Ventures Scholars Member Institution Enrichment Programs

Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA

The Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE)
The Summer Ecology Institute
The Advance Writers Workshop
Stalking the Wild: As Writer, Reader and Explorer

During the summer of 2004, Susquehanna University will offer four workshops to students who will be entering grades 9 through 12. Each workshop is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to explore a particular area of interest with highly qualified college faculty, both from Susquehanna University and other universities, in a relaxed and comfortable college setting. Each limits the total number of participants so that groups of students remain small and teachers can provide much individual attention. What follows is a brief summary of each of the workshops.

The Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) will provide a "hands on" introduction to business. A key feature of this workshop will be involvement in an interactive computer simulation using the very latest technology. As part of a small team, students will create and run a company in a competitive environment. The week will also include speakers from both the academic and professional community as well as field trips to view real world applications of concepts discussed during the workshop. This workshop will be held from June 26 through July 2, 2004. Applications will be accepted from students who will be entering grades 9 through 12. Each successful applicant will receive a scholarship of $400, underwritten by Toyota USA. The remaining cost to each student will be $200. The deadline for applications is May 17, 2004.

The Summer Ecology Institute will be a week-long introduction to the range of disciplines encompassed by the science of Ecology. Students will be introduced to interactions between living and non-living components of the environment from streams and wetlands to fields and forests. The environments will be explored at a range of scales from bacteria to biomes. The mosaic of ridges, valleys, and streams typical of Central Pennsylvania is an ideal setting for this type of study in a relatively compact area. In addition, it lends itself to the observation and measurement of environmental impacts by farming, mining, industry and urbanization on the ecology of the region. Students who will be in grades 10 through 12 are eligible to apply. The tuition cost per student is $560 and the workshop will be held from June 27 through July 3, 2004. The deadline for applications is May 5, 2004.

The Advance Writers Workshop is designed for experienced student writers who are entering grades 11 and 12. It provides participants with intensive workshops and individual conferencing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction with widely published Susquehanna University creative writing faculty. In addition, nationally recognized visiting writers will conduct guest workshops and give readings throughout the week. To be considered for admission, a portfolio of six to eight pages of fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction is required from each applicant. The cost per person is $500 and the application deadline is May 5, 2004.

The workshop entitled Stalking the Wild: As Writer, Reader and Explorer draws on the thought that the wilderness has always called forth the creative and adventurous nature of people. It assumes, in fact, that creativity and a sense of adventure are necessary equipment for writers and readers as well as explorers. This program will offer participants an opportunity to be introduced to college writing in an informal, comfortable environment while learning about the Susquehanna River and Pennsylvania woods and some of their wild inhabitants. Participants will sample some if the world's best wilderness writing and get detailed feedback on their own writing. This workshop will be limited to 20 members to afford close supervision and individual attention. Students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to attend this workshop scheduled for June 27 through July 3. The cost per person is $500.

Anyone wishing to receive more information on any of the summer workshops should contact:

Office of Continuing Education
530 University Avenue
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Phone: (570) 374-4354

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