College facility named after Celebration residents

Several of the college representatives who spoke about the importance of the Keipers’ commitment to Lycoming College during the ceremony stand with the Keipers near the new sign. From left: Chip Edmonds, vice president for college advancement; Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte; Doug and Dawn Keiper; Robb Curry, former assistant athletic director at Lycoming College and friend of the Keipers; and Brandon Conrad, current wrestler and student. Submitted Photo

Several of the college representatives who spoke about the importance of the Keipers’ commitment to Lycoming College during the ceremony stand with the Keipers near the new sign. From left: Chip Edmonds, vice president for college advancement; Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte; Doug and Dawn Keiper; Robb Curry, former assistant athletic director at Lycoming College and friend of the Keipers; and Brandon Conrad, current wrestler and student. Submitted Photo

By Jennifer DiDomenico

For the News-Gazette

A dedication ceremony on Oct. 25 named Lycoming College’s recreation facility the Keiper Recreation Center, after Celebration residents Doug and Dawn Keiper.

The name recognizes a gift made by the Keipers, as well as their bequest gift to support the college’s athletics program and early childhood education program.

Lycoming College is located in Williamsport, Penn.

“We are deeply grateful for the Keipers’ generosity that assures future students will have the opportunity to compete and enrich their educational experiences through participation in varsity athletics,” said Kent Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “Their gifts reflect their commitment to education and place them among the most generous and impactful benefactors in the history of the college.”

Doug Keiper, Lycoming College class of 1968, was a member of the wrestling and track teams and active in the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He earned his degree in history and mathematics, and served as a student leader and president of his senior class.

“As a young man, I chose Lycoming College based on its great wrestling program,” said Doug Keiper. “But I lucked out and got so much more from Lycoming, including a first-rate education and inspiring mentors. Dawn and I are privileged to help continue that tradition of providing high-quality sports programs along with a great education.”

Doug Keiper became an educator, but returned to Lycoming College as the associate dean of students and later became the associate director of admissions.

Dawn Keiper worked as an elementary school teacher for her entire career. The couple lived and worked on campus for 12 years, before leaving the college in 1983. In 2008, they began to give back to the place that had impacted their lives.

“A gift as generous as the Keipers’ for athletics is extraordinary, and we are very grateful,” said Mike Clark, athletics director at Lycoming College. “Their gesture says a lot about their love for the college and will allow the athletic department to develop well-rounded competitors for a generation to come.”

Lycoming College is a four-year liberal arts and sciences school. Founded in 1812, it is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. Lycoming College offers 36 academic majors to its 1,400 students, and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. According to Lycoming.edu, 25 percent of students participate in at least one of the school’s 17 intercollegiate sports at Lycoming College.