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Our Graduates

You want the best for your son or daughter—a solid education, enriching experiences, a rewarding career, and a full, happy life. Lebanon Valley College graduates succeed and advance in whatever they pursue, because they graduate with strong professional preparation and the broader skills that make them flexible, confident, capable people. resources for parents This is the fourth brochure in a fivepart series intended to help parents learn about the college search, application, and financial aid processes—and get to know a bit about Lebanon Valley. I Helping Your Child Choose 2 What We Believe 3 How We Help with Costs 4 Our Graduates 5 How Our Students Live

If your child is considering LVC, you should know . . .

. . . a few of our recent gr aduates and what they are doing now


...h  ow LVC equips students to apply for jobs and gr ad school


. . . o ur gr aduates are thriving in careers and graduate study


. . . a few facts about lebanon valley college


“I chose LVC for the quality of the physical therapy program and because it is a small, close-knit college community. I had fabulous relationships with my professors. They were constantly available for all of us. LVC did a great job preparing me for my career.”

Andrea Brown D.P.T. ’06 Physical Therapist Masonic Village at Sewickley in Pittsburgh, PA Andrea completed LVC’s program in physical therapy, earning her bachelor’s and doctor of physical therapy degrees in six years. She now applies her skills as a physical therapist at Masonic Village of Sewickley, a long-term care facility in Pittsburgh. She loves working with older patients and finds it rewarding each time she helps someone gain mobility and independence.

AT LVC Five clinical placements in various professional physical therapy settings President of mentorship program for Lebanon High School students Student judicial board member


Tyler Frantz ’07 AT LVC Elementary education major Soccer team captain Winner of the Cloyd H. Ebersole Scholarship, awarded for leadership and promise in the field of education

Fourth Grade Teacher Pine Street Elementary in Palmyra, PA Tyler came to LVC planning to teach high school, but the opportunity to work with grade-school children made him realize elementary education would be a better fit. LVC made it easy to change gears and pursue his new passion. A positive student-teaching experience led to the interview for his current job, which he landed before he even graduated. Tyler’s approach to being an educator is broad. In addition to leading his classroom, he serves on Palmyra’s math committee, coaches the Envirothon Science team, and is head coach of the junior high girls’ soccer team.

“LVC education majors have a highly interactive fieldwork experience. Each semester, I was given the opportunity to shadow in different classrooms, experiencing a variety of grade levels, teaching styles, and subject areas. I learned from veteran teachers while gaining experience in the classroom.”

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Sophia Lunt ’05, Ph.D. Research Associate Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI


Sophia’s passion for scientific inquiry began at LVC and led her to a Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton and two years as a postdoctoral associate at MIT. Now Sophia is researching tumor biology at Michigan State, funded by a $368,400 grant from the Department of Defense. Sophia credits LVC for introducing her to the world of scientific research and for developing her writing and speaking skills, which she considers “crucial skills for scientists.” Her article, “A Domino Effect in Antifolate Drug Action in Escherichia coli,” was featured on the cover of the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

Chemistry major Attended four national research conferences as an undergraduate, and was one of four winners nationwide in an undergraduate research competition Completed two summers of research with the LVC chemistry faculty

“A month into my freshman year, my advisor was already encouraging me to get involved in research. The next thing I knew, I was headed to New York, Washington, and San Diego to present findings at conferences. That’s the kind of attention you get at LVC.”


“LVC pushed me to better myself as a whole person. I may have majored in languages, but I also learned music, business, religion, and science along the way.”

AT LVC Double major in English and German Internships with WITF-FM (Harrisburg public radio station) Worked for LVC radio station and campus newspaper Drum major for LVC marching band

Craig Layne ’05 Morning Edition Host/Reporter WITF-FM in Harrisburg, PA Craig Layne has come full circle. As an LVC student, he interned at Harrisburg’s NPR affiliate, WITF-FM, adding professional context to his growing interest in journalism. After leaving LVC, he attended the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on a full scholarship, earning a master’s degree in journalism in 2007. After four years as a reporter for TV stations in Harrisburg and Erie, he has returned to WITF-FM as the host of the four-hour Morning Edition news program—a job that enables him to combine his passions for storytelling, writing, and excellent reporting.


“G ail Sanderson was a wonderful professor and my academic advisor at LVC. She bestowed a lot of wisdom and always had time to meet with me and catch up. I will always appreciate the interest she showed in my academic and professional success.”

