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A G A Z I N E 

WINTER 2008 

Meet David L Soltz, 
BU's 18th president 

Page 6. 

Move over 
Jim Thorpe and 
Knute Rockne. A BU 
grad joins football 
greats. Page 12. 

Retired prof sees 
the homeless 
through his camera's 
lens. Page 16. 

From the Executive Editor 

This November, we'll elect the 44th president of the United States and, 
I must admit, it seems like the campaigning started as soon as President 
Bush began his second term. The process for selecting the president of one 
of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education 
is also time-consuming and rigorous but, thankfully, the similarities end right there. 

As many of you know, just last month we welcomed BUS 18th president, Dr. David 
L. Soltz. You've already seen his photo on the cover of this issue of Bloomsburg: The 
University Magazine, and you'll get to meet him in a story beginning on page 6. 

The search for a new university president is both complicated and detailed. 
At BU, the process began nearly two years ago when former President Jessica S. 
Kozloff announced her retirement date of Dec. 31, 2007, ending a tenure that began 
July 1, 1994. 

Selecting a new president involved many people, not only at Bloomsburg 
University but also around the commonwealth. PASSHE Policy 1983-13-A outlines 
each of the steps. For example, the policy requires establishing a search committee 
composed of members of BUs Council of Trustees, faculty, staff, administration, 
students, alumni and the current or former president of a comparable university. It 
also requires the selection of a consulting firm to help the committee through the 
search process and review of applications. The consulting firm of Witt/Kieffer received 
well over a hundred applications on our behalf; all were reviewed by every member 
of our presidential search committee. 

Search committee members pre-interviewed 12 candidates and five were invited 
to campus last September and October for extensive two-day interviews with campus 
constituency groups. The top three names were presented, unranked, to the PASSHE 
Board of Governors and Chancellor Judy Hample and, in mid-November, one was 
offered and accepted the position. 

President Soltz joins us at an exhilarating time in Bloomsburg University's history 
We await the arrival of spring to see the full beauty of the new Academic Quad, 
sodded and planted last fall and dedicated during Homecoming Weekend. Renovated 
and upgraded instructional buildings are providing a learning environment that 
ensures our students enter the world fully prepared for tomorrow's careers and 
technology. Students' housing needs . . . and wishes ... are being addressed within 
our current on-campus residence halls and with a future housing project literally on 
upper campus' horizon. 

We're proud of the overall experience BU offers to our students, faculty staff and 
alumni. And now, we eagerly start a new era energized by the enthusiasm and ideas of 
our new president. 

Ja*o- 6**<Mk. 

Editor's note: From the Presidents Desk retun\s in the spring 2008 issue of Bloomsburg: 
The University Magazine, written by BUs 18th president, David L Soltz- 

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 2007 

Kenneth E. Jarin, Chair 

Aaron Walton, Vice Chair 

C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Vice Chair 

Matthew E. Baker 

Marie Conley Lammando 

Paul S. Dlugolecki 

Daniel P. Elby 

Ryan Gebely 

Michael K. Hanna 

Vincent J. Hughes 

Kim E. Lyttle 

Joshua O'Brien 

Joseph Peltzer 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

James J Rhoades 

ChristineJ. Toretti Olson 

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 F. D'Amico '08 

Roben Dampman '65 

LaRoy G. Davis '67 

Charles C. Housenick '60 

A. William Kelly 71 

David Klingerman Sr. 

Joseph J. Mowad 

President, Bloomsburg University 

David L. Soltz 

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 

Deirdre Miller '07 

Lynette Mong '08 

Emily Watson '07 


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On the Cover 

David L. Soltz is the 18 Lh president of Bloomsburg 

University of Pennsylvania. 

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or veteran status. 



Page 6 Introducing President Soltz 

New President David L. Soltz and his wife Robbie had 
a detailed mental picture of the type of college and 
college town they were seeking. 'Bloomsburg looked 
right from the beginning like it was a very good fit,' 
says BU's 18th president. 

Page 9 Math Matters 

Elizabeth Mauch believes any plan to increase the 
number of undergraduates earning math and science 
degrees must begin with the youngest elementary 
students. The associate professor has engineered 
several programs to make numbers add up at all 
levels of education. 

Page 10 Grads Unscripted 

NBC's The Biggest Loser' and HGTVs 'Design Star' 
have one thing in common - BU alums. Neal 
Gallagher '82 works for 'The Biggest Loser' as 
director of photography and Lisa Hunsinger 
Millard '03 was a contestant on 'Design Star.' 

Page 12 In the Company of Legends 

For Frank Sheptock '86, football isn't just a game. 
It's a way to teach lessons and touch lives. After 
helping turn BU's football program around as a 
student, he went on to become a coach at Wilkes 
University. In 2007 he was inducted into the 
National College Football Hall of Fame. 

Page 16 Capturing Invisible Lives 

Retired BU art professor Gary Clark has scoured many cities to draw attention to the 
problem of homelessness. Through his photographs, Clark works to raise awareness 
and inspire others to become active in the fight. 

Page 20 Pay It Forward: From Bloomsburg to Tibet 

When Anne-Sophie Ekelund 79 graduated from BU, she knew she wanted to travel. 
She never dreamed her journeys would take her to Tibet where she would marry and, 
with her husband, work to build schools and libraries. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husky Notes 

Page 31 Calendar of Events 

Page 32 Over the Shoulder 

'I want my photos and stories to put human 
faces directly on the numerous and immediate 
problems facing the homeless today,' says 
Gary Clark, retired art professor. Once you 
hear their stories, see their faces, understand 
their plight, it becomes much more difficult to 
simply ignore this problem.' 

WINTER 2008 

News Notes 

and Faith 

Gillespie new Protestant 
campus minister 

The Rev. Maggie Gillespie, a 
Bloomsburg resident with a 
long history of service, became 
BU's Protestant campus minster 
last fall. Originally from 
Chicago, Gillespie moved to 
Bloomsburg with her family 13 
years ago and served at several 
area churches before taking the 
position at BU. 

As Protestant campus 
minister, Gillespie interacts 
often with students. She leads 
Sunday evening worship 
services, organizes weekly 
Bible studies and coordinates 
weekend retreats. 

"I have always loved the 
university setting," Gillespie 
says. "It is an exciting 
environment. I am interested in 
working with young people 
who may be questioning and 
are open to trying new things. 
I hope to get to know these 
students well and share in 
their lives." 

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Rev. Maggie Gillespie 

Mod Quad 

On-campus park dedicated at Homecoming 

Former BU President Jessica Kozloff was one of the speakers who formally dedicated the 
Academic Quadrangle during Homecoming 2007. The quad, which extends from the Warren 
Student Services Center to the Andruss Library, opened last fall and features lawns, walkways, a 
sculpture garden and a fountain, a gift from the Class of 1940. The Academic Quad is the 
centerpiece of a decade of expansion and renovation of many BU facil it ies. such as Centennial 
Hall, Warren Student Services Center and McCormick Center, and an improvement to the 
entrance and parking behind McCormick Center. 

Heading off Hunger 

Student efforts feed local residents 

In Columbia County, where 11.5 percent of 
the population lives below poverty level, BU 
students have stepped up to the plate to make 
sure food is available for those in need. 

A variety of volunteer efforts coordinated 
through BU's SOLVE Office provides food to 
the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and other 
organizations, says Tim Pelton, AmeriCorps/ 
VISTA volunteer. Student efforts resulted in 
donations of approximately 10 tons of food 
and more than $10,000 in 2006-07. 

BU students are involved in the following 
efforts to fight hunger locally: 

- Food Recovery. Students work with 
campus food service provider Aramark to 
gather and repackage leftover food from 
campus dining establishments at the end of 
each day. Pelton estimates about 8 tons of food 
has been recovered that otherwise would have 
been thrown away since the program started. 

- Donation of unused Flex funds. For 
2006-07, unused funds purchased $6,400 
worth of food; over the program's history, 
donations have totaled $44,000. 

- The Empty Bowls banquet. Held 
annually for the past five years, the on- 
campus hunger-awareness event raises about 
$4,000 each year. 

- Food drives. Student volunteers place 
food collection boxes in local businesses and 
campus residence halls each fall, collecting 
approximately a ton of food. 

- Souper Bowl of Caring. Students place 
collection jars in pizza and hoagie shops, 
raising several hundred dollars. 

- End-of-the-semester donations. Pelton 
says students leaving campus donate about a 
thousand pounds of food each spring. 



Felicia DiPrinzio 

Catching Predators 

Internship leads to Internet sting 

By day, she had a summer 
job as a bank teller. By 
night, she was bait for 
Internet sex predators. It 
wasn't your average 
summer internship. 

Felicia DiPrinzio, a 
computer forensics major 
from Bala Cynwyd, not 
only believes she's 
accomplished something 
worthwhile, but is also 
hooked on a career in law 
enforcement. Her work with the Briar Creek Police 
Department, near Berwick, led to the arrest of a 
Levittown man who struck up a chat room relation- 
ship with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. 

For DiPrinzio, the experience concluded the 
uncertain path to discovering a meaningful career. 
She graduated from high school with a vague interest 
in math and went on to get a bachelor of arts degree 
in mathematics and a job as a bank teller, but 
remained dissatisfied. 

A chance encounter with Scott Inch, professor 
of mathematics, computer science and statistics, 
was the push she needed to enroll as a computer 
forensics major with a minor in criminal justice. 
Then last summer, she earned an internship with 
Briar Creek Police. 

While talking about a television series that catches 
Internet predators in sting operations, DiPrinzio and 
the Briar Creek Police hatched a similar plan. She 
became a 13-year-old girl and began cruising Internet 
chat rooms. 

"It was very disturbing," she says of the predators 
she encountered online, adding that the Pennsylvania 
suspect she communicated with faced more than 70 
felony charges after his arrest. 

DiPrinzio found that the children predators target 
tend to be bored, lonely and unsupervised. She 
advises parents to "keep a dialog with your kids on 
what they're doing. Remind them never to give out 
personal information to strangers or meet them." 

And what she found in the law enforcement 
community was positive. "I've seen what it's like on 
the other side of the flashing lights," she says. "They're 
really good people, with families, just doing their job." 

Linking Theatres 

BU joins forces with BTE 

BU and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) signed a 
lease agreement that allows the university to use the Alvina 
Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg 87 days a year. 

BU's theatre department had identified a need for 
improved theatre facilities, and BTE was in need of a new 
source of income to help sustain the theatre. BU and BTE had 
worked together in the past, including BU faculty members 
serving as directors, actors and designers. 

"The relationship between the university and the ensemble 
has been in existence for quite some time. We are thrilled to 
have this formal lease agreement, and we are all very grateful 
for the university's support," says BTE Board President Bob 
Tevis. "This agreement confirms the importance of the arts 
and, in particular, live professional theatre for our community 
and students." 

The lease, for $63,000 a year, will continue for the next 
five years with an annual increase based on the consumer 
price index. 


earn access to 
Hopewell site 

A team of 
which includes BU 
professor DeeAnne 
Wymer, has earned a legal easement to an Ohio farm that 
contains archaeological sites for the next 25 years. 

Land owner Robert Harness, 89, created a special legal 
easement in the name of the project co-directors, Wymer, 
Paul Pacheco of SUNY-Geneseo and Jarrod Burks of Ohio 
Valley Archaeological Consultants. The easement gives 
unrestricted access to the property, including ownership 
of the excavated artifacts and the right to bring university 
students onto the property for archaeological field schools. 

The Harness farm is well known for the numerous 
Hopewell moundbuilders ceremonial sites located on its 
terraces and floodplains. 

"The generosity of Mr. Harness guarantees that, no 
matter who owns the land in the future, the researchers 
and their students can conduct archaeological surveys and 
excavations on the property," says Wymer. 

DeeAnne Wymer and Robert Harness 


News Notes 

Sister Debbie Borneman 

Guidance and 

Sister Debbie joins CCM 

Sister Deborah Bomeman of 
the Sisters of Saints Cyril and 
Methodius was appointed 
associate director of Catholic 
Campus Ministry, serving 
students with the Rev. Donald Cramer. 

Noting that the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius 
focuses on education, Sister Debbie says she is excited 
about her role in reaching out to students and helping 
to expand CCM's ministry program. 

Sister Debbie believes that a college campus is 
for more than the acquisition of knowledge — it's for 
personal growth, too. "Are they growing in their 
relationship with God?" she asks. "I hope to help 
through presence and availability." 

Mr. Mayor 

Recent grad leads town government 

At 22, Dan Knorr '07 is the 
youngest mayor in Bloomsburg 
town history, but that doesn't 
mean he lacks experience. 

"As young as I am, I had 
more experience than an 
outsider, since I already had my 
feet wet with town council," 
Knorr says, referring to his two 
years of service as a council 
member. Knorr ran unopposed 
for mayor last fall and won 
with 914 votes. He began his 
two-year term in January, after graduating in December with 
a double major in political science and history. 

As a recent graduate, Knorr understands the important 
relationship between the university and the town. "It's tough 
because I represent a wide array of individuals, and I have to 
represent both the university students and town members 
equally. But I also have a good perspective of both sides, 
which cenainly has its advantages." 

Dan Knorr 

Star Student 

B U freshman receives Dell Scholarship 

BU criminal justice major Jorge Maldonado is the only 
student in Pennsylvania and one of only 250 students from 
across the country to be awarded 
a scholarship through the Dell 
Scholars Program. 

The Dell Scholarship, funded 
through the Michael and Susan 
Dell Foundation, is awarded 
to students with qualifying 
financial need who participate 
in a college readiness program. 
Since 2004, the foundation has 
provided more than $9 million 

in college scholarships. Jorge Maldonado 

Maldonado, a graduate of 
Bloomsburg High School, was enrolled in the TRiO Upward 
Bound Program at BU, starting in 2005, his sophomore year 
in high school. Upward Bound, open to high school 
students from low-income backgrounds, stresses academics 
and diversity to prepare students to become the first 
members of their families to attend college. 

BU vs. Villanova 

Huskies play at Wachovia Center 

BUs Jason Green, center, drives on Villanovas Malcolm Grant 
during last falls exhibition game at the Wachovia Center in 
Philadelphia. With three BU players from Philadelphia and 
three more from the metro area, the Huskies were almost as 
much of a home 

team as Villanova. 
"I think it was 
big for them 
personally to have 
their family and 
friends come out 
and watch them 
play in a big-time 
says BU basket- 
ball coach John 
Sanow. "It was a 
lot of fun for the 
players even with 
the final score." 
Bloomsburg lost 
to the Wildcats, 




Virtual Classroom 

Technology makes class accessible to all 

Sam Slike, left, curriculum coordinator for BU's education 
of the deaf/hard of hearing program, uses an interactive 
program for his online courses that allows students to 
simultaneously watch a sign language interpreter, read 
closed captions of Slike s lecture, type in questions and 
review slides of the material. Pamela Bergman, an 
instructional designer for the Institute for Instructional 
Technology, adapted the program to include a videophone 
for deaf students to communicate back to the interpreter 
and instructor. Shown in the photo with Slike is BU sign 
language interpreter Kristen Fitzgerald-Eggleton. 

Easing the Transition 

BU, Lehigh Carbon CC forge agreements 

Officials from BU and Lehigh 
Carbon Community College 
formalized two agreements 
designed to ease students' 
transition from LCCC associate's 
degrees to BU bachelor's degrees. 

An elementary education 
completion program agreement 
allows BU to offer upper-level 
elementary education courses at 
LCCC's Morgan Center in 
Tamaqua. Students who receive 
an associate's degree in education 
at the community college will be 
able to earn a BU bachelor's 

degree at the Morgan Center 
campus, where BU faculty 
will teach all junior- and 
senior-level courses in 
elementary education. 

Also signed was a dual- 
admissions agreement that 
simplifies the transfer process 
for students who begin their 
college studies at any LCCC 
campus with plans to complete 
their coursework at BU, says 
James Matta, BU's assistant 
vice president and dean of 
graduate studies and research. 

Field Hockey Finesse 

Huskies repeat as NCAA champs 

BU captured the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic 
Association Division II field hockey championship with a 
5-2 win over UMass-Lowell (UML) last November. The 
NCAA title, the 14th for head coach Jan Hutchinson, was 
the second straight title for Bloomsburg, the fifth in the last 
six years and ninth in the last 12. The game was also a bit of 
revenge for the Huskies, who were beaten by UML in the 
2005 NCAA title game. 

"I'm very excited for this 
group of players," says 
Hutchinson. "Every team is 
different, and this group of 
players fought hard 
■throughout the year, 
overcoming several losses, 
to get here. But, ultimately, 
I think it was those losses 
that helped us get to where 
we wanted to be and that is 
NCAA champions." 

Offensively, Blooms- 
burg finished the year with 
132 goals scored, smashing 
the previous record of 108 goals scored. "I knew we had 
some very good scoring threats coming into the season," 
Hutchinson comments. "I just never knew we would be 
this good. It does go to show that we had a lot of depth in 
that area." 

IMRC Grant 

Agency provides scholarship funds 

BU received a grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) to provide scholarships for one or two 
students per year who are enrolled in BU's health physics 
program. Scholarship recipients will be selected through a 
competitive process based primarily on academic merit and 
other criteria established by the NRC. 

Students may receive up to four years of scholarship support 
if funding continues to be provided by the NRC and the student 
maintains the necessary qualifications. Each scholarship 
recipient must agree to employment with the NRC for a period 
of one year for each full or partial year of academic support. 

Total funding for this scholarship program is $17,280 per year. 
David R. Simpson, associate professor of physics and engineer- 
ing technology and coordinator of BU's health physics program, 
is serving as program director for the project. 

WINTER. 200 

President Soltz 


On an unseasonably warm and sunny day in mid-November, 
the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board 
of Governors appointed David L. Soltz as Bloomsburg 
University's 18th president. With his wife Robbie by his side, 
the new president accepted, saying he is 'delighted and 
honored with the wonderful opportunity at an excellent 
university in an excellent system.' 


David and Robbie Soltz were looking for 
a certain type of situation. They wanted 
a university located in a traditional 
college town where the institution had a 
positive influence on the community 
and the region. They wanted a univer- 
sity with strong academics that served as the area's 
cultural center while contributing significandy to the 
economy. They found it all in Bloomsburg. 

After a career spent at three different universities in 
two Western states, David Soltz knew the characteristics 
he wanted in the institution he would lead as president. 
"I saw Bloomsburg University's profile as very similar to 
Central Washington University," he says as he leaves 
Central Washington, where he's served as provost and 
senior vice president of academic affairs. "It looked right 
from the beginning like it was a very good fit." 

Soltz's tenure as BU's president began in early January, 
following the retirement of Jessica S. Kozloff, BU's presi- 
dent for 13V2 years. Judy Hample, chancellor of the 
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, calls him 
"a talented leader who will serve both Bloomsburg and 
the commonwealth well." 

Dr. Joseph Mowad, a member of BU's Council of 
Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee, 
agrees. "Dr. Soltz is uniquely qualified to provide the 
necessary leadership to continue Bloomsburg University 
moving forward in a very positive direction," he says. 

Soltz grew up near Chicago and moved to California 
as an undergraduate student, earning a bachelor's degree 
in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 
1968 and a doctor of biology degree from the University 
of California, Los Angeles, in 1974. 

'When I went to grad school at UCLA, I really didn't 
see myself living in a major urban area," he says. "Then, I 
started my career and got married. We had two careers 
and three kids and stayed in LA. for 30 years." 

After living for three decades in major California cities, 
the Soltzes found the rural life they love when they 
moved to Ellensburg, Wash., in 2001. And, their home 
on three acres has provided lots of space for their four 
horses and three dogs. 

They didn't experience the "culture shock" some might 
expect when they moved to Ellensburg. "I conducted 
research as a biologist, including field research in the des- 
ert regions of southern California," the new president says. 
"I spent a lot of time in small towns and rural areas. We've 

lived in LA., but it's nice to be in a college town in a rural 
area near a major city. With Bloomsburg as our home, 
Robbie and I will enjoy the special qualities that can be 
found in a close-knit community and the ability to visit big 
cities like Philadelphia and New York from time to time." 
Soltz says his presidential aspirations came at a logical 
point in his career. "Much of my career has been in aca- 
demic administration, and I was in my seventh year as pro- 
vost," he says. 'With my academic experience, it was time 
to look for this opportunity, so I'd been looking selectively. 
"I've dedicated my career to comprehensive universities 
that do the things this university and PASSHE do well, 
such as provide access and opportunity for students, excel- 
lence in education and highly valued degrees that benefit 
graduates personally and professionally." 

Soltz calls the similarities "striking" between Central 
Washington and BU. "The size of the student body, the 
mixture of old and new buildings, the academic back- 
ground of a teachers college that became a comprehensive 
university, the high-quality faculty, the dedicated staff and 
the pride the students and alumni feel are qualities both 
universities share," he says. 

David I 'lores, a senior art studio major from Danville, center, 
greets BU President David L. Soltz, right, and his wife Robbie 
during their mid-November visit to the campus. 

His priorities at Bloomsburg include learning about the 
issues important to the university and the neighboring 
community, getting to know the faculty, staff and students 
and inviting student leaders to be an "advisory voice" in 
academic issues, similar to a task force he initiated at 
Central Washington. He expects to place a lot of emphasis 
on educational exchange agreements, which he believes 
are vitally important. 

Continued on next page 


"I've traveled to Asia seven times 
to establish meaningful academic 
exchange programs, including a 
recent trip to Korea," he says. One 
of those agreements led to private 
financing to support a professor of 
Chinese. From that seed grew a 
tenure track faculty position and, 
last year, an academic major in 
Chinese at Central Washington. 

His wife, Roberta "Robbie" Soltz, 
earned a doctor of biology degree 
from the University of California, 
Irvine and has been a faculty mem- 
ber at Central Washington. In 
Ellensburg, she was chair of the 
Kittitas County Board of Health 
Advisory Committee and a member 
of the Western Art Association's 
board of directors. She also coordi- 
nated the Leadership Ellensburg 
program through the local Cham- 
ber of Commerce. Robbie Soltz was 
the primary writer on a number of 
grants, including a $1 million 
National Science Foundation grant 
to fund Central Washington 
University's Science Talent Expan- 
sion Program (STEP), designed to 
increase recruitment, retention and 
performance in science, technology, 
engineering and math. 

The couple views their move to 
Bloomsburg as a tremendous 
opportunity. "You know, a candi- 
date interviews the institution, too, 
and I found many positive things 
about this institution," says Soltz. 
"I like the feel of the town, the 
faculty enthusiasm and the com- 
mitted students . . . good students 
who are enthusiastic and happy 
about their education. All of the 
pieces are in place." b 

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

David L. and Roberta 'Robbie' Soltz 

David L. Soltz 

David L. Soltz served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Central 
Washington University before he became Bloomsburg University's 18th president on 
Jan. 7. As chief academic officer of the regional comprehensive university located in 
Ellensburg, Wash., he was responsible for four colleges, the library, graduate studies, 
continuing education, international programs, research and grants, as well as student 
academic support services. 

Active in a number of organizations related to higher education, he served as chair 
of the Inter-institutional Committee of Academic Officers for the state of Washington's 
six public baccalaureate institutions and as Central Washington University's representa- 
tive to the State Higher Education Coordinating Board. For the past four years, he was 
the state representative on the executive committee of the Northwest Academic Forum. 

Soltz also served on the executive committee of the American Association of State 
Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Grant Resource Center and was an original member 
of the implementation committee for the American Democracy Project. Washington 
Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed him to the Committee on the Education of Students in 
High Demand Fields. 

From 1 996 to 2001 , Soltz was dean of natural and social sciences at California State 
University at Los Angeles and, from 1 988 to 1 996, he chaired the department of biologi- 
cal sciences at California State University, Long Beach. He also was chair of the board 
of governors of the California Desert Studies Consortium from 1992 until 2001 . 

As provost or dean, he made official visits to 10 universities in China, often negotiat- 
ing cooperative agreements for international education opportunities. He's taught 
courses ranging from freshman seminar and general biology for non-majors to graduate 
seminars on ecology and evolutionary biology. 

Soltz earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California, Berke- 
ley, and a doctoral degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His 
research focuses on environmental biology and the population biology of fishes living in 
stressful environments, such as high temperature and high salinity. He has written one 
book, a symposium volume and numerous journal articles and environmental reports. 

Soltz is a Rotarian and, before moving to Bloomsburg, was a member of the board of 
the United Way of Kittitas County and the strategic planning and implementation com- 
mittee of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. 

The new president enjoys hiking and fly fishing in his leisure time and, with his wife 
Robbie, rides and raises quarterhorses. The Soltzes have three young adult children and 
two granddaughters. 


The number of bachelor's degrees 
granted in the U.S. increased 
24 percent between 1995 and 2005, 
reflecting the growing number of 
students pursuing a postsecondary 
degree, according to the National 
Center for Education Statistics. Yet 
in math- and science-related fields, 
the number of degrees granted 
actually declined. A Bloomsburg 
University professor is working to 
change that trend. 

Math Matters 


Elizabeth Mauch is always searching 
for new ways to help students suc- 
ceed, from the youngest elementary 
student to the college senior. She is 
particularly aware of the high attri- 
tion rate among science and math 
students at the college level and is 
determined to find a way to help 
these students complete their studies. 

To do this, she's started a summer 
program for young girls, led BU's 
Math and Science Resource Center 
and, most recently, helped BU attain 
a $600,000 grant from the National 
Science Foundation. 

The grant, co-written with James 
Matta, dean of graduate studies and 
research, is designed "to recruit and 
retain students in the sciences and 
math, and to fund low-income stu- 
dents," Mauch says. Beginning this 
fall, it will provide 13 scholarships of 
$10,000 per year for four years to 
students who are majoring in math 
or science and satisfy low income 
requirements. Scholarship recipients 
will receive tutoring through BU's 
Student Support Services and live in 
a Science and Technology Living 
Learning Community with other 
students in similar majors. 

Mauch, associate professor of 
mathematics, computer science and 
statistics, believes the additional 
academic help and a positive living 
environment will keep students from 
giving up on the sciences. "Through 
tutoring, especially placing a heavy 
emphasis on math, we hope to help 
students before they fall behind." 

Originally from New York, 
Mauch received her undergraduate 
degree from Moravian College and 
her master's and doctorate degrees 
from Lehigh University. She came to 
Bloomsburg with a certificate in 
math secondary education, but was 
surprised when the head of the 
department assigned her to teach 
several math content courses for ele- 
mentary education majors. Yet after 
nine years, she says, "Elementary 
math is something I've become 
increasingly interested in. 

"It interests me how kids learn 
math at the elementary level, 
because that is the time when we 
seem to keep them or lose them," 
Mauch says. To determine the best 
methods of teaching math, she often 
goes to elementary schools to work 
with current teachers. "You only 

really leam what teaching methods 
are effective if you are in the 
classroom, working with students 
every day." 

Mauch believes that retaining 
students begins long before they 
enter college. Every year, Mauch 
organizes a Math and Science 
Summer Experience camp for girls 
in middle and high school, using 
activities and demonstrations to 
pique their interest. 

"We get a lot of good college stu- 
dents from around this area. Empha- 
sizing math and science to them 
when they are younger will help us 
retain them as students when they 
are older," Mauch says. To make the 
experience accessible, scholarships 
are available and, in summer 2008, 
the camp will be open to boys. 

Mauch has no intentions of 
slowing down her efforts to help 
BU students, present and future. 
"I like bringing projects to fruition. 
And I love being involved with 
these students and helping them 
to succeed." b 

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

WINTER 2008 

'The best moments found on reality 
TV are unscriptable, or beyond die 
grasp of most scriptwriters,' writes 
Michael Hirschorn, executive vice 
president at VH1, in Atlantic Monthly's 
May 2007 issue. Perhaps that explains 
the appeal of the genre that's now a 
staple of network programming. 




The critics of reality television say it is rife with 
wannabe-actors and contrived storylines; however, there 
is another, much brighter side to the genre. As two 
Bloomsburg University alums have found, reality 
programming can provide great opportunities to expand 
a career or to help build one. Neal Gallagher, director of 
photography on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," gets to 
watch the hit weight-loss show unfold through his lens. 
Meanwhile, designer Lisa H-Millard impressed 
producers enough to earn a spot as one of 1 1 contes- 
tants on the second season of HGTVs top-rated series, 
"Design Star." 

Neal Gallagher: 
This one is special' 

Neal Gallagher, who 
makes his home in 
Dallas, Pa., has had a long 
career in the broadcast 
industry. After graduating 
from Bloomsburg in 1982, he became a cameraman for 
WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He then moved 
on to become a freelance cameraman and worked on 
assignments that took him around the globe. 

The career he finds so personally and professionally 
rewarding has never been boring, he acknowledges. 

And Emmy Awards won in 1993 and 1995 for his 
work on two specials with magician David Copper- 
field, along with another nomination in 1999, attest to 
the quality of his work. 

Now, as director of photography for "The Biggest 
Loser," Gallagher is in charge of 14 camera operators 
and camera assistants. He works with the director to 
develop the show's look, which includes how inter- 
views are shot and where cameras are placed. In addi- 
tion, he serves as the liaison between the director and 
the show's department heads. 

"My job is half management, half photography and 
half putting out fires," he jokes. "It's as much about 
dealing with people as it is actually shooting the show. 
Generally, we work 12-hour days and it takes five 
shooting days for each episode. On any day, there may 
be anywhere from four to eight cameras shooting as 
much as 10 hours of footage. Multiply that by five and 
you find it takes a lot to make a one-hour show." 

Each season consists of 14 episodes plus a live 
finale. Another challenge he faces is making sure the 
crew gets all of the shots they need. Although the show 
is not live, Gallagher points out, "we can't go back and 
get the shot again." 

Gallagher is extremely proud of the finished prod- 
uct. "I've liked the other reality projects I've done, but 



Neal Gallagher '82, facing page, takes in the scene from behind the camera on 'The Biggest Loser.' 

In photo above, Clive Pearse, host of 'Design Star,' offers his perspective to contestant Lisa H-Millard '03. 

this one is special," he says. "I honestly believe that 
our show helps people improve their quality of life. We 
do it without judging, making fun of or taking advan- 
tage of our contestants. I'm more proud of being part 
of 'The Biggest Loser' than I am of anything else in 
my career." 

Lisa H-Millard: 
'Behind the 
scenes was crazy 
and fun!' 

While Gallagher spends 
a lot of time behind the 
camera, Lisa Hunsinger 
Millard's time in front 
of the camera on "Design Star" was relatively brief. Still, 
she too learned a great deal from her reality television 
experience after she watched the first season of "Design 
Star" and decided that she would make a good contes- 
tant on the show's second season. 

"I love the challenge of the show, where you are 
given specific limitations to work within," says 
H-Millard, a 2003 Bloomsburg graduate. "I am the 
type of person who tiptoes along the boundaries with- 
out crossing them to show my creative abilities." 

H-Millard's confidence paid off as she was selected to 
be on the show. In the first challenge, she and the other 
contestants had to design the Las Vegas penthouse loft 
where they would live. H-Millard incorporated all of the 
castmates' names into her design of the garage door 

area; however, the judges dismissed her from the show. 
Despite her early exit, H-Millard has no regrets about 
appearing on "Design Star." 

"Behind the scenes was crazy and fun!" she says. "I 
knew that being on the show would give me an oppor- 
tunity to test working residentially and commercially. I 
also knew that this was a great opportunity for people to 
see my personality and creative side." 

It also was a great opportunity for H-Millard to see 
what goes on behind the scenes during production. 
"You don't think about things like going to the bath- 
room after you are fitted with a microphone," she says. 
"You need clearances to go into a store to film. There are 
two bedrooms and two bathrooms for 1 1 people. And 
sleep schedules are not good as the camera lights are on 
while you are trying to sleep in the four hours allotted." 

Married to Lee Millard '02 who coordinates exhibits 
in Bloomsburg University's Haas Gallery, H-Millard 
works for Atlantic Equipment Specialists, a national 
restaurant design firm. She hopes her appearance on the 
show will help her field other career opportunities, 
including launching her own design business, b 

Editor's note: For a glimpse of Lisa H-Millard on 
"Design Star" and samples of her design work, see To learn more about NBC's "The 
Biggest Loser," see 

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



In the Company of 


Frank Sheptock, seen during his college 
career, facing page and at left, surprised 
many when he chose to play for 
Bloomsburg. His accomplishments led 
to college footballs highest honor, 
induction into the National Football 
Foundation's College Football Hall of 
Fame, in summer 2007, below. 

Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and 
Knute Rockne were among 
54 pioneers in the College 
Football Hall of Fame's first 
class in 1951. A college 
coach credited with helping 
to rebuild Huskies football 
as a player in the 1980s is a 
member of the hall of fame's 
latest class. 

The high school football star 
had a big decision to make. It 
was his senior year, and 
several Pennsylvania State Athletic 
Conference schools were very 
interested in his services. Millers- 
ville and West Chester both seemed 
like logical choices. They were 
conference powerhouses, and this 
senior was used to winning. After 
all, he played for the winningest 
program in the history of high 
school football. 

Still there was something 
intriguing about the recruiting 
pitch delivered by the new coach 
at Bloomsburg State College. Even- 
tually the high school star, Mount 
Carmel's Frank Sheptock, defied 
logic and decided on Bloomsburg, 
a football program that had a 
combined record of 1-18 in the 
two previous seasons, including a 
humiliating 72-0 loss to Millersville 
in 1981. 

That decision turned out to be a 
great one for Bloomsburg football 

and for Sheptock '86. The Huskies, 
who were winless the season before 
Sheptock arrived on campus, 
showed steady progress during his 
college career, culminating in an 
unbeaten regular season and a trip 
to the Division II national semi- 
finals when he was a senior. 
Sheptock's outstanding play at 
middle linebacker earned him 
three first-team All-American 
selections. And in summer 2007 he 
received college football's highest 
honor when he was inducted into 
the National Football Foundation's 
College Football Hall of Fame. 

Sheptock explains the appeal of 
George Landis' recruiting pitch: 
"Coach Landis had a passion and 
an attitude that said 'I believe we 
can win at Bloomsburg, and I 
believe that I can build some of this 
around you.' Here was a person 
that wanted to try and rebuild 
something and give a group of indi- 
viduals an opportunity to come in 
and make an impact on the pro- 

gram. He had a passion for the 
game and a passion for me as an 
individual. He also did a great job 
of recruiting my mom. Obviously, 
my parents had a big influence on 
my life and my decision." 

