President's Newsletter

November 2022

Dear Juniata Community, 

As we get ready to gather together in the coming days with family and friends, I am continually reminded that we have much to be thankful for. Over the last several weeks, I was privileged to spend time with members of our Board of Trustees. As we unveil “All In: The Strategic Plan for Juniata College,” I am grateful for their leadership, wisdom, and confirmation of this plan in our October board meeting. I am grateful for all of the work from many individuals who helped shepherd and steer this document including Provost Lauren Bowen, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chairs Associate Provost Dom Peruso and Vice President for Administration Tracy Grajewski, and many other faculty and staff who provided input along the process. 

This strategic document reflects our values at Juniata. In the coming months, we’ll continue to make investments that help to showcase our academic distinction. We’ll work to ensure belonging on campuses by promoting an equity-minded culture, and we’ll make strategic investments in our campus experience for students.  

With much gratitude, I reflect upon the many contributions of two cherished emeritus faculty members, Robert Zimmerer and Robert Wagoner, who have passed away. The impact they made on Juniata will not soon be forgotten.

Lastly, I hope you like the new look of this newsletter. This redesign has been spearheaded by the folks in Marketing. They are working on some interesting things around digital storytelling and utilizing the latest tools to help Juniata tell its story. 

Thank you for reading and hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving. 

Warm Regards,

President James A. Troha

This Month at Juniata

Landmark Champions-again!

The Juniata women's volleyball team defeated the University of Scranton to win the Landmark Conference Championship for the 15th straight time. 

Funding Aids in Research

With the support of U.S. Rep. John Joyce, Juniata College was recently awarded $995,000 to fund a public health initiative to benefit the residents of and visitors to Huntingdon County. 

A Fabulous Fall

Perfect weather conditions resulted in a spectacular display of fall foliage on campus and throughout the region. Juniata is beautiful in all seasons, but autumn is truly breath-taking.

A lead multimillion-dollar gift from Tim '72 and Kathy (Stavru) Statton '72 sparked the transition of Beeghly Library, constructed in 1963, to become Statton Learning Commons, a facility designed to continue Juniata's mission into the future.

A groundbreaking ceremony in April 2022 was a cause for celebration for the Juniata community as it marked the beginning of the official transformation of Beeghly Library to the Statton Learning Commons. The contents and operation center of the library have been temporarily relocated to von Liebig Center for Science.

The installation of a fence marks the beginning of a new phase of construction on Statton Learning Commons. The modernized facility is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2023.