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Lycoming College's Better Together program recently received the national movement's Media Mavens award, resulting in a $500 donation to the United Churches of Lycoming County.
Better Together 2011-12, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core, impacted interfaith cooperation and diverse action issues on approximately 105 campuses across the country. Lycoming's campaign received the honor for consistently spreading its message and promoting events across multiple platforms.
The College's movement encourages all students to learn about one another's spiritual practices, customs and traditions through interfaith service, emphasizing the spread of justice and peace throughout the world, regardless of spiritual differences. A variety of student-organized programming, sponsored by Lycoming's campus ministry and community service offices, included service projects and panel discussions.
"I wanted to establish Better Together on campus because I believe we can no longer just tolerate and coexist with each other," said the group's president, Cori Mancuso. "We need to get together as people of different faiths with one common goal to make the world a better place for everyone."
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 & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.