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LETTERS 



Inspiring article 

I want to congratulate the staff of The 
Valley for the wonderful article, "Songs 
of Grief and Friendship" (Winter 1995). 
This is one of the most interesting articles 
that you have ever published. 

It was inspiring to read of Gary Miller' s 
(Class of '68) achievements as founder 
and musical director of the New York 
City Gay Men's Chorus. Above all, I was 
astonished that a graduate of Lebanon 
Valley performs annually with the great- 
est voices in the music world and in 
Carnegie Hall! 

Thank you for making us all aware of 
Gary Miller's important contributions to 
the arts. He should be applauded not only 
for his musical achievements, but for 
being a prominent ambassador for Leba- 
non Valley College. 

Interesting articles like this are an 
example of the continuing high caliber of 
The Valley. 

Stephen Scanniello '78 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 



Can't support tliose "ideals" 

This is not a "hate" letter or a conser- 
vative "backlash," but it is a personal 
preference. When I attended LVC, it was 
with the understanding that it was a 
Christian-based school. The values ex- 



pressed in the article "Songs of Grief and 
Friendship" are ANTI-Scriptural, and I 
cannot support them. 

Please remove me from your mailing 
list, and send me no more Valley issues 
or other mailings. I am not interested in 
supporting these "ideals." 

Susan E. (Heister) Harwell '74 
Deltona, Fla. 



Beautiful people 

I am writing to comment upon the beauti- 
fully written portrait of Gary Miller in 
"Songs of Grief and Friendship." As an 
LVC alumnus, I always appreciate learn- 
ing about a fellow student's road to suc- 
cess and joy. I'm hoping that readers were 
able to value Gary as a human being who 
clearly has attained professional and 
humanitarian achievement rather than to 
get caught up in the fact that he is gay. 

Furthermore, I applaud Lebanon 
Valley for daring to produce this article 
in the first place. I'm sure you must have 
presumed that some criticism may come 
your way. 

Sylvia D. Mayer '76 
Camp Hill, Pa. 



He's offended 

Perhaps I am in the minority, but I found 
the article "Songs of Grief and Friend- 
ship" offensive. I was not aware that Leba- 
non Valley has become a proponent of 
the gay and lesbian tradition. I must tell 
you that this activity has no place in my 
heart, mind and soul! I notice that 60 
members [of the New York City Gay 
Men's Chorus] have succumbed to 



AIDS — and I predict that the rest of them 
are well on their way, as this activity is 
NOT the will of God! 

I was in the class of '44 and my 
college days were cut short because I 
"volunteered" in the U.S. Air Force, not 
"protested" as the gays did. I am shocked 
and ashamed! 

Edward E. Stansfield '44 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 



Promoting peace 

Regarding "War is Hell — Is It Moral?" 
by Laura Chandler Ritter (Winter 1995), 
if we want to find peaceful solutions to 
problems that our nation faces, one an- 
swer is to initiate peace education courses 
as part of the college curriculum. I am 
sure Rev. Darrell Woomer [college chap- 
lain] would welcome an opportunity to 
help. 

The factors often missing in miUtaris- 
tic solutions are knowledge and truth. To 
ask the military to find the path to peace 
can be compared to asking the jack-ham- 
mer operator to use his tool as a dental 
drill. 

David B. Kruger '63 
Lebanon, Pa. 



A great job 

You are doing a great job with The Valley 
— every issue gets better. 

Jud Stauffer '82 
Red Lion, Pa. 



Vol. 13, Number 1 



The Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Spring/Summer 1995 J 



Departments 



Features 



17 NEWS BRIEFS 

20 NEWSMAKERS 

23 SPORTS 

24 ALUMNI NEWS 
29 CLASS NOTES 



Editor: Judy Pehrson 

Writers; 

John B. Deamer, Jr. 

Nancy Fitzgerald 

Nancy Kettering-Frye '80 

Sandy Marrone 

Jody Rathgeb 

Stephen Trapnell '90 

Diane Wenger '94 

Glenn Woods '51, Class Notes 

Photographer: 
Dennis Crews 



Send comments or address changes to: 
Office of College Relations 
Laughlin Hall 
Lebanon Valley College 
101 North College Avenue 
Annville, PA 17003-0501 

The Valley is published by Lebanon Valley 
College and distributed without charge to 
alumni and friends. It is produced in coopera- 
tion with the Johns Hopkins University 
Alumni Magazine Consortium. Editor: Donna 
Shoemaker; Designer: Royce Faddis; Produc- 
tion: Jes Porro. 



On the Cover: 

An artist infused with the Taoist beUef that 
clouds symbolize the vital breath of nature, Sung 
Wen-chih in his work, "Clouds over the Yellow 
Mountains" (1979) also recollects the landscape 
artists of the 17th-century Ch'ing Dynasty. His 
painting was part of the Chu-Griffis Art Collec- 
tion on display in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gal- 
lery during the "China 2000" symposium. Lesher 
Mack Sales and Service sponsored the exhibit. 



Window on the Middle Kingdom 

A colorful portrait of Chinese art, politics, music, martial arts 
and daily life — and predictions for its future — emerged during the 
"China 2000" symposium this spring. 



By Judy Pehrson 



Sorting out the Chinese Conundmm 

In the People 's Republic, the economy may be booming, 

but there are major weaknesses ahead, warns Dr. Andrew Nathan 

of Columbia University. 



By Judy Pehrson 



Lessons from Confucius 2,500 Years Later 

Wherever she went in China, Temple University's Janet Roberts 
became known as the "teacher who had visited the home of Confucious. 



10 



12 



15 



By Nancy Fitzgerald 



A Slice of Life in Annville 

From munching pizza to cheering on the Dutchmen, Nanjing' s 
Wu Yingen relishes his yearlong stay as a visiting professor. 



By Nancy Fitzgerald 



He Puts a Spin on Teaching History 

The classroom of John Boag '80 is an unheated wheelwright's shop 
in Colonial Williamsburg. 



By Jody Rathgeb 



A Man of Many Hats 



At the Rocky Mountain Hat Company, John Morris '59 and his son craft 
cowboy hats and other custom chapeaus. 

By Seth J. Wenger '94 






"We were very much impressed by the foresight, teaching 

philosophy and management of your college.. . .1 call 

Lebanon Valley College a beautiful bridge between 

China and the United States." 

— Xia Zhaolong, director of Xinhua News Agency in New York 



2 The Valley 




Window on the 
Middle Kingdom 



At "China 2000," a semester-long 

colloquium, the college and 

the community took a close look at the 

intricacies of Chinese politics, 

the discipline of Tai Chi and 

a legendary culture. 

By Judy Pehrson 



China had always been sort 
of an abstract concept to 
Kelli Sorg '95. She recog- 
nized its importance but 
had never had much of an 
opportunity to learn about it. "I knew 
where it was on the map, and that it was a 
poor country with huge numbers of 
people, but that was about it," she says. 
Her view deepened considerably after the 
recent semester-long spring humanities 
colloquium, titled "China 2000: The Next 
Century." The colloquium delved into 
Chinese politics, economics, education, 
art, music, film, martial arts — and even 
its cuisine. 

" 'China 2000' really opened my eyes, 
and now I almost feel as though I've been 
there," Sorg says. "It was a powerful 
experience. We were immersed in Chi- 
nese culture. There were documentaries 
on China on the campus cable channel, 
displays in the college center, a Chinese 
film series and art exhibit, outstanding 
lectures, a martial arts demonstration, a 
concert by a traditional Chinese ensemble, 
a 10-course Chinese banquet in Philadel- 
phia — it just went on and on." 

All of the events, Sorg says, "provided 
a colorful portrait of China's people and 
history and helped me to understand 
China's growing importance in the world. 
I especially enjoyed the films on China 
because they allowed me to look into the 
faces of a culture very different from ours. 
You could actually see real people in- 
stead of just looking in a book and seeing 
numbers and facts." 




Sophomore Nate Hillegas and freshman 
Beth Paul explore the map of China 
displayed in the Mund College Center. 
(Below) The logo for the colloquium 
incorporates the character for the 
word China. 




Spring/Summer 1995 



As a result of the colloquium and also a 
class this spring on "Contemporary China," 
Sorg is thinking of changing career direc- 
tions. "I'm considering going on for my 
graduate degree in foreign relations, and 
China is an area I would like to concentrate 
on. This semester was a great introduction." 

Junior Jonathan Smith's horizons were 
also broadened by the colloquium. "I was 
one of two students who did a series of 
six Chinese language lessons on video for 
the campus cable channel," he explains. 
"Dr. Wu Yingen (see story page 10) taught 
us simple, everyday phrases, and it was a 
lot of fun. I knew nothing about Chinese 
before, but now I think I would like to 
learn the language, and I would definitely 
like to visit China. The colloquium made 
me look at things in a whole new way." 

Sorg's and Smith's reactions are not 
unique. The colloquium was enthusiasti- 
cally received by faculty, students and 
the community, according to Dr. John 
Kearney, professor of English who 
attended many of the events. The sympo- 
sium "was invaluable on campus for all 
the variety of things it brought in," he 
states. "I used it in two different courses, 
and students were able to bring together 
politics, economics, film, art, etc. in their 
study. I just read a paper from one of the 
courses, and it was a model of interdisci- 
plinary learning — possible only because 
of the colloquium. 

" 'China 2000' obviously had a strong 
impact on the community as well — 



Around 1918, artist Li K'n-ch 'an eked out 
a living pulling a rickshaw while studying 
Chinese traditional painting. "Mynah 
Bird on a Palm Tree, " painted the year 
before his death in 1983, shows his bold, 
precise brushstrokes and sense of humor. 
The work was part of the Chu-Grijfis Art 
Collection, displayed in connection with 
"China 2000. " 




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During their two-day stay, the eminent Chinese visitors toured the campus. 



attracting many people from outside the 
college to all the events I went to," 
Kearney adds. 

Chinese officialdom was also intrigued 
by the colloquium. Two diplomats from 
the Chinese Consulate in New York, 
Wang Renliang and Chen Jianguo, both 
cultural section consuls, spent two days 
on campus meeting with students, faculty 
and key administrators. Joining them were 




"We were surprised that such 

a small college could mount 

such a large and excellent 

series of events on China. . . 

Vve never heard of such 

a comprehensive program 

being undertaken b^ any 

other school." 

— Xia Zhaolong 



Xia Zhaolong, director of Xinhua News 
Agency in New York, and Han Bowen, 
his wife and colleague. The Chinese del- 
egation was on hand for the keynote 
speech by Dr. Andrew Nathan, director 
of Columbia University's East Asian 
Institute, (see page 7) and for a panel 
discussion the following evening in which 
Wang participated. The two consular 
officers also visited the Brossman Busi- 
ness Center in Ephrata to view video- 
conferencing technology, a preliminary 
step to setting up a videoconferencing 
link between Lebanon Valley and Nanjing 
University. 

The Chinese came away with praise 
for both the colloquium and the college. 
"We were very much impressed by the 
foresight, teaching philosophy and man- 
agement of your college. We were sur- 
prised that such a small college could 
mount such a large and excellent series of 
events on China," Xia stated. "I've never 
heard of such a comprehensive program 
being undertaken by any other school. My 
interviews and conversations with Leba- 
non Valley students indicated that they 
had learned a lot about our country. I call 
Lebanon Valley College a beautiful bridge 
between China and the United States." 

The colloquium was a massive under- 
taking, says Dr. James Scott, director of 
general education, who played a key role 
in putting "China 2000" together. "I think 
it's the biggest thing we've ever done at 
the college," he states. "It's interesting. 




A panel discussion examined China 's role 
in the 21st century. 



"China 2000" attracted many people from 
the area. 



Spring/Summer 1995 5 




Nathan Spivey, director of the Oriental Health Serx'ice, demonstrated Tai Chi, a series of 
moves to harmonize exercise, meditation and self-discipline. 



because we started out with fairly modest 
intentions, and enthusiasm was so great 
that the whole thing developed a momen- 
tum of its own. We just kept adding events 
that portrayed different aspects of China." 
A world-class art exhibit was also part 
of "China 2000." The Suzanne H. Arnold 
Art Gallery featured 21 works from the 
respected Chu-Griffis Art Collection. 
Included were the renowned paintings 
"Shrimp" and "Lotus," by Chia Pai-shi 





(Above) An exchange of gifts and (center) 
a 10-course banquet added to the spirit of 
international good will. 



"How many times does an 

American — especially in 

this county — get to sit down 

with Chinese musicians 

and talk with them? 

The dinner conversation 

was fascinating, and 

I thoroughly enjoyed 

their concert." 

— ^James Erdman, 
associate professor of music 



(1863-1957), known as the "Picasso of 
China" for his innovative and powerful 
brush work, and "Buffalo Shepherd" by 
Li Ke-jan, one of China's leading con- 
temporary artists. 

Dinners and luncheons before many 
of the events gave students and faculty 
access to a variety of China experts. "It 
was really something to sit down with 
Andy Nathan, for example," says Dr. 
Eugene Brown, professor of political sci- 
ence. "Nathan is one of America's fore- 
most experts on China, and I, along with 
a number of other people, had the oppor- 
tunity to talk with him in an informal 
setting. That's a wonderful experience, 
particularly for students." 

James Erdman, associate professor of 
music, got his first opportunity to hear 
Chinese music and to meet Chinese musi- 
cians. "It was a real learning experience," 
he says. "How many times does an Ameri- 
can — especially in this county — get to sit 
down with Chinese musicians and talk 
with them? The dinner conversation was 
fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed their 
concert. It proved to me that music is a 
universal language." 

The symposium also represented the 
college's increasing emphasis on interna- 
tionalism. Five years ago, 17 American 
Fulbright Scholars had come to Lebanon 
Valley to reflect on the student demon- 
strations in the spring of 1989, when gov- 
ernment troops fired on the two million 
people gathered at Tiananmen Square in 
Beijing. 

Kelli Sorg hopes the college will do 
more far-reaching colloquiums like 
"China 2000." "They provide a good 
chance to expand learning beyond the 
classroom, which is beneficial to students, 
faculty and the community," she says. 
"Also, with a small college Hke Lebanon 
Valley, there is a community atmosphere 
and everybody can learn together." 



Judy Pehrson, executive director of col- 
lege relations and editor of The Valley, 
was part of the committee that planned 
and implemented "China 2000. " 



The Valley 



In the next century's 

world order, the place of the 

People's Republic is far from 

assured. While its economy 

is booming, the country also 

faces daunting problems, 

says one of the nation's 

foremost "China hands." 

By Judy Pehrson 



Understanding China is like 
peeling an onion. There are 
many layers and the out- 
side is not a completely 
accurate indicator of what 
is hidden within, says Dr. Andrew Nathan. 

"On the surface, China appears to be 
extremely prosperous right now," explains 
the professor of political science and 
director of Columbia University's East 
Asian Institute. Nathan spent two days at 
the college during the "China 2000" sym- 
posium. "The poverty-stricken peasant 
China that we were familiar with from 
different novels, movies and media im- 
ages has given way to a huge middle- 
class society in the coastal cities. If you 
visit, you'll see people wearing nice cloth- 
ing, eating at McDonald's and Kentucky 
Fried Chicken and buying CD players 
and other consumer goods." 

Indeed, says Nathan, China's economy 
is growing at the rate of 1 2 percent a year. 
That gives rise to predictions in some 
quarters that in the first decade of the 21st 
century China will overtake Japan and 
become the number two economic power 
in the world in terms of gross GNP. 

But when you peel down to the next 
layer of the Chinese onion, he adds, you 
find that the impressive surface economic 
growth disguises some important weak- 
nesses. For example, corruption is wide- 
spread and urban inflation is running at 21 
percent. And while part of the economy is 
thriving, the public sector is languishing. 

"One-third of state-owned enterprises 
are in the red — and there are some 80,000 
factories and other businesses owned by 



Sorting out the 
Chinese Conundmm 




Columbia University's Dr. Andrew Nathan outlined five possible scenarios for the 
world's most populous nation. 



government," Nathan notes. "Plus many of 
those in the black are not efficient — equip- 
ment is old and broken down, there's a lot 
of inventory in warehouses because the 
products are outdated and no longer mar- 
ketable, people are sitting around doing 
very little and the firms are paying pen- 
sions to large numbers of retired workers, 
etc. Even those enterprises making money 
are doing so because the government is 
loaning them money and protecting them." 

There is also a hidden layer of politi- 
cal instability and the possibility of a pro- 
tracted power struggle when Premier Deng 
Xiaoping, who is very ill, dies. 

"If you go to Beijing and talk to people 
privately— whether to intellectuals or 
ordinary people — they are all paying avid 



attention to the dying emperor and what 
will happen when he goes. The death of 
the emperor always produces a power 
struggle in any imperial court," Nathan 
observes. 

While Deng has anointed Jiang 
Zeming, currently head of the Commu- 
nist Party, to be his successor, there are 
potential rivals, says Nathan, who visits 
China at least once a year. One is Li 
Peng, current prime minister and a stal- 
wart of the conservative faction. These 
senior leaders are suspicious of China's 
increasing interaction with the outside 
world and are firm supporters of the poli- 
cies of former Chinese leader Mao 



Spring/Summer 1995 7 



Zedong. Li is the hardliner who called in 
the troops to quell the student uprising in 
Tiananmen Square in 1989. 

A third possible candidate to assume 
the mantle when Deng dies, states Nathan, 
is Qiaoshi, head of the National People's 
Congress (NCP) and a proponent of reform 
to free up the Chinese economy even more. 

While the Beijing elite debate who the 
new emperor will be, what socialism is 
and should be, how much of the economy 
the state should own and other such 
issues, out in the vast countryside, people 
are keeping their heads down and making 
money. "The folks in the provinces could 
care less about the political debates," 
Nathan says. "They only care about get- 
ting that local GNP up, or the local GNP 
of their unit up — no matter how. Manag- 
ers have been empowered, and factories 
and assets that used to be controlled by 
the state have been given over with the 
proviso, 'You take it, you make it work.' 
And they're getting into joint ventures 
with people from Taiwan, Hong Kong 
and other countries." 

In a country with so many conflicting 
and competing forces, almost anything 
can happen, warns Nathan. He offered 
five scenarios for China in the year 2000: 

■ China will fly apart, much as the former 
Soviet Union has done, with areas like 
Tibet breaking away, offshore Taiwan 
declaring independence and Guangdong 
and Fujian — whose citizens have always 
felt different from the people in Beijing — 
going it on their own. 

