From left: Piper, Tran, Sharon and Kent Trachte, Estomin, McCall, Kulp.
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Lycoming College and its president, Kent C. Trachte, were recognized by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette as the “Person of the Year” for 2015. The honor is given at the end of each year to an individual, group or organization with a significant positive impact on the Williamsport community.
“We are honored to have been recognized for the many bridges our faculty, staff and students have built into the community over the years,” said Trachte. “We sincerely appreciate the support we’ve gotten from our neighbors and we are committed to continuing to be an engaged and vibrant community partner.”
The award acknowledges the cultural, economic and social advantages that come with being a college town, and highlights two new facilities that demonstrate the college’s outward-facing ethic. The Lycoming College Art Gallery, which opened to the public in downtown Williamsport in October of 2014, showcases artwork by students, faculty and artists across the nation. The Lynn Science Center, which opened for classes in September of 2015, will host astronomy, physical geography and earth science programs for kindergarten through 12th grade students, preschoolers and local civic groups to spark a curiosity about the world and inspire future scientists.
The award further recognizes Trachte’s championing of a long-term plan to revitalize the “Old City” neighborhood of Williamsport on the southern edge of Lycoming’s campus. The revitalization will allow the school to grow while bringing in new businesses and job opportunities.
The award also honors the many hours of volunteer work performed by campus members.
The college and its president were among six candidates for 2015, which included Williamsport’s Repasz Band in its 150th year; the capital campaign committee that raised $2.3 million in private funding for revitalization of the Williamsport Area High School athletic complex; a Jersey Shore boy who put together a borough traffic control plan in the wake of a friend's fatal bicycle accident; Sister Henry Lambert and St. Anthony Center's 35 years of feeding the poor; retiring Lycoming County Register and Recorder Annabel Miller for her 60 years of service; and three brave rescuers — two men who saved two runaway girls who fell through freezing ice in the Susquehanna River and a state trooper who rescued the tenants of a burning apartment building.
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