08 October 2021
The Susquehanna campus footprint has grown somewhat thanks to a donation of land made by a former student and administrator, the Reverend Dr. Lois D. ’90, and her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Martin, MD
On Thursday, October 6, President Jonathan Green, the Martins, board members and other campus leaders gathered to tour the property and formally introduce Reverend Dr. Lois D. Martin ’90 and Dr. Thomas J. Martin, MD Retreat Center at the Susquehanna Community.
The Martin Retreat Center, a rural property of over 55 acres with a pond, house, and barn, is located off campus near Danville, PA. The property will be used as a retreat and study and gathering place for many of the university’s academic and extracurricular programs, including the departments of creative writing, biology and environmental science, as well as organizations of religious and spiritual life.
“The secluded location and natural beauty of the retreat make it an ideal place for contemplative reflection and renewal, and as a place of teamwork free from the intrusions of daily life,” said President Green . “We are very grateful to the Martins for their thoughtful generosity. ”
In addition, the Martin Retreat Center can also be used for one-day retreats or research projects for small groups of university students, professors or staff in any discipline, as well as for stays of short term for artists or guest speakers.
“The creation of a retreat center for Susquehanna is an honor for us and something that we are happy to see come to fruition,” said the Martins.
“We hope that the natural beauty of the property, with its pond and surrounding forests, will encourage the students, faculty and staff who travel there to reflect and consider the issues and challenges of life for many years to come. future.”
Members of the campus community can contact event management for booking guidelines and to request space usage.