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Dr. Tom Hanrahan
Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97
Lauren McCartney Cusick
Marie Cusik '07
Mary Beth Hower
Jeff Intoccia '02
Gino Trosa '06
John T. Consoli
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Lebanon Valley College Magazine
2 Real World Experience
An increaseing number ofLVC
students are enriching their academic
studies and learning on the job by
participating in internships.
Serving Their Country
During the last century, LVC alumni
have served in every major war and
every branch of the military. Six-
graduates share the stories of their
careers in military service.
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14 A Strategic Plan for The Valley
As Lebanon Valley College continues to grow and
gamer recognition, strategic planning remains
vital to itsjuture. President MacDonald explains
how the strategic plan supports the CoUege's
mission and identity as a liberal arts institution.
1 8 Class News & Notes
30 Valley News
33 In Memoriam
On the Cover:
LVC students who have gained real-world experience
by participating in internships include (pictured 1-7)
Gino Trosa '06. Jilt Kidulic '07, Amy Zubek '06,
Alex Reber '06, Elmira Sellu '06, Phil Serio '06,
and Max Linn '06.
As she walked into the
East Dining Room at Lebanon
Valley College last semester,
Elyse Tiirr '06 could
not believe what she was
seeing. Another student was
earning a copy of Tariz
Ramadan's Western Muslims and the Future of Islam — and
on the back cover was the promotional "blurb" Turr had
written that summer as an intern for Oxford Universit}' Press.
"I practically jumped down her throat with questions as
to why she had the book, ' recalls Turr, wrho is an English
major with a concentration in communications from
Stockholm, N.J. It turned out that the book was assigned
reading for Dr. JefiEre}' Robbins' world rehgion class at
LVC. The on-campus encounter with her book blurb
reminded Turr that "Ln book stores around the world,
people are browsing for books, and when they turn over
Ramadan's book to read the back cover, they will be read-
ing what I wTOte."
Turr had been assigned to write the back co\er coi
for the book during her ver}' first week as an intern
New York Cit)' offices of the venerable Oxford University
Press (OUP), which has been in business since the I6th
century. The opportunit}' to work for the publishing
company was facihtated by Brian Hn^es '97, an
associate markedng manager in OUP's academic division.
Turr is just one of an increasing number of LVC
students who enrich their academic studies by learning
on the job. Some complete internships for academic credit
through the College, and some arrange them privately
during summers and on breaks. "Most students enjoy the
practical dimension of their education — of being able to
put to work the knowledge they gain in the classroom,"
says Sharon Grvler, LVC's director of career services.
Givler describes the internship experience for LVC
students as a kind of transformauon. "'1 don't have
anything to offer' becomes 'this is what I have to offer,'"
she says. "It is a rubber-meets-the-road experience that
also shows the students what it takes to be successful in
'ing and business administration major
Deborah Tookes '07 (left) was a summer intern at
the Philadelphia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers,
one of the world's largest accounting firms.
English major Gino Trosa '06 (right) received
hands-on television production experience as a
summer intern at the MTV offices in Manhattan.
"I learned the ins and
outs of television and
the world of work and how organizations
wortc. They can also get good references,
and maybe, a job offer."
The prestigious Oxford University
Press is likely to offer a job to Turr. "We
have to have her on board full time once
she graduates," says Sofia Kriarakis of the
publishing company's human resource
department, who was in charge of the
OUP internship program last summer.
"Elyse was what I call my 'super intern.'
Her enthusiasm and eagerness to learn as
much as possible while she was here were
Turr was equally impressed with OUP.
"I went into this internship having a very
vague idea of what I wanted to do after
college. After interning at Oxford, I have
a good idea of where I want to be and
what I want to be doing. I didn't expect
the level of responsibility or opportunity
that they gave me," she says. "I didn't
expect to write copy as early on as I did
or to be speaking directly with authors.
I didn't expect the access I was given to
departmental meetings and company-
wide meetings. I didn't expect staff to
be as helpful, supportive, and fun as
The only downside to her experience,
she jokes, is that the "Oxford coffee"
During her internship at Oxford University Press,
Elyse Turr '06 had the opportunity to write copy,
speak with authors, and participate in department
meetings. Now, she has accepted a job there.
Deborah Tookes '07 is an
accounting and business administration
major from Philadelphia who has a lot
of dreams: working as an auditor for a
major accounting firm, going to graduate
school at Temple University, teaching,
and owning her own restaurant. She is
the kind of student who, without an
appointment, can march into the office
of one of LVC's top administrators and
walk out with a friend and mentor on
her side — which is just what she did
with Deborah Reimer Fullam '81, the
College's chief financial officer. "She is
very supportive, and we can talk about
anything," Tookes reports. "And we joke
about having the same first name, too."
During her freshman year, Tookes met
with the father of a friend, an accountant,
who told her about INROADS, an
organization for minority students interested
in business internships. She attended
INROADS' weekend workshops on
resume writing and business etiquette
training, but no company called her that
first year. She was not discouraged —
"There is a time for everything," she
says — and tried again in her sophomore
year. She was more prepared this time, and
she was called to work in the Philadelphia
office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC),
one of the world's largest accounting firms.
"I didn't go into the internship with
expectations," she says. "I kept an open
mind and was willing to take advantage of
any opportunity." She was assigned the
responsibility of keeping the internal filing
system organized, and she joined the PWC
Leadership Program. If she is invited back to
PWC next summer, as a rising senior, she
expects to be given more responsibilities,
including meeting with PWC clients.
Tookes views her internship in a very
positive light. "The real world is not just
the scenarios in your textbook," she says.
"The internship gives you experience, makes
you more marketable as a professional,
and creates a better individual."
Senior Gino TrOSa is an English
major who came to LVC from Scranton,
but he was born in Queens, N.Y., where
he spent the first 10 years of his life,
and he still thinks of it as home. He is
interested in writing, working in television,
pursuing graduate school, and possibly,
"teaching at a small liberal arts school
like LVC." When he was thinking about
getting some hands-on experience, a
friend from New York helped him "grab
an internship" at the Music Television
(MTV) offices in Times Square.
There was a lot of physical labor
involved, carrying tapes and equipment
to studios throughout Manhattan, but,
he says, "I learned the ins and outs of
television and music production. It was
helpful to learn how TV 'magic' works.
I learned the intricacies of television and
DVD creation, and experienced every-
thing from packaging and shipping to
editing and licensing. The internship
allowed me to see DVD development
from the first step through fruition. I
now have the experience to be helpful in
the production process."
He reports that the work environment
was "laid-back, which helped me feel
comfortable during the first anxious days
of my working there." What about the
glamour of the job? "You get to meet a
lot of celebrides, but it is mosdy in passing,"
Trosa says. "You can step into an elevator
and be standing next to people from
MTV News or Hogan Knows Best — you
just never know. I saw a lot of stars. It
became second nature not to react."
Nolan Ritchie '06 hails from
Bethel in Berks County. "My homestead
is located in the mountains with a view
of the Appalachians," he reports. He is
the first member of his family to attend
college, is active in campus politics, and is
studying political science and Spanish.
In the fall of 2004, he participated
in an LVC program that sent him to
Washington, D.C., to spend a semester
at American University. The program
required him to find an internship; he
acquired a position with the United
Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
The experience was a political junkie's
dream come true.
"My main responsibility was to attend
news briefings, conferences. Congressional
hearings, and galas related to the work of
the United Nations," he explains. He visited,
among other places, the State Department,
the French Embassy, the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars, and
the National Press Building.
Ritchie met former secretaries of state
Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright,
ambassadors John Danforth and Bruce
Laingen, Sen. Richard Lugar, and various
State Department officials.
While Nolan Ritchie '06 participated in LVC's
Washington semester at American University, he
completed an internship at the United Nations
As a residt of the internship, Ritchie
reports, he decided to focus his future
on the role of the United Nations — to
reduce war and arms, uphold human rights,
and work with the people of developing
nations. He believes even more strongly
now in a society built on a solid foundation
of peace and security.
Ritchie has recommended his internship
experience to friends and told them, "If
you have had an internship already, you
need to get another one." In addition to
his UNIC work, Ritchie has interned
with Pa. State Rep. Sheila Miller and
U.S. Rep. Tim Holden.
Senior Jeff Caills parents are
Salvation Army pastors, which explains
why he grew up mosdy in Philadelphia,
graduated from high school in New
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The students pictured above are just a few who have participated in internships during the summer or academic year, (from left to
right) Amy Zubek '06, an English and digital communications major, was an editorial intern at the Times News in Lehighton.
Business administration and accounting major Alex Reber '06 spent a summer as an intern at Weik Investment Services, Inc.,
in Wyomissing. Elmira Sellu '06, a business administration major, served as a promotions intern at Hersheypark ft)r Hershey
Entertainment and Resorts Co. For inftirmation on Gino Trosa's internship, see page 5. English and digital communications major
Jill Kidulic '07 worked fi)r the summer as an education intern at WLVT- TV, a PBS affiliate in Bethlehem. Accounting major Max
Linn '06 was an auditing and accounting intern for Beard Miller Company, LLP, in its Harrisburg office. Digital communications major
Phil Serio '06 was an information technology administrator intern at KTHL, an international law firm in Lebanon.
Jersey, and currently lives in Columbus,
Ohio. He has always been interested
in music, and considered attending a
technical school, but he chose to study
music recording technology (MRT) at
LVC because he wanted to "enhance and
define my skills in music and recording,
but also to explore other areas of educa-
Cain began the search for an internship
during his junior year, when he sent his
resume to about 30 recording studios.
"I received several replies, including some
from Nashville. I set up a day's worth of
interviews with the folks in Nashville and
flew down last April." At one studio,
an engineer/producer friend of the inter-
viewer mentioned that he needed some
help in his daily work. The engineer,
Danny Duncan, agreed to take on Cain
for the summer. Duncan has worked
with musicians such as Bruce Springsteen
and Michael McDonald.
"Right from the beginning, he forced
me to rely on everything I had learned
about recording in my classes as well as
to employ organizational and management
skills," Cain reports. "He showed a great
deal of confidence in my abilities after having
met me only once, and he let me run with
the things he knew I was capable of doing."
During the course of the summer,
Cain met and worked with many artists,
engineers, and producers. He even got
to sing backup for some of the recording
sessions. And, as he faces his own choices
after he graduates in May, he has something
going for him. "The internship with
Danny gave me the personal confidence
to know that I can tackle any sort of
project that comes my way in the future."
Cain is one of four LVC music record-
ing technology students who have com-
pleted internships recently in Nashville.
Working with their academic advisors,
students are keenly aware of the possibili-
ties that internships can offer, but they
must work hard and be creative in
finding the right opportunities.
Sharon Givler tells a story about a
student who came into the Career
Services Office who was unsure about
how she could land an event planning
internship in Lancaster. "She was an
athlete," Givler remembers, "and her
family lived near the new baseball stadium
that was being built for the Lancaster
Barnstormers. I asked her about the
team. She paused and I could almost see
the light bulb go off over her head. Her
father knew someone with the team. She
got the internship and was quite successful.
"The mistake a lot of college students
make," says Givler, "is that they tend
to define themselves solely on the basis
of major, especially those in the liberal
arts. Students with majors that don't
lead to a clearly defined job title tend to
feel unqualified for the world of work.
They need to know what employers
seek in candidates and learn about their
own skills and strengths." Givler has
three final words of advice for students:
"Network. Network. Network."
Ed Novak is a writer based in Harrisburg.
He currently works for tlie Whitaker
Center for Science and the Arts as
executive director of KiteFest.
t's time. LVC is about to begin the massive renovation of Garber Science Center and
J. create up-to-date teaching and research facilities for the students and facidty. We are
asking for your help, and invite you to be part of the creation of the Neidig-Garber
Science Center. ^
Our goal is to raise $10,000,000 toward the cost of the project. We have ^^^
over $8.7 million in pledges to date. If you have been wondering when you ^|
would be asked to join the effort, or how your gift could have a meaningful
impact, now is the time when you can really make a difference.
