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of bands at

Lycoming in

2006. He will be

assisted by Bill

Muller, viola, and

Lycoming faculty

members Riana

Muller, violin;

Andrew Rammon,

cello; and Tim

Breon, bass.

Inaugural High School

Teacher of Excellence Award


The inaugural Lycoming College High

School Teacher of Excellence Award was

presented to Jill Dean of Central High

School in Martinsburg, Pa., during the

college’s 165th



May 5. Dean,

who teaches

anatomy, biology

and chemistry,

was nominated

by biology major,

Jordan Krebs ’13.

In recognition

of Dean’s honor, students from Central

High School who enroll at Lycoming

during the 2014-15 academic year will

receive a $5,000

Teacher of Excellence


for four consecutive years.

The award was created by Lycoming’s

Office of Admissions, which asked

seniors to nominate one of their high

school teachers who has made a

significant educational impact on their

lives and supported them in pursuit of a

post-secondary education.

Krebs has accepted a position at the

National Institutes of Health within its

genomics and immunity section and

will later begin the M.D./Ph.D. program

funded by the NIH.

Woodruff Grand Jury

Prize awarded

Lycoming held its fourth Digital

Media Video Annual on April 9, at

the Community Arts Center in

downtown Williamsport. The event

included screenings of short narrative,

documentary, animation and experimental

films by Lycoming students.

The Woodruff Grand Jury Prize,

established by Tom ’80 and Tami

(Spitler) ’81 Woodruff Jr., went to

Williamsport Fire

by Tom Lurie, whose

work also won the award for best

documentary and audience favorite.

Other awards were presented to



by Jehiel Boner and John

Piazza, best narrative;

Girl Talk


Chelsea Moore, best experimental; and

The Lonely Dog

by Lindsey Scott, best


A native of Montoursville, Pa.,

Tom Woodruff garnered an Academy

Award for his special effects work on

the Meryl Streep film “Death Becomes

Her” and also received Academy Award

nominations for “Starship Troopers” and

“Alien 3.”

Student paper to be

published in textbook

A paper written by three Lycoming

psychology students will be published

in the upcoming Cengage Learning

textbook, Writing Our World. 

The study, “Sitting Comfort: The

Impact of Different Chairs on Anxiety,”

was written by Jenna Baker, Ashlynn

Beacker and Courtney Young during a

psychology class taught by Kathy Ryan,

Ph.D. It was published in the 2011 spring

issue of Schemata, the college’s online

journal of student writing.

According to Shanna Wheeler,

assistant director of the Academic

Resource Center and Schemata adviser,

Cengage plans to republish the paper

as an example of good student writing.

The study examined the extent to which

different chairs influence anxiety.

Bob Yagelski, the author of


Our World,

said he found the paper while

doing an Internet search for sample

student papers in different academic

disciplines. The book is scheduled to be

published this fall.

“My textbook is intended for first-year

writing courses, and it includes many

examples of writing to illustrate different

aspects of effective writing,” said

Yagelski, who also is associate professor

of English education at the University of

Albany, State University of New York. “I

think the students’ paper provides a good

example of a conventional introduction

that is straightforward, clear and


Behind the brew

Students in Lycoming’s Institute

for Management Studies received a

rare, behind-the-scenes look at Tröegs

Brewery in Hershey at the end of the

spring semester. The group was greeted

at the door by John Trogner Jr. ’68, who

serves as the company’s treasurer and is a

Lycoming trustee. Day-to-day operations

of the family-owned and operated

business are handled by John and Roni

(Bennett) ’69 Trogner’s sons, John III

and Chris.

Chris provided the students with

a brief history of the company, which

opened its doors in Harrisburg in June

1997. That year, they had no other

employees and produced 350 barrels of

beer. The brewery moved to its Hershey

location in 2008 and by 2012, it had

approximately 130 employees and was

producing 45,000 barrels per year.

“We still wear a lot of hats here and

do a little bit of everything, but a lot has

changed,” Chris said. “Our first location

served us very well for the first couple

years, but we just outgrew the room.

We also didn’t have a lot of ability to do


When searching for a new site, Chris

said he and his brother were looking for

the obvious things that a brewery needs

– ceiling height for equipment and truck


“We also really wanted to find a spot

that had the ability to do a big tasting

room and open up the brewery so you

could see everything,” Chris said. “And

you could take a guided tasting tour

or a self-guided tour, which is open all

day long to the public, where you can

Jenna Baker, left, and Ashlynn Beacker are shown

sitting on the desk they used in a psychology class




William Ciabattari

Jordan Krebs ’13