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Lebanon Valley College Magazine 

SPRING, 1984 

Table of Contents 



by Joy Owens 



by Scott Dimon 



by Mary Lou Kelsey 











by Kathleen Thach 

PUBLISHER— Howard L. Applegate 
EDITOR— Dawn C. Humphrey 
ALUMNI EDITOR— Robert L. Unger 
PARENTS EDITOR— Joseph P. Wengyn 
SPORTS EDITOR— Scott B. Dimon 

Please address all inquiries to: Dawn C. Humphrey, 
Editor, The Valley, Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA 
17003. Telephone: 717-867-4411, ext. 225. 

The Valley is published quarterly by 

Lebanon Valley College, Second-class postage pending 

at Annville, PA. 

© copyright 1984 Lebanon Valley College 

Premiere Issue of The Valley 

In the last issue of the L VC Journal we asked readers for 
suggestions on how to improve the publication. After con- 
sulting readers' thoughtful responses and after much delib- 
eration among the editorial staff, we are pleased to present 
The Valley, a quarterly magazine for Lebanon Valley 
College's alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees 
and friends. 

The idea of a magazine is not new at Lebanon Valley 
College. In fact, the Alumni Review functioned in much the 
same way for twenty-four years prior to 1975. From 1975 
to 1983, College news was distributed through the LVC 
Journal, a quarterly newsletter. Through careful selection 
of paper, design and printing, we are able to bring you this 
new publication at approximately the same cost as the 

In searching for a name for the new magazine, we chose 
The Valley, which will, we imagine, mean something 
different to each reader. From time to time, The Valley will 
feature glimpses into the Valley of the past. But we will also 
show you what is going on at LVC now and what Valley 
people both on and off campus think about a variety of 
issues. We hope to introduce you to some new faces and 
re-acquaint you with some old friends. 

Let us know what you think of our new venture. After 
all, The Valley is, most of all, your magazine. 

Dawn C. Humphrey 


Dear Editor: 

What a surprise to see the Hall family photograph in 
the Winter 1983 LVC Journal] If there are any unused 
or no-longer-of-use copies (glossy prints) of us, we 
would like to have one. Thank you. 

Gloria K. Hall 
(Mrs. Glenn Hall) 

Dear Editor: 

Your feature of Dr. Struble was outstanding. You 
have captured the soul of the great teacher I remember. 
As I was rereading your article . . . the picture of him 
reminded me of this little quatrain I wrote one day in 
English class. It is one of a number I wrote in the 
margins of texts or among my sometimes disconnected 
notes. I thought you'd like to see it. 

Excerpt from "Scraps From a Student Notebook" 

Armed he stood with open book 

From which he read poetic lore 

When suddenly, with raised arm, 

He leaped and cried, "Excelsior!" 

Best wishes. 

Sincerely yours, 

Bruce Souders '44 

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Editor's Note: The following article is 
reprinted from the Thursday, February 
9, 1984 edition of The Daily News, 

ANNVILLE — When his retirement as 
Lebanon Valley College registrar be- 
comes official next Wednesday, Ralph 
Shay will be retiring to something, as 
well as from something. And it will just 
about be as he has planned it for quite 
some time. 

Shay, a Lebanon County native and 
graduate of LVC, began teaching there 
in the history department thirty-five 
years ago, in 1948. There was a par- 
ticularly hectic time almost twenty years 
later when, in 1967, he was named regis- 
trar while still teaching and serving as 
chairman of the history/political science 
department and serving as assistant 

One by one, he "removed a couple of 
my hats," as Shay puts it. But he still 
wears two — until next Wednesday, he 
still is both registrar and assistant dean 
of the college. 

He and his wife Ellen own an 1896 
house near Jonestown, surrounded by 
two acres of land. That very definitely 
will be one of the things retired to, Shay 
says with a smile. 

"I'd like to be more of a gardener 
than I am now . . . and I have books 
on my shelves that I was given, or that 
I bought, over the years and — you know 
how it is — just never really read. So I 
have some reading time staked out." 

Then, there's the Moravian Church of 
Lebanon, of which he is a trustee and 
past elder. There's the Lebanon County 
Historical Society, in which Shay is "an 
active member now and expecting to do 
a lot more from here on." He plays 
saxophone; his wife is a pianist. There 
will be more time to enjoy the instru- 
ments. And, Shay adds, "I'm also figur- 
ing on what you could call some 
scheduled, planned loafing." 

His wife is recovering from cancer. 
Her illness curtailed the couple's 
traveling last year, but Shay says she is 
feeling well enough now so that there 
will be some trips in the future. 

They'll be touring through New Eng- 

land at times, for instance, but these will 
be modest trips for the Shays by contrast 
with the travels they logged in past 

In 1963, Shay earned a summer Ful- 
bright Grant that took him to the Far 
East. Four years later, he and Ellen 
repeated the trip on a more ambitious 
scale, taking in Cambodia, the Philip- 
pines, Bali and Singapore. 

One result of both his travels to the 
Far East and his intense interest in the 
area is his membership in the American 
Association of Chinese Studies. In the 
early '70s, he was president of that 
organization, the first non-Oriental to 
hold the post. 

How does he see China right now? 

"I think trade between the United 
States and China definitely will be a 
benefit to both," Shay says. "As for 
power, though, China won't be a truly 
great power for some time. They're 
'trying to become halfway modern,' but 
when Japan went that direction many 
years ago, China did not. The dif- 
ference is very, very evident today." 

"Also, they had long civil wars," 
he went on. "The country is worn 
out, in many ways. They have not 
accepted the ways of Western 
nations; in fact, they went to the 
reverse in finance, in economy. 
Now, they're far behind Japan, and not 
likely, I think, to catch up anytime 

Shay expects to "watch the 
news, as well as read about it, a 
lot more regularly after next 
week." Meanwhile, . . . 
plans to get into his garden 
as soon as the weather per- 

mits . . . and there's the church, the 
music, the travel, the books. He's al- 
most beginning to wonder, just a little, 
if there'll be time for it all. 

A Man of 
Many Hats 
Can Hang A 
Few Up and 
Still Have 
To Do 

by Joy Owens, Staff Writer 

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Excitement to 

by Scott Dimon 

There is a new excitement about 
women's athletics at Lebanon Valley 
College, and much of that excitement 
can be traced to Kathy Tierney's arrival 
on campus. 