There's an added incentive. Through the Arnold Challenge,
all gifts of $ 1 ,000 or more for the Neidig-Garber project "
will be matched $1 for every $2 you pledge. In addi-
tion, by making a gift now, you can leave your mark
on the Neidig-Garber Science Center and show k
today's students and faculty that you support LVC I
science. You can even honor or remember a family \
member, classmate, or faculty merriber who made a '
difference to you.
The new Neidig-Garber Science Center will have a
striking, four-story, interior atrium, providing a flood
of light throughout the building. It is here that those
who join in this campaign will be recognized. Donors i
who pledge $2,000 for each of the next three years will
have their names inscribed on decorative glass panels,
which will line the balconies of the atrium. Donors who I
increase their three-year commitment to $2,500 annual-
ly may designate their inscription in honor of a beloved
professor or in memory of a loved one.
This display will be located within the main entrance
of the new Neidig-Garber Science Center. It will serve as -
a permanent record of the alumni, parents, and friends •* '"
who stepped forward to support our students and to
continue a long tradition of excellence in science at
Lebanon Valley College.
For more information about this exciting project,
please visit www.lvc.edu/science.
An artist's rendering of the interior atrium
Great Expectations as of March 31, 2006
Gifts to Date
Capital Construction $20,509,322
Current Operations $11,407,419
*Total Campaign Contributions $50,818,602
* including gifts to all purposes
'n 1943, a large contingent of LVC students was called up for war.
The students and well wishers gathered at the Annville train
tation awaiting departures. (Inset) U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Wood '03
s assigned to a cavalry squadron located at a desert post in Iraq doing
■econnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
BY LORI MYERS
LVC alumni have served in every major war
and every branch of the military during the last century Some rose
to the distinguished rank of general; others saw action in Vietnam;
some now serve in Iraq. The places of training or battle may
change, but what has stayed the same are the fears, challenges, and
rewards these graduates have experienced. Here are the stories some
of our graduates would like to share about their chosen career paths.
Maj. Gen. Ross Plasterer '57
— U.S. Marine Corps
It wasn't too long after his LVC
graduation in 1957 that Maj. Gen. Ross
Plasterer decided to take the advice of
his brother-in-law, who told him that if
he was going to go into the military, he
might as well start off as an officer. The
rigors of playing college football and
baseball helped him with the physical
and mental demands of 1 2 weeks of
Officer's Candidate School training in
Quantico, Va. He became a helicopter
pilot who later used his flying talents
during two tours in Vietnam.
"The reward was you were able to get
the wounded to the hospital," he says.
"I was also the helicopter pilot for
President Lyndon Johnson, and I did
get to fly former President Dwight
Eisenhower. He was a great person — a
very appreciative guy."
Although it has been almost 50 years
since Plasterer graduated from LVC, the
passing decades haven't stopped this
Marine Corps retiree from staying in
touch with his LVC comrades.
"I made a lot of good friendships while
going to LVC," says Plasterer, who now
lives in Norfolk, Va. "We get together at
least one or two times a year to play
golf. The quarterback on our team was
Lou Sorrentino '54, and I'm still in
contact with him as well as with William
Kiick '57, Frank Catanzaro '57, and
Frank McCulloch '57 "
Plasterer also feels rewarded by the fact
that the ROTC Sword at LVC is named
"It was an honor to have my name on
it. I am proud of what I have done, of
being from Lebanon and graduating from
LVC." He served for 34 years, retiring in
December of 199 L
Spring 2006 9
Col. John J. Harvey '77
— U.S. Marine Corps
Col. John J. Harvey recalls chat when
his junior year at LVC was coming to an
end, his father, sensing his son's lack of
focus, gently suggested that he try military
service. Armed with a degree in political
science, Harvey decided to give it a try.
That "try" spanned 28 years of active
duty, during which his responsibilities
included aviation operations, logistics,
aircraft maintenance, and safety depart-
ment head duties. He also had a three-
year tour as a helicopter flight instructor
in the Naval Air Training Command.
But his biggest honor as a Marine officer
was being a leader.
"Leading Marines is generally why
young men and women remain in the
Marine Corps," he says. "The association
over the years with so many fine marines
is its own reward."
Harvey observed many changes during
his years of active duty, particularly in
the area of technology.
His solid liberal arts education at
LVC prepared him for his military
stint. He recalls with affection good
times in Funkhouser Hall; his favorite
professors. Dr. John Norton, Dr.
Donald Byrne Jr., and Richard Joyce;
and intramural sports.
"I was coaching and playing on the
'residents' intramural basketball team for
two years," he remarks, "and playing a
variety of other intramural sports in
which we routinely kicked fraternity
Harvey is now employed by CJ
Systems Aviation Group. He flies an
Augusta 1 09E helicopter for the
Emergency Medical Service of the
University of Pennsylvania Shock Trauma
Air Rescue Flight Department. They
serve the University of Pennsylvania
Hospital System and Reading Hospital
Ensign Jonathan Phillips '97 is currently attached to the U.S. Navy's West Coast SEAL team.
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(Left) This collage of photos from the 1919
Quittapahillay?^z<rf<^ LVC students serving
in various branches of the military during
World War I.
(Below) Captain Michael Sarro 02, u/ho is
currently serving a one-year tour in Iraq, is
pictured here in Kuwait.
(Bottom) Members of the LVC and Annville
communities gathered in 1943 to bid farewell
to new recruits leaving for the war.
Ensign Jonathan Phillips '97
—U.S. Navy SEAL
Ensign Jonathan Phillips is now
another link in his family's military lineage.
His grandfather, father, and younger
brother have all served. For Phillips, the
interest was always there and always
around him. But he began taking a serious
look at making the military his future
career while a senior at LVC.
"Professors [Dr. Jeanne] Hey and
[Dr. Paul] Heise were encouraging with
regard to the military in general, " recalls
Phillips. "They told me that the military
is a good job with many opportunities."
Phillips has found their advice to be
true. He is currently an ensign attached
to the West Coast SEAL team and has
traveled to the Middle East, Europe,
Asia, Australia, and New Guinea. He
considers himself lucky to have traveled
the world and to have had opportunities
that no other career or job would have
"The initial training and selection were
more difficult than I could have imagined,"
Phillips says. "One of the rewards is
working with outstanding people."
Phillips is quick to advise anyone
considering military service to take a
long hard look at doing just that.
"Research what you want to do," he
says. "Talk to people who are doing that
job. Books, magazines, and television do
not tell the story."
Spring 2006 1 1
Maj. Michelle Brailsford Ambrose '92 I
— U.S. Air Force
Capt. Michael Sarro '02
The opportunity to play ice hockey
was the magnet that first brought Capt.
Michael Sarro to LVC. He remembers
being impressed with the campus as
Head Coach Allen MacCormack
showed him around, and he loved the
fact that HersheyParl< Arena would be
the team's home rink.
"Coach MacCormack worked us very
hard on and off the ice," Sarro recalls.
"Dry land training every year was really
tough, and then when we hit the ice, it
became even worse. But it all paid off."
Choosing the military was a natural
progression for Sarro. Growing up in a
family of hockey fanatics in Brooklyn,
N.Y., Sarro was also a Civil War and
World War I re-enactor who joined
ROTC at LVC.
"I think military service is the highest
form of duty you can perform for your
country," he says. "I take a lot of pride in
serving in the Army. I have been in for
about four years and have been to a lot
of places, like South Korea and Iraq, and
have met a ton of people from all over.
It's a great experience."
Sarro was commissioned a 2nd
lieutenant in 2002 and then went to
Korea, where he served as a platoon
leader and executive officer. He graduated
from Basic Airborne School in March
2004 and was promoted to captain in
September 2005. He has been stationed
at Fort Bragg since April 2004 and is
currently in Iraq for a one-year tour.
"Being in Iraq is definitely a different
experience," says Sarro. "This is a war
zone. Soldiers are putting their lives on
the line out there on the roads and on
patrols, trying to weed out the insurgen-
cy in Iraq. I am able to see firsthand the
progress we are making in this country.
I would like to do more with the Iraqis
and help to be a part of their resurgence
as a country."
Maj. Michelle Brailsford Ambrose
has found her dream job working for
the Air Force. Tired of life as a poor
and starving graduate student, she
applied for an American Psychological
Association approved internship program
with the U.S. Air Force. After complet-
ing her doctorate in clinical psychology
courtesy of the Air Force, she owed the
military three years of service.
"My original plan was to do the three
years and then move on," Ambrose
recalls. "But I quickly came to love my
experience in the military and am now
entering my eighth year of service. The
Air Force is a wonderful job."
Ambrose's duties include not only
traditional tasks such as psychological
testing, and individual, marital, and
group therapy, but she also acts as a
consultant to commanders — providing
specialty evaluations and consultations
on issues that impact the flying/combat
commands and intelligence world. In
addition, she consults for crisis situations
and is a certified trainer in a number
of programs including Applied Suicide
Intervention Skills Training, Prevention
and Relationship Enhancement Program,
and Critical Incident Stress Management.
Her job has given her the opportunity to
travel the world, including trips to Japan,
Australia, Germany, and Portugal. She
is presently with the 70th Intelligence
Wing at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
"Sometimes I have to make hard calls,
such as deciding that someone might
not be suitable to stay in the military or
might not be best suited for a particular
job," Ambrose says. "I am on call 24/7,
and at a moment's notice could be told
that I will be going away for a few days
or a few months."
One college event may very well have
been a sign of things to come — Ambrose
had to wear army combat fatigues and
combat boots while pledging one of LVC's
"Funny that I now wear combat fatigues
and boots on a daily basis in the Air
Force," Ambrose remarks. "I was also the
pledge master one year, a role similar to
being a drill sergeant."
Sgt. Kevin Wood '03
Sgt. Kevin Wood began to think
about a military career while he was a
busy English major at LVC. He played
intramural sports, worked in the Sports
Information Office and for WLVC
radio, and wrote sports stories for La Vie
Collegienne. But his true motivation for
joining the military came from his family
"With the situation in Iraq continuing,
I felt some guilt for never following
through on the military," says Wood.
"My biggest motivation was my father.
He was a Viemam veteran who volunteered
for the Army rather than waiting to be
drafted. My father served honorably and
was even awarded a Purple Heart for
wounds received in action."
Wood is now assigned to a cavalry
squadron located at a desert post in
Iraq doing reconnaissance, surveillance,
and target acquisition. Summer
temperatures climb to over 130 degrees,
and January nights dip into the 20s. He
spends his days patrolling a vast expanse
of the western Al-Anbar Province,
piecing together the information that
keeps American and Iraqi troops, as well
as Iraqi civilians, alive.
"I had finally decided that if I wanted
to get to where I wanted to be in life,
I had to put my time in the hard way,"
Wood says. "Tough as it has been, I have
Lorl Myers is a freelance writer from
Harrisburg wlio is a regular contributor
to Central PA magazine.
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Maj. Michelle Brailsfrrd Ambrose "92' serves
as a psycholopst for the U.S. Air Force. She is
stationed with the 70th Intelligence Wing at
Fort George Meade, Md
A Str^egic Plan
By Mary Beth Hower
n the fall of 1991, Lebanon Valley
College was in a fragile state.
Only 837 full-time students were
enrolled. Fast forward 16 years, and
it's a different story. The College
welcomed 1,614 students in the fall of
2005, a whopping 93 percent increase
How did LVC achieve one of this
country's most dramatic turnarounds
in the history of higher education?
President Stephen MacDonald believes
the key to LVC's success was in steadfastly
adhering to a strategic plan developed in
1991 by LVC's senior officers, faculty,
and Board of Trustees.
