The Info List - Elizabethtown College

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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE is a private residential college dedicated to the education of students pursuing degrees in liberal arts, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and professional career studies. Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
is located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
, United States
United States
in Lancaster County . Founded in 1899 Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
is commonly referred to as "E-town," and has an undergraduate student body population of approximately 1,900.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Founding and early years * 1.2 1920–1950 * 1.3 Presidents of the College * 1.4 Chairman of the Board of Trustees * 1.5 Alma mater

* 2 Campus

* 2.1 Academic buildings * 2.2 Administrative/non-academic buildings * 2.3 Athletic facilities * 2.4 Residential living buildings * 2.5 Other Living Opportunities * 2.6 Former campus buildings

* 3 Academics

* 3.1 Academic majors * 3.2 Academic minors * 3.3 Interdisciplinary programs * 3.4 Interdisciplinary minors

* 3.5 Continuing education

* 3.5.1 History

* 3.6 Honors program

* 4 Student life

* 5 Athletics

* 5.1 Men\'s teams * 5.2 Women\'s teams * 5.3 Former sports teams * 5.4 Individual national champions

* 6 Service to Others * 7 Notable alumni * 8 Notable faculty * 9 References * 10 External links



Founded in 1899, Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
is one of many higher learning institutions founded in the 19th century by churches or church members interested in the educational advancement of their denominational membership. The College was founded by interested members of the Church of the Brethren in response to an initiative by the Reverend Jacob G. Francis . Francis advocated for Elizabethtown because of the proximity to the railways (which holds true to this day as an Amtrak station is currently there). First classes for the new college were held on Nov. 13, 1900, in the Heisey Building in downtown Elizabethtown. During its first two decades, the College operated as an academy, offering a limited curriculum centering on four-year teaching degrees and high school type classes.


In 1921, the Pennsylvania
Department of Public Instruction accredited the College, and authorized its first baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences. Later, in 1928, the College was approved by the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court for pre-law education. In 1948, Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
became accredited by the Middle States Association and in 1949 by the American Council of Education . Throughout this period, the college grew considerably as it built Fairview Hall, Gibble Science Building, the Alumni Auditorium and Zug Memorial Library.


The College's presidents were referred to as principals prior to 1902.

* Isaac Newton Harvey "I.N.H." Beahm , 1900–1901 & 1904–1909 * George Ness Falkenstein , 1901–1902 * Daniel Conrad Reber , 1902–1904 & 1909–1918 * Henry Kulp Ober , 1918–1921 & 1924–1928 * Jacob Gibble Meyer , 1921–1924 * Ralph Weist Schlosser , 1928–1929 We love thee ever, oh E. C., And thy colors Gray and Blue.

The strong and fair alike do share The labours of thy hand. Together they proclaim always Thy glory through the land. (Refrain)

As long as breezes 'round thee blow, And countless ages roll, May Heaven's blessings on thee rest While we thy name extol. (Refrain)



* JAMES B. HOOVER CENTER FOR BUSINESS opened in August 2006 and is named for 1975 Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
graduate James B. Hoover. The Hoover Center houses the College's business program, the EDWARD R. MURPHY CENTER and the S. DALE HIGH CENTER FOR FAMILY BUSINESS. * MASTERS CENTER FOR SCIENCE, MATH, AND ENGINEERING opened in October 2007 and is named for its benefactor, Frank M. Masters, Jr. The Masters Center encompasses Esbenshade and Musser halls (see below) and Lyet wing. It houses the College's science, mathematics, and engineering programs. * ESBENSHADE HALL opened in 1967. Esbenshade houses science facilities as well as Gibble Auditorium, which holds both classes and campus events. * MUSSER HALL opened in 1983 and houses the College's chemistry program. * NICARRY HALL opened in 1972 and is named for Wayne Nicarry. It houses classrooms and faculty offices for the humanities. * STEINMAN CENTER opened in 1928. Originally the Gibble Science Hall, the Steinman Center, named for the Steinman Foundation of Lancaster, Pa., was renovated in 1985 to house communications and arts programs. * WENGER CENTER opened in 1921. Originally a residential facility named the Fairview Apartments, Wenger houses some of the College's humanities programs. * ZUG HALL opened in 1950. Originally Zug Memorial Library, it now houses the College's fine and performing arts programs, Hess art gallery and administrative offices.