In August, 1983, Tierney accepted the 
position of women's athletic representa- 
tive at LVC. In addition, she was named 
head field hockey and women's lacrosse 
coach. Her administrative duties include 
scheduling all women's athletic events, 
on-campus recruiting of all prospective 
women athletes, and recruiting for the 
field hockey and lacrosse teams. She 
also serves as hostess for all college 
guests at Wagner House. 

Tierney, a native of Long Island, is 
a 1979 graduate of the State University 
of New York at Brockport, where she 
was a field hockey and softball stand- 
out. Among her many honors is the 
Henry Cooper Award, given annually to 
an athlete who exhibits athletic and 
academic success combined with out- 
standing leadership qualities. 

She continued her athletic pursuits at 
Brown University, where she was an 
assistant field hockey and women's 
basketball coach, a position she held 
until coming to Lebanon Valley. Tierney 
says of the move, "A move from Brown 
was inevitable, the opportunity to be a 
head coach was very enticing, and LVC 
offered what I was looking for." She 
continues, "I didn't want to go just 
anywhere; academics had to be first 
priority." Tierney is confident that LVC 
can attract good women athletes because 
of its location and its academic reputa- 

As women's athletic representative, 
Tierney says she would like to change 
the attitude toward women's participa- 
tion in athletics and increase the number 
of women participating in the program. 
"There are a number of women walking 
around campus who could contribute to 
sports teams, but they don't come out." 

She says, "By increasing the numbers, 
we could develop a junior varsity pro- 
gram, which would serve a two-fold 
purpose. First, the varsity would be a 
selection process and second, the less 
experienced athletes could gain valuable 
playing time which would in turn 
strengthen the varsity program." 

Although her typical work day in- 
cludes a large measure of administrative 
duties, Tierney is most visible as a 
coach. Her considerable coaching 
success may lie in her ability to motivate 
as well as to teach. One member of the 
1983 squad says, "She makes you want 
to give the extra bit of effort. I'm 
looking forward to playing for her over 
the next couple of years." Tierney is 
confident and enthusiastic when describ- 
ing the feeling among the squad, which 
this year achieved a 4-6-4 season, 
highlighted by a stunning 0-0 perfor- 
mance against national powerhouse 

Franklin & Marshall. 

She says of her team, "The athletes 
have the ability, but more than that, 
they have desire, cohesiveness, and the 
willingness to help one another." 

"But," she is quick to add, "the 
women must be prepared to take the risk 
of getting better; they must develop 
training patterns that enable them to 
improve." Tierney sees a coach's role as 
a two-part responsibility to "allow the 
individual to develop positive qualities 
through athletics and to become aware 
of bad leadership and put an end to it." 

Tierney's arrival at LVC appears to 
be at the right time, but one senior 
member of the field hockey team thinks 
it may have been just a little late. She 
said, "I'm glad I had the opportunity 
to play for her; I just wish I could be 
around for a few more years." 

Scott Dimon is sports information 
director at Lebanon Valley College. 

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The campus of Lebanon Valley College 
has been home to generations of stu- 
dents. Alumni parents and grandparents 
have watched their offspring walk down 
the same halls, sit in the same class- 
rooms and even be guided through their 
college experiences by some of the same 

The shared experience includes 
husbands and wives who met at Leb- 
anon Valley College and now find their 
children continuing the family college 

This family experience does not stop 
at alumni or students. Included in the 
family tradition are married couples 
who currently are sharing the experience 

of teaching at Lebanon Valley 

For Stephen Williams and Susan 
Verhoek, the idea of teaching together 
is what drew them to Lebanon Valley 
College. Both are botanists. Dr. 
Williams' field of expertise is plant 
physiology, the study of how plants 
function and grow. Dr. Verhoek's 
concentration is taxonomy, the classifi- 
cation of plants and their relationship 
to each other. 

In 1973, while at Cornell University, 
the couple began searching for a team- 
teaching position. Williams was doing 
post-doctoral work at Cornell after 
receiving his Ph.D. at Washington 
University, and his wife was finishing 


by Mary Lou Kelsey 

her Ph.D. "Up there they were talking 
about ways couples could find jobs 
together because, at that time, especially 
in the sciences, the job situation was 
really closed down," Verhoek explained. 
"It was very hard to assume that we 
could both find jobs in the same area. 
One of the alternatives was to go some- 
place and share a teaching position," 
she says. "We wrote some letters 
proposing that as an idea." 

"LVC had a position open at the time 
and they took us up on it. We actually 
share the teaching duties of one posi- 
tion, although we each have individual 

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appointments," says Verhoek. 

"Since we are in different areas [of 
botany] we complement each other," 
Williams said. He also stressed the 
number of students they have been able 
to reach with this approach. 

Reaching students is important to the 
team, and both agree that Lebanon 
Valley College provides a fine atmos- 
phere for their work. "One of the big 
differences is that at a school like 
Cornell there is a graduate school with 
a whole population of older, specialized 
people who work in only one area. In 
somes cases the undergraduates get lost. 
At a school like LVC the seniors are 
treated a lot like graduate students in 
terms of special attention and encour- 
agement," Verhoek explained. 

According to Williams, there is less 
pressure on faculty here to do research. 
"Many of us do research here," he said, 
"but it is not the main emphasis. We are 
primarily teachers, which benefits the 
students. But this can allow a faculty 
member to get behind in his field. You 
have to be more of a self-starter." 

Publishing is important to the couple. 
"If you are a teacher you have a duty 
to let what you know or have learned be 

known by more people, and one way to 
do that is to publish," said Williams. 

Dr. Verhoek is co-author of a second 
edition of the book, How to Know the 
Spring Flowers, a guide to spring 
flowering plants east of the Rocky 
Mountains. She explained, "I had used 
the first edition of the book and dis- 
covered that it contained things I thought 
were not appropriate and could be 
improved upon. I wrote to the company 
and asked, 'Couldn't you get someone 
to do this?' They wrote back and said, 
'Why don't you do it?' " 

She has also written several articles 
based on her research, which has in- 
cluded identifying two plants never 
before described. One of the plants 
collected by Dr. Verhoek and colleagues 
is from the top of a road cut in the 
mountainous province of Michoacan in 
southern Mexico. 

