Changes after four years

By: Huntre Keip ’20, staff writer

College students, LVC and otherwise, aren’t the only ones who experience change; so too do the campuses themselves.

Since 2014, when most graduating seniors started, Lebanon Valley College experienced numerous structural, academic and athletic changes.

The most noticeable ones are the buildings students see every day, especially new additions. Lebegern Learning Commons, which includes the Center for Writing and Tutoring Resources, was opened. This area has benefitted students and professors because it not only provides access for additional studying space but also holds events such as networking events and the International Food Festival.

Another big structural change to the campus is the new Arnold Health Professions Pavilion. This addition was made possible by the generous 10 million dollar gift from Ed and Jeanne Arnold. Currently, the pavilion is near the end of construction.

“I believe changes are beneficial to the College,” Amanda Gorman, a senior physical therapy major, said. “Technology is advancing and with bigger projects such as the health pavilion, LVC will gain larger groups of freshmen classes.”

Academically, LVC has created additional majors for students to explore. These majors include athletic training, speech language pathology, analytical finance and creative writing. Also, Constellation LVC, FYE curriculum and an MBA in business administration were fully implemented, which allows new experiences for incoming classes.

As seniors graduate, they hold onto exciting memories, particularly ones created by sporting events. Within the last four years, the women’s ice hockey and esports teams were added to LVC’s roster.

“I’m going to miss the camaraderie between students, alumni and family when Homecoming and rival sporting events come up on the schedule,” Lindsay Lane, a senior physical therapy major, said. “No matter what, everyone is proud to be a Dutchman that day.”

Graduation is also a time to reflect how teenagers became adults.

“It’s so great to see everyone growing from freshmen on move-in day to the adults we are now,” Lane said. “Some people are accepting job opportunities, some are continuing into graduate school and others are considering the military.”

Whatever one’s path, chances are it changed along the way.