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Advancement News


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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WBRE/WYOU: Next phase of Williamsport’s Old City Redevelopment Project begins

The next phase of Williamsport’s Old City Redevelopment Project is underway. This project has been in the works for the past few years and the next development will be at Lycoming College. 

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Lycoming College honors outstanding individuals with Alumni Awards for 2020 and 2021

The Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB) honored eight outstanding individuals during the College’s Alumni & Reunion Weekend festivities on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Award recipients were selected by the board through nominations received from alumni and other members of the College community. AAEB president Brad Webb ’05, along with vice president Phil Levesque ’00 and past present Bob Martin ’95, presented awards for both 2020 and 2021 since an in-person event was unable to be held last year due to the pandemic.

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A Message from the President: A Year Like No Other

Students wearing face coverings in classrooms. Desks six feet apart. More than 11,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests administered. Almost 300 students in either quarantine or isolation. No athletics games in the fall. Playing sports while wearing face coverings in the winter and spring. Recruiting a class without visits to high schools. Managing millions of dollars of federal government support. Seemingly endless Zoom and TEAMS meetings. Two Commencement ceremonies.

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Lycoming College holds successful third annual Day of Giving

The Lycoming College community rose to the occasion to support its students on April 21, 2021, during its third annual Day of Giving. Despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the outpouring of generosity by alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff led to another successful fundraising event, resulting in 875 donors and $371,817 in 24 hours to help further the mission of the College.

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Robb Dietrich earns Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation

Robb Dietrich, senior director of major and planned gifts at Lycoming College, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services. The CAP® program provides the knowledge and tools needed by professionals in the nonprofit and financial services fields in order to help clients reach their charitable giving objectives and also meet their estate planning and wealth management goals.

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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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State grant to help college with new music facility

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette writes about a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded to the College that will support a $5.5 million construction project set to begin in Spring 2021.

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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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