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WINTER 2007 

New EET program takes 'practical' 
a step further, leading to solid job 
opportunities for the first graduating 
class. Page 16. 

It's a balancing act of preservation 
vs. growth in Pennsylvania's 
Lancaster County. A BU Mum is right 
in the middle. Page 14. 

From the President's Desk 

'It's not easy being green.' 


Anyone who reads my columns on a regular basis knows I often start with a 
quotation that summarizes how I feel about the subject at hand. Although 
my research led me to quotations about the wonder of nature from 
. Aristotle ("In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.") 
to writer Hal Borland ("Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. 
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."), Kermit seemed to offer the wisest 
words on being "green." 

In this instance, "green" refers to BU's Academic Quad, the open space extending 
from the Warren Student Services Center to the Andruss Library. The Academic 
Quad, part of BU's Master Plan, has been an invisible component of campus 
construction during much of the past decade. When it is completed this fall, a 
parking lot will disappear and seven campus buildings — Bakeless, McCormick, 
Waller, Andruss, Centennial, Sutliff and Warren — will front on a grassy lawn (see 
page 2 for details). 

In some respects, the Academic Quad is an old-fashioned idea. We see an 
abundance of open space in photos from the campus archives: the grove along 
Lightstreet Road, a playground where Kehr Union stands today, a lagoon at the 
current site of Montour Hall and a large lawn that extended from Perm Street to 
North Hall, to name just a few. The campus had 19 acres of open space and athletic 
grounds in the 1950s but, as new buildings improved students' lives, the amount of 
green space dwindled. The Academic Quad will help us to reclaim it. 

The quad will provide outdoor spaces suitable for large gatherings, such as 
commencement, or private conversation and studying. The campus' outdoor 
sculpture will be grouped among the plantings, and a historic fountain, a gift from 
the Class of 1940, will be returned to a place of prominence (archivist Robert 
Dunkelberger explains in "Over the Shoulder," beginning on page 30). The quad will 
also improve pedestrian safety, as parking spaces and traffic are moved from the heart 
of the campus. 

The short-term steps of being green won't be easy. During the upcoming spring 
and summer months, construction vehicles will move earth in the center of campus 
and create temporary obstacles for getting from place to place. But when it is 
completed next fall, the Academic Quad will transform asphalt to greener); an 
environment where even Kermit would feel at home. 

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 December 2006 

Kenneth E. Jarin, Chair 

Kim E Lyttle, Vice Chair 

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Marie Conley Lammando 

Paul S. Dlugoiecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Michael K. Hanna 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Kyle J. Mullins 

Joshua A. O'Brien 

Allison Peitz 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

JamesJ. Rhoades 

Christine J. 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. Barth, Vice Chair 

Marie Conley Lammando '94, Secretary 

Ramona H. Alley 

Robert Dampman '65 

LaRoy G. Davis '67 

Charles C. Housenick '60 

A. William Kelly 71 

Steven J. Knepp '07 

Joseph J, Mowad 

David J Petrosky 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge Kozloff 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 


Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Brenda Hartman 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels '87/"88M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistants 

Lynette Mong '08 

Emily Watson '07 


Snavely Associates, LTD 

Art Director 

Debbie Shephard 


Curt Woodcock 

Cover Photography 

Eric Foster 

On the Cover 

Biswajit Ray is the coordinator of BU's electrical 

and electronics engineering technology program. 

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Page 6 The Original Hot Mom 

What started as a joke between friends has become a 
club with thousands of members across the country, 
including celebrities like Britney Spears. The Hot 
Moms Club, founded by Jessica Denay Lahm '96, 
aims to reinvent motherhood and has been featured 
in major media, such as the "Today" show, CNN and 
People magazine. 

Page 8 Coming Full Circle 

When most college students graduate, they look 
forward to going off into the world, but Lynda Fedor- 
Michaels '87/'88M felt a strong tug that still keeps her 
connected to BU. As the new director of alumni 
affairs, Fedor-Michaels is using her passion for the 
university to connect current students and alumni. 

Page 10 Pennsylvania Proud 

Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Carnegie and Jeffrey 
Davis all have one thing in common, Pennsylvania. 
As an associate professor of history, Davis researches 
Pennsylvania's rich history which he captures in a 
textbook for high school students. 

Page 12 Live and Learn 

Jessica Denay Lahm's online support group for 
moms blossomed into a nationwide movement 
to change the face of motherhood. 

Adjusting to college life can be a difficult transition for students, but BU's Living 
Learning Communities aim to make the transition a little easier. Students who 
participate in the communities are often more motivated and obtain higher GPAs. 

Page 14 Balancing Green and Growth 

Mike Domin '85 understands the delicate balance between preservation and growth. He 
has spent the last 20 years as the principal planner with the Lancaster County Planning 
Commission helping to find that balance. 


Page 16 Charged for Work 

As a design engineer, Professor Biswajit Ray knows what it takes to succeed in the 
industry. In 2000, he brought that knowledge to BU to create an academic program 
from scratch. Soon the electrical and electronics engineering technology program began 
offering students hands-on experience and paid co-ops. 

Page 19 Stage & Speedway 

Alumnus Ralph Miller doesn't believe a closed door means a missed opportunity. Miller 
has used the business knowledge he gained at BU to land him in the winner's circle in 
two very different arenas: NASCAR and regional theater. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husk}' Notes 

Page 30 Over die Shoulder 

Pase 32 Calendar of Events 

WINTER 2007 

News Notes 

Academic Quad 
culminates a decade 
of preparation 

Green space boosts campus beauty 

When the new Academic Quad opens this fall, a space in 
the center of the lower campus now overrun with blacktop 
and cars will be replaced by lawns, walkways, an outdoor 
cafe and a piece of BU history. 

The Academic Quad will be the centerpiece of a decade 
of expansion and renovation of many BU facilities, such as 
Centennial Hall, Warren Student Services Center and 
McCormick Center, and an improvement to the entrance 
and parking behind McCormick Center. These projects and 
the construction of Andruss Library represent an investment 
of more than $28 million in BU's facilities, according to 
Colin Reitmeyer, assistant director of facilities for planning 
and construction. The Academic Quad can be considered an 
extension and completion of these projects that also 
improves campus safety by removing traffic and parking 
from its center. 

"For the $8.4 million Centennial Hall renovation and 
expansion, the building was redesigned with the facade 
facing the interior of campus in anticipation of the creation 
of a quad," says Reitmeyer. "Similarly, the $5.4 million 
expansion to McCormick Center not only adds the teaching 
space we need, but it's been located deliberately to complete 
that side of the Academic Quad." Reitmeyer notes that more 

improvements are planned for the facilities in the area, 
including a $2.75 million expansion to the Warren Student 
Service Center. 

Excavation of the area will begin this spring. Highlights 
of the approximately $2 million project include: 

• Reinstalling a fountain, a gift from the Class of 1940, 
in the center of the quad. 

• Creating an outdoor cafe at the southwest comer of 
Andruss Library. 

• Relocating sculptures to more intimate and 
attractive settings. 

• Grading the space in front of Warren Student Services 
Center to create a natural amphitheatre with a stage. 

• Replacing invasive, non-native Norway maples with 
more appropriate tree species. 

Reitmeyer notes that all of the parking spaces lost from the 
Waller lot have already been replaced. When the quad proj- 
ect is complete, the total number of faculty and staff parking 
spaces on the lower campus will increase from 563 to 648. 

Plans for the Academic Quad include an outdoor cafe near 
Andruss Library. 


Great Sticks! 

BU wins 13th national field hockey title 

The BU field hockey team completed an undefeated 2006 season 
to capture the Huskies' 13th national title in the past 25 years. The 
title 1-0 win over Bentley College of Waltham, Mass., was played 
as part of the NCAA Division II National Sports Festival in 
Pensacola, Fla. 

The win was the 24th of the year for the Huskies, tying a school 
record for wins in a season. It was also the 1 3th national title and 
10th Division II crown for head coach Jan Hutchinson. 

Bloomsburg's senior class ends its career with a mark of 86-1 
and three NCAA titles. 

Bloomsburg State College's field hockey team, also coached by 
Hutchinson, won the first women's national title in school history, a 
3-2 victory over Lynchburg College of Virginia, in November 1 981 . 

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The Academic Quad will feature a park-like setting in front of 
Andruss Library that will be home to the campus' outdoor 
sculpture (top left and right). The fountain donated by the Class 
of 1940 will be reinstalled in the center of the quad. 

Eventful Listing 

Updates available on campus entertainment 

Bloomsburg University has a new way of keeping 
people in touch with cultural events on campus. 
Anyone interested in knowing about concerts, art 
exhibits, the Celebrity Artist Series and athletics at 
BU may sign up to receive periodic e-mail updates 
at E-mail updates 
will arrive every seven to 14 days. 

WINTER 2007 

News Notes 


BU student appointed to 
PASSHE board 

Joshua O'Brien, Community 
Government Association president, 
was named to the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher Educa- Joshua O'Brien 
tion's Board of Governors. He is 

the second BU student in two years to be named to the board, and 
he will retain the position until he graduates. Students considered 
for the position are presidents of the student government 
association at one of the 14 universities in the State System. 
A Harrisburg native, O'Brien is a junior majoring in political 
science and communication studies and has been involved with 
CGA since his freshman year. He also participates in the political 
science organizations on campus and the College Republicans. 

Positive Partner 

BU adds $121 million to local economy 

BU is Columbia County's largest employer, contributing $121 
million to the county's economy each year. The economic 
benefit of BU and its 13 sister institutions is outlined in a 
report, "The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education: 
Economic Impact on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," 
prepared by West Chester University's Center for Social and 
Economic Research, College of Business and Public Affairs. 
Other key BU findings based on data from 2003-04: 

- BU's total statewide economic impact is more than 
$357 million. 

- Spending by the university and its students, visitors, fac- 
ulty and staff generates more than $ 148 million a year. 

- Fifty percent of BU's approximately 950 employees 
reside in Columbia County; 80 percent live in the 
three-county area of Columbia, Montour and 
Northumberland counties. 

- Each dollar invested by the commonwealth and 
appropriated to BU yields a return of $11.25 in total 
economic impact. 

- State sales tax and individual income tax paid by 
students, faculty and staff total $3.5 million per year. 

- Sixty-six percent of all faculty and staff volunteer an 
average of 4.67 hours per month for an estimated 
annual value of $872,879. BU students volunteer an 
average of 3.5 hours each month. 

Digging In 

American Archeology features BU students 

Two BU students participated in an 
Ohio archaeology dig that was 
featured in the fall 2006 issue of 
American Archaeology magazine. 
The two BU anthropology majors, 
senior Kitawna Hoover of Middle- 
burg (top right) and sophomore 
Judith Steinhilper of Bloomsburg 
(lower right), spent three and a half 
weeks participating in excavations at 
a Hopewell moundbuilder settlement 
site in southern Ohio. The Brown's 
Bottom 1 site excavations were 
co-directed by BU anthropology 
professor DeeAnne Wymer and Paul 
Pacheco of SUNY-Geneseo. 

Freshman Father 

New priest heads Catholic Campus Ministry 

The Rev. Don Cramer arrived at BU last 
fall new to Catholic Campus Ministry and 
eager to work with students. Proclaiming 
himself "a freshman," Cramer looks 
forward to building on a tradition of 
service at one of the only three college 
programs in the Harrisburg Diocese that 
have their own buildings. He sees CCM 
as a place where students are welcomed 
as family and its headquarters, the 
Newman House on College Hill, as a 
home away from home. 

After six years of seminary and five years as an ordained priest, 
Cramer holds two bachelor's and two master's degrees. He finds deep 
joy and satisfaction in his vocation. "Every night, I go to bed knowing 
that I made a difference," he says. 

The Rev. Don Cramer 



The high ropes course on BU's upper campus is a convenient site where working professionals learn to work together and overcome fears. 

High Ropes 

Corporate Institute challenges MBA students 

Students pursuing a master's degree in business administra- 
tion aren't often asked to climb 50 feet into the air and 
maneuver around an obstacle course set high in the trees. 
But, for the past three years, Joan Benek-Rivera, associate 
professor and chair of the management department, has 
required students in her Professional Development Skills 
class to participate in a high ropes course, run by BU's Cor- 
porate Institute. The course on BU's campus requires partici- 
pants to climb up a telephone pole and move through a 
series of obstacles before rappelling to the ground. 

"(The course) helps students overcome their fears," 
Benek-Rivera says. "We do this in conjunction with our first 

unit, which focuses on self-awareness — learning about your 
strengths and weaknesses. It teaches them to deal with 
uncertainty, and these personal lessons transfer into their 
professional lives." 

According to Corporate Institute Director Roy Smith, the 
high ropes course motivates individuals to think clearly in 
unfamiliar settings, a valuable skill for professionals already 
in the workforce. "I tell people to remember their coping 
mechanisms when they get up there," Smith says. "How do 
they deal with the situation? And how can they take that 
and use it in other day-to-day situations?" 

For information on BU's MBA program, contact Blair 
Staley, MBA program coordinator, at (570) 389-4392 or; for information on BU's Corporate 
Institute, visit, or contact 
Roy Smith at (570) 389-4323. 

Representing Students 

Knepp serves on Council of Trustees 

Recognizing Excellence 

BU Students Named to PA Academic Team 

Steven Knepp, a senior from 
Middleburg with a major in 
elementary education, is serving 
as the student representative to 
BU's Council of Trustees. One of 
several students who applied for 
the position after the previous 
student Trustee graduated, he was 
interviewed by a screening 
committee and by Judy Hample, 
chancellor of the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher Education, 
before he was appointed by Gov. 
Ed Rendell. While attending BU, Knepp has been active in 
student government and academic organizations. 

Steven Knepp 

Ryan Geiger and William Katsak 

Three recipients of the 
All-Pennsylvania Academic 
Team award — Ryan Geiger 
of Danville, William Katsak 
of Plains and Angela Peck 
of Halifax — enrolled at BU 
last fall. As recipients of the 
All-Pennsylvania Academic 
Team award, they are 
eligible for a tuition 

scholarship to any of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System 
of Higher Education. The awards recognize a group of community 
college students who have achieved academic excellence and 
demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities. 

WINTER 2007 

The image of 
the ideal mother 
has been 
personified by 
TV characters 
like June Cleaver, 
Carol Brady and 
Clair Huxtable. 
Jessica Denay 
Lahm '96 
believes it's time 
for a makeover. 



Jessica Denay Lahm '96 
started the Hot Moms Club 
after the birth of her son 
Gabriel in 2000. 

"Reinventing motherhood" is ambitious, even for a Bloomsburg alum. But that's the 
goal of Jessica Lahm '96 who has built a business around fighting post-natal frumpiness. 

Lahm's Hot Moms Club — which had almost 300,000 members in late October 
2006 — started as a joke among her new-mom friends after the birth of her son, Gabriel, 
in 2000. Those in Lahm's New Jersey suburb were mostly in their mid-20s, but were 
all feeling washed-up nevertheless. 

"The climate for motherhood wasn't what it is now," says Lahm, who now uses the 
surname Denay, her middle name. "There was an image and stereotype around mothers." 
People told her she didn't look like a mother — intending it as a compliment, she sup- 
poses, but making her wonder why being a mother had such a negative connotation. 

Light bulb. 




'You owe it to your family to recharge yourself. When you're 
centered and balanced, tiiat's when you can be die best mom. 


At first, Lahm and her friends fought back with 
laughter and sarcasm. They called themselves the "hot 
moms." Then, the "Hot Moms Club." Then, Lahm put 
up a Web site ( and wrote a 
book — "The Hot Mom's Handbook" — to promote 
the Web site. 

Then, magazines: People, 
Good Housekeeping, Woman's 
Day, US Weekly, Oxygen, Ebony. 
Then, TV: "Entertainment 
Tonight," the "Today" show, 
"Access Hollywood" and others. 

Then — and here is where 
the $ comes in — sponsors and 
corporate partners. There's a 
clothing line, Rockin' Hot 
Moms, with T-shirts and jeans. (The jeans are snug and 
low cut, not those infamously lumpy "mom jeans" once 
satirized on "Saturday Night Live.") In October 2006, the 
makers of Suave shampoo kicked off a promotion tying 
the company's products to the idea of motherly heat 
while also plugging Lahm's Web site and book. 

The core of the business is the Web site which, says 
Lahm, "covers everything mom-related." Each month 
has a theme — beauty, style, relationships, parenting, 
fitness and health, sex and astrology. There are hot 
products, "Moms That Rock," moms making a differ- 
ence, "HotmomPrenuers" and celebrity mom interviews. 

"It's amazing that it's becoming so profitable," says 
Lahm, who now employs six people and a couple of 
part-timers, "especially when it started out as just me 
and a couple of my friends." 

An education major, Lahm's first job was in Paramus, 
N.J., at a high school for troubled teens. "I wasn't sure 
how I would like it, but 1 really did," she recalls. "It was 
an intense experience." But, after several years, came 
the August phone call that the state had cut the school's 
budget. She was unemployed. 

"I went into Manhattan and began teaching privately 
for young performers on Broadway and young profes- 
sional athletes," says Lahm. Among her clients was actor 
Pierce Brosnan, who traveled with his wife and son 
while filming "The Thomas Crown Affair." "I went from 
teaching the poorest of the poor to the rich and the 
famous," she says, "and found that all kids have the same 
fears and insecurities." 

Mixing with the show-biz crowd took on a personal 
dimension when she met and married her now 
ex-husband, Bryan Dattilo, who played Lucas on "Days 
of Our Lives." 

Lahm continued to teach for the Brosnans for about 
three weeks after the HMC Web site went up. By then, 
it was generating 200 e-mails per day, and she realized 
that she couldn't teach and keep up with her new venture. 
"I told Pierce that I had great news — that I was turning 
the Hot Moms Club into a business," she says. "And I had 
bad news." 

According to Lahm, being a "hot mom" really has 
nothing to do with appearance. Rather, it's about eschew- 
ing martyrdom and holding on to self-identity. 

"So many moms struggle with feeling guilty doing 
anything for themselves," she says. "But you owe it to your 
family to recharge yourself. When you're centered and 
balanced, that's when you can be the best mom." 

There's also some shrewd marketing going on here, 
notes a Philadelphia marketing expert, Anne Buchanan of 
Buchanan Public Relations. As a business model, she says, 
the Hot Moms Club is an example of how Corporate 
America succeeds by cutting its market into thin slices. 

'What she has here is a group of intelligent, probably 
slightly affluent mothers," says Buchanan. "What group of 
advertisers wouldn't want to talk to these women?" 

According to Buchanan, a Hot Moms Club probably 
wouldn't have succeeded before the Internet, but online 
marketing permits Lahm — and advertisers — to effec- 
tively target the smaller segment of women who respond 
to the idea. "I think she's onto something," says Buchanan. 

Lahm also had the advantage of show business 
contacts. She was able to convince stars like Celine Dion, 
Kelly Preston and Cindy Margolis to wear "Hot Mom" 
T-shirts and provide the endorsements which can make a 
decisive difference in obtaining publicity. When actors 
Angie Harmon and Forrest Whitaker showed up at a 
book signing party, cameras followed. And HMC got a 
blurb in Star magazine when Britney Spears donated 
her maternity wear to Have More Compassion, an affili- 
ated charity. 

What's next for the original "Hot Mom"? A second 
book, "Womb with a View," for expectant mothers, is 
due out in April 2007, a radio show is in the works and 
other products undoubtedly will follow. 

So many mothers. So little time, b 

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

WINTER 2007 

Conning Full Circle 


"What is it about this place?" 
a father asked after he toured 
BU with his daughter. "I can't 
stop thinking about it." Lynda 
Fedor-Michaels '87/'8SM says 
he's not alone. "It" brought her 
to BU as a student more than 
two decades ago; it continues 
to bind her tightly to the 
campus and its people. 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels makes no secret of her genuine 
enthusiasm for BU, the hard-to-define quality she calls "the 
Bloomsburg experience" and what it has meant to her life. 

"Bloomsburg has this way of developing your potential. . . 
your perspective, values and skills," says BU's director of 
alumni affairs. "And, when you leave, you stay the same 
person, but changed for the better." 

BU may have changed Fedor-Michaels but, unlike most 
graduates, she never left. She's been connected to the campus 
since 1983 when her future sister-in-law, who had earned a 

Moving Forward 

bachelor's degree in elementary 
education a few years earlier, 
encouraged her to check it out. 

There was never any doubt that 
she'd attend college somewhere, 
Fedor-Michaels says. Her parents, 
who still live in the Wilkes-Barre 
home where she grew up, empha- 
sized the importance of education 
for their six children, second in 
importance only to family. 

"I grew up in this group of 
people who put family first. And 
that's the type of connection I 
found at Bloomsburg," she says. 

Jumping right in to college life, 
she was involved in the Commu- 
nity Government Association and 
the Student Education Society. She 
served as the student representa- 
tive to the Council of Trustees. 
Each experience showed her the 
possibilities that lay ahead and, 
although she earned her bachelor's 
degree in education, she knew 
when she accepted her diploma 
in 1987 that the classroom wasn't 
her future. 

"I had faculty and staff mentors 
who opened up a world of oppor- 
tunities," says Fedor-Michaels, 
crediting the late Jennie Carpenter, 
who was director of residence life 
and vice president for student 
affairs. "She had a huge impact on 
my life. She was an example of a 
strong, capable, independent 
woman, one of those women who 
push you to your potential." 

So, instead of leaving BU to 
become a classroom teacher, she 
stayed on to earn a master's degree 
in education, simultaneously plan- 
ning her wedding. She became a 
full-time residence hall director in 
June 1988 and, four months later 
on Homecoming Weekend, she 
married Frank Michaels. 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels has three main goals as she expands on programs 
established by Doug Hippenstiel during his 26 years in alumni affairs: 

Engage more alumni in BU by welcoming them to the campus for 
events like Alumni Weekend (this year from April 1 3 to 1 5) or bringing 
the university to them through visits from faculty, students and, during 
her last year before retirement, BU President Jessica Kozloff. 

Connect current students with alumni through programs like 
Alumni in the Classroom. "Students need to know who our alumni are 
and see what a Bloomsburg education can do for them," she says. 


Continue to offer programs and services to benefit alumni and the 
alumni association, such as loan consolidation and reduced rates on 
insurance and travel. 

"He moved into Columbia Resi- 
dence Hall, where we lived in a tiny 
two-bedroom apartment for four 
years before moving to Lycoming 
Hall for another four years," she 
remembers. "As residence hall direc- 
tor, my job was all about the stu- 
dents. Frank became a mentor to a 
lot of them. 

"Bloomsburg changed him, too. . . 
his perspectives on diversity and 
people from many walks of life. And, 
for the last three years, he's been 
working on campus as a mainte- 
nance repairman in the dorms." 

The couple moved into their own 
home a few miles from campus in 
December 1996 after Fedor-Michaels 
accepted a position in the admissions 
office. In charge of the freshman ori- 
entation program, she often was 
among the first to greet new students 
and their families. She's reconnected 
with some of those students — now, 
young graduates — this year in her 
new position. 

Fedor-Michaels sees not only a 
similarity in BU students and alumni, 
but also an interconnectedness that 
she's building upon as director of 
alumni affairs. "Current students 
need to see what alumni are doing 
and hear the stories about 'this is 
what Bloomsburg did for me.' It's a 
people experience. Whether you're 
talking about Bloomsburg with pro- 
spective students or at the end of the 
experience after they've graduated, 
it's the same connection." 

Although the connection 
remains the same, alumni attitudes 
differ from era to era and some of 
the difference can be attributed to 
sheer numbers, she says. The Class 
of 1956, for example, had 120 
members; 50 years later, more than 
1,000 students graduated with the 
Class of 2006. 

The definition of "school spirit" 
has evolved over the years, as well. 
"Students today are more indepen- 
dent, less likely to be joiners and 
more introspective. They have been 
exposed to so much and had a 
variety of experiences," she explains. 
"After they graduate, we have to 
zero in on where their interests 
were, not their class years." 

As she connects and reconnects 
with BU alumni, Fedor-Michaels 
is seeing the "Bloomsburg experi- 
ence" come full circle. Her niece, 
Catherine "Katie" Fedor, is a junior 
at BU, majoring in nursing. Katie is 
also the daughter of Bonnie Parker- 
Fedor 78, the sister-in-law who 
introduced Aunt Lynda to BU near- 
ly 25 years ago. b 

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

Editor's note: For information 
on alumni events, news and 
volunteer opportunities, see the BU 
Alumni Online Community at 

WINTER 2007 

Jeffrey Davis, associate profes- 
sor of history, grew up in the 
mountains and wide open 
spaces of Washington state. His 
academic research, on the other 
hand, looks eastward, focusing on 
Colonial Amenca and one of the 
13 original colonies, Pennsylvania. 
Davis' textbook for high school 
students, "The Pennsylvania Jour- 
ney," was published last year by 
Gibbs Smith. At nearly the same 
time, he was named the associate 
editor for Pennsylvania History: A 
Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. 




Bloomsburg: What interested 
you in Pennsylvania's history? 
Davis: In the early history of the 
country, Pennsylvania was, by far, 
the most diverse and vibrant state 
and colony. And so much of the 
founding of the country 
happened here. The capital of the 
United States was Philadelphia for 
a while. If you match up Pennsyl- 
vania against the other colonies, 
even in the Colonial period it was 
most like what we are today, a pluralistic society, both 
ethnically and religiously. And it was a hotbed of politics 
which is what I like about it. It was the happening place. 

Bloomsburg: What aspects of Pennsylvania history 
should make Pennsylvanians proud? 
Davis: There's a lot Pennsylvanians can take pride in. 
When you look at William Perm's principles in founding 
the colony, they were very idealistic principles of tolerance 
and pluralism, remarkable in comparison to the other 
colonies of the time. Obviously, the role Pennsylvania 
played in the founding of the United States with the 
signing of the Constitution and the Declaration of 
Independence in Philadelphia was the keystone that held 
the republic together. And, in the 19th century during the 
industrial revolution, Pennsylvania was a key player. With 
timber, coal, steel and petroleum and all the 
manufacturing that took place, Pennsylvania was a huge 
contributor. Pennsylvania has so many "firsts" in areas like 
building roads, canals and railroads. 

The word "keystone" refers to the 
central stone of an arch that holds all 
the other stones in place. Pennsylvania 
was nicknamed the Keystone State 
more than 200 years ago in 
recognition of its important role in 
the economic, social and political 
J ~velopment of the United States. 

ennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) 

Bloomsburg: Does Pennsylvania have a towering 
historical figure? 

Davis: Benjamin Franklin. By far, he stands out as 
the preeminent historical figure and the most 
recognizable. This year is his 301st birthday. Of all 
the founding fathers, he was probably the most well 
rounded. He was pretty good at everything he did — a 
true Renaissance man. On the other hand, he was a 
pretty good self-promoter, too. He had a good sense 
of humor and a practical, pragmatic side. He got him- 
self into positions which would give him political 
authority and financial benefit. He was a scoundrel at 
times, and a philanderer. 

Bloomsburg: How important was he to the way our 
nation turned out? 

Davis: He was important in many ways, especially for 
his approach to politics and his drive. He really helped 
to move Pennsylvania in the Revolutionary movement. 
In his efforts to get France into the war on the side of 



the United States, he was very important. He was a large 
enough contributor that things could have been very 
different without him. 

Bloomsburg: At the other extreme, who is the 
unknown figure who should be better known? 
Davis: Andrew Carnegie. He is well known, but 
his connection to Pennsylvania is not as well known. 
Richard Allen, an African American who founded one 
of the first free African American churches in Philadel- 
phia. Milton Hershey, George Westinghouse, John 
Heinz. We have more than our share of industrialists. 
John Morgan invented steel cable and was involved 
with the Brooklyn Bridge, Lee Iacocca, Robert Fulton, 
the steamboat inventor. . . 

Bloomsburg: In the 19th century, what was Pennsylva- 
nia's role in the suffrage and emancipation movements? 
Davis: It was a hotbed, on both counts. Especially on 
emancipation. There were abolitionist movements and 

societies throughout the state. The 
Underground Railroad came right 
through Pennsylvania, especially 
through the areas of Lancaster and 
the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. 
The Susquehanna River was one of the 
crossing points. Of course, the Mason- 
Dixon Line was the border between Pennsyl- 
vania and Maryland — between North and 
South — and Pennsylvania was a state that 
reflected the mixed views of the country. 
There were abolitionist societies, and there were 
anti-abolitionist societies. There were those who 
strongly promoted abolition and those who 
were very ambivalent. 

Bloomsburg: So was it a cultural 
border state as well as a geographical 
border state? 

Davis: Absolutely. Many people of 
Philadelphia in particular had strong 
ties, both economic and family, to the 
South. Philadelphia had a strong textile 
industry. Many people had moved from the 
South or had family who moved to the South. But, 
once the Civil War started, Pennsylvania was second 
only to New York in its contributions in manpower to 
the war. Once the war started, Pennsylvanians rose to 
the occasion. 

Bloomsburg: Coming from Washington state, is there 
anything about Pennsylvania culture that surprised you? 
Davis: My impression, coming from the West, is that 
Pennsylvania is an Eastern state. Very much an East Coast 
state, industrialized and urban. But when you come here, 
you find out that's not the case. There's Pittsburgh and 
Philadelphia, and between them it's very rural and very 
agricultural. There are ethnic communities. Not that you 
don't have that in the West, but it's very different. In the 
city where I grew up, there's not a Little Italy or German 
community. It was a mix. The West doesn't have the 
same experience that Pennsylvania has. But on the East 
Coast, Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful states by 
far, its topography and terrain, how lush and green it is. b 

Eric Foster is co-editor 0/ Bloomsburg: The 
University Magazine. 

WINTER 2007 

For freshman Terrell Garrett of Philadelphia, 
being part of a living learning community has 
eased the transition from high school to college. 

Before he ever set foot on 
campus, freshman Terrell 
Garrett knew he wanted 
to spend his first year at 
BU as part of the Freder- 
ick Douglass Institute Living Learn- 
ing Community. 

Alumni from his high school — 
Philadelphia's Lankenau High — lit 
the spark. "They all said it was ben- 
eficial because you have professors 
who are willing to help you and 
give you individualized attention," 
he says. 

Convinced, Garrett came to 
Bloomsburg and lives with other 
Frederick Douglass students in 
Luzerne Residence Hall. The com- 
munity, he says, has kept him on 
track during his first year of college. 

"One of the major reasons I'm 
doing well is because we have study 
sessions together and can work, as a 
group, with our professors. I'm 
never intimidated to ask a professor 
for help because they already 
know who I am and what they can 
do to help me." 

"Anytime you can provide an 
environment for student-faculty 
relationships to grow, it will benefit 
them both," says Jonathan Lincoln, 
assistant vice president and dean of 
undergraduate education and aca- 
demic affairs. "It helps to build a 
stronger sense of community, which 
is important at any university." 

Living learning communities, or 
LLCs, allow freshmen and returning 
students who share similar interests 

Freedom, new 
friends and a new 
style of learning 
can make the 
transition from 
high school 
to college an 
experience. More 
than 500 BU 
students weather 
the transition 
more easily by 
participating in 
living learning 
" communities. 


to live in the same residence hall and 
interact inside and outside of the 
classroom. The environment helps 
ease freshmen into college life while 
allowing upperclassmen to take on 
mentoring and leadership roles. 
LLCs also offer students opportuni- 
ties to interact with their professors 
by participating in special lectures, 
study sessions and trips. 

"The great thing about students 
in the living learning communities is 
that they're motivated, energized 
and they hit the ground running," 
says Kathy Kollar-Valovage, adviser 
to the Presidential Leadership Pro- 
gram LLC. "They see the benefit of 
living with like-minded peers." 

Each LLC acts as a close-knit 
community within the university. 



'The great thing about students in the living learning 
communities is that they're motivated, energized and 

they hit the ground running.' — Kathy Kollar-Valovage 

according to students. Sophomore 
Leah Hilliard of Manheim says the 
connections she made in the Presi- 
dential Leadership Program LLC 
helped her adjust to college. The 
community "became a small family 
right off the bat. The upperclass- 
men in the dorm really helped walk 
me through my freshmen year." 
Sophomore David Flynn of 
Bloomsburg decided to work as a 
community assistant in the Presi- 
dential Leadership Program LLC 
because of his positive experience 
there as a freshman. "It's like a role 
reversal," Flynn says. "When I was 
a freshman, the upperclassmen in 
the dorm helped me out with PLP 
and college in general. Now the 

Jonathan Lincoln, assistant vice 
president and dean of undergraduate 
education and academic affairs, 
discusses new living learning 
community initiatives with Linda 
Sowash, director of residence life. 

freshmen in the dorm can come to 
me for advice, and I can help them 
out in return." 

Gretchen Bomberger, a freshman 
from Denver, Pa., says the Gender 
and Diversity LLC was "a welcoming 
community right away. The support 
of knowing people who have gone 
through many of the same situations 
as me has been very reassuring." 

LLCs are a growing trend on 
campuses nationwide, according to 
Kollar-Valovage. Currendy, there 
are seven living learning communi- 
ties at Bloomsburg, each with a 
unique focus. The oldest, Sciences 
and Health Sciences, is housed with 
the Education LLC in Columbia 
Residence Hall; together, the two 
communities have more than 200 
participants. Civic Engagement 
and Gender and Diversity, both 
established last fall, each house few- 
er than 20 students in Northum- 
berland Residence Hall. The Presi- 
dential Learning Program LLC was 
established in 1998 and is housed in 
Schuylkill Residence Hall; the Hon- 
ors and Frederick Douglass LLCs, 
both housed in Luzeme, were 
established in 2001. 

"Statistics show student success 
rates are higher in these communi- 
ties because students are living with 
people who have a similar focus and 
motivation. They have higher GPAs 
and are more successful in their 
programs than similar students who 
aren't living in these communities," 
says Madelyn Rodriguez, multi- 
cultural center director. 

Professors working within the 
LLCs make it a priority to get to 

know students outside of the class- 
room. Honors freshman Amanda 
Balz of Walden, N.Y., says she and 
several friends went to lunch with 
Stephen Kokoska, interim director 
of the Honors Program, at the 
beginning of the semester to intro- 
duce themselves and leam more 
about the program. 

"You're not just a number," Balz 
says. "Dr. Kokoska is a professor 
with classes to teach, and yet he 
still takes the time to get to know 
the Honors kids. That's something I 
really appreciate." 

To assist the growing number of 
students involved in LLCs, a Living 
Learning Community Center was 
created last fall in Columbia Resi- 
dence Hall. Staffed with a full-time 
secretary, the center has office and 
classroom space for professor and 
student use — an indication, assis- 
tant vice president Lincoln says, 
that LLCs are becoming an increas- 
ingly important component of the 
Bloomsburg University community. 

"I expect we're going to see 
these begin to develop even more," 
Lincoln says. "I'd like to get to 
the point where we can tell all in- 
coming freshmen that they can 
participate in these communities if 
they choose to do so." B 

Lynette Mong '08 is an 
English/creative writing major 
from Kennewick, Wash. 

WINTER 2007 

Lancaster County has towns with names such as Bird-in-Hand, 
Blue Ball and Paradise and farmsteads where Amish families have 
tended fields and livestock for generations. But there are forces 
that could change the county's rural flavor in a New York minute. 

Growth and 


With its acres of open farmland dotted with small towns 
rich in history and little changed from Colonial days, it's 
no wonder that 5 million people visit Pennsylvania's 
Lancaster County annually. The lure of quiet country 
living, the reputation for good schools and the relative 
affordability of houses attract another 5,000 who become 





new permanent residents. But without careful planning 
to strike a balance between preservation and growth, 
the very essence of what makes Lancaster so desirable 
could be lost under waves of new development. 

Enter Mike Domin '85. 

As a principal planner with the Lancaster County 
Planning Commission and now working in the agency's 
relatively new Heritage and Long Range Planning 
Division, Domin has spent the last 20 years protecting 
that essence. 

"It can be a struggle and it takes a lot of time," Do- 
min says. "To try and accommodate the growth without 
losing the character of Lancaster is very challenging." 

Domin, 43, grew up in neighboring Chester County 
and now lives in Willow Street, a community about 
five miles south of Lancaster. He says he knew in 
high school that he wanted to do something related to 
the environment. 

At Bloomsburg University, Domin initially studied 
geology but then switched to environmental planning 
when it was offered his sophomore year. "I liked it be- 
cause it involved not only the natural sciences, but also 
the human element, in working with communities to 
make a positive change for the future," says Domin. 

In Lancaster, making sure change is positive takes a 
three-pronged approach: keeping new development 
close to existing urban areas to avoid sprawl, improving 
neighborhoods with parks and trails so people are not 
as insistent on living in more rural areas, and buying 
development rights to farms. 

When Domin came to the planning commission 
shortly after graduating from Bloomsburg, the depart- 
ment was creating "urban growth boundaries." 

These are areas designated for residential and 
commercial growth clustered around existing urban 
infrastructure. The idea, Domin says, is to direct growth 
in these areas so it doesn't start gobbling up the 
county's farmland. 

"We promote higher density or compact develop- 
ment and that's been a battle because for a long time 
the American dream has been a house on an acre of 
land," he says. The county instead encourages the con- 
struction of diverse communities offering a combina- 
tion of apartments, townhouses, single-family homes 
and some commercial development. 

Since the early 1980s, the county and a nonprofit 
organization it helped to create, the Lancaster Farmland 
Trust, have spent about $50 million buying the devel- 

opment rights to more than 70,000 acres of farmland. 
The goal is to eventually lock up the development rights 
to 300,000 acres of farmland. 

In that goal, the county has been helped by the 
Amish. Well known for traveling in horse-drawn bug- 
gies and shunning the outside world, Domin says the 
Amish are committed to their farming lifestyle and have 
not been interested in selling land to builders. 

But people's attitudes and perceptions about where 
they want to live remains key to land preservation. Now 
that Lancaster County and its 60 municipalities know 
where they want development to occur, Domin is 
working on ways to make those growth areas attractive 
to residents by creating parks, trails and other 
recreational areas. 

The rule of thumb, Domin says, is to have small two- 
to five -acre neighborhood parks (think "tot lots") within 
a quarter-mile of all residents. Larger community parks 
of about 50 acres, with athletic fields and other recre- 
ation facilities, should be within 10 miles of residents. 

"Unless we make the urban areas attractive places to 
live, we're not going to be successful with our whole 
growth strategy," he says. "Anything we can do to en- 
hance the livability in these urban centers is just as im- 
portant as preserving the farmland outside of them." 

Recently, Domin and the department celebrated the 
completion of plans for the first 1.2 miles of an urban 
hiking/biking trail, called the Conestoga Greenway Proj- 
ect, that skirts the edge of Lancaster City. The hope is to 
someday have it stretch to about 50 miles, but it's not 
easy — the first part of the trail required agreements 
from a dozen different landowners, he says. 

Preserving Lancaster County's historic character is 
also part of Domin's role. About three years ago, in 
response to residents' concerns, the department created 
the Heritage and Long Range Planning Division. Now, 
in addition to protecting open space, Domin helps 
identify historic properties and works with towns and 
nonprofit agencies to preserve streetscapes and raise 
money to save architecturally significant buildings. 

"I think my children and my children's children will 
be able to experience the same kind of beauty in Lan- 
caster County that we have today because of the actions 
we are taking now," says Domin, the father of two teen- 
agers. "I feel proud to be part of that." B 

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

WINTER 2007 


Charged for Work 


BU's new EET program is graduating electronics engineering 
technologists who have the real-world experience that industry wants. 

Engineers design things. Engineering technologists 
make things work. 

The differences between the two professions 
actually run a little deeper, but the emphasis on 
practical, day-to-day operations is what sets 
engineering technology apart. Bloomsburg Univer- 
sity's electronics engineering technology program 
takes "practical" a step further, emphasizing the 
hands-on experience that often puts students in 
jobs as soon as they graduate. 

"The goal is to produce engineers who are 
capable of contributing in industry right away," says 
Biswajit Ray, EET program coordinator. "They 
don't need a lot of training to start their first job." 

The fledgling program's first graduating class 
proved that this emphasis on practical training 
works. Of the nine BU students who earned bache- 
lor's degrees in electronics engineering technology 
in spring and summer 2006, one is working on a 
master's degree in electrical engineering at Perm 
State University and eight are working for compa- 
nies such as Lockheed Martin and PPL Susque- 
hanna. "If we can get them placed right away," Ray 
says, "then we consider ourselves successful." 

Among those graduates is Meshoppen, Pa., 
native Benjamin Naylor, now an associate engineer 
with California Instruments in San Diego. "I came 
out here during spring break for an interview," 
Naylor says of his 2005 trip west. "They offered me 

Biswajit Ray, far left, is coordinator of the EET program. Recent EET 
graduates Christopher Root of Danville (top) and Matthew Dunkelberger 
of Mohrsville (bottom) apply what they learned in class at paid 
practicians. In the classroom, students use sophisticated software to 
design circuit boards (center). 

the internship, which turned into a full-time job." 
Now he helps design programmable power sources 
that aircraft manufacturers and the U.S. military use 
to test aircraft electronics. "1 had always been inter- 
ested in electronics and video games and stuff like 
that," he says. "I had no electronics background, 
but when I started taking the EET classes, I really, 
really enjoyed it." 

The EET program made its mark on Blooms- 
burg's drawing board in the late '90s. That's when 
state officials asked the department of physics 
and engineering technology to work with business- 
es in developing a program to help improve the 
state's economy, recalls professor James Moser, 
who was head of the department at the time. He 
used his contacts in the electronics industry to 
help get the idea into development. Half a million 
dollars in funding came from Pennsylvania's Link 
to Learn Initiative. 

The next task was hiring someone with the right 
combination of academic and industry experience 
to develop the curriculum. "It was kind of difficult 
to find someone who fit the bill," Moser says — 
until BU found Biswajit Ray. 

Ray's practical bent was nurtured as a child in 
India. Because of the struggling economy there, he 
says, "All the parents will tell their kids, Tou have 
to be an engineer or a doctor.' " Ray didn't like biol- 
ogy but was good at math, so he chose to become 
an engineer. 

Ray taught electrical and computer engineering 
at the University of Puerto Rico before taking leave 
to gain on-the-job knowledge in industry. "I 
thought that teaching engineering just by the books 
was not a good experience," he says. "My goal was 
Continued on next page 

WINTER 2007 

to come back to teaching, but with industry experi- 
ence." As a design engineer for EMS Technologies Inc. 
in Atlanta, he designed electronics for space satellites 
before signing on with Bloomsburg. In 2000, he and 
his wife and their two children (now ages 10 and 
14) left behind the big city and southern climate to 
move to Pennsylvania, where Ray would develop an 
academic program from scratch. 

The EET curriculum that Ray created provides the 
science, math and technology foundation that students 
need for their culminating experience — a six-month, 
paid co-op job in industry. Among the employers that 
have provided co-op opportunities are: Air Balancing 
Engineers Inc., Berwick; Tobyhanna Army Depot; L3 
Communications, Williamsport, Pa.; and the Univer- 
sity of Dayton (Ohio) Research Institute. In addition, a 
very active industry advisory board helps in co-op 
placement and provides feedback to make sure the 
EET program produces graduates who have the skills 
that industry needs, Ray says. 

The idea of a new program with "strong industry 
backing" attracted Bloomsburg native Jonathan Wolfe 
when he was a freshman. He was already interested in 
electronics, since he had studied the field in a high 
school technical program. After his co-op experience 
at PPL Susquehanna in Berwick, he continued to work 
there during his last semester of classes, and then be- 
came a full-time systems associate after his graduation 
in May. Wolfe is involved with maintaining the com- 
puter systems that monitor the core at PPL's nuclear 
power plant. In fall 2007, he plans to begin studying 
for a master's in business administration (probably at 
BU) so he eventually can become a project manager. 

EET students at Bloomsburg also gain hands-on 
experience through their professors' research projects. 
For example, Ray recently completed designs for por- 
table generators being tested by the Department of 
Defense. "It's good for me because I can stay up-to- 
date professionally, and the students can get involved 
with actual research," he says. 

The EET program is attracting students thanks to 
modem equipment, individual attention from profes- 
sors and the university's relatively low tuition and 
student/teacher ratios, Ray and Moser say. "Our class- 
es are small, so students have more access to labs and 
software, and more faculty guidance," Ray says. 

All those advantages help students advance their 
knowledge and skills quickly, according to Moser. 
"One of the things that's amazing to me is that I hear 

In labs, students work independently in small teams as 
professor Biswajit Ray moves from team to team to give 
timely guidance. 

students walking up and down the halls in groups, 
discussing and debating problems in engineering," he 
says. "It doesn't end when class ends." 

The biggest draw, though, may be the required — 
and paid — co-op experience. Moser notes, "Because of 
those co-ops, when they graduate, students get solid 
job opportunities. Not only do they get a solid academ- 
ic education, but they get experience in solving prob- 
lems." They also get a four-and-a-half-year program for 
the cost of four years. (Originally, two six-month co-op 
experiences were required, adding up to a five-year 
program. The requirement was lowered based on 
industry feedback that students were ready to join the 
workforce after one co-op, Ray says — and on the 
desire of students to graduate sooner.) 

Forty-five students are enrolled in the EET program, 
and Ray hopes that number will grow to the point 
where 20 students a year are graduating. "A lot of 
people don't know that we have a program like this at 
Bloomsburg University," he says. 

Even industrial clients initially had to be convinced 
of the program's merits. "When we first spoke to PPL, 
they couldn't quite understand what we were doing," 
Moser says. "Now they're placing co-op students, and 
they're really interested. It's taking a while to build our 
reputation, but once they see what we're doing, they're 
coming back for more. . .1 think local industry has been 
really supportive and helpful." 

The EET program's reputation may get a boost soon 
from national accreditation, a process that is now under 
way. The program couldn't seek accreditation from 
ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technol- 
ogy) until the first students graduated, Ray explains. 
However, BU has a head start on one of the require- 
ments: faculty members who have both academic and 
industrial experience. 

"1 think the program has a bright future," 
Ray says. B 

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


Stage & 


Whether running two successful Pennsylvania theaters 
or working on NASCAR pit crews, alumnus Ralph Miller 
credits BU with giving him the 
knowledge and savvy to succeed in 
whatever he has decided to do. 
"Bloomsburg really opened a lot of doors for me," 
he says. "Once they were open, I ran through them." 

i alph Miller, a successful businessman and 
avid NASCAR fan, had just finished con- 
struction on four homes in Daytona, Fla., in 1987 
when he sent a note to Dale Earnhardt Sr. offer- 
ing his favorite driver the use of one of his homes 
during Speed Week at Daytona Speedway. 

Much to his surprise, Earnhardt called, ar- 
ranged a meeting and accepted the offer. Thus 
began another chapter in Miller's life, during 
which he became close friends with the racer 
known as "The Intimidator" and part of the 
championship racing teams of both Earnhardt 
and Jeff Gordon. 

That Miller took a chance and things worked 
out beautifully is not surprising. He's been 
making things happen throughout his life. But 
ask Miller if luck finds him or if he creates his 
own luck and the usually affable Miller turns 
dead serious. 

"I don't believe in luck at all," says Miller, who 
worked on electronics set-ups and as a pit crew 

Ralph Miller 
kisses the bricks 
. to celebrate a 

■L. victory at Indy. 

member for both drivers, making 150 trips to Vic- 
tory Lane. "I believe in kicking open doors. If you 
don't have the courage to take chances and go af- 
ter what you want, you will be working for some- 
body the rest of your life." 

Words to live by, and Miller certainly has. At 
60, Miller is the longest-running owner of the ven- 
erable Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope and 
will kick off his 31st season this spring. For more 
than two decades, he's also owned the Pocono 
Playhouse in Mountainhome. 
Continued on next page 

WINTER 2007 

'I believe in kicking open doors. If you don't have the 
courage to take chances and go after what you want, 
you will be working for somebody the rest of your life.' 


A math major at Bloomsburg in 
the mid-1960s. Miller was a mem- 
ber of Madrigal Singers, Men's Glee 
Club and the Concert Choir who 
appeared in musicals, including 
"Carousel." He left school after 
three years to pursue other opportu- 
nities, which eventually included 
the Bucks County Playhouse. 

"I saw George C. Scott and 
Colleen Dewhurst in 'Lion in Win- 
ter' there and I fell in love with the 
place," says Miller, who lives in Point 
Pleasant, Pa. "I really just wanted 
the chance to produce a season." 

In 1969, he met with the play- 
house's producer and offered to 
work for free "but the producer 
literally threw me out of the lobby," 
Miller recalls. In a scene that, itself, 
would make great theater, Miller 
turned around at the bottom of the 
steps and yelled, "You ought to listen 
to me because one day, I'm going to 
own this place!" 

Seven years later, he got his 
chance. "In 1976, about six weeks 

Ralph Miller celebrates victory with a 
traditional champagne spray. 

before the season started, the 
producer notified the playhouse 
that he was bankrupt and wasn't 
coming back," Miller says. "The 
owners said if I could raise the 
money for the advance rent for the 
summer, they would give me the 
theater. I told them I could do it." 
In reality, Miller walked out of 
the meeting wondering where the 
money would come from. He 
found partners to lend him the 
capital, and five years later, he had 
made enough to buy them out. He 
believes he was able to purchase 
the Bucks County Playhouse at the 
bargain price of $200,000 because, 
not only was he the first producer 
to turn a profit, but fast-food 
giant McDonald's was eyeing the 
property, a prospect that horrified 
many locals. 

When Miller took over the 
theater, it was predominantly a 
stock house — a playhouse where 
stars would come during the 
summer season to try out 

jj^t new products. 

"All of these little stock 
houses were sitting around 
looking for product," he 
says. "But I saw that there 
was plenty of product 
out there, and we began 
doing revivals." 

The new direction was 
a hit. Miller more than 
doubled the length of the 
playhouse's season and 
turned a profit, allowing 
him to buy Pocono 
Playhouse in 1984. He 
lets neither the distance — 
about 80 miles separates 
the theaters — nor the 
different levels of success 
sway his commitment to 
both facilities. 

The Bucks County Playhouse 
appears today much as it did when 
Ralph Miller first walked through 
the doors in the 1960s. 

"Pocono Playhouse could not 
stand on its own," Miller notes. 
"You're only going to get a 10- to 
12-week season there because, after 
Labor Day, everybody deserts the 
Poconos and the ski crowd is going 
to go back to the lodge at night." 
Miller makes it work for art's sake. 
He saves money by using the 
same production staff at both the- 
aters, as well as using computer 
orchestration, while presenting 
different shows. 

During its history, acting lumi- 
naries such as Kitty Carlisle, Liza 
Minnelli, Walter Matthau, Grace 
Kelly and Robert Redford performed 
at the Bucks County Playhouse. 
More recently, the theater has hosted 
the likes of William Shatner ("No- 
body realizes what a tremendous 
comedic actor he is.") and Don 
Knotts, who passed away last year. 

Despite several floods throughout 
the years, the Bucks County Play- 
house is on solid ground three 
decades after Miller took over. "I'm 
healthy and love the work; they'll 
have to carry me out of there," Miller 
says. "I do want to eventually give it 
to someone in trust so that it doesn't 
get sold for condos. 1 just want to 
make sure this wonderful theater 
stays a theater." b 

Kevin Gray is a freelance writer based 
in the Lehigh Valley. 




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Katie McPeek gets a boost from friends Keri Bachman, Kristie 
Gardner and Danielle Burke behind Carver Hail in the fall of 2003. 
McPeek, a senior elementary education major who was a cheerleader 
in high school, has cheered for the Huskies, along with Burke, for the 
past two years. 

Generations of students have come 
to Bloomsburg to pursue their dreams, 
from the earliest days in 1839 to our 
current students. Many have helped 
others who came after them — a tradition 
of philanthropy that quietly continues to 
this day. 

One of the most meaningful, yet 
least known, ways our alumni and 
friends have helped us is by providing a 
gift to the university through their wills. 
Known as bequests, these gifts have 
funded scholarships, provided equipment 
to teach students, helped to renovate 
buildings and enabled many things to 
happen at Bloomsburg University. 

Regardless of how much money you 
think you have, if you want to help our 
students and the university, you can. 
We can work with your attorney or 
adviser to make it easy. You will feel 
great knowing that you have provided an 
opportunity for even more generations 
of students to come. 

Contact the Bloomsburg University 
Foundation for more information, 
either through the Web site, (which has 
more information on giving through 
your will), or by phone at 570-389-4524. 
After all, where there's a will, there's a 
way... to help! 


Husky Notes 

Quest extended trips bound for 
destinations in U.S. and abroad 

Bloomsburg Universi- 
ty's Quest program 
offers extended trips 
for BU alumni and friends. 
For many of these trips, no 
experience is necessary and 
most equipment is provid- 
ed. Varied amounts of phys- 
ical stamina are required. 

Trekking in Patagonia, 
Chile, Feb. 12 to 25: 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@yahoo . com . 

Costa Rica Mountain Bike 
Ride, March 9 to 18: The 
eight-day mountain bike 
ride takes cyclists through 
Costa Rica, from Fortuna 
De San Carlas to the Pacific 
Ocean, accompanied by 
a Spanish-speaking guide 
and support vehicle. The 
trip requires participants 
to be in satisfactory physical 
condition. The leader is 
Roy Smith, rsmith® 

Hiking Joshua Tree 
National Park, California, 

March 10 to 14: The Joshua 
Tree National Park offers 
hikers more than 585,000 
acres of wilderness to 
explore. The group will fly 
into Palm Springs, explore 
the Indian Canyons and 
visit the internationally 
famous botanical museum. 

Roy Smith, director, will lead a Quest walking trip across northern England from June 22 to July 4. 

The hikers will go through 
rock formations on scenic 
trails. The leader is Alison 
Stone-Briggs, astone® 

Rock Climbing in Joshua 
Tree National Park, Califor- 
nia, March 10 to 17: 
Joshua Tree is a world- 
renowned climbing location 
in Central California. The 
trip will allow those with no 
prior climbing experience 
to learn the fundamentals 
but still challenge advanced 
climbers on more difficult 
lines. The leader is Brett 
Simpson, bsimpson® 

Biking in Holland, June 2 

to 13: This 12-day tour along 
the back roads of Holland 
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, bsimpson® 

Walking Across England, 

June 22 to July 4: The walk 
across northern England, 
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® 

Mountain Biking in the 
Rockies: Colorado Wildflow- 
ers, Aug. 16 to 23: Crested 
Butte, recently named the 
wildflower 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 
altitude of 7,000 feet, as they 

cross terrain ranging from 
old logging roads to single 
tracks. The leader is Brett 
Simpson, bsimpson® 

Bike Tour through the Finger 
Lakes Wine Country, Oct. 6 
to 8: The Finger Lakes 
wineries, combined with the 
unique glacial landscape and 
small-town charm, provide 
the perfect backdrop for 
cyclists. The group will bike 
through vineyard-covered 
hillsides, along country 
roads and pastoral scenes. 
The tour will stop at some 
of the more notable wineries. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 

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 "2 C. Daisy Girton, 90, celebrated in June with other 

%J %J alumni of a one -room school near Anthony Town- 
ship, where she had taught from 1935 until 1941. 

5 £l El Robert Fleck (right), Danville, 

vJ O received the 2006 Distinguished Ser- 
vice Award from the the Pennsylvania Association 
of Realtors. Owner of Coldwell Banker Fleck 
Agency, he has been active in regional and state 
real estate associations for many years and will 
serve as 2007 chairman of the National Associa- 
tion of Realtors Smart Growth Advisory Committee 

} J^ Q Mary Ann Gordish, a speech therapist for 

U O schools in the Wayne and Wallenpaupack areas, 
retired in 2006. 

5 j^ f\ Edward R. Hess joined the Laurel Health System 


Physician Team, Wellsboro. 

Richard F. Beierschmitt is acting superinten- 
dent of Southern Columbia Area School 
District, Catawissa. 

Thomas Bistocchi, superintendent of Union County (N.J.) 
Vocational-Technical School District, was honored by having a 
three-story school building dedicated in his name. 

Hugh Dempsey (right) is deputy director of 
the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Wash- 
ington, D.C 

Suzanne Menapace retired from the Mount 
Carmel Area School District. 


Tom Blackwell retired from the 
North Perm School District in 2005. 

Thomas Brennan Jr., Hamsburg, is executive assistant 
director of the Louisiana Community Development Office in 
Baton Rouge. 

Irene Casari retired from the Mount Carmel Area 
School District. 

Frank Jayman retired from the Mount Carmel Area 
School District. 

Doreen Kushner is principal of Transfiguration Catholic 
School, Shamokin. 

John Olaynick works as an environmentalist for Palm 
Beach County (Fla.) Water Utilities. 

5 ^7' } ^y Nell ' s a third-grade teacher and grade level 
/ JmJ coordinator for the Bangor Area School District. 
Joseph Quinn Jr., Moosic, was named to the Keystone 

College Board of Trustees. 


A. Ben Wagner, a librarian at the University at 

Melanie Wengrenovich retired from the Mount Carmel 
Area School District. 

5 ^7/i Mary Beth Lech was re-elected national vice presi- 
/ -L dent, treasurer and board member of the National 
Contract Management Association. 

Clyde E. Lowery, Birdsboro, is vice president of the busi- 
ness-banking group for Leesport Financial Group. 

5 ^7#^ David Robinholt, Nescopeck, is retiring from Dan- 
/ \J ville School District, where he was a school princi- 
pal for 1 1 years. 

5 ^7^7 Deborah Iosso is principal of Center Grove School, 
/ / in New Jersey's Randolf Township School District. 

} ^7Q Harry Warren is vice president and general man- 
/ C3 ager of Ecomm's East Lampeter Township office, 
near Allentown. He was previously a sales manager. 

5 ^7CJ ^°^' George Antochy is serving in Iraq with the 

/ S Army Reserves. 

Rachael Lohman '79M is eastern Pennsylvania regional 
manager for American Education Services. 

Alan Lonoconus is superintendent of Shikellamy 
School District. 

Donald Wiest II is executive vice president and chief 
investment officer for Midwest Banc, Melrose Place, 111. 

}Q/~\ Albert J. Manzi (nght), Utah, is 

C3 \J president and chief executive officer 
of Prairie Mountain Publishing, a newspaper 
management and operating partnership created 
by The E. W. Scripps Co. and MediaNews 

Alums inducted into Hall of Fame 

The newest members of BU's Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted 
during Homecoming Weekend 2006, are shown with BU 
President Jessica Kozloff. They are, left to right, front: Marty 
Laudato '93, Softball; Janelle Breneman '94, Softball; and Kim 
Youndt Evans '90, swimming; and, back: Jim Browning '56, 
football and track; Lance Milner '90, men's tennis; Kozloff; and 
Todd Cummings '83, wrestling. For complete information about 
the inductees, visit 

W I N 


Husky Notes 

Group. Concurrently, he serves as president and publisher of 
the Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo. 

Rick Menniti is treasury operations manager and treasurer 
for Shell Oil Co., Houston, Texas. He has worked for Shell 
since 1980, spending six years in London, England. 

9 Q ~| Ernest Jackson is vice principal of Warwick Valley 

O -A. (N.Y.) School District's middle school. 
Roseann Murello is assistant principal at Lawrence High 
School, Long Island, N.Y. 

9Q ^ Robert Krupka, Bethlehem, is vice president of 

\J^ northern region commercial lending for Harleysville 
National Bank. 

}0 /4 Edward G. Caminos was promoted to vice presi- 
O'TI dent of finance and chief accounting officer for BPZ 

Energy, Texas. He was company controller since January 2005 

and served as interim chief financial officer. 

Michael St. Clair is social studies teacher and head football 

coach at West Chester Rustin High School. 

5Q £~ Wayne D. Brookhart, Danville, is assistant super- 
O «_/ intendent of Tamaqua Area School District. 
Lt. Col. Bruce M. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, 424th Mili- 
tary Police Detachment, received the Bronze Star for meritori- 
ous service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

?Q/£ Edward Schicatano (right), assistant 

(3 vJ professor of psychology at Wilkes 
College, received the Carpenter Outstanding 
Teacher Award. 

Classmates from '56 celebrate reunion 

About 70 alumni and guests attended the 50-year reunion of the 
Class of 1956 held at the Fenstemaker Alumni House Sept. 15 to 17, 
2006. Classmate Bill Bitner, Oldsmar, Fla., was chief organizer for 
the event, which included a reunion dinner and campus tours. 
Bitner, retired chairman and president of Evergreen Bancorp, is a 
former alumni board member, past recipient of the Distinguished 
Service Award and a generous supporter of Bloomsburg University. 
He and wife Wylla "Bunny" Bitner, also a 1956 graduate, have 
donated more than S50.000 toward student scholarships. Shown in 
the accompanying photo are, left to right, Steve Kozloff, BU 
President Jessica Kozloff, Bill Bitner and Bunny Bitner. 

Snook heads 



Betsy Snook '02M recently 
became executive administrator for the Pennsylvania 
Nurses Association, based in Harrisburg. 
As the executive administrator, Snook manages the 
activities of the association and serves as the spokesperson 
and coordinator for professional issues and initiatives across 
the state. She also serves as chief executive officer of the 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania. Snook has a 30-year 
background in nursing and health care. 

9 Q ^7 Elizabeth Williams Confair is a learning support 
O / teacher with the Intermediate Unit 9 in Smethport. 
Mike Robinson '87 of Sinking Spring (right), is 

director of group sales for the Reading Phillies. 

9 Q Q Kathleen Ewer retired after 26 years of 

O O teaching, including the last 2 1 years at 
Immanuel Christian School, Hazleton. 

Maj. David A. Lesko was promoted to lieuten- 
ant colonel in the Air Force Reserves. 

Army National Guard Maj. Ronald T. Sowal, a dentist 
from Shamokin, served in southern California in support of 
U.S. Border Patrol efforts. 

9 Q f\ Brenda DeRenzo is special education coordinator at 
C3 S Parkland Schools in the Allentown area. 
Roger Nunkester Jr., Berwick, is middle school principal at 

Southern Columbia Area School District. He was named in the 

10th edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers," the 

third time he has been honored. 

V^/"\ L. Evelyn Thompson, a National Guard major, 

S\J graduated from Command and General Staff College 
at Fort Dix, N.J. She works for Independence Blue Cross as 
an appeals technical analyst and holds an MBA in health 
care management. 

9(^"1 Kris Bautsch, Limerick, teaches second grade at 
y A. Spring-Ford School District after receiving his teaching 

certificate in December 2005. 

Laurie Churba, a costume designer for NBC-TVs "Saturday 

Night Live," was costume assistant on the film "World Trade 

Center," starring Nicholas Cage. 

Lisa Peterlin Sanders teaches history, mathematics and 

science to elementary students at Wakefield Country Day School, 

Flint Hill, Va. 

}£J^ John Gabage, Glenside, was ordained as a transitional 

y j!J deacon, the last step toward becoming a Catholic 



priest. He attends St. Mary's 

Seminary and University. 

president and senior relationship manager in the commercial 

Carl C. Risch, a Carlisle 

attorney, works as an appeals 

banking group, responsible 

for Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, 

adjudication officer for the U.S. Citizenship and 

Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. 

Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 

Lazarus Kimsal, a Miami, Fla., police officer, appeared on 

Security, Washington, D.C. 

ML y 

CNN Headline News to talk about his role in fighting slot 

\4^y 1 

gambling crime in Florida. 

^O^ Brett Gibble (ri 

jht), Mohnton, 

Stephanie Hare Michaels is special education supervisor 

y %J joined Wachovie 

i Corp. as vice 

for the Shikellamy School District. 


Lisa Tuthill Aiderson '87 and 

Julie Crossley Willits '94 and 

Dian Taylor Alleyne '97 and 

Kara Nagurney Feulner '00 and 

husband, Edward, a daughter, 

husband, Steve, a son, Tyler 

husband, Andre Alleyne '96, 

husband, Rob, a daughter, Allison 

Anna Elise, March 24, 2006 

Michael, May 31, 2006 

a daughter, Taylor Paige, 

Rose, Sept. 27, 2006 

Sharon Belles Aiken '89 and 

Katy Weber Abram '95 and 

May 26, 2006 

Beth Christman Fronheiser '00 

husband, Martin, a daughter, 

husband, Sam, a son, Samuel Allen, 

Lori Clarke Steiner '97 and 

and husband. Ken, a son, Nathaniel 

Julia, Feb. 9, 2006 

March 4, 2005 

husband, Curt, a daughter, Meredith 

Ryan, March 24, 2006 

Michael Crane '89 and wife, 

Vicki Muckenthaler Blevins '95 

Clarke Steiner, June 2, 2006 

Jeni Musselman Hassel '00 and 

Pamela, a son, Michael Jr., 

and husband, Nate, a daughter, 

Marlena Zappile '97 and husband. 

husband, Joseph, a son, Jordan 

Oct. 20, 2006 

Melanie Anne, May 19, 2006 

Kirk Thomas '98, a son, Noah 

Tyler, Oct. 18,2006 

Stephanie Bissaillon Veach 

Elizabeth Donovan Conish '95 

Anthony, Dec. 8, 2005 

Alice O'Brien '00 and husband, 

'90 and husband, Eddie, a son, 

and husband, Adam, a daughter, 

Maria Nolter Grimes '98 and 

Joe, a son, Gabriel Joseph, 

Andy Christian, Aug. 6, 2006 

Sophie Elizabeth, April 20, 2006 

husband, David, a daughter, Cassidy 

May 1,2006 

Becky Young Evans '91 and 

Jennifer Rosencrance Dancy '95 

Elyse, July 13, 2006 

Suzanne Whitehead Ott '00 and 

husband, Gerald, a daughter, 

and husband, Ahmon, a son, Micah, 

Lisa Braglio Mancini '98 and 

husband, Stephen Ott '01, a 

Jane Mary, June 5, 2006 

July 31, 2006 

husband, Frank, a son, Dominic 

daughter, Elizabeth, April 5, 2006 

Jane Salak Spera '91 and 

Amanda Shepard Flaska '95 

Carlos, March 28, 2006, born in 

Kelly Cornelius Parlapiano '00 

husband, Anthony, a daughter. 

and husband, Joseph, a son, Tyler 

Guatemala Sept. 5, 2005 

and husband, Joseph Parlapiano 

Julia Jane, Sept. 22, 2005 

James, Aug. 18,2006 

Joy Gazzerro Connelly '99 

'00, a son, Aiden Joseph, 

Diane Dolan Miller '92/'05M 

Adam Fosbenner '95 and wife, 

and husband, Daniel, a daughter. 

June 19, 2006 

and husband, Mark Miller '91, a 

Lauren, a son, John Douglas, 

Grace Leah, Oct. 16,2006 

Stephanie McPherson Risser '00 

daughter, Katherine, Jan. 6, 2006 

Aug. 29. 2006 

Melissa Gromis Feathers '99, 

and husband, Justin, a daughter, 

Allison Tyson Viola '92 and 

Tara Yanick Kogut '95 and 

and husband, Stephen, a daughter. 

Kayla, Aug. 2, 2006 

husband, Joe, a son, Ronan 

husband, Michael Kogut '98, a 

MacyAmylee, March 20, 2006 

Kelly Hoover '01 and husband. 

Pilling, April 6, 2006 

son, Aidan Michael, Aug. 18,2006 

Kim Vetter Jordan '99 and 

Malcolm, a son, Ian Hoover, 

Christopher R. Corley '93 and 

Pat Lester '95 and wife, Jessica, 

husband, Mark, a daughter, Brooke 

Feb. 23, 2006 

wife, Jolly Foster, a daughter, 

a son, Cole, Aug. 30, 2006 

Alexa Jordan 

Meghan Friedland Piazza '01 and 

Renn, Sept. 22, 2005 

Hugh O'Donnell '95 and wife, 

Christine Spalding Maguire '99 

husband, Dan Piazza '00, a son. 

Cathleen Zicari Flynn '93 and 

Kerri, a son, Thomas Hugh, 

and husband, Daniel Maguire '99, 

James Daniel, May 11, 2006 

husband, Francis, a son, Michael 

March 25, 2006 

a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth, 

Matthew Wagner '01 and wife, 

Francis, March 22, 2006 

Christine Rihl Savage '95 and 

June 3, 2006 

Lisa, a son, Russel James, 

Stephanie Hare Michaels '93 

husband, James Savage '95, a 

Karen Stickle Ramsay '99, and 

March 24, 2006 

and husband, Brian, a daughter, 

son, Logan Gabriel, April 17, 2006 

husband. Brad, a son, Joshua Paul, 

Danielle Wagner Koser 02 and 

Lauryn Elisabeth, Jan. 12,2006 

Kristin Snyder West '95 and 

July 12, 2006 

husband, Barton, a son, Maddox, 

Elaine Bosack Woods '93 and 

husband, Brian West '96, a son, 

Michelle Fry Brozusky 00 

Feb. 15,2006 

husband, Tim, a daughter, Caitlin 

Jason Morgan West, July 9, 2006 

and husband, Victor Brozusky '00, 

Jennifer McCauley Robinson '02 

Helene, April 13,2006 

Tara Rothenberger Chauhan '96 

a daughter, Meghan Hope, 

and husband, Preston, a son, Colin 

Matthew E. Rhodes '94 and 

and husband, Dipesh, a son, Dylan, 

Oct. 4, 2006 

William, Aug. 7, 2006 

wife, Christine, a son, Adam, 

Aug. 24, 2006 

Aimee Counsman Bucci '00 and 

Stefanie Palmer Noll '03 and 

May 5, 2006 

Amy Bond Trumbauer '96 and 

husband, Paul, a daughter, Isabelle 

husband, Steve, a daughter, Sara 

Jennifer Oiler Shoup W98M 

husband, Brian, a son, Charles 

Marie, May 22, 2006 

Susan, May 2, 2006 

and husband, Irvin, a son, Mark 

Wilson Phaon, April 21, 2006 

Kimberly Bloom Duffy '00 and 

Johnetta Clarke '04 and Antonius 

Christopher, April 21, 2006 

husband, Sean, a son, Cole William, 

John Newman, a son, Anthony John 

Oct. 1,2006 

Newman, June 7, 2006 


Husky Notes 

Jf\ A Alison McPherson is a reading specialist at Swift 

S A- Middle School, Quarryville. 

Lisa Subers Huffman, Downingtown, is marketing com- 
munications specialist for the Chester County (Pa.) Hospital. 

Patricia Schall-Ulshafer, Bethlehem, was chosen among 170 
educators to received Wal-Mart's State Teacher of the Year 
Award for Pennsylvania. 


Robert Galella, Dunmore, is the principal at 

Tunkhannock Area Middle School. 
Air Force Capt. Noreen Kern, Tunkhannock, is a combat 
stress specialist with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in 
southwest Asia, which conducts operations in Kuwait and Iraq. 

Jennifer J. Webb, Danville, earned a master's in geography 
degree from SUNY-Binghamton, graduating summa cum laude. 
She was awarded a graduate assistantship and full tuition schol- 
arship in the geography doctoral program at the University of 
South Carolina at Columbia. 

}Q/^ Todd Doebler (right), Hatfield, is 

S\J head men's tennis coach at Perm State. 
In 2004 and 2006, he was Intercollegiate Tennis 
Association's Midwest Region Assistant Coach of 
the Year. 

Danay Gangewere (right), Bethlehem, was 
promoted to director of computer services of 
Northampton Community College. 

Michael Gaskell is principal of Hammarskjold 
Middle School, East Brunswick, NJ. 

Debbie Johnson was accepted as a candidate 
in ministry by the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery. 


Brian Barchik is a social studies teacher with the 
Montgomery Area School District. 

Going to great heights to visit alumna 

BU President Jessica Kozloff, left, pauses with Ann Edwards Blake 
'64 atop the mountain at Taos Ski Valley, N.M. Ann and her husband 
Mickey, a son of Taos Ski Valleys founders, Ernie and Rhoda Blake, 
own and operate the resort along with other family members. Jessica 
and Steve Kozloff visited the Blakes last July. 

Mark Edwards is assistant professor of history at Ouachita 
Baptist University, Arkansas. 

Thomas C. Neugebauer (right), Ellicott City, 
Md., a registered professional engineer, was pro- 
moted to associate at Morris & Ritchie Associates' 
Laurel, Md., office. 

Carolyn Wilson Peters, Telford, earned a 
master's in education degree from Gratz College. 

V^Q Mike Devaney is the recycling and 
>^0 solid waste manager for Lancaster. 
Dean Frear (right), Bloomsburg, joined the 

faculty at Wilkes University as assistant professor 

of business. 

V^f^ Marcie Hickey (right) is the new 
S S head Softball coach at the University 

of Vermont. 

Eleanor "Suzette" Marine is principal of 

North Dover Elementary School in the 

Allentown area. 

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Alumna receives 
Nightingale Award 

Joanne Zimmerman Rogers '83/"95M of Elysburg was 
named one of the seven Pennsylvania Nightingale 
Award recipients. The award honors exceptional nurses 
and is intended to promote superior nursing care practices 
statewide. Rogers is a clinical nurse specialist at Geisinger 
Medical Center, Danville. The master of ceremonies for the 
awards ceremony was Anne Shannon '93, who anchors for 
WGAL News 8. Shown in accompanying photo are, left to 
right, seated: Debra Wantz-Bucher '8 1/9 7M, Jennifer Beck 
Reese '83 and Donna Albrecht Reese '83 and standing: 
Susan Bennett Fetterman 'OO/WM, Dawn Reed Snyder 
79/'93, Joanne Zimmerman Rogers '83/'95, BU President 
Jessica Kozloff, BU Nursing Department Chair Christine 
Alichnie and Roxie Chilson Shrawder '83. 



Judy Cott 72 and Martin Payne, 

Stacy Pane '99 and Stephen 

Danielle Greer '02 and Chad 

Natalie Kreischer '04 and 

Aug. 12,2006 

Segal, Oct. 28, 2006 


Randy Buccat, June 24, 2006 

Richard Urick '81 and Maria 

Kelly Stultz '99 and Joe Angelo, 

Jeanine Haubrich '02 and David 

Corynn Lepley '04 and Stephen 

Miscavige, Aug. 5, 2006 

Sept. 2, 2006 

Clingingsmith, Oct. 15,2005 

Schreffler, June 25, 2005 

Daniel Fickes '85 and Kaja 

Jill Wascavage '99 and Michael 

Colleen Horan 02/05M and Eric 

Megan Maneval '04 and Skip 

Schuppert, May 27, 2006 

Galaida, Aug. 5, 2005 

Kramm, June 3, 2006 

Shellenberger, Dec. 17,2004 

Brenda Brong '87 and Kenneth 

Tami Bauman 00 and Patrick 

Amy Juck '02 and Chad Moser 

Katie Miller '04 and Christopher 

Runshaw, Aug. 5, 2006 


Michelle Killian '02 and 

Ronk, Oct. 14,2006 

Michael Casari '87 and 

Lena Eplee '00 and 

Brandon Long '02, June 10, 2006 

Megan Phaneuf '04 and Mark 

Marcela Fort 

Daniel McCord 

Angela Snook '02 and Robert 


Traci Dutko '90 and Robert 

Kristi Gerst '00 and Aaron 

Pearly, July 7, 2006 

Angel Potter '04 and Matthew 

Strungis Jr., June 3, 2006 

Hoffman, June 10, 2006 

Heather Sterner '02 and David 

Price, Sept. 17,2005 

Theresa Nicholson '91 and 

Angela Gianforti '00 and Joel 

Hudson, July 1,2006 

Jennifer Powell '04 and Brad 

Brett Davido, Sept. 17,2005 

Hocking '98, July 15, 2006 

Diana L Gallant 03 and Mark 

Lines, Aug. 28, 2004 

Paula Schall '91 and Joseph 

Erin Griguts '00 and Lawrence 

Novak, July 8, 2006 

Amy Buckwalter '05 and 

Puiizzi Jr., May 27, 2006 

Sinco, June 10, 2006 

Leanne Gould '03 and Michael 

Brandon Alter, July 1,2006 

Charles Oedemann '96 and 

Kristy Houseknecht '00 and 

Scatton, July 1,2006 

Jaime Cloud '05 and Ryan 

Carissa Barnum, Oct. 22, 2005 

John Welch Jr. 

Emily Hess '03 and Michael 

Confer, May 17, 2006 

Robert Thomas '96 and Janet 

Kathleen Walsh '00 and Russell 

Kessler '98, Sept. 25, 2005 

Mindy Krum '05 and Brian 

Truby, July 8, 2006 

Cripps, Sept. 10,2005 

Meghan Hillegas '03 and 

Toutant, July 14, 2006 

Laura Austin '98 and William 

Alison Gallopo '01 and Andrew 

Joshua Maeulen, Oct. 15, 2005 

Thomas McCabe '05 and 

Duffy, Oct. 15, 2005 

Bileci, June3, 2006 

Valerie Laning '03 and Michael 

Colleen Boran, June 17, 2006 

Erin McNelis '98 and Brian 

Holly Goldman '01 and Lou 

Barna, May 20, 2006 

John Pytko '05 and Jennifer 

Lutz '98, Aug. 6, 2005 

Cipollo '01, Sept. 16,2006 

Jennifer Marshalek '03 and 

Ulinitz, April 22, 2006 

Brian Myers '98 and Shanna 

Julie Kulisz '01 and Robert 

Thomas Howell, June 10, 2006 

Jennie Roberts '05 and William 

Sobolesky, Oct. 8, 2005 

Nardone. July 8, 2006 

Kelly Moore '03 and Kyle Buck, 

Jacobson, June 24, 2006 

Susan Reznick '98 and 

Amy Merena '01 and Robert 

Dec. 17,2005 

Kimberly Schwalm '05 and 

Leander Tice 

Veach, July 1,2006 

Nikki Pellegrini '03 and Jason 

Brian Henninger, Feb. 17, 2006 

Alicia Bergonia '99 and Joseph 

Maggie Nehrbauer '01 and 

Laird '02, May 13, 2006 

Jessica Trivelpiece '05 

Slachta, Aug. 20, 2005 

Steve Bruno, July 14, 2006 

Alanna Burkhart '04 and Robert 

and Brandon Cunningham, 
June 24, 2006 

Stacey Cardell '99 and Mike 

Carrie Breyer '02 and Robert 

Leicht, Oct. 8, 2005 

Julie Cerrito '99 and Anthony 

Camargo, July 22, 2005 
Julie Crocker '02 and Daniel 

Jacquelyn Chilcoat '04 and 

Jason Cudzil '02, July 29, 2006 

Alison Wagner '05 and Adragel 
Legarda, Aug. 12,2006 

Cerasoli '98 

Jonathan Kiefer '99 and Sarah- 

Walker, June 17, 2006 
Annie Dougherty '02 and 

Samantha Floryshak '04 and 

Mark Monroe, June 3, 2006 

Melissa Walters '05 and 

Christopher Coble, Aug. 19,2006 

Anne Reinhart, June 25, 2006 

Andrew Clark, May 28, 2005 

Rashelle Foust '04 and Bradley 

Stacey Schell '06 and Tyler Dent, 
Aug. 24, 2006 

Amy Lyba '99 and Vincent 

Angela Glunz '02 and Seth 


Argenio, Aug. 13,2005 

Markowitz, April 29, 2006 

Alison Klekota '04 and 
Christopher Kier '03, 

August 19, 2006 

WINTER 2007 


Husky Notes 

Jennifer "Lynn" Smolizer earned a master's degree from 
Duquesne University and works as marketing director for The 
National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg. 

J{\(\ Michele Driscoll, Perry Hill, Md., is an environmen- 

\J\J tal health physicist for Cabrera Services Inc. 

Jessica Marsicano, Middletown, is a behavioral support 
specialist for autistic children, working for the Tri-County 
Youth Advocate program in Harrisburg. 

Michael McCullen is an admission representative with 
Bryant and Stratton College. 

Michael Morella was appointed as Deputy G4 Support 
Operations Officer, Maintenance Plans and Policies, 8th U.S. 
Army. He is serving in Seoul, Korea. 

Todd Shinko opened his own insurance agency 
in Mifflinburg. 

J(\ T Megan Getz '01M earned a master's in educational 

\J JL. administration from the University of Scranton. 

Diane Magagna '01M, Scott Township, spent a year teaching 
kindergarten at the American Community School in Beirut. 
She's been teaching abroad since 2002. 

Tracy Myers received a full-tuition scholarship to Thurgood 
Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, for the second con- 
secutive year and is working as a research assistant. 

Pamela Pheasant graduated from Shenandoah University, 
Winchester, Va., with a master's degree in arts administration. 

Brian K. Sims, an associate with Mark E. Seltzer, P.C., was 
appointed an associate editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. 
He holds a law degree from Michigan State University. 

Kristin Wulterkens, a fifth-grade teacher, is pursuing a 
master's in school counseling at Marymount University. 

^f\^ Deanna DeLisle plays a cheerleader in the Tim 
\J*J Allen film "Zoom." 

Rocco Forgione (nght) portrays one of 
the football players in the 2006 movie 

Sandra Greene earned a master's in 
nursing degree from the University of 
Pennsylvania, where she is now teaching 
undergraduate students. 

Colleen Horan '02/\)5M, Bethlehem, teaches at DeSales 
University and owns Kramm Web Design. 

Kim Lathbury is an advertising account executive with 
Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, Orlando, Fla. 

Lee Millard, Berwick, earned a master's degree from the 
University of the Arts, Philadelphia. 

Brian Kasarda earned a master's degree in business associa- 
tion with a concentration in accounting from Wilkes University. 

Derek Williams, Northampton, is a police officer with 
Whitehall Township. 

^/^^ Anthony Camuccio III is dean of students at 
VfO Shamokin Area Middle School. 

Nicole Premuto is working for Rolling Stone magazine in 
the executive offices of Jann Wenner Media. 

Robyn Rushanan is a senior staff accountant with Brown, 
Schultz, Sheridan & Fritz of East Pennsboro Township. 

Ronda Scirrotto, Freeland, joined the faculty of Hazleton's 
MMI Preparatory School as a sixth-grade teacher. 

^f\ A Elizabeth Canada teaches at Southwest Early 

\J JL College, Colorado. 

Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven J. Coleman graduated 
from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base. 

Patrick Daugherty is serving in Iraq with the U.S. Marines. 

Laura Hilbert earned a master's in forensic studies/account- 
ing degree from Villa Julie College. 

Adria Lynn Kowalski received a master's in psychology 
degree from Millersville University. 

Brooke Pope, Cortland, NY., is an accountant with Mengel, 
Metzger, Barr & Co. 

Megan Costa Vaughan is program coordinator for the 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Binghamton, NY. 

Spending a 
lifetime in 
the game 

BU baseball coach Mike Collins, 
left, talks with Danny Litwhiler. 
Litwhiler holds a radar gun that he 
helped to develop. Behind them is 
the cabinet Litwhiler donated to BU. 

Danny Litwhiler '38 
is well known 
in the world of 
baseball, but now his 
story is reaching a different 
audience with his 
memoir, "Living the 
Baseball Dream." 

As a former outfielder for BU, Litwhiler went on to play 
seven years in the minor leagues and 1 1 years in the majors, 
with teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, where he 
also coached, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He went to the 
World Series twice, and in 1942 he set a record for 151 
consecutive errorless games as an outfielder. 

Litwhiler may have finished his playing career when 
he was 35, but he continued in baseball as a coach and 
inventor. He spent eight years as head coach at Florida 
State University and 18 years at Michigan State University 
and was inducted into halls of fame at Bloomsburg, Florida 
State and Michigan State universities; the American Baseball 
Coaches; and American Association of Baseball Coaches. 
He also invented the radar gun, known as the "JUGS gun," 
which scouts use to measure the speed of the baseball when 
it is released from the pitcher's hand. 

BU's baseball field was named for Litwhiler in 1974. 
He visited BU last fall on his way to Philadelphia for a 
book signing. 


Jf\ P* Shannon Killeen was promoted to promotions 

V/O coordinator at Health magazine. 

J.C. Lee (right) wrote a play that pre- 
miered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

Kevin Leonard, Newtown, is a retirement 
specialist with Merrill Lynch. 

Kimberlee Pedersen (right), Allentown, won 
the Miss Pennsylvania title of the Miss United 
States contest. 

Danielle Strausser 'OS/^M, Coal Township, 
teaches seventh-grade reading at North Schuylkill 
School District. 

Melissa Walsh is a special education teacher with the 
Hazleton Area School District. 

Ty Wartman teaches social studies at North Schuykill 
School District. 


Bertine Prosser '27 

Helen Kramer '28 

Marjorie Vanderslice Rosado '28 

Elma Morris Price '30 

Mar/ Gorham Wolever '31 

John Wood '31 

Mary Yeager '31 

Eugene Keefer '33 

Edith Keefer Hartman '34 

Mary Spence '34 

Laura E. Schell '35 

Fay Gehrig Clark '40 

Frank! KocherJr. '40 

Walter H.Mohr '42 

Betty Sell Boyer '43 

Virginia Lawhead Fletcher '43 

William Hummel Sr. '47 

Charles E. Roberts '50 

Louise Lohr Wentzel '50 

Bernard DePaul Sr. '51 

Eugene "Gene" Adami '52 

Peggy Fitzsimmons Boltinghouse '52 

Ronald P. Bushick '52 

Nelson Kile '52 

Clyde Adams '53 

Marion Bogardus Flannery '54 

Edmund M. Longo '54 

Olive Hunter Buynak '55 

Deanna M. Morgan '58 

William Staronka '59 

Jeanerte Ide D'Agostino '60 

William "Bill" Thomas '60 
Richard Wolfe '60 
Margaret Luchun Armon '61 
Lena Mae Radel Goehring '62 
William Kuhns '62 
Richard Walter '63 
Warren R. Eldridge '64 
Thomas A. Fetzko '64 
Devona Krebs Preston '64 
Louis J. Ciocca Jr. '65 
Judith Ann Seguine Gallagher '65 
Dorothy Moyer Weaver '65 
E. Burel Gum '66 
Larry Remley '67 
Anajane Helt '68 
Francis J. Verano '68 
Carolyn Hugo Rider '69 
James D. Mott '70 
Paul T. Drozic 71 
Michael D. Adams 72 
Karen Gable 74 
Anne Clark Ognosky 74 
May Prye Flannigan 75 
Brian T. Appleton Sr. 78 
Larry Vass 78 
Suzanne Vastine-Smith '81 
Lynn Slattery Rangitsch '83 
Robert F. Stutzman '83 
Thomas V. Chipley '85 
Wendy Wolfe Pinkney '93 
Rachel Ann Sninski '05 

Friends for a quarter-century 

Friends who met in fall 1981 in Luzerne Hall get together nearly 
every year. David Wiest '85 says about 30 adults are invited to the 
event, originally suggested by Bill Voros '85. Shown at last year's 
get-together are, left to right, kneeling: future Huskies Wesley 
Kuczawa, Joey Tona and Sarah Kuczawa; seated: Jim "Skip" 
Robison '83, Rich Kuczawa '85, Michele Langan Lutzko, John 
Polak '85, Donna Gruber Kuczawa '86, Diane Wisniewski Tona '86, 
Ken Ossman '85 and Mary Tona; and, standing: Dave Wiest '85, 
Nancy Weis, Joe Ambrose '84, Bill Lutzko '85 and Jim Golden '85. 

7/"V/£ Kristopher Armstrong, Reedsville, earned a full- 

v/vJ time job as a production assistant after interning 
with the "Dr. Phil" show. 

Heather Breining '06M is teaching American government at 
Patterson High School in the Baltimore (Md.) School System. 

Patrick R. Burke '06M (nght), a professional 
engineer from Elysburg, was promoted to 
regional manager of northeast/central operations 
for Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. 

Lindsey Horn, Sellers ville, is a nurse in 
the Transitional Trauma Unit at Lehigh 
Valley Hospital. 

Michelle Killian is a recruiter with GAP Solutions Inc., 
Reston, Va. 

Kate Lange teaches math at the Haverford High School. 

Brandon Long is a third-grade teacher at the Leesburg 
Elementary School, Loudon County, Va. 

Gina Ormont teaches 10th grade in Baltimore, Md. 

Dana Rutkowski teaches fourth grade at Shamokin Area 
Elementary School. 

Jennifer Shymansky received a graduate assistantship at 
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is pursuing a 
master's degree in journalism and media studies. 

Susan Niehoff Strausser, Shamokin, is a registered nurse 
in the labor and delivery department of Geisinger Medical 
Center, Danville. 

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 


Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

Fountains at Bloomsburg: Class Gifts to the Campus 

One small but significant 
feature of the new 
Academic Quad, sched- 
uled for completion later 
this year, is a fountain that once 
stood in front of Carver Hall. Not 
only will this gift from the Class of 
1940 return to a prominent location 
on campus, it will also be a remind- 
er of the days when fountains were 
a common sight on campus. 

Fifteen years after the opening 
of Institute Hall, later renamed 
Carver Hall, the Class of 1882 
decided their gift to the Blooms- 
burg State Normal School would 
be a fountain on the lawn south 
of the building. The centerpiece was called "The 
Three Fishers" and consisted of the statues of three 
children, two of whom were drawing in a net while the 
third had a basket of fish on his head. 

In 1904, four years after the tower was added to 
Institute Hall, that year's class chose to give the school 
another fountain that would sit in front of the building 
as part of the main entrance to campus. The fountain 
was presented on June 28, 1904, along with $188.84 to 
pay for the installation. 

Not to be outdone, the Class of 1908 had the most 
ambitious project yet, which called for landscaping the 
grove of trees to the east of Science Hall. A total of $350 
was set aside to create a park that included a fountain 
set in a pool and a couple rustic bridges that crossed a 
small stream. 

Even when additional fountains were not being 
added, existing ones needed to be maintained. By 1912, 
the first fountain had been given a new sculpture and 

°ovvn Normal Hill. 
Bloomsburg, Pa 

The 1904 fountain consisted 

of a raised bronze basin and a heron-like bird called a 

bittern. From a circa 1910 postcard. 

its third basin, this one octagonal in shape. But by 
1923, after more than 40 years as a monument to the 
Class of 1882, the fountain was in disrepair and was 
finally removed. 

The 1904 fountain, worn by time and weather, was 
taken out in 1934. Six years later, the Class of 1940 
decided the area in front of Carver Hall again needed a 
centerpiece and purchased a new bronze fountain for 
the Bloomsburg State Teachers College. 

The final area of the campus to be graced by a 
fountain was the courtyard of the Waller Hall 
dormitory. In the fall of 1950, the flower bed in the 
center of the courtyard was removed and a circular 
cement pool surrounded by bricks was built in its 



Left: Female students pose by 
the grove fountain in 1945. 
Originally just pipes spraying 
water into the lagoon, the 
fountain was installed in 
1933 during the Great 
Depression, paid for by 
savings in the college budget. 

Below: The first fountain is 
shown in 1887, although the 
child with the basket seems 
to be missing. The octagonal 
base just above the water 
contained the carved names 
of each of the members of the 
Class of 1882. 

place. The Waller Fountain, a gift from the Class of 
1949, was dedicated on May 23, 1951, as part of the 
traditional Ivy Day ceremony 

There were once again three fountains on campus, 
but all would be removed by the mid-1970s. The 
1940 fountain was the first to go when, in February 
1955, the fountain and traffic circle on Perm Street 
were taken out to make way for a new entrance and 
parking spaces. The fountain was carefully preserved 
with the hope of one day being used again. 

As the college grew, so did the need for additional 
dormitory rooms. So, in the spring of 1963, the 
fountain, lagoon and part of the grove were removed 
for construction of East Hall, now known as Montour 
Hall. And in January 1975, Waller Hall and its 
fountain — the last remaining fountain on campus — 
were taken out to make way for the final dormitory on 
the lower campus, Lycoming Hall. 

After more than 92 years, the Bloomsburg campus 
no longer had a fountain. But soon, as part of 
Academic Quad, the Class of 1940s fountain will once 
again beautify the campus and serve as a visual 
reminder of Bloomsburg University's heritage. 

The second fountain in front 
of Carver Hall is shown in 
December 1940. Although a gift 
from the Class of 1940, class 
members said they were only 
restoring a memorial that had 
originally been given by the 
graduates of 1904. 

WINTER 2007 

Academic Calendar 

Spring 2007 


Monday, March 5 

Spring Break Begins 

Saturday, March 10 
Classes Resume 

Monday, March 19, 8 a.m. 

Spring Weekend Begins 

Thursday, April 5, 10 p.m. 

Classes Resume 

Monday, April 9, 6 p.m. 

Reading Days - No Classes 

Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4 

Classes End 

Saturday, May 5 

Finals Begin 

Monday, May 7 

Finals End 

Saturday, May 12 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, May 1 1 


Saturday, May 12 

Summer 2007 

Session I -May 29 to July 6 
Session II -June 18 to July 27 
Session III - July 9 to August 17 
Session IV -May 29 to June 15 
Session V- June 18 to July 6 
Session VI -July 9 to July 27 
Session VII -June 18 to July 27 
Session VIII - May 29 to August 17 

Art Exhibits 

Exhibits in the Haas Gallery of 
Art are open to the public free of 
charge. The gallery is open 
Mondays through Fridays from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 
from I to 4 p.m. 

Paintings: Mark Mahosky 

Feb. 26 to March 23 

Student Art Exhibit 

April 2 to 28 

Celebrity Artist Series 

Events are held in Hass Center for 
the Arts, Mitrani Hall, or Carver 
Hall, KennethS. Gross Auditorium. 
For more information, call the box 
office at (5701 389-4409 or check 
the Celebrity Artist Web site at 
celebrity_list.htm. Community 
Government Association 
cardholders pay half of the ticket's 
face value for all shows. 

Now and Forever: CATS 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $25; 
CGA cardholder, $12 

A Festival of (Guitar) Strings 
Tim Farrell/Bradley N. Litwin/ 
Classical Guitar Trio of 

Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m., Gross 
Auditorium, Reserved, $15; 
CGA cardholder, $5 

Life: A Guide for the Perplexed 
The Flying Karamazov Brothers 

Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m., 
Mitrani Hall, Reserved, $25; 
CGA cardholder, $12 

Improvisation: Steve Rudolph 
Trio with J.D.Walter 

Friday, April 27, 7 p.m., Gross 
Auditorium, Reserved, $15; 
CGA cardholder, $5 
Presented as part of BU's annual 
Jazz Festival 


The concerts listed below are open 
to the public free of charge unless 
indicated otherwise. 

Faculty Recital: 
Kunyoung Kim, piano 

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2:30 p.m. Haas 
Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Orchestra: 
Spring Concert 

Sunday, March 25, 2:30 p.m. 
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 
123 N. Market St., Bloomsburg 

Bloomsburg University- 
Community Orchestra Concert 

Sunday, April 1, 2:30 p.m. Haas 
Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall 
Featuring Kunyoung Kim, piano 

Gospel Choir 

Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. 
Kehr Union Ballroom 

Women's Choral Ensemble 
and Husky Singers 

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall 

Chamber Singers: 
Spring Concert 

Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. 
First Presbyterian Church, 345 
Market St., Bloomsburg 

Concert Band: Spring Conceit 

Sunday, April 1 5, 2:30 p.m. Haas 
Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall 

Concert Choir: Spring Concert 

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. 
First Presbyterian Church, 345 
Market St., Bloomsburg 

Knoebels Amusement Resort 
Pops Concert 

Sunday, April 29, Concert Band, 
2 p.m.; Jazz Ensemble, 5:30 p.m. 
Weather permitting 

Bloomsburg University- 
Community Orchestra 
Symphony Ball 

Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. Kehr Union 
Ballroom, Reservations required, 

Special Events 

Siblings' and Children's 

Friday to Sunday, April 13 to 15 

Renaissance Jamboree 

Saturday, April 28 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Saturday, Oct. 19 to 21 

Parents Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 2 to 4 


Tickets for theatrical productions 
are available at the Haas Center 
for the Arts box office Mondays 
through Fridays from noon to 
4 p.m. Call the Program Board 
Ticket Office at (5701 389-4340 
for information. 

Urinetown, The Musical 

Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 22 to 24, 
8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. 
Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross 
Auditorium, Adults, $12; senior 
citizens, $8; non-BU students, $8; 
BU students, $2 with ID 

Bloomsburg Players: Picasso 
at the Lapin Agile 

Wednesday to Saturday, April 18 to 
21, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. 
Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross 
Auditorium, Adults, $6; senior 
citizens and non-BU students, $4; 
BU students, free with ID 

Alumni Events 

Contact the Alumni Affairs Office 
at (570) 389-4058 (800)526-0254 
or for 
information. Details also are listed 
at the alumni online community, 
www. bloomualumni com. 

Wrestling Alumni Reunion 

Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 

Grad Finale 

Wednesday, April 11,11 a.m. 
to 6 p.m. 

Alumni Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, April 13 to 15 

For the latest information on upcoming 
events, check the university Web site: 
www. hloomu. edu/ today 


The University Store. 

Today's BU student is tomorrow's 
young professional, and alums can 
take their Husky pride everywhere 
they go. . .at play and at work. Take a 
little BU to the office to help keep 
things organized and ready to go. 

The University Store offers items with 
alums in mind. Consider the alumni 
travel mug when you're on your way 
to work or take the leather portfolio 
with the university seal to your job 
interview or your next meeting. 
Display your diploma prominently in 
your office with a BU diploma frame 
or set off a formal portrait or special 
graduation photograph in an 8-by-ll 
frame with a "Bloomsburg University" 
mat. Wherever today's young 
professional is headed, the University 
Store has something to take along. 
Know an alum, but can't decide what 
they need? Gift cards are available in 
any amount. 

The University Store offers the 
convenience of shopping online for 
hundreds of items at 
store. For a traditional shopping 
experience, the University Store is 
open seven days a week during the 
academic year and Mondays through 
Fridays during the summer. Stop by in 
person or online for everything BU. 

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 

"What Steve Rudolph does well is swing warm and gently." 

— Cadence Magazine 

Bloomsburg University 
Celebrity Artist Series presents 

Steve Rudolph Trio 
with J.D. Walter 

Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. 

Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium 


(570) 389-4409 

One of today's most innovative vocalists, J.D. 
Walter, joins the Steve Rudolph Trio on piano, 
bass and drums for an electrifying experience 
in improvised music, building on their 
collaboration for the recent CD, "Dedicated 
to You." Presented as part of BU's annual 
Jazz Festival and supported by Pennsylvania 
Performing Arts on Tour. 

verve arte 
J.D. Wsilt 

eve Rudolph's trio.. .full of 
sive technical prowess, but 
inging is entirely distinctive." 

Don Williamson, 


Office of Communications 
400 East Second Street 
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301 




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SPRING 2007 

A professor's camera records 
scenes of daily life in Sierra Leone 
while preserving fading images 
of a nation's recent past. Page 16. 

Amid a multinational crew, an 
alumnus hunts for crude oil in 
Uzbekistan. Page 6. 


From the President' s Desk 

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it. 


The signs of our world's interconnectedness are all around. Products, from 
cameras to vacuum cleaners, come with instruction manuals written in 
at least two languages; computer software and toll-free phone numbers 
require us to choose a language before we continue; and political 
developments elsewhere determine the prices we pay for everyday goods in the 
United States. It is, indeed, a small world. 

At Bloomsburg, we support a variety of programs that foster global perspectives 
and international understanding, programs that either bring the world here to our 
students or enable our students to live and study overseas. We welcome nearly 100 
international students to the campus each year, including a group from the Finance 
Academy in Moscow, Russia. We also encourage our students to take advantage of 
opportunities to study abroad through official exchange agreements between our 
International Education Office and colleges and universities in a dozen countries, as 
well as other programs. Our most recent academic exchange agreements were forged 
with four universities in China and five universities in Ghana, led by Provost James 
Mackin and BU faculty members including Dr. George Agbango and Dr. Jing Luo, 
two of Bloomsburg's foreign-bom professors. 

Some of our alumni have international connections of their own. Lynda 
Fedor-Michaels, director of Alumni Affairs, tells me that at least 190 alumni list 
foreign addresses. Others are stationed overseas in the military or retain a home in 
the U.S. while working long-term in another country. In this issue of Bloomsburg: 
The University Magazine, you'll meet two of our alumni who have built careers 
abroad: Gary Groenheim '91, head of marketing for CNBC Europe, and Ed Banaszek 
'80, an oil company geologist working in Uzbekistan. You'll also leam about art 
professor Vera Viditz-Ward's work documenting the history of West African villages 
through photography 

My own educational missions to Mexico, China, Israel, Italy, Austria, Hungary and 
Russia showed me how, through interaction, we can build goodwill based on all that 
we have in common. As countries become more tightly entwined, this generation 
of students will gain understanding from a taste of another culture and an ear for 
another language. 

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 oj 'February 2007 

Kenneth E. Jann. Chair 

Kim E. Lyttle, Vice Chair 

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Marie Conley Lammando 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Michael K. Hanna 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Kyle J. Mullins 

Joshua A- O'Bnen 

Allison Peitz 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

James j. Rhoades 

Christine J. Torelti Olson 

Aaron A. Walton 

Gerald L. Zahorchak 

Chancellor, Slate 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 '07 

Joseph J. Mowad 

DavidJ. Petrosky 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge Kozloff 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 


Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Brenda Hartman 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels '87/'88M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistants 

Lynette Mong '08 

Emily Watson '08 


Snavely Associates, LTD 

Art Director 

Debbie Shephard 


Curt Woodcock 

Cover Photography 

Gordon Wenzel/Impressions 

On the Cover 

Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of an and an history, 

has spent two decades photographing the people 

of Sierra Leone. 

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Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301 

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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 World of Difference 

Speaking a bit of the local language and recognizing 
the inherent danger in his chosen career have been 
invaluable to geologist Edward Banaszek '80 as he 
works with a multinational crew exploring for oil 
in Uzbekistan. 

Page 8 My Best Day 

What makes the best day ever? Chris Chappell 'OOM 
created to find out. With the help of 
BU graduate students, Chappell gained fresh ideas for 
his company and the students came away with 
marketing and design experience. 

Page 10 ACE of Grades 

Motivated high school juniors and seniors are 
learning what college-level courses are really like 
while earning credits and saving tuition dollars, 
thanks to the Advance College Experience program. 

Page 12 Delicious Endeavor 

Renee Remsky Antes '93 not only remembers 
the joy of receiving care packages containing 
homemade cookies, she has turned that warm 
feeling into Mama Antes' Cookie Express, an online 
care package business. 

Page 14 Healthy Lessons 

Each community has its own health risks. Students in the Community Health Nursing 
course identify those risks and then create plans to educate residents, developing 
leadership skills along the way 


Page 16 Life through the Lens 

For professor Vera Viditz-Ward, the focus returns time and time again to Sierra Leone, 
where her camera has documented life for two decades. 

Page 19 At Home in London 

Gray Groenheim '91 followed a career path that took him first to media work in New 
York and then to London where, today, he is in charge of marketing and advertising for 
CNBC Europe. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husky Notes 

Page 30 Over die Shoulder 

Page 32 Calendar of Events 

College memories are a main ingredient of 
Renee Remsky Antes' online business. 


News Notes 

Assistant professor Mark Tapsak holds 1 1 patents, with more 
to come. 

Industrious Researcher 

Patents relate to medical devices 

Mark Tapsak, assistant 
professor of chemistry, does 
more than teach students the 
methods needed to conduct 
successful research. He's an 
active researcher with years 
of industrial experience who 
earned his 1 1th patent 
last November. 

"In the industrial world, 
patents are king," says 
Tapsak, who spent nine years 
as a researcher for medical 
device companies Medtronic 
and Dexcom before coming 
to Bloomsburg. "I set a 
personal goal many years 
ago to obtain at least one 
patent per year. Between 
September and November 
of last year, 1 was issued 
my ninth, 10th and 1 1th 
United States patents for 

work that I accomplished in 
my industry positions. I 
finally met my goal." 

Tapsak, whose hobbies 
include woodworking and 
metalworking, was attracted 
to the specific area of 
polymer chemistry because 
"it's a science where you can 
see things. It's easy to relate 
the chemical structure to 
something mechanical." 

His patents are related to 
implantable medical devices, 
such as pacemakers and 
biosensors. He explains that 
among the chief challenges 
of producing effective 
implantable biosensors is 
working around the human 
body's own immune system. 

"With any large intrusion 
into the body, our cells will 

New Dean 

Dianne Mark leads Professional Studies 

Dianne Mark became dean of BU's 
College of Professional Studies in 
early March. 

She previously served as 
associate dean of the College of 
Education and Human Services 
at Central Michigan University, 
Mount Pleasant, and was a 
faculty member at Central 
Michigan and at Drake University, 
Des Moines, Iowa. 

Mark, considered an expert on 
the ways parents can help their children with homework, earned a 
bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and master's and 
doctoral degrees from SUNY-Buffalo. She completed a certificate in 
management development from the Harvard Institutes for Higher 
Education and was one of 13 female participants in the American 
Council of Education's National Leadership Forum in December 2004. 

She has co-written articles on issues related to students of color 
and urban education and is co-author of the book, "Cultural Journey: 
Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults." 

Mark fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former dean 
Ann Lee. 

Dianne Mark 

wall off the object with 
scar-like tissue," says 
Tapsak. "That solid wall of 
cells is what prevents most 
implanted sensors from 
functioning. For decades, 
scientists have worked to 
find ways to work around 
this issue." 

Tapsak was part of a 
team involved in developing 
an implantable glucose 
sensor for people with 
diabetes. His role was to 
create the manufacturing 
procedures for a polymer 
membrane that encapsulated 
an enzyme used on the 
sensor. He also helped 
design a membrane having a 
three-dimensional structure 
that prevents cells from 
forming a solid wall around 

it and, thereby, allowing 
glucose molecules to pass to 
the sensor for detection. 

"The 'membrane for use 
with implantable devices,' a 
patent for Dexcom, should 
have a big impact on the 
biomedical industry," says 
Tapsak, adding that the 
long-term implantable 
sensor, although not yet 
available, has been tested on 
more than 100 individuals. 

Tapsak admits his 1 1th 
patent probably won't be his 
last. "It typicaUy takes 18 to 
24 months for patent exam- 
iners to look at an applica- 
tion, and the discussion 
period can take years," he 
says. "Right now, I have 
more than 20 applications 
still in the pipeline." 



Complex Plans 

New apartments gain approval 

BU received approval from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher 
Education Board of Governors to begin construction of a new student 
apartment complex on upper campus. The Board of Governors 
approved commonwealth bond financing for the project, anticipated to 
cost approximately $32 million, and accepted the gift of 1 5 acres of 

Humanitarian Awards 

Four honored at MLK banquet 

Four individuals were presented with BU's Martin 
Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards at the 14th annual 
Martin Luther Kingjr. Banquet. The honorees are, from 
left, standing: Town of Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo 
Sokoloski, who received the community award; BU 
SOLVE director Jean Downing, who received the staff 
award; and Sharon Solloway, associate professor of early 
childhood and elementary education, who received the 
faculty award. Seated is student honoree Judith Harry, a 
senior biology major from Philadelphia. Harry is a 
member of the Gospel Choir, the A Club, a mentor and 
the Student Organization of Latinos. 

land for the apartments from the Bloomsburg University Foundation. 

Initial plans call for the complex to house approximately 525 to 
575 students in four-story buildings with apartments featuring 
single bedrooms and full kitchens. Features of the facility, which 
also will include a community fitness room, were selected based on 
results of a comprehensive marketing survey. Studies also have 
shown that BU has an unmet on-campus housing demand of more 
than 700 students. 

"This project should be seen as a positive step for the community 
and the university," says BU President Jessica Kozloff. "We know 
that the community would like to see the university house more 
students. It is clearly in the best interest of our students to provide 
them safe, affordable housing with the amenities they want and 
with appropriate supervision and co-curricular programming." 

Construction is expected to start in early 2008, and the 
apartments should be ready for students by the fall 2009 semester. 

Degree of Three 

Master's in counseling begins this fall 

BU will offer a new master of education degree in guid- 
ance counseling and student affairs beginning this fall. 
The new graduate program, approved by the Pennsylva- 
nia State System of Higher Education Board of Governors 
earlier this year, will include three areas of specialization: 
elementary education counseling, secondary education 
counseling and student affairs administration. 

James Matta, BU dean of graduate studies and 
research, says admission to the program, offered by the 
department of educational studies and secondary 
education, will be very competitive. The new master's 
program, designed to meet the standards of the Council 
for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational 
Programs, will require the completion of a common core 
of 33 credits, plus an additional 21 credits specific to an 
area of specialization. Two distinct experiences totaling 
600 hours in supervised practice also will be provided. 

Lending a Hand 

BU family gives of time 

More than 135 alumni and friends volunteered nearly 500 hours 
during the first seven months of 2006-07. Each year, alumni and 
friends volunteer for Homecoming, the Bloomsburg Fair kiosk, student 
recruitment and high school college nights, alumni and athletic 
events, university department-sponsored programs and speaking 
engagements. Volunteers contribute additional hours serving on 
advisory boards. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact 
BU's Alumni Affairs Office at (570) 389-4058 or 

SPRING 2007 

News Notes 


BU student sticks 
with politics 

Emily Kinkead of Williamsport, a 

junior with a dual major in 

political science and marine 

biology, is the new president of Emily Kinkead 

BU's chapter of Democracy 

Matters. Involved in Democracy Matters since her freshman 

year, she previously served as vice president. 

Democracy Matters is a student-based, non-partisan 
organization that aims to increase awareness of the political 
process and reform campaign spending. At BU, Democracy 
Matters sponsors speakers and hosts events to increase 
the awareness of politics and the impact it has on the lives 
of students. 

When she came to BU, Kinkead set a personal goal of 
becoming part of the campus community; however, she found 
that she lost interest in organizations after a few meetings. "I 
joined a bunch of groups, but nothing stuck or they just didn't 
appeal to me. Then, I was at Constitution Day and I saw the 
speakers and got interested in the group, so I went to the 
meeting and joined. Democracy Matters stuck," says Kinkead. 

As president of Democracy Matters, also referred to as 
"campus coordinator," Kinkead hopes to get the group more 
involved with the local high schools. She wants to give high 
school students hands-on experience and show them how they 
can start a chapter. 

Trash to Treasure 

Winter sale raises $5,375 for United Way 

The Trash to Treasure sale held in mid-January raised $5,375 for 
the Columbia County United Way. The collaborative effort 
involved BU staff and faculty members, the United Way, the 
Columbia County Sheriff's Department, WHLM-930, Press 
Enterprise and community volunteers. 

Trash to Treasure was established in spring 2005 to raise 
money for the local United Way by selling items donated by 
students before they leave campus and surplus university items. 
The first sale in May 2005 raised $2,400; the second sale a year 
later raised $10,000. 

The next Trash to Treasure sale is set for Saturday, May 19, at 
BU's Upper Campus. 

William E. Beating 

By the Numbers 

Study shows common personality type 

By trade, you would 
expect accounting 
professor William E. 
Bealing to be a numbers 
guy. And he is. A 
specialist in auditing, he 
was awarded the 
Association of Certified 
Fraud Examiners' 
Certified Fraud 
Examiner (CFE) 

But Bealing, a faculty 
member at Bloomsburg 
since 1999, is also 
bringing his numbers- 
oriented perspective to a 

study with personality. For the past five years, he and his 
accounting department colleagues Richard Baker, A. Blair 
Staley and Charles Russo have administered the Myers- 
Briggs Type Indicator to incoming freshmen accounting 
students. The aim of the study is to see whether there is a 
correlation between students' personality profiles and their 
success as accounting majors. An article written by the 
four faculty members and based on the research won the 
Northeast Decision Sciences Institute award for best paper 
in education in 2006. 

"It turns out there is a correlation between the 
personality profile and success in the lower division 
courses," says Bealing, who adds that there is not enough 
data to say that a correlation exists for students in upper 
division courses. 

The personality type correlated best with student 
success is labeled "sensing-judging" in the Myers-Briggs 
scheme. It's a personality type of realistic decision makers 
shared by most of the accounting faculty, says Bealing, 
who suspects that the same personality type is common to 
many accountants. 

The fact raises interesting questions for Bealing. "Is this 
necessarily good? Is there self-selection going on in terms 
of which students choose to become accounting majors or 
does our teaching style favor a particular type of student?" 

Bealing, who foresees more years of studying of 
personality types in accounting, says the results might 
show that self-selection plays a primary role in students 
choosing accounting. Or it may suggest that teaching 
methods be adapted to suit individuaTs with different 
personality types. 


Power in Aging 

Rawson wins grant to study 
muscle-building supplement 

Eric Rawson, assistant professor of exercise 
science and athletics, is an expert on creatine, 
a dietary supplement that athletes use to 
increase muscle strength and boost their 
performance. But Rawson's research is 
focused on a group far more common than 
world-class athletes. 

Eric Rawson is researching how creatine 
may help older Americans. 

He's been awarded a $208,577 grant 
from the National Institutes of Health, 
National Center for Complementary and 
Alternative Medicine, to fund research into 
how creatine might help older Americans. 
His study is titled "Central Adaptations to 
Creatine Supplementation in Older Men and 
Women," and the grant is the first of its 
kind for BU. 

"I've always been fascinated by 
weightlifting," says Rawson. "My interest in 
creatine started with the goal of building the 
better athlete, but it turned into something 
more rewarding. 

"We're not all going to be world-class 
athletes, but we are all going to get older," 
he says. "So why give creatine only to 
the biggest, strongest and fastest, when 
you can give it to a group of people who 
have lost muscle mass and combat 
aging nutritionally?" 

Rawson notes that lost muscle strength 
diminishes people's quality of life as they 
age. Cognitive impairment due to aging 
can lead to slowed reaction times and 
increased risks of falls and other accidents 
that cause injuries. 

According to Rawson, creatine is a 
naturally occurring substance found in food, 
particularly meat products, and creatine 
supplements have been found to be safe 

and effective in hundreds of trials. While 
Rawson focuses on the anti-aging effects of 
creatine, other researchers are exploring 
clinical applications to treat individuals with 
congestive heart failure, muscular 
dystrophy, Huntington's disease and 
multiple sclerosis, he adds. 

Rawson's study will begin this summer. 
Participants will take a standard dose of 
creatine over a six-week period and 
undergo tests of strength, memory and 
reaction time. They will also be tested after 
their six-week study ends to determine if 
the effects are lasting. About 50 individuals 
are expected to participate in the study over 
several years, and a portion of the NIH grant 
will provide salary support for undergradu- 
ate students to aid in the research. 

Rawson has published five research 
articles on creatine, including three that 
focus on the effects of creatine supple- 
ments in older individuals. He will be 
aided in the NIH study by Mehdi Razzaghi, 
professor of mathematics, computer 
science and statistics and Mark Tapsak, 
assistant professor of chemistry. 
Christopher Still, director of the Center 
for Nutrition and Weight Management at 
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, will 
serve as the study physician. 

Exploring Math and Science 

Summer programs planned for female students 

Female students in middle school and high school who 
are interested in math and science can apply for a week- 
long summer experience through BU's College of Science 
and Technology. 

Students who will enter sixth, seventh or eighth grades in 
fall 2007 can apply for the Math and Science Summer 
Experience for Young Women; students entering ninth, 
10th or 1 1th grade in the fall can apply for the CSI (Crime 
Scene Investigation) Summer Experience for Young 
Women. Both programs will run Monday to Friday, June 25 
to 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Both camps will provide students with the opportunity 
to explore different aspects of science and math through 

class presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations. 
Middle school students will learn about computer forensics, 
secret codes, motion geometry and chromatography; high 
school students will learn about computer forensics, secret 
codes, DNA collection and archeological forensics. Both 
programs will conclude with a panel session featuring 
women in math- and science-related fields. 

The cost of each program is $175, and scholarships are 
available. Details and applications may be found at http:// 
html. For information, contact Elizabeth Mauch, associate 
professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, at or (570) 389-4103. 

SPRING 2007 

A thousand years ago, a steady stream of 
caravans traversed the high upland desert of 
Uzbekistan as they made their way along the 
Silk Road, the ancient trading route from China 
to Western Europe. Although the Silk Road fell 
into disuse as a major trade route by the year 
1400, it is the site of new activity today as 
pack animals share the road with trucks... 
and traders are replaced by geologists and 
engineers on the hunt for crude oil. 

of Difference 


Edward Banaszek '80 is among the new breed of explorers in 
Uzbekistan, a nation bordered by Afghanistan to the south and 
Kazakhstan to the north. The senior geologist for Rosehill Energy, 
Banaszek is responsible for determining the location of new oil wells 
and how deep to drill them. 

"Once the planning is finalized and drilling is underway, I go out 
to the well site and examine the rocks as we drill them to determine 
if the initial plans were correct," says Banaszek. "If not, we make any 
modifications that are necessary." 

The well site is nearly a 100 miles from the nearest city, Karshi. 
Outside the cities, the land is generally flat, dry and remote. Donkeys 
are more common than cars, and there's no running water or electric- 
ity. But like the traders of a thousand years ago, the oil workers 
constitute a son of multicultural melange. 

"In the field, translators are as imponant as drilling engineers," says 
Banaszek, who speaks a little Uzbek and Russian. "At our daily morn- 
ing meetings, word flow goes from English to Uzbek to Russian to 
Chinese, and back. It is a small miracle when instructions are carried 
out as originally intended." 

Banaszek has nearly three decades of experience in geology — 
primarily in the oil industry. In June 1980, less than two weeks after 
graduation, he joined Exlog, an oil field service company. Since then, 
his geologic career has taken him around the world to live and work 
at locations ranging from Windsor, England, to Myanmar, formerly 
known as Burma. 



'In the field, translators are as important as drilling engineers. At our daily morning 
meetings, word flow goes from English to Uzbek to Russian to Chinese, and back. 
It is a small miracle when instiuctions are carried out as originally intended.' 


His work in Central Asia began in 1997 when he 
reviewed projects in Azerbaijan, the Republic of Georgia, 
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. On location, he got a first- 
hand look at the oil and gas fields, analyzed the available 
data and discussed potential opportunities for western 
companies with government officials. 

Uzbekistan, where Banaszek is currently working, is 
slightly larger than California and one of only five "dou- 
ble land-locked" countries on the planet, meaning that 
it's separated by two countries from an ocean. About a 
tenth of the land area is cultivated in intensely irrigated 
river valleys, making the country the world's second 
largest cotton exporter. But fertilizers and pesticides have 
tainted water supplies, contributing to health problems 
among the population, more than half of which lives in 
densely populated villages. 

"It should never be forgotten that this part of the 
world is dangerous," Banaszek says. "Driving on the 
roads, flying in old Russian jets, wild animals wandering 
the desert at night and not paying the right bribe to the 
right person, all of these can put your life in jeopardy. 

"And working around a drilling rig is inherently dan- 
gerous," adds Banaszek. "Add drilling equipment of 
dubious quality, potential language problems and Uzbek 
shepherds now working as rig hands, and the odds of 
potential problems rise dramatically." 

Banaszek says he's already been involved in one 
blowout in Uzbekistan — the uncontrolled release of an 
underground fluid, usually gas, from an oil well — "and 
the only good thing about it was no one was killed." 

The influence of the former Soviet Union, of which 
Uzbekistan was a part, continues. "Russians drilled for oil 
in the area throughout, the 70s and left the fields in 
deplorable condition after better reserves were found in 
Siberia," says Banaszek. "The common language in this 

The Darlc Side 

Edward Banaszek '80 has become sensitive to the hard- 

with Rosehill Energy. "There is a darker side to life in 
Uzbekistan," he says. "Anyone wanting to read about it 
can go to a Web site created by Craig Murray, who was 
the British ambassador to Uzbekistan. His account of 
business and politics in Uzbekistan is eye opening." The 
Web site can be found at: 

part of the world is still Russian; however, Uzbek is 
spoken outside the major cities. 

"The main ingredient that western personnel and 
companies bring to this part of the world is a modem 
mindset on how to develop an oil field," says Banaszek. 
"Many times this is completely at odds with the old 
Soviet methods. Technology that is common in the 
Gulf of Mexico is nonexistent here. Data is confusing at 
best, since many records were falsified to conform to the 
latest five-year plans. Rosehill's mantra 
is believe nothing, verify everything.' " 

Despite the danger of working in 
Central Asia, Banaszek loves the chal- 
lenges. The geology itself is fascinating, 
the area being part of the former Tethy 
Sea, which existed 200 million years 
ago when the continents were located 
in far different positions. But one of 
the greatest rewards is working with 
people from all over the world. 

"I have met some of the most inter- 
esting people in the petroleum indus- 
try, from simple rig roustabouts to the 
chairman of the board of a Houston- 
based company, John C. Thrash, a man 
who was a mentor to me and passed 
away in November," says Banaszek. 

"In our current operation, the project manager is 
British; the field manager, drilling engineer and geolo- 
gist are American; one drilling supervisor is Bulgarian, 
the other is Pakistani; the drilling crew is Chinese; the 
Rosehill local staff are Uzbek; the mud engineers are 
Kazakh; the cementing engineer is from Spam; the pipe 
inspectors are from Azerbaijan; our oil trader is 
Tajik. We buy our pipes from a businessman from 
Dubai, and they are trucked to the field by Iranians." 

Banaszek says he strives not to be the "ugly" Ameri- 
can. "To learn a few words in the local language, to live 
and work like they do, to eat and drink what they eat 
and drink, and to talk to others as equals is not that 
difficult and makes a world of difference," he says. 

And he remains fascinated by living and working in 
Uzbekistan. "The people are friendly and very hospi- 
table," he says. "Last June, one of our translators got 
married and everyone from the company was invited 
to attend. The ceremony was traditional, Uzbek and 
Muslim, followed by a great party with over 500 guests 
toasting the bride and groom." b 

Edward Banaszek studies a 
rock sample at the oil well site 
(above). Images on the 
opposite page, from top, show 
Banaszek in his Uzbekistan 
office, scouting potential well 
sites in the field and saying 
hello to area children. 

SPRING 2007 

Chris Chappell's inspiration for came from a 
Maine vacation that included time spent with his wife and 
dog and moments sailing alone. 


A quote from Aristotle explains the 
vision for 

"Happiness is the meaning and 
the purpose of life, the whole aim 
and end of human existence." 

Bloomsburg University graduate-level students enrolled 
in the Managing Multimedia Projects class had worked 
on the same kind of projects for 21 years. Each year, 
they created proposals for a fictitious company, coming 
up with a marketing plan and other business details. In 
1991, a Web site design competition was added. 

But, in fall 2006, the class put a new spin on an old 
idea when students worked with an actual company 
owned by a BU alumnus. 

Chris Chappell '00M of Bloomsburg, founder and 
CEO of, contacted his former professor 
Karl Kapp for help with his business. Chappell remem- 
bered writing the proposals and believed that working 
for a real company would enhance the class project. 

"I went through the same rigorous competition. I 
remembered the good ideas that we had, and I thought 
it would be a great way to get ideas for my business 
while working with the Institute for Interactive Tech- 
nologies (IIT)," says Chappell. 

"He came to me with this business idea," Kapp says, 
"and we decided to give it to the students and let them 
do the project. He already had the Web site, so we 
worked on a request for proposal to give to students." 


The idea behind was to discover 
the roots of happiness by putting togedier stories 
of the best days people have ever experienced. 

The idea for 
started about 10 years ago but, at 
that time, Chappell thought the 
end result would be a book rather 
than a Web site. The idea was to 
put together stories of the best 
days people have had throughout 
their lives to discover the roots 
of happiness. 

"I was on vacation in Maine in a 
cabin right along the water, and 
every day was perfect. I had unlim- 
ited time, and I was with my two 
favorite 'people': my wife and my 
dog," says Chappell. "That's when 
I started to think about what 
makes a perfect day for other 
people, what leads to happiness." 

A full-time job prevented 
Chappell from traveling across the 
country to interview people on 
their best day, so on the way home 
from vacation in 2005 the idea of was bom. It grew to 
encompass both the university and 
the local business community. 

"Chris came into the class to 
discuss the company with the 
students. He was able to answer 
questions and explain what he sees 
for the company," says Kapp, profes- 
sor of instructional technology. 

Students working in four teams 
met with Kapp each week to discuss 
possible solutions to problems they 
encountered. Students were expected 
to come up with interactive sugges- 
tions and marketing ideas and were 
permitted to change anything about 
the Web site, except the logo. After 
completing the assignment, the 
teams presented the proposal to 
more than 30 corporate profession- 
als, who selected their favorite. 

Ryan Reilly '06/'07M, a native 
of Yardley currently interning with 
Johnson & Johnson, enrolled in 
Kapp's class as he pursues his 
master's in instruction technology 
degree. He knew that the assignment 
would be a challenge but believes 
that working on a real company 
project gives students more pride in 
their work. 

"It's a fantastic opportunity, but 
I would be just as dedicated if it 
weren't a real company," says Reilly. 
"You have more pride in your work 
knowing people will see it. It pushes 
me more." 

Reilly believes gaining real-world 
experience was the best part of the 
project. "No other class has put me 
through so much so quickly. There 
are team dynamics, and it really 
challenges the individual," says 
Reilly. "It is, hands down, the best 
experience I've had." 

"Not only do the students get 
to present their ideas," adds Kapp, 
"but the corporate professionals 
see the students and the learning 

experience they receive from these 
request for proposals." 

With the involvement of a 
Bloomsburg area business, the 
project combines the efforts of the 
Greater Susquehanna Keystone 
Innovation Zone (GSKIZ) and the 
Bloomsburg Regional Technology 
Center, where the 
office will be located. Chappell 
arranged with GSKIZ to reward 
students in the class with gift certifi- 
cates to an online retailer. 

"This is helping to seed the tech- 
nology center and to grow local tech 
businesses," says Kapp. "It helps con- 
tribute to the local economy and add 
another company to the tech center." 

Kapp believes all students ben- 
efited from their involvement. "Chris 
will probably use something from 
every group, so when these students 
go for job interviews, they have expe- 
rience with a real company," he says. 

At the completion of the project, 
Chappell started implementing the 
ideas that were generated. He says 
the process will take about a year to 
involve all the suggestions he plans 
to use. "I thought of some of the 
same ideas that students did, which 
helped to validate what I was think- 
ing. But some of them pointed me in 
a new direction," says Chappell. 

Chappell admits 
has become a bit of a personal 
mission, and he enjoys reading every 
post that comes into the Web site. 

"I'm very passionate about this. I 
honestly believe it's a great idea, and 
I'll do everything I can to make it a 
success," says Chappell. b 

Emily Watson '08 from Danville, Pa., is 
majoring in economics. 

STRING 2007 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
reports that 68.6 percent of 
2005's high school graduates 
went on to college — the highest 
percentage ever recorded. 
Through BU's ACE program, 
regional students can get a head 
start, completing high school 
studies and earning college 
credits at the same time. 

Chances are their classmates and professors don't 
have a clue. They enroll in one or more BU 
courses, do the reading, complete the projects, 
take the tests and earn the credits. Just don't ask to see a 
high school diploma. 

They are area high school juniors and seniors 
enrolled at Bloomsburg through the Advance College 
Experience program (ACE) — anywhere from 60 to 
100 students each semester and as many as 150 during 
the summer. 

ACE, begun in 2003, is the only program of its type 
within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Educa- 
tion, says James Matta, assistant vice president and dean 
of graduate studies and research. The program enables 

high school students to take courses at BU's campus or at 
satellite locations on a space-available basis. Students pay 
a discounted rate of either 25 or 50 percent of regular 
tuition, based on the class' location, and all fees. The cred- 
its apply toward a degree at BU or may be transferred to 
another college or university. 

"We wanted to recruit exceptional students," Matta 
says. "Bloomsburg faculty and staff were the pioneers 
sending their kids here, a few as early as eighth grade. We 
thought if it is good for them, it ought to be good for the 
rest of the community." 

Shikellamy High School in Sunbury has hosted BU's 
western civilization, general psychology and composition 
courses as evening classes. "Students can take classes at 
Bloomsburg's campus," says Shikellamy guidance coun- 
selor Fred Coleman, "but a lot of parents prefer they take 
classes closer to home." 

The Shikellamy School District limits students to one 
college-level course each semester, but pays all tuition and 
fees with funds awarded through Pennsylvania's dual- 
enrollment grant program. "The students get a feel for 
what they'll be doing at the college level," Coleman says. 
"They really enjoy the challenge of learning, and they can 
get into their major courses sooner when they enroll in 
college as freshmen." 

Fitting on-campus courses into a high school schedule 
may require a little creativity, says Bonnie Girton from 
BU's registrar's office. "Some students go to high school, 
leave and go back. Some take an evening class. Their 
schedule is worked out on an individual basis, based on 
what they want to take here and their high school require- 
ments. . .how much flexibility they have." 

High school students have enrolled in about two 
dozen different courses, ranging from general education 
classes like composition and U.S. history to biology, phys- 
ics and math. "We are meeting the needs of these gifted 
students who are exploring where their interests lie. In 
many cases, they have outrun the high school curriculum 
and they both need and are ready to start their college 
careers," Matta says. 

"I was ready to move on," recalls Ashli Yakabovicz of 
Shickshinny. "I was bored and needed something more 
challenging." So, rather than return to Northwest Area 
Senior High School for 12th grade, Yakabovicz moved 
into Lycoming Residence Hall last August and enrolled 
full-time at BU. 

Immediately, she found a group of friends, thanks to 
her trombone and the Maroon and Gold Marching Band. 
She formed other friendships within the BU Jazz Band; 
DASL (Developing Ambitious Student Leaders), a 
leadership program for residence hall students; and the 

Ashli Yakabovicz says she 
was ready to leave high 
school behind when she 
enrolled at BU through the 
ACE program in fall 2006. 

Program Board, which plans 
activities like films, concerts 
and trips. She admits that 
most of her friends don't know she's technically still a 
high school student. 

For the former Girl Scout who served as treasurer of 
Northwest's band and president of the school's biology 
club, the extracurricular involvement came naturally, but 
studying at the college level took more effort. "In high 
school, I never had to open a book. Then, in chemistry 
class, the professor said we had to read the first three 
chapters for a test on Friday. I learned to study through 
group tutoring sessions." 

Yakabovicz says some of her best experiences have 
involved learning about different cultures. "In Shick- 
shinny, I know every person. Bloomsburg is the whole 
melting pot of diversity. My best friend here is from 
Germany, and everybody has new ideas to contribute. 

"My mother says I've matured a lot," she adds. "This 
opened up so many opportunities I wouldn't have had." 
Yakabovicz's positive first-year experience also convinced 
her to stay on at BU to pursue a pre-med major. 

Matta says introducing outstanding students to BU is 
another plus of the ACE program. "Students see what a 
great place this is, and we find that they stay. They had an 
experience and became comfortable. They decide they 
like the university and want to be a pan of it." 

"The ACE program provides such a wonderful start for 
college," says Girton. "To be able to enter college with a 
head start, plus the benefits of a reduction in tuition. How 
can you go wrong?" b 

Editor's note: The following schools and school districts 
currently participate in the ACE program: Benton, BeiyAck, 
Bloomsburg, Cardinal Brennan, Central Columbia, Columbia 
County Christian, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, Danville, East 
Lycoming, Greater Nanticoke, Jersey Shore, Lewisburg, Line 
Mountain, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Millville, Montgomeiy, 
Mount Carmel, Muncy, Northwest, Our Lady ojLourdes, 
Phoenixville, Selimgrove, Shamolzin, Shenandoah Valley, 
Shikellamy, Southern Columbia and Wanior Run. For details, 

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

SPRING 2007 

New Jersey is among 
the top 10 states with 
the fastest growth 
rates for women- 
owned businesses, 
according to the 
Center for Women's 
Business Research. 
That's good news for 
an alumna and her 
aunt, who co-own an 
online business based 
in Pitman, N.J. 

Rente Remsky Antes '93 
remembers when she was a 
first-year student at Bloomsburg 
University living in Elwell Resi- 
dence Hall. Every few months, 
she would receive a package of 
delicious homemade cookies from 
her Aunt Ellen. 

"Before you knew it, everyone 
would be in my room, piled on my 
bed eating them," she recalls. "It 
was especially nice that freshman 
year. It always made me feel a little 
less intimidated to be there alone 
knowing that I had family encour- 
aging me from home." 

a cookie store," Antes says. "There 
is something special about receiving 
something home -baked with you 
in mind." 

Antes operates the business with 
an aunt — Kathy Antes, the original 
"Mama Antes" — from its baking 
facility in Pitman, N.J. Mama Antes' 
Cookie Express offers 14 varieties 
of cookies that are primarily 
marketed online. 

"For the first few months, the 
only orders we got were from 
family," Antes laughs. "In fact, until 
last September, we only averaged 
about 10 orders per month." 




And, then, there were the "stress- 
relief packages" that parents often 
send to their sons and daughters at 
the end of each semester. "It was 14 
years ago, but I remember that finals 
was an awesome time for a little sug- 
ar pick-me-up," she adds. 

Now a stay-at-home mother, 
Antes took generous portions of 
those memories, mixed in the busi- 
ness experience she gained during 
her career in retail financial analysis 
and planning, and seasoned it with 
a family member known for her bak- 
ing skills. The result? Mama Antes' 
Cookie Express (www.Mamas, an online 
cookie care package business that 
launched in February 2006. 

"Those college memories were 
definitely an inspiration for develop- 
ing the company into a cookie care 
package company as opposed to just 

That month, however, Mama 
Antes' Cookie Express received a 
boost from the Philadelphia-based 
Preston & Steve Morning Show on 
radio station WMMR. 

"My husband works for WMMR. 
When the show reached number 
one in the market, he wanted to do 
something nice, so he asked us to 
make some cookies for the guys," 
Antes says. "Whenever they raved 
about the cookies on the air, our 
Web site would go from getting 
15 hits a day to 1,000." 

The orders began flowing, along 
with a return appearance on the 
show. Weeks later, Renee and Kathy 
concocted six original recipes and 
the hosts chose one to become the 
show's official cookie. The winner — 
dubbed the Preston & Steve 
Gadzookie! — was introduced on-air 
Nov. 15. 

"After our appearance, I checked 
my e-mail on my phone," Antes re- 
calls. "We had 24 orders, and by the 
end of the day, we had received 120 


orders. For about a month, we had 
orders coming in constantly." 

A key component of the busi- 
ness is its commitment to support- 
ing local charitable organizations. 
Mama Antes' Cookie Express 
donates 20 percent of the sale of 
the Gadzookie to Philadelphia- 
based hunger relief organization, 
Philabundance, and 20 percent of 
the proceeds generated by the sale 

of its Lip Smackin' Lemon Cookies 
goes to the Alex's Lemonade 
Stand Foundation, which funds 
childhood cancer research. 

In its first year of operation, 
Mama Antes' cookies have been 
enjoyed by soldiers in Iraq and 
individual customers throughout 
the United States. The company 
also has established several 
corporate accounts. 

According to Antes, the 
most rewarding aspects of 
owning her own business are 
the time it allows her to spend 
with her family, the good that 
the company is able to do for 
charitable organizations and 
the feedback she receives 
from grateful customers. 
She credits her time at 
Bloomsburg — where she 
was a business administra- 
tion/marketing major, a 
member of the Concert 
Committee and a sister in 
the Phi Delta sorority — with 
helping her make the transi- 
tion from her hometown to 
the "real world." 

"Although I'm from 
the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 
area, which isn't too far 
from Bloomsburg, my experi- 
ence at the university opened 
me up to a much bigger 
world," she explains. "It 
helped me grow into an 
independent person." 

The positive professional 
influence of Mary Ericksen, 
formerly the head of BU's 
marketing department, has 
inspired Antes, both during 
her career as a marketing 
analyst for a division of Liz 
Claiborne Inc. and now as an 
entrepreneur. "Professor 
Ericksen offered great advice 
and was very supportive of 
me. I appreciated that she didn't sugar- 
coat the fact that you have to work ex- 
tremely hard to achieve what you want." 
Indeed, as business grows for Mama 
Antes' Cookie Express, Antes has 
discovered that, at least in the cookie 
business, a little sugar coating can be a 
very good thing, b 

Kevin Gray is a freelance writer based in 
the Lehigh Valley. 

SPRING 2007 


Columbia County, Pa., is home to nearly 65,000 residents who live in 28,701 
housing units across 485 square miles. Are there health concerns they all share? 

On the first day of their Community Health Nursing 
course last August, 30 senior nursing students were 
given a syllabus — and a county. Throughout the 
semester, the students researched and analyzed a 
variety of health factors affecting Columbia County, 
home of Bloomsburg University, then used that 
information to educate the community itself. 

Community Health Nursing, a required compo- 
nent of the nursing curriculum, introduces students 
to community resources, teaches them how to 
interact with the public and — perhaps most 
importantly — allows them to act as leaders among 
their peers. 

Every semester, students research a specific 
community, either as a class or in small groups. 
Past communities include Danville, Sunbury, 
Muncy and Lewisburg, with the students in fall '06 
extending the reach of the project to encompass 
all of Columbia County. The students then use the 
data they've collected to determine the community's 
greatest health risks and create a plan to educate 
residents about those risks. 

Because students organize almost every aspect 
of the project as a class, leadership and teamwork 

are important, says senior nursing student Anna 
Berd of Media, Pa. "We picked our own leaders, 
and they set up a timeline for the rest of the 
semester," she says. 

"Students and professors met to discuss problem 
areas, but most meetings and aspects of the project 
were student-run and organized," adds Candace 
Levengood, a senior from Harleysville, Pa., who 
served as one of three team leaders. 

As soon as groups are formed and a timeline is 
established, the students begin researching the 
assigned community. They gather statistical 
information like behavioral risk factors and health 
demographics from the Pennsylvania Department 
of Health, but much of their research is firsthand 
and interactive. "They are involved in the commu- 
nity itself from the very beginning, coordinating 
interviews with key informants, attending town 
council meetings, school board meetings — anything 
that will give them more information on the com- 
munity," says Michelle Ficca, assistant chair of the 
nursing department and course faculty member. 

"Within the first four weeks of the semester, 
we expect all quantitative data to be gathered. 


'We try to dovetail what is already being done in each community, but 
the scale of this project is quite large, and a variety of services are involved. 
We don't want to duplicate other programs, but expand on them.' 

— Sheila Hartung, assistant professor of nursing 

This allows students the time to focus on the 
project itself," according to Sheila Hartung, assistant 
professor of nursing and the Community Health 
Nursing course coordinator. 

"Their goal then is to analyze the information and 
identify health risks to the community," Ficca adds. 

That is when the real work begins. After studying 
their data and determining focus areas, the students 
create lesson plans to determine how they will address 
each topic. 

"Based on our research in Columbia County, we 
determined there was a knowledge deficit related to 
heart disease," says Levengood, "so one team goal was 
to educate community members about heart health." 
Other focus areas for last fall's class included communi- 
cable diseases, safety, community resources and 
cancer prevention. 

At a December health fair in the Columbia Mall, 
the students distributed information on health and 
disease prevention, led small group discussions, 
performed health screenings and organized activities, 
such as puppet shows for children. 

Students contacted local vendors and health repre- 
sentatives to participate in the fair, including local fitness 
clubs, the American Red Cross, local police and fire 
departments, and Bloomsburg University's Drug and 
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Each semester, students 
focus on a specific area's 
health needs for the 
Community Health Nursing 
course taught by (opposite 
page) Michelle Ficca, left, 
and Sheila Hartung. 

businesses donated gift 
cards to be used as door 
prizes, and students 
organized all publicity. 

Although the Commu- 
nity Health Nursing 
course has always been a 
required component of 
the nursing program, 
the scope of the projects 
has grown considerably, 
Hartung says. 

"We try to dovetail 
what is already being 
done in each community, 
but the scale of this 
project is quite large, and 
a variety of services are 

involved. We don't want to duplicate other programs, 
but expand on them," Hartung says. 

The project serves as a valuable resource for the 
community. Residents not only benefit from the services 
and information provided at the health fairs, but some 
communities have used the statistical data collected by 
students for projects and grants, according to Hartung. 

Yet for the students, the benefits of the project go far 
beyond numbers and figures. 

The chance to get out of the classroom and into the 
community was the most valuable aspect of the experi- 
ence for Berd. "This whole project makes you realize 
how much you have grown, even since your sophomore 
year. This is much more than a classroom presentation. 
You have to be professional at all times because you are 
dealing with real people and real situations." 

"I feel more confident with myself in any situation 
after serving as a team leader," Levengood says. She 
plans to work in the pediatric intensive care unit at 
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh after graduating this 
May. "As a nurse, you have to be willing to make your- 
self known. You can't be wishy-washy in this profession. 
This project taught me to take on that responsibility." b 

Lynette Mong '08 is an English/creative writing major from 
Kennewick, Wash. 

The Columbia Mall provided the setting for last 
December's health fair. 

SPRING 2007 


The images of Sierra Leone are indelible. Scenes of daily 
life in the capital city of Freetown, women and children 
in villages, chiefs in ceremonial garb. These images of 
Sierra Leone are equally indelible in the life of Vera 
Viditz-Ward, the photographer who created them in a 
career that began more than two decades ago. 

Much has changed in this West African nation since 
Viditz-Ward made her first photographs. A civil war 
wracked the country throughout the 1990s, and tens of 
thousands of people were killed in a nation slightly 
smaller than South Carolina. More than 2 million peo- 
ple — a third of the population — were displaced from 
their homes by the fighting. 

Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, con- 
nected with Sierra Leone long before joining Bloomsburg 
University's faculty in 1988. The photographer's journey 
began in 1976 when she was a photographer's assistant 
for a publishing company, setting up lights, carrying 
equipment. And frustrated. She had earned a bachelor of 
fine arts in photography from the University of Hanford 

in Connecticut two years earlier, and she longed to 
do some shooting. 

She had to make a change. So she applied to the 
Peace Corps, a childhood ambition since President 
John F. Kennedy introduced the program in the 
early 1960s. 

Her application interview didn't seem very 
promising — "The recruiter laughed when I said I 
was a photographer" — but nine months later she 
received a surprise telephone call. The Peace Corps 
called with one offer and one offer only. "They 
needed a photographer and art teacher in Free- 
town, Sierra Leone," says Viditz-Ward. "On a plane 
to Africa, there was an opera singer, a trumpet play- 
er and me from the Peace Corps. I was the only one 
who stuck it out." 

She received an intensive course in Krio, the 
English-based lingua franca spoken in the Freetown 
area by the descendants of four groups of former 
African slaves, and was assigned to the ministries of 


education and agriculture. "They sent me all over the 
country, taking photos of development projects. It was 
six weeks in the field, then back a week for processing," 
says Viditz-Ward, who continues to work with tradi- 
tional film and chemical darkroom techniques along 
with digital imaging. 

In the field, the travel and work could be physically 
grueling. Viditz-Ward lived in villages with families. 
Accommodations were sparse, and she often slept on 
the ground, she recalls, but "the people were so incred- 
ibly hospitable. I was doing these shoots of mundane 
things. But in the process, I was starting to make con- 
nections with the chiefs and the villagers." 

Her term in Sierra Leone expired in 1980. Viditz- 
Ward returned to the U.S. and pursued her master of 
fine arts in photography at Indiana University Bloom- 
ington, earning a degree in 1988. 

But before she completed her degree, Sierra Leone 
pulled her back. She received a Fulbright-Hayes 
Research Scholar fellowship, and from 1985 to 1987 
she photographed the Paramount Chiefs of Sierra 
Leone. The chiefs were rarely photographed in their 
tribal garb, and Viditz- Ward's images are among the 
few in existence. She continued to return to Freetown 

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When she's not teaching, Vera Viditz-Ward spends much 
of her time chronicling life's events. She's now involved 
in a project to help women from 20 villages in Sierra 
Leone keep a photographic history of their own lives. 

Viditz-Ward first met with the group during her trip 
last summer and plans to return this year to teach them 
the basics of photography. The project is sponsored by 
the Mano River Union Women's Peace Network, which 
has received numerous international grants and awards 
for its efforts to empower village women in the after- 
math of the recent war. 

As part of the project, 
Viditz-Ward is seeking dona- 
tions of cameras. Needed are 
sturdy, single-lens reflex cam- 
eras (film, not digital) with a 
lens and working light meter, 
such as Nikon FMs, Pentax 
K1 000s or Canon F1 s. For infor- 
mation, contact her at vviditz® or (570) 389-4851. 

in the 1990s, even after civil war broke out, to photo- 
graph the lives of people in the city. 

With her camera, Viditz-Ward has chronicled the 
experiences of African immigrants in Philadelphia and 
urban life in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. Her work 
has been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, the 
University of Hartford, the University of Wisconsin at 
Madison, the Print Center and the Balch Institute of 
Ethnic Studies, both in Philadelphia, and throughout 
Europe and Africa. She wrote the first chapter for "The 
Anthology of African Photography," published in 
1998, which focused on Sierra Leonean photogra- 
phers. And her photographs are featured among the 
artwork hanging in the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, 
selected after fonner Peace Corps member and current 
U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone, Thomas N. Hull, saw 
them on display at the Smithsonian. 

Critics have praised Viditz-Ward 's photographs for 
transcending boundaries between art, sociology and 
anthropology. She's personally committed to avoiding 
cliches and photographs people on their own terms, 
the reason she turned down the Associated Press' offer 
to work in Africa at the end of the '80s. "The interna- 
tional press wants you to photograph a riot or starving 
children," she explains. "They're not interested in a 
ritual that may be very important to the people or in 
the everyday lives of Africans." 

Last summer, four years after the civil war ended, 
Viditz-Ward returned to Sierra Leone to exhibit her 
photos and locate artists who could mount an exhibit 
of Sierra Leonean work at the U.S. Embassy. She also 
served as a photographic consultant at an archaeologi- 
cal excavation of an 18th-century slave fort. 

"In the aftermath of the war, I found some old 
friends and found some new artists," she says. "But 
there's a lot that's missing. When I was there in 1987, 
there were elders. Now over 50 percent of the popula- 
tion is under 35 years old." 

Also missing was the connection between the 
country's children and its past. Her fluency in the Krio 
language intact, Viditz-Ward found herself teaching 
the traditional nursery rhymes to children who had 
never heard them because of war-time upheavals. 

"People were astounded when they heard a 'Euro- 
pean' speak their language." b 

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


Visitors feel a connection to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, 
Stonehenge and the Tower of London, then come back to the U.S. 

with photographs, postcards and plans 
to return to Great Britain someday. Gary 
Groenheim '91 not only returned, today 
he is a dual British and U.S. citizen. 

At Home 



Gary Groenheim '91 has come a long way — an 
entire ocean away — since he graduated from 
Bloomsburg University. 

For the past year, Groenheim, 38, has been in charge 
of all marketing and advertising for London-based CNBC 
Europe, the leading pan-European business and financial 
TV channel. Prior to signing on with CNBC, he lived in 
London for six years while working as a senior marketing 
manager for Time magazine. 

He says his decision to pursue opportunities abroad 
goes back to his participation in an international student 
exchange at Sheffield Hallam University in summer 1991. 
"It was my first time in Europe, and it made quite an im- 
pression on me," says Groenheim, who spent a month 
after the exchange backpacking around the continent. 

His choice of a career in the communications field 
grew from a day spent with an alumnus who worked in 
magazine publishing. A Husky Ambassador, Groenheim 
was majoring in business administration without a par- 
ticular career goal in mind. But after spending one day 
with Jim Walter, an alumnus who worked at People mag- 
azine in New York, he learned about different areas within 
the publishing business. That connection led to media 
work with People, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Time. . . 
and now CNBC Europe, available in more than 100 
million homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions, 
and luxury hotel rooms throughout Europe, the Middle 
East and Africa. 

Groenheim markets CNBC Europe both to all those 
viewers and to advertisers. He oversees everything 
from advertising to broadcast partnerships to communica- 
tion materials. 

"Our current audience consists of business leaders, 
investors and those in the financial services industry," he 
says. "My biggest challenge is creating marketing messag- 
ing that reaches this time-poor audience, establishes 
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'After seven years in New York, I decided I was either going 
to have to pursue this dream of living in Europe or make the 
decision to forgo it. I decided to take die risk.' 


CNBC as essential, must-see TV, and 
encourages them to spend more 
time with the channel." 

Marketing a product that reaches 
across Europe gives Groenheim 
plenty of potential viewers and 
advertisers — and creates a unique 
challenge. "Europe is made of many 
countries with different cultures, 
languages and media outlets," he 
says. "Pan-European marketing of a 
singular message to these varying 
audiences differs dramatically from 
marketing to one mass market in the 
U.S." A successful campaign, he 
says, draws on the strengths of 
the channel as the leading pan- 
European, English-language busi- 
ness and financial TV channel. 

In just one year, Groenheim has 
pumped up CNBC Europe's market- 
ing in numerous ways. He's intro- 
duced a new viewer-focused adver- 
tising campaign across Europe. 
He's guided the relaunch of the Web site for Europe, 
incorporating live streaming of 
the TV channel plus a searchable 
archive of on-air interviews. And he 
worked on worldwide programming 
from the World Economic Forum's 
annual meeting last January in 
Davos, Switzerland. 

Originally from Baltimore, 
Groenheim transferred to BU after 

starting his studies at what is now 
Towson University, where his father 
was a psychology professor. "After 
going to the same school where my 
dad was teaching and living so close 
to home, I wasn't getting the full 
experience of going away to univer- 
sity," Groenheim recalls. 

He looked for a school in Penn- 
sylvania (his dad's a Perm State 
alumnus) with a strong business 
program and a good swim team (he 
swam backstroke and freestyle) — 
and found Bloomsburg. "It seemed 
to have the best combination of 
things, with a great atmosphere and 
such a beautiful campus," he says. 
"It just felt right." 

After graduation from BU, 
Groenheim's earlier experience at 
People led to a job as production 
and office manager with People and 
Sports Illustrated in New York. He 
continued to move up the ladder in 
New York's publishing and advertis- 
ing world, but the lure of Europe 
was still there. "Through all these 
experiences, I'd always had a long- 
ing to return to Europe," he says. 
"After seven years in New York, I 
decided I was either going to have 
to pursue this dream of living in 

Europe or make the decision to 
forgo it. I decided to take the risk." 

Groenheim moved to Amsterdam 
where he had previously visited the 
offices of Time Inc., parent of People 
and Sports Illustrated, and accepted 
a position as an account manager for 
ad agency Wieden & Kennedy. He 
worked on international accounts 
including Nike, Coca-Cola and Alta 
Vista. In 2000, he became a senior 
marketing manager for Time Inc. 
and moved to London. 

"It had been a bit of a culture 
shock to live in Amsterdam," he 
says. "From the time I started work- 
ing in London, I felt much more at 
home. . . .1 decided that London was 
where I wanted to stay." 

Groenheim says he developed his 
"great passion" for Europe during 
his college semester abroad. "I really 
value learning about different 
cultures — the food, the arts and 
history," he explains. He's been able 
to increase his knowledge through 
his personal travels and, during the 
past year, his business trips through- 
out Europe and Asia. 

Recently, for example, his job 
took him to Barcelona, Spain, where 
CNBC Europe was the official 
broadcaster for the 3 GSM mobile 
telecommunications trade show. The 
next week, he flew to New York to 
produce an event for a European 
advertiser interested in reaching the 
U.S. market. And the next month 
found him helping to host the Euro- 
pean Business Leaders Awards back 
in London. It's a hectic schedule, 
but one that appeals to Groenheim. 
"I really enjoy working for dynamic 
businesses in a multinational 
environment," he says, b 

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


to lead. 

to learn 

BU senior Lauren Lewis talks with a 
group of students who attended a program 
sponsored by Bloomsburg University's 
Women's Resource Center last year. 


to grow 

In just three years since its opening in October 2003, 
Bloomsburg University's Women's Resource Center has 
become a significant resource for students, faculty, staff 
and prospective students. 

The Women's Resource Center sponsors biweekly 
seminars and a variety of workshops and serves as a 
clearinghouse for information for men and women 
alike on issues ranging from anorexia to domestic 
violence and difficult relationships. 

Recognizing the value of this vital campus resource, 
William and Wylla Mae "Bunny" Bitner, both class of 
1956, made a contribution to the Bloomsburg University 
Foundation to enhance the center and its work. 

To learn how you can contribute to the university 
programs that are important to you, contact the 
Bloomsburg University Foundation online at 
www.bloomu.edii/giving, or by phone at 570-389-4524. 
You too can make a difference in the lives of young men 
and women. 



Husky Notes 

Quest extended trips bound for 
destinations in U.S. and abroad 

University's Quest 
program offers 
extended trips for BU 
students, alumni and 
friends. No experience is 
necessary for many of 
these trips, and most 
equipment is provided. 
Varied amounts of physical 
stamina are required. 

Biking in Holland, June 2 

to 13: This 12 -day tour 
along the back roads of 
Holland 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, bsimpson® 

Walking Across England, 

June 22 to July 4: The walk 
across northern England, 
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® 

Mountain Biking in the 
Rockies: Colorado Wild- 
flowers, Aug. 16 to 23: 
Crested Butte, recently 
named the wildflower 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 
altitude of 7,000 feet, as they 
cross terrain ranging from 
old logging roads to single 
tracks. The leader is Brett 

Hikers follow a path in Ecuador believed to have been used 
by the Incas. 

Simpson, bsimpson® 

Bike Tour through the 
Finger Lakes Wine Country, 

Oct. 6 to 8: The Finger 
Lakes wineries, combined 
with the unique glacial 
landscape and small-town 
charm, provide the perfect 
backdrop for cyclists. The 
group will bike through 
vineyard-covered hillsides, 
along country roads and 
pastoral scenes. The tour 
will stop at some of the 
more notable winenes. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 

Riders pass through a 
wildflower meadow in 
Colorado's Rocky Mountains. 

Lost Trail of the Incas, 
Ecuador, Jan. 1 to 12, 

2008: This trek begins at 
the Indian village Oyaca- 
chi, high in the Andes, and 
descends into the Amazon 
Basin, following a long- 
abandoned trail. The route, 
which descends more than 
5,000 feet, is believed to 
have been used by the 
Incas and pre-Incas as a 
trade route and by 17th- 
century Jesuit priests to 
service their missions. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 
rsmith@bloomu . edu . 

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

^/l f\ Byron Krapf serves as pastor of Grace United 

Methodist Church, Lemoyne. 

} /I ^ Tom Foley was appointed to his third term as 

\JjLl vice chairman of the Dawson County (Ga.) Board 
of Elections and Registrations. He was also elected to the 
Democratic State Committee. 

J/C/4 William W. Haas, a retired Lewisburg Area School 
Ul District teacher, is serving as a county commissioner 
for Union County and is a member of the County Commis- 
sioners Association of Pennsylvania. 

5 £~ ^\ Sarah Kowalski retired after more than two 
\J Jr decades in educational administration, mainly with 

the Warrior Run School District. 

Ken Saunders, Newtown Township, retired in 1999 after 

a long career teaching biology and coaching track and cross 

country teams. He now spends his time traveling. 

^1*7 C\ Nicholas Holodick, Mountain Top, was appointed 
/ \J vice president for academic affairs at King's College. 

Holodick, who will retain the rank of professor of education, is 

the college's John H.A. Whitman Distinguished Professor. 
Mary Coddington Umlauf retired from the North 

Schuylkill School District in 2006. 

9 ^7"0 ^ r " Edward Krzykwa, a chiropractor for 29 years, 
/ j-* completed a course of study in optimum nutritional 
support for patients with conditions such as colitis, irritable 
bowel syndrome and arthritis. 

5 ^T *2 Kenneth Houck graduated from the Pennsylvania 

/ O Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. He'll have his first 
one-man gallery show in Exton in June. 

Martin Kleiner, Lebanon, has been named to the board of 
directors of the Arabian Horse Association, which has 46,000 
members. He breeds, trains and shows Arabian horses. 

Pete Nell is employed by NEPA Community Federal Credit 
Union, Stroudsburg. He was Elk of the Year for the Bangor 
Lodge 1106m 2005-06. 

Douglas Yocom, president and CEO of Precision Medical 
Products Inc., Ephrata, was recognized as an outstanding 
business leader by the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. 
He is a member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation 
Board of Directors. 

}^7 /I Richard Myron Linn, Bloomsburg, is a member of 

/ A the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American 
Teachers for 2005-06. He teaches fifth grade at WW. Evans 
Elementary in the Bloomsburg School District. 

5 ^7C ^ au ^ Shearn and his wife Arlene received a Top 10 

/ %J award for 2006 from the Solano Association 
of Realtors, Vallejo, Calif. They were one of only two teams 
recognized this year. 

5 ^7^7 ^ e 8Sy Bellows (right) has joined the 

/ / Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch as 
managing editor. She previously worked as editor 
of The Forum in Fargo, N.D. She began her jour- 
nalism career in 1979. 

Stephen T. Young was promoted to a vice 
president with Sovereign Bank. He is community banking 
manager of the Lewisburg office. 

5 ^7Q George Antochy, a colonel in the Army Reserve, is 

/ 7 serving in Kuwait. 

Ed Madalis is a clinical psych specialist with Geisinger 
Medical Center, Danville. He is also president and treasurer of 
the Walter & Nancy Madalis Memorial Trust Fund, a non- 
profit dedicated to improving the education and health of 
children in the Mount Carmel area. 

Rebecca Tait Reilly, Bucks County, displayed her art work 
in oil and pastel at the Howard Gallery of Fine Art, New Hope. 
She has been exhibiting through the Doylestown Art League 
after working for many years as an electronics engineer for the 
U.S. Navy and in the private sector. 

5 Q f\ Stephen J. Bushinski, Brandonville, was admitted 

O \J to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. A grad- 
uate of Widener University School of Law, he is the assistant 
chief counsel, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Mundy talks to BU students 

State Rep. Phyllis Mundy '70, who represents the 120th district 
in Luzerne County, toured BU's campus, spoke with political 
science students and met with BU President Jessica Kozloff earlier 
this semester. While on campus, Mundy was given a Bradley 
Shoemaker print of Carver Hall to display in her Harrisburg office. 
Shown in the accompanying photo, left to right, are Lynda Fedor- 
Michaels ^/^M, BUs director of alumni affairs; Mundy; and Jim 
Hollister '78, BU's assistant vice president for university relations. 


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Michael A. Incitti, Mountain Top, owner of an investment 
company, passed the securities law exam. 

Faith Ganss Smeck received a Commonwealth of Pennsyl- 
vania, Office of the Budget, work unit/group award recogniz- 
ing outstanding employee achievement. Chief of the state's 
public welfare client benefit system division, she works in the 
Public Health and Human Services Comptroller office. 

} Q "1 Daniel Wiest is director of strategic planning and 
CJ .A. analysis for Tyco Electronics, Harrisburg. 

5 Q ^ Rick DiLiberto was appointed to a three-year term 
O^^ as chairman of the Delaware Commission on Italian 

Heritage and Culture by state Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. He is 

an attorney with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, 

Wilmington, Del. 

Vicky Kistler is acting director for the Allentown Health 

Bureau after working 13 years as the bureau's communicable 

disease manager. 


Kevin L. Hulsizer, director of internal audit for 
KidsPeace, was one of 35 citizens honored for 
completing the Lehigh Valley community leadership develop- 
ment program. 

7 Q JJ* John Chapin, associate professor of communica- 
te %J tions at Penn State Beaver, received the 
National Organization for Victim Assistance 2006 Stephen 
Schafer Award. 

Michael Harrington (right) of Clarence, N.Y., 
was promoted to chief financial officer of both 
First Niagara Bank and First Niagara Financial 
Group. He had been the firm's senior vice 
president and treasurer. 

Karin Suttmann (right) is director of media 
services for Oxford Communications, 
Lambertville, N.J. She also performs as a flutist 
with the Olney Symphony Orchestra and as a 
vocalist and guitarist with the ensemble Touch 
the Sky. 

7Q^^ Christopher Frederick, Holmdel, N.J., was 

OU promoted to senior vice president of worldwide 
marketing, reimbursement and national accounts for Small 
Bones Innovations Inc. 

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Kate Jesberg Bauman 

'97 grad directs BU's 
Upward Bound 

Kate Jesberg Bauman '97 is the 
new director of BU's Upward 
Bound program. Previously 
Upward Bound's assistant director, 
Bauman joined the program in 2005 
as academic coordinator. She fills a 
vacancy created by the retirement of 
longtime director Maureen Mulligan. 

Bauman worked in residence life at Penn State Hazleton, 
admissions at Delaware Valley College and as director of 
career services at DeSales University before joining BU's 
Upward Bound staff. 

Upward Bound is open to high school students from low- 
income backgrounds. The program stresses academics and 
diversity to prepare students to become the first members of 
their families to attend college. At BU, the Upward Bound 
started in 1978 and currently serves students from 10 area 
school districts. 

John J. Miravich received the distinguished service award 
from the general alumni association of Penn State's Dickinson 
School of Law. He is a shareholder with Stevens & Lee, Read- 
ing, where he practices municipal and government affairs law. 
He also advises local governments and school districts. 

7 Q ^7 Lewis Correale HI is the principal of West 
CJ / Hanover Elementary School in the Central 
Dauphin School District, near Harrisburg. 

Christopher P. Ward was promoted to lieutenant of the 
Whitemarsh Township Police Department in Montgomery 
County, Pa. An 18-year veteran, he works with the district 
attorney's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, 
specializing in locating and prosecuting online predators. 
Barbara Emerick Wevodau, Juniata Township, has a 
general law practice in New Bloomfield. 

5 Q Q Julie Franchi, Chambersburg, is a learning 

C3 C3 support teacher in the Greencastle -Antrim 
School District. 

Dianne Haduck owns a dance studio in Taylor. 

Ken Kirsch completed his first novel, "Demon Alcohol and 
the Monstermen." 

David Lesko was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the 
Air Force Reserve. The ceremony took place at the Pentagon, 
where he is serving on active duty. 

Gwen Sheets Raifsnider is a real estate broker with 
Coldwell Banker United, Charlotte, N.C 

Steven M. Williams, Mechanicsburg, joined the legal firm 
of Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Funnan as a resident 
partner in Cohen's Harrisburg office. 


9 Q f\ David DeGerolamo, Phillipsburg, N.J., was 

O y^ elected chair of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge 
Commission. He is director of corporate development for 
Aqua New Jersey. 

Karen Duzick Kepner, Shamokin, was guest speaker at 
the Women's Expo 2007, sponsored by the Brush Valley 
Foundation for Growth and Wellness. A certified registered 
nurse practitioner for more than three decades, she owns 
AltemaMed LCC. 

Michael Moskovitz is vice president of health care banking 
for SNB bank. 

Kelly Cuthbert Robinson is author of the suspense novel 
"Dead On," published by iUniverse, Inc. She writes under the 
pen name Ann Kelly. 

David Waldman, Bristow, Va., was promoted to lieutenant 
colonel in the Army. He is an intelligence officer assigned to the 
Situation Room in the White House, Washington D.C. 

}£^/~\ Brenda Snyder Fiorenza was promoted to 

Zr yj community office manager for the Sunbury branch 
of Omega Bank. 


Patricia Metzger Scott '87 and 

husband, John Scott '86, a 

daughter, Delaney, June 8, 2006 
John Makara '90 and wife, 
Katherine, a daughter, Ruth, 
Dec. 1,2006 

Gina Vicario Waring '90 
and husband, Bob Waring '91, 
a daughter, Alexa Cameron, 
Jan. 17,2007 

Theresa Weber Beadling '93 
and husband, Chris Beadling 
'94, a daughter, Melissa 
Shannon, Sept. 20, 2006 
Elizabeth Godlewsky 
Hendricks '93 and husband, 
George, a son, Carter, May 2006 
Colleen Evans Neumayer '93 
and husband, Mark Neumayer 
'92, a daughter, Blair Victoria, 
Sept. 7, 2006 

Melissa Kane Pagotto '94 and 
husband, Chris Pagotto '93, a 
son, Brogan James, Dec. 7, 2006 
Melissa Repas '94 and 
husband, Michel Piche, a 
daughter, Audrey, May 25, 2006 
Stephen Carr '97 and wife. 
Shannon, a daughter, Morgan 
Noelle, Dec. 11,2006 

Heather Sabol Russell '97, 

and husband, Trigg, a son, Clayton 
Jill Young Jacobsen '99 and 
husband, David, a son, Peter David, 
Oct. 29, 2006 

Mike Montgomery '99 and wife, 
Katie, a daughter, Rose Michael, 
Jan. 22, 2007 

Nicole Zomerfeld George '01 and 
husband, Dave George '02, a son, 
Owen, June 14, 2006 
Rebecca Gerber McGeehan 01 
and husband, Ryan, a son, Pearse 
Michael, April 5, 2005, and a son, 
Garett Ryan, July 21, 2006 
Kristina Kamus Yann '02 and 
husband, Stanislav Yann '99, 
a daughter, Lilianna Noelle, 
Dec. 25, 2006 

Bethany Samson Fluck '03 and 
husband, Jason Fluck '03, a son, 
Samson Jay, Aug. 22, 2006 
Lisa Schneider Williams '03 and 
husband, Derek Williams '02, a 
son, Matthew, Dec. 4, 2006 
Jennifer Kleinfelter Deiter '05 
and husband, Michael, a son, Blake, 
Aug. 21, 2006 

Tiffane Maltba, Leesburg, Va., is a senior recruiter with 
CreativeSourcing, serving clients along the East Coast. 

L. Evelyn Thompson is project manager for the Pennsylva- 
nia Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Detection System in Camp Hill. 

Randy A. Wolff, Ridley Park, earned a master's of science 
degree in organizational development and leadership from 
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

5 C\ ^ Timothy A. Brooks was appointed the emergency 
S ^ management coordinator for Hanover Township, 

Northampton County, by Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell. 

He continues to work as a police officer in Bethlehem. 
Kellyanne Hagenbuch, Easton, is a donor resource 

representative for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center. 

Christopher W. Lynch, Athens Township, has rejoined 

Kilmer Insurance Agency Inc. as financial services manager. 

}£\ O Eileen Dautrich, is executive vice president 

S \J of the TriCounty Area Chamber of 
Commerce, Pottstown. 

Jf\ A Christopher J.J. Horvath was honored as the 
S -L South Carolina Adult Education Teacher of 

the Year for 2005-06. He works at the Colleton County 

School District and assists with the English as a Second 

Language program. 
Jennifer Oiler Shoup '94/'98M, Catawissa, is a program 

supervisor/special projects administrator for the Central 

Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Division of Special Education, 

where she has worked for 12 years. 

Alumni share work experiences 

BU alumni led roundtable discussions about their graduate school 
and work experiences during the recent Multicultural Employer 
Exchange. About 75 BU juniors and seniors participated in the 
event sponsored by BU's Career Development Center and Multicul- 
tural Center. Alumni presenters included, left to right, Ivonne 
Gutierrez Bucher '91, George Mann '98, Lance Collier '06, Maria 
Breen Billmeyer '01, Lynda Fedor-Michaels '87/88M, BU's director 
of Alumni Affairs, and Jeff Beilman '98. 



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Jennifer DiMarco earned a master's of business 
administration degree from St. Joseph's Univer- 
sity. She works as a compliance consultant to the 
pharmaceutical industry. 

5 /~\ /I Fred Gaffhey is executive director of the Chamber 
y\J of Commerce in Seneca County, N.Y. 

5tf~\^7 Colleen Lupashunski, Danville, is a secondary 

S / school learning support teacher in the Bloomsburg 
Area School District. 

Meredith Marko, formerly of Hazleton, earned a doctoral 
degree in communication from the University of Nebraska- 
Lincoln. She is assistant professor at the State University of 
New York at Geneseo and specializes in interpersonal and 
family communication. 

Krissy Marks, child coordinator with the Williamsport 
YMCA, is part of a team overseeing the city's recreation 
programs. She helps plan and manage the summer 
camps program. 

Christina Nordmark was inducted into the Luzerne 
County Sports Hall of Fame. She is a math teacher for 
Wilkes-Barre Area School District's GAR High School. 

Brian Regnier, Reading, was promoted to senior manager at 
Beard Miller Co. LLP, a financial services firm. 

Tri Sigma sisters celebrate in 
Washington, D.C. 

A group of Tri Sigma sisters, all members of the Class of 1980, 
gathered in Washington, D.C, for an unofficial reunion weekend 
last fall. Traveling from Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 
Virginia and North Carolina, the group shopped, toured the White 
House and shared memories and photographs. They plan to get 
together next year to celebrate their 50th birthdays. Alumnae shown 
in the accompanying photo, from left to right, are: front row — Sue 
Kingeter Puderbach, Mindy McMaster, Jill Laylon Confair and Terry 
Mizdol Giordano, and back row — Marianne Deska Braithwaite, 
Nancy Whitman Peterson and Annie Silvonek Dempsey. 

Alumnus honored 
for dedication to 
Bucks Beautiful 

Christopher Beadling '94, Doylestown, vice 
president of the Bloomsburg University Alum- 
ni Board of Directors, received the 2006 
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Laurel Award, 
recognizing his dedication, commitment and volunteer- 
ism to Bucks Beautiful. 

Bucks Beautiful, a non-profit program of the Central 
Bucks Chamber of Commerce, is designed to promote 
and extend the development of gardens in communities 
and at business premises and private homes. Beadling's 
involvement with Bucks Beautiful began in 1995 when 
he served as a member of the Bucks Beautiful Garden 
Fair Committee; he chaired the committee from 2003 
to 2006. 

In the accompanying photo, Beadling accepts the 
2006 Bucks Beautiful Laurel Award from 2005 recipi- 
ent Denise Sezack. 

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Rose Kosak '86 and William 

Stephanie Minnaugh '99 and 

Nicole Buck '03 and Charles 

Jesse Chubb '05 and Angela 

Moore, Oct. 31, 2006 

Stephen Libhart, July 8, 2006 

Renz, June 23, 2006 

Kinsley, Sept. 16,2006 

Jill Silvi '91 and Troy Roth, Oct. 

Michael Panisak '99 and 

Jaclyn DeLeonardis '03 and 

Elsie Dressier '05 and Adam 

20, 2006 

Shannon Dolon 

Ralph Rossi 

Wert, April 8, 2006 

Carey Lazevnick '92 and Sean 

Neil Stoddart '99 and Kristin 

April Egli '03 and Aaron 

Jonathan Evans '05 and Alissa 

Thomas, June 16, 2006 

Dent, June 21, 2006 

Trometter, July 22, 2006 

Persing, Aug. 12,2006 

Christina Baird '95 and William 

Kelly Stultz '99 and Joseph 

Brandilyn Fowler '03 and 

Christine Gasper '05 and Aaron 

Kiessling II. May 13, 2006 


Matthew Krepich 


Riquel Flowers '95 and Robert 

Christine Orefice '00 and John 

Lois Kirchner '03 and Robert 

Henry Sladek '05 and Candida 

Hutchinson, July 15, 2006 

Hopkins, July 22, 2006 

O'Boyle Jr., April 29, 2006 

Weller, Oct. 7, 2006 

Robert Skuba '95 and Caroline 

Jamie Tyson '00 and Steven 

Kristi Malanoski '03 and 

Jaclyn Sybesma '05 and John 

Brownson, April 22, 2006 

Miller, July 22, 2006 

Zachary Miers '03, July 1 5, 2006 

Heilman, Oct. 7, 2006 

Dan Miller '96 and Leslie 

Denise Zlobik '00 and Richard 

Kim Matlack '03M and Brian 

Erin Winter '05 and Dustin 

McAnallen, Sept. 3, 2006 

Lienhard, May 6, 2006 


Brouse, Sept. 30, 2006 

Aimee Alapack '97 and Paul 

Traci Brown '01 and George 

Gina Bakowicz '04 and Mark 

Nicole Zimmerman '05 and 

Wolfe, Nov. 4, 2006 

Clugston Jr., Aug. 5, 2006 

Home, May 13, 2006 

Jason Hoover, Sept. 30, 2006 

Russell Starke '97 and Lisa Hare, 

Lisa Sobolesky '01 and George 

Allison Drake '04 and Ryan 

Nicole Albright '06 and Joseph 

Aug. 26, 2006 

Hendricks Jr., Oct. 21, 2006 

Beaudry, Aug. 5, 2006 

Patkalitsky, Sept. 16,2006 

Denise Swartz '97 and Brian Hill, 

Kim Cherry '02 and Daniel 

Lindsay Eck '04 and Nathan 

Tennille Allman '06 and Dustin 

June 24, 2006 

Madara '99, April 22, 2006 

Mitchell, Aug. 12,2006 

Mongold, Oct. 21,2006 

Keri Abbott '98 and Curtis Pickett, 

Jamie Hunsinger '02 and 

Ashley Henry '04 and Timothy 

Erica Long '06 and Daniel 

July 29, 2006 

Matthew Reiner, July 1,2006 

Whiteman, Aug. 19,2006 

Umbel '06, July 22, 2006 

Sue Bednar '98 and Jim Del 

Amy Juck '02 and Chad Moser, 

Teresa Mercuri '04 and Ian Keck, 

Tricia Novinger '06 and James 

Conte, Nov. 4, 2006 

June 10, 2006 

July 1,2006 

Morrison, Sept. 30, 2006 

Katie Getz '98 and Kyle Kilian, 

Denise Mullen '02 and James 

Mary Schleppy '04 and Timothy 

Danielle Wittig '06 and Edward 

Dec. 22, 2006 


Stahl, June 25, 2006 

Mariano '04M 

Kendra McCabe '98 and 

Megan Paciotti 02 and Roberto 

April Wiest '04 and Ronnie 

Stephanie Wood '06 and 

Christopher Rooney, Aug. 26, 2006 

Benevides '02, December 2006 

Adley, May 13, 2006 

Benjamin Apfelbaum, Oct. 8, 2006 

Dominica DiRocco '99 and 

Andrea Weaver '02M and 

Adria Andrews '05 and Howard 

Steven Guzzi, Sept. 29, 2006 

James Merante, July 1 , 2006 

Jones, Oct. 7, 2006 

?("JQ D.J. Cahoone was 

Zr C3 unit for the Delaws 

promoted to the house arrest 

John Wetzel was elected president of the Pennsylvania 

ire County Probation and Parole 

County Corrections Association. 

Department where he has worked since 1999, most recently as 

a substance abuse officer. 

}QQ Charles "Chuck" 

Zr / earned certification 

Kovacs Sr. '99M, Wysox, has 

Jason Claudfelter, Readir 

ig, was named senior manager at 

in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act from 

Beard Miller Co. LLP, a financial services firm. 

the SOX Institute in San Francisco, Calif. 

Christy Reed Rupp is a unit coordinator in the emergency 

room at UPMC Presbyterian, 


J(\ f\ Lisa Brennan teaches high school social studies for 
\J \J Baltimore County (Md.) Public Schools. 

Taryn Reed Troutman, a special education teacher in the 

Upper Dauphin Area School District, is a member of the 

Kathleen Dreisbach, Harrisburg, is an operations consul- 

Cambridge Who's Who of Teachers. 

tant for Verizon Wireless. 

Justin C. Wagner earned the chartered financial analyst 

Dave Marcolla was named advisory board member of the 

designation from the CFA Institute. He works as a senior 

Eastern Montgomery County 

Chamber of Commerce 

investment analyst for Vanguard's Asset Management Services 

Leadership Program. He is also chair of the associate board of 

in Malvern. 

Gilda's Club, Delaware Valley 

, Pa., an organization providing 

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L • ■■ i i S' 

Vlaryann Lindberg, executive director of the BU Foundation 
center, is shown with members of the Delta Pi/Sigma Pi 
\lumni Association Chuck Ranck '68, left, and David 
Jecoteau '86. 

Brothers establish 

r i "'he Delta Pi/Sigma Pi Alumni Association 

has established a scholarship to help brothers 

_1_ currently attending BU while ensuring 
the longe\ity of one of the university's oldest 
social fraternities. 

The idea of an alumni group was sparked at a 
'grand reunion" held in Lancaster in October 2004 
through the efforts of Ernie Lemoncelli 77. More 
than 200 brothers attended the event and made a 
commitment to become more involved with BU and 
the brothers who are now students. Today, the Delta 
3 i/Sigma Pi Alumni Association boasts more than 
600 members. 

The scholarship is currently in its second, or 
uuilding, stage with a three-pronged goal: establish 
the scholarship with initial funding, reach a 
Dalance of $10,000 for endowment in less than the 
maximum five years and become an annual award 
available to students who are active Delta Pi brothers. 

For information on establishing a scholarship 
or contributing to an existing scholarship, 
contact the Bloomsburg University Foundation at 
(570) 389-4524. 

support to cancer patients. He works as Eastern Montgomery 
regional manager for Commerce Bank. 

Justine Miller works for Ricoh Corp., N.J., as a regional 
product trainer. 

")f\ ~\ Jenn DiMaria, Mechanicsburg, works for the 

\J A. Pennsylvania State Bank. 

Melissa Groeling, Hatfield, is author of the novel 
"Beauty Marks." 

Allen Snook Jr., Easton, is assistant director of athletics at 
Pfeiffer University. 

lf\^ Jamie Aurand is the administrator of Susque-View 

\J ^ Home, Lock Haven. He previously was vice presi- 
dent/operations for Albright Care Services, Lewisburg. 

Mary Agnes Brown was production stage manager for the 
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2007 performance of Richard 
Dresser's "Rounding Third." 

Danielle Wagner Koser is a ninth-grade English teacher 
at the Line Mountain School District. 

Kristin Rhoads is a fifth-grade teacher for Loudoun 
County Public Schools and a graduate student at George 
Mason University. 

Jf\ / 2 Thomas J. Brogan Jr. has been admitted to practice 

\J %J law as a member of the Maryland State Bar Associa- 
tion. He earned a law degree from Shepard Broad Law Center at 
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Rebecca Donahue, Lebanon County, was honored as a top 
listing agent with Century 21 Krall Real Estate. 

Craig Evans, Willow Grove, passed the Uniform Certified 
Public Accountant examination. 

Daniel Frederick joined the accounting firm of Meisel, 
Tuteur & Lewis in Roseland, N.J. 

Zachary Miers is head wrestling coach at Shore Regional 
High School, West Long Branch, N.J. 

Chris Smith is an assistant golf professional at Palm-Aire 
Country Club, Pompano Beach, Fla. He was previously assistant 
golf professional at The Architects Golf Club, Phillipsburg, N.J. 

Peter Umlauf is an audio technician at PRG in Las Vegas. 

Wrestlers return 

BU President Jessica Kozloff, second from left, greets former BU 
wrestlers and coaches at an on-campus reunion earlier this year. 
Shown in the accompanying photo, left to right, are Bill Paule '65, 
Kozloff, Don Poust '63 and Roger Sanders, former wrestling coach. 


named vice 
president at 

Ann Marie Stelma 

Ann Marie Stelma 
WSIM of Pittston 
recently was named vice president for continuing 
education at Lackawanna College, Scranton. 

One of the institution's four vice presidents, Stelma 
administers all facets of Lackawanna's continuing education 
department, including training programs designed to meet 
the needs of business and industry and the institution's 
allied health, GED and adult basic education programs. 
She also oversees the college's satellite centers in Hazleton, 
Honesdale and Towanda and a new Susquehanna County 
center that will open in the fall. 

Stelma previously served as Lackawanna's academic 
development specialist and director of developmental 
education. Earlier in her career, she worked as an 
instructional specialist for Luzerne County Community 
College and as a reading specialist for the Tunkhannock 
Area School District. 

She recently earned a doctoral degree in human 
development with specialization in higher education 
administration from Marywood University, Scranton. 


Eva Thomas McGuire '24 
Alice Machung Diksa '29 
Verna E. Warren '29 
Phyllis Newman Albertini '33 
MaryAhearn Reilly '33 
Roberta "Bertie" Conrad Nevill '34 
Edna Stevens '35 
Irene BoninWenrich '39 
Roy Gunther '44-45 (Navy V-1 2) 
Jack Kuney '44-45 (Navy V-1 2) 
Theodore Pstrak Sr. '44-45 
(Navy V-1 2) 
Donald Blackburn '46 
William Orner '48 
Mary Rush '48 
Robert E. Williams Jr. '50 
Mary Ann Martz Griffiths '54 

Marlin Home '57 
Sandra Goodhart Atiyeh '59 
Marjorie Morgan Pomicter '62 
N. Donald Young '63 
Teresa Barrett McDonald '65 
Jack Lamont Keller '66 
Joanne Kugler Whetstone '67 
Margaret Fretz Conrad '68 
Joseph S. Scala Sr. '69 
Lynn Shaeffer Dum 70 
Ronald Meixsell Sr. 71 
Edith Romig Rabuck 73 
Frank Bosevich 74 
Rosalind Sanderson Shelly 74 
Mildred Belford 75 
Sandra Massaro '80 

Jarrett Austin Witt, Bethlehem, was promoted to regional 
development manager in charge of business recruitment and 
retention for the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. 

^f\/i Lisa Brown, York, is a marketing coordinator at 

\J _£. John Hilliard Insurance Agency Inc. 

Christine DeMelfi, Berwick, is vice president of the 
Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce. 

Maria Engles serves as the Young Lawyers Division 
coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. 

Jill Foltz received her white coat as an audiology doctorate 
candidate. She is in clinical study with a doctor in Dubois. 

Michelle Lachawiec teaches mathematics at Exeter 
Township Middle School in Reading. 

Mary Lou Mrozinski Jensen is a kindergarten teacher 
at Avis Elementary School in the Jersey Shore Area 
School District. 

Ashley Henry Whiteman is a speech-language pathologist 
for the Cheshire Center in Greensboro, N.C 

Jf\ £ Lindsay Galbraith is a stage manager for the 

\J \J American Family Theatre for Youth. She completed 
a national tour managing "A Christmas Carol." This year, she 
will be stage manager for "The Wizard of Oz" during an 
extended tour of the southern U.S. 

Christopher Gass is a field technician with the Arizona 
Transportation Research Center. 

Matthew Gerst, Danville, is a police officer with the 
Mahoning Township police. He worked as a part-time officer 
for the Danville police after graduating from Lackawanna 
College Police Academy in 2005. 

Bethany B. Hueholt passed her second-year candidacy 
exam at the University of Virginia graduate school of chemistry 
in Charlottesville, Va. 

Kristina Knight is the group sales manager in charge of 
group and hospitality sales for Mandalay Baseball Properties, 

MaryBeth Reisinger works for Personal Fitness, Camp Hill, 
as a trainer. 

Dan Sevison is head coach of the Bloomsburg High School 
wrestling team. 

J(\jC Meredith Bertecher, Boothwyn, was inducted 

VJ \J into Beta Gamma Sigma, College of Business 
Honor Society. 

Lynn Freeze '06M works in the gastroenterology 
department at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 

Tracy Golder, Bloomsburg, a member of the Theta Sigma 
Tau Nursing Honor Society, is working as a health occupations 
instructor at the Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech School. 

Camille Richie is a victim's advocate for people with 
disabilities and coordinator for the deaf consumer advocate at 
The Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida, 
Jacksonville, Fla. 

Bryan Scruggs is an IT support specialist for Harrah's 
Entertainment, Chester. 

Kelly Smetana is a group sales coordinator for Mandalay 
Baseball Properties, Wilkes-Barre. 

SPRING 2007 

V. w 




Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelbcrget; University Archivist 

A Celebration of Spring: May Day at Bloomsburg 

May Day was a European holiday celebrat- 
ed for centuries to honor the coming 
of spring. Bloomsburg began its own 
May Day tradition on May 2, 1910, 
with 40 more May Day ceremonies following over the 
next five decades. 

Most May Day celebrations were held mid-afternoon 
on the terraced lawn stretching east from Perm Street to 
the current site of Luzerne Hall. Crowds ranged in size 
from several hundred to more than 3,000 spectators. 
The Queen of May, always elected by the students, 
was crowned first. Then, female college students and 

elementary students from the campus' Ben Franklin 
Training School would often perform traditional 
English or American dances accompanied by 
the college orchestra and, later, the Maroon and 
Gold Band. 

The final event of the ceremony was the 
winding of May Poles. Some years, nearly 20 poles 
were hung with brightly colored ribbons that were 
wrapped in intricate patterns. It was an elaborate 
ceremony, often involving more than 300 people, 
most in full costume, who practiced for several 
weeks before the event. 



The ritual surrounding May Day became less formal through the decades. May Queen Ann 
Grosek and her attendants hold court by the old gym, with the band at left, on May 11, 1938 
(opposite page). Students from the Ben Franklin Training School and college students stand 
ready to wind the brightly colored ribbons attached to May Poles on May 8, 1957 (above). 

The ceremonies welcomed each spring from 1910 
to 1921, then returned in 1928 after a seven-year 
hiatus. When the May Day celebration resumed, it was 
primarily a training school event with a younger 
female student as the queen. From 1937 until 1963, 
with breaks during World War II and, again, in the 
mid-1950s when no ceremonies were held, a college 
student was crowned the Queen of May every year. 

By the 1960s, times were changing. The lawn that 
had seen so many wonderful pageants was torn up to 
allow for the construction of Montour and Schuylkill 
residence halls, and the training school would soon be 

closed. The final ceremony was held at the east end 
of campus at the current sites of the Chestnut Street 
parking lot and the Andruss Library 

Former students from the Ben Franklin Training 
School still look back fondly on the May Day 
ceremonies. A tradition is gone but for more than 
50 years thousands of college students, local children 
and delighted spectators enjoyed a spectacle to 
spring they never forgot. 

SPRING 2007 

Academic Calendar 

Summer Session 2007 

Session I -May 29 to July 6 
Session II - June 1 8 to July 27 
Session III -July 9 to August 17 
Session IV - May 29 to June 1 5 
Session V - June 1 8 to July 6 
Session VI -July 9 to July 27 
Session VII- June 18to July 27 
Session VIII - May 29 to August 17 

Fall 2007 

Classes Begin 

Monday, Aug. 27 

Labor Day- No Classes 

Monday, Sept. 3 

Reading Day- No Classes 

Friday, Oct. 12 

Thanksgiving Break - 
No Classes 

Wednesday to Friday, 
Nov. 21 to 23 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Nov. 26 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 8 

Final Exams 

Monday to Saturday, 
Dec. 1 to 1 5 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, Dec. 14 


Saturday, Dec. 1 5 

New Student Activities 

Summer Freshman Orientation 

Saturday to Monday, June 16 to 18 

Act 101/EOP Orientation 

Sunday and Monday, June 17 
and 18 

Fall Freshman Preview 

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 
and 20; Monday through Thursday, 
June 25 to 28 

Transfer Orientation 

Thursday, June 21, and Monday, 
Aug. 6 


Saturday, Aug. 25 

Welcome Weekend 

Thursday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, 
Aug. 26 

Alumni Events 

Contact the Alumni Affairs Office 
at (570) 389-4058, (800) 526-0254 for 
information. Details also are listed 
at the alumni online community, 
www. bloomualumni. com. 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Wednesday, June 13 

Stratford Festival 2007 

Monday to Saturday, July 9 to 14 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Wednesday, July 1 1 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 


Monday, July 1 6 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 
Berks County 

Thursday, July 19 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 
Lehigh Valley 

Thursday, Aug. 2 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Wednesday, Aug. 8 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Wednesday, Aug. 15 

Reunion, Class of 1962 

Saturday, Oct. 20 

Special Events 

43rd Annual Reading 

Thursday and Friday, May 17 
and 18, Kehr Union 

Trash to Treasure 

Saturday, May 19, BU's 
Upper Campus 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 

Saturday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m., 
Kehr Union 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Oct. 1 9 to 21 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 2 to 4 

Summer Camps 

For more information and 
brochures, call (570) 389-4371 
or go to 


Rookie Camp, July 9 to 12 
Husky Day Camp I, July 23 to 26 
Husky Day Camp II, 

July 30 to Aug. 2 
Father-Son Weekend Camp, 

Aug. 3 to 5 

Boys Basketball 

Day Camp, June 18 to 22 
Team Camp, July 13 to 15 
Day Camp, July 16 to 20 

Girls Basketball 

Individual Camp, June 24 to 28 
Team Camp, July 20 to 22 

Field Hockey 


Camp, July 29 to Aug. 2 
Team/Goalkeepers Camp, 

Aug. 5 to 9 


Youth Development Camp, 

June 11 to 13 
Team Camp, July 22 to 25 


Girls and Boys Soccer Plus Camp; 

Goalkeeper and Field Player 

Academy, June 23 to 28 
Hat Trick Girls Resident Camp, 

July 8 to 12 
Hat Trick Girls Day Camp, 

July 9 to 12 
Boys UK Elite Camp, July 22 to 26 


To be announced 


Resident Camp, June 1 to 1 4 
Day Camp, July 9 to 12 


Camp, June 23 to 27 
Camp, July 21 to 25 
Camp, July 28 to Aug. 1 


Parent/Child Weekend I, 

June 22 to 24 
Parent/Child Weekend II, 

June 29 to July 1 
Big Brother Camp, June 29 

to July 1 
Senior High Team Camp I, 

July 9 to 15 
Intensive Training Camp, 

July 8 to 14 
Senior High Team Camp II, 

July 15 to 19 
Junior High Team Camp, 

July 15to 19 
Husky Training Camp Special, 

July 8 to 19 

For the latest information on upcoming 
events, check the university Web site: 
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The University Store. 

Memories. Bob Hope thanked us for 
them. Elvis Presley sang about them. 
And BU graduates hold on to them. 

The University Store offers items all 
Bloomsburg graduates can wear, 
display and enjoy as they hold on to 
those special 
college memories. 
Consider giftware 
or clothing, like 
an alumni cap, 
T-shirt, sweatshirt, 
travel mug, 
license plate frame or decal for a 
special graduation gift. Or, perhaps, a 
diploma frame, BU afghan, stadium 
blanket or chair. BU insignia gifts, 
from T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps to 
pennants, glassware and stuffed 
animals, are great gifts for all ages, 
including the special high school grad 
who will soon become a BU freshman. 
Can't decide? Gift cards are available 
in any amount. 

The University Store offers the 
convenience of shopping online for 
hundreds of items at www.bloomu. 
edu/store. For a traditional shopping 
experience, the University Store is 
open seven days a week during the 
academic year and Mondays through 
Fridays during the summer. Stop by in 
person or online for everything BU. 

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. 
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Summer Hours 

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Closed on Saturday and Sunday 

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A Z I N E 

FALL 2007 

From the President's Desk 

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"It has been a great privilege." 

Those were the words that Sandra Day O'Connor wrote two years ago 
in her letter of resignation from the United States Supreme Court. I 
remember thinking how appropriate that brief statement was. Those few 
words carried such emotion. 
As I experience the last few months of my tenure as president of Bloomsburg 
University, 1 find myself thinking the same thing. How to wrap up my feelings right 
now? Simply put, I'm so very grateful for the privilege of serving this university 

I have mixed emotions as I contemplate leaving BU. When people ask, "Well, 
how do you feel with the days winding down?" I usually respond, "I feel just like 
our graduating seniors — excited about a new chapter in my life, but very sorry to be 
leaving a place I love so much." 

Of course, Steve and I are naturally excited about moving to Arizona and enjoying 
a life with less responsibility and more time with each other, our children and 
grandchildren. We're looking forward to pursuing personal interests that have been 
put on hold for many years. But there's no doubt we leave with a tear in our eyes. . . 
and much gratitude in our hearts. 
What is it that we'll miss about BU? 

• Interacting with the wonderful folks who take such pride in this place, whether 
it is the talented staff on campus or alumni who we meet all over this country; 

• Watching students grow, both personally and intellectually, and knowing that 
this university has added value to their lives; 

• And, being a colleague of the talented faculty who take teaching so seriously, 
even as they continually pursue scholarly and creative endeavors. 

On a personal level, I know I'll miss getting up each day excited to go to work at 
one of the greatest public universities in this country I can honesty say that not a day 
has gone by that I haven't felt both honored and humbled by the opportunity to be 
president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I know that I'll continue to feel 
privileged to have been a part of her history as the years go by and this outstanding 
university grows ever stronger. 

Steve and I may be enjoying life amidst the Arizona Diamondbacks — but we'll 
always be Bloomsburg Huskies! 


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 July 2007 

Kenneth E. Jarin, Chair 

Kim E. Lyttle, Vice Chair 

C-R- "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Marie Conley Lammando 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Darnel P. Elby 

Ryan Gebely 

Michael K. Hanna 

Vincent j. Hughes 

Joshua O'Brien 

Joseph M. Pelizer 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G, Rendell 

JamesJ. Rhoades 

Christine J. Toretli 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. Barth, Vice Chair 

Marie Conley Lammando '94, Secretary 

Ramona H. Alley 

James D'Amico '08 

Robert Dampman '65 

LaRoyG. Davis '67 

Charles C. Housenick '60 

A. William Kelly 71 

David W. Klingerman Sr. 

Joseph J. Mowad 

President, Bloomsburg University 

Jessica Sledge Kozlofl 

Executive Editor 

Liza Benedict 


Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

Husky Notes Editor 

Brenda Hartman 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lynda Fedor-Michaels '87/88M 

Editorial Assistant 

Irene Johnson 

Communications Assistant 

Emily Walson '08 


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Debbie Shephard 

Curt Woodcock 

Cover Photography 

Dave Ashby 
On the Cover 

BU President Jessica Kozioff and her husband 
Steve pause on the portico of Carver Hall. 

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Page 6 A Place for Pets 

High waters in 2006 prompted people and their furry 
companions to start looking for higher ground. That's 
when C.A.R.T. found BU. The animal response team 
and the university combined their efforts to create 
"Annie's Place," the largest emergency shelter for 
animals in Columbia County 

Page 8 Faith, Family, Football 

Danny Hale is no stranger to the hard work required 
to produce a winning Division II football program. 
But it was Lady Luck who initially brought him to BU 
as coach 15 years ago. 

Page 11 On Call for BU 

As a BU Trustee, Dr. Joseph Mowad attributes the 
institution's growing academic reputation and 
expanded facilities over the last 13 years to the 
leadership of the university's first female president, 
Jessica Sledge Kozioff. 

Page 13 The Other Dr. Kozioff 

Starting over isn't always easy, especially after 20 
years, but for Dr. Steve Kozioff the decision to start 
over in Bloomsburg went hand in hand with 
supporting his wife's career. Now, he's ready for his 
next big move - to the couples retirement home in Arizona. 

Page 16 The Kozioff Presidency 

Jessica Sledge Kozioff hoped for at least a decade at the helm when she became 
Bloomsburg University's 17th president. As she approaches retirement in December, she 
shares her thoughts on the institution she's led for 13 years, her path to the presidency 
and her plans for the future. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husk)' Notes 

Page 31 Calendar of Events 

Page 32 Over the Shoulder 

Dr. Joseph Mowad graduated from the University 
of Scranton but, as a Trustee, he's devoted to BU. 

FALL 2007 

News Notes 

Fashioning a Future 

Grant funds project in Guatemala 

A recent BU graduate and 
two of her childhood friends 
spent part of the summer 
working on a project 
designed to change the lives 
of women in Guatemala. 

Julie Pfromm '07 of 
Nescopeck, who earned a 
bachelor's degree in 
anthropology in May, 
traveled to Guatemala to 
work with her friend, 
Danielle Winter, Berwick, a 
junior majoring in Spanish at 
Bucknell University. Another 
friend, Rachael Prosseda, 
from Berwick, a Bloomsburg 
senior majonng in anthro- 
pology, documented the 
experience on film for an 
anthropology internship. 

The idea for the 
Guatemala trip came from 
a poster Winter saw on 
Bucknell's campus offering a 
$10,000 grant opportunity 

from the Kathryn 
Wasserman Davis' 100 
Projects for Peace. Pfromm 
and Winter decided to 
pursue the project through 
Mi Refugio, a Christian 
school located outside 
Guatemala City that 
provides education, food, 
clothing, medical assistance 
and outreach services to 
more than 250 students 
and their families. 

'We decided to do a 
sewing co-op to get women 
from the Guatemala Dump 
and the surrounding areas 
involved," says Pfromm. 

The students worked 
with Faith Wamer, associate 
professor of anthropology at 
BU, to come up with an idea 
that fit the grant's goal. The 
project had to be sustain- 
able, promote peace and be 
completed in one summer. 

Drop by Drop 

BU saves water with special shower valves 

When students returned for the fall semester, they were on 
course to use nearly a million fewer gallons of water per month 
than in previous years. The savings are due to the installation of 
special shower valves fitted between the shower arm and 
shower head in all of BU's residence halls. 

"The shower valves mix air with the water so that it both looks 
and feels like the same amount of water is being used," says 
George Shuman II of Pennsylvania Gardens, the environmental 
firm in Williamsport, Pa., that supplied the German-engineered 
valves. BU is the first educational institution in the United States 
to install the water-saving devices. 

"The user does not recognize a loss of shower comfort," he 
says, adding that the valves can also save energy used to heat 
the water. 

Julie Pfromm and Rachael Prosseda 

"This project is a good 
example of grassroots 
development," says Wamer. 
"I believe that grassroots 
development projects do so 
much more than improve 
the economic conditions of 
people's lives, they truly do 
promote peace and cross- 
cultural understanding." 

Students at Mi Refugio 
travel from their homes in 
the Guatemala City garbage 

dump to scavenge for food, 
clothing, recyclables and 
building materials. Pfromm 
hopes that teaching the 
women to sew will also 
empower them. "The 
profits made from the sale 
of the products will be 
split. Half will go to 
renewing the resources 
needed and the other half 
will go to the women," 
Pfromm says. 

Charley Chyko, BU plumbing foreman, had the valves installed in 
all campus residence halls and apartments during academic breaks 
over the past year. The valves pay for themselves through water and 
sewage savings in just several months. 

Ed Valovage, assistant director of residence life for operations at 
BU, admits that he was skeptical about whether students would 
accept the change. "We've tried water-saving shower heads in the 
past," he says, "and students just didn't accept them. 

"But we had no complaints, and the water savings were 
phenomenal," he says. "We've saved 600,000 to 700,000 gallons of 
water a month, and that's before all of the campus halls had the 
valves installed." 

Valovage estimates that the shower head valves reduce water 
usage in the residence halls by 25 percent - an annual savings of 
8 million gallons of water. 


Forecasts, Graphs and Gauges 

Weather Den Web site provides information for 
■ community 

David W. Klingerman Sr. James F. D'Amico 

New Trustees 

Klingerman, D'Amico appointed to council 

David W. Klingerman Sr. of Bloomsburg and James F. D'Amico 
of Mount Carmel were appointed to BU's Council of Trustees in 
late spring. 

Vice president of JDK Management Co., which operates nursing 
facilities, hotels and restaurants and oversees land development 
projects, Klingerman has owned and operated nursing care and 
assisted living facilities in northeast Pennsylvania since 1981. For the 
past 35 years, he has owned Klingerman Farms, which produces 
soybeans, corn, wheat and beef cattle on more than 800 acres in 
Columbia County. 

Klingerman served on the school board for the Bloomsburg Area 
School District from 1977 to 1992, including two terms as president. 
He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia 
University and is certified as a licensed nursing home administrator. 
Klingerman and his wife, the former Donna Kline, have four children 
and nine grandchildren. 

D'Amico, the Council of Trustees student representative, is a senior 
majoring in elementary education. While attending BU, he has been 
employed with Quest as a Web manager. He is also president of the 
Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, senator for the 
Community Government Association and a member of Kappa Delta Pi, 
international honor society in education. D'Amico is active in the Boy 
Scouts, the Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development 
and the Association for Childhood Education International. 

Flex for Food 

Students contribute $6,400 to local facility 

BU students contributed $6,400 of unused funds from their Flex 
accounts to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard at the end of the spring 
semester. Flex funds 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 seven years, students contributed $44,000 to the 
Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. 

Locally collected weather information is now available on a 
Web site created by two BU professors. The Weather Den 
can be found at 

"Bloomsburg seems to fall between the cracks in terms 
of weather reporting. I know that people in the community 
could really use a Web site that organizes information and 
directs them to other Web sites to answer specific 
questions," says Patricia Beyer, associate professor of 
geography and geosciences. 

Beyer maintains the Web site, which draws information 
from the Weather Logging System 8000 (WLS) located on 
BU's campus. Jeff Brunskfll, assistant professor of 
geography and geosciences, maintains the weather 
monitoring system, which provides information on 
temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, 
rainfall and solar radiation. A webcam provides live-action 
views of the weather. The Weather Den Web site also 
features links to other weather services. 

In addition to making weather information available to 
the community, the Web site allows students in 
meteorology and physical geography courses to gain 
hands-on experience in monitoring weather. 

War and Rebellion 

History major assists with journal 

Senior Roger Thrash, of 
Conyngham, worked 
with Jeff Davis, associate 
professor of history and 
associate editor of 
Pennsylvania History: 
A Journal of Mid- 
Atlantic Studies, to 
prepare a special 
summer issue focused 
on the Seven Years War 
and Pontiac's Rebellion. 

Thrash, a transfer 
student, says he was 
inspired to attend BU 
after hearing history department chair William Hudon 
speak at commencement several years ago. He expects 
to graduate in May 2008 with a bachelor's degree in 
history and minor in anthropology. 

Roger Thrash 

FALL 2007 

News Notes 

Frank D'Angelo 

Top Teachers 

Professors win TALE Award 

Two faculty members were 
recognized recently for their 
outstanding teaching. Frank 
D'Angelo, assistant professor of 
early childhood and elementary 
education, and Janet Bodenman, 
professor of communications 
studies and theatre arts, were 
selected as the 2007 Teaching and 
Learning Enhancement (TALE) 
Outstanding Teachers. 

Bodenman was nominated for 
her ability to challenge students 
and help them reach their full 
potential. According to one 
nomination, "Bodenman reminds 
her students that she raises the 
bar because she 'knows we will 
meet her expectations.'" 

D'Angelo was nominated for his "energetic and inspiring" 
teaching style, which gives students "confidence to be who we are 
and speak up in front of our peers." As an early childhood and 
elementary education professor, D'Angelo was also credited for his 
use of up-to-date and relevant resources when instructing students 
on teaching strategies. 

D'Angelo and Bodenman were nominated by graduating 
seniors. They both received a $750 professional development 
stipend, sponsored by the BU Foundation, and a plaque to 
recognize their achievements. 

Life Less Taxing 

Students help file 137 electronic returns 

BU students electronically filed 137 income tax returns — 69 federal 
returns and 68 state returns — as part of the BU Student Accounting 
Association's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students 
also completed returns and forms that may only be filed in paper format, 
such as returns for nonresident aliens and local income tax returns. 

The BU Student Accounting Association's VITA program offers free 
tax help each year for low- to moderate-income people and area 
residents age 60 and older who cannot prepare their own federal income 
tax returns. BU is the official VITA site for Columbia and Montour 
counties. Eric Gockley, of Stevens, a senior accounting major, was VITA 
program coordinator, and A. Blair Staley, associate professor of 
accounting and MBA coordinator, is faculty adviser. 

James W. Ermatinger 

New Dean 

Ermatinger leads College of 
Liberal Arts 

James W. Ermatinger became 
the dean of the College of 
Liberal Arts in July. 

Previously chair of the 
history department at 
Southeast Missouri State 
University, Ermatinger 
earned a doctorate in history 
at Indiana University, 
Bloomington, focusing on 

ancient Greek and Roman history. He earned a master of 
arts degree is history at San Diego State University and a 
bachelor of science degree in biology at San Diego State. 

Author of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" 
and a number of other books, teaching publications and 
articles, Ermatinger has focused his research on Diocletian's 
economic reforms, Roman geography and numismatics, the 
legacy of classic antiquity in revolutionary America, trade 
and transport in the ancient world, and classic archaeology. 

In addition to Southeast Missouri State, Ermatinger 
taught at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, the University 
of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney State College, Wright State 
University in Dayton, Ohio, and Earlham College in 
Richmond, Ind. 

Grant for Nursing 

Department part of state initiative 

BU's nursing department received a $66,620 
Pennsylvania Clinical Education Grant as part of a 
statewide initiative to increase the number of nurses. 
Clinical Education Grants totaling $3.6 million were 
issued to 38 recipients in 47 counties. The funding is 
designed to improve faculty coordination and training 
services, enable nursing programs to incorporate 
simulation technology into the curriculum and increase 
the number of students who can enroll in nursing 
programs. BU's grant, received in conjunction with the 
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board, will 
be used to support a simulated learning lab supervisor 
position in the nursing department. The grants are part 
of a $7.5 million fund set aside in the 2006-2007 state 
budget to ease the state's nursing shortage. 


Return to the Rails 

Third 'Spirit ofBU' car available 

Orders are being accepted by BU's Supervisory Round- 
table for the third of six train cars in the "Spirit of BU" 
series, a wood side refrigerator car. Proceeds wiLL 
benefit student scholarships and Camp HERO at Camp 
Victory, Millville. 

The metal die cast refrigerator car, 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. It sports 

the logo and tagline of Aramark Corp., BU's food service 
provider, and the Husky logo. Both the C&O blue and 
New UP yellow wrap around the entire car. 

The wood side refrigerator car is 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 Kim Schmitz, Bloomsburg University of 
Pennsylvania, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815. 
For more information, call Bob Wislock at (570) 389- 
4529. The deadline for orders is Oct. 15. 

Presidential Search 

Candidates meet with community, industry leaders 

The candidates for BU president visiting the university are meeting 
with leaders in town and at the campus. 

Candidates meet with the mayor of Bloomsburg, members of 
Town Council, the president of the Columbia Montour Chamber of 
Commerce and leaders of local industries. They also have sessions 
with university leaders, including current BU President Jessica 
Kozloff, the vice presidents, union representatives and faculty and 
student leaders. 

The goal of the presidential search committee, chaired by BU 
Trustee Joseph Mowad, is to have a new president appointed by 
November. Kozloff will retire in December. Updated information 
about the search for BU's next president can be found at www. 

Professional Practice 

Group checks hearing at Special Olympics 

Jackie Davie, assistant professor of audiology, and 
four audiology doctoral students — Vicky Baker and 
Lynda Steelman, both of Bloomsburg; Nicole Hella, 
of Troy, Mich.; and Stacie VanBodegon, of Wayne, 
N.J. — volunteered to screen athletes' hearing at the 
Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at 
Penn State's University Park Campus. The Special 
Olympics Healthy Athletes Healthy Hearing Program 
is designed to screen the hearing of athletes, provide 
corrective (hearing aids) and preventive (custom 
swim earplugs) services where possible and study 
the prevalence of hearing loss in Special Olympics 
athletes. Davie and the BU students tested 
approximately 250 athletes over the weekend. 

FALL 2007 

A Place for Pets 


The number one reason people don't evacuate their homes during an 

emergency is because they don't want to leave their pets behind, according 

to Pennsylvania's State Animal Response Team (SART). Bloomsburg 

University hopes to help solve that problem in Columbia County. 

When floodwaters struck Columbia County in summer 
2006, Bloomsburg University opened its doors to the 
community. And Annie, BU President Jessica Kozloffs 
9-year-old Shih-Tzu, was on hand to welcome the 
evacuated citizens and their pets with a wag of her tail. 

Just a few weeks later, BU teamed with the 
Columbia/Montour County Animal Response Team, or 
C.A.R.T., to establish an official safe haven for evacu- 
ated pets during future emergencies. BU is now the 
largest emergency shelter site in Columbia County and 
one of the first universities in the state to become a 
designated resource location. 

C.A.R.T. is a countywide organization that coordi- 
nates and trains volunteers to evacuate household pets, 
service animals and livestock in an emergency. When 
residents are told to leave their homes, county officials 
mobilize C.A.R.T., which then sets up designated 

evacuation sites where pets will have food, shelter and 
volunteers to care for them. 

The Columbia/Montour branch of C.A.R.T. was 
created in April 2005 with recently retired veterinarian 
Larry Smith serving as coordinator. C.A.R.T. immedi- 
ately began to organize resources, evacuation sites and 
volunteers, and when the 2006 flood struck Columbia 
County just over a year later, the organization was put 
to the test. 

"We thought we were prepared, but the flood was 
so extensive. Unfortunately, many resource locations 
were based in the northern pan of Columbia County 
and inaccessible to us because roads were closed," 
Smith says. "We needed a location that was large and 
centrally located." 

When an emergency situation is declared and peo- 
ple are instructed to evacuate — as many had to do 

during the 2006 flood — they are often forced to leave 
their pets or livestock behind. "The Red Cross will find 
housing for people, but they can't accept animals," 
according to Cheryl John, BU's facilities scheduling 
coordinator. So, residents often must choose between 
the risk of staying in their homes with their pets or 
leaving their pets to fend for themselves. 

"When it became evident that there were no 
provisions for pets, that was when this really took off," 
Smith adds. 

Within several days of opening its doors to evacu- 
ees, BU had approximately 100 people on campus. 
And, because BU wasn't a Red Cross evacuation site, 
many residents brought pets with them. 

Kozloff began working with C.A.R.T. to make BU 
an official emergency animal shelter soon after the 
floodwaters receded. Cheryl John identified three sites 
to be used for shelters, all located on BU's upper cam- 
pus, and C.A.R.T. examined the sites, using a Global 
Positioning System (GPS) to map possible evacuation 
routes to the campus. 

A few weeks after the mapping process, both the 
university and C.A.R.T approved the campus as an 
official evacuation site. Staff and faculty members 
dubbed the shelter "Annie's Place," in honor of 
Kozloff s dog Annie, BU's unofficial mascot. 

In case of emergency, volunteers from both 
C.A.R.T. and BU would immediately begin to prepare 
the appropriate on-campus sites for evacuated 
animals, based on weather conditions and site avail- 
ability. "BU volunteers would be involved in the 
organization and maintenance aspects of the shelter," 
says Jean Downing, director of BU's volunteer office. 

Faculty, staff or students would organize the site, 
check pets into the shelter, feed them and clean up 
after the animals return to their homes. C.A.R.T. 
volunteers would work with the animals themselves. 

"The C.A.R.T. volunteers are trained to deal with 
animals in distress," Downing adds. 

The BU sites are equipped to accept household 
animals, including dogs, cats and "pocket pets," such 
as gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs, and owners 
would be allowed to visit their pets at BU's shelter 
during designated visiting hours. C.A.R.T. can house 
livestock and larger animals at additional facilities 
within the county. 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Agricul- 
ture, C.A.R.T. is primarily a grassroots organization 
that depends on donations and volunteers. In non- 

President Kozloff and 
Annie visit with 
Ashley Lynn, a senior 
math statistics major 
from Riverside, in the 
Softball dugout. 

emergency situations, C.A.R.T. 's primary role is to 
educate owners about precautions to keep their pets 
safe. C.A.R.T. advocates microchips as identification 
tools and encourages all pet owners to keep their 
pets vaccinated, according to Smith. 

"Part of our job is to educate pet owners on how to 
be prepared for situations like this," Smith says, b 

Editor's note: Annie passed away May 11, 2007, after 
struggling with the last stages of kidney disease for 
nearly six months. As President Kozloff said, "For a 
little dog, she made a huge impact." 

Lynette Mong '08 is an English/creative writing major from 
Kenncwick, Wash. 

IMo Pets Left Behind 

After the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards 
(PETS) Act was passed in late 2006, counties through- 
out the country began creating programs to account for 
pets in emergency situations. The PETS Act requires 
any county or state filing for aid through the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide 
information on how they will accommodate household 
pets and service animals. 

"North Carolina started one of the first programs in 
1999 after Hurricane Floyd. They realized they needed 
something in place at the state and county level," 
says Larry Smith, Columbia County's Animal Response 
Team coordinator. 

According to the Pennsylvania State Animal Response 
Team Web site, more than 3 million domestic pets and 
farm animals were lost during Floyd. Since then, almost 
every state along the East Coast has implemented a 
similar program. 

The PETS Act, also known as "No Pets Left Behind," 
was a bipartisan initiative that came about mainly as a 
result of Hurricane Katrina. Smith says it already has 
created a widespread response. "Out of the 67 counties 
in Pennsylvania, 57 currently have C.A.R.T. in place. 
Soon these programs will be nationwide." 

FALL 2007 

Faith, Family, Football 


Danny Hale is a man with a 
deep religious faith. But it was 
fate as much as faith that brought 
him to Bloomsburg University 
where, as head football coach of 
the Huskies, he has built one of 
the most successful Division II 
programs in the country. 

Danny Hale walked away from college coaching in 
1988 following five winning seasons as head coach at 
his alma mater, West Chester University, where he 
compiled a 40-13 record. He and his wife Diane bought 
a motel in the Hershey area, which they ran while 
Danny served for the next four football seasons as an 
assistant coach to Gump May at Hershey High School. 

Then fate stepped in. Only a day or two after the 
couple decided that Hale should return to college 
coaching, he learned that the head coaching job was 
open at Bloomsburg. Hale threw together his resume 
and decided to revisit the site of two losses suffered by 
his West Chester teams. 


T T 1 I ' 1 11 

Danny Hale made it clear mat the experience at 
Bloomsburg was going to be about more than just football.' 


"It happened to be around 
Thanksgiving of 1992," Hale 
recalls, "one of those days when it 
was breathtakingly beautiful up 
here. The campus and the kind- 
ness of the people we met struck 
me big time." 

One of several dozen candi- 
dates, Hale got the position and 
the task of turning around a foot- 
ball program that had suffered 
through a 1-9 record the previous 
season. His first priority was 
putting together an experienced 
coaching staff that included 
defensive coordinator John Devlin 
and offensive coordinator Bill Hart. 
The next priority was his first 
recruiting class. 

When George Landis built a 
Husky powerhouse in the '80s, he 
started the process with his very first 
recruit — linebacker Frank Sheptock, 
an eventual three-time All-American 
linebacker and recent inductee into 
the College Football Hall of Fame. 
Hale's first recruiting class also 
helped rebuild Husky football. That 
class included Glen McNamee '97, a 
quarterback from Philipsburg, N.J. 
"Without Glen McNamee, we would 
have been in serious hurt. He ended 
up coming in and learning the sys- 
tem in a short period of time and 
performing well as a freshman," 
Hale says. 

The Huskies finished Hale's first 
season, 1993, with a 5-6 record, 
winning four of their last five games. 
But, they started slowly the following 
season. McNamee separated his 
shoulder in the first quarter of a sea- 
son-opening loss to New Haven and 
didn't play in a 10-7 loss at Ship- 
pensburg. Hale thinks a one-point 
victory against California University 
of Pennsylvania in week three turned 
the season — as well as the Husky 
program — around. 

"Glen McNamee came back and 
played against California. That 
shoulder was still hurting, but he 
sucked it up and we beat a team 
that we shouldn't have. We went on 
to win eight games. If we had lost, 
I'm not sure I could have kept 
them together." 

McNamee, now the head coach 
at Central Dauphin High School, 
near Harrisburg, agrees with Hale on 
the importance of that game. "After 

Coach Danny Hale, center, and 
assistant coach Brian McBryan provide 
guidance on the sidelines. 

that 0-2 start, I think the idea had set 
in with some that maybe, at 
Bloomsburg, we're doomed to fail- 
ure. That Cal win kind of created a 
spark which led to a flame which led 
to a fire." 

That fire continues to bum in the 
Bloomsburg University football pro- 
gram. Starting with that victory over 
California, the Huskies have won 
113 games against only 33 losses and 
one tie. They have won eight shared 
or outright Pennsylvania State Ath- 
letic Conference (PSAC) East titles 
and have a 21 -game regular season 
winning streak against PSAC oppo- 
nents going into the 2007 season. 
Hale's Huskies have earned five 
National Collegiate Athletic Associa- 
tion (NCAA) postseason playoff 
berths, reaching the Division II 
national title game in 2000 and the 
national semifinals last season. 
Husky standout players include run- 
ning back Irv Sigler, who in 1997 
won the Harlon Hill trophy awarded 
to the nation's best Division II player; 
current senior tailback Jamar Brit- 
tingham, who was third in the ballot- 
ing for that award in 2005; and All- 
American offensive lineman Jahri 
Evans, who started every game last 
season as a rookie with the New 
Orleans Saints. 

Last season Hale finished in the 
top 10 of the Liberty Mutual Coach 
of the Year competition and was fea- 
tured on an ABC television special 
narrated by Keith Jackson. He was 
named the national coach of the year 
in 2000; regional coach of the year 
four times, including last season; and 
coach of the year in the PSAC East 
10 times overall, including eight 
times as BU's coach. 

Continued on next page 

FALL 2007 

The celebrating begins for the 
coach and his team after a 
Huskies victory. 

