.

After the update was complete, I plugged my headphones into my phone to try one more time before giving up and looking for wireless headphones. To my surprise, it worked. I was shocked that not updating my phone for so long prevented the headphone jack from working.

This bothered me because I almost bought a new phone while all I had to do was update it. This made me think about all the times my phone gets slow and unresponsive, which I know is because of waiting to do an update. It’s Apple’s way of forcing people to update their phones within a certain amount of time.

I now know that I have to make sure I don’t wait too long to update my phone or it will get slow or maybe my headphone jack will temporarily stop working. But I know I’ll just have to buy a new phone after two years anyway.

In this day and age, you would think technology would be able to last much longer than just two years. People used to have flip-phones that lasted much longer. Now, they make phones to break so people have to spend more money to buy a new one and so they can come out with a new version of the phone so people will be persuaded to buy it.

While iPhones are very technologically advanced, it doesn’t seem very advanced that they can’t even last for more than two years.

The editorials of The Quill reflect the views of individual members of the editorial board. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire editorial board or of the university. The content of the Forum page is the responsibility of the editor in chief and the Forum editor.

Chaplain’s Corner

By the Rev. Scott M. Kershner University Chaplain

Our country has been roiled by tension and controversy in response to President Trump’s immigration ban. Everyone has an opinion on the matter, usually very strongly held.

Have you ever stepped back to consider where your opinions come from? What is the foundation of your perspective on the world, from which your opinions are formed? For most of us most of the time, our perspectives are rooted in the deep structure of our identity and values.

Identities are complex and intersectional. How do you understand your identity and attendant values? How do they shape your perspective on issues like immigration and refugees?

As a way of encouraging you to think about your identity and values, I’ll write here from the perspective of my tradition and my identity as a Lutheran pastor and as a Chaplain. I hope that will spur you in your own reflections.

In my religious tradition, a person’s deepest identity is grounded in baptism, an identity summed up in the phrase, Child of God. What does this identity have to do with my perspective on immigration and refugees? Quite a bit, it turns out. As part of every baptismal service, we are charged to “serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” This charge to serve others and striving for justice and peace is not just an obligation. It is not just another thing on the to-do list. It is my identity; it is who I am.

Do I succeed to living this out in every way at all times? Nope. Do I have blind spots and inconsistencies? No doubt. But I strive to be true to this identity and live it out with self-honesty and integrity, knowing I do even that imperfectly.

When I was ordained a pastor, the service included the following prayer: “For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, the lonely, the forgotten and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected.”

Again, advocacy for the vulnerable in society is central to my identity and by vocation as a pastor. It’s foundational to who I understand myself to be.

Does this mean that everyone who shares my identity as a Lutheran Christian has identical views on the questions of immigration and refugees in the age of Trump? Certainly not. People of good will disagree on the details of policy, and they do.

My tradition and identity consider the well-being of society’s most vulnerable and forgotten to be of paramount importance. It’s my starting point, and it inevitably shapes my perspective on the immigration ban.

I stand with immigrants and refugees because I can do no other.

As a 2011 social policy statement passed by my church puts it, “Be it resolved that all members of this church, including its leaders, encouraged to protest laws and proposed laws that ignore the Bible’s witness to care for the stranger among us and to serve all people . . . and taking all actions that demonstrate welcome and live out accompaniment of immigrants.”

I have given you windows into my identity to initiate reflection on how each of us understands our identity and how those identities shape our perspectives on the issues of our day.

Now it’s your turn.

Chaplain’s Corner reflects the views of an individual member of the religious field. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire university. The content of the Forum page is the responsibility of the editor in chief and the Forum editor.

Student plans to make most of destination

By Justice Bufford Abroad writer

During the spring semester of my first year, I made an appointment with the GO Office to discuss possible study abroad destinations.

I knew what I wanted. One full semester. Destination: Japan. It was going to be a dream. What better way to fulfill my graduation requirement than to go to a country with a culture completely different from one I’m used to? I would learn so much.

Except there was a problem. I was pursuing a degree in neuroscience: a demanding major that was underdeveloped in U.S. universities, much less abroad. The GO Office advisor was quick to point this out; “we prioritize academics over destination,” was the message. Why couldn’t I be an Asian Studies major? Maybe then my destination of choice wouldn’t be restricted by my choice of study.

At the end of the day, I had to change my mindset and my destination. Not everyone is afforded the opportunity to study at a university in another country for a full semester, so putting my desires into perspective helped me be okay with going somewhere else. The country I chose may not be completely different, but it wasn’t the U.S., which was the important part.

Because of my field of study, I could only choose countries in Europe. But the fact of the matter was that I really didn’t want to go to Europe.

Europe, despite being a diverse cultural center, shares a lot of the same values with the U.S. And I wanted to step outside of that and go abroad in a way that would allow me the opportunity to feel as if I lived there instead of just visiting.

So the natural choice was Scotland. I didn’t know much about it outside of kilts, golf and Nessie. It was a place with its own rich history and didn’t quite feel like Europe. I didn’t know anything at the time, but I had a feeling it was somehow different and I wanted to understand what that difference looked like.

And although I’ve only talked about what led me to come to Stirling, Scotland, I want to acknowledge the importance of that path and of deciding where to go and my attitude going forward. If I hadn’t been diverted to consider somewhere else, I would have gotten what I wanted but may have missed something more important because I was so focused.