The turnaround in Blooms- 
burg's football fortune came slowly. 
Sheptock was one of 14 freshmen 
who started for the 1982 Huskies. 
Bloomsburg was much more com- 
petitive than they had been in the 
two previous seasons, but they only 
managed a 1-7-1 record. That was 
hard to take for a player like Shep- 
tock whose Mount Carmel teams 
had lost a total of nine games in 
his three years of varsity football. 
Walking off the field after the 
Huskies' season-ending 34-7 loss at 
East Stroudsburg, Sheptock 
decided he'd had enough. 

"I was with my mom and my 
girlfriend Lisa and I said, This is it, 
I'm outta here. It's not going to 
work out.' Obviously, cooler heads 
prevailed. Coach Landis refocused 
me by telling me that I had made a 
commitment and we would go 
through some rough times. That 
had a profound effect on me which 
continues to this day as a coach and 
a father — overcoming adversity, 
working through things, being true 
to your word. 

"That's probably what I'm most 
proud of concerning my time at 
Bloomsburg. I wanted out, but 
some people that were important 
in my life refocused me. We were 
able to hold it together and turn 
things around." 
Continued on next page 


Frank Sheptock, second I mm left, takes the stage with other inductees to the 
National Football Foundations College Football Hall of Fame. 

The Huskies did, indeed, 
turn things around. In 1983 they 
finished 5-5 including a win over 
Millersville just two seasons 
removed from that 72-0 loss to the 
Marauders. It was the win over West 
Chester in week five, however, that 
may have been the real turning 
point in the Huskies' fortunes. The 
week before in a win at Mansfield, 
Bloomsburg's sophomore running 
back, Vernon Rochester, suffered an 
injury that left him paralyzed. At 
Redman Stadium the Huskies, in 
tribute to their injured teammate, 
rallied from a 24-5 deficit for a 25- 
24 victory over the Golden Rams, a 
team that had beaten them 46-0 in 
the previous season. 

In 1984 the Huskies clinched 
the PSAC Eastern Division title on 
Jay Dedea's 50-yard "Hail Mary" 
pass to Curtis Still on the game's 
final play. Two weeks later 
Bloomsburg lost a seven-point deci- 
sion to California in the PSAC 
championship game at Hershey. 

Everything came together for 
Sheptock and the Huskies in 1985. 
After an unbeaten regular season, 
Bloomsburg destroyed the heavily 
favored IUP team 31-9 in the PSAC 
final in front of an overflow crowd 
at Redman Stadium. They followed 
with a 38-28 win over Hampton in 
a National Collegiate Athletic Asso- 
ciation (NCAA) quarterfinal before 
losing to North Alabama in the 
national semifinals in Florence, Ala. 

Sheptock ended his career 
with his third straight first-team 
All-American selection and finished 
with school records that still 
stand for tackles in a career (537), 
single season (159) and single game 

(23), as well as career fumble 
recoveries (12). 

With his college career over, 
Sheptock's goal was to play at 
the professional level. The last of 
several tryouts was with the Miami 
Dolphins. Afterward, he had a 
heart-to-heart talk with Miami's 
director of player personnel and 
came to terms with the fact that 
his playing days were over. 

In 1987, Bob Chesney gave him 
the opportunity to be an assistant 
coach at Lourdes Regional High 
School. Joe Demelfi hired him a few 
years later as an assistant at Wilkes 
University and when Demelfi 
stepped down Sheptock had his first 
head coaching job. Currently in his 
12th season as the head coach of the 
Colonels, he had a 74-44 career 
record going into the 2007 season. 
In 2006, Wilkes was 1 1-1 , ranked 
12 th in the nation in Division III in 
the final American Football Coaches 
Association (AFCA) poll. He also 
was named coach of the year in the 
Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) as 
well as the AFCA Region 2 coach 
of the year. 

Sheptock commutes to Wilkes 
from his home in Berwick where he 
lives with his wife Lisa '86, a school 
nurse at Berwick High School, and 
their daughters Nicole, 16, and 
Kelly, 13. 

He anticipates a long coaching 
career. "Sure, I love the game, and I 
love being around the kids. When 
you approach it from a teacher's 
perspective, it's not about football. 
Football is your classroom, but 
you're teaching young men how to 
live their lives, how to be committed 
to their families. That's what it's all 

about. How many lives can you 
touch? How many people can 
you help? 

'When you're allowed to do that 
in a game that you love, you have to 
ask yourself, How lucky am I? I never 
thought I would find something I 
enjoy more than playing football, but 
I think 1 found it in coaching. I would 
like to do it as long as the good Lord 
allows me to do it because I love it." 

On July 21, 2007, in South Bend, 
Ind., Sheptock received college 
football's ultimate honor when he 
was inducted into the College Foot- 
ball Hall of Fame. He was part of a 
class of 20 that included Heisman 
Trophy winners Charlie Ward and 
Mike Rozier, major college football's 
winningest coach Bobby Bowden 
and former Florida University starter 
Emmitt Smith who eventually 
became the NFL's all-time leading 
rusher. Sheptock calls the experience 

"The memories it brings back of 
my time at Bloomsburg, in addition 
to what I'm going through now, are 
very, very special to me. The people 
at the College Football Hall of Fame 
make you feel like this is your day 
and your weekend. I was given the 
same treatment as the Heisman Tro- 
phy winners. I feel very fortunate that 
the decisions I made as a young man 
eventually led to this type of situation. 
So many people touched me in differ- 
ent ways to make this type of day 
possible. I feel very, very lucky as a 
person and a player." 

Bloomsburg University is also 
very lucky . . . lucky that Frank Shep- 
tock decided 25 years ago to be part 
of rebuilding Husky football, 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 


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help purchase books for 

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The National Law Center on 

Homelessness and Poverty reports that 

more than 3 million people experience 

homelessness each year, including 

1.3 million children. Through 

photography and advocacy, retired BU 

Professor Gary Clark makes sure others 

truly see this invisible community. 



Gary F. Clark cruised around abandoned buildings, small wooded 
patches and under bridges looking for Charlie and Lisa, a Florida 
couple stranded, penniless and living on the streets of downtown 

The couple came to northeastern Pennsylvania to care for a 
sick relative, but found themselves on the wrong side of a family 
squabble with no way home. Lack of $140 — money for two bus 
tickets — kept them on the streets as warm October days gave way 
to damp, bone-chilling autumn nights. 

Clark, a retired Bloomsburg University art professor and home- 
less advocate, hoped to connect with the pair he befriended the day 
before. He carried a bedroll, a soft, durable place to lay their heads 
at night until another solution could be found. 

The city has two homeless shelters — one for men and one for 
women. But the couple refused to separate for even a few hours, 
Clark says. Nights found them huddled behind a city church and 
other areas tucked just out of sight, largely invisible to the commu- 
nity around them. 

Clark, though, has always seen the homeless. 

Even as a boy, he saw them on the streets of New York City and 
wondered about them. As an 

adult, Clark walked among them 
and mustered the courage to ask 
how they became homeless and 
what their lives are like. 
Continued on next page 

Retired BU professor Gary 
Clark, far right, connects with 
the homeless, including Charlie 
and Lisa, top, and Pinky. 






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Stefanie Wolownik, the head of Reach, a drop-in center at St. Stephen's 
Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, applauds Gary Clark's work, because 
he has brought awareness about people who fall through the cracks. 

These men, women and children didn't hold back, 
sharing their stories with him. Their plight raised his 
own awareness and moved him to activism. 

An award- winning artist, Clark uses his talents as a 
photographer to put a face on the homeless people he 
meets in cities, such as New York and Philadelphia, and 
in smaller communities near his Bloomsburg home. 

Nearly five years ago, Clark began posting their por- 
traits and stories on a photo Weblog, 
mashuga, to raise awareness of the problem of home- 
lessness and inspire others to activism. 

"I want my photos and stories to put human faces 
direcdy on the numerous and immediate problems 
facing the homeless today," Clark says. "Once you 
hear their stories, see their faces, understand their 
plight, it becomes much more difficult to simply 
ignore this problem." 

He calls his project Essential Humanity. 

Millions have viewed the Web site, and thousands 
have responded, Clark says. He has also presented his 
work locally and abroad and founded the Northeast 
Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homelessness at BU. 
The fledgling organization aims to unite students from 
colleges throughout the region to help those living on 
the street and eventually end homelessness. 

The heart of Clark's project, though, is his one-on- 
one work with the homeless, a facet that often takes 
him into potentially dangerous situations on the streets. 
Some of his subjects are drug and alcohol addicts or 
mentally unstable. A canister of pepper spray goes with 
him on all of his jaunts. 

Weaving through a maze-like building complex on 
a Sunday morning, Clark looked for signs of makeshift 
shelters and unsecured doors and windows. A number 
of homeless once camped against a bridge support near 
the large complex, but no one stays there now, he says, 
because an apartment building overlooks the site. 

A few blocks away, people started filing into the 
St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. The Catholic Social 
Services program, which provides lunches daily and 
dinners three nights per week, is one of Clark's regular 
stops in the Diamond City. He hoped to find Charlie 
and Lisa there. 

Not immediately seeing the couple, Clark decided to 
look for Ellen, a homeless woman he met two years 
ago. A registered nurse and an alcoholic, Ellen lives in a 
wooded patch on a hilltop just outside the city limits. 

Turning a corner, Clark spied an old friend, Mike, 
cutting through an empty parking lot, and greeted him 
with a hug. Mike had just left his camp on the other 

side of the railroad tracks and was making his way to 
lunch. He told Clark that he wasn't drinking anymore, 
but he remained out on the street, unwilling or afraid to 
set up a life inside. 

Life on the streets has its own perils, though. Mike 
lost everything last February when someone found and 
burned his camp. He wasn't hurt; others haven't been 
as lucky. 

Jimmy, another of Wilkes-Barre's homeless, nearly 
lost his life when two men doused him with lighter 
fluid and set him afire as he lay along train tracks, 
passed out from more beer than he could handle. 

"December 19, 1999," Jimmy says, sitting inside the 
soup kitchen. "I don't forget that date. It happened right 
over here down from the old Welfare office." 

That day, he woke up as flames ate through his 
clothes and seared his flesh. Smoldering, Jimmy made 
his way to a friend's home and she got him help. 

His scarred body and damaged muscles make him 
too weak to hold a job. Jimmy lives inside now, but still 
has attachments to those on the streets, including Ellen. 
Both Clark and Jimmy feared that she wouldn't survive 
another winter on the streets and hoped to convince 
her to come inside. But she didn't show up at the soup 
kitchen this Sunday, either. 

Outside the building, 49-year-old Sandy waved to 
Clark, excited to tell him her news. Her boss offered her 
a permanent position, another step toward the normal 
life a prescription drug addiction stole from her. 

She started taking pain pills following a surgery. 
One prescription led to another — Vicodin, Percocet, 
OxyContin — and then she turned to the street drug, 
heroin, she says. 

"I came out onto the streets. I had a lot of experi- 
ences out there," Sandy recalls. "I saw a murder. I saw 
someone killed for $30. There are desperate people 
out there." 

Sandy was desperate, too. "I wouldn't eat for days. I 
was a skeleton," she says. "I died three times. I went to 
jail 15 times." 

Her last stay in the Luzerne County prison saved her 
because she took the help offered, got clean and started 
rebuilding her life, she says. On this Sunday, Sandy had 
started looking for an apartment of her own while stay- 
ing at Ruth's Place, the local women's shelter. 

The most important lesson she learned through it 
all is that anyone can end up on the streets. "I was a 
homemaker. I was a stay-at-home mom. I came from 
a good Christian family," Sandy says. "It can happen 
to anyone." 



Stefanie Wolownik, the head of Reach, a drop-in 
center at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes- 
Barre, agrees. "It could be any one of us," she says. 

Wolownik works with the homeless every day, 
helping some to re-establish themselves and others to 
meet day-to-day needs from clothing to blankets. 

The homeless often find themselves in a deep, deep 
hole, she says. They've lost their families, children, 
home and jobs, and some don't have the ability, 
strength or knowledge needed to rebuild a life. Some 
don't want to work to rebuild, because they fear they'll 
lose it all again, Wolownik says. 

"They remember what they used to have," she says. 
"Working for $7.50 an hour is hard if they used to 
work for $15 an hour. 

"Pride," she says. "They still have their pride." 

The drop-in center, like the soup kitchen, is one of 
Clark's regular stops. Wolownik applauds his work, 
because he has brought awareness about people who 
fall through the cracks. The drop-in center has also 
benefitted from blanket and clothing drives that he 
organized or inspired others to conduct. 

Most of Wilkes-Barre's homeless stay near the city's 
center, where they can get a nourishing meal at the 
soup kitchen or relax in front of a television at the 
drop-in center. Both are within blocks of each other, as 
are the areas where the homeless seek meager shelters. 

When Clark first came to Wilkes-Barre, a few of the 
homeless steered cleared of him, and not because his 
street name, Mashuga, is Yiddish for "crazy," either. 

Jeb didn't approach Clark because he didn't know if 
he was a do-gooder or someone who did good. "People 

Charlie Weiss' face tells the story as part of Gary Clarks 
slide presentation, 'Essential Humanity,' offered during 
the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homeless- 
ness' third annual conference last fall. 

who do good are there all the time," Jeb says, explaining 
that's what warmed him to Clark. 

This day, Jeb sat across the street from the soup 
kitchen with his dog, Aries, a Staffordshire bull terrier. 
Jeb and Aries live deep in the woods, where Jeb hopes 
to build a fireplace to keep them warm through the 
winter. Last year, Jeb went inside, not for himself, but 
out of worry for his dog, which he rehabilitated. Clark 
hoped they would go inside again during winter's 
coldest months. 

Clark's thoughts returned to Charlie and Lisa, the 
stranded Florida couple. When he finally found them 
eating a warm meal inside the soup kitchen, he told 
them that he had a bedroll for them, but had no luck 
finding help to get them back home. He hadn't given up, 
though, he assured them. 

The couple did get home, Wolownik said later. An 
angel, someone like Clark, came forward with their fare. 

Although Clark admits he would have given the pair 
the money if he had it, he wasn't the angel. "I guess it 
was someone who felt right about it. Sometimes that 
kind of thing happens. Someone gets moved by their 
plight and does something. 

"It's a hit-or-miss thing, but sometimes people 
connect," Clark said, b 

Kelly Monitz, an award-winning journalist, is a staff writer 
for the Standard-Speaker in Hazleton, Pa. 


nne-Sophie Ekelund 79 enrolled at 

Bloomsburg State College with faltering 

English, a passion for learning and a 

sense of amazement at an environment 

where creativity was strongly encour- 
aged. The art major graduated with a desire to 
travel and leam about other cultures, never dream- 
ing she'd one day be involved in providing educa- 
tional opportunities in a country far different from 
her native homeland ... or her collegiate one. 

Coming from a small town in Sweden, "the 
move to Pennsylvania was not such a drastic change for me," Ekelund says. "As a foreign 
student, 1 did my best to contribute to the international atmosphere at BSC — at this time 
there were about 20 international students on campus — but my new friends also came 
from towns in Pennsylvania such as Berwick, Moosic, Southampton and Holland." 

Sonam Jamyangling and 
Anne-Sophie Ekelund 

Pay It Forward: 

From Bloomsburg to Tibet 


Ekelund traveled extensively 
after graduation and was living in 
Beijing in the mid-1990s when 
she had the opportunity to visit 
Tibet. "Although I was alone and 
communication was difficult, Tibet 
was without a doubt the most 
beautiful and interesting place I had 
seen. I was very intrigued by it all 
and decided to return one day," she 
recalls. "Two years later, I returned 
to Tibet to get married, be part of 
inaugurating five schools and meet 
new relatives." 

Ekelund's husband, Sonam 
Jamyangling, is known to many as 
"the school builder," a title earned 
as he raised funds to construct 
108 schools and 108 libraries 
throughout Tibet. Bom in Tibet, 
Jamyangling had studied in Den- 
mark as one of 20 boys sponsored 
by a Danish prince after arriving in 
India as a refugee in 1959. 

Twenty-seven years later, he 
returned to the Tibetan Autono- 
mous Region of the People's 
Republic of China as part of a 
delegation to observe whether 
human rights were being respected. 
On the trip, he saw great poverty 
in the countryside and noticed that 
there were no schools. Instead, 
teachers with only three years of 
formal education taught children 
as they sat on the ground. 

Back in Sweden, Jamyangling 
began five years of negotiations with 
Chinese authorities for permission 
to build a boarding school in his 
home village of Katsel. Eventually, 
the Swedish Tibetan Society for 
School and Culture became the 
first foreign aid organization 
allowed to build a school, a plan 
that grew to 108 educational 
institutions, 108 libraries and a 
special gift to Ekelund. 

"On our wedding day, he 
announced to me that the organiza- 
tion would also fund an art school 



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Tibet, often called 'the roof of the world,' 

is known for its picturesque landscape 

of snow-covered mountains and winding 


in the Potala Palace, which was 
requested to him by an older 
master painter of thangka, a scroll 
painting on silk with Buddhist 
motifs. I could not have asked for 
a better wedding gift," she says. 

As Jamyangling put in long 
hours, his health began to deterio- 
rate, and the couple returned to 
Stockholm where they continued 
to work on projects for the society. 
To support herself and her hus- 
band, Ekelund became a project 
manager for the Swedish furniture 
industry, organizing exhibitions 
and events abroad. 

Today, 13,000 children, 
including many orphans, attend 
primary schools funded by the 
Swedish Tibetan Society for School 
and Culture and built by local 
construction teams in the Tibetan 
Autonomous Region and the 
Tibetan areas of China's Qinghai 
and Yunnan provinces. Another 
100 students attend high schools 
and universities in China's coastal 
cities with the society's support. A 
non-profit organization with 1 ,800 
members, the Swedish Tibetan 

Society for School and Culture 
has received funding from the 
Swedish International Develop- 
ment Authority, Volvo, Atlas 
Copco, IBM and private donors. 

Ekelund says she hopes the 
Tibetan children being educated 
through the organization's efforts 
will one day "feel supported 
and encouraged with opportuni- 
ties ahead." 

"There was an American movie, 
'Pay it Forward,' which had an 
incredibly simple but effective 
concept," she says. "The phrase 
meant if one did something good for 
another, instead of paying back that 
individual, the other would do some 
good for someone else. Bloomsburg 
has done so much for me, and I 
would like to pass this on to as many 
Tibetan children as possible." b 

Editor's note: For injonnation 
on the Swedish Tibetan Society 
for School and Culture, see 
www. txbet-school. org. Anne-Sophie 
Ekelund 19 may be contacted at 


Husky Notes 


Charles P. "Skip" 
' Skiptunas and Tina A. 

Valente Skiptunas (right) retired from careers in education. 
They are living on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and celebrated 
their 50th wedding anniversary aboard the cruise ship, 
Insignia, while touring the Greek Isles. Tina taught at the 
elementary level. Skip served as a teacher, head football coach, 
principal and, for the last 20 years of his 40-year career, as a 
school superintendent in New York State. 

} £■* ^T Nancy Gilgannon, a BU professor emeritus, was 

O / elected president of the Kiwanis Club of Hazleton, 
becoming the sixth female to hold the top office in the 
organization's 86-year history. 


Dale A. Krothe, a BU Alumm Board director for 13 
years, is in his eighth year of service on the Berwick 
Area School Board. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, he 
retired as a mathematics teacher at Berwick after 33 years. He 
chairs the BU alumni veterans committee. 

} £l "\ Joe Thompson, a retired coach and teacher, was 
\J \~ inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of 
Fame. He was a member of the National Association of 
Intercollegiate Athletics national wrestling team while at BU. 

7 dl *2 Harry Mathias Sr. was inducted into the hall of fame 
UO for the Warrior Run School District. He taught in the 
district from 1963 to 1990 and served as an adviser and coach. 

9/^ A Vince Gilotti was inducted into the Jim Thorpe 

\J -L Sports Hall of Fame. A graduate of Jim Thorpe High 
School, he was the first All-State football selection in the school's 
history. Gilotti began his professional career as a teacher and 
later became a real estate broker. 

Frank Rizzo was honored by McCann School of Business and 
Technology for his work as accounting director at the Hazleton 
campus. He began teaching more than 33 years ago. 

Jj^ £ Harry Ravert, Fredericksburg, Va., is semiretired 
\J O after 32 years working for the U.S. Army and five 
years with General Dynamics. He now works part-time as an 
Army consultant. 

Quest sponsors trips on bike or on foot 

Bloomsburg Universi- 
ty'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. 

Backpack the Grand 
Canyon, March 8 to 16: 
The journey will begin 
on the South Rim, explor- 
ing the canyon's diversity 
along the way. The trip is 
open to beginning and 
inexperienced backpackers, 

but requires a sense 
of adventure. 

Rock Climbing at Smith 

Rocks, March 8 to 16: 
Located within a state park in 
the high desert plateau of 
central Oregon, Smith Rocks 
has more than 1,400 climb- 
ing routes, offering some- 
thing for all skill levels. 

Walking Across Ireland: The 
Dingle Way, two trips 
offered, June 17 to 26 and 
Sept. 17 to 26: The Dingle 
Way, one of Ireland's most 
scenic long-distance walking 
trails, is located in the south- 
west of Ireland, starting and 
finishing in the town of 
Tralee in the County of Kerry 

England: Walking and Photo- 
graphing the Lake District, 

July 1 to 8: Professional pho- 
tographer Dave Ashby will 

Scenes like this await participants in Quest's photographic tour 
of the English Lake District in July. 

lead the tour through the 
English Lake District's small 
villages and market towns with 
views of the Irish Sea, moun- 
tain lakes and distant hills. 

Iceland Biking: A Northern 
Adventure, July 17 to 27: A 

unique way to see Iceland's 
mountainous landscapes, the 
tour will take cyclists across 
the country's gravel-surfaced 
rural roads. Bikers must be 

prepared for any road or 
weather condition. 

In addition to the programs 
listed above, Quest conducts 
day trips on most weekends 
and designs customized team- 
building and other experiences 
to meet groups' needs. For 
additional information, contact 
Quest at or 
(570) 389-2100 or check 
online at 



Five inducted into 
Athletic Hall of Fame 

Members of the 26th BU Athletic Hall of Fame 
class inducted last fall are Toby Rank '80, Donna 
Graupp '87, Kelly Cuthbert-Jameson '89, Bill 
Connelly '90 and Kathy Maguire-Stoudt '92. 

Rank played on the men's soccer team for four years and 
scored 29 goals (number three all-time in school history) 

and assisted on 
14 goals. He also 
is third in career 
points with 71. 
He was a four- 
time All-PSAC 
East selection and 
was named to the 
All-Region team 
as a senior. Rank 
is co-holder of the 
school record for 
goals in a game 
(four) and points 
in a game (nine). 
Graupp played 
field hockey and Softball. As a two-year member of the field 
hockey team, Graupp was a two-time Ail-American and 
two-time All-PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) 
selection while playing for the Huskies. She totaled 28 goals 
in her career and had three assists. In softball she earned 
All-Region honors during her career. 

Cuthbert-Jameson was a four-year member of the 
lacrosse team and finished her career as the school's all-time 
leader in goals scored with 156 and in career points with 
183 (now second in both categories). 

Connelly was a four-year member of the men's basketball 
team and is BU's fourth all-time leading scorer with 
1,481 points (graduated in third place). He led the Huskies 
in scoring in both his sophomore and senior seasons and 
was named first team All-PSAC East both years. He was 
also named second team All-PSAC East as a junior. 
Connelly holds BU's career record for free throws attempted 
with 534. 

Maguire-Stoudt was a three-year starter for the women's 
basketball team. She finished her career as the school's 
fourth leading scorer with 1,213 points (now seventh) and 
all-time leader in free throws attempted and made (514 and 
361 respectively). She remains number two in steals with 
284 and is 10th in assists with 225. Maguire-Stoudt was 
named first team All-PSAC East as a junior. 

The newest inductees into BUs Athletic 
Hall of Fame are shown with former 
president Jessica Kozloff. They are, left to 
right, front: Donna Graupp, Toby Rank and 
Kelly Cuthbert-Jameson and, back: Kathy 
Maguire-Stoudt, Kozloff and Bill Connelly. 

9 /I ^7 Mary Ann Kaminski Charles retired after more 
\J / than 32 years as an elementary and middle school 

teacher. She worked mostly at Wellsville Elementary School in 

the Dillsburg area. 
Joseph Lubeskie, Kulpmont, retired from Our Lady of 

Lourdes Regional High School after 40 years as a teacher 

and coach. 

5 d^ Q Dennis Siegmann retired from Connecticut's Bristol 

UO Public Schools after 35 years. He retired as a high 
school principal and later returned as a middle school 
principal. He serves on the board of the National Federation of 
High School Athletics for wrestling and was honored with 
"Dennis Siegmann Day" in the City of Bristol for his service to 
the school. 

5^7/^ John Wolk has completed 37 years in education. 
/ \J For the last three years, he has served as assistant 
principal for administrative operations at Upper Darby High 
School. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal for 1 1 years. 

5 ^7 ~1 Rev. James Cavallero was appointed pastor of 

/ A. Salem United Methodist Church of Danielsville. He 
is also teaching American film studies at Penn State University. 
He and his wife Mary live in Quakertown. 

5 ^7^ Ri c k B. Jarman (right) is president and 

/ O CEO of the National Center for 
Manufacturing Sciences after a career at Eastman 
Kodak Co., where he was director of technology 
partnerships. He co-founded the Infotonics 
Technology Center near Rochester, N.Y. 

Dennis Moser, a special education teacher at Big Spring 
High School, was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the 
Year Award. He has been teaching for 34 years. 

Gregory Roussey was named director of transportation 
construction-management services at Buchart-Hom Inc., Basco 
Associates of York. 

1^7/i Stephen A. Andrejack, Camp Hill, earned a 

/ TI doctoral degree in educational leadership from Penn 
State University in August 2007. 

?^7£^ Mary Lou Alfonso graduated from The King's 
/ %J Seminary in Van Nuys, Calif, with a graduate 

certificate in Christian ministry. 

Debbie Demko, a Pottstown High School English teacher, 

was named to Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and 

Professional Women in Teaching and Education. 
Patricia Bedeman Miller is dean of student affairs at 

Keystone College. 

")^/L John Bigelow (right) was promoted to 

/ \3 president of New Jersey American 
Water. He had been the company's senior vice 
president in charge of regulatory programs and 
enterprise risk management. 



Husky Notes 

^^T^T Mary Kropiewnicki (right) is 
/ / assistant provost for assessment and 

program review at Wilkes University, She has 

been employed at Wilkes since 1992, most 

recently serving as the director of the doctor of 

education program. 

Ernest Lemoncelli was certified by the Princess Cruises 

Academy as an expert cruise professional at "commodore" 

status. A travel agent with Maxima World Travel Services, 

Lake Worth, Fla., he is treasurer of the Delta Pi/Sigma Pi 

Alumni Association. 
Jerry Radocha stepped down as head boys' basketball 

coach of Whitehall High School in 2007, ending his 25-year 

coaching career at the school. 

5^7Q Judy Spitzer Sexton (right) is director 
/ C3 of Clarke Pennsylvania Auditory/Oral 

Center in Bryn Mawr. A long-time educator of the 

deaf and hard of hearing, she previously worked 

as an early interventionist and educational support 

specialist for Clarke and as a principal of the 

Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf. 
Joan Williams was named director of marketing at Ginger 

Cove, a life-care retirement community in Annapolis, Md. 

Jimmi Simpson stars in 
Broadway show 

Actor and alum Jimmi Simpson '98, left, discusses his role in 
Aaron Sorkin's play, 'The Farnsworth invention,' with, left to right, 
BU students Nayeem Islam of Bangladesh and Andrew Bliss of 
Mechanicsburg and English professor Ervene Gulley following a 
performance. Simpson stars in the Broadway production opposite 
Hank Azaria. Simpson plays the title character, Philo T. Farnsworth, 
a boy genius who invented television in 1927 and was later pitted 
against the head of RCA, played by Azaria, in a legal battle over 
Farnsworth's patent. Simpson originated the role of Farnsworth at 
the La Jolla Playhouse in California. 'The Farnsworth Invention' 
began previews in October. Simpson graduated from BU with a 
degree in theatre arts. 

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. 
Catherine Baker Knoll and 
John E. Wetzel 

John Wetzel appointed 
to Board of Pardons 

John E. Wetzel '98 was recently appointed to the 
Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. The board of pardons is 
a five-person panel responsible for reviewing criminal 
cases to advise the governor on whether clemency should be 

approved or denied. 

"I have enormous confidence 
in John's expertise and experi- 
ence in corrections," says 
Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, 
who serves as chair of the 
board. "The board of pardons 
will be more effective in 
rendering its decisions with 
Mr. Wetzel joining our ranks." 

Wetzel was nominated 
for the post by Gov. Edward 
Rendell and unanimously 
approved for appointment by 
the State Senate. He was sworn in during a private ceremony 
in Harrisburg. 

Wetzel, of Chambersburg, serves as warden of the Franklin 
County Prison. He is currently working towards a master's 
degree in applied psychology from Penn State. 

}^7(~) Kevin Wixted was appointed division chairman of 

/ S drawing, painting and photography at Alfred 
University's School of Art and Design. 

} Q f\ Diane Lewis, Hellertown, was promoted to 

O \J assistant director of continuing education at Penn 
State Lehigh Valley campus. Previously assistant to the director 
of admissions at BU, she has worked at Penn State for the last 
seven years. 

5 Q ~1 Mary Ellen Rutledge Eshelman 

O JL. (right) was named a shareholder in 
Rettew, a multidiscipline engineering, planning, 
land development and environmental consulting 
firm. She has been the company's human 
resources director since 2003. 

Gina Spleen Jaeger is a captain with the U.S. Navy 
Medical Service Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, 
Washington, D.C. 

5Q ^ Scott Behrent, Pittsfield, Mass., is manager of 
O.W casualty operations with Farm Family Casualty 
Insurance Co. He received an award for academic excellence 
from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty 


Kevin Kerrigan is in his first term as treasurer of the 
Livingston (N.J.) Chamber of Commerce. He is a partner in 
the accounting firm of Wiss and Co., Livingston. 

Michael McMane is in his third term as vice president 
of the Livingston (N.J.) Chamber of Commerce. He lives 
in Livingston and is a financial consultant with AIG 
Advisor Group. 

Anthony J. Varano Jr., Berwyn, is CEO and owner of 
Documents Solutions Group Inc. 

9 Q ^y David J. Bonenberger is regional director of 

C3 «_/ operations for PPL Electric Utilities for Luzerne, 
Schuylkill, Carbon and Northumberland counties. 
Stephen Drees (right) is managing director for 
financial markets for Harte-Hanks Inc., Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. He was previously president of The 
Allegiant Group. 

5 Q A Bryan Kellenberger is plant 
C3 JL controller for Material Sciences Corp., Morrisville. 

Colleen McAuliffe is chief financial officer for Girl Scouts 
in the Heart of Pennsylvania. 

Kathleen Moran, Newtown, is vice president for clinical 
operations for Acurian Inc. 

5 Q JT Theresa Loughney is administrator of Bristol Glen, 
O %J a continuing care retirement community sponsored 
by United Methodist Homes of New Jersey. 

5 Q £l Bill Plasko was inducted into the Tamaqua Area 
O \J High School Athletic Hall of Fame. A standout in 
football, baseball and basketball in high school, he played 
basketball at BU. 

5 Q Q Donna Hibshman, Allentown, is head field hockey 
C3 C3 coach at Parkland High School. She was previously 
the team's assistant coach. She was a member of BU's 
championship field hockey team and an academic field hockey 


Carla Williams Karboski '89 and 

husband, Ron, a daughter, Veronica 

Marie, Dec. 16,2006 

Pamela Palermo Schoenstein 

'91 and husband, George, a 

daughter, Grace Evelyn, 

Aug. 9, 2007 

Lisa Rutkowski Loftus '92 and 

husband, Mark, a son, Nathan 

Michael, Aug. 7, 2007 

Lori Blydenburgh Ahern '93 and 

husband, Jim Ahern '95, a son, 

Jared Everson, June 24, 2007 

Cathleen Zicari Flynn '93 and 

husband, Frank, a son, Ryan 

Joseph, Aug. 29, 2007 

Jeremy "Jerry" Schuebel '93 

and wife, Amy, daughters, Amanda 

Marie, Sept. 4, 2003; Audrey 

Nicole, Nov. 12, 2004; and Alyssa 

Jessie, May 3, 2007 

Carolyn Landis Brzezicki '94 

and husband, Michael, a daughter, 

Brooke, July 6, 2007 

Stephanie "Niki" Jones Kutchi 

'94 and husband, Rob Kutchi '94, 

a son, CalumSeamus, 

Sept. 9, 2007 

Karen Craig Weingarten '94 and 

husband, Kevin, twins, Reese and 

fila, Feb. 23, 2007 

Tracy Walker Funk '95 and 

husband, Eric, a son, Evan Russell, 

May 10, 2007 

Michael Gillespie '95 and wife, 

Bree, a son, Benjamin Michael, 

Oct. 23, 2007 

Melissa Burns Pritchett'95 and 

husband, Adrian, a son, Jess Allen, 

Dec. 1,2006 

Tara Rothenberger Chauhan '96 

and husband, Dipesh, a son, Drue, 

Sept. 11,2007 

Kimberly Nagy Colvin '96 and 

husband, Charles Colvin '95, 

twins, Grace and Andrew, 

Aug. 1,2007 

Sandi Schwartz Weisenfeld '96 

and husband, David, a son, Zachary 

Jordan, Aug. 1,2007 

Michael Kaleta '97 and wife, 

Debra, a son, Michael Robert III, 

Aug. 22, 2007 

Holly Kapuschinsky 

Magalengo '97 and husband, 

Scott, a daughter, Aislin Shae, 

May 5, 2007 

Marlena Zappile Thomas '97 

and husband. Kirk Thomas '98, a 

daughter, Lia Sofie, Sept. 6, 2007 

Jennifer Davis Olds '98 and 

husband, Chris, sons, Tanner 
Aspen, Oct. 2, 2004, and Collin 
Christopher, Aug. 10,2006 
Jill Yendrzeiwski Beddingfield 

'99 and husband, Kevin, a daughter, 
Sydney, May 17, 2007 

Stacey Cardell Consentino '99 

and husband, Michael 

Consentino '98, a son, Michael, 

June 25, 2007 

Erin High Cover '99 and husband, 

Steven, a daughter, Mackenzie, 

April 19, 2007 

Patty Mullen Doan '99 and 

husband, Rick, a daughter, Audrey 

Leigh, June 12, 2007 

Jaclyn Janowicz Schaeffer '99 

and husband, Wes, a son, Zander 

Joseph, Sept. 10,2007 

Shelly Levan Stokes '99 and 

husband, Carl, a daughter, Jillian 

Kate, Feb. 24, 2007 

Eliza Ayers Booth '00 and 

husband, Michael, a son, Kordell 

Charles, May 24, 2007 

Diane Sommers Reese '00 and 

husband, David, a daughter, Keira 
Elizabeth, Sept. 10,2007 

Sherry Goliash Rine 00 and 

husband, Wade, twin sons, Gavin 
Riley and Garett Austin, May 1 9, 
2005, and a son, Landyn Wade, 
March 9, 2007 

Kate Mickel Schmidt 00 and 
husband, Jason Schmidt '00, a 
daughter, Carly Ann, Sept. 10, 2007 
Angela Shoffler Charnosky '01 
and husband, Andrew, twin 
daughters, Brook and Addison, June 
29, 2007 

Stacy Au Jachowicz '01 and 
husband, Joe Jachowicz '00, a 
daughter, Jenna Lynn, Jan. 15, 2007 
Kristin Metzger Lahr '02 and 
husband, Carey, a daughter, 
Madison, June 18, 2006 
Greta Keller Rosier '02 and 
husband, Shawn P. Rosier '00, a 
son, Wesley Patrick, Aug. 30, 2007 
Laura Seigfried Seward 02 and 
husband, Jeremy, a daughter, Emily, 
June 21, 2007 

Jasmine Slingwine Corazza 
W07M and husband, Al, a 
daughter, Eve Mary, Aug. 15, 2007 
Leslie Barrows Steese '04 and 
husband, Jonathan Steese '04, a 
son, Connor Adam, Oct. 2, 2006 

WINTER 2008 

Husky Notes 

Kyle Kern is head varsity basketball coach at Allentown 
Central Catholic High School. 