Perhaps the most remarkable 
game in Hales tenure at Bloomsburg 
was the Huskies 59-49 win at the 
University of California, Davis, in the 
2000 national semifinal. Playing 
3,000 miles from home on the home 
field of the number one-ranked team 
in the nation, Bloomsburg trailed by 
19 points after three quarters before 
staging one of the biggest comebacks 
in school history. 

BU President Jessica Kozloff wit- 
nessed the historic victory firsthand. 
"Our relationship has been excel- 
lent," Hale says of Kozloff, who 
became BU's president after his first 
season. "She backed me on a couple 
of big issues early on. I found that 
she was a person of her word." 

Kozloff, who served two terms 
on the NCAA Division II President's 
Council, has led the cheers for the 
Huskies as they made their way onto 
the field at Redman Stadium and 

offered encouraging words on the 
charter flights to playoff games. Of 
Kozloffs impending retirement, 
Hale says, "I will miss her. She and 
her husband Steve were two of our 
biggest supporters, not only of foot- 
ball, but athletics as a whole." 

Victories on the field and good 
relationships off of it have character- 
ized Hale's 14 years at Bloomsburg, 
but there has been adversity, as well. 
Defensive coordinator John Devlin 
passed away in 1998. And Hale's 
son, Tyson, was diagnosed with 
T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, an 
aggressive cancer, when he was only 
1 1 years old and was given a 50/50 
chance of survival. With the help of 
doctors who treated his illness and a 
large family that lifted his spirits, 
Tyson not only survived, but he 
became the Huskies' starting full- 
back before graduating in 2005. 

Danny Hale says his family's 
deep religious faith was extremely 
important in getting them through 
Tyson's ordeal. "Knowing full well 
that God's in charge, that bad things 
do happen to good people, but you 
deal with it. . .my belief prepared me 
to handle it." 

That belief manifests itself in 
other aspects of Hale's life. Before 
each game, players may choose to 
attend a chapel service led by play- 
ers or guest speakers; Jahri Evans led 
the service last fall when he came to 
the Huskies' game at Mansfield on a 
bye week for the Saints. Hale is also 
involved in a prison ministry at the 
Dallas (Pa.) Correctional Institute. 

While faith and football are a big 
part of Hale's life, so is his family. 
Danny praises Diane's role in raising 
their family, which includes four 
children, Roman, Brandie, Tyson 
and Christina, and nine grandchil- 

dren. "It's hard to be a coach's wife 
at any level," he says. "She has to 
have an independence about her. 
She has to be flexible." 

Hale first got the coaching bug 
while serving in the Marines after an 
injury forced him to the sidelines, 
but his motivation goes well beyond 
victories and Xs and Os. "If you're a 
coach, you have a great impact on 
those lives you're dealing with," he 
says. "I believe I have affected in a 
positive way quite a few people." 

Count Glen McNamee among 
those people Hale's coaching has 
positively affected. "He made it clear 
that the experience at Bloomsburg 
was going to be about more than 
just football. He made it clear that 
academics were important. We 
had a good deeds program where 
he encouraged us to get involved 
and help others in the community. 
He truly led by example. He's had 
an enormous influence not only on 
my coaching, but in all aspects of 
my life." 

So how much longer will Hale 
be influencing young men as a head 
football coach? He turned 60 last 
December, celebrating his birthday 
by having both knees replaced. 

Hale says he has no timetable. "I 
take it one year at a time. I truly like 
Bloomsburg. It's a great place where 
the quality of life is concerned — the 
town, the people you work with. It's 
been a fantastic 14-year experience. 
I'm looking forward to the 15th." b 

Jim Doyle 12 retired after teaching 
at Southern Columbia High School for 
32 years. He is the radio play-by-play 
voice for Bloomsburg University 
football and men's basketball on 


On Call for BU 

Each of the 14 
universities in 
the Pennsylvania 
State System of 
Higher Education 
is governed by a 
Council of Trustees 
whose members are 
recommended by 
the governor and 
approved by the 
state Senate. The 
term of Dr. Joseph 
Mowad's dedicated 
service as a BU 
Trustee has spanned 
the presidency of 
Jessica Kozloff. 


Educators don't often use the 
word "bargain" to praise an 
institution of higher learning. 
But Bloomsburg's return on invest- 
ment is among the top reasons that 
Dr. Joseph Mowad serves as one of 
its Trustees — and why he regards 
the 13-year presidency of Jessica 
Kozloff so highly. 

She made Bloomsburg a 
better bargain. 

"She's enhanced the lives of our 
students," says Mowad, a urologist 
who is also a senior vice president 
of Geisinger Health System in 
Danville and the Geisinger Founda- 
tion, the philanthropic entity. 

Mowad, who joined the Trust- 
ees about the same time that 
Kozloff arrived, can tick off her 
accomplishments as if naming his 
children: "We've done tremendous 
things," he says. "The campus has 
been almost totally renovated. We 
started a new college, a new degree 
program — a doctorate in clinical 

audiology. We've added a College 
of Science and Technology. During 
our tenures, the number of appli- 
cants has increased. SAT scores 
have increased." 

And here's the part about which 
Mowad is equally fond: Tuition 
remains low in comparison to simi- 
lar institutions. Mowad and his 
children graduated from — well, 
from other schools — where annual 
tuition is now $30,000 or more. 

"These kids are going to school 
for about a third of that," he says. 

A native of Scranton, Mowad is 
the child of parents who were not 
college educated. After he joined 
the Trustees, that background 
contributed to a strong sense of 
affinity for Bloomsburg's students 
and their families. 

"What I liked immediately was 
that almost 50 percent of 
Bloomsburg graduates were the first 
in their families to graduate from 
college," says Mowad. "It almost 

brings tears to my eyes at gradua- 
tion when I hear these mothers and 
fathers scream out, That's my kid!' " 

Appointed a Trustee by former 
Gov. Robert Casey in 1994, Mowad 
has practiced in Danville since 
1968, when he came to Geisinger as 
an associate in the urology depart- 
ment. Now emeritus director of 
urology, he was educated at the 
University of Scranton, earned his 
medical degree from Creighton 
Medical School in Omaha and 
completed his residency at the 
University of Maryland. 

Mowad is actively involved in a 
number of professional associations. 
He has chaired the Governor's Renal 
Disease Advisory Committee and 
served on the boards of the First 
National Bank of Danville and 
Fulton Financial Corp. He has also 
been active on the boards of several 
Montour County groups focused on 

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FALL 2007 


'What I liked immediately was that almost 
50 percent of Bloomsburg graduates were the 
first in their families to graduate from college.' 

- Dr. Joseph Mowad, Trustee 

providing recreational opportunities, 
treating drug and alcohol problems 
and providing child welfare services. 

When Mowad took his seat as a 
BU Trustee, he recalls, some 
buildings were in poor condition. 
The library had limited seating and 
just a handful of computers linked 
only by a local area network (LAN). 
Workout facilities were lacking. 
The outdated cafeteria was a serious 
recruiting deficit. Residence halls 
were crowded, pushing many 
students into often-substandard 
off-campus housing. 

All that has changed. In 1998, a 
new 105,000-square-foot library 
was completed, which offers seating 
for 1 ,000 students, more than 200 
computers and wireless Internet for 
all. The 57,000-square-foot Student 
Recreation Center, opened in 1995, 
has since been expanded with a 
17,000-square-foot addition that 
doubled the size of its cardio and 
weight rooms and added a 35-foot 
climbing wall, plus another full- 
sized basketball court. The old 
3,000-square-foot Monty's dining 
hall was replaced by a 16,000- 
square-foot version with multiple 
serving stations and choices of 
cuisine. Scranton Commons got a 
similar makeover in 1999-2000. 

On-campus and affiliated hous- 
ing has grown with the construc- 
tion, in 2001, of the Mount Olym- 
pus Apartments on upper campus 
and, in 2005, of Honeysuckle Apart- 
ments, owned by the Community 
Government Association. In addi- 
tion, the university leased and now 
operates the privately owned Kile 
Apartments adjacent to campus. 

"We're working very hard to get 
more housing," says Mowad, noting 
that the newest residence halls — 

which feature suites 
of four rooms 
around a central 
living area — are 
much different from 
what he and the 
parents of most 
students experi- 
enced. Even so, 
safety, not luxury, is 
his top concern. 
Increasingly, he 
says, parents are expressing a desire 
that their children be safely housed 
on campus, and Bloomsburg is 
trying to accommodate them. 

Paralleling all the construction 
has been a strong emphasis on 
academics. In 2003, BU's College of 
Business was accredited by the Asso- 
ciation to Advance College Schools 
of Business (AACSB), a process that 
took more than a decade. Also that 
year, the university expanded its 
30-year-old master's-level audiology 
program with a doctoral program to 
educate professionals for careers in 
an area the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics lists as one of the country's 
30 fastest-growing fields. 

"It was hard to get that AACSB 
accreditation," Mowad says, adding 
that it was earned only after the 
College of Business met about 
30 standards related to the caliber 
of faculty, curriculum, students 
and the educational level achieved 
by students. 

Perhaps the biggest challenge for 
Kozloffs replacement — and one 
Mowad sees as vitally important — is 
fundraising. Pennsylvania's legisla- 
ture once provided 60 percent of 
Bloomsburg's funding but now pro- 
vides only about 40 percent. The 
difference is made up by tuition and 
financial gifts to the university. 

Dr. Joseph Mowad, second from 
right, tours the addition to the 
McCormick Center for Human 
Services with BU President Jessica 
Kozfoff, ieft, and Trustee LaRoy 
'Lee' Davis. 

And that, says Mowad, means BU 
now pursues a more active and 
consistent quest for philanthropic 
support, which has been successful 
in large part due to Kozloff, who led 
the university's first comprehensive 
capital campaign in 1998. Prelimi- 
nary estimates at the time suggested 
that the university might collect 
$8 million, but the end result was 
much more. 

Fundraising expertise isn't the 
only criteria, says Mowad, who leads 
the search committee. His team is 
also searching for an educator who is 
committed to advancing academic 
standards and bridging the town- 
gown divide — both areas in which 
Kozloff has excelled. 

It's clear Mowad believes the next 
president has big shoes to fill. Kozl- 
off returns the compliment of a 
Trustee whom she describes as 
"always there, always participating. . . 
and devoted to BU." b 

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




Researcher John Gottman has 
found that romance is strongest in 
a marriage where partners respect 
and care for each other in ordinary 
ways. For Dr. Steve KozlofF, 
respect and care were at the heart 
of his willingness to move to 
Bloomsburg as "first spouse." 

Dr. Steve Kozloff laughs when asked about his 
willingness to uproot his successful obstetrics 
and gynecology practice in Colorado and follow 
the other doctor in the house to Bloomsburg. 

Yes, he knew his wife Jessica was being 
actively courted by headhunters who were offer- 
ing jobs all across the country. And yes, they 
had talked about her interest in potentially — 
potentially, that is — taking on something new. 

In 1994, Jessica Kozloff was vice president 
for academic and student affairs for the State 
Colleges of Colorado. Steve's practice was going 
well. They loved the outdoor life and shared a 
skiing condo with three other families. So. . . 

"When I look back on it, I don't know that I 
ever really thought it was going to go as far as it 
did," Steve Kozloff says, adding that Jessica 
received some offers from places where he had 
no interest in living. "I told her that I couldn't 
move to those places, and she pulled out of the 
searches. But I never hesitated about a move that 
would be good for both of us." 

Then the call came about the presidency at 
Bloomsburg University. This one was different. 
"When it came to Bloomsburg, I said, 'I think I'd 
like it here,' " Steve says. 

Continued on next page 

FALL 2007 


A brother in Harrisburg, another brother in New 
Jersey and cousins living nearby made the move easier 
for Steve, a Pennsylvania native. He secured an ob-gyn 
position with Geisinger Medical Center in Danville 
where, for the last three years, he also taught residents 
at an outpatient clinic. 

Still, Steve readily admits, making a big life change 
is no easy thing. "Initially, it was tough because I left a 
practice of 20 years and all my friends," he says. 
"You've left your security, and you're in your mid-50s 
and starting something new. But it didn't take long 
until I adjusted." 

At the root of that adjustment was Steve's willing- 
ness to support Jessica, which he sums up with one 
word: Respect. Respect for his wife, for her career and 
an understanding that she had worked with him as he 
pursued medicine. 

"I think you have to treat each other equally and 
with respect. It's also true that some positions are eas- 
ier to get than others - 1 can be a physician anywhere, 
but you can't be a university president anywhere," he 
says. "Husbands and wives have to juggle those deci- 
sions depending on job opportunities. They have to be 
open about things like that." 

Mutual respect has been a constant in their rela- 
tionship, he says. 

"She knew ahead of time that when you marry a 
physician, there are going to be times when problems 
will arise," he says. "There was never one time when 
she complained that I was devoting too much time 
to medicine." 

Steve says he has enjoyed his time at Bloomsburg, 
where the Kozloffs live on campus in Buckalew Place, 
the official president's residence since 1926. 

"I enjoyed the students, I enjoyed mingling with 
them," he says. "I especially enjoyed going to the Rec 
Center and doing my workouts." 

Steve and Jessica Kozloff pose with their children 
Rebecca and Kyle when they were youngsters, left, and 
earlier this year. 

Jessica and Steve Kozloff take their first steps together as 
husband and wife. 

Whether working out or accompanying his wife to 
many university events, Steve has become a familiar 
presence at BU, although at first, he says, it did feel a 
little funny to be the "first spouse." 

"It was the first time I wasn't numero uno. Someone 
would say Hey, Dr. Kozloff,' and I would turn around, 
but they weren't calling me, they were calling her," 
he says. 

Steve met Jessica when he was doing postgraduate 
work at the University of Nevada in 1962. He was actu- 
ally dating her roommate, but the spark was there, and 
he and Jessica began dating. 

In 1964, Jessica followed Steve to Philadelphia, 
where he went to medical school at Jefferson and she 
began a doctoral program in political science at the 
University of Pennsylvania. After Steve's first year in 
medical school, they married. 

Steve says he decided to pursue obstetric medicine 
because it offered him a "happy practice." 

"I wanted to take care of the healthy part of some- 
one's life," he says. "I liked the surgery and the office 
practice, and in ob-gyn you can combine everything in 
one specialty." 

The couple didn't stay in one place for long. After 
Steve graduated from Jefferson in 1968, they again trav- 
eled west, where he did a four-year residency at the 
University of Colorado. After that, as the Vietnam War 
continued and doctors were required to serve the mili- 
tary, the couple moved to California, where Steve prac- 
ticed ob-gyn at Beak Air Force Base. 

"When I got out of the Air Force in 74, the big ques- 
tion was where I would practice. I could have gone any- 


where." The couple liked northern Colorado from 
Steve's residency, and the presence of Colorado State 
fulfilled Jessica's desire to be near a university. 

So it was Greeley, Colo., about 50 miles north of 
Denver, until Bloomsburg came calling. 

When Jessica wrote about Steve for the spousal trib- 
ute he recently received from the American Association 
of State Colleges and Universities, she recalled how 
some of her friends warned her that marrying a doctor 
would mean she couldn't have her own career. 

"Well, I'm here to say right now that I'm glad I didn't 
listen!" Jessica wrote, pointing out how Steve kept her 
needs in mind while choosing where to start his prac- 
tice. "Steve turned down any opportunities that didn't 
include a graduate school for me within commuting 
distance." (Editor's note: See the entire tribute at right.) 

Steve chuckles when asked whether he recalls Jessi- 
ca's friends warning her about the pitfalls of being a 
doctor's wife. No, he doesn't remember that, he says, 
but he does remember that his own friends were 
surprised at his decision to uproot a successful practice 
13 years ago. 

The Kozloffs will move once again at the end of this 
year. They plan to retire to Arizona where they own a 
house on a golf course in Rio Verde, about 10 miles 
from Scottsdale. While Jessica may do some consulting, 
Steve says, at 67, he's looking forward to not working. 

Now, he says, he wants to spend time with their 
daughter, Rebecca Collins, who lives in Phoenix; son, 
Kyle, in Brentwood, Calif; and their four grandchildren. 
Perhaps taking a page out of his father's book as the 
supportive spouse, Kyle, a Wharton grad, is currently a 
stay-at-home dad while his wife works in the financial 
investment field; daughter Rebecca is a successful attor- 
ney balancing family and career. 

When asked what advice he would give to couples 
trying to manage family and career as he and Jessica 
have done, his answer comes down to one, well actu- 
ally, two words. 

"I guess it is to love and respect each other," Steve 
says, stressing that he always looked at marriage as a 
true partnership. "I'm not any better than she, and she's 
not any better than me, and we tried to work together 
and be on an equal footing with each other. 

"Respect. It takes time, that's why our marriage has 
done well," he says. "We just work well together. She 
followed me for the first 20 or 25 years, now it was my 
turn to follow her." B 

Jack Sherzer is a professional writer living in Hanisburg, Pa. 

Promises Made...and Kept 

van Association of 
State Colleges and Universities ' spousal tribute. The following is the text of 
BU President Jessica Kozloff's tribute to her husband. 

Sometimes, we just shouldn't listen to our friends! 

When I was dating Steve, he was in medical school and I had begun my 
doctoral work. We wanted to get married, but finances were very tight. Actu- 
ally, we were downright poor! I decided to temporarily drop out of graduate 
school and took a teaching job at a local high school while he finished his 
program. "Your time will come," Steve promised. 

That's where my 1 960s feminist friends chimed in with lots of advice. I 
heard every story in the book about women who submerged their careers for 
husbands, only to be divorced for a younger, prettier woman. Besides, they 
argued, even if our marriage was a great one, I'd never finish the degree. 

Well, I'm here to say right now that I'm glad I didn't listen! He has proven 
that advice wrong in so many ways. After Steve finished medical school and 
his ob-gyn residency, we began looking for places to begin his practice. Steve 
turned down any opportunities that didn't include a graduate school for me 
within commuting distance. Then, the real work began. By this time we had 
two wonderful children. While I was commuting an hour each day to attend 
classes, he was the primary parent who attended special events or picked up 
sick children at school. 

I was lucky enough to get my first university teaching job in the same 
community where Steve practiced. The pace of life became much more rou- 
tine. But another opportunity presented itself, an American Council on Educa- 
tion fellowship in academic administration that required travel away from 
home for weeks on end. Once again, Steve willingly took over the supervision 
of two active teenagers while their mom traversed across the country. 

Life again settled down to a dull roar. The children were off to college. I 
became a vice president for academic affairs. Steve's practice was thriving. 
We lived in Colorado, a place we loved, and life was good. One fateful day in 
1 994, 1 innocently answered the phone to hear a search firm consultant 
describe an opportunity that was "just the perfect fit" for me. Would I apply 
for the presidency of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania? 

You can imagine the dinner conversation. Should I? Could I? Steve's 
answer: "You've patched you career around mine for the last 25 years. Now 
it's your turn. Go for it!" 

With the move to Bloomsburg, Steve transitioned from the private prac- 
tice he loved to teaching in the residency program at a major training hospital 
nearby. I was so very proud when a few years ago he won the outstanding 
faculty award from the residents! 

Our almost 13 years in Bloomsburg have been an incredible experience. 
As we make plans to retire and return to the west where our children and 
grandchildren await us, we reflect on how lucky we've been. 

We've both been so fortunate to have found professions that enriched our 
lives and to have experienced such personal happiness. And I've been abso- 
lutely blessed to have the love of a man who never forgot his promise! 

FALL 2007 

The Kozloff 


How does BU President Jessica Kozloff 

want to be remembered? "I hope that people 

say, 'She left this institution stronger than 

she found it,'" Kozloff says. "I think that's 

what every president wants to leave behind." 


FALL 2007 

In her 13 years as presi- 
dent of Bloomsburg 
University, Jessica 
Sledge Kozloff has forged a 
decisive path that has led to 
rising enrollment, an im- 
proved physical campus 
and a growing academic 
reputation. The road that 
led her here, though, was 
anything but direct, as she 
detoured from her original 
destination of high school 

"1 took that first admin- 
istrative position because I 
was trying to patch my ca- 
reer around my husband's," 
she says. "In my mind, be- 
ing in the classroom was 
the ultimate aspiration. 
In fact, I felt sorry for 

Soon, however, Kozloff gained a different perspec- 
tive. She not only found that being an administrator 
was satisfying, she discovered that she "liked being able 
to influence decisions that could impact a broader 
group of students." 

Today, Kozloff s decisions directly impact more than 
8,700 students annually. . .plus thousands more who 
will benefit from her legacy in the years following her 
retirement at the end of 2007. 

The path to the presidency 

Growing up, Kozloff knew she wanted to work in 
education. She frequently tagged along with her father, 
who was superintendent of a small rural school district 
in Texas. "1 always saw myself as a teacher," she recalls. 

Two powerful mentors reinforced her dream: 
Kozloff s high school drama teacher, who inspired her 
love of theater and made her realize how much a strong 
faculty-student relationship could mean, and a college 
political science faculty member, who encouraged her 
to think about teaching at the postsecondary level. 

With a bachelor's degree in education and master's 
in political science from the University of Nevada-Reno 
(and later a doctorate in political science from Colorado 

Courtney Robinson '05 interviews BU President Jessica 
Kozloff for BU-TV before the Homecoming Parade. 

State University), Kozloff moved to Colorado where 
husband Steve established his career. She taught politi- 
cal science courses at the University of Northern Colo- 
rado until her pan-time 
position was eliminated. "I 
loved teaching and was 
absolutely devastated 
when that door was shut," 
she says. 

"I tell students that 
sometimes a very big dis- 
appointment can turn out 
to be a very positive influ- 
ence in life," says Kozloff. 
She was asked to apply for 
a position as an assistant 
dean of students at UNC, 
where she had just lost 
her teaching job. "I really 
missed teaching, but soon 

President Kozloff, right, is shown 
with Trustee Bill Kelly '71, left, and 
faculty emeritus Robert 'Doc' 
Warren. BUs Student Services 
Center is named in Warrens honor. 




Jessica Sledge Kozloi 

Jessica Sledge Kozloff became 
president of Bloomsburg University 
on July 1, 1994. Before that, she 
was vice president for academic and 
student affairs for the State Colleges 
of Colorado, a system of four 
regional campuses serving 26,000 
students. Previously, she held 
several administrative positions at 
the University of Northern Colorado 
in Greeley. 

Kozloff, 66, has taught under- 
graduate courses in political science 
at the University of Nevada-Reno, 
Colorado State University in Fort 
Collins, the University of Northern 
Colorado and Metropolitan State 
College of Denver and was a 
member of the graduate faculty at 
the University of Northern Colorado. 

An author, lecturer and consultant, 
she earned a doctorate in political 
science from Colorado State 
University. She completed master's 
work in political science at the 
University of Nevada-Reno, where 
she also earned a bachelor's degree 
in education. 

Active in organizations on the 
local, national and international 
levels, Kozloff is chair of the Middle 
States Commission on Higher 
Education and just completed a 
term on the board of directors 
of the American Association of 
State Colleges and Universities. 



The Kozloff family poses with Roongo in fall 2005. Seated, left to right, 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. 

She serves on the Presidents 
Leadership Group of the Higher 
Education Center for Alcohol and 
Other Drug Prevention and, locally, 
on the Geisinger Health Plan and the 
Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Co. 
board of directors and the Geisinger 
Health System Community Advisory 
Council. She served on the National 

Collegiate Athletic Association 
Presidents Commission and con- 
tinues to serve on task forces for 
the commission. 

She and her husband, Dr. Stephen 
Kozloff, are the parents of two married 
children and have four grandchildren. 
Both Kozloffs enjoy music and theater, 
as well as biking, hiking and golfing. 

learned that I enjoyed having an impact on students in 
a different environment." 

Even today, her philosophy is a modification of 
the old saying that "success comes from doing what 
you love." 

Instead, Kozloff says, "Success comes from always 
finding something to love in what you do. Follow your 
heart and do what you love, of course, but sometimes 
to get to do what you love, you've got to leam to love 
what you're doing." 

The watershed moment in Kozloffs career came in 
1985-86 when she served as an American Council 
on Education fellow, working with both the National 
Governors Association and the Education Commission 

of the States on improving undergraduate education. 
"That experience really opened my mind to the possibil- 
ity that I could go much further in my administrative 
career than I had anticipated," she says. 

While serving as vice president for academic and stu- 
dent affairs for the State Colleges of Colorado, Kozloff 
received a call from an executive search firm that wanted 
to present her as a candidate for university presidencies. 

"I have an incredibly supportive husband who said, 
'Let's try it,' " she says. Because Steve's family is from 
Pennsylvania, the chief job at Bloomsburg was appealing 
and, on July 1, 1994, she became the 17th president of 
Bloomsburg University. 

Continued on next page 

FALL 2007 

'Success comes from always finding 
something to love in what you do.' 

- BU President Jessica Kozloff 

"Students will frequently ask me, 'How does one 
become a president?' " Kozloff says. "Most presidents 
that I know didn't set out to become a president. I 
tell students, 'Prepare as best you can in whatever 
job you do. Be the best you can, and be open to 
new possibilities.' " 

Accessible but decisive 

Not only was Kozloffs path to the presidency 
influenced by her early moves to support her husband's 
career, but her presidential style is affected by her 
gender, she says. 

"I can't speak for all female presidents, but I think I 
am probably seen as more accessible than the tradi- 
tional image of a president," she says. "That may be 
because I came from the West, where the style and cul- 
ture are more open and informal. But a lot of what I 
bring to the position is grounded in my life as a mother 
and my experiences as a marriage partner. 

"While Steve was so busy establishing his practice, I 
made the decision to put my career on hold until the 
children were ready for school," she says. "I'm so proud 
of them and have never regretted making that decision. 
Besides, 1 learned a lot about patience and decision 
making from those full-time parenting days." 

Kozloff views her accessible image as a double- 
edged sword. "There are times when I have to make an 
unpopular decision, and the reaction is stunned sur- 
prise," she says. "Sometimes 1 think people are a little 
taken off guard when the tough side comes out. 

"I have tried to model myself after leaders who listen 
and welcome differing viewpoints before they make a 
decision. . .but who understand that ultimately a deci- 
sion has to be made." 

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker '75, left, 
chats with BU President Jessica Kozloff at a field 
hockey game. 

One of Kozloffs most difficult decisions involved 
the policy to arm university police. Her decision to 
recommend doing so came in the wake of the 1999 
Columbine High School tragedy and, in 2001, the 
Sept. 1 1 terrorist attacks and a major bomb scare on 
the Bloomsburg campus. When she brought the issue 
to BU's Council of Trustees for approval, police offi- 
cers were armed at many of the 14 institutions in the 
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "The 
decision was not popular with a very vocal part of the 
community," she recalls, "but you just have to go 
ahead and make that decision." 

Although making unpopular decisions comes with 
the territory, she says she tries to get consensus on as 
many issues as she can, a tie-in with the political 
science theory she learned in college. That theory 
differentiates between primary and secondary 
interests. A primary interest is one that is absolutely 
vital for the well-being of an organization; arming the 
police was one such issue for her. 

President Kozloff meets with students in the atrium of 
the Warren Student Services Center. 


A secondary interest is an objective a person would 
like to accomplish, but isn't absolutely essential. She 
remembers several years ago when she suggested 
moving the husky statue from a spot where it is less 
visible to a prominent location near a new brick walk- 
way through the heart of the campus. "Some folks 
started a drive to 'Save the Husky,' " she recalls. "I just 
said, 'Hey, forget it; the husky stays where it is.'" 

Lasting legacy 

Over the past 13 years, Kozloff has been tempted with 
offers of other higher education positions, but never 
followed through. "When Steve and I made the 
decision to come here, it was with the understanding 
that, if it worked out, we would stay here," she says. "I 
hoped that 1 would be able to stay at least 10 years. 
Plus, I had fallen in love with the place." 

When she retires on Dec. 31, 2007, Kozloff will 
have the longest tenure of any Bloomsburg University 
president since Harvey A. Andruss (1939-1969). 
Already, a few candidates for the position she is 
vacating have called her for information about 

Bloomsburg. "I tell them that they would be incredibly 
lucky to get this job," she says. "This is a jewel." 

The retiring president is proud to note that all 
three former Bloomsburg provosts whom she has 
worked with have gone on to become presidents 
themselves. Just as mentors helped further her career, 
she focuses on mentoring others. "What I try to do 
with all the people who work for me is encourage 
them to be innovative, to be self-starters," she says. 
"I try not to micromanage." 

Kozloff is exploring her options for retirement, 
ranging from consulting to teaching at the doctoral 
level. "I'm not ready to completely give up being 
involved with higher education," she says. "I think I 
still have something to give." 

Regardless of what she chooses, the focus of her life 
will be different. "Both Steve and I have been involved 
in professions where we have had to put our personal 
lives second," she says. "It's time to put our marriage 
and family on the front burner." 

Still, the Kozloffs won't be leaving Bloomsburg 
University entirely behind. Already they have donated 
$50,000 to help fund an endowment for the Kozloff 
Undergraduate Research Awards. The Alumni Asso- 
ciation is matching any additional contributions to the 
endowment, up to $25,000 from alumni who gradu- 
ated during her tenure. Each award will provide a 
stipend for a student to work with a particular faculty 
member on a joint creative or scholarly project. 

"When I try to describe the essence of Bloomsburg 
University, that close faculty-student relationship 
comes to mind," Jessica Kozloff says. "I have been so 
fortunate during my career to have people mentor me 
and to help me see greater possibilities for myself. 
Steve and I would like to be remembered here as 
helping that to happen. 

"I think that's an obligation that all of us have, to 
pass on to the next generation." b 

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

New Orleans Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans returns to 
BU in May 2007 to get his diploma and pose with the 
university president. 

FALL 2007 

Husky Notes 

Quest sponsors trips on bike or on foot 

University's Quest 
program offers 
extended trips for BU 
students, alumni and 
friends. No experience is 
necessary for many of 
these trips, and most 
equipment is provided. 
Varied amounts of 
physical stamina are 
required. Participants 
travel to destinations in 
the commonwealth, 
across the U.S., and in 
Africa, South and Central 
America and Europe. 

Finger Lakes Bike and 
Wine Tour, Oct. 6: The 
Finger Lakes wineries, 
combined with the 
unique glacial landscape 
and small-town charm of 
Central New York, pro- 
vide the perfect backdrop 
for cyclists. The group will 
bike through vineyard- 
covered hillsides, along 
country roads and pasto- 
ral scenes. The tour will 
stop at some of the more 
notable wineries. The 
leader is Roy Smith, 
rsmith@bloomu . edu . 

Costa Rica: Coast to Coast 
Mountain Biking Adven- 
ture, Dec. 29, 2007 to Jan. 
8, 2008: Participants will 
cross high-altitude cloud 
forests, towering volca- 
noes, pristine beaches, 
raging Whitewater rivers 
and dense tropical rain 
forests on mountain bikes. 

Iceland is the destination of a Quest biking trip from July 17 to 27, 2008. 

The 160-mile trip covers the 
country's interior, from the 
bustling streets of San Jose 
and the pipeline waves of 
Quepos on the Pacific Coast 
to the canopies of virgin trop- 
ical rainforests. The leader is 
Brett Simpson, bsimpson® 

Lost Trail of the Incas, Ecua- 
dor, Jan. 1 to 12, 2008: This 
trek begins at the Indian vil- 
lage, Oyacachi, high in the 
Andes, and descends into the 
Amazon Basin, following a 
long-abandoned trail. The 
route descends more than 
5,000 feet and is believed to 
have been used by the Incas 
and pre-Incas as a trade route 
and by 17th-century Jesuit 
priests to service their mis- 
sions. The leader is Roy 

Backpack the Grand Canyon, 

March 8 to 16, 2008: Hikers 

will explore the Grand Can- 
yon on foot, descending from 
the rim into its inner reaches. 
This trip will challenge the 
heartiest of backpackers, but 
will offer something for every- 
one. The leader is Brett Simp- 

Walking Across Ireland: The 
Dingle Way, June 17 to 26, 

2008: The Dingle Way is one 
of Ireland's most scenic long- 
distance walking trails along 
low-lying peat bogs and 
farms, beaches, cliffs and 
mountains. Located in the 
southwest of Ireland, the walk 
completes a circuit of the Din- 
gle Peninsula, starting and 
finishing in the town of Tralee 
in the County of Kerry 
Accommodations include bed 
and breakfast inns and guest- 
houses. The leader is Roy 

Iceland Biking: Northern 
Adventure, July 17 to 27, 

2008: Iceland is a geologi- 
cally and volcanically rich 
country with a population 
density of eight people per 
square mile. The bike route 
begins and ends in the 
capital of Reykjavik, travel- 
ing north and west of the 
city, mainly on paved 
roads. Accommodations are 
in farm cottages and guest- 
houses. The leader is Roy 

In addition to the programs 
listed above, Quest also 
conducts day trips on most 
weekends and custom-designs 
teambuilding and other 
experiences to meet groups' 
needs. For additional informa- 
tion, contact Quest at or 
(570) 389-2100 or check 
online at 


Virtual career center 
free to alumni 

Three BU departments have teamed up to bring 
the services of a virtual career center to students 
and alumni free of charge. 

The partnership of BU's Alumni Affairs Office, Career 
Development Center and College of Business allows 
alumni and students to use career management services 
available through CareerBeam. Described as a virtual 
career success center, CareerBeam provides tools to 
research companies and industries, look for current and 
upcoming job openings, create a personal career profile, 
build a resume and write cover letters. 

The program's database technology allows the user 
to research a company and receive information from 
"job triggers," criteria that indicates a company may 
be moving into the hiring mode, according to Lynda 
Fedor-Michaels, director of Alumni Affairs. 

To use the free service, BU alumni must register at the 
alumni online community, 

BU's Career Development Center, housed in the 
Warren Student Services Center, provides career 
counseling and planning assistance to all students 
and alumni. Director Carol Bamett says CareerBeam's 
features "serve as an excellent complement to other 
services already offered to students." 

Barnett says David G. Martin, dean of the College 
of Business, first introduced CareerBeam at BU. The 
College of Business is integrating the use of this career 
management tool into the curriculum. "CareerBeam will 
allow us to reinforce the process of career development 
to our students and to use this as a device to help our 
students achieve their maximum potential," Martin says. 

Current students may access CareerBeam's services 
through the Web sites of BU's Career Development 
CDCmrnf.html, or College of Business, http://cob. Registration is required. 

5 "2 Q George Sharp has completed the third book in his 

*3C3 trilogy, "Jonathon Nicholas, American Entrepre- 
neur." Sharp, 92, a teacher in Folcroft and Chester for 34 
years, began writing and publishing in retirement. 

^/f Q John Magill, Millerstown, and his late daughter 

JLC3 Susan Magill Reynolds 71 are co-authors of 
"A Soldier's Psalm, an Odyssey of America's Restless Warriors, 
Books 1-IV," Trafford Publishing. 

5^~| Bob Sickinger, New York City, has released "Topsy 
*J .A. Turvy Loves," an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's 
musical based on W.S. Gilbert's play, "Engaged." 

J/^ 2 Don Poust, Langhome (right), was 

\_J*3 inducted into the Muncy High School 
Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Bloomsburg, he 
won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 
(PSAC) wrestling title at 177 pounds and was a 
silver medalist twice at National Association of 
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournaments. 

J/£(\ Jack Mascioli, a former BU basketball team captain 

UV/ who coached high school and college squads, was 
inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. He is a 
retired educator. 

}/£ ^7 Marcia Bryan teaches part-time at the Little Lambs 

\J / Nursery School, Dublin. She also works with 
individuals with developmental disabilities. 

1/1 Q Joyce E. Brobst participated in an Oxford Univer- 
vJC3 sity Roundtable on science and religion in March. 
An educator, she presented a paper on teaching evolution. 

David Bo wen, Frackville, is a public relations and 
marketing consultant who serves as volunteer coordinator for 
the Brush Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shamokin. He was 
recently named the chamber's member of the year. 

W. John Strong, a retired high school business teacher who 
teaches part-time at Springhouse Computer School, was 
honored by the Octorara Community Education Foundation. 

1/CC^k Joanne Jackson, a teacher at East Hills Middle 
\J / School in the Bethlehem area, serves on the 

Allentown School Board. She co-chairs the Allentown Safety 

Task Force. 

Michael L. Smith, Newport, a wrestling coach and official, 

was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Smith 

is the owner of a sportswear company. 

