The generosity and philanthropic spirit of all those who care deeply about Lycoming College was on full display this past fiscal year. Lycoming closed out the year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) receiving new gifts, pledges and commitments of over $11 million in support of the Campaign for a Greater Lycoming reaching a total of $51,290,000 toward our $65 million goal. As part of the above totals, $6,139,000 in outright gifts were received, including $1,488,000 to the Lycoming Fund, both representing all-time highs. These are gifts that are making an immediate impact on new programs, capital projects and the endowment.
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.
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.