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Economics News


Lycoming College alumni network supports student employment

In a season when so many future plans have been put on hold, young graduates from Lycoming College continued moving forward, thanks to the connections made possible through the College’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences (CEAE). Although the COVID-19 pandemic delayed fulltime job offers for many young grads, in the summer of 2020, now-alumna Mackaella Goodwin began a fulltime position at New York Life Insurance Company following a successful corporate internship with the same company.

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Lycoming freshmen learn how to apply economics to their own self growth

During the Fall semester of 2020, the first-year seminar, “Freakonomics,” was offered to incoming freshmen. Created and taught by Elizabeth Moorhouse, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Lycoming College and chair of the department, the course provides students with an introduction to economics theories, and is meant to enhance the transition to and learning experience in college.

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Student outcomes improve with weekend feeding programs

New research from Lycoming College’s Mica Kurtz, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, provides strong evidence that weekend feeding programs produce increased reading and math scores in young students. An article on the topic, “Weekend Feeding (“BackPack”) programs and student outcomes,” written by Kurtz and co-authors Karen Smith Conway, Ph.D., and Robert D. Mohr, Ph.D., of the University of New Hampshire, was published in the December issue of Economics of Education Review.

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Walt Disney Company veteran to address campus on her 24-year career

Accomplished leader and 24-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Calif., Nancy Kachline ’81 will speak at Lycoming College on Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m., in Krapf Gateway Center’s Trogner Presentation Room. Part of the James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series, Kachline’s lecture, “Navigating the Pixie Dust – 24 Years at Disney,” will focus on her time working for The Walt Disney Company.

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Twelve students inducted into the economics honors society

At a recent dinner meeting of the Lycoming College economics honors society, Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), twelve students were inducted into the society following a presentation by guest speaker Stephen J. Olsen ’02.

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Research team finds wealth tax can reduce number of poor

An interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from Lycoming College have come together to co-author an article which has been published in the journal Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. Both students and faculty from the departments of economics and physics at the small liberal arts and sciences institution collaborated for the study, which examined how the distribution of wealth is affected by tax and redistribution strategies.

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Documentary film “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” at Williamsport CAC

The Lycoming College Scholars Program proudly presents a screening of the documentary, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” a film about the impending global impact of Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency. The film begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

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Russ Lucas of BMW to address Lycoming College community

Russ Lucas, BMW of North America, will speak at Lycoming College as part of the James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m., in the Shangraw Performance Hall, Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. His presentation, “The Fast Lane to Success: From Lycoming College to BMW,” will address his career and what it’s like to work in the BMW culture. The event is free and open to the public.

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Economics students augment education at Global Landscapes Conference

Lycoming College economics students recently presented research at King's College Global Landscapes Conference (GLC), which helps to promote the interdisciplinary discussion of research topics across academic curricula, business practice and policy perspective. This year’s conference carried the theme, “Development, Growth, Success, and Wellness in a Turbulent Global Environment.”

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Student research earns award at economics conference

A Lycoming College economics student won second place at the recent Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) annual conference at Kutztown University in the Undergraduate Best Student Paper Contest. Elena Pikounis ’20 of Catonsville, Md., an economics and actuarial science major, and accounting minor, was recognized for her work, entitled, “The Multiplier Effect of Military Spending on Economic Growth: An Empirical Analysis of the United States.”

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Lycoming College students visit financial district in NYC

A small group of Lycoming College economics students, faculty and staff kicked off their long weekend in October in New York City’s financial district. Face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities with Lycoming alumni enabled students to consider different career and internship options and their educations progress toward graduation.

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Lycoming College appoints six faculty members with endowed professorships

Lycoming College is pleased to announce the appointments of endowed professorships to six faculty members. Made possible by established gifts to the College, endowed professorships are one of the highest honors that Lycoming awards faculty members to recognize a career marked by exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service.

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Beyond the classroom: Lycoming College provides students with enriching travel experiences

This spring provided excitement and adventure for many Lycoming College students as they broadened their horizons and traveled to various parts of the world for a variety of learning opportunities. Four May Term courses provided 55 students travel experiences to England, France, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and the Adirondacks.

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