Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Lycoming College Lights It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

The sisters of the Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta are collaborating with the Lycoming College Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development and Accent Lighting Productions to light the campus blue on the night of Wednesday, April 1 in anticipation of World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2.

The blue lights are a part of the Autism Speaks’s Light It Up Blue Campaign. Held on World Autism Awareness Day every year, the campaign is the reason thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism. For more information, please visit the World Autism Awareness Day Web page.

“We are so excited to bring the Light It Up Blue Campaign to Williamsport!” said Jennifer Reilly, president of the Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. “We hope this will encourage community members to educate themselves on autism and support the families that have children with autism right in our backyard.”

The Light It Up Blue Campaign is one of many initiatives the sisters of the Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta participate in to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks, the philanthropic organization they support.

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. For more information, please visit the Autism Speaks website.

The Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta currently has 45 members and was installed at Lycoming College in the spring of 2005. Founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg Illinois, Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for Sisterhood, leadership knowledge and service. They work with their philanthropic partner, Autism Speaks, to raise autism awareness and funds. The national women’s fraternity has more than 150,000 initiated members and chapters on 116 college campuses. For more information, please visit the Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity website.