2012-13 Year in Review

Among the nation's best

Lycoming College was recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges." It also was selected as one of the "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review while Forbes.com ranked Lycoming one of "America's Best Colleges" for 2012. The Washington Monthly underscored Lycoming's high graduation rate by ranking it fourth out of 249 national liberal arts colleges in a study to determine which colleges most increase the likelihood of the graduation of its entering students.

Class of 2016

With help from Lycoming's MoveIn Crew, 359 new students, many representing the Class of 2016, were welcomed to campus. The students arrived from 22 states and 10 foreign countries. Lauren Lawson-Zilai '99, director of public relations and national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, served as guest speaker at New Student Convocation.

Four alumni receive awards

The Alumni Association Executive Board presented four awards at homecoming to deserving alumni. Charles Springman '59 received the Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award; John Marthinsen '70, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Achievement Award; Gary Spies '70 was recognized with the Dale V. Bower Service Award; and Lauren L. LawsonZilai '99 received the inaugural Taunia Oechslin ‘Young Alumnus' Award.

Lycoming's 15th president named

Kent Trachte, Ph.D., was named the college's 15th president. He previously served as dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall College and was selected to replace James Douthat, Ph.D., who retired after 24 years of dedicated service at Lycoming.

Top 100 organization

Lycoming was named a Top 100 Organization by the editorial board of Pennsylvania Business Central Magazine.

Theatre production recognized

Lycoming's production of "The Threepenny Opera" was awarded four certificates of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Three graduates join Board of Trustees

Dave Freet '68, Don Hughes '72 and Dr. Lynn Kramer '72 joined the Lycoming College Board of Trustees.

Community Service Honor Roll

Lycoming was one of 690 colleges and universities named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be admitted, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Neuroscience minor added

The college introduced a new interdisciplinary minor in neuroscience. It is designed for students in any major who are interested in theory and research on the mind, brain and nervous system.

National microbiology award recipient

Jordan Krebs '13 was a 2012 award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology's Undergraduate Research Capstone Program. A biology and chemistry double major, he was one of only seven students to receive the award and was the only student from a baccalaureate college selected.

Lincoln document discovered

While cleaning out his office, President James Douthat found a framed certificate signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln that named Benjamin Crever, the college's founder, as a Civil War chaplain. An Associated Press story about the find drew worldwide coverage.

New astrophysics major

A new major in astrophysics was announced. Students will take coursework in astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics with an emphasis in lab-based instruction.

Charter Day activities

During the college's Charter Day celebration, proclamations were presented to President James and Emily Douthat by the Student Senate, Alumni Association Executive Board, faculty and local legislators, including U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino '85, R-Cogan Station; state Sen. Eugene Yaw '70, R-Loyalsock Township; and state Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; and Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana.


Jason Mifsud '13 and Drew Tompkins '13 earned the Middle Atlantic Conference's Scholar-Athlete Award for men's tennis and men's golf, respectively.

Tennis star

Jason Mifsud '13 became the first men's tennis player in school history to win the Middle Atlantic Conference Individual Championship, posting the win in the top-flight of singles. He was also named the MAC's Scholar-Athlete in men's tennis and was named the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year.

National leader

Jerald Williams '13 topped all college men's basketball players in assists in 2012-13, averaging 9.9 per game, the eighth-most ever in NCAA Division III. He finished his career sixth in Division III history with 828 career assists and 10th with 334 steals.

Perfect game

Holly Lansberry '13 tossed the first seven-inning perfect game in the history of the softball program. She struck out 12 in the 3-0 win against Keystone on April 16.