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Intelligent Christianity 

After reading the article about Chaplain 
Darrell Woomer in the winter issue of The 
Valley. I felt I just had to write to express 
how pleased I am with his attitude about 
helping the students build their faith within 
the framework of the diverse community. 
When I look back at my own experience at 
LVC in the late '50s, I find that the foster- 
ing of inquiry and openness in spiritual 
matters is one of the things I value most. 

Nowadays I see so many people in con- 
servative Christian circles who seem to have 
given up entirely the habit of thinking for 
themselves. They cling to formulas of faith, 
and parrot them as though they were run- 
ning on automatic pilot. They define all 
Christians by their own narrow parameters 
and judge those who dare to disagree on 
certain issues (or even see such issues in 

something other that black and white terms) 
to be something less than true believers. 

Worst of all, they seem sometimes to 
lose the sense of God's grace in their dogged 
pursuit of sin, which they seek to root out 
not only from their own lives, but wherever 
they perceive it to be (in their judgment) in 
the lives of others. 

All of which leads me back to the origi- 
nal intent of this letter, which is to thank 
Chaplain Woomer for reminding me that 
the spirit of free inquiry is still alive and 
well in America — at least at Lebanon Val- 
ley. I have been much discouraged by the 
state of Christianity in America recently. 
Your refreshing attitude as set forth in The 
Valley article really made my day. 

Ann (Rohland) Lloyd {'59} 
Carrol Iton, Ohio 

Ashley Sterner, held by her aunt, Linda Sterner ('93 j, had a ringside seat for the college's 
124th commencement exercises on May 14. Sterner and Todd Stoltz ('93} (right) were two of 
the 169 graduates who heard commencement speaker John A. Crowl. a founding editor of 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, di.scu.^s "What's Next'/ A View from the Peripheiy." 
Dr. Diane Iglesias, chair and professor of foreign languages, received the Christian R. 
and Maiy F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, and Thomas M. Strohman, adjunct 
instructor of music, received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. 

Constructive criticism 

Recently I was reading my winter 1993 
copy of The Valley. It contains many inter- 
esting articles and news of alumni. The 
photographs included in the magazine add 
greatly to its appeal. 

The last feature I read was "Coming: 
Library of the Future." All the facts about 
the new library caught my interest. But 
when I got to one sentence in the fourth 
paragraph, I stopped cold! This is the sen- 
tence that states "...the first of the fiber 
optic links that will eventually connect all 
academic and administrative buildings to 
the campus network have been established, 
and a conduit for fiber optic coimections to 
all residence halls has been provided." 

The sentence contains one of my pet 
peeves with anyone using written or spo- 
ken English in a public forum. The subject 
(first) is singular and should have a singular 
verb (has been established). According to 
Strunk and White, "Words that intervene 
between subject and verb do not affect the 
number of the verb." In the second half of 
the sentence the subject (conduit) and verb 
(has been provided) correctly follow this 
rule of grammar. 

It is disturbing to me to realize that this 
kind of grammatical error is heard on tele- 
vision and radio, seen in newspapers and 
magazines and found in hardback books on 
a regular basis. And when I find it in my 
own alumni magazine, I am especially dis- 
turbed. I think it behooves everyone who is 
in any way communicating to other per- 
sons on behalf of LVC to be absolutely sure 
that correct grammar is used. 

I had a professor (not English) at LVC 
who did not hesitate to correct a student's 
wrong English. He always did it in private 
and in a caring way. As a graduate, he 
explained, how one spwke to others (in terms 
of correct use of the English language) re- 
flected on our school. Needless to say, any 
publication put out by LVC does likewise. 

I sincerely hope you will accept this 
constructive criticism of an otherwise ex- 
cellent magazine in the spirit in which it is 
given. My only desire is for LVC to have a 
positive image and influence. 

Berneice L. Ehy ('58) 
Lancaster, PA 

Vol. U, Number 1 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Spring / Summer 1993 







Editor: Judy Pehrson 


GlennWoods C5\), Class Notes 

Dr. Edna Carmean ('59) 

John B. Deamer, Jr. 

Dr. Carl Ehrhart 

Nancy Fitzgerald 

Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) 

Laura Chandler Ritter 

Diane Wenger ('92) 

Send comments or address changes to: 
Office of College Relations 
Laughlin Hall 
Lebanon Valley College 
101 N. College Avenue 
Annville, PA 17003-0501 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and distributed without 
charge to alumni and friends. It is 
produced in cooperation with the Johns 
Hopkins University Alumni Magazine 
Consortium. Editor: Donna Shoemaker; 
Designer: Royce Faddis. 

On the Cover: 

Masks from Africa, Asia and Latin 
America symbolize the international 
emphasis infusing campus life. Photo- 
graph by Raymond Lee. 

2 Going Global 

The college maps out a greater emphasis on understanding other societies. 
By Judy Pehrson 

4 Passport to Annville 

On campus, overseas students find a niche for their talents. 
By Laura Chandler Ritter 

10 Citizens of the World 

Through teaching and studying abroad, faculty and students take a wide- 
angle view of diverse cultures — and of their own. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

14 Am I There Yet? 

Via Asia's ta.xis and trains, a dean seeks out potential students. 
By Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) 

17 The Japan Connection 

Memories flow as graduates gather at a dinner in Tokyo. 
By Judy Pehrson 

39 Frien(ds in Faraway Places 

Alumni living on four continents tell about their lives. 
By Nancy Fitzgerald 

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Tsukasa Fujiwara helps 
Julianne Machita try on 
a yukatafrom Japan. 


A new international 
initiative is broadening 
perspectives on campus and 
sending students and faculty 
out to explore the world. 

By Judy Pehrson 

Just three years ago, if you strolled 
across Lebanon Valley's academic 
quadrangle or hung out in the Mund 
College Center, you would have 
been struck by the "sameness" of 
the students. Quintessentially American in 
their appearance, speech and dress, most 
came from small towns and villages, had 
never been very far away from home and 
shared a surprisingly similar world view. 

That situation is changing dramatically. 
Today, a visitor will not only see a more 
diverse student body, but will also recog- 
nize significant signs of a more global atti- 
tude on campus. The transformation is 
reflected in the curriculum, in the burgeon- 
ing number of international students, in the 
increased opportunities to study and work 
abroad and in the availability of lectures, 
concerts and other events with a global 

The end product of all of these changes, 
says President John Synodinos, will be "stu- 
dents who are equipped to live, work and 
succeed in an increasingly international 

The move to intemationalize the campus 
began four years ago, states Synodinos, when 
Dr. Arthur Ford ( '59), then chair of the En- 
glish Department, was about to leave for 
China to teach, funded by a Fulbright grant. 

Remi Singhalfrom India {left} and Dorjee Tsering and Tenzin Sevang, both Tibetan citizens 
of Nepal, locate their home countries on the globe. The college has 19 international students 
this year, and is stepping up overseas recruitment. 

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"I asked Art, while he was away, to 
think about a range of strategies to broaden 
our students' horizons and help them to fit 
into a world that was rapidly becoming a 
global village. He wrote back with a lot of 
ideas, and began pushing us to implement 
them when he returned. He's been a real 
driving force behind this whole effort," 
Synodinos says. 

Ford, currently associate academic dean, 
has done most of the college's overseas 
recruiting (see page 14), and has also been 
responsible for assisting foreign students 
once they arrive. There are currently 19 
overseas students studying at the college, 
and this year Ford helped them organize 
the International Students Association. He 
has also overseen efforts to renovate the old 
foreign languages building into Friendship 
House, a place where American and inter- 
national students can meet and mingle. 

Ford recognized, however, that it would 
take more than an increased number of over- 
seas students to broaden campus horizons. 
"Our students and faculty needed opportu- 
nities to go abroad and directly experience 
other cultures as well, and so we began 
forging alliances with colleges outside this 
country," Ford states. 

Two of the more interesting alliances 
are with the Chinese. Late last year. Ford 
set up a faculty exchange program with 
Nanjing University, and he established ties 
with the Guangzhou Foreign Languages 
Institute. A professor from Nanjing will 
teach at Lebanon Valley during 1993-94, 
and Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, assistant pro- 
fessor of English, will go as a consultant to 
Guangzhou beginning this summer. Sev- 
eral faculty members will travel to 
Guangzhou over the next two years to help 
set up an American Studies program. 

Two other alliances link Annville and 
England. In January, Dean William McGill 
visited the United Kingdom to negotiate 
affiliation agreements with Regents Col- 
lege, located outside London, and with the 
Anglia Polytechnic University in Cam- 
bridge. The agreement will enable LVC 
students and faculty to spend a semester or 
a year on either campus. 

Regents is a small, four-year college 
that offers a curriculum similar to that of an 
American liberal arts college. It is affiliated 
with the European Business School, which 
offers a full range of management courses, 
and also has an agreement with Trinity Col- 
lege of Music, one of the leading conserva- 
tories in England. The agreement with 
Anglia Polytechnic initially covers exchange 
of faculty and students from the music de- 
partments of both institutions. 

Lebanon Valley also sponsors — along 
with Gettysburg and Allegheny colleges — 
a study program in Cologne, Germany (see 
page 10). Students may also study in 130 
other countries through the International 
Student Exchange Program. Eventually, 
Synodinos and McGill would like to see 
one-third to one-half of the college's stu- 
dents spend at least a semester abroad. 

Meanwhile, back home in Annville, 
curriculum changes are also lay- 
ing the basis for a more interna- 
tional outlook. In March, the college 
announced a new set of general require- 
ments that includes a specific area called 
foreign studies. 

"Each student will have to take at least 
one course that is designated a foreign stud- 
ies course," says McGill. "These are courses 
in which two-thirds of the content is non- 
Westem. It's an attempt to get the students 
to uicrease their knowledge of non-West- 
ern cultures and topics." 

Some of the courses — like the one on 
Asian politics — have always been offered. 
However, the new foreign studies require- 
ment will ensure that more students take 
them. The college's curriculum committee 
is also working with the academic depart- 
ments to develop new courses to satisfy the 

Foreign language study will also be 
stressed. Although Lebanon Valley held 
fast to its foreign language requirement 
while other institutions were abandoning 
theirs in the 1960s and '70s, recently the 
college stiffened the requirement. 

"Under the old system, even if students 
already had training in a language in high 

Professor Liu Hai-ping (left), chair of 
Nanjing University's English department, 
and Lebanon Valley President John 
Synodinos signed a formal agreement late 
last year to exchange faculty. 

school, they could take just an introductory 
course in the same language here," McGill 
explains. "Now, if they have had two or 
more years of a language in high school, 
they either have to take an intermediate 
course or else another language." 

International influences are also show- 
ing up on the college's cultural events cal- 
endar. A festival of classic foreign films is 
offered each term, and this year, speakers 
were drawn from China and Tibet. The 
Springer Lecture in International Business 
featured Merriam Mashatt, an international 
trade specialist with the U.S. Department 
of Commerce's Mexico office. For another 
talk. Dr. David Jablonsky came from the 
U.S. Army War College to discuss "The 
Future of American Foreign Policy." 

The response to the new international- 
ization initiative has been mainly positive, 
particularly from the student body. While 
some students are still tentative about look- 
ing beyond Annville, others have embraced 
the opportunity to develop a more global 
perspective. Senior John Lauffer recently 
wrote a letter to Synodinos expressing his 
gratitude for the chance to get to know so 
many international students. "They mean a 
lot to me, individually and as a group," he 
wrote. "All of them — and some in particu- 
lar — have been willing to share with me 
their culture and their lives." 

Judy Pehrson is director of college rela- 
tions and editor of The Valley. She has 
lived and worked in New Zealand. Japan. 
Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

Spring / Summer 1993 

to Annville 

Lebanon Valley's overseas 
students bring with them 
a variety of talents and — 
most importantly — a 
different perspective. 

By Laura Chandler Ritter 


harlotte Deane is a photogra- 
pher. She loves to dive under 
the sea to capture the brilHant 
colors of tropical fish, but her 
real specialty is dangling as 
far as possible out of an airplane in search 
of radiant aerial views. Before coming to 
Lebanon Valley, Charlotte ran her own pho- 
tography business, frequently featuring 
beautiful views of the island nation she 
calls home, Barbados. 

Almost 22, Charlotte is a sophomore at 
Lebanon Valley, majoring in psychology 
and Spanish. She is one of about two dozen 
international students attending the college. 
They come from nations scattered all over 
the globe, like Cura9ao, Malaysia, Zaire, 
Serbia, Sierra Leone and Tibet. Among these 
students are Methodists, Buddhists, Catho- 
lics, Eastern Orthodox Christians and 

Their interests are as far-flung as their 
homelands. They are athletes and artists, 
entrepreneurs and electronics wonks. Their 
majors include biology, management, po- 
litical science and sociology. They come 
with an array of talents and experiences, 
notably an extensive knowledge of geogra- 
phy and culture. About a third have lived in 
more than one country before coming to 
the United States, and many speak several 

With a few freshman exceptions, all of 
the international students speak English flu- 
ently, a few so rapidly that American stu- 
dents don't hear it as non-native English. 
One overseas student said his English is 
sometimes too good: Classmates in a French 
course insisted that he sounded too Ameri- 
can to be an international student. Many are 
able to discuss in English issues that range 

from the practical to the abstract, and find 
ways of expressing ideas for which there 
are no English words, such as the openness 
with which some African cultures greet 

Some of these students, like Russian 
Rostislav Kopylkov, seem to know every- 
one on campus. "I think I pretty much have 
adopted this culture," the sophomore ex- 
plains. Stanton Cheah, an international busi- 
ness major from Malaysia, plunges into so 
many campus activities it is hard to track 
him down. A sophomore at 18, he cam- 
paigned for Bill Clinton, and now has sug- 
gestions for Hillary on reforming health 
care. On his desk was a stack of brochures 
about the AIDS quilt and its visit to cam- 
pus, for which he was recruiting volun- 

Others can be found practicing the 
piano, playing the thabala or networking 
computers. Still, though their interests and 
personalities are as varied as those of their 
American counterparts, many agree that 
they came to the United States because, for 
them, it is a land of opportunity. 

"In America, you can become somebody 
if you really strive for it," said Ronrig 
Sangpo, a freshman from Tibet who has 
been living in exile in Nepal. Tenzin Neyang, 
also a Tibetan living in Nepal, said that 
Nepal has only one university, and not more 
than 10 colleges. "Here, in nearly every town, 
there is a college. If you want to do some- 
thing, you can do it. If you don't have the 
money, you can get a loan. In my country, if 
you don't have the money, forget it." 

Students from Japan and Nepal ex- 
plained that getting into college in both of 
those nations is extremely difficult and com- 
petitive. However, once they are in, stu- 
dents do not need to work as hard as they do 
here. "In America, it is the opposite," Tenzin 
said. "Getting into college is easy, but gradu- 
ating is very hard." Tsukasa Fujiwara, a 
Japanese student in her first semester at 
Lebanon Valley, hopes eventually to study 
archaeology, not a very popular topic in 
Japan, where there is only one university to 
which she could apply — and it is one of the 
toughest in Japan to enter, she said. "But in 
America I can study what I'm interested 
in," she said. 

Ronrig and others said that in their coun- 
tries, college or university grades are 
almost entirely based on final examinations. 
Those who fail must repeat the whole course 
and often drop out. For Ronrig, the Ameri- 
can system seems more democratic, 
because students have more chances to earn 
passing grades on quizzes, papers and other 
work in addition to exams. 

Serbian Tatjana Cuic, who spent her 

senior year of high school as a foreign 
exchange student in Middletown High, 
applied to Lebanon Valley in part because, 
having missed a year of high school in 
Serbia, she feared her scores on tough en- 
trance examinations would not be high 
enough. In Russia, Rostislav said, political 
turmoil and an economy increasingly based 
on favors meant that even the high scores 
he received on his exams would not get him 
into a university. 

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The backgrounds and interests of these international students are as far-flung as their homelands: (from left) Maritza Luna of Honduras, 
Dawa Dongol of Tibet, Rostislav Kopylkov of Russia, Jair Pietersz ofCuragao and Charlotte Deane of Barbados. 

Though they came for varied reasons, 
many students say the reasons they 
stay are the serenity of a small rural 
campus and their close relationships with 
professors. As Tatjana explained, the fac- 
ulty "are close to students, ready and will- 
ing to give their time and attention to you." 
Maritza Luna, from Honduras, who is 
student-teaching Spanish classes at 
Annville-Cleona High School, said she 
loves Annville. "You can walk at night 

here without worrying. I like the freedom 
you have here. In a very large city, you can 
become a very nervous person." She also 
enjoys the support of professors like Dr. 
Dale Summers, who has observed her teach- 
ing. "He has something special ... he knows 
how to reach out to you, to talk to you. I 
would love to be like that." 

Rostislav visited Columbia University, 
where he found "the dorms are like sky- 
scrapers, with elevators and crowds of 

people. It would not be possible for me to 
study." Jair Pietersz, a senior from Curafao, 
said Lebanon Valley is "a great college for 
someone from a small country. You get the 
attention you need, you can get used to the 
language, the culture." His experience at 
Lebanon Valley was especially helpful in 
developing his writing skills in English, he 
said. Now, he feels he's ready to experi- 
ence a larger school in a larger city and is 
hoping to be an M.B.A. candidate at 

Spring / Summer 1993 

Columbia University next fall. 

There are some students who have sig- 
nificant difficulties with English. Although 
they may have studied it in school — some 
for as long as six years — that may not pre- 
pare them effectively to understand spoken 
English and respond with their own ideas. 
The college now has a class in English as a 
Second Language, and smdents can take 
three credits per semester. A few students 
said they would prefer to take more than 
one class each semester in order to improve 
their fluency faster. 

One student said releaming in English 
some of the technical material, including 
scientific terms, made preparing for classes 
such as biology particularly time-consum- 
ing. Making matters worse, as her English 
improves, her classes get harder, so she 
feels that she can never quite catch up. 

Still, most international students said 
they do not want or expect professors to 
give them special consideration or grade 
them differently than they do other stu- 
dents. Rostislav commented, "I don't want 
to receive my diploma and then hear some- 
one say, "Yes, but he is an intemational 

Sociology major Lauretta Farmar, who 
hails from Sierra Leone, agreed. "If you're 
in sociology, you must be able to write. If I 
don't have those writing skills, I won't be 
able to make my work understood," she 

Aside from language difficulties, some 
students said they felt alienated 
from campus life, especially dur- 
ing their first year. As Charlotte explained, 
"There is a lot of pressure on intemational 
students to conform to the ways of students 
here. I tried to learn to talk the same way. 

Stanton Cheah. an international business major from Malaysia who is also a fine poet, be- 
lieves that the overseas students can help broaden the outlook of their American counterparts. 

Talents from Round the Globe 

Here's a quick introduction to 19 interna- 
tional students — what they like, what they 
miss, what they worry about and where 
they're headed. 

Charlotte Deane, Barbados 

• Sophomore, psychology and Spanish major 

• English is her native language, but she finds 
Americans have trouble with Caribbean rhythms 
and expressions 

• Had her own photography business before com- 
ing to Lebanon Valley 

• Chaplain of Alpha Sigma Tau 

• What she misses: warm weather, going bare 
foot, relaxing 

• One advantage of LVC: Feeling secure. "If I went 
to LA. or D.C.,1 would be in major culture shock." 

• What's important: "Being myself, how I'm feel- 
ing about my own work" 

Jair Pietersz, Curasao 

• Senior, accounting and management major 

• Speaks English, Dutch, Spanish, Papiamento 

• Member, Tau Kappa Epsilon 

• What he misses: Warm weather 

• What he likes most: Working on anything elec- 
tronic, like stereos, TVs, computer hardware 
(especially how computers interface with each 
other via networks and modems) 

• When he's not studying, he's hanging out with 

• Goals: An M.B.A, from Columbia University 

Maritza Luna, Honduras 

• Postgraduate student in secondary education, 
currently °tudent-teaching in Spanish at Annville- 
Cleona High School 

• What impresses her most: the warmth and 
creativity of American teachers, "I just don't 
know where they get all those ideas." 

• Most successful day in teaching: Playing "Pic- 
tionary" with her students. "The kids loved it!" 

Monika Singhal, India 

• Freshman, open major 

• Loves music, plays baritone saxophone and 
thabala (Indian drum) 

• Plays tennis and soccer, except there is no 
women's team 

Renu Singhal, India 

• Junior, psychobiology major 

• American citizen, but visits India every other 

• Chose Lebanon Valley because of its well- 
equipped biology department 

• Plans to study medicine in Hershey 

• Hopes American students will take more inter- 
est in international students. It's important to 
"learn about and communicate with people of 
various races ... not only to enhance our under- 
standing, but also because it helps us become 
more mature." 

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dress the same way, dance the same way 
they do. But it gets to a point where you 
feel your own culture is strange." 

"It gets tough up here, trying to be my- 
self," she said, adding that she went home 
to Barbados for vacations to surround her- 
self once again with her own culture and 
"keep her sanity." Still, as she becomes 
more familiar with American ways, she is 
beginning to feel more comfortable and has 
recently been known to walk down hall- 
ways singing Calypso songs. "Once the 
international students become American- 
ized," she said, "then they can get back in 
their own swing." 

If there is one thing that surprises mter- 
national students, it is that many American 
students do not seem especially interested 
in learning about other cultures. "American 
students haven't had the opportunities to 
travel," theorized Maritza. "Because the 
U.S. is a big country, Americans don't need 
to know about other countries. They some- 
times have a rather narrow view." 

"Many people find being American is 
enough to converse with the world. They 
think speaking English is enough," Rostislav 
said, adding quickly that this outlook is not 
limited to Americans. In every country, he 
said, there are some people whose views 
are narrow, and others who seek education 
and change. "If there is war in my country," 
he said, "it will be because of those people 
who don't want to learn anything new." 

The international students are genuinely 
puzzled at the lack of information other 
students have about world cultures. "For 
most American students," one said, "the 
world begins in L.A. and ends in New 
York." Other students said that they had 
been asked questions like, "Do you wear 
clothes in your country?" or "Do you have 

Tatjana Culcfrom Serbia is an outstanding biology student, according to Dr. Allan Wolfe, her 
adviser, despite the fact the she worries constantly about conditions in her war-torn country. 

grass?" Another commented, "Sometimes 
I am shocked at the way people talk about 
my country, the way they joke. Some people 
absolutely sincerely say complete non- 

Stanton said he thought it is part of the 
mission of intemational students at the col- 
lege to broaden the outlook of other stu- 
dents, for the experience of the intemational 
students to "rub off on American students, 
to help them be more worldly." 

Ironically, he said, the intemational stu- 
dents often eat together, sharing ideas about 

their nations. "We're becoming experts on 
each other's culture, he said. "We're get- 
ting more from one another than from the 
American smdents," he said. 

Like most American students, intema- 
tional students find adjusting to campus 
food and roommates can be tricky. 

Their tastes in food are as varied as their 
backgrounds. Several give the college's din- 
ing room food good marks and seem puzzled 
that there could be any problem with it. 
Others had difficulty adjusting to Ameri- 
can food, its "strong cheese and oily tastes," 

Yukako Atsumi, Japan 

• Sophomore, communications major 

• Her name means "one who makes friends easily." 

• From Tokyo, she misses city life. Her father 
trained race horses, but she had never seen a 
cow before arriving in Annville. 

• An accomplished rhythmic gymnast who won a 
BCC talent show performing with 6-meter-long 
silk ribbon 

• Major surprise in the U.S.: Prices of clothing and 
other items are much cheaper here than in 

Tsukasa Fujiwara, Japan 

• Rrst semester freshman, open major 

• Goal: To be an archaeologist 

• Ukes: swimming, shopping, having a close friend 

• Favorite movies: The Last Emperor, Dances with 
Wolves, The Nasty Girl 

• Happiest times: "Weekends, because I can 

Takuya Iwata, Japan 

• Freshman, open major 

• Spent a year pumping gas in his home town 
before coming to the U.S. 

• Lebanon Valley was exactly the kind of college 
he wanted, a small East Coast college that did 
not have a large number of Japanese students 

• What impressed him most: the beauty and peace- 
fulness of campus 

• Major surprise in America: hairstyles of Ameri- 
can students, "half skinhead and half long" 

Yukiko Kanda, Japan 

• Freshman, open major 

• Courses this semester include piano, saxophone, 

painting, Spanish, English 

• Major accomplishment: Communicating in 
English. "When I came, I felt so lonely, but I 
couldn't explain how I felt. Now I have learned 
to fight in English!" 

• Food she misses most: steamed rice. "I used to 
eat it every day." 

Stanton Cheah, Malaysia 

• Sophomore, intemational business major with 
minor in French 

• First student from Malaysia to attend Lebanon 

• Speaks English, Chinese, Malay, learning French 

• Likes politics, Monet's paintings, reading The 
New York Times and The Washington Post 

• Goals: to work in advertising or political lobbying 

• Food he misses most: Hot and spicy traditional 
Indian curry 

Rostislav Kopylkov, Russia 

• Sophomore, economics major 

• Hopes to go to graduate school 

• Played minor league soccer in Russia, but may 
not play here because it interferes with his 

• Likes the college's size because he knows 
everyone, and there is less stress than in cities. 
"In Annville, the only noise I hear is when a fire 
company is going somewhere." 

Spring / Summer 1993 

as one put it. Like their Ameiican counter- 
parts, many don't mind the taste but find 
the food repetitious and boring. Still others 
don't seem to know how there can be a 
problem when there is so much food. One 
commented, "It all depends on your mindset 
when you go to the dining room. In my 
country, we are taught to value the effort 
that has gone into it." 

For some international students, Ameri- 
can customs appear to show a lack of re- 
spect for others. In other countries, for 
example, arriving late for class and taking a 
seat without offering a word of apology to 
the professor would simply never happen. 

When she first arrived, one student was 
so shocked by such behavior that she asked 
other international students how American 
students could be so disrespectful. "In my 
country, we are taught to respect what we 
are learning, and also the vessel from which 
we learn," she said. In her culnare, a student 
would carefully place textbooks on the desk 
during class, never underneath the chair in 
which she sits, for that would dishonor the 
book and the knowledge it represents. 

