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Pioneers in 
Space and Song 

Is All Fair 
in Warfare? 


Small world department 

On October 29, 1994, my wife, Helen T. 
Rockwood ('87), and I were helping moni- 
tor a youth road race in Anderson, South 
Carolina. Just before the start of the run, 
the race director asked me if I could take 
a man to his house so he could get his 
extra set of keys. He had locked his car 
with the keys in the ignition, and his movie 
projector was in the locked car. 

During our conversation on the way to 
this gentleman's house, I noticed he did 
not have a southern drawl. Neither do I. 
He asked me where we come from. I told 
him we had lived in Tower City, Pennsyl- 
vania. He said he knew the area well, 
because he had graduated from Lebanon 
Valley 20 years ago. His name is Michael 
Dortch ('73), and he now lives in Ander- 
son with his wife and three children. 

Paul and Helen Rockwood 
Starr, SC 

Cover kudo 

Saw my painting on the cover of the Fall 
1994 Valley. The composition, details and 
color are excellent. It's a fine publication. 
Thank you to all involved. 

Neil Dreilbelbis 
Malvern, PA 

A Valley fan... 

As I have told you many times, The Val- 
ley is the best college magazine I see. The 
Fall 1994 issue is excellent — the articles, 
certainly, but the Annual Report, as well. 
As one who has produced his share of 
wooden and colorless annual reports, I 
know their opposite when I see it. 

Dick Jones 

Dick Jones Communications 

Dalton, PA 

...and another 

Just wanted to let you know how much I 
enjoyed reading the combined Fall 1994 
Valley and Annual Report. I sat down and 
read it cover to cover. I think it's one of 
the best issues so far. What an exciting 
year we have had. It just gave me a good 
feeling to know I'm part of the college's 
success. Thanks again for putting out such 
a wonderful magazine. I feel truly fortu- 
nate to be part of the LVC family! 

Susie Greenawalt 
Assistant to the Director, 
Continuing Education, 
Lebanon Valley College 


Dazzling days in January, 
Light reflects from 
Sixteen-foot aluminum stems 
Creeping up the sides of buildings. 

Men at the ends 

Bloom in flannel and wool: 

Shirts and socks from Christmas, petals of 

Hunter's orange, painter's white, trucker's plaid. 

Masculine flowers — 

Bees are sleeping, but women buzz below 

While the grunting blossoms scrape, scoop, 

Scrub and squeegee. 

Flakes of paint pollinate their beards: 

Green and blue and gray. 

Wet leaves slurp on their boots, trying 

To return to the rusted rain gutters. 

Puffs of steam pant from their mouths; white 

Wrists peek out from between red 

Cuffs and brown gloves. 

As the sun sinks, the petals close up, 

The silver stems fold down, 

And the buds go in to watch football. 

— Amy Shollenberger ('96) 

Editor's Note: Shollenberger, an English major, 
recently helped revive Greenblotler, the college 
literary magazine. The Fall 1994 issue may be 
obtained for $2.50 from the English department. 

Vol. 12, Number 3 

The Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Winter 1995 J 








Editor: Judy Pehrson 


Laura Chandler Ritter 

JohnB. Deamer, Jr. 

Nancy Fitzgerald 

Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson 

Nancy Kettering Frye ('80) 

Dr. Steven M. Specht . 

Diane Wenger ('92) 

Seth J. Wenger ('94) 

Glenn Woods ('51), Class Notes 

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: 

"Gundemar," a 1992 mixed media painting 
(color ink, water color and quill) by Arthur 
Hall Smith, was exhibited in the college's 
Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery November 4- 
December 16. Smith said he drew his inspira- 
tion from a folksong, "A Mighty Ship," 
recorded by Susan Read in the 1940s. It re- 
counts the Gundemar's sailing on "o'er moon- 
lit wave." For Smith, the shapes in his 
painting, and how they are scattered, brought 
to mind the sails of a ship with such a ghostly 
presence. "It's the 'Flying Dutchman' meta- 
phor, I guess," he notes. 

2 A Soaring Career 

Elizabeth Bains ('64), a member of NASA 's space simulation team, turns 
a love for computers and a knack for managing people into a science. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

5 Songs of Grief and Friendship 

Gary Miller ( '68) has gone from high school music teacher to conduc- 
tor of top opera stars and an eminent men 's choir. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

War Is Hell-Is It Moral? 

o A panel discussion helps students and the community take a hard look 

at waging modern war — and working for peace. 

By Laura Chandler Ritter 

Focus on the Future 

J_Q A conversation among faculty, students and administrators sheds some light 

on higher education — where it's headed nationally and at Lebanon Valley. 

By Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson 

Reach Out and Touch Someone 

+ a Alumni Ambassadors use their own sucess stories to sell prospective 

students on the idea of attending Lebanon Valley. 

By Seth J. Wenger ('94) 

At Homecoming '94, 
skydivers presented an 
aerial display and 
delivered the Lebanon 
Valley flag and game ball. 
Other activities during the 
weekend of October 21-23 
included a party Friday 
night and a tailgate tent on 
Saturday, where more than 
250 alumni received a free 
Valley mug. Homecoming 
also featured departmental 
open houses and the induc- 
tion of members into the 
1994 Athletic Hall of Fame 
(see page 24). 

A Soaring 

NASA scientist Elizabeth 
Bains ('64) rises to the 
challenge in everything 
from planning flight 
simulations for astronauts 
to developing a space 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

Dr. Elizabeth Bains with Pete Smythe, 
Lockheed project head for maintenance 
and operations. 

Though she's spent her life 
with feet firmly planted on 
planet Earth, Dr. Elizabeth 
(Miller) Bains ('64) has a 
pretty good idea of what the 
astronauts experience each time NASA 
launches a shuttle into space. That's be- 
cause she has helped create the software 
for the computer simulators used to train 
the astronauts. 

"We have a computer simulation of 
the shuttle and all the operations that go 
on in orbit. It' s kind of like a video game — 
there's a cockpit with all the switches and 
display screens laid out, and the camera 
views that the crew will see in space," 
Bains notes. "The screen shows them 
everything they'll see in flight when they 
look out the window." 

Bains was a high school junior when 
the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the 
first satellite. She recalls writing an essay 
about how space flight would influence 
history, but didn't quite dream that one 
day she would have a part in it. "I had an 
interest in science, but not necessarily in 
space flight," she says. "I just sort of fell 
into it." Now the deputy branch chief of 
NASA's simulation systems at the 
Johnson Space Center in Houston, she 
"fell into" that job only after years of 
study and preparation, a road that started 
out in Annville and wound its way down 
to Houston. 

Elizabeth Miller arrived at the Valley 
from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in I960, 
an 18-year-old physics major at a time 
when female scientists were a rare breed. 
"It was really unusual back then," she 
says. "My father was an engineer, and he 
had some doubts about my pursuing a 
science major, but he tried not to discour- 
age me. I think he was just glad I didn't 
go into engineering — back then, before 
the women's movement got started, that 
was definitely a man's world. Deep down 
he was probably hoping I would change 
my mind, but my mind was made up." 

At Lebanon Valley, she found that 
studying science didn't have a whole lot 
to do with gender. "I don't really know 
what my classmates thought about it," 
she recalls. "But I just did what I enjoyed. 

I've always concentrated more on the 
work itself, and when you do that, people 
don't worry as much about the differ- 
ences. I knew right from the start that I 
wanted to major in physics, but I'd 
always liked English, too — I figured that 
would be something to fall back on if the 
science didn't work out." 

As it turned out, she didn't need 
English as a safety net, but studying it 
enriched her education and helped con- 
tribute toward her career as well. "I 
remember that at Lebanon Valley, all of 
us were interested in a number of things — 
science and math students were interested 
in music, and of course I had an interest 
in literature. I remember in my sopho- 
more year, when we took a general 
humanities course, the three prizes for the 
top students all went to science majors. I 
took one prize, and so did a chemistry and 
a biology major. So all the sciences were 
represented. We were very proud of that." 

At NASA, as a manager respon- 
sible for writing budgets and 
reports, Bains has found that a 
broad liberal arts education and good writ- 
ing skills are two of the more important 
tools in a scientist's bag of tricks. 
"A sense of confidence and breadth of 
experience — those were two of the best 
things I got at Lebanon Valley. There 
was an assumption here that you would 
use everything you knew — a lab report 
should be written as well as an English 
essay. That's turned out to be an excel- 
lent background because an ability to 
write helps you anywhere you go as a 
science major." 

With her physics degree tucked under 
her arm, she headed out for the work 
world, and found a different sort of wel- 
come from the one she'd received at Leba- 
non Valley. "I never assumed that being a 
woman would be a problem, and I'm not 
aware that it has been — except once, when 
I was turned down for my first job 
because they felt it was a man's job. They 

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Astronauts spend the months before a launch training with the simulation software developed by Bains and a team of scientists. 
"It's kind of like a video game, " she notes. "The screen shows them everything they'll see inflight when they look out the window. " 

weren't sure people would accept direc- 
tion from a woman, so they avoided the 
problem by not hiring me. But I think it 
worked out very well after all. If I had 
gone there and settled in, I wouldn't have 
had nearly as interesting a life." 

Bains went on to a position I 
with the Naval Surface Weapons 
Laboratory, outside Washington, 
D.C. "I knew that I wanted even- 
tually to teach in a college, but I 
thought I should get some expe- 
rience before I moved on to 
graduate school, so I took this 
job with the naval weapons lab. 
It was an early computer job," 
she explains. Working on a pro- 
gram that predicted projectories 
for shells fired from guns, "we 
hand-calculated the same things 
the computer had done just to 
make sure the answers matched up. We 
used the old mechanical, rotary-type 
calculators," she recalls. 

From the naval lab, Bains went on to 
graduate school at the University of Ten- 
nessee in Knoxville, where she earned a 
master's degree in college teaching and 

a doctorate in physics. She also met her 
future husband, Dr. James A. Bains, Jr., 
who was also working on his physics dis- 
sertation. After receiving their doctorates, 
the pair moved on to teaching positions at 

Bains enters data to control the computers 
that run a flight simulation at the Johnson 
Space Center in Houston. 

Alcorn University in Mississippi and then 
down to Houston, where they both took 
jobs with Lockheed Aerospace Corpora- 
tion at the Johnson Space Center. 

For the Bainses, balancing two heavy- 
duty science careers with a home 
life has been something of a chal- 
lenge. "Even though I don't have 
children, I still have my husband 
to consider, not just myself. In 
Mississippi, for example, my hus- 
band found he didn't particularly 
like teaching, and when he was 
offered a job in Houston, I gave 
up a job I liked to go with him, 
and took a job with Lockheed. 
There's always a lot of give-and- 
take." Now he runs his own con- 
sulting business, a situation the 
couple finds ideal. "After years of 
trying to synchronize our lives 
with our two jobs — and both of us spend- 
ing late hours in the lab — we get to spend 
more time at home together." And do 
they spend their free time together talk- 
ing physics? "Never," Bains answers with- 
out a moment's hesitation. 

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In 1988, Bains began working directly 
for NASA, where she now serves as 
deputy chief of the simulation sys- 
tems branch. In developing simulation 
software, she would meet with other sci- 
entists to solve problems, and work with 
astronauts in crew training. "A couple of 
years ago, they decided to have a third 
astronaut leave the spacecraft to help 
position a robotic arm — it was originally 
planned that there would be only two. So 
we had to scramble and set everything up 
to make sure that all three of them could 
be seen out in the bay, and maneuver 
precisely enough so that one of them 
wouldn't get pinned into this very mas- 
sive satellite. He or she would have no 
way of getting out of the way if some- 
thing came in the wrong way." 


In the cockpit of the STS-66, Bains uses 
the hand controller to move the arm 
toward capture of the payload. 

When the actual moment arrived, Bains 
and her colleagues watched the monitor 
with bated breath as the astronauts 
performed their tasks. "We were a little 
nervous watching them at first, but by 
now we have a good deal of confidence — 
the astronauts come back and say, 'Yes, 
the simulator works. That's what it's 
really like up there.' That's very satisfy- 
ing to hear." 

Now as a manager at NASA, Bains is 
somewhat removed from the technical 
part of the job. She spends less time on 
the computers and more time talking about 
budgets and getting involved with plans 
for other projects, such as developing a 
space station. But, she says, one of the 
most satisfying aspects of her new posi- 
tion is working with people. "It's great to 
help them discuss 
career options," she 
says, "to talk about 
what areas they'd 
like to work in, and 
to make sure they 
get good experience 
so that if they want 
to go into manage- 
ment later, they'll 
have a good foun- 

As a successful 
woman physicist, 
Bains finds herself 
cast as a role model 
for many of the 
young women in her department. "Some 
of them do turn to me — I hadn't realized 
until recently how much. They find that 
they can come to me more easily than to a 
man, to talk about balancing their fami- 
lies and their work. I try to make it easy 
for them — with a simulation that runs from 
8 in the morning until midnight, some of 
them work in the evenings to share the 
child-care responsibilities. This kind of 
work does change the family. The hus- 
band has to be much more involved." 

Poised on the brink of this new phase 
of her career, Bains looks back on her 
years at the Valley and the solid founda- 
tion they gave her. "It was a very nurtur- 
ing atmosphere for a young scientist," 

she recalls. "Bob O'Donnell and Jake 
Rhodes [professors emeriti of physics] in 
particular were very interested in their 
students and very thorough. Bob's style 
of teaching especially appealed to me — 
he was logical and detailed. He worked 
through things and forced you to do the 
same. It turned out to have been a good 
preparation because you got used to do- 
ing things in detail; it's just a good habit 
to have. I've used this in all my work, 
which has always involved the same kind 
of working through details and determin- 
ing what's right." 

When Bains can get away from the 
lab, one of her biggest pleasures is sing- 
ing. Though she wasn't involved in cho- 
ral groups at the Valley, she's since 
become a member of her church choir, 
and a few years ago she participated in a 
singing group that performed in Vienna 
and at Carnegie Hall. Though she comes 
from a musical family, she likes to kid 
that "I'm the only one who's played 
Carnegie Hall." 

The demands of her new job have cut 
into her musical commitments, but one 
day soon she plans to get back to singing. 
In the meantime, she says, "My job is my 
hobby. I really do enjoy it. In fact, when I 
finish with all the required work — the per- 
sonnel things and the budget — that's when 
I go down to the lab and fool around with 
the computers. I'd had second thoughts 
about going into management, but now 
I've made my decision to stay there. But 
that's all right — as long as I can still go 
down to the computers when my work is 
done. That's what I really love to do." 

Nancy Fitzgerald is a Lebanon-based 
freelance writer who contributes regu- 
larly to national education and consumer 

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Songs of 
Grief and 

On his long journey from 
Annville to Carnegie Hall, 
Gary Miller ('68), director 
of the renowned New York 
City Gay Men's Chorus, has 
encountered both triumph 
and tragedy. 

By Nancy Fitzgerald 

Gary Miller conducts a weekly New York City Gay Men 's Chorus rehearsal. Over the 
past 15 years, the group has lost some 60 of its members to AIDS. 

It's a rainy, blustery November 
evening, but for New Yorkers, a 
stoic breed, business proceeds as 
usual. Down along the serpentine 
streets of Greenwich Village, trade 
is brisk at the Italian pork store, the bak- 
ery, the shops that sell Moroccan tunics 
and Turkish rugs. And over on Barrow 
Street, just off Sheridan Square, a hun- 
dred-and-something men, with their brief- 
cases, backpacks and umbrellas, have 
made their way to the theater inside the 
Greenwich Community Center. They 
come here every Monday night, after work 
and after supper, to sing. 

They are members of the New York 
City Gay Men's Chorus. Over the almost 
15 years of their existence, they have lost 
some 60 of their members to AIDS; too 
many of their performances have been at 
memorial services and funerals. To them, 
perhaps, the storm outside — which has 
turned at least one cheap subway 
umbrella inside out — is a minor inconve- 
nience, just a little rain. They've trudged 
through it for music and friendship and 
sometimes for comfort in their grief. 
Tonight they've faced the elements to 
rehearse for their Christmas concert, a 
few weeks away, at Carnegie Hall. 

Inside the theater, it's bright, noisy, 
like a classroom before the teacher walks 
in. But when musical director — and 
former high school music teacher — Gary 
Miller ('68) arrives, brisk and focused, 
it's down to business. There are announce- 
ments about a pre-concert retreat, breath- 

ing exercises and a long lesson in Catalan 
pronunciation for a carol called "The Fro- 
zen December." Then Miller and the cho- 
rus launch into a long and labor-intensive 
evening of making music. 

For Miller, directing the chorus is the 
most challenging — and rewarding — job 
he's ever had. It's also a job he never 
imagined doing. "I never thought that I 
would be conducting a regular series at 
Carnegie Hall or that Carnegie Hall would 
refer to us as one of their men's choruses," 
he says. "Or that the likes of Marilyn Home 
and Roberta Peters would sing with us. 
Back at Lebanon Valley, I had always 
thought I was going to grow up and be a 
music teacher for the rest of my life." 

