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The Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board presented three awards during the College's Homecoming activities Saturday, Oct. 15. Award recipients were selected by the board from nominations received from alumni and other members of the College community.
Anthony L. DiSalvo, a 1954 Lycoming graduate, received the Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award, given to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to humanity and whose life exemplifies those qualities encouraged and fostered at Lycoming.
Gene L. Dodaro, a 1973 Lycoming graduate, received the Outstanding Achievement Award, given in recognition of an alumnus/a who has achieved a significant accomplishment that reflects positively on the College.
William E. Byham, Lycoming's first sports information director and on-air announcer for many sporting events, was recognized with the Dale V. Bower Service Award, given to an individual for outstanding service rendered to Lycoming.
DiSalvo has dedicated a lifetime of service to the Williamsport community, particularly to volunteer projects involving youth. He has held multiple positions with the Boy Scouts of America, and his numerous scouting recognition awards include the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Eagle Scout Award, Award of Merit, Order of the Arrow and the Scoutmaster Key. DiSalvo is a volunteer with the National Flag Foundation, for which he developed and chairs a local chapter. He founded the annual Flag Day March in Williamsport and makes frequent visits to local schools, teaching children the history and proper handling and flying of the American flag. DiSalvo retired from Textron Lycoming in Williamsport as the director of plant engineering after 42 years of service. He and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Williamsport and are the parents of three children.
Dodaro is the eighth comptroller general for the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. He joined the GAO in 1973 and in 1993, was named assistant comptroller general for Accounting and Information Management. He was promoted to the chief operating officer of the GAO in October 2000, a post he held until March of 2008. On Dec. 22, 2010, Dodaro was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began a 15-year term as comptroller general of the United States. Dodaro is married to the former Joan McCabe and has three children.
Byham is considered a local media icon. He was an on-air and play-by-play announcer for many Lycoming College and local high school sporting events. Byham has worked in the press box at the Little League World Series since 1959. In 2002, during his 44th Little League World Series, the press box section at the Little League Volunteer Stadium was named in his honor. He retired from teaching at South Williamsport High School in 1984 and became Lycoming's first full-time sports information director, a position he held until 1992. Byham publicized the football team's run to the 1990 national championship game and 23 All-Americans during his tenure. He writes a column for "Webb Weekly" and can still be heard on the radio nationwide each summer during the Little League World Series. Byham is married to the former Nellie Swartz and they have two children.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.