Lycoming College News


Local chemistry students take advantage of college laboratory facilities

Jersey Shore High School organic chemistry students got a taste of college life recently when they visited a Lycoming College chemistry laboratory to learn beginning organic synthesis that they are unable to perform in their high school laboratory.

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Damon Young hopes to broaden perspectives on social change, race relations, and more

Damon Young, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas and senior editor of The Root, will address the Lycoming College community on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus. The Williamsport community is invited to the join the College for this event free of charge.

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“Paul Fabozzi: Place/Transition/Variation” at Lycoming College Art Gallery

Lycoming College Art Gallery invites Williamsport and its surrounding communities to experience the architectural intricacies of Rome, Istanbul, New York, Rio de Janeiro, London and Berlin in “Paul Fabozzi: Place/Translation/Variation” beginning Jan. 25. A celebratory reception will begin at 5 p.m., with a gallery talk scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and gallery hours extended until 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through, Feb. 23.

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A Message from the President: Grateful Graduates

We recently learned that Lycoming was ranked in the top 200 in a Grateful Graduates Index developed by Forbes.com. This rank verifies something that many of us know about Lycoming graduates — they are loyal and grateful for the education received at the College. Given that the index ranks all private not-for-profit colleges and universities with more than 500 students, our 171 ranking places Lycoming well within the top 10 percent.

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A Message from the President: Rafael Moreno Valle

The Lycoming College community is mourning the death of our distinguished alumnus Rafael Moreno Valle ’91, a Mexican federal senator and former governor of the state of Puebla, Mexico, and his spouse Martha Erika Alonso, who had recently become the new governor of Puebla. The couple perished on December 24 in a tragic helicopter crash near the Puebla airport. 

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Lycoming College students celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights

Lycoming College students from India and Mauritius invited other members of the campus community to join them in a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, on campus, Sunday, Nov. 11. While there are many reasons behind the celebration of this festival, most Hindus celebrate Diwali to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, into their homes.

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Lycoming College photography students visit George Eastman Museum

Lycoming College students and faculty from the College’s History of Photography class visited the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y., during the fall semester of 2018 to learn about leadership in photography and to view the museum’s world-class collections.

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Lycoming College faculty member published in paleontology journal

A paleontologist from Lycoming College was recently published in the Dec. 5, 2018, issue of Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, an international journal for original studies and comprehensive reviews in the field of palaeo-environmental geology. David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, submitted original research entitled, “Depositional setting, taphonomy and geochronology of new fossil sites in the Catskill Formation (Upper Devonian) of north-central Pennsylvania, USA, including a new early tetrapod fossil.”

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“Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon” author discusses her enlightening experiences in the jazz world in Brilliant Corners

In an interview conducted for the most recent issue of Brilliant Corners, Maxine Gordon characterizes jazz as a complex and uniting art form, honoring specifically the memory of her late husband, Dexter Gordon. Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., Robert L. and Charlene Shangraw Professor of English at Lycoming College, managing editor of Brilliant Corners, who conducted this interview in Dennis, Mass., on Aug. 16, led an insightful discussion exploring Gordon’s introduction to the jazz world, Gordon’s experiences with her husband, the publication of Gordon’s biography about her husband, and her opinions of jazz writing.

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Lycoming College community gathers for evening of service at Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Lycoming College students, faculty, and staff gathered Tuesday evening to volunteer their time at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, packaging food to be shipped out to families in the Williamsport area. Thirty-seven members of the College community pitched in to prepare 438 boxes of food to help local families through the cold winter days ahead.

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Lycoming College faculty, student present research at national conference

Lycoming College’s David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and biology major Cayla Treaster ’19 of Williamsport, recently presented their research at the 130th Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

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Poetry collection published by Lycoming College instructor and Mill Hall native

Lycoming College’s Shanna Powlus Wheeler, director of the writing center and instructor in the English department, recently authored her first full-length collection of poetry, “Evensong for Shadows,” published by Resource Publications. The follow-up to her chapbook titled “Lo and Behold,” published with Finishing Line Press in 2009, the book includes sixty original poems and is divided into four sections titled “Evensong for Shadows,” “A Choir of Cells,” “The Music of the Spheres,” and “Ring of Vowel.”

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A Message from the Provost

When I am interviewing faculty candidates, they often ask me what my vision is for their department and the College, and I tell them. Outside of those job interviews, I rarely have a public forum to share my view of liberal arts and sciences education and how tradition has guided Lycoming College for many years in the past, and I hope many more to come.

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