"This is unlikely," Nathan posited. 
"Keeping the country together is so impor- 
tant for its security that the military and 
central government would never allow a 
break-up to happen." 

■ The civilian government will collapse 
and the military will step in. 

Also unlikely, according to Nathan, 
because there are so many military groups 
that it would be difficult for them to get 
together and mount a coup. 



"The poverty-stricken 

peasant China that we 

were familiar with from 

different novels, movies 

and media images has 

given way to a huge 

middle-class society 

in the coastal cities." 

— Dr. Andrew Nathan 



■ Succession will work and Jiang Zeming 
will replace Deng Xiaoping without 
incident. 

Nathan is skeptical of this scenario, 
too. "There's a power struggle going on, 
people don't agree on the direction of the 
country and don't agree that Jiang Zeming 
is competent to hold power. I believe 
someone will come along and replace 
Jiang Zeming." 

■ A long process of democratic reform 
will take place with the NPC taking power, 
making changes and calling elections. 

This could happen, says Nathan, but it 
would be difficult because NPC delegates 
are members of the Communist Party, 
and the party controls their election. Also, 
NPC meetings are tightly controlled with 
very short agendas. "The only way this 
scenario could become a reality is if the 
man running the government decides to 
use the NPC to carry out reform." 

■ The whole system will fall apart and 
there will be popular uprisings, strikes 
and disorder in the streets. 

The main factor mitigating against this 
scenario, says Nathan, is that no one wants 
it. "They're been through all that with the 
Cultural Revolution, and now they would 
really like to have the peace to go about 
their business and make a living. I hope 
that this wisdom at the individual level 
will cumulate into wisdom at the collec- 
tive level, although we know that often 
that doesn't take place even in our own 
country." 



There are powerful forces nudging 
China toward "peaceful evolu- 
tion" — particularly the economic 
development that is bringing about mod- 
ernization, prosperity, social pluralism and 
the assertion of individual interest, Nathan 
points out. 

Whatever happens in China — and no 
matter who comes to power — the country 
faces a very threatening outside world, 
and that could complicate its future. China 
is ringed by a number of hostile nations, 
and the United States has a military pres- 
ence around its borders as well. 

"China has 22 entities to worry about 
and many have major armies — the top 1 1 
or 12 armies in the world surround China. 
It also has unresolved territorial disputes 
with eight of those countries, and since 
1949 it has had military conflicts with the 
United States, South Korea, Russia, India 
and Vietnam," Nathan points out. "There 
are no buffer states, and China is hard to 
defend — all of which adds up to a diffi- 
cult security problem." 

In order to keep itself safe, he adds, 
China must hold the country together, 
make sure no one dominates the region 
around it and preserve an environment 
that will fuel economic growth. 

So how will it all end up? Will China 
be a friend or foe to the United States — 
and to world order — in the next century? 

"It depends on how China integrates 
itself into a world that is becoming more 
and more interdependent," says Nathan. 
"We in the United States cannot control 
that outcome, but through trade and cul- 
tural contacts we can have some influ- 
ence over China's domestic evolution. We 
can also influence the way China relates 
to the world through the wisdom of our 
own government's policy, since we are 
still the most powerful single government 
in the world. 

"And since America's foreign policy 
is heavily influenced by public opinion," 
he adds, "it is significant when citizens 
inform themselves about another country 
like China — and your humanities sympo- 
sium is a wonderful example of that — 
and be positioned to support a wise foreign 
policy." 



8 The Valley 



Lessons from Confucius 
2,500 Years Later 



A 



By Nancy Fitzgerald 



professor of English at 
Temple University, Janet 
Roberts travels far and 
wide lecturing for the 
Philadelphia Museum of 
Art and the Pennsylvania Humanities 
Council. She has worked with the Pearl 
S. Buck Foundation, co-authored text- 
books, published her own poetry and 
sponsored a child in Thailand. 

Yet to her colleagues in China, where 
she spent 1986-87 on a cultural exchange 
program at Fudan University, all of those 
accomplishments paled in the light of one 
pilgrimage. Wherever she went, she was 
introduced as "the teacher who had vis- 
ited the home of Confucius." 

At the university in Shanghai, Roberts 
instructed the Chinese faculty in Ameri- 
can poetry and methods of teaching 
English. When she first arrived, she had a 
week to spare, and the first thing she 
wanted to do was to visit Qufu, the 
ancient home of the great Chinese teacher, 
and to climb the sacred mountain associ- 
ated with Taoism and Confucianism. 

It was very difficult to get there, she 
found out. A series of trains, buses and 
untold pairs of helping hands finally 
brought her to her destination, where she 
strolled in the gardens and visited his tomb 
and the paviUon where he taught. That 
night she and other guests dined together 
in the Kong family home and slept in 
their guest rooms. It was a fitting intro- 
duction both to a nation that publicly dis- 
avows Confucianism (it was banned in 
the People's Republic) and to a people 
who in private still weave his teachings 
into the fabric of family life. 

Confucianism, whose central principle 
is human kindness, is a philosophy and a 
guide to moral conduct rather than a reli- 
gion. During the Cultural Revolution, 
many of the tablets containing his teach- 
ings were destroyed. But, says Roberts, 
his wisdom was passed down informally, 
from generation to generation. 

At the "China 2000" colloquium, Rob- 
erts narrated her slides on education in 
contemporary China. "It is very clear that 
Confucianism is not dead in China," she 
affirmed. "Young students spoke to me 
about things they had learned from their 




Janet Roberts offered her observations on 
Chinese education. 

parents and grandparents, and the temples 
still stand." The Chinese emphasized serv- 
ing the community rather than the indi- 
vidual, she observed. Confucian piety was 
evident in the honoring of family mem- 
bers and ancestors, and the principles of 
order and harmony could be found in the 
elementary school classroom, where chaos 
was very unlikely to break out. She found 
that even a policy that Americans might 
view as repressive — the central 
government's one-child-per-couple law — 
was accepted calmly, for the most part, as 
contributing to the greater good of the 
country. "The Chinese people are too 



aware of the difficulties in their lives 
because of overpopulation," she noted. 

There were times, though, when she 
found that Confucian ideals and Commu- 
nist realities didn't seem to meet in peace- 
ful co-existence — the typical Chinese 
undergraduate was a case in point. 
"American students for the most part are 
more ambitious," Roberts says. "But the 
Chinese student feels that much of his hfe 
is regulated and plans are already made 
for him. So there's less sense of self- 
determination, which causes less atten- 
tion to performance. And that definitely 
does not augment the Confucian ideal of 
education as a means of realizing your 
merit." 

In her slides, among the flashes of 
craggy mountains, the smiling faces of 
peasants and the architectural wonders, 
was a recurring motif in poetry and paint- 
ings: images of the plum blossom, the 
bamboo shoot and the pine tree. Known 
as the "three friends of winter," these 
plants symbolize purity, resihence in the 
face of adversity and incorruptibility. 
"They are planted together," she observes, 
"friends in association, each supplying 
what the other lacks and living in order 
and harmony." 




In China, students of all ages expect order and harmony to rule in the classroom. 



Spring/Summer 1995 



A Slice of Life 
in Annville 



It was August of 1994, and Dr. 
Eugene Brown was at the Amtrak 
station in Lancaster, Pa., to meet 
a visiting professor from abroad. 
The visitor's arrival here was a big 
event, and Brown wanted to mark the 
occasion with a suitable welcome, but his 
overloaded schedule put the nix on a big 
shindig. So on the way back from the 
station, the Lebanon Valley political sci- 
ence professor picked up a pizza to bring 
back home. 

"There was this distinguished scholar, 
on his first day in the United States, sit- 
ting on the floor of my family room eat- 
ing pizza with me and my wife," recalls 
Brown. "I knew right then and there that 
this was a fellow who would have no 
trouble at all fitting into campus life." 

Brown, it turns out, was right on tar- 
get. Professor Wu Yingen, fresh from 
Nanjing University in the People's Repub- 
lic of China, has become an admired 
teacher, a popular campus figure and the 
most enthusiastic basketball fan in the 
history of Lebanon Valley College, all in 
the space of his eight months in Annville. 
Wu's visit comes as an outgrowth of 
Dr. Arthur Ford's year in China as a 
Fulbright lecturer at Nanjing in 1988-89. 
Ford, professor of English and dean of 
international studies at Lebanon Valley, 
helped to set up a teaching exchange pro- 
gram between the college and Nanjing 
University, considered the second most 
prestigious university in China. Under the 
agreement, during alternate years, each 
school will send a professor to teach at 
the other school. Wu is the first in a series 
of Chinese professors who will make a 
short-term home here in Annville; next 
year, Brown will spend the academic year 
teaching in Nanjing. "For a small institu- 
tion like Lebanon Valley," says the po- 
litical science professor, "this exchange 
is quite a coup." 

Unique Perspective 

Professor Wu's duties include team-teach- 
ing two courses — "Contemporary China" 
with Brown, and an English course, "Con- 
temporary Chinese Literature," with Ford. 



By Nancy Fitzgerald 

Nanjing's Professor Wu 

Yingen quickly adapted to 

American customs while 

using a wok and a quick wit 

to win over his new friends. 



For Wu, teaching in an American college 
has been, in many ways, a very different 
experience. 

"The students in China may work a 
little harder than the ones here and be a 
bit more focused about their studies," he 
explains. "But here, teaching is more chal- 
lenging for the professor. The students 
are not afraid to ask questions in class, 
something Chinese students would never 
do. They would not want to embarrass a 
teacher or put him in an awkward posi- 
tion — if the question were a difficult one 
and the teacher couldn't answer it, he 
would lose face." 

Chinese students, Wu explained, tend 
to wait until after class to pursue ques- 
tions and problems with their teachers — 
the one-to-one situation takes the pressure 
off the professor. Wu says he welcomes 
this change in the educational climate. 
"It's good that American students ask 
questions. It challenges me, makes me 
work harder. You have to be ready for 
anything. Here, I think, 'I'm going to 
give a lecture tonight; I hope the students 
will ask a lot of questions.' That's very 
different than the way it is in China — it's 
a totally different culture." 

Will his American experience affect 
his approach to teaching when he returns 
home to Nanjing? "Definitely," he replies. 
"The students there want to ask ques- 
tions, and if the professor encourages 
them, I think they will." 

For students in Wu's classes, learning 
the Chinese perspective presents a rare 
learning opportunity — and, sometimes, 
prompts a lively classroom discussion. 
Junior Ben Ruby, a political science major 
who took the "Contemporary China" 



course, has found the lively exchanges 
enlightening. "The two instructors often 
seem to have very different points of 
view," he says. "We talk a lot about po- 
litical repression, such as Tiananmen 
Square. Professor Wu is from a different 
culture and sometimes what we consider 
wrong he may not. Sometimes he seems 
very defensive of China. But our classes 
are always interesting, and he's a great 
guy. He learned ournames really quickly, 
and he keeps in touch with us in and out 
of the classroom. I just passed him on the 
sidewalk and we stopped for a nice long 
chat." 

Wu's team-teaching with Ford sails 
on the somewhat smoother waters of lit- 
erature, avoiding the political questions 
that are bound to be more controversial. 
Together, Ford and Wu devised the sylla- 
bus of their English course; it consists of 
eight novels or works of collected fiction 
written after 1949, the year the People's 
Republic was established. They chose the 
works thematically to deal with such 
issues as life in the countryside, urban 
development and the role of women. 

"I think that Chinese culture is a misty 
thing for most students," says Ford. "They 
come to this course with only the vaguest 
notions of what China is like. Here they 
get a good, realistic dose of what life in 
China is really about these days." 

Though Ford and Wu are from oppo- 
site sides of the globe, they're exactly the 
same age and have lived through the 
events that figure so prominently in the 
literature they teach. Yet each teacher, of 
course, has a unique perspective. "We 
were both 12 years old in 1949," says 
Ford, "and so we've both lived in the 
same world from then until now. But this 
is a rare opportunity for students to see 
these events through Professor Wu's eyes. 
When we read about the Cultural Revolu- 
tion, for instance, or the opening of China 
to the West in the late '70s, he's been able 
to tell us what it was like to be there. He's 
been an incredible, firsthand resource for 
our discussions." 



10 The Valley 



From Nanjing 
to Annville... 

Wu Yingen was bom in Suzo, a 
city famous for its beautiful gar- 
dens, about 100 kilometers west 
of Shanghai. He attended sec- 
ondary schools in Shanghai, and 
in 1963 graduated from Nanjing 
University and, later, taught in 
the English department there. His 
teaching career was interrupted 
in 1 966, when the Cultural Revo- 
lution shut down all Chinese universities 
and kept them closed until 1972. Along 
with fellow teachers and students, Wu 
was sent to live on a farm. There, he 
worked in the fields, cooked and even 
learned to give haircuts. "We just went," 
Wu explains, "because we had to. There 
was nothing you could do about it. But it 
was a waste of our time. A week or two in 
the countryside to get to know some peas- 
ants would have been a good experience, 
but a whole year — it kept us from doing 
so many other things." 

Wu returned to Nanjing University in 
1972, teaching English and serving as the 
director of the school's foreign affairs 
office. In 1982 he traveled to the United 
States to help set up the Johns Hopkins- 
Nanjing University Center for Chinese 
and American Studies; he returned to 
Nanjing in 1985 to serve as the center's 
co-director. The center enrolls about 100 
students, half of them Chinese and the 
other half American. "There is a lot of 
interest in studying English in China," 
Wu explains. "It's considered the most 
important foreign language, and many pri- 
mary school students begin to learn it in 
the 3rd grade — so by the time they get to 
the university, they've already been study- 
ing English for 10 years." 

As China becomes more deeply in- 
volved in the global marketplace, the study 
of English has taken on increasing impor- 
tance at Nanjing University as a way to 
prepare students to serve their country 
after graduation. "The central government 
attaches great importance to students 
preparing to serve what we call the four 
modernizations — industry, agriculture. 




Wu Yingen lias become a devoted fan of 
the Dutchmen as he shares his insights 
into Chinese culture. 

national defense and science and tech- 
nology. We hope that students will go on 
to serve the interests of all the people. 
So learning English is very important," 
affirms Wu. 

As a university professor in China, 
Wu says he enjoys complete academic 
freedom, and as a citizen, more political 
freedom than ever. "We can criticize our 
leaders," he explains. "People are enjoy- 
ing more freedoms, but political reform 
is slow. We believe that economic reform 
should come first — China is a big coun- 
try, with a lot of people in poor living 
conditions. We want to help people in 
various areas to become better off and to 
help others, helping to bring up the whole 
community. It's different than the Ameri- 
can system, which is very individualistic. 
You have the very rich and the very poor. 
We educate our young people that they 
should serve all the people." 

...and Back Home Again 

Life may be a very different sort of busi- 
ness in Annville than it is in Nanjing, but 
for Wu, the transition — just as Brown 
predicted early on — has been seamless. 
Wu has collected a large and varied 
assortment of friendships from among stu- 
dents, faculty and community members, 
and he's become famous for his home- 
cooked Chinese dinners. Cooking was one 



of those skills he acquired during 
the Cultural Revolution. "Every 
other week or so he invites stu- 
dents over and cooks great 
meals," says Angela Hamish, a 
junior English and psychology 
major. "He makes vegetable fried 
rice and really good dumplings." 
Of course, Professor Wu is 
probably best known on campus 
for being a loyal and devoted fol- 
lower of the Dutchmen. "He's a 
great basketball fan who's gone 
to every game and knows every player," 
explains Brown. "He knows more about 
the game than I do, and I used to play it in 
college." 

One surprise awaiting Wu here was 
the American approach to communica- 
tion. "Americans are very straightfor- 
ward," he explains. "If they want 
something they say 'yes'; if they don't, 
they just say 'no'. Chinese people won't 
usually say that immediately. But I had 
no difficulty adapting myself." 

As Wu's year here draws to a close — 
he heads back to Nanjing at the end of 
June — his association with Lebanon Val- 
ley will continue. The college is hoping to 
be involved in a videoconferencing project 
that will link Nanjing University with 
Lebanon Valley College to share lectures 
and conferences. "I've seen a demonstra- 
tion of the technology," Wu explains, "and 
it will be a wonderful, useful thing for us." 
It will be with mixed feelings that Wu 
Yingen returns to his homeland. What 
will he miss the most when he's back in 
Nanjing? 'The people," he responds, with- 
out missing a beat. "Being here at Leba- 
non Valley has been a much different 
experience than being in Baltimore at 
Johns Hopkins — I didn't have these feel- 
ings there. I didn't have the chance to 
meet a lot of different kinds of people. 
But here the people are very friendly and 
helpful — they take good care of me. When 
I go back home, I'll miss them the most." 



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



Spring/Summer 1995 11 



He Puts a Spin on 
Teaching History 



In an unheated 
wheelwright's shop in 
Colonial Williamsburg, 
John Boag '80 rounds out 
his college-days fascination 
with craftsmanship. 



By Jody Rathgeb 
Photos by Tom Rathgeb 

Simply put, John Boag '80 
teaches history. His classroom, 
however, has no books or 
maps — or even desks and 
chairs. He never gives tests or 
grades papers. And his students can num- 
ber in the thousands during a single day. 

That's because Boag has put his 
Lebanon Valley major in history to use 
as a journeyman wheelwright at Colonial 
Williamsburg, Va. He teaches visitors 
about 18th-century life and craftsmanship 
as he works with hand tools to transform 
blocks of wood into spoked wheels for 
carriages and carts. 

While at Lebanon Valley, the history 
major hoped eventually to get a position 
with the National Park Service. During 
summer vacations, he volunteered as an 
interpreter at Colvin Run Union Mills, a 
restored gristmill in Maryland, where 
another interest — craftsmanship — was 
aroused and where he began to see a 
different way to teach about the past. 

"This is kind of an alternative field 
for people who are history majors," Boag 
says, making a gesture that includes the 
wheelwright's shop and all of Colonial 
Williamsburg. "The approach here is a 
total approach," he adds, explaining that 
the details of his workplace, from tools 
to lighting to his clothing, are as faithful 
as possible to the experience of the 
18th-century craftsman. 

