Into our third century

From its proud founding as a coeducational academy serving a thriving lumber community to its current position as a national liberal arts and sciences institution, Lycoming College has truly witnessed a remarkable transformation during its 200-year history. A Bicentennial Charter Day Celebration was held April 2, 2011.

The keys to Lycoming's longevity have been its persistence and drive, characteristics that have helped it evolve from an academy to a seminary to a junior college to where it stands today. Under the leadership of Dr. James Douthat, who is in his 21st year as president, Lycoming celebrates its position as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Through its evolution, the College has remained a bastion of excellence in teaching and learning for lives of service, leadership and achievement.

The celebration marked 200 years to the day that the College received its charter from the state of Pennsylvania. Among the activities were proclamation presentations by Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana, State Rep. Rick Mirabito, state Sen. Gene Yaw '70 and U.S. Rep. Tom Marino '85; recognition of Lycoming's past and present trustees in attendance; raising of the 1812 flag by Bob Hamell '11 and Tyler Breech '12, the current and incoming president of the student senate, respectively; playing of the alma mater by the College's chamber winds; live music by Full Circle, featuring Brian Clayton '93, John Oleniacz '92, Michael Saulnier '96 and Dan Ward '94; and a fireworks display on the quad.

Recognition also was given to the Rev. Donald Raffensperger, chair of the Preachers' Aid Society, which owned the College for more than 100 years, and to Pete '60 and Carol Sides, who graciously sponsored the Charter Day Celebration.

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