At the time it was collected the plant 
was not flowering, so, under collection 
and importation permission from the 
Mexican and United States govern- 
ments, the rootstock was taken first to 
Cornell University and then to Lebanon 
Valley College. When the plant grew 
large enough and flowered in the LVC 
greenhouse, Verhoek recognized it as a 
new species. 

The Mexican name for plants of this 
type is "amole." Verhoek named the 
new species Manfreda longibracteata, a 
Latin name, in accordance with botani- 

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cal practice. 

The second of the plants had been 
collected in Texas by a retired Army 
officer, Major Arnold Siler, who did not 
recognize it as being new until Verhoek 
studied it and its relatives for her doc- 
toral dissertation at Cornell. The species 
was named M. sileri in recognition of its 

During the 1982-83-academic year, 
Verhoek and Williams spent a sabbatical 
leave in Ithaca, New York. Verhoek was 
at Cornell's L.H. Bailey Hortorium, 
while her husband was at the Boyce 
Thompson Institute, Ithaca. 

Verhoek explained that there is cur- 
rently ". . .an international project to 
document all families and genera of 
plants on earth. It is a long-range project 
that will ultimately result in a multi- 
volume work," she said. She spent her 
sabbatical preparing a chapter for that 
work. The chapter is on the Agavaceae 
family. "Most people would probably 
know it as the yucca family," she said. 
It was on a part of this family that she 
did her doctoral thesis, she said, and 
both of the plants she has identified 
belong to this family also. 

Her husband spent his sabbatical 
researching seed aging in soybeans. The 
purpose of the research was to try to 
determine the effects of aging on the 
seeds' ability to germinate, a topic of 
great importance to seed companies and 

Dr. Williams also has done extensive 
research on nerve-like processes in 
plants, particularly in carnivorous plants 
such as the Venus flytrap. An article he 
co-authored on the Venus flytrap's 
closure mechanism was published in the 
December 3, 1982 issue of Science 
magazine. The article, featured on the 
cover of the issue, examines the chemical 
actions involved in the plant's leaf 
closure process. 

Are there pressures involved in sharing 
the job at work and sharing the respon- 
sibility of raising a sixteen-month child? 
No more so than those encountered by 
any other two-career family. "One of 
the reasons we got married is that we 
enjoy similar interests," explained 
Verhoek. "We do a lot of botanical 
things together," she said, "such as 
taking walks in the woods and driving 
in the country. Some of our trips involve 
collecting material for our classes. Last 

fall we drove around Lancaster County 
looking for tobacco fields where we 
might find material for Steve's plant 
physiology course, and in the spring we 
will need to find sites where my class can 
see flowers blooming. It's something we 
enjoy doing together." 

"Often at a small school," she said, 
"there is only one botanist, which can 
be professionally lonely. But since there 
are two of us here, we can keep each 
other up to date." She explained that 
they even subscribe to different profes- 
sional journals so they can share things 
they know would interest each other. 

When Dr. Diane Iglesias and her 
husband, Dr. John Heffner, leave home 
for a day at work they head for the same 
campus, but not the same department. 
Dr. Iglesias is chairman of the foreign 
language department, while Dr. Heffner 
is an associate professor of philosophy. 

Iglesias received her Ph.D. from the 
City University of New York. The Long 
Island native came to Lebanon Valley 
College eight years ago from Wilson 
College in Chambersburg. "Wilson was 
a women's college, and I very much 
wanted to teach in a coeducational 
college. I also liked what was going on 
in the department at LVC. There were 
more options as far as types of courses 
to be taught. In other institutions you 
have to wait a long time to teach upper 
division courses. Professor Cooper, the 
chairman who hired me, said there was 
a real possibility of reaching the ad- 
vanced courses immediately." 

According to Iglesias, foreign lan- 
guage is again in the forefront of 
education. "It went down in the age 
of permissiveness. When students in 
English classes read popular novels and 
comic books instead of learning gram- 
mar," she said, "foreign language was 
perceived as something challenging at a 
time when it was wrong to force students 
to do something challenging. Things 
have changed. As a Gountry, we cannot 
afford the luxury of not speaking other 
people's languages from both the busi- 
ness point of view and the cultural point 
of view." 

Iglesias is also encouraged by the way 
foreign languages are being taught at 
Lebanon Valley College. "We have a 
unique program here. We don't have the 
traditional translation approach or the 
purely literary approach. In each 

language we teach culture and literature. 
This allows us to use literature as 
another vehicle for expressing and 
teaching the culture and as an excuse 
to converse as the native would. We 
consider topics that would be interesting 
to the native." 

"When I was in New York," she said, 
"I was teaching in a large university 
system. I knew I needed to move to a 
smaller school when at one point the 
students were required to put Social 
Security numbers on their exams, and 
no names. 

"Students here know we have an 
open-door office policy. They can come 
in and discuss anything. The intimate 
relationship in the classroom encourages 
them to come and discuss the course or 
get to know the professor personally. It 
is not at all unusual at Lebanon Valley 
for students to be invited to dinner at 
a faculty home. And they probably get 
much better advice regarding their 
career goals because their professors 
know them as individuals. Sometimes 
students just need a sounding board and 
the faculty here serves that purpose." 

The adjustment to a small school was 
not difficult for her. "I was brought up 
in a small town on Long Island. Man- 
hattan was always there. As far as I am 
concerned, it is all in attitude, and New 
York is still just a short drive away." 

Her husband had to make a different 
sort of adjustment. When Heffner 
accepted a teaching position at LVC, he 
was coming home. Heffner received his 
undergraduate degree from Lebanon 
Valley College in 1968 and had no plans 
to return to his alma mater. He was 
working on his Ph.D. at Boston Uni- 
versity when the opportunity arose. 
"My advisor had a sabbatical when I 
was starting my dissertation, and I knew 
that if I didn't have someone to see 
regularly I probably wouldn't get a lot 
done. I started looking for a job to take 
while he was on sabbatical. I wrote to 
Dean Ehrhart and Warren Thompson, 
chairman of the department here, asking 
if they knew of anything in the area, and 
they responded with a job offer." 

