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Susquehanna University is a small liberal arts University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Susquehanna's motto is to achieve, lead and serve. Susquehanna also allows students to take a step forward, and enter new conversations through our various clubs and organizations, as well as through our Global Opportunities program, which connects students with the world and its various cultures through a study abroad requirement. While there are some opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), such as participating in the recently implemented Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor, the university still has lots of room for improvement. 

One of the biggest challenges that Susquehanna faces is the lack of collaboration between the business school and the school of arts and sciences. Students usually feel limited by their departments and associate the words "entrepreneurship" and "innovation" strictly with business. The main objective of our University Innovation Fellows Leadership Circle is to implement more I&E programs on campus and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Spring 2015 Pitch:

Fall 2016 Pitch:

Student Priorities


Raise awareness about innovation and entrepreneurship, and ideas on campus

  • Inspire and promote interdisciplinary collaboration through innovative events
    • TEDx Susquehanna: Spring 2018
    • Pitch Contest: Spring 2018
  • Initiate PR campaign in order to involve students in University Innovation Fellows (UIF), innovation on campus and event planning for TEDx and Pitch Contest 
    • Focus on entrepreneurship as an interdisciplinary subject
    • Grow exposure of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor across campus
  • Develop continuity plan to have funding established in advance for every semester of UIF to eliminate gaps in fellow classes and create stability and sustainability 
  • Identify sources of funding available to students, faculty and staff
    • Option for funding for students working with faculty or staff mentors on innovation projects
    • Publicize fund including application and award process
    • Establish separate pots of funding for students, faculty and staff
  • Talk to faculty and students about introducing a Innovation and Entrepreneurship Major
  • Discuss with department heads about introducing design courses that fall into different departments


Create a physical center for collaboration and innovation at Susquehanna

  • Discover exact student needs for components of the space
  • Evaluate potential spaces
    • Create space where the local community may have access
    • Find funding and designate space 
  • Utilize as a creative, DIY space where students can gather to create, invent and learn
    • Often includes 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools
  • Host pop-up classes regarding lean startup, design thinking and more
    • Pop-up class highlighting previous successes regarding innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and what made them successful
    • “Speed-dating” session between staff, faculty, students and local businesses
  • Involve community in the makerspace to collaborate and discover what problems locals need solved
  • Bring industries to campus in order to understand current problems
    • Identify needs in our region/county/town and collaborate with local partners to innovate
    • Engage local businesses to help students see innovation as a process and not necessarily just technology/product based
    • Assist nonprofits with communication documents
      • Partner with Johnson Center for Civic Engagement and Greek Life to increase service opportunities in this realm


  • Integrate experiential learning into existing curriculum for all students
    • Establish at least one experiential course in every academic department
  • Partner with Political Science department and interested students, faculty and staff to leverage our role as a large Snyder County employer in order to promote pro-innovation policies in Harrisburg
  • Increase student involvement in long-term research (projects lasting at least two semesters)
  • Strengthen and expand on offerings and aspects of Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities/Cross Cultural Study Abroad Requirement
    • Create mechanism for students studying abroad to contribute to recruiting international students: short-term or degree-seeking
    • Establish template for returning GO students who are now inspired to engage with world-wide service or community engagement: “plug and play” into local community
      • Additionally, establish template for departing GO students to proactively research volunteer opportunities they will have while abroad/research nonprofits in the area
  • Establish a “life-entrepreneurship” type program for first year and sophomore students based on: who am I, where am I going, and how do I get there?
    • Focus on values – how to best incorporate values into career path and goals
    • Create and sustain a culture of self-efficacy and self-governance, particularly in the residence halls
  • Involve students in applied research
    • Create an innovative Global Opportunities (GO) Short program tied to a faculty’s research, involving continuous research before and after the trip
    • Begin with identifying a problem, then return to solve the problem, and later implement innovative idea abroad


  • Bring movement to students: install walking desks on campus (treadmill with desk attached, enabling students to exercise and study simultaneously)
    • Start with a few in the library and/or makerspace, eventually have more in academic buildings
  • Increase student input regarding dining/cuisine options through easier feedback mechanism
  • Partner with Aramark to increase culinary education events on campus
    • Opportunities for students to learn how to cook through Adulting 101-Sessions and Residential Life Community Programs
  • Launch color system at dining locations: red, yellow, green for healthiness level of food options to give perspective of ratio of healthy to unhealthy options and encourage healthy behavior

Related links

Pitch Video, Fall 2016

Pitch Video, Spring 2015

Susquehanna University Student Priorities


Ethan Eastwood  (Spring 2015)

Alexis Gargin  (Spring 2015)

Pierce Logan Perkins  (Spring 2015)

Tiffany Richards  (Spring 2015)

Hana Feiner (Fall 2016)

Aviel Stein (Fall 2016)

Rachel Tate (Fall 2016)

Alexandra Haller (Fall 2017)

Damian Munoz (Fall 2017)

Daniel Yim (Fall 2017)