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Lebanon Valley College Magazine 
Summer 2005 


The Inauguration of 

Dr. Stephen C . 

,' LVC's 17th President 


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LVC's 17th President — 
Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald 

In October 2004, the Lebanon Valley College Board of 
Trustees unanimously named Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald 
as the College's 1 7th president. Dr. MacDonald recently sat 
down with us to discuss his plans for the College. 

12 Celebrations 

Lebanon Valley College celebrated three historic events 
during the weekend of April 29 and 30, 2005. Photographs 
from the inauguration of Dr. Stephen C MacDonald, 
the dedication of the Kiyofumi Sakaguchi 
Mathematics Library, and the rededication of 
Lynch Memorial Hall appear here and many 
more can be viewed by visiting www. Ivc. edu. 

16 Engagement, Infrastructure, 
and Integration 

Garber Science Center opened its doors in 1983, 
yet plans are well underway to revitalize the center so 
that LVC can continue its long-standing dominance 
in traditional and emerging fields of science. 

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45 Valley News 

Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald became LVC's 17th president 
on October 8, 2004. Dr. MacDonald is pictured on the 
cover delivering his inaugural address on April 29, 2005. 

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Oil October 8, 2004. the Lebanon Vallev 

College Board of Trustees named Dr. Stephen 

MacDonald as the Colleges 17th president. 

MacDonald recently sat down to talk about tiJs 
life and his goals for the College. 




"Since childhood, I had wanted to 
become a history professor or a 


TH: Like many college presidents, you 
have traveled a very interesting road since 
your birth in Maiden, Mass., outside of 
Boston. Did you ever dream that you 
would one day become a college president? 

SM: I never dreamed of being a college 
president. After graduating from high 
school in Lexington in 1962, I enrolled at 
Boston College and lasted only five weeks. 
I was only 1 7 and I wasn't mature enough 
for college. I joined the Army — 
clearly not a typical path to academic 

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LVCV 17th President 

Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald, LVC's 17th president, and 
his wife of 30 years, Mary Warner, recently sat for a 
Valley interview at Kreiderheim. 

"Creativity* and 
curiosity were 
abt^Jdant in our 
household .. 

TH: This was at the beginning of the 
Vietnam War. Where were you assigned? 

SM: I spent three years in the Army, 
including a year in Vietnam [1963-64], 
before being assigned to Okinawa 
[1964—65]. Entering the Army was one 
of the best things that I ever did; it gave 
me a chance to mature and grow up 

I teturned to the States in the fall of 
1 965 and enrolled at Tufts University, 
close to home. I was only 20 years old 
then and didn't feel that I had lost much 
time at all. I was always interested in history 
and in the German language, so a history 
major made sense. 

TH: How did someone of Scots-Irish 
descent from Massachusetts develop an 
interest in German history and language? 

SM: I have been interested in history 
since I was about 7 or 8 years old and 
watched the television show Victory at 
Sea. It was a fascinating documentary 
about World War II. It was so interesting 
that history, particularly European history, 
became a personal focus of mine. The 

European war attracted me, and I wanted 
to figure out who the Germans were. 
They looked so evil and villainous 
photographically that I began studying 
the language and culture intimately. 

Learning the language was an obvious 
necessity, and when I graduated from 
Tufts in 1969, I studied at the University 
of Munich for a year. I took numerous 
courses in language, literature, and history 
to strengthen my German language skills 
and returned to the States to attend graduate 
school at the University of Virginia [UVA] 
in the fall of 1970. 

TH: Why did you choose to attend Tufts 
and UVA? 

SM: Tufts, aside from having an excellent 
academic reputation, was close enough 
that I could live at home. Having lived 
in Army barracks for three years, I was 
no longer interested in dorm life. UVA 
offered a strong program with excellent 
scholars in the field of European history. 
For graduate school, the culture and 
academic ideals drew me away from New 
England, and it was time for a change. 

TH: Did this love of learning develop 
from a family tradition of higher education? 

SM: My older sister, Ann, was the first of 
my immediate family to complete college, 
and my three other sisters, Brenda, 
Mary, and Patty, went to college or 
nursing school. My mother, Peg 
MacDonald, attended a two-year art 
school and was a draftsman for the U.S. 
Air Force for 25 years. Creativity and 
curiosity were abundant in our household 
and the pursuit of knowledge was always 
supported and encouraged. Two of my 
sisters are teachers. 

TH: When did you realize that you wanted 
to attend graduate school? 

SM: Since childhood, I had wanted to 
become a history professor or a teacher. 
As time went on, my desire to be a college 
teacher deepened and I realized the 
necessity of obtaining a doctorate in 
order to achieve this dream. 

After finishing my Ph.D. at Virginia, I 
taught at Lynchburg College [in Virginia] 
before moving into a tenure-track position 
at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. 
I had come full circle, retutning to New 

TH: I understand that you also performed 
some administrative duties while at the 
University of Maine. What caused this 

SM: It was the proverbial case of doing 
something well — administrative tasks — 
and being "rewarded" with additional 
administrative tasks. The fact that I 
gradually moved from the classroom to 
the president's office was not the result of 
some preordained, or preconceived, 
career trajectory. 

I didn't plot it out, but as I took on 
administrative tasks and seemed to be 
able to do them, people began to give me 
more of them. So far, I've continued to 
do them well, and found that I receive a 
great sense of accomplishment from this. 

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I found it fulfilling as I moved from the 
University of Maine to my 1 5 years at 
Dickinson College. 

TH: What drew you away from New 
England to your first position at 

SM: I went to Dickinson as director of 
the Central Pennsylvania Consortium 
[CPC], which allowed me to oversee a 
collaborative educational effort among 
three national, liberal arts colleges — 
Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, and 

After five years of this rewarding and 
successful work, I accepted an appointment 
as an associate dean on the academic side 

at Dickinson, which also allowed me the 
opportunity to teach part time as an 
associate professor of history. 

As associate dean, I was able to com- 
bine my administrative duties, overseeing 
a variety of programs, and teach for the 
next decade. I liked the program very 
much and found the teaching tremendously 

TH: What programs are you most proud 
of from your time at both the CPC and 

SM: At the CPC, I am most proud of my 
work in the development of women's 
studies programs. When I arrived, there 
were no women's studies programs at any 

of those schools, and I was able to serve 
as a catalyst to bring together the three 

Although they were also new to me, I 
believe that I was a good spokesman for 
the purposes of these programs. We were 
able to create some critical masses in 
groups of interest that in the end resulted 
in the creation of women's studies programs 
at all three schools. I saw the CPC as the 
curricular laboratory that provided a safe 
place outside the walls of the colleges 
where faculty were able to test ideas and 
speak candidly to each other about what 
a women's studies program might look 
like at a liberal arts college. 

As Dickinson's associate dean, my greatest 
pleasure was in helping to enhance the 






"At the CPC 
[Central Pennsylvania 
Consortium], I am most 

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development of women's 
■ studies programs." 

freshman seminar program at the college. 
I think I strengthened it by being able to 
draw more and more faculty into it and 
by being able to talk persuasively about 
its purposes. 

The satisfaction with the program at 
Dickinson was so great that I helped 
begin a similar program, known as the 
First- Year Seminar, (for more information 
on the offerings, visit when 
I became dean at LVC. I find an excitement 
among teachers in the program that 
reinvigorates them; it addresses some of 
the most fundamental purposes of liberal 
education. I will take some modest credit 
for it, although, in the end, the LVC 
faculty are really doing it; they have taken 
the program on as their own. 

TH: After 1 5 years at Dickinson and the 
CPC, what drew you to the opening for 
a vice president for academic affairs and 
dean of the faculty at Lebanon Valley 

SM: I had heard very favorable things 
about LVC and was impressed by what I 
saw when I visited the campus. The faculty, 
students, staff, and other vice presidents 
whom I met during the interview process 
were all extremely friendly and inspiring. 
David Pollick was president at the time 
and impressed me with his ambitions for 
the school. 

Six years after I arrived at LVC, David 
left in the spring of 2004 to take an 
academic position at another school. The 

"Good teaching is 
not inherent in a 
specific department 
or major, it crosses 
all programs." 

Board of Trustees asked me to serve as 
acting president. By the summer of that 
year, after discussing the possibility 
thoroughly with Mary [Mary Warner, his 
wife of 30 years, is profiled on page 10—1 1], 
I concluded that I was really interested in 
remaining president and expressed that 
interest to the Board of Trustees. The 
Board conducted an evaluation process 
that included alumni, students, faculty 
members, and others, and asked me to 
become the College's 1 7th president in 
October 2004. 

TH: Tell us about some of the challenges 
you faced as vice president for academic 
affairs and dean of the faculty at LVC. 

SM: Though there were many, as can be 
expected in any American institution of 
higher learning, four in particular stand 
out in my memory: physical therapy 
candidacy and accreditation, student 
advising, faculty evaluations, and curriculum 
standardization and evaluation. 

First, bringing the new physical thera- 
py program to candidacy and moving it 
toward accreditation [scheduled for 
spring 2006] has been a difficult and 
challenging task for the College. The 
candidacy process was my first professional 
experience with the program, so I have 
come to understand the importance it 
occupies both academically and as an 
admissions tool. It forced me to become 
well informed about the field and led 
to the development of skills that enable 
me to serve as an outside evaluator to 
other physical therapy programs in the 
United States. I was able to help our 
physical therapy faculty put together the 
documentation and reports to garner 
candidacy, which will ultimately prepare 
us to achieve accreditation. We have 
established a strong and credible program. 

Second, improving methods of student 
advising was at the forefront of my goals 
as dean at LVC. Working closely 
with the faculty, we have been able to 
improve this crucial retention process 
by standardizing the system so that new 

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already come to 
understand — that LVC is a 
special placi 

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students encounter a regularized program, 
one that is much stronger than it was 
when I first arrived. Our students now 
have a much clearer structure to follow 
that helps them to succeed and to 
achieve their educational goals. 

Third, my work in faculty evaluations 
parallels this standardization in some 
ways. I was able to introduce a level of 
professionalism in the area of faculty 
evaluations that did not exist in 1998. By 
working across disciplines and departmental 
lines, I was able to clarify expectations for 
how evaluations should be conducted. 
Regular classroom visits by the dean have 
also helped to strengthen the evaluation 

Finally, creating a standard course 
evaluation instrument that spans all 
programs has been a source of satisfaction 
during my six-year term as dean at LVC. 
Prior to 1998, each department had 
individual course evaluation instruments. 
It was a problem that was solved during 
my first year. All courses are now evaluated 

according to a common questionnaire. 
Good teaching is not inherent in a specific 
department or major, it crosses all programs. 

TH: What aspects of the interim presidency 
led to your interest in the possibility of 
assuming the role on a permanent basis? 

SM: After six years in the office, I needed 
to really take a measure of myself as 
dean. While serving as acting president, 
I wasn't sure if I would relish stepping 
relatively far away from exclusive 
concentration on the academic side. 

However, after visiting several prospective 
donors in the president's fund-raising 
capacity, I found that work to be engaging 
and fulfilling. My visits were successful, 
which led me to conclude that I could 
tell the story of the College effectively. 
Another major decision point occurred 
during Alumni Weekend in 2004. Mary 
and I met so many alumni and friends who 
reminisced with us and shared their 
fondest memories; they spoke about 

events and people that affect their lives 
to this day. That was overwhelming in 
the most positive sense. 

I realized that I understood the 
College well and was able to speak about 
LVC with credibility and without hyperbole. 
The story of the College is an interesting 
one; it doesn't need exaggeration or garnish. 
It was something that I had already come 
to understand — that LVC is a special place. 

TH: In your opinion, what are your 
major strengths as a leader? 

SM: I listen well and I am genuinely 
interested in the ideas of others. I have 
confidence in my personal capacity to 
synthesize ideas without being arrogant 
about the conclusions reached. I have the 
ability to give voice to people's aspirations 
by using my position effectively to 
express what people believe and support. 
I am able to do this in a way that people 
find credible and moving. Finally, I have 
a strong work ethic. 

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TH; Now, after sitting in the president's 
chair for one year, what are your impressions 
of the College? 

SM: LVC has developed a clear sense of 
purpose as a strong, regional liberal arts 
college. It has been fortunate to have had 
two strong leaders with great vision guiding 
the institution since 1988, and I'm sure 
before that time as well. 

Working with John Synodinos who 
stayed on after his presidency to serve as 
a College trustee, and with David 
Pollick, I was able to help articulate the 
College's strategic planning goals. We 
know that we want to be a College with 
about 1,600 to 1,800 students and 
remain primarily a residential institution. 
We also want to retain the strong student- 
faculty relationships that are so much a 
part of our heritage. 

While campus aesthetics and construc- 
tion are crucial elements in the market- 
ing process, we are above all a teaching 
institution with faculty who strive to 
be scholars in their respective fields. We 
want to continue to serve the mission 

that we have cherished in the past, which 
is to educate people for useful and pro- 
ductive careers. 

TH: Following two presidents who were 
interested in enrollment growth should 
be both challenging and enjoyable. Do 
you think that this is a good time to take 
over the reins? 

SM: Yes, I am stepping into the presidency 
at a moment when the College's sense of 
identity is coming together clearly. I feel 
that this was one of the strengths of my 
candidacy for becoming president. My 
predecessors have laid strong foundations 
and one of my strengths will be the ability 
to bring continuity to the institution. 

It is not a time for dramatic departures 
from where we are going or from who 
we are. We are not suffering any anxiety 
about these things; rather, we want to 
bring conclusion to the work that we 
have been doing very successfully over 
the terms of the last two presidencies. 
But, we will by no means remain content 
and complacent. We will move forward 

and challenge ourselves so that we continue 
to be an outstanding institution. 

It is also a time for us to expand on 
their efforts. New initiatives will occur as 
we enrich the curriculum and develop new 
programs — academic, social, and cultural. 
There is also much work to be done in 
order to bring the Great Expectations 
Campaign to a successful conclusion. We 
need to determine where we are going 
next, to ask, "What is the next mosaic of 
needs that ought to be addressed?" 

So, in one sense — steady the course. 
On the other hand — full speed ahead. 
This is not a moment to relax; there is 
much to be done. 

TH: You mentioned the Great Expectations 
Campaign; will your experience on the 
academic side of the development of the 
Heilman Center and Lynch Memorial 
Hall be an asset as the College prepares to 
renovate the Neidig-Garber Science Center? 

SM: Most certainly. Before Heilman and 
Lynch, I was involved with two major 
construction projects at Dickinson, serving 
as a co-chair for both the college's new 
library and its science center. It was a 
good training ground for working with 
architects, faculty, and builders. 

I found myself similarly involved with 
the just-completed revitalization of 
Lynch Memorial Hall and with the 
extensive planning that has been undertaken 
for Neidig-Garber. I take pleasure in that 
and am comfortable working with architects 
and talking about materials and design. I 
like the problems that architects deal 
with, and I'm able to talk as an intelligent 
layman about those things. 

TH: What is the status of the Neidig- 
Garber Science Center revitalization? 

SM: We began working with the faculty 
on the plans in 2000 and have worked 
with them through a number of iterations. 
The original project has been transformed 
with fresh ideas and the groundbreaking 
is expected in May 2006. It has been 

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"... everything I do is driven by a determination 
to strengthen the College and to make it 
better, and to preserve it so that we can fulfill 
our educational goals." 

carefully thought out with student-faculty 
relationships, teaching, and research in 
mind at all times. [Editor's Note: Please 
see page 16 for a story on the Neidig- 
Garber project \ 

Regardless, the undertaking will be a 
huge challenge because of its complexity. 
Science centers are always the most difficult 
buildings to construct. Their infrastructures 
require the solution of unique problems 
such as dealing with air handling, waste 
removal, water movement, gas, electricity, 
and chemical storage and disposal. 

This, in turn, leads to greater costs than 
necessitated by a non-science academic 
building. It makes elements of design all 
the more critical; that would be true 
under any circumstances. Because we are 
dividing Neidig-Garber so that half the 
building will still be used while construction 
occurs on the other hall, the task becomes 
even more difficult. There is a financial 
advantage to this scenario derived from 
not having to destroy the whole building 

and being able to retain some equipment. 
Conversely, this same advantage turns 
into a negative in terms of not being able 
to start from scratch. 

TH! Aside from completing Neidig-Garber 
and the Great Expectations Campaign, 
what are your plans for LVC? 

SM: Working with the Board of Trustees, 
the College's general officers, and the 
entire campus community, we have 
developed a strategic plan that maps out, 
in considerable and realistic detail, what 
the College is going to be working on 
from now until the year 2010. 

This sttategic plan stemmed from the 
work of an outside evaluator who came 
to campus in spring 2004, when the 
board, knowing that David Pollick 
was leaving the College, thought it an 
appropriate time to take a snapshot of 
the school and see where we were and 
where we expected to be going. 

I have drawn on these conversations in 
putting together a strategic plan that has 
been tested with the faculty, administrators, 
and members of the Board of Trustees. 
The Board of Trustees adopted the plan 
at its May 2005 meeting. 

Though it has many parts that affect 
all areas of the institution, a critical 
element lies in the necessity to conduct 
a comprehensive outcome assessment at 
the College. We need to do this for the 
good of the academic program. It is 
going to be one of the major tasks of the 
academic side. [Editor's Note: The complete 
strategic plan may be viewed at: 
www. Ivc. edu/alumni] 

THi How do you see the strategic plan 
affecting the faculty and students? 

SM: Part of the plan includes developing 
ways to determine what knowledge and 
skills our students actually derive from 
theit studies hete. I am asking all faculty to 

ary Warner, wife of LVC president Stephen C. 
MacDonald, knows a good story when she reads 
. one — or writes one. She is an award-winning 

journalist with three decades experience in her held. 

Warner began her career in 1973, as a reporter for the 
Associated Press in Richmond, Va., and served for two years as 
AP's traveling Virginia correspondent. In that role, she covered a 
lengthy coal miners' strike, the emerging empires of evangelists 
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, a couple of lurid court cases, 
even football games. 

In 1978, when MacDonald joined the faculty of the 
University of Maine at Fort Kent, the couple moved north and 
Warner went to work for the Aroostook County bureau of the 
Bangor Daily News. She became an expert on potatoes, basis of 
the economy there. Priests blessed the harvesting machines in 
the fall, she recalls, and children were out of school for a month 
to help bring in the crop. 

Since 1983, she has worked for The Patriot-News in 
Harrisburg, where she has won several awards — including two 
first-place feature beat reporting awards — in competition with 

porters from the state's largest papers. Her beats have included 
county courts, business, workplace issues, and now religion. 

She covered the 1986 murder trial of Jay C. Smith — a case 
that became the basis for the book Echoes in the Darkness by 
Joseph Wambaugh and a TV miniseries. The paper sent her to 
Mexico in 1993, to explore factories run by Hershey Foods and 
AMP Inc., and to Rome in 2000 to cover the canonization of 
Katharine Drexel, whose work among black and Indian children 
included a school in Carlisle. 

Warner has met some famous people in her career: Jimmy 
Carter, Jerry Ford, and Nelson Rockefeller, for example. "The 
stories I've found most memorable, though, involve people with 
names you'd never recognize but who have fascinating things to 
say," she said. "I think about the cloistered nuns I visited in 

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question their current and former students 
about what they need to know and what 
they will be required to do when they 
graduate. Once we have articulated these 
things, we will be able to work back and 
examine our curriculum and pedagogy. 
This will provide us with a firm analytical 
point of departure to better understand 
our academic program and to identify 
and address any shortcomings. 