Boag's summer work at the gristmill 
led him to a job managing it after gradua- 
tion. He says he was happy there, but 
contacts he had made through conferences 
and networking made him cast an eye 




John Boag '80 takes pride in making well-crafted wheels. Hefty wheels like this one 
gave colonial wagons greater stability on rugged terrain. In fact, Palatine German 
settlers in Lancaster County, Pa., in the 1750s were the first to build the large-wheeled 
Conestoga wagons to haul their produce. 



toward Williamsburg. When he gained a 
chance to make a move to what he calls 
"the best place in the country" for total 
history, he became an apprentice in the 
wheelwright's shop. 

At the time, he relates, the type of 
craft itself didn't matter to him. "I could 
easily have gone into the cooper's shop," 
he says by way of example. "But as it 
turns out, I have a capacity for the work 
here. Not everyone does." After he served 
a six-year apprenticeship, he became a 
journeyman in the shop. 

Even though Boag was only in his 20s 
when he began working at the privately 



run restored village, he was old by 
18th-century standards. In colonial times, 
boys began apprenticeships at age 14; 
they developed a physical capacity for 
the work as their bodies grew. Today, 
says Boag, Williamsburg wheelwrights 
find their work grueling as they try to 
mold already developed bodies to the 
daily physical demands. Throughout the 
craft shops of the village, he says, "you 
have an increasing number of people 
going to chiropractors and sitting in whirl- 
pools just to recover from their day." 

Boag knows this firsthand, because 
four years ago he developed a shoulder 
problem from his work. Luckily, though. 



12 The Valley 




"We have the best kind of classroom here. 
1 had always been interested in some sort of 
outdoor /history -related job. " 



his own historical research brought him 
out of it. Studying how wheelwrights 
worked in the 1700s led him to realize 
that the way he and his fellow workers 
were driving spokes into the wheel hub 
was not only causing the problem, but 
was inaccurate as well. A change in pro- 
cedure added to historicity and improved 
Boag's health. 

While Boag did not need a tremen- 
dous amount of time to make his discov- 
ery, he notes that research sabbaticals are 
available to Williamsburg workers to help 
ensure the authenticity of their teaching. 
And despite the fact that the costumed 
workers make wheels, serve meals, print 
broadsides and give directions to the 
restrooms, their main job is education. 



"We have the best kind of classroom 
here," he says, recalling that back in his 
college days, few understood or supported 
his ambitions. "I had always been inter- 
ested in some sort of outdoor/history- 
related job," he says. Dr. Elizabeth Geffen 
(now professor emerita of history) at first 
couldn't understand what he wanted to do 
with his major, he recalls. "But when we 
were having a discussion on technology, 
I brought in some information from the 
gristmill. Then she started realizing a his- 
tory situation can be a teaching tool." 

He adds, "I wasn't that good a student, 
but I made the best spin of my college 
education." 

The Valley's influence on Boag goes 
far beyond the standard four years of 




Leading the life of a 1700s craftsman 
requires using hand tools . . . 



learning authentic techniques. 



, and always wearing one 's waistcoat. 



Spring/Summer 1995 13 




In Boag 's wheelwright shop in Colonial Williamsburg are period tools and parts of 
wheels in progress, including hubs (on the right). 



memories, he says. Boag and his sister, 
Jean Boag Reese '76, and her husband, 
Tim Reese '76, are the third generation in 
their family to graduate from Lebanon 
Valley (their grandfather is S.F.W. 
Morrison '18 and their parents are Mar- 
garet Bower ' 5 1 and Jack Boag '51). 

Boag grew up hearing stories about 
Lebanon Valley and looking at their year- 
books. The assumption that he would 
attend the school was strong, and Boag 
didn't disappoint his family. 

Unlike other family members, how- 
ever, he did not meet his spouse at the 
college. Boag's wife, Jennifer, graduated 
from the College of William and Mary in 
Williamsburg, where she now works 
in development. They have two children, 
Robert, 5 and Catherine, 3. 

"It's been really difficult with a Wil- 
liam and Mary grad," he mock-sighs, 
describing an ongoing college rivalry at 
home. The Valley's 1994 national cham- 
pion men's basketball team, he comments, 



really boosted his leverage in the "battle." 
Would he consider making the Boag 
family fourth-generation Flying Dutch- 
men? "LVC's a great school. I'd love to 
send my kids there," he says. 

Living and working in Williamsburg 
places people like John Boag in the odd 
position of straddling the 18th and 20th 
centuries. How else to explain a man who 
wakes up in a modem home, puts on a 
waistcoat ("To be seen in town without 
your waistcoat is like walking down the 
street in your underwear," says Boag), 
uses historic hand tools at work, then gets 
in his car to go home? 



Although he wears period clothing, 
works in an unheated shop illuminated 
only by natural light and follows 
18th-century methods in his work, Boag 
stops short of saying that he and his fel- 
low craftsmen think like folks did more 
than 200 years ago. "An 1 8th-century per- 
son wouldn't have considered this all that 
bad," he says, gesturing around the shop 
on a frigid day. "We are the ones bur- 
dened with all that stuff [of the 20th cen- 
tury]." And, he admits, "You can only get 
it so close. You can't change us from 
being in the 20th century, and without 
visitors we wouldn't be here." 

The very purpose of his job — teaching 
— somewhat taints the authenticity of the 
craft shop, he says. No 18th-century 
wheelwright would have tolerated crowds 
of curious onlookers. Boag likens it to the 
reception a kibitzer would receive in an 
auto body shop today. But Colonial 
Williamsburg encourages visitors' ques- 
tions and emphasizes to employees the 
importance of hospitality. 

"By and large, our average visitor is 
into it and wants to be here," Boag says 
of his unusual classroom, noting that it 
took him some time to get the hang of 
talking to the crowds while working. Even 
the exchanges among the four workers 
become part of the educational experi- 
ence, he says. "We think visitors like the 
interaction among us just as much as talk- 
ing to them." 

His co-workers agree with him that 
working at Colonial Williamsburg is "a 
neat job," says Boag. "I can't see anyone 
who works here sitting in an office." 

And occasionally, he admits to a bit of 
awe about where he is. "The thing that 
amazes me — I'm surrounded by some of 
the finest craftsmen in the country. And 
I'm considered one of their peers," he 
says, looking stunned. 

"I couldn't think of anything else I'd 
want to do." 

Jody Rathgeb is a freelance writer based 
in Virginia. 



14 The Valley 



A Man of 
Many Hats 



How a physics teacher, GE 
researcher and headhunter 
turned his talents to 
making the best dam 
cowboy hats in Bozeman, 
Montana. 

By Seth ]. Wenger '94 

When John Morris '59 
couldn't find the right 
hunting bow, he 
thought he'd try his 
hand at building one. 
That effort led to the highly successful 
and nationally known Rocky Mountain 
Recurve custom bow company. 

Then when John Morris couldn't find 
the right hat, he figured he could build 
one of those, too. 

Now Morris and his son, John, Jr., 
make custom hats full-time in their shop 
in Bozeman, Montana. They make all 
types of headgear, but their biggest sell- 
ers are cowboy hats, which Morris field- 
tests while riding on his friends' cattle 
ranches. With a backlog of four and a half 
months, business is booming at the Rocky 
Mountain Hat Company. 

But what is a former physics professor 
and General Electric researcher doing rop- 
ing cattle and molding felt in Montana? 

The story begins in Central Pennsyl- 
vania. Raised on a farm near his 
hometown of Harrisburg, Morris followed 
in the footsteps of his father (Jack Morris 
'37) by attending Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege. He majored in chemistry but dis- 
covered physics his senior year. 

After earning a master's degree at the 
University of New Hampshire, Morris re- 
ceived an invitation to return to Lebanon 
Valley to teach. "I got a call from Jake 
Rhodes asking if I was interested in com- 
ing back as an assistant professor of phys- 
ics. He offered me $7,000," Morris recalls. 
Dr. Jacob Rhodes '43, then chairman of 
the physics department, is now a profes- 




At his Rocky Mountain Hat Company, John Morris '59 steams the brim of a cowboy hat 
and gives it a "pencil curl. " This type of hat, with a "Montana crease" in the crown, 
was popular in the 1880s and 1890s. 



sor emeritus. Since Morris was finding it 
difficult to raise his two children on a 
graduate stipend, he decided to postpone 
his Ph.D. and take the offer. 

Morris taught at Lebanon Valley from 
1963 to 1966, then accepted a position 
with General Electric. After several years 
of developing large screen televisions in 
Syracuse, N.Y., he transferred to the cen- 
tral GE laboratory in Schenectady. He 
remained there for nine years, when he 
abruptly decided to make a change. 

"In 1978," he says, "my daughter was 
finishing her sophomore year at the Uni- 
versity of Colorado, and my son was 
entering Fort Lewis College, in Durango. 
I drove him out, and when I got there 
I looked around and said, 'I'm staying.' " 

Morris returned to Schenectady, quit 
his job, sold his house, and within a few 
weeks was searching for a position in 
Boulder. 

The recruiting agency he contacted 
offered him a job as a headhunter, but after 
a few months Morris realized he could do 



better on his own. He established a 
headhunting agency for oil and gas 
exploration professionals. His scientific 
background gave him a good rapport with 
his clients, and Morris notes, he "ended 
up having a very successful business." 
He even managed to help launch several 
new oil and gas exploration companies. 

Eventually, however, oil prices started 
to fall, and Morris saw that the future lay 
elsewhere. That was when he built his 
first hunting bow. Though a departure 
from his previous work, it seemed like a 
natural thing to do. 

"I've always been a bow hunter, and 
I've always been a craftsman," he says. 
"I've always worked with my hands." 

Having divorced several years before, 
Morris remarried in 1983 and moved his 
fledgling business to Bozeman. There he 
and his wife, Chandra, were joined by 
Morris' son, who became a partner in 
Rocky Mountain Recurve. For several 
years the father-and-son team built high- 
quality bows for clients around the globe. 
Then, four years ago, Morris saw another 
business opportunity in his futile search 



Spring/Summer 1995 15 



for a well-made custom cowboy hat. 

"I couldn't find one that fit right. I'm 
sort of between sizes," he says, explain- 
ing that conventional hats only come in 
increments of one-half inch. Quality was 
also a problem in most of the hats that 
Morris tried. So, recalling a hatter he had 
once seen, he set about making a custom- 
ized model. He was pleased with the 
result: "Actually," he says, "I still wear 
that hat." 

Before long, Morris and his son were in 
the custom hat business. They started from 
scratch, designing all of the equipment and 
tools they needed to prepare the raw mate- 
rial, shape the hat, and most importantly, 
size the customer's head. 

"I invented a device that allows me to 
measure not only the circumference of 
the head, but the shape of the head. It 
feels just like a hat when you put it on," 
Morris says. The device is a lined-copper 
band with adjusting screws that can mea- 
sure down to the nearest sixteenth of an 
inch. The band is then used as a model to 
form a wooden block, over which the 
actual hat is shaped. 

Morris and his son haven't patented 
any of their equipment. "In fact," Morris 
says, "I've made the equipment for other 
custom hatters. We're not competitive; 
there's enough business out there for all 
of us." 

For the raw material, Morris and his 
son use three grades of felt: 100 percent 
beaver, 50 percent beaver/50 percent rab- 
bit, and 100 percent rabbit. The high- 
quality materials are only available from 
one supplier, Morris says. 

Customers at the Rocky Mountain Hat 
Company's retail shop in Bozeman 
range from local ranchers to tourists go- 
ing to and from nearby Yellowstone Park. 
Though most of them order cowboy hats, 
Morris says that he and his son can make 
virtually any hat a customer requests, in- 
cluding antique styles such as bowlers 
and 19-century ladies' chapeaus. "Wejust 
build all kinds of hat styles and sizes," he 





(Top) John Morris, Jr. (left) models a 
rodeo favorite with a "cattleman's 
crease, " while his dad dons an old-timey 
favorite — especially beloved by Hopalong 
Cassidy. When Westerns became popular 
in the 1930s, "each cowboy hero had to 
have a separate kind of hat, " says Morris, 
who rims the business with his son. 

(Above) The father-and-son team gladly 
share their trade secrets for making cus- 
tomized chapeaus. Here, John Morris, Jr. 
irons a brim. 



says. "In my shop here I must have 35 or 
40 different hats." 

Cowboy hats alone come in numerous 
styles. "There are still regional differences 
in cowboy hats," Morris explains. "The 
Great Basin cowboys, called Buckaroos, 
wear a different style than the Montana 
cowboys, for example." As far as his own 
big sellers, he says, "there are two fairly 
common styles. One's called a 
cattleman's; it's sort of the standard one 
that rodeo cowboys wear. The other one 
we call the Montana Crease." That style 
dips in the front, and is sometimes called 
a "Gus Style" hat, he says. 

Morris and his wife are frequently on 
the road, displaying their hats at regional 
rodeos, gear shows and cowboy poetry 
gatherings. When not traveling or mak- 
ing hats, Morris likes to hunt, fish and 
ride the range. 

"I've got rancher friends who have 
1,000 or 2,000 head of cattle. I help them 
out sometimes," he says. "Around here 
they still do things the way they did 100 
years ago." 

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



16 The Valley 



NEWS BRIEFS 



Whitaker grant funds 
science education project 

The college has received a $316,817 grant 
from the Whitaker Foundation for contin- 
ued support of the Science Education Part- 
nership. This program seeks to strengthen 
science teaching in grades K-8 in 22 area 
school districts (see "Turning Kids on to 
Science" in the Fall 1994 issue). 

The grant, payable over three years, is 
the third grant that the Foundation has 
awarded to the college. In 1993, Lebanon 
Valley received $28,000, and in 1992, 
$80,000. The latest grant completes 
Whitaker funding of the Partnership. 

The program will involve an estimated 
50,000 students and 1,000 teachers. 
Directed by Maria Jones, it offers a 
"hands-on" approach to science, with 
opportunities for teachers and students to 
work directly with scientific instruments 
and with experiments and projects pro- 
vided through the Partnership's resources 
center, located at the college. 



Campus quizzers 

Over 500 of the brightest students from 
65 high schools throughout southcentral 
and southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as 
a team from Colonia, N.J., arrived on 
campus in March to participate in the 
15th Annual Quiz Bowl. 

The competition, the largest of its kind 
in the state, challenged students to test 
their knowledge by answering questions 
from a variety of academic fields as well 
as popular culture. College faculty, admin- 
istrators and staff spent months preparing 
the questions and were on-hand to serve as 
judges and moderators. 

An eight-member team from Manheim 
Township High School captured the title 
and will retain possession of the Clay 
Memorial Cup, the competition's "travel- 
ing" trophy. 




Members of the victorious Manheim Township High School Quiz Bowl team ponder a 
difficult question in the final round of the competition. 



Honoring our founders 

Earl H. Hess, president of Lancaster Labo- 
ratories, was the keynote speaker for the 
16th Annual Founders Day Convocation 
on February 2 1 . The college honored Hess 
with the 1995 Founders Day Award. 

In his keynote address, Hess decried 
the breakdown in "the moral fabric of our 
society." Older Americans have derived 
their values from the family, religion, edu- 
cation and the workplace, but too few of 
them now assume the responsibility for 
keeping those institutions healthy, he said. 
He commended the national initiative on 
character education in the schools, citing 
programs that "add a fourth and fifth R 
(respect and responsibility) to the cur- 
ricula in creative ways." 

Hess founded Lancaster Laboratories 
in 1961; since then, the company has 
grown from a one-room lab into an orga- 
nization with more than 500 employees 



providing analytical, R&D and consult- 
ing services in the environmental, food 
and pharmaceutical sciences. 

Throughout his career, Hess has served 
as a scientist, entrepreneur and community 
leader. He chairs the board of directors of 
Mountain States Analytical, Inc., in Salt 
Lake City. He is a founding member and 
treasurer of the board of directors of the 
Commonwealth Foundation. And he is a 
member of the Environment, Economic 
Policy and Food and Agriculture Commit- 
tees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
He was a former president of the American 
Council of Independent Laboratories 
( ACIL) and chair of the Pennsylvania Del- 
egation to the 1986 White House Confer- 
ence on Small Business, as well as the 
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and In- 
dustry. In 1994, he completed a seven-year 
term as a director of the U.S. Chamber of 



Spring/Summer 1995 17 




Lebanon Valley President John A. Synodinos and Founders Day honoree Earl H. Hess 
admire the pewter award plate. 



Commerce, serving additionally as East- 
em region vice chairman and Environ- 
ment Committee cliairman. For 14 years, 
he was a director of the Pennsylvania 
Chamber of Business and Industry. 

Hess and his firm have received numer- 
ous awards, including the 1992 Harvard 
George S. Dively Award for Corporate 
Social Initiative for achievements in com- 
bining the best aspects of a free-market 
economy with a deep sense of social 
responsibility. 

Among his numerous public service 
honors are recognition as an ACIL Fel- 
low in 1992 and as the 1988 Business 
Leader of the Year by the Pennsylvania 
Chamber of Business and Industry. 

Task Force on Diversity 

To increase diversity on campus. Vice Presi- 
dent and Dean William J. McGill has con- 
vened a 14-member Diversity Task Force 
Committee. The committee is charged with 
"establishing goals in terms of diversity 
and developing strategies for creating an 
environment on campus in which diversity 
is regarded as a positive value and in which 
there is both a celebration of, and respect 
for, differences," according to McGill. "It 
will also make suggestions as to how we 
might measure our success in reaching these 
goals" he added. 

The college's previous five-year stra- 
tegic plan set forth a goal of increasing 
diversity, but did not outline specific strat- 
egies, McGill noted. "The new draft 
strategic plan reiterates the diversity goal 
in a much more direct and specific way. 



and argues for it in terms of its educa- 
tional value for all of our students." 

The committee plans to draw a variety 
of people — from both on and off cam- 
pus — into its deliberations, which include 
general forums for discussion, according 
to McGill. "We're trying to gather a vari- 
ety of perspectives on this issue." 

Serving on the committee are William 
J. Brown, Jr. '79, dean of Admission and 
Financial Aid; Dave Newell, assistant dean 
of Student Services; Greg Stanson, vice 
president of Enrollment and Student Ser- 
vices; Cornell Wilson, student; Albertine 
Washington, an elementary school teacher 
in the Lebanon School District and win- 
ner of Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year 
Award; William Lehr, vice president and 
secretary of Hershey Foods Corporation; 
Sharon Raffield, associate professor of 
sociology and social work; Dr. Gary 
Grieve-Carlson, associate professor of 
English; Dr. Arthur Ford, associate dean 
of international programs; Deanne 
Dodson, assistant professor of psychol- 
ogy; Dr. George Curfman '53, professor 
of music; Linda Summers, instructor in 
education; Dr. Michael Fry, associate pro- 
fessor of mathematical sciences; and Joan 
Ortiz '95, student. 

