Voice of the Valley August 2021

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Member News

Susquehanna University Prepares for a Full Campus this Fall By: Jonathan D. Green, President of Susquehanna University


usquehanna University is preparing to return to all in-person instruction this fall with a full campus.

At our core, we are a living-learning community, and the value of that experience has been made all the more evident over the past year and a half. We will also retain many technological benefits we adopted during the pandemic. One of the hallmarks of a Susquehanna education is that all students meaningfully engage in a culture different from their own through our GO program.

This summer, SU students began to study and work abroad again, but many will continue to take advantage of virtual internships with businesses and organizations around the world while studying in Selinsgrove. Another important campus tradition is our longstanding commitment to service learning. Each year, our students perform tens of thousands of communityservice hours. This year, we are excited to elevate our presence in the broader community as we open our Downtown Center on Market Street. This will establish a visible presence for the University in downtown Selinsgrove, providing a venue for enhanced community engagement that will include small-business

development, town-gown programming, workshops, exhibitions, and targeted retail opportunities.

The economic fortunes of Selinsgrove and the University are inextricably linked. In 1858, local leaders sponsored our founding, and since then we have become the largest private employer in the county. This new facility will provide valuable educational experiences for our students as they help us to “shorten the driveway” and facilitate efforts that benefit SU and our entire community.

Family Scholarship Benefits Future Teachers in Mother’s Name


elinsgrove, PA—The Community Giving Foundation: Selinsgrove is pleased to announce the addition of a scholarship fund to support Selinsgrove students pursuing a career in teaching. The Madelyn L. Whitmer Education Scholarship Fund was established by the Whitmer siblings to honor their dad’s wish for a scholarship dedicated to the memory of his wife. John and Madelyn Whitmer were married in 1956 and settled their family in Shamokin Dam in 1971. Madelyn worked in the Selinsgrove School District administrative offices for many years. She loved spending time with her children, and then grandchildren, and especially enjoyed family vacations to Maine. She was an active member and volunteer at St. Pius X Catholic Church for more than 40 years. “Our mom taught us to be caring, forgiving, generous, hard-working, and patient. It was important for our family to honor our dad’s wish for an education scholarship in mom’s memory. It is our hope that this fund will financially support students in mom’s name forever,” explained Carla Minori, the Whitmers’ daughter. The Whitmer family was originally funding this scholarship from their parent’s trust each year. At their tax accountant’s suggestion, they moved the money from the trust to the Community Giving Foundation to receive tax benefits and administration support for the scholarship. In this way, the

family can focus on the impact of the awards in memory of Madelyn, while the Foundation manages the details of the fund. Bill Bucher, CPA explained, “I asked the Whitmer family, ‘who is going to manage the trust when you are gone?’ The solution to partner with the Foundation made perfect sense—it relieved the family of the administrative burden while allowing them to memorialize their mother’s legacy and fulfill their father’s wishes. The situation was a win-win for everyone involved.” The Madelyn L. Whitmer Education Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to Selinsgrove Area High School graduating seniors pursuing a teaching career. Consideration is given to good students demonstrating a strong work ethic, financial need, and who has experience with community service. You can tell your community giving story by giving to a fund at the Foundation. It’s a wonderful way to honor a person or business or carry on the memory of someone important to you. Leave your own legacy of giving at csgiving.org or call the Foundation at 570-752-3930. Selinsgrove is an affiliate of the Community Giving Foundation, which manages nearly 300 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna area.

John and Madelyn Whitmer


The Clear Steer puppet, designed especially for Kingdom Kidz, and a city complete with car, driver and passengers teach about distracted driving to middle school students.


ingdom Kidz Inc. teaches “Character Counts” using the creative art of puppetry!

“Presenting quality programs through excellent puppetry in order to encourage others to make a difference and help us show people they matter” is the mission of Kingdom Kidz Inc. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Kingdom Kidz typically presented over 180 programs a year (until COVID) in various venues throughout the valley, state and beyond to Virginia, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina just to mention a few places in the past 20 years. One venue commented they are “the best kept secret in the valley”. Using puppets, props, scenery and songs they engage their audiences to participate and learn, which appeals to various ages from preschools to nursing/retirement facilities. From their home base at the Puppet HOME in Watsontown (11 E Third St.) they also offer public programs

in their newly renovated JULIE M HOLMES CREATIVE ART CENTER, as well as, 6 rooms which provide instructional areas for designing puppets, presenting black light programs, doing voice improvisation and working as a team. In fact, creativity flows throughout the building. From a puppet stage to a city complete with a car and puppets, their KIDZ4EDUCATION division has presented programs such as: “Character Counts”, “Reading is Fun”, “Healthy Kidz”, “Safety Rock”, “THINK-before you start”, and “Clear Steer of Distracted Driving”. Whether in an auditorium setting, classroom or outdoor venue the programs appeal because of the various learning styles presented. Everyone learns! Visit their Kingdom Kidz Inc FB page or website at www.hiskingdomkidz.org Email puppets@hiskingdomkidz.org or call Lisa Derr (General Manager) at 570-838-3133 to schedule a presentation or visit the Puppet HOME.

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Voice of The Valley | august 2021