Aaron Menapace was named Berks County Interscholastic 
Athletic Association Athletic Administrator of the Year. He is 
employed as the director of interscholastic athletics at Hamburg 
Area School District. 

5 Q f\ Wendy Blass, an English teacher in the Berwick Area 
O y^ School District, earned her master's in curriculum 

and instruction degree from BU in 2007. 

Sharon Zuzelski Castano is the internship and mentoring 

coordinator at Wilkes University. 

5(^/~i Tammy Specht, a certified accountant, joined the 
S \J Gratz National Bank's Board of Directors. 
Patti Wylie was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the 

Year Award. She is a literacy coach for pre -kindergarten to sixth 

grade in East Lycoming School District. 

Jf\ 1 John Andronis is loan portfolio manager at Team 

y .A. Capital Bank. 

Gerald Blancard performed with the Battle Creek Symphony 
as baritone soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. His recitals 
have included appearances in Hawaii, San Francisco and 
Coldwater and Batrie Creek in Michigan. 

Scott Frederick, Susquehanna Township, is fiscal director 
for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Staff Services. 


Suzanne Davis Glowaski earned her master's in 
' education degree from Chestnut Hill College and is 
an interpreter for the deaf at BU. 

Sharon T. Kerstetter is a family and consumer science 
teacher at the Central Columbia School District. 

Tom Paternostro, a U.S. Navy Reserve petty officer first 
class, returned from military service in Iraq. A father of two, he 
is a social studies instructor at the Danville Center for 
Adolescent Females. 

JC\ "2 Kurt Davidheiser, Boyertown, is an agent with Zuber 
S O Realty. He is a board member and past president of 

the Boyertown Area Wrestling Association. 
James Karaba is principal of the Nellie F. Bennett Elementary 

School in the Point Pleasant, N.J., district, where he had served 

as assistant principal. 
Jeanette Underhill teaches at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic 

School in Lewistown. 

^C^k /i Janelle Banack is a part-time intervention specialist 

S -I- teacher for Lititz Elementary School. 

Chris Beadling, president of BU's Alumni Association, is 
also president of the Doylestown Rotary Club. 

Stacey Hohenberg (right) was promoted to 
manager of corporate marketing communication 
for ICF International. She earned her master's 
degree in 2007 from Johns Hopkins University. 

Mark Temons was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of 
the Year Award. He has taught sciences, served as department 
chairman and coached at Bishop Neumann, Williamsport and 
Muncy high schools. 

JC\ C Michael Gillespie and Greg Orth participated in 
y \J the Tour de Pink — a three-day, 212-mile bicycle 

ride — which raised $350,000 in support of the Young 

Survival Coalition. 

Marsha E. Wilkinson Kouf ^SfOlM. accepted a teaching 

position with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16, 

teaching deaf and hard of hearing students at Danville 

Middle School. 

Denise Teles was awarded the local Wal-Mart Teacher of 

the Year award. She works as a math teacher at Emmaus 

High School. 

JC\/£ John D. Snyder is a project manager and head of 

y\J land development operations in the Chambersburg 
office of Rettew Associates Inc. of Manor Township. 

Lisa Stockmal Starcher is the managing editor of Contact 
Lens Spectrum, a clinical trade journal for eyecare professionals. 

Recent grad gains 
alumni post 

Nate Conroy '06 recently 
returned to BU as assistant 
director of alumni affairs, 
representing the university to current 
students and young alumni. 

As a BU student, Conroy was 
president of the Community 
Government Association and one of 
three student representatives on the 
Pennsylvania State System of Higher 
Education Board of Governors. He 
led campus tours for students and their parents as an 
Orientation Workshop Leader and represented BU in a 
very visible way when his image was used on a university 
billboard. After earning a bachelor's degree in secondary 
education/ history Conroy taught social studies at Columbia- 
Montour Area Vocational Technical School. 

In his position as assistant to alumni affairs director Lynda 
Michaels, Conroy works with students and recent graduates 
to show them the benefits of staying connected to BU 
through the Alumni Association, from career development 
and networking to discounts on life insurance and car 
rentals. He invites them to become involved and introduces 
them to ways they may give back to BU as a mentor, 
volunteer or donor. 

"This is the coolest job in the world," Conroy says. "I get 
to sit around and talk to people who are passionate about 
something we love." 

Nate Conroy 




Mark Kessler '87 and Heather 

Justine Boer '00 and Drew 

Rebecca Savoth '02 and 

Emily Shockey '04 and Dan 

Hoshauer, March 20, 2007 

Frantzen, July 7, 2007 

Raymond Pastore '01, 

Nystrom, July7, 2007 

Joellen McGee '89 and Paul 

Melissa Calucci '00 and 

Sept. 9, 2006 

Katie Stott '04 and Gerard 

Davis, July 18, 2007 

Gregory Steber 

Kathleen Yerkes '02 and Patrick 

McNamara, July 2007 

Eric Deeter '90 and Beth 

Angela Martin '00 and Russell 

Wirth, June 14,2007 

Sarah Campbell '05 and David 

Christian, July 13, 2007 

Treas Jr. '05, June 2, 2007 

Chad Belloft 03 and Gretchen 

Spatz, July7, 2007 

John L Shultz '93 and Angela 

Michael Morella '00 and Sun 

Walker, June 23, 2007 

Amy Fox '05 and Court Kauffman, 

Ranck, Aug. 11,2007 

Hwa Chung, June 2, 2007 

Melanie Bennett '03 and Alan 

June 16, 2007 

Jeffrey Hibshman '94 and Gina 

Megan Rowe '00 and Christian 

Nelson, Oct. 13,2006 

Laura Gawthrop '05 and Brett 

Gahn, July 3, 2007 

Skultety, July 30, 2007 

Kendra L. Branchick '03 and 

Mitchley, July 7, 2007 

Charles Hughes '94 and Ruth 

Susie Sweeney '00 and Ryan 

Philip Martin, June 9, 2007 

Karen E. Kratz '05 and Justin 

Jeanette Anna, July 7, 2007 

Callahan '00, July 7, 2007 

Amanda Edelman 03 and 

Sauder, April 21, 2007 

Becky Souder '95 and John 

Susan Berryman '01 and Steven 

Matthew Brown, Aug. 1 1 , 2007 

Tara Rynhart 05M and Scott 

Trochimowicz, Sept. 23, 2006 


Lauren Mallen '03 and Peter 

Varner, June 23, 2007 

Lisa Mull '96 and Justin Frantz, 

Danielle Kadingo '01 and R.C. 

Spera '02, May 27, 2007 

Ashley Scheller '05 and Brian 

June 23, 2007 

Thompson, May 19, 2007 

Janene Marcus '03 and 

McHale, April 21, 2007 

Deborah Marinko '97 and 

Kristie Phelps 01 and 

John W. Shank 

Beverly Stoltzfus '05 and James 

Donny Nichani 

Christopher Pietruszynski, 

Heather McCarthy '03 and 

Dawalt II, April 28, 2007 

Meredith Marko '97 and 

Aug. 18,2007 

Roger Billman 

Ashlee Howard '06 and Jedd 

Michael Harrigan, May 27, 2007 

Jeffrey Piazza '01 and Michelle 

Tiffany Smith '03 and Geoffrey 

Gardner, June 23, 2007 

Alicia Chesney '98 and Bobby 


Worthington, June 30, 2007 

Gina Ormont '06 and Jonathan 

Majcher, May 5, 2007 

Laura Renda '01 and Sean 

Tarah Sperrazza '03 and Brian 


Porrovecchio, March 25, 2007 

Rawhouser, June 23, 2007 

Shane Mull '98 and Deanna 

Brandon Palmer '06 and Danielle 

Schreiber, June 2, 2007 

Phillip Updegraff '01 and 

Rebecca Callas '04 and Kevin 

Sheppard, June 9, 2007 

Kimberly Sislo '98 and Jeremy 

Kathleen Shue, June 30, 2007 

Leonard '05, Sept. 28, 2007 

Debra Rudy '06 and Dustin 

Ryzner, Aug. 11,2007 

Kimberly Wilcox '01 and Aaron 

J. Rickelle Dennell '04 and 

Belack, Aug. 4, 2007 

Nina Beacher '99 and Aaron 

Welles, April 20, 2007 

Stephen P. Davis, July 19, 2007 

Ashlie Dell '07 and Dale Sitler, 

Norakus '00, Sept. 9, 2006 

Michelle Barbera '02 and 

Elise Genco '04 and Juan 

June 9, 2007 

Stacey Emery '99 and Michael 

Justin Shipe '03, Sept 2, 2006 

Berrocal, Aug. 31, 2007 

Jennifer Doria '07 and 

Campbell, May 9, 2007 

Nicole Del Gotto '02 and Joel 

Maura Luciano '04 and Patrick 

Jeffrey Sledjeski 

Jennifer Gaffney '99 and 

Harvey '01, Nov. 4, 2006 

Irving, July 7, 2007 

Nicholas Karnes 07 and Amy 

Michael Stower, July 14, 2007 

Lori Effinger '02 and Ronald 

Nicole Newhouse '04 and 

Bowman, March 10, 2007 

Heather Serfass '99 and John 

Gensil '03, April 10, 2007 

Justin Boyer, Oct. 14,2006 

Karlen Reich '07 and Eric 


Scott Neuhard '02M and Mary 

Lindsey Sampsell '04 and Chris 

Light '06, May 19, 2007 

Beth Fitzgerald, March 15, 2007 

Snyder, May 12, 2007 

JC\^7 Kimberly Shewack 
y / earned the doctor of 

Babbish, West Hazleton, 

}(j) Q Christine Butcher Christman earned her master's 

>^0 degree in business administration, human resource 

audiology degree from the 

School of Audiology at Pennsy 

vania College of Optometry 

management, from St. Joseph 

s University. 

in Elkms. 

Sherry Clements joined Geisinger's Children's Miracle 

Kyrston Toomey Strauch is 

teaching French and 

Network as northeast regiona 


Spanish to junior and high school students at Lake-Lehman 

Lyndell Davis is vice-principal at Hopewell Valley Central 

High School. 

High School. 



Husky Notes 

Minishak named vice 
president of digital sales 
for MSG Media 


Frank Minishak 

rank Minishak '84 
was recently named 
vice president of 
digital sales at MSG 
Media, working closely 
with the MSG Interactive 
division to generate rev- 
enue through advertising 
and sponsorships. 

As vice president of 
digital sales, Minishak is 
responsible for develop- 
ing and executing a com- 
prehensive digital sales strategy for all of MSG's digital 
platforms, including Web sites, broadband video, wire- 
less and video on demand for Madison Square Garden, 
Radio City Music Hall, television networks MSG and 
FSNY, and the New York Knicks and Rangers. 

Michelle Heffner, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and 
Schuylkill County Bar, has been appointed as judicial law clerk 
for the Honorable Jacqueline Russell of the Court of Common 
Pleas, in Schuylkill County. 

Angela Heverling received her law degree from 
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and now works for 
the Pennsylvania State Education Association. 

Derek Long, North Salt Lake City, Utah, recently passed the 
Utah Bar Exam. 

Chris Robinson is the athletic director at Broadway High 
School in the Massanutten District in Virginia. 

Laurie Chaple Schneider, Pike County, is a marketing 
assistant with Affinity Advantage Financial. 

Todd Trembula is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at 
the Charlotte Acupuncture and Wellness Center. 

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 

7(~Jf| Jennifer Aponick is the supervisor of special 

S / education for Salisbury Township School District. 

Brian Gasper is the principal of the Penn Kidder campus of 
the Jim Thorpe Area School District. 

Mike Montgomery is director of marketing and business 
development at York-based SA Architects. 

Adam Nichols opened a marketing and consulting firm 
in Langhome. 

Vishal Petigara joined Archer & Greiner PC. in 
Haddonfield, N.J., as an associate. 

Irv Sigler, BU's only Harlon Hill award recipient, is 
coaching varsity football at Thomas Fitzsimons High School 
in Philadelphia. 


Dorothy Bennetto Tubridy '27 
Margaret A. Bacon '29 
Lydia Rauch Davis Butler '31 
Lois Hirieman Quick '31 
Lucile McHose Ecker '32 
Mary Cole Smith '32 
Arlene Werkheiser Traub '32 
Mary Betterly Maiers '33 
Pauline RengTurek '33 
Gladys RitterCroman '34 
Andrew Petro Sr. '34 
Letha Crispell Schenck '34 
Ernest E. Line '35 
Beatrice "Bea" Kirchman 

Hilderbrandt '36 
Edward R. Phillips '36 
Marian McWilliams Cohen '37 
Rowena Troy Barrall '38 
MaryT. Quigley'38 
Lawrence H. Klotz '41 
Dora Taylor Smith '42 
M. Helen Keefer Schnure '44 
Joseph V.Stulb '44-45 (Navy V-1 2) 
Cleo D. Kinney Pass '45 
Lorraine Utt Moyer '46 
Phyllis Schrader Walker '46 
Harry J. Bertsch '49 
Anthony Paulmeno '49 
Leroy Keller Henry '50 
Richard E. Jarman '50 
Donald R. Smethers '50 
Joseph E. Sopko '50 
Leah Wertman Fritz '51 
Daniel Parrell '51 

James R. Babcock '52 
Ethel Herman Swoyer '58 
Herbert Scheuren '59 
Ann L Yurgis Socha '59 
George E. Nace '61 
Joanne Sipe Wimmer '63 
Frank C. Dowman III '65 
Ann Rapella Turi '6B 
Louise Holic DuBois '67 
Charles E. Wagner '67 
Judith Dobb Fairchild '68 
Richard W. Lichtel '68 
W. John Strong III '68 
James E.Shaughnessy '69 
Robert E. Stroble '69 
Kathryn Endrizzi Walsh '69 
Harry K. Berkheiser Jr. 70 
Peter E. Pamell 70M 
William L. Schappell 72 
Betty J. VanGorder 72 
Neil K. Oberholtzer 73 
Robert M. Laubach 74 
Bernard Salek 74 
Terry L. Stellfox 74/'88M 
Marion Toolan Brieden 76 
Catherine Reeve Stresing 76 
Theodore Kalkbrenner '82 
Wendy J. Whitmoyer '82 
Barbara Kuchta Challenger '92 
John F Kowaleski '93 
Michael J. "Penguin" Buck '94 
Kathleen Leshock Bressi '95 



J(\(\ Tanya Bieski earned her master's of science in 

\J v/ nursing degree at Salisbury University. She is a 
certified family nurse practitioner in Berlin, Md. She was 
recently published in Nursing Economics for her thesis work 
on foreign nurse migration. 

Joy Hubshman is marketing manager for the Masonic 
Village at Dallas, an active adult retirement community. 

Eric Lansberry works as marketing coordinator for Caesars 
Pocono Resorts in Lakeville. He lives in Scranton. 

Dave Marcolla, Lansdale, joined AT&T as marketing 
manager for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware 

Michael Nguyen '00/'02M passed the Pennsylvania state 
boards for his physical therapy assistant license. He is teaching 
physical therapy at Central Pennsylvania College and working 
at Lancaster Orthopedic Group. 

Kevin Robatin, a physician's assistant, joined the family 
medicine department at Geisinger Medical Group in Sunbury. 

Kelly Smaltz is a sales associate with Coldwell Banker's 
Conshohocken office. 

}/"\ "1 Sheri Ashman '01M, Orwigsburg, is executive vice 

\J JL president of marketing at First National Bank of 
Chester County. 

Kimberly Boyce is a merchandise buyer with Boscov's 
Department Store, Reading. 

Elisabeth Erickson received a master of liberal arts degree 
from Temple University in May 2007. 

Jessica Martin Fieldhouse is a planner with First Capital 
Engineering of York. She has worked as an urban planner for 
five years and most recently was the city planner for York. 

Kim Gasper received a master's of science in education 
degree from Graceland University in May 2007. 

Angela Muchler, an audiologist, opened Susquehanna 
Valley Hearing Professionals at Brookpark Station, Lewisburg, 
in 2007. 

Kristie Phelps is an interventional radiology technologist at 
Reading Hospital and Medical Center. 

^f\^ Fred Fox graduated with a master's in computer 

\J \£d science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology 
in 2007. 

Ryan Quinn is the educational services officer for the 
Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Ft. Indiantown 
Gap, Annville. 

Peter Spera is a manufactunng manager with Havis- Shields 
Equipment Corp, Warminster. 

Jf\^y Allison Carr received a second national interpreting 

\J %J certificate from the Registry of Interpreters for the 
Deaf in December 2006. 

Benjamin Inners was promoted to captain in the Air Force 
in May 2007. He is based in Colorado. 

Matthew Kenenitz teaches English at MMI Preparatory 

Kendra Branchick Martin, Mechanicsburg, is director of 
media relations for Gettysburg College. 

Lois O'Boyle was accepted to the graduate program in 
marine biology at the University of West Florida. 

Angela Runciman is studying comparative literature in the 
doctoral program at SUNY Binghamton. She began teaching in 
fall 2007 after working as a graduate assistant with recruitment 
and admissions. 

Heather Vogt, Williamsport, earned a master's degree in 
education from Wilkes University. She is a learning support 
teacher at Curtin Middle School. 

Corporate partners offer benefits to alumni, friends 

BU alumni and friends can benefit from their university 
connection thanks to BU's corporate partners who 
offer special discounts while giving financial support 
to university students and programs. 

The proceeds generated from the corporate partners 
program benefit the Athletic Scholarship Fund and the 
Celebrity Artist Series, according to Tom McGuire, 
director of sports information, marketing and promotions. 
Corporate partners not only sponsor events, but also 
provide additional rewards to those associated with the 
university. For example, several Bloomsburg area restaurants 
offer discounts and some local hotels give special rates, 
McGuire adds. Other corporate sponsors include banks and 
credit unions, car dealerships, an amusement park and 
television and radio stations. 

BU alums can show their support for these local business- 
es and take advantage of discounts when they return 

to Bloomsburg for events like Homecoming and Alumni 
Weekend, McGuire says. 

"The best aspect is these agreements are truly mutually 
beneficial. The athletic financial support boosts available 
scholarship dollars to help attract talented students to rep- 
resent the university. Those associated with the Celebrity 
Artist Series help bring diverse cultural opportunities to 
our campus and the surrounding region, as well," says Jim 
Hollister, assistant vice president of university relations. 

"For their efforts, the partners are recognized for their 
support of higher education and get great exposure for their 
businesses to our very large constituency," Hollister adds. 

For a complete list of BU's corporate partners and links 
to their Web sites, visit 
To become involved in BU as a corporate partner, contact 
Tom McGuire at (570) 389-4413. 


Husky Notes 

Jf\ A Rebecca Callas is a probation officer with the state of 

v/^t New Jersey. 

Amy Wilk, a speech-language pathologist with Geisinger 
Health South, Danville, holds a certificate of clinical competence 
in speech-language pathology from the American Speech- 
Language Hearing Association. 

Jf\ £ Nicole Combs is a researcher at the University of 

\J %J Denver where she is pursuing a master's degree. 

Timothy Finnegan is an eighth-grade learning support 
teacher at Haverford Middle School. 

Kevin Leonard, Flemington, N J. is a supervisor in the 
retirement group at Merrill Lynch. 

Cynthia McMillin 'OS/WM is a speech and language 
pathologist at St. Elizabeth/Humility of Mary Health Partners, 
Youngstown, Ohio. 

Jason Scott is covering Silver Springs as a reporter for the 
Sentinel, Carlisle. 

^f\/L Kristie Anzulavich is a nurse practitioner in the sleep 

\J \J disorders center at Evangelical Community Hospital. 

Lisa Bauman, Plains, a speech pathology graduate student, 
is the 2007 recipient of the $ 1 ,000 Von Drach Memorial 
Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta 
Pi honor societies. 

Kara Anne Boneillo is enrolled at Wingate University, where 
she is studying for a master's in education degree. 

John Neil Delia Croce '06M is enrolled in Temple 
University's dentistry program. 

Justin C. Hill is teaching in the Donegal Area School District 
in Mount Joy. 

Christopher Kuebler joined the police force in Upper 
Saucon Township. 

Cruisin' Seattle 

BU alumnus Bill Garson '63 and his wife Dana of Seattle, Wash., 
hosted an alumni cruise aboard the Dana Lou II in late September. 
Among those attending the event were, left to right, front row: Pam 
Halstead '84, BU Alumni Director Lynda Michaels ^ASSM, Valerie 
Frey '93 and Kathy Rogers 71; and back row: Chris Billet '94, Bill 
Garson '63, former BU President Jessica Kozloff '07H, Dr. Steve 
Kozloff '07H and Nancy Anderson '58. 

Gina Ormont Sabo is teaching lOth-grade English in 
Baltimore, Md. 

Ronald Stump is a high school social studies teacher for the 
Schuylkill Technology Centers in Mar Lin. 

Kristine Tofts (right) has entered first-year 
studies at the West Virginia School of 
Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, W.Va. While 
at Bloomsburg, she was named outstanding 
biology senior student and received the Phi 
Kappa Phi Honors Program scholarship. 

Joseph Yasinskas, Clarks Summit, teaches ninth-grade 
English and world history at Scranton Preparatory School. 

Jf\^7 Anthony Borgia, Factoryville, is athletic director and 

\J / planning assistant room coordinator at Mountain 
View High School. 

Jamie Houseknecht is a research associate with Becton, 
Dickinson and Co., a biomedical firm. He works within the 
biosensor performance and development department. 

Kristen Koveleski was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi National 
Honor Society Award of Excellence. Koveleski is pursuing her 
doctorate in sport and exercise psychology. 

Adriann Schick, Muncy, joined the audit staff of Brown 
Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. 

Paul Zipko is employed as an automation engineer for 
EZ Soft, Inc., in Malvern. He is the son of Dawn and Ken 
Zipko 78. 

Alumna leads 



Rebecca Funk Campbell 

ebecca Funk Campbell 
'83 was recently promot- 
-ed to president and 
general manager of WABC-TV, 
ABC's flagship station in the 
largest television market in the 
nation, New York. In her new 
position, she has overall management responsibility 
for the station, including its three digital TV channels, 
Internet site and "Live with Regis and Kelly," which is 
produced by WABC-TV. 

Campbell had been president and general manager of 
WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, since 2003. 
She joined the station in 1997 and served as program 
director and, later, as vice president of programming. 
Earlier in her career, Campbell worked at KDKA-TV in 
Pittsburgh, WFMZ-TV in Allentown and WGAL-TV in 
Lancaster. The Philadelphia Business Journal named her as 
a recipient of the 2007 Women of Distinction award. 

She and her husband John are the parents of two 
children, Dylan and Taylor Anne. 




7 f/lfr, 

Noted ceramist and sculptor Toshiko Takaezu visits the new Academic Quad where 'Endless Circle,' the bell 
she cast on BU's campus in 1987, is installed. Friend and BU art professor Karl Beamer is shown at left. 

Academic Calendar 

Spring 2008 

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 

Undergraduate Commencement 

Saturday, May 10 

Summer 2008 

Session I -May 19 to June 27 
Session II - July 1 to Aug. 8 
Session III -May 19 to Aug. 8 

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://departments 
bloomu. edu/art/gallery. html. 

Dylan Vitone 

Photography, through Feb. 15 

Yoshiko Shimano 

Printmaking, Feb. 25 to March 28 

Juried Student Art Exhibition 

April 7 to 25 

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

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 http:// 
orgs, bloomu. 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. 

Swing, Daddy-o: Big Bad 
Voodoo Daddy 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20 

Dreams in Motion: Paul Taylor 
Dance Company 

Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $20 

Broadway at Bloomsburg: Evita 

Sunday, April 13,8 p.m. 
Mitrani Hall, $25 

Wonderful Sound: Ninth 
Annual BU Jazz Festival Boby 
Zankel & The Warriors of 
Wonderful Sound 

Friday, April 25, noon 
Mitrani Hall, $5 


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

Chamber Orchestra: 
Spring Concert 

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

Bloomsburg University- 
Community Orchestra Concert 

Sunday, March 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts, 
Mitrani Hall. Featuring Randall 
Wolfgang, oboe 

Gospel Choir: Gospelrama 

Saturday April 19, 3 p.m. 
Kehr Union, Ballroom 

Bloomsburg University- 
Community Orchestra 
Symphony Ball 

Saturday, May 3, 6 p.m. 

Kehr Union, Ballroom: Reservations 

required, (570) 389-4289 or 


Tickets for theatrical productions are 
available at the Haas Center for the 
Arts box office Mondays through 
Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. 

Bloomsburg Players: 

Wednesday to Sunday, Feb. 20 to 
24, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 
Center St., Bloomsburg. For show 
times and tickets, call the Program 
Board ticket office, (570) 389-4340. 

Bloomsburg Players: Lysistrata 

Wednesday to Sunday, April 16 to 
20, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 
Center St., Bloomsburg. For show 
times and tickets, call the Program 
Board ticket office, (570) 389-4340. 
Tickets go on sale March 17. 

Alumni Events 

Visit the alumni online community at for further 
details or to register. For information, 
contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
15701 389-4058, (800) 526-0254 or 

Geisinger BU Alumni Reception 
Florida Alumni Mixer 

February (dates to be announced) 

Maryland Alumni Mixer 

Thursday, Feb. 7 

Basketball Alumni Reunion 

Saturday, Feb. 9 

Alumni Mixer in Charlotte, N.C. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12 

Carver Hall Chapter Dinner 
and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 

Saturday, Feb. 16 

Alumni Association Board of 
Directors Meeting 

Saturday, Feb. 23 

Philadelphia Alumni Mixer 
at Philadelphia Phantoms 
Hockey Game 

March (date to be announced) 

Harrisburg Alumni Mixer 

Thursday, March 6 

Northern Virginia Alumni Mixer 

Friday, March 7 

Carver Hall Chapter Wine 
and Cheese Social 

Thursday, March 13 

Lehigh Valley Alumni Mixer 

Thursday, March 20 

Wyoming Valley Alumni Mixer 

Thursday, March 27 

Alumni in the Classroom Week 

Monday to Friday, April 7 to 11 

Alumni Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, April 1 1 to 13 

Alumni Awards Luncheon 

Saturday, April 12 

Grad Finale 

Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 
and 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Alumni Association Board of 
Directors Meeting 

Saturday, May 17 

Jesse Bryan/John Cook 
Multicultural Alumni Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, June 27 to 29 

Special Events 

Siblings' and Children's 

Friday to Sunday, April 11 to 13 

Renaissance Jamboree 

Saturday, April 26 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday. Sept. 1 2 to 14 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2 


Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

The original barn, related 
outbuildings and a field of 
corn and cabbage can be seen 
in the foreground in this 1893 
photograph. In the background 
is the dormitory complex, later 
WaUer Hall. 

Barns, Hogs, and Crops: A Look at the Campus' Rural Past 

The last remnant of Bloomsburg University's 
agricultural past, the old bam, disappeared 
from campus 50 years ago, ending nearly 
90 years of farming and animal husbandry 
as a pan of daily life for students and faculty. 

For the school to grow from a literary institute to a 
normal school in 1869, a dormitory had to be 
constructed to house students and faculty. Equally 
essential was a bam to house their horses and to store 
the equipment needed to plant and harvest the 
farmland east of campus. The first bam was built in 
1870 where Luzerne Hall is now located, and the 
crops grown nearby helped to supplement the food 
served in the dining hall. 

In 1894, the site of the bam was needed for an 
employees' dormitory The bam was torn down and a 
new one was constructed in the area of the current 
Northumberland Hall. The new barn was two stories 
tall with more than 1,500 square feet available for use 
as a stable and for storage of the school wagon. 

The raising of animals gained renewed importance 
following the 1903 purchase of Buckalew Place, now 
the presidents residence. Two years later, Principal 
Judson Welsh suggested that a "piggery" and slaughter 
house be built near Buckalew to provide meat for the 
dining hall and to take care of the school's extensive 
garbage problem. The hogs could eat it! 

Although employees continued to perform the 
primary work involved in growing crops, faculty 
member Daniel S. Hartline began a biology program 

in 1913 for students to 
leam about agriculture. 
During the first two 
years, students grew 
more than $1,000 
worth of vegetables on 
plots of land where 
Elwell Residence Hall 
is now located. Most 
of the crops went to 
the dining hall and 
included onions, 
radishes, lettuce, 
tomatoes, potatoes, 

This winter photo of the 1894 
campus barn, taken about 1950, 
shows the Class of 1917 
greenhouse to the left. In the 
background is Navy Hall and to 
the right are swing sets for 
students in the Ben franklin 
Training School. 

com and cabbage. 

Student involvement soon ceased, however, and by 
the mid- 1920s the effort produced such a limited 
amount of food that it became a money-losing 
endeavor. In 1927, President Francis Haas asked the 
Trustees to approve the removal of the Buckalew 
"piggery" and end all college-sponsored agricultural 
work. Farming was completely phased out a year later. 

The old bam remained in use for the storage of 
plumbing and carpentry supplies and lawn machinery, 
but its days were numbered when the carpentry shop 
was completed in 1938. With plans in place by 1955 
to build a new men's residence hall, the bam was 
razed during summer 1958 to clear the way for 
Northumberland Hall. The last trace of the campus" 
rural past was no more. 


The University Store. 

Brown. Red. Black. Turquoise. Lavender. Burnt Orange. Lime Green. 
And Pink. . .make that Hot Pink! Traditional styling comes in untraditional 
colors today as fans show their Husky pride in T-shirts of various hues. 
But no matter the color, every T-shirt and every fan are true maroon and 
gold at heart! 

Priced at just $9.99 each, the 100 percent cotton T-shirts with the white 
full-chest design add a certain zip to anyone's collection of BU attire. A 
great new look as BU ushers in a new era, the shirts are available in adult 
sizes small to XXL, with some colors sized for children, too. 

For more traditional tastes, the University Store stocks a full range of BU 
hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other attire in the customary maroon, gold, 
gray and white. And all Husky fans can find hundreds of giftware items 
and BU apparel, as well as gift cards in any amount, at the University 
Store, open seven days a week and online at 


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 

Bloomshurg, PA 17815 

General Information: (570) 389-4175 

Customer Service: (570) 389-4180 

bustore@bloomu. edu 

Paul Taylor has used bodies in motion to illustrate aspects of life since 1954. His 
choreography, known for its extraordinary athleticism and naturalism, is 

showcased in PBS's American Masters series program, "Dancemaker." 
BU's unique program includes a new dance, "De Suenos," meaning 
"of dreams," set to music from the Kronos Quartet's CD, 
"Nuevo." Also on the program are "Musical Offering" 
(1986) and "Cloven Kingdom" (1976). The 2008 tour, 
part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries 
of Artistic Genius, is supported by the National 
Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania 
Council on the Arts. 

k Tckets are $20 for adults and $1 for 

BU students and children ages 12 and 
younger. For information, call the Haas 
Center Box Office at (570) 389-4409. 


Paul Taylor 
Dance Company 

Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. 
Haas Center for the Arts 
Mitrani Hall 

esplanade photo C 


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




1 < V 

SPRING 2008 

BU alumnus carries his 
alma mater to the top. 
Mountaintop, that is. Page w. 

Team's accolades come after season 
of hard work and heartache. Page 18. 

Eyewitness to Mount St. Helens 
eruption studies, explains volcanic 
activity. Page 6. 

News Notes 

Joan Miller 

Work vs. 
Good Work 

Prof studies personal 
values in the workplace 

For Joan Miller, assistant 

professor of nursing, there is a 

difference between "work" 

and "good work" — and that 

difference can turn a job into an inspired and 

rewarding career. 

Miller has taught in BU's nursing department for 
13 years. During that time, she noticed nursing 
students were becoming increasingly jaded toward 
their future profession, prompting her to look into 
ways of encouraging excellence and moral 
accountability among nurses entering the workforce. 

Miller soon discovered The GoodWork Project, 
Harvard professor Howard Gardner's multidiscipli- 
nary study of good work — work that is excellent in 
quality, socially responsible and meaningful. 

Although research on business, journalism and law 
were already in progress, no studies had been 
conducted in the nursing field. So, Miller interviewed 
24 professional nurses at various stages of their careers 
to determine why they are in the profession, establish 
their values and beliefs and leam how they overcome 
obstacles in the workplace with those values in mind. 
She found that the values those nurses developed 
early had the strongest hold on them later in life. With 
this in mind, Miller determined that ethical standards 
for nurses should be taught early in their education 
and reinforced later. 

Miller incorporated the idea of good work into a 
freshman nursing seminar course last fall and found 
that mentors often inspired these values in young 
nurses. "Role models — from one's family or 
profession — are essential," Miller says. "Students 
enter this profession because they want to help 
others and, when asked about values that support 
their desire to be a good nurse, they say they 
wouldn't compromise the integrity they learned 
from those mentors." 

Music to Their Ears 

Program earns accreditation 

BU's music program earned accreditation from the National 
Association of Schools of Music (NASM). BU's program is one of 
617 programs accredited nationally. 

"Reviewers visited campus two years ago and again last 
spring," says Stephen Clickard, chairperson of the music 
department. "They examined our curriculum and facilities and 
listened to our students and ensembles perform. They were 
interested in the musicianship level of our students as they enter 
and exit our program. Our students did very well." 

