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Vol. U, Number 2
Lebanon Valley College Magazine
24 NEWS BRIEFS
25 ALUMNI NEWS
29 CLASS NOTES
Editor: Judy Pehrson
Glenn Woods ('51), Class Notes
John M. Baer
John B. Deamer, Jr.
Laura Chandler Ritter
Diane Wenger ('92)
Seth Wenger ('94)
Send comments or address changes to:
Office of College Relations
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.
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
Hard work pays off for top students who choose Lebanon Valley.
By Seth Wenger ('94)
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
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
"Like, what?" he asks. "Diplomas?"
Clearly, John A. Synodinos, Lebanon
Valley's 15th president, is not caught up in
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
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,
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
"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
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
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.,"
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
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
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-
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-
"If people feel good
about what they're
doing, if they have
an environment in
which they feel
express that in every
single thing they do.
And you can feel it.
versity in Philadelphia. He spent the four
years prior to Lebanon Valley as a consult-
ant helping colleges and universities find
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
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-
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.
(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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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-
8 The Valley
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
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
"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
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
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,"
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
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-
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
"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
Nancy Fitzgerald is a Lebanon-based
fieelance writer who contributes to national
education and consumer publications.
10 The Valley
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
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
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-
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
"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
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
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
"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
12 The Valley
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
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 .
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-
Ford's poem, about a
mother's love for her
daughter, is based on a
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
Monteux, an accomplished concert pianist;
her father was Pierre Monteux, one of the
most important musical figures of the cen-
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
"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
others. To Denise, they are
"just letters." remem-
brances of her father's life.
Some are about works her
father was preparing to
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
V^ V even-year-old Andrew Arnold
bounces up on the couch, lays his head in
his mother's lap and demands, "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.
They are unusual among adopting par-
ents in that they did not want an infant. "We
wanted a child closer to Lindsay's age."
Through contacts with other adopting
parents, the Arnolds learned that Russian
children were available for adoption, and
that the procedure was relatively straight-
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-
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
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
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,
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
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,
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,"
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."
Medical supplies gathered
from communities near the
college will ease a critical
shortage in three hospitals in
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
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,"
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
"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
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
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
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
LI C student Rosty Kopylkov and Dr. Mayer sort medical supplies for the next shipment to
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,
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."
Dr. Bi-\an Hearsey
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
Dr. Phil Billings
losophy, will serve as acting chair of the
religion and philosophy department.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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-
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.
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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,
"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.
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
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-
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
■ 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
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
LVC Alumni Hostel
On the Road Again —
This Time to Europe
BvJoHN B. Deamer, Jr.
Director of Sports Information and
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
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
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,
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
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
28 The Valley
Ella A. Leister '17, May 12, 1993. A retired
mathematics teacher, she had been married to the
late Rev. John Leister.
Oliver S. Heckman '22, former superinten-
dent for Neshammony School District in
Langhome, PA, retired in 1969 and lives in Sun
Anna Stein Wright '22 reports that she and
her husband are in reasonably good health for 92-
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
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
Dorothy B. Hafer '31, July 7, 1993. She was a
retired junior high school teacher.
Helen Yiengst Angeletti '32, September 25,
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.
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
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.
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
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,
Charles Richardson Ford '49, May 12, 1993.
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.
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.
Reunion Gift Committees
Senior Gift Drive Volunteers
Office of Annual Giving
Lebanon Valley College
Annville, PA 17003-0501
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
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.
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
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,
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,
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
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
Kermit Leitner '68 is principal of the
Susquehanna Township Middle School in Harris-
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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,
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.
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-
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
Richard E. Harper '81 is a member of the
Prudential Central Pennsylvania Agency's Advi-
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
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
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
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-
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Plummer B. Bailor '92 started work in July
1 993 as a commercial underwriter trainer for Aetna
Property and Casualty Insurance Company in
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.
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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-
Judy Pehrson, editor of The Valley, was in
Durham for the dedication of the new
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