Enactus to hold basketball tournament

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna Enactus will be holding a three on three basketball tournament on Dec. 3. The event is scheduled to be held in the Garret Sports Complex Field House. Participants are able to select their own teams of three or four to compete in the tournament. To register a group, or to sign up as an individual, students are encouraged to stop by the Enactus table which is located in the lower level of Degenstein Campus Center Monday through Friday for the weeks between Nov. 18 and Dec. 1.

All are welcome to play, including non-students. However, according to junior Amanda Grosz, the vice president of operations for Enactus, players must be 18 years or older.

Grosz explained that Enactus is currently working on offering players service hours that can be used for various Greek organizations or for fourth-year students to become Senior Champions.

The cost of participation is $5 per player, but participants have a chance to earn it back as part of the grand prize. Enactus is offering a $100 grand prize to be divided among the winning team.

Once a team is registered, they are all ready to participate in the tournament.

“All participating teams must report to the Field House by 10:30 a.m. and games will begin at 11 a.m.,” Grosz said.

It is currently unclear how long the event will take as it will depend on the number of teams that are registered and the duration of each game.

This is the second of Enactus’ events within the last month. This event will follow the organization’s “Supporting our Veterans” initiative, where the group set up a series of events for veterans to meet members of Susquehanna Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. These events included photo opportunities to allowing the veterans stand on the football field during the national anthem.

In her closing statement, Grosz said: “Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. The money raised from this tournament will help fund our projects and allow us to travel to competitions to win additional project grants.”

Cookie Dude teaches baking skills

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer

On Nov. 13, the Center for Academic Achievement held another Adulting 101 session titled “The Cookie Dude: Baking Hacks.” For this session, baker and business owner Dan Macarthur lead the class on proper baking techniques and life lessons.

Informally known as the “Cookie Dude,” Macarthur lead the class of about 10 students through his baking techniques while offering tips along the way.

One thing that Macarthur stressed is that baking is a sort of coping mechanism, and can help with anxiety and help relax the mind.

Macarthur told those in attendance that there are studies that support the claim that baking helps anxiety, and encouraged baking as a form of stress relief. Much like knit- ting or running, Macarthur believes baking can become a form of expression and release for those going through stressful situations, and encouraged all to try it and learn something new.

During the session, Macarthur offered many different pieces of advice and fun facts. Some of these pieces of information were as small as using a scale while baking, to much larger things such as where different types of vanilla beans grow around the world. During the presentation itself, Macarthur baked cookies.

Macarthur offered advice on improving ones baking skills, and said it is best to re- move cookies from the oven just a little before they are done, as well as to never over mix the cookie mixture, as it can change the overall outcome of the cookies.

Finally, he told those in at- tendance that if they want to bake with raisins, it is best to presoak the raisins in rum so they retain their flavor.

In all, Macarthur offered a lot of valuable advice and facts during his presentation. One thing he did touch on was his experiences running and opening a new business.

He talked about the different types of people he meets through his business, and the need for those who go into the business industry to remain open-minded to those they meet.

When asked about Adult- ing 101, Macarthur said that this was the first time he had

ever been asked to be a part of a program like this since he opened his business.

When asked how he felt about the program in general, he said that he felt this type of program is very important for college students, for it gives them experiences they may not have gained through the traditional classroom setting.

He felt that there are certain things everyone should know during their lifetime, and the Adulting 101 program is one way for college students to learn those skills. Macarthur said that the Adulting 101 program is very beneficial for all, and everyone should give it a try before graduation.

In this program, Macarthur was able to relay his passion to the students in attendance, as well as assure those who may be looking for a new way to relieve their stress that baking is a great way to channel their energy.

The Center for Academic Achievement offers several different programs to support students throughout the academic year.

The programs offered: Academic Skills, Math, Writing Center, Language Tutoring, STEM and Business review services for students.

The Center for Academic Achievement is located on the second floor of Fisher Hall. There is a lounge for students that includes a refreshment table and a room for studying and tutoring sessions.

The center is open from Monday to Friday and also take appointments. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SU’s solar farm project informational session focuses on PA

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

Earlier this week, a representative from WGL Energy visited campus to give a seminar to students and faculty on renewable energy.

Richard E. Walsh, the Program Lead of Clean Energy Solutions at WGL Energy led the seminar, where he spoke about the company, case studies of theirs, their market size, policies, and career opportunities.

