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Dr. Kent Trachte

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Implications of Tax Reform for Lycoming and Private Higher Education

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Nov 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Liberal Arts Education, Current Events

A Message from the President: The Perkins Loan

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Oct 30, 2017 10:45:54 AM

Extending the Perkins Loan Program

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Topics: Applying to College, Financial Aid, Admissions, Liberal Arts Education, Philanthropy

A Message from the President: Localizing a Global Effort

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Oct 3, 2017 3:18:35 PM


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Topics: Campus Activities, Academics, Social Issues, Community, Dominican Republic Coffee

Lycoming College: Leading the liberal arts into the future

Posted by Dr. Kent Trachte on Sep 6, 2017 9:34:59 AM

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. 

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Topics: Liberal Arts Education, Academics, Community

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

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