Heffner was a physics major at 
Lebanon Valley College. "I had been 
interested in both philosophy and 
physics all along," he explained. LVC 
did not officially have double majors 
at the time, but I had the equivalent 

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of a philosophy major by the time I 

"I started graduate work in physics 
at Boston University and found I didn't 
like the program. I had gone there with 
the intention of doing the philosophy 
of science program in the physics 
department. My advisor had a joint 
appointment in the two departments, so 
it was easy for me to go into the 
philosophy of science program in the 
philosophy department instead." 

Although physics and philosophy 
may appear dissimilar, Heffner said, "It 
is not unusual to have people in physics 
interested in philosophy. There is a lot 
of overlapping material. Science and 
philosophy do intercept — in areas such 
as ethics, and the concept of the 
universe. There hasn't always been such 
a separation between the two disci- 
plines. In fact, many great philosophers 
were scientists too." 

If you are a teacher you have a duty 
to let what you know or have learned be 
known by more people, and one way to 
do that is to publish. 

When I was in New York I was 
teaching in a large university system. I 
knew I needed to move to a smaller 
school when at one point the students 
were required to put Social Security 
numbers on their exams and no names. 

Science and philosophy do intercept — 
in areas such as ethics, and the concept 
of the universe. 

Heffner is quick to defend the 
importance of philosophy in a college 
curriculum. "Students get too little 
instruction in clear thinking," he said. 
"And one thing we try to emphasize in 
philosophy is critical thinking — learning 
how to reason to a conclusion, learning 
to know when you have enough evidence 
to support a conclusion. That is the sort 
of thing that any student going into a 
business position will have to learn." 

"It doesn't take a lot of effort in a 
philosophy course to make applications 
to everyday life. You read a dialogue of 
Plato, and the people in the dialogue are 
your neighbors." 

The couple sees an increasing appre- 
ciation of the value of a liberal arts 

education. "Some students coming out 
with very technical degrees find that 
their particular area has a sudden glut 
and that they are not prepared for other 
things. Many businessmen are telling 
students they should have as wide a 
background as possible. Not that they 
shouldn't prepare for one field or 
specialization, but it isn't good to 
prepare yourself too precisely," said 

Her husband added, "You have to 
make a distinction between job prepara- 
tion and career preparation. Too many 
people mistake one for the other. They 
may come out of college prepared to do 
a job, but very badly equipped to have 
a career. I try to communicate that 
difference to students. I hope that we 
are training leaders, not just people who 
will find a job." 

The couple agrees that the Valley's 
double major program allows students 
to combine a more vocational program 
of study with a major in one of the lib- 
eral arts to become a more well-rounded 

"I don't think our mission here, 
strictly speaking, is to serve only the 
business community," Heffner said. 
"I think that the business community 
should be aware that people have con- 
cerns other than a job. Liberal educa- 
tion is also good for the country and the 
civilization at large." 

Working in the same environment 
and in similar careers does not put a 
strain on the couple. "We don't talk 
about school all the time," Heffner said. 
"Obviously we talk about it to get it off 
our chests," "But," adds his wife, "we 
probably talk about it less than if we 
worked in separate places. We both 
know what the issues are, so we don't 
have to rehash them." 

Heffner summed it up, saying, "We 
go through the ups and downs together." 

Mary Lou Kelsey is a freelance writer 
based in Lebanon. 

to Present 

This spring, in commemoration of the 
300th anniversary of the birth in 1685 
of George Frederic Handel, the Alumni 
Chorale will present Handel's complete 
Messiah in three concerts the weekend 
of May 18, 19 and 20, 1984. Next year 
the group will perform Johann Sebas- 
tian Bach's Mass in B Minor. Bach also 
was born in 1685. 

Founded in 1978 at the request of 
alumni, the Chorale provides graduates 
with an opportunity to maintain their 
ties with the college while serving the 
community through concerts in area 

Professor of Organ Pierce A. Getz '51, 
director of the chorale, says groups of 
this type are very uncommon. "Lafay- 
ette is the only school I am aware of that 
has a similar group," he said. Many 
observers credit Getz himself with the 
existence of the group. As students, 
many of the Chorale members were 
members of the Concert Choir, which 
Getz has conducted since 1961. Un- 
doubtedly, his skill as a conductor and 
the talent of his performers have been 
the essential factors in the success of 
both groups. 

For the Handel concerts the forty-five 
member chorale will be joined by nine- 
teen of the finest instrumentalists in the 
region and by four guest soloists from 
New York City. 

The Friday, May 18 concert, co-spon- 
sored by the LVC Women's Auxiliary 
and the Alumni Chorale, will be held in 
Lutz Hall at 7:00 p.m. The groups are 
asking a $7.50 donation from adults and 
$5.00 from students and senior citizens 
age sixty-five and older. 

On Saturday, May 19, the Chorale 
will perform the Messiah in Mahanoy 
City's Victoria Theater at 7:30. 

Sunday's concert will be held at 
8:00 p.m. in St. Patrick Cathedral, 

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Thirty-one years ago the Lebanon 
Valley College Alumni Association 
endowed a permanent trust fund to 
provide worthy students a modest schol- 
arship. For twenty years two students 
annually were chosen to receive $100 
each. In time, the amount of each award 
doubled, and by 1982 three students, 
instead of two, received $200 awards. 

This year the Association is increasing 
the endowment fund on two fronts. The 
LVC EMPORIUM which appeared in 
the last two issues of the L VC Journal 
offered pretzels, bologna, and needle- 
point kits to alumni and friends by mail 
order. All proceeds from the sale of 
these items, whose average mark-up is 
fifteen percent, go to the Alumni Schol- 
arship Fund. More significantly, at their 
December executive committee meeting, 
the College's Senior Alumni voted to 
solicit direct contributions for the fund 
from all senior alumni. Checks desig- 
nated for the Alumni Scholarship Fund 
will help the endowment fund grow. 

Perhaps a look at this year's three 
Alumni Scholars is the best way to 
illustrate why this Alumni Association 
project is so important. 