Enrollment in BU's music program, which consists of tracks 
in music education certification K-12, audio/video recording and 
liberal arts, has grown from 14 majors in 1997 to 76 majors in 
2007. The department has eight full-time faculty and four 
adjunct faculty. 

Journalistic Perspective 

Media pros share expertise 

Journalism professor Walter Brasch moderates a discussion panel 
during the Journalism Institute, a day-long event attended by about 
150 high school students and their advisers. Panelists included Mike 
Lewis, WNEP-TV anchor; Justin Walden, national media specialist for 
Geisinger Health System; Brandi Mankiewicz '94, associate publisher 
of Journal Newspapers; and Joanne Arbogast, managing features 
editor for the Daily Item, Sunbury, and editor of Inside Pennsylvania 
magazine. Other BU graduates participating in the institute were 
Andy Heintzelman '85, editor for the News-Item, Shamokin; Sam 
Bidleman '76, newspaper adviser at Bloomsburg High School; Pat 
Trosky '95M, features and entertainment editor of the Citizen's Voice, 
Wilkes-Barre; Danielle Lynch '07, reporter for the Daily Local News, 
West Chester; Maryjayne Reibsome '02, graphics and Web designer; 
Nicole Clark '07, a graduate student in BU's institute for interactive 
technologies; Matt Colosimo '06, BU broadcast engineer; and 
Jonathan Gass '05, copy editor and page designer for the Patriot- 
News, Harrisburg. 


Sharing Experience 

Program brings young profs to BU 

A new program offers young professors the opportunity to 
develop their professional skills while they live, work and 
teach at BU. The Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars 
program, designed for recent graduates of doctorate 
programs and graduate students entering the final stages of 
doctorate study, welcomes applicants from historically 
under-represented populations who want to gain experience 
working as faculty members. 

The program encourages diversity within the campus 
community and exposes students to different cultures and 
ideas, according to provost James Mackin. Frederick 
Douglass Teaching Scholars are also introduced to the 
benefits of working at BU and have the opportunity to 
become involved in campus organizations and initiatives. 

The first Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars, Wazi 
Apoh, assistant professor of anthropology, and Ivan 
Turnipseed, assistant professor of business management, 
have created and taught specialty courses, worked with 
student organizations on campus and served as temporary 
faculty members within their departments. Turnipseed, who 
specializes in the hospitality industry and human resources 
management, has taught courses in both fields. Apoh, who 
is from Ghana, created two new courses focusing on the 
archaeology of Africa and the anthropology of human rights. 

Ivan Turnipseed, assistant professor of business management, left, 
and Wazi Apoh, assistant professor of anthropology, are BU's first 
Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars. 

"The scholars gain teaching experience and, hopefully, 
learn from our institution," says Jonathan Lincoln, assistant 
vice president for academic affairs. "Students can take 
specialty courses they wouldn't normally have the 
opportunity to take. Current faculty have the chance to 
mentor and leam from the new faculty members, and our 
future applicant pool increases. In my opinion, this 
program is a win for everyone involved." 

Forward Motion 

Redman Stadium renovations begin 

Renovations are underway at Redman 
Stadium, home of the Huskies since 1974. 
After gaining approval from the Council of 
Trustees in late-December 2007, work 
moved ahead on the project that features 
a press box with elevator, new rest rooms, 
artificial turf field, track and field facilities, 
new railings, a new parking lot and new 
visitor bleachers. Many of the improve- 
ments will bring the stadium into 
compliance with requirements of the 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
The Trustees accepted the bid of 
$3.2 million, along with an additional 
$250,000 for lights, pending approval 
from the Federal Aviation Agency. The 
FAA's decision is expected later this year. 



Volcano Watcher 



News, USA Today and 

National Geographic 

are just a few of the 

media outlets that 

have turned to Carolyn 

Driedger '75 for an 

understanding of 

activity at Mount St. 

Helens and Mount 

Rainier from her 

vantage point at 

the U.S. Geological 

Survey's Cascades 

Volcano Observatory. 

Snow-capped Mount Rainier is a picturesque - 
and potentially dangerous - backdrop to many 
communities in Washington state. 

Carolyn Driedger 75 left Pennsylvania in the 1970s to study glaciers. 
U.S. glaciers were all out west, so it was in Washington and Alaska that 
she first had the opportunity to observe these large chunks of ice and how 
bureaucrats respond to them. In Alaska, Driedger and her colleagues in the 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported to officials that Alaska's Columbia 
Glacier was calving off icebergs at an accelerating rate. 

"People laughed," Driedger recalls. 
Silly bureaucrats. In 1989, while trying to 
dodge one of those bergs, the Exxon Valdez oil 
tanker struck a reef and spilled 10.8 million 
gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. 
Cleanup cost millions. Today, researchers 
predict that the 30-mile-long Columbia Glacier 
will fully disintegrate within 50 years, to be 
replaced by a water-filled fjord. 

But the spill wasn't Driedger's turning point. 
What changed her life was a visit on May 17, 1980, to Coldwater Ridge, 
an observation point in southwestern Washington from which volcanol- 
ogists were monitoring a long-dormant — though rumbling — volcano five 
miles away. 

Driedger, interested in the effect of volcanic action on glaciers, was there 
to share her know-how. The mountain was covered with glaciers and she 
hoped to track the effects of its increasing warmth upon them. "The volca- 
nologist on duty, David Johnston, said it wasn't safe there and told me to 

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After the eruption of Mount St. Helens, politicians realized what a 
volcano could do. In addition to the 57 dead, Mount St. Helens had 
destroyed 27 bridges, nearly 200 homes and 185 miles of highway. 
Rocks from the landslide and lateral blast covered 230 square miles. 

go home for the night," she says. 
The next morning, she was driving 
back to the volcano when she wit- 
nessed the catastrophic landslide 
and eruption, which swept away 
the observation point on Cold- 
water Ridge, opened a gaping hole 
in the volcano and reduced the 
volcano's summit elevation by 
more than 1,300 feet. Johnston, 
whose last words to headquarters 
were, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this 
is it," was killed. 

In retrospect, the disaster 
created a "once-in-a-lifetime 
opportunity," says Driedger. 

Suddenly, politicians realized 
what a volcano could do. In 
addition to the 57 dead, Mount St. 
Helens had destroyed 27 bridges, 
nearly 200 homes and 185 miles 
of highway. Damage to public 
property alone was estimated at 
$1.1 billion — in a rural, mostly 
forested area. Rocks from the land- 
slide and lateral blast covered 
230 square miles and the volcanic 
layers, which were an average 
depth of 150 feet, measured more 
than 600 feet deep in places. 

Much of the damage was 
caused by the lahar, or volcanic 
mudflow, that followed the erup- 
tion, not the eruption itself. A lahar 
is a flow composed of volcanic 
rock and ash and water that 
descends the slopes of a volcano, 
usually along a river valley. The 
water — which binds the debris 
together and provides its motive 
force — was supplied by the ice 
previously on the summit. 

"Removal of snow and ice on 
the volcano doesn't happen as 
quickly as you might think,'' says 
Driedger. "A lot of ice was prob- 
ably vaporized on that day, but a 

Volcanic ash still exists in much of the land surrounding Mount St. Helens, 
significantly altering the areas environment. 

lot of it also went down the valley 
in the lahar. Some ice remains on 
the mountain today." 

Other disasters re-emphasized 
this concept. In 1985, the eruption 
of Columbia's Nevada del Ruiz 
volcano produced a lahar more 
than 130 feet high with a top speed 
of 40 miles per hour. The lahar 
swamped the town of Armero, 
killing 23,000 people. In the Philip- 
pines, the lahar which followed the 
1991 Pinatubo eruption killed hun- 
dreds of people while the eruption 
killed sigrtificantly fewer people. 

"Around that time, (USGS) real- 
ized that we would have mud flows 
in an eruption," she says. "So we 
decided that we'd better figure out 
how much snow and ice we had to 
deal with." 

Driedger and her colleagues per- 
formed hundreds of measurements 
on Cascades volcanoes, using a por- 
table "ice radar" system that sends 
and receives an electronic pulse. 

"The electrical conductivity of ice 
is different than with rock," she 
explains. "So, by sending an 
impulse and measuring how long it 
takes to return, we can determine 
the thickness of the ice." 

More than a dozen major volca- 
nic peaks are sprinkled around 
Oregon, Washington and northern 
California, but the closest to a 
major population center is Mount 
Rainier, only 54 miles from Seattle 
and the nearly 600,000 people 
who live there. Other cities — 
Tacoma (194,000) and Puyallup 
(33,000)— are closer. 

"As it turned out, there is about 
one cubic mile of perennial snow 
and ice on Mount Rainier," says 
Driedger. "It's as much as on all the 
other Cascades volcanoes com- 
bined." Because of the volcano's 
massive ice load and close proxim- 
ity to large populations, USGS con- 
siders Rainier the most dangerous 
volcano in the Northwest. Geologi- 




Driedger stands 
beside the stump 
of a tree leveled by 
a prehistoric lahar. 

cal studies, previously performed 
in the 1960s and 70s, have been 
updated during the past decade 
and the mountain is now studded 
with sensors. 

"People won't listen to you 
when things are quiet," says 
Driedger. "Plus, we at USGS real- 
ized that we had to beef up the 
monitoring of Cascade volcanoes." 

Today, Driedger — assigned to 
the USGS Cascades Volcano 
Observatory — and her colleagues 
know if Mount Rainier so much as 
wobbles. But that's only the scien- 
tific pan of the story. 

According to Driedger, USGS 
had no mechanism of communi- 
cating what its newer studies and 
measurements and sensors 
revealed. In the years since the 
1980 eruption, the agency had 
compiled copious statistics, but 
they mostly sat on the shelf. 

Driedger proposed an outreach 
program to educate officials and 
the public about volcanic and seis- 
mic hazards. In 1995, USGS 
agreed and appointed her to run it. 

"I was the only one who had a 
background in education because 
of my Bloomsburg days," explains 
Driedger, who had been an earth 
science education major. "Plus, a 
lot of the phone calls were already 
coming to me because I was will- 
ing to talk to reporters." 

Thanks to Driedger, USGS today 
has a multi-pronged educational 
program that reaches officials, 
emergency professionals and the 
general public. She organizes semi- 
nars for teachers and participates in 
drills that test emergency prepared- 
ness. She speaks frequently at pub- 
lic meetings, where she has learned 
to strike a moderate stance on 
development in lahar-prone areas. 

"You can't say Don't build any- 
thing,' " she says. "So, what I sug- 
gest is that municipalities avoid put- 
ting their hospitals, police stations 
and other critical facilities on the 
valley floor." Typically, only struc- 
tures on high ground survive lahars. 

Evidence is abundant. When 
builders excavate foundations in 
Puyallup Valley, an area of weak 
unstable rock on Rainier's north- 
west side, they frequently unearth 
massive tree stumps that were bur- 
ied by prehistoric lahars. But even 
that doesn't alter many building 
plans, says Driedger. If no regula- 
tions exist forbidding development, 
development will happen. 

"The attitude is kind of, 'It won't 
happen for another hundred years, 
so what does it matter?' " she says. 

Delivering such messages is a 
challenge, sympathizes Andrew 
Bacon, an environmental activist 
who serves on a local land-use 
commission in Pierce County, 

Wash. Bacon frequendy opposes 
proposed developments in areas sub- 
ject to flooding, lahars and other 
hazards. Like Driedger, he is used to 
being ignored. 

"Development laws . . . allow 
developments to proceed which 
should be stopped," says Bacon, 
"including the big ones near Rainier 
which have a great chance of being 
wiped out in an eruption or lahar 
event." Most residents will be 
ignorant of the danger, he says, 
presuming that they are safe since 
they were approved. 

So, as at the start of Driedger's 
career, officials who don't listen may 
be her biggest challenge. 

But she still loves the mountains. 
Driedger grew up in a Blue Bell, Pa., 
family which headed west every 
summer. She chose Bloomsburg, in 
part, because of its mountain loca- 
tion. Then, as a sort of bonus, she 
scored a room on the top floor of 
Columbia Hall, where she lived most 
of her college career. 

"It had a great view of the moun- 
tains," she recalls. "I also had great 
professors. Dr. Wendelin Frantz, 
who chaired the geography 
department, was so inspiring. 
He was always challenging us to ask 
questions and to not just 
make assumptions." 

Married in 1992 to volcanologist 
Larry Mastin, Driedger and her 
husband live in Vancouver, Wash., 
with their daughter, Clara, whom 
they adopted from China in 1997. 

"Clara is the most volcano- 
knowledgeable ballet dancer I 
know," she says. B 

Mark E. Dixon is ajreelance writer in 
Wayne, Pa. 



Quality academic programs, 

reasonable costs and a 

friendly environment draw 

students to Bloomsburg 
from across Pennsylvania. 
The same traits also 
attract students from 

much farther away. 


Until he stepped onto Bloomsburg's campus, 
Darpan Singhal, a native of Indore in central 
India, had never seen snow. Neither had Amreen 
Mosthapha from Bangladesh, Xianrui Meng of China 
or Marina Miranda of Brazil. 

But Yulia Smotrova, a Russian student in Blooms- 
burg's master's of business administration program, says 
one of the things she misses about home "is the snow." 

For Singhal and Miranda, growing up in cities 
where the typical winter temperatures are in the 50s 
(Fahrenheit), several inches of cold white stuff on 
BU's academic quad is something new and unique. 
For Muscovite Smotrova, several inches is a mere 
dusting that hardly counts. 

The facts on the ground may be the same, but the 
perspectives students bring to campus from different 
locations around the globe are very different. These 
different perspectives are a valuable addition to the 
intellectual and cultural climate on campus, says 
Madhav Sharma, director of international education. 

"International students bring the knowledge and 
experience of other cultures from around the world 
to our Pennsylvania students, who may never have 
traveled outside the U.S., so they may interact and 
understand globalization firsthand," says Sharma. 

"In addition to bringing their perspective to the 
classroom, international students also spur American 
students to go abroad by their example. In a regular 
semester, we have 30 to 35 students study abroad 
and during the summer that increases to more than 
a hundred." 

When Sharma arrived at Bloomsburg 15 years ago, 
there were about 50 international students on campus 
from a dozen counties. In 2007-08, Bloomsburg has 
150 international students representing 58 nations. 

Despite their varied experiences, international 
students choose Bloomsburg for many of the same 
reasons that native Pennsylvanians do: the reputation 
of academic programs, the small-town atmosphere and 
the affordability. 

When Jessica Laasonen of Finland arrived at BU in 
fall 2006, she intended to stay just a year as an exchange 
student. But she found herself smitten with the town, 
the university and her classes. 

The latitude that American students have when 
choosing classes is something Laasonen finds exciting. 
"In Finland, at the university level, you've already 
selected a track and that determines what courses you 
take," she explains. "I had a course in GIS (Global 
Information Systems) here that I would never be able to 
take outside of a technical school in Finland." 

Smotrova, who earned a dual undergraduate degree 
from both Bloomsburg and the Moscow Finance Acad- 
emy under the Government of the Russian Federation, 
chose to continue her graduate studies at Bloomsburg 
because of the strong reputation of BU's MBA program 
and of the American higher education system in general. 
Continued on page 12 

Russian student Yulia Smotrova carries the 
Slovakian flag during BU's homecoming parade 


"I had a choice between Newcastle College in Great 
Britain or Bloomsburg," she says. "The United States is 
considered to have the best higher education system in 
the world. And Bloomsburg is affordable." 

Bloomsburg is also attracting students through for- 
mal exchange programs with universities in other 
countries, particularly China. Xianrui Meng came to 
Bloomsburg in January along with three other students 
from Shandong University of Technology. 

"This is a peaceful and beautiful town," says the 
student, who will spend the next 18 to 24 months at 
Bloomsburg completing his computer science degree. 

More than 20 students from China currently are 
studying on campus, including Meng and his cousin. 
That number will continue to grow in the coming 
years with a cohort of about two dozen students 
expected to arrive in fall 2010 from Shandong 
University alone. 

Bloomsburg has formal exchange agreements with 
eight universities in China and more than 20 universi- 
ties worldwide. As the number of international stu- 
dents at Bloomsburg has grown, so has the positive 
"word of mouth." 

"My sister had a friend who came here and said it 
was a good school for business," says Mosthapha, who 
looks forward to a career in the U.S. as a financial 
manager or marketing manager. 

Miranda chose Bloomsburg based on the recom- 
mendation of her cousin, who earned a doctorate 
degree in audiology from BU. And Singhal, whose 
father is a doctor, selected Bloomsburg because he 
could complete the well-regarded graduate program 
in exercise science in just over a year. 

While the academic programs attract students, the 
charm of the community keeps them. 

"When I walk into the shops on Main Street, people 
remember me," says Laasonen, a junior business man- 
agement major from Helsinki. "That doesn't happen in 
a city as big as Helsinki." 

"Bloomsburg feels very safe," says Miranda, a senior 
mass communications major whose hometown, Sao 
Paulo, has 19 million residents, making it one of the 
largest cities in the world. "It was a little difficult to get 
used to such a small town." 

Although the Bloomsburg community has much to 
offer, international students still face challenges. Food, 
transportation, customs and manners are all different 
from home. 

"I'm a vegetarian and I have to cook all of my 
own food," says Singhal. "Our food is not like a salad 
you have here. We cook with 20 to 30 spices every 
day. Protein comes from nuts like cashews, almonds 
and pistachios." 

Miranda misses the beans and rice that are a staple 
in Brazilian cuisine. And, even when Smotrova can 
locate the ingredients for a traditional Russian dish, she 
finds that the end result just doesn't taste the same. 

Subtle cultural differences can bring on some 
homesickness, the students admit. 

"One of the biggest differences was getting used to 
the American cheerfulness," says Smotrova. "In Amer- 
ica, you have to wear a smile all the time. In Russia, we 
don't have to act happy if we aren't." 

International students also discover a less-formal 
atmosphere in U.S. classrooms. "In India, you can't 
drink in class," says Singhal. "You have to wear a shirt 



and trousers, and you stand when the professor walks 
into the room." 

Bloomsburg's international students often bring an 
extra degree of seriousness to their studies. "My family 
taught me to invest in education, not in tangible 
things," Smotrova says. "I think of education as a buf- 
fet. Get as much as you can. 

"You're here to be a better person, learn how to 
think logically, become open-minded," says Smotrova, 
who took six classes a semester as an undergraduate 
and four a semester as a graduate student. "I will go 
back to Russia and help my country and make Russia a 
better place to live. I know 1 will be responsible for my 
parents, too." 

Singhal's experiences in his family's hospital have 
given him a special sense of purpose. "I've seen the 
gate between death and life. I think about why we are 
here in this world. Not about daily frustrations and 
problems, but why we are human. We should do 
something for humanity. Life goes in seconds and we 
should not waste it." 

Just as these students devote themselves to their 
studies, they enjoy opportunities to teach their class- 
mates about their own cultures and homelands. 

Laasonen, for example, says her American friends 
often believe Finland's largest company, cell phone 
manufacturer Nokia, is located in Japan. "My country- 
men are bothered by this, but 1 remind them that some 
American states have as many people as Finland. Do 
we know the names of all the American states?" 

Smotrova believes physical distance contributes to 
Americans' lack of knowledge about the rest of the 
world. "In Russia, you have neighbors. You feel it. 

When you live in the United States, it's the center of 
the world. France seems so far away." 

But there are signs of change, she says. "Three 
years ago, I helped professor Luke Springman from 
languages and cultures with a Russian class. There 
were five students. This year, when I helped, there 
were 25 students." 

Smotrova's time away from Moscow has also given 
her an opportunity to see her home from a fresh per- 
spective. "When I went back to Russia the last time, it 
was like I was the tourist," she says. "I was taking pic- 
tures everywhere. For me, it was like a new country." 

Like Smotrova, many international students 
become informal ambassadors for their home coun- 
tries. They march in BU's homecoming parade each fall 
and, along with international faculty, host a banquet 
each spring semester that brings hundreds of guests 
from the campus and community. And, through the 
efforts of the international education office, interna- 
tional students and faculty serve as guest speakers with 
community organizations. 

Laasonen says one of her most gratifying experi- 
ences occurred in Riverside Elementary School in the 
Danville School District where she talked to children 
about her home country and its holiday traditions. 

In Finland, she says, "everyone knows that Santa 
Claus lives in Lapland, a northern region of the coun- 
try, not the North Pole. 

"At Riverside, the children asked me if reindeer 
were real," she says. "I told them, Yes they are, but 
they don't fly.' " b 

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



Stephan Pettit '89 knew he needed to set a 
personal goal to achieve his first professional success. 
A Harley-Davidson seemed like a logical choice. 


Discipline and Drive 

Ever drop off some old paint cans, 
cleaning products or batteries dur- 
ing a household hazardous waste 
cleanup drive? Or maybe read about 
some toxic waste site and wonder 
what happens to the din and other 
dangerous materials that are being 
dug up and hauled away? Stephan 
Pettit and his Tampa, Fla. -based 

company, Clean Earth Systems, often 
play a role in the disposal of hazard- 
ous materials such as these. 

Starting in 1993, Pettit, a 1989 
Bloomsburg grad and Husky line- 
backer, has turned a small corrugated 
box company ("Don't call it card- 
board!") into one of the main suppli- 
ers of hazardous waste containers. 

Since much of the nation's haz- 
ardous waste is burned in special 
incinerators, it seems obvious that 
the best way to pack the material is 
in a container that can be burned at 
the same time. But until recendy, a 
lot of the materials were put in stor- 
age drums. Aside from being night- 
mares to store, companies were left 

with contaminated barrels that had 
to be crushed and thrown out in 
expensive, hazardous waste land- 
fills when the time came to destroy 
the contents. 

Not so with a corrugated box. 
While it's built extra strong — the 
biggest can hold three tons of mate- 
rial — it is totally combustible. Pack 
it up once, and that's it. 

"This was a replacement for steel 
drums but in the beginning nobody 
knew what we were selling," Pettit 
says. "We came in with these cor- 
rugated boxes and were running 
into the old school network, you 
know, my daddy did drums and 
his daddy and so on. It was a really 
hard sell to begin with." 

But a desire to sell — and the 
discipline to achieve tough goals — 
have been characteristics of the 
40-year-old Pettit since he was a 
kid growing up in Middletown, N.J. 
His father owned a printing com- 
pany and spent his entire career in 
printing sales. Pettit's father passed 
on a love of selling. 

Sports also loomed large in Pet- 
tit's life. "I owe most of my profes- 
sional career to sports," he says. 
"There's the teamwork and the dis- 
cipline and all of that comes into 
play in business. I've said it many 
times — if it wasn't for football, I 
would not be where I am today." 

After graduating from Middle- 
town High School South, Pettit was 
recruited by various schools, 
including Princeton and Rutgers. 
Then, he got a call from Blooms- 
burg. It was 1984. Then-head 
coach George Landis was rebuild- 
ing the program and Pettit was 
excited to be part of it. 

"I had been on recruiting trips to 
other schools, but when I got to 
Bloomsburg, I absolutely loved the 
school, the football program and 
the coaching staff," Pettit says. "You 
could tell they were going to be a 
heck of a program." 

He was right. Pettit was pan of 
the 1985 team that won the Penn- 
sylvania State Athletic Conference 
title and was the first team in school 
history to win 12 games. 

At Bloomsburg, Pettit earned a 
degree in mass communications, 
which he thought would help him 
in the business and sales world. He 
headed back to New Jersey, where 
his father convinced him to take a 
job selling photocopiers — one of 
the toughest sales jobs to have. 

"There are certain tricks within 
the sales industry itself that I was 
taught very early on. One was set- 
ting a goal for yourself," Pettit says. 
"I always wanted a Harley-Davidson, 
so I had a picture of the Harley 
clipped on my sun visor. 

"After you get kicked out of six 
offices in a row for bothering the 
receptionist as you try to sell a 
copier, it always helps to have the 
goal right there where you can see 
it. Something tangible you are work- 
ing toward." 

Pettit didn't get his Harley in the 
year he sold copiers, but he got it 
soon after moving to Tampa and 
taking a sales job with E. &J. Gallo 
Winery, where he worked for three 
and a half years. 

Then a friend told him about 
environmental packaging. He 
researched the industry while still 
working at Gallo and, just a year 
after forming the business, he 
bought out his partner. In 1994 he 
became owner and president of 
Clean Earth Systems. 

Starting with a warehouse and 
sales crew in New Jersey and Flor- 
ida, Pettit has guided the company's 
growth across the country. Clean 
Earth Systems now has 12 ware- 
houses with sales teams in each, 
about 30 employees total, and a goal 
of reaching more than 
$10 million in sales this year. 

Despite the hard work growing 
his business, Pettit still takes his 

sports seriously. He competes in 
an ice hockey league and met his 
wife of almost five years, Diana, 
while he was head coach of the 
Tampa Bay Cougars minor league 
football team, a position he left in 
2000. Diana, who is also vice presi- 
dent of the company, raises Arabian 
horses on the couple's ranch out- 
side of Tampa, which they share 
with four horses and two dogs. The 
couple often travels to Vail, Colo., 
for snowboarding. 

In his business, Pettit is eyeing 
the global market. His corrugated 
containers meet strict United 
Nations standards, so they can be 
used anywhere in the world. 

And in his spare time, when 
he's not playing sports, he's 
reconnecting with his love of 
music and once again playing the 
guitar. This interest gave him his 
next tangible business goal: A 
Gibson Les Paul guitar. 

"I have a goal of a certain 
dollar amount and growth rate 
for the company," Pettit says. "If 
we hit them in 2008, that Gibson 
is mine." b 

Editor's note: For more information 
about Clean Earth Systems, go to 

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

Stephan Pettit, 
right, and Ashley 
Skrzypek, regional 
manager, take Clean 
Earth Systems on 
the road for a trade 
show. Opposite 
page: Pettit's passion 
for motorcycles 
inspired early 
business success; 
one of his company's 
products (top). 


The mountaineer George Leigh Mallory said in 1922, 
'If you cannot understand that there is something in 
man which responds to the challenge of this mountain 
and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle 
of life itself upward and forever upward, then you 
won't see why we go.' A BU alum is among the few who 
understand the challenge of the mountains. 

When David Good played 
for the Huskies soccer 
team in the late 70s, he 
dreaded the run up 
Mount Olympus to 
Nelson Field House that 
was an inevitable part of 
practice. Nearly 30 years 
later, Good has a new 
appreciation for moun- 
tains — and he always takes a reminder of Bloomsburg 
University with him to the top. 

Good, a member of the Eastern College Athletic 
Conference tournament championship soccer team in 
1979, continued to play soccer for many years after 
graduation, but by 1996 he was looking for another way 
to stay active. When a friend introduced him to rock 
climbing, Good caught on to the sport immediately. "I 
started doing more rock climbing, and the natural 
extension of rock climbing is mountain climbing. You 

are always asking, 'How much bigger? How much 
higher?' " Good says. 

Good climbed his first mountain, Grand Teton, in 
June 1998. At 6,530 feet, Grand Teton is the second 
highest peak in Wyoming and, for Good, it began a 
course of adventure that would take him to some of 
the highest points on the globe. 

"Grand Teton was unlike anything I'd ever done 
before," Good says. "If mountain climbing is some- 
thing you enjoy, you find that out pretty quickly. 
There's a lot of suffering that comes with climbing, 
between the early mornings, the cold, being dehy- 
drated and hungry. Mentally, it's very tough. People 
probably fail more times because they think they can't 
do it, rather than not being able to do it physically. It's 
amazing what the body can do, but they let their 
minds take over. 

"But I love the challenge of it, to see a mountain 
and wonder what's up there, and then figure out how 
to get up there myself." 



tainly want a guide," Good says, "but Aneto was the first 
major mountain I planned on my own." 

Since he began climbing, Good has conquered 
mountains in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, 
along with the U.S. He has climbed 15 peaks in Colo- 
rado alone. Of the famed "Seven Summits" — the highest 
peaks on all seven continents — Good has conquered 
two: Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mount Kilimanjaro in 
Tanzania. Although he and his wife took a break from 
climbing following the birth of their daughter, Eleanor, 
in 2004, the appeal of the mountains hadn't faded. Since 
opening his own investment consulting business last 
year, Good has been preparing to climb at least two 
more of the Seven Summits. He plans to climb Mount 
McKinley — also known as Denali — the highest peak in 
North America, in June and expects Mount Aconcagua, 

At a BU Alumni Association event in Adanta, Good 
told former alumni director Doug Hippenstiel about his 
newfound interest in climbing. If Hippenstiel would 
send him a Bloomsburg University banner, Good joked, 
he would climb to the summit of his next mountain 
with the banner in hand. 

"I always had a soft spot for Bloomsburg and, after 
seeing pictures of people on summits waving their 
sponsors' banners, I thought it would be great to get 
Bloomsburg up there, too," Good says. 

"When Doug actually sent me such a nice banner, I 
thought, well, I better make it up to the top now," Good 
laughs. Since then, the reminder of Bloomsburg has 
been with him on every climbing trip and has graced 
the tops of Kilimanjaro, Hood, Uncompahgre, Bierstadt, 
Antero, Sherman and many other peaks. "A couple of 
my climbing buddies know that on every mountain 
they get up with me, they've got to get a banner shot," 
Good says. 

In 2000, Good traveled to Spain with his wife, Janet, 
to climb Pico de Aneto in the Pyrenees. At 1 1,168 feet, 
Aneto was the first major overseas mountain that Good 
climbed without the aid of a guide. The couple pre- 
pared for their alpine ascent by running regularly and 
training with backpacks that weighed between 40 and 
50 pounds. "When you first start climbing, you cer- 

the highest peak in South 
America, to become the 
fourth of the Seven Sum- 
mits he'll scale. 

And as for Everest? "If I 
can get Denali and Aconca- 
gua under my belt, Everest 
may be a possibility. But if 
it doesn't happen, I've 
climbed Island Peak in 
Nepal so I can at least say 
I've seen it, that I've stood 
in the shadow of it." 

For Good, the experi- 
ence of the climb itself is 
just as powerful as reaching 
the summit. 'When you're 
camping out at night at 
1 1 ,000 feet, when no one's 
around and you're above 
the trees, the view you get is something you can't 
sibly experience in any other situation. That's one 
most beautiful things about climbing for me." B 


Lynette Mong '08 is an English/creative writing major from 
Kennewick, Wash., and BU's Student Employee of the Year 
for 2007-08. 


Many Feet One 


In late December, 'CBS Sports Presents 
Championships of the NCAA' featured 
the story of one member of the 2007 BU 
women's cross country team, Bethany 
Schwing. But, for this close-knit team, the 
real story of the season is the heartaches and 
the victories that were shared by all. 

There comes a time in every 
cross country race when 
pain begins to take hold. 
Exceptional runners expect the 
pain and push through it. This is 
true of exceptional teams, as well. 
Want proof? Consider the amazing 
season of BU s 2007 women's cross 
country team. 

The hard work began last May 
when members of the team set a 
goal to qualify for nationals. Their 
dedication to achieving that goal was 
evident from the first race of the 
season at Buffalo State College, says 
coach Karen Brandt. 

"They went out there with the 
attitude that they were the best in 
the race and that they could beat 
anyone," notes Brandt, who has 
coached the Huskies men's and 
women's teams for nine seasons. 
"You need that kind of confidence to 
go out and run as hard as you can 
when you know in advance that it is 
really going to hurt. This is not a 
sport for the faint of heart." 

Off the course, the team faced a 
different type of pain. In September, 

Kevin Schwing, father of junior 
Bethany Schwing of Hershey, was 
paralyzed from the neck down 
when he fell while trimming a tree. 
Schwing and her teammates were 
optimistic when his condition 
improved enough that he could be 
moved into a rehabilitation pro- 
gram; however, in mid-October, he 
developed a blood clot in his lung 
and died suddenly. 

For the self-proclaimed "daddy's 
girl," the loss was overwhelming. 
Kevin Schwing, a standout track and 
cross country runner at 
West Virginia University, was an 
integral part of his daughter's 
athletic accomplishments. "He was 
always my coach and my best 
friend," she says. 

It was running and the 
support of her teammates that 
helped her through her grief. 
Running, she says, was a refuge 
that "made sense." The team still 
had goals to achieve and she 
returned to practice just days after 
her father's funeral. 

"My father brought me up to 
believe that you always finish and 
if something bad happens, you 
find a way around it," she says. "I 
just couldn't imagine being without 
my team. It sounds like such a 
little thing, but with everything in 
my life falling apart, they were 
very normal." 

One for the Record Books: BU Women's Cross Country 2007 

Karen Brandt 

• First Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 
(PSAC) championship 

• First National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 
East Regional title 

• PSAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, 
Karen Brandt 

• United States Track, Field and Cross Country 
Coaches Association East Region Coach of the Year, 
Karen Brandt 

• First trip to the NCAA Division II Cross Country 

• First women's runner to receive Ail-American 
Honors, senior Amber Hackenberg 



Returning to the routine of 
practices and competition, the team 
made its way to the Pennsylvania 
State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 
meet where three teammates fin- 
ished in the top 15 — senior Amber 
Hackenberg of Mifflinburg, fifth; 
sophomore Andrea Kellock of 
Lansdale, ninth; and Schwing, 
13th. The trio followed up that 
performance by finishing in the top 
10 in the National Collegiate Ath- 
letic Association (NCAA) East 
Regional, with Hackenberg finish- 
ing sixth, Kellock, seventh, and 
Schwing, ninth. And, Bloomsburg 
capped off its amazing season by 
finishing 15 th out of 24 in the 
NCAA Division II National Cross 
Country Championships held at 
Missouri Southern University. 

"The girls were motivated for 
the team above any individual goals 
or leadership roles," Hackenberg 

explains. "I truly didn't believe that 

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and rain, showed me that the girls 
could do this." 

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And they proved it. For Coach 

Running was a refuge for Bethany Schwing, center, during the 2007 season. 

Brandt, there were many highlights 

from the 2007 season, from 

quick to share the honors. Her 

The 2007 Bloomsburg women's 

the determination she saw in her 

assistant coach — and husband — 

cross country team demonstrated 

runners in the first race to the 

Jim Brandt has been a key architect 

that great effort can yield great 

unbridled joy they showed at 

of the team's success, she explains. 

rewards. Maybe more important 

nationals. "They were so excited 

"The awards are definitely not 

to their success was that, in what 

and happy," she recalls. "Whenever 

mine alone," she says. "Jim and I 

predominantly is an individual 

we were in the van that weekend 

work together in all aspects of 

sport, the Huskies fought through 

they were singing and laughing and 

building our team and then 

the pain together, b 

just feeling in love with being alive 

training and coaching the athletes. 

and young and being at nationals." 

Nothing happens with regard to 

Kevin Gray is a freelance writer based 

As for the coach of the year 

our team without the efforts of 

in the Lehigh Valley. 

awards Brandt amassed, she is 

both of us." 


For years, community recreation programs have 
been dominated by traditional sports — baseball, 
tennis, basketball. But with the help of a BU alum, 
one community's program is giving residents a 
taste for adventure. 

icture this: Your kayak 
is sailing smoothly 
down a river. Mere feet 
ahead of you, the hori- 
zon line drops. Nine- 
teen feet, straight down. 
"You don't know what's below. 
But, you push yourself through it," 
says Aaron Myers '03. "It's exhilarat- 
ing. You're pushing your mental 
and physical ability." 

The 28-year-old Harrisburg 
native continues to push himself 
and his fellow adventurers, just as 
he once did on the Youghieny 
River, where he kayaked and led 
paddling trips as a member of BU's 
Quest program. Now he is outdoors 
supervisor for the college town of 
Blacksburg, Va. 

His love for adventure is a deep- 
seated one, with roots firmly 
planted by his parents. "Ever since I 
could remember, there have been 

family outings, hikes, canoe and 
kayak trips," the Eagle Scout says. 
"During summers, Dad and I would 
go on the Susquehanna Sojourn, a 
weeklong canoe trip that teaches 
about the Susquehanna River's 
impact on the Chesapeake Bay." 

After two internships, Myers was 
sure he wanted a career that 
combined personal adventures with 
continued education. "I wanted to 
work in the adventure field and 
teach. And, I ideally wanted a 
college environment," he says. 

"I was working with high school 
and college kids before and now I'm 
working with the community, 
families and young professionals. 
Now it's the first-timer coming out 
on a trip, the family out to have a 
good time and doing things in their 
backyard," Myers says. 

Blacksburg gives Aaron a budget 
of $30,000 to $40,000. With this, 

he offers residents a chance 
to try something different 
than the softball, baseball or 
swimming leagues 
commonly found in 
municipal recreation 
programs. So far, Myers has 
organized and led kayaking, 
canoeing, rock climbing and 
caving trips. Educational 
programs examine topics 
such as bike maintenance 
and animal tracking. 
He also develops 
programs, budgets and 
business plans; coordinates 
with outside vendors, 
landowners and university 
staff; and interviews and 
hires crews to run trips. "I'm the only 
person running the entire program," 
Myers says. "I have to have 
enthusiasm and energy. I deal with 
unseen problems and roadblocks but 
have to stay positive and keep the 
energy flowing for the lads." 

"I'm putting together an environ- 
mental education program and trying 
to re-establish the nature center here. 
There's also the marketing side of it. 
It's a one-man show." 

Blacksburg appears to have picked 
the right man for that show. 

Myers says he loves to introduce 
"raw beginners" to an activity and 
foster in them a love for it. "It's all 
about the right attitude. We follow a 
'challenge by choice' approach. We 
want to create a safe, comfortable 
environment for you. You set your 
own goals and limits. It's your trip; 
there's no competition. Just have a 
good time." b 

Editor's note: To learn more about 
Blacksburg's recreation program, see 

Becky Lock is a writer, editor and 
photographer who works and lives 
in Pennsylvania. 




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Honors, Presidential Leadership, Education, Sciences and Health Sciences, Fine Arts 
and Humanities, Business and Helping Professions. 

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Parents often say they'll do anything for their children. 
Ted Williams '85 attempted a grueling physical ordeal to 
show his 10-year-old daughter that anything is possible. 

Ted Williams '85 always thought taking on a 
48-mile Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim run 
would be exciting ... someday. "Then 1 real- 
ized that someday is now," he says. 

The financial adviser for Ameriprise in Lancaster, 
Pa., attempted the R2R2R as a test of his determina- 
tion and stamina, of course, but he had an additional 
reason. "I wanted to show my daughter Mariah that 
anything she sets her mind and heart to, she can do," 
he admits. "I just want her to know she shouldn't let 
her physical limitations hold her back." 

Mariah, who turned 10 in January, has cerebral 
palsy. Like many girls her age, she studies the piano, 
does well in school and loves to sing. She had the lead 
in her church's Christmas musical last year and her 
favorite activity is swimming with her mom, dad and 
younger sister, Gianna. 

But, she's also faced more challenges than most 
children. She's endured Botox injections and physical 
therapy. She can walk, but not well, after several sur- 
geries and missed the last month of first grade as she 
recuperated from operations on both of her legs. 



The goal of Ted Williams, left, and his friend Ralph Hen- 
was to complete a 48-mile run of the Grand Canyon in 
just 24 hours. Opposite page: Williams passes an 
enormous boulder along a narrow trail. 

"She was laid up in bed for three months, and it 
took about a year until she improved her walk," her 
father says. She used a wheelchair and walker for sev- 
eral months, but refused to take her walker with her 
when she entered second grade, he adds. 

Proud of his daughter's determination, Williams 
hoped to further inspire her by taking on a challenge of 
his own. "I realized if I told her she could do anything 
she wanted," he recalls, "I've got to do it, too." 

Williams admits the R2R2R quickly became more 
difficult than he anticipated and, several hours into the 
24-hour run, he wanted to quit. The longest he'd ever 
run at one stretch was about two hours. Now he was 
going to multiply that by 12 — a brutal task that some 
might call impossible. Yet he couldn't go back. "How 
was I going to tell her I couldn't do what I planned to 
do?" he asks. 

He and his friend, Ralph Herr, started at 4:30 in the 
morning one day last spring. On the south side of the 
canyon, people were about to start their daily routines. 
On the north side in the dead of night, the runners left 
civilization far behind. The silence was complete. 

Williams and Herr had to run in single file along the 
edge of the canyon — the trails were narrow and difficult to 
walk on, let alone run. They had only their thoughts for 
company. Some of those thoughts were bleak. 

At one point, Williams looked down into a 2,000-foot 
drop. "I thought, if I stumble and fall, will they find me? 
Will I make it? Will I stop? What will I do? Every step, 
you're constantly looking down — it's hard to look 
around. With every foot placement, you're stepping on a 
rock that's sliding out. 

"In my business," he says, "I come up with solutions. 
But I couldn't come up with a solution to this, except to 
keep running." 

At one point, the pair spotted three huge bighorn 
sheep perched on a rock above the trail. It was like 
something straight out of National Geographic, Williams 
says. They chased the sheep and continued their run. 

In the predawn light almost 23 hours into their run, 
his eyes played tricks on him. "I know I saw a guy sitting 
there on a lawn chair, at the top of a hill, reading a news- 
paper. We got closer and closer, and it was just a rock." 
Williams swears he heard voices, too, even though no 
one was around. 

Then, miraculously, the pair did hear voices — they 
realized they were returning to their starting point just as 
others were setting out on the rim-to-rim-to-rim run. They 
downed celebratory peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 
and gave each other a high five — but Williams didn't feel 
a sense of achievement. 

It took six to eight weeks, he estimates, before he could 
walk without pain and several months until he felt a sense 
of accomplishment. Unexpectedly, he also found that the 
lonely run made him avoid people for a while. "I just 
didn't want to be around the hustle and busde," he says. 

Williams admits that Mariah may not understand 
today the full significance of what he did and why, but he 
hopes that someday it will make a difference in her life, 
as it has in his. 

The R2R2R has motivated Williams to take on other 
physical challenges. "Anybody who can run the Grand 
Canyon can run a marathon," he says, laughing. Then 
there's the possibility of hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro, 
the fourth highest peak in the world. Or maybe he'll go 
to South America or Africa to try a vision quest with 
shamans. "I've just been reading about how that works," 
he says. "It's a whole other journey." b 

Laurie Creasy, a native ofCatawissa, is working on her 
master of science degree in human computer interaction. 

SPRING 2008 


Husky Notes 

5^ Q Harriet Adams turned 99 in January 2008. She 

.wO taught for 45 years in the Bloomsburg School 
District and retired in 1974. 

? C C P m l Gergen, a retired teacher, administrator and 

%J %J naval officer, has served for more than 30 years as 

sports information director for Mount Carmel Area schools. 

9 C?("J Glen Spaid was inducted into the Central Columbia 

«_J y High School Hall of Fame. He earned 12 letters 
in basketball, soccer and baseball and led the basketball and 
soccer teams to county and District 4 championships. 


Russell "Skip" Rudy was inducted into the Exeter 
High School Hall of Fame this year. He was a three- 
year starter at defensive end for the Huskies in the '60s. 

5^7 "1 Kay Frances Leonard Baker, Etters, is in her 37th 

/ -1- year with the West Shore School District. She has 
worked as a counselor for the last 31 years and, earlier in her 
career, was a teacher. 

5^70 Steve Neumyer (right) is vice 

/ £* president/sales with Associated Paper 
Inc. in Conyers, Ga. He was installed as president 
of the Georgia Sanitary Suppliers Association for 
2008. He lives in Loganville with his wife, Kathy, 
and their two sons. 

Rev. Donald Raffensperger, Elizabethville, 
marked his 40th anniversary as a minister in the Central 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 
in 2007. He and his wife, Constance, celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary in December 2007. 

Kathy Sandy was appointed secretary of the board of 
directors for the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff, a 
national professional development and advocacy organization 
for employed Girl Scout staff. 

Quest trips span the globe 

Bloomsburg Univer- 
sity'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 com- 
monwealth, across the U.S., 
and in Africa, South and 
Central America 
and Europe. 

England: Walking and 
Photographing the Lake 
Districtjuly 1 to 8: 

Professional photographer 
Dave Ashby will lead the 
tour through the English 
Lake District's small 
villages and market towns 
with views of the Irish 
Sea, mountain lakes and 
distant hills. 

Iceland Biking: A Northern 
Adventure, July 17 to 27: A 

unique way to see Iceland's 
mountainous landscapes, the 
tour will take cyclists across 
the country's gravel-surfaced 
rural roads. Bikers must be 
prepared for any road or 
weather condition. 

Walking Across Ireland: 
The Dingle Way, Sept. 17 
to 26: The Dingle Way, 
one of Ireland's most scenic 
long-distance walking trails, 
is located in the southwest 
of Ireland, starting and 
finishing in the town of 
Tralee in the County of Kerry. 

Costa Rica Mountain Biking: 
Coast to Coast, Dec 30, 

2008, to Jan. 10, 2009: Cross 
160 miles of Costa Rica's 
high-altitude cloud forests, 
towering volcanoes, pristine 
beaches, raging Whitewater 
rivers and dense tropical rain 
forests on a mountain bike at 
a consistent 85 degrees. 

Mountain bikers can experience the unique terrain of Costa Rica on 
Quests coast to coast tour. 

Walking in the Cotswold: 
Celts, Romans and Saxons, 

June 10 to 20, 2009: Journey 
through 2,000 years of British 
history in a rural region 
sculpted by the early Celts, 
Romans and Saxons who 
cared for a landscape that is 
quintessentially English. 

In addition to the programs listed 
above, Quest conducts day trips 
on most weekends and designs 

customized teambuilding and 
other experiences to meet each 
group's needs. For additional 
information, contact Quest at, (570) 
389-2100 or check online at 


5^7^ Barbara Smith Ries is an assistant librarian at the 
/ O Hershey Public Library. She lives in Lancaster. 

5^7 /t Debbie Stevens Dellegrotti is the principal at 
/ TI Sheckler Elementary School. She taught in Berwick 

for 28 years before moving to the Catasauqua Area School 

District six years ago. 

Mary Beth Lech retired in November 2007 from the U.S. Air 

Force after 31 years of service. 
Ann Wanner Moser participated in the Heart/Stroke Walk 

in October 2007. A stroke victim herself, she raised more than 

$2,000 for the cause. 

5^7Q Dr. John Mizzer received the Dade Behring Fellow 
/ O designation from his employer in recognition of his 
contributions in advancing the technology of clinical laboratory 
science. He is a specialist in system development at Dade 
Behring, Glasgow, Del., and has been credited with multiple 
publications and patents. 

5^7Ci Col. George Antochy completed a one-year deploy- 
/ S ment to Kuwait with the Army Reserves in support of 

Operation Iraqi Freedom. His wife, Laura Adolphson Antochy 

'79, teaches kindergarten in Arlington, Texas, where they live. 
Becky Tait Reilly was the featured artist at Michelyn 

Galleries, Doylestown, in September 2007. She paints still life in 

the traditional style of the old world masters. 

5 Q f\ William Dalius Jr. is chief financial officer of the 

C3 V Federal Bureau of Prisons and assistant director of the 
administrative division. 

Chuck Meachum is a pilot-in-command with ERAMed, 
flying Geisinger Medical Center's LifeFlight 4 from the 
Williamsport Regional Airport. He also serves as a firefighter/ 
emergency medical technician for the William Cameron Engine 
Co., Lewisburg. 

?Q1 Ernest Jackson was promoted to principal at the 
O -1- Chester Academy Middle School in Chester, N.Y. He 

was also elected the Section 9 chairman for the United States 

Association of Wrestling of New York. 

Patricia Carachilo Rossi, Dover, Del., is director of retail 

services for Bayhealth Medical Center, including Kent General 

and Milford Memorial hospitals. 

5 Q^ Raymond J. Distasio Jr., Mountain Top, was 
O.W admitted as a principal to the accounting firm of 

Snyder and Clemente. A certified public accountant, he has been 

associated with the firm for more than 25 years. 
Jeffrey S. Fagan is a senior commercial loan officer with 

Commerce Bank/Harrisburg in Swatara Township. Previously, 

he was president and chief executive officer of Mutual Inspection 

Bureau Inc. and president of capital region with Community 

Banks Inc. 

Brian D. Hamm, Center Valley, joined Beard Miller Co. , 

Reading, as a senior accountant in the audit and accounting 

department. He has worked in the financial industry for 

22 years. 


Marsha Childs Dieffender 
'92/"06M and husband, Wayne, a 
daughter, Emily Grace, Oct. 6, 2007 
Scott Bird '96 and wife, Sara, 
a daughter, Avary Elizabeth, 
Oct. 10,2007 

Amy Goodyear Chermela '96 

and husband, Michael, twins, 
Charlotte and Gavin, March 8, 2007 
Amy Lautermilch Wood '96 
and husband, Paul Wood '95, 
a daughter, Kelly Nicole, 
Nov. 23, 2007 

Kara Morton Kearney '97 and 
husband, Ed, a son, Ryan James, 
Dec. 14,2007 

D.J. Cahoone '98 and wife, 
Michele, a daughter, Catharine 
Grace, Nov. 4, 2007 

Lauren Pasini Pursel '98/*99M 

and husband, Kyle, twin daughters, 
Ellison, April 24, 2006, and 
Morgan, April 25, 2006 
Lisa Brem Cutillo '00 and 
husband, Randy, a daughter, 
Kaitlyn Anne, Nov. 28, 2007 
Jennifer Hart Eberly '00/'02M 
and husband, Jeffrey, a son, Ethan 
Jeffrey, June 16, 2007 

Chi-Chen Ho Schreibeis '00 and 
husband, Justin M. Schreibeis 
'00, a daughter, Jocelyn Lee, 
May 2, 2007 

Carly Pagano Weese '03 and 

husband, Brandon Weese '03, a 

daughter, Delainey McLaren, 
Jan. 25, 2008 

5 Q "2 Karen Halderman Murray (right) 
f3*_J joined Allen Tate Co.'s marketing 
and public relations department as a public 
relations manager. 

7 Q/C Christine Honis Lizbinski is a music 

C3vJ teacher at MMI Preparatory School. 
She has taught music through the Hazleton Philharmonic 
Society for almost 30 years. 

Deborah Luckett Slattery received the outstanding 
chemistry teacher award from the Susquehanna Valley Section 
of the American Chemical Society. She is a chemistry teacher 
at Danville High School. 

5 Q^7 Vince Nicastro is in his eighth year as director of 
C3 / athletics for Villanova University. 

5 QQ Carol Fastrich Aranos is vice president of 

C3C3 marketing for AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union. 
She has more than 13 years of sales and marketing experience 
and more than seven years of credit union experience. 

Diane Gard Brennan, Tucson, Ariz., is serving as 
president of the International Coach Federation, a worldwide 
organization aimed at advancing professional coaching. She 
owns a coaching business, Brennan Associates, and has co- 
edited a book on coaching. 

Filomena Costantino Covert, Shavertown, earned a 
doctoral degree in mathematics education from Temple 
University. She is an adjunct professor for Luzerne County 
Community College and Wilkes University and a district 
consultant for the Luzerne Intermediate Unit. She serves 
on the Pennsylvania mathematics advisory committee and 
has been nominated 15 times for Who's Who Among 
American Teachers. 



Husky Notes 

7 Q f\ Margaret Marshalick Faust is an instructor 
O y of nursing at Penn College of Technology in 
Williamsport. She has been affiliated with Evangelical 
Community Hospital, Lewisburg, since 1989. 

}£\/~\ Michelle Seibert Appel received the best 

/ \3 practitioner paper award from the Northeast 
Association for Institutional Research. She is the associate 
director for enrollment policy and planning at the University 
of Maryland. 

Katie McKeown Clements, King of Prussia, sang with 
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in December 2007 as a 
member of the Philly Pops Festival Chorus. She is an itinerant 
teacher of the hearing impaired with Montgomery County 
Intermediate Unit. 

Mark Reinhardt, currently ninth-grade house principal 
in the Hempfield School District, will become associate high 
school principal, effective July 1. 

Bruce E. Schriner, formerly of MontoursvOle, was 
promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. 
He serves in the Military District of Washington, D.C., as a 
joint staff officer after completing a tour in Iraq. 

?C\ "1 Linda Mann Burklow of New Jersey participated 

7 -M- in a 26-mile Marine Corps marathon to raise money 
for injured military personnel. 

Richard Remington is vice president of product manage- 
ment and development for Reed Construction Data, Norcross, 
Ga. He lives with his wife, Renee Farrell Remington '91, and 
their three children in Cumming, Ga. 

?("J"^ Ricky Bonomo, Harrisburg, was honored as one of 

y ^ the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum's 
distinguished members, Class of 2008. He captured three 
National Collegiate Athletic Association titles for BU. 

Kenneth Rossi is supervisor of special education for the 
Blue Mountain School District. 

^CJ^ Claire Day, a specialist in dementia education, 
/ \J is director of program and education 

for the Alzheimer's Association's Delaware 

Valley Chapter. 

Tracy Finken (right), a trial attorney 

from Lower Saucon Township, was named 

a 2007 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Law & 

Politics magazine. 

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 

Super Statistician 

Ed Mida '94M, talent statistician for Super Bowl XLII, center, poses 
with Fox sportscasters Troy Aikman, analyst, left, and Joe Buck, 
play-by-play announcer, last February in Phoenix. Sfida provided 
the yards gained, punt and return distances and other significant 
numbers that Aikman and Buck shared throughout the game. He's 
also been statistician for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadel- 
phia Eagles. 

Tammy Lee Morsch won a Mothers' Day poem contest 
after her 6-year-old twin sons submitted the winning poem in 
her honor, with the help of their grandmother. She is a stay-at- 
home mom raising her two boys. 

7(^/f Paul Christman was promoted to director 

S -L of financial analysis and cost accounting at 
Teleflex Medical. 

Christopher Helt is a senior business services partner at the 
St. Charles Way branch of York Traditions Bank. 

Susan Dantona Jolley (right) is director of 
donor relations for Wilkes University. She was 
vice president of development/major and planned 
gifts at WVIA Public Television for four years. 

Gretchen Gillies Murchison is director 
of counseling and family services at Girard 
College, Philadelphia. 

Gwendolyn Witmer-Belding is director of curriculum for 
the Blue Mountain School District. 

JC\j£ Jesse Ergott is executive director of neighborhood 

S\J housing for the City of Scranton. 

Pershing W. Markle Jr., Elysburg, was promoted to 
the rank of major in the Pennsylvania National Guard. A 
member of the guard for more than 20 years, he is a veteran 
of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and a Bronze Star recipient. He 
teaches science at Danville High School. 

Megan Pesavento Murray, an English teacher at 
Easton Area High School, achieved national board certifi- 
cation in 2007 from the National Board for Professional 
Teaching Standards. 



Peter Sobrinski '84 and Janice E. 
Lee, July 22, 2007 

John Gnall '90 and Donna 
Shepherd, June 22, 2007 

Marc Varano '90 and Karen 
Barsh, Aug. 25, 2007 

Grace Bognatz '95 and Jason 
Woelkers, Oct. 14,2006 

Kirstin Foust '95 and Simon 
McElrea, June 9,2007 

Holly Andes '96 and Robert 

Popovitch, Oct. 13,2007 

Robyn Kuhar '96 and Russell 
Caiazzo, July 27, 2007 

Cheryl Purta '96 and Michael 
Jaworski, April 28, 2007 

Lori Storm '96 and David Cawley, 
Aug. 10, 2007 

Paul A. Cacciamani '97 and 

Lauren E. Pollock, Aug. 18,2007 

Jennifer Adams '98 and Gary 
Bean, Dec. 24, 2007 

Christopher Embert '98 and 

Maria Izaguirre, July 21, 2007 

Shane Tamecki '98 and Angela 
Angstadt, Nov. 2, 2007 

Allyson Arnold '99 and Andrew 
Hackman, June 30, 2006 

Mark Bohr '99 and Jennifer 
Piazza, Oct. 20, 2007 

Leon O'Neill IV '99 and Alissa 
Brotman, Dec. 1,2007 

Amy Pokrywka '99 and Jeffrey 
Clauss, Oct. 20, 2007 

Lisa Brennan '00 and Robert 
Siegfried, Aug. 11,2007 

Stacie Gottstein '00 and Robert 

Gina Libertore '00 and Dave 
Arnold, Oct. 19,2007 

Regan O'Malley '00 and Daniel 
Higgins Jr., Nov. 2, 2007 

Eileen Bell '01 and Elliot Garney, 
July 19, 2007 

Pamela A. Brennan '01 M and 

David B. Burns, Aug. 18,2007 

Steven Collins '01 and Tara 
Carver, April 11, 2007 

Kathryn Curry '01 and Carl 
Puskar, Nov. 24, 2007 

Elizabeth H. Smith '01 and 

Micah J. Gorbey, Aug. 25, 2007 

Katie Stockinger W03M and 
Corey Collier '01, Oct 5,2007 

Danielle H. Zeske '01 
and Wayne Vidzicki '02, 

Aug 14, 2007 

Andrea Brouse '02 and Justin 
Straus, May 12, 2007 

Mollie Connors '02 and 
Lawrence Pryzblick Jr. '02 

Melissa M. DeFinnis '02 and 

Jared L. Spaide, June 1 6, 2007 

Autumn Gibbons '02 and 
Matthew Quinn '02, Oct 7, 2007 

Dayna Gulden '02 and 

Eronn Culver 

Alicia L. Jordan '02 and James T. 
Langmayer, July 28, 2007 

Kenneth Marx Jr. 02 and 

Katrina Yashin, Aug. 11,2007 

Michael Maziekas '02 and 

Jessica Mistretta, Aug. 18, 2007 

Jennifer Schott '02 and Blake 
Gable, Oct. 15,2007 

Leslie Cunningham '03 and Ryan 

Perryman, Sept. 22, 2007 

Nicole Dorzinsky '03 and John 
Antonelli, June 2, 2007 

Peter Clement Frederick Jr. '03 

and Kristen Shomper, July 7, 2007 

Michelle Giannone '03 and 
Jason Dermes 03/05M 

Oct. 27, 2007 

Heidi Kalafut 03 and Nicholas 

Daley '03, Sept. 1,2007 

William Kaledas Jr. 03 and 

Jessica Lepley, June 23, 2007 

Carrie Montella '03 and Michael 
Mish, July 21, 2007 

Billie Jean Nogle '03 and 

Timothy Tyler, Sept. 15,2007 

Rebecca Phillips '03 and 
Michael Kalmbach '03, 

July 21, 2007 

Keriann Nicole Stark '03 and 

Angel Alvarado, Aug. 16,2007 

Gretchen Angstadt '04 and Kurt 
Biedermann '03, May 27, 2007 

Natalie Moriano '04 and 
Santino Ferretti '03, 

Nov. 11,2006 

Nicole Reinert 04 and Ryan 
Chulada '04, June 30, 2007 

Stacey Sims '04 and John Natt 

Veronica Butters '05 and Jacob 
Lepley, June 16, 2007 

Emily Eaton 05 and Jeffrey 
Nichols '05, Oct. 6, 2007 

Crystal J. Hollednak '05 and 

Gary J. Rodgers Jr., July 27, 2007 

Devon Jo Orner '05 and Brian 
Manney, June 9, 2007 

Lacy Phillips '05 and Adam 
Wilson, Sept. 15,2007 

Amanda Smith '05 and Jared 
Kishbaugh '07M, Oct. 13,2007 

Amber Yeagle '05 and Michael 
Spotts, Nov. 22, 2007 

Michelle Breneman '06 and 

Calvin Martin, Sept. 8, 2007 

Allison N. Gill 06 and 

Christopher L. Husted, July 7, 2007 

Christina Bloom '07 and George 
Ritchey, June 16, 2007 

Jennifer M. Davis '07 and 

Bradley Oravitz, Oct. 5, 2007 

Nicole Newman '07 and Kevin 
Lehman, May 26, 2007 

Stephanie Stacharowski '07 
and Michael Hausman 01, 

June 22, 2007 

Mark R. Owens, an attorney, was elected a partner at 
Barnes & Thomburg's Indianapolis office. 

Angela Snader Schadt is vice president and portfolio 
manager in Fulton Financial Advisors' investment division. 

5fJ^T Stephanie Bombay is a community income devel- 
S / opment specialist for the American Cancer Society. 
Rev. Drena L. Hubler Miller is pastor of St. Paul's United 

Methodist Church, Drums. She previously served churches in 
Gilberton, Shamokin, East Stroudsburg and Willistown. 
Sarah Nielson Signorelli is the major gifts officer for 
institutional advancement at Saint Joseph's College, West 
Hartford, Conn. 

}(~J Q Jennifer Adams is assistant dean at Colgate 
/ Cjf University. 

SPRING 2008 

Husky Notes 

Jill Yazwinsky Dougherty, a ninth-grade reading specialist 
at Springfield High School, Delaware County, received a 
$25,000 Milken Family Foundation award for exceptional 
talent and accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. 

Mike Hancock, Lemoyne, is a regional manager for Health 
Options and Management Services. A former high school 
baseball coach, he now volunteers as an assistant baseball 
coach for Mechanicsburg schools. 

Kirk Ream opened a fitness center, Transformation 
Training & Fitness, in Carlisle. 

Peter Trentacoste was promoted to university housing 
director at Northern Kentucky University. 

?(")}(")} Jeffrey Witts, Dickson City, was promoted to 
W b 

branch manager of Pennstar Bank's Steamtown 

Mall office. 

J(\(\ Lisa Brennan Siegfried earned a master's degree in 

\J\J instructional technology from Towson University in 
2007. She is employed as a high school social studies teacher 
by the Baltimore County Public School System. 

Jf\ "1 Richard Cardamone, Harrisburg, is a division chief 
\J A~ with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's bureau 

of financial management. 

Christopher L. Reibsome was sworn into the Pennsylvania 

Bar Association in November 2007 during a ceremony in the 

Dauphin County Courthouse. He is a probation/parole officer 

in Charlottesville, Va. 

Alums connect in the region, workplace 

BU President David L. Soltz, center, spends a few moments 
with BU Trustee Dr. Joseph Mowad, left, and Jim Cleary, 
associate vice president of labor and employee relations for 
Geisinger Health System, during an Alumni Association 
reception at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville. Nearly 75 alumni and 
their guests attended the reception, as well as BU faculty, staff 
and students. Approximately 350 BU grads work for the 
Geisinger Health System. 

Anew alumni chapter and events for alumni in the 
workplace are two ways the Alumni Association 
is helping BU graduates stay connected with the 
university and each other. 

The newest chapter of the Alumni Association, the 
Carver Hall Chapter, is focused on bringing together 
alums living in Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. 

"We had established chapters across the state and 
country for alumni to get together and network, but we 
hadn't done anything to revitalize a chapter for people 
within 20 miles," says Nathan Conroy, assistant director 
of alumni affairs. Lynda Michaels, alumni affairs director, 
recognized the need for a local chapter and, last fall, 

helped create one. A wine and cheese social, their first official 
event, brought together nearly 100 alumni from the area. 

Conroy believes the Carver Hall Chapter will play an 
important role in the future of the Alumni Association. "We 
need more local advocates for the university. This chapter 
can serve in that capacity in terms of town-gown relations, 
recruiting from local high schools and volunteering on 
campus," Conroy says. "In the past we've had a core group 
of alumni in the area who acted as volunteers, but with the 
creation of a chapter like this we're opening ourselves up to a 
larger group of individuals. 

"The Carver Hall Chapter will provide an official alumni 
presence in the community that can advocate and volunteer 
on behalf of the university," Conroy adds. 

The Alumni Association is also linking alums in the 
workplace. "There is a trend of hosting alumni events 
with affinity groups that alumni have created during their 
professional lives. If you host an event for a sorority or 
fraternity, a sports team or a specific graduation year, why 
not host an event for all alumni who work at a specific 
company?" Conroy says. 

In February, BU alumni employed by Geisinger Health 
System met for a social at the Pine Bam Inn in Danville. With 
about 350 alumni employed by Geisinger and many living 
in the Bloomsburg/Danville area, the event provided BU 
President David Soltz with the opportunity to see the strong 
connection between university alumni and the region. 

Chapter and workplace events are just two of the many 
ways the Alumni Association helps alums stay in touch. 

"When you have an alumni event, it doesn't necessarily 
have to be at the campus," Conroy says. "No matter where 
the event is held — Danville, North Carolina, Virginia — 
everyone is talking about Bloomsburg. That's the kind of 
unique atmosphere you find at these events." 



Ruth Shapiro Dickstein '27 
Marguerite Minnich Schumacher '28 
Dorothy Traub Winegarden '28 
Congetta "Connie" Pecora Kotch '30 
Kenneth E. Hawk '31 /'39M 
Dorothy Foust Wright '31 
Dorothy Hartman Moore '32 
Mary Bray Smith '32 
Irene Draina Walton '32 
Melba Beck Hyde '33 
Lucille Gilchrist Kindig '35 
Mary Frantz Amidon '36 
A. David Mayer '36 
Josephine Brown Johnson '40 
Helen Johnson Scammell '41 
Eleanor Reilly Dolphin '43 
Andrew F. Magill '43 
Anthony J. Valente '43 
Thaddeus J. Swigonski '49 
Leonard E. Gricoski '50 
R. Eugene Hummel '53 
Joyce Kline Krick '56 
James E. Starr '56 

Donald Coffman '58 

John E. Danko '58 

Donald G. Richards '58 

Robert Zegley '58 

Betty L. Boop '59 

Joan Stablum Kristoff '59 

John V.Noble '59 

Michael J. Kenna '64 

Janet Seibert Kramm '64 

Edward R. Linsey '64 

Ronald P. Wenzel '65 

Sarah "Sally" Fleming Hartman '66 

Gail Oakum-Satteson Brunt 73 

Theresa Zoranski Hammer 73/74M 

Harold "Butch" Hoover 74 

Christine Jendrzejewski 74 

Jean Martin Rinck 74 

Francis "Frank" Ruth 76 

Joseph C. Kopera 77 

Beverly Mackes Bafunno 79 

Marlene Gordon 79 

Susan Lutz James '83 

Brian K. Sims, a Philadelphia attorney, is the legal editor of 
M.D. News magazine and associate editor of The Philadelphia 
Bar Reporter. He serves as a member of the Bloomsburg 
University Alumni Association Board. 

}/\^ Colleen Horan Kramm 'CH/TOM was appointed 

\J -w coordinator of educational technology at the 
Colonial Intermediate Unit in Easton. 

Kristin Mock-Austin is an associate director of 
admissions with Ross University School of Medicine and 
Veterinary Medicine. 

Kevin Yurasits is an applications systems analyst with 
Mack Trucks, Allentown. 

J{\ ^J Mario Dianese recently passed the uniform 
\J %J certified public accountant examination. 

Kelly Dinan, Mountain Top, is recruitment and 
employment manager for the human resources department 
at Misericordia University. 

Amy Hart is a nurse at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. 

Matthew Kenenitz 'CB/'OSM teaches English at MMI 
Preparatory School. 

Ryan Messner is a sales associate with the Wyomissing 
office of Coldwell Banker. He received his real estate license 
in 2007. 

Marc Pomarico is an associate producer for World 
Wrestling Entertainment. 

Brent Yates '03M is the manager of the instructional 
systems design department for Mountain Top Technologies 
in Pittsburgh. 

Jf\/i Aaron Zeamer, a graduate of Widener University 

\J JL School of Law, is a law clerk serving a Lancaster 
County court judge. 

Jf\ ^ J ess i ca Barker is a third-grade teacher with the 
\J \J Easton Area School District. 

Jf\j^ Heather Bowman is a registered nurse at Geisinger 

\J \J Medical Center's Janet Weis Children's Hospital, 
Danville, caring for pediatric cancer patients. She was featured 
in the fall 2007 issue of Susquehanna Life magazine. 

Michael Celona is editor of Medstar Television's "Forensic 
Files," a medical detective show that airs on truTV (formerly 
Court TV) and appears in 142 countries. 

Dustin Raster works as a field production manager with 
Banyan Productions, Philadelphia, which produces the TLC 
show, "Trading Spaces." 

Ronald Stump is a high school social studies teacher for the 
Schuylkill Technology Centers, Mar Lin. He is enrolled in BU's 
master's program in instructional technology. 

^f\^7 Anysia Ensslen (right), a speech language 

\J / pathologist, is providing evaluation 
and treatment services at Central Baptist 
Hospital, Lexington, Ky. She serves clients with 
voice disorders under a partnership program 
with the University of Kentucky College of 
Health Sciences. 

Brian Kunsman was an intern on NBC-TVs 
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien." 

Jason Lech, Frackvflle, is an advertising department sales 
representative with The Republican & Herald, Pottsville. 

Ashley Yelinek is swim team coach at Connellsville 
High School. 

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 

Beautifying Bloomsburg: Outdoor Art on Campus 

The plan to enrich the Bloomsburg campus 
with pieces of art began 15 years after the 
school moved to the hill above town in 
1867. The first major addition was the foun- 
tain near Carver Hall, a gift from the Class of 1882. 
Other fountains followed, as well as indoor art such as 
stained glass windows, sculptures and paintings. 

In the early 1970s, outdoor art of a less-traditional 
nature was installed in the areas between many of the 
campus' newly constructed buildings. Among these 
were a wooden oak totem and a steel fountain 
sculpture placed outside the south entrance of the 
Bakeless Center in 1972 and a steel-and-fiberglass 
tonal sculpture installed in front of the Haas Center 
the following year. 

