Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Lockhaven University logo.png
Type Public
Established 1870
Endowment $7.5 million
President Michael Fiorentino, Jr.
Provost Donna Wilson
Academic staff
Students 4,607 [1]
Location Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Athletics NCAA Division IIPSAC (East)
Nickname Bald Eagles
Affiliations PASSHE
Mascot Bald eagle
Website www.lhup.edu

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, commonly abbreviated LHU, is a state university in Lock Haven, in central Pennsylvania, United States located along the Susquehanna River, and is roughly 30 miles (48 km) from the major towns of Williamsport and State College. Lock Haven University is one of the fourteen members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The main campus consists of 200 acres (81 ha), and the branch campus covers 12.9 acres (5.2 ha).[2] It enrolls approximately 5,500 students, including 500 students at a branch campus in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. It offers 69 undergraduate programs and 4 graduate programs.


LHU was founded in 1870 as the Central State Normal School. By 1927 it was known as the State Teachers [sic] College in Lock Haven and in 1960 the name was changed to Lock Haven State College. In 1983, the school joined the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and became known as Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. The Clearfield campus in Clearfield, Pennsylvania was established in 1989.

LHU's previous president Craig Dean Willis retired from Lock Haven in 2004 and nearly immediately began an interim presidency at Eastern Michigan University. The vacancy left by Willis was promptly filled by Keith T. Miller, a graduate of the University of Arizona. Upon Miller's departure, Barbara Dixon, former president of Truman State University was appointed Interim President in 2010.[3]

A faculty strike was been implemented 10/19/2016.


The campus covers 200 acres (81 ha) on the western side of the city of Lock Haven. The university owns another 12.9 acres (5.2 ha) at the LHU Clearfield Campus and 44 acres (18 ha) at the Sieg Conference Center. University property also includes a new East Campus in the former Lock Haven High School building.

Residence halls[edit]

LHU has five traditional residence halls, one hall of suites and one apartment building.

Hall name High Hall McEntire Hall North Hall Smith Hall Woolridge Hall Fairview Suites Campus Village
Completed in 1970 1969 1967 1960 1964 2012 Purchased
Number of students housed 203 400 208 248 205 684 170

Campus Village[edit]

An apartment-like setting, offering more independence to older students. Campus Village is generally reserved for FLS and international exchange students but any student can apply to live in Campus Village.

Evergreen Commons[edit]

The evergreen commons advertises as an apartment-style, non-university-ran, off-campus housing solution for upper-classmen. The complex comprised three main buildings, two housing separated in two sections each, and a facility building which houses the main office, a recreation room, fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool. There are four and two bedroom options, each complete with furniture, a full kitchen, one bathroom per two occupants, utilities, and laundry.[4]

Academic buildings[edit]

Carillon on campus

Raub Hall[edit]

Completed in 1964.

Durrwachter Alumni Center[edit]

Completed in 2007, the Durrwachter Center houses the office of admissions, alumni affairs and the board of trustees. The Foundation offices are also located in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center. This area coordinates and manages philanthropic activities that support the university. Located in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, Alumni Affairs provides programs and services for over 25,000 graduates, which support the philanthropic goals and mission of Lock Haven University.

Robinson Hall (Learning Resource Center)[edit]

Completed in 1981. This building houses the Departments of Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and Special Education, Psychology, Mathematics, Communications Media and Philosophy. Other features include the Hamblin International Hall of Flags Auditorium, a full production television studio and radio station, a Math Lab and tutoring center devoted to remediation and placement testing, and classrooms. The building also provides housing for the information technology services, including a student-run tech department.

Akeley Hall[edit]

Completed in 1930 and one of the oldest building on campus. It was originally constructed as a laboratory school but now houses the Computer Science, Accounting and Management Department as well as many computer labs.

Ulmer Hall[edit]

The main building, renovated in 1996, was constructed in 1952 and contains laboratories for the natural and earth sciences and classrooms. A building addition in 1969 added a greenhouse, planetarium, additional classrooms, laboratories and research facilities. A four-million dollar renovation[5] was completed in 2014 to transfer many services to the building such as the ROTC program, the Registrar's Office and Financial Aid, as well as Counseling Services.

