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Vanaskie enters

Academic

All-America Hall

of Fame

In a hotel with more

rooms than Lycoming

College has students and

with TV lights shining

brightly on Rece Davis,

the ESPN broadcaster

best known as the host of

“College Gameday” and

“College Football Live,”

called the Hon. Thomas I.

Vanaskie ’75 to the stage.

Inducted into the

Capital One Academic

All-America Hall of Fame at Orlando’s

World Center Marriott on June 12 during

the National Association of Collegiate

Directors of Athletics conference,

Vanaskie, who rarely gives interviews

as a judge on the U.S. Third District

Court of Appeals, sat in front of a

crowd of 400 people and talked about

the highlights of his football career.

His many accomplishments included

earning Honorable Mention AP Little

All-American honors as a defensive back

and First Team Academic All-American

honors in 1974.

Davis started the interview smoothly,

“I want to talk about football. What was

your favorite interception?”

Vanaskie, who left Lycoming for Penn

State’s Dickinson School of Law before

going on to an 18-year career as a lawyer

before being selected to serve as a judge,

didn’t even hesitate.

“I had one against Juniata College,

where I made a diving catch near the

end zone,” he said. “The first thing

our quarterback said to me when I got

back to the bench was ‘Oh, that was

underthrown.’”

New athletics marks set for release

After more than a year in development,

the Lycoming College athletic department

will proudly present the third set of

athletic marks in the history of the

program during an unveiling in Lamade

Gymnasium on Tuesday, Aug. 13. After

the event, the logos will be posted on

athletics.lycoming.edu.

“Throughout the design process, the

college strove to identify an image that

promotes the core concepts of strength,

honor, excellence and tradition,” director

of athletics and head football coach Mike

Clark said. “The new logo is a significant

piece of the new visual identity of

Lycoming athletics. We are very excited

to wear it into competition and to see it

displayed prominently in our facilities.”

As Davis continued to interview

Vanaskie, a quick look around the crowd

showed a who’s who in collegiate athletics.

Mike Kryzewski, Duke’s three-time

national champion men’s basketball coach,

sat in the front row with Dick Enberg, the

NBC broadcaster and a member of the Hall

of Fame, close by. Oliver Luck, a member

of the Hall of Fame and the director of

athletics at West Virginia, was amidst the

crowd and the others being inducted into

the Hall of Fame sat all around Vanaskie in

the front of the auditorium. They included

the voice of Olympic Gymnastics in

America, Elfi Schlegel; an astronaut, Bruce

Melnick; the U.S. Water Polo coach, Dr.

Terry Schroeder; and the widow of Pat

Tillman, a star linebacker at Arizona State

who was killed in Afghanistan during

Operation Enduring Freedom.

Vanaskie spoke passionately when

Davis asked about his efforts in the

community. The judge talked about the

Court-Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) program

he started, which serves individuals

who have already been convicted or

incarcerated and tries to help them make

a smooth transition from prison to the

community.

“What I aspire to do each day is to

be the best judge and person I can be,”

Vanaskie said.

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LYCOMING COLLEGE 2013 SUMMER MAGAZINE

Top photo: CoSIDA President Joe Hornstein, Dick

Enberg, Mike Krzyzewski, Marie Tillman - wife of

the late Pat Tillman, Bruce Melnick, Terry Schro-

eder, Judge Thomas Vanaskie ’75, Elfi Schlegel,

Capital One Senior Vice President Byron Daub

pose after the Capital One Academic All-America

Hall of Fame ceremony.

Bottom photo: Vanaskie is interviewed by ESPN’s

Rece Davis during the ceremony.