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Vol. U, Number 2 



Lebanon Valley College Magazine 



Departments 



Features 



22 NEWSMAKERS 

24 NEWS BRIEFS 

25 ALUMNI NEWS 

28 SPORTS 

29 CLASS NOTES 



Editor: Judy Pehrson 

Writers: 

Glenn Woods ('51), Class Notes 

John M. Baer 

John B. Deamer, Jr. 

Nancy Fitzgerald 

Laura Chandler Ritter 

Donna Shoemaker 

Diane Wenger ('92) 

Seth Wenger ('94) 



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: 

On two glorious fall weekends, thou- 
sands of visitors willingly wandered 
around in the "Amazing Maize Maze," 
right near the campus. Among them was 
Maty Beth Strehl, LVC's director of 
media relations. Photographs by Barry L. 
Zecher. 



2 The Man Behind the Momentum 

The ideas of President John A. Synodinos are putting LVC on the map. 
By John M. Baer 

6 Dinosaur Maze Delights Thousan(is 

All roads lead to Annville for the world' s largest pedestrian puzzle. 
By Donna Shoemaker 

8 The A'Mazing Don Frantz 

Nothing can go wrong when this LVC alumnus is running the show. 
By Nancy Fitzgerald 

Rewarding Achievement 

Hard work pays off for top students who choose Lebanon Valley. 
By Seth Wenger ('94) 



11 



13 



17 



20 



33 



The Music of Miracles 

Tom andDenise Lanese create the peifect marriage of music and sculpture. 
By Laura Chandler Ritter 

From Ukraine, with Love 

Sharon and Gordon Arnold went the extra mile to adopt a son. 
By Laura Chandler Ritter 

Helping Hands Reach Out to Russia 

A student and a professor team up to supply relief to needy hospitals. 
By Laura Chandler Ritter 

Window on Eternity 

Thanks to Dr. Perry Troutman and American Friends, a 900-year-old 
British cathedral gains a new stained-glass work of art. 

By Judy Pehrson 



The Man 
Behind the 
Momentum 



Driven by high standards and 
a sense of community, John 
Synodinos has helped reshape 
the college s image. And he's 
not done yet. 

By John M. Baer 



In the office of the president of Leba- 
non Valley College, there isn't 
much on the walls. A few pieces of 
art. A photo of the late Dr. Martin 
Luther King, Jr. That's about it. Pretty 
plain. When a visitor comments, in a tone 
suggesting that there really isn't any dis- 
play of position, the occupant of the office 
looks puzzled. 

"Like, what?" he asks. "Diplomas?" 
Clearly, John A. Synodinos, Lebanon 
Valley's 15th president, is not caught up in 
personal trappings. 

Further evidence is available at 
Kreiderheim, his off-campus residence pro- 
vided by the college. At an informal evening 
reception for faculty and staff, Synodinos, 
dressed in a dark sport shirt and sharply 
creased slacks, circulates among his guests, 
laughs, hunches into a few intense discus- 
sions, comes up for air, folds his arms after 
making a point. He looks at ease, ready to 
swap jokes or Eastern philosophy. He wears 
a paper-sticky name tag, but it's not his. 
The tag says "Leon Markowicz," a veteran 
faculty member. Asked about the tag, 
Synodinos doesn't miss a beat: "Oh, he 
always wanted to be president." 

This is a guy who doesn't stand on 
formality. 

More small insights? The old Annville 
Inn on Main Street, not far from campus. 



serves breakfast and lunch daily from 5:30 
a.m. to 2 p.m. It isn't fancy. Signs say local 
Dutchy things like "Willkommen" and 
"Guten Morgen." On Wednesdays, the 
coffee's 25 cents. 

The Inn is where Synodinos often has 
breakfast. Rita Gloss, bom and raised on a 
farm in the region, and a waitress at the inn 
for the past 1 years, says Synodinos comes 
in early, looks over the fare and ends up 
ordering the same thing: raisin bran and an 
onion bagel. It's a routine. Says Gloss, 
"He'll say, 'Oh, you know what I want.'" 

Doesn't sound like a man of vision, 
does it? 

Yet, by virtually all accounts, the five- 
year period of Synodinos' presidency has 
been anything but plain, laid-back or rou- 
tine. It has instead been near-revolutionary, 
bringing Lebanon Valley what many call a 
visionary leadership and more positive 
change than perhaps at any time in the 
school's 127-year history. 

This from a man who did not seek the 
job, has never taught in a college classroom 
and does not hold a Ph.D. Moreover, he 
seems too nice, too easy-going to be a mover 
and a shaker. But behind a mild exterior, 
he's white-hot intense, idea-driven and a 




Some $7 million worth of physical improve- 
ments have changed the campus dramatically. 



natural-bom marketeer. You can sense it in 
his presence. You can see it in his eyes. 

His story — how he got where he is and 
what he's done there — has to be among the 
most unusual in higher education. 

"It was culture shock," says math pro- 
fessor Dr. Joerg Mayer, "a sleepy little place 
like this was not ready for somebody to 
transform it in five years." 

Ready or not, that's what happened. 
Students, faculty, board members, even 
those not wholly admirers of Synodinos, all 
credit him with remaking the school, turn- 
ing it around and putting it prominently on 
the map. 

"When I came here," says senior 
Catherine Crissman, the student govern- 
ment president, "nobody ever heard of Leba- 
non Valley College. He changed that. And 
the changes he made not only got us no- 
ticed but also made this a better place to 
live. Everything from flowers, better mainte- 
nance, better lighting, student fomms to let 
students have a say, to a study on residen- 
tial life [which made enormous changes in 
student living circumstances]...! wouldn't 
want to be anywhere else." 

The five-year record is impressive. 
Enrollment's up (the number of new stu- 
dents has increased by a third). Applica- 
tions have nearly doubled (from 850 in 
1988 to 1,548 in 1993). And the current 
incoming class of 318 freshmen, plus 50 
transfer students, is the largest in the 
college's history. The endowment has 
jumped 77 percent — rising from $9.2 mil- 
lion in 1988 to $16.4 million in 1993. 
Alumni giving is way up (32 percent of 
alumni contributed in 1992-93), and the 
year was a record for fund-raising overall. 
Faculty salaries have moved from the fourth 
quintile to the second quintile in the Ameri- 
can Association of University Professors 
ranking system for liberal arts colleges. And 
last year's budget had a $5(X),000 surplus. 

There have also been $7 million worth 
of new physical improvements, including 
renovations and landscaping to more than a 
third of the campus. More renovation and 
new constmction are planned. In addition, 
the campus has been equipped for the age 
of the "electronic highway." A new inte- 
grated administrative computer system has 



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With his open, direct style. President John A. Synodinos makes sure he — and tlie college — are communicating more with students, among 
them (l-r) sophomore Yukako Atsiimi. senior Lauretta Farmar and junior Jeff Drummond. 



been installed, a new telephone system pur- 
chased and telephones and cable and data 
lines installed throughout the campus — in- 
cluding in the dormitories and five new 
computer labs. A campus-wide informa- 
tion system now connects Lebcinon Valley 
people with each other and, through the 
Internet, with networks and data bases all 
over the world. 

All this comes in the face of national 
trends trouncing smaller private colleges, 
many of which face budget cuts and smaller 
enrollments as middle-class families turn 
to less-expensive public-sector schools. 

There's more. LVC's academics ex- 
panded to include a new adult education 
center in Lancaster and an M.B.A. pro- 
gram. Admissions materials and the 
college's magazine and other publications 
have won a number of awards. In athletics, 
baseball won its conference title, field 
hockey won three championships and men's 
basketball went to the NCAA playoffs for 
the first time in 20 years. Clearly Lebanon 
Valley is on a roll. 



The college drew national notice, in- 
cluding from The Washington Post, USA 
Today and CNN, for its innovative and 
generous scholarship program to bring in 
brighter students at a tuition parents can 
better afford. 

Even a failed plan to sell to the public 
the condominiums adjacent to campus has 
been turned into a plus. The college has 
made the condos part of student housing, 
offering them to seniors as "transitional" 
living quarters at no extra housing cost. 

"When things are going well for you, 
even your dumbest mistakes turn out O.K.," 
Synodinos says. 

Who is this guy? 

Well, for starters, he's a first cousin of 
Jimmy the Greek, the famous sports 
oddsmaker now retired and living in 
Durham, North Carolina. So don't be sur- 
prised if Synodinos' management style 
includes an occasional roll of the dice. 

The roots of his work ethic are easily 
traced. 

John Anthony Synodinos, 59, was bom 



in Baltimore and raised in his father's res- 
taurants, Anthony's North Grill and 
Anthony's Drive-In. TTie oldest of three 
brothers, he grew up not far from Memorial 
Stadium. 

His father loved flying and had an old, 
two-seater military monoplane, a PT-21, 
with an open cockpit. Father and oldest son 
occasionally flew out over the ocean — up- 
side down. 

In 1954, after Synodinos had left Loyola 
College in Baltimore to join the Army, his 
father was killed at age 54, flying a rescue 
mission for the Civil Air Patrol. Synodinos 
honored his father's wishes and his memory 
by returning to Loyola, where he graduated 
cum laude in 1 959. 

He went to work at Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity in Baltimore, and spent nearly a 
decade in admissions, public relations and 
other administrative areas. In 1968, he joined 
Franklin & Marshall College, where three 
years later he was named vice president for 
advancement. In 1 97 1 , he earned a master's 
degree in education from Temple Uni- 



Fall 1993 



"If people feel good 
about what they're 
doing, if they have 
an environment in 
which they feel 
supported, they'll 
express that in every 
single thing they do. 
And you can feel it. 
It's palpable." 

John Synodinos 



versity in Philadelphia. He spent the four 
years prior to Lebanon Valley as a consult- 
ant helping colleges and universities find 
leaders. 

It was, in fact, while working as a con- 
sultant to the Lebanon Valley presidential 
search committee that Synodinos ended up 
in the post himself. 

"You normally don't hire your consult- 
ant," says Tom Reinhart ('58), a Reading, 
Pennsylvania, businessman and chairper- 
son of LVC's board of trustees. But, Rein- 
hart recalled, after reviewing about 210 
applications and deciding "we didn't want 
an academic; what we wanted was a mcir- 
keting guy, someone with a degree of 
vision, someone who'd get out from behind 
the desk," the job was offered to Synodinos. 

He turned it down. Three months passed. 
It was offered again. He accepted. Says 
Reinhart, "It was the best move Lebanon 
Valley College ever made, and I've been 
involved with the school since the day I 
graduated." 




John and Glenda Synodinos have been 
married for 34 years. They have two 
grown daughters, Jean, 33, and 
Victoria, 3 1 , and a granddaughter, Emily, 
4. Glenda is described by many as "a part- 
ner" in running LVC. She didn't want her 
husband to take the job, but now says she's 
glad he did. 

He's a man of varied interests: art, op- 
era, the theater, music, Breyer's vanilla ice 
cream ("lite," a change from the days when 
he used to put peanut butter in it) and Satur- 
day afternoon LVC football. He plays the 
piano and the violin, but not in public. To 
stay fit, he walks the college track or on a 
treadmill three or four days a week, three 
miles at a clip. 

He is open, direct, smiles easily and 
often. Some say he's too direct — occasion- 
ally headstrong and impatient. He says his 
greatest frustration is a tendency to "bite 
off more than is often good for me, and 
trying to get it all done." But he adds, un- 
prompted, "I love my job." And nobody 
says he hasn't used it to make his tenure a 
time of sweeping change. 

"What he has done here is remarkable," 
says a longtime faculty member not espe- 
cially enamored of Synodinos, "because 
educational institutions are the hardest 
places to change. He's changed this college 
to an extent I wouldn't have thought pos- 
sible, and far more than those outside edu- 
cation can appreciate." 




Synodinos says he did it by changing 
the way people think about the place. 

"If people feel good about what they're 
doing, if they have an environment in which 
they feel supported, they'll express that in 
every single thing they do. And you can 
feel it. It's palpable," Synodinos observes. 

He praises the 66-member faculty, many 
of whom were in place when he arrived. 
And he credits the improved morale to the 
alterations in the college's image — every- 
thing from renovating the buildings to 
sprucing up the grounds. 

"Landscaping isn't planting trees," he 
says. "Landscaping is planting an environ- 
ment." 

Adding walkways, lawns and flowers to 
a central campus area that once was a park- 
ing lot, and fixing up and rearranging other 
areas of the campus gave LVC "cohesion," 
he adds. He and others note that while such 
changes have little to do with education. 



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(Opposite page). The library, built in 1956. 
will be transformed into a high-tech learn- 
ing center over the next few years. The 
college' s sports teams are on a roll as well. 



they make a difference in shaping the over- 
all image of the campus for visitors, pro- 
spective students or those already here. 

"Knowledge is important. But that 
doesn't sell to 1 8-year-olds or their parents," 
says Dr. Allan Wolfe, biology professor. 
The problems needing the most attention 
tended to be more external and cosmetic. 
Wolfe believes that the physical changes 
Synodinos made were needed and impor- 
tant. LVC is making progress because 
Synodinos "is fixing those problems with- 
out screwing up what's important," he added. 

After studying student life, Synodinos 
last year launched a series of forums to 
increase student input. He oversaw a re- 
writing of the campus alcohol policy that, 
starting this year, permits 21 -year-olds to 
drink on campus. "We've decided we'll 
live by the law of Pennsylvania," he notes. 
The new policy stiffens penalties for under- 
age drinkers, and he cautions students un- 
der 21, "don't test us on this." 

What has brought LVC the most na- 
tional attention is the innovative achieve- 
ment scholarship plan (see page II). While 
the college still offers need-based aid, it 
also rewards students who achieve academi- 
cally. The achievement scholarship program 
gives 50 percent tuition grants to students 
in the top 10 percent of their high school 
class; 33 percent grants to those in the top 
20 percent; and 25 percent grants to those 
in the top 30 percent. 

"We changed the question," says 
Synodinos, "from 'how much money do 
your parents make?' to 'how well did your 
son or daughter do?'" By doing so, he says, 
the college is telling middle-class families, 
"there's hope." 

This issue is one he warms to. He rails 
against the cost of education and govern- 
ment policy on subsidies to public versus 
private schools. He rails more ardently on 
the subject of "need" and government defi- 
nitions. "I'm so angry at that that I can't see 
straight," he says. He tells the story: 

"Take an average family, not rich, not 
poor, middle income. Say $60,000. After 
taxes, what? $45,000, if they're lucky. 
They're going to write a check for $ 1 8,000? 
Nonsense. They couldn't possibly do that! 
The government says they have no need. 



That's ridiculous! I mean, how dare the 
government say those people don't have 
any need!" 

Synodinos set about convincing the 
middle class that they still could afford pri- 
vate education, to show them that there was 
a small, private, liberal arts school avail- 
able in their price range. 

The program not only is attracting many 
more students, but better students as well. 
Among current freshmen, 72 percent were 
in the top 30 percent of their high school 
class. In August the campus drew more 
visits from prospective students than ever 
before. 




He's not done yet. Far from it. "The 
hard part is the next five years," he 
says. He talks about his current 
mission of building a new library and a new 
learning center. Maybe adding a golf course 
nearby. Of building a new sports arena so 
basketball can move from the central part 
of the campus to adjoin other athletic facili- 
ties and increase the campus cohesion that 
he is striving for. 

And he talks about where Lebanon Val- 
ley is headed, and what kind of place it will 
be. Enrollment is hitting capacity at 1,020 
to 1 ,040. Further growth would mean more 
buildings, a bigger faculty and staff "We 
don't want to do that," he says. "There are 
dozens of good schools, private schools, in 
Pennsylvania at 1,600 or 1,800 students. 
There are very few good ones at 1,000. 
That's what we want to be. We want to be 
that kind of school. Not pretentious. Not 
socially elite. But very, very good academi- 




Synodinos is resolved to keep LVC afford- 
able and "veiy, veiy good academically." 



cally. Where kids get to know each other. 
Where there's a sense of family. Where 
there's a scale that's truly human." 

The changes yet to come, like those that 
already have taken place, must be planned — 
there's no rolling the dice here. "We're not 
going to drift into the future. If there's one 
thing I do not like, it's drifting." He says 
this with a tone and a hard look that convey 
the strength of his resolve. In that planning, 
his goal is to involve every segment of the 
college community. A small school, he says, 
is "like a village," and the president is like 
"a mayor... I hope I'll always be a strong 
mayor." 

If his tenure is seen as a term of office, 
he might be halfway through. Both he and 
his wife say it's likely he'll stay another 
five years. Friends and colleagues say they 
expect he'll retire at LVC. He's looking 
now for a home in the area, to free up 
Kreiderheim — maybe as a conference cen- 
ter for the college — and to have a place of 
his own on a smaller scale. 

Meanwhile, he hopes to keep LVC on 
track, continuing to meet what he calls three 
ongoing goals: "customer satisfaction, mak- 
ing the place look good, high expectations." 
His success to date is evident. And while he 
credits "cycles" and the talents and support 
of faculty and staff, there's little question 
that "mayor" John Synodinos is the prime 
mover, the seemingly plain, laid-back, rou- 
tine presence that created a new, improved 
Lebanon Valley College community. 



John Baer is a reporter and columnist for 
The Philadelphia Daily News. 



Fall 1993 




Dinosaur 
Maze 
Delights 
Thousands 

The proceeds from LVC's 
walk-through puzzle in a com 
field offered a harvest of hope 
to Midwest flood victims. 



In a field of green com. just beyond 
the campus athletic fields, a mam- 
moth Stegosaurus took shape this 
summer as students pulled out com 
stalks, one by one. to make its paths. 
The "Amazing Maize Maze." covering al- 
most three acres, is the largest maze in the 
world. It brought Lebanon Valley bushels of 
national attention — including in USA To- 
day, on "Good Morning America." and even 
a place in the Guinness Book of Records. 

TTiis daunting dinosaur did even more: It 
raised nearly $27,000 from some 6.000 visi- 
tors in the first weekend alone. September 
11-12. Tlie proceeds benefited tho.se who 
had no chance of harvesting their own com: 
the flood victims in the Midwest. On Octo- 
ber 2 during Homecoming, it raised $5,000 
more. LVC channeled the proceeds through 
the Lebanon Chapter of the American Red 
Cross. 