But Jair has a different view. "You can't 
judge one culture based on another. When 
you're in a new environment, you have to 
adjust. The way I act here is not the way I 
act at home," said the Curasao student. 

Khang Dhang agreed. A Vietnamese stu- 
dent who has lived in Harrisburg most of 
his life, he graduated from Bishop McDevitt 
High School in Harrisburg last year. "You 
have to stretch yourself a little bit," he said. 
"You try to keep your own culture, but 
leave some room for the new culture you're 
living in." 

Jair said adjusting to a new culture is 
largely a matter of individual personality. 
"I don't expect Americans to go out of their 

way to welcome me," he said. "People here 
can be ignorant, but if you're a cool person 
to hang out with, there is no problem." 

Still, even Jair remembers feeling over- 
whelmed when he fu^st arrived on campus 
four years ago. For one thing, in Curasao, 
buildings aren't named, and he was unfa- 
miliar with the way rooms are numbered. 
So he was baffled by instructions to go to 
room 206 in the Administration Building. 
"You really feel stupid at first," he said, 
"because you don't know a lot of basic 

A number of international students — 
including Americans of Indian descent like 
Montka Singhal, a commuter student who 
lives in her parents' house — reported at 
times feeling isolated from the campus 

Wembi Dimandja fiom Zaire and Tsukasa 
Fujiwarafrom Japan discuss a class assign- 
ment with Julianne Machita. 

mainstream. Several others described their 
American counterparts as "conservative." 

"American students keep to themselves," 
one student commented. "They look at in- 
ternational students as a curiosity." 

On the other hand, one international stu- 
dent reports other international sUidents are 
harder on her than American students. "My 
English is poor," she said. "American stu- 
dents try to understand my English, but 
some of the international students are irri- 
tated by it." 

Among these 19 international stu- 
dents, outlooks and habits are as 
varied as they are among Ameri- 
cans. Some fmd American students too ca- 
sual about possessions or space, while others 
fmd their roommates overly possessive. At 
first, many international students, particu- 
larly women, have difficulty adjusting to 
what seems like a lack of respect for others 
in personal relations. "In my culture, we 
must put others in first place," one said. 
What some American students do appar- 
ently without a second thought, such as 
coming into a room and turning on the 
television while a roommate is studying, 
would in her country not only annoy but 
would show disrespect, she said. 

Issues of privacy during phone calls or 
friends who visit the room are especially 
difficult and sometimes unresolvable, sev- 
eral students said. Sometimes, international 
students have found it easier to live with 
another international student, although about 
half seem to have found American room- 
mates with whom they get along. Joining a 
fraternity or sorority has proved helpful to 
two students, Jair and Charlotte, who find it 
offers them companionship, friendship and 
a greater sense of belonging. 

Tatjana Cuic, Serbia 

• Freshman, biology major 

• Attended high school in IVIiddletown, PA 

• Speaks English, Serbian, Croatian, Hungarian 

• Major worry: "Right now, my country and the 
U.S. are almost in conflict!" 

Lauretta Farmar, Sierra Leone 

• Junior, sociology major, social work minor 

• Speaks English, Menge, Creole 

• Why she's here: Has a cousin who graduated 
from LVC; through the IVIethodist Church, Leba- 
non Valley has had long-standing presence in 
Sierra Leone 

• What she likes about the college: Teachers will 
reach out to help students to succeed 

• Favorite books: Nonfiction works about other 
cultures; Candide 

• Goal: Graduate school 

Dawa Dongol (Tibetan citizen of Nepal) 

• Sophomore, economics major 

• Considers himself Tibetan but because of politi- 
cal situation, has never visited Tibet 

• What surprised him: Informal, casual atmosphere 
of American education, compared with system 
in Britain or India 

• Goals: Could return to his family's carpet fac- 
tory, but he's also "looking for a new life." 

Tenzini!- 1 .en of Nepal) 

• Management major, German minor 

• Because of political situation in Tibet, she has 
attended boarding schools since childhood, first 
in Nepal, later in India. 

• Although she attended a British school, she 
didn't know she could do research or write 
original stories in English. "Now I learned that I 

• What she likes best about America: "Even if you 

don't know anything about a subject, you are 
encouraged to try. Here, you have so many 
opportunities to learn new things." 

Ronrig "Rory" Sangpo (Tibetan citizen of Nepal) 

• Management major, economics minor 

• His uncle was a leader of one of Tibet's four 
major Buddhist sects. 

• Would like to see more activities, such as 
speakers, conferences, dances. "Many of us do 
nothing but study. It would help if we could 
build up other activities for students." 

Dorjee Tsering (Tibetan citizen of Nepal) 

• Junior, business major 

• First Tibetan student to attend Lebanon Valley 

8 The Valley 

For Khang, it's all part of the college 
experience, both for Americans and for in- 
ternational students. "Colleges have cre- 
ated dorms to get us outside our families so 
we can begin to look at the real world and 
be part of the real world," he said. 

Khang also said the college and the fac- 
ulty have been helpful in resolving issues, 
such as roommate difficulties, when stu- 
dents take the initiative to ask for help. "No 
one is going to come to your door and ask if 
you have a problem," he said. "You have to 
walk across campus and talk to the dean. 
When you need help, you can always count 
on your teachers. You don't really have to 
wait for an appointment. You just can call 
them up and they will help you." 

Nearly all the students reported that 
Associate Academic Dean Arthur Ford ( '59) 
had been very supportive, helping to 
resolve a myriad of difficulties. Even so, 
the international students have recently or- 
ganized an International Students Organi- 
zation, in the hopes of providing support to 
new international students, while at the same 
time identifying and resolving problems en- 
countered by those who are here. 

Junior Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan living 
in Nepal, is the fu^st president of the organi- 
zation, which has already achieved one goal: 
to have regular transportation to various 
malls each month so that students are not 
constantly asking friends or faculty for rides. 
Other club activities include planning trips 
to places like New York, Philadelphia and 
Washington, and planning programs in 
which students share their own cultures or 
that bring other speakers or entertainment 
to campus. 

Recently, the club made a weekend trip 
to Kutztown University for a gathering of 
international students from various colleges 

• Attended Catholic boarding school In Nepal 
from 3rd to 12th grade, learning all subjects in 

• First president of International Students Organi- 
zation, whose main objectives are to help inter- 
national students articulate and resolve the 
special problems they face 

Khang Dhang, Vietnam 

• Freshman, accounting major 

• Hopes to go to law school 

• American citizen, graduated from Bishop 
McDevitt High School in Harrisburg 

• Best thing about Lebanon Valley: the faculty. 
"When you need to talk to a teacher, you can 
always count on them for help. You don't really 
have to wait for an appointment. You just talk 
to them and they will help you." 

in central Pennsylvania, a trip that was a 
big hit with several of the students who 
went. "We are not here only to study," 
Ronrig said. "It would help to build up 
some other activities." 

One major difficulty several international 
students have is finding a place to go during 
breaks, when campus dorms are closed. 
The club is making plans to help resolve 
that problem. "The college needs to create 
an environment where every student feels 
90 percent comfortable," Dorjee said. "It 
will be better with an organization for inter- 
national students." 

Many international students have deep 
worries about problems in their own coun- 
tries. Maritza had never seen much of the 
poverty in Honduras until she traveled to 
remote clinics as a translator with Annville 
dentist Robert Silverman. (Working with 
him as he provided dental care was how she 
came to know about Annville, and thus 
came to Lebanon Valley.) "There were chil- 
dren, maybe 10 years old-, who had no teeth 
at all because they had never seen a den- 
tist," she recalls. 

Rostislav has worked with community 
members and math professor Joerg Mayer 
to help send antibiotics and hospital sup- 
plies to a hospital in Russia, where supply 
problems have left doctors almost helpless. 

Tatjana plans to go home this summer 
to see her parents, but she is very concerned 
that she may not be allowed to return, if 
relations between the U.S. and Serbia dete- 
riorate. She seems bewildered by the disin- 
tegration of her country, and worries about 
her mother, who recently had dental sur- 
gery with no anesthesia because supplies 
have run out. Two of her aunts have lost 
their jobs, simply because they are Serbian. 
She is appalled at the atrocities reportedly 

Wembi Dlmandja, Zaire 

• Junior, political science major 

• Goals: To be a diplomat, working for an organi- 
zation like the United Nations, UNICEF or Am- 
nesty international 

• Speaks more than eight languages, including 
English, French, Otelela, Spanish, Italian, 
Swahili, Lingala and Kicongo, plus other dia- 

• Things he loves about the U.S.: the beauty of its 
natural landscape and the diversity of its people 

• One thing Americans could learn from other 
cultures: to respect children, which would help 
children respect others 

committed by Serbs. "I don't know which 
side is right and which side is wrong, but I 
do know that the whole truth is not coming 
out," she said. 

Students who bring their personal knowl- 
edge of the world to campus help make it a 
livelier place, according to Khang. "It gives 
us diversity," he said. "In many classes, we 
discuss other cultures, such as Japan, India 
and Viemam. It is so interesting to have 
students from other countries — it gives 
reality to many ideas being discussed." 

While many international students ex- 
perienced some degree of culture shock, 
they also tell of aspects of American life 
they have come to appreciate. Talking with 
these students quickly opens one's eyes to 
aspects of American culture that those of us 
who have always lived here often overlook. 
Tenzin is especially impressed that Ameri- 
cans seem to listen to one another without 
interrupting. "Everyone speaks at once in 
my country," she said. "Here people don't 
interrupt. They listen. I like that." 

Several also noted that in Annville, 
people greet one another, even if they don't 
know each other. 

Sophomore Dawa Dongol, also a 
Tibetan living in Nepal, said he liked the 
atmosphere of American education. "It is 
more open, more free. The way things are 
taught is more formal in Nepal. You must 
sit properly, and there is no eating or drink- 
ing [in the classroom] but here it is more 
casual. You feel more relaxed in the Ameri- 
can system." 

He adds that not only on campus but 
"society as a whole is more free. Here, 
young guys can work and support them- 
selves. You can achieve financial indepen- 
dence at a younger age." Though the 
economics major may eventually return to 
his family's carpet factory, Dawa said at 
the moment, he is "looking for a new life." 

For nearly all the international students, 
the vasmess of the United States is impres- 
sive, for some almost overwhelming. Fresh- 
man Yukiko Kanda, from Japan, is amazed 
at how American land resources affect the 
culture. "In my country, the land is very 
small," she said. "Even if you are very, 
very rich, your house is much smaller than 
houses here." 

The sense of limitless space made a dra- 
matic impression on junior Wembi 
Dimandja, of Zaire, during a period he spent 
in Utah: "I was in a dry creek bed, and you 
could look out all around you, and feel in 
your heart you are part of that beauty. And 
all you can say is 'Thank you.'" 

Laura Chandler Ritter is a Lebanon-based 
freelance writer. 

Spring / Summer 1993 

Citizens of 
the World 

Studying abroad opens new 
vistas for students and faculty. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

It's a long way from Annville's Main 
Street to the Champs Elysees, a dis- 
tance measured more accurately in 
light years than in miles. Just ask 
Lance Dieter, a graduating senior 
biochemistry major who recently spent a 
year in Paris, working as an intern for Elf 
Aquitaine, a major petroleum company. 

"h opened up an entire new dimension 
to my life." he says. "I came back more 
open-minded — I realized that the way things 
are in the United States is not necessarily 
the way they are in the rest of the world. It 
was fa.scinating to see my country from the 
outside, the way other people see it." 

From September 1991 through August 
1992, Dieter worked in Elf Aquitaine's 
"Ecole des Langues," helping employees 
bound for English-speaking countries to 
improve their language skills. But, he says, 
"work was only a minor part of the day." 
TTie city of Paris was the main attraction, 
with its museums, restaurants, monuments 
and fountains, and a host of new friends 
from all over the world to share the experi- 
ence with. 

"Spending a year in Paris didn't really 
have much to do with my major," Dieter 
admits. "Taking the time off was a risk, but 
for me it really paid off. My French im- 
proved tremendously. And working for Elf 
Aquitaine helped me to understand some- 
thing about business. When I graduate, I 
know I'd like to work for an international 
firm." As it turns out. Lance will be com- 
bining his language and biochemistry skills 
as he begins an English-to-French transla- 
tion project for a New York publisher, work- 
ing on two books on chemical analysis. 

This summer Lance will return to France 
to attend a month-long symposium, 
"Exploring Cultural Diversity and the 
World as a Global Village." He will be one 

Dr. Jim Scott points out some special sights on a Cologne map to junior Becky Blessing and 
sophomore Jitn Tallent. who will study in Germany next fall. 

of 40 students from around the world, and 
his expenses will be paid by the Lions Club 
of France. 

Lance is just one of a growing number 
of students forming a link between Leba- 
non Valley and the great world beyond. 
With programs in France, the Netherlands 
and Germany — to name only a few — stu- 
dents and teachers at the Valley are taking 
on a dual identity, as residents of Annville 
and citizens of the world. 

Following the Highway 

Dr. Arthur Ford ('59), professor of English, 
associate academic dean of the college and 
world traveler, traces his interest in foreign 
lands back to his childhood in rural Penn- 
sylvania. "As an undergraduate, I spent four 
years here in Annville, as an English major, 
so I did most of my traveling in books," he 
recalls. "But I'd always wanted to travel, as 
far back as I can remember. I lived near 

Route 30, before the interstate system was 
built, so that was the highway that went 
across the country. I used to sit and watch 
the cars and wonder if any of them were 
going all the way to the West Coast. I'd 
think, 'Someday, I'll do that.' Living on that 
highway gave me the notion of traveling." 

Although Ford still hasn't made that trek 
across the continent, his travels have taken 
him across the ocean a couple of times. 
He took a year's sabbatical in 1972-73 in 
England as a visiting scholar at Caius Col- 
lege, Cambridge. There he wrote a book on 
Robert Creeley, the contemporary Ameri- 
can poet. "Cambridge is a beautiful city," 
says Ford. "I loved the British, I loved the 
pace of life, which is a little slower than 
here. I liked their scale of things — houses, 
cars, the place itself is smaller, with a sense 
of comfortableness about it." 

Ford's year in England whetted his ap- 
petite for travel to more exotic lands, and so 
he accepted positions as Fulbright lecturer 

10 The Valley 

in American literature at Damascus Uni- 
versity in Syria in 1984-85 and at Nanjing 
University in China in 1988-89. "These 
were mystical places with a different sense 
of time. In Syria, for instance, I visited an 
archaeological site that had recently been 
uncovered. It was about 3,000 years old — 
and there I was. And in China, a whole 
culture was flourishing about 2,500 years 
ago. Being there just gives you a different 

Different, too, for Ford, was the experi- 
ence of teaching in Syria. "I had very large 
classes — 500 students in a big lecture hall — 
and I would talk for two hours. Nobody 
would say a word," he recalls. "They would 
sit there very dutifully with their tape re- 
corders. It was only later that I found out 
that there was a large black market in lec- 
ture notes — students would make up and 
sell little booklets that usually bore no re- 
semblance to anything I said." 

Although Muslim tradition kept students 

from questioning the teacher in class, Ford 
found himself surrounded by eager young 
people after every lecture was over. "They'd 
come up to the front of the room and get 
very close to me," he says, "and start plying 
me with questions — about the lecture, about 
America, about me. I'd usually have to 
inch my way out of the room, but they'd 
follow me out into the street and toward my 

"One kid, I remember, was ranting, 
really caught up in a political discussion. 
It was making me a little nervous. Then he 
suddenly stopped, looked at me closely, 
and said, 'I'd like to invite you to my vil- 
lage.' And I thought, 'What's he gonna do 
to me when he gets me to his village?' 
When I pointed out that a moment ago he'd 
been ranting at me about my government, 
he asked, 'What does one have to do with 
the other?' In a military dictatorship like 
Syria, people don't have any sense of de- 
mocracy in government at all. They're able 
to separate the people from the govern- 
ment, which Americans can't do. We are a 
part of our government. It's true only to a 
certain extent, but it's truer than it is in most 
places in the world." 

Ford discovered that in China, students 
made the same kinds of distinctions between 
America and Americans that they had made 
in Syria. "But that changed," he says. "We 
were there in 1988-89, so until the crack- 
down in Tiananmen Square, it was a very 
open year, probably about as open as China 
has ever been. We had an apartment on cam- 
pus and students would come every night. 
They'd discuss anything — politics, corrup- 
tion in the government, democracy. They 
spoke openly and fearlessly, even though it 
was quite possible that my apartment was 
being bugged. We were never afraid for our- 
selves, but we were afraid for our students. 
They were willing to die for their cause. 
Luckily, the army never came in." 

Students in Syria and China had a deep 
personal interest in politics and world af- 
fairs. But like American students, they were 
also into pop culture. "They love to emu- 
late the West," says Ford. "They wear blue 
jeans, enjoy rock music; they even try to 
copy the way Westerners walk. Whenever 
they got hold of a copy of Time magazine. 

they'd just devour it. I'd see calendars of 
Madonna side by side with pictures of Mao." 

Ford's years abroad not only gave him 
an appreciation for other cultures, but for 
his own as well. "After living in places like 
Syria and China, where people's lives are 
controlled," he says, "you appreciate the 
precariousness of all that we have here. We 
tend to think America will always be here, 
that it is somehow forever. But when you're 
in another culture, you realize how fragile 
our society is. Probably, it will not last 

As director of international study pro- 
grams on campus. Ford is always encour- 
aging students to take advantage of a 
semester or a year abroad. And when he 
talks with students who've returned, he 
knows he's given them good advice. "The 
kids who come back have been completely 
transformed," he says. "They look at home 
and see that it's not satisfactory, that they 
can never really be happy here again. But 
when they come back dissatisfied with life, 
it forces them to develop in more interest- 
ing ways. Their experience has changed 
them forever." 

From the Outside in 

One of those returning expatriates is Patti 
Shatto ('93), who had a double major in 
English and Spanish. "I've always wanted 
to travel to another country," she says. "So 
I talked to Dr. Ford about it, and he shared a 
lot of his experiences and expectations with 
me. He talked about the gratification of 
travel abroad and learning about another 
culture. He impressed on me that when you 
go to live in another country, you give up 
your own culture while you're there." 

Ford helped Shatto to decide on the 
International Student Exchange Program's 
semester in the Netherlands. She spent the 
first semester of her senior year, from 
August to December 1992. as a Dutch Stud- 
ies student at the University of Groningen. 
Course work included a rigorous schedule 
of classes in Dutch history, art, politics and 
literature, all of which transferred for full 
credit at Lebanon Valley. 

"It took a while to get acclimated to the 
library system," Shatto recalls. "And even 

Spring / Summer 1993 

though the lectures were in Enghsh, the ac- 
cent took some getting used to also. But by 
the beginning of October, I felt pretty com- 
fortable there. I even picked up a little of the 
Dutch language just by hearing it spoken." 

For Shatto, being a college student in a 
city — especially a foreign city — was an in- 
vigorating experience. "There were many 
more things to do than in Annville," she 
says. "The university is all over the city, so 
I had to learn to travel around just to get to 
the different buildings. And there was so 
much entertainment, from just walking on 
the streets, to going out to bars, to the ex- 
cursions to other cities. We even took a 
hike along the North Sea to see the seals." 

One of the best parts of her semester 
abroad, Shatto says, was the experience of 
meeting so many new and interesting 
people. "The house I lived in," she ex- 
plains, "had 50 people, ranging in age from 
18 to their late 40s. TTiey were students 
from all over the world, undergraduates 
and postgraduates. I made Dutch friends, 
too. It was a chance to look at my own 
culture from a very different perspective." 

One of the things she looked at was 
American politics. "I found myself defend- 
ing a lot of the policies of the president, and 
of the American system. One of the big 
things when I was there was CNN covering 
the Anita Hill testimony 24 hours a day. 
The foreign students thought that was hi- 
larious. They're much more advanced on 
women's rights than we are, a lot more 
liberal. It took a litde getting used to." 

When it came to popular culture, Shatto 
found herself right at home the minute she 
stepped off the plane. "Everywhere you 
looked, there were American football jack- 
ets, baseball caps and team logos. And 
jeans — you could take jeans over there and 
make a fortune. Their music comes more 
from England than from the U.S., but MTV 
is very popular, too." 

With all that she learned during her se- 
mester abroad, Patti Shatto insists that the 
most important thing is how much she still 
doesn't know. "There's still a lot I need to 
learn about the world," she explains. "I'm 
definitely going back, at least for a vaca- 
tion, maybe even for a long term." She's 
considering an offer to teach English in 
China, perhaps next year. 

But for now, she's had a glimpse of life 
outside the quiet world of Annville, and it's 
opened up her mind to a new world of ideas. 
"In school, you always hear about the global 
economy, global communications, the glo- 
bal village," she says. "But you never really 
get a grip on it until you get out there. There's 
nothing like going out into the world to help 
you understand it." 

Sharing travel stories are Dr. Art Ford ('59) and international students (l-r) Dawa Dongol 
of Nepal, Charlotte Deane of Barbados and Rostislav Kopylkov of Russia. 

At Home in Cologne 

That advice to go out into the world is 
something that the college itself has taken 
to heart, in a program known as Lebanon 
Valley College in Cologne. "We wanted to 
provide something early on in the study of 
a language," explains Dr. Jim Scott, profes- 
sor of German. "We figured students would 
benefit from the big boost in fluency they 
would get just by being over there. Instead 
of struggling here to learn the language, 
they'd go to Germany, learn the language, 
and come back and do upper-level courses. 
It would give them the security of knowing 
that they can converse and read in German, 
and understand pretty much anything." 

It's an idea that's not only good in theory 
but in practice, too. Through a consortium 
with Gettysburg and Allegheny colleges, 
the program sends first-semester sopho- 
mores who have taken two semesters of 
college German to Cologne for a self-con- 
tained college housed in a youth hostel. 
Students take courses taught in English by 
German professors, on subjects including 
German art, politics, history and literature. 
"It's simply an LVC campus in Cologne," 
Scott explains. "All work follows regular 
LVC courses, and results translate right into 
grade point averages. Even the tuition and 
fees are the same as over here, and students 
do not pay for airfare." 

Scott's enthusiasm for the program stems 
in part from his own experience as an un- 

dergraduate at Juniata College. "I wanted 
to spend my junior year abroad," he says, 
"but the only program available was in 
Marburg, Germany. I was only a mediocre 
German student, but I wanted to go to Eu- 
rope so badly that I signed up — and that 
determined the rest of my career. I came 
back as a German major, studied German 
in graduate school and have been teaching 
German ever since." 

LVC students in Cologne learn more 
than the German language. They learn how 
to move around in a big city, how to use 
public transportation, how to find their way 
and ask for directions. They become sensi- 
tive to the local ways of doing things. Scott 
recalls that some students learn these les- 
sons the hard way. "A couple of students 
were pub crawling on a weekend and missed 
the last train home — space in the city is at a 
premium, so the kids live out in the sub- 
urbs. After 2 a.m. there are no trains, but 
they hadn't gotten themselves familiar with 
the train schedules. So they found them- 
selves stranded in the inner city without 
knowing where to go. They ended up walk- 
ing alongside the tracks till they found their 
way back home." 

For the students who go to Cologne, the 
program is an unqualified success. "It defi- 
nitely added to my college experience," 
says David Vakili, a senior who was in 
Cologne from August through December 
1991. "I think it would be great if one day 
all students were required to spend a 

1 2 The Valley 

semester abroad. It gives you the chance to 
see another culture and to understand your 
own culture better — now you've got a 
basis for comparison." 

"We've never had a bad experience," 
insists Scott. "People are very enthusiastic 
when they return. Many kids use the oppor- 
tunity to travel to the maximum. With week- 
ends free, Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg 
are an easy train ride away. And the kids 
who come back enjoy a big boost in self- 
knowledge and independence. Out there in 
an exposed position, without their usual 
support systems, they have to develop ma- 
turity and coping skills very quickly — and 
they do." 

ParleZ'Vous Business? 

Mark Fink, an international business major 
headed for graduation this spring, knows 
all about coping. As an intern with a divi- 
sion of Ralph Lauren, the clothing manu- 
facturer, he had to cope not only with a 
foreign language but with the equally for- 
eign worlds of business and high fashion. 
Mark spent September through December 
1992 in Troyes, just outside of Paris, work- 
ing for the manager of the wholesale mens- 
wear division. "It was a hectic pace," he 
explains, "and I tried to learn as much as 
possible about my supervisor's job. I've 
always been interested in clothing and fash- 
ion, so it was intriguing to see the number- 
crunching behind what you see in a boutique 
or a department store." 

Mark, like others who have returned from 

internships in France, is the kind of young 
scholar for whom Dr. Joelle Stopkie, associ- 
ate professor of French, is always on the 
lookout. "When I see students who would be 
good candidates for internships," she says, 
"I start encouraging them from freshman 
year on. When they get back they are more 
mature, very independent. They know what 
they want to do. They realize that there is 
something else, not just Pennsylvania, or 
Annville, and there are lots of other people. 
They realize that when they were over there, 
there were lots of things that they didn't 
know and that they want to know. The ones 
who went all picked up the idea of studying 
independently when they returned. Before, 
they just did their homework." 

Mark, who's thinking about law school 
after graduation, says that one of the best 
things about his stay in France was the 
chance to meet "a lot of interesting people. 
Everyone was interested in and well in- 
formed on politics. 'What do you feel about 
Clinton's opinion on the economy, or for- 
eign policy?' they would ask me. They'd 
ask specific questions; they were so inter- 
ested in the world around them. I made 
friends with Americans, French, Canadi- 
ans, Germans. It was great to get five dif- 
ferent perspectives on everything." 

