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Peer Tutoring Program receives AT&T contribution
The Lycoming College Peer Tutoring Program has received a $20,000 contribution from
AT&T to train high academic achieving students to serve as tutors in the College’s Academic
Resource Center. Nationally recognized for its high graduation rate, Lycoming will use the
contribution to ensure those who seek
the services of the center will find tu-
tors available to work with them in a
wide variety of disciplines.
Lycoming President Dr. James E.
joined J. Michael Schweder ’71,
president of AT&T Pennsylvania,
and State Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 in
making the announcement March 29.
The generous support from
AT&T will make a
real difference
to those who may need guidance
in transitioning from high school to
the rigors of Lycoming’s academic
program,” Douthat said. “It will also
serve those students seeking to im-
prove their academic performance in
specific courses. The College’s curriculum is designed to emphasize the intellectual skills
developed through both the academic major and the broad study of other disciplines. This
grant will expand the services of the Peer Tutoring Program by pairing more of our most
academically successful students with others who are in the process of developing those
key learning skills.”
Schweder said, “We know that some students may need extra academic assistance on
occasion and AT&T wants to support their efforts. This contribution will keep those students
on track for graduation and better prepare them for both personal and professional success.”
Celebrating AT&T’s contribution to Lycoming’s Peer Mentoring
Program include, from left: Shanna Wheeler, assistant director
of Lycoming’s Academic Resource Center; Ethan Sellers ’12;
Kabongo Bukasa ’14; J. Michael Schweder ’71, president of
AT&T Pennsylvania; Dan Hartsock, director of the Academic
Resource Center; State Sen. Gene Yaw ’70; Victoria
Yuskaitis ’14, and Alexis Naugle ’15
Drs. Jonathan Williamson and Bonita Kolb
Lycoming celebrates
$1 million grant
Lycoming College celebrates the
receipt of a $1 million grant from the
Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler
Foundation of Harrisburg, Pa.
One of the largest gifts the College
has received dedicated solely for schol-
arship support, the grant will establish
the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler
Endowed Scholarship Fund. It will sup-
port students from central and eastern
Pennsylvania who exhibit financial
need and academic promise. The grant
is particularly significant in that it will
benefit multiple students each year, in
This is an exceptional gift at a time
of exceptional need,” said Lycoming
President Dr. James E. Douthat. “As we
celebrate our bicentennial year and con-
tinue to offer students a distinguished
liberal arts and sciences education, we
are deeply grateful for the confidence
the Stabler Foundation has placed in our
mission, commitment and capability.”
With the need for financial support
among Lycoming students increasing
by more than 10 percent in the last year
alone, the College has allocated more
than $22 million, approximately half of
its annual budget, to assist those who
would not otherwise be able to enroll
at the College. More than 98 percent of
Lycoming students receive financial aid.
The two organizations also share a
commitment to cultivating a culture of
philanthropy. In accordance with the
vision of the Stablers, recipients of the
scholarship will sign a letter of intent
acknowledging a “debt of conscience”
a moral obligation to support the
students who will come after them by
making financial contributions to their
alma mater in years to come.
The Stabler Foundation was estab-
lished in 1966 exclusively for chari-
table, religious, scientific, literary and
educational purposes.
Professors conduct first Marcellus Shale housing study
Lycoming’s Dr. Bonita Kolb, associate professor of business, and Dr. Jonathan Williamson,
chair of the political science department, have co-authored the first comprehensive study
on the effects of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry boom on housing markets
across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Anne
Landon, assistant director of Lycoming’s Institute
for Management Studies, assisted with the project,
which was conducted through the College’s Center
for the Study of Community and the Economy.
Funding was provided by the Pennsylvania
Housing Finance Agency.
CSCE conducted interviews with more than
stakeholders across six counties: Bradford,
Greene, Lycoming, Sullivan, Washington and
Westmoreland. Participants included elected
officials, planners, housing officials, social service
agency representatives, landlords, developers, realtors, gas company representatives and
new residents. They were questioned on four broad issues: rental housing, owner-occupied
housing, housing affordability and availability, and the capacity of the development
community to meet demand for housing.