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Vol. 23 Number 1 



Editor: 

Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

Writers/Contributors: 

Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

Greg Couturier '06, editorial assistant 

Lauren McCartney Cusiclc 

Becky Firestone, Class Notes 

Tim Flynn '05 

Tom Hanrahan 

Mary Beth Hower 

Rich Kerstetter 

Ann Hess Myers 

Ed Novak 

Stephen Trapnell '90 

Dr. Susan Verhoek 

Designer: 
Tom Ca^tanzo 

Momentum Communications 

Production Manager: 
Kelly Alsedek 

Photography: 
Kelly Alsedek 
Richard Bell 
A. Pierce Bounds 
John T. Consoli 
Bill Dowling 
Bill Johnson 
Nick Kelsh 



Send comments or address changes to: 

Office of College Relations 

Laughlin Hail 

Lebanon Valley College 

101 North College Avenue 

Annville, PA 17003-1400 

Phone: 717-867-6030 

Fax: 717-867-6035 

E-mail: fireston@lvc.edu 

E-mail: hanrahan@lvc.edu 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and is distributed 
without charge to alumni and fi'iends. 

The Valley is produced approximately 
five months in advance of when it 
is received by its readership. Class Notes 
news received afl:er production has 
begun will be included in the 
next issue of the magazine. 



TheValley 

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Features 

2 Students of Statecraft 

LVC alumni, using their liberal arts background, are 
making an impact throughout government. Read why the 
current Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Hon. Thomas 
W. Corbett '71 {featured in the Summer 2005 Valleyj, 
isn't the only graduate making a difference in government. 



8 Altarnative Texts 

A model of teaching and learning that emphasizes student 
learning and outcomes is becoming more widespread on 
today's campus. Several LVC faculty members talk about 
how they are involving students in the process of gaining 
knowledge through nontraditional methods. 



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14 And the Band Played On 

LVC has long been known for its nationally 
recofftized Music Department. Dr. Robert 
Hearson continues to spread the word with the 
LVC Marching Band after 20 years. 

1 8 Inaugural Address of 

Dr. Stephen C. MacDonald 

Departments 

20 Class News & Notes 
35 Valley News 



CLARIFICATIONS/OMISSIONS 

Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'85, who with 

generations of Lebanon Valley Collegi 

his sleep on Sept 14 at age 10L More on the Carmeans will appear in the Spring 2006 issue. 

James Erdman, adjunct instructor of music and assistant director of the music camp, is not retiring 
from teaching as was inferred by some (Summer 2005, p. 46). He is only retiring from giving solo 
performances. 

A. Pierce Bounds took all of the beautiful photography of Dr. Stephen MacDonald's inauguration 
that appeared throughout the Summer 2005 issue, including the picture that appeared on the back 
cover. 

H.H. (Henry) Kreider was the LVC charter trustee and not David Krelder as stated in the Fall 2004 
issue (p. 18). A story on Aaron Shenk Kreider appears on page 24 here. 

LVC began the new academic year with several people assuming prominent positions with the 
College. Information on Dr. Ronald Toll, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty; 
the Rev. Paul Fullmer, College chaplain; and Or David Rudd, chair of the Department of Business 
Administration and Economics, will appear in the Spring 2006 issue. 



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LVC Alumni at Work in Government 



By Stephen Trapnell '90 7^ Photos By John T. Consoli 



Even people who regularly praise the 
benefits of a liberal arts education may 
not have predicted this connection: In 
her work as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania's 
state capital, Monica Kline '88 draws on 
experiences from her LVC world literature 
class with Dr. Agnes O'Donnell, 
professor emerita of English. 
"I had to sit in a room with 40 other students and listen 
to their opinions about a piece of literature that we had 
read," BQine recalled. "To me, that is good government — 
if everyone has the opportunity to express a point of view 
and then the class works out a compromise." 



In Harrisburg, around Pennsylvania, and elsewhere 
across the country, Lebanon Valley College alumni are 
expressing their opinions and working out compromises in 
government. Graduates serve as mayor, elected officials, 
legislative advisors, and lobbyists. 

Kline knows her profession doesn't always have the best 
reputation: "I think sometimes folks get the idea that we 
all sit around at night and take legislators out to dinner, 
drink exorbitant amounts of alcohol, and play golf." 

Not so, said Kline: "What I do is meet with legislators 
and their staff in their offices and try to explain to them 
very complex issues that are of interest to my clients. If 
you're an elected official, you can't possibly understand the 



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complexity of every business that exists 
in the state. It's the job of lobbyists to 
educate legislators about how these 
businesses work. 

"So, instead of golf," Kline said, "we 
read a lot. I read thousands of pieces of 
legislation every year." 

An English major at LVC, Kline has 
worked for 1 1 years at Kline Associates 
in Harrisburg, a lobbying firm founded 
by her father, Ernest Kline, who served as 
Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor from 
1971 to 1979. 



Monica Kline '88 



Her clients include Verizon Wireless, 
the Pennsylvania Radiological Society, 
and Mountaintop Technologies, which 
provides distance-learning services. She 
looks forward to a time when remote, 
rural areas will have high-speed Internet 
access, and patients can remain in their 
homes while using technology to relay 
medical information to doctors who 
work hours away. 

Kline appreciates being able to represent 
clients whose work she truly supports. 



"To me, technology will open this beautifiil, 
rural state to the rest of the world." 

John Brenner '90 gained some 
experience in how to govern a community 
during his days at Lebanon Valley 
College. As head resident assistant in 
Funkhouser, he worked to maintain 
order and improve the quality of life for 
fellow students. 

Today, as mayor of York, he has some of 
the same objectives. A political science 
major at the Valley, Brenner's early work 
in government included roles as an aide 
to Lt. Gov. Mark Singel and to a state 
senator. He later worked as executive 
director of the Pennsylvania Fire and 
Emergency Services Institute and as city 
controller of York. 

In 2001, just 1 1 years after graduating 
from LVC, he was the youngest man in 
York's history to be elected mayor. After 
several years in charge of city hall, 
Brenner has learned that some people 
have misconceptions about the power of 
government officials. 

"They think the mayor just snaps his 
fingers and, magically, things happen. 1 
think I've learned in all of my jobs, and 
at Lebanon Valley, that life doesn't work 
that way," he said. "It takes a lot of 
effort. It takes a lot of coordination — 
not just within the government, but 
coordinating with businesses and 
nonprofit organizations." 

Brenner leads efforts to provide 
quality services for fire, police, and 
public works. His job ranges from 
putting together the city's budget to 
conducting about 30 weddings each year. 
His administration has worked to encourage 
millions of dollars worth of new develop- 
ment. Each year, he attends numerous 
activities ranging from a recent youth 
march to a Take Back the Night event. 

"Those kinds of events really remind 
you why you do the job, because you're 
in the community and you see the faces 
of the young people," Brenner said. "The 
difference that we're making today really 
isn't for us, it's for them." 



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David Warner '02 was working on 
campaigns for the Republican State 
Committee in Pennsylvania before he 
graduated from LVC. A political science 
major with a business minor, he said 
emotions would rise and plummet with 
each new development on the campaign 
trail. 

"You're trying to win every single battle, 
to add it all up in the end. It is so draining," 
Warner said. "I really enjoyed doing 
political campaigning, but it's a pretty 
unstable atmosphere. You're changing 
jobs with elections. " 

Warner is now a field representative 
for The Honorable David J. "Chip" 
Brightbill, Pennsylvania Senate Majority 
Leader. Brightbill represents Lebanon 



County and parts of Lancaster, Berks, 
Chester, and Dauphin counties. Warner's 
daily responsibilities may include meeting 
with business leaders to discuss their needs 
or with constituents to try to figure out why 
their government assistance payments have 
stopped. Sometimes a problem like that can 
result fi-om a simple error in paperwork, and 
Warner's knowledge of government can help. 
"I call someone back and they're literally 
crying, they're so relieved. They think I 
saved the world, and really all I did was 
make one phone call," he said. "You're 
dealing with the most 
important thing in that 
person's life on that 
day, and you have to 
treat them that way." 





Warner, who is attending Widener 
University School of Law, said he would 
like to run for office some day. He pointed 
out that Annville's proximity to the state 
capital offers great opportunities for 
students: "There's a nice network of 
Lebanon Valley alumni already in place 
in Harrisburg." 

Cheryl Cook '81 grew up in northern 
New Jersey in a bedroom community for 
New York City. Today, as deputy secretary 
for marketing and economic development 
with the Pennsylvania Department of 
Agriculture, she works to improve condi- 
tions for farmers and residents in rural areas 
of the Commonwealth. 

"There's no advocate like a convert," 
Cook said. "I fell in love with 
Pennsylvania when I went to Lebanon 
Valley. The whole elbow-room thing 
really appealed to me." 

A political science and English double 
major at LVC, Cook earned a law degree 
from Dickinson School of Law. She 
worked as a lobbyist with the 
National Farmers Union and 
as state director for rural 
economic and community 
development with the 
U.S. Department of 
Agriculture. 

She has worked in her 
current role with the 
state Agriculture 
Department since 
2003. Her responsi- 
bilities include horse 
racing, food distri- 
bution, agricultural 
statistics, the plant 
industry, and devel- 
oping new markets for 
farmers and small 
food processors. One 
recent project is the 
Blue Ribbon Passport 
Program, an agri- 
tourism effort that 
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Meadowlands Race Track in Washington, 
Pa., with area farmers markets, county 
fairs, and farm-based bed and breakfast 
inns. 

Cook serves as an advocate for the 
lifestyle and residents of rural Pennsylvania 
in the face of encroaching urban and 
suburban growth. "The development 
pressure is just astronomical. I live in 
Carlisle, and slowly Pittsburgh and 
Philadelphia are inching their way toward 
me," Cook said. "These are people who 
have generally not had a voice. They've 
been too busy earning a living to be in 
Harrisburg speaking up for themselves." 

Although he was a political science 
major at LVC, George Fulk '67 didn't 
plan to work in government; his career 
included jobs in radio, banking, and 
insurance. Then a friend who was retiring 
as commissioner of revenue for the County 
of Accomack, Va., suggested that Fulk 
run for the elected office. He won that 
1991 race and has held the post ever since. 

Fulk's office administers personal property 
taxes and business licenses and serves as a 
local filing office for state income taxes. 
Accomack County is on Virginia's Eastern 
Shore, a strip of land bracketed by the 
Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; 
it has a population of 34,000 and 
includes Chincoteague and Tangier islands. 

Fulk and his four staff members 
administer tax relief programs for the 
elderly and disabled. He said one of the 
most gratifying parts of his work is that 
people in financial need feel comfortable 
discussing their situations with his staff. 

"Government doesn't always have the 
reputation of being responsive to people's 
needs, especially when taxes are 
involved," Fulk said. "We do try to 
search for sources to help." 

A group of Vietnamese refugees at Fort 
Indiantown Gap helped change the 
career path of Dr. Paula Hess '69. A 
sociology major with a minor in secondary 
education, she taught school in Lebanon 
for about seven years. 




George Fulk '67, top left, 1ms 
been the commissioner of revenue 
for the County of Accomack, Va., 
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Then, in the late 1970s, she helped 
develop curriculum for the refiigees and 
their children. "It was a really exciting 
experience. It allowed me to work with 
the curriculum people at the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education," she said. "It 
was my first exposure to anything outside 
the local classroom." 

Hess earned a doctorate in educational 
administration from Penn State University 
and became director of government 
affairs for the Pennsylvania Association of 
School Administrators. In 1981, she took 
a job as legislative director for the majority 
leader of the Pennsylvania House of 
Representatives. She has been with the 
House ever since, serving as executive 
director of the Education Committee for 
several years. 

Today, she is senior advisor to the 
speaker and majority leader of the 
House, advising them on educational 
issues. "Sometimes, you have a 'wow' 
week, where you've actually been part of 



a process to enact a piece of legislation — 
something the governor is going to sign 
that will either flow more money to the 
public schools or will enact a program 
that will benefit the schools," she said. 

Hess remembers the time she brought 
the House Education Committee on a 
tour of Lebanon Valley, where her father. 
Dr. Paul Hess, served as chair of the 
Biology Department, and where she once 
babysat for football coach Robert 
McHenry's children. "For me, Lebanon 
Valley was partly family, " Hess said. "I 
had a chance to come back years later 
and show 'the family' off to the legislators." 

Editor's Note: The Hon. Thomas W. 
Corbett '71, current Pennsylvania 
Attorney General, was featured in the 
Summer 2005 V^Z/ey magazine (p. 34). 

Stephen Trapnelt '90 is a corporate 
communications specialist, college journalism 
instructor, and freelance writer in Lancaster 
County. 



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Alternative 

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BY ED NOVAK 

New Forms of Learning 
Benefit LVC Students 




President Stephen MacDonald 



We want them [LVC students] to hear music that they've 
not heard before and might not Uke, to read Uterature that 
they fmd difficult, and to discuss pohtical ideas with people 
whom they believe to be dead wrong. We would like them to 
consider seriously, even for a moment, the unsettling possibility 
that what they know with absolute certainty to be true may 
not be true. We'd like them to venture into a perilous 
Cartesian labyrinth and entertain real doubt. And having 
entertained that vertiginous possibility, they will be eased 
back from the precipice and we will show them how it is 
that human beings can reliably establish knowledge and 
understanding about things that matter. I'll even use the 
word certainty, though I don't mean absolute certainty, but 
good enough for this world. 
Dr. Stephen MacDonald, from his inauguration speech, April 30, 2005 



With the leadership of President 
Stephen MacDonald and Dr. Ronald 
Toll, LVCs new vice president of academic 
affairs and dean of the faculty, a model of 
teaching and learning that emphasizes 
student learning and outcomes is becoming 
more widespread on campus. Lebanon 
Valley College faculty understand that 



college students arrive with varying talents, 
preparations, and learning styles. Students 
must rigorously engage course material 
and retain and use what they learn in 
college well beyond their matriculation. 
Faculty also understand that a learning 
environment is not limited to the lecture 
hall, laboratory, or classroom. 



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Greg Couturier '06, Becky 
Lowthert '06, Joey Venezia '06, and 
Angie Undercuffler '05 (I. to r.) 
participate in a team-building exercise 
that is a traditional part of Professor 
Robert Leonard's Organizational 
Behavior class. 



Flooring Students 

Students at Lebanon Valley tend to be 
very practical, their professors report. 
They enter college interested in ensuring 
the classroom experience can be translated 
seamlessly into good grades and jobs. 
However, the scripted method of learning 
that students experience in their first 1 3 
years of schooling does not translate well 
in college, says Dr. John Hinshaw, associate 
professor of history and director of the 
American Studies Program. "That is not 
how life works. Teaching them to analyze 
and interpret will help them get ahead in the 
job market, beyond middle management." 

Cineaste Dr. Jeff Ritchie, assistant 
professor of English and digital commu- 
nications, remembers a screening of Fritz 
Lang's silent film masterpiece Metropolis, 
during which an organist improvised a 
sound track for two-and-a-half hours. 
Lebanon Valley students who attended the 
film, in Ritchie's word, were "floored," 
because they had never seen or heard 
anything like it. "That is what college is 
for," Ritchie says, "to floor the students." 

So today at Lebanon Valley College, a 



business student might arrive at class and 
be blindfolded to learn about leadership, 
an art student might travel to New York 
or even Paris with a professor to view 
firsthand a painting seen before only in a 
textbook, and a future teacher might 
learn about communication and language 
through dance and song. Faculty are 
doing exciting things in their classrooms, 
expanding the limits of their four walls, 
collaborating with each other, and moving 
outside the curriculum to help students 
reach new levels of knowing that they 
can take with them after college. 



"Those urban centers 
are our classrooms 
without walls." 



Robert Leonard, professor of business 
administration, has been a management 
consultant for over 20 years and has 
taught at the College since 1988. His 
class. Organizational Behavior, places 
students in simations requiring decisions 




Dr. Diane Iglesias (left) has eai-ned 
national attention for her innovative 
teaching methods. 



and actions: simulations, games, exercises, 
role-playing, and problem solving that are 
the stufi^ of summer camps and corporate 
retreats. The situations can involve ropes, 
blindfolds, and other training props that 
he constructs for teams of students who 
must find different ways to commimicate 
to meet their objectives. 

"Future business leaders need the ability 
to improvise and adapt to changing 
situations," Leonard states. "The skills 
necessary to make these decisions are not 
easily acquired through lectures and 
textbooks alone. The activities become 
educational experiences by linking 
experience to concept — a perfea supplement 
to listening and reflecting." While he 
admits that his methods may not work 
for, say, accounting, it is clear that his 
students will be ready to do business 
and function in the world of seasoned 
professionals. 

In his nine years at the College, Dr. Eric 
Bain-Selbo, chair and associate professor 
of religion and philosophy, has garnered 
widespread attention for the subject matter 
of his courses. He teaches a first-year 
seminar that compares and contrasts the 
ancient Greek tragedian Homer to the 
pop-culture icon Homer Simpson. The 
Simpsons cannot be dismissed merely as a 
silly TV show, he says, because, once you 
study the show, its values display many of 
the characteristics of the Iliad and the 
Odyssey. 