It's a long way from Annville to 
Carnegie Hall, from schoolteacher to 
professional conductor, from the closet to 
the open stage in New York City. Miller 
shared his journey with us on a recent 
rainy night. 

Old Annville Days 

Growing up in York, Pennsylvania, 
Miller had always had an ear 
for music and an eye on Lebanon 
Valley. "I remember in high school that 
there was no other college that I wanted 
to go to," he recalls. "My chorus teacher 
was from LVC and my band teacher was 
from LVC. I wanted to learn music, and 
there was no other place I wanted to go. It 

never occurred to me that there might be 
other schools. I was delighted to go there." 

He arrived on campus in the fall of 
1964 — the United States was beginning 
air strikes against North Vietnam, the Civil 
Rights Act had just been passed, the 
Beatles had recently invaded American 
shores. But in Annville, Miller found life 
chugging along as usual. 

"I majored in music education," he 
says, "and as a result, that was all I was 
really interested in at the time. If there 
were honest, in-depth conversations in 
the political science department, I cer- 
tainly wasn't aware of it. I don't even 
remember a demonstration against the 
Vietnam war while I was there — and it's 
outrageous that a campus should be that 
insular. But I have many friends with the 
same kind of background, and we were 
all from the same area of Pennsylvania. 
We lived very private lives with our fami- 
lies, and when I moved away to college — 
it was 50 miles — I thought I had made the 
biggest move possible." 

While the world raged outside 
Annville, Miller and his fellow scholars 
concentrated on their academic pursuits. 
For Miller, that meant immersing himself 
in music. "I have great memories of Dr. 
Pierce Getz and my whole concert choir 
experience," he says. "He was sort of my 
father figure, my mentor, without his even 
knowing it. Everything I got from LVC in 
terms of choral conducting was from him. 
And I was also very much involved with 
the musicals, and even managed to get a 

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The chorus has received rave reviews 
for its performance in Carnegie Hall. 
In March, Miller will conduct an opera 
concert there, featuring Frederico Von 
Strata, Benita Valente, Roberta Peters and 
Jerry Hadley. 

leading part in one of them." Looking 
back on his college days, he recalls an- 
other teacher fondly — Renaldo Rovers, 
who died during his senior year. "I was 
the last student of his to give a senior 
recital," he says, "and I'm not sure to this 
day that I'm not the one who killed him!" 

As a young gay man, living on a small 
campus in a religiously and politically 
conservative region was another chal- 
lenge. But, he admits, "It wasn't only 
LVC that was problematic. It was a whole 
different time back then." 

In the early 1960s at Lebanon Val- 
ley — and just about everywhere else — 
homosexuality was an issue that stayed 
strictly in the closet. "I wouldn't say that 
I was open about it," Miller recalls, "but I 
certainly knew that I was gay, whatever 
that meant. What I didn't know at the 
time was that there was a whole culture, a 
whole community, of gay people out there. 
But there certainly was no organized group 
on campus. The people I knew there who 
were gay were very quiet about it. We 
knew among ourselves, but we certainly 
were not out on campus." After a 
moment's reflection he adds, "On the 
other hand, I don't think we were fooling 
anybody either." 

In 1968, with degree in hand, Miller, 
embarked on a teaching career. Most of 
his fellow graduates were taking teaching 
jobs close to home, but Miller was eager 
to spread his wings. "I was actually the 
toast of my class," Miller recalls with a 
chuckle, "because we all went for teach- 
ing jobs after Lebanon Valley. Most of 
them were staying in this area and sign- 
ing contracts for $5,600 a year, and I 

signed a contract in Patchogue, out on 
Long Island, for $6,800 for my first year 
of teaching. Everyone thought I was go- 
ing to be very wealthy." 

After his three-year teaching stint, 
Miller went to the University of Michi- 
gan in Ann Arbor to pursue a master's 
degree in music. Compared with the Val- 
ley, "the difference was incredible," he 
recalls. "The University of Michigan at 
that time was involved with the legaliza- 
tion of marijuana, and it was a completely 
different kind of atmosphere than the one 
at LVC. Actually, it was a bit overwhelm- 
ing." After receiving his master's degree 
in 1972, Miller went back to the class- 
room, teaching vocal music in Whippany, 
New Jersey, for 1 1 years. 

'We're Not an 
AIDS Chorus' 

While living in New York City 
and commuting out to his New 
Jersey teaching job, Miller be- 
gan to sing with the New York City Gay 
Men's Chorus. The chorus had been 
formed in March 1981 at the Washington 
Square United Methodist Church in 
Greenwich Village, when two newcom- 
ers to New York handed out photocopied 
flyers asking people to "come out and 
sing." And when the original director 
abruptly quit a few months later, Miller 
stepped in to fill the job. For Miller and 
the other members, the chorus was — and- 
continues to be — equal parts musical, 

social and political. "When we first started 
it," he recalls, "it was the typical commu- 
nity chorus. I mean, it was like the Mor- 
mon Tabernacle Choir when the Mormons 
come together to sing. Here in New York 
there's obviously a very large gay com- 
munity, so this was our community to 
come together and sing. But the music 
was the important thing. We were always 
very serious about our music." 

By 1982, the chorus had taken on 
another layer of meaning for its mem- 
bers, as the community became immersed 
in the AIDS crisis. Before long, the group 
that had been singing at small concert 
halls and local churches and colleges 
found itself singing at the memorial ser- 
vices of members who had died of AIDS. 

"The memorial service is becoming an 
art at this point," says Miller. "Some of 
the guys plan the services for themselves 
on their deathbed and dictate what they 
would like the chorus to sing — it's 
bizarrely amusing. There are constantly 
people who are sick and in the hospital — 
at the moment, we have two men on their 
deathbeds, three others in the hospital and 
one who died just one month ago. It's 
always part of who you are." 

In the midst of the devastation of los- 
ing friends and lovers, the chorus became 
a source of strength and healing as well, 
helping members carry on and find mean- 
ing as they struggle with illness and grief. 
"There's a certain amount of our reper- 
toire that addresses AIDS head on," Miller 
explains. "We commission things that deal 
directly with it. But other music that might 
have an entirely different meaning to you 
takes on a whole new meaning in the 
context of gay men singing together. 
There's a song that we'll sing tonight 
called 'Love Lives On' that was never 
meant to do what it has done for us. 'Love 
goes on beyond good-bye, the truth of us 
will never die.' That has a very personal 
meaning for us." 

Miller is quick to point out that the 
significance of the chorus goes beyond the 
AIDS crisis, devastating though that has 
been. "We've lost, I would say, 60 mem- 
bers since we've been in existence," he 
explains. "But on the other hand, we are 

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not an ADDS chorus. It's part of our com- 
munity and we sing as therapy and to raise 
money for research. But the chorus started 
before the AIDS crisis, and I hope it is 
here long after the AIDS crisis has ended." 

The Opera Connection 

In 1980, with the chorus still in its 
embryonic stages, Miller resigned his 
teaching position in New Jersey. "It 
became pretty clear that if I didn't leave 
public education," he recalls, "then pub- 
lic education might think that I should 
leave them. I'm not sure that would have 
been the case, but I didn't want to be in an 
uncomfortable situation." One impetus for 
his resignation came on the occasion of 
the chorus's first review in the New York 
Times. The headline on the review read — 
or seemed, to Miller, to scream — "Gary 
Miller Conducts Gay Chorus." "I saw that 
headline and thought, 'Well, that's it. 
There goes my j ob . " ' 

He went on to a staff position with 
Columbia Artists Management, Inc., 
which represents a number of world- 
renowned artists and performing organi- 
zations, including opera singers Marilyn 
Home and Kathleen Battle. He started at 
the bottom, at half the salary he'd been 
earning as a teacher, but found the sacri- 
fice worthwhile. "It was a very high-pres- 
sure job," he says, "but it was also great 
because part of my job was going to con- 
certs. How bad can that be? I don't mean 
to treat it lightly, because when an artist 
we represented snapped his fingers, we 
were at his beck and call. But when an 
artist like Kathy Battle or Marilyn Home 
sings, there is no more glorious sound in 
the world." 

Miller left CAMI in 1993, but many of 
the connections he made there eventually 
benefited the chorus. Several of the art- 
ists he represented at Columbia, includ- 
ing Marilyn Home and Roberta Peters, 
have performed with the chorus at 
Carnegie Hall. And in March 1995, Miller 
will conduct an opera concert with the 
chorus to benefit an AIDS outreach pro- 
gram. Among the names on that night's 
program will be Frederico Von Strada, 

Benita Valente, Roberta Peters and Jerry 
Hadley, all top-echelon singers with whom 
Miller became connected at CAMI. 
"Actually, I've been very lucky," says 
Miller. "It was the thrill of my life to 
conduct Marilyn Home at Carnegie Hall. 

Gary Miller: "Once people come and 
listen, they're pleasantly surprised. " 

And I think we've also been connected 
with these people because frankly — and 
modestly — the chorus is very good. We 
sell out our performances, so it's great 
exposure for an artist to sing at Carnegie 
in front of 2,800 screaming fans." 

Hills and Valleys 

Singing at Carnegie Hall is a 
mountaintop experience, but most 
days, for Miller and his chorus, are 
filled with less auspicious moments and 
fraught with challenges, large and small. 
Especially troubling have been recent 
political and social developments. As a 
result of the November elections, govern- 
ment grants from New York City and state, 
which provide some of the financial sup- 
port for the chorus, are expected to die 
out. Worse, Miller fears a conservative 
backlash against the gay community. 

"I fear what Newt Gingrich is trying to 
do with his 'Contract with America,'" 
Miller says. "When he talks about family 
values, it's very clear that I am not 
included in any one of his families. And 
hate is not a family value, as far as I am 
concerned. I fear the little bit of progress 
we've made in the last decade is all about 
to be washed away. I mean, we've made 
progress in spite of Ronald Reagan, in 
spite of George Bush. Perhaps we'll make 
progress in spite of Newt Gingrich. But 
hate crimes against gays and lesbians are 
up, and it's very frightening." 

Meanwhile, the chorus goes on, mark- 
ing its weeks from rehearsal to rehearsal, 
filling up its calendar with college perfor- 
mances, AIDS benefits, a free concert at 
the Washington Square Methodist Church. 
As always, the friendship goes hand-in- 
hand with the music. The chorus's "Night- 
ingale Brigade" cooks meals and cleans 
house for members who are suffering from 
AIDS; a special fund provides money to 
help sick members with their day-to-day 
financial concerns. Other money is chan- 
neled directly to AIDS research organiza- 
tions. With Christmas coming, the chorus 
will honor it with songs that have mean- 
ing for everybody, and songs that have 
meaning just for them. 

Miller is looking toward the future. 
Now teaching music part-time at a pri- 
vate school in Manhattan, he finds him- 
self devoting more time to the chorus. 
Engagements are already booked well into 
1998 — a festival in Tampa next year, a 
West Coast tour for 1997, the Gay Games 
in Amsterdam in 1998. Pleased with the 
success of the chorus, he' s also a bit leery 
of all the media attention, including that 
of his alma mater. "It's so trendy to be 
gay these days. You see it on television — 
every situation comedy has a token gay 
character who's politically correct. And 
we've been media darlings for a while— 
we represent the gay community in a safe 
way — we're an acceptable way for the 
media to meet their gay quota. I don't like 
that being the reason particularly, but I 
think it motivates people to come and 
listen. And once they do, they're pleas- 
antly surprised." 

Winter 1995 

War Is Hell- 
Is It Moral? 

Taking a hard look at 
modern warfare and 
weapons, a new course 
crossed the boundaries of 
disciplines and prompted 
a lively panel discussion. 

By Laura Chandler Ritter 

What is the place of eth- 
ics in warfare? That 
was the first of many 
knotty questions posed 
to a disparate panel of 
experts: two Army colonels, the college 
chaplain and a nurse who had tended sol- 
diers wounded in Vietnam. The four pan- 
elists — including a much-decorated 
veteran and a war protestor — had come to 
the Mund College Center's Leedy The- 
ater in December to do battle with age- 
old questions and modern dilemmas. 
When should a nation use its military 
might? What alternatives are there? What 
is the price of war — and of peace? 

Their discussion on the "Nature and 
Morality of Modern Warfare" was the 
final activity in a new multidisciplinary 
course titled "Society and its Weapons." 
The course was a project of the physics, 
political science, psychology, and philoso- 
phy and religion departments. It consisted 
of four three- week sessions, each led by a 
different professor and emphasizing a dif- 
ferent aspect of war. The course attempted 
"to provide students with an in-depth 
understanding of war's many aspects," 
explained Dr. Mike Day, chair of the 
physics department. 

Some 22 students were enrolled in the 
class, which was taught jointly by Day; 
Warren Thompson, associate professor of 
philosophy who also moderated the panel; 
political science professor John Norton; 
and psychology professor Steven M. 
Specht. The class took two field trips in 
Pennsylvania — to an artillery firing range 
at Fort Indiantown Gap and to an artillery 

Sgt. David Paxton, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division 
(Mechanized) Artillen> unit, showed students in the "Society and its Weapons" course 
how his unit uses equipment to obtain the weather data necessary for firing artillery. 

manufacturer in York. They also heard a 
lecture by Col. Anthony Hartle, a mili- 
tary ethics instructor from West Point who 
wrote one of the textbooks used in the 

It was during the panel that the ex- 
perts' unique perspectives came into play. 
They recalled their own experiences in 
coming to terms — on the personal front 
and as Americans — with the issues of 

As a result of recent U.S. successes 
in Grenada, Panama and the 
Persian Gulf, many Americans 
have a "John Wayne" perception that mili- 
tary force can solve crises, commented 
Col. Tom Norton, one of the panelists. 
Based on those U.S. successes, he added, 
"how do you tell the public that military 
force cannot solve all world issues?" 

Col. Norton frequently wrestles with 
such issues in his role at the U.S. Army 
War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 
where he is chaplain and director of ethi- 
cal development programs for the depart- 
ment of command and leadership 
management. He had begun the panel dis- 

cussion by stating that the use of military 
force has to be the very last use of power 
that a society chooses, an option chosen 
only when political, economic and psy- 
chological efforts to resolve conflict have 

As a nation, he noted, "We have to be 
careful we don't find ourselves seduced 
into becoming involved in areas of the 
world that are not related to our national 

Another panelist, Col. William Richar, 
a much-decorated veteran, spent 
15 years in active duty and 22 more in 
the National Guard. He served in 
Germany and Vietnam, winning several 
medals including the Purple Heart, Bronze 
Star and the Vietnam Service Medal. 
Being named commander of the 2,300 
people who form the Pennsylvania 
National Guard 28th Infantry Division 
(Mechanized) Artillery unit "fulfilled one 
of my life-long goals, to command," he 

Panelist Ann Thompson also saw duty 
in Vietnam, as a nurse "patching up young 
men and women." She said she had 
"watched young men crying in fear and 
pain for their mothers, and I've seen young 
men and women lose their minds in the 

8 The Valley 

insanity of war. I have seen what war 
costs our country in human terms." 

Thompson, who is now a psychiatric 
mental health clinical specialist at the 
Lebanon Veteran Affairs Medical Cen- 
ter, recounted a childhood incident. When 
she was 4 years old, she injured another 
child. In the process, she said she felt a 
rush of power as adrenaline coursed 
through her, a feeling that lasted until she 
saw blood running down her friend's face. 
She used the experience to explain that 
"war is an exciting thing. You think you're 
doing the right thing, a lot of adrenaline is 
pumped and you get energized. 

"But we also get seduced by the 
adrenaline, the excitement of war," 
Thompson added. "We need to teach peo- 
ple how to solve problems and manage 

conflict to avoid war. When we do have 
war, we have to figure out beforehand 
what we're willing to pay for it." 

Rev. Darrell Woomer, chaplain of 
Lebanon Valley College, told the audi- 
ence that although history has shown "war 
is not the answer, we go back to it again 
and again. For centuries we have been 
searching for an alternative to war. Since 
war begins in the minds of men, it is in 
the minds of men that defenses against 
war must be built." 

Woomer cited the atomic weapons test- 
ing in the 1950s, which recent news 
accounts suggest exposed children and 
terminally ill patients to relatively high 
doses of radiation. He charged that such 
testing — and the violence of war — indi- 
cate that "there is not respect for human 

"We need to teach people how to 

solve problems and manage conflict 

to avoid war. When we do have war, 

we have to figure out beforehand 

what we're willing to pay for it." 

Panelists who debated the morality of war were the Rev. 
Darrell Woomer, Col. William Richar, Ann Thompson and 
Col. Tom Norton. 

life." An avowed anti-war protestor, 
Woomer questioned how and on whom 
the next generation of weapons will be 
tested. And he emphasized the importance 
of working to create the possibility of 

In discussing efforts on the part of 
Western nations to blame the Persian Gulf 
War entirely on Saddam Hussein, 
Woomer pointed out that the weapons 
used by Hussein were not manufactured 
in Iraq. "Now they're blaming everything 
on Hussein, without accepting responsi- 
bility for their own role in the problem, 
and that's wrong." he said. 

