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WINTER 2006 

From the Executive Editor 

As I approach my second anniversary as Bloomsburg University's director 
of communications and executive editor of Bloomsburg: The University 
Magazine, I'm meeting more and more devoted BU alumni who hold this 
university close to their hearts. I hope each issue of this magazine updates 
all of our readers on what's happening on campus and in the lives of students, faculty, 
staff and alumni. 

As you'll recall, we added the class notes section, Husky Notes, to the magazine 
in fall 2004, and we're pleased with the positive feedback we've received. We 
also discovered that a word of explanation is necessary. In this day of instant 
communication, we've become accustomed to the immediacy of e-mail, Instant 
Messenger and the 24-hour news cycle. Bloomsburg: The University Magazine, 
however, works along more traditional lines like other print magazines, with 
deadlines about three months before our publication dates of Feb. 1, May 1 and 
Sept. 1. Interviews for this issue, for example, were conducted last October, and 
the announcements in the Husky Notes section arrived in the Alumni Affairs Office 
before Nov. 7. 

Although this magazine is published just three times annually, you can find an 
abundance of news online every day. Husky Notes are posted at the BU alumni 
global network site,, as soon as they arrive; campus events 
are added daily to the online calendar,; and news and scores 
are continuously updated at the sports Web site, Last fall, 
we introduced an online magazine. Today Plus,, 
as a showcase for exclusive features and longer campus news stories. 

We are proud of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine and, with each issue, 
strive to highlight interesting stories in an easily readable format. For that reason, 
you'll now find the "quick read" section, News Notes, in the front of the book, 
followed by our features. If you have a feature story suggestion, please send it to me 
at for our team's consideration. As always, items for Husky 
Notes — career accomplishments and announcements of marriages, births and 
deaths — should be sent to the Alumni Affairs Office at 

And, now, please sit back, relax and enjoy the latest issue of Bloomsburg: The 
University Magazine. 

J*jo- &»*ot^t 

Liza Benedict 

Editor's note: President Jessica Kozlojfs column, From the President's Desk, will return in 
the spring 2006 issue of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine. 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is 
a member of the Pennsylvania State System 
of Higher Education 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher 
Education Board of Governors 

as of December 2005 

Kenneth E. Jarin, Chair 

Kim E. Lyttle, Vice Chair 

CR. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Mark Collins Jr. 

Marie A. Conley Lammando 

Nathan R. Conroy 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Michael K. Hanna 

David P. Holveck 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Allison Peitz 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

James j- Rhoades 

Christine J. Toretti Olson 

Aaron A. Walton 

Gerald L, Zahorcak 

Chancellor, State System of Higher Education 

Judy G. Hample 

Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees 

A.William Kelly 71, Chair 
Robert J. Gibble '68, Vice Chair 
Steven B. Barth, Secretary 
Ramona H. Alley 
Marie Conley Lammando '94 
Roben Dampman '65 
LaRoy G. Davis '67 
Charles C. Housenick '60 
Joseph J. Mowad 
David J. Petrosky 
Jennifer Shymansky '06 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge Kozloff 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 

Co- Editors 

Eric Foster 
Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Doug Hippenstiel '68, '81M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistants 

Lyneite Mong '08 
Emily Watson '08 


Snavely Associates, Ltd 

Art Director 

Debbie Shephard 


Curt Woodcock 

Cover Photography 

Eric Foster 

On the Cover 

Doug Hippenstiel retires next month after a 
quarter century as director of Alumni Affairs. 

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Bloomsburg University is an AA/EEO institution 
and is accessible to disabled persons. Bloomsburg 
University is committed to affirmative action by 
way of providing equal educational and employ- 
ment opportunities for all persons without regard 
to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, 
ancestry, disability or veteran status. 


Page 6 Beauty and Brains 

Passersby see an elegant mansion; entrepreneurs 
see the latest technology and an abundance of 
opportunities arising from a strong relationship 
with BU's Institute for Interactive Technologies. 
The Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center offers 
firms the facilities and services they need to grow 
their businesses while creating internships and 
employment for current students and recent grads. 

Page 10 The Super 

When Jim McBride 70 retired from the Air Force 
and then a school superintendent position, he 
thought he had found his ideal retirement job. He 
never expected to lead the Wyoming Department 
of Education and be responsible for the education 
of the state's 78,000 students. 

Page 14 Rising with the Sun 

Owner of Sun Buick Pontiac GMC in Moosic, Pa., 
Lori Guitson '87 was the first to complete GM's 
Women's Retail Initiative program. Guitson has 
learned through sports and professional endeavors 
that being successful is not enough; she has to be 
her best. 

Page 16 Husky Heart 

Doug Hippenstiel's love for BU can be seen in 
his dedication to alumni and his impressive 
collection of husky memorabilia. Hippenstiel '68 
will retire next month from his post as director 
of Alumni Affairs, but he'll remain a Husky 
through and through. 

Page 20 Witness to History 

Most people have seen the devastation of war and conflict in Afghanistan 
on television, but James McCormack '90/'93M, BU's assistant director of 
residence life for administration and technology, saw it firsthand during a 
10-month tour of duty that put his skills and training to the test. 

Page 22 Funding the Future 

Scholarships play an integral role in the life of a university, but they need 
a place from which to build. The BU Foundation, a separate organization 
dedicated to supporting BU, provides just that. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 23 Husky Notes 

Page 31 Calendar of Events 

Page 32 Over the Shoulder 

WINTER 2006 

News Notes 

Devoted to Benton 

Native^ will funds BU scholarship 

Thomas Diltz left Benton, Pa., in the early- 
1940s, but his love for his hometown lasted a 
lifetime. As a monument to his affection for the 
small Columbia County community, Diltz 
established a scholarship that will help Benton 
residents attend BU. The first scholarship will 
be awarded in fall 2006. 

Diltz willed more than $98,000 to the 
Bloomsburg University Foundation to establish 
an annual scholarship for BU freshmen who 
graduate from Benton Area High School. Diltz, 
who earned bachelor's and master's degrees 
from the University of Texas, is connected to 
BU through his brother, Carl Diltz '43. 

Carl Diltz says his brother graduated from 
Benton High School in 1941, enrolled in a 10- 
week engineering school in Bloomsburg and then moved to 
Philadelphia to study with the Signal Corps. He joined the 
U.S. Navy in 1943, was stationed in New York, Illinois, Iowa 
and Oklahoma, and became an aviation cadet. 

After his discharge, he earned fine arts degrees from the 
University of Texas. He made films for the Texas University 
Extension Program, moving to the publications department of 
the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission where he worked 
until his retirement. He remained in Texas, where he died in 
February 2004 at the age of 80. 

Thomas Diltz spent time in front of the camera while working for 
the Texas University Extension Program. 

"Tom and his wife had no children, and I talked with 
him about his will," Carl Diltz says. "We discussed how he 
could create something for the people of Benton. He loved 
Benton, and he liked that he could do something for Benton 
and as a memorial to our folks." 

For information on establishing a scholarship 
through the Bloomsburg University Foundation, call 
(570) 389-4524. 

Sharmistha Banerjee, 
left, spent the fall semester 
teaching at BU. At right 
is Ruhul Amin, manage- 
ment professor. 

Business Specialist 

BU hosts Fulbright scholar from Calcutta 

Sharmistha Banerjee, a senior lecturer at the 
University of Calcutta, helped management 
professor Ruhul Amin and adjunct faculty member 
Steve Hibbard teach three classes last fall. Banerjee, 
who has 10 years of teaching experience, was 
one of five faculty from India selected from among 
141 applicants for the fellowship. 

A specialist in small business management and 
entrepreneurship, Banerjee says that India benefits 
from having a relatively large labor pool and citizens 
with a relatively high level of skills. She notes, 
however, that many of the businesses in India are 
family-run without records being kept or taxes paid. 

The most important thing for Americans to 
appreciate about India is its diversity. "We have 
3,500 years of heritage," she says. "It is so diverse, 
yet it is still one country. The food, the language and 
the clothing change when you travel 200 miles." 

Most Indians speak three languages, adds 
Banerjee: a vernacular language; Hindi, the official 
language of India; and English. 

Banerjee and Amin presented a paper, "Compara- 
tive Small Business Effectiveness: Toward a 
Model," at the International Business and Economic 
Research Conference. The presentation was 
nominated for best paper at the conference. 




Extreme Makeover 

Husky mascot gets a, new look 

BU mascot Roongo's extreme makeover 
was revealed last fall at the football game 
opening the Huskies' undefeated season. 
Here Roongo takes a break from cheering 
to pose with BU President Jessica Kozloff, 
her husband Steve and their children and 
grandchildren. Shown, left to right, seated 
are Kyle Kozloff, his wife Emme and their 
daughter Lily. Standing, second row, are 
the Kozloffs' grandsons, Ethan Collins 
and Cameron Kozloff. Standing, back 
row, are Becky Kozloff Collins holding 
daughter Libby, her husband Jeff Collins, 
Roongo and Jessica and Steve Kozloff. 

Applied Chemist 

BU professor contributes to Nobel Prize-winning research 

A first-year professor has first- 
hand knowledge of the research 
that won the 2005 Nobel Prize in 
chemistry for Robert H. Grubbs of 
the California Institute of 
Technology. John P. Morgan 
contributed six papers and five 
patents to Grubbs' work, which 
was recognized for its impact on 
environmentally safe chemistry 
and its potential uses in the 
medical field. 

Grubbs' research focused on 
creating compounds that make 
reactions faster and more 
effective. His research team 
learned N-heterocyclic carbene 
catalysts accelerated reactions 
by more than one hundred times. 
"Not only did they speed up 
reactions considerably, but they 
allowed us to make compounds 
that we couldn't make before," 
Morgan said. This technology 

allows for the creation of 
natural polymers, such as 
plastics or rubbery materials 
and pharmaceuticals. 

Morgan, who worked with 
Grubbs for more than five years 
as a graduate student at 
Caltech, said an important 
component of the research is 
its contribution to green 
chemistry. According to 
Morgan, the polymers that 
Grubbs' team created could be 
made degradable. The catalysts 
can also be used to produce 
pharmaceuticals without 
negative ecological effects. 
Currently, many drugs come 
from biological sources. 

Morgan credits Grubbs with 
teaching him the importance of 
applied chemistry. "When Bob 
came into this business, he 
was surrounded by inorganic 

John P. Morgan 

chemists who cared about the 
theory of chemistry. He became 
known in the field for applying 
those theories and was able to 
see and utilize the practicality 
of chemistry," Morgan said. 
Currently, Morgan is inter- 
ested in using N-heterocyclic 
carbenes for ecological and 
medical purposes. Because 
they are strong metal binders, 
carbenes can be used to clean 
up metal from waste streams. 

He is also interested in their 
use in biological organisms. 
Metals that are used to combat 
diseases, particularly cancer, 
can have a negative immune 
response. Morgan hopes 
carbenes can be used to 
disguise the metals so the 
body's immune system doesn't 
combat them. 

WINTER 2006 

News Notes 

Retiring Dean 

Liu retires from Liberal Arts, 
Agbango serves as interim dean 

Hsien-Tung Liu, dean of the College of 

Liberal Arts, retired in January after 

14 years at Bloomsburg University. Liu's 

academic background includes a bachelor's Hsien-Tung Liu 

and a master's degree in English and a doctoral degree in public policy. 

In his retirement, he is returning to California. 

In his time at BU, Liu was an advocate 
for liberal arts education, academic rigor 
and the work of faculty. He instituted the 
Dean's Award for Excellence several years 
ago to recognize faculty for their teaching 
and research. 

George Agbango, professor of political 
science, is serving as interim dean of Liberal 
Arts until a permanent dean is named. Prior 
to coming to Bloomsburg University in 1 990, 
George Agbango Agbango taught at Clark Atlanta University 

and at Spelman College, both in Atlanta. A native of Ghana, Agbango 
was elected a Member of Parliament of the Ghana National Assembly 
in 1979. In 1981, Agbango was Ghana's accredited delegate to the 
United Nations General Assembly. Following political instability in 
Ghana, Agbango left Africa in 1 983 to pursue advance studies in the 
United States. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree in political 
science from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, and master's of public 
administration degree from Atlanta University. 

New Trustee 

Bloomsburg native appointed 

Bloomsburg native Charles C. "Nick" House- 
nick '60 was appointed to BU's Council of 
Trustees last fall. A councilman with the 
Town of Bloomsburg for the past 12 years, 
Charles 'Nick' Housenick chaired the town's parking and 
Housenick municipal authorities and is a past director of 

the Bloomsburg Rotary Club, Columbia Montour Chamber 
of Commerce and Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth. 
Professionally, he's had two distinct careers: as president 
and general manager of the former Housenick Motor Co. and 
as an account executive with the financial planning firms of 
E.F. Hutton and Co., Williamsport, and, since 1989, with 
Oppenheimer and Co., Bloomsburg. 

Each of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State 
System of Higher Education is advised by a Council of Trust- 
ees whose members are recommended by the governor and 
approved by the state Senate. 

Jamar Brit tingham runs through the Red Raider defense during the 
Sept. 10 match-up that saw BU beat Shippensburg 49-21. 

Face in the Crowd 

Brittingham comes in third for Harlon Hill trophy, is 
featured in SI 

Sophomore tailback Jamar 
Brittingham of Levittown 
finished third for the 2005 
Harlon Hill Award honoring 
NCAA Division IFs college 
football player of the year. 
Brittingham, who was featured 
in Sports lllustrated's "Faces 
in the Crowd" section in late 
October 2005, was one of 
26 candidates overall and 
just the second sophomore to 
be named to the top three since 1987. 

During the 2005 season, Brittingham led the country in 
rushing yards per game with 187.5 and in scoring average 
with 17.5 points per game. He totaled 2,060 yards rushing 
and was named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the 
Year. He also earned PSAC East Player of the Week five 
times during the season. 

Bloomsburg's only Harlon Hill winner is Irv Sigler '99 
who won the award in 1997. 

Jamar Brittingham 


Volunteer Responder 

Simpson member of state radiation team 

David Simpson, associate professor of physics and applied 
technology, has joined Pennsylvania's Radiological Assis- 
tance Program. One of a team of about 40 volunteers across 
the state, Simpson may respond to radiological incidents 
where he will advise the on-scene commander regarding 
issues and hazards. As a member of this team, Simpson has 
been issued a set of radiation instruments from the state to 
use in this response. The team provides the Pennsylvania 
Emergency Management Agency with the capability of 
calling on radiation safety experts from across the state to 
respond as needed to a radiation incident. 

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Nathan Conroy 

David Simpson will use these radiation instruments as a volunteer 
with Pennsylvania's Radiological Assistance Program. 

At the State Level 

CGA president joins Board of Governors 

BU's Community Government 
Association president was 
appointed to the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher Educa- 
tion's Board of Governors 
last fall. Nathan Conroy of 
Nescopeck, a senior majoring 
in secondary education and 
history, will hold the position 
until he graduates. 

To be eligible, a student must be serving as president of 
the student government association at one of the 14 State 
System universities. The nominee's name works its way 
from the State System chancellor's office to the Board of 
Governors and then to the governor for review. After the 
governor reviews the students' qualifications, names are sent 
to the state Senate for a vote. 

Conroy has been involved with the CGA since his 
sophomore year. He also is president of the Orientation 
Workshop Leaders, known as OWLs. He serves as chair of 
the Kehr Union board and new student organizations 
committee. Conroy is active in the Model United Nations, 
University Democrats, Democracy Matters, History Club 
and Political Organization for Student Involvement. 

As president of CGA, he also has a seat on the Blooms- 
burg University Foundation Board of Directors. The 
PASSHE Board of Governors consists of 20 members that 
plan and coordinate development and operation of the 
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 

Artists Unite 

Student group raises $742 for 
Katrina victims 

BU's Student Art Association responded last fall 
to an appeal from Louisiana State University made 
through the National Association for Schools of 
Art and Design. The students held an art sale that 
raised $742 to purchase art supplies for LSU students 
affected by Hurricane Katrina. Shown during the 
sale are, at right, student Jes Engle, who displays 
a ceramic piece by faculty member Karl Beamer 
and, far right, Leigh Wetterau, president of the BU 
Student Art Association, who prices works 
while Nicole Clark and Matthew Bonner shop. 

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and Brains 

Small towns generally aren't seen as the hub of the 
latest technology. Bloomsburg's new Regional Technology 
Center aims to change that perception with a partnership 
of BU faculty and alumni, entrepreneurs, community 
members, and state and local government officials who have 
created a facility where business opportunities are nurtured 
while keeping young graduates in the region. 


len talking about what sets the 
recently opened Bloomsburg 
Regional Technology Center apart, 
Mark T. Burke points to a wall jack 
with three telephone connection- 
like ports. 

Throughout the elegant, white- 
pillared mansion, these simple- 
looking jacks allow easy access for 
cable, computer networking or 
telephone connections. 

"We aren't just limited to sitting 
someone in a certain area with one 
computer," says Burke, director of 
Keystone National High School, an 
accredited provider of distance 
learning programs. "If in a given 
month we need to add three 
people, we're ready to go — no run- 
ning wires across the ceiling or 
trying to figure out how to get 
them service." 

Burke is also quick to point out 
that the beauty of the carefully 
preserved historic mansion and its 
cleverly blended modern infra- 
structure is only pan of the reason 
Keystone became the center's first 
tenant when it opened in July 
2005, and why at least four others 
have already followed suit. 

Key to the center's success, 
according to Burke and others, is 
the strong relationship between 
the faculty and graduate students 
in Bloomsburg University's Insti- 
tute for Interactive Technologies 
and the technology industry. For 
years, the university has been a 
valuable resource for technology 
firms, with faculty able to consult 
on projects and well-trained 
student interns who often become 
prized employees. 


Mark T. Burke '99M shows off the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center, 
home of Keystone National High School. 

At least five years ago the idea 
was bom to take that relationship a 
step further by creating a center 
that could serve as an incubator for 
new technology firms, as well as 
first-class space for established 
firms. Companies in the center 
could benefit from the nearby 
expertise afforded by the univer- 
sity, and a thriving tech center 
could be a catalyst for attracting 
other technology firms to the area. 

"The tech center is a marvelous 
building," says Tim Phillips, chair 
of the university's Department of 
Instructional Technology and 
director of the Institute for Interac- 
tive Technologies. "This is a 
tum-of-the-century building that 
has been reborn." 

Attracting companies to the 
area is a win all the way around, 
Phillips says. "These are the types 
of jobs that will attract people and 

also keep our graduates in the area, 
keeping that expertise in the com- 
munity. As it grows, the benefits 
ripple out, stores benefit, housing 
benefits from it, but it starts small." 

Burke, who earned a master's 
degree in interactive technologies 
from Bloomsburg in 1999, is a 
perfect example. He started as an 
intern with Keystone in 1999 
when the company created its 
online course offerings and then 
became a full-time employee. 
The company, which serves more 
than 25,000 students worldwide, 
depends on Bloomsburg's technol- 
ogy program and its students 
and faculty. 

The university's Institute for 
Interactive Technologies also plans 
to open an office in the center, 
which Burke says will further help 
companies access the expertise 
they need. "The connection is 
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critical for us," he says, adding that 
interns from the university work on 
everything from marketing to devel- 
oping new online animation and 
graphics. "They come in here know- 
ing what we need to get done; drey 
have the skills we need, and we 
couldn't do it without them." 

In addition to Keystone, the 
center now houses Conveyor Co., 
an engineering office that designs 
power plant equipment; RGT 
Associates, a marketing firm that 
helps housing developers in New 
Jersey, New York and Connecticut; 
and Keynetx Inc., a firm that 
provides Web hosting and 
consulting services. 

The Bloomsburg Regional Tech- 
nology Center's first big step toward 
becoming a reality came in 2002, 
when Elks members sold their 
former lodge on Market Street to the 
Columbia Alliance for Economic 
Growth, a non-profit affiliate of the 
Columbia Montour Chamber of 
Commerce. The mansion, located 
near Market Square, was built by a 
town physician around 1900. 

Working with the chamber and 
the university were Bloomsburg offi- 
cials and Ben Franklin Technology 
Partners, an organization created 
and funded by the state to spearhead 
technology business development. 
The $4 million project also benefited 
from strong support from Sen. John 
Gordner and Gov. Ed Rendell, as 
well as from two Bloomsburg grads, 
former Gov. Mark Schweiker 75 
and state Rep. David Millard '88. 

Larry Seibert, regional manager 
for Ben Franklin, says it just made 
sense to build on the relationship the 
university already had with technol- 
ogy companies. 

The Keystone High School staff includes these BU graduates, left to right: Kristie 
Feola Schaffer '93/'01M, Vanessa Klingensmith '99M, Dorie Dowhower-Henrie 
'89r01M, Charles Wachira '99/'03M, Kelly Higgins Millar '99M, Susan Soozie' 
Hummel '76/'82M, Barbara Cotner Laidacker '94M and Ginger Phillips Morgan 
Shaffer '94/'01M. 

"When you look at one of the 
biggest reasons young professionals 
leave an area, it's because they don't 
find the kind of challenging jobs 
they are looking for in their field," 
said Seibert, who received a master's 
in education from Bloomsburg in 
1978. "Having this kind of facility 
brings to the area companies in the 
high-tech field that can convince 
professionals to stay here and have 
their families here." 

Gordner, who also sits on Ben 
Franklin's board, says he was 
intrigued with the idea of harness- 
ing the "gem" represented by the 
university's technology school and 
using it to influence economic 
development off campus. 

Gordner helped secure $ 1 million 
in state capital project funding 
that had been set aside by Govs. 
Schweiker and Rendell. Additionally, 
he pushed to get the site recognized 
as a Keystone Innovation Zone. The 
program, created under Rendell, 
provides incentives for projects that 
partner with colleges and universities 
to attract industry. 

Firms locating in the Greater 
Susquehanna Keystone Innovation 
Zone, which includes the tech 
center, may be eligible for tax 
credits next year, according to the 
Columbia Alliance. 

"I'm a believer in technology, and 
I have seen other incubator-type 
projects succeed around the state," 
Gordner says. "I think we'll be very 
successful in encouraging recent 
graduates to start new businesses at 
the tech center and encouraging 
existing businesses to set up satellite 
offices in the tech center, using 
either (Bloomsburg technology) 
students or graduates." 

Ed Edwards, president of the 
Chamber of Commerce and the 
Alliance, says the community already 
has benefited from the project. 

"We wanted to be able to reclaim 
that building for the community and 
preserve its architectural features," 
Edwards says, adding that town 
leaders were concerned that the 
mansion's architectural significance, 
which mixes Greek revival and 
Victorian styles, would be lost for 
future generations. 

Their efforts paid off. Obvious 
care was taken in restoring the deep 
wood paneling in the building's 
entrance area, where visitors find a 
stately fireplace against the far wall 
and a grand staircase to the right. 
One office off the lobby features yet 
another huge fireplace. 

A wall-to-wall oriental rag graces 
the lobby, and on the two upper 


Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center 

The Greek revival and Victorian mansion was built around 1900 by a 
town physician. Before being purchased by the Columbia Alliance for 
Economic Growth in 2002, it was the local Elks lodge. 

The extensive, $4 million renovation 
preserved the mansion's charm, including 
original woodwork, stained and leaded 
glass windows and original hardwood 
floors on the upper levels. Building 
highlights include: 

• 18,000 square feet of leasable space 
on four floors (including the completely 
renovated basement). 

• Dedicated fiber optic trunk to building with flexible, secure, high- 
speed connections to each office. 

• Building-wide cable television distribution system. 

• Conference rooms on each floor that can be shared by tenants. Shared 
assets also include break rooms and a shower and changing area. 

• Keyless entry system and video surveillance. 

• Tenant control of heating/cooling, which is included in the lease rate. 

• For more information, contact the Columbia Alliance for Economic 
Growth at (570) 784-2522 or on the Web at 

SOURCE: Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth 

levels, the wooden floors have been 
restored. Plenty of windows 
throughout give natural light to the 
offices on all levels, even in the 
basement, which has been renovated 
with wide hallways. 

Edwards, a 1973 Bloomsburg 
grad, says location also was a factor 

State Sen. John Gordncr takes part in the 
dedication of the Regional Technology Center. 

as organizers wanted a site close to 
downtown, hoping to generate 
further economic benefits for 
Bloomsburg's main business district. 
Karl Kapp, a professor of instruc- 
tional technology and assistant 
director of the Institute for Interac- 
tive Technologies, says additional 
companies have 
expressed interest in the 
tech center. He foresees 
more technology firms 
moving to the area, both 
into the tech center 
and close to it, creating 
more job opportunities 
for graduates who 
want to stay in the area. 

The value of the 
internship opportunities 
with these companies 
cannot be overstated, he 
says. "We can talk until 
we're blue in the face 
and read all we want 

about technology companies and 
how they work. But it's not until a 
student is actually under the 
pressure of a deadline or talking to 
the president of a small start-up 
company about what it's like to 
work with clients and get a product 
out the door — that's when they get 
a real understanding." 

Lisa Verge's career path illustrates 
how local opportunities can keep 
grads in the area. After receiving an 
undergraduate degree in biology 
from Bloomsburg in 1996 and then 
a master's in instructional technol- 
ogy in 1998, Verge went to Prince- 
ton, N.J. Knowing she wanted to 
return to the Bloomsburg area, her 
employer, which 
creates online instructional courses 
for workers, agreed in 1999 to set 
up a branch office in Bloomsburg. 

Verge says it was difficult at the 
time to find suitable office space, 
and she thinks the tech center fills 
the void. With shared conference 
rooms and the ability to lease 
varying amounts of space, she 
believes the center will attract big 
firms looking to expand and smaller 
ones looking to test the waters. 

Verge says her firm has hired 
Bloomsburg technology graduates 
and brought on interns. EduNeer- also has benefited from 
consulting with the experts at 
the university. 

"We're very interested in looking 
to the future, beyond what we're 
doing today," Verge says. "The 
(instructional technology) program 
at the university does a good job of 
keeping up to date in a rapidly 
changing industry." b 

Jack Sherzer is a professional writer 
and Pennsylvania native. He lives 
in Harrisburg. 

WINTER 2006 






Jim McBride 70 keeps trying to retire. 
He retired as a full colonel from the 
Air Force and as superintendent of a 
school district east of Denver. He even 
thought hed found his retirement 
niche: A back-office job managing 
federal programs and distance learning 
for the Wyoming Department of Education, a post that put Jim and his wife 
Sandi close to their daughter Monique's family in Cheyenne, Wyo. 

But hostilities broke into open warfare between Trent Blankenship, the 
state school superintendent, and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal late in 
the summer of 2005. Blankenship resigned in the middle of his term, which 
officially ends in January 2007. The leadership was failing, badly, and with 
public recriminations. 

"Several people inside and outside the department had gotten to know 
me," McBride recalls. "They said, 'Why don't you put your name in the hat?' 
I'm not politically connected. I thought I had no chance at all." 

What really pushed him into the ring were the nominees. McBride 
describes the department as a very complex and difficult organization. "There 
were people who were just politicians who were talking about running. 
They hadn't read No Child Left Behind — they couldn't even spell NCLB!" 

His wife said, "Why complain? Why not just fix it?" 

"So here I am," he says. 

And there went his retirement. Again. 

In many ways, it's a dream job. "Wyoming's on the crest of an economic 
boom that's going to last another decade. We not only have the ability, 
but we have the funds to make this happen. It's going to be a neat ride," 
McBride says. 

Economic boom: Donkey wells plunging and rising filled with oil 24/7, 
mile-long trains of coal bound for Cheyenne and points east, tractors 
churning up bentonite on "farms" near the Montana border, trains loaded 
with soda ash in the southwestern part of the state, cattle spread out 
through sagebrush and wheat grass, wind energy farms near Laramie, 
hunting, fishing, fabulous scenery, rumors of opals and gold. If it can be 
dug up, pumped out, scraped off, harvested, butchered, shot at, cast for, 
Continued on next page 

WINTER 2006 

'The thing that's often missing 
in education is real leadership.' 

—Jim McBride '70 

or even looked at, Wyoming has it for sale. And it's a 
seller's market. 

The state is under a court order to improve its school 
facilities — and in its fourth lawsuit over financing — 
which means spending SI billion or more in school 
construction statewide. Thanks to Wyoming's wealth, 
McBride doesn't have to scrounge for the money. 

Still, he says, "Even in a boom, you ought to be fis- 
cally responsible. You ought to be able to control costs." 

Right now, each Wyoming school district is hiring an 
architectural firm and creating plans for its dream 
school. "Then they submit the plan to us, and we tell 
them we can't pay for it. One was four times per square 
foot the going rate. If we're not careful, there'll be a one- 
upsmanship that will end in the Taj Mahal construction." 

To avoid that, McBride has suggested the state offer 
its districts a handful of basic plans, along with an a la 
carte list of extras that the districts pay for themselves. 
"A small elementaty, a large elementary, middle schools, 
high schools, maybe even a junior high," he says. "I want 
to help guide the facilities commission so that we build 
some of these and then when the community is ready, 
take them through and say, What's wrong with this?' 
We've got to be very careful to develop some criteria." 

The state's also sitting on a S440 million trust fund 
that will allow free college educations for Wyoming 
students — Hathaway scholarships, in honor of former 
Gov. Stan Hathaway. "That's going to happen," McBride 
states. "That's absolutely going to happen." 

He sees the scholarships as a way to draw young 
families to Wyoming with the knowledge that their 
children can go to college for free. "It will end in im- 
proved graduation rates, better learning, an economic 
development boom — it's almost pick-a-category." 

Though legislation for the scholarships won't be 
passed until sometime this spring, McBride and his staff 
have already started developing rules, writing story- 
boards for commercials and hiring staff. 

On this snowy October day, he's just returned from 
Hathaway's funeral, and he pauses and says, 'What 
better way to honor him?" 

One dark cloud over the scholarships: Wyoming's 
reputation for harboring diploma mills. Because of a 
legal loophole, the state is the nominal home of numer- 
ous "colleges" that give out worthless degrees, and all 
that Hathaway scholarship money provides a delectable 
lure. McBride plans to close that loophole by requiring 

that all institutions of higher learning be accredited. He 
believes once the diploma mills see what they have to 
do, they'll turn tail and run. 

A few months into his tenure, McBride had already 
garnered kudos from just about everyone. He's a Repub- 
lican appointed by a Democratic governor. Just weeks 
into his job, he slashed 5450,000 from the budget, and 
he placed one of his competitors for the job in a deputy 
superintendent position, "showing that he can build 
bridges as well as tear down palaces," according to an 
editorial in the Casper Star-Tribune. 

"The thing that's often missing in education is real 
leadership," he says. "I've had a lot of experience in the 
military and lots and lots and lots of practice... and I 
genuinely like people." 

So what's next for McBrides schools? 

In windswept Wyoming, where one county can be 
as large as Connecticut and have a population of 4,900 
people, where the drive to a full-service grocery store 
may be 60 miles one way, where "neighbors" sometimes 
live 15 miles apart, McBride is enthused about the 
possibilities of computers and distance education. 

"On any given day, we have about the same number 
of kids in school in the entire state (about 78,000) as 
some large urban districts. Many of our 48 school 
districts have less than 350 kids, many have numerous 
frontier schools — more rural than 'rural.' Graduating 
classes of six, 10, 14 aren't uncommon," he says. "One 
of the biggest challenges is for us to make every effort at 
equal access and equal education — the legal decision out 
of the last lawsuit says, 'the best the state can provide.' " 

That's where computers and video come in. 
Suppose, he proposes, Mrs. Smith teaches math, but 
there are only seven students in the class and only two 
want to take her math class. Why not hook her up to 
several schools throughout the state and have her teach 
the class that way? He's optimistic and excited about 
the possibilities. 

Will McBride run for a full term as state superinten- 
dent when this partial term ends? "I'm not ready to 
make that announcement yet." he says, "but I can't 
imagine having accomplished everything I want to do 
in the brief time remaining. I love what I do, and it truly 
is a great time to be in education in Wyoming!" b 

Laurie Creasy, a Pennsylvania native, now writes and edits 
in Wyoming 






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Christa McAulifFe, the first teacher in space, Kerry 
Gordon of Danville is learning to educate toddlers 
and young children. 

A scholarship funded by contributions to Bloomsburg 
University Foundation makes that possible. Learn 
how you can help other BU students like Kerry reach 
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College is like a four-year driver's education course that prepares you for the trip 
down life's superhighway. At graduation, you receive your "license" and carefully 
merge onto a road. But, instead of the expected journey, you may find yourself taking 
an interesting detour. That's what happened to Lori Guitson '87. 

the Sun 


Lori Guitson learned the meaning 
of the word "drive" long before she 
sold a Saturn. . .or a Buick. . .or a 
Pontiac. She learned it while 
competing and coaching on Softball 
diamonds and field hockey fields. 

Guitson graduated from Blooms- 
burg University in 1987 with a degree 
in secondary education/math. She 
planned, of course, to teach and did 
for a short time. She also tried her 
hand at coaching, spending a year at 
Marywood University in Scranton 
where she led the Softball team to a 
24-3 record and an Eastern States 
Athletic Conference (ESAC) champi- 
onship in 1988. 

From there, she moved on to 
Mansfield University. "I enjoyed the 
position there coaching field hockey 
and Softball, but just didn't really care 
for the area. I came back and started 
to substitute, but didn't like that as 
much as I liked teaching and coach- 
ing," Guitson explains. 

Then life's detour led Guitson in a 
new direction. A help-wanted ad for 
a new Saturn store in the Allentown 
area tempted her to veer off the educa- 
tion route. She found she liked the 
challenge and competitiveness of sell- 
ing cars, and after trying to get back on 
the path to an education career, she 
realized that a future in the automotive 
industry fit her like a bucket seat. 

Guitson spent 1 1 years at Saturn 
and served as the franchise's sales 

manager and general sales manager 
before deciding it was time to buy her 
own dealership. She resigned from 
her position at Saturn and entered the 
General Motors Women's Retail Initia- 
tive program, designed to increase the 
presence of women in the automotive 
industry. For almost two years, 
Guitson studied at the National Auto- 
mobile Dealers Association Academy 
in McLean, Va., and worked in various 
dealerships to gain experience in 
service, sales and parts. 

"I was the first female to get into 
the program, and I was the first female 
to complete the program from A to Z 
and get my dealership," she explains. 

In January 2004, she became the 
owner of Sun Buick Pontiac GMC 
in Moosic, Pa., where she heads a 
crew of 28 employees who sell and 
service new Buick, Pontiac and GMC 
vehicles and used vehicles of any 
make or model. 

Sun's philosophy is simple and 
resonates with values from Guitson's 
years with Saturn. "We believe," she 
says, "you can take care of your 
customer, be honest, be straightfor- 
ward and still be in business." 

"My goal is not just to sell one 
person one car. I need to sell a 
lifetime of cars to them, plus their 
family and friends. To retain business, 
we treat the customer like a family 
member," Guitson says. 

Guitson, who drives 45 minutes 
from Lehighton to Moosic each day, 
says the commute allows her to test 
drive many of the vehicles sold at Sun. 
Her recent favorites include a Pontiac 
Solstice and a Pontiac G6 coupe. 

She believes playing sports pre- 
pared her for business by teaching 

her to be competitive, to set goals and 
not to settle for mediocrity. She was 
the first girl to play on her Little 
League team and then went on to soft- 
ball and basketball at Pittston (Pa.) 
Area High School. She played Softball 
and field hockey at BU and still holds 
two individual goalkeeping records: 
235 shots against for a season and 
457 shots against in a career. And she 
was a member of the 1984 BU Field 
Hockey Championship Team. 

Who has most influenced her 
career? "As far as my drive and my 
success, Jan Hutchinson, my field 
hockey and Softball coach at BU," 
she says. 

'Winning wasn't enough. We had 
to play our best," Guitson says of 
the coach who, last fall, earned her 
1,500th career victory. "I guess I carry 
that philosophy throughout my life, 
that being successful is not enough 
for me. I need to be my best, and 
I want to be the best I can be at what- 
ever I am doing." 

In Guitson's office, several gates 
are strategically placed to confine her 
golden retriever, Cosmo. Could they 
be a metaphor for the hurdles Guitson 
has overcome to achieve her level 
of success? Possibly. But, she defdy 
maneuvers around these, just as she 
cleared the hurdles that stood in 
her way as she drove toward buying 
Sun Buick Pontiac GMC and cultivat- 
ing its success, b 

Freelance writer Dawn Leas is the 
associate director of admission 
for Wyoming Seminary Lower 
School. She lives with her family in 
northeastern Pennsylvania. 

WINTER 2006 


Doug Hippenstiel '68/'81M has lived 
most of his life within a few miles of 
Bloomsburg University, so he was a 
natural for the post of Alumni Affairs 
director. After almost 26 years at 
the helm, he's preparing to retire from 
an Alumni Association he steered 
into the 21st century. 


■ MM Mj hen you step inside Douglas I [ippenstiel's 
MM mm office blue Husky eyes greet you from all 
MW Incomers. Plush Huskies and framed Huskies, 
a Husky welcome mat and a Husky footstool, Husky 
ornaments and Husky statues. Almost 26 years worth 
of Husky collecting lines the shelves, desk, windowsills 
and floor of the office of the director of Alumni Affairs 
in Fenstemaker Alumni House. 

"I can't see anything Husky and not buy it," says 
Hippenstiel, who even pondered a real Husky puppy 
before realizing he valued his furniture too much to 
take his obsession that far. 

