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William Lehr Jr., chair of the Lebanon Valley College Board of 
Trustees, recently announced that College President G. David Pollick 
has accepted a position as president of Birmingham-Southern 
College in Birmingham, Alabama. Stephen C. MacDonald, LVC vice 
president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty since 1998, has 
been appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as acting president 
while they conduct a national search for a new president. 

Lehr said, "During the eight years President Pollick has guided the 
College, LVC has seen continued enrollment growth, the inauguration <A 
several new academic programs, and the renovation and construction 
of new facilities. The College's position has evolved significantly and 
its visibility and presence have increased dramatically under his 
leadership. We wish him well in his new position." 


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President Pollick said, "While very much looking forward to the new 
challenges ahead, it is with a genuine sense of sadness that Karen 
and I are leaving a community of faculty and staff that has meant so 
very much to me during these eight years. It is with a sense of pride 
that I leave a College with such an extraordinarily exciting and bright 

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Barbara Macaw Atkinson '67 

Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

Lauren McCartney Cusick 

Tim Flynn '05 

Amy Gulli 

Tom Hanrahan 

Mary Beth Hower 

Lisa Landis '04 

Ann Hess Myers 

Lori Myers 

Cindy Progin '04 & Class Notes 

Braden Snyder '00 

Maria V. Snyder 

Dr. Susan Verhoek 


Tom Castanzo 

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2 Arts & Entertainment 

Wig and Buckle is still going strong thanks 
to a pair of Valley graduates who have 
theater in their blood. 

by Mary Beth Hower 

12 Blazing Their Own Trails 

LVC students continue to extend the 
boundaries of the classroom. Highlighted are 
five of our students who have gone beyond 
the classroom for personal growth. 

by Amy Gulli 

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On the Cover: The theater is alive and well at LVC. . 
Under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Pry '75 and Stephen 
Spiese '72, (pictured 1-1 1) Rebecca Grudzina '~ ' ^ 
Matthew Wensel '04, Spiese, Meghan Kurta '06, ' 
Jessica Barber '07, Gregory Keller Jr. '07, Katherine 
Bright '04, Jessica Moyer '04, Allison Abayasekara '07, 
Pry, and Eileen Jahn '07 have become stars in their ■ 
own right. JT 

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By Mary Beth Hower; Photography by John T. Consoli 


ARYLOUISE Burke '62 has fond 
memories of the faculty at 
Lebanon Valley. She remembers Drs. Theodore Keller 
and Anna Faber in the English Department; Dr. Carl 
Ehrhart '40, who taught courses for her philosophy 
minor; and James Kline, a chemistry professor who 

served as the faculty advisor to the Wig 
and Buckle Society. But what sticks in 
her mind the most is not a person but a 
place — the stage on campus where she 
discovered her love of acting. 

"I'll never, ever forget my first experience 
on the stage at LVC," she said. A freshman 
at the time, Burke recalled being so nervous 
during the audition that she was visibly 
shaking; yet she still landed a role in the 
drama, Outward Boutid. "I played a young 
wife whose husband had crossed over and, I 
had a wonderful, hysterical scene where I 

cried for my beloved Henry," she said. 
"After that I was completely hooked." 

Despite her love of acting, she never 
planned to pursue it as a career. After 
graduation, she attended the University 
of Wisconsin, where she earned a master 
of arts degree in English literature and 
intended on becoming a college professor. 
However, her plans abruptly changed. 
"I had an assistantship and just hated it," 
she explained. "So here I was in my early 
twenties with a master's degree, no plans 
and wondering what I wanted to do." 

Her answer came from an artistic 
aunt who often traveled from her home 
in Philadelphia to watch Burke perform 
at the Valley. Believing that Burke had 
real talent, she took the young woman 
into her home, and helped her find a day 
job and enroll in acting classes at nearby 
Hedgerow Theatre. "It was an absolutely 
wonderful, life-saving thing for her to 
have done," Burke said. "I remember 
going to my job in center city Philly, 
riding the train with a book of Chekhov 
plays on my lap." 

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She began landing roles in 
Philadelphia, first as Jo in ^ Taste of 
Honey, then Muriel in Ah, Wilderness. But 
there weren't a lot of acting opportunities 
in the Philly area at the time, and she 
was entering her early thirties, so Burke 
decided to make the move to New York 
City. "It was beyond my wildest dreams 
to get paid for acting. I just wanted to 

Marylouise Burke '62 (below, L and r.) has 
performed on Broadway, on television, and in 
tl)e movies and has worked with artists such as 
David Litidsay-Abaire, Sarah Jessica Parker, 
Julie Harris, Stephen Sondheim, and Vanessa 

have more opportunities," she said, "but 
it was a great time to arrive in New 

Burke hit the OfF-OfF Broadway scene 
in 1973, where she found interesting 
work in a number of contemporary new 
plays. However, with no money involved, 
she was left typing by day and acting by 
night. Eventually, through what she jokingly 
calls "the smallest role ever written," she 
earned her Actor's Equity card. She was 
signed by an agent and began to land 
steady jobs in regional theater. 

In 1992, she also was cast in the 
national tour of Peter Schaffer's Lettice 
and Lovage, with Julie Harris starring as 
Lettice. "I had a wonderflil featured role 

in the first act, a comic jewel of a scene," 
said Burke, "and had the privilege of 
working with Julie. She has a remarkable 
spirit, and on stage is just radiant." 

Although it was a great source of 
employment, the constant touring from 
city to city became wearisome, and casting 
directors in New York weren't seeing her 
work. She made the tough decision to 
turn down regional theater roles and stay 
in the city. "It was very hard," she said. 
"I had to dig in and go back to working 
day jobs and auditioning on my lunch 

The move paid off Her first visible 
role was in Fuddy Meers at Manhattan 
Theatre Club, where she worked with 




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the remarkable playwright David 
Lindsay-Abaire, whom she had met during 
her Off-OfF Broadway days. They 
worked so well together that she 
appeared in a number of his projects, 
including a feature role in Wonder of the 
World starring Sarah Jessica Parker and 
Amy Sadaris; and the title role in 
Kimberly Akimbo. The New York Times 
called me David's muse and I loved it, " 
she recalled. 

ng the academic life, Johanna Hansen Wilson '59 
usba7idj 0}'7non, moved to "Laura Land" and 
started an international quilting business. 

Burke also made a break into movies 
and television. Her credits include Angle, 
Meet Joe Black, and the Oxygen movie, 
My Sexiest Mistake. She also has made 
appearances on the ABC sitcom Hope 
and Faith and the NBC drama Law and 
Order. She is scheduled to appear this 
fall in an independent film, Sideways, by 
Alexander Payne, the award-winning 
director of About Schmidt. 

One thing Burke has learned 
throughout her career is never say never. 
In 2002, she met her toughest challenge 
when she was cast in her first musical, 
Stephen Sondheim's Tony-Award-winning 
revival of Into the Woods starring Vanessa 


Johanna Wilson 

Williams. "It was the hardest task to 
undertake a musical and do it with the 
cream of the crop," said Burke. "But 
everyone was infinitely patient. It was 
such a challenging, learning experience." 
One night after the show, Burke discovered 
she had people waiting for her at the 
stage door. Her visitors turned out to be 
George Reider '63, a member of the 
LVC Board of Trustees, and his wife, 
Carol. They had heard she was doing the 
show and drove with two of their grand- 
children from Connecdcut. Thirty years had 
passed since she had seen them, but that 
gesture rekindled a cherished friendship. 
Burke joked that she should be an 
inspiration to anybody who thought they 
were dead if they didn't peak by the age 
of 25. But, all kidding aside, she has 
accomplished her goal of becoming a 
working actress. "I never had ambitions to 
be a star. I'm just satisfied doing interesting 
work, creating a patchwork quilt of piecing 
together a living from various jobs that 
either pay the rent or excite me, and 
sometimes, fabulously, both." 

For Johanna 
Hansen Wilson '59, 

it was an experience with an actual 
patchwork quilt that led to her suc- 
cessful career as an author and 
fabric designer. The professional 
turn came as a surprise to Wilson, 
who holds an elementary educa- 
tion degree from LVC, as well as a 
master's degree in library science 
from the State University of New York at 
Albany and in education from Central 
Connecticut State University (CCSU). 
After her husband, Ormon, took an early 
retirement from the CCSU physics 
department, the couple moved to 
Minnesota and bought a farm where 
they raised corn, soybeans, wheat and 

The move placed her in the small 
town of Walnut Grove, close to the 
childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

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One day, after deciding she 
needed to do something with a 
quilt top she had received from 
a friend's mother, Wilson began 
reading everything she could 
find on quilting and patterns, 
and in the process became fasci- 
nated with quilt history. Living 
in what Wilson described as 
"Laura Land," led her to self- 
publish a booklet. Bear Tracks in the 
Berry Patch, which traced the quilts in 
the Little House books. 

Through Plum Creek Patchwork, her 
own publishing company, Wilson has 
published eight booklets. In addition, she 
has had two ftiU-length books picked up 
by a major publishing house. Her latest 
work, Prairie Quilts, inspired by the life 
and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder, will be 
released in July. In addition to her books, 
Wilson also designs fabric and is releasing a 
new line. Flowers for Ma. 

Though she's no longer in the 
elementary school classroom, teaching 
has remained an integral part of her life. 
Wilson shares her knowledge of quilting 
at the International Quilt Market and 
Quilt Odyssey, as well as at state and 
private shows. She even hosts the Plum 
Creek Quilt Retreat each summer, where 
participants spend three days making 
their own quilts. This will be the fourth 
summer she has offered the retreat, 
which last year attracted quilters from 1 
states and Canada. 

Wilson still recalls the encouraging 
words of Dr. Cloyd Ebersole, the late 
professor emeritus of elementary education 
at Lebanon Valley. "He was a very positive 
influence, one of those people who made 
you beUeve you could do anything you 
wanted to do. I never thought I'd be a 
book author, never thought I'd design a 
fabric line," she said. "It's not something 
I planned. Sometimes you just take advan- 
tage of opportunity when it arises. I truly 
believe you can do anything you set your 
mind to." 

Self-confidence and a 

strong spirit of determination are also the 
driving forces behind George Meyers '81, 
who has used his business administration 
degree to market himself straight into a 
career in show business. 

After graduating from LVC, Meyers 
spent a year in acting school before tak- 
ing up residence in New York City and 
landing roles in the soap operas Search 
for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, and One 
Life to Live. Always seeking out new 

opportunities, he moved to Orlando, and 
during his four years there, landed roles 
in commercials as well as parts in the 
Adventures of Super Boy and Swamp Thing. 

Meyers' lean six-foot, three-inch 
physique has enabled him to land some 
interesting roles, including the job of 

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(Facing page) Dr. Kevin Pry '76 (left) and 
Stephen Spiese '72 have nansferreH their love of 
the theater to numerous LVC students. (This page) 
Rebecca Grudzina '04, Matthetv Wensel '04, 
Spiese, Meghan Kurta '06, Jessica Barber '07, 
Gregory Keller Jr. '07, Katherine Bright '04, 
Jessica Moyer '04, Allison Abayasekara '07, Pry, 
and Eileen Jahn '07 were caught in the act 
preparing for a Wig & Buckle production. 

photo double for David HasselhofF during 
the Baywatch series; a slut on The Tonight 
Show impersonating Howard Stern; and a 
host of roles in law enforcement, including 
a recurring part on General Hospital as a 
member of the Port Charles police force. 
He has also had the unique opportunity 
to portray some of America's favorite 
superheroes, including Batman for D.C. 
Comics and Captain America, 
Spiderman and the Hulk for Marvel 
Comics. The assignments — making 
appearances for a variety of events, 
including conventions, toy stores and auto 
shows — have taken him to nearly all 50 
states, as well as many international locales. 
Once, while appearing as Batman at a Toys 
R Us in New York City, Meyers spotted 
someone in the crowd wearing a LVC jacket. 

It turned out to be Dr. David Lasky, 
professor emeritus of psychology, and his 
wife, Ann. "They got such a kick out of 
seeing me as Batman," Meyers said. 
"Goes to prove that you'll never know 
where you'll see LVC family." 

Meyers, who now resides in Los 
Angeles, also has had the distinction of 
working with some of Hollywood's 
biggest stars. One memorable part was in 
the drama Air Force One with Harrison 
Ford. "I played the role of a secret service 
agent who is immediately shot and killed, 
and who lies dead on the floor of the 
airplane throughout the entire movie. It 
was a memorable movie to work on, mainly 
because I got to sit next to Harrison Ford 
every morning in hair and makeup while 
the makeup artists applied the stage blood 
to my face and the bullet holes to my body," 
said Meyers. He also shared the screen with 
Brendan Fraser in Monkey Bone and with 
Arnold Schwarzene^er, Gabriel Byrne and 
the late Rod Steiger in End of Days. 


Meyers has enjoyed a variety of work, 
from roles in independent films such as 
The Lucky Penny 2, a tribute to Buster 
Keaton, to playing a deputy in a yet-to- 
be-titled zombie m.ovie. He's also more 
than willing to do what it takes to make 
himself more marketable in the fiercely 
competitive world of show business. 

He is certified in scuba diving, is a 
professional magician, has been trained 
in weapons and firearms, and owns his 
own LAPD uniform so casting directors 
don't have to imagine how he'd look 
during auditions for police roles. He has 
even taken up horseback riding in the 
hopes of someday being cast in a Western. 

Looking to the future, Meyers plans 
to move behind the camera and produce 
his own I6mm independent film. When 
the time comes, he would love to return 
to Lebanon Valley for filming and use 
alumni and students as actors. Living on 
the West Coast for the past eight years, 
Meyers regrets that he has lost touch 
with a nimiber of his classmates, but woiJd 
enjoy receiving news from College friends 
via his website, 


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Despite the ups and downs of the 
acting life, Meyers' motto is "You miss 
100 percent of the shots you never take." 
He also passes along a piece of advice 
that he once received, "Do something in 
your life that absolutely terrifies you. It's 
the only way to grow as a human being." 

Though a career in show 

business and life in Los Angeles isn't suited 
to everyone, thousands of LVC students 
have experienced a taste of acting during 
the 70 years that the Wig and Buckle 
Society has been part of campus. And the 
tradition of theater continues to grow 
stronger, thanks to advisors Dr. Kevin 
Pry '76 and Stephen Spiese '72 who 
add their own unique strengths to each 
of the student performances. Pry, a self- 
described logo-centric who has a doctoral 
degree in theater history dramaturgy 
from Penn State, handles production 
research. Spiese, a highly prized professional 
actor and member of Actor's Equity, 
lends his acting and technical expertise. 

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Neither are 
strangers to the 
LVC stage because 
both were members of Wig 
and Buckle as students. Pry 
rejoined the campus in 1990, when he 
was asked to guest direct Who's Afraid of 
Virginia Woolf a job that eventually led 
to a Rill-time teaching position on campus 
and the role of the club's faculty advisor. 
When Pry was chosen to lead a study- 
abroad semester to London, he enlisted 
the help of Spiese to cover his classes and 
in the process reconnected him with the 
theater group. "I said, 'and by the way, we 
need a technical advisor for Wig and 
Buckle,' and he volunteered." 

"I came back because I didn't get it 
right the first time," Spiese joked. He 
earned a music education degree from 
LVC, then taught for three years in the 
West Shore School District. He also 
spent a short stint working with gifted 
students before doing odd jobs — teaching 
private music lessons, directing choirs, 
repairing computers. In the late 1970s, 
Spiese joined his brother-in-law, a Penn 
State theater graduate, at the Ephrata 
Playhouse. In 1985, he and wife, 
Margaret (Peggy) Whorl Spiese '73, 
became involved in the Lancaster theater 
scene and have been mainstays at 
Lancaster's Fulton Theater. 

In addition to overseeing student 
performances. Pry and Spiese have also 
teamed up for numerous campus projects, 
including Charles Wolfson's Future, a 
play written by Dr. Arthur Ford '59, 
professor emeritus of English. 

Spiese quoted Russian actor Michael 
Chekhov, who said, "People who are 
drawn to acting possess a deep desire for 
personal transformation." Although the 
College has added a theater concentration 
within the past two years. Wig and 
Buckle is still open to all students and 
includes a variety ol majors from English 
and music to physics and mathematics. 
The club attracts what Pry described as "all 
kinds and conditions of students. Some 
had a good experience in high school and 

want to stay involved. Others had a bad 
experience and want a better one." 

Regardless of a student's background, 
it is always a learning process. "Many 
students have had a previous theater 
experience where everything was dictated 
to them," he said. "They're horrified to 
learn that it's a discovery process and an 
experimental process, that questions 
don't always have definite answers." On 
the flip side, Pry described the best 
moments as the ones where both he and 
the students "get involved in the process 
and go out in a happy st^e of exhaustion." 

Spiese added that an important part 
of the discovery process is "when stu- 
dents realize 'if I can be this person on 
stage, pull this off and convince an audi- 
ence, I have all sorts of choices off this 
stage as well.'" 

He added that the liberal arts component 
offered by the College is vital. "The theater 
is one of the ultimate platforms for the 
intersection of a liberal arts education. This 
is where everything comes together. It's 
fun when you do it right." 

Joan Squires '79 under 

stands the importance of a liberal arts 
education because she has seen its benefits 
first-hand. "A liberal arts background has 
been a tremendous asset throughout my 
career," she said. "I wouldn't trade it for 
anything." While a graduate student at 
the University of Michigan, she was 
surprised at how many fellow students 
did not have the writing skills or cultural 
background that was offered to her at 
LVC. "Liberal arts is the best kind of 
education you could possibly have, 
whether you know your desired career 
path or not. It gives you life skills to talk 
about a range of subjects — literature, 
culture, arts." 

Being in tune with culture is vital for 
Squires, who has made a life out of arts 
administration and is currently president 
of the Omaha Performing Arts Society. A 
music education major at LVC, Squires 
taught for a number of years before 
attending the University of Michigan 
and earning master's degrees in music 
and business administration. She then 
landed a prestigious, yearlong fellowship 
at the American Symphony Orchestra 
League, which enabled her to work with 
the Cleveland Orchestra, Florida 
Orchestra, and Houston Symphony. 

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"The program allowed me to work with 
the executive directors and really learn 
the music business from the inside. It 
was a chance to see strategic manage- 
ment at the highest level," she said. "It 
was a tremendous year." 

Since then, she has been associated 
with the Houston Symphony, The Utah 
Symphony, and the Milwaukee 
Symphony Orchestra, where she worked 
her way from general manager to executive 
direaor. Befr)re arriving at Omaha, she 
served as president and CEO for the 
Phoenix Symphony for almost eight 
years. During that time, she led the sym- 
phony's first endowment campaign, 
which raised $ 1 1 million, and launched 
new perfr)rmances at the Sedona Cultural 

As president at Omaha, she oversees 
the management and operation of the 
historic Orpheum Theater, a 2,500-seat, 
multi-use facility that underwent a $ 1 
million renovation during the summer of 
2002. She also has had the chance to 
coordinate the building and management 
of a brand new Omaha Performing Arts 
Center, a $90 million facility scheduled 
to open in the fall of 2005. The new 
facility will include a 2,000-seat concert 
hall, a 450-seat recital hall, and an outdoor 
courtyard performance area. 

Working in the arts also has allowed her 
to establish strong ties with the community 
and draw from her education background 
to introduce cultural programming to 
children. One of her most memorable 
moments on the job came right after 
9/11. Squires was working with the 
Phoenix Symphony and had scheduled 
cellist Yo-Yo Ma to appear. Ma was in 
Denver and, since all flights were 
grounded, he rented a car and driver and 
traveled all night to make the concert. "He 
gave one of the most powerful, extraordi- 
nary performances I've ever heard," said 
Squires. "He went out of his way to help 
everyone grapple with the unimaginable 
in the way he knew best — through his 

The healing power of die 

arts is something Shelby Applegate '96 
undetstands all too well. Many of her 
pieces focus on her own search for identity 
and reveal her eventual metamorphosis. 
Her love of nature is also apparent in the 
use of found objects — twigs taken from 
the trees that encircle her home studio in 
Mt. Gretna, dried petals of flowers given 
by friends. Her media are diverse, ranging 
from paper sculpture, watercolors and 
gelatin prints, to papermaking and 
encaustics made with beeswax. "I'm 
intellectually curious. I like to challenge 
myself, to keep trying different things," 

said Applegate. "I can't keep doing the 
same thing all the time." 