The military's language of war came 
under fire — from a military man. In that 
vocabulary, killing the enemy is termed 
as "surgically taking out," and people are 
referred to as "soft targets." While such 
language makes it easier to participate in 
training and warfare, it "doesn't make it 
right," Col. Norton said. 

For Col. Norton, the price of war is 
measured in Dover, Delaware, "where the 
body bags come in. Any time a decision 
to go to war is made, it must be made 
with Dover, Delaware, in mind," he said. 

When the panelists seemed to be con- 
curring that war is a dehumanizing expe- 
rience, one student from the audience 
asked them to explain the process by 
which dehumanization takes place. 

In a moving statement, Col. Richar 
quietly described that instant during com- 
bat when "someone is standing next to 
you, and suddenly he is not there any 
more... the loss of a friend right before 
your very eyes." 

While differing on whether war is 
necessary, the panelists found common 
ground in agreeing that the cost of war- 
fare is high, too high to be undertaken at 
all in some situations. Only in the most 
exceptional circumstances should war be 
the solution, they felt. And no one dis- 
agreed with Col. Norton's assertion near 
the end of the evening that "in armed 
conflicts, there are no winners." 

Laura Chandler Ritter is a staff writer for 
the Lebanon Daily News. 

Winter 1995 

Focus on 
the Future 

Gathering around a huge 
table elicited some 
intriguing viewpoints on 
issues affecting the 
classroom and the 

By Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson 

College professors, admini- 
strators and students are of- 
ten short-sighted. Because 
of the day-to-day pressures 
under which we work — for 
example, I have to prepare tomorrow's 
8 a.m. class, then grade that set of essays, 
then get to that committee meeting at 
4 p.m. — we almost always are concen- 
trating on the immediate task at hand, on 
short-range goals. Only rarely do we get 
to step back for a few minutes and think 
about the college as a whole and the 
direction in which we're heading. 

In October, 25 faculty, administrators, 
trustees and students were able to do just 
that by joining a "conversation" spon- 
sored by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a 
non-profit organization based at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania's Institute for 
Research on Higher Education. The Pew 
Higher Education Roundtable sponsors 
"roundtable discussions" at colleges 
across the country, ranging in size and 
mission from the University of Maryland 
and Northeastern University to Lake For- 
est College and Piedmont Virginia 
Community College. 

Here at Lebanon Valley, we met three 
times up at Kreiderheim. On Friday night, 
September 30, we began the discussion 
by talking about two essays in Policy Per- 
spectives, a publication of the Pew 
Roundtable group, on the external forces 
affecting higher education in America to- 
day. The next day, we talked about the 
impact of those nationwide forces on 
Lebanon Valley. Then four weeks later, 
after digesting our 10 hours of discus- 

sions, we reconvened on the Saturday 
before Halloween to discuss our conclu- 

When I was invited to join the Round- 
table, I hesitated, since it meant giving 
up a Friday night and two Saturdays. 
Besides, the thought of being stuck in a 
room full of faculty and administrators 
for an entire day, all of us seated around a 

tutions, of course, get hefty tax support, 
which is why they can keep tuition lower.) 
And although we derive almost two-thirds 
of our operating budget from tuition, we 
cannot simply continue to raise tuition. 
However, as parents have less money to 
spend, increasingly they are shopping for 
value when their offspring choose a col- 
lege, and price is the biggest obstacle for 

Dr. John Norton (left), chair of political science, and Dr. Arthur Ford ( '59), associate dean 
for international programs, share a lighter moment during the Roundtable discussion. 

huge table, isn't the first thing that comes 
to mind when I think of the words "fun" 
or "interesting." Looking back, I'm not 
sure I'd call those sessions fun, but they 
were interesting. I'll try to summarize 
some of the things we talked about. 

No college exists in a vacuum. One of 
the more important external forces affect- 
ing American colleges is the economy. 
To a large extent, market forces dictate 
what the college can and cannot do. At 
Lebanon Valley, we've filled all of our 
available dorm space, so we can't raise 
money simply by adding students. Mean- 
while our costs continue to rise (high 
technology is expensive, and salaries and 
benefits are growing). Our tuition is 
already more than three times as high as 
Millersville University's (public insti- 

President John Synodinos was among the 
25 people gathering to take a long-range 
look at higher education. 

10 The Valley 

the parents of most prospective students. 
The cost of a college education also 
affects our current students, each of whom 
will graduate with a debt of almost 
$15,000 on average. With that kind of 
debt load at such a young age, is it so very 
surprising that our students look at our 
curriculum with the kind of consumer 
mentality typical of someone shopping 
for an appliance or an automobile? Job 
anxiety and the vocationalism it spawns 
pose important challenges to the very idea 
of the liberal arts, and precisely to the 

The interactive video network that the 
college is also developing has the poten- 
tial to broaden dramatically our course 
offerings. A student at Lebanon Valley 
will be able to enroll in a course at, say, 
Lehigh University, and "sit in" on the 
course electronically. Not only will our 
student see and hear the Lehigh professor 
and the Lehigh students in that class, but 
he or she will be able to ask questions and 
join in discussions — all via electronics. 

Faculty and students here at Lebanon 
Valley are already taking advantage of 

"Precisely to the extent that we value 
the liberal arts, we cannot afford 
to scoff at our students' careerism." 

extent that we value the liberal arts, we 
cannot afford to scoff at our students' 
careerism. Without consciously intend- 
ing to do so, Americans have shifted the 
bulk of the cost of a college education 
from parents to students themselves, in 
the form of long-term debt, and that is a 
decision with troubling implications. 

A second major external force affect- 
ing American colleges is the explosion of 
technology. At Lebanon Valley, our small 
size has enabled us to keep abreast of 
innovations that would be financially im- 
possible for larger universities. The cam- 
pus here is completely wired with fiber 
optics: faculty offices, dormitory rooms 
and the new library will all be electroni- 
cally connected, without cumbersome 
modems. In addition to being connected 
to each other, we're connected to the out- 
side world via the so-called "information 
superhighway." We can access, via per- 
sonal computer, catalogs at 200 other col- 
lege libraries, and via interlibrary loan we 
can get any book in those catalogs within 
days. Such access eliminates the disad- 
vantage of our relatively small library 
holdings, and levels the playing field in 
terms of our competing with much larger 

various e-mail (electronic mail) "lists," 
which are essentially ongoing conversa- 
tions via personal computer involving 
sometimes thousands of people interested 
in the same topic. For example, in putting 
together a proposed panel for next year's 
American Studies Association conference, 
I've been able to "talk" electronically to 
colleagues at the University of Colorado, 

Dr. Mark Mecham, chair of Lebanon 
Valley's music department. 

Mary -Linda Armacost, Pew Charitable 
Trusts moderator. 

the University of Missouri and the Free 
University of Berlin — people interested 
in the issues and questions that interest 
me. I never otherwise would have "met" 
these people. 

Despite the money invested in this 
technology and the opportunities it af- 
fords us, many professors do not require 
their students to use it. Old habits die 
hard, and for professors and students, 
learning how to use this new technol- 
ogy — or learning to want to use it — 
remains a major task. 

Another drawback to the new technol- 
ogy that some participants mentioned is 
its dangerously seductive appeal. For ex- 
ample, we can get so caught up with the 
idea of making a certain class available 
electronically to students at campuses 
across the country that we may lose sight 
of the value of small classes. If, for ex- 
ample, 200 students across the country are 
enrolled in a class by means of interactive 
video, what kind of genuine discussion 
are they likely to be able to engage in? To 
say, "We'll cap the enrollment at 20" 
ignores the very real cost of such technol- 
ogy. It's tempting to tell ourselves that 
investing in the technology is worth the 
cost because it will enable us to be more 
efficient, i.e., fewer teachers will be able 
to reach more students. But such quantita- 
tive measures of efficiency ignore the qual- 
ity of the teaching that takes place. 
Similarly, although the new technology 
gives students access to an exciting array 
of educational opportunities, one partici- 
pant pointed out that the technology can't 
make students want to learn. A young man 
who isn't interested in Homer's Iliad isn't 
going to change his mind simply because 
Homer is now available on CD-ROM. 

Winter 1995 


A third external force affecting 
Lebanon Valley College is the 
job market for our graduates, or 
more specifically, the kinds of skills for 
which employers are looking. In general 
terms, business people tell us that they 
look for three skills or traits in the people 
they hire: the ability to communicate ef- 
fectively, the ability to think critically and 

"For professors who think that their 
courses are foremost in students' minds, 
learning that students are more likely to 
be thinking about roommate problems 
or cafeteria food or Annville s thin 
nightlife was a healthy reminder of our 
own undergraduate concerns." 

Dr. Andrew Brovey, assistant professor of education, and Bill Brown ( 79), dean of admission. 

the willingness to accept responsibility. 
The Roundtable discussion quickly turned 
to the respective advantages of training a 
specialist or a generalist. The consensus 
seemed to be that at Lebanon Valley, we 
do better at producing specialists, largely 
because our departmental majors are stron- 
ger than our General Education program. 
On the other hand, most people seemed to 
agree that the generalist' s skills are every 
bit as important as the specialist's, espe- 
cially since the average adult changes 
careers several times. 

This discussion of the kinds of stu- 
dents the marketplace wants us to pro- 
duce led to a broader question: Is our 
primary function really the training of 
students for jobs? If we graduate some- 
one who is a good biologist, or a good 
musician, or a good 2nd grade teacher, 
have we then fulfilled our responsibility? 
Or is poet/essayist Wendell Berry right 
when he argues, "The thing being made 
in a university [or college] is humanity. . . 
human beings in the fullest sense of those 
words — not just trained workers or knowl- 
edgeable citizens but responsible heirs and 
members of human culture... The com- 
mon denominator has to be . . . the idea that 
good work and good citizenship are the 
inevitable by-products of the making of a 
good — that is, a fully developed — human 
being." That question, to my mind the 
most interesting that we asked, was never 
clearly answered. 

We also asked ourselves whether the 
college's mission statement adequately 
reflects our sense of Lebanon Valley's 
purpose, and whether in fact there is a 
shared purpose or core values to which 
all of our faculty and staff would sub- 
scribe. Some argued that consensus is 
something we haven't fought hard enough 
to attain, and that such a consensus is 
precisely the sine qua non of a small col- 
lege with a genuine identity, such as Reed 
in Portland, Oregon, or St. John's in 
Annapolis, Maryland. Others argued for 
a looser consensus, consisting in a shared 
concern for our students and a commit- 
ment to the broad goals and values of the 
liberal arts. 

12 The Valley 

Dr. Howard Applegate, chair of history and American studies; Dr. Susan Verhoek, 
professor of biology; and Deborah Bullock { '95), student trustee. 

A fourth important external force is 
the changing fabric of our nation's iden- 
tity, i.e., our societies and our workplaces 
are growing increasingly multicultural and 
multiracial, and many jobs require em- 
ployees to work not only with other 
Americans but with people in or from 
other countries. The foreign studies com- 
ponent of our General Education program 
is one means of addressing this trend, but 
our student body and our faculty and staff 
do not reflect the diversity that many of 
our students will encounter when they 

The relative homogeneity of the cam- 
pus population led to a discussion of cam- 
pus life, or dorm life, which one student 
at the Roundtable said was the chief source 
of student dissatisfaction. For professors 
who think that their courses are foremost 
in students' minds, learning that students 
are more likely to be thinking about room- 
mate problems or cafeteria food or 
Annville's thin nightlife was a healthy 
reminder of our own undergraduate con- 
cerns. One participant wondered whether 
faculty have a role to play in improving 
the community life of the dormitories. 
Annville and Lebanon Valley are rela- 
tively isolated, which is a strength in terms 

of safety and security, but a weakness in 
terms of socialization. Are faculty respon- 
sible for the social needs, the socializing 
skills and graces, that society and the 
workplace will expect from our gradu- 
ates? Might it be possible to inject a fla- 
vor of cosmopolitanism into the 
atmosphere of Annville? Or would the 
Conrail horns and the faint odor of 
manure drown it out? 

Finally, there seemed to be general 
agreement that the college is on the right 
track, that things are much better now 
than they were only 10 years ago, that the 
college has turned itself around. Even that 
kind of success brings a danger: as things 
get better, as people believe that things 
are going well, resistance to change in- 
creases — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 
However, the world doesn't stop chang- 
ing, nor do the external forces affecting 
the college. If prosperity increases our 
resistance to change and innovation, then 
our current position may not last. 

Did any specific proposals emerge 
from the 17 hours of discussion? 
That's expecting a lot from pro- 
fessors, a notoriously long-winded tribe, 
but with helpful prodding from adminis- 
trators and students, several proposals did 
emerge. The most concrete one (proposed 
for early summer 1995) involves a sum- 
mer seminar for faculty who teach writ- 
ing-intensive courses, which would aim to 
create a united-front approach to writing 
instruction across the curriculum. The plan- 
ning for this seminar is already under way. 

Other proposals involved more fac- 
ulty workshops on technology in the class- 
room (some of these have already been 
held), as well as expanding the workshop 
in syllabus development that some fac- 
ulty members began earlier this year. 

There was some support for the ap- 
pointment of a "teaching scholar" outside 
any department, which might be one small 
way to de-emphasize the specialization 
that dominates, in a sometimes debilitat- 
ing fashion, American higher education. 

Some people urged "structural sup- 
port" for collegewide studies, e.g., Gen- 
eral Education, the Honors Program, 
writing-across-the-curriculum, with the 
idea of complementing the established 
structural power of the departments. The 
idea of a monthly forum in which faculty 
get together to listen to what their col- 
leagues are working on drew consider- 
able support. And finally, several 
participants mentioned that a forum for 
ideas, like the Pew Roundtable — a place 
to sit down and talk more regularly about 
issues like these — would be a valuable 
addition to campus life. 

I don't know if I could go through a 
Pew Roundtable every month. It was an 
intensive, tiring 17 hours of talking, a 
kind of hothouse atmosphere. But like a 
good hothouse, the Roundtable germi- 
nated a number of good-looking sprouts. 
Now the question is whether those sprouts 
can survive and grow outside the hot- 

Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson is an associate 
professor of English. 

Winter 1995 13 

Reach Out 
and Touch 

It's fun to talk to 
prospective students, 
Alumni Ambassadors have 
found as they share their 
college experiences. In fact, 
their own career success is 
a strong selling point for 
their alma mater. 

BySethJ. Wenger('94) 

The personal touch. A concern 
for students as individuals. 
That's what sets Lebanon 
Valley apart. For many pro- 
spective students, the first 
exposure to the Valley's special brand of 
one-on-one contact comes in the form of 
a telephone call from someone who's seen 
that firsthand: the college's own gradu- 
ates. These Alumni Ambassadors answer 
questions, discuss educational options or 
sometimes just listen. 

For freshman chemistry major Deborah 
Katz, a call from an Alumni Ambassador 
last spring reaffirmed her decision to come 
to the Valley. "I had already felt that the 
people at Lebanon Valley were welcom- 
ing, and it just showed another way that 
they were interested in incoming stu- 
dents," she says. 

"I think the personal touch has swayed 
more than a few students," adds Alumni 
Ambassador Dale Schimpf ('69). "They 
see that, hey, somebody cares." 

There are currently 40 active Alumni 
Ambassadors in Pennsylvania, Maryland, 
New Jersey and Connecticut. They con- 
tact local students who have been accepted 
at Lebanon Valley but have not announced 
whether they will attend. 

Assistant Director of Admission 
Susan Borelli-Wentzel, who directs the 
Alumni Ambassador program, says that 
both the students and the alumni enjoy 
the calls. "The prospective students are 
amazed that a busy professional would 

take time out of his or her schedule to 
call. It's really neat for them. 

"It's also an opportunity for the alumni 
to share their experiences," she contin- 
ues. "They love doing it. It's really great 
for alumni to talk to a student who's 
interested in Lebanon Valley." 

Deanna Metka Quay ('84) certainly 
feels that way. "I like the opportunity to 
talk to prospective students. The calls are 
always positive, whether or not the stu- 
dents decide to go to the college," she 
notes. She's been making the calls since 
her graduation. 

Donna Diehl Kuntz ('67), who has 
been an ambassador for 12 years, chaired 
the Alumni Admission Committee for the 
past five years. She makes eight to 12 
phone calls each year in the Lebanon area, 
as well as making other informal con- 
tacts. "I have children who have just gone 
through high school, so I've had a lot of 
kids come through the door over the past 
few years," she explains. "Some of them 
I've steered toward Lebanon Valley." 

Some of Kuntz' s best conversations 

Susan Borelli-Wentzel directs the Alumni 
Ambassador program. 

have been with the parents of prospective 
students. She recalls one student in par- 
ticular: "I had talked to both her parents, 
and they said they weren't considering 
Lebanon Valley, because they just 
couldn't justify the price. I told them, 
'What you really need to look at is the 
cost, as compared to the price.' The stu- 
dent was in the top of her class, so she 
had been offered a Vickroy Scholarship." 
The parents reconsidered, and their daugh- 
ter is now attending Lebanon Valley. 

