Student selected for Mathematical Sciences Research Institute summer program

    Lycoming College junior Allyson Blizman is one of 18 students nationwide chosen to attend the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute summer program at the University of California Berkeley.

    Blizman, a native of Wilkes Barre, Pa., is a triple major in quantitative economics, actuarial mathematics and mathematics. During the program, which runs June 11-July 24, she will complete a research project, give a presentation and write a technical report on her research. Participants will attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researchers and attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences. They also will have the opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference at which they will present their research.

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    Faculty and staff recognized at Honors Convocation

    Three Lycoming College faculty and staff members were honored with teaching and service awards at the College's Honors Convocation on April 17. The awards are given on the basis of dedication and service to the College.

    Dr. Michelle A. Briggs is the recipient of the 2011 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. An assistant professor of biology, Briggs joined the Lycoming faculty in 1992 as the departmental botanist. Specializing in medicinal and poisonous plants, she teaches plant science for biology majors in addition to working with freshman majors and non-majors. Since 2002, Briggs has served as the director of the Lycoming College Scholars program, with which she has been involved since 1994.

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    Economics professor and student release study on areas economy

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    Vice president of Chesapeake Energy Corporation to speak

    Lycoming College's Institute for Management Studies will host Scott Rotruck, vice president of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, as part of the James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Heim Building G-11. Rotruck will present "The Marcellus Shale, the Greatest Shale of All Time?" The event is free and open to the public.

    Rotruck serves on the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association Board and the Energize West Virginia Board. He also is a FastTrac facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneurial Training Programs. Rotruck also spent 15 years in the coal industry with Maryland Coal, Inc., Anker and CONSOL, and 10 years in the railroad industry with CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation. He is the past chairman, president and CEO of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

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    Institute for Management Studies hosts Hiawatha Riverboat outing

    Lycoming College students, faculty and administrators gathered for the Institute for Management Studies' annual cruise and picnic onboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat on Sept. 8. This popular tradition, which started in 1996, is held every September to welcome freshmen and provide an opportunity for students to meet and socialize with faculty and administrators outside the classroom. Students were transported to Susquehanna State Park by the historic Herdic Trolley. Ninety-five guests, including President James and Emily Douthat, and Arthur Haberberger, chairman of Lycoming's board of trustees, attended this year's event.

    Lycoming's Institute for Management Studies seeks to enhance the educational opportunities of students majoring or minoring in accounting, business administration or economics by offering an expanded internship program, special seminars on important management topics, student involvement in faculty research and professional projects, executive development seminars, and a Management Scholars program for academically talented students. In addition, the IMS hosts guest speakers and conferences on current management issues, and an exchange program for business, accounting and economics students with the Westminster Business School (WBS), which is part of the University of Westminster system located in London.

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    Alumnus and Ford Motor Company financial executive to speak at Lycoming Oct. 18

    Lycoming College alumnus David Schoch, chief financial officer for Ford Motor Company operations throughout all the Americas, will present "Ford – Putting the World on Wheels," as part of the College's Institute for Management Studies' James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series. The presentation will be held Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Heim Building G-11, Barclay Lecture Hall.

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    Lycoming graduate named one of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

    Deirdre Connelly, a 1983 Lycoming College graduate, has once again been named by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Connelly is president of North American pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline. Ranked 37th on the list in 2009, she rises to 27th in 2010, joining the ranks of Oprah Winfrey (sixth) and this year's most powerful woman, Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.

    A native of Puerto Rico, Connelly joined GSK in February of 2009. Prior to that, she spent 26 years at Eli Lilly and worked her way up from a sales representative to the president of U.S. operations. Connelly earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lycoming and graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in 2000.

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