As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016, we look back and celebrate the year's accomplishments, milestones, and excitement.
Lebanon Valley College continued to build on the national reputation of its sciences and health profession-related programs through the addition of new academic majors, including speech-language pathology and environmental science. In addition, the College received its largest gift in history—$10 million—which will help build the $20 Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, opening in 2018.
It was a year of major revitalizations with more than $5 million in enhancements to the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, Frederic K. Miller Chapel, Mary Capp Green Residence Hall, and creation of the Middle Atlantic Conference’s top tennis complex, the Shankroff Tennis Center.
The College received national recognition for academics (Chemistry Department received 2016 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation), athletics (record number of student-athletes named Academic All-American), and community service (LVC named to U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for third consecutive year).
Additional steps were undertaken to prepare students to be world-ready graduates and continue our work toward embracing Inclusive Excellence as an institutional priority. We moved forward on the campus master plan, One Campus, and strategic plan, Envision 2020. Highlights included reorganizing the Office of Multicultural Affairs into the Office of Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, adding women’s ice hockey to NCAA competition, hiring the College’s first professor of African studies, establishing dedicated campus space for multicultural student organizations and the College’s first Black Student Union, creating a Student Task Force on Inclusive Excellence, forming official partnerships with a diverse religious volunteer staff, and renovating several campus facilities to offer ALL-Gender restroom facilities. Additionally, key upgrades addressing mobility and access were addressed that improved accessibility challenges on campus.