The idea for the 1 26.000-square-foot 



puzzle sprang up in the fertile mind of Don 
Frantz ("73) (see page 8). It was Stephen 
Sondheim who came up with the "Amaz- 
ing Maize Maze" moniker, according to 
USA Today, as Frantz and the composer 
were doing lunch one day. After Frantz 
presented the idea to the college and pro- 
vided the initial financial backing for it, he 
contacted Adrian Fisher from Minotaur De- 
signs in Hertfordshire. England. 

Fisher had designed some 70 mazes be- 
fore, including a dragon — but never a dino. 
never in com and never this vast. This beast- 
in-a-box. 560 feet long, has close to two 
miles of paths winding through com nine 
feet tall. Some 2.000 people could wander 
in it at once. Admitted Fisher, "the sheer 
scale of it was quite daunting." 

Joanne Marx ("94) began to work with 
Frantz in January to bring the project to 
fruition. This summer, the hotel manage- 
ment major led volunteers in their five weeks 



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of mapping out the pattern in twine, then 
yanking up stalks to create the puzzle's 
intricate twists and turns in five-foot-wide 
paths. Jennifer Evans, director of student 
activities, helped organize the effort and 
worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Frantz, 
the students and community volunteers. 

After completing their task, Marx ob- 
served to the Associated Press, "It was such 
a great feeling to go up [in an airplane] and 
see that it actually looked like something." 

The college charged adults $5 and chil- 
dren $3 to enter the maze. Visitors could 
count on at least a half-hour to reach the 
head of the beast — and usually much longer. 

They were given maps — and helium bal- 
loons to hold up if they got lost. Inside the 
maze were portable Johns, scaffolds to peek 
over the stalks and communications "pipes" 
that enabled the perplexed to receive clues 
from the maze-master seated on a platform 
high above the field. The festivities also 



". . .the world's largest 
pedestrian puzzle, aside 
from the New York 
City subway system. . ." 

— The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal 




AMAZING MARE MAZE 




featured hayrides, bands and a barbecue. 

Across the country, newspapers, TV sta- 
tions, and radio stations picked up the sto- 
ries by the Associated Press and United 
Press International. Philadelphia's WPVI- 
TV (an ABC affiliate) sent up a news heli- 
copter. Two of the local TV stations fed 
the story to their national networks, and 
NBC News, CBS News and CNN men- 
tioned the maze. Radio commentator Paul 
Harvey also carried the story. 

The field of com belongs to farmer 
Gerald Hoffer. Come November, the giant 
green Stegosaurus that lured thousands into 
his lair will, alas, become extinct when 
Hoffer fires up the combine. But nearby, 
volunteers led by Fisher carved out a much 
smaller but more lasting Robin Hood maze 
in turf. And it will be a long time before 
anyone at Lebanon Valley forgets "the 
Amazing Maize Maze." 

— Donna Shoemaker 




Students and volunteei v shaped that \talk\ 
Stego^auiusfiom thee aties of Loin The 
"Amazing Maize Maze" attracted large 
crowds to Lebanon Valley. While the jolly 
green dinosaur met its demise at haiTest 
time, a more lasting maze in tmfwill remain. 



Fall 1993 



The 

A'Mazing 
Don Frant2 



With a gorilla on his resume, 
he headed for Hollywood, 
then on to Disney World 
and the Great White Way. 
Now he's worked his magic 
on an Annville com field. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 



May 1973: 

Don Frantz, music education 
major and brand-new gradu- 
ate of Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege, trades in his cap and 
gown for a gorilla suit. He 
spends the summer performing at 
Hersheypark, enthralling crowds of tourists 
with his true-to-life impersonation of a danc- 
ing ape. Come September, the gorilla suit is 
packed away and the job is history, but it's 
clear to one and all that the future of Don 
Frantz will lead him right to the stage. 

August 1993: 

Now an alumnus for 20 years and project 
producer for Walt Disney World Creative 
Entertainment, Don Frantz ( '73) strides into 
Manhattan's Stage Deli wearing a Mickey 
Mouse baseball cap. He's in town to help 
transform the animated film Beauty and the 
Beast into a musical extravaganza for the 
Broadway stage. And if the casting director 
has trouble filling the part of the Beast, 
Frantz — versatile showman that he's be- 
come — can always dust off his old gorilla 
suit and get back into character. During our 
interview at the deli, he shared some of the 
highlights of an entertainment career that 
had its start in Annville. 

When Frantz showed up on campus as a 
bell-bottom-clad freshman from Palmyra 
in the fall of 1969, he brought along his 
clarinet and his dream — inspired by a Leba- 
non Valley alumnus — of becoming a mu- 



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sic teacher. "I went to Lebanon Valley," 
explains Frantz, "because my music teacher. 
Bill Nixon, had gone there, and I thought 
he was the most exciting person I knew. 
But I got a lot more than I bargained for." 

He got, as a matter of fact, something 
entirely different. "When I was taking a 
conducting course. Professor [James] 
TTiurmond threw his baton at me in class 
once and said I would never be a music 
teacher," Frantz recalls. "Of course it turned 
out that he was right, though I was crushed 
at the time. But it forced me to make other 
choices. What Lebanon Valley taught me 
was that I could do what I really wanted to 
do — and the Spring Arts Festival was what 
started it all for me." 

The festival, now an annual tradition at 
the Valley, began as Frantz's brainchild, 
bom of his disdain over his fellow students ' 
apathy. "I was on the Student Council in 
my sophomore year," he said. "That year it 
seemed like a lot of projects were phasing 
out — a Christmas show was canceled, the 
sec skit was on its last leg. I said, 'What 
do we do? We cancel things, we don't make 
anything.' So they asked me what it was I 
wanted to make." Frantz suggested a spring 
arts festival and got immediate approval, 
the money to get started and enough work 
to bring on a panic attack. 

"I was talking to a sculptor in Harris- 
burg," he recalls, "questioning whether I 
could do this or not. We were watching 
TV — they were launching a rocket and we 




saw the news coverage of this spaceship 
going to the moon. And then it hit me — this 
is only an arts festival. What's so big about 
an arts festival? I can do this." 

Putting together the festival may not 
have been rocket science, but it was a huge 
task for an already-busy undergraduate. 
Overcoming student skepticism was the first 
challenge, and the next was figuring out 
exactly what the festival would entail. 

"After a while, people just came out of 
the woodwork," he said, "and came up to 
me and offered to help. Of course I didn't 
know what to tell them to do. So I just 
asked them what their ideas were and told 
them to go do it. It was really about sending 
people off and saying 'Yes, you can do 
that, and you can spend $200, and you have 
this part of the night, and this geography.' 
Which is basically how I now still produce 
a show." 

The first arts festival, held in the spring 
of 1971, surpassed everyone's expecta- 
tions — especially Frantz's. "It was a magi- 
cal night," he recalls. "Everyone was 
collaborating, people were playing the gui- 
tar, one student was reading poetry, there 
were dancers interpreting the music. It was 
just a creative jam all night long. It set me 
in the middle of the creative community 
that I have never wanted to leave." 

From Hershey to Hollywood 

The theatre became a lifelong love for 
Frantz — and when graduation day rolled 
around two years later, he had been so busy 
with a play and with the third annual arts 
festival that he hadn't had time to look for a 
job. So he trotted off to the employment 
office at Hersheypark, hoping to land a job 
as "the guy who robs the train." But that job 
had already been filled by a more punctual 
Lebanon Valley student who'd shown up 
three weeks earlier. Frantz was ready to 
settle for a Hersheypark uniform, a broom, 
and the title of sweeperette, when fate 
intervened. 

"I was filling out my application, and a 
guy was reading over my shoulder and saw 
me writing about .theatre and dance. He 
said, 'How would you like to be a gorilla?' 




Maze designer Adrian Fisher (left) and Don Frantz ('73) entertain at a press conference fi}r the "Amazing Maize Maze." 



And I said, 'That's exactly what I want to 
do! ' So five times a day all summer long, I 
was a gorilla." 

That nosey, over-the-shoulder reader was 
Mark Wilson, a producer just arrived from 
California to check up on his show. His 
regular gorilla, for reasons unknown, had 
never gotten on the plane, so Frantz had 
himself a job as "the best gorilla ever," and 
the beginnings of a professional associa- 
tion that would help to build his career. 

When the summer was over, Frantz en- 
rolled in Harrisburg Area Community Col- 
lege to study theatre, photography and 
dance, focusing his liberal arts education 
into theatre arts. After receiving an associ- 
ates degree, he headed back to Hershey to 
accept a job creating entertainment for the 
nightclubs, the park and the theatre. He 
kept in touch with Wilson, and two years 
later was offered the position of company 
manager for a show in Los Angeles. 

"It meant leaving this safe corporate job 
in Hershey, where I could be set for life," 
Frantz says. "But I wanted to find out what 
it's all about. So I went out for three 
months — and stayed for 15 years." 

Though Frantz called California home, 
chances are you wouldn't have been able to 



find him there too often. His projects took 
him all over the country — and foreign shores 
as well. One of his first projects was pro- 
ducing a puppet show for Burger King, and 
supervising it as it traveled around the coun- 
try teaching a Bicentennial message. Soon 
after that, the fast-food chain developed a 
"Marvelous Magical Burger King" adver- 
tising campaign, and Frantz was hired as 
the magician to teach magic to the king. 

"We created 20 Burger Kings," he ex- 
plains, "and went around the country. We'd 
pull into a Burger King parking lot, open up 
the doors of the van, and do the show. I 
became the national king — if they wanted 
somebody to do a live show at the 
Superdome or the Orange Bowl, or in 
Alaska or Puerto Rico, that was me. It was 
fun — I got to travel, see the world." 

Frantz performed on television variety 
shows as well, working his magic on the 
"Cher Show," "Howard Cossell Live" and 
the Entertainer of the Year Awards. And if 
you were tuned in to "Charlie's Angels" or 
"The Incredible Hulk," you might have seen 
him there as well. "All those action shows," 
says Frantz, "if they last long enough, sooner 
or later there's a magician as the bad guy. 
You can pretty much count on it." 



Magical Mystei^ Tours 

During all the time that he'd been perform- 
ing magic tricks, Frantz had never lost in- 
terest in the magic of dance. He studied 
under Luigi, a well-known jazz dancer, and 
at the age of 28 began a second career. "I 
went back to Mark Wilson as a dancer 
rather than a project manager," he says. 
"Because Mark knew that in addition to 
dancing, I could also help out everywhere 
else, there was plenty of work for me. I did 
commercials for Suntory Brandy and for 
Seiko watches, and danced with Cheryl 
Ladd in a musical revue." He went on a 
three-month dance tour of Asia, with stops 
in Bangkok, Singapore and other exotic 
locales. 

In 1980, Frantz joined a magic company 
on a month-long tour of China just as it was 
opening up to the West. "It was an unbe- 
lievable experience," he says, "being one 
of the first Americans to go there since 
1949. It changed my life. People rode bi- 
cycles for 400 miles to see us — magic is an 
ancient art form in China, and this was the 
first time since the Cultural Revolution that 
all the magicians could get together freely." 

When he returned home, he enrolled in 



Fall 1993 



theatre management at UCLA. It was a 
two-year M.F.A. program that stretched into 
five because "I kept getting job offers" — 
from running a developmental theater in 
Los Angeles to directing the entertainment 
at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. 
He became general manager of the Dolittle 
Theatre in Los Angeles, producing musi- 
cals for regional theater and working with 
actors who are now on Broadway, 
including Jason Ma of Miss Saigon, 
Eleanor O'Connell of Aspects of 
Love and Chuck Wagner of Les 
Miserahles. "It became the begin- 
ning of my Broadway community," 
says Frantz. 

At the developmental theatre he 
helped to found, playwright Robert 
Schenken did his very first reading 
of The Kentucky Cycle. The story 
of an Appalachian family over many 
generations, it is playing this fall at 
the Kennedy Center in Washing- 
ton, D.C., and then heads for Broad- 
way. Another piece he worked on, 
The Steelworkers Project, looking 
at the plight of unemployed steel- 
workers, came to Pittsburgh and 
Allentown when Bruce Springsteen * ■ 
provided the funds and the stage 
equipment to take the show on the 
road. When the Statue of Liberty 
celebrated her 100th birthday on 
the Fourth of July in 1986, Frantz 
was there to help put on the show, 
as creative director of Liberty 
Weekend events. 

A Mickey Mouse Job 

After a stint of directing shows for Mark 
Wilson, Frantz was hired by Universal Stu- 
dios in California as entertainment director. 
He worked there from 1 987 to 1 989, direct- 
ing "Miami Vice" and "The Wild West 
Show." Then, after directing shows for Prin- 
cess Cruise Lines, he was hired on by Disney 
in 1 990 to produce live entertainment shows 
at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There, 
his projects included producing and direct- 
ing SpectroMagic, a nighttime parade that 
wows visitors as their day at the Magic 
Kingdom comes to an end. "We've taken 
all the new technologies — a full spectrum 
of color and lights, fiber optics, strobe lights, 
neon. It's all set to music that's sweeping 



"What Lebanon Valley 
taught me was that I 
could do what I really 
wanted to do." 



-Don Frantz (' 7 i) 




Behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom, 
magician Frantz wields his art through fiber 
optics, strobe lights and neon. 



and grand, sort of like a live Fantasia — a 
final kiss good-night to the Magic King- 
dom." 

In New York City now, Frantz is work- 
ing his magic again, adapting Disney's 
Beauty and the Beast to the Great White 
Way. As associate producer, pretty much 
everything falls into his lap, from hiring a 
costume designer, to helping design the 
lighting, to finding a casting director and 
dealing with contracts and box office sales. 
But before all that could happen, he had to 



make the big pitch to the Disney execu- 
tives. "Broadway shows are the riskiest kind 
of business," he says. "The whole thing 
could fold in one night. So pitching to 
Disney for the show is kind of like going to 
the Student Council for money." 

Beauty and the Beast, which will fea- 
ture two new songs written by Alan Menken 
and Tim Rice, will be a "kind of American 
Phatnom," says Frantz, "an old- 
fashioned musical with the mys- 
tique of an opera." It opens in 
Houston on November 30 and in 
New York City on April 7, 1994. 

Back to the Future 

This past summer, now that he is 
within commuting distance of 
Annville, Frantz became an Amtrak 
regular, spending weekends down 
on the farm, cutting the 126,000- 
square-foot "Amazing Maize 
Maze" and planning events for the 
weekend. It's a project that he'd 
been thinking about for a while, but 
it just simmered on a back burner 
until he got a call last January from 
Jen Evans, director of student ac- 
tivities at Lebanon Valley. 

A student, she said, a junior 
named Joanne Marx, was raring to 
get out into that com field and get 
the maze started. Marx was frus- 
trated that the student body 
wasn't active, that they were 
immersed only in their studies, 
that they weren't really talking with 
each other. Perhaps the maze, she 
figured, would be a way to get everyone 
working together. And that struck a 
memory chord somewhere in the back of 
Frantz's head, reminding him of the begin- 
ning of the Spring Arts Festival 20 years 
ago. 

"All I had to do is hear about that one 
student," he says, "and I was on my way. 
My whole career has been about a lot of 
great good luck, and about a lot of won- 
derful people all saying 'Sure!' And it was 
great to be able to say 'Sure' for someone 
else." 

Nancy Fitzgerald is a Lebanon-based 
fieelance writer who contributes to national 
education and consumer publications. 



10 The Valley 



Rewarding 
Achievement 




The college's unique merit- 
based scholarship program has 
generated applause from 
parents and students, as well 
as national media attention. 

By Seth Wenger '94 



s 



Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Bill Brown gets feedback on the achievement scholar- 
ship program from freshman Rachel Yingst and junior JeffDrummond. 



ophomore Ben Ruby's first year 
at Lebanon Valley was so good 
that he decided to stay on over 
the summer to work in the 
financial aid office. His employ- 
ment there was especially fitting: the office 
had awarded him a half-tuition Vickroy 
Scholarship for graduating in the top 10 
percent of his high-school class in Mt. Wolf, 
Pennsylvania. "Without the scholarship," 
Ruby said, "I probably wouldn't have been 
able to come here. I just wouldn't have 
been able to afford it." 

Ruby's statement is echoed over and 
over by recipients of the achievement-based 
scholarships that the college began award- 
ing to freshmen in 1992. Freshman Robyn 
Welker of Annapolis. Maryland, said her 
visit to the campus confirmed that this was 
where she wanted to be. "I loved it. It was 
exactly what I was looking for," she said. 
But her Vickroy Scholarship was the decid- 
ing factor when it came time to choose a 
college. "If I hadn't gotten it, I wouldn't 
have been able to afford to come here." 

Robert Searfoss, a freshman from 
Elmira, New York, told a similar story. 
"When I came to visit, I really liked the 
campus. I'm interested in playing football, 
and I liked the coaches — they seemed like 
real down-to-earth guys. It just seemed like 
the right school. But if I hadn't received the 
scholarship, I probably wouldn't be going 
here. My parents and I wouldn't have been 
able to afford it." 

The scholarship program has received 
nationwide attention for the innovative sim- 
plicity of its merit-based awards. All stu- 
dents who graduate in the top 1 percent of 



Fall 1993 



their high school class automatically qualify 
for the Vickroy Scholarship, which pays 
for halfoftheir tuition. Students who gradu- 
ate in the top 20 percent receive the one- 
third tuition Leadership Scholarship, and 
those in the top 30 percent receive the one- 
fourth tuition Achievement Award. 

The program has paid dividends for the 
college in increased enrollment figures. TTie 
size of the freshman class increased by al- 
most 50 percent when the scholarships were 
first awarded in 1992, and grew an addi- 
tional 1 1 percent in 1993, according to Dean 
of Admission and Financial Aid Bill Brown. 
"People get very excited about the pro- 
gram," he said. 

Lynell Shore, director of financial aid, 
agreed. "I think what it does is open the 
door for people. The scholarship program 
brings people to campus. Once they're here, 
the staff and faculty on campus do such a 
good job of selling the school that we have 
a very high rate of visitors who enroll." 

TTiese scholarships can make the price of 
a Lebanon Valley College education com- 
petitive with that of a state-supported school. 
Shore said. This gives students who would 
prefer to attend a small, private school the 
opportunity to do so. 

Freshman Rachel Yingst said she wanted 
to attend a small college, but for financial 
reasons she was mainly considering larger 
ones — Penn State, the University of Mary- 
land and Temple. "I was deciding between 
Temple and Lebanon Valley," she said, "and 
the scholarship made the difference." 

