Archive for February 2018

Pianist Dr. Eric Fung Performs Live on WRTI

Dr. Eric Fung, associate professor of music, performed live on Temple University’s WRTI 90.1 Feb. 26. Fung, a Steinway artist, performed in honor of the company’s 165th anniversary. He played “Overture” from J.S. Bach’s Overture in the French manner, the first movement of Mozart’s Sonata in A-minor, the Intermezzo in A-minor of Brahms, and Debussy’s “La Vent dans la Plaine.”

Rachel Hadrick, Esq., ’06 Named Professor Starla J. Williams Service Award Recipient

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC Attorney Rachel Hadrick, Esq., ’06 is the Widener Commonwealth Law School Black Law Student Association’s 2018 Professor Starla J. Williams Service Award recipient. The Professor Starla J. Williams Service Award is presented to an individual in an effort to recognize their efforts to promote diversity within the legal community. Hadrick was a music recording technology major and physics minor at LVC.

Dr. Mukunda M. Ghimire Co-Authors Article in Distinguished ACS Journal

Dr. Mukunda M. Ghimire, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored “Mechanistic Investigations of Photo-induced Oxygenation of Ru(II) Bis-bipyridyl Flavonolate Complexes,” in Inorganic Chemistry, an American Chemical Society publication. Dr. Ghimire, with his co-authors from Baylor University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and University of North Texas concluded:


A series of Ru(II) bis-bipyridyl flavonolate complexes undergo oxidative cleavage of the Ru-bound flavonol dependent on both light and oxygen. The complexes’ structures, photophysical and electrochemical properties, as well as their reactivity with oxygen were investigated in detail. Two distinct reaction product mixtures from 1,2- and 1,3-additions of oxygen are produced by illumination into distinct excitation/emission manifolds. The two manifolds are attributed to tautomeric biradicals, which predict the observed reactivity patterns.


Anne Parmer ’03 Pens Networking Advice Article

Anne Parmer ’03, community and engagement lead for Andculture in Harrisburg, recently wrote an article, It’s a privilege to connect with people, for the Central Penn Business Journal. In it, the English and music double major advised networkers to follow three simple steps: Make it Easy, Don’t Sell, and Be Human.

Men’s Basketball Supports Make-A-Wish Disney Dream

The men’s basketball program hosted its second Make-A-Wish Game Feb. 3 and Fox 43 ran a story on the event last night. Wish Child Aramya Riley from Steelton was honored during pregame ceremonies, with team captains and cheerleaders presenting her with a one-of-a-kind LVC team jersey. Senior guard Collin Moore, from Magnolia, Del., made the announcement that Aramya’s Make-A-Wish trip to Disney was granted.

World-Renowned Venus Fly Trap Expert Interviewed by PennLive

Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology, discussed his research, including that the Venus flytrap actually isn’t primarily a fly-eater, with George Weigel, PennLive’s gardening expert. In “A bad new bug, a glowing plant, and flytraps without flies: The latest in gardening research,” Dr. Williams notes that Venus flytrap’s do eat flies, but only when they are a last choice option.


Dr. Barry Hill Pens Piece on Paradigm Change

Dr. Barry Hill, director and professor of audio & music production, published a piece posted on one of his industry’s most prominent websites, ProSoundWeb. In “Teaching Audio: Time For A Paradigm Change?” Professor Hill discusses whether analog systems are still relevant in a curriculum intended to train future recording engineers.

MBB Playoff-Clinching Win D3 Hoops Story of the Day

Men’s basketball defeated nationally ranked Lycoming College (#20) for the second time this season, with this victory securing a guaranteed Middle Atlantic Conference playoff spot. The post-game story, written by Tom Klemick, LVC director of athletic communications, was D3 Hoops Online’s story of the day. In the win, Andy Orr ’18 had a game-high 31 points and Sam Light ’18 became only the College’s third ever hoops player to surpass 2,000 career points (2,003). He only trails Mike Rhoades ’95, current head coach of Virginia Commonwealth University (2,515) and Andy Panko ’99, long-time professional basketball player and Consensus Division III National Player of the Year in 1995.



Students Present Scientific Posters with Dr. Michelle Rasmussen

Dr. Michelle Rasmussen, assistant professor of chemistry, and six science students presented at the 21st annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences last fall in Baltimore Student presenters and posters include:


Andrew Brown ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, Bear, Del.)—“A Novel Method for Staining of the Prolamin Family of Proteins”

Bobby Tesoriero ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, music minor, Ridgewood, N.J.)— “The Effect of PEG: Salt Aqueous Two-Phase Systems on Protein Aggregation and Fibril Formation”

Patrick McMullen ’19 (biology, chemistry minor, Tamaqua, Pa.)—“The Effect of Common Chickweed on Garlic Mustard Growth”

Julia Rutherford ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, minors in economics and Spanish, Willow Street, Pa.)—“Self-Powered Enzymatic Biosensor for Simultaneous Detection of Two Biomarkers of Parkinson’s Disease”

Rebecca Drain ’18 (ACS chemistry, environmental studies minor, Lebanon, Pa.)—“Plant-Biofuel Cell Hybrid for Energy Production”

Brandon Roy ’19 (biochemistry & molecular biology and global studies, Spanish minor, Lebanon, Pa.)—“Expression and Purification of Phenylalanine for Sensor Validation”

Dr. Holly Wendt Interviewed Regarding New Creative Writing Major

Dr. Holly Wendt, assistant professor of English, was recently interviewed by The Triangle regarding the College’s newest major, creative writing, which she helped launch. Curtis Smith, who adjuncts occasionally at LVC, conducted the interview.