WGL Energy specializes in delivering environmentally-friendly energy solutions to residential, government, commercial, and industrial customers, according to their website.

The company also has assets in 19 different states, and counts companies like Amazon, Volvo, Macy’s, Perdue, and National Geographic as their customers.

One topic of discussion during the seminar was the transition between natural resources and clean energy that the nation is currently seeing. Walsh highlighted four main reasons behind this, the first being the decline in natural resources.

“If you look at the declining resources,” he said, regarding coal specifically, “No matter what your position is, there’s no denying that it’s a finite resource. Solar and wind are infinite resources.”

The other three reasons mentioned were radical transparency, personalization, and increased expectations.

“Because of that decline in resources, red flags have been raised, and now you’re starting to see stakeholders with increased expectations,” he said.

“As it becomes more obvious that not only are there bad things that can happen because of climate change, but also the positives that can come from clean energy – that the costs continue to go down, and the demand continues to go up,” he added. “There are proven case studies of all types of organizations that show the benefits of clean energy, with jobs and economics.”

Walsh then discussed career opportunities within the field, which were divided into six different fields, finance; business management, strategy, and communications; government, policy, and legal; engineering and construction, components, and development.

The financial area deals with investing, taxes, accounting, lending, private equity, and venture capital. Business Management, Strategy, and Communications, deal with strategy consulting, energy procurement, sustainability management, advertising, and marketing.

Government, Policy, Legal employees deal with lobbying, public service, trade, advocacy groups, and other things, while engineering and construction involves working with solar : engineering, procurement, and construction, wind: engineering, procurement, and construction, and design. The components area works with panels, turbines, inverters, and racking. This area is where engineers would be employed.

In the development area, employees work with GreenField Solar, Greenfield Wind, in on-site, offshore, and residential areas.

During the seminar, Walsh addressed one of WGL Energy’s case studies, which was conducted at UMD College park.

According to Walsh, WGL Energy provides wind REC’s and electricity to the university as a part of their retail supply contract. WGL Energy also owns and operates a 630 kilowatt solar system on the roof of the Severn building in UMD College park.

The seminar also included a brief customer study on Susquehanna University, and the work WGL Energy will be doing on campus.

“It’ll be a four megawatt project,” said Walsh on the project, which is expected to be one of the largest solar projects in the state.

The project, which will supply one-third of the energy needs on campus, will be lo- cated at the CEER, or Center for Environmental Education and Research, along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street.

“To my understanding, we’re going to do a joint announcement about our project together here in the next few weeks,” Walsh said.

WGL Energy is a energy solution company that can help local companies, landowners, and Fortune 1000 companies.

On their website they claim to have solutions for all ranges ofindividuals.Thesesolutions come with consultations with the company and a focus on certain energy resources.

These resources come from natural gas, electricity, carbon reduction, renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficient solutions.

The company has made improvements in becoming environmentally friendly in relation to energy solutions. WGL won the Center for Resource Solutions

Hunger and poverty simulation focuses on issues present

By Zach Bonner, Asst. News Editor

The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, or JCCE, held their eighth annual Hunger Banquet this past Monday, November 13. The banquet is a simulation that attempts to bring exposure to worldwide food security issues to students in the campus community.

This year, junior Abbie Wolfe, student program director at the JCCE decided that she wanted to make this year’s simulation a little more relevant to issues of hunger in our local community.

“This year, what we’re really trying to do is focus on local issues,” Wolfe said, “What is food security locally, what is hunger in our area, and how does it affect me?”

According to the Governor’s Council on Food Security Survey, 67% of families in Snyder County live under the 160 percent threshold of poverty. According to Federal Poverty Level Guidelines, families of this class are qualified as having a Median House Hold Income of $25,525 to $46,425 for a family of four.

To preface the meal simulation that was prepared, Patti Snyder, the Renewed Hope Women’s Home Director and a staff member at HandUP Foundation, gave an informational talk about the phenomenon of poverty and hunger in our local community.

“[These members of our community] make choices every day,” said Patti Snyder of the HandUP Foundation, “Choices about whether they are going to get medication, or whether they are going to eat.”

According to the HandUP Foundation’s website, they are a faith-based, social-entrepreneurial, non-profit organization

based out of Milton, PA. They provide many charitable services to the communities of Synder, Lycoming, and Union counties, among others.