The program's straightforwardness sets 
it apart from merit-based systems at other 
schools. "Our program is unique in that 
there are no restrictions placed on it," Brown 
said. "Other schools may require forms to 
fill out, or will consider SAT scores and 
other factors. Part of the attraction of our 
program is the simplicity of it." 

Parents and students are happy with the 
program because it eliminates the uncer- 
tainty associated with most financial aid 
packages. "It's a real psychological boost 
for a student to come onto campus and 
know that $6,000 is being knocked off the 
cost right away," Shore said. "I don't know 
of any other school where, before you even 
walk through the door, you know what your 
scholarship will be." 

The scholarship program arose out of 
necessity, according to John Synodinos, 
president of Lebanon Valley College. Need- 
based government financial aid has been 
declining over the past decade, he said, and 
private colleges have had to bridge the gap 
by providing more aid of their own, while 
raising the price of tuition to pay for it. As a 
result, colleges like Lebanon Valley were 



becoming too expensive for many middle- 
income families. 

So the college administration decided to 
address the issue boldly. "We ought to have 
a system that offers the middle-income fam- 
ily choice as well as access," Synodinos 
said. 

"The question was, how can we make 
our education affordable?" Synodinos con- 
tinued. "The answer was growth. The only 
way to do it was to lower the price and add 
students." The increase in revenue brought 
in by the expanding enrollment would off- 
set the loss in income from lowering the 
cost, he explained. By pegging the scholar- 
ships to merit, the program would attract 
high-quality students. 

All of those goals have been fulfilled, 
Synodinos said. Enrollments are up, and 
more students are coming from the middle- 
income sector. "I think what we've done is 
working. But we must be careful to monitor 
our price very carefully; if we try to raise 
tuition rapidly, we'll shut the middle- 
income families out again." 

It has paid off financially and academi- 
cally as well. Brown said. Even with over 
70 percent of freshmen receiving achieve- 
ment scholarships, the college is still expe- 
riencing an overall net increase in revenue. 
In addition, an increase in applications has 
enabled Lebanon Valley to be more selec- 
tive. For incoming freshmen, both the aver- 
age class rank and the average SAT scores 
have increased over the past two years. 

Students who have received scholarships 
praise the program warmly. "I think it is a 
great incentive," said Ruby. "A lot of people 
I talked to used to not even consider Leba- 
non Valley because it was too expensive. 
The scholarship program makes it afford- 
able." At the same time, he said, the college 
is "rewarding people who deserve to be 
rewarded." 

Not everyone views the program in those 
terms, however. Many upperclassmen think 
the college should reward them for excep- 
tional performance at Lebanon Valley, as 
well as rewarding incoming students for 
their performance in high school. 

Nhien Tony Nguyen graduated in the 
top 10 percent in his class, but entered Leba- 
non Valley one year before the new schol- 
arship program went into effect. Nguyen 
argued that it's in the college's interest to 
reward those who perform well after they've 
matriculated by extending the program to 
current juniors and seniors. 

"Anyone who does well at Lebanon Val- 
ley, and graduates, enhances the reputation 
of the college," he pointed out. "Just as you 
can say that a person who does well in high 
school will probably do well in college, a 



person who does well in college will prob- 
ably do well in his or her career. And people 
who do well in their careers will have the 
resources to give back to their school, ei- 
ther financially or through their time." 
They'd be more inclined to do so, Nguyen 
added, if they had received some recogni- 
tion from the college. 

"I'm very happy at LVC, and I think it's 
a good school," he continued. "I like the 
way the school is seeking to improve itself 
I just don't think upperclassmen should be 
forgotten in the process." 

Jeff Drummond, a junior who was 
awarded a scholarship before the new pro- 
gram was implemented, took issue with the 
new system for a different reason. He ex- 
plained that while he is required to main- 
tain a 3.0 GPA to keep his award, students 
entering under the new rules only need a 
2.75 average. 

"I don't think it's really fair to upper- 
classmen to have to maintain a higher GPA 
for the same type of scholarship. I don't 
believe [the incoming students] have to work 
as hard for it," he said. "My first semester 
I had a 2.8 because I was a chemistry 
major, and I received a notice that I would 
lose my scholarship." The notice was a 
major factor in his decision to change his 
major, he said. 

Synodinos admitted the decision to lower 
the required GPA may have to be reconsid- 
ered. He noted that a committee is examin- 
ing the requirements with an eye toward 
adjusting them, if necessary. He explained 
that the goal is to find a GPA level that is 
"high enough that it's something to work 
for, but not so high that it scares them into 
making harmful, inappropriate course 
choices." As for extending the program to 
current juniors and seniors, Synodinos said 
that the administration considered this at 
length, but was unable to come up with a 
system that was practical monetarily and 
didn't require a tuition increase. 

Synodinos pointed out that despite the 
criticisms, the overwhelming reaction to 
achievement scholarships remains positive. 
An editorial in The Washington Post praised 
Lebanon Valley for offering smdents in- 
centives to do well in high school. A recent 
article in USA Today listed the scholarship 
program as one of five "fresh approaches" 
to financial aid around the country. 

"It's made my job a lot easier," Shore 
says, smiling. "No one likes to talk about 
their finances, but it makes it a lot nicer 
when the first thing I can say is, "You're 
getting over $6,000." 

Seth Wenger '94 is an individualized major 
in English. 



12 The Valley 



The Music 
of Miracles 

Spring's arrival, the poetry of 
front porches, the struggle 
for peace — all inspire the 
compositions of Tom Lanese. 

By Laura Chandler Ritter 



Thomas and Denise Lanese seem an 
unlikely pair. He grew up poor on the 
outskirts of Cleveland, the son of 
Italian immigrants , while oceans 
away, she was a Parisian, the 
daughter of Pierre Monteux, the 
world-famous conductor. 

But they've been married for 47 
years. Even more surprisingly, they 
have spent ahnost 40 of those years in 
Annville, where they have developed 
their very considerable talents. Both 
are accomplished artists . Tom is a 
vioUst, conductor, composer and 
associate professor emeritus of music 
at Lebanon Valley; Denise gave up 
the piano and became a sculptor of 
wood. They take turns creating in 
their smaR basement studio, where he 
often sets to music the works of 
favorite poets or friends . 



Q 



n November 23, Lebanon 
Valley College will present a concert (8 p.m. 
in Lutz Hall) of vocal music composed by 
Tom Lanese. The concert demonstrates the 
wide-ranging scope of his interests, including 
music for the works of A. A. Milne and Lewis 
Carroll, Dorothy Parker, Paul Verlaine and 
people far closer to home. 

On the program will be a song cycle, 
Demeter and Persephone, based on poetry 
by Dr. Arthur Ford, English professor and 
cissociate dean for in- 
ternational programs. 
Ford's poem, about a 
mother's love for her 
daughter, is based on a 
"marvelous" Greek 
myth about the chang- 
ing of the seasons, said 
Lanese. Demeter, the 
goddess of agriculture, 
loses her daughter. 
Persephone, to Hades 
for six months of the 
year. When Persephone 
returns, Demeter allows 
life to return to the land. 
"Art's writing is very 
poetic, with high peaks 
of great drama and low 
peaks of desperation and misery. In the end, 
they come together, when the mother realizes 
that it is necessary and natural for things to 
happen the way they did. That's the way it 
ends, on a great up," Lanese added. 

His composition grew out of the beauty of 
Ford's poetry, he explained. "The quality of 
the text gets to you, and through the music I 
think you become more involved with it." 
The song cycle is "one of the more interest- 
ing things I've done," its composer noted, 
"and one of the best things I'll ever do." 

Lanese began playing violin at the age of 
10, and never gave it up. During the Depres- 
sion, when his father was out of work for 
years at a time, Lanese remembers helping 
him, spending long days out in the forest, 
cutting wood, dragging it home in a horse- 
drawn wagon and selling it. 

His family persevered, and so did his mu- 
sic. When there was no money for lessons, 
his teacher would come to his home to play 
duets. He won a scholarship to Baldwin- 



Wallace College in Cleveland and later 
earned a master's degree on a fellowship 
from Juilliard. He also played in the Glenn 
Miller Orchestra. 

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Lanese en- 
listed in the Army, where he spent much 
of his service in the orchestra that per- 
formed Irving Berlin's This is the Army, 
Mr. Jones. Berlin insisted upon only the 
best instrumentalists, drawing many of 
them from the top bands of the day. The 




Tom and Denise Lanese (and friend) in their early Annville days. 

soldiers had to sandwich rehearsals around 
their military training. According to 
Lanese, the show played in 300 cities 
around the world — in Europe, Africa, 
India, Australia and Persia, as well as the 
United States. 



L; 



anese talks about his work at the 
couple's quiet home in Annville. 
f His hands are in constant motion, 
conducting the conversation with quick, 
agile gestures. He expresses his thoughts 
in staccato bursts, a contrast to Denise's 
melodic voice that still has nuances of her 
native French. 

Just as spring marks the return of 
Persephone to her mother, so spring 
marked the beginning, some 40 years ago, 
of the lives of the Laneses in Annville 
when he was hired to teach at the college. 

They arrived on May Day in 1954, 
greeted by young women in full skirts, 
weaving ribbons around May poles. It 



Fall 1993 



13 



was a village celebration filled with music, 
and so charming that the Laneses knew 
instantly that Lebanon Valley College was 
the home they were seeking. They were 
particularly attracted by the quality of the 
Conservatory. 

One of Lanese's earlier works performed 
on campus came in May 1966, in celebration 
of the college's 100th anniversary. His musi- 
cal, based on lyrics by Dr. Edna Carmean 
("59). called Sauerkraut and Boston Beans. 
was a lyrical love story that recalled the early 
history of the college and the beginnings of 
co-education. The pair later collaborated on 
the more adventurous Sandusky Brown, an 
opera about the Underground Railroad. 

He also wrote music for several poems 
of English Professor Phil Billings' book. 
Porches, a collection of poetry about the 
lives of longtime Annville residents. Com- 
posing the music offered Lanese great satis- 
faction because it led to discovering a 
common bond with the people in the po- 
ems, some of whom, like his parents, were 
immigrants. "The whole village turned out 
for the concert," he remembers. 

Perhaps Lanese's most frequent and most 
successful collaborations have been with 
Ford. Several years ago, the pair wrote a 
series of charming one-act children's op- 
eras that filled Lutz Hall during the Spring 
Arts Festival. They also collaborated on 
The Ban. an opera based on a dramatic 
court case in which an Old Order Menno- 
nite farmer, shunned by his church, was 
accused of kidnapping and raping his wife. 

Lanese also composes sacred music, in- 
cluding a mass that has been performed by 
a church in the area. Nevelyn Knisley, a 
long-time friend and pianist who has per- 
formed many of his works, called it "abso- 
lutely transporting. The music is so reflective 
of the idea of peace. You just get chills 
when you hear it." 

In addition to many works for voice, 
Lanese also composes instrumental music. 
"Whenever a group organized at the col- 
lege, he wrote music for them," explained 
Knisley, who arrived in Annville the same 
year as the Laneses. 

Lanese's music is anything but easy to 
perform. He frequently changes the number 
of beats in a measure, and his harmonies are 
often so unexpected that singers lose the 
pitch. But he uses rhythm and harmony to 
create melodies of haunting beauty. It is a 
style so distinctive that Knisley said she can 
look at 100 sheets of music written by 100 
different composers and pick it out immedi- 
ately. Or as Dr. Mark Mecham, music de- 
partment chairman, observed with 
admiration, "You can spot a piece of Lanese 
music a mile away." 




Tom Lanese uses rhythm and harmony to create melodies of haunting beauty. 



About his composing, Lanese said sim- 
ply, "This is what I do. I sit down every 
morning and I write. I'm just slightly nuts. 
I'm slightly gone. I want to express these 
things, and I want to do it in music. You 
have the will and the drive and the imagina- 
tion to do them, and it's a great, great satis- 
faction, a wonderful kind of feeling. 

"You don't sit around waiting for Mozart 
or Schonberg. It's your work. You don't 
wait for inspiration or a message from God 
knows where." 

Currently, he is working on an opera 
based on Longfellow's Evangeline, 
a lengthy poem telling of the French 
settlers, driven from their homeland in 
Acadia, who ended up in Louisiana. He 
began the long-term project last year, and 
already it has been presented in concert 
form, with piano accompaniment, by the 
Surry Opera Company in Maine. This year, 
Lanese is composing the orchestral score 
and individual instrumental parts. 

Surry Opera performs very simply, in a 
bam. Last summer, the company included 
some 60 touring Ukrainian musicians, two 
of whom were among the cast of 
Evangeline. "They spoke no English, so we 
had to teach them everything, and we had 
only three weeks to do it," Tom said with a 



laugh. "They were so scared about their 
English, they never looked at the conduc- 
tor," Denise added. 

But they performed and had a wonder- 
ful time, and the music was warmly re- 
ceived. "It is a people-to-people thing," 
Lanese explained modestly. "The whole 
idea is to get all these people enmeshed, 
and what comes out comes out." 

What came out last summer was a "great 
success," according to Walter Nowick, 
founder and director of the Surry Opera. 
Lanese's opera may be performed again 
next summer, during the Surry's 10th anni- 
versary celebration. 

Though Lanese himself doesn't men- 
tion it, for his contributions to music, he 
recently won the Keystone Award, the high- 
est award offered by the Pennsylvania Fed- 
eration of Music Clubs. He also took third 
prize in a national composition contest spon- 
sored by the National Federation of Music 
Clubs. 

Both Denise and Tom appear uninter- 
ested in the notion of awards, of glitz of any 
kind. Their home is a haven of simple mod- 
esty, decorated more for comfort than high 
style. Both believe that American culture is 
preoccupied with conveniences they despise 
and consumerism they ignore. They much 
preferred the busy Main Street of Annville 



14 The Valley 




Shortly after arriving in Annville in the 1950s. Denise Lanese began to sculpt in wood. 



in the 1950s, when they could walk to the 
bakery or the five-and-dime and get all the 
things they needed. "Now, you need three 
tons of automobile to get anything," Tom 
said. 

"I didn't have a washing machine until I 
was 75," Denise added. 

"The dishwasher is 77 years old — and 
that's me," Tom said. 

They are especially dismayed at what 
they perceive as our culture's overempha- 
sis on gimmickry and the sensational. As 
an example they cite the film Amadeus, 
which left them outraged. 

"Mozart was not a clown at all," Tom 
said. "But the movie made him a clown. 
And there was no feud with Salieri at all; 
Salieri was a friend of Mozart's. He spon- 
sored Mozart, he helped him." 

"The feud was just a gimmick," Tom 
continued. "The best source of material 
about Mozart are his letters. All the time he 
was on tour, as a young boy, he was lonely. 
He wrote home every day." 

"The filmmakers obviously didn't read 
Mozart's letters," Denise added, "but we 
happened to have read them." 

They are also concemed with the de- 
clining interest in musical performances. 
The average age of the audience at most 
concerts, Tom guessed, is around 70. "All 



you see is white hair," he said. He would 
like to see more younger people become 
interested in musical events, but it's diffi- 
cult to make that happen. "Everything 
around us has been brought down to the 
lowest level of mediocrity," he said. Or as 
Denise put it, culturally, "It's the Dark 
Ages." 

Tom prefers to call it "a kind of fer- 
ment." He stated, "We don't know which 
direction we're going. Society is affected 
by what has happened in the world — the 
breakdown of communism has affected all 
of our culture." It can be bewildering, lead- 
ing to a "sense of everything goes, anything 
goes." 

Whether our culture is mu-ed in the Dark 
Ages or just experiencing the temporary 
dark of winter, the Laneses, like Demeter, 
seem to look forward to the future and the 
return of another spring, armed with their 
lively wits and creative work. 

"Every seed we plant in the spring is a 
kind of miracle," Tom said. "We become 
unconscious of that because we are all too 
busy. But it is great medicine to get out in 
the spring and plant, to get your hjinds dirty. 
Everything starts as a miracle." 

Laura Chandler Ritter, a Lebanon freelance 
writer, contributes regularly to The Valley. 



Going with 
the Grain 

After a saga that stretched 
from France to Indochina, 
Denise Lanese carved out a 
creative life in Annville. 



As a child in Paris, Denise 
(Monteux) Lanese spent 
many hours in rehearsal 
halls. Her mother was 
Germaine Benedictus 
Monteux, an accomplished concert pianist; 
her father was Pierre Monteux, one of the 
most important musical figures of the cen- 
tury. 

A violist who came out of the orchestra 
to conduct, he became assistant conductor 
of the Ballets Russes in 1910 when the 
Firebird made its debut, the first ballet of a 
daring and imaginative young composer 
named Igor Stravinsky. It fell to Monteux 
to premiere Petriishka as well. In 1913, 
again with Monteux conducting, 
Stravinsky's Rites of Spring made its de- 
but, unleashing an uproar in the concert 
hall remembered as the scandale of its era. 
Critics hated it, but it has come to leave its 
mark on generations of musicians. 

"Stravinsky turned the music world on 
its ear," Tom Lanese exclaimed. "He really 
broke apart conventional rhythm. He 
brought phenomenal changes to music, 
rhythmically and harmonically." 

Monteux conducted these works because 
"nobody else wanted to do it, no one else 
would do it," Denise explained. In doing 
so, he showed such sensitivity and modesty 
that later, the composer would let no one 
else premiere his music. Said Denise of her 
father, "He was the only conductor who 
played Rites of Spring the way Stravinsky 
wanted it." 

"Monteux was a great humanist," Tom 
added. "He was sympathetic to the musi- 
cians because he came out of the orchestra. 
He has a great reverence for what the com- 
poser wanted, not what he may have wanted. 
So many conductors begin to think of them- 
selves as little tin gods, but Monteux main- 
tained his modesty." 

Denise still has a large stack of letters 
sent to her father by Stravinsky and Debussy, 
Saint-Saens and Ravel, Foure, D'Indy and 



Fall 1993 



15 



others. To Denise, they are 
"just letters." remem- 
brances of her father's life. 
Some are about works her 
father was preparing to 
conduct. 