The Alumni Ambassador program was 
initiated 25 years ago by Gregory Stanson 
('63), now vice president for enrollment 
and student services. Over the years, the 
program's administration has changed 
hands numerous times, and participation 
has waxed and waned. Since 1990, when 
Borelli-Wentzel became director, the pro- 
gram has taken on new vitality. She is 
reorganizing it to provide better support 
for the ambassadors. The new structure 
will offer three ways of participating. One 
group of alumni will identify and recom- 
mend prospective students from their com- 
munities. The second group will actually 
call those prospective students. The third 
group, the county coordinators, will orga- 
nize the activities in counties with many 

In the past, alumni have made their 
calls during a two-week spring phonathon. 
But by spring, many prospective students 
have already made their final decisions, 
so Borelli-Wentzel will be giving the am- 
bassadors their lists of potential students 
much earlier in the year. Alumni can then 
make the calls at their convenience. Each 
graduate usually calls about 10 students. 

These organizational changes have met 
with the approval of the Alumni Ambas- 
sadors. "I can't say enough about how 
well Sue's been taking care of things," 
says Schimpf, who has been a caller since 
the program began. "These last few years 
have been great." 

Most ambassadors are recruited by 
word of mouth, says Borelli-Wentzel. Her 
office also mails recent graduates a letter 
inviting them to join. To attract more 
alumni to the program, she is looking into 
other strategies. 

14 The Valley 

Alumni Ambassador Donna Diehl Kunz ( '67) encouraged Arianne Zeck and Nathan Greenwalt to become connected to the college- 
and they did. Both are now freshmen. 

"We'd like to offer this service to a 
greater number of students, but we're 
limited by the number and location of 
callers," she says. 

Though many of the most active am- 
bassadors are educators, Borelli-Wentzel 
says that all alumni, regardless of profes- 
sion or age, can be effective callers. She's 
heard graduates who have been out a while 
say things like "I'm too old to talk to 
these kids." But, she affirms, "that isn't 
true." All alumni can offer the valuable 
perspective of their experience, she em- 
phasizes. "It's a great opportunity for stu- 
dents and their parents to have their 
questions answered by a professional, 
rather than by an admissions person." 

Adds Quay, "We're one of the better 
endorsements for the college. I can't think 
of a better advertisement for Lebanon Val- 
ley than the success of its alumni." 

Seth Wenger ( '94) is an editor/analyst at 
Biosis in Philadelphia. 

On Call for the Valley 

Yes! I am interested in being an Alumni Ambassador. 

O Please send me additional information in the mail. 

[~J Please call me to discuss the program and how I might help. 

Graduation Year: 

Telephone: (daytime) 

Best time to reach me: 

Winter 1995 



A challenge from Kresge 

The Kresge Foundation has awarded the 
college a $500,000 challenge grant 
designed to spur fund-raising for the new 
library. There's a catch, however. To 
receive the grant, the college must raise 
by December 1, 1995, the final $2.1 mil- 
lion needed to fund the library project. 

"The all-or-nothing terms of the grant 
are formidable," says President John 
Synodinos, "but the challenge could not 
have come at a better time. The grant will 
give impetus to renewed fund-raising 

Regional campaigns among alumni and ■= 
friends are under way or planned in Har- 
risburg, the Lancaster-York area, the 
Allentown-Bethlehem area and Reading. 
Next fall, campaigns will be conducted in 
New York, northern New Jersey and 

Competition for Kresge challenge 
grants is intense, and the college is fortu- 
nate to have received one, Synodinos 
noted. The grant is one of 116, totaling 
$43.8 million, that the foundation awarded 
through November 1994. In 1993, the 
foundation reviewed 777 proposals and 
awarded grants totaling almost $74.5 mil- 
lion to 174 charitable organizations in 38 
states and the District of Columbia. 

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, 
Michigan, is a private foundation created 
by the personal gifts of Sebastian S. 
Kresge. It is not affiliated with any 
corporation or organization. 

History uncovered 

A few pieces of Lebanon Valley history 
were uncovered in October when a time 
capsule found in the cornerstone of the 
library was opened and the contents 

The capsule — a copper box — was 
filled with papers and booklets dated be- 
tween 1 956-57. Among them were a cata- 
log, a copy of the alumni magazine, a 
campus newsletter, two annual reports 
from the Pennsylvania Conference of the 
United Brethren Church, some prints of 

the Carnegie Library and a letter contain- 
ing the names of building committee 

The capsule opening drew the atten- 
tion of reporters from newspapers, radio 
and TV stations in Lebanon, Lancaster 
and Harrisburg. On hand to answer media 
questions about what the campus was like 
in the 1950s were former faculty and staff 
members Dr. Clark Carmean, Dr. Edna 
Carmean ('59), Dr. George Marquette 
('48), Dr. Perry Troutman, Dr. Robert 
Riley, Dr. Jean Love and Robert Smith 

The copper capsule, along with its 
contents, will be added to the college's 
archives and put on display once the new 
library is completed. 

Special event 
at Leedy Theater 

Broadway star Carol Lawrence came to 
campus to help dedicate the newly reno- 
vated Leedy Theater on December 9 with 
a performance of "A Love Letter to 
Lenny," a tribute to the late composer/ 
conductor Leonard Bernstein. 

Nearly 200 guests attended the dedica- 
tion and private performance, hosted by 
Lebanon residents Ken and Linda Leedy, 
and their son and daughter-in-law, Greg 
('92) and Kathleen Ryan Leedy ('90). The 
Leedys donated the funds to renovate the 
theater. Greg and Kathleen Leedy were ac- 
tive in student theater while at the college. 

(Top) Dean William McGill chisels open 
the cornerstone containing the library time 
capsule. (Bottom) Dr. Arthur Ford ( '59), 
associate dean for international programs 
and professor of English, looks through the 
papers found inside. 

(L to r) Greg Leedy ( '92), Ken Leedy, 
Carol Lawrence, Linda Leedy and 
Kathleen Ryan Leedy ( '90) celebrated the 
dedication of the Leedy Theater. 

16 The Valley 

Arnold Gallery dedicated 

The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery was 
officially dedicated in ceremonies on 
November 4. Some 200 people attended 
the dedication and reception. Artist Arthur 
Hall Smith, whose works were being 
exhibited, donated his painting, "Clochard 
Series: Aspects of Abraham," to the 

Artist Arthur Hall Smith (left), Art Gallery 
Director Dr. David Brigham and Suzanne 
H. Arnold (for whom the gallery is named) 
gathered for its dedication. One of Smith's 
paintings is featured on the cover. 

Gretna in residence 

The Gretna Theatre company, which lost 
its home when heavy snows collapsed the 
Mt. Gretna Playhouse last winter, will be 
in residence at the college for the summer 
season, May 15 through August 11. The 
company will perform in Leedy Theater. 

Organ-chorale lecturer 

Paul Salamunovich, music director of the 
Los Angeles Master Chorale, was clini- 
cian for the 42nd Annual Organ-Choral 
Lectureship, held October 1 . He led three 
sessions: "Contemporary Culture and the 
Church Musician: Phrasing, Intonation 
and Tonal Development through 
Gregorian Chant," "Registration in Ser- 
vice Playing: Musicality through Articu- 
lation" and "Communication in the 

Salamunovich is an authority in the 
teaching and performance of Gregorian 
chant and the music of the Renaissance. 

He was awarded the "Knight Commander 
in the Order of St. Gregory" citation by 
the Vatican for his outstanding contribu- 
tions in the field of sacred music. He was 
also the first recipient of the Lifetime 
Achievement Award presented in 
Carnegie Hall by MidAmerica Produc- 

Management careers 

More than 250 high school students from 
throughout Central Pennsylvania came to 
campus for the Sixth Annual Manage- 
ment Career Day in October. Keynote 
speaker was Harrisburg businessman 
David Stefanic, president and CEO of TV 
Host, Inc. His talk, "Common Sense as 
Used in Business," was followed by a 
variety of seminars on human resource 
management, computers, international 
business, manufacturing, sales and mar- 
keting. The speakers were executives from 
ALCOA, Merrill Lynch, Jonestown Bank 
and Trust, Allstate Insurance, AMP, 
Cornwall Manor and HERCO. 

A game, Business Jeopardy (patterned 
after the television program, "Jeopardy") 
was popular with students, as was a unique 
stock market simulation exercise. 

Calling all donors 

The 1994-95 Phonathon got off to a solid 
start during the fall term with some 
$74,000 raised toward this year's goal of 
$175,000. Student volunteers called 
alumni from late September until Decem- 
ber 1. They began calling again during 
the first week in February, and will con- 
tinue through April 27. 


The College Relations Office won five 
awards in a recent competition sponsored 
by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of 
the International Association of Business 
Communicators (IABC). 

The college's Case Statement received 
a gold award (first place). It was designed 
by Communicorp with help from Dick 
Charles, vice president for advancement. 
Also receiving a gold award was Jim 
Woland, director of cultural programs, 
for his 1993 Authors & Artists series 

"Real Scholarships," a brochure on the 
achievement scholarship program, 
received a silver award (second place) and 
"Real World," the study abroad brochure, 
received a bronze (third place). Both pieces 
were designed by Communicorp. 

Seth Wenger ('94), formerly a student 
assistant in college relations, received a 
silver award for his design and production 
of 1994 Spring Arts Festival materials. 

Food fair 

The day was warm and sunny and the food 
delicious at the college 's food fair in 

Students, staff and faculty sampled the 
wares of 27 food service vendors in a 
gigantic food fair on October 6. Held out- 
doors under gloriously blue skies, the fair 
featured a wide selection of entrees, sal- 
ads, finger foods, items hot off the grill, 
desserts and beverages. After tasting the 
goodies, participants were asked to jot 
down their favorites to help guide Hall- 
mark Management, the college's food ser- 
vice caterers, in choosing products and 

"We got a better idea of what our 'cus- 
tomers' want," stated Scott Derr, dining 
services production manager, "and we will 
alter our menu accordingly." 

Winter 1995 17 


She cares! 

Freshman Angie Koons has been named 
one of America's 10 most caring young 
people by the Caring Institute in Wash- 
ington, D.C. On December 2, Sen. John 
Glenn (D-Ohio) presented her with a Na- 
tional Caring Award at a ceremony in 
Washington. The award, established in 
1985, recognizes young people who have 
demonstrated extraordinary compassion 
and caring. As part of the honor, Koons 
also received a scholarship and a certifi- 
cate to attend U.S. Space Camp in Hunts- 
ville, Alabama, next summer. 

Koons was nominated for the award 
while she was a senior at Northern Leba- 
non High School, where she tutored and 
coordinated the peer counseling program 
that served over 100 students. She also 
played a key role in establishing a stu- 
dent-run teen contact line in conjunction 
with two alcohol and drug treatment cen- 
ters. In addition she served as vice presi- 
dent of Students Against Drunk Driving 
(SADD) and was a member of the student 
council and Students Helping to Aid the 
Disabled and Elderly (SHADE). Koons 
coordinated a volleyball marathon and 
several all-night activities that raised over 
$2,500 for cystic fibrosis. 

At Lebanon Valley, Koons is a mem- 
ber of the Black Culture Club and also is 
a mentor in the college's Education Part- 
nership Program, which helps disadvan- 
taged high school students prepare for 
and attend college. 

Exhibits in New York 

Artist-in-residence Dan Massad exhib- 
ited his work at the Tatistcheff Gallery in 
New York City throughout the month of 

Finishes degree 

Sharon Arnold, associate professor of 
sociology and social work, has received a 
master of social work degree from Temple 
University and also has become a licensed 
social worker. 

Dr. Howard Applegate Dr. Steven M. Specht 

Dr. Barney Raffield 

The Valley 

Dr. Barbara Denison ( '79) 

Dr. Philip Billings 

Dr. Perry Troutman 

Receives promotion 

Judy Pehrson, formerly director of Col- 
lege Relations, has been promoted to ex- 
ecutive director of College Relations. 
Pehrson, who has been with the college 
for five years, will continue to be respon- 
sible for supervising personnel and bud- 
gets in the offices of Public Relations, 
Publications and Sports Information, and 
for editorial supervision and production 
of The Valley magazine. In addition, she 
will supervise personnel and the budget 
of the Office of Cultural Affairs and par- 
ticipate in the college's efforts to recruit 
international students. 

Conference presenters 

Dr. John Norton, chair of political sci- 
ence, presented a paper titled "Must 
Democratic Politicians Pander? A Case 
Study of the Campaign Rhetoric of Bill 
Clinton," to the Northeast Political Sci- 
ence Association annual conference in 
Providence, Rhode Island. Norton served 
as a commentator on the November elec- 
tions for a number of local television and 
radio programs. 

Elaine Feather, director of continu- 
ing education, and Dr. Barbara Denison 
('79), associate director, were presenters 
at the 56th annual meeting of the Asso- 
ciation for Continuing Higher Education, 
held in Toronto, Canada, in October. The 
two described Lebanon Valley's partner- 
ship with Franklin & Marshall College in 
bringing a quality continuing education 
program to the Lancaster community. 

Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, associate 
professor of English, chaired the session 
on 20th-century American Poetry at the 
Central New York Conference on Lan- 
guage and Literature at SUNY-Cortland 
in October. 

Dr. John Heffner, chair of religion 
and philosophy, presented a program to 
the Philosophy of Religion Discussion 
Group of the Greater Philadelphia Phi- 

losophy Consortium. The program, held 
at St. Joseph's University, was devoted to 
problems of sense perception as related 
to religious experience, with a focus on 
William Alston's book, Perceiving God. 

Dr. Salvatore Cullari, chair of psy- 
chology, presented a workshop on "Cur- 
rent Strategies for Measuring Psycho- 
therapy Outcomes and Client Satisfac- 
tion" for the Pennsylvania Psychologi- 
cal Association annual conference in 

Dr. Thomas Liu, assistant professor 
of mathematical sciences, presented a 
paper on "Teaching ODE with Derive 
and Maple V Software," at the Seventh 
Annual International Conference on Tech- 
nology in Collegiate Mathematics in 
Orlando, Florida, in November. His 
paper will be published in the conference 

Bryan Hearsey, chair of mathemati- 
cal sciences, presented a paper in August 
at the Actuarial Research Conference in 
Corvalis, Oregon. His topic was the 
Actuarial Faculty Forum, a national orga- 
nization of actuarial science educators 
that Hersey helped organize. He also 
edits the group's newsletter. 

Chemistry professors Drs. Carl Wigal, 
Owen Moe and Richard Cornelius and 
eight Lebanon Valley chemistry and bio- 
chemistry majors attended the national 
meeting of the American Chemical Soci- 
ety in Washington, D.C. Three students 
presented papers. Junior Dan Lehman 
presented a paper, co-authored with 
Wigal, titled "Acid-catalyzed Reactions 
of Substituted Quindiols." Junior Diane 
Porter presented a paper, also co-authored 
with Wigal, titled "Markovnikov Addi- 
tion in the Organic Laboratory: Synthesis 
of 2-Bromo-l-Methylcyclohexanol." 
Senior Dan Neyer presented a paper titled 
"Redox Chemistry of Substituted 
Benzoquinones," which was co-authored 
with Junior Trent Snider, Wigal and 

Dr. Philip Billings, chair of English, 
gave a reading from his poetry and prose 
in November at the Lebanon branch of 
Harrisburg Area Community College. 

Winter 1995 19 

Faculty publications 

Dr. Howard Applegate, chair of history 
and American studies, and his wife, 
Shelby, had three articles printed in A 
Collector's Guide to Automobilia, edited 
by John Gunnell and published by Krause 
Publications, 1994. The articles are titled 
"Automotive Literature as a Restoration 
Tool," "Automotive Literature Buyer's 
Guide" and "Collecting Automotive Fac- 
tory Photographs." 

Dr. Salvatore Cullari, chair of psy- 
chology, has published a paper, "Levels 
of Anger in Psychiatric Inpatients and 
Normal Subjects," in Psychological Re- 
ports. The results may have implications 
for clarifying psychiatric diagnoses as well 
as for understanding the contribution of 
anger to emotional problems. 

Dr. Steven M. Specht, associate pro- 
fessor of psychology, is co-author of a 
paper, "The Hippocampus: A Biological 
Model for Studying Learning and 
Memory," that has been accepted for 
publication by the journal Progress in 

Dr. Eugene Brown, professor of po- 
litical science, has published two journal 
articles on Japanese national security 
policy: "Japanese Security Policy in the 
Post Cold War Era: Threat Perceptions 
and Strategic Options," in the June 1994 
Asian Survey, and "The Future of Japan's 
Defense Policy: The View from Tokyo," 
in the Summer 1994 Journal of East Asian 

Dr. David Brigham, assistant profes- 
sor of art/American studies and director 
of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, 
has published a book, Public Culture in 
the Early Republic: Peale 's Museum and 
Its Audience. The book's publisher is the 
University Press Division of the 
Smithsonian Institution Press. 

