Political Science News


Shade and elevation bring out distinct qualities of coffee beans grown in the Dominican Republic

The location of coffee bushes grown on mountain slopes and the amount of shade they receive during the growing season create variations of taste in brewed coffee. How the beans are harvested and processed also affect its taste.

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Owner of coffee farm and import business to share insights about global markets

Benjamin Weiner, J.D., founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, will discuss trade practices on the global coffee market during a presentation at Lycoming College on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Along with the presentation, the public is welcome to join the speaker and the College community for a reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. The reception and presentation will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall and are free and open to the public.

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Sociologist to discuss Somalia's difficulties with establishing stability

Paul R. Camacho, Ph.D., associate editor of Armed Forces & Society will discuss during a presentation at Lycoming College on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. the difficulties Somalia faces as it strives to bring economic and social stability to the country. The presentation will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets in Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College opens new U.S. markets for Dominican Republic coffee

New U.S. markets for Lycoming College’s Warrior Blue coffee prompted faculty and staff to purchase eight 100-pound bags of coffee from the coffee farms in the Dominican Republic during a trip in May. The new retail markets represent a significant growth since last year, when the group purchased only one bag for its newest line of coffees.

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Students inducted into political science honor society

The Lycoming College chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science majors, inducted several students in April.

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From fungus to tree tops, Lycoming College students to learn about the art of sustainable coffee growing

Nearly a dozen Lycoming College students will once again be advancing the cause of small coffee growers in the Dominican Republic during a nearly 3-week trip in May. With their help, coffee growers on the tropical island will continue their efforts to farm sustainably by planting shade trees that improve the quality of coffee and provide them with secondary products to sell including cacao and macadamia nuts. Students also will help them improve record-keeping, perform tests to determine water quality, improve access to clean water, and purchase and plant new varietals of coffee plants.

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Trip to Dominican Republic by Lycoming College students sparks passion to serve

Playgrounds and learning labs in the Dominican Republic benefitted from the attention of nearly a dozen Lycoming College students during a spring break trip from March 5 to 12. The students are members of the Lycoming chapter of Advancing Communities by Educating and Serving, which organizes service trips to the Dominican Republic to learn more about its culture and bolster its economy.

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Access to low-income housing improved, but more needs to be done according to study

The availability of rental units and other types of housing suitable for individuals and families with low to moderate incomes has increased since 2011, but more still needs to be done to ensure the availability of quality, affordable housing and to prevent homelessness, according to a recent study. The study was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and conducted by Jonathan Williamson, Ph.D. and Bonita Kolb, Ph.D. of Lycoming College’s Center for the Study of Community and the Economy (CSCE).

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Warrior coffee brand expands and continues unique learning experience

Lycoming College is expanding its line of coffee products this fall and with it, the unique educational experiences offered by the brand.

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Strategic Intelligence Analyst to Share Insights about Middle Eastern Events

Lycoming College is pleased to announce Middle Eastern expert, Avi Melamed, will share his insights about events unfolding overseas at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15.

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Alumni to conduct environmental research in Dominican Republic

This past spring, Taylor Berry ’15 took part in the annual L.A.C.E.S. alternative spring break trip to the Dominican Republic. Inspired by her 10 days there, Berry, along with Hannah Morrissette ’15, will be returning to the Dominican Republic to do full-time environmental research on mangrove restoration in Las Terrenas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

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Judge Thomas Vanaskie to speak at commencement

Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, will speak at Lycoming College’s 167th commencement on Saturday, May 9.

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Student Senate announces new executive board

The Lycoming College Student Senate announced a new executive board on Thursday, Feb. 12. Voting was held online for 24 hours and open to the entire student body.

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Lycoming announces the release of Warrior One Coffee

Lycoming College has joined the Cultivation to Cup (C2C) network and partnered with Golden Valley Farm Coffee Roasters (GVF) and Parkhurst Dining, to offer Warrior One, its very own brand of coffee. Warrior One is an organic, shade-grown coffee from the Las Lajas farm in Costa Rica.

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Former United States Ambassador to Korea to speak at Lycoming

Lycoming College will welcome Donald P. Gregg to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. His speech, entitled “The dangers of demonization in dealing with states we do not understand,” will be held in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the campus at Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. Prior to the event, from 7-7:30 p.m., he will be available for a book signing of his recent book, “Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas.” This event is free and open to the public.

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