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Lycoming College to host ninth annual Black History Month Dinner

Lycoming College to host ninth annual Black History Month Dinner

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Lycoming College will host its ninth annual Black History Month Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center. The guest speaker will be Spencer Sweeting, pastor of Williamsport’s City Alliance Church, who will present, “How we change a city.”

This campus and community celebration will feature dinner, music, poetry and art. The cost is $20 per person, $12 for children 12 and under, and reservations must be made by Jan. 27. To register, call 570-321-4134 or visit

Sweeting graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s in religious studies and English in 2009 and earned a master’s in evangelism and church planting at Liberty Theological Seminary in 2011. He has been a coach and mentor for teens, a youth pastor and in 2013, he was elected to the Williamsport Area School District board of directors.

“Growing up in Williamsport, I’ve always thought of Lycoming College as one of the elite organizations in the community, and knowing many members of the student body, faculty and staff, I think there is a tremendous amount of talent and potential assembled on this campus,” Sweeting said. “To have the opportunity to speak to the Lycoming College family and, hopefully, encourage us all to become more active in helping Williamsport flourish as a community is very special to me.

“I believe the strongest community is one in which we all seek the highest good for each other; where we’re all good neighbors and take ownership of our shared responsibility to see our community flourish. My dream is to see every organization in Williamsport do this well.”

Sweeting lives in Williamsport with his wife, Beth, and their three daughters. He also is an avid musician and leads the popular local classic rock-soul group “Spencer and the T-Bones,” which formed in 2009 and regularly performs at the Community Theatre League.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit