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Vol. 12, Number 2
Lebanon Valley College Magazine Fall 1994 J
Editor: Judy Pehrson
John B. Deamer, Jr.
Laura Chandler Ritter
Nancy Kettering Frye ('80)
Diane WengerC 92)
Seth J. Wenger ('94)
Glenn Woods ('51), Class Notes
Send comments or address changes to:
Office of College Relations
Lebanon Valley College
101 North 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; Production:
On the Cover:
A panel from "LandSong," an abstract
painting by Malvern, Pennsylvania, artist Neil
Dreilbelbis. It was commissioned for the Blair
2 The Arts Move Center Stage
Sophisticated new facilities have brought music, theater and the visual
arts into sharper focus at Lebanon Valley.
By Judy Pehrson
7 An Exciting Season for Authors & Artists
Eclectic, funky and wonderful, the cultural series moves into its fourth
year at the college.
By Seth J. Wenger ('94)
8 Administrative High Drama
Art imitates life in an unusual collaboration.
By Seth J. Wenger ('94)
11 Turning Kids on to Science
Grants totaling almost $1 million help teachers come back to school.
By Nancy Fitzgerald
15 A Woman of Letters
At 70, Edna Carmean ( '59) decided to become an author; that was four
books and three plays ago.
By Nancy Kettering Frye ('80)
Increasingly, the spotlight is on the ar's at Lebanon Valley.
Beautiful new facilities and
a strong sense of commit-
ment have led to a rebirth
of music, theater and art
By Iudy Pehrson
The Arts Move
Quick! What do you think
of first when you think of
Lebanon Valley College?
A lot of people — particu-
larly those outside the col-
lege — will say "music,"
which is not surprising
because music has been a strong part of
the college's tradition for 129 years. But
rarely do they associate Lebanon Valley
with either the visual arts or theater, and
that's not surprising either, since there is
no theater major and the art department
has traditionally been very small. While
there have been regular art exhibits, stu-
dent theater productions and the annual
Spring Arts Festival, the visual arts and
theater have not figured among the
That's about to change.
"The arts are the soul of an education
— especially a liberal arts education," says
Lebanon Valley President John A.
Synodinos. "To be an educational institu-
tion without that dimension is almost
So inconceivable, in fact, that for the
past four years Lebanon Valley has
mounted a campaign — make that a cru-
sade — to ensure that the arts are strength-
ened and incorporated into the life of the
college. That effort has taken a variety of
forms, including making the construction
and renewal of arts facilities an important
part of the Toward 2001 comprehensive
The effort has begun to pay off. With
a beautiful new art gallery and small
recital hall. With a state-of-the-art
theater. With original art commissioned
for major buildings on campus. With the
beginnings of a permanent art collection.
With the hiring of an art historian and
cultural events director. Indeed, almost
anywhere one looks these days, there is
a renaissance of the arts at Lebanon
Art: A Window on Truth
Artist-in-Residence Dan Massad smiles
wryly as he recalls a conversation he had
with another, now-departed faculty mem-
ber soon after he arrived on campus 1 1
years ago. "We were discussing the place
of art at Lebanon Valley. This person
said he didn't understand why the visual
arts should be part of a liberal arts cur-
riculum because liberal arts was based on
'the word.' It's an interesting argument,"
says Massad, "but he was wrong, and I'm
so pleased to see that the college has
moved in the direction of making the
visual arts really important here."
While small inroads were made for art
over the past decade, and a minor in art
was established, the drive to make art
important on campus really shifted into
high gear four years ago with the forging
of an articulation agreement between the
college and the Pennsylvania School of
Art and Design in Lancaster. The agree-
ment provided for faculty exchanges and
allowed PSA&D students with good
grades to come to Lebanon Valley to
complete a B.A. degree in communica-
tion arts, fine arts or interior and environ-
"The agreement paved the way for a
number of art faculty and students to come
onto campus, and they brought with them
a very different perspective — one that has
been important to our other students. It
really broadened everyone's world," says
In addition, more artwork began to
appear on campus. Several original works
were commissioned for major buildings
— including in 1991 a large landscape
painting of the Lebanon Valley by Kan-
sas artist Doug Osa to hang in the
and 14 vivid collages by Lancaster artist
Carol Galligan ("Fourteen Stations of the
Opposite page: Artist Neil Dreilbelbis spent
the summer creating "LandSong, " a four-
panel abstract painting commissioned for
the Blair Music Center. Left: Old St. Paul's
Church has been transformed into The
Gallery, which houses the Suzanne H.
Arnold Art Gallery and the Zimmerman
Recital Hall. Below: Dan Massad, the
college's artist-in-residence, and art
assistant Rebecca Yoder in the gallery.
Cross") for the Lynch Memorial Build-
ing. The college also began to rescue and
restore paintings and other neglected
works of art that were languishing in its
storerooms. Once repaired, these works
were hung in Kreiderheim and in build-
ings and offices across the campus.
In 1993, art faculty and students also
found a new home of their own in the
beautiful studios and offices constructed
on the top floor of the Blair Music Center.
And a Friends of The Gallery group,
founded by Suzanne H. Arnold to raise
funds for a new gallery and to promote
art activities, soon burgeoned to 350
The coller s art initiative was
crowned this mmer with the opening of
the new Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery,
located, along with the new Zimmerman
Recital Hall, in a renovated space that
was the former St. Paul's Lutheran
Church. A beautifully appointed, contem-
porary facility with sophisticated envi-
ronmental and security controls, the
gallery will enable the college to exhibit a
wide variety of art.
"We can bring in the kinds of
high-quality artwork that we used to have
to take our students to big cities to see,"
Massad says. "Now that kind of art will
be just across the street. It's wildly
important for students actually to be able
to see the objects, to get close to them and
to understand more about them. It's not
only wonderful for our students, but for
the community as well."
Indeed, the gallery has been popular
with the surrounding community. Nearly
1,000 visitors came to see "Quartet," the
month-long inaugural exhibit arranged by
the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York and
featuring the works of four leading Penn-
sylvania artists. And "The Art of Trea-
sure: DukeE. Long Memorial Exhibition,"
which opened in September, has been
popular as well (see page 17).
Other exciting exhibits are planned. In
November, sumi ink drawings by Arthur
Hall Smith will be displayed. Spring will
see an exhibition of Tibetan art on loan
from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
During the summer, a show called "The
Spiritual Dimension" will focus on
paintings with contemporary religious
themes. There are also tentative plans for
exhibitions next year featuring contem-
porary print makers, women artists repre-
senting women, ceramics by famed
Japanese ceramist Toshiko Takaezu and
photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and
Almost as important as the new gal-
lery, says Massad, has been the hiring of
a full-time art historian, Dr. David
Brigham, who will diiect the gallery and
teach (see page 5). "This is a major cur-
ricular change," Massad rotes. "It's not
just that we will have someone teaching
art history, but that we will havu someone
who is embedded in that discipl ne and
who has a deep knowledge, not a snallow
knowledge, of art. I ».'s going to have a
major impact on a lo. >f aspects of life
and learning at the college."
Massad is also pleased about the pros-
pect of having even more original pieces
of art commissioned for campus build-
ings. The latest is "LandSong," a
four-panel work commissioned for the
Blair Music Center. Created this summer
by Malvern, Pennsylvania, artist Neil
Dreilbelbis, the abstract expressionist
painting is done mainly in acrylics with
combined collage and colored pencil,
charcoal and oil stick markings in
"We hope eventually to have commis-
sioned artworks in all major buildings on
campus," says Massad. "We want our stu-
dents to be surrounded by art."
Massad stresses the importance of the
visual arts to the liberal arts education
process. "Contrary to my former
colleague's belief, the visual arts have
everything to do with 'the word' — and
I'm referring here to both language and
the Bible. There is a power to the image
and an effect on the human mind that
even great words don't have. I think that
power needs to be understood both for
personal enrichment and because we need
to be educated in the ways of the world.
"We live in a culture where visual im-
ages are constantly used as persuaders —
via television, magazines, billboards, etc.,"
Massad continues. "It's a culture that bom-
bards us with new imagery every day, and
a lot of that imagery is designed to per-
suade, not to tell the truth. It's important
for students to learn that great images,
great architecture, great sculpture tell the
truths about human experience and about
the natural world that need to be told and
that people need to understand. They can
be told cogently and in one deep glance.
Great images are literally worth a thou-
Music: More and Finer
There was standing room only this sum-
mer for the month-long New Generation
Concert Series, which christened the new
Zimmerman Recital Hall. Featuring
up-and-coming young artists from around
the nation, the series drew a wide-ranging
audience. Judging from comments in the
visitor's book, both the music and the
recital hall really struck a chord: "What
an inspiring venue and musical experi-
ence," wrote a concert-goer from Harris-
burg. "First-class talent and a magnificent
facility," said another from Lebanon.
Top: Soprano Kyoko Saito and baritone
Christopheren Normura (not pictured) en-
chanted a packed Zimmerman Recital Hall
this summer as part of the New Generation
Concert Series. Above: Music majors have
more than doubled over the past four years.
"We're so lucky to have a space like this
in our community," enthused an Annville
Housed in what was the nave of the
former St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the
150-seat Zimmerman Recital Hall pro-
vides an intimate and serenely beautiful
setting for chamber music and solo per-
formances. A tasteful renovation has high-
lighted the room's magnificent vaulted
arches and stained glass windows. Pale
cream walls and glossy white gingerbread
woodwork add a contempo-
rary touch without undermin-
ing the historic feel of the
"The recital hall is not
only lovely, it's also acous-
tically wonderful," says mu-
sic department Chair Mark
Mecham. "It offers us yet
another venue for concerts,
particularly chamber music
and student recitals. Lutz
Hall is a good concert hall,
but not good for intimate
concerts or recitals. The au-
dience for senior recitals may
only be between 75 to 100
people, and they get lost in a
hall that seats 700."
The new recital hall will encourage
the college to bring more outside musi-
cians to campus, especially chamber mu-
sic groups. "The New Generation Series
is only one example," he notes. "The
Leonardo Trio, who are coming for the
Authors & Artists series, will be perform-
ing there as well."
The recital hall, a gift of Nancy Cramer
Zimmerman ('53) and her husband, Rich-
ard, gives a boost to an already thriving
music department, which this year had its
largest entering class since the mid-1980s.
"We now have 121 music majors com-
pared with 58 majors only three years ago,"
Mecham notes. "We have two concert
choirs instead of one, and two jazz bands.
The band is marching 95 instrumentalists
this year, up from 28 four years ago."
One of the fastest growing areas in the
department is sound recording technol-
ogy, according to Mecham. "We have
United in Art
They're a young couple, but already
they have chalked up impressive
accomplishments. Dr. David
Brigham brings a fine educational back-
ground and considerable museum and
teaching experience to his position as
director of the new Suzanne H. Arnold
Art Gallery and assistant professor of art
and American studies. Holly Brigham,
who will teach introduction to art and stu-
dio art classes at the college, is a painter
with an M.F.A. from the George Wash-
ington University and a string of academic
and artistic awards.
They are delighted to have finally found
a home at Lebanon Valley after jobs that
have taken them from Washington, D.C.,
"We feel like we're coming home in a
sense," explains Holly. "David grew up in
Connecticut and is glad to get back to
the East Coast. I
grew up in Carlisle
and I've missed the
^A very picturesque,
' peaceful way of life
in Central Pennsyl-
vania. Also, my
College, so it's
ing we should end
The two were at-
tracted to the Leba-
non Valley position
because it had both
a museum and teaching component, ac-
cording to David. "We were also attracted
to something else we observed after visit-
ing here for a couple of days: It was clear
that in an environment like this, a person
with a little energy could have a signifi-
cant impact. It seemed like an exciting
opportunity because the art gallery is
brand-new, because there is evident
enthusiasm for the arts and because the
administration is supporting expanding the
arts instead of cutting them back, which is
what is happening on other campuses."
David's interest in art began at the Uni-
versity of Connecticut. "I was majoring in
accounting, but was a volunteer at the Wil-
liam Benton Museum of Art at the univer-
sity, and that sparked my interest in art.
Also, in my English classes, I had profes-
sors who assigned projects that dealt with
both literature and the visual arts. Those
interdisciplinary experiences steered me
toward American studies rather than a
traditional art history program because
I was interested in a multidisciplinary
approach to the arts."
Eventually he earned a double
bachelor's degree (both with honors) in
English and accounting, and was accepted
into the University of Pennsylvania's Ph.D.
program in American Civilization. On the
way to getting his doctorate, he picked up
a master's in American civilization and
The Brighams met at the University of
Pittsburgh, where David was a visiting
student in art history for a term, and Holly,
a graduate of Smith College, was taking
graduate art history classes.
"We met in a Winslow Homer gradu-
ate seminar and were really smitten," David
recalls. "We commuted across the state
for a year, and then got married. The last
year I was at Penn, I was in Washington,
D.C., as a fellow at the Smithsonian, and
Holly finished her M.F.A. at George Wash-
ington and taught art at a Montessori
school. I also did some part-time teaching
at George Mason University."
With new degrees in hand, the two
headed for a two-year stint in California.
In San Marino, David accepted a position
as a research associate in American art at
Huntington Library, Art Collections and
Botanical Gardens, where he was also do-
cent instructor for the Huntington's Scott
Gallery and taught American art history.
Holly was an art instructor at Pasadena
Now happily ensconced in a home in
Hershey, they're looking forward to stay-
ing put for awhile.
"It's really nice to have all of our things
together again, which were stored in sev-
eral different locations," says Holly. "I
also love having a large attic I can use as a
studio so I can get back to painting. I do
work in oil and water color — mainly life-
size figures — and have been working on
transportable murals. My next goal, after
unpacking, is to get gallery representation
and to try to get in exhibitions and juried
shows throughout the East Coast."
David is immersed in making plans for
the college art gallery. "I am interested in
presenting a variety of media, both living
artists and artists from the past — artists
from our culture as well as artists from
other cultures. I'm also interested in ex-
ploring a number of social, political and
cultural issues tha relate to the arts — par-
ticularly things like the way that gender
attitudes influence our lives, the ways that
different ethnicities co-exist in our society
and the ways that different values live
next to and sometimes in conflict with one
another." — Judy Pehrson
Fall 1994 5
40 majors right now, and we're being
flooded with inquiries. There aren't many
programs like it in the United States. Our
facilities and resources are excellent."
Mecham is optimistic about the
department's future. "Music has always
been one of the special strengths of the
college, and I believe it will continue to
be. The last couple of years'have seen a
real renewal of commitment to music
programs — the new Zimmerman Recital
Hall is just the latest manifestation."
Theater: A Professional
The majority of theatrical performances at
Lebanon Valley over the years have been
student performances — sometimes won-
derful and, well, sometimes not so
wonderful, says Dr. Kevin Pry ('76), a
lecturer in the English department. He
should know. As a student, he helped mount
many productions during his four years.
"When I was at the Valley, we did
some good theater, but we also did a lot
of learning through our own mistakes,"
Pry states. "Back then, we didn't really
have an advisor and, in fact, down through
the years, mostly the students have done
their own thing."
This year, the students will get profes-
sional help — a lot of it. Pry, who has a
considerable amount of professional the-
ater background, will advise Wig and
Buckle and other student theater groups.
Jim Woland, the new director of cultural
programming who spent more than 20
years directing student theater productions
at Palmyra High School, will help with
promotion and set and costume design
(see page 7). Bill Simeons, technical di-
i ector for the Fulton Theater in Lancaster,
will give pointers on lighting and other
technical production aspects.
"There may be no theater department
at the college, but we're going to get real
theater happening, says Woland. "We
want to help the stui its bring a level of
professional consister. to their produc-
tion; . Tney've done quite a good job over
Jeff Drummond ( '95) programs a lighting sequence in the new Leedy Theater control room.
the years, but we want to help them do
Their efforts will be showcased by the
newly renovated Leedy Theater in the
Mund College Center — a gift from Ken
and Linda Leedy, of Lebanon, whose son
and daughter-in-law, Greg ('92) and
Kathleen ('90), were active in student the-
ater while at college. The $350,000 in
renovations have resulted in a "jewel box
of a theater," says Woland.
Originally a rather mundane and mini-
mally equipped cinderblock edifice, the
theater has been reshaped and revamped.
It now boasts plaster walls, 200 comfort-
able seats and four wheelchair positions
on a raked bank, and two flying bridges
across the ceiling to improve acoustics.
A sophisticated computerized lighting
system has been installed, as well as a
new sound system. A new box office
stands in what was an unused hall, and
behind it is a scene shop that leads
directly onto the stage.