Dave Carter is a young man with no 
doubts about where he is going. He 
plans to become a physician. And he is 
already well on his way. A biochemistry 
major scheduled to graduate this May 
with summa cum laude honors, he 
works on Sundays during the school 
year and full time during the summer as 
a laboratory aide at Lebanon's Good 
Samaritan Hospital. 

His goal after medical school is to 
enter general practice or emergency 

medicine, neither of which is among the 
highest paying of medical specialties. 
"Oh, I'm not going into it for the 
money," he says, "I'll be happy if I 
make enough to pay back my loans. The 
nice thing about medicine is that it lets 
me combine science with service." 

Dave has gotten a head start on a 
service career as president of Beta Beta 
Beta (biology honor society) for 1982-83 
and as president of Alpha Phi Omega 
(national service fraternity) last 
semester. He also finds time to serve as 
leader of the Jazz Band's saxophone 

He is confident of his preparation for 
medical school. "Graduates have told 
me that you're well prepared here," he 
says. "Also, the college has a good track 
record of getting people into medical 
school. That's one reason I came here." 

Alison Daubert, a senior elementary 
education major from Fredericksburg, 
Pennsylvania, is less certain about her 
career path than is Dave. She is torn, she 
says, between teaching and the ministry. 
Having student taught fifth grade last 
semester at Palmyra Elementary School, 
she is looking for teaching jobs in 
Lebanon County, but also has applied 
to Gettysburg Seminary. 

Alison, the fourth of seven children, 
is devoted to her family, whom she 
manages to see at least once a week. 
"My parents have a dream," she says, 
"of putting all seven of us through 
college, and they've done it with the first 
four. We all recognize and appreciate 
the sacrifices our parents have made for 
us, so we all help each other get through 

For Alison, getting through has meant 
taking some typical college student jobs 
including working in the college dining 
hall and, in the summer, as a clerk 
typist. But it has also meant at least one 

unusual summer work experience — 
hanging defeathered chickens in a 
poultry factory. "It wasn't too 
pleasant," Alison says, "but jobs like 
that make you appreciate a college 
education." Her father, Harlan A. 
Daubert '49, is the band director at 
Northern Lebanon High School, and 
her sister, Suzanne Daubert Fox '77, is 
an elementary school teacher in 

Like Dave Carter, Bob Schaeffer 

knows precisely what he wants to do 
when he graduates from LVC this 
spring. But unlike Dave, Bob does not 
feel a pull to continue being a student. 
Instead, he wants to become a teacher. 

Last semester Bob student taught 
ninth and tenth grade history at 
Annville-Cleona High School. "I've 
always wanted to be a teacher, and my 
student teaching experience just con- 
firmed my decision," he said. "I just 
know that teaching is what I am sup- 
posed to do." Bob says he would like 
to teach in the area and has sent letters 
of application to schools in Lebanon 
and Lancaster Counties. 

Like the other two recipients, Bob, a 
native of St. Clair, Pennsylvania, has 
made his way through college by work- 
ing. His job was off campus, at the Weis 
Market in Lebanon, where he worked 
twenty to twenty-five hours a week. 

"I didn't have much time to get 
involved in activities on campus," said 
Bob. Asked if he found study time 
scarce, he said, "Oh, no, I'm a morning 
person, so I used to study early in the 
morning. It's very quiet in the dorms 

This year, he is living in Palmyra with 
a family from the First Evangelical 
Congregational Church, where he is the 
youth director. And, he says, morning 
is still his favorite time to study. 

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Hershey Executive Receives Founders' Day Award 

Harold S. Mohler, chairman of the 
executive committee and former presi- 
dent and chief executive officer of 
Hershey Foods Corporation, received 
Lebanon Valley College's fifth annual 
Founders' Day Award on February 28 
in Miller Chapel. 

In accepting the award, Mohler men- 
tioned that he had been a friend of the 
late Frederic K. Miller, after whom the 
building is named. 

Mohler, a Hershey resident and native 
of Ephrata, was chosen for the award 
in recognition of his role in transforming 
the locally based firm into a multina- 
tional food products manufacturer and 
for his community service performed in 
the spirit of the founders of LVC. 

Mohler began his career with Hershey 
Foods in 1948, one week after graduating 
from Lehigh University with a degree in 
industrial engineering. In 1958, he was 
named assistant to the president. From 
there, he became a director, then vice 
president, and finally, in 1965, president 
and chief executive officer. During the 
ten years he served in that capacity, 

Hershey Foods grew into a multinational 
corporation, quadrupling its sales and 
stockholder equity. 

Although involved with business on 
an international scale, Mohler has con- 
tinued to participate in community 
service on the local, regional and state 
levels. In addition to serving as chair- 
man of the board of the Tri-County 
United Way, he is an elder of the Derry 
Presbyterian Church and past chairman 
of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Com- 
merce and Pennsylvanians for Effective 

Mohler, who officially retired from 
his post at Hershey Foods on March 1 , 
was recently named co-chairman of 
"Partners in Progress," a cooperative 
effort of five Harrisburg area Chambers 
of Commerce designed to attract new 
jobs, business and industry to the area. 

Guest speaker Gilbert Nurick, Es- 
quire, Of Counsel, McNees, Wallace and 
Nurick, Harrisburg, addressed the topic, 
"Let's Salute the Real Founders." 
Nurick emphasized the signal contribu- 
tion of Chief Justice John Marshall, 

who although not one of the first 
generation of founders, served with 
distinction in the second generation of 
national leaders, especially in his 
concept of the supremacy of the federal 

In one of his first official appearances, 
new President Dr. Arthur L. Peterson 
presided over the program and the 
luncheon which immediately followed. 
At the luncheon, Mohler was toasted 
and roasted by coworkers and family 
members, and by Dr. Bertha Blair, an 
honorary member of the LVC Board of 
Trustees, who remembered Mohler as a 
child in Ephrata. Also introduced were 
Vernon Bishop, president of Lebanon 
Chemical Company and winner of the 
1981 Founders' Day Award, and Mrs. 
Frederic K. Miller, widow of Lebanon 
Valley College's twelfth president. 

Left, President Arthur Peterson presents 1984 
Founder's Day Award to Harold Mohler. 
Right top, Dr. Bertha Blair, Honorary 
Trustee, LVC. 

