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Student Life Offices

The Division of Student Life coordinates numerous programs, services, activities, and events designed to promote student growth and development. This is accomplished through the direction of professional staff who oversee the departments of Counseling Services, Health Services, Student Conduct, Public Safety, Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Involvement, Civic Engagement and Personal Development, Residential Life, Student Recreation & Intramural Sports and Outdoor Leadership and Education.

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students


The primary responsibilities of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students are the general welfare of students, the promotion and maintenance of a positive and dynamic campus environment, as well as designating opportunities for students' intellectual development and personal growth. Students who experience problems in fulfilling their responsibilities, or those with suggestions on how to make Lycoming College a better place, should feel free to speak with the Dean.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students strives to anticipate and understand students' interests and needs and is, therefore, available to listen and assist students in solving any problems that may arise. The Dean's Office also acts as a liaison between students and the faculty, staff and senior administration of the College when appropriate.

Counseling Services


Over the course of four years, students undergo dramatic intellectual and psychological growth. During this journey, it is not unusual for students to experience emotional or psychological difficulties that can affect their well-being and their ability to perform academically. This is especially so with the world-changing effects of the global pandemic. It is the mission and purpose of Lycoming College's Counseling Services Office to assist students in understanding and contending with the various emotional and psychological issues that often arise during their time as a college student. The Counseling Services professional staff utilizes a solution-focused, strength-based, trauma-informed therapy model to assist students in managing and enhancing their well-being and academic success.

The Counseling Services professional staff offers:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Assessment and Referral for Medication
  • Consultation with faculty, staff, and parents
  • Referral for off-campus service providers
  • 24/7 emergency consultation

Students can request an appointment by sending an email to one of the Counseling Services staff. Students are usually scheduled within one or two days of requesting an appointment. There is no waiting list and there are no session limits.

  • If you or another student needs immediate help - Lycoming College provides 24/7 emergency support services. To obtain immediate help at any time, one can call the Office of Public Safety at 570-321-4911 or 570-321-4064.
  • If you are concerned about another student's well-being - submit a Student of Concern Referral Form located at the following link: This form allows you to describe the concerns you have about a student. It can be submitted by students, parents, staff and faculty. Once submitted, the Student of Concern Form is reviewed by the Counseling Services staff and efforts are made to respond appropriately to the student of concern.

Counseling Services Professional Staff:

Misty Palmatier, MS
Dir. of Counseling Services

Stephanie Fortin, MA
Asst. Dir. of Counseling Services

Darlene Garcia-Johnson, MS
Licensed Professional Counselor

Doan Renelus
Mental Health Therapist

Health Services


The commitment of Health Services is to provide health care for minor illnesses and problems to students in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Appropriate referrals are made to area specialists or the College physician. Health education is provided through formal and informal group settings and on an individual basis. Our goal is to increase health awareness, promote healthy lifestyles and to educate students on the use of the health care system. All health care issues are kept confidential in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Health Services is staffed with one full-time registered nurse and 2 part time registered nurses.  Physician services are provided 10 hours per week. Appointments are made for the physician after assessment by the nursing staff.


Student Health Services is open for student visits 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Physician services are provided by appointment following a nursing evaluation. The nursing staff also works on an appointment basis; however, we do our best to accommodate urgent walk-in situations.


Although most health services are provided at no charge, immunizations and some prescription medications are available at cost to the student. Any expenses incurred as a result of referral, off-campus medical care, laboratory testing or emergency room care are the responsibility of the student. Additionally, submission of any insurance claims to the appropriate carrier is the responsibility of the student. Claim forms for the student health insurance may be obtained at the Student Health Services website,

Recreation and Intramural Sports

Website: Recreation and Intramural Sports

The Keiper Recreation Center is the place to be for healthy, active lifestyles. Offering a variety of intramural events and fitness classes, the Recreation and Intramural Sports office has something for everyone.