"Before, the scene shop was in the
basement," says Woland. 'The scenery
had to be brought up via a spiral staircase,
and that limited what could be done. We're
going to be able to do considerably more
sophisticated kinds of scenery now."
The theater season opened on Home-
coming Weekend with a student produc-
tion of Scapino, a play based on a Moliere
farce. In the winter term, students will
take on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are
Dead, by Tom Stoppard.
In addition to coaching students for
these productions, Pry plans to offer plenty
of opportunities for additional training
throughout the year, including weekend
workshops given by area theater profes-
sionals. He will also offer special work-
shops to provide after-the-fact analysis of
student performances. "Everybody will
be able to put in their two cents — direc-
tors, actors, technical people, audience
members," Pry states.
"We don't have a theater department
at Lebanon Valley, and we're not in the
business of training people for the
theater. Most of our students see it as an
avocation," Pry continues. "But while
we're not trying to turn out the next gen-
eration of professional actors, we are
trying to turn out the next generation of
informed theater consumers and people
who will carry their interest in theater
into their lives after graduation."
The new Leedy Theater will also host
professional performances. The theater's
December 9, 1994, dedication will fea-
ture Broadway actress-singer Carol
Lawrence in her one- woman musical pro-
duction, A Love Letter to Lenny, in which
she explores her friendship with Leonard
Bernstein and sings some of his music.
The Authors & Artists series will also
bring professional theater productions to
Pry would like to see other groups use
the theater as well. "One of the things
I would like to happen down the road
is at least once a year having a
college-sponsored production that would
invite students, faculty and community
people to work together on a production.
It would not replace student theater, of
course, but augment it. This new facility
offers us all kinds of marvelous opportu-
nities to really integrate theater into cam-
pus and community life."
Judy Pehrson is director of college
relations and editor of The Valley.
Authors & Artists
As the Authors & Artists series en-
ters its fourth year at Lebanon
Valley College, one might be
tempted to wonder whether its exciting
momentum can be maintained. Can the
series continue to draw such names as
Julie Harris, Bela Fleck, R. Carlos Nakai
and Michael Hedges? Will it bring in the
dance troupes, the unusual regional bands,
the blues acts, the string groups? In short,
can A&A continue to offer the eclectic
and intriguing variety that has become its
Bet on it.
This season just may be the biggest
and most varied to date. There will be
two dance performances, three theatrical
performances, a piano trio, blues music,
folk music, Irish music and music that
defies classification. Bela Fleck and the
Flecktones return for what has become an
annual performance; the renowned Turtle
Island String Quartet will also make an
appearance. And the Leonardo Trio will
perform not one but three Monday night
concerts at the recently completed
Zimmerman Recital Hall.
The man who makes this all possible
is Jim Woland, who founded the Authors
& Artists series at Palmyra High School
in 1980. Woland moved the series to Leba-
non Valley in 1991, and this year he
accepted a full-time position as director
of cultural programming for the college.
Included in his job description are
responsibility for operations of the new
Leedy Theater and The Gallery (where
the new Zimmerman Recital Hall is lo-
cated), coordination of speakers and other
public events and, of course, director of
Authors & Artists.
When he was considering a new home
for the series, Woland was attracted to
Lebanon Valley's variety of settings. "I
like the idea of different ven-
ues, different spaces," he says.
"The advantage is more flex
ibility as far as the physical
spaces we use, especially now
with the construction of the
Zimmerman Recital Hall and the
refurbishment of the Leedy Theater."
The Leedy Theater will be the
location on January 27 and 28 for Lady
Day at Emerson 's Bar & Grill, which tells
the story of the life of jazz legend Billie
Holiday. "It's kind of a nice evening of
intimate theater that includes a heck of a
lot of her songs," Woland said. "We'll be
transforming the theater into Emerson's
Bar & Grill, complete with neon signs and
tables on stage and in the orchestra pit."
Another theatrical piece which
Woland says he is "very excited about,"
is Evan Handler's one-man perfor
mance on November 18 and 19 of
Time on Fire. Handler's darkly
comic monologue is the true story
of his successful fight against leu-
kemia. The performance, which
received rave reviews in New
York and Boston, moves from
comedy to tragedy and back again as it
describes one man's ordeal in a hospital
system so callously indifferent that it bor-
ders on the ridiculous.
In Handler's moving performance, he
is able to establish an intimate connection
with the audience. "Because his piece is
so self-revealing, by the time it's over,
you feel like you roomed with the guy in
college for four years," said Woland, who
saw Time on Fire in Boston.
"I'm always very struck by people who
can make their lives into art. It's a remark-
able gift," he said.
The 1994-95 Authors & Artists series
To receive this season's
Authors & Artists brochure, write
to Jim Woland at the college,
or call (717) 867-6036.
also features a wide
variety of musicians: The Kips
Bay Ceili Band's blend of rock and Irish
folk; folk singer John Gorka; BeauSoleil's
mix of Cajun, zydeco, blues, country and
Caribbean sounds; and a duo from Arkan-
sas who call themselves Trout Fishing in
"But I think the concert that's
really going to blow people away is
Rory Block," said Woland.
"She's a wonderful blues
singer and a great
guitarist. She's Bonnie Rait without
being famous. She's just as talented, but
I could afford her."
The series is funded by a variety of
sources. Ticket sales, along with gifts
from patrons, constitute the largest source
of support. This year, the series also ben-
efits from a $12,000 endowment from
the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and
another $3,000 from the Mid Atlantic
Arts Foundation. In addition, Authors &
Artists receives contributions from
Hershey Foods and support from the
Seth J. Wenger ('94), former editor of
La Vie Collegienne, worked as a student
assistant in the College Relations office.
Fall 1994 7
Three of the college's top
officers have also found
success in the theater.
The "late" Henry David Thoreau (played
by John Synodinos) surprises Ralph
Waldo Emerson (played by Dr. William
McCill) when he sits up and disagrees
with his eulogy.
hen Lebanon Valley
College President John
Synodinos and Dean
and Vice President
William McGill were
invited to perform a play about American
philosophers Ralph Waldo Emerson and
Henry David Thoreau before the National
Thoreau Society in Concord, Massachu-
setts, this summer, it made headlines in
newspapers in the college's area. The
Chronicle of Higher Education also found
the performance noteworthy enough to
carry a color photo of the two rehears-
ing — Synodinos as Thoreau, and McGill
as Emerson. Adding to media interest was
the fact that the play, Mr. Emerson and
Henry, had been written specifically for
the two men by Dr. Arthur Ford ('59),
associate dean for international studies.
The three administrators admit that
the collaboration may be a little unusual
in academia, but add that none of them is
a stranger to theater. Synodinos and
McGill are accomplished thespians with
a long list of acting and directing credits,
and Ford has written a number of plays
"I suppose the really interesting thing
about all of this," said Ford, who is also a
8 The Valley
professor of English, "is how well the
play, and their respective roles, reflect
Bill and John's personalities and relation-
ship. People who see it are struck by how
well the play suits them."
The saga of creating Mr. Emerson and
Henry begins back in 1989, when Ford
overheard McGill and Synodinos musing
that they wished they could find a play to
perform together. Ford decided to try his
hand at creating a play for the two. For
inspiration, he looked to the two men them-
selves: "I thought of these two people —
how different they were, yet how they also
really liked and respected each other. It
made me think of Emerson and Thoreau,
how different they were, and yet how well
they got along, for the most part."
The result, after extensive research,
writing and revising, was this two-man
play that opened at the 1990 Spring Arts
Festival. The performance was well-
received, and over the next four years the
two went on to perform Mr. Emerson and
Henry at venues around Central Pennsyl-
vania, as well as at the Bay View Sum-
mer Theater in Petoskey, Michigan.
But the crowning performance, said
Synodinos, came last summer in Concord
(the hometown of Emerson and Thoreau)
before the 1,100 members of the National
Thoreau Society at their annual meeting
in July 1994.
"It was just an extraordinary day for
us," Synodinos recalled. "We started the
morning by walking Walden Pond. Bill
placed a stone on the cairn that stands on
the site of Thoreau's cabin. Then we
went to the cemetery." The trio visited
the gravesites of Emerson and Thoreau
and toured Emerson's house before going
to the Concord Academy, where the
meeting was being held.
"We had a choice of doing the play in
an air-conditioned hall, which just wasn't
right, or in the chapel, which was marvel-
ous," said Synodinos.
"It was wonderful," McGill agreed.
"Of all the different venues that we've
done it in, I suppose that was the best."
A more appropriate location would
have been difficult to find. According to
Ford's script, "The setting is the interior
"People who see it are
struck by how well the
play suits them"
of the First Parish Church of Concord,
with Emerson in the pulpit to the right
and Henry draped across a plank mounted
on two sawhorses, as in a coffin, to the
left." As the Society's members entered
the chapel, they filed past Thoreau, as if
paying their respects, and took their seats
in the pews.
When all were seated, McGill began
the play with Emerson's eulogy for his
friend: "Henry David Thoreau was the
last male descendant of a French ancestor
who came to this country from the Isle of
Guernsey. He was born in Concord, Mas-
sachusetts, on the 12th of July, 1817..."
The audience was very responsive, and at
the conclusion of the play rewarded the
actors with warm applause and compli-
ments — as well as just a bit of construc-
"There's a reference in the play to
Thoreau's Aunt Maria," McGill said.
"After the play a Concord woman came
up to me and said, 'Here in Concord, we
always say Ma-rye-ah.'"
According to Ford, the Thoreau Soci-
ety draws its members from throughout
the United States and Canada. Normally,
its annual meeting includes the reading of
several scholarly papers, and then some
informal talks by descendants of towns-
people or others connected with Thoreau.
Dr. Arthur Ford (right) made art imitate
life when he created Mr. Emerson and
Henry for Synodinos and McGill.
"I think this year is the first time they've
had anything like this," he stated.
"It was really a dream come true to
perform the play in the town where it was
set," Ford added. "Ever since writing it,
I had hoped to do it in Concord."
Ford's interest in Thoreau goes back
three decades. "I've been intrigued
by Thoreau ever since I got out of
college," he said. "Thoreau has played an
important role in my life — in fact, once
he even got me out of jury duty."
As Ford explained, "In 1961, I was
writing my dissertation on Thoreau. I was
really steeped in it. There was this three-
to-four- week period when I really needed
to get a lot of work done on it, and I was
called for jury duty."
It was a civil rights case. A bar owner
was on trial for violating a state civil
rights law by refusing to serve a black
customer. It was a touchy, emotional
issue, and both lawyers were being care-
ful in their selection of jurors. "The one
lawyer asked me the question, 'If there
were a law that you did not agree with,
would you obey it?' I said no. He looked
at me, a little surprised, and asked 'Why?'
So I launched into a 20-minute disserta-
tion on Thoreau's Civil Disobedience."
Both lawyers listened until he was fin-
ished, and then consulted with
the judge. Not long after, Ford
was told he could go home — he
was dismissed from jury duty.
[ Later, the judge told Ford that he
\ had been rejected by not one side
I but by both the defense and the
3 prosecution. "They had no idea
what you were talking about,"
the judge told him.
Ford later introduced
Thoreau's works to his literature
classes, in the United States and
abroad. In foreign countries, es-
pecially those with totalitarian
governments, Ford found that Thoreau's
ideas on civil disobedience and other top-
ics held a special interest for his students.
However, sometimes government officials
discouraged such subjects, he added.
"When I taught in Syria, I was told
that I could teach any writings in Ameri-
can literature except Thoreau," he said.
Still, Ford said he managed to sneak in
half a lecture on the author. "The students
John Synodinos was never especially
interested in Thoreau before Ford
wrote the play. He observed, "I never
felt comfortable reading Thoreau, nor
did I have a real sense of the part his
literature played in our society. But you
come to know a person so much better by
playing a part than you can by just read-
ing it. You come to think of the person a
bit as you, and you as that person."
His new insight into the mind of Henry
David Thoreau led Synodinos to rewrite a
high school commencement speech in
1 992. He decided that his first draft, which
centered on the bleak economic outlook
for the graduating class, was too negative.
Synodinos looked to the writings of
Thoreau and zeroed in on one passage:
"The life men praise and regard as suc-
cessful is but one kind." Young people
can be just as successful as their parents,
he realized, if they redefine what success
means. In his new version, he wrote that
although the future clearly holds many
problems, the graduating class could
still find happiness by valuing "spirit
and service" over acquisitiveness and
He delivered the speech, titled, "Some
Advice to the Graduates from Henry David
Thoreau," to the graduating class of
Susquenita High School in Duncannon,
Pennsylvania, on June 4, 1992. It was
selected for publication in Vital Speeches
of the Day (which was where the Thoreau
Society saw it and noted the reference to
the play). Since then, Synodinos has been
asked to give the address on several other
"Now I'll never have to worry about
writing another speech," Synodinos said
with a chuckle. "Everyone asks me to 'do
my Thoreau speech.'"
Thoreau was k from the president's
first theatrical role. I've probably been
in about 30, 40 plays in my life," he said.
"I have gone in and out of acting. I also
directed plays for five years." His favor-
ite roles were Willy Loman in Death of a
Salesman and Lucky in Waiting for
Godot. He directed approximately 25
plays at the Johns Hopkins University
and Loyola College.
Synodinos is currently on the board of
directors of the Fulton Opera House in
Lancaster. In the past he has also served
on the boards of the Actors Company of
Pennsylvania and the Independent Eye
Theater in Lancaster.
McGill's background in theater is
even more extensive. He has
acted in some 50 theatrical pro-
ductions, including two for the Washing-
ton Theatre Wing in Washington, D.C.
He continues to perform whenever he has
the opportunity, and every summer he
acts in plays at the Bay View Summer
Theatre. This past summer, he played the
part of Horace Vandergelder in Hello,
McGill likes acting because it's so
demanding. "It's just a tremendous chal-
lenge to try to put across a character, to
try to make the words mean what they
should mean — to really get a connection
with the audience.
"My all-time favorite role is George in
Who 's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It is an
exceedingly tough role because George is
on stage almost the whole play, and it's
an emotionally demanding part. But it's
also tremendously rewarding. I could do
that performance every night of my life."
Other plays McGill counts among his
personal favorites are Deathtrap, by Ira
Levin, and a one-character play that
McGill himself wrote, Surprised by Joy.
It is the story of author C.S. Lewis, based
on his autobiography.
The role of Emerson in Mr. Emerson
and Thoreau also holds a special appeal
for McGill. "Emerson is very complex.
He's a very cerebral character — very
intellectual. That's why he comes off as
somewhat distant and remote. But the way
that Art has introduced the death of
Emerson's child into the play makes one
see the depth and range of the character."
McGill also likes the idea that the Emerson
character assumes other roles during the
play. "I get to do a lot of different kinds
That's the appeal of another play that
Ford has written specifically for McGill.
The Waters of Kronos, a one-actor play
based on the Conrad Richter novel, has as
its main character John Donner, an old
man who has returned to die in the town
of his youth — now under the waters of a
reservoir. The actor who plays Donner
also must perform the parts of the other
characters in the story.
"It's a real challenge," said McGill. "I
have to show the changes with voice and
The two-act play was performed in the
newly completed Zimmerman Recital Hall
on October 1. Ford said that Conrad
Richter' s daughter, Harvena, approved the
Ford chose to adapt Richter' s story
both because he and McGill have long
been fans of the writer's work and
because Richter is something of a local
celebrity. Conrad Richter grew up in Pine
Grove, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th
century, and many of his novels, includ-
ing The Waters of Kronos, are partly
autobiographical. Lebanon Valley College
awarded him an honorary degree in 1966.
Richter' s work also earned him a Pulitzer
Prize and a National Book Award, among
Despite McGill's other engagements
and despite the busy work schedules of
both Synodinos and McGill, it is likely
that the pair will continue to perform on
occasion Mr. Emerson and Thoreau.
However, two days after the Thoreau
Society performance, Synodinos
announced that he would not perform the
play again, since nothing could top the
show at Concord; two days later, he
readily agreed to a performance at the
college in September. It seems that it's
hard to give up a good thing.
"I think," Synodinos said, "that one of
the greatest gifts I ever received was
when Art heard Bill and me saying we
wanted to do a play together, and wrote
'Mr. Emerson and Henry' for us."
Kids on to
First, get the schoolteachers
enthused. At the Valley
this summer, that meant
crawling into a Starlab,
canoeing a creek, surfing
the Internet — and cracking
a few eggs, courtesy of a
$1 -million program.
By Nancy Fitzgerald
If you've spent any time at all
inside a school building, you know
enough to get suspicious if you
catch a kid fooling around with an
empty Coke bottle and a supply of
running water. The possibilities for chaos
and destruction boggle the mind.
