Homecoming

Alumni & Family Weekend

September 30 and October 1, 2022

CSU is thrilled to warmly welcome the CSU family for Homecoming: Alumni & Family Weekend. Families of our students, alumni and their families will join students, staff and faculty for two days of activities and fun!

Homecoming crowd and booths
CSU's homecoming
CSU's homecoming
CSU's homecoming
CSU's homecoming

Weekend Schedule

Alumni Day: September 30, 2022

7:30–9 a.m. | Underground Café Open 
Check out some CSU merchandise while enjoying coffeehouse drinks.

9 a.m. | Chapel
Recreation Center
Join us as Pastor Mark Willey, a 2022 Outstanding Service Alumni Award Winner, will speak.
Will be posted on CSU’s Facebook page after the event.

10:30 a.m. | Alumni Awards Presentation
Recreation Center
Celebrate 7 outstanding alumni! Read more about the award recipients below.
Will be posted on CSU’s Facebook page after the event.

Noon–1:30 p.m. | Lunch
Cafeteria
Rates are $6.50 for guests.

Noon–3 p.m. | Food Truck Lunch
Circle Parking Lot, near Jackson Hall
Enjoy some local treats from favorite food trucks.

Noon–3 p.m. | Library Used Book Sale
Jackson Hall, First Floor. Please use the entrance near the soccer field.
Get a great deal on Bibles, commentaries, children’s books, and more. Proceeds assist the library purchase new books and ebooks.

1–4 p.m. | Underground Café Open 
Check out some CSU merchandise while enjoying coffeehouse drinks.

2–4 p.m. | Virtual Golf
Phelps Student Center
Practice your golf skills at various courses. Sign-up coming soon.

5:30 p.m. | Hall of Honor Ceremony
Huckaby Gym, Phelps Student Center
Join us as we induct the 1992 Men’s Basketball Team, Ronnie Chastain, and Bill Higley into the Athletics Department Hall of Honor. Reserve your tickets by September 10 through this link.

7–10:30 p.m. | Underground Café Open 
Check out some CSU merchandise while enjoying coffeehouse drinks.

Family Day: October 1, 2022

A day of festivities will bring our students’ families plus our alumni and families together for a day of fun activities!

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. | Underground Café Open
Underground Café
Check out CSU merchandise while enjoying coffeehouse drinks.

8 a.m. | 5K Fundraiser for CSU’s Cross Country Teams
Location TBD
Bring your racing shoes and take a run with our cross country teams.

9:30 a.m. | President’s Brunch
Keystone Room or Cafeteria, Phelps Student Center
Connect with Dr. Lytle and get exciting updates about CSU. Cost is $6 per person. Reserve your tickets by September 28 through this link.

10 a.m.–noon | Virtual Golf
Phelps Student Center
Practice your golf skills at various courses. Sign-up coming soon.

10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Library Used Book Sale
Jackson Hall, First Floor. Please use the entrance near the soccer field.
Get a great deal on Bibles, commentaries, children’s books, and more. Proceeds assist the library purchase new books and ebooks.

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Block Party
Jackson Hall Lawn
Grab a bite to eat from tents set up with food, drinks and merchandise that support our CSU residence halls and campus organizations. Special activities will be available for children in the Kids Corner.

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Yard Games
In front of the Recreation Center
Play some can jam, spike ball and more with your family and friends.

11 a.m. | Lady Defender Volleyball Game
Huckaby Gym, Phelps Student Center
Celebrate our seniors and cheer on the Lady Defenders as they take on conference rival Keystone College.
Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

Noon | Alumni Cornhole Tournament
Jackson Hall Lawn
Compete against other alumni for the 2022 Cornhole Championship! Sign-up at the alumni tent at the block party by 11:45 a.m.

1 p.m. | Lady Defender Soccer Game
Defender Field
Celebrate our seniors and cheer for the Lady Defenders as they host Bryn Athyn College.
Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

3 p.m. | Defender Soccer Game
Defender Field
Celebrate our seniors and cheer for the Defenders as they host Bryn Athyn College.
Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

5 p.m. | Class of ’92 Reunion
Recreation Center Room 209
1992 graduates and families will gather for dinner together. RSVP here by September 28.

