The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

May 11, 2014

507 Susquehanna graduates hit the job market

SELINSGROVE — A total of 507 students graduated from Susquehanna University on Sunday, ready to take the next step in their careers.

For many of them, that means sending out applications and resumes to apply for jobs. A few, though, such as business finance major Alex Taylor, have jobs lined up already. Taylor will begin work in June as a financial analyst in Delaware. She got the job after a career fair at Penn State.

Meanwhile, many of her classmates have made use of services at Susquehanna to find jobs.

“Susquehanna has a great alumni network already out there,” Taylor said.

Engineering major Catharine Petroff agreed.

“The wonderful thing about Susquehanna is they have a very supportive, kind network,” she said.

While she doesn’t have a full-time job lined up yet, she’s confident Susquehanna’s alumni services will be able to help her find one soon.

Communication and broadcasting major Sam Eramo will be looking for internships, with the hope of scoring one in sports broadcasting. He hopes to have a full-time job by the end of the summer, and plans to apply to as many places as possible.

Theater and creative writing major Margaret Rojahn has a paid internship at Disney World lined up. The Disney fan will be working in guest services through January, attending to visitors waiting in lines at the amusement park’s various attractions. Several Susquehanna University students had previously gone through the program, which is how Rojahn heard about it.

“I love this school,” she said. “They’ve been wonderfully supportive.”

Chemistry major Bradleigh Rhodes has a job interview Monday. Her hope is that it will quickly lead to a job, but if it doesn’t, she has had other companies show an interest in her.

“I absolutely loved going to Susquehanna University,” said the Connecticut resident. Although it is a five-hour drive to the university from her family’s house, arriving on campus “was like coming home again.”

Creative writing major Will Rowen will spend his first year out of college working with the group City Year, providing educational services to students in Philadelphia schools. He will be paid for his time with the nonprofit group, and after his year is up, he will start hunting for other jobs.

During the graduation ceremony at Susquehanna’s field house, two honorary degrees were conferred by university President L. Jay Lemons. A doctor of humane letters was presented to Ruth Eleanor McCorkill, a 1943 Susquehanna graduate, and a doctor of science to Dr. Glenn Steele, president and CEO of Danville’s Geisinger Health System.

McCorkill, a graduate of Susquehanna’s business administration program, had served for 10 years following her graduation as the university’s alumni director and sports publicist. Lemons commended her for being a trailblazer in the sports information field during a time when few if any women were involved.

Steele gave the address for the 156th commencement. He drew a parallel between Susquehanna University and Geisinger, saying the “power of place” allows a group of talented people to accomplish their goals together.

“Try to find a little piece of it (Susquehanna University) to carry with you,” he told the students.

He also spoke about health care reform and his views on it as a physician. Steele said it is the community’s responsibility to work toward getting everyone access to health care, which drew widespread applause from the audience.

“If part of our population is uninsured ” we all suffer,“ he said.

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