International programs 
scrutinized 

The college's international programs — 
including recruitment and study 
abroad — are being examined by a com- 
mittee convened by Vice President and 



Dean William J. McGill. Objectives of 
the International Programs Committee 
include: 

■ serving as a supervisory group for the 
international programs of the college, 

■ stimulating interest among students in 
study-abroad programs, 

■ assisting in the recruitment of interna- 
tional students, 

■ encouraging faculty to pursue interna- 
tional opportunities and inviting faculty with 
international perspectives onto campus, 

■ assessing and providing advice on 
international issues and 

■ acting as a liaison with the faculty 
concerning international programs. 

Judy Pehrson, executive director of 
College Relations, is chairing the com- 
mittee, and Dr. Barney Raffield, associate 
professor of management, is secretary. 

Other members are Dr. Michael Day, 
physics chair; Dr. Phylis Dryden, associ- 
ate professor of English; Dr. Arthur Ford, 
associate dean of international programs 
(ex-officio); Vicki Gingrich, international 
student advisor; Angela Hamish '96, stu- 
dent; Rostislav Kopylkov '95, student; 
Beth Paul '98, student; Meiko Mori, stu- 
dent; Gail Sanderson, assistant professor 
of accounting; Dr. Joelle Stopkie, associ- 
ate professor of French. 

Minimal increase 

Lebanon Valley's fees will rise just 2.8 
percent for the 1995-96 academic year — 
the smallest increase in 12 years. Tuition 
will be $14,390, room and board $4,755 
and required fees $395. 

"We are pleased that the fee increase 
is significantly lower than that of many 
other private colleges," President John 
Synodinos stated. He noted that a recent 
USA Today article reported that many pri- 
vate colleges were raising fees 5 to 6 
percent. "We're committed to holding our 
fee increases at, or near, the projected 
consumer price index," he affirmed. 

The college is increasing its overall 
financial aid budget by 14 percent for the 
coming year. 

Generous bequest 

Enos A. Detweiler '29, a Palmyra, Pa., 
native who died in 1992, has made a 
bequest to Lebanon Valley in the amount 
of $350,000 to establish the Enos A. and 
Helen A. Detweiler Fund. Five students 
have already benefited from the fund. 

The scholarships will be awarded to 
graduates of the Palmyra School Dis- 
trict who demonstrate good character and 



18 The Valley 



financial need. The awards are renew- 
able annually if the recipient maintains 
a minimum 2.5 grade point average. 

Enos Detweiler majored in history at 
Lebanon Valley. After graduation, he 
moved to Evanston, III., where he rose to 
the position of chief of marketing for the 
G. H. Tennant Company. He retired in 
1 964 and lived the remainder of his years 
in Boynton Beach, Fla. 

Music Students to benefit 

Mildred Demmy, age 76, was a quiet 
woman who lived simply and frugally in 
a cottage at the United Christian Church 
Home in North Annville. Until she died 
last January, one of her greatest plea- 
sures, according to friends, was attend- 
ing the free Sunday concerts at Lebanon 
Valley. 

"She just loved music and she loved 
those concerts," says Glenna Stamm, of 
Bethel, executrix for Mrs. Demmy 's es- 
tate, which left $309,460 to Lebanon Val- 
ley to establish the Clarence and Mildred 
Demmy Endowed Scholarship Fund for 
handicapped music students. "She was 
not a musician herself, but she used to 
talk often about how much she enjoyed 
the concerts. As far as I know, she had no 
other connection to the college." 

Mrs. Demmy, who maiden name was 
Mildred Wagner, was bom and raised in 
Cleona, Pa., and graduated from Leba- 
non High School in 1934. She married 
Clarence J. Demmy in 1942. The two 
had no children. She worked in the 
Hershey chocolate factory, and he was a 
plumber for Hershey Estates. Clarence 
Demmy died in 1982. 

"She lived a very frugal life," says 
Mrs. Stamm. "She was also a very pri- 
vate person, but a very nice person. This 
was the first Christmas that we didn't 
have her for dinner, and she was missed." 

Lebanon Valley was delighted by the 
Demmy bequest, which only recently be- 
came final. "It was a pleasant surprise," 
said Dr. Mark L. Mecham, chair of the 
music department. "I only wish I had 
had a chance to meet Mrs. Demmy. She 
must have been a wonderful person. Her 
generosity will help many, many music 
students." 

International Culture Day 

"Languages are the Bridges to Cultures" 
was the theme of the 13th Annual Inter- 
national Culture Day, held on campus on 
March 24. Over 600 students from for- 



eign language clubs at 20 area high schools 
participated in the daylong event, which 
was sponsored by the foreign 
languages department; the International 
Student Organization; and the Spanish, 
French and German clubs. 

The day's activities featured work- 
shops led by Lebanon Valley students. 
Peter Stasko, a Slovakian student, dis- 
cussed world travel; Jeff Allchurch, an 
exchange student from Anglia Polytech- 
nic University in England, compared the 
educational systems of England and the 
United States; and Huang Wei Kai, a Tai- 
wanese student, held a Chinese language 
session and performed traditional Chinese 
songs. Art Gallery Director David 
Brigham gave a tour of Chinese paintings 
in the Chu-Griffis Art Collection, which 
was on display in the Suzanne H. Arnold 
Art Gallery. 

Treating schizophrenia 

In a combined effort with the Harrisburg 
State Hospital, the Institute for Psycho- 
therapy and the Veteran's Administration 
Medical Center in Lebanon, the college co- 
sponsored a seminar on "Treating the Per- 
son with Schizophrenia." 

The seminar was designed for profes- 
sionals who work with those suffering from 
schizophrenia and family members who 
are also affected by the disease. It was 
organized by Dr. Salvatore Cullari, chair 
and associate professor of psychology. 

The seminar featured presentations by 
Dr. Joseph DiGiacomo, professor of psy- 
chiatry at the University of Pennsylva- 
nia; Dr. Fred Frese, director of psychology 
at the Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospi- 
tal; Dr. Diane March, professor of psy- 
chology at the University of Pittsburgh 
at Greensburg; and Dr. Patrick McKee, 
director of Spring Lake Ranch in 
Cuttingsville, Vt. 

Bishop gift aids 
library and chemistry 

Lebanon business leader Vernon Bishop, 
board chairman and CEO of Lebanon 
Chemical Corp., has pledged a major gift 
in support of the college's Toward 2000 
campaign. Half of the gift will be used for 
the new high-tech library, which will 
be called the Vernon and Doris Bishop 
Library, and the other half will establish 
the Vernon and Doris Bishop Distin- 
guished Chair in Chemistry, the college's 



first fully funded faculty chair. 

The Bishop gift to the library will as- 
sist the college in qualifying for an addi- 
tional $500,000 challenge grant from the 
Kresge Foundation. The gift also 
advanced the campaign to within $2 mil- 
lion of its $21 million goal. 

Seniors raise 
largest class gift ever 

The Class of 1995 raised $20,000 to meet 
its Senior Gift Drive — the largest amount 
ever raised by a graduating class and the 
first time any class has ever met its goal. 

The drive began in mid-November, 
with senior Roni Russell as director and 
33 members of the class involved in the 
effort. When December arrived and the 
goal had not been reached, the steering 
committee decided to continue contacting 
seniors during the spring semester. "We 
were happy with what had been raised at 
that point, because we had 
already done more than the classes before 
us," Russell said. "But we really wanted 
to hit $20,000." 

The steering committee conducted sev- 
eral mini-phonathons, as well as some 
in-person solicitations to reach classmates 
who had not been contacted. As a result, 
121 students contributed to the drive, and 
the class reached the $20,000 m^rk. 

The Senior Gift Drive Committee has 
decided to use the funds to help construct 
the Arch Bridge in the Peace Garden, 
which will be located behind Vickroy and 
Center halls. 

Students rally to save 
federal financial aid 

During the spring semester, students 
launched a three-day postcard campaign 
to fight a Congressional proposal to cut 
$20 billion in federal student aid. Over 
500 students signed the pre-printed cards, 
which described the important role that 
student financial aid plays in America's 
future. The cards were then mailed to each 
student's respecfive senator or member of 
Congress. 

Over the next five years, the proposal 
would increase student indebtedness by 
50 percent. The $20 billion in cuts pro- 
posed include removing the in-school 
interest subsidy on Stafford Loans and 
eliminating campus-based aid programs 
(Perkins Loans, College Work-Study and 
Supplemental Educational Opportunity 
Grants.) 



Spring/Summer 1995 19 



NEWSMAKERS 



Tenure/promotions granted 

The following faculty members have re- 
ceived tenure effective for the 1995-96 
academic year: Dr. Paul Heise, assistant 
professor of economics; Dr. Jeanne Hey, 
assistant professor of economics; and Dr. 
Steve M. Specht, assistant professor of 
psychology. 

And the following faculty have been 
promoted, effective for 1995-96: Pro- 
moted to the position of associate profes- 
sor are Donald Boone, hotel management, 
and Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, English. 
Promoted to the position of professor 
are Dr. Sharon Clark, management; 
Dr. Salvatore Cullari, psychology; Dr. 
Michael Day, physics; and Dr. Mark 
Mecham, music. 

Scholarship to 
honor musician 

The Fred Erdman Endowed Scholarship 
Fund, established by friends of the Leba- 
non, Pa., musician, will offer an annual 
award to a music major at Lebanon Valley. 

The fund has grown to over $1 1,000, 
thanks to a scholarship concert held in 
October, a special dinner and other events. 

Erdman has a strong connection to 
Lebanon Valley through his two sons — 
James and Timothy — who are adjunct 
instructors in the music department. 

Studies in Washington 

Kelly Fisher, a junior English communi- 
cations major from Dover, Pa., spent the 
fall 1994 semester studying at the Ameri- 
can University in Washington, D.C. 

Fisher attended seminars led by Helen 
Thomas, Sam Donaldson of ABC and 
other Washington journalists. She also 
interned at the Democratic Leadership 
Council, where she helped organize press 
conferences and proofread policy papers. 
Through her work with the Council, Fisher 
got to shake hands with Vice President Al 
Gore and President Bill Clinton (who was 
a founding member of the Council and a 
former chair). 




Horace Tousley 



Carl Steiner 



20 The Valley 




Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson 




Dr. Klement Hambourg 




<k^ 



Anna Piper 



Earns degree 

Diane Wenger '92, director of alumni 
affairs, in January graduated with a 
master' s degree in American studies from 
the Pennsylvania State University Harris- 
burg campus. During the spring semester, 
she taught "Introduction to American 
Studies" at Lebanon Valley. 

Receives certification 

Richard Charles, vice president for 
Advancement, has been designated a Cer- 
tified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) 
by the National Society of Fund Raising 
Executives, an organization based in Al- 
exandria, Va., with more than 15,000 
members. 

Charles received the three-year certi- 
fication after taking an exam and submit- 
ting a professional portfolio. CFRE status 
indicates that an individual has achieved 
a standard of tenure, performance, educa- 
tion, knowledge and service to the fund- 
raising profession. 

Retirees 

From the faculty : 

Dr. Klement Hambourg, associate pro- 
fessor of music, retired this spring after 
13 years with the college. He was named 
a professor emeritus of music. Hambourg 
directed the college orchestra and taught 
string methods and introduction to 
music, as well as private violin and viola 
lessons. Each year, he presented a recital 
on campus. He plans to spend his time 
performing, particularly chamber music 
on campus and within the area; continu- 
ing as a vioUnist with the Reading Sym- 
phony (since 1984); and writing a family 
history. 

Dr. David Lasky, professor of psy- 
chology, retired this spring after 21 years 
with the college. He has taught a variety of 
courses, including "Career Counseling," 
"Research Design," "Introduction to Psy- 
chology," "History and Theory of Psychol- 
ogy" and "General Psychology." He 
chaired the department from 1986 to 1994 
and most recently has been a member of 
the Institutional Research Committee and 
the Syllabus Development Committee. 
Lasky plans to continue working part- 
time in a non-teaching capacity and to 
spend time traveling. 

Horace Tousley, associate professor 
of mathematical sciences, retired this 
spring after 14 years with the college. 
The mathematician taught a variety of 
classes, including calculus for science 
majors, linear algebra, operations research 



and intermediate statistics for math 
majors, and finite math and elementary 
statistics for non-majors. Tousley chaired 
the department from 1982 to 1994 and 
has served on numerous committees, 
including the Central Committee, the 
Financial Aid Committee and the Fac- 
ulty Policies Committee. He has also been 
involved with the college's Open House 
program and for 12 years has helped 
with the annual Quiz Bowl competition. 

From the Housekeeping staff: 

Carl Steiner has retired after 29 years of 
service. Steiner was responsible for the 
upkeep of Keister and Funkhouser dor- 
mitories and spent his last year on cam- 
pus working in Miller Chapel. Before 
retiring, he was honored by the Chaplain's 
Office for the caring attitude and positive 
influence he displayed toward students. 

James Werner retired in December 
1994, after serving the college for over 
20 years. Werner joined the college's Food 
Service in 1971, and worked for Hall- 
mark Management Services for one year 
( 1 989-90) before joining the Housekeep- 
ing staff. 

Anna Piper retired in June 1994. Piper 
began working for Food Service in 1978, 
and spent 1989-90 working for Hallmark 
Management Services before accepting a 
position with Housekeeping. 

Honored by peers 

Paul Brubaker, director of Planned Giv- 
ing, in January was honored for his work 
with the Susquehanna Planned Giving 
Council. Brubaker was awarded a plaque 
recognizing him for founding the council 
in 1992 and for serving a two-year term as 
its first president. He will remain active in 
the organization as a director. 

Dr. Barney Raffield, associate pro- 
fessor of management, served on the 
review board for the Journal of Mana- 
gerial Issues, which focuses on issues 
in management, marketing, distribuUon, 
accounting and finance. He was also 
named to the 1994 Academic Council 
of the national chapter of the American 
Marketing Association. The council 
develops and monitors academic stan- 
dards for the association. 

Winning writer 

Marie Riegel-Kinch, adjunct instructor 
of art, won second place in a writing con- 
test sponsored by the Institute of Children's 
Literature in Danbury, Conn. She was one 



Spring/Summer 1995 21 



of 4,000 entrants who submitted their 750- 
word adventure stories for children ages 
7-10. The March issue of Children 's Writer 
named the top three winners and discussed 
why they were chosen. 

Attends inauguration 

Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor of biol- 
ogy, represented the college during the 
inauguration in January of President 
Thomas B. Courtice at her alma mater, 
Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Art featured 

Dan Massad, artist-in-residence, exhib- 
ited "Pastels" at the University of Toledo 
in Ohio from January 8, 1995, through 
February 5. He also held workshops and 
lectures for students there for a week. 

Meetings, meetings, meetings 

Dr. Mark Mecham, chair and professor of 
music, in November attended the annual 
meeting of the National Association of 
Schools of Music in Boston. 

Karen Best, registrar, attended the 64th 
annual regional conference of the Middle 
States Association of Collegiate Regis- 
trars and Officers of Admissions in Atlan- 
tic City, N.J., last fall. Best serves on the 
Nominations and Elections Committee. 

Donald Boone, assistant professor of 
hotel management, attended the Central 
Chapter President's Night and Installa- 
tion of Officers for the Pennsylvania Res- 
taurant Association. At that January 15 
event, Boone was installed for his fifth 
year on the board of directors. 

Faculty publications 

The Journal of Chemical Education has 
accepted for publication an article titled 
"Making Sparklers as an Introductory 
Laboratory," written by Dr. Richard 
Cornelius, professor of chemistry, and 
sophomores Allen Keeney and Chris- 
tina Walters. Keeney is a double major 
in chemistry and physics, and Walters is 
a biochemistry major; both students 
worked in the Garber Science Center labs 
last summer. Their efforts were supported 
by a grant from the National Science 
Foundation for the development of the 
new chemistry curriculum, "Chemistry 
Domesticated." 

Dr. Salvatore Cullari, chair and asso- 
ciate professor of psychology, has recently 



published two articles. "Use of Individual 
Differences Questionnaire with Psychiat- 
ric Inpatients" appeared in Perceptual and 
Motor Skills (1995, Vol. 80) and "Levels 
of Anger in Psychiatric Inpatients and 
Normal Subjects" was in Psychological 
Reports. (\994,Wo\. 15). 

Publishes book 

Dr. David Brigham, assistant professor 
of art and director of the Suzanne H. 
Arnold Art Gallery, has written a book. 
Public Culture in the Early Republic: 
Peale's Museum and Its Audience. 
The volume, published by the University 
Press Division of the Smithsonian Insti- 
tution Press, focuses on Charles Wilson 
Peale, patriarch of a prominent artistic 
family in Philadelphia. Peale redesigned 
his personal painting gallery in 1786 to 
create one of America's first museums of 
art and science. 




Brigham traces the development 
of Peale's Philadelphia Museum as an 
educational institution, as a business and 
as a form of entertainment. He demon- 
strates how this "world in miniature" 
helped define the terms of participation 
in early national cultural institutions. 

The college publicized the work at 
a book launch in May. In July, the Smith- 
sonian will sponsor a book launch. 

Offers tax seminar 

Daniel Cesta, assistant professor of man- 
agement, sponsored a seminar in upstate 
New York dealing with tax planning tips 
and investment strategies for high-income 
taxpayers. Cesta and the Albany office of 
Merrill Lynch conducted the seminar, held 
in the Schnectady Public Library. 



Honored for service 

The following employees were honored 
at the annual employee recognition ban- 
quet on April 27 at the Quality Inn in 
Lebanon: 

For 35 years: Dr. Perry Troutman, 
professor emeritus of religion. 

For 30 years: Dr. Arthur L. Ford, 
associate dean of international programs 
and professor of English. 

For 25 years: Dr. Philip Billings, chair 
and professor of English, and Dr. Joerg 
Mayer, professor of mathematical sciences. 

For 20 years: Lewis Cooke, equip- 
ment manager of the Athletic Department, 
and Julie Wolfe, director of the health 
center and head nurse. 

