New students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Opening Convocation marking the formal beginning of the academic year. The Opening Convocation represents the official welcoming of new students to the Lebanon Valley College community.
New Student Orientation
New student orientation is designed to help new students make the transition to college life. New students will become familiar with the campus, their classmates, upper-class students, faculty, and staff. Formal and informal meetings are planned with faculty, academic advisors, staff, Peer Mentors, and Resident Assistants (RAs).
Peer mentors are student volunteers committed to helping new students learn about and become familiar with the college community. These upper-class students will interact with new students throughout the year.
During the initial days of orientation, there will be educational and social programs and recreational activities for new students to become acquainted with other students.
New and upper-class students can learn more about the variety of campus organizations and events offered at LVC during this informative fair. Representatives from many student groups are available to discuss their organizations and to answer questions. Look for announcements of the event during the first week of classes.
Student, Faculty, and Ensemble Concerts
A variety of instrumental and vocal recitals by students, faculty, and ensembles are scheduled throughout the year. Additionally, campus music organizations present several special concerts each semester. Most recitals and concerts are free to students and are presented in Lutz Hall (Blair Music Center), Miller Chapel, and the Zimmerman Recital Hall (Arnold Art Gallery). Schedules are available in the Music Department, with a regularly updated calendar of events posted in the Blair Music Center lobby.
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery hosts six exhibitions each year featuring a variety of artwork. Interested students with good academic standing may serve as attendants in the gallery.
Oktoberfest: Homecoming/Family Weekend
During this fall weekend, special events are planned for alumni, students, family, and friends of the College. Activities include the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, a dance, the fall play, Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and a Tent Party. Visitors have the opportunity to meet members of the administration and faculty at various events. Parents are recognized at athletic events and are encouraged to join their sons and daughters at all social activities and the annual Parents Breakfast.
Musicals and Plays
The Wig and Buckle Theater Company presents a variety of plays and musicals in Leedy Theater in the Mund College Center. Auditions are open to all students in good academic standing.
Pickwell Memorial Concert
The sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota
sponsor this yearly benefit concert in memory of Marcia Pickwell, a former member of the Music Department faculty.
Christmas at the Valley
Presented the first Sunday in December, Christmas at the Valley is the College’s traditional gift to the local community. The program includes seasonal readings, carols by Lebanon Valley College Choirs, sing-a-long hymns, instrumental music from various ensembles, and a candle lighting service. The event features a live nativity scene sponsored by Servants of Christ, a Campus Christian service organization.
Holiday Dinner Dance
A semi-formal dinner dance is sponsored by Student Government for the entire College community prior to winter break. The dance is held in the ballroom of a nearby hotel. It’s a night of food, music, and fun.
During the academic year, the College hosts special academic events that bring music, theater, dance, and major speakers to campus. Students can attend free of charge.
The Pink Game
The Pink Game occurs each February during an LVC women’s basketball game. This special game honors the strength, courage, and passion of those who have faced the challenges of breast cancer. A collaborative effort of the local and College communities, this event raises money and awareness and provides a fun-filled night for all in attendance that hopefully ends in victory!
Celebrating the 1866 founding of the College, Founders Day traditionally recognizes a community member who, in the spirit of the College founders, “contributes to the enhancement of life in central Pennsylvania.” The President’s Award is also given at this time to a campus student organization whose members demonstrate character, leadership, and community service.
Relay for Life
The LVC chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosts Relay for Life each spring in the Arnold Sports Center. More than 500 students representing 60 teams walk throughout the night and participate in a variety of activities such as the luminary and fight back ceremonies, “Miss Relay” contest, dodge ball, basketball, the “ice melt,” concerts, dancing, performers, and more. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Concert Choir Tour and Concert
During the second semester, the Concert Choir (accompanied by the Chamber Choir) tours a regional part of the eastern United States. Recent tours have taken the choir to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Delaware. The choir presents its final concert at the College.
Math Quiz Bowl
The Math Club sponsors this competition each year for several area high schools. This event involves faculty and students.
Chamber Choir Concert
This annual concert features the Chamber Choir singing everything from madrigals to vocal jazz. It’s a kaleidoscope of great musical styles.
Rovers All-American Concert
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota sponsor this annual concert featuring the works of American composers. It’s held in memory of Reynaldo Rovers, a former Music Department faculty member.
Traditionally held on the second weekend in June for all LVC alumni, events during this weekend recognize milestone class reunions and those of special interest groups. Activities are planned to celebrate the Lebanon Valley College experience. They include an awards ceremony to honor outstanding alumni, a clambake, campus tours, reunion class dinners, and various cultural events.
All Sports Banquet
This banquet, held at the close of the spring semester, recognizes outstanding student athletic achievements and contributions to their respective teams. Families, athletes, and the College community are invited to attend.
Celebrating Student Scholarship and Achievement
Each spring, to coincide with the national Undergraduate Research Week sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research, LVC recognizes the research, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments of our students. Events include music recitals, Wig and Buckle theater performances, honor society inductions, and the Spring Awards Ceremony where selected students are recognized for their academic achievements and contributions to the College. The highlight of the week is Inquiry: A Symposium of Student Research and Original Work. Students from all disciplines showcase their work during Inquiry. Participating students are chosen by their faculty to present their work. Student publications are also displayed in the College library during the week.
International Culture Day
The French Club, Teutonia Vallis (German Club), Hispanic Culture Society, and International Business Club sponsor a day on campus for high school students to learn about foreign cultures.
Sponsored by Student Government, this student-initiated annual event began in spring 2002. LVC students wake up to find that day classes have been cancelled and replaced with a full day of fun involving the entire campus community. Events for the day include a picnic in the Social Quad, inflatables, music, sports challenges, egg tosses, and Tug-of-War.