2014 Lycoming College Spring Magazine - page 3

The IMPACTprogram hasworked to
increase the enrollment and success of
YESPrep students at selective colleges
and universities byoffering preferential
admission to qualified students, closing
financial aid gaps, and providing on-going
comprehensive support to and through
college graduation.
Since opening its doors in 1998,YES
Prep has become a system of 13 high-
performing, public charter schoolswith
8,000 students.
StablerFoundationgives
secondgrant
LycomingCollege has received a
$700,000 grant fromTheDonaldB.
andDorothyL. Stabler Foundation of
Harrisburg, Pa., to provide scholarship
support for studentswithfinancial need.
The grantwill augment the college’s
existingStabler EndowedScholarship
Fund, established in 2011with a $1
million grant from the foundation.
“We are grateful to theStabler
Foundation for this generous gift and
delighted to build upon ourmutual
commitment to providing college access
to studentswho come from families
withfinancial need,” saidPresident
Kent Trachte. “As a result of this gift,
LycomingCollegewill have the ability to
increase the scholarships thatwe award to
academically promising students.”
CleanWater Institute receivesgrant
Lycoming’sCleanWater Institute has
received a$20,000grant from theNational
Fish andWildlifeFoundation forwork
completed as a part of thePennsylvania
Fish andBoat Commission’sUnassessed
Waters Initiative.
Since 2010, CWI has employed
nine summer interns to completemore
than 300 electrofishing surveys of head
water streams inPine, Lycoming and
Loyalsock creeks and otherwatersheds
inNorthcentral Pennsylvania. These data
are then used by thePFBC to evaluate the
classification of thewaterways.
Politicalpower
By SophieHerzing ’17
MattRuth ’14brings anewperspective
to internships and chasing dreams. The
economics and political sciencemajor
spent the 2013 fall semester as a
constituent services intern forU.S. Sen.
BobCasey. Because of his strongwork
ethic and success in the role, Ruthwas
welcomed back to serve as an economic
development and constituent services
intern for the 2014 spring semester.
During his internships, Ruthworked
to serve the constituents ofCentral
Pennsylvaniawith all federally related
policy and legislative questions and
concerns they had. He informed citizens
about upcoming legislation, helped them
to understand theSenator’s position on
policies andworkedwith residents on
more specific areas of concern.
“I served as a front-person to all office
inquiries including telephone andmail
correspondences,”Ruth said. “I assisted
theSenator’s staffwith pertinent tasks to
help alleviate abundance andworked to
streamline efficiency so that Pennsylvania
residents could receive answers to their
questions as accurately and quickly as
possible.”
The fast-paced environment
providedRuthwith the knowledge
to compartmentalize legislative
information and understand the details
of the legislation to produce a quick
and proficient result. He alsoworked to
understand the details of the legislation
to empathizewith constituents. One
ofRuth’s highlightswas having the
opportunity toworkwith theSenator’s
staff at thePennsylvaniaFarmShow in
January.
“I interactedwith a lot of inspiring
residents andwas able to help educate
them about certain federal program
initiatives,” he said.
FiveCleanWater Institute students alongwithMel Zimmerman, professor of biology andCWI director,
andPeter Petokas, CWI research associate, presented at the 90thAnnualMeeting of thePennsylvania
Academy of Science inMarch. Shown from left areClaytonGood ’16, BrianGordon ’14, Zimmerman,
JennaBaker ’14, SarahFetherolf ’14 andLynetteDooley ’15.
U.S. Sen. BobCaseywithMatt Ruth ’14
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