“I really started to get involved with these issues through the Johnson Center when I went on SPLASH,” Wolfe stated, “Sometimes we forget that there’s a world out- side of this campus and that members of our local community experience these real- world situations that I was exposed to on this trip.”

The participants in the simulation were broken up into three groups based on broad levels of income. Low income participants, those whose families are said to earn less than $1125 a year, were relegated to a floor seating, where they would be given a communal bowl of rice to eat from.

The middle income particicome falls between $1125 and $6300, were given a meal of rice and beans, chairs, and yet had to serve themselves.

The high income participants, whose median household income is greater than $6300 annually, were given a multiple course meal at dining tables, and had staff members to serve them their meals.

“A lot of the time, those of us who are unaffected by such things as a lack of food want to think that they are happening somewhere else,” Synder continued, “But they’re happening in the community in which you live.”

All of the participants were given a small amount of time to eat their meals and try to understand their role in the simulation. Then, the individual members of the simulation were allowed to speak to the group about their experiences with poverty and hunger within their own lives.

“This event usually highlights issues with world hunger,” said JCCE staff member Gabriela Marrero, “But what most students don’t realize is that these issues impact the lives of people right in our backyard.”

The JCCE offers opportunities involved with many community partners across Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Partners include, part are not limited to, Mostly Mutts, The Regional Engagement Center, and the Senior Center.

To get involved with the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, you can contact Abbie Wolfe, at wolfean@susqu. edu, or Pam Frontino, at frontino@susqu.edu. You can find the JCCE’s office in the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center for more information about current and future service programs.

Hunger and poverty talk strikes chord on campus

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer

Earlier this week on Nov. 6, the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement held a Let’s Talk discussion on hunger and poverty.

The event took place at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning in the meeting rooms in the Degenstein Campus Center, and featured a guest speaker, Joanne Troutman, CEO and president of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way.

In the interactive discussion, Troutman and those present discussed hunger and poverty, not only within the area but also within the lives of those present, as well as what can and has been done to combat it.

“I’m not the world’s leading expert on poverty and hunger, but what I do know is our community,” Troutman said.

Something Troutman made a point to emphasize in the discussion was the idea of hunger versus food insecurity, what both of those mean, and what the distinction between the two is.

According to Troutman, a large part of it is uncertainty, and not “Knowing when your next meal is going to be.”

“Insecurity really comes in where families have food but not enough of it,” she added.

Another major topic of discussion that came up was SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and food stamps, namely the negative stigmas that surround them.

“What’s the stigma?” She asked. “‘They just need to get a job.’”

However, the reality of the issue is much more complicated than that, Troutman said.

“The living wage here in the community, for single moms with two kids is about $22 an hour,” she said before posing a question to the audience. “What kind of job do you need to make $22 dollars an hour?”

The stigma against food stamps has had other negative repercussions, including discouraging people from applying for them at all, Troutman said.

“Food stamps carry a certain stigma,” she said. “We see a lot of families who might qualify for food stamps or food assistance who don’t apply because of the stigma.”

Troutman also drew on her own personal experiences, and the struggles she faced while growing up to further illustrate the problem.

“My first job out of college I made $17,000 a year, so I figured out pretty quickly that, with debt load, I couldn’t con- tinue to work in a job where I made $17,000,” she said.

Next week on November 13 at 7 p.m., the JCCE will be hosting another event, the annual Hunger Banquet.The purpose of the event is to increase community knowledge of global crises,notice injustices, and influence policies that perpetuate poverty by working in an interactive experience.

Use the force for alcohol awareness

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer

The week of Nov. 4 through Nov. 11 was alcohol aware- ness week at Susquehanna. The week showcased various organizations such as the Evangelical Community Hospital. Throughout the week the campus administration attempted to engage students to realize the danger of overconsumption, as well as promote healthy alcohol intake.

The first event of the week was held on Saturday, Nov. 4 near the Amos Alonzo Stagg football field. This event was labeled “Football Tailgate” at Hassinger Field, where those in attendance could receive popcorn, cotton candy, carnival games, and be entered to win various door prizes. It was a family oriented take on the usual “college tailgate” which often promotes overconsumption and abuse of alcohol.

The second event of the week was held on Tuesday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Shearer dining rooms of the Degenstein campus center. It was a discussion titled “Extreme Alcohol Consumption and its Consequences”.

