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T

he Lycoming campus

took on a distinctive deep

azure hue the evening of April

1 when flooded with blue

lights in recognition of World

Autism Awareness Day. The

awareness was prompted

by the sisters of the Iota Mu

Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta in

conjunction with the college’s

Office of Student Programs

and Leadership Development

and Accent Lighting

Productions.

The blue lights are a part of

the Light It Up Blue campaign,

held worldwide, in honor of

the millions of individuals and

families around the world

affected by autism. The

lighting festival is held April 2,

World Autism Awareness Day.

“We are so excited to bring

the Light It Up Blue Campaign

to Williamsport,” said Jennifer

Reilly ’16, president of the Iota

Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.

“We hope this will encourage

community members to

educate themselves on autism

and support the families with

O

n Feb. 6, Lycoming

College accounting students

Kerri Kuntz ’17 and Bailey

Hughes ’17 participated in

PricewaterhouseCoopers’

(PwC) Explore Program in

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

They were the first Lycoming

college students to be

invited to this program

with the help of alumni

Rick Stamm ’76, PwC global tax leader and James Bechtel

’06, PwC manager. As one of the Big Four accounting firms,

PricewaterhouseCoopers offers assurance, tax and advisory

services to numerous industries across the globe. The program

targets top freshmen and sophomores across the nation in

high academic standing who were interested in learning more

about the accounting profession. PwC hosted 115 students for

the one-day program and featured interactive activities such

as a question and answer session with PwC professionals from

different levels of the company, workshops that focused on

team-building, and the opportunity to learn more about PwC

and services they provide.

“As a student from Lycoming College, I was honored to

receive such a wonderful opportunity to attend PwC’s Explore

Program,” said Kerri Kuntz ’17. “I had the chance to network

with PwC professionals, gain more insight on the company and

the industries it serves, and meet other people my age who are

pursuing the same goals as I am. Every PwC professional that

I talked to seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say

and made an effort to answer all of my questions. This program

opened my eyes to all the opportunities and paths I can take

with a professional services firm and made me excited for my

future in this industry.”

“After being accepted into PwC’s Explore Program, I was

excited to see how a large, successful firm was operated,” said

Bailey Hughes ’17. “My experience was unbelievable as the

day was filled with many activities that benefited me and my

colleagues. I got a better understanding of what it’s like to work

for such a prestigious firm and how the company has a family-

like atmosphere. Teamwork and cooperation are vital for success

at PwC and were displayed by the company’s representatives

throughout the various activities they conducted. The

program also taught me how to network and communicate

with people I had never met before. Overall my experience

was very rewarding. I’d like to thank PwC and the educators

from Lycoming College for the opportunity to attend such a

prestigious event that will help me on the road to a career in

accounting.”

Lycoming College

LIGHTS IT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

PricewaterhouseCoopers

EXPLORE PROGRAM

Bailey Hughes (left) is a sophomore

majoring in Accounting and Kerri

Kuntz is a sophomore double

majoring in Accounting and Finance.

autistic children right in our

backyard.”

The campaign is one of

many initiatives the sorority

sponsors to raise awareness

and funds for Autism Speaks,

the philanthropic organization

they support. The non-profit

organization is dedicated

to funding research into

the causes, prevention,

treatments and a cure for

autism; increasing awareness

of autism spectrum disorders;

and advocating for the needs

of individuals with autism and

their families.

Alpha Xi Delta inspires

women to realize their

potential by providing

opportunities for sisterhood,

leadership knowledge and

service. They work with

their philanthropic partner,

Autism Speaks, to raise

autism awareness and

funds. The national women’s

fraternity has more than

150,000 initiated members

and chapters on 116 college

campuses.

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