Matt Wood, a senior biochemistry ma- 
jor, spent the last academic year in Pau, 
France, as an intern with Elf Aquitaine. 
Like his classmate, Lance Dieter, he tu- 
tored company employees in English, pre- 
paring them for overseas corporate 
assignments. For Matt, the best part of the 

Dr. Joelle Stopkie, associate professor of French, helped Mark Fink (left) and Lance Dieter 
set up internships with two companies in France. Lance will return to France this summer to 
attend a seminar with young people from around the world. 

experience was "just being there." His off- 
duty time was a whirl of traveling — a month 
in Paris, an excursion to the French Riviera 
and to the castles of the Loire Valley, any 
number of forays into Spain and Germany. 
Through his travels, the company-sponsored 
sports he participated in and the courses he 
took at the local university, he met new 
friends from all over the world. 

"Living in France really opened up my 
mind," Matt says. "Everyone talks about 
the freedoms in the United States, but we 
have a closed image about other countries. 
After living on my own — I had to find my 
own apartment — I'm much more respon- 
sible, more mature than I used to be. And it 
certainly helped my French — now I can 
hold a conversation with anybody in 

Even Stopkie, much to the French 
teacher's delight. "When I am on campus 
and we have French lunches," she says, "I 
finally have some students who speak flu- 
ently. We have some conversations, and I 
didn't have that when I first came here." 

Spreading Their Wings 

Foreign study may have gotten off to a 
slow start at the Valley, for a variety of 
reasons. In contrast to European students, 
says Stopkie, American students usually 
work during the summer to help pay their 
education expenses, making travel less a 
part of their summer ritual. And, as Scott 
points out, many students come to the Val- 
ley from farms or from towns that are 
smaller than Annville, and just coming to 
college is a big step in itself. 

Three years ago, "when we first offered 
the program in Cologne," says Scott, "I 
thought we'd have to drive people off with 
sticks. But that didn't happen. Now we're 
working more closely with advisers and 
with local teachers of German. Last year, 
no one from Lebanon Valley went to Co- 
logne, but this year we have several stu- 
dents who are interested." 

The students who come back to the Val- 
ley from Germany or the Netherlands or 
France are walking advertisements for soidy 
abroad. And that's good for the college, 
says Scott. "It's a window on the world that 
not every college can offer. There are many 
advantages to being in a small college in a 
rural area. But there are also advantages to 
knowing your way around a big city. So 
if we can offer our students both, we're 
giving them the best of everything." 

Nancy Fitzgerald is an Annville-based 
freelance writer who contributes to national 
educational and consumer publications. 

Spring / Summer 1 993 13 

There Yet? 

A veteran traveler chronicles 
the joys and perils of 
recruiting students overseas. 

By Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) 

I was sitting under the corner of 
a house built into the side of a hill in 
Kuala Lumpur. It was raining so hard 
I could not see across the field to the 
street that I had, until the deluge, 
been walking on. I thought of rats and 
scorpions also seeking refuge from the rain. 
At that point I asked myself, "What are you 
doing here?" 

That sums up as well as anything my 
most frequent thought while recruiting stu- 
dents abroad. 

It's never easy; it's always anxious. I 
never know if the taxi will actually take me 
to the right school. I never know if anyone 
at the school ever heard of me. I never 
know whether I'll be speaking to one teacher 
or 400 students. I never know if anything I 
do will really mean anything. Will any 
students from that country ever arrive in 
Annville? Will I get sick after eating this 
unrecognizable dish along the street? 
There's always something to cause indi- 
gestion — or worse. 

And yet I love it. I love meeting the 
people. I love seeing exotic places. I love 
the excitement. I love the anxiety. I love 
never knowing what's going to happen next. 
I love the small degree of danger. I love to 
get my adrenalin going. I need my adrenalin 
high every so often. I get it by recruiting 

So I travel around and try to talk stu- 
dents into coming to the Valley or try to 
talk counselors into convincing their stu- 
dents to come to the Valley. Sometimes it 
seems to work well; sometimes it seems a 
complete disaster. And yet I know that 
sometimes the disasters pay off and the 
successes fail. You just never know. 

Take Malaysia, for instance. I had been 
there the year before, and so I went back as 
an old friend. The counselors greeted me 
warmly. "Yes, we know Lebanon Valley 
College," they said, adding, "A good school. 
Too bad it's not a university. Is it a com- 
munity college?" 

"No," I say, "It's a regular four-year 
school, just like a university. 

"Only better," I added shakily. 

"And what is the connection to Lebanon 
in the Middle East? Do you have hostages 

"No, no," I say, "There's no connec- 
tion." I then try to explain that the name 
actually does come from the Middle East 
Lebanon by way of the Bible, but that Leba- 
non was thousands of years ago. Then I 
just give up and insist that we are a safe 
community and that I have never even met 
a hijacker. 

And so in Georgetown, a beautiful city 
on the island of Penang, just off the Malay- 
sian coast, I force myself into school after 
school, passing up the tropical weather, the 
predominantly Chinese ambiance, my old 
colonial hotel. I point out to the people that 
we already have one student from 
Georgetown who loves the college and is 
doing very well. That helps. So do his 
parents, a retired couple who insist on tak- 
ing care of me, driving me to all the schools 
and taking me to dinner each night. They 
even allow me to rest at their home while I 
wait for my late-night train to Kuala 
Lumpur. Great people. 

Kuala Lumpur offers other challenges. 
I had set up a four-day whirlwind of meet- 
ings at a number of the community colleges 
there. During an earlier visit I had discov- 
ered that Kuala Lumpur has these two-year 
colleges designed to fit into the American 
university system. The students take two 
years of typical course work there and trans- 
fer to schools in the States. Their English is 
excellent, and their course work matches 
ours perfectly. What a deal. 

Fortunately, my meetings at the schools 
were set up by the director of the Malay- 
sian-American Center for Educational Ex- 
change. I just had to get there. 
Unfortunately, during the night after my 
arrival, I awoke with severe stomach cramps 

and spent the next 24 hours in bed except 
for trips to the John for various reasons. It 
might have been something I ate on the 
train, or perhaps the deep-fried intestines I 
chewed on the street. 

At any rate, during one of my excur- 
sions, I called the director to tell her of my 
plight. "Don't worry," she said. "It hap- 
pens all the time. I'll just reschedule." She 
assured me I would be better tomorrow. 
I figured tomorrow I would be dead. 

She was right. The next day I went 
shakily up to her office to collect the re- 
cruiting materials I had shipped. She ad- 
vised me not to take a taxi back to my hotel 
since the traffic is always grid locked at that 
hour. Take a bus, she said. I did and found 
myself standing in a packed bus for an hour 
with "Achey-Breaky Heart" blaring in my 
ear from a loudspeaker mounted over the 

From then on things went smoothly, ex- 
cept for the time all the electricity went out 
all over Malaysia. Nothing moved. Fi- 
nally, I got a taxi to take me out to one of 
the schools, only to find that the president, 
whom I was scheduled to meet, was stuck 
in traffic somewhere in the city. Fortu- 
nately, he called on his car phone, chatted 
amiably, and introduced me to a counselor. 

The conversation with the counselor, a 
native of West Chester, PA, was produc- 
tive, but since there was no electricity, there 
was no air conditioning. I sat there with the 
sweat dripping off my chin. "Are you too 
warm?" she asked. "No, no, that's fine, I 
said. "Now let me tell you about our excel- 
lent science program." For the second time 
in Kuala Lumpur, I thought I would die. 

Community college succeeded commu- 
nity college. All the students want to come 
to Lebanon Valley. All the students need 
lots of money. The real downside to this 
business is talking to all these students who 
desperately want a good education, who 
are well qualified, but who have little or no 
money to come to the States. "We can give 
you some scholarship aid," I say, "but that 
still leaves $13,000 a year that you must 
pay." They gulp in disbelief 

Finally, I was finished, and finally I felt 
good enough to eat something, so I went 
down to the Central Market area for some 

14 The Valley 

shopping and food. I could not resist a 
great bowl of noodles at a sidewalk stand. I 
love to eat noodles with chop sticks in a 
foreign country because I can slurp up the 
noodles like a native and then lift the bowl 
to my lips to drain it. Those were two 
things my mother never let me do as a 
child. Finally, I can do both with social 
approval, even encouragement. 

On the way back to my hotel in prepara- 
tion for packing, I watch my taxi driver 
fighting with a two-inch TV set mounted 
on his dash. Although he seemed to devote 
a disproportionate amount of his time and 
concentration to the set, I soon grew accus- 
tomed to his idiosyncracy. Just then, how- 
ever, he began to twist and turn the rabbit 
ears, complaining all the time about the 
amount of money he had just spent on re- 
pairs. By now he was totally disregarding 
the crowded, crazy street, and I was franti- 
cally trying to dig out my rusty seat belt. 

And then I was off to Jakarta, where 
I was scheduled to visit the 
American International School, 
hold an open meeting at a counseling cen- 
ter and attend a university fair. I had 
decided to try the fair, more as an experi- 
ment. I had heard these fairs are identical 
to college fairs in the U.S., so I thought this 
would give me a chance to scatter Lebanon 
Valley recruiting brochures like Johnny 
Appleseed scattering — what 
else? — apple seeds. 

I hope Johnny had 
better cooperation. First, 
they call the college fairs 
"university fairs," thus 
reinforcing the distinc- 
tion between colleges 
and universities. 
Second, they put the 
universities in one 
big hall and the 
colleges, junior 
colleges, art 
institutes, etc. in 
another, smaller 
room around the 

Nevertheless, I did talk with Indonesian 
students and parents who were interested 
specifically in small schools. 

I attended another university fair in Hong 
Kong, but I also managed to get to a half 
dozen high schools there as well, and talked 
with both students and counselors. As al- 
ways, the counselors were gracious and 
listened attentively to why LVC is superior 
to all other schools in the universe. 

During my travels I always gave the 
counselors a small blue ceramic tile with 
Lebanon Valley College on it. They all 
appreciated it. One of the recruiters in 
Hong Kong, however, seemed particularly 
pleased. "If you give me 400 more," he 
said, "I can redo my bathroom." I replied, 
"Fine, just invite me back 400 more times." 

I had been urged by those in the know to 
do some recruiting in Taiwan, since I would 
be in the neighborhood, so I added Taipei 
to my itinerary. I had also been told that it 
is virtually impossible to visit the second- 
ary schools there. 

Undaunted, I made arrangements to visit 
some of the schools through a Chinese 
friend, who had a friend at a university in 
Taipei and who owed my friend a favor. 
That's how it's done. You have to know 

someone who is willing to use a favor owed 
him to help you. 

And so off to Taiwan I went. The air- 
port in Taiwan is far from the city, a costly 
trip by taxi, so I took the bus into town. I 
figured I could get a taxi at the bus station 
to take me to my hotel. The bus station 
turned out to be a comer, but I did find a 
taxi and happily hopped in. "New Asia 
Hotel," I said, and slumped back in my 
seat. The driver looked blank and said 
something in perfect Mandarin Chinese. I 
replied in perfect English. 

I showed him the name of the hotel in 
my guide book. He smiled broadly, wrote 
down the telephone number instead of the 
address, and took off with a much greater 
show of confidence than circumstances war- 
ranted. We drove around the city for an 
hour, poking into alleys, checking a map, 
doubling back. Apparently, the macho pre- 
disposition not to ask directions is univer- 
sal. Despite his waywardness, we eventually 
got there. 

The schools received me with great cor- 
diality, and I had opportunities to talk with 
large groups of students. When I pointed 
this out during a visit to the Fulbright coun- 
seling center in Taipei, the counselor ex- 
pressed surprise. 
"How did you 

Spring / Summer 1993 


do that?" she asked, explaining that they get 
requests all the time from American schools 
to visit high schools in Taifiei, but the schools 
always turn them down. I told her that I have 
a friend who has a friend. She said, "Say no 

I was also urged to visit the Taipei Inter- 
national School because it has very good 
students who have lots of money. Many 
are children of the incredibly wealthy busi- 
ness people in Taiwan. During a conversa- 
tion there with one of the counselors, I 
heard a story about a student from the school 
who went to a university in California. His 
parents wanted a place to stay when they 
visited him, so they bought the hotel next to 
the campus. Since Annville does not have 
a hotel, I thought I might be in trouble. 

That ended the bulk of my recruiting 
efforts. I had visited dozens of schools, 
talked to scores of school officials and hun- 
dreds of students, and ate numerous dishes, 
the ingredients of which I hadn't a clue. 
And I was only half done. Four weeks 
down and four weeks to go. 

I headed for three weeks in China, where 
I would finish arrangements for a faculty 
exchange agreement with Nanjing Univer- 
sity and lecture at several universities around 
the country as a result of my earlier Fulbright 
there. That all went wonderfully well. 

But I also did a bit of recruiting in China 
as well. We had received inquiries from 
four students (two in Nanjing and two in 
Shanghai) interested in coming to the Val- 
ley. I knew from my earlier stay in China 
that undergraduates have an extremely dif- 
ficult time getting American visas because 
of certain government restrictions, and that 
the vast majority have no money. Never- 
theless, I agreed to meet with them. 

Within an hour of my arrival in Nanjing, 
one of the students from Shanghai was at my 
door, with her mother. I have no idea how 
they knew where I was or when I was to 
arrive. We talked for several hours. Her 
English is excellent and she has an uncle in 
Brooklyn with sufficient money to pay for 
her education. "Fine," I said, "Why don't 
you go to the consulate in Shanghai for a 
visa?" Tears brimmed in her eyes as she 
said, "I am afraid they will not give me one." 

I then met the two students from Nanjing, 
both of whom have no chance of getting a 
visa, and then went off to Shanghai and a 
meeting with the other student. 

I had called her home in Shanghai the 
night before to tell her where I would be 
staying and to set up a meeting for the next 
night. Only her mother was there, and she 
spoke no English, so I gave the phone to a 
man at the desk and asked him to translate 
for me. So far so good. 

When I arrived at the frain station in 
Shanghai the next day, a young girl came 
running up to me. "Are you Dr. Ford?" she 
asked. I assured her I was, and then real- 
ized that this was the suident I was to meet. 

She explained that her father was wait- 
ing at the other train exit in case I came out 
that way. "We would like to take you to 
your hotel," she said. 

So off we went in a taxi to my hotel, 
even though I had not been able to get 
through to it by phone and therefore did not 
have a reservation. Not to worry, I said, 
this is a small, non-touristy hotel where 
I've stayed before. They always have room. 

They had no room. It seems that Shang- 
hai is enjoying an incredible economic 
boom. That's fine, I assured them; this will 
allow me to stay at the old but expensive 
Peace Hotel without feeling guilty. Noel 
Coward had stayed there; in fact, he had 
written "Private Lives" there. We called. 
No room. 

We called other places. No room. 
Finally, the student's father said he could get 
me a room because he has a friend who 
works at a hotel. "It is not very nice," he 
said, "and it is not in a good section, but you 
can stay there." I assured him that I did not 
care about the condition of the hotel or 
neighborhood. He called. No room. It seems 
that even personal favors mean nothing in 
the midst of an economic boom. 

As a last resort, they offered to put me up 

A Zen Buddhist poem on travel and percep- 
tion vs. reality. 

at their home, but I remembered that homes 
in China are often one or one-and-a-half 
rooms with three generations living there, 
so I declined. I explained that I only came to 
Shanghai to see her, and so we could talk all 
afternoon and I could take the train back to 
Nanjing in the evening. 

We did, and I did. It turned out that the 
student is a wonderful musician who at- 
tended the high school attached to the Shang- 
hai Conservatory of Music. Her English is 
clearly sufficient, and her uncle in Hong 
Kong is wealthy. It also turns out that she 
had already been turned down by the consu- 
late once. 

I told her we would do all we could to 
help her get a visa, but again I had little 
hope. As before it was heartbreaking to talk 
with these students, who are clearly quali- 
fied, who want a good education more than 
life itself and who will probably not get it. I 
thought, too, of my sUidents back at the 
Valley who just take it all for granted. I 
thought of myself who also takes everything 
for granted. Never again, I thought, but I 
knew that once back home, I would find 
everything would return to normal, includ- 
ing my thinking. 

My final stop was Japan, not to 
recruit students so much as to 
share a dinner with some of our 
graduates there and to set up a branch of the 
Alumni Association in Tokyo. The dinner 
was a success, and we all sat around the 
table reminiscing about the good old days 
at the Valley. They each had a story to tell 
about how much the college means to 
them, how kind the people were, how much 
what they learned there has helped them in 
their careers. 

As I listened to their unsolicited testi- 
monials, I began to gather renewed strength 
and renewed hope. I had just spent the last 
seven weeks telling everyone I had met 
what a good place Lebanon Valley would 
be for them, and why they should attend 
our school. I said it so often that I was tired 
of hearing it. Now, however, I knew that 
what I was saying was true. These people 
were the proof. 

Later that week, as I flew from Tokyo to 
New York, I had time to think about all that 
had happened. Because of the dinner in 
Tokyo, I felt good about what I had been 
doing. In fact, I felt excited once again about 
recruiting students for the Valley. In fact, I 
felt like starting the whole thing over again. 

Well, almost. 

Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) is associate aca- 
demic dean of the college and directs the 
international students program. 

16 The Valley 

Kenjiro Ikeda reminisces about his days in Annville with Associate Academic Dean Arthur Ford ('59). 

The Japan 

At a dinner in Tokyo 
launching the first overseas 
alumni club, former students 
shared their stories of how 
they came to the Valley and 
how it transformed their lives. 

By Judy Pehrson 

The guests were slightly ner- 
vous as they filed into the 
sumptuous Beaux-Sejours 
room of the Tokyo Prince 
Hotel that evening in late No- 
vember. A long table was exquisitely set for a 
Western-style dinner with fine crystal, china 
and silver; waiters patiently hovered until the 
diners took their places. 

The tranquil setting belied the fact that 
this event in Japan could have been a disaster. 
After all, most of the guests hadn't met be- 
fore, two didn't speak much English, two 
spoke almost no Japanese and there seemed 
to be significant language, cultural and age 
barriers to cross. 

The halting conversation — a mixture of 
English and Japanese — remained formal 
through the first course, salade des crevettes 
roses. But mid-way through the cappuccino 
des champignons aux truffes, the stories be- 
gan. They were such wonderful tales of per- 
sonal growth and triumph that almost 
immediately any differences were swept away 

by feelings of nostalgia, shared experi- 
ence and love for a small college located 
far away in Central Pennsylvania. It be- 
came clear that the inaugural meeting of 
Lebanon Valley College's first overseas 
alumni club would be a success. By the 
final course — gateau aitxpommes et cara- 
mel — the nine dinner guests felt like old 

Those attending the dinner who now 
live in Japan were Kiyofumi Sakaguchi 
('67); Kenjiro Ikeda ('48) and his wife, 
Setsuko; Masami Tabe ('54); Minako 
Kida ('58); Bob Schalkoff ('88) and 
Akimi Atsumi (mother of Yukako Atsumi, 
an LVC sophomore). Representing Leba- 
non Valley were Dr. Arthur Ford ('59), 
associate academic dean, and 1. 

The stories of what had brought these 
individuals to Lebanon Valley, and of the 
impact the college had on their lives, were 
all different. But there was a common 
element: TTiey had all been transformed 
by their experiences in Annville. 

Spring / Summer 1 993 17 

An "Alien" Welcomed 
Kenjiro Ikeda ('48) 

It was Sunday, December 7, 1941, and 
Kenjiro Ikeda was sitting in the chapel with 
his fellow students at the Lawrenceville 
School in New Jersey. He had only been at 
the private prep school since June, but his 
English was improving and he was begin- 
ning to feel at home. Suddenly the head- 
master stepped solemnly to the podium, 
and Ikeda and the other boys knew instantly 
that something momentous had happened. 

"The headmaster looked at me in a very 
concerned way and said, 'This morning 
Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor, and 
our country is at war with Japan,"" Ikeda 
recalled. "Everybody's eyes were on me 
with a worried look. Soon after, everyone 
sang the National Anthem and I sang, too, 
and everybody seemed relieved." 

Ikeda was lucky. While many Japanese 
living in the United States — even those bom 
here — were interned in camps during the 
war, he was merely designated an "enemy 
alien" by the U.S. government and required 
to report to the Immigration Office when- 
ever he wanted to travel further than 25 
miles from the school. He was also occa- 
sionally questioned by FBI agents. 

"The headmaster was kind enough to 
become my guarantor, and 1 was able to 
carry on pretty much as before," he stated. 
"They even allowed me to skip a grade, and 
with everyone's help 1 was able to receive 
my high school diploma in May 1943." 

But the higher education establishment 
was not as understanding as the 
Lawrenceville School had been. In the year 
following his graduation, Ikeda applied to 
more than 50 colleges and universities. All 
refused to accept him as a student, despite 
his excellent academic record. 

In the spring of 1944, he was overjoyed 
to receive an acceptance letter from Leba- 
non Valley College. "I had just about given 
up, and I wasn't sure what I was going to 
do," he stated. "My acceptance at Lebanon 
Valley was a miracle. It made a tremendous 
difference in my life." 

When he arrived in Annville in Septem- 
ber, Ikeda was met at the train station by 
President Clyde A. Lynch and Dean Alvin 
Stonecipher. The small student body — pre- 
dominantly female because most of the men 
had been drafted — welcomed him warmly. 

"I was a bit worried about being Japa- 
nese, but everybody was so kind and 
friendly," he said. "In fact, as part of fresh- 
man initiation, girls were requested to write 
love letters with a 'kiss' mark to boys, and I 
received three!" 

School girls in Tokyo flash the peace sign. 

It was an austere, war-time campus, but 
the students still managed to have fun, said 
Ikeda. There were hay rides and corn-husk- 
ing parties, sports activities and sojourns to 
Hot Dog Frank's. 

"On April Fool's Day, students deco- 
rated the campus with toilet paper, set up 
chairs outside to make a classroom, blocked 
off a professor's car with soccer goals. One 
year, a classmate of mine woke up in the 
middle of campus in bed," he recounted. 

But then something very unfunny oc- 
curred. The money that Ikeda's father had 
left in the United States for his son's educa- 
tion ran out. To assist Ikeda, he said, "The 
college gave me a scholarship and a job 
working in the dining hall." 

He also had a series of fascinating sum- 
mer jobs. "During the summer of 1945, my 
brother, who was also in the U.S., got me a 
job at Yale University teaching Japanese to 
U.S. Army officers," he stated. "In 1946, 1 
went to a Japanese employment agency in 
New York, which got me a job as a butler 
for Norman Thomas, the leader of the So- 
cialist party. I worked at his summer house 
on Long Island Sound, where my job was 
to clean the house — including the bath- 
rooms — prepare cocktails for the guests, 
wait on tables, wash dishes and mow the 
lawns. The next summer, I worked as a 
butler for a construction company owner in 
New Jersey." 

Ikeda graduated in 1948 with a degree 
in business administration. He spent the 
next four years in New Haven as assistant 
manager of a printing business, and then 
decided to return to Japan to join his three 
brothers in their father's tea exporting firm. 
Today, he and his wife, Setsko, live in 
Tokyo and have two sons and five grand- 

"I've done a lot of traveling over the 
years — to Europe, North Africa, Southeast 
Asia and to the States, of course," he noted. 
"I've maintained an interest and affection 
for the States and especially for Lebanon 
Valley College. My LVC education meant 
everything to me — it has helped me with 
almost everything in my life. My years in 
Annville were a very special time for me." 

Media Sensation 
Masami Tabe ('54) 

On a hot summer night in 1950, a Grey- 
hound bus rolled into Harrisburg. Masami 
Tabe had been a passenger on it for 80 
hours, traveling across the country from 
California. Before that, she had been on a 
ship for 12 days. She was tired, dusty and 
somewhat bewildered by the immenseness 
of the American landscape. 

She'll never forget the greeting she re- 
ceived in Harrisburg. "I stepped off the bus 
and was amazed at the huge group of people 
who had come to meet me. Even the editor 
of the local newspaper was there," she says. 
"I was the only Japanese person in Annville, 
and people were curious to meet me." 

Tabe still has the large scrapbook filled 
with newspaper articles chronicling her 
years at the college. The first article — on 
the front page of the Lebanon Daily News — 
was headlined, "Japanese Girl Arrives Here 
To Become Snadent at LVC." Another, from 
the Harrisburg Patriot, announced, "Pretty 
Japanese Student Now at Lebanon Valley." 
Other articles told of the many speeches 
she gave on Japanese culture to local groups 
and of her performances as a vocalist. 

Annville residents may have considered 
her stay to be newsworthy, but to her friends 

18 The Valley 

and family back in Japan, it was downright 

"It was very unusual at that time for a 
Japanese girl to go abroad," she stated. 
"Many of my friends and relatives were 
shocked and asked, 'Why are you going? 
Why are you going alone?' My parents 
were very worried about me, but they per- 
mitted me to go nevertheless." 

Tabe became determined to study in 
America after getting to know American 
military people who were living in her home 
town of Yokohama. "I liked Americans 
very much. They were very frank, very 
kind. I was also interested in different cul- 
tures and different ways of living, and I 
began to long to visit America." 

Lt. Col. Earl Thomas, an engineer from 
Mt. Gretna stationed in Yokohama, helped 
Tabe find sponsors in America — Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Behney of Palmyra — and 
helped her apply to Lebanon Valley. Her 
transportation was furnished by The So- 
journers, a Masonic organization of Ameri- 
can officers in Tokyo, and the college 
granted her a scholarship. During the sum- 
mers, to earn money for books and fees, she 
worked at Hershey Park and the Mt. Alto 
Tuberculosis Sanitarium. 

"Those years were very busy, good ones 
for me," she stated. "People were so kind, 
and I learned a great deal." 

After graduating in 1954, she returned 
to Japan, where she taught English in sec- 
ondary schools for 32 years. She and her 
husband, Shigeru, now live in Kamakura. 
Their son, Kazunori, is studying for a 
master's degree in civil engineering at Tokai 
University. Tabe's interest in music con- 
tinues to flourish; she is a member of the 
Kamakura City Men's and Women's Choir. 
She is also an accomplished calligrapher 
who exhibits her work. For several sum- 
mers, she has taught calligraphy at 
Burlington College in Vermont. 

