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J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, said

the contribution is aligned with AT&T Aspire, one of the largest

corporate commitments focused on helping more students

graduate from high school ready for college and careers. In 2012,

AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion

to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million

since the program was launched in 2008.

“At AT&T, we see supporting education as investing in the

future because a well-educated workforce may be the single most

important thing businesses can do to help students succeed in a

digital, global economy,” said Schweder. “This contribution will

help introduce young people to what’s possible if they stay in

school and focus on their studies.”

The students included representatives from six of the county’s

high schools, along with peers from Philadelphia, New York City,

Texas and California, who are enrolled in KIPP and YES Prep,

national public charter school networks with which Lycoming

has partnered.

“While here, they got a hands-on introduction to the liberal

arts and college life. And through it all, they bonded with each

other, and with us,” said Andrew W. Kilpatrick, dean of first-year

students at the college and the inaugural director of the program.

“They learned about the objectivity of chemical demonstration

and explored the subjectivity of international affairs and debate.

They got dirty digging at the archeological site, where they

imagined what life was like, and marveled under the stars at Rider

Park. They learned about brain functions and

put Piaget’s theory of cognitive development in

action by playing with, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Sue Kelley’s children,” said Kilpatrick.

The program went well beyond the academic

and addressed the importance of giving to

others. Under the guidance of Administrator

Kirstin Burkhart, students hosted a picnic

and games for the residents of West House

Personal Care Home in Williamsport. The

program also provided time for recreation,

religious worship and cultural events.

Kayaking down the Susquehanna River was

balanced with yoga classes, nature hikes and

a theatrical performance presented by the

Community Theatre League.

Participants also benefited from an open

forum with Lycoming College Williamsport

Internship Summer Experience (WISE) Interns,

who completed internships in the Williamsport area this

summer. The interns shared how these opportunities came about

and how they will impact their future careers, informing and

developing the impending mindset of the students.

During the two-week intensive program, held July 12-

26, currently enrolled Lycoming students, Bryan McGinnis,

Huy Pham and recent graduate Julie Polcrack (’14), served as

mentors and facilitators for the participants.

Students were treated to a closing banquet

and award ceremony hosted by President Kent

Trachte and his wife, Dr. Sharon Trachte. “We

greatly appreciate the generous support from

AT&T that has made it possible for us to offer

Lycoming College Prep,” said Trachte. “This

new program will help to open the doors of

opportunity for many high-achieving, first-

generation students.” David Kerr, regional

vice president of external affairs for AT&T

Pennsylvania, also spoke to the students

on career readiness, digital reputation and

leadership.

“This new program helped to open the

doors of opportunity for many high-achieving,

first-generation students,” said Kilpatrick. “We

are very grateful to AT&T for their generosity

and to the many faculty and administrators

at Lycoming College who gave so freely of their time and

expertise.”

Additional information about AT&T Aspire is on the web

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