Alpha Hall at Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College

* ALPHA HALL opened in 1901 and was the first building erected on the College's campus. Alpha is the College's administrative center, housing the offices of the president, provost, dean of the faculty, vice president of administration, vice president of finance, vice president of institutional advancement, human resources, college relations and the development office. * BROSSMAN COMMONS opened in 2002. Brossman is a combination of the ANNENBERG CENTER and BAUGHER STUDENT CENTER opened in 1992 and 1962, respectively. A new structure was built between these two buildings, while they were refurbished. The center houses a bookstore, post office, black box theater, dining hall, convenience store, performance spaces, student support offices and the Bird Cage—a game room. * HIGH LIBRARY opened in 1990. The Library is 54,230 square feet and has the capability to house 250,000 volumes. * LEFFLER CHAPEL AND PERFORMANCE CENTER opened in 1995. A gift from Carlos R. and Georgiana F. Leffler, the Chapel is home to the 844-seat Musser Auditorium, the Lyet Gallery and the McCormick Gallery exhibition space. * LEFFLER HOUSE opened in 1956 and currently houses the admissions office. * YOUNG CENTER FOR ANABAPTIST AND PIETIST STUDIES is named for Galen S. Young D.O. and Jessie M. Young, and opened in 1989. The Center includes the Bucher Meetinghouse, a small book shop, offices, a research room and classroom.


* ALUMNI COURTS are six hard-true tennis courts used by the men's and women's tennis teams. * ALUMNI POOL is home to the men's and women's swim teams. * IRA R. HERR FIELD was opened in 1970 and is the home field for men's and women's soccer. It is named for Ira R. Herr, who virtually touched every part of the College's athletics program. The Field has been the site of four NCAA Division III Final Fours and ten other NCAA tournaments. * KEVIN SCOTT BOYD MEMORIAL STADIUM is the home field for baseball and named in honor of Kevin Scott Boyd who played for the Blue Jays from 1996 to 1998. * THE NEST is home field for the softball team. * THOMPSON GYMNASIUM opened in 1970 and is home to the women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and wrestling teams.

Ira R. Field at Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College

* WOLF FIELD opened in 2002 and is the home field for field hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.


* BRINSER RESIDENCE HALL opened in 1965 and is named for David E. a literary magazine—Fine Print; a television station —ECTV; a radio station — WWEC 88.3 FM; and a yearbook —the Conestogan. Etownian website logo (2012)

The Etownian has been featured as a top-tier student newspaper for small schools, earning First Place with Special Merit recognition from the American Scholastic Press Association in 2010. It is entirely written and edited by students and is distributed weekly on Thursdays, throughout the academic year.

Elizabethtown is affiliated with the Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) program which allows students to study abroad for an academic semester. In addition to BCA, the college offers multiple internship and study abroad opportunities through other affiliates.

The students of Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
can voice concerns through the Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
Student Senate. The Student Senate is composed of an Executive Cabinet including: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, judicial chair, marketing chair and elections chair. It also has four officers and eight representatives per class. The Dean of Student Life acts as advisor to the organization and general elections are held each year.


Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
is a member of NCAA Division III, and the Landmark Conference . Although Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown College
was founded in 1899, it was not until 1928 that the first officially sanctioned intercollegiate athletic contest was held. In April 2013, the College accepted the invitation to join the Landmark Conference effective July 1, 2014.


* Baseball started in 1930*

* Basketball started in 1928.

* NCAA Division III National Runner-Up: 2001-02

* Cross country started in 1956. * Golf started play in 1965. No seasons were held from 1978-1988, but it was reinstated in 1988. * Lacrosse started in 2002.

* Soccer started play in 1938.

* NAIA National Co-champion: 1960 * NAIA National Runner-Up: 1959 * NCAA Division III National Champion: 1989

* Swimming started in 1964. * Tennis started play in 1948. * Track and field was established in 1929, but disappeared quickly. Later, in 1975, track and field was reestablished.

* Wrestling started in 1954.

* Hosted the 2015 NCAA Championship

* - (All years given are when the teams became varsity sports)


* Basketball started play in 1928.