TH: What are your plans for the alumni 

SM: Judging by the overwhelmingly positive 
responses from those who return for 
Oktoberfest Weekend, Alumni Weekend, 
and other events held on campus for our 
graduates throughout the year, there are 
already terrific plans in place. I don't feel 
that new programs are needed, but I will be 
very active in meeting friends of the 
College and making new friends for the 

Seven "meet the president" events were 
held in the mid-Atlantic region this past 
year and attendance was impressive. I 
enjoyed catching up with old friends and 
meeting many new ones. I was able to 
hear feedback, both positive and negative, 
that will be helpful as I move forward 
with plans for the College. 

It is enjoyable to talk about what we 
are doing at the College and to reassure 
people that the College is in good hands. I 
continue to be impressed by the love and 
respect our graduates and friends have 
for LVC. It is a special connection that will 
continue during my tenure. There is a 
sense of genuine ownership that will be 
maintained and nourished. I want our 
alumni to know that I have the best 
interests of the Valley at heart; that 
everything I do is driven by a determination 
to strengthen the College and to make it 
better, and to preserve it so that we can 
fulfill our educational goals. 

TH: This is a small liberal arts college. Is 
the financial stability of LVC a concern? 

SM: We need, over time, to make sure 
that we have the financial resources to 
continue what we are already doing well, 
and to continue to improve and add to 
these strengths. We can only secure these 
resources by keeping faith with our 
alumni, friends, and students. We are not 
an institution of great financial wealth 
and therefore we have to be responsible 
in terms of what we ask prospective and 
current students to contribute in terms 
of tuition and fees. 

Our real challenge is to find ways to 
accomplish a great deal with relatively 
modest assets. That is easily said, yet the 
actual task requires an enormous amount 
of attention to detail, creativity, and 
resourcefulness. I am excited about the 
challenge of reaching the goal I've set for 
LVC: to become the best regional liberal arts 
and pre-professional college in Pennsylvania. 

Dr. MacDonald's inauguration address can be 
read at 
inauguration/address. aspx. It will also be 
reprinted in the fall issue of The Valley. 

Lancaster, or the Muslim 
)men who talked to me 
about gender roles in 
Islam, or the Mormon mis- 

naries I just inter- 

Warner said she values 
: entree her work affords 
her, to places and people 
also really revel in the hard 
work of writing, making a complex story readable and real," she 
said. "And I like the edgy, boisterous culture of a newsroom." 

Warner said she relishes her new role at the Valley. "It's a 
place I've come to know and love in the past seven years," she 

It reminds her of her own happy experience as a student, at 
"another small liberal arts college with a pretty campus in a 

pretty little town," she said. Her bachelor's degree in English is 
from Hanover College in Indiana. 

Warner also has a master's degree in English from the 
University of Virginia, where she and MacDonald met. They 
were married in the chapel on the UVA grounds in 1974. 

Warner enjoys movies and music and is an avid reader. On 
her nightstand now are Robert Dallek's biography of Lyndon 
Johnson and Dennis Covington's Salvation on Sand Mountain, 
about snake-handling in the southern Appalachians. She is a 
native of the Virginia mountains. 

Warner and MacDonald have a son, John, who graduated 
from Oberlin College in 2003. He works as development 
coordinator for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; plays 
guitar for the rock band, Thinking Machines; and writes music 
reviews for 

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1 llC v^OlleSe hosted several historic events on April 29 
and 30, 2005- Celebratory photographs from the Inauguration 
of Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald, the Dedication of the Kiyofumi 
Sakaguchi Math Library, and the rededication of Lynch 
Memorial Hall are featured on these four pages. 
Additional photographs of all three events can £*. .?"*'.,. , 

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be found on the Lebanon Valley College web words of remembrance 

during the dedication 

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LVC honored the late Kiyofumi Sakaguchi '67 
on Friday, April 29, 2005. Many members 
of his family as well as former professors and 
business colleagues attended the dedication. 
(L to r.) Tetsu Sakaguchi and Yoshio 
Sakaguchi, Kiyofumi's son and father 
respectively, were joined by Dr. Stephen C. 
MacDonald, LVC president, and Arthur 
Ryan, chair and chief executive officer of 
Prudential Financial, Inc., for the unveiling 
of a memorial plaque that will be installed 
in the Kiyofumi Sakaguchi Math Library 
in Lynch Memorial Hall 

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IVC faculty, trustees, and friends assisted President MacDonald 
with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to kick off the 
rededication ceremony for Lynch Memorial Hall. 

Stephen MacDonald (far right), LVC president, 

acknowledged the friendship of Dr. Suzanne H. 

Arnold H'96, honorary trustee and College 

benefactor (second from right), and Glenda 

Synodinos (center), wife of the late Dr. John 

Synodinos, LVC's 15th president, during the 

Lynch Memorial Hall rededication ceremony. . ^/ < 

Glendds granddaughters, Emily L. (far left) and — - " \. C, 

Molly R. Gertenbach, received flowers as well 


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Hundreds gathered in the Synodinos Commons to share in food and 
drink during the rededication. 


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Tim Wolfe '07 (L) and Rob Bell '08 
performed for the guests in Lynch 
Commons on Friday. 

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Xat/y Bishop, vice chair of the LVC 
Board of Trustees, brought greetings 
from the business community during 
the inauguration of President 

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WiY/tam Zo&r/r., flk»> of the LVC 
Board of Trustees, officiated at the 
investiture of President MacDonald. 


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Above left: Dr. Jim Scott, LVC professor of German (second from right), and the 
Quittapahilla Highlanders led the presidential procession after the inauguration. 

Above right: (I to r.) Dr. Allan Wolfe, LVC professor of biology and College Marshall, 
marched with Trustee Chair William Lehrjr., Trustee Vice Chair Kathy Bishop, 
President MacDonald, and Elizabethtoum College President Ted Long. 

Left: President MacDonald (left) was joined on stage by many dignitaries including 
Rocco Pastorella '05 (center), LVC student government president, and Dr. Ted Long. 







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LVC students decorated President MacDonald's vehicle while he was being inaugurated 

S President MacDonald (L) chatted with Dr. George J. Allan, Dickinson College professor 
emeritus of philosophy and retired dean of the college. MacDonald and Allan are 
long-time friends. 

President MacDonald and his wife, 
Mary Warner, head home to 
Kreiderheim after the inauguration. 

Summer 2005 15 





In 1899, the first biology 
course was taught on the Lebanon 
Valley College campus. There 
was no laboratory, and students 
purchased the equipment, even the 
first compound microscopes used 
for classwork. 

Infrastructure, and Integration 

Since that time, the sciences at Lebanon 
Valley have made impressive strides, earning 
national recognition for programs and 
research, and marking each decade with 
the achievements of faculty and students 
alike. In the spring of 2006, another 
advancement will occur as a major 
reconstruction effort begins, transforming 
the existing Garber Science Center into a 
new state-of-the-art science center. 

Dr. Owen Moe, Vernon and Doris 
Bishop Distinguished Professor of 
Chemistry, who joined the College in 
1973, clearly remembers his department's 
move to the Garber Science Center when 

its doors first opened in late 1982. The 
Chemistry Department had been located 
in the Bender- Derickson Science Hall, a 
refurbished factory located along Route 
934. Although the building had a certain 
nostalgic charm, Moe recalls that its many 
structural inefficiencies led to a host of 
challenges. Chunks of fiberglass insulation 
would fall from the ceiling. It was so cold 
in the labs that professors and students 
needed to bundle up in boots and gloves 
during the winter months. 

In contrast, Moe describes the move to 
Garber as a dream; "It was bright and 
clean with beautiful bench tops and 

Summer 2005 17 

casework in oak." And, for more than 20 
years, Garber has served the sciences 
well. Moe seems to share the sentiment 
of his colleagues when he explains that 
while he's still happy with the building, 
the technological infrastructure needs 
work. No one, including those who 
designed the 1980s Garber, could antici- 
pate how much the world of technology 
would change in just over two decades. 

...the architects 

undertaking the 

renovation project, 

credit some of their 

design inspiration 

to a program 

supported by the 

National Science 


Thomas Celli of Celli-Flynn, 
Brennan of Pittsburgh, the architects 
undertaking the renovation project, credit 
some of their design inspiration to 
Project Kaleidoscope, a program supported 

by the National Science Foundation that 
focuses on building learning environments 
that attract and sustain undergraduate 
students in the study of science, technology, 
engineering, and mathematics. 

One maxim of the program, "You learn 
science by doing science," goes along 
with the architects' focus on increasing 
research space in the building in order to 
encourage something that has long been 
a hallmark of LVC sciences — faculty 
conducting research side-by-side with 

The new plans include research laboratories 
attached to all the main laboratories, 
more than doubling the research space 
that is currently available in Garber. The 
new design also will eliminate complications 
with the current floor plan, namely, the 
maze of double corridors that make 
offices and labs hard to find. It also will 
improve the windowless design by 

introducing daylight with a four-story 
center atrium and two towers, as well as 
with interior windows in classrooms, 
offices, and laboratories. 

Changes to the existing laboratory space 
include new seminar rooms; additional 
introductory laboratories in biology, 
chemistry, and physics; and new faculty- 
student research spaces. To enhance science 
students' quality of life, the revitalized 
building will include "zones" on each 
floor where students can work on laptops, 
collaborate on projects, eat, and rest. In 
addition, technologically "smart" classrooms 
will enable faculty to augment their 
teaching by relaying information to students 
from a computer/DVD/VCR by using 
an overhead document camera to project 
images or to show demonstrations 
performed in front of the classroom. learn science 
by doing science." 

The layout of the new building will provide 
specific benefits for each department in 
Garber. Dr. Scott Walck, associate 
professor of physics, explains, "Our 
physical resources are much more modest 
than most scientists' because the nature 
of what we do is theoretical and mathe- 
matical." A main advantage of the new 
design for him will be a computational 
physics lab, a space that does not currendy 
exist. "Many physical problems that really 
can't be solved by hand can be solved with 
the aid of computers," explains Walck. 

The computational physics course, which 
he teaches, currently meets in a classroom 
in Lynch because the computers there 
have the necessary Linux operating system. 






Because of scheduling difficulties with 
the venue, the class is taught twice a 
week at the unconventional time of 4 to 
5:30 p.m. The new lab, as well as the 
addition of a second introductory physics 
laboratory, will allow for greater scheduling 

Also, according to Department Chair 

Dr. Barry Hurst, the physics' 

student zone, positioned across the hall 
from the faculty offices, "is a nice touch 
for promoting student-faculty interaction. 
If they have questions, we're right here." 
Hurst considers student-faculty interaction 
a current strength of the department. 
"I'm impressed with the interaction 
we do have with our students," he says. 
"Physics is a tough subject to learn; a lot 
of one-on-one discussion is needed to get 
students over a roadblock or hurdle." 

"There will be 
some challenges, 

but we're 
planning ahead..." 

After classes end in May 2006 and the 
Garber construction effort begins, the 
building will be sliced in half vertically. 
The south side will be demolished and 
rebuilt while the north side remains in 
use. In turn, the south side will then be 
opened while the north side is renovated. 
Physics, the only department to vacate the 
building during the construction, will 
move temporarily to the lower level of 
Lynch. The Biology and Chemistry 

departments initially will work from the 
north side of the building, then switch to 
the south side until the facility is completed. 

The construction plan requires at least 
two full summers when the building is not 
used heavily for classes. The expectation is 
that the new science center will be ready 
for the spring semester 2008. "There will 
be some challenges," says Dr. Walter 
Patton, assistant professor of chemistry 
and faculty liaison for the project, "but 
we're planning ahead and will be able to 
meet the needs for all of our teaching 
spaces during construction." 

There is one department formerly 
housed in Garber that has found a new 
home altogether. In January 2005, the 
Psychology Department relocated to the 
second floor of Lynch. The move falls in 
line with another point of Project 
Kaleidoscope — putting science on display. 

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"We're now more open, literally," says 
Department Chair Dr. Lou Manza. 

His office now offers a view of the entire 
second floor of Lynch and overlooks the 
new campus coffee bar located in the 
new Synodinos Commons on the main 
floor. Although the original plan was for 
psychology to remain in Garber, Manza 
is pleased with the move. His department 
is now a cohesive unit with a library, 
several research labs, classrooms, faculty 
offices, and even a wireless hot spot where 
students can bring their laptops. 

The classrooms are equipped with smart 
technology, and the wireless laptop 
computer lab has doubled from 12 to 24 
computers, with Manza's own computer 
now hooked into the overhead system so 
he can work right along with his students. 
As with the other sciences still remaining in 
Garber, the psychology faculty's focus on 
research remains strong, and the department 
will continue to work with colleagues in 

...the wireless 

laptop computer 

lab has doubled 

from 12 to 24 


Neidig-Garber on psychobiology and 
other projects. "Students have been 
taught early on that psychology is a 
research-oriented discipline," says Manza. 
"We offer many research and internship 
opportunities to illustrate both the scientific 
and practical side of psychology, and 
emphasize the importance of data-based 
analyses when drawing conclusions about 

During the most recent spring semester, 
Manza had eight students assisting him 
with research projects. "Students truly 
learn how to measure and understand 
behavior; they crunch the numbers and 
obtain a rational appreciation of why 
events occur as they do. This, in turn, 
makes them more informed consumers 
of information," he explains. "Students 

Summer 2005 21 

may forget some of the facts over time, 
but they will, hopefully, leave LVC with 
an idea of how to look at behavior from 
a scientific angle." 

In addition to the technological upgrades 
in the new science facility, measures will 
be taken to improve the air quality. The 
plans for the new building will place the 
Chemistry Department (except for bio- 
chemistry) on the top floor, where its 
laboratories, equipped with multiple 
fume hoods, can be vented most efficiendy. 
"The general quality of life with the new 
hood systems and air-handling systems will 
be a tremendous improvement," says Moe. 

Laboratory space also will increase, including 
a new inorganic chemistry teaching 
laboratory and five smaller labs dedicated 
to student-faculty research. The inorganic 
lab, which also will be used for teaching 
freshman chemistry, will strengthen the 
inorganic program and provide what the 
American Chemical Society would like the 
College to have for future certification in 
this specialized area. 

All chemistry professors soon will have 
their own individual research labs, an idea 
that, Moe explains, "goes hand in hand with 
the research emphasis in our department." 
He is optimistic about the construction 
phase of the renovation process and the 
effect it will have on his department. 

"The general quality 
of life with the new 
hood systems and 
air-handling systems 
will be a tremendous 

"We won't miss a beat," he says. "During 
the first phase of construction, we will 
remain in our current teaching laboratories 
on the north side of the building, and 
then, when the south side is finished, 
we'll move across the hall into our new 

A key addition to the building will be a 
biotechnology suite on the third floor 
where the teaching and research areas for 
biochemistry, developmental biology, 
genetics, microbiology, and molecular 
biology will be located. "Physically bringing 
together and integrating the resources we 
need in order to teach and perform research 
in the life science disciplines will have 
benefits we will realize immediately in the 
new building. The addition of a new tissue 
culture laboratory in the biotechnology 
suite is but one example of how we will 
be introducing new resources into the 
building, resources that will direcdy impact 
what we introduce students to in our 
teaching and research," explains Patton. 

Other space improvements include separate 
laboratories for animal behavior and animal 
physiology and technology-rich classrooms. 
In several biology laboratories, professors 
will be able to project the images they 
view under their microscope onto a 
screen for the entire class to view. Two 
chemistry laboratories will also be of 
nontraditional design, what Patton 
describes as a "coffee bar" approach. In 
these spaces, fume hoods are located 
around the periphery of the laboratory, 
while separate bench space (in the middle 
of the room) is oriented toward a teaching 
wall. Students will use this counter space 
during pre-lab lectures, but will also have 
a separate space to work on data away from 
the hoods while performing experiments. 

Dr. Allan Wolfe, professor of biology, 
has seen many students work on research 
since he arrived on campus in 1968, and 
understands the importance of adequate 
space for such endeavors. "You learn in 
proportion to how much you work. 
These students will work long and hard; 
sometimes we'll have to chase them out 
of the labs," he says. "A significant number 
go on to medical and graduate school 
because, once they get excited about this, 
it's easy to convince them to go on for 
more education." 

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Dr. Anthony isetaig 13, co-cnair oj 
chemistry, is surrounded by students who are spending the summer on campus performing scientific 
research with faculty in the Garber Science Center. The students (L to r.) are Donald D. Dangle '07, 
James Gasbrenner '06, Gabriel P. Johnson '05, Rayne Keeney '07, Kay Ian A. Greenwald '07, Daniel' 
DeLellis '07, Alison E. Hartman '08, andAuBrei I. Weieand '08. 

Faculty-student reseatch is something 
that's close to the heatt of the man 
who is lending his name to the new 

bulding. Dr. Howard A. Neidig 

43, ptofessot emeritus of chemistry, 
pioneered the tradition of research at 
LVC, winning the first grant of $3,000 
from Research Corporation in 1948. At a 
time when students simply did not carry 
out research at undergraduate institutions, 
Neidig would awake early on Saturday 
mornings and bring orange juice and 
donuts to the three or four students who 
would meet him in the lab to work. 
There was also a common assumption 
that undergraduates could not produce 
research worthy of publication. Again, 
Neidig challenged this assumption and 
proved it wrong when he and his 
students had their research published in 
the Journal of the American Chemistry 
Society in 1950. This student-faculty 
interaction and its corresponding success 
has won significant grant dollars for decades. 

Honoring Neidig by renaming the science 
center the Neidig-Garber Science Center 
was suggested by a study of LVC science 
alumni. Time and again, successful 

"Research provides students with the 
opportunity to see science as it's practiced 
today in the real world," says Neidig. 
"Students get an opportunity to plan 
experiments, carry them through, evaluate 
data, and decide which experiment to 
run next. This process is a way of developing 
the creativity that students possess and 
gives them an added dimension in future 
careers no matter what their area of 
specialization. A department not involved 
in faculty-student research is missing an 
excellent opportunity to enhance the 
education of its students." Neidig is 
honored to share the name of the building 

with Dr. Dale Garber '18, a 

in the sciences by serving for an additional 
16 years as vice president and publisher 
for Chemical Education Resources, 
which published chemistry lab materials 
for use in colleges and universities. He has 
also maintained his close connection 
with the College by participating in the 
selection process for new science faculty, 
maintaining extensive correspondence 
with alumni, and serving with his wife, 
Helen, as honorary co-chair of the Great 
Expectations Campaign. Dr. Neidig also 

serves with Dr. Ross W. Fasick '55 

as co-chair of the Science Initiative. 
Fasick is the immediate past chair of the 
LVC Board of Trustees. 

"Students get an opportunity to 

plan experiments, carry them 

through, evaluate data, and decide 

which experiment to run next." 

graduates spoke of Neidig's dedication 
and life-altering mentoring. The connection 
between teaching, mentoring, and 
involving students is not lost on the new 
building's namesake. 

Philadelphia medical doctor whom he 
describes as "an outstanding family 
physician who was deeply concerned 
about the education of all students." 

Although Neidig retired from teaching at 
the College in 1985, he remained active 

While the new science facility will 
undoubtedly be an attraction for 
prospective students and their parents, 
Neidig acknowledges that physical 
changes are only one aspect of what is 
needed to continue to make the sciences 
at Lebanon Valley great. "A successful 
science program needs a modern-day 
building and facilities, an energetic and 
inspiring faculty, and students who are 
eager to learn." With the completion of 
the Neidig-Garber Science Center, 
strength in the sciences will be synonymous 
with Lebanon Valley College for a long 

time to come. 

