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


For 200 years, Lycoming College has been proud to serve the region, providing cultural opportunities and learning experiences. openLYCOMING delivers non-credit educational seminars and courses designed to expand and enrich the lives of community members.

Taught by current and emeriti members of the Lycoming College faculty, the program offers a wide range of courses in the arts, humanities, philosophy, local history, sciences, and special topics related to faculty research and community interest. While the content and duration of each course will differ, Lycoming's dedication to providing lifelong educational opportunities will endure.

Alumni Travel Courses

Lycoming College alumni and friends have the opportunity to join faculty, staff, and students during two unique travel experiences in the spring and summer of 2020.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by November 15, 2019, with remaining balance paid in full by March 1, 2020.

Dominican Republic Alumni Trip

Dominican RepublicVisit the Peralta and El Naranjito region of the Dominican Republic to support Lycoming’s Warrior Coffee, our ongoing education work with local schools, and the chemistry department’s clean water and green coffee research projects. Caroline Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, will lead the way during this rustic yet rewarding excursion.

Peralta & El Naranjito Region of the Dominican Republic
May 10-16, 2020
Cost: $1,050 (airfare and baggage not included)

Optional add-on destination includes Las Terrenas, Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
May 16-21, 2020
Additional cost: $650

This trip is limited to the first six participants who register and deposit; adults only.

Participants will arrive at Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport where we’ll meet our group before being transported to the historic colonial area of the capital city of Santo Domingo and enjoy lunch and a coffee tasting before checking into our hotel. The following morning we’ll travel by private bus to the key region of our coffee partnership. The next several days will include learning about how coffee is grown; joining the chemistry research team as they analyze the chemical composition of coffee; working with the education team in local schools; and constructing a local playground.

Assumption of Risk, Responsibility, and Awareness of Agreement is required. Conditions in this region are physically demanding with hot temperatures and steep, rugged terrain. Participants can expect to be working outdoors, walking on unpaved roads, and sleeping in non-air-conditioned facilities, sometimes in sleeping bags, without running water or electricity. Spanish is the spoken language in this region.

Those who choose to continue on with the group to the optional add-on destination of Las Terrenas will collaborate with Foundation Mahatma Gandhi on ongoing development projects and working with educators in public and private schools. Enjoy a few well-deserved beach trips in the evenings after the work is finished. Accommodations here include a 3-star hotel with a private bath and free WiFi.

Questions? Contact Caroline Payne at

Alumni Grand Canyon Adventure

Grand CanyonExplore the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from Diamond Creek to Pierce Ferry from the best seat in the house — a raft! Charge the rapids by day and camp overnight with Jae Ellison, director of Outdoor Leadership & Education.

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from Diamond Creek to Pierce Ferry
June 2-7, 2020
Cost: $1,200 per person (airfare and baggage not included; based on double-occupancy in the Las Vegas hotel, additional $230 for single room)
This trip is limited to the first ten participants who register and deposit; adults only.

Participants will fly to McCarran International Airport where we’ll will meet the first evening at the Hampton Inn Tropicana. Day two departs to Flagstaff, Ariz., where we’ll join an outfitter and begin our river journey at Diamond Creek. We’ll continue to paddle by day and camp overnight the next two days, ending our excursion with an overnight hotel stay in Las Vegas.

All equipment, accommodations, and most meals are included. Keep in mind that the Arizona desert during June reaches temperatures above 100°F. Elements of this trip will require physical exertion, and the ability to swim is a requirement. Participants also will be required to sign a waiver.

Questions? Contact Jae Ellison at

Fall 2019

The Historian's Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction

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Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history, discusses the historian’s craft to upend popular lore about the witches of Salem using original sources from the Salem Witch Trials. A perfect course for this time of year, join us as we differentiate fact from Hocus Pocus.

Dr. Pearl’s research and teaching interests center upon the political, religious, social, and legal history of America to 1877. His classes focus on many interesting facets of early American political and legal culture, from fascinating topics such as the Salem Witch Trials to the vigilante actions of Regulators in colonial North America. His latest book, “Crisis of Governance: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State,” will be published in spring 2020 by the University of Virginia Press.

Instructor: Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Cost: $35 per person (classroom participation); $50 per person (online participation)
Register by: September 20
Dates: 4-Week Course: Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lycoming College - Lynn Science Center, Room 153

Lycoming College is pleased to announce this openLYCOMING Community Seminar will be available to stream online. Each week’s lecture will be available to stream the following day at 6 p.m. You will be able to stream for one week on a secure URL. You can submit questions to the alumni office via email, which Dr. Pearl will answer at the beginning of the following week’s lecture.

Inquire and register with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office by September 20 at or 570-321-4376.