But what happens when teachers take
the same ingredients and turn them into a
hands-on lesson in rocket science? Well,
for one thing, it just might boggle the
minds of their students. And there's also
the chance that they'll inspire the next
generation of rocket scientists.
Dr. Allan Wolfe, professor of biology, and Lebanon Valley sophomore biology major Tanya Schuler isolate brine shrimp as part of a
demonstration for teachers attending the three-week Science Education Partnership institute.
Fall 1994 11
Which is pretty much the point of the
Science Education Partnership for South
Central Pennsylvania, which was kicked
off with a three-week institute held at the
college this summer. Funded by grants
totaling some $1 million from the Na-
tional Science Foundation and the
Whitaker Foundation, the four-year part-
nership seeks to strengthen science teach-
ing in 15 area school districts through
intensive training, experience with state-
of-the-art computer and science equip-
ment and ongoing teacher support.
From June 27 through July 15, 1994, a
group of 30 teachers gathered at Lebanon
Valley College for heavy-duty lessons in
how to make science more interesting —
and a lot more fun — for their students in
grades 4-8. "We want children to learn
about science — that's what this is all
about," says program director Mary
McLeod. "The way it's taught now is
simply too much out of the textbooks, too
rote. It's not that there's not a place for
that, but we have to have hands-on labs,
too. Kids have to do work where they
actually know what's happening, what
does it mean, how is it all related to us?"
Getting in on the Act
The activities included experiments in the
chemistry lab, a canoe trip down the
Swatara Creek and geological field trips to
Indian Echo Caverns and Wimpey Miner-
als. It included college faculty rolling up
their sleeves to demonstrate high-tech
microscopes and teach low-tech lessons —
for example, Cindy Johnston, an adjunct
chemistry instructor, ran a session on
using toys to teach science. But, luckily,
the schedule wasn't carved in stone,
because what could have been a run-of-the
mill teachers' conference turned into some-
thing that was more like a happening.
"Lots of things that we did just weren' t
on our original agenda," McLeod explains.
"The teachers just started sharing won-
derful things, like their whole-language
approaches to science, or their contrap-
tions made out of bits of wood and PVC
pipes. One teacher gave a neat demon-
stration where he cracked an egg in a can
and turned it over on my head, and the
egg didn't come out. One teacher even
brought in her rocket launcher pad. We
had to keep adjusting the schedule to make
room for all the great stuff the teachers
Some of that great stuff was pretty
impressive. Hazel Nesselrod, who teaches
6th grade at Manheim Central School Dis-
trict, showed up for one session with an
inflatable planetarium. The big gray
bubble, owned by Intermediate Unit 13
servicing Lebanon and Lancaster coun-
ties, is available to all participating
schools. But not all teachers know about
it — or what to do with it. So when
Nesselrod brought Starlab in, the teach-
ers took off their shoes and crawled
inside for a lesson.
"It's a planetarium with six different
cylinders," Nesselrod explains. "We can
show plain stars, Greek mythology, Indian
folklore. We can check out the rising and
setting of the sun and the different phases
of the moon, and bring the nighttime sky to
school. It's a wonderful resource, but only
one other teacher here has ever had experi-
ence with it. So this is a chance for them to
expand their expertise."
With input from all quarters — college
faculty, schoolteachers and a bevy of ex-
perts — the three-week training program
more than lived up to its "partnership"
designation. "The neatest thing about this
program," says McLeod, "is that the col-
lege is not taking the position that 'we're
the professionals in biology or chemistry;
here is what you need to be teaching.' We
are very much teacher-driven. They're
telling us, 'Here is what we are, here is
what we need and we will teach it to
each other.' "
"Lots of things that
we did just weren't
on our original
science, or their
out of bits of wood
and PVC pipes."
12 The Valley
(Opposite page) Dr. Barry Hurst, associ-
ate professor of physics, turns his lab into
a scientific salon, dropping metal spheres
into shampoo to illustrate how drag forces
affect such objects falling through a
liquid. (Below) In the Great Funnel Race,
he rigs up a fun experiment to illustrate the
functional drag of air on moving objects.
It's OK to Tinker
Many teachers agree that science is an
area where they're lacking in both train-
ing and ideas. Dr. Allan Wolfe, Lebanon
Valley professor of biology and a key
player in getting the grant, says, "Most
elementary teachers get lots of training in
reading and math, but not much science,
and very little hands-on work. They feel
more confident with lessons where they
know the answers — and in science you
don't always know the answers. So teach-
ers tend to schedule their science lessons
for the end of the day, and hope that time
Lack of equipment and administrative
support are two other roadblocks to teach-
ing science, Wolfe contends. "Science
requires a lot of experimenting and tink-
ering, but administrators may consider
that inefficient. So teachers end up teach-
ing science out of a textbook, which is
very neat, but not the way that science
"The timing of this program is excel-
lent," says Fred Jackson, elementary sci-
ence coordinator at the Milton Hershey
School. "I was reading that the average
age of scientists in this country is 56 —
Dr. Wolfe (left) and Dr. Dale Summers, assistant professor of education, work with Sue Hermansky, a teacher from Cornwall-
Lebanon School District.
Fall 1994 13
Donna Cooper, from Ben Franklin Aca-
demic Prep School in Harrisburg, takes
a break from a microscopy exercise.
most of our scientists will retire in 10
years, and we don't have enough people
to replace them. And we have brand-new
fields that are waiting to be discovered,
and nobody in place to explore them. As
educators, we need to get kids excited
about science. We need to make learning
science fun — like it was for us when we
shot off the water rockets."
The Science Education Partnership,
Wolfe says, should go a long way in bol-
stering teachers' confidence. "This pro-
gram will go on for three more years," he
explains. "Next summer, these teachers
will return and train 30 more teachers.
They're all so enthusiastic about what
they've learned, and they'll go back to
school and excite their peers. And even-
tually, we're hoping to get elementary ed
majors involved in these courses — then
we'll have well-trained science teachers,
and we won't need programs like this
The Science Education Partnership pro-
vides more than a three-week summer
training course. Another important ele-
ment of the project is ongoing teacher
support, from a resource center headquar-
tered in the Garber Science Center.
Participants are developing a "foot-
locker" approach — a lesson-in-a-box that
will contain everything a teacher will need
to teach a lesson on, say, pendulums. It
will include lesson plans, resources, equip-
ment and even a videotape of the lesson
actually being taught.
"This is a realistic and friendly ap-
proach," says McLeod. "When teachers
call up for information on a certain topic,
they can take the footlocker and every-
thing will be there. Every teacher, from
rookies to veterans, will be able to use it.
In our program, we have one teacher
who's been teaching only a year, while
another has been in the classroom for 35
What goes into those boxes is a com-
munity decision as well. When planning
first began, Lebanon Valley faculty mem-
bers drew up a list of equipment that they
thought elementary and secondary sci-
ence teachers should have. The list, says
McLeod, included items like spectrom-
eters — expensive instruments that mea-
sure absorption of light and can determine
the amount of a substance in a solution.
When the teachers came up with their
own list, their priorities were different.
"We felt it was important for children
early on to have experience with micro-
scopes," says Maria Jones, who teaches
3rd grade at Lawton Elementary School
in Dauphin County. "Hand-held micro-
scopes only cost about $7, and they're
fine for younger kids."
One of the biggest pluses for partici-
pating teachers is the trips they'll be tak-
ing on the information highway. Each
teacher has been given an e-mail account
on the Internet, with the college provid-
ing the accounts and a toll-free number.
(Individual districts have already agreed
to take care of the telephone hookups and
to install modems.) Staying in touch by
e-mail, teachers will be able to share suc-
cesses with each other and with Lebanon
Valley faculty, conduct postmortems on
failures and try out new ideas. "We want
to strengthen not only our own skills,"
says Bruce Yeaney, an 8th-grade science
teacher at Annville-Cleona Middle
School, "but the science program in the
area as a whole. This will bring the scien-
tific community together to benefit
A lot of kids have the curious — and gen-
erally mistaken — notion that their teach-
ers can't wait to get back to school in
September. This year, though, those kids
were right on the mark, at least when it
came to those 30 teachers who partici-
pated in the Science Education Partner-
ship at the Valley.
"So much of what we've learned here
we can go back and use in our class-
rooms," says Jones. "We've come away
with information that we can share with
other teachers in our schools, too. What
we really want to do is to get teachers
comfortable with science so that they can
incorporate it into their curricula. I never
had much of an interest in science myself
until I took a class in college. Now, I
want to get others excited about it, too."
Nancy Fitzgerald is a Lebanon-based
freelance writer who writes regularly
for national education and consumer
Edna J. Carmean got a late
start as an author, but she's
making up for lost time.
Her latest book, Nine Men
on the Bench, was published
By Nancy Kettering Frye ('80)
Annville author Edna Jenkins
Carmean ('59) understands
the meaning of most words
in the English language. One
word not in her vocabulary,
however, is "retirement." At age 70, she
was a budding writer; at age 90, she is
coming into full flower.
A prolific narrator of local and
national history, she is perhaps best-known
for The Blue-Eyed Six, her twice-published
account (1974 and 1981) of a local 19th-
century murder trial and hanging. Edna
has also co-authored three historically set
musical dramas: Sauerkraut and Boston
Beans, first performed in 1966; Sandusky
Brown, performed in 1982; and The Baron
of Steigel Town, as yet unperformed.
Local history buffs know her as the editor
and research director of Lebanon County,
Pennsylvania — A History, published for the
nation's Bicentennial in 1976. In 1989,
Edna published Uncle Phil and the
Rebbles, based on the Civil War diaries of
her great-uncle, an Ohio farm youth who
volunteered as an infantryman in the
Union Army. For some years, she has
been working on Rear View, her own life's
Edna has recently completed yet
another formidable project. While most
other nonagenarians might have relished
the prospect of a well-earned retirement
as a release from active duty, Edna has
kept right on working at her typewriter.
With the help of 90-year-old Clark, her
husband of 64 years, she has just re-
searched and written a centennial history
of the courts in Lebanon County. She
calls it Nine Men on the Bench. Rather
like a young, expectant parent, she natu-
rally spent some time pondering what
name to give her progeny. "The idea for
this title," she says, "came into my mind
during one of those nights when I wasn't
sleeping too well. I'd been thinking how
the main thread throughout those 100
years was the nine judges. ..nine
men... nine men on the bench!"
It was, in fact, two of those nine men,
President Judge John A. Walter ('53)
and Senior Judge G. Thomas Gates,
who first asked her to tackle the rather
daunting assignment of writing a history
of the 52nd Judicial District of Pennsyl-
vania, covering the years from 1894 to
1994. "That was about two and a half
years ago," Edna recalls. "I hesitated, at
my age, to take on a topic like that... it
wouldn't just naturally have occurred to
me to do it."
But "do it," she did, with discipline,
dedication and delight. Edna had first
thought her chief source would be court-
Edna Carmean 's primary "props " are a
29-cent ball-point pen and a note pad.
house records. But that was not to be.
"Although the clerk of courts' staff was
always helpful, an exact name, an exact
date was needed for access. If we knew
that, they were able to dredge up sen-
tences and details from the bowels of the
building," Edna explains.
While Edna found the State Library in
Harrisburg also very helpful, the couple
did most of the research in the library at
Lebanon Valley College. "Actually, Clark
and I together read 100 years of The Daily
News — on microfilm! Can you imagine
that? For one year we worked six days a
week, from eight o'clock until noon. Clark
Fall 1994 15
"Clark and I together read
100 years of The Daily Neuis-
on microfilm! . . .For one year
we worked six days a week,
from eight o'clock until
noon. Clark helped me with
making photocopies of
helped me with making photocopies of
This prodigious collection of photo-
copies, now neatly organized in several
rows of hanging folders, dominates the
large closet in her orderly, yet comfort-
able, study. Here, in the couple's spa-
cious second-floor carriage house
apartment at Hill Farm Retirement
Home, Edna works her quiet magic. She
sees herself primarily as a storyteller.
Her "props" are simple: a 29-cent
ball-point pen, a note pad, her very own
copy of Black's Law Dictionary (given
by her nephew, a Baltimore attorney) and,
of course, her faithful electric typewriter.
Why not a computer? "That," she ex-
claims, "would have just meant one more
new thing to learn!"
She has persevered through a year of
intense writing — work that, at any age,
would be considered demanding. "I don't
really like deadlines, but I can do it. I
knew I simply had to get started, so Clark
finished the research. This was a different
proposition, not like anything I'd ever
done before. I worked by decades — that's
how the photocopies are arranged, you
see. I'd go through each folder, jot things
down, then make an outline. That first
chapter was the most difficult, but it was
what I needed for an anchor. My routine
was to get up at 7, make coffee, then. . .into
my study to write. Morning's my best
"This may sound strange," Edna con-
fesses, "but when I have an idea, I must
put it into words. Many others may be
content with nebulous ideas, but I need to
sit down at my typewriter. The printed
word means an awful lot to me."
The author also realizes the impact of
visual images in communicating ideas.
At first she worried, "I don't think this
book will sell. It's a very dull-sounding
subject." What was needed? A dust jacket,
thought Edna, that would clearly suggest,
"This is not just a bunch of facts. It's a
story!" With that thought in mind, she
approached Annville artist Bruce Johnson.
He had never done a dust jacket, but
agreed to do this one. Edna, "very pleased"
with his sketch, emphasizes, "Right away,
you can see that under their black robes,
these nine men are real human beings,
men with a great sense of humor!"
Edna, who sees herself as a "natural
optimist," delights in that aspect of this
terribly human, often tragic, sometimes
comic, and always amazing tale of a cen-
tury of life in the Lebanon Valley, in
Pennsylvania, in the United States, in the
larger world. This past 100 years, Edna
reminds us, includes six wars, a major
depression and all the evolving technolo-
gies of the 20th century, plus a whole lot
Sex, greed, passion, jealousy,
revenge — all active forces in the long-
playing human drama — are still very
much with us, according to Edna. While
human nature remains basically
unchanged, social attitudes have changed
over time. Her creative approach to what
could have been a cut-and-dried histori-
cal recitation of facts holds up a mirror
allowing us to see ourselves evolving as a
people. No matter where in America we
live, our judicial system reflects that
often-elusive evolution. Lebanon County
history is very much American history.
Edna's career as a writer, she says,
began back in the 1960s when she
was working in Lebanon Valley's
public relations office.
"I had always loved to write — even as
a child — but the PR job gave me lots of
opportunities, especially my work with
the college magazine," she states.
Another important step in her devel-
opment as a writer came when she
assisted Dr. Paul Wallace, a local histo-
rian, with the research for a history of the
college that was published in connection
with the centennial.
"I found I loved doing research, and
while I was reading back issues of The
Lebanon Daily News, I came across
articles on the Blue-Eyed Six, and
became absolutely fascinated. I decided
that when I retired, I would do more
research and write a book on them."
Writing, Edna explains, is "a matter of
choice," of deciding what to exclude, as
well as what to include. Writing involves
thinking, both critically and creatively.
Writing can be good exercise for both
sides of the brain. Doing the necessary
research, both Carmeans would agree,
requires physical and mental stamina.
As a former public health nurse, Edna
has chosen to practice good preventive
medicine in her own private life. She
actually enjoys climbing the stairs to their
apartment overlooking Indiantown Gap
(Blue-Eyed Six territory) to the north and
Lebanon Valley College ("home" to the
Carmeans since 1933) to the south. She
enjoys pointing out Clark's flower and
vegetable gardens, evidence of an avoca-
tion that nurtures body, mind and spirit.
"He's my inspiration!" Edna beams.
For anyone wondering what she will
do with her free mornings, now that this
project has been completed, Edna will be
getting back to work on Rear View, her
memoirs — a recollection of the ordinary
days of an extraordinary woman.
Nancy Kettering Frye ( '80) is a Lebanon-
based freelance writer.
16 The Valley
The college community gathered on
August 25 to break ground for the new
$7 million library.
The high-tech facility is the corner-
stone of Toward 2001 — the college's $21
million comprehensive campaign. The
library will serve as the center of an elec-
tronic network that will enable students,
faculty, administrators and staff to access
thousands of databases worldwide via
computer and modems in dorm rooms
and campus offices. The integrated,
on-line system also will provide library
users with information about the avail-
ability and status of each item in the
The Gossard Memorial Library, built
in 1957, will be gutted and restructured to
create the new three-story, 43,000-square-
foot learning and research center. It will
feature a tower and plaza, a grand atrium,
reading alcoves for private study, confer-
ence and consultation rooms for group
planning and a faculty research suite. A
computer/media laboratory will include
work stations, terminals, VCR monitors,
laser disc facilities and other electronic
Scheduled for completion in Decem-
ber 1995, the building is slated to open by
Treasure hunting explored
The opening exhibit in the Suzanne H.