Deborah Tookes ’07 Associate Forensic Accountant ParenteBeard LLC, Philadelphia, PA Deborah took a forensic accounting course at LVC and knew she had found her niche. Three accounting internships as an undergraduate led to a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for two years before earning her master’s degree in accountancy with a concentration in forensic accounting. Now, just six years after leaving LVC, she is an associate at a regional accounting firm.

AT LVC Double major in accounting and business administration Completed three internships with local accounting firms Studied abroad in London, England


Tighe Sheldon ’07 Recording Engineer DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles, CA Right out of LVC, Tighe Sheldon got a job as a production assistant for Howard Schwartz Recording in New York City, where he worked on films for DreamWorks, Disney, Pixar, and Blue Sky Studios. Five years later, the relationships he’d built with directors and producers led to his being hired as DreamWorks Animation’s first-ever full-time recording engineer. Tighe’s short but illustrious career includes work on hit films Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon.

AT LVC Music Recording Technology major Sound engineer for LVC hockey team Concert Choir

“I chose LVC because of the curriculum, my scholarship, and the reputation. I knew I would graduate with a solid understanding of both the musical and technical elements of the industry.”


“M y LVC professors were eager to help in any way they could when I was applying to law schools. Because LVC is a small school, they actually knew me well enough to write more than a stock recommendation letter.”


Ruth Gunnell ’04, J.D.

English major (with literature concentration); religion minor

Attorney Grogan Graffam, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA

Studied abroad in New Zealand

Ruth didn’t know what career path she wanted to take when she came to LVC and still wasn’t sure when she left. But the skills and perspectives gained through her liberal arts education left her with many options. After graduation, Ruth worked as a legal secretary, went to law school, and now works at a firm practicing civil defense law. Ruth didn’t know it at the time, but she was preparing for her law career during her time at LVC. “My English major helped hone my analytical and writing skills, which I use every day in my work.”

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Alan Newsome ’07, FSA Actuary John Hancock Financial Services in Boston, MA

AT LVC Actuarial science and economics double major Actuarial internships at Health America and Towers Perrin

Alan’s interest in becoming an actuary began in seventh grade, so when the time came to choose a college, he was drawn to LVC by the excellent reputation of its actuarial science program. While Alan was at LVC, two actuarial internships provided valuable professional experience; one led to a full-time job offer after graduation. Now an associate at John Hancock Financial Services, Alan works in the daily operations and risk reporting functions of Variable Annuities Hedging. He is a member of the American Association of Actuaries (MAAA) and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Studied abroad in Australia

“LVC did an excellent job scheduling recruiters (usually LVC actuarial alumni) to visit and interview on campus. This was a great way to gain access to major actuarial firms for jobs or internships.”


life after LVC

LVC graduates make a smooth transition from college to the world beyond because they have been so well prepared along the way. Professors get things started with personalized academic planning, ensuring that students graduate in four years with meaningful skills and experiences. Career counselors help students explore careers and learn how to market themselves in the world after college—whether the first stop is a job or graduate school.


Complete Preparation

As a pre-professional college, LVC continually asks students to learn in ways that prepare them for their eventual careers. Across the curriculum, LVC professors stress the development of such portable skills as clear spoken and written communication, critical analysis, and the ability to infer meaning from evidence. These skills help LVC students thrive in internships, impress in interviews, and approach any professional situation with confidence. Career Counseling

At LVC, career counselors are available to students at any time, as early as the first days of their first year. To help students explore professions and develop post-graduation plans, LVC career counselors use a battery of computerbased assessments that give students a clear picture of their personal strengths. Counselors work closely with students as they develop résumés, draft cover letters, and prepare for job interviews. Additionally, counselors help students applying to graduate, medical, or law school prepare for their entrance exams and write their application essays. Beyond counseling, career services offers a variety of tools, services, and programs to help your son or daughter research and prepare for entry into the professional world. Internship and job fairs give students opportunities to meet large numbers of potential employers face-to-face. LVC’s online Job Center allows students to post résumés and connects them with employers looking to fill jobs or internships. The Office of Career Services hosts annual career days both on and off campus to help connect students to employing organizations and offers a robust array of programs to coach students in reaching their professional goals. Alumni Network

LVC’s 15,798 alumni work in many professions. Most feel a strong connection to their alma mater and are glad to lend a hand to LVC students getting their start in the world. The College’s online alumni mentoring program— Career Connections—links students with a database of more than 450 alumni who have volunteered to mentor them about careers, job search techniques, graduate school options, and strategies for making the transition from college to the professional world. Through the online Job Center, students can search for alumni by LVC major, industry, interest, or region of the country.