Applegate began her coursework at LVC 
decades after earning her first bachelor's 
degree in religion and art at Drew 
University, but the timing turned out to 
be just right. "People ask what LVC has 
done for me," she said. "I tell them it 
saved my life." 

She came to Lebanon Valley in 1983 
when her husband. Dr. Howard 

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Applegate, accepted a position as vice 
president of college relations. Only a few 
years later, they faced a family tragedy 
when, in 1987, one of their sons was 
killed in a corporate jet crash. During the 
numbing weeks and months that followed, 
members of the College community kept 
her and her husband moving. Secretaries 
took her to an exercise class in Arnold 
Sports Center. She later taught herself to 
swim in the College pool, and then 
began taking writing classes through the 
English Department. 

She still remembers the advice she 
received from Dr. Phil Billings, professor 
of English, who also served as her advisor. 
"He talked with me about my son's death 
and said something I've never forgotten. 
He told me not to let it define my life. 
At the time I didn't understand how 
important that information was." Seeing 
people close to her who had been 
destroyed by loss, she made a conscious 
decision not to let that happen to her, 
and set out to become an artist. 

Applegate always had an interest in 
art, but had never imagined that her 
talents could blossom into a career. After 
graduating from Drew, she attended an 
art guild in Syracuse but wasn't happy 
with the results, explaining that her teach- 
ers trained her eye better than her hand. 

She enrolled in a variety of art classes 
at LVC: watercolor with Holly Brigham, 
acrylic with Leslie Bowen, oil with Amy 
Heinly. But the drawing and pastel classes 
with Dan Massad, LVC's arnst-in-residence, 
became a turning point for her. "He was 
the first person who told me I was talented 
and that he liked my work." This was 
high praise coming from someone whose 
art has found a place at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art and the Smithsonian 
American Art Museum. "Dan has had the 
biggest influence on my life. "Without him, 
I never would have had the courage to 
start this journey." In 1996, she earned an 
individualized bachelor's degree in creativity: 
writing and art. 

Another important part of her education 
was the training she received at Penland 

School of Crafts in North Carolina. The 
school kept coming up in conversation, 
so she took it as a sign and decided to 
apply. It was a huge step, but she mustered 
up the courage to drive alone to North 
Carolina, a trip that took over 1 1 hours 
on that initial journey. She describes her 
work at Penland as her equivalent of a 
graduate degree. Each two-week course is 
intense, about the same as a semester. 
She has been going every summer since 
1994, taking one to two classes at a time 
in drawing, painting, printmaking, 
papermaking and encaustic. She enjoys 
sharing what she's learned with other 
artists, inviting them into her studio or 
visiting local schools and art associations. 

Over the past 1 years, her work has 
been part of numerous solo shows, juried 
exhibitions, and invitationals. During 
2003, her work appeared at the Lancaster 
Art Museum, Hershey Museum, 
Lancaster Galleries West in Elizabethtown, 
Whitaker Center, the Doshi Gallery of 
Contemporary Art of the Susquehanna 
Art Museum, and the Morrison Gallery 
at Penn State-Harrisburg. 

"I always felt there was something 
I was meant to excel at, but couldn't 
imagine what that was. Now I've found 
my identity," she said. "I'm the same 
person, but different . . . more evolved, 
more secure in my own skin." For 
someone who never envisioned anything 
more than just dabbling in art, her days are 
now filled with discovery. "Synchronicity, 
convergence, chance — 
whatever it is that happens, ''^B^X 
it's wonderful to experience." ^Pi" 

From the very beginning, 
David Lenker's goal was simple — earn 
a degree. He and his identical twin 
brother, Jesse, graduated together in 
1940, both with bachelor's degrees in 
business administration. "For my mother, 
education was prime on the agenda, and 
she made a lot of sacrifices for us," 
Lenker said. "She used to tell us, 'If you 
think an education is expensive, try 

Lenker heeded his mother's words and 
made the most of his time at Lebanon 
Valley. In addition to his regular schooUng, 
he entered the civilian pilot training 
program in his senior year. He took 
ground school classes in topics such as 
meteorology and aerial navigation from 
Dr. Samuel O. Grimm '12, and flew 
out of the former Penn Harris Airport. 
On Dec. 16, 1939, he made his first solo 
flight, and by May 1940, qualified for a 
private pilot's license. He completed his 
first cross-country flight at the same time 
as John Lynch, son of LVC President 
Clyde Lynch (1932-1950), and remembers 
the hoopla on their return. The Patriot- 
News of Harrisburg wrote an article that 
he keeps framed in his den at home. "We 
were treated like two astronauts returning 
from space." 

After graduation, Lenker worked at 
Lenkerbrook, the family dairy farm in 
Dauphin County. With World War II 
underway, strong feelings of patriotism 
prompted Lenker to join the U.S. Army 
Air Corps Reserve. He spent four months 
at Bloomsburg University learning maneu- 
vers and loops, and again took ground 

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.vid Lenker '40 shares his life and love 
art with his wife, Nancy; daughters 
fargot, Lisa and Brook; and six grand- 

school courses. He then spent one year 
serving as a flight instructor at Penn 
State University, where 4,000 aviator 
cadets were hving in frat houses. He 
eventually landed an assignment at the 
Pentagon, working for the Counter 
Intelligence Corp. handling security and 
surveillance. After the seven-year stint, he 
rejoined the family business until retiring 
as vice president in 1 977. 

Though he only opened his own 
gallery. Signature Artworks in 
Hummelstown, in 1989, Lenker's love of 
art was always part of his life. He painted 
wherever and whenever he could, often 
carrying oils and a canvas with him when 
he flew. He took lessons at the Art 
Association of Harrisburg, and wound 
up teaching there for more than 35 years 
as well as serving as president of the 
organization. He also shared his talents 
with a number of high-profile students 

from the political realm, including 
former Pennsylvania Governor George 
Leader, who held ofiPice from 1955—59, 
and whose family still buys art from 
Lenker; and Ellen Casey, wife of another 
Pennsylvania governor, the late Robert 
W. Casey, who, while in office, invited 
Lenker and two other artists to 
display their work in the Governor's 
Residence. In addition, celebrities 
Charlton Heston, Joan Rivers and Barry 
Goldwater own his art. 

Lenker's paintings depict a wide 
variety of images ranging from local 
landmarks, including many scenes from 
the Lebanon Valley campus, to the 
Arizona desert. His art also has led him 
to international locales, including a visit 
to Kenya where he painted the leaders of 
the Massi Mara tribe. He is a signature 
member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor 
Society, has been active as a Rotary Club 

member for some 50 years, and, in 1998 
earned the College's Distinguished 
Alumni Citation. 

"I'm not Andrew Wyeth," he said 
modestly about his own ability. However, 
it is an interesting fact that Wyeth's first 
cousin is married to Lenker's first cousin. 
Both artists sent wedding gifts of their 
artwork, which hang side-by-side in the 
couple's home. Lenker remains grateftd to 
his family, who placed such a high priority 
on education, making the necessary 
sacrifices so he could have the freedom 
to go wherever that training could take him. 
"Having an education doesn't guarantee 
being a millionaire, but there are so many 
wonderfiil things you can do in life." 

Mary Beth Hower is a freelance writer 
from Annviiie. She is tlie former director 
of media relations at Lebanon Valley 
College and current advisor to the 
Colleges Qutttapahilla yearbook staff. 

Spring 2004 11 






I r\r\Ul I ivJNMLLY/ when students look at colleges, 
their primary concerns are academic: Does this school offer my major? 
What types of courses are required for graduation? Do I want a liberal arts 
or career-specific education? 

But when classes begin, students find they spend many more hours outside 
the classrooms than in them. That is when the second set of hard decisions 
begins: Do I join clubs? Do I volunteer? Do I work? 

At Lebanon Valley College, there are so many activities and opportunities 
for students beyond the classroom, that making those decisions is tough. 
For the following five Valley students, their time outside the classroom 
has contributed as much to their educations as their time within it. 



In the six years since Chi Lan Ngoc 
Trinh '06 moved from Vietnam to 
the United States, she has gone from 
speaking no EngUsh to teaching others struggHng 
through the same experience. 

Trinh was 1 3 years old when her father, who works 
for the U.S. Army, moved the family to Harrisburg for 
his new job. 

"It was really tough," recalled the biochemistry 
major. "Nobody in my family spoke English." 

Trinh began taking English-as-a-second-language 
classes through Harrisburg's Migrant Education 
Program, but struggled because her teacher did not 
speak Vietnamese. From June through August 1998, 
Trinh was terrified every time her teacher spoke 
because she could not understand anything. 

But by the end of August, Trinh began figuring out 
how her adopted language worked. 

"After three months, I think somehow it just got 

Chi Lan Ngoc Trinh '06 seflessly helps others 
learn her adopted language, English. 

through, and I understood it a little bit," she explained. 

"When Trinh started her freshman year of high 
school, a program tutor came to her house. 

"It was great to have somebody help me with 
homework," she said. 

By the next summer, Trinh was so fluent that she 
was asked to help teach program courses and become a 
tutor herself 

Spring 2004 13 

"They wanted people who spoke two languages, so 
they trained me to help the teacher," she said. "And I 
started going around to people's houses and helping 
them. I do what they did for me. 

"It feels great because I was in that position, that 
situation, before, so I know how people feel when they 
don't speak English. They worry about everything," 
she said. 

During her senior year, Trinh was accepted to all 
five colleges where she applied. But it was her visit to 
LVC's campus that made her final decision easy. 

"The first time I looked at the campus, I think I 
just fell in love with it," she said. "I said, 'Yeah, this is 
the place I want to go.'" 

As a commuter student, Trinh has had to learn how 
to switch quickly between languages and cultures. At 
home, she speaks solely Vietnamese with her parents, 
who are not yet bilingual. On campus, she speaks only 

English. And to her students, she speaks a mixture of 
Vietnamese and English. 

"My parents think I understand everything," she 
said with a laugh. "There are many words that I don't 
really know, and they ask me to explain things in real 
detail, and I really don't know how — yet!" 

Trinh plans to use her biochemistry major for either 
medicine or forensic science. Because she spends so 
much time working with scientific terms, she has 
discovered an unexpected challenge. 

"Now, I am just thinking in English," she said. 
"I can understand the words in English, but I can't 
translate them into Vietnamese." 

And despite her already-busy schedule, Trinh makes 
sure she takes the time to help kids learn that they, 
too, can become fluent in English. 

"It is something that I really love to do, " she 
exclaimed. "It is great to help somebody understand more." 




One semester in England wasn't 
enough to satisfy the curiosity of Anne Small '03. 

"I have always been adventurous and done different 
things," explained Small. "So I studied abroad for a 
semester, came back to LVC for a semester, then went 
back for the summer." 

When Small first went to London in the fall of 
2002, she took three classes at Anglia Polytechnic in 

"It's one of the best opportunities that LVC has," 
Small said of studying abroad. "It really forces you to 
find out who you are." 

What Small found out about herself was that she 
wanted to spend more time in jolly old England. So 
the music performance and English literature double 
major spent last summer waiting tables at the Pickerel 
Inn, a 600-year-old pub that boasts that it is the oldest 
operating tavern in Cambridge. 

"I learned so much more than I would have learned 
waiting tables here," she said. "Living there, you get to 
see the intimate side of another hfe." 

Diuring her stay. Small also foimd she could combine 
her two loves — language and music. 



Anne Small '03 has become a true Anglopb 
since studying abroad during her junior ye/t 

"I did spend a lot of time in museums and the- 
aters," she said. "And I was able to live on the grounds 
of Anglia Polytechnic. The dining hall, which has a 
huge baby grand piano, looked like something from 
Harry Potter. To be able to play in this huge space on 
this great instrument was perfect." 

The Shippensburg native is currently teaching 
piano lessons and finishing an internship in Hershey 
while she decides on graduate school. But she's most 
animated and excited when she talks about her time 

"It's like walking through postcards or fairy tales," 
she said. "You can't get an experience like that in the 
United States." 

14 The Valley 

Dave Ingalls '04 turned a chance encounter into a four-year 
quest for excellence. 



Dave Ingalis '04 knew that when 
; he came to LVC he would be improv- 
ing his mind. He didn't know that he 
would also be improving his body, 
music education major, Ingalls is the first student 
in LVC history to begin his fireshman year with no Tae 
Kwon Do experience and to earn a black belt in the 
Korean martial art before graduating. 

Ingalls' journey began in October of his freshman 

"I always had an interest in it," noted Ingalls. "I saw 
Dr. David Lyons and his family over in Arnold Sports 
Center one day practicing, and I asked a woman at the 
desk who they were. 

"A month later, the Lyons family had a demonstration. 
I went and was amazed at what they did. I was hooked 
from the first day of class." 

A high school athlete from Seaford, Del., Ingalls 
knew he enjoyed getting a good workout. 

"I just love going to the brink of exhaustion and 
then the feeling you get after that," he said. "It was a 

challenge, too, because I have never been extremely 
flexible. I just wanted to push my limits." 

Ingalls, whose main instrument is trumpet, also 
found the sport to be a way to unwind. 

"For me, it was a release," he added. "Being a music 
education major, everything revolves around practicing 
and getting better. I could go to the Tae Kwon Do 
room and get a good workout. It was something totally 

Though it was different, Ingalls discovered he could 
incorporate the lessons of the ancient art into his 
everyday life. 

"There's such a sense of accomplishment with 
everything you do in Tae Kwon Do" he said. "And I 
think discipline is a big part of that. Life requires 
patience, as does Tae Kwon Do. It is not one of those 
things where you walk in, learn a new technique, and 
do it perfectly. 

"The black belt was a goal for me," he continued. 
"It's a goal that you set, work toward, and persevere 
throueh until you earn it." 

Freddie Long '05 writes songs 
to help others cope. 




Freddie Long '05 was trying to 

calm the graduation fears of his mother 
and his high school classmates when he 
wrote those lyrics. Less than two years 
later, while a freshman at LVC, that song, 
"It's Only Just Begun," became the title 
track to his first CD. 

Long, a music recording technology 
major, spends much of his time putting his life to music. 

"I try to draw on my own experiences, my own 
takes on life," the Maryland native explained. 
"Everyone has their own perspective on life. And 
maybe, hopefully, somebody else can relate to it." 
A pianist. Long was drawn to music in middle 
school. By his junior year, he decided to create his own 
songs and soon wrote the music and lyrics to "It's Only 
Just Begun." 

"That is sort of how the whole solo-songwriter 
thing began for me," he said. "I tried to look at the 
positive aspects of high school ending. I wanted to 
perform the song at graduation." 

But when Long was told that would not happen, he 
recorded the song with just piano and vocals and sent 
it to a local radio station near his home in Ijamsville, 
Md., which began playing the tune regularly. 

"They apparendy received a lot of calls the first time 

ged and left behind, 
I see you, I see me, and I see the story unwind. 
Uemmes, our precious souvenirs, 
of our Joy and our laughter, our anger and our tears. 


they aired the song," Long recalled. "Something that 
started just as a song I wanted to play for graduation 
snowballed into this." 

Though Long writes mosdy about his own experiences, 
he also uses his musical abilities for charity. For example, 
he has organized a holiday concert on campus for three 
years to raise money and toys for Toys for Tots. 

He also volunteered to write a song for a national 
foundation, Songs of Love, that provides individualized 
songs for critically or terminally ill children. Long's 
recipient was a 5-year-old boy who suffers recurrent 

"They send you a profile of a kid — his interests, his 
hobbies — and you take the profile and try to write a 
happy song for them," Long said. "It was a lot of fiin 
to write a song for that kid, knowing he would be 
listening to it." 

While music provides him the chance to help others, 
it also provides him a way to make money. Long performs 
evening shows around the Harrisburg area, something 
he would like to do when he graduates. 

"I would definitely like to pursue writing and 
performing as much as I possibly can," he said. 
"That is the goal — ^just trying to make a living 
doing something I love to do." 


16 The Valley 




Oscar Kromah '07 persuaded his 
mother to move from Africa to the 
United States two years ago so that he 
could receive an American education — and he has 
found exacdy what he was looking for at Lebanon 
Valley College. 

Moving from Liberia to York, Pa., when he was 18 
may sound difficult, but Kromah had little trouble 
adjusting because his adopted town was very similar to 
his hometown. 

"I didn't have any language troubles. EngUsh is what 
I have been speaking all my life," he said. "And the area 
was almost the same. I grew up in the city, so this is 
something that wasn't too different for me." 

Kromah and his mother chose to live in York to be 
close to relatives, he said. He immediately began 
attending high school, but he discovered he would have 
to repeat his senior year because he did not qualify to 
graduate on time. 

During that second year, Kromah applied to several 
colleges and universities, including Penn State. But it 
was the opportunities at Lebanon Valley College that 
attracted him. 

"My high-school counselor recommended LVC," he 
said. "I came and saw it, and I pretty much liked it. It's 
not too big, and you can move around easily." 

The 20-year-old freshman has chosen a unique double 
major — chemistry and philosophy — that he plans to 
use toward a medical degree. 

"In the 10th grade in Africa, we do a lot of chemistry," 
he said. "I did very well in chemistry and many people 
recommended that I follow up on that as a career." 

The philosophy half of his major reflects a more 
personal side, Kromah noted. 

"Philosophy is just something that is part of me. 
Sometimes, you just study something for yourself, not 
for any other reason," he added. 

And Kromah remains glad he moved thousands of 
miles from his homeland to receive an American education. 

"So far, it is what I expected," he said. "I'm happy." 


Oscar Kromah's '07 unique double major exemplifies a true 
love for learning. 

Sprjng 2004 17 

class news & notes 

What do 

a LVC alumna, a current LVC parent and LVC's regis- 
trar have in common? Nothing, until a class ring and a series of coinci- 
dences recently brought the three together. 

On her last day of college 15 years ago, Melissa Andrews Yannerella '89 
removed her class ring as she packed in Mary Green Hall. Yannerella and 
her roommate saw the ring fall and even saw the direction it bounced, but 
then the ring disappeared. 

"We tore the room apart for an hour and a half but never found the 
ring," Yannerella remembered. 

Yannerella's parents were separated, and her mother had saved so 
Yannerella could get her ring. "She was upset, and I was upset," Yannerella 
said. "Lebanon Valley was a very special place, and the ring reminded me 
of all the memories." 

Fast forward to August 2003, to Biglerville Laundry Center, six miles 
north of Gettysburg, when owner Laurie Hess P'05 discovered a ring while 
routinely cleaning lint traps. 

"I set it in the bacl< room and didn't think about it," Hess explained. 
"About two weeks later, I knocked the jar with the ring off the table." A closer 
inspection revealed that the ring was a LVC class ring. 

"I was stunned," Hess said. Strangely enough, her daughter, Amanda 
Goulden '05, is a student worker in the registrar's office at Lebanon Valley, 
so Hess contacted Registrar Karen Best. 

In the e-mail Best received, Hess said the ring was inscribed with the 
year 1989, a B.A. distinction and the initials MJA. Using her alumni directory, 
Best provided Hess with the name of Melissa Jean Andrews Yannerella. 

Upon hearing the news, Yannerella, who now teaches fourth grade in 
New Jersey, thought, "That couldn't be. There's no way someone would find 
it." But sure enough, the ring was Yannerella's, and Hess soon mailed it to her. 

"I've never been to that laundromat," Yannerella said, "but however it got 
there, it was still in excellent condition, just like when I lost it." 

"I wear it all the time now, and I've told so many people this story." 

Hess said, "It was so neat to be involved in this, and I was happy I could 
help someone." 