Sloan Fine Arts Center[edit]

Completed in 1973, the building contains classrooms, faculty offices, both a small and large theatre for student and professional performances and lectures, and a gallery which hosts six exhibitions throughout the year. The Departments of Fine Arts, the Department of communications, and Performing Arts are located here. The theatre hosts a number of performances that are open to both the student body and community. Room 321 is home to the Countdown Theater. Here student directed one-act plays and other short performances expand the role of the theater department and provide students with additional learning experiences.

East Campus and the Science Center[edit]

In 2004 Lock Haven acquired the old Lock Haven High School, which was no longer used due to the creation of Central Mountain High School. This building consisted of the junior high school, senior high school, and the gym building. The J building houses the department of criminal justice. In April 2010, Lock Haven unveiled its plans to build a 40 million dollar new science center where the old senior high school was located.[6] In October 2010, Governor Rendell signed a bill that gave 4 million dollars in funding.[7] Official groundbreaking did not occur until May 4, 2012, this marked the beginning of demolition of the senior high school and construction of the science center.[8] The new science center officially opened for the Fall 2013 semester. It consists of expanded labs for all science majors other than computer science,[9] and includes a new class 100000 clean room facility for the rapidly expanded Nanotechnology program, allowing the university to rely less on Penn State's clean rooms. Nanotechnology research facilities include state-of-the-art characterization and synthesis instrumentation including SEM, EDX, Raman, AFM, STM, 4-Point Probe, Profilometer, CVDs, thermal evaporators and sputter deposition systems. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 12, 2013, and a cornerstone capsule was opened which contained a list of the senior high school staff, the graduates, and a newspaper from 1928.[10]

Administrative buildings[edit]

Russell Hall

Sullivan Hall[edit]

Originally constructed as a library in 1938, this building was demolished in 2016 and replaced with an amphitheater. The three-story structure housed The Office of the President, Offices for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, and the Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Technology, Housing, Social Equity, Cultural Diversity, Institutional Research, and Planning and Assessment and The Linda J. Emanuel Teaching and Learning Center.

Russell Hall[edit]

Russell Hall was originally constructed as a residence hall and was the last single-sex residence hall on campus, housing women only until it was renovated to house administrative offices. It has been torn down and replaced by a green space.

Stevenson Library[edit]

Lock Haven University and its library began in 1870 as the Central State Normal School. All classrooms, dormitories, the dining room, the library, and the auxiliary rooms were housed in the original Sullivan Hall, located approximately where North Hall stands. During the night of December 9, 1888, the entire structure burned to the ground. For the next 16 years, the library needs were met by reading rooms provided by two campus literary societies, The Price Literary Society and the Shakespeare Society.

The main entrance to Stevenson Library

In 1904, the library was reorganized. Caroline R. Flickinger was the first librarian. Since that time there has been a steady growth in the number and type of library materials and services. This growth has taken the library through two previous buildings into this structure. The present building was designed to be flexible enough to provide for current needs and to allow future development. Currently, an online public access catalog and an automated circulation system are in place. This online catalog is available on the campus network.

The library is named for a citizen of Lock Haven, George B. Stevenson (1889–1965). He served for many years as a Pennsylvania State Senator. After he retired, he was appointed the librarian of the state senate. Stevenson also served as a mayor of Lock Haven, as postmaster, and as a trustee of the university. The system of dams on the West Branch valley of the Susquehanna River was a concept of Senator Stevenson.

Robert S. Bravard, Director of Library Services (1970–1998)

Stevenson Library is the university's library. It is a new state-of-the-art facility which offers students many different options. Its archive collection includes every student newspaper (The Eagle Eye) since 1965, as well as every yearbook (The Praeco) since 1913 until it was discontinued in 1980; and was reinstated in 2006. The archive collection also provides the university with rare books and photographs.[11] The library offers internet database services that gives the university access to full text magazine and newspaper articles, DVDs, books, and an array of information. The Children's Library on the ground floor of the building contains over 20,000 children's books.[12] Stevenson also offers reference services, wireless internet, computer access, and a 24-hour study lounge.