For those individuals interested in leading a healthier lifestyle, and increasing stamina Lycoming College boasts a state of the art Fitness Center featuring rowing machines, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines and stair climbers. Cardio Theater is also available, just bring along your headset to tune into the TVs! Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center also features a walking/running track, and four basketball courts which can be used for a multitude of activities to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and enhance your stay at Lycoming. Fitness classes include Ab Attack, Kickboxing, Interval Explosion, Definition and Zumba. All classes are taught by certified instructors. The intramural sports program is designed to provide a well-rounded program of competitive and recreational sports throughout the academic year. Through participation, individuals can develop an appreciation for the worthy use of leisure time, a wholesome attitude toward physical endeavors, and the desire for life-sports. The intramural sports program is open to all students, faculty and staff of the college. Each semester, a variety of sports are offered, including volleyball, flag football, indoor soccer, basketball and many others.

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports strives to meet the needs of each student, faculty and staff member and to create the most diverse, inclusive program as possible on the collegiate level. Our Mission is to strengthen the educational mission of the College through enhancement of students' physical fitness and wellness, knowledge, personal skills and enjoyment. The mission is accomplished through a variety of activities provided to contribute to individual physical fitness and wellness and access to quality facilities, equipment and programs as well as opportunities for cooperation and competitive play actively in the game form, a medium through which students can learn and practice leadership, management, program planning and interpersonal skills.

Residential Life


The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to support the overall vision of Lycoming College by providing a living environment that encourages academic success, fosters leadership and cultivates citizenship.

To this end, we aim to:

  • Provide a safe and secure residential environment.
  • Offer an environment which supports and recognizes resident student academic achievement.
  • Hire and develop a staff of student leaders who are committed to the education and development of their peers and themselves.
  • Facilitate educational and social programming that furthers the building of community and provides life skills that are transferable to the workforce and to life in general.
  • Create an atmosphere that promotes the rights and obligations of living in a diverse community where self-responsibility and mutual respect are encouraged and expected.
  • Continually define and refine how we endeavor to meet the needs of the students we serve.

The Office of Residential Life holds the belief that student development and learning goes on outside the classroom, as well as inside the classroom. The policies, procedures and programs which are established and supported by the Office of Residential Life are those which enhance student learning and involvement. We strive to provide an atmosphere in which students are encouraged to make informed decisions on their own, take responsibility for their actions, and learn from their experiences. Our goal is to educate. When it becomes necessary to levy sanctions as a result of a violation of policy or regulation, we bear in mind that the conduct process is not just punitive, but an opportunity for education and personal growth. The Residential Life staff strives to provide a memorable, enjoyable and successful academic year, the success of this experience lies within all of us. Through participation, cooperation, understanding and communication, we all can enjoy the time spent in the residence hall community at Lycoming College.

The Residential Life staff includes three Residential Life Coordinators who are professional staff members responsible for supervision of the paraprofessional staff (RAs) and oversee the development of strong residence hall communities for several residence halls. The Residential Life Coordinator also assumes leadership responsibility for several functions within Residential Life.

The other live-in members of the Residential Life staff are Resident Assistants. RAs are undergraduate students selected on the basis of their leadership skills. RAs live among students and provide information, refer students to campus and local resources, help enforce College and community standards, use helping skills for students in need, and facilitate educational and social programs. Most importantly, RAs assist in the development and maintenance of strong, positive residence hall communities. RAs work with residents to enhance the out-of-classroom experience for all members of the community.

Public Safety


Located at the South end, lower level of Rich Hall, the Public Safety Department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers make frequent patrols of campus including residence halls, academic buildings, parking lots, athletic fields and College-owned off-campus apartments.

The Lycoming College Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to take an active role in their own safety. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff. The potential for crime on campus does exist. We should assume a personal responsibility by taking precautions to prevent ourselves from being a victim of crime.

The Department of Public Safety staff consists of a full-time director, 12 public safety officers, and several part-time student security aides.

Fraternity and Sorority Life and Involvement


The Offices of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Involvement strive to support the academic mission of Lycoming College by providing a variety of social, cultural, recreational and educational programs for the campus community. While these office's primary functions are to advise and provide resources for the College's recognized student organizations, the staff also works to prepare a variety of annual events including first weekend programs,  campus carnival, homecoming, family weekend, Thanksgiving dinner, concerts, and more.  The office provides direct support to the Campus Activities Board, all fraternities and sororities, class officers, and is available to assist all student organizations in all aspects of their functioning. Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Involvement oversees the operations of the Wertz Student Center.   The Offices of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Involvement are in the Student Engagement Suite on the third floor of Wertz Student Center.