"I'm so thankful she made the effort to get the ring back to me," 
Yannerella said. "If it was going to be anyone who did this, I'm not surprised 
it was someone connected with Lebanon Valley. I made my best friends 
there, and the College was my family." 

- 'il'-^SX.iSStSISS.v 

Lisa Landis '04 is an English communications major and political 
science minor. She is a co-editor of La Vie Collegienne and held the 
school record in the triple jump for indoor track. 


Editor's Notes: In light of the Arts & 
Entertainment feature, several additional 
classmates are listed in a special 
place on the LVC web site. Please 
visit to see more 
performers and entertainers. 

In response to "The Sporting Life" article 
in the fall 2003 issue of The Valley, 
Cliarles Burkhardt '64 notified us that 
former LVC student Henry Homan '24 
played for the Frankford Yellowjackets of 
the NFL from 1925 to 1930 where he 
was the team quarterback in the 1926 
NFL championships. He also told us 
that Roy Lechthaler '32 played four 
games at guard for the 1933 Eagles 
and Ken Longenecl<er '60 saw action 
for the 1960 Pittsburgh Steelers. He 
also believes that Was MacMillan '64 
had a free agent tryout with the 
Vikings. If you can add to this list, 
please e-mail us at 
so that we can update our records. 

NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania 
unless otherwise noted. 

Since his retirement, Samuel D. Ulrich, 

M.D., '33 enjoys "loafing and recycling 
mail appealing for money. " 

On June 7, 2003, Irma Keiffer Shearer '36 
and Daniel L. Shearer '38, H'65 celebrated 
their 64th wedding anniversary. 

Correction: Lena Risser Mitchell '38 

and her husband, Bill, live in a retirement 
community in Lititz. 


Enjoying her retirement, Fredericka 
Laucks Albert '42 swims, walks, reads and 
plays bridge. However, her favorite activity 
is receiving phone calls from enthusiastic 

Dr. Doris Smith Watson '43 introduced 
handbells to Brick Presbyterian Church in 
New York City. This past March, Doris 
celebrated the 50th anniversary of having 
directed the church's first handbell festival. 

In October 2003, Dr. Dorothy Landis 

Gray '44 presented four opera lectures for 
the Vistas Program at Covenant United 
Methodist Church in Lebanon. Dorothy 
also occasionally plays piano at the Allen 
Theatre and MJ s Coffeehouse in Annville. 

1 8 The Valley 

Bruce C. Souders '44 was a member of the 
editorial committee for the Poetry Society 
of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology of 
Members' Poems released in the spring of 2003. 

Dr. Elizabeth Kreiser Weisburger '44, 
H'89 was the first recipient of the William 
Wagner Award of the American Conference 
of Governmental Industrial Hygienists at a 
recent meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Jean Garland Woloshyn '44 retired at the 
age of 80 from the Big Bear Presbyterian 
Church in California, where she was the 
director of music, director of choir, and 

Elizabeth Reiff Marino '46 is "still going 
strong." She is active in three symphony 
orchestras, three string quartets and two 
musical societies in California. 

Chambersburg named Wayne L. Mowrey 

'47 the Donald "Mike" Waters Citizen of 
the Year at a recent Borough Coimcil meeting. 
The award recognizes "those people who 
have contributed the most to the community 
through volunteer efforts." Wayne credits his 
time spent at LVC for laying the foundation 
for his "dedication and the importance of 
volunteerism and giving one's self to the 
community where you are a resident." 
Wayne is the husband of Jane Klucker 
Mowrey '43. 

Wesley R. Kreiser '49 and his wife, A. 
Louise, have moved into a retirement 
community where they continue to enjoy 
gardening and bird watching. 

Margaret Fake Anders is traveling in her 
Roadtrek van and "enjoying old age." 

A. Fay Hall Edwards '51 and Paul F. 
Edwards '52 are retired and spend their 
summers in Pennsylvania and their winters 
in North Carolina. 

Dorothy Bontreger Macut '52 and Dr. S. 
Sava Macut '52 recently celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary. Dorothy is a 
homemaker and Sava is a retired physician. 

After 37 years, Edward H. Walton '53 

retired as an administrator at the University of 
Bridgeport in Conneaicut. He is continuing 
with his baseball research and writing. 

Retired teacher Marcia Shirley Lavorini '58 

stays actively involved in her community as 
the family nurture chairperson for Habitat 
for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, 
president of the Martinsburg, W.Va., 
Optimist Club, and a homebound teacher 
for Berkeley County. 

Dr. Ralph H. Lutz '58 is director of Faith 
Prayer Partners in Pottsville. 

In September 2003, Dr. Ned D. Heindel 

'59 addressed members of the Summit Area 
Old Guard in New Providence, N.J., 
regarding medical and lay practices of the 
19th century. 

Linda Shirey Huber '59, freelance performer 
and autoharp teacher, introduced the "Harp 
in the Park" series to the community of 
Hanover over four years ago. It has since 
grown from six smdents to around 30 students. 
Linda teaches the eight-week summer 
course at a state park located near Hanover. 


Brenda Funk '60 married James Pierson in 
June of 2003. 

Founder and conductor of the Tacoma 
(Wash.) Concert Band, Robert C. Musser 
'60 is a guest conductor throughout the 
United States, Canada, China, Russia and 
the Ukraine. 

Aglaia Stephanis Ahmed '62 has retired 
and moved to Buda, Texas. 

DR. JOHN HINSHAW, associate 
professor of history, is compiling a 
"Best of Central Pennsylvania" list for 
new faculty and staff who move to 
the area each fall. He would welcome 
additions from LVC alumni and friends. 
The list will cover the Lebanon- 
Harrisburg-Lancaster area and will 
highlight anything from the best place 
to buy a certain food product to the 
best local carpenter — anything that a 
new resident would need to know. 
Please e-mail your suggestions to 

Jeanne Vowler Fry '62 is a secretary/recep- 
tionist for the Central Bucks School District 
in Doylestown. 

After more than 37 years working in college 
counseling, George J. HUtner III '62 

retired from Suffolk County Community 
College on Long Island, N.Y. He is the 
owner of Reader Friendly Enterprises, a 
copywriting, copyediting and proofreading 
business, as well as a part-time organist and 
choirmaster on Long Island. 

In June 2003, the Rev. James D. Corbett 

'63 retired from the United Methodist 
ministry after almost 43 years of service. 

In June 2002, John W. Davis '64 retired 
from the Cornwall-Lebanon School District 
in Lebanon, having served as the aquatics 
director and head swim coach for 35 years. 
In honor of his service to the swimming 
program, the district renamed its pool the 
John W Davis Natatorium. 

After 35 years as a music teacher, James L. 
Dunn '64 retired from the Susquehanna 
Township School District in Harrisburg. He 
continues as a part-time faculty member at 
Dickinson College in Carlisle. 

After 3 1 years, Julie Johnston Geib '64 has 

retired from teaching. She spent her first 
two years teaching third grade in 
Washington County, Md., and the last 29 
years teaching in the West Shore School 
District in New Cumberland. 

In November 2003, Charles H. Martin '64 

was reelected to a third term as a Bucks 
County Commissioner. Charles is also a 
board member of the County Commissioners 
Association of Pennsylvania and SEPTA, the 
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority. 

Barbara Speicher Moyer '64 retired from 
the East Pennsboro School District in Enola 
where she taught for 3 1 years, the past 20 as 
a third-grade teacher. 

Dolores Mallery Neuroth '64 is a medical 
technologist specializing in blood banking 
at Carthage Area Hospital in New York. 

Rita Blauvelt Patterson '64 is a cartographic 
specialist with the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service in Ames, Iowa. 

Recently, Carl F. Sayers '64 and his wife, 
Joan, celebrated their 40th anniversary. 

Barry Reichard '65 is chief of the weapons 
systems technology branch at the U.S. 
Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen 
Proving Ground, Md. 

Michael T. Alleman '66 is manager of 
systems development for First Data 
Corporation in Englewood, Colo. 

Spring 2004 19 



news Cr notes 

Ruth Ann Smith-Matsuo '66 is director of 
preventative cardiology at the University of 
Utah College of Medicine in Salt Lake City. 

In September 2003, Roberta Gable Reed '67 

retired after 30 years as a research scientist 
and laboratory director at Bassert Healthcare 
in Cooperstovvn, N.Y. Currently, she is the 
IRB administrator at Maricopa Integrated 
Health System in Phoenix, Ariz. She and her 
husband. Bill Gates, are enjoying the warm 
climate of Arizona, playing lots of tennis 
and learning about the Southwest. 

James E. Boston, Ph.D., M.D., '68 is 

practicing internal medicine in Elizabeth, N.J. 

Alan P. Hague '68 recendy retired and is 
writing poetry. His wife, Barbara Wert 
Hague '71, is a counselor for Cathohc 
Social Services in Phoenix, Ariz. 

Dr. James R. Newcomer '68 was reappointed 
to a five-year term as assistant superintendent 
of the Quakertown School District in Bucks 

After 30 years of teaching music, C. Scott 
Shametzka '68 retired from C. Milton 
Wright High School in Harford County, Md. 
Currently, he is the interim band director at 
Elizabethtown College and continues to 
direct the Bel Air Community and Jazz 
bands. Sandra George Sharnetzka '70, 
Scott's wife, retired after teaching music for 
31 years in Harford County. She continues 
directing her church's adult and handbell 
choirs and plays the French horn in the Bel 
Air Community Band. 

As business development manager for Tyco 
Electronics in Harrisburg, Robert D. 
Atkinson '69 coordinates new product 
development for marketing, engineering and 
sales for the computer, communications and 
consumer electronics industries. 

J. Dean Burkholder '69 is president of 
Human Services Planning Systems Inc. in 

Lancaster. He authored A Comprehensive 
Dictionary of Outcome Goals/Measures for 
Huynan Services Agencies and was a speaker 
at the National Conference of Community 
Action Agencies held recently in Anaheim, 

Dr. Michael J. Campbell '69 is a piper 
with the City ot Chattanooga Pipe Band in 

After 34 years, William E. Campbell '69 

retired as a supervisory mathematician with 
the U.S. Navy. 

Norman W. Fogg Jr. '69 retired from the 
New York State Department of Health and 
is now a consumer safety officer with the 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 
Rockville, Md. He is married to Barbara 
Andrews Fogg '71. 

In June 2003, Nancy Robinson Learning 

'69 was promoted to CEO of Tufts Health 
Plan in Waltham, Mass. 

Joanne Cestone McHugh '69 retired from 
teaching at East Hanover Township School 
in New Jersey. 

Joan M. Schmehl '69 is a member of the 
board of directors for the Lehigh Valley 
affiliate of the National Alliance for the 
Mentally 111. She provides weekly volunteer 
phone support, writes for the newsletter, 
serves on the consumer advisory board, and 
facilitates several educational program series 
including Peer to Peer and a series for 



John W. Bitner '70 was appointed a 
member of the American Bankers 
Association Economics Advisory 
Committee. In January 2004, John met 
with the Federal Board of Governors and 
members of the President's Council of 
Economic Advisors and National Economic 
Council in Washington, D.C. 

Charles J. DeBoeser Jr. '70 is the organist 
and choir director for Friedens Lutheran 
Church in Bernville. 

J. Michael "Joe" Meyers, Ph.D., '70 is 

listed in Who's Who in America 2004. An 
adjunct assistant professor at the University 
of Georgia, Joe is a wildlife biologist for the 
U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife 
Research Center in Athens, Ga. 

Greg M. Thomas '70 is executive director 
of Alliance International LLC in Fort 
Wayne, Ind. He is on the board of directors 
of CSA Group, an international certification 
and testing company headquartered in 

The Camp Hill Presbyterian Church recendy 
honored David H. Binkley '71 for his 30 
years of service as the church's organist 
and choirmaster. Members of the church 
commissioned Dr. Robert C. Lau '65 to 
compose a special anthem to honor the 
occasion. Rejoice, the Lord is King made its 
surprise premier during the worship service 
on June 29, 2003. 

In December 2003, Sue E. Bowman '72 

and her family were recognized for having a 
"century farm," a farm that has been in the 
same family for over 1 00 years. 

Nancy McCullough Longnecker '72 

teaches graduate courses at Towson 
University in Maryland. Previously, she 
served for 30 years as a teacher, an assistant 
principal and a principal in the Harford 
County Public Schools in Maryland. 

Dr. PhyUis Eberhart Meckley '72 is an 

elementary principal for the Clark County 
School District in Las Vegas, Nev. 

In July 2003, Janet E. Smith '72, Lexi 
Smith Fiore '03 and Kyla Snyder '04 

attended the 50th anniversary convention of 
Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service 
Sorority. Janet and Lexi are past presidents 
of LVC's Beta Chi chapter and Kyla is the 
current president. 

James P. Rebhom '73 is production 
manager for Medicia Corp. in Dayton, N.J. 

On August 9, 2003, Jean Gingrich '73 and 
the Rev. Dennis L. Weidler were married in 

Harold E. Ladd II '73 is a customer service 
associate with Progress Energy in Raleigh, 

June Lohmann Durham '74 is a teacher 
with the Hampton Bay School District in 
New York, where she is also administrator of 
the summer school and enrichment programs. 

Kerry L. Hamer '74 is a realtor with 
Berkshire Network/GMAC Real Estate in 

Mary De Loache Jennings '74 is director 
of summer music scholarships for the 
Philanthropies Board of Sigma Alpha Iota 
professional music fraternity; repertoire and 
standards chair for middle school/junior 
high choirs with the Maryland and 
Washington, D.C, chapter of the American 
Choral Directors Association; and a guest 
conductor with the Allegheny County 
Middle School honors chorus in Maryland. 

Joseph A. Kargol, Ph.D., '74 is senior 
scientist at Hatco Corporation located in 
Fords, N.J. 

20 The Valley 

John "Jack" Pumphrey '74 is associate 
administrator for Villa Maria Continuum, a 
program of Catholic charities that provide 
behavioral health and special education 
services throughout Maryland. 

Kenneth R. Hoover '75 and his wife, 
Barbara McKaig Hoover '76, work for 
The Harley Davidson Motor Company in 

Stephanie Harclerode Brouillet '76 is a 

drama/vocal teacher at Centennial Lane 
Elementary School in Ellicott City, Md. 

Louis "Lou" Fuller Jr. '76 is associate 
director of the teacher preparation program 
at Rutgers University, Camden, N.J. 

The Genocidal Temptation: Auschwitz, 
Hiroshima, Rwanda and Beyond, edited by 
Robert S. Frey '77, was published in 
January 2004 by the University Press of 
America. Robert's eighth nonfiction book 
"provides an integrated focus on the potential 
responses to the Nazi killing programs, the 
American atomic bombings in Japan, and the 
Tutsi massacres in Rwanda." Vice president 
of knowledge management and proposal 
development for RS Information Systems Inc. 
in McLean, Va., Robert also contributes articles 
to numerous business-related publications 
such as Corporate Corridors (Va.), Kansas 
City Small Business Monthly, and Association 
of Proposal Management Professionals Journal. 

The Rev. John W. Green '77 is the minister 
at Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. 

Charles "Chuck" Blevins, Ph.D., '78 is 

director of new product development 
processes at Lifescan Inc. in San Jose, Calif, 
where he has been developing blood glucose 
and blood coagulation products for the past 
six years. Chuck was recently inducted into 
the Conestoga Valley High School Athletic 
Hall of Fame. 

Kathleen Lazo Talaat '78 is education 
manager for Community Living Alliance in 
Madison, Wis. 

Recently, Michael F. Faherty, Esq., '79 was 

elected president of Pennsylvania's Defense 
Institute, the Pennsylvania association of 
insurance executives and defense counsel. 
He practices workers compensation and 
eminent-domain law in Harrisburg. 


In August 2003, Linda C. Friskey '80 and 

her husband, William Vanderlinde, welcomed 
their first child, Emma, into the family. 
Linda has a private psychotherapy practice 
in Columbia, Md. 

During the past rainy summer, tmy denizens of 

the campus Arboretum took aim. Their targets were shiny automobiles and 
other bright structures. With an ant-slzed "pop" their cannons shot sticky 
black spheres Into the air, and then, with a small "plop," the masses landed 
and stuck to the finish of the cars. Adhering firmly, the black specks defied 
washing and scrubbing. E-mails went out requesting help, but there was no 
easy cure. College employees In administration and advancement, the most 
affected groups, dubbed It the "spitting mulch." What was going on at LVC? 

It was the artillery fungus firing. Artillery fungus* Is a wood-rotting fungus 
in mulch that produces a button mushroom smaller than the head of a 
match. The beige button Is actually a closed cup In which a sticky packet of 
reproductive spores forms. When the spores mature the button opens like a 
flower. Inside the button, cells take up water until the pressure Is sufficient 
to eject the spore mass. Spores can be shot as high as 6 feet and as far as 
20 feet. That Is certainly an Impressive range for a structure only 1/10 of an 
inch In diameter. 

The bad news for cars or buildings nearby is that the fungus can aim. In 
nature the fungus grows In sunny places, so the ability to aim the spores 
into brighter spots helps the fungus grow more offspring. As far as the fungus 
is concerned, the cars and buildings, especially lighter colored ones, reflect 
the same sunny signal as an open spot of mulch. Leaves that are In the way can 
also accumulate black specks. The fungus carries on its territorial expansion for 
two to three weeks. Spores can live for 10 years. 

Economic clean-up costs and the consumer aggravation from fungal 
attacks have prompted many state universities' agricultural departments to 
Include Information about artillery fungus on their web sites. The fungus 
grows in wood mulch, which, because more mulch Is being used. Is the reason 
for Its Increased occurrence. Pennsylvania State University researchers have 
studied the conditions for growth and sought ways to prevent or remove the 
fungus from human habitats. Known solutions are to rake the mulch to dry 
the immature fungus; to use bark mulch, which seems to be less hospitable 
to the artillery fungus than wood mulch; to dig out or cover old mulch with 
new, as LVC's grounds crew did this summer; and the solution used by LVC's 
administrative staff: don't park near mulch. Ants might move mountains, but 
the Arboretum's tiny artillery can make cars go away. 

P *Sphaerobolus stellatus 

Dr. Susan Verhoek is a professor of biology at Lebanon Valley College. 


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Elyce Chadwick Reynolds '80 is a national 
bank examiner in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Beverly Cooney Campbell '8 1 is vice 
president of partnership marketing for CPP 
North America, LLC, in Minneapohs, 

Kenneth E. Dearstyne '81 is vice president 
of business and finance at Lancaster 
Theological Seminary. 

Sterling Investment Advisors, Ltd., founded 
by Timothy E. Flatley '81, was recently 
named to the "Philadelphia 100," the fastest 
growing companies in the Philadelphia area 

as determined by the Wharton School of 

Recently, James G. Glasgow Jr. '81 and his 

wife, Patricia, welcomed a son, James 
Graham III, into their family. 

John P. Shott '81 is serving his 1 4th year as 
a member of the Lebanon School District 
Boatd of Directors. John, a business 
representative/case manager for Southcentral 
Employment Corporation in Harrisburg, 
also is an assistant tennis coach at Lebanon 
High School. 

In May 2003, the Rev. Lawrence H. Potts 

'82 received a doctor of ministry degree 
from Asbury Theological Seminary. His 
dissertation focused on "Identifying and 
Equipping Prayer Intercessors for Prayer 
Evangelism at Trinity United Methodist 
Church" in Merchantville, N.J., where he is 
the minister. His wife, Carol Nixon Potts 
'82, is an actuary with Health Partners in 
Philadelphia and leads a Bible study at 
Trinity UMC. 

In May 2003, Jud E Stauffer '82 received 
his doctoral degree in workforce education 
and development from Penn State 
University. Jud is the diversified occupations 
coordinator for the Dallastown Area School 

Brian C. Trust '83 is managing director 
with Conning Asset Management in 
Hartford, Conn. 

Gregory J. Goodwin '84 is a teacher and 
coach at Absegami High School in 
Galloway, N.J. 

Barbara Ried Holler '84 is business analysis 
manager for Eastman Kodak in Camp Hill. 