7–9 p.m. | Underground Café Open 
Check out some CSU merchandise while enjoying coffeehouse drinks.

Mark this special event on your calendar! We would love to see you here!

Alumni Award Winners

God has greatly used many of our alumni around the world in a variety of capacities to bring honor and glory to His name. The annual alumni awards celebate how God is working through the lives of CSU alumni.

Steve Viars: Alumnus of the Year Award

Pastor Steve Viars (’82) has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana, since 1987. Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church.

At Faith Church, Viars oversees the staff, deacons and all Faith ministries. He also serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope and the Faith Community Development Corporation. He has written several books including, “Putting Your Past In Its Place,” “Loving Your Community,” “Overcoming Bitterness” and “Do You Believe What God Says About You?”

Viars graduated from CSU with a Bachelor of Science in Bible in 1982. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry.

Joseph Gonzalez: Young Alumnus Award

Joseph Gonzalez (’19) transferred to CSU in 2016 after being saved by God’s grace the previous year. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biblical studies and intercultural studies. He served as a resident assistant in Ridley Hall and took groups of students into Scranton to share the gospel. Now, as an active member of Emmanuel Bible Church in Vineland, New Jersey, Gonzalez and church leaders are implementing evangelism outreach to the community.

In 2020, Joseph began working as a shelter staff ambassador at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia’s largest emergency men’s homeless shelter. He facilitated the acquisition of shelter beds and cultivated an environment of trauma-informed care for the residents. In 2021, Gonzalez was promoted to spiritual care coordinator where he developed and implemented spiritual growth programming. He organizes and facilitates daily morning devotions, prayer groups, Bible discussions, book clubs, music therapy groups, field trips and poetry groups. He engages in personal conversations, conducting spiritual assessments to connect men to healthy local churches. While sharing the gospel, he gifts men with spiritual care resources such as Bibles, devotional materials and gospel tracts.

Mark and Nanette Fitch: Outstanding Service Award

Mark (’92, ’97) and Nanette (’92) Fitch were involved in campus life as CSU students. Mark was part of CSU’s first NCCAA II national championship soccer team and was a 2010 inductee into the CSU Athletic Hall of Honor. Nanette was part of the Chamber Singers and has served the local church in music ministry.

While Mark attended BBS, they ministered as resident directors in Vibbard Hall. They’ve served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Mark is currently the campus pastor at LCBC Church in York, Pennsylvania. Nanette brings the light of Jesus into her role as a nurse. They have two children.

Mark and Nanette are grateful for their deep CSU heritage. Mark’s father, Charles, attended CSU in Johnson City, New York. Nanette’s grandfather is trustee emeritus Russell Phelps (for whom the Phelps Student Center is named).

Susan Hossack: Outstanding Service Award

Early on, the Lord burdened Susan Hossack’s (’89) heart for missions and Bible translation. After her degree from CSU, she went on to study Hebrew and linguistics and earned her Master of Arts in Religion in Urban Missions.

In 1993, she was commissioned with Baptist Mid-Missions and arrived in Koumra, Chad, in 1996 to work with Bible translation teams. For 20 years, Hossack helped the native Dagba and Rito translators in Chad write out the New Testament in their heart language.

Susan taught Greek in a Bible institute in Balimba, taught women’s Bible studies and worked in women’s ministries. She helped revise reading primers in several languages, correct Old Testament storybooks, and train Africans to teach literacy. God opened the door for her to travel to Central African Republic, Benin, Togo and France to help make corrections on translation projects in four languages.

In 2016, Hossack transitioned to a ministry in Algrange, France, teaching Greek and Hebrew in a Bible institute. She also teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies in her local church.

Mike Show: Outstanding Service Award

With plans to obtain a degree in physical education, Mike Show (’92) began his freshman year in 1988 with no intention of remaining at his alma mater upon his graduation. However, God had other plans and in the summer of 1993, Show began his service at CSU as an admissions counselor. The following summer, in addition to marrying his wife, Valerie, he took on the role of head coach of the men’s basketball team.