His freshmen are challenged to think 
about how we consider the two Homers 
as part of culture. Bain-Selbo asks his 
students, "What are the ideas and icons 
that will become an enduring part of our 
culture?" There is some room for laughter 
in the seminar, of course, but Bain-Selbo 
keeps the focus of the class on the serious 
political and social issues that are the 
frequent targets of the show's writers — 
and of Homer's epic poems. 

Dr. Jeff Robbins, assistant professor of 
religion and philosophy, remembers visiting 
the College's web site before he was 
hired. "It stated, 'faculty do not just give 
lectures,'" he says. "What we do is part 



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of an effort to make education meaningful 
and relevant, to bridge the divide between 
the authority of the professor and student. 
We demonstrate that knowledge has 
real -wo rid value." 

Expanding the 
Classroom 

Dr. Michael Pittari, assistant professor 
of art, remembers traveling home from 
AnnviUe after being interviewed to join the 
Art and Art History Department. As he 
drove through Philadelphia to catch a 
flight home, he decided to stop at the 
Philadelphia Museum of Art to see a 
favorite painting of his by Paul Cezanne. 
Now teaching at the College, he replicates 
this act regularly by taking his art students 
to view the actual paintings they study in 
class in museums in Philadelphia, New 
York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. 
"Those urban centers are our classrooms 
without walls," Pittari says. "They are 
essential components of our students' 
learning." 

Pittari, an accomplished painter himself 
is working on a new class project that 
will take experiential learning one step 
further. It is inspired by recent graduate 
Ryan Derfler '04, a business major who 
studied abroad in Italy and returned to 
AnnviUe, as Pittari puts it, "passionate 
about art." Derfler and Pittari attended a 
conference on public mural projects, and 
now, Pittari is overseeing a class project 
in which students will paint a new mural 
on a blank wall in Miller Chapel. This 
project may lead to other pieces of public 
art being created on campus every two to 
three years. 

Dr. Barbara Anderman, chair and 
assistant professor of art and art history, 
emphasizes that her students must use 
what they learn. The first time she taught 
a course on the art, culuire, and urban 
development of Paris, her students told 
her, "We need to go to Paris." When she 
repeated the course two years ago, she 
added an optional component to the 
course — a Thanksgiving-break trip to the 




Dr. Ken Yamall and 
Dr. Mary Pettice, a married 
faculty couple, both use non- 
traditional teaching methods 
to enhance student learning 
and outcomes. 

City of Lights. Six students joined her 
for four days of tours through Paris and 
Versailles that were structured along the 
themes of church, state, and academy. 

Anderman gained permission to lead 
discussions in museums they visited. "All 
art historians seek to get students in 
front of works of art," she says. The 
students who traveled to Paris earned an 
extra credit by creating a photo essay 
based on their trip. This fall, 28 students 
have signed up for the course, and 17 
have indicated an interest in traveling to 
Paris with Anderman. 

Dr. Diane Iglesias, professor of 
Spanish, has been at the College since 
1976. She is earning national attention 
for her innovative teaching methods, which 
emphasize the ability to communicate rather 
than simply to memorize grammar and 
tense. She is a musician and storyteller. In 
her classes, students use music, literature, 
and dance to immerse themselves in 
Spanish culture and language. Many of 
her students are education majors who 
learn teaching methodology in a program 



Iglesias runs at the AnnviUe Free Library 
in cooperation with AnnviUe Elementary 
School. 

In this program, her students go to the 
library twice a week to teach approximately 
60 elementary students in an after-school 
enrichment program. Her students can test 
classroom theories in real-life situations 
and extend learning beyond textbooks 
and class discussions. She calls it an 
"authentic, active use of knowledge." 

Iglesias, a fan of the multiple-inteUigence 
theories of Howard Gardner, says that 
"songs, stories, and dance turn the kids 
on to language." Her own students get 
teaching experience in a foreign language 
that is becoming more relevant to the 
region, and they become far more attractive 
candidates for internships and jobs. 

One of Iglesias' favorite stories comes 
from a reunion she attended with alumni 
from the mid-1980s. "They could stUl 
recaU specific studies and subjects in my 
class," she says with some amazement 
and pride. 



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Alternative Perspectives 

In many ways, Dr. Jeff Robbins could 
be described as a team player. He loves to 
play basketball with colleagues and students 
on Fridays, and two of the courses he has 
taught engage colleagues from different 
departments to lead students through the 
maze of approaches to the subjects. One 
course on nonviolence was created for 
students looking for a perspective on the 
war in Iraq. "The class showed students 
that there is a significant strain of thought 
in which people argue that violence is not 
inevitable," he says. "There are nonviolent 
solutions." 



Dr. Mary Pettice, associate professor 
of English, who teaches both English and 
journalism, and Dr. John Hinshaw also 
helped teach the nonviolence course. 
Pettice was interested in ways that students 
learn about war. "Other than being 
actively involved in combat," she says, 
"they learn about war through journalism." 
Hinshaw reflects that "smdents get different 
disciplinary perspectives" in courses taught 
by several teachers, "and it is a lot more 
fijn for the professors." 

Robbins received the Thomas Rhys 
Vickroy Award for teaching excellence at 
last May's commencement. The team- 
teaching method, he says, gives students 



the opportunity to see different faculty 
members in a dialogue with each other. 
"It gives them a model for intellectual 
conversation. There are very high levels 
of discussion in class, which imdergraduates 



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This level of discourse and learning, 
Robbins predicts, is the future of the 
humanities. "Interdisciplinary studies are 
resistant to academic specialization that 
has plagued large universities," he says. 
"The 'transdisciplinary approach,' which 
acknowledges many ways to gain access 
to knowledge, is where the small college 
can provide opportunity to students." 



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Amy Lazarski '06, Mike Malafamia 
'06, andDr.JeffRobbins (L to r.) 
listen to Dr. John Hinshaw's 

interpretation of a text read as part -j 
of an optional discussion group 
firmed by LVC professors. Ka te Fry '07 
appears in the forefront. ~~~ 



Outside the Curriculum 

Anyone can wander into MJ's 
Coffeehouse on a Tuesday night and 
encounter an old-fashioned literary salon 
that was organized by Robbins, Hinshaw, 
and student members of SAGA, 
(Students Acting for Global Awareness). 
"We were sitting in an office shooting 
the breeze," says Robbins, "and thought 
about getting together to talk about 
political texts on a regular basis." 

Depending on whom you ask, the 
group is called either "The Every-Other- 
Tuesday Reading Group" or "The 
Radical Reading Group." 



"Students were looking for more back- 
ground reading to develop their political 
imderstanding," Hinshaw says. Late in the 
evening, Robbins and Hinshaw help lead 
focused discussions. "It vitalizes conversa- 
tions because people want to be there, 
and it is a different setting," says Robbins. 

Many professors continue to use 
traditional methods as well. Pettice is also 
the advisor to La Vie Colle^enne, the 
College's student-organized newspaper. "I 
have been a newspaper junkie since I was 
7 or 8 years old," she says. 

The advantages for her student journalists 
seem obvious: they create portfolios, have 
their work critiqued in a semi-public 
setting, and, when they must learn from 
their mistakes, they have a seasoned 
professional like Pettice to debrief them. 

"Working on the newspaper gets my 
students involved in contemporary 
issues," she says. "They see that what is 
going on around them in the world is 
not esoteric subject matter." 

Students also gain experience and 
knowledge through additional communi- 
cation media. Ritchie has expanded his 
reach well into the community with the 
Quittapahilla Film Festival. Ritchie, who 
foimded the festival with Allen Theatre 
owner Skip Hicks, decided to name it after 
the creek that nms through Annville. 

In the span of three days in its second 
year, the festival showed 24 hours of original 
works submitted by independent filmmakers 
from all over the world. "Pennsylvania 
filmmakers have some priority," he admits, 
"but all films are judged rigorously on 
writing, cinematography, and acting." 

The films are shown in the Allen 
Theatre a few weeks into the fall semester. 
"Last year," he reports, "we had about 1 20 
people attend each night." 

Other departments are also working to 
expand student horizons. Dr. Ken Yamall, 
associate professor of mathematical sciences 
and coordinator of the Computer Science 
Program, is the advisor to the Computer 
Science Club, which wins programming 
contests against some of the best colleges 
and universities in the region. The students, 



he notes, do not necessarily fit the geek 
mold: competitors on a particularly success- 
fiil team included a math major, a music/ 
business major, and a triple major. "The 
competitions emphasize the ability to read, 
think, and problem solve independendy and 
not be reliant on professors," he says. "To 
win, you need good teamwork and speed." 

Reports from alumni and employers, 
Yarnall says, indicate that developing 
thinkers and problem solvers is a winning 
combination. 

Tine Future is 
Already Here 

Small colleges like Lebanon Valley face 
enormous competitive challenges to 
remain relevant in the higher-education 
marketplace of the 2 1 st century. What 
allows Lebanon Valley to compete is the 
quality of its faculty and the emphasis 
they place on student learning. While 
trustees and administrators may be driving 
the "automobile" of the College, the faculty 
is certainly its "engine." 

Therein lies the challenge for professors. 
"Faculty will be expected to think seriously 
about curriculum, pedagogy, and learning 
outcomes; and to transform themselves 
from 'teachers' into 'mentors' who 
orchestrate a range of possible learning 
options for students, " concludes Dr. Carol 
A. Twigg, an internationally recognized 
expert in using information technology to 
transform teaching and learning in higher 
education. The key, says Twigg, lies in 
"providing the practical support and encour- 
agement necessary for faculty to invest 
themselves in strengthening their teaching." 

Lebanon Valley College faculty members 
are facing the challenge. When he received 
the Vickroy Award for teaching, Robbins 
remembers being very humbled by the 
experience. "I looked around and saw all 
these deserving people who also could 
have received this award," he says. "They 
are flooring the students." 

Ed Novak is a writer and consultant iiving in 
Harrisburg. 



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As the summer months begin to fade, 



the Lebanon Valley campus 

comes to life with the sights and sounds 
of fall. And like the changing colors of 
the leaves, there's nothing that ushers in 
the arrival of autumn better than the 
echoing rhythms of the College s marching 
band, The Pride of the Valley. For Dr. 
Robert Hearson, professor of music and 
director of bands, this enthusiastic group 
of 142 musicians is just one testament to 
his 20 years of service. 

Music is a passion that runs deeply 
through the roots of Hearson's family 
tree. There is his wife of 44 years, Mai^, 
who caught his attention as the red- 
haired violinist in his high school orchestra; 



their three daughters, all talented musicians; 
a sister who is an accomplished pianist; 
and his maternal grandmother, who 
served as the organist for the Stockholm 
church anended by the King of Sweden. 

Hearson began his own formal musical I 
training at the early age of 5, with piano 
lessons and recitals in his hometown of 
Newport, R.I. At age 7, he studied violin 
under the tutelage of a woman who was 
associated with the New York Philharmonic j 
The schedule she set for him was rigor- 
ous, especially for a child his age. "Her 
design was to send me to Juilliard, " he 
recalls, "so 1 had to practice six hours 
every day." 



14 The Valley 




Hearson eventually detoured from 
strings and decided to learn brass, taking 
on the baritone horn and the double bell 
euphonium. As a senior, he served as the 
student conductor for the band and was 
hooked. Following high school, he enlisted 
in the Air Force Band program, which at 
the time included 55 bands worldwide. 
After completing basic training, he spent 
four years stationed in Dayton, Ohio, 
with the Air Force Band of Flight, 
performing in parades, ceremonial events, 
concerts, and tours across the country. He 
then completed his undergraduate and 
master's degrees at the University of 
Iowa. At age 25, as the oldest member 
of the university band, he was known 
within the group as "gramps. " Some 
years later he pursued advanced studies 



He recalls the excitement in 1992, 
when the band reached 102 members 
and began calling themselves "The 
Marching 100." As the numbers continued 
to increase, the band adopted 
its current moniker, The .m 
Pride of the Valley. The 
excitement surrounding 
the program is even 
more evident 
this fall, as 
the band 
climbs to 
nearly 150 





at the University of Illinois, earning a 
doctorate in music education. 

Before joining the faculty at Lebanon 
Valley College, Hearson took on teaching 
assignments throughout the country, 
first as a high school band director in 
Lake Geneva, Wis., followed by college 
faculty positions at Millikin University in 
Decatur, 111., Phillips University in Enid, 
Okla., and Frostburg State College (now 
Frostburg State University) in MarylancL 

When he joined LVC in 1986, only 40 
students majored in music and just 36 
played in marching band. Hearson 
remembers having to cancel a performance 
because the only bass drummer was sick 
and there were barely enough marchers 
to spell LV But he saw potential. 



I don't know of any sister school that can 
say that, " Hearson notes. 

But the band is about much more 
than just numbers. Its excellence and 
unique programming have earned the 
group recognition both on and off 
campus — most notably at the Collegiate 
Marching Band Festival in Allentown. 
This exhibition show includes college 
bands from the Eastern region, even 
bands from much larger schools such as 
the University of Delaware and the 
University of Massachusetts. Last year, 
The Pride of the Valley was the only 
group to garner a spontaneous standing 
ovation at the prestigious show. 

"I believe Bob's model for working 
with the marching band is unique. He 



Fall 2005 15 




really is 'the guide-on-the-side,'" says 
Dr. Mark Mecham, Clark and Edna 
Carmean Distinguished Chair of the 
Music Department. "At the end of the 
season, a new band staff is selected 
through an interview and audition 
process. From that point until the beginning 
of the new season, students are involved 
in the creation of the drill, preparation 
for the pre-season band camp, and so 
forth. I'm confident that the students are 
inspired by Bob's enthusiasm, dedication, 
and expertise." 



Erin Campbell '05, middle school 
band director for the West Shore School 
Distria, ^ees with this assessment. "He 
cares a lot about his students and his 
rapport with them, " she says. "He takes 
a lot of time to get to know students 
personally." She recalls a specific incident 
her freshman year when, on her second 
or third day in marching band, she 
sought Hearson's advice about an issue 
she was having with her roommate. A 
couple of days later, Hearson approached 
Campbell by name and asked how things 



were going. "Here he is running the 
entire marching band — more than 100 
students — and he took the time to talk 
with me," she said. 

Michael Slechta '91, M'04, a music 
teacher with the Lancaster School 
District, has kept in touch with Hearson 
since graduation. "He is down-to-earth, 
has a great sense of humor, and wants to 
know his students," says Slechta. "He 
seems to truly enjoy giving the students 
the opportunity to become responsible 
and to develop leadership within the 
band. He helped me to see how you can 
involve students in making choices." 

In addition to Hearson's success with 
the marching band, he founded the 
College's summer music camp in 1987. 
This program serves as a recruitment tool, 
bringing talented high school musicians 
from as far away as Florida to campus for 
a week. He has also provided leadership 
to the Honors Band, which also has 
brought gifted high school musicians to 
campus for the past 25 years. Hearson's 
other musical life on campus includes 
directing the symphonic band and wind 
ensemble; teaching a fiill load of courses, 
including conducting and brass methods; 
and overseeing student-teachers in the 
Music Department. He is also proud of 
his involvement as a member of Quartet 
Die/Posaunen. The group, established in 
1988 as the first trombone quartet in 
residence at any U.S. college, maintained 
an active performance schedule up until 
the death of member Skip Norcott in 1999. 

Though Hearson's wife has recently 
retired from her career as a dental 
hygienist, he does not intend to join her 
just yet. "I have a ball with the kids," he 
says, his attitude reflecting the sign on 
his door that reads "Father of the Pride." 
"I love seeing them through four years 
and watching them grow. They keep me 
young." 

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 Quittapahllla yearbook staff. 



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was the only 
small, private liberal arts college in the country to win a Grand Award from The 
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) in 2004. The awards program 
brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. 
Eight much larger colleges and universities in the United States also won Grand 
Awards, including The California Institute of Technology, University of 
Missouri — Rolla, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University. 



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Several members of LVC's award-winning crew 
are pictured above: Peter Petrov (1), Keith Evans (2), 
Bob Evely (3), Jim Hit/ (4), John Kline (5), Wes 
Harding (6), Doug Hartman (7), Dan Nye (8), Bill 
Hopple (9), Chris Tshudy (10), Kevin Yeiser, director 
of grounds (11), Marlin Nye (12), Rick Becker (13), 
Scott Conrad (14), and Rick Harrel (15) . 



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7Dr. SieMcny C A^^to. 




Members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, 
Administrators, Students; Delegates from other 
Colleges and Universities, Friends, and Family: Mary 
and John. Thank you. 

I am deeply honored to have been named president of 
Lebanon Valley College. I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for 
this expression of confidence in me. In accepting this 
appointment, I am conscious of the responsibility I bear to all the 
students and faculty and administrators and staff who study and 
teach and work here. I am also conscious of the past and of all 
those who have gone before us; one of those people who went 
before us is here today: I want to greet and welcome Kathryn 
Herr, LVC class of 1925, who graduated 80 years ago! 

