Lycoming College News


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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Lycoming College professor elected president of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Lycoming College’s Assistant Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Mary Morrison, Ph.D., was elected as the next president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), an organization dedicated to developing and enhancing undergraduate education in neuroscience. She will serve as president-elect for one year, president for the second year, and past president for a third year, during which she will work diligently on raising funds for and distributing travel awards to undergraduates and leading elections for the following year’s officers. She will also collaborate with FUN president Ron Bayline of Washington and Jefferson College on a strategic planning process to guide FUN into the next decade.

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Lycoming College Candlelight Service to include something for everyone

Following a long-held tradition, Lycoming College invites students, faculty, and the greater Williamsport community to ring in the holidays with its annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m., in Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus. The Rev. Spencer Sweeting of Williamsport’s City Alliance Church will lead the service.

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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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Experience the life cycle of a star at the Lycoming College Detwiler Planetarium

Lycoming College invites the Williamsport community to enjoy free shows in its Detwiler Planetarium on Dec. 7. The shows, which are part of Williamsport First Friday, begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College students present at Susquehanna River Symposium

Clean Water Institute (CWI) interns and staff from Lycoming College presented their research at the 13th annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Featuring speeches, poster presentations, and exhibits from more than 150 students and professionals, this year’s Susquehanna River Symposium, titled “Science, Conservation, and Heritage,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, consultants, agencies, and watershed groups to build a body of knowledge about the human and natural communities of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Eighteen post-secondary institutions from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland participated.

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Lycoming College student awarded Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service

Lycoming College German major Shelby Civils ’20 (Altoona, Pa.) was one of twenty-five students from the United States and Canada to receive an undergraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). DAAD is the largest funding organization in the world, supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.

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Lycoming College theatre students learn from professionals at the 2018 Shaw Festival

Lycoming College theatre department faculty and students attended a jam-packed professional trip to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Oct. 11-14, for one of Canada's premiere professional theatre companies.

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Lycoming College presents The Nutcracker

The Lycoming College music department and the St. John School of the Arts, in collaboration with the Community Arts Center (CAC), will unite to present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at the CAC in downtown Williamsport.

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Lycoming College Theatre Department Presents Blacktop Sky

Lycoming College theatre department continues its 50th season with Christina Anderson’s 2013 play, “Blacktop Sky.” The production, directed by Lycoming College theatre major Jennifer Spencer ’20 (Philadelphia), will be presented in room D001 of Wendle Hall, adjacent to the lobby of the Mary L. Welch Theatre, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, through Saturday, Dec. 1.

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