In 2003, Show was promoted to assistant director of athletics. During his 20 years of coaching, he recorded 272 wins, 10 NCCAA II East Region Championships, a NEAC Championship, numerous NCCAA II East Region Coach of the Year awards, two NEAC Coach of the Year Awards, and one NCCAA DII Coach of the Year Award. He also led the program to its first-ever NCAA III national tournament appearance in 2006-07.  After his promotion to director of athletics in 2008, Show helped the athletic department transition from the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC) to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC).

In 2015, he would take a brief pause in his service to CSU to work as a Christian school administrator. But he returned in 2019 as recruitment and church relations administrator and head coach of the men’s golf team. Show was then appointed interim director of athletics in May of 2022. His work spoke for itself as the interim title was removed the following month. He plans to lead the athletic department to “point people to God, deny self, and lead by serving.”

Mike and Valerie have been married for 28 years and have six children.

Mark Willey: Outstanding Service Award

Mark Willey (’77) and his wife Marian planned to invest their lives in world missions. However, God stirred Willey’s heart for church planting in the United States as Willey believed it would prepare him for going overseas.

In 1981, they started Fellowship Baptist Church as a home Bible study for 14 adults. After meeting in an area high school for three years, they built a gymnasium, which served as an outreach facility and church. By 1985, the church was financially self-sufficient.

Instead of continuing their world missions career as planned, Willey became the ongoing pastor of Fellowship Church. He believed God would fulfill their call to impact the world through missions by staying and sending others through the church. Since then, more than 40 people from their church have gone into full-time vocational ministry either in international missions or the pastorate.

God has enabled the Willeys to start two other churches and a second campus in South Jersey. Mark also served on the Executive Board of ABWE from 2010 to 2019 and earned both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.

Need Accommodations?

Consider staying at one of these inns and hotels close to our campus, some of which may offer discounts to guests of Clarks Summit University. Please contact the establishment directly to verify rate, highlights, availability and further details.
Abington Region

Camelot Restaurant & Inn
17 Johnson Rd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570.585.1430
570.585.1436 (fax)
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Distance to campus: 3.5 miles
Highlights: On-site restaurant open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch; area’s largest outdoor patio/dining space available for private parties

Comfort Inn
811 Northern Blvd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570.586.9100
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Distance to campus: 1.75 miles
Highlights: hot breakfast; business center

Hampton Inn
890 Northern Blvd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570.586.1515
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Distance to campus: 2 miles
Highlights: continental breakfast; indoor pool and whirlpool

Best Western Plus
820 Northern Blvd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
570.586.2730
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Distance to campus: 1.75 miles
Highlights: grab-n-go breakfast; pet friendly; pool; on-site restaurants

Scranton Region
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
100 Adams Ave.
Scranton PA 18503
570-343-3000
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Distance to campus: 8 miles
Highlights: indoor saline pool; fitness center; two on-site restaurants; Starbucks in lobby

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
700 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
570.342.8300
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Distance to campus: 8 miles
Highlights: On U.S. National Register of Historic Places; fitness center; business center; on-site restaurants

Dickson City Region
Fairfield Inn
949 Viewmont Dr.
Dickson City, PA 18519
570.346.3222
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Distance to campus: 7 miles
Highlights: hot breakfast; indoor heated pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1265 Commerce Blvd.
Dickson City, PA 18519
570.307.4337
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Distance to campus: 7 miles
Highlights: breakfast; suites; patio with fire pits; indoor pool and spa; shuttle to airport and local attractions

Residence Inn
947 Viewmont Dr.
Dickson City, PA 18519
570.343.5121
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Distance to campus: 7 miles
Highlights: breakfast; suites; extended stay; pet friendly

Montage Mountain Region
Hampton Inn
Montage Mountain Rd.
Scranton, PA 18507
570.342.7002
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Distance to campus: 15 miles
Highlights: rooms and suites; heated indoor pool and whirlpool; hot breakfast; fitness center

Courtyard by Mariott
16 Glenmaura National Blvd.
Moosic, PA 18507
570.969.2100
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Distance to campus: 15 miles
Highlights: fitness center; pool; meeting space

Comfort Suites
44 Montage Mountain Rd.
Scranton, PA 18507
570.347.1551
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Distance to campus: 15 miles
Highlights: indoor pool; hot breakfast; fitness center; business center

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