Before emigating to 
New York in 1946, she 
had quite a saga of her 
own. In 1 932. she had mar- 
ried a young French gov- 
ernment executive and left 
the musical world of her 
parents for Vietnam, at the 
time one of the two colo- 
nies and three protector- 
ates known as Lidochina. 
Her husband was assigned to Saigon, a city 
filled with flowers, trees and parks, known 
as the "Paris of the Orient." Living in a 
small house with a cook, housekeeper and 
gardener, the couple enjoyed a quiet and 
pleasant life. In 1937, their son, John, was 
bom. 

She told the story of her years in 
Indochina in a January 1968 interview with 
Edna Carmean ('59), published in the fac- 
ulty newsletter. In it, she recalled family 
vacations at a resort in Cambodia. Once 
while she was out walking her son, she met 
a young man who had been her brother 
Claude's classmate at a school on the 
Riviera: It was Prince Norodom Sihanouk, 
who stopped to chat with them. 

When World War II broke out in Eu- 
rope in 1939, French citizens were not re- 
patriated. France fell to Germany in 1940, 
and in three days Japan had invaded Viet- 
nam. After that, contact with the outside 
world was cut off for the former French 
colonists, and they were left on their own. 
Gradually food and gasoline became scarce. 
"The French were clever enough to manu- 
facture alcohol from rice.... They made 
bread and beer from rice, too. At first the 
bread was awful. Later, it either improved 
or we were more hungry," Denise told 
Carmean. 

By 1943, the Japanese, fearing the 
French colonialists would help U.S. forces 
if they were to land in Indochina, began to 
turn the Vietnamese against the colonialists. 
Before long, that strategy brought an angry 
Vietnamese mob to Denise's door. Their 
house was demolished, but with help from 
their cook's 14-year-old daughter, Denise 
and her family survived. They moved into a 
friend's apartment, taking with them the 
cook and her three children. Later, when 
Japanese soldiers took over that apartment, 
they moved again. Somehow, they stayed 
one step ahead of disaster. 

During the Japanese occupation, the Viet 




Her works have a special sense of movement, as though the wood has sprung to life 

Cong began organizing, and as Japan's de- 
feat became more certain, revolution broke 
out. The angry Vietnamese massacred hun- 
dreds of French families, symbols of colo- 
nial oppression. Her own family again 
escaped, this time aided by a sympathetic 
Japanese general who hid them overnight 
in his home. 

After the Japanese surrendered to the 
Allies, Denise was finally able to contact 
her mother, ending seven years of isolation 
from the outside world. With her family's 
help, in 1946, she and her son set sail for 
the United States. Her first marriage having 
failed to survive the war, Denise arrived in 
New York, a single mother, with her son. 

Through Tom Lanese's life in music, 
he had become friends with Claude 
Monteux, Denise's brother, a tal- 
ented flutist who built a career in music in 
spite of his father's strong objections. Al- 
though the two young men separated dur- 
ing World War II, it was Claude who lured 
Tom back to New York after the war to 
serve as an escort for Denise shortly after 
her arrival. 

They had a whirlwind courtship. "New 
York was a fascinating city just after the 
war, a great town," Tom explained. "We 
could walk all the way across Central Park, 
you could walk anywhere, any time. There 
were all kinds of movies and restaurants, 
the theater, concerts, even outdoor concerts 
at a stadium near Harlem." Tom had saved 
quite a sum of money while touring with 
various orchestras, but he and Denise spent 
all of it "seeing everything there was to 
see," she recalls. They were married the 
next year, in 1947. 

But by 1954, they were ready to leave 
the city behind in search of a quieter place 
where Tom could comjxjse and have his 
works played. 

When they came to Annville, Denise be- 
gan sculpting in wood. "I was walking along 



the beach in Maine, and I 
picked up a stick," she re- 
called. She took it home, 
thinking that her son, who 
was taking a class in carv- 
ing, might use it. He never 
got around to it, but Denise 
"hated to throw it out. I saw 
something there." 

What she saw was a 
Madonna. She set to work 
and slowly the stick be- 
came a graceful figure with 
flowing robes. When it 
was finished, she says she 
"stuck it on a piece of 
cork" and took it to a sculp- 
tor she knew, who left it on a table. Later, 
when a visitor stopped by to see the 
sculptor's work, the only piece he was in- 
terested in was Denise's. 

Since then, she has done over 200 pieces, 
fewer lately because of tendonitis in her 
shoulder. She keeps large, often rotting, 
stumps and chunks of wood outside her back 
door, sometimes for years, until she makes 
up her mind what to do with them. "Then 
suddenly, I turn it a different way, and there 
it is — I see something," she said. Lugging 
them in, she chisels away the wood and 
uncovers the shape she has discovered within. 
Her figures seem to grow out of the 
wood's natural grain, giving the impression 
that it has suddenly sprung to life. While 
this quality gives the work distinction, it 
also gives the false impression that creating 
these pieces is an effortless task. Denise has 
been known to work months on a piece, 
and it can take her a year afterward to make 
up her mind that it is finished. 

Once the carving is complete, she rubs 
its surface with glue, which closes the pores 
of the wood, and then rubs on a coat of 
neutral shoe polish. Though she's tried more 
traditional finishes like linseed oil, she pre- 
fers shoe polish because it doesn't darken 
the wood or attract dust. "Shoe polish keeps 
it natural," she said. 

In some of her carvings, the form flows 
so naturally that people are moved to ask 
whether she actually carved them or simply 
found them, nearly complete, in the woods. 
Among her figure pieces, some are small — 
a chickadee perched on a log — while oth- 
ers are much larger — a roaring dragon, an 
eagle about to alight, or a dancer that ap- 
pears to have Ieap)ed from a Matisse cut-out 
into three dimensions. 

"My work is very impressionistic, and it 
has to move, it has to have movement," she 
said. "But first I have to have a picture in 
my mind or nothing will come out." 

— Laura Chandler Ritter 



16 The Valley 




The Arnold family — Sharon, Lindsay and Gordon — this summer welcomed its newest mem- 
ber, Andrew, who is quickly adjusting to a whole new ball game — the United States. 



From 
Ukraine, 
with Love 

In an orphanage in an 
isolated village, Sharon 
Arnold and her husband 
took one look at Andrew, 
and said, "He's the one." 

By Laura Chandler Ritter 



s 

V^ V even-year-old Andrew Arnold 
bounces up on the couch, lays his head in 
his mother's lap and demands, "Swimming! 
go swimming!" 

It's quite a speech for a child who until a 
few weeks ago had never stood in deep 
water or seen a swimming pool. Until just 
two months ago, Andrew spoke no English 
and had never seen much of anything ex- 
cept the grounds of an orphanage located 
deep in Ukraine. 

When he first arrived at his new home in 
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Andrew ate the 
foods he knew best: radishes, onions, 
cucumbers and bread. But those favorites 
soon gave way to burgers and fries. He's 
now a McDonald's devotee who also ea- 
gerly pigs out on chicken, pizza and ice 
cream. In two months, he has gained seven 
pounds and grown into a size-larger shoe. 

He's been to kindergarten and day camp, 
he's learned to swim and has gone to the 
beach. He helped celebrate his new country's 



birthday with fireworks on the Fourth of 
July, and the next day he celebrated his own 
birthday with candles on a cake. 

He has his own carpeted room and more 
toys than he yet knows how to count. 
Andrew's life is now beyond anything he 
could have imagined, even in his dreams. 

Andrew was bom in a tiny town called 
Belgorod Dnestrovsky. To get there from 
Moscow requires a 30-hour train ride to 
Odessa, on the Black Sea, and then another 
hour and a half by car through the country- 
side. There, Andrew's world was limited to 
his caretaker, his teacher and the other 14 
or so children in his unit. He rarely met 
outsiders and knew no parents — no one 
knows what became of them — until one 
day in April when a pair of Americans 
arrived in his life. 

Sharon Arnold, a Lebanon Valley asso- 
ciate professor of sociology and anthropol- 
ogy since 1986, and her husband, Gordon, 
a surgeon, are the parents of a nine-year- 
old daughter, Lindsay. They had been try- 
ing to adopt a child for over two years, 
including a long and disappointing effort to 
find a South American child. 



Fall 1993 



17 



They are unusual among adopting par- 
ents in that they did not want an infant. "We 
wanted a child closer to Lindsay's age." 
said Arnold. 

Through contacts with other adopting 
parents, the Arnolds learned that Russian 
children were available for adoption, and 
that the procedure was relatively straight- 
forward. 

Within weeks of this discovery, the 
Arnolds were boarding a plane, on their 
way to Ukraine. Sharon had worked as a 
tour guide throughout Eastern Europe (Gor- 
don was once one of the tourists she was 
guiding, and a disgruntled one at that), and 
so they were not intimidated by the diffi- 
culties of traveling in the former Soviet 
Union. But since they had no idea how long 
their search would take, and knowing that 
at best the trip would be difficult, they left 
Lindsay at home with her longtime day- 
care provider. 

They had previously decided to seek a 
healthy child. "We do not have the gift of 
caring for a special needs child," Arnold 
said. Even for a physician like Gordon, 
establishing the prognosis for an unhealthy 
child was impossible. Russian doctors still 
use very general terms, she explained, terms 
like "bad heredity" or "alcoholic family." 

"What exactly does alcoholic family 
mean?" Arnold asked. "Is it fetal alcohol 
syndrome? Did the mother drink during preg- 
nancy? That is significant. But if the father 
or grandfather drank, it may not be." 

They had already visited with several 
children when Andrew came in to meet 
them. "We both looked at each other and 
said, "He's the one,"' Arnold recalled. 
"Something about him spoke to us, even 
before we heard his story." 

Andrew was living in a pre-school nurs- 
ery. But after turning seven this summer, he 
would have been transferred to a boys' 
school in the fall. Once sent on to the school, 
children are really not adoptable, Arnold 
said. He would have remained there until 
age 16, then released to live on his own. 

Though the Arnolds knew immedi- 
ately that Andrew was the child 
they wanted to bring home, that 
was only the beginning of the adoption 
process. Working through a team that in- 
cluded an adoption coordinator, an inter- 
preter, a host family and a driver, the Arnolds 
plunged into weeks of paperwork and wait- 
ing. They discovered that events like Or- 
thodox Easter and May Day can combine 
to put such official duties as stamping docu- 
ments on hold for weeks at a time. 

Negotiations dragged on for 10 days. 
They didn't tell Andrew they hoped to adopt 




Andrew (left) hams it up with a soccer buddy. 

him, since "anything could have failed at 
any moment," observed Arnold. 

Finally the day came when everything 
seemed in order. "My biggest worry was 
that we would go to pick him up, and he 
would say 'No,' that he would cry and say 
he wanted to stay in his home," she re- 
called. "What would 1 do? I would feel 
terrible taking a little child away." 

To their great relief. Andrew was "posi- 
tive from moment one," she added. Once 
when they went to visit him, they stopped 
briefly to chat with another child they had 
met. Andrew called to them in Russian 
from the back of the room, "No, No! It's 
me! It's me you want!" 

Even after they had adopted Andrew 
and taken him from the orphanage, there 
were problems: a state council in Odessa 
had to approve the adoption, but no meet- 
ing was scheduled for over a week. It was 
only through a network of connections — 
offered by their host family and reaching 
high up in the state government — that they 
were able to get the official stamp they 
needed. 

After three weeks, Gordon had to return 
home, leaving his wife to work out the 
remaining problems. Not the least of them 
was the 30-hour train ride back to Moscow 
with a six-year-old with whom she could 
barely communicate. 

When they finally arrived at the Ameri- 
can Embassy in Moscow, Arnold realized 
that she and Gordon were among the ad- 
vance guard of a growing legion of parents 
adopting Russian children. All pass through 
the embassy, where officials verify the adop- 
tion papers and issue visas to the children. 

"Getting through the embassy is the real 
test," Arnold said. "There were lots of fami- 
lies there, with beautiful children, kids from 
all over Ukraine. The bonding is just tre- 
mendous among the parents. You share all 



your war stories. One couple was adopting 
sibling girls aged 4 and 6, another couple 
had a three-week-old baby." 

Five weeks after they left home, the 
adoption was behind them, and the Arnolds 
were together again at their home. Just two 
months later, they had become a family, 
complete with sibling rivalry as well as 
sibling love. Though Andrew has a room of 
his own, for now Lindsay shares her room 
with her new brother, so he won't have to 
sleep alone. And although for as long as he 
can remember Andrew started every day 
by carefully folding his pajamas and laying 
them on his pillow, Lindsay has already 
trained him in the American child's art of 
leaving clothing in heaps, wherever it falls. 

Andrew even looks quite a bit like his 
new mother, who is attractive and stylish, 
with short, dark hair; brown eyes; and a 
mobile expression that matches her son's. 
"We know he has had good care because he 
was very positive from the first moment," 
Arnold said. "He's a very bright little boy, 
very trusting and lovable. He learns very 
quickly. But it is the trusting part that amazes 
me. How could a child from an orphanage 
be so trusting, so enthusiastic? But he is. 
He's assertive, and enthusiastic, he dives 
into pretty much everything." 

Though some might say he is shy around 
strangers, Andrew has an engaging smile 
and a carefree swagger that seems to an- 
nounce he has left behind his institutional 
upbringing. His long fingers expertly oper- 
ate the red buttons on his tape recorder as 
he plays Russian music. He proudly dem- 
onstrates both the tape and the microphone, 
and quickly moves on to using the mike to 
produce feedback — weird electronic wails 
that bring an impish grin to his face. 

As an anthropologist, Arnold has 
always enjoyed and valued dif- 
ferent cultures. Before she went 
to Ukraine, she dismissed any thought that 
her trip was a rescue mission. But in retro- 
spect, she believes perhaps that indeed is 
truly what it was. In a country where so 
much is accomplished by friends and rela- 
tives who perform favors for one another, a 
child with no family has nowhere to turn, 
she said. 

Some children seem to be written off as 
unadoptable. "What they call a deformity is 
for us a very minor repair, problems like 
crossed eyes or a very minor harelip," 
Arnold said. "But in Russia, the chances of 
a child being adopted locally with these 
very slight deformities is nil." 

Arnold took pictures of Andrew's unit 
at the orphanage. In one, there's a biracial 
girl whose smile is slightly askew, possibly 



18 The Valley 




Andrew "dives into pretty much everything," notes his proud mom, Sharon Arnold, who hopes 
to find American homes for other Russian children. 



the child of an African student who had 
attended a university in Odessa, Arnold said. 
"She'll still be there when she's 16." 

Children who move on to school have 
little to hope for when they graduate, she 
said. "I don't see a future, not for the children 
who have no family ties, no connections." 

The Arnolds met a four-year-old girl for 
whom they are determined to find an Ameri- 
can home, a child whom they had consid- 
ered adopting, except that her paperwork 
was not ready. "I'm probably going to go 
back in January to see what we can do, to 
see if we can get some more kids ready to 
go," Arnold Sciid. "They are there, they are 
available and there are people here who 
desperately want them." 

She wants to go in the coming year 
because she thinks it won't be long before 
adoption procedures become more formal- 
ized, which invariably means more diffi- 



cult, she said. "Although the bureaucracy at 
times seemed infinite, adoption is still a 
local issue in Ukraine," she said. "For now, 
it is possible." 

That's not to say adoption is not prop- 
erly regulated, she added. Couples must 
supply all the documents required in most 
other countries: a valid home study, birth 
certificates, income statements and a vari- 
ety of other papers. But for the moment, 
final decisions are made at the local 
level, and Arnold believes that serves to 
keep the process relatively quick and 
straightforward. 

Nor are the orphans the only ones who 
would like to come to the United States. 
She noted that even some professionals — 
like doctors and physicists — would like to 
send their children to the United States to 
study, and perhaps to make a new life. 

"Life is rugged in Russia," Arnold said. 



"We knew it would be a rugged trip, and it 
was. We stayed with families, and the ac- 
commodations were wonderful — we 
couldn't have been treated better," she said. 
But the warmth of host families couldn't 
make up for the fact that in April, the heat- 
ing systems are shut off, over the entire 
region. Then in May, the hot water is turned 
off, and there are no hot showers until fall. 
And if you wake up thirsty in the middle of 
the night, you're out of luck — water is tumed 
off at midnight. 

The equipment at some hospitals has 
fallen into disuse because the staff can't 
replace disposable parts such as plastic tub- 
ing, she said. There is such a severe lack of 
antibiotics that one surgeon they stayed with 
operates with no antibiotics at all. Patients 
who become infected usually don't live, 
he said. 

Even a pediatrician they came to know 
had no acetaminophen for her own chil- 
dren. "We took huge crates of medicines 
with us, as much as we possibly could," 
Arnold said. 

One evening during the long days of 
negotiations, she recalled, "late at night there 
was a knock on the door. It was a neighbor, 
an old woman, who said she knew an Ameri- 
can doctor was visiting. Her husband was 
suffering from a terrible headache, and could 
we possibly spare a couple of aspirin?" 

Arnold gave the woman a bottle of 
Tylenol that night, and later as they were 
leaving, she gave her two more bottles. 
"She was so grateful, she cried," Arnold 
said. "Then she told me this was just the 
greatest gift, to be able to relieve the pain of 
her head or shoulder or hip. And I thought, 
I can make a person this happy with two 
bottles of Tylenol?" 

In every town they went to, they could 
find medicine and aspirin on the black mar- 
ket, but at astronomical prices. "A beat-up 
bottle of aspirin might sell for $20, but that's 
at least two months' wages," she said. 

The collapsed economy has taken a toll 
on even the most idealistic of Russians, 
Arnold indicated. "Now they have freedom, 
but their freedom is theoretical. They have 
freedom to travel, but they have no money, 
no ability to go anywhere. And so they ask, 
'Are we better off than we were before?"" 

There is no need to ask Andrew what he 
thinks of such questions. He made his opin- 
ion very clear on his last night in Ukraine, 
surrounded by the adoption team, their chil- 
dren and his American mother. The six- 
year-old, an orphan no longer, stood up and 
made a brief announcement in Russian. 
"Some people are lucky," he said, "and 
some people are not lucky. And now I know, 
I'm one of the lucky ones." 



Fall 1993 



19 



Helping 
Hands 
Reach Out 
to Russia 

Medical supplies gathered 
from communities near the 
college will ease a critical 
shortage in three hospitals in 
St. Petersburg. 

