Highlights from 2017
2017 was an exciting year at Keystone College. Thanks to unique partnerships between Keystone, the local community, and our state government, several projects will have a dramatic impact upon the entire Keystone community for years to come. Take a look back at the accomplishments, awards, and announcements that made for a truly remarkable year, and an even brighter future.
Rendering of the new development project coming in Spring 2018.
New Development Project Announced
In the summer of 2017 Keystone announced a major development plan which will dramatically improve the quality of life for the College community and residents of Factoryville, La Plume, and surrounding areas. The new commercial building complex, located directly across from our signature row of Victorian homes, will include the region’s first Steak n’ Shake national franchise restaurant, a Dunkin’ Donuts Express coffee shop, the relocation of Keystone’s Follett Campus Shop, a health and fitness center, and a PS Bank.
New Online MBA
Keystone College continues to expand its selection of master’s degree programs with the introduction of an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Keystone Ranked “Best Colleges”
For the 11th consecutive year, Keystone College has been ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges in U.S. News & World Report.
Turock School of Arts and Sciences Named
Keystone College will pay tribute to members of the Turock family who have been loyal supporters of the college for decades by renaming the School of Arts and Sciences in their honor.
Class of 2021
The new academic year began with increased freshman enrollment after announcing the Keystone Commitment, Loan Repayment Assistance.
This year’s freshman class will total approximately 325 students, an increase of about 20 percent from the freshmen class a year ago. Students will come from 17 states across the nation, including many from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Science majors such as biology and environmental science will be the most popular majors for members of the Class of 2021, followed by majors such as education, business, criminal justice, and psychology.
Keystone Welcomed Its First Fulbright Scholar
The start of the 2017-18 academic year marked an important new beginning for Keystone College as we welcomed our first ever Fulbright Scholar to campus. Fulbright Scholar Rahman Bhuiyan, Ph.D. will teach literature courses during the fall and spring semesters.
Dr. Bhuiyan is an associate professor and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an institution of about 22,000 students. His department has about 6,000 students. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in contemporary literary theory, romanticism, twentieth-century fiction in English, and nineteenth-century British fiction.
Dr. Rahman Bhuiyan and his wife, Nuzhat Bhuiyan
Ribbon Cuttings and Dedications
Trolley Trail Ribbon Cutting
Keystone College and Countryside Conservancy celebrated the opening of a 1.5-mile segment of the Trolley Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony in August.
WKCV Radio Dedication
Keystone celebrated the new home of WKCV 103.5 FM over Homecoming and Family Weekend in October.
Boehm Hall Dedication
The former Keystone Commons residence hall was renamed Dr. Edward G. Boehm and Mrs. Regina E. Boehm Residence Hall earlier this year in honor of our beloved former president and his wife.
Photo courtesy of Chris Dolan/Scranton Times-Tribune.
2017 Total Eclipse Draws Huge Crowds to Observatory
August 21 was a day of scientific marvel and celebration as a solar eclipse crossed the nation from the northwest to the southeast United States. The Observatory hosted about 1,000 visitors from Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond who came to view this rare astronomical phenomenon.
26,000 Hours of Community Service
While special events such as the Trolley Trail grand opening and the solar eclipse viewing at the Observatory are indeed noteworthy, the Keystone College community is part of the larger community every week of the year. There is nothing that highlights that fact more than the 26,000 hours of volunteer service provided by Keystone students during the course of the academic year.
Athletic Highlights for 2017
- Keystone College’s men’s soccer team reached new heights in 2017 ending one of finest seasons in program history.
- Keystone added women’s golf as the 21st varsity sport for the KC Giants.
- A record 65 Keystone College student-athletes were named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference Winter/Spring 2017 CSAC All-Academic Team
- Keystone’s men’s baseball ended their season with a 3rd Place Finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional championships.