Dr. Steven Williams, professor of bi- 
ology, had two photographs published on 
the cover of the August American Jour- 

nal of Botany, the journal of the Botani- 
cal Society of America. His microphoto- 
graphs show the sensitive hairs on leaves 
of two carnivorous plants. Another of his 
photos, of a different carnivorous plant, 
was published on the cover of Science, 
the journal of the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science. 

Named to board 

Dr. Barney Raffleld, associate professor 
of management, has been named to the 
board of advisors for Alloy Tech., Inc., a 
New Hampshire-based management in- 
formation company serving the nation's 
metals industry. Raffield also has been 
invited to provide a manuscript and serve 
as manuscript reviewer for an upcoming 
special issue of The Journal of Business 
and Industrial Marketing. He also was 
recently listed in the 49th edition of Mar- 
quis' Who 's Who in America. 

Elected president 

Theresa Bowers, adjunct instructor of 
music, has been elected president of Re- 
gion I and a member of the national board 
of directors of the Association of Lutheran 
Church Musicians, a pan-Lutheran orga- 
nization of musicians in the United States 
and Canada. 

Named to committee 

Dr. Dale Summers, assistant professor 
of education, was named to the research 
committee of the Pennsylvania Associa- 
tion of College and Teacher Educators. 
He was also listed in the 25th edition of 
Marquis' Who 's Who in the East. 

Identifying plants 

Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor of biol- 
ogy, has completed a yearlong study of 
the flowering plants in the Quittie Creek 
Nature Park. The study, requested by the 
Friends of Old Annville Quittie Park Com- 
mittee, surveyed all species of herbaceous 

plants, shrubs and vines growing in the 
park and indicated their habitat; it also 
pointed out seasonally interesting plants. 
In an independent study project super- 
vised by Verhoek, Lynn Sosnoskie ('94) 
researched tree species in the park. 


Dr. Perry Troutman, professor of reli- 
gion, has retired after 34 years of service. 
He twice served as acting chair of the 
department of religion; was chair of the 
Student Affairs Committee and of the Fac- 
ulty Policy Committee; and was a mem- 
ber of the Executive Committee of the 
Board of Trustees. 

Troutman is founder of The Friends of 
the Durham Cathedral, a group that raised 
over $15,000 to commission a stained- 
glass window to replace clear-glass win- 
dows in the Durham Cathedral in England 
(see the Fall 1993 Valley). 

Hal Fessler retired in September as 
director of maintenance after 10 years of 
service. He was responsible for oversee- 
ing the college's team of carpenters, elec- 
tricians and painters, as well as 
coordinating jobs with outside contrac- 
tors. Replacing Fessler is Chip Schwalm, 
who brings 25 years of experience as a 
construction superintendent. 

Academic Team nominee 

Junior Nhien (Tony) Nguyen was se- 
lected as the college's nominee for the 
1995 All-U.S.A. Academic Team, spon- 
sored by USA Today. Nguyen, a triple 
major in biology, philosophy and Span- 
ish, is a pre-med student. He has com- 
pleted an internship with the Lebanon 
Family Health Services AIDS Program. 

20 The Valley 


Unlocking Mysteries 
of the Brain 

By Dr. Steven M. Specht 

The 1990s have been designated 
"The Decade of the Brain" by the 
president and Congress, along 
with a variety of scientific agencies 
including the National Institutes of Health 
and the National Science Foundation. 
The designation reflects the rapid and 
continuing progress being made in neu- 
roscience research. Alzheimer's, Parkin- 
son's disease and other neurological 
disorders afflict millions of individuals 
in the United States. To lay the ground- 
work for treatment and cures, the gov- 
ernment is making more grant money 
available for basic and applied research. 
Several recent Lebanon Valley graduates 
are actively contributing to this effort. 

Stanley Hulet ('93), a psychobiology 
graduate who is in the doctoral program 
at Penn State's Hershey Medical School, 
is investigating the relationship between 
iron and oxidative processes within brain 
cells. Responding to recent studies on 
oxidation, millions of Americans now 
take "antioxidants." Hulet' s research is 
helping unlock the mysteries of how oxi- 
dative processes damage the brain after 
neurological trauma, injury or disease. 
He presented results from his ongoing 
research at the annual meeting of the 
Society for Neuroscience in Miami 
Beach, Florida, in November. 

Psychology graduate Michael Smith 
('94) also presented findings from his 
research at the Miami conference. As part 
of his doctoral work on hypertension in 
the neuroscience program at the Univer- 
sity of Wyoming in Laramie, he is exam- 
ining which brain chemicals and areas are 
involved with regulating sodium intake. 
Identifying the role of these chemical trans- 
mitters may one day contribute to the de- 
velopment of more effective treatment of 
hypertension and may reduce the risk of 
stroke and heart disease. Smith recently 
had a paper accepted for publication in the 
prestigious journal Brain Research. 

Penn State doctoral student Stanley Hulet 
( '93) researches how oxidative processes 
damage the brain. 

Kristen Boeshore ('92), a doctoral stu- 
dent in the neuroscience program at Case 
Western Reserve University School of 
Medicine in Cleveland, is investigating 
the chemicals involved with survival 
and differen- 
tiation of neu- 
rons in the 
retina during 
visual system 
These results 
will help medi- 
cal profession- 
als develop 
scientific tech- 
niques to spare 
neurons from 
injury and death. A psychobiology gradu- 
ate, Boeshore presented her findings 
at last year's Society of Neuroscience 
meeting in Washington, D.C. 

On another front in the continuing 
effort to understand the brain, psychology 
major George 
Hollich ('95) 
spent last sum- 
mer working 
with Dr. James 
McClelland, a 
cognitive psy- 
chologist at 
Mellon Uni- 
versity in Pitts- 
burgh. Hollich 
was involved in a research project using 
computers to model the way in which the 
brain's neural networks process informa- 
tion. The work he did with Dr. McClelland 
is being submitted for publication to a pro- 
fessional journal. 

The Lebanon Valley community can be 
proud of these outstanding researchers for 
contributing to the scientific discoveries 
being made during "The Decade of the 
Brain." These discoveries may play a role 
in saving millions of lives and increasing 
the quality of life for millions more. 

Dr. Steven M. Specht is an associate 
professor of psychology. 


By Nancy Kettering Frye ('80) 

Soft-spoken chemist Martha 
Harbaugh Wolfersberger ('65), a 
winner of the 1993 Otto Haas 
Award for Technical Excellence from 
Rohm & Haas, seems to share an impor- 
tant common bond with soft-spoken poet 
Emily Dickinson. Both the Rohm & Haas 
researcher and the Amherst recluse can 
say, "I dwell in Possibility." 

Growing up in a Waynesboro, Penn- 
sylvania, family of four, Martha hadn't — 
for financial reasons — really considered 
the possibility of going to college. "I'd 
thought I might work in a nice department 
store," she recalls. But a high school guid- 
ance counselor, "who really took his job 
very seriously," she recalls, recognized in 
this honor student the possibility for some- 
thing more. He arranged for her to be 
tested, and she was officially validated as 
"college material." 

Indeed, Lebanon Valley was so im- 
pressed with her scores and grades that 
the Admission Office called and offered 
her an interview. She eventually entered 
the medical technology program and took 
a chemistry class during her first term — 
simply because it was required. "But," 
she says, "once I got into the chemistry 
class, I just found it incredibly fantastic! It 
was very, very interesting. I then proceeded 
to take all the chemistry courses I could, 
and by my junior year, I decided I wanted 
to do chemistry and not medical technol- 

Wolfersberger credits Dr. Karl Lock- 

Winter 1995 21 

Alumni Association President John Schoch 
( '72) (second from left) met with Japan 
Alumni Club members (from left) 
Keiichiro Yagasaki, Keiko Yunoki Komine 
('81), Masami Uchida Tabe ('54), Mrs. 
Yagasaki and Kiyofumi Sakaguchi ( '67). 

wood (who left the college shortly after 
she graduated) and Dr. Anthony H. Neidig 
('43), chemistry professor emeritus, for 
encouraging her to earn a B.S. in science. 
"I thought I was a dumb female and 
perhaps didn't have any business being 
there, but they acted like they didn't nec- 
essarily see it that way. I was getting As 
in chemistry, and they both encouraged 
me to go to graduate school. I remember 
on a final exam that Dr. Lockwood wrote 
some very complimentary remarks. I am 
very grateful to both of them." 

In fact, so grateful is she to her men- 
tors that she has designated the $5,000 
donation from Rohm & Haas (part of her 
recent award) to go to the chemistry 
department in honor of Dr. Neidig. 

The Rohm & Haas award recognized 
Wolfersberger's work as the major con- 
tributor to the development of a new latex 
polymer product 
known as E-3120, 
used to protect 
wood. Originally 
designed for 
kitchen cabinets, 
E-3120 "provides 
a good, hard, 
clear coating, re- 
sistant to stains 
and scratches," 
she notes. What 
makes E-3120 so 
special? Well, says Wolfersberger, offi- 
cially it's a radiation-curable, water based 
clear coating system. In her work, she 
defined the structure/property relation- 
ships and produced state-of-the-art per- 
formance from a latex polymer 
Unofficially, she states, "What makes it a 
big deal is really an environmental issue. 
Other paint-makers are trying to reduce in 
their products what E-3120 has never had. 
The final product contains nothing toxic, 
no solvents or other volatile organic com- 

She has been spending long hours (usu- 
ally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the E-3120 pro- 
ject, running reactions, reading and 

Martha Harbaugh 
Wolfsberger ( '65) 

writing reports, participating in monthly 
review sessions and conferring with col- 
leagues. The project entailed 12 to 18 
very intensive months. "I can't believe I 
get paid for doing something I enjoy so 
much," she says. 

While Wolfersberger works "pretty 
independently," she stresses that team ef- 
fort is also required to nurture a discovery 
like E-3120 through the initial research, 
the business exploration and, finally, the 
scale-up work, producing gradual incre- 
ments from one liter to 12,000 gallons. 

Also involved closely with the project 
was another Lebanon Valley graduate, co- 
worker Dr. Ron Beckley ('66). He's a 
former college roommate of Martha's hus- 
band, Dr. Michael Wolfersberger ('66), 
who is now a research biologist at Temple 

Except for a brief early-marriage stint 
as a waitress in Lebanon and a short time 
at Whitmoyer Laboratories in Myerstown, 
Wolfersberger has spent 29 years of her 
working life at Rohm & Haas, happily 
researching polymer possibilities. 

Although E-3120 was developed 
through "concentrated efforts directed to- 
ward a specific objective," she says cre- 
ativity is most definitely a part of working 
in science. "I guess there's something in 
your own make-up that makes you a sci- 
entist, but there also needs to be someone 
to encourage it with expertise and enthu- 
siasm." For her, that someone was Tony 
Neidig who, as a dedicated and creative 
teacher, also knows what it means to 
"dwell in Possibility." 

Nancy Kettering Frye ( '80) is a Lebanon- 
based freelance writer. 

Sun Never Sets on LVC 

Alumni Association President John 
Schoch ('72) brought Lebanon Valley a 
bit closer to Japan last fall when he met 
with a small group of alumni and parents 
at the Tokyo American Club. Schoch took 
the group on a nostalgic tour of the Val- 
ley through old photographs taken by Dr. 
Clark Carmean. He also brought them up 

to date on the latest news with current 
photos and information about the new 
library project. Arrangements for the event 
were made by Kiyofumi Sakaguchi ('67) 
and his secretary, Yasuko Sugiura. 

Class of '64 Meets 

Ken ward Lee ('64) and Donald Kaufmann 
('65) joined forces in October to host a 
Class of 1964 mini-reunion at the Radnor 
(PA) Hotel. 

Seventeen class members and guests 
attended, coming from the Delaware Val- 
ley and Pennsylvania — Mechanicsburg, 
Hershey, Annville and Dallas. Attending 
were: Donald and Hannah Kaufmann, Mr. 
and Mrs. Ted Bonsall, Dennis and Julie 
Geib, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Yost, Mr. and 
Mrs. Steve Hildreth, Dr. Ronald Kresge, 
Ed Spahr and guests, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Kenward Lee. 

Plans are being made for a future re- 
union in Hershey. 

Lancastrians Gather 

Wind and rain did not deter some 40 alumni 
and friends in the Lancaster, Pennsylva- 
nia, area from gathering at Bent Creek 
Country Club on November 1 . The group, 
which included alumni from the 1940s 
through the 1980s, weathered an autumn 
storm to attend the event and hear the 
latest news from Lebanon Valley. 

President John Synodinos and Tom 
Reinhart ('59), chairman of the board of 
trustees, brought greetings to the group. 
During the evening, Reinhart announced 
that Harry and Carol Yost ('62) ('62) have 
agreed to co-chair the Lancaster County 
regional campaign, part of the national 
comprehensive campaign, Toward 2001. 
Plans are now under way to form 
a Lancaster area chapter of alumni and 

22 The Valley 


By John B. Deamer, Jr. 
Director of Sports Information 

North to Alaska 

The men's basketball team began its 1994- 
95 season on a chilly note when it trav- 
eled to The Tournament of Champions in 
Fairbanks, Alaska, on November 18 and 
19. But team members warmed right up 
with a victory over Hawaii-Pacific. 

The annual tournament, in its third year, 
is hosted by the University of Alaska- 
Fairbanks (UAF). National championship 
teams from NCAA Division II and III and 
the NAIA are invited to compete along 
with UAF, a Division II program. 

Lebanon Valley opened the tournament 
by taking on UAF. In the other first-round 
game, Oklahoma City, the 1994 NAIA 
champion, battled Hawaii-Pacific, the 
1993 NAIA champion. (Hawaii had taken 
the place of the 1994 Division II cham- 
pion, which declined the invitation.) Okla- 
homa and Hawaii entered the year ranked 
number one and two respectively in the 
national polls. 

The Dutchmen shook off their 23-hour 
trip north and played hard against UAF, 
despite giving up obvious advantages in 
height, strength and speed. With :05 left 
in the game, Lebanon Valley tied the score 
at 73-73 on a trey by junior forward Jason 
Say. UAF's Nanooks, which means polar 
bears, inbounded the ball to guard Deon 
Moyd, who hit nothing but net on a trey 
attempt just before the buzzer sounded to 
give UAF a 76-73 win. 

In the consolation game, Lebanon Val- 
ley faced Hawaii-Pacific's Sea Warriors — 
a team that was bigger, stronger and 
quicker than UAF's. Two of the Sea War- 
riors starters were 6'8", 240-pound John 
Strickland, an NBA prospect, and a 7'-l" 
250-pound center from Germany. 

All-American guard Mike Rhoades 
wasn't fazed by the superior looking oppo- 
sition. In one of the best efforts of his 
marvelous career, Rhoades scored 31 
points, dished out eight assists and hauled 
in six rebounds to lead Lebanon Valley to 
a 77-68 overtime win over the Sea Warriors. 

Coach Brad McAlester turns the Alaska- 
Fairbanks Nanook mascot into an LVCfan. 

Rhoades dazzled the crowd with three 
treys beyond 30 feet and pin-point assists 
that left the opposing players shaking their 
heads in disbelief. 

With the victory over Hawaii, Leba- 
non Valley became the first Division in 
team to win a game in this tournament. 

Rhoades and Say were named to the 
All-Tournament team. Say scored a 
career-high 25 points against Hawaii- 
Pacific and hauled in a career-high 13 
rebounds against UAF. 

Lebanon Valley experienced blizzard 
conditions on its five-day trip to the brink 
of the Arctic Circle. Over three feet of 
snow fell during the stay, and temperatures, 
for the most part, were well below zero. 

The Dutchmen spent some of their free 
time touring the city of Fairbanks, which 
has a population of 40,000. They visited 
the house of Santa Claus, just off North 
Pole Drive. Saint Nicholas promised a lot 
of toys for the good Dutchmen. 

Men's Soccer (3-17) 

Lebanon Valley finished the soccer sea- 
son as an improved team. The Dutchmen 
had three wins in their 20-game schedule 
and were 1-6 in the MAC Commonwealth 

Sophomore forward Greg Glembocki 
led the team during the season with four 
goals and six assists for 14 points. Junior 
forward Rongrig Sangpo, of Katmandu, 
Nepal, had six goals and one assist for 13 
points. Senior Rostislav Kopylkov, of St. 
Petersburg, Russia, had five goals and 
two assists for 1 2 points. 

Lebanon Valley loses only one player 
to graduation and returns a talented group 
of freshmen and sophomores. 

Field Hockey (11-8) 

The good news was a return trip to the 
MAC playoffs. The bad news was an up- 
set loss against Wilkes and a non-appear- 
ance in the NCAA playoffs for the first 
time in three years. 

Lebanon Valley finished the year 1 1-8 
overall and 6-1 in the MAC Common- 
wealth League. The Dutchwomen lost to 
Wilkes 4-3 on the road in the first round 
of the conference playoffs. 

Senior forward Alissa Mowrer led the 
Dutchwomen this season with 21 goals 
and added eight assists for 50 points. 
Mowrer was an NCAA CFHCA Regional 
and National First Team All-American. 
She also was an MAC Commonwealth 
League All-Star. 