Mary Beth Hower is a freelance writer from 
Lebanon. She is the former director of media 
relations for LVC and currently serves as 
advisor to the Quittapahilla yearbook staff. 

24 The Valley 

The Great Expectations Campaign 



ore than 300 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Lebanon 
Valley College joined together for the dedication of the revi- 
Ltalized Lynch Memorial Hall on Friday, April 29, 2005. The 
ceremony marked the completion of the third building project of the 
Great Expectations Campaign. In addition to new technology-enabled 
classrooms, a lecture hall, and numerous faculty offices and research 
rooms, the revitalized Lynch boasts the 3,200-square-foot Synodinos 
Commons, an open gathering area where students and faculty now min- 
gle. The two-and-a-half-story central atrium, named by Dr. Suzanne H. 
Arnold H'96 in memory of the late LVC President John A. Synodinos, 
floods the central core of Lynch with natural light. 

At the center of The Synodinos Commons is the new LVC coffee bar, 
which was made possible through the "Give a Little, Get a Latte" initia- 
tive. More than 500 recent graduates, alumni from the last ten years, came 
together to support the creation of the coffee bar as a gift to the current stu- 
dents of LVC. Those who gave through this project are recognized on 
tiles that line the entry way to The Synodinos Commons. For more 
information about the "Give a Little, Get a Latte" initiative, or to see 
who is saying, "Thanks a Latte!," please visit 

With the Lynch Initiative completed, campus construction now switches 
focus to the Garber Science Center. The upcoming creation of the new 
Neidig-Garber Science Center will transform the current building into a 
state-of-the-art undergraduate science facility. An innovative design will 
support greater opportunities for faculty and students to collaboratively 
pursue a research agenda that is becoming the hallmark of leading 
undergraduate science programs in the United States. Construction is 
scheduled to begin in spring 2006. 

For information about the Great Expectations Campaign, please visit 

Great Expectations as of May 31, 2005 

Gifts to Date 

Capital Construction $18,704,276 

Endowment $15,350,053 

Current Operations $10,282,124 

*Total Campaign Contributions $46,006,437 

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orld traveler! 

By Ed Novak 

When Adrienne Nye D'07 gives admission tours to prospective students, 
she often entertains as many questions about her background as about the 
campus. Hailing from Gallup, New Mexico, a town of 20,000 bordering 
Arizona, she is enrolled in LVC's physical therapy six-year doctoral program. 

People ask her if she speaks Spanish (no), about the reservation (82 percent 
of the students in my high school are Native American), the tourism {about 
20,000 visitors on the weekends come to see things like Tuesday rain dances 
during the summer), and how she came to Lebanon Valley (it is one of the 
top five programs in physical therapy, my dad's boss recommended it, and I 
wanted a change of scenery). 

She can also tell them about studying history, politics, literature, language, 
and jazz for a semester at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, with about a 
dozen other Lebanon Valley students — even though she had never before 
spoken or studied 
Italian. "The first day I 
cried," she says, "but I 
was with students from 
all over the world who 
also did not know 
Italian. We figured it out. 
Now I know that I can go 

Nye can also discuss 
her experience of 
working in an orphanage 
in Africa this past winter. 
Through research on the 
Internet, she met a 

church group from Houston, Texas, that 
was going to work at Into Abba's Arms, an 
orphanage outside of Nairobi, Kenya, for 
children whose parents had died from 
AIDS-related illnesses. "There were ten 
children in the orphanage," Adrienne recalls. "I taught them music, played 
games with them, and drove them to school. They were amazingly loving." 

She seems perfectly suited for her course of study. "My father is vice 
president of a hospital," she says, "and I volunteered as a candy striper 
when I was in high school. I always knew I would end up working in a hospital 
setting." Her foreign experiences, however, have broadened her perspective 
on the future. Her work in Kenya has given her a desire to work with children 
while her study in Italy has her considering working in another country whei 
she finishes her degree. 

Adrienne Nye D'07 (center, holding 
child) volunteered for Into Abba's 
Arms in Nairobi, Kenya, during the 
most recent winter break. 

Ed Novak is a writer and consultant living In Harrisburg. He wrote six 
the profiles that appear in this issue. 

NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania 
unless otherwise noted. 

Lenny the Leopard 

Dave Neiswender '53 responded to Gino 
Trosa's '06 request for stories about Lenny 
the Leopard. 

Dave wrote: I really enjoyed the little article 
on Lenny in The Valley and wish you well 
on your quest for more information. I was 
at the Valley from 1949 to 1953 and 
remember Lenny well. At that time we 
knew him as Tyrone Tabby. He resided in 
the Tyrone Laboratory (or Museum) on the 
third floor of the Ad Building. I recall he 
did a good bit of traveling considering that 
he was stuffed! We suspected that he may 
have covered more territory after he was 
dead than he did before. He regularly visited 
the girls' dorms where he would wait for the 
first coed to come out the front door for 
classes in the morning. 

My favorite story about him supposedly took 
place a few years before I was on campus. 
With assistance from some of his friends 
from campus, he managed to make his way 
to the Lebanon Post Office late one night 
and hid behind a column at the main door. 
The first customer the next morning was a 
little old lady who walked up the steps, saw 
Lenny, and began to scream. A Lebanon 
policeman was at the nearby intersection 
and, hearing the screams, ran over to the post 
office and emptied his service revolver at 
Lenny. Not a bullet hit him. 

I hope you can track down our old friend 
and restore him to his rightful position of 
dignity. Good luck. 

LVC Alumni Pass 
Actuarial Exams 

The following LVC alumni successfully 
completed the indicated professional actuarial 
examinations in November 2003. 

Interest Theory, Economics, and Finance: 
Laura Erdman '06, Andrew Greenawalt 
'06, and Mitchell Waddell '06 

Actuarial Models: Bill Bainbridge '03, 
Amanda Ensinger '03, and Laura Lagler '06 

Actuarial Modeling. Jason Clay '04 and 
Amy Shoemaker '02 

Application of Basic Actuarial Principles: 
Jacob Tshudy '98 

Health, Group Life, and Managed Care: 
Michael Ridler '00 and Poo Foo See '97 

Advanced Ratemaking, Individual Risk 
Rating Plans: Ryan Diehl '95 

28 The Valley 

On June 7, 2004, Irma Keiffer Shearer '38 
and Dr. Daniel L. Shearer '38 celebrated 
their 65th wedding anniversary. 

Amy Melnhardt Melson '39 is enjoying her 
retirement by playing piano for activities, 
programs, and services in the chapel of 
Indian River Estates in Vero Beach, Fla. 


Dorothy Landis Gray '44 is prologue chair 
for the Sarasota, Fla., Opera Guild. 

On July 25, 2004, Harlan A. Daubert '49 

and his wife, Jeanne, celebrated 50 years of 
marriage with a party at the Lebanon 
Country Club. Their children, Suzanne 
Daubert Fox 77, Alison Daubert '84, and 
Aaron Daubert '93 were in attendance. 

In June 2004, Joseph D. Rojahn '50 

received an honorary diploma from 
Dallastown Area School District. The 
school board recognized him for his success 
in life and for his service to children and to 
the community. He is also an accomplished 
vocalist who has written more than 70 
choral works. 

Pierce A. Getz '5 1 was honored by the 
American Choral Directors Association of 
Pennsylvania with the Elaine Brown Award. 
This prestigious award is granted annually 
to a conductor for outstanding contributions 
to the choral art and influence throughout 
Pennsylvania. Pierce was nominated by 
Anthony T. Leach '73, who was unable to 
present the award due to prior responsibilities 
as guest conductor of a world youth choir 
in South Korea. Richard W. Fowler '72 
presented the award to Pierce. 

Ruth Anne Brown Zimmerman '51 traveled 
back to Southeast Asia to rekindle ties at the 
Trinity Theological Seminary in Singapore, 
where she served several tours of duty as 
choral director and voice teacher. 

John Sant'Ambrogio '54 started a seminar/ 
retreat, Arts for the Soul, in Steamboat 
Springs, Colo., for adults who love the arts 
and nature. John is also in his 37th year of 
playing first cello in the St. Louis 

Stanley F. Imboden '55, H'88 was elected 
rector emeritus of historic St. James 
Episcopal Church in Lancaster. 





History and heritage are what drew John Boag Jr. '80 to 
Lebanon Valley College. His grandfather, both parents, a sister, 
and his brother-in-law all attended. He entered college as a 
history major because of his interest in old things. So it 
would seem only natural that, three days after graduating 
from college, Boag began work in a museum. 

For the past 20 years, he has served as an educator and craftsman at 
Colonial Williamsburg (CW) in Virginia, where he is master of the wheel- 
wright's shop. "It is the only place where I could seriously study 18th century 
pre-industrial technology and practice a trade using those methods," he 
says of CW, which employs over 3,000 people and hosts about 800,000 
visitors each year. 

In this post-industrial, information age, Boag likes the individuality of 
hand-made things. Each day, Boag dresses in attire of the 18th century and 
works in what he calls a "living museum." He does not go into character for 
his work, but "visitors are looking in on the 18th century." 

Modern ways and technology have interesting ways of injecting themselves 
into his work. The two apprentices in his shop are not 14-year-old waifs 
who work for nothing and live with the master — as they did in olden days. 
Rather, they are adults with resumes who must interview after responding 
to job postings (Boag apprenticed in the wheelwright's shop for six years). 

Modern science is used throughout the town, which is home to about 
500 buildings (88 of which are restored originals). "When we replant gardens, 
we use high-power microscopes to analyze soil to get an idea of what 
pollen is in the ground so that we can replicate plantings from hundreds of 
years ago," he says. 

Boag is the father of two teenagers, who are both active in the CW education 
program. "In the summer, my son makes bricks and my daughter works in a 
house," he explains. 

"I like the challenges of the craft and educating visitors and school 
groups," he says. "I also learn something new every day and I may be the 
only person in the country who does what I do at this level. And my wife 
thinks it's cool." 

Summer 2005 29 

class news & notes 

By Ed Novak 

/<>«pA "Dr. B"Brechbill '57 

In the past decade, mention of the 
Milton Hershey School in the media 
usually focused on controversy as 
the school's board of managers 
attempted to make changes at the 
school that have been opposed by a 
powerful group of alumni. "People 
did not object to the efforts to 
update programs," says the school's 
longtime curator, Joseph "Dr. B" 
Brechbill '57, "but they objected to 
what they viewed as attempts to 
make the school into something the 
founders of the school never intended." 
In order to help everyone understand 
the forces behind the founding of the 
school and its historical mission, Dr. 
B set out to write a book about the 
school he has served for more than 

40 years as teacher, counselor, and administrator. "The Hershey family and 

my own family came to this country about the 

same time for reasons of religious freedom," 

he says. "I felt I had an understanding of 

the forces in religion and philosophy that 

formed the attitudes and values of the 

After six years of research and writing, Dr. 

B finally published the history, his first book, 

titled It Was Kitty's Ideal. "The acceptance 

of the book and appreciation expressed for 

putting the real story together has been, without exception, positive," he says. 
This is a very different course than Dr. B had intended after leaving a 

farm across the Yellow Breeches Creek in York County more than a half 

century ago. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years in Japan during 

the Korean War, married Lois Hilsher (to whom he has been married for 

53 years), and entered LVC with the intention of ultimately going to law 

"Lebanon Valley gave me an understanding of life and that understanding 

helped me find a starting point for a life of service to others," he says. 

"However, I still have a desire to become a lawyer, just to say I met the goal." 

"Lebanon Valley 
gave me an 
of life..." 

Joan Conway '57 is artistic director of the 
Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and 
Herrick District Library Concert Series in 
Holland, Mich. She also teaches private 
piano lessons. 

Bernerd A. Buzgon '59 was named to 
Philadelphia Magazine's "Pennsylvania Super 
Lawyers 2004: The Ultimate Guide to the 
Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania." 


Semi-retired, Douglas A. Ross '60 teaches 
online business courses for the University of 
Phoenix and also runs Ross Associates, a 
consulting business in Sarasota, Fla. 

Peter H. Riddle '61 has published his fourth 
novel, Running Away, a study of an aging 
university professor afflicted with Alzheimer's 
disease, which has been nominated for a 
Governor General s Literary Award and the 
Thomas Raddall Prize for Fiction in Canada. 

On May 31, 2004, Gary Myers '63 retired 
from the Forest Products Laboratory of the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest 
Service in Madison, Wis. Gary was a 
research scientist in the field of wood fiber 
utilization for more than 38 years. 

Bonnie Weirick Carl '65 is a tutor for 
Sylvan Learning Center in Florida. 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65 is executive director 
for Equality Forum, Philadelphia, and is a 
member of the LVC Board of Trustees. 

Retiring after 3 1 years of teaching, David 
W. Leigh '65 now manages the family's tree 
farm in Belgrade, Maine, and teaches classes 
at Kennebec Valley Community College. 

Richard L. "Dick" London '65 is director 
of actuarial science for the University of 

Gail Muritz Oberta '65 is chief executive 
officer for Universal Health Services in 
Liberty Hill, Texas. 

After 38 years of service, George J. Hollich 
Jr. '65 retired from Milton Hershey School. 
He was inducted into the inaugural 2004 
Spartan Hall of Fame, and was honored for 
founding and serving as a faculty advisor to 
the Spartan Players for 25 years. 

Karen M. Poorman '65 is a broker/ 
salesperson for Pru Fox and Roach Real 
Estate in Mercer County, N.J. 

Harrison D. Woodruff '65 is busy in his 
retirement as commander of Warrington 
Auxilary Police and as chairman of 
Community Service Memorial, Doylestown. 

30 The Valley 

In May 2004, Donald B. Kitchell '67 

celebrated 14 years as pastor of Lite 
Tabernacle Oneness Messianic Pentecostal 
Church in Gladewater, Texas. 

Congratulations to Larry J. Painter '67 for 

being selected as the Colorado Springs 
Gazettes Education Teacher of the Year for 

In 2004, Richard W. Wentzel '67 retired as 

administrator of Lebanon Catholic School. 
He is currently a full-time pastoral assistant 
at Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary 
Parish in Lebanon. 

Darryl Brixius '68 is an instructor for 
Columbus State Community College in Ohio. 

Jay Mengel '68 has been appointed to the 
Mississippi Governor's Nature-Based 
Tourism Task Force. 


Gregory Myers '70 is a superintendent in 
the Wyoming Annual Conference of the 
United Methodist Church for the Wilkes-Barre 

In June 2004, Jo Ann Yeagley '70 retired 
from the Lebanon School District after 
teaching for 34 years at Henry Houck 
Elementary School and at the Lebanon 
Middle School. 

John "Buzz" Jones '72 brought The Buzz 
Jones Sextet to Music Gettysburg, a year-round 
free concert series featuring international 
and local musical artists, presenting a free 
concert in the chapel of the Lutheran 
Theological Seminary. Buzz is music 
department chair and director of the Jazz 
Ensemble at Gettysburg College. He is a 
published composer who has earned seven 
ASCAP Standard Awards for contributions 
to the field of educational music. 

Lawrence M. Larthey '72 is principal of 
the Penn-Kidder Campus in the Jim Thorpe 
Area School District in Albrightsville. 

Gail Pepe '72 is an administrative assistant 
for Eugene J. Alphonse, CPA, in 
Middleburg, Fla. 

Kathleen A. Bangert '73 is the assistant 
regional director for external affairs with the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services for the 
Northeast Region in Hadley, Mass. 

Ruth Nickerson Rittmann '73 has 

established Rittzy Productions, LLC, a 
costume and rental business in New Jersey. 

John S. Kinsella '73 is eastern regional 
director for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture Investigative and Enforcement 
Services in Raleigh, N.C. 

With a Little Help 
from Her Friends 

By Ed Novak 

When Deborah Strickler Freer '71 arrived on campus in the late 1960s, her 
world must have seemed perfectly ordered. She remembers that women could 
not wear slacks to class and had to dress for dinner. There were set hours in 
the dorms. She and the other members of the women's basketball team wore 

Then she met a group of women that included 
the late Martha Schreiber Morgan '71, 
Catherine Johnson Auten '71, Nancy Hummel 
Park '71, Theresa Featherstone DePiper '71, 
Jane Snider, Carol Grove Miller '71, and 
Nancy Hendrickson Weiman '69. They often 
talked late into the night about the universe and 
life, learning about each other and themselves, 
and about changing their world. 

"Those sessions with an extraordinary group 
of people were truly an education," she recalls. 
"It was the '60s, a very exciting time to be a 
student. We began to see a lot of questions 
being asked about the Vietnam War and about 
social institutions." By her junior year, she 
recalls, "students were wearing combat boots 
and camouflage, and had keys to the dorms." 

Change in her life only accelerated after 
college: she traveled to France to study at the 
Sorbonne and to New York to study urban 
planning at Columbia University. She moved to 
Denver, Colo., for a few years, got married, and 
then returned to Lebanon with her husband, 
Peter, to raise a family. 

At the age of 31, however, with three children not yet old enough for 
kindergarten, Freer was diagnosed with breast cancer. "My prognosis was not 
good," she remembers. She traveled to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 
Houston, Texas, to receive a new type of aggressive chemotherapy. The treatment, 
which is now common, saved her life. 

"I felt a tremendous pressure to stay well while my kids were young," she 
says. "Now that they are grown, everything is a joy." 

These days Freer volunteers a lot, serving on the boards of Good Samaritan 
Hospital and WITF, the Central Pennsylvania public broadcasting station. She 
also is involved with PA Breast Cancer Coalition. "I want to encourage women 
to be aggressive about their health," she says. "If they are diagnosed, they 
need to take charge of their disease through knowledge. Something 
powerful can come out of a difficult struggle that adds richness and a sense of 
purpose to life." 

Her friends from college are one aspect of her life that has not changed. 
"We remain friends to this day, sharing joys and concerns," Freer says. "When 
I was down with my illness, they lifted me up." 

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Jill Greenstein '74 owns a Merle Norman 
Cosmetics studio in Lancaster. 

Patricia Hamilton Tison '74 is fulfilling a 
lifelong dream by serving as teaching director 
at New Country School, a private alternative 
school in West Baldwin, Maine. 

Melanie A. Wilson '74 opened The Center 
for Weil-Being in Bryn Mawr. 

Wendie Gingrich Zearfoss '74 has published 
her first novel, Tempered in the Fire. 

Kathie Diehl Bittenbender '76 has retired 
after 27 years of teaching music. She is 
director of the hand bell choir at First 
United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg. 

Stephen Sachs '76 is a professor of piano 
and music choir at Belhaven College in 
Jackson, Miss. 

Diane Schlicher Bernard '77 is senior project 
executive at IDX Systems Corporation in 

Leanne Kline '77 is director of regulatory 
services for[AU: something missing here? 
Where is Leanne employed?]. Leanne 
monitors regulatory compliance, prepares 
for inspections, and responds to regulatory 
inquiries and investigation and support. 

Brian E. Rabena '78 is territorial sales 
manager for Glatfelter Insurance Group 
in York. 

Alfred E. Maree Jr. '79, sales manager for 
Lucas Lane Inc. in Reading, along with his 
wife, Ann, raised over $8,000 for the Lance 
Armstrong Foundation's Peloton Project. 
They also traveled to Austin, Texas, in 
October, where they joined 6,500 other 
bike riders in the Ride for the Roses, an 
annual fundraising event sponsored by the 
Lance Armstrong Foundation and the John 
Wayne Cancer Foundation. 



