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Lycoming College Announces $65 Million “Campaign for a Greater Lycoming” College seeks to enhance campus and raise funds for scholarships, learning opportunities

October 1, 2016

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Lycoming College announced Saturday the launch of its Campaign for a Greater Lycoming, a comprehensive campaign that aims to raise $65 million by June 30, 2019, to propel the College to a place among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

At its core, the campaign endeavors to create a twenty-first century liberal arts education by putting new resources toward signature programs in areas such as enhanced academic experiences, energy studies, the environment and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the College will seek to increase endowed scholarships and secure gifts that ensure that every student has the opportunity to undertake experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, undergraduate research and internships. More than $45 million has already been raised toward the campaign priorities.

Included in the announcement is the proposed construction of a Gateway building that will anchor a new arrival sequence to the College. Lycoming is also collaborating with the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County’s planning department to pursue state and private funds to reroute Franklin Street, transform Basin Street into a two-way boulevard, improve streetscape in the neighborhood and create access to the river walk at the mouth of Basin Street.

“On campus, the new Gateway building will provide a much-needed new home for admissions as well as new programs that focus on outdoor education and leadership, internships, study abroad and student-faculty research. It will also contribute to the economic revitalization of the eastern end of Williamsport and deepen the connections between the College and the City,” said Kent Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “Lycoming stakeholders are committed to making this institution even more extraordinary, and our campaign objectives, and the strategies behind them, have been carefully designed to get us there.”

A year ago, the College completed construction of the Lynn Science Center and Detwiler Planetarium — a facility that demonstrates Lycoming’s commitment to providing an exceptional education in STEM fields. The College is also working with local elementary and high school educators so that students throughout Lycoming County can benefit from educational programs that can be offered in the Detwiler Planetarium. Since 2013, the College has also renovated Rich, Crever and Wesley residence halls, and opened the Lycoming College Art Gallery in downtown Williamsport.

“Because of the College’s deep roots in the liberal arts, it is committed to delivering a degree that prepares graduates not only for their first job, but for their entire career,” said Chip Edmonds, vice president for college advancement. “This campaign will further raise the value of a Lycoming degree through innovative academic programs, premier campus facilities and access to talented students from across the country and around the world.”

The announcement follows on the heels of the creation of the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences, which focuses on practical learning and undergraduate research opportunities, career advising, internships and study abroad. The program supports the campaign goal of creating the coveted degree of the future.

More information on the Campaign for a Greater Lycoming is available at

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