Lycoming College Prep

"Opening eyes and minds to the possibilities" is the spirit of Lycoming College Prep, a pre-collegiate enrichment program that brings high-achieving, first-generation rising seniors from across the nation to Lycoming College for two weeks in the summer. The program’s goal is to invite the students to “imagine the possibilities” by giving them a hands-on introduction to the liberal arts and to college life at our beautiful campus nestled near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

2017 Dates: July 8 – 22.
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Exposure to the breadth of a liberal arts education

Lycoming College Prep students take two unique, non-credit courses designed and taught by Lycoming College professors. For 2017, Dr. Caroline Payne, associate professor of political science, will teach “The Power and Politics of Coffee.” Dr. Christopher Pearl, assistant professor of history, will teach “The Historian’s Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction.” These courses will culminate in an opportunity for students to present and showcase their work for the Lycoming College community.

Other experiences include:

  • Preparing for the college search and admissions process
  • Attending hands-on art workshops
  • Learning about "The Republic”
  • Discovering the art of Taiko drumming
  • Studying poetry with Dr. Darby Lewes and “Lyco Dog”
  • Participating in leadership training and outdoor education
  • Dining with Dr. Phil Sprunger, Provost and Dean of the College
  • Reflecting on “That Special You” with Dr. Brenda Alston-Mills, Lycoming College alumna and member of the College’s Board of Trustees

Off-Campus Adventures

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Lycoming College Prep students enjoy the gorgeous geography of northeastern Pennsylvania and welcoming communities of northeastern Pennsylvania. Experiences include:

  • Kayaking the historic Susquehanna River
  • Hiking the Allegheny Mountains
  • Digging with an archeology professor at an official dig site
  • Star-gazing with a professor of astronomy and physics
  • Doing community service at West House Personal Care Home
  • Taking a tour of the Little League International Headquarters
  • Enjoying the rides at alumnus Buddy Knoebel’s nationally recognized family amusement park, Knoebel’s Grove
  • Enjoying a picnic at the home of Dr. Dan Miller, Vice President for Student Life
  • Celebrating an awards ceremony and dinner with President Kent Trachte and his wife, Dr. Sharon Trachte, at the president’s home
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    Lyco Prep students take a moment’s break at the West House Personal Care Home, where they participated in a number of service activities.

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    Lyco Prep students enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha paddleboat.

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    Sean Nork, Area Retail Sales Manager, Heart of PA Territory, AT&T, met with the students to share his successful business experience and challenge them as they look forward to college and future careers.

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    Students enjoy another gorgeous day on the Susquehanna, this time on the most environmentally friendly form of power — muscle power.

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    Prep students show their class, professors and staff how certain chemicals, when mixed together, create a bubbling ooze.

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    Dr. Robert Jacques, Adjunct Faculty for the Philosophy Department, signed his book The Republic, in which he historically identifies the middle class as the greatest class ever; business as the world’s source of liberty and tolerance; and the family as the sovereign union which stands vigilantly between children and the state.

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    Lyco Prep students learn the basics of Japanese Taiko, a neo-traditional style of drumming that combines movement and percussion.

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    Students completed a 7-mile trip down the scenic and historic Susquehanna River.

Lyco Prep Team

The Lycoming College Prep Team

Andrew Kilpatrick, Dean of First-Year Students, leads the program with support from faculty, staff and students, including: Jessica A. Quintana Hess, Director of Admissions; Felicia Garcia-Wedemeyer, intern; and three current students, Deb Sharp, Kaitlin Fair, and Naheem Height, who will serve as Lycoming College Prep facilitators (LCPFs).

Felicia Garcia-Wedemeyer

Felicia Garcia-Wedemeyer

Introduce yourself:
Hello there! My name is Felicia Garcia-Wedemeyer. I am a native to the Williamsport area, born and raised. I went to Montoursville High School (graduated in 2009), then attended Penn State Altoona and graduated in 2013 with my Bachelor of Arts with a focus in leadership and outreach. After graduating college, I took a couple years off to work and moved to the beautiful beaches of Wilmington, North Carolina. As time passed, I realized I had a strong passion for working at institutions and being able to interact with students daily. So, I moved back to Williamsport and now commuting to Bloomsburg University to earn a master’s in college student affairs. I expect to graduate in May 2017.

Favorite Lycoming Moment or Memory:
My favorite Lycoming memory is when I co-presented with Dean Kilpatrick at Orientation. I gained valuable experience talking to a large audience and enjoyed networking with many families.