Karl E. Moyer '80 has published a new 
setting of the English carol "This the Truth 
Sent From Above." 

Rick Nath '80, manager of environmental 
programs for CSX Transportation, was honored 
in October 2004 for receiving the 2003 
American Association of Railroads 
Environmental Excellence Award for 
Professionals. Each year, one environmental 
professional from North American railroads 
is recognized for outstanding professional 
achievements within the field of environmental 
management. Rick was recognized in a 
ceremony held at the University of Illinois 
in Urbana. 

Raymond J. Boccuti '81 is superintendent 
for Jenkintown School District in Bucks 

Jill Shaffer Swanson '81 is director of 
information for JR Rodgers & Associates 
Inc., a Dale Carnegie franchise for 
Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley of New 
York, Wisconsin, and Nevada. 

Eva Greenawalt Bering '82 is vice president 
of resident services for Landis Homes in 

Philip W. Holzman '82 was recently elected 
dean of the newly formed Prairie Lakes 
Chapter of the American Guild of 

Timothy J. Wolf '82 is a pastor for New 
Horizon Christian Fellowship in Cherry 
Hill, N.J. 

Michael W. Laporta Jr. '83 is assistant 
principal at Nitschmann Middle School in 
the Bethlehem Area School District. 

Carolyn Dickerson Bradford '85 is a program 
analyst for L3 Communications in 
Williamstown, N.J. 

Jane Rupert Dutton '85 is director of 
ministries at Living Waters United 
Methodist Church in Lancaster. Jane was 
named the 2004 Administrator of the Year 
for her work in community mental health 
by the Mental Health Association of 
Lancaster County. 

Cindy Mathieson Geib '85 was appointed 
chair of the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal 
Associations for the second year in a row. 

Elizabeth Gross Swartz '85 is president of 
Betsy Swartz Fine Art Consulting Inc. in 
Bozeman, Mont. 

Kathleen Yorty Thach '85 is a K-8 guidance 
counselor in a private school in Winston 
Salem, N.C. She is also a private-practice 
mental health counselor licensed by the 
state of North Carolina. 

Julie A. Kissinger '86 is vice president of 
finance for Cloister Wash & Lube Car 
Wash in Lancaster. 

Ronald A. Hartzell '87 is vice president for 
National Penn Bank in Pottstown. Ronald is 
responsible for marketing research, database 
marketing, deposit product development, 
and retail target marketing. 

Joanne M. Janeski '87 married Robert P. 
Adams on Oct. 18, 2003, in Wicomico 
Church, Va. 

Ingrid Peterson '87 is a special education 
teacher at Decker Elementary in Las Vegas, 

James Reilly '87 is an eighth-grade social 
studies teacher at the Milton Hershey 
School in Hershey. 

On June 18, 2004, Catherine Waltermyer 
Boyanowski '88 and her husband, Mark, 
welcomed the birth of their third child, 
Abigail Elizabeth. 

Vincent Bulik '88 is the director of 
corporate partnerships for the Lancaster 
Barnstormers, a professional, minor league 
baseball team, and will be responsible for 
corporate sales and new business development. 

Rebecca Chamberlain Kreischer '88, a 

life-sharing coordinator for Keystone 
Residence in Harrisburg, and her husband, 
Cody, welcomed a son, Foster John, into 
their family on March 18, 2004. 

Janet Gehrig Russo '88 is customer service 
manager for Duofold in Tamaqua. 

Lori Stortz Heverly '89 is a medical 
committee member of the Group 
Underwriter's Association of America. Lori 
was also a speaker at the November 2004 
GUAA Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Barbara Lowie Hicks '89 has been promoted 
to director of facilities in the athletic 
department at the University of Maryland 
Eastern Shore. 

Renee Lopez '89 is a controller at 
Ausherman Development Corporation in 
Frederick, Md. 

Jennifer Lord '89 has earned a Master of 
Arts degree at Teachers College, Columbia 

Theresa Leach Montgomery '89 is a 

kindergarten teacher for the Bedford Area 
School District. 

Douglas L. Nyce '89, '91 has been named 
assistant director of the Pennsylvania 
Governor's School of Excellence in 

Edwina R. Travers '89 is the learning 
resource center manager for Delaware 
Technical and Community College in 
Dover, Del. 


Paul J. Bruder '90 is a partner in the 
Harrisburg law firm of Rhoads & Sinon 
LLP. Paul practices environmental law, 
construction law, and commercial litigation. 

D. Scott Carey '90, administrative director 
of LiberryHealth's Jersey City Family Health 
Center, recently completed the oversight of 
a year-long project to implement a new 
drug pricing program and pharmacy. New 

32 Thf Vai i fy 

Jersey's acting governor, Richard Cody, and 
Commissioner of Health Dr. Fred Jacobs, 
attended the announcement. Scott later 
presented the program at the New Jersey 

Todd A. Hess '90 is a partner with Amerman, 
Hess and Ginder, P.C., in Lebanon. 

On June 2, 2004, Stefanie Wilds Keyte '90 

and her husband, Steven, welcomed a third 
daughter, Lauren Debra, into their family. 

On July 21, 2004, Edward F. Wirth '90 and 
Anne Wolf Wirth '90 welcomed a second 
child, Joshua Sarvas, into their family. 
Edward is working for the U.S. National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as 
a research biologist. Anne is pursuing a 
nursing degree in Charleston, S.C. 

On Nov. 21, 2004, Karl D. Liedtka '91 
and his wife, Jennifer Peters Liedtka '92, 

M'OO welcomed a son, Jack Christopher, 
into their family. 

Nicole Grove Brubaker '92 is a physical 
therapy aide for the Physical Therapy 
Association of Manheim. 

Susan Leonard McClain '92 is a clinic 
manager for Rehabilitation Consultants Inc. 
in Wilmington, Del. Susan is a member of 
the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame 
for field hockey. 

Michelle Smith Moore '92 is a senior case 
manager for Chase Brexton Health Services 
in Maryland. 

Gary V. Nolan '92 is director of agronomy 
for Championship Golf Management in 
West Cornwall Township. He is responsible 
for establishing company-wide maintenance 

On March 29, 2004, Douglas E. Prowant 

'92 and his wife, Janice, welcomed a son, 
Dexter Gabriel, into their family. Douglas is 
elementary technology coordinator for 
Mount Union Area School District. 

On Aug. 5, 2004, William James Rossnock 

'92 and his wife, Sandra, welcomed a 
daughter, Molly Elyse, into their family. 

Lori K. Rothermel, M.D., '92 is a member 
of the medical staff of Evangelical 
Community Hospital and has successfully 
fulfilled the certification requirements of the 
American Board of Emergency Medicine. 

Cherie Lingle Van Zant '92 and her husband, 
John, welcomed Jordan Elizabeth into their 
family on July 9, 2004. 

On July 31, 2004, Christa Wachinski '92 

married Robert Snyder at Saucon Valley 
Acres in Bethlehem. Christa's sister, 
Melinda Wachinski KJeppinger '93, was 
matron of honor. 


Thomas E. 
Whittle '70 

By Ann Hess Myers 

In 1970, when Thomas E. Whittle graduated from Lebanon Valley College, 
job opportunities for physics majors were somewhat limited. Little did he know 
that his first job as a lab technician at Lebanon Waste Water Treatment plant 
would lead to a career as a wastewater treatment engineer, first as an employee, 
and later as an entrepreneur, consulting with wastewater treatment facilities 
across the country. But his interest in water quality didn't stop with wastewater 
treatment systems. Clean water is also essential for his favorite sport, fly fishing. 

"My father gave me my first bamboo fly-fishing rod when I was 10. I have 
been an avid fisherman since that day." Several years ago, Whittle took the 
entrepreneurial skills he learned from founding CET Engineering Services in 
Harrisburg and applied them to his childhood love 
of fly fishing. Today, with his second and much 
smaller business, Stony Creek Rods, he makes 
about 10 custom bamboo fly-fishing rods a year. 
While CET, founded in 1979, is a full-service engineering 
company with 65 employees and three offices, 
Stony Creek Rods is decidedly more laid back. 

Whittle collects, restores, and makes the bamboo 
fishing rods by hand. "Each rod takes about 80 
hours to complete. I begin with a 12-foot long piece 
of bamboo that is split into smaller sections and 
beveled into triangles. The beveled triangles are 
glued together to form the rod blank," he explains. 
He finishes the rod-making process with nickel silver 
ferrules and wood reel seats turned on this lathe. 

Whittle also had a hand in establishing the 
Pennsylvania Fly-Fishing Museum Association 
(PFFMA), which sponsors exhibits at the Allenberry 
Resort Inn & Playhouse on the Yellow Breeches 
Creek in Boiling Springs and at the Brown Library in 

Williamsport. The association is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich 
heritage of fly-fishing in Pennsylvania, and to educating the public about its rivers, 
stream, lakes, and the importance of conservation of the aquatic life within them. 

Improving water quality is what Whittle has been doing for years with his 
engineering firm. Whittle believes in "making bugs happy" by using aerobic 
and anaerobic bacteria for the biological treatment of wastewater. He was the 
chief operator of the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant when Gannett Fleming 
recruited him to start up a new group overseeing operations to support their 
engineering staff. With years of experience under his belt, Whittle founded CET 
26 years ago. The company began its operations by helping wastewater treatment 
plants to operate more efficiently. Clients include municipal areas within a two- 
to-three hour drive from Harrisburg as well as industrial clients all over the 
country. Hershey Food and Hanover Foods are some of his company's oldest clients. 

When he can get some time off, Whittle particularly enjoys fly fishing on the 
shallow flats of Mexico, and always practices catch-and-release conservation. 
For more information on the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association, 

The PFFMA is a federally recognized nonprofit and an all-volunteer organization. 

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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Tom Corbett '71 

By Ann Hess Myers 

With an awesome View of the city, the Capitol complex, and the 
Susquehanna River, the attorney general's office on the 16th floor of Strawberry 
Square in Harrisburg suits Tom Corbett '71. Corbett has had an interest in 
politics and a fascination with government ever since his days at the Valley. 
Corbett's introduction to Lebanon Valley College started when his father, 
Thomas, served as deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of 
Pennsylvania. Corbett's father became acquainted with former College 

President Frederic K. Miller, who, after leaving the College, 
took the job of commissioner of higher education for the 
Commonwealth. "President Miller suggested that I take a look 
at LVC," said the younger Corbett. 

"At LVC, Dr. Alex J. Fehr '50, my political science professor, 
encouraged me to pursue my political aspirations and guided me 
along the way," Corbett recalls. "I remember being challenged 
by great professors. Nobody taught history like Dr. Elizabeth 
Geffen. I appreciated the opportunity to be an athlete, to 
develop my own character, and to bond with people who have 
become lifetime friends." 

After graduating from LVC and receiving his juris doctor 
degree from St. Mary's University Law School, Corbett served 
in the Allegheny County district attorney's office. In 1980, he 
became an assistant U.S. attorney and served in that position 
until 1983, when he decided to go into private practice. He was elected to the 
Republican Committee and, by way of a grassroots campaign, won a seat with 
the Shaler Township commissioners by only 120 votes, quite an accomplishment 
for a Republican in a heavily Democratic county. 

In 1981, as assistant U.S. attorney, Corbett tried a major drug case in Erie. 
During his time in Erie, Corbett met a young assistant district attorney named 
Tom Ridge. Their friendship continues to this day. 

Corbett was recruited in 1988 to help run George Herbert Walker Bush's 
presidential campaign in southwestern Pennsylvania. Following the election, 
Corbett was appointed by President Bush to serve as a U.S. attorney, a position 
he held until 1992. He returned to private practice and in 1995, he was 
appointed by then-Governor Tom Ridge to complete an unfinished term as 
Pennsylvania attorney general. Now, eight years later, Corbett has returned to 
that office. "It feels at times as if I had never left," said Corbett. "Many of the 
same people are still here with several having worked their way up the ladder." 

One of the things Corbett learned at LVC is that in politics you can agree to 
disagree politely. "The number one responsibility for state government is public 
safety for the citizens of the Commonwealth," stated Corbett. 

Corbett and his wife, Susan Manbeck Corbett '72, live in the Pittsburgh 
area in a pre-Civil War farmhouse owned by the Corbett family since Tom was 
seven years old. Although he and Susan love their historic home, they are 
looking for a second home in the Harrisburg area, perhaps one close to 
Annville and LVC. 

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

Douglas Zook Jr. '92 is a physics teacher 
for the Avon Grove School District in 
Chester County. 

Jeffrey R. Burt '93 is vice president of 
marketing for Hanover Life Reassurance in 
Orlando, Fla. 

Theodore Jones '93 is a math teacher for 
Franklin Township Board of Education in 
Somerset, N.J. 

Malissa Noll Weikel '93 and her husband, 
Ken, welcomed a daughter, Genevieve May, 
into their family on Sept. 20, 2004. 

Jennifer Bower '94 is an instructor in 
behavioral sciences and leadership at the 
U.S. Military Academy. Jennifer received a 
master's degree in industrial and systems 
engineering from Ohio State University. 

On Jan. 8, 2003, Jennifer Willet Coye '94, 

service coordinator for the South Carolina 
Department of Social Services in Rock Hill, 
and her husband, Wesley, welcomed a 
daughter, Kaitlyn Marie, into their family. 

Kristofer Kohler '94 is a high school 
guidance counselor for Belleville Township 
Schools in N.J. 

Michael H. Yordy '94 is the head varsity 
basketball coach for Cardinal Brennan High 
School in Hazelton. 

Stephanie L. Allen '95 and Neil D. Via 

'96 were matried on July 16, 2004, in New 

Jeffrey E. Kostura '95 is project manager 
for Wharton-Smith Inc. in Tequesta, Fla. 

Lisa Hollowbush Litzenberger '95 is a 

kindergarten teacher for Conrad Weiser 
East Elementary School in Wernersville. 

Craig A. Wolfe '95 is operations manager 
for Hauck Manufacturing in Cleona. 

Jamie Bollinger '96 is a business development 
managet for Aerotek Companies in Texas. 

Amy Zehner Clemson '96 and her husband, 
Robert, welcomed a daughter, Cassandra 
Rose, into their family on Sept. 28, 2004. 

Rebecca Cituk Ragno '96 is a fourth-grade 
teacher in the Portsmouth School District 
in Rhode Island. 

Reba Dieffenbach Donley '96 and her 

husband, Robert, welcomed their fourth 
son, Ray Jacob, on May 26, 2004. 

Sharon Murray Lockwood '96 and her 

husband, Mark, welcomed their second son, 
Matthew Thomas, on Oct. 12, 2004. 

Heather Nissley '96 received a doctoral 
degree in clinical psychology with specialized 
training in clinical neuropsychology from 

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By Tim Flynn '05 

J.D. Byers '05 is standing outside a study room at the 
Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, talking with fellow LVC 
basketball player Steve Buzinski '05. They're not talking 
about the team's trip to the NCAA tournament or what 
happened in the NBA the night before — they're 
helping each other with a class assignment. 

"Don't worry, I'll be here all night," Byers says as 
Buzinski walks out of the room. Byers, after all, is the 
epitome of what NCAA Division III athletics is all about. 
Without huge crowds, TV appearances, and cross-country 
travel schedules, student-athletes in Division III are expected 
to excel in the classroom more so than on the court. 
And the business administration and accounting double 
major, who earned virtually every major national award 
for excellence in academics and basketball following his 
senior year, is a shining example of that system at its best. 

"As athletes, we don't have a lot of time. Once practice 
is over, it's work time," Byers says, explaining the delicate 
balancing act between maintaining his 3.85 grade point 
average and keeping up with his workouts and practices. 

The seeds for basketball success were planted early 
in life, as Byers began as a ball boy for his father's high 
school team before learning the game. 

"I've been around basketball all my life. As soon as I 
could dribble, I dribbled," he laughs. His father David, a 
high school coach near Baltimore, encouraged him, he 
says, to constantly improve, and he did so, playing alone 
in the yard up to seven hours a day during the summer. 
"It was his drive as much as it was mine," Byers says. 
"He saw my potential and pushed me as far as I could go." 

Although he was recruited by nearly 30 schools, Byers 
says that out of high school, he wasn't expected to be 
the player he turned into at the Dill level. He chose to 
play at LVC because Head Coach Brad MacAlester 
worked the hardest to bring him into the program. 

"I don't think when coach recruited me, he expected 
to get out of me what he got out of me," he says. He 
was promised at least some minutes off the bench and 
starts in all the junior varsity games. 

His hard work and relentless practicing paid off big. 
One hundred varsity starts and zero junior varsity games 
later, Byers has closed out his collegiate career with 
some jaw-dropping numbers. He owns every school 
record for three-point shooting, including most made in 
a career (301), season (100), and game (8); is fifth all-time 
on the LVC scoring list with 1,898 career points; and is 
second all-time with 468 assists. 

The stack of honors from his senior year is taller than 
his 5'10" frame. Byers earned the Jostens Award, given 
to the most outstanding student-athlete in Division III 
basketball, was named the ESPN The Magazine College 
Division Academic All-American of the Year, and was an 

NABC First Team All-American. Byers and fellow LVC 
hoopster Jennifer Northcott '05 were named NCAA 
Postgraduate Scholarship finalists. He also repeated as 
the Commonwealth Player of the Year and is a three-time 
first team all-conference selection. 

Oh, and he's a pretty good golfer, too — Byers placed 
third at last year's MAC Championships and was named 
an Academic All-American in that sport as well. 

After a career like that, Byers isn't ready to tear himself 
away from basketball — he wants to coach college ball. 
"My teammates say I'm crazy," he says. "But I just can't 
see my life without basketball." 

Editor's Note: On June 1, 2005, Northcott became 
LVC's third NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. 

Tim Flynn '05 graduated in May with a degree in 
English communications. As a student, he was 
general manager of WLVC Radio and play-by-play 
announcer for men's and women's basketball. He 
also was the sports editor of La Vie Collegienne 
and redesigned the campus literary journal 
Greenblotter in addition to compiling an ultimate 
history of LVC football. Flynn was hired as a sports 
information assistant at the University of 
Pennsylvania after graduation. 

Summer 2005 35 

class news & notes 

Washington State University. She began 
a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in 
neuropsychology and rehabilitation at Johns 
Hopkins University School of Medicine, 
Department of Physical Medicine and 
Rehabilitation, in Baltimore, Md. 

Jennifer S. Stites '96 married Stephen P. 
Zdaniewicz on April 24, 2004. Jennifer is a 
certified school psychologist for the 
Tunkhannock Area School District. 

Cornell Wilson '96 is a case manager for 
Cornell Companies in Harrisburg. 

Anthony Burke, M.D., '97 is a cardiovascular 
disease fellow at the Tulsa Regional Medical 
Center in Oklahoma. 

Kri.sti Lorah Cleary^ is a school psychologist 
for the Syracuse City School District in 
New York. 

Ana Prewitt-Rodriguez Farr '97 was 

promoted to early intervention coordinator/ 
mental retardation supervisor for Centre 
County in Bellefonte. 

Robyn Welker Keckler '97 is a first-grade 
teacher for the Anne Arundel County 
Schools in Maryland. 

On April 24, 2004, Danielle S. Kraft '97 

married Neil C. Penza at St. Mark's United 
Church of Christ in Reading. 