"I try to travel to America every year or 
so," she stated. "I have a great attachment 
for the country. Because of my experiences 

there, I have different eyes from other 
people. My eyes were widened internation- 
ally, and I see things in a different way." 

Love Story 
Kiyofumi Sakaguchi ('67) 

When he left his small village in Kyushu, 
Japan's southemmost island, to study at 
Lebanon Valley, Kiyofumi Sakaguchi had 
no inkling that the four years he intended to 
stay in the United States would extend to 
19. He also had no idea that he would end 
up as the president and CEO of PVudential 
Life Insurance, one of the largest insurance 
companies in Japan. 

His entree to Lebanon Valley came 
through a friendship with Chaplain and Mrs. 
Benjamin Hughes, of Lewistown, PA, who 
were stationed at a naval base near 
Sakaguchi's hometown. The Hugheses 
knew Dr. Clark Carmean, then the college's 
admissions director, and wrote to him rec- 
ommending that Sakaguchi be allowed to 

"I was very excited at the prospect of 
studying in the States, but my parents felt 
differently," Sakaguchi recalled. "They were 
extremely upset because I am an only son 
and it was unthinkable to them that I would 
leave and cross the sea. Neither my parents 
nor I had even been to Tokyo, and for them, 
my going to America was a little like going 
to the moon." 

He stubbornly persisted in pursuing his 

Masami Tabe (above) at the Tokyo dinner 
and (right) in 1951 with Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Behney . her host family in Palmyra. 

dream, however, and in January 1963, he 
arrived in Armville to begin his studies. 

"My English was very limited, and I 
had difficulty not only with speaking, but 
also with understanding lectures and taking 
notes," he said. "I decided to major in math 
and also take lots of science courses be- 
cause I could grasp the concepts and do the 
work without being fluent in English." 

His struggle with the language turned 
out to have a positive side, however, be- 
cause it led to a friendship with Joanne 
Cochran ('67), whom he married following 
their graduation. 

"Joanne and I were in Agnes 
O'Donnell's English class, and she was 
very kind to me and loaned me her notes. I 
used to kid her later that she used her notes 
as bait to catch a very innocent boy from 
Japan," he said. 

Sakaguchi had a tuition scholarship, al- 
though he had to work summers to earn his 
living expenses. The first summer, through 
the Hugheses, he went to work in a factory 
in Aberdeen, MD, that manufactured metal 
ice chests. 

"My job was to do welding," he ex- 
plained. "It was very tough going, although 
it paid well. When I mentioned what I was 
doing to Dr. Barney Bissinger, who was 
head of the math department, he suggested 
that the next summer I try to get on at Perm 
Mutual Life Insurance, where they would 
pay me for working and also for taking an 
actuarial training class. I did that in the 
summer of my sophomore and junior years, 
and that's how I became interested in actu- 
arial science." 

That interest led to his getting a gradu- 
ate degree in that field at Northeastern Uni- 
versity. To help put him through school, 
Joanne worked part-time for an insurance 
company and, later, as a high school Span- 
ish teacher. 

After graduate school, "we had to de- 
cide whether to live in the United States or 
Japan," Sakaguchi said. "We eventually 
compromised — and moved to California, 

Kiyofumi Sakaguchi at the alumni dinner. 

Spring / Summer 1993 19 


Walkway of a T(iky(i BiuUliist temple. 

where I took a job with a hfe insurance 
company, and Joanne got another job teach- 
ing Spanish. It was 2.000 miles from her 
home (Danville. PA), and 6.000 miles from 

Two years later. Sakaguchi was offered 
a job with another company, and the couple 
moved to Los Angeles. After just two 
months on the job, he began to suspect that 
the company was engaged in serious fraud, 
and he shared his information with the Cali- 
fornia Insurance Department. 

"The people involved in the fraud — 
including the actuary who was my supe- 
rior — were arrested, and the company was 
placed in receivership. It was an extremely 
difficult time. The California Insurance De- 
partment needed help in sorting things out, 
and they asked me to stay," Sakaguchi noted. 
"Joanne and I had some very sleepless 
nights. Rumors were flying around that the 
company was connected with the Mafia 
and that it was dangerous to cooperate with 
the authorities." 

They decided to stay with the firm. "I 
wanted to dispel the taint of being associ- 
ated with the company, and I also wanted to 
help protect the company's innocent poli- 
cyholders. It turned out to be an interesting 
period in my life. I was dealing with law- 
yers, accountants, the FBI and the Califor- 
nia authorities." 

After several years with the company, he 
took a job as assistant managing director for 
Occidental Life Insurance of California. 
Eventually, after nearly 1 9 years in the United 
States, Sakaguchi found he missed Japan 
and Japanese culture, and in 1980, he joined 
Prudential Insurance and returned home to 
head its Japanese subsidiary. 

"My material desires were fulfilled in 
America, but my psychological-spiritual 
side was not," he revealed. "In many ways, 
my life in the U.S. helped me to better 
appreciate my own heritage and tradition. I 
was only 18 years old when I left Japan, 
and I took a lot of things for granted. But 
when I returned to Japan for visits, I began 
to develop a feeling of appreciation for 
things Japanese and began to long for my 
own culture again." 

Joanne had visited Japan before, and 
willingly returned to live there, says 
Sakaguchi. "Because she was part of me, 
she also began to have a feeling for Japa- 
nese culture. There was almost no culture 
shock for her when we went to live in 
Japan. As a language major, it didn't take 
long for her to learn Japanese, and within a 
year her language was very good. Our three 
sons — who are now aged 19, 17 and 13 — 
found it difficult for awhile, but also adapted 
very quickly." 

However, tragedy struck the Sakaguchi 
family several years ago, when Joanne de- 
veloped a brain tumor and, following sur- 
gery, lapsed into a coma. She is being cared 
for at home. Last year, to be near his mother, 
their son Haruhiko Michael, who had been 
studying at Brown University, returned to 
Tokyo to study at Keio University. 

Sakaguchi 's eyes clouded as he spoke 
of Joanne. "I miss her so much. I owe so 
much to her. Everything we built, we built 
together. My life would have been so much 
poorer if I had not had her. She is a wonder- 
ful human being." 

Keys to a Future 
Minako Kida ('58) 

"I had difficulty with the language when 
I first arrived," recalled Minako Kida, who 
studied music at Lebanon Valley from 1957 
to 1958. "My roommate — Eileen Seigert 
Shinderwolf — spoke with a Pennsylvania 
Dutch accent, and it was hard to understand 
her. We're still in touch, and we still laugh 
about some of the misunderstandings that 
resulted from my problems with English." 

Kida's year on campus was funded by a 
scholarship from the Interboard Committee 
of Christian Work in Japan, a group associ- 
ated with the Evangelical United Brethen 

A piano major, .she spent long hours 
practicing. She also sang in the college choir. 
Although she had studied piano before com- 
ing to campus, Kida says she learned the 
"real fundamentals of music" at the col- 
lege. "I studied piano with Professor Will- 

iam Fairlamb and took various theory 
courses. Without that year of study, I 
couldn't be the musician I am. I'm very 
grateful to the college." 

Kida's next stop after Lebanon Valley 
was Union Theological Seminary in New 
York, where she earned a master's degree 
in sacred music. In 1961, she returned to 
Japan and has been teaching organ and pi- 
ano privately and at colleges and secondary 
schools. Her husband, Kenichi, is a theolo- 
gian. TTiey have a daughter and a son and 
live in Shiki-Shi, near Tokyo. 

Over the years, she has studied piano and 
organ in a variety of countries, including 
Germany and Switzerland. "I continue to 
study and am a member of the Japan Organ 
Society and of the Japan Guild of Organists, 
as well as being on the committee for the 
1993 National Organ Convention." 

When Kida arrived at the alumni dinner 
in Tokyo, she brought with her a noshi — a 
beautiful ceremonial envelope used in 
Japan for presenting monetary gifts. 

"This is for the college," she said shyly. 
"I want to give something back because 
people there gave so much to me." 

His Heart's in Japan , 

It was romantic love that first took Bob 
Schalkoff to Japan. "One of my childhood 
sweethearts was working in Japan, and when 
she came back to the States for a visit in 
1989, we got together and the flame was 
rekindled," he explained. "She returned to 
Japan and called me about a job that was 
available teaching English, and within three 
weeks I was on a plane." 

Although their relationship fizzled out 
within a year, a different kind of love keeps 
Schalkoff in Japan. He speaks Japanese 
fluently, has become an expert on Japanese 
culture and is studying shodo (calligraphy). 
A music major at Lebanon Valley, he can 
now play several traditional instruments, 
including the koto ( 13-string harp) and the 

Minako Kida is grateful to the college. 

10 The Valley 

Detail from Nijo Castle in Kyoto. 

shakuhachi (bamboo flute). 

The job that drew him to Japan was 
teaching Enghsh at a private school in 
Yamiguchi Prefecture, at the western tip of 
the main island of Honshu. For three years 
he worked with students ranging in age 
from pre-schoolers to 65. Recently, because 
of his bilingual capabilities, he was hired to 
teach at a prestigious private academy, 
where he is in charge of English conversa- 
tion at the junior high level. He also teaches 
(in Japanese) a class in Western culture, 
and another in translating from Japanese to 

Bob Shalkojfand Minako Kida get acquainted. 

English. In his spare time, he sings at a 
friend's nightclub — mainly his own arrange- 
ments of '70s pop songs. 

"Originally I saw myself here for just a 
year, but I've become so smitten with the 
culture that I now see myself here for the 
foreseeable future," he stated. "Culture seeps 
into almost everything here — it really pro- 
vides a structure of a type you simply don't 
have in America. Over here, the culture and 
customs have been handed down century af- 
ter century. Going from a multicultural soci- 
ety to a basically homogeneous society has 
really changed my views on a lot of things." 

Shalkoff is impatient with Americans 
who go to Japan and don't try to learn the 
language, or who make it clear that they 
feel they are superior to the Japanese. "I 
believe what's been lacking in trade issues 
between the two countries is cultural un- 
derstanding," he observed. "Instead, every- 
thing seems to revolve around money, and 
that's unfortunate because it interferes with 
any real dialogue." 

He's come to see himself as a cultural 
mediator of sorts. "I know it sounds corny, 
but I feel I have to be an informal good-will 

ambassador for America. I have to show 
people that I can speak Japanese and re- 
spect and can follow their customs. They 
also need to know that America has many 
good things about it. 

"Being abroad helps you see your own 
country, as well as the country you're in," 
he continued. "You gain an appreciation 
for the similarities between people. You 
come to realize that it's not the differences 
that are important, but the similarities. We're 
all human beings, and underneath it all, 
we're all pretty much the same." 

A woman prays at a Nara shrine. 

Spring / Summer 1 993 21 

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto 

Editor's Note: The following ni'o alumni 
were unable to attend the dinner In Tokyo. 
Judy Pehrson met with Rebecca Kost-Endo 
('76) at her home, and talked with Keiji 
Nakamura ('78) by phone. 

At Home Abroad 
Rebecca Kost-Endo (76) 

After 13. years in Japan, Rebecca Kost-Endo 
doesn't find it exotic anymore. "I don't feel 
like I'm in a foreign country." she said. "This 
is home now, although I must admit I some- 
times think about how nice it would be to 
live in Annville. It would be a great place to 
raise kids with all the fresh air, open spaces 

and beautiful scenery." 

Kost-Endo moved to Japan in 1 980 with 
her husband, Masanobu, whom she met 
while earning a master's degree in linguis- 
tics at Michigan State University. They live 
in Chiba, on the outskirts of Tokyo, with 
their two children (ages 6 and I ) in a house 
that is a pleasant blend of Japanese and 
Western construction and decor. She di- 
vides her time among parenting, homemak- 
ing and teaching English at Chiba 
University, a liberal arts college near her 
home. She also does freelance translation 
for the Asia Foundation and other clients. 

"I enjoy both the translation work and 
teaching," she stated. "I've been at Chiba 
for 1 years now, and have a lot of freedom 

Rebecca Kost-Endo and her husband, Masanobu. and children at home In Chlha. 

in the classroom, although I also have to 
contend with about 60 students to a class. I 
use videotapes a lot, including things like 
'Cheers,' 'The Cosby Show' and 'Murphy 

Her interest in language is a long-stand- 
ing one. While at Lebanon Valley, she was 
a foreign language major who studied 
French and German, as well as Greek and 
Sanskrit. She was the college's first 
Fulbright Scholar, and went to Tiibingen 
University in Germany the year after gradu- 
ation. She studied Japanese for a year 
before going to Japan. 

"Now I'm mainly a mother, and I don't 
regret making that decision," she said. "Rais- 
ing children is a good learning experience, 
and has probably taught me more than if I 
were pursuing a full-time career." 

One aspect of life in Japan that Kost- 
Endo has found difficult at times is the 
attitude toward women. "We're still light- 
years behind Western countries in that as- 
pect here. In general, they treat women 
badly," she stated. "For example, for one of 
my first jobs as a translator, I had to wear a 
uniform and pour tea for the men. And I 
can't be a full member of the Japanese 
Michigan State Alumni Club because I am 
a woman. That's one reason I'm so glad 
Lebanon Valley is setting up an alumni 
club here." 

There tends to be a real closeness among 
women in Japan, Kost-Endo added. "They 
can't depend on their husbands too much 
because of the long hours they must work, 
so women take care of each other. There's 
a lot of support. I've made many, many 
interesting women friends here — Japanese 
and foreign." 

Recalling Carefree Days 
Keiji Nakajima (78) 

He first came to the United States as a 
Rotary Exchange student, but Keiji 
Nakajima was so enamored of the country 
that he decided to stay and go to college. 

"I loved America, and I had a great time 
at Lebanon Valley," he stated. "I played 
soccer, tennis and volleyball, and made a 
lot of friends. I remember it as being a 
really carefree period." 

A math major, Nakajima went to work 
for a trading company in Hong Kong after 
graduation, but eventually returned to 
Japan. Today he is manager of a women's 
clothing store in Osaka. 

"F ve only been back to the States once — 
in 1979 when I attended a friend's wed- 
ding," he said. "I'd like to go back again, 
but you know how it is in Japan. I am so 
busy that it is hard to get away." 

22 The Valley 


By John B. Deamer, Jr. 
Sports Information Director 

Men's Basketball (18-11) 

In a banner year, Lebanon Valley won its 
first NCAA playoff game in 40 years and 
its first Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) 
playoff game in 20 seasons. 

Both playoff wins came in a one-week 
span against Johns Hopkins on its court in 
Baltimore. Lebanon Valley won the MAC 
playoff game 58-54 and the NCAA playoff 
game 52-48. 

The MAC win enabled the Dutchmen to 
compete for the MAC Southern Division 
championship for the first time since 
1973. They fell to Franklin & Marshall in 

Lebanon Valley played the toughest 
schedule in the country this season with 16 
of its first 27 games coming against region- 
ally ranked teams. The NCAA committee 
recognized this feat, and the Dutchmen re- 
ceived their first-ever Division III tourna- 
ment bid. 

After the second defeat of Johns 
Hopkins — a team that has made the NCAA 
tournament the past five seasons — Leba- 
non Valley traveled north to take on the 
nation's number-one-ranked team, 
Scranton, on their home turf. The Roy- 
als — a team that started four seniors and 
two All-Americans and had a 25-1 record 
and a 24-game winning streak — needed to 
expend every ounce of their talent and ex- 
perience to turn back a Lebanon Valley 
team that took them to the final buzzer in a 
58-56 outcome. 

Sophomore guard Mike Rhoades led the 
team this year in scoring with just over 16 
points per game. Rhoades was named to 
the National Association of Basketball 
Coaches Middle Atlantic Region First 
Team, an honor that qualified him for Ail- 
American consideration. He also was 
named to the ECAC Southern Division First 
Team, was the MAC Southwest Most Valu- 
able Player and was voted the team's MVP. 

Rhoades and junior forward John Harper, 
who was second on the team in scoring, 
will be co-captains next season. Rhoades 
and Harper also received MAC Southern 
Division Player of the Week honors during 
the season. 

Sophomore right fielder Craig Wolfe sizes 
up an incoming pitch. 

Senior co-captains Reggie Hall (who 
battled a mid-season broken hand injury) 
and Rich Tinucci are the first graduates 
since 1973 to play four years on basketball 
teams with winning records. 

Baseball (20-3) 

Lebanon Valley this spring recorded its first 
20- win season in the history of the program 
and capmred the Middle Atlantic Confer- 
ence Southwest Division title, another first. 

The Dutchmen fell to Johns Hopkins, 
7-3, in the MAC Southern Division cham- 
pionship in a game played in Harrisburg. 
Last season, Lebanon Valley was 15-18. 

The team wrapped up the MAC South- 
west crown with an 8-5 decision over 
Moravian in the second game of a double- 
header played in Bethlehem, PA. They fin- 
ished 9-3 in the division. 

During the season, the team was led by 
senior Kevin Wagner, who hit seven home 
runs and knocked in 25 runs. Mike 
Greineder, a freshman, and Scott Kuren, a 
sophomore, posted 4-0 records on the 
mound. Junior transfer student Mark Morrett 
went 3-0 on the mound and racked up four 

Wrestling (12-4) 

Lebanon Valley's grapplers finished with 
their sixth-best season in the 35-year his- 
tory of the program. 

Freshman Jason Lutz won 14-2 in dual 
meets to lead the team. Lutz lost in the 
190-pound MAC championship match 3-2 
in double overtime. 

His classmate, Justin Adams, also had a 
solid season at 1 18 pounds, finishing with a 
personal dual meet record of 20-8. 

Team dual meet wins this season in- 
cluded victories over Albright, Gallaudet, 
Western Maryland, Ursinus, Swarthmore, 
Elizabethtown, Scranton, Johns Hopkins, 
Haverford and Washington & Lee, plus 
two hard-fought wins over Messiah and 

Men's and Women's Swimming (2-6, 1-8) 

In his first season as head coach, John 
Roemig immediately improved the com- 
petitiveness of both teams. 

The program, still in its infancy, is be- 
ginning to grow. Roemig expanded the 
teams to include 14 men and 12 women, 
the most in the program's four- year history. 

The women were led by senior Stacey 
HoUenshead, the finest woman swimmer to 
date at Lebanon Valley. HoUenshead holds 
numerous team and pool records and this 
year was again named to the MAC All- 
Academic Team. She was the women's 
team MVP. Freshman Gina Fontana was 
the team's high scorer and Lynn Sosnoskie, 
also a freshman, was Lebanon Valley's most 
improved female swimmer. 

On the men's team, sophomore Harold 
Spangler led in scoring for the second con- 
secutive season. Spangler also was named 
to the MAC All-Academic team and was 
voted the men's team MVP. Freshman 
Walter Popejoy was the men's team most 
improved swimmer. 

Women's Basketball (2-22) 

Freshman guard/forward Amy Jo Rushanan 
scored 38 points in an overtime win over 
Albright to set a team record for most indi- 
vidual points in a game. 

Rushanan's heroics came late in the sea- 
son as Lebanon Valley went 2-3 down the 
stretch. The other win of the season came 
against Messiah. Both wins were at home. 
For the season, Rushanan led the team in 
scoring, with 15.3 points per game. 

Senior forward Jan Ogurcak also fin- 
ished in double digits, netting 10.2 points 
per game. She will graduate after having 
co-captained the team the past two seasons. 
She's been on the Dean's List three times. 
She was also a member of the MAC All- 
Academic team this year, along with sopho- 
more point guard Joda Glossner. 

Spring / Summer 1993 23 


Japan expert 

Dr. Eugene Brown, professor of political 
science, presented a paper at the 34th An- 
nual Meeting of the International Studies 
Association in Acapulco, which attracted 
2.500 international relations scholars from 
around the world. His paper, titled "Japa- 
nese Strategic Policy in the Post-Cold War 
Era: Threat Perceptions and Strategic Op- 
tions," incorporated interviews he conducted 
with Japanese military and government 
elites in Tokyo last summer. 

Brown has also had an article on Japan 
published in Asian Suixey, the leading Asian 
studies journal, published at the University 
of California at Berkeley. 

Returns to faculty 

Dr. Arthur Ford ('59), currently associate 
academic dean, will return to the English 
Department faculty next fall. He will con- 
tinue to have responsibility for international 
students and programs; his new title will be 
associate dean for international programs. 

Tenure and promotions 

Dr. Mark Mecham, chair of the Music 
Department, has been granted tenure, along 
with Dr. Joelle Stopkie. associate profes- 
sor of French; Dr. Barney Raffield, asso- 
ciate professor of management; and Dr. 
Phylis Dryden, associate professor of 
English. Dr. Dale Erskine has been ap- 
pointed full professor of biology. 

Tops in their fields 

Alumni Donald L. Kreider ('53) and Ned 
Heindel ('59) have been elected to presi- 
dential terms in national associations in their 
respective fields. 

Kreider was named president of the 
Mathematical Association of America. He 
is a professor of mathematics and computer 
science and co-chair of the computer sci- 
ence doctoral program at Dartmouth Col- 

Heindel is the new president of the 
American Chemical Society. He is chair of 
the Chemistry Department at Lehigh Uni- 
versity and also is a consultant to 1 chemi- 
cal and pharmaceutical companies. 

Dr. Michael Day 

Bernice Teahl 

Dr. John Norton 

24 The Valley 

Directs general education 

Dr. Jim Scott, professor of German, has 
been named director of general education. 
He will be responsible for monitoring and 
developing an assessment process for the 
general education program. 

Radio station adviser 

Edward Arke, FM news director at WAIT- 
FM Radio in Harrisburg, has been named 
adviser to WLVC, the college radio station. 
Arke will serve as an adjunct lecturer and 
will oversee the operation and development 
of the station, as well as teach a course in 
radio news writing. He earned a bachelor's 
degree in communication/journalism and a 
master's degree in communication from 
Shippensburg University. 

New in math 

Richard J. Tony has joined the Mathemati- 
cal Sciences faculty as an adjunct instruc- 
tor. He holds bachelor's and master's 
degrees in mathematics from the Univer- 
sity of Pittsburgh, where he taught as a 
graduate student. 

Baseball publisher 

Dr. William McGill, vice president and 
dean of the college, has become publisher 
and part-owner of Spitball, a literary base- 
ball magazine published in Cincinnati. 

The magazine, which was founded in 
1981 by freelance writer Michael Shannon, 
has 500-plus subscribers (including national 
columnist George Will), and enjoys some- 
thing of a cult following among serious 
baseball fans. The spring issue includes a 
short story by William Kinsella, author of 
Shoeless Joe, the book that was made into 
the movie "Field of Dreams." 

Research at Argonne 

Dr. Thomas Liu, assistant professor of 
mathematical sciences, has received an 1 1- 
week summer faculty research appointment 
at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. 
He will study optimization/simulation meth- 
ods in modeling electrochemical processes. 

Nuclear summer 

Dr. Richard Cornelius, chair of the Chem- 
istry Department, will spend the month of 
July at Alma College in Michigan teaching 
workshops on nuclear magnetic resonance 
spectroscopy to faculty firom a variety of 
undergraduate colleges. The workshops are 
sponsored by a grant to Alma from the 
National Science Foundation. 

Faculty/student article 

Dr. Jan Pedersen, assistant professor of 
psychology; Dr. Salvatore CuUari, asso- 
ciate professor of psychology; and Lori 
Folk, senior psychology major, will have 
an article published in the upcoming issue 
of the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills. 
The article, titled "Body Satisfaction and 
Self-Concept of Third- and Sixth-Grade Stu- 
dents," originated as a research project Folk 
designed and conducted for Pedersen 's 
research practicum course last year. 

Makes the cover 

Dr. Michael Day, professor of physics, co- 
wrote a recent cover story for The Physics 
Teacher titled "Experimenting with the 
National Guard: Field Artillery Gunnery." 
The co-author was Maj. Martin Walker of 
the Pennsylvania National Guard. 

Winners all 

Bernice Teahl, retiring secretary for the 
Art, Chemistry and Physics departments, 
was honored for her 35 years of service to 
the college at the annual employee recogni- 
tion banquet on April 23 at the Quality Inn 
in Lebanon. 

Naomi Emerich, gift processing coor- 
dinator and bookkeeper in development, 
also retired after nine years with the col- 
Also receiving awards were: 

■ for 25 years: Dr. Allan F. Wolfe, profes- 
sor of biology. 

■ for 20 years: Betty Diamond, buildings 
and grounds; Dr. Owen A. Moe, professor 
of chemistry; Marian Rogers, administra- 
tive support assistant; Dr. Steven Williams, 
professor of biology; Rosemary Yuhas, 
dean of student services. 

■ for 15 years: Irene M. Anspach, build- 
ings and grounds 

■ for 10 years: Dr. Howard Applegate, 
associate professor of history and Ameri- 
can studies; Dr. James Broussard, chair 
of history and American studies; Dr. Eu- 
gene Brown, professor of political science; 
Dr. Scott Eggert, associate professor of 
music; Dr. Dale J. Erskine, associate pro- 
fessor of biology. 

■ for five years: Ellen Arnold, director of 
development; Donald Boone, assistant pro- 
fessor of hotel management; Donna 
Brickley, assistant of computer services; 
Nancy Hartman, accounts payable coor- 
dinator; Stella Jeronis, buildings and 
grounds; Roz Kujovsky, library secretary 
and circulation assistant; Pamela Lambert, 

activities coordinator/bookkeeper, Arnold 
Sports Center; Patricia Laudermilch, re- 
corder/assistant to the registrar; Robert 
Leonard, assistant professor of manage- 
ment; George Lovell, superintendent of 
buildings and grounds; Dan McKinley, di- 
rector and assistant professor of leadership 
studies; Rusty Owens, director of the 
Arnold Sports Center; Christine Reeves, 
Advancement staff coordinator; Dr. 
Stephen R. Sexsmith, assistant professor 
of chemistry; John Synodinos, president; 
Barbara Wirth, assistant professor of ac- 
counting; Allen Yingst, buildings and 
grounds; and Beverly Ann Yingst, Arnold 
Sports Center desk supervisor. 

