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Vol. 12, Number 2 

Hie Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Fall 1994 J 















Editor: Judy Pehrson 


John B. Deamer, Jr. 

Nancy Fitzgerald 

Laura Chandler Ritter 

Nancy Kettering Frye ('80) 

Diane WengerC 92) 

Seth J. Wenger ('94) 

Glenn Woods ('51), Class Notes 

Dennis Crews 

Send comments or address changes to: 
Office of College Relations 
Laughlin Hall 
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: 
Lisa Dempsey 

On the Cover: 

A panel from "LandSong," an abstract 
painting by Malvern, Pennsylvania, artist Neil 
Dreilbelbis. It was commissioned for the Blair 
Music Center. 

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 
on campus. 

By Iudy Pehrson 

The Arts Move 
Center Stage 

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 
college's strengths. 

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. 

The Valley 

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 
Valley College. 

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- 
mental design. 

"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 
Administration/Humanities building, 
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 

Fall 1994 

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 
his circle. 

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 
the paint. 

"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- 
sand words." 

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. 

The Valley 

"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 
100-year-old edifice. 

"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., 
to California. 

"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 
(William Frank 
Gray) attended 
Lebanon Valley 
College, so it's 
especially interest- 
ing we should end 
up here." 

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 
museum studies. 

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 
City College. 

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 
even better." 

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. 

The Valley 

Another Exciting 
Season for 
Authors & Artists 

BySethJ. Wenger('94) 

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 

High Drama 

Three of the college's top 
officers have also found 
success in the theater. 

BySethJ. Wenger('94) 

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 
and librettos. 

"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- 
tive criticism. 

"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. 

Fall 1994 

"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 
were entranced." 

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 
of things." 

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 
gesture alone." 

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 
other honors. 

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." 


The Valley 

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 
were sharing." 

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 
agenda. The 
teachers just 
started sharing 
wonderful things, 
like their 
approaches to 
science, or their 
contraptions made 
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 
runs out." 

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 

Portable and 
On-Line Support 

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 

Spreading the 

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 


The Valley 

A Woman 
of Letters 

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 
this fall. 

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 


Library groundbreaking 

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 
mid-January 1996. 

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 

Music scholarship 

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 
Sports Center. 

Supplies aid 
Russian hospital 

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. 

Chemistry research 

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." 

Education Roundtable 

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 
market-driven society. 

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 
(MAC) championships. 

Freshman Debra Popper finished in fifth 
place at a competitive invitational hosted 
by Baptist Bible, and finished 12th at the 
MAC championships. 

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 
League MVP. 

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- 
leyball co-MVPs. 

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- 
letic program. 

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 


New coaches 

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 

Alumni assistant 

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 

Dave Evans 

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, 


The Valley 

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 
of Illinois. 

Lecturers named 

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 
of CPAs. 

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. 

International advisor 

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. 

Biblical expert 

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. 

Software specialists 

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 
British fiction. 

Enriching learning 

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). 

Conference delegate 

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 
School District. 

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. 

Attended conferences 

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. 

Internet connections 

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. 

Summers' project 

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. 

Leadership course 

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. 

Offering direction 

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 

Kreiderheim co-directors 

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- 
lege visitors. 

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. 

Contributes chapter 

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. 

Coordinates Partnership 

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 

Technology specialist 

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 Valley 


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 
after that. 

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 
Rough Cut. 

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- 
where else." 

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 

Fall 1994 23 

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 
"Another World." 

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. 

Studying the 
Dark Side 

BySethJ. Wenger('94) 

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 
more dangerous. 

"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 
diagnostic tool. 

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 
graduate school. 

"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 
they do." 

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 
intense work." 

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." 

Hostel entertains 
and enlightens 

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 
film, "Casablanca." 

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). 

Music reunites 
Conservatory class 

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. 

Gilberg joins 
Alumni Council 

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, 

Fall 1994 25 

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 

Neal Sener 

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 

Lois Bosland 

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 

John Howie 

Janice C. Miles 

Melissa A. Steffy 

J. L. McCauley 

John J. Ill 

Susan Kessler Ness 

John Zappala 

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 
March 1994. 

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 
School District. 



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 
40 years. 

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- 

Congratulations to: 

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 
1994 Valley. 


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- 


Order your copy of rhe beautiful, 
22-page, full-color commemorative 
booklet celebrating the Dutchmen's 
1993-94 NCAA Division III 
National Basketball Championship. 
Inside are lots of exciting photos, 
information on the team, a play- 
by-play account of the season and 
intriguing newspaper clips on the 
Big Game. 

Send a check or money order for $10 
(payable to LVCj to John Deamer, 
Sports Information Director, 
Laughlin Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 
Annville, PA 17003-0501. 

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. 


The Valley 

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) 
High School. 

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 
and Anna. 

Dr. Ann M. Alego '74 is assistant professor 
of English at Delaware Valley College in 
Doylestown, PA. 

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 
Wrightsville, PA. 

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 
Indianapolis, IN. 

Donna Jeanne Gay Grun Kaplan '76 
retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster, 
PA. She is a faculty secretary at the Lancaster 
Theological Seminary. 

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 
Washington, PA. 

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- 
sional demands." 

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 
and Aaron. 

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 
Lancaster Center. 

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 
Columbia, PA. 

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 
Columbia, PA. 

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 
Davidson, NC. 

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 
Brook, IL. 

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 

30 The Valley 

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 
Daily News. 

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. 



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 
and Danielle. 

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 
National Awards. 

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 
Allentown, PA. 

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 
in Baltimore. 

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- 
ington, D.C. 

J. Michael Steckman '88 works on sponsor 
development for the refugee program for the 
American Baptist Churches USA in Valley 
Forge, PA. 

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 
at LVC. 



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' 
basketball program. 

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 
the country. 

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 
Grove, PA. 

Jennifer Benussi '92 married Steven Daggs 
on September 18, 1993. Jennifer is a social di- 
rector at Country Meadows West Shore II in 
Mechanicsburg, PA. 

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- 

32 The Valley 

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- 
non, PA. 

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 
extra-curricular experiences 

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 
in Harrisburg. 

Daniel O. Donmoyer '94 is a first-year stu- 
dent at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 
Gettysburg, PA. 

Fall 1994 33 

U.S. News Ranks College in Top 10 


re excited! 
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 


resulting reputation 
rankings were then 
combined with educa- 
tional data from the 
colleges, including sta- 
tistics that measured 
student selectivity, fac- 
ulty resources, financial 
resources, graduation 
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. 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 


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