Hippenstiel's professional dedication to all things 
Husky ends on March 31, 2006, when he will retire 
after 26 years as director of Alumni Affairs. The Alumni 
Association will honor his longtime commitment and 
lengthy list of accomplishments with a special event 
this spring. 

The man whom BU President Jessica Kozloff has 
called "Mr. Maroon and Gold" actually became a Husky 
long before he moved into the director's office. He grew 
up just a few miles down the road in Lightstreet and 
enrolled at the university in 1964. "If it hadn't been for 
Bloomsburg, I probably wouldn't have been able to go 
to college," says Hippenstiel, whose family couldn't 
afford expensive tuition. 

He enrolled as a history major, but "everybody told 
me I'd never get a job teaching history," so he switched 
to English. To this day, he quips that he doesn't take 
any student's choice of major seriously until com- 
mencement. "I try to comfort parents by saying, This is 
their opportunity to explore.' " 

After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1968, 
Hippenstiel taught English for three years in the Central 
Columbia and Danville Area school districts before 
signing on with what was then the Morning Press — 
now Press Enterprise — in Bloomsburg as a reporter. 
"That was a tough decision because I loved teaching," 
Hippenstiel recalls. 

However, he also loved journalism, and his experi- 
ence in the field went back to seventh grade, when he 

began helping with the school newspaper. For two 
years in college, he had worked part-time for the 
Danville News as a reporter/photographer, and he had 
been a stringer for the Morning Press while he taught 
English. At the same time, he moonlighted by substi- 
tute teaching to help support his growing family. 

During his nine full-time years at the Morning Press, 
Hippenstiel began working part-time for the Alumni 
Association, handling production of its growing publi- 
cation. He became the full-time director of Alumni 
Affairs in 1980 following the retirement of Bloomsburg 
University's first director of Alumni Affairs, retired 
school superintendent Donald Watts. "He encouraged 
me to apply for the job, saying it's a good job for a 
family man," Hippenstiel says with a roll of his eyes, 
pointing out that the job has grown tremendously 
along with the Alumni Association. He currently travels 
about 20,000 miles a year to alumni events — "and that 
Continued on next page 

In the 1960s, Doug Hippenstiel was editor-in-chief 
of Maroon and Gold. 

WINTER 2006 

Doug Hippenstiel is 
shown as a college 
senior, above, and early 
in his career as director 
of Alumni Affairs. 

doesn't count flying." Most 
events are in Pennsylvania, 
where 75 percent of 
Bloomsburg alumni live. 

Over the past two 
decades, the Alumni 
Association has gready 
increased the number of 
events it sponsors, now 
topping 50 to 60 each year. 
Hippenstiel notes that the 
total is deceptively low, 
since homecoming, for 
example, counts as one 
event, although it 
encompasses numerous 
individual programs. 

As a former English teacher and reporter, Hippen- 
stiel has always emphasized communication. "When I 
first started as Alumni Affairs director, we all had type- 
writers, not computers. Once in a great while, I'd get a 
letter from an alum. Once in a while, I'd get a phone 
call from an alum," he recalls. "Except for the publica- 
tion and fundraising, there wasn't a lot of communica- 
tion with alumni." 

A primary goal for the Alumni Association is to 
involve more alumni in the life of the university. 
"A lot of alumni welcome the opportunity to 
interact with students, " Doug Hippenstiel says. 

Today, answering e-mails from alumni often 
consumes a large part of Hippenstiel's workday. The 
association itself can send an e-mail to more than 
1 6,000 alumni in a matter of minutes. He hopes that 
number jumps soon, as the association collects e-mail 
addresses while compiling a print directory of more 
than 50,000 graduates. Already, the director empha- 
sizes, the association has an online directory of all 
living Bloomsburg University alumni. 

Together, all of these communication improve- 
ments help alumni know that the association and the 
university haven't forgotten them — an accomplish- 
ment that Hippenstiel is particularly proud of. "That's 
really at the root of what we do," he says. "It's all about 
good relationships." 

Hippenstiel credits a positive relationship with 
Alumni Board members for many of the advances the 
association has been able to make. 'We've always had 
a really good Alumni Board who were very supportive," 
he says. 

A primary goal for the Alumni Association is to 
involve more alumni in the life of the university, 
Hippenstiel says. "A lot of alumni welcome the opportu- 
nity to interact with students." Already, alumni are 
acting as mentors to students. . .and to other alumni. 
The "Mentoring" link on the Alumni Association Web 
site,, connects those who 
volunteer with those who are looking for a mentor. The 
entire Web site offers information to alumni in a way 
the director couldn't have imagined 26 years ago. 

In addition to the online home, the Alumni Associa- 
tion bought and renovated its Fenstemaker Alumni 
House during Hippenstiel's tenure. The director's 
office is on the second floor of the stately building, pur- 
chased in 1985 from the estate of Dorothy Dillon '24 
and named in honor of Howard F. Fenstemaker 12, 


As director of Alumni Affairs, Doug Hippenstiel travels more than 20,000 miles a year to 
alumni events. Most events are in Pennsylvania, where 75 percent of Bloomsburg alumni live. 

who was editor of the alumni quarterly for 45 years 
and president of the Alumni Association for a decade. 

Hippenstiel will retire just a few miles down the 
road, to the Almedia home he shares with his wife 
Kathy. Although they attended the same high school, 
they didn't start dating until they were at BU, where 
Kathy earned a degree in elementary education in 
1969. She's already retired from her career as an 
elementary school teacher in the Central Columbia 
School District. 

Topping Hippenstiel's list of retirement activities 
will be spending time with Kathy and their children. 

Be true to your school 

Looking for a bigger connection with your alma mater 
and fellow alumni? Go to and 
click on "Volunteer." You'll see a list of more than 60 
events and organizations that allow you to help out and 
to make contact with other alumni. Opportunities range 
from the alumni tent at home football games to regional 
committees to the legacy scholarship committee. You 
can collect and preserve information about alumni who 
have served in the armed forces, assist with the Alumni 
Association Web site or help plan an annual theater trip 
to Stratford, Ontario. 

One of the longest-running volunteer programs got 
its start in 1 979, when a group of New Jersey alumni 
began representing the university Admissions Office at 
college fairs throughout the Garden State, helping 
prospective students find out more about the university. 
Today, alumni from the Class of 1 952 to the Class of 2002 
attend 25 to 30 college fairs a year, says founding 
coordinator Dick Lloyd '62, who recruited Bloomsburg 
students even before he retired from his alumni relations 
position with Rutgers University. "Bloomsburg was very 
important to me," Lloyd says. "As kids and their parents 
are walking down the aisle at college fairs. . .I want to 
keep that name in front of them." 

"This really extends the reach of our Admissions 
Office," adds Douglas Hippenstiel, director of Alumni 
Affairs. "Many of our out-of-state students are from 
New Jersey." 

Son Robert Hippenstiel earned a business manage- 
ment degree from Bloomsburg in 1998, works for 
Weis Markets and lives in Millville. The Hippenstiels 
excuse their daughter Joanna Pruden for attending 
the University of Miami rather than Bloomsburg, 
since she earned a full-tuition scholarship to the 
Florida school. She lives in Loyalsock Township and 
teaches math at the Pennsylvania College of 
Technology in Williamsport. 

Hippenstiel plans to swim and walk to avoid 
becoming a "couch potato" in retirement. He also 
intends to spend lots of time reading the 100-plus 
novels and biographies that have built up on his 
"to-read" shelf during his busy career. "I always 
bought books faster than 1 could read them," he says. 

Once he retires, Hippenstiel expects to remain 
involved with the Alumni Association as a volunteer, 
but on his terms: "I don't want anything that involves 
a time clock or deadlines. I've had enough of those in 
my various careers." 

Teacher. Journalist. Alumni Affairs director. "I've 
had three careers, and I can honestly say I loved each 
one of them," Hippenstiel says. 

It's his last job, though, that has forged the most 
relationships — and the most souvenirs. With no room 
at home, he'll be getting rid of most of the Husky 
treasures in his office; his three grandchildren get first 
dibs on their favorites (he'll have to choose for the 
youngest grandchild, who was bom in August). 

The mementos may go, but Hippenstiel will remain 
a Husky through and through. After all, "It's all about 
relationships." b 

Tmcey M. Dooms is a freelance writer and editor living 
in State College, Pa. 

WINTER 2006 

James McCormack is among a dedicated 
group of BU staff, students and former 
students who leave their everyday routine 
behind when their country calls. He considers his 


tour of duty in Afghanistan nearly three years ago to be 
the greatest test of his skills and training. 

Witness to History 


When Maj. James McCormack 
stepped off the transport plane at 
Bagram Air Field, he entered a 
country that bore the scars of two 
decades of continuous warfare. It 
was March 2003, and much of the 
major combat by U.S. forces in 
Afghanistan had passed. 

But for an Army engineer like 
McCormack '90/'93M, the work was 
just beginning. Buried in the arid soil 
around the airfield about 35 miles 
north of Kabul were more than 
8 million landmines. 

"Forty-eight hours after I arrived, 
I was standing in a minefield that 
had been cleared the day before," 
recalls McCormack. "Mine clearing 
doctrine was being written based on 
our experience in Afghanistan." 

As BU's assistant director of resi- 
dence life for administration and 

technology, McCormack has seen 
computer technology go from the 
specialized equipment of scientists 
and mathematicians to the pervasive 
appliances students use every 
day. In nearly 20 years with 
the military, McCormack has 
seen even greater changes. 

"It's gone from being a 
situation where blue suiters 
didn't talk with green suiters 
to an integrated approach," t 
says McCormack, now a 
major with the 213th 
Area Support Group based 
in Allentown. 

McCormack trained in 
Kansas and Germany, was 
on standby for the first Gulf War, 
constructed playgrounds and walk- 
ing trails in northeastern Pennsylva- 
nia and spent a week in Louisiana 

after Hurricane 
Katrina. But Afghani- 
stan is where his 
skills, training and 
dedication were put 
to their greatest test. 
Invaded by the Soviet 
Union in 1979, 
Afghanistan was a 
battleground for clashes 
between Soviet and Afghan, or 
mujahidin, forces for the ensuing 
10 years. The withdrawal of Soviet 
forces led to civil war between 
various factions, which in turn 
coalesced into a struggle between 
the hard-line Islamic fundamentalist 
Taliban and the Northern Alliance. 

The history of those struggles 
was written in the landscape of 
Bagram. As each side captured, lost 
or recaptured territory, they laid 
fields of mines. 

For the American troops and the 
local Afghanis, the many fields of 
mines yielded a harvest of death 
and disfigurement. "There wasn't a 
day that a mine didn't detonate," 
recalls McCormack. 


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'It's gone from being a situation where blue suiters didn't talk with 
green suiters to an integrated approach.' — James McCormack 

Most of the mines were anti- 
personnel devices, smaller than a 
dinner plate and weighing just a few 
pounds. Fields were cleared with 
armored bulldozers that plowed 
through the soil and detonated the 
mines. Other machines thrashed the 
ground with chain flails to set 
off the buried explosives. 
After a field had been cleared, 
it would be "proofed," or 
checked by men with metal 
detectors and specially trained 
dogs. But unwary soldiers 
could, and did, set off rogue 
mines by stepping on the 
piles of soil left at the edge of 
cleared fields. 

James McCormack, 
fourth from left in photo above, poses 
with Afghan workers. Above right, 
steel shipping containers are stacked 
to create a building in Kabul. 

The constant warfare in Afghani- 
stan did more than mark the land. 
It also marked the people. The 
mean age of an Afghani is just 17 
years old — less than half that of 
American citizens. 

"A whole generation knew 
nothing but war," says McCormack, 
who was about the age of the 
typical Afghani when he chose to 
join the military. 

"I was a sophomore at 
Bloomsburg, and it occurred to me 
that I was a passive observer to his- 

tory. It seemed that military history 
runs in cycles, and we were about 
due for a conflict. I figured I'd rather 
be a leader." 

So McCormack, who earned a 
master's of business administration 
from BU in 1993, enlisted in the 
National Guard as an infantryman. 

After three years, he 
transferred to a military 
engineering unit. "Engi- 
neering spans everything 
from destruction to 
construction," says 
McCormack. "That's 
the only branch that could keep 
me interested." 

In Afghanistan, after several 
weeks of clearing mines, 
McCormack was called to Kabul 
where he served as facility engineer 
and deputy ganison commander. 
"The compound became the 
operating post of a two-star general 
and the Office of Military Coopera- 
tion-Afghanistan," says McCormack. 

The compound was located in 
the hean of the city, nesded between 
a major two-lane road, an elemen- 
tary school and civilian properties. 
"We were separated by 7 feet of 
sand. A 500-pound car bomb would 
have taken out half the compound," 
says McCormack. "And car bombs 

aren't just in Iraq. Two weeks before 

I arrived, a bomb exploded next to a 
bus carrying German troops, killing 

I I of them." 

McCormack's tour was supposed 
to last six months overseas; it 
stretched to a very busy 10 months. 
In addition to managing all facility 
issues of the 20 buildings in the 
Kabul compound, McCormack 
oversaw the tripling of the site's 
electrical power grid and managed 
the construction of a top-secret 
video-teleconferencing center at the 
U.S. Embassy. 

Getting the work done required a 
broad knowledge of many construc- 
tion fields and a common-sense 
approach to working with area con- 
tractors. "Whatever you asked the 
Afghan contractors to do, they'd say 
they could do it," says McCormack. 
"But you'd have to show them exact- 
ly what you wanted." 

For example, he says, Afghan 
workers took a different approach to 
electrical wiring. They'd use wire 
suitable for a home extension cord — 
not nearly heavy enough for the volt- 
ages being used. 

But McCormack found that the 
Afghani workers learned quickly. 
And what they lacked in technique, 
the Afghani workers made up in 
determination to get the job done — a 
quality that bridged cultural bound- 
aries and earned respect. 

"We were making buildings out 
of steel shipping containers, and the 
doors and windows had to be cut 
into them," McCormack remembers. 
"While some workers cut out the 
doors with a torch, others were cut- 
ting the openings with a chisel and 
sledge hammer." b 

Eric Foster is co-editor of Bloomsburg: 
The University Magazine. 

WINTER 2006 

Christine Gasper, center, thanks Diana and Robert Kessler, 
sponsors of the Robert 'B J.' Kessler Memorial Scholarship. 

Funding the Future 


Senior Christine Gasper sees scholarships as a reward 
for hard work. The Bloomsburg University Foundation 
sees these "rewards" as a top priority to offset mounting 
costs for BU students. 

"The Foundation handles all philanthropic gifts to 
the university," explains Maryann LaCroix Lindberg, 
executive director of the BU Foundation. "We work with 
donors on planned gifts, such as bequests and trusts, 
and vehicles that produce income for the donor or the 
university. We handle all gifts-in-kind." 

But the primary role of the BU Foundation, a separate 
organization dedicated to supporting BU, is to make 
sure financial donations are used as donors intend. 
Half of the funds raised are earmarked for scholarships. 

Gasper, the College of Business' top honor graduate 
in December 2005, is among the 90 percent of BU's 
8,570 students who receive some form of financial 
aid. She was awarded three scholarships from the 
Foundation: the Robert "B.J." Kessler Memorial 
Scholarship, the Meyer and Mildred Eaton Levitt 
Scholarship and the Walter Rygiel Scholarship. 

"The scholarships that I have received have given me 
the determination to do well in college," says Gasper, 
who hails from Beaver Meadows, near Hazleton. "I al- 
ways believed in pushing myself to the limits, especially 
academically. The scholarships acted as my motivation." 

A home's foundation serves as a strong base 
for the walls and roof above. Just like a footing 
of cinder block and concrete, the Bloomsburg 
University Foundation provides solid support to 
BU students, faculty and programs. 

The scholarships also gave her the opportunity of a 
lifetime — a chance to study in England and earn 12 
credits through a College of Business exchange program. 
"Without the scholarships, I would have never been able 
to afford the valuable experience," she says. 

Lindberg says the Foundation serves as "the broker 
between those who have the ability to help and those 
who need the help." 

Involved with Lindberg in the effort is a board of 
directors, chaired by Victoria Mihalik of Millville, which 
administers both restricted and unrestricted gifts. 
Donors of restricted gifts target specific departments 
or areas, perhaps purchasing equipment or financing 
faculty/student research. Unrestricted gifts provide 
more flexibility and can be used to meet university 
priorities, like scholarships, travel expenses to national 
conferences or recruitment initiatives. Gifts also fund 
alumni programming. 

The work of the Foundation goes beyond fund rais- 
ing and financial management. 'We work in partnership 
with alumni and others in the community to develop 
volunteer programs, to encourage alumni to mentor 
students and to establish internships," Lindberg stresses. 

"The landscape has changed, and the need is critical," 
she adds. "Today, only 36 percent of the university's 
budget comes from the state. Thirty-eight percent of 
prospective students who want to come to BU but turn 
down an offer to attend, do so because they can't afford 
to attend." 

As she begins her career as a business education 
teacher, Gasper is grateful for the scholarships she 
received. "The scholarships helped to ease the massive 
financial burden of college. Every time I received a 
scholarship, I knew that I would be able to take out 
fewer loans that year," she says. "I feel as though my 
academic record has been fully rewarded by the 
scholarships I have received." b 

Bonnie Martin is co-editor of Bloomsburg: 
The University Magazine. 

Editor's note: To find out how you can be part of the 
BU Foundation's efforts, call (570) 389-4128 or visit 


Husky Notes 

Six inducted into 2005 Athletics Hall of Fame Class 

Six graduates were inducted into BU's Athletic 
Hall of Fame as part of the fall 2005 homecoming 
celebration, bringing the total number of members 
to 109. The newest inductees are: 

Stanley Elinsky '60: Elinsky was a three-sport standout 
for the Huskies earning a total of 1 1 letters in football, 
wrestling, and track and field. He taught science 
in Deposit Central (N.Y.) School for 33 years, retiring 
in 1994, and coached football, wrestling, and track 
and field. His coaching successes include 22 tourna- 
ment team championships and 210 individual 
tournament champions. 

Michelle Simons '92: Simons finished her BU basket- 
ball career as the second all-time leading scorer (now 
third) with 1,661 points. A four-year, all-conference 
player, she ranks as the Huskies' career leader in steals 
with 352, is sixth in career assists with 296 and seventh 
in career blocks with 78. She helped the Huskies to 
four NCAA and PSAC playoff appearances and one 
PSAC championship. Simons played in the Women's 
National Basketball League from 1999-2001 and 
served as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg and 
Bucknell universities. 

Gina Lindenmuth Miller '90: Miller, a Softball pitcher 
for four seasons, compiling a record of 55-8 and a 0.80 
earned run average. She struck out 429 batters in 456 l h 
innings pitched, while throwing 49 complete games and 
22 shutouts. In 1990, she was a first-team All-America 
and won the Eleanor Wray Award as the top female 
senior athlete. Miller helped lead the Huskies to 
four PSAC titles and a third-place finish in the NCAA 
Division II Championships in 1990. 

Jeff Carruthers 79: Carruthers, a two-time Ail-American 
and two-time PSAC champion, holds Bloomsburg high 
jump marks both indoor (7-0) and outdoor (7-PA). 
He won the PSAC title in 1977 when he jumped 6-10, 
coming back the next year to win his second title with a 
jump of 6-10y2. At the NCAA championships, he finished 
fourth in the high jump in 1977 and second in 1978. 
And at the PSAC championships, he had a second-place 
finish in the high jump and top-six finishes in the long 
jump, the triple jump and the 4 x 400 relay team. 
He received the Robert B. Redman Award as the top 
senior male athlete. 

The Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2005 is shown with 
BU President Jessica Kozloff, center. They are, left to right, Tom 
Martin '87; Saundra Lewis, widow of Millard Ludwig '48; Stan 
Elinsky '60; Kozloff; Jeff Carruthers '79; Michelle Simons '92; 
and Gina Lindenmuth Miller '90. 

Tom Martin '87: Martin was an outstanding football player 
who finished his career as BU's second all-time leading 
rusher with 2,709 yards rushing. He also had 501 yards 
receiving and 705 yards in kickoff returns for 3,915 yards 
of total offense. Twice named first-team All-PSAC, he also 
earned first-team All-ECAC honors as a senior. He set 
several school records and tallied three games with 200 
or more yards rushing. Martin helped the team to a three- 
year record of 27-6-1 which included one overall PSAC 
State Championship, the Lambert Cup as the top team in 
Eastern Division II football and a trip to the NCAA semi- 
finals in 1985. 

Millard Ludwig '48: Ludwig, a soccer player, graduated 
in 1948 after interrupting his studies to serve in the U.S. 
Navy during World War II. As a two-year member of 
the soccer team, he helped the Huskies to a then-school 
record 6-1-2, while scoring twice and assisting on 11 
other goals. After graduation, he served the Millville school 
district as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant to the 
superintendent, coach and athletic director. He coached 
three sports for 26 years and, in 1987, was recognized as 
Pennsylvania Athletic Director of the Year. Ludwig was 
president of the Bloomsburg College Alumni Association 
from 1973 to 1981 and received the college's Distinguished 
Service Award. He died in 2001 at the age of 77. 

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Husky Notes 


50Q George Sharp has written another novel, "Harriet," 
^jO published by Xlibris and available online through www., or 



Harrison Morson served as co-chair of a 13-member 
Middle States team that evaluated St. Croix Central 
High in the Virgin Islands in May 2005. 

'CT("\ Leo Mulhall, a teacher, disciplinarian, coach, athletic 
^JJs director and assistant principal at Our Lady of Lourdes 
Regional High School for 34 years, has been honored with the 
renaming of the school's football and soccer stadium. 

VT A Jim Gallagher is the 2005 recipient of Dolly Parton's 
V/|" Chasing Rainbows Award. In its fifth year, the award 
recognizes someone who overcame life's adversities to be a 
successful teacher. Jim was legally blind throughout his 
35-year teaching career and, after retiring in 2000, regained 
his eyesight during an operation at Wills Eye Hospital. 

5 /T Cf Alex Kozlowski and his wife Mary moved to Rich- 

\J J mond, Va., to be close to their three married children 
and six grandchildren. Alex, who retired from IBM Corp. after 31 
years in sales and sales management, is now director of major 
gifts for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. 

5 /T /T Bill Derricott of Allentown was recognized for his 
\J \J service to children during the fifth annual Kids Day 
America/International in South Whitehall Township. As recre- 
ation director since 1975, he runs four playground programs, a 
men's basketball league, the Parkland Elementary Wrestling 
Program, concerts and other events. A retired Parkland High 
School history teacher, he has been active with the BU Alumni 
Association since 1989 and served on the Alumni Board from 
1999 to 2005. He and his wife Carole '04H, are parents of 
Joanne Derricott Hafner '89, who is married to Bob Hafner '80. 
Their granddaughter, Laura, is a sophomore at BU. 

George Hartna was elected to the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall 
of Fame. He worked for Reader's Digest Association from 1975 
to 1996, retiring as a senior vice president. He and his wife, 
the former Janet Miller, have two daughters, Jill and Susan, and 
four granddaughters. 

} /T "7 Pat Zelner Kaczmarek retired in 2004, joining the 

\J / retirement mode of her husband, Tom Kaczmarek '65. 
Pat taught for 21 years in the Montgomery School District and 
six years in a private school. They have two children, Kristine 
Kaczmarek Hopkins '92, married to Craig Hopkins '91, 
and Kevin Kaczmarek, married to Stephanie Christian 
Kaczmarek '94. They also have four grandchildren. 

Deanna Woolcock Robinson, a librarian at Northampton 
Community College, was promoted to assistant professor of 
information services. 

9/T Q Frank Ferrari will retire March 31 after five years as 
VlO executive director of the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate 
Unit 21. He holds a doctorate from Perm State University. 

Susan Ripple Marley '85 and Jerry Marley '91. a daughter, 

Kaitlyn Sue, July 6, 2005 

Robyn Talbot Mingle '87 and Monte Mingle '84, a daughter, 

Juliet Grace, Sept. 1 , 2005 

Stephanie Simmons Geyer '88 and husband, Lewis, a daughter, 

Grace Evelyn, April 20, 2004 

Laura McCawley Magel '91 and Frank Magel '86, a daughter, 

Leeann, April 23, 2005 

Richard Naradko '91, and wife, Amie, a son, Nicholas Jack, 

June 29, 2005 

Bruce Rosengrant '92 and wife, Lauren, a daughter, Sadie Irene, 

Oct. 2, 2005 

Amy Havard Schumaker '92, a daughter, Raegan Frances, 

Jan. 14,2005 

Sharon Aukema Lipps '93 and husband, Douglas, a son, 

Douglas John, Dec. 20, 2004 

Matthew Smith '93 and Anna Bauer Smith '95, a daughter, 

Katharine Margaret, June 20, 2005 

Tracy Vandervalk Anderson '94 and husband. Bill, a son. Jack 

William, Sept. 2, 2005 

Megan Hardisky Estock '94 and husband, David, twins, David 

and Elizabeth, Feb. 3, 2004 

Steve Bucher '95 and wife, Pam, a daughter, Abigail Olivia, 

Oct. 10,2005 

Jennifer Kraatz Falkoff '95 and husband, Gil, a son, Alex Joseph, 

April 8, 2005 

Allison Paynter Hastings '95 and Ian Hastings '94, a daughter, 

Sarah Lynn, July 14, 2005 

Marsha Wilkinson Kouf '95 and Ronald M. Kouf '94, a daughter, 

Madison Elizabeth, March 24, 2004 

Justine Boettger McCormick '96 and Randy McCormick '96, 

a daughter, Katie Marie, June 24, 2004 

Tara Neyer '96 and husband, Len Gnade, a son, Jake William, 

Oct. 24, 2005 

Jane Nolan Schleppy '96 and her husband, Mark, a daughter, 

Reese Marie, July 11, 2004 

Michael Stebila '97 and Angela Schaub Stebila '98, a son, 

Michael, June 29, 2005 

Melanie Bolkovich Berryman '99 and David Berryman '99, 

a son, Samuel Michael, Sept. 20, 2005 

Patty Mullen Doan '99 and husband, Rick, a daughter, Emily 

Janet, July 5, 2005 

Jean Shingara Spieles '99 and Donald Spieles Jr. '93, 

a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, June 23, 2005 

Shelley Levan Stokes '99 and husband, Carl, a daughter, 

Carly Lynn, July 15, 2005 

Colleen Horan '02/'05M and Eric Kramm, a daughter, Mallory 

Jean Marie, July 7, 2004 



Marsha Loeper Hubler '68/'93M published eight books 
during the past three years, including six that are part of a girl/ 
horse fiction series for children. Keystone Stables Series. 

Sandra Ingram Pascal retired in June 2005 after 35 years as 
an elementary teacher. For the last 25 years, she taught in the 
Boyertown Area School District. 

Bob Tucker was elected to the Hazleton Area Sports Hall of 
Fame. Now a management consultant in New York City, Bob 
spent eight seasons with the New York Giants and four with 
the Minnesota Vikings. He and his wife Janet are parents of a 
son, Matthew, and a daughter, Lindsay. 

5 /T f\ Judy Dapp Murray retired in June 2005 from the 

\J Js Steelton-Highspire School District, where she taught 
business education for 31 years and substituted for five years. 
She is married to John "Chip" Murray '68, who retired in 
1999 from the Steelton-Highspire School District, where he 
served as assistant to the superintendent. The Murrays have 
two sons, Christopher, 35, and Jonathan, 32, and a grandson 
Nathan, 5. 

Linda Mroczka Newberry retired after teaching 36 years 
at Honesdale High School. She and her husband Harold have 
three children: Christopher, Tia and Brandon. 

'"7/"\ Dennis D. Bohr retired on June 8, 2005, after 

/ \J teaching science in the Mechanicsburg School 
District for 35 years. 

Robert Simons retired after teaching 35 years in Wayne 
County. He and his wife, the former Ann Marie Gilhool, have 
a daughter, Bridget. 


Joanne Stubbe Chamock is a senior staff accountant 
with the Lyons Companies, Wilmington, Del. 
Gary A. Clewell was named to the board of directors for 
Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Easton. 

9 *7^ Nancy Fruehan Bohr retired after teaching 

/ w mathematics in the Central Dauphin School District 
for 33 years. 

} "70 Terence Maher is superintendent of the Pine Grove 
I _J Area School District. He and his wife Margaret have 
four children: Megan, Maran, Kathryn and Timothy. 

} "7/1 Robert Beierschmitt is principal of the Northum- 
/ I berland County Area Vo-Tech School. 
Halden McClure is serving on the board of Pace Resources 

Inc. of York. A CPA, he is vice president, treasurer and chief 

financial officer of Pace. 
Joseph Mushinski is major of unit management at the State 

Correctional Institution at Coal Township. 

} *"7CT Maryjean Cummings Bower won the grand prize in 
/ J an online recipe contest for soccer moms, sponsored 

by Mrs. T's Pierogies. 

Sue Jones Davenport, a kindergarten teacher at the 

F.L. Garrison Memorial School, Shickshinny, was included 

in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 
Sandra Massetti, executive director of 

operations at Phoebe Home Nursing and 

Rehabilitation Center, Allentown, (right) was 

elected president 

BU grad finds closure and 
new beginning in Melbourne 

After 60 years, Lawrence Ksanznak 
'53 found closure in England. 
Ksanznak's brother, Thomas, was a 
World War II pilot whose plane went down 
in Melbourne during inclement weather. 
Ksanznak spent six days in England 
retracing his brother's steps at 
the Steeple Morden Airfield, the church 
where his brother attended Mass and 
the pub where he played darts and met 
local residents. 

The Ksanznaks — Lawrence, his wife Nan, 
his sister Patsy and her two daughters — were 
invited to England after a chance meeting 
at the Cambridge American Cemetery and 
Memorial. At the gravesite, a man who 
flew with Thomas, David Crow, told the 
Ksanznaks' friend that researchers had 
recently recovered wreckage from Thomas' 

plane in the front yard of a Melbourne 
home. He invited the Ksanznaks to visit 
Melbourne for six days. Although Ksanznak 
and his sister had visited their brother's 
grave in the past, their latest trip provided a 
chance to learn more about his last days. 

At the end of the trip, 250 people 
attended an impromptu memorial service 
at the site where Thomas' plane crashed. 
Ksanznak was able to meet people who 
remembered the crash, some who were 
just 8- or 9-years-old when the plane went 
down, and learn more about his brother. 

Lawrence Ksanznak, who was in seventh 
grade when Thomas died, believes that 
his trip brought him closer to both his 
brother and his memories. And, to keep 
those memories alive, he presented Thomas' 
purple heart to his grandson. 

of the board of 
east Region of 
Pennsylvania Association of 
Non-Profit Homes and Services 
for the Aging). Her two-year 
term began Jan. 1. 

Judy Sutliff Micheletti is the 
author of "Snfbbles," a collection 
of creative problem-solving 
exercises published by Gifted 
Education Press of Manassas, 
Va. Details can be found at 

} "7/^ David E. Coffman 

/ \j was elected secretary 
of the South Central Chapter of 
the Pennsylvania Institute of 
Certified Public Accountants. 
David is sole proprietor of Busi- 
ness Valuations and Strategies 
of Harrisburg. 

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Husky Notes 

Karen Ishii joined the Sylvan Learning Center staff in Lewis- 
burg. She is also employed by the Lewisburg School District. 

9 "7 "7 George Bierman won the 2005 Kelly Award, 

I I given to the state's amateur athlete who best 
exemplifies athletic achievement, sportsmanship, leadership, 
dedication and overall contribution. George, who is a seventh- 
degree black belt, won five gold medals at the World Karate 
Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2000 and 2001. 

Carolyn McMaster Salerno earned a master's degree from 
Temple University in summer 2005. A special education 
teacher at Spring-Ford High School, she is married to Greg 
Salerno 78, who is the general manager of Fred Beans 
Volkswagen of Devon. 

? "7r~\ Michael Dennen is senior vice president for PNC 

/ ^S Bank of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Denise Reed Gross was promoted to the rank of colonel 
in the Army Reserve. 


Karen DeVito '77 and Steve 
Neas, June 25, 2005 
Christopher Aurand '78 and 

Rebecca Lynn, July 8, 2005 
Debra Ann Berry '79 and Frank 
Jennis Jr., Sept. 3, 2005 
Kathleen Hazen '82 and Timothy 
Thomas, July 9, 2005 
Timothy Glowatski '91 and 
Tammy Linton, April 8, 2005 

Scott Hons '91 and Sara Booth, 

July 23, 2005 

Greg Reimer '92 and Pamela Artl, 

July 31, 2004 

Catherine Laverick '93M and 

David DeFelice, July 2, 2005 

Jennifer Bozung '95M and Leo 

R.Lewis III, April 16, 2005 

Melody Douglas '95 and David 

Kutch, May 14,2005 

Edward Mullin '95 and Caroline 


Diane Talarico '95 and Russell 

Reinbolt, April 9, 2005 

Justine Boettger '96 and Randy 

McCormick '96, Sept. 12, 1998 

Kimberly Cogan '96 and 

Matthew Black, May 28, 2005 

"> Q "I Paul Ziegenfuss, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine 
\J JL Corps, received the Bronze Star Medal for his service 
as the director and deputy director of the Communications 
Information Systems Coordination Center in Iraq. 

") Q ") Richard A. DiLiberto Jr., a partner with Young 

\D^t Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, is serving as president of 
the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association for 2005-06. The fifth 
Young Conaway lawyer to serve as DTLA president during the 
association's 26-year history, DiLiberto earned his juris doctor 
from Widener University School of Law. He lives in Newark, 
Del., with his wife Faith and their three daughters. 

Linda Anderson Firestone is superintendent of the 
Northampton Area School District. 

Kevin Kerrigan, a CPA and partner at Wiss & Co., was 
presented with a testimonial from the New Jersey Society of 
Certified Public Accountants at their annual convention, citing 
his outstanding leadership as vice president and his 21 years 
of service to the society. 

Thomas Speakman is dean of enrollment services at 
Shippensburg University. 

Michelle Dupes '96 and Grant 
Garrison, May 28, 2005 
Megan E. Pesavento '96 
and Christopher J. Murray, 
Nov. 25, 2005 

Brooke Clews '97 and Michael 
Kuhlen '98, Oct. 18,2003 
Wendy Jones '97 and 
Daniel Pekol 

Brian Kistler '97 and Kimberly 
Bastress, June 26, 2004 
Kimberly Mollath '97 and Kurt 
Furlong, May 7, 2005 
Nicole Paduch '97 and Gabriel 
Brier, July 9, 2005 
Jeremy Powlus '97 and Amy Jo 
Moyer, June 25, 2005 
Kenneth Reichenbach Jr. '97 
and Erin Sipics, June 19, 2004 
Susan Reimer '97 and Frederick 
Wisniewski, Aug. 13,2005 
Heather Sabol '97 and Arthur 
Russell, June 17, 2005 
Robin Shappelle '97 and 
Christopher Suda, Nov. 27, 2004 
Adam Siegel '97 and Paula 
Herrlich, March 11, 2005 

Jason Simms '97 and Amber 
Bracey, April 20, 2005 
Nyree Stoltz '97 and Craig Hack, 
June 18, 2005 

Richard Bentrewicz '98 and 
Christina Herman 
Andrea Campbell '98 and 
Matthew Beaugard, May 14, 2005 
Deborah Davison '98 and 
William Orlowsky, June 25, 2005 
Suzanne Elia '98 and Heath 
Hoyes, July 22, 2005 
Casey Hardy '98 and Mario 
LaMalfa, April 30, 2005 
Mason Lunger '98 and Michelle 
Benintende, May 5, 2005 
Amy Neitheimer '98 and Adam 
Paglione, April 9, 2005 
Karen Ringo '98 and Doug 
Adams, July 31, 2004 
Stacy Tomczak '98 and Bill 
McCann, Aug. 26, 2005 
Jennifer Tursi '98 and Eric 
Hengge, March 12, 2005 
Amber Wenckus '98 and Jeffrey 
Scott, Feb. 1,2003 
Dana Chontofalsky '99 and Chad 
Pierce, June 4, 2005 

Jaclyn Janowicz '99 and Wes 

Schaeffer, July 23, 2005 

Amy Malloy '99 and Ralph 

Grosso '96 

Erika Strawn '99 and Matt Kuntz, 

May 28, 2005 

Kim Vetter '99 and Mark Jordan, 

July 15, 2005 

Amy Chisesi '00 and David 

Wood, May 21, 2005 

Shannon Cobb '00 and Steven 

Rathbone, April 2, 2005 

Helene Czerniak '00 and John T. 


Pamela Dower '00 and 

Christopher Vorce '01, 

May 8, 2004 

Wendy Englar '00 and Michael 

Zets, April 23, 2005 

Thomas Maxwell '00 and Dana 

D'Annunzio, June 4, 2005 

Nicole Merkel '00 and Stephen 


Jeanette Parry '00 and 

Christopher Swank '00, 

May 28, 2005 

Jessica Reesman '00 and 

Michael Campbell, June 19, 2005 


5QO Norm Balchunas, who recently graduated from Air 

O ~J War College with a second master's degree in strategic 
studies, has been promoted to colonel. He is director of Air Force 
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. In that capacity, he is 
responsible for 785 Air Force units, 2,000 instructors and more 
than 106,000 students across the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. 
His previous assignment was as a B-52 squadron commander 
where he led and flew combat operations over Afghanistan 
and Iraq. 

