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Lebanon Valley College (LVC) celebrated its 150th anniversary Founders Day event with a host of both local and state officials in attendance.
“This college has been so fortunate over the years that we’ve had strong friends and supporters among our elected officials,” Lewis Thayne, LVC’s president, said during his welcome speech. “What better reminder could we have that our prosperity at Lebanon Valley College and our prosperity in this region are only possible in a democracy that values and depends upon and supports our educated citizens and our colleges and universities.”
President Thayne thanked Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) who had earlier presented the school with a special plaque to commemorate the occasion
“I would like to thank Charlie for presenting the college with a copy of the congressional record on this plaque with the proclamation on the occasion of our 150th anniversary that he read into the congressional record,” Thayne said.
Other officials on hand for the 150th Anniversary Founders Day event were Marta Gabriel from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office, state senator Mike Folmer (R-48), Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-101), Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102), Lebanon County commissioners Bill Ames and Jo Ellen Litz, the latter of which is a graduate of LVC’s class of 1989, Lebanon City Mayor Sherry Capello, Annville Township Commissioner Tom Embich, a 1967 graduate of LVC, and Greg Buckler, president and CEO of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a great kick-off to the 150th anniversary celebration,” Diamond said after the event. “This college has been a staple of Annville and Lebanon County for a century-and-a-half, and I certainly hope that they continue to prosper and provide our county, our state and our nation with leaders for another 150 years in the future.”
During his speech, Thayne read two passages from the 1915-1916 LVC student handbook that he felt reflected both the spiritual and spirited character of the college.
“’I live for the cause that lacks assistance. I live for the wrong that needs resistance. I live for the future in the distance. I live for the good I can do,’” Thayne read. “What a great thing to put in a student handbook.”
He then read, with great gusto, the school yell that was on the facing page, and which began with, “Ramma zamma, ramma zamma, ramma zamma zoo. LV, LV, white and blue.”
Students Rebecca Sausser, class of 2016, Jeanette Tropp and Michael Mango-Puglisi, both class of 2017, each did a presentation on a famous LVC graduate. Sausser’s presentation was on Lottie Spessard, a 1913 graduate who became a missionary in the Philippines. Tropp focused on Paul Keene, a 1932 graduate who was a pioneer in organic farming. Mango-Puglisi’s presentation was on Charlie Gelbert, a 1928 graduate who went on to play professional baseball as a shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 1931 World Series.
Assistant Professor of Music Justin Morell led musicians made up of alumni and current students through a music piece commissioned specifically for the 150th anniversary celebration. The piece incorporated music with passages on the history of the school read by current students Stephanie Agudelo, Morgan Bates, Jarrod Goss and Bradley Leer, all from the class of 2016.
Mayor Capello was particularly impressed with the commissioned music.
“I was very pleased and delighted to hear that original number – I thought that was very special,” Capello said. “I’m very proud of the efforts made by President Thayne and the Celebration Committee. It is such a great college. They have a program in place to help students from the Lebanon School District succeed, and I am just thrilled with that, just as I am thrilled with their anniversary celebration. It was a great event.”