Susquehanna University’s ongoing focus on service is part of its three-pronged mission to "prepare students for lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world."
The university’s students, faculty, staff and alumni have a long history of community service at home and abroad, and the university has a track record of national recognition for its service programs:
• In 1985, community service by Susquehanna students received a citation from then-President Ronald Reagan as a "Program in Private Sector Initiatives" and the Keystone Award for Merit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
• In 1989, then-President George H. W. Bush invited representatives from Susquehanna’s volunteer service programs to a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House celebrating volunteer service in America.
• In 1988, Susquehanna became a charter member of Campus Compact, a coalition of Pennsylvania colleges cooperating to encourage volunteer service on their campuses.
• University service programs received excellence and best practice awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
• Each year since 2006, Susquehanna has been on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2010 and 2011, the honor was bestowed with distinction, a commendation given to only 110 schools across the country.
• In 2012 Susquehanna was named one of eight great schools for Community Service by the Huffington Post.
In 1990, a volunteer center was created to act as a clearinghouse for volunteer projects, and Deborah Woods was appointed as a part-time coordinator of volunteer services. Project House themes evolved over the years as different student groups organized themselves to do service in the community. By 1995, more than half of Susquehanna’s 1,400 students participated in some form of significant community volunteer service, and that trajectory of student participation has
We know that our graduates continue to lead lives of service in their local communities, too. Join us this April for our second annual SU SERVE event. With a common goal of service, SU SERVE will strengthen our ties to one another, and demonstrate the effects Susquehannans are having on organizations and communities across the globe.
Susquehanna is already changing the world. Help us show the magnitude of that impact.. Participation is easy.
• If you’re already giving back to your local community, either by actively volunteering or as a representative to a board or association, you don’t have to do anything extra. Simply dedicate your regular service hours in the month of April to Susquehanna University.
• Or, if you’d like to participate as part of a group, there will be opportunities organized by our regional alumni chapters in several cities across the Northeast in April.
• Or you can come to campus on April 11 to work alongside students volunteering at numerous local organizations.
For more information and to register, visit www.susqu.edu/suserve.