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.
Lycoming held its bicentennial celebration during the 2011-12 academic year under the forward-focused theme "Into Our Third Century." During the year, the College recognized its 200-year anniversary through new and expanded events that explored and celebrated its tradition-rich history.
Class of 2015
At approximately 460 new students, the Class of 2015 was one of largest groups of first-year students in the College's history. They arrived from all four corners of the U.S. in addition to 18 other states and 10 foreign countries.
$1 million Stabler Foundation grant received
Lycoming received a $1 million grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg, Pa. One of the largest gifts the College has received dedicated solely for scholarship support, the grant established the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support students from central and eastern Pennsylvania who exhibit financial need and academic promise.
Alden Trust grant benefits physics and psychology departments
The College's physics and psychology departments are benefiting from a $100,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust in Worcester, Mass. The grant is being used to purchase physics laboratory equipment and upgrade psychology classrooms and labs.
President Douthat announces retirement
Dr. James E. Douthat, the third longest-serving president in Lycoming history, announced plans to retire June 30, 2013. He was named president in 1989.
Peer Tutoring Program receives AT&T contribution
The Lycoming College Peer Tutoring Program received a $20,000 contribution from AT&T to train high academic achieving students to serve as tutors in the College's Academic Resource Center.
Alcoa Foundation grant promotes recycling
Lycoming received nearly 1,600, 6-gallon recycling bins from the Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition, as part of its national bin grant program during the 2012 RecycleMania collegiate recycling competition.
Housing study and summit
Dr. Bonita Kolb, associate professor of business, and Dr. Jonathan Williamson, chair of the political science department, co-authored the first comprehensive study on the effects of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry boom on housing markets across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a follow-up to the study, Lycoming's Center for the Study of Community and the Economy hosted a summit titled, "Tackling Marcellus' Effects on Housing Needs Together."
Darough attends Fulbright seminar
Michael Darough, visiting assistant professor of art, was invited to participate in "Diversity in German Education 2012: A Professional Development Seminar for U.S. Teachers to Germany," by the German-American Fulbright Commission.
McDonald awarded grant
Dr. Chriss McDonald, professor of chemistry, received a $65,000 grant from the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society. It will provide stipends for Lycoming students conducting research during the next three summers.
Joe Andrie '12 earned Capital One Academic All-American third-team honors. The Warriors' volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Team Academic Award; the men's and women's swim teams each earned Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team honors; and the men's and women's tennis teams earned ITA All-Academic Team honors.
Thanks to the support of more than 325 donors, including many former football players as well as individuals from the Williamsport community and elsewhere, David Person Field at the Shangraw Athletic Complex received new FieldTurf during the summer. A vast majority of the $1.1 million project was raised during a four-month period.