This College is 139 years old. One week short of exactly 139 
years old, in fact: it first opened its doors on May 7, 1866. Until 
three minutes ago, it had had 16 presidents. Now it has had 17. 
(They last, you may be interested to know, on average 8.7 years in 
office, which constitutes the life span of a koala bear.) Presidents 
need to be humble about what they are able to do by themselves. 
Over the past one-half century, the fortunes of this College have 
been guided by five presidents: Fritz Miller, Fred Sample, Arthur 
Peterson, John Synodinos, David Pollick. The College that we 
inhabit today bears the stamp of their stewardship, especially of 
my two immediate predecessors, and we could not understand 
this place without them. If we owe debts of gratitude to these 
men, I have reminded us before that we are at least as indebted to 
all the other men and women who worked with them and shaped 
and transformed their ideas and made them manifest by turning 
them into realities. Many of those men and women are in this chapel 
today: Members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, 
graduates, and current students. You all know and understand the 
extent to which what has been accomplished over the past decades 
represents your work and your accomplishments. Indeed, we 
should probably speak more properly not of what our presidents 
did but of what our presidents caused us to do together, collectively, 
in this community. Whatever I am able to accomplish here in the 
years to come will be, in fact, your accomplishments. I think this 
will surely be a source of pride and satisfaction for all of you in 
knowing how each of you has, in varying degrees and in different 
ways, contributed to this good, small College nestled in this good, 
small town. 

At moments of transition in their leadership, it's natural for 
organizations like colleges to reflect on the realities of change and 
continuity in their history. They are bound to consider how they 
have evolved over dme. To what extent has this evolution constituted 
the fulfillment of original intentions and designs; to what extent 
does it represent a departure from those designs? Has the college 
fiilfilled its promise? Has it lost its way? 

As we look back on the evolution of this institution, we are 
likely to be struck by the continuity and consistency of the 
College's work. Whatever the ebb and flow of the College's 
fortunes over the decades — and there have been powerftil surges 
and alarming retreats — it has continued to serve the socially and 






Lebanon Valley College • April 30, 2005 




economically useful role of providing higher education and the 
attendant socially and economically usefiil skills to young men 
and women of Lebanon County and of the contiguous and nearby 
counties — Schuylkill, Berks, Lancaster, Dauphin, York, 
Cumberland, Perry — from which the College has consistently 
drawn the bulk of its student body. This is what we've been doing 
for almost a century and a half and what we are likely to continue 
to do for a long time to come. It is what the founders of the 
College expected us to do. 

But it is important to point out that in one sense we have 
profoundly inverted the intention of the founders of this United 
Brethren in Christ College. They wanted to protect their students 
from outside influences, from the seditious association with alien 
sects at other colleges like those deeply suspect Lutherans at 
Gettysburg or the unspeakable Methodists at Dickinson. That was 
the whole point of creating a United Brethren College: to isolate 
the students at the new College from insidious and dangerous 
influences, and to shut out what was different and foreign. 

But we have come to understand that one of our principal 
tasks in the transformation of students is to cause them to 
encounter and engage the Other: people and cultures, ways of 
thinking and behaving that are different. It is one of the principal 
tasks of education, I think — at all levels, but most certainly at the 
higher levels — to discomfort students. I mean by that to prod them 
out of comfortable, settled places and to nudge them into zones that 
don't feel quite right, where they are not entirely comfortable, where 
they have to renegotiate and reorient themselves, where they must 
recalibrate their intellectual and social and moral gyroscopes. 
The point of all this is not in the end to leave students disoriented 
and confused and discomforted. These are interim conditions, 
intermediate stages toward a new, self-determined orientation that 
we want our students to achieve because they are consciously, 
deliberately selecting it themselves rather than inheriting it imcritically 
from someone else. This is the necessary first stripping away of 
things unexamined and taken for granted. And this is followed by 
the essential reconstruction: the guided, disciplined assemblage of 
a new intellectual cloak, one designed by students themselves and 
woven together by them from fabrics of their own choosing. 



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So we want to introduce them to new ideas, even to some that 
may seem outrageous or scandalous. We want them to meet people 
they may not otherwise have encountered. We would like them to 
study in a place they have never visited — Salamanca or London or 
Cologne or Hamilton — perhaps even Philadelphia. We want 
them to hear music that they've not heard before and might not 
like, to read literature that they find difficult, to discuss political 
ideas with people whom they believe to be dead wrong. We 
would like them to consider seriously, even for a moment, the 
unsetding possibility that what they know with absolutely certainty 
to be true may not be true. We'd like them to venture into a 
perilous Cartesian labyrinth and entertain real doubt. And having 
entertained that vertiginous possibility, they will be eased back 
from the precipice and we will show them how it is that human 
beings can reliably establish knowledge and understanding about 
things that matter. I'll even use the word certainty, though I don't 
mean absolute certainty, but good enough for this world. 

My friend George Allan from Dickinson once wrote famously 
that a college "essentially serves no purpose." That may seem a 
surprising and naughty thing to say. What he meant, I think — 
and I'm conscious of the perils of explaining the meaning of an 
author's book when the author is sitting behind me — what he meant 
is that the essential thing about a college is the transformative, 
intellectual process that is the educational conversation. This is its 
being. This educational process is intrinsic in the nature of the 
college and is independent of the useful purposes (or mischievous 
purposes) to which that education may subsequently be put. 
The process of creating these new powers is different from their 
subsequent application. So, should we expect our students to do 
something with this college education? Of course we should: they 
should heal and govern and create and produce and distribute and 
sell and advocate and educate and entertain and report and 
exchange and defend and do all the myriad of other tasks that we 
require in a complex, multiform society. But the preparation for 
these tasks is not the essential, intrinsic business of the college. 

What the college seeks is, in a word, transformation. We 
suppose that the intellectual place students choose to occupy in 
the end will not be the same one they occupied at the beginning. 
But even if it appears to be, we'll be satisfied in knowing that the 
students themselves are difi^erent: autonomous; self-made; conscious 
of this autonomy and responsible to it; capable of independent 
learning and growth. 

How colleges seek to do this is easy to describe and difficult 
to achieve. We endeavor to ask students to think carefiilly about 
things. What could be simpler and more obvious? We ask them 
to examine deliberately the evidence of a world outside of and 
independent of and prior to themselves. This evidence constitutes 
our texts and these texts take different forms: here, excerpts from 
the diary of the Chinese traveler Fa Hsien recording his visit to 
India in the year 413, translated from Chinese to English; here, a 
love song by a poet from 1 8th-century Weimar, untranslated, still 
in German; here, the building plans of the Temple of Portunus in 
Rome from the first century B.C.; here, a photograph of a dying 
child from the Sudan; here, the body of a spiny dog fish laid out 
for dissection; here, the score of Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass; 
here, a table published by the Congressional Budget Office 
extrapolating expenditures from the Social Security trust fund 



through the year 2050; here, the actual proceedings of the annual 
stockholders meeting of the Hershey Foods Corporation, witnessed 
first hand; here, an unidentified clear liquid contained in a 
beaker; here, a live human being with a sore knee sitting on an 
examination table; here, a videotaped conversation of two people 
who profoundly disagree about two irreconcilable but seemingly 
equally urgent and just moral choices. 

All of these things are intimations of that world outside, one 
that really exists. We ask students to make sense of it. And here, 
simply put and stripped of highfalutin rhetoric, is the intellectual 
task of higher education: to infer meaning from evidence. This is 
not the only task of higher education. There are other moral and 
creative dimensions that we cannot ignore. But surely this intellecmal 
goal is fundamental: to infer meaning from evidence. If our 
students can do this reliably, we have served them well. If they 
cannot, we have not. 

And this, stripped of highfalutin rhetoric, is what we mean by 
liberally educated. Not something soft and willowy, but something 
fierce and wondrous: nothing less than the capacity to understand 
the universe. What a fierce and wondrous thing that is! 

I said a few moments ago that in becoming president of this 
College I have become acutely conscious of the past and of all 
those who have gone before us. Historians are constitutionally 
inclined to think about the past, I suppose. And this tendency 
becomes all the more powerful when conjoined with the bond 
of immediate, personal responsibility that inheres in the office 
of president. I walk these grounds and these halls and see the 
past in the present. I imagine the spirits of all those other 
students and faculty and staff — those friendly ghosts — who haunt 
this place, whom I imagine watching with interest and commenting 
on our doings. 

In the apartment that my wife and I occupy in Kreiderheim, 
the president's home, we've hung photographs retrieved from the 
College archives in the library, photographs taken 75 or 80 years 
ago in the 1920s and 1930s, wonderfully clear, wide-angle, black 
and white commercial photographs snapped on the lawns of the 
College. They are all there, all the students and faculty: 274 of 
them in one picture, 306 in the other, all in focus, smiling or not 
smiling, standing or sitting in a great gathered swath of humanity. 
In one it is November 1, 1927; another is undated but judging 
from the budding trees it is spring, maybe 1930 or 1931 because 
there is President Gossard front and center, and we know that he 
will die in 1932. They look out at us, bright and confident, 
squinting in the sun, the men in ties and sweaters and suits, the 
women with their hair bobbed, pleased with themselves and 
proud of this place whose buildings we recognize or do not recognize 
behind them. They are young or not young; beautiful and plain; 
they invite our regard. I look at the faces of those ghosts of ours 
and imagine how full and interesting their lives must have been to 
them; how they laughed and worried and tumbled themselves 
across these same spaces. I think of the responsibility that I bear 
to them as well as to you, the responsibility that we all bear to 
them and to this fragile thing that is our enterprise. They look 
back out at us from those photographs. How would they judge 
our purposes and our transactions, I ask? What they would enjoin 
us to do? I think they would want us to be fierce and wondrous. 



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When college professors retire, the thinking goes, they tend to their gardens, 
write books, embark on second careers, or use their connections to 
help raise money. Professor Art Ford '59, who built his reputation as 
a teacher of American literature at Lebanon Valley College for 36 years, has 
taken the last two retirement options to the extreme, which explains why, 
despite possessing a fear of heights, he jumped 3,000 feet out of an airplane 
last summer. 

The story began during his teaching career. Professor l^rd received two prestigious 
Fulbright Fellowships, which allowed him to teach American literature in China and 
Syria. He also used a sabbatical leave to teach and work in England. His enthusiasm 
for the foreign experience led then-College president John A. Synodinos H'96 to 
ask Ford to become dean of intemational programs with the goals of increasing the 

number of international students on campus and 
convincing more students to study abroad. 
"Eventually, we had about 35-40 international 
students here," notes Ford of the success of the 
program, "and about 100 American students are 
studying in foreign countries this year." 

When Ford retired in 2001, he wanted to stay 
involved in international affairs. He called upon 
a friend of his who had spent the 1971-72 
year teaching at LVC [John Field] and who was 
volunteering for an organization called Students 
Partnership Worldwide (SPW). The goal of SPW 
is to halt the spread of HIV/ AIDS among young 
people. According to SPW, of the 40 million people 
living with HIV/AIDS more than a quarter are 
aged 15 to 24, and half of all new infections 
now occur in young people. 

SPW recruits students aged 18-28 to travel 
to villages in Africa and Asia, partner with local 
young people, and act as peer educators and 
counselors on ways to avoid HIV/AIDS infection. 
SPW, which was based in England and Australia, 
wanted to expand its operations to the United 
States. Ford agreed to help SPW get a foothold 
in this country by serving as acting director. 
George King '68, a former student of Ford's and 
now an LVC trustee, helped provide office space and services for the new SPW 
USA offices in Washington, D.C. 

Now serving as a member of the SPW USA board of directors, Ford spends 
his energies supporting the organization. One particularly brilliant idea (not his) 
was for all three SPW national organizations to host a benefit parachute drop. 
Last summer Ford jumped solo out of an airplane over the Mount Joy airport, 
raising over $2,000 from friends and family. "It was so high up that it was unreal," 
he says. "I was less scared than if I had been at the top of a tall building." 
However, he missed his target and landed in a cornfield, wiping out a few rows 
of corn in the landing. 

"The students who are part of this program are very idealistic," he says. "For them, 
it is a life-changing experience. When they return home, they are ovenwhelmed, 
excited, and dedicated to continuing the work they started overseas." 
For more information on this non-profit organization, visit www.spw.org. 



Ed Novak is a writer and consultant living in Harrisburg. 




Dr. Art Ford '59 prepares to 
jump with the support of his 
grandchildren Ryan 
Neiswender, Lauren 
Neisivender (standing), and 
Samantha Gress. 



class news dr notes 



NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania 

unless othenwise noted. 



Verna Hess Larkin '22 celebrated her 
103rd birthday on Jan. 13, 2005, with fam- 
ily and friends at Linden Hall of the 
Kennett Friends Home, Kennett Square. 



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Peter Gamber Jr. '48 and his wife, Barbara 
Ann Long, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with a trip to Pawleys Island, 
S.C., and Sarasota, Fla. 



Floyd M. Baturin '51 attended the 10th 
annual Semper Fidelis Gala, sponsored by 
the Marine Corps Law Enforcement 
Foundation, in New York City, April 1, 2005. 

Richard "Shorty" Fields '51 has been a 
council member of Cleona Borough for 
over 30 years. He is president of the 
Lebanon County Mental Health and 
Mental Retardation Board, an investigator 
for the Humane Society of Lebanon 
County, and a home and school visitor for 
the Annville-Cleona School Distiict. 

Walter J. Sobolesky '51 has retired from 
the Philadelphia Department of Public 
Health, where he was an assistant health 
commissioner for environmental health 



Dr. Joseph Bering '52 was honored as 
"Sertoman of the Year" at the Lebanon 
Quality Inn on March 12, 2005. 

Bernerd A. Buzgon, Esq., '59, has been 
elected president of the Lebanon County 
Division of the American Heart 
Association. 



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Mary Louise Lamke Burke '62 appears in a 
featured role as "Mile's mother" in Alexander 
Payne's award-vvanning film Sideways. 

Ray C. Lichtenwalter '62 reared as dirertor of 
bands and professor of music at the University 
of Texas at Arlington on Aug. 3 1 , 2004. 

Since the Challenger accident, Dr. Elizabeth 
Bains '64, an aerospace engineer at NASA, 
has been leading the engineering analysis of 
techniques to use the International Space 
Station robotic arm to inspect and repair 
shuttle tiles. 



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Richard C. Hofiiman '66 is a manager of 
business development for the global application 
division of Tyco Electronics, Harrisburg. 

Carle E. Horning '68 is the bishop for the 
Lebanon District Mennonite Church. 



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James R. Hunsicker '70 retired after 35 
years of leading the high school choir and 
other music classes at Northern Lebanon 
High School, Fredericksburg. 

Robert G. Hunter Jr. '70 retired after 35 
years of teaching English and journalism at 
Northern Lebanon High School, 
Fredericksburg. He is a four-time recipient 
of the Excellence in Education honor and is 
listed in Who's Who Among America's 
Educators. 

The Hon. Thomas W. Corbett, Esq., '71, 
took office Jan. 18, 2005, as Pennsylvania 
state attorney general. 

Matthew R Nichols '74 is the director of 
youth and family ministries for Bethlehem 
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Los Alamos, 

N.M. 

Carol Crawford Shultis '73 is a research 
assistant at Temple University, Philadelphia. 

Bradley D. Stocker '73 teaches and supervises 
the gifted education program for Annville- 
Cleona Elementary School. 

Wendie Gingrich Zearfoss '74 published a 
novel, Tempered in the Fire, in November 
2004. 

Stephanie Bates Carson '75 is director of 
music at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 
Clearwater, Fla. 

Suzanne Schucker Boyer '76 received a 
25-year award from the Pennsylvania Music 
Educators Association at its annual conference. 
Suzanne teaches general music and chorus 
at Allen Middle School, Harrisburg. She 
also serves as chair for the district's choral 
department. 

Christine Davis McCarthy '76 published 
her first children's novel, Shalara's Secret 
Quest, in December 2004. 

Nanette L. LaCorte '76 teaches 7th-and 
8th-grade band for Tertelman School, Cape 
May, N.J. The band won first place in the 
junior-high division at the St. Patrick's Day 
Parade in New York City. 

Carolyn Reed Sacks '76 is an adjunct 
instructor of piano at Belhaven College, 
Jackson, Miss. 






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ByDr-SusanVerhoek 



WintSr 9t LVU is a season routinely gray and brown. Except for 
the few people who scan the skies for traveling geese and skiers who watch 
for snow, we tend to look inside our houses and books for stimulation in this 
dormant time of year. However, if we did take a closer look, we would see 
that winter uncovers the framework of the 
outdoors. 

Trees have lost the leaves that blur their 
shapes and, without the leaves, the bare 
branches tell a structural story. In winter, 
curious observers can discover that columnar 
and oval-shaped trees have many vertical 
branches, all reaching upward. There may be 
one or two large vertical leaders and smaller 
limbs that follow the parental bent. This Is 
the pattern among the maples in the 
Academic Quad. On the other hand, the 
"Spire" Sargent cherries in the Sheridan 
Avenue median and the Zelkova trees in the 
parking lots have a number of modest verticals 
and many smaller, skyward-reaching long 
branches. In Zelkova, shoots grow upward 
and then bend the ends outward to give the 
mature tree a fountain-like form. 