Specifically designed to give first-year students a glimpse into potential career options, LVC’s career shadowing program— Project CLOSE-UP—pairs alumni with students, providing on-site, professional experience.

Internships One of the reasons our graduates fare so well in the job market is that many of them graduate with experience in the workplace. Professors and career counselors help students in every major identify and land internships in their chosen fields. Some of these lead to full-time job offers. The following is a sample of recent placements. American Lung Association Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Berks County Public Defender Office Children’s Miracle Network Citadel Communications Common Cause Deloitte Geisinger Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Center Good Samaritan Hospital Harrisburg Patriot-News Keystone Children and Family Services Lebanon County Detective Bureau Merrill Lynch National Institutes of Health ParenteBeard Penn State Hershey Medical Center Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Medical The Hartford The Hershey Company Top Flight Media U.S. Department of Energy WGAL-TV, NBC Affiliate WITF-TV, PBS Affiliate Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts World Trade Center of Central Pennsylvania 11

careers and graduate study

Our graduates have a strong record of success in making a smooth transition from college to their professional lives. Over the past three years, 78 percent of LVC graduates who responded to our annual survey were employed full or part time, and 28 percent were pursuing graduate or professional degrees, within six months of graduation. Many of those working part time are also pursuing graduate studies.

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A sampling of recent LVC graduates reveals career achievements spanning an impressive range. • Account Executive, Beneficial Financial • Accountant, Simon Lever, L.L.P. • Actuarial Analyst, Mercer • Audio Engineer, Masque Sound and Recording • Director of Marketing, Paul B. Zimmerman, Inc.


• Director of Music, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist • Environmental Scientist, Delaware’s Dept. of Natural Resources • Financial Advisor, Prudential • Web Content Specialist– IQ Curator, The Hershey Company • QA Lab Microbiologist, Nestle Purina • Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Success in Many Fields

The LVC liberal arts experience is highly versatile and prepares graduates for roles in a variety of areas, from corporate and entrepreneurial careers to the legal and medical professions, to education and public service.

In recent years, LVC graduates have pursued graduate studies, law, medicine, or business at many of the country’s most prominent universities, including: American University Boston University Columbia University George Washington University Indiana University Michigan State University Penn State University Princeton University Temple University University of Maryland University of Pittsburgh University of South Carolina University of Virginia Villanova University

4% Government/ Law 9% Other

1% Nonprofit

45% B  usiness/ For Profit

14% Medical/ Sciences/ Engineering

27% Education


lebanon valley college facts Hartford

Lebanon Valley College is a private, coeducational college founded in 1866 and dedicated to the liberal arts. Campus/Location

58 buildings on more than 340 acres in Annville, Pennsylvania, a town of 5,000 near the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Students

1,600 full-time undergraduates. The ratio of women to men is 54:46. Freshman Class Profile

404 students, primarily from Pennsylvania and the midAtlantic region. 78 percent were in the top 30 percent of their high school class, and the average SAT score is 1104. Faculty

103 full-time faculty members, 89 percent of whom hold Ph.D.s or terminal degrees in their field; student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and average class size of 20. Academic Programs

34 undergraduate majors plus self-designed majors and a range of minors, concentrations, and preprofessional options; graduate degree programs in physical therapy, business administration, music education, and science education. Study Abroad

Programs in 13 countries, including Argentina, Australia, China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Spain,

as well as several shortterm programs. Off-Campus Programs

Semesters in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Career Services

A full range of guidance and support, including Career Connections, an online network of hundreds of LVC alumni. Internships

Available in every major— in Annville, Hershey, Harrisburg, and beyond. Student Life

More than 95 student organizations focused on the arts, sports, media, service, culture, politics, pre-professional interests, faith, and Greek life. Athletics

A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), LVC offers 24 sports. Residence Life

27 residence halls of various styles; housing guaranteed all four undergraduate years. After LVC

In an average year, approximately 78 percent of graduates responding to our annual survey are employed, and approximately 28 percent are in graduate or professional school, within six months of graduation.

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Rolling admission. We encourage completed applications by March 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Financial Aid and Scholarships

Approximately 98 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. LVC scholarships are guaranteed to all students in the top 30 percent of their high school class; additionally, generous need-based financial aid is available. Total financial aid awarded in the form of LVC grants and academic scholarships for 2012-2013 was $24,863,642. The average grant and scholarship package totaled $15,133. Costs 2013-2014

Tuition and Fees: $35,700 Room and Board: $9,530 Total Expenses: $45,230 contact LVC

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