Page 4 - 2012 Spring Lycoming Mag

Students and faculty members showed up in numbers to network at a recent
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce PM Exchange.
Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze that
destroyed the College’s General Services
Lore-el Thomas ’15 is a tutor at the Community
Alliance for Progressive Positive Action.
Fire destroys General Services
A two-alarm fire destroyed Lycoming’s General
Services Building on Tuesday, March 6.
The fire was discovered about 9 p.m. by a
member of the College’s security staff, who was
alerted by the fire alarm monitoring system in
the Office of Safety and Security. Flames grew
to the height of the nearby Recreation Center,
approximately 20 to 30 feet in the air.
This is a significant loss for the College, but
we are thankful no one was seriously injured,”
said Lycoming President Dr. James E. Douthat. “We also are very grateful for the efforts
of the Williamsport fire and police departments and the several area volunteer firefighting
companies that worked together to bring the fire under control. The College appreciates
the various community members who quickly responded with offers of support.”
The fire was under control by approximately 10:30 p.m. A city firefighter was injured
in the blaze and was released from the hospital that same night. No other injuries were
The structure, utilized by the College’s buildings and grounds crew, contained a
variety of equipment, tools and supplies.
Students assist with local
youth organization
Lycoming College students are
gaining valuable hands-on experience
while serving one of Williamsport’s
best non-profit organizations. Founded
in 2002, Community Alliance for
Progressive Positive Action offers
programs aimed at improving the
academic performance, character and
self-esteem of local youth. It recently
received a 2011 Organization of the
Year Award by the U.S. Department
of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice
Delinquency Prevention.
The program is fantastic,”
said Kaycee Kilpatrick ’13. “It is a
great way to get kids involved and
helps make them into well-rounded
individuals. I love volunteering
at CAPPA and I think it is a great
experience for everyone.” Joining
Kilpatrick at the organization this
semester are Samantha Doutt ’13,
Spencer Gysi ’15, Dwayne Hallager ’14,
Laura Klym ’12, Kayla Ortiz ’13 and
Lore-el Thomas ’15.
CAPPA participants have access to
top-notch technology. The organization
also works to increase students’
test scores and decrease juvenile
delinquency by creating a safe,
structured, predictable environment
where students can develop
relationships with their families, caring
adults and professionals.
In addition to assistance from
Lycoming’s students, CAPPA recently
received eight Nook color e-readers
from the College’s Snowden Library,
which purchased the devices through a
Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant.
To learn more about CAPPA, visit
network at
chamber event
Thirty Lycoming
business and account-
ing students attended
the Williamsport/
Lycoming Chamber
of Commerce’s PM
Exchange Feb. 23,
hosted by Susque-
hanna Health in rec-
ognition of the grand
opening of its new
Susquehanna Tower at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
One of the attendees was Anna Marie Rittmiller ’13, a business marketing and
corporate communications major. She is an intern at the chamber, where she helps
plan special events, as well as collects data and creates new marketing material for the
Lycoming County Visitors’ Bureau.
I had a wonderful time meeting many different people at the chamber’s PM
Exchange at Susquehanna Health,” Rittmiller said. “It was such a good experience
talking to businesspeople and marketing myself to various chamber members. Also, I
couldn’t ask for a better place to intern or better supervisors and co-workers. Every day I
work, new projects and challenges arise, and I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store
for my future as an intern for the chamber.”
According to Anne Landon, assistant director of the Institute for Management Studies
and internship coordinator, this is the third year students have participated in a chamber
networking event. Students had the opportunity to meet and talk with Steven Johnson ’76,
Susquehanna Health president and CEO, and Vince Matteo, chamber president, among
more than 250 community and business leaders. They also toured the tower’s new state-
of-the-art emergency rooms, high-tech surgical suite, patient recovery rooms, conference
facility and rehabilitation gym.
Students can all benefit tremendously by learning effective networking techniques
and practices,” said Landon. “Before the PM Exchange, students developed and
practiced their ‘elevator speeches’ so they would be prepared. Learning the skills for
effective networking is well worth the time and energy it requires since it’s such an
important aspect of the job search process. Networking continues to be the single most
effective strategy to land a job.”