By getting the opportunity to consider coming to Scotland, I’ve been allowed the chance to broaden my scope and take things as they come. So although I’m not sure yet what makes Scotland unique, I have no intentions of letting this country pass me by.

I want to experience it, live in it and embrace the little detours in my time here. Because then maybe I can get outside my own head and see the world differently.

The editorials of The Quill reflect the views of individual members of the editorial board. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the entire editorial board or of the university. The content of the Forum page is the responsibility of the editor in chief and the Forum editor.

Blinov gives piano recital

By Liz Hammond Contributing writer

The first faculty recital of the semester took place on Jan. 23.

The stage was empty, save for one grand piano, which lecturer in music Ilya Blinov used to open the concert with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata op. 27 no.1.”

Blinov has performed recitals in the United States, in his native Russia, as well as western Europe.

He was the winner of the 39th Annual Competition in Music Performance, where he played Prokofiev’s “Second Piano Concerto” with the Bowling Green Philharmonia.

In 2008, Blinov won the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan, and on Jan. 23, the audience of Stretansky Concert Hall had the opportunity to witness his talent.

He opened the night with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata op. 27 no. 1.”

Blinov said, “The two sonatas op. 27 turned all preconceptions of what a sonata was supposed to be upside- down.”

Blinov produced delicate and hushed notes as well as loud boisterous notes that made people in the audience jump.

He then played Beethoven’s “Sonata op. 27 no. 2.” After the intermission, Blinov performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Chaconne from Partita no. 2.”

This piece was originally written for a solo violinist, but there have been several transcriptions of the piece for the piano, including one by Ferruccio Busoni, which is the version Blinov performed.

The deep and introspective beginning alludes to a connection between pain and suffering. In Busoni’s transcription the use of D minor makes it feel deeper and more dramatic.

By the end of the piece Blinov received a standing ovation and had to take another small intermission because the piece was so powerful and exhausting.

Blinov concluded the program with a work by Sergei Prokofiev, “Sonata no. 7 op. 83.” This is one of Prokofiev’s three “war sonatas” that were written during World War II. It follows the traditional structure of the sonata; exposition, developement and a final recpitulation.

The piece was light and humorous as he played the entire range of the keyboard.

He started with “Allegro Inqueto.” This piece slid into the “Andante Caloroso,” which starts slowly and then has a sort of bell-like climax but melts out into the opening theme once more.

The finale is called “Precipitato” and is a demanding piece for pianists.

Blinov received another standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert.

Faculty combine for performance

By Danielle Bettendorf Asst. living and arts editor

Susquehanna professor Leslie Cullen performed a recital with Bucknell professors Lisa Caravan and Qing Jiang on Jan. 28 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The recital featured Cullen on flute, Caravan on cello and Jiang on the piano.

The group performed “Trio in D major, Hob. 16” by German composer Franz Joseph Haydn, “Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano” by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů and “Vox Balaenae, for three masked players” by American composer George Crumb.

“Vox Balaenae, for three masked players” was specifically singled out in the program: “Vox Balaenae,” or “Voice of the Whale,” tells a story of time through the song of the whale. According to the program, it is both a “celebration of and a lament for” planet Earth.

The work begins with a flute cadenza entitled “Vocalise,” in which the flutist sings into the instrument while using the keys to mimic sounds made by the humpback whale.

The middle section is entitled “Sea-Theme,” and each variation within it is named after a geologic period. As the section goes on, the intensity of the music builds and climaxes with the arrival of humankind in the finale.

In the final section, entitled “Sea-Nocturne,” Crumb said he wanted to “suggest a larger rhythm of nature and a sense of suspension in time.”

The piece ends with a mixed feeling of greatness and fragility, with the music evoking a “shimmering quality” throughout.

Some audience members specifically noted the final piece and appreciated the meaning and specifics behind the work.

“I thought that ocean piece was amazing. It was one of the coolest chamber pieces I’ve ever heard,” sophomore Cathrina Kothman said.

“The idea of something beautiful, but tenuous—I really thought that was captured in the music,” Kothman continued.

Audience members also noted the technical ways in which the musicians altered the piano to produce different sounds for the final work.

“I was especially intrigued by the pianist,” first-year Addy Wolfe said. “I wouldn’t even know how to go about trying to figure out the [technical] stuff in the piano.”

“You can put screws and paper clips and rubber bands [in],” Kothman added.

“But the crazy thing was [that] she had to mess with the screws and all of the different noises,” Wolfe said. “Think about how long it probably took her to do all of those noises.”

Audience members also appreciated not only the music played but how the musicians presented themselves while they were performing.

“I really liked the way they interacted with each other on stage,” sophomore Rosemary Butterly said. “I feel like it added another level to the performance: not only did you have the right music, but you also had a really nice visual behind it.”

Other students noted the fervor with which all three performers brought to the that pieces they played.

“They all seemed really into it,” first-year Elizabeth Hebert said. “They put their heart and soul into the music itself. They’re very passionate about it, and you could really see it.”

Some audience members were also familiar with Cullen prior to the recital and enjoyed seeing another side to their professor.

“Part of it is just seeing your professor in action,” Kothman said. “I thought it was really good to see the performance side of her.”

Cullen is an adjunct flute professor at Susquehanna and has performed throughout the United States and collaborated with multiple chamber ensembles and orchestras. Caravan and Jiang are associate professors of music and piano, respectively, at Bucknell, and have also collaborated with numerous musicians and groups in their respective fields.