Lycoming College Summer Magazine 2013 - page 2

Top awards presented
Lycoming College presented its top
four awards during Honors Convocation
on April 13.
David Fisher, Ph.D., professor
and department chair of physics and
astronomy, was the recipient of the 2013
Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni
Award for Faculty Excellence. His
research areas include condensed matter
physics, radiation damage in crystalline
and amorphous materials at low
temperature, and space flight history.
Seth Goodman, assistant professor
of art, received the 2013 Junior Faculty
Teaching Award for excellence in
teaching. He teaches painting, drawing,
two-dimensional design and color
theory. Goodman exhibits his paintings,
drawings and mixed media work
nationally and internationally. His major
topics of research deal with issues
relating to American social class and its
relationship with expressions of identity.
Brittany Tasch, student life
coordinator and assistant for residential
education, received the Makisu Award,
which the student body presents to a
faculty or staff member for extraordinary
service and dedication.
John Ryan Wolff, of Morrisville, Pa.,
received the annual Chieftain Award.
First presented in 1952, the award is
the highest honor given to a graduating
senior. Wolff, who earned bachelor’s
degree in finance and management
in May, was a member of the men’s
basketball team, resident adviser, Campus
Activities Board member and worked for
the Rec Center. This year, he created the
first Warrior Extreme Challenge, which
had more than 100 participants take part
in an obstacle course on campus. Wolff
now works for Precision Castparts Corp.,
headquartered in Portland, Ore.
Bennett named acting
vice president
Jeff Bennett ’94 has been appointed
Lycoming’s acting vice president for
finance and administration. He replaces
Sue Gaylor,
who was named
executive vice
president at
who earned a
bachelor’s degree
in financial
accounting, has
been Lycoming’s controller and chief
financial officer/treasurer since August
2012. He came to the college from
ParenteBeard LLC, Williamsport, where
he had been a certified public accountant
since 1994.
As acting vice president for finance
and administration, Bennett will continue
with his current responsibilities as
controller and treasurer and will oversee
human resources, the campus store, mail
services, print shop, food services and the
operations of the physical plant.
Lycoming recognized co-curricular student achievement on campus during its seventh annual Leadership
and Service Awards Banquet on April 10. The Seuren Leadership Speaker Series address was given by
then-President James Douthat. Andrea Seuren ’76 established the speaker series in 2007 in memory of her
Leadership and Service
John Ryan Wolff ’13
Jeff Bennett ’94
David Fisher and Seth Goodman
Brittany Tasch
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