Now, as Lebanon Valley continues
to grow and garner recognition, strategic
planning remains vital. The current
strategic plan, adopted in May 2005,
supports the College's mission statement
and cherishes Lebanon Valley's identity
as a liberal arts college.
"We're enjoying a moment of real
success in the life of the College by every
measure — enrollment, finances, quantity
and quality of students, and growth of
programs," MacDonald explains, and
he attributes those successes to good
planning. "We've become accustomed in
the last decade and a half to fulfilling
strategic plans, and doing a good job of
implementing and achieving the goals
we've set for ourselves."
His goals are high. "We seek to become
the best liberal arts and pre-professional
college in Pennsylvania," he says.
"But what does this mean?" MacDonald
continues. "How can you claim to be the
best? How do you measure this? There is,
in fact, no single, indisputable metric to
prove such a claim. Our goal to be the
best is an expression not so much of a
condition as it is an aspiration and a
prod — a reminder to ourselves that we
should try to do our work better. We can
consult benchmarks, measures of certain
kinds of inputs: financial resources; ratios
Some highlights of the strategic plan:
• Develop and implement an assessment plan keyed to
College-wide and departmental/programmatic expectations
of the competencies of graduates.
• Sustain and consider expanding off-campus study participa-
tion — abroad and in the United States — that enriches and
complements the College's educational program.
• Develop the study of aspects of American multiculturalism
as one of the foundational elements in the general
• In close collaboration with the academic program, considef
how to increase the range and number of internship experiences.
• Enhance the effectiveness and visibility of the Career
Services Office and see that it assumes a significant role
in the preparation of students after graduation.
• Complete the current Great Expectations Campaign by
Conduct a thorough analysis of the College's affordability.
(Completed last year.)
Improve the financial position of the College through
effective financial management that seeks to exploit
opportunities for new sources of revenue, to realize
efficiencies in operations, and to effectively balance
short-term and long-term financial viability.
Develop programming plans for the renovation of the
Allan W. Mund College Center.
Complete the Neidig-Garber Science Center renovation.
Update the campus master plan.
Provide the technology and support services needed to
fiilfill the College's educational mission and to
accommodate any future plans for growth.
14 The Valley
President MacDonald discusses points of the
strategic plan with students (from left to right)
Laura Gockley '08, J. Matthew Lohman '07,
and Brittany Dukeman D'09.
As Lebanon Valley continues to grow and
garner recognition, strategic planning remains vital.
of faculty to students; availability of
technologies; the presence of student
services and counseling services and
career services, and so on. These are
things that one can quantify and
compare with other institutions. It is
much more difficult to measure outputs.
Exactly what have students learned?
How has their college experience refined
and shaped their intellectual skills and
their operational capacities? These are
tough questions. But we'll be wrestling
with precisely these questions as we
proceed because developing an outcomes
assessment plan represents the very first
element in the strategic plan."
With its well reasoned and carefully
worded points, "the plan is specifically
formed in the context of the historical
evolution of this school," he explains. "It
reflects what the previous administration
built here; it seeks to establish and
maintain continuity; it speaks specifically
to LVC's historical development."
The nature of the plan is organic as
well. There's always room for growth and
change. "Some things we do and take
care of and move on," says MacDonald.
He also explains that some areas of the
College, while important, may not be
covered in the plan. Take athletics, for
instance. "There's little about athletics
in the plan," he says, "not because it's
not important, but because it's in good
shape, well organized, and accomplishing
its purpose, so there's no need to look at
it right now at the strategic level."
To read the strategic plan in its
entirety, log on to the College's web site
Mary Beth Hower is a freelance
writer from Lebanon who also
serves as advisor to The Quittaphilla
Spring 2006 15
To>ti SiiLim Butz '90 and Janet Gessner Roberts '68 serve as instructional
coaches in an innovative professional development program for teachers.
Alumni Partners in
Two LVC Grads Mentor the Next Generation of Teachers
by Kenya McCullum
The professioanl paths of Janet Gessner
Roberts '68 and Toni Salam Butz '90 seemed
destined to cross. Not only are they teachers
and instructional coaches at the North Penn
School District in Montgomery County, Pa.,
but they both are also LVC alumnae.
Roberts, who graduated from LVC in 1968
with a bachelor of science degree in elementary
education, has been teaching in the district for
21 years. Butz graduated from LVC in 1990
with a bachelor of arts degree in literature
and began teaching at North Penn the same
year. While both are involved in an innovative
professional development program at the
district and work closely together, neither of
them realized that the other attended LVC
until a chance conversation.
"Toni and I realized that we were both LVC
grads quite by accident," says Roberts. "One
day as we walked out to the parking lot together,
Toni said, 'Oh, there's an LVC license plate. I
wonder whose that could be?' I looked at her
and said, 'That's my car. I graduated from
LVC 'So did I!' she replied."
LVC's Long-lasting Influence
Although coincidental, it isn't surprising
that both Roberts and Butz are LVC graduates
who are excelling in their careers. Both teachers
recall their years at the College fondly and
credit LVC with the preparation that they
needed to succeed.
"LVC's education program not only
prepared me for my role as a teacher, but
also provided me with the background and
depth of knowledge a liberal arts education
can provide," says Roberts.
Butz also recalls the benefits of LVC's
strong liberal arts curriculum, but it is the
dedication of the faculty that especially made
a lasting impression on her.
"What really made Lebanon Valley College
work for me was the unshakable sense of
community," said Butz. "LVC's small size truly
fostered the rich and close relationships students
were able to have with faculty members.
"I vividly remember going to Dr. John
Kearney's [professor of English] home in
Annville for dinner. There, we discussed
not only the merits of British and English
literature, but our personal lives as well. I also
remember Dr. Mark Townsend [chair and
professor of mathematical sciences] sitting
most nights at the student snack bar just so
he could help students. I remember having to
get his help on more than one occasion."
It is this sense of community and dedication
that have had a strong impact on Roberts' and
Butz's careers — and it has influenced their
participation in North Penn School District's
Partners in Learning program.
Partners in Mentoring
The Partners in Learning program at the
North Penn School District is a professional
development program for teachers that
provides a non-evaluative and confidential
environment for growth.
"We meet with all new teachers at least
three times in their first year, giving a wide
range of support options, including providing
resources, classroom visits for observations
or data collection, lesson planning, classroom
management tips, teaching demonstration
lessons or co-teaching lessons planned together,
and reviewing student work to inform
instruction," said Roberts.
North Penn is not the only school district
that recognizes the benefits of mentoring
teachers. "Across the country, school districts
from Boston to Los Angeles are integrating a
variety of models of coaching programs," says
Roberts. Ours takes a global look at instruction
with the ultimate goal of improving student
achievement in reading, writing, and math."
There's a good reason why these types
of programs are becoming more and more
commonplace in school districts — teachers
and students alike have reaped the benefits
that professional development programs like
Partners in Learning provide.
"As teachet instructional practices grow
and are implemented, student learning and
achievement are positively impacted," said
Roberts, who coaches elementary teachers.
"Teachers feel more supported and less alone
in their instruction."
This program provides the kind of support
that Roberts and Butz received while attending
Lebanon Valley College. Butz, who coaches
secondary writing, says that given the quality
of education that LVC provides, it's not
surprising that two teachers who are
instructional coaches in the Partners in
Learning program are also LVC alumnae.
Furthering their connection, LVC is also
where both educators met their future hus-
bands — both named Steve and both involved
in education. Butz married Stephen ButZ '90,
now an assistant principal at Bucks County
Vocational Technical School in Fairless Hills
and a doctoral candidate. Roberts married
Stephen Roberts '65, an LVC trustee and
Kenya McCullum Is a freelance writer
based In San Francisco.
16 The Valley
"I want to make it
possible for young
people to do
what I was able
to do in college."
Editor's Note: This article is a
reprint from the Lebanon
Valley College President's Report
200-^-2005 published in March
2006. We had incorrectly
spelled Mrs. Miller's name in
In addition, Mary Olanich
'05 is a biology and psychobiol-
ogy major and not a chemistry
major as stated on p. 5 of the
We are sorry for any incon-
venience these errors may have
The gift of appreciation
he memories that Lois Brong
Miller '61 carries of her student
days at Lebanon Valley College
revolve around music — playing
three instruments; appeasing
demanding professors; performing with the
marching band, orchestra, and choir; and
being allowed to broaden her horizons beyond
As a music education major attending the
College on a scholarship, she was able to lead
the whirlwind musician's life, but still have
the opportunity to write for the College news-
paper and yearbook. After graduating and
teaching music in schools, she served for over
a decade on the board of the Allentown
Symphony Orchestra, including a period as
president, and became deeply involved with
the much-heralded reconstruction of the
Allentown Symphony Hall.
Over the years, she never forgot what that
scholarship meant to her, and because of this,
she established a music education scholarship
fund at the College. Katie Meo '08, a mem-
ber of the student-run theatre organization.
The Wig and Buckle Society, as well as the
Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, is one of
the students benefiting from the scholarship.
"Lois Miller has been a tremendous help
with my financial situation, and I just can't
tell you how grateful my parents and I are to
her," says Meo in between studying for an
exam and auditioning for the musical
Cabaret. "I absolutely love Lebanon Valley
College, and I appreciate the fact that if it
were not for Mrs. Miller and her gift to me,
I might not be here right now."
Miller, whose parents were educators, rec-
ognizes that a scholarship can mean the dif-
ference between a student pursuing his or her
passion, like music, or having to take on
extra work to pay for college. "Music is a nec-
essary part of life," she says. "I want to make
it possible for young people to do what I was
able to do in college."
Spring 2006 17
class news & notes
NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania
unless otherwise noted.
Albert H. Morrison '43 joined the
Keystone Concert Band to play George
Gershwin's classic Rhapsody in Blue at the
Jewish Community Center in Harrisburg
on Aug. 28, 2003. Albert began playing
piano at age 7 and has been a professional
musician since age 14.
Verna Kreider Schenker '43 and her
husband, Henry, celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on Dec. 1 1, 2005.
Miriam Carper Frey '44 has retired as the
organist at First Church of the Brethren
Elizabeth Light Hamilton '44 and her
husband, Millard, celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on Aug. 25, 2005.
by Jeff Intoccia '02
dirt iViyGrS may be the most successful head
coach on campus, but few people know about him.
The director of the Dutchmen men's tennis team
and the man who began the women's tennis
program at the College in 1994, Myers has a full-time
job in the garden sculpture business during the day
and coaches at LVC during the late afternoon.
What Myets has accomplished in his time on
the hard courts at LVC in the past 12 years is
Myers has won five men's Commonwealth Conference championships and
fouf titles ovet the last six seasons. He also has clinched a men's Commonwealth
playoff berth in seven of the past nine years and guided the women's team to its
first Commonwealth playoff berth in 2004. Since 1996, Myers is 51-12 in men's
Commonwealth regular season play, winning nearly 81 percent of his matches.
"He's a successful man in all aspects of his life — family, work, and sports," says
Dr. M. Joshua Shellenberger '99. a former LVC tennis team member. "So it is no
surprise he's taken the Valley tennis program from good to great."
Myers has been honored for his team's success, having been named Commonwealth
Conference Coach of the Year in 2000, 2002, and 2003, and Commonwealth
Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 2004.
"Cliff has been the architect of our tennis program," says Kathleen Tiemey,
director of athletics at LVC. "Cliff is a great coach who is highly respected by his
athletes and colleagues for his technical and tactical knowledge of tennis."
Look for Myers, who entered his 13th year at LVC in 2006, to continue
to sculpt a winning tiadition this spring with the return of his top two singles
players — both juniors.
"There is no doubt that our tennis program is in good hands under Cliff's
leadership," says Tiemey. "Cliff has secured a young, talented group of student-
athletes. I am confident that our program will remain one of the leaders in the
conference for many years to come."