In winter, we can also see that the round 
lollipop-shaped trees so characteristic of children's art are based on a tree 
crown divided Into three, four, or five major branches. Each branch supports 
spreading secondary limbs that fill In the rounded shape. The Scholartree in 
front of Blair Music Center and the two big oaks in front of Garber Science 
Center have developed this pleasing, sheltering contour. 

Conversely, sturdy trunks can also bear small twigs. Trunks of the sweet 
birches In Rohland Woods and the white birches on the Quad support many 
narrow branches, and each of those bare winter branches holds even thinner, 
short shoots. In winter, bare birch crowns can look quite lacy. These trees 
make an interesting landscape, counterpoint to the sturdier maples and oaks. 

Hickory and oak, like those along White Oak Street, look tough in winter. 
They branch irregularly, with angular patterns that eventually support billows 
of summer leaves. Their bare twigs are robust, and the end buds are large or 
In clusters. These are trees that are going to meet the winter winds head on! 

We sometimes think that in winter there Is "nothing to see outside." But it 
Is during this time of year that the bare framework underneath the foliage 
attracts our attention. 





Fall 2005 21 



class news & notes 



EMBODIMENT 

.A^ Our HERITAGE 



BY ED NOVAK 

At The Beginning ofhls inaugural speech lastApril, 
College President Stephen MacDonald asked Kathryn Nissley Herr '25 

to stand and be acknowledged by those present to help her celebrate the 
80th anniversary of her graduation from Lebanon Valley College. At 101 
years of age. she is the last surviving member of her class of 34 men 
and women, but her presence was an important reminder to members of 
the College community how much they owe to those who came before them. 
Her first college memory was of her desire to attend Dickinson College; 
however, when she visited Annville, she found the people and campus far 
more welcoming and friendly. She recalls that all students were called by 
a bell to meals in North Hall, where they were served at tables. Freshmen 
women were not allowed to go on dates until November 1. A woman was 
suspended after she was caught smoking — off campus. Each year, the 
freshmen class would hold a banquet shrouded in secrecy for fear that the 
sophomores "would cause trouble." 

Women of her era essentially had two 
career options after graduating from 
Lebanon Valley College — nursing or teaching. 
Herr also recalls a Pennsylvania law forbidding 
married women from teaching so that they 
would not take work away from men. Many 
women teachers, especially during the 
Depression era, were married in secret in 
order to keep their jobs. 

She also remembers LVC as a college 
where the Clionian and Delphian literary 
societies played important roles on campus. 
Theater and music were integral to learning, 
and weekends were spent on campus with choir 
and church taking precedence. She attended 
the Astor Theatre (now Allen) to watch Tom Mix 
movies, but the major form of entertainment for 
college students was . . . talking to each other. 
After her own graduation as a modern language major, Herr taught high 
school French and English in Elizabethtown; pursued graduate studies at The 
University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and Temple University; and 
eventually became a revered French professor at Elizabethtown College. 
Her late husband, Ira Herr, was the first athletic director at Elizabethtown 
College. Their daughter, Lois, is an author and politician. 

Only two campus buildings remain from her student days — the 
Administration and Carnegie Library (now Humanities and Admission and 
Financial Aid). Herr is impressed with how the College has advanced over 
the years. If she could go back to college for one day, it would be to 
attend a French class, just to see how languages are taught at a 21st- 
century college. She envies the opportunities available to women college 
graduates these days, but has one word of advice for them: computers! 



Kathryn Nissley Herr '25 at 
a recent Elizabethtown 
College celebration 



Dr. Kenneth B. Shotwell '76 was recently 
named "Volunteer of the Year" by the 
Washington State Chiropractic Association, 
which recognized his commitment and 
dedication to the chiropractic community. 

Robert S. Frey '77 received his second 
master's degree, a master of science in 
management with a marketing focus, from 
the University of Maryland, College Park. 
Frey had the fourth edition of his book, 
Successful Proposal Strategies for Small 
Business: Using Knowledge Management to 
Win Government, Private-Sector, and 
International Proposals, published by Artech 
House, Inc., Boston, Mass. 

Robin Monroe West '77 is a chemist 
at Lancaster Labs, Inc., working in the 
pharmaceutical department for finished 
products. Travis L. Emig '92 is his manager. 



Susan E. Frieswylc '81 is the deputy director 
of the worklife services center at the Library 
of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

Jack G. Jolly '81 is a computer analyst for 
Washington Group International in New 
Jersey. 

The Rev. Carolyn A. Gillette '82 is a 

minister at Limestone Presbyterian Church, 
Wilmington, Del. 

Michael H. Goodman '82 is the chief of 
the Division of Neurology at the Alfred I. 
DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilming- 
ton, Del. 

Kathy Ray D'Orsaneo '83 is the chief 
financial officer at Godwin Pumps of 
America, Inc., Bridgeport, N.J. 

Gregory J. Goodwin '84 is a social studies 
teacher, head girls basketball coach, and 
head boys tennis coach at Absegami High 
School, Egg Harbor, N.J. Under his direction, 
the girls won the state championship last 
season. 

Jeffrey H. Bravtnan '85 was the winner of 
the NBC Today Shows "Where in the 
World is Matt Lauer?" contest in Feb. 2004. 
He traveled to the British Virgin Islands 
and to Necker Island to appear with Lauer. 
The prize included a live television feed to 
his classroom in New Jersey for a question- 
and-answer period. 

Charles E. Harbach '85 is an eighth-grade 
U.S. history teacher at Winchester Public 
Schools, Winsted, Conn. He is also a referee 
for NCAA Division II and Division III college 
basketball. 



Ed Novak is a writer and consultant living in Harrisburg. 



22 The Valley 



Stephen P. Lefurge '85 is an assistant vice 
president and controller for First Hope 
Bank, Newton, N.J. 

Darla M. Dixon '87 has been named 
"Rookie of the Year" by the Aspen Skiing 
Company at Snowmass Mountain, Aspen, 
Colo. 

Arthur J. Palmer III '87 is treasurer of the 
East Tennessee Chapter of the Health 
Physics Society for Safety and Ecology 
Corporation. 

Theodore D. Brosius '88 was elected 
treasurer of the South Central Chapter of 
the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified 
Public Accountants. 

David A. Bolton '89 is a house principal 
for Central Bucks School District, 
Doylestown. 

Ronald M. Fevola '89 is a director of 
household goods for Naval Supply Systems 
Command, Mechanicsburg. 



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Arran "Chuck" Adams '90 is manager of 
risk advisory services for KPMG, LLP, 
Philadelphia. 

Scott A. Barlup '90 is an advertising sales 
representative for Fastline Publications, 
Camp Hill. 

Carol Swavely Derham '91 and her husband, 
Joe, welcomed a son, John Christian, on 
Nov. 13, 2004. 

Robert F. Dietrich '91 is a production 
manager at Wyeth Nutrition, Georgia, Vt. 

Brendalyn D. Drysiak '91 is a general manager 
at Hilton Garden Inn, Horseheads, N.Y. 

April Homing Hershey '91 is a principal 
in the Cocalico School District, Denver. 

William H. Moore Jr. '91 is the Golden 

Mules boys basketball coach at Solanco 
High School. 

Brian D. Wassell '91 and his wife. Colleen, 
welcomed a son, Kyle Jonathan, into their 
family on Sept. 19, 2004. 

Kristin L. Maize '92 is a recruiter for 
People Source, LLC, Grasonville, Md. 

Michael P. Boyer '93 is the chief financial 
officer for Prey Lutz Corporation, Lancaster, 
and also serves as an adjunct professor in 
accounting for LVC. 

Wendy Burkert Neuheimer '93 and her 

husband, Sabin, welcomed a daughter, Eden 
Anna, into their family on March 10, 2005. 



Breaking Down 

Barriers for 

Women in Science 



In her memoir, 



Journey 



Through the 20th Century, Dr. Helen 

Ross Russell '43, H'73 writes; "We 

grew up with boundaries." For a girl 

growing up in rural Myerstown during the 

Great Depression, there would be many 

boundaries: economic hardship, physical 

isolation, and separate expectations 

from those of the boys in her one-room 

schoolhouse. Her parents had a strong 

desire for their daughter to be educated 

and they Instilled in her a love of nature 

and science, but she was repeatedly 

told, "Too bad you are a girl. You can't -: .,; 

be a scientist." / 

Rather than accepting a fate designed ^<. 

by others, Russell took up the challenge 

of becoming a woman scientist and „ , „ „ « .^, / • ,o-rc\ 

_, ^ , , , , r .i. Helen Ross Russell 43 (circa 1975) 

educator when role models were few. After 

high school, she spent several years 

bouncing between teaching and trying to earn a college degree. Finally, in her 
20s, she arrived as a commuting student at Lebanon Valley College, where 
faculty members inspired her with the words, "Of course you can study sci- 
ence here." 

After receiving a bachelor's degree, she embarked on graduate study at 
Cornell University, where she was one of the two women in a graduate lab of 
20. She earned a doctorate in nature sciences and conservation. "I grew up 
around male chauvinists," she said, "so I was used to having to prove myself." 

Subsequently, she taught at Fitchburg State College, where she was the 
only female academic dean of a Massachusetts college. The traveling bug 
caught her and she became a nature writer. She has written 15 books and over 
400 articles and bulletins. Russell has also taught in 28 states and five countries. 
One of her books, Ten-Minute Field Trips: Using the School Grounds to Teach, 
has become a popular guidebook that has been translated into Russian. 

Her interest in field trips began with her father on Sunday afternoons and 
continued with her faculty mentor at Lebanon Valley College. "You only have to 
go outside the door to learn," she says. The idea for "ten-minute" field trips, 
she says, helps teachers overcome mundane obstacles (like buses, time 
constraints, and expenses). 

Thanks to pioneering women like Helen Ross Russell, girls and young 
women today have role models to inspire them to study and work in science. 
She has been recognized by Lebanon Valley College for her service and 
achievements with a Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctoral 
degree. 

Ed Novak is a writer and consultant living in Harrlsburg. 



Fall 2005 23 




numacies 




When he was a student at LVC in the mid- 
1960s, the biggest innovation in writing 
technology was easy-to-erase typing paper. 
Personal computers weren't even on the horizon. But Dr. Eric 
Brown '66, a former English professor who now teaches writing 
and presentation skills to corporate executives, made a big 
name for himself recently by creating a new format for the 
great American novel. He's gone digital. Newspapers, from 
The New York Times to some in Singapore and Hong Kong 
have taken note. 
His mystery novel. Intimacies, can be downloaded free 
and read through his trademarked software 
that frames the story as a series of realistic- 
looking e-mails, instant messages, pager 
screens, and web sites. Brown created 
the DEN™ software (short for digital 
epistolary novel) with one of his employees 
at Communications Associates, a Memphis, 
Tenn., consulting firm he founded, which 
serves some of America's largest 
corporations, including FedEx and 
International Paper. 

Readers around the world have been responding to 
Intimacies en masse since its release two years ago, 
downloading the story at an ever-increasing rate. "It's been 
remarkable the coverage that the story's gotten (in places 
as widespread as India and Dublin)," Brown said. "You truly 
see the global village with something like this." 

Despite his web site's name, www.greatamericannovel.com, 
Brown doesn't claim to be creating fine literature. He Is 
just telling an entertaining story In a fresh, funny way. What 
interested Brown in the new format was watching his young 
employees read in snips and pieces through e-mails and 



Dr. Eric Brotmi '66 



instant messaging. Then it came to him — why not write stories 
in this form and also create software so that budding writers 
can create their own? 

The idea for a novel unfolding through a series of letters 
is at least as old as the book that Intimacies is based on — 
Pamela, by 18th-century author Samuel Richardson. What 
makes Brown's story unique is that his medium literally 
makes his message. Intimacies is no e-book with the layout 
of a conventional hardcover. Brown's story can be read only 
by following a trail of cyber messages familiar to everyone 
who works in a 21st-century office. DEN™ software utilizes 
four screens to tell the story: one for e-mail, one for instant 
messages, an imitation web browser, and an imitation 
pager screen. The reader clicks through a list of messages, 
and links connect to instant messages, web pages, or 
pager messages in the other windows. 

The story begins with two young professionals "meeting" 
in cyberspace through a missent e-mail. After they agree to 
a "real" meeting, a brutal assault follows. The e-mail partner 
is the obvious suspect, but the trail of clues — all delivered 
in digital form — reveals surprises. The novel, complete with 
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His characters are based on an amalgamation of the 
people he's encountered throughout his career. "I've been 
in the corporate and academic worlds for quite a few years 
now, and I've encountered a huge variety of personalities," 
Brown said. "They're idiosyncratic, sometimes funny, 
sometimes terrible, sometimes wonderful people." 

Brown, who holds a doctorate in English from Penn State 
University, has gotten more attention for the format of his 
story than the story itself. But in a lengthy New York Times 
feature on Brown's book, titled Call Me E-Mail: The Novel 
Unfolds Digitally, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, a traveling scholar at 
Brown University and a visiting researcher at the University 
of California at Santa Cruz, was quoted as saying that texts 
like Brown's hold promise for a generation that grew up 
with computers. "I'm pleased to see people take imaginative 
writing and put it into the spaces where we do our living." 

In the near future, anyone who wants to give it a try can 
do so through a contest featured on Brown's web site. He 
is offering a $1,000 prize for the best story created with his 
new Writenvare^" software to help aspiring authors create 
their own DEN™ stories. And, he is expanding his PC web 



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site to make downloads MAC friendly as well. Meanwhile, 
Brown has founded DEN Publications LLC, which will market 
DEN™ software for writers, schools, and businesses. He 
already has a great deal of interest from several of the 
nation's largest publishers to produce stories in various genres, 
including mysteries, romance novels, and science fiction. 

Greg Couturier '06, an LVC English communications major, 
contributed to tliis story and performed research and editing 
duties for additional stories. He is a co-editor of La Vie 
Colleglenne, has interned in the LVC College Relations office, 
and is one of two LVC student members of the College's Board 
of Trustees. 



class news & notes 



Gifted Caregiver 

Awarded for Work 
as a UPMC Doctor 



As a boy growing up in rural IVlyerstown, Randy Kreider '80 let the hopes 
of family and friends that he would become a doctor go in one ear and 
out the other. It was not until he was 9 years old, receiving skin grafts 
at Lancaster General Hospital after being burned, that he started to take the 
idea of becoming a doctor seriously. 

He was serious enough about medicine to choose Lebanon Valley College 
because of its reputation for successfully preparing chemistry majors for medical 
school. There, he made lifelong fhends with fellow chemistry majors Trach 
Nguyen '80 and William Miller '80. 

In 2004 he was one of eight physicians among the more than 4,000 in the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system to receive the UPMC 
Physician Services Division ACES Award. The award is designed "to acknowledge 
the efforts of those individuals who are gifted caregivers, communicators, and problem 

solvers. It honors those who 

excel with tireless effort to do 

the best for patients and 

bring out the best in physician 

colleagues and staff members." 

Kreider graduated from 
Penn State's medical college 
in Hershey with assistance 
from the U.S. Air Force Health 
Profession Scholarship 
Program. After serving in the 
Air Force, he joined UPMC, 
where he has practiced family 
medicine and served as an 
administrator for 14 years in 
regional medical centers in 
Slippery Rock, Grove City, 
and, currently. Clarion. 

"I enjoy being an adminis- 
trator," he says, "because I 
can make a difference in improving the quality of medical care and have helped 
foster the growth of the system." UPMC serves 29 counties, and it operates 19 
hospitals and more than 350 doctors' offices and specialized outpatient centers. 

Kreider and his wife, Debra, live in Franklin. Their daughter, Ashley, graduated 
from Lebanon Valley College last May. "If I could go back to college for one day," he 
says, "it would be to collaborate with Ashley on a class project presentation." 

"As an undergraduate. Dr. Owen Moe made biochemistry easy for me," he 
recalls, adding that his advice for college students interested in medicine is to 
"take courses that prepare you for medical school, like biochemistry and statistics — 
courses with which medical students often have trouble." 



Ed Novak is a writer and consultant living in Harrisburg. 




Dr. Randy Kreider '80 speaks with one of his 
patients — -fellow LVC graduate Barbara Bender 
Walwik '58. 



Jennifer Reeder Decker '94 has been 
nominated by a student to Who's Who 
Among America's Teachers. The honor goes to 
teachers who have made a difference in the 
lives of their students. 

Deana Sanders Russler '94 and her husband, 
Neil, welcomed the birth of twin daughters, 
Camlyn and Karsten, on Dec. 17, 2003. 

Tara Koslosky Bradford '95 is an assistant 
manager of client relations at Integrated 
Software Solutions, Ameerpet, Hyderabad, 
India. 

Heather L. Harbaugh '95 is an attorney 
for Foulkrod & Harbaugh, Harrisburg. 

Michael A. Hoke '95 married Holly Barry 
on May 15, 2004. He works as an information 
specialist for Electronic Data Systems, 
Mechanicsburg. 

