Awards presented during Honors Convocation

Awards presented during Honors Convocation

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College presented its top four awards during its annual Honors Convocation on April 13.

Dr. David Fisher, professor and department chair of physics and astronomy, is the recipient of the 2013 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. He joined the Lycoming faculty in 1984. His research areas include condensed matter physics, radiation damage in crystalline and amorphous materials at low temperature, and space flight history. Fisher earned a bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.

Seth Goodman, assistant professor of art, is recipient of the 2013 Junior Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught at Lycoming since 2008. Goodman teaches painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and color theory. He exhibits his paintings, drawings and mixed media work nationally and internationally. His major topics of research deal with issues relating to American social class and its relationship with expressions of identity. Goodman earned a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MFA from Towson University.

Brittany Tasch, student life coordinator and assistant for residential education, received the Makisu Award, which the student body presents to a faculty or staff member for extraordinary service and dedication. Tasch joined the College in 2011as the student life coordinator for Rich, Forrest and Williams halls as well as for the apartments and The Commons. She also oversees resident adviser training, recognition and programming initiatives. She is the adviser for the LycoTrails hiking club, Beta Phi Gamma sorority and the Lycoming College chapter of Advancing Communities by Educating and Serving. She earned a bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in public relations-advertising from Messiah College in 2009 and a master’s from Alvernia University in 2011.

John Ryan Wolff, of Morrisville, was presented the 62nd annual Chieftain Award. First presented in 1952, the award is the highest honor given to a graduating senior. Wolff, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in finance and management in May, was involved in numerous campus activities, including being on the men’s basketball team for four years, a resident adviser for three years and a member of the Campus Activities Board. He has worked for Lycoming’s recreation and intramurals department since he was a freshman. He also received the Jack C. Buckle Scholarship his junior year for leadership in student activities. This year, he created the first Warrior Extreme Challenge, which had more than 100 participants take part in an obstacle course on campus. Wolff has accepted a position with Precision Castparts Corp., headquartered in Portland, Ore. The company creates aerospace and military parts for aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.

  • From left, President James Douthat, Dr. David Fisher, Seth Goodman and Dr. Phil Sprunger, provost and dean of the College.

    From left, President James Douthat, Dr. David Fisher, Seth Goodman and Dr. Phil Sprunger, provost and dean of the College.

  • From left, President James Douthat, John Ryan Wolff and Dr. Dan Miller, dean of student affairs.

    From left, President James Douthat, John Ryan Wolff and Dr. Dan Miller, dean of student affairs.

  • From left, Greg Vartan, president of the Student Senate, Brittany Tasch and Dr. Dan Miller.

    From left, Greg Vartan, president of the Student Senate, Brittany Tasch and Dr. Dan Miller.