Senior midfielder Joda Glossner was 
an NCAA Third Team All-American and 
a member of the MAC Commonwealth 
League First Team. Glossner, a three-sport 
athlete, finished the season with two goals 
and three assists. 

Also named to the MAC Common- 
wealth League First Team was senior right 
winger Becky Wiest. Wiest scored four 
goals and led the team with nine assists. 

All three players are NCAA Academic 
All-Americans, a list reserved for those 
starting athletes with a minimum grade 
point average of 3.5. 

Football (3-6) 

Despite an opening day 10-0 win over 
Johns Hopkins, Lebanon Valley struggled 
through the beginning of the season, then 
got back on course and nearly pulled off 
an upset that would have shaken the 
national rankings. 

In addition to the win against Hopkins, 
the Dutchmen recorded wins over Albright 
(34-20) and Juniata (28-21) with a last- 
minute touchdown. Lebanon Valley lost 
in the closing seconds to Delaware Val- 
ley (35-31) and went to the final minute 
in a tough 14-12 Homecoming setback 
against Lycoming. 

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Lebanon Valley was roughed up in 
games against Moravian, Wilkes and 
Susquehanna, but in the last week of the 
season gave Widener all it could handle 
in a 24-13 loss to the NCAA playoff- 
bound Pioneers. The Dutchmen came 
within an inch of scoring on a two-point 
conversion that would have given Leba- 
non Valley a 15-14 lead with just over six 
minutes left in the game. 

Four Dutchmen were named to the 
MAC Commonwealth League First 
Team — senior tight end Ed Donley, jun- 
ior offensive lineman David French, 
sophomore punter Ryan Currie and jun- 
ior defensive back Ed Boyer. 

Donley led the team with 44 recep- 
tions for 463 yards. Currie finished 14th 
in the nation with a 38.7 yards per punt 
average. Boyer led the team with five 
interceptions and was second on the team 
with 68 tackles. 

Named to the MAC Commonwealth 
League Second Team were freshman de- 
fensive lineman Edwin Heisey and junior 
linebacker Cory Mattern. Heisey started 
all nine games and throughout the season 
was a force against opposing lines, with 
47 tackles. Mattern recorded 58 tackles, 
third on the team, and picked off three 
passes in the win over Albright. 

Women's Volleyball (22-8) 

For the second consecutive year, Leba- 
non Valley surpassed the 20-win mark, 
ending with a season record of 22-8. The 
Dutchwomen were 4-3 in the MAC Com- 
monwealth League. 

Senior Angie Shuler, an MAC Com- 
monwealth League Ail-Star, was the top 
setter for the Dutchwomen, with 698 
assists. She also had 39 service aces and 
107 digs. 

Another MAC Commonwealth League 
All-Star selection from Lebanon Valley was 
sophomore outside hitter Natalie Baruka. 
She led the Dutchwomen with 319 kills, 
97 digs and a team-high 78 blocks. 

Men's and Women's Track and Field 

Senior Jeff Koegel rounded off his bril- 
liant four-year career by finishing in 36th 
place in the NCAA Division III Cross 
Country Championships. Koegel com- 
peted against 183 runners. He was one of 
over 3,600 men who vied this season for 
the top NCAA prize. 

Koegel qualified for the NCAA Cham- 
pionship race by finishing fourth in the 
NCAA Mideast Regional Championships 
at Allentown, Pennsylvania. He won six 
meets during the season, the last win earn- 
ing him the MAC Championship. 

24 The Valley 

Also at the MAC Championships, sopho- 
more Ed Brignole finished in eighth place. 
In the women's race, Liz Frey, a promising 
freshman, took fifth place, and at the re- 
gional championships landed in 30th place. 

Four Named to Hall of Fame 

Four outstanding athletes were inducted 
into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame on 
October 22 during Homecoming festivities. 

■ Lorraine Heitefuss Barry ('79) was a 
three-sport Most Valuable Player in field 
hockey, basketball and lacrosse. 

A four-year member of Lebanon 
Valley's field hockey team, Barry was 
co-captain her senior year and earned four 
varsity letters. She was a member of the 
Lancashire Three, an award voted upon 
by college field hockey coaches in recog- 
nition of excellent play. 

In basketball, Barry also earned four 
letters and was co-captain of the team her 
sophomore, junior and senior years. She 

Hall of Famers: Rick M. Coleman ('78), 
Ronnie L. Gassert ('78), Lorraine Heitefuss 
Barry ( '79) and Maj. Gen. Ross S. 
Plasterer ( '57). 

played lacrosse her junior and senior years. 
Kappa Lambda Nu named Barry Lebanon 
Valley's Outstanding Women Athlete. 

Barry, a biology/business major, was 
a member of the National Honor Society. 
She graduated with a B.S. degree in biol- 
ogy and received the college's Beta Beta 
Beta award in recognition of her academic 
excellence in the major. 

After graduation, Barry coached field 
hockey on a junior varsity level at Annville- 
Cleona High School for one year. Today, 
she is vice president of commercial lines 
for Keckler and Heitefuss, an independent 
property and casualty insurance agency in 
Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

■ Rick M. Coleman ('78) is the college's 
leading career rusher in football, with 
3,068 yards. 

Coleman, who earned a B.S. degree in 
economics, was on the football team from 
1974 to 1977, earning four varsity letters. 

He led the Middle Atlantic Conference 
(MAC) in rushing his senior year and was 
a member of the All-MAC team. Coleman 
also earned a varsity letter in track and 
field. His jersey, number 26, was retired. 
Today, Coleman is an account execu- 
tive for Steiner Studios in Annville. 

■ Ronnie L. Gassert ('78) won four let- 
ters in both football and track and field. 
In 1976, he was All-State Honorable Men- 
tion, All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic 
Conference) and All-MAC (Middle At- 
lantic Conference). He also was All-MAC 
in 1975. As a member of the track and 
field team, Gassert set records in the 100- 
yard dash and the shotput. He was MAC 
shotput champion in 1978. In 1977, 
Gassert turned down an invitation to try 
out with the Dallas Cowboys, and in 1978, 
declined a similar invitation from the 
Philadelphia Eagles. 

A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, 
Gassert was named to the Berks County 
All-Decade Team for the 1970s. In 1992, 
he earned a black belt in karate. Gassert 
resides in Reading, Pennsylvania. 

■ Maj. Gen. Ross S. Plasterer ('57) won 
eight letters — four each in football and 
baseball. He also was a four-year mem- 
ber of the basketball team, and was a 
member of the varsity squad his senior 
year. That year, he was also co-captain of 
the football team. 

He played semi-professional baseball 
in Hershey during the summer between 
his junior and senior years, and during 
the summer after he graduated. He joined 
the Marines in 1957 as a second lieuten- 
ant, and played in Florida for the 
Pensacola Goshawks, a Navy team. He 
also coached Softball and basketball while 
in the Marines. 

His Marine Corps record is a distin- 
guished one. He served two tours of duty 
in Vietnam and in Okinawa, Japan. In his 
career, he flew more than 6,400 hours. His 
decorations include the Legion of Merit; 
the Distinguished Flying Cross with two 
gold stars in lieu of a second and third 
award; a Bronze Star Medal with Combat 
"V"; the Purple Heart; the Air Medal with 
two gold stars and Numeral 52; and the 
combat ribbon. He is also entitled to wear 
the Presidential Service Badge. 

A native of Lebanon, Plasterer earned 
his B.S. degree in accounting. In 1973 he 
earned an M.B.A. degree in financial man- 
agement from Widener University and in 
1976, an M.A. degree in public adminis- 
tration from the University of Southern 
California. He retired from the Marines 
in 1991 and lives in Norfolk, Virginia. 




Irene S. Lindemuth '24, November 2 1 , 1 993. 
For 40 years, she was a school psychologist and 
research assistant in the Reading (PA) School 

Irene A. Schrope Maurer '29, October 21, 
1994. She retired from the former Hegins Town- 
ship (PA) High School, where she taught foreign 

Charles R. Troutman '29, January 26, 1994. 
He retired in 1965 as superintendent of the alloy 
and tool steel division at the Bethlehem (PA) 
plant of Bethlehem Steel. He was active with the 
International Executive Service Corps, which 
aided underdeveloped nations including Brazil, 
Greece, Argentina, South Korea and Mexico. 



Dorothy Snyder Yeager '32, December 23, 
1993. She was a retired teacher from the Lebanon 
(PA) School District. 

J. Stewart Glen, Jr. '36, April 21, 1994. 

Ella Mason Hamilton '38, June 17, 1994. 
She retired in 1981 after 24 years as librarian at 
Roebling Elementary School in Florence Town- 
ship, NJ. 

Frank Bryan '38, May 7, 1994. He retired 
after 27 years as director of instrumental music at 
Asbury (NJ) High School. In 1946, he organized 
the Asbury Park Municipal Band, which played 
summer concerts for over 40 years on the 
community's beachfronts. 



Jeanne K. Winemiller '47 retired after 23 
years as an elementary school teacher with the 
Crestview (OH) School System. She still teaches 
50 piano students aged 6 to 50. 

Joyce Meadows Kauffman '48 has been ap- 
pointed to the North Carolina State Board of Di- 
rectors for the Caring Programs for Children. 

A. Vincent Sherman '49 retired in 1984 as a 
special education teacher with the Berks County 
(PA) Intermediate Unit. He composes music and 
still plays guitar, golf and pool. 


H. Herbert Strohman '40, September 16, 
1994. (See page 29.) 

Dr. Donald J. Glen '42, September 18, 1994. 
He was a retired dentist who resided in 
Chambersburg, PA. Surviving are his wife, Mar- 

Complete the Connection! 

The Lebanon Valley Phonathon will 
continue during the next few months, 
and students will be calling to ask 
you to consider a gift to the Annual 
Fund. When they call, pledge your 
support. You'll be LVC PROUD that 
you did! 

garet A. Cox Glen, '42, and sons George S. '70 of 
Chambersburg and David J. of Silver Spring, MD. 
L. Christine Mumma Myers '46, September 
6, 1994. 



Howard H. Smith '50 is a retired United 
Methodist minister living in Quincy, PA. 

Louis Fried '51, vice president of Informa- 
tion Technology Consulting for SRI International 
(formerly Stanford Research Institute), has pub- 
lished his second textbook, Managing Informa- 
tion Technology in Turbulent Times. It is a 
professional guide and graduate level textbook, 
published in September 1994 by John Wiley & 
Sons. The book reflects best practices in informa- 
tion technology management garnered from Louis' 
work throughout the world with major corpora- 
tions and governments. 

Dr. Sterling F. Strause '52 retired from W. 
H.Brady Co. in Milwaukee. He was 1993 chair- 
person of the Milwaukee section of the American 
Chemical Society. 

Adele (Mickey) Begg Lauder '52 writes that 
she retired from teaching in 1990 and enjoys golf, 
travel and attending university classes. She lives 
on Long Island, NY. 

Hon. John Walter '53 was named a Paul 
Harris Fellow by the Lebanon Rotary Club for his 
involvement in and service to community organi- 
zations and projects. He was presented with a 
Paul Harris certificate, medallion and pin; Paul 
Harris was the Rotary founder. Walter is presi- 
dent judge of the Lebanon County Court of 
Common Pleas. 

John R. Morris, Sr. '59 and his son, John, 
Jr., are co-owners of Rocky Mountain Hat Co., in 
Bozeman, MT. John, Sr., a physicist and part- 
time cowboy, grew up in Pennsylvania and was a 
member of LVC's physics department. The fa- 
ther-son team had a customized bow business 
before moving to Bozeman from Colorado in 1 984. 
John Sr. and his son, a geologist, put their science 
backgrounds together to come up with the tools 
needed to build cowboy hats, including span-cut- 
ting, steaming and blocking, and how to size heads. 
John, Sr.'s father is Jack W. Morris '39. 


Joseph L. Gorshin '55, May 31, 1994. After 
33 years of service, he retired on January 1, 1988, 
as manager of the corporate data center and tele- 
processing network at Armstrong World Indus- 
tries, Inc., in Lancaster, PA, He is survived by his 
wife, Ethel A. Gorshin, and two sons: L. Louis, 
Jr. and Alan W. 

R. Barry Boehler '57, October 21, 1994. He 
was a real estate broker in Lebanon, PA. At LVC, 
he was a member of the basketball team. He is 
survived by his wife, Mildred E. Brown Boehler, 
and a daughter, Cynthia L. Boehler, of Lebanon. 

Charles T. Brightbill '58, July 26, 1994. He 
was retired from the Tuscarora (PA) School Dis- 
trict, where he had been a music teacher and 
junior high band instructor. Charles was a past 
president and treasurer of the Conococheague 
Aududon Society; a former volunteer and speaker 
for the Bureau of State Parks; and a former nature 
director/counselor at Cowan's Gap State, where 
the Visitors Center was named for him. He took 
part in rebuilding Fort Loudon (PA) on its origi- 
nal site, where a proposed new museum is to be 
named after him. 

Darryl L. Myers '59, September 4, 1994. He 
was senior vice president of the United States 
National Bank in Johnstown, PA. 



Col. Rosalyn Knapp '61, who retired from 
the Air Force, is a bookkeeper and banquet man- 
ager for the Seaport Inn Corp. in Alexandria, VA. 

Sylvia Bucher Weaver '62 is director of 
music at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. 
Charles, IL. She and her husband, James, have a 
daughter, Laura, and a son, Michael. 

Rev. George M. Weaver, Jr. '63 is a clergy- 
man at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in 
Etters, PA. 

Betsy McElevee Zehner '63 has moved to 
Baton Rouge, LA, after having lived in Virginia 
for 20 years. 

Dr. Elizabeth M. Miller Bains '64 (see pro- 
file on page 2), deputy branch chief of the Simu- 
lation Systems Branch for NASA, discussed 
"Using Classical Mechanics in Flight Simulation 
at NASA" on October 25 in LVC's Garber 
Science Center. 

Patricia McDyer Pece '64 and her husband 
returned recently to the U.S.A. after spending a 
year in Abu Dhabi, where her husband was an 
Army officer working with the United Arab Emir- 
ates Air Force. Patricia tutored children and adults 
in remedial reading and English. They are cur- 
rently residing in Chambersburg, PA. 

Martha Harbaugh Wolfersberger '65 (see 
profile on page 2 1 ) won the 1 993 Otto Haas Award 
for Technical Excellence from Rohm & Haas. 

Winter 1995 25 

Explore Europe's 
Diversity with two 

Lebanon Valley faculty 
members. May 15-27 

Visit Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 

Italy, Monaco and the French Riviera. 

Alumni, parents, faculty, students and 
friends of Lebanon Valley are invited to 
take part in this travel/study experience, 
guided by Sharon Arnold and Sherrie 
Raffield, both of whom are associate pro- 
fessors of sociology. The program offers 
an optional three credits in Multicultural 

For more information, call Arnold 
at (717) 867-6156 or Raffield at 

Claudia Hostetter '66 is a school psycholo- 
gist for the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 
No. 13 in East Petersburg, PA. 

Carol Warfield Tallman '66 in September 
1994 completed 26 years of employment in the 
Libraries of the Pennsylvania Historical and Mu- 
seum Commission in Harrisburg. Carol currently 
serves as librarian in charge of the Commission 

Alma Payne Bobb '67 writes, "When I was 
graduated in '67, I was already a middle-aged 
coed! Now, I'm an octogenarian, and my new 
address is a 'retirement facility for independent 
seniors.' I moved from Hershey in 1988 and, 
since then, have been an active volunteer at Santa 
Fe's Wheelwright Museum of the American 
Indian. Am still blessed with good health." 

Rev. Donald B. Kitchell '67 is a pastor in 
Gilmer, TX. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two 
sons: Bryant and Shane. 

Elizabeth Beer Shilling '67 completed her 
second bachelor's degree in June 1993 at Towson 
State University, graduating summa cum laude in 
music education. She teaches primary level gen- 
eral music in Montgomery County (MD) and 
teaches flute for Towson State's Music Prep 

John R. McFadden '68 is planned giving 
officer for the Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsyl- 
vania in Elizabethtown. 

Ann Richard Brennan '69 received a 
master's degree in science education from Florida 
State University in Tallahassee. She heads the 
science department at Etowah High School in 
Cherokee County, GA. 

Margaret L. Jones MacGowan '69 is asso- 
ciate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of St. 
Mary's County in California, MD. 

Joseph A. Torre '69, principal of Carteret 
High School in Fords, NJ, was the subject of a 
feature article in The News Tribune, Woodridge, 
NJ, on August 9, 1994. Joe received a master's 
degree in student personnel services from Kean 
College of New Jersey. He and his wife, Lee, 
have two sons: Gregg and Brian. 


Bruce T. Younker '62, September 1994. He 
was owner of J.O. Younker and Sons, Inc. in 
Bethel, PA. 

Curtis R. Miller '64, August 8, 1994. 