Hail to the Chiefs 

BU President Jessica Kozloff '07H, second from left, is shown with 
past presidents of the Alumni Board during Alumni Weekend. 
The past presidents are, left to right, John Scrimgeour '53, Sheri 
Lippowitsch '81, Mary Anne Majikas Klemkosky '59, Nancy Lychos 
'52, Sandra Jefferson Rupp '71 and Pat McAndrew '70. 

FALL 2007 


Husky Notes 

5^7/"\ Al Silveri, Berks County, a high school football and 

/ \J wrestling coach for many years, was inducted into 
the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. 

5^7 ~I John Thompson spoke at the Hazleton Area 
/ A. Center for Slavic Studies. He is vice president 

and senior trust officer at First Columbia Bank and 

Trust Co., Bloomsburg. 

Scott Heffelfinger is director of human resources and 

affirmative action at Reading Area Community College. 

7^T "2 R° Dert Tabachini Jr. was named superintendent 
/ xj for the Northeastern School District, where he has 

served the last four years as assistant superintendent. 
Richard J. Ward is a trustee of the Village of Larchmont, 

NY. and senior vice president, resources and energy, at HSBC 

Corporate and Investment Banking in New York. 

5^7/i Steven P. Keifer is superintendent of the Hamburg 
/ TT Area School District. He previously was 

supenntendent of Danville schools, where he had earlier been 

a principal and teacher. 

Mary Catherine Weisskopf McGarvey, Norristown, is 

director of the Free Library of Springfield Township. 
Joe Micko, a former Husky football player and wrestler, was 

inducted into the Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame. 

7 ^7*2 Emory Guffrovich, an admissions officer, professor 

/ %J and golf coach at Penn State Lehigh Valley, was 
presented with the 2007 Student Appreciation and 
Recognition Award. 

7^7 C Susan Haas Mademann, Statesville, N.C., is lead 
/ %J teacher and special educator for alternative school 

programs in Davie County, N.C. 

Paul Shearn and wife Arlene have been recognized as one 

of RE/MAX of California and Hawaii's top 50 residential sales 

teams for year-to-date productivity for 2007. 

J^7j£ Leo O'Donnell was honored for 30 years of teaching 
/ \J at St. John Neumann School, Palmerton. 
Bemie Miller, Media, retired after 30 years with the 
Delaware County Intermediate Unit. He is director for 
education services with the Pennsylvania State Education 
Association and serves on the Gasldn Advisory Panel as a 
Pennsylvania Department of Education appointee. 

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 

BU alumnus Woolrich's 
new president 


ames Griggs '83 was named presi- 
dent of Woolrich Inc. earlier this 
year, following the death of former 

president and CEO Roswell Brayton Jr. 
Griggs has held various positions in 

finance and accounting since joining 

the company in 1987. A Williamsport 

native, he became vice president of 

finance in 2005 and was named to the Woolrich board of 

directors in 2006. 


James Griggs 

7^TQ Tom A. Gill (right) is director of 

/ C3 purchasing and materials management 
for the Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of 
Pennsylvania. He is past president of the 
Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and 
volunteers for the Sellersville Theater for the 
Performing Arts. 

7^70 Laurie Johnson Gaylord chairs the Martin County 

/ / School Board in Florida, where she lives with 
husband, Marc, and their two children. She has a private 
practice as a certified auditor)'- verbal therapist. 

Duane L. Wickard Jr. is principal of Upper Perldomen 
Middle School in East Greenville. His wife Eileen Callahan 
Wickard '80 is a reading specialist and teacher of gifted 
students at Palisades Middle School in Kintnersville. Their son, 
Evan, is majoring in secondary education/English at BU. 
Lynda Wiest was named among Nevada's Women of 
Achievement. She is an associate professor of mathematics 
education at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

7 Q f\ David W. Mcllwaine, president and CEO of HVAC 
C3 \J Distributors Inc., received the Small Business Person 
of the Year Award from the Lancaster County Chamber of 
Commerce & Industry. 

7 Q "I Garry Benfer, Mifflinburg, was promoted to senior 

O -1- vice president, loan administration, for Mifflinburg 
Bank and Trust. 

Peggy Kemp Fry was recognized by Wells Fargo Bank, 
where she works as vice president in marketing for the 
consumer credit group. 

Ernest Jackson was head wrestling coach of a youth folk- 
style team that placed seventh out of 564 entries in a national 
tournament at the University of Northern Iowa. 

Barbara Hornberger Keihm is director of human resources 
for Wintellect, a Microsoft gold partner technical consulting 
firm in Atlanta, Ga. 


Wendy Woolcock, a speech pathologist for 23 years, was a 
guest speaker at an annual autism event in the Sunbury area. 

Christopher Malocu, West Mahanoy Township, retired 
from teaching after 26 years with Schuylkill Intermediate 
Unit No. 29. 


Suzanne Killian is assistant director of the Federal 
Reserve System's board of governors in Washington 
D.C. This is her third position with the Federal Reserve. 

Andrew Vincent, Hampton, Va., was inducted into the 
Benton Area School District's academic hall of fame. He 
trained fighter pilots before retiring from the Air Force and 
now develops satellite-guided weapons and instruments for 
the military. 

5Q "2 Erik J. Chuss is vice president of business operation 
OO for SMS/800 at Database Service Management Inc., 

Piscataway, N.J. He's a member of the Forks Township 

Planning Commission. 

Lorna Locascio Clause, Pen Argyl, earned a master's in 

human resources from the University of Phoenix Online. 


She is the rural service director for Turning Point, a non- 
profit organization that provides services to domestic 
violence victims. 

5 Q A Michael A. Galantino, Berwyn, is director of 

C5 A private client group for Boenning & Scattergood 
Inc. He serves on the marketing board of the Philadelphia 
Stock Exchange. 

5 Q £* Jeffrey Barr was named a principal of Miers 
C3 %J Insurance, Allentown. He has been with the 

company for 12 years. 

Dave "Slim" Laslo, retired Navy/Air Force Reserves C-130 

pilot, works for Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colo., and owns a 

residential cleaning business. 

Larry Medaglia is the register of wills for Berks County, a 

position he has held for 12 years. 


Michelle A. Benner is a team director at Turner 
Investment Partners, Berwyn. 

Donna Hartranft Holt '86 and 

husband, Matthew, a son, Jett 
Kang, Dec. 14,2006 
Kathryn "Kate" Valvardi 
Peters '90 and husband, 
Thomas Peters '91, a son, 
Sean Thomas, Nov. 8, 2006 
Joseph F. Ciccarone '93 
and wife, Dawn, a son, Franco, 
Nov. 9, 2006 

Jean-Marie Manfredonia 
Zarzaca '94 and husband, 
Anthony J. Zarzaca '94, a son, 
Anthony Joseph, Nov. 11,2006 
Michael Elgin '95 and wife, 
Rachel, a daughter, Katelynn, 
March 3, 2007 

Danielle Barkasy Gowarty '95 
and husband, Edward, a daughter, 
Sophia Rose, Oct. 5, 2006 
Meghan Vernon Mozi '95 and 
husband, Patrick, a daughter, 
Hailey Lynn, April 10,2007 
Dennis Murri '95 and wife, 
Stephanie, a daughter, Sydney 
Diane, March 27, 2007 
Kelly Minahan Sommers '95 
and husband, Mike, a son 
Michael Patrick, Feb. 2, 2007 

Christina Murphy Sweeny '95, 

and husband, Charles, a son, 

Ethan Murphy, May 12, 2004, 

and a daughter, Katelin Ann, 

June 5, 2006 

Susan Dresher Cunningham '96 

and husband, Steve, a son. Carter 

Joseph, March 2, 2006 

Nicole Hower Jurgill '96 and 

husband, Edward, a son, Eric, 

September 2006 

Christy Shaffer Lusk '96 and 

husband, Christopher Lusk 

'95/"98M, a son, Tadd Timothy, 

Oct. 2, 2006 

Jane M. Nolan Schleppy '96 

and husband, Mark, a son, Nolan 

Stephen, Feb. 24, 2007 

Lesley Yeselavage Hess '97 and 

husband, Tim, a daughter, Caitlyn, 

Nov. 7, 2006 

Maggie Jara Heyer '97 

and husband, Joe, a daughter, 

Jacqueline Elizabeth, 

March 24, 2007 

Carolyn Wilson Peters '97 and 

husband, David, a son, Braedon 
Scott, Feb. 8, 2007 

Michele Homay Schlicher '97 

and husband, Mike, a daughter, 
Abbie Paige, March 5, 2007 
Katrina Miller Dvorznak '98 and 
husband, David, a daughter, 
Makenzie Georgia, Jan. 9, 2007 
Vicky Edinger Nguyen '98 
and husband, Michael 
Nguyen W02M, a daughter, 
Kayley, March 21, 2007 
Julie Guisewhite Novia '98 
and husband. Marc, a daughter, 
Adelaide Charlotte, 
March 29, 2006 

Angela Gilby Tobey '98 and 

husband, Joseph, a son, Daniel 
Joseph, Oct. 17,2006 
Dawn Koons Yingling W03M 
and husband, Mark, a son, Brady 
Keith, Jan. 23, 2007 
Vanessa Klingensmith 
Chappell '99M and husband, 
Christopher Chappell '00M, 
a son, Everett, April 23, 2007 
Valerie Chapman Lill '99M and 
husband, Frank, a son, Brendan 
Michael, Oct. 27, 2006 
Sara Duh Lutcavage '99 and 
husband, Jason Lutcavage '99, 
a daughter, Molly Grace, 
Jan. 10,2007 

Tom Murray '99 and wife, 
Christine, a son, Evan Thomas, 
March 7, 2007 

Stacey Williams Snyder '99 and 
husband, Garrett, a son, Curtis 
John, Feb. 16, 2007 
Darlene Weihbrecht 
Steinberger'99and husband, 
Robert, a son, Andrew Joseph, 
March 12, 2007 

Amy Lynn Burkel Tucci '99 and 
husband, Tony, a daughter, Alyssa 
Rose, Dec. 30, 2005 
Jennifer Marinari Kiley '00 and 
husband, Bill, a son, Noah Patrick, 
July 18, 2005 

Stephanie Hontz McLaughlin 
'00 and husband, Brian, a son, 
Jack Ryan, Dec. 3, 2006 
Tracy Draper Kuehner '01 and 
husband, Ryan Kuehner 01, a 
son, Myles Gehrig, Feb. 27, 2007 
Kimberly Armstrong Engleman 
'02 and husband, Eric, a son, Ethan 
James, June 21, 2006 
Amanda Eberly Tlumach '04 
and husband, llya, a son, Elijah, 
Dec. 13, 2006 

Husky Notes 

Angela DiTommaso is contracts and compliance 
manager for the roofing and building maintenance dhision of 
Tremco Inc. 

Michael Dubbs earned a master's of divinity degree from 
Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a 
United Methodist pastor in the Mount Union/ 
Allenport area. 

Victor Koons (right), owner of a Danville 
graphic design firm, received the 2006 Silver 
Addy Award at the Northeast Pennsylvania Addy 
Awards banquet. 

5 O ^T Anthony "Rocky" Bonomo is in his fifth season as 

O / head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University. 

Christine Ford is regulatory affairs specialist for B. Braun 
Medical Inc. 

Michelle Karas, Dushore, spoke at the American 
Community Bankers national sales and marketing conference 
in Orlando, Fla. 

Karla Ketwitz, director of laboratory sendees at Pardee 
Hospital, earned certification as a diplomat in laboratory 
medicine from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. 

9 Q Q Kevin Kem, a project manager with Dun & 
O O Bradstreet, is the boys' basketball coach at Central 

Catholic High School in the AUentown area. 

Alice Stauffer earned a master's in health administration 

degree from A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Mo. 

JC\{\ Gene C. Briggs Jr. joined Arro Consulting Inc. as a 
S \J planner in the firm's Montgomery County office. 
Gretchen Wirth (right) is regional associate 
director, strategic sales, for Verizon Wireless in 
Dallas-Fort Worth. She has worked with the 
company for more than nine years. 

Kevin Kotch (right) is an associate in the 
litigation department of Obermayer Rebmann 
Maxwell & Hippel LLP. He spoke about loss or 
theft of customer data at a meeting of the Phila- 
delphia Bar Association's business law section. 


Brenda Brewer is the women's 
lacrosse coach at Susquehanna 
University, Selinsgrove. 

Ann Brown is deputy warden of operations at the Berks 
County Prison, where she has worked since 1992. 

Regis Kohler (right), associate professor of 
radiography at Pennsylvania College of 
Technology, will be listed in 'Who's Who in 
.American Education 2007-08." He has taught at 
Perm College since 1987. 

^Q\ ^y Bridgette R. Collier is a financial 

S %J consultant for six Lancaster-area branches of 
M&T Securities. 

Shirley Smeltz Brosius 

Brosius' book 
features inspirational 

Shirley Smeltz 
Brosius '62 is the 
author of "Sister- 
hood of Faith: 365 
Life-Changing Stories 
About Women Who 
Made a Difference," 
published last year by 
Howard Books, a divi- 
sion of Simon & 
Schuster. The book 
features biographical 
sketches of inspira- 
tional women, includ- 
ing Mother Teresa, 
Dale Evans, Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Dole and 
Lisa Beamer, along with related Scripture. 

Brosius has written for a number of secular and reli- 
gious publications, such as Harrisburg's Patriot-News, 
Angels on Earth, Country Journal, Farm and Ranch Liv- 
ing, Living With Teenagers and Pennsylvania Magazine. 
She speaks at conferences, retreats and women's ministry 
events and is one of three women ministering as Friends 
of the Heart. 

After earning a master's degree in Christian education 
from the Evangelical School of Theology, Brosius served 
10 years as a director of Christian education. She received 
the alumni of the year award from the theology school 
earlier this year. 

She lives in Millersburg with her husband Bill. The 
couple has two sons and five grandchildren. 

Jf\ /I Lee Dorf is director, capital asset valuation, 
S A for Marshall & Stevens, Philadelphia. 
W. Scott Krzywicki is finance director of Asia Pacific 

operations for Albemarle, Richmond, Va. 

Anthony Zarzaca is a national sales representative with 

Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg. 

}/~\ P* Jacquelyn Giles Dillersberger was named 
Zf O Pleasant Grove Elementary 's Teacher of the Year. 

She has taught second and third grade at the Florida school for 

nine years. 

Kathryn Yurchak, Muncy, has written 'Where Wigwams 

Stood," a book that tells of the struggles of early setders along 

Muncy Creek. 




David Ferris '88 and Hanna Clark, 
May 27, 2006 

Sherri Whipple '90 and Kenneth 
Berkheimer, Sept. 30, 2006 

Lynn Nesgoda '95 and 


Tiffany Timpko '97 and James 
West, Oct. 28, 2006 

Bill ie Jo Heintzelman '98 and 

Joseph Leisse, Oct. 28, 2006 

Jeffrey Acconzo '99 and Nicole 
Badway, Sept. 15,2006 

Angela Bovard '00 and Donald 
Fure, June 24, 2006 

Lindsey Harris '00 and Justin 
DiGiondomenico 02M 

June 17, 2006 

Jennifer laniero '00 and Jason 
Natow, Oct. 28, 2006 

Carin Kessler '00 and Eric 
Williams, Oct. 14, 2006 

Jason Lagowy '00 and Angela 

Kristen Mance 00 and 

Michael Verba 

Heather Matthews '00 and 

Michael Yanoff, Oct. 14, 2006 

Lindsay Affeldt '01 and Thomas 
Bulawa '02, May 5, 2007 

Jessica Bentley '01 and Joseph 
Sassaman, Sept. 2, 2006 

Robert Metzger III '01 and 

Megan Kime, Oct. 14,2006 

Tori Miller '01 and Stacy Adams, 
Dec. 2, 2006 

Daren Moran '01 and Kimberly 
Wenner, Sept. 23, 2006 

Kent Strohecker '01 M and 

Sherry Yoder, Nov. 20, 2006 

Amy Burkat '02 and Wayne 


Audrey Goodyear '02 and 

Andrew McCarthy, June 24, 2006 

Hillary Gudikunst '02 and 
Stephen Gancar III '95 

Kari Kauffman '02 and Tim Nye, 
Sept. 23, 2006 

Lauren Morrison '02 and 

Brian Richardson 

Greg Roskos '02 and Rebecca 
Dyer, July 1,2006 

Michelle Taylor '02 and Ryan 
Sweigert, June 24, 2006 

Andrew Ulitchney '02 and 

Colleen Smith, Sept. 9, 2006 

Jennifer Wolfe '02 and Wayne 
Daniels, July 8, 2006 

Rebecca Young '02 and 

Matthew Resnick, Aug. 12, 2006 

Kathleen Connors '03 and Mark 
Filardi '02, May 5, 2007 

Sara Cornish 03 and 

Keith Perrigo 

Teena Edwards '03 and Timothy 

Doug Ratchford '03 and Maria 
Mikulski, Sept. 30, 2006 

Megan Burrows '04 and Michael 
Eisenhower, Oct. 14,2006 

Shanna Fritz '04 and Jeremy 
Hess, July 22, 2006 

Natalie Moriano '04 and 
Santino Ferretti '03, 

Nov. 11,2006 

Luke Reynolds '04 and Lisa 

Mantione, Sept. 16,2006 

Amy Souter '04 and Brian Brinser, 
Sept. 16, 2006 

Sarah Delong '05 and John 
Graf III, July 8, 2006 

Michael Hackenberg 05 and 

Heather Blank, Sept. 9, 2006 

Jennifer Kleinfelter '05 and 

Michael Deiter, Nov. 5, 2005 

Sarah Levering '05 and Robert 
Conety '05, June 24, 2006 

Laura Mack '05 and Joshua 
Gnall, Sept. 16,2006 

Lauren Ritz '05 and Francis 
Novak, July 8, 2006 

Leslie Starna '05 and John 
Widdick III, June 17, 2006 

Amber Bilbay '06 and William 

Schon, Oct. 21 , 2006 

Kathryn Ergott '06 and James 
Rebilas, Aug. 5, 2006 

Sara Graybill '06 and Andrew 
Mathews, Sept. 30, 2006 

Danielle Kramer '06 and Scott 
Gray, Dec. 2, 2006 

Katharine Walsh '06 and Scott 
Stine, April 14, 2007 

JC\^7 Nancy Vasta is a product development director 
S / for CIGNA Healthcare, Philadelphia. 

Jf\ Q Chris Achuff is defensive line and strength and 

y O conditioning football coach at University of 
Tennessee at Martin. Achuff, a former Huskies outside 
linebacker, started his coaching career as a student assistant 

Jeffrey Beilman is a financial adviser for Ingargiola Wealth 
Management Group, Dunmore. 

Lynn Benfante completed a master's in business adminis- 
tration degree from Drexel University. She is manager of 
defined benefit services for Vanguard, Malvern. 

Michelle Heffher, Bethlehem, was admitted to practice law 
by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in December 2006. 

Michael S. Helveston is a financial planner with Rodgers & 
Associates, Lancaster. 

}Q£J Dr. Scott Dietrich presented original research, 

S / "Investigating and Improving Athletic Training 
Program Coherence," at the 2007 athletic training conference 
in Texas. 

Dr. Leon Frederick O'Neill IV, Flourtown, attended 
medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 
Medicine and is currently an internal medicine resident at the 
University of Medicine and Denistry of New Jersey. 

Heather Hintzen is the lead stereotactic biopsy 
technologist and a CAT scan and mammography technologist 
at an outpatient radiology center in Norwalk, Conn. 

Jeremy Kipp is men's and women's assistant swimming 
coach at the University of Southern California. 

Mike Montgomery received a master's in business 
administration degree from Millersville University. 

Ryan Morgan is principal of Memorial Elementary 
School, Bloomsburg. 

FALL 2007 

Husky Notes 






Cheri Bohler Rinehart 


heri Bohler 
Rinehart 79, 
vice president 
for The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Penn- 
sylvania (HAP), has completed a three-year Robert 
Wood Johnson (RWJ) Executive Nurse Fellowship. 

The award included a $30,000 grant for a leadership 
project. For her project, Rinehart implemented an 
ongoing initiative to help Pennsylvania hospitals avoid 
crowding, improve patient flow and reduce emergency 
department diversion. Partners were the Institute 
for Healthcare Improvement, Joint Commission, 
the national RWJ Urgent Matters project, insurers, 
physicians and hospital administrators. 

Rinehart's project included a statewide survey of 
hospital capacity management practices, an audiocon- 
ference attended by more than 600 hospital represen- 
tatives and a hospital capacity management summit. 

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership 
Program, Rinehart is a founding president of the 
Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, a member of 
the National Rural Health Policy Board and a board 
member of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health 
Services Council and the American Trauma Society. 

Earlier this year, she received the Outstanding 
Contribution to Emergency Medicine in Pennsylvania 
award from the state's chapter of the American College 
of Emergency Physicians. She is the third recipient of 
this award. 

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 

Tom Murray is director of counseling and disability 
services for the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston- 
Salem, N.C. He earned a doctoral degree in marriage and 
family therapy, counselor education and supervision, from 
the University of Florida. 

}f\£~\ Stephen Bransfield earned a doctorate from Johns 

\J\J Hopkins University, where he conducted research 
on environmental catalysis. He works in northern Virginia 
as a consultant. 

Kenneth Marx, Port Carbon, is business manager for the 
Panther Valley School District. 

J(\ ~1 Susan Berryman earned a master's of science degree 

\J _£_ in nursing education from Villanova University. 

Pamela Brennan was promoted to corporate communica- 
tions officer for Omega Bank after serving as a branch manager. 

Eric Eichhorst was promoted to sales/marketing coordi- 
nator at Princeton Windows Retirement Community in 
Pnnceton, NJ. 

Daren Moran, Enola, is an accountant for the Capital Area 
Intermediate Unit. 

Jeffrey Piazza, director of admissions and recruitment for the 
Wilkes-Barre Vo-Tech School, is also owner of Gelpia'z 
Restaurant, Kingston. 

Matthew Resnick is a senior accountant at Resnick Group, 
Baltimore, Md. 

Jamee Wilkas graduated from Immaculata University with a 
master's degree in counseling psychology. 

^f\^ Kimberly Armstrong Engleman, Shillington, passed 

\J \*U the CPA exam. She is an auditor with Leesport 
Financial in Reading. 

Lauren Morrison Richardson, Schwenksville, is a senior 
quality assurance regulatory specialist for Biorexis Pharmaceuti- 
cals, King of Prussia. 

J(\^y Elizabeth Healy graduated from Syracuse University 

v/O College of Law with a juris doctorate in May 2007. 
While in law school, she worked for the Onondaga County 
district attorney's office. 

Tanya McAllister, Manheim Township, was promoted to 
business development coordinator for Horst Insurance. 

Amy Snyder is an agent with the Danville office of ERA 
Classic Realty Inc. 

Jennifer Webb, a doctoral student at the University of South 
Carolina, attended a summer workshop on teaching about 
terrorism at the University of Maryland. 

5 f\ A Ken Hemmler is boys' basketball coach at Western 

\J^t Wayne High School. He is a fourth-grade teacher in 
the Western Wayne School District. 

Heather Ogozaly is employed by Syracuse University, 
College of Law, as an assistant extemship coordinator. 

Christine Snyder works for the Interboro School District 
in Lansdale. 

Robert Michael Drum is a manager of Burroughs and 
Chapin Corp.'s South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. 



Christine Vamer is a licensed real estate agent in Maryland 
and Virginia, working for Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. 

?/~\ F* Lindsy Force earned a master's in education degree 

\J *_/ in curriculum and instruction and a certification in 
English from BU. She teaches French and English at Muncy 
High School. 

Sarah Delong Graf is employed as a learning specialist at 
Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt. 

Stephen Major, Elysburg, is a science teacher at Shamokin 
High School and is pursuing a master's degree at BU. 

Kimberlee Pedersen is attending a master's program 
in international policy studies at La Trobe University, 
Melbourne, Australia. 

Jennifer Petro is membership development coordinator 
with the Charleston, S.C., Metro Chamber of Commerce. 


Thelma Gordon Harrison 77 
Mary Heintzelman 78 
Ruey Kenworthy Nygren 78 
Teresa Arcarese '30 
Ruth Herman '32 
Gertrude Strein Howells '33 
Dorothy Lloyd Lewis Rice '33 
Thelma Evans Williams '33 
Freda Shuman Laubach '34 
Sam Cohen '36 
Margaret Hogendobler '38 
Victor J. Ferrari '39 
Sara Dersham Laubach '39 
Jean Shuman Zehner '39 
Fern McBride Whitebread '40 
Mary Keesler Sherwood '41 
Howard Tomlinson '41 
Peter Podwika '42 
Stewart C. Yorks '42 
Mary Wagner Hoffman '45 
Clair Baum '47 
Theodore Jurasik '47 
Billy N. Dugan '49 
Wilmer Kester '49 
Josephine Padula White '49 
Patrick J. Flaherty '50 
Paul E. Ulrich '50 
Alice Jacques Grimes '51 
Thomas J. Reed '52 
Donald Blyler '53 

Meade Shuman '56 

Leonard Kapochus '57 

Loren J. Bower '59 

Renee Terzopolos '59 

Jean Ann Fenstermacher '60 

Kenneth Thomas '60 

Beatrice Bums Comeau '61 

Annetta Rohrbach '61 

George E. Molnar '63 

Kenneth Musselman '64 

Gladys Bingaman '66 

Wayne Marek '66 

Joy Whiting Musselman '66 

Glen H. Book '67 

Kenneth Weaver '68 

Margaret Phillips Jarosiewicz '69 

Marlin Walsh 70 

Lawrence Carl 71 

Frank J. Monaghan'71 

Patricia McCreary Young 71 

Brian K. Bower 72 

Joseph Doria 74 

Susan McMinn Snyder 74 

Robin Olson Krzysik 77 

Mark McGee 78 

Melanie Apple Williams '81 

Margaret Robbins Perkins '84 

Donna Seile Farley '99 


Derek Rupert. Montoursville, is a fitness specialist at 
Capital One Corporate Headquarters. Tysons Comer, Va. 

Kimberly Wagner joined the accounting firm of 
JonesKohanski & Co., working from the company's 
Sugarloaf office. 


Timothy Brockman is an analytical chemist in 
quality control for GlaxoSmithKline. 

Angela Furca is an emergency services nurse at Shamokin 
Area Hospital. 

Marlin L. Smith II is a police officer in \YiTJiamsport. 

^f\* m 7 Lauren Ferret "07M is director of sports information 
\J / and communications at Wellesley College. 

Raggio leads 
statewide office 


Catherine Owen Raggio 

atherine "Cathy" 
Owen Raggio '69 
was named 
secretary of the Maryland 
Department of Disabilities 
earlier this year. 
She began her 
career as a speech and 
language therapist at a 
Pennsylvania iristitution 
for people with 
intellectual disabilities 
after earning bachelor s 

and master's degrees from BU. She also worked as a 
speech therapist in a Pennsylvania school district and 
served as executive director for United Cerebral Palsy 
of Wyoming Valley. 

Raggio moved to Maryland to become executive 
director of United Cerebral Palsy of Prince George's 
County and later served as associate director and then 
executive director of the Maryland Developmental 
Disabilities Council. After a five-year stint as an 
independent contractor working on projects involving 
people with disabilities, she founded and served as 
executive director of Independence Now, the center 
for independent living serving Montgomery and Prince 
George's counties in Maryland. 

With the support of state agencies and individuals, 
Raggio established the Maryland Youth Leadership 
Forum in 1999. The MD-YLF is a four-day program 
held each summer for high school students with 
various disabilities which emphasises leadership, 
independence and personal and career goal setting. 

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experiences with current 
BU students 



tales of success 
and of lessons learnt 


the next generation i 

of Huskies. 


BU Alumni in the Classroom 

Learn more A 

www. bloomualumni. cm 


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Calendar of Events 

Academic Calendar 

Fall 2007 

Reading Day- No Classes 

Friday, Oct. 12 

Thanksgiving Break - 
No Classes 

Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 21 to 23 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Nov. 26 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 8 

Final Exams 

Monday to Saturday, Dec. 1 to 1 5 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, Dec. 14 


Saturday, Dec. 15 

Spring 2008 

Classes Begin 

Monday, Jan. 14 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 
No Classes 

Monday, Jan. 21 

Spring Break Begins 

Saturday, March 8 

Classes Resume 

Monday, March 17, 8 a.m. 

Reading Day - No Classes 

Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2 

Classes End 

Saturday, May 3 

Finals Begin 

Monday, May 5 

Finals End 

Saturday, May 10 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, May 9 


Saturday, May 10 

Art Exhibits 

Exhibits in the Haas Gallery of Art 
are open to the public free of 
charge. More information about 
shows is available at http:// 

Connie Wolfe 

Mixed media, Aug. 27 to Sept. 21 

Art ot the Alumni: Juried Studio 
Art Alumni Exhibition 

Oct. 1 to 26 

Karl Beamer 

Ceramics, organized by the 
Museum Exhibition class, 
Nov. 5 to 30 

Studio Art Senior Exit 

Dec. 3 to 15 

Dylan Vitone 

Photography, Jan. 14 to 
Feb. 15, 2008 

Yoshiko Shimano 

Printmaking, Feb. 25 to 
March 28, 2008 

Juried Student Art Exhibition 

April 7 to 25, 2008 

Celebrity Artist Series 

Events are held in Haas Center for 
the Arts, Mitrani Hall, or Carver 
Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. 
For more information, call the box 
office at (5701 389-4409 or check 
the Celebrity Artist Web site at 
h ttp://orgs. bloom u. edu/arts/ 
celebrity_list.htm. Community 
Government Association 
cardholders pay half of the ticket's 
face value for all shows. Programs 
and dates are subject to change. 

Family Entertainment: Cashore 

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. 
Gross Auditorium, $15 

Queen Meets the Classics: East 
Village Opera Company 

Friday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20 

Broadway at Bloomsburg: 
The Producers 

Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $25 

Do Your Parents Know?: 
Illusionist Mike Super 

Parents Weekend Special Event 
Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20; $10 for parents 
and siblings of BU students 

Holiday Concert 
Poinsettia Pops 

Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, Free admission 

Swing, Daddy-o: Big Bad 
Voodoo Daddy 

Saturday, Feb. 16,2008,8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20 

Dreams in Motion: Paul Taylor 
Dance Company 

Saturday, April 5, 2008, 8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20 

Broadway at Bloomsburg: Evita 

Monday, April 13, 2008, 8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $25 

Wonderful Sound: Ninth 
Annual BU Jazz Festival 
Bobby Zankel & The Warriors 
of Wonderful Sound 

Friday, April 25, 2008, noon 
Mitrani Hall, $5 

Alumni Events 

Contact the Alumni Affairs Office 
at (570) 389-4058, (800) 526-0254 
or alum@bloomu. edu for 
information. Details also are listed 
at the alumni online community, 

Alumni and Open 5K Race 

Saturday, Sept. 8 

Contact: Karen Brandt, cross 

country coach, (570) 389-5123 

Tennis Alumni Reunion 

Saturday, Sept. 1 5 

Reunion, Class of 1962 

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 9 and 20 

Informal Reunion, Class of 1987 

Saturday, Oct. 20 

Chili 'n' Brew 

Saturday, Oct. 20, following 
Homecoming football game 
Fenstemaker Alumni House lawn 

Grad Finale 

Tuesday, Nov. 6 

Alumni Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, 
April 11 to 13, 2008 

Special Events 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 

Saturday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. 
Kehr Union 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Oct. 19 to 21 
Dedication of Academic Quad. 
Football, Huskies vs. Millerville 
Marauders, Saturday, Oct. 20, 
1:30 p.m., Bedman Stadium. 
Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 
for students and senior citizens. 
BU students with a valid ID are 
admitted free. Gates open two 
hours before kickoff. 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 2 to 4 

For the latest information 
on upcoming events, 
check the university 
Web site: 
www. bloomu. edu/today 

FALL 2007 

Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberga; University Archivist 

The Search for a Leader: 
BU Finds a President 

In May 1993, Bloomsburg University President 
Harry Ausprich announced that he was leaving to 
become executive director of the Pennsylvania 
Humanities Council. Curtis English, a 1956 
Bloomsburg State Teachers College graduate, agreed 
to lead the university on an interim basis during the 
search for the university's 17th president. 

Four candidates were invited to campus early in 
1994 to interview for the position. The first, Jessica 
Sledge Kozloff, vice president for academic and 
student affairs for the State Colleges of Colorado, was 
interviewed on Monday, Feb. 7. 

Kozloff spoke at an 
open forum in Mitrani 
Hall that day and was 
asked about her 
priorities if she became 
president. "The reason 
we are here is for the 
students," she answered. 
"My strength is that I am 

In March, the 
Presidential Search 
Committee endorsed 
Kozloff as one of three candidates whose names 
were recommended to the Council of Trustees. After 
approval by the Trustees, the names were forwarded 
to James McCormick, who was chancellor of the 
State System of Higher Education, and the Board 
of Governors. 

Jessica Kozloff talks with 
students at a reception in her 
honor on April 22, 1994. 

BU President Jessica Kozloff introduces herself to students 
on her first day, July 1, 1994. 

The boards executive committee voted in early 
April to offer the position to Kozloff. She accepted, 
stressing once again her connection to students and 
adding, "I feel on top of the world. I'm filled with a 
sense of awesome responsibility and a wonderful 
feeling regarding my good fortune." 

One day after Kozloff was formally hired on 
Apnl 21, 1994, she and her husband Dr. Stephen 
Kozloff were guests at a reception in BU's Haas Center 
for the Arts, attended by more than 500 faculty, staff 
and students. 

Friday, July 1, 1994, was Kozloff s first day as 
Bloomsburg University's first female president. 
Although filled with meetings and the job of moving 
into her new office, the day's events — from planning 
for the new library to touring the construction site 
of the Student Recreation Center — served as an 
indication of the work she would face in the years 
ahead. And, as improvements to the physical campus 
have continued during her tenure, Kozloffs number 
one priority has always been the students, like those 
who joined her for lunch that first day to discuss 
their concerns. 

During her interview 13 years ago, Kozloff said 
she assumed her first presidency would be her last. 
It was. She will retire in December with the second- 
longest tenure of any Bloomsburg president since 
the normal school became a college in 1927 and with 
a legacy of growth and achievement that will be 
difficult to match. 



The University Store. 

What's better than a pat on the 
back? A Husky paw on the 
back of soft hooded sweatshirt! 

The University Stores bestseller 
comes in maroon, gold, 
graphite and black in adult 
sizes small to 3X and youth 
sizes small to extra large. At just 
$37.99, the Paw Hood makes it 
easy to show your Husky pride, 
just like a dozen alumni did at 
Homecoming 2006 when they 
purchased gold Paw Hood 
sweatshirts and put them on 
before posing for photos with 
one of Roongos biggest fans, 
BU President Jessica Kozloff. 

Positively perfect for students, 
their parents and alumni, Paw 
Hoods make great holiday gifts. 
In fact, hundreds of giftware 
items and BU apparel, as well as 
gift cards in any amount, are 
available for holiday or 
commencement gifts or as an 
anytime reward for yourself at 
the University Store, open 
seven days a week, and online 

Paws? Positively! 


Shown in Paw Hoods are students Tim Sones, a junior business administration/finance major from 
White Haven, left, and Corey Lombardo, a senior secondary education and English major from Nescopech. 


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 

bustore@bloomu. edu 

Thank retiring BU President Jessica Kozlofffor 

13 wonderful years with your gift to the Jessica S. and 

Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Research Scholarship. 

Drs. Jessica and Steve Kozloff established the 
550,000 endowed scholarship to recognize the strong 
faculty-student relationship that exists at BU and to 
inspire continued collaboration. This scholarship is awarded 
direcdy to BU students involved in scholarly or creative work. 

The Alumni Association is offering a $25,000 challenge grant 
to match, dollar for dollar, all contributions made by alumni 
who attended BU during Dr. Kozloff 's tenure. This match gives 
members of the classes of 1994 to 2007 the opportunity to double 
their gifts to this scholarship and to BU. 

Dr. Kozloff guided Bloomsburg University as it became the 
thriving university it is today. Ensure that her commitment to 
excellence will continue long after her retirement by supporting 
the Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Undergraduate Scholarship. 

For more information about this scholarship fund or matching 
gift program, please call 800-526-0254 or visit the Alumni 
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