On October 23, 2004, Kimberly Leister 
'97 married Justin Bainum at Trinity 
Lutheran Church in Bechtelsville. Joining 
in their special day were Jennifer Taylor 
Riner '97, Mary Blakenmeyer Rice '97, 
Megan Toppin Beidle '98, Nicholas 
Beidle '99, and Shannan Bennett '99. 

Kenneth R. Mengel '97 retired from 
Verizon Communications in 2003. In addition 
to enjoying retirement, playing golf, and 
cycling, Kenneth is a part-time coordinator 
for the mission program at Colonial Park 
United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. 

Karen M. Neal '97 is manufacturing 
supervisor for Amgen Incorporated in West 
Greenwich, R.I. 

Lisa Ellenberger '97 is a disability claim 
adjudicator for the Pennsylvania 
Department of Labor and Industry in Enola. 

Debra Meyer Gamble '97 is a consultant/ 
research assistant for Maximus Inc. in 

Gregory J. Glembocki '97 and his wife, 
Melissa, welcomed a daughter, Gianna 
Marie, into their family on Aug. 30, 2004. 

Daniel P. Henderson '97 is a trainee and 
political researcher for Energy Wise 
Lighting Incorporated in Eugene, Ore. 

Nicole Lancieri '97 is a behavior specialist 
for Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly, N.J. 

Robert H. Reiss III '97 and Joyce Hodacz 
Reiss '97 welcomed a son, Jacob, into their 
family on Sept. 21, 2003. 

On July 31, 2004, Rachel L. Shaak '97 

married Patrick Sebastian at Myerstown 
United Church of Christ. Rachel is a 
fourth-grade teacher for the Governor 
Mifflin School District in Shillington. 

Jessica Smith Teska '97 and her husband, 
Kevin, welcomed a daughter, Madeleine 
Grace, into their family on Dec. 15, 2003. 

Melissa Vargo '97 received a doctoral 
degree in biochemistry from the University 
of Delaware. She is conducting postdoctoral 
research at Yale University School of 

Tamara Demmy Weaver '97, a part-time 
office assistant for Invisible Fence of 
Susquehanna Valley in Lancaster, and her 
husband, Bob, are also busy caring for their 
new addition, daughter Rachel Anne. 

Lori Sando Williams '97 is database officer 
for Fulton Financial Corporation in 

Dyan Shannon Branstetter '98 is a third- 
grade teacher at Brecht Elementary School 
in the Manheim Township School District. 

Laura Davidson'98 graduated from the 
Royal Veterinary College in London, 
England, with a bachelor's degree in 
veterinary medicine. 

On May 1, 2004, Matthew C. Eicher '98 

married Suzanne Loper at Christ Lutheran 
Church in New Bloomfield. 

On May 9, 2004, Angela Coval Godfrey 

'98 and her husband, Daniel, welcomed a 
daughter, Ashlynn Noelle, into their family. 

On Jan. 26, 2004, Todd A. Henry '98, 

chief operating officer for The Pension 
Alliance, Inc. in Harrisburg, and his wife, 
Tina, welcomed a daughter, Sienna, into 
their family. 

Lisa Kostura '98 is a special projects associate 
for the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. 

Dawn Downs Moslander '98 is director of 
human resources for The Jay Group of East 
Lampeter Township. 

On July 31, 2004, Aaron Matthew Palmer 

'98 married Emily Valjean Fisher at 
Otterbein United Methodist Church in 
Carlisle. Aaron is a senior application 
development specialist for Ajilon in 

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On June 12, 2004, Beth Paul '98 married 
Mael B. Saunier at the Eglise Lutherienne 
de Lyon in Lyon, France. Yvonne D'UVA 
Howard '97 and Josh Howard '97 were 
in attendance. Beth is working at the 
American Embassy in Paris. 

Jerry W. Pfarr '98 and his wife, Melissa, 
welcomed a son, Elliott William Pfarr, into 
their family on Sept. 17, 2004. 

David R. Smith IV '98 is resident director 
of the Berks County Youth Center in 

Aaron F. Strenkoski '98 received his 
M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. 

On June 26, 2004, Kimberly C. Weitzel 

'98 married Joseph Nunberg in 
Burkittsville, Md. 

Kathleen Ziga '98 is an area coordinator 
for Allegheny College. 

Shannan Bennett '99 is a student program 
leader for the Milton Hershey School. 

On September 4, 2004, Carrie A Champ '99 

married David Morera at LVC's Miller 

On September 25, 2004, Lisa M. Davis '99 

married Scott Wenrich at Paradise Point in 
San Diego, Calif. 

Sophia Goclan Dripps '99 is director of 
development for Trinity International 
University in Deerfield, 111. 

Cynthia Ensminger Goshorn '99 and her 

husband, James, welcomed their second 
child, Connor James, into their family on 
July 23, 2004. 

Jody Jacobetz Huber '99 received a jurist 
doctorate degree from Widener University 
School of Law in Wilmington, Del. Jody 
received the Zelda K. Hermann Memorial 
Cup Award for scholarship, leadership, and 
contribution pro bono publico; the Moe 
Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society 
Outstanding Executive Board Member 
Award; the Wapner, Newman Wigrizer, and 
Brecher Award for academic excellence; and 
the Hon. Joseph W. DeFuria Scholarship. 
She is serving a one-year appointment as a 
judicial law clerk for the Hon. Mark 
Buckworth, Family Court of Delaware. 

Laura Graybeal Kelly '99 is human 
resources benefits specialist for Morgan, 
Lewis and Bockius, LLP, in Philadelphia. 

On April 17, 2004, Todd Naaman Martin 

'99 married Christine Michelle Stone in 
Bon Air Christian Church, Richmond, Va. 

On May 15, 2004, Christinia A. Mellick 

'99 married Keith Wagner in Hanover, Va. 


Mary Olanich '05 


If you were to ask Mary Olanich '05 how she was able to achieve so 
much in her life, she would tell you that it is generally luck. But don't let 
that fool you. The recent recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to France, 
Olanich is described as a perfectionist who has earned her way in life 
through hard work and persistence. 

"She is her own toughest critic," noted Dr. Walter Patton, LVC assistant 
professor of chemistry. He worked with Olanich for two-and-a-half years 
performing biochemistry research. "If she misses points on an exam, she 
needs to figure out what mistake she made. Not unusual, 
right? Unless you consider that she does this even when 
her exam grade is 95 or 97. Regardless of whether she 
winds up at the research bench or at the patient bedside, 
she is someone you will want to spend your federal 
research dollars on or have as your doctor." 

On Friday, April 8, Olanich was rewarded for her hard 
work when she received a letter from the J. William 
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She will perform one 
year of post-baccalaureate research in France, investigating 
the molecular machinery that underlies exocytic events 
[Exocytosis is a process that allows for the release of 
hormones and neurotransmitters from endocrine cells 
and neurons.]. Another LVC student, Jordan Newell '05, 
a biology major from Carlisle, was a finalist in the Fulbright 
competition, advancing as far as the European stage. 
Olanich is the 14th LVC student to win the award. 

"It feels fantastic to be awarded this fellowship," Olanich, a native of 
Bloomsburg, said. "I kind of view it as the reward for countless hours of work, 
and an amazing reward it is! I feel incredibly lucky." 

While in France, she will be working with Dr. Nicolas Vitale of the Institute of 
Neurotransmission and Neuroendocrine Secretion in Strasbourg. 

Olanich met Vitale in 2004 when she and Patton attended the Annual 
Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 
Boston. Patton and Vitale were post-doctoral fellows in the Pulmonary-Critical 
Care Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes of 
Health in Bethesda, Md. Olanich developed research plans with Vitale that 
eventually developed into her Fulbright application. Olanich's work in France will 
focus on the nervous system. Her work has relevance to neurodegenerative 
diseases such as Parkinson's disease. 

Olanich plans to begin her research with Vitale in June. She wants to enter 
graduate school when she returns in the summer of 2006; she is leaning 
toward a doctorate in biochemistry in the area of cell signaling. 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier international educational 
program, and is administered by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of 
Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program was established in 1946 to 
increase mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and 
other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. 

Bill Rice of Philadelphia is majoring in both historical communications 
and political science. He is a features writer for La Vie Collegienne, 
coordinator at the writing center, and a member of Students Acting for 
Global Awareness (SAGA), the College Democrats, and the History and 
Political Science Club. 

Editor's Note: An extended version of this article appeared in La Vie Collegienr 

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class news & notes 

English Ivy (Hedera helix) 

It could be said that ivy is the mascot for all colleges. There are "Ivy 
League" schools in the East and the "Little Ivy League" of selective liberal arts 
colleges in the Midwest, and ivy does grow there. The ivy growing here at the 
Lebanon Valley College Arboretum spreads along several groundcover areas on 
the main campus; it is under the cedars of Lebanon at the Sheridan gateway, at 
the ramp of Blair, west of Carnegie, and east of Lynch. And there is much more 
dark green vine climbing up trees in the woods at Kreiderheim. 

LVC does not, however, have "halls of ivy." Now, before someone alerts the 
academic accreditation bodies, it is well to know that the intellectual content 

inside the buildings has nothing to do with the 
lushness of ivy growth on the walls. Rather, ivy 
climbing on academic buildings is often discouraged 
because, in order to grow upwards, ivy stems must 
extend anchoring structures onto the walls. Clinging 
ivy is thought to be dangerous to the bricks and 
especially the mortar of buildings because ivy can 
pull small bits of mortar away when it falls or is 

removed. On the other hand, for some people the 

4iW^^ "^Pk ^Lt£ choice is to tolerate that problem in exchange for 
■* *" -^ ' the plants' beauty, winter greenness, and the ivy 

mascot's collegiate image. 
There are actually two types of ivy on college 
campuses. One is Boston ivy, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, which is the kind of 
ivy that covers parts of Cornell University, in the Ivy League. The leaves look like 
shiny grape leaves and the stems use special small adhesive disks to cling to 
the brick. Lebanon Valley College's ivy is the other kind, English ivy (Hedera 
helix). It has the three-to-five pointed leaf shape that we associate generally 
with "ivy;" it is the same shape that is portrayed on greeting cards and china 

English ivy is an evergreen woody plant that can climb up to 50 feet in the 
juvenile stage. Since the ivy does not twine, its climbing stems depend upon 
tufts of rootlets that adhere to walls or tree bark. Because it can also root 
along the ground, English ivy has become an invasive pest in the woods. This 
ivy grows best where the soil is rich and moist, and where there is enough afternoon 
shade to keep the plants from drying out. The ramp at Blair is an ideal place for 
ivy to flourish. There, the ivy has been given a sort of trellis, rather than being 
allowed to grow directly on the walls. 

English ivy also has an adult stage. When the ivy is mature, the leaves are 
heart-shaped and the plants produce clusters of black berries. At Kreiderheim, 
mature ivy on the trees produces special horizontal branches from the climbing 
ones. Old enough, the ivy can also form free-standing shrubs. To have an ivy 
mascot of such age indicates a venerable academic institution. Go ivy! 

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

Melissa Adam Crotty '98, Brian Crotty '00, 
and Brooke Anderson Jones '98 attended 
the ceremony. 

April J. Mitchell '99 is a recruiter for the 
Schuylkill Institute of Business Technology 
in Ringtown. 

Johnathon A Pentecost '99 is an information 
technology systems technician for Arab 
World Ministries in Upper Darby. 

Lisa J. Perkins '99 received a master's 
degree in teaching and curriculum from 
Penn State University. 

Ryan S. Redner '99 has been promoted to 
the board of Redner's Markets Incorporated. 
Ryan also serves as director of direct-store 
deliveries and assistant to the president. 

Keith D. Richardson '99 is director of 
bands for Central Dauphin School District 
in Harrisburg. 

Wendy D. Umbarger '99 is a program 
supervisor for Pressley Ridge in Tazewell, Va. 

Glenn P. Vaughan '99 is a math teacher for 
Sullivan County School District in Dushore. 

Rev. Michelle J. Zearing '99 is the pastor 
of Shade Valley Parish United Methodist 
Church in Shade Gap. 


Bradley M. Barger '00 is a broker consultant 
for Emerson, Reid & Co., Harrisburg. 

Jessica Schneider Bender '00 and her 

husband, Stephen, announced the birth of 
their son, Kyle Benjamin Bender, on 
November 28, 2004. Jessica is currently 
teaching at Sandy Plains Elementary School 
in Baltimore County, Md. 

Terry L. Buda '00 is marketing officer for 
the Mount Joy-based Union National 
Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, 
Union National Community Bank. 

On June 26, 2004, Lisa A. Crnkovich '00 

married Matthew C. Minney at Sacred 
Heart Church in Lancaster. 

Dennis Dalessandro '00 is senior logistics 
manager for Velocity Express in Enola. 

Laura A DeGraff '00 is project manager 
for UnREAL Marketing in Narberth. 

Heather Erb '00 is a program officer for 
the U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services in Chicago, 111. 

Joseph Horst '00 is director of accounting 
amenities for WCI Communities, Inc., in 
Naples, Fla. 

Allan W. Mund 

Former Acting President of LVC and 
College Center Namesake Dies at 99 

Allan W. MundofTowson,Md., 

whose deep commitment to Lebanon Valley 
College was reflected in his 23 years of service on 
the Board of Trustees, in his role as acting president 
of the College from 1967 to 1968, and in his 
generosity as a benefactor and friend, died on 
March 6. Although he passed away at 99, he 
enjoyed relatively good health until the last two 
weeks of his life. Mund, the namesake for LVC's 
Allan W. Mund College Center, also established 
one of the College's most prestigious scholarships, 
named in honor of his eldest son, Allan W. Mund 
Jr., a Maryland high school teacher and coach, 
who died in 1987 at the age of 50. 

Mund was a leader in business and industry, 
higher education, and church and civic affairs. He 
began his service with the LVC Board of Trustees 
in 1958 and led the board as president from 1962 
to 1971. He received several awards from the 
College, an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1966 
and an Alumni Association Citation in 1986. The 
Class of 1969 dedicated their yearbook to him, 
writing, "He has given freely of his time and abilities 
for the well-being of the school, and yet he does 
not consider this a sacrifice, but a privilege." 
Mund's wife, Irma (Kaufman) Mund, was also 
cited for being "a gracious first lady of the College." 
She died in 1996. The couple is survived by two 
sons, Richard G. and Brian R., the latter a former LVC 
trustee who continues to serve on the Investment 

Mund was the retired board chairman of the 
Ellicott Machine Corporation, an internationally 
known dredge designing and manufacturing firm. 
A native of Baltimore, Md., he began working for 
the company's engineering department in 1923, 
immediately after completing four years of engineering 
studies at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, which 
later honored him with an alumni citation. As his 
responsibilities with the company expanded, Mund 
studied engineering, production, labor relations, 
financing, and business management in night courses 
at Johns Hopkins University. His growing expertise 
enabled him to assume greater responsibility at 
Ellicott, including as general manager and as president. 

He became chairman of the board in 1965 and 
retired two years later after 43 years of service. 

Mund also served for two decades on the board 
of trustees of Western Maryland College, now 
called McDaniel College. Two years after serving as 
interim president of LVC, Mund repeated the role at 
Western Maryland, and earned an honorary doctorate 
from that college as well. He also served on the 
boards of numerous other church and business 
groups, including the Asbury Methodist Village in 
Gaithersburg, Md., where a building was named in 
his honor. A long-time member of the Fulton- 
Siemers Memorial United Methodist Church, 
Mund served in almost every official capacity 
there and also served as a trustee of the United 
Methodist Foundation in Nashville, Tenn. 

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, and made 
numerous trips to Europe and the Far East, circling 
the globe twice. Surviving in addition to two of 
his sons are eight grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren. He is predeceased by seven siblings. 

Summer 200<> 39 

class news & notes 

Triple Threat 

By Ed Novak 

One of the things that Laura Brown '05 wants to correct is the 
perception that there is no diversity or opportunity for intercultural 
experience in central Pennsylvania. The senior from Upper Darby 
has co-chaired Lebanon Valley's annual International Day for the 
past two years and is a leader with Students Acting for Global Awareness 

Brown decided to major in both German and Spanish because two language 
majors would give her the opportunity to study abroad twice. She also decided 
to add a third major, political science. "Most people are surprised when they 
hear I have three majors and plan to graduate in four years," she says. She 
notes, however, that study abroad helped complete her language requirements 
(no wasted time) and that she planned ahead for the two semesters abroad 
so that she could handle the workload (It is easier than it seems.). 

In the fall of 2002 she and three other Lebanon Valley students traveled 
to Cologne, Germany, as part of a cooperative program with Allegheny 
College and Gettysburg College. "I was 19 years old and nervous about 
going," she recalls. "I became independent, gained a lot of confidence, and 

improved my German. Being in a 
foreign country forces you to see 
how much you really know, which 
is more than you think you 

A year later, she and six other 
LVC students traveled to the 
Colegio de Espaha, a foreign 
language institute in 
Salamanca, Spain. Her study in 
Germany had included some 
classes taught in English, but 
this experience was a total 
immersion in Spanish. "After my 
trip to Germany, I felt as if I was 
a pro in everything except for 
language. I ended up falling in 
love with Spanish." 
She describes her work on 
campus with International Day as 
"intense." Each year more than 600 people visit LVC for this admission-sponsored 
day of celebration, learning, and activity. "For six hours, I have to look after 
the needs of prospective students, the admission staff, the academic 
departments, LVC students, and the volunteers." 

After graduation, her plan is to take some time off from study and work in 
the international arena before going to graduate school at Middlebury College. 
She wants to become a college professor teaching foreign languages. "I 
think that I am more marketable as a trilingual person with experience 
abroad," she says. "I am more confident about reaching goals that I once 
thought were not possible." 

Laura Brown '05 (far right) studied abroad in 
both Spain and Germany while at LVC. 

Michael B. Howard '00 graduated from 
the University of Maryland with a doctoral 
degree in molecular microbiology. Michael 
is an associate with the Environ Health 
Sciences Institute in Arlington, Va. 

Michael T. Morehead '00 is a probation 
and parole officer for the Commonwealth 
of Virginia. 

Michael Robinson '00 is band director for 
Central Bucks South High School in 

Pamela Arminavage '01 is a resident advisor 
for Community Services Group in Cleona. 

Melissa A. Black '01 married Eric M. 
Gervase '01 on Aug. 21, 2004, in LVC's 
Miller Chapel. Jana Romlein '01, Rachelle 
Antonacci '01, Michael Thomas '01, 
George Zimmerman '01, and Leanne 
Hennion '02 participated in the ceremony. 

Dorene Heckman Byler '01 is band director 
for the Kutztown Area School District. 

Nathan D. Byler '01 is a third-grade 
teacher for Reidenbaugh Elementary School 
in the Manheim Township School District. 

Melinda Sue Etschman '01 married 
Michael A. Down on Aug. 21, 2004, in 
Sicklerville, N.J. Sonya Carey '02, Kris 
Haines '00, Amy Lyons '01, Angi Tanczos 
'02, and Anmarie Vollberg '00 participated 
in the ceremony. Melinda is an actuarial 
analyst for Arbella Insurance in Quincy, Md. 

Derek Fisher '01 is pursuing a doctoral 
degree at the University of Pittsburgh 
School of Medicine. 

Lisa Godlewski '01 married Jeremy 
Lancelloti on Sept. 19, 2003. Lisa is a 
healthcare representative for Pfizer 
Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. 

Angela M. Harter '01 is a second-grade 
teacher for Saint Theresa's School in New 

Steven R. Horst '01 is an attorney for Klett 
Rooney Lieber & Schorling in Philadelphia. 

