From deep snow on campus to students firing back at Jon Stewart to a record number of Fulbright student scholars, 2010 was a stellar year for Gettysburg College.
Listing all of the year's news would be impossible, but we think the following are the College's Ten Best Stories of 2010.
The stories are in no particular order. Should they be? Did we miss something? Let us know. Submit a comment below or on Gettysburg College's Facebook fan page. Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of this page.
Gettysburg College was not immune from the giant snowstorms that hammered the East Coast last February. Students made the best of the situation, playing football in the snow, digging snow caves, and strolling through the drifts. Total accumulation of some three feet of snow fell in less than a week.
Gettysburg College and "The Daily Show"
It all started when Jon Stewart jokingly referred to Gettysburg College as a "s---hole" on Feb. 24's The Daily Show. The jest was part of his opening segment, as Stewart bantered with audience members from Gettysburg and other colleges. In response, Sebastian DiNatale '10 and Andrew Arenge '10 produced their own satirical video in "Daily Show" format.
Gettysburg College dedicated Center for Athletics, Recreation, & Fitness
Festivities marked the opening of the new building on April 30. The 55,000-square-foot building connects to the west side of Gettysburg College's Bream/Wright/Hauser athletic facility, and includes a natatorium with eight competition lanes, five-lane warm-up pool, and 375-seat spectator gallery, and a 10,000-square-foot weight and fitness room. The Center earned Gold certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
Gettysburg College among top producers of Fulbright Scholars
A record-setting six Gettysburg College students from the Class of 2010 received grants from the United States Department of State's Fulbright Program to learn, teach, and conduct research in nations around the world. The Fulbright Program recently announced its list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Students for 2010-11. Gettysburg was one of them.
Bullets Marching Band competes in national "Hawaii Five-0" theme song contest
Gettysburg College was one of many colleges and universities competing for $25,000 in CBS's Hawaii Five-0 Marching Band Mania. Each institution shot a video of its best marching-band rendition of the iconic "Hawaii Five-0" theme song. One of the smallest institutions competing, Gettysburg unfortunately did not win, losing out to the University of Maryland.
New leadership: Provost Christopher Zappe and Civil War Institute Director Peter Carmichael
Gettysburg College named Christopher Zappe as provost to lead its academic division. Zappe started in July and was previously the dean of arts and sciences at Bucknell University, where he has also been a faculty member in the management department.
Gettysburg College named Peter Carmichael its new director of the Civil War Institute and Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies. Carmichael was the Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University.
Gettysburg College establishes Garthwait Leadership Center for students and alumni
Thanks to a significant gift from an alumnus, Gettysburg College established the new Garthwait Leadership Center, which will enable students and alumni to develop leadership skills by providing them with knowledge, opportunities, and experiences. The name recognizes the alumnus who has endowed the program, Robert Garthwait, Jr. '82, a trustee of the College and CEO of Cly-Del Manufacturing in Waterbury, Conn.
Gettysburg College high in rankings
Gettysburg College has received positive marks throughout the year by several organizations and groups that rate colleges and universities on everything from admission rate, academic quality, alumni outcomes, and the overall undergraduate experience. From The Princeton Review to U.S. News & World Report to Payscale.com, Gettysburg ranked favorably on several lists.
Fox News commentator Juan Williams speaks on campus
Invited as the 13th annual Blavatt Lecture speaker, Williams discussed politics and the controversial remarks about Muslims he made just weeks prior that resulted in his firing as a news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR).
From the New York Times to Twitter; media hits from 2010
Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations & news content, 717.337.6801
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 2,700 undergraduate students and is located
on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg
National Military Park in Pennsylvania.