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Advancement News


A Message from the President: Next Phase Campus Masterplan

In the November issue, I indicated that my next several editorials would focus upon the recently adopted 2021 Strategic Plan. This month, I will develop in more depth the priorities that will be addressed with a next phase campus masterplan.

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Student Retention Fund Match Available

Created in 2016, the Student Retention Fund provides critical resources to Lycoming College students performing well academically who are at risk of not completing their degree because of unforeseen financial hardships or excessive student indebtedness. Helping these promising and hard-working students allows them to earn their degrees from Lycoming and launch successful careers. A Student Retention Committee, working in partnership with the Financial Aid office, identifies and qualifies students to receive support from the Student Retention Fund.

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New Strategic Plan Calls for Next Phase Campus Masterplan

Execution of Lycoming College’s 2014 Strategic Plan included numerous improvements to the College’s physical plant. Six residential halls were renovated, improvements were made to classrooms and laboratories in the Academic Center and the Heim Science Building, and new construction strengthened Lycoming’s STEM programs with the Lynn Science Center and created a new arrival sequence for campus with the Krapf Gateway Center.

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Capital Projects Update

The traditional sights and sounds of fall on Lycoming’s campus are being punctuated this year by the sights and sounds of new construction, as several projects that have been in the planning stages the past few years are now coming to fruition.

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Lycoming Biology Field Station awarded $325,089 for Loyalsock Creek restoration

The Lycoming Biology Field Station, Inc. (LBFS, Inc.), a non-profit corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Lycoming College, today announced it won a Commonwealth Financial Authority (CFA) grant totaling $325,089 for the restoration of the Loyalsock Creek area adjacent to the field station. Flooding issues at the LBFS have grown more severe in recent years, and the grant will enable Lycoming College biology students to proactively implement conservation and best management practices that reduce flooding issues on the property, as well as those properties of surrounding landowners.

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Lycoming College Candlelight Service moved to larger venue for 2021

Lycoming College students, faculty, alumni, friends, and the greater Williamsport community are invited to celebrate the holidays at the College’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. John Piper, Jr., professor emeritus of history and College historian, presiding over the service. This year’s celebration has been relocated to a larger venue at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St. in Williamsport, allowing for increased distancing between families in attendance.

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Lycoming College breaks ground on new music building

In October 2021, Lycoming College broke ground on the College’s new music building, located on the southeast corner of Basin and Fourth streets in Williamsport’s Old City neighborhood. The 14,000-square-foot facility will connect to the existing Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, providing easy access to the popular music venue, Shangraw Performance Hall.

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A Message from the President: Embarking on a new Strategic Plan

During its October 30 meeting, the Lycoming College board of trustees approved the 2021 Lycoming College Strategic Plan. In taking this step, the board signaled that it remains strongly committed to the bold aspiration that Lycoming College become recognized as one of the very best national liberal arts colleges. They enthusiastically embraced the Vision Statement that concludes: “Lycoming College will enhance its institutional reputation and strengthen its capacity to draw exceptional students from across the country and around the world.”

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Lycoming College receives additional $20K from AT&T for college preparation program

Lycoming College received a contribution of $20,000 from AT&T to support the Lycoming Summer Academy (LSA), a scholarship-earning bridge program dedicated to helping first-year college students achieve success in higher education.

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Myriad of facility enhancements take shape on Lycoming campus

There has been a flurry of activity across campus during the summer months as facility enhancements take shape. The Heim Science Building welcomed students back to campus for the fall semester with a renovated genetics laboratory, complete with new flooring, lighting, ceilings, paint, cabinets, lab tables, furniture, white/chalk boards, and a safety shower. The anatomy lab also received similar upgrades.

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New endowed fund to support astronomy and physics

Growth in the number of students pursuing degrees in physics and its related disciplines at Lycoming College has led to the creation of the Astronomy and Physics Endowed Program Fund. Once fully endowed, the fund will provide a permanent source of additional resources for the physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and engineering programs. These resources will be used to support student research opportunities, student travel, purchases of equipment, and other needs of the department.

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Lycoming College recognized as part of America’s leading liberal arts colleges

The prestigious Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges recently welcomed Lycoming College as a member, distinguishing Lycoming as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. The endorsement validates the College’s education framework that encourages students to think clearly, analytically, creatively, and critically. What makes a liberal arts college different, according to The Annapolis Group, is not the coursework but how the school offers students valuable preparation for a lifetime of meaningful and productive work.

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Lycoming College receives $125,000 grant to support renovation of genetics lab

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Lycoming College a grant of $125,000 in support of the renovation of the genetics teaching lab in the Heim Science Building. The recent addition of majors in astrophysics, neuroscience, and biochemistry have accounted for the College’s most significant growth in enrollment and high performing students, and the renovations will ultimately support and further the education and success of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students. This is the fifth grant awarded to Lycoming by the Alden Trust, the last one supporting the creation of the new biochemistry teaching and research labs.

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