Margaret Miller Gabel is vice president and branch manager 
for the Palmer office of Lafayette Ambassador Bank. 

Sharon Emick Gallagher is a partner at Sage Communications 
Partners in Philadelphia. 

Karen Halderman Murray is director of public relations for 
Walker Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations in Concord, 
N.C. Karen and her husband Arthur live in Indian Trail, N.C. 
They have four children. 

David Rolley was promoted to vice president at Sovereign 
Bank. He also serves as community banking manager at the 
bank's Broad Street branch in Montoursville. 

David W. Smalstig is senior managing director within FTI 
Consulting's transaction advisory services group in Chicago. 

9 Q A Mary Hassenplug received the Princeton University 
Ol Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching in 
New Jersey last May. In 2004, she received a Fulbright Memo- 
rial Fund Scholarship for study in Japan. She has taught at 
High Point Regional High School for 18 years. 

Tina M. Souders joined the faculty at the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a clinical assistant professor 
and director of the part-time advanced standing master of social 
work program in Winston-Salem. Tina was recently elected 
to the board of directors of the North Carolina Chapter of the 
National Association of Social Workers. 

") Q Cf Holly McCloughan Balatgek was promoted to 

\J -J senior branch-operations administrator with Leesport 
Financial Corp. 

Kimberly Kitchen Derr is associate counsel and 
Wilmington, Del., branch manager for Old Republic National 
Title Insurance Co. She earned a law degree from Widener 
University School of Law. 

Brynne Richter '00 and Tucker 
Peterson, Sept. 18,2004 
Miki Smith '00 and Chris Furnish 
Christie Strayhorne '00 and 
John Plantarich, Nov. 20, 2004 
Christy Vaughn '00 and John 
Bloom, June 9, 2005 
Jennifer Albertson '01 and 
Jeremiah Neuhard, May 21 , 2005 
Marissa Campanella '01 and 
Ryan McFarland, May 14, 2005 
Amy Hannis '01 and Nicholas 
Miskar, June 4, 2005 

John Hughes '01 and Erin Smith, 

July 25, 2004 

Kristen Kohler 01 M and Barry 

Russo, April 30, 2005 

Danielle Ludwig '01 and James 

Ross, May 13, 2005 

Jennifer Sadowski '01 and 

Kyle Covill 

Melissa Snyder '01 and Mark 

Wolf, Sept. 4, 2004 

Kimberly Armstrong '02 and Eric 

Engleman, Oct. 8, 2005 

Tina Blessing '02 and Vincent 

Timpanelli, May 29, 2005 

Jessica Dennish '02 and Pete 
Ackourey, July 16, 2005 
Jonathan Hile '02 and 
Kristin Miller 

Renee Klinger '02 and Gene 
Huston '02, Oct. 30, 2004 
Patricia Kringe '02M and James 
Warrington, July 9, 2005 
Karen Miraglia '02 and Jeffery 
Stamp, July 24, 2004 

Gina Nork '02M and Joshua 
DeVitis, Oct. 30, 2004 
Nicholas Puleo '02 and Jamie 
Walter, July 2, 2005 
Derek Salmi '02 and Tara Miller, 
May 29, 2005 
Angela Shearer 02 and 
Benjamin Stewart II, June 18, 2005 
Elizabeth Weidner 02M and 
William True III, July 2, 2005 
Renee Witmer '02 and Arthur 
Gerringer II, Oct. 2, 2004 

Julia Banaszewski '03 and Larry 
Karpovich, July9, 2005 
Stephanie Barnes '03 and David 
Krebs, March 12, 2005 

Amy Barrett '03 and Matthew 

Peiffer, May 7, 2004 

Kyra Doddy '03 and Scott Yerger, 

June 18, 2005 

Jamie Hartman '03 and 

George Harner 

Mary Kelly '03 and Scott 

Seltenheim '03, Oct. 1,2005 

Christine Makara '03 and 

Frank Ratkiewicz 

Laura Miles '03 and Jeffrey 

Decker, July 31, 2004 

Matthew Newhard '03 and 

Heather Kuntz, May 7, 2005 

Melinda Pytak '03 and 

Matthew Harrison 02, 

June 21, 2005 

Jarrod Rasmus '03 and Kristin 

Ross, Oct. 9, 2004 


Laura Themens 

Timothy Staub '03 and Denice 

Barnhart, Aug. 6, 2005 

Jessica Torres '03 and Michael 

Leventry '02, Sept. 25, 2003 

Jared Augustine '04 and Nicole 

Morret, Aug. 13,2005 

Kym Brague '04 and Dave 

Smith '03, Sept. 11,2004 

Amanda Eberly '04 and llya 
Tlumach, April 2, 2005 
Katie Gresh '04 and James 
Coombe'03, May 21, 2005 
Kristen Heard '04 and Jeffrey 
Jones, June 24, 2005 
Maria Maciejewski '04 and 
Douglas Engles, April 16, 2005 
Nicole Moberly '04 and Saul 
Reedy, Sept. 17,2005 
Kevin Primerano '04 and Sarah 
Eric Reimer '04 and Courtney 
Shannon Richmond '04 and 
Alan Boop, July 4, 2005 
Becky Woodruff '04 and Derick 
Ferris, Sept. 11, 2004 
Jessie Burleigh '05 and Gregory 
Delany, June 4, 2005 
Thomas Davis Jr. '05 and 
Katelyn Mannion, June 1 1 , 2005 
Janelle Mohry-Kirk '05 and Joe 
Knecht'02, June 11, 2005 
Amy Scholl '05 and Jesse Rinck, 
April 30, 2005 

Emily Varley '05 and Samuel 
Shaffer '05, July 16, 2005 

Husky Notes 

Gerald Ganz of Clarks Summit is director of finance for 
Friendship House. 

Robert Schwalm was inducted in the Allen-Rogowicz 
Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. 

t Q /T Lori Barnes Maley of Schuylkill Haven is chief 

O \J financial officer and senior vice president for 
Berkshire Bank, Wyomissing. 

Phil Rudisill began teaching at Octorara Middle School last 
fall after 17 years teaching at Ephrata Middle School. He lives 
in Parkesburg with his wife Lisa and their four sons: Matthew, 
Adam, Da\id and Michael. 

} Q "7 Rocky Bonomo was inducted into the Endless 

\J / Mountain Division of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of 
Fame. He is head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University. 

Tricia Reilly Kagen is a kindergarten teacher in the 
Haverford Township School District. 

Larry Yocum Jr. was promoted to assistant vice president 
and loan operations officer at Luzerne National Bank. 

5 Q Q Sheri Nothstein Anthony is owner of Country 

OO Harvest Family Markets Inc., Palmerton. She was 
featured in an article published in the Eastern Pennsylvania 
Business Journal. She and her husband Christopher have 
three children: Lydia, Matthew and Jonathan. 

} Q r\ Lori Havrilla Burke is vice president and senior 

C^ j7 account manager of Forge Marketing Communica- 
tions, Allentown. 

David DeGerolamo is corporate development director with 
Aqua New Jersey Inc. He lives in Phillipsburg. 

Donna Loeb Rickert was promoted to controller at Affinity 
Bank of Pennsylvania, Spring Township. 

")f\ f\ J. Barbush was promoted to associate creative 

Z7 VJ director at RPA, the largest independent ad agency 
headquartered on the West Coast. He lives in Woodland Hills, 
Calif., with his wife Lisette and two sons, Alec and Noah. 

Sharon Ford Bixler is employed by Lutheran Social 
Services of South Central Pennsylvania as the area executive 
director for two continuing care retirement communities 
in York. 

Michael Gerard and his family moved to Raleigh, N.C., 
where he has accepted a position as project manager with Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina. 

Mary Mahoney-Ferster joined VR Business Brokers, 
Lewisburg, as a sales associate. 

Michele Stine Paisley, manager of employee relations at 
The Hershey Co., is participating in the Leadership Hazleton 
program for 2005-2006. 

won PACCA's Award of Excellence in 2003. She and her hus- 
band Jim have two sons, Jacob and Jackson. 

Paul Nasrani owns the Adirondack Creamery in New York. 

Jacqueline Brown Wapinsky was promoted to assistant 
principal at Pottsville Area High School. She resides in Pottsville 
with her husband David and children, Cory, 17; Eric, 7; and 
Abbey, 4. 

'{~\^ John Bing, assistant professor of business at Lehigh 
ZJ — Valley College, was promoted to chairperson of the 
business administration department. 

Tommy Bryant (left) was featured in Exercise 
&r Health Magazine's winter 2005 edition. 
The story showcased his accomplishments on 
and off the fitness scene, including finishing 
second at the Fame Pro Fitness Model World 
Championships. A model for more than 10 
years, he also has acted in MTVs "Slam," 
Jennifer Lopez's "South Beach" and "Miami Vice," starring actor 
Jamie Foxx. For more information: 
Barbara Meyer Hostetter graduated from Alvemia College 
with a master's degree in elementary education last May. She 
was selected as the outstanding student teacher among all the 
graduate students and accepted a kindergarten position at 
McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz, Fla. She and her 5-year- 
old daughter, Brianna, live in Tampa. 

Todd Reichart is a stage, film and TV actor. He married 
Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist, on Jan. 19, 2002. They 
live in Princeton, N.J. 

Sharon Sperling Watkins is a faculty member at Blue Ridge 
Elementary School. 

'flO Cheri Carter Johnson earned a doctoral degree in 

j7 J family studies at the University of Delaware. 

Dan Pszeniczny won the 25th annual Forty Fort Lions Club 
Five-Mile Run last May. There were 234 finishers. 

James Vopal was named 2005 Somerset County Coach of 
the Year by The Newark Star- Ledger, the 2005 Courier-News 
Coach of the Year and the Mountain Valley Conference-Valley 
Division Coach of the Year. 


Matt Rhoads succeeded his father Harold as 
president of Central Pennsylvania Transportation. 


Diana Rose Dixon, executive director of the Danville 
Child Development Center, is the president of the 
Pennsylvania Child Care Association's board of directors. She 

'>C\ CT Heather Bennett became the principal of Roosevelt 

Is J Elementary School in the Allentown School District in 
October 2005. She joined the Allentown district in 1996 as 
first-grade teacher. 

Vicki Muckenthaler Blevins completed the Lake Placid 
Ironman Triathlon last July in 16:17:51. The Ironman consists 
of a 2.4-mile swim, 1 12-mile bike ride and 26-2-mile run. 

Robi Hess graduated from officer candidate school at Fort 
Lewis, Tacoma, Wash., and was commissioned a second 
lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard. He is assigned to 
the 515th Regional Training Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. 

Jeremy Shuler earned a master's degree in education at 
Wilkes University. 




Kristin Snyder West, a kindergarten teacher at Oak Grove 
Elementary School, DeKalb County, Ga., was selected as the 
Adanta Falcons Staples Teacher of the Week for Oct. 9, 2005. 
She is married to Brian West '96. 

tr\ (L Andrew Dunning joined ICORE Healthcare as a 

Zs \j director of managed care. 

Jennifer Boyer Hopkinson became the owner of Animal Care 
Hospital, Lewisburg, last fall. She is one of three veterinarians 
practicing full-time at the animal hospital. She lives in Lewisburg 
with her husband Michael and their son Evan. 

Christopher Knarr is a project manager with Rettew 
Associates Inc. 

Rachel Masterson '96/'99M is a senior instructional 
technologist at CramerSweeney Instructional Design, 
Moorestown, N.J. 

Christopher O'Reilly is assistant vice president and financial 
adviser at Millennium Wealth Management and Private Banking. 

Jane Nolan Schleppy received a master of science in 
education from Wilkes University on September 11, 2005. 

">C\ "7 Joe Domborsky was promoted to senior sales and 

Zs / marketing services manager at Mrs. T's Pierogies. He 
and his wife reside in Bloomsburg. 

Angela Gerolamo wrote the article "Nurse in Washington 
Internship Program" that appeared in the May/June 2005 issue 

Nikki Hlavacek Keller is vice president of community 
impact marketing for the United Way of Lackawanna County. 

Carlos Ojeda Jr. is a professor of management and business 
at Kutztown University. 

Michele Orris Triponey '97M joined Aspen Technology as 
senior vice president for global customer support and training. 


Kirk Ream is men's basketball coach at Perm State 
' Harrisburg. He previously was an assistant coach at 
Dickinson College for three years. 


Loie C. Bickert '27 
Alma Pullen Barnum '28 
Marjorie Davis Homer '29 
Erma Gold Shearer '29 
Frances Yetter Leisenring '30 
Bethia Allen King '33 
Bessie Hummel Stahl '33 
Eleanor Baron Skovronsky '34 
Helen Latorre Tinelii '36 
Dorothy Mensinger 
Cawthorne '38 
Ray McBride '39 
Margaret Blecher Hyssong '40 
Jean Moss Davis '41 
Mantana Williams Mack '41 
Stella Chilek Loucks '42 
Grace Richardson Buttman '43 
Jeanne Keller Epley '45 
Violet Joy Propst Moore '46 
Anastasia Gerlak Chipko '48 
Norman Falck '49 
James A. Krum '49 
Susan Dreibelbis Boyle '50 

Clyde H. Hartman '50 

Lewis Ballantine '51 

James Kleman '51 

Francis V. Perry '51 

Dorothy Karschner Steele '52 

Robert Stevenson '53 

James B. Creasy '57 

Ramon DeTato '57 

John Shirey '57 

Ellen Drumtra '59 

Eleanor Morris Williams '59 

Dorothy Zanzinger Bangs '60 

Jerome A. Levans '61 

Wayne E. Miller '61 

Mary Louise Thomas Evans '62 

Robert Neary '62 

Chester Choplick '63 

Kathleen Beltz Rarig '64 

John "Jack" Zeigler '64 

Martin G. Bane '65 

Terry L. Attivo '68 

Doris Miller Molter '68 

Patrick Bussacco 71 

} C\ C\ Matthew Corso, a 2005 graduate of the Pennsylva- 

Zs Zs nia College of Optometry, has joined the staff of 
Family Eye Care of NEPA in Honesdale. He also earned hon- 
ors as an intern at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilita- 
tion Center. He and his wife Paige live in Honesdale. 

Scott Dietrich received a doctoral degree in physical 
education with a specialty in athletic training at West Virginia 
University last May. He is an assistant professor in athletic 
training at East Stroudsburg University. 

Christine Kopistecki Lindsay works for South Eastern 
MRI and is assigned to a mobile unit at Falmouth (Mass.) 
Hospital. She and her husband live in Manomet, Mass. 

Dawn Wolcott Maniskas '99M is a doctoral candidate at 
the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. 
She is the founder of Aberdeen Audiology in Wayne. She and 
her husband have two children. 

Leon O'Neill IV 
(right) was awarded 
the doctor of osteo- 
pathic medicine 
degree from 
Philadelphia College 
of Osteopathic 
Medicine in June 2005. He 
currently is completing an 
internship at the University of 
Medicine and Denistry of New 
Jersey, Stratford, N.J. 

Dara Pachence has earned 
a master's degree at Perm State 
University, along with certification 
as a reading specialist and English 
as a second language teacher. She 
is a teacher in the Central Dauphin 
School District, Harrisburg. 

Barbara Wildermuth Goss 72 
David Hyde 72 
George Kost 72 
Dorfred Bussey Large 72 
John Pastuszek 72 
Lawrence Strohl 72 
Phoebe Golden Williams 72 
Marian Shaffer Dinger 73 
Michael J. MahalaJr. 73 
Robert Neary 73 
Lawrence Mohn 74 
Timothy Reagan 74 
Dianne Baton/ 75 
Karl Kepner '80 

Roxanna Hunsinger Pletchan '80 
Pamela BairPilat '81 
Mary Breig Ruland '84 
Bruce Wallace '88 
David Pysher '89 
Marjorie Comrey Titman '91 
Brenda Carlen Zellner '92M 
Joseph Makowski '98 
Kaitlin Brice '03 


Jenna Bauman has been 
recognized as an outstand- 
ing teacher by the governor of 
Virginia in response to a letter sent 
to his office by the parents of one of 
her students. She has been teaching 
fifth grade in the Rocky Run 
Elementary School, Fredericksburg, 
for four years. 

John Christmas, a district man- 
ager for Automatic Data Processing 

WINTER. 2006 


Husky Notes 

in Richmond, Va., achieved 100 percent club membership for 
sales during ADP's fiscal year 2005. John recently was promoted 
to the downtown Richmond territory. John has also competed 
in triathlons and four marathons in the past year. 

Jeff Chrusch wrote a book, "Amotivational Syntax: Insights, 
Revelations and Rants from a Former Antidisestablishmentarian 
Media Misfit." More information can be found at 

Kimberly Barto Crisp is a supervisor at Brown Schultz 
Shendan & Fritz of East Pennsboro Township, near Harrisburg. 
She has four years of accounting experience. 

Jeffrey Rott began his third year at St. Charles Borromeo 
Seminary in Philadelphia, studying to be a Roman Catholic 
priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is a first-year 
theologian with four years until ordination. Jeff is also serving 
on the BU Alumni Board. 

Rhonda Wynn Shimko is a learning support teacher in 
the Selinsgrove Area School District. She and her husband 
Todd Shimko '00 reside in Riverside, with their two children, 
Todd and Emma. 

Amy Simmons of Lancaster is record-keeping and 
administrative officer in the retirement services division of 
Fulton Financial Advisors. 

Neil Yost is head coach of the women's swimming team 
at Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md. 

} r\ "I Kelly Bama, video production coordinator for 

\J J. Precision Design, Hazleton, was part of a team which 
won two Telly Awards — a silver and a bronze — for videos 
the firm produced for MMI Preparatory School in Freeland. 

Trent Flick is administrator of the Shenandoah Manor 
Nursing Center. He joined JDK Management Company Inc. 
in 2003 and became a licensed administrator in late 2004. He 
and his wife, the former Abbey Ford '00, have a daughter, 

Michael Smith is an assistant coach for the BU women's 
lacrosse team. 

} f\ "^ Rocco Forgione earned Ail-American Conference 

\J £* all-star recognition for his contributions to the Pioneers 
arena football team this past season. 

Shannon Fry '02/'04M is teaching seventh-grade English 
and eighth-grade Integrated Studies and PSSA Preparation 
classes at Line Mountain School District. 

Colleen Horan '02/'05M was appointed instructional 
technology specialist and computer science instructor at 
DeSales University, Center Valley. 

Melissa Scheer completed her master's degree in special 
education at Long Island University in 2004. She currently 
teaches children with autism, ages 9 to 11, in Huntington, N.Y. 

Traci Yoder is a graduate student at the University of Florida 
in Gainesville, where she is taking an interdisciplinary tract 
concentrating on women's and African studies. During the 
summer of 2005, she traveled to Arusha, Tanzania, for seven 
weeks of study funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. 

} f\ "O Brian Bingaman is head strength and conditioning 
\J _J coach for all 23 varsity sports at LaSalle University. 

Charity Martin Castner is special events assistant at The 
University of the Arts. She and her husband Adam live in the 
Manayunk section of Philadelphia. 

Christina Crecca participated in a summer research project 
in Australia. She is pursuing a doctorate in computational 
chemistry at the University of Florida. 

Heather McCarthy is a math and science teacher at 
Tuscarora Junior High School. 

Rachel Melnick obtained funding through a co-operative 
agreement with the USDA to continue her doctoral graduate 
work at Perm State. She is a member of the American 
Phytopathological Society. 

Erin Mincavage joined the Zinn Co. as a commercial lines 
service representative in the insurance division. 

Brandon Weese joined Auction Inn, an eBay marketing 
services company in Lancaster, as a marketing manager. 

Ryan Yanoshak is sports information director at East 
Stroudsburg University. He previously worked as a sports 
writer and editor for eight years. 

")f\A Sarah Delaney is teaching third grade at Dana Street 

\J I Elementary School in the Wyoming Valley West 
School District, Forty Fort. 

Kyle Hughes was promoted to branch loan and operations 
manager at Fulton Bank's south York branch. 

Stefanie Kline is the head girls' basketball coach at 
Bloomsburg High School. 

Heather Mindick accepted a teaching position in the 
Hazleton Area School District. 

Gerald Ott is a physics teacher at Twin Valley High School. 

Lindsay Waros, a graduate student at George Washington 
University, is interning at the Smithsonian Institution in 
Washington, D.C. She was also an intern there in 2003. 

9 f\ Cf John Holody joined Boyer & Ritter as a staff 

\J _/ accountant in the East Pennsboro office. 

John Nogel is a staff accountant in Boyer & Ritter's East 
Pennsboro office. 

Valerie Pergolini is a staff accountant with SantoraBaffone 
CPA Group, a Newark, Del., accounting and consulting firm. 

Derek Rupert was certified as a personal trainer by the 
American College of Sports Medicine. He is employed at the 
Williamsport YMCA. 

Kimberly Tohill '05M is a Spanish teacher at Blue 
Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven. 

Find more Husky Notes online at 
www. bloomualumni. com. 

Send information to 
or to Alumni Affairs, Fenstemaker 
Alumni House, Bloomsburg University 
of Pennsylvania, 400 E. Second St., 
Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815 




Spring 2006 

Monday, March 6 

Spring Break Begins 

Saturday, March 1 1 , noon 

Classes Resume 

Monday, March 20, 8 a.m. 

Spring Weekend Begins 

Thursday, April 13, 10 p.m. 

Classes Resume 

Monday, April 17,6 p.m. 

Reading Days - No Classes 

Thursday and Friday, May 4 
and 5 

Classes End 

Saturday, May 6 

Finals Begin 

Monday, May 8 

Finals End 

Saturday, May 13 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, May 12 


Saturday, May 13 

Summer 2006 

Session I -May 30 to July 7 
Session II - June 1 9 to July 28 
Session III —July 10 to Aug. 18 
Session IV -May 30 to June 16 
Session V - June 1 9 to July 7 
Session VI -July 10 to July 28 
Session VII - June 1 9 to July 28 
Session VIII -May 10 to Aug. 18 

Celebrity Artist Series 

All events are in Haas Center 
for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. For 
more information, call the box 
office at (570) 389-4409 or check 
the Celebrity Artist Series 
Web site at 
tickets. Community Government 
Association cardholders pay 
half of ticket's face value for 
all shows. 


Tuesday, Feb. 14, 
8 p.m. Reserved, $25; 
CGA cardholder, $12 

LA. Theatre Works presents 
Neil Simon's Prisoner of 
Second Avenue 

Saturday, March 4, 
7:30 p.m. Reserved, $25; 
CGA cardholder, $12 

T.S. Monk 

BU Jazz Festival, Friday, April 7, 
7:30 p.m. Reserved, $10; CGA 
cardholder, $5 


Concerts listed below are open 
to the public free of charge, 
unless otherwise indicated. 

Faculty Recital 

Kunyoung Kim, piano 
Sunday, Feb. 19,2:30 p.m. 
K.S. Gross Auditorium, 
Carver Hall 

Chamber Orchestra Concert 

Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G 
Minor and Handel/Casadesus's 
Viola Concerto in B Minor 
Agnes Maurer, violinist 
Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m. 
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 
123 N. Market St., Bloomsburg 

Gospel Choir Annual 
Gospel Rama 

Saturday, April 1,4 p.m. 
Kehr Union, Ballroom 

Women's Choral Ensemble 
and Husky Singers 

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Singers 
Spring Concert 

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. 
First Presbyterian Church, 345 
Market Street, Bloomsburg 

BU Community Orchestra 
Spring Concert 

Matthew Slotkin, guitarist 
Brahms' "Academic Festival" 
Overture, Op. 80; 
Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and 
Juliet" Overture; and Rodrigo's 
"Concierto de Aranjuez." 
Sunday, April 9, 2:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Concert Choir Spring Concert 

Brahms' "Ein Deutsches 
Requiem." Saturday, April 22, 
7:30 p.m. Kirby Center, Wilkes- 
Barre. For tickets: (570) 826-1 100 

Concert Band Spring Concert 

Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Orchestra 
Symphony Ball 

Evening of dancing and music 
Friday, April 28, 6 p.m. 
Kehr Union, Ballroom 
RSVP: (570) 389-4289 

Knoebels Pops Conceit 

Weather permitting 
Sunday, April 30 
Concert Band, 2 p.m.; 
Jazz Ensemble, 5:30 p.m. 


Sponsored by the BU Institute 
for Culture and Society. 
Free and open to the public. 

Richard Ganahl 

"Webcasting Worldwide: A Study 
of the Innovation Among Leading 
Webcasters in 13 Countries" 
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. 
Andruss Library, Schweiker Room 

Stephanie Schlitz 

"The Copenhagen Saga" 
Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m., 
Andruss Library, Schweiker Room 

Conrad Quintyn 

"The Existence or Non-existence 
of 'Race?' A Forensic 
Anthropological Perspective" 
Wednesday, April 19,7 p.m. 
Andruss Library, Schweiker Room 

Special Events 

Siblings' and Children's 

Friday to Sunday, April 21 to 23 

Alumni Weekend 

Saturday, April 22 

For details, call the Alumni Affairs 

office at 1-800-526-0254 

Renaissance Jamboree 

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 
5 p.m. Downtown Bloomsburg 


Friday to Sunday, Oct. 6 to 8 

Parents Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 3 to 5 


Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

The Hartline Science Center: 
Dedicated to a Love of Learning 

H. Keffer Hartline Daniel S. Hartline 

The dedication of Hartline Science Center's 
addition on Aug. 31, 2005, celebrated the 
expanded and modernized academic and 
research facility that officially opened three 
days earlier for the start of the fall semester. Construc- 
tion on the original part of the center began in 
the spring of 1967, with classes first held there on 
Jan. 28, 1969. 

When the time came to choose a name for the cen- 
ter devoted to the study of science at Bloomsburg, the 
obvious choice was to dedicate it to a family that made 
its mark in the field: the Hartlines. Daniel S. Hartline 

Daniel S. Hartline took students on field trips to see rock 
formations at Lime Ridge and the iron mines at Buckhorn. 

came to the Bloomsburg State Normal School (BSNS) 
as a teacher in 1890 and then left to earn a degree from 
Lafayette University. He returned in 1897 to start the 
department of biology, which he headed until his retire- 
ment in 1935. 

Hartline was an able scholar and showed a great 
interest in all areas of science, including geology and 
astronomy. He would take his students on field trips to 
the surrounding countryside, sometimes by trolley car, 
to see the rock formations at Lime Ridge and the iron 
mines at Buckhorn. 

Hartline's wife, Harriet Keffer Hartline, assisted in 

teaching the sciences at the normal school, 
and their son, Haldan Keffer Hartline, was 
a 1920 BSNS graduate. Keffer, as he was 
called, went on to earn a medical degree 
from Johns Hopkins in 1927. After 40 
years of research, primarily involving 
the physiology of the eye, Hartline was 
rewarded for his efforts with a share of 
the 1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine. 

While the center as a whole was named 
for the Hartline family, the first-floor 
auditorium was dedicated in honor of a 
fourth person, Kimber Kuster. Kuster was 
a 1913 BSNS graduate who returned in 
1935 to succeed Daniel Hartline as profes- 
sor of biology He had a distinguished 
career and retired in 1962 as chairman of 
the science and math department. 

Today's 120,000-square-foot Hartline 
Science Center is not only a tribute to 
the importance of science at Bloomsburg 
University, but also to four remarkable individuals who 
made the study and teaching of science their life's work. 


The University Store. 

Shop in your pajamas. 

Shopping couldn't be easier. The 
University Store offers the convenience 
of shopping online for hundreds 
of items at 
Are you looking for BU giftware or 
clothing, like T-shirts, sweatshirts and 
hats? Study aids or test preparation 
materials? Alumni apparel for grads 
of all ages? Even BU afghans, rocking 
chairs and diploma frames may be 
purchased at the online store, along 
with gift cards in popular amounts 
between $25 and $950. 

New items are added to the online 
store every week during the academic 
year, so check back often. Orders 
are filled every weekday morning 
and usually ship the next day Have 
questions? Send an e-mail message 
to or call the 
friendly staff at (570) 389-4180 during 
regular business hours, including 
weekends, for a quick response. 

If you prefer a traditional shopping 
experience where you can try on 
clothing, purchase gift cards in any 
amount and meet the helpful staff 
in person, the University Store is 
open seven days a week during the 
academic year. Stop by soon in person 
or online for everything BU. 

A Student workers gather merchandise to fill online orders. They are, left to right, sophomore Dan 
Moon from Westfield, sophomore Becky Brady from Reading, and junior Abby Longfrom Lock Haven. 

Regular Hours 

Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. 

The University Store 

400 East Second Street 

Bloomsburg, PA 17815 

General Information: (570) 389-4175 

Customer Service: (570) 389-4180 


The Prisoner 

of Second Avenue 

JoBeth Williams ("The Big Chill," 
"Poltergeist") and Hector Elizondo ("The 
Princess Diaries," "Pretty Woman," CBS-TV's 
"Chicago Hope") star in LA. Theatre Works' 
radio theater production of Neil Simon's tale 
about a married couple trying to survive in 
New York 
after the 

husband loses his job. LA. Theatre Works 

Radio Theatre, producing audio plays 

for more than 20 years, hits the road for 

live radio theater performances, like "The 

Prisoner of Second Avenue." Don't be 

surprised if more famous faces appear on 

the Mitrani stage; the LA. Theatre Works 

company includes Adam Arkin, Marsha 

Mason and Richard Dreyfuss. 





Office of Communications 
400 East Second Street 
Bloomsburg, PA 1 78 1 5- 1 30 1 

Artist Series 
Spring 2006 


Feb. 14 •8 p.m. 
Reserved, $25 
CGA cardholder, $12 

LA. Theatre Works: 
Prisoner of Second Avenue 

March 4 •7:30 p.m. 
Reserved, $25 
CGA cardholder, $12 

IS. Monk 

April 7*7:30 p.m. 
Reserved, $10 
CGA cardholder, $5 

All shows are presented 
in Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall. 

Non-profit Org. 

U.S. Postage 


Ithaca, NY 

Permit No. 476 


SPRING 2006 


now cares for animals at 

her own practice. Page 16. 

A BU professor supplies 
students' demand for 
'elevant economics 
Page 10. 



From the President's Desk 

When 1 talk to the parents of new students each summer, I can 
always count on being asked about career opportunities related 
to the student's major. My answer is a very personal one. "The 
best thing any student can do to prepare for a full and rewarding 
career," I reassure the parents, "is to study what they love." 

I answer this way for two reasons. If our students study what they love, they'll do 
well and graduate with good grades. And, to be absolutely honest, we change careers 
so often in our lifetime that a specific degree isn't nearly as important as learning how 
to leam. 

In my own case, I accidentally got into administration because I wanted a job 
near my husband's first medical practice. Following the path away from a full-time 
teaching position, I stepped outside of my comfort zone, pursuing opportunities that 
eventually led halfway across the country to Bloomsburg University and a position I 
feel blessed to occupy 

When Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios, 
presented Stanford University's commencement address last June, he advised the 
graduates to "find what you love." 

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life," he said, "and the only way to 
be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great 
work is to love what you do." 

When asked, I tell every BU student and every BU parent that, like Mr. Jobs, I 
too believe the secret to true professional success rests in personal fulfillment and 
a passion for the work. The alumni introduced in this issue of Bloomsburg: The 
University Magazine personify this theory in the fields of education, public relations, 
veterinary medicine and fitness. Their spirit can be described by a quotation I've seen 
attributed to both entrepreneur J. C. Penney and philosopher Confucius: "Find a job 
you love and you'll never go to work again." 

Here at BU, this "passion for learning" is what our faculty strive to nurture in 
every student. Enjoy these articles about our graduates, our "proof of the pudding" 
that passion leads to success. 

Jessica S. Kozloff 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is 

a member of the Pennsylvania State System 

of Higher Education 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher 

Education Board of Governors 

as of February 2006 

Kenneth E. Jarin, Chair 

Kim E. Lyttle, Vice Chair 

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Mark Collins Jr. 

Marie A. Conley Lammando 

Nathan R. Conroy 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Michael K. Hanna 

Da\id P. Holveck 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Allison Peiiz 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

James J. Rhoades 

Christine J. Toretti Olson 

Aaron A. Walton 

Gerald L. Zahorchak 

Chancellor, State System of Higher Education 

JudyG. Hample 

Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees 

A. William Kelly 71, Chair 

Robert J. Gibble '68, Vice Chair 

Steven B. Banh, Secretary 

Ramona H. Alley 

Marie Conley Lammando '94 

Robert Dampman '65 

LaRoy G. Davis '67 

Charles C. Housenick '60 

JosephJ. Mowad 

DavidJ. Petrosky 

Jennifer Shymansky '06 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge Kozloff 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 


Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Doug Hippenstiel '68, '81M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistants 

Deirdre Miller '08 

Lynette Mong '08 

Emily Watson '07 


Snavely Associates, Ltd 

Art Director 

Debbie Shephard 


Curt Woodcock 

Cover Photography 

Gordon Wenzel/impressions 

On the Cover 

Veterinarian Jennifer Boyer Hopkinson '96 and her 

cat Mikie have been together since her days at BU. 

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Page 6 Flexing His Talents 

Age 35 is considered almost ancient in the fitness 
model world, but age hasn't stopped Tommy 
Bryant '92. Since Bryant's first fitness model com- 
petition in Miami, his winning ways have landed 
spots in Bowflex commercials and fitness magazines. 

Page 8 PR with Heart 

Sharon Emick Gallagher '83 had big dreams after 
graduation, but her dreams came true only when 
she discovered her true love: public relations for 
non-profit organizations. In May 2005 she was 
honored for that passion as one of Pennsylvania's 
best 50 women in business. 

Page 10 Think Like an Economist 

Mehdi Haririan believes students need to see how 
economic theories apply to real world situations. 
Keeping that philosophy in mind, he sponsors visits 
by well-known economists like Paul Krugman, 
who often speak to standing-room-only crowds. 

Page 12 For the Love of It 

Webster defines avocation as "a subordinate 
occupation pursued in addition to one's vocation, 
especially for enjoyment." Three members of 
BU's community explain what their "subordinate 
occupations" add to their lives. 

Page 16 Pet Rx 

Jennifer Boyer Hopkinson's day may go to the dogs, but this '96 BU graduate would 
not have it any other way Caring for dogs, cats and small pets fills her day at the 
Animal Care Hospital in Lewisburg. 

Page 18 Bienvenido a Guatemala 

A partnership between the university and the Bucks County Organization for Inter- 
cultural Advancement, led by J. Carol Vance '60, created a unique student teaching 
opportunity last fall. Two students traveled to the American School of Guatemala where 
they taught second- and third-graders and enjoyed a bit of the Guatemalan countryside. 

Page 21 Freshmen Plans 

Freshmen in a 100-level course generally don't stray too far from the textbook and 
classroom lectures. Professor James Moser has other ideas for students enrolled in 
Computer Aided Design and Engineering Graphics, challenging them to provide real 
world design projects for area non-profit agencies and the campus community. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husky Notes 

Page 30 Over the Shoulder 

Page 32 Calendar of Events 

SPRING 2006 

News Notes 

Building the Basics 

Economics professor funds six Pakistani literacy centers 

Saleem Khan and his brother, A.slani M. Khan Nam. seated in 
center, pose with community leaders and teachers at one of the 
literacy centers they are establishing in Pakistan. 

BU economics professor Saleem Khan 
has traveled the globe promoting 
education to foster strong market 
economies. A frequent presenter at 
international conferences, Khan has 
been particularly involved in economics 
education in Russia, where he has been 
a consultant to the Russian Finance 
Academy in Moscow. 

But Khan's latest effort is a return to 
the basics, and home. With his brother, 
Aslam M. Khan Naru, Saleem Khan 
founded the Mubarak Learning Founda- 
tion and launched six literacy centers in 
his native Pakistan. 

The need for the centers is acute, says 
Khan. With a rapidly growing popula- 
tion of 160 million, Pakistan has more 
than half the number of people who live 
in the U.S. residing in a country one- 
tenth its size. Sixty percent of the popu- 
lation is under the age of 25, and the 
literacy rate is only 40 percent, shrink- 
ing to about 12 percent for women. 

The professor has committed his 

Each of the six centers is educating 50 
children, ranging in age from 7 to 14, 
who are taught Urdu, the language of 
Pakistan, English and basic math skirls 
during intensive four-month sessions. 

"We will also work to create an aware- 
ness of political possibilities," says Khan. 
Those interested in learning more about 
the effort can contact Khan by e-mail at 
skhan@bloomu . edu . 

personal resources toward funding the 
centers for the first year. "If successful, 
I will strive to make it a non-govern- 
mental organization and raise funds 
to endow the foundation so it is self- 
supporting," he says. 

The main center, also housing the 
Mubarak Library, is located in Rahimyar 
Khan in central Pakistan with five 
branches in nearby towns and villages. 

Best in Business 

New honor society founded 

BU's newest honor society inducted its first members this spring. The business honor 
society. Beta Gamma Sigma, is the only society affiliated with the Association to Advance 
Collegiate Schools of Business International, an internationally recognized accrediting 
agency for business degree programs. 

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a student can receive in an 
undergraduate or master's business program accredited by AACSB. The society admits the 
top 1 percent of the senior class, the top 7 percent of the junior class and the top 20 
percent of students studying toward a master's degree in business administration. Students 
inducted into the society become lifetime members. 



