Archive for April 2018

Jeff Bates ’16 Receives Graduate Student of the Year Award

Jeff Bates ’16, former student trustee, received the Graduate Student of the Year Award at the Association for Student Conduct Administration annual national conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in February. Jeff is a second-year student in the College Student Development Program at Appalachian State University.

Vernon and Doris Bishop Library Staff Compile Extensive List of Student Work

Members of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library staff compiled an impressive list of recent LVC student publications, presentations, conference posters, and published works. They’ve also created a LibGuide for each Inquiry. The master LibGuide that lists all student authors and their respective work can be found HERE, and the individual Inquiry LibGuides can be found at the same site by clicking the year tabs.

Dr. Robin Myers and PT Majors Lead Seventh Annual Brain Safety Fair

Dr. Robin Myers, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, held the annual Brain Safety Fair off campus for the first time in six years and more than 50 volunteers gave away 400 bicycle helmets to children who attended. In another first, the fair was held in conjunction with the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Fan Fest at Clipper Magazine Stadium. It was co-sponsored by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Lancaster Barnstormers, and the Brain Injury Association. Penn’s Lancaster General Health Neuroscience Institute provided the funding.


Physical therapy majors Meghan Boran ’17, D’19, Connor Feeney ’17, D’19, Olivia Jendrzejewski ’17, D’19, and Laura Schmidt ’17, D’19 led coordination of the event, working with Carol Brashear, physical therapy department assistant.

Nicholas Pollak ’18 and Ben Witmer ’19 Interviewed by MTVU

Nicholas Pollak ’18, a chemistry and physics dual major with a minor in mathematics, and Ben Witmer ’19, digital communications, were recently interviewed by MTV–U. Nick and Ben are part of LVC’s intercollegiate varsity esports program, the first in Pennsylvania.


Students Attend First Biomechanics Conference

Dr. Georgios Stylianides, director of the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion Performance Laboratories and associate professor of exercise science, recently attended the American Society of Biomechanics East Coast Meeting, bringing along two students majoring in exercise science and physical therapy, Alyssa Raughley ’19, D’21 and Victoria Laczo ’19, D’21. Alyssa and Victoria have already been in two of Dr. Stylianides’ exercise science courses. The students benefited from the opportunity provided by LVC and Dr. Stylianides. They learned about performing and presenting research in the biomechanics field, among other educational and networking benefits. In addition, Dr. Stylianides served as a moderator for one of the workshops for the conference, which was held at Penn State University—Berks.

The Verge Publishes Interview with Dr. Lou Manza About Cult Leaders

Dr. Lou Manza, chair and professor of psychology, had an extensive interview, “Here’s what Netflix’s Wild Wild Country doesn’t explain about cult leaders: An expert discusses how they seduce and control their followers,” published on The Verge website. The story was picked up worldwide, including as far away as China and the United Arab Emirates.

LVC Hosts PA Deputy Secretary as Part of Wolf Administration’s “Jobs That Pay” Tour

Geoffrey Roche, vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the College, hosted Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), for a recent campus tour. Deputy Secretary Cipriani visited several campus spaces as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to increase STEM skills training and education.


Deputy Secretary Cipriani also met with Dr. Mike Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and several members of the College’ digital communications, education, and science faculty (Carrie Coryer, Dr. Walter Patton, Kathleen Blouch, Linda Summers, Dr. Stacy Goodman, Dr. Erica Unger, Dr. Jeff Ritchie, Dr. Joel Kline, and Greg Krikorian), while touring the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, Neidig-Garber Science Center, and Heilman Center.


“What I heard today is that Lebanon Valley College is not just an academic institution concerned with getting students in seats but also one that truly prepares students for careers and roles in their communities,” noted Deputy Secretary Cipriani during the visit.


President Lewis E. Thayne was quoted in a release distributed by L&I. “Like Governor Wolf and his administration, we are committed to preparing students for great jobs that build stronger communities. Pennsylvania needs skilled and knowledgeable professionals across industries, and we’re meeting that need by providing an advanced education in the high-demand fields of healthcare, STEM, and technology.”

Elise Hanks-Witaszek ’20 Wins LVC’s First-ever Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

Elise Hanks-Witaszek ’20, a double major in actuarial science and analytical finance from Brimfield, Mass., became the first LVC student to receive a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship. Hanks-Witaszek will use the $5,000 scholarship to study in the College’s Shanghai, China, program this fall semester.

WPMT Highlights Newest Member of Men’s Lacrosse Team

John Haus, head coach of men’s lacrosse, signed 15-year-old Freddy Romero-Cabrera to an official letter of intent, which means that he will be part of practices, games, team dinners, events, and more according to a report on WPMT FOX 43. In 2011, Freddy was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. His signing was made possible by Team IMPACT, “a Boston-based non-profit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams.”

Dr. Thomas P. Dompier Publishes Football Op-Ed in USA Today

Dr. Thomas P. Dompier, associate professor of athletic training, published “Replacing youth tackle football with flag football might not make our children safer,” in USA Today. The piece, in which Dr. Dompier argues that removing helmets from the tackle equation will not prevent head trauma, was picked up nationwide by numerous USA partners.