Arnold Art Gallery, "The Art of Trea-
sure: Duke E. Long Memorial Exhibi-
tion," drew many visitors from around
the area this fall. Organized as a tribute
to Duke E. Long (1953-1994), a Myers-
town, Pennsylvania, native who was an
artist and treasure diver, the exhibit
included 32 drawings by Long as well as
artifacts he had excavated from the 1641
shipwreck of the Conception, a Spanish
galleon. An extension of the exhibit in
Laughlin Hall offered examples of Long's
work in scrimshaw, watercolor, print-
making and oil painting.
In conjunction with the month-long
Edna Carmean (right) and Dr. Clark Carmean wielded shovels at the August ground-
breaking for the new library.
exhibit, the college sponsored a panel dis-
cussion on September 28 on the contro-
versial aspects of treasure salvage. While
divers maintain their legal rights under
centuries-old admiralty law to seek the
remains of ships that have been lost at
sea, in recent years commercial salvage
has been challenged by state and federal
A brass astrolobe recovered from the ship-
wreck of the Concepcion is one treasure
found in a month-long exhibit at the
Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery.
environmental agencies, as well as by the
professional associations of archaeol-
ogists and museum operators. The dis-
cussion addressed both sides of the issue.
On October 5, Dr. Richard Stoller,
assistant professor of history at Dickinson
College, gave a lecture on the cultural
significance of the objects displayed in
the gallery. It was titled "Maturity or
Decline? Spanish America and the
Metropolis in the 17th Century."
Institute celebrates 20 years
This summer, the Daniel Fox Youth Schol-
ars Institute marked its 20th anniversary,
with over 1 50 students from Pennsylvania,
New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Dela-
ware and Virginia attending.
Originally created to expose students
to careers in the sciences, the institute
now offers hands-on instruction in a
variety of subject areas. This summer's
program included courses in actuarial
science, education, computer graphics,
psychology, literature, German, law,
sociology, art theory and studio art.
Fall 1994 17
Walt Levinsky ('51) has established a
$5,000 scholarship fund to honor the late
Arthur "Babe" Clark, the award-winning
jazz musician who died in 1992. The
scholarship will provide $1,000 a year
over a five-year period to music students
interested in performance careers.
Levinsky is the composer/conductor
of woodwinds for the Kenzo Music Com-
pany in New York City. At age 16, he
became a member of the Les and Larry
Elgart Orchestra, and interrupted his col-
lege career to perform with the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra and as lead saxophon-
ist for Benny Goodman. He has worked
as a studio musician for Paul McCartney,
Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan and
Leontyne Price, and as a composer/
arranger/conductor for Liza Minnelli,
Frank Sinatra, Richard Harris, Renata
Scott and Placido Domingo.
Summer face lift
Several renovations and improvements
greeted students returning to campus this
fall. The Mund College Center lobby,
including the front office area, was
redone, as were the lobby and office areas
of the Blair Music Center. A handicap-
access elevator was added to Miller
Chapel, and new air-conditioning was
installed in Mund and in the first level of
the Carnegie Building. In addition, four
tennis courts were constructed on the
athletic field adjacent to the Arnold
Helping Russian Hospitals Heal, an orga-
nization of Lebanon Valley students and
faculty and area residents, collected and
sent a large shipment of supplies to Hos-
pital No. 28 in St. Petersburg, which spe-
cializes in heart problems, trauma,
abdominal surgery and gerontology. The
shipment was valued at over $65,000,
according to Dr. Joerg Mayer, professor
of mathematical sciences, who directs the
project (see the Fall 1993 issue).
The items included 25 hospital beds,
surgical instruments, other medical equip-
ment and 90 boxes of syringes, dispos-
able gloves, gowns and other supplies.
Some were purchased with money
donated by members of the college and
the local community. Other supplies were
donated by local physicians, a local nurs-
ing home and a hospital in the Lehigh
Valley. Shipping was paid by the Fund
for Democracy and Development, a
branch of the U.S. State Department.
It was a busy summer in the chemistry
department, with several faculty, assisted
by students, undertaking a variety of
research activities. The projects were sup-
ported by funds from the National Sci-
ence Foundation, Merck Foundation/
American Association for the Advance-
ment of Science, the National Institute
for Standards and Technology, Exxon and
Dow Chemical Company Foundation, as
well as the college.
Professor Donald Dahlberg continued
his research into the analysis of cooking
oils by instrumental methods and com-
plex statistical analysis. He also worked
on the development of new methods of
standardizing chromatograms. Assisting
on both projects were sophomore Edward
Brignole and junior Trent Snider.
Dr. Carl T. Wigal, assistant professor,
investigated the chemistry of quinones
and quinone derivatives. He was assisted
by senior Jennifer Coyle, sophomore
Jason McKinley and juniors Daniel
Lehman, Diane Porter and Janell Heffner.
Professor Owen Moe also participated in
the quinone chemistry study.
Dr. Richard Cornelius, chemistry chair,
continued work on his general textbook.
Chemistry Domesticated. Sophomores
Allen Keeney and Christina Walters
helped develop and test laboratory
experiments for the book. Cornelius, with
the assistance of senior Michael Peachey,
also worked on organizing a collection of
nuclear magnetic resonance spectra into a
computerized resource for chemistry
Included in Guinness
The latest volume of The Guinness Book
of Records, which came off the press in
September, includes a substantial entry —
along with aerial photograph and grid
map — of Lebanon Valley College's
Amazing Maize Maze. The item, which
appears on pages 100 and 101, notes: "The
world's largest maze ever constructed was
in the shape of a stegosaurus, made in a
cornfield at Lebanon Valley College,
Pennsylvania, USA. It was 152m 500 ft.
long and covered an area of 1 1 ,700m
126,000 ft, and was in existence for two
months between September and Novem-
ber 1993." Later, it quotes maze designer
Adrian Fisher, who stated, "The record
size and giant image from the sky at-
tracted TV, radio and press coverage
coast-to-coast. Over a sunny weekend,
6,000 visitors raised over $32,000 for the
Red Cross Appeal. It was one of the hap-
piest maze events I have known."
Some 25 Lebanon Valley faculty, admin-
istrators and trustees gathered on Sep-
tember 30 and October 1 at Kreiderheim
for the Pew Higher Education Roundtable,
one of the series of roundtables around
the country sponsored by The Pew Chari-
table Trusts. Designed to foster dialogue
on the challenges and opportunities fac-
ing American colleges and universities,
the roundtables explore the forces con-
fronting enterprises in general and higher
education in particular in an increasingly
The Lebanon Valley discussion cov-
ered general issues, as well as those spe-
cific to the college. The Roundtable will
conclude with a session on October 29.
Participants were Dr. Howard
Applegate, associate professor and chair
of history/American studies; Dr. Andrew
Brovey, professor of education; Dr.
Michael Day, associate professor and chair
of physics; Dr. Arthur Ford, professor of
English and associate dean for interna-
tional programs; Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson,
assistant professor of English; Dr. Carolyn
Hanes, chair and professor of sociology/
social work; Dr. Bryan Hersey, professor
and chair of mathematical sciences; Dr.
Diane Iglesias, professor and chair of
Spanish; Dr. David Lasky, professor of
psychology; Robert Leonard, associate
professor of management; Dr. Mark
Mecham, associate professor and chair of
music; Dr. John Norton, professor and
chair of political science and economics;
Dr. James Scott, professor of German;
Warren Thompson, associate professor of
philosophy; Dr. Susan Verhoek, profes-
sor of biology; Katherine J. Bishop,
trustee; William Brown, dean of admis-
sion and financial aid; Deborah Bullock,
student and trustee; Ross Fasick ('55),
trustee and chair of the Strategic Plan-
ning Committee; Deborah Fullam ('81),
controller and treasurer; Dr. William
McGill, vice president of the college and
dean of the faculty; Judy Pehrson, direc-
tor of college relations; Thomas C.
Reinhart ('58), chair of the Board of Trust-
ees; John Synodinos, president; and Rose-
mary Yuhas, dean of student services.
18 The Valley
By John B. Deamer, Jr.
Director of Sports Information
The college's athletic teams are becoming
progressively stronger, attracting some of
the finest student-athletes in the region.
Their talents are reflected in the following
list of Most Valuable Players from the 18
men's and women's intercollegiate teams:
Men's and Women's Cross Country:
Junior Jeff Koegel continued a fine
career, qualifying for the NCAA Regional
All-American meet with a second-place
finish in the Middle Atlantic Conference
Freshman Debra Popper finished in fifth
place at a competitive invitational hosted
by Baptist Bible, and finished 12th at the
Field Hockey: Senior midfielder Kris
Sagun and junior forward Alissa Mowrer
led Lebanon Valley's nationally recognized
field hockey team to the NCAA Divi-
sion III regional championship game last
Sagun finished off an outstanding four-
year career by being named to the College
Field Hockey Coaches Association Divi-
sion III All-American First Team, and by
being named the MAC Commonwealth
She also was Lebanon Valley's softball
MVP, after leading the team in hitting with
an average of .450. Under first-year coach
Blair Moyer, the softball team improved to
6-16, triple the win output over the 1993
season. Sagun was a member of the MAC
Softball First Team in the MAC Common-
wealth League. Mowrer was a second team
CFHCA All-American and was a member
of the National All-Academic team.
Football: Junior tailback Jason Lutz and
senior defensive lineman Jim Geisel helped
the team to their third consecutive non-
losing season. Geisel recorded 51 total tack-
les, eight quarterback sacks, 13 tackles for
loss and two pass deflections during the
1993 season. Lutz led the team with 42
receptions for 483 yards out of the
Long-distance runner Jeff Koegel ('95) is
well on his way to a championship season.
backfield, and in the last game of the sea-
son hauled in 13 receptions — a new team
record — for 1 16 yards and a touchdown.
Soccer: Freshman MVP Nathan Hillegas
brought a strong work ethic to a team fight-
ing to compete in perhaps the strongest
MAC league in any sport. Hillegas, who
set several records during a strong show-
ing in the spring, also was named a
co-MVP of the men's track and field team.
Women's Volleyball: The team had two
firsts in the nine-year history of the pro-
gram: a 20-win season and competing in
the MAC championship game. Junior
middle blocker Bridget Lohr and junior
setter Angie Shuler were named the vol-
Men's Basketball: Senior forward John
Harper and junior guard Mike Rhoades led
the men to the first team national champi-
onship in the history of the college's ath-
Midway through the 1993-94 season,
Harper had perhaps his best all-around per-
formance in a big 24-point road win over
previously undefeated Susquehanna.
Rhoades appeared before over 8 mil-
lion international readers in a Sports Illus-
trated full-page profile. Adding to his many
other national honors, the All-American
was named USA Today Division III Player
of the Year.
This season, in the same game no less,
the two MVPs became the 19th and 20th
players in the history of the men's basket-
ball program to surpass 1 ,000 points.
Women's Basketball: Due in large part to
the play of sophomore guard Amy Jo
Rushanan (14.7 PPG), the team remained
in the MAC playoff hunt until the last
week of the season.
Men's and Women's Swimming: The
men's swimming MVP, junior Howie
Spangler, brought home Lebanon Valley's
first MAC gold-medal-winning perfor-
mance in the five-year history of the pro-
gram. And the women's MVP, senior Jen
Bower, boosted several relays at the MAC
Wrestling: Freshman Billy Adams won
respect from top wrestlers in the MAC and
NCAA Eastern Regional tournaments at
167 and 177 pounds, and senior Chad
Miller finished his career with a 76-36-1
dual meet record to lead the wrestling team.
Baseball: The team finished the season in
third place in the MAC Commonwealth
League with a 9-5 record and were 10-13
overall. Junior catcher Corey Thomas and
pitcher Trever Ritter, a junior, were the
team's co-MVPs. Thomas led the team with
21 RBIs and hit .362 on the season. He
nailed four homeruns and three doubles
and scored 15 runs. Ritter was among the
MAC leaders in pitching with an earned
run average of 2.44. He was 2-2 on the
season and had 21 strikeouts.
Men's Golf: Sophomore Ben Smith helped
the men's golf team to a 9-6 record with a
season average of 79. The Dutchmen fin-
ished fourth in the MAC championships.
Men's Tennis: Competing in their first
collegiate season, the men finished 1-6 in
the Commonwealth and 2-8 overall. Fresh-
man Jason Henery and senior Raymond
Wimer were named the team MVPs.
Men's and Women's Track and Field:
Senior Ross DeNisco finished first in the
MAC championships in the shot-put event,
and owns the school record. He and Nathan
Hillegas were honored as the team's
co-MVPs. They led the men to a perfect
10-0 record during the regular season.
Freshmen Sharon Possessky and Bryn
Metcalf were named the women's track
and field co-MVPs.
Fall 1994 19
Brad F. McAlester has been appointed
head coach of the men's basketball team.
He replaces Pat Flannery, who became
head men's basketball coach for Bucknell
University. McAlester has 13 years of
coaching experience, most recently as
assistant men's coach at Siena College
(Division I) in Loudonville, New York.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business
administration from Southampton College
of Long Island University.
The new baseball coach is John
Gergle, promoted from assistant coach in
charge of pitchers. Previously, he was an
assistant baseball coach at Millersville Uni-
versity for four years and a coach at Cedar
Crest High School for three years. He
replaces Tim Erbersole, who became head
football coach at Westminster (MD) High
M.B.A. director named
James William Mentzer, Jr. has been
appointed director of the M.B.A. program.
A 20-year Army veteran, he was a lieuten-
ant colonel when he retired from active
duty in 1993. He holds a B.B.A. degree in
management from the Pennsylvania State
University and an M.B.A. from Chaminade
University. Prior to his appointment at
Lebanon Valley, Mentzer was the deputy
director of the Foundation for a Drug-Free
Ken L. Lewis, Jr. ('93) has been named
assistant director of alumni programs.
Lewis majored in English communica-
tions. He will work with Diane Wenger
('92), director of alumni programs, to plan
new annual events and to set up a student
alumni association. Before joining the col-
lege, he was assistant manager of Fairview
Golf Course in Quentin.
Visitor from China
Wu Yingen, a professor of English from
Nanjing University, will spend 1994-95 at
the college as a visiting professor in the
Jennifer Sue Peters
English department. He will team-teach
the Modern Chinese Fiction course with
Dr. Arthur Ford, professor of English, and
the Modern Asia course with Dr. Eugene
Brown, professor of political science.
Professor Wu was formerly co-direc-
tor of the Chinese-American Center at
Nanjing University, and was a visiting
Maria Wagner Jones
professor at Johns Hopkins University in
Chemist from France
Dr. Beatrice Feron Gooding will be a
visiting assistant professor of chemistry
for the academic year. A native of France,
she holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the
Universite Claude Bernard/Institut de
Recherches sur la Catalyse and a master's
degree from Universite Pierre et Marie
Curie/Ecole Superieure de Chimie
Organique et Minerale. She has been a
laboratory and teaching assistant at the
University of Pennsylvania, and is a mem-
ber of the American Chemical Society
and Societe Francaise de Chimie.
Visiting in psychology
Dr. Deanna Lynn Dodson will be a vis-
iting assistant professor of psychology
during this academic year. She holds a
B.S. in psychology from Tennessee Tech-
nological University and a master's
degree and Ph.D. in biopsychology from
Memphis State University. She had been
a postdoctoral research trainee in the
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiol-
ogy at the University of Tennessee, Mem-
phis. She is a member of the American
Psychological Society and the Society for
Joins English department
Dr. Mary K. Pettice has been appointed
an assistant professor in the English
department. She holds a B.A. in English
literature from Illinois Wesleyan Univer-
sity, an M.S. in journalism from the Uni-
versity of Illinois, an M.A. in English
literature from the University of Illinois
and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writ-
ing from the University of Houston,
where she was a teaching assistant for
five years. She has also taught at Houston
Community College and the University
Three people have been appointed part-time
lecturers, a new position at the college.
Dr. Kevin Pry ('76) will be a lecturer
in English and will also be the advisor for
Wig and Buckle, the student theater group.
He majored in history at Lebanon Valley
and earned his M.A. in European history
and Ph.D. in British history from the Penn-
sylvania State University. He has been an
instructor at Lebanon Valley, Penn State's
York and Mt. Alto campuses and the Har-
risburg Community Theatre School.