Although these pieces were purchased outright, 
others were completed on a commissioned basis. 
Competitions leading to commissioned work resulted 
in the centerpiece for the Aumiller Plaza on the south 
side of Kehr Union in 1979 and a statue of the 
Bloomsburg mascot, the husky, in 1983. Blooms- 
burg area sculptor E. Richard Bonham won the 
national competition to create the bronze husky, 
sponsored by the Community Government and 
Alumni associations. Installed on the Carver Hall 
lawn and dedicated on Oct. 22, 1984, the husky 
still stands near the intersection of Perm and 
Second streets. 

The death of longtime art department chairper- 
son Percival Roberts in 1984 provided the greatest 
impetus for bringing outdoor art to the campus. 
The following year, the Council of Trustees 
established the Percival R. Roberts III Memorial 
Sculpture Garden in the mall area south of the 
McCormick Center and east of the former Andruss 
Library, now the Warren Student Services Center. 

Two Elongated Forms 

'Two Elongated Forms' by James Myford of 

Slippery Rock is featured along the walkway 

between Kehr Union and Scranton Commons. 


Faculty and staff from the art department and develop- 
ment office were responsible for acquiring appropriate 
artwork for this space. 

The first piece placed in the garden was another 
commissioned work, a bronze bell by the internationally 
known artist Toshiko Takaezu, who had 
a long personal and professional 
relationship with the Roberts family. 

The sculpture garden and bell 
were officially dedicated on 
Oct. 1, 1989. The quest for 
additional sculptures led 
the university to art collec- 
tors Philip and Muriel 
Berman of Allentown who, 
for a decade, gave 
many fine pieces 
of art to the 

The Bermans began 
collecting paintings in 
1948, later expanding their 
scope to include sculpture. 
As their collection grew, 
the couple donated works 
to universities in the 
Philadelphia area. In 1989, 
the Philip and Muriel 
Berman Museum of Art 
was dedicated at Ursinus 
College and, five years 
later, a sculpture park was 
established in their honor 
at the Lehigh Valley 
Hospital in Allentown. The 
Pennsylvania State System 
of Higher Education also 
benefited from their 
generosity; Muriel Berman 
was a member of the State 
System's Board of Governors 

and, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, all 14 PASSHE 
universities as well as the Dixon Center in Harrisburg 
received an from the couple's collection. 

The Bermans made their first contributions to 
Bloomsburg in 1989 with three bronze sculptures by 
Minnesota artist Michael Price. One of these, the 
"Standing Adolescent," was installed in the sculpture 
garden in fall 1990. Three other sculptures donated by 
the Bermans were also placed in the mall area— a steel 
snake near the Bakeless Center and a steel totem by 
Centennial Gym, both created by psychiatrist-tumed- 
artist Ernest Shaw, and a marble bench along the 
walkway at the east end of the McCormick Center, 
sculpted by artist Thomas Sternal. 

Philip Berman passed away in 1997 and his wife 
made the last donations of large sculptures to the 
university the following year. She donated a marble 

Tonal Sculpture 

'Tonal Sculpture' by artist Joe Moss greets visitors 
to the Haas Center for the Arts. 

column and marble screen by Sternal; two interrelated 
sculptures, the "King and Queen," by Sternal and 
Martha Enzmann; and the "Stone Benches" by 
University of Alberta art professor Peter Hide. All were 
installed in the area bordered by Bakeless, the Warren 
Student Services Center and the mall. 

With the creation of the Academic Quad, 
dedicated at homecoming last fall, six sculptures and 
the Class of 1940 fountain were moved from their 
previous locations to the garden area in front of 
Andruss Library. The Percival R. Roberts III 
Memorial Sculpture Garden is now part of the new 
landscaped quad. 

STRING 2008 

ar of Evfents 

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Students have a pickup ball game outside Lycoming Hall. 

Academic Calendar 

Summer 2008 

Session I -May 19 to June 27 
Session II - July 1 to Aug. 8 
Session III -May 19 to Aug. 8 

Fall 2008 

Classes Begin 

Monday, Aug. 25 

Labor Day - No Classes 

Monday, Sept. 1 

Reading Days - No Classes 

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 1 1 

Thanksgiving Break - 
No Classes 

Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 26 to 28 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Dec. 1 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 6 

Final Exams 

Monday to Saturday, Dec. 8 to 13 

Graduate Commencement 
Friday, Dec. 12 

Undergraduate Commencement 

Saturday, Dec. 13 

New Student Activities 

Summer Freshman Orientation 

Saturday to Monday, June 28 to 30 

Act 101/EOP Orientation 

Sunday and Monday, June 29 
and 30 

Fall Freshman Preview 

Monday through Thursday, June 16 
to 1 9, and Monday through 
Thursday, June 23 to 26 

Transfer Orientation 

Wednesday and Thursday, July 9 
and 10 


Saturday, Aug. 23 

Welcome Weekend 

Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 21 to 24 

Alumni Events 

Visit the alumni online community at forfurthe r 
details or to register. For information, 
contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(5701 389-4058, (800) 526-0254 or 

Alumni Association Board of 
Directors Meeting 

Saturday, May 17 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Alumni House; Tuesday, June 10 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Hiawatha Cruise; Thursday, June 12 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

City Island; Friday, June 13 

Jesse Bryan/John Cook 
Multicultural Alumni Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, June 27 to 29 

Stratford Festival 2008 

Monday to Saturday, July 14 to 19 

Bloom at the Beach, 
Ocean City, Md. 

Saturday, Aug. 2 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Lions Pavilion; Monday, Aug. 4 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

McDade Park; Wednesday, Aug. 6 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 
Lehigh Valley 

Covered Bridge Park; Thursday, 
Aug. 7 

Bloom at the Beach, 
Avalon, N.J. 

Saturday, Aug. 9 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Tuesday, Aug. 12 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Long's Park; Wednesday, Aug. 13 

Alumni Summer Picnic, 

Red Bridge Recreation Area; 
Thursday, Aug. 14 

Finger Lakes Wine Tour 

Friday, Sept. 12 

Special Events 

44th Annual Reading Conference 

Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16 

Trash to Treasure 

Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to noon; 
early birds, 7 a.m.; adjacent to 
Litwhiler Field, Upper Campus; 
benefits Columbia County 
United Way 

Math and Science Camps 

Summer Experience, sixth- through 
eighth-graders , and CSI Summer 
Experience, ninth- through nth- 
graders; Monday to Thursday, 
July 14 to 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 
for information, 
or (570) 389-41 03 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 

Friday, Oct. 10; reception, 6 p.m.; 
dinner, 7 p.m. Monty's 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Sept. 12 to 14 

Homecoming Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2 

Summer Camps 

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


Rookie Day Camp, July 14 to 17 
Day Camp I, July 21 to 24 
Day Camp II, July 28 to 31 


Men's Basketball Day Camp, 
June 23 to 27 

Men's Basketball Team Camp, 
June 27 to 29 

Women's Basketball Individual Day 
Camp, July 7 to 11 
Women's Basketball Team Camp, 
July 18 to 20 

Field Hockey 

Intensive Team and Individual Camp, 
July 27 to 31 

Intensive Team Camp, Aug. 3 to 7 
Goalkeepers Camps, July 27 to 31 
and Aug. 3 to 7 


Youth Football Day Camp, 

June 9 to 11 

High School, July 13 to 16 


Women's Soccer, June 21 to 26 
Women's Soccer, July 6 to 10 


Husky Gold, June 8 to 12 
orJune 15to 19 

Stroke Development, June 8 to 12 
or June 15to 19 


Tennis Camp I, June 21 to 25 
Tennis Camp II, July 19 to 23 
Tennis Camp III, July 26 to 30 


Parent/Child I, June 20 to 22 

Parent/Child ll/Big Brother, 

June 27 to 29 

Senior High Team Camps, 

July 6 to 10 and July 13 to 17 

Intensive Training Camp, 

July 6 to 12 

Junior/Senior High Technique Camp, 

July 13 to 17 

For the latest information 
on upcoming events, 
check the university 
Web site: 
www. bloomu. edw 'today 




The University Store. 

"These are days you'll remember. Never before and never since, I promise, 
will the whole world be warm as this," sang Natalie Merchant in the early 
1990s as lead singer of the 10,000 Maniacs. 

The University Store offers items all Bloomsburg 
graduates can wear, display and enjoy as they hold on 
to warm 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 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. 

Summer Hours 

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Closed on Saturday and Sunday 

The University Store 

400 East Second Street 

Bloomsburg, PA 17815 

General Information: (570) 389-4175 

Customer Service: (570) 389-4180 

bustore@bloomu. edu 

where your summer is guaranteed. 

Summer sessions for 2008 are: 

Session I, six weeks, May 19-June 27 
Session II, six weeks, July 1-Aug. 8 
Session III, 12 weeks, May 19-Aug. 8 



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From the President' s Desk 

During the height of this year's primary election season, the announcer on 
Bloomsburg's local radio station mused on Sen. Barack Obama's genetic 
connection to both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick 
Cheney. Genealogical research in the news since May 2007 shows that 
the senator is a 10th cousin to our current president and an eighth cousin to his 
vice president. 

This political campaign has focused the attention of the American public on 
many issues, including identity, and it is apparent that a penchant for politics is a 
common identifying characteristic for these three distantly related politicians. The 
Bloomsburg University connection, on the other hand, is much easier to trace. 

There are the family connections that cross generations, like Ruth Yeager 
Reinhart 30 who I met at last spring's alumni weekend with her great-nephew, 
Brian Collins 77, and his daughter, Victoria Collins '05. There are connections 
between alumni who work for the same organization, like Tim Pritchard and 
Sharon Reilly Zemaitis, 1990 graduates who are being inducted together into the 
Athletic Hall of Fame and are employed by the pharmaceutical company 
AstraZenica. And there are connections between our faculty, staff and the larger 
community, like the collaborative investigative efforts of forensics expert and 
assistant professor of anthropology Conrad Quintyn and Pennsylvania State Police 
Corp. Shawn Williams '93 told in this issue's cover story. 

There's also a bond grounded in the affection alumni hold for their university. 
The English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson said, "I am a part of all that I have met," 
and, clearly, Bloomsburg University alumni agree, renewing connections through 
the online community ( and at alumni events. I have 
been continually impressed with the strength of this enduring tie as I've witnessed 
alumni give of their time, treasure and talents to their alma mater. 

Since beginning my tenure as president, I have been building my own 
connections with students and their families, alumni, friends of the university and 
residents of this region and the state. I have been proud to confer degrees during the 
first commencement ceremonies in the Academic Quadrangle and honored to 
represent BU in a variety of settings. 

As president, I will continue to expand upon Bloomsburg University's legacy of 
excellence. That connection will be formalized before colleagues, family, friends and 
members of the Bloomsburg University community on Friday, Oct. 3 1 , with my 
inauguration as the institution's 18th president. Please join us. 


David L. Soltz 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is a 

member or the Pennsylvania State System of 

Higher Education 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher 

Education Board of Governors 

as of June 2008 

Kenneth M. Jarin, Chair 

Aaron Walton, 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 

Kim E. Lyllle 

Joshua O'Brien 

Guido M. Pichini 

Edward G. Rendell 

JamesJ. Rhoades 

ChristincJ. Toreui 

Gerald L Zahorchak 

Plus four vacancies 

Chancellor, State System of Higher Education 

John C. Cavanaugh 

Bloonisburg University Council of Trustees 

Steven B. Barth, Chair 

Robert Dampman '65, Vice Chair 

Marie Conley Lammando '94, Secretary 

Ramona H. Alley 

LaRoy G. Davis '67 

RobenJ. Gibble'68 

Charles C. Housenick "60 

A. William Kelly 71 

David Klingerman Sr. 


Nicole Najpauer '09 

President, Bloomsburg University 

David L. Solu 

Co- Editors 

Eric Foster 

Bonnie Martin 

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Page 6 Chain Reaction 

Chemistry professor Toni Trambo Bell knew she had 
what it takes to become a teacher . . . and made it 
happen. In the classroom and the lab, she inspires BU 
students to work hard for what they want. 

Page 9 Fry Power 

Fill the tank, but not with diesel. BU professors create 
an innovative way to shuttle students around campus, 
using cooking oil from the Scranton Commons. 

Page 10 Mat Marvel 

Two decades ago, Ricky Bonomo '92 thought he'd 
earned his last wrestling title. Today, his dedication to 
life on the mats has earned him national recognition. 

Page 12 Fabric of Expression 

Professor Meredith Re Grimsley brings playing dress 
up to the college level, helping her students learn 
that unusual materials can result in unique 
artistic creations. 



16 Victims'Voice 

Williamsport freshman Charts Ditamore models 
a duct tape ensemble, fashioned by sophomore 
Dominique Filiziani of Barnesville, during 
Personal Adornment Day 2008. 

Shawn Williams '93 joins forces with faculty member Conrad Quintyn to follow the 
blood trail of murderers. Together, they delve into cases, both cold and recent, to bnng 
closure to victims' families. 

Page 20 To the Rescue 

Stacy Pane Segal's childhood passion for horses has turned into much more. Today, the 
1999 grad works to save them from the slaughterhouse. 


Page 2 News Notes 

Page 22 Husk)' Notes 

Page 31 Calendar of Events 

Paee 32 Over the Shoulder 

News Notes 

Change in Leadership 

Cavanaugh becomes third PASSHE chancellor 

John C. Cavanaugh, former 
president of the University of 
West Florida in Pensacola, 
became chancellor of the 
Pennsylvania State System of 
Higher Education in July. He 
succeeds Judy G. Hample as 
head of the System that 
includes Bloomsburg and her 
13 sister institutions and enrolls 
more than 1 10,000 students. 

Previously, Cavanaugh 
served as provost and vice 
chancellor for academic affairs at the University of 
North Carolina at Wilmington. He also held various 
positions at the University of Delaware, including vice 
provost for academic programs and planning and 
associate provost for graduate studies. 

Cavanaugh, the third chancellor in the State 
Systems nearly 25-year history, attended St. Joseph's 
College in Philadelphia before earning a bachelor's 
degree in psychology from the University of Delaware 
in 1975. He also holds both a master's degree and a 
doctoral degree in psychology from the University of 
Notre Dame. 

John C. Cavanaugh 

Council of Trustees 

Barth named chair; Najpauer appointed 

Steven Barth, Lewisburg, recently was appointed to a two-year 

term as chair of BU's Council of Trustees. Senior vice president 

and loan officer at Community 

Bank, Milton, Barth has been a 

member of the Council of Trustees 

since 1998. He succeeds former 

chairperson Robert Gibble '68. 

Also serving as officers are 
vice chairperson Robert 
Dampman '65, Ringtown, a 
legislative assistant to state Sen. 
Robert Tomlinson and retired 
superintendent of the Bensalem 
Township School District, and 
secretary Marie Conley 
Lammando '94, Harrisburg, who is 
employed by Hallowell Bran- 
stetter and Long, a political 
consulting firm. 

Trustees also are welcoming a 
new student representative this 
fall. Nicole Najpauer, a senior 
from Northampton, replaces 
James D'Amico who graduated in 
May. An early childhood/ 
elementary education major, Najpauer is active in community 
service and consistently on the dean's list. She was appointed to 
the Trustees by Gov. Ed Rendell. 

Nicole Najpauer 

Legislative Reports 

Local lawmaker videotapes tour 
with president 

State Rep. David Millard, right, 
who represents Pennsylvania's 
109th district, taped a campus 
tour with BU President David Soltz 
in early June. The program, slated 
for broadcast on the Pennsylvania 
Cable Network (PCN), spodights 
new academic programs, faculty 
achievements, facility renovations 
and the perceptions of the 
university's 18th president upon 
completion of his first semester. 
Millard is a 1988 graduate of 
Bloomsburg University. 



Chelsea Clinton shares her mother's views 
during a campaign stop in Kehr Union, 
Fireside Lounge. 

Campaigning for Mom 

Chelsea Clinton has 'conversation' with BU 

Chelsea Clinton spoke about issues ranging 

from education and health care to renewable 

energy and the war in Iraq as she represented 

her mother, former Democratic presidential 

contender Sen. Hillary Clinton, at BU during 

primary election season. In the hour-long 

question-and-answer session, Clinton asked 

the 200-member audience, made up mainly of 

BU students, to decide which issues are important, reach out for answers and "make 

your own assessments." 

"We should think about this election in the context of our lives," said the former 
"first daughter" while standing in front of a banner stating, "Hillblazers: Our Voice, 
Our Future." 

Among the topics Clinton, 28, discussed on her mother's behalf were public 
education, college affordability, public service, civil unions, discrimination laws, the 
Iraq war, foreign policy, renewable energy, NATO, drug costs, Social Security, 
immigration and national security, universal health care and trade agreements. 

Making an earlier campaign stop at BU in support of Sen. Barack Obama were TV 
actors Dule Hill, star of "The West Wing" and "Psych," and Zachary Quinto, star of 
"Heroes" and "24." The pair, touring college campuses nationwide, stressed the 
importance of registering to vote while answering questions before a standing-room 
audience in Kehr Union. 

Innovation at a Distance 

Deaf/hard of hearing faculty receive 
national recognition 

Samuel Slike, curriculum coordinator for BU's education of the 
deaf/hard of hearing program, and Pamela Berman, instructional 
designer for the Institute for Instructional Technology, received a 
2008 International Distance Learning Award from the United 
States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Slike and Berman 
received the award, Best Practices for Distance Learning 
Programming — Online Technology in Higher Education, for their 
use of Wimba Classroom, a virtual learning program that 
combines interactive technologies with traditional styles of 
instruction. They were recognized for using Wimba to offer 
courses specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing. 
Through Wimba, students have access to a sign-language 
interpreter and closed-caption text, which accompany the 
standard slide presentation and instructor's voice. "We're making 
it possible for deaf and hard of hearing people to have equal 
access to information via the internet," says Slike. 

Tickets to Learning 

BU hosts Honors Program to China 

BU took its turn this summer hosting the annual 
Honors Program trip for two students from each of the 
14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of 
Higher Education. The students, including BU 
representatives Sarah Beltz, an elementary education 
major from Perkasie, and Maureen Dameron, a junior 
nursing major from Chambersburg, received full 
scholarships which covered the costs of 6 academic 
credits, travel and room and board in China. 

The students studied the people, policies and 
preferences of modem China during four weeks at 
Shandong University of Technology and Yunnan 
Normal University. The group was accompanied by BU 
faculty members Jing Luo, professor of languages and 
cultures, and Youmin Lu, professor of mathematics, 
computer science and statistics, along with biologist 
Robbie Soltz, wife of BU president David Soltz, and 
Daniel Brown, a BU student from Howard, Pa. 

News Notes 

Dorothy L. Njeuma, rector of the 
University of Yaounde I in 
Cameroon, left, shakes hands 
with BU Provost James Mackin 
to finalize an international 
exchange agreement between the 
two institutions. 

International Exchange 

BU enters agreement with Cameroonian universities 

BU Provost James 
Mackin and English 
professor Ekema Agbaw 
formalized exchange 
agreements this spring 
with three Cameroonian 
universities — Buea, 
Yaounde I and 
Yaounde II. 

"The three 
universities that we 
have committed to 
working with are 
among the premier 
universities in 
Cameroon," says 

Mackin. "We hope to begin student exchanges with all 
of these universities almost immediately, with faculty 
exchanges to occur in the near future. I'm sure 
Bloomsburg students will come away from a visit to 
Cameroon with a whole new sense of their place in 
the world." 

According to Mackin, officials at Buea and Yaounde I 
universities expressed interest in enrolling their students 
in BU's audiology/speech pathology, exceptionality and 
institute for interactive technologies programs, while 
officials at the University of Yaounde II focused on BU's 
business programs. 

In the Know 

Emergency notification system in place 

BU's faculty, staff and students now have immediate access to 
campus emergency information, thanks to a new system that allows 
messages to be sent quickly via e-mail, phone and text messages. 
Students sign up as part of the process when registering electroni- 
cally for classes, and nearly half of BU's faculty and staff have 
signed up voluntarily. The system, available only to students, faculty 
and staff with official Bloomsburg University e-mail addresses, will 
be used solely in case of a life-threatening emergency. Plans call for 
the system to be tested each semester. 

Duane Braun 

Boots on the Ground 

Retired prof to keep on mapping 

Nineteenth century technology still 
has a place in the modem world 
and Duane Braun, recently retired 
professor of geosciences, has the 
proof. Over the last 25 years, Braun 
charted 9,000 square miles of 
northeastern Pennsylvania's glacial 
deposits, with a waterproof 
notebook in hand and the help of 
his undergraduate field assistants. 
Later, he drew the maps using 
plastic Mylar sheets on top of a 
light table. 

"Technology hasn't changed geologic field mapping 
significantly," says Braun. "It is still a lot of 'boots on the 
ground' stuff, just like in the 19th century." 

With a global positioning system as Braun's only piece of 
modem technology when he is in the field, no one would 
guess that his Surficial Geology (glacial deposits) maps 
eventually end up online, viewable on Google Earth and the 
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources Web site, 

Braun retired from BU at the end of the spring semester. 
Moving with his wife to the Pine Tree State, he plans to 
work with the Maine Geological Survey to map northern 
Maine which is, compared with Pennsylvania, "just miles 
and miles of wilderness to explore geologically." 

Star Power 

Program earns accreditation 

BU's theatre arts program recently earned accreditation from the 
National Association of Schools of Theatre. Only 150 programs 
nationwide are accredited in a two-year process that includes 
self-study and an on-campus review. 

"The reviewers saw our performance of 'Urinetown' and spent a 
lot of time with students," says Bruce Candlish, associate professor 
of theatre arts. "They examined our curriculum very carefully, 
as well." 

In addition to the quality of the student production, reviewers 
noted that the lease arrangement to use the Bloomsburg Theatre 
Ensemble's Alvina Krause Theatre, located downtown, was a good 
temporary solution for needed theatre space. The current 
renovation of Haas Center for the Arts is also helpful, says 
Candlish, as it will greatly expand the size of the scene and 
costume shops. 


Ride the Rails with Roongo 

Fourth 'Spirit of BU' car available 

Orders are being accepted by BU's Supervisory Roundtable for the 
fourth of six train cars in the "Spirit of BU" series, a three-bay offset 
side hopper car. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships and 
Camp HERO at Camp Victory, Millville. 

The metal die cast coal car, 
produced by Weaver Models, 
Northumberland, is an "0" gauge, 
triple track, 1 :48 scale model with 
three-rail trucks and couplers, a 
complete brake system, fully detailed 
undername and highly detailed styrene 
body. Both colors, maroon and Union 
Pacific yellow, wrap around the entire 
car which sports the Huskies logo. 

The coal car is available at a cost of $55 each, which includes a 
coal load, 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. 1781 5. For more information, call Schmitz at 
(570) 389-5107 or Bob Wislock at (570) 389-4529. The deadline for 
orders is Sept. 30. 



TALE of Two Teachers 

BU faculty members win teaching award 

Two faculty members were selected for the 
2008 Teaching and Learning Enchancement 
(TALE) Outstanding Teaching award. Margie 
Eckroth-Bucher, associate professor of nursing, 
and Jennifer Stotter, assistant professor of 
sociology, social work and criminal justice, 
were recognized for their outstanding teaching 
at BU's undergraduate spring commencement 
ceremonies. Winners were nominated by 
May graduates. 

Eckroth-Bucher was nominated for her 
ability to inspire her students to recognize and 
understand the needs of patients who have mental health challenges. 
According to one nomination letter, "She is the epitome of what a 
nurse should be: professional, caring, a teacher, an advocate and 
a listener." 

Stotter was nominated for her "motivating and strengths-based" 
teaching style, which inspires her students to "take a stand, make a 
difference and have a voice." Stotter was recognized for her ability to 
engage her students in critical thinking, to encourage them to 
"complete assignments professionally and with pride" and to become 
"involved with community and national events." 

Both faculty members received $750 professional development 
stipends, sponsored by the BU Foundation, and plaques recognizing 
their achievement. 

Margie Eckroth-Bucher 

Graduate Studies Leader 

Biolo/jist is BU's newest dean 

Lawrence Fritz is BU's new 
assistant vice president and 
dean of graduate studies 
and research, filling a 
vacancy created by the 
retirement of James Matta. 

Most recently chair 
and professor of the 
department of biological 
sciences and director of 
the professional science 
master's program at the 
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, Fritz 
previously taught at Northern Arizona University and 
Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He also was a 
research officer with the National Research Council- 
Canada, Institute for Marine Biosciences, and 
program director with the National Science 
Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure. 

Fritz, who was bom in New York City and grew 
up near Philadelphia, was a Peace Corps volunteer in 
the Philippines. He earned a bachelor's degree from 
State University of New York, Stony Brook, and 
master's and doctoral degrees from Rutgers 
University and completed post-doctoral study in cell 
biology at Harvard University. 

Lawrence Fritz 

FALL 200 



By any definition, Toni Trumbo Bell was a 'nontraditional' student when she 

entered college. Her persistence and patience pulled her through and, today, 

motivate students in the classroom and research lab. 

Toni Trumbo Bell couldn't see herself working at 
Wal-Mart the rest of her life. She started at the 
retail giant while still a teenager and quickly 
rose to management. But she wanted something else. 
Bell wanted to teach. 

She decided to go back to school to become a high 
school biology teacher, but the decision wasn't without 
obstacles. Bell was 23 years old, divorced, raising a 
preschooler and living in government-subsidized 
housing in Kentucky. She needed to take the College 
Boards, apply to schools, find financial aid and figure 
out how she would balance a full class load, a job and 
an energetic toddler. And it was April. 

Bell was, as she still is, undeterred and motivated. 

Accepted to all of the schools to which she applied, 
Bell chose the University of Louisville and embarked 
on a life path that would bring her to Bloomsburg 
University where she has taught chemistry 7 and bio- 
chemistry for the past six years. 

The path wasn't easy at first, Bell says. "Basically, I 
put my faith in God." 

She knew she couldn't work and go to school full- 
time, so Bell reduced her hours at Wal-Mart, which 
lowered her rent, and signed up for food stamps, 
medical assistance and any other government program 
that could help her. She received grants to pay for 
tuition and found another program that paid for 
books. She also had help from her son Brandon's 
grandparents, who watched him while she worked 
and attended classes. 

College itself presented new challenges. Her adviser 
was less than helpful, she says, and she found herself 
trying to schedule classes on her own only to discover 
that all of the biology courses she wanted and needed 
were closed. 

Her first week in class brought another revela- 
tion. After spending just a short amount of time with 
her 18-year-old classmates, Bell learned that she no 
longer wanted to teach at the high school level. "I 
figured I would get fired from any high school 
teaching job," Bell says. "1 decided high school 
teaching was not for me." 

Next, she realized that her major, biology, was 
extremely popular, limiting the number of job 
prospects available after graduation. That's when she 
started rethinking her course of study, switching to 
another science, chemistry, a field where far fewer 
undergrads ventured. 

Like the other choices she'd made since deciding to 
go back to school, pursuing a chemistry degree wasn't 
easy. "I didn't sleep a lot," Bell says. "My son was a 
rambunctious preschooler. I couldn't crack a book 
until nine, after he went to bed." 

Bell studied until 1 or 2 a.m. and got up for 
work at 5 a.m. She went to school year-round, 
working more hours on breaks. And the cycle went 
on for three and a half years until she completed 
her degree in 1996. 

Weary, Bell wasn't interested in going to graduate 
school, as one of her professors encouraged her to do. 

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Lindsay Baglini-Beagle '05 works in the lab at GlaxoSmithKline. 

Heart in Research 

Toni Trumbo Bell's former students credit her mix of patience 
and persistence with leading them to careers some 
didn't anticipate. 

Chris DeVore '06, who now works for Corning, sees her as a 
person who is always ready to help a student or colleague. 
"Toni assisted me in my research, helping me to understand the 
idea of research as well as training me with the instrumenta- 
tion," he says. "Toni was born to be an educator." 

Shelia Hovi '05 remembers wanting to take part in Bell's 
research project, but thinking it was beyond her abilities. Hovi, 
who now makes chickenpox vaccines for Merck, says Bell "used 
different analogies, explaining over and over in different ways" 
until she understood. 

"She was very patient with me," Hovi adds. 

"I believe one of the key traits passed on from her is to be 
passionate and carry along a strong work ethic at whatever 
career path I take," says Michael F. Pennell '06, who now works 
for Absorption Systems. "She treats all of her students like her 
own children." 

And, for Lindsay Baglini-Beagle '05, Bell's influence changed 
her career ambitions ... but first she had to conquer a dreaded 
class, biochemistry. 

"I enjoyed biochemistry more than any other chemistry class I 
had taken. However, if it wasn't for Toni, I highly doubt that I 
would have taken as much as I did from that class," she says. 

That academic collaboration continued in the research lab 
and eventually Baglini-Beagle had to make a decision — 
whether to become a doctor or scientist. Applying to both 
medical and graduate schools, Baglini-Beagle eventually 
accepted a full scholarship to Wake Forest School of Medicine 
and earned a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular 
biology. She recently accepted a position as a biochemist 
for GlaxoSmithKline. 

"Toni introduced me to biochemistry and the world of 
research science. Not only had she taught me how to do the 
science, she had such a passion for the science that she made 
me love it," she says. 

C I mother the students a lot. That doesn't mean I eoddle them. I tell them like it is. 3 

- Toni Trumbo Bell 

She wanted to work, but four 
months after graduating with a 
bachelors in chemistry she hadn't 
found a job she wanted and was 
still working at Wal-Mart. That's 
when she decided to give grad 
school another look. 

As it turned out, graduate 
schools wanted her and tuition 
wasn't an issue, Bell says. Plus, she 
became a sought-after teaching 
assistant when her professors real- 
ized she could teach just about 
anything. That work resulted in 
a paycheck. 

She finished graduate school 
with her doctorate in 2002, but 
started looking for a teaching job 
at the college level in October 
2001. Bell applied to 50 

different colleges and, after 
numerous interviews, chose 
Bloomsburg University. 

Bell remembers crafting a 
teaching philosophy, but isn't sure 
she has one now. She believes in 
honesty, caring and having open 
dialogues with her students and 
encourages, if not demands, class- 
room participation. 

"I want the students to see me. 
They get all my stories. I love to 
tell stories, much to my husband's 
dismay I'm a real person." 

Bells students also come to her 
with questions about life. "I moth- 
er them a lot," she says. "That 
doesn't mean I coddle them. I tell 
them like it is. A lot of them be- 
come like my own kids." 

She encourages her students to 
do their own research, working 
closely with them, and continues 
her own research, taking on 
projects that she wants to do — a 
luxury that she wouldn't have 
been afforded had she chosen to 
go into industry, she says. 

Bell wishes more young people 
would consider studying science 
and encourages some of her stu- 
dents to continue on. "It's hard 
and it's wonderful and there is 
always something to leam," she 
says. "I can see myself doing this 
the rest of my life." b 

Kelly Monitz '90, an award-winning 

journalist, is a staff writer for the 
Standard-Speaker in Hazleton, Pa. 






Students riding a shuttle bus between the upper and lower campuses 
this fall may detect a familiar scent in the air. In fact, if it's bus No. 5 
pulling up to the curb, they may find that they also experience a sud- 
den, unexpected craving ... for french fries. 

BU's biofuel bus, the brainchild of Nathaniel Greene, associate professor 
of physics and engineering technology, and Mark Tapsak, assistant profes- 
sor of chemistry, has been configured to run on diesel fuel processed from 
campus dining services' used cooking oil. Cleaner for the environment 
than traditional diesel, the financial savings are significant as biofuel re- 
places the 60 gallons of fuel the shuttle bus consumes in a typical week 
during the semester. 

The university also plans to use a biofuel blend for the remainder of its 
diesel fleet. Biofuel is projected to displace 9 percent of BU's diesel con- 
sumption and reduce fossil-fuel-based carbon dioxide emissions by 57,000 
pounds a year. 

The university committed $13,000 toward the project from the BU 
Foundation Margin of Excellence Grant, President's Fund for Academic 
Initiatives and President's Fund for Staff Development, b 

Biofuel is projected to displace 9 percent 

of BU's diesel consumption and reduce 

fossil-fuel- based carbon dioxide 

emissions by 57,000 pounds a year. 

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Ricky Bonomo, left, celebrates his induction 
into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with 
his twin brother and fellow wrestler, Rocky. 


Among the names that stand out in the history of BU wrestling 
are Shorty Hitchcock and twins Rocky and Ricky Bonomo. Two 
decades after capturing NCAA championships, Ricky Bonomo 
continues to collect accolades as one of BU's all-time top grapplers. 

I icky Bonomo describes his recent induction 
into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 
IStillwater, Okla. as a "humbling" experi- 
ence when he compares his record with those of 
previous inductees. 

"When you look up at all the plaques and read off 
the list of coaches and former wrestlers and their 
accomplishments, what I did pales in many respects to 
them," says Bonomo, the most decorated wrestler in 
Bloomsburg University history and the owner of three 
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 
Division I individual championships. "I am honored to 
have my name mentioned in the same breath as Dan 
Gable, Wad Schalles, Bobby Weaver and Shamokin 
Area's Mai Paul." 

Bonomo '92 and twin brother Rocky, who is the 
head coach at Lock Haven University, planned to 
work with their father after graduating from Lake- 
Lehman High School despite receiving offers from 
several Division I wrestling programs, including 
Nebraska and Clarion. Through the intercession of 
another Huskies standout and former NCAA titlist 
Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock, they overcame several 
academic obstacles and began their collegiate 
lives at BU. 

"In high school we proved ourselves athletically," 
Bonomo says, "but we had to prove ourselves 
academically in order to compete collegiately on the 

wrestling team. The first year we were at Bloomsburg, 
we both red-shirted and used the time to acclimate 
ourselves to the academics and find out what we 
wanted to do." 

The first time they were allowed to work out with the 
Huskies wrestling team, the Bonomos knew life on the 
mats would never be the same. "It was like going from 
competing against boys to wrestling against men," says 
Bonomo, who now runs a wrestling school for 
competitors of all ages in suburban Harrisburg. 
"Whatever we accomplished in high school was brushed 
aside and we had to prove ourselves on the mats to our 
teammates and the coaches. 

"Coach (Roger) Sanders was intimidating. When he 
walked into the room, everyone knew they were 
going to work. There was no 'dogging' it or hiding, and 
he had us prepared both physically and mentally 
to wrestle." 

During Bonomo's first season of competition, he and 
Rocky both missed AU-American status by one match. 
The next three years, however, were nothing short of 

"What I learned that first year was that I belong with 
these individuals," Bonomo says. "That year, I beat Jim 
Martin from Penn State who went on to win the national 
championship. And, Rock and I developed a we-can-do- 
this attitude." 



