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Dr. Kent Trachte

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Reflections on Commencement 2017

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Jun 3, 2017 9:45:34 AM

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.

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Topics: Insider, Academics, Lycoming College Alumni, Community

Lycoming named to Princeton Review's Best 382

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Apr 25, 2017 4:03:02 PM

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.

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Topics: Insider, Study Abroad, Applying to College, Campus Activities, Academics, Residential Life, Current Events, International Student Experience, Community

An Exercise in Civil Public Discourse

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Mar 31, 2017 10:26:31 AM

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.

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Topics: Social Issues

Quinones Lecture to Grow Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Mar 22, 2017 3:22:51 PM

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.

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Topics: Social Issues, Community, Community Based Learning

We are "Lycoming" in Los Angeles

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Feb 27, 2017 2:36:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Lycoming College Alumni

Reflections on a Trip to Puebla, Mexico

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Jan 23, 2017 2:26:15 PM

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.

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Topics: Current Events, Lycoming College Alumni

The Appeal of Division III Athletics

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Jan 18, 2017 3:01:10 PM

Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the induction of Lycoming College Coach Frank Girardi into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.   The event was held in the magnificent Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and attracted many luminaries from the world of football.

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Topics: Athletics

Two Lycoming Evenings

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Dec 5, 2016 10:42:50 AM

Last week, Lycoming College held two regional campaign events—one at the Hershey Hotel and the other at the Union League in Philadelphia-- that were attended by more than 150 alumni.  Seeing so many alumni in the same place and conversing with them reinforced once again my conviction that there is something special about a Lycoming education.  For several decades, the passionate commitment of the college’s faculty, the intimate size of the student body (1300 students), and thoughtfully constructed curriculum have converged to prepare graduates who become highly accomplished in their fields.

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Topics: Liberal Arts Education, Academics, Community Based Learning

One Student's Global Experience

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Nov 3, 2016 2:57:03 PM

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of listening to Lycoming senior Jacqueline Croteau speak to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  Jacqueline’s words were a powerful testimonial to the transformational impact of the global experiences offered to students at Lycoming College. I was so intrigued that I invited Jackie to come to my office, and we spent an hour talking about her path to and through Lycoming College.

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Topics: Study Abroad, Liberal Arts Education