For 15 years: William J. Brown, Jr. 
'79, dean of Admission and Financial Aid; 
Dr. Donald Dahlberg, professor of chem- 
istry; Dr. Michael Grella, chair and pro- 
fessor of education; William Rothermel, 
Buildings and Grounds; and Patricia 
Schools, secretary of Student Activifies 
and Career Planning and Placement. 

For 10 years: Dr. Richard Cornelius, 
chair and professor of chemistry; Dr. 
Salvatore Cullari, chair and associate 
professor of psychology; Robert Dillane, 
director of Administrative Computing; 
George Heckard, security officer; 
Shirley May Kelley, Buildings and 
Grounds; Gwendolyn Pierce, adminis- 
trative support assistant to the controller/ 
treasurer and to the vice president for 
Administration; Mervin Yingst, Build- 
ings and Grounds. 

For five years: Karen Best, registrar; 
Susan Borelli-Wentzel, assistant direc- 
tor of Admission; Dr. Gary Grieve- 
Carlson, associate professor of English; 
Sharon Hirneisen, Buildings and 
Grounds; Dr. Thomas Liu, assistant pro- 
fessor of mathematical sciences; Dr. 
Mark Mecham, chair and professor of 
music; Judy Pehrson, executive director 
of College Relations; Dr. Barney 
Raffield, associate professor of manage- 
ment; Sharon Raffield, associate profes- 
sor of sociology and social work and 
director of the Honors Program; Denise 
Smith, assistant to the president; Ella 
Stott, catalog assistant and library secre- 
tary; Mary Beth Strehl, director of 
Media Relations; Dr. Dale Summers, 
assistant professor of education; and Mike 
Zeigler, director of user services and com- 
puter workshops. 



22 The Valley 



SPORTS 



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

Men's Basketball (MAC Champions) 

The men captured their second straight 
Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) 
Championship with a 61-56 win over 
Wilkes before an SRO crowd in Lynch 
Gymnasium. 

Senior guard Mike Rhoades was 
named a First Team All-America by the 
National Association of Basketball 
Coaches. During the season, Rhoades 
became Lebanon Valley's all-time scor- 
ing king (2,050 points). 

Rhoades also became Lebanon 
Valley's all-time career (668) and single- 
season (192) assists leader. He was named 
the ECAC Southern Division and MAC 
Commonwealth League MVP. 

Senior center Mark Hofsass and 
senior forward Jason Say were also named 
MAC Commonwealth League All-Stars. 
Hofsass surpassed the 1,000-point mark 
during the season. 

This season, Lebanon Valley received 
its third straight invitation to compete in 
the NCAA Division III Championship 
tournament. But its hopes for a repeat of 
last year's crowning achievement came to 
an end in Lynch in the first round when 
Goucher defeated the Dutchmen 102-91. 

The Dutchmen began their MAC play- 
off run with a 125-80 win over Upsala. In 
that game, Lebanon Valley set seven school 
records. The three team records were for 
most points scored in a game (125), most 
treys scored as a team (15) and most field 
goals made by a team in a game (48). 

Four individual records were also set 
during the Upsala game. Hofsass sur- 
passed the 1 ,000-point mark and Rhoades 
became the all-time scoring king (the old 
record was 1 ,976 points), the first to reach 
2,000 and the scorer of the most treys in a 
single game (7). 

In the semi-final game of the MAC 
tournament, Lebanon Valley defeated 
Scranton 65-48. 

The Dutchmen finished the season 22- 
6, their second straight season with 20- 
plus wins. First-year Head Coach Brad 
McAlester was named the MAC Com- 
monwealth League Coach of the Year. 




Lebanon Valley's seniors — Rhoades, 
Hofsass, Say and guard Keith Adams — 
graduate knowing that they won 75 per- 
cent of the games they played during their 
college careers. 

Women's Basketball (11-13) 

Even before the season started, Lebanon 
Valley lost star forward Amy Jo Rushanan 
to a season-ending knee injury. But the 
Dutchwomen remained competitive and 
recorded their second straight season with 
10 or more wins under second-year Coach 
Peg Kauffman. 

Sophomore forward Susan DuBosq was 
named an MAC Commonwealth League 
All-Star. DuBosq led her team this season 
with 10.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per 
game. She scored a team-high 106 field 
goals and led the Dutchwomen with 17 
blocks. Among MAC leaders, DuBosq fin- 
ished the season ranked among the top 10 
rebounders. 

Two highlights of the season included 
wins over Moravian (79-65) and Franklin 
& Marshall (59-58), both in Lynch and both 
ending losing streaks of 17 games. Leba- 
non Valley had not defeated the Moravian 
Greyhounds since 1978. The win over the 
F&M Diplomats was the first since 1985. 

Lebanon Valley also defeated Susque- 
hanna, 75-65. The Crusaders had come to 
Annville ranked 1 1th in the country. 

Sophomore forward Jen Emerich and 
senior guard Joda Glossner were named 
to the MAC All-Academic team. 



Guard Mike Rhoades '95 was named 
All-America and became the college's 
all-time scoring king with 2,050 points. 



Men's and Women's Swimming 

Senior Howie Spangler placed first in the 
100 yard and 200 yard freestyle and the 
100 yard backstroke at the MAC Cham- 
pionships. The accomplishment earned 
him the David B. Eavenson Award for 
the Outstanding Swimmer. This is the sec- 
ond MAC gold metal Spangler has won 
in the 200 yard freestyle. 

Junior Bob Twining placed second in 
the 100 yard and 200 yard breaststroke and 
sixth in the 200 yard individual medley. 

Gina Fontana, a junior, came in fourth in 
the 200 yard and 400 yard individual med- 
leys and fifth in the 200 yard breaststroke. 

Wrestling 

Though struggling as a team, Lebanon 
Valley produced two wrestlers who com- 
peted well in the MAC and NCAA East- 
em Regional Championship tournaments. 

Sophomore Joe Howe finished second 
in the MAC and NCAA tournaments in 
the 190-pound weight class. Howe also 
finished third at 190 pounds in Lebanon 
Valley's 25th Annual Petrofes Invita- 
tional. He was 23-7 during the season. 

Senior Chad Lutz finished third at the 
MAC Championships and fifth in the 
NCAA tournament at 167 pounds. Lutz 
was 21-6 in dual matches. 

Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Reld 

Sophomores Nathan Hillegas and Jen 
Nauss were named the MVPs of this year's 
MAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track 
and Field Championships. 

Hillegas finished fourth in the 55 meter 
hurdles (8.49), first in the 400 meter 
(53.04), first in the 200 meter (23.92), 
and was part of the 3,200 meter relay race 
(third - 9:18.89) and the 1,600 meter relay 
(first - 3:38.26). 

Nauss finished first in the long jump 
and set a new conference record in the 
process (18*3.75"). Her performance 
qualified her for the NCAA Division in 
Championships, where she eventually fin- 
ished 10th in this event. Her other first- 
place finishes in the MAC Championships 
came in the 55 meter dash (7.59) and the 
200 meter (27.32). 



Spring/Summer 1995 23 



ALUMNI NEWS 



Progress Is 
in His Blood 

By Nancy Kettering-Frye '80 

Dr. John C. "Jack" Hoak '51 has 
spent his professional life actively 
working for medical progress. So 
it's not surprising that the M.D. was bom 
and raised in Progress, a suburb of Har- 
risburg. Even now, in his retirement, the 
idea of progress seems bound inextrica- 
bly with who he is and what he does. 

During his career in cardiovascular 
medicine, Hoak received recognition for 
his basic and clinical research contribu- 
tions, his clinical skills and his innovative 
training and research programs. He's been 
especially interested in blood coagulation, 
platelets, vascular endothelium and 
thrombosis. The physician has published 
125 scientific papers, including a chapter 
in a major reference work, Kelley's Text- 
book of Internal Medicine. 

After a 30-year career in academic medi- 
cine, in 1989 Hoek went to work for the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH). He 
retired in January 1994 as director of the 
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources 
of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood 
Institute. As a faculty member at the Uni- 
formed Services University of the Health 
Sciences and a consultant for the Walter 
Reed Army Hospital, Hoak continues his 
tradition of contributing to scientific 
progress, writing for and speaking to the 
medical community. 

Hoak is married to Dorothy Elizabeth 
Witmer '52, who at Lebanon Valley was a 
Homecoming and May Queen. For 30 
years, the Hoaks called Iowa "home." Here 
they raised their family — two daughters 
and a son. Their three decades in Iowa 
were a very active time. In addition to 
being a mother, Dorothy served as church 
organist, pianist, accompanist, piano 
teacher and active community volunteer. 
"Professionally," Jack Hoak recalls, "my 
'typical day' included patient care, teach- 
ing medical students and directing a 
research program." 




Dr. John C. "Jack" Hoak '51 has had a 
distinguished medical career. 

Hard work, for Hoak, has always been 
a way of life. "I was an 'only child' and we 
didn't have a lot of money," he reminisces. 
"I was interested in medicine even then, 
but my father suggested the more afford- 
able schooling to become a funeral direc- 
tor." So after graduation from Susquehanna 
Township High School, the young Hoak 
enrolled at a school of mortuary science in 
Philadelphia. 

"Every day, on the way to classes, I 
walked through the courtyard at 
Hahnemann Medical College," he recounts. 
"A cousin of mine was already studying 
medicine, which stimulated my thinking 
and encouraged me to decide that's what I 
had to do — money or no money! It was 
then that I applied to Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege for my pre-medical education." Not 
only was he accepted, but he received a 
scholarship, a job in the dining hall and a 
place on the basketball team. 

While the Valley during those "happy 
days" was admittedly enjoyable, Hoak re- 
calls, "there was pressure. Acceptance into 
medical school was extremely competitive. 



so excellent grades were essential." That 
prompted the chemistry major to hand in 
his basketball uniform after his sophomore 
year and concentrate on his academic work. 

Although Hoak remembers the entire 
faculty as "outstanding, very supportive," 
he especially lauds Dr. H. Anthony Neidig 
'43 (now professor emeritus) and the late 
Dr. Andrew Bender (then head of the chem- 
istry department). "They were both simply 
outstanding teachers, very stimulating, very 
straightforward in their teaching — and very 
interested in students. I always felt I could 
go in and talk about my work." 

After Hahnemann, the young M.D. 
interned at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospi- 
tal, did a tour in the Navy as a medical 
officer and was a resident in internal 
medicine at the University of Iowa (UI), 
where he had a research fellowship in 
blood coagulation. In 1961, he became 
an instructor in medicine at Iowa. The 
next year he spent in England, where he 
was a visiting researcher at the Sir Will- 
iam Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford; 
his supervisor was Lord Howard Florey, a 
Nobel laureate. 

Returning to UI to teach, the hard- 
working Hoak became a full professor in 
1970 and was named director of the UI 
Division of Hematology-Oncology. 

In 1984, the Hoaks moved to Vermont 
for three years while he chaired the 
Department of Internal Medicine at the Uni- 
versity of Vermont and served as chief of 
medical service at the Medical Center Hos- 
pital of Vermont in Burlington. In 1987, 
he returned to the Iowa faculty, and two 
years later, accepted the NIH position. 

In 1992, Hoak received the Scientific 
Council's Distinguished Achievement 
Award from the American Heart Associa- 
tion. A year later, the American Society of 
Hematology presented him with the ASH 
Award for Outstanding Contributions and 
Services. Most recently, he was honored 
with the Distinguished Achievement Award 
by the Department of Internal Medicine at 
the UI College of Medicine and also as 
Alumnus of the Year by the Hahnemann 
University School of Medicine. 

What in this long and distinguished 
career has been most satisfying? Hoak 



24 The Valley 



quickly responds, "Training young physi- 
cians and research investigators! A num- 
ber have gone on to very important 
positions. And, of course, the research con- 
tributions of my lab group." 

The Hoaks live in Vienna, Va., "eight 
minutes from Wolf Trap and close to 
Dulles Airport so that we can easily travel 
to visit our four grandchildren." Then 
there's golf and gardening, and ushering 
at the National Presbyterian Church in 
Washington, D.C., where Dorothy plays 
in the bell choir. An idyllic retirement? 
Idyllic, yes; retirement, no. Motivated by 
the love of learning and of teaching, sus- 
tained by the quiet satisfaction of contrib- 
uting to the advancements in medical/ 
scientific knowledge, this illustrious alum- 
nus continues to push on toward new fron- 
tiers of human understanding. 



Nancy Kettering- F rye is a Lebanon-based 
freelance writer. 



Innovator in Art 
and Engineering 

By Sandy Marrone 

A sense of calm pervades the Har- 
risburg office of Tom Whittle '70 
as he sits surrounded by remind- 
ers of what's important to him. Pictures 
of family and friends dot the surface of an 
antique wooden table. The head of a 10- 
point buck Whittle shot near Rausch Gap 
dominates one wall, and Whittle's lacrosse 
sticks from his Lebanon Valley days are 
propped in a comer. 

No three-piece suit for the CEO and 
founder of an engineering firm. He spends 
his days in casual slacks, a sport shirt and 
a tie. 

"I'd like to leave the world a little 
better off than it would have been had I 
not been here," says the Highspire, Pa., 
native who majored in physics. After some 
work experience in water pollution con- 
trol and graduate courses in engineering. 
Whittle started Commonwealth Engineer- 
ing & Technology, Inc. (CET) in 1979, 
and two friends soon joined him in the 
business. 

CET works with municipalities and 
businesses to design and install water sys- 
tems and waste water systems. Its clients 
have included Hershey Foods, Hanover 
Foods and the country of Egypt. 

"Most people think of a business as 
something to generate profit," Whittle 
says, "but we opened this one to have the 




Engineer Tom Whittle is a Renaissance man. 

freedom to try new things and to make a 
name for ourselves as a good and innova- 
tive company." Second comes profit. "We 
must make some to stay in business, but 
principles of honesty and integrity are 
central here." 

Innovation, honesty and integrity have 
served CET well, for today the company 
has four divisions housed in a new build- 
ing in Lower Paxton Township and an 
office in Huntington County. Though 
Whittle and his partners had planned on 
employing about 20 people, the company 
now has 50 employees. "We had to keep 
growing to provide younger people with 
opportunities," says Whittle. This sum- 
mer another young person. Whittle's son, 
Alton, will join the firm's Huntingdon 
office. 

With opportunity and innovation come 
responsibility, and each division of CET 
is devoted to some aspect of carefully 
managing earth and water. The company 
was one of the first in Pennsylvania to 
use wetlands to treat waste water. "Wet- 
lands can be used where other on-lot sys- 
tems cannot," says Whittle, "and they are 
aesthetically attractive." You simply cre- 
ate a wetland area in some comer of a lot 
and plant cattails and other things that 
grow well there. As the plants grow, bac- 
teria surround the plant roots, where they 
can receive the oxygen they need to natu- 
rally treat waste water. "We recently built 
wetlands for Penn State at the Stone Val- 
ley Recreation Area near State College, 
and we just finished one for the Valley 



Grange in York County," Whittle says. 

"This is a good profession for trying to 
make the world better. Many people don't 
think of engineers as environmentalists but 
as people who move the earth around any 
way they want," he says. "But we use the 
best technology available — high-tech, like 
anaerobics or low-tech, like wetlands — to 
make the environment better." 

In fact, one of CET's divisions. Earth 
Information Services (EIS), is teaching 
people how to work with nature. By inte- 
grating computer graphics and data bases, 
EIS is helping representatives of Egypt to 
accurately predict rain and flooding along 
the Nile River. The goal is to manage 
crops according to nature's actions and 
thus maximize yields. 

Surely it's taken much time and effort 
for Whittle and his partners to build a strong, 
successful business that's known for cre- 
ative answers to complex problems, but 
that doesn't mean Whittle is all work and 
no fun or all engineer and nothing else. 

Whittle's paintings are an attracfive 
addifion to CET's offices. "I took a stu- 
dio painting class at Lebanon Valley," 
he says, "and I still paint. My work is 
demanding, so to take time off and paint 
is good for me." 

Painting isn't the only hobby that 
Whittle learned at Lebanon Valley and 
has stuck with. "I played on a lacrosse 
team there, and I continue to play with a 
team in Harrisburg," he says. "In a bigger 
school, it would have been difficult to be 
on the team without being real good at it, 
but everyone was active in intramural 
sports at Lebanon Valley." 

As Whittle reminisces, it's clear that 
his college days were happy ones — so 
much so that he has appointed himself as 
a committee of one to reach as many of 
his classmates as possible to urge them to 
come for their 25th reunion this summer. 

"We had lots of good wholesome fun 
at college," says Whittle with an impish 
smile as he recalls being the object of 
a tradition of his Knights of the Valley 
Fratemity. 

If one of the Knights got engaged, his 
fratemity brothers took all his clothes, 
put him in a laundry cart and wheeled 
him around campus. "They'd be yelling 
and screaming to get everyone's atten- 
tion," Whittle says. "Then they dropped 
me off at a girl's dorm with only a towel. 
The only good thing about it was that it 
was dark." 

But there were serious and downright 
scary times too, says Whittle. In his senior 
year, Vietnam War protestors were shot at 
Kent State University. "Even though Leba- 
non Valley seemed divorced from that 



Spring/Summer 1995 25 



issue, we realized we were living in strange 
times. The world was messed up and scary, 
and it was sobering." 

As for the education he received, 
Whittle particularly enjoyed the special 
attention available from professors who 
sometimes had only three students in a 
class. He is definitely a proponent of the 
liberal arts curriculum. "I never realized 
until later what an advantage the liberal 
arts can be in making you a well-rounded 
person," Whittle says. "Lebanon Valley 
helped me by not teaching me to be one 
thing, but by making me a better person. 
I think if you take this liberal education 
and tie it together with a master's pro- 
gram that is specific, you will do well in 
the world." 

You might even build a company from 
scratch, paint pictures, play lacrosse and 
even learn to read the moods of the Nile. 



Sandy Marrone is a Palmyra-based 
freelance writer who is a correspondent 
for the Harrisburg Patriot-News. 



Hawaiian Hospitality 

Three alumni in Honolulu enjoyed break- 
fast with a Lebanon Valley touch over the 
Christmas holidays. Registrar Karen Best 
and her husband, Ray, while on vacafion 
in the 50th state, met with Barbara Lenker 
Tredick '66, Tom Cestare '71 and Gary 
Frederick '69 and Gary's wife, Sandy. 