Bonomo's sophomore campaign produced a 34-2 
record that included nine pins and 1 1 technical falls 
and, after beating Iowa's Matt Egland, the first of 
three NCAA titles. His junior year featured a 28-3 
mark and his second championship and, in his senior 
year, he capped an illustrious collegiate career by 
going 28-2 and capturing a third individual crown. 
With a career record of 1 16-12-3 and three wrestler 
of the year awards from both the Pennsylvania State 
Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the Eastern 
Wrestling League (EWL), he remains the third best in 
school history. Brother Rocky, a two-time Ail- 
American, comes in fourth on BU's all-time win list 
with a record of 110-19. 

"I was nervous going out on the mat for that first 
national title, but once you shake your opponent's 
hand it becomes all wrestling and you forget the 
crowd and television lights," Ricky Bonomo recalls. 
"That second year you are a 'marked man' because 
everyone is gunning to knock off the defending 
champion. My third year I wrestled a lot at 126 and 
134 (pounds) because of making weight, and people 
couldn't understand why my matches were so close. 

"There were times going to tournaments during my 
senior year that I just wanted to get out of the car and 

walk away from it all. Most people can't comprehend 
all of the pressure that goes into competing on the 
Division I level, much less what goes into making it to 
the tournament and coming out a winner. I had the 
support of my teammates, coaches and brother who 
encouraged me and reassured me if 1 did my best 
everything would fall into place." 

Bonomo credits Hitchcock, who was his high 
school coach, for pushing him and putting into 
motion all that was necessary to attend college. 
"Shorty, who passed away in 2002, was a happy-go- 
lucky guy who showed me you can have fun while 
still being serious about what you were doing. The 
'bear-hug' move he perfected was passed on to me and 
I used it in high school and college," Bonomo says. 

Working with today's wresders at his garage- 
tumed-mat room, Bonomo applies a different 
approach to wrestling depending upon the age group 
and weight class he's dealing with at the time but 
everything still comes down to enjoying what you 
are doing. 

"I want the younger guys to work hard but have 
fun," Bonomo says. "Let them get exposed to the sport 
but don't make it a job and the rest will fall into place 
if it's meant to be. For the bigger and more 
experienced wrestlers, the workouts are more intense. 
You want to instill in them the importance of peaking 
at the right time." b 

Ma/ion Valanoski is a freelance spoils writer from 
Shamokin, Pa. 

After much success on the mats at the high school and 

college levels, Bonomo now shares his winning moves, 

like this one, with today's young wrestlers. 

Garments created of unique materials take over the runway during 
Personal Adornment Day. Shown left to right in accompanying 
photos are Matthew Dunbar, a sophomore from Jim Thorpe, 
modeling an outfit of found clothing and aluminum cans 
assembled by Steve Martz, a sophomore from Catawissa. Modeling 
their own creations are, center, Nadeen Roberts, a junior from 
Bloomsburg, appearing in digitally printed fabrics, adorned with 
wire, beads and hand-dyed cotton, and Danielle Urbanowicz, a 
May 2008 graduate from Knoxville, Tenn., wearing an ensemble 
fashioned of recycled umbrellas in various sizes. 

-__, Fabric of 




Duct tape. Aluminum cans. Vinyl records. 
Steel. Not contents you'll find listed on a 
typical clothing label, but common materials 
for garments modeled at Bloomsburg's annual 
Personal Adornment Day. 

For the past four Aprils, some two dozen student designers have 
shown off their work on an impromptu runway in the Haas Gallery 
of An. For the students exhibiting their designs, the show is the 
culmination of weeks of work. 

"Some students are excited, some are terrified," says Meredith Re 
Grimsley, associate professor of an and the organizer of Personal 
Adornment Day. "But they all have the experience of collaborating, getting 
feedback from the audience. It's closing the circle, creating a professional 
experience for them." 

A fascination and focus on fabric was something that Grimsley brought 
with her when she came to BU in 2003. 

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'As teachers, we're challenging them to value the personal element 
they bring to the work because if they care, the audience will care.' 

- Meredith Re Grimsley 

"There's a sense of process and 
tactile connection that I didn't get 
with other mediums," says 
Grimsley. "With fabric, I am using 
materials that I'd seen my mother, 
Gail Re, use so there's a personal 
connection for me there, as well." 

A native of Atlanta, Grimsley 
earned her bachelor's and master's 
degrees in fine arts at the Univer- 
sity of Georgia and taught there as 
an adjunct professor. She initially 
came to BU on a temporary one- 
year basis and was selected for the 
permanent position after a 
national search the next year. 

"When I came here, Karl 
Beamer mentioned that he had 
done something like Personal 
Adornment Day in the '80s," says 
Grimsley. "So we developed it into 
something that included bringing 
in a visiting artist, which elevates 
the experience for the students." 

Fellow faculty member Karl 
Beamer, for one, couldn't be 
happier to have her as a colleague. 

"She had the resume and she 
had the exhibitions," says 
Beamer, who will retire in 
December after teaching at 
Bloomsburg for 37 years. "Her 
work was floating around 
sculpture and installation. I'm 
the resident skeptic on 
installations, but she brought 
that component to the art 
program — here's a space, how 
can I have you interact with it as 
a viewer? And she jumped right 
in with all that exuberance." 

Her exuberance has a way of 
rubbing off on students. 

"I fell in love with art, using 
fabric in design," says Rebecca 
Rugg, who graduated from BU in 
May with an art studio degree 
and is now attending the 
University of Georgia for her 
master's of fine arts. "Professor 
Grimsley loves teaching, loves 
what she does, and it inspired me 
to do a lot of things on my own. 1 
was in the studios 24/7." 

That "personal 
voice" is one of the 
most difficult things 
for students to find, 
says Grimsley. "What 
is their personal 
content, their 
personal voice that's 
so valuable that 
they're going to spend Rebecca Ru §g 
hours and hours on it? 

"They need to come up with 
an idea, find the best way to 
communicate that idea. And they 
are going to have to defend that 
idea. Students have focused 
on childhood disease, family 
issues and memories of nature 
from childhood." 

For Rugg, the focus is often on 
her personal medical concerns. 
"I'm diabetic, and I make a lot of 
work about my fears of things 
that could go wrong with my 
health," she says. "I was in the 
library at all hours, researching 
what 1 was going to make, how I 


Creative expressions from Meredith Re 
Grimsleys own portfolio include, left to 
right, 'What Do You See,' 'If It Causes You 
to Sin' and 'Blood Money.' 

was going to make it and the 
concept behind it." Rugg 
communicated her fears with 
her entry in the 2007 Personal 
Adornment Day — a dress 
reminiscent of a straight] acket. 

Student Cortney Sandore's 
2008 creation for Adornment Day 
had a lighthearted princess theme, 
incorporating a lampshade with 
holiday lights woven into the top. 
But creating the piece still 
required serious planning. "I 
learned how much work it takes 
to get something that you're 
proud of," says Sandore, who 
plans to graduate in December. "It 
took about a month of planning 
with sketches and getting the 
materials. And then a lot of hands- 
on work to make it." 

"As teachers," says Grfmsley, 
"we're challenging them to value 
the personal element they bring to 
the work because if they care, the 
audience will care." 

Through Personal Adornment 
day, students find that people's 
familiarity with fabric and clothing 
can make textiles an especially 
effective art medium. "Everybody 
wears it every day," says Rugg. 
"Your work can be understood 
by people." 

Kaitlin McAteer '06 takes her 
work to the public in a more direct 
way. She's applied her art training 
to shoe design for Kenneth Cole in 
New York City. 

After interning with the firm for 
several months, McAteer joined the 
staff full-time in January 2007 
and is now an assistant product 
development manager with a focus 
on the designer's Tribeca" line. 

"Every part of the design is 
thought out," says McAteer. 
"Stitching details can make or 
break the product." 

Though she didn't have any 
experience designing shoes when 
she started with Kenneth Cole, 
McAteer learned fast. She recalls 
the first shoe she designed from 
the ground up, a flat with a 
jeweled upper. "I'm close to the 
sample size (size 6 for women, 
size 9 for men) so I had a white 
pair that I wore all the time," 
says McAteer. 

It's not just students interested 
in working in design or academia 
who benefit from art classes, says 
Grfmsley. About half of her 
students are majoring in other 
subjects, and Grimsley finds they 
bring a different perspective to 
the class. 

A strong biology major before 
changing to art, Rugg found that 
the art classes had a positive effect 
on her work in all classes. "With 
the creative outlet, you're less 
stressed and more focused in all of 
your classes," she says. "All 
students should take an art class. 
It helps you think about every 
aspect of a thing." 

While the end product may be 
a dress, a pair of shoes or an 
abstract work, Grimsley and her 
students say a project usually 
starts with a piece of paper and 
a pencil. 

"Drawing is the foundation of 
any art discipline," says Grimsley. 
"Everyone should know how to 
draw and should keep a sketch- 
book to record the visual and 
written aspects of their ideas." 

The practice of drawing, she 
says, can increase awareness and 
offers the artist the ability to 
truly see the world and "appreci- 
ate the beauty that can be vital 
to creativity." 

And, perhaps, for students, to 
inspire the fashions they create for 
Personal Adornment Day. b 

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

The pieces of the crime investigation puzzle can be as 
basic as handwritten notes in a binder or as sophisticated 
as computer analysis of DNA. Solving the puzzle often 
relies on the collaboration of experts united in the goal 
of bringing closure to families. 




Unlike the gizmos that 
help solve crimes in an 
hour on TV, many of 
Cpl. Shawn Williams' 
tools are low-tech — a 
rotary card file, a pen, a 
three-ring binder and a 
map of his territory. 

It was the end of January 2008 when a state road worker made a grisly discovery 
along the side of Interstate 80. Trash bags — each containing body pans of what 
appeared to be a light-skinned adult woman — had been tossed on the side of the 
highway as it made its way through rural Monroe and Wayne counties. 

"I remember that day when I was sitting in my office in Bloomsburg and 1 heard 
'Hey Swiftwater just found some body parts on the interstate,'" recalls Pennsylvania 
State Police Cpl. Shawn M. Williams '93, referring to the state police barracks near 
the sites of the discovery. "In my career, that is the first time I've seen anything 
like that." 

Even as Williams, one of only 19 troopers assigned 
to the departments Criminal Investigation Assessment 
Unit, made his way to the scene, he knew someone else 
he had to call: Conrad Quintyn, an assistant professor 
of anthropology at Bloomsburg University. 

Immediately upon arriving in Bloomsburg in 2005, 
Quintyn offered his services to the authorities, who 
often need to know if the bones someone found in the 
woods are human or animal. "When I heard of body 
parts not being together I knew, with Quintyns 
specialty, he may be able to tell us what kind of 
instrument was used to dismember the body," 
Williams says. 

"That was my job, to find out whether a knife was 
used, a saw was used, an ax, whatever," Quintyn says. 
"I look at the surface of the bones, and the striations on 
the surface of the bones can give you an indication of 
whether its a knife or saw." 

One thing Quintyn looks for are "false starts," or 
places where someone tried to cut and then had to back 
out and start again because the going got too tough. 
Such areas can tell a lot about the tool used; if it's a saw, 
the number of teeth per inch can be determined. 

Such information is important both before and after 
an arrest, Quintyn and Williams agree. Knowing the 
kind of tools used in a killing helps police when they 
narrow their list of suspects and conduct searches. And 
after an arrest, if the cutting tool is recovered in the 
suspects possession, connecting the tool to the victim is 
powerful evidence in court. 

In this case, Quintyn told authorities that a saw was 
used and gave them an idea of what to look for. A 
33-year-old man was ultimately arrested and is awaiting 
trial on homicide charges. When police searched the 
maris Tobyhanna home, in addition to finding the 
woman's hands hidden in a wall of the house, 
investigators also found a saw and different kinds of 
saw blades. 

Almost by Chance 

The zeal Williams and Quintyn bring to their work is 
obvious. But both came to their chosen professions al- 
most by chance. 

Williams, 37, came to Bloomsburg University 
intending to pursue a career in the communications 
field. Already successful spinning records at parties — it 
paid for much of his college, he says — he was thinking 


'Beth Doe' 

Unidentified Caucasian Female 

Located on Dec. 20, 1976 in White Haven, 

Carbon County, Pa. 

Vital Statistics 

Estimated age: Late teens to early 20s 

(bom between 1954 and 1960) 

Approximate height and weight: 5 foot 4 inches, 

130 to 150 pounds 

Dental: Fillings and some missing teeth 

Blood Type: 

Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium-length, 

natural (not dyed) brown hair. Brown eyes. Small 

circular mole above left eye, mole on left cheek. 

Scar on left leg just above heel, 5% inches in 

length. No previous fractures. May have been of 

Mediterranean heritage. 

Cause of death: Strangled, then shot in the neck 

Other: Carrying a full-term, white female fetus 

Updated sketch by Frank Bender, Nov. IS, 2007 

Courtesy of Cpl. Shawn Williams, Pennsylvania State Police 

Used with permission 

Continued on next pa^ 

'Many people don't realize that bones are a living tissue 
and from the bones you can determine population 
variations, individual variations.' 

- Conrad Quintyn, assistant professor of anthropology 

of a career in television and had an internship at a 
Scranton station helping to produce a local program 
about outdoor life. 

But walking through the McCormick Center for 
Human Sendees one day, Williams was spotted by a 
Pennsylvania State Police recruiter, who gave him a 
brochure about the department and a career as a 
trooper. The hook was set. 

"It was just the demeanor of the recruiter, the way 
he spoke to me about police work and the things that 
you do — do you like to work on your own and make 
important decisions and be involved in interesting 
investigations and help people?" 

While Williams remained a mass communications 
major with a concentration in telecommunications, he 
began working as a dispatcher for the university's 
police department. After he graduated, he became 
an officer with the university police. 

His goal, Williams says, was to be a state trooper 
and, ultimately, a detective. But it's a slow process to 

Conrad Quintyn, 

right, peers into 

the grave or 

Beth Doe" as her 

body is exhumed 

more than three 

decades after she 

was murdered. 

get into the department and, for a while, there was a 
hiring freeze. Finally in 1997, he took the test for the 
second time and, just when he was beginning to think 
that he was out of luck once again, he was called for 
further interviews and testing. In 1999, he left the 
university's police force to become a state police cadet. 

"Out of the 12,000 people that took the test when I 
did, there were only 300 or 400 who made it," he says. 

In a career arc that's come full circle, he was made a 
detective a year after becoming a trooper and, in 
January 2003, was transferred back to the Bloomsburg 
station, where he worked as a criminal investigator 
with Troop N. In 2005, three years after becoming 
part of the elite Criminal Investigation Assessment 
Unit, he was promoted to corporal. 

"My job is victim driven," Williams says. "I don't 
know these people prior to them being murdered but, 
by the time the investigation is over, I know them 
better than some of their own family members. 

"It's really the victim's voice we are trying to work 
for. They don't have a voice and they need a criminal 
investigator to be that voice for them." 

Williams acknowledges that he and his partner, 
Cpl. Thomas C. McAndrew, put in long hours, which 
can sometimes be tough on his wife, Rebecca Kissinger 
Williams "95A)7M, and their four children, ages 3 
to 11. "Rebecca is supportive of what I do and 
involved as much as me," he says. 

And, sometimes, what he sees can be hard to deal 
with. The toughest case for him occurred in January 
2006 when a man shot his wife and their two young 
children in a motel before turning the gun on himself. 
His wife survived and summoned help. The father, 
who shot himself in the stomach, also survived and is 
now on death row after being convicted of killing the 
two children. 

"That was a horrendous scene to see two little kids, 
especially when you have your own kids. But you 
have to put that aside and work the case and get the 
job done," Williams says, adding that he is helped by 
his faith. "I think that keeps me well-grounded and I 
feel inspired a lot of time, that God is leading me in 
the right direction through these cases." 


V E R S I T Y 


Conrad Quintyn, left, explains the 
information that can be determined by 
analyzing bones, including race, gender 
and age, to students enrolled in 
Forensic Anthropology. 

Fascination with Bones 

Like Williams, when Quintyn was thinking about 
what to do with his life, the notion of anthropology 
and one day helping police catch killers wasn't even 
on his horizon. Bom in London, Quintyn moved to 
Flonda with his family when he was in high school. 

It was after serving as a medic with the Marines 
and enrolling at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, that 
Quintyn found something that has fascinated him ever 
since: bones. His interest led to a doctorate in 
biological anthropology from the University of 
Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a specialty in forensic 
anthropology, in which the bones and overall skeleton 
are studied to determine a persons cause of death. His 
experience includes helping the military search for 
missing pilots in Vietnam 

"Many people don't realize that bones are a living 
tissue and from the bones you can determine 
population variations, individual variations. You can 
determine the physique of an individual, age, sex, 
race, stature, cause of death. You can determine so 
many different kinds of trauma from the bones, and 
even some diseases," he says. 

After coming to Bloomsburg from a temporary 
faculty position at the State University of New York at 
Oswego, Quintyn let area police know he was 
available to help. State police called on Quintyn's 
experience last October when they wanted to exhume 
a body buried for 30 years. 

"Beth Doe" was found by a child playing on the 
banks of the Lehigh River on Dec. 20, 1976. Someone 
had tossed three suitcases from the Interstate 80 bridge 
between Bloomsburg and Hazleton. The suitcase 
missed the water and landed on the bank, revealing the 
woman's dismembered remains inside. At the time, 
authorities were able to determine she was pregnant, 
shot in the neck and was 18 to 25 years old. 

Williams and his partner, who work on cold cases, 
wanted to try once more to give a real name to "Beth Doe" 
and find her killer. They arranged to exhume the body so 
they could obtain DNA samples — something not done in 
1976. Those samples could help identify family members, 
and DNA from the fetus could help identify the 
child's father. 

The body had been wrapped in plastic before being 
placed in the coffin and, even after three decades, was well 
preserved. The exhumation was widely publicized with 
the hope that drawing attention to the old case would 
prompt someone to come forward. 

"I can't believe someone is not missing this girl. She 
had a recognizable face and she was pregnant," Williams 
says. "We thought, why can't this be solved? Let's give it 
another shot." 

So far, no leads. But with the DNA evidence 
collected and other information being re-examined, 
Williams and his partner, McAndrew, hope to soon 
identify "Beth Doe." 

For Quintyn, too, it's about bringing justice for the 
victim and helping their families. 'You bring closure to the 
family, that's the important thing. You're not just an 
academic writing a lot of articles in journals. You want to 
do something worthwhile," he says. "This is one thing that 
makes you feel good at the end of the day, you bring 
closure to families." b 

Editor's note: Anyone with information on the "Beth Doe" 
homicide is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. 
Shawn M. Williams at 

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



Some of Stacy Pane Segal's 
earliest memories involve 
horses, with hooves or 
with rockers. 

Dogs may be man's best friend, but equines are 
lucky to have one BU grad on their side. 

Stacy Pane Segal's childhood love of horses matured into respect, 
admiration and a true dedication to their health and welfare, all 
valuable attributes in her position as equine protection specialist 
with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). 

"There is never a 'typical day' here," Segal says of her job. "I have several 
ongoing projects. Right now, I'm compiling a database of all horse rescue 
operations in the U.S. But, I can be interrupted by a rescue call about hors- 
es. We try to answer e-mail questions, provide information. If it's a large- 
scale seizure, we may get involved." 

Segal's path to advocacy for equines started on the back of a horse 
named Skipper. After graduating from BU in 1999 with a bachelor's degree 
in communications and political science, Segal, 31, worked at Carnegie 
Mellon University, near Pittsburgh. Her job involved lobbying federal and 
local lawmakers on defense issues for the university. "I learned how influ- 
ence and power play into decision making and the appropriation process," 
says the Hazleton native. "It was an eye-opening experience." 

In her free time, she'd go trail riding at a nearby farm, usually on Skip- 
per, whom she describes as "difficult, with a few bad habits." But, to the 
farm owner, the 6-year-old Appaloosa-cross gelding was "bad" and des- 
tined for the "meat truck." 

Horrified to learn of the plans for Skipper, she researched slaughter- 
houses and learned that horses were being slaughtered for human con- 
sumption. "I realized I had probably passed horse trailers going to the New 




'I think the feeling I get most from being with and around 
horses is an acute connectedness to nature and the ability to 
live absolutely in the moment.' 
- Stacy Pane Segal '99 

Holland auction, near Lancaster, 
where every Monday they sell 
horses for slaughter. I was floored. 
I could not believe it," she says. 

Segal began to wonder if her 
insights into governmental lobby- 
ing could instill in lawmakers an 
interest in protecting the lives of 
horses. Then, while volunteering 
with groups such as the Equine 
Protection Network, Segal learned 
of a bill that had been intro- 
duced in the U.S. Congress — 
the American Horse Slaughter 
Prevention Act. 

"The Humane Society of the 
United States was a leader in lob- 
bying for the American Horse 
Slaughter Prevention Act, which 
has been pending in the House 
and Senate for a few years," she 
says. "They had a government 
affairs team working on federal 
and state levels to pass laws to 
protect animals and fight laws that 
would harm them." Those laws 
include a recently passed measure 
that ensures pets are included in 
disaster planning so evacuees 
don't have to leave them behind. 
Another increases penalties for 
dog and cock fighting. 

Segal has worked for about a 
year as a member of the HSUS 
Equine Protection Department 

Segal s love of horses is central to her career and 
her leisure activities. 

and has been involved in several 
high-profile rescues. Last year, for 
example, when three equine 
slaughterhouses closed due to 
state action in Texas and Illinois, 
the HSUS found lodging for all of 
the horses that were awaiting 
sale, housed in pens or headed 
to slaughter. 

"One 'killer' buyer called from 
Wyoming and we convinced him 
to relinquish his horses to us," 
Segal says. "I helped with the tri- 
age and care of the horses and to 
find rescues to take them in. It's 
really rewarding to leam that 
horses get rescued." 

For horse owners, Segal's work 
centers on education. "Our main 
focus is the Horses: Companions 
for Life program," she says. "Its 
goal is to help potential, current 
and long-time horse owners un- 
derstand what is necessary to 
properly care for a horse and 
make good decisions for him at 
all stages of his life. With proper 
care, horses can live to 30 years 
or more." 

In this role, she's assisted with 
equine cruelty workshops and 
helped research the society's 
"Complete Guide to Horse Care," 
described as "the cornerstone of 
the Horses: Companions for 
Life program." 

The hope is to "help horse 
owners and their horses have suc- 
cessful relationships so fewer 
horses end up being victims of 
abuse, neglect and cruelty," Segal 
says of her job. "So much is out- 
reach and response." 

She's come a long way since, as 
a 3-year-old, she rode an imagi- 
nary horse around her home or, 
as a first- and second-grader, she 
visited a couple of pastured horses 

with her friend Beth. Riding les- 
sons when she was 8 years old 
just strengthened the bond. 

"From that point on, I was ab- 
solutely horse crazy," Segal says. 
"I remember being struck by how 
big and strong they seemed, but 
beautiful and wise and gentle at 
the same time. Even now, when I 
see my horse out in the field, run- 
ning or even just grazing, I am 
always just amazed at how effort- 
lessly graceful he is. 

"Today, I think the feeling I get 
most from being with and around 
horses is an acute connectedness 
to nature and the ability to live 
absolutely in the moment. Horses 
truly reflect back what you are 
feeling, and that forces you to be 
aware of your emotions and to 
mentally 'show up' completely for 
your time with them." 

These days, Segal lives in 
Tacoma Park, Md., with her hus- 
band, Stephen, and three cats. 
About 40 minutes away, Skipper, 
that same "unruly" Appaloosa 
gelding, has a comfortable stall. 
Segal has owned him for almost 
four years, after leasing him to 
save his life. 

"He's like a big puppy dog," 
she says, adding that his "bad hab- 
its" are barely more than personal- 
ity quirks. "It's all the other horses 
I have to worry about now." b 

Editor's note: The Humane 
Society of the United States is the 
nation's largest animal protection 
organization, backed by 10.5 mil- 
lion Americans. Leam more at 

Becky Lock is a writer, editor and 
photographer who worlds and lives 
in Pcnns\'lvania. 

Husky Notes 

Dining with the family 

Ruth Reinhart '30, left, was the oldest graduate attending a reunion 
for alumni from the 1930s and '40s during Alumni Weekend. She 
was accompanied by her great-nephew Brian Collins '77, right, and 
his daughter, Victoria Collins '05. 

5 J^ C* John Nemetz (right), New Jersey, was 

kJ «_/ honored by the National Wrestling 
Hall of Fame with a lifetime service to wrestling 
award. Now retired, he taught history and 
coached wrestling in Toms River schools 
for more than 20 years. He also served as a 
wrestling official. 


William L. Bower, who retired from the business 
1 department at Berwick Senior High School after 30 
years of service, marked his 50th wedding anniversary in May 
2008 with his wife, Kay Hummel Bower. 

5 £^ f\ Carl Janetka marked his 10th anniversary in 

\J S his second career as an education consultant for 
ProQuest K-12. He retired from the Upper Dublin School 
District in 1997 after 38 years of teaching, coaching and 
administration. He and wife, Kathleen Durkin Janetka '69, 
have three children and two grandchildren. 

Quest trips span the globe 

Bloomsburg Univer- 
sity'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. 

Walking Across Ireland: 
The Dingle Way, Sept. 17 

to 26: 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 Dingle Peninsula, 
starting and finishing in 
the town of Tralee in the 
County of Kerry. Accom- 
modations include bed 

and breakfast inns and guest 
houses. The leader is Roy 

Costa Rica: Coast to Coast 
Mountain Biking Adventure, 
Dec. 30, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2009: 

Participants will cross high- 
altitude cloud forests, towering 
volcanoes, pristine beaches, 
raging Whitewater rivers and 
dense tropical rain forests on 
mountain bikes. The 160-mile 
trip covers the country's inte- 
rior, from the bustling streets 
of San Jose and the pipeline 
waves of Quepos on the Pacific 
Coast to the canopies of virgin 
tropical rainforests. The leader 
is Brett Simpson, bsimpson® 

Cotswold Ring, England 
Walking Tour, June 10 to 18, 
2009: The Cotswold Way is 
one of the most scenic walks 
to be found in the British Isles. 
Its rural character has been 
preserved, with quiet lanes, 
thatched cottages and rose vine 
covered stone walls reminis- 
cent of an age long past. The 

land was settled by a Celtic 
people more than 2,000 years 
ago and artifacts are still visible 
today. The leader is Roy Smith, 
rsmith@bloomu . edu . 

houses, inns and ancient 
churches before finishing at 
the North Yorkshire Moors. 
The leader is Roy Smith, 

Walk Across England - Coast 
to Coast, June 22 to July 4, 
2009: Participants will walk 
across the breadth of northern 
England through some of 
the island's most beautiful 
mountains and moorland. The 
walk will begin in the Lake 
District region of northwest 
England, passing through the 
mountainous and hilly land- 
scape of highland sheep farms 
and villages of stone -walled 


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 
infoimation, contact Quest at or (570) 
389-21 00 or check online at 

Participants in Quest's Walk Across England enjoy some of the 
island's most beautiful scenery. 

5 £l £^ Larty Greenly (right) is vice president 

\J *J and past president of South West 
Writers, an organization to help aspiring writers 
which received the Bravos Award for excellence 
and was honored as Albuquerque's Outstanding 
Arts Organization for 2007. 

?/£ Q Robert E. Boose (right), executive 

\JC3 director of the Massachusetts Dental 
Society, was awarded the Pierre Fauchard 
Academy's Outstanding Contributions to the Art 
and Science of Dentistry Award. 

G. Richard Garman, executive director of 
Wayne Memonal Health Foundation, was named 
a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives 

Joseph Dowd '85 and wife, Kelly, 
a daughter, Audrey Nicole, April 
25, 2008 

Christine Girman Morgan '92 
and husband, Shawn, a son. 
Cooper, Sept. 7, 2007 
Nicole Boyd-Hayes '94 and 
husband, Daniel Hayes '94, a son, 
Jack Boyd, March 17, 2008 
Karen Craig Weingarten '94 
and husband, Kevin, a son, Gannon 
Craig, May 12, 2008 
Amanda Shepard Flaska '95 
and husband, Joseph, a son, Ethan 
Joseph, March 2, 2008 
Jennifer Bedosky Hestor '95 
and husband, Brad Hestor '96, a 
daughter, Norah Joy 

Lori Clarke Steiner '97 and 

husband, Curt, a daughter, Abigail 
Grace, March 25, 2008 
Jennifer Adams Bean '98 and 
husband, Gary, a daughter, Juliana, 
April 22, 2008 

Chrissy Mantione Campenni '98 
and husband. Tommy, a daughter, 
Lucia Grace, March 3, 2008 
Katie Getz Kilian '98 and 
husband, Kyle, a daughter, Casey 
Mackenzie, April 4, 2008 
Crystal Kovaschertz Wertz "98 
and husband, Gerald, a daughter, 
Helen Rose, Nov. 16,2007 
Melissa Wright Wilson '98 and 
husband, Kevin, twin sons, Jake 
and Chase, March 13, 2008 

Jill Young Jacobsen '99 and 

husband, David, a daughter, Cora 
Faith, March 1,2008 
Jessica Kehrer McNamara 
'99 and husband, Brian 
McNamara '99, a daughter, 
Avery, February 2008 
Keri Ambrocik Roth '99 and 
husband, Chris Roth '98, a son, 
Charles Regis, Nov. 19, 2007 
Lauren Balanzco Gozzard '00 
and husband, Eric, a daughter, 
Charlotte Use, May 12, 2008 
Kaci Diem Murphy '01 and 
husband, Frank Murphy '98, a 
son, Ryan, Aug. 30, 2007 
Melissa Berringer Pfistner '02 
and husband, Michael John 
Pfistner '01, a son, Logan Joseph, 
June 4, 2008 

Chris Repshis '02 and wife, Kiszy, 
a son, Chris, Nov. 6, 2007 
Trisha Leitzel Hoffman '03 and 
husband, Mark, a son, Forest, Jan. 

Kelly McCauslin Kuntz '03 and 
husband, Stacy, a daughter, Sydney 
Abigail, March 27, 2008 
Lisa Schneider Williams '03 
and husband, Derek 
Williams '02, a son, Casey 
Michael, May 9, 2008 
Kristen Millard Fourspring '04 
and husband, Keith, a daughter, 
Hannah, Dec. 24, 2007 

Athletics Hall of Fame 
to induct five 

The 27th Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted 
on Friday, Oct. 10, during a ceremony in Monty's. 
The induction of five graduates — Jim Garman '59, 
wrestling; Roly Lamy '91, tennis; Keith Torok 79, 
swimming; Tim Pritchard '90, baseball; and Sharon Reilly 
Zemaitis '90, field hockey — brings the total number of 
members to 125. 

Garman was Bloomsburg's first conference wrestling 
champion in 1957 and went on to become the first 
three-time champ. As a senior, he was one of four Huskies 
wrestlers to compete at the National Collegiate Athletic 
Association (NCAA) wrestling championships. He posted 
an overall dual meet mark of 29-1 in his four years and 
helped the team to an overall mark of 25-9. 

Reilly was a two-time AU-American in field hockey. 
She helped Bloomsburg to a four-year record of 82-9-4, 
two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 
championships and one NCAA title. She finished her 
career second in career goals with 48 (now fourth) and 
second in career points with 108 (now sixth). As a junior, 
Reilly scored a team-high 18 goals while, as a senior, she 
finished second in goals scored with 12 while adding 
three assists. 

Pritchard, who played first base and caught, holds 
the career school records for batting average (.443) and 
triples (16). Pritchard also holds the single season records 
for batting average, hitting .479 in 1990, and triples, with 
10 in 1990. He was an All-Conference selection all three 
seasons at Bloomsburg. 

Lamy was a three-time All-American. He won four 
PSAC singles titles and two PSAC doubles titles and was 
nationally ranked in singles (33rd in 1988 and 1989, 17th 
in 1990 and sixth in 1991) and doubles (second in both 
1988 and 1989, sixth in 1991 and eighth in 1991). He 
posted a record of 133-42 and holds the school record for 
most singles wins. 

Torok earned All-American honors in the 200-free in 
1977 and was part of the 400-free relay team that earned 
All-American in 1975 and 1978. He was an NCAA- 
qualifier all four years in a total of 1 1 events. Torok was 
also a three-time PSAC runner-up in both the 200-free 
and the 400-relay and had a total of 15 top-six finishes 
in his career. He set Bloomsburg records in six individual 
events and three relay events, one of which stood for 
28 years. 

For ticket information, call BU's sports information office at 
(570) 389-4413. 

Husky Notes 

?/£("} John McKay retired as principal of Our Lady of 

U/ Lourdes Regional High School. 

5^T/~\ Kerry Hoffman, a former BU swimmer, was in- 

/ \J ducted into the Berks County Aquatic Hall of Fame. 
A charter member of the Berks County Chapter of Swimming 
and Diving Officials, he worked as an official for 37 years. 

5^7~1 James Gilhooley (right), Dunmore, 

/ .A. was appointed to the Pennsylvania 
Professional Standards and Practices Commission C^ffl^l 
by Gov. Ed Rendell. In June, he offered a presen- 
tation at the Association for Childhood Education 
International World Conference in Moscow, 
Russia. A long-time educator in the Scranton 
area, he currendy is an assistant professor at Keystone College. 

Robert Jurbala retired in June from Lackawanna Trail 
School District, where he was superintendent for nine years. 

Renee Zimmerman Kay retired as director of technology 
for Chichester School District after more than three decades as 
an educator and administrator. 

1^7^ Sam Mantione retired in June 2007 from E.L. 

/ -W Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre after 35 years. 

Daniel Rang joined Murphy McCormack Business Group 
as a vice president for business development and relation- 
ship management. 


Maureen Hauck is assistant director for business 
consulting at the Small Business Development 
Center, Bucknell University. 

Evans rings NASDAQ bell 

Ronald Evans "74, chief executive officer of North American 
Galvanizing and Coatings Inc., presided over the closing bell of the 
NASDAQ Stock Market on May 1 . The company, a provider of 
hot-dip galvanizing and coatings for corrosion protection of 
fabricated steel products, has plants in Ohio, Colorado, Texas, 
Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma. 

9^7 /4 Janice Keil retired from BU in May after teaching 
/ -L in the business education and business information 

systems department for 27 years. 

Richard Pohle retired after teaching science at Honesdale 

High School, Wayne Highlands School District, for the past 

33 years. He was science department chair for 20 years and 

coached golf for 10 years. He and wife, Susan Burkavage 

Pohle 74, have two children attending BU. 

Tim Wagner received the Bloomsburg YMCA Vanguard 

Award for community service in 2008. 