Larry A. Bowman '70, president of the 
Chemung County (NY) Chamber of Commerce, 
has been awarded the designation of Certified 
Chamber Executive (CCE) by the American 
Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Larry 
is the third active Chamber of Commerce execu- 
tive within New York State to achieve the CCE 
designation, and joins approximately 160 
chamber executives nationwide who hold this 

Rolanda II. Hofmann Divelbiss '70 is teach- 
ing part-time in an innovative alternative high 
school program for dropouts. Her husband, Steve, 
has his own construction and marketing busi- 
nesses. Their son. Brad, 13, raises 4-H steers and 
was the Franklin County (PA) Grand Champion 
in 1992, his first year in 4-H. 

Rev. Dr. G. Edwin E. Zeiders, Jr. '70 was a 
speaker at the Dimock Camp Meeting on August 
7, 1994, near Susquehanna, PA. He titled his mes- 
sage "The Love of God Urges Us On." He is the 
district superintendent of the Wellsboro District 
of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the 
United Methodist Church, president of the Laurel 
Mountains Habitat for Humanity and a member 
of the Williamsburg Foundation. 

Walter S. Frankowski, Jr. '73, of Berks 
County, PA, was named general attorney insur- 
ance and claims for the Metropolitan Edison Co. 
He will manage insurance, personal injury and 
property damage claims and workers' compensa- 
tion claims. He will also be involved in other 
legal and regulatory matters. He has 1 1 years of 
service with Met-Ed. He holds a J.D. degree from 
Delaware Law School of Widener University. 

Donald C. Johnson '73 has been elected to 
the central chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports 
Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Ruth Wilson Kauffman '73 is a clinical 
psychologist with a private practice in Lancaster, PA. 

Rev. Charles A. Rothermel '73 is a United 
Methodist minister for the Eastern Pennsylvania 
Conference in Lancaster. 

Elena Ann Palomba Bartlett '74 teaches kin- 
dergarten for the West Shore School District in 
Lewisberry, PA. She and Kevin J. Bartlett were 
married on July 16, 1994. 

Dr. Melaine A. Wilson '74 married Dr. 
Jeffrey P. Bomze on October 22, 1994. Melaine is 
a clinical psychologist at the Bryn Mawr (PA) 

P. Chase Howe '75 is the codes compliance 
officer for Hampden Township in Cumberland 
County, Mechanicsburg, PA. He is involved with 
the development of a Geographic Information 
System (GIS) for Hampden Township. He chairs 
the Harrisburg Lacrosse Club. 

Stephan Sanko '75 is a physican with RGOA 
in Rochester, NY. He has four children: Kara, 
Jenna, Andra and Alyssa. 

Nelson Rudiak '76 is a morning show host 
for WOUR Radio in Utica, NY. 

Merrily Robinson Smith '76 is a registered 
nurse in a medical specialty unit in Columbia, 
MD. Her husband, Miles, is an electrical engineer 
at the Goddard Space Flight Center. 

Frank A. Tavani '76 is associate football 
head coach at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, 
under Head Coach Bill Russo. The 1994 season is 
Frank's eighth as a member of the staff. As an 
running back while at LVC, Frank was twice 
named the team's MVP. During his senior year, 
he became the first player in the school's history 
to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single 
season. Frank received All-America recognition 
for the College Division by the Associated Press. 
He was inducted intoLVC's Athletic Hall of Fame 
in fall 1988. Frank and his wife, Agnes, have four 
children: Liam, Meghan, Daniel and Bridget. 

Maj. John Joseph Harvey '77 is executive 
officer of Marine Aircraft Group 46, Detachment 
Alpha, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, 

Keith Symons '77 and his wife, Joan, recently 
completed coursework to reach the master's plus 
15 graduate-credit level in the Hamburg (PA) 
School District, where they are both elementary 
teachers. They have a daughter, Teresa Anne, 3. 

Dr. Charles H. ("Chuck") Blevins '78 has 
recently been promoted to senior director of ad- 
vanced manufacturing within Pilkington Barnes 
Hind, a major contact lens manufacturing com- 
pany. Chuck will be temporarily relocated from 
California to Southhampton, England, to head an 
advanced manufacturing project. He expects to 
return to California in two years. 

Timothy A. Kriebel '78 is pastor at Tabor 
United Methodist Church in Woxall, PA. He and 
his wife, Anna Marie, have two children: Angela 
Louise and Richard Robert. 

Dr. Jefferson Lee Hatch '79 graduated from 
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary on May 2 1 , 
1994, with his doctor of ministry degree in mar- 
riage and family ministry. He lives in Newton, 
NJ, and is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church 
of Branchville. He and his wife, Kay King Hatch 
'81, have two sons: Scott Robert and Bryant Davis. 

Helen Meissner '79 is program director for 
investigator-initiated research, cancer prevention 
and control at the National Cancer Institute in 
Bethesda, MD. She and her husband. Dr. Steven 
Van Wagoner '80, have three children: Rachel 
Ali and twins Carly Meliss and Emily Renee. 
Steven is a staff psychologist at George Washing- 
ton University in Washington, D.C. 

Robert L. Showalter '79 is manager of the 
Shillington Branch of the Bank of Pennsylvania 
in Reading. He is responsible for staff manage- 
ment, deposit and loan growth, and business de- 
velopment. He received a graduate banking and 
finance degree from Central Atlantic Advanced 
School of Banking, Bucknell University, and has 
completed various American Institute of Banking 

John M. Sultzbaugh '79 is a project engineer 
in the engineering department of Hauck Manu- 
facturing Co. in Cleona, PA. He is responsible for 
research, development and design for combustion 
systems for new industrial heating markets. 

David R. Trone '79 is vice president/controller 
of Kuhn Transportation Co. Inc. in Gettysburg, PA. 



Paul R. Laird '80 is assistant professor of 
music history at the University of Kansas, 
Lawrence. He and his wife, Joy Ellen, have one 
child, Caitlin Thomas Laird. 

Kristie Olson Kroll '80 teaches science to 
grades 5-8 and language arts to 5th graders at 

26 The Valley 

Saint Mary, Star of the Sea School in Indian 
Head, MD. She has a son, Michael, and a daugh- 
ter, Melissa. 

Patricia A. McGregor '80 is a customer ser- 
vice troubleshooter at Appleseed's, a women's 
clothing mail order firm based in Beverly, MA. 
She sings in the choir at the Memorial United 
Methodist Church in Beverly and teaches at the 
adult education center there. 

Pam Shadel Fischer '81 is assistant vice presi- 
dent of public relations and vehicle finance for 
AAA New Jersey Automobile Club in Florham 
Park. She is married to Charles J. Fischer '82. 
He is a special education teacher and assistant 
football coach at Roselle Park (NJ) High School. 

Joseph R. Gebhard '81 was named 1993 
salesman of the year for Superior Wines and Spir- 
its in Lancaster, PA. 

James G. Glasgow, Jr. '81 is managing di- 
rector of the Travelers Realty Investment Co. in 
Walnut Creek, CA. He married Laurie Simcox in 
Chicago on December 30, 1992. 

Rev. Cynthia A. Snavely '81 is a minister for 
the Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbia, 

Dr. Michael H. Goodman '82 is a pediatric 
neurologist at the Cooper Hospital/University Cen- 
ter in Camden, NJ, and is an assistant professor of 
clinical pediatrics at the Robert Wood Johnson 
School of Medicine at Camden. He is a fellow of 
the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Michael F. Gross '82, assistant professor 
of biology at Georgian Court College in Lake- 
wood, NJ, has been appointed director of the biol- 
ogy graduate program. 

Scott Mailen '82 is a member of LVC's bas- 
ketball staff. He and his wife, Karen T. Tulaney 
Mailen '82, welcomed their fifth child, Abigail, 
on November 11, 1993. 

Richelle Kaye Porter '82 married Scott 
Trayer on July 2, 1994. They live in Morgantown, 
WV, where Scott is doing his residency at West 
Virginia University. 

Stuart G. Smith '82 is a medical technologist 
at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

Stephen W. Beecher, Jr. '83 is a police officer 
for the Mt. Olive Township in Budd Lake, NJ. 

Karen A. Breitenstein Johnson '83 is work- 
ing part-time in the Allergy Lab at the Lancaster 
(PA) General Hospital. She and her husband, 
Daniel, have two sons: DJ and Korey. 

David E. Kerr '83 and his wife, Kay, wel- 
comed daughter Bryn-Erin on June 23, 1994. They 
have two sons: Jasen and Ian. 

Rajan Y. Kanitkar '83 is a software engi- 
neer for Litton Data Systems in Mobile, AL. He 
and his wife, Jyoti, celebrated their eighth wed- 
ding anniversary on August 15, 1994. They have 
a son, Nishant, and a daughter, Sonali. 

Sheila McElwee '84 married Marc Witmer 
on October 29, 1994, in Havertown, PA. She is a 
research technician for Lankenau Medical 
Research Center in Wynnewood. 

Mindy Smith Niles '84 is a freelance musi- 
cian and private music teacher in Hampstead, 
MD. She and her husband, Tim Niles '86, have 
two children: Christine Marie and Courtney Lynn. 
Tim is assistant vice president of information sys- 
tems for the Canton Agency in Timonium. 

Deanna Metka Quay '84 received a Ph.D. 
from Lehigh University in summer 1994. She is 
teaching at the Pennsylvania State University, 
Berks Campus in Reading, PA. She is also a 
visiting research scientist at Lehigh. 

Bryan G. Rowe '84 gave a recital at the Christ 

United Church of Christ in Annville, PA, on 
September 18, 1994. Bryan played on a Baldwin 
baby grand piano that was dedicated in memory 
of Jeffrey Miller and his son, Derek Miller, who 
were killed in an accident on September 1, 1993. 
Bryan, a friend of the Miller family, is organist 
and choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarna- 
tion, the Episcopal Cathedral of Maryland in Bal- 
timore. In 1993, Bryan released "Songs of the 
Soul," his first compact disc, featuring 10 original 
piano compositions. 

Judy Sargeant Williams '84 and her hus- 
band, Glenn J. Williams, welcomed a daughter, 
Amanda, on June 9, 1994. 

Bryan E. Achey '85 and his wife, Laura 
Clugston Achey '88, welcomed a daughter, 
Megan Lillian, on June 4, 1994. 

Dr. David P. Baldwin '85 and his wife, 
Nancy, welcomed a son, Daniel James, on 
September 15, 1994. 

Foster J. Gibble '85 is marketing training 
manager for Butler Manufacturing Co., Roof 
Division in Kansas City, MO. Foster received an 
executive M.B.A. from Memphis State Univer- 
sity in May 1993. 

Jennifer Wright Hertzler '85 and her hus- 
band, Jonathan M. Hertzler, welcomed a son, 
Josiah Joseph, on March 28, 1993. 

Correction: Jeanne Page Wiedenmann '85 
is the human resources director for Edward Don 
& Co. She and her husband, Charles, bought their 
first home, in Woodbury, NJ. 

Mark Alexander '86 is a full-time student at 
the University of Maryland School of Law in 

Dr. Michael Andrews '86 finished the resi- 
dency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery 
at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. He has 
a private practice in Carlisle, PA. He and his wife, 
Jestine, have a son, Michael, born on December 
26, 1993. 

Dicksie Boehler Lewis '86 is a full-time mom 
to her son, Jake, and a volunteer with the Ameri- 
can Cancer Society in Henderson, NV. 

Dr. David Kurjiaka '86 received his Ph.D. 
in exercise and sports science from the Pennsyl- 
vania State University in December 1993. He is a 
post-doctoral fellow in microcirculatory physiol- 
ogy at the John B. Pierce Laboratory at Yale 

Anthony A. Meyers '86 teaches at St. Paul's 
School for Boys in Brooklandville, MD. He also 
coaches junior varsity soccer and middle school 

Maria T. Montesano '86, a medical writer/ 
editor living in Hershey, PA, has been selected to 
the board of directors of the Hershey Symphony 
Orchestra. Maria oversees advertising and public- 
ity for the symphony. 

Theresa Rachuba '86 married John Paul 
Leatherbury III on August 20, 1994. Theresa is 
an actuary for W.F. Corroon Corporation in 

Rev. Betsy Martin Brauw '87 is the pastor at 
Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ 
in Hershey, PA. She and her husband, William 
H. Bruaw '87, moved to Hershey in January 
1994. Bill is a program specialist for the Pennsyl- 
vania Office of Mental Retardation in Harrisburg. 

Kristi Cheney '87 is an HIV/AIDS case man- 
ager/social worker for Family and Community 
Service of Delaware County in Media, PA. Kristi 
received a master's degree in social work from 
Rutgers University. (Kristi wants to know, What- 
ever happened to Paul Smith?) 

Know an 



Each year, during Alumni Weekend, 
the Alumni Awards Committee pre- 
sents Alumni Citations to Lebanon 
Valley graduates who have excelled 
in service to the college, their profes- 
sion or their community. 

The committee needs your help in 
identifying candidates. Please feel 
free to nominate yourself. 

I wish to nominate the following 
Lebanon Valley graduate for an 
Alumni Citation: 

Name and LVC class year 

Street address 


State Zip 

Please use a separate sheet to list 
achievements in serving the college, 
his or her profession or the community. 

Nomination submitted by: 

Name and LVC class year 

Street address 




Return form to: Alumni Programs 
Office, Lebanon Valley College, P.O. 
I Box R, Annville, PA 17003. 

Gilbert Eng '87 is an account executive for 
Electronic Data Systems in Herndon, VA. 

John D. Hibshman '87 is recreational sports 
director, head women's volleyball coach and soft- 
ball coach at Viterbo College in La Crosse, WI. 

Jeanne A. Hagstrom Shanahan '87 moved 
in January 1994 from Arlington, VA, to New 
York City to become the assistant to the editor of 
The National Review. Jeanne also heads the New 
York chapter of The Conservative Network. She 
and her husband, David, have a son, William 
David, born on June 23, 1992. 

Brian P. Lukenbill '88 received Pennsylva- 
nia certification in elementary education in 
August 1994. 

Deborah Gill Lough '88 is an attorney for 
Lebanon County in the Judges' Chambers. 

Winter 1995 27 

A License to 
Be Proud 

Show the world that you are proud to be a 
Lebanon Valley graduate with an LVC 
license plate! 

The Alumni Programs Office is working 
with the Pennsylvania Department of 
Transportation to design an official Leba- 
non Valley license plate. All alumni living 
in Pennsylvania will receive a mailing with 
additional information. 

There is a one-time $20 fee for the plate, 
in addition to the annual registration 
renewal fee. A mini- 
mum guarantee of 500 
requests is needed 
■^ ^^ I \ before the state will 
tissue the plate. 
For more informa- 
tion, call Diane Wenger C92) or 
Ken Lewis ('93) in the Alumni Programs 
Office, toll-free at 1-800-ALUM-LVC. 

Christian Hamann '88 received his Ph.D. 
from the University of Pennsylvania on October 
7, 1994. 

Lisa Russoniello Sabatino '88 is a vocal mu- 
sic teacher for Whippany Park (NJ) High School. 

Robert J. Schalkoff '88 is a teacher at the 
Noda Academy in Yamaguchi, Japan. 

Urs Schwabe '88 is operations supervisor for 
Ryder Dedicated Logistics in Frazer, PA. He and 
Karin Dadio were married on July 30, 1994. 

Jeane L. Serrian '88 is the assistant to the 
dean of clinical practice activities at Thomas 
Jefferson University in Philadelphia. 

Candace A. Slichter '88 is a customer ser- 
vice representative/loan officer for Meridian Bank 
in Palmyra, PA. 

Michelle M. Durkin Sorensen '88 is a Span- 
ish teacher in the Central Dauphin School District 
in Linglestown, PA. She and her husband have a 
son, Matthew, born on June 20, 1993. 

Dr. Ramona S. Taylor '88 is a post-doctoral 
scholar at Battelle-Pacific Northwest Labs in 
Richland, WA. 

Dr. Carl Cameron Miller '89 is a post-doc- 
toral student at the University of Rochester. 

Lynne E. Smith '89 and Jeffrey T. Wolff 
'90 were married in February 1992. 

Barbara S. Lowie '89 married Gary G. Hicks 
on July 9, 1994. She is head Softball coach at 
Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. 

Joy L. Mummert Umstead '89 is a social 
worker for Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, PA. 

Melissa Andrews Yannerella '89 is a kin- 
dergarten teacher for the Myron L. Powell School 
in Cedarville, NJ. She received a master's degree 
in education from Glassboro State College. She 
married Brian J. Yannerella on July 23, 1994. 



Marc M. Allen '90 is a programmer for FD1 
Services in Frederick, MD. He graduated with 
high honors from Villa Julie College in Stevenson, 
MD, with a B.S. in business information systems. 

Dr. Sandra K. Aumiller '90 was awarded 
the doctor of osteopathy degree from the Phila- 
delphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 
5, 1994. She is an intern at Suburban General 
Hospital in Norristown, PA. 

John Brenner '90 is marketing representa- 
tive for Glatfelter Insurance Group in York, PA. 

Eric Felbeck '90 is a natural resource spe- 
cialist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Casper, 

Donald S. Friday '90 is assistant men's basket- 
ball coach at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. 