Kimberly Huch '01 is a special education 
teacher for the Peabody Public Schools in 
Essex, Mass. 

Tina Sutherly Mongkon '01 is a first-grade 
teacher in the Lebanon School District. 

Kate A. Sekula '01 and Bradley S. Moser 

'01 were married on Nov. 6, 2004, in 
Barto. Trent Hollinger '01, Brock 
Kerchner '01, Mike Brimmer '01, and 
Dorene Byler '01 participated in the 

In May 2004, Desiree M. Nemec '01 

graduated from the Penn State University 


Tup Va t t pv 

Dickinson School of Law. Desiree moved to 
Charleston, S.C., and will take the bar exam 

The Rev. Christopher M. Rankin '01 

graduated from Lancaster Theological 
Seminary with a master of divinity degree. 
Chris is pastor of St. John's United Church 
of Christ in Fredericksburg. 

On Aug. 12, 2004, Tiffany Kunkle 
Robinson '01, an income maintenance 
caseworker for the Commonwealth of 
Pennsylvania, and her husband, Nolan, 
welcomed a son, Parker Louis, into their 

Dana Romenesko '01 is an agent for 
Aspen Square Management in Andover, 

Jason Schreffler '01 is a special education 
teacher in the Lancaster/Lebanon 
Intermediate Unit 13. 

Eric S. Shrader '01 is a special education 
teacher for Central Dauphin East High 
School in Harrisburg. 

Michelle Walmsley '01 is senior assistant 
director of the Clark Fund at Clark 
University in Worcester, Mass. 

Lauren D. Baptista '02 and Michael J. 
Smith '02 were married on Sept. 18, 2004, 
in Delran, N.J. Faye Baptista '02, Michael 
Pedrick '02, Allison Roney '03, Karen 
Hendricks '02, Amy Shoemaker '02, 
Ellen Shughart '02, and Danielle 
McMaster '02 attended. 

Raissa Kalishevich Barnett '02 is a seventh- 
grade teacher for the Reading Area School 

Heather Batz '02 is processing manager for 
Homesafe Security Systems Inc. in Hunt 
Valley, Md. 

Christine E. Bennethum '02 is a research 
associate for Environmental Defense in 
New York, N.Y. 

Rebecca Brown Breault '02 is a paralegal 
for Conestoga Title Insurance Company in 

Jennifer L. Davis '02 is working for the 
Princeton Child Development Institute in 
New Jersey. 

Mark Eby '02 is matketing coordinator for 
the Growth Partnership in Hummelstown. 

Erica Gosart Moser '02 is a middle school 
teacher for Pennsylvania Virtual Charter 
School in Harleysville. 

Nathan J. Greenawalt '98, M'02 is a 

UniServ representative for the Pennsylvania 
State Education Association in New Castle. 


At the Intersection d 

Science, Music, 

Vhen he was growing up in New Jersey, Dr. George Plitnik's '63 world was so 
rcumscribed that, upon his arrival in Annville to attend college, "I thought I 
ad arrived at the end of the world." Years later, Plitnik is a long-time professor 
i the department of physics and engineering at Frostburg State University in 
Maryland, and his studies and teaching have taken him around the world to 
ilaces like Germany, Japan, France, Israel, Italy, and Ecuador. 
His area of specialty is acoustics, but he has been featured in reporting 
round the world and on CBS News for the course he teaches that explains 
le magic of Harry Potter in scientific terms. "I believe it is the only college 
aurse like it in the country," he says. Remembering the dramatic teaching 
yle of legendary LVC math professor Barney Bissinger, Plitnik often dresses 
for class to imitate the subject: Galileo, Aristotle... or in full wizard robes as 
Harry Potter. 

He became interested in Harry Potter five years ago when his mother gave 
him one of the novels as a present. He read more of the novels, became a 
fan, and ran across a book, titled Science of Harry Potter, by Roger Highfield. 
Plitnik developed an honors course for 15 students based on the book; its 
popularity encouraged him to develop the course he currently teaches to 90 
students. "It is a very tough course," he says. "About 17 students flunked it 
last year." 

He has also been recognized for his long-time achievements in teaching. 
In 2000, he and a colleague received a Templeton Foundation Award for 
Innovative Courses in Science and Religion for developing a course on modern 
physics and Asian metaphysics. In 2002, he received the prestigious Regent 
acuity Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship, presented by the 
University of Maryland system. It was the first time a professor at Frostburg 
had received the award. "It was a real honor for Frostburg," he says, "becai 
ve are not a large research university." 
He is looking forward to taking his last sabbatical leave in Sweden, ther 
tiring to pursue his other love: playing and restoring pipe organs. 

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J. Christopher Havran '02 received his master's 
degree in biology from the University of 
Louisiana in Monroe. He is pursuing a 
doctorate at Ohio University in Athens. 

Stephanie Lezotte '02, grant manager for 
INCLEN in Philadelphia, married Kris 
Koelsch '02 on July 3. 2004. 

Melissa Schneider Light '02 and her husband, 
David A. Light '00, welcomed a son, Jacob 
Andrew, into their family on Aug. 3, 2004. 

Stephanie Hartman MacBain '02 is a first- 
grade teachet for Evergreen Elementary 
School in the Perkiomen Valley School District. 

Amanda Neely '02 is an 11 th-grade teacher 
for the West Petry School District in 

Hung Nguyen '02 is a senior financial 
advisor for Tyco Electronics in Carlisle. 

Jeffrey M. Intoccia '02 was promoted to 
head custodian at Btecknock Elementary 
School in Denver. 

Tina Peffley '02 is a customer service 
representative for Lebanon Valley Farmer's 
Bank in Lebanon. 

Sean B. Reilly '02 is a kitchen manager for 
Cafe Athena in San Diego, Calif. 

Otis Richardson '02 is a scuba diving 
instructot for South Seas Aquatics in 
Honolulu, Hawaii. 

On Sept. 11, 2004, Jennifer Smolensk! '02 
and Darryl J. Slicks '02 were married on 
Long Beach Island, N. J. 

Jennifer L. Stover '02 is a quality control 
analyst for Pfizer in Lititz. 

Kristen Wardrop '02 is pursuing a master's 
degree in business at the University of 
Charlotte in North Carolina. 

On Oct. 30, 2004, Jennifer C. Wetzel '02 

matried Brent Neidig at St. Thomas United 
Chutch of Christ in Linglestown. Jennifer is 
assistant managing editor at Idea Group 
Inc. in Hershey. 

On May 22, 2004, Jamie Lynn Wike '02 
and Kevin D. Ream Jr. '02 were married 
in LVCs Miller Chapel. 

Gregory Bair '03 received a master's degree 
in liberal arts with a concentration in political 
philosophy from St. John's College in 
Annapolis, Md. 

Darran D. Brandt '03 is a juniot accountant 
at Ellis Lee Hostetler and Company, P.C., in 

Jason M. Dugan '03 is staffing services 
supervisor for Manpower in Williamsport. 

Sarah Durako '03, a technical/proposal 
editot for International Logistics Systems, 
Inc., York, married David A. Onufer on 
Oct. 30, 2004. 

Lori A. Evaristo '03 married Jason B. 
Widney on Aug. 6, 2004, in Seaford, Del. 
The bridal party included Sara Mintonye 
'02, Rachel Shafer '03, Charlton Albright 
'02, Brian Walker '02, Colby Hilker '03, 
and Joseph Eveler '03. Lori is a music teacher 
for Mars Estates Elementary School, Essex, Md. 

Joseph Eveler '03 and Molly Spangenberg 

'03 were married on Nov. 26, 2004. 

Jenni L. Fulmer '03 married Tyrel 
William Yealy '03 on Feb. 7, 2004, at 
LVCs Miller Chapel. Jenni is a claims 
representative at Armstrong World 
Industries, Inc., Lancaster. Tyrel is an 
accountant at Boles, Grove, Metzger in 

On July 24, 2004, Dustee-lea Graeff '03 

married William Doering in LVCs Miller 

On June 20, 2004, Amanda B. Heberling 

'03 married Damon H. Wenrich at St. 
Paul's United Church of Christ in 
Schaeffetstown. Amanda is a learning 
support teachet for Ebenezer Elementary 
School in Lebanon. 

Diana Hu '03 is a senior commodity 
engineer for Metrologic Instruments Inc. 
in Bellmawr, N.J. 

Rebecca L. Jacquette '03 is a French teacher 
for South Western High School in Hanover. 

On June 12, 2004, Amanda Kelly '03 

married Bryan Keith Smith at St. Cecilia's 
Catholic Church in Lebanon. Amanda is a 
learning support teacher in the Palmyra 
School District. 

Eric Joseph Laychock '03 is a pharmaceutical 
sales teptesentative for Aventis 
Pharmaceuticals in Somerset, N.J. 

April Long '03 is a residential counselor for 
Philhaven Hospital in Ephrata. 

Moriah L. Miller '03 received a master's 
degree in library science from Clarion 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Thomas R. Newton '03 is a manager 
trainee for 84 Lumber in Lancaster. 

Kristi N. Riley '03 is a manager in training 
for Wells Fargo in York. 

Richard D. Sargo '03 and his wife, Claire, 
welcomed a daughter, Bellina Marie, into 
their family on June 19, 2004. 

Molly E. Schnetzka '03 and Ryan T. 
Currie '96 were married at Stewartstown 

United Methodist Church. Molly is an 
alternative education teacher for Manito 
Inc., York. 

Abigail R. Stoltzfus '03 and Nathan S. 
Acker '02 were married on Aug. 28, 2004, 
in Mount Joy. 

Jessica Yoder '03 is a Spanish teacher in the 
Nazareth School District. 

Daniel M. Zelesko '03 is pursuing a master's 
degree in philosophy at the University of 

Jason Clay '04 is an actuarial analyst for 
The Hartford Company in Hartford, Conn. 

Caitlin A. Gibbs '04 is an early intervention 
teachet for Berks County Intermediate Unit 
in Reading. 

David A. Ingalls '04 is a music teacher for 
Sterling Middle School in Virginia. 

On August 16, 2003, Tammi Karafa '04 

married Jeffrey Bivans at St. Benedict's 
Church in Johnstown. 

Mollie Kedney '04 

MoUie Kedney '04, a biology and chemistry 
major while at LVC, is serving in the U.S. 
Army Chemical Corp in Iraq. 

Amanda Kutney '04 is a graduate student 
at the Ohio State University. 

Nicole Chabitnoy Loser '04 is a case 
manager at BISY Insurance Services in 

Dawn M. Matterness '04 is director of 
disaster services for the Alexandria (Va.) 
chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Laura A. Poff '04 married Ronald C. 
Lenker '03 on July 3, 2004, in York. 
Julia Howell '04, Erin McGeorge '03, 
Jonathan Pitt '03, and John C. Banks IV '02 

were in the wedding party. 

Jason P. Spessard '04 is an associate with 
Langan Associates P.C., Arlington, Va. 

42 The Valley 

Katie M. Staley '04 is a sixth-grade teacher 
for the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. 

In Memoriam 

Elizabeth G. "Betsy" Bollinger, friend of 
the College, died July 23, 2004, at the age 
of 95. She was the wife of Oran Pass (O.P.) 
Bollinger '28, namesake of Bollinger Plaza 
on campus, who died in 1983. She was an 
active member of the LVC Dames. 
Bollinger Plaza was dedicated in honor of 
Betsy and her husband. 

John Leroy Cousler, friend and benefactor 
of the College, died in Lancaster on July 13, 
2004, at the age of 96. He joined R.R. 
Donnelley and Sons as a partner and 
became president before retiring in 1962. 

Geraldine E. Lent/, friend of the College, 
died in Palmyra on July 25, 2004, at the age 
of 92. She had worked in LVC's library. She 
was a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years. 

Henrietta Wagner Barnhart '32 died in La 
Plata, Md., on Sept. 7, 2004, at the age of 
94. She started the Washington County 
kindergarten program in public schools, was 
founder of Lagos Nigeria International 
School, started the Literacy Council for 
Adults of Charles County, Meals-on- Wheels 
of Charles County, and was named one of 
Charles County's "Beautiful People." 

Ruth M. Agen '33 died Juno Beach, Fla., 
on Jan. 22, 2004, at the age of 93. 

Sophia Morris '33 died in Exeter on June 
29, 2004, at the age of 92. She worked as a 
librarian at Dallas Senior High School. 

Luther A. Savior '33 died in Delaware 
County on Nov. 29, 2004, at the age of 92. 
A veteran of World War II, he was employed 
as a systems engineer with RCA and UNF/AC 
(Unisys) until his retirement in 1976. 

Charlotte Weirick McFaul '34 died in 
Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 19, 2004, at the 
age of 90. The wife of H. Algire "Mac" 
McFaul '34, she received a commendation 
for her work in the development of a 
computer program to simulate the free 
piston air compressor. 

Catherine Wagner Conrad '35 died in 
Williamsport, Md., on July 29, 2004, at the 
age of 90. She was a retired schoolteacher 
from the Washington County School 
System and tutored English as a second 

Louise E. Bishop '36 died in Oberlin on 
Aug. 27, 2004, at the age of 89. The "unofficial 
mayor" of Oberlin, she was a retired school- 
teacher from Swatara Township High 
School and Central Dauphin School District. 

John T. Davis '36 died in Lebanon on 
April 15, 2004, at the age of 90. He was a 
staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during 
World War II, stationed in India. He 
worked as an engineer for IBM and Martin 

Jean Harnish '37 died in Baltimore, Md., 
on March 30, 2004, her 89th birthday. She 
is survived by a sister, Ruth Zentmeyer '49, 

of Hershey. 

William T. Allen '38 died in Masonic 
Village, Elizabethtown, on Aug. 14, 2004, 
at the age of 88. He was a veteran of World 
War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air 
Corps. He was retired from the 
Pennsylvania National Insurance Company 
where he was vice president of claims. 

Lucille Hawthorne Eby '38 died in St. 
Augustine, Fla., on Nov. 24, 2004, at the 
age of 87. She was an elementary substitute 
teacher in rhe Bethlehem Area School 

John William "Jack" Kreamer '38 died in 
Annville on Oct. 3, 2004, at the age of 89. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II. 
The father of Keith G. Kreamer '68, he 

was vice president of Kreamer Brothers 
Furniture Store in Annville. 

Beatrice Zamoyski Gaydos '38 died in 
Nutley, N.J., on Aug. 13, 2004, at the age 
of 86. During World War II, she was the 
chief medical technologist at St. Michaels 
Medical Center in Newark, N.J. The 
supervisor of the Newark Blood Bank, she 
contributed to groundbreaking research on 
the Rh factor, which had hindered blood 

transfusions between mothers with negative 
blood types and children with positive types. 

Dr. John H. Moyer III '39 died in Palmyra 
on Oct. 5, 2004, at the age of 87. He was 
the father of John H. Moyer IV '73 and 
Michael Moyer '75. He was involved in the 
development of Diuril, one of the first effective 
blood-pressure medications, and in the 
development of the first portable dialysis 
machine. He served as a scientific diplomat 
for the U.S. State Department. 

Kathryn Zwally Haverstick '40 died in 
Myerstown on July 2 1 , 2004, at the age of 

86. For many years she was involved with 
the Fresh Air Fund. 

Charles Miller Belmer '40 died in 
Bethlehem on July 9, 2004, at the age of 

87. He was an Army Air Corps veteran, 
serving as a radio operator and as a belly 
operator in a B-52 bomber during World 
War II. He was a prisoner of war from 1943 
to 1945. 

Lucille Bamberger Long '41 died on Nov. 
16, 2004, at the age of 85. She was the wife 
of the late Dr. Luther K. Long '38. 

Dr. Robert W Uhrich '43 died on July 4, 
2004, at the age of 81. He was a retired 
physician who had an office in Lebanon for 
many years. He was a captain in the Air 
Force and served during World War II. He 
was the father of Jed T. Uhrich '76. 

Hans W. Uberseder '43 died in Litiz on 
June 13, 2004, at the age of 82. He was the 
husband of Elizabeth Ann Hess Uberseder 

'44. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are 

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Here is yet another amusing photo from our archives. If you can identify when and 
where this photograph was taken, and/or any names of the people shown, please e-mail . 
Tom Hanrahan at Stories about the group are also welcome and may 
be included in future issues of The Valley. 

children Marjorie Uberseder Seiner '72 
and Eric J. Uberseder 71. He was a veteran 
of World War II, serving from 1943 to 
1946 in the European theater of operations 
as an infantryman, a counterintelligence 
agent, and German interpreter. He also 
participated in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Elizabeth "Betty" Gooden Rhodes '45 

died in Springfield on Oct. 17, 2004, at the 
age of 80. She was a music lover who taught 
piano, played the organ, and accompanied 
various club bands. 

Viola Shettel Crites '46 died Sept. 27, 2004, 
at the age of 80. 

William Melvin Albrecht '48 died in 
Endwell, N.Y., on May 16, 2004, at the age of 
78. A veteran of World War II, he was awarded 
a Bronze Battle Star and a Purple Heart. 

Marshall L. Gemberling Jr. '49 died in 
Lebanon on Sept. 10, 2004, at the age of 
80. He was an Army veteran of World War 
II. He was very involved with sports and 
was inducted into LVC's Athletic Hall of 
Fame in 1990. 

Edwin Wallace Beaver '50 died in 
Lancaster on Oct. 26, 2004, at the age of 79. 
He was a veteran of World War II who served 
in the 94th Army Infantry Division, where he 
earned four batde stars and a Bronze Star. 

Herbert A. Rowe '50 died in Middletown 
on Feb. 22, 2003, at the age of 85. He was 

an army veteran of World War II and the 
Korean conflict and was retired from the 
Pennsylvania State Department of Revenue. 

Jean Kostenbauder Stolte '50 died in 
Hanover on Nov. 21, 2004, at the age of 
76. She was an accomplished pianist and 
enjoyed playing for church activities. She had 
been employed by Lutheran Social Services. 

Dr. James Long Fisher '51 died in 
Thurmont, Md., on Dec. 4, 2003, at the 
age of 73. He served with the U.S. Army in 
Korea. He taught music and was the author 
of Learning Packages for Handbells. He was 
an international consultant for Schulermeriek 
Handbells and Carillions, Inc. 

Ralph Stanton Shay '51, benefactor of the 
College, died in Lebanon on Dec. 2, 2004, 
at the age of 82. He was an Army veteran of 
the Korean War and was in the Battle of the 
Bulge in World War II. He was professor 
emeritus of history and assistant dean 
emeritus at LVC. Editor's Note: A full 
remembrance of Dr. Shay appears on page 49. 

Charles L. Zimmerman '51 died in 
Hershey on Dec. 11, 2004, at the age of 77. 
He was a retired schoolteacher who taught 
math and guidance at Cedar Crest High 
School for more than thirty years. He was a 
World War II army veteran and past president 
and member of the Central Chapter 
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. 

Robert Chadwick Howarth '52 died in 
Gainesville, Ga., on Jan. 30, 2004, at the 
age of 74. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he 
was retired as a biologist from the 
Department of Natural Resources. 

Richard W. Hornberger '53 died in 
Shillington on Jan. 31, 2004, at the age of 
72. He was a retired service technician for 
Cumru Township. 

Dr. F. Paul Alepa '54 died in Tucson, Ariz., 
on June 21, 2004, at the age of 72. He retired 
as a professor from the University of Arizona. 