Lock Haven University sign


Lock Haven University's student-operated television station, The Havenscope, LHUTV broadcasts news, sports, and other programs. Its studio occupies 2,300 square feet (210 m2) next to WLHU, Lock Haven University's radio station. The television studio is wholly digital and consists of a teleprompter system, two editing bays, and a full complement of field production equipment. It includes two backdrops, one for news broadcasts and one for interviews. The studio is on the sixth floor of Robinson Hall and is equipped with a green screen, at least three main broadcast cameras, a sound mixing board, switchboard, character generator, several broadcast monitors, a roll-in system, and many other broadcast systems. The studio usually airs at least one show a week called LHU in Review hosted by LHU students which covers news, sports and other topics. In the late 1980s students began airing a short morning news segment called "The Morning Alarm" that ran at the top of the hour. The first segment aired live and was then re-broadcast over the campus television network between breakfast and lunch. The television station also broadcasts sporting events, soap operas, game shows, and many other programs.


Lock Haven University's radio station is WLHU. An online radio station, which streams live on the internet, is located in the same facility as their new and improved television studio, allowing easy access between the two stations. WLHU has a free format program schedule using a well equipped studio which broadcasts daily, as well as broadcasting many sporting events and many other programs throughout the school year. Students have the ability to join the school's radio club and create their own radio station broadcast.


Lock Haven University's student campus newspaper, The Eagle Eye, has a modern computer production facility that includes a desktop graphics text scanner, CD-ROMS, digital photography, World Wide Web interface, and the page-making program most widely used in commercial newspapers. Students may earn a staff position on the newspaper in their first year at the university.

Student government[edit]

The Student Cooperative Council, Incorporated is the student government of Lock Haven University. The council is housed in the Parsons Union Building. The council works on behalf of the students and is run by students. The organization is made up of the following organs:

  • Student Senate
  • Executive Council
  • Student Activities Office
  • Lock Haven University Bookstore
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Student Recreation Center

Student Senate[edit]

The Student Senate is composed of 50 (1 per 100 students) members who, are elected and serve, an academic year for the student body. Senators represent their constituents on and off campus by bringing students concerns, opinions, and by voting on the status of clubs and organizations at biweekly meetings. Meetings are open to the public and are held throughout the academic year. This organ is the true voice of the student body.

Senators elect two senators for the following stipend positions:

  • Speaker of the Senate
  • Recording Secretary

Executive Council[edit]

The Executive Council is made up of three elected officers; and seven chosen members (and confirmed by senate) the elected officers to serve a year in their respected positions:

  • President (Elected)
  • Vice President (Elected)
  • Treasurer (Elected)
  • Corresponding Secretary (Chosen)
  • Campus Food Service Liaison (Chosen)
  • Public Relations & Marketing Liaison(Chosen)
  • Student Activities Liaison (Chosen)
  • Student Life Liaison (Chair)
  • Special Projects Liaison (Chosen)

The duties of each chair are specified in the SCC, Inc. Constitution. The president's main focus is to guide and oversee the agenda for their administration. The members of the Executive Council carry out the agenda through their specific chair positions.

Campus and student life[edit]

Campus Violence Prevention Program[edit]

CVPP focuses on educational programming, awareness and prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Student Activities Office[edit]

The Student Activities Office is composed of professional staff (employed by the SCC) who are responsible for seeing that the day-to-day functions for the SCC, Inc. They are the following:

  • Student Activities Director
  • Budget Manager
  • Register
  • Budget Assistant
  • Assistant Activities Director


The bookstore at LHU is owned and operated by the SCC, Inc. All profits from the bookstore go towards supporting clubs and organizations on campus. The location of the bookstore is in the lower part of the PUB.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

The SCC, Inc supports and funds over 130 clubs and organizations on campus. Student activity fees and profits generated through the bookstore support these clubs. Requests to start new clubs can be filled out in the Executive Council Office. A full list of clubs and organizations on campus is available in the SAO.

Music at LHU[edit]

The music program at Lock Haven offers several extracurricular activities for students to participate in including but not limited to marching band, concert band, percussion ensemble, choral ensembles and jazz ensembles.