In June 2003, Dr. Thomas M. Kane '84 

and his wife, Patricia, welcomed their first 
son, Thomas, into their family. 

Lori M. Yanci '84 is a teacher at the 
Brookside School in Sea Girt, N.J. 

Karen Milliken Young '84 is regional 
manager of people resources at Graham 
Packaging Company in York. 

Martin J. McCabe '85 is a mortgage 
consultant for Princeton Mortgage 
Corporation in Pennington, N.J. 

Laurie Hittinger Elmes is a pharmacist for 
Columbus Regional Hospital in Indiana. 

Nancy Zerbe Meister '86 is an elementary 
music teacher with the Shikellamy School 
District in Sunbury. 

Johnna-Claire Metz '86 enjoys life in New 
York City and cruising abroad with her 

Scott A. Wien '86 is the total storage 
services manager for the IBM Systems 
Group in Tarrytown, N.Y. 

Robert E. Lamoreux '87 is a science 
teacher for the Adantic City (N.J.) Public 

Barbara Sbraccia Rusen '87 is a fourth- 
grade teacher for the Middlesex Board of 
Education in New Jersey. 

Karen K. Albert '88, M'99 is a seventh- 
gtade science teacher in the York Suburban 
School District and an adjunct professor in 
the Education Department at LVC. 

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ForbllCliy Wnil6 "D, being in a wheelcliair 
may be physically confining, but mentally she is pursuing 
goals, chasing dreams and conquering unheard of 
challenges. A quadriplegic since a hang-gliding accident 
in September 2001, White has adjusted not only to her 
wheelchair, but also to a totally different way of life. 

White no longer takes getting out of bed or getting 
ready for the day's activities for granted. "Trying to do 
my own hair and makeup takes awhile. As each day 
goes by, I am able to do more for myself." Assisted by 
a full-time aide from United Disability Services, White 
has an extra set of hands to help with such things as 
getting dressed, preparing meals and running 

Prior to her accident. White was a third-grade teacher 
in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. She has kept 
up with her teaching by tutoring students after school 
and has also run the district's summer camp for grade 
school students. Since reading is one of White's 
specialties, she wrote a grant, received funding, and 
began a reading program for the summer camp. 

The support White received from fellow teachers 
and students after the accident was overwhelming. 
Doreen Dourte Weaber '79, a fellow teacher, organized 
visits to White's room in intensive care, and her students 

videotaped and recorded messages. "Since there was 
always someone coming through the door, I had my 
happy face on all the time. There was no down time 
for me," said White. 

White has numerous tools to aid her in daily living. 
She has a small typing device that fits on her hand so 
her fingers can glide over a computer keyboard. A set 
of headphones helps her to make and receive phone 
calls. Another device helps her to hold a fork so that 
eating meals is easier. She is particularly thankful to 
her family, who has been extremely supportive and 
creative in helping her adjust to this lifestyle. 

She participates in extensive physical therapy 
programs at Hershey Medical Center and Good 
Samaritan Hospital, and two Valley athletic staff 
members designed a special program for White. 
Mary Gardner, aquatics director and head swim 
coach, and Rick Beard '90, M'92, director of the 
Arnold Sports Center and assistant athletic director, 
developed water exercise and weight training programs 
to help strengthen White's upper body. According to 
Gardner, "Shelly brings energy into the pool that is 
contagious. One's attitude only improves while being in 
Shelly's presence as she goes through her workout. 
The adage 'laughter is the best medicine' rings loud 
and clear during any difficult exercise encounter. 
Shelly uses her sense of humor for motivation and 
has many gifts that she shares with others!" 

White is not slowed down by her wheelchair. In 
addition to tutoring, she is taking graduate courses and 
writing a children's book titled Spiny the Porcupine and 
the Spinal Cord Injury. She has also developed a Power 
Point presentation, "Spiny Exercises," based on the 
program developed by Gardner and Beard. White plans 
to return to part-time teaching this fall in the Cornwall- 
Lebanon School District. 

Ann Hess Myers has been LVC's director of alumni 
programs since 1998. She has been a visiting 
instructor in sociology at Dickinson College. 

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class news & notes 




By Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

The Rev. Aupistus C. Crone 1904 graduated 
100 years before his great-granddaughter 
Alicia Biesecker '04, '05. 

\ \ I hen I tell people 
%/ %/ that I am graduat- 
▼ ▼ ing exactly 100 
years after my great-grandfather and 
that I am the fourth consecutive 

generation to attend LVC, they say, 'Wow,"' said Alicia Biesecker '04, '05. "My friends 
think it's pretty cool." 

It aJl started with the Rev. Augustus C. Crone 1904, a young Pennsylvania 
German who didn't speak English until he was about 16. He studied for the ministry 
at LVC and became a United Brethren pastor. Crone was an example of a true minister, 
serving rural pastorates near and around Cumberland County and often receiving 
goods rather than money for his work. 

According to Crone's granddaughter, Roberta Eppley Biesecker '75, a proper 
education was important to the Rev. Crone. "My mother wanted to learn German 
from my grandfather," said Biesecker, "but he wouldn't teach her because he said that 
what he knew was a corrupt version of German and Enghsh combined. He said that she 
would be better off learning the pure language rather than the combination of the two." 

Crone's daughter, Martha Crone Eppley '43, went on to do just that, studying 
linguistics, French and Latin at LVC. Eppley was an excellent student and was the 
only woman inducted into the Phi Alpha Epsilon honor society during her senior year. 
She shared her father's dedication to proper education, teaching French, English and 
Latin for nearly 40 years in the old New Cumberland and Camp HiU high schools. 

They also shared a love for the people of the Valley 
and the friends they made there, a trait that has 
transcended all four generations. "My grandfather 
and mother both returned to LVC for reunions and 
alumni gatherings. Augustus even attended his 60th 
reunion," said Biesecker, "and I keep in touch with 
many of my friends." 
For Alicia, friends and professors are what she will remember most. "I didn't 
choose LVC just because of the legacy factor," said Alicia. "LVC had the programs and 
small size that I was looking for, and the friendly people I met during open houses 
and visits are what convinced me to come here." 

Knowing so many family members attended the Valley added a certain luster to 
Alicia's graduation day. "I feel a history here and know that we share an understanding 
of this place," she said. "I would love it if some day my children could go here. I've 
had a great time, and I'd love for them to have that same experience." 

Jasmine Amnions Bucher '97 has been the college relations communications assistant 
since 2001. She handles all aspects of communications for LVC's Great Expectations 

Note: Alicia graduated this 
spring with a degree in ele- 
mentary education and will 


Erin Eshleman Blaine '88 is a business 
analyst for Highmark Blue Shield in Camp 

On November 10, 2001, Rebecca 
Chamberlain '88 and Cody Krescher were 
married in Huntingdon. Rebecca is 
program specialist/life sharing coordinator 
with Keystone Residence in Harrisburg. 

Kristel Yoder Engle '88 is senior consultant 
for ATR Inc. in King of Prussia. 

Hyperion Solutions Corporation recently 
promoted Traci Maxwell Hershberger '88 

to director of consulting services. Hyperion 
is a software company specializing in corporate 
performance management solutions. 

Owens Community College in Toledo, 
Ohio, recently promoted Kimberly Burd 
Minke '88 to assistant professor in their 
social and behavioral sciences department. 

Kim Daubert Rismiller '88 is director of 
choral music at Pottsville Area High School. 
Her husband, Eric Rismiller '92, is the 

individualized instruction teacher at 
Pottsville Area High School. 

On June 26, 2003, Dawna Didden 
Salldin-Boggs '88 and her husband, Eric, 
welcomed a son, Michael, into their family. 
Dawna is a third-grade teacher with the 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North 

On October 23, 2003, Jeane Weidner 
Serrian '88 and her husband, John, 
welcomed their first child, Emma Janel, 
into their family. 

Michael Steckman '88 is a teacher at 
Linden Hall, a private school for girls in 
Lititz. His wife, Amber Hegi Steckman 

'92, is a human resources administrator for 
PAI Incorporated, a Lancaster County 
non-profit organization that serves people 
with developmental disabilities. 

In June 2003, Karen Jones VanHouten '88 
and her husband, Paul A. VanHouten '89, 

welcomed a child, Abigail Mae, into their 
family. Karen is a stay-at-home mom, and 
Paul is a sixth-grade teacher at Wiiliamstown 
Middle School in New Jersey. 

Michael D. Betz '89 is senior account 
executive for Nextel Partners in Harrisburg. 

Amy Evans '89 is senior systems analyst for 
Geisinger Health Systems in Danville. 

Nadine Saada Kaylor '89, a community 
member of the Swarthmore College 
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, recently 
performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra 
for three concerts at Philadelphia's Kimmel 
Center and one performance at Carnegie 
Hall in New York. 


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Douglas L. Nyce '89, '91, '93 is the assistant 
director for the Pennsylvania Governor's 
School for Teaching at Millersville 

Recently, Melissa Andrews Yannerella '89 

recovered her lost LVC class ring when 
Laura Hess, mother ot Amanda "Mandey" 
Goulden '05, found it in the lint trap of a 
dryer located in a laundromat in Biglerville 
(see related story, p. 18). 

Eric K. Rabenold '89 is a CAT executive 
with Axis U.S. Insurance in Alpharetta, Ga. 
Eric manages the company's exposure to 
hurricane and earthquake accumulation. 



York Mayor John S. Brenner '90 was one 

of four recipients of the 2003 Jaycees 
Outstanding Young Pennsylvania^ Award. 

On October 26, 2003, Cindy Sladek 
Chimino '90 ran the Marine Corp 
Marathon in Arlington, Va. She was 672nd 
out of 18,000 runners with a time of 

Kevin B. Dempsey '90 is president of 
Philly Counseling Services Inc. in 
Philadelphia and a psychologist for the New 
Jersey State Prison. 

John G. Loeffler Jr. '90 is director of 
application development at Bank One in 
Columbus, Ohio. 

On May 1 2, 2003, Christine Rissinger 
Malloy '90 and her husband, Dr. John C 
Malloy '90, welcomed a son, Porter James, 
into their family. Porter was born only one 
week after John returned from Kuwait 
where he was stationed in support of 
Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Paul Paulson Jr. '90 is owner of Pro Media 
Inc., a project management provider for 
professional audio/video systems integration. 
He is also an organist at Andrew's United 
Methodist Church in Cherry Hill, N.J. 
Paul's wife, Kristi Cheney Paulson '87, is a 
stay-at-home mom to their two children, 
Amelia and Elliot. 

On May 29, 2003, Elizabedii Rosser Smith 
'90 and her husband, Brian C. Smith '90, 

welcomed their second child, Charlotte 
Margaret, into their family. Elizabeth is a 
stay-at-home mom, and Brian is pursuing a 
master's degree in music. 

On July 28, 2003, Annette Boyles Stork 

'90 and her husband, David, welcomed 
their first child, Hannah Wei, into their 
family. Hannah was born on November 1, 
2002, in Chongging, China. 

Pamela S. Vincent '90 is a cardiac MRI 
research technologist at the National 
Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. 

Glen M. Bootay '91 is director of specialty 
services for IceSolve, a division of Babcock 
Services Inc., located in Palmyra. 

Dawn DiDonato '91 is an independent 
consultant for Partylike Gifts in Coatesville. 

Brian A. Hand '91 is director of purchasing 
for Cingular Wireless in Atlanta, Ga. His 
wife, Rebecca Dugan Hand '92, is home 
with their two children, Brian and Addison. 

On June II, 2003, Chad L. McNaughton 

'91 and his wife, Eileen, welcomed their 
second child. Cole, into their family. Chad 
is director of supply chain logistics for 
Yorktowne Cabinets in York. 

On June 9, 2003, Christopher D. Pope 
'91 and his wife, Rebecca Avers Pope '97, 

welcomed a son, Ayden Christopher, into 
their family. Chris is a physics and chemistry 
teacher at Milton Hershey School in 

On October 10, 2003, John D. Wade '91 

and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a daughter, 
Isabelle Catherine, into their family. John is 

general sales manager for Faulkner 
Chevrolet Olds BMW Suzuki in Lancaster. 

Michelle Brailsford Ambrose '92, a clinical 
psychologist, was recently promoted to the 
rank of major in the United States Air 

Recently, the Southern Maryland Electrical 
Cooperative (SMECO) named Scott A. 
Askins '92 2003 Outstanding Mathematics 

Kristen L. Boeshore, Ph.D., '92 has 

joined the biology department at Juniata 
College in Huntingdon as an instructor in 
molecular biology and neurobiology. 

John C. Bowerman '92 is a marketing 
relations consultant at Capital Blue Cross 
in Harrisburg. 

Steven E. Carpenter '92 is district manager 
for RadioShack Corporation in Erie. His 
wife, Jennifer Mellott Carpenter '95, is a 

stay-at-home mom to their two children, 
Jenn and Jacob. 

Podiatrist Peter J. Fodor, D.P.M., '92 was 

recently offered a partnership at Lancaster 
County Podiatry. 

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN BACK to the Valley for some time, you may 
not be aware of all the wonderful additions. The new gymnasium, dedicated in 
October of 2003, is unlike anything Lebanon Valley College has seen in the 
past. Not many Division III schools can claim ownership of such a spectacular 
facility. It is truly wonderful to see emphasis and attention being given to athletic 
endeavors at LVC. And what is even better — the sports teams have responded 
with personal bests and outstanding seasons. 

Since 1976, the Valley has been recognizing outstanding athletes of the 
past by nominating and inducting them into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame. The 
Hall of Fame Gallery is also unique. Sculpture-like in appearance, the plaques 
of the Gallery prominently display all the inductees' names, arranged by year 
of induction. 

To date, 141 athletes from LVC graduating classes of 1915 through 1993 
have received this honor. If you have attended an Induction luncheon or dinner, 
you know how special this award Is to the recipient. It is truly a moving moment 
when an inductee is handed their plaque and their brief remarks inevitably 
point to a moment in time during an athletic contest, or a person such as a 
coach or teammate that left an indelible mark on their heart forever. 

We invite anyone involved with LVC to submit names of those athletes who 
left an impression on you as you watched them perform their athletic maneuvers 
and bring their teams to new heights. The Hall of Fame Committee is always 
receptive to new nominees and new ideas as how to best honor our outstanding 
athletes of the past. 

Barbara Macaw Atkinson '67, Is a member and past chair of the Hall of Fame 
Committee. Please send nominations to 

Spring 2004 25 

class news & notes 

Brian A. Henry '92 is art director at Ad 
Post Graphics in South Park. 

High Hotels Ltd. recently promoted 
Gregory A. High '92 to vice president of 

On December 5, 2002, Kristin Davis 
HofFer '92 and her husband, Jim, welcomed 
their first child, Rebecca Anne, into their 
family. Kristin is a fifth-grade teacher in the 
Northern Lebanon School District. 

Diane Cook Musser '92 is a music specialist 
for the Conrad Weiser School District in 

Heidi Rauenzahn '92 and Pete Scarano 
were married on July 26, 2003. Heidi is 
employed by Pennsylvania American Water 
Co. in Wyomissing. 

Dr. Lori K. Rothermel '92 is a member 
of the staff at Evangelical Community 
Hospital in Lewisburg specializing in 
emergency medicine. 

In August 2003, Shawn T. Snavely '92 

received a master's degree in information 
science from Penn State University. 

On December 8, 2003, Tawni Niklaus 
Thomas '92 and her husband, Mark, 


but that brief period of time proved to be 
life changing. Black recently retired after a 
27-year career as professor, now professor 
emeritus, of humanities in medicine, medical 
microbiology, and Immunology at Texas A&M 
University. He credits LVC for teaching him ' 

the value of continuing education. 

"I have very positive remembrances of 
LVC," Black remarked. "I vifas tremendously ■ 
influenced by the professors. A general edu- ■ 
cation course I took from Dr. George Struble [E. 
science, literature and music." 

Dr. Struble's "eye-opening" lessons continue to motivate and Inspire Black. 
He is creating a trilogy of classes for Texas A&M that vi^ill explore the role germs 
have played in the arts. 

"I was invited to come up with electives for medical students," he said. "I'm 
looking at germs in the performing arts like in the opera La Boheme, germs In 
literature, and germs in the visual arts." 

As a LVC pre-med major, Black says he was surrounded by academically 
sharp students and enthusiastic teachers like Dr. George Kerr for physical 
chemistry. Dr. John Woodland for biology, and Dr. H. Anthony Neidig '43 who 
taught a summer organic chemistry course. 

"We did a whole year in eight weeks," recalled Black. "We had lecture from 
7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lab until 6 p.m. He worked curtails off. LVC opened new 
doors that I didn't know were out there. One of its outstanding aspects is the 
relationship between students and faculty I felt very much a part of the family" 

Retirement has not slowed Black's pace. Besides his germ trilogy he is working 
on a study of 17th-century science and a comprehensive history of Texas A&M's 
College of Medicine. Recently he committed a portion of his estate to benefit 
several of the university's programs. And, who knows, he may even make it 
back to his alma mater one day to teach a course or two. 

Lori Myers is a Harrisburg-based freelance writer who has had articles 
published in national and regional magazines, newspapers and on the 
Internet. She is a regular contributor to WITF's Central PA Magazine. 

welcomed their third child. Mason 
Christopher, into their family. Tawni is a 
stay-at-home mom to Mason and his big 
sisters, Regan and Maura. 

Robert L. Weaver '92 is access services 
librarian at Liberty University in 
Lynchburg, Va. 

Ty E. Wilhide '92 is a fifth-grade teacher 
for Loudoun County Schools in Virginia. 

Dr. Kristie A. Zangari '92 is a hospitalist 
at the Reading Hospital and Medical 

On August 2, 2003, Jennifer S. Ambrose 
'93 and David Blanchard were married at 
the Shawnee Country Club in Milford. 
Jennifer is a senior voice technician at 

On May 1, 2002, Amy Ciewell Benson 
'93 and her husband, Mark E. Benson '93, 

welcomed their third child, Hannah 
Elizabeth, into their family. Mark is an 
assistant principal at Staley Middle School 
in Rome, N.Y. 

Laura Shepler Dieter '93 is a chemistry 
teacher for the Upper Merion Township 
School District in King of Prussia. 

Christopher R. Graver '93 is supply analyst 
for Tyco Electronics in Middletown. 

Stephen M. Hand '93 is a graduate student 
at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort 
Wayne, Ind. 

On October 16, 2003, Frances James '93 

hosted LVC alumni at her pub, Holahan's, 
in Pottsville after they toured the Yuengling 

Jeffrey L. Manning '93 and Rachel Boris 
were married on October 12, 2003. Jeff is a 
sales tax consultant with Innovative Sales 
Tax Solutions, LLC. 

In December 2003, Zoanna L. Payne '93 

received a master's degree in educational 
psychology, specializing in human relations, 
from Northern Arizona University in 

Malissa Noll Weikel '93 is a mortgage 
processor with Sovereign Bank in 

Michelle L. Cunningham '94 is director of 
public affairs for the Metro Denver Dental 
Society in Colorado. 

After receiving a doctorate degree in 
physiology and pharmacology from the 
University of Florida, Melissa A. Fleegal, 
Ph.D., '94 accepted a postdoctoral position 
in the Department of Pharmacology at the 
University of Arizona in Tucson to study 
the effects of stroke and hypoxia on the 
blood brain barrier. 

26 The Valley 

On September 30, 2003, Christine Berry 
Gartner '94 and her husband, David V. 
Gartner '94, welcomed a son, Justin 
Edward, into their family. 

James C. Geisel '94 is sales coordinator for 
Highway Equipment & Supply in 
Harrisburg. He and his wife, Bridget Lohr 
Geisel '95, have two children, twins Taylor 
and Clayton, born July 27, 2001. 

On July 3, 2002, Michael A. Hartman '94 
and his wife, J. Nicole Brooks Hartman 

'96, welcomed a second child, Julia, into 
their family. Michael is district sales manager 
for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. His district 
includes the states of Delaware and 

John E. Lauffer '94 is a substitute teacher 
for the Lebanon School District. 