Former BU swimmer returns as coach 

Stu Marvin 

Former Huskies swimming 
standout Stu Marvin 78 returned 
to Bloomsburg as the head coach 
for the mens and women's swim teams. 
As a swimmer at BU, Marvin was an 
1 1-time Ail-American performer and 
won five Pennsylvania State Athletic 
Conference titles. He became the 
university's first triple All-American award winner in 
1975 and equaled that effort in 1977. In 1978, Marvin 
finished among the top performers in five races to gain 
All-American recognition in each race. He was a two-time 
winner of the school's underclassman athlete of the year 
award and was also awarded the Robert B. Redman Award 
as the school's top male senior athlete in 1978. 

He was the first swimmer inducted into the university's 
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. Marvin still holds the 
school record in the 100-free and has established 12 

United States Masters Swimming (USMS) records as well 
as winning 28 national USMS championships. 

After graduating from BU, Marvin worked 24 years for 
the City of Fort Lauderdale's (Fla.) Parks and Recreation 
Department and directed its aquatics program. He 
coordinated the operation of the International Swimming 
Hall of Fame Complex, Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue and 
the Fort Lauderdale Community Pool system. He coached 
the Fort Lauderdale swim team and Fort Lauderdale 
Ocean Rescue Competition team and worked with Fort 
Lauderdale Aquatics. 

"At this point in my life, my passion for swimming has 
never been deeper and my loyalty to the university has never 
been stronger," says Marvin. "I hope to attract great young 
talent to the program, boost the confidence in each athlete 
and work towards improving our position in die conference 
and returning the program to national prominence." 



Michael W. Williams '88 and 

Kristin Rhoads 02 and Jim 

Amanda Bartkus '05M and 

Kara Wagaman '05 and Jason 

Michele Richards, Sept. 1,2007 


Christopher Strobl 05M 

McCauslin, Dec. 1,2007 

Kelly Garner '95 and Craig 

Erin Stevens '02 and Keith Leal, 

Sara Dietterick '05 and Jason 

Melissa Walsh '05 and Ty 

Exley, April 1,2008 

July 22, 2006 

Jarinko, June9, 2007 


Michael Ogurkis '97 and Lorine 

Cherie Wallace '02 and Frank 

Erica Eltringham '05 and 

Rachel Cianchetta '06 and 

Angelo, Sept. 29, 2007 

Scholl III '04, Dec 29, 2007 

Thomas Schaeffer '02, 

Michael Rich, Aug. 4, 2007 

Desiree Hockenbery 00 and 

Janel Beaver '03 and Calvin 

Nov. 17,2007 

Ashley Dreese '06 and Ryan 

Greg Bisignano, June 9, 2007 

Martin, May 26, 2007 

Bethany Finkenbinder 


Donna Kaniewski '00 and 

Ashley Behrer '03 and Kevin 

'05/"06M and Jake Ramsey, 
Oct. 7, 2007 

Jeremy Eck '06 and Kaitlin 

Frank Rabena, Dec. 29, 2007 

Rogers '03, April 26, 2008 

Klotz, Aug. 25, 2007 

Henry Larsen III '00 and Gwen 

Andrea Falcone '03 and 

Kristin Graziano '05 and 

Bruce Shafer 

Jason Kehoe '06 and Brooke 

Ketchem, Sept. 29, 2007 

Jeffrey Gritman "04/05M 

Welliver, Jan. 5, 2008 

Melissa Shelly '00 and Shawn 

April 28, 2007 

Cara Gulden '05M and 

Brian Buttari, July 7, 2007 

Alicia Marinos '06 and Timothy 

Saylor, Oct. 13,2007 

Eric Kolva '03 and Carrie Laabs, 

Seltzer, Dec. 22, 2007 

Melissa Zavada '00 and 

March 11, 2007 

Natalie Hutchinson '05 and 

Jennifer Smith '06 and Brent 

Keith Sharp 

Kristina Truman '03 and 

Travis Pena, Nov. 3, 2007 

Bonatz '05, Aug. 24, 2007 

Trisha Calderone '01 and 

Douglas Wilcox Jr., Oct. 13, 2007 

Shannon Killeen 05 and Ken 

Briana Bashore '07M and 

Steven Stracka 01, 

Kristin Barnett '04 and Pete 

Ferguson '04, June 14, 2008 

Nicholas Smith, Aug. 18,2007 

Nov. 24, 2007 

Lents, June 29, 2007 

Ashley Lux '05 and Bryan 

Bethany Brensinger 07 and 

Talia Coppola '01 and Richard 

Rebecca Callas 04 and Kevin 

Smith, June 30, 2007 

Michael Wysolmerski, 

Whitlock, May 5, 2008 

Leonard '05, Sept. 28, 2007 

Gina Marino '05 and Justin 

Aug 4, 2007 

Jenn DiMaria '01 and James 

Melissa Knapick '04 and 

Thomas '07, Aug. 31, 2007 

Amber Cherry '07 and Travis 

Tighe, April 26, 2008 

Mathew Kline, Oct. 13,2007 

Jennifer Marshall '05 and 

Serfass, Aug. 25, 2007 

Michael Fedorco '01 and 

Adria Kowalski '04 and Kasey 

Harold Kern Jr., Oct. 20, 2007 

Mary Duke 07Au.D and 

Jacquelyn Muller 

Unger, Nov. 3, 2007 

Brandy McHenry 05 and 

Justin Dietz, Dec. 28, 2007 

Vanessa Garrapy '01 and 

Kristen Millard '04 and Keith 

Christopher Czock 

Megan Meyers '07 and James 

Adam Voorhees, Oct. 20, 2007 

Fourspring, July 28, 2007 

Brandi Michael '05 and 

Deitterick, July 28, 2007 

Laura Gavio 01 and 

Angela Moll '04 and Ryan 

Joshua Rogers, April 26, 2008 

Christine Miller 07 and 

Michael Barletta 

Sirak '06, June 30, 2007 

Mark Piermattei '05 and 

Alejandro Maeso, March 31, 2007 

Melissa Derr '02 and Michael 

Amy Reap '04 and John Lawlor, 

Amber Catlin, July 28, 2007 

Amanda Smith '07 and Jared 

Angstadt, June 23, 2007 

June 2, 2007 

Amy Puntar 05 and Jeremy 

Kishbaugh '05, Oct 13,2007 

Andrea Flowers '02 and Robert 

Allison Ridge W06M and 

Shingler'05, Sept. 21, 2007 

Erica Young 07 and Kirby 

Kramer, Sept. 8, 2007 

Timothy Valentine, June 30, 2007 

Jill Remaley '05 and William 


Lisa Phillips 02 and 

Evan Witmer '04 and Sarah 

Engleman, Nov. 10,2007 

Louis Gasper 


Ingrid Karnes Watson retired from teaching after 31 years 

5'"7 '/C David E. Coffman is 

president of the South Central 

as a secondary school educator. She is president of her own 

/ \J Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified 

beeswax products business in Sanford, Fla. She and husband, 

Public Accountants. 

Greg, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2007. 

Barbara A. Wanchisen, Nanticoke, is director for the 

board on behavioral, cognitive 

and sensory sciences of the 

5^"7 C Patricia Strunk Crissman, Camarillo, Calif., is a 

National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social 

/ «_/ senior business analyst 

with Amgen Inc. 

Sciences Education. 

Joseph Scopelliti, Berwick, is 

community relations manager 

for PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Berwick. 

5^7 ^7 Matthew Connell, Brodheadsville, is dean of 

/ / Northampton Community College's Monroe campus. 

Brady Stroh is director of the Center for Geospatial Infor- 

mation Services at Penn State Harrisburg. 

FALL 200 s 


Husky Notes 

Teammates cruise into their 50s 

Several members of 1976-79 men's soccer team celebrated their 
50th birthdays with a Caribbean cruise. Shown in matching shirts 
with the logo 'BSC/50" are, left to right: Toby Rank '80, George 
Steele '80, Glenn Chestnut '80, Mark Fedele '80 and Steve Buch '80. 
They were joined on the cruise by wives Lois Hertzog Fedele '80, 
Julie Metz Rank '79, Robbie Buch, Gaye Steele and Debra Farrell 
Chestnut '80, who submitted the photo. 

5^0 Don Zimmerman, Muhlenberg Township, earned a 

/ C3 real estate license and joined Coldwell Banker Landis 

Homesale Services. He is also owner of EZ Packaging Solutions. 

J^7(\ David Harr is associate vice president for 
/ S auxiliary and facility operations at the University of 

Notre Dame. 
Joel E. Terschak, St. Louis, Mo., is chief administrative 

officer for Bunge North America. He and wife, Krista, have 

six children. 

5 O C\ Sam Malandra is executive vice president of sales 


and marketing for CRM manager. 


Roanne Heisner Tombasco, Allentown, was 
promoted to director of logistical services for PPL 
Corp., where she's worked for 26 years. 

^ Q ^ Dr. Larry Maturani joined Clarion Hospital as an 
O.W internal medicine specialist. 
Cheryl Roberts is the marketing manager at Harbor Lights 
Financial Group of the Lehigh Valley. 

5 Q A Stephanie Jonas-Sullivan was transferred to 

Or! Wiesbaden, Germany, for a three-year tour with the 
U.S. Army. 

9 Q C Marie Tanzos Beil, Nazareth, is the supervisor for 
O *_/ J.C. Penney's online catalog department. 
Sandra O'Brien Brettler was elected to a three-year term 
with the national board of directors for the American Associa- 
tion of Neuroscience Nurses. She is the gamma knife nurse 
coordinator at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. 

Linda Ebbrell Lapp, Bloomsburg, is president of the local 
Ivy Club for 2008-09. 

Rich Robbins is associate dean of arts and sciences at 
Bucknell University. 

Wendy Spease Stafford, Stevens, earned a doctor of 
audiology degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 
Elkins Park. She has her own practice in the Cocalico area. 

5 Q £l Conrad Haenny was named teacher of the year 
C3 \J at Woodglen School in Lebanon Township, New 
Jersey. After 17 years in accounting and finance, he now 
teaches sixth-grade mathematics. 

Julia Reichel Hertz, a registered nurse, was named clinical 
care manager for Lighthouse Hospice in New Jersey. 

Richard F. King, treasurer and finance coordinator for 
Schlouch Inc., received the 2008 Debra Hahn Memorial 
Award from the Construction Financial Management Associa- 
tion (CFMA). He is a certified public accountant. 

Victor Koons, owner of a Danville graphic design com- 
pany, received a 2007 Silver Addy award from the Northeast 
Pennsylvania Advertising Club and American Advertising 

Glenn Noack was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Bas- 
ketball Hall of Fame. He is principal at the George D. Steckel 
Elementary School. 

Mark West is president and chief financial officer of 
SenowA Inc. 

} Q ^T Ann Pavkovic Grove has been president of her own 
C3 / technical writing firm for six years and was recendy 
named president of a group of technical writers. 

Alumni Association honors trio 

Dr. Joseph Mowad, right, a BU Trustee and Geisinger Medical 
Center physician who chaired BU's presidential search committee, 
was named an honorary alumnus at the Alumni Association's 
annual meeting during Alumni Weekend. Also recognized were 
Brenda Shaffer Conger '78, center, who received the 2007 
Distinguished Service Award, and Gary Groenheim '90, recipient of 
the 2007 Young Alumnus of the Year award. Conger is president of 
CFC International, an advocacy group for persons with cardiofa- 
ciocutaneous syndrome, including her son, and their families. 
Groenheim, who was unable to attend, is in charge of marketing 
and advertising for London-based CNBC Europe. Shown at left is 
BU President David Soltz. 




5 Q Q Stephen Bujno owns a pottery studio in Adamsville, 
(3 C3 Lancaster County. 

Eileen Finn Colarusso, who works for the Archdiocese of 
Baltimore as coordinator of deaf ministry, signed for the deaf 
and hard of hearing when Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass 
at Nationals Stadium in Washington, D.C 

Jacqueline Kimmel Deibert, an elementary teacher in the 
Tri- Valley School District, has co-authored a second book, 
"Recipes and Memories of Mahantongo Elementary School." 

9 Q f\ Karen Wells Fuller, South Auburn, was promoted 

CJ S to district manager of the northern region for First 
Liberty Bank and Trust. 

Jody L. Ocker was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the 
U.S. Air Force. She is associate director for the Air Force Nurse 
Corps and program manager for Manpower and Organization, 
Office of the Surgeon General, Boiling Air Force Base. 

Tina Trager, a certified nutritional consultant, is coordina- 
tor for Activate Phoenixville Area. 

5fJ/\ Paul J. Lewis is a senior accountant with High 

S\J Corporate Services, East Lampeter Township. 
Joseph Rebarchakjr. is northern region manager for Mid 
Penn Bank. 

9£\ "1 George G. Kinney is director of planning for Palmer 

Zr \~ Township in Northampton County. 

Kevin Reynolds was named men's basketball coach at 
Slippery Rock University. 

9£J / ^ Christopher Hunt, Wind Gap, is chief financial 

S ^ officer for Moravian Hall Square. 

Kimm Miller, former Cirque du Soleil acrobat/high diver, 
has opened her own Pilates studio in Shillington. 

Robert Mindick, Hatfield, is a senior vice president in 
commercial lending with Sovereign Bank. 

Doug Pape, Wilkes-Barre, is Luzerne County's chief 

Timothy Ronan, a certified public accountant, is president 
of the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certi- 
fied Public Accountants for 2008-09. He is a partner with 
Stanton, Echard &r Ronan, State College. 


Barbara Rone Davis is director of curriculum for 
1 Tulpehocken Area School District in 
Berks County. 

Claire Day (right), director of programs and 
education for the Philadelphia Alzheimer's As- 
sociation, was a BU Alumni in the Classroom 
presenter in Apnl. 

Kurt Davidheiser, Barto, is a real estate agent 
with Herb Real Estate Inc. 

Kevin Watts, Maryland, a major in the U.S. Army, was 
honored for completing 25 years of military service. He was 
deployed for more than 20 months in Iraq, Afghanistan, 
Kuwait and Qatar. 

Michael Zigner, Allentown, is director of industry 
partnerships at Lehigh Carbon Community College. He is 


Ruth Allen Smith '26 
Ethel Moore Moorhead '29 
Mabel G. Penman '29 
Helen Cott Berger '30 
Lavere A. Dieffenbach Hoyt '30 
Myron R. Welsh '30 
AlbinaZadra Davis '31 
Elizabeth Drumm '31 
Peter Evancho '31 
Marion Hazeltine Meixell '31 
Edith Boyer Miller '31 
Irma Lawton Eyer '32 
Donald E. Bangs '33 
June Strausser '33 
Maudmae Edwards Eldridge '34 
Helen Hestor Merrill '35 
Gladys Rinard Ruesch '36 
Lt. Col. Drue W. Folk '41 
Howard W. Brochyus Sr. '42 
Carl David Snyder '42 
Kathryn Keener Dildine '43 
Andrew F. Magill '43 
Julian A. Zinzarella '44 
Mary Ellen Kohrherr '45 
Nellie A. Kramer '46 
Clifton S. Skow '47 
John W.Williams '50 
Gene D. Search '51 
Ukasin Vukevich '51 
Kathleen Boychuck '52 
Thomas C. Jones '52 
Mildred Pliscott Furgele '53 
Judith Fry McCarthy '54 

John Forgach '57 
Charles E. Fahringer '58 
Kenneth J. Oswald '58 
George E. Renn '58 
Barry H. Deppen '61 
Charles L. Ditton '63 
John M. Castetter '64 
Peter P. Pokego '65 
Irene Sitler Frantz '66 
Joseph P. O'Neill Jr. '69 
Kenneth D. Schnure '69 
Earl Stover '69 
Gregg T. Kendall '70 
Regina Degatis Lubrecht '70 
Judy Kline Boris 72 
William R. Hoover 72 
David London 72 
Minnie Krotzer Watson 73 
Morris "Moe" Leighow 74 
Diane K. Blessing 75 
Maria Russoniello Lewis 75 
Karen Startzel Merchlinski 76 
Susan Kobilis Nesbitt 7B 
Brent G. Heywood 77 
D. Keith Sneddon 78 
Dr. William F. Johnson 79 
Louis Marinangeli 79 
Patti Tuckett Catizone '80 
Deborah Tobin Olive '80 
Ruth T. Yeager '80 
Glenn A. Faulkner '85 
Vincent G. Solarek '94 
Travis L. Hoopengardner '07 

also secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the University 
Continuing Education Association. 

JC\ A Stacey Belhumer earned a master's degree in educa- 

/ 1 tion and a certification in media technology from 
Montclair State University. 

Dennis Murri has been a language arts teacher at Ridgefield 
Park (N.J.) High School since 1995. He has been an assistant 
wrestling coach at the school for 14 years, earning regional and 
district honors for coaching in 1998, and also coaches track. 

Jf\ ^ Wade Becker, Etters, is a partner with the auditing 
7 %J and accounting department of the Beard Miller Co. 

Husky Notes 

Matthew Gross earned a master's degree in business 
administration/accounting from DeSales University. He and 
wife, Shelly Smith Gross '95, live in Doylestown. 




Robert "Bobby" James Jr. (right) was ap- 
pointed defensive coordinator for the Bulldog 
football program at Wingate University in North 
Carolina. He is also pro liaison for the program. 

Dale Kline, Philadelphia, co-owner of Atlantic 
States Realty, is president of the board of direc- 
tors of the Roxborough Development Corp. 

JC\/£ Matt Hare (nght) is a faculty member 

Zr\3 at the University of California at 
Irvine and a stnng coach at Irvine, Laguna Hills, 
Trabuco Hills and San Clemente high schools. 
Jodi Piekarski Loughlin '96M has earned a 
doctoral degree in adult education from Penn 
State Harrisburg. She is a teacher and reading 
curriculum coordinator at the Shenandoah Valley 
School District. 

^C\^7 Cheryl Knapp Fallon presented the first solo 

7 / exhibition of her photography at the Packwood 
House Museum, Lewisburg, in May. 

Jason Paist, an optometrist, opened a practice at the Limer- 
ick Professional Building. 

Mindy Flegel Rouzer, Waynesboro, a breast cancer sur- 
vivor, opened a chiropractic practice in Blue Ridge Summit 
and plans to participate in a three-day walk to raise money for 
breast-cancer research this fall. 

?f^Q Jessica Grim Galle, a senior accountant, has joined 
>^0 Baum, Smith and Clemens of Lansdale. 
Michelle Heffner, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar 

Association, has been appointed as judicial law clerk at Lehigh 

County Court of Common Pleas. 

Michael Kogut is head football coach for Tri- Valley 

High School. 

5fj))("j) Lori Hauser Gibbs is principal of Northampton 

y S Borough Elementary Schools in the Northampton 
Area School District. 

Susan Goetz opened a solo psychotherapy practice in 
Sacramento, Calif. 

Vanessa Klingensmith is central regional coordinator for 
the Children's Miracle Network at Janet Weis Children's Hos- 
pital, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 

Karen Malinowski graduated with honors from the Uni- 
versity of Baltimore School of Law with a juris doctorate. She 
works with the Maryland's attorney general's office and as a 
staff speech language pathologist with Care Resources Inc. 

^€\C\ Christopher Chappell is an organizational develop- 

\J\J ment specialist with the Geisinger Health System. 

'Spice' added to kitchen 

HGTVs 'Spice Up My Kitchen' team recently remodeled the kitchen 
of Cathy Carr Zavacki '99, second from left, and husband, Tim, 
left. Also shown in the Zavackis' new kitchen at their home in 
Easton are the show's hosts, Lauren Lake, second from right, and 
Jeff Devlin. The episode aired in May and June. 

Dave Marcolla, Lansdale, is senior marketing manager for 
the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware market of ATT, 
where he has worked since 2007. He is also associate board 
chair of Gilda's Club Delaware Valley, a local chapter of the 
national cancer support organization, and active in local 
Chambers of Commerce. In April, Dave was a BU Alumni in 
the Classroom presenter. 

Stacy Ogur is a planning consultant at the 
Philadelphia Water Department. 

Shawn Rosier (right), a systems analyst and 
EpicCare trainer with Geisinger Health Systems, 
Danville, was a BU Alumni in the Classroom 
presenter in April. 

^f\ ~\ Pamela Brennan Burns, Selinsgrove, is community 

\J JL. office manager for First National Bank, formerly 
Omega Bank. 

Sherry Arbogast Glosek, a special education teacher, is as 
assistant elementary school principal for the Shamokin Area 
School District. 

Matt Kaminski, Worcester, was promoted to director of 
first-year initiatives and judicial affairs at Montgomery County 
Community College. 

Kathleen Lloyd-Kurtz, Hazleton, launched an online 
clothing business. 

Brian K. Sims opened his own law office in Philadelphia. 

}/~V^ Pamela Pheasant, Harrisburg, is employed with 
VJ ^J the Pennsylvania Department of State as a human 
resource analyst, specializing in position classification and 
labor relations. She earned a master's degree in arts administra- 
tion from Shenandoah University Conservatory. 



At the head of the class 

Jill Dougherty '98M, a teacher at Springfield (Pa.) High School, 
receives a $25,000 award from Milken Family Foundation 
Chairman Lowell Milken. The award, presented at the 2008 Milken 
Family Foundation National Education Conference in Los Angeles, 
Calif., recognizes exceptional talent and accomplishments inside 
and outside the classroom. 

J(\ ^5 Chaza Fares Abdul, office manager of The Medical 

\JkJ House, Adas, earned a master's degree in business 
administration through the University of Phoenix. 

Christy Carpenter Barkley was named teacher of the year 
by the Merrimack Elementary School, Hampton, Va. She 
teaches fifth grade. 

Teena Edwards Curnow was promoted to supervisor with 
the accounting firm of Smith Elliott Reams and Co. 

Christina Bilo Felten joined Midwives & Associates Inc. 
of Allentown. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Associa- 
tion of Licensed Midwives and the American College of Nurse 

Bethany Samson Fluck was promoted to human resource 
director at Devereux Pocono Center. 

Andrea Falcone Gritman, Norristown, is a field sales 
associate for Richardson Electronics. 

Mindy Putak Harrison joined Coldwell Banker Landis . 
HomeSale Services, Schuylkill Haven, as a real estate agent. 

Christopher Smith is an assistant professional at the 
Cooper Hill Country Club, Flemington, N J. 

Jf\A^ Elise Genco Berrocal is supervisor of commumca- 

\J A. tions at Pierce College, Philadelphia. 

Jennifer Feldser is the author and director of "The Other 
Woman," a World War II comedic drama that was performed 
this year at the Hershey Area Playhouse. 

Jamie Frey is the marketing and event planning manager 
for the Pennsylvania region of ActionCoach. 

Jeffrey Gritman '04A)5M, Norristown, is the senior 
e-learning designer for LeanForward. 

Jf\ C Erin Dumin is director of admissions for John W. 
\J\J Hallahan Girls Catholic High School in Philadelphia. 

Ryan Kudasik '05M, Gettysburg, is an instructional 
designer in the e-learning department of JPL Productions. 

Lauren McGill, an actress with Hazletoris Pennsylvania 
Theatre of Performing Arts, directed the production of "Bare- 
foot in the Park." 

Jf\jC Trisha Grace is museum coordinator for the Ship- 

\J\J pensburg Historical Society. 

James "Jay" Graham is the owner of Jay's Crab Shack in 
Ocean City, NJ. 

Jennifer Wootsick is a geospatial analyst at the Center for 
Geospatial Information Services, Penn State Hairisburg. She 
was recently appointed operations manager for the Pennsylva- 
nia GIS Conference. 

5/~\^T Robert Biernat, a former BU linebacker, joined the 

\J / Reading Express indoor football team. 

Ashley Geiser, Montoursville, was named wellness director 
at RiverWoods Senior Living Community. 

Danielle Lynch received a first-place award from the 
Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) for 
a newspaper series she co-authored for the Daily Local News, 
West Chester. 

Jennifer Malukas is a pediatric intensive care nurse with 
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. 

Valerie Malukas '07M is a fifth-grade learning support 
teacher with the Harford County School District, Bel Air, Md. 

Ashley Miller is a mathematics teacher for the Shamokin 
Area School District. 

Jason Yeager is a computer software developer for 
Scientech, Berwick. 

5/"\Q Amanda Dabashinsky, Schuylkill Haven, who 
\JO recently earned a degree in special education, is 
student teaching at D.H.H. Lengel Middle School in Pottsville. 

Stefanie Pitcavage, Ashland, received a Dixon Scholarship 
from the Widener University School of Law. 

Brian Wagner, Schuylkill Haven, was commissioned as 
a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He is working as a 
public affairs officer at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. 

Evan Duane Wickard earned certification as a second- 
ary English teacher, following in the footsteps of his parents, 
Duane "Butch" Wickard 79, pnncipal of Upper Perkiomen 
Middle School, and Eileen Callahan Wickard '80, gifted 
support teacher at Palisades Middle School. Evan's late great- 
grandfather, Basil Steele '34, graduated from Bloomsburg 
Normal School and was an elementary school teacher in what 
is now the Lake Lehman School District. 

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 

Bill Jones, first chairperson of BU's special education department, spent 
decades touching the lives of hundreds of students and, with his wife Joan, 
building a family of special education teachers that includes four of their six 
children, two daughters-in-law and a granddaughter. 

To honor Bill and Joan's commitment to special education, their family and BU's 
Department of Exceptionality programs established the Jones Center for Special 
Education Excellence. The dream of the Jones Center is to ensure 
that all individuals with exceptionalities receive appropriate 
education and support services. 

Learn how you can support the Jones Center or pay tribute to the 
mentors who inspired your career at 



Mdar of Events 

BU!s Academic Quadrangle is bordered by, left to right, McCormick Center for Human Services, 
Waller Administration Building, Andruss Library and Centennial Hall. 

Academic Calendar 

Fall 2008 

Reading Days - No Classes 

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 to 1 1 

Thanksgiving Break - 
No Classes 

Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 26 to 28 

Classes Resume 

Monday, Dec. 1 

Classes End 

Saturday, Dec. 6 

Final Exams 

Monday to Saturday, Dec. 8 to 1 3 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, Dec. 12 

Undergraduate Commencement 

Saturday, Dec. 13 

Spring 2009 

Classes Begin 

Monday, Jan.1 2 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 
No Classes 

Monday, Jan. 19 

Spring Break Begins 

Saturday, Feb. 28 

Classes Resume 

Monday, March 9, 8 a.m. 

Classes End 

Saturday, April 25 

Finals Begin 

Monday, April 27 

Finals End 

Saturday, May 2 

Graduate Commencement 

Friday, May 1 

Undergraduate Commencement 

Saturday, May 2 

Art Exhibits 

Exhibitions are open to the public 
free of charge. Due to the renovation 
of the Haas Center for the Arts, 
exhibits will be offered in alternate 
venues on campus. For more 
information about shows and 
updated information, visit 
www. bloomu. edu/today/arts.php. 

Carl Gombert The Real Me 

Renditions of the human face 

Through Sept. 19 

Kehr Union, Multicultural Center 

Pamela Marks: Works on Paper 

Paintings and drawings 

Oct. 6 to 31 

Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 1 5, 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Kehr Union, Multicultural Center 

Toshiko Takaezu: Works from the 
Permanent Collection 


November, Dates to be announced 

Andruss Library 

Kerry Stuart Coppin: 

Jan. 20 to Feb. 13, 2009 
Reception: Monday, Feb. 2, 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Location to be announced 

Anne Mondro and Donovan 
Widmer: Sculpture 

March 2 to 27, 2009 
Location to be announced 

Student Art Exhibition 

April 2009 

Dates and location to be announced 

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

Celebrity Artist Series 

All events in the 2008-09 Celebrity 
Artist Series season will be 
presented in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. 
Gross Auditorium. For more 
information, call the box office, 
temporarily located in the Carver Hall 
lobby, at (570) 389-4409 or visit the 
Celebrity Artist Web site at www. 
bloomu. edu/today/celebrity.php. 
Community Government Association 
cardholders pay half of the ticket's 
face value for all shows. Programs 
and dates are subject to change. 

Parents Weekend: 
Forbidden Broadway 

Saturday, Sept. 13, 6:30 and 
9 p.m., $20 

Presidential Inauguration Event: 
Jean-Michel Cousteau 

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $20 

Homecoming Weekend: 
Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats 

Sunday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $20 

Broadway State of Mind: 
Adam Pascal 

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., $20 

Holiday Show: Chestnut 
Brass Company 

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., $20 

Broadway Review: Five Guys 
Named Moe 

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, 8 p.m., $20 

Valentine's Day Romance: 
Simone on Simone 

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, 8 p.m., $20 

Classical: Ahn Trio 

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 
8 p.m., $20 

Simply Sinatra: Steve Lippia 

Friday, April 3, 2009, 7:30 p.m., $20 


Listed events are open to the public 
free of charge. 

Chamber Orchestra: Fall Conceit 

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. 
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 
123 N. Market St., Bloomsburg 

Bloomsburg University- 
Community Orchestra 

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m. 

Central Columbia High School 


4777 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg 

Alumni Events 

Contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(5701 389-4058, (800) 526-0254 or for information. 
Details are also available at 

Alumni and Open 5K Race 

Saturday, Sept. 6, 12:30 p.m. 
Contact: Karen Brandt, cross country 
coach, at 

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner 

Friday, Oct. 10,6 p.m. 

Monty's, Upper Campus 

Call BU's sports information office, 

(570) 389-4413, for ticket 


A Taste of Bloomsburg 

Saturday, Nov. 1 , preceding 
Homecoming football game 
Fenstemaker Alumni House Lawn 

Grad Finale 

Tuesday, Nov. 11,11 a.m. to 6 p.m 

Quest Reunion 

Saturday, April 4, 2009 

Special Events 

Parents and Family Weekend 

Friday to Sunday, Sept. 12 to 14 

Inauguration of President 
David Soltz 

Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. 
Nelson Field House 

Homecoming Weekend 

Saturday to Sunday, Nov. 1 to 2 
Football, Huskies vs. West Chester 
Golden Rams, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 
3:30 p.m., Redman Stadium. Tic s 
are $8 for adults and $3 f^ : ents 
and senior citizens. BUS' : with 
a valid ID are admitted ':■■ ites 
open two hours befor-: s 

Over the Shoulder 

By Robert Dunkelberger, University Archivist 

Politicking in Bloomsburg: Simulated Conventions on Campus 

Future President Gerald R. Ford 
delivers the keynote address at 
the simulated Republican 
Convention in Centennial Gym 
on March 16, 1968. 

Presidential candidates and their family 
members traversed Pennsylvania in search of 
votes in spring 2008, including former first 
daughter Chelsea Clinton, who spoke in 
Kehr Union's Fireside Lounge, and her dad, former 
President Bill Clinton, who led a rally at Bloomsburg 
Middle School. 

But this was not the first visit to Bloomsburg from a 
former or future president or presidential candidate. 
For many years, notable politicians spoke on campus 
at simulated political conventions organized to help 
students leam how the nominating process works. 

The first was held in the Carver Hall auditorium in 
May 1928, with three more conventions in 1940, 
1948 and 1952. When the simulated conventions 

returned in 1968, nationally known 
politicians were invited to provide the 
keynote address or distinguished 
lecture. Gerald Ford, a Michigan 
congressman who would later serve 
as the nation's 38th president, gave 
the opening address for the 
Republican convention in Centennial 
Gym. The student delegates' 
candidate of choice was New York 
Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. 

In 1972 it was a Democratic 
convention, with South Dakota Sen. 
George McGovern nominated for 
president. McGovern returned the 
favor by twice appearing on the Bloomsburg campus. 
In 1976 he gave a preliminary address in Haas 
Auditorium, with the convention two weeks later 
nominating Arizona Rep. Morris Udall. On the first 
ballot, then-Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter placed third, 
behind Udall and journalist Hunter S. Thompson. 

McGovern returned in 1980, once again as a 
distinguished lecturer, while student delegates to the 
mock Republican convention nominated Illinois Rep. 
John Anderson. Coming in a strong second in 1980 

The 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern receives a 
T-shirt from convention chairman Pierce Atwater on March 25, 1976. 

was Mr. Bill, the much-abused clay puppet featured at 
the time on "Saturday Night Live." 

Bloomsburg students selected candidates creatively. 
In addition to Hunter S. Thompson and Mr. Bill, 
nominees included Archie Bunker from the TV show 
"All in the Family" in 1972 and talk show host David 
Letterman and entertainer Frank Sinatra, both in 
1984, the year of the final convention. Anderson, who 
ran as an independent candidate for president four 
years earlier, presented the distinguished lecture that 
year; Colorado Sen. Gar)' Hart was chosen as the 
candidate to face incumbent President Ronald Reagan. 

Although the conventions gradually became more 
boisterous and chaotic, they were entertaining as well 
as educational, with candidates nominated, platfonns 
created and well-known political figures presenting 
their vision for the country. For a brief period every 
four years, the campus came alive with debate and 
thousands of college and high school students were 
given a real-life education in the political process. 



The University Store. 

Is your armor a little "rusty? 

Beat your competition 
with Under Armour. 

The University Store now has Under Armour 
products, including golf shirts and quarter-zip 
and full-zip sweatshirts. Show your school pride 
by sporting the BU logo on a polar fleece knit hat 
with wicker lining or on a backpack. Black gloves 
with the Huskies logo are also available. Let 
Under Armour boost your defenses by keeping 
you warm and dry with its special performance 
wear fabric. 

Under Armour products are just some of the 
hundreds of items available for students, parents 
and alumni. Shop the University 
Store for giftware and BU apparel, 
including the bestselling Paw Hood 
sweatshirt, still just $37.99, as well 
as gift cards in any amount. The University Store 
is open seven days a week, with extended hours 
for special Saturdays events. Shop in person, 
online at or at Redman 
Stadium during all home football games. 







Evan Frey of McConndhburg works out in the Student Rec Center. An August 2008 graduate who majored 
in political science, Frey intends to pursue a law degree. 


Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. 
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m. 

The University Store 

400 East Second Street 

Bloomsburg, PA 17815 

General Information: (570) 389-4175 

Customer Service: (570) 389-4180 

U A visual masterpiece that will 

delight audiences of all ages" 
- TheatreMania 


The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats 

Sunday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. 

Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium 
$20 and $10 
(570) 389-4409 or 

The Shangri-La Chinese 
Acrobats showcase 
dazzling acrobatic 
displays, formidable 
feats of daring and 
balance, Kung Fu, 
brilliant costumes and 
a touch of Chinese 
comedy. The company 
flawlessly interprets 
the art form honed 
by years of training 
and discipline. Death- 
defying stunts mixed 
with physical agility 
will keep the entire 
family on the edge of 
their seats. 




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