Jeff Intoccia '02 Is a former La Vie Collegienne sports writer.
Amos 'W. Long '49 and his wife, Lottie,
celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary
on Aug. 19, 2005.
Kenneth R. Keiser '53 is enjoying his
retirement in Las Vegas, Nev., where he
plays trumpet and is the booking agent
for the 20-piece Mellowtones Big Band.
They have performed at the Four Seasons,
Bally's, Suncoast, Liberace's Mansion, and
Cyrus R. Dietrich '56 is the Georgia
State and Southeast region racquetball
champion in his age bracket. He and his
partner recently won second place in their
age bracket at the International Masters
Racquetball Association Tournament.
Bernerd A. Buzgon, Esq., '59 and his
partners at Buzgon Davis Law Offices
in Lebanon have been recognized in
Philadelphia Magazine's "Pennsylvania Super
Lawyers 2005: The Ultimate Guide to the
Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania."
Carolee G. Weidner '60 retired from her
music teaching position in the Middleburg
School District in Florida.
Carol M. Fleisher '66 retired as a
government program and budget analyst
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in
Claudia Nagle Hostetter '66 retired
from the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate
Unit 13 and continues to keep busy by
babysitting her grandchildren.
Ruth Ann Peterson Brandt '70 is a senior
merchandise allocator at Urban Brands Inc.,
in Secaucus. N.J.
For the second time, JoAnn Otto Brewer
'72 has been selected for Who's 'Who Among
Lynne A. Beriont- Virginia '74 is a middle
school language arts teacher for the Linden
Board of Education in New Jersey. Lynne
has been named the 2005 Union County
Teacher of the Year and will compete for
New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.
John G. Fenimore '75 is a supervisor of
English at Colts Neck High School in
18 The Valley
A Singular Ho
Paul Fisher '71 coached the Robinson
Secondary School boys' tennis team to
their 12th district title during his 13-year
coaching tenure. The team also reached
the semi-finals in the Virginia High School
League State Team Tournament. His top
two doubles teams finished 1-2 in the State
Doubles Tournament, and his girls' team
won their second consecutive district title.
For the third consecutive year, Dr. Robert
E. Harbaugh 74 has been listed in
America's Top Doctors, a health-care
consumer guide that names the nation's
Julie Mader Hostener '73 is the academic
coordinator at United Theological Seminary
in Dayton, Ohio.
Jeffrey S. Kern '75 is the voice department
head and assistant professor at the University
of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The Rev. Philip D. Rowland '73 has been
ordained as a pastor at Central Presbyterian
Church in St. Louis, Mo.
Irwin H. Siegel '75 received the Master
Teacher Award, the highest level of
recognition given to a Pennsylvania
College of Technology faculty member.
Donna Benko Koval '76 is a fifth-grade
teacher and K-6 science facilitator at
Shrewsbury Elementary School.
John J. Harvey '77 retired from the U.S.
Marine Corps in October 2005, and is
now employed as a pilot at CJ Systems
Aviation Group. He flies an August 109E
in support of the University of Pennsylvania
Health System (PENNSTAR) and Reading
Hospital Trauma Center.
Selene A. Wilson-Machuga '77 is
coordinator of the community life center
at Grace Lutheran Ministries in Bradford.
Richard D. Wong '77 is president and
chief executive officer at Gifts In Kind
International in Alexandria, Va.
Gregg E. Jacobs '78 is a senior quality
assurance specialist in the contract
manufacturing department at The Hershey
Company. He has had two genealogies
published. The Descendants of Peter Jacobs
and The Descendants of Casper Acker.
The Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady '78 is
the senior pastor at Park Avenue United
Methodist Church in New York City.
by Marie Cusick '07
Ui: Hunicy Ki/fc
Last August in Ukraine, Dr. Barney
Raffield, professor of business
administration, became the
first American to accept an honorary
professorship from Donetsk State
University of Management. Over 1,000
parents, students, and faculty from the
university gave him a standing ovation in
Donetsk's Opera and Ballet Theatre.
"It was the most wonderfijl moment
of my professional life. ... All the people
in the audience stood up, and I was thinking,
'These are former Soviet people, and
they're standing up for an American and
applauding.' It was just unbelievable." As a
child of the Cold War, Raffield had never
imagined he would visit Ukraine, much less teach there.
The route to this rare honor began four years earlier, when Raffield went to
Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar to teach business. His first classroom at the International
Management Institute in Kiev was in a building formerly used by the Soviet government
to interrogate professors they thought might be disloyal. "When I first began talking to
these young people, all this hit me at once . . . and I had to stop. I was so overwhelmed, "
He was moved not only by the experience but also by the beauty of Kiev itself
The Ukrainians call Kiev a city within a park. "Many Americans who have traveled to
London, Paris, or Rome think they have seen all the beautiful cities of Europe, never
realizing that Kiev certainly ranks among them," Raffield points out.
After several weeks in Kiev, Raffield traveled to the southeastern part of the country,
where he spent the rest of his five-month stay teaching both undergraduate and graduate
students in Donetsk. He found the ciry to be full of beautiful parks, tree-lined streets,
and long boulevards. The people there were very welcoming, and he had the help of a
driver and a translator. According to Ukrainian custom, the students honored him by
rising every time he entered or exited a classroom. "I was treated like the royalty that I
was not," he says.
He still keeps in touch regularly with about 12 of his former students. One of them
invited Raffield to stay with his family in Moscow and Crimea, something Raffield
appreciated, because he had a hard time spending his Fulbright travel money for its
intended purpose. Deeply disturbed by the poverty he witnessed in Ukraine, Raffield
spent his travel budget on blankets and coats for the poor he saw on the streets. When
he left Ukraine in January 2002, Raffield recalls having a sense of emptiness; he knew he
had not done all that he wanted to do.
In January 2005, he returned to help establish a national center for intellectual
property management and marketing. "LVC sponsored me to go back . . . and my
second time was even more splendid than the Fulbright had been because I got to help
in designing not only a new program but also a national program, and I got to see it
Raffield is an American first and foremost, but his love of Ukraine makes him feel
that it's his second home. Now back on the LVC campus, Raffield will be splitting his
time between undergraduate teaching and coordinating the M.B.A. Program.
Marie Cusick, a junior at LVC, is a political science and French major.
This semester, she Is serving as an Intern at Common Cause In Harrlsburg.
Spring 2006 19
Dr. David Rudd
Chair of the Department of Business and Economics
by Lauren McCartney Cusick
"I'm a marketing guy,"
is the understated way Dr. David V.
Rudd describes himself. But ask LVC's
new chair of the Department of Business
and Economics just what products and
companies he's promoted, and you will
get an A-list of some of the best known
names in America. For General Mills, he
managed Total Cereal, Gold Medal Flour,
Kix Cereal (he was responsible for the
research behind its long-lasting "Kid
Tested, Mother Approved" slogan),
Cheerios (he helped to introduce the first
flavored variety). Nature Valley Granola
Bars, and even Hamburger Helper.
"I was very proud to have had a hand
in inventing Hamburger Helper," he says.
"But I was also involved in the creation of
Tuna Helper, for which I apologize."
Later marketing jobs took him to
Eddie Bauer, where he not only exceeded
sales objectives by nearly 1 percent, but
also lowered costs by the same margin; and
to The Sharper Image, where he directed
a S22 million advertising budget. And
that's not all. He's had a long career in
consulting, which he still does on the side
"to keep my marketing skills sharp," he
explains. For one project, he is advising the
American partners of a Chinese company
that is bringing a U.S. fast-food franchise
"I teach marketing from the perspective
of a longtime practitioner," says the full
professor. "There is nothing I teach that
I haven't experienced through my own
work or my consulting. There are two full
generations between me and these kids,
and I've got to make my experiences
relevant to them."
In 1990, he decided to go back to his
original plan: to teach. He had excelled at
math and science in high school and
originally planned to pursue a doctorate
in chemical engineering after earning a
bachelor's degree in that field in 1966
from the University of Wisconsin. "I had
the technical skills, but I didn't have
the spirit or the soul of an engineer,"
he explains. "It's very important that you
resonate with your work. My other love
After switching successfully from
research engineering to marketing at
General Mills, he was undaunted by
the move to academics later in his career.
He embarked on a doctoral program
in marketing at The George Washington
University School of Business and Public
Management in Washington, D.C.
He began to teach marketing while at
George Washington. Two years later, he
won the Outstanding Teaching Award by
Undergraduates. Meanwhile, through his
doctoral research, he connected to what he
calls his "passion" — applying the principles of
direct marketing to social services. He
studied the clients of a substance abuse
program as if they were customers, trying
to understand how their own strengths
and resiliencies allowed them to gain from
the program. "Capitalism with a
conscience works, " he points out.
Rudd later taught at Michigan
Technical University for four years, then
joined the McCoU School of Business at
Queens University, Charlotte, N.C., for
another six years. Last winter, an online
business newsletter alerted him to what
he calls "a spectacular career opportunity"
to become chair of the Business and
Economics Department here.
What he found was a department that
does some things "extremely well," he says,
listing communications as one of the key
strengths of the department's 290 under-
graduate majors and 80 part-time M.B.A.
"I teach marketing from the
perspective of a longtime practitioner,'
students. "I've never worked with as good
a group of writers," he says of the students
here. "We have a huge leg up in producing
students who can write, who can speak,
and who can think critically."
Rudd cites those analytical skills as
the reason why two LVC business teams
ranked in the Top 20 Global Performers
on GLO-BUS last fall, an online business
simulation. One finished seventh out of
944 teams from 75 colleges and universities.
Rudd praises the faculty here for
"knowing and understanding each one of
our students. They work hard at coaxing
the students into knowing what they are
doing and why they are doing it. There is
no place for students to hide here; there's
no place for students to get lost.
"The goal now is for us to define what
we want the program to become and to put
in place the course work, the structure, and
the quality. Our main goal is to teach people
how to learn, and not just from textbooks,
but from situations, since a goodly portion
of what students learn here will be obsolete
in a few years," he points out.
To facilitate that kind of learning,
Rudd would like to see internships become
a formal part of the business program.
Through the department's Business
Advisory Council, established before he
arrived, he has a strong link to the local
business community. "One of the topics
we are considering is how to give students
in central Pennsylvania a meaningful and
exciting exposure to international business, "
he says. "This is a rich environment for us
to take students beyond the classroom."
Also on the agenda is getting accreditation
from the Association of Collegiate Business
Schools and Programs. He points out that
the department's business courses are fully
accredited now by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools, along
with all of the College's other programs.
Rudd wants to see the department
flourish. After all, it attracts one of the
largest groups of majors on campus. "I'm a
marketing guy," he says. "I like to be a
market leader. "
Lauren McCartney Cusick is director
of media relations at Lebanon Valley
class news & notes
Thomas G. Myers '83
Bonita Bomgardner GoUa '81 is an
applications developer at the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection
Elizabeth Murray Ayers '82 is a registered
nurse at Children's Hospital of The King's
Daughters, Norfolk, Va.
Dr. Hugh C. DeLong '82 is program
manager, as a civilian GS-15, for the Air
Force Office of Scientific Research in
Arlington, Va. Earlier he served for 27 years
in the chemistry department at the U.S.
Thomas G. Myers '83, vice president
has been elected
president of the
in the industry.
Brian C. Trust '83 is vice president of asset
liability management at Scottish Re Inc.,
Gregory A. Weaber '83 is director of human
resources at Cornwall Manor, Cornwall.
The Rev. David M. Frye '84 is vice
president of mission advancement at
Mosaic, Lincoln, Neb., and president-elect
of the Lincoln chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators.
Dr. Deborah Detwiler Nelson '84 is
director of children's ministries and director
of New Friends Nursery at Indian Valley
Mennonite Church in Harleysville.
Stephen M. Nelson '84 is vice president
of internal operations at Haines and
Kibblehouse Inc., Skippack.
