Remembering Dr. Kuserk
By Jennifer Francesco ’17
Dr. Frank Kuserk embodied the ideal of a Moravian College professor. He loved his research and his academic discipline, but he always put his students first. He was the kind of man who would selflessly spend so much of his time looking for opportunities for his students. I know because I was one of them. I can proudly say that I credit most of my accomplishments to Dr. Kuserk’s mentoring and guidance.
Everyone who knew Dr. Kuserk saw that he had a great passion for working at Moravian. He could always be seen heading out to the field with a huge smile on his face. He proudly talked about his former students, and it was clear that he had made an impact on them. I will always treasure the endless stories Dr. Kuserk would tell, whether they were about his time in college, an experience out in the field, or a quick history lesson on the American Revolution.
From the time I conducted research with him in the summer of 2015 to just last year when he was my supervisor for student teaching, he dedicated so much time helping me grow and achieve more than I ever thought possible. In that time, I completed two additional research projects, one funded by the National Science Foundation, and presented my work at several conferences. Dr. Kuserk helped me along every step of my journey, from finding and applying for opportunities, preparing me for them, and helping me reflect on the experience afterward. He was always a mentor for me, through whatever challenge I faced.
Dr. Kuserk’s legacy at Moravian College encompasses all of his work, the people he influenced, and the students he inspired.
A couple weeks before I graduated, he was with me as I finished a lab that he helped me prepare for my student-teaching placement. It didn’t go as planned, but I will never forget what he told me at the end of the class: “You’ll do great things one day,” he said with a wink and a smile on his face. “It’s because you’re my student.”