Scott A. Maier '95 is the head teaching 
professional at Birnam Wood Golf Club, 
Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Jeffrey S. Polinsky '95 is a parole agent for 
Schuylkill County. 

Deborah B. Wescott '95 and her husband, 
Jonathan D. Wescott '93, welcomed a son, 
Tyler David, into their family on March 17, 
2005. 

Alice Louisa Fetrow '96 married Darius W. 
Mitchell on May 22, 2004, at Quickel's 
Evangelical Lutheran Church, York. 

Melissa Howard Jimeno '96 and her 

husband, Greg, welcomed a daughter, Alexa 
Grace, into their family on Jan. 1 1, 2005. 

Jacqueline Wevodau Rohrbaugh '96 is a 

master's-level physician assistant for the 
medical investigator of the Dallas district 
attorney's office in Texas. 

Jennifer Gominger Afflerbach '97 and her 

husband, Matthew, welcomed a daughter, 
Emma Grace, into their family on May 18, 
2005. 

Gina L. Fontana '97 is a clinical research 
associate for Orion Clinical Services, 
Princeton, N.J. 

Michael A. Houck '97 and his wife, 
Despina Hazatones '99, live in 
Elizabethtown with their daughter, Eleni. 
He is an account installation consultant for 
United Concordia Companies, Inc., 
Harrisburg. 

Rebecca Avers Pope '97 and her husband, 
Christopher D. Pope '91, welcomed a 
daughter, Sydney Dayton, into their family 
on Jan. 17, 2005. Rebecca is an English 
teacher at Palmyra Area High School. 



26 The Valley 



Tina Teichman Shaup '97 is a corrections 
counselor at the State Correctional Institution 
in Mahanoy City. 

Corrina Doei^e Smith '97 and her husband, 
Tom, welcomed a son, Caleb Pieter, into 
their family on Oct. 13, 2004. 

Meghan Toppin Beidle '98 is office manager 
at Kelly Electrical Contractors, Inc., 
Woodbury, N.J. She graduated from 
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 
Medicine in July 2005 with a master's 
degree in organizational development and 
leadership. 

Willy M. Carmona '98 is a high school 
band director for the Dover Public School 
District, in New Jersey. He was named as 
the 2004-2005 "Teacher of the Year" for 
Dover High School. 

Candace W. Falger M'98 was named the 
Lebanon County "Conservation Educatot 
oftheYeat" for 2004. 

Andrew P. Geist '98 is an environmental 
compliance specialist for the Pennsylvania 
Department of Military and Veterans 
Affairs, Annville. He lives in Lebanon with 
his wife, Jennifer Negley '98, and son, 
Ryan Andrew. 

Lynne E. Heisey '98 is a new business 
proposals associate for Turner Investment 
Partners, Berwyn. 

Brooke Anderson Jones '98 and her 

husband, Kenneth, welcomed a son, 
Anderson Kenneth, into their family on 
April 19,2005. 

Wayne R. Knaub II '98 is a team leader of 
store facilities for Charming Shoppes, 
Bensalem. 

Steven L. McElroy '98 is an operations 
supervisor for R.R. Donnelly, Waynesboro. 
He lives in Waynesboro with his wife, 
Melissa Redding '98, and their daughter, 
Elizabeth Morgan. 

Joseph V. Pearson '98 is a biology teacher 
and varsity head football coach for Solanco 
High School. His wife, Jennifer Johnson 
Pearson '98, is a guidance counselor at 
Swift Middle School. They live in Oxford 
with their two children, Alexis and Seth. 

William M. Schwartz '98 married Kristi 
Lynn Parrish on May 29, 2005, in 
Baltimore, Md. He is an account manager 
for MBNA America Bank, Hunt Valley, Md. 

Lisa Epting Underwood '98 is library 
assistant at Lehigh Carbon Community 
College, Schnecksville. 



and 



BY TIM FLYNN '05 



"RPbounds 



UnTur^GTXdU G to Dutchman fans as one of the most tenacious, 
versatile, and gifted student-athletes in school history, Crystal Gibson '05 will 
be a welcome sight on the sidelines this year as an assistant coach for both 
women's basketball and track and field. The change won't be an easy one — 
at least not for someone accustomed to playing point guard for 37 minutes a 
night on the hardwood and breaking high-jump records on the track. 

"It'll be hard to just sit and watch," Gibson admits. "It'll be a big transition 
going from playing to the sidelines. But I think it's the ideal situation for me. I 
believe it's the best place I could possibly start out." 

Being able to combine coaching duties for basketball and track, two sports 
she excelled in, is an attractive opportunity for her. The differences between 
the two sports — one team-oriented, the other based on personal performanc- 
es — will be especially challenging. "I love the team aspect of basketball, but I 
look forward to being able to work with individuals in track. We have a lot of 
talent coming back," she observes. 

The desire to move from player to coach wasn't always on Gibson's mind. It 
took the urging of Lebanon Valley head women's basketball coach Peg Kauffman 
to make her consider it as a career. 

"I started thinking I wanted to coach around my senior year," she says. "I 
was really inspired by Coach Kauffman — the way she handled the team. It was 
something I knew I wanted to do." 

As luck would have it, Gibson's background is tailor-made to her new basketball 
position, which includes recruiting responsibilities. In recent years. Kauffman 
has consistently brought in exceptional student-athletes from Maryland — 
including Gibson, a native of Randallstown. 

"Being from there, I know a lot of the Maryland coaches. They're excited to 
have their kids look at LVC," she says. 

In addition to her work as an assistant coach, Gibson will work with the Athletic 
Department in a variety of roles, including helping to establish a memorabilia hall of 
fame that will be on display at the entrance to the gymnasium. 

If her playing qualifications read like an all-time records list, that's because 
most of them are school records. She played in 108 straight games as point 
guard for the basketball team, propelling the Dutchmen to an 82-26 record. 
the most successful four-year period in program history She was the prototypical 
^"-^ ^^ point guard, dishing out a school record 528 assists during 

"^ her career, but was also well known for her fearless 

' charging lay-ups against post players far larger than she 
■ is with her 5'9" frame. On the track, she earned Ail- 
American status as a freshman in the high jump, owns 
the school record in that event (5-8). and ranked in 
the top four in every sprint category and as a member 
■ of several relay teams. But it was all a means to an 
end for Gibson, who now looks at her new job as a 
stepping stone for future success. 

"I definitely want to be a head coach some day." 
she says. "I'd love to go to a higher level. But it's 
just one step at a time." 

Tim Flynn '05 is an athletic communications assistant 
at the University of Pennsylvania. 



Crystal Gibson '05 



Fall 2005 27 



Anion Shenk Kreider 



Aaron Shenk Kreider 

Early Friend of the College 



There is something very special 
about the well-worn yet well- 
preServed 1916 edition of the 
QuittaphWa. Opening the tattered 
blue suede cover, you notice that 
this LVC yearbook is dedicated to Aaron 
Shenk Kreider, the grandfather of College 
benefactor and friend Jane Kreider Williams. 
The inscription reads: "a loyal supporter and 
true friend of Lebanon Valley College, this 
volume of the Quittaphilla is dedicated as a 
token of our sincere esteem and respect." 
Williams will tell you that her grandfather 
played a large role, not only in the life of the 
College, but also in his community. "With numerous business interests and dedi- 
cated community service, he was well respected and highly regarded by his 
peers," said Williams. 

As an undergraduate, Kreider spent a year and a half at the Valley before 
going on to Allentown Business College from which he graduated in 1880 at age 
16. After graduation, Kreider moved to Missouri for a few years. He returned to 
Pennsylvania in 1884, and his interest in the local business community flourished. 
He became engaged in mercantile pursuits in Campbelltown and then, in 1886, 
established the town of Lawn Station on the Cornwall and Lebanon Railroad. 
His next move was to Palmyra, where he operated coal yards, a warehouse, and 
a gristmill until 1893, when he rented the old Palmyra Boot and Shoe Factory 
and began his shoe manufacturing business. 

In 1894, he built a factory in Annville. With factories in Palmyra, Annville, 
Elizabethtown, and IVIiddletown, and distribution centers located in New York, 
Pittsburgh, Chicago, and St. Louis, Kreider's business had a daily output of 
15,000 pairs of shoes and became well known throughout the United States. 

Along with his business pursuits, Kreider was actively involved with his community. 
He served as chair of the building committee for the United Brethren Church in 
Annville. He was also one of the directors of the Annville National Bank and vice 
president of Farmers Trust Company in Lebanon. In 1912, Kreider was elected 
as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in Congress 
from March 1913 through March 1922. 

Kreider's interest in the Valley led to his election to the College's Board of 
Trustees in 1911; he became vice president two years later. In 1914, he was 
elected president, a position he held until his death in 1929. Debt was prevalent 
for the college and. In the summer of 1915, it was rumored that the College 
would close. Kreider was a powerful ally, paying all campaign expenses and 
directing the College's first endowment campaign to raise $250,000. As vice 
president, Kreider attempted to ban the hooded group of individuals known as 
the Death League. This group, resembling the Ku Klux Klan, handed down trumped-up 
charges and practiced physical violence on innocent students. It was abolished 
in 1912. 

In 1919, this prominent industrial leader and father of seven sons and three 
daughters built the stately Georgian revival mansion. Hill ferm. With its ambience 
and style, the estate was considered an architectural showplace. In 1982, the 
beautifully restored estate was converted into a personal-care facility Today, the 
estate provides a home to individuals who no longer need or desire the responsibility 
of maintaining their own residence. 

Williams speaks fondly of her grandfather and of her childhood. "I loved 
spending time at Hill Farm. It was a wonderful place to grow up." Williams is 
married to E.D. "Bill" Williams, trustee emeritus. The LVC legacy continued with 
their two daughters, who graduated from the Valley: Jacqueline, class of 1976, 
and Elizabeth, class of 1977. 

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



Paul A. VoUberg '98 received a master's 
degree in educational leadership from 
Delaware Valley College. He is the music 
department coordinator and instrumental 
music teacher for Pennridge School District, 
Perkasie. 

David W. Shapiro '99 has been promoted 
to the position of director of technical 
services at LVC. He will coordinate the 
activities of the group within IT Services 
that is responsible for managing the campus 
network, servers, and telephone system. 

Shane M. Sipes '99 and his wife, Carrie, 
welcomed a daughter, Claire Louise, on 
June 1, 2004. 

Mark W. Wells '99 graduated from 
Wilmington College on Jan. 30, 2005, 
with a master's degree in school counseling. 



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Nathaniel K. Davis '00 earned his master's 
degree in health and human performance 
from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. 
He is an assistant track coach at Eastern 
Illinois University, and lives in Charleston 
with his wife, Ann Musser '00, and their 
daughter, Kobi-Ann. 

Lisa Fasold '00 married Daniel Orner on 
Dec. 24, 2004. She is a music teacher in the 
Midd-West School District and lives in 
Selinsgrove. 

Thomas J. Mealy Jr. '00 is the athletic 
director at Bishop McDevitt High School, 
Harrisburg. 

Diane Butzon Patton '00 is an assistant 
principal at Wheadand Middle School, 
Lancaster. 

Jennifer A. Pellegrino '00 is an account 
executive at D4 Creative Group, 
Philadelphia. 

Julie A. Repman '00 is an intensive case 
manager for Keystone Community Mental 
Health Services, Harrisburg. 

Stephen M. Rosenfeld '00 married Kate 
Foster on April 30, 2005, in Baltimore, Md. 
He is a professional education manager for 
Levin Group, Inc., Owings Mills, Md. 

Francy Spangler Reigert '00 and her husband, 
Shannon, welcomed a daughter, Ozlynde 
Renee, into their family on Nov. 16, 2004. 
Francy is a special education teacher for the 
Lebanon School District. 

Lindsay A. Shattuck '00 is an instrumental 
music teacher for Tinton Falls School 
District in New Jersey. 



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Leah Woodworth '00 married Brad Dale 
on June 26, 2004, in Dover, Del. 

Angela Koch Wells '00 is medical manager 
of the medical department at the Delaware 
Humane Association, Wilmington. 

Melissa S. Zinn '00 and Randall D. 

Kostelac '99 were married April 19, 2005. 



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Jessica L. Haloskie '01 received a doctor of 
medicine degree from Jefferson Medical 
College, Thomas Jefferson University, 
Philadelphia. 

Bryan K. Huyett '01 is a special agent for 
the U.S. Army, serving in Germany. 

Jessica A. Mitchell '01 is a quality control 
coordinator at ESIS Environmental Health 
Lab in Cromwell, Conn. 

Jessica Cantrell Newcomer '01 and her 
husband, William M. Newcomer '00, 

welcomed a daughter, Callie Noel, into 
their family on March 8, 2005. 

Donald L. Raiger '01 married Dawn 
Shuey on May 21, 2005, in Coleman 
Chapel of Inn 422 in Lebanon. 

Jerry Reilly '01 has left his position at the 
John F. Kennedy Museum to join the Peace 
Corps. He is stationed in Niger, where he is 
developing after-school programs for youth. 

Kimberly M. Simmons '01 is a music and 
chorus teacher at Palmyra Area Middle 
School. She was the female soloist in the 
CBS special program Enter the Light of Life, 
which aired Dec. 25, 2004. 



Melanie E. Boyd '02 is an assistant director 
of education at Sylvan Learning Center, 
Allentown. 

Patrick James Clarke '02 is an account 
executive for Infonxx, Bethlehem. 

Chad M Hoofnagle '02 is a district 
coordinator for Kraft-Nabisco, Reading. 

Dorcinda Celiena Knauth '02 received a 
master's degree in ethnomusicology from 
the University of Pittsbuigh. 

Danielle Douty Sass '02 is an emotional 
support teacher for the Millersburg Area 
School District. 



Todd A. Young '03 is the controller at B.R. 
Kreider & Son, Inc., Manheim. 



Stephan J. Bihoreau '03 is a French 
teacher for Derry Township School District. 

Kristine Daiber '03 and David Warner 

'02 were married on June 12, 2004. 
Kristine is working in government relations 
for the Association of Independent Colleges 
& Universities of Pennsylvania. David is 
working for Sen. David Brightbill. 

Laura E. Klabunde '03 is an in-school 
suspension teacher for Northern Lebanon 
School District, Fredericksburg. 

Jessica Mae Krout '03 and Aaron Kier '03 

were married July 3 1 , 2004. Jessica works at 
URL Financial Group, Harrisburg, and 
Aaron works at Circuit City, Harrisburg. 

Jessica M. Leffler '03 is a secretary/ 
receptionist for Pennsylvania Asphalt 
Pavement Association, Harrisburg. 

David S. Rasmussen '03 is a materials 
manager at Shite Pharmaceuticals, Wayne. 

Jason M. Roberts '03 is a communications 
specialist for Cingular Wireless, Camp Hill. 

Scott Schilling '03 opened a store, Gulf 
Coast Hockey Plus, in Estero, Fla. 

Eric M. Stichler '03 is a project manager 
for Richard J. Stichler, General Contractor, 
Lebanon. 



'04 



Lindsey Rae Baum '04 married Eric A. 
Dinsmore on Nov. 27, 2004. Lindsey teaches 
for Harford Counry Public Schools, Bel Air, 
Md. 

Lorene K. Brubaker '04 served a nine-month 
term, from August 2004 to May 2005, in 
Kenya and Uganda under the auspices of 
Rosedale Mennonite Missions. 

Peter B. Henning '04 is an executive assistant 
at T.H. Properties, Harleysville. 

Cassandra L. Hoadley '04 is a marketing 
associate for Corporate Executive Board, 
Washington, D.C. 

Danelle McCusker '04 is a commimications 
specialist for United Parcel Service, Harrisburg. 

Michael A. Rock '04 is a sprinkler installer 
for Commonwealth Fire Protection 
Company, Leola. 

Marisa E. Stoner '04 is a residential counselor 
at Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, 
Mt. Gretna. 

Annalouise Venturella '04 is a photographer/ 
sales representative for Get the Picture 
Corporation, Manheim. 




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Does your class year end in a 1 or a 6? you wm be celebrating a reunion 
In 2006. Mark your calendars and plan to return to the Valley for the weekend 
of June 9-1 1 , 2006. This is a time to renew old acquaintances and tour the 
campus to see what has changed and what has remained the same. For 
specific information about your class, visit the reunion pages on the LVC 
web site. You can even post a message to fellow classmates encouraging 
them to return to Annville in June. For more information, please contact 
Jamie Cecil at cecil@lvc.edu. 



www.lvc.edu 



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Timothy E. Flynn '05 is an athletic 
communications assistant at the University 
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 

Jill M. Teschner '05 is an accounting assistant 
at SABRE Systems, Inc., Warminster. 



In Memoriam 

Madeline A. Colman '27 died March 29, 
2005, in Oxford at the age of 99. She held 
teaching certificates in English and foreign 
language. She had been a teacher at 
Parkesburg and Octorara Area high schools. 

Mary Overly Hertzler '29 died March 6, 
2005. in Carlisle. She served 25 years as 
music director at 29th Street United 
Methodist Church and was president of the 
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of 
Harrisburg. She is survived by a daughter, 
Georgia Ann Bartholomew '60, of 
Mechanicsburg. 