Jeffrey W. Wieboldt '84 is a math teacher
at Livingston High School in New Jersey.
Michael G. Cobb '85 is a school counselor
at Vance High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Anthony A. Sheffy '85 is a partner at
Shefify Mazzaccaro, LLP, in Southington,
Rebecca Wise Neafcy '86 is an assistant
store manager at Macy's at the Lehigh Valley
Eve Lindemuth Bodeux '87, and her
husband, Reynald, welcomed a son. Axel
William, into their family on Aug. 6, 2005.
Sandra Mohler-Kerschner '87 is vice
president of Ira G. Mohler & Son Inc.,
Shillington. She is a member of the
National Association of Insurance and
Financial Advisors and the National
Association ot Insurance Women. She
has been included in the Heritage Registry
of Who's Who, recorded in the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C.
Dominic G. Macrina '87 is a nurse at
the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in
Jami Jennings Verderosa '87 is an
administrator at Oconee County School
District in Watkinsville, Ga.
LeRoy G. Whitehead Jr. '87 is a principal
in the West Chester Area School District.
Randall L. Sattazahn '88 is assistant
director of the Bureau of Information
Systems at the Pennsylvania Department
of Revenue in Harrisburg.
The Rev. Lisa Kerlin Klinger '90 is
the pastor of Mt. Holly Springs United
Stephen W. Trapnell '90 is a corporate
communications specialist at Susquehanna
Bancshares Inc., Lititz.
Brian A. Hand '91 is vice president of
operations at Blockbuster Inc. in Dallas,
Dr. April Homing Hershey '91 is a
principal in the Cocalico School District
Heather Huff-Zehren '91 and her
husband, Frances, welcomed a daughter.
Shannon Janice, on April 7, 2005.
Ralph Bieber '92
had his second novel.
The Epicure, published
by Berkley in December
under his pen name,
H.R. Howland. A
fiction writer, Bieber
has twice been
nominated for the
Stoker Award. He
resides in Palmyra and is affiliated with the
Horror Writer's Association, Mid-Adantic
Horror Professionals, and the Central
Pennsylvania Writers Association.
Kristin Davis Hoffier '92 is an elementary
reading specialist in the Northern Lebanon
Spring 2006 21
Where did he come from
and where has he gone?
by Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97
He's the stranger with a mask who lurks
around corners and hides in dark shad-
ows. He runs faster than the wind and
blends into the night like a chameleon.
His menacing tomfoolery causes trouble for all
his victims, and he has little or no regard for
the tribulation he causes.
Is he a comic book villain? No. Many LVC
alumni recognize this practical joker as the
infamous Red Avenger.
Dressed in a red suit complete with a mask,
cape, and LVC gym shorts, the Red Avenger
made his first appearance on the LVC campus
in the late 1960s. He would appear around
Homecoming each year. Many have theorized
about the origins of the masked marvel, but have
reached no definite conclusion. A recent inqui-
ry through the College's e-newsletter provided
several conflicting accounts of the Red Avenger
and his startling beginning.
"In the fall of 1966, we were joking about
the ghost of West Hall and having a generally
good time," said one anonymous contributor.
"One of the residents retreated to his room
and appeared a bit later in red pajamas and
blue gym trunks with a blue, hooded jacket
worn like a cape, and jumped into the center
of the living room. 'Good Grief,' said one
of the brothers, 'What are you, the Red
Avenger?'" And so the legend was born.
Other accounts link the source of the Red
Avenger to archrival Albright College. "He
would come and spray paint the campus red
right before the Albright football game," she
reports. "This was the game that if we won, we
would get an extra day off over Thanksgiving."
Although there are various accounts as to the
genesis of the Red Avenger, Valley altmini do agree
that he was a menacing prankster. His antics
included blaring red air horns in the middle of
the quad and smashing pumpkins during
Halloween. Most notoriously, the Red Avenger
has been credited with spray painting red "RAs"
throughout the campus, specifically targeting
the PHILO rock. Yet another report states that
the Red Avenger of the mid- 1 970s liberated
the dining hall cutlery and returned it by hiding
it in the trunk of Dean Carl Ehrhart's car.
Despite these colorful and somewhat
destructive capers, some alumni support the
tradition of the Red Avenger. A graduate from
the late 1980s states that, although his high
jinks caused grief, they also "made for good,
traditional college fun." She also feels that "he
demonstrated zeal for the alma mater."
Perhaps the real mystery surrounding the
Red Avenger is not who he was or what his
intentions were, but whether or not he will
materialize again on campus. Do current stu-
dents know the legend of this masked marvel?
Why has the Red Avenger not made an appear-
ance at the Valley since the mid-1990s? Will
the Red Avenger ever reappear as a harmless
campus trickster, or has he vanished into the
For more information about the Red
Avenger and other College lore, please visit
the "L-online" at www.lvc.edu/alumni.
Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 is the
College's director of campaign
communications and an adjunct
instructor of English.
22 The Valley
class news & notes
Joanna Wierman Masters '92 is a teacher
at Trinity School in Ellicott City, Md.
Joanna married David Masters on July 9,
2005, in Hanover.
Charles W. Bloss IV '93 is vice president and
chief actuary at Capital District Physician
Health Plan, Albany, N.Y.
Malissa Noll Weikel '93 is a loan
specialist for Countrywide Home Loans
David Aulenbach '94 is supervisor of
music for the Randolph Township Board
of Education in New Jersey, where he also
directs the high school wind ensemble.
Randy J. Durbin '94 is a math teacher
and wrestling coach at Portet Ridge Middle
School, Union County.
David B. Fromholt '94 is laboratory
manager at the University of Florida's
McKnight Brain Institute in Gainesville.
Michael F. Hain '94 is a supervisor at the
Kellogg Co. in Lancaster.
Lynn M. Sosnoskie '94 received a doctor
of philosophy degree in horticulture and
crop science from Ohio State University.
Matthew D. Dickinson '95 is a choral and
general music teacher for Lower Dauphin
Middle School. He received the 2005
George M. Leader Excellence in Education
Award for the capital region.
Michael P. Putnam '95 and his wife,
Sharyn, welcomed a son, Wyatt Michael,
into their family on April 4, 2005.
Thomas J. Sposito M'95 is president and
chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania
State Bank. He has been named to the
board of directors for Sterling Investment
Daniel K. Tucci '95 is a fifth-grade teacher
for Montgomery County Maryland public
schools. In May 2005, he received a master's
degree in administration and supervision
from Bowie State University.
Melissa Anderson "Wilcox '95 and her
husband, Mike, welcomed a son, Wesley
Brian, into their family on Aug. 1, 2005.
Julia Alandar Albright '96 and her
husband, Christopher E. Albright '99,
welcomed a son, Jackson Eric, into their
family on Aug. 5, 2005.
Alison Gayle Brandt '96 is an execu-
tive assistant/office manager at Mason &
Associates Inc., Escondido, Calif
Tatjana Cuic '96 and her husband, Keven
M. Gerchufcky '96, welcomed a son,
Nikola Gerchufsky, into their family on
March 30, 2005. They are both working for
Bayer Corporation and living in Dusseldorf
Linda S. Graybill '96 is an accountant at
Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center in Narvon.
Lori Sheetz Jones '96 and her husband,
John, welcomed a son. Jack Monroe, into
their family on April 18, 2005. Lori is a
patient advocate at Nanticoke Memorial
Hospital in Seaford, Del.
Lynne Morrell Klunk '96 and her
husband, Donald J. Klunk '96, welcomed
a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, into their
family in September 2005.
Elizabeth Schlundt Tinsley '96 and her
husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Luke
Andrew, into their family on Feb. 16, 2005.
Susan D. Stull '96 is a Petty Officer
2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and has been
deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. Susan's unit
will work directly for the Army in a critical
combat service support mission.
James S. Zerbe '96 is a customer service
representative for American Education
Services in Harrisburg.
Jason J. Zitter '96 is a production
manager with Ditech Home Loans in
Newport Beach, Calif
Jennifer Calabrese Danko '97 and her
husband, Michael B. Danko '96,
welcomed a son, Nathan Michael, into
their family on Aug. 4, 2005.
Natalie Hope McDonald '97 is senior
editor at Philadelphia Magazine and is also
a regular contributor to the Philadelphia
Citypaper, Knight-Ridder, and Time, Inc.
Bethany D. Mummert '97 married
Michael Hopman on July 23, 2005.
Jennifer M. Rohrer '97 is a psychology
intern at Florida State Hospital.
Scott A. Root '97 is the campus minister,
music department chair, and seventh- and
eighth-grade religion teacher at Lebanon
Wayne Sallurday '97 is a sales executive at
Cimbrian in Lancaster.
Brent Edward Shoemaker '97 is operations
manager at Graham Packaging Company
Christina J. Watts '97 is a special
education teacher for the Baltimore
County Public Schools in Maryland.
Jennifer A. Wentzel, Esq., '97 has joined
the law office of Gerber, Ferry and Tanner
Robert D. Ford '98 is audit manager at
Commerce Bank in Harrisburg.
Timothy A. Frantz '98 graduated from the
Florida Coastal School of Law on May 14,
2005. He is continuing his studies and is
planning on becoming a professional
Christine R. Fritz '98 graduated from the
FBI Academy, Quantico, Va., in September
Wendy Warner Froio '98 is an occupational
therapist for her own business. Milestones
Therapy Services Inc., in New Jersey.
Tara K. O'Neil '98 is the head freshman
girls' basketball coach at Bishop McDevitt
High School in Harrisburg.
in 2005, the offices of Advancement and Information Technology Services created
LVC's first online version of the Honor Roll of Donors. Donors were surveyed about
the new format. A few highlights from the survey include:
• 4,564 surveys were mailed, and 634 were returned (14% response rate)
• The percentage of respondents to the survey included 69% alumni,
5% current parents, 4% past parents, and 4% friends.
• Alumni who graduated during the 1950s had the highest response
• More respondents preferred to see the Honor Roll of Donors
published online (34%) rather than sent through the mail (11%).
The complete survey, an executive summary of the results, and a list of participant
comments can be found by visiting www.lvc.edu/alumni.
'^PBiNr. ■}nnr^ 7%
class news & notes
Audra M. Popejoy '98 is a third-grade
teacher tor the Annville-Cleona School
Rachael M. Rascoe '98 is a seventh-grade
math teacher and union vice president for
the Red Lion Area School District.
Brian Rehm '98 was featured in a New
York Times article 'A Web of Faith, Law
and Science in Evolution Suit" for his role
in a lawsuit against the Dover Area School
District. He was later elected to the school
board for the district.
Matthew C. Schildt '98 is an assistant
professor of music at Adams State College
in Alamosa, Colo.
Aaron Strenkoski '98 and his wife, Alicia,
welcomed a son. Alec, into their family on
Feb. 5, 2003.
Michael G. Uhler '98 is a category devel-
opment manager at The Hershey Company
in Bentonville, Ark.
Lance M. Westerhoff, Ph.D., '98 is
general manager of QuantumBio Inc. in
Christopher E. Albright '99 is a producer/
co-host of a daily syndicated sports talk
radio show, Speaking of Sports, at Sportsjam
Radio Network in Camp Hill.
Shannan L. Bennett '99 is a behavior
coach at Southwest Behavioral Health
Services in Phoenix, Ariz.
Volunteer for Lebanon Valley College
Are you interested in volunteering for Lebanon Vaiiey College? Please review the
committee descriptions, complete the registration form, and return it to the Alumni
Office. We will contact you regarding your Interest.
