Lyco Move-In Crew welcomes new students

Lycoming College’s Move-In Crew, comprised of upperclass student ambassadors sporting bright yellow T-shirts with the new athletics logo, offered a helping hand to incoming freshmen and their parents on a pleasant and sunny Friday morning, for the start of First Weekend activities. The much appreciated Move-In Crew has been a long-standing tradition at Lycoming. The class of 2017 includes 385 students who hail from 17 states and five foreign countries. Classes began Aug. 26.

Among those new students is Kennedy Novella, a chemistry major from Johnstown, Pa. Her mother, Maureen, brought treats for the Move-In Crew and loved the welcoming atmosphere at the college. Novella said she chose Lycoming because she liked the chemistry program and the small size of the campus. “It’s very comfortable,” Kennedy said.

Megan Demarest, a freshman criminology major from Orient, N.Y., was assisted by her parents and older sister. Her father, Carl, said the family visited the campus about seven times and really enjoy the campus community.

Alex Murphy, a biology major from Pottstown, said he was drawn to Lycoming after staying on campus during Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week. “Lyco also has a strong biology program,” he said. His mother, Kim, was thankful for the help of the Move-In Crew. “This – everyone here to help us – is what makes this such a great place,” she said. Alex brought with him a younger cousin who is a high school senior with the hopes that he might one day choose Lycoming. His older sister, who is a student at St. Joe’s, said she was considering transferring.

Stephanie Bicchetti, a digital communications major from Albrightsville, said coming to Lycoming was an easy decision because her older sister, Brittany, is a senior here. “It was no surprise,” said her mother, Donna. “We toured other colleges, but she just really liked it here and she was already familiar with the campus. Everyone is so friendly.”

Bob Keiper, of Montgomery, said he was glad his daughter, Ashleigh, chose Lycoming because it’s not too far from home. Ashleigh said she stayed at Lycoming with the PFEW program and really loved the campus. “I can’t wait to go to football games,” she said.

Michael Sult Jr., of Lancaster, said he chose Lycoming because it was one of the few colleges that offer an astronomy-physics major. He’s excited to join several clubs this year, possibly the Multicultural Awareness Group and Play by FAITH Ministries.

Oriana Kramer Almquist, of Reading, was excited to be moving in on her 18th birthday. Her mother, Heather, said she will try to deal with her only child going away to college by communicating with her via Skype. “She was so deliberate about where she wanted to go, and she wanted a liberal arts school,” Heather said. “I’m totally excited about her coming here.”

Debbie and Brent Vause, of Highland, Md., were excited that their son, Spencer, would be roommates with his longtime friend, Benjamin Gardenhour, of Riverdale, Md. “They’ve known each other for years and backpacked together across Washington State as Boy Scouts,” she said. Spencer and Benjamin said the generous financial aid packages were what helped seal the deal in deciding to attend Lycoming.