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Advancement News


A Message from the President: Lycoming College prepares for the spring semester

In the October newsletter, I reflected upon the College’s planning for the fall semester and shared my hope that the semester would conclude successfully. I am now delighted to report to our alumni and friends that Lycoming College did complete the fall semester with students in residence and attending in-person classes. We also succeeded in keeping the community healthy; when final exams concluded, only nine students and six employees had tested positive, and all had recovered. I attribute this outcome largely to the culture of compliance with COVID protocols that our students created and sustained. It was their willingness to wear face coverings, physically distance, practice good hygiene, and avoid crowds that made a difference.

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Warrior Strong Initiative: Making Lycoming connections amid a pandemic

Each year, Lycoming’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences assists students with summer internship placements with various companies and organizations throughout the country. Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of internships were cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Through the assistance and creativity of a Lycoming alumna and the use of modern technology, Valeria Renée Rivera ’22, a business administration and art (commercial design) double-major with an art history minor from San Salvador, El Salvador, was able to successfully perform the duties of her internship remotely.

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Mark Ohlinger ’92: Opening Up a World of Opportunity

Mark Ohlinger ’92 has been giving back to Lycoming College since he graduated. “Like most Lycoming students, I was a scholarship recipient, so I’ve always thought it was important to do my part and pay it forward for others,” he says.

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Renovations to the Heim Science Building

Renovations totaling $1 million to the Heim Science Building were completed over the summer just in time to welcome students back to campus in August. Immediately noticeable on every floor are the updated entrances and interior corridors, complete with new drywall in place of the old cinderblock walls, as well as new flooring, ceiling, and lighting. These upgrades to Heim, originally constructed in 1989, also create a more unified transition as you enter the adjacent Lynn Science Center built in 2015.

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Lycoming College Welcomes the Class of 2024

Lycoming College once again welcomed an academically-strong and diverse incoming class to its community of dedicated learners on Aug. 17, 2020, with a New Student Convocation on the Fultz Quadrangle for the Class of 2024 and transfer students.

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Nancy Corter Bowers ’70: Charitable Gift Annuities Add Up to a Win-Win

When Nancy Corter Bowers ’70 entered Lycoming College in the fall of 1966, her brother, Ronald Corter ’66, had just graduated from Lycoming, so their parents were facing four more years of college expenses. “Loans, scholarships, and being accepted into the Scholar Program at the end of my freshman year were major aids in meeting those expenses,” Nancy recalls. “My longtime annual fund donations are one way to thank the College for the financial support I received as a student.”

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Return to Campus in the Fall

Announced to students and families last month, Lycoming College plans to resume residential education in the fall, but with significant adjustments in order to keep its campus community safe and healthy.

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Planning for New Music Building Underway

During the winter board retreat in January of 2019, the trustees of Lycoming College toured campus to evaluate the institution’s facilities and identify priorities for capital improvements and renovations. The results of that evaluation have already resulted in significant renovations to two wings of the Academic Center and plans to renovate the Heim Science Building over the next several years. Also identified as an institutional priority was the need for better facilities for the College’s music program.

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Haberberger Warrior Strong Match Program

In response to the Warrior Strong initiative and in recognition of the financial strain the COVID-19 global pandemic is having on many Lycoming students and the impact those financial challenges will have on the College's operations, Art '59 and Joanne Haberberger have generously committed up to $100,000 in matching funds to encourage gifts to Lycoming that will address the most critical needs created by this unprecedented moment.

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Bradley ’05 and Melissa (Wright) ’06 Webb: Providing for Family and Future Educators

Bradley ’05 and Melissa (Wright) ’06 Webb love Lycoming College. The couple met on campus, married in Clarke Chapel, and to this day the majority of their friends are those whom they met while at Lycoming.

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Lycoming College’s Day of Giving supports students during challenging times

The Lycoming College community and world have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Lycoming College made the decision to continue with its originally planned Day of Giving on April 22, 2020, in order to prioritize giving opportunities that support the most vulnerable in its community.

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Robert L. Shangraw Athletic Complex Enhancement

In 2018, Lycoming College began a project to enhance the Robert L. Shangraw Athletic Complex to reflect the College's aspirations of excellence in athletics and for Lycoming. The initial work included a significant investment from the College to widen the lacrosse and soccer field and to install a new artificial turf surface. It also included the installation of a new scoreboard in 2019 to improve game-day operations and viewing, while providing a platform to recognize UPMC Susquehanna's partnership and commitment to Lycoming through a gift to name UPMC Field.

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Lycoming College secures additional $500,000 grant from Stabler Foundation

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Lycoming College in recognition of its exceptional work to attract students of promise and for its commitment to meeting their financial needs. Through generous gifts such as this grant, Lycoming is able to bolster its financial aid offerings and fine-tune admittance practices, more selectively choosing talented students who best fit with the mission of the College, regardless of their financial need.

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Lycoming College dedicates new $12.5 million Krapf Gateway Center

The Krapf Gateway Center, the catalyst of The Campaign for a Greater Lycoming, Lycoming College's most ambitious fundraising initiative in its history, was dedicated on October 25, 2019. Named in recognition of the inspiring philanthropy of Dale Krapf '67, a trustee of Lycoming College, and his brother, Dallas Krapf ’13H, the Krapf Gateway Center serves as the new home to the Office of Admissions, Office of Alumni and Advancement, the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, and the Outdoor Leadership and Education program. The 28,000-square-foot building also includes study and seminar rooms, a large presentation space, a café, and a three-story rock-climbing wall.

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