By LAUR.A. Chandler Ritter 



^^ ^ np long summer evening two 
years ago, Lebanon Valley math professor 
Joerg Mayer and his wife, Heidrun, sat 
around a table in St. Petersburg, enjoying 
fried Russian meatballs and the warm 
hospitality of Rostislav Kopylkov and his 
parents. "Rosty" now a junior, had just 
completed his freshman year at Lebanon 
Valley. 

Over dinner, the talk turned to Russian 
hospitals, where many essential items are 
in critically short supply. It is an issue that 
had concerned Dr. Mayer for some time, 
and during the evening, a plan that had 
been quietly incubating in his mind began 
to take on a clearer shape. Mayer decided to 
collect medical supplies in the Lebanon 
Valley and ship them directly to a Russian 
hospital — a hospital Rosty and his family 
agreed to help him select. 

Later, returning to Annville, Mayer 
thought more about the plan. "It hit me, all 
of a sudden, that we take so much for granted 
in this country that in Russia people don't 
even dream of having, or even seeing. Al- 
though both the United States and Russia 
are cultured, industrialized nations, there is 
an incredible difference in our expectations," 
he said. 

This realization fueled his decision to 
set up a nonprofit organization called Help- 
ing Russian Hospitals Heal, which would 
be devoted to assisting these facilities in 
overcoming critical shortages. 




The organization has a board of 1 1 
directors, including Rosty, a doctor, a phar- 
macist, an attorney, a CPA and movers and 
shakers from the local community. Over 
the past year, it has collected a wide variety 
of medicine and supplies, destined for the 
S.P. Botkin Hospital for Infectious Dis- 
eases in St. Petersburg. The Kopylkovs 
chose that hospital since several years ago, 
Rosty had been treated there for five weeks. 

The group gathered donations of medi- 
cine and medical products, everything from 
aspirin and analgesics to albumin and heart 
medications. They also collected some 
$2,000 to purchase additional medications 
to treat pneumonia, influenza and intestinal 
infections. 

"The response from the community has 
been good," says Rosty. "It is wonderful to 
know that people here are so concerned 
about people in Russia." 

In March, all the supplies were packed, 
labeled and loaded onto Mayer's pick-up 
truck, which he drove to Kennedy Airport 
in New York. 

If gathering the medical supplies was a 
labor of love, getting them to Russia was a 
labor of patience, persistence, and determi- 
nation. For months, as their group gathered 
materials, Mayer had been assured by 
Russian officials that humanitarian aid would 
be carried free of charge on the Russian 
airline Aeroflot. For good measure, 
Mayer received a telegram from Moscow, 




Accommodations are spartan in most Rus- 
sian hospitals, says Professor Joerg Mayer, 
who is organizing a humanitarian project to 
collect supplies to aid these hospitals. 



confirming that the goods would be shipped 
free of charge. 

But Aeroflot agents at Kennedy had 
regulations of their own, and refused the 
shipment. Confidently, Mayer showed them 
the Moscow telegram. Their Kafkaesque 
response was that the telegram "may mean 
something to you, but it means absolutely 
nothing to us," Mayer recalled. 

In the end, it was a matter of some $ 1 80, 
and the professor dug into his pocket to pay 
the airline to carry the supplies. 

The saga still didn't have a completely 
happy ending. Although the doctors at S.P. 



20 The Valley 



Botkin Hospital were enthusiastic when the 
donations arrived, all the labels were in 
English, which delayed the process of sort- 
ing and inventorying. It was some time 
until the supplies were actually used. 

This past summer, Mayer visited St. 
Petersburg for five weeks to follow 
up on the first shipment from the 
group and to lay the groundwork for the 
next one. He also identified two additional 
St. Petersburg hospitals to receive the 
group's donations. 

One of them is Children's Hospital No. 
17, St. Nicholas Wonderworker Neonatal 
Hospital, which offers intensive care to pre- 
mature babies. In addition to an efficient 
director, the hospital staff also includes a 
doctor whose English will ensure quick, 
efficient use of supplies. Perhaps most im- 
portant for Mayer was the discovery that 
the director has a fax machine, which will 
simplify communication. 

Mayer also made contact with District 
Hospital No. 28, which specializes in heart 
problems, trauma, abdominal surgery and 
gerontology. While he plans to deal prima- 
rily with the children's hospital, he is con- 
vinced that among the three facilities, 
whatever the group collects will be put to 
good use. 

This fall, the group is hoping to fill a 
shipping container with needed items, rang- 
ing from antibiotics and syringes to hospi- 
tal beds and surgical gloves. 

Mayer said the conditions for hospital- 
ized Russian children are not as chaotic and 
deprived as they are in Romania, but added 
that 50 percent of Russian children with 
AIDS got the disease because they were 
injected with needles harboring the HIV 
virus. "Needles are reused because there is 
no alternative," he stated. 

Mayer describes an inadequate medical 
care system in an economy that has come to a 
virtual halt. Hospitals have no money to buy 
equipment or medicine, plus there is virtually 
nothing available to purchase. Mayer said he 
met a surgeon in the trauma center who sharp- 
ens his surgical knife with a file and uses 
pliers during operations because he simply 
can't buy the proper instruments. 

Mayer insists that his experience was 
limited, and he disdains the role of "instant 
authority." But he does point out that in the 
past, when the Russian economy was iso- 
lated from world markets, it consisted of a 
complex network of exchanges in which 
Russian oil played a key role. Factories 
across Russia — or in any of the republics 
that depended on the oil — produced needed 
articles that were offered in exchange for 
Russian oil. 




LI C student Rosty Kopylkov and Dr. Mayer sort medical supplies for the next shipment to 
Rosty's homeland. 



Today, those factories are moving to- 
ward private ownership. Scrambling to raise 
capital, they exchange their products only 
for hard currency. Thus businesses that man- 
age to continue operating are exporting their 
products, while Russian businesses and gov- 
emment-run facilities — including clinics and 
hospitals — find themselves unable to obtain 
the most ordinary supplies. In hospitals, as- 
pirin tablets are in such short supply and are 
so expensive that even doctors have diffi- 
culty buying them, Mayer said. 

"The Russians are very good at impro- 
vising," he said, "but you can't improvise 
the manufacture of medicine. These hospi- 
tals wouldn't even be able to buy a pan to 
make their own aspirin," Mayer said. 

Ironically, while consumer goods are 
extremely difficult to obtain, people are 
surviving because in spite of strong inter- 
national pressure to drop price supports, the 
Russian government for the moment con- 
tinues to subsidize housing and food. 

As he traveled the streets of St. Peters- 
burg this summer, Mayer said, he found a 
city whose infrastrucuire is "near total break- 
down," but whose people so far refuse to 
despair. "At times," he said, "we were 
crammed on the bus more tightly than I 
ever imagined — bodies press against you 
on every side. I often carried a blue bag 
with me, over my shoulder. One time I 
managed to get inside the bus, but when the 
door closed, the bus was so crowded the 
bag was left outside." 

In spite of the crowding, Mayer said he 
heard no grumbling, "not one word of com- 



plaint." Instead, "every tenth person was 
reading a book, turning the pages with one 
hand while hanging from the commuter 
strap with the other." 

Even up close and on a very personal 
level, Mayer invariably found that while 
the Russians may not constantly be smil- 
ing, they are clean, polite, helpful and 
friendly. He explored areas of the city well 
off the beaten tourist track, but says he 
never felt hostility or disapproval. Nor was 
he ever afraid. 

"I never felt scared that I would be 
attacked, robbed, pickpocketed. anything. 
In five weeks, I went all over the city, the 
harbor, everywhere. I never had the feeling 
1 would have had in the Bronx, or Harlem 
or East St. Louis. Never. 

"The Russian people are incredible. I 
didn't meet one I didn't like." and that 
includes a drunk he met on a park bench, 
Mayer said. 

Interviewed this past summer, Mayer 
predicted that the situation will remain vola- 
tile as the Russian people struggle to decen- 
tralize the economy and establish new 
structures. "I don't think Boris Yeltsin or 
anybody else can last more than four or five 
years," he said. "TTie next 10 years are 
going to be the most exciting years in their 
history .. .if the government doesn't fall to- 
tally apart, or levert to a dictatorship. 

"If God wills," Mayer said, "young 
people in Russia today may actually be 
able to change the way the country is gov- 
erned, the way the economy is handled. 
These are exciting times." 



Fall 1993 



21 



NEWSMAKERS 



Dr. Bi-\an Hearsey 



Trustees elected 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger and Brian 
R. Mund have been elected to the college's 
Board of Trustees. 

Holsinger is the chief executive officer 
of ASK Foods, Inc., in Palmyra. She is vice 
president of the National Refrigerated Foods 
Association and chair of the Pennsylvania 
Chilled Prepared Foods Association. The 
CEO is an active board member of Gretna 
Productions, Inc., the Lebanon Valley Eco- 
nomic Development Council and the Penn- 
sylvania Food FYocessors Association. She 
holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell 
University and a master's degree from the 
Pennsylvania State University. 

Mund, a resident of Towson. Maryland, 
is principal of Surphratt Investments, a cur- 
rency, commodity and global financial fu- 
tures trading company. He serves as 
president of Transitional Services. Inc., 
a non-profit organization providing .services 
to victims of domestic violence, and is an 
active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. 
Mund holds a bachelor's degree from 
Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from 
the Wharton Graduate School of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania. He is the .son of 
Allan W. Mund, a former trustee and presi- 
dent of the college. 

Elected for the 1993-94 year were Dr. 
Bryan Hearsey, professor of mathemati- 
cal sciences, and Jennifer Bullock, a se- 
nior English major. 



Directs honors program 

Sharon RafTield. associate professor of 

social work, has been named director of the 

college's honors program. She also chairs MikeZeieler 

the honors council. 

Department chairs appointed 

Dean William McGill announced the 
appointment of the following chairpersons 
for three-year terms: Dr. Howard 
Applegate, history; Dr. Mark Mecham. 
music; Dr. Michael Day, physics; and Dr. 
John Norton, political science and eco- 
nomics. In addition, Dan Massad, adjunct 
instructor of English and art, will serve as 
acting chair of the art department, and War- 
ren Thompson, associate professor of phi- 




Dr. Howard Applegate Andrea Folk Bromberg 





Donna Miller 



Dr. Phil Billings 



losophy, will serve as acting chair of the 
religion and philosophy department. 

Staff changes 

Andrea Folk Bromberg, formerly aca- 
demic adviser for the M.B.A. program, has 
been appointed executive assistant to Presi- 
dent John Synodinos. She will staff board 
of trustees and committee meetings, assist 
the president with correspondence and 
handle special projects. 



Bromberg earned a bachelor's degree 
from the American University and an 
M.B.A. from the University of Montana. 
Prior to joining the college, she served as 
manager of the Special Olympics Program 
in the Harrisburg area. She has worked as a 
management consultant and trainer, and has 
taught at Harrisburg Area Community Col- 
lege and the Pennsylvania State University. 

Taking her place in the M.B.A. office 
will be Cheryl Batdorf. She earned a 



22 The Valley 



bachelor's degree in business administration 
in accounting from Shippensburg University 
andanM.B.A. from Lebanon Valley in 1991. 
She had been the human resources director 
for the Leader Nursing Home in Lebanon. 
Batdorf is certified as a Senior Professional 
in Human Resources from the Human Re- 
source Certification Institute, and has served 
as controller, administrative manager and 
EDP coordinator for area businesses. 

Counselor named 

Rosalyn Dronsfield has been appointed 
counselor of continuing education. She had 
been employed with Hershey Foods as a 
consumer respondent. She earned an asso- 
ciate degree in social sciences from Harris- 
burg Area Community College and a 
bachelor's degree in psychology from 
Dickinson College. 

Coach of the Year 

Tim Ebersole, head coach of baseball, was 
named the Middle Atlantic Conference 
(MAC) Southwest League Coach of the 
Year. Ebersole led Lebanon Valley into a 
MAC Southern Division playoff game — 
the fu-st time an LVC baseball team has 
competed in these championships. 

Graduate helps 
with transplant 

Dr. Si Pham ('79) was part of a team of 
doctors who performed Pennsylvania Gov- 
ernor Robert P. Casey's liver and heart trans- 
plant this summer at the University of 
Pittsburgh Medical Center. Pham holds a 
fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the 
medical center. 

Although he has not been involved with 
many heart-liver transplants, he has per- 
formed many heart and heart-lung trans- 
plants. The hospital averages 40 transplants 
a year, and he is the surgeon for half of 
them. Pham was one of 12 Vietnamese 
refugees sponsored by LVC in 1975. 

New women's coach 

Peg Kauffman, a former Ail-American 
gucird and assistant women's basketball 
coach at Millersville University, was ap- 
pointed head women's basketball coach, 
replacing Kathy Nelson. 

At Millersville, Kauffmein was an Ail- 
American guard during her junior year and 



a member of the Ail-American Honorable 
Mention Team her senior year. She was 
also a member of the 1 ,000 Point Club and 
played on two Pennsylvania State Division 
II Championship teams, in 1983-84 and 
1986-87. In addition, she was a member of 
the Pennsylvania State Athletic All-Con- 
ference team her sophomore, junior and 
senior years. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in psy- 
chology and a master's degree in elemen- 
tary education from Millersville. 

Debating Japan s future 

Dr. Eugene Brown, professor of political 
science, wrote the lead article in the July 
issue of Asian Sun'ey, published by the 
University of California at Berkeley. 
Brown's article, "The Debate Over Japan's 
Strategic Future: Bilateralism Versus Re- 
gionalism," is based on a paper he pre- 
sented at the International Studies 
Association conference in Atlanta in April. 
The article incorporates interviews he con- 
ducted with Japanese policymakers and 
opinion leaders in Tokyo in 1990 and 1992. 

Research published 

Dr. Paul Wolf, chair and professor of biol- 
ogy, along with two graduates — Dr. 
Michael Gross ('82) and Dr. Michael 
Hardisky ('75) — published a paper in the 
spring 1993 issue of the Journal of Coastal 
Research. The paper is titled, "Relation- 
ships Among Typha Biomass, Pore Water 
Methane, and Reflectance in a Delaware 
(U.S.A.) Brackish Marsh." 

Represents the U.S. 

Lance Dieter ('93) was selected to spend 
the month of July in Toulouse, France, in 
one of the international cultural centers of 
the Lions Club of France. Competing with 
students from all over the world. Dieter 
was chosen to represent the United States at 
the symposium. The 40 delegates from more 
than 25 countries spent the month explor- 
ing the concept of the world as a culturally 
diverse yet intimate global community. 

Baseball memory 

In the June 30 issue of Baseball Weekly, 
a national sports publication, editor Paul 
White used a quote from Dr. William 
McGill, vice president and dean, from his 



piece "Shadow Memories." The piece 
appeared in the spring issue of Spithall 
magazine. 

Internet experts 

Mike Zeigler, director of user services and 
computer workshops, and Donna Miller, 

readers services librarian, co-authored a 
paper titled "Internet Workshops for Fac- 
ulty," which will appear in Pierian Press' 
The Impact of Technology on Lihraiy In- 
struction. 

Teaching psychology 

Dr. Virginia Marshall has been appointed 
assistant professor of psychology for a one- 
year term, while Dr. Salvatore Cullari is on 
sabbatical. Formerly assistant professor of 
psychology at the University of Texas at El 
Paso, she holds a doctorate in psychology 
from Ohio State University. 

Honored for service 

The Annville Rotary Club named Presi- 
dent John Synodinos a Paul Harris Fel- 
low, in recognition of his service to people 
and the Annville community. He was nomi- 
nated by the college's chapter of Alpha Phi 
Omega, a national service fraternity. 

Students earn awards 

Three 1 993 graduates were honored for their 
work in the field of education. 

Elementary education major Sandra 
Heckman was selected by the Lebanon- 
Lancaster Literacy Council as the Student 
Teacher of the Year for her work with read- 
ing and language arts in a classroom setting. 

Jennifer Carter, a secondary educa- 
tion mathematics major, and Christy Engle, 
an elementary education major, were se- 
lected by the Pennsylvania Association of 
Colleges and Teacher Educators to receive 
the Outstanding Secondary and Elemen- 
tary Student Teaching Award for 1992-93. 

Poetry published 

Dr. Phil Billings, professor of English and 
chair of the department, had two poems 
included in the 15th anniversary double 
issue of West Branch, a literary magazine 
published at Bucknell University. TTie po- 
ems are "Holding Out" and "The Old Sto- 
ries, the Red Peppers." 



Fall 1993 



23 



NEWS BRIEFS 



Largest freshman class yet 




A record-setting class entered LVC this fall. 
A record 318 freshmen enrolled for fall, 
along with 50 transfers and 610 returning 
students. The freshmen came from seven 
states and four foreign countries, and 71 
percent have received one of the college's 
new achievement-based scholarships. 

"We've had a great response to our schol- 
arship program," stated Bill Brown ('79), 
dean of admission and financial aid. "Some 
1 13 of the new freshmen, who were in the 
top 10 percent of their high school class, 
are recipients of the college's Vickroy 
Scholarships, which pay half of the college's 
$13,325 tuition. Seventy-one students will 
receive Leadership Scholarships, which pay 
one-third tuition to those in the .second 10 
percent of their class, and 49 students will 
receive Achievement Scholarships, which 
pay one-fourth tuition for those in the third 
10 percent." 

Fifty-five percent of the entering class 
are women, up from 43 percent last year. 
"Most of the increase in female students 
came from women who have been awarded 
Vickroy Scholarships, which means they 
were in the top 10 percent of their graduat- 
ing class," said Brown. 



Seniors housed in condos 

About 50 members of this year's senior 
class are living in Derickson Hall, the 21- 
unit condominium complex adjacent to the 
campus. 

The condominiums, which were origi- 
nally intended to be sold to the general 
public, were removed from the commercial 
market in June. An increase in enrollment 
over the past two years made the 



purchase possible, said Greg Stanson, vice 
president of enrollment and student ser- 
vices. The additional rooms will help the 
college to avoid exceeding its residential 
capacity. 

Stanson also sees the condos as a posi- 
tive alternative for older students. "They 
will afford students the kind of living ar- 
rangement recommended in a recently com- 
pleted study of college residential life. This 
study called for the construction of 'bridge 
housing" designed to provide a transitional 
living experience for seniors," he noted. 

When fully occupied in 1 994-95, the two- 
building complex will house 74 students. 