John W. Galvin '90 is night audit manager at the 
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in Valley Forge, PA. 

Laura Judd '90 and Shawn Gingrich '90 
were married on June 25, 1994. They reside in 
Bethlehem, PA. Laura, who teaches 2nd grade at 
Smithfield Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, 
PA, recently completed her master's degree at 
East Stroudsburg University. Shawn is attending 
Westminister Choir College full-time to pursue a 
master's degree. 

Daniel R. Nudo '90 is press scheduler for 
Mideast Aluminum Industries in Mountaintop, PA. 

Paul H. Paulson, Jr. '90 is the organist at 
Gladwyne (PA) United Methodist Church. 

Bradley A. Rinehimer '90 is a casualty claims 
representative for Crawford & Co. in Broomall, 
PA. He and Nancy Lex '93 were married on June 
25, 1994, in Berlin, NJ. 

Dr. Sherry D. Scovell '90 graduated from the 
University of Cincinnati with an M.D. She is a 
surgical resident at the Graduate Hospital in Phila- 

Brenda K. Dolinger '91 is a 7th grade science 
teacher at Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. 

Kelly Michelle Snyder Hein '91 graduated 
from Lancaster Theological Seminary with an 
M.A. in religion. She is working toward combin- 
ing medicine and ministry with a long-term goal 
of becoming a hospital chaplain. Kelly's hus- 
band, Dwight, is pastor of Emmanuel Church, 
United Church of Christ in Sandusky, OH. 

April M. Horning '91 was married to Rich- 
ard C. Hershey on October 1, 1994. April directs 
the adult and youth choirs at the United Methodist 
Church in Annville, and is a long-term substitute 
teacher in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District 
in Lebanon. 

Gregory R. Leedy '91 is supervisor for New 
Penn Motor Express in Rochester, NY. He and 
his wife, Kathleen Ryan Leedy '90, have a daugh- 
ter, Carolyn Alice Leedy, bom on January 27, 1993. 

Kristen L. Boeshore '92 is a Ph.D. candidate 
in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve Univer- 
sity in Cleveland. 

Barbara Buchanan '92 is a 2nd grade teacher 
in the Upper Moreland School District in Willow 
Grove, PA. 

Kelly Connelly '92 is a graphic artist for 
USA Direct, Inc., in York, PA. 

Amy L. Glavey '92 married John F. Gaul on 
April 16, 1994, in Pemberton, NJ. Amy is a 
chiropractic assistant and X-ray technician for 
Cabarrus Chiropractic Clinic in Kannapolis, NC. 

Peter J. Grindrod '92 is a public safety 
supervisor for Sacred Heart University in 
Fairfield, CT. 

Brian A. Henry '92 is a landscape designer 
for Huber's Nurseries/Landscape Design in 
Manheim, PA. He is also a part-time graphic art- 
ist for Davis W. Cooper Printing Co. in Willow 
Street, PA. 

John G. Jewell '92 received his master's 
degree in experimental psychology at Bucknell 

University in May 1994. He is a doctoral candi- 
date at Kent State University in Ohio. 

Laura Beth Shearer Krpata '92 is a 3rd 
grade teacher with the Northern Lebanon School 
District in Fredericksburg, PA. 

Pamela J. Merther '92 is a 3rd grade teacher 
at St. Mark's School in Hyattsville, MD. 

Katherine M. Shenk Morrison '92 is direc- 
tor of personnel and manager of information sys- 
tems for College Hill Poultry, Inc. in 
Fredericksburg, PA. 

Philip J. Nourie '92 works for PR Newswire 
in New York City as a junior account executive 
for the entertainment, media, publishing and pro- 
fessional sports accounts. 

John P. Perozich '92 passed his comprehen- 
sive examination in August 1994, and is now a 
Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular 
Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of 
Pittsburgh Medical Center. His work has been 
published three times in the past year. 

Keith K. Schleicher '92 is with the market- 
ing and analysis division of Signet Bank Cards, a 
national issuer of credit cards based in Richmond, 
VA. Keith received an M.S. degree in statistics 
from Ohio State University in June 1994. 

Stephen Teitelman '92 is an emergency medi- 
cal technician at the University of Medicine and 
Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden. He is also a 
second-year nursing student at The Helene Fuld 
School of Nursing. 

Joanna Wierman '92 is a 1st grade teacher 
and religious coordinator at Annunciation Blessed 
Virgin Mary School in McSherrystown, PA. 

Douglas Zook '92 is a science teacher at the 
Perryville (MD) High School. 

Cory A. Boltz '93 is band director at James 
M. Bennett Senior High School in Salisbury, MD. 
He and Dawn R. Meyer were married on June 25, 
1994, in Camp Hill, PA. 

Christopher Krpatra '93 is enrolled full- 
time at the Evangelical School of Theology in 
Myerstown, PA, in the master of divinity pro- 
gram with an emphasis in Christian education. 

Marie E. Landis '93, of Middleburg, PA, 
welcomed a daughter, Katelyn Marie, on July 7, 

Kelly Lawrence '93 is a chemistry teacher 
for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional Board of 
Education in Woodstown, NJ. 

Lori M. Moyer '93 is a music teacher for 
Educational Music Services in York, PA. At the 
Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, 
she is pursuing a master of arts degree in religion, 
specializing in Christian education. 

Melissa M. Noll '93 is bookkeeper/secretary 
for Riegel Engineering, Inc. in Leesport, PA. 

Jan M. Ogurcak '93 is a 1st grade teacher at 
the Jackson Elementary School, Eastern Lebanon 
County School District in Myerstown, PA. 

Heather L. Rimmer '93 is a social worker 
for IHS of Hershey (PA) at the Woodlands. 

Todd C. Rupp '93 teaches in the Upper Dau- 
phin Elementary School in Harrisburg. 

Kristen Webster '93 and Byron Brought 
'92 were married on August 20, 1994. 

Mary Anne Yohe '93 is a technical director 
for non-invasive cardiology at Georgetown Uni- 
versity Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 

Michael R. Anspach '94 is an auditor for 
Coopers & Lybrand in Harrisburg. 

David Aulenbach '94 is a graduate student at 
the University of North Carolina in Greensboro 
majoring in percussion performance. 

Christine L. Berry '94 is an 8th grade teacher 


The Valley 

of reading and Spanish for the Penn Manor School 
District in Pequea, PA. 

Tamela Bieber '94 is ICM case manager for 
Northumberland County Mental Health/Mental 
Retardation in Sunbury, PA. 

Jonathan Black '94 is on the technical sup- 
port staff for Turtle Beach Systems in York. PA. 

Rebecca M. Blessing '94 is a German teacher 
for the Mechanicsburg Area intermediate and 
senior high schools. 

Jean K. Bright '94 is a purchasing agent for 
GPU Nuclear Corp. in Middletown, PA. 

Susan Bugash '94 is quality controller for 
Mott's (a division of Cadbury Schweppes, Inc.) 
in Aspers, PA. 

Jennifer Bullock '94 is advertising coordina- 
tor for The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

Kelly Ann Burke '94 is assistant manager for 
Allan Powell in Cranford, NJ. 

Christopher L. Chandler '94 is a graduate 
student in special education at East Stroudsburg 
University. He is also a substitute teacher for the 
Kids Peace School, Pleasant Valley School Dis- 
trict, Bangor School District and East Stroudsburg 
School District. 

Cathy E. Connors '94 is administrative 
assistant/trust services for Pennsylvania National 
Bank in Harrisburg. 

Michelle Cunningham '94 is director of pub- 
lic relations at Mt. Hope Estate and Winery, spon- 
sor of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in 

Janet Mihalich Duck '94 is training manager 
for Burle Industries. Inc. in Lancaster, PA. 

Elizabeth A. Earp '94 teaches 3rd grade for 
the Eastern Lebanon County School District in 
Myerstown, PA. 

Kent C. Eckerd '94 is a corporate support 
analyst for Pennsylvania Blue Shield in Camp 
Hill. Kent is a student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Carol Long Edris '94 is human resources 
manager for Steckel Printing, Inc. in Lancaster, PA. 

Andrea Eppley '94 does free-lance artwork 
for advertising. 

Carol Fedorchak Fields '94 is on the mar- 
keting staff for Vision World in Lebanon, PA. 

Melissa A. Fleegal '94 is research technician 
for the Hershey Medical Center. 

Ronald A. Flowers '94 is senior loss preven- 
tion consultant for EBI Companies in 
Wormleysburg, PA. 

Denita Jo Foreman '94 is administrative 
director for Penn National Gaming, Inc. in 
Grantville, PA. 

Deborah L. Forsythe '94 is a school nurse 
for the Millersburg (PA) School District. She is a 
graduate student in school nursing at Millersville 

Amy Fuelleborn '94 is a high school science 
teacher for the Upper Darby (PA) School District. 

Nancy V. Gray '94 is a pre-kindergarten 
teacher for the Free To Be Me School in 
Woodstown, NJ. 

Portia Groff '94 is an LGH assembler for 
Amp. Inc. in Mt. Joy, PA. 

William L. Groves '94 is senior computer 
system analyst for Hershey Chocolate USA in 
Hershey, PA. He is enrolled in LVC's M.B.A. 

Christine Harner '94 is a chemistry teacher 
for the Berwick (PA) Area School District. 

Phillip W. Heffelfinger '94 is a corporate 
engineer for Kunzler & Co. Inc. in Lancaster, PA. 
Phillip is a student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Amy Hilbert '94 is a case manager for Fam- 
ily Care for Children and Youth, a foster care 
agency in Pottstown, PA. 

Jill M. Hulet '94 is publicity and promotions 
coordinator for HERCO-Hersheypark Area/ 
Stadium in Hershey, PA. 

Shirley Hunter '94 is a 6th grade teacher at 
the John Beck Elementary School, Warwick 
School District in Brunnerville, PA. 

Thomas J. Kennedy '94 is a manager trainee 
for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Lancaster, PA. 

Michael J. Kitchen '94 is family preserva- 
tion coordinator for Family Support Associates in 
Harrisburg, PA. Michael is a graduate student in 
counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. 

Kris Kohler '94 is a graduate assistant in 
football at Rowan College of New Jersey in 
Glassboro, and is in Rowan's graduate program 
in student personnel services. 

Kristine Rie Kuhn '94 and Timothy P. Butz 
'93 were married on August 6, 1994, in 
Shippensburg, PA, by the Rev. Dr. John Abernathy 
Smith, the former LVC chaplain. Kristine is a 
mathematics teacher and assistant volleyball coach 
for the Shippensburg School District. Tim is a 5th 
grade teacher for Conestoga Elementary School 
in the Penn Manor School District in Millersville, 

Patricia Landolfi '94 is a pre-kindergarten 
teacher at the Little Friends Hamilton Day School 
in Trenton, NJ. 

John E. Lauffer '94 is a teacher's aide at the 
Liberty Park Child Development Center in Spo- 
kane, WA. He is also a Presbyterian volunteeer at 
a mission, where he uses his talents in clowning 
and German. 

April E. Lehman '94 is a 7th grade math 
teacher for the Smithburg (MD) Middle School. 

Christopher S. Long '94 is a 6th grade teacher 
at the Northern Lebanon (PA) School District. 

Stacey Miller '94 is senior research analyst 
for Hershey Chocolate USA in Hershey, PA. 
Stacey is a student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Keith Murray '94 is on the information ser- 
vices staff for United Parcel Service in Harris- 
burg. Keith is in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Eric Mushrush '94 is an 8th grade language 
arts teacher for Lehighton (PA) School District. 

Bradley D. Newcomer '94 is a graduate stu- 
dent at Widener University School of Law in 
Wilmington, DE. 

Paul M. Palkovic '94 is production superin- 
tendent for NARCO in Womelsdorf, PA. Paul is a 
student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Kim M. Potocny '94 is the organist at the 
Annville United Methodist Church. She is a gradu- 
ate student in musicology/music history at Catho- 
lic University of America in Washington, D.C. 

Donna M. Powell '94 is an employee ben- 
efits/health services specialist for Mack Trucks in 
Middletown, PA. 

Steven J. Progin '94 is controller for S.E. 
Meyer Packaging in Palmyra, PA. Steven is a 
student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Jennifer Reeder '94 is a mental health 
aide for United Health and Human Services in 
Bedford, PA. 

Mark T. Schiefer '94 is an auditor for the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. 

Teresa M. Scianna '94 is employed by 
Kidspeace in Reading, PA. 

Kenneth S. Seiler '94 is an electrical engi- 
neer for Metropolitan-Edison Co. in York, PA. 
Kenneth is a student in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Christine M. Siple '94 is bank teller/cus- 

tomer service representative for First National 
Bank of Ohio in North Olmsted. 

Bruce A. Smith '94 is president of Infinity 
Investments, Inc. in Hershey, PA. Bruce is a stu- 
dent in LVC's M.B.A. program. 

Chester (Chuck) A. Smith '94 is packaging 
supervisor for Sterling Health in Myerstown, PA. 

Dwight E. Smith '94 is an accountant for 
Aungst & Co. in Lebanon, Pa. He married Jenni- 
fer Shimer on July 16, 1994. 

Donna M. Smoyer '94 is an information 
assistant for the National Association for the Edu- 
cation of Young Children in Washington, DC. 
Donna is a graduate student at the George Wash- 
ington University in Washington, D.C, where 
she is studying health services management and 

Kristen A. Spitzig '94 married Robert M. 
Mayfield on January 15, 1994, in the Old Chapel 
Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. She is sales 
and catering manager for Holiday Inn in Lancaster. 

Marianne Wenger '94 is nursing supervisor 
at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, PA. 

Seth J. Wenger '94 is editor/analyst of the 
Bio Business Section of Biosis, Inc. in Philadel- 

Jamie C. Wilson '94 is a general clerk for 
Homedco in Lancaster, PA. 

Bethany A. Yohe '94 is a 6th grade teacher at 
Centerville Elementary School in the Hempfield 
School District in Lancaster County, PA. 

In Memoriam 

Lebanon Valley and the area music 
community mourned the passing of 
H. Herbert Strohman ('40), father of 
Thomas M. Strohman ('75), instructor 
of music at the college. 

Strohman was described by The Daily 
News as one of the "The Strohman Broth- 
ers, probably Lebanon's most musical 
family of all time." He and his seven 
brothers all played musical instruments. 
Two of his sisters also played instruments, 
and the third sister was a vocal musician. 
Their father, Harry J. Strohman, was a 
musician and music teacher who orga- 
nized a number of local bands, including 
the West Lebanon Boys Band. 

Born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, on 
January 27, 1910, Strohman graduated 
from Lebanon High School. He played 
flute, saxophone and clarinet. Between 
1930 and 1936, Strohman traveled with 
a dance band before enrolling at Leba- 
non Valley, where he was a KALO 
brother and earned a degree in music. 
On November 27, 1941, he married 
Nora Franklin ('38), a musician and 
music teacher. From 1942 to 1945, he 
served in the U.S. Army. For 33 years, 
Strohman taught instrumental music and 
directed the Junior High School Band in 
the Lebanon School District. He retired 
in 1975. 

Winter 1995 29 

Helping New Grads 
Connect with a Career 

Wouldn't it be nice if 
you could find out 
about your future 
career while you still 
had a chance to change 
your mind? 

Lebanon Valley stu- 
dents and graduates 
can now do exactly 
that, thanks to a new 
program from the 
Career Planning and 
Placement Office. 
Conducted in coopera- 
tion with the Alumni 
Council and the 
Parents Council, the 
new on-line Career 
Connection service enables students and 
graduates to talk with alumni who are 
already established in their fields. Par- 
ticipating alumni answer questions by 
phone or in person, and some will even 
sponsor an internship or assist in net- 

Sophomore psychology major Erica 
Schneck used Career Connection to 
contact Don Frantz (73), the man 

Dick London ('65) and junior Suzanne Enterline call up the data base 
of Career Connection alumni. 

behind the "Amazing Maize Maze" 
and the producer of Walt Disney's 
new show on Broadway, "Beauty and the 
Beast." Erica had always been 
interested in the theater, and she 
wanted to know what it took to 
be successful in the business. 

"He gave me hope, because he worked 
his way up," she said after they had talked 
on the phone several times. "I saw that 

you don't have to be from a 
rich area to be successful." 
Career Connection is 
the brainchild of Dick 
London ('65), chair of the 
Alumni Planning Com- 
mittee and president of 
Actex Publications. Actex 
underwrote the costs of 
setting up the service, and 
London wrote the letter 
asking alumni to partici- 
pate. His letter generated 
more than 500 responses, 
"the best response to any 
program we've run in 
the last two and a half 
years," according to Diane 
Wenger ('92), director of alumni pro- 

Erica hasn't made up her mind what 
career she'll pursue — it might be act- 
ing, or perhaps clinical psychology. But 
thanks to Career Connection, she feels 
better equipped to make the decision. 
"I found it extremely helpful," she said. 
"I'm sure I'll use it again." 

—Seth J. Wenger C94) 

Lebanon Valley College 

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