Tax reform has been central to the national political dialogue for the past month. The House of Representatives has already passed a version of HR 1 and the Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill to the full Senate. While the two bills differ in significant ways, both contain provisions that would likely have an adverse impact upon families that send their children to private institutions as well as direct adverse implications upon Lycoming and other independent colleges.
Lycoming College has made a bold decision. The College has chosen to deepen its identity as a liberal arts college by developing a high impact 21st-century liberal arts education. We are certain this is a strategically smart course of action.
Commencement 2017 was a memorable one. Rainy weather forced us inside for only the second time in two decades. For the first time since being renamed, the Keiper Recreation Center served as the venue for the ceremony. Preserving a long-standing tradition, several trustees and I led the class through the Metzler Gate despite the inclement weather.
I am delighted to share the exciting news that Lycoming College has been selected as one of the newest additions to the Best 382 Colleges list published by the Princeton Review. In particular, the August 2018 edition, which will be available in August 2017, will feature Lycoming as one of six new schools receiving the Best 382 designation. This designation means that the Princeton Review regards Lycoming College as among the “cream of the crop” of undergraduate institutions in America.
At the end of February, Lycoming College had the honor of hosting a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Bob Casey. Participants offered the Senator thoughts on what the federal government could and should do to promote economic development in the Williamsport region.
Topics: Social Issues
On Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, author Sam Quinones will present an educational lecture based upon his award-winning nonfiction book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” The program is sponsored the Clear Focus Affinity Community at Lycoming College, Penn College, UPMC Susquehanna, Project Bald Eagle and State Sen. Gene Yaw’s office.
Over the weekend of Feb. 11-12, Vice President for Advancement Chip Edmonds and I traveled to Los Angeles to attend an event for the Campaign for a Greater Lycoming, hosted at the studio of Lycoming graduate and Oscar winner Tom Woodruff ’80 and his spouse Tami ’81. On Saturday morning, I also had the privilege of talking with over 100 students, parents and mentors associated with MOSTe, an LA-based access organization with whom we partner to recruit talented students from Los Angeles.
Topics: Lycoming College Alumni
The plane has lifted off from Puebla International Airport. It’s January 16, and Director of Alumni Relations Amy Reyes and I just completed an extraordinary weekend attending the sixth and final State of the State Address of Lycoming graduate and Governor of the State of Puebla Rafael Moreno Valle ’91. We had accepted an invitation to be a special guest of the governor and undertook this trip to honor one of our most distinguished alumni.