Awards Committee: selects the
recipients of the Distinguished Alumni
Award, Alumni Citations, Young Alumni
Award, and Creative Achievement Award;
awards are presented during a ceremony
at Alumni Weekend; meets two to three
times a year
Chair: Betty Criswell Hungerford '54
Alumni Athletic Committee: selects the
Inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame;
induction Is held Oktoberfest Weekend;
meets twice a year
Chair: Dennis Tulli '69
Alumni Ambassadors: assists with
admission recruitment efforts; meets
once a year for training and College
Chair: Judy Heyser Taylor '75
Recent Graduates: attracts and encour-
ages recent graduate Involvement in the
life of the College and recruits volunteers
for the five- and ten-year reunions; meets
twice a year
Co-cliairs: Ana Farr Rodriguez '97 and
Natalie Taylor Kratzer '02
Scholarship Committee: awards scholar-
ships to rising seniors; meets once a
year during second semester
Chair: Kristen R. Angstadt '74, Ph.D.
Career Connections: provides networking
opportunities and assists students with the
career search process; meets twice a year
Chair: Ben Bamford '03
Leadership Development: works on
retention and recruitment for committees;
meets twice a year
Chair: David G. Thompson '65
Volunteer Registration Form
Committee (1st choice)
Please return this form to the Alumni Office, 101 North College Ave., Annville, PA 17003
via mail or electronically by going to www.lvc.edu and clicking on Alumni & Friends.
Cynthia Ensminger Goshom '99 is
a resource and referral specialist in the
ElderCare division of Work Place Options
Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
John R. Greathouse '99 is senior vice
president and loan manager at Fulton
Financial Corporation in Lancaster.
Deborah Katz '99 married James Brady on
Aug. 27, 2005. She is a training manager
for the emissions monitoring software
division of General Electric in Hatfield.
Dawn L. McCabe '99 married Christopher
John Schober in Lancaster on Oct. 29, 2005.
Christopher T. Melusky '99 is a room
division executive at the Holiday Inn,
SSgt. Lori M. Moyer '99 is an executive
secretary for the Pennsylvania National
Guard in Annville. She sang the national
anthem at the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR
Nextel Cup race at Pocono Speedway,
accompanied by the Air National Guard
Christopher Johnne Pugh '99 received a
doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from
the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine in June 2005.
Stephen A. Raab '99 is a senior business
insurance adjuster for Gallagher Bassett
Services Inc., Mechanicsburg.
Scott J. Sevinsky '99 is a staff physical therapist
at Physical Therapy Specialists in Pittsburgh.
Cory 'W. Thorton '99 is an editor at College
Sports Television Online, Carlsbad, Calif
Christina Mellick Wagner '99 is an
elementary general music teacher for the
Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia.
Alicia J. Way '99 married Ian H. Showalter
on July 16,2005.
The Rev. James L. Zerfing '99 is the senior
pastor at Lake View Christian Fellowship
in East Berlin.
Kristen B. Arnold '00 is a third-grade
teacher at Hambright Elementary School in
Kimberly Zang Brewer '00 is a social
service coordinator at Capital Area Head
Start in Harrisburg.
Terry L. Buda '00 is an assistant vice
president and marketing manager at Union
National Community Bank in Lancaster.
24 The 'Valley
The Rev. Dr. Paul
_inni\ \ \
The Rev. Dr. Paul Fullmer knew
he had a hard act to follow as the
new chaplain at LVC. The retiring
chaplain, the Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Woomer,
was known affectionately to students as
"Chappie." So it was no doubt a good sign
when Fullmer almost immediately became
known to students as "Chaps," a reference
not only to his pastoral role, but also to his
penchant for wearing Ralph Lauren shirts.
During an interview in his Miller Chapel
office, Fullmer described his role as that of an
adjunct professor of biblical literature. "I want
to offer students something they won't find
in church, a different perspective. I aim to
provide a dynamic place for students to ask
questions about the key issues of life and
death," and, in class, to "help people realize
the rich metaphorical nature of the New
He was raised in a conservative, evangelical
household in Menlo Park, Calif, and went to
the University of Southern California,
earning a bachelor's degree in 1990 before
receiving his master's degree four years later
at Fuller Theological Seminary. It wasn't
until he was earning his doctorate in biblical
studies at the Graduate Theological Union in
Berkeley, Calif, that Fullmer was able to find
answers to some of his own questions.
Now, he has a convert's zeal for sharing
what he has learned. "How much richer my
faith is now!" he marvels. He takes a biblical
scholar's delight in showing students how
"the Gospels relate to each other and to the
Old Testament and to the Greco-Roman
world." The New Testament miracle of the
loaves and the fishes, he suggests, might not
have literally happened, but in fact might
have been inspired by 2 Kings 2:42-44 of
the Old Testament. Fullmer raises difficult
questions: Do the ethics of the ancient
Hebrews have any bearing on modern
society? Are the Gospels eyewitness accounts
of Jesus' life, or mythological interpretations
of who Jesus was? Fullmer describes himself
as a "progressive Christian," and he reports
"for every one student who says, 'You have
very different ideas,' there are three other
students who want to know more."
As he finished his doctoral degree last year,
Fullmer knew he would have to come to the
East Coast to realize his dream of working as
a liberal arts college chaplain. West Coast
colleges and universities just don't tend to
have chaplains, he says. But he didn't come to
unknown territory. Although FuUmer's family
has lived in California for five generations,
his mother, Ruth Mason Fullmer, is a 1961
LVC graduate. She earned a bachelor of science
degree here while her husband served as a
dentist at the U.S. Army War Collie in Carlisle.
Years ago, Lebanon Valley College was
known among clergy on the West Coast as
"the angel factory" Fullmer explains,
"because the College produced so many
ministers." The College's historic ties to the
Methodist Church were stronger 45 years
by Lauren McCartney Cusick
ago, yet Fullmer was still pleasantly surprised
that, as an ordained Presbyterian minister, he
was hired here. But his denomination is
unimportant, he believes, because he is not here
to push a particular branch of Protestantism.
In fact, he feels so strongly about providing
interfaith experiences that last fall, in
conjunction with LVC's yearlong colloquium
on food, Fullmer launched a series of five
dinners in the West Dining Room featuring
feast days of the world's major religions. He
is pleased with the enthusiastic response to
the events, which touched on the food,
dance, martial arts, music, art, and religious
perspectives of various cultures. "They took
it seriously," he says of the students. "There
was a sense of awe and respect for the
spirituality of it."
And even as he continues the tradition of
reaching out to the local community with an
interfaith community worship service every
few weeks, reaching out to the larger
interfaith community of Jews, Muslims,
Buddhists, and Hindus is one of his
priorities. More and more, the world is
becoming a global community, he points
out. "The liberal arts education here is very
effective in helping people consider the value
of other religious traditions."
At least some of those debates over life,
death, and spirituality will take place at
FuUmer's home, a few blocks east of the
College on Main Street. It's somehow fitting
that the stately home will once again have a
link to LVC's student life. The three-story
brick house was built in 1906 by Bishop J.
S. Mills and his wife, Mary Keister Mills,
sister of Dr. Lawrence Keister, president of
LVC from 1907 to 1912. His business acumen
and personal generosity helped to save the
College from its "darkest days," Fullmer
found after doing some research, and Keister
Residence Hall is named for him. The house
was inherited by the Mills' daughter-in-law,
Edith Mills, who taught piano at the College
and shared the home with LVC students for
many years. Now the Main Street house has
new life as the home of Fullmer, his wife,
Becky, and their infant daughter, Juliana. &
Spring 2006 25
Dr. Ron Toll
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
by Lauren McCartney Cusick
Imagine a wireless cloud enveloping
all of Lebanon County, providing
low-cost of free access to the Internet.
Could Lebanon Valley College play
a role in leading that effort? That's just one
idea that Dr. Ronald B. Toll has on his
mind. In August, he became LVC s new vice
president for academic affairs and dean of the
faculty. Given his record at the University
of Central Arkansas, where in 2004 he part-
nered with the corporate world to establish
one of the most innovative wireless networks
in the country, his dream of a wireless cloud
here is not far-fetched.
Toll may have spent his first semester
on campus quiedy absorbing the Valley's
culture in meetings with faculty over lunches
and coffee, but just wait. This soft-spoken
man has been at the forefront of change
wherever he has worked.
He's very serious about his passions, and
one of them is higher education. "I'm
passionate about providing excellence, about
enhanced teaching and learning outcomes.
When you're trying to get people on board,
having that passion helps." The shipboard
metaphor comes naturally to this oceanog-
rapher, who also happens to have been on
board himself for the discovery of one of the
most lucrative sunken treasures ever found.
"Fm passionate about
about enhanced teaching
and learning outcomes. "
Toll, who grew up in Springfield, N.J.,
is a first-generation college graduate from
Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey. In 1982, after earning a doctorate in
biological oceanography at the University
of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine
Science, Toll submerged himself for 1 years
in the beautifiil but rarefied atmosphere
of the University of the South in Sewanee,
Tenn., earning tenure and moving from
assistant to associate professor.
While professors at Sewanee still dressed
in traditional academic robes over the
regulation jacket and tie for men and skin
or dress for women. Toll preferred T-shirts,
and for good reason. "When I took off my
robe and bent over my aquarium to check
on my octopuses, my ties fell in. I had a
series of ties with high-tide marks from the
salt." He started wearing blue jeans, too,
and other junior faculty members soon
In the late 1980s, Toll, a specialist in
invertebrate zoology, joined a team of
scientists to study deep ocean life in
and around the wreck of the U.S. Mail
Steamship S.S. Central America, America's
worst peacetime sea disaster. The ship had
gone down in an 1857 hurricane off the
coast of the Carolinas, losing 425 people
and a cargo of 2 1 tons of California gold.
Toll, who worked with the group for 10
years, was associate director of the adjunct
science program, whose members got an
unparalleled glimpse of the sea world 8,000
feet down with state-of-the-art technology.
They discovered a dozen sea creatures that
had been previously unknown.
On the flyleaf of a pictorial history of
the project called America's Lost Treasure
(Adantic Monthly Press, 1998), the project's
founder, Tommy Thompson, wrote, "Ron,
Your contribution to opening up the deep
ocean ftontier has been enormous." But the
reason Toll did not make a career of such
glamorous — albeit dangerous — work is
hinted at in another note on the flyleaf: "To
Ron Toll, Whose achievement in advancing
deep ocean discovery has been equally
valuable both on and off the witness stand."
The recovery group found so much
treasure that it attracted droves of insur-
ance companies looking for a cut, and Toll
was a frequent courtroom witness for the
discovery team, a process he found stressfixl.
Eventually, the case was setded in favor
of Thompson and his team of engineers
and scientists, who set new standards of
excellence in recovering and preserving the
gold and artifarts. The courts praised them
for a "monimiental" effort as well as for
"initiative, ingenuity, and determination."
Toll has been part of the award-winning
documentaries on the topic that air on the
Discovery and History channels, and he has
given hundreds of talks about the shipwreck.
In 1993, Toll accepted the chairmanship
of the Department of Biology at Wesleyan
College in Georgia. Here was a new
challenge: to provide leadership for the
science program, which, unlike LVC, lacked
a strong tradition of student-faculty research
and had virtually no modern equipment.
Within five years, the school had won a
half dozen National Science Foundation
grants, and the all-female college seized the
opportunity to market itself as a "great place
for women in science." Toll was named the
chair of the Division of National Sciences
and Mathematics after only two years there,
and was also the Mimroe Professor of Life
Science, an endowed chair.
26 The Valley
In 1999, Toll moved on to the
University of Central Arkansas (UCA).
As the Dean of the College of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics for six years,
he worked with the faculty to "demystify
the tenure and promotion process." In
addition to his duties as a dean, Toll
was a special assistant to the president
for technology and corporate relations.
He launched "think tank" partnerships
with businesses such as IBM, Stratum
Broadband, Acxiom, and Daktronics that
were the first of their kind.