He has been heavily involved in re-
gional theater groups as an actor and as a
dramaturge, including with the Penn State
Resident Theatre Company and the Riv-
erside Arts Magnet School Theatre and
Musical Theatre programs. He organized
the Harrisburg Company of Comedians
and founded Lebanon Valley Summer
Sharon Lee Worley, who is a CPA,
has become a lecturer in the management
department. She is a graduate of San Jose
State University, where she received a
bachelor's degree in mathematics and also
earned a secondary teaching credential.
She is a tax-season account for Kuntz
Lesher Siegrist and Martini in Lancaster
and a member of the American Institute
Mary Ann Goodfellow has been ap-
pointed in the sociology department. She
graduated from the Pennsylvania State
University with a B.A. and M.A. in soci-
ology and is working on her Ph.D. disser-
tation. She has taught for Lebanon Valley
College as an adjunct professor for three
years, and has also taught at Penn State's
College Park and Schuylkill campuses.
Vicki Gingrich has joined the college as
a part-time advisor to international stu-
dents. She holds a bachelor's degree in
home economics education from
Mansfield University and has been a
trainer and volunteer for the American
Cancer Society. She has also served as
children's librarian for the Annville Free
Library and as a classroom volunteer for
the Annville-Cleona Schools.
Financial aid counselor
Jennifer Sue Peters ('92) has been
appointed a financial aid counselor in the
admission office. She holds a bachelor's
degree in accounting and was formerly a
staff accountant for Herbein and Com-
pany Inc. in Harrisburg.
Dr. Delbert Royce Burkett has joined
the religion and philosophy department
as assistant professor. Burkett holds a
bachelor's degree in Biblical Greek from
Abilene Christian University, a master's
degree in religious studies from Harvard
Divinity School and a doctorate in New
Testament studies from Duke University.
He has served on the staffs at Western
Kentucky University, Appalachian State
University, Lancaster Theological Semi-
nary and Elizabethtown College.
Robert Dillane, director of administra-
tive computing, and Keeta Kay Cole,
assistant to the director, made presenta-
tions at Datatel's Spring '94 User's Group
Conference at Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Their presentations dealt with the use of
two of Datatel's software packages, Col-
league and Benefactor, which are used by
the administrative offices on campus.
Dillane discussed "Financial Aid Imple-
mentation of Colleague Release 12," and
Cole presented a session on "Developing
Automated Gift and Grant Forms within
Attended NEH seminar
Dr. Phylis Dryden, associate professor
of English, attended a National Endow-
ment for the Humanities Summer Semi-
nar for College Teachers, held at the
University of Pennsylvania. The seminar
focused on 17th- and 18th-century
Dr. Allan F. Wolfe and Dr. Susan
Verhoek, both professors of biology, of-
fered classes this summer for elementary
age children in Lebanon County schools
through the Parents Committee on Learn-
ing Enrichment. Wolfe taught a course
on microscopes, and Verhoek led two
groups on nature walks in Mt. Gretna.
Verhoek also led a tour of the trees
and ferns for the Mt. Gretna Chautauqua
organization. For the past four years, she
has been leading this annual hike.
Math chair appointed
Dr. Bryan Hearsey, professor of math-
ematical sciences, has been appointed
chair of the department. He succeeds
Horace Tousley, associate professor, who
served as chair for over 1 years. Hearsey
recently attended the U. S. Mathematics
Olympiad Award Dinner in Washington,
Fall 1994 21
D.C., as the Society of Actuaries' liaison
to the Mathematics Association of
America. Also attending were his wife,
Carolyn, and Bill Campbell ('83) and
Theresa Martin ('88).
Paul Brubaker, director of planned giv-
ing and president of the Susquehanna Val-
ley Planned Giving Council, was a
delegate to the Assembly of Delegates
for the National Committee on Planned
Giving in Denver.
NIE Board member
Dr. Susan Atkinson, associate professor
of education, has been selected as a mem-
ber of the Newspapers in Education (NIE)
Advisory Board for 1994-95. The board,
which includes educators and administra-
tors from Lebanon County public and
private schools, assesses and suggests
newspaper programs for use in area
Atkinson also presented a workshop
on "A Thematic, Multidisciplined
Approach to Teaching the Major Content
Areas through Geography and Mathemat-
ics" for the Susquehanna Township
Taking a sabbatical
Barbara Wirth, assistant professor of
accounting, will take a sabbatical during
1994-95, and will be on leave the follow-
ing year. She is attending law school at
Widener University on a full scholarship.
Dr. John Kearney, professor of English,
attended two conferences over the sum-
mer: The Liberal Education and Work Con-
ference at Beloit College (June 2-4) and
The Hampshire College Conference on the
Lemelson Project or the National Colle-
giate Invention and Innovation Alliance
(June 27-29). Both meetings dealt with the
relationship of a liberal arts education to
the world of work and entrepreneurship.
Donna Miller ('93), readers' service
librarian, and Mike Zeigler, director of
user services, published an article, "An
Internet Workshop for Lebanon Valley
College Faculty and Staff: Striking It Rich
with the Internet" in the book, The Internet
Library: Case Studies of Library Internet
Management and Use.
Dr. Dale Summers, assistant professor
of education, and Linda Summers,
adjunct instructor of education, over the
summer worked with Donald Kline, a
physics teacher at Annville High School,
to assess how various instructional
design factors affect student performance
when using computer-assisted instruction.
Dave Evans, director of career planning
and placement, was chosen by the college
to attend the Leadership Lebanon Valley
training course. Sponsored by the Cham-
ber of Commerce, the yearlong course is
designed to familiarize attendees with cur-
rent community issues and prepare them
for community leadership opportunities.
Dan McKinley, assistant professor of
leadership studies, has been named direc-
tor of freshman programs. He will serve
as liaison between academic and student
affairs offices in the design and imple-
mentation of orientation and other fresh-
man experience programs, as well
as serving as retention officer for the
Ellen Buck McGill and Mary Ellen Ford
have been named co-directors of
Kreiderheim. With the move of President
John Synodinos and his wife, Glenda, to
their private home, Kreiderheim will be
used as a venue for college and private
functions and as housing for special col-
McGill holds a B.A. degree in English
and psychology from Wilson College, and
Ford is a graduate of Columbia High
School. The two women have been part-
time field coordinators of the Retired
Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in
Lebanon County — McGill for six years
and Ford for 15. They will continue with
RSVP until the end of the calendar year.
Dr. John Heffner, chair of the religion and
philosophy department, has published a
chapter titled "Contemporary Issues in Phi-
losophy" in the 1994 edition of The
Reader's Adviser: The Best in Philosophy
and Religion. The book, edited by Robert
S. Ellwood and published by R.R. Bowker
in New York, is a standard reference.
Maria Wagner Jones has been named
program coordinator for the Science Edu-
cation Partnership for South Central Penn-
sylvania. She succeeds Mary McLeod,
who resigned for health reasons. Jones,
who holds a bachelor's degree in elemen-
tary education from the Harrisburg cam-
pus of Penn State, is working on a master's
degree in science education from Clarion
University. She was formerly a teacher at
Lawton Elementary School in the Central
Dauphin School District and is a member
of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers
Dr. Andrew James Brovey has joined
the education department as an assistant
professor, specializing in educational tech-
nology. He holds a bachelor's degree in
education from Bloomsburg University,
and a master's degree and Ed.D. in edu-
cational technology — both from Lehigh
University. Formerly director of instruc-
tional technology at Penn College, he is a
member of the Society for Technology
and Teacher Education.
The Business of
Being a Superhero
By Laura Chandler Ritter
As a child in Stewartsville, New
Jersey, George D. Meyers ('81)
could never settle on a single
ambition. He wanted to be a fireman one
day, a cop the next, a secret agent the day
Now at age 35, he's found a way to
live the life he dreamed of as a child. An
actor who lives just a couple of miles
from Universal Studios in Orlando,
Florida, Meyers takes on new roles and
new personalities with each new project.
And that's just his day job. On week-
ends, he becomes a superhero, donning
the uniform of the Caped Crusader and
appearing as Batman in cities across the
If that's not strictly your idea of act-
ing, consider that Meyers is licensed by
D.C. Comics to play Batman, and he's
the only person in the country who is.
When he appeared at the opening of the
movie in Mexico City, he played before
an audience of 3,000. "When I'm in that
costume, I'm Batman," he said. "I have to
walk like Batman, I have to talk like
Batman would talk. It's acting, and it's
really a lot of fun."
It's taken Meyers years to make acting
work as a profession, he said recently,
speaking from his home in Orlando. But,
if things continue the way they are going
now, it will have been worth it, he said.
"I'm finally doing what I've been
trying to do for the last 10 or 12 years,"
he said. "I'm just so happy having a
chance to play a character, to be someone
other than myself. It's a really good feel-
ing to be able to do what you always
wanted to do."
During the past year, Meyers joined
HA-RA Entertainment Inc., in Orlando.
Tim Racey and Jo Ann Harper had felt
frustrated waiting — for backers, for
phone calls, for something to happen.
So the couple decided to start their own
George D. Meyers ( '81) has not been your
typical business major.
Meyers first auditioned for a short
video they were doing and got the part;
later, over the course of a few months, the
relationship became a partnership. In the
company's latest production, he plays the
lead in a two-hour feature film called
The timing couldn't have been better,
Meyers said. "I was tired of waiting
around for people to ask me if I wanted to
act," he said. "We were ready to make
things happen for ourselves."
Though they started out with rented
equipment, they have since acquired their
own camera, lights, sound equipment and
microphones — enough to begin working
on a film without having to secure all the
financial backing. Forming a company is
a gamble, Meyers said, but one that gives
him and his associates a chance to work
their own way on projects of their own
Meyers said that his training as a busi-
ness major at Lebanon Valley is now serv-
ing him well. Beyond enabling him to
contribute a knowledge of business plans
and marketing to his new
venture, his experience at the
college helped him develop
his commitment to success.
"Once you get out of col-
ege, you have to live the
rest of your life and really
experience things. Lebanon
Valley was a great prepara-
tion for that, for learning to
make things happen for my-
"Acting is something you
have to really want to do. I
gave myself a certain amount
of time to 'make it,' but ev-
ery time the deadline arrived,
I kept extending the time. I
just believed that if I pur-
sued it long enough and
worked hard enough, it
would finally happen. Since
coming here to Florida, it has
finally started happening."
Meyers had never done any acting un-
til after college. In fact, the first time he
even saw New York was on a field trip
with other business students. He recalls
visiting Wall Street, the Stock Exchange
and the United Nations — but not Broad-
But he loved New York, and after
graduation he went back and enrolled in
acting school. For most of the next 10
years, he played the part of a struggling
actor, one year working 1 1 different jobs
just so he could pay the rent, eat peanut
butter sandwiches and hope the phone
would ring. He cleaned offices, played
videos over the phone for MTV, worked
for a jewelry designer, put up Sheetrock,
spackled and painted.
Even when he'd get a call for an audi-
tion, there were many times he wouldn't
be right for the part. "There is a lot of
rejection in acting," Meyers said. "But
you have to accept it as something that
may open up a new door for you some-
One of his breaks came after an audi-
tion in which he performed a monologue
he wrote himself and threw in a magic
trick that seemed to go with the script. "It
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was really bizarre," he recalled, and it
didn't get him the part. "But, he said "You
have to take risks. If it works, it works,
and if it doesn't, what have you lost?"
As it turned out, the woman for whom
he had auditioned was also the casting
director for "Search for Tomorrow." Later,
she called him back and offered him a
part in that. He went on to play several
minor characters on that TV program, as
well as on "One Life to Live" and
Getting the job as Batman also came
largely through determination and desire.
While in New York, Meyers had picked
up some work as Spiderman, Captain
America and Dr. Doom. When the Bat-
man movie came out, he was sure there
would be some work for him.
Looking to the future, George Meyers
said he would someday like to do an
adventure film, like Die Hard, Lethal
Weapon or Total Recall.
"Films like that are an escape from
reality," he said, "something you don't
see in everyday life." While he's hoping
HA-RA Entertainment eventually will be
big enough to take on that kind of produc-
tion, he'd also like to go to Los Angeles,
though for the moment, that is "way down
the road," he said.
"Right now our films are low bud-
get — you might say no budget," he said,
"but low budget doesn't mean low qual-
ity. We do everything the best we possi-
bly can with the budget we have."
In spite of the rough times and the
slow times, Meyers said the pure fun of
acting has made it all worthwhile.
"Ex-girlfriends were always asking
when I was going to grow up and get a
real job," he recalls. "But I just knew that
if I stuck with it and worked hard enough,
acting would work out.
"Not getting a part — that I can deal
with," he affirmed. "What I would really
regret is not having really tried. To think
there was something I could have done
but didn't — that would just kill me."
Laura Chandler Ritter is a staff writer
for the Lebanon Daily News.
Mass murderers like
Ted Bundy, Richard
Specht and Charles
Manson all hold special inter-
est for Dr. Carl B. Gacono
('76). For nearly a decade he
has spent his days studying and
assessing criminal psycho-
paths and trying to identify the
psychological factors that lead
to their crimes. As former
director of the assessment cen-
ter at California's maximum-
security Atascadero State
Forensic Hospital, he was
responsible for identifying and
separating inmates with psy-
chopathic personalities from
the general prison population.
"It's important to identify
and assess psychopaths be-
cause they cannot be treated
in the same manner as other prison
inmates," says Gacono. "Often they are
"The psychopath is a person who gen-
erally tends to be narcissistic, self-
involved, without conscience. He gener-
ally has problems controlling his anger
and impulses," Gacono adds. "On the
surface, though, he can appear normal
and is often good at conning people. You
see some of the same characteristics in
certain politicians and ruthless business-
men. Not all psychopaths are behind bars."
Gacono has become an expert in the
psychopathic personality. Along with col-
league J. Reid Meloy, who is affiliated
with the San Diego Forensic Mental
Health Division Court Services and the
University of California (San Diego)
College of Medicine, he has published
over a dozen papers in psychopathy and
related disorders and in the use of the
Rorschach test in assessing and diagnos-
ing those illnesses.
Dr. Carl Gacono ( '76) has received national recogni-
tion/or his research on the psychopathic personality.
The results of their research were pub-
lished this fall in a book, The Rorschach
Assessment of Aggressive and Psycho-
pathic Personalities, which draws upon
their studies of nearly 400 individuals in
various hospitals and prisons. Intended as
a reference book for forensic psycholo-
gists and psychiatrists, according to
Gacono, the book documents the devel-
opment of psychopathy in people from
childhood to adulthood, and how the
Rorschach may be used as an effective
The Rorschach is the classic inkblot
test, in which patients describe what they
see in a nonrepresentational image. "The
test tells you a lot about an individual's
issues and about his or her expectations,"
Gacono says. "In the last 20 years there
has been a lot of improvement in its reli-
ability and validity. It's now rather widely
accepted and used."
For his work using the Rorschach, The
Society for Personality Assessment hon-
24 The Valley
ored Gacono with its 1994 Samuel J. and
Anne G. Beck Award for excellence in
early career research. He was also elected
a fellow in the Society.
Gacono' s accomplishments are signifi-
cant, particularly for a person who wasn't
sure what he wanted to do with his life.
After graduating from Lebanon Valley in
1976 with a B.S. degree in psychology,
he had no plans of furthering his educa-
tion. He moved out to California "for a
sense of adventure," he says, and ended
up working in a series of jobs outside of
his field. Eventually, however, he began
to reconsider the possibility of going to
"I decided to call Dr. Jean Love, former
chair of the psychology department. I
wasn't sure I could handle graduate
school, but she was very supportive," he
He enrolled in an M.A. program in
guidance and counseling at California
Polytechnic State University. Soon he be-
came interested in criminal psychology
and counseling, which then led him to the
assessment and study of psychopaths.
"Once the ball was in motion, it was hard
to stop," Gacono says. "It becomes very
interesting analyzing why people do what
He went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology from United States Interna-
tional University in San Diego, and after
graduating in 1988 took the job with the
assessment center at the Atascadero hos-
pital, where he worked until this year.
Currently, Gacono is the director of
the substance abuse program at the Fed-
eral Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
"It's a little bit of a kick-back," he ad-
mits. "I wanted a break from the violence
of the maximum security places. I'm re-
ally kind of just relaxing after the years of
In the future, he will probably return
to psychopathic assessment and related
areas of forensic psychology. Meanwhile,
he is busy with several other projects. He
has a contract for another book, a collec-
tion of Rorschach case studies that he
expects to complete within two years. He
is also gathering data for another assess-
ment study at Atascadero, and he contin-
ues to write and present papers.
Gacono credits his Lebanon Valley pro-
fessors with putting him on the path that
led to his successful career in psychology.
"I owe a lot to the college," he states,
"especially to Dr. Love and Dr. Robert
Davidon. They really influenced me.
"I always look back at my time at the
college with fond memories," he contin-
ues. "Everybody knew everyone; it was
almost like family. I think people were
concerned for each other. Of all the
schooling I've had, I'm most proud of my
degree from Lebanon Valley College."
Thirty enthusiastic alumni and friends of
Lebanon Valley College visited the cam-
pus for a taste of college life on June 16
to 18 during the second annual Alumni
Hostel. The event drew alumni from as
far away as Houston, Texas; Long Branch,
New Jersey; and Hialeah, Florida, as
well as a sizeable contingent of "day
Unlike Elderhostel, the national pro-
gram that focuses on one theme for a
week, the Lebanon Valley Alumni Hostel
offered a variety of academic, social and
cultural opportunities for participants.
Classroom sessions led by Lebanon
Valley professors included "George
Washington: Exploring the Myths,"
"Folklore, Our Hidden Culture," "Writ-
ing Oral History," "The German Health
Care System," "Why Legislative Govern-
ment Does Not Work," "It's a Gas," and
"Gays and Lesbians in American
Other sessions explored music and
cultural events on campus and budgeting
for higher education. Evening entertain-
ment included a concert by the Brentano
String Quartet in the new Zimmerman
Recital Hall and a showing of the classic
Next year's Alumni Hostel is sched-
uled for June 7 to 10. Preliminary plans
include a Southwestern dinner and a dis-
play of Tom Mix memorabilia from the
collection of Richard Seiverling ('42).
On July 29, 30 and 31 the Conservatory
Class of 1947 held its annual reunion at
the home Thomas and Jeanne Oviatt
Winemiller ('47) in Ashland, Ohio.
Twenty alumni and spouses attended the
event, which included visits to Kingwood
Center, Mansfield and a tour of the
Mansfield Carousel Company. In keep-
ing with their musical interests, they also
attended concerts by the Cleveland Sym-
phony Orchestra and the Encore School
of Strings. Plans are already in the mak-
ing for the group's 1995 reunion, accord-
ing to Jeanne.
On the road for reunions
Sue Sarisky ('92), an admission counse-
lor at Lebanon Valley, combined busi-
ness with lots of pleasure this summer as
she took time from a driving vacation
cross-country to hold Lebanon Valley
mini-reunions in Los Angeles, San Fran-
cisco, Seattle, Denver and Chicago. Sue
met with 22 fellow alumni over breakfast
or dinner and brought news, photographs,
publications and a bit of the Valley to the
West Coast and the Midwest.
Kenneth R. Gilberg ('73) a labor rela-
tions attorney and partner in the firm of
Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer &
Jamieson in Philadelphia, in October was
elected to the Lebanon Valley College
Alumni Council. He fills the vacancy
created when at-large member George
Reider ('63) was elected secretary of the
Council in April. Gilberg, his wife, Nanci,
and their two sons reside in Penn Valley,
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Do you know where
these classmates are?
We don't have addresses for the following
alumni whose classes will be celebrating
Class of 1945
reunions in 1995. If you
can help us find
Laura Hendershot Dresdner
Elsie Beck Alleman
Wayne C. Fenstermacher
anyone on this list, please contact the Alumni
Linda L. Gaugler
Karl D. Geschwindt
Betty Ehrengart Gassman
Carl E. Hultin
Programs Office, Lebanon Valley College, P.O.
Robert R. Gregory
Daniel R. Harwick
Helynn Thompson Spaw
Box R, Annville, PA 17003. or call toll-free at
Deborah Miller Hefling
Julia L. Hoover
Class of 1950
Keith R. Hottle
Beryl Miller Bashore
Cindy M. Johnson
Bernard A. Ellinger
Lori S. Krenik Labert
Anna F. Erdley
Phuoc H. Le
Donald S. Fowler
Alison Gittleman McNerney
Roger R. Frantz
Diane M. Miller
Isabelle V. Haeseler
Linda K. Keim
Trach D. Nguyen
John W. Horn
Patrick E. Lapioli
Colin L. Sloan
Daniel C. Park
Robert L. Kauffman
Bruce L. Moyer
Dale Carpenter West
Ralph W. Quigley
Richard L. Kaylor
Doris Walter Peeps
William W. Wilks
Scott B. Rothman
Perry S. Layser
Jack K. Peters
Pamela M. Stankiewicz
William W. Nebb
Daniel W. Richter
Class of 1975
Karen A. Williams
Ralph R. Roberts
Donna Steward Rose
Marcia L. Akeson
Ruth Peiffer Sanborn
Charles T. Savidge
John M. Albert
Class of 1985
Paul G. Shultz
Paul G. Strunk
Randy A. Bull
Lori A. Amendolara
Betty Slifer Slider
Sandra Lindsay VanWyk
Victor K. Clark
Suzanne Flinn Boland
Nancy Shroyer Wilson
Kathleen Kienzle Dandura
Kimberly A. Dymond
Class of 1955
John S. Fechisin
Lisa A. Edwards
Frederick P. Brandauer
Class of 1970
Terry L. Fick
Wendy G. Hunsicker
Marian Fortna Brownlow
Sandra K. Frieswyk
Robert M. Hurter
Nancy Gower Lawless
Sylvia Ferry Bowman
Mark W. Fuhrer
Elizabeth Gross Jones
Benjamin V, Lutz
Eugene C. Brenner
John C. Gamaldi
Curtis W. Keen
Peter M. McCoy
John J. Corson
David A. Gross
Peter K. Lunde
William A. Zilka
Mario J. Davidson
Alfred J. Hockley
Martin J. McCabe
Katherine Neijstrom Erff
Jeffrey S. Kern
Cindy J. Pauley
Class of 1960
Susan Willman Gogets
James T. Leighty
Douglas P. Rauch
Joyce Noferi Asay
Roberta L. Harro
Francis T. Lichtner, Jr.
Rebecca L. Rotz
Ruth Walker Bucher
Natalie Wagner Hopson
James L. Martin
Edward R. Schlosser
Richard M. Dickey
Beverly A. Houser
Robert B. McNeill
Jon L. Spotts
Geraldine Hart Houck
Janice C. Miles
Melissa A. Steffy
J. L. McCauley
John J. Ill
Susan Kessler Ness
Mary Noferi Messner
Kevin D. Kane
B. Anne McNamara Paige
Richard S. Solot
Terrance G. Kissinger
Anastasia D. Pappas
Class of 1990
Renee Willauer Tobias
Carol Brienzo Knull
Deborah A. Parente
Diane L. Churan Billman
Lorelle Zacharias Wright
Vivian Strickler Kohr
Joseph M. Pease
Paul J. Bruder
Robin A. Kommeyer
Christine A. Reynolds
Erika L. Eyer
Class of 1965
Margaret Little Kreiser
William A. Swartley
Cynthia S. Bishop Levine
Wayne A. Berry
Craig W. Linebaugh
Judith Heyser Taylor
Mark S. Mead
Mary Farra Brier
Susan Casagrand MacNew
Donald M. Teed
Marilyn R. Myers
Vincent A. Caprio
William T. MacNew
Joan Walker Wolf
Asa B. Olafsson
Wayne F. Eichel
John M. Morton
Nikolaz J. Rael
Robert B. Gregory
Gregory C. Myers
Class of 1980
Brian K. Sultzbach
Michael E. Grivsky
Anthony T. Nitka
Betsy Williams Bailey
Daniel B. Tredinnick
Terrance R. Herr
John R. Procopio
Mary Blouch Beckman
Gayl Overgaard Hickox
John E. Schreiber
Paul W. Brockie
Harry W. Jacobs
Elaine Karcher Schuldt
William C. DeSalvatore
26 The Valley
Sarah Lou Rose Kohler '28, October 20, 1993.
Mrs. Henrietta Wagner Barnhart '32 had
a visit from Lenora Bender Shortlidge '32 in
Charles E. Bartolet '36 was named to the
"Lehigh Valley (PA) Football Hall of Fame" for
outstanding achievements in high school and col-
lege football in the greater Lehigh Valley. The
sponsors are the National Football Foundation
and Hall of Fame (Lehigh Valley Chapter).
Josephine M. Klopp '30, April 8, 1994. She
was a retired principal of the Marion Center,
Conrad Weiser Area School District in Robesonia,
PA, and had been a teacher for 43 years.
Meredith R. Smith '30, February 24, 1994.
Michael Kanoff '35, September 26, 1992.
Robert Edwards '36, June 29, 1994. Bob
was very active on the LVC Alumni Scholarship
Committee. He was vice-president of marketing
for Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY, for 28
years. He was also employed by Tennessee
Eastman Division in Kingsport for seven years.
He is survived by his widow, Iva Claire Weirick
Edwards '36, and four children.
Lavinia C. Wolfe '36, September 6, 1993.
Ralph R. Lloyd '40 writes an outdoor col-
umn for the Butler (PA) Eagle.
Helen Ross Russell '43 recently organized
and edited a journal for the American Nature
Study Society titled First Nation's Peoples:
Teaching about Native American Culture and
Barbara Kolb Beittel '47 gave a two-piano
recital with Dr. Eugene Jennings on April 10,
1994, sponsored by the Ohio University School
of Music. She is associate professor emerita of
West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Amos W. Long '49 spoke at the American
Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA, on
the subject, "The Good Dutch Farmer and His
Land" on March 29, 1994. This was a part of a
lecture-discussion series on "Shaping the Land:
The Human Hand and the Historic Landscape in
the Trans-Atlantic World." A retired school-
teacher and farmer, Amos earned his M.S. at
Temple University. He is a 10th generation Penn-
sylvania German who speaks the dialect. He is
the author of The Pennsylvania German Family
Farm and Farmsteads and Their Buildings. A
grant from the Barra Foundation enabled him to
study culture and farmsteads in the Palatinate
region of Germany.
Charles F. Knesel '41, January 25, 1992.
Charles retired from the U.S. Atomic Energy
Commission (Department of Energy) as a
chemist in December 1976. He is survived by
his widow, Alma Smith Knesel, and four chil-
Dr. Donald F. Bartley '43, May 9, 1994.
During World War II, he served in the U.S.
Navy, as commander of a landing craft tank in
the Philippines campaign and also landed on
Okinawa. He served a brief tour of duty in Tokyo
and Atami, Japan. After graduating from Cornell
Medical College in New York City in 1950, he
completed his internship and residency at Lenox
Hill Hospital in New York. He then moved with
his family to Easton, PA, where he established a
medical practice. After 1 1 years in family prac-
tice, he completed a three-year residency in psy-
chiatry at Seton Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore.
From 1966 to 1978 he served as staff psychia-
trist and director of the forensic unit at Spring
Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, MD. From
1978 until 1984, her practiced psychiatry at
Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge,
MD. He was a member of the Medical and
Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the Maryland
Academy of Family Physicians and the Ameri-
can Medical Association. Dr. Bartley is survived
by two sons and a daughter.
Hetty E. Semler '43, September 13, 1991.
She was a retired teacher from the Harrisburg
Rev. Paul W. Kauffman '50 retired as a
United Methodist pastor. He is a supply minister
at First United Methodist Church and Otterbein
United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. He also
volunteers as chaplain at the Harrisburg Hospital.
Floyd M. Baturin '51, a Harrisburg attor-
ney, was appointed as a panelist on legal ethics
for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Ira L. Hostetter '51 was among a group of
16 Pennsylvania D-Day veterans and their fami-
lies who returned to Utah Beach off the coast of
Normandy, France, on June 6, 1994, as part of
the 50th Anniversary. They took part irt reliving
those days of their youth, rekindling relation-
ships with old comrades and paying homage to
friends long dead. Ira and a group of 75 D-Day
vets from around the world were honored with a
state dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth in Ports-
mouth, England. On D-Day, 1944, Ira, then 19,
was a signalman on a cargo ship that supplied
troops with ammunition and medical supplies.
After the war, he returned to his native Palmyra,
PA, and eventually became a salesman for ASK
Foods Inc. of Palmyra, where he has worked for
Dr. Daniel W. Fasnacht '52, a retired vet-
erinarian, has returned to Pennsylvania after 33
years of practice in Illinois. He and his wife.
Dotty, live in Hyndman and have three children
and seven grandchildren.
Joan Bair Herman '53 retired on June 30,
1994, as music, and stringed instrument teacher
in the Wilmington, DE, area schools. She is a
violist with the Newark (DE) Symphony.
June Finkelstein Mosse '53 retired as a
teacher at Sunrise Nursery School in Fort Lau-
the Class of 1959
recipient of the Founders Cup
for Annual Giving for its combined
contribution of $35,885.25
the Class of 1944
recipient of the Quittie Cup
for Class Participation for its
76 percent class participation.
This friendly competition has begun
again for the 1994-95 year. Will
your reunion class earn one of these
trophies next year? Look for
updates in the Winter issue on how
your class is faring.
Fall 1994 27
derdale, FL. She and her husband are relocating
to Lake Worth, FL, to be closer to their children
in Palm City.
Joan Spangler Sachs 'S3 completed 40 years
of teaching piano and organ, and still plays the
organ from time to time for various churches in
the Chambersburg (PA) area. She and her hus-
band, Luther, celebrated their 40th wedding an-
niversary in June 1994.
Joyce Dissinger Herr '55 and her husband
took a trip this past year to Canada, visiting
Winnipeg, Churchill on Hudson Bay, Thunder
Bay, and Toronto, plus International Falls.
Richard E. Deitrich '56 and his wife, Verma,
moved from Atlanta to Abingdon, VA, where
Richard is owner of DeVer Credit Insurance Co.
and has become a "gentleman farmer."
Dr. Joseph A. Brechbill '57 retired after
serving 37 years in education. He is now the
part-time curator of historical records at the
Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA.
Marian "Mim" M. Marcus Warden '57
began classes in September 1994 at the Union
Theological Seminary in New York City in the
M.A. program in religion. Mim was president of
Metro Arts, a Harrtsburg arts coordinating
agency. She was profiled in the Spring/Summer
Rev. Stephen F. Jordan '50, March 26, 1994.
Richard R. Huntzinger '51, March 24, 1994.
Dr. Lawrence Crain '53, April 3, 1994. Dr.
Crain held many posts with the U.S. government
both here and abroad. He was a member of the
Senior Executive Service and at various times
worked for the Navy, the National Science Foun-
dation and the Department of State. He also served
as a member of the Senior Foreign Service and
had been stationed in Iraq, Jordan, Iran, South
Vietnam and Afghanistan. He held degrees in
public administration and management science
from the American University, and received the
Presidential Medal of Merit. Surviving are his
widow, Lilian, and two children: Walter Crain
and Arlene Vera Sapsara.
William B. Lutz '56, January 10, 1994.
Philip H. Feather '60, a Lebanon County
(PA) commissioner, was one of 300 people who
attended a health care reform seminar for small
business owners, hosted by President Clinton on
the South Lawn of the White House on June 30,
1994. Philip, part-owner of a law firm in Annville
and also part-owner of the Olde Annville Inn,
met President Clinton after the seminar.
Rev. Donald L. Harper '60 is executive
director of SCAAN (South Central AIDS Aware-
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ness Network) in Harrisburg. He was formerly
the senior pastor of Allison United Methodist
Church in Carlisle, PA.
Allison B. Kohler '60 retired from the
Waynesboro (PA) Area School District after 33
years of teaching in public schools.
Ray C. Lichtenwalter '62 is associate pro-
fessor of music and director of bands at the Uni-
versity of Texas in Arlington. He conducted the
University Wind Ensemble in a Carnegie Hall
Concert in New York in July 1992. Ray is also the
music director/conductor of the Texas Wind Sym-
phony, a professional ensemble that has performed
in Luzerne, Switzerland; in Fort Smith for the
Arkansas Bandmaster Association convention; in
Waco, Texas, for the College Band Directors
National Southwest Regional Convention; and for
the United States premiere of Richard Rodney
Bennett's Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Band
at the Texas Bandmasters Association Conven-
tion in July 1994. Ray and his wife, Nancy, have
two children: Jason and Jennifer.
Dr. Carl B. Rife '62 is senior pastor of
Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton,
MD. He had served seven years as pastor of
Milford Mill United Methodist in Pikesville. His
wife, Judith Snowberger Rife '63, is special
projects coordinator for the General Council on
Ministries of the United Methodist Church. They
have two sons: Mark and Stephen.
