WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College recognized
co-curricular student achievement on campus during its seventh annual
Leadership and Service Awards Banquet on April 10.
The Seuren Leadership Speaker Series address
was given by Lycoming President Dr. James Douthat, who discussed the role of
luck in leadership and how many great leaders start out as followers who learn
from a leaderâ€™s mistakes.
Andrea Seuren, a 1976 Lycoming graduate, established the speaker series in 2007
in memory of her parents. The seriesâ€™ purpose is to build a culture of
leadership at the College that espouses service, ethics and critical thinking.
will retire as the 14th president of the College in June after 24 years of
service. During his tenure, Lycomingâ€™s academic profile was raised to that of a
national liberal arts and sciences college. Today, Lycoming is consistently
ranked as one of the nationâ€™s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report,
Forbes.com and The Princeton Review.
told the audience that great leaders ensure that the next generation is taken
care of. â€œGood lessons can be learned from not-so-good leaders, but great
leaders learn from othersâ€™ mistakes,â€ he said. â€œFollowers who become leaders
are good observers.â€
discussed leadership among former presidents such as Washington, Jefferson and
Lincoln, but said that historians often cite lesser-known James Polk as one of
the greatest presidents. â€œTime will work to define great leaders,â€ he said.
â€œThese presidents share connections as leaders: they did whatâ€™s best for the
country rather than what was popular.â€
also plays a role in a leaderâ€™s success, Douthat said, but only for those with
a trained mind who are willing to take advantage of it. â€œLeadership and learning
are indispensable, as Kennedy said.â€
then switched from the success of political leadership to leaders in a
community â€“ volunteers. â€œServing as campaign chair for the United Way confirmed
that success is attainable only when legions of volunteers come together,â€
Douthat said. â€œThere will always be more charitable causes than you can
volunteer for, but you volunteer anyway.â€ He said voluntary leadership done
well is a tough job that one does for the reward of helping others.
Award winners were Woody Rittmiller,
intramural male athlete of the year; Emily Mixel, intramural female athlete of
the year; Jack Port, intrafraternity council spirit award; Casey Manion,
intrafraternity council service award; Kevin Morrow, intrafraternity council
scholar award; Christine Gillogly, Panhellenic council spirit award; Anna
Rittmiller, Panhellenic council scholar award; Cody Giles, intrafraternity
council man of the year; Meghan Cox, Panhellenic council woman of the year;
Elizabeth Greenaway, sorority adviser of the year; Alpha Xi Delta, chapter of
the year; Multicultural Awareness Group, outstanding program of the year;
Brittany Tasch, student organization adviser of the year; Lycoming chapter of
by Educating and Serving, student organization of the year; Mike Kane,
outstanding student leader and volunteer of the year; LACES alternative spring
break, outstanding community service program award; Colleges Against Cancer â€“
Relay For Life, outstanding community service fundraising event award; and
Habitat for Humanity, outstanding community service organization award. Natalie
Johnson, Stephanie Bowen and Andrea Eagle also were recognized as senior
community service scholars.
College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated
to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic
program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful
student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a
Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located
near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one
of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit