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Advancement News


Lycoming College honors four outstanding individuals with 2022 Alumni Awards

The Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB) honored four remarkable individuals during the College’s Alumni & Reunion Weekend festivities on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Award recipients were selected by the AAEB board through nominations received from alumni and other members of the College community. AAEB past president Brad Webb ’05, along with current president Phil Levesque ’00, presented the awards outside on the campus’s Upper Quad on this beautiful day.

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Lycoming College receives $4,500 to support the Waterdale Environmental Education Center

Lycoming College is the recipient of a $4,500 donation from C&N to support the Waterdale Environmental Education Center (WEEC), a joint effort between Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) and the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA). The gift has been made through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), of which the WEEC is a qualifying educational program. The EITC program offers businesses a credit to lower their tax liability through donations to educational enrichments initiatives such as the WEEC. C&N is committed to investing in local educational programs to champion a strong and prosperous community by creating more opportunities for children to thrive.

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New Lycoming College music building honors current president Kent C. Trachte

The three lead donors of Lycoming College’s new music building announced they will name the facility the Trachte Music Center, in honor of the College’s 15th and current president, Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., and his spouse Sharon R. Trachte, Ph.D. Current and emeritus trustees Peter ’69 and Joyce Lynn, Dan Fultz ’57, and Stan ’80 and Jolene ’80 Sloter, each worked closely with President Trachte over the course of his nine years as president. They have named the building in recognition of the Trachtes’ leadership, contributions to the College and community, and love and appreciation for music.

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Lycoming College scholarship reception provides opportunity for celebration and reflection

Lycoming College hosted a Scholarship Reception on April 23, 2022, at the Community Arts Center prior to the College’s Music Gala performance. The event provided scholarship recipients the chance to visit with scholarship donors and express appreciation for the opportunities their generosity has provided — fueling a new generation of Warriors to think deeply and act boldly.

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Lycoming College receives $150,000 grant to support student scholarships

The Hearst Foundations have awarded Lycoming College a grant of $150,000 to support middle-income retention scholarships. This two-year grant will be implemented for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years and will provide support to middle-income students as they move from their first to sophomore year.

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Lycoming College surpasses donor goal and raises $372,172 during Days of Giving

The Lycoming College community demonstrated its Warrior pride during its Days of Giving on April 12 and 13, 2022. The fourth annual fundraising event was the College’s most successful, resulting in 1,238 donors and $372,172 in 48 hours to help further the mission of Lycoming and create opportunity for its students.

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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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