President's Newsletter

November 2023

Dear Juniata Community, 

It is the season for gratitude at Juniata. As our fall semester heads into the home stretch, I’m thankful for our college community. 

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to philanthropy. This year, our community will be supporting leaders, scholars, and changemakers through the Juniata Scholarship Fund. I hope you will consider participating and enjoy the stories of our highlighted students.

Adding to the celebratory spirit of the holidays, we are cheering for the women's volleyball team as they head to California to compete for the NCAA Division III Championship Title after winning their 42nd conference championship. This is the team's 33rd appearance in the national quarterfinals!

Last month, I was thrilled to announce that Henry Gibbel ’57 and his wife, Joanie, have provided $1 million for the renovation of South Hall, which will be renamed in their honor. The Gibbels have issued a challenge to alumni and supporters to match that donation, with a goal of raising an additional $1 million to improve the living and learning environment for our students.  

As we look to the future, the work of advancing the College’s strategic objectives is ongoing. We’ve begun work on a new campus master plan with the formation of a committee representing multiple campus constituencies. DLR Group has been engaged to undertake the effort and hosted a series of open forums to analyze and assess Juniata's current and future needs.

Juniatians are making an impact on campus and on the wider community. Please join me in congratulating Provost Lauren Bowen on her recent recognition as one of the 2023 Women Making a Difference by Pennsylvania Business Central. Her outstanding leadership is an asset to our entire community! 

Provost Bowen and the Statton Learning Commons team will be recreating a moment in College history next week, and if you are able, I'd encourage you to join in! The book move event will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the von Liebig Center for Science (see below for more details).

Warm regards,
President James A. Troha

Book Move Event

The 1963 book carry from Carnegie Library (now the Juniata College Museum of Art) to Beeghly Library will be recreated at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5*. All are invited to join President James Troha, Provost Lauren Bowen, and the Statton Learning Commons team to move books from the von Liebig Center for Science to the newly-renovated Statton Learning Commons. The event will begin in the lobby of von Liebig with brief remarks and directions. After the shelving is complete, a brief reception will follow. 

*rain date Thursday, Dec. 7

FAFSA Announcement

The federal government passed legislation known as the FAFSA Simplification Act that has resulted in a major overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal financial aid. This law affects every college and university in the US that participates in federal student aid programs.

Due to these changes, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be released in December 2023. The federal government has not yet shared the exact date.

Even with the application launching in late December, there will still be plenty of time to complete the FAFSA. At Juniata, we ask that you submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA by Monday, April 1, 2024. Students receiving Pennsylvania State Grants must submit prior to May 1, 2024, for Juniata College.

Student Spotlight

Kei Takahashi '24

Diversity Abroad announced Juniata College student Kei Takahashi ’24 as a recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) in the Global Student Leadership Award category.    

Jackson Gamel ’26

Jackson Gamel ’26 was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.  This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years.   

Francesca McClure '24 Rachael Triglia '24

Rachael Triglia '24, of Graniteville, Calif., and Francesca McClure '24, of Lancaster, Pa., spent a portion of their summer engaged in internships with Gift of Life. The internships are funded through the Howard M. ’75 and Lizabeth A. Nathan Scholarship and Gift of Life Transplant Foundation.  

NCAA Division III National Championship

Juniata's women's volleyball team will travel to California to compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball National Championship Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 2, at Claremont Mudd Scripps College.

Juniata will take on Trinity College at 5 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, Nov. 29. More information on tickets, viewing, and schedule can be found HERE.

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Juniata Presents—SEI: Kaki King

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts

Composer and guitarist Kaki King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and her diverse range in different genres. In SEI, ("six", in Italian), guitar movement and dance take over the stage. The guitarists Kaki King and Tamar Eisenman become dancers, coordinating their whole bodies to perform the rigors of both choreography and composition. Multiple guitars on stands are spaced out strategically and featured differently with lighting, in a design that allows music and movement to be created between the guitarists.