@SusquehannaU Sept. 19

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Susquehanna University

Location: Selinsgrove PA

If you quiz most people in the US about large rivers I am not sure that the Susquehanna River gets it proper respect. The river and its branches cover three states New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. At the Wikipedia link below you will see the various villages, towns, and cities that the river is part of.


One of the towns on the list above is Selinsgrove PA which is the home of Susquehanna University.


Susquehanna opened on Sept. 1, 1858, and it was named The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  They had a sister school that was called Susquehanna Female College.

Benjamin Kurtz was the first president, and the school had two departments: theology and classical. In 1872 it became co-educational when,the Susquehanna Female College closed and some of its students enrolled at the Missionary Institute.

In 1895, the name officially became Susquehanna University.

susquehanna postcard

Susquehanna enrolls around 2,100 students with over half of them coming from outside of the Pennsylvania. Susquehanna basketball coach Frank Marcinek enters his 29th season and is the university all-time coach for career wins. Susquehanna is a NCAA Division III member.

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