Lycoming College named its recreation facility the Keiper Recreation Center at a dedication ceremony Oct. 25. The name recognizes a magnificent gift from Doug ’68 and Dawn Keiper. The Keipers also made a bequest gift to be added to an earlier bequest intended to create endowment to support the college’s athletics program and the program in early childhood education.
“We are deeply grateful for the Keipers’ generosity that assures future students will have the opportunity to compete and enrich their educational experiences through participation in varsity athletics,” said Lycoming College President Kent Trachte. At Lycoming, 25 percent of students participate in at least one of the school’s 17 intercollegiate sports, led by a dedicated coaching staff. Even more participate in the college’s dozen sports-related clubs and intramural programs.
Trachte added, “Their gifts reflect their commitment to education and place them among the most generous and impactful benefactors in the history of the college.”
As a student, Doug Keiper was a member of the wrestling and track teams and active in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and earned his degree in history and mathematics. He also served as a student leader and as president of his senior class. After graduating and working as a school teacher, Keiper returned to Lycoming College as the associate dean of students and later as the associate director of admissions. Dawn worked her entire career as an elementary school teacher in Montoursville. During the twelve years Doug and Dawn spent living and working on campus, they influenced the lives of many students. After leaving the college in 1983, the Keipers continued to be engaged as residents of Williamsport. In 2008, they began to give back to the place that had been formative in their lives, and where they had developed so many relationships.
“As a young man, I chose Lycoming College based on its great wrestling program,” said Doug Keiper ’68, who was the first in his family to go to college. “But I lucked out and got so much more from Lycoming, including a first-rate education and inspiring mentors. Dawn and I are privileged to help continue that tradition of providing high-quality sports programs along with a great education.”
The Keipers’ commitment to the endowment will support all areas of the athletic program, with an emphasis on wrestling, through facility and program enhancements. In addition, the bequest will provide vital scholarship and program support for early childhood education, which reflects their lifelong commitment to teaching and learning.
“A gift as generous as the Keipers’ for athletics is extraordinary, and we are very grateful,” said Mike Clark, the college’s athletics director. “Their gesture says a lot about their love for the college and will allow the athletic department to develop well-rounded competitors for generations to come.”