Arthur S. Richards '94 is manager of treasury 
operations for York International. 

Peter J. Salvatori '94 is vice president of 
sales for Northeast Casket Sales Inc. in 

Mark T. Schiefer '94 is the bookkeeper/ 
finance director for Williston, Fla., where 
he directs, organizes and coordinates the 
fiscal administration of the city. 

Tina M. Seitz '94 and Brian G. Beck were 
married recently in Derry Presbyterian 
Church in Hershey. Tina is a medical 
records supervisor with Associated 
Cardiologists, PC, in Harrisburg. 

Crystal Bree Doyle '95 is a treatment specialist 
for the Dauphin Coimty Prison in Harrisbiu'g. 

Jeffrey P. Drummond '95 is strategy 
development officer for the State Street 
Corporation in Boston, Mass. 

Anthony J. Geiss '95 is an engineer on 
Engine 30 of the Indianapolis Fire 
Department in Indiana. 

Kent Heberlig '95 is a supervisor for Tyson 
Foods in New Holland. 

In addition to being a social studies teacher 
and head high school football coach in the 
Minersville Area School District, Patrick F. 
Mason '95 is the owner of Anthracite 
Fitness Inc. in Minersville. 

Timothy W. Mitzel '95 is assistant principal 
at Maple Avenue Middle School in the 
Littlestown Area School District. Tim 
received a master of education degree in 
teaching curriculum and administrative 
certification from Penn State University. 

Michael T. Peachey '95 and his wife, 
Taryn, welcomed a daughter, Sarabeth 
Kellye, into their family on October 15, 



It would not be a surprise to open up a Webster's dictionary and see a 
photograph of Dr. Ann Orth '84 next to the definition for the word 
"success." From her Princeton, N.J., office, she supervises over 150 
employees as senior executive director of research and development for 
FMC Corporation, a global company that creates and sells agricultural and 
other specialty products. She is on the editorial board of a major scientific 
journal, an organist and choir director for her church, and a wife and the 
mother of three children all under the age of 13. She is successful at all of 
it — something she would not be able to do without the lessons learned at 

"The pace is intense due to the nature of the work," she remarked. "But 
I don't compromise my family or spiritual life. LVC not only gave me a good 
grounding in music and biology, but also gave me a strong spiritual base 
and a humanitarian view on life that I bring to the workplace. I bring a lot of 
compassion and respect for each staff member. I give LVC credit for nurturing 
these qualities in their students." 

Orth called Dr. Pierce Getz '51, professor emeritus of music, her "spiritual 
guide," a professor who was nurturing and supportive while she was an 
undergraduate. His high standards and attention to detail inspired Orth, 
who claimed that without him she would not have been able to be her 
parish's organist. 

"He traveled 100 miles to Bel Air, Md., to play the organ for my wedding 
ceremony," she said. "I still listen to the tape from time to time. He is a 
kind and generous person." 

Orth is a pioneer, the only woman in the world who holds this type of 
executive position in the agricultural business. Most times, she is the only 
female sitting at the boardroom table during high-powered meetings and 
she leads some of the most highly accomplished and highly published 
world-class experts in the field. 

"I want undergraduate women to 
see that they can aspire to executive 
positions," Orth said. "LVC is such a 
great school. They really get people 
off to a good start." 

Lori Myers is a Harrisburg-base 
freelance writer who has had 
articles published in national 
and regional magazines, 
newspapers and on the 
Internet. She Is a regular 
contributor to WITF's 
Central PA Magazine. 


Dr. Ann Orth '84 (right) 

Spring 2004 27 



news c?" notes 


For a NCAA Division III footbaii player, tinere are no 
prospects of fat NFL contracts or miliion-dollar 
endorsement deals waiting after graduation. For 
Scott Marek D'06, Lebanon Valiey College's Ali- 
American senior tigint end, life after graduation means more 

That is because Marek will return to LVC as a fifth-year 
member of the College's first doctor of physical therapy 
class. As one of nine students in the pioneer class, Marek 
understands the challenges that have presented themselves 
on and off the gridiron during his time at the Valley. 

"Being the first class, you don't have anyone to look up 
to," he said, and perhaps that is why Marek values his role 
as an on-field leader so much. A two-year captain, Marek 
savors the opportunity he had to be a role model for his 
teammates. And despite early growing pains for the physical 
therapy program, he says that football and friends kept him 
at LVC. 

"It's tough — why go into your senior year and transfer to a 
new school?" he asked. "You have the best years of your life 
here. These are the guys you're going to remember forever." 
Marek firmly believes that his work in the classroom helped 
him train properly and become a better athlete in the end. 

Coming to LVC in the first place wasn't such an easy decision 
for Marek, though. He was heavily recruited by and ready to 
go to Division l-AA Duquesne University before LVC came calling. 
Marek jumped when LVC Offensive Line Coach Mike Downey 
M'02 promised a starting tight end job if he could prove 
himself as a player. 

Marek didn't just prove himself — he set a new standard. 
By the time the dust had settled, the career achievements 
list was impressive. He was twice named to the MAC First 
Team and once to the Second Team, racked up over 2,100 
yards in receiving, and started all 40 games in his career. 

"You don't get any better at this level than Scott Marek," 
noted Head Football Coach Mike Silecchia, who had the 
opportunity to coach Marek for four years. "He was an 
outstanding leader in the weight room, in the classroom, 
and on the field." 

Despite the heaps of achievements and praise, the 
accomplishments Marek are most proud of are his All- 
American awards. 

"I was at home when it all happened, over Christmas 
break," he remembered. "When I saw my name on the 
national ballot to make first team Ail-American, 1 was like, 
'Wow!' and a glaze came over my eyes. It was overwhelming 
at first." Day after day of dedicated Internet-watching 
followed as Marek waited to find out if he made it. When he 
did, his first reaction was to call his mother. 


"The first thing she said was, 'What did you do now?'" he 
said laughing. The Marek family isn't exactly unaccustomed 
to Ail-Americans — Scott's cousin, Corey Sheridan, won the 
award as a tailback at Lycoming College in 1992 when they 
made a run to the national title game. In total, Marek ended 
up making three All-American teams — he was named first 
team by and Don Hansen's Weekly Football 
Gazette, and second team by the College Sports Information 

Marek's future will still have football, even if it isn't in the 
NFL. He hopes to return to the sidelines next year as an 
assistant coach for the Flying Dutchmen. He says his desire 
to stay and earn his doctorate and still work with the football 
team is fueled by his love of the game and one valuable lesson 
he learned at LVC. 

"This is the last step before reality," he said. "You can't 
call it quits." 

Tim Flynn '05, like Marek, is a member of the LVC 
Dean's List. Flynn is an English communications 
major who has served as sports director for WLVC 
Radio and play-by-play announcer for men's and 
women's basketball. He is also co-sports editor of La 
Vie Collegienne and has covered high school football 
for the Lebanon Daily News. 

^t Ml5 

Scott Marek D'06 

is the first football 
All-American in LVC 
history. He is also a 
member of the first 
class ofpliysical therapy 
doctoral students at 
the College. 

28 The Valley 

On May 12, 2003, Craig S. Shametzka 

'96 and his wife, Rachel, welcomed a 
daughter, Corinna Elizabeth, into their 
family. Craig is an associate in the CGA 
Law Firm in York. 

Angie L. Shuler '95 and Thomas P. Maher 
Jr. were married on July 18, 2003. Angie is 
marketing coordinator at Rettew Associates 
Inc. in Lancaster. 

On May 10, 2003, Timothy J. TerreU '95 

and his wife, Jen, welcomed their first child, 
Justin Timothy, into their family. 

On July 4, 2003, Gretchen Acomley '96 

and Matthew M. Mills were married at 
Lake Jean, Rickets Glen State Park, near 

CWO Kirk L. Altrichter M'96 spent five 
months in Kuwait while assigned to the 
Marine Corps Reserve's Third Air Naval 
Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) 
based in Terminal Island, Calif 

On April 15, 2003, Jack C. Beidler '96 
and his wife, Julie Stenger Beidler '98, 

welcomed their second son, Joseph Isaac, 
into their family. Jack is a social studies 
teacher and head football coach at Northern 
Lebanon High School in Jonestown. Julie is 
a middle school language arts teacher in the 
Hamburg Area School District. 

Susan D. Fuchs '96 is contract analyst with 
New York Life Insurance Company in New 
York Ciry. 

Alan S. Futrick '96 is principal of Glenside 
Elementary School in the Reading School 

Kristofer A. Krause '96 is a software developer 
with Component Distributors Inc. in 
Denver, Colo. 

On May 17, 2003, Shawn M. Knunbine 

'96 and Michael D. Gutekunst were married 
at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in 
Lebanon. Shawn is a sales representative for 
Harvey Industries Inc. in Lancaster. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell 
appointed Brent M. Ramsey '96 to the 

Potomac Basin Regional Water Resources 
Committee, one of six committees formed 
to deal with the state's resource problems. 
Brent is an environmental scientist with 
Gannett Fleming in Chambersburg. 

JoRae "Jodie" Rutt '96 is executive director 
of the Humane League of Lancaster. 

In May 2003, Janell Heffner Schaak, 

Ph.D., '96 received a doctorate degree in 
integrated biosciences with a concentration 
in chemical biology from Penn State 
University. She is conducting postdoctoral 
research in the Department of Chemistry at 

Texas A&M University in College Station. 

Jason J. Schibinger '96 is an attorney with 
Buzgon Davis Law Offices in Lebanon. 

Jill C. Schreiber '96 is a teacher in the 
Perkiomen Valley School District in 

On May 10, 2003, Tonya M. Showers '96 

and Steven C. Smith were married at St. 
Mark's United Methodist Chutch in Mt. 
Joy. Tonya is accounting supervisor at 

Amerimax Home Products Inc. in 

Brian T. Stover '96 is product specialist for 
Siebel Systems in Short Hills, N.J. 

Kimberly Romania Tozzi '96 is a teacher 
in the Gold Creek School District in 

Ryan J. Bevitz '97 is sports editor of The 
Portervilte Recorder in California. 




FOR SEVEN YEARS, Ronald E. Poorman '69 and Thomas G. 
Hostetter '70 asked Dr. Pierce A. Getz '51, then director of the LVC concert 
choir, to form an alumni ensemble. Year after year, he declined due to his 
busy schedule. Eventually he gave in to their pressure. Thanks to the persistence 
of these two graduates, the Lebanon Valley College Alumni Chorale will be 
celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 

"I finally decided to carve out some time," said Getz. "So in the spring of 
1978, I was ready for them." That summer, auditions w/ere held, and practices 

began in the fall, just in time for the first concert 
in December of that same year. 

Since then, the Chorale has performed 
throughout central Pennsylvania, Maryland and 
Delaware. Notable concerts have been performed 
at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and in 
the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 
Over the past 25 years, the Chorale has been 
invited six times to be guest performers with 
the Harrisburg Symphony. Music recorded on 
the chorale's two CDs can be heard frequently on 
WITF's Music Box, airing on Sunday evenings on 
FM 89.5. The CDs may be purchased in the 
LVC Bookstore. 

"We enjoy ourselves immensely," said Getz. 
"We try to live up to the standards set in our mission statement — to provide 
chorale music at the highest standard and at as excellent a level of performance 
as possible. We want to be spiritually stimulating." 

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, members of the Alumni Chorale 
have commissioned a score in Getz's honor from nationally known composer 
Stephen Paulus. The composition, "Psalm 96," is a paraphrase of Psalm 96 
that was written by Mary Sidney Herbert in the 16th century. The piece will 
be performed as part of the Chorale's "Sounds of Jubilee" concert. 

Fellow alumni will have the opportunity to hear the Chorale's anniversary 
concert during LVC's alumni weekend. They will be performing on June 13, 
2004, at 8 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Blair Music Center. 

Maria Snyder is a freelance writer and novelist from Elizabethtown. 
She has been published in Harrisburg Magazine and Senior News, and 
her fantasy novel, Poison Study, will be released in 2005. _, 

Spring 2004 29 

class news & notes 

J.D. BYERS '05 of the men's 

basketball team and JENNIFER 

NORTHCOTT '05 of the women's 

basketball team have been 

named to their respective 

CoSIDA Academic All-District 

II College Division Teams. 

Byers was selected for the 

Men's Basketball First Team, making him eligible 

for the national ballot, while Northcott was selected 

for the Women's Basketball Third Team. LVC was the 

only school in the 16-member Middle Atlantic Conference 

(MAC) to have a player named to both teams. 

Byers, of Westminster, Md., and Northcott, of Horsham, Pa., 
join Steve Hoist '01 and Serenity Roos '00 as the third 
and fourth basketball Dutchmen to earn Academic All-District honors. Horst 
went on to become a CoSIDA Academic AlkAmerican in 2001. 

Both Byers and Northcott are three-year starters who served as co-captains 
this past season, and have led their respective teams to the MAC playoffs in 
each of their three seasons at the Valley. 

Byers competes as a member of the LVC golf team, averaging a 78.5 his 
freshman year. A business major, he has received the Achievement Scholarship 
Award in business administration, and has been named to the dean's list every 

Northcott tutors for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, and is 
a volunteer coach for U-12 soccer teams. The psychology 
major also performs community service with her 

The members of the College Sports 
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 
select the CoSIDA Academic All-District 

The District II College Division 
consists of all non-NCAA Division I 
colleges and universities in New Jersey, 
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West 
Virginia and the District of Columbia. 
. M* J \^^^^^ To be nominated for the CoSIDA 

jr " ^^^^^r Academic All-America program, a student- 

^ifp ^^r athlete must be at least a sophomore with 

4 4Gn ij^ vV^ a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade-point average 

^^-^^ i '- '^^^n and be a starter or significant reserve. 

Editor's Note: Byers was later named a member 
of the CoSIDA Academic All-America College 
Division Men's Basketball Third Team. 

By Braden Snyder '00, LVC sports 
information director 

Jennifer Northcott '05 was named to the 
Academic All-District Third Team. 

On October 16, 2003, Melissa Blouch 
Hooper '97 and her husband, Yuri, 
welcomed a daughter, Isabella, into their 

Stephen C. Jayne '97 is outside sales repre- 
sentative for Graybill Electric in Harrisburg. 

On April 30, 2003, Cathleen Damms 
Ketterer '97 and her husband, Kenneth, 
welcomed a second daughter, Ann-Margaret 
Elizabeth, into their family. Cathleen is an 
elementary general music/choral teacher in 
the West Shore School District. 

Matthew J. Kujovsky '97 is the head 
football coach at Burr and Burton Academy 
in Manchester, Vt., where he teaches 

On October 12, 2002, Shelly M. Levan 

'97 and Darryl G. Kraatz were married at 
St. Luke's Church in Shoemakersville. 
Shelly is employed by the Social Security 
Administration in Lebanon. 

Kimberly A. Leister '97 is senior technical 
recruiter for Hudson Highland Group in 

On September 14, 2003, Tenneil Daniels 
Moody '97 and her husband, Joshua, 
welcomed a son, Charles Hunter, into their 

Natalie Hope MacDonald '97, senior 
editor oi E-Gear Magazine, is an end-page 
illustrator for Philadelphia Magazine. She 
is a regularly featured writer for Inside 
Entertainment, a Toronto-based pop-culture 
publication, and writes reviews for Pop 
Matters, an international arts journal. 

Ryan I. McKinley '97 is direaor of operations 
and sales at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort 
and Conference Center in York. 

Aimee Padula Mulch '97 is a microbiologist 
with Monsanto in Augusta, Ga. 

On June 28, 2003, Katoora L. Patches '97 

and Michael A. Rohrer were married at the 
Jonestown Bible Church. JoAnn R. 
Ponessa '97 was the maid of honor. 
Katoora is a high school English teacher in 
the Elizabethtown Area School District. 

On June 28, 2003, Christopher Plummer 
'97 and Eileen Rossman '97 were married 
in Squaw Creek Valley, Calif. Christopher is 
strategic marketing manager for Caesar's 
Resort and Casino in State Line, Nev. 
Eileen is an elementary teacher in Douglas 
County, Nev. 

Dawn M. Redensky '97 is a pre-sentence 
investigator and alcohol safe driving program 
coordinator for the Lebanon County Adult 
Probation office. 

30 The Valley 

Casey A, Reed '97 is a counselor/ teacher 
with the Glen Mills Schools in 

Scott A. Root '97 is the music department 
chair at Lebanon Catholic School, where he 
teaches general music to students in grades 
six through 12 and directs the school's 
spring musical. Scott is also the musical 
director at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in 
Cornwall and visual and brass technician 
for the New York Skyliners Drum and 
Bugle Corps. His wife, Shannon Jarmol 
Root '98, is the elementary music director 
at Lebanon Catholic School where she 
teaches general, choral and instrumental 
music to students in kindergarten through 
eighth grades. Shannon is also the organist 
at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. 

Wayne Sallurday Jr. '97 is a consultant 
with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, 

Robert Searfoss '97 is a teacher and 
football coach in the Marlboro County 
School District in South Carolina. 

Tammy L. Steele '97 is senior buyer/planner 
for Playtex Products Inc. in Dover, Del. 

On January 1 , 2003, David W. Wright '97 
and his wife, Greta Snyder Wright '97 

welcomed their first child, Tanner Joshua, 
into their family. David is in his sixth year 
teaching 12th-grade English at East 
Pennsboro High School, and Greta is the 
itinerate music teacher for the Capital Area 
Intermediate Unit in Summerdale. 

On August 3, 2003, Christopher D. 
Ziegenfuss '97 and his wife, Nancy Seidel 
Ziegenfuss '97, welcomed their first child, 
Preston Christopher, into their family. 
Christopher is an associate scientist for 
M-Scan Inc. in West Chester and Nancy 
is a stay-at-home mom. 

Kathryn Clark '98 is a property manager 
for Aspen Square Management in Vernon, 

On September 14, 2003, Jason H. Drayer 
'98 and his wife, Jill Flemming Drayer '99, 

welcomed a daughter, Skylar, into their family. 

On August 21, 2003, Nathan J. 
Greenawalt '98, M'02 and his wife, 
Angela, welcomed a son, Andrew Nathan, 
into their family. Nathan is the son of Susie 
Greenawalt, LVC's assistant for graduate 
studies and continuing education. 

On July 20, 2002, Brooke Anderson '98 
and Ken Jones were married in Havre de 
Grace, Md. Members of the wedding party 
included Melissa Adam Crotty '98, 
Christina Mellick '99 and Elizabeth Pond 
Colon '98. 

Michelle Y. Luecker '98 is human 
resources manager for Barclay Friends, a 
residential and assisted-living facility in 
West Chester. 

Melissa Patterson '98 is a third-grade 
teacher in the Souderton Area School 

Company Commander James Pete '98 

recently returned from a deployment to 
Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. 

Tanya L. Sangrey '98 is a support coordinator 
for the Lancaster County MH/MR's Early 
Intervention Program. 

Jennifer L. Smith '98 and Torre Ruth were 
married in November 2003. Jennifer is a 
pediatrics physician with the Penn State 
College of Medicine in Hershey. 

On September 13, 2003, Erica L. Unger 
'98 and Lance M. Westerhoff '98 were 
married in LVC's Miller Chapel. Trent 
Snyder '96 served as best man. 

Matthew D. Wary '98 is minister of music 
at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ 
in Boyertown. 

On July 12, 2003, Michael G. Weist II '98 
and Marcia J. Reed '00 were married at 
LVC's Miller Chapel. Members of the 
wedding party included Amanda Ott 
Templeton '00, Carrie Fetterman '00, 
Melissa Zinn '00 and Christopher Pugh 
'99. Michael is a fourth-grade teacher and 
Marcia is a third-grade teacher for the 
Upper Deerfield Board of Education in 
Seabrook, N.J. 

In December 2003, Jeremy D. Wdson '98 

received a master's degree in public adminis- 
tration from Shippensburg University. He is 
a single-family housing specialist with 
USDA Rural Development in Harrisburg. 