Dr. Eston E. Evans '65, an associate profes-
sor of foreign languages at Tennessee Techno-
logical University in Cookeville, and Richard
Teschner, a professor at the University of Texas
in El Paso, have co-authored Analyzing the Gram-
mar of English: A Brief Undergraduate Text-
book. (Georgetown University Press). This
user-friendly text introduces the language's struc-
ture to education and linguistics majors. Rather
than analyzing "proper" English, the authors ex-
amine in a non-judgmental fashion language as it
is actually used. Before joining the Tennessee
Tech faculty in 1977, Dr. Evans taught at the
Defense Language Institute in San Antonio, the
University of Texas-Austin and the Pennsylva-
nia State University. He won two Fulbright
Awards and studied in Germany and Sweden.
Dennis P. Gagnon '66 is director of operations
of Happy Stores Inc. in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Robert E. Horn '66 is a tax accountant for
Dorwart Andrew and Co. in Lancaster, PA.
Gail Vissers McFadden '66 teaches 4th
grade at Cornwall (PA) Elementary School. In
an article in the Lebanon Daily News on out-
standing high school seniors, Edward Peter Freer,
a Cedar Crest High School senior, named her as
the teacher who had influenced him the most.
Elizabeth Beer Shilling '67 is a music teacher
for the Montgomery County Public Schools in
Silver Spring, MD. She received a second
bachelor's degree in June 1993 — in music edu-
cation — graduating with department honors and
summa cum laude. She was accepted into Kappa
Delta Pi. On the faculty at Towson State Music
Prep, she is also a flute soloist at the Second
Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA. She has
four children: Andrew, Melinda, Lisa and Lori.
Paul G. Tietze '67 is director of customer
service at Witco Corporation in New York, over-
seeing customer service and order management
for three businesses: oleochemicals/surfactants,
petroleum specialties and polymer additives.
Witco is a $2.2 billion, Fortune 500 multi-
national company with 64 manufacturing facili-
ties and 8,000 employees wordwide.
Dr. Frederick E. Detwiler, Jr. '69 was fea-
tured in Educational Leadership and is recog-
nized as a national authority on the Christian
right's opposition to public education.
Mary Hedenberg Hansen '69 is a speech/
language pathologist in Cape Elizabeth, ME.
Dr. Jan Wubbena '69 is a professor of
music at John Brown University in Siloam, AR.
He also chairs the Division of General Studies
and the general education committee.
Rev. Dr. L. David Harris '62, March 25,
1993. He was pastor of Christ United Methodist
Church in Gainsville, FL. He was also on the
faculty at the University of Florida and was the
director of the Circus Kingdom, a college youth
ministries project. He received an M.L.S. degree
from the University of Oklahoma and a D.M.
from Notre Dame University.
It's Phonathon Time Again...
And you know what that means!
Through the end of November,
students will be calling during the
LVC phonathon to ask for your pledge
of support to the Annual Fund.
Last year, students reached out to
more than 6,500 alumni, parents
and friends, and reaquainted them
with the Valley, recorded their change
of address or phone, passed messages
to favorite professors and logged a
record $173,672 in pledges.
When they call, BE LVC PROUD and
lend them an ear.
Thomas G. Hostctter '70, artistic director
of the Harrisburg Community Theatre, directed
Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddygore, which opened
on June 9, 1994. He directed the same show 15
years ago for LVC's Summer Theatre series.
Rev. Frederick J. Moury, Jr. '71, pastor of
Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church in
Lititz, PA, was the subject of a profile in
Lancaster's Intelligencer Journal, May 23, 1994.
The profile also included a summary of his ser-
mon on Pentecost. He received a master's degree
at Myerstown School of Theology and earned a
doctorate in marriage and family counseling at
Eastern Baptist Theogical Seminary in 1988. Fred
is married to Miriam B. Brandt Moury '69.
Donna J. Fluke Osborne '71 is organist/
accompanist for the First Lutheran Church in
Glendale, CA, and teaches music for grades K-8
at Arcadia Christian School in Arcadia. She has
two children: Anne and Drew.
David Boltz '72 retired from the Army Air
Force Band after 20 years and is teaching instru-
mental music in the Fairfax County (VA) Public
Dr. Ross W. Ellison '72 presented an organ
recital at historic Bruton Parish Church in
Williamsburg, VA, on October 30, 1993, and
another recital at Longwood Gardens in Kennett
Square, PA, on March 20, 1994.
Jannine Baumann McCurley '72 is an or-
dained minister and vice president of gift plan-
ning and public relations at the Lutheran Home
at Germantown in Philadelphia.
William C. Quairoli '72 is senior account
agent for Allstate Insurance Co. in Palmyra, PA.
Evelyn Heiser Semanoff '72 works part-
time as a medical technologist in Lehighton Area
(PA) Hospital. She has four children: Jack,
Alison, Peter and Katie.
Richard J. Zweier '72 was awarded a fel-
lowship by the National Endowment for the Hu-
manities to participate in the 1994 program of
Summer Seminars for School Teachers. It took
him to Austria for a four-week seminar on
"Mozart: The Man, His Music, and His Vienna."
Richard teaches in the Vernon Township (NJ)
Alan Curtis '73 and his wife, Debra Sample
Curtis '74, moved to Alabama from Switzerland
in September 1993. Alan is production manager
for Polymers Division of CIBA-GEIGY Corpo-
Judith Vander Veur Davis '73 and her hus-
band, the Rev. Charles Davis, are district admin-
istrators for the eastern district of the International
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Mt. Vemon,
OH. They have three children: Isaac, Benjamin
Dr. Ann M. Alego '74 is assistant professor
of English at Delaware Valley College in
Air Force Master Sgt. James L. Katzaman
'74 and his wife, Myra M. Katzaman, welcomed
their second child, James, Jr., on June 8, 1993.
James, Sr. has been chief of public affairs for the
694th Intelligence Grjup at Fort Meade, MD,
since October 31, 1993.
Lucinda Burger Knauer '74 directed the
Berks County Junior High School Choral Festi-
val, held in April at Muhlenberg Township High
School in Laureldale, PA. She is a vocal music
teacher for the Reading (PA) School District.
Helen Cummings McQuay '74 is supervi-
sor of microbiology-immunology at Memorial
Hospital in Easton, MD. She served as assistant
supervisor from May 1989 to September 1992.
She obtained ASCP certification as a specialist
in microbiology in August 1989.
Dr. Edward Quick '74 is manager of envi-
ronmental health and safety for Hoeshst Celanese
in Bishop, TX.
Catherine M. Vezza '74 teaches reading at
Eastern Junior-Senior High School in
Wesley T. Dellinger '75 was named a Dia-
mond Club Winner by Prudential Gacono Real
Estate in Annville. The Diamond Club is based
on quarterly closed gross commission and is a
stepping stone to Prudential National Awards.
Sally A. Wiest '75 is a pharmacologist for
Eli Lilly and Co. at the Lilly Corporate Center in
Donna Jeanne Gay Grun Kaplan '76
retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster,
PA. She is a faculty secretary at the Lancaster
Linda Mannik-Richters '76 is staff sergeant
in the 63rd Army Band, New Jersey National
Rev. Nancy L. Miller '76 is pastor of Radnor
United Methodist Church in Rosemont, PA.
Laurel S. Schwarz '76 is a social worker
with the Hoffman Estates (IL) Medical Center.
She and her husband, Robert G. Moffett '76,
have three children: Meghan, Erin and Carrie.
Robert teaches music in the Winston Park Junior
High School and is music director for St.
Theresa's parish, both in Palatine.
Susan Shemeta Stachelczyk '76 and her hus-
band and their two children, Christy and Zack,
moved from Texas to the Naval Air Station,
Patuxent River, MD, in August 1994. Susan has
her own custom lampshade business, teaches
quilting and is a fitness instructor.
Catherine Krieg Dull '77 and her husband,
Jeffrey A. Dull, have two children: Danielle and
Tim A. Jenks '77 and his wife, Deborah
Margoff Jenks '79, welcomed a son, Alexander
Carey, on July 19, 1993 — their 13th wedding
Rodney S. Miller '77, orchestra director in
the Lebanon (PA) School District, and Cynthia
R. Reifsnyder Conway '71, a music teacher in
Lebanon Middle School, along with David Miller,
a colleague who teaches English, wrote and pro-
duced an original musical. Read All About It was
performed at the middle school in May 1994.
Rev. Jeffrey A. Whitman '77 is pastor of
the Colonial Park United Church of Christ in
Harrisburg. He and his wife, Randy Lynn, have
two children: Kelli and Kendra.
Susan Engle Carney '78 is quality control
manager at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., in Fort
Gloria Longenecker Centofanti '78 is
director of human resources for Partners
National Health Plans in Tucson, AZ. In a note,
she reports: "I can say I continually feel chal-
lenged in trying to balance family and profes-
Tina M. Sheaffer '78 married Dr. Robert J.
Glenn in February 1993.
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Maureen Mullikin Havrilla '79 and her hus-
band, Mike, live in Austin, TX, with their two
children, Sean and Casey. Maureen works at
Caremark in Austin as admissions/clinical coor-
dinator and as a registered nurse.
Rev. Richard Hurst '79 is pastor/developer
for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
in Great Barrington, MA. He and his wife, Robin,
have two children: Alice and Richard, Jr.
Robert A. Johnson '79 is minister of wor-
ship and the arts at the Episcopal Church of the
New Covenant in Winter Springs, FL.
H. Collins Mikesell '79 is manager of
research and information systems at the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology. He is pursuing
a master's degree at Harvard University. He
shares homes in Salem and Provincetown with
his partner of 12 years, Rev. Scott Alexander.
Suzanne Caldwell Riehl '79 is a doctoral
student at the Eastman School of Music in Roch-
ester, NY. She is also director of special music
programs and assistant professor of music at
Terry Ristenbatt '79 is manager of Snook's
Family Restaurant in Lebanon, PA.
Susan Smith Fitzpatrick '80 was awarded a
Ph.D. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College on
December 15, 1993.
Linda Gingrich Flynn '80 and her husband,
Timothy (Tim) P. Flynn, welcomed their third
child, Laura Elizabeth, on June 2, 1992. Their
other children are Erin and David.
Denise A. Foor Foy '80 is director of vac-
cine research, Johnstown (PA) Pediatric Associ-
ates. She and her husband, Benjamin Foy, have
two children: Danielle and David.
Margaret L. Flood Mattox '80 and her hus-
band, John Robert Mattox, welcomed a daugh-
ter, Sarah Jessie, on October 9, 1993.
Kathy Miller '80 married Tim Bennett on
July 10, 1993. She is contract manager for the
Partnership Group in Lansdale, PA.
Dung A. Phan '80 and his wife, Christina
Myers Phan '80, welcomed a son, Jeremy Vinh,
on April 18, 1994.
Linda J. Zerr Powell '80 is a teacher's
assistant at Trinity Episcopal Academy in Tren-
ton, NJ, and is self-employed as a piano teacher.
She and her husband, the Rev. Arthur P. Powell,
adopted Alexander Develin Powell, born in Seoul,
Korea, on April 14, 1989.
William F. Casey '81 is program manager at
Dayton T. Brown, Inc. in Bohemia, NY.
Kenneth E. Dearstyne, Jr. '81 is vice-presi-
dent of finance and administration with Key-
stone Financial Mortage Corp. in Lancaster, PA.
Ken is working on a master's degree from St.
Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Ken's wife,
Janet Jacobs Dearstyne '82, is the administra-
tive secretary at Calvary United Methodist Church
in Mohnton. They have two children: Andrea
Rev. Richard E. Denison, Jr. '81 is pastor
of Hope United Methodist Church in
Mechanicsburg, PA. He is married to Barbara
Jones Denison '79, associate director of Leba-
non Valley's Continuing Education at the
Dr. Kathleen M. Picciano '81 is state vet-
erinarian for the New Jersey Racing Commis-
Rev. Cynthia A. Snavely '81 is the minister
of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of
Stephen R. Angeli '82 is a senior materials
engineer for Amp, Inc. in Harrisburg. He re-
ceived a Ph.D. in polymer science from the Penn-
sylvania State University in 1986. His wife,
Valerie Lanik Angeli '82, is a registered nurse.
They have two children: Nicole and Leslie.
Charles S. Eddins '82 and his wife, Heidi J.
Seebauer Eddins, have three children, Katherine
Elizabeth, Scott Andrew and Brett Tyler.
Doris M. Flesher Pletcher '82 is a financial
consultant in the Harrisburg office of Wheat First
Butcher Singer. Prior to joining the financial
services and investment banking firm, Doris
worked as a controller for 20 years.
Erich W. Schlicher '82 and his wife, Kim
Harris Schlicher, welcomed a daughter, Broghan
Elizabeth, on March 15, 1994.
James C. Sbarro '82 is vice president in
charge of marketing for Carando, a subsidiary of
Farmland Industries in Springfield, MA.
Barry W. Tobias '82 is finance director of
Citicorp in Chicago. Barry and his wife, Wendy
Knaub Tobias '82, have two children: Bennett
William and Paulina Elizabeth.
Jeff Conley '83 is a senior manager in the
Management Consulting Services Group of Price
Waterhouse in Baltimore.
James R. Empfield '83 and his wife, Patricia
Kowalski Empfield '84, welcomed their third
child, Catherine Marie, on February 15, 1994.
Robert Fullenlove '83 is restaurant manager
for ACW Corp. in West Chester, PA. He has two
children: Erin Elizabeth and Robert Douglas.
Andrea I. Goodman '83 is an information
specialist (librarian) for Cornerstone Research in
Menlo Park, CA.
Rev. Joanne Groman '83 married Douglas
L. Stewart on October 16, 1993. She serves as
pastor of First English Lutheran Church in
Tom Jameson '83 is director of youth minis-
tries at Roxborough Presbyterian Church in
Philadelphia. He and his wife, Cindy, have three
children: Rebecca, Courtney and Kaitlyn.
Bradley A. Shatinsky '83 is a criminal
investigator with Troop "F," the vice unit of the
Pennsylvania State Police. He recently received
a letter of commendation for his part in an under-
cover operation in which a group of "New
Nation Skinheads" were arrested.
Diane McVaugh Beckstead '84 has taken a
leave of absence from her middle school music
teaching position in Averill, NY, to care for her
son Jacob, born on November 30, 1993. Her
husband, Jeffrey, who was awarded his doctorate
at the University of Wisconsin in 1990, works
for InterScience in Troy. His current research
project is in Montreal, Canada.
Mary Jean Bishop '84 is pursuing full-time
an Ed.D. in educational technologies at Lehigh
University in Bethlehem, PA.
Dr. David N. Blauch '84 is an assistant pro-
fessor of chemistry at Davidson College in
James C. Budd '84 and his wife, Wendy
Kahn Budd '85, have two daughters: Tichole
and Tamara. They reside in Lawrenceville, GA.
Margaret L. Gibson '84 teaches English at
the Yap High School in Colonia, Island of Yap,
Federated States of Micronesia.
Dale R. Groome '84 was a trombone solist
on March 27, 1994, at the spring concert by the
Leighton Band, Leighton, PA. He played "Con-
certo for Trombone and Band" by Rimsky-
Korsakov. Dale, a Lancaster native, teaches
instrumental music in the middle school of the
Leighton Area School District.
Amy J. Hostetler '84 works for the Associ-
ated Press in Atlanta, where she is a medical
writer and covers the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention.
Sheila McElwee '84 is a research technican
at Lankenau Medical Research Center in Phila-
delphia, studying cell adhesion molecules and
muscle cell adhesion.
Kathleen I. Minnich '84 is a nursing quality
assessment coordinator at the Polyclinic Medical
Center in Harrisburg.
Clifford E. Plummer '84 is branch manager
of National Penn Bank in Reading, PA. He and
his wife, Nancy Arciosky Plummer '85, have a
son who will be 6 in November 1994.
Richard D. Brode '85 wrote and produced
his first musical, The Good Fight, a peace
musical. It was performed three times in April
1994 at Bethany Theological Seminary in Oak
Rev. Kevin E. Bruck '85 and his wife, Peggy
Leister Bruck '86, welcomed Danielle Eliza-
beth, on May 9, 1994; she joins a brother, Stephen
Michael, 3 1/2. Kevin is pastor at Fairmount
United Methodist Church in York, PA. Peggy is
a member of the systems development staff at
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Nine Men on the Bench
By Edna J. Carmean ('59)
Published by Lebanon Valley College, Fall 1994
This is a gem of a book about the first
100 years of the Lebanon County Court.
Assisted by her husband, Dr. Clark
Carmean, Edna J. Carmean spent two
years researching the records of the court
and reading every issue of the Lebanon
But this isn't a dry book about the law.
It is a mesmerizing history that inter-
weaves the major events of the century
with a vivid look at the cases that came
before the court. She skillfully portrays the
court's judges and the changing admin-
istration of justice that was driven by the
political, economic and social upheavals
of the various eras.
