Lycoming College to host seventh annual Black History Month Dinner

Lycoming College to host seventh annual Black History Month Dinner

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Lycoming College alumna V. Chapman-Smith will speak at Lycoming's seventh annual Black History Month Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the College's Wertz Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Black History Month Committee and the Office of Alumni Relations.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres followed by dinner in the Jane Schultz Room. Cost is $20 per person and reservations may be made by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 570-321-4376.

Chapman-Smith, who graduated with honors from Lycoming in 1972, is the regional strategic liaison in the Office of the Chief Operations Officer at the National Archives at Philadelphia. She came to the National Archives in 2002 as the regional administrator for Mid-Atlantic Operations, serving the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. In this role, she created innovative partnerships across multiple sectors: federal, cultural, historical, education, and business communities. The Mid-Atlantic Region has been the recipient of eight Archivist Awards, the highest honor given internally by the United States Archivist. Chapman-Smith personally was recognized for her outstanding work in promoting civil understanding in a diverse society.

Prior to her tenure at the National Archives, Chapman-Smith worked 11 years in the private sector as corporate records officer of a large Philadelphia-based financial institution, and then led two of the largest records and archival programs in the U.S. at the state and local levels.

Chapman-Smith has received several leadership awards for her work, including the prestigious Public Service Award from Nelson Rockefeller College, the New York State Governor's Award for Outstanding State Leadership and the city of Philadelphia's Distinguished Service Award for her four-year service as City Records Commissioner. In 2008, The History Channel awarded Chapman-Smith its Outstanding History Educator. In 2009, the Lycoming College Alumni Association recognized her with an Outstanding Achievement award.

Chapman-Smith serves as chair of the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, which includes more than 170 federal entities and a 45,000 member workforce. She is also an occasional invited speaker and requested participant for national and international professional conferences and cultural/education planning initiatives.

A German major at Lycoming, Chapman-Smith spent a full-year in Goettingen, Germany, through the College's exchange program. She continued her education in the history doctoral program at Temple University.

She and her husband, Robert, a 1973 Lycoming graduate, reside in Overbrook Farms, a national historic district in Philadelphia. They have two adult 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 educations of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.