Luke Haile 

Undergraduate Investigator 

Student Haile receives research award 

Findings from research on the exercise abilities of children gained 
recognition for BU exercise science student Luke Haile. Haile, of 
Bloomsburg, was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the 
American College of Sports Medicine's Undergraduate Student 
Investigator Award for his research titled "Influence of Testing 
Sequence on a Child's Ability to Achieve Maximal Anaerobic and 
Aerobic Power." Haile earned his undergraduate degree in December 
and is currently an exercise science graduate student at BU. 

With his mentor, BU exercise science assistant professor Joseph 
Andreacci, Haile studied how the order of exercise tests affects 
children's performances. The children were split into two groups, and 
all performed an anaerobic test on a stationary bicycle and a maximal 
oxygen consumption test on a treadmill. The only difference between 
the two groups was the order in which the tests were performed. 

The researchers found that the testing order was significant. When 
the anaerobic test was performed first, it diminished the children's 
performance on the treadmill test. However, the children could 
perform the treadmill test first without affecting their performance 
on the bicycle. 

Current practice is for tests of aerobic fitness, like walking a 
treadmill, to be conducted on a different day than a test of anaerobic 
fitness, such as riding a stationary bicycle with resistance. 

"If the tests are accurate when conducted on the same day, it could 
be a lot more convenient for parents who have to drive their children 
to the tests, and it could reduce costs, as well," says Andreacci. 

Credit Hours 

ACE and dual enrollment programs serve high schoolers 

Eighty- four high school students from 12 school districts, 
two private high schools and one regional technical school 
are enrolled in BU courses this spring through two programs 
— the ACE (Advance College Experience) Program and the 
state-funded dual enrollment program. 

The ACE program offers high school students the 
opportunity to take courses at the BU campus or at satellite 
locations by paying a discounted rate, either 25 or 50 
percent of regular tuition. Students must pay applicable fees. 
Through the dual enrollment program, which is funded by a 
state-sponsored grant, students may take courses for a 
limited fee. The cost for students is determined by the 
income level within eligible school districts. 

By taking courses through either program, students 
can earn college credits while fulfilling high school require- 
ments, according to James Matta, assistant vice president 
and dean of graduate studies and research. For information, 
call (570) 389-4824. 

State Honor 

Kozloff honored by Black Conference 

The Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) 
honored BU president Jessica Kozloff with its president's award 
during the 36th annual conference in February. 

The PBCOHE president's award is presented to individuals who 
have significantly enhanced the mission of the organization, says 
George Agbango, president. Kozloff also has supported diversity 
initiatives and programs at BU. During her tenure, the university 
has increased its minority 
student enrollment and 
its minority faculty and 
staff pool. 

Past recipients of 
this award include Judy 
Hample, chancellor of 
the Pennsylvania State 
System for Higher 
Education; Terrell Jones, 
vice provost for 
educational equity 
at Penn State University; 
and Robert Hill, 
vice chancellor for 
public affairs at the 
University of Pittsburgh. 

Jessica Kozloff 

SPRING 2006 

News Notes 

Lee Retires 

Grad retires as dean of 
Professional Studies 

Ann Lee is retiring at the end 
of May after being part of 
BU as a student, faculty 
member and, currently, 
dean of the College of Profes- 
sional Studies 

"I never planned to go to Ann Lee 
college," Lee says. "I was a 

19-year-old single parent and Dad told me I could be 
a nurse or a teacher. I came here and folks helped me 
to realize my potential. . .that's what the State System 
universities are all about. And, I've had the privilege of 
being a dean." 

Lee, a Shamokin native, earned a bachelor's degree in 
1969. She taught the first pre-school special education 
class at the Easter Seal Society of Central Pennsylvania's 
facility in Bloomsburg and, after five years, became 
director of the local Easter Seals center. She returned to 
BU in 1978 as assistant professor of special education, 
later serving as assistant dean of the School of Education 
before becoming dean of the College of Professional 
Studies 10 years ago. The College of Professional Studies 
encompasses elementary and secondary education, 
exceptionality programs, nursing and speech pathology 
and audiology. 

During her tenure, Lee says she has seen more 
rigorous accreditation and performance standards 
enacted and welcomed the "new ideas and tremendous 
energy" of more than 40 new faculty members. Two 
graduate-level degree programs were introduced — the 
doctor of clinical audiology and master's of curriculum 
and instruction. Other innovations were a principals 
certificate program and an agreement that permits 
students to complete requirements for a BU bachelor's 
degree in elementary education at Luzeme County 
Community College. 

Lee's retirement plans include travel, crafts and 
being "grammy extraordinaire" to six youngsters 
between 6 months and 12 years old. She hopes to 
finish training her dog as a therapy dog and, with her 
husband Lanny, complete American Red Cross disaster 
response training. 

"I have a list a mile long," she says of retirement. 
"I'll have to live to be 1 15 just to fit half of it in." 

Tech Support 

BU earns state grants totaling $263,000 

BU was awarded two state grants to support technology: 
a $200,000 grant for the Greater Susquehanna Keystone 
Innovation Zone and a $63,000 grant for the Pennsylvania 
Center for Computer Forensics Research. The grants were 
announced earlier this year by Gov. Ed Rendell. 

The $200,000 Keystone Innovation Zone Grant funds will 
be used to bring together existing e-leaming companies with 
professionals who deal with training and educating employees 
at traditional companies. Individuals from local companies 
will discuss common needs for developing and delivering 
e-leaming; the existing e-leaming companies will offer assis- 
tance and, where gaps exist, develop new companies. 

The $63,000 Keystone Innovation Starter Kit Grant 
funding will be used to create the Pennsylvania Center for 
Computer Forensics Research, equip a computer forensics 
research laboratory and support faculty research. Computer 
forensics, a new and growing specialty, focuses on obtaining 
evidence of computer-based crimes. The Pennsylvania Center 
for Computer Forensics Research will support the developing 
computer forensics industry and BU's proposed computer 
forensics degree program. 

Winning Ways 
Huskies open season at JMU 

The Huskies will travel south LfV^ilSi HwU ^Mj^I 
of the Mason-Dixon Line for j 'MSffSi%JOjj 'M 'M M j 
the 2006 season opener, XCS^W wU^^rJ 

James Madison University Saturday, Sept. 2, in Harrisonburg, Va. 
Last season, BU went 1 1 -1 and won the PSAC Eastern Division 
title; JMU was 7-4 in 2005, a year after capturing the Division l-AA 
national championship. 

The rest of the Huskies schedule is: 


Sept. 16 at Edinboro 

Sept. 23 CLARION 

Sept. 30 at Shippensburg 

Oct. 7 WEST CHESTER (Homecoming) 

Oct. 14 KUTZT0WN 

Oct. 21 at Mansfield 

Oct. 28 at Millersville 


Nov. 1 1 at Cheyney 

Check for details, including times for the 
opening kickoff. 



Student Advocate 

Agbaw semi-finalist for award 

Steven Ekema Agbaw, professor of English 
and founder of BU's Frederick Douglass 
Institute for Academic Excellence, was one of 
12 semi-finalists for the Outstanding First- 
Year Student Advocate award sponsored by 
the National Center for the First Year 
Experience and Students in Transition and 
Houghton Mifflin Co. 

Agbaw was nominated by provost James 
Mackin who said Agbaw "has worked 
tirelessly to develop and implement innovative strategies that help 
Bloomsburg freshmen make the transition from high school to college 
and cope with a rigorous academic curriculum." 


Steve Ekema Agbaw 

Second in 

'Spirit' moves 

Orders are 
being accepted 
by BU's Super- 
visory Round- 
table for the 
second of five train 
cars in the "Spirit of BU" 
series, the tanker. Proceeds 
will benefit student schol- 
arships and Camp HERO 
at Camp Victory, Millville. 
The tanker, produced 
by Weaver Models, 
Northumberland, is an "O" 
gauge, triple track, 1:48 
scale model with three-rail 
trucks and couplers, a 
complete brake system, 
fully detailed underframe 
and highly detailed styrene 
body. Painted Union 
Pacific yellow with maroon 
ladder and lettering, the 
tanker sports the Huskies 


Springing to Action 

BU athletes assist in hurricane relief efforts 

Thirty-one members of BU's Athletes in Action group spent 
spring break in New Orleans assisting with the Hurricane 
Katrina relief efforts. The group, which included six student- 
athletes, volunteered to help clear houses of debris, rebuild 
schools and universities, and serve meals to more than 
2,000 people a day. The students stayed in climate- 
controlled tents that housed 50 to 100 volunteers. 

"We wanted to help other people out in their time of 
need," said Becky Ritter, a senior from Phillipsburg and 
member of the women's soccer team. 

Athletes in Action is a worldwide organization of Chris- 
tian athletes founded in 1966. 

logo and paw prints and lists 
teams in the Pennsylvania 
State Athletic Conference. 

Tankers are available at a 
cost of $50 each, plus $4.95 
shipping and handling per 
car. Checks, payable to the 
Supervisory Roundtable, 
may be sent to Jolene Folk, 
Bloomsburg University of 
Pennsylvania, 400 E. Second 
St., Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815. 
For more information, call 
Tom Patacconi at (570) 389- 
4042. The deadline for 
orders is Sept. 15. 

Top Value 

BU makes Kiplinger's top 100 

BU made the top 1 00 list of the best values in public colleges, 
featured in the February edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance 
magazine. Landing at number 88, BU shares the list with schools 
such as Penn State University, University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill and Michigan State University. Schools that make 
Kiplinger's list are known for their combination of top academics 
and affordable costs. 

More than 500 public colleges and universities were compared 
before the final list was compiled. Schools were ranked on 
measures of academic quality, such as admission rates, student- 
to-faculty ratios, SAT/ACT scores, freshman retention and four- to 
six-year graduation rates, as well as cost and financial aid for 
both in-state and out-of-state students. BU was ranked 68th for 
out-of-state students. 

SPRING 2006 

To win the Fitness Model Expo 
World Championship, 
successful competitors must 
have symmetrical and toned 
physiques. Tommy Bryant's 
winning ways have brought the 
BU graduate magazine 
spreads, TV ads and a small 
role in a major motion pi 

Flexing His 
1 Talents 




Most people return from a trip to the Bahamas with 
sunburns, vacation photos and useless souvenirs. 

Tommy Bryant came back with a new career. 

After he placed second in his first fitness model 
competition in Miami last year, friends encouraged 
him to give it another shot at a competition in the Baha- 
mas - and it's a good thing he listened to his pals. 
Besides grabbing top honors, he gained a sponsor who 
picked up the tab for a trip to the Fitness Model Expo 
World Championship in Toronto, where he garnered 
a second-place finish. 

"Once that happened, the flood gates flew open and 
my whole life changed," says Bryant, perched on a stool 
at a fitness club in Pembroke Pines, Fla. 

Bryant, a 1992 Bloomsburg grad, wound up dump- 
ing his job as a branch manager for a staffing company 
in order to handle the opponunities that were landing 
on his doorstep. 

His chiseled abs and model agency smile have been 
splashed in magazine spreads for Exercise and Health 
and Men's Workout, among others, and he's appeared 
on MTV programs like "Slam" and "South Beach." In a 
non-speaking role in the upcoming movie "Miami 
Vice," star Colin Farrell pushes him out of the way dur- 
ing a scene in a club. On top of all that, he earned a 
prized spot on a commercial for Bowflex. 

"One of my goals was realized," Bryant says of land- 
ing the Bowflex spot. "It's the top. It's the Nike of the 
fitness equipment world." 

Bowflex flew Bryant to Portland, Ore., where he 
spent two 15 -hour days filming TV ads. They'll keep 
him busy this year with personal appearances at trade 
shows, as well as doing print ads. 

"It just never really sets in when you see yourself 
on TV," Bryant says. "I'm pretty hard on myself and I'm 
my own toughest critic so I usually pick myself apart. 
I'm never satisfied. After the commercial airs, I'm 
usually picking up some weights because I feel I've 
got to work on this or that. Whenever something airs, 
friends call or I get text messages from my old 
Bloomsburg football teammates." 

At the age of 35, considered almost ancient in the 
fitness model world, Bryant has ascended to the upper 
echelons of the industry remarkably fast. 

"I'm not surprised by the success I've had at compe- 
titions because I don't go into it to fail," he says. "Any- 
thing I take on, I go in to do very well. What's probably 
most surprising is how much fun I'm having doing it. 
There are also a lot of challenges, and the hardest part is 
just fighting off the cravings to cheat on your diet." 

Bryant attributes his success to his dedicated work 
habits and sticking to an unbelievably strict low-fat diet 
that would make most people cringe. His diet is built on 
foods such as chicken, fish, egg whites, green vegeta- 
bles, oatmeal, potatoes, rice and plenty of water. 

"There's not much fun in that, but it's just a way of 
life now," Bryant says of his diet. "It's tough. Fitness 
models get the same cravings everyone gets; we just 
have to use our mind power over our stomach. I 
couldn't even tell you what pizza tastes like because I 
haven't had it in so long." 

To keep his Bowflex body in shape, Bryant works 
out four days a week with weights in the morning and 
cardio in the afternoon. 

'I'm not surprised by the success I've 
had at competitions because I don't 
go into it to fail.' -tommy bryant 

"But it's 75 percent diet," he says. "Competitions are 
won and lost at the dining room table." 

Despite a schedule packed with photo shoots, per- 
sonal appearances and workouts, Bryant also runs his 
personal training company, which employs two staff 
members to offset the growing demand on his time. "My 
personal training business is kind of piggy-backing off 
the exposure I'm getting, which is getting me a lot of 
clients," Bryant says. "A lot of people want to be trained 
by the Bowflex guy. 

"To me there's nothing more gratifying than helping 
someone reach their fitness goals. Anything I teach 
someone from a fitness standpoint, they can take with 
them for the rest of their life and teach their kids or 
loved ones. It's going to enhance their quality of life, and 
that's a good feeling." 

Bryant is also squeezing in some acting classes in 
hopes of gaining speaking parts in future movies. 

"I definitely want to get to the big screen and take my 
talents to the next level," he says. "If you're proactive you 
can make things happen and, if not, then you're just go- 
ing to sit back and hope the phone rings." 

If Bryant's determination is any indication, his phone 
should be ringing for years to come, b 

Greg Bach is a freelance writer based in West Palm 
Beach, Fla. 

SPRING 2006 


It's always nice to be honored for doing what 
you love. That's what happened for Sharon 
Emick Gallagher last May when the Rendell 
administration and five business journals 
named her one of Pennsylvania's best 50 
women in business. The annual award 
recognizes the impact women business 
owners and business leaders have in 
creating jobs and building communities. 

When Sharon Emick Gallagher '83 graduated 
from Bloomsburg, the Munq\ Pa., 
native imagined a dynamic future in corpo- 
rate communications. Launching products. 
Advising movers and shakers. Making a 
big impact and pulling down a fat salary. 

It all happened. But it turned out to 
be only a prologue to the career in non- 
profit public relations that is now her 
true love. After spending much of the 
past 20 years working with a variety of 
clients, Gallagher and a partner founded 
a PR agency devoted solely to the needs of 

"It took that long to get the confidence," 
laughs Gallagher. "Some people start 
businesses in their 20s but, for me, it took 
gaining all that experience for people to trust 
us enough." Non-profit execs, she says, are 
savvy, not nearly the naive do-gooders one 
might expect. "'Quite often, they're better at 

communications" than corporate 
leaders, who know their products 
but may not understand outside 
perspectives, she says. 

Gallagher started out in 1983 
organizing special events for the 
Norfolk, Va., chapter of the National 
Multiple Sclerosis Society. "That's 
where I learned fundraising," she 
recalls, explaining that she organized 
walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and even 
read-a-thons to raise money. 

Formal training in fundraising 
was scarce in those days, so she 
learned it from the ground up. "I 
would write proposals with no expe- 
rience, but I had a good boss," says 
Gallagher. "And I would present pro- 
posals to radio stations, McDonald's, 
Pizza Hut, anyone. We were always 
looking for sponsors." 

Naturally, she also entered those 
events. "They're very popular with 
20-somethings," she says. "People 
sign up 20 or 30 friends, spend their 
day together on their bicycles and 
feel that they've contributed some- 
thing when they are finished." 

In 1986, partly because of the 
success of those proposals, Gallagher 
was hired as director of development 
by the MS Society's Philadelphia 
chapter. She had a staff and was 
responsible for managing events. 
More important, there was a whole 
new area of fundraising to leam. 

"I moved from writing corporate 
proposals to writing for foundation 
grants," she explains. "That meant 
dealing with people who would 
give me $10,000 to really support 
a program." 

Gallagher remained with Philadel- 
phia MS only 18 months, then was 
hired away by a local advertising 
agency. Two years later, she followed 
her then-husband to Providence, R.I., 

where she joined another advertising 
agency in a job that lasted until the 
birth of her first daughter, Meghan, 
in 1991. Another daughter, Julia, 
was bom in 1993. 

Both agencies had corporate 
clients, which meant selling prod- 
ucts. That, Gallagher confesses, 
didn't move her heart. But she 
learned strategy. "Larger clients base 
all of their marketing, advertising, 
PR and media buys on a strategic 
plan," she explains. "So, communica- 
tions also had to link into that plan." 

Which means? Ironically, says 
Gallagher, it means that a company 
trying to sell a product can't talk 
about that product. "You have to 
focus on the issues in that industry. 
Take oil filters. A big environmental 
issue is disposing of oil correcdy, so 
you talk about the importance of 
that and why it's important to use a 
reputable company." 

Suddenly, things were clear: 
What Gallagher wanted to do was to 
help non-profits think strategically. 
To do that, she realized she needed 
a master's degree, which she received 
from the University of Maryland 
in 1995. 

Back in Philadelphia once again, 
she freelanced briefly and joined the 
well-connected Tiemey agency for 
about a year. In 1997, she went to 
work for the Pew Charitable Trusts, 
one of the nation's largest founda- 
tions, as public affairs officer. In 
2006, Pew will spend $204 million 
to support environmental, energy 
and public policy research. 

"Pew cares very much about civic 
engagement," says Gallagher, whose 
job was to communicate with 
officials and outer policy makers 
about the programs Pew supported. 
"I not only learned about public 

policy there, I began to care about 
politics." Understand policy, she 
says, and suddenly political yakking 
all makes sense. 

Gallagher and partner Barbara 
Beck, a former journalist, launched 
Sage Communications in 2002. 
Today, its clients include Big 
Brothers/Big Sisters, which provides 
mentoring services to young people; 
the Philadelphia Neighborhood 
Development Collaborative, which 
focuses on revitalization initiatives in 
under-served areas; and Living 
Beyond Breast Cancer, which aids 
women after surgery. 

In Beck's mind, what most 
qualifies Gallagher for this work is 
her passion. 

"We're working with a nurse- 
family partnership that sends public 
health nurses into low-income 
communities to work with teenage 
moms," says Beck. The nurses help 
the mothers get through their 
pregnancies and, then, get back on 
track to school or work. 

"The stories that come out of this 
have such passion that I've seen 
Sharon sitting there with tears in her 
eyes," says Beck. "She feels a great 
deal for the people who we work 
with, which pays off triple-fold when 
you get to see the work done." 

Not all PR people love their 
clients, but it's obvious Gallagher 
does. "The thing that drives us is that 
these organizations serve communi- 
ties that need help," she says. "They 
inspire you." 

And they say thank you. "You 
don't hear that much when you're 
selling oil filters," she says, b 

Mark E. Dixon is a freelance writer in 
Wayne, Pa. 

STRING 2006 reports that the number of economics degrees 

awarded in the U.S. has increased nearly 40 percent over the past five 

years. The reason? Lawrence H. Summers, former secretary of the 

Treasury, says it's because "people are fascinated with applying the 

economic mode of reasoning to a wide variety of issues." 

Think Like an Economist 


Until the 1980s, you couldn't find "privatization" in a 
dictionary. Today, with terms like "world economy" 
and "marketization" entering daily conversation, it's no 
surprise that the National Center for Education Statis- 
tics lists economics as one of the most popular college 
majors in the U.S. 

As people try to understand the forces behind 
globalization and how to deal with it, the study of 
economics becomes more significant and timely, says 
Mehdi Haririan, BU professor of economics. 

To Haririan, economics doesn't deal with theories 
remote to everyday life. Instead, it's a window to under- 
standing the world, and that perception is what attract- 
ed him to the field that he loves to teach. 

"I never thought about any other job," says Haririan, 
who grew up in Tehran. "When I was in high school I 
was reading news from around the world and I was 
thinking that what happens in one country affects what 
happens in other countries." 

The opportunity to work closely with students first 
attracted him to Bloomsburg University as an assistant 

professor in 1982, and his dedication to current 
research keeps classroom lectures relevant. Far from 
relying on dusty texts to get the message across to his 
students, he is a devoted researcher who has worked 
with leaders in the field, inviting many to the univer- 
sity so his students can hear their ideas firsthand. 

"To be a good teacher, you need to be a research- 
er," says Haririan. "You need to be familiar with the 
literature and know what's happening in order to 
have better information for the students. If you 
don't do research, it is the same as a bottle that is 
getting empty." 

Among the well-known speakers he's brought to 
campus are New York Times columnist Paul Krug- 
man; Robert H. Frank, an economist at the Johnson 
Graduate School of Management at Cornell University; 
and Gordon Tullock, a professor of law and econom- 
ics and a distinguished research fellow in the James M. 
Buchanan Center for Political Economy at George 
Mason University. 




Mehdi Haririan bases his classroom lectures on current 
research in the field of economics. 

Many of the speakers typically charge thousands of 
dollars for their appearances, but Haririan often is able 
to convince them to forego their fees because of their 
professional relationship. 

"The students are able to listen to people who 
are involved in the decision making," Haririan says. 
"They love when they see somebody speaking on 
campus who is the author of the book or the paper 
they've read." 

Haririan was first exposed to the world of business 
through his father, who has a textile company and real 
estate interests. One of his brothers followed in their 
father's footsteps, and the other became a rocket scien- 
tist working in the defense industry in California. 

With ongoing concerns about outsourcing 
of jobs and how the U.S. will adapt to the 
changing world economy, Mehdi Haririan's 
research is particularly timely. 

But for Haririan, teaching exened a bigger pull than 
the lure of the family enterprises, and he knew study- 
ing economics was the path he wanted to follow. 

After earning his undergraduate degree from 
Economics National University in Iran, his graduate 
studies brought him to the United States, first to Iowa 
State University for his master's and then to the 

New School for Social Research, where he earned a 
doctorate in economics. While in graduate school 
he met his wife Christine who teaches at Luzerne 
County Community College. 

Haririan has shared his research findings with 
students and other professional economists over the last 
25 years. He wrote a book in 1989 that looks at the 
economics behind state-owned enterprises and authored 
or co-authored more than 20 articles that appeared in 
professional journals. 

His research focuses on the kinds of tasks it makes 
sense for government to do, rather than the private 
sector. An example of an appropriate government task, 
he explains, is providing assistance to workers who have 
lost their jobs, giving the support necessary for them to 
get back on their feet. 

Currently, Haririan is studying the economic reforms 
occurring in the central and eastern European countries, 
the privatization of state-owned enterprises and global- 
ization. With the ongoing concerns about outsourcing 
of jobs overseas and how the United States will adjust 
and adapt to the changing world economy, Haririan's 
research is particularly timely. 

"When we talk about issues of outsourcing and 
offshoring, we talk about comparative advantage," 
Haririan says. "That is the idea that the country that 
can provide a good cheaper should provide it." 

Haririan says that means the kind of work one 
country may have done in the past ends up moving 
elsewhere. In the United States, for example, outsourc- 
ing has resulted in fewer manufacturing jobs. But, 
overall, that doesn't mean fewer jobs for the U.S., just 
different kinds of jobs. 

"There are studies showing outsourcing is really 
not going to create fewer jobs in the U.S. Ultimately, it 
is going to create more jobs because corporations are 
going to expand more," he says. 

"Globalization is the wave of the future, and you 
cannot stop that," Haririan says. "I want each of my stu- 
dents to think like an economist, and in order for them 
to do that I have to know myself what is going on." b 

Jack Sherzer is a professional writer and Pennsylvania 
native. He lives in Hairisburg. 

SPRING 2006 



When others define us solely by what we do as a 
career, they miss a vital portion of our psyche — 
the thing we do to refresh, unwind and express 

our creativity, the thing known as our avocation. 

The line can 
blur between 
being a teacher and 
being a student. It 
does for Ervene 
Gulley, chair of the 
English department, 
when she takes her 
seat at the piano. 

Gulley joined the 
BU faculty in 1970 
after earning a bachelor's degree in 
mathematics from Bucknell Univer- 
sity and master's and doctoral 
degrees in English from Lehigh 
University. She has taught courses 
on modem/contemporary Ameri- 
can, British and European literature 
and the works of Shakespeare, but 
she remains a student in another 
discipline, piano performance. 

Piano music has provided the 
soundtrack for most of her life. 
"Our town had fewer than 300 
people. When I was 6 years old, 
someone found a piano teacher 
who would come to town for six 
students," she says. "As a conse- 
quence of living in a small area, I 
started lessons at a young age." 

Her first instructor had studied 
to become a concert pianist before 
moving from Italy to Carbondale, 

Pa. His talents far exceeded the 
skills of his young students, she 
recalls, but his discipline, along 
with assignments from Schirmer's 
Library of Musical Classics, nur- 
tured her talent. She played piano 
throughout high school, accompa- 
nying various choral groups. 

Pursuing choral music during 
her college years, Gulley returned 
to the keyboard when her parents 
gave her a piano as a housewann- 
ing gift after she earned her 
degrees. She soon began studying 
with BU instructor John Couch 
and, later, James Douthit and 
Kunyoung Kim, enrolling in a 
class each semester. 

Often asked to accompany 
music faculty and senior perfor- 
mance majors, Gulley has 
performed individually and with 

bands, orchestras and ensembles. 
Before each graduate commence- 
ment, "they roll out the Steinway 
and I play for a half hour," she says. 
"A fine piano is a delight." 

Playing the piano has offered "a 
number of opportunities I wouldn't 
have otherwise enjoyed," she says. 

"I love my job, but it has its 
stressful days. When I play, I'm in 
a completely different world and 
I'm not in charge." 

Studying the piano also keeps 
her connected to her students. 
"I can always see where it could 
have been better or should have 
been better," she says. "It helps 
me remember what it's like to be 
a student. . .how a lot of serious 
students feel when they get papers 
back with my comments." 
- By Bonnie Martin 




"I can't go near a body of water without bring- 
r ^ ing a fishing pole," says Dang LaBelle, BU's 

storeroom supervisor and an avid angler. Mount- 
ed fish decorate the walls of his office and photos of 
fishing trips past line one storeroom wall. 

LaBelle's fascination with all things fishy began in 
Thailand before he came to the United States when he 
was 5 years old. A drainage pipe behind his home 
would overflow in the rainy season and the resulting 
pond would team with fish that LaBelle would catch 
with an improvised net of screen. 

Fishing is now an integral part of LaBelle's life. A 
typical weekend in the spring or autumn will find him 
wading in a nearby stream or pond. And it's not just 
the usual trout and bass that draw LaBelle to the water. 
In fact, he prefers angling for more unusual species — 
various types of panfish or big crappies. 

He's also organized trips to fish for salmon in New 
York with BU colleagues. "1 enjoy watching someone 
else learn, taking new people out, getting people 
hooked," says LaBelle. "It's not work for me. It's fun." 

A litde bit of fun was what LaBelle expected on a 
warm June afternoon in 1986. Instead, he set a national 
record. LaBelle and his wife Amy were having a picnic 
at Kaercher Creek Dam in Hamburg, Pa., about 60 
miles southeast of Bloomsburg. Naturally, LaBelle 
intended to do a little fishing so he and Amy set out 
in a 12-foot row boat. Dang dropped a hook on an 
8-pound line. 

He got a bite — a big one. Back and forth swam the 
fish across the water. Amy maneuvered the boat while 
Dang slowly reeled the fish in, careful not to break the 
thin nylon filament. 

Finally, after 40 minutes, he cornered the fish in the 
shallows, jumped over the side of the boat and heaved 
it ashore. It was a muskellunge, its mouth filled with 
needle-like teeth, one of which caught LaBelle's thumb 
and gashed it. No typical fish, this muskellunge 
weighed 40 pounds — a record that put LaBelle's name 
in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. 
- By Eric Foster 

Continued on next page 

SPRING 20 6 


Give Norm Manney a tree branch, 
and he'll turn it into a work of art. 

In his free time, BU's paint shop 
foreman crafts elaborate wooden 
walking sticks. Whether 
marking the accom 
plishments of 
veterans or pre- 
serving favorite 
childhood pas- 

Manney's walking 
sticks all tell a story. 

Manney's love of woodworking 
began dunng his time in the Marine 
Corps. He collected sticks and 
marked them with names and dates 
to record where his 23 years of ser- 
vice had taken him. Later, Manney 
began to carve walking sticks out of 
tree branches and discarded scrap 
wood. When his wife Debra sug- 
gested he sell his work, the hobby 
turned into a small business. 

It takes Manney four 
weeks to make a walking 
stick, from the first steps of 
shaping the wood, to carv- 
ing or burning a pattern 
and placing the inlays, to the 
final steps of staining it and 
coating it with polyurethane. 
Manney makes many of the walk- 
ing sticks for veterans, personalizing 
them with military-themed pins 
and carvings. He understands the 
pride of military service and creates 
each stick with the individual vet- 
eran in mind. "The sticks tell the 
history of a person. Each one's dif- 
ferent," he says. 

But Manney's walking sticks 
aren't limited to the military. "When 

someone comes up with an idea, I 
see what I can do with it," he says. 
"It's a challenge to look at something 
and then try to make it." Manney 
created one stick using shooter 
marbles his customer had played 
with as a child. He made another 
stick sparkle with artificial jewels. 

Manney receives orders for about 
40 walking sticks a year, in addition 
to the sticks he sells locally. 

"It's a fun hobby, that's what it is. 
It's what I intend to do when I give 
up my day job,' " he says. He hopes 
to one day open a small store to sell 
his walking sticks. For now, though, 
Manney is content to spend his time 
making new walking sticks, polish- 
ing and perfecting his craft, b 
- By Lynette Mong '08 


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As a little girl enjoying nature walks with her grand- 
father, Jennifer Boyer Hopkinson was drawn to injured 
birds and other animals. She wanted to "fix" whatever 
ailed them. 

Today, this 1996 Bloomsburg University 
graduate tends to the needs of up to 40 animals 
daily at the Animal Care Hospital, the practice 
she and her husband Michael own in Lewis- 
burg, Pa. She spends her days caring for dogs, 


More than 58.3 percent of U.S. households own one or more companion animals. 

— American Veterinary Medical Association 

cats and "pocket pets," like rabbits and ferrets, while 
her husband, who holds a business degree from Lock 
Haven University, manages the business end. "I can 
focus on the medicine and surgery part of it," she says. 

"Ever since third grade I wanted to be a veterinar- 
ian," she admits, recalling how an aunt dubbed her 
"little veterinarian" as she coddled family members' cats 
and dogs. Long before applying to college, Hopkinson 
plunged into the dirtier side of veterinary work, clean- 
ing cages at a clinic in her hometown of Dallastown, 
Pa., near York, and working her way up to the unof- 
ficial title of "go-fer." 

From BU, Hopkinson went on to the University of 
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduat- 
ing in 2000. She worked at animal hospitals in Reading 
and Allentown before buying the Animal Care Hospital 
last October from Dr. Alice Gora, who remains at the 
practice part-time. 

As the owner, Hopkinson relishes the chance to 
implement many of the ideas she learned in veterinary 
school. "It's different when it's your own practice," she 
says. 'You can use the newer drugs or perform some of 
the newer procedures without asking for permission." 

She admits the family's decision to relocate to 
central Pennsylvania wasn't simply based on a business 
opportunity; it was greatly influenced by their 2-year- 
old son, Evan. "We love the area," explains Hopkinson. 
"It's a great area to raise children, and the people are 
so much friendlier here than what we're used to." 

In fact, it was her affection for Bloomsburg, located 
just 30 miles east of Lewisburg, that drew her back to 
the region. Hopkinson was accepted both at BU and at 
a private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. But 
Bloomsburg's reputation and much more manageable 
price tag appealed to Hopkinson, who put herself 
through school working three part-time jobs. She 
served as a technician at nearby Bloomsburg Veterinary 
Hospital, held a work study job in a campus cafeteria 
and played violin with the Schuylkill Symphony in 
Pottsville. The violin, which she began playing in third 
grade, also earned her a scholarship through the uni- 
versity's music department as she performed with the 
university orchestra. 

Hopkinson says her Bloomsburg education prepar- 
ed her well for veterinary school and practice. Looking 
back, she says taking more finance and economics 
courses would have helped her to better understand 

the business aspects of the career. And human psychol- 
ogy courses would have been helpful for dealing with 
human clients. 

"You go into this profession because you like ani- 
mals, but those animals are attached to people," she 
reasons. She finds it critical to learn to "read" people 
and deal with their emotions. "Sometimes the animals 
are the easier part of the two," she laughs. 

One of the biggest obstacles she and her staff face is 
helping clients pay their pets' medical expenses. Animal 
Care Hospital has set up a fund to help people who 
can't afford the care their pets need, and clients can 
return unused animal medications to a bin for others to 
use free of charge. 

Hopkinson advises students thinking of a career in 
veterinary medicine to work in an animal hospital. 
"School can prepare you to an extent, but it doesn't 
compare to being in the trenches." Beyond biology, 
students should consider courses in finance, psychol- 
ogy and even speech communications — to prepare for 
the talks they'll inevitably be asked to present. 

"You never realize how many people in the commu- 
nity will call and ask you to speak at career days or, like 
Girl Scout troops, ask for a tour," she says. 

She finds her profession particularly difficult when 
she must euthanize a pet, but tremendously rewarding 
when a sick animal is healed and able to return home 
to its family. 

"All too often, we see an elderly person whose 
beloved pet is all they have left. It puts the pressure on, 
but it's great when you see how happy the people are 
when they are able to take their best friend home. It's 
just amazing what animals can do for people." 

That bond exists on a personal level for Hopkinson, 
whose daily companion at the Animal Care Hospital is 
a long-haired black cat who moved into her off-campus 
apartment during her student days in Bloomsburg. 
Today, he's part of a family that also includes two ter- 
rier-mix dogs, Alex and Kermit, and a cockatiel named 
Sweet Pea. But, only the feline has his own cage at 
Animal Care Hospital with the handwritten nameplate, 
"Mikie Hopkinson." b 

Kim Bower-Spence is a freelance journalist from 
Berwick, Pa. 

SPRING 2006 

Two Bloomsburg education majors found 
themselves student teaching at a bilingual school 
in Guatemala City last fall and witnessing both 
extremes in the country's economic spectrum. 


hen Bloomsburg 
University student 
Ginamarie Romano signed up to 
do student teaching in Guatemala, 
people told her she was "gutsy." 
After all, the only foreign country 
she'd ever been to before was Can- 
ada. At least she had her high 
school Spanish to fall back on. 

Romano flew to Guatemala City 
and landed in a different world. "1 
really didn't know what to expect 
when I went down there, although 
1 knew I was going to a third- 
world country," she recalls. Wide- 
spread poverty in the city 

contrasted with the upper-class 
environment at The American 
School of Guatemala, where stu- 
dents had chauffeurs and body- 
guards, plus maids who carried 
their backpacks. 

She taught third-graders at the 
bilingual school, catching a 6:15 
a.m. bus to get there before her 
students arrived. On weekends, 
she explored the country, shop- 
ping at village markets, dipping 
her toes in the Pacific Ocean and 
climbing a volcano. 

When Romano returned to 
Pennsylvania in October, she fin- 
ished her second student- 

teaching assignment, at Millville Area 
Elementary School, and received 
her bachelor's degree in early child- 
hood and elementary education in 
December. Then she made her next 
"gutsy" move — to Florida, where 
she teaches a gifted second-grade 
class in Opa Locka, near the Spanish/ 
English cultural mix of Miami. 
She notes that her well-behaved 
Guatemalan students were much 
less of a culture shock than her Amer- 
ican students. "They listened; they 
respected you," she says. 

Romano was one of the first two 
BU students to participate in the ex- 
change program. The program is the 
result of a longstanding relationship 
between The American School of 

Guatemala and the Bucks County 
Organization for Intercultural Ad- 
vancement, and their new partner- 
ship with Bloomsburg University. 

From Pennsylvania to 
Central America 

The relationship goes back to 
1977, when a group of adventur- 
ous educators from Bucks County 
traveled to Guatemala and other 
countries to consult on curriculum 
and school design and introduce 
innovative educational practices. 

The private, bilingual American 
School needed teachers who spoke 
English as their native language 
to serve as speaking models and 
teachers for Spanish-speaking 
students; the Pennsylvania educa- 
tors formed the Bucks County 
Organization for Intercultural 
Advancement and helped fill that 
need through visiting teachers. 

J. Carol Vance '60 got her first 
taste of Guatemala in the early 
1990s. She was teaching in the 
Southern Lehigh School District 
and looking for the opportunity 
to make a change in her life. She 
found it at The American School 

of Guatemala, where she was a 

Continued on next page 

Keystone State 
Educators Boost 
Guatemalan Teaching 

For almost 30 years, the Bucks County Organi- 
zation for Intercultural Advancement has been 
using Pennsylvania experience and knowledge 
to improve education in Guatemala. 