Right bottom, William Dearden, Chairman 
of the Board, Hershey Foods Corporation. 

The Valley 10 

Bruce Correll, recently chosen to replace 
retiring registrar Ralph Shay, is already 
in full swing computerizing the registrar's 
office in preparation for September 

Correll said, "We are going to modify 
the current registration system to take 
advantage of the College's computer 
facilities. The streamlined system will 
reduce frustration and cut down the red 
tape for student, faculty and staff." 

Also, said Correll, his office will be 
handling registration for continuing 
education students to offer those stu- 
dents better services. 

The way the office has operated, said 
Correll, "was a very efficient and well 
organized operation. But it relied strictly 
on manpower and hours and hours of 
reviewing the same cards." Computeri- 
zation will allow quicker access to 
information and will make analysis 
of data much simpler. "Once we're 
computerized, we will be able to use the 
data base to make accurate enrollment 
projections and scheduling suggestions. 
It will allow us to more easily project the 
number of sections and size of classes 
to aid departments in determining 

scheduling and the staffing of the 
schedule," he said. 

The computerization of the registrar's 
records will also provide what is currently 
a missing link in the College's computer- 
ized records. The admissions office 
keeps computerized files on prospective 
students, and the alumni and develop- 
ment offices store information about 
graduates on computer. Until now, only 
the business office has used computer- 
ized student records. Now, said Correll, 
a student's file will be transferred from 
admissions to the registrar's office when 
he enrolls and from the registrar's office 
to the alumni office when he graduates. 
Because the transfer can be accom- 
plished without re-entering the data, he 
said, the chances for error are greatly 
reduced. Certain information, such as 
grades, will not be transferred to the 
alumni office. That information will 
remain in the registrar's office as part 
of the College's permanent records. 

Perhaps the most significant result of 
the computerization, however, will be 
the changes it will bring about in the 


Expects To 


registration process. 

"This fall," said Correll, "we will 
basically be doing a double registra- 
tion — doing it the old way and the new 
way simultaneously — to make sure the 
new system works. By registration for 
second semester, we will be completely 
switched over. All transcript informa- 
tion, grades and master course lists will 
be on the computer." 

"After next September, we will still 
have an arena situation like we have 
now, but not all students will have to go 
through." In fact, he predicts "eighty- 
five percent of the students will have 
received their final schedules at pre- 
registration. Those students who do go 
through registration will find "a more 
even pace, so there should be no lines 
and no frustration." 

Correll, who has coached lacrosse and 
taught at Lebanon Valley College since 
1972, earned the B.S. and the M.Ed, 
degrees from Bowling Green State 
University. Prior to his appointment as 
registrar, he had been an assistant 
professor in the physical education 
department as well as head soccer and 
lacrosse coach. He also directed the 
College's intramural program. He plans 
to continue to coach the lacrosse team 
despite his new, increasingly hectic 

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Don Byrne: 
Teacher and 

by Kathleen Thach 

What is a Roman Catholic doing as chairman of the religion 
department at a United Methodist college? 

For one thing, Dr. Donald E. Byrne, Jr. is enjoying a 
reputation among students as one of the best loved and most 
highly respected professors on the Lebanon Valley College 
campus. In fact, one can hardly mention his name without 
evoking a positive response from students. "Super." "Really 
friendly." "A neat person." "Interested in students." The 
list goes on and on as students describe the professor who 
"knows how to make learning interesting." 

Karl Gerlott, a junior religion major, knows from personal 
experience Byrne's sensitivity to students. "Last year I was 
at a low point," he says, "and I wasn't participating in class 
discussion like I usually did. Dr. Byrne asked me after class 
one day if I had time to talk in his office. He took the 
initiative to talk to me and to try to help. That really made 
an impression on me." 

For another thing, Byrne is enjoying increased 
recognition both on and off campus for his 
extensive research into the relationship be- 
tween folklore and religion. 

On campus, in addition to teaching Chris- 
tian ethics, religion in America, introduc- 
tion to religion, and other courses one 
would expect to find in a liberal arts 
and sciences college, Byrne also 
teaches a course entitled "American 
Folk Religion." Byrne believes it to 
be one of only three or four such 
courses in the country. 

Most students in the folklore 
class are surprised to learn 
"the folk" of folklore 
are not restricted to 
rural and/or prim- 
itive peoples. 


Folk religion and religious folklore, 
Byrne emphasizes, are found in urban 
and rural areas, among the highly and 
poorly educated, in fundamental, inde- 
pendent and mainline churches. 

Off campus also, Byrne has come to 
be considered an expert in the area of 
religious folklore. When Charles 
Scribner's Sons recently began to solicit 
experts to contribute articles for their 
forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religion 
in America, they chose Byrne to write 
the section on "Folklore and the Study 
of American Religion," which is, Byrne 
explains, "a theoretical and illustrative 
article surveying the field as it stands 
today." Byrne has written a number of 
articles for such publications as Church 
History, Pennsylvania Folklore, Journal 
of American Folklore and Journal of 
Popular Culture. He also wrote No Foot 
of Land: Folklore of American Method- 
ist Itinerants (American Theological 
Library Association Mongraph Series, 
No. 6). 

In addition to enjoying Byrne as a 
person and a teacher, his students re- 
spect him for his on-going love of study. 
"I enjoy having specific projects to 
work on," Byrne acknowledges. "I 
come early to my office (in Miller 
Chapel) three mornings each week to 
work on the research and writing." 

Born in 1942 into a traditional Irish- 
Geman family in St. Paul, Minnesota, 
Byrne was educated in Roman Catholic 
schools and for a time seriously consid- 
ered becoming a priest, a goal his family 
encouraged. After graduating from St. 
Paul Seminary and Marquette Univer- 
sity, he entered a doctoral program at 
Duke University. There, a long-standing 
avocational interest in American folk 
music flowered into a vocational interest 
and, professionally speaking, headed 
him into Methodism. 

Having begun doctoral studies in the 
broad area of religion in America, Byrne 
narrowed down his interest to folk and 
popular religion, specifically religious 
folk music in early American history. 