Nancy Ulrich Wood '29 died June 8, 
2005, in South Yarmouth, Mass. She 
worked for the Montclair Board of 
Education for 25 years. She received the 
Pioneer Award from the Department of 
Audio-Visual Education of the National 
Education Association. 

Paul K. Keene '32, H'76, one of the world 
pioneers in organic farming, died April 25, 
2005, in Sunbury at the age of 94. He 
learned organic and biodynamic farming 
methods while working in northern India. 
He purchased Walnut Acres Farm near 
Penns Creek, and helped found the 
Pennsylvania chapter of the Natural Foods 
Associates. Walnut Acres was the first retail- 
er to grow, process, and sell a large variety 
of organic foods worldwide. He also created 



the Walnut Acres Foundation to further his 
belief in helping the community and the 
world. Editor's Note: Please see more on the 
life of Paul Keene on page 32. 

Elizabeth B. Ulrich '32 died Feb. 26, 
2005, at age 94 in Susquehanna Twp. She 
was a reference librarian at Penn State 
Universit)' and retired fi:om the Pennsylvania 
State Library. 

Leroy C. Miller '34 died Feb. 8, 2005, at 
age 93 in Schuylkill Haven. He was a 
retired owner-operator of the Alver Motel, 
Orwigsburg. He also owned the Terminal 
Parking Lot, Pottsville, and a service and 
weigh station in Molino. He was previously 
employed by Wearever Pen Company, 
Orwigsburg. 

Francis S. Rotunda '35 died May 15, 
2005, at age 92 in Lebanon. Francis was 
an instructor for the AARP Safe Driving 
Course. He also started an Alzheimer's 
support group in Mechanicsburg. 

Samuel S. Hamish '36 died Jan. 9, 2005, at 
age 90 in Lititz. He was a U.S. Army veteran 
of World War II. He volunteered for many 
years with the Lancaster County Multiple 
Sclerosis Society and served on its board. 
He was a member and past president of the 
Mount Joy Lions Club. 

Mary H. Rockwell '36 died Jan. 27, 2005, 
at age 89 in Berkley, W.Va. She was a teacher 
at Berkeley Springs High School for 23 years. 

Henry C. Steiner '37 died April 17, 2005, 
at age 91 in Lititz. He was the band director 
and music instructor in the Warwick School 
District. Under his direction, Warwick bands 
won several county and state honors. He was 
a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran 
Church of Lititz for more than 60 years. 

Raymond R. Smith '39 died Dec. 31, 
2004, at age 87 in York. He practiced law in 
York County for 40 years, served on the 



President's Committee on Civil Rights 
Under Law, and worked as a volunteer 
attorney representing civil rights in Mississippi. 
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army 
and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, 
during which he was awarded the Bronze 
Star for gallantry in action on two occasions 
and received the Purple Heart. He established a 
volunteer tutoring program and a summer 
reading program through the Red Lion 
AARP in cooperation with the Red Lion 
Area School District's elementary schools. 

Samuel E. Vaughan Sr. '39 died Aug. 23, 
2004, at age 87 in Greensburg. He was a U.S. 
naval officer who served in World War II in 
the Pacific Theater and in the Korean conflia. 

Anna E. Hower '40 died Feb. 14, 2005, at 
age 86 in Lebanon. She retired from teaching 
elementary school after 30 years with the 
Annville-Cleona School District. She was a 
member of Annville Senior Citizens and the 
Lebanon County Honors Society. 

Adelaide Sanders Burgner '43 died March 
31, 2005, at age 93 in Lebanon. She was 
the fitst woman member of the Reading 
Symphony Orchestra and was solo viola of 
the Harrisburg Symphony. She wai a lifetime 
member and president of the Woman's Club 
of Lebanon. A memorial concert was held 
in her honor in LVC's Miller Chapel in 
October. 

Cyril J. Little '43 died April 6, 2005, at 
age 84 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a World 
War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy 
and in the U.S. Marines. He retired from 
Hersheypark and Sports Arena after more 
than 30 years. 

David W. Shaner '43 died Feb. 3, 2005, at 
age 83 in The Villages, Fla. He was a master 
sergeant in the U.S. Army during World 
War II. He retired from Riverside High 
School where he taught English, drama, and 
theater. 

H. Dennis Sherk '43 died Jan. 8, 2005, at 
age 83 in State College. He was an Army 
veteran of World War II. He was director of 
theater arts for Kansas State College in 
Emporia, Kan. He helped start public television 
station WPSX-TV while serving on the faculty 
at Penn State. 

The Rev. James E. Flinchbaugh '45 died 
Feb. 6, 2005, at age 80 in St. Mary's, Ohio. 
He served as chaplain of Miami Valley 
Hospital in Dayton from 1951 to 1966. 
He served as the senior pastor at Belmont 
United Methodist Church for six years and 
then as district superintendent of the 
Dayton South District. He also served at 
St. Paul's United Methodist Church in 
Celina, Ohio, and at Flower Memorial 
Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. 



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Joye Rasher Heisler '47 died March 3, 
2005. at age 79 in Salisbury, N.C.. She 
taught math, physics, and science in 
Harrisburg area schools and was a chemist 
for the Pennsylvania Highway Department. 
She was named a "Point of Light" by the 
governor of Hawaii for her years of volunteer 
tutoring while she lived in Hawaii. 

Robert E. Hess '49 died Feb. 3, 2005, 
at age 8 1 in Lebanon. He was a retired 
social studies teacher from Lebanon High 
School. An Army Air Force veteran of 
World War II, he was a recipient of the 
Distinguished Flying Cross. He coached 
football, basketball, and baseball and was a 
three-sports inductee into the Central 
Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sports Hall of 
Fame, the Lebanon Valley College Sports 
Hall of Fame, and the Lebanon High 
School Sports Hall of Fame. 

Paul E. Broome '50 died Feb. 9, 2005, at 
age 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was a 
U.S. Army veteran. He was retired from 
SmithKline, where he was a pharmaceutical 
representative for 35 years. 

The Rev. Russel L. Hoffinan '50 died 
Feb. 17, 2005, at age 79 in Harrisburg. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II 
and a retired United Methodist minister. 

A former deputy coroner of Dauphin 
County, Dr. Robert S. Bear '51 died 
March 17, 2005, in Cape May Court 
House, N.J., at age 76. He worked at the 
Community General Osteopathic Hospital 
for 31 years, where he served as the director 
of clinical laboratories and chief pathologist. 
He attended the annual Army-Navy football 
game with his children for over 45 years. 

Dr. Kerry H. Gingrich '51 died June 28, 
2005, in Cornwall. He was a Navy veteran 
of World War II. A physician, he practiced 
for 43 years at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Robert L. Meals '51 died June 9, 2005, at 
age 77 in Bryn Mawr. He was a professor of 
radiology at Philadelphia College of 
Osteopathic Medicine for more than 40 years. 



Sidney A. "Mooch" Levitz '52 died Jan. 
14, 2005, at age 75 in Las Vegas, Nev. He 
was a Korean War veteran who served in the 
U.S. Air Force. 

Nancy Deimler Seiders '52 died May 30, 
2005, at age 78 in Lebanon. Seiders was an 
assistant professor of elementary education 
for Lebanon Valley College and taught in 
public schools in Pennsylvania, California, 
New York, and Hawaii. 

Henry B. HoUinger '55 died Dec. 17, 

2004, at age 71 in Troy, N.Y, He was a 
professor of chemistry at LVC (1959-60) 
and authored many scientific articles and 
books on theoretical chemistry. He was a 
member of the American Chemical Society. 

Lawrence K. Hoy '56 died March 8, 2005, 
at age 72 in Pine Grove. He taught piano 
for 45 years and was a member of the 
American Guild of Organists. 

Gerald A. McComiick '57 died March 3, 

2005, at age 77 in Jeannette. He served in 
the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He 
was employed in the aircraft industry, work- 
ing for Bethlehem Steel and Pennsylvania 
Electric Company. 

Everett Millard Gilmore Jr. '58 died April 
14, 2005, at age 69 in Dallas, Texas. He 
served with the U.S. Army Field Band in 
Washington, D.C. For 30 years, he was the 
principal tuba player in the Dallas Symphony 
Orchestra. He was an adjunct professor of 
mba studies at Southern Methodist University 
and a well known and respected music copyist. 

James A. Mitchell '58 died Feb. 24, 2005, 
at age 68 in Greenville, Del. He retired 
from DuPont after 33 years. He was a 
member of the DuPont Country Club, 
Harbor Yacht Club, the Masonic Order 
Chester Lodge #236, and a long-time 
member of the LVC Board of Trustees. 

Ethel Klopp Thomasco '59 died March 1 1 , 
2005, at age 77 in Lebanon. She worked as a 
librarian for the Lebanon Library in the 1960s 
and 1970s. She and her late husband owned 
Big Bertha's grocery store in Lebanon for 25 



years. She is survived by daughter Danna 
Thomasco Comick '66 and half-sister 
Evelyn M. Strickler '39. 

Rena M. Lawrence '61 died Feb. 26, 2005, 
at age 72 in Lancaster. She was a retired 
major in the U.S. Army Reserves. She was a 
registered nurse at Harrisburg Hospital and 
was serving her second term on the 
Pennsylvania Board of Nursing at the time 
of her death. She was a member of the 
National League for Nurses and the 
American Nurses Association. 

Stanley Daniels '63 died April 14, 2005, at 
age 65 in Lebanon. He was an Air Force 
veteran and a member of the Palmyra 
American Legion. He worked tor 25 years 
for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Transportation. 

The Rev. James W. Weis '66 died March 
1 1, 2005, at Gilchrist Center, Towson, Md. 
He had been pastor of Holy Communion 
Lutheran Church, Fallston, Md. 

Helen Hodges '70 died Jan. 28, 2005, at 
age 57 in Greencastle. She worked as a 
nurse educator for various hospitals, including 
Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. 
She worked as the diabetes educator at 
Waynesboro Hospital, which dedicated a 
bush and a plaque in appreciation of her 
service to people with diabetes. 

Anne Auerbach '77 died Jan. 19, 2005, at 
age 49 in Parisppany, N.J. She worked in 
the neonatal intensive care unit at 
Morristown Memorial Hospital. 

Robert J. Whalen Jr. '82 died Feb. 3, 
2005, at age 58 in Lake Suzy, Fla. He served 
in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a trust officer 
for Fulton Bank in Lancaster. For 30 years 
he served in the railroad industry with True 
Temper/Progress Rail Way Services. He retired 
to Florida, but still worked as a substitute 
teacher at Charlotte High School. 



IHE mWLAND W. BAilN[S 12 MEMDRIAl SCHOLAfiSNIP FONO CIHHin[[ celebrated Rowland's life at a 
dinner during Oktoberfest weekend. We were honored to have as a special guest a close 
friend of the Rowland family, attorney Gail Abramson, from Atlanta. The campaign is 
about to get underway, and alumni in the classes of 1960-1964 will be hearing about it 
personally, via letters from the committee. 

Visit the Rowland Barnes Memorial Scholarship Fund web site 
for additional information or to make a gift online: www.lvc.edu/barnes. 



Faj 1 2005 31 



class news & notes 




Paul Keene 

A pioneer, a simple 
man and a profound 
influence on so many 



WriLCrj radio host and prairie philosopher Garrison Keillor once 
said, in a News From Lake Wobegon monologue, that nothing you do for a 
child is ever wasted. 

You never know what children will remember years from now, what will 
be important, what will have made an impact in their lives. 

The wisdom in that statement has been borne out over and over in my 
relationship with my nieces and my nephew and as I look back at the people 
who helped shape the person 1 would become. 

One of the most profound influences on me, I am rather certain, never 
knew — nor was I aware until much later — the importance of this role. 

[Dr.] Paul Keene ['32, H'76], along with J.I. Rodale, is credited with 
pioneering the organic food movement. 

Rodale launched a magazine empire. Keene farmed. 

He farmed just outside Penns Creek, the Snyder County village in which 
I grew up, where along with his wife, Betty, he founded Walnut Acres, a 
small organic operation that grew into a multimillion-dollar mail-order 
enterprise with a global reputation. 

Hollywood celebrities and back-to-the- land homesteaders bought Walnut 
Acres products. But Paul — it seems next to impossible to call him anything 
but Paul, even in print — never changed from the simple, always-smiling 
uncle he was to every kid in the area. 

Paul Keene, the son of a minister, was born in Lititz. He graduated from 
Lebanon Valley College, earned a master's degree in mathematics from Yale, 
taught at Drew University, and then went to India, where he studied at 
Mohandas Gandhi's village training school. 

India is also where he met Betty [his future wife] — Enid Betty Morgan, 
the daughter of Welsh and English missionaries. 



Paul Keene circa 1932 



When Paul and Betty returned to the U.S., 
they learned more about organic agriculture 
and eventually began growing their own 
crops — without pesticides or chemicals — on 
the farm they called Walnut Acres. 

They grew their business, too, from an 
initial harvest from a few apple trees to a 
natural-foods empire, employing hundreds 
from the Penns Creek area, including my 
mother and, during the summers, me. 

The Walnut Acres Foundation, the 
Keenes' official charity arm, eventually built 
a community center in Penns Creek. Long 
before that, however, the foundation funded 
Penns Creek's summer recreation program. 
It did so, I sometimes suspect, to give Paul 
an oudet for his own playfulness. 

Betty, a sweet and gende woman, 
retained some of the reserve for which the 
British are noted. Not Paul. 

If kids were playing kickball, he would 
jimip right in. "When's it my turn to be up?" 

A game of tag? "Who's it?" he would ask, 
always — always — smiling. 



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Each year, Paul rented a bus and took 
the local children to the Shrine Circus in 
the Scranton area, and the ride was just 
as much fiin, if not more, as the circus 
itself. 

We sang, it seems now, from the moment 
the bus pulled out of the elementary school 
parking lot until the time we got back late 
at night. And Paul sang loudest of all. 

Here was a man who walked with 
Gandhi, and he was singing — in his rich, 
beautifiil, baritone voice — "John Jacob 
Jingleheimer Schmidt" with a bunch of 
kids, most of whom had never even heard 
of Mahatma, the great soul. 

We marveled at Paul's lack of self- 
consciousness — he sang with such gusto 
and glee and laughed, we thought, just like 
Herman Munster. We wondered about his 
slightly hooked nose — a memento, we 
were told, of his days as an amateur boxer. 

And we were amazed by his genuine 
interest in us. 

When Paid found out that I was develop- 
ing an affinity for writing, he gave me a 



"Rodale launched a magazine 
empire. Keene farmed." 



copy of the complete works of William 
Shakespeare. 

It must have cost a fortune, I thought. 
He smiled — of course — and said, "No, I 
got it in a used bookstore in New York for 
$1. When I saw it, I thought of you." 

When it came time for college, the 
Walnut Acres Foundation offered financial 
aid. 

"How much did we say?" Paul teased 
as he wrote the check to "bursar" — the 
definition of which I looked up later. 

I thought of Paul a lot in later years, 
and I saw him — and his philosophy — 
in the books I was discovering: Aldo 
Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and 
E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful. 

When I came back to Snyder County 



and tried to start a weekly newspaper, he 
was my biggest supporter. 

Paul died in April at age 94. Major 
publications, including The Washington 
Post, published an obituary. 

His grave in the Penns Creek Union 
Cemetery is marked with a simple stone. 
I was unable to attend his memorial serv- 
ice, but I am told that it, too, was simple. 
Just as Paul would have wanted it. 

And just as the scores of yoimg people 
from the Penns Creek area — and thousands 
of people around the world — ^who were 
influenced by his life — ^would have expected. 

Rich Kerstetter is tlie Centre Dally Times 
opinion page coordinator. 



Lebanon Valley College 

is seeking nominations for the 2005-06 

Dr. June E. Herr Educator Award 

that will be presented at the Awards Ceremony 
during Alumni Weekend, 2006. 



Eligible recipients include alumni 
and friends of the College who 
meet one or more of the criteria 
at right: 



1. Has provided outstanding service to the College or the 
Department of Education 

2. Has achieved excellence in his/her profession or area of 
educational expertise 

3. Has made outstanding contributions to their community 
in the area of education 



Please submit nominations including name, address, position, and a detailed biography to: 

LaRue Troutman at ltroutma@lvc.edu or (717) 867-6325 by February 28, 2006. 



Fall 2005 33 



RobertW. Smith '39, 
Music Professor 
Emeritus, Dies 



Robert W. Smith '39, professor emeritus of 
music, who in 1975 oversaw the construction of 
the Blair Music Center, died July 25, in the 
Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical 
Center. He was 87. "To have been an integral 
part of the realization of such a building as 
the Blair Music Center has been without a 
doubt the highpoint of those 22 years as [music] 
chairman," he was quoted as saying in the 
November 1978 issue of the LVC Journal, the 
former alumni magazine. Smith served as 
Music Department chair from 1956 until he 
stepped down in 1978; he retired in 1983. 

Smith was the husband of the late Doris 
Kerr Smith, who died May 2. 