Since its founding in 1977, the Bucks County 
Organization has grown to include members 
from across Pennsylvania - though the name 
remains the same - and its focus has shifted 
to promoting literacy among the poor in the 
rural areas of Guatemala. 

Board member Vera Rearick Derk '60, a 
former reading supervisor, uses her contacts 
with publishers to cultivate book donations. 
"To date, we've sent $77,000 worth of books to 
Guatemala," says Derk. "We recently mailed 
3,000 books." 

The Bucks County Organization's other 
programs include: 

Sponsorship of The American School's 
satellite schools in rural areas of Guatemala 
and public schools that serve the children of 
sugar-cane workers and Mayan Indians. These 
schools serve poorer regions, where as many 
as 43 percent of first-grade students do not 
continue on to second grade. 

Professional development assistance for 
Guatemalan teachers through the Universidad 
del Valle de Guatemala and other schools. 
The American School is the official labora- 
tory school of the university. Bucks County 
Organization board members Jolene Borgese 
and Renee Cartier travel to Central America 
every year to present seminars to as many as 
400 Guatemalan teachers. 

'Once you get into a third-world country and you see 
people riding buses all night long to get to classes, 
you realize how lucky we are.' - j. carol vance '60 

resource teacher, observing new 
teachers there and modeling lessons 
for them to increase their proficien- 
cy. Before she knew it, she was 
principal of the school. 

When Vance returned to the 
United States in 1993, she became a 
board member of the Bucks County 
Organization for Intercultural 
Advancement. Currently, she's 
president of the organization and a 
substitute teacher in the Benton 
Area School Distnct. 

Ann Lee, dean of the College of 
Professional Studies at Bloomsburg 
and a member of the Bucks County 
Organization board, traveled to 
Guatemala in January 2005 with 
Bonnie Williams, chair of the early 
childhood and elementary educa- 
tion department. While at the 
Arierican School, they explored 
the possibilities for Bloomsburg 
students and gave workshops. 

"We thought it would be an 
excellent placement for our student 
teachers," Ann Lee says, noting that 
the university does not regularly 
offer international opportunities for 
student teaching. 

Recent BU graduates Ginamarie 
Romano, left, and Natalie Hock 
Buchhalter enjoyed traveling 
throughout Guatemala while 
student teaching last fall. 

Just eight months later, two 
BU students were headed for 
Guatemala, paying their own 
Bloomsburg tuition, travel and 
living expenses abroad. Student 
teaching with Romano was Natalie 
Hock, who was also studying 
elementary education. Hock had 
long been interested in going 
abroad and jumped at the Guate- 
malan program, even though she 
doesn't speak Spanish. That wasn't 
a problem, she learned, because 
The American School's cooperative 
program placed both an English- 
speaking and a bilingual teacher in 
each classroom to work together. 
Hock taught second grade with a 
Guatemalan teacher. 

The student teacher lived in a 
house with other teachers from the 
school and enjoyed traveling 
throughout the Central American 
country on weekends. "It was a 
culture shock," she says. "We were 
immersed in an entirely different 
culture and way of life." 

Back in Pennsylvania, Hock 
completed her student teaching at 
Beaver-Main Elementary School 
in Bloomsburg before receiving her 
bachelor's degree in elementary 
education and getting married in 
December 2005. The following 
month, Natalie Hock Buchhalter 
began teaching at a private 
Montessori school in Santa 
Monica, Calif. The area has a large 
Spanish-speaking population, so 
she says the language she learned 
in Guatemala is helping her with 
her new job and city. 

As it turns out, the first two 
Bloomsburg student teachers at 
The American School of Guate- 
mala may also be the last two, at 
least for a while, says Lee. The 
school's new director would like 

J. Carol Vance '60 heads the 
organization that sponsors 
educator exchanges between 
Guatemala and Pennsylvania. 

student teachers to stay for a full 
semester to better adjust to the 
country's culture, while Pennsylva- 
nia regulations require at least half 
of an education major's semester 
of student teaching be completed 
within the state. "It's kind of 
discouraging," she says. 

Lee, who retires in May, hopes 
other options materialize. She sees 
the possibility of the Educator 
Exchange Program as a summer 
project or as a semester-long 
student-teaching assignment for 
students who follow up with an ad- 
ditional assignment in Pennsylvania. 

In the meantime, the Bucks 
County Organization is continuing 
in other directions with its Educator 
Exchange Program. Seven Guatema- 
lan administrators and teachers 
visited Pennsylvania schools, and 
another was working in the Spanish 
Immersion Program at Southern 
Lehigh School District in Center 
Valley. One of the visiting principals 
noted that the American school 
system makes it almost impossible 
to fail, Vance recalls. 

"Once you get into a third-world 
country and you see people riding 
buses all night long to get to classes, 
you realize how lucky we are," 
she says, b 

Tracey M. Dooms is a freelance writer 
and editor living in State College, Pa. 







It's a required 100-level course 
for all engineering students, 
but that doesn't mean it has to 
be routine. 

Computer Aided Design and 
Engineering Graphics could 
easily be just a series of text- 
book hypotheticals, but profes- 
sor James Moser prefers to give 
it some real world flair. So 
teams of students concentrate 
on actual design projects, with 
an emphasis on learning the 
client's needs and coming up 
with workable plans to solve 
genuine problems. 

Moser invites local non- 
profit organizations and the 
campus community to make 

requests, and then the students, mostly freshmen, face 
the challenges of "the real thing." A local church hopes 
to modify a building to create a new social hall. An an- 
thropology professor would like to see a Native Ameri- 
can dwelling reconstructed. And BU's Student Health 
Center is expanding and needs a new floor plan. 

Moser explains that the projects are not necessarily 
simple. Some begin with goals that are not completely 
resolved. Others want to get some sense of cost. In the 
case of the Student Health Center, all the requirements 
of a public university come into play. "It gives the stu- 
dents a taste of what real projects are like," he says. 

Half a dozen projects keep students busy through- 
out the semester, and the course's conclusion is a 
formal presentation of the project not only to the client 
but also to class peers, all of whom evaluate the results. 

For many of the students, the challenge was 
unexpected. Freshman engineering majors Brian 
Mikucki of Delran, N.J.; Tabitha Chlubicki of 
Wyoming, Pa.; Cathy Auburger of Glen Rock, Pa.; and 
Crystal Henion of Oley, Pa., expected simpler 
classroom exercises at the onset of their first semester at 
BU. Instead, they worked with professor DeeAnne 
Wymer, a recognized expert in archaeology and Native 

'Ain't nothing like the real thing" says the 1968 hit by 
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. BU's first-year engineer- 
ing students could sing along as they confront client's 
genuine problems and create workable solutions. 

Students Brian Micucki, Tabitha Chlubicki, Cathy 
Auburger and Crystal Henion take one last look at their 
plans for reconstructing a Native American dwelling. 

American anthropology — a bit scary at first, but soon 
an enormously rewarding experience that gave the 
basic class a lot more depth. Wymer praised the quality 
of their work after hearing the presentation. 

Pennsylvania residents Brandon Groff of Lebanon, 
Josh Picard of Norristown, Mike Kutch of Greenfield 
Township, and Fitzgerald Flowers of Upper Darby, 
were paired with Lucinda Harris, director of the Stu- 
dent Health Center, where an expansion project is in 
the works at its Kehr Union home. A crucial part of the 
project was working with the university's planning and 
construction office, gaining insight into how a major 
institution develops such projects. 

In the end, Harris was more than pleased. "They 
came up with a great plan," she says. "They were very 
impressive, very professional, listened to what our 
needs were and solved the problem." Now their plan 
will have to withstand the formal review process the 
university applies to any construction project, b 

Geoffrey Mehl is BU's publications director. 

SPRING 2006 

Husky Notes 

Quest trips designed 
for alumni and friends 

Bloomsburg University's Quest program offers trips 
ranging from a hike in a nearby state park to biking 
in Colorado and trekking through the rain forest of 
Ecuador. The following trips are open to BU alumni and 
friends. For many of these trips, no experience is necessary 
and most equipment is provided. Varied amounts of 
physical stamina are required. 

• Walking Across Ireland, 

June 19 to 27: Participants 
will hike Ireland's long- 
distance trails through 
some of the country's most 
significant historical and 
cultural regions, eating 
in pubs along the way. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 

• Colorado Wildflowers 
Mountain Biking, July 15 

to 22: Participants will fly 
into Gunnison, Colo., with 
transportation arranged 
to Crested Butte where 
they will spend two days. 
Between Crested Butte and 
Lake City, Colo., cyclists 
will ride a variety of terrains, 
from old logging roads to 
single tracks, often above 
an altitude of 7,000 feet. 
The leader is Brett Simpson, 

• Mountains and Music: 
Hike in the Rockies, Aspen 
Music Festival, July 24 to 

31: After gradual acclima- 
tion and short day trips, the 
group will hike over West 
Maroon Pass, through the 
Maroon Bells Wilderness 
area, to Aspen. The visit 
coincides with the 

Aspen Music Festival. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 
rsmi th@bloomu . edu . 

• Machu Picchu and Peru- 
vian Andes Trek, Aug 12 

to 20: The adventure brings 
participants into the south- 
em Peruvian Andes to 
explore one of the earliest 
indigenous civilizations. 
The leader is Dave Conlan, 
dbconlan@yahoo . com , 

• Africa's Kilimanjaro and 
Safari, Sept. 3 to 17: 

The group will venture up 
Africa's highest volcano, 
Kilimanjaro, traveling 
through all of the planet's 
six eco-systems. Upon 
climbing Kili, participants 
will experience the 
wilder side of Tanzania on 
a multi-day safari. The 
leader is Dave Conlan, 

• Lost Incan Trail and 
Mountains of Ecuador, 

Dec. 27, 2006, to Jan. 13, 
2007: Designed for the 
budding adventurer and 
mountaineer, the trip 
includes Ecuador's cloud 
forest and 'Avenue of Volca- 
noes." The adventure begins 
with a three-day two-night 
exploration of the lost Incan 
trail in remote cloud forests, 
then participants choose 
whether to continue as the 
group learns proper moun- 
tain techniques, from glacier 
travel to crevasse rescue. 
The trip concludes with a 
soak in natural hot springs. 
The leader is Dave Conlan, 

• Mountain Biking Across 
the Roof of Africa, Dec 28, 

2006, to Jan. 12, 
2007: This trip is 
for those who 
are comfortable 
"* dealing with the 
Participants will 
travel from Addis 
Ababa, the capital 
of Ethiopia, to the 

Guraghe Highlands. From 
that location, they will bike 
from village to village 
mainly along pathways and 
unpaved roads, often at 
an altitude of 9,000 feet. 
Cyclists will carry basic 
equipment and spend 
the nights in villages along 
the route. The leader is 
Roy Smith, rsmith® 

• Trekking in Patagonia, 
Chile, Feb. 12 to 25, 2007: 
This trekking adventure 
in the southern Patagonian 
Andes of Chile takes the 
group into one of the 
natural wonders of South 
America, the Torres Del 
Paine National Park. The 
leader is Dave Conlan, 

For additional information, 
including costs and 
physical requirements, call 
(570) 389-2100, check online 
at or 
contact trip leaders at e-mail 
addresses provided. 



5 *y f\ Victor J. Ferrari and his accomplishments were 

O Zr recognized when the Col. Victor J. Ferrari 
Community Family Resource and Learning Center was 
dedicated Oct. 7, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives. 
A veteran of World War II, he was an Air Force navigator 
whose B-24 was shot down over Holland. He joined USAA as 
a training director after retiring from the military and worked 
as a bank president until he retired from that career in 1988. 
Active on the San Antonio Commission on Literacy, the San 
Antonio Commission on Elderly Affairs and advisory boards 
for school districts, colleges and universities, he was honored 
in 1991 as former President George HW Bush's 943rd Point 
of Light. 

5 gl ^ Fred Frey was inducted into the Luzerne County 

\J Jm* Chapter, Endless Mountains Region, Sports Hall of 
Fame. A five-sport star at Tunkhannock High School, he 
lettered in football for four years at BU and coached baseball 
and football at Wyoming Valley West. 

5 £l A Harold Cole was the focus of a veteran profile last 

\JTT fall in The News of Delaware County. Harold re- 
called his experiences during four years of active duty with the 
Marines and two years as a reservist. He then enrolled at BU 
and, following graduation, taught business law and medical 
terminology for nearly 25 years at Luzerne County Commu- 
nity College. 

Donna Krothe Goobic, a retired educator and current 
drama coordinator at Northwest Area High School, is part of 
the Historical and Preservation Society of the Greater 
Shickshinny Area, an organization preserving landmarks 
through miniature woodcarvings. In a January Times Leader 
story, Donna said student research conducted at BU fostered 
her interest in preserving the past. 

}/^/^ Jean Booth Gelbaugh (right) 

UU retired in January after 39 years as a 
math teacher at Mechanicsburg Middle School, 
where she also ran the after-school math, game 
and knitting clubs. She was honored on her 
last day with a full-school assembly. 


Gretchen Hummel Brosius '67/70M started her 
second four-year term as mayor of Northumberland 
in January. Gretchen has taught Montessori preschool classes 
for the past 24 years and currently teaches at the Northumber- 
land Christian School. She and her husband E. Eugene 
Brosius, an attorney, have been married for 36 years and have 
three grown children. 

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Thomas Stark Fowles retired from Illinois State University 
in January, after more than 16 years as assistant director for 
benefits and human resources information systems. Also 
retired from the U.S. Air Force and Pepsi-Cola, he plans to 
golf, volunteer as a bench referee for the ISU Lady Redbird 
basketball and volleyball teams, and participate in the 
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of McLean County. 
He will also work part-time while his wife, Eileen, continues at 
ISU as a nursing professor. They will visit their son, Aaron, 
who is teaching in Poland, and their daughter, Sarah, a law 
student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be 
reached at 

5 £l Q Rosemary Lubinski, a professor of communication 

V/O disorders and sciences at the University of Buffalo, 
recently published her fifth textbook, "Professional Issues in 
Speech Language Pathology and Audiology." 

7^T~1 Diane McGeever Neiper was elected last Novem- 

/ .A. ber to a four-year term on Northampton County 
Council. She plans to retire in June from Northampton High 
School where she teaches business/technology and advises the 
Future Business Leaders of America. 

Thomas Scholvin is an assistant professor of education at 
Immaculata University. The former superintendent of Octorara 
Area and Muncy school districts, he earned a doctor of 
education degree from Nova Southeastern University in 
Florida. He and his wife, Margaret, have three grown children 
and four grandchildren. 

7^T^ Nancy E. Wisdo, former director of the Office of 

/ ^ Domestic Social Development, United States 
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), became one of three 
associate general secretaries of the USCCB in February. A 
member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and 
Peace from 1996 to 2001 , she is a candidate for a licentiate in 
canon law at the Catholic University of America. 

J^T^y Doug McClintock of Doylestown spent a week in 

/ %J Cancun, Mexico, as a volunteer in mission with 
Discovery Service Projects. The project involved building 18 
concrete-block houses in an area devastated by Hurricane 
Wilma. This was Doug's 1 1th trip abroad with DSP. 

7^T r^ Marylou Kempf Alfonso is enrolled at The King's 
/ i_J Seminary, Los Angeles. 

J^7/C Cyndy Landis Kryder wrote an essay included in 

/ \J the 316-page anthology, "Stories of Strength." 
"One Breath at a Time" focuses on close friend Deb Snyder 
Thompson '76 and her struggle with a rare, life-threatening 
illness. Proceeds from book sales benefit disaster relief 
charities, including the Red Cross, Americare and the Salvation 
Army. Ordering details are at 

Rosa Solines Stroh is vice president/treasurer of the 
Hershey Co. She joined the company in 1982 as senior 
treasury analyst/pension asset management and held a variety 
of positions in the treasury department. 


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Deborah Dell Watson of Magnolia, Del, Bayhealth Medical 
Center s vice president of the southern region, was elected to 
the American College of Healthcare Executives' Council of 
Regents. She formerly was a health care executive at 
Susquehanna Health System and Geisinger Medical Center. 

5^T^T Mar)' Agnes Kratz was named to the board of 

/ / trustees of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory 
School. She is an inclusion teacher for the Wyoming Valley 
West School District and president of the Wyoming Seminary 
Upper School Parents Association. 

Susan Ursprung is supervisor of curriculum and instruc- 
tion in the Donegal School District. She formerly taught in the 
district for 25 years and served as assistant middle school 
principal for a year and a half. She has taken courses at West 
Chester, Millersville and Perm State universities. 

5^TQ Col. Edward Bezdziecki recently retired after 26 

/ C3 years in the U.S. Air Force. During his career, he 
was stationed at the Pentagon; Grafenwoehr Army Installation, 
Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and air force bases in Florida, 
New Hampshire, Maryland, Alabama, Texas and Washington, 
D.C. He earned a master's degree in business administration 
from Central Michigan University. 

Paul G. Janssen Jr. is Norristown's municipal administra- 
tor. He previously was city manager of Coatesville. 

?^7Cj) Becky McNabb Sullivan was recognized in Nurs- 

/ y^ ing Spectrum's Greater Philadelphia edition as 
recipient of the 2005 nursing excellence award. She is director 
of home care and hospital for Montgomery Hospice Medical 
Center, Norristown. 

5 Q f\ James L. Quinn is director of fixed operations for 

OU Sloane Automotive Group, Philadelphia. He 
continues to play semi-pro baseball. His wife, the former Lee 
Ann Pennington '79, is a special education teacher in the 
Lower Merion School District. They have two sons: Matt, a 
junior at Lower Merion, where he plays baseball, and Tim, a 
sophomore at Harriton High School, where he acts in school 
plays and sings in choral groups. 

5 Q "1 Judy Lutz MacNeal was named senior vice 

O -A. president and sales manager for National Penn 
Leasing, a subsidiary of National Penn Bank. 

Joseph A. Mayo received a 2005 teaching award from the 
Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He earned master's 
and doctor of education degrees from West Virginia Univer- 
sity. He has been on the faculty of Gordon College in Georgia 
since 1989, serving as department chair from 1993 to 1997. 

5 Q ^ Annette East Bruno is assistant professor of 

VJ jL* education at Northampton Community College. 
She taught elementary and middle school students in the 


Donna Osmun Schwartz '88 and husband, Kevin, a daughter, Emma 

Andrea Zeitler Peters '89 and husband, David, a daughter, Kylie 

Grace, Dec. 27, 2005 

Hara Freireich Kinsey '91 and husband, Andrew, a son, Jonathan 

Paul, Oct. 18,2005 

Stephanie Campomizzi Malarkey '92 and husband, Thomas, a 

daughter, Melissa, Nov. 8, 2005 

Michelle Kochenash Milisits '92 and husband, Mark, a daughter, 

Courtney, Oct. 6, 2005 

Christine Girman Morgan '92 and husband, Shawn, a daughter, 

Aug. 31, 2005 

Mary-Katherine "Kate" King Welsh '93 and husband, Greg, a son, 

Connor Michael, Sept. 16,2005 

Mike Kwasnoski '95 and wife, Margo, a son, Noah Andres, 

Nov. 11,2005 

Shawn Laverty '95 and wife, Kimberly, a son, Connor, Dec. 13, 2005 

Rachel Wilbur Wacek '95, and husband, William, a son, Daniel 

William, Nov. 22, 2005 

Kimberly Kels Condel '96 and Christopher Condel '97, a son, 

Connor Robert, July 15, 2004 

Amy Lautermilch Wood '96 and Paul Wood '95, a son, Eric James, 

July 22, 2005 

Teri Gamier Miller '97 and husband. Rusty, a son, Joshua Caleb, 

March 28, 2005 

Susan Laughiin Mackey '98 and husband, Philip, a son, Philip Jr., 

Dec. 9, 2005 

Justin C. Wagner '98 and wife, Jennifer, a daughter, Avary 

Valentina, October 19, 2005 

Crystal Kovaschetz Wertz '98 and husband, Gerald, a daughter, 

Lillian Grace, Jan. 12,2006 

Kelly Stubbs Carman '99 and husband, Mike, a daughter, Ridgeley 

Nicole, on Dec. 21, 2005 

Sheila Devine Pogash '99 and husband, Keith, a son, Corey 

Alexander, Sept. 29, 2005 

Darlene Weihbrecht Steinberger '99 and husband, Robert, a son, 

Michael James, Aug. 26, 2005 

Stacey Myslivy Weaver '01 and husband, Bradley, a son, Jacob, 

April 2004 

Kevin Monroe '02 and wife, Chanell, a son, Casey James, 

Dec. 7, 2005 

Lori Karczewski Heath '03 and husband, Troy, a daughter, Aubrey 

Lena, Dec. 27, 2005 

Wilson Area School District for more than 20 years. She also 
taught at East Stroudsburg and Kutztown universities. 

Hugh Turner was promoted to vice president of finance 
with Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, N.J. Hugh 
has more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience 
within the casino industry. 


A G A Z I N E 

9 Q "2 Sharon Butler Burke is vice president of corn- 
er «3 munity services and resource development for 

Maternal and Family Health Services Inc. She previously served 

as the MFHS director of resource development. 

Elizabeth Lees Caramihalis teaches Spanish at Winnacun- 

net High School, Hampton, N.H. She previously taught at 

Sanford High School, Cape Elizabeth High School and Morse 

High School, all in Maine. 
Jim Griggs was named vice president of finance at Woolrich 

Inc. He has been with the firm since 1987. 

Shantillo leaves financial officer post 
to study for the priesthood 

Fifteen years after 
earning a bachelor's 
degree in accounting 
from BU, Jerry Shantillo '88 
enrolled at a different type of 
educational institution, a 
seminary in Washington, 
D.C. Last fall he moved one 
step closer to a second career 
as a Roman Catholic priest 
when he began pursuing 
religious studies at the 
Pontifical North American 
College in Rome. 

Shantillo worked in 
the financial side of the 
healthcare industry before 
entering the seminary. First 
with Guthrie Healthcare 
System, Sayre, and, later with 
United Healthcare System, 
Binghamton, N.Y., his titles 
included controller of Guthrie 
Clinic and chief operating 
and financial officer of United 
Medical Associates. He earned 
an MBA from Binghamton 
University in 1991. 

In 2003, he resigned from 
healthcare administration, a field he says 
he "greatly enjoyed," to enter seminary. 
Studying for the Diocese of Scranton, 
he enrolled at Theological College at 
Catholic University, Washington, D.C, 
to prepare for theology studies. Then, in 

5 Q A Victoria Amici Bartlow, assistant vice president 

O A and trust officer with First Columbia Bank and 
Trust Co., Bloomsburg, received her Series 7 and 63 licenses 
after completing an examination process by the North 
American Securities Administrators Association. With the 
licenses, she is now a registered representative with First 
Columbia Financial Services, a division of FCBT. 

Edward Caminos is corporate controller of BPZ Energy, 
Houston, Texas. Ed has more than 20 years of experience in 
senior accounting and finance positions, primarily with 
international energy companies. 

9 Q £* Cindy Smith 

C3 %J English is vice 
president of underwriting 
services at Geisinger Health 
Plan. She has been with GHP 
for 18 years. She and her 
husband Barry have two sons, 
Reuben, 23, and Ryan, 17. 

Kimberly Hendricks is 
vice president, finance, for JLG 
Industries, McConnellsburg. 
She previously was based 
in New York City with Bristol- 
Myers Squibb Co., most 
recently as vice president of 
finance, corporate develop- 
ment. She earned an MBA from 
New York University. 

Mark A. Mitchell is 
professor of marketing and 
chairman of the department of 
management, marketing and 
law at Coastal Carolina 
University. He previously 
was on the faculty of the 
University of South Carolina 
Upstate. He is married and 
has three children. 

5 Q £l Michael Gigler was 

C3\J promoted to senior 
vice president at Wachovia 
Bank. He has been a senior 
relationship manager in 
Wachovia's Northeast Pennsyl- 
vania Commercial Banking 
Group, responsible for the 
Greater Lehigh Valley. He 
began his career in 1986 at 
Meridian Bank. He earned a 
master's in business admini- 
stration at Moravian College. 

Greg Sullivan was inducted 
into the West Branch Chapter 
of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall 

September 2005, he entered seminary at 
the Pontifical North American College, 
studying theology at the Pontifical 
Gregorian University in Rome. He 
expects to remain in Rome for five years 
before returning to the U.S. 


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of Fame. He was recognized for his wrestling accomplishments 
at Hughesville High School and at BU. After graduation, he 
coached wrestling at Montoursville High School. He is 
currently a major in the U.S. Army. 

} Q ^T Michelle Molyneux Karas is vice president and 
C3 / marketing director for First Columbia Bank and 
Trust, Bloomsburg. Director of the 2006 Central Atlantic 
Advanced School of Banking, she is a member of the board 
of directors of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association's Profes- 
sional Development Network. She has written articles for PA 
Banker Magazine, ABA Marketing Magazine and Financial 
Services Online. She is married to Timothy Karas '84. 


Carla Shearer Christian was named to the NCAA 
Division III 25th anniversary field hockey team. 
Christian, senior youth director at the Chambersburg YMCA, is 
a member of the BU Athletic Hall of Fame. She and her 
husband Ric are the parents of Brooklyn, Cole and Carlin. 

Chris Edwards is enrolled in the master of organizational 
leadership program at Immaculata University. Promoted to 

rehabilitation manager at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, 
he earned a master of science degree in speech pathology in 
1989. Chris resides in Royersford with his wife Sue Paluba 
Edwards '88, and their children Nick, 12, and Erin, 8. 

Duane Ruch joined Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc. as a 
senior accountant. He and his wife Kim have three sons, Tyler, 
Kyle and Hunter. 

}Q(^ Deb Manney joined the Susquehanna Valley House 

C3 S of Hope as a secondary education teacher. She and 
her husband Norm have a son, Shane. 

J(\f\ Sharon Ford Bixler was appointed corporate 

y^ \J director of health and wellness services for Lutheran 
Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania in York. Sharon 
has been with Lutheran Social Services as an area executive 
director since October 2004. 

Doug Rapson launched his first weekly podcast, "Geek 
Acres," featuring his thoughts about science fiction, tech 
toys and Internet happenings. Doug and his wife Debbie have 
a son, Christopher. They live in Mifflinburg. 

Michael Tokach was promoted to director of customer care 
at Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc. He has been with the 
company since 1995. He holds a master's degree from College 


Kit Griffiths 76 and Todd 
Kelchner, July 9, 2005 
Filomena Costantino '88 and 
Joseph Covert, Oct. 8, 2005 
Truly Walters '90 and Mark 
Zimmerman, Nov. 26, 2005 
Laura Dean '91 and Gary Taylor, 
Aug. 5, 2005 

Leanne Shamp '92 and David 
Petty, Oct. 23, 2005 
Jill Demming '93 and Thomas 
Yoniski III '88, Oct 7, 2005 
Christine Fink '95 and Terry 
Turpin, Oct. 15,2005 
John Hnatishion '95 and Ann 
Marie Augustyn, Aug. 20, 2005 
Kelly Minahan '95 and Michael 
Sommers, April 30, 2005 
Amanda Shepard '95 and 
Joseph Flaska, Oct. 22, 2005 
Jodi Ann Beierschmitt '96 and 
Carter Frantz, Sept. 17,2005 
Tara Klach '96 and Michael 
Peregrim Jr., July 30, 2005 
Megan Pesavento '96 and 
Christopher Murray, Nov. 25, 2005 

Kristen Yuskoski '96 and 

Brian Motz, July 16, 2004 
Danielle Esposito '97 and 
Gregg Pavlick 

Jason Henry '97 and Kimberly 

Gene Rissmiller '97 and Karen 
Robison, Oct. 15,2005 
Jesse Sorber '97 and Julie 
Peterman, Sept. 10,2005 
Kerri Bingaman '98 and Brian 
Doll, June 25, 2005 
Erica Petrushka '98 and 
Joseph Mazaika 
Jeffrey Ashworth '99 and 
Jacqueline Curry, July 16, 2005 
Jessica Brackbill '99 and 
Peter Loomis, Sept. 17,2005 
David Calvert '99 and Jennilyn 
Wesner, June 11, 2005 
Jill Gushka '99 and William 
Zeruth, Aug. 7, 2005 
Bethany Hartman '99 
and Timothy Van Schoick, 
July 16, 2005 

Jaclyn Janowicz '99 and 

Wes Schaeffer, July 23, 2005 
Jill Murphy '99 and Matthew 
D'Angelo '98, Sept. 16,2005 
Jodi Pall '99 and Michael Phillips 
Jennifer Cross '00 and Aaron 
Reyer '99, Oct. 15,2005 
Kelly Ann Dallabrida '00 and 
Robert Davis, Sept. 17,2005 
Richard Kunkel '00 and Summer 
Stawiarski, May 21 , 2005 
Brock Marshalek '00 and 
Crystal Varner, Oct. 23, 2005 
Kristina Shimkanon '00 
and Kristopher Provencher, 
Jan. 14,2006 
Amy Vesnefskie '00 and 
Domenic Breininger 02, 
June 11, 2005 

Jill Yeselavage '00 and Troy 
Barnes, Aug. 6, 2005 
Helen Bortner '01 and Justin 
Rubenstein, Aug. 20, 2005 
Amy Bruggeman '01 and 
Mark Heisey, June 18, 2005 

Sarah Burkholder'01 and 

Ryan Wertz, Aug. 13,2005 
Alison Burton '01 and 
Daniel Blaney 

Marissa Campanella '01 and 
Ryan McFarland, May 14, 2005 
Andrew Desiderio '01 and 
Katie Pearson, May 13, 2005 
Sarah Schuman '01 and 
Joshua Moore, Oct. 8, 2005 
Jason Schwass '01 and 
Larissa Haught, Aug. 12,2005 
Michael Porambo 
Rebecca Stephens '01 and 
Richard Bell, July 23, 2005 
Stephanie Anderson '02 and 
Chad Shirk '01, Aug 13,2005 
Kimberly Armstrong '02 and 
Eric Engleman, Oct. 8, 2005 
JodyKarge '02 and William 
McCarty, Sept. 10, 2005 
Tarah Kucheruck '02 and 
ShaunGuida, Sept. 16, 2005 
Adrianne Leiby '02 and Rickey 
Barnett Jr., Sept. 10,2005 




Misericordia. He and his wife Carmella have a son, Gabriel. 
They live in Beaver Meadows. 

?(^~1 Laurie Kohn Churba is assistant costume designer 

/ .JL for "Saturday Night Live." For the past nine years, 
she has helped dress some of the biggest stars, including Garth 
Brooks, Janet Jackson, Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, 
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Colin Farrell, 
Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Aniston and Donald Trump. She 
earned a master's of fine arts degree from Mason Gross School 
of the Arts at Rutgers University. She's worked on New York 
theatrical productions, including "Inherit the Wind," "The 
Price," "Spunk," "The Comedy of Errors" and "Titanic." 

Liesl Wagner Kreischer earned a master's of business 
administration from BU in May 2005. Liesl lives in Bloomsburg 
with her husband Steve and their children, Zakery and Lexus. 

Pat Wilson was promoted to vice president of operations for 
Little League Baseball and Softball. With the organization since 
1993, he also is assistant director of the Little League 
International Tournament, chairman of the Little League Rules 
Committee and a member of the charter and tournament 
committees. He has volunteered with several local agencies, 
including the United Way and the Williamsport Area 
Recreation Commission. 

Kevin Monroe '02 and Chanell 
Sink, Feb. 5, 2005 
Sickora, Dec. 4, 2004 
Sandra Walter '02 and Brian 
Dickinson, July 30, 2005 
Christine Welker '02 and Brian 
Greblick, June 11, 2005 
Derek Williams '02 and Lisa 
Schneider '03, Oct. 15,2005 
Neill Reidy '03 and Laura 
Themens, April 1,2005 
Bridgette Reish '03 and 
Christopher Coup, July 23, 2005 
Alison Turner '03 and William R 
Miller III, Oct. 8, 2005 
Amy Yamrock '03 and 
Thomas Ruffner 
Maria Digris '04 and Dr. Mark 
Brayford, Sept. 3, 2005 
Shannon English '04M and 
Garth Watson, Aug. 6, 2005 
Kristyn Fox '04 and Stephen 
Hughes '04, Oct. 15,2005 
Nicole Hartranft '04 and 
Timothy Rhoads 

Tawnee Klinger '04 and Brian 
Swartz, May 7, 2005 
Malinda Lepley 04 and 
Michael DelPriore Jr. '04, 
June 4, 2005 

Nicole Mark '04 and Matthew 
Magill '05, Sept. 19,2005 
Stephanie McHale '04 and 
Michael Bowman, July 9, 2005 
David Nogle '04 and Melanie 
Page, Oct. 15,2005 
Adrienne Campbell '05 and 
Adam Smith, July 16, 2005 
Alyssa Haraschak '05 and 
Phillip Deeble '03 
Kristi Siciliano '05 and Brian 
Katie Starr '05 and Robert 
YargerJr., Aug. 20,2005 

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7(~J ^ Michael Kacsmar and his family moved to Franklin 
S ^ Park, N.J. He and his wife Beth have two daughters, 

Meghan, 9, and Kelsey, 6. 

Todd Miller was promoted to the rank of captain in the 

U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base 

in Montana. 


Catherine Noll Alexander is chief financial officer 
and vice president of finance at Shamokin Area 
Community Hospital. She joined the hospital staff in 2002. 
She and her husband Joseph have a daughter, Elizabeth. They 
reside in Coal Township. 

Sherri Derr, a certified registered nurse practitioner, has 
joined OB/GYN Associates at Bloomsburg Hospital. She earned 
a master's degree at College Misericordia. 

Taffi Ross-Johnston was promoted to director of emer- 
gency services at Sunbury Community Hospital where she's 
worked for nine years. Recipient of the hospital's 2003 
outstanding employee of the year award, she previously 
worked as a staff nurse in the emergency department and, 
most recently, as the rapid admission nurse. 

Kris Vancas is head coach of the Penns Valley High School 
softball program. He has 12 years of experience, coaching at 
the seventh-grade, eighth-grade and junior varsity levels before 
becoming the Lady Rams' assistant coach in 2001. 

Carli Yeager-Hall is a member of the board of trustees 
formed to oversee the proposed Family Choice Charter School 
in Towanda. Carli is a science teacher in the Athens Area 
School Distnct. 

^C\ A Stacy Price Linkins is a communications instruc- 

7^t tor and internship coordinator at Immaculata 
University. She formerly taught at West Chester University 
and Villanova University. 

David Maurer was promoted to supervisor in the 
audit services group of Reinsel Kuntz Lesher. A resident of 
Cumru Township, he earned a master's degree from 
St. Joseph's University. 

M. Abdul Mobin '94M is a tax senior with Pulakos 
and Alongi Ltd., Albuquerque, N.M. He has seven years of 
accounting experience and previously was a corporate 
accountant and an operations manager. 

Kimberly Maguire Petrosky of Mountain Top was named 
one of the Citizens' Voice's top 100 Wyoming Valley athletes. 
A teacher at Rice Elementary School and former Crestwood 
High School softball coach, she played with the Huskies 
in three NCAA finals and, as a junior, led the country with a 
0.73 ERA. 


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Jf\ f^ Robert Galella is middle school assistant principal 

y \J at Tunkhannock Area Middle School. He previously 
was an assistant high school principal in the Abington Heights 
School District. 

Michael Gillespie is chief accounting officer with Hersha 
Hospitality Trust. He previously was manager of financial 
policy and controls for Tyco Electronics Corp. and a senior 
manager with Arthur Andersen LLP and KPMG LLP. 

JC\/£ Kimberly Kels Condel began teaching special 

s\j education at Pocono Mountain East High School in 
September 2005. 

Todd Doebler (left) was promoted to 
associate head coach for the University of Notre 
Dame men's tennis team. Todd, the 2004 
■ Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest 
v — >• * Region Coach of the Year, is the first associate 

head coach in Irish tennis history. He previously 
^P coached at Pepperdine University, Connecticut 
College and Trinity College in Connecticut. 

Shupp is BEP's new 
director of 



'or Pamela J. Shupp '85, 
experience in economic 
development and 
knowledge of the greater 
Reading region led to her new job with Berks Economic 
Partnership. As director of economic development, she 
manages projects and administers county, state and 
federal assistance funding programs for Berks County 
and the greater Reading area, working collaboratively 
with other economic development agencies to promote 
business growth. 

Shupp received bachelor's degrees in political science 
and geography at Bloomsburg, with a concentrations in 
public administration and urban and regional planning. 
She earned certification from the American Institute of 
Certified Planners. 

A native of Reading, Shupp has more than 20 years of 
experience in economic and community development, 
including 12 years with the City of Reading. Her most 
recent position was vice president of affiliate operations 
for Lancaster Redevelopment Corporation. 

Andrew Dunning joined Strategic HealthCOM as director, 
account management. 

Shannon Stauffer Gordon was accepted into the 
Jacksonville Teachers Institute and is eligible to become a 
fellow of Yale University's National Teachers Institute. 

Jerry Palovick was nominated for two Mid-Atlantic 
Regional Emmy Awards for his work at CN8 (The Comcast 
Network). Prior to joining CN8 six years ago, Jerry was a 
photographer, editor and tape coordinator for WNEP-TV in 

Gina Luscavage Ross is special education supervisor for 
the North Penn School District in Lansdale. She and her 
husband Michael reside in North Wales. 