Hazel Kindt Beish '55 died in Camp Hill 
on Nov. 17, 2004, at the age of 72. She was 
retired as a registered nurse from the former 
Polyclinic Hospital. 

Dr. Gary L. Zeller '62 died in Hamburg, 
Germany, on May 22, 2004, at the age of 
64. He was an administrator and fundraiser 
at The Stage School of Music, Dance and 
Drama in Hamburg. He worked with 
musicians and composers, including Aaron 
Copland and Leonard Bernstein. 

Richard W. Brubaker '64 died in Olde 
Meadow on Nov. 12, 2004, at the age of 
64. He retired from teaching ninth-grade 
history at Elco High School. He was the 
husband of Lois E Ensminger Brubaker '64. 

Robert D. Atkinson '69 died in 
Hummelstown on Oct. 9, 2004, at the age 
of 57. He was the husband of Barbara J. 
Macaw Atkinson '67. He was a PIAA 
basketball official for 25 years and was a 
member of the Airplane Owner's Pilots 

Robert B. Brandt '71 died July 3, 2004, at 
the age of 55- He was the husband of Ruth 
Ann Peterson Brandt '70. 

Paul Mitchell Gulli' 71 died in 
Westampton, N.J., on Sept. 6, 2004, at the 
age of 55. He had been active with the 
Corpus Christi Catholic Youth 
Organization, where he coached baseball, 
Softball, basketball, and soccer. 

Shirley Neuman Bo.indl '81 died in 
Hopkinton, Mass., on July 13, 2004, at the 
age of 77. She was a retired nurse and 
supervisor at the former Allentown Hospital. 

Deborah Hyduk Vasko '94 died in Akron 
on Aug. 31, 2004, at the age of 49. She was 
a registered nurse and senior risk manager at 
Lancaster General Hospital. 

Jennifer Mellott Carpenter '95 died in 
Millcreek on Nov. 28, 2004, at the age of 
32. She was a stay-at-home mom who 
enjoyed scrapbooking, cooking, and baking. 
Most of all, she enjoyed being a mom. 


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This past fall, the Suzanne H. Arnold Art 

Gallery featured nearly 20 exquisite works 

including large religious scenes and small 

devotional paintings. Viceregal Visions: 

Spanish Colonial Paintings was presented in 

conjunction with the College-wide colloquium, 

God in the 21st Century. In March, Michael 

Pittari: Continuous Flow 1995-2005 provided 

a leap into the 20th century. Pittari, a member 

of the art and art history faculty at the 

College since 2002, presented mostly 

abstract diptychs in acrylic and graphite on 

canvas, which intermingled with large-scale 

digital images. The 34th Annual Juried Art 

Exhibition in April and May continued the 

longest-running visual arts event at the 

College. The exhibition again presented 

works by the finest local and regional 

artists working in all media. Finally, 

in May and June the gallery presented 

Intimate Portraits: 18th- and 

19th-century Miniatures, 

featuring portraits from 

Europe and America. These 

tiny works, 
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size, were 

delicately painted on a variety of media 

including ivory, enamel, and vellum. For 

more information, visit 

Breaking Away 
(below) by 
Michael Pittari 
(right), assistant 
professor of art, 
was one of several 
works in his exhibit 
Michael Pittari: 
Continuous Flow 

As part of the annual Women Artists Lecture 
Series at LVC, twin sisters Cynthia Bringle, 
one of America's preeminent potters, and 
Edwina Bringle, a renowned fiber artist, 
presented a lecture in April. The free public 

Viceregal Visions: 
Spanish Colonial Paintings 

A. Angel with Wheat 

B. Virgin ofPomata 

C. Christ as Physician 

D. Virgin of the Mercedarians 

lecture was sponsored by Dr. Howard and 
Shelby '98 Applegate. He is a professor 
emeritus of history and American studies, 
and she is a well-known local artist. 

A traveling photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 
Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in 
Pennsylvania, opened in February. The 
exhibit featured one woman from each of 
Pennsylvania's 67 counties, along with a 
message about how breast cancer has 
touched her life. Vicki Gingrich, formerly 
LVC advisor to international students, and 
her longtime friend, Becky Baldwin of 
Annville, represented Lebanon County. 


In February, State Sen. David J. "Chip" 
Brightbill was honored for his leadership as 
majority leader of the Senate at the College's 
26th annual Founders Day Convocation. 
The LVC 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. Also at the 
ceremony, the President's Award went to 
Circle K Club. The award has been given 
for the past 1 1 years to a student group for 
community service. LVC's chapter of Circle 
K, founded three years ago, has organized a 
book drive for Lebanon County schools, a 
"trick or treat" collection for the United 
National Children's Emergency Fund 
(UNICEF), and helped with the Quittie 
Park cleanup in Annville. 

LVC was the only small, private liberal arts 
college in the country to win a "Grand 
Award" from The Professional Grounds 
Management Society (PGMS). The awards 
program brings national recognition to 
grounds maintained with a high degree of 
excellence. Kevin Yeiser, LVC's director of 
grounds and athletic facilities, accepted the 
awards plaque in November in Charlotte, 

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Kevin ieiser, right, LYC director of grounds 
and athletic facilities, accepts the "Grand 
Aicanffrom PGMS president Todd Cbocbran 
in Charlotte, S.C 

N.C. Other winners included The 
University of Texas at Austin and Wake 
Forest University. For more information, 

Candice Falger, 
adjunct science 
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education, field biology/ecology, and 

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include Chesapeake Bay restoration projects 

as well as local wedand projects. Her students 

participate in warer quality research for the 

Quitrapahila Watershed with E>r. David 

Lasky, professor emeritus of psychology, 

who was instrumental in founding 

the Quittie Creek Narure Park and the 

Candice Falser 

Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, assistant professor 
of Spanish, was invited to become a member 
of the American Association of Unfversity 
Women and was profiled in Who's Who in 
the World (2005). 

Walter Labonte, director of the Writing 
Center and instructor of English, became a 
charter member of the Pennsylvania 
Conference on English Education. Labonte 
will be working with a group of Fnglish 
educators to research why so many new 
teachers leave the profession within the first 
five vears. 


The Zimmerman Recital Series, established 
in honor of the 1 Oth anniversary of a gift of 
Dr. Richard FF96 and Nancy Zimmerman 
? 58 that established the recital hall in the 
Suzanne H. Arnold Gallerv, w-as highlighted 
by five musical performances- Violinist 
Dr. Johannes Dietrich, fresh from his 
eight-concert, five-state tour, gave the first 
performance. Dietrichs sabbatical project 
culminated with his first solo CD recording. 
Dietrich, associate professor of music at LVC, 
teaches strings and directs the orchestra. 
Dietrichs solo violin concert featured a 
composition by LYC composer Dr. Scon 
Eggert, professor of music Next. James 
Erdman, adjunct instructor of music and 
assistant director of the music camp, gave his 
final solo concert at the College before his 
retirement to a stariding-room-only crowd. 
For 20 years, he was the fearured brass soloist 
and principal trombonist with "The President s 
Own" L .S. Marine Band. He performed for 
presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, 
Nixon, and Ford. In April, a Grammy- 
winning pianist from South Africa took 
the stage. Petronel Malan premiered a 
composition by Eggert. Reviewers have 
described her playing as breathtaking and 
brilliant. The Zimmerman Series closed in 
May with a concert by the LYC Chamber 
Choir that featured songs based on texts by 
poet William Blake, some Renaissance 
madrigals and motets, and several folk songs, 
including a Samoan lullabv and a Tahirian 
song of welcome as well as more recent 
works. For more information, visit 


College students and professors invited the 
public to join them ar a campus teach-in 
that focused on the fall presidential election 
and the war in Iraq. Dr. John Hinshaw, 

associate professor of history, was a prime 
organizer of the event and stressed, "We 
made sure that both sides of the issues were 
represented." Numerous LVC student 
organizations sponsored the daylong event. 
For more information, visit 


Three students earned the right to perform 
in May with the LYC Symphony after 
winning the concerto-aria competition earlier 

Tombonist James Erdman (top) and pianist 
Petronel Malan (above) were featured 
pe rform ers in the Zimmerman Recital Hall 

in the semester: Michael Gamon '05. 
Middletown, played Concerto far \ r iola and 
Orchestra by Sir William Wakon: Daniel 
Melius '05. River \ ale. N.J.. sang "Come 
Paride" from The Elixir of Love by 
Donizetti; and Matthew Schrack '06, 
Rehrersburg, played Concerto da Camera on 
the saxophone by Jacques Ibert. 

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Daniel Melius 05 and yiicbacl Gamon 05 

A record number of LYC students. 85, 
studied abroad during the 2004-2005 
academic year- Sixty students studied 
otf-campus in the fall in England. Spain. 
France. Australia. Irak", and Germanv. 
Twenty-five students studied abroad in the 
spring in Italv and New Zealand. 


Dr. Dolores Buttry, assistant protessor of 
French and German, presented a paper, 
VCace and the Exotic Other, at the first 
international conference devoted to the 
works of the 1 2th-century Norman writer 
Maine Wace. The by-invitation-only 
September conference was on the Isle of 
Jersey in the English Channel. Wace's 

Dr. C.F. Joseph Tom i .- . ■-: - :--.-_. -_ : 
economics, died Sept. 22 at his home in 
Cornwall Manor, Cornwall. He was 82. 
Tom arrived at the College in 1954 as an 
assistant professor and stayed for 35 
years. "I like a college that is small, is 
liberal-arts oriented, and is dose to large 
dries,' he said in a 2001 article in The 
Valley. 'It's one good, happy family.'' 
Tom leaves his wife, Grace M Moy 
Tom, and two sons. 

The lessons in economics lorn taught 
resonated for a lifetime with many of his 
<mfUnr^ ~He was much more interested in 
your learning the concept than in simpry 
memorizing the facts,* said George King 
68. "Dr. Tom's great skill was to take a 
very complex rhino and go reduce it to 
something that was way dear. He would 
not make a statement unless he could back 
it up with empirical evidence. At the end 
of the day, what he taught you to do was 
to think." 

Tom's positive outlook was a quality 
that Dr. Pail Heise, professor of emeritus 
of economics, remembered about his 
friend. "He was a delightful person, and 
he stayed vital and interested in the world 
He was full of fun. He had a little smile 
that reflected a jovous auimde toward Hfe. 

Tom was born May 30, 1922, in 
Conton (now Canton). China, and grew 
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United States in 1939 to get an education, 
he was not at all fluent in English, but a 
few vears later, in 1942, he panwH an 
associates degree at San Francisco Junior 
College, where he was named to Alpha 
Gamma Sigma Honor Society. In 1944, he 
gpAnml with a bachelor's degree in 
economics from Hastings College in 
Nebraska, where he was h-it-tH to Who's 
Who Amo ng Students in economics. Tom 
won a China Institute in America 
Scholarship to the University of Chicago 
to study economics, where he earned his 
master's degree in 194". He taught at 
Beloit College in Wisconsin for six years, 
from 1948 to 1954. and was a visiting 
lecturer in economics at Rocktbrd College 
in Illinois during that same period. In 
1963. he completed his doctorate at the 
University of Chicago, specializing in 
economic theory, monetary theory, and 
international economics. A year Later, he 
became chair of his department at LYC 
a post he held for 10 years. In 1%"". he 
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writer for the Lebanon Datfy Seta from 
1974 to 1976. Tom was a member of 
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1971, 1972, and 1977; and the Ford 
RMmdarion Faculty Grant from the 
I k-WU-ky of fa-t-sy-vj-ib in 1960. He 
took a s_hhariral leave in 1979 to navel 
around the wodd, indndtng Europe, 
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the faculty on the LVC Board of Trustees 
from 1969 to 19~1. At AnnviDe United 
Medxxhst Q_jrch, he was a choir member 
for many years and former chair of the 
Christian Qrbynship (_orn mission. He 
was a former chairperson of Annvile 
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Memphis. Term. He was preceded in 
death by a sister. QueenieChan. 

Dr. Ralph Staatoa Shay '« of Lebanon. 
who served Lebanon Yalky Colkge for 

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Shay, who won six faculty teaching 
awards in the 1950s and '60s, was the 
first LVC professor to be named a Senior 
Fulbright Fellow. He used the award to 
study Chinese civilization in Taiwan during 

Dr. Ralph Stanton Shay '42 

the summer of 1963, and to travel with 
his wife, Ellen H. Griffiths Shay, throughout 
Asia. The couple returned for a three- 
month tour of the Orient in 1967. She 
died 19 years ago. 

Dr. Howard A. "Tony" Neidig '43, said 
Shay and professor emeritus of chemistry, 
was known in his college years as "a fabulous 
football player," and later as an "excellent 
professor" who was very meticulous about 
grading papers. "He encouraged students 
to do their best, but he was very strict; he 
had rules and regulations that he expected 
students to follow . . . He was a storehouse 
of information on anything to do with 
American history, and extremely knowl- 
edgeable about the Far East." Shay, a 
professor emeritus of history, served as 
president of the American Association 
of Teachers of Chinese Language and 
Culture, one of the first westerners to 
hold that office. 

Shay was the author of nearly a dozen 
books and articles, many of them dealing 
with local and regional history, including 
The History of the Lebanon Valley Railroad 
and Reflections on the Battle of Gettysburg. 
He also edited The Civil War Diaries of 
Daniel Fegan Jr., all publications of the 
Lebanon County Historical Society. In 
1967, Shay, who was then chair of the 
department of history and political science, 
became the assistant dean and registrar 
and director of auxiliary schools. In the 
days before computers, Shay, who was 
legendary for his organizational skills and 
scrupulous attention to detail, oversaw a 

student registration system using cards lined 
up in boxes. But before worrying about 
whether all the courses were balanced with 
the appropriate number of students, his 
first priority was to make sure that every 
student got the courses necessary for 
graduation. Shay also tracked down errant 
faculty who failed to turn in their grades 
on time with a series of memos in an 
escalading color pattern: from yellow, to 
green, and finally, to an alarming red. 

Gregory G. Stanson '63, vice president 
for enrollment and student services, was 
halfway through his sophomore year 
when his father died, and he never forgot 
that Shay did everything he could to get 
him financial aid. Although some found 
Shay's formality to be intimidating, 
Stanson recalls Shay warmly as a great 
storyteller and a man who was personally 
generous to a fault. "I loved the guy dearly," 
Stanson said. Dr. George R. "Rinso" 
Marquette '48, vice president emeritus for 
student affairs, remembers that because 
Shay was so meticulous about details, 
anything he organized ran like clockwork. 
Shay was a prodigious committee member 
on campus, serving on more than 1 1 
committees. In 1970, he was 
recognized with an Alumni Citation. 

An Annvilie native, Shay excelled as a 
scholar/athlete, both at Lebanon High 
School and at Lebanon Valley College. In 
high school, Shay won fifth place in the 
national American Legion Essay Contest, 
traveled to Holland in 1937 for the Boy 
Scout Jamboree, and received an honorable 
mention for All-State football. At LVC, 
where he was captain of the football team 
and president of his class, he was named 
to the All-State, All-East, and Little 
All-America football teams. After graduating 
fourth in his class, Shay spent three years 
in the European theater in World War II, 
where he took part in the Battle of the 
Bulge and earned several medals. Shay 
was recalled to service for the Korean 
War, serving eight months in Japan and 
Korea, where he was chief editor of the 
historical section of the Eighth U.S. Army 
in Korea. During this time, he became 
fascinated with Asian culture, which led to 
his future academic interest in the Far East. 

In 1 947, Shay graduated from the 
University of Pennsylvania with a master's 
degree in history and a year later began 
teaching at LVC. In 1962, he finished his 
Ph.D. in history at the University of 
Pennsylvania. He was a member of nearly 
30 professional organizations and was listed 
in many professional directories. In 

addition to serving as president of 
Lebanon County Historical Society, Shay 
was also an officer of the Pennsylvania 
Historical Association. He was listed in 
the Dictionary of International Biography, 
Who's Who in American Education, Who's 
Who in American College and University 
Administration, Biographical Encyclopedia 
of the United States Directory of American 
Scholars, and American Men of Science: 
The Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

Shay was a member of the Jonestown 
Lions Club and a former member of 
Bunker Hill Fire Co. He was a member 
of the Lebanon Moravian Church, assistant 
director of its trombone choir, former 
secretary of its boards of elders and 
trustees, trustee for its cemetery, and 
assistant Sunday school superintendent. 
He enjoyed gardening, photography, 
music, tennis, and squash. Surviving is a 
daughter, Patricia Ruth Polley of Kirkland, 

Vernon Bishop, a long-time friend and 
benefactor of the College, died Nov. 27, 
at the age of 93. Bishop was a Lebanon 
philanthropist, industrialist, and 
entrepreneur. At the College, the Vernon 
and Doris Bishop Library is a tribute to 
his generosity, and he established the 
Vernon and Doris Bishop Distinguished 
Chair of Chemistry, currently held by Dr. 
Owen Moe, chair of the Chemistry 

President Stephen C. MacDonald 
wrote, "Our community mourns the passing 
of this accomplished, formidable man . . . 
We extend our condolences to Mr. 
Bishop's widow, Trudie Bishop, and to his 
daughter, Kathy Bishop (vice chair of the 
College's Board of Trustees), and his son, 
Tom Bishop." 

Bishop came to Lebanon in 1947 when 
he founded Lebanon Chemical Corporation, 
now Lebanon Seaboard Corporation. He 
worked in his fertilizer business for more 
than 55 years, providing jobs to hundreds 
of employees over the years. In 1999, he 
was honored for his long and productive 
career when he was named "Entrepreneur 
of the Year for Central Pennsylvania." 

In addition to being a successful 
businessman, Bishop was very involved 
as a philanthropist through the Bishop 
Foundation, which he founded in 1950. 
He gave generously throughout his life, 
not only to LVC, but also to Good 
Samaritan Hospital, the Boy Scouts, 
the United Way, and to many other 
organizations. Active in the community, 

48 Thf Vai i fv 

Vernon Bishop 

Bishop served for many years on the 
boards of the Boy Scouts and the United 
Way, and was president of each. He was a 
Rotary member for more than 50 years, 
also serving a term as its president. Bishop 
was a long-time member of the North 
Cornwall Township Zoning Hearing 
Board, where he also served a term as 
president, and was a member of the board 
of directors of the Lebanon County Trust 

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Bishop was 
raised in Summit, N.J., and graduated 
from the University of Michigan, where 
he earned a bachelor of science degree in 
chemical engineering. He married Doris 
Hoyt in 1939 and then served in the U.S. 
Navy during World War II. After returning 
to Lebanon, the couple bought a 50-acre 
farm, where Bishop, an avid gardener, 
enjoyed taking care of his beautiful property. 
He also developed his farm into a residential 
neighborhood. The Bishops traveled 
extensively, including two trips around 
the world. They celebrated 55 years of 
marriage before Doris died in 1994. 

Bishop married Trudie Hewitt in 1995. 
A native of Lebanon, she returned to the 
area from Colorado, where she had been 
in the real estate business. His daughter, 
Kathy, has succeeded Bishop as president 
of Lebanon Seaboard, and is married to 
Bruce Kreider. Bishop's son Tom lives in 
Connecticut with his wife, Gretchen, and 
their two sons. Also an entrepreneur, the 
younger Bishop has been publishing an 
investment newsletter for the past 24 

Rodney S. Miller '77 of Mt. Gretna, 

the staff arranger for Lebanon Valley 
College's "Pride of the Valley" marching 
band, and a prolific composer/arranger 
who most recently wrote Triumphant 
Spirit for the LVC Symphony Orchestra, 
died unexpectedly on Feb. 7 of a heart 
attack after playing racquetball at the 
Arnold Sports Center. He was 49. Miller 
was also the highly regarded elementary- 
band director for the Lebanon School 
District. He leaves his wife, Kim, and a 
son, Andrew, who is a junior at Towson 
University in Maryland. 