He began searching for information on 
the Singing School Movement, a religi- 
ous folk musical expression based on the 
"shape note" tradition, which used var- 
iously-shaped notes rather than key 
signatures to, as Byrne says, "locate 
your fa, sol, la's." 

"I ran on a dry well for six months," 
Byrne says matter-of-factly as he recalls 
his early research. "Then, through 
serendipity," he continues in a lighter 
tone of voice, "I discovered a wealth of 
interesting material on the Methodist 
itinerant preachers of the nineteenth 

Not unlike the early Puritan settlers 
in America, Byrne explains, these 
Methodist itinerants and converts some- 
times kept written records of God's 
dealings with them. From time to time 
they consulted their "diaries" to track 
their progress and, as necessary, to cor- 
rect their ways. A significant number of 
such diaries, Byrne learned, found their 
way into biographies and autobiographies. 

"I was looking through an autobio- 
graphy one day," Byrne remembers, 
"and it suddenly dawned on me that I 
was reading the same conversion story 
I had read three volumes ago. Only this 
time the story was told in a different 
context. Then I recognized the same 
pattern in anti-alcohol, or temperance, 
stories — spontaneous combustion of 
drunkards." (Byrne's tone of voice 
doesn't change, nor does his face betray 
the humor of his description.) He con- 
tinues, "I suddenly realized I was 
finding folklore everywhere." 

Byrne redirected his research, tracing 
these stories as they recurred in legends, 
sermons, myths, histories, fables and 
jestbooks. As he did, he began to realize 
that the Methodist heroes, humor and 
remarkable providences in the form of 
prophetic dreams, answered prayer, 
sudden judgment on sinners, and mir- 
aculous escapes from peril had indeed 
helped shape the character of American 
religion and, therefore, were a lively 
source of religious history. He con- 
sequently re-focused his doctoral thesis 
and titled his dissertation, "The Meth- 
odist Itinerant Folklore of the Nine- 
teenth Century with Particular Reference 
to Autobiographies and Biographies." 

Through his extensive knowledge of 
religious history, Byrne recognized the 

lore he had stumbled upon as a unique 
blend of Protestant literalism about the 
Bible, the preaching mode of communi- 
cation, Methodist idealism and the 
American frontier spirit. 

Byrne emphasizes both in his classes 
and in his published articles the relative 
permanence of folklore. There was a 
time, he says, when folklore enthusiasts 
felt compelled to write everything down 
for fear it would never be heard again. 
Folklore, however, has endured for 
centuries through oral tradition. 

For something to be classified as folk- 
lore, Byrne goes on to explain, it must 
have circulated traditionally in varying 
versions (either orally or by customary 
example) among members of a group 
sharing at least one of such common 
factors as language, geographic locale, 
religion — or even family. Today, he 
explains, family traditions are gaining 
credibility as sources of folklore. He 
recalls two stories which circulated in his 
own family and, he says, had wider 
circulation as well. "Oh," he adds 
before beginning their narration, "these 
are true stories . . . more or less." 

The first, he says, comes from the 
Irish paternal side of the family and uses 
humor in dealing with death. "It seems 
my grandfather was in Ireland at a wake 
held — as was customary — in the home 
of the deceased. The poor fellow appar- 
ently had been unfortunate enough to 
die in a sitting position and had been 
dead for some time before they found 
him. So, by the time they got to him, 
of course, rigor mortis had already set 
in; they had to lay him out on the 
cooling board and tie him down with 
ropes. Several family members sat up all 
night in the "wake watch" and, to pass 
the time, you might say, they engaged 
in a little card playing and drinking. 
Well, it seems at some point someone 
cut the ropes three-quarters of the way 
through without anyone noticing. Dur- 
ing the night the body strained against 
the ropes as the gas built up, and along 
about three or four in the morning, the 
ropes gave way. As they did, the gas 
pressured out into a loud "AHHHHH" 
and, we're told, there were hasty exits 

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leaving three more doors in the house. " 

Then, he says, there's the story from 
the German maternal side of his family, 
a story of two kinds of Germans. 

"The Schwabs were very, very STU- 
pid And the Ploddeich had huge, 
HUGE feet. Well, one day war broke 
out between the STUpid Schwabs and 
the Ploddeich with the HUGE feet. The 
Schwabs shot and killed all the Plod- 
deich, but the HUGE feet kept the 
Ploddeich from falling over. Now the 
Schwabs didn 7 know this (they were so 
STUpid), so they concluded the Plod- 
deich were immortal, and they lost the 
war. " 

Byrne remembers the latter story 
having been used during parental argu- 
ments, apparently to drive home a 
point. He adds, "If we can understand 
the function such folklore plays in 
families, we can then understand how 
it functions in larger units of society, 
including religion." 

For something to be classified as folk- 
lore, Byrne explains further, it must also 
have anonymity of authorship, time and 
place; and it must serve a function in 
society. Proverbs, a very popular genre 
of folklore, he says, teach moral lessons. 
Because of their pithiness and anonym- 
ity, they seem to "speak from the accu- 
mulated wisdom of generations." 

Similarly, Byrne says ghost stories, 
babysitter stories and lovers' lane stories 
are all told to prevent certain unwise or 
immoral behavior in those who hear 
them. Folklore, he believes, offers a 
parallel ethical system to that of reli- 
gion, sometimes, but not always, agree- 
ing with it." 

Byrne found the Methodist stories of 
God's intervention through extraordinary 
providences to be especially significant 
in the study of folklore as a sub-disci- 
pline within religious studies. Their 
function was primarily to "witness" for 

the purpose of leading to conversion. 
But Byrne's research also revealed that 
the nineteenth century itinerant preacher 
was not delivered supernaturally from 
all hardship. Folklore in the form of 
humor served to make their lives and 
work more tolerable, more human. As 
ministers traveled rugged frontier trails 
en route to conferences, they often ex- 
changed humorous anecdotes of terri- 
torial appointments, of their horses, of 
travel, of accommodations and posses- 
sions, of misquoted scriptures, of 
sleepers in the congregation, and of 
attempts at collecting marriage and 
funeral fees — or their own salaries. 

One new bridegroom, according to 
such lore, failed to pay the itinerant 
minister for performing the wedding 
ceremony. Some months later when 
encountered by the itinerant, who 
brought up the matter in a tactful 
manner, the groom cried out, "Sir, if 
you will only undo that ceremony, I'll 
pay you a double fee right now." 

