Four alumni and friends of Lycoming College to be honored for lifetime achievements

Doubling or tripling the size of a business over the course of a career is an accomplishment. Growing a business to 20 times its size is a feat only a few can claim, including Richard “Dick” Yuengling, president and owner of D.G. Yuengling and Son. When Yuengling purchased the nation’s oldest brewery from his father in 1985 with an output of only 137,000 barrels a year, he knew he had to grow to survive. And to survive, he had to shake up the company’s business approach by significantly ratcheting up marketing and sales and streamlining processes to stimulate growth. By 2012, the company had become the largest U.S.-owned brewery and the 4th largest beer distributor in the country, currently producing about 2.5 million barrels of beer a year, all in the U.S.

Yuengling is generous with his business acumen, sharing his expertise with his four daughters who represent the sixth generation of leadership in the family business, and using it to help his community. He is a member of the Pottsville Chamber of Commerce, the local volunteer fire departments, and the Lions Club, and he and his company have contributed to a host of causes. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Brewers Association and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Because of the significant accomplishments in his profession, Yuengling will receive the Dr. James E. Douthat Outstanding Achievement Award from Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board on May 21 as part of Alumni & Reunion Weekend.

Three other individuals also will be recognized for their impact on social issues, success in their respective fields, and dedication to the college at the ceremony: James C. DeMarco ’01, of Thorndale, Pa., Joy (Lemons) Brittain, Ed.D. ’79, of Marina, Calif., and Edward G. Gabriel, Ph.D., of Williamsport, Pa.

A high-level of creativity and excitement are the standard for Jaime DeMarco whose stunning photography has already caught the attention of national brands including clients DKNY, E! Entertainment Television, eBay, Lacoste, and People Magazine. As a successful fashion and lifestyle photographer, DeMarco brings the unique character of each of his subjects to life, a talent he nurtured as a senior photographer for Urban Outfitters for two years before striking out on his own. He also has returned to Lycoming College to work with emerging photographers and to review portfolios. Because of the significant contributions to his profession, demonstrated leadership and accomplishment, and outstanding service to the college in his first 15 years following graduation, DeMarco will receive the Taunia Oechslin Young Alumni Award.

Holding a beacon of hope, Joy Brittain helps light the way to higher education for hundreds of low-income and first-generation college-bound students. As the director of early outreach and support programs at the California State University in Monterey Bay, Brittain oversees eleven programs that provide students with the help they need to be successful. Programs include reading and writing refinement, mentoring, career and financial counseling, and other skills that develop academic and personal growth for middle school, high school and college students. Her impact within the Monterey Bay community and effectiveness as a program director earned her the highest achievement for her field, the Steve Holman Award from the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel Conference. Lycoming’s Alumni Association will recognize Brittain’s dedication to the needs of a diverse population with the Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumni Award.

Affectionately known as simply “Dr. Gabe” by his students, Edward Gabriel taught, advised and inspired countless students over the course of his 38 years of teaching biology and environmental science at Lycoming College. He played a crucial role with shaping the college’s curriculum and was active in many committees. In 2003, the student body honored him with the Makisu Award for extraordinary service and dedication. The commitment to education, shared by his wife Audrey, is further exemplified by the scholarship the couple endowed to ensure bright students have the opportunity to advance their studies at Lycoming College. For his outstanding service to Lycoming College, he will receive the Dale V. Bower Service Award.

“These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to serve and a drive to succeed that distinguishes them above others,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “They exemplify our college’s spirit of always aiming for a greater good through education and inspiration.”

The award ceremony will be held during the All-Alumni Rally & Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on May 21 in Lamade Gymnasium on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by May 13 and can be made by contacting the alumni office at 570-321-4370 or churchill@lycoming.edu.

More information about Alumni & Reunion Weekend can be found at: http://www.lycoming.edu/alumniweekend.

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