Over a leisurely morning meal, the 
alumni shared memories of their days at 
the college (Gary was the dorm counselor 



in Tom's residence hall) and current news 
about careers, while the Bests shared pho- 
tographs and the latest news from the 
college. Before the meeting was over, 
the group had made plans to meet again. 

Be Part of College 
History in the Making! 

In their book. Having Our Say: The 
Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, the sis- 
ters tell wonderful stories of family life, 
college years and life in Harlem. As 105- 
year-old Sadie puts it, "When you live a 
long time, you have stories to tell. If only 
people ask." 

Well, we are asking you! All alumni 
have stories of their LVC days, whether 
humorous, dramatic, serious, sad, tragic, 
witty or seemingly unimportant. These 
stories will be lost forever if they are not 
preserved in some manner. 

Glenn H. Woods '51, professor emeri- 
tus of English and a volunteer in the 
Alumni Programs and College Relations 
offices, is interested in collecting these 
anecdotes from the past. The stories might 
be about the faculty and administration, 
fellow students, buildings, organizations, 
townspeople or sports events. You could 
put these stories on audiotape or video- 
tape or simply jot them on paper. 

Send them to him at the Alumni Pro- 
grams Office, Lebanon Valley College, 
P.O. Box R, Annville, PA 17003. Who 
knows? They might appear in the next 
unexpurgated history of the college! If 
you have any questions, call toll-free at 
1-800-ALUM-LVC. 




Chemist Honored 
for Service 

Dr. May Fauth '33 was recognized for 
her more than 39 years of outstanding 
accomplishments in the area of energetic 
chemistry and environmental science ear- 
lier this year when she received the Navy 
Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the 
third-highest honorary award under the 
Navy Incentive Awards program. 

Dr. Fauth, who is a research chemist 
at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in 
Indian Head, Md., in July will celebrate 
40 years in government service. She 
received the 1994 LVC Distinguished 
Alumna Award. 

Group to Assist 
Continuing Ed Students 

Adults who attend college part-time on 
evenings and weekends have different ex- 
periences and concerns than students who 
go the traditional route. Earlier this year, 
a new Alumni Association committee, the 
Continuing Education Committee, was 
formed to address the needs of this group. 
Comprised of a dozen Continuing Educa- 
tion alumni, the committee is staffed by 
the Alumni Programs and Continuing 
Education offices. 

At its initial meeting, the group chose 
several projects that will benefit present 
and future non-traditional students. In one 
of these projects. Continuing Ed Con- 
tacts, graduates will be invited to volun- 
teer as informal advisors for students and 
prospective students in the evening and 
weekend program. The assistance might 
be just answering a few questions by 
phone for students, but could also expand 
into a fuller, mentor-like role — it's up to 
each volunteer. 

Other projects under consideration are 
holding receptions at commencement for 
Continuing Education graduates and their 
families and establishing a scholarship to 
benefit non-traditional students. 

For more information or to get involved 
in the committee, call (717) 867-6320 or 
toll-free at 1-800-ALUM-LVC. 



Sharing LVC stories in Honolulu are (from left) Barbara Tredick '66, Sandy and Gary 
Frederick '66, Karen Best and Tom Cestare '71. 



26 The Valley 



The High Note 
of Their Week 

Alumni who still love to lift 
their voices together each 
Monday gather with Pierce Getz 
to be energized and inspired. 

By Stephen Trapnell '90 

Behind the stage in Blair Music 
Center, a dozen voices rise in the 
familiar cacophony of scattered 
conversations. In this rehearsal room are 
a price analyst from Selinsgrove, a music 
teacher from Lancaster, a day-care center 
director from Womelsdorf. In a few min- 
utes, their separate voices will join together 
as one: as the Alumni Chorale of Lebanon 
Valley College. 

Each Monday evening during the aca- 
demic year, the Chorale draws together 
Valley graduates and other singers from 
around Central Pennsylvania for a two- 
and-a-half-hour practice. 

In the center of the room stands the 
man who forges one sound from these 
separate voices: Dr. Pierce Getz '51, pro- 
fessor emeritus of music who retired in 
1990 after teaching for 31 years. More 
than six feet tall, with gray-white hair, he 
looks the part of the conductor. 

He plays a quick tune on a piano, and 
the voices quiet down. The Chorale stands 
for its warm-up, each singer stretching 
toward the ceiling in slow-motion 
aerobics. 

"Right face!" Getz calls, and the mem- 
bers turn and begin to pound and massage 
their neighbors' shoulders and backs. 

"Four-three-two-one and about face," 
Getz calls, and the process starts again. 
The evening has just begun. 

It was nearly 17 years ago that the 
Chorale itself began. At the time, Getz 
was teaching organ and directing the Con- 
cert Choir. Choir alumni used to come up 
to him after campus concerts to ask him 
to form a group, "an extension more or 
less of the Concert Choir," Getz recalled. 
"They wanted to continue to sing that 
type of music, and they wanted to sing in 
an organization with high standards. 

"For almost eight years, I kept saying, 
'No, I don't have time.' In 1978, 1 decided 
that I would like to carve out some time to 
work with adult voices at that level," said 
Getz, now 65. 

The original Chorale of 42 singers 
included 33 Lebanon Valley graduates. 



Today, over 50 percent of its 40 members 
are alumni. They present several concerts 
each Christmas and spring, sampling music 
from all the major styles of choral litera- 
ture. They sing a cappella, or with key- 
board accompaniment by Lou Ann Potter 
and sometimes with a chamber orchestra. 

Many of their selections are of a 
sacred nature. The spiritual quality "needs 
to be an integral part of the work itself," 
Getz said. He doesn't like to consider 
music as mere entertainment. "If it is 
entertaining," he observed, "it needs to 
be entertaining in a deeper, more substan- 
tial manner than mere casual listening." 
In recent years, the group has offered 
complete performances of Bach's Mass 
in B Minor and Handel's Messiah. 

The Chorale has sung in area churches. 



patrons, as well as some fees from perfor- 
mances. Although they hire musicians for 
accompaniment, the singers and Getz are 
volunteers. 

After a concert, when audience mem- 
bers come up to talk with the singers, said 
tenor Mike Zettlemoyer '91, "It's a feel- 
ing of accomplishment when you can learn 
the intricacies of a piece of music and 
present it to people and see and hear how 
truly inspired they were." 

One of the reasons the Alumni Cho- 
rale originally formed, Getz said, was that 
there weren't a lot of local groups where 
graduates could sing. But around 1978, 
"there was a mild explosion in this area 
of choral groups," Getz said, adding that 
there are now about 15 such organiza- 
tions in the Harrisburg area. "We have in 




Some Alumni Clioiale nuinben iia\tl giecit distaiu.es to attend the weekly lehearsals 



with the Harrisburg Symphony at the 
Forum, at the National Cathedral in Wash- 
ington, D.C., and in New York City's 
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Their 
performance with the Air Force Band of 
the East at Founders Hall in Hershey was 
recorded on compact disc. 

In February, the singers joined the 
Susquehanna Chorale and Chamber Sing- 
ers of Harrisburg for the Central Pennsyl- 
vania Choral Festival at Harrisburg' s 
Market Square Presbyterian Church. In 
April, the Chorale participated in Jazz at 
Engle Hall, the 45th anniversary of the 
introduction of jazz to Lebanon Valley's 
music department. 

For its spring concert series this year, 
the Chorale took on a new challenge: an 
entire program of African-American 
music. To help transform the Chorale into 
a gospel choir, the group brought in guest 
artist Anthony Leach '73, a Pennsylvania 
State University faculty member. 

The Alumni Chorale's expenses are 
paid largely through donations from 



one sense created our own competition." 
He pointed out Eric Dundore '79, a former 
Alumni Chorale member, went on to 
direct the Harrisburg Chamber Singers. 

"To me, it's extremely moving that 
former students feel a desire to continue 
to sing, whether in the Chorale or in some 
other organization," Getz said, "and that 
they choose to sing in the Alumni Cho- 
rale is particularly moving and very much 
appreciated." 

At the rehearsal, Getz is leading sing- 
ers in "Why Do We Deal Treacherously?" 
by Judith Lang Zaimont. His voice is not 
loud, yet it carries above the music. He 
tells the Chorale members that they should 
not rely only on him and the piano for the 
beat, but that it must come from inside 
them. For many of the singers, the music 
and the Chorale are indeed a part of them. 

"Mostly I do it because I love it, because 
I love to sing," said Sally Allebach '78. A 
choral music teacher in the Pottstown School 



Spring/Summer 1995 27 



District, she drives two hours to Annville 
for rehearsals. The soprano appreciates the 
chance to be a singer. She also likes learn- 
ing about conducting style, vocal techniques 
and stylistic approaches to different litera- 
ture. "I get a lot of information that I use in 
my school groups," she explains. 

Luanne Clay '69, who had sung in the 
Concert Choir, thinks of her time with 
the Chorale as a gift to herself — and she's 
been a member since its founding. "It 
doesn't seem like a Monday night if 
I'm not there," said Clay, an alto. "The 
rehearsals are really worthwhile. If you 
miss a rehearsal, you've missed a lot." 
Her major was elementary education, and 
she now works at Crayon Comer in 
Womelsdorf. 

Baritone Ivan Wittel '79, a music 
teacher in Lancaster County's Solanco 
School District, and his wife, Kim, joined 
the Chorale when they were married 12 
years ago. 

"I've worked with lots of different 
groups. It's difficult to find a really top- 
quality choral experience," Wittel said, 
adding that the Alumni Chorale offers 
that challenge. "I like the fact that I can 
still have some attachment and associa- 
tion to the college," said Wittel. 

Soprano Victoria Rose of Harrisburg, 
a Chorale member for about seven years, 
for the past three has been adjunct in- 
structor of voice at the college. When the 
Peabody Conservatory graduate moved 
to this area, she recalled, "I had given up 
ever being in contact with the level of 
musicians that I had worked with in Bal- 
timore." And then she met Dr. Pierce 
Getz, heard the Alumni Chorale, and de- 
cided she wanted to be a part of it. 

Chorale members echo Rose's belief 
that Getz helps to drive that desire for 
quality. A veteran of the Concert Choir, 
he observed that "there was almost a void, 
not being able to participate in a group of 
the caliber that Dr. Getz's group had typi- 
cally been," said Zettlemoyer. He joined 
the Chorale about a year after he gradu- 
ated in 1991, even though he lives in 
Selinsgrove, almost 90 minutes away. 
He's a buyer and price analyst for 
Sunbury-based Weis Markets. 

"I'm sure that there are very good 
choirs in this area, but when you've been 
part of the Concert Choir, there's kind of 
a loyalty to Dr. Getz," Zettlemoyer said. 
"He knows in his mind the way he wanted 
the music to sound, and when we at least 
get close to what he expects to hear, his 
face just starts beaming with this big 
smile, and you know that you've per- 
formed at least to your level of ability." 



"He's such a natural teacher," said 
Rose, adding that the Chorale "is like a 
master class in choral conducting. For 
him, it's the right way or no way. It's 
always the music first. He serves the music 
and what has come before him, and God, 
of course." Even rehearsals, she added, are 
"a worshipful experience." 

A native of Denver in Lancaster 
County, Getz grew up on a chicken farm. 
His family was a musical one. His father 
directed local church choirs. Getz's 
brother, Russ '49, who died in 1986, 
served on the faculty at Gettysburg Col- 
lege and directed its college choir. 

It was while a student at the Valley 
that Pierce Getz experienced a defining 




Dr. Pierce Getz '51, the Chorale's beloved 
conductor, started the group 17 years ago 
to give Lebanon Valley graduates an oppor- 
tunity to continue singing. 

moment in his musical life. He was a 
member of the first Intercollegiate Cho- 
rus, conducted by Lara Hoggard, who 
was also working with Fred Waring and 
the Pennsylvanians at the time. During 
a concert at the Forum in Harrisburg, 
Waring himself stepped in as a guest 
conductor. 

"From that experience on, I knew I had 
to be a choral conductor," Getz recalled. 

In the eight years after earning his 
bachelor's degree in music education at 
Lebanon Valley in 195 1 , Pierce Getz went 
on for a master's degree in sacred music 
at Union Theological Seminary, married 
Gene, and spent five years teaching in 
Japan. There, the Getzes spent five years 
as educational missionaries. He taught at 
Doshisha University in Kyoto and Miyagi 
College in Sendai, where he organized a 
glee club whose members still meet regu- 
larly to rehearse and perform. Getz vis- 
ited Japan for their reunion concerts in 
1991 and 1994. 



In 1959, when the Getzes came back to 
the States, the alumnus returned to the Val- 
ley for good. He taught organ and directed 
the Concert Choir, Chapel Choir and Col- 
lege Chorus. During his 29 years conduct- 
ing the Concert Choir, Getz led the group 
on many tours, to New England, Florida 
and one in Europe with many performances 
behind the Iron Curtain. 

Getz, who earned his doctor of musical 
arts degree from the Eastman School of 
Music, has been active in church music. 
For 21 years, he served as organist and 
director of music at Annville United Meth- 
odist Church. Since 1987, he has held the 
same position at Market Square Presbyte- 
rian Church in Harrisburg. 

He also leads church music workshops 
and is a consultant to churches planning 
organ installations. His wife. Gene, a reg- 
istered nurse, has been in the Chorale 
since its founding. The Getzes, who live 
in Annville, have two grown children — 
Anita Chapman '76 of Lebanon County 
and Joseph Getz '79 of Harrisburg. 

Getz smiled as he recalled the surprise 
he received when he retired in 1990. 
Former Concert Choir members had been 
invited to return to campus, and after a 
concert, they thronged to the stage to sing 
together. "It was just a sea of memories in 
seeing all these faces, a very, very mov- 
ing experience," Getz remembered. 

The conductor doesn't take his respon- 
sibilities lightly. Working with his former 
students in the Chorale, Getz said, has 
given him a chance to see "what they are 
doing in their own professional fields, 
how they've matured through the years 
into responsible teachers and musicians 
or whatever area they're involved in." 

The Chorale encourages people to audi- 
tion, Getz and the singers agree. They would 
also like to forge closer ties to the college. 
The Concert Choir has always had packed 
audiences at its concerts, Zettlemoyer 
remarked, adding that "I would hope that 
our group develops, even more over the 
years, that following." 

The Chorale has enjoyed presenting 
at off-campus concerts its high level of 
musical excellence, Getz emphasized. "It 
is an experience that very few conductors 
have in their entire lifetime, to work with 
young people and develop musical and 
technical characteristics that can be car- 
ried on for years and years following their 
graduation. It's an experience that per- 
mits constant growth." 

Stephen Trapnell '90 is a staff writer for 
the Lancaster New Era. 



28 The Valley 



CLASS NOTES 



Pre-1930s 



News 

Dr. Oliver S. Heckman '22 writes that he 
has recently traveled to the South Pacific and the 
Upper Mississippi areas. 

Deaths 

Ellen S. Keller '25, September 6, 1994. She 
had retired from the Commonwealth of Penn- 
sylvania as assistant comptroller, Department 
of Property and Supplies and General Services 
Department. 

Rev. Clyde Wilton Tinsman '25, December 
10, 1994. He began his preaching ministry in the 
former Evangelical United Brethren Church in 
1917. During his 50 years as a pastor, he served 
churches in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. 

Rev. Dr. Mervie H. Welty '26, November 
12, 1994. He was a retired United Methodist 
pastor and had formerly served on various United 
Methodist boards. From 1946 until 1966, he was 
an LVC trustee. He also served on the board of 
trustees of the United Theological Seminary in 
Dayton, Ohio. 

1930s 

News 

Edna M. Early '31 is living in Grace Retire- 
ment Community in Myerstown, Pa. 

Mary J. Eppley '32 served in the "ministry 
of God's service" in 15 states and in Canada. 

Esther Smelser Duke '35 still volunteers 
her service to the needy, mostly young mothers 
getting off drugs. She also teaches a small class 
in the Japanese language. 

Bruce M. Metzger '35 was awarded the 1 994 
Burkitt Medal in Biblical Studies by the British 
Academy for his "contributions to New Testa- 
ment and related studies of unusual extent and 
value." In 70 years, he is only the third American 
scholar to receive this medal. 

Leia Eshelman Fretz '36 of Hagerstown, 
Md., and her husband, Clarence, have been liv- 
ing at a Mennonite Fellowship House for the past 
two years. 

Paul T. Ulrich '38 of Houston, Texas, 
received a Governor's appointment as a delegate 
to the National White House Conference on 
Aging, held in Washington, D.C., in May 1995. 

Deaths 

Dorothy Hiester Behney '30, December 1 5, 
1994. A retired school teacher, she was the widow 
of Dr. J. Bruce Behney '28. 

Rev. Robert W. Etter '35, March 28, 1994. 
He was a minister and research chemist. He served 
as a research chemist with General Motors in 
Dayton, Ohio, from 1942 to 1944 and with RCA 



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in Lancaster, Pa., from 1953 to 1975. He retired 
as a minister from Coleman Memorial Chapel, 
United Presbyterian Church, in Brickerville, Pa., 
where he had served as pastor since 1956. 

Dr. John K. Kitzmiller '39, June 30, 1994. 
He was a physician in general practice in Harris- 
burg. Both of his daughters are LVC graduates: 
Janet K. Stahe '75 and Joan Kitzmiller '77. 

Hilbert V. Lochner '39, May 16, 1994. He 
served as assistant professor in economics at 
LVC from 1947 to 1952. From 1952 to 1962, he 
was personnel director for the Army Air Force 
Exchange Services in Indiantown Gap, Pa. He 
was assistant professor in economics at 
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., from 
1962 to 1968. While at LVC, he reactivated the 
Pennsylvania Pi Gamma Mu Chapter. Pi Gamma 
Mu is a scholastic organization of the National 
Social Science Honor Society. 

Frank A. Rozman '39, January 6, 1995. He 
was a retired social studies teacher for the 
Susquehanna Township (Pa.) School District, 
with 27 years of service. He is survived by his 
wife, Tillie A. Smisi Rozman, and a son. Dr. 
Frank E. Rozman. 

1940s 

News 

Dorothy Landis Gray '44 is writing her 
dissertation, the final requirement for her Ph. D. 
at the Catholic University of America in Wash- 
ington, DC. 