Favorite joke:
I am really super corny when it comes to jokes. I am usually the person who just laughs at everything. I really enjoy reading memes, they always make me laugh!

Win the lottery or work at the perfect job?
This is a super tough question to answer because I want both! Ha! If I had to choose one, I would pick the perfect job. I would rather live in eternal happiness and get the constant income than to be happy winning a ton of money with the risk of being in a bad way after the money is used up.

What TV show or movie is your guilty pleasure?
Netflix is a huge guilty pleasure! Each semester, I binge watch a certain show. This summer I am addicted to “Pretty Little Liars.” Last semester I watched all of “Gossip Girl,” and fall semester I watched all of “Friends.” <3 I also enjoy “The Bachelor and Bachelorette” but sad to say that I am not watching this season because I'm not a fan of JoJo.

Naheem Height

Naheem Height

Introduce yourself:
My name is Naheem K. (Khalif) Height, possible political science major, Class of 2019, and I enjoy singing. Although I'm not the best, I feel I am somewhat vocally gifted.

Favorite Lycoming Moment or Memory:
My favorite Lycoming memory is when the men’s basketball team won the MAC championship and the entire school waited on college place at midnight for their return to the school to celebrate. It was EPIC.

Favorite joke:
I generally laugh a lot so for me there is no such thing as a favorite joke.

Win the lottery or work at the perfect job?
I would definitely prefer to win the lottery. I have so many things that could be taken care of in my life that are somewhat stressors. I would first help my parents and family financially and then invest into some type of stocks. I'd need a financial advisor of course.

What TV show or movie is your guilty pleasure?
I love watching “Teen Wolf” and “The Vampire Diaries,” but I also love “Empire” and “How To Get Away With Murder!” Generally anything with Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson.

Why did you become a Lyco Prep Facilitator?
I became a Lyco Prep Facilitator so that I could help possible prospects finalize their decision and help them to see the benefits of going to a small institution like Lycoming College. I want people who feel like they are a part of any minority group or aren't afforded fair or equal opportunities to know that they are valued and important for the future of our nation.

Kaitlin Fair

Katie Fair

Introduce yourself:
I'm Kaitlin Fair. My hometown is Lancaster, Pa. I'm a biology major, with a chemistry and philosophy minor who participates in Pre-health Society, Student Senate, and outdoor education trips.

Favorite Lycoming Moment or Memory:
My favorite Lycoming memory is probably late night food runs with friends.

Favorite joke:
As far as jokes go, I like anything corny. For example: Why does Snoop Dogg use an umbrella? For drizzle.

Win the lottery or work at the perfect job?
I'd prefer to work at the perfect job rather than win the lottery.

What TV show or movie is your guilty pleasure?
I enjoy “The 100,” “Walking Dead,” and “Gossip Girl.”

Why did you become a Lyco Prep Facilitator?
I became a Lyco Prep Facilitator because I want to expose students to the welcoming environment Lycoming College has to offer.

Deb Sharp

Deb Sharp

Introduce yourself:
I'm Deb Sharp. I am a junior double majoring in accounting and finance. My hometown is Baltimore, Maryland. I also serve as a Student Orientation Staff (SOS) member and love working with college students.

Favorite Lycoming Moment or Memory:
My favorite Lycoming memory is when the basketball team won championships. A lot of students, including myself, met on college place to wait for the bus to arrive and we cheered the team for winning.

Favorite joke:
Why did it get hot in the stadium after the game was over? Because all the fans left.

Win the lottery or work at the perfect job?
I would definitely rather work at the perfect job. I would be bored if I won the lottery.

What TV show or movie is your guilty pleasure?
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “OITNB,” anything on HGTV.

Why did you become a Lyco Prep Facilitator?
Well, I was a facilitator last year and realized I have a passion for first generation college students. And I'm excited to help students who wouldn't normally have that experience of a liberal arts college.

Cost and Accommodations

All participants stay in the recently renovated Crever Hall. Thanks to the generosity of AT&T and Lycoming College, all costs are covered in full — including travel, housing, meals, snacks, school supplies and field trips.

Our thanks to AT&T for its generous support.

Our thanks to AT&T for its generous support.

Application Information

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact:

Dean Andrew Kilpatrick
Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Services
Dean of First-Year Students
Director of Lycoming College Prep
Email: kilpatri@lycoming.edu
Phone: (570) 321-4358
Skype: deanandrewkilpatrick1812

Follow us on Twitter at #LycoPrep.

Lycoming College Prep Program Schedule 2016