Faculty members who served with Smith 
remember him as a pleasant yet efficient 
department chair. "When I first came to the 
College as a young faculty member, I was a 
[vocal] performer, but I didn't know how to 
teach," Philip Morgan, professor emeritus of 
music, recalled. "Bob was willing to give me a 
chance; he was a very caring man. When they 
started to construct Blair, he was there every 
day vinth his hardhat. He supervised that building 
from the bottom up — and even oversaw the 
furnishings," Morgan recalled. 

"It was a prodigious feat of organization," 
Edna J. Carmean H'59, now deceased, 
wrote in an Alumni Citation that Smith 
received in 1997. "With Engle Hall torn 
down in 1 972, new quarters had to be found 
for the work of the Music Department. Its 
160 majors and 12 full-time and 10 pan-time 
faculty members now needed classrooms, 
practice rooms, teaching smdios, and recital 
and concert halls. . . . Bob's command post 
was set up in the basement of an empty 
church across from campus. It was promptly 
flooded by Hurricane Agnes. After drying 
out, the work went on." 

Dr. George Curfiman '53, a professor 
emeritus of music education, recalled that Smith 
"had a respea for what music education and the 
Music Department had been — the schools 
were full of LVC music majors — he knew 
what LVC had done for him and he wanted 
to maintain those standards." 

Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Everett, Mass., Smith 
was the son of the late Thomas O. and Pearl 
Thompson Smith. Raised in Harrisburg, he 
was a 1935 graduate of John Harris High School 




Robert W. Smith '39 Gerald "Jerry" Petrofes 

and a 1939 graduate of Lebanon Valley 
College. He received his master's degree from 
Columbia University. From 1941 to 1945, he 
served in World War II as a chief warrant 
officer and director of the 83rd Infantry 
Division Band. "But his time in the European 
Theater was not spent performing, Carmean 
wrote in Smith's Alimini Citation." In battle, 
the musicians were pressed into service as 
litter bearers who foimd and brought in the 
wounded men. In his first batde. Smith lost 14 
men. He participated in the 83rd's entire 
campaign, from landing to the Elbe River, and 
he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service at 
the Batde of the Bulge. 

Smith joined the LVC faculty in 1951 after 
teaching music at both Millersburg and 
Hershey high schools. During his tenure at 
LVC, he was involved in the Pennsylvania 
Music Educators Association, Music Educators 
Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He 
retired in 1983 and, in 1997, was honored by 
LVC as an outstanding alumnus. 

A resident of Hershey since 1 947, he was a 
member of First United Methodist Church, 
where he served as minister of music, organist, 
and choir director for more than 50 years. 
More than 350 friends and family gathered 
for his 50th anniversary. "Bob Smith has an 
almost contagious energy and enthusiasm about 
him," Susan Cort Royer, a former choir 
member, was quoted as saying in a news article 
about the celebration. "He loves music and 
he loves life and that shows in everything he 
does, including his musical contributions at 
First Church." 

Smith's enthusiasm for life was reflected 
in a new hobby he picked up at age 70 and 
pursued avidly: skiing. He was also a past 
member of the Hershey Rotary and Hershey 
Lions clubs. 

Surviving are son Robert K., husband of 
Barbara Smith of Exton; daughter Nanette S. 
Francella of Ijamsville, Md.; five grandchildren 
and two great-granddaughters. 
Additional information courtesy of the Lebanon 
Daily News, July 27, 2005. 



Wrestling Coach Dies 

Gerald "Jerry" Petrofes of Palmyra, who served 
the Collie for 25 years as a wrestling coach, 
died June 18. He was 69. Petrofes came to LVC 
in 1963 and was best known as a wrestling 
coach, but he filled many roles during his tenure 
at the Valley. He was the athletic direaor for 10 
years, from 1971 to 1980, and at various times 
worked as an athletic trainer, baseball coach, golf 
coach, and physical education instructor. 

Petrofes led his wrestling teams to a 
214-187-5 record. He started the annual 
Lebanon Valley Wrestling Invitational 
Tournament in 1970, which grew into one 
of the largest Division III wresding events in 
the nation. Following his retirement in 1988, 
the tournament, which is now held at 
Messiah College, was renamed the Gerald 
Petrofes Tournament in his honor. 

In 22 years as golf coach, Lebanon Valley 
finished 150-1 11. With his wresding and 
golf victories combined, he ranks among the 
all-time winningest coaches in school history. 
He was induaed into Lebanon Valley's Athletic 
Hall of Fame in 1989, becoming the first non- 
Lebanon Valley graduate to earn the honor. 

Born Sept. 1, 1935, Petrofes graduated 
from Euclid High School in Ohio. He went 
on to attend Kent State University, where he 
earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. 
Petrofes received his first coaching job at 
Aurora High School in Ohio, where he was an 
assistant football coach, the head track and field 
and wrestling coach, as well as a physical 
education instruaor (1958-62). He also served 
as an assistant athletic trainer and wrestling 
coach at Williams College in Massachusetts 
(1962-63). 

One of the most decorated wrestling coaches 
of his time, Petrofes was named to the National 
Wresding Coaches Division III Hall of Fame, 
the Pennsylvania High School District Three 
Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania Sports 
Hall of Fame. Also, Euclid High School 
awarded him its first lifetime achievement 
award. 

Dan Sernoffsky, a Lebanon Daily News 
sports reporter and a 26-year friend of Petrofes, 
described him in an article following his death 
as a "master tactician" and "master motivator" 
who "knew how to maximize his talent" and 
"knew how to get the best from his wresders." 

"Jerry Petrofes touched many lives," wrote 
Sernoffsky. "He helped guide and mold the lives 
of the young men who wresded for him, and in 
the process became their friend, their mentor." 

Surviving are his vnfe, Kathleen; dat^tets, 
Karen Hartman and Tern Petrofes; sister Evelyn 
Corrigan; and three grandchildren. 



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Lebanon Valley College 
Ranked again among 
"Great Schools at Great 
Prices" by U.S.News 

Lebanon VaJley College moved from 9th to 
8th in the Hst of "Great Schools at Great 
Prices" ranked by U.S.News & World Report 
magazine in its 2006 edition of the book 
America's Best Colleges, which was published 
Aug. 22. LVC was also ranked academically 
in the top tier of the one hundred sixty-five 
institutions in their category, including 
Villanova University, Providence College, 
St. Joseph's University, and La Salle 
University. LVC has been ranked among the 
top tier of schools in its category for 1 2 
consecutive years. 

For the fifiih year in a row, the College 
has competed — and excelled — in the cate- 
gory "Best Universities — Master's" in the 
North. LVC is ranked 24th among the top 
colleges and universities in that regional 
group, which is headed by Villanova and 
Providence. The Northern region is the 
most competitive category in the nation 
because it includes many of the country's 
colleges and universities and some of the 
most highly endowed schools. This category 
includes universities that offer master's 
degrees, but few, if any, doctorates. 

"External recognition of this type is 
extremely rewarding, yet the individual 
numbers tell a more important story," noted 
Dr. Ronald Toll, LVC vice president of 
academic affairs and dean of the faculty. 
"When you recognize that of the more than 
550 schools in our category nationwide, 
and of the more than 3,000 institutions 
nationwide eligible for Great Schools at 
Great Prices consideration, the placement of 
LVC near the top of the Great Schools list, 
and for such significant measures as Average 



Graduation Rate and Average Freshman 
Retention Rate, is proof that we are achieving 
our mission of providing a first-rate education 
for all our students." 

LVC was among the top 1 percent in 
the nation among the 558 schools listed in 
its category for several academic and alumni 
criteria. The Valley was in the top 10 percent 
in the nation, Universities-Master's, in 
Average Freshman Retention Rate, 
Average Graduation Rate, Freshman in 
the Top 25% of their High School Class, 
and Average Alumni Giving Rate. LVC 
was among the top 1 1 percent in SAT 
25th-75th Percentile. 

RECORD ENROLLMENT 

Lebanon Valley College enrolled the largest 
class in its history for the M 2005 semester — 
460 freshmen and 50 transfer students. For 
the first time, the College put a waiting list 
for housing into effect at the beginning of 
May. Four himdred twenty-five new students 
are residents. This large class aligns with the 
College's goal of growing to 1 ,600 under- 
graduates by 2005. The fall semester opened 
with 1 ,660 undergraduates. 

SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM 

Dr. H. Andiony "Tony^' Neidig '43 H'05, 

professor emeritus of chemistry, lent his 
expertise to a science symposium at LVC in 
September to discuss Disappearing Boiciidaries 
of emerging science. Current LVC biology, 
chemistry, and 
physics faculty 
members and 
students took part 
in the event, along 
with regional scien- 
tists. Dr. Paul S. 
Anderson, a retired 
vice president for 
chemistry at Merck, 
was the keynote 
speaker. Anderson 
was the team leader for three major drugs, 
including Trusopt®, Zocor®, and Crixivan®. 
Dr. Ned Heindel '59, the Howard S. Bunn 
Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University, 
was also a featured speaker. For a plenary 
session on Teaching and Learning at the 
Disappearing Boundaries, panel members 
included LVC Trustee Kathy Bishop, who 
is president, CEO, and chair of Lebanon 
Seaboard Corporation; and Dr. Ann 
Buchman Orth '84, research and develop- 
ment director for FMC Corporation. 




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KUDOS 

In 2001, through the generosity of the 
Independence Foundation of Philadelphia, 
the Eugene C. Fish Professorship in 
Business was estab- 
lished at Lebanon 
Valley College. The 
professorship honored 
LVC Trustee Emeritus, 
Eugene C. Fish H'82, 
an attorney with 
Romeika, Fish, and 
Scheaer in Philadelphia, 
and a longtime director 
of the Independence 
Foimdarion. The foim- 
dation recendy provided 
a gift to elevate the pro- 
fessorship to endowed chair status. Fish, who 
was appointed to the LVC Board of Trustees 
in 1971, served the College through three 
major ftind-raising campaigns and received 
an honorary doctorate from the school in 
1982. 

Johanna Scarino, a senior chemistry major 
from Macungie, was one of only 60 under- 
gradtiate science smdents in the nation to 
have her paper selected last spring for Posters 
on the Hill, an tmdergraduate research showcase 
in Washington, D.C. The honor was sponsored 
by the Council for Undergraduate Research. 
U.S. senators and representatives attended 
the showcase to learn what can be achieved 
with funding for tmder- 
graduate research. 
Scarino presented her 
paper on April 19 in the 
Capitol complex. She 
worked on the project 
with guidance from 
Dr. Marc Harris, 
assistant professor of 
chemistry. 




LVC biochemistry 
students earned two of the top four 
Undergraduate Research Achievement 
Awards in April at the annual meeting of 
the American Society for Biochemistry and 
Molecular Biology in San Diego, Calif The 
judges, many of whom are internationally 
known scientists, chose two LVC seniors, 
Yun Kyung "Sophia" Kwon '05 of Enola 
and Jordan Newell '05 of Carlisle, from 
among the 120 students in the poster 
competition. Competitors represented more 
than 70 colleges and universities from the 
United States and four other countries and 
came from major research institutions. 



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Jordan Newell '05, Dr. Walter Patton, Dr. Owen Moe, and Sophia Kwon '05 (L to r.) attended the 
annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in San Diego in 
April Newell and Kwon earned two of the top four Undergraduate Research Achievement Awards 
in the national competition. 



including Yale, Baylor, and UCLA. Kwon, 
chemistry, presented a poster titled "The 
Conformative Response in E. coli GMP 
Synthetase." She worked with Dr. Owen 
Moe, the Vernon and Doris Bishop 
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and 
chair of LVC's Chemistry Department. 
Newell, biology, working with Dr. Walter 
Patton, assistant professor of chemistry, 
presented "Structural Organizadon in E. coli 
GMP Synthetase." Newell recendy was a finalist 
in the European Fulbright competition. 

The LVC Office of Advancement won two 
very prestigious awards last spring for its 
innovative Give a Little, Get a Latte campaign 
that successfully inspired young alumni to 
fund a gourmet coffee bar in the newly 
renovated Lynch Memorial Hall. The 
College earned a rarely awarded "grand gold 
medal" from the Council for 
Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE), the interna- 
tional professional organization 
for those working in communi- 
cations, alumni, and philan- 
thropy programs in education. 
Grand gold medals are awarded 
only occasionally to recognize 
programs that reflect the "best 
practices" of the profession. The 
College also won a gold award 
in the philanthropy division of 
case's Circle of Excellence, Ur. Dale E. 



which recognized the latte campaign as well- 
conceived, well-executed, and successful. Nine 
professionals and support staff from LVC's 
Development, Alumni Programs, and College 
Relations offices worked on the campaign. The 
web site can be accessed at lvc.edu/latte. 

Students honored education professor Dr. 
Dale E. Summers in April with the 2005 
Student Government Educator of the Year 
Award. The honor is conferred each spring 
on a nominated faculty member who 
receives the most student votes. Simimers is 
also director of elementary and secondary 
school relations at LVC. "This award is the 
ultimate compliment because it comes from 
the students," Summers said after accepting a 
plaque from student leaders on "Dutchmen 
Day" at the campus gazebo. "That's why 
we're all here," he said of the students. 

"Without them, this wouldn't 
be nearly so much fun." 

Anne Berry, vice president 
for advancement, has been 
elected to the board of 
trustees of the Council for 
Advancement and Support 
of Education (CASE). 
Headquartered in Washington, 
D.C., CASE is the largest 
international association of 
educational institutions. Its 
40,000 members include 
professionals from the broad 




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disciplines of advancement: alumni relations, 
communications and marketing, philanthropy, 
advancement services, and advancement 
management. Berry, one of 1 7 trustees-at- 
large, will serve with 30 board members 
from this country and abroad. 

LVC business students once again excelled 
at the international business fraternity 
competition sponsored by Phi Beta 
Lambda at its State Leadership Conference 
in April. They brought home two first-place 
awards, two second-place awards, and one 
third-place award. Representing the Valley 
were: Samantha Ash '05 of Springfield, 
second place in economics; Lindsey 
Engbert '08 of Schellsburg, third place in 
computer applications; Aubrie Ensinger '06 
of Denver, second place in accounting for 
professionals; Amanda Hartman '06 of 
Cleona, first place in hotel management; 
and Alex Reber '06 of Bethel, first place in 
business law. Donald C. Boone, retired 
associate professor of business administration 
and one of the LVC's Phi Beta Lambda 
advisors, also attended the conference. 

Michael Slechta '91, M'04 one of the 

College's first three master of music education 
graduates, has been selected as one of six 
graduate students statewide to present his 
research at next April's Pennsylvania Music 
Educators Conference. 

In April, Dr. Salvatore Cullari, professor 
emeritus of psychology, was elected president 
of the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, 
a nonprofit organization created to promote 
psychology throughout the state. I 

ALUMNI AWARDS 
Stephen H. Roberts '65 was honored in 
June with a Distinguished Alumni Award. 
He was chosen for his many areas of success: 
as a businessman, a community and church 
leader, and for his extraordinary dedication 
to LVC. As president of the Alumni 
Association from 1992 to 1994, Roberts 
helped to strengthen the newly organized 
council. A trustee since 1994, Roberts has 
served on the Facilities, Strategic Planning, 
and Executive committees and is currently 
chairing its Advancement Committee. 

Wayne '47 and Jane Klucker Mowrey '43 

of Chambersburg were given Alumni 
Citations for their lifetime of volunteer ^ 

service to their community. Wayne, also Si 

known for his musical talent, particularly 
on the organ, often plays for charity events. 
He was a longtime associate professor of 



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.n September 16 and 17, alumni and friends of the College 
joined Dr. H. Anthony "Tony" Neidig '43, professor emeritus 
of chemistry, current LVC biology, chemistry, and physics faculty 
members and students, and fellow regional scientists at a science sym- 
posium to discuss the "Disappearing Boundaries" of emerging science. 

Dr. Paul S. Anderson, vice president for chemistry of Merck 
(retired), was the keynote speaker. Anderson was the team leader for 
three major drugs including TRUSOPT (for treating glaucoma), 
ZOCOR (for lowering cholesterol levels), and CRIXIVAN (HIV pro- 
tease inhibitor). 

Dr. Ned Heindel '59, Howard S. Bunn Professor of Chemistry at 
Lehigh University, was also a featured speaker and there was a plenary 
session on "Teaching and Learning at the Disappearing Boundaries." 

Participants joined in the plenary session and interacted with for- 
mer professors and various respected members of the scientific com- 
munity to discuss new challenges and approaches in educating scien- 
tists. Panel members included LVC Trustee Kathy Bishop, president, 
CEO, and chairperson of Lebanon Seaboard Corporation; Dr. Ann ' 
Buchman Orth '84, research and development director for FMC 
Corporation; and Jay Yoder '91, consulting medical health physicist 
with Walter L. Robinson and Associates. 

There were also more than a dozen LVC student-faculty posters, 
demonstrations, and presentations involving current research being 
performed in the biology, chemistry, and physics departments at the 
College. 

