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The traditional sights and sounds of fall on Lycoming’s campus are being punctuated this year by the sights and sounds of new construction, as several projects that have been in the planning stages the past few years are now coming to fruition.
Ground was officially broken on the new music facility the first week of October and is now progressing rapidly. Despite some delays over the summer related to building materials and equipment, the College still anticipates construction to be completed in time for the fall 2022 semester. While nearly $5.7 million in donations and grants have been secured in support of the project, there is still an opportunity for alumni and friends of the College to be a part of this historic addition to campus. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be permanently recognized within the new building. Additional information about the project can be found here.
At the October meeting of the Board of Trustees, approval was also given to break ground on a stadium for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. This $2.7 million athletic facility will seat 400 spectators and include two viewing pavilions and a Warrior Club Box. Inside the structure will be two locker rooms, a training room, offices for coaches and officials, laundry room, and public restrooms. When construction is complete, UPMC Field at the Shangraw Athletic Complex will be one of the premier venues in the Middle Atlantic Conference for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. We look forward to an official naming announcement of the stadium next year. Additional opportunities to support the project, including named spaces and individual lockers, are still available at $5,000 and above. More information about the stadium project can be found here.
Finally, a new Founders Plaza recognizing the lifetime giving of individuals and families who have donated $100,000 or more to Lycoming College is nearly complete. The Plaza has been made possible by a leadership gift from Rita (Ciurlino) ’84 and David ’75 Detwiler III and will be centrally located on the upper quad surrounded by Clarke Chapel, the Krapf Gateway Center, Lamade Gymnasium, and the Fine Arts Building. The Plaza will be a tangible way to honor and celebrate Lycoming’s rich tradition of transformational philanthropy. Additionally, the Plaza will incorporate an instructional space for an outdoor classroom setting thanks to the Class of 2020 Senior Class Gift.