On November 14, 2003, Arianne Zeck '98 
and Gary P. Chemich Jr. '02 were married 
at Sandals Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 
Arianne is assistant marketing director for 
Park City Center in Lancaster. Gary is a 
software engineer at EDS Inc. in Camp 

Christopher E. Albright '99, sports editor 
of the Upper Dauphin Sentinel in 
Millersburg, is listed in 2004-2005 Who's 
Who in Executives and Professionals. 

Joanne L. Altrath '99 and Timothy 
Jesiolowski were married on June 28, 2003. 
Joanne, marketing coordinator for Skelly 
and Loy Inc. in Harrisburg, is the vice 
president of membership for the Harrisburg 
chapter of the International Association of 
Business Communicators. 

Michael E. Bastian II '99 and Kristin L. 
Rager '99 were married on October 1 1 , 
2003. Michael is wholesale and route sales 
representative for Bastian Tire Sales Inc. in 
Williamsport. Kristin is a school psychologist 
with the South Williamsport Area School 

Dalinda Knauth Bohr '99 recently 
received the Pennsylvania/Delaware String 
Teachers Association Outstanding New 
String Teacher award. 

On June 1, 2003, Mark E Cohen '99 

received a doctor of osteopathic medicine 
degree from the Philadelphia College of 
Osteopathic Medicine. He is an intern at 
Community Hospital of Lancaster. 

On October 22, 2003, Heather S. Draper 

'99, a graduate assistant at Kutztown 
University, spoke to LVC students about the 
graduate school application process during 
Reality 101: Life After the Valley, the first in 
a new series of campus seminars. 

Monica A. Eitzgerald '99 and Dr. M. 
Joshua Shellenberger '99 were married on 
July 6, 2003, in LVC's Miller Chapel. 
Monica is a teacher in the Pequea Valley 
School District. Joshua, a 2003 graduate of 
the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 
Medicine, is doing his residency in internal 
medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in 

On October 4, 2003, Alicia M. Harvath 
'99 and Donald L. Flory were married at 
the First United Methodist Church of 
Hershey. Members of the wedding parry 
included Alicia Fioravanti '99, Jessica 
Bostdorf '99, Jennifer Methner '99, 
Carrie Fetterman '00, Corrie Litdeton 
Bailey '99 and Meghan Rouse Young '99. 
Alicia is fiscal technician for the 
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost 
Containment Council in Harrisburg. 

George E. Lagonis '99 is a supply planning 
analyst with Hershey Foods Corporation in 

In June 2003, J. Lee Madden Jr. '99 passed 
the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst 
exam and is now internal marketing consultant 
with Lincoln Financial Distributors in 

Karlin Schroeder Mbah '99, a Peace Corps 
volunteer in Cameroon from 2001-2003, is 
a substance abuse coimselor for Greenwich 
House Inc. in New York City. 

Justin P. McMaster '99 is senior operations 
analyst with the Keebler Company in 
Elmhurst, III. 

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class news & notes 

Christina A. Mellick '99 is a general 
music, choral and band teacher at Amelia 
Public Elementary School in Virginia. 

Lori M. Moyer '99 is a senior airman at 
the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center 
at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville. 

Stephen A. Raab '99 is general manager of 
Blinds to Go Inc. in Wyomissing. 

On May 31, 2003, Meghan J. Rouse '99 
and Winfield R. Young '99 were married at 
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon. 
Meghan is a second-grade teacher in the 
Northern Lebanon School District. 
Winfield is an investment consultant with 
Charles Schwab & Co. in Valley Forge. 

Kenneth D. Schwebel M'99 and Kristi L. 
Emerick were married recently. Kenneth is 
controller for Witmer & McCoy in Mt. Joy. 

In May 2002, Cory W. Thornton '99 

received a master's degree in communication 
studies from Shippensburg University. He is 
now assistant sports information director at 
Washington and Lee University in 
Lexington, Va. 

Lisa Wenrich '99 is research associate for 
Isis Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, Calif 

James Zerfing '99 is pursuing a master's 
degree at Bethany Seminary Ln Richmond, Ind. 


Jessica L. Boyer '00 and Christopher M. 
Chinchock were married on December 27, 
2003. Jessica is a biology teacher in the 
Ephrata Area School District. 

On July 26, 2003, Heather M. Gateau '00 
and Brandon W. McEndree '02 were 
married at St. Paul's Methodist Church in 
Leonardtown, Md. Beth M. Rineman '00 

was a member of the wedding party. 
Heather received the Outstanding New 
Teacher award at West Frederick Middle 
School, where she is a music educator. 

On September 13, 2003, Melissa M. 
George '00 and Dominic A. McGruther 
were married in Halifax. Melissa is assistant 
director of education at Sylvan Learning 
Center in Harrisburg. She is also a tutor at 
the Masonic Learning Center teaching the 
Orton-Gillingham Process to children with 

On October 5, 2003, Kimberly KoUbab 
'00 and Lt. Jason Douthit, U.S.N, were 
married in a bayside ceremony in San 
Diego, Calif Members of the wedding 
party included Wendy Hofiiman Strite '99, 
AmeUa Hutnick '00, Beth M. Rineman 
'00, Lindsay Worrall '01 and Edward 
KoUbab '02. LVC alumni in attendance 

were Randy Strite '99, Cheryl Amster '00, 
Michael Frost '01, Kristin DePrehn '01 
and Traci Hindle '01. 

Gregory L. Kratzer Jr. '00 is a high school 
educator for the Upper Dauphin Area 
School District. 

Kimberly A. Meredith '00 and Robert 
Greco were married on September 27, 
2003. Members of the wedding party 
included Terry Buda '00 and Angela Nash 
'00. LVC alumni in attendance were Kristi 
Baker-McMichael '00, Laura DeGraff '00 
and John Gruber '97. 

Theresa Shenk O'Donnell '00 is human 
resources coordinator for United Disability 
Services in Lancaster. 

Kathryn M. Pine '00 is a resource specialist 
with the ABC Unified School District in 
Atresia, Calif 

On September 4, 2003, Rebecca Rhoads 

'00 began a yearlong experience as a 
missionary in Honduras, part of the 
Volunteers in Mission of the United 
Methodist Church Global Ministries 
program. She is teaching English and 
helping to set up a scholarship program. 

Francy L. Spangler '00 and Shannon S. 
Reigert were married on September 6, 
2003. Members of the wedding party 
included Traci Hindle '01, Leanne 
Hennion '02 and Alexis Christoff '03. 
Francy is a special education teacher for the 
Lebanon School District. 

Selena L. Rodgers '00 is the head athletic 
trainer at Thaddeus Stevens College in 
Lancaster for the Central Pennsylvania 
Rehabilitation Service. 

Christina J. Walker '00 is a sixth-grade 
teacher for the Bloomfield Public Schools in 

John A. Brennan '01 is a history teacher in 
the Spring-Ford School District. 

On July 26, 2003, Frederick C. Brosius '01 
and Robin H. Aheam '03 were married in 
Harford. Members of the wedding party 
included Michael Wittrien '02 and 
Corinne Erb '02. Frederick and Robin are 
both teachers for the Anchorage School 
District in Alaska. 

Kelly R. Cooney '01 and Harry J. Watts Jr. 
were married on November 8, 2003. 
Members of the wedding party included 
Angela Roller '01, Amy Stack '01 and 
Cheryl Beezup '02. Kelly is an accountant 
with Harsco Corporation in Wormleysburg. 

Jennifer McGough Dovi '01 is a music 
teacher of special education for the Atlantic 
County Special Services School District in 
New Jersey. 

Derrick J. English '01 is a life-skills 
teacher in the Central Dauphin School 

Melinda S. Etschman '01 is an actuarial 
analyst for Arbella Insurance in Quincy, 

Lt. David Finkbiner '01 completed training 
for the B-52 initial qualification course, 
receiving honors and the title of distin- 
guished graduate for flying excellence, given 
by the 8th Bomb Wing. He is currently 
assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron (5th 
Bomb Wing) at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. 

On December 13, 2003, Jayanne N. 
Hogate '01 and Dan Hayward were married 
in Gettysburg. Jayanne is the coordinator of 
the Young Lawyers Division of the 
Pennsylvania Bar Association in Harrisburg. 

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. in York promoted 
Patricia J. Kalbach '01 to director of 
purchasing operations. 

Beth A. Light '01 is an associate with S.R. 
Wojdak & Associates in Harrisburg. 

Gretchen A. Mall '01 is a first-grade 
teacher for the Hawaii Department of 
Education in Wainae. 

Craig W. Menges '01 is a graduate student 
at the University of Rochester in New York. 

Summer A. Red '01 is cyber start project 
manager for the YWCA of Greater 

Gerald "Jerry" Reilly '01 received a 
master's degree in art history from Boston 
University and now works for the John F. 
Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, 

Tiffany Kunkle Robinson '01 is support 
coordinator for the Luzerne/Wyoming 
Counties MH/MR in Wilkes-Barre. 

Erin L. Southwick '01 is a music teacher 
for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School 
District in Alaska. 

Everest Reinsurance Company of Liberty 
Corner, N.J., recently promoted Amy 
Marie Stack '01 to human resource specialist. 
Amy is pursuing a master's degree in business 
administration at Fairleigh Dickinson 

On August, 9, 2003, Curt P. Stanton '01 
and Natalie M. Stitzer '01 were married at 
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in 
Berwick. Members of the wedding party 
included Stacey Stinson '01, Timothy 
BelloflF '02, Jonathon Blasenak '03 and 
former LVC student Brendan Weir. 

Ryan D. Stevens '01 is a sixth-grade 
teacher for the School District of 

32 The Valley 

Sara Stichler '01 is a Spanish teacher in the 
Central Dauphin School District. 

Todd Stumiolo '01 is a staff sergeant in the 
U.S. Army. He is a trombonist with the 
United States Army Field Band stationed at 
Ft. Meade, Md. 

CASE, Council for the Support of 
Education, awarded Michelle A. Walmsley 
'01 its 2003 District I Rising Star. Michelle, 
a former intern in LVC's Alumni Programs 
Office, is the assistant director of alumni 
affairs at Clark University in Worcester, 

Erica S. Wlneske '0 1 is owner/auctioneer/ 
appraiser for Classic Edge Auctions & 
Appraisal Services in Hershey. 

On May 24, 2003, Lindsey Yeiser '01 and 

Mark Hibshman were married in LVC's 
Miller Chapel. Lindsey is a fifth-grade 
teacher at Jackson Elementary School in 

Daniel W. Brenner '02 is a high school jazz 
band director in the Spring Grove Area 
School District. 

Karen L. Cunningham '02 is a Spanish 
teacher at Central Dauphin High School. 

Jennifer L. Davis '02 is therapeutic staff 
support for Edgewater Children's Services in 

Ellen M. Ditmer '02 is a chorus director 
and music teacher at Central Middle School 
in Dover, Del. 

John M. Dormer FV '02 is a sixth-grade 
teacher in the Harrisburg City School 

Stacy R. Dove '02 is pursuing a master's 
degree in applied clinical psychology at 
Penn State University-Harrisburg. 

Lisa M. Duke '02 is a first-grade teacher 
for the Montrose County School District in 
Olathe, Colo. 

Nicole Duzick '02 is a sixth-grade teacher 
at Nanakuli Elementary School in Waianae, 

Michelle L. Edinger '02 is a fourth-grade 
teacher for the Willingboro Public Schools 
in New Jersey. 

On October 18, 2003, Trisha J. Fatula '02 
and Brian N. Zellers '02 were married in 
Harrisburg. Members of the wedding party 
included Traci Fatula '07, Erica Gosart 
'02, Amy Zellers '02, Erin Engle '02, Lisa 
Duke '02, Carrie Albright '02, Steven 

Polansky '02, Eric Shrader '01, Mike 
Martin '02 and Ronald Weaver '05. Trisha 
is a learning support teacher in the West 
Shore School District. Brian is a teacher in 
the Central Dauphin School District. 

Patrick S. Grant '02 is territory sales 
manager for Hershey Entertainment & 
Resorts in Hershey. 

Andrew C. Heizmann '02 is a middle 
school choral director in the Brandywine 
Heights Area School District. 

Nathan M. Hengst '02 is a management 
analyst with the Department of the Army. 

Jocelyn E. Korp '02 is a residential 
counselor at Philhaven Behavioral 
Healthcare Services in Mt. Gretna. 

Jamie E. Lesher '02 is a sixth-grade 
learning support teacher in the Conrad 
Weiser School District. 

David M. Locher '02 is a chemistry 
teacher at Marple Newton High School in 
Newtown Square. 

Michelle L. Lomas '02 is a learning 
support teacher in the Boyertown Area 
School District. 

College Trustee A.L. "Ji^" Hanford Dies 

Lebanon Valley College Trustee A.L. "Jim" Hanford III, 

65, of Hershey, died March 13 in the Hershey Medical 
Center after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He had 
served on the LVC Board of Trustees since 1993 and was 
a member of the Board's Advancement Committee. 

As the owner of Ladd-Hanford Dodge Chrysler Jeep 
Mazda in Lebanon, Hanford was regarded as a successful 
businessman, but he was best known for his community 
Involvement. He served in many leadership positions with 
the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, most recently as secre- 
tary of the board; served on the Lebanon Valley Economic 
Development Board; was chair of the United Way 
Endowment Committee; was chair of the administrative 
board of Cornwall United Methodist Church and a member 
of its building and finance committee; and was a member 
of the Lebanon City Mayor's Committee. 

Born Jan. 16, 1939, in Lebanon, Hanford graduated 
from Blair Academy and Westminster College. Between 
1960 and 1984, he founded and operated various textile 
companies, including Textile Printing and Finishing 
Company of North Carolina and Fine Tex Corporation of 
Lebanon. He became the sole owner of his auto dealer- 
ship 20 years ago. 

His service to the YMCA was recognized in 1998, 
when the YMCA was renamed the A.L. Hanford Center in 

honor of the Hanford family's 
support. In 1978 he had 
led an effort to raise over 
$1 million for the YMCA. 
Along with his wife, 
Ursa, he sponsored the 
Annual Summer Solstice 
Black Tie Event for the 
Leukemia and Lymphoma 
Society of Central 
Pennsylvania. He was a for- 
mer member of the 
American Cancer Society of 
Lebanon, the Blair Academy 
Board of Trustees, Dauphin 
Deposit Bank, Collegeville 

Flag Company and Keystone Pharmacy Chain. He support- 
ed the Multiple Myeloma Research Program at The Johns 
Hopkins Medical Center, where he received treatment. For 
more information, please visit 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon 
Valley Family YMCA, 201 N. 7th St., Lebanon, PA 17046 or 
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central PA Chapter, 
800 Corporate Circle, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. 

Spring 2004 33 

class news & notes 

Elissa A. Mattson '02 is a Spanish teacher 
for the Bedford Pubhc Schools in New 

Shaun C. McGinty '02 is a special education 
teacher at Nanaikapono Elementary School 
in Hawaii. 

On June 21 , 2003, Julie D. McKinney '02 
and William G. Smeltzer were married at 
Tabor United Church of Christ in Lebanon. 
Members of the wedding party included 
Angi Maulfair '02, Amanda Heberling 
'03, Carrie Smeltzer '00 and former LVC 
student Bobbi Cessna. 

Sara A. Mintonye '02 is a floral designer 
for The Wild Orchid in Manlius, N.Y. 

Ryan R. Moore '02 is a loan officer with 
Global Mortgage Services in Camp Hill. 

Antonia Nemec '02 is a research specialist 
in the Depattment of Environmental and 
Occupational Health at the University of 

Jennifer E. North '02 is a music teacher for 
the Washington County Board of Educanon. 

Natalie A. Taylor '02 is a recruiting specialist 
for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in 
Camp Hill. 

David R. Warner Jr. '02 is a field represen- 
tative for Pennsylvania State Senator David 
"Chip" Brightbill. 

Lindsay S. Weymouth '02 is a teachet for 
the Talbot County Public Schools in 
Tilghman Island, Md. 

Jason B. Widney '02 is pursuing a master's 
degree in vocal performance at the Peabody 
Conservatory in Maryland. 

On September 6, 2003, Jason A. Bennett 

'03 and Michelle A. Tice were married at 
the Cleona Camp Meeting Grove. Jason is 
employed by Engle Printing & Publishing 
Co. in Mt. Joy. 

Danielle M. Bressi '03 is a chemical analyst/ 
excipients for Lancaster Laboratories. 

Tara L. Brownlee '03 is a graduate student 
in molecular virology and microbiology at the 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

Tyrone C. Broxton '03 is director of sports 
information at Alcorn State University in 

During a ROTC commissioning ceremony in May at Shippensburg University, Donald Carter 03 
had his bars pinned by U.S. General Tommy Franks (left). Carter's father (right). Sergeant First 
Class Don Carter Sr., also participated in the ceremony. 

Lori Beth Counterman '03 is an emotional 
support teacher for kindergarten through 
sixth grade at Grandview Elementary 
School in Bloomington, Ind. 

Jason M. Dugan '03 is account executive 
for IKON Office Solutions in Harrisburg. 

Sarah Durako '03 is a legislative research 
analyst for the Pennsylvania House of 
Representatives in Harrisburg. 

Lori Evaristo '03 is a music teacher at 
Deep Creek Middle School in Essex, Md. 

Dustee-lea Graeff '03 is an inclusive classroom 
teacher at Scott's Branch Elementary School 
in Randellstown, Md. 

Erin K. Hutley '03 is a graduate resident 
director at Indiana University of 
Pennsylvania-Punxsutawney. She is a graduate 
student at lUP majoring in student affairs 
in higher education. 

Timothy C. Keister '03 is an actuarial 
associate for ING U.S. Financial Services in 
West Chester. 

Moriah L. Miller '03 is pursuing a master's 
degree in library science at Clarion 

Amy E. O'Cormor '03 is a learning support 
teacher in the Blue Mountain School 
District in Friedensburg. 

THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is seeking nominations for the following 
awards: Creative Achievement Award, Young Alumni Award, D. Clark Carmean Award 
in Admission, Alumni Citation, Distinguished Alumni Award and Athletic Hall of 
Fame. To nominate an LVC alumnus/a for one of these awards, please send an 
e-mail to or contact the Alumni Office at (717) 867-6320 or 
l-SOO-ALUM-LVC. Self-nominations are welcome. 

Jennifer S. Peirson '03 is a second-grade 
teacher at John Bonfield Elementary School 
in Lititz. 

William H. Pitcock Jr. '03 is a graduate 
student/ associate instructor in the chemistry 
department at Indiana University in 

Crystal A. Wyman '03 is public relations 
manager for the Pennsylvania Renaissance 
Faire in Cornwall. 

On May 24, 2003, Kristie Beth Ritter '03 

and Andrew M. Grier were married at 
Millcreek Lutheran Church in 
Newmanstown. Kristie is a private voice 
teacher and a consultant for Mary Kay. 

Elizabeth A. Rodgers '03 is a third-grade 
teacher in the Conestoga Valley School 
District in Lancaster County. 

Benjamin C. Rugg '03 is a teacher in the 
Cornwall-Lebanon School District. 

Stephanie L. Tighe '03 is marketing assistant 
for Community Banks Inc. in Harrisburg. 

Jennifer G. Trott '03 is fundraising and 
special events coordinator for the Epilepsy 
Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. 

In Memoriam 

Former teacher Ruth Baker Chatfiled '24 

died on March 12, 2003, in Florida at 99 
years of age. 

Dr. Russell E. Morgan '31 died on 
December 5, 2003, in Bethlehem at 94 
years of age. In 1992, he and his wife, 
Elizabeth, established the Dr. and Mrs. 
Russell E. Morgan Scholarship Fund to 

34 The Valley 

benefit a student from his hometown of 
Minersville attending LVC. A lieutenant 
commander in the United States Navy during 
World War II, Russell was part of the initial 
medical response team to the survivors of 
the nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan. A 
surgeon by profession, he loved music and 
played the clarinet and the bassoon. 
Revitalization of the Chamber Music 
Society of Bethlehem and serving on the 
Fountain Hill School Board were among his 
many community activities. 

