Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Lockhaven University logo.png
Endowment$7.5 million
PresidentRobert Pignatello
ProvostDonna Wilson
Academic staff
Students4,607 [1]
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNCAA Division IIPSAC
NicknameBald Eagles
MascotBald eagle

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (LHU) is a public university in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The main campus consists of 200 acres (81 ha) and the branch campus covers 12.9 acres (5.2 ha).[2] 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 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. The vacancy left by Willis was promptly filled by Keith T. Miller. Upon Miller's departure, Barbara Dixon, former president of Truman State University was appointed Interim President in 2010.[3] In 2011, Michael Fiorentino, Jr. became the president, until his retirement in 2018. The current president of Lock Haven University is Robert Pignatello.


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.
*- Halls that are scheduled to be demolished.

Hall name High Hall* McEntire Hall* North Hall Smith Hall Woolridge Hall Fairview Suites Campus Village
Completed in 1970 1969 1967 1958 1959 2012 1991
Number of students housed 203 400 208 248 205 684 170

Academic buildings[edit]

Durwachter Alumni Conference Center

Raub Hall[edit]

Completed in 1964.

Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center[edit]

Completed in 2007, the Durrwachter Center houses the Offices of Admissions, University Relations and Alumni Relations. The Foundation offices are also located in the Durrwachter Center. This area coordinates and manages philanthropic activities that support the university. Alumni Relations provides programs and services for over 30,000 graduates.

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. The building is scheduled to undergo a major renovation in 2021 following a comprehensive review of facilities usage.

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[4] 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. Ulmer Hall also houses the executive suite which includes the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

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. 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.[5] In October 2010, Governor Rendell signed a bill that gave 4 million dollars in funding.[6] 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.[7] The new science center officially opened for the Fall 2013 semester. It consists of expanded labs for all science majors other than computer science,[8] 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 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.[9] The previous Junior High School section of the facility now houses the Office of the Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP for Finance and Administration, as well as the University Controller's office, the Human Resources office, the LHU Small Business Development Center, the Office of Workforce Development and Testing Center, the Criminal Justice academic department, and several classrooms. The previous gymnasium building houses several classrooms, the Nanobites dining facility, and a large gymnasium used for athletic practices and special events. Plans exist for the gymnasium and supporting space within the building to be constructed into a Wrestling Center showcasing the strong Division I wrestling program, and a $1 million redevelopment capital grant has been approved by the Pennsylvania Governor's office to support that effort.[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 recently demolished and replaced by a green space which is part of the University Commons encompassing the space that previously also included Sullivan Hall.

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.[citation needed]

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. 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 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, an integrated TriCaster 8000 production system for audio and video production, 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 and many other programs.[citation needed]


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 its new and improved television studio, allowing easy access between the two stations. WLHU has a free format program schedule using a studio which broadcasts daily, as well as broadcasting many sporting events and other programs throughout the school year. Students have the ability to join the school's radio club and create their own radio station broadcast.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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 Student Auxiliary Services) who are responsible for seeing that the day-to-day functions for the organization. They are the following:

  • Budget Manager
  • Assistant Activities Director
  • Bookstore Staff


The bookstore at LHU is owned and operated by the Student Auxiliary Services. 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 Student Auxiliary Services (SAS) supports and funds over 140 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 SAS Office.

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]

Greek Life[edit]

Lock Haven University has 26 different Greek Organizations.

Honor & Service Societies:

Interfraternity Council:

Panhellenic Council:

National Pan-Hellenic Council:


Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon[edit]

Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon

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 Fonderie Paccard.[15]

Jury Fountain[edit]

Donated in 2003, the Jury Fountain was donated by Class of 1972 LHU Alumni, Ron Jury. During his time at The Haven, Ron was an active Brother of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity. He also served as the Lock Haven University Foundation President. He died in 2007, the plaque on the fountain reads,

"Dedicated to the enjoyment of students, alumni and friends of Lock Haven University as a testament to the many individuals who enhance the lives of students
Donated in 2003 by Ron Jury '72"

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]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ [1] Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived December 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Lock Haven - Governor Rendell approves $4 million in RCAP funding". Alumni.lhup.edu. 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  7. ^ ELIZABETH REGAN (eregan@lockhaven.com). "A groundbreaking day for LHU - Lockhaven.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Express". Lockhaven.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  8. ^ "Business & Computer Science". Lhup.edu. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  9. ^ WENDY STIVER (wstiver@lockhaven.com). "New LHU Science Center officially open - Lockhaven.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Express". Lockhaven.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  10. ^ "LHU gets $1M gift for wrestling center - News, Sports, Jobs - The Express". www.lockhaven.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. ^ LHU Archive Home Page Archived 2007-01-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Children's Library Archived 2007-01-13 at the Wayback Machine. Lock Haven University.
  13. ^ LHU Recreation Center Archived 2008-10-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ National Collegiate Boxing Association
  15. ^ van Bergen Bells, Lock Haven University.
  16. ^ International Studies Archived 2006-12-14 at the Wayback Machine. Lock Haven University.
  17. ^ "Jamie Varner UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  18. ^ "Charlie Brenneman UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  19. ^ "Tim Boetsch UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  20. ^ "Fashion and life - a balancing act: Brittani Kline's journey in the modeling industry". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  21. ^ "Sara McMann UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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