Jeanne Waller Hoerner '45 gave the fifth 
annual piano-organ recital with organist Marilyn 
Kiefer for the Scottsdale (N.Y.) organ club in 
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church. She is a retired 
teacher, pianist and organist from Pittsford, N.Y. 

Dr. J. Ross Albert '47 is teaching music 
appreciation part-time at the University of South 
Carolina at Spartanburg. 

Rev. Franklin G. Senger III '48 was hon- 
ored by his bishop and congregation on his 35th 
anniversary as pastor of the Lutheran Church of 
the Holy Comforter in Washington, D.C. Two 
city councilmen presented him with a resolution 
from the council, citing his extensive community 
work. 



Dr. John E. Marshall '49 retired from his 
medical practice and lives with his wife, Elaine 
Heilman Marshall '48, in Pawleys Island, S.C. 

Deaths 

Martha Ross Swope '48, January 5, 1995. 
She was retired from the Cornwall-Lebanon (Pa.) 
School District, where she taught special educa- 
tion students. She and her husband, John F. 
Swope '42, served on LVC's Toward 2001 Ixba- 
non Campaign Committee. A scholarship has 
been established in their honor. She instructed 
adults and children in swimming at the Lebanon 
YMCA, where for many years she was the social 
director. She was an active member at St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, serv- 
ing as a teacher and as an ordained deacon. 

1950s 

News 

Dr. Loy C. Awkerman '50 retired on 
December 31, 1994, after 42 years of practicing 
veterinary medicine. He and his wife. Rose Marie 
Root Awkerman '49, have moved to Lebanon, 
Pa. Loy, a Harrisburg native, in 1952 opened 
a mixed practice in Manheim — he treated farm 
animals and household pets. Dairy farmers were 
frequent clients, and he responded to many emer- 
gencies during the birth of calves. Because farm- 
ers were up early to milk, it was common for the 
vet to get a call long before sunrise. He was 
basically on call 24 hours a day, seven days a 
week. The pace became more hectic, more stress- 
ful, and, in 1976, he limited his practice to small 
animals. 

Dr. David Wallace '50 retired from the 
National Park Service in June 1994 after 33 years 
as a museum curator specializing in historic fur- 
nishing planning. 

Harold G. Engle, Jr. '51 retired from the 
Hershey Foods Corp. Technical Center on Octo- 
ber 1, 1994, with 38 years of service. 

Sara Etzweiler Linkous '51 opened an 
antique shop in her father's funeral home and 
furniture store in Columbia, Pa. 

Rev. Robert P. Longenecker '51 retired on 
June 30, 1994, after 40 years as an Evangelical 
United Brethren/United Methodist pastor. 

William F. Miller '51 and his wife, Eliza- 
beth Gaskill Miller '54, divide their time among 
Florida, Maine and Pennsylvania. They have 
realized their goal: "Palms in winter; pines in 
the summer." 

Lee R. Thierwechter '51 retired from the 
Aid Association for Lutherans on August 31, 
1994. He and his wife are still involved in their 
own partnership, which they named Unique 
Associates. Lee writes, "In addition to volunteer 
work, I am reaching the finish line of writing my 
early autobiography in Pennsylvania German. 



Spring/Summer 1995 29 



Thanks to an overwhelming response 
from alumni, parents and friends, 
Pennsylvania will issue an official 
Lebanon Valley College license 
plate. The Alumni Programs Office 
is now working with the Transporta- 
tion Department on 
^the plate design. 
If you signed up 
, for a license plate, 
,you will receive 
additional infor- 
"niation in the next few 
'months. If you wish to sign up, 
call toll-free at 1-800-ALUM-LVC. 




That work centers around Zour Lutheran Church 
and the 22-acre farm where we lived, and the 
former residence of Dr. Ezra Grumbine, where 
we lived in my late high school and college years 
(all in Mount Zion, Lebanon County. Pa.)." He is 
a contributor in Pennsylvania German to Scare- 
crow, a monthly magazine published by Dillman 
Publications and Productions in Lewistown. 

Joe T. Oxley '52 is owner/director of the 
Monmouth Day Camp in Middleton, N.J. 

Joan Spangler Sachs '53 is the organist at 
Presbyterian Church of Falling Springs in 
Chambersburg, Pa., He is also a private piano 
teacher at Cumberland Valley School of Music 
and a member of the board of directors of the 
Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. 

Robert J. Tarantolo '53 retired on May 1. 
1994. as school business administrator after 33 
years with the West Long Branch (N.J.) Board of 
Education. 

Edward H. Walton '53 was named to a 
committee to select members of a new hall of 
fame for Boston Red Sox players. The hall of 
fame is in conjunction with the New England 
Sports Museum. Also serving on the committee 
are museum and Red Sox officials and veteran 
sports writers and broadcasters. He has published 
two books on the Red Sox and has contributed 
numerous articles on baseball to a variety of 
publications. 

Rev. Canon Stanley F. Imboden '55 cel- 
ebrated 42 years in the pastoral ministry as he 
retired July 1994 after 17 years as rector of the 
250-year-old St. James Episcopal Church in 
Lancaster. Pa. In 1988, he received an honorary 
doctor of divinity degree from LVC. He and his 
wife. Diane, live in their new home near Mt. 
Gretna. 

Joyce Hill Madden '55 is a member of the 
Pasadena (Calif.) Community United Methodist 
Church Choir, whose concert was shown on 
Christmas Eve 1994. on CBS. 

Shirley Warfel Knade '56 has completed 19 
years in hospital management in ambulatory care 
services in the family planning department of 
Williamsport (Pa.) Hospital. She taught music 
privately and in the public schools for nine years 
before she started her work at the hospital. 



June Lykens Lantz '57 retired after 3 1 years 
of teaching music and English in Warwick School 
District in Lititz. Pa. She began a new position in 
October 1994 a.s the minister of music at Otterbein 
United Methodist Church in Lancaster. June's 
husband. Wilbur Franklin Lantz '57, completed 
an interim pastorate at Jerusalem United Church 
of Christ in Penryn in January 1994. He was 
beginning another interim pastorate at St. Luke's 
UCC in Lititz when he suffered two heart 
attacks. Open heart surgery followed. The Lantzes 
live in Blossom Hill in Lancaster. 

Robert J. Nelson '57 is a senior vice presi- 
dent and board member of Ranger Insurance Co. 
in Houston. 

Deaths 

R. Barry Boehler '57, October 2 1 . 1 994. He 
was a real estate broker in Lebanon. Pa. While at 
LVC. Barry was a basketball player. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Mildred E. Smith Boehler, and 
a daughter, Cynthia L. Boehler '76. 

Dr. JoAnne Pieringer '57. July 22, 1994. 
Since 1976, she had been a professor of bio- 
chemistry at the Philadelphia College of Osteo- 
pathic Medicine, where she also was vice 
chairperson of her department. She was voted 
Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 1993, received 
the SNMA Mentor Award in 1993 and was hon- 
ored with the Lindback Award for excellence in 
teaching in 1982. Surviving are her husband. Dr. 
Ronald A. Pieringer; a daughter, Laura L. 
Pieringer; and a son, David A. Pieringer. 

Charles L. Brent '59. June 26, 1994. He was 
controller for Telephone Progress, Inc. in York, Pa. 

1960s 

News 

Joseph B. Dietz '60 was ordained on October 
8, 1994, to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the 
Episcopal Church by Bishop Allen L. Bartett Jr., 
at the Christ Church in Pottslown. Pa.. Joseph 
serves as a deacon at St. Peter's Church in 
Phoenixville. 

Ronald L. Dietz '60 is the director of the York 
Chamber Singers in York. Pa. The group recently 
sponsored a workshop and concert by The Western 
Wind, an acclaimed professional vocal ensemble. 
The Chamber Singers appeared with the "Wind" in 
two numbers especially arranged for the occasion. 
The Chamber Singers also appeared for the sixth 
Christmas season at Longwood Gardens. 

Brenda Funk Hughes '60 married Robert 
R. Berry in April 1994. She graduated from 
Oglethorpe University in May 1994 with a 
master's degree in education. She was selected 
for Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 
1994. 

Marilyn RinkerTennerjohn '62 was included 
in Who's Who Amont; America's Teachers in 
1994. She had an article published in 
"RoundTable" of the English Journal. March 
1994. 

Shirley Brown Michel '63 of North Wales. 
Pa. and her hu.sband. Joseph W. Michel, were 
saddened by the death of their only child. An- 
drew, on December 17. 1993. two days after his 
18th birthday. 

Sallie Gerhart-Light '64 teaches computer 
to children in grades 1 -6 and to adult classes. She 
also presents workshops in "HyperCard Presen- 
talions/Multi-Media." 



Patricia McDyer Pece '64 was sworn in as 
an AineriCorps-VISTA member in December 
1994. She is working in Chambersburg (Pa.) with 
the Single Point of Contact Program, which helps 
single mothers leave welfare. 

Dale Hains '65 umpires at more than 200 
baseball games a year in Florida high schools 
and colleges. He also helps with the USA Olym- 
pic trials. 

A. Barry Yocom '65 is enjoying a one-year 
sabbatical from Tredyffrin-Easttown School Dis- 
trict in Phoenixville. Pa. He will retire this year 
after 30 years in the school district. He began his 
career with the district as a social studies teacher 
at the Valley Forge Junior High School the year 
it opened. Three years later, he became the assis- 
tant principal and subsequently accepted the 
principalship, a position he held for nine years. 
In 1980, Barry joined the central administrative 
team, serving as supervisor of secondary educa- 
tion and later as director of curriculum and 
instruction. In 1990, he became acting superin- 
tendent for 12 months. He was honored as the 
"Citizen of the Year" by the Paoli Business and 
Professional Association. Barry and his wife, 
Carol Lisa Clay Yocom '67, have four daugh- 
ters; their youngest, Jennifer, is a member of the 
class of 1998 at LVC. 

Robert E. Horn '66 is a tax accountant with 
Dorwart, Andrew & Co., a CPA firm in Lancaster, 
Pa. 

Bonita J. Young Connolly '67 is the sup- 
port service coordinator for the Association for 
Retarded Citizens in Frederick, Md. 

Walter D. Otto '67 accepted a position with 
PP&L to head a project that started in February 
1995 in Italy. He and his wife, Pat, are living in 
Milano. 

Ellen Jackson Patterson '67 is curator at 
the 1767 Murray Farmhouse at the Poricy Park 
in Middletown, N.J. 

Janice Koehler Richardson '68 is a school 
librarian with the Leander Independent School 
District in Texas. 

James Van Camp '68 is product manager at 
Nalco Chemical Co., Naperville, 11. He also serves 
as choir director at the Hanmee Presbyterian 
Church in Glen Ellyn, where his wife, Grayson, 
is an associate pastor. 

Nancy Robinson Learning '69 is executive 
vice president and COO of Tufts Health Plans in 
Waltham, Mass. 

Lars J. Lovegren '69 is an income mainte- 
nance caseworker for Pennsylvania's Department 
of Public Welfare York County Assistance Of- 
fice in York. He and his wife, Marcella L. 
Hilgefort Lovegren, have two children: Sarah 
Elizabeth, born on August 26, 1992, and Jacob 
Michael, born on June 4, 1994. 

Carl L. Marshall '69 was honored by the 
Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association with the 
Charles Eby Award for innovative planning 
and administration of programs leading to the 
employment of people with disabilities. He is 
responsible for the statewide activities of the 
Americans with Disabilities Act for the Pennsyl- 
vania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

Patricia A. Pingel '69 is an environmental 
planner for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Environment Resources, developing the Coastal 
Nonpoint Pollution Program to improve the qual- 
ity of Lake Erie and the Delaware River estuary. 



30 The Valley 



Deaths 

Susanne Marie Leonard Huey '64, Decem- 
ber 6, 1994. She was the wife of James D. Huey 
'64. She was a music teacher in the Diocese of 
Harrisburg and a partner in Family Businesses 
Concessionaries, Ltd. She had done graduate 
work at Yale University and Temple University. 

1970s 

News 

Karen Kirby Adair '70 is a doctor of 
chiropractic medicine at the A. Adair & Lord 
Chiropractic Clinic in Allen, Texas. 

Barry W. Burdick '70 married Shari 
Halperin in October 1994 and moved to 
Newtown, Pa. Barry is vice president of diversi- 
fied operations for New Jersey State Medical 
Underwriters, Inc. in Lawrenceville. 

James M. Rife '70 works in the sales/mar- 
keting department of Olympic Packaging Corp. 
in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

John (Buzz) Jones '72 received a doctor of 
musical arts degree from Temple University and 
was awarded tenure at Gettysburg College, where 
he teaches music. He directs The Buzz Jones Big 
Band, which will perform at the Montreux Jazz 
Festival in Switzerland, July 7- 1 0, 1 995 Priscilla 
C. Baylan '79, David L. Godshall '81 and Wil- 
liam G. Perbetsliy '81 perform with the band. 
Nancy McCullough Longnecker '72 is princi- 
pal of Dublin Elementary School in Harford 
County, Md. 

Tlieresa Ann Crook Ziegler '72 is regula- 
tory compliance advisor for SmithKline Beecham 
Pharmaceuticals in King of Prussia, Pa. 

Donald B. Frantz '73 is producer for the 
National (U.S.) and Canadian touring companies 
of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." He was 
profiled in the Fall 1993 Valley. 

Bonnie Pliillips Guggenheim '73 has been 
selected by Metropolitan State College (MSC) to 
serve on its committee to develop a Middle School 
Teacher Certification Program for the State of 
Colorado. For the Denver Public Schools, she 
co-chairs the Professional Development School 
Committee at Skinner Middle School, a lab school 
for MSC. She retired from the Army Reserve 
after 21 years. 

Anthony T. Leach '73 was the guest artist 
with LVC's Alumni Chorale for the second half 
of its 1994-95 season, which featured music of 
African-American composers. Tony is a faculty 
member at the Pennsylvania State University, 
where he is a candidate for the Ph.D. in music 
education. He has conducted the Penn State 
University Glee Club, Concert Choir and the 
University Choir. In addition, he is the founding 
director of Essence of Joy, a small ensemble 
specializing in traditional and contemporary gos- 
pel music. 

Photographs taken by Robert B. Lee '73 of 
Duane Eddy at Hershey Park in 1959-60 were 
included in a biography of the rock star pub- 
lished in Europe in December 1994. 

Scott T. Sener '73 is varsity Softball coach 
at Manheim (Pa.) Central High School. 

Dr. Marsha Edwards Zehner '73 is super- 
intendent of the Annville-Cleona School District 
in Annville. She is a 21 -year veteran of the 
district. 

John M. Pumphrey '74 is chairman of the 
Maryland State Special Education Advisory 
Committee. 



John F. Halbleib '75 is a partner in the 
Chicago office of Vedder, Price, Kaufman and 
Kammholtz, a law firm with over 160 attorneys 
in Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., 
and Rockford. II. John represents commercial 
banks and institutional and corporate clients in 
unsecured and asset based financings, with par- 
ticular emphasis on structured finance and asset 
securitization. 

James Kowalchuk '76 ia a teacher with the 
Glynmn County Board of Education in 
Brunswick, Ga. 

Nancy Lois Miller '76 married the Rev. Dr. 
David G. Heberling, pastor of First United Meth- 
odist Church in Media, Pa., on November 19, 
1994. Nancy is pastor at Radnor United Method- 
ist Church in Rosemont. 

Sylvia Frey Moyer '76 is a sales counselor 
with Gibraltar Corp. -Rolling Green Cemetery in 
Camp Hill, Pa. She was profiled in the winter 
1992 issue. 

Joanne L. Toby '76 is in her seventh year as 
associate dean of student development at Averett 
College in Danville, Va. 

John J. Cooper '77 is a caseworker for the 
Department of Public Welfare in Reading, Pa. 

Ronald R. Afflebach '78 is the employee 
relations manager for Hershey Chocolate North, 
a new manufacturing facility in Hershey, Pa. He 
received an M.B.A. in management from St. 
Joseph's University in 1988. He plans to start 
working on a Ph.D. in business administration at 
Temple University this fall. 

Brian S. Allebach '78 and his wife, Jennifer, 
welcomed twin daughters, Katherine Lee and 
Elizabeth Janet, on November 9, 1994. 

Dr. Walter Kobasa, Jr. '78 is an obstetri- 
cian/gynecologist in Wilmington, Del. 

Michael F. Faherty '79 is an attorney with 
the law firm of Marshall, Dennehy, Warner, 
Coleman and Goggin in Harrisburg. 

Jan Eric Smith '79 is a senior chemist with 
the Jamestown Paint Co. in Western Pennsylva- 
nia. In a previous research position with a paper 
company, Jan was awarded a patent for work on 
paper coating and application. Jan's wife, Tina 
Ogden Smith '79, a pre-school teacher, received 
her M.Ed, from Ohio University in 1980. Jan and 
Tina have two sons, Eric, 9, and Forrest, 4. 

1980s 

News 

Dr. JoAnn Jeffers Clem '80 is an optom- 
etrist at Cherry Grove Eye Center in North Myrtle 
Beach, S.C. Her hus;band, David, is an optician 
at the center. 

Denise A. Foor Foy '80 is a school nurse 
with the Chestnut Ridge School District in New 
Paris, Pa. 

Kevin Thomas Leddy '80 is an adult learner 
counselor at the Pennsylvania State University 
Altoona Campus. 



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Lori A. Morgan '80 and Paul R. Celluzzi 
were married on October 22, 1994. Lori is a 
paralegal with the law firm of Sherman & 
Shalloway in Alexandria, Va., and is pursuing a 
graduate degree in legal administration. Lori and 
Paul have four children: Olivia, 16; Sarah, ID; 
Christopher, 8; and Rachel, 4. 

Lisa Togno Burrowes '81 and her husband, 
Paul, announce the birth of their first child, Paul 
Burrowes, on October 4, 1994. Lisa was vice 
president/studio operations at Group IV Studios 
in Hollywood, Calif. 

Andrea Davino '81 and Robert Danch were 
married in April 1994. She is a principal actuary 
of A. Foster Higgins and Co. in Princeton, N.J. 

Caria Powell Desilets '81 writes, "Home is 
where the Army sends you." She is serving in 
beautiful northern Italy. A second son, Henry 
David, was born on November 4, 1993. 