Various panelists from the Evangelical Community Hospital spoke to the members of the audience. The speakers included Dr. John Devine, the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Emergency Medicine Physician, Curtis Yeager, the Director of Environmental Safety and Security, and Ryan McNally, the Wellness Educator of Community Health and Wellness.

Separately all the panelists spoke on the dangers of overconsumption, and urged students to take caution when choosing to partake in drinking They also touched on the “Good Samaritan Law”.

The Good Samaritan Law refers to laws intended to protect civilians or any party who helps any person in need of medical attention or of medical concern. Each state has different variations as there is not a national law or policy regarding liability in association with individuals who attempt to help persons needing medical attention or of medical concern.

The state of Pennsylvania has policies and laws in place that if the person assisting the student of concern willingly refers themselves to law enforcement and stays with them they are immune from prosecution.

This ensures that students who believe their friend is overly intoxicated will not receive a citation if they call 911 in attempt to save the life of someone who may have alcohol poisoning.

In addition, the laws have been enacted in order to release the stress and anxiety of worrying if the reporting person will get in trouble with the law.

The third event of the week was held on Wednesday Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Apple meet- ing rooms at the Degenstein Campus Center. The event, titled “Beer Goggle Olympics,” put students in attendance up

against various games such as Mario Kart, an egg and spoon race, a wheelbarrow race, as well as alcohol trivia while “impaired” with the help of beer goggles.

The winning team received a campus bookstore gift card. It was a creative way to show students the seriousness of alcohol impairment, and stressed the importance of recognizing when yourself or others are impaired so that it may be possible to prevent drunk driving. It also showed that you aren’t yourself when you are drunk, and impairment can affect a number of senses.

The Fourth Event of the week is a “Late Night BBQ” on Nov.10 at 11p.m. in the counseling Center Parking Lot. It will featured food from the grill, lawn games, as well as a DJ. If you went to the other events during the week and collected a ticket from each event, then you were eligible to win a $50 campus book- store gift card.

Upon speaking to Bryan Rivas, he stated that, “The purpose of Alcohol Awareness Week is to bring awareness of the effects and consequences of alcohol, particularly at Susquehanna University.”

He continued: “The week was composed of many educational and social events for students to meet new peers while learning new information and having fun. We want our students to be safe, to be engaged, and to be aware of our campus policies.”

Enactus celebrates Veteran’s Day early to raise awareness

By Alanna Dent, Staff Writer 

Susquehanna Enactus celebrated Veteran’s Day on the football field. Veterans form Veterans of Rally Point Inc. and Snyder County were invited to stand on the football field as they were honored in a multitude of ways.

Nathaniel Leies was the project manager of the event, and was eager to discuss the process of putting it together.

“I joined the Enactus club last year and heard that the leader of the Supporting our Veteran’s Initiative would be graduating,” Leies said. “We had just held a meeting with our Business Advisory Board and one member suggested we contact two individuals in Middleburg to check in with their work with veterans.

This contact revitalized the project, as we now had a contact with veterans of Snyder county, who we in turn asked to join us at the football game last weekend.”

Leies continued by discussing the connection between the campus community and the military, a connection that he hopes to strengthen through the Veteran’s Initiative.

Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11 and Leies wanted to honor them in a way that would be seen by a large number of students.

“We realized that with parent’s weekend coming that bringing the veterans to one of the biggest football games of the year would not only build awareness of military in our community for the student body but also parents and families at the game,” Leies said. “Additionally, it would give our vets a fun chance to meet with us and the ROTC. I think they really enjoyed being on field to be honorary captains and do the coin toss, which are very special privileges.”

Leies explained that although this was a successful fundraiser and raised awareness about veterans in our area, that it is not the only event that is part of the veteran initiative, and Enactus plans to work with them throughout the year.

Leies continued, “In the case of Supporting our Veterans, my team has two goals: build a community of active and inactive military on campus and in our local Selinsgrove/Snyder county region; the other goal we have is to connect with veterans from the area and provide impactful solutions to their problems.”

For this year long initiative, Enactus teamed up with an organization by the name of Rally Point Inc.

Their goal is to continue to provide workshops to help veterans, especially those with disabilities both physical and mental. In addition, they seek to provide assistance for veterans who face losing their homes or are already homeless.