Pioneer in plastics honored 

In recognition of the late Dr. Daniel W. 
Fox ('48), who was one of the college's 
most prominent science alumni, the Youth 
Scholars Institute was renamed the Daniel 
W. Fox Youth Scholars Institute. The name 
change was made official during a cer- 
emony in June. 

This past summer marked the 19th year 
of the Institute, a program dedicated to 
exposing exceptional high school students 
to all aspects of college life, from intensive 
study to dorm living to dining in the cafete- 
ria. It offers 21 subject areas, from biology 
and chemistry to management, sound 
recording technology, history and foreign 
languages. 

Fox, who died in 1989, was interna- 
tionally known as the "Father of Lexan 
Polycarbonate" (a tough, heat-resistant plas- 
tic that can do the work of metals and 
ceramics at lower cost, weight and energy 
consumption). He held 45 patents and was 
manager of chemical development at Gen- 
eral Electric. At 52, he was the youngest 
living inductee into the Plastics Hall of 
Fame. He also received the first GE 
Steinmetz Award for outstanding contri- 
butions to the company and society. 



Incentives for part-time students 

A tuition incentive program, designed to 
reduce the financial risk for people who 
are uncertain about attending college, was 



just instituted this fall. "It's an encourage- 
ment for people to consider Lebanon Valley 
if they 're thinking of going to college, or are 
returning to college after being away for a 
number of years," stated Elaine Feather, 
director of continuing education. 

The incentive rate, applicable to the first 
semester of enrollment, is half the normal 
rate for part-time day courses. It applies to 
any combination of day, evening and week- 
end classes up to 11 credit-hours. People 
eligible for the program include those who 
have never taken a college class, as well as 
those who have attended college previously 
but have not earned a bachelor's degree and 
have not taken college courses in the past 
five years. 

In addition, the college is offering a new 
tuition payment plan for all part-time stu- 
dents, giving them the option of spreading 
payments over several months. This install- 
ment plan allows students registering for 
fall classes to divide their tuition into three 
equal payments due at monthly intervals. 



Center recognized 

The Arnold Sports Center was named 
"Sports Center of the Year" by Recreation 
Resources magazine, which features recre- 
ational products and services. A feature story 
on the center appeared in the September 
issue of this Minnesota-based magazine. 

For the third year in a row, Arnold's 
water fitness program was named "Top 
Water Fitness Program in the Country" by 
the National Water Fitness Association in 
Florida. The program was graded on a num- 
ber of factors, including the age and ability 
levels of participants, the variety of spe- 
cially plarmed water events, the number of 
classes held per week and the quality of 
instructors. 



Support for faculty development 

The college received a $5,000 grant from 
the State System of Higher Education to 
initiate a faculty development program. The 
grant will fund half- and whole-day interac- 
tive learning workshops as well as bi- 
monthly faculty development meetings. 



24 The Valley 



ALUMNI NEWS 



Her mission 
is health 

By Judy Pehrson 

As a nursing student at Lebanon Valley in 
the 1960s, the last thing Dr. JonnaLynn 
Knauer Mandelbaum ('69) wanted to be 
was a missionary. 

"I thought missionaries were awful, and 
I certainly wasn't going to become one," 
she recalls. "I saw them as being, well, 
stuffy and somewhat boring." 

She surprised both her family and her- 
self when she ended up in Africa after gradu- 
ation, working as a nurse/missionary for 
the United Methodist Church's General 
Board of Global Ministries. 

"My original plan was to join Project 
Concern, which was then a new, interna- 
tional, non-profit program developed by 
former missionaries who were frustrated 
by church bureaucracy," Mandelbaum says. 
"But it didn't work out, and then I heard a 
speech on campus by Robert Raines, the 
author, who was describing how Buddhist 
monks in Vietnam were immolating them- 
selves because of their religious convic- 
tions. I don't know why, but the speech 
made me rethink being a missionary. I had 
strong religious convictions, and I decided 
that maybe I should give God a chance. If 
He didn't want me to be a missionary. He 
would let me know. I decided to apply to 
the board and see where it led." 

Although Mandelbaum hoped to go to 
Vietnam, she was unable to finish school in 
time cind meet the deadlines for processing 
the papers. The church had priority needs 
in Angola and Mozambique, and after a 
year in Lisbon, Portugal, for language train- 
ing, she went, via a circuitous route, sug- 
gested by the mission in Mozambique. After 
she obtained a visa from the South African 
Embassy, Methodist missionaries helped 
her enter Mozambique. 

Once there, she fell in love with the 
country and its people. "To tell you the 
truth, I never thought I would go back to the 
United States. I loved my work, I loved the 
people, I loved everything about the situa- 




On a recent visit to the college, Dr. JonnaLynn Mandelbaum ('69) compared notes about life 
in Afiica with Wembi Dimandja, a senior from Zaire. 



tion. I was not an evangelist — I provided 
health care and taught nursing skills, and it 
was one of the happiest periods of my life." 

Sadly, after about a year and a half, the 
Mozambique government finally caught up 
with Mandelbaum and, angry that she had 
gotten in through the back door, expelled 
her. She left for Swaziland, where a 
Nazarene mission took her in on the condi- 
tion that she work wherever needed. "I never 
knew what I was going to do when I got up 
in the morning. I might be teaching, going 
out with the district nurse, scrubbing up for 
the operating room," she recalls. 

Next she went to Rhodesia (now Zim- 
babwe), where she worked for 10 months 
for the Nyadiri Mission Station while wait- 
ing for a visa to go back into Mozambique, 
which by then was mired in a civil war. The 
visa finally came, and she went back to 
finish out her term. Then, exhausted by the 
war and the various moves she had made, 
she finally decided in 1974 to return to the 
United States. 

Her homecoming was not what 
Mandelbaum had expected. 

"The culture shock was devastating," 
she recalls. "I couldn't remember how to 



use the phone, to shop in the supermarket, 
or to make polite small talk. I was con- 
stantly struck by how rich Americans were. 
Even the poorest people weren't really poor 
when you compared their situations with 
the extreme poverty in Africa. I had ex- 
pected to come back and fit right in, but I 
never could again, and all I could think 
about was getting back there. The experi- 
ence in Africa had changed me forever in 
fundamental ways, and my years there were 
to have an impact on my whole career." 

Mandelbaum went on to earn a pediatric 
nursing diploma at the University of Maine 
and then worked as a pediatric nurse asso- 
ciate, and later head nurse, at the Harriet 
Lane Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 
During her time in Baltimore, she earned 
her master's degree in public health from 
Johns Hopkins University. 

hi the late '70s, she moved to Wiscon- 
sin, where she worked as an administrator 
of nursing programs at the Northeast Wis- 
consin Technical Institute and as an adjunct 
faculty member at the University of Wis- 
consin. She next moved to Georgia, where 
she was a faculty member of Georgia State 
University's international nursing program. 



Fall 1993 



25 



She earned a Ph.D. in education at Georgia 
in 1986 and wrote a dissertation on "The 
Missionary as Cultural Interpreter." 

Despite a variety of interesting jobs and 
academic successes, she still longed to work 
again in the international arena. "I kept 
thinking about my days in Africa, and I 
wanted so much to go overseas, but wasn't 
sure how to go about it." The opportunity 
came via a position in Baltimore as pro- 
gram and curriculum officer for Asia and 
the Near East for the Johns Hopkins Pro- 
gram for International Education in Gyne- 
cology and Obstetrics. The job took her on 
extended visits to Jordan, Nepal, New 
Guinea and the Philippines. 

Her most extensive project was to de- 
sign a curriculum for the Philippines to 
strengthen the country's baccalaureate pro- 
gram in nursing in the area of reproductive 
health. The program has now been imple- 
mented in 157 colleges, and she has made 
some 23 trips to the Philippines over the 
last five years. 

Implementing what was basically a fam- 
ily planning program may seem an arduous 
task in a country that is heavily Catholic, 
but Mandelbaum said she has found people 
at all levels receptive. 

"The new Philippines constitution guar- 
antees every couple the right to plan for and 
choose the size family they want," she ex- 
plains. "There is a legal obligation for health 
care providers to help them. While the coun- 
try is 90 percent Catholic and some people 
have very strong convictions, the reality of 
survival makes people respond differently 
to the concept of child spacing. Part of the 
definition for me of reproductive health is 
protecting the health of the children you 
already have. Reproductive health is not 
just about having children — it's about help- 
ing the mother to be healthy enough to care 
for the children she already has." 

Her African experience opened many 
doors for her while in the Philippines, 
Mandelbaum states. 

"When people found out I had been a 
missionary and had lived in Africa, they 
were always much more open with me about 
what the health situation in various areas 
was really like, and they were willing to 
take me to places they may not have done 
otherwise. They knew that I knew what 
poverty was and that I would understand it 
for what it was and not be shocked by it." 

She added, "Sometimes Americans who 
work in international health can be very 
disrespectful in their word choice or in the 
way they evaluate the way health care is 
being provided. What happens then is that 
information is withheld from them, or made 
much more difficult to obtain." 



Mandelbaum's accomplishments and 
special expertise recently led Project Hope 
to offer her a position as coordinator of 
nursing. She and her husband, John, who is 
a teacher at the Greater Baltimore Board of 
Realtors, leave in late October for a two- 
year stint in Prague. 

As usual, she had little time to prepare 
for the move. "I came back from a six- 
week trip to the Philippines, and in two 
weeks will leave for Prague," she says with 
a laugh. "But it's exciting. It's what I want. 
There is so much to be done there, and I 
will finally be living overseas again." 

Judy Pehrson is director of college 
relations and editor of The Valley. 



A Multitude 
of Talents 

By Diane Wenger 

After spending some 
time with Ruth Anna 
Miller ('59), one begins 
to see the world as she 
does: through an artist's 
eyes. Whether she is 
pondering the origin of 
a seedling newly 
sprouted in her back 
yard or marveling at the 
shapes of toothpicks and 
ice cream spoons in her 
collections of wooden 
objects. Miller is fasci- 
nated by the wonders 
she finds in the world 
around her. No detail is too small to capture 
her interest. 

TTiis exquisite attention to detail is most 
evident in her sculpture "Joy," which is 
both a tribute to her faith and a memorial to 
her parents. The graceful basswood angel, 
recently acquired by Lebanon Valley 
College for its art collections, won a first 
prize at the Spring Arts Festival juried art 
show in April. 

Miller began creating "Joy" in 1985, 
working on the piece "little bit by little bit," 
as she puts it, for a year and a half. She 
abandoned work on "Joy" in 1986 when 
her father died and she had to take over the 
care of her mother, who died three years 
later. In February 1992, she resumed work 
on "Joy," completing the sculpture some 
10 months later. 

The work conveys two statements, she 



observes: "The first shows the complete 
happiness and joy that overwhelms the heart 
of the sinner when he or she surrenders his 
or her life to Christ. The second statement 
is my way of saying that I know my parents 
are all right now in the hands of God." 

Miller studied art history at Michigan 
State University, and has been sculpting for 
about 30 years. She attributes much of her 
success to her parents. She owes her famil- 
iarity with tools to her father, who was a 
"carpenter, mechanic, plumber, electrician 
and whatever else life required him to be at 
any given moment." In keeping with her 
family's woodworking tradition, she set up 
her second-story studio in her home in 
Hershey — the same house her father built 
for the family when she was just two years 




Ruth Ann Miller ('59), pictured with tvi'o of 
her creative outlets, music and sculpture. 
The college recently purchased her bass- 
wood angel, "Joy." 



old. Her father and grandfather had used 
those same woodworking tools before her. 

Art, however, is not a first, but a second 
career for Miller, who earned her bachelor' s 
degree from the Valley in music education. 
She also holds a master of music degree 
from the University of Michigan, and taught 
marching band in a Michigan high school 
for several years before returning to Penn- 
sylvania. 

She credits her mother for inspiring her 
interest in both art and music. Even as a 
child seated in her high chair. Miller 
"painted," using a cotton swab, water and a 
paint-with-water book. Fearing that her 



26 The Valley 



daughter did not like music because she 
cried when hymns were sung at church, the 
mother, to pique her daughter's interest in 
music, often played the radio and 78 RPMs 
on an RCA Victrola. 

As she grew older. Miller did come to 
like music and became a member of the 
Hershey High School Band. After attending 
a concert given by the University of Michi- 
gan band, she promised herself that some 
day she would play with that group. Miller 
became the first in her family to go to col- 
lege, enrolling at Lebanon Valley as a day 
student. There she learned that she could 
continue her education through a master's 
program, and eventually went on to achieve 
her dream of playing with the Michigan band. 

Both the high chair and the Victrola still 
occupy places of honor in her home. Sev- 
eral years ago. Miller considered selling the 
antique Victrola but could not bring herself 
to part with it. She continues to enjoy play- 
ing music on it — especially marches. 

Although she still can manage a number 
of instruments — "woodwinds, brass and 
percussion, and if I really practice, strings, 
too," these days. Miller devotes most of her 
time to other artistic pursuits. A member of 
the Hershey Wood Carvers Club, she is a 
freelance artist and artist-in-residence of 
her church. First Methodist of Hershey. She 
also enjoys drawing and painting, and she 
collects toys, antique tools and ephemera. 
Recently she made an elaborate model of 
the U.S.S. United States, complete with 
tiny rigging. She's promised neighborhood 
children that, some day, they'll get a chance 
to see if the ship really floats. 

Stroking a smooth wooden ice cream 
spoon from one of her extensive collec- 
tions, she ponders why she enjoys wood- 
working so much. "I think the reason I like 
to sculpt in wood is I that like the feeling of 
things. Everything has its own hardness, 
softness, coldness or warmth. That's excit- 
ing. I love the texture of wood." 

Diane Wenger ('92) is director of alumni 
programs. 



First Hostel 

a Success 

The first LVC Alumni Hostel, held in June, 
received high marks from the 22 alumni 
and friends who participated. 

The highlight was a showing of the film 
"Stalag 17," accompanied by a film talk by 
Senior Alumni Association President 
Charles Belmer ('40). For two years during 
World War H, Belmer was a prisoner of 



war and adjutant camp leader of Stalag 17 
in Krems, Austria. He contrasted his own 
experiences as a POW with those depicted 
in the film. 

Participants also attended sessions on 
current issues in state government, Ameri- 
can history, computer networks, long-term 
care, cooking, women in religion, financial 
planning, folklore, managing hypertension, 
and economics. Faculty members and 
alumni taught the sessions. The program 
also included visits to the Hershey Museum 
of American Life and the Mt. Gretna TTie- 
atre, and swimming at the Arnold Sports 
Center. 

Next year's Alumni Hostel will be held 
June 16-18; tentative plans call for a ses- 
sion on women and television and a show- 
ing of the classic film "Casablanca," with a 
film talk by Dr. Glenn Woods ('51), pro- 
fessor emeritus of English. 



Philadelphia 

Auxiliary Meets 

Fifteen alumnae and friends gathered in 
Yardley, Pennsylvania, in July for the an- 
nual summer luncheon of the Philadelphia 
Branch, Lebanon Valley College Auxiliary. 
They met at the home of Margaret Ann 
Kramer ('63), with Martha Rudnicki ('34) 
presiding over the business session. 

Attending were Ellen H. Arnold, Ruth 
Goyne Berger ('37), Marion Chapman, 
Pauline Charles, Mindy Fisher, Mary Ellen 
Ford, Elizabeth M. Geffen, Peg Griffiths, 
June Eby Herr ('34), Ellen N. Hostetter, 
Helen Kauffman, Margaret Weinert Kramer 
('63), Josephine Krauss, Suzanne Krauss 
Moyer ('63) and Martha Kreider Rudnicki 
('34). 

Music Educators 

Teach in Australia 

Two music alumni have loaned their talents 
to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at 
the University of Sydney. 

Dr. David Myers ('70), associate pro- 
fessor and chair of the music education 
division of Georgia State University in At- 
lanta, served as a visiting professor at the 
Sydney Conservatorium from February to 
May 1993. He taught undergraduate and 
graduate music education courses, con- 
ducted research and presented seminars on 
adult music learning. 

Dr. John Fitch ('59), a music education 
professor at the University of Arizona, 
began as visiting professor at the 
Conservatorium in August, and will stay 



until November. 

The University of Sydney has a long 
record of distinguished visiting artists and 
professors, and it is a significant reflection 
on Lebanon Valley to have two graduates 
serve in this capacity. 



Hall of Fame 
Inducts Five 

Five athletic greats were inducted into the 
college's Hall of Fame in October. 

■ K. Douglas Dahms ('75) excelled in foot- 
ball, wrestling and track, earning 12 varsity 
letters. In football, he was a defensive back 
and captain of the team. As a wrestler, he 
finished fourth in the MAC championships. 

■ Gordon Davies ('38) lettered four years 
in football and baseball. After graduation, 
he became athletic director for Morrisville 
High School in New Jersey and played 
semi-pro football. 

■ Robert J. Nelson ('57) earned letters all 
four years in football, and three years in 
baseball. He played on teams that came 
after Lebanon Valley's magical 1952-53 
season and helped extend the Dutchmen's 
home game winning streak to 45. 

■ John C. Vaszily ('66) earned four letters 
each in football and basketball and two in 
baseball. He was a First-Team guard in the 
MAC, a first team second baseman for the 
MAC South and won post-season honors in 
the MAC as a quarterback. 

■ Gloria J. Scarle ('79) won four letters in 
basketball and lacrosse and one in field 
hockey. She was the women's basketball 
team's most valuable player for three sea- 
sons. During her senior year, she was co- 
captain of the women's lacrosse team and 
named the college's Outstanding Women's 
Athlete. 



Alumni Calendar 

December 1 1 

New York City bus trip 

January 7-8, 1994 

Rinso Marquette Basketball Tournament 

April 29-30 and May 1 

Alumni Weekend/Spring Arts Festival 

June 16-18 

LVC Alumni Hostel 



Fall 1993 



27 



SPORTS 



On the Road Again — 
This Time to Europe 

BvJoHN B. Deamer, Jr. 

Director of Sports Information and 

Sports Development 

Four thousand miles is a long way to go to 
play ball, but that's exactly what the 
college's men's basketball team did this 
past summer in an exciting nine-day trip 
through Holland and Germany. 

The Flying Dutchmen, a team that made 
it to the final 32 teams in the NCAA Divi- 
sion III Championships this past season. 
defeated two teams in Holland — the Uni- 
versity of Twente. 80-64, and Synprodo, 
80-73 — and one team in Germany — 
Oberliga. 70-55. Synprodo and Oberliga 
are top professional club teams in their 
respective countries on the Division II level. 