In June 2003, Miller received LVC's 
Creative Achievement Award, but Miller's 
reputation extended far beyond the 
Lebanon School District and the College. 
More than 40 of his instrumental and 
choral works have been issued by major 
publishing houses such as Warner 

Rodney S. Miller '77 

Brothers, Shawnee, and Alfred Music. He 
won six American Society of Composers, 
Authors, and Publishers Standard awards 
in composition and wrote numerous 
pieces and arrangements for band, orchestra, 
jazz ensemble, and choir. 

Dr. Johannes Dietrich, associate 
professor of music at LVC, commissioned 
Miller to write Triumphant Spirit, which 
premiered last spring at the College. "For 
years he has been one of the staunchest 
friends of the College and one of most 
respected music educators in the area," 
Dietrich said in a Lebanon Daily News 
interview. In a letter to the editor in 
Lancaster's Intelligencer Journal, Richard 
L. Kline, a retired music educator from 
Lititz, noted Miller's accomplishments 
and added, "He will be greatly missed by 

the students, faculty and patrons of music 

The superintendent of the Lebanon 
School District, Marianne Bartley, said 
Miller was a gifted educator who will be 
deeply missed. Not only was Miller a 
talented musician, he also was widely 
regarded as patient and kind by his 
colleagues and students. 

A former member of the trumpet 
sections of the Lancaster and Harrisburg 
symphony orchestras, for the last five years 
Miller was the staff composer, assistant 
director, and keyboard player of the Dave 
Stahl Sacred Orchestra and served as 
producer on several group recordings He 
also played in a trio, and every summer 
for the last 22 years, he was co-musical 
director/arranger for the Timbers Dinner 
Theater in Mt. Gretna. 

Miller was formerly president of 
District 7 of the Pennsylvania Music 
Education Association, Lancaster-Lebanon 
Music Educators Association, and the 
Lebanon Community Concert Association, 
and he was a frequent clinician at various 

Born July 23, 1955, in Philadelphia, he 
was the son of Dorothy I. Gettle Miller of 
Lebanon and the late Rodney A. Miller. 
He graduated from Cedar Crest High 
School. Miller was a member of Grace 
United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Mount 
Gretna Men's Club, Cleona Tennis 
Association, and the Antique Automobile 
Club of America. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, 
mother, and son are four sisters: LuAnn 
Miller of Rochester, Minn.; Judy, wife of 
Jerry Schweingruber of Mt. Gretna; 
Wendy, wife of Bob Nelson of Arrowsic, 
Maine; and Kyle, wife of Ron Witman 
of Palmyra; and several nieces and 

Alyssa Joy Neidermyer, 18, of Lititz, a 
home-schooled high school senior 
who was attending LVC part time on a 
scholarship, died after being injured in a 
Lancaster County automobile accident on 
Feb. 10. Born in Lancaster, she was the 
daughter of Donald L. and Linda Hershey 
Neidermyer. She was also attending 
Lancaster Bible College and was 
employed as a secretary at the Country 
Table Restaurant, Mount Joy. She leaves 
two sisters, a brother, and her maternal 
grandparents and paternal grandfather. 

Summer 2005 49 

valley news 

Joel Kline, assistant professor of business 
administration and director of the Digital 
Communications Program, gave a presentation 
in October, tided Think Like a Business, Act 
Like a Nonprofit: Websites for Your Agency, 
for the Community Action Association of 
Pennsylvania's annual conference in 
Harrisburg. The seminar focused on web-site 
methods used by not-for-profits to 
communicate with their stakeholders. 

In November, Dr. Cheryl L. George, associate 
professor of education, along with six of her 
students, presented a session on Classroom 
Management: Tips for Whole Groups and 
Individual Students at the 45th Annual 
Convention of the Pennsylvania Council for 
Exceptional Children. Student presenters 
included Kelly Bastek '05, Sarah Walls '05, 
Jennifer Coveleskie '06, Jana Rapposelli '06, 
Kristen Spider '06, and Rebecca Thorne '06. 

In July, Dr. Michael Day, professor of 
physics, will present a paper, titled 
Oppenheimer and Rabi — Cold War Physicists 
as Public Intellectuals, at the conference on 
The Atomic Bomb and American Society in 
Oak Ridge, Tenn. The conference will be 
sponsored by the University of Tennessee 
and the U.S. Navy. 

Drs. Marc Harris and Walter Patton of 

the Chemistry Department and 10 of their 
students attended the Seventh Annual 
Undergraduate Research Symposium in the 
Chemical and Biological Sciences in 
October at the University of Maryland, 
Baltimore County. Over 500 attendees were 
on hand for the 1 98 poster presentations by 
undergraduates from 41 schools in 10 
states. The meeting was cosponsored by 
Proctor & Gamble and the National 
Institutes of Health. All 10 D7C students 
were presenters or co-presenters in poster 
sessions throughout the day. Jessica L. 
Abbott '06 (biology) was awarded first 
place in her division for her work with 
Patton. This work was coauthored with 
Melanie A. Weller '06 (biology), Mary E. 
Olanich '05 (biology), and Dr. Sidney 
Pollack, professor of biology. Jeremy 
Umbenhauer '06 (chemistry) and Brandon 
Arndt '07 (physics) presented their work 
with Harris. Johanna M. Scarino '06 
(chemistry) was awarded second place in 
her division for her work with the late 
Dr. Carl T. Wigal, professor of chemistry. 
Jordan M. Newell '05 (biology) was awarded 
first place in his division for his work with 
Patton; the work was coauthored with 
Danielle T. Loughlin '06 (biochemistry). 

Amanda Goulden '05 (biochemistry) 
presented her work with Harris and Patton. 
Yun K. Kwon '05 (chemistry) was awarded 
second place in her division for her work with 
Dr. Owen A. Moe, professor of chemistry. 

Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, assistant professor 
of Spanish, presented a number of papers 
and read her poetry at conferences and 
institutions around the world, including in 
Peru and France. She read her poetry at 
Dickinson College; discussed Hispanic 
American Testimonial Writing at Penn State 
University, Harrisburg; and presented at 
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. Tezanos- 
Pinto was also invited to participate in an 
Art and Culture Festival in Cuernavaca, 
Mexico; she gave a talk, "Nacion y Narracion 
en la escritura femenina del Post-boom," and 
presented the anthology Como Angeles en 

Walter Labonte, director of the Wtiting 
Center and instructor of English, spent a 
week in July at the Summer Institute for 
Writing Center Directors and Professionals 
at Clark University, Worcester, Mass. The 
institute brought together 40 writing center 
directors from the secondary and college 
levels to discuss common concerns and 
goals. The participants came from 26 states, 
two countries, one territory, and three 
islands. Labonte is a member of the 
International Writing Center Association, 
which sponsored the institute. 


Dr. Philip A. Billings, professor of English, 
published a book, titled When We Talk 
about War. The book is a collection of liter- 
ary portraits of people who have firsthand 
experience with combat. Billings taped 
interviews with 1 1 men and one woman 
who live in or near Lebanon County, and 
who saw action in three major 20th-century 
wars: eight in World War II, two in the 
Korean War, and two in the Vietnam War. 
He also interviewed a young woman via 
e-mail who is now serving as part of a 
National Guard unit in Baghdad, Iraq. 
Billings created each poem with a form and 
content designed to convey accurately each 
soldier's personality and combat experiences. 
With the soldier in Iraq, he did only minimal 
editing of her e-mail messages, but her 
personality and experience come through 
very powerfully. His book excited a lot of 
interest in the local media, and he was the 
subject of several articles and television 

Dr. Arthur Ford, professor emeritus of 
English, has recently had a number of his 
works published: "Teaching and Learning 
in China," an essay in Cultural Meetings, 
American Writers, Scholars, and Artists in 
China; a one-act play, "The Far Green 
Field: A Meditation on Death and 
Baseball," in Spitball: The Literary Baseball 
Magazine; and an introduction to Joel 
Barlow's book-length poem, The Columbiad. 

Dr. Barbara Anderman, chair of the 
Department of Art and Art History, had an 
essay accepted for publication, tided "La notion 
de peinture de genre a l'epoque de Watteau." 
It appeared in the exhibition catalogue 
Watteau et la fete galante, published by the 
Reunion des Musees Nationaux in Paris and 
by the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes 
for the exhibition Watteau et la fete galante 
at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes. 

Marie Riegle, adjunct assistant professor of 
art, had a mixed media drawing, Crucifixion 
I, accepted into last summer's 37th annual 
Art of the State juried exhibition in 
Harrisburg. Riegle's biographical profile was 
also included in the 2004 edition of Who's 
Who of American Women. 

Dr. Michael Day, professor of physics, had 
a 49-page research article, "I.I. Rabi: The 
Two Cultures and The Universal Culture of 
Science," published in Physics in Perspective 
in December 2004. The article represents 
three years of research, including significant 
work on the Rabi Papers at the Library of 

Thomas Strohman '75, associate professor 
of music, and for over 30 years a member of 
Third Stream, just released the group's CD, 
We Free Kings II. It is a remake of the 
group's first recording that sold out in 1986. 
The new CD has all the songs from the 
original cassette, plus three new tunes and 
"Christmas City," an original Third Stream 

The third edition of Clinical 
Electrophysiology by Dr. Roger Nelson, 
professor of physical therapy, was translated 
into Portuguese last year for use in Brazil. 

Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, assistant professor 
of Spanish, has had several of her interviews 
with Hispanic writers and scholars published 
in The Spanish Herald (Sydney, Australia) 
and Opinion Hispana (Melbourne, 
Austtalia). She also had several of her poems 
published last spring by Palavreiros (Brazil) 
and in Dickinson College's literary review, 
Sirena 2. Other poets included in this issue 

50 The Valley 

of Sirena were Prince de Asturias Prize-winner 
Pablo Garcia Baena of Spain and Italian 
poet Maria Luisa Spaziani, a candidate for 
the Nobel Prize in 1990, 1992, and 1997. 

In the past few months, Tezanos-Pinto 
also has had published "Elena Herrera; 
discurso del cuerpo y del espiritu" and 
"Retorica postmodernista en Gracias por el 
fuego de Mario Benedetti. Actas XXI, " 
which was reprinted in Baquiana Miami. 
She wrote the prologue to the anthology 
Como Angeles en llamas. Algunas Voces 
latinoamericanas del Siglo Veinte, and her 
interview with a Peruvian poet, Blequer 
Alarcon Silvera, was published in Opinion 
Hispana (Melbourne, Australia). 

She also published an article, "La escritura 
testimonial femenina del Post-Boom," in 
Escritura femenina y reivindicacion de genero 
en America Latina, edited by Roland 
Forgues and Jean-Marie Flores (Paris: 
Editions Theles). Her book review, 
"Cuentos de Alas: labulas de reencuentro 
con la armom'a y la equidad," was published 
in Opinion Hispana (Melbourne, Australia). 

Photographers Dr. Angel and Adriana 
Tuninetti had 1 1 of their photos included 
in an exhibition in February, tided Travels 
with a Camera, the first of a series of exhibitions 
at Harrisburg Area Community College's 
Lebanon campus. The show in the HACC 
Mezzanine was sponsored by that college 
and the Lebanon Valley Council on the 
Arts. The series features the works of local 
residents. The Tuninettis' photos were 
culled from a group taken two years ago 
when the couple and their children were on 
a year's sabbatical from Angel's post as a 
professor of Spanish at LVC. The family 
lived in Spain and New Zealand, where 
LVC has a study-abroad program, and visited 
relatives in the couple's native Argentina. 

Dr. Susan Atkinson, professor of education, 
had her students take pan in a unique literary 
experience during the fall 2004 semester. In 
the geography class, the students were 
required to create a nonfiction children's 
book based on the five geographic themes 
developed by the National Geographic 
Society. The children's literature class developed 
children's fiction by utilizing the five elements 
of effective narrative/ storybook writing. The 
student-generated books were published by 
Nationwide Learning Inc. in Topeka, Kan., 
which conducts an authors contest each 
year to select the best children's book that 
the company has published in its product 
catalogs. Six Lebanon Valley College 

elementary education students were selected 
as finalists in the national challenge: Alisha 
Arnold '06. Lindsay Cnim '08. Megan 
Gross '07. Ashley Johnson '07. Sarah 
Lennard '07. and Lauren Scott '07. 


To raise awareness and funds for local 
antiviolence groups, Lebanon Valley College 
presented a benefit performance of Eve 
Ensler's witty and irreverent play, The 
Vagina Monologues. Based on interviews 
with over 200 women about their experiences 
of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues, at times 
poignant and wrenching, has inspired a 
grassroots movement — V-Day — to stop 
violence against women. In spite of a 
snowstorm, the performance attracted an 
audience of over 300. The Vagina Monologues 
was directed and produced by Kate Ruhl 
'05. a religion and political science major 
from Quentin; Amy Ricedorf, a resident 
director; and Gene Kelly '01. assistant 
director of student activities and student 

Audiences were challenged to solve The 
Mystery of Edwin Drood when the Wig & 

Buckle Society presented Rupert Holmes' 
award-winning play-within-a-play in 
February. Based on the unfinished Charles 
Dickens' book of the same name, the whodunit 
involves a madcap Victorian theater troupe 
mounting a flamboyant musical production 
of the mystery. It was directed by James 
Glasbrenner '06. assisted by stage manager 
Meghan Kiirta '06. The cast included: 
Zachary LTwood Brandt '08, as the chairman; 
Charlie Hopta '08, as the stage manager, 
Mark McGuire '05. as John Jasper: Katie 
Meo '08, as Edwin Drood: Sarah Pugh 
'08, as Rosa Bud; Katie McCarty '07, as 
Helena Landless: Robb Stech '05. as 
Neville Landless; Todd Snovel '05. as the 
Rev. Crisparkle; Jess Moyer '05. as Princess 
Puffer: Billy Silar '05. as Durdles; Myles 
Kitchen '06, as the deputy- and Scon 
Payonk '05, as Bazzard. The chorus included 
Brent Fisher '07. Dan Royer '07. 
Brandon Yenser '05. Jessi Bagley '06, Jess 
Barber '07. Kate Bright '05. Carrie Krug '05 
Amy Lazaxski '05. and Mary Beth 
Penjuke '06. 

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Gay Pioneers, a documentary set nearly 40 
years ago when the first annual homosexual 
civil rights demonstrations took hold, was 
previewed at LVC in November. Co-executive 
producer Malcolm Lazin '65, a member of 
the LVC Board of Trustees, was on hand to 
give a talk about the film. The film focuses 
on the years 1965-69, a time of pervasive 
homophobia, when few homosexuals would 
publicly identify themselves as gay. It traces 
the beginning of the gay civil rights movement 
that culminated in the New York Pride 
Parade. Gay Pioneers was directed by PBS 
award-winning documentary filmmaker 
Glenn Holsten. 

Dr. Anthony Leach '73, who has performed 
throughout the eastern United States with 
Essence of Joy, the Penn State University 
choir, brought the group to his alma mater, 
Lebanon Valley College, for a performance 
in February. The concert was part of the 
College's yearlong colloquium on God in the 
21st Century. The choir's nearly 50 members 
sing sacred and secular music from the 
African-American traditions. Leach, an 
associate professor of music and music 
education at Penn State University (PSU), 
has degrees in music and music education 
from LVC and PSU. 

Dr. Anthony Leach '73 

A gold-medal pianist instructed a master 
class here in February. Naoko Takao offered 
her expertise to LVC students Tristan 
Bostock '08, who performed Rachmaninov's 
C# Minor Prelude, op. 3, #2; Elizabeth 
Davis '06, who performed Mozart's Piano 
Concerto in B Flat Major; and Gregory 
Strohman '07, who played the last movement 
of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6. Darnell 
Epps '08 also played. Takao, a native of 
Japan, is a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and 

chamber musician in this country as well as 
in France, Taiwan, and Japan. 


LVC's Servants of Christ has been annually 
sending its members to volunteer with 
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and 34 more 
volunteered this May. Kyth Banks, facility 
manager for APS, recendy sent this appreciative 
note to The Rev. Darrell Woomer, College 
chaplain, and Paula Gahres, secretary of the 
chaplain's office. 

Dear Ms. Paula, 

I am so happy that your volunteers are coming 
back to help at the Guyan Valley Center. The 
college should be very proud of these students. 
They are just wonderful. They also help with 
a very valuable service to the people of 
Appalachia. By helping us prepare our center, 
they make the summer go by so smoothly. 

I am impressed with their thoughtfulness, 
manners and the way they show themselves to 
be young adults. They really represetit the college 
well. I know that you are as proud of them as 
we are proud to have such a caring group of 
young people. I know that God will bless them. 
I look forward to seeing them in May. Please 
tell them thank you and thank you and the 
college for letting them come. If you have any 
questions feel free to e-mail me at anytime. 
Once again thank you and God bless. 


Alan Paynter, LVC admission counselor, 
ran in the June 5, 2005, San Diego 
Marathon as part of the American Stroke 
Association's program, "Train to End 
Stroke." Paynter's mother suffered her first 
stroke in 2001 and he is "running the 
marathon in her honor and on behalf of 
other stroke victims. "It is a small way that 
I can make a tangible difference for her 
and for someone that you may know who 
has suffered the same fate," explained 
Paynter. If you want to find out how he 
fared, visit 


The following LVC employees celebrated 
milestone anniversaries this year: Dr. Phillip 
Billings (professor of English, 35 years); 
Juliana Wolfe (director of the Shroyer 
Health Center, head College nurse, 30 
years); William J. Brown '79 (dean of 
admission and financial aid, 25 years); 
Robert Dillane '77 (director of information 
management services, 20 years); George 
Heckard (public safety officer, 20 years); 

The Rev. Darrell Woomer 

Alan Paynter 

and Gwendolyn Pierce (assistant for 
administration and finance, 20 years). 


In fall 2005, LVC students volunteered for 
almost 4,000 (3,936) service hours in the 
community. LVEP (625 hours) led the way 
followed by Alpha Phi Omega (561), 
Gamma Sigma Sigma (349), and Tau Kappa 
Epsilon (324). Members of 33 different 
religious groups, fraternities or sororities, 
athletic teams, and other clubs committed 
free time during this period. 

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Finding his voice . . 

Craig Layne, a senior German and English 
communications major, secured a dream intern- 
ship this past summer, working in the news 
department of the local public radio station, 
WITF-FM. During that time, he wrote news 
stories, covered breaking news, and produced a 
feature piece about green-space development in 
blighted areas of Harrisburg. Craig's voice was 
heard when an executive with the Keep PA 
Beautiful program tuned in to his story and, as a 
result, pledged additional funds for the project. 

"My professors at LVC not only taught me the 
basics of journalism, but how to make a difference 

through my work. And, I'm proud that my involve- 
ment with the project has made an impact on the 
greater Harrisburg community." 

After graduation, Craig will continue to find his 
voice at the prestigious Annenberg School for 
Communication at the University of Southern 
California — where he was awarded a full-tuition 
merit scholarship. 

Your Valley Fund gift provides students like 
Craig the opportunity to make a difference in 
their community, and in themselves. Help others 
find their voice. Make your gift today. 

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