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Political Science News


Lycoming College’s Warrior Coffee Project celebrates harvest with progressive dinner, auction

Three distinct events on Nov. 16 will enable the Lycoming College and Williamsport communities to discover all there is to know about the brew that is making waves locally. Participants in a progressive dinner event in Williamsport — “Coffee for a Cause” — will have the opportunity to look at the College’s Warrior Coffee from different perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding for and appreciation of all that the Warrior Coffee Project does for farmers and their families in the Dominican Republic, and for Lycoming College students and the surrounding communities.

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Lycoming’s Center for Energy and the Future to host presentation on Pennsylvania’s energy transition

Lycoming College is pleased to welcome attorney Bob Bucknam ’81 and Pennsylvania State Senator Dave Argall ’80 for a lecture titled, “Pennsylvania’s Energy Transition: Regulating the Commonwealth’s Future Energy Portfolio,” on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College Campus. The lecture is part of the Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series, and is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College faculty and students make an impact in the Dominican Republic

Travel to the Dominican Republic provided an interdisciplinary approach for Lycoming College faculty and students in the departments of political science, chemistry, and education, as well as the Center for Energy and the Future, in May 2018. Participants continued to advance the Warrior Coffee Project, studied reliable drinking water sources and the chemical composition of green coffee, helped bring impoverished populations more reliable access to energy, and developed improved pedagogical programming.

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Beyond the classroom: Lycoming College provides students with enriching travel experiences

This spring provided excitement and adventure for many Lycoming College students as they broadened their horizons and traveled to various parts of the world for a variety of learning opportunities. Four May Term courses provided 55 students travel experiences to England, France, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and the Adirondacks.

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Lycoming College brings Energy Access Foundation to campus

The final talk of Lycoming College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) 2017-18 lecture series will bring two experts from the Energy Access Foundation (EAF) to campus to present “Solar Technology In Developing Countries: Sustainable Energy for All.” The talk, slated for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m., will be held in the Jane Schultz room of the Wertz Student Center, and is free and open to the public.

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Center for Energy and the Future receives $10,000 grant to support speaker series; Daniel Raimi to present on fracking debate

Lycoming College received $10,000 from the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program in support of the College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series. As part of the series, Daniel Raimi will address the Lycoming College campus with a talk on Feb. 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Jane Schultz room of the Wertz Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College partners with Gustonian Gifts to unveil Dominican Saddle Blankets during First Friday activities

Lycoming College is proud to announce a partnership with local business owners to facilitate the sales of Dominican-made saddle blankets to help improve the quality of life for families who live in the village of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic. Barbara and Denyse Miele of Gustonian Gifts, 357 Pine St., in downtown Williamsport, are offering for sale a limited number of one-of-a-kind saddle blankets during First Friday events on Dec. 1, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the women of El Naranjito who created them.

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Lycoming to host clean energy advocate lecture on shale gas development

Lycoming College will host clean energy advocate Mark Szybist’s presentation, “Pennsylvania at an Energy Crossroads: A Decade of Shale Gas, and Where We Go Now,” on Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Jane Schultz Room on the Lycoming College campus. The lecture is the second in the Lycoming College 2017-18 Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series, which is focused on Marcellus Shale gas development — where we stand ten years into development, as well as what to expect during the next decade. The event is free and open to the public.

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Sen. Gene Yaw to speak at Lycoming College on Marcellus development

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 will address the Lycoming College campus with a talk on “State policy related to Marcellus development,” as part of the College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) Speaker Series. The talk is slated for Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Jane Schultz room of the Wertz Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Yaw’s talk, the first in the 2017-18 CEF Speaker Series, will focus on Marcellus Shale gas development — where we stand ten years into development, as well as what to expect during the next decade.

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Shade and elevation bring out distinct qualities of coffee beans grown in the Dominican Republic

The location of coffee bushes grown on mountain slopes and the amount of shade they receive during the growing season create variations of taste in brewed coffee. How the beans are harvested and processed also affect its taste.

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Owner of coffee farm and import business to share insights about global markets

Benjamin Weiner, J.D., founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, will discuss trade practices on the global coffee market during a presentation at Lycoming College on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Along with the presentation, the public is welcome to join the speaker and the College community for a reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. The reception and presentation will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall and are free and open to the public.

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Sociologist to discuss Somalia's difficulties with establishing stability

Paul R. Camacho, Ph.D., associate editor of Armed Forces & Society will discuss during a presentation at Lycoming College on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. the difficulties Somalia faces as it strives to bring economic and social stability to the country. The presentation will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets in Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College opens new U.S. markets for Dominican Republic coffee

New U.S. markets for Lycoming College’s Warrior Blue coffee prompted faculty and staff to purchase eight 100-pound bags of coffee from the coffee farms in the Dominican Republic during a trip in May. The new retail markets represent a significant growth since last year, when the group purchased only one bag for its newest line of coffees.

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Students inducted into political science honor society

The Lycoming College chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science majors, inducted several students in April.

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From fungus to tree tops, Lycoming College students to learn about the art of sustainable coffee growing

Nearly a dozen Lycoming College students will once again be advancing the cause of small coffee growers in the Dominican Republic during a nearly 3-week trip in May. With their help, coffee growers on the tropical island will continue their efforts to farm sustainably by planting shade trees that improve the quality of coffee and provide them with secondary products to sell including cacao and macadamia nuts. Students also will help them improve record-keeping, perform tests to determine water quality, improve access to clean water, and purchase and plant new varietals of coffee plants.

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