Actuarial liaison 

Dr. Bryan Hearsey, professor of math- 
ematics and coordinator of the actuarial 
science program, has been appointed the 
Society of Actuaries' liaison representative 
to the Mathematical Association of 

Elected secretary 

Dave Evans, director of career planning 
and placement, was elected secretary for 
the Central Pennsylvania Employment Con- 
sortium during its spring meeting. 

Our voice on NPR 

Dr. John Norton, chair and professor of 
political science, discussed presidential par- 
dons on National Public Radio's "Morning 
Edition" program in late December. 

Lebanon leader 

Judy Pehrson, director of college relations, 
has been appointed to the board of Leader- 
ship Lebanon, a leadership training pro- 
gram sponsored by the Lebanon Chamber 
of Commerce. 

Musical mother 

Denise Gingrich, senior music education 
major, was named Pennsylvania's Outstand- 
ing Adult Education Student for 1993 by 
the Pennsylvania Department of Education 
and the Pennsylvania Association for Adult 
Continuing Education. 

Gingrich, a single mother of two teen- 
age children, worked full-time in a candy 
factory while pursuing her music education 
degree. She was named to the Dean's List 
each semester, maintained a 3.72 GPA and 
received the Dorothy Yeakel Horn Schol- 
arship and the Beulah Frock Memorial 

Spring / Summer 1993 25 

s B^n ^F s 

Bond issue a success 

To take advantage of lower interest rates, 
the college floated a $9.54 million bond 
issue in April. Investors had purchased all 
of the bonds by May. The bond issue will 
refinance 1989 series bonds, and will pro- 
vide savings of over $300,000. It will also 
provide an additional $1.7 million, which 
will be used to finance small capital projects 
including planning for the new library, reno- 
vating the Mund Center Little Theatre, fur- 
nishing and renovating the media center, 
providing handicap access for Miller 
Chapel, beginning work on a computer net- 
work fiber optic project, renovating old St. 
Paul Church into a gallery and recital hall 
and installing additional lighting, walkways 
and curbing. 

Alumni gather 

More than 600 Lebanon Valley alumni con- 
verged on the Annville campus April 30- 
May 2 for Alumni Weekend. The 
celebration, which coincided with the 
college's annual Spring Arts Festival, in- 
cluded a golf tournament, an awards lun- 
cheon, a dinner-dance, several class reunions 
and a fireworks display. 

Best senior gift ever 

The Class of '93 weighed in with the larg- 
est class gift in the history of the college: 
nearly $12,000. TTie funds will be used to 
purchase a computer work station for the 
library. Co-chairing the gift drive were Stu- 
dent Council President Khristian Synder 
and Nikki Bradford. Over 48 percent of the 
class donated to the cause, according to 
Shanna Gemmill, assistant director of an- 
nual giving, who assisted with the project. 

Top of the line 

Lebanon Valley will be listed for the first 
time in the 1994 edition of The Guide to 
101 of the Best Values in America's Col- 
leges and Universities, to be published in 
September. The achievement-based schol- 
arship program, instituted last year, helped 
propel the college into the prestigious guide. 

Seven Dwarfs stand tall 

Members of Lebanon Valley's legendary 
1952-53 basketball team returned home for 
their 40th reunion in January, and the event 
generated news coverage nationwide. 

TTie team made history by being from 
the smallest school ever to survive to the 
final 16 teams in the NCAA tournament. 
With a 20-3 record that season, on March 
10, 1953, the Dutchmen shocked Fordham 
in the first round of the NCAA champion- 
ships in the famed Palestra in Philadelphia, 
80-67, to reach the Sweet 16. 

Although they fell to Louisiana State 
University in the next round, the team re- 
ceived nationwide recognition and adula- 
tion. None of the team's first seven players 
stood over 6'1", thus the national media 
quickly dubbed them "The Seven Dwarfs." 

They're still making news. Their week- 
end homecoming on campus in January 
was an auspicious one. Pennsylvania Gov- 
ernor Robert Casey had proclaimed Janu- 
ary 9, 1993, as "Seven Dwarfs of Lebanon 
Valley College Day," and spoke at a dinner 
honoring the team. 

Dick Schaap, ABC and ESPN sports 
correspondent, along with an ABC produc- 
tion crew, chronicled the weekend's events. 
Their three-minute report aired on the Janu- 
ary 10 ABC evening newscast. Schaap 
also did a commentary on the team for 
ESPN's "Sports Reporters" program. 

The story of the Seven Dwarfs reunion 
also ran on the national AP wire and was 

(Top) Coach George "Rinso" Marquette 
with the J 952-53 basketball champs. 
(Above) Two of the Seven Dwarfs — Leon 
Miller (left) and Herb Fields — swap stories 
with Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, 
who spoke at the reunion. 

picked up by papers across the nation. 

In February, a piece on the team ap- 
peared in The New York Times. 

In March, a three-page story on the team 
was carried in the official NCAA March 
Madness program, sold at 16 arenas 
throughout the country. 

Blitz continues 

For the third year in a row, teams of Leba- 
non Valley faculty and administrators 
fanned out to visit businesses and non-profit 
organizations in Lebanon, Lancaster and 
Dauphin counties as part of the Spring Busi- 
ness Blitz. They made over 75 visits and 
garnered $38,800 in contributions. 

The program was organized by Carolyn 

26 The Valley 

Lauver, director of annual giving, and 
Shanna Gemmill, assistant director. Dr. 
John Kearney, chair of the English Depart- 
ment, served as faculty chair of the blitz. 
Leonard H. Schott, president of Farmers 
Trust Bank, was chair of the Business 
Friends Committee. 

America's business coach 

Thomas J. Winninger, nationally known 
management coach, presented a half-day 
seminar for the public on campus in April. 
His visit was sponsored by the college and 
the Lebanon Area Personnel Association. 

Winninger has coached management 
teams at some of America's largest compa- 
nies. He is the founder of the International 
Center for Professional Speaking and of 
Train America Corporation. 

Philadelphia reception 

Over 60 Philadelphia area alumni and 
friends of LVC attended a reception at the 
Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia 
on March 28. George "Rinso" Marquette 
'48 hosted the event, which was sponsored 
by the Alumni Office and the Alumni Coun- 
cil. The class years represented ranged from 
1934 (Clyde Mentzer) to 1992 (Sue 
Sarisky). Mike Faherty ('79) won the draw- 
ing for a night's lodging and dinner for two 
at the Sheraton. 

Founders Day celebrated 

Dr. Adam Yarmolinsky, University of 
Maryland Baltimore County provost who 
served in the Kennedy, Johnson and Carter 
administrations, was keynote speaker for 
the 14th Annual Founders Day Convoca- 
tion in February. An authority on national 
security issues, he discussed "Presidential 
Transitions: Kennedy to Clinton." 

Hannah S. Cantor, a Harrisburg civic 
leader, received the Founders Day Award 
for her contributions to Central Pennsylva- 
nia. Cantor is chair of the trustees of The 
Mary Sachs Trust, which supports hospi- 
tals, colleges and humanitarian causes. She 
is the first woman director of the First Fed- 
eral Savings and Loan Association and is 
also a former member of the advisory board 
of Harrisburg Hospital. 

New this year was the President's Award, 
which is designed to honor a student organi- 
zation on campus. It went to Gamma Sigma 
Sigma, a national service sorority. 

Quiz kids excel 

Over 550 of the best minds from 69 high 
schools in Southcentral and Southeastern 
Permsylvania gathered to compete in the 

Harrisburg civic leader Hannah S. Cantor dedicates the gate that she donated to the college 
in memory of her husband, the late Benjamin Cantor. 

college's 13th Annual Quiz Bowl Compe- 
tition. For the second year in a row, 
Manheim Township won the event, with 
Upper Dublin coming in second. The Quiz 
Bowl was televised on Lebanon Cable TV. 

Tuition increase 

The college's comprehensive fees (tuition, 
fees, room and board) will increase 6.4 
percent for the 1993-94 academic year — 
the lowest percentage increase in the last 
decade. Tuition and fees will be $13,700; 
room and board $4,600. The college is 
boosting financial aid by 25 percent. 

Springer lecturer 

International trade specialist Merriam 
Mashatt discussed "The North American 
Free Trade Agreement and Commercial 
Opportunities in Mexico" at the Seventh 
Annual Springer Lecture in International 
Business Management in late April. Mashatt 
works in the Mexico office at the U.S. De- 
partment of Commerce in Washington, 
D.C., where she counsels U.S. businesses 
on exporting. 

New entrance dedicated 

In ceremonies on April 29, the college dedi- 
cated its handsome new Benjamin Cantor 
Entrance on Sheridan Avenue. It was built 

in honor of the late Harrisburg business- 
man who was active in both the Jewish and 
secular communities. Cantor's widow, 
Hannah, donated the brick-and-masonry 
gate in honor of her husband. 

Advertising award 

The College Relations Office won a silver 
trophy from Admissions Marketing Report, 
a national publication for admissions offi- 
cers, for a black-and-white advertisement 
for the M.B.A. program. TTie ad, which 
featured a photo of Barney Raff ield, associ- 
ate professor of management; Beth Calvario, 
former assistant director of the MBA pro- 
gram; and James Rooney, an M.B.A. 
student, ran in September regional issues 
of Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World 
Report, Businessweek, and Sports Illus- 

Poet visits 

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass 
read his poetry to an enthralled audience at 
the college in mid-April. Snodgrass, whose 
visit was sponsored by the English Depart- 
ment, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1959 
for his collection. Heart's Needle. Among 
the writers he has inspired are Robert 
Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and John 

Spring / Summer 1 993 27 

Missing: Some More Good Friends 

Thomas R. Adams ' 1 9 
Frankie Kline Cullen '19 
Anna Fasnacht Edmonds ' 1 9 
Kathryn Gingerich Richard '19 
Francis B. Snavely '19 
Claude S. Anderson '24 
Carl M. Bachman '24 
Frances Wood Blose '24 
Simon P. Bomgardner '24 
Donald E. Fields '24 
Florence Seifried Fulweiler '24 
Esther A. Gilbert '24 
Margaret R. Hoke '24 
Kathrine Balsbaugh Lacke '24 
Frederick Lauster '24 
Armand J. Miller '24 
Edna Baker Perrow '24 
Marie Steiss Spafford '24 
Elwood C. Stabley '24 
Lena A. Weisman '24 
John A. Wenner '24 
bene Miller Disney '29 
William O. Emenheiser '29 
Paul W. Hunter '29 
Edan Lang McCaleb '29 
Mrs. Anna Apgar Mengel "29 
Martin H. Meyer "29 
Jane Feamow Patton '29 
Ruth Light Schreiber '29 
Wayne G. Sparrow '29 
Janet Miller Stokes '29 
Louise Pencil Wheeler '29 
Abram L. Bower '34 
Allen E. Buzzell '34 
Miriam Book Decker '34 
Raymond B. Johnson "34 
J. Mitchell Jordan '34 
Walter W. Miller '34 
Lester H. Reed '34 
Evangeline Salorio Williams '34 
Russell L. Williams '34 
Phillip H.Lester '39 
Audrie Fox Reber '39 
Amy Montielh Thomas '39 
Joseph B. Thomas '39 
Anna Morrison Walters '39 
E. John Zettlemoyer '39 
Dale A. Brubaker '44 
Kenneth R. Gerhan '44 
Kenneth H. Moyer '44 
Robert A. Winemiller '44 
Thomas P. Culhane '49 
Eleanor Kramer Evans '49 
Charles R. Ford '49 
Janet Weaver Gemberling '49 
Robert C. Howard '49 
Slade S. Lindemon '49 
James E. Lindemuth '49 
Martin M. Peiffer '49 
Earl E. Rhine '49 
James W. Skiles '49 
Nicola Vemi '49 
Barbara Blouch Weimer '49 
Edward Williams '49 
Raymond H. Coble '54 
George D. Councill '54 

The Alumni Office needs your 
help in locating the addresses of the 
following alumni so they can be in- 
cluded in class reunions and receive 
The Valley magazine and other 
alumni mailings. If you have any 
information on these individuals, 
please write to Diane Wenger ('92), director of alumni 
programs, Laughlin Hall, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, 
PA 17003-0501. Or call her at (717) 867-6320. 

Thomas H. Duke '54 
Louis Gittleman '54 
Ralph M. Ritter '54 
John H. Staub '54 
Donald H. Whitman '54 
Samuel A. Yeagley '54 
Robert S. Zimmerman '54 
David W. Anspach '59 
Frank J. Argenziano '59 
Joan Baby Beshore '59 
Theodore M. Cetron '59 
Alben G. Edwards '59 
Nicholas J. Hill '59 
Audrey H. Maclnnes '59 
Rose R. McNeils '59 
Renato E. Perez '59 
Erwin F. Schuster '59 
Richard H. Stow '59 
William A. Weisensale '59 
Harry E. Wert '59 
Kenneth C. Anderson "64 
James M. Bitner "64 
Jane E. Branyan '64 
Cylde C. Collins '64 
Faith Meng Davis '64 
Charles T. Deitzel '64 
Louise Hill Hogan '64 
Kelso W. Horst '64 
David H. Kercher '64 
Kenneth P. Kirkpatrick '64 
William T. Kreichbaum '64 
Lee Lapioli '64 
Eileen Black Livezy '64 
Jerry H. Long '64 
John Lubans '64 
William L. Monical '64 
Robert C. Moore '64 
Julie Lied Morrow '64 
Kathryn Resch Vigiletti '64 
Grant H. Waltz '64 
Grace Rowland Weekley '64 
Janice Kreiser Alloway '69 
David E. Bartholomew '69 
Marion Mylly Bartholomew '69 
Stephen W. Berglund '69 
Arthur F. Biehler "69 
Douglas B. Blackstone '69 
Kenneth P. Bunting '69 
Ronald L. Bush '69 
William E. Campbell '69 
Elaine Pearce Ebersole '69 

Gregory L. Erdman '69 
Charles G. Erff '69 
Ida Stitt Foster '69 
Garent R. Gunther '69 
James R. Hoffman '69 
Fred W. Hostetter "69 
Michael S. Jones '69 
Paul S. Kaplan '69 
Patricia Chell Light '69 
Elizabeth Levens Martin '69 
Deborra Buchanan Matz '69 
Hiddie A. Mbaluku '69 
John L. McNelly '69 
Robert J. Melfy '69 
Terry A. Mills '69 
Paul D. 0"Hara"69 
Nobuko M. Ohno '69 
Charlotte Hamish Pearce "69 
Margaret K. Shemas '69 
Duane E. Shuttlesworth '69 
Janet Zech Smith '69 
Daniel J. Subach '69 
Phyllis A. Thomas '69 
Margaret W. Umberger '69 
Nelson D. Wert '69 
Richard A. West '69 
Douglas H. Arthur '74 
Christine B. Brown '74 
Christian R. Francois '74 
Roger N. Gates '74 
Pamela K. Heckman '74 
Thomas J. Heiry '74 
Jeffrey C. Heller '74 
William L. Howard '74 
Theodore J. Ligenza '74 
Christine A. Melson '74 
Mary J. Morgenroth '74 
Joyce C. Palladino '74 
Bernard F. Plantz '74 
Mark E. Raver '74 
John M. Robertson '74 
Kathleen Simmons Robertson '74 
Jeffrey P. Roehm '74 
Elizabeth Brown Schmidt '74 
Roger V. Scott '74 
Alan H. Shortell '74 
James T. Snyder '74 
Antionette M. Tacca '74 
Christine DorrTisdale '74 
Edmund R. Walseben '74 
Lewis W. Ward '74 

Robert H. Ward '74 

David G. White '74 

Jered W. Albertus '79 

Keith M. Arnold '79 

John F. Bolger '79 

Timothy S. Carter '79 

Karen Donoghue Crawford '79 

Olive E. Davis '79 

Patricia A. Debuski "79 

Margaret A. Dietz '79 

Diane Winkfield Dix '79 

Nancy Down "79 

Patrick G. Dykie '79 

Valerie Kuhn Fawcett '79 

Jonathan Grote '79 

Susan Sillman Hing '79 

Timothy D. Hogan '79 

Kevin W. Johnson '79 

Stephen M. Kollinok '79 

Ruth A. Kramer '79 

Frederick J. Mayer '79 

William T. McNemy '79 

Carolyn D. Mengel '79 

Janice M. Mueller '79 

Harold Palmer '79 

Carole Menges Scheeren '79 

Mala J. Shelly '79 

Ann Stephens '79 

Thomas A. Tanner '79 

Thao Van Truong '79 

Ann K. Walsh '79 

Elsie S. Zimmerman '79 

Phillip J. DePompeo '84 

Si Van Do '84 

James E. Duryea '84 

Gagarini T. Espino '84 

Sandra Paul Evans '84 

RobertJ. Fen-ick"84 

Carta Hue Gadd '84 

Mark A. George '84 

Caria M. Giachero '84 

Kendra Gulbronson '84 

Donald F. Harris '84 

Daphne C. Kellaway '84 

Linda M. lannucci Kennedy '84 

Laurie L. Kratzer '84 

Sheila McElwee '84 

James L. McMindes '84 

Mary V. McNamara '84 

Beryl-Jeanne Metz '84 

Wayne C. Meyer '84 

Ann Marcinkowski Nerino '84 

David J. Nuyannes '84 

Jason L. Sbraccia '84 

Robert L. Schaeffer '84 

Kristen A. Spitzig '84 

Patricia Houseknecht Tracy '84 

Richard D. Underwood '84 

Diane Varricchio '84 

Preston Younkins '84 

Tina M. Bowers '89 

Mary Glod Hervey '89 

Laurie A. Mutz '89 

Deirdre L. Benney Stalnecker '85 

Linda A. Stine '89 

Rhonda R. Weeks '89 

28 The Valley 


LVC Launched Him 
into the World 

By Nancy Fitygerald 

Half a world away from Annville, on the 
western coast of Africa, Francis Obai 
Kabia's relationship with Lebanon Valley 
College began pretty much the moment he 
was bom. It was a missionary — Dr. Mabel 
Silver ('25) — who delivered him, and it 
was United Methodist missionaries who had 
a part in the early education of thousands of 
his countrymen. 

"In my town in Sierra Leone," says Kabia 
('73), "there's a girls' school, the Hofford 
School for Girls, conducted by Methodist 
missionaries. It was built on land that my 
grandfather gave to the church. My family 
has always had close ties with the Method- 
ist Church, and I grew up hearing about 
Lebanon Valley College." 

While the missionaries in his town fos- 
tered good feelings about the Valley, the 
Peace Corps volunteers who arrived there 
during the early 1960s to teach at local 
schools reinforced good feelings about 
Americans in general. "There was so much 
excitement to be associated with America," 
recalls Kabia. "They had a different out- 
look, a different discipline, not as rigid as 
the British. We tried to emulate Americans. 
We just wanted to be friends with them." 

So it wasn't surprising that after Kabia 
completed his secondary education in En- 
gland, he came to the United States. And 
the Valley seemed like the most natural 
choice for college. "I could have gone to a 
big university like Howard," says Kabia. 
"But I thought I'd like to find out what 
makes America tick, and the best place for 
that, it seemed to me, was small-town USA." 

With Kabia's international perspective, 
it seems natural, too, that he should have 
gone on to a career with the United Nations. 

Kabia, who arrived on campus in the 
winter of 1969, found that even in small- 
town America, there were some big changes 
going on. "I certainly had a transition," he 
admits. "I left home very African, very 
traditional, but the world was going through 
a revolution. There was Beatlemania, flower 
power, the drug culture. The change was 

Francis Obai Kabia ('73) works at the 
United Nations on conflict resolution and 

stunning, but I had to learn to deal with it 
with an open mind — it was all part of my 

At Annville, the atmosphere may have 
been quieter than it was in Berkeley, but 
Kabia recalls student moratoriums protest- 
ing the Vietnam War. It was also an era of 
more traditional pursuits. The Lebanon Val- 
ley Spring Arts Festival made its debut. 
Lebanon Valley's basketball team won sev- 
eral NCAA championships. And Kabia 
helped to start the soccer and tennis clubs. 

"It was a super experience," Kabia in- 
sists. He has fond memories of friendly 
townspeople, helpful maintenance people, 
a list of teachers "too long to name" and, 
especially. Hot Dog Frank. "I had no prob- 
lem at all being accepted," he says. "Kids 
who came from rural areas weren't accus- 
tomed to black people, much less Africans. 
But they were curious to learn about me 
and my background, and we all learned 
from each other. The Valley became a part 
of me, and it took a while for me to wean it 
out of my system." 

Graduating as an economics and busi- 
ness major, Kabia still had no clear idea of 
the direction he would head. He received a 
master's degree in public administration 
from Perm State, and after working as an 
administrative intern at Hershey Medical 
Center and a legislative assistant to a state 
senator in Harrisburg, he discovered that 

his interest lay more in the political arena. 
He decided he would like to work for the 
government of Sierra Leone. 

"One thing America taught me," Kabia 
proclaims, "is that if you want something, 
you go after it." So he got in his car and 
drove down to Washington, D.C., where 
he'd heard the president of Sierra Leone 
was visiting. He walked into the 
ambassador's residence and announced that 
he was looking for a job. The president met 
with him, and helped him get a position 
with the Sierra Leone mission to the United 
Nations in New York. He worked for his 
government there for over six years, repre- 
senting Sierra Leone in several forums on 
peacekeeping, decolonization and interna- 
tional peace and security in the area of 

In 1983, Kabia resigned from govern- 
ment service and joined the U.N. Secre- 
tariat. One of his most memorable tasks was 
helping to design programs for the indepen- 
dence of the African state of Namibia, help- 
ing citizens there set up a democratic system. 
"We helped them go from zero to the most 
sophisticated modem systems," Kabia says. 
"It was a huge task, but one of the high 
points of my life." 

In 1989, he served as acting head of the 
media relations unit of the Council for 
Namibia in New York, publicizing the plight 
of Namibians as they attained independence. 
In 1990, he was transferred to the office of 
the Secretary General of the U.N. to help 
with the question of Afghanistan. 

Last year, he was appointed to the 
regional organization's unit that works in 
cooperation with such organizations as 
NATO, the Western European Union, the 
Eurof)ean Economic Community and the 
Organization of American States. The unit 
is charged with the task of early warning, 
conflict resolution, peacemaking, peace- 
keeping and peace building. 

Just recently, he began working on the 
same issues, but factoring in space-age tech- 
nology. "We look at international problems 
with the prism of remote sensing, communi- 
cations, meteorology, other space activities," 
he explains. "It's a whole new, very special- 
ized area — a learning experience for me." 

For Kabia, each assignment at the United 
Nations has been more "fascinating" thjin 

Spring / Summer 1993 29 

the last. Though he admits he would like to 
become more involved with the peacekeep- 
ing mission — "that's where the real heart 
of the U.N. is" — he credits his success to 
the "flexibility to move easily from one 
discipline to another." And that's some- 
thing, he insists, he learned early on, in his 
days at Lebanon Valley College. 

"In America, you have to plan your own 
agenda," Kabia explains. "At first, coming 
here from Britain, where everything is deter- 
mined for you, that was hard to accept. But I 
eventually got to appreciate the independence. 
My experience at Lebanon Valley prepared 
me to deal with the reality that everything in 
life is not predetermined for you." 

Alumni Honored 
for Their Service 

Eight graduates were recognized for their 
outstanding achievements at the college's 
annual awards luncheon on May I . 

■ George R. "Rinse" Marquette ('48) 
was honored as the 1994 Distinguished 
Alumnus for his contributions to the col- 
lege, the community and his profession. 

A native of Shamokin, PA, Marquette 
interrupted his educational career at the 
Valley for a three-year stint in the Air Force 
during World War IL After graduation he 
taught history and was a baseball coach at 
Myerstown High School and also played 
minor league baseball. He earned an M.A. 
from Columbia University in 1951 and a 
D.Ed, from Temple University in 1967. 

In 1952 he returned to Lebanon Valley, 
serving as chair of the physical education 
department and head coach for the baseball 
and basketball teams. During his first year 
as coach, the basketball team went to the 
NCAA playoffs, making history as the 
smallest school ever to play in the Sweet 
16. In 1956 he was named dean of men, 
and, in 1984, he became vice president for 
student affairs. He was inducted into Leba- 
non Valley's Miles Rigor Society in 1990. 

Though he officially retired from the 
college in 1990, both Rinso and his wife, 
Rufina '51, continue to be active members 
of the college community. 

■ Evelyn Toser ('52), recipient of the D. 
Clark Carmean Award in Admission, has 
been an active Alumni Ambassador for 25 

Toser held various positions in the Penn- 
sylvania Department of Health and Public 
Welfare prior to her retirement in 1985. 
She now works part time as a DEC operator 
for the FAA Flight Standards District Of- 
fice in New Cumberland, PA. An active 
volunteer for Harrisburg Community TTie- 
atre, WITF-TV and Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege, Toser received the Miles Rigor Award 
in 1 989 In recognition of her more than 20 
years of service to the college. 

The following received Alumni Citations: 

■ Charles M. Belmer ('40), now presi- 
dent of the Senior Alumni Association, was 
a center and linebacker for Lebanon Valley 
and a varsity letterman in football from 
1936 to 1939. Following his graduation, he 
worked for Glenn Falls Insurance. 

In 1942 he entered the Air Corps and 
was assigned to the 310th Bomb Group 
with a group of men who had returned from 
Jimmy Doolittle's Tokyo raid. Belmer flew 
missions until Feb. 8, 1943, when his plane 
was shot down and he was taken prisoner 
of war. From 1943 to 1946 he was camp 
leader/adjutant at Stalag 17 in Krems, Aus- 

Belmer was named to the LVC Athletic 
Hall of Fame in 1991 . Retired as vice presi- 
dent and CEO of the cosmetic division of 
Kohinoor, Inc., he resides in Lebanon with 
his wife, the former Helen Kreider. 