These stories also served frequently as 
sermon illustrations. Through humor, 
the ordinary yet difficult experiences of 
everyday living become endurable, and 
ministers were able to establish rapport 
with their flocks. "Through religious 
humor," Byrne observes, "individuals 
seem better able to adjust to the incon- 
gruities and absurdities of the human 

"Perhaps," he adds, "it's a matter of 
laughing to keep from crying." 

Byrne's encounter with the rich oral 
tradition of the Protestant faith stimu- 
lated his interest in reseaching folklore 
found in Catholicism. While the Protes- 
tant faith is frequently communicated 
through verbal lore, the Catholic faith 
finds expression in more lore classified 
as "partly or non-verbal." The heroes 
of the Methodist tradition have their 
counterparts in the statues of the Roman 
Catholic Church, for example. "Both 
appeal to the imagination but through 
different sensory media," he explains. 

Byrne's research into Catholic lore led 
him to the coal regions of Pennsylvania 
where he observed fifteen ethnic- 
religious festivals. One such Italian- 
Catholic festival has been held in the 

Italian community in Berwick every 
summer since 1910 in celebration of the 
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary. These festivals, Byrne 
notes, keep alive a Catholic folk piety 
still practiced in the home regions of the 
early immigrants. With acculturation, 
however, the festivals change as the 
community changes. Many festivals 
have become, therefore, a combination 
of traditional Italian religious folk 
festivals and American carnivals, with 
the church hierarchy and the festival 
organizers often disagreeing on how 
much of a role that Church should 
continue to play in festivals. 

Byrne's students learn from more 
than Byrne's research and texts, how- 
ever. They are required to conduct 
research of their own, research which 
often brings them face to face with the 
origins of many of the presuppositions 
and biases from which they operate, 
Byrne notes. "As they recognize these 
origins," Byrne adds, "they see they 
have the choice of continuing in the 
same direction or selecting a different 
way to go." 

As for Byrne, he views the study of 
folk and popular religion as an impor- 
tant addition to the study of doctrines, 
theology and creeds, because folklore 
makes religion more concrete. "We 
learn through the study of folklore how 
religiosity functions rather than merely 
how it should function," he says. 

"Folklore," says Byrne, "is more 
than a collection of meaningless quaint 
practices co-existing with religion. 
Rather, it is a valid tool for understand- 
ing religion, a reflecting light that makes 
the approximation of truth more nearly 
possible than does the mere pursuit of 
truth in the confines of reason alone." 

Kathleen Thach is a publications 
assistant at Lebanon Valley College 
and a freelance writer. 

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you can't 

afford to sell? 

If your answer 

is yes, Lebanon Valley College 

may have an alternative to 

benefit you and your college. 

By giving appreciated stock to LVC, you can: 

• receive a charitable contribution deduction on your income 
tax, based on the current fair market value 

• avoid completely any capital gain tax on the appreciation 

• experience the satisfaction of giving to your alma mater 

For more information, please contact: 

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Vice President for College Relations 


Annville, Pennsylvania 17003 (717) 867-4411, ext. 224 

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Organizations and Special Concerts 

April 15 College Chorus and Symphony Orchestra Concert, 8:00 p.m. 

29 SA1 All-American Concert, 2:00 p.m. 

29 Sinfonia Rovers Memorial Concert, 7:30 p.m. 

Student Recitals 

April 24 John Overman, organ, 7:00 p.m.; Mary Jane 

Beazley, voice, 8:00 p.m. 
26 Andrew Grider, tuba; Rosalie Koch, clarinet, 8:30 p.m. 

30 Laura Fowler, voice; Mark Wagner, piano, 8:00 p.m. 

Senior Recitals 

April 17 Margaret Faull, piano, 



00 p.m. 
Carol Harlacher, organ, 8:00 p.m. 






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Cole, 8:00 p.m., Dinner Theater 
Cole, 3:00 p.m., Dinner Theater 

Gypsy, 8 
Gypsy, 8 
Gypsy, 3 

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Dinner Theater 
Dinner Theater 
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Gettysburg, 1:00 p.m. A 
Widener, 1:00 p.m. A 
Wilkes, Scranton, 1:00 p.m. H 
Philadelphia Textile, 1:00 p.m. A 
MAC Championships A 
Western Maryland, 1:00 p.m. H 

Juniata, 3:00 p.m. A 
Messiah, 3:00 p.m. A 
Penn Relays, 9:00 a.m. A 
Muhlenberg, 1:00 p.m. A 

May 4-5 MAC Championships A 















Ursinus, 3:00 p.m. H 
Gettysburg, 1:00 p.m. A 
Western Maryland, 1:00 p.m. A 
Elizabethtown, 3:00 p.m. H 
York, 1:00 p.m. H 
Albright, 3:30 p.m. H 

Western Maryland, 3:30 p.m. A 
Moravian, 1:00 p.m. H 
York, 3:30 p.m. H 

Men's Lacrosse 

April 18 Gettysburg, 3:00 p.m. A 

25 Widener, 3:30 p.m. H 

28 Fairleigh Dickinson, 3:00 p.m. H 

Women's Lacrosse 

April 16 Western Maryland, 3:30 p.m. A 

18 Gettysburg, 3:30 p.m. H 

24 Johns Hopkins, 3:30 p.m. A 

May 1 Cedar Crest, 4:00 p.m. A 

Other Events 

April 27-29 14th Annual Spring Arts Festival, all day 

May 13 Baccalaureate Services, 9:00 a.m. 

13 115th Annual Commencement, 11:00 a.m. 

June 8-10 Alumni Weekend 

Fourteenth Annual 
Lebanon Valley 
Spring Arts Festival 
April 27-29, 1984 

An Exhibition of the Arts 

Highlights include: 

Outdoor concert on Saturday, April 28 
at 1:30 p.m. of Handel's "Royal Fireworks 
Music," conducted by David Bilger with the 
original instrumentation to mark its 235th 

Performances by LVC Jazz Band, Concert 
Choir, and Wind Ensemble. 

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Art Exhibits 

March 25— April 22 
May 1-22 

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