On a chilled and rainy day during the fall semester, nearly 300 Lycoming students, faculty and staff came together for the College’s Unity March and Rally. In the midst of a chanting crowd carrying umbrellas and hand-made signs, one group of students stood out. Donning trash bag ponchos with “Unity!” spelled out in pink duct tape, they sang songs such as the Black-Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love” as they linked arms to hold the word in place.
This wasn’t the first time someone took notice of the “Pink Ladies,” as the group of students has come to be known on campus.
Led by junior resident advisor (RA), Laura Klym, the dynamic group of females first came together for a friendly competition between new students during Lycoming’s First Weekend activities, solidifying their team identity by sporting pink-colored clothing.
What began as a light-hearted way to bond as a floor has ultimately grown into a demonstration of what Residential Life programming at Lycoming is all about.
“The hardest time to adjust to college is the first semester away from home, and the transition from high school to college can be a scary thing,” says Klym. “I decided to become an RA because in my freshman year I saw the importance of our floor activities and relationships with one another. Those experiences set the tone of the entire four years.”
In addition to group activities that help the new students unwind and adjust to college life, the ladies show their school spirit at sporting events and serve the Williamsport community through service projects. They have organized a “Senior Citizen Senior Prom” at a nearby retirement community, participated in “Valentines for Veterans” and are planning a luau for the end of the semester with Hope Enterprises, a local organization providing services to children and adults with special needs.
Klym, who studies psychology and criminal justice, finds her role as an RA to be very rewarding. She hopes her efforts help other students make their Lycoming education as memorable for them as the last three years have been for her. “I love the friends I’ve made, the staff and how they’ve challenged me academically to do my best, and the endless opportunities for success. I’m not just a number at a university; everyone has their own special place that contributes to Lyco’s community.”