"We got together to discuss each
others goals and strengths . . . they saw
new ways to interaa with higher education
and, in the end, that brought cost savings
and revenue-generating opportunities to
the university." In addition to creating a
completely wireless campus, the most
visible sign of this partnership was
Technology Plaza, the first fiilly digitally
supported outdoor classroom on any
college campus in the United States, a
2 1 st-century facility that could also
function as a co-curricular bulletin board.
To defray the cost, UCA partnered with
Daktronics to sell advertising on the
screen, targeted to the academic audience
of some 10,000 students and 1,200 fac-
ulty and staff.
Although he welcomes the benefits
of technology. Toll believes good teaching
is "what a skilled, dedicated faculty
member brings to the classroom and
brings to the students." What is at the
heart of the educational experience, he
says, is "wresding with ambiguities,
wresding with complexities that challenge
the established dogma or something that
we previously learned."
At Lebanon Valley College, Toll is also
pleased to find "an amazingly coUegial
envirorunent. People are incredibly dedicated
to this institudon and for the right reasons.
The faculty are committed teachers and
scholars, and I'm very impressed with their
desire to continue to improve. There's
not a sense in my mind that they're
saying, 'OK, let's rest on our laurels.'
To me, that's very exciting," he adds.
And, given his ovm record, it seems likely
that something very exciting is in store
for LVC as well. ^
class news dr notes
Jennifer L. Gottlieb '00 married Samuel L.
Dixon on July 30, 2005. She is an informa-
tion systems specialist in the office of the
recorder of deeds for Lancaster County.
Kristina M. Haines '00 is a scientist at
Johnson & Johnson in Titusville, N.J.
Carrie E. Fettennan '00 and Gregory J.
Kutchma '02 were married on May 29,
Lisa Cmkovich Minney '00 and her
husband. Matt, welcomed a daughter,
Madison Elizabeth, into their family on
July 29, 2005.
Selena L. Rodgers '00 married Mathew
Mallios on July 3, 2005.
Erin J. Stewart '00, '02 is a middle school
music teacher at Hempfield School District
Kristinia Marie Windish '00 is a labora-
tory services specialist at Lancaster General
Beth A. Light '01 and John A. Brennan
'01 were married in LVC's Miller Chapel on
July 23, 2005.
Debra M. Feldman '01 is an English
teacher for the Washington Township Board
of Education in Sewell, N.J.
Melinda S. Gordon '01 is an accountant/
financial analyst at Carlisle SynTec.
Jayanne Hogate Hayward '01 is the
assistant director of alumni programs at
Lebanon Valley College.
Amanda L. Holmes '01 is a therapeutic
mentor for Providence Service Corporation
in Portland, Maine.
Lisa Godlewski Lanceliotti '01 is a
cardiovascular specialty representative at
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Elizabeth, N.J.
Anna M. Malocu '01 is a special education
teacher at Loudoun City Public School in
Gretchen A. Mall '01 is a kindergarten
teacher at St. John Vianney Parish School in
Kimberly Umbenhaur '01 is a staff
accountant/auditor for the Blue Mountain
School District in Orwigsburg.
Brandie May Warren '01 and her husband.
Ash, welcomed a daughter, Arabelle May,
into their family on May 26, 2005.
Amy L. Wasserleben '01 married John
Butler on Sept. 10, 2005. Amy is a training
specialist in the Pennsylvania Office of the
Inspector General in Harrisburg.
Jessica A. Mitchell '01 is a chemist/
quality assurance coordinator at ESIS
Environmental Health Laboratory in
Gerard M. Reilly '01 is a volunteer in the
Peace Corps serving in Niger, West Africa.
Michael A. Rose '01 is a legislative assistant
to Pa. Rep. Kerry Benninghoflf in the 171st
Mark your c^lendaii
, The Race to Understand Viruses
September 29 and 30, 2006
'atch for more information
later this summer and visit
www.lvc.edu/science for details
on speakers and events.
Please call the Office of Alumni Programs at 717-867-6320 with questions,
or visit the symposium web site at www.lvc.edu/science.
Spring 2006 27
class news & notes
Leah S. Semoffsky '01 is an ofEce
manager at Fox Machinery Associates Inc.
Ma^e L. Simonton '01 received a
master's degree in educational develop-
ment and strategies from Wilkes University.
She is a kindergarten teacher at Newport
Amy Rovers Stack '01 is direaor of human
resources at Manor Health Care in Lebanon.
Stacey A. Stinson '01 and Parrish J.
Fessler '01 were married on Sept. 3, 2005.
Stacey is project leader for Datatel Scholars
Foundation in Fairfax, Va.
In September 2005, Kelly Cooney Watts
'01 passed the CPA exam and is an accoun-
tant at Harsco Corporation in Camp Hill.
Timothy John Belloff '02 is a social
studies teacher at Penn Wood West junior
High School in Darby.
Derek S. Eiiston '02 is the owner, producer,
and engineer at the Green Room Studio in
Adam L. Feltes '02 is a senior business
analyst at Guardian Life Insurance in
Kerri L. Gasser '02 and Thomas
Schaaf '99 were married on Sept. 3,
2005, in Harrisburg. Kerri is a case-
worker at Lebanon Mental Health/Mental
John R. Gross '02 joined Eichelbergers
Inc. in York Haven. He is responsible for
domestic sales, advertising support, and
water testing and analysis related to domestic
and public water supply systems.
Nathan E. Himes '02 is a forensic
scientist in the forensic biology section
at the Virginia Department of Forensic
Science in Fairfax, Va.
Danielle M. McMaster '02 is a staff
chemist at Merck & Co. Inc. in West Point.
Crystal M. Miller '02 and Bryan J.
Dettrey '02 were married on July 23, 2005.
Crystal is a third-grade teacher at Oxford
University School in Mississippi, and
Bryan is enrolled in a doctoral program at
the University of Mississippi.
Andrea M. Howard '02 and John M.
Dormer IV '02 were married on Aug. 6,
2005, in LVC's Miller Chapel. Andrea is a
chemistry teacher for the West Shore School
District in Lewisberry, and John is a middle
school science teacher at Commonwealth
Connections Academy in Mechanicsburg.
Nicole L. Oder '02 received a master's
degree in museum studies from Syracuse
University, and is now coordinator of
student and educator programs at the
San Diego Museum of Art.
Brandy Klunk Putman '02 is an
assistant group supervisor at U-Gro
Learning Centers Inc. in Harrisburg.
Lauren Baptista Smith '02 is a teacher
in the Harrisburg School District.
Michael J. Smith '02 is a teacher in the
Northern Lebanon School District.
Jason B. Widney '02 graduated from the
Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, with a
master of music degree in voice.
Jessica M. 'Wieand '02 is a consultant at
Sona MedSpa in Philadelphia.
Daniel P. Zdarko '02 is a marketing
consultant at Cutting Edge Media in
Timothy J. Bozarth '03 and Marisa L.
Sassaman '03 were married June 12,
2004, in Hazelton. Marisa is a museum
coordinator at Burlington County Prison
Museum in Mount Holly, N.J., and Tim
is operations supervisor at All American
Fasteners in Cinnaminson, N.J.
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Visit thie alumni home page for chat times,
schedules, and helpful information!
Tyrone C. Broxton '03 is the sports
information director at the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
Tyrone was named Sports Information
Director of the Year by Black
Kristin A. Camilli '03 is a school
psychologist at Deptford School District
in New Jersey.
Lori B. Counterman '03 and William
H. Pitcock Jr. '03 were married in LVC's
Miller Chapel on July 16, 2005. They live
in Bloomington, Ind.
Tracie Miller Dissinger '03 is a branch
load operations manager at Fulton Financial
Corporation in Lancaster.
Jason M. Dugan '03 is an assistant branch
manager at M&T Bank in Sunbury.
Amanda K. Fogle '03 is a physical
therapist at Washington County Hospital
in Hagerstown, Md.
Colby B. Hilker '03 is a high school music
teacher at Westhill Institute in Mexico City,
Erin Hudey '03 married Steve Yokum
on July 23, 2005, in Bedford. Erin is an
area coordinator for student housing at
Allegheny College of Maryland.
Karen Jagielski '03 and Michael
Worthington '03 were married on
Mary Rebecca Kishbangh '03 is an account
coordinator at Pavone in Harrisburg.
Sarah A. Onufer '03 is a logistics
management specialist for the U.S.
Department of Defense in Chambersburg.
Jonathan S. Pitt '03 has earned a master of
science degree in engineering mechanics at
Penn State University.
Jessica Purcell Rogers '03 is a special
education teacher for the Blue Mountain
School District in Orwigsburg.
Anne L. Small '03 is a marketing coordinator
at GTS Technologies in Harrisburg.
Amanda L. Stevenson '03 is a patient care
assistant at Lancaster General Hospital.
Sarah R, Thrush '03 is an assistant professor
of music at the University of Wisconsin in
Kristine Daiber Warner '03 has been
appointed to the Palmyra Borough Council.
Warner is a government relations associate
with the Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania in
28 The Valley
Kevin T. Wood '03 is currently serving in
Northern Iraq with the U.S. Army's 4th
Squadron, l4th Calvary Regiment, 172nd
Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort
Sara Yanchis '03 and Christian Boysen
Koch '04 were married in North Carolina
on April 9, 2005.
David L. Yinger '03 is an elementary band
director at West Shore School District in
Holly L. 2^niniennan '03 is a learning
support teacher in the Shikellamy School
District in Sunbury.
Mary Anne Brennan '04 and Ronald L.
Stump '04 were married on June 4, 2005,
Adam T. Brunner '04 is a sales associate at
Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company in
Jennifer E. Buckley '04 is a special
education teacher at Smallwood Middle
School in Indianhead, Md.
Stephen G. Buzinski '04 has joined the
New York Nationals, the basketball team
that plays against the Harlem Globetrotters.
Jamie L. Cronin '04 and William T.
Bainbridge '03 were married May 28,
2005, at St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic
Church in Norristown.
Todd Fischer '04 is a collection manager at
Town & Country Leasing in Lancaster.
Rebecca J. Grudzina '04 is serving in
Bulgaria as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Stacy A. Jacoby '04 is an environmental
program specialist at the Oklahoma
Department of Environmental Quality
in Oklahoma City.
MoUie G. Kedney '04 is serving in the
U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Iraq.
Jennifer E. Keller '04 is a first-grade teacher
at Pine Street Elementary school in
Lauren Sutherly Mclntyre '04 is an associate
auditor at Fulton Financial Corporation in
Karen E. Penberth '04 is teaching
ninth-grade literature, lOth-grade
communications, and 1 1th- and
12th-grade mythology at Middletown
Andrew James Piatt '04 and Kristi Nicole
Riley '03 were married on Aug. 20, 2005,
at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in York.
Tara L. Seefeldt '04 is a sales manager at
Borders Books and Music in Reading.
Lindsay A. Maus 04 married Douglas R. Psulkowski on Sept. 1 7, 2005, at Spring Mill Manor in
Ivyland. V/C graduates who attended her wedding included: (left to right) back row: Aaron Kier
'03, Rachele Bamickel '03, Jessica Kraut Kier '03, Robyn Sotak '03, Jennifer Brown '03, Jacklyn
Ebert '03, Lisa Meranti '04, Constance O'Brien '04 (maid of honor), Julia Falkner '04, Jenelle
Zeigler '03, Dennis Ross 03. Front row: Eric Kratz '04, Lindsay Maus Psulkowski '04, Jeffrey
Grieger '04. Lindsay is a credit analyst at Harleysnille National Bank.
Annalouise Venturella '04 is a compliance
officer at Democracy for America in South
Amy L. Wagner '04 is a laboratory animal
technician at the Science Application
International Corporation for the National
Cancer Insritute at Fort Detrick, Md.
Christopher R. Whiteley '04 is a substitute
teacher tor the Central Dauphin School
Distfict in Harrisburg.
Jon-David "J.D." Byers '05 is a graduate
assistant for Fairleigh Dickinson University-
Florham men's basketball team.