Photo Identification: 1 .) Keynote speaker Dr. Paul A. Anderson talked 
with Christine Snyder and Jennifer Lehman Flynn '98. 2.) Symposium 
attendees participated in hands-on science activities during the LVC 
Science on Display sessions. 3.) A 3-D model of the renovated Neidig- 
Garber Science Center illustrated the new room layout and design of 
die building. 4.) Dr. Ned Heindel '59, Dr. Jim Foster '86, and Rayne 
Keeney '06 worked at the transmission electron microscope. 



Great Expectations as of September 30, 2005 

Gifts to Date 
Capital Construction $19,025,028 



Endowment $16,147,772 

Current Operations $10,566,607 

*Total Campaign Contributions $47,400,968 

* including gifts to all purposes 



Campaign Goal -v 
$21,925,000 -^vH 



$14,400,000 
$12,000,000 
$50,000,000 



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music at Shippensburg University, retiring 
in 1980. In 1971, he was selected as the 
"Outstanding Educator in America." Jane, 
who has a talent for composing songs, has 
been delivering meals to the homebound for 
more than three decades. For the Mowreys, 
volunteering in their community has been 
just as rewarding and flrlfilling as their careers. 

James Nelson '60 received an Alumni 
Citation for his devotion to improving 
science education and for the impact he has 
had on physics teachers and their students 
around the world. Nelson's ability to make both 
the rigorous conceptual and mathematical 
schemes of physics easier for his students 
led him to present over 500 workshops for 
physics teachers. In 2004, he was elected 
president of the American Association of 
Physics Teachers (AAPT). 

Richard Fowler '72 also received an 
Alumni Citation and was a winner of the 
Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 
Outstanding High School Music Educator 
Award. He was one of the founding members 
of the Lebanon Valley Alumni Chorale, 
developed a choral program at Central 
Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, 
has directed dozens of musicals at Theatre 
Harrisburg, and is a renowned and loved 
director of music at Paxton Presbyterian 
Church. 

Thomas G. Hostetter '70 won the 2005 
Creative Achievement Award. For 25 years, 
he has been artistic director of Theatre 
Harrisburg. He still sings with the Lebanon 
Valley College Chorale, a group he was 
influential in convincing Dr. Pierce A. 
Getz '51 to organize. From 1973 to 1981, 
Hostetter directed the Lebanon Valley 
Summer Theatre on camptis. He has direaed 
more than 130 shows at Theatre Harrisburg, 
including many well-known musicals. He is 
an experienced actor as well. 

Karl Liedtka '91 received the Young 
Alumni Award for being an effective coimselor, 
mentor, and family man. Liedtka's accom- 
plishments as coordinator of counseling 
programs helped earn Lebanon High 
School's guidance department a national 
award from the American School 
Counselors Association. Liedtka is also a 
football coach and community volunteer 
who serves on the Lebanon Valley 
Education Partnership, an alliance between 
LVC and the Lebanon School District in 
support of college-bound economically 
disadvantaged high school students. 




Dr. Elizabeth Miller Bains '64 earned a 
Lebanon Valley College Professional 
Achievement Award for her pioneering 
work with NASA's space shuttles. She was 
only the second woman to earn a physics 
degree at the Valley. After earning a dortorate 
in physics at the University of Tennessee, 
Bains went to work for NASA, where she 
was responsible for defining changes and 
testing the software that controlled the 
robotic arm. In 2002, she began work as the 
lead for analysis of assembling the International 
Space Station with the robotic arm. 

Since the Colimibia space shuttle accident 
in 2003, she has been leading an engineering 
analysis on how to use the arm to inspect 
and repair the shuttle tiles. Bains and her 
team worked on a design to allow crew 
members to view every inch of the ship with 
a camera at the end of the 50-foot-long robotic 
arm [above]. They also designed a proceditre 
to allow astronauts to repair shuttle tiles in 
space. Bains has provided simulation training 
for astronauts to prepare for missions, as well as 
technological assistance for operadons they 
conduct in orbit. 

\XTUTE ON! 

Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, associate professor and 

chair of the Religion and Philosophy 

Department, completed a 

book during his spring 

sabbatical, tided Judge and Be 

Jtidged: Moral Reflection in an 

Age of Relativism and 

Fundamentalism. Lexington 

Books will release it at the 

end of this year. Bain-Selbo is 

also working on a book, 

tentatively titled Game Day 

and God: Football Religion, 

and Politics in the South. 

Mercer University Press has 

accepted it for publication in 2007. He also 

wrote a review of Jeffrey Stout's Democracy 

and Tradition for the onWne Jotimal of 

Religion and Society. 




In addition, Bain-Selbo reviewed three 
books: Bernard Faure's Double Exposure: 
Cutting Across Buddhist and Western 
Discourses; Michael P. Lynch's True to Life: 
Why Truth Matters, for the online Journal of 
Cultural and Religious Theory, and Marjorie 
Hewitt Suchocki's Divinity and Diversity: A 
Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism 
for '^t Journal of Religion. In addition to 
the book reviews, Bain-Selbo also prepared 
a preliminary proposal for the Ford 
Foundation's Difficult Dialogues grant 
program. 

Vital Speeches of the Day, an online 
compendium of the best speeches from 
around the country, will publish former 
Chaplain Darrell Woomer's 2005 
baccalaureate address, I Am Not Ashamed of 
the Gospel. The speech was chosen as one of 
the best from 50 to 60 entries, according to 
the editor. On May 14, Woomer delivered 
the speech in Miller Chapel to graduating 
seniors and their families. He retired this 
summer after 1 1 years at LVC. 

In April, Dr. Philip Billings, professor of 
English, gave two readings of his recently 
published book. When We Talk about War. 
He spoke at the Wildwood Writers Festival 
at Harrisburg Area Community College and at 
the Pennsylvania College English Associarion's 
annual convention in Gettysburg. 

Dr. Tom Hanrahan, director of college 
relations, reviewed the fifth international 
edition oi Public Relations: Writing and 
Media Techniques by Dennis L. Wilcox of 
San Jose State University, which is used at 
over 100 colleges and universities. 
Hanrahan's review appeared in the May 2005 
PlOnet Newsletter. PlOnet is an international 
association of communicators focused on 
integrated marketing and media relations. 

Walter Labonte, director of the 
Writing Center, and two students 
were readers and scorers in April 
for the Jankowski Memorial 
Scholarship contest sponsored by 
the Lebanon County Builders 
Association. Rebekah Jacobs '05 
and Renae Boyer '07 helped to 
judge the entries from high school 
students in Lebanon County. 



Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo 

AND PRESENTING . . . 
Dr. Jeff Robbins, assistant professor of 
religion and philosophy, was an invited 
lecturer in May at the Netherlands School 
for Advanced Study of Theology and 



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Religion at the Kampen Theological 
University. Robbins lectured on his recent 
writings about the critical relationship 
between theology and politics. Before traveling 
to the Netherlands, Robbins spent a week in 
Rome, where he attended a conference 
at the Pontifical Lateran University and 
interviewed Gianni Vattimo. Vattimo is one 
of the world's most prominent philosophers, 
a leading Italian public intellectual, and a 
former member of the European Parliament. 
A transcription of the interview will appear 
in a future issue of the Journal for Cultural 
and Religious Theory. 

Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, associate professor 
and chair of the Religion and Philosophy 
Department, presented papers last spring at 
two conferences. In March, he spoke to the 
mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the 
American Academy of Religion in New 
Brunswick, N.J. In April, he addressed the 
annual meeting of the Pennsylvania chapter 
of the National Association for 
Multicultural Education in Selinsgrove. 

In June, DeAnna Spurlock, adjunct 
instructor in English, presented a paper, 
titled Marianne Moore's Pennsylvania Poems, 
at the National Federation of State Poetry 
Societies' convention in Harrisburg. 

On July 14, Dr. John Norton, professor of 
political science, was interviewed on WSBH 
radio in Connecticut regarding Time 
Magazine's release of a memo by Matt 
Cooper. The memo is part of a federal 
investigation into a news leak that exposed 
the identity of a CIA officer. Norton's 1 0- 
minute 'WSBH interview was on the Pete 
Braley Show. 

In January 2005, Dr. Allan 'Wolfe, professor 
of biology, attended the annual meeting in 
San Diego, Calif., of the Society for 
Integrative and Comparative Biology, which 
included joint sessions with the Animal 
Behavior Society, the Crustacean Society, 
the American Microscopical Society, and 
the Ecological Society of America. He 
presented a poster, "Morphological Study of 
Artemia Hemocytes during the Molting 
Cycle," co-authored by biology students 
Gabriel Johnson '05 and Donald Dangle '07. 
Their research during the summer of 2004 
was supported by a Merck/ AAAS 
Undergraduate Science Program grant. 
Wolfe, Johnson, and Dangle also took part 
earlier that semester in Innoventure 2005, 
Harrisburg's second biennial research and 
technology expo. They made a presentation. 



titled "Microscopic Study of Blood 
Cells in the Brine Shrimp." In 
April, Johnson, Dangle, and 'Wolfe 
also attended the 81st Annual 
Meeting of the Pennsylvania 
Academy of Science in Camp Hill. 
Johnson and Wolfe presented a 
poster, "Histochemical and 
Ultrastructural Study of 
Hemocytes and the Molting Cycle 
in Artemia franciscana L. (Crustacea: 
Anostraca)." Dangle and Wolfe presented a 
poster, titled "Histochemical Study of 
Tyrosine Concentration within the 
Hemocytes oi Artemia franciscana in Relation 
to Early Post-ecdysis of the Molting Cycle." 

Dr. Angel M. Aguirre, a prize-winning 
Spanish-American poet and noted expert on 
Spanish, Spanish-American, and Italian 
authors, visited LVC in April to give a series 
of lectures as part of the Department of 
Foreign Languages' Meeting Hispanic Authors 
program. Aguirre has been the first 
secretary general of the Spanish 
American Academy of Poetry in 
Spain and was the winner of 
Uruguay's Carlos Sabat Escarty 
Medal for Poetry Criticism. He has 
taught at the University of Texas at 
Austin, InterAmerican University, 
University of Puerto Rico, Florida 
International University, and Rice 
University. 




Governor Pinchot chapter of 
the Sierra Club of Harrisburg 
hosted the sale. 

TRANSITIONS 

Two longtime professors in 
the Religion and Philosophy 
Department have retired. 



Dr. John Heffn, 



STUDENTS 

LVC students, representing 42 organizations, 
athletic teams, special-interest residence 
communities, and campus-wide planning 
committees, completed 12,801 hours of 
community service during the 2004—2005 
academic year. According to national standards, 
volunteer time was valued at $17.55 per 
hour during 2004, so the total value of 
volunteer time equals $224,657.55 worth 
of service to the community. The College 
exceeded its goal of 8,000 hours by 60 percent. 
The successfiil drive to increase those numbers 
resisted from the efforts of Gene R. Kelly '01, 
who in the fall of 2004 filled the newly 
created position of assistant direaor of swdent 
activities and student development. 

For the first time, the College held a yard 
sale on campus to recycle items the students 
left behind at the end of the academic year 
and to raise money for environmental causes. 
The public was invited to The Big Yard 
Sale in the West Dining Hall of the Mund 
College Center. An LVC organization. 
Student Action for Earth (S.A.F.E.), and the 



Dr. John H. Hefiftier '68 was 

named a professor emeritus of philosophy 
when he retired after the 2004-2005 academic 
year. During his 25 years at the College, he 
taught philosophy of religion, metaphysics, 
and history of philosophy, and published 
research in the philosophy of perception. 
His most recent research concentrated on 
Hegel and issues in sciences and religion. 
Heffner earned two undergraduate degrees 
at LVC, his bachelor of science in 1968 and 
a bachelor of arts in 1987. He completed a 
master's degree in 1971 at Boston University 
and earned a doctorate there five years later 
In 2002, he earned another 
master's degree at Lancaster 
Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Donald E. Byrne Jr. was 

named a professor emeritus of 
religion after teaching religion 
and American studies at LVC 
for 34 years. His scholarship 
has focused on American folk 
religion, particularly as expressed 
in the Methodist and Roman 
Catholic communities. Other 
interests include American studies, religion 
and ethics, religion and literature, peace smdies, 
and mysticism. He earned his bachelor of arts 
degree at St. Paul Seminary in 1963; his 
master's degree at Marquette University in 
1966; and his doctorate at Duke University 
in 1972. 

Donald C. Boone, associate 
professor of business, retired 
after serving the College since 
1988. Boone has 18 years of 
hotel industry experience and 
taught in hotel management 
programs for several years. 
He served as coordinator of 
internships and study abroad 
and taught courses in hotel 
management, financial and 
managerial accounting, and 
business management. He earned his under- 
graduate and master of business administration 
degrees from Michigan State University. 




Dr. Donald E. Byrne Jr. 




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psn-nTTf. or af^yrTiv-r^ Qooir^ — f:-_rzr f:; 
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and aioi^ die way «Mja foar 
depsraseoiai swanls 3Dd a v^ti nncr 
award. She ptesenied die lesiihs 
of her leseaidi at four nannal 
COKIEIKES, bat sd foond dme for 
addedcs. KiHMi was named to die 
Comiiioa««ahfa Cooierenoe 
Seoood Team AD-Conteiaice in 
\lbQieiis Tennis, as well as Second 
Team Academic AD-Disnia: 
\ UTiTk=n'^ Tennis. Ar -Taroe IDivision. 
This hR, she is enrcJkd in die doctorate 
pn^iain in bkMMganic chemistrv 31 
I^niC£B3ii L^mezatf; wheie ^le was awarded 
the ixestigioas Hugh Stott Tai^ior Piize. 

ARTS AND CULTURE 
Ai ifcc Sozanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. 
die 2005—2006 season began 
in August with artist AOchael 
Aurbacfas recent wtiik. The 
AdmiiasOaar (bdow), a life- 
sized nMMn^widiin-a-ioom. The 
CTainlfgs sseel scmcniie mocked 
not CMiIy modem office qiace, 
but also the deiensite, tiiannical 
— enialitr or the pieisoa in 
r~ j- jp- aodhowweaiemaQBDfBi 
or survdllance teduM^c^. 
The nesx eihibidoD, CoOecwtg 
^ :he ViUci, teamied paintings 
faaWSfiS, c^i Imio ^ ann enoi.^ll>os imcn the 
pennanem: coHecDOQ of the Cofl^^ The 
jiow-JDcfaidBd 4 HJ H»itiPTi°t y 20 ikbly varied 
wasss which xax^e uuui die lae 16di tniHHv 

duOl^l die 199Qs, Jnt-l mli nu ofl {laJ mi iiot bv 

a I6di-U3iiuiy fefloc^ f]fTman, a beam&l 
par of ISdxsntmy landscapes by Quisdan 
HH^oct Bfand, an imii i mc' pnT TTan- etching 
nom 1632 by Ren^jcandr, and a pair of 




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19di-cem]iiy lidiogiqk fay 
Daumiei; Amencan wods 
indoded a Susquehanna River 
iandsc^ br Hudson River 
schocJ artist Cfaades Wilson 

7-e 2'>j'^2Ch:>6 Food 
Colloqaimn cs^mmes 
tood from a wide range of 
pecpecdtes: poGocal, eoonomic. 
bioei^ineering, aesdiedc, psy- 
cfaological, historical, and medical Some of 
die &11 qieakeis included Fiances Xfoore 
La{^>e, audior (^the seminal 19^ bestseller 
i^ierj&r « jinflff i^ns^ who is a woddwide 
leader fer die apooUe (fistiiiuDoo c^ food 
and land; Th. Margaret Smith of Cornell 
UnrreEstv; who (tisnisgd bkxprhnnlog- and 
genetically modified foods: cultural 
psvcholo^st Yh. VmA Rarin of die Uimeisiiv 
of Pennsvlvania, who elocidaiEd current 
food aends; and Gina ^{allet, a Toronto 
lEstamanc revie«er and amhor. who discussed 
the fan- c^ taste in a &st-iOod wodd. 

After its success last fall, the second annual 
Qnitiapahilla Film Festival kicked off for a 
mrrr-i^v fi_— fXTT:-. ii:=r.2a on Sept. 30. 

Severn. • ■ tzz z" z' ~^it s^ ?enrBTh"ania 

or m^.".c zy Ic^r i_-;i_-> 'r iaiidon to 
ft-nn«^kjni3 Hi-. ^ .: r — — ^-.rr: "t rssiival 
scisei£d orer 10 - ; _- ; : s.ziip^^s^-, Kanire- 
iength, and dion f_.— i — om across North 
America. Categories included: animargyl 
tilm^ documentaries, narra ti vr^ i^'ani- 
o^tAp and Pennsvbania filmt Dr. Jeffirey 
Ritchie ii::?i2iit protessor Oi Fngli^ and 
cigizi- cc =1:1: unicaiions, is a festival 00- 
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» Bob enjoys his favorite 
meal atJ&S Pizza on Main 
Street in Annville. 




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The LVC women's soccer team traveled to Bermuda this summer to compete against three of that 
country's teams. LVC received coverage of its trip in the Bermuda Sun. The Dutchmen exchanged 
jerseys with the Lady Cougars after a game in Hamilton, Bermuda (above). Dutchmen Head Coach 
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