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The Lucky 13 of ’13: Top moments from the past year

2013 was yet another interesting, exciting, and successful year for Gettysburg College and our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

A new annual event to add to the list of well-loved campus traditions. Recognition as a top college for service. A faculty research breakthrough. More than 200,000 Civil War enthusiasts in town over a ten-day period. These are just a few of the moments that made 2013 special for the Gettysburg College community.

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Read on for a recap of the top 13 Gettysburg College moments from 2013 in reverse order:

13. 705 new 'Burgians join our community: Welcome Class of 2017

First Year Walk

Cars lined the streets around campus, countless volunteers carried box upon box of first-years’ possessions to their new homes, and students in the Class of 2017 got to know each other and our beautiful campus over several days of Orientation in August. Highlights included Opening Convocation, GIV Day, and the 11th annual First-Year Walk.

12. Want to look younger? Prof. Richard Russell can tell you how.


Psychology Prof. Richard Russell collaborated with researchers from CE.R.I.E.S., a department of Chanel Research and Technology dedicated to skin related issues and facial appearance, to reveal a new sign of aging. Together, they discovered that the contrasting nature of facial features is a key signal that people unconsciously use to determine someone’s age.

11. Our students are high impact learners

Helena Yang

Helena Yang ’14 is just one of the countless Gettysburgians who have made the most of an opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member. Yang and health sciences Prof. Amy Dailey recently teamed up to examine food insecurity in Adams County. Find out about how students are making the most of varied opportunities outside the classroom, through the College’s distinctive programs, public service, art and leadership through active pursuits.

10. Gifts to the College left us (and President Riggs) speechless


Generous gifts from Eric Kolbe ’65 and Fred ’52 and Martha Mahan were highlights of giving this year. But this year and every year, annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends go toward college costs in the year they are made. Make a difference to current students with your gift to the Gettysburg Fund or Orange & Blue Club by May 31.

9. Devotion to leadership and service touted as Class of 2013 crosses the commencement stage


Commencement speaker David Gergen heralded Gettysburg College and the Class of 2013’s commitment to service and leadership, and paid tribute to the historical legacy of those ideals in Gettysburg, as 639 members of the Class of 2013 graduated in May.

8. Triumph, tragedy, and the support of the Gettysburg community: Four alums and the Boston Marathon


A runner. A spectator. An artist. A CEO. What do these four individuals share besides an alma mater? They were all connected to the Boston Marathon bombings in unforgettable ways. Find out more about how the close-knit Gettysburg College community grows even closer when times get tough, and read their stories from the fall issue of Gettysburg magazine.

7. Conference championships to coaching milestones: Bullets have successful year


Five Bullets teams took home the Centennial Conference title in 2013: Women’s lacrosse, women’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s swimming, and men’s swimming, who also competed at the NCAA tournament, finishing 15th. Student-athletes earned individual successes, with Lindsay Menton ’14 receiving an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and Brad Wiseman ’13, Andrew Bellis ’14, and Devin Geiman ’14 earning Academic All-American honors. Gettysburg coaches had a successful year too, including Barb Jordan who became the winningest coach in Bullets field hockey history.

6. Singing in the twilight hours: College launches new tradition

Twilight Walk

On Jan. 25, Gettysburg College launched a new tradition: the Twilight Walk. The event welcomed first-year students into alumni status upon completion of their first academic semester at the College. The highlight of the evening was an illuminated pathway walk by first-years to Pennsylvania Hall, where they collectively serenaded Pres. Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 with the Alma Mater.

5. Top minds come to campus


Gettysburg College regularly brings top minds in public affairs, the sciences, the arts and more to campus for lectures, panels, and other events, and 2013 was no exception. Individuals visiting campus included musician and composer Chris Brubeck, NASA administrator Charles Bolden, political commentator David Gergen, historian David Blight, and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, to name a few.

4. Gettysburgians have a strong sense of self…and pride!

Servo cookie

A September article listing "14 signs you’re a Gettysburgian” was wildly popular among current students and alumni. Check out the list. WARNING: it WILL make you hungry for a Servo cookie.

3. Faculty experts and Pres. Riggs join the national conversation on key issues

Faculty experts

Gettysburg College faculty and staff added their voices to the national conversations about important and timely topics this year by submitting op-eds for publication or being interviewed by members of the media. President Riggs spoke out on issues of college value and President Obama’s plan for higher education; Allen Guelzo, Scott Hancock, and others were featured as experts on the Civil War Era; and Eisenhower Institute experts explored issues of leadership, women in the workplace, and presidential politics.

2. Gettysburg College, faculty, and students earn top awards and fellowships


Accolades for the College and our programs, faculty, and students poured in throughout 2013. Gettysburg was one of only five schools a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement; art and art history Prof. Amer Kobaslija was named a Guggenheim Fellow; and David Wemer ’14 received the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize, awarded by the American Historical Association for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history journal, to name a few. Find out about more awards and rankings earned by the College.

1. Historians, re-enactors, and reporters…oh my! Civil War Sesquicentennial comes to town


The 150th anniversaries of the Battle of Gettysburg and Gettysburg Address brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to town, and focused national attention on Gettysburg. The College hosted events throughout the anniversary of the Civil War, our experts were featured well over 100 times in news outlets, three of our historians interpreted July 1-3, 1863 on video, we produced a mobile app and 15-minute film in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial, and much, much more.

So, what did we miss? What were some of your favorite moments for Gettysburg College in 2013? Let us know in the comments…or on our Facebook or Twitter!

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2013

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