■ Francis Obai Kabia ('73) serves as 
liaison. Regional Organizational Unit, De- 
partment of Political Affairs, United Na- 
tions. After graduating from Lebanon 
Valley, Kabia, a native of Sierra Leone, 
West Africa, earned a master's degree in 
public administration at Perm State. He lives 
in Lawrenceville, NJ, with his wife and five 
daughters. (See profile on page 29.) 

■ JonnaLynn Knauer Mandelbaum ('69), 

who resides in Baltimore, is an experienced 
nurse and health care consultant who has 
worked in such diverse areas as 
Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. 

She has also consulted in the Philippines, 
Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Brazil. 

She earned a diploma in nursing at Meth- 
odist Hospital School of Nursing in 1967 
and a diploma in the Pediatric Nurse Asso- 
ciate FVogram, University of Maine, in 1973. 
In 1978 she earned a master's degree in 
public health from the Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity, and in 1986 she was awarded a 
Ph.D. in education from Georgia State. 

For the last two years Mandelbaum has 
been self-employed as a health consultant. 
Previously she was an assistant professor in 
community health nursing at the University 
of Maryland, and curriculum and program 
officer at the Johns Hopkins Program for 
International Education in Gynecology and 

Among her many achievements is the 
development of an international project to 
revise and strengthen the bachelor of sci- 
ence in nursing degree throughout the Phil- 
ippines. She has developed programs in 
nursing and midwifery in addition to writ- 
ing many articles for nursing journals. 

■ John Sant'Ambrogio ('54) is principal 
cellist of the St. Louis Symphony Orches- 
tra. Prior to joining the orchestra in 1968, 
he was a member of the Boston Symphony, 
cellist with the Boston Trio and the Zimbler 
Sinfonietta, principal cellist of the Boston 
Ballet Orchestra and a faculty member at 
Boston University. He studied at Ohio 
University, and in 1952 won the Piatigorsky 
Award at Tanglewood, MA, where he was 
a member of the Berkshire Music Center. 
He began his orchestral career with the 
Harrisburg Symphony prior to accepting a 
position as principal cellist and soloist with 
the Seventh Army Symphony. 

In 1988 Sant'Ambrogio created the 
"Strings in the Mountains" Festival in 
Steamboat Springs, CO, where he contin- 
ues to serve as festival director. 

■ Henry Dale Schreiber ('70) is a profes- 
sor of chemistry at Virginia Military Insti- 
tute (VMI). Prior to VMI, he worked in 
affiliation with the University of Wiscon- 
sin as a research assistant at the geochemis- 
try branch, lunar and planetary sciences 
division, NASA Johnson Space Center in 
Houston. He earned a Ph.D. in physical 

30 The Valley 

chemistry from the University of Wiscon- 
sin-Madison in 1976. 

He is a member of the American 
Ceramic Society, the American Chemical 
Society, the Council for Undergraduate Re- Farewell, Alex 
search, Sigma Psi and the Virginia Acad- 
emy of Science. His research over the past 
decade has focused on properties of multi- 
valent elements and gases in glass-forming 
melts. He resides in Lexington, VA, with 
his wife, Charlotte, and their two children. 

She and her husband, William, reside in 
Westminster, CO. — Diane Wenger ('92) 

Editor's note: Alex Fehr ('50), who taught 
in the political science department, died on 
April 29, 1993. He was 76. 

■ Ruth Anne Brown Zimmerman ('51) 
is a registered medical technologist, educa- 
tor and musician commissioned as a United 
Methodist education missionary. She has 
been an elementary school principal and 
has taught elementary music and art and 
secondary science, in addition to being an 
adjunct professor of vocal and choral music 
at Taichung University in Taiwan. 

Zimmerman has conducted children's, 
youth and adult choirs in numerous churches 
and has been a soloist (dramatic soprano) 
appearing in recitals and with choirs and 
orchestras in the United States and Asia. 

Alex Fehr was never traditional. When he 
graduated from the Valley at age 43, he was 
one of our earliest non-traditional students. 
As a faculty member he rejected the com- 
forts of tenure and finished his Ph.D. at 
Syracuse University at age 5 1 . 

Alex Fehr was never a traditional teacher 
either. My first class with him in the 1950s 
followed closely upon his relentless oppo- 
sition to McCarthy ism in Lebanon County. 
I was delighted to be in class with a local 
celebrity until he turned his wit and intelli- 
gence on my cherished beliefs. He forced 
me and countless other students to defend 
our always shaky positions. 

When I returned to LVC as a young 

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instructor, 1 met Alex on campus. Instead 
of pretending to remember me, which is 
what most of us do, Alex said, "What's 
your name?" I replied, "Art Ford, Professor 
Fehr." He shot back, "Welcome, Art, and 
never call me anything but Alex." 

Throughout the next 28 years I came to 
know Alex as an honest and outspoken 
friend and colleague. He prided himself on 
being what he called crusty, and he reso- 
lutely refused sentimentality. He would have 
hated hearing me call him a kind, generous, 
compassionate man, a bom teacher who 
loved his students. Sorry, Alex, but you 
also taught me to tell the truth. 

—Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) 

. . . and George 


George G. Struble, Ph.D. fresh in hand, 
arrived at LVC in September 1931 to as- 
sume his duties as assistant professor of 
English. He never left. Along with Lillie, 
his wife, and later their two children, George 
and Trygve, he became through the years a 
well-known and much-loved member of 
both the academic and civic communities. 
Dr. Struble's long and useful life came to 
an end on April 2, 1993, in his 94th year. 

A faculty member in a small, liberal arts 
college must carry many kinds of arrows in 
his or her intellectual quiver, and George 
Struble was uniquely well-equipped. He 
served for many years as secretary of the 
faculty, and his minutes were never the 
dry-as-dust chronicles of secretaries not 
gifted with his imagination or writing skills. 
Generations of students came to dread his 
"shotgun tests" in American literature, as 
well as to appreciate and learn from his 
wide knowledge of their native tongue. 

When in the early '50s a general educa- 
tion program was introduced to the curricu- 
lum. Dr. Struble was the ideal choice to 
head up the humanities area. Time maga- 
zine had no advantage on him when it came 
to breadth of culture or the life of ideas. 

Behind, above and throughout all this 
was the reality of George Struble, the real- 
ity of a warm, hospitable, generous and 
caring person. We miss him. 

— Dr. Carl Ehrhart, Dean of the 

College Emeritus and Professor of 

Philosophy Emeritus 

Spring / Summer 1 993 31 



Mark H. Layser '27 resides at Bright Field at 
1800 Walnut Street. Lansdale. PA 19446. 

The Rev. W. Maynard Sparks '27 has been 
retired for years, lives in Sacramento, CA, and 
participates in his Neighborhood Watch covering 
25 homes. 

The Rev. Dr. G. Edgar Hertzler '30 was 
named pastor emeritus of the 29th Street United 
Methodist Church in Harrisburg. He completed 60 
years as an ordained minister — 40 years as an 
active pastor and 20 years as a chaplain/counselor 
at the Neill Funeral Home in Harrisburg. He served 
as a trustee of LVC from 1945 to 1970. 

Helen Hain Shearer '30 enjoys volunteer 
work, day trips and belonging to organizations. 

Charles E. Bartolet, Sr. '36 was inducted 
into the Lehigh Valley (PA) Football Hall of Fame 
in 1991 by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Na- 
tional Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. 


Word has been received in a note from Jane 
W. Waterhouse of West Palm Beach. Fl.. that Dr. 
Edwin Harold White '17 passed away on Sep- 
tember 27, 1992. For years. Dr. White was em- 
ployed with Aetna Life Insurance Company; first 
in the home office group division and then in the 
field, as assistant general agent at Philadelphia and 
then at New York as a general agent at Worchester. 
He received an Alumni Citation in 1986 and was 
awarded membership to the LVC Athletic Hall of 
Fame in 1984. 

Ida Trout Hudson '24, December 15. 1992. 
During her career in the education field, she served 
as principal of the South Manor School in 
Manorville, Long Island, NY. 

Sara Lindemuth '24, December 30. 1989. 
She retired in 1967 after 42 years of teaching 
music. The dedication of the Sara Lindemuth El- 
ementary School in Susquehanna Township, Har- 
risburg, was held on October 22, 1967. In 1965, 
she was awarded the Freedom's Foundation, Val- 
ley Forge Classroom Teachers Medal. 

Charles D. Wise '27. 

Edward Orbock Sr. '28, September 30. 1992. 
He was a retired mathematics teacher and coach 
for Steelton-Highspire (PA) School District. Sur- 
viving are his wife, Deborah Orth Orbock '28, 
four sons and two daughters. 

The Rev. Russell Gordon Becktel '29, Janu- 
ary 9, 1993. He retired from St. Paul's United 
Methodist Church in Mountville, PA, after serving 
48 years as a minister. Surviving are his wife, Eva 
Shissler Becktel '34, and a son and daughter. 

Reba Logan Albright '30, November 20. 
1 992. She was a retired schoolteacher. 

Evelyn Keller Leib '32. 

Giles A. Light '32, October 22, 1992. He was 
a former social worker for Lancaster County Fam- 
ily and Children's Service, former employee of 
Sherwood Hall and Gulf and Sun oil companies. 
He is survived by his wife, Adriana G. Light, and 
two sons. 

Charles J. Saiek '32, January 17, 1993. 

Kathryn Witmer Sandel '34, November 30, 
1992. A retired librarian from Milton Hershey 
School and Lower Dauphin Senior High School, 
she earned a master's degree in library science 
from Syracuse University and was instrumental in 
establishing the Hummelstown (PA) Community 
Library. She is survived by her husband, George, 
and two daughters. 

Albert J. Sincavage '35, January 31. 1993. 
He was a retired teacher who taught and coached 
football in Minersville and Lebanon (PA) school 
districts, and was head of the social studies depart- 
ment in the Lebanon School District. 

Rebecca A. Whitlock '35, February 27, 1993. 
She had been a business teacher with the Frederick 
County (MD) school system for 42 years. 

Robert E. Kell '37, January 17, 1993. 

Sara Meckley Zerbe '37, January 23, 1992. 
She had been a teacher/reading specialist and 
assistant principal for the Roxbury Township 
Schools in Succasunna, NJ. 

Marshall R. Frey '38, December 25, 1989. 

Olga L. Casvavant '39, July 1. 1992. 

Benjamin M. Goodnian '39, August 28. 1992. 
A former bombardier and navigator, he was an 
instructor at West Point during World War II, 
teaching air sciences. He retired from Garrett Sig- 
nal in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Shirley 
Gillette Goodman, and two sons, Burt M. Goodman 
and B. Richard Goodman, both of Phoenix, AZ. 

Robert W. Long '39, July 1 7, 1 992. A teacher 
for 36 years, he had taught German at the 
Norristown (PA) High School for 21 years and 
retired from Girard College, Philadelphia, in 1982. 



The Rev. William H. Jenkins '40 and his 

wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 
July 19. 1992. Rev. Jenkins will observe 60 years 
as a minister on July 22, 1993. 

Raymond C. Hess '41 was elected and in- 
stalled as a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyte- 
rian Church in Lancaster, PA. 

Evelyn W. Lynch '41 traveled in 1992. Her 
odyssey included trips to Costa Rica, New Zealand, 
Australia, the Pacific states and the Eastern Shore 
of Maryland. 

William P. Mueller '42 received a Meritori- 
ous Award from the Maryland State Legislature 
and Governor William Donald Schaffer for 40 years 
with Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group. 

Dr. Richard F. Seiverling '42 and his wife. 

Gladys, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
on December 1 1, 1992. Seiverling was director of 
public relations and alumni secretary at LVC from 
1948 to 1950. 

Verna Kreider Schenker '43 was honored 
for her outstanding community service by the Dela- 
ware Region National Council of Christians and 

The Rev. Dr. James E. Flinchbaugh '44 was 
named chaplain emeritus for his outstanding foun- 
dational contributions to pastoral care at Miami 
Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH. The first chaplain 
of the hospital. Dr. Flinchbaugh returned there in 
the fall of 1991 after having been a pastor and 
superintendent for the United Methodist Church 
since 1966. Each October to April he volunteers 
one day a week to work with clergy and religious 
professionals who are students in planned learning 
experiences in the pastoral field. 

The Rev. Bruce C. Souders '44, professor 
emeritus at Shenandoah University, adjunct fac- 
ulty member at Shenandoah and at Lord Fairfax 
Community College, presented a paper. "Beauty 
and Leviathan: Aesthetics and the Law" before the 
Shenandoah Valley Philosophical Society. He also 
gives poetry readings and workshops in the North- 
em Virginia area. 

Jeanne Walter Hoener '45 was part of a 
piano and organ concert given at Calvin United 
Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, NY, on March 
16, 1993. 

Janet Coover Miller '45 retired from Central 
Dauphin School District in Harrisburg in June 
1983. She was a reading consultant for grades K-6 
for 1 7 years. 

Sarah Koury Zimmerman '45 was honored 
in November 1992 by the congregation of the 
Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, PA, for her 
40 years of service as organist. 

Edna Mae Budy '46 retired from the Steelton- 
Highspire (PA) School District in June 1990. after 
33 years as an elementary teacher. 

Jean Hawkins '46 retired from the New Jer- 
sey Division of Economic Assistance in June 1 98 1 , 
after 35 years of service in a supervisory capacity. 

Elizabeth Reiff Marino '46 visited Dr. 
Marvin Detambel '47 and his wife. Hazel Fornoff 
Detambel '44, in Santa Rosa, CA, during the sum- 
mer of 1992. She also renewed her acquaintance 
with George Struble at the ACMF workshop in 
Bozeman, MT, last June. George is the son of Dr. 
George Struble, professor emeritus and former 
chairman of the English Department at LVC. 

Dr. Paul G. Fisher '47 is the interim music 
director of the Harrisburg Choral Society. He was 
co-founder of the Lancaster Pops Orchestra. Jerry 
Wingenroth '58 was the other co-founder. 

Arlene Schosser Keller '47 was inducted into 
the Red Lion (PA) High School Hall of Fame on 
September 25, 1992. 

The Rev. Earl R. Marks '47 retired as pastor 
of Chestnut Hill United Church of Christ in 

32 The Valley 

Coopersburg, PA, on January 1, 1993. He had 
served as chaplain of the Phoebe Home for the 
Aged in AUentown for seven years. 

Dr. George "Rinso" Marquette '48 was in- 
ducted into the Central Chapter of the Pennsylva- 
nia Sports Hall of Fame on November 16, 1992. 

Robert P. McCoy '49 has organized and is 
conductor of Moorestown Community Band un- 
der the auspices of the Moorestown New Jersey 
Adult School. 


John L. Bemesderfer '40, October 27, 1992. 
He was retired from General Electric of Cincinnati 
and was named LVC outstanding alumnus in 1 98 1 . 
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Fox 
Bemesderfer, two sons, and a daughter. 

Samuel W. Derick '41, November 16, 1992. 
He was married to Bernice Witmer Derick '40. 
He is also survived by a son, John E. Derick, and a 
daughter, Linda Derick Haley. 

Luke E. Mains '41, January 29, 1993. He had 
worked in the Manheim (PA) Central School Dis- 
trict from 1956 to 1983. Luke previously had 
worked as a music teacher and led the band, cho- 
rus and orchestra in schools in Hubley Township 
from 1941 to 1942 and Lykens from 1945 to 1956. 

Fillmore T. Kohler, Jr. '41, December 7, 

Esther Zimmerman Shelley '45, November 
21, 1991. She had been an elementary teacher in 
Saginaw, MI. 

Nicholas H. Borota '49, March 1991. 

Robert Sheetz Sr. '49, October 2, 1992. He 
was retired from Ebersole Pontiac Oldsmobile Inc., 
Lebanon, PA, where he was a sales representative. 
He is survived by his wife, Doris, and a son. 



Frederic W. Brown '50 retired on July 31, 
1992, from B and B Music Service, which he and 
Harry Voshell '63 owned. 

The Rev. Paul M. Youse '50 is pastoral asso- 
ciate for Trinity Lutheran in Greenville, SC. 

Dr. John C. Hoak '51, director of the Divi- 
sion of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR) of 
NHLBI, received the Scientific Council's Distin- 
guished Achievement Award from the American 
Heart Association at its annual meeting on No- 
vember 17, 1992. The award was presented in 
recognition of his significant contributions to sci- 
entific knowledge in cardiovascular medicine and 
to the Council on Thrombosis. Dr. Hoak was chair- 
man of the council from 1986 to 1988. He became 
the director of DBDR in 1 989 following a 30-year 
career in academic medicine. He was a professor 
of medicine at the University of Iowa and later at 
the University of Vermont, where he chaired the 
Department of Medicine. He is a clinical professor 
of medicine at the Uniformed Services University 
of Health Services and serves as a consultant to the 
Walter Reed Army Hospital. He and his wife, 
Dorothy Witmer Hoak '52, live in Northern Vir- 
ginia. They have two daughters and one son. 

Kenneth L. Lewis '50 has a son, Kenneth L. 
Lewis, Jr., who is a senior at LVC. 

Elliott Nagle '50 retired from Aristech Chemi- 
cal Corp, and moved to Aiken, SC. He has cri- 
tiqued a book proposal for IEEE Press and has 
started writing a screenplay. 

Dr. Robert L. Meals '51 received the O. J. 

Snyder Memorial Medal, the highest award given 
by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medi- 
cine, on January 23, 1993. 

Dr. Joseph P. Bering '52 is the residency 
program director and medical director at the Good 
Samaritan Hospital's Family Practice Center in 
Lebanon, PA. 

Ruth Stambach '52 is a pastor of a three- 
point charge in Marseilles, OH. 

Sterling F. Strause '52 retired on January 4, 
1993, but will serve as chairman of the Milwaukee 
Section of the American Chemical Society in 1 993 . 

The Rev. Henry R. Early '53 retired from the 
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Harrisburg, 
where he had been pastor since September 1968. 

Dr. Donald L. Kreider '53 of Dartmouth Col- 
lege is serving as president of the Mathematical 
Association of America for 1993. 

June Finkelstein Mosse '53 is teaching pre- 
school in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Ed Walton '53 writes a monthly column "Sox 
Remembered" for Diehard, a national baseball 
publication. His other articles are featured in the 
Boston Red Sox program. 

James R. Enterline '54 delivered the keynote 
address, "The Norsemen in America," at the 
Explorers Club Central Florida Chapter annual 
meeting for 1993. 

Joyce Dissinger Herr '55 works as a tax 
preparer for H & R Block in York, PA. 

Charles E. Hughes '55 retired after a 22-year 
career in teaching vocal music at the Tri-Valley 
School District, Hegins, PA. After graduating from 
LVC, he taught music for four years. Then his 
career took a different turn. He worked for nine 
years for the Holiday Hotel Casino in Reno, NV, 
signing groups for the 24-hour entertainment in 
the lounge. He was responsible for giving some 
big-name stars their first chance, including Vickie 
Carr, who was a desk clerk at the hotel. 

Dr. Ralph E. Yingst '55 retired from the De- 
partment of Chemistry at Youngstown State Uni- 
versity in Ohio, on June 1992, after 28 years. He 
was named professor emeritus. 

The Rev. Russell W. Barr '56 retired from 
the Air Force in August 1991 with more than 30 
years of service. He is now performing as a profes- 
sional ventriloquist in Georgia. 

Louise Loeper Cawley '56 is director of mu- 
sic of St. Ignatius Church in West Lawn, PA. She 
married Norman Cawley on September 26, 1992. 

Dr. Jacquelyn Fetterhoff Douglass '56 re- 
cently retired as school counselor from Lower 
Dauphin School District in Harrisburg after 30 
years in education. Her husband, Henry Douglass 
'58, is in his fifth year of retirement. 

Herbert M. Forrest '56 has been promoted to 
principal scientist for Westinghouse, Savannah 
River Company, in North Augusta, SC. 

Cynthia Patton Poet '56 retired in 1990 as 
elementary vocal teacher from Vestal Central 
Schools (NY). 

Jean L. Wolf '56 has been named Teacher of 
the Year at De Land (FL) High School. She has 
been teaching Spanish and English for 35 years. 

Frank J. Catanzaro '57 is in sales with the 
Nationwide Insurance Co. His two sons, Frank Jr. 
and Joe, work in the same office. 

Joan Conway '57, professor of music at Hope 
College, Holland, MI, has been named State 
Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Music Teach- 
ers' Association. She recently completed a two- 
year term as president of the association. 

Marlene Brill Bell '58 was honored on Febru- 

ary 21, 1993, at a church service and reception at 
Hamilton Park U.C.C. in Lancaster (PA) for 40 
years of service as organist. 

Carol Dannettell Biederman '59, a retired 
nurse living in Lancaster, CA, recently attended a 
medical conference in New Delhi, India. She is 
also a member of the Antelope Valley Symphony 
Chorus and teaches karate. 

Dr. Ned D. Heindel '59 was elected president 
of the American Chemical Society for 1993. 

Mark L. Miller '59 retired as treasurer of 
AMP Inc. in December 1992 after 31 years. 

Samuel G. Poet '59 retired from Vestal Cen- 
tral Schools (NY) in 1988 as director of bands. 


Eugene E. Nelson '50, October 10, 1969. 
Grover Cleveland "Russ" Russman, Jr. '50, 

December 9, 1992. Prior to retirement, he was a 
contract negotiator with the U.S. government and 
was associated with Blough-Wagner Manufactur- 
ing Company Inc. of Harrisburg. 

Pascal J. Esposito '51, November 14, 1992. 

Mark Diethelm '53, March 20, 1993. 

The Rev. Dr. William F. Atkins '55, July 15, 

Lois L. Reedy Blake '55, Febnjary 23, 1993, 
from injuries sustained in an auto accident near 
Hawby, PA. She received her master's degree from 
the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. She was a 
retired music teacher who taught most recently in 
the Maine-Endwell (NY) School District. She is 
survived by her husband, the Rev. C. Gerald Blake, 
Jr., and two daughters. 

Roy J. Bowman '58, Febniary 14, 1987. 

Mildred Wartluft Sebastian '58, December 
23, 1989. 

In Memory of Mark Diethelm ('53) 

When Mark entered Lebanon Valley in 
the fall of 1951, he was listed as a "special 
student" from Switzerland, who had come 
for one year for a taste of the American 
academic experience. Mark turned out to 
be very special, indeed. This already well- 
educated young man from Zurich stayed 
for a second year and earned a degree in 
political science and economics. He was 

Spring / Summer 1993 33 

happy here, made many friends, and re- 
tained his affection for his alma mater for 
the rest of his hfe. At Lebanon Valley, he 
gained valuable experience for his future 
work of managing a large multinational 
corporation. The campus also gained from 
contact with this cosmopolitan citizen of 
the world. 

Mark died suddenly in Zurich on March, 
20, 1993, at the age of 66. We shall miss 
him. — Dr. Edna Carmean ('59} 



Ronald L. Dietz '60 has just completed his 
1 0th year as founder/director of the York Chamber 
Singers and his 14th year as director of the York 

Dennis P. Lynch '60 retired after 32 years as 
an electronics engineer for the Naval Surface War- 
fare Center, White Oak, MD. He specialized in 
tactical nuclear and electro-magnetic pulse analy- 

Philip H. Feather '60, Lebanon County com- 
missioner, and his wife, Judy Kline Feather '62, 
attended the inaugural events for President Clinton. 

Richard S. Miller '60 retired from teaching 
instrumental music after 28 years with the Spring- 
field Township (PA) School District. He is now 
the director of both the Concert Band and Pep 
Band at Drexel University, and an adjunct profes- 
sor. Last year after 3 1 years with the Pennsylvania 
Air National Guard, he retired from the 553rd Air 
Force Band. 

Rosalyn R. Knapp '61 retired from the Air 
Force in August 1991. She presently works with 
the National Youth Forum on National Security 
and Defense. 

Pat Davis Bullock '62 and Marjorie Miller 
Apple '62 traveled to Austria, where they heard 
the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Symphony. 
Both women teach music in New Jersey. 

Elizabeth V. Bowman '64 was named out- 
standing employee in elementary teaching for 
Northeastern School District, York, PA, on June 
12, 1992. 

Lovella L. Naylor '64 had been a social stud- 
ies teacher for 21 years in the Elizabeth. NJ, public 
schools and for the past five years has been a 
guidance counselor in that same system. 

Dr. Robert Lau '65 has been named musical 
director for the Harrisburg Choral Society. 

Audrey Frye Metro '65 is director of the 
Learning Center at Mankato State University in 
Mankato, MN. 

Edward B. Ruth '65 has been appointed 
middle school principal at Milton Hershey School 
(Catherine Hall) in Hershey, PA. He served five 
years as assistant principal. He serves on Elemen- 
tary Science Initiative planning for the Common- 
wealth of Pennsylvania Partnership and is a member 
of the Derry Township Environmental Advisory 

P. Dwight Enterline '65 and Carolyn Leitner 
Enterline '65 teach in the Harford County (MD) 
Public Schools. Dwight is the music helping teacher 
in the county, assisting the music supervisors. 
Carolyn is an elementary teacher. Their daughter, 
Suzanne, is a freshman at LVC. 

Paul A. Egbert '66 retired in July 1990 after 

24 years with the Baltimore Police Department. 
He now works at the Babe Ruth Birthplace/Balti- 
more Orioles Museum. Part of his job is to coordi- 
nate and supervise a group of 40 volunteers who 
help to operate the museum on weekends. The 
museum, the second largest baseball museum in 
the United States, consists of four dwellings that 
date to the Civil War era. 

Patricia T. Frymoyer '67 is an itinerant 
teacher consultant with the Conrad Weiser School 
District, Robesonia. PA. She also teaches two 
graduate courses at Berks County Campus of Penn 
State in Reading. 

The Rev. Donald B. Kitchell '67 serves as the 
pastor of Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal 
Church in Gilmer. TX. 