Leo C. Hearn, Jr. '81 is corporate director. 
Health and Safety, for EMCON in Jacksonville, 
Fla. He is responsible for the management of 
health and safety programs for 1,200 employees 
in 40 offices nationwide for this environmental 
consulting company, which specializes in air qual- 
ity, solid waste and hazardous waste. He recently 
signed an agreement to publish his second book, 
A Guide to the Management of Lead-Based Paint 
in the Industrial Workplace. He serves on the 
editoral board for the Pb Bulletin, a national 
publication of the Steel Structures Painting Coun- 
cil. He chaired a session on lead paint abatement 
for the council's international conference and 
exhibition and also .serves as national vice chair- 
man of the American Industrial Hygiene Asso- 
ciation Laboratory Accreditation Program. He 
and his wife have two children: Sarah Marie and 
Leo C. Hearn III. 

Ray O. Herndon '81 is editor of association/ 
business publishing at Kendall/Hunt Publishing 
Co. in Falls Church, Va. 

Sharon P. Love Luyben '81 chairs the music 
department at the Wyomissing (Pa.) Area School 
District, where she also serves as choral director. 
Her concert choir performed in the Magic King- 
dom of Walt Disney World, Fla., on Palm Sun- 
day 1995. Sharon resides in Wyomissing Hills 
with her husband. Bill, and sons Nathaniel and 
Trevor. 

Janine Maletsky '81 and her husband, John 
Hayes, welcomed their first child, Jonathan 
Maletsky Hayes, on January 13, 1994. 

Craig C. dinger '81 and his wife, Chris- 
tine Lowther dinger '81 welcomed the birth of 
their second child, Mark Nelson Olinger, on May 
31, 1994. 

Debra Poley Schmidt '81 and her husband, 
the Rev. Gary Schmidt, welcomed a daughter, 
Jessica Christine, on October 10, 1994. They 
have three other children: Jennifer, Julie and 
Jonathan. 

John P. Shott '81 is president of the Leba- 
non School Board, on which he has served since 
1989. He is employed by the Pennsylvania 
Senate. 

Scott K. Berger '82 is senior programmer 
analyst for INTEL Corp. in Chandler, Ariz. He is 
completing his M.B.A. at Keller Graduate School 
of Management. Sally Anne Foose Berger '83 
is a 3rd grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary 
School in Mesa, Ariz. 

Glenn Steinmuller '82 is a police officer for 
the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, 
N.Y. 



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Rev. Timothy J. Wolf '82 is northeast 
regional director for the Association for Chris- 
tians in Student Development. 

Colleen Cassidy Schleicher '83 reports that 
she has three sons: John Cassidy, Benjamin James 
and Timothy William, and a daughter, Amanda 
Jane, bom December 31, 1994. 

Ralph Ackerman '84 and his wife, Sharon, 
welcomed their second child, Garrett John, on 
January 3, 1995. They have a daughter, Jordan. 

Holly Hanawalt Gainor '84 and her hus- 
band, Ray, welcomed a daughter, Emma Jean, on 
June 6, 1994. 

Herbert Hutchinson '84 is a search consult- 
ant for Gordon Wahls Co. in Media, Pa. 

Kay Bennighof Kufera '84 and her hus- 
band, Joseph, welcomed a second son, Joshua, in 
July 1994. He joins Gregory, 2 1/2. 

Wayne Martin '84 is materials manager for 
Sandvik Steel, Inc. in Scranton, Pa. He and his 
wife, Elizabeth Justin Martin '87, have one 
daughter, Kimberly Elizabeth, born May 16, 
1994. 

Sheila McElwee '84 married Marc Witmer 
on October 29, 1994. The couple, who are both 
research technicians, reside in King of Prussia, 
Pa. 

Michele Gawel Verratti '84 and Nicholas 
Verratti '85 welcomed a son, Justin Nicholas, 
on May 13, 1994. 

Leslie Gilmore Webster '84 and her hus- 
band, Stuart, have a daughter, Lauren Grace, 
bom July 1, 1994. 

Joanne Stimpson Nickerson '85 and her 
husband, Stephen J. Nickerson '83, have a 
daughter, Lauren Kaye, born on October 1 , 1994. 

Elizabeth Gross Swartz '85 is gallery direc- 
tor at Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, Mont. 
She married Ben Swartz in October 1990. 

Kent D. Henry '86 works for Hewlett- 
Packard, Bay Analytical Operation in Palo Alto, 
Calif. 

Geoffrey Howson '86 is a critical care nurse 
at Milford (Del.) Memorial Hospital. He gradu- 
ated cum laude from the University of Delaware 
in June 1994 with a B.S.in nursing. 

Barbara J. deMoreland Kirner '86 is a 
self-employed skin care and image consultant in 
Fort Worth, Texas. 

Rebecca Wise Marks '86 is a buyer for Belk 
Co.'s weekend and swim division. In January, 
she retumed to New York City from her second 
trip to the Orient, where she spent a week in 
India and a week in Sri Lanka, Singapore and 
Taiwan, developing a sportswear line for 1995. 

Theresa Rachuba '86 married Jay 
Leatherbury on September 20, 1994. 

Scott A. Wien '86 is employed by IBM and 
trained as a CNE to service a networking envi- 
ronment in New Jersey. 

Denise Heckler Carey '87 is a substitute 
teacher and head field hockey coach in the North 
Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa. Her hus- 
band, Dave, is associate pastor at Lansdale First 
United Methodist Church. 

John Hintenach '87 is a business develop- 
ment manager for Martin Marietta Specialty Com- 
ponents in Largo, Fla. He was married to 
Kimberly L. McCardle in May 1994. 

Dorothy Singer Hoglund '87 is caseworker/ 
coordinator for the Lebanon County satellite 
office of the Pennsylvania Association for the 
Blind. She is responsible for managing the office; 
providing case management for core services; 



and transporting, escorting and teaching skills to 
clients who are blind or visually impaired. 

Ursula Hoey Howson '87 is a graduate stu- 
dent/research assistant working toward a Ph. D. 
in marine biology-biochemistry at the College of 
Marine Studies at the University of Delaware in 
Lewes. She and her husband, Geoffrey Howson 
'86, have a daughter, Amanda, born on January 
22, 1991. 

Eve R. Lindemuth '87 is a recruiter for 
International Language Engineering Corp., an inter- 
national translation firm located in Boulder, Colo. 

Ingrid Peterson '87 is teaching educable 
mentally handicapped children at Gibsonton 
Elementary School near Tampa, Fla. 

Eric J. Shafer '87 graduated from Candler 
School of Theology at Emory University in 
Atlanta in June 1 994. He is a pastor of three rural 
churches in the Central Pennsylvania Confer- 
ence of the United Methodist Church. 

Bonnie J. Shermer '87 married Lt. Lonnie 
L. Crawford on May 14, 1994, at the U.S. Naval 
Academy in Annapolis, Md. Kristi Cheney '87 
was the soloist for the wedding ceremony. In 
January 1995, the couple moved to Okinawa, 
where Lonnie will serve a three-year tour of duty 
with the Marine Corps. 

Margaret Springer Timmons '87 and her 
husband, Dan, welcomed their first child, Caleb 
Andrew, on October 12, 1994. 

Karen K. Albert '88 is a 5th grade teacher 
in the Central Dauphin School District in Harris- 
burg. She received a master's degree in teaching 
and curriculum from the Pennsylvania State Uni- 
versity in May 1994. 

Samuel Howard Brandt '88 teaches sci- 
ence and health in the Lebanon l.U. 13 Alterna- 
tive Education Program in Lebanon, Pa. He and 
his wife welcomed their first child, Kenneth 
Samuel, on September 27, 1994. 

Desmond J. Coffey HI '88 is a dairy micro- 
biologist for Lehigh Valley Dairies in Fort Wash- 
ington, Pa. He married Kathy M. Hess on August 
13, 1994. 

Marjorie A. Schubauer-Hartman '88 and 
her husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter, 
Alexandra Electra, on March 23, 1994. 

Lydia Helene Neff '88 moved back to her 
hometown, Ridgewood, N.J., and is an elemen- 
tary BSI/suppIemental instructor in the 
Ridgewood Public Schools. 

Desanie D. Vlaisavljevic '88 married Rob- 
ert D. Miller '91 on May 7, 1 994. Desanie works 
for the Childline (Child Abuse Hotline). Robert 
is a carpenter with Shaeffer & Sons Contractors 
in Hershey, Pa. 

Kristin K. Weible '88 and Ralph D. Heister 
HI '90 were married in LVC's Miller Chapel on 
November 5, 1994. Kristin is employed by 
Lutheran Social Services-Child Care Programs 
in Lebanon, Pa. Ralph is vice president, director 
of environmental services, for All County and 
Associates, Inc. in Oley, Pa. 

Kristine Kropp Betz '89 is teacher/director 
of Winnie-the-Pooh Pre-school in Summit Hill, 
Pa. 

Sonja R. Compton '89 is working in 
Morristown, N.J., as an administrative assistant 
in quality assurance. 

Maria C. Fazzolari '89 is an industrial engi- 
neer for B. Braun Medical Inc. in Allentown, Pa. 
She is pursuing an M.B.A. at Lehigh University. 



R. Jason Herr '89 received a Ph.D. in organic 
chemisU-y from the Pennsylvania State University 
in August 1994. He is a post-doctoral research 
fellow at the University of Delaware in Newark. 

Andrew Hower '89 is a systems analyst with 
Ford in New Holland, Pa., and head junior high 
football coach at Conestoga Valley School Dis- 
trict in Lancaster County, Pa. 

Christine Richmond Hower '89 is a claim 
representative with the Donegal Mutual Insur- 
ance Co. and earned a Paralegal Certificate from 
the Pennsylvania State University. She and her 
husband, Andrew, welcomed their first child, 
Brett Andrew, on June 24, 1994. 

David P. Myers '89 has earned a Ph.D. in 
analytical chemistry from Indiana University in 
Bloomington. His Ph.D. dissertation included 
construction and evaluation of a plasma time-of- 
flight mass spectrometer. He is employed with 
LECO Corp. in St. Joseph, Mich. 

Beth A. Trout '89 married Brian Coder on 
December 31, 1994. She received an M.Ed, 
degree in guidance and counseling from 
Millersville University in May 1994. 

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Annette Boyles '90 married David B. Stork 
on November 4, 1994. She received a master's 
degree from St. Francis College in July 1993. 

D. Scott Carey '90 is a licensed psychiatric 
social worker at Beth Israel Medical Center in 
Newark, N.J. He received a master's degree in 
social work from New York University in May 
1994 and is now pursuing a post-graduate degree 
in health care policy and management at NYU. 

Camille Declementi '90 graduated fifth in a 
class of 94 from the University of Pennsylvania 
School of Veterinary Medicine with a V.M.D. 
She has a practice in Monaca, Pa. 

Sharon K. Faust '90 is senior research lab 
technician for Connaught Laboratories, Inc. in 
Swiftwater, Pa. 

Matthew S. Guenther '90 is chairperson of 
the Exeter (Pa.) Junior High English Depart- 
ment. He teaches German and creative writing in 
the Challenge Program. He is advisor to both the 
school newspaper and the yearbook, which took 
second place in National Scholastic Press Asso- 
ciation and Pennsylvania Scholastic Press 
Association. He is working on a master's 
degree at Millersville University. 

Harry (Buddy) S. Oliver HI '90 is a sys- 
tems analyst for Fiberplex in Columbia, Md. His 
wife, Kathy Supplee Oliver '90, is a social 
worker for the Harford County Department of 
Social Services in Bel Air, Md. The couple reside 
in Glenelg. 

Elizabeth Rosser '90 married Brian Smith 
'90 on May 28, 1994. They reside in Bensalem, 
Pa. 

Pamela B. Schaadt '90 received a master's 
degree in organ performance from the Catholic 
University of America in 1994. On September 3, 
1994, Pamela married Christopher Mathews in 
Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harris- 
burg; they reside in Frederick, Md. She is music 
director/organist of Middletown United Method- 
ist Church, and is also teaching private music 
lessons and Kindermusik classes. 

Katherine B. Scheidegger '90 is a finance 
and contract administrator for Physician Com- 
puter Network in Morris Plains, N.J. 



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Susan M. Spadjinski '90 and Vincent J. 
Sasone were married on July 9, 1994, at St. 
Thomas Church in Southington, Conn. The couple 
resides in Vernon. 

Amy M. Castle '91 married Douglas Hosier 
on October 22, 1 994. They live in St. Paul, Minn., 
where Amy, who has an M.B.A. from American 
University, is product requisition analyst for 
Ceridan Employees' Services. 

Sean Patrick Hunter '91 is a social studies 
teacher for the Millersburg Area (Pa.) School 
District. 

Kevin T. Kalb '91 received an M.B.A. in 
financial analysis from Drexel University. He is 
an accountant for the Eastern Region of Safe- 
guard Business Systems, Inc. in Fort Washington, 
Pa. 

Angela M. Krause '91 is a music teacher at 
the Marshall Elementary School in Harrisburg. 

James McMenamin '91 married Regina C. 
Wynee of Limerick, Pa., on August 6, 1994. 
James is a millwork sales specialist for The Home 
Depot in King of Prussia, Pa. 

Todd A. Mentzer '91 and his wife, Joyce 
Attlx Mentzer '91, welcomed a daughter, Lauren 
Elizabeth, on August 21, 1994. Joyce graduated 
in August 1994 from the Cincinnati College- 
Conservatory of Music with a master's degree in 
organ performance. 

Maryann Lucykanish Pula '91 is a 5th grade 
teacher at Central School in the Great Meadows 
(N.J.) Regional School District. 

Beth Scbalkoff '91 is an administrative 
assistant at Black Petrella Weisbord, Inc. in 
Plainfield, N.J. She is married to Thomas 
Miskewitz '91. 

Rebecca L. Snyder '91 is advertising coor- 
dinator for Associated Wholesalers, Inc. in 
Robesonia, Pa. 

Diana L. Cook '92 married Todd Musser on 
June 18, 1994. She is an elementary vocal/ 
general music teacher at Conrad Weiser East 
Elementary School in Wemersville, Pa. 

Brian Amandus Henry '92 is a sales repre- 
sentative for Hechinger's and a graphic designer 
for David Cooper Printing in Lancaster County, 
Pa. 

Gregory High '92 is the manager of sales 
and marketing for High Hotels, Ltd. Prior to 
joining High Hotels in 1992, Gregory served as 
marketing representative for High Associates, 
Ltd. He is chairman of the marketing committee 
for the Tri-State Association of Hampton Inns, 
Inc. and is chairman of the High Foundation 
Scholarship Selection Committee. 

Jan Haneberg Monteverde '92 is an accoun- 
tant for Conestoga Ceramic Tile in Harrisburg. 
She and her husband, Terrence M. Monteverde 
'92, have a son, Arthur. 

Alyson J. Neiswender '92 married William 
R. Adams '89 in September 1994 in Clearfield, 
Pa. Alyson is a substitute teacher in the 
Brookfield/Danbury schools in Brookfield, 
Conn., where they reside. Bill is a research sci- 
entist II for Boehringer Ingelhelm Pharmaceuti- 
cal Co. in Ridgefield. 

Douglas M. Zook '92 is a science teacher 
and football coach at Perryville High School in 
Elkton, Md. 

Amy G. Batman '93 is a student at the Phila- 
delphia College of Pharmacy and Science. 

Kimberly Bolden '93 is a program manager 
in a group home for the mentally/physically 



handicapped for New Directions in Progress in 
Harrisburg. 

Laura Etzweiler '93 is a transportation/rate 
analyst for Warner-Lambert Co. in Lititz, Pa. 

Lori Folk '93 is in the second year of a 
master's degree program at the University of 
North Carolina in Charlotte. She is also a teach- 
ing assistant. 

Harold E. Fultz '93 received an M.S. degree 
in computer science from Shippensburg Univer- 
sity in December 1994. 

Jennifer Hanshaw Hackett '93 is an editor 
for Chemical Education Resources in Palmyra, 
Pa. Her husband Sean Hackett '93, is a vocal 
music teacher for Conrad Weiser High School in 
Robesonia, Pa. 

Justine Hamilton '93 is a VISTA worker for 
the Mayor's Commission on Literacy in Phila- 
delphia. 

Theodore A. Jones '93 and his wife, Lynn 
Schwalm Jones '93, welcomed a son, Tyler 
Patrick, on June 7, 1994. 

Helen M. Major '93 is a caseworker II in the 
Mental Health/Mental Retardation Association's 
early intervention program in Chester County, 
Pa. 

Jan M. Ogurcak '93 is a 1st grade teacher at 
the Jackson Elementary School in the Eastern 
Lebanon County School District in Myerstown, 
Pa. She also coaches the junior high school girls' 
basketball team for the district. 

Zoanna Lyn Payne '93 is a management 
trainee for Pepperidge Farm, Inc. in Denver, Pa. 



David M. Sullivan '93 is a tax accountant 
for Fishbein and Co., a CPA firm in Elkins Park, 
Pa. 

Matthew D. Barr '94 is a chemist for Ster- 
ling-Winthrop Drug Co. in Myerstown, Pa. 

Lt. Jennifer I. Bower '94 graduated with 
honors from the officer basic course in Fort Eustis, 
Va. Serving in the Army, she leads the 546th 
Transportation Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, 
N.C. 

Craig C. Connelly '94 is a sales person for 
Furniture Liquidators in Lebanon, Pa. He is mar- 
ried to Dawn R. Hickman Connelly '92. 

David Fromholt '94 is a salesman for 
Shyda's Gun Shop in Lebanon, Pa. 

Cathi Gable '94 is a printer for Express 
Temporary Services in Lancaster, Pa. 

David V. Gartner '94 is a quality control 
analyst for Sterling Winthrop in Myerstown, Pa. 

Kevin E. Kemler '94 is in the sales/market- 
ing department at The Kern Group in Lancaster, 
Pa. He and his wife welcomed a daughter on 
December 19, 1994. 

Christine J. Seibert '94 is a financial plan- 
ning assistant for Richard Gabriel Van Buren 
Kohlhepp, Ltd. in Horsham, Pa. 

Matthew J. St. Georges '94 is a manager for 
Tailfeathers, Inc. in Agawam, Mass. 

Samuel Robert Willox '94 is a systems ana- 
lyst for Thomson Consumer Electronics in 
Lancaster, Pa. 






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