* NCAA Division III National Runner-Up: 1982-83, 1983-84 * NCAA Division III National Champion: 1981-82, 1988-89 * First Division III women's basketball team to 1,000 wins

* Cross country started in 1956.

* Field hockey started play in 1952.

* Hosted the 1982 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship * Fourth place finish in 1981

* Lacrosse started play in 2002.

* Soccer started play in 1988.

* Hosted the 1997 NCAA Championship

* Softball started play in 1979. * Swimming started in 1964. * Tennis started play in 1961. * Track and field was established in 1929, but disappeared quickly. It was reestablished in 1975, but the women's team ended because of a lack of participation in 1981. The team was brought back in 1998, but the College did not begin competing again until 2000. * Volleyball started play in 1978/

* - (All years given are when the teams became varsity sports)


* Football was played for one season in 1928. It was not sanctioned by the College, but did play a full intercollegiate schedule.


* Kevin Clark - Indoor Track - NCAA Division III - Pole Vault - 2007

* Beckie Donecker - Tennis - NCAA Division III - Singles - 1982 and AIAW Doubles Champion - 1981 * Jen Haifley - Tennis - AIAW - Doubles - 1981 * Eric Mast - Wrestling - NCAA Division III - 118 pound weight - 1973-1974 and 1976-1977


Elizabethtown's motto is "Educate for Service." Over 600 students, alumni, faculty and administrators participate annually in the Into the Streets service program every October in the Elizabethtown community.


* David G. Behrs '81, President, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College , Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana * Richard L. Bond '69, Former Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods
* Carl Bowman
Carl Bowman
'79, Sociologist / Author / Educator, Bridgewater College , Bridgewater, VA * Nelson Chittum , MLB player * Nia Dinata
Nia Dinata
, film director * Phesheya Dube '00, a journalist from Swaziland
who made international news by posing as a war correspondent in Iraq
on state-run radio while actually broadcasting from a broom closet in the Swazi capital. * Mark C. Ebersole '43, former President of Elizabethtown College * Bill Foster '54, former head coach Duke men's basketball and 1978 Coach of the Year * Gene Garber '69, former all-time saves leader for the Atlanta Braves (currently third behind John Smoltz
John Smoltz
and Craig Kimbrel ). * Mark A. Heckler '77, President, Valparaiso University (2007–present) , Dean, University of Colorado School of Arts 1996-2007. * Lois Herr , progressive activist * David Hickernell '83, State Representative, Pennsylvania
House of Representatives (2003–present) * S. Dale High , Chairman, High Industries Inc. * Dennis Hollinger , President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary * Cayla Kluver (attended for one year), author * Ernest W. Lefever '42, Foreign affairs expert and founder of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Ethics and Public Policy Center
, Washington, D.C. * Page Lutz '84, Member of the NCAA 25th anniversary women's basketball team * Mark S. McNaughton '85, Former State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1997-2007) * Daniel C. Miller , Harrisburg city councilor * Jeffrey B. Miller , former Pennsylvania
state police commissioner * Kim Powers , Contestant, Survivor: Africa (finished in sixth place) * Skip Roderick '74, former professional soccer player. * Bruce Smith '56, Former State Representative, Pennsylvania
House of Representatives (1981-2007) * David Starr (dropout), professional wrestler * Jim Tennant , former MLB player. * Jim Testerman , labor leader * Mike Tobash , State Representative, Pennsylvania
House of Representatives (2011–present) * Charles Walker , nonviolence trainer and civil rights and peace activist. * Dan Washburn '96, award-winning Shanghai
-based writer and journalist. * Martina White '10, PA State Representative


* David S. Brown : Author of Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography ISBN 0-226-07640-7 * David Cullen : Grammy award winning guitarist * David Downing: Noted C. S. Lewis scholar * Paul Gottfried : Noted political writer * Donald Kraybill : Noted scholar of Amish studies * Michele Lee Kozimor-King : Noted sociologist: A Work and Family Scholar * Jeffery D. Long : Noted Hindu
expert and author of A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu
Nationalism * Michael G. Long : Author of First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson ISBN 0-8050-8710-9 * Mark Harman : Noted Kafka scholar and translator *