Susquehanna University:
1895 to 1939

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    • Delmonico Boarding Club, Student Clubs

    • Delmonico Boarding Club, Student Clubs

    • Delmonico Boarding Club; Student organizations; Fraternities & sororities; Susquehanna University; Universities & colleges;

    • In 1859, students formed Boarding/Eating Clubs. These clubs were an early form of fraternity. The clubs would rent a house or a room in a house, hire a cook, plan meals and conduct conversations among their members. The Delmonico Boarding Club,...
    • Founders Day

    • Founders Day

    • Founders' Day commemorations; Dedications; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • Founders Day was celebrated in the Fall. On November 24, 1908, the sundial was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Benjamin Kurtz, the Institute's founding father, in celebration of the school's 50th anniversary. The buildings in the background are...
    • Glee Club

    • Glee Club

    • Weis, Harry; Weis, Sigmund; Sheldon, E. Edwin; Singers; Student organizations; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University;

    • The Glee Club was composed of faculty, students and alumni. In the lower right hand corner of the photo is Harry Weis, and in the lower left hand corner is Sigmund Weis. After graduating from Susquehanna University, the Weis brothers went on to...
    • Baseball Team

    • Baseball Team

    • Baseball players; Sports; Student organizations; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • The first recorded baseball game at the Missionary Institute was in 1881. The first interscholastic game was in 1887. The first baseball field on campus was constructed in the mid-1890s.The first University baseball team was formed in 1901.
    • Girls' Ghost Parade

    • Girls' Ghost Parade

    • Parades & processions; Practical jokes; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • As a daring prank related to Halloween, the female students gathered at night in front of Seibert Hall on November 6, 1912. They wore homemade ghost costumes constructed from bed sheets and pillow cases. The group paraded towards Selinsgrove Hall,...
    • Fresh-Soph Tie Up Ritual

    • Fresh-Soph Tie Up Ritual

    • Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University; Games; Sports

    • The Fresh-Soph Tie Up was a competition between the male freshmen and sophomore students. It evolved in 1913 from the freshmen and sophomore " flag scrap". This event was held on the campus athletic field. The goal was to see how many from each...
    • Arbor Day

    • Arbor Day

    • Tree planting ceremonies; Manners & customs; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • Faculty and students would plant trees on campus in celebration of Arbor Day. Later it became the responsibility of the senior graduating class to plant a tree on Arbor Day, so they would have a place marked on the campus to gather for their alumni...
    • Men's Track Team

    • Men's Track Team

    • Track athletics; Athletic clubs; Sports; Susquehanna University; Universities & colleges;

    • Susquehanna University Men's Track Team was started in the Spring of 1901. The first coach was J.S. Blank. The team's first "contest" was held at the campus athletic field on June 19, 1901. Its first intercollegiate track meet was held May 30,...
    • Young Women's Christian Association

    • Young Women's Christian Association

    • Young Women's Christian associations; Parties; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) was organized in 1903. Its first President was Caroline R. Enders. Like the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) before them, the YWCA sponsored theme parties, dances and lectures. The theme in...
    • Alpha Sigma Omega Fraternity

    • Alpha Sigma Omega Fraternity

    • Fraternities & sororities; Alpha Sigma Omega; Phi Mu Delta; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • Alpha Sigma Omega fraternity was formed before 1900, but disappeared by 1910 because President Aikens and the faculty had opposed fraternities. It was reconstituted with the motto "SU: First and Last" shortly before America entered World War I. In...
    • Susquehanna University Faculty

    • Susquehanna University Faculty

    • Teachers; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • This photo shows the SU Faculty in 1914. Front row: Jay Kelchner, Athletics; Miss Barry, Preceptress; Miss Guss, Art; Miss Brown, Voice: Prof. Thompson, German. Back row: Doc Dun, Physical Director; Prof. Brungart, Languages-Academy; Prof. Faust,...
    • Class Banquet

    • Class Banquet

    • Banquets; Banquet camera photographs; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University

    • Every graduating class would hold a class banquet at an off-campus location ranging from Middleburg to Milton. The graduating class and their chaperones would make many toasts as they enjoyed a full course meal. The banquets provided lasting...
    • Summer School Catalog

    • Summer School Catalog

    • Catalogs; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University; Summer school

    • Summer school at Susquehanna University started in 1902. In the 1918 summer school catalog, the impact of World War I is noted under "Over There" and "Over Here". Also, summer school expenses for female students cost slightly more than expenses for...
    • Campus Scenes

    • Campus Scenes

    • Buildings; Universities & colleges; Catalogs; Susquehanna University; Selinsgrove Hall; Gustavus Adolphus Hall; Alumni Gymnasium; Seibert Hall

    • Scenes of the campus from the 1918 Summer School catalog. Selinsgrove Hall is in the bottom left hand corner, Gustavus Adolphus Hall is in the upper left hand corner, the Alumni Gymnasium is in the middle, Seibert Hall is in the lower right hand...
    • Omega Delta Sigma Sorority

    • Omega Delta Sigma Sorority

    • Fraternities & sororities; Students; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University; Omega Delta Sigma; Alpha Delta Phi; Fetterolf, Helen M.; Fetterolf Lulu E.; Fisher, Charlotte M.; Mowrer, Mollie C.; McCool, Jess C.; McCormick, Kathryn; Moyer,...

    • Omega Delta Sigma was established during the 1916-1917 academic year. In 1950, they joined Alpha Delta Phi. The members in the 1919 photograph are Helen M. Fetterolf, Lulu E. Fetterolf, Charlotte M. Fisher, Mollie C. Mowrer, Jess C. McCool, Kathryn...
    • Susquehanna Unversity Ambulance Corps

    • Susquehanna Unversity Ambulance Corps

    • Military organizations; Military service; Universities & colleges; Susquehanna University; United States Army Ambulance Corps

    • When America entered World War I, the Susquehanna Ambulance Units were formed with volunteers from the student body and area residents. When serving, the ambulance corps' responsibility was to gather the wounded from the battle fields, then...

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