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Lycoming College News

“Divergent Forms” opens in Lycoming College Art Gallery

January 15, 2021

The Lycoming College Art Gallery will unveil “Divergent Forms” featuring the works of Manuel Moreno-Lee, assistant professor of digital art at Lycoming College, on Feb. 5. The exhibit, which will run through Feb. 28, is free and open to the public.

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A Message from the President: Lycoming College prepares for the spring semester

January 6, 2021

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

January 5, 2021

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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Student outcomes improve with weekend feeding programs

January 5, 2021

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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Film students participate in virtual discussion with industry pro

December 16, 2020

Students enrolled in Lycoming College’s Film and Video Production class had the opportunity this fall to learn from and network with film industry professional, Cecilia Alvarenga. Film and video arts courses introduce students to digital filmmaking and cover topics such as the principles, techniques, and fundamentals of filmmaking including script writing, pre-production, production, and post-production. The virtual meeting with Alvarenga helped to put into context some of what FVA classes studied throughout the fall semester.

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Communication expert addresses Lycoming students virtually

December 14, 2020

Aspiring communication professionals at Lycoming College recently connected virtually with International Brand Manager at Disney Theatrical Group Valerie Cirillo, to discuss brand management and how it relates to advertising. The students, all enrolled in an advertising course, listened with interest as Cirillo discussed how she launched her career and was able to leverage her skills through the years.

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Lycoming students navigate student teaching during COVID-19 pandemic

December 7, 2020

Lycoming College’s Fall 2020 student teachers recently completed required field experiences as they head toward graduation and the job market. During an unprecedented semester that saw teacher candidates grapple with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, they successfully navigated traditional student teaching with in-person classroom instruction, as well as teaching through virtual platforms.

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Renowned author of African-American studies interviewed in next issue of Brilliant Corners

December 2, 2020

“I think we tend to extricate things from broader and larger contexts,” explains music and literature scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin. “If you’re talking about any musical form—whether it’s jazz or bebop, specifically, or hip hop—the music tends to be a part of the culture.”

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Warrior Strong Initiative: Making Lycoming connections amid a pandemic

November 30, 2020

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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August Strindberg’s “The Dance of Death” opens 2020-2021 theatre season at Lycoming College

November 24, 2020

Lycoming College’s 2020-2021 theatre season opens with August Strindberg’s “The Dance of Death.” This brand new version of the classic play, written and directed by C. Austin Hill, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor at Lycoming College, will be available for online streaming, free of charge, from Dec. 4-7, at

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Lycoming College students support Mexican feminist art collective through public project

November 9, 2020

Lycoming College art history students drew attention to the “Adopta a un desaparecidx” (Adopt a Disappeared Person) cause by working publicly on embroideries that remember victims of femicide in Mexico. The project comes as the broader campus community works to raise awareness of domestic violence. There will be an installation of the Bordeamos por la Paz project from Nov. 2-23 on the main floor of Snowden Library.

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Lycoming faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

November 3, 2020

Lycoming College’s President Kent Trachte presented two faculty members with teaching awards at a faculty meeting in October. The Junior Teaching Award and the Senior Teaching Award, the latter called the Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, are bestowed upon faculty members who exhibit mastery of their field, highly effective organization and communication of material, a spirit of enthusiasm, and an ability to inspire students. The awards are typically presented during Honors Convocation every spring, but the presentation of both awards was delayed this year due to the pandemic.

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Mark Ohlinger ’92: Opening Up a World of Opportunity

November 2, 2020

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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Mikayla Feldbauer named Lycoming College 2020 Chieftain

October 8, 2020

In a virtual ceremony on Oct. 2, Lycoming College revealed Mikayla Feldbauer ’20 as the 2020 Chieftain Award winner. The Chieftain Award is the highest honor given to a graduating senior who has contributed the most to Lycoming College through support of school activities, has exhibited utmost dedication and outstanding leadership qualities, has evidenced good moral character, and whose academic rank is above the median of the preceding senior class. First bestowed in 1952, the Chieftain Award is typically presented during Honors Convocation each spring. Given the unusual circumstances created by the pandemic, this year’s award presentation was delayed. Other nominees included Sarah Bain ’20, Braeden Gonzales ’20, and Victoria Ricedorf ’20.

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