5£J Q Scott Blacker was named national Campaign 

Zr C3 Executive of the Year by the Jewish National Fund. 
The award was presented by Estee Lauder Chairman Ronald 
Lauder at a ceremony in New York. Scott is a partner in 
Blacker Communications, a marketing and web design firm. 
Sherry Clements joined the Delaware State Chamber of 
Commerce as events manager. She is working on a master's 
degree in public relations at Rowan University. 

Lori Hoose Strimple '98M was promoted to assistant vice 
president for marketing at Jersey Shore State Bank. A graduate 
of Penn State, she had been serving as the bank's marketing 
coordinator since 1997. 

?("JQ Danielle Savage was named On Highway Engine 
/ S account manager for Foley, the Caterpillar dealer in 

Piscataway, N.J. She previously worked at Bank of New York 

and Offshore Pools. 
Jaclyn Janowicz Schaeffer earned a master's degree in 

reading education, with honors, from the University of 

Scranton in May 2005. She has been teaching fourth grade 

at Jefferson Elementary in the North Pocono School District 

for six years. 


Michael Morella was awarded the tan belt for 
U.S. Marine Corps martial arts. He is the 
commander, HSC 602d Aviation Support Battalion, Camp 
Humphreys, Korea. His wife, Corina, is currendy serving 
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Carl Seidel is a project manager at Refinery Inc., one of 
the top 50 interactive agencies in the country. He is also a 
member of BU's Corporate Advisory Council, an alliance of 
representatives from the public and private sectors with the 
Department of Instructional Technology and the Institute 
for Interactive Technologies. 

Amy Snader Simmons is a retirement account officer with 
Sterling Financial Trust Co. 

Keith Strohl joined the law firm of Steckel and Stopp, 
with locations in Slatington, Schnecksville and Northampton. 
He received his law degree at Western New England College 
School of Law in May 2005. 


Heather Critchosin '01M is an assistant technical 
professor of education at King's College. From 2000 
to 2003, she was assistant professor of education and supervi- 




sor of early childhood education at King's. She is executive 
director of Educational Development Specialists Inc., Freeland, 
and Country Charm Learning Center Inc., Drums. 

Matthew Goslee has been with Century 21 Alliance Drexel 
Hill for the past year. He and his wife Kelly have two children, 
Madelyn-Jo and Noah. They reside in Holmes. 

Erin McArthur received her masters of social work degree 
from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. She lives in 
Philadelphia, where she is a social worker at Shriners Hospital 
for Children of Philadelphia. 

Kathryn Soke is an advertising representative with the 
Times-Mail, Bedford, Ind. She previously worked at American 
Eagle Outfitters, Bloomington. 

Jayne St. Mary, a teacher in the East Penn School District, 
earned a master's degree at Wilkes University. She lives in 

Wayne Whitaker is teaching lOth-grade English at 
Pocono Mountain West High School. He is also an assistant 
varsity football coach. 

^f\^ Diane Fasold Marro joined the Greater 

Uw Susquehanna Valley United Way as the early care 
and education coordinator for Northumberland County. 

Greg Roskos was a graduate assistant coach for the 
University of Toledo football team last fall, working with the 
offense. He was linebackers coach at Muhlenberg College in 
2003 and defensive backs assistant coach at Lafayette in 2004. 


Geneva Schott Traugh Baughman 75 

Catherine Murphy McHugh 76 

Gladys Bundy Krick 77 

Dorcas Epler Riggs '27 

Margaret Lewis '28 

Leonora Austin Heydon '29 

Myrtilla Rood Abbott '30 

Elfed Jones '30 

Mary Kuhn Camera '33 

Catherine Albertson Fuller Potter '33 

Grace Worrall '33 

Frank Chudzinski '34 

Mary Helen Mears Northrop '37 

Florine Moore Piatt Simpson '37 

Lillian Yeager Sanger '40 

Robert Miner '42 

Jean Lantz Smith '42 

William Wanich '42 

Betty Smith Linn '46 

Matilda Patrick Dudzinski '48 

Vincent Friday '49 

John Kuntza '49 

Edward Skowronski '50 

Jessie Wary Stibitz '51 

Rocco Cherilla '52 

Jean Allen Doughty '52 

Ronald Couch '55 

Patrick Christoff '60 

James H. Campbell '64 

David Yergey '64 


Charles Muskauski 75 

David F. Jones 78 

Laura Long Rowe 78 

John Touey Jr. '80 

Ann Marie Kephart Burke '81 

David LeMay '85 

Martha Anderson Hartman '88 

Barbara Jean Ryan Ivahnenko '93 

Julie Sierer Shaffer '95 

Lenard Yocum '03 

Jonathan L. Sabo accepted a position with the Pennsyl- 
vania State Department of Health as a microbiologist in the 
Division of Clinical Microbiology's molecular microbiology 
section. He previously worked at Geisinger's Weis Center 
for Research, and his findings were included in several 
scholarly publications. 

Jf\ "2 Allison Carr received her first national interpret- 

\J%J ing certification from Registry of Interpreters for 
the Deaf. 

Jon Trosky '03/ , 04M performed on WWE Smackdown 
on Jan. 3, and on WWE Velocity on Jan. 10; both matches 
can been seen at While at BU, he trained as a 
professional wrestler using the ring name Supreme Lee Great. 
Since graduation, he's performed at venues along the east 
coast and in Italy. Jon also teaches Adobe Photoshop classes 
at Northampton Community College. 

7/"\ A Kim Derhammer is a partner in A Simple Plan, a 

\J JL wedding and event planning business in Kingston. 

Mark Humphreys joined the sales staff of REMAX River 
Valley Realty, Northumberland. 

Michelle Lachawiec is a seventh-grade math teacher 
at Exeter Township Junior High School, Reading. 

Larry Piccini Jr. teaches math at Lakeland High School, 

A.C. Posey is a conservation technician in the erosion and 
sediment pollution control program of the Luzerne Conserva- 
tion District. He previously worked for Beishline Surveying. 

7 f\ £ Emily Costa is a second-grade teacher at 

\J *J Lower Milford Elementary School, Coopersburg. 
She is pursuing a master's degree at Lehigh University. 

Mike Habowski started his own construction company 
in Kulpmont. 

Ryan Hinton was elected to a six-year term on the 
Pleasant Valley School Board. 

Nick Johnston is a new home sales consultant and 
purchasing assistant for Carriage Manor Builders, Danville. 

Shannon Killeen is marketing assistant with Health 
magazine, based in New York City. 

Jennifer Soika received a graduate assistantship through 
the Educational Outreach/Science Advisory Office at the 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is pursuing a doctoral 
degree in anthropology specializing in forensic anthropology. 

Ashley Watson is a new home sales consultant and 
marketing manager for Carriage Manor Builders, Danville. 

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SPRING 2006 

Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

Latin America comes to Bloomsburg: 
Juan Jose Osuna at the Normal School 

Meandering along the edge of campus, 
from behind the McCormick Center all 
the way to Penn Street, is Osuna Drive, 
named in 1985 for Juan Jose Osuna, a 
native of Puerto Rico and 1906 graduate of the 
Bloomsburg State Normal School (BSNS). Osuna came 
to Bloomsburg as part of a group of students who 
traveled from Latin America to continue their educa- 
tion in Pennsylvania following the Spanish-American 
War in 1898. 

Juan Osuna, just 17 years old when he arrived in 
the U.S. in 1901, originally was sent to the Carlisle 
Indian School because of the mistaken belief that 
students from Puerto Rico needed to be acclimated to 
American culture while learning English. Although 
greatly disappointed by the turn of events, he soon 
took advantage of a program that placed students in 
homes throughout the state. Oscar H. Bakeless, a 
faculty member at Carlisle and an 1879 BSNS 
graduate, saw the young mans potential and secured 

Juan Osuna, always the serious student, is shown surrounded by textbooks. This photo is believed to have been taken at 
Columbia University about 1920. 


The Osuna family poses in 1935 at their home in Rio Piedras, 
Puerto Rico. Juan, standing at right, holds his son James; 
seated are his wife Margaret and daughter Ann. 

a place for him at the farm of Mira Welsh, located 
north of Bloomsburg in Orangeville. Osuna later wrote 
that Miss Welsh was second only to his mother as the 
most influential person in his life. Of equal importance 
was her brother, BSNS principal Judson P Welsh. 

In only five months, Osuna had a practical knowl- 
edge of English. He continued to work for the Welsh 
family to pay his own way, and in the fall of 1903, he 
entered the normal school, graduating with a teaching 
certificate on June 27, 1906. 

Osuna was one of 45 Puerto Rican students who 
came to Bloomsburg between 1900 and 1920 and 
one of 1 1 who graduated. A large number of Cuban 
students also attended the normal school at the same 
time, along with others from Bolivia, Costa Rica, 
Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. 

It was difficult at first for the Latin American 
students to adjust. To help them overcome their poor 
command of English, the school employed several 
faculty members who knew Spanish. Noble W 

Rockey a young man with teaching experience in 
Puerto Rico, was hired in 1905, and E. Joe Albertson, 
a 1901 BSNS graduate who spent five years as an 
instructor in the Philippines, was taken on in 1909. 
Despite their efforts, some of the students did not stay 
in Bloomsburg very long; one of the Puerto Rican 
students left after only six days, and three others 
departed within two months. But, these teachers were 
vital in ensuring that most students succeeded. 

The language barrier prevented many of the Latin 
American students from joining the campus literary 
societies, but they participated more fully in athletics. 
In 1903, a number of Puerto Rican and Cuban 
students were members of a football team, and in 
1907 and 1908, Cuban students fielded their own 
baseball team. 

Of all these students, Juan Osuna enjoyed the most 
distinguished career. After leaving the normal school, 
he earned three more degrees — a bachelor of arts 
from Perm State, a divinity degree from the Princeton 
Theological Seminary in 1915 and a doctorate in edu- 
cation from Columbia University in 1923. Between 
earning his degrees, he spent two years serving as a 
missionary in Puerto Rico with the Presbyterian 
Church. He also continued to hold fond memories of 
the Bloomsburg area and returned to Orangeville to 
visit Mira Welsh. 

In 1923, his professional career began at the 
University of Puerto Rico, where he served as director 
of summer school until 1928 and then as dean of 
the College of Education until 1945. During a visit 
to Bloomsburg in the fall of 1940, he lectured on the 
relationship between the United States and the nations 
of North and South America. In 1945, he moved to 
Washington, D.C., and died in Arlington, Va., on 
June 18, 1950. 

Juan Jose Osuna was a greatly respected, interna- 
tionally known educator, and in recognition of his life- 
time of work, a street and three schools are named 
after him in his native Puerto Rico, in addition to the 
street on the Bloomsburg University campus. His time 
here meant so much to him that he asked to be buried 
in his beloved Pennsylvania hills. The headstone in the 
Orangeville cemetery where Osuna was laid to rest is a 
reminder of the impact the Bloomsburg State Normal 
School made a century ago on the lives of many young 
men and women from Latin America. 

SPRING 2006 

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Academic Calendar 

Summer Session 2006 

Session I -May 30 to July 7 
Session II - June 1 9 to July 28 
Session III -July 10 to Aug. 18 
Session IV - May 30 to June 1 6 
Session V - June 1 9 to July 7 
Session VI -July 10 to July 28 
Session VII -June 19 to July 28 
Session VIII -May 30 to Aug. 8 

Fall 2006 

Electronic Registration 
Aug. 22 to 28 

Classes Begin 

Monday, Aug. 28 

Labor Day - No Classes 

Monday, Sept. 4 

Reading Day - No Classes 

Friday, Oct. 13 


Tuesday, Oct. 17 

Thanksgiving Recess Begins 

Tuesday, Nov. 21 , 10 p.m. 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 9 

Reading Day 

Sunday, Dec. 10 

Finals Begin 

Monday, Dec. 1 1 

Finals End 

Saturday, Dec. 16 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, Dec. 15 


Saturday, Dec. 16 

New Student Activities 

Summer Freshman/Act 101 
EOP Orientation 

Sunday, June 18 
Monday, June 19 

Fall Freshman Preview 

June 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 29 

Transfer Orientation 

Thursday, June 22 
Monday, Aug. 7 


Wednesday, Aug. 23 

Welcome Weekend 

Thursday, Aug. 24, to 
Sunday, Aug. 27 

Special Events 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 8 

Parents' and Family Weekend 

Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov. 5 

Summer Camps 

for more information and 
brochures, call (5701 389-4371 or 
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Half-Day Camp, June 19 to 23 
Half-Day Camp, June 26 to 29 
Day Camp, July 10 to 13 
Day Camp, July 17 to 20 

Boys Basketball 

June 19 to 23 
Team Camp, July 14 to 16 
Coed Day Camp, Aug. 7 to 1 1 

Girls Basketball 

Overnight, June 26 to 30 
Team Camp, July 21 to 23 
All-Sports Camp, July 31 
to Aug. 4 

Field Hockey 

Camp, July 30 to Aug. 3 
Camp II, Aug. 6 to 10 


Youth Camp, June 12 to 14 
Team Camp, July 16 to 19 
Team Camp II, July 23 to 26 

Boys Soccer 

Coaching School, July 1 to 1 6 
Camp, July 23 to 27 

Girls Soccer 

Resident Camp, July 9 to 13 
Day Camp, July 10 to 13 


Camp, June 25 to 30 


Resident Camp, June 1 1 to 1 5 
Day Camp, July 10 to 13 


Camp, July 22 to 26 
Camp II, July 29 to Aug. 2 


Camp, June 9 to 16 
Father/Son Camp, June 1 6 to 18 
Father/Son Camp II, June 23 to 25 
Team Camp, July 9 to 13 
Team Camp II, July 16 to 20 

For the latest information on upcoming 
events, check the university Web site: 
www. bhomu. edu/ today 


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Bloomsburg memories. 

More than a century after Sir Edward 
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start of bright futures for todays 
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The University Store offers the 
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open seven days a week during the 
academic year and Mondays through 
Fridays during the summer. Stop by in 
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A Senior Lindsey Wyckoff of North Canton, Ohio, tries on a cap and gown as she looks forward to 
commencement. She earns a bachelor's degree in mass communications this month. 

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FALL 2006 

A dire diagnosis spurred an alumna 
and her family to get involved in the 
search for genetic clues. Page 16. 

He spent time with Michael 
rdan and Dennis Rodman. 
Now { he's hanging with the 
HusKtes. Page 12. 

From the President's Desk 

As many of you have heard, I recently announced that I will retire 
from BU in December 2007. 1 want to take this opportunity to 
explain, in my own words, why I've come to this decision. 
. In a way, the seed for my retirement decision was planted by 
one of my mentors even before I accepted the presidency at BU. He urged me 
to accept the job only if I planned to stay long enough to make a difference. 
"Don't look at this as a stepping stone, but as a commitment that could very 
well be your last job," he said. 

"But, don't stay too long," he added, with a smile. "Know when you and the 
university are ready for a change." 

I've come to believe that both the university and I are ready for a change. 
I'll retire having served more than 13 years, twice the national average for a 
presidency, and as BU's second longest-serving president. On the personal side, 
the time is right for Steve and me to move to our Arizona retirement home, 
close to both of our married children and our four grandchildren. And, for the 
university, I believe the time is right for new leadership and energy 

As we complete the planning for our second major fundraising campaign, 
it has become clear to me that I must either commit to staying another five to 
seven years to see it through or I should step aside and let someone else both 
start and finish the campaign. I've chosen a retirement date that allows me to 
work with the university community to set our fundraising priorities, and then 
pass the baton to a new president who can provide consistent leadership and 
vision during the campaign. 

I eagerly look forward to the next 15 months as we finish many projects 
begun during my tenure and set the stage for a new president and new 
initiatives. I suspect my last year as president may be my busiest; I know it 
will be one in which I'll relish each day I'm privileged to be president of this 
wonderful university 

Jessica S. Kozloff 

Bloomsburg Univeisity of Pennsylvania is a 

member of the Pennsylvania State System of 

Higher Education 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher 

Education Board of Governors 

as of June 2006 

Kenneth E, jarin, Chair 

Kim E. Lytde, Vice Chair 

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Marie Conley Lammando 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Michael K. Hanna 

Da\id P. Holveck 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Allison Peitz 

GuidoM. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

JamesJ. Rhoades 

ChrisrineJ. Toretti Olson 

Aaron A. Walton 

Gerald L Zahorchak 

Chancellor, State System of Higher Education 

Judy G. Hample 

Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees 

Robert J. Gibble '68, Chair 

Steven B. Banh, Vice Chair 

Marie Conley Lammando '94, Secretary 

Ramona H. Alley 

Robert Dampman '65 

LaRoyG. Davis '67 

Charles C Housenick '60 

A. William Kelly 71 

Steven J. Knepp 

Joseph J. Mowad 

David J. Petrosky 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge KozlofI 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 


Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Brenda Hartman 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lynda Fedor-Michaets '87/88M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistants 

Lynette Mong '08 

Emily Watson '07 


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On the Cover 

Brenda Shaffer Conger 78 poses with her son 

Clifford, who was diagnosed with CFC early in 
his childhood. 

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Page 6 The Secret Life of Sharks 

Eric Hoffmayer '97 spends his days fishing for 
information about sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Fascinated by sharks since childhood, he believes 
there is no better feeling then tagging a shark and 
watching it swim away unharmed. 

Page 9 Super Stats 

Jan Hutchinson hasn't struck out in her 29 years of 
coaching Softball and field hockey While receiving 
accolades for her 1,500 wins, more then any other 
female coach in NCAA history, she still has a few 
elusive goals for her Division II teams. 

Page 10 Advocate for the Underdog 

Richard DiLiberto '82 is guilty of one thing: looking 
out for the underdog. As a litigation partner in a 
Wilmington, Del., law firm, he fights for the cases he 
believes in, relying on truth and American justice. 

Page 12 Retirement Rebound 

Ed Rush, BU's assistant football coach for kickers and 
special teams, is rebounding from his 38 years as an 
NBA official by returning to a different sport, with a 
warm welcome from long-time friend BU Coach 
Danny Hale. 

Page 14 Cancer in the Crosshairs 

She has written more than 170 professional publications (so far), collaborates with 
colleagues worldwide and leads high-level research. But it was a personal loss that 
transformed Lynn McCormick Matrisian 75 from med tech to major cancer researcher. 


Page 16 Family Mission 

Brenda Shaffer Conger 78 and her family have stuck together in spite of dire statistics 
and bleak forecasts. After her son, Clifford, was diagnosed with a rare disease, they 
knew the mission wouldn't be easy, but they've gained knowledge and strength, along 
with a bond that keeps them close. 

Page 20 Fairest of Them All 

Sue Dauria, chair of the anthropology department, knows her students can't fly to 
foreign countries to leam about culture, so she sends them to the Bloomsburg Fair, 
where they conduct surveys and record visitors' perceptions of the annual event. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husky Notes 

Page 30 Over the Shoulder 

Page 32 Calendar of Events 

What 1 really wanted to do was get back in the 
trenches and teach." - Ed Rush 

FALL 2006 

News Notes 

Pure Research 

Chemistry prof receives Cottrell Award 

Research just became easier - and more pure - for chemistry 
department faculty and students, thanks to equipment pur- 
chased with a $46,500 grant from the Research Corporation, 
a foundation for the advancement of science. 

Eric Hawrelak, assistant chemistry professor, won a 
Cottrell College Science Award for his proposal, "Catalytic 
Synthesis of Nitrogen-Containing Heterocycles Using 
Organocobalt Complexes." The award was used to purchase 
a solvent purification system. 

"The majority of the solvents I work with can't come into 
contact with air or water," says Hawrelak, explaining that the 
agents used to dry the solvents are flammable and the sol- 
vents themselves could fuel a fire. The purification system 
allows five different solvents to be on hand in a flame- and 

Eric Hawrelak works in a glove box in the chemistry department. 

explosion-proof stainless steel cabinet, set up much like 
a beverage tap. 

Hawrelak is researching how cobalt may be used to 
reduce the number of steps needed to synthesize com- 
pounds made up of six-sided molecules. These molecules, 
called pyridines, are often found in medicines, making 
Hawrelak's research of particular interest to the 
pharmaceutical industry. 

"Ideally, we'd like to make these compounds in just one 
step," says Hawrelak, "but, realistically, we might take a 
10-step synthesis and make it eight." 

Hawrelak's specialty is transitional metal chemistry, a 
branch he believes is ideal for student involvement because 
the solutions often change color as they are worked upon. 
"The student can see something physically happen," he says. 

In his first year at Bloomsburg, Hawrelak has been in- 
volved in upgrading labs. A recendy added oxygen-proof 
glove box, for example, allows faculty and student research- 
ers to work with air- and oxygen-sensitive materials. 


Trustees Chair 

Gibble named to 
two-year term 

Robert J. Gibble '68 of Sinking 
Springs was named to a two- 
year term as chairperson of BU's 
Council of Trustees, succeeding 
A. William Kelly 71 of 
Kingston who served two terms 
as chair. Other officers are 
Steven B. Barth of Lewisburg, 
vice chair, and Marie Conley RobertJ - Gibble 
Lammando '94 of Harrisburg, secretary. 

Gibble is managing partner of Beard Miller Co. and presi- 
dent of Gibble Consulting, both in Reading. Recipient of BU's 
distinguished service award in 2000, he currently serves on 
the BU Foundation Board. He is a former member of the BU 
College of Business Advisory Board and former treasurer and 
director of the Fund for the Advancement of the State System 
of Higher Education. 

Gibble currently is a member of the Reading Hospital and 
Medical Center Board of Directors, the American Institute of 
Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of 
Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Chamber 
of Business and Industry. He formerly served as president of 
the Reading Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, 
Berks County Mental Health Association, St. Joseph Hospital 
Development Corp. and Bomenann Health Services Inc. 

Marchin' In 

Saints draft Evans 

Husky fans who paid close attention to this year's NFL draft saw 
the New Orleans Saints select Jahri Evans, former offensive 
lineman at BU, in the fourth round. He was the 108th overall pick 
in the draft. 

Evans, a three-year starter 
at offensive tackle for 
Bloomsburg, was considered 
by many to be the most 
dominant lineman in the 
country. He helped the Huskies 
finish the 2005 regular season 
unbeaten, which included 
winning the PSAC (Pennsylva- 
nia State Athletic Conference) 
East title. At BU, Evans was a 
two-time first-team All- 
American selection by the 
Associated Press and twice 
earned first-team All-PSAC 
Eastern Division honors. 

Evans is only the fifth player in school history to be drafted by 
an NFL team. The last Husky picked in the NFL draft was tight end 
Eric Jonassen, selected in 1992 by the San Diego Chargers. 

Evans is listed as a guard on the Saint's Web site, For the 2006 season, he will wear 
his BU number, 73. 

Jahri Evans 


NSF grant funds computer cluster 

An enterprising professor, a grant from the National 
Science Foundation and the technical prowess of some 
students enabled BU to build a computer cluster 
that can solve problems that previously required a 

Michael Shepard, professor of geography and 
geosciences, received $45,000 from the National Science 
Foundation and matching university funds to purchase 
20 computers that have been networked together in a 
Beowulf cluster. May 2006 graduates Ben Estes and 
Mike Shannon drew upon their previous experience to 
link the computers together. Shepard and his students 
will use the new Beowulf cluster (dubbed Typhon after 
a fire-breathing dragon of Greek mythology) to create 
three-dimensional images of asteroids from radar data. 

21st Century Detectives 

BU launches new computer forensics program 

Bloomsburg's new computer forensics program admitted its 
first students this fall. The program prepares students for 
careers in a variety of settings, including law enforcement 
and homeland security agencies, law firms and private 
companies. The increased use of computers to commit 
crimes and the growing demand for computer-based data in 
civil proceedings created a need for individuals who can 
extract useful evidence from computers. The new degree 
program builds on existing courses in mathematics, 
computer science, statistics, business, accounting, ethics and 
criminal justice, adding several new courses in computer 
forensics techniques. 

FALL 2006 

News Notes 

International Connections 

BU signs agreements with four Chinese universities 

BU expanded its two-decade relationship with Chinese 
universities earlier this year when provost James Mackin and 
other members of a BU delegation signed exchange agree- 
ments with Shenyang Normal University, Datong Univer- 
sity, Shandong University of Technology and Shenyang 
Institute of Chemical Technology. The agreements allow 
each of the universities to send up to 30 students to BU and 
for BU faculty to teach in China. BU has had exchange 
agreements with Shenyang University since the 1980s. 

Online Resource 

Alumni Advocacy Council launches Web Site 

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education announced 
the launch of an advocacy Web site,, 
where friends, family, alumni and students of the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher Education can learn more about the 
important role public higher education plays in the commonwealth. 
Visitors may sign up to receive advocacy messages and communi- 
cate with their legislators through a user-friendly online process. 
The Web site is made possible by private funds from the State 
System Alumni Advocacy Council (SSAAC). 

Husky to Horned Frog 

Grad earns full scholarship to Texas Christian University 

Mary Bauman of Plains, a 
May 2006 graduate with a 4.0 
grade point average in both of 
her majors, Spanish and 
speech pathology, earned a full 
scholarship to the two-year 
bilingual certification program 
at Texas Christian University, 
Fort Worth. A member of Phi 
Sigma Iota, the international 
foreign language honor society, 
Bauman received the Languag- 
es and Cultures Study Abroad 
Scholarship and spent the 
spring 2006 semester at Uni- 
versitas Castellae in Valladolid, Spain. She was one of three 
top honor graduates from the Coflege of Professional Studies 
at undergraduate commencement in May. 

Mary Bauman 

Steven D. Hales and William V Hudon 

Top Teachers 

Hales, Hudon honored for classroom dedication 

Two BU professors were selected as the 2006 TALE Outstanding 
Teaching Award recipients. Steven D. Hales, professor of philosophy, 
and William V. Hudon, professor of history, were nominated by 
graduating seniors for the award, sponsored by the Teaching and 
Learning Enhancement Center. 

Hales was nominated for his ability to make course discussions and 
materials engaging and understandable. "He has the ability to turn 
the most complex and convoluted of articles into easily understood 
arguments. He cares not only about our understanding of the 
arguments, but also about what we think about them," wrote a student 
in a nomination. 

Hudon was nominated for his helpfulness and accessibility outside 
the classroom. "I ended up in that office many times over the semester," 
a student wrote. "What awaited me there was a patient and kind 
individual who refused to let me give up." 

The TALE professors received a plaque and a monetary award, 
funded by the BU Foundation, at the May commencement ceremonies. 

Community Flex 

Students contribute $5,900 
to Bloomsburg Food Cupboard 

BU students contributed $5,900 of unused funds from their Flex 
accounts to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard at the end of the spring 
semester. Three hundred twenty-eight students donated Flex funds, 
which are a portion of the students' meal plans that can be used at 
campus dining outlets like cash from a debit card. Over the previous 
six years, students contributed $38,000 to the food cupboard. 




Tech Recognition 

NT wins Ben Franklin Innovation Award 

BU's Institute for Interactive Technologies recently received a 
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania 
Innovation Award, the only college program honored. The Institute 
for Interactive Technologies (I IT) prepares students for careers as 
instructional designers, e-leaming designers and interactive 
multimedia developers through hands-on and team-oriented 
experiences with Web authoring, development and project 
management tools. The I IT played a major role in the creation of 
the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone, which 
encourages companies to locate near universities to spur 
economic development. 

Fabulous Feats 

BU to induct 25th hall of fame class 

Six graduates will be inducted into BU's Athletic Hall of 
Fame Friday, Oct. 6, at Monty's, upper campus. The 
induction of the 25th class during Homecoming Weekend 
brings the number of hall of fame members to 115. This 
year's inductees are: 

Jim Browning '56, who excelled in both track and field 
and football and finished his career as the school's all-time 
football leader in career yards with 1 ,607 (now ninth), 
earning All-Pennsylvania State Teachers Athletic Conference 
honors in 1953 and 1954. 

Lance Milner '90, a three-time All- American in men's 
tennis who was team co-captain in 1990, the same year he 
was named the senior athlete of the year. 

Todd Cummings '83, a four-year letter- winner who 
served as wrestling team captain in 1981-82 and 1982-83, 
compiled 96 wins and was four-time PSAC place winner. 

Marty Laudato '93, a three-time Ail-American, Softball's 
national player of the year and PSAC player of the year who 
ended her career with 33 homers, 200 RBI and 161 runs 

Janelle Breneman '94, a Softball shortstop and four-year 
starter who earned Ail-American honors her senior year and 
was named three times as All-PSAC selection and twice as 
all-region selection. 

Kim Youndt Evans '90, who earned four NCAA 
ATI-American awards, six NCAA Ail-American honorable 
mention awards and five PSAC titles, set the 100 backstroke 
record at nationals and was a member of the record-holding 
400 medley relay team. 

For ticket information for the hall of fame banquet, call 
the sports information office at (570) 389-4413. 

David C- 

New Dean 

Martin returns to head College of Business 

Former professor David G. 
Martin returned to BU this 
summer as the dean of the 
College of Business. As 
associate professor of finance 
and business law at 
Bloomsburg from 1992 to 
2001, Martin also served as 
department chair and as 
coordinator of the master's of 
business administration 

He returned to Bloomsburg after serving as the dean of 
the College of Business at Alfred University. From 2001 to 
2004, he was director of The William G. McGowan School 
of Business and professor of finance at King's College. 

Martin earned a doctor of finance degree from St. Louis 
University, a master of business administration at Western 
Illinois University and a bachelor of arts in history at CW. 
Post Campus of Long Island University. 

Alum for 


Fedor-Michaels is new 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels '87/'88M 
became BU's third director of 
alumni affairs in late May. A 
longtime resident of Bloomsburg, 
Fedor-Michaels has held several 
positions within BU's student life 
office, including residence hall 
director and assistant director of 
residence life. She served as 
assistant director of admissions 
and coordinator of new student 
orientation for the past 1 years. 

Fedor-Michaels is active on 
campus and in the community 
and currently is involved in Big 
Brothers/Big Sisters of Columbia 
County and BU's American 
Democracy Project, Presidential 
Leadership Scholarship Review 
Committee and Academic First- 
Year Experience Committee, 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels 

among others. She was 
recognized three times as 
one of BU's Outstanding 
Women and, in 2005, received 
the university's Dr. Martin 
Luther King Jr. Humanitarian 
Service Award. 

As director of Alumni Affairs, 
Fedor-Michaels follows Doug 
Hippenstiel, who retired in 
March with 26 years of service, 
and BU's first alumni affairs 
director Donald Watts. 

The Secret —Life of 


Just a few 

notes from the 

musical theme 

of the 1975 

film, "Jaws," 

still terrify 


today. While 

shark attacks 

are rare, 

researchers like 

Eric Hoffmayer 

'97 know that 

a healthy dose 

of respect is 

required to 

stay out of 

harm's way. 

Eric Hoffmayer '97 tags sharks for research before 
returning them unharmed to the Gulf of Mexico. 


'The inherent fear of sharks 
fascinated me as a child.' 


Sun, salt spray, the cries of sea birds, waves lapping 
against a boat - it's a life people dream of. 

Eric Hoffmayer '97 lives it, but with a twist. He 
studies sharks. 

"You definitely need to have a respect for sharks," 
Hoffmayer says of the creatures who, like snakes, are 
all muscle and not happy to be caught. "The minute 
you don't is the minute you get yourself in trouble." 

Hoffmayer, a researcher at the University of South- 
em Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 
knows his sharks - or at least he's getting acquainted. 
"We know a lot about mammals, reptiles and birds, 
but we don't know a lot about sharks," he admits. 
"They live in a concealing environment, and they're 
very mobile." 

He's been studying shark physiology and how 
sharks respond to stress, but a recent research trip 
to the Gulf of Mexico sparked an idea for his next 
big project. 

Out on the Gulf, two whale sharks, each about 
30 feet long, came up beside the boat. "I knew they 
were in the Gulf, but 1 didn't know they were 
in the Gulf," he says. The sighting spurred him to 
read up, but all he found was a paper from the 
1930s with anecdotal information gathered from 
commercial mariners. 

When even the word "shark" can trigger an 
uneasy feeling, what more can research reveal about 
this mustachio-twirling villain of the deep? 

Well, lots more. Experts say sharks balance the 
ocean's ecosystem, which allows us to enjoy a bounty 
of fish, shrimp, crabs and other seafood. Overfishing of 
sharks in the 1970s and 1980s upset the balance and 
affected our food supply. 

So Hoffmayer and other researchers fanned out to 
gather detailed information about whale shark sight- 
ings from fishermen, charter boat captains, oil rig 
workers and divers. Some people, he says, reported 
sighting groups of 100; others saw the whale sharks in 
water as shallow as 20 to 30 feet. 

But the questions and research have just begun. 
'We don't know if this is a Gulf of Mexico population, 
a Caribbean population or a Gulf of Mexico-Caribbean 
population," Hoffmayer says. And he wonders: Where 

do the animals go each day? Do they prefer shallow or 
deep water? Warm or cooler? Do they migrate? If so, 
when and where? 

Some of the answers, he's convinced, lie in putting 
satellite tags on the sharks. 

"This is the largest fish in the ocean, but we know 
very little about it compared to other fish," he says. 
"Some are moving thousands of kilometers in a fairly 
short timespan. With satellite tags, we'll be able to an- 
swer some of these questions, as well as get really good 
detailed movements." 

More knowledge will help with shark population 
management, too. Villagers on the western rim of the 
Pacific use whale shark meat, and they harvest large 
numbers of sharks each year. "We don't have a feeling 
on how many are out there," Hoffmayer says, "but 
there's not a ton of them." When each whale shark takes 
30 to 40 years to mature, it's a short road to extinction. 
Continued on next page 

Glitz, Glamour and Fear 

If the theme from "Jaws" freezes your bones, you're not 
alone. And yet - 

"More people die from almost anything than shark 
attacks," says Eric Hoffmayer, a shark researcher at the 
University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Re- 
search Laboratory. 

But shark attacks get all the glitz and glamour. For 
example, he points out that on the same day as a 2005 
shark attack, a grizzly bear killed two people in Alaska. 
But grizzly bears, alas, aren't as "sexy" as sharks. 

"The number of shark attacks has been going down," 
he says. "We don't know why sharks attack people, and 
we'll never know the reasons behind specific attacks, 
because usually the animal gets away." 

His theory: Sometimes it's a case of mistaken iden- 
tity. One 2005 victim had a pocketful of shrimp, and 
that's where the shark attacked. 

"There are lots of things in the ocean that can hurt 
you more readily and sometimes worse," he says, "but 
people treat the ocean as though it's a huge pool, and 
they don't realize that it can be as dangerous as any 
other wild environment." 

FALL 2006 

Experts say sharks balance the ocean's ecosystem, producing 
a bounty offish, shrimp, crabs and other seafood. 

"You try to keep the 
balance as best you 
can," Hoffmayer says. 
"It's panic ecology - we 
don't do anything until 
they're almost gone. 
Then we do everything 
we can to save them." 

But panic doesn't 
work in the long run, so 
researchers and others 
have become more pro- 
active on protection issues, he adds. 

How did a Pennsylvania boy become a shark lover? 
When he was growing up in Philadelphia, Hoffmayer 
spent time fishing with his father along the Jersey 
shore. "The inherent fear of sharks fascinated me," he 
recalls, remembering that he had "cool animal syn- 
drome" for a while. 

At college, he majored in physical therapy and 
played baseball, describing himself as very competi- 
tive. Then he realized that wasn't what he wanted. The 

A research trip to the Gulf inspired Hoffmayer to study the movements of whale sharks. 

interest in sharks came back. He got a degree in 
biology, spent a summer at a Wallops Island marine 
biology field program, then searched until he found a 
University of Mississippi professor who wanted help 
researching sharks. The work involved long drives to 
the Gulf Coast, but Hoffmayer was hooked. 

While he can't spend all his time out in the Gulf 
enjoying the sun and water and salt spray, he likes the 
University of Southern Mississippi because there's a nice 
mix of research and other tasks. "You have to do a lot of 

writing, and the higher 
your position, the more 
you're stuck in the office," 
he says. 

He does spend four 
or five days a month on 
the water - more in the 
summer - and he still 
finds his work fascinating. 
"You find new things 
every day that lead to big- 
ger questions," he says. 
"It's awesome to be there 
and see these guys, then 
tag them and watch them 
swim away. You get a 
good feeling when you 
let the shark go and know 
it's swimming off in 
good condition and 
unharmed." B 

Laurie Creasy, a Pennsylva- 
nia native, now writes and 
edits in Wyoming. 

Katrina's Effects 

Hurricane Katrina's destruc- 

lead to an increase in the 

Research in the Gulf 

tion didn't spare the 

number of sharks looking 

and bayou areas now takes 

University of Southern 

for prey. Early anecdotal 

on greater importance 

Mississippi, and its long- 

reports from fishermen 

because the habitat has 

term effects on wildlife are 

confirm that theory. 

changed. "Most people 

still unclear. 