Dr. John H. Stine '32 died on September 
28, 2003, in Lebanon at 91 years of age. He 
served with the Navy Dental Corps in 
Europe during the Korean War and had his 
own dental practice for more than 30 years. 

Retired schoolteacher Irvin H. Meyer '36 

died on September 10, 2003, in Annville at 
89 years of age. For 40 years he taught 
elementary school in the Annville-Cleona 
School District. He was the father of Craig 
S. Meyer '78. 

Calvin D. Spider '38 died on October 4, 
2003, in Lebanon at 86 years of age. A 
Navy veteran of World War II, Calvin was a 
former partner at the Lebanon law firm of 
Spider & Kilgore. 

Julia Johnson Edwards '39 died on 
January 10, 2003, at 88 years of age. 

The Rev. M. Lucille Esbenshade '41 died 
on December 24, 2003, in Lancaster at 87 
years of age. She was a former missionary in 
the Philippines and Africa and served as a 
United Methodist pastor for churches in the 
Indianapolis, Ind., area. 

Samuel O. Grimm Jr. '41 died on January 
30, 2003, in Maryland at 82 years of age. 
Samuel, the husband of Martha Wilt 
Grimm '43 and the father of Sylvia Grimm 
Linardi '67, was one of four brothers who 
attended LVC. He was the son of Samuel 
"Soggy" Grimm '11 who served the 
College for 55 years in roles ranging from 
professor of physics to principal of the 

Former teacher Mary Spangler Walker '41 

died on February 14, 2003, in Simi Valley, 
Calif, at 82 years of age. 

Betty Shillott Wallace '42 died on August 
30, 2003, in Media at 82 years of age. She 
was the wife of Anthony F. Wallace, Ph.D., 

'45 to whom she was married for 6 1 years. 

Martha Yeakle Forman '44 died on March 
21, 2003, at 80 years of age. She served as a 
first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during 
World War II. 

Lancaster-area sportscaster Brian H. 
Kintzer '47 died on September 2, 2003, in 

Lancaster at 79 years of age. A U.S. Army 
veteran of World War II, Brian's broadcasting 
career spanned almost 50 years. 

Wdliam A. Rothrock '48 died on August 18, 
2003, in DuBois at 79 years of age. He was a 
reared chemical engineer at Stackpole 
Corporation, where he had worked for 35 

Anthony J. Gerace Jr. '48 died on July 16, 
2003, in Harrisburg at 82 years of age. He 
was a former music and band director at 
Lebanon High School and a former band 
director at Palmyra High School. 

Olive Reemsnyder Derr '49 died on June 
17, 2003. She was a former organist and 
choir director. 

Former professional athlete Henry "Hank" 
Dijohnson '50 died on September 21, 
2003, in Lebanon at 79 years of age. A 
Navy Air Corp veteran of World War II, 
Hank played professional minor league 
baseball and basketball after graduating 
from college. In 1977, he was inducted into 
the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame. 

John B. Lingle '50 died on August 14, 
2003, in Hershey at 82 years of age. An 
Army veteran of World War II, John was a 
retired insurance agent. 

Edwin H. Shay '50 died on January 8, 

2002, in Lebanon at 73 years of age. He 
was retired from the former Lebanon Valley 
National Bank. 

William S. Tomilen '52 died on September 
15, 2003, in Wayne, N.J., at 73 years of 
age. An Army veteran of the Korean War, 
he was retired from the Kearfott Guidance 
and Navigation Corporation in Wayne. 

Mark W. Heberling '53 died on August 4, 

2003, in Jacksonville, Ala., at the age of 75. 
A World War II Air Force veteran, Mark 
was retired from Federal-Mogul 
Corporation. He was active with the 
American Legion, establishing several college 
scholarships for high school seniors. 

The Rev. Robert E. Reasey '55 died on 
September 25, 2003, in Hershey at 70 years 
of age. He was the visiting pastor at Camp Hill 
United Methodist Church and had previously 
served congregations in Feesburg, Ohio, 
Shiremanstown, Chambersburg and Altoona. 

Thomas L. Hess '56 died on December 14, 
2003, in Wilmington, N.C., at 69 years of 
age. A former member of the U.S. Army 
Chemical Corps, Thomas helped develop 
toxicological standards and procedures in 
the field of chemical agents. At one time he 
served as branch chief of the U.S. Army 
Environmental Hygiene Agency in the fields 
of air pollution and hazardous wastes. He 
was also a demilitarization specialist at both 

the U.S. Army Nuclear and Chemical 
Agency and the Pentagon with DESOPS. 

Former teacher Ellen Christman Light '58 

died on August 8, 2003, in Myerstown at 

94 years of age. She taught school in the 
Lebanon School District for 25 years. 

Susan Oaks Leonard '59 died on 
November 26, 2003, in Shrewsbury at 66 
years of age. She was a former teacher in the 
Spring Grove Area School District. 

William D. Rigler '61 died on November 
21, 2003, at 64 years ot age. He was the 
owner of JW Showroom Inc. in Philadelphia. 

E. Wayne Reinbold '65 died on July 29, 2003. 

Former music teacher Kathleen Krikory 
Moser '67 died on August 29, 2003, in 
Sellersville at 58 years of age. For 33 years, 
Kathleen taught middle- and high-school 
music in the Frontier Regional Schools in 
South Deerfield, Mass. 

Joan Vonhauser '69 died on July 30, 2003, 
in Mechanicsburg at 60 years of age. She 
was retired from the Naval Support Activity 
Center in Mechanicsburg. 

Timothy A. Knaub '75 died on October 1 1 , 
2003, in Lancaster at 50 years of age. He was 
a substitute teacher and school nurse at Penn 
Manor High School. He was the husband of 
Dr. Marilyn Bauer Knaub '75. 

David M. Zeigler '77 died on September 

Richard G. O'Neal '79 died on August 21, 
2003, in Lancaster at 46 years of age. 
Employed by Armstrong World Industries 
in Marietta, he was the brother of Sharon 
O'Neal-Lehner '75. 

John H. Allen Jr. '80 died on September 
12, 2003, in Union, W. Va., at 44 years of 
age. He was employed by Donegal 
Insurance in Marietta. 

Judianne Densen-Gerber H'83 died on 
May 11, 2003, in New York City. She 
devoted much of her life to fighting child, 
sexual, spousal and substance abuse. A 
pioneer in drug rehabilitation programs, 
she developed the model for a drug-free 
therapeutic community through the 
establishment of the first Odyssey House 
in Harlem. 

Gary L. Reesor '90 died on June 2, 2003, 
in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 41 years of 
age. He was president of the United States 
Sombo Association. 

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Kate Ruhl '05, from Quentin, 
decided to attend LVC for 
many reasons including its 
close proximity to home, 

small classes, and merit-based scholar- 
ship program. Living less than 10 
miles from home, she wanted to prove 
to herself and to her family that she 
could survive away from her comfort 
zone. However, she never dreamed 
that she would spend her second 
semester of college 9,000 miles away 
in New Zealand. 

Ruhl heard about the New Zealand semester abroad 
program from her religion advisor, Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, 

who was slated to be the program's onsite director the 
spring of her freshman year. When Ruhl told him of her 
interest in studying abroad, little did she realize that four 
months later she would be halfway around the world. 

For five months, she took full advantage of the oppor- 
tunity. Between her classes at the University of Waikato in 
Hamilton, Ruhl experienced the thrill of bungee jumping, 
skydiving and white-water rafting. She also hiked all 
around the country and explored much of what the 
culture had to offer. 

Seeing the Dalai Lama in Auckland was her most 
memorable experience. Ruhl had developed an interest in 
the Tibetan spiritual leader when she wrote several 
research papers on him. "To hear him speak in person 
was awesome," said Ruhl. 

A year and a half after returning to normal college life, 
Ruhl felt compelled to test herself even further. She 
decided to study abroad in Italy for the first semester of 
her junior year. Whereas the New Zealand program 
included other students and an on-site director from 
LVC, Ruhl was the only person from Lebanon Valley to 
travel to Italy that semester. She wanted to push herself to 
do it on her own by "taking away the safety net of having 
a connection with home." She wanted to know what it 
was like to live in a non-English speaking culture where 
she had to rely on her own ingenuity to adapt to her 

Again, she seized an opportunity, touring extensively 
throughout Europe whenever she had a chance. Her 
courage even spilled over to her parents when, in 
November, they visited their daughter in Italy on their 
first-ever trip outside of North America. 

Ruhl, a religion and political science double major, 
would eventually like to work in the humanitarian field 

for an international agency, possibly the United Nations. 
The lessons she has learned from studying abroad have 
been valuable toward achieving that goal. "I am a lot 
more of the person I always wanted to be," noted Ruhl. 
"I learned a lot about myself." She feels she has gained so 
much self-confidence from studying abroad. "I now know 
that I can go anywhere and make a life for myself." 

Cindy Progin '04 works in the LVC Office of College 
Relations and recently completed a degree in English 
communications. She has compiled and written The 
Valley Class Notes section since 1998. 

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valley news 

Amwille Township Conimissioner Richard F. 
Charles (left) accepts the Founders Day award 
from LVC President G. David Poltick. 

Founders Day Award 

In February, Annville Township 
Commissioner Richard F. Charles received 
the Lebanon Valley College Founders Day 
award for his 13-year effort to make 
Annville's Streetscape Project a reality. The 
$4 million transformation of four blocks in 
the center of Annville was completed last 
summer after more than a year of construction. 

Charles, LVC vice president for advancement 
emeritus, retired in 1 997 and continues to be 
involved in numerous community activities 
and his business firm, The Franklin 
Consulting Group. The Founders Day 
award recognizes individuals whose character 
and leadership, in the spirit of the founders 
of Lebanon Valley College, contribute to the 
enhancement of life in central Pennsylvania. 

President's Award 

LVC's Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), a student 
service organization that helps promote the 
cultural, ethical and social development of 
its members, as well as the community, 
through flind raising and the work projects, 
was honored with the President's Award on 
Founders Day. This past year, AST initiated 
or participated in the following services: 
sponsored a Pennsylvania Vent Camp 
Benefit Dance, raising over $200 for a camp 
for ventilator-dependent children in 
Millville; volunteered at a battered women's 
shelter in Lebanon; donated over 500 
canned goods to the Ronald McDonald 
House in Hershey; achieved 100 percent 
participation in Relay for Life, an overnight 
event sponsored by LVC to celebrate cancer 
survivors and raise money for cancer 
research; donated money to Pine Mountain 
Settlement School for underprivileged 
children; sent Christmas cards to the troops 
in Iraq; volunteered at the LVC Cherry 
Blossom Festival; and contributed to a 
campus clean-up sponsored by the Greek 

Concerto-Aria Winners 

At LVC, it is considered a great honor to be 
chosen to perform in February with the 
LVC Symphony at the Concerto-Aria 
Concert. TTiis year, the winners are all jimiors: 
Mara Weissman of Warminster, who has 
played alto saxophone for eight years; 
Kathryn Guenther of Mt. Holly, N.J., who 
has studied piano for 14 years; and Kristin 
Showalter of Sinking Spring, who has 
played the flute for 1 1 years. Weissman is 
a music education and alto saxophone 
performance major who also plays the cello. 
She played the first three movements of 

Members of Alpha Sigma Tau (L to r.): Christine Lightcap '04, Angela Petiak '06, Stephanie 
Reissner '06 and Shawna Dick '04 acknowledge the audience's appreciation after receiving the 
annual President's Award from Dr. G. David Pollick, LVC president (far left). 

(L to r.) Concerto-Aria winners Kristin 
Showalter '04, Kathiyn Guenther '05, and 
Mara Weissman '05 were chosen to perform 
with the LVC Symphony Orchestra. 

Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice on 
the alto saxophone. Guenther, a music 
education major, performed Shostakovich's 
Piano Concerto Op. 102 No.2. Showalter, a 
music education and flute performance 
major, played the last movement of Aram 
Khachaturian's Concerto for Flute. 

Peace Garden Citation 

Last fall, the Peace Garden at the Valley 
won a citation in a design competition 
sponsored by American School & University 
magazine. The garden was featured on two 
pages of the magazine's November 
Architectural Portfolio issue, the premier 
showcase for education design projects. The 
Peace Garden won the only citation given 
last year in the landscape architecture 
category. The garden, located in the campus 
residential area, was designed with the help 
of Derek & Edson Associates, LLP, a land- 
scape architecture firm in Lititz. 


Thf Vaiify 

Lynch Architectural Award 

Lebanon Valley College's Lynch Memorial 
Hall, which for over 50 years served as the 
College's gymnasium, received an architectural 
award for the new design that will transform 
it into a much-needed all-academic building. 
The revitalization plan for Lynch won a 
Merit Award from the Central Pennsylvania 
Chapter of the American Institute of 
Architects. The award went to TONO 
Architects, LLC, but the Lancaster architec- 
tural firm invited LVC President G. David 
Pollick and Dr. Stephen MacDonald, vice 
president for academic affeirs and dean of the 
faculty, to be recognized at the ceremony for 
the creative ideas they contributed to the 

Dr. Donald E. Kline, acting education 
department chair, was given the Pennsylvania 
Science Teachers Association's Fellows Award 
at the associations convention in Hershey 
last December. This is the most prestigious 
honor given by the group. It is awarded for 
sustained leadership and service to science 

Chemistry Department Receives 
$150,000 Research Grant; 
Wigal Honored Again 

The National Science Foundation awarded 
a $147,950 grant to Dr. Carl Wigal, chair 
and professor of chemistry. The three-year 
grant, titled "Synthetic and Mechanistic 
Studies of Quinone-Organozinc Alkylation 
Reactions," will investigate new methodologies 
aimed at the synthesis of quinone derivatives. 
Last fall, Wigal also was honored along with 
seven other faculty members from across the 
eastern United States at Indiana University's 
"Symposium for Excellence in Undergraduate 
Chemical Research." 

Who's Who 

The 2004 edition of Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities and 
Colleges includes the names of 45 students 
from Lebanon Valley College who have 
been selected as national outstanding campus 
leaders. Campus nominating committees 
and editors of the annual directory have 
included the names of these students based 
on their academic achievement, service to 
the community, leadership in extracurricular 
activities, and potential for continued success. 
They join an elite group of students from 
more than 2,300 institutions of higher 
learning in all 50 states, the District of 
Columbia and several foreign nations. The 
names of all 45 Lebanon Valley College 

Chelsey Morris 

Mariko Furukawa 

Michael Videtto 

The death of three students in an automobile accident Nov. 2 1 was a profound loss for the 
College community. The lives of Chelsey MorriS, a sophomore political science major from Enola; 
Mariko Furukawa, a sophomore chemistry major from Kagoshima, Japan; and Michael VIdGttO, a 
senior music recording technology major from Aldan, were celebrated at a memorial service in 

The students, all members of the College Tae Kwon Do Club, were en route to a Tae Kwon Do 
championship in Winston-Salem, N.C. when the accident occurred. A fourth student in the car, 
Janice Goddard, survived the accident. Goddard, a sophomore biology major from Camp Hill, is 
recovering from her injuries and is expected to be back on campus next fall. 

students can be found at: 


Dr. Elizabeth Miller Bains '64, a space 
shuttle scientist at the Johnson Space 
Center in Houston, Texas, returned to 
campus in September to speak at Gather 
Science Center. In her presentation, titled 
What's Up with the Space Shuttle?, she spoke 
freely about what is being done to make 
shuttle flights safer. The explosion of the 
Columbia space shuttle two years ago has 
prompted Bains and other scientists to put 
an additional 50-foot boom on the shuttle to 
make it easier to inspect for tile damage. 

The Pennsylvania chapter of the National 
Association for Multicultural Education 

(NAME) held its sbith 
annual conference in 
March at LVC. The 
theme of the conference 
was The Golden 
Anniversary of Brown vs. 
Board of Education: 
Celebrating Multicultural 

America. Keynote speakers 

Pedro Cortes, r^ x/ i r a 

were L)r. Moleh Asante, 
Pennsylvania c c i^c ■ 

c. re- ^ professor or Arrican- 

Secretary of State, . ^ t- 

, American Studies at 

, Temple University; Pedro 
speaker on campus ^ r ■ , 

,; . . Cortes, Pennsylvanias 
this spring. ' 

Secretary of State; and Dr. William Howe, 
president of NAME. Tchet Dorman. LVC's 
director of multi-cultural affairs, served as 
conference chair. 

Jean Synodinos, an exuberant singer/song- 
writer, sang a song at MJ's Coffeehouse last 
fall that she wrote in memory of her fathet. 
Dr. John Synodinos H'96, LVC president 
emeritus who died in 2002. A track on her 
CD Lucky features the upbeat "Gospel 
According to John," which was inspired by 
her father. 

Latino Identity Lecture 

Dr. Sandra Andino, a cultural anthropologist 
who coordinates the Ready-to-Learn 
Program for WHYY, Philadelphia's public 
broadcasting station, spoke at LVC on "The 
Emerging Complexity of Latino Identity in 
the United States: Exploring an Ethnographic 
Study of Graffiti Writing and Writers in 
El Barrio of North Philadelphia." 

Multicidtural Festival and Fashion Show 

Well-known music recitalist Henrietta 
Morgan, and the female poetry trio. In the 
Company of Poets, performed in the student- 
run LVC Multicultural Festival and Fashion 
Show in February. The recently formed 
LVC student group. The Step Squad, also 

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Lebanon Valley College Welcomes 
Science Olympiad Teams 

For the second year, LVC hosted the 
Science Olympiad in March. Competing 
teams from 62 high schools and middle 
schools in central Pennsylvania stormed 
castles, raced robots around obstacles, 
dropped "naked" eggs, launched bottle 
rockets, and competed in 32 other events 
on the LVC campus. Over 930 students 
competed in two divisions for North 
America's most prestigious team science and 
technology competition. The top teams 
advanced to the state-level competition. 

Annville Community Days 

The College invited Annville citizens to 
lunch and to see a football game last fall 
and a basketball game last winter during 
two Community Days. The occasions were 
designed to help the Annville and College 
communities become better acquainted 
with one another. 

Dati Massad's Night Piece, a 1987 pastel, 
was included in a national touring exhibition, 


Night Piece, a 1987 pastel by Daniel 
Massad, LVC's artist-in-residence, is touring 
the country with a group exhibition from 
the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 
called "Graphic Masters: Highlights from 
the Smithsonian American Art Museum." 
The exhibition includes 73 works from the 
1860s-1990s that celebrate the extraordinary 
variety and accomplishment of American 
artists' works on paper. 

Massad's pastel is included among 
works from such greats as Winslow Homer, 
Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis and Wayne 
Thiebaud. For more information on the 
exhibition, go to 

Massad's "The Way Through," a pastel 
completed last spring, was acquired over the 
summer by West Virginia's Huntington 
Museum of Art. 


Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, chair and associate 
professor of religion and philosophy, has 
written Mediating the Culture Wars. The 
book is part of a series from Hampton 
Press, titled Critical Education & Ethics. It is 
intended for general readers and scholars 
interested in theoretical and practical prob- 
lems revolving around multiculturalism and 
education. Bain-Selbo also has published a 
review of Jurgen Habermas's Religion and 
Rationality: Essays on Reason, God, and 

Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, assistant professor of 
religion and philosophy, recently wrote his 
second book. In Search of a Non-Dogmatic 
Theology, published by the Davies Group 
Publishers. The book concerns such issues 
as religious diversity, secularism, and the 
changing nature of contemporary 
philosophical theology. 

Dr. Roger M. Nelson, chair and professor of 

physical therapy, was a co-author of a paper, 
titled "One-time physical therapist consul- 
tation in primary health care." He wrote the 
piece with five research colleagues in the 
Netherlands, and it was published in the 
October issue of Physical Therapy, Journal of 
the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Dr. Louis Zivic, adjunct professor of reli- 
gion, published "A Winter's Tale" in the fall 
2003 edition of Women's League Outlook. 
The article is about the conflict of church 
and state as reflected in the actual life expe- 
rience of a rabbi, a congregation and chil- 
dren in a small town. 

Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, assistant 
professor of Spanish, traveled to Melbourne, 
Australia, last summer to compile and select 
critical essays for a book. Nation and 
Narration, to be published by Alroquema 
Publishers. In addition, Tezanos-Pinto was 
invited to write the introductory essay to 
the book, Paso la lista a tus poros, by 
Peruvian author Elena Herrera. Tezanos- 
Pinto has recently published two prologues, 
"Reseiia del XXII Simposio Internacional de 
Literatura: Literatura y Sociedad," Alba de 
America (California State University at 
Dominguez Hills) Vol. 22, 2003, and 
"Nuestras Voces y Nuestras Canciones: 
cantico de rebeldi'a y esperanza," Alarcon, 
Blequer, Nuestras Voces y Nuestras 
Canciones, Lima: Ediciones Maribelina, 

Dr. Joerg Mayer, professor emeritus of 
mathematical sciences, is continuing to 
write reviews for the journal Choice. His 
latest reviews are on Treasures Inside The 
Bell by Carlos E. Puente, Geometrical 
Landscapes by Amir R. Alexander, 777 
Mathematical Conversation Starters by John 
dePillis, and Designing Experiments & 
Games of Chance, The Unconventional 
Science of Blaise Pascal by William R. Shea. 


Dr. Barbara Anderman, chair and 
assistant professor of art, led a group of six 
LVC students on an exploration of Paris 
over the Thanksgiving holiday. The trip was 
an option offered to students enrolled in 
Anderman's course, Paris: Art, Culture & 
Urban Development. The students enhanced 
their understanding of the history and art of 
Paris with tours of Versailles, the Musee 
d'Orsay, and the Louvre. 

Dr. John Hinsha^ associate professor of 
history, has been appointed LVC's on-site 
director for the College's study-abroad 
program in New Zealand for 2005. 

Barney RaiBeld III, professor of business 
administration, has been granted a sabbatical 
leave during the spring 2005 semester to 
return to the Ukraine where he previously 
taught as a Fulbright Scholar from LVC. He 
will be teaching and helping to develop a 
master of business administration degree 
program at the State Academy of 
Management in Donetsk. 

Alison Uzdella '04 of Wilkes-Barre, a polit- 
ical science major, has been offered a part- 
time internship in London next fall. She 
will be working for the constituency office of 
Barbara Roche, a Labour Party Member of 
Parliament. In addition to her internship 
responsibilities, Alison wall be enrolled in 
classes at London Metropolitan University 
with LVC's Study-Abroad Program. 


Dr. Salvatore Cullari, professor emeritus of 
psychology, was recendy elected vice-president 
of the Pennsylvania Psychological 
Foundation (PPF). PPF is a nonprofit 
organization that promotes the field of psy- 
chology in the state of Pennsylvania. 

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WORKS BY rob evans 

MAY 21 - JUNE 17, 2004 



A. Qumn Sleeping, 2004, mixed 
media, 10.5" x 10", courtesy of 
the artist 

B. Fire and Ice, 2004, mixed 
media on rag paper, 23" x 19", 
courtesy of the artist 

C. Indicator. 2000, mixed 
media on paper, 21" x 19 1/2", 
private collection 

D. Study for "Movement," 2004, mixed media, 37" x 33", 
courtesy of the artist 

E. Above and Beneath, 2004, mixed media, 27" x 19", 
courtesy of the artist 

F. Forsythia, 2001, mixed media on paper, 29" x 21", 
private collection 


Wednesday: 5 >^ H-. - .t^i, 

Thursday-Friday: 1-4:30 p.m. 
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. -5 p.m. 
and by appointment 



Lebanon Valley College 

All exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

Please call 717-867-6445 
for information. 




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Drs. Carl Wigal, Kathleen Kolbet, Owen 

Moe, Marc Harris and Walter Patton, all 

of the Chemistry Department, along with 
Dr. Sidney Pollack of the Biology 
Department and 1 5 LVC students, attended 
the 2003 national fall meeting of the 
American Chemical Society in New York 
City. The professors and following students 
presented nine papers at the meeting: 
Christine M. Lightcap '04, Jordan M. 
Newell '03, Jared Bushey '04, the late 
Mariko Furukawa '06, Amy Smith '04, 
Scott Wallace '04, Chrisandra M. Bright 
'05, Barbara J. Nealon '03, Mollie G. 
Kedney '04, Sophia Kwon '06, Gary 
Romberger '04, Christine M. Burgess '04, 
Amanda M. Kutney '04, Johanna M. 
Scarino '06, and WiUiam H. Pitcock Jr. '03 
Funding for these students came from the 
Neidig Fund for Research and externa] 
faculty grants from National Institutes of 
Health, Research Corporation, and 
Merck/AAAS, which supports interdisciplinary 
research in chemistry and biology. 

Dr. Marc Harris and three of his students 
were invited to be presenters last September 
at the 2003 Regional Meeting of the 
American Chemical Society in Pittsburgh. 
Chemistry majors Amy Smith '04, Gary 
Romberger '04 and Scott Wallace '04 
presented two papers, outlining the synthesis 
of a series of oligobipyridine macrocycles 
that are capable of detecting the encapsulation 
of small cationic quests through the intra- 
and inter-molecular interactions of covalendy 
bound transition metal ions. 

In October, Walter Labonte, director of the 
Writing Center and instructor in English, 
attended the annual conference of the 
International Writing Center Association 
in Hershey. With the help of two current 
students and two alumni, he presented two 
wofkshops. Labonte presented Creating a 
Database for Effective Record Keeping with 
Donald Raiger '01 and Nathan Byler '01 
and The Theatrics of Tutoring, with Sarah 
Butler '04 and Rebekah Jacobs '05. Also 
in October, Labonte and Melissa Pero '98, 
adjunct instructor in English at LVC, pre- 
sented a workshop, Redefining the Role of the 
Mentor: Partners for Progress, at the 
Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English 
and Language Arts conference in 

(I. to r.) Erica Gibson '04, Kristin Showalter '04, Jennifer Borgerding '04, Amanda Gumpher '05, 
Larissa Fabian '04 and Paul Curcio '05 stand on the Pont des Arts with the Louvre in the background 

Dr. Edward J. SulUvan, associate professor of 
business and economics, presented a paper 
in October, titled Active LearningI Active 
Teaching in Economics. He was attending the 
26th Annual Meeting of the Association of 
Pennsylvania University Business and 
Economics Faculty in State College. 

Dr. Jean-Marc Braem, assistant professor of 
French, presented a paper in October at the 
12th International Conference Emile Zola 
and Naturalism at the University of Texas in 
San Antonio. The title of his paper was 
"Le Naturalisme a I'ecran. Tois adaptations 
fran^aises de Zola: Jean Renoir, Rene 
Clement, Claude Berri." 

Dr. Leon Markowicz, professor of business 
administration, presented The Wall Street 
Journal: Integrating TWSJ into Business and 
Economics Courses, during the annual meeting 
of the Association of Pennsylvania University 
Business and Economics Faculty held in 
State College. 

Joel Kline, acting director of the Digital 
Communications Program and assistant 
professor of business and economics, served 
as an accreditation instructor for the 
Harrisburg Chapter of the Public Relations 
Society of America. Kline delivered sessions 
on Information Technology and Law and 

Jeff Snyder, associate professor of music 
and director of the Music Business Program, 
and two LVC students appeared on a Berks 
County cable television show in October to 
discuss exciting developments in the music 
and business industry. They were guests on 
The Albright Scholar, a program that airs live 
on Berks County cable television. The two 

students are members of LVC's chapter of 
the Music and Entertainment Industry 
Student Association (MEISA): MEISA leaders 
were Sarah White '05 and Richard 
Weinhoffer '05. LVC also co-sponsored a 
MEIEA/MEISA one-day conference at 
Albright College in November. Snyder is 
the vice president of the Music and 
Entertainment Industry Educators 
Association. (MEIEA). 

Dr. Barbara Vlaisavljevic, associate dean of 
the faculty, was a leader of three sessions in 
November at the NAFSA Region VIII 
Conference in Portsmouth, Va. With colleagues 
from other institutions, Vlaisavljevic spoke at 
a session on Peer Advising: A Win/Win 
Scenario and The One Person Office. 
Vlaisavljevic also chaired a session, titled 
COOP Projeas in Your Own Backyard: 
the Cooperative Grants Program, which has 
funded over 900 projects and gives educational 
institutions the opportunity to try innovative 
student programming. 

Dr. Cheryl L. George, assistant professor of 
education, is president of the Pennsylvania 
Federation Council for Exceptional Children. 
In November, she presided over its 44th 
annual convention, welcoming over 650 
participants, presenting three awards, and 
leading the executive board meetings and 
the representative assembly. 

Dr. Dolores Buttry, assistant professor of 
French and German, chaired a section on 
medieval literature, Cultural and Individual 
Identity in the Middle Ages, at the South 
Atlantic Modern Language Association con- 
ference in Atlanta in mid-November. She 
also read her paper, "The Sundered Ego and 
Memories of Wholeness in Knut Hamsun's 

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" n the past few issues of The Valley, you have been reading about the renova- 
tion of Lynch Memorial Hall into a state-of-the-art academic facility. / 
- Now, through the Arnold Challenge, you can play a key role in this /^ 
extraordinary effort. -^ ^ ^ ■ •,. 

Initiated by Trustee E.H. "Ed" Arnold H'87 and his wife, Jeanne 
Donlevy Arnold, the Challenge provides critical support as Lebanon \ \ 
Valley College expands and adds to its academic facilities, providing the 
space and equipment our faculty and students need. Any gift of $1,000 or 
more to the Lynch Initiative will be matched 50 cents on the dollar by the 
Arnold Challenge. 

Now is the time to play your part in the Lynch Initiative through a gift to the Arnold Challenge. All 
gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a tile mounted in the striking new entryway into the 
Lynch Commons, a permanent record of the alumni, parents and friends who 
accepted this challenge for our students. 

The opportunity to make this kind of impact doesn't come along 
too often. Join with the Arnolds, alumni and friends who are 

making the new Lynch Memorial Hall a reality by making 
I your gift today. j 

For information about the Great Expectations Campaign, 

John Smith '63 


Jane Smith 

In Honor of the 
Class of 1954 

In Memory of 
William Peterson 



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Early Works," in the conference session on 
Scandinavian literature. 

Drs. Marc Harris and Walter Patton, 

assistant professors of chemistry, along with 
three of their students, attended the Sixth 
Annual Undergraduate Research 
Symposium in the Chemical and Biological 
Sciences in November at the University of 
Maryland, Baltimore County. For their 
work with Harris, Scott Wallace '04 and 
Gary Romberger '04 were awarded first 
place in their division for a work co- 
authored with Amy Smith '04. Christine 
Lightcap '04 was awarded second place in 
her division for presenting her work with 
Patton. This work was co-authored by 
Jordan Newell '05 and Dr. Sidney 
Pollack, professor of biology. 

LVC's physical therapy faculty presented six 
posters and made a platform presentation at 
the American Physical Therapy Association's 
Combined Sections Meeting in Nashville 
this winter. Dr. Stan Dacko, associate pro- 
fessor, had a major platform presentation 
and presented a poster with colleagues from 
Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Roger 
Nelson, chair and professor, Claudia Gazsi, 
assistant professor, and Penny Samuelson, 
assistant professor, presented a poster with 
a colleague from MedRisk, Inc. Also with 
MedRisk, Nelson, Samuelson, and 
Dr. Marcia Epler, associate professor, 
presented an additional poster. Nelson 
and Gazsi teamed up with colleagues for 
two additional posters, one with Samuelson, 
to conclude the meetings. 


Shelly Yakus, adjunct instructor in music, 
and Mike Newman '99 recently mixed a 
Grammy-nominated album, Diamond 
Jubilation, by the Dixie 
Hummingbirds. The 
album features musi- 
cians from The Band 
(Bob Dylan's group) 
and a never-released 
song from Dylan. 
Yakus, who co-teaches 
in LVC's Music Recording Technology 
Program, was inducted into the Rock and 
Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. 


The first exhibition last fall at the Suzanne 
H. Arnold Art Gallery was/o/in Covert: 
Rediscovered, featuring more than 30 paint- 
ings, photographs, drawings and assemblages 

by this early Modernist, who died in 1960. In 
late fall, the Gallery presented Whistler's 
England: Works on Paper, which featured the 
celebrated American artist James McNeill 
Whistler, who is primarily known as the 
painter of "Whistler's Mother." Some 25 of 
Whistler's rich graphic works were on dis- 
play. Second semester, the Gallery opened 
with a collection of works by internationally 
renowned photographer Gary Schneider, in 
conjunction with Lebanon Valley's 
2003-2004 Science & Public Policy 
Colloquium. Next on display was 
Illuminated Treasures: Medieval and 
Renaissance Manuscripts frorn Pennsylvania 
Collections, showing some 25 illuminated 
manuscripts from 15th- and 16th-century 
bibles, books of hours and psalters. The season 
will end with Rob Evans: Recent Work, which 
runs from May 21 to June 27. The 
Wrightsville artist is known for his realistic 
drawings and paintings that set a tone of 
mystery and estrangement. He often focuses on 
ordinary objecrs in scenes that include his 
home and the surrounding Pennsylvania 
landscape in his art. 


Students at Lebanon Valley College filled 1 50 
gift-wrapped shoe boxes with toys and sent 
them to needy children for the holidays as part 
of a service projea for Servants of Christ, a 
campus community service organization. 

This year, the students sent 50 of the 
gift-filled boxes direcdy to children in 
A%hanistan who are not able to spend the 
Christmas holidays with their parents. One 
hundred of the boxes went to Operation 
Christmas Child, a national organization that 
distributes the gifts to young girls and boys 
around the world. 


Students Set The Mousetrap by 
Agatha Christie 

The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie's famous 
murder mystery, and the longest-running 
play in London, was center stage at LVC for 
two weekends in October. The play featured 
LVC thespians Bree Smith '05, Galen 
Kapp '06, Myles Kitchen '07, Sarah 
Morrison '06, Kate Bright '05, Derek 
Larthey '04, Rob Fisette '04 and Rich 
Miller '06. 

Sweeney Todd 

The Wig and Buckle Dramatic Society pre- 
sented Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney 
Todd in February. Nick Curry '04, Kinsey 
Deck '04, Dave Ingalls '04, Mark 

McGuire '05, Mary Beth Penjuke '06, 
Dan Komorowski '04, and Kristen Erway 

'06 performed. The play was presented in 
conjunction with the APO service fraternity 
and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. 
Rounding out the students' performing arts 
year was the spring play, The Misanthrope, a 
French tragi-comedy of manners first presented 
in the 1660s. 


The College's Science & Public Policy 
Colloquium continued in the spring semester 
with a focus on two main areas: first, how 
science and public policy affect high school 
curricula and the teaching of evolution, and 
second, how they affect bio-engineering. 
Dr. Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry 
at Lehigh University, argued for the concept 
of "intelligent design" in biology. His lecture 
was followed by a panel that tackled the 
issue of teaching evolution in the public 
schools. Dr. Edward B. Davis, distinguished 
professor of the history of science, Messiah 
College; Donald Drenner, science teacher, 
Manheim Township High School; Dr. 
Jefi&ey Robbins, assistant professor of religion 
and philosophy, LVC; and Dr. Luke Huggins, 
assistant professor of biology, LVC, served 
as panelists. 

One of the world's most eminent theorists 
on evolution was on hand in February to 
explain how patterns in the fossil records 
track evolution. Paleontologist Dr. Niles 
Eldredge, curator-in-chief. Hall of 
Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural 
History, answered the question. What Drives 
Evolution? The first speaker to address the 
medical ethics issue was Dr. Sheldon Zink, 
a medical anthropologist at the University 
of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. Langdon 
Wmner, who The Wall Street Journal hails as 
"the leading academic on the politics of 
technology," 'vas on campus to discuss. Are 
Humans Obsolete? The colloquium concluded 
with a panel discussion, Manipulating the 
Human Then and Now: Lessons of Nazi 
Eugenics. Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, LVC chair of 
religion and philosophy, chaired the panel. 
Panelists were Dr. Geoffrey Cocks, history 
professor, Albion College, Michigan; Dr. 
Jack Fischel, emeritus history professor, 
Millersville University; and Dr. Stephen 
MacDonald, vice president for academic affairs 
and dean of the feculty, LVC. 

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JUNE 11-13 



JUNE 11 

8 a.m. 

Alumni and Athletic Reunion 

Golf Tournament 

Fairview Golf Course 

10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

College Book Store Open 

Lower Level, Mund College Center 

11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

Faust Lounge, Mund College Center 

Noon-1 p.m. 
Picnic Lunch 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 


Luncheon for Dr. June E. Herr 

•34, H'97 

West Dining Room 

1-1:45 p.m. 

"Cutting Edge Technology — 
Novel Methods for Detecting and 
Ikansmitting Physiological Data" 

(Dr. Robert E. Harbaugti 74) 
Miller Chapel, Room 101 

2-2:45 p.m. 

"Learning Assessment for 
College Students Who 'Struggle"* 

(Dr. David Thompson '65) 
Miiler Chapel, Room 101 

3-3:45 p.m. 

"Lessons Learned ftom 9/11' 

(Dr. Nancy Fenstermacher '61) 
Miller (Jiapel, Room 101 

4-4:45 p.m. 

"It's Not Just Chicken Feed" 

(Robert Brill '63) 

Miller Chapel, Room 101 

6-7:30 p.m. 
Clam Bake 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 

8 p.m. 

Alumni and Student Jazz Band 


Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center 

9-10 p.m. 

Tent Party/Reception 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 

Saturday june 12 

8 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Faust Lounge, Mund College Centa' 

9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

College Bookstore Open 

Lower Level, Mund College Center 

9:30-10:45 a.m. 
Class of '54 Breakfest 

West Dining Room, Mund College 

10 a.m. 
Campus Tours 

Meet in front of Mund College Center 

10:30 a.m. 

Class Photos for '44 and '49 

Gazebo on Social Quad located 
beside Mund College Center 

11 a.m. 

Awards Ceremony and 
Recognition Rally 

Leedy Theater, Mund College Center 


Carmean Society Annual 


West Dining Room, Mund College 

Noon-l:30 p.m. 
AlhAlumnl BBQ Lunch 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 

1:30 p.m. 

Class Photographs for '59, '64, 

'69, '74, '79, '84 

Gazebo on Social Quad located 
beside Mund College Center 

2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Critters Beyond Your Backdoor" 

(Jack Hubley '73) 

Miller Ompel, Room 101 

2:30 p.m. 

Alumni Baseball Game 

McGill Field 

3-5 p.m. 
Hospitality Tent 

Social Quad 

3 p.m. 
Campus Tours 

Meet in /rant of Mund College Center 

5:30 p.m. 
Class of '54 


Receptkm and Dinner 

5:30 p.m. 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 

6 p.m. 

Reunion Dinners 

West Dining Room, Mund College 

8 p.m. 

Concert by Alumni Chorale of 
Lebanon Valley: 25th 
Anniversary Celebration 

Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center 

9 p.m.-lO p.m. 
Dessert Reception 

Under the Tent, Social Quad 


JUNE 13 

8:30-11 a.m. 

Checkout and Key Drop-off 

Lobby, Mund College Center 

9 a.m. 

Church Service 

AnnviJIe United Methodist Church 

10-11:30 a.m. 
Champagne Brunch 


♦ Be sure to attend the Alumni 
College sessions set for Friday an, 
Saturday. This is your chance to h 
a student again, without taking 
notes or studying jor a testl 



There are three easy ways to register for Alumni Weekend 

• Online at 

• Phone: 1-800-ALUMLVC or 717-867-6320 

• By mail using tfie brochure you received (call the Alumni Office if you need"^ 

Reservations made after June 4 will require a MasterCard or Visa numfi 
and will only be iionoied if space is available. 

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