LeAnn Leiby Chandler '67 reports that her 
son Christopher is a junior at LVC. He is the third 
generation to attend LVC. His grandmother. Leah 
Miller Leiby '30, was a well-known soloist dur- 
ing her college days. 

Marilyn Gulley Wagner '67 is in her 17th 
year of teaching math at Suffen (NY) High School. 

James R. Newcomer '68, Quakertown (PA) 
School District's director of special education, was 
honored by an internationally known organiza- 
tion, which named a newly established service 
award for him. Orientation and mobility instruc- 
tors of the blind in the United States and Canada 
have established the Newcomer-Hill Service Award 
to be awarded at biennial international confer- 
ences of the Association for Education and Reha- 
bilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. 
Newcomer shares the honor with Dr. Everett Hill 
of Vanderbilt University. Both men were national 
leaders of the profession from 1984 to 1990. 
Newcomer's son. Bradley, is a sophomore at LVC. 

Jay A. Mengel '68 has been promoted to colo- 
nel while serving as an Air National Guard adviser 
for the Air War University at Maxwell Air Force 
Base. Montgomery, AL. 

Dr. Lynn Garrett Phillips '68 has been named 
superintendent of Muhlenberg Township School 
District, Laureldale, PA, effective June 30, 1993. 
She will be only the second female superintendent 
in Berks County. She has held the positions of 
director of research, innovation and development; 
assistant to the superintendent; and teacher of the 
gifted in Tredyffrin/Eastown School District in 
Chester County. 

Dr. Barry L. Bender '69 was appointed medi- 
cal director for Geisinger Medical Group-Clinton 
County (PA). He is a member of the American 
Medical Association, the American Society of In- 
ternal Medicine and the American College of Phy- 
sician Executives, and is also district chairman of 
the Treaty Elm District of the Boy Scouts of 
America. Barry is also on the staff at Lock Haven 
Hospital and is medical director of the intensive 
coronary care units. 

Linda Bell Brown '69 reports that her daugh- 
ter Rebecca is a junior at LVC majoring in French/ 

Nancy Robinson Leaming '69 was appointed 
executive vice president/chief operating officer of 
Tufts Associated Health Plans. Inc. in Waltham, 
MA, and president of Tufts Total Health Plan. 

Kermit Leitner '69 is the principal of the 
Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, PA. He was the 
subject of a feature article and tribute in the Octo- 
ber 17. 1992, issue ofThe Carlisle Sentinel for his 

25 years in public education. 

Carl Marshall '69 is the administrator for the 
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 

and is responsible for the Americans with Dis- 
abilities Act initiative and the agency newsletter. 
The Bridge. 

Ken Matz '69 has been named as news anchor 
for WCAU-TV (Channel 10) m Philadelphia. Ken 
most recently worked at WCIX-TV (Chaimel 6) in 

Dale C. Schimpf '69 hosted the Fourth An- 
nual District 10 Pennsylvania Music Educators 
Elementary All-Star Sing on March 12, 1993. Dale 
teaches elementary music in the North Schuylkill 
School District. 

Dr. Ronald Yarger '69 is senior research 
associate with NABISCO Foods Group in East 
Hanover, NJ. He married Sharon Jean Capron in 
September 1992. 


Leroy M. Badgley '61, September 25, 1992. 
He had been manager of the Freemason Abbey 
Restaurant in Norfolk, VA. He is survived by his 
wife. Joan Gluyas '62, a daughter and two sons. 
Just hours before his death, he received a 
volunteerism award named for him. While at LVC 
he was president of his class for four years. 

Dr. Leroy H. Arnold '68, June 14, 1992. A 
clinical chemist, he worked for a Houston research 

Rudolph J. Jordon '68, December 26, 1988. 



Larry A. Bowman '70 has been president of 
the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce in 
Elmira, NY, since 1983. He joined the Board of 
Regents Institute Organization at the University of 
Delaware in 1991. He visited Bato-Machi, Japan, 
in April 1993 as part of the Sister City delegation. 

Dr. J. Michael Meyers '70 is the leader of the 
Puerto Rico Research Group at the Patuxent Wild- 
life Research Center in Laurel. MD. 

Holly Ritter Paige '70 is a teacher in the Mid- 
West School District in Middleburg, PA. 

Linda Gunderson Remsburg '70 was named 
assistant to special functions coordinator at the 
Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. 

Susan J. Sink '70 is program director of the 
American Lung Association (ALA) of Philadel- 
phia and Montgomery counties. She is also the 
spokesperson on tuberculosis for the ALA of Penn- 

The Rev. G. Edwin Zeiders Jr. '70 served as 
a North American delegate to the Fifth Interna- 
tional Seminar on Evangelism and Church Growth, 
sponsored by the World Methodist Institute at Cliff 
College in Sheffield. England, in January 1993. 
Delegates from 42 countries took part. 

David H, Binkley '71 was part of a recital 
presented at the Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill, 
PA, on September 27, 1992. David has been or- 
ganist and choirmaster at the church since 1973. 
He has been granted a three-month sabbatical from 
May 1 to July 31, 1993, in recognition of his 

Larry A. Fenner '71 works for the U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., as 
a consumer safety officer in the center for Biologies 
Evaluation and Research. 

Master Sergeant Paul S. Fisher '71, senior 
French homist with the Air Force Concert Band, 
appeared with that group in his home town of 
Hershey, PA, for a concert on November 23, 1 992. 

34 The Valley 

He joined the Air Force in 1971 following his 

Barry E. Fry '71 is owner/president of Barry 
E. Fry Communications, a business-to-business/ 
industrial advertising firm. 

David A. Miller '71 was named program di- 
rector of the Montgomery County Big Brothers/ 
Big Sisters Association in Norristown, PA. 

Dr. Nancie Hummel Park '71 is a member of 
the faculty at the University of Maryland, Depart- 
ment of Leisure Studies. 

Norman A. Sutphin '71 is organist at St. 
Michael Catholic Church in Houston, where he 
will assist with the music program of the 4,000- 
family parish. 

Ammon Boltz '72 serves as an account execu- 
tive with Advest Inc. in Lebanon, PA. 

Dr. Ross W. Ellison '72 in addition to being 
owner and manager of University Music Service 
in Hershey, PA, is an adjunct assistant professor of 
music at Millersville University. He was one of 
five people nationwide in 1992 who passed the 
"Choirmaster" professional certification exam 
given by the National Board of the American Guild 
of Organists. 

Charles "Chip" Etter '72 is listed in Who's 
Who Among America's Teachers, 1992. All of the 
65,000 teachers honored in this second edition 
were selected by their former students, who are 
currently listed in Who's Who Among American 
High School Students or The National Dean's List. 

Jeffrey D. Hersey '72 teaches American his- 
tory and psychology at Kennard-Dale High School 
(PA) and is the organizer of what he believes to be 
the only continuous exchange program for high 
school students in the state. Each year, he takes a 
group of Kennard-Dale students to visit St. Peters- 
burg and Moscow and, in turn, Russian students 
come to Kennard-Dale. 

Steven A. Spiese '72 recently appeared in 
"Terra Nova," a drama presented by the Theater of 
the Seventh Sister at Trinity Lutheran Parish House 
in Lancaster, PA. 

Kenneth R. Gilberg '73 has been made a 
partner in the law firm of Mesirov Gelman Jaffe 
Cramer & Jamieson, a labor relations and employ- 
ment law group in Philadelphia. 

Robert P. Click '73 serves as church music 
professor at the Erskine Theological Seminary and 
organ teacher at Erskine College in Due West, SC. 
He is also organist at First Presbyterian Church in 

Ed lannarella '73 has been promoted to presi- 
dent of a Cinnabon franchise partnership (based in 
Lancaster, PA), which owns and operates eight 
bakeries in New York, Pennsylvania and West 

Francis Obai Kabia '73, spoke at Lebanon 
(PA) Catholic High School on February 3, 1993, 
about career opportunities with the United Na- 
tions. (See page 29.) 

Steven B. Korpon '73 is in his 1 1th year as 
science department chairman at Sevema Park (MD) 
High School. 

Elizabeth Todd Lambert '73 has been pro- 
moted to director, strategic business planning and 
development — Asia/Pacific for McCormick and 
Co. She received this promotion after spending a 
year based in McCormick's Singapore office. 

Anthony J. Leach '73 is pursuing a graduate 
degree in music education at Penn State's main 
campus. He is interim director of the Concert Choir 
at Penn State and minister of music and organist at 
St. Paul Baptist Church in Harrisburg. 

The Rev. Kenneth R. Bickel '74 completed 
his work on his doctor of ministry degree at 
Lancaster Theological Seminary. His dissertation 
is titled "Building Bridges — Building Churches: 
A Strategy for Evangelism in the Mainline Protes- 
tant Churches." Ken is the senior minister at First 
Congregational United Church of Christ in 
Dubuque, lA. He is an adjunct professor at the 
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. 

Christine E. Walborn Couturier '74 accepted 
the position of marketing manager for Latin 
America and the Caribbean with McDonald's In- 
ternational, based in Boca Raton, FL, in August 
1992. She and her husband, Leo, reside in Fort 

Wendy K. Kline Fiala '74 welcomed a sec- 
ond son, Thomas, on January 1992. Older son 
Mark is 10. 

John A. Nikoloff '74 has expanded his own 
public affairs firm, John A. Nikoloff & Associates, 
to represent clients in health care, agriculture, busi- 
ness, the environment and historic preservation. 

John M. Pumphrey '74 is president of the 
Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Edu- 
cation Facilities. 

Karen Behler Pumphrey '74 teaches music 
at Fallston Middle School in Harford County, MD. 

Sarah Kuntz Sergesketter '74 is a member 
of a Jasper, IN, chorale. 

Nancy Nelson Bickel '75 works full time as 
the director of church life at First Congregational 
United Church of Christ in Dubuque, lA. She is 
also attending the University of Dubuque Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

John G. Fenimore '75 in July 1992 was named 
head baseball coach at Warren Hills Regional High 
School in Washington, NJ. 

Nancy E. Fritz '75 and her husband celebrated 
their 10th wedding anniversary. They have three 
daughters: Hannah, 9; Tess, 7; and Emma, 4. Nancy 
says she "is quitting pediatrics to go to art school." 

Michael D. Steltz '75 is diagnostic radiologist 
at North Penn Hospital in Lansdale, PA. 

Rebecca Bushong-Taylor '75 has a private 
practice in Frederick, MD, for adult survivors of 
childhood sexual abuse. She married Joe Bushong- 
Taylor in October 1987. Their daughter, Jordan 
Amanda, was bom on October 15, 1992. 

Theresa V. Brown '76 is now a private air- 
plane pilot and is employed by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Aging as the chief for research and 
evaluation. Pharmaceutical Assistance Program. 

Linda Essick Cockey '76, assistant professor 
of music in the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton 
School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury State Univer- 
sity in Sahsbury, MD, participated in the National 
Conference on Piano Pedagogy, held in 
Schaumburg, IL. 

Jayne Drake Frankenfleld '76 was named 
gifted/talented and computer teacher at Bloomsburg 
(NJ) Elementary School in October 1992. 

The Rev. Curtis G. Kemmerer '76 has be- 
gun his duties as pastor of the Forks (PA) United 
Church of Christ. 

Priscilla Lamparter Landis '76 completed 
requirements for certification in music education 
at Moravian College. She is the organist and choir 
director at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Obelisk, 

Cynthia Ferguson Quiano '76 teaches el- 
ementary vocal music in Cherry Hill, NJ. Married 
in October 1992, she and her husband live in 
Hinella, NJ. 

Elyse E. Rogers '76 is a trustee of the Penn- 

sylvania Bar/Insurance Trust Fund. 

Sybil Haddon Snee '76 works part time as an 
R.N. in pediatrics at Fairfax Hospital in Falls 
Church, VA. She and her husband. Bob, who is 
principal at George Mason High School in Falls 
Church, have three children: Christopher, 11; 
Zachary, 8; and Molly, 2. 

Susan Shemeta Stachelczyk '76 lives in the 
Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband, Greg, 
and two children, Christine, 8; and Zachary, 3. She 
has a custom lampshade business, works part time 
at a quilt shop and teaches quilting and lampshade 

The Rev. Elizabeth Stingley '76 is the vicar 
for St. Hilary's Episcopal Church of Hesperia, 

Linda Weaver Blair '77 is catalog librarian at 
the Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of 
Music, Rochester, NY. 

Joanna S. Fortna '77 received a master of 
arts in creative vriting from the University of New 
Hampshire in May 1991. 

Patricia Mann Juhl '77 is a systems engineer 
at Travelers Insurance Co. She has two sons: Scott, 
5; and Stephen, 2. 

Diane Whiton Lupia '77, a sixth grade teacher 
in the Mechanicsburg (PA) School District, mar- 
ried Thomas Lupia on December 12, 1992. 

Roberta L. Burkholder Stock '77 is the teller 
training officer for the Bank of Lancaster County 
(PA). She won fust place in the Lancaster Chapter 
of the American Institute of Banking 1992 Speech 
Contest and second place in the 1992 state speech 
contest. She is active at St. Stephen United Church 
of Christ in New Holland, PA, as a member of the 
vocal choir and the handbell choir, and serves as 
chairman of the music committee. 

Ronald R. Afflebach '78 is salaried employ- 
ment and benefits manager, Hershey Chocolate 
U.S.A. in Hershey, PA. 

Brian S. Allebach '78 married Jennifer Henne 
on December 27, 1992. 

Charles D. Kline '78 is assistant vice presi- 
dent of the GEICO Corporation, parent company 
of Government Employees Insurance Co. 

Ken S. Levinsky '78 appeared as one of the 
pianists in the 1 1th Annual "Joys of Jazz" pre- 
sented by the Jazz Club of Sarasota (FL) in the 
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on December 28, 

1992. "All in the Family" was the theme. Ken 
joined his father, clarinetist Walt Levinsky '51, 
on several numbers, including "Honeysuckle 

Stephen C. Scanniello '78, rosarian at the 
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, was a guest on "Good 
Morning America" on February 14, 1993, and was 
the subject of "Brooklyn Profile" in the March 19, 

1993, edition of New York Newsday. 

Cheryl L. Blewitt Slavik, '78 writes, "My 
company. Computer Learning Services, was 
awarded a training contract through National Uni- 
versity!" She volunteers at the San Diego Zoo and 
for the Rolling Reader Program at Head Start. 

Meredith L. Young '78 is a chemist at North- 
west Coatings Corp. in Oak Creek, WI. 

Paul Baker '79, city editor of the Lebanon 
Daily News, won the Adult 5K race sponsored by 
the Sports Booster Club of the Annville-Cleona 
(PA) School District on October 24, 1992. 

William J. Brown, Jr. '79 and Leslie L. 
Bojanic were married on July 1 1, 1992. 

Abby L. Spece Donnelly '79 is the nurse 
manager of NeuroScience Unit of Abington (PA) 
Memorial Hospital. She is the mother of two sons. 

Spring / Summer 1993 35 

Ivan. 8, and Jamie, 5. 

Julia Woods Heneks '79 and her husband. 
Jeffrey, welcomed a second child. Jean Alice, on 
December 2. 1992. They reside in Cheverly. MD. 

Robert J. Mrazik '79 and Susan Slaybaugh 
Mrazik '80 welcomed their fourth child, Anne 
Rebekah. on December 1 1. 1992. 

Donald Newcomer '79 and Dorothy Miller 
Newcomer '80 announce the birth of a son. Dou- 
glas Alan, on November 9. 1992. 


John A. Hamilton '71, September 5. 1987. 
Robert D. Schwenk '71. October 17, 1992. 
Bradley W. Hartman '79, January 4. 1 993. in 
a work-related accident in Irvine. CA. 



Kathy Maniscaico '80 continues to work in 
the Norristown (PA) Chapter of the National Orga- 
nization for Women (NOW). She is currently mem- 
bership processor and committee chair for the 
Chapter Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. 

Dorothy J. Smith Poppe '80 is director of 
S.C. Dance Program and Company in Staten Is- 
land, NY. She is the mother of two sons and one 

Donald N. McElroy '80 married Carol A. 
Prescott on August 26. 1989. and they are residing 
in Boylston. MA. Donald graduated from the 
School for Professional Crafts, Worchester Center 
for Crafts, in May 1992. He plans to pursue his 
master of fine arts in furniture design at Rhode 
Island School of Design in Providence, beginning 

September 1993. 

Robert A. Rakow '80, director of reimburse- 
ment services with Tressler Lutheran Services in 
Mechanicsburg. PA. has received Pennsylvania 
licensure as a nursing home administrator. He is 
responsible for the agency's budgeting process as 
well as Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement for 
the agency's 10 retirement villages in central Penn- 
sylvania and western Maryland. 

Jeanette Browning Schroeder '80 graduated 
from the American Association of Homes for the 
Aging and National Certification Program for Re- 
tirement Housing Professionals. 

Barbara Cooper Bair '81 is in her 12th year 
of teaching high school band at John Carroll School 
in Bel Air. MD. She also plays oboe in the Bel Air 
Community Band and in the Susquehanna Sym- 
phony Orchestra. 

Jennifer L. Bowen '81 teaches sixth grade 
English in the Pine Grove (PA) Area School Dis- 

William F. Casey '81 and his wife, Mary 
Frances, announce the birth of a son. Eric William 
Casey, on July 22. 1992. 

Caria Powell Desilets '81 recently separated 
from active duty in U.S. Army to pursue full-time 
homemaking and caring for two-year-old Joseph. 

Daniel W. Koon '81 and his wife. Judy Simon, 
welcomed a son. Eli Simon Koon, on January 23. 

Sharon Love Luyben '81 and her husband. 
Bill, welcomed their second son. Trevor Lloyd, on 
February 25. 1993. Sharon is the choral director 
for the Wyomissing (PA ) Area Junior- Senior High 
School and minister of music at Bausman Memo- 
rial U.C.C. in Wyomissing. 

Mary Nell Romanik Myers '81 and her hus- 

Help us meet the Kline Challenge 

In 1988, the Kline Foundation of Harrisburg challenged Lebanon Valley 
College to raise an additional $80,000 in unrestricted funds each year for five 
years. In return, the Foundation would match this increase dollar-for-dollar 
each year. Having made our goal in all four of the previous years, this, the fifth 
and final year of the challenge is even more important. Therefore, we need your 
increased support more than ever. 

This year's goal is $937,000. 

Increasing your goal will help us make it happen. 

Lebanon Valley College 


band. Milton, announce the birth of their third 
child. Edward Michael, on Septemtier 4. 1992. 
Their other children are Tae-Jon. 9; and Amelia, 4. 

Dr. Kathleen M. Picciano '81 is a state vet- 
erinarian for the New Jersey Racing Commission. 
She married Chris Bems on September 8. 1992. 

Sgt. Kimberly A. Reese '81, a French horn 
player from Camp Hill. PA. is a member of the Air 
Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, which 
gave a concert recently at the Hershey Theatre. 

Elizabeth C. Scott '81 teaches music at Wash- 
ington Middle School in Harrison. NJ. 

Bernard F. Stellar '81 is in his founh year as 
director of bands at Mt. Carmel Area (PA) Junior- 
Senior High School. 

Rose Marie K. Urban '81 is an employment 
specialist who places disabled adults into competi- 
tive employment in Lebanon. PA. 

Denise L. Achey '82 was a 1991 nominee for 
the Frederick (MD) Chamber of Commerce 
Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Sara M. Aker '82 is pastor of Fry's Valley 
Moravian Church. New Philadelphia. OH. She 
was consecrated a Presbyter (2nd Order of 
Ordained Clergy) on October II. 1992. 

Karen Fuller Ayres '82 completed the Ad- 
vanced Ratemaking; Individual Risk Taking Exam 
of the Casualty Actuarial Society exams in No- 
vember 1992. She is employed by Cmm and Forster 
Communications in Basking Ridge. NJ. 

Susan L. Egner Etzweiler '82 resigned after 
four years of teaching in the LVC foreign lan- 
guage department, and married Charles D. 
Etzweiler on August 8, 1992. They now reside in 
Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, HI. Sue is a lec- 
turer in Spanish at the University of Hawaii, and 
her husband is employed at the Bank of Hawaii. 

Glenn A. Hoffman '82 married Laura Susan 
Beallo on July 20. 1 99 1 . He earned a master FLMI 
degree from the Life Office Management Associa- 
tion in spring 1992. He is a volunteer on Habitat 
Restoration Team of the National Park Service. 

Robert P. Hogan '82 completed his fellow- 
ship in medical oncology/hematology at Robert 
Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, 
and is looking to join a practice in Delaware. 

Kimberly Haurton McSweeney '82 and 
Brian E. McSweeney '81 announce the birth of 
their daughter. Laurie Kathleen. Brian has been 
working as a programmer for the U.S. government 
for 10 years. Kim teaches piano lessons at home. 

David E. Ramage '82 and Diane Detwiler 
Ramage '85 welcomed a son. Matthew David, on 
June 10. 1992. Dave teaches middle school music 
in Souderton. PA. and does free-lance music pro- 
duction and recording in his home studio. Diane is 
on maternity leave from her middle school job in 
the North Penn School District in Lansdale. PA. 

Andrea Crudo Stark '82 gave birth to a son, 
Benjamin Albert, on September 23, 1992. 

William Campbell '83 passed the Introduc- 
tion to Asset Management and Corporate Finance 
part of the Society of Actuaries Exams in Novem- 
ber 1992. He is employed by A. Foster Higgins, 
Washington, DC. 

Joanne E. Groman '83 is the pastor of First 
English Lutheran Church in Columbia. PA. 

Suzanne Duryea Hoffman '83 and her hus- 
band. Richard, are the proud parents of two chil- 
dren. Dylan Russel and Margaret "Maggie" Boyd 
(bom on December 18, 1992). 

David E. Kerr '83 and his wife, Kay, an- 
nounce the birth of a son, Ian David, on November 
3, 1992. He joins his brother Jason, 2 1/2. 

36 The Valley 

Joseph F. Krolczyk '83 works at Rockwell 
International in Pittsburgh. 

Roger Kurtz '83 presented an organ recital on 
March 21, 1993, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in 
Columbia, PA. 

Susan J. Brewer Macke '83 is manager of 
MultiMedia development at IBM, Boca Raton, 
FL. She received her master's degree in computer 
science in 1991 from the University of Miami. She 
married Bill Macke on February 27, 1988, and 
they have one daughter, Kristin Arielle. 

Thomas G. Myers '83 will participate in the 
Monmouth (NJ) Civic Chorus' fourth Concert Tour 
of Europe this summer, including concerts in Aus- 
tria, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. 

Gregory B. Monteith '83 and his wife, 
Frances, announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine 
Marie Monteith. 

Nancy Darnell Pantano '83 and her husband, 
Chris, welcomed a daughter, Samantha Kay, on 
November 18, 1991.They both work for the Medi- 
cal Center of Delaware. 

Ronald W. Robb '83 and Barbara Edzenga 
Robb '82 armounce the birth of a daughter, Kristen 
Lynne Robb, on February 19, 1993. They also 
have a son, Matthew. Ron is the sales manager for 
Innovative Pharmacy Services. Barbara is on leave 
of absence from her first-grade teaching position 
with the Deptford (NJ) School District. 

Debra Decker Ward '83 is working at the 
University of New Brunswick, Canada, conduct- 
ing physiological research on bivalves. In August 
of 1 99 1 she was promoted to second degree black 
belt in the karate style Isshinger, and teaches ka- 
rate with her husband. 

Gregory A. Weaber '83 is Hershey Pasta 
Group marketing manager in Hershey, PA. 

Steven T. Weber '83 completed work for a 
D.M.A. in choral conducting and received his sec- 
ond master's degree in vocal pedagogy at Arizona 
State University. He is director of choral activities 
at Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX. 

Robert K. Wilson '83 received his M.B.A. in 
finance and economics from Monmouth College 
in 1992, and is manager of client accounting for 
Bell Atlantic Financial Services B.V. in Den Haag, 
the Netherlands. He and his wife welcomed a sec- 
ond son on September 9, 1992. 

Sharon Ford Wilson '83, when not chasing 
her twins, serves as play directorAiomebound in- 
structor for Donegal High School in Mt. Joy, PA. 

Thomas J. Boyle '84 and his wife, Gina, wel- 
comed a daughter, Devon, on April 25, 1992. Tho- 
mas is the sales and marketing manager for USA 
Fulfillment Church Hill in Church Hill, MD. He is 
also pursuing an M.B.A. at Wilmington College. 

Cynthia L. Nolt '84 is working for the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, 
D.C. She received her master's degree in environ- 
mental toxicology from Cornell University, and 
served as a volunteer for two years with the Men- 
nonite Central Committee in Washington, D.C. 

Capt. John A. Dayton '84 and Michelle 
Smith-Dayton '84 welcomed a son. Cole Christo- 
pher Smith-Dayton, on September 7, 1992. John is 
company commander of C Company, 1st Battal- 
ion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Ford Ord, CA. Michelle 
directs the Army Child Development Center. 

Kay Benninghof Kufera '84 and her hus- 
band, Joe, welcomed a son, Gregory Andrew, in 
January 1992. 

Stephen M. Nelson '84 and Deborah Detwiler 
Nelson '84 welcomed their second child and first 
daughter. Amber Lee, on April 5, 1992. 

Ann Buchman Orth '84 has accepted a posi- 
tion as research biochemist at Dow Elanco begin- 
ning next fall. 

Joan Snavely Reale '84 and her husband, Joe, 
welcomed a son on December 4, 1992. 

Kathryn S. Rolston '84 lives in Maine and 
works as administrative assistant to the owner of 
Scarboro Downs Harness Track, where she does 
marketing and public relations. She occasionally 
does TV commercials. 

Catherine Connor Webbert '84 is assistant 
actuary for Alexander and Alexander, Inc. in Bal- 
timore. She was married on October 3, 1992. 

Richard C. Willis '84 is a biology teacher at 
Palmyra (PA) High School. 

Brenda Norcross Woods '84 has been named 
director of the Kindercare Daycare Center on 
Jonestown Road in Harrisburg. 

