New student orientation is designed to help students make the transition to college life. New students will become familiar with the campus, their classmates, upper-class students, faculty, and staff. Formal and informal meetings are planned with faculty, academic advisors, staff, Peer Mentors, and Resident Assistants (RAs). Peer mentors are upper-class student volunteers committed to helping new students learn about and become familiar with the College community. These upper-class students will interact with new students throughout the year. During the initial days of orientation, there will be educational and social programs and recreational activities for new students to become acquainted with other students.
New and upper-class students can learn more about the variety of campus organizations and events offered at LVC during this informative fair. Representatives from many student groups are available to discuss their organizations and to answer questions. Look for announcements of the event during the first week of classes.
A variety of instrumental and vocal recitals by students, faculty, and ensembles are scheduled throughout the year. Additionally, campus music organizations present several special concerts each semester. Most recitals and concerts are free to students and are presented in Lutz Hall (Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center), Frederic K. Miller Chapel, and the Zimmerman Recital Hall (Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery). Schedules are available in the Music Department, with a regularly updated calendar of events posted in the Blair lobby and online.
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery hosts six exhibitions each year featuring a variety of artwork. Interested students with good academic standing may serve as attendants and interns in the Gallery and several have curated shows.
Alumni, families, and friends of the College join the campus community in this fun, fall weekend, which celebrates all things Valley. Activities include academic department open houses, the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, the annual pep rally and ghost tour, and the opportunity to meet members of the College administration and faculty at various events.
The Wig and Buckle Theater Company presents a variety of plays and musicals in Leedy Theater in the Allan W. Mund College Center. Auditions are open to all students in good academic standing.
The sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota sponsor this yearly benefit concert in memory of Marcia Pickwell, a former member of the Music Department faculty.
Presented the first Sunday in December, Christmas at The Valley is the College’s traditional gift to the local community. The program includes seasonal readings, carols by Lebanon Valley College choirs, sing-a-long hymns, instrumental music from various ensembles, and a candle lighting service. The event features a live nativity scene sponsored by Servants of Christ, a campus Christian service organization.
Student Government sponsors a semi-formal dinner dance for the entire College community prior to winter break. The dance is held in an off-campus venue and is a night of food, music, and fun.
During the academic year, the College hosts special academic events that bring music, theater, dance, and major speakers to campus. Students can attend free of charge.
The Pink Game occurs each spring during an LVC women’s basketball game. This special game honors the strength, courage, and passion of those who have faced the challenges of breast cancer. A collaborative effort of the local and College communities, this event raises money and awareness, and provides a fun-filled night for all in attendance that hopefully ends in victory!
The LVC chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosts Relay for Life each spring in the Edward H. Arnold Sports Center. More than 600 students representing 75 teams walk throughout the night and participate in a variety of activities, such as the luminary and fight back ceremonies, “Miss Relay” contest, dodge ball, basketball, the hair cutting ceremony, concerts, dancing, performers, and more. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
During the spring semester, the Concert Choir (accompanied by the Chamber Choir) tours a regional part of the eastern United States. Recent tours have taken the choir to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Delaware. The choir presents its final concert at the College.
The Math Club sponsors this competition each year for several area high schools. This event involves faculty and students.
This annual concert features the Chamber Choir singing everything from madrigals to vocal jazz. It’s a kaleidoscope of great musical styles.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota sponsor this annual concert featuring the works of American composers. It’s held in memory of Reynaldo Rovers, a former member of the Music Department faculty.
This banquet, held at the close of the spring semester, recognizes outstanding student athletic achievements and contributions to their respective teams. Families, athletes, and the College community are invited to attend.
Each spring, to coincide with the national Undergraduate Research Week sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research, LVC recognizes the research, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments of our students. Events include music recitals, Wig and Buckle Theater Company performances, honor society inductions, and the Spring Awards Ceremony where selected students are recognized for their academic achievements and contributions to the College. The highlight of the week is Inquiry: A Symposium of Student Research and Original Work. Students from all disciplines showcase their work during Inquiry. Participating students are chosen by their faculty to present their work. Student publications also are displayed in the College library during the week.
The French Club, Teutonia Vallis (German Club), Hispanic Culture Society, Global Education Club, and International Business Club sponsor a day on campus for high school students to learn about foreign cultures.
ValleyFest is LVC’s Spring Arts Festival. The weekend begins with an all-campus picnic Friday afternoon, followed by classes being cancelled and replaced with activities for the entire campus community. Events for the day include inflatables, trivia, music, sports challenges, egg tosses, and more. On Saturday, the festival brings the campus alive with games, inflatable activities, artisans, food trucks, craft vendors, activities for families, and groups from the community. An evening signature concert ends the festival and has brought national recording acts in past years, including Tyler Hilton, Sammy Adams, and Jon Belion. Held during the end of April, ValleyFest has become the time when campus and community join together to celebrate the return of spring and an appreciation for the arts.