2014 Lycoming College Spring Magazine - page 13

communities that place students in closer
andmore constant associationwith each
other andwith their faculty.
Each residential communitywill
also include spaces that can be used to
teach courses and host other academic
experiences, especially events that foster
the interactions among students, faculty
and staff aboutwhichMorisonwrites.
Athletic competition and recreational
sports, including outdoor recreation,
also offermany opportunities to educate
thewhole person and develop character.
Through physical activity students
come to value a healthy body. Though
outdoor recreation, they develop an
appreciation of the beauty of nature.
Through competition, they absorb lessons
of leadership. Throughmembership
on teams, they learn to appreciate the
contributions of others. Our strategic
planwill also develop additionalways
that athletics and recreation contribute to
educating thewhole person.
The histories of LycomingCollege
and the city ofWilliamsport are deeply
intertwined.
Encouraged by the idea that the
SusquehannaRiver could become a
great inlandwaterway,Michael Ross
established a county seat in this territory
in 1795. TheRoss plotwas named
Williamsport in 1806, and six years later,
the residents establishedWilliamsport
Academy, the forerunner of Lycoming
College. ThatAcademyprepared the
youth of thefledging city for higher
education and for participation in
democracy.
During the decades preceding the
CivilWar,Williamsport became an
important stop on theUnderground
Railroad, which assisted thousands of
slaves in gaining freedom. Leaders of
theSeminary, includingBoardChair
AbrahamUpdegraff, providedfinancial
support for this effort.
BothWilliamsport and its Seminary
experienced golden ages during the latter
part of the 19th century.Williamsport
became the center of the global lumber
industry and one of themost prosperous
cities inPennsylvaniawhileWilliamsport
DickinsonSeminary evolved into one of
theCommonwealth’s premier academies.
Today,Williamsport has entered another
eraof prosperity– among small cities in the
UnitedStates it ranks sixth for economic
growth. Similarly, theCollege is on the
threshold of a new period in its history.
At thismoment, LycomingCollege
has both an opportunity and an obligation
to rededicate itself to being a leader in
the economic, civic and social life of
Williamsport and the surrounding region.
“President Trachte, theLycomingCollege facultywelcomes you and your wife, Dr.
SharonTrachte, to campus and to theWilliamsport community.We are very pleased to
have the opportunity towork alongside you tohelpdetermine thepath LycomingCollege
will take to preserve and strengthen academic excellence under your leadership.”
SandraKingery, Ph.D.,
Professor of Spanish
Chair, FacultySenate
TheCollege’s newStrategicPlan
will call for us to take such a step. It
recognizes that as an institution, we
can invest in the ongoing economic
renaissance ofWilliamsport. It
encourages our employees to invest
their human capital in the civic life of
LycomingCounty. Itwill enable our
faculty and students to invest intellectual
capital and assistwith the identification
of community needs and capacity
building. In committing to thiswork,
we are both reaffirming our grounding
in the values of the liberal arts and
acting in away that makes good
business sense.
At thismoment, Lycoming College has both
an opportunity and an obligation to rededicate itself to being
a leader in the economic, civic and social life
ofWilliamsport and the surrounding region.
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