"Their players were really physical," said 
Lebanon Valley's Ail-American guard Mike 
Rhoades, "and their officiating lets you play 
that style of game. We played very well, 
and at times I thought it was the best we've 
ever played together. We were having fun 
because there was no pressure. TTie trip is 
something I'll remember for the rest of my 
life." 

Twente, located in Enschede in eastern 
Holland, enrolls 6,500 students in the tech- 
nical and social sciences. Their team played 
Lebanon Valley hard, but could not with- 





Two blocks from the team' s luncl in Culo:^ 
Germany, city workers who were making 
room for a parking lot discovered Roman 
ruins more than 2,000 years old. 



Jason Zitter. a sophomore forward, found 
these shoes too big to fill. Just before enter- 
ing the city limits of Amsterdam, the team 
visited afactoiy that made Holland's world 
famous clogs. 



stand a solid performance by forward Jason 
Say, a junior, who poured in 18 points. 
Senior forward John Harper and junior cen- 
ter Mark Hofsass also finished in double 
figures with 12 and 1 1 points respectively. 
Lebanon Valley also won the reserve game, 
75-60. 

FYior to both games, which were played 
on Saturday, May 29, many players from 
Twente took the 33 Lebanon Valley play- 
ers, staff and fans to see and sample the 
outdoor markets in downtown Enschede. 
Fish and fresh food from Holland's many 
farms were in abundance — meats, bread, 
cheese and other dairy products. The day 
also included a bus tour of the 370-acre 
campus. 

On May 30, Lebanon Valley traveled 
two hours west to play Synprodo. The game 
was a physical contest, and the score was 
tight from start to finish. Rhoades led the 
Dutchmen with 20 points. Lebanon Valley 
led 75-73 with just over a minute to play 
when they got a big layup from sophomore 
forward Phil Campbell. To play against 
Rhoades, Synprodo offered a quick point 
guard (he'll compete on the Division I level 



in his country next season). The Dutchmen 
won the reserve game, 84-58. 

Synprodo "was a real rewarding win for 
us," said Coach Pat Flannery, "because we 
beat a solid, professional club team even 
though three of our starters fouled out. As a 
coach, I couldn't have been happier with 
the play we got off the bench." 

During the first part of their stay, those 
on the tour were housed at Papendal, the 
training facility for the country's Olympic 
teams. Visiting teams from all over the world 
stay in this beautiful facility. 

On May 3 1 , the tour took the team and 
fans to Cologne, Germany, a city of 1.2 
million that is the site of a Lebanon Valley 
study abroad program. Two blocks from 
where the entourage stayed were Roman 
ruins, discovered only two months earlier 
after the earth was removed to build a park- 
ing lot. The travelers enjoyed seeing The 
Dom, a Roman Catholic church that took 
600 years to build. They also got a taste of 
the vibrant nightlife. 

On June 1 , they ventured down the Rhine 
on a two-hour boat ride. From the river, the 
visitors traveled to bustling Diisseldorf to 
take on the highly touted Oberliga. 

TTiis pro club team started a 7-2 center 
and a 7-0 forward. Lebanon Valley neutral- 
ized the Germans' height advantage with 
crisp ball movement and sharp outside 
shooting. Senior guard Steve Zeiber led the 
way with 22 points, nailing three treys. 
Rhoades and Harper had 1 2 points each to 
support Zeiber's hot shooting as Lebanon 
Valley secured a perfect 6-0 record in Eu- 
rope with a 70-55 win. The Dutchmen won 
a shortened reserve game, 44-34. 

TTie team then traveled back to Holland. 
In Amsterdam, they took in the museum 
housing works by Vincent van Gogh and 
saw the palace of Queen Beatrix and the 
house where Anne Frank and her family 
hid during World War II. 

"I wanted the trip to be relaxing, enjoy- 
able and educational," said Flannery, "and 
I think we met that criteria. By having our 
whole team together, we got a chance to see 
our future. Guys who hadn't been playing a 
lot of varsity time got an opportunity to 
play, so we got a valuable look at our 
younger players." 



28 The Valley 



CLASS NOTES 



Pre-1920s 



Deaths 

Ella A. Leister '17, May 12, 1993. A retired 
mathematics teacher, she had been married to the 
late Rev. John Leister. 



1920s 



News 

Oliver S. Heckman '22, former superinten- 
dent for Neshammony School District in 
Langhome, PA, retired in 1969 and lives in Sun 
City, AZ. 

Anna Stein Wright '22 reports that she and 
her husband are in reasonably good health for 92- 
year-olds. 

Marion Hess Kolb '26 will be 90 in Novem- 
ber. Her daughter Molly reports that her mother is 
amazing! She studies French and creative writing, 
and is in the process of recording events in her 
early life for her family. She is also active in the 
California Club and the Women's City Club of 
San Francisco. 



1930s 



News 

Dr. Mae I. Fauth '33, a research chemist at 
the Naval Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD, 
celebrated her 80th birthday, and received con- 
gratulatory letters from President and Mrs. Clinton. 
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Rear Adm. 
G.R. Meinig, Jr. During her career, Dr. Fauth has 
published technical papers, developed courses for 
the Navy, traveled to other countries with environ- 
mental training delegations, taught courses at Penn 
State and Charles County (MD) Community Col- 
lege, been a consultant to the Environmental Pro- 
tection Agency, co-registered a patent and was 
shipwrecked in Antarctica. Her most recent trip 
was to Iceland in July 1993. 

Lena R. Mitchell '38 reports that she and her 
husband. Bill, enjoy traveling in the winters and 
spending the summers at Mt. Gretna, PA. 

Dr. C. Boyd Shaffer '38 and his wife, Louise 
Stoner Shaffer '38, are now year-round residents 
of Florida. 

Deaths 

Dorothy B. Hafer '31, July 7, 1993. She was a 
retired junior high school teacher. 

Helen Yiengst Angeletti '32, September 25, 
1992. 

Henry H. Grimm '35, May 8, 1993. He re- 
tired as a physicist for General Electric of Syra- 
cuse, NY. At LVC, he had served as director of the 
computer center, starting in 1978. He was awarded 
an Alumni Citation in 1990. His father, Dr. Samuel 



O. Grim, was head of LVC's Physics Department 
for many years. 

Dr. Luther K. Long '38, April 6, 1993. A 
dentist in Lebanon, he served on Lebanon's School 
Board and was active in the Multiple Sclerosis 
fund-raising campaigns. His daughter, Alice Kohr, 
is a secretary in LVC's student services office. 

1940s 

News 

The Rev. Dr. Paul E. Horn '40, a retired United 
Methodist pastor in the Central Pennsylvania Con- 
ference and a resident of the Quincy (PA) residence 
homes retirement center, gave a talk, "Why We Are 
United Methodists," on March 7, 1993, at Peace 
United Methodist Church in Waynesboro, PA. 

John A. Schaeffer "40 retired as vice presi- 
dent of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. 
in 1982. He reports that he has four children, 10 
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He 
golfs six days a week, won the President's Cup in 
1990 and 1991, and shot within five strokes of age 
in the 1 990 USGA Handicap. His USGA handicap 
is 11.8. 

Daniel S. Seiverling '40 received the Milton 
Hershey School Alumni Association's Alumni Ser- 
vice Award for 1993. 

Herbert S. Curry '42, April 20, 1993. He was 
a retired co-owner of J.F. Curry Sons Flour Mill in 
Palmyra, PA, and was former band director at 
Hershey High School and the former New 
Cumberland High School. 

Dr. Richard F. Seiverling '42 was guest 
speaker at a convention in London of Europeans 
who are fans of Westerns. Dr. Seiverling has been 
a Western movie enthusiast and collector of Tom 
Mix artifacts and memorabilia for over 60 years. 
Several items from his vast collection were exhib- 
ited at the convention, held at the Grosvenor 
Victoria Hotel in the spring of 1993. From 1948 to 
1950, he was LVC's director of public relations 
and alumni secretary. 

Elizabeth Kerr Ewen '43 enjoys living in 
Williamsburg, VA, and being a bell ringer. 

Dr. Elizabeth Weisburger '44 is a member of 
the American Chemical Society Division of Chemi- 
cal Health and Safety. She served as assistant di- 
rector for chemical carcinogens in the Division of 
Cancer Etiology at the National Cancer Institute. 
The Bethesda, MD, resident was a member of the 
Board of Editors of the Journal of the National 
Cancer Institute from 1968 to 1987, and was assis- 
tant editor-in-chief from 1971 to 1987. She has 
over 240 publications to her credit. 

Edna Mae Hollinger Budy '46 retired from 
Steelton-Highspire (PA) School District in June 
1990, after 33 years of teaching. She is now a 
volunteer at Harrisburg Hospital. 

Catherine Deraco '46 received the eighth an- 
nual distinguished alumnus award this year given 



by the board of the Overbrook School for the 
Blind in Philadelphia. She delivered the commence- 
ment address at the school on June 16. Catherine, 
who taught music at the school for 18 years, has 
been blind since the age of 2 as a result of acquir- 
ing German measles while her family was moving 
from Italy to America. 

Herbert A. Eckenroth '49 is director of secu- 
rity for Sun Country Airlines in Las Vegas. 

Erma Gainor Yeakel '49, formerly a legal 
secretary, retired on December 31, 1992. She has 
moved to Heritage Haven, part of the Virginia 
Mennonite Retirement Community. Her new ad- 
dress: Apt. G53, 1501 Virginia Avenue, 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 

Deaths 

Harold G. Yeagley '40, May 17, 1993. He 
was retired from the Eastern Lebanon County 
School District in Myerstown, PA. He had taught 
history and directed both the chorus and band 
there. 

The Rev. Robert G. Whisler '42, May 31, 
1 993. He was a retired pastor of Grace Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in Johnstown, PA. 

Walter K. Ebersole, Jr. '43, September 28, 
1990. He had been a teacher and administrator in 
Bellport, NY. He held a master's and a profes- 
sional degree from Columbia University. Follow- 
ing his graduation from LVC, he served as an 
officer in the Naval Reserves. For many years, he 
produced and conducted community concerts pre- 
sented by the Bellport Fire Department. In 1974, 
he received an Alumni Association Citation from 
LVC for his work in music education and his 
leadership in community and church affairs. He is 
survived by his wife, Janet Schof Ebersole '43, 
two sons and a daughter. 

Margaret Mann Danner '45, September 27, 
1992. 

Charles Richardson Ford '49, May 12, 1993. 



Lucky Numbers 

Did you graduate in a year 
that ends in "4" or "9"? 

Then you have a reunion coming. 

Committees are forming now to plan 

class reunions for Alumni Weekend, 

April 29-30 and May 1, 1994. 

Call 1-8(X)-ALUM-LVC to find out 
how you can help. 



Fall 1993 



29 




Annual Giving 
Salutes Lebanon 
Valley Volunteers 

The enthusiastic hard work of 
Lebanon Valley's volunteers helped 
the college reach the Kline Chal- 
lenge goal and raised $ 1 .02 million 
for the 1992-93 Annual Fund. 

Thanks to: 

Reunion Gift Committees 

Class Representatives 

Senior Gift Drive Volunteers 

Parents Council 

Phon-a-thon Callers 

Alumni Council 

Trustees 

Office of Annual Giving 
Lebanon Valley College 
Annville, PA 17003-0501 

(717)867-6227 



1950s 



Paul E. Broome '50 and his wife. Marianne, 
spent July 1993 in Germany visiting Marianne's 
birthplace and a village northeast of Hanover, where 
Paul served during World War II. 

The Rev. Norman B. Bucher '50 retired after 
43 years in the ministry. He served as the area 
conference minister of the Central Pennsylvania 
Conference from l974to 1993, pastor at St. Paul's 
United Church of Christ in Manheim from 1 960 to 
1974 and as pastor in the former Quentin-Rexmont 
Charge UCC from 1953 to I960. He also was an 
adjunct instructor of religion at LVC. 

Joseph G. Dickerson 'SO retired several years 
ago from public school teaching. He still plays 
"Big Band" music with a 15-piece dance band; he 
also plays saxophone and clarinet in a small combo. 

Charles M. Tice '50 retired on May I, 1993, 
from Worchester (MA) Vocational School as a 
social studies teacher. He spent 40 years teaching 
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. 

Floyd M. Baturin '51 announced that his 
daughter, Madelaine N. Baturin, a recent Univer- 



sity of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, has joined 
his law practice in Harrisburg. 

Roland E. Garvin '51 retired as pastor of 
Yorkshire United Methodist Church. He completed 
41 years of service in the Central Pennsylvania 
Conference. 

Lois Shetler Herrick '51 retired in 1990 after 
teaching vocal music in grades K-12 in New Jer- 
sey. Rhode Island and New York. 

Harold E. Bird '56 retired in December 1992 
as underwriting unit manager after 29 years with 
Aetna Casualty offices in Philadelphia; 
Haddonfield, NJ; and Tampa, FL. 

Deaths 

The Rev. Charles B. Weber '50, on June 17, 
1993. He had served as senior pastor of Grace 
United Methodist Church in Hagerstown. MD, 
since 1977. He is survived by his wife, Nancy 
(Weber) Lutz '51. daughter Karen Sue Pense of 
Bel Air, MD. and son James Adrian Weber of 
Martinsburg, WV. 

Dr. Allen J. Koppenhaver '53, on May 13, 
1993. He had been professor of English at 
Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. His skill 
in the classroom earned him Wittenberg's Distin- 
guished Teaching Award. He earned his Ph.D. in 
English at Duke University. Dr. Koppenhaver was 
a noted writer of operas and plays as well as an 
author, musician, poet, painter, art critic and book 
reviewer. Last year, Wittenberg named him Hon- 
orary Alumnus for his contributions. In 1976, LVC 
honored him with its Alumni Citation. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Jerry Nichols Koppenhaver 
'54; sons Stephen and David; and a daughter, 
Kerin Reed. 

1960s 



News 

James John Kantner '60 retired to O'Fallon. 
IL, as an Air Force civilian employee after 33 
years of .service. He was last employed with Air 
Mobility Command (formerly Military Airlift Com- 
mand) as a senior staff position classification spe- 
cialist in the Directorate of Civilian Personnel. 

Stephen Waldman '60 was named a National 
Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for the 
summer of 1993. He lives in Sayville, NY. 

Judith Kline Feather '62 is executive direc- 
tor of the Mental Health Association in Lebanon, 
PA. 

William T. Kreichbaum '64, an Army chap- 
lain now stationed at Fort Meade, NJ, just returned 
from a one-year tour of duty in Korea. 

Sylvia Laubach Brill '65 is one of two music 
specialists at Peachtree Elementary School in 
Norcross, GA. She teaches general music to 1,600 
students in grades K-5. 

Barbara Hoffsommer Mark '66 was recog- 
nized for 20 years of service as a medical tech- 
nologist at Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg. 
She became a grandmother for the third time in 
February 1993. 

Thomas Embich '67 was promoted to regula- 
tory policy research manager in the Regulatory 
Affairs Office of Hershey Foods. His son, T, Russell 
Embich, is now on the staff at LVC as networks 
and systems manager. 

Helene Harvey '67 is administrative coordi- 
nator and social worker on the Texas Cleft Palate 
Craniofacial Deformity team at the University of 
Texas Health Science Center in Houston, 



Larry J. Painter '67 ran his seventh Pike's 
Peak ascent in August 1993. He lives in Colorado 
Springs, CO. 

Kermit Leitner '68 is principal of the 
Susquehanna Township Middle School in Harris- 
burg. 

James R. Van Camp '68 is product market- 
ing specialist for the food and beverage market at 
NALCO Chemical Corporation. 

Pixie Hunsicker Bachtell '69 and her father, 
J. Robert Hunsicker, became members of the 
Perkasie (PA) Rotary Club in March 1993. A 
father-daughter combo is rare in Rotary circles. 
Pixie is a tax collection administrator for H,A. 
Berkheimer Associates. 

Richard E. Basta '69 of Westfield, NJ, has 
been named executive vice president of JW 
Rufolo's Institute for Occupational Safety and 
Health, headquartered in Rahway, NJ. 

Deaths 

George K. Meyer '61, June 2, 1993. 

Judith Stauffer Scott "66, November 10. 1992. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Scott 
'64, and son, Ryan. 

1970s 



News 

The Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders '70 was 

appointed for the seventh year as district superin- 
tendent of the Wellsboro District, Central Penn- 
sylvania Conference of the United Methodist 
Church. This is the first such appointment under 
the new legislation allowing a superintendent two 
additional years beyond the six-year term. 

Catherine Johnson Auten '71 and her hus- 
band will host their fifth automobile auction at Ho- 
tel Hershey in October 1993. In September, she 
started her 15th year as a part-time basic skills 
instructor for the Bemardsville (NJ) school system. 

Stephen M. Autenrieth '74 and his wife, Lois 
Anne Moore Autenrieth '74, announced the birth 
of a daughter, Wendy Melinda,on March 26, 1993. 

Dr. Charles R. Knipe '75 is employed by 
Hewlett-Packard Co. as an applications chemist, 
research and development. Little Falls Site, 
Wilmington, DE. 

Beth E. Early Brandt '76, who lives in 
Annville, says her number-one priority is being a 
stay-at-home mom with Mark, 12. and Hillary, 9. 
Beth directs the Children's Choir (ages 5-8) at the 
Annville United Methodist Church, takes voice 
lessons from Philip Morgan at LVC and volun- 
teers in community activities. 

Donna J. Benko Koval '76, after teaching in 
Virginia for two years, moved back to Pennsylva- 
nia. She has three children: Sara, 13, Justin I Land 
Ethan, 3. 

Fred A. Scheeren '76 has been named vice 
president and branch manager of the Wheeling 
(WV) Office of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. 
He joined the firm in 1990. 

Scott Drackley '77 is the assistant artistic di- 
rector of the Lancaster (PA) Opera Company and 
organist and choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal 
Church in Lancaster. He was featured in the 
Lancaster Sunday News for dealing with the prob- 
lem of back and neck pain developed from hours 
at a keyboard. He found help at the Dorothy 
Taubmann Institute in New York City. The 
Taubmann method focuses on retraining in piano 
technique that emphasizes playing with the whole 



30 The Valley 



arm instead of just the fingers. It tool< five months 
to unlearn his bad habits. Demonstrating his "come- 
back" skills, he performed his first solo recital in 
more than lOyears, on June 20, 1993, at St. John's. 