The football team paid respects to the veterans by al- lowing them to be honorary team captains as well as initiating the coin toss before the game. There was a photo booth where people could go as a group or individually and post their photos with the hashtag #SU_Vets_Game.

“We took photos of approximately 28 groups of people,” Leies said. “Enactus and Rally point overall engaged everyone who attended the game as we had activities announced over the PA and went on field at the beginning of the game where we stood alongside President Green who delivered a few remarks about celebrating the life and service of Veterans.”

Discussing the future of the project, Leies was hopeful that Enactus will continue to honor former military personnel at Veteran’s Day football games for years to come. He also hopes that in the future, interest in the Supporting our Veteran’s Initiative will continue to grow.

In his closing remark, Leies said, “we are planning on fostering a long-term relationship with local veterans and active military so that we can continue to nurture and perpetuate a stable military community in our school and in our local area.”

If you are interested in joining Enactus, you can contact Jeremy Witter at witter@susqu. edu. They meet on Thursday nights at 9 p.m in Apfelbaum Hall room 218. Non majors are also welcome to join the club.

Adulting 101 session gives tips to students for after college

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer

The Adulting 101 session held this week by Susquehanna’s Center for Academic Achievement was titled “Make Your Portfolio Pop.” The session focused on how to create a portfolio to enhance your career profile and resume. The panel was presented by lecturer in communications Linda Burkley.

To start the session, Burkley discussed the benefits of creating a portfolio, and called it “A visual extension of your resume”. She then went on to discuss the benefits of having both a digital portfolio as well as a hard copy portfolio.

Burkley said that having a digital portfolio allows for increased accessibility as well as portability, and can give an increased opportunity to be creative and show skillfulness through technology.

Students who add a portfolio to their arsenal of qualifications can stand out quite a bit from the rest of a crowd.

During the session, Burkley told us that fifty six percent of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website or portfolio than any other branding tool, and only seven percent of job seekers have either a portfolio or a web page. By starting now, it can increase your chances of receiving a job offer significantly.

Burkley stressed the importance of online profiles when searching for a job. She stated that if at all possible, a personal website should be the centerpiece of your online presence. However, if you have little experience with website building and coding, a great place to start to build your online presence in addition to Linkedin, is “About me”, which is somewhat of an online biography to attract potential employers so that they might better understand your interests, lifestyle, and other information you choose to share.

Burkley stated that there are various ways to organize a portfolio, and it is best to tailor your portfolio to fit your situation. Some examples she gave were: Chronologically, in which you would start with current pieces, and work backwards or forwards to show skill progression.

Another way that help with your portfolio would be media specific. This option is where you would focus on media that is required for the position you are applying for.

Lastly, Burkley showcased the industry organization op- tion, in which case you would highlight and focus on works that reflect skills sought after in the industry.

Some must-haves that Burkley insisted be included into a portfolio are: your resume, contact information, professional headline focusing on what sets you apart from competitors, links to websites and online media, testimonials, endorsements, and recommendations.

She also said that it may be beneficial to include pieces that reflect your ongoing work effort.

Burkley said, “…each discipline is different, but be sure to use your best work and ensure your samples are free of errors; start strong, and end strong.”

After the session, Burkley voiced some of her thoughts on the Adulting 101 workshops, specifically relating to the career development aspects.

Berkley said, “I think it’s important for students to be able to see what other students are doing, and what other disciplines are doing, and to fully understand career development opportunities that are here and can be taken advantage of before they get out into the real world.”

The Center for Academic Achievement wants everyone to know about the importance of these sessions. These sessions cover anything from the necessary skills of filing taxes or filling out a check to learning proper eating etiquette for elegant or business dinners. They also covered travel.

To keep students informed about upcoming Adulting 101 workshops and other events for the Center for Academic Achievement, students regularly receive updates from Ginny Larson, the Associate Director of Academic Achievement and Junior and Senior Experience, to their student email accounts.

Lecture focuses on the abilities needed for life

By Benjamin Roehlke, Staff Writer 

Over the course of the semester, the Center for Academic Achievement has been holding “Adulting” sessions that allow students to come to an informational panel to learn new things.

On Nov. 2, the session was geared towards building resilience. The speaker for this particular panel was assistant dean of academic achievement Lakeisha Meyer.

She started the session by saying that resilience can be built, even if you don’t think you have it. She then asked the students that attended the session to define resilience in their own terms.

