Lebanon Valley College reflects on the past year's academic, athletic, and co-curricular successes

In celebration of an extraordinary year of student and faculty success, we collected some of the many highlights of 2017 for your reading and viewing pleasure. 

Lebanon Valley College students aspire and succeed through hard work and meaningful and memorable relationships and guidance from faculty. This leads to an increase in the value of an LVC degree—and our academic reputation—as evidenced by two Fulbright Awards, a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow (one of just 20 selected nationwide and LVC’s first-ever), a NIST SURF Fellow, and Eben Tisdale Fellow… and, a 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee and College’s first three-time, first-team Academic All-American. The value of the long-standing MBA degree was also enhanced through the program receiving accreditation this year. 

Valley students continue to be hardworking, practical, smart, and committed to the wellbeing of others, once again surpassing 20,000 hours of community service and making a difference in the lives of others. They continued to focus on learning about the larger world and different perspectives, whether participating in the annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence, donating clothing to the Dutchmen Career Closet, or living in the Stonewall House.  

They explored substantive hands-on and career-preparation experiences such as participating in a master class with internationally renowned artist Eric Whitacre, conducting physical therapy training with the U.S. National Women’s Field Hockey squad, or studying at the College’s new environmental resource, the Wood Thrush Research Preserve. In addition to Wood Thrush, the new environmental science major and environmental studies minor, and the great work of our Sustainability Advisory Committee led to The Valley being included in Princeton Review’s Guide to 365 Green Colleges for the first time. 

Our students also became global ready—and more marketable—through interactions with the largest number of international students on campus in a couple of decades (camogie anyone?), the addition of the new international business major, and new Zerbe Study Abroad Scholarship

Like the Zerbe Scholarship, these great opportunities are made possible and/or enhanced by generous gifts to the College from many, including the $1 million gift commitment toward the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion from the S. Dale High Family Foundation and Gregory A. High ’92, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. Or, the extraordinary full-scholarship, The Almond Tree Scholarship, established by Dr. JonnaLynn Knauer Mandelbaum ’69 to benefit students such as Shingirai Guchu ’21 from sub-Saharan Africa. 

The aforementioned Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, the most ambitious academic building in LVC’s history, is on track to open next summer, and significant enhancements were made to the College’s oldest building, Carnegie, home to admissions. Moreover, in a partnership with Annville Township and PennDOT, the beautiful campus in safe and charming Annville was made even more attractive, welcoming, and safer.