“Boxed Heart #43”
New astrophysics major
Lycoming’s Department of Astronomy
and Physics is now offering an
astrophysics major.
Students can earn a Bachelor of
Science in the field through coursework
in astronomy, physics, chemistry and
mathematics. The 13-course major was
created to provide extensive study in both
astronomy and physics while preserving
students’ ability to complete their
undergraduate degree in four years. Upon
its completion, graduates will be prepared
for advanced study in astrophysics
or astronomy as well as all the other
numerous and varied careers available
to those who complete the traditional
astronomy or physics major.
“Lycoming’s astronomy and
physics programs emphasis lab-based
instruction,” said Dr. David Fisher,
professor and department chair. “It helps
students grasp theoretical concepts if
they can see them in practice rather than
just read about them in a textbook. We
encourage our students to use the wide
array of equipment available in their areas
of interest. It can be very rewarding.”
Students are also encouraged to
participate in a summer National
Science Foundation-sponsored Research
Experience for Undergraduates, or
equivalent research experience, during
their course of study.
Website ranked among nation’s best
Lycoming’s website (
) has been listed among the most
highly-rated in the country in the 14th annual My College Options Enrollment
Power Index (EPI), an analysis of admissions websites from nearly 3,000 colleges
and universities. Lycoming scored in the top 100 of all sites rated. The study grades
institutions on a 100-point scale, including functionality, design and technology
“The site was
developed knowing
that it had to
appeal to both
prospective and
current students,
faculty, alumni and
the general public,”
said James Spencer,
vice president of
admissions and
financial aid. “Not
an easy task, but we
were particularly
pleased with our
high score for ease of navigation.”
The site is managed by Lycoming’s web committee, which includes Spencer;
Elizabeth Greenaway, web content coordinator; Murray Hanford, publications
manager; Dave Heffner, associate dean of information technology and chief
information officer; Robert Krepshaw, web designer; Jerry Rashid, director of
college relations; and Casey Spencer ’05, college relations specialist. It boasts links
to key information, including financial aid and scholarships, visitation programs
and the application process, as well as College videos and profiles of students,
faculty and alumni.
MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation’s largest online college planning program,
and is operated by the National Research Center for College & University
Boxed Heart
By Jay Innerarity
The “Boxed Heart #43” is part of the
Heart Collection; a collection of work I
began in 2005 as I attempted not only to
transition to civilian life after serving six
years as a noncommissioned officer in
the U.S. Army, but to come to terms with
life after war. The medical community
has given it the nice title of PTSD, those
suffering from it have other names for it. It
is an illness that cannot only rule your life
but can end it.
We (those afflicted) do not talk about
it; we try to drink it away, work it away,
anything to keep it inside to keep others
from knowing. We fear the repercussions,
the loss of employment, lack of trust and
we fear ourselves. Some of us seek help and
find it. Some are turned away due to lack
of funding, misunderstanding or lack of
concern. For some who have found the courage to reach out for
help and been denied, it becomes the second to last thing they
ever do on this earth. I do not fault those, as
they found peace; as heartbreaking as the loss
is, they found peace.
Some of us who are turned away realize
that peace can never be found, but you can
find things to push the nightmares into a
corner, to mute the voices of the dead – at
least for some short period of time. I can never
wash the blood from my hands, not even with
steel wool and turpentine. I know, for I have
tried. What I can do is allow those tears to
fall, to use the pain, to transfer the nightmares
into two- and three-dimensional works.
The Heart Collection represents the state
of my heart as I learned to live with PTSD.
The collection is formed from a variety of
media: oil, pastel, bronze, porcelain, to name
a few. Heart #26 is permanently inked on my
chest as a reminder of what is, what was, and
what is to be.
Note: Innerarity is in his first year as visiting assistant professor of theatre at
Lycoming. His “Boxed Heart #43” was on display during the College’s faculty
art exhibit held Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.
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