Dr. Lynn A. Cornelius '85 is now a general 
practitioner at the Liverpool Family Practice in 
Middleburg, PA. 

Mary Seitz Mamet '85 and her husband, Rob- 
ert, welcomed their first child, Abigail Louise, on 
March 17, 1993. 

Janette A. Lasher Nee '85 has been promoted 
to QA Release Supervisor at Sterling Winthrop 
Drug in Myerstown, PA. 

Leonard E. Whitehead, Jr. '85 and his wife, 
Denise M. Astovich Whitehead '86, live in East 
Hartford, CT, where Leonard owns a security com- 
pany, L.E. Whitehead, Inc. Denise is assistant man- 
ager at American Savings Bank in Wethersfield. 

Ruth E. Andersen '86 is a graduate smdent at 
Rutgers University. 

James Bryant '86 has earned the designation 
of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with the 
completion of Exams 1441 and 1445 given by the 
Society of Actuaries. He is employed at Mutual of 
New York in New York City. 

Scott S. Cousin '86 and Christine Boles 
Cousin '87 welcomed a son, Anthony James, on 
December 30, 1992. 

Julie Farris '86 married Kevin Valentine on 
May 1, 1993. 

David J. Ferruzza '86 is a systems engineer 
for EMTROL Inc. of Lancaster, PA. 

Julia M. Gallo-Torres '86 is senior editor of 
Alimentos Procesados. a Spanish food processing 
magazine published in Chicago and distributed in 
Latin America. 

Julie E. Harris '86 received her master's de- 
gree in education from Seton Hall University, and 
is in her seventh year of teaching all-day kinder- 
garten in Bemardsville, NJ. 

Dr. Kent D. Henry '86 married Patricia Anne 
Thissell in Menlo Park, CA, on January 1, 1993. 

Theresa Rachuba '86 passed P362 exam in 
November 1992, given by the Society of Actuar- 
ies. She works for C&B Consultants in Baltimore. 

Sara Bartlett Schmehl '86 is an elementary 
music teacher for the Annville-Cleona School Dis- 
trict and is a part-time teacher at LVC's Commu- 
nity Music Institute. 

Tracy Wenger Sadd '86 lives in Manheim, 

Julie A. Sealander '86 welcomed a son, Ethan 
Christian, in June 1991. She is a reporter with the 
News of Delaware County and the Main Line and 
will be attending law school in September 1993. 

William H. Bruaw '87 and his wife, the Rev. 
Betsy E. Martin Bruaw '87, welcomed a son, 
Joshua David, on September 7, 1 99 1 . Bill received 
his M.A. in clinical psychology from Southern 
Illinois University in 1990 and is a mental pro- 

gram specialist overseeing operation of 
Pennsylvania's State Centers, working in the cen- 
tral office in Harrisburg. Betsy received a M.Div. 
degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 1990. 
She is pastor of the Tri-Penn Charge of the United 
Church of Christ in the Spring Mills area. 

Stephanie Butter '87 works at Merck Re- 
search Laboratones in West Point, PA, as a quality 
assurance auditor. 

David Campbell '87 passed the G527 exam 
given by the Joint Society of Actuaries and Casu- 
alty Actuarial Society in November 1992. He is 
employed by Hartford Life in Hanford, CT. 

George W. Gray III '87 and his wife, Geor- 
gia Haines Gray '88, welcomed a son, Tyler 
James, on November 30, 1992. 

Ronald A. Hartzell '87 received his M.B.A. 
in finance and marketing from Wilkes College in 
Wilkes-Barre, PA, in May 1992. 

Dr. Ross C. Hoffman '87 received a Ph.D. in 
biochemistry from the University of Washington 
in Seattle. 

Deborah L. Fortna '87 was married on Feb- 
ruary 13, 1993, to Mark A. Katuszonek in the 
Jonestown (PA) United Methodist Church. She is 
employed as a pianist by local hotels and restau- 
rants and is a substitute teacher for the Cornwall- 
Lebanon (PA) School District. 

Elizabeth A. Kost '87 and David W. Hawk 
'88 were married on December 5, 1992, in Camp 
Hill, PA. 

DeLayne P. Harlowe '87 is employed by Nor- 
folk (VA) Naval Shipyard Child Development 
Center as training and curriculum specialist and is 
a part-time instructor of early childhood education 
at Tidewater Community College. 

David Miller '87 of Doylestown, PA, recently 
passed Exam G422 of the Society of Actuaries 
Fellowship. He went to work for Penn Mutual in 
Seattle, WA. in the fall of 1992. 

Ingrid B. Peterson '87 is in her sixth year 
teaching first grade in Westmoreland County, VA. 

William P. Rhodes '87 has been promoted to 
project engineer at the East Operations Business 
Team of the Engineering Systems division of Xerox 

Janice Rexroth '87 passed Exam 1343 given 
by the Society of Actuaries in November 1992. 

Making the most 
of your will power 

It has been said that your will is the 
final expression of your values. The 
persons, institutions and causes you 
choose to remember in your will tell 
quite a bit about you. 

Won't you please consider Lebanon 
Valley College in planning your will 
and the distribution of your estate. 

For details, call Paul Brubaker, 
director of planned giving, at (717) 

Spring /Summer 1993 37 

Scott Rocco '87 passed Introduction to Actu- 
arial Practice and Exam 1343 given by the Society 
of Actuaries in Noveml^er 1992. Scott is employed 
at United Pacific Life in Philadelphia. 

Eric J. Shafer '87 is in his second year at 
Chandler School of Theology of Emory Univer- 
sity in Atlanta. He is employed by Snellville United 
Methodist Church as assistant youth director. His 
wife, Robin Wilday-Shafer, is also in school and 
works as a data processor. 

Stacey Brundin Anthony '88 passed the Sur- 
vival Models and Construction of Actuarial Tables 
exams given by the Society of Actuaries in No- 
vember 1992. With the completion of these 
exams, Stacey has earned the designation of Asso- 
ciate of the Society of Actuaries. She is employed 
by BC/BS of Virginia in Richmond. 

Kelly Artz '88 passed the 1343 exam in No- 
vember 1992 given by the Society of Actuaries. 
She is employed by Pennsylvania Blue Cross in 
Camp Hill. 

Amy Hammerstone Gollub '88 is serving 
two elementary schools in the Easton Area School 
District (PA) as a general music teacher. 

Brian Luckenbill '88 was installed as organ- 
ist and choir director of the senior and intermedi- 
ate choirs of St. Thomas United Church of Christ 
in Bemville, PA. 

Amy Jo Kresen McCardell '88 is a research 
scientist for DuPont Experimental Station in 
Wilmington, DE. She has been working on her 
Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. 

Pamela L. Wyman Ruocco '88 received her 
master's degree in human genetics, specializing in 
genetic counseling, from the University of Pitts- 
burgh Graduate School of Public Health. She and 
her husband, Joseph Ruocco '85, welcomed a 
son. Carmine Justin, on April 6, 1992. 

J. Michael Steckman '88 and Amber Lynn 
Hegi '92 were married on August 5, 1992, in the 
Annville Church of the Brethren. Michael served 
as an elementary teacher for three years in the 
Palmyra (PA) School District. They reside in Rich- 
mond, VA, where he is attending Union Theologi- 
cal Seminary. 

Melissa Miller Sutovich '88 is the mother of 
Ryan Nicholas Sutovich. 

Paul A. Van Houton, Jr. '89 teaches fourth 
grade at the Radix Road Elementary School in 
Monroe Township, NJ. He was elected part-time 
director of community affairs in the township. 

Leslie Mario '89 completed Part 9 of the Ca- 
sualty Actuarial Society exam in November 1992. 
She is employed by Peat Marwick in Philadelphia. 

Douglas Nyce '89 was given the Democrat of 
the Year award by the Lebanon County Demo- 
cratic Committee at the party's 39th annual 
Jefferson-Jackson dinner on October 15. 1992. 
Doug, who works at the Hershey chocolate plant, 
set up a computer system for the county Demo- 
cratic party and did much of its programming. 

Jill Ross '89 married Daniel H. Rafferty '86 
on October 17, 1992. She is pursuing an M.B.A. in 
human resources at Fairleigh Dickinson Univer- 
sity and is employed with HIMONT USA, Inc. in 
human resources. Daniel is pursuing a master's 
degree in education at Seton Hall University, and 
is employed as a police officer with the Morris 
Township Police Department (NJ). 

Letitia Saylor '89 completed Part 7 of the 
Casualty Actuarial Society exams in November 
1992, earning the designation of Associate of the 
Casualty Actuarial Society. She is employed by 
Pnipac in Holmdel, NJ. 

Christine M. Smeltz '89, an R.N., has been 
named nurse manager of Holy Spirit Hospital's 
cardiac catheterization laboratory. She will be in- 
volved in development of the lab, scheduled to 
open later this year. Holy Spirit Hospital is in 
Camp Hill, PA. 

Kim Weisser Stockburger '89 was promoted 
to manager in the Jamison office of the First Na- 
tional Bank and Trust Company of Newtown, PA. 

Ronald S. Vladyka '89 is associate scientist 
for Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, NJ. 


Thomas E. Davis, Jr. '84, February 25, 1990. 



Thomas R. Ball '90, a professional musician 
who has been performing as a solo artist for the 
past two years, was selected as one of eight artists 
from a field of 600 applicants to perform in Febru- 
ary 1993 in Nashville. TN. at the National Asso- 
ciation of Campus Activities conference. Thomas 
is represented by Calico Entertainment in Char- 
lotte, NC. 

Lisa Biehl '90 and Kent Weidemoyer '91 
were married on August 22, 1992. They reside in 
East Greenville. PA. 

Kerrie Brennan '90 and Jay Rinehart '90 
were married on November 7, 1992. They reside 
in Lancaster, PA. 

Paul James Bruder, Jr. '90 has been selected 
as a Moot Court Regional Team competitor by the 
University of Dayton Law School. He was se- 
lected from among 170 second-year Dayton law 
students on the basis of a legal brief that he wrote 
and presented. He will compete against students 
from across the country in Highland Heights, KY, 
this spring in a moot court competition on environ- 
mental law. 

Dina M. Carter '90 joined the faculty of the 
Cumberland School of Music, Mercersburg, PA, 
for the spring 1993 semester. 

Heidi L. Derhammer '90 and Timothy J. 
Eck '90 were married on November 21, 1992. 
They reside in Myerstown, PA. Heidi is employed 
by the Schuylkill Valley School District in Berks 
County, PA. Tim is employed by the Lebanon 
School District. 

Melissa "Mitzy" C. Dillman '90 is the adver- 
tising account executive for The Add Sheet in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Brian L. Engle '90 was martied to Doreen 
Traraglin on March 14, 1992. 

Jo Giannettino '90 is an assistant coach for 
the Bucknell University track and field team. 

Matthew S. Guenther '90 became a tenured 
teacher in German and English at Exeter Town- 
ship School District in Berks County, PA. He has 
begun a master's degree of education in German at 
Millersville University. 

Ralph D. Heister '90 will work part-time as 
assistant executive director of the Green Valleys 
Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Trained 
in aquatic and wetland ecology, Ralph is an envi- 
ronmental health specialist in the Division of Wa- 
ter Quality of the Montgomery County Department 
of Health. He is certified as a Pennsylvania sew- 
age enforcement officer. 

Diane Hertzog '90 teaches math at Central 
York (PA) High School. 

Stefani Magazine '90 and Robert Skillen were 

married on October 31,1 992. 

Michael McGranaghan '90 received his 
master's degree in psychology from Shippensburg 
University in May 1992. He is taking C.A.C. certi- 
fication at Penn State University. 

Dr. David S. Todoroff '90, a Harrisburg po- 
diatrist, presented a program, "Keeping Aging Feet 
Young," to the Healthier Life Forum at the Com- 
munity General Osteopathic Hospital in Harris- 

Joyce K. Attix Mentzer '91 was married to 
Todd A. Mentzer '91 on August 8. 1992. Joyce 
hopes to graduate in June with a master of music 
degree from the University of Cincinnati College, 
Conservatory of Music. Todd is a middle school 
general and high school instrumental music teacher 
in Erianger, KY. 

Debra V. Clarke '91 is assistant editor at 
Slack Publishing, Inc. in Thorofare, NJ. 

Glen E. Gangewer '91 has joined the staff of 
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science as 
assistant manager of the college store. 

Scott Grumbling '91 passed the Actuarial 
Mathematics exam given by the Society of Actu- 
aries in November 1992. He is employed by Trav- 
elers Insurance in Hartford, CT. 

Raymond S. Kargo '91 received a $3,000 
graduate assistantship from the University of Mi- 
ami School of Medicine, Division of Physical 
Therapy. He will be an assistant in clinical skills 
while working on his master's degree. 

Michelle Lee Leddy '91 teaches social stud- 
ies and communications to at-risk 7th and 8th 
grade students at Beeber Middle School in Phila- 

Gregory R. Leedy '91 and Kathleen Ryan 
Leedy '90 announce the birth of a daughter, 
Carolyn Alice, on January 27, 1993. 

Beth SchalkofT '91 was married to Thomas 
Miskewitz on November 28, 1992 in New Jersey. 
Tom is an Army specialist, stationed in Fort Riley, 
KS. Beth writes. "I am presently looking for work." 

John C. Bowerman '92 is traffic coordinator 
for WHP-TV (Channel 21 ) in Hannsburg. 

Rob Bell '92 passed both the Applied Statis- 
tics and the Numerical Analysis exams given by 
the Joint Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actu- 
arial Society in November 1992. Rob is employed 
by A. Foster Higgens in Washington, D.C. 

Cindy L. Koser '92 is a law student at the 
Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. 

Lesley Ann Laudermilch '92 was married to 
William Woodward '90 on February 13, 1993. 

Dean Reigner '92 passed Part 2 of Exam 1 10 
given by the Joint Society of Actuaries and Casu- 
alty Actuarial Society in November 1992. He is 
employed by Reliance in Philadelphia. 

Kimberly Jene Shaffer '92 and Robert 
Willam Bell '92 were wed on November 28, 1992. 

William B. Shellenhamer '92 is teaching sixth 
grade in the Gettysburg (PA) School District. 

David Stimpson '92 passed the Numerical 
Analysis exam given by the Joint Society of Actu- 
aries and Casualty Actuarial Society in November 
1992. He is employed by Conrad M. Siegel. Inc. in 


Kristan L. Foster '92 , March 23, 1993. She 
died in her home in Boiling Springs, PA, from 
heart failure. 

38 The Valley 

Friends in 


These alumni are part of a 
network of Valley graduates that 
stretches across at least four 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

Editor's note: In January, The Valley sent 
letters to all overseas alumni for whom the 
college has addresses, asking them to up- 
date us on their activities. We'd also love to 
get in touch with any "lost" overseas alumni 
to send them the magazine. If you are in 
touch with any, please send their names 
and addresses to Diane Wenger ('92), 
director of alumni programs. 


Bronwen and Eoin James Dietrich encoun- 
ter modern art during a museum visit. 

In Dakar, Senegal, Viking and Marissa 
K. Neville Dietrich ('84) are missionaries 
for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in 
America. Viking is an ordained pastor, and 
Marissa is a secondary school English 
teacher. They have two children, Eoin James 
and Bronwen Elisabeth. 

Special memories for Viking include the 
English house with its creaky stairs, saying 
hello to Mrs. Betty Michelson, hearing Dr. 
John Kearney's typewriter, talking poetry 
with Dr. Phil Billings, looking at pictures 
on Dr. Glenn Woods's office walls, and 
wondering how Dr. Arthur Ford's Walden 
Pond water smelled. 

Marissa fondly recalls senior seminar 
with Agnes O'Donnell, Dr. Kearney's 
"tiger, tiger burning bright" and meeting 
her future husband for the first time when 
they both showed up in the wrong room for 
a Shakespeare class with Dr. Leon 


In Singapore, Luong T. Nguyen ('79) 
serves as technical manager for Rohm's 
Pacific region and as the firm's Viemam 
business development director. His wife, 
Thi Nguyen is a software engineer for ULC 
Systems in Singapore; they have two chil- 
dren, Dan and Son. 

Luong enjoys playing soccer for the 
American Club and serves as special South- 
east Asia correspondent for Vietnamese 
newspapers in the United States. He re- 
members the "good and fun times" at Leba- 
non Valley, especially "those dinner dances, 
where I didn't have nice clothes to wear 
and no partner — my friends found me a suit 
and a partner. LVC is a very special place 
in my memories, full of joys, success and 
love." Among his favorite professors are 
Dr. Karl Lockwood and Dr. Tony Neidig. 

(See pages 17-22 for news from Japa- 
nese alumni.) 


In Hamburg, Germany, Gary Zeller 
('62) runs a consulting firm specializing in 
fund raising for arts and cultural organiza- 
tions. "With the reunification of Germany," 
he writes, "much of the govemment fund- 
ing has been reduced. Private and corporate 
philanthropy as it exists in the U.S. is com- 
pletely new here." 

Gary first went to Germany to research 
his dissertation in 1970, and moved to Eu- 
rope permanently in 1987. Among his en- 
deavors have been consulting on fundraising 
for a new orchestra in Paris and serving as a 
business partner in a German wine bar. He 
encourages all Valley students to take 
advantage of any chance to live abroad. "It 
makes you very tolerant of differences in 
your fellow human beings," he writes. 

Mark R. Treftz ('65) lives with his 
wife, Jane, and daughters Lisa and Alison 
in London, where he is self-employed as a 
private tutor teaching English and math- 
ematics. Off-duty time is taken up with 
golf, theater, cinema and writing; he's also 
active in his neighborhood crime watch. 
Mark fondly remembers Lebanon Valley 
for its small classes, first-class education, 
family atmosphere and fraternity activities 
(KALO). Special professors include Dr. 
Cloyd Ebersole, June Herr, Dean "Rinso" 
Marquette and President Frederick Miller. 

Susan Heard (67) and John will be based 
in Turkey. Daughtei Lisa (center) attends 
college in New Hampshwe. 

N. Susan Bender Heard ('67) has spent 
the last 10 years as a librarian with the 
American School of The Hague in the Neth- 
erlands. But if you want to catch up with 
her, you'll find her in Istanbul, where she 
and her husband, John, are headed for a 
three-year assignment at the Uskudar 
American Academy. Their daughter, Lisa, 
18, attends college in New Hampshire. 

Susan started her career teaching sec- 
ondary English m the States, but began her 
international experience in 1975 with a job 
in London. She has also worked in Egypt, 
traveled extensively throughout Europe and 
gone on safari in Kenya. Old friends from 
the Valley include Bobbie Macaw Atkinson 
'67, with whom she's kept in touch over the 

Michael Reidy ('70) is an account di- 
rector for Bespoke Publications in Kent, 
England. He's lived abroad for nearly 16 
years, not counting the time he spent in the 
U.S. Navy cruising the Mediterranean and 
the North Sea. His favorite pet peeve about 
America, he says, is that U.S. companies 

Spring / Summer 1993 39 

have instituted 1-800 toll-free numbers, 
which are inaccessible from abroad and 
make businesses — especially banks and 
telephone companies — appear to be very 

Among his memories of Lebanon Val- 
ley are putting a "Condemned" notice on 
Engle Hall; Dave Bartholomew's film: the 
"Happening" of 1969; the great axe murder 
rumor — and the nine-foot-long list of sug- 
gested victims in the room of Ron Poorman. 
Max Hunsicker and Bob Frey. 

Alan ('73) and Debra Curtis ('74) re- 
side in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, where 
Alan is a production chemist for CIBA. 
The couple has three children, Whitney, 
Alden and Jarret. For Debra, the best thing 
about being abroad is "the people I've met 
and befriended, both Swiss and those who 
make up the English-speaking community." 
Alan's special memories of the Valley in- 
clude chemistry labs in the old factory and 
his favorite professor. Dr. James Spencer 
("he had a special skill of making physical 
chemistry actually interesting!"). Debra re- 
calls the friendships that began at LVC and 
are still continuing two decades later. 

All three children of Rev. Bill SiideckC74) 
and Pam {'76) are fluent in French. 

Rev. Bill Sudeck ('74) and Pam Miller 
Sudeck ('76) have lived in Chambery, 
France, since 1984, working as missionar- 
ies with UFM International. Bill is involved 
in teaching, visitation, pastoral work and 
administration. Pam works with the Sun- 
day school and music activities. Together 
they offer considerable hospitality to make 
contact with French people. They are the 
parents of Jason, Jennifer and Julie, who 
attend a French public school and are fluent 
in French. 

Pam says she is grateful to her profes- 
sors at Lebanon Valley for encouraging her 
to spend her junior year abroad in 
Strasbourg, France. 

Frank Liclitner ('75) moved to France 
in 1991 with his wife, Kim Blake Lichtner, 

and their two children, Samantha and Erik. 
Frank is the principal research scientist for 
herbicides in Europe for the agricultural 
products business at DuPont de Nemours. 
They live in the suburbs of Paris, where 
their children are enrolled in French schools. 
"It was a challenge," Frank writes, "for all 
of us to leam the language and the cus- 
toms — like almost daily grocery shopping, 
late dinners and the insularity of French 
family life." 

He says that being exposed to so many 
different ideas at Lebanon Valley helped 
him adjust to life abroad. Professors he 
thinks of often include Steve Williams and 
Susan Verhoek. Leon Markowicz and Paul 
Wolf. The Lichtners will soon be moving 
to the Alsace region of France, a short dis- 
tance from Germany. 

Robert K. Wilson ('83) lives in The 
Hague, in the Netherlands, where he is man- 
ager of international client accounting for 
Bell Atlantic Financial Services Interna- 
tional. He married Lori Marie Wilson in 
1986; they have two young sons, Bobby, Jr. 
and Kyle. He writes that "moving to 
Europe with my family has proven to be an 
adventure none of us will every forget." 
The family is involved in the American 
Baseball Foundation, as well as in soccer, 
tennis and bike riding. His happiest memo- 
ries of the college include the Spring Arts 

"I know from firsthand experience," he 
writes, "that operating in an international 
environment requires special skills and un- 
derstanding. If these skills can be devel- 
oped while at LVC, those graduates will be 
prepared to face the competition that awaits 

Ncrrth America 

Lebanon Valley has a definite Canadian 

Herman A. Ellenberger ('38) lives in 
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He retired in 1982 
from his position as toxicologist with the 
Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. He 
had also served as assistant professor in the 
department of pathology at Dalhousie Uni- 
versity in Halifax. He and his wife, Esther, 
have three grown sons. Herman remembers 
walking two miles to and from the college. 

and the concerned professors, including Dr. 
Andrew Bender [former chair of the chem- 
istry department] and Dr. Paul Wallace 
[former chair of the English department]. 
(He laments that Dr. Wallace's enthusiasm 
about English literature "did not rub off on 

Peter H. Riddle ('61 ) is director of mu- 
sic and a full professor at Acadia Univer- 
sity in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and the 
founder and director of Summer Bandstand, 
the largest music camp in Atlantic Canada. 
He is married to Gail Bull Riddle ('63); 
they have two grown children, Kendrick 
David and Anne Rebecca. Peter is the au- 
thor of four books and numerous periodi- 
cals on collecting, operating and restoring 
antique toy trains. 

"Hardly a day goes by," he writes, "that 
I don't use or remember something valu- 
able that I learned from Dr. James M. 
Thurmond [music professor]. I often regret 
that I didn't realize the value of his input 
into my education while I was still an un- 
dergraduate. Yet another case of youth be- 
ing wasted on the young." 

James G. Code ('65), who resides in 
Sackville. New Brunswick, serves as pro- 
fessor and head of the music department at 
Mount Allison University. With his wife, 
Belinda Barron Code, he enjoys sports and 
photography, though they take a backseat 
to his music, which is "pretty consuming as 
a profession," he explains. He recently 
served as a judge for the Jano Awards, the 
Canadian equivalent of the Grammies. 

Special Valley memories include his 
"roomies from freshman year to the end"; his 
classmates, especially in music; Spring Arts 
festivals and celebrations; Hot Dog Frank's 
sit-down dinners; and the "hours and hours 
of rehearsals, concerts and recitals." Dr. James 
TTiurmond and Dr. Pierce Getz are among 
his most appreciated teachers. 

Debra Decker Ward ( '83), also of New 
Brunswick, is a research assistant at the 
University of New Brunswick Marine 
Biology Research Group. She married her 
husband, Evan, in 1989; their first child 
was bom in September 1992. Debra and 
Evan are karate enthusiasts who started a 
club and served as instructors for two years, 
earning second-degree black belts. Look- 
ing back on her college days, Debra recalls 
the Great Snow of winter 1983. Special 
professors and friends include Dr. Paul 
Wolf, Mrs. Z [Mrs. June Zeiters, former 
secretary in Mund College Center] at the 
student center's front desk, and Betty Fox 
and Mary Ann Anspach in the snack shop. 

40 The Valley 



Living in the Netherlands has been an 
adventure for Robert Wilson ('83), Lori 
and their young sons. 

Mark Treftz ('65) joins daughter Lisa for 
her graduation from The American School 
of the Hague. 


Luong T. Nguyen ('79) (fourth from left) recently returned to Vietnam to visit family 
members whom he had not seen for nearly 1 7 years. 

Enjoying a hike in the Swiss Alps are Debra ('74) and Alan (' 73) 
Curtis and their children. 


Debra Decker Ward ('83) and Evan pose with the iceberg 
looming outside her research lab in Newfoundland. 

Spring / Summer 1 993 4 1 

A Patchwork 

Some 5,000 visitors passed through 
the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial 
Quilt Exhibit, shown in Lynch Gym- 
nasium April 16-18. On display were 
500 panels from the national AIDS 
Quilt, as well as 19 panels made by 

Lebanon County families who have 
lost children and friends to the virus. 
The college, in cooperation with local 
churches and community groups, 
brought the exhibit to campus to edu- 
cate, to comfort and to remember. 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 

Annville, PA 17003 

Non-Profit Organization 


Harrisburg, PA 

Permit No. 133 

Address Correction Requested