The USM campus lost 

aren't going to rebuild on 

"We saw a lot more 

five buildings, and Hoffmay- 

the water," he says, "so 

bull sharks immediately 

er's office, at an 18-foot 

that may be of benefit to 

after the storm," says 

elevation, had two feet of 

some of the animals." 

researcher Eric Hoffmayer. 

water in it. He didn't lose 

As they entered the 

"The animals were being 

much data, but the water 

2006 hurricane season, the 

concentrated because their 


researchers were using 

available habitat was 

shark collection, which he 

small trailers as labs and 

temporarily shrinking. 

says will take years to 

classrooms for their sum- 

That seemed to be a short- 

rebuild. Still, he's much 

mer field program. With 

term response; things 

luckier than some. One col- 

an underlying sense of 

appeared to be back to 

league lost his entire build- 

unease, they waited with 

normal by November." 

ing and more than 30 years 

all residents of the Gulf 

Because of the decline 

of work. Other researchers 

Coast region to see the 

in fishing, there are more 

are shifting more to field- 

effects of storms headed 

fish in the water than nor- 

related work until their 

in their direction. 

mal, he says, which could 

laboratories are rebuilt. 


W Y C K O F F= 

In a realm where statistics rule, Jan Hutchinson has amassed 
impressive numbers: 29 years as head coach of two spons at one 
university. . . 13 National Collegiate Athletic Association champion- 
ships. . .and more than 1,500 wins in field hockey and Softball 
combined, the most of any female coach in NCAA history. 

"This last year has been overwhelming," she says. "You just do 
your thing semester by semester, trying to get your teams to reach 
their potential. You don't look at records or wins as they accumu- 
late year to year and, when it all happens, it's just hard to imagine." 

"It" has happened for Hutchinson over the past two years with 
hall of fame inductions for both the National Fastpitch Coaches 
Association and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. 
She received the U.S. Sports Academy's C. Vivian String Coaching 
Award and was formally honored by the Pennsylvania State System 
of Higher Education and Bloomsburg University, which renamed 
its Softball field in her honor six years ago. 

Hutchinson's record includes winning both the NCAA field 
hockey title and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national 
Softball championship in 1982, a year that stands out in her mind. 
"Every team is different, and you really become attached to the kids 
each semester, but the year when we won both titles was really spe- 
cial," she says. 

Following early success in her career, Hutchinson saw opponu- 
nities to advance to the Division I level. "There were chances to 
move up and, as a coach, you look at the success you've had one 
place and get tempted to challenge yourself at another level," she 
says. "When 1 weighed the pros and cons I realized, if I left, I 
wouldn't be practicing what I've been preaching all these years. 

"If I was happy, why make a change? I love the school, I love the 
area, we have strong academics and this campus is beautiful." 

An East Stroudsburg University graduate, Hutchinson knows 
the balance Division II institutions provide for student-athletes. 
"We've had a lot of Division I-caliber players come here because of 
the emphasis on academics and athletics. This level allows students 
to do it all." 

It may seem as if Hutchinson has done it all, but one major goal 
remains: the Huskies are still chasing an NCAA Division II Softball 

"We've come close to winning a Softball title, but that's some- 
thing I'd really like to coach a team to while I'm still here," she says. 
"I also want to keep working with teams to get them where they 
need to be to meet their potential." b 

Lindsey Wyckoff '06 worked in BU's sports information office before 
earning a bachelor's degree in mass communications in May. 

FALL 2006 

Advocate for the Underdog 


Hard work. It got Richard DiLiberto Jr. - attorney, former state rep, dad 
- where he is today, and it all started in the basement of Montour Hall. 

Minding his own business, the man was driving down a 
freeway near Wilmington, Del., when the stray bullet 
came through his car window and into his head. A 
hunter had missed a deer. 

The man lived, thanks to luck and lots of very expen- 
sive doctoring. And, today, he can walk and talk again, 
though he has limited use of one hand and a titanium 
plate in his head. 

When the victim sought damages, though, lawyers 
looked at the case and turned him away. The hunter was 
not rich. There was nothing to collect. Why bother? 

Enter Richard DiLiberto Jr. '82, who did a bit of 

digging and discovered that the hunter was a felon and 
that he had not taken the state-mandated safety 
course. (Curiously, Delaware law allows felons to get 
hunting licenses.) Someone sold him a license anyway. 
That insight led DiLiberto to the gun shop that sold 
the license. The gun shop was insured. After that, it 
was just a conversation about numbers. . .and, now, a 
bill pending in the legislature to make felons ineligible 
for hunting licenses. 

"1 like taking cases where it is just a purely innocent 
victim," says DiLiberto, who has practiced law in 
Wilmington since 1983, simultaneously serving in 


the state legislature from 1992 to 2002. "In this case, 
(other lawyers) knew it was going to be a tremendous 
amount of work to track down a liable party." 

DiLiberto has never been deterred by hard work. 
Back when he was living in BU's Montour Hall, he 
realized that he couldn't study in his room. Too many 
friends popping in and out. And he couldn't study in 
the library because. . .well, ditto. 

That's when DiLiberto and his freshman roommate 
found "the hell hole" - a windowless, concrete-block 
room in Montour's basement. The "hole" had a table 
and several chairs, but no air conditioning, not even 
a picture on the wall, and it was damp. In short, it 
was perfect. 

DiLiberto considers trial lawyers to be 
defenders of liberty for little guys. 

"It was not a pleasant place to be," says DiLiberto, 
who nevertheless got a lot done and graduated cum 
laude. Later, as a student at the Widener University 
School of Law, he created his own "hole" in an off- 
campus apartment by placing a desk inside a walk-in 
closet. He graduated cum laude from Widener while 
holding jobs in the law library and as a home tutor for 
children too ill to attend public school. 

"One of the things that has always impressed me 
about Rick is his ability to do so many things well at 
the same time," says his Widener classmate Francis G. 
X. Pileggi. "Most people will tell you it's all you can do 
to keep your head above water in law school." 

Today, DiLiberto is a litigation partner in the 
Wilmington law firm of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & 
Taylor. He is believed to be the youngest member of 
the Delaware Bar to win a jury verdict in excess of 
$1 million, which he accomplished in 1990 at age 28. 
DiLiberto, who regularly represents the interests of 
those injured or killed by another's negligence, is 
president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. 

Trial lawyers: Those are the people everyone 
supposedly hates because they win undeserved settle- 
ments for imagined damages and run up the cost of 
everything. Propaganda, says DiLiberto. 

"Millions of dollars are spent by large and powerful 
business and insurance industry think tanks to at- 
tempt to get to the jury pool and have people think 

that way," he says. DiLiberto considers trial lawyers to 
be defenders of liberty for little guys. 

"I don't think those who have lost loved ones or 
had serious injuries due to someone's negligence have 
ever thought their cases were less important than 
someone else's," he says, "or that they should not have 
justice." The national trial lawyer's association is trying 
to counter the insurer line, says DiLiberto, in part by 
sponsoring groups like People Over Profits (www.peo-, which bills itself as "your grass- 
roots network to protect civil justice." At his level, 
DiLiberto is a regular speaker to community groups 
on the theme. 

In the legislature, notes Pileggi, DiLiberto proposed 
what is now the state's whistleblower law to protect 
the jobs of those who discover and report fraud 
against the state. Whistleblowers also get a reward, 
says Pileggi, who admires DiLiberto's "tireless crusade 
for the underdog." (Tireless is right; when DiLiberto 
represented a district near Newark, he simultaneously 
carried on a full-time law practice.) 

DiLiberto also wrote Delaware's "First Amendment" 
to its constitution, guaranteeing the right of free 
speech. Oddly, though Delaware is the nation's first 
state - it ratified the Constitution in 1787 - nobody 
had previously noticed that its founding document 
didn't mention speech. 

Maybe DiLiberto's concern for the little guy stems 
from the fact that his family was made up of "little 
guys." The son of a man who quit school at 15 to 
make shoes and later became a cop, DiLiberto grew 
up in Hazleton, Pa. He and his siblings were the first 
in their family to graduate from college. 

DiLiberto remembers calling home after his first 
day at Bloomsburg to tell his girlfriend that he wasn't 
sure he could make it. She told him to stick to it. He 
did. Now, they've been married about 20 years and 
have three daughters -9,15 and 16 - who each 
played basketball on a YMCA teams with dad as 

"Our oldest daughter is going to be a senior and on 
the championship team," he said. "I don't think I've 
missed one game." 

But, DiLiberto insists, that's not work, b 

Mark E. Dixon is a freelance writer in Wayne, Pa. 

FALL 2006 

Ed Rush has gone from rush 
hour to a slow Sunday 
drive. After 38 backbreak- 
ing years as an NBA official, 
he's settled into "retire- 
ment" as Bloomsburg University's 
assistant football coach for kickers 
and special teams. He gives these 
young men the same advice he 
doles out through his motivational 
speaking business: Make the most 
of your time, talent and treasure. 

"It's basically making use of the 
gifts that you have," Rush says. 
"That's what these exceptional kids 
are doing. I tell people we have a 
sign outside that says 'No prima 
donnas allowed.' This is for kids 
who truly want to be here." 

Rush has certainly made the 
most of his own talents over the 
past 40 years. A Philadelphia 
native, he played varsity football at 
West Chester University before 
graduating in 1964 and becoming a 
teacher and football coach at 
Marple-Newton High School in 
suburban Philly. A former high 
school basketball player, he started 
officiating for the National 
Basketball Association on a part- 
time basis in 1966, the year the 
Chicago Bulls were added as an 
expansion franchise. 

Television was beginning to 
boost the NBAs popularity, and the 
league quickly asked Rush to 
switch to full-time. He took what 
he thought would be a one -year 
leave of absence from his teaching 
job to do so. "I went to my superin- 
tendent and said I was going to do 
this for one year," Rush recalls. "He 
warned me that the future of pro- 
fessional sports was very precarious 
and I should be very careful." 

Thirty-two years and more than 

2,000 games later, Rush retired 
from officiating in 1998 to become 
director of officiating for both the 
NBA and the Women's National 
Basketball Association (WNBA). All 
those years of twisting and turning 
to follow the ball from one end of 
the court to the other had caused 
him major back problems, and it 
was time for a desk job. For a 
while, he was able to teach officiat- 
ing, but the job eventually became 
much more administrative. "The 


thing that I really loved, I got away 
from," he says. "I had to delegate 
that to other people. What I really 
wanted to do was get back in the 
trenches and teach." 

That's when he finally gave in to 
what he calls two decades of "cro- 
nyism." That's how long his friend 
Danny Hale, Bloomsburg Univer- 
sity football coach and former West 
Chester coach, had been saying 
"when you stop this craziness for 
the NBA, you should come back 
and coach," according to Rush. 

In 2004, Rush and his wife, 
Trudy, stopped by spring practice 
and liked what they saw. "My wife 
was really excited," he says. "We 


loved the town, and we loved the 
kids." So, after 38 years away from 
coaching, Ed Rush became the 
Huskies' assistant coach for kickers 
and special teams (and later run- 
ning backs as well), while his wife 
took on many of the team's video- 
taping duties. 

Trudy and Ed have four grown 
children, one of whom works with 
Ed in his motivational speaking 
business, Rush Hour Seminars. 
Rush's public-speaking experience 
goes back to his time as a high 
school coach, when he did a na- 
tional speaking tour for the Fellow- 
ship of Christian Athletes. Plenty of 
banquet speeches followed 

throughout his 
NBA career, but it 
was son Ed Rush 
Jr. who pushed 
him to go pro. 
Now retiring as a 
fighter pilot and 
Marine Corps 
instructor, Ed Jr. 
is "a natural" at 
speaking and is 
making it his 
second career, 
according to Ed 
Sr., who follows a 

Whether on the basketball 
court next to Michael 
Jordan or on the 
Bloomsburg University 
football field, Ed Rush 
lives a passion for sports 
that has played out in a 
lifetime of games. 

more relaxed schedule of about half 
a dozen speaking engagements a 
year — when he's not spending 
time with his granddaughter or his 
basset hound and soft-coated 
wheaten terrier. 

Usually, those jobs involve 
speaking to groups of business- 
people, but Coach Rush carries 
over his message to his players at 
Bloomsburg. He and his kickers 
and running backs gather for a 
couple of minutes before or after 
practice to help each other solve 
problems. "It might be a time man- 
agement thing, it might be an issue 
with a professor or it might be 
what's going to happen over the 
weekend. We've woven into a 
close-knit group," says Rush, who 
sometimes invites "the kids" over 
for a cookout. 

Rush says he's impressed with 
the dedication the Husky players 
and coaches have — as much com- 
mitment, "if not more," than NBA 
stars making millions of dollars. He 
remembers that, when he decided 
to help coach at Bloomsburg, NBA 
Commissioner David Stem called 
him. "He said, Now let me get this 
right: You're going to coach at the 
Division II level. Can you work 
your way up to be coach at Perm 
State?' " Rush replied that he "just" 
wants to be an assistant. 

"Myself and Trudy, we can 
make an impact here. We can have 
a significance in people's lives," 
he says. "The NBAs big business. 
I don't see myself making the 
same kind of difference there as I 
can here." b 

Tracey M. Dooms is a freelance writer 
and editor living in State College, Pa. 

FALL 2006 

Cancer in the Crosshairs 


The numbers are mind-boggling: one in every 
two men and one in every three women will be 
diagnosed with cancer. A half million people 
die from cancer every year. More than 200 
kinds of cancer have been identified, and every 
cell in the body is capable of developing cancer. 
But, thanks to research, the outiook is encour- 
aging. Last year, for the first time, fewer cancer 
deaths were reported than in the previous year. 

Researcher Lynn McCormick Matrisian 75 stands 
at the front of Kehr Union Ballroom and asks the 
question: "How many of you have never known 
someone with cancer?" Just one hand is raised. She 
wonders if even that one hand is a fluke. 

Back in Bloomsburg for the second time in 31 
years, Matrisian spoke at last spring's Health Sciences 
Symposium about the research that is leading to 
targeted cancer therapy, treatment that can stop the 
growth of specific cancer cells while allowing normal 
cells to continue growing. Her life's work. 

Matrisian has been a faculty member at Vanderbilt 
University Medical Center in Nashville for two de- 
cades. Chair of the department of cancer biology and 
Ingram Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research, 
she leads a 15-member laboratory staff that includes 




graduate students, post-doctoral students, research 
faculty, surgeons, a medical oncologist and technical 
personnel. Long involved in the American Association 
for Cancer Research, she served as the organization's 
president in 2004-05. She travels worldwide up to 40 
weeks each year to confer, collaborate, consult and 
contribute to cancer research, sometimes accompanied 
by her husband Paul, who also works at Vanderbilt. 

"My job is to set the vision," she says of her work at 
Vanderbilt. "Because I travel, I know what is happen- 
ing in the field and I can say, This is important.' I 
write the grants, and my team does the execution." 

Matrisian discovered her passion for research early. 
While completing requirements for her BU medical 
technology degree at Lancaster General Hospital, she 
met Roger Ladda, a genetics counselor at M.S. Hershey 
Medical Center. Inspired with a love of genetics by BU 
professor emeritus Philip Farber and fascinated by 
Ladda's work, she accepted a position in Hershey's 
clinical genetics lab after graduation, eventually trans- 
ferring to the research side. It was there that she saw 
firsthand the "beautiful correlation" in the results of an 
experiment and knew immediately that she'd found a 
home in the lab. 

Returning to college full-time, she earned a doc- 
toral degree in molecular biology from the University 
of Arizona. Then, armed with language skills gained 
while minoring in French at BU, she moved to Stras- 
bourg, France, where she spent two and a half years 
completing post-doctoral work in a leading molecular 
biology lab. Her language studies came in handy dur- 
ing her off-hours, she recalls, but English was the 
language in the lab where she was supervised by a 
scientist from Great Britain. 

But, why cancer research? The answer stems from a 
personal loss. Matrisian recalls the shock she felt when 
her childhood friend, Holly, lost her battle with can- 
cer. Just 6 months apart in age, they were the eldest 
children in their families. They lived next door to each 
other in Montgomery, Pa., where their younger broth- 
ers played together and their mothers shared parent- 
ing tips. Holly was just 22 years old when she died. 

"She was very athletic, and I remember seeing her 
when she couldn't breathe," Matrisian remembers. "I 
decided if I was going to grad school, I was going to 
study cancer." 

Returning from France in 1986, Matrisian was 
recruited by Dr. Harold "Hal" Moses, now emeritus 
director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and 
professor of cancer biology. Moses encouraged her to 

join the American Association of Cancer Research, 
an international organization with more than 24,000 
active members. 

"The AACR is a forum for interaction," she explains. 
"It publishes five scientific journals and a lay magazine. 
And it holds a lot of meetings." 

She serves on advisory committees and working 
groups for the National Cancer Institute, an organiza- 
tion that coordinates major funding and grants. In 
her field of translational cancer research, collaboration 
is important for setting goals "as a link from bench 
to bedside." 

In very basic terms, Matrisian's research centers on 
the communication pathways between cells and their 
environment. By identifying a protein that causes a 
specific cancer to grow, researchers can design a treat- 
ment targeted at the mutation that drives the disease in 
each patient. "The goal is highly effective and less toxic 
therapies," she says. 

Early in her career, Matrisian set a goal of writing 
100 professional publications. Surpassing that total by 
70. . .and still counting. . .she finds herself at 52 years 
old refining her individual goals while remaining 
committed to her pursuit of more effective cancer 
treatments. The challenges are many, she admits. The 
research is both complex and expensive, and most 
drugs fail late in clinical trials with less than 1 percent 
resulting in successful treatments. 

But the successes tell her the research is on the right 
path. And, she gets personal satisfaction from working 
with the next generation of researchers at Vanderbilt. 
"I see them start with a lot of questions and hesitation, 
but one of my favorite moments is introducing them 
for the one-hour seminar they give for their Ph.D. 
They are so poised, so confident. There's such matura- 
tion over five years." 

In a field with a high level of attrition for women, 
Matrisian doesn't take her accomplishments for grant- 
ed. She credits her mentor Hal Moses for opening 
doors for her - "It was my job to shine," she says - and 
values the friendships she's made around the world. 

Earlier this year, the fight became personal once 
again when Matrisian's father was diagnosed with lung 
cancer. But, unlike 30 years ago, she now has the 
knowledge and tools to help him receive the treatment 
he needs. "My parents are proud of me," she says. 
"They appreciate what I do." b 

Bonnie Martin is co-editor of Bloomsburg: The University 

FALL 2006 

The Conger family, Cliff, Paige, Clifford and Brenda, works as a team for CFC International. The organization helps children 
affected by a rare genetic disorder and provides support for their families. 





At CFC International's Web site, www.cfcsyndrome. 
org, the abbreviation stands not only for cardiofacio- 
cutaneous syndrome, the name given to a rare 
medical condition, but also for Caring, Facilitating 
and Connecting, the organization's philosophy for 
helping affected children and their families. That 
philosophy reflects the commitment and concern 
of its president, Brenda Shaffer Conger '78. 

Clifford Conger wasn't supposed to live this long. Bom eight weeks 
premature and on a ventilator for most of the two months he spent on 
the neonatal intensive care unit of a Binghamton, N.Y., hospital, Clifford's 
heart rate often slowed to a crawl, only to be jump-started by a sneeze. A 
feeding tube supplied every calorie, and each attempt to wean him from the 
ventilator failed. 

Finally, Clifford's parents reached the painful decision to sign a Do Not 
Resuscitate order on their infant son, turned off the ventilator and took him 
into their arms. "It was the 

hardest thing we've ever nly a few hundred children in the world 
had to do, " says Brenda haye be£n ^ ed ^^ CFC a comp l ex 

Shatter Conger 78. The r • ^ • i ^ ^ i 

outlook was so bleak." But of symptoms associated with developmental 
this time, Clifford kept delays, congenital heart defects, and skin 
breathing. "Our relatives and hair abnormalities. 

said, 'This is wonderful 

news,' " his mother recalls. Anticipating the struggles that lay ahead, her own 
feelings were more complicated. "We felt trapped and overwhelmed and 
just devastated." 

Meanwhile, no one could tell Conger, a special education teacher, and 
husband Clifford, a small-business owner, why their son was sick. "There was a 
defect in every single area they were looking into," she recalls of the ophthal- 
mologists, cardiologists, and ear, nose and throat doctors who consulted on her 
son's case. "They knew this cluster of defects meant something, but what it was 
they weren't sure." Baby Clifford's kidneys and ureter were malformed; he also 
had cataracts, hearing loss, structural defects in his heart, and a brain stem and 
cerebellum too small for his gestational age. 

Continued on next page 

FALL 2006 

Family Mission 

"You have expectations of what life will be like," 
says Conger. "That you'll have this beautiful baby who 
will grow and thrive and you'll do activities together. 
Instead you're doing therapies and running to see 
specialists for weekly appointments." Days before 
Clifford's third birthday, and after ruling out a host of 
degenerative genetic anomalies, specialists finally 
offered a diagnosis: cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome — 
CFC, for short. 

Only a few hundred children in the world have 
been diagnosed with CFC, a complex of symptoms 
associated with developmental delays, congenital heart 
defects, and skin and hair abnormalities. "CFC chil- 
dren are affected in every cell and every organ of their 
bodies," says Conger, now president of CFC Interna- 
tional, the only patient advocacy group dedicated to 
the condition. "It's an impairment that is challenging 
to their health, their medical status, their healthy well- 
being, their development." Physicians first document- 
ed the condition in 1986, and by the time of Clifford's 
diagnosis a decade later, researchers had identified a 
genetic precursor. But they couldn't specify the genes 
involved or say what caused it. 

For Conger and her husband, the diagnosis 
launched a quest — to find other families coping with 
the condition, to capture information about research 
and treatments, and to understand their son's long- 
term prognosis. In January, 10 years after she first 
connected with a fellow CFC parent and four months 
shy of Clifford's 13th birthday, Conger celebrated 
a major victory: co-authorship of an article in the 
research journal Science, revealing the genetic path- 
way that links all CFC kids. 

"The discovery is a great leap forward toward help- 
ing families obtain a definitive diagnosis, clarifying 
tentative diagnoses and rectifying misdiagnoses," says 
lead author Kate Rauen, a University of California/San 
Francisco medical geneticist who analyzed records 
from the Genetic Alliance Biobank. The biobank is a 
library of clinical records and DNA samples of patients 
and their families collected by CFC International. 

Rauen first met Conger when she submitted Clif- 
ford's DNA for an earlier study. The researcher credits 
her and Molly Santa Cruz, CFC International vice 
president, as article co-authors in appreciation for their 
organizational efforts, extensive consultations and 
speedy responses whenever she sought more detail on 

Brenda Conger 
cares for Clifford 
as an infant in the 
intensive care unit. 

subjects. "It's extremely valuable to have a larger 
cohort of patients, and that's what the biobank pro- 
vided," says Rauen, who had previously investigated 
two syndromes often mistaken for CFC — Costello's 
and Noonan's. "Brenda and Molly provided me with 
all the tools and information that I could use as a clini- 
cal geneticist and researcher. They knew the patients 
and families and the phenotype so well, they were 
extremely helpful." 

For Conger, the Science article came as the culmi- 
nation of a decade of late nights and weekends 
devoted to bringing together parents, health care pro- 
viders and researchers. She puts in about 25 hours a 
week in the second-floor nook of her century-old 
farmhouse that constitutes CFC International's admin- 
istrative headquarters. Daughter Paige, who shares her 
birthday with Clifford, helps out with household 
chores, newsletter mailings and computer support. At 
the annual fundraiser, a dinner party and wine-tasting, 
Paige, now 17, and her friends volunteer as waitresses. 

Husband Cliff, who runs a retail ski operation, 
lends his business savvy as a member of CFCs board 
of directors and assumes much of son Clifford's day- 
to-day care in the hours his wife dedicates to CFC 
International. "I have a wonderful, supportive hus- 
band," says Conger, noting the 80 percent divorce rate 
associated with parenting children with special needs. 
"He comes home from work and does the growth hor- 
mone injection. If Clifford has clean-up problems in 
the bathroom, he's right in there with whatever he has 
to do." 

Even son Clifford, more independent than some of 
his peers with CFC, pitches in at fundraisers, enter- 
taining younger children and pushing the wheelchairs 
of those who can't get around on their own. Last 
spring, Clifford completed fifth grade in a public 
elementary special education class, and he's now 
attending a regional program for children and young 


adults with special needs that focuses on skill-building 
and preparation for independent living. "Clifford, the 
Big Red Dog" remains the boy's favorite book, and he's 
recently mastered parallel parking the family's John 
Deere tractor. 

Conger had no idea what the future would hold for 
Clifford when she discovered the parent group associ- 
ated with CFC in the months following her son's diag- 
nosis. The group consisted mainly of a list of phone 
numbers and an erratic newsletter. By 1999, Conger 
had taken the helm, generating an electronic listserv to 
speed communications and shepherding the organiza- 
tion through the IRS paperwork designating it a non- 
profit charity. In April, the CFC board voted to grant 
Conger a small salary, making her the organization's 
sole employee. Since its inception, CFC International 
has raised $285,000, with $30,500 credited to the 
Conger family's efforts. 

Using personal days off from her job with the 
Binghamton school district, Conger attended classes 
offered by the National Organization of Rare Diseases 
(NORD) and the Genetic Alliance, a Washington, 
D.C.-based coalition of hundreds of advocacy groups 
like CFC International. She learned how to draft 
bylaws, raise funds, design a Web site and collect 
the information that would help other families cope 
with CFC. 

But perhaps the most important lesson Conger 
learned was the value of collaboration with physicians 
and research scientists. CFC International began host- 
ing a biannual conference where specialists diagnosed 
children while families got acquainted. She began col- 
lecting clinical records — everything from photos of the 
children as they grew to details of their sleep patterns 

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The condition 
causing baby 
Cliffords 'cluster 
of defects' was 
finally diagnosed 
days before his 
third birthday. 

and diets, medical histories of their surgeries and 
prescriptions, even the technologies and equipment 
that made their lives easier. 

"You have this baby and you wonder, 'Will my child 
walk? Will my child get off a gastrostomy tube? How 
many use a hearing aid?' " she says. The 100 hanging 
files — some several inches thick — assembled next to 
Conger's desk made the collection a valuable resource 
for parents around the world as they sought answers to 
such questions. 

As CFC International's Web presence increased, 
Conger also began hearing from pediatricians whose 
practice suddenly included a child with CFC. She adds 
each name to a database of health care providers who 
receive the monthly CFC mailing and, when such pro- 
fessionals send specific inquiries, forwards them to the 
listserv for parent insights. 

Then, at a Genetic Alliance training program, she 
learned of an opportunity for CFC International to 
participate in a library of linked medical records and 
biological samples adequate for study by academic 
researchers. When the Genetic Alliance Biobank 
launched in October 2004, CFC International was a 
founding member. 

Soon after, Conger and Rauen reconnected, and 
Conger invited the scientist to apply for access to the 
CFC records. Access granted, Conger and Santa Cruz 
selected a field of prospective subjects, based on a com- 
bination of detailed clinical records, DNA samples for 
child and parents, and the women's own intuition about 
which children were most characteristic of CFC. 

"They knew the patients and families so well, they 
were extremely helpful in putting together the initial 
group of kids," says Rauen. "They provided me with all 
the tools and information that I could use as a clinical 
geneticist and researcher." Honoring the pair's hard 
work and dedication by making them co-authors was an 
obvious choice, says Rauen. "It's a way for individuals to 
see that these advocacy groups and biobanks are valu- 
able to researchers." 

And while these new findings offer limited prospects 
for her son Clifford, Conger focuses on the cumulative 
benefits for future generations. "It's not about us any- 
more," she says. "It's about the babies who are going to 
be bom, what will happen for them." b 

Sharon Tregaskis is a freelance writer based in Ithaca, NT. 

FALL 2006 

What keeps 'em coming back to the Bloomsburg 
Fair year in and year out? BU anthropology students 
find out through class project. 

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Sue Dauria, chair of BU's anthropology depart- 
ment, teaches students about data collect ion 
with an assignment at the Bloomsburg Fair. 

When most people think 
about the Bloomsburg Fair, 
they envision funnel cakes, 
games, rides and agricultural 
displays. But for anthropology 

faculty member Sue Dauria, 
the annual event is a perfect place 
for data collection and studies in 
cultural anthropology. 

"The fair is such a cultural 
experience," says Dauria, 43, chair 
of the anthropology department. 
"It's like an exotic culture comes 
to Bloomsburg every year. Our 
students can leam about a different 
culture right here - without having 
to fly to Thailand." 

The project was introduced in 
1999 by Jerry Mitchell, a member of 
the geography faculty. When he left 
BU in 2003, Dauria took over, con- 
tinuing a collaboration with John 
Hintz, assistant professor of geogra- 
phy and geosciences, who maps fair 
demographics using a GIS (Geologi- 
cal Information System) program. 

Dauria gears the assignment to 
students in her introductory anthro- 
pology course and sees the project 
as a good way to introduce the 
challenges and rewards of data 
collection. Each student brings 20 
surveys to the fair; historically, they 
have found most fair-goers willing 
to participate. 

The surveys have revealed some 
surprising results, Dauria says. One 
of the most interesting, for example, 
came from the 1 ,400 surveys dis- 
tributed in 2005 and showed that 
visitors are drawn to the fair not by 
advertising or marketing as expect- 
ed but by previous experiences and 
tradition. The value of advertising 

and the fair's Web site can be 
measured, however, in attendance at 
Grandstand events, she adds. 

Another "surprising" result 
requires a discerning eye, Dauria 
says. Findings from the 800 surveys 
completed in 2004 concluded flood- 
ing from Hurricane Ivan was not a 
major deterrence to attendance. 
Interesting, yet not completely accu- 
rate, she notes, since the people 
who were interviewed were already 
attending the fair. 

Dauria added new questions last 
year, including an open-ended query 
targeted to BU students who are at- 
tending the fair. Results showed 
African American students and those 
who hail from cities varied in their 
comfort levels, sometimes feeling 
self-conscious amid the crowds. 

Other findings from surveys 
completed last year at the 151st 
Bloomsburg Fair included: 

• Attendance was down overall 
(441,077 in 2005 compared with 
509,380 in 2004), a fact that 

fair president Fred Trump 
attributes to the fair's crackdown 
on free admission. 

• Fair attendees were 5 1 percent 
female and 49 percent male. 

• The average person spent $77 at 
the fair, with women spending a 
litde more ($82) and men spend- 
ing slighdy less ($72). 

• And, the biggest spender was a 
woman who parted with a total of 
$1,200, which was $200 more 
than her male counterpart, b 

Deirdre Galvin is a freelance writer 
from Bloomsburg. 


Create something lasting. 

Art student Emily M. Runge sculpts a cl 
swan on the first day of sculpture class. 



lesson: Creating something of value will take work. 

As a BU alum or friend, you too can create something 
lasting — and help students achieve their potential — by 
funding a scholarship through the Bloomsburg Universit 

Call (570) 389-4128. Or check the World Wide Web a 

Husky Notes 

Quest extended trips 
offer unique travel 

Bloomsburg University's Quest program offers 
extended trips for BU alumni and friends. For 
many of these trips, no experience is necessary and 
most equipment is provided. Varied amounts of physical 
stamina are required. 

Finger Lakes Wine and 
Bike Tour, Oct. 6 to 9, 
2006: Cyclists will enjoy the 
Finger Lakes Region's scen- 
ery while riding at a com- 
fortable pace and stopping 
to sample some of the coun- 
try's best wines. The leaders 
are Jim Black, jimtblack®, and Roy Smith, 
rsmith@bloomu . edu . 

Lost Incan Trail and Moun- 
tains of Ecuador, Dec 27, 

2006, to Jan. 13, 2007: The 
trip includes Ecuador's 
cloud forest and "Avenue of 
Volcanoes," beginning with 
a three-day, two-night 
exploration of the lost Incan 
trail. Participants then 
choose whether to continue 
as the group learns proper 
mountain techniques, from 
glacier travel to crevasse 
rescue. The leader is 
Dave Conlan, dbconlan® 

Mountain Biking Across the 
Roof of Africa, Dec 28, 

2006, to Jan. 12, 2007: This 
trip is for those who are 
comfonable dealing with 
the unexpected. Participants 
will travel from Addis 
Ababa, the capital of 
Ethiopia, to the Guraghe 
Highlands. From that loca- 

tion, they will bike mainly 
along unpaved roads and 
often at an altitude of 9,000 
feet. Cyclists will carry 
basic equipment and spend 
the nights in villages along 
the route. The leader is 
Roy Smith, rsmith® 

Trekking in Patagonia, 
Chile, Feb. 12 to 25, 2007: 
This adventure in the 
southern Patagonian Andes 
of Chile takes participants 
into one of the natural 
wonders of South America, 
the Torres Del Paine 
National Park. The leader is 
Dave Conlan, dbconlan® 

Costa Rica Mountain Bike 
Ride, March 9 to 18, 2007: 
The eight-day mountain 
bike ride takes cyclists 
through Costa Rica, from 
Fortuna De San Carlas to 
the Pacific Ocean, accompa- 
nied by a Spanish-speaking 
guide and support vehicle. 
The trip requires partici- 
pants to be in satisfactory 
physical condition. The 
leader is Roy Smith, 

Quest's mountain biking trip takes cyclists to beautiful vistas in the 
Colorado Rockies. 

Smith Rock Climbing 
Adventure, March 10 to 17, 
2007: Smith Rock, located 
within a 651-acre state park 
in the Oregon high desert 
plateau, offers climbing 
routes for all skill levels. 
Participants will camp along 
the canyon rim with great 
views of sunsets over the 
central Oregon Cascades. 
The leader is Brett Simpson, 

Biking in Holland, June 2 to 

13, 2007: This 12-day tour 
along the back roads of Hol- 
land and Belgium is 
designed for the weekend 
biker. The trip will begin 
and end in Amsterdam, 
with two- or three-day stops 
in three towns. Participants 
may travel between centers 
by train or bike. The leader 
is Brett Simpson, bsimp- 

Mountain Biking in the 
Rockies: Colorado Wild- 
flowers, July 11 to 19, 

2007: Crested Butte, 
recently named the wild- 

flower capital of the U.S., 
will be the base for this trip 
in the Colorado Rockies. 
The group will bike from 
Crested Butte to Lake City, 
Colo., often above an alti- 
tude of 7,000 feet as they 
cross terrain ranging from 
old logging roads to single 
tracks. The leader is Brett 
Simpson, bsimpson® 

Walking Across England, 

July 7 to 16, 2007: The 
walk across northern Eng- 
land, from St. Bee's on the 
Irish Sea to Robin Hood's 
Bay on the shores of the 
North Sea, begins in the 
Lake District region and 
finishes across the North 
Yorkshire moors. The leader 
is Roy Smith, rsmith® 

For additional information, 
including costs and physical 
requirements, call (570) 389- 
2100, check online at www. or contact trip 
leaders at e-mail addresses 


Mister Twister 

For 18 years, Lanny Lee '69 has called himself a 
twister. But to everyone else, he's known 
by a different title, The Balloon Man. 

Lee entertains at parties and events throughout 
Northeast Pennsylvania, "twisting" balloons 
into animals, insects, cartoons and fairy-tale 
creatures. If someone can think of it, Lee can 
find a way to make it. 

Lee was a public school speech pathologist when he 
was introduced to the art of twisting during a program 
at his church. In fascination, he watched as a man 
transformed a balloon into a small red apple, later 
learning how to make the apples himself as rewards for 
his students. Step-by-step instructions in books and 
pamphlets showed him the how-to's for increasingly 
complex balloon creations and, since his retirement three 
years ago, twisting has become a nearly full-time job. 

One of Lee's most requested balloons is his own 
invention - a long-armed monkey that can be hung 
around a person's neck. "You reach a point where 
everything you make is your own idea," he says. "It's nice 
that one I created is so very well received." 

Most of Lee's creations use balloons in a variety of 
sizes and colors. Some of his more complicated balloons 
include a Santa Claus riding a motorcycle, a life-size hula 
dancer and a 6-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex - a gift for his 
six grandchildren. 

His personal favorite is a simple design of a small bear 
holding a flower that uses just two balloons and takes 
him less than a minute to twist. "He can do that one in his 
sleep," says Ann Lee, Lanny's wife and BU's former dean 
of the College of Professional Studies. 

To continue improving his skills and expanding his 
repertoire, Lee attends Twist and Shout, a conference 

Lanny Lee 

held in Austin, Texas, every year. The conference gives 
Lee the chance to share ideas and techniques with more 
than a hundred twisters from around the world. Next 
year, Lee will teach a class at the conference - "quite the 
compliment," says Ann. 

Lee admits that the best part about twisting balloons 
is the chance to make someone's day a little brighter. 
After twisting at a child's party, Lee recalls, an elderly 
woman approached him as he walked to his car. She 
told Lee that she was too embarrassed to ask with the 
children, but was wondering if he would make a balloon 
for her. He stopped, pulled out a balloon and twisted a 
snowman for her in the middle of the parking lot. 

What's the most rewarding part of his job? "I know 
you're supposed to say the looks on kids' faces, but 
really it's the looks on faces, period," Lee says. "People 
try to make balloons into something just for kids, but it's 
something you do for people." 

- Lynette Mong '08 

9 £^ f\ Joseph Johnston was the grand marshal of the 

O Zr 23rd annual York St. Patrick's Day Parade. He was 
bom in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

5 /I £ Joe Apichella, Bowie, Md., (right) 

\J %J received the lifetime achievement 
award from ReMax earlier this year during the 
real estate company's national convention in Las 
Vegas. He has worked in real estate since 1967. 

Tom DeGrazino of Florida, formerly of Ber- 
wick, gathered the recipes of his mother, Mary 
Harrison DeGraziano, into a cookbook. "My Mother's Cook- 
book" is available from and other booksellers. 