One of the first steps that Meyer stressed, was to recognize when you need support. In response, it is encouraged to seek assistance from peers, family, and professionals. Meyer then asked students to share their ideas on how they overcome obstacles in their everyday lives as well as during times of increased stress.

Some examples that were gathered were to keep things in perspective, and to focus on what really matters.

It was agreed that one should focus on the bigger challenges in life, rather than letting the smaller things build up and become a big problem.

The group then talked about the negatives of social media, and how social media is a way for people to share the highlights of their life, therefor hiding the bad.

Meyer shared her favorite quote about being resilient, and said: “tough times never last, tough people do.”

During the sessions, everyone in attendance received a work- sheet that gave strategies for selfcare and resilience.

At this time, the group redefined resilience using a definition from the American Phycological Association which stated: resilience is “the human ability to adapt in the face of tragedy, trauma, diversity, hardship, and ongoing significant life stresses.”

After the session, Meyer said: “I think the Adulting 101 is really important because there are a lot of skills you don’t learn in the classroom, but are really important for being success in life. Talking about resilience for example is important because it’s not one of those skills you won’t learn in the classroom, but you’re going to be faces with experiences that require it”.

The organizer of the Adulting 101 series, associate director of academic achievement Virginia Larson, said: “It was created in the way of looking at upperclassman and giving them some things they need to transition out of Susquehanna.”

Nicholas Trotter, a junior, said: “I really wanted to come because I’ve been through a tough semester before, and this semester I wanted to focus on developing support and seek out something to give me the skills to bounce back and I think it did just that, and I even got a worksheet”.

Information regarding the Adulting 101 series can be found in the Center for Academic Achievement.

Service leaders begin to prepare for newly initiated program

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff Writer 

After the winter break, Susquehanna will be starting the SU Service Leaders Program for freshmen who expressed interest in doing service work.

The program, which was started after a university donor donated $7.1 million toward it earlier this year, targets incoming freshmen who had a history of service work on their application. If the students enter the program, they’re then matched with a partner to work with in the local community.

“You apply to be part of the program, and you’re part of it all four years you’re at Susquehanna,” said Sarah Farbo, Assistant Director of Service Leaders and Career Development in the Career Development Center.

She continued, “And the goal is to hone and strengthen your leadership skills through partnering with a community partner who focuses on youth development.”

Before the program officially begins, the students meet twice a month to train, and prepare for the work they’ll be doing with their respective community partners. What that work will end up being depends on the partner.

During the winter break, the students will attend a week long service trip in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they’ll go through various programs to prepare them for their service work.

Thirteen potential community partners applied for the program and four were accepted, those four being the Regional Engagement Center, the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, and the Union Snyder Community Action Agency in partnership with the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation.

The students are matched with a community partner based on what the partners are looking for and what the students wish to focus on.

At the beginning of the semester, they sit down with a supervisor from the community partner’s site and set up a learning agreement.

Once a student has been matched, they are expected to continue working with the service partner, that they were matched with in the recruitment process, for all four years of their Susquehanna experience.

Students are required to work between six and eight hours a week with their service partners, and will keep track of their hours with weekly time sheets.

“The first year they might be focusing on going to the site and observing, maybe doing some hands-on, direct service,” Farbo said. “Second year they might be evaluating programs. Third year they might be creating new programs. Fourth year they might be a program coordinator on site.”

“The whole idea is that students will grow throughout the years,” Farbo added.

As a way to promote the program, the students who are currently signed up have been speaking at their former high schools. “I think building relationships within the community will help raise awareness and get people interested,” Farbo said.

“I’m just really excited about it, and the reception in the community and on campus has been really, really positive,” Farbo added. “So I’m really looking forward to seeing how the program grows and develops, and I’m just excited to see what happens.”

The Service Leaders are also just as excited as Farbo is. Isabella Moles and Jose Martinez Rivera, both first-years, expressed a great commitment to the program.

Moles said, “To be a Service Leader is to be innovative, generous, and community oriented.” She believes that the Susquehanna Service Leaders, or SUSLs, have learned the importance of leadership, teamwork, and the spirit of community over this semester.

Rivera also acknowledges the importance of what the program is trying to teach them. Rivera said, “So far it has been a great experience preparing for the job, and I can’t wait for next semester.”