Student Recreation Center[edit]

The Student Recreation Center is open to all students of LHU. This facility provides students with recreation activities to stay physically fit. The SRC contains an inventory of equipment that includes a rock wall, an indoor track that's 1/8 of a mile long, basketball, racquetball, and intramural sports.[13]

Other services provided by the SCC, Inc. for its students[edit]

  • Legal advice
  • Commuter Lounge with 12 computers
  • Game room
  • Vending & Laundry
  • Sponsor of various student functions

Greek Life[edit]

Lock Haven University has 26 different Greek Organizations.

Honor & Service Societies:

Interfraternity Council:

Panhellenic Council:

National Pan-Hellenic Council:


  • Affiliation: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and Division II
  • Conference: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)
  • Facilities: McCollum Field, Hubert Jack Stadium, Thomas Field House Center, Foundation Fields, Charlotte E. Smith Field, Rogers Gymnasium, West Branch Cross Country Course, Tomlinson Center, Zimmerli Pool
  • Team name: Bald Eagles
  • Team colors: crimson and white
  • In 2007, Lock Haven won the National Collegiate Boxing Association national championship.[14]
  • Lock Haven won the NAIA national wrestling championship in 1961, 1963, 1966 and 1967.
  • Lock Haven won the NCAA Division II Women's Softball National Championship in 2006 and 2009.
  • Lock Haven won the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer National Championship in 1980 and the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship in 1977 and 1978.

Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon[edit]

The Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon was designed and completed by the van Bergen Company, which specializes in bells, in 2000. The grand carillon is one of fewer than 200 grand carillons in North America. It weighs more than 25,000 pounds (11,000 kg) and can be played manually or by an automatic system that can produce 500 songs from memory. The bells were cast in the world-famous French foundry Fonderie Paccard.[15] The carillon has become an important part of the university's image.

Institute for International Studies[edit]

LHU's Institute for International Studies offers study abroad programs for its students. The program offer students the choice to study from 32 different schools in 20 different countries around the world. Students have the choice to study abroad for semester long, a whole academic year, or summer programs.[16]

Recreation Center[edit]

LHU's recreation center facility includes a weight room, and three indoor basketball courts. The facility also hosts three racquetball rooms, one multi activities room, and a rock wall.

Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center[edit]

The Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center is a new facility, completed in fall 2007, named after Dr. George A. and Shirley Durrwachter. He is a 1961 health and physical education graduate, university trustee and member of the LHU Foundation board of directors who donated $1 million together with his wife, Shirley, for the conference center.

For visitors and new LHU students, the conference center houses university admissions with expanded meeting spaces. For alumni, it has a number of meeting and conference rooms, including the Fredericks Family Library to house books and publications authored by alumni and faculty, areas of recognition of service to the university and several social areas. The conference center also contains a multipurpose room that can seat 300 to 400 people, along with smaller conference rooms.

LHU Evergreen Commons Apartment Complex[edit]

Lock Haven University Apartment Complex which features apartments for students at LHU. The building is one of the many facilities that have been constructed in recent years. Others include the Recreation Center, the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, Fredericks Family Memorial carillon.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.lhup.edu/About/
  2. ^ LHU Campus Map.
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [2] Archived October 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [3] Archived December 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ WENDY STIVER - wstiver@lockhaven.com (2010-04-30). "LHU unveils plans for new science center - SunGazette.com, News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information, Williamsport-Sun Gazette". Sungazette.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  7. ^ "Lock Haven - Governor Rendell approves $4 million in RCAP funding". Alumni.lhup.edu. 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  8. ^ ELIZABETH REGAN (eregan@lockhaven.com). "A groundbreaking day for LHU - Lockhaven.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Express". Lockhaven.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Business & Computer Science". Lhup.edu. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  10. ^ WENDY STIVER (wstiver@lockhaven.com). "New LHU Science Center officially open - Lockhaven.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Express". Lockhaven.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  11. ^ LHU Archive Home Page.
  12. ^ Children's Library. Lock Haven University.
  13. ^ LHU Recreation Center.
  14. ^ National Collegiate Boxing Association
  15. ^ van Bergen Bells, Lock Haven University.
  16. ^ International Studies. Lock Haven University.
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  18. ^ "Charlie Brenneman UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  19. ^ "Tim Boetsch UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
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  21. ^ "Sara McMann UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

External links[edit]

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