5 £l Q J°y ce Brobst is co-author of "Pelargonium - 
OO Herb of the Year." 

George Chellew, Wilmington, Del., retired from coaching 
girls' basketball after a 32-year career. 

The Rev. Richard Hartman was named citizen of the 
month by the Mount Pleasant Borough Council in April 2006. 

Kathleen Bowen Woodward of New Jersey retired in June 
from Mendham Township Schools, where she served as 
director of special services. 

5 Si Q\ J ames Lavelle was awarded a master of arts degree 

\J >r in theology by Holy Apostles College and Semi- 
nary, Cromwell, Conn., in December 2005. Some of his stud- 
ies were completed in Rome at the Due Sancta Campus of the 
University of Dallas. 


Husky Notes 


5 ^ f\ Robert Francis Boyer, Macungie, retired from 
/ \J Saucon Valley School District after 35 years. He 

taught middle school and coached football and swimming. 
Linda Perry was honored by her employer, the Exton office 

of Weichert Realtors, for outstanding achievement. 

9 ^7 "1 Jim Berkheiser had two poems accepted for 

/ J- publication. "The Assignment" appeared in the 
August issue of The Edison Literary Review. "Culling" will 
be featured in the summer 2007 issue of The Paterson 
Literary Review. 

Beverly Donchez Bradley (right), Lower 
Saucon Township, received the Bethlehem 
YWCA's Golden Laurel Award for creating Lehigh ] -w 
Valley's Cops 'n' Kids program. a *- 

5 '"7 ^ James Campbell 72M, Cogan Sta- 

/ Jmd tion, received the Lycoming County 
United Way's Douglas C. Hickey Humanitarian Award in 
April. A special education teacher and supervisor, he also 
served as executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of North 
Central Pennsylvania. 

Bill Johnson 72M retired from Mechanicsburg Area Senior 
High School where he taught business. 

Dan Rarig 72M is vice president and business development 
officer of Business Loan Express, Montandon. 

5 P"7 "2 Alan W. Dakey (right), an advisory 

/ %3 board member of BU's College of 
Business, was elected chairman of the board of 
Mid Perm Bancorp Inc. and Mid Penn Bank. He 
will continue in his current positions as bank 
president and chief executive officer. 

Classmates return for 75th reunion 

Kenneth Hawk, left, and Frank Golder page through the 1931 Obiter 
last spring as they mark their 75th BU class reunion. Hawk and 
Golder, 1931 graduates who are now in their 90s, shared memories 
about Coach Thornley Booth, basketball games and curfews imposed 
on athletes. Hawk, of Bear Creek, retired as the assistant superinten- 
dent of Luzerne County Schools, and Golder, of Bloomsburg, retired 
as a high school principal in the Bloomsburg School District. 

Steve Posavec is in his fourth season as assistant 
women's basketball coach for the Dickinson 

College Red Devils. He is a school counselor in the West Perry 

School District. 


Gail Erdley Erickson W90M and husband, Stu, a son, Eli Tor, 

Jan. 7, 2006 

Alissa Grimes Steely '89 and husband, William Steely '89, a son, Dolan 

Jay, Oct. 17, 2005 

Donna Gober Billet '90 and Andrew Billet '92, a daughter, Lauren 

Nicole, Sept. 22, 2005 

Melissa Harris Brown '90 and husband, Jim, a son, Michael, Jan. 9, 2006 

Joyce Bradley Humphrey '90 and husband, Jim, a daughter, Chesney 


Donna Adgie Myles '91 and husband, Tom, a son, Tommy, April 5, 2006 

Heather Bodine Wadas '91 and husband, Mark Wadas '91 , a son, 

Nathan Philip, Feb. 1,2006 

Christine Conant Gross '92 and husband, Joshua, a son, Zachary David 

Karen Hendel Sprankle '92 and husband, Ken, a daughter, Krista Ashley, 

Jan. 3, 2006 

William Brooks '95 and wife, Denise, a son, Samuel Marsh, 

April 15, 2006 

Jennifer Chesla Moran '95 and husband, Bruce, a daughter, Jillian Paige, 

March 9, 2006 

Scott Bird '96 and wife, Sara, a daughter, Hannah Kayden, July 6, 2005 

Tracie Lukas Kisto '96 and husband, Keith, a daughter, Sara Catherine, 

Dec. 2, 2005 

Natalie Clipsham Lucca '97 and husband, Todd, a son, Jackson Ryan, 

May 15, 2005 

Chrissy Mantione Campenni '98 and husband, Tommy, a daughter, 

Samara Rose, Sept. 14,2005 

Bobbi Lynn Monroe Allison '99 and husband, Glen, a daughter, Annika, 

March 28, 2006 

Shani Weston Evans '99 and husband Brian Evans '99, a son, Jacob 

David, May 12, 2006 

Audrey Lantz '99 and husband, Thad Lantz '00, a daughter, Sophia, 

Sept. 29, 2005 

Kerri Erdman Bauer '00 and husband, Bret, twin daughters, Delani Grace 

and Karli Emma, July 8, 2005 

Shanna Watson Rosser '00 and husband, Brian, a son, Luke Jaxon, 

Jan. 11,2006 

Eileen Evert '02M and husband, Scott, a daughter, Madelyn Eileen, 

April 20, 2006 

Barbara Lawler '02, a son, Dylan Edward Lawler, January 2006 

Kathy Miner McHenry '02 and husband, Jason McHenry '03, a son, 

Andrew, Nov. 11,2003 

Heather Howe '04 and Jason Rogiani '04, a son, Aidan Joseph Rogiani, 

Dec. 22, 2005 



Kathleen Andrusisian was one of 12 finalists for 
Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. She is a learning 
support teacher at Dallas Middle School, Luzerne County. 

Bert Leiby, Montour Township, was promoted to the 
position of commercial lender/business development officer by 
First Columbia Bank and Trust Co., Bloomsburg. 

?^7V£ Bob De Carolis will continue as Oregon State Uni- 
/ \J versity's director of athletics under a contract that 

runs until June 201 1. He has served in the post since 2002. 
Drew Hostetter was inducted into the Lancaster County 

Tennis Hall of Fame. Currently chief financial officer for 

Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., he was a standout tennis player at 

Donegal High School and BU. 

Take a Bow 

Grads hit stage and screen 

P^ineus Bantum, the 
character portrayed by 
Jimmi Simpson '98 in 
last spring's thriller 
"Stay Alive," may think he's 
simply one of millions of 
gamers. But when this video 
game ends, there's no way 
to restart. 

Simpson was one of the 
stars of "Stay Alive," a horror 
film that hit movie theaters 
nationwide in March. 
Simpson first gained national 
attention as Noah in the 
2000 film, "Loser," and later 
appeared as Crash in last 
year's "Herbie: Fully Loaded." 
He's also been featured in TV 
shows such as "24," "NYPD 
Blue" and "Cold Case." 

Other BU grads -James McMenamin '01, Erin McMonagle 
'02 and Michael Mergo '05 - have also had a recent taste of the 
big time. 

McMonagle was featured in playwright Amy Herzog's 
"Hungry," produced as part of Thicker Than Water 2006, a 
combination of two one-act plays, and in "Waiting," one of 
seven plays in The Mag-7 at New York's Flea Theatre. Also 
appearing in The Mag-7 was McMenamin, who performed in 
the play, "Penicillin," 
and previously had a guest spot on "Law & Order." 

Mergo took part in the Playmakers Tour at the Florida 
Studio Theatre of Sarasota. The tour helped students prepare 
for the Young Playwrights Festival, a national program for 
elementary students. 

Erin McMonagle 

SIO brothers enjoyed a mini reunion in late February. Shown in the 
accompanying photo, left to right, are Dan Confalone 79, Greg 
Lawrence '80, Al Bowen 79, Glenn Horlacher '80, Jim Roth 79 and 
Tom Roth '80. Missing from the photo is Tom Mazzante '80. 

John Kehs was promoted to vice president for finance and 
administration for Shat-R-Shield. 

Michael Thew has returned to the Lincoln Intermediate 
Unit as executive director after serving the last two years at 
Eastern York School Distnct. 

Devona Van Nest was honored by the Pennsylvania House 
of Representatives for service to Huntingdon County PRIDE 
Inc., where she has worked for nearly 30 years. 

9 ^T^T Carl J. Kanaskie 77/79M retired from Millers- 

/ / ville University in December 2004. Retiring as 
director of communications, Carl served Millersville for 24 
years in news and public relations. 

5 ^7 Q Craig J. Bennett, Bloomsburg, joined First 

/ O Columbia Bank and Trust Co., Bloomsburg, as 
manager of its Scott Township branch. 

Doris Ney is senior vice president and chief credit officer 
for Vartan Bank. 

Bob Twaddell, Wallingford, was one of 390 vocalists who 
performed as part of a combined chorus at New York City's 
Carnegie Hall for the President's Day weekend concert. 

9 ^7Q John B. Lockwood was promoted to vice presi- 
/ y dent/tax of Kaman Corp., Bloomfield, Conn. 
Mark Robinson, Wyomissing, was named chief financial 

officer at The Reading Group, Berks County. 

5 Q f\ Elizabeth A. Maguschak (right) won 
O \J the 2006 Lynette Norton Award from 

the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on 


Ann Marie Stelma '80/'81M is vice president 

for continuing education at Lackawanna College. 

5 Q "1 Ernest Jackson graduated in May from SUNY 

C3 -A. New Paltz University, New York, with a certificate 
of advanced study. 

5 Q ^ David E. Kurecian (right), Orange - 
C3 ^ ville, is the executive director of the 
Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. 



Husky Notes 

} Q "2 Louis Maynard, Lehigh Valley, is 

financial officer of Lafayette Ambassador Bank of 


} Q /f Victoria Amici Bartlow was promoted to vice 
O^T president by First Columbia Bank and Trust Co. 
Ernie Long is assistant sports editor at the Allentown 

Morning Call. 

Paula M. Triano (right) is the executive 

director of Domestic Violence Service Center, 

a non-profit agency serving Luzerne and 

Carbon counties. 

5 Q £^ John Haney, Lancaster, was promot- 
O KJ ed to quality assurance site manager for Dentsply 

Professional, York. 

Lisa Himes, Liutz, is principal of John Beck Elementary 

School in Warwick School District. 

Sabrina McChesney Lucas coaches the cross country 
program at Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg, 
N.J. She and husband Robert have three children. 

9 Q J^ Henry Haitz (nght) became publisher 
O vJ of Columbia, S.C.'s newspaper, The 

State, in May. He previously was publisher of the 

Bradenton (Fla.) Herald. 
Joanne Kachline Trumbauer, Barto, is 

president of B&W Machine Works Inc. She and 

her husband, David, started the company in 1996. 

9 O ^7 Shawn Gelnett (right) was pro- 
C3 / moted to assistant general manager 

of the Lancaster Barnstormers, a minor league 

baseball team. 

Renee Monahan '87M, White Haven, 

recently earned a doctorate in audiology from 

the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. 
Janet Trimmer, Aspers, director of special education 

Conewago Valley School District, received her doctorate 

education administration from Immaculata University. 

in the 


Timothy Mack '93 and Erika 
Schweitzer, Oct. 8, 2005 

Jennifer Bedosky '95 and Brad 

Tara Markel '95 and Chris 
Whitcomb, Aug. 13,2005 
Darren T. McShane '95 and Lisa 
V. Steggles, Dec. 23, 2005 
Jessica Secula '96 and Mark 
Dietl, Oct. 8, 2005 
Tracey Halowich '97 and 
Michael Wagner, June 22, 2005 
Mitch Parker '97 and Margaret 
Rogers-Mendoza, April 22, 2006 
Susan Spitzer '97 and Thomas 
Cherundolo, Oct. 9, 2005 
Danielle Bouchard '98 and 
Matthew Murgia, Aug. 19, 2005 
Shawn McShea '98 and Anitra 
Yusinski, Sept. 24, 2005 
Katrina Miller '98 and David 

David Parker '98 and Katie 
Poliafico, June 18, 2005 
Brandee Faust '99 and Brian 
Lloyd, March 31, 2006 
Renee Geoffroy '99 and Bernard 
O'Malley, Sept. 2, 2005 

Vanessa Madeira '99 and 

Christopher Pack 

Alexandra Reese '99 and 

William Elliot Torrance, 

Sept. 30, 2005 

Stephanie Edinger '00 and 

Robert Bradley III, Oct. 23, 2005 

Angela Preat '00 and Paul 

Shershen Jr. 

Holly Sartori '00 and Ryan Poet 

Aaron Wheaton '00 and Kimberly 

Abbott, June 18, 2005 

Lauren Whitaker '00 and Daniel 

Mclntyre, July 22, 2005 

Jennifer Wright '00 and Joseph 


Erin Brough '01 and Neil Gunter, 

Aug. 13, 2005 

Deann Caulfield '01 and Chad 

Lentz, Oct. 1,2005 

Amy Cechman '01 and Shane 

Wright, March 22, 2006 

Sarah Duncan '01 and Michael 

Wisniewski, Jan. 16,2006 

Tiffany Enama '01 and 

Christopher Maylath 

Jennifer Knoll '01 and Edward 

Terefencko '02, July 30, 2005 

Rachel Mumie '01 and Eric 

Janelle Strenchock '01 and 

Jason Bowman, July 16, 2005 

Jenessa Brouse '02 and 

Matthew Messimer, Oct. 2, 2005 
Stephanie Grilli '02 and Randal 
Boivin, Oct. 15,2005 
Kathy Miner '02 and Jason 
Jennifer Riley '02 and Br, r 
Dettmer, Feb. 14,2006 
Laura Tomasetti '02 and Brian 
Bull '00, Oct. 29, 2005 
Christina Yancey '02 and John 
Baron, April 29, 2006 

Tanya Addesso '03 and Robert 

McAllister III 

Lisa Breiner '03 and Christopher 

Fisher, July, 16,2005 

Adrienne Campbell '03 and 

Adam Smith 

Krystal Deily '03 and Jesse 

Glennon. July2. 2005 

Jessica Dunmoyer '03 and Paul 

McGinnis Jr., April 22, 2006 

Keith Glynn '03 and Kristan 

Chichilla, Aug. 6, 2005 

Heather Ivory '03 and John 
Stefanik, July 9, 2005 
Stephanie Lapinski '03 and 
Sean Steeber '04, Sept. 17, 2005 
Brenda Shultz '03 and Brett 
Machuga, Jan. 28, 2006 
Kym Brague '04 and David 
Smith '03, Sept. 11,2004 

Ashley Heagy '04 and Brian 
Reif '05, Aug. 27, 2005 
Kristin Johnson '04 and Bruce 
Schlichter, Oct. 1,2005 
Kristen Leibig '04 and Matthew 
Ellis, July 9, 2005 
Andrea Mummert '04 and 
Michael Mitchell '04, 
March 10, 2006 

Danielle Crane '05 and William 
King, Feb. 11,2006 
Melissa Haire '05M and Darren 
Bennett, June 25, 2005 
Jennifer Heydt '05 and 
Scott Good 

Heidi Rutter '05 and Justin 
Neal '05, Nov. 12,2005 



5 (\ f\ Kellie Shaner-Gordner was appointed to the East 

Lycoming School Board in April. 

}/~\ "1 Regis Kohler, associate professor of radiology at 
Zr .A. Pennsylvania College of Technology, is listed in 
"Who's Who Among America's Teachers" for the second time. 
He has taught at Perm College since 1987. 

}/~\ ^ Therese Ann Gentilesco, Hazleton, received 
Zr JU the YWCA Pearl award earlier this year. She has 

worked in the nursing field for 27 years. 
Jeff Hyman '92M, vice president of Auburn Moon 

Agency in Delaware, is associate member representative to 

the executive committee for the National Association for 

Campus Activities. 
Debra J. Savage, Watsontown, is human resource director 

for the Williamsport Area School District. 

}C\ "2 R enee Remsky Antes opened the online business, 
Zr O Mama Antes Cookie in February. 
Diane Schlenner Barlow was named teacher of the year at 

Mendham Township Elementary School, Mendham Township, 

N.J., where she teaches fourth grade. 

Michael C. Jemo was promoted to a district manager for 

Kmart, covering the Reading, Lancaster and West Chester areas. 


Hippenstiel honored 

Retired alumni director Doug Hippenstiel '68^81 M. shown 
here with alumni association president Sheri Lippowitsch '81, 
was honored for more than 26 years of service during alumni 
weekend. Hippenstiel received a BL rocking chair, and a 
scholarship was established in his honor. A formal portrait, 
unveiled during alumni weekend, now hangs in the Fenste- 
maker Alumni House, which is located along Hippenstiel 
Drive, a name conveyed by BUs Council of Trustees. To 
contribute to the Douglas C. Hippenstiel Scholarship Fund, 
see or call BUls development center, 
(570) 389-4128, or alumni office, (570) 389-4058. 

Chris Froelich '00 visits with 
children in Soweto, South Africa, 
during time away from the 
Constitutional Court. 

Froelich clerks in 
South Africa 

When a recent 
law school 
had the chance to work 
with a justice who 
helped draft a country's 
constitution, the 
opportunity was too 
good to pass up. 

Chris Froelich '00 
found himself in just 
that situation earlier 
this year as one of four 
U.S. law school graduates among 25 clerks serving South 
Africa's Constitutional Court. Froelich, who earned both 
a master's degree in business administration and a law 
degree from Seton Hall, served as clerk to Justice Johann 
van der Westhuizen. 

"The Constitutional Court is South Africa's highest 
court on all constitutional matters - roughly equivalent 
to our Supreme Court - so I got to work with the 
most significant constitutional issues of the day. South 
Africa's constitution differs markedly from ours, but the 
issues raised and the analytical approach one applies in 
addressing those issues are often quite similar," he says. 

The clerkship also allowed Froelich to research 
international law, which the justices take into account 
to resolve constitutional issues, and to see how the court 
interprets human rights granted through the constitution. 

"What impresses me most about South Africa is that 
its transition from decades of apartheid to a functional 
democracy was a peaceful one," he says. "South Africa 
has, in a relatively short period of time, become a 
country dedicated to the promotion of fundamental 
human rights. The chance to be a small part of that 
transformation is humbling." 

Froelich notes that learning a new legal system was a 
challenge. "Several areas of South African jurisprudence 
differ significantly from the U.S. model," he says. "Most 
of my work focused on humanitarian and human rights 
issues, and we spent a lot of time on the Court trying 
to find ways to improve the living conditions in some of 
these townships." 

Froelich saw firsthand the immense poverty and 
hunger in the townships, especially Soweto. He also saw 
firsthand the positive effects of "Feed South Africa," a 
non-profit organization based in Johannesburg that raises 
funds to buy food ( 

Froelich finished his clerkship for van der Westhuizen 
in July; he is currently clerking for Justice Jaynee 
LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

FALL 2006 

Husky Notes 

Matt Spicher is inventory manager, USA Ultrasound SAP 
Processes, for Siemens Medical Solutions, USA. 

JC^ /i Tyrone Howard, project management office man- 
y JL ager for the City of Chandler, Ariz., was one of 20 
recipients of the annual CIO Ones to Watch award, sponsored 
by CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council. 

JC\ £ Michele Corbin Rudloff, Orwigsburg, was named 

y %J the Frederick J. Hobbs Young Republican of 
the Year for 2006. She was recently elected to Orwigsburg 
Borough Council. 

5 fj £l Thomas C . Graver Jr. is chief financial officer for 

y \J Mifflinburg Bank and Trust. 

Stanley Piaskowski and wife Angel own and operate Liquid 


Erik Falkenstein is chief administrator of 
the Frenchtown School District, Hunterdon 

County, NJ. 

Glen McNamee was named head football coach for Central 

Dauphin High School in suburban Harrisburg. 

Alumna's book offers 
guidance for conjfronting 
teen drug use 

Kathy Ely Pride '90 took a 
difficult experience that 
nearly destroyed her 
family and turned it into a book 
designed to help other parents 
deal with the effects of teenage 
drug use. 

"Winning the Drug War at 
Home," released earlier this year, 
explores myths parents believe 
until they are forced to confront 
the damage their teen's drug use is Kat "y E *y P™ 6 
inflicting on the entire family, Pride says. Inspiration for 
the book came from her experience with her son, Matt, 
who started to smoke marijuana when he was 15. Each 
chapter contains a narrative and four devotional entries 
related to the chapter theme. 

Pride, a writer, speaker and parent educator, serves on 
the board of directors of the Susquehanna Valley House 
of Hope and is the founder and director of Tapestry 
Ministry. She lives in Danville with her husband and four 
children. Additional information on her book is available 

} f\ Q Stacy Tomczak McCann completed her MBA 
y C3 degree at Perm State University (Great Valley). 

9QQ Adam Bloomquist is public affairs officer, plan- 

y y ning and coordination, for the Bureau of Interna- 
tional Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department 
of State. 

Cathy Carr earned a master's degree in education from 
Gratz College. She has taught chemistry at Hillsborough (N.J.) 
High School for the past six years. 

Jennifer Seely (right) is the marketing 
director for The Partners Network, Boca 
Raton, Fla.. 

Caryn Sabourin Ward earned a doctorate 
in philosophy with a minor in school 
psychology from North Carolina State 
University at Raleigh in May. 

5 f\ f\ Julie Merrey Baum is a certified X-ray technolo- 
\3 \J gist at Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring. 
Jodi Merrey 'OO/WM is an instructional specialist at 

Verizon m Pittsburgh. 

5 f\ ~1 Audrey M. Brosious, Bloomsburg, received a 

\J \~ master's degree in marriage and family therapy, 
summa cum laude, from Evangelical School of Theology in 
May. She also received the Marriage and Family Therapy 
Award for academic excellence. 

Erin Brough, a teacher in the Baltimore City School System, 
has been working with other educators to create a charter 
"green school" in Baltimore. 

Wendy Long has been selected for 'Who's Who Among 
American Teachers." 

Tara McLoone earned a master's degree in training and 
organizational development from St. John's University, 
Philadelphia. She works at Prudential. 

Josh Nordmark, Sciota, opened a wrestling club, Ring of 
Fire, for elementary through high school students. 

Charles E. Peterson '01M of Williamsport was elected vice 
president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business 
Officials. He is business manager of the Williamsport Area 
School District. 

Barbara Slatky, Hunlock Creek, is a kindergarten teacher at 
Arlington Heights Elementary, Stroudsburg. 

5 f\ ^ Melinda Hill (nght) was awarded a 

\J j~* doctorate in macromolecular 
science and engineering from Virginia Tech in 
March. She plans to return to Los Alamos 
National Lab for a two-year, post-doctoral 
research appointment. 

Justin Kobeski is an associate attorney with 
the Austin Law Firm, LCC, York. 

Kenneth Marx Jr., Port Carbon, is business manager of the 
Panther Valley School District, Lansford. 

Jason McHenry is the closing manager for Mr. Z'sAVeis 
Markets in Scranton. 

Pamela Pheasant graduated from Shenandoah University 


Conservatory in May with a master's of science in arts 

Jenny Young opened her own business, Fresh Concepts, in 
Mount Holly Springs. She is a distributor for Rexair Inc. 

5 f\ ^2 Brian Bingaman is head strength and condition- 

\J %J ing coach at LaSalle University, Philadelphia. 

Albree Boone is an account executive with Rose 
Consulting, Bloomsburg. 

John Kalinoski is a business analyst at GSI Commerce in 
King of Prussia. 

Kathy Miner McHenry is a business teacher at Mountain 
View Junior/Senior High School in Kingsley. 

Angela Runciman graduated in May with a master of arts 
degree in English from Binghamton University/SUNY. 

Heather Schreiner received her master of social work 
degree in May 2005 and was hired as crisis director for an 
Allentown non-profit agency. She has since been promoted to 
regional director for Lehigh and Northampton counties. 

Michael G. Weremedic, Ashland, was promoted from 
manager of PNC Bank's Bloomsburg branch to officer status. 


Charlotte Ferguson Ford '24 Martha Hathaway Starkey '48 
Lenore Sterner Klingler '27 Raymond Popick '49 
Mildred Breisch Hartz '28 Glen Baker '50 
Myrtle Hoegg Hayes '29 Francis "Frank" Johnson '50 
Bessie K. Tucker '30 Diane Snyder Shanken '51 
Sara Smith Walter '30 Francis J. Sheehan '52 
Viola Wilt Linn '34 Clement Makowski '53 
Sarah Ellen Schnure Mack '34 James J. Cuff '58 
Edith Blair Shute '34 Margaret Brinser Donmoyer '58 
Varnice Pooley Overdorf '36 Robert Reisser '60 
Rosetta Thomas Merritt '37 Myron Zawoiski '60 
Anne Grosek Maslow '38 Herbert L. Jones '61 
Arthur Wark '38 Joseph F. Ciochon '62 
Elizabeth Parsons '39 John W. McCorkill '64 
Walter Woytovich '39 David L. Force '66 
Robert A. Linn '40 B. Edward Marquardt '68 
Ralph Crocamo '41 George Motsko '70 
Mary Sweigart Miller '41 Mary Louise O'Neill 73 
Marie Blizzard Thomas '41 Gary Michael Krill '74 
Edward Carr '42 Joan A. Pulaski '81 
Mary Davenport Shope '42 Frank A. Zanolini '81 

Evert is new director of 
annual giving 

T^ U's development coordinator ,^^^k, 
r~Nste] >ped into a new role as the .jJM ■ fc^ 
JL_ ./university's director of annual „, s M^Vl 
giving last June. In her new position, •■* -fjf 
Eileen Bergan Evert '02M directs the B /-^jSSh 
annual fund, a major fundraising i'^Bv ^"^ M/i 
program that supports scholarships ftlH 
and provides other financial support ^^B^^^HB 
to BU. She leads a six-member staff EUeen Ber « an Evert 
responsible for annual fund programs, including 
phonathons, database management, donor relations and 
gift processing. 

Evert, who earned a bachelor's degree from Alvemia 
College, joined BU's development staff as coordinator 
of the annual fund in November 1999. She lives in 
Elysburg with her husband Scott and children, Michael 
and Madelyn. 

5 f\ /\ Eric Wolfgang is a third-grade teacher at Hayshire 
\J JL Elementary in the Central York School District and 
assistant high school cross country coach in the same district. 

7 f\ f^ Serena Elslager, Elizabethtown, is serving 

\J \J with the National Civilian Community Corps, an 
AmeriCorps program. Her first project was hurricane relief 
in Louisiana. 

Meghan Fogarty is coordinator for the West Chester 
Borough recycling program. 

Robert J. Handerahan is head strength and conditioning 
coach for George Mason University. 

Carol Kupsky is an assistant vice president with First 
Columbia Bank and Trust Co., Bloomsburg. 

Jennifer Miller is working toward a master's degree in the 
srimate conservation program at Oxford Brookes University, 
Oxford, England. She presented a research poster at the 
American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings in 
Anchorage, Alaska, in March. 

Elyce Morring is a radiological technologist in the medical 
imaging department of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. 

Mary Jess Hackenberger '44 Charles Karnes '82 
Bernice Gabuzda Clapper '46 James J. Dorin '84 
Alda Hunter Richard '46 Donna M. Mayes '87 
Robert Welliver '46 Dennis Reigle '92M 
Bertha K. Daniels '47 Avian DeWire '93 
Eleanor E. Haines '48 Nicholas Nguyen '03 

Find more Husky Notes online at 

Send information to 
or to Alumni Affairs, Fenstemaker 
Alumni House, Bloomsburg University 
of Pennsylvania, 400 E. Second St., 
Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815 



Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

A Title on Mount Olympus: 
Celebrating the Champions of 1956 

Baseball has been played at Bloomsburg Uni- 
versity since the 1880s, longer than any other 
sport. The school has enjoyed many excellent 
seasons and had exceptional players such 
as Danny Litwhiler and Matt Karchner who went on to 
play major league baseball, but only three teams 
captured a conference championship. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1956 
Bloomsburg State Teachers College team that earned the 
second of back-to-back Pennsylvania State College 
Athletic Conference titles with a perfect 6-0 conference 
record and 8-2 overall. These teams were coached by 
E. Paul "Doc" Wagner, who was hired in 1950 to teach 
education and physical education. Wagner got his 
chance to coach the baseball team in 1955 and led the 
Huskies to an overall record of 7-3, 6-1 in the confer- 
ence and a tie for the league title with Lock Haven. 

The 1956 squad had just six returning players, 
including starting outfielders Chuck Casper and Ed 
Shustack, chosen as the team co-captains. Also 
returning were John Huda and Charles Kwiatkoski, 
the pitchers who threw six of the previous seasons' 
seven pitching victories - three apiece - and two other 
pitchers, Bob Dipipi and Jim Starr. Kwiatkoski and 
Starr were the only seniors on a roster dominated by 
inexperienced underclassmen. 

The Huskies opened the season at home with 
conference wins against Mansfield by a score of 5-1 
and then over Lock Haven, 8-0, as sophomore left- 
hander Huda pitched a three-hit shutout. A victory 
over Wilkes was followed by the first road game at 
Millersville, where the Huskies earned their fourth 
consecutive win as they scored five runs in the first 
three innings and Huda pitched his second straight 
complete game. 

Eight days after an 
easy victory over 
Lycoming, Bloomsburg 
faced their toughest 
challenge yet at West 
Chester, but the Huskies 
rolled to the largest 
victory of the season, 
11-0, with Huda pitching 
another shutout. 
Although a trip to Rider 
College in New Jersey 
resulted in the first loss of 
the year, the seasons high 
point came in the home 
finale against Kutztown. 

Members of the Huskies' 1956 baseball team and the coaching staff are shown during the 
championship season. 



Wagner entrusted Huda 
with the start that would wrap 
up the second straight 
conference title for the Huskies. 
Huda pitched a no-hitter, 
struck out 22 batters and led 
Bloomsburg to a 9-1 conquest 
of Kutztown and the first 
outright championship in 
school history 

The final conference game 
was at Lock Haven where the 
Huskies earned a perfect league 
record with a narrow 5-4 win. 
With the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom 
of the ninth inning, reliever Dick Reichart kept the 
Lock Haven Bald Eagles from scoring, clinching the 
victory for the Huskies. 

Bloomsburg lost the season finale at Wilkes, but the 
loss took nothing away from the championship 
season. Huda led the team with four wins and struck 
out 63 batters in only 44 innings pitched. The leading 
hitters for the Huskies included Shustack at .472, Joe 
Pendal at .433, Caspar at .395 and George Parsell at 
.346. Shustack led the team with 12 runs scored, and 
Pendal had 1 1 runs batted in. Overall, the team batted 
.323 for the 10 games and outscored their opponents 
66 runs to 24. 

The 1956 team won with overpowering starting 
pitchers, clutch relief work and a timely and proficient 
offense, building a base for BUs athletic accomplish- 
ments that continue today 

1956 BSTC Baseball Team Active Roster 







In/in Alexander 







Robert Boyle 







Edward Brower 







Charles Casper 







Patrick Denoy 







Robert Dipipi 



Old Forge 




William Freed 







Daniel Fritz 







Jonah Goobic 







John Huda 

P, PH 






James Joy 







Charles Kwiatkosk 







Joseph Malczyk 

C, IB 






John Oustrich 







George Parsell 







Joseph Pendal 



Beaver Meadows 




Richard Reichart 





Edward Shustack 







James Snyder 







James Starr 







Robert Stroup 





Spec. Ed. 

Charles Thomas 







1956 BSTC Baseball Team Results 





April 18 





Lock Haven 











May 3 





West Chester 












Lock Haven 







Academic Calendar 

Fall 2006 

Reading Day -No Classes 

Friday, Oct. 13 


Tuesday, Oct. 17 

Thanksgiving Recess Begins 

Tuesday, Nov. 21,10 p.m. 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 9 

Reading Day 

Sunday, Dec. 10 

Finals Begin 

Monday, Dec. 1 1 

Finals End 

Saturday, Dec. 16 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, Dec. 15 


Saturday, Dec. 16 

Spring 2007 
Electronic Registration 

Jan. 9 to 15 

Spring 2007 
Classes Begin 

Tuesday, Jan. 16 

Spring 2007 

Monday, March 5 

Spring Break Begins 

Saturday, March 10 

Art Exhibits 

Exhibits in the Haas Gallery of 
Art are open to the public free 
of charge. 

David Moyer 

Prints and handmade books, 
Sept. 5 to 30. Reception, 
Wednesday, Sept. 13,11:30 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. 

Ran Hwang 

Mixed media, Oct. 9 to Nov. 8. 
Reception, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 
11 :30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Vincent Hron 

Paintings, organized by Museum 
Exhibition Class, Nov. 1 6 to Dec. 3. 

Celebrity Artist Series 

Events are held in Hass Center for 
the Arts, Mitrani Hall, or Carver 
Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. 
For more information, call the box 
office at (570) 389-4409 or check 
the Celebrity Artist Web site at 
http://orgs. bloomu. edu/arts/ 
celebrity_list.htm. Community 
Government Association 
cardholders pay half of the tickets 
face value for all shows. Dates are 
subject to change. 

One Grand Evening 

Piano4, Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.. 
Gross Auditorium, Reserved, $20; 
CGA cardholder, $5 

A Night of Super Illusion 

Illusionist/magician Mike Super, 
Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $20; 
CGA cardholder, $10 

Ain't Misbehavin' 

Featuring the music of Fats Waller, 
Saturday, Nov. 11,8 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $20; 
CGA cardholder, $10 

Poinsettia Pops 

Friday, Dec. 1,7 p.m., Mitrani Hall, 
Free admission, ticket required 
Call (570) 389-4409 

Family Presentation: 
Inflated Egos 

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co., 
Friday, Jan 19, 2007, 7 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, 
Reserved, $15; CGA cardholder, $5 

Now and Forever CATS 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, 8 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $25; 
CGA cardholder, $12 

A Festival of (Guitar) Strings 

Tim Farrell/Bradley N. Litwin/ 
Classical Guitar Trio, Saturday, 
March 3, 2007, 7 p.m.. 
Gross Auditorium, Reserved, $1 5; 
CGA cardholder, $5 

Life: A Guide for the Perplexed 

The Flying Karamazov Brothers, 
Saturday, March 24, 2007, 7 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $25; CGA 
cardholder, $12 


Steve Rudolph Trio with J.D. 
Walter, Friday, April 27, 2007, 
7 p.m., Gross Auditorium, 
Reserved, $15; CGA cardholder, $5 


The concerts listed below are open 
to the public free of charge unless 
indicated otherwise. 

Homecoming Pops Concert 

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Orchestra 

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. 
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 
123 N. Market St., Bloomsburg 

Fall Orchestra Concert 

Sunday, Nov. 12,2:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Singers 

Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. 
First Presbyterian Church, 
345 Market St., Bloomsburg 

Jazz Ensemble 

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. 
Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross 

Carols by Candlelight 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, 
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 
345 Market St., Bloomsburg 
Free tickets required; 
call (570) 389-4284. 

Alumni Events 

Contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(5701 389-4058, (800 j 526-0254 or for information. 
Details also are listed at the alumni 
online community, 

Tennis Alumni Reunion 

Friday, Sept. 15 

New tennis courts, upper campus 

Alumni and Open 5K Cross 
Country Race 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m. 
Upper campus 
Details: Karen Brandt, 

Class of 1956 Reunion 

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 5 
and 16, Fenstermaker Alumni 
House and other campus locations 

Class of 1966 Reunion 

Friday to Sunday, Oct. 6 to 8 
Fenstemaker Alumni House and 
other campus locations 

Special Events 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Oct. 6 to 8. 
Football, Huskies vs. West Chester 
Golden Rams, Saturday Oct. 7, 1 :30 
p.m., Redman Stadium. Tickets are 
$5 for adults, $3 Tor students, $2 for 
senior citizens, $1 for children ages 
8 to 12 and under 8 admitted free. 
BU students with a valid ID are 
admitted free. There is a $2 parking 
donation. Gates open two hours 
before kickoff. There are no 
advance sales for any games. 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 3 to 5 

For the latest infonnation on upcoming 
events, check the university Web site: 
www. bloomu. edu/ today 

FALL 2006 

The University Store. 

Huskies on T-shirts and sweatshirts, 
caps and decals, giftware, mugs and 
pennants. And, on the football field 
where the 2006 Huskies have set their 
sights on a repeat of last falls 
undefeated regular season. 

Huskies have been synonymous with 
BU pride since 1933 when art 
professor and wild animal trainer 
George Keller started the tradition 
with Roongo, a full-blooded North 
Greenland husky whose name was 
derived from the school colors of 
maroon and gold. Roongo was 
followed by Garou and several other 
canine "Roongos" before the mascot 
was first portrayed by Mike 
Wasielczyk '82 in 1979. After several 
extreme makeovers, todays Roongo (at 
right, with friends) can be found 
leading cheers and greeting students 
and alumni at games and other 
campus events. The husky's name can 
even be found on the cafe in the 
Warren Student Services Center. 

The University Store offers the 
convenience of shopping online at for hundreds of 
items Huskies fans of all ages can 
wear, display and enjoy as well as gift 
cards in any amount. For a traditional 
shopping experience, the University 
Store is open seven days a week 
during the academic year. Stop by in 
person or online for everything Husky. 

Semester Hours 

Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. 

The University Store 

400 East Second Street 

Bloomsburg, PA 17815 

General Information: (570) 389-4175 

Customer Service: (570) 389-4180 

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