Robert S. Frey '77 had an article titled, "Learn- 
ing Over the Abyss: Thoughts on God and Hu- 
manity Late in a Century of Profound Change," 
published in the Spring 199.3 Providence: Snidies 
in Western Civilization, a refereed journal associ- 
ated with Providence College in Rhode Island. He 
also had a paper accepted for presentation at the 
Second International Scholars' Conference on the 
Holocaust, to be held in Berlin, Germany, in March 
1994. Frey is corporate proposal development di- 
rector for General Sciences Corporation in Laurel, 
MD. 

Kerry A. Kulp '78 joined the firm of Baum, 
Smith and Clemens, CPAs, in Lansdale, PA, in 
1979, and became a partner in 1987. He directs the 
firm's tax planning and tax strategies. He has been 
a CPA since 1982 and is a member of the Ameri- 
can and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs. 

Dr. Si Pham '79 is director of the adult heart 
transplant unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medi- 
cal Center, and was one of the doctors who was on 
the heart-liver transplant team for Pennsylvania 
Governor Robert P. Casey, who received his trans- 
plant in late June 1993. (See page 23.). He and his 
wife, Christine, reside in the Pittsburgh area. 

Joan H. Squires '79 has been named execu- 
tive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orches- 
tra. She assumed the position of general manager 
of the symphony in 1990, bringing extensive ex- 
perience in labor negotiations, programming and 
long-range planning. Prior to her appointment, she 
served as orchestra manager of the Utah Sym- 
phony Orchestra and assistant manager of the Hous- 
ton Symphony. Her master's degrees are in music 
and business administration from the University 
of Michigan. She was a participant in the Ameri- 
can Symphony Orchestra League Fellowship Pro- 
gram and is the first graduate of the program to be 
named executive director of a major American 
orchestra. She began her career as a music teacher 
in Shippensburg, PA. She resides in Milwaukee 
with her husband, Thomas F. Fay. 

1980s 



News 

Ann Aarons Byar '80 is an environmental 
scientist working for the Environmental Protec- 
tion Agency in Seattle, WA. 

Margaret L. Miller York '80; her husband, 
the Rev. Stephen York; and son Zachary have 
moved to Portland, MI, where Stephen accepted a 



call to the First Congregational Church. 

John D. Boag, Jr. '80 and his wife, Jennifer, 
announce the birth of daughter, Katie. They have a 
son, Bobbie, 3, John is a journeyman wheelwright 
at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Vir- 
ginia. 

Carol Denison Brame '81 and Michael Brame 
welcomed their first child, Patrick Richard, on 
July 27, 1993. Carol teaches 5th grade at Red Mill 
School in Etters, PA. 

Cheryl Cook '81 was appointed to direct 
Pennsylvania's Farmers Home Administration for 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She will be 
one of 50 state directors for the 60-year-old federal 
agency, which administers programs and loans for 
fanners and rural development. She received a law 
degree in 1984 from Dickinson School of Law in 
Carlisle, PA. She worked for the Farmers Union 
for more than eight years, and spent five of those 
in Washington, D.C., where she was assistant di- 
rector of legal services. 

Richard E. Denison, Jr. '81 recently com- 
pleted his M.B.A. in church management at the 
Graduate Theological Foundation. He serves as 
pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in 
Wrightsville, PA. His wife. Dr. Barbara Jones 
Denison '79, is director of the LVC Lancaster 
Campus. 

Richard E. Harper '81 is a member of the 
Prudential Central Pennsylvania Agency's Advi- 
sory Board. 

Dr. Daniel K. Meyer "81 received an MD. 
degree cum laude from the Jefferson Medical Col- 
lege of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadel- 
phia in May 1993. He was awarded the Annie 
Simpson prize in general medicine for highest 
attainment in that field, and received an honorable 
mention for the Alexander and Lottie Katzman 
award in gastroenterology. Prior to medical school, 
he served on the music faculty of the Wyomissing 
Institute of Fine Arts. Dr. Meyer will be a resident 
in internal medicine at the Hospital of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania. 

Steven Robert Miller '81 earned his J.D. in 
1990 at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, 
and earned an M.L.S. in May 1993 from the Ro- 
sary College Graduate School of Library and In- 
formation Science in River Forest, IL. He works at 
the law firm of Wilson and Mcllvaine in Chicago. 
He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May 1991, 
and married Susanne Simmons the following 
month. 

Kathy M. Robinson '81 is studying for her 
Ph.D. in music education at the University of Michi- 
gan in Ann Arbor, and is director of music at St. 
Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea. During 
the summer of 1993, she studied African music 



and folklore and the Yoruba language at the Uni- 
versity of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 1986, she received 
her master of music (M.M.) in music education 
and voice performance from Northwestern Uni- 
versity. This fall, she will sing the leading role of 
the dying prioress in the University of Michigan's 
production of Poulenc's opera, Diulogiic of tlie 
Carmelites. 

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette '82 and her hus- 
band, Bruce P. Gillette, announce the birth of their 
third child, Sarah, on February 6, 1993; she joins 
John and Catherine. Carolyn is serving as the part- 
time pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 
Hamburg, NJ. 

Amy Grey Lanza '82, who was martied in 
1984, has two children: Brian Michael, 6, and 
Allison Leigh, 2. They live in Drexel Hill, PA. 

Colleen Cassidy Schleicher '83 has three sons, 
John, Benjamin and Timothy William (bom on 
December 17, 1992). 

Dr. Keith 'W. Sweger '83 has been named 
assistant professor of bassoon at the Ball State 
University School of Music in Muncie, IN. He 
gave a lecture-recital in July 1993 at the Interna- 
tional Double Reed Society Conference in Minne- 
apolis. 

Deborah Chopko Markelwith '84 and her 
husband, Charles, welcomed a daughter, Amanda 
Jane, on February 25, 1993. 

Amy Hostetler '84 has completed her fifth 
year as a reporter/editor for the Associated Press 
in Philadelphia. She reports that her brother, 
Andrew Hostetler '93, is the 1 1th in their family 
to have graduated from LVC. 

Neill T. Keller '85 serves as clinical care man- 
ager and adult program therapist at the Samaritan 
Behavioral Health Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Neill 
is also active in the Desert Adventures outdoor 
group and is a member of the Grand Canyon Men's 
Chorale, both in Phoenix. 

Leonard E. Whitford, Jr. '85 is president of 
L.E. Whitford Co., Inc. in East Hartford. CT. The 
company sells and installs electrical and mechani- 
cal security controls. He married Denise Mastovich 
'86 on October 20, 1990. Denise is an administra- 
tive assistant at the American Savings Bank in 
Wethersfield, and received her banking degree from 
the American Institute of Banking. Leonard is a 
Past Master of Orient Masonic Lodge in East Hart- 
ford and a member of the Sphinx Shrine Temple. 
He was recently elected the youngest president of 
the Yankee Security Conference and the Yankee 
Scholarship Foundation in South Boston. 

Jeffrey A. Beatty '86 is employed with Con- 
sultants and Designers of Crystal City, VA, as a 
computer analyst/engineer. 

John M. Woods '86 received a master of 




December 11, 1993 

Leave the driving to us, and join fellow alumni 
for a day of shopping, sightseeing or a show in the Big Apple. 

The bus leaves Sheridan Avenue in Annville at 7 a.m., 
and departs New York at 7:30 p.m. 

Cost: $25 per person 

To make your reservation, call Marilyn Boeshore, 
alumni programs secretary, at (717) 867-6320. 



Fall 1993 



31 



Free Memories 



Have you ever regretted not purchas- 
ing a yearbook? Well, now's your 
chance to get the old books you're 
missing. The college has recently 
uncovered several boxes of unsold 
yearbooks spanning the years from 
1964 and 1990, and is offering them 
at no charge to alumni on a first- 
come, first-serve basis. Not all dates 
are represented, and quantities are 
limited; call the alumni office at 
1-800-ALUMLVC for details. Or 
send your name, address, yearbook(s) 
desired, and a $5 check or money 
order to cover shipping to: 

Office of College Relations 

Lebanon Valley College 

101 North College Avenue 

Annville, PA 17003 




education degree from Millersville University on 
August 21, 1993. John teaches 5th grade in the 
Palmyra (PA) School District. 

Kevin Biddle '87 and Brad Stocker '73 are 
two of the founders of Annville Community The- 
ater (ACT), located in the Union Hose Company. 
This season, ACT includes in its offerings 
"Nunsense," "Barefoot in the Park," "Winnie the 
Pooh" and "They're Playing Our Song." 

John A. Bishop '87 and his wife, Genise, 
welcomed a son, Corey, in March 1993. 

Kathy E. Kleponis '87 received a master's 
degree in education from Purdue University in 
1993. She has accepted a position with Andersen 
Consulting's Change Management Services in 
Washington, D.C. 

Kim Hunter O'Neill '87 and her husband, 
Toby O'Neill '88, welcomed a son, Tyler, on 
March 31, 1992. Toby is a research assistant with 



Johnson and Johnson in Raritan, NJ. Kim is a 
pharmacologist with Wy?th-Ayerst Research in 
Princeton. 

Michael J. Reihart '87 was awarded a doctor 
of osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia Col- 
lege of Osteopathic Medicine on June 6, 1993. 

Farrah L. Walker '87 is an attorney with the 
law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young 
in Philadelphia. 

Donna L. Dager '88 completed her fifth year 
as music teacher in the Central Bucks (PA) School 
District and received a master's degree in elemen- 
tary education in May 1993. She is teaching 3rd 
grade this year. 

Kristel J. Voder Engle '88 married Douglas 
L. Engle on May 22, 1993. She is a relationship 
officer of the Employee Benefits Business Group 
of Meridian Asset Management in Reading, PA. 

Wesley S. Soto '88 is head boys' basketball 
coach at Eastern Lebanon County High School in 
Myerstown, PA. 

Lore-Lee Bruwelheide Walak '88 and her 
husband, James V. Walak '88, announce the birth 
of their first son, Charles Vincent Heyward, on 
April 3, 1993. 

R. Jason Herr '89 is working on a Ph.D. in 
chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University. 

Lori Stortz Heverly '89 works for Guardian 
Life Insurance Co. as senior group underwriter in 
Bethlehem, PA. 

Beth Trout '89 is working toward a master's 
degree in counselor education at Millersville Uni- 
versity. She is one of 1 1 students in the field of 
mental health selected for 1993 study fellowships 
by the John Frederick Steinman Foundation. 

1990s 

News 

Robert J. Andrew '90 received a J.D. degree 
from Ohio Northern University on May 16, 1993. 

Benjamin A. Deardorff '90 received his M.S. 
in biology from Shippenburg University on May 
8, 1993. 

Suzanne D. Bolinsky '90 and Carl H. Fortna 
'91 were married on June 26, 1993. Suzanne is a 
chemist at Cornell University, where Carl is a 
third-year veterinary medicine student. 

Teresa Kruger Heckert '90 was awarded an 
M.A. degree in industrial-organizational psychol- 
ogy from Bowling Green State University on Au- 
gust 7, 1993. Also on that day, she married Charles 
Taylor Heckert. She passed Bowling Green's in- 
dustrial-organizational psychology preliminary 
examination and was awarded a non-service gradu- 
ate fellowship by Bowling Green for 1993-94. 

Andrew R. Holbert '90 is working for CorVel 
Medcheck in Philadelphia as a medical claims 
analyst for worker's compensation while living in 
Norristown, PA. 

Scott A. Richardson '90 was married to 
Heather L. Keeney on June 12, 1993. They reside 
in Hershey, PA. Heather is an LVC admission and 
financial aid counselor. She is also pursuing her 
M.B.A. at LVC. Scott teaches 9th grade social 
studies in a cooperative learning environment at 
the Milton Hershey School. He is pursuing a 
master's degree in educational administration at 
Shippensburg University. 

April M. Horning '91 and Lee H. Umberger 
'91 were married on July 4, 1992. April works at 
the Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, 
and conducts the choir at the Annville United Meth- 



odist Church. L^e teaches instrumental music in the 
high school and middle school in the Eastern Leba- 
non School District in Myerstown, PA. 

Bonnie J. MacCulloch Smeltzer '91 received 
her M.S. in counseling and human relations at 
Villanova University in 1993. She married A/C 
David W. Smeltzer, USAF, on April 3, 1993. They 
live in Citrus Heights, CA, where Bonnie is seek- 
ing a high school guidance counseling position. 

Lori A. Weise '91 married Bradley R. Shepler 
on May 5, 1993, in Lebanon, PA. 

Amy Waterfield '91 was married to Donald 
Lawrence Wills, Jr. on May 22, 1993, at St. Luke's 
Church in Baltimore. Amy is a customer service 
representative for the Ford Motor Credit Co. in 
Columbia, MD. 

Plummer B. Bailor '92 started work in July 
1 993 as a commercial underwriter trainer for Aetna 
Property and Casualty Insurance Company in 
Mechanicsburg, PA. 

Amy Jo Daugherty '92 and Bohdan F. 
Setlock '93 were married on May 22, 1993. Amy 
is a retirement plan administrator for Trefsgar and 
Co. Inc. in Lebanon. Bohdan is the general man- 
ager of the Hershey Farm Motor Inn. 

Patricia L. Fleetwood '92 and Richard M. 
Klenk '89 were married on November 21, 1992. 
Patty taught 6th grade at Springfield School Dis- 
trict in Delaware County. PA. She has accepted a 
permanent position for the 1993-94 school term in 
the Springfield High School, teaching 10th and 
1 1th grade English. She has been accepted into the 
master of education degree program at Villanova 
University. Rick is a senior actuarial analyst at 
Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. 

Laura Beth Shearer '92 and Christopher 
Krpata '93 were married on July 10, 1993, in 
Miller Chapel. They will reside in South Hamilton, 
MA. Laura Beth teaches pre-kindergarten and kin- 
dergarten at the North Shore Christian School in 
Lynn. Christopher attends Gordon-Conwell Theo- 
logical Seminary in South Hamilton. 

Lesley Laudermilch '92 and Bill Woodward 
'90 were married on February 13, 1993. Lesley is 
teaching elementary vocal music in the Carroll 
County (MD) public schools. Bill is production/ 
quality supervisor for Dai-Tile in Gettysburg, PA. 

Frank L. Heilman '93 works for Waveline 
Publishing Co. in Mechanicsburg, PA. 

Laura S. Shepler '93 and William H. Moore 
'91 were married on June 5, 1993, in the Palmyra 
(PA) Church of the Brethren. Laura is employed 
as an associate chemist at Lancaster Laboratories 
in Lancaster. Bill is a manager-in-training at Foot- 
Locker in Harrisburg. 



Attention Alumni 
Craftspeople! 

If you are interested in 

showing and selling your 

crafts at the 1994 Spring Arts 

Festival Show, please call the 

Spring Arts Festival office at 

(717)867-6729. 



32 The Valley 




Window on Eternity 

England's Durham Cathedral 

received a special anniversary 

gift, thanks to the efforts of 

Professor Perry Troutman. 



It's not hard to understand 
why Professor of Religion 
Perry Troutman fell in love 
with Durham 
Cathedral. The massive, 900- 
year-old Norman edifice is set 
like a jewel atop a peninsula 
guarded by a great loop in the 
River Weir. Once you see it, 
you're a little enamored your- 
self. It is the Cathedral's aston- 
ishing size and magnificent 
romanesque towers that first 
make your heart beat faster. 
Once inside, you know you are 
hooked as you gaze at the 200- 
foot nave, enormous stone pil- 
lars and rib vaulted arches; you 
are bathed in the light pouring 
in through the stained glass win- 
dows above the Nine Altars 
Chapel. 

Dr. Troutman's wife, Vivian, 
shares his passion for the Ca- 
thedral, the adjoining Durham 
Castle and the surrounding lush- 
ness of England's North Coun- 
try. They've made regular trips 
there since 1969. 

"It is a very special place to 
us," he states. "The Cathedral 
is one of Europe's oldest and 
most remarkable religious and 
architectural monuments, and 
we never tire of seeing and vis- 
iting it." 

The Cathedral has other ad- 
mirers in the States. Troutman 
heads a group called American 
Friends of Durham Cathedral, 
which under his direction 
raised $15,000 to commission 
a stained-glass window to 
replace the last clear-glass window in the 
12th-century Galilee Chapel. The 10-foot- 
high window was created by Leonard 
Evetts, an 85-year-old British artist 
specializing in stained glass. It now serves 



(At right) Dr. Perry Troutman (on the left) 
with stained-glass artist Leonard Evetts and 
Evetts' wife. 



By Judy Pehrson 





as the signature window of the Cathedral. 

Divided by a stone mullion 6 inches 
wide, the window's two panels contain more 
than 1,000 pieces of glass. The 
principal symbol in the left- 
hand panel is the Stella Maris 
(Star of the Sea), on which is 
depicted a monogram of the ini- 
tial letters of Ava Maria, with a 
coronet. Below are a lily and a 
cyclamen, flowers symbolic of 
the Virgin Mary. In the right- 
hand window, the principal 
symbol is the Sea of Galilee, 
over which is depicted the Chi 
Rho sign of Christ and the Star 
of Bethlehem. The burning bush 
below is an Old Testament im- 
age foretelling the coming of 
Christ. The window has a 
muted, contemporary look to 
it, but blends well with the 
chapel's other, much older 
stained glass. 

In July, the Troutmans, 
along with 14 other members 
of the Friends group, journeyed 
to Durham to dedicate the new 
window as part of the festivi- 
ties for the Cathedral's 900th 
anniversary. Troutman spoke at 
the dedication and presided at a 
press conference attended by 
six newspapers and a BBC 
radio reporter. He was also in- 
terviewed by the London Bu- 
reau of the Associated Press. 
Earlier articles, mentioning 
Troutman and the American 
Friends group, appeared in sev- 
eral national British papers, in- 
cluding The London Times. 
"It was a very exciting and 
moving experience," he states. "I love the 
Cathedral and I loved being part of some- 
thing that adds to its lasting beauty. The 
window creates a permanent record and 
link between the Cathedral and its Ameri- 
can friends." 

Judy Pehrson, editor of The Valley, was in 
Durham for the dedication of the new 
stained-glass window. 



Fall 1993 



33 



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