On sale at the College Store in the Mund
College Center for $23.95, plus tax.
To order by mail, send a check or money order
(payable to Lebanon Valley College) to Bob
Harnish, College Store, Lebanon Valley College,
Annville, PA 17003-0501. The price of one
book by mail is $28.95 (includes shipping
and handling), plus 6 percent sales tax for
Pennsylvania residents. To order additional
copies, add $1 per book for shipping and
handling, plus tax.
NINE MEN,„1 BENCH
NINE MEN ,„[ BENCH
Book-of-the-Month Club in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Heather Walter Bufflngton '85 received a
master of music education degree from West
Chester University in December 1993.
Todd S. Dellinger '85 is financial planning
officer for Farmers' Trust Bank in Lebanon, PA.
He and his wife, Diane, have two children: Derek
Dr. Jonathan P. Frye '85 is a faculty member
in the Department of Biological Sciences at
McPherson College in McPherson, KS. He and two
former colleagues at the University of Virginia pub-
lished an article, "Methane Flux in Peltandra Vir-
ginia (Araceae) Wetlands: Comparsion of Field Data
with Mathematical Model," in American Journal of
Botany (Spring 1994).
Jeffrey S. Gacono '85 was named a Dia-
mond Club winner by Prudential Gacono Real
Estate in Annville. The Diamond Club is based
on quarterly closed gross commision income and
is used as a stepping stone to the Prudential
Angela G. Green Gockley '85 teaches sci-
ence at Central High School in Bridgeport, CT.
Her husband, Brian D. Gockley '85, is an
adjunct faculty member at Southern Connecticut
State University in New Haven.
Mina R. Yanney '85 is an associate at
Hempstead & Co. Inc., a corporate financial con-
sulting firm based in Haddonfield, NJ. She pre-
pares valuations of closely held businesses for a
variety of purposes, including estate and gift
taxes, employee stock ownership plans, dissent-
ing shareholder litigation, fairness and solvency
opinions, mergers/acquisitions and internal fi-
nancial planning. She earned her M.B.A. from
Boston University and is a CPA in Pennsylvania.
Barbara J. Demoreland '86 married Timo-
thy Joseph Kriner on April 9, 1994.
Lynne D. DeWald '86 bought her first house
in June 1993.
Erik L. Enters '86 is a guidance counselor
with the North Penn School District in Lansdale,
PA. He and his wife, Maria Wheeler Enters
'88, have two children: Emily and Matthew.
Maria is a social worker for Normandy Nursing
Home in Blue Bell.
David N. Fishel '86 and his wife, Shelley Smith
Fishel, announced the birth of their second daugh-
ter, Lauren Nicole, on January 22, 1994.
Richard P. Hoffman '86 and his wife, Tracy
Montgomery Hoffman '88, welcomed a son,
Adam, on December 13, 1993. Richard teaches
in the Upper Dauphin Area Schol District in
Lykens, PA. Tracy is a case manager for the
Center for Industrial Training in Mechanicsburg.
Valerie H. McElhenny '86 is a senior ac-
countant for Capital Blue Cross in Harrisburg.
Lois E. Hagerman Rubinstein '86 and her
husband, Ronald S. Rubinstein, welcomed a son,
Nathan, on January 25, 1993.
Mark E. Scott '86 is a second-year law stu-
dent at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Holly M. Smith '86 recently received a
master's degree in early childhood education from
Florida International University. She is a pre-
kindergarten teacher in the Dade County (FL)
Public School System.
Mark N. Sutovich '86 is a senior chemist in
polyurethane and performance chemicals tech-
nology at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in
Tracy A. Washington '86 gave the com-
mencement address at the Temple University
Graduate School of Social Work in May 1994.
Tracy earned her master's degree in social work
there in 1989.
Laurie Ann Bender '87 married David Bruce
Reynolds in spring 1994 in the Christ Chapel at
Gettysburg College. She is employed by the
Music and Arts Center in Germantown, MD.
Susan E. Walter Gabel '87 and her hus-
band, Edward F. Gabel, Jr., announced the birth
of a son, Steven Edward, on October 14, 1993.
John W. Hintenbach '87 is a business de-
velopment manager for Martin Marietta Specialty
Components, Inc. in Largo, FL. He married Kim-
berly McCardle on May 14, 1994.
Christine Webster Hostetler '87 is a ben-
efits analyst for Capital Health Systems in Har-
risburg. She and her husband, Donald W.
Hostetler, Jr. '88, have a daughter Lyndsey, 3.
Donald is a business analyst for KHP Services,
Inc. in Camp Hill.
Kathy E. Kleponis '87 transfered in March
1994 from the Washington, D.C., office of
Andersen Consulting, Inc., to the Philadelphia
office, where she serves as a change manage-
ment service consultant.
Samuel H. Brandt '88 married Holly S.
Brown on December 26, 1993. He is a 7th grade
life science teacher at Chinquapin Middle School
Carol Brennan Dundorf '88 is a teacher for
the Derry Township School District in Hershey,
PA. She has one daughter. Amy, bom June 12,
Chris D. Lubold '88 is area sales represen-
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tative for Dictaphone Corp./Communications
Division in Lancaster, PA.
Theresa A. Martin '88 is an actuarial asso-
ciate for A. Foster Higgins and Co., Inc. in Wash-
J. Michael Steckman '88 works on sponsor
development for the refugee program for the
American Baptist Churches USA in Valley
Melissa Miller Sutovich '88 is a group su-
pervisor for pre-kindergarten at Little People Day
Care School Center in Allentown, PA. She and
her husband, Mark Sutovich '86, have one son,
Melissa J. Andrews '89 is a kindergarten
teacher at Myron L. Powell Elementary School
in Cedarville, NJ. She received her master's de-
gree in education in May 1993.
Michael D. Betz '89 is a sales representative
with United Restaurant Equipment, Inc. in Har-
risburg. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daugh-
ters: Brandy and Katlyn.
David K. Bush '89 is residence coordinator
for the freshman year experience program at
Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.
Lori Shenk Ditzler '89 and her husband, Billy
S. Ditzler, welcomed a daughter on May 27, 1994.
Susan Erickson '89 is assistant plant man-
ager/quality control director of milk plant,
Weis Markets, Inc. in Sunbury, PA.
Rebecca C. Gaspar '89 is working on a
master's degree in training design and develop-
ment at the Pennsylvania State University. She
was promoted to director of development and
special events for the Big Brother/Big
Sister Association in Philadelphia in December
Lori Anne Stortz Heverly '89 is senior group
underwriter for Guardian Life Insurance Co. in
Bethlehem, PA. She and her husband, Steven
Heverly, have a daughter, Megan Elizabeth, born
February 8, 1992.
Debra L. Rauanheimo '89 is an associate of
the Philadelphia law firm of Hangley Connolly
Epstein Chicco Foxman and Ewing. Debra gradu-
ated in 1991 from the Marshall-Wythe School of
Law at the College of William and Mary. She
served on the William and Mary Law Review,
was a member of the Order of the Coif and was
the vice-justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fra-
ternity. She completed a one-year clerkship with
the Honorable Robert E. Coyle, chief judge of
the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
California. Prior to her clerkship, Debra was an
associate with Dechert Price and Rhoads in Phila-
Frederick Michael Neiswender '89 received
the J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University
in May 1994.
Douglas L. Nyce '89 married Rosalind M.
James on August 20, 1994, in the Miller Chapel
Tamara S. Groff Brubaker '90 teaches in
the Solanco School District in Quarryville, PA.
Paul James Bruder, Jr. '90 received a J.D.
degree from the University of Dayton Law
School. He was a member of the school's
Regional Moot Court Team and was a finalist in
the Hon. Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competi-
tion. He received the Award for Outstanding
Academic Performance in Consumer Protection.
Dr. Angela M. Davis '90 married Chris J.
Darrup on May 21, 1994 . The ceremony was
performed by the Rev. C. Anthony Miller at St.
Peter Church in Mount Carmel, PA. Angela was
awarded the D.O. degree from the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 1994.
She will intern at Community Hospital of
Maria Elena Falato Dryden '90 is a student
at Temple University School of Law in Philadel-
phia. Her husband, Michael G. Dryden '90, is
an attorney for a center city law firm.
Jeffrey L. Gruber '90 manages a Rite Aid
Drug Store in Lancaster, PA.
Teresa M. Kruger Heckert '90 is employed
by Northeast Missouri State University, Divi-
sion of Social Science, in Kirksville.
Michael A. McGranaghan '90 is a drug and
alcohol abuse prevention specialist in
Northumberland County, PA.
Robert L. Mikus '90 received an M.A. in
human services psychology from LaSalle Uni-
versity. Bob works for the Residence Life Office
of William Paterson College of New Jersey, in
Timm A. Moyer '90 is a copywriter for Phase
One Graphic Resources, an advertising agency
based in Sunbury, PA.
Matthew P. O'Beirne '90 is employed at
Warner Insurance Services in Somerset, NJ, as a
service carrier for the insurance industry. He is
an underwriter for auto insurance for Cigna.
Christine Patanow '90 is a research techni-
cian at the Pennsylvania State University Col-
lege of Medicine in Hershey, PA, where she is a
part-time student in the master's program in phar-
Connie L. Pyle '90 attends Millersville Uni-
versity, where she is enrolled in the clinical psy-
chology graduate program. She is a group activity
therapist for Community Services Group:
Options Partial Hospital in Lancaster, PA.
Scott A. Richardson '90 is first-year head
coach with the Milton Hershey School (PA) girls'
Donna Teator '90 is completing her New
Jersey teacher's certification in elementary
Carla L. Myers Coomer '91 and her hus-
band, Tim, recently welcomed a daughter. Carla
is general ledger coordinator at Sterling Drug
USA in Myerstown, PA.
Rachel S. Grella '91 is a mental health
worker for the Lancaster (PA) Catholic Charities
Intensive Day Treatment Program.
Andrew Hildebrand '91 received a J.D. de-
gree from the Dickinson School of Law in June
1994. In April, he presented a paper at the Penn-
sylvania Music Educators Association Confer-
ence in Hershey. His paper examined the legal
and constitutional issues raised by the presenta-
tion and teaching of sacred music in public
Brendalyn D. Krysiak '91 is an administra-
tive assistant at Corning Painted Post Holiday
Inn in Painted Post, NY.
Jennifer S. Leitao '91 teaches 6th grade and
is the assistant Softball coach in the Parksley
(PA) Middle School.
Mechelle D. Lesher '91 is employed in the
AIDS drug screening laboratory for Program Re-
sources, Inc. in Frederick, MD. Mechelle is work-
ing on developing and cloning HIV drug resistant
mutants as a secondary research project while
pursuing an M.S. degree in biomedical sciences
at Hood College in Frederick.
Lynn A. Smith '91 graduated from the Uni-
versity of Rhode Island in December 1993 with
an M.S. in natural resource economics.
Joseph T. Souders '91 received an M.S.
degree in physics from the University of Kansas
in December 1993.
Carol A. Swavely '91 teaches 2nd grade at
the North Penn School District in Montgomery
County, PA, and is working on a master's degree
at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
David R. Umla '91 is production manager
for The Bookmakers Inc. in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a
full-production house for many publishers across
Brian D. Wassell '91 is a CPA for Trout,
Ebersole and Groff Certified Public Accountants
in Lancaster, PA.
F. Richard Yingling, Jr. '91 married Cheryl
L. Mummert on March 27, 1994.
Michael T. Zettlemoyer '91 is buyer/ana-
lyst for Weis Markets, Inc. in Sunbury, PA.
Erika L. Allen '92 teaches in the School
District of Upper Moreland Township, Willow
Jennifer Benussi '92 married Steven Daggs
on September 18, 1993. Jennifer is a social di-
rector at Country Meadows West Shore II in
Ralph W. Bieber II '92 is pursuing an
M.B.A. at the Penn State Capital Campus in
Timothy A. Biltcliff '92 is a second-year law
student at the University of Akron Law School.
Troy Allen Celesky '92 married Carrie Grace
Clelan on April 16, 1994, in St. Mark's Evan-
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gelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Troy is a manager for Radio Shack in Harrisburg.
Kathryn Ford '92 teaches English at the
Marine Academy of Science and Technology in
Sandy Hook, NJ.
Amy L. Glavey '92 married John E. Gaul on
April 16, 1994. Amy is a chiropractic therapist,
and John works for HDR Engineering. They
reside in Concord, NC.
William Hoefling IV '92 is a pension plan
administrator for Trefsgar and Company in Leba-
Tara J. Hottenstein '92 presented a paper,
"James' Criteria for Passional Belief and the
Religious Option: A Critical Evaluation" at the
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference on
March 26, 1994. Tara is earning her master's
degree in philosophy at West Chester State Uni-
versity in West Chester, PA.
Kenneth H. Jones, Jr. '92 is a graduate
student in physical therapy at Slippery Rock Uni-
versity in Slippery Rock, PA.
Corey Jon Leiby '92 operates The Antique
Athlete, a retail antique sports memorabilia shop
based in his home in Orwigsburg, PA.
Tammy O'Roark '92 is a student at the
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in
Keith Schleicher '92 received an M.S. de-
gree in statistics from the Ohio State University
in June 1994.
Amber Lynn Hegi Steckman '92 works with
the Women's Ministries program for the Ameri-
can Baptist Churches USA in Valley Forge, PA.
Kevin L. Stein '92 teaches math at the
Dallastown (PA) High School.
David M. Sullivan '92 is a tax accountant
with the municipal tax bureau in Philadelphia.
Stephen A. Teilman '92 is studying full-
time to become an RN, at the Helene Fuld School
of Nursing in Blackwood, NJ. He is a part-time
EMT for the University of Medicine and Den-
tistry of New Jersey Emergency Medical Ser-
vices in Cander City, and a part-time trauma
technician at Cooper Hospital, University Medi-
cal Center, in Cander.
Amy Batman '93 attends the Philadelphia
College of Pharmacy and Science.
Richard K. Dietrich '93 is working in the
pension field for W. F. Corroon Corporation in
John J. DiGilio, Jr. '93 is a student at the Pep-
perdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.
James S. Gates '93 is special assets officer for
Lebanon Valley National Bank in Lebanon, PA.
Justine Hamilton '93 is a literacy VISTA
volunteer for the North Kentucky Adult Reading
Kimberly E. Klein '93 has a home-based
business in Lancaster, PA, doing faux finishes
and decorative painting.
When You Think
Of the Annual Fund.... think of Lebanon Valley's bright,
enthusiastic and talented students. Your support of the Annual
Fund assures them the education they deserve, in the college
where they belong.
A gift to the Annual Fund...
>■ provides scholarships
>■ strengthens academic programs
>■ affords important resoures for an innovative
teaching and learning environment
>• enhances opportunities for cultural and
Lebanon Valley's Annual Fund Makes
a Difference in Their Lives
Donna Hevener Miller '93 and her husband,
Randy Miller, announced the birth of a daughter,
Kate Elizabeth, on May 15, 1994. Donna is read-
ers service librarian at LVC.
Cristal Renzo '93 is pursuing a master's
degree in English literature at West Chester Uni-
versity in West Chester, PA. She received a full-
time graduate teaching assistantship.
Eric R. Rismiller '93 and his wife, Kim A.
Daubert Rismiller '88, welcomed their first
child, Morgan, on December 12, 1993.
J. Thomas Seddon, IV '93 is a teaching fellow
at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hart-
ford, West Hartford, CT where he is enrolled in the
master of music education program. He was mar-
ried to Alana Banks on July 30, 1994.
Melinda A. Wachinski '93 is a catering/
sales assistant at the Wilmington (DE) Hilton.
Greta Suzanne Yocum '93 is a teacher at
Best Friends Early Childhood Learning Center
Daniel O. Donmoyer '94 is a first-year stu-
dent at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in
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U.S. News Ranks College in Top 10
In its annual America's
Best Colleges issue,
U.S. News & World
Report ranked Lebanon
Valley College as one
of the top 10 regional
liberal arts college in
the North. We were
ranked No. 5.
Rankings were based
on peer opinion, as
well as on educational
data provided by the
colleges. U.S. News surveyed college presi-
dents, deans and admissions directors, ask-
ing them to rate all the schools in the same
category as their own institutions. The
rankings were then
combined with educa-
tional data from the
colleges, including sta-
tistics that measured
student selectivity, fac-
ulty resources, financial
rate and alumni satis-
Some 433 regional
liberal arts colleges
were surveyed. They
were divided into four regions: North, South,
East and West.
It's the first time Lebanon Valley has made
the Top 10 listing.
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