Rachael E. Darr '05 is a business develop-
ment associate for Reynolds Construction
Management in Harrisburg.
Jaime L. Greenfield '05 is a finance LDP
associate at Lockheed Martin Corporation
in King of Prussia.
Jennifer A. Griekspoor '05 is a third-grade
teacher at Rockingham County Schools in
Matthew D. Hauk '05 is a web developer
at Gate 1 Travel in Glenside.
Diane M. Huskinson '05 is an editorial
assistant at Idea Group Inc., Hershey.
Ryan Kitko '05 is in his first year as a
graduate student at Evergreen State College
in Olympia, Wash., where he is studying for
his master's degree in environmental studies.
He credits the science faculty, particularly
Dr. Allan Wolfe's Ecology I class, for being
able to meet the challenges of graduate
Ashley D. Kreider '05 has been elected as
the national marketing director for Gamma
Lynn Marie Leidig '05 is a project assistant
at Pharmaceutical Product Development in
Scott E. Montgomery '05 is a fifth-grade
teacher at Northwest Elementary School in
Jason Lamar Pulaski '05 married Danielle
Mary Blodnikar on Aug. 6, 2005, at the
First United Methodist Church of Palmyra.
Jason is a systems analyst at Penn State
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Chad M. Schreier '05 is interim director of
the College store at Lebanon Valley College.
Kristin L. Showalter '05 is director of
bands at Northwestern Lehigh High School
in New Tripoli.
Friends of the College
The Rev. Paul M. Fullmer, College chaplain,
and his wife, Becky, welcomed a daughter,
Juliana Louise, into theit family on
Oct. 12, 2005.
Dr. Klement M. Hambourg, professor
emeritus of music, and Leonie Lang-
Hambourg, former assistant adjunct
professor of German, became the proud
grandparents of their first grandson, Gavin
John Visscher, born on March 20, 2005, in
Calgary, Alberta. Also, Klement established
the Celebration of Chamber Music concert
series in Victoria, B.C., which is now in its
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Paris after returning and earned an additional
academic credit for the trip, wfaich was voluntary.
Pictured, top row, left to right: Jessica Pfautz '06,
Misty Barr '06, Michael Mekailek '07, Marie
Cusick '07, Megan Kilcoyne '07; middle row: Ryan
Graffius '06, Amy Meininger '06, Jennifer Line
'07, Denise Correll '07, Katie Markey '07, Nikki
Wynn '07, Monique Anglade '07; front row: James
Dr. Barbara Anderman's "Felibien and the
Circle of Colbert" is a chapter in Ordering
the World in the Eighteenth Century, to be
published this fall by Palgrave/Macmillan.
She is chair and assistant professor of art
Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo,
chair and associate
professor of religion
wrote a book
February, x\t\eA Judge
and Be Judged: Moral
Reflection in an Age
of Relativism and Fundamentalism. The
220-page volume, published by Lexington
Books, offers insights into both these
Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson's book review,
"Meet the Parents: Is the Radical Left the
Child of the Radical Right?" a review of
Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason:
The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from
Nietzsche to Postmodernism, which was
published in the December 2004 Journal for
Cultural and Religious Theory, was published
in January 2006 in an expanded, revised
version in The International Journal for
Baudrillard Studies. Grieve-Carlson is the
director of general education and a
professor of English.
Dr. Louis Manza, chair and associate
professor of psychology, recently completed
the "Instructor's Manual & Test Bank" for
the third edition of W.S. Terry's Learning
and Memory: Basic Principles, Processes, and
Procedures, published by Allyn & Bacon.
Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, associate
professor of Spanish, had two articles
published: "Lenguaje visual en la cuentistica
femenina de finales de Siglo Veinte" in
Selected Proceedings of the Pennsylvania
Foreign Language Conference (2004), and
"Metamorfosis del 'yo poetico' en la obra de
Ester de Izaguirre" in La Mujer en el Mundo
Hispano VI (Westminster: Institute Literario
y Cultural Hispanica, 2005). She also wrote
a foreword, "De soUdades y otras cosar. estrat-
agema de rebeidi'a y aquiescencia," published
in De soledades y otras cosas (Asuncion,
Paraguay: Arandura Editorial, 2005).
Dr. Scott N. Walck, associate professor
of physics, and three students had a paper
accepted for publication in the journal
Physical Review A, "Topology of the three-
qubit space of entanglement types." The
students are: James Glasbrenner '06,
Matthew Lochman '06, and former student
Shawn Hilbert '04, now a graduate student
in physics at the University of Nebraska.
All three students worked with Walck over
summer breaks from 2003 to 2005. The
paper is online at www.arxiv.org imder the
number quant-ph/0507208 (2005).
AND PRESENTING . . .
Dr. Dolores Buttry,
assistant professor of
French and German,
delivered a paper in
the section on
literature at the South
in Atlanta in November. Her paper was
tided "'Meine Gedanken zereissen die
Schranken': Prison Survival Strategies
in Stefan Zweig's 'Schachnovelle' and in
Albrecht Haushofer's 'Moabiter Sonette.'"
The section took place in the Goethe
Institute of Adanta and was attended by
members of the German Cultural Center,
as well as by conference participants and
At the national
conference of the
Education in Adanta
in November, Tchet
Dorman, director of
Eugene Kelly '01,
assistant director of
student activities and student development;
and three students, Rachel Hadrick '06,
Todd Snovel '06, and Deborah Tookes '07,
30 The Valley
presented "Responding to Campus Hate
through the Creation of a Bias Response
Team." The program focused on LVC's
work to create a team of individuals specially
trained to respond to acts of bias and
At the Women's Consortium Annual
Statewide Conference of the Pennsylvania
State System of Higher Education in October,
a proposal, titled "Men Working to
Eradicate Sexism: A Roundtable Discussion"
by Dorman, Kelly, Dr. Jeffrey Robbins,
assistant professor of religion and
philosophy, and Brian Johnson, an LVC
adjunct faculty member and director of
multicultural affairs at Susquehanna
University, was accepted for presentation.
Kelly, along with colleagues from
Lehigh University, presented in April 2004
at the 81st Annual Convention of the
American College Personnel Association
(ACPA). The program, titled "Campus
Climate Closes Doors to Learning:
Reducing Heterosexism and Homophobia,"
featured strategies for making lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and queer students
feel welcome on college campuses.
Information was gathered from LVC and
York College as well as from West Chester,
Lehigh, Shippensburg, and James Madison
universities. This same presentation was
accepted for the Mid-Atlantic College and
University Housing Officers Conference in
The Pennsylvania Association of College
Admissions Counselors (PACAC) invited
Kelly to facilitate a session called "Visibility
Matters: Dealing with the Invisible Check
Box" during its professional development
workshops. Attendees learned ways to
recruit and retain lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and queer students.
Dr. Cheryl George, associate professor of
education, and five of her students, presented
a paper in November at the Annual
Convention of the Pennsylvania Council for
Exceptional Children. Their topic was
"Instructional Strategies and Accommodations
for Social Studies." The students are all majoring
in elementary education and pursuing
special education certification. They are:
sophomores Crystal Cascarino, Sarah
Thompson, Stacey Sheffier, and Renee
Bell; and senior Alisha Arnold.
Dr. Diane M. Iglesias, professor of
Spanish, presented "Empowering the
Learning Disabled" in April at the Northeast
Conference on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages in New York City. She was
notified that her presentation was one of the
finalists for the "Best of Northeast" award.
In June, Iglesias presented a paper on
"Spanish Golden Age Theater" at an
international literary conference in
Valladolid, Spain. Her presentation,
"La enfermedad como motivo comico en
los entremeses de Quinones de Benavente, '
explained how sickness is used as a comic
motif in Spanish theater of the Golden Age.
invited to speak
in September at
in Theology on "The
Irony of Radical
Theology." He also
presented a paper in November, "Beyond
the Politics of Theological Despair," at a
conference on Secularity and Globalization:
What Comes After Modernity? The confer-
ence was sponsored by the Lilly Fellows
Program in Humanities and the Arts at
Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
He also presented a paper in November,
"Secularization and the Multitude: An
Alternative Theology of Empire," at the
American Academy of Religion's Annual
Meeting in Philadelphia.
Dale Summers, professor of education, and
sophomore music education students Kyle
Bourdon, Josh Duma, and Jason Roach,
presented a paper in October at the
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and
Teacher Education Conference. They
discussed "Concept Mapping as an
Instructional Strategy in your Education
Summers and Linda Summers, an
assistant professor of education, presented a
paper in October, "Concept Mapping as an
Instructional Strategy in Your Social Studies
Classroom," at The Pennsylvania Council for
the Social Studies Conference in Lancaster.
In April, Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, associate
professor of Spanish, gave a talk, "La petseverante
exclusidn del amor en la obra po^tica de
Ester de Izaguirre," at the Middle Atlantic
Council of Latin American Studies Conference
at Virginia Commonwealth University. In
August, Tezanos-Pinto attended the XXVI
Simposio Intemacional de Literatura sponsored
by Universidad de Los Lagos, Puerto Montt,
Chile, where she chaired and helped to
organize a panel, "Utopias nacionales en la
creacidn literaria Latinoamericana." In this
session, she presented a paper, "Nacion y
narracidn en la narrativa femenina posmod-
erna." In addition, she read a paper, ''Plumas
de Aftodita de Roland Forgues: complicidad
textual con las fascinantes e insubordinadas
poetas peruanas del siglo veinte," at a panel
honoring French critic Roland Forgues, a
specialist in Hispanic-American literature.
Tezanos-Pinto's presentations in Chile were
supported by an LVC professional grant.
Three LVC students ranked among the Top
20 Global Performers on GLO-BUS, an
online business simulation involving some
900 teams from 75 colleges. Dr. Leon
Markowicz, professor of business adminis-
tration, teaches the international business
course that utilizes the GLO-BUS simulator.
The students, all business administration
majors, are: Robert Dubble '06 of
Myerstown, Alex Garrett '06 of Lititz, and
Justin Klunk '06 of Hanover. They took part
in the simulation to manage a digital camera
market that paralleled the real-word market.
The students formed B Company, which
ranked 20th in the overall category of
GLO-BUS' recent poll. B Company
scored a 101, only eight points from the
first-place team in the Top 20. Close to 600
instructors at various institutions are using
Lebanon Valley College students won four
first-place and two second-place awards in
October at the 8th Annual Undergraduate
Research Symposium in the Chemical and
Biological Sciences at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County. Eleven LVC
students presented or co-presented nine
posters during the symposium, which was
attended by undergraduates from 47 colleges
and universities in 14 states. Dr. Anderson
Marsh and Dr. Timothy Peelen, both
members of the Chemistry Department at
LVC, were among the 400 attendees who
took part in the 171 poster presentations.
The meeting was co-sponsored by Proctor
& Gamble and the National Institutes of
Health. The four first-place winners in their
divisions were: Jeremy Umbenhauer '06
(chemistry) for his work with assistant
professor Dr. Marc Harris, "Synthesis of
bipyridine containing aza-crown-ether
macrocycles using the template effect
provided by bulky sulfonamide protecting
groups"; Daniel J. Smith '07 (chemistry)
for his work with assistant professor Peelen,
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"Mechanistic studies in otganocatalysis:
additions to aldeliydes catalyzed by
2-substituted pyrrolidines"; Derek M.
Hinds '06 (biochemistry) for his work
with assistant professor Dr. Walter Patton
(chemistry), "Assessment of domain
interactions in E. coli GMP synthetase";
and Thomas R. Gordon '08 (chemistry)
for his work with assistant professor Marsh,
"Temperature dependence of the aqueous
phase oxidation of 2-chlorophenol by
Three second-place winners in their
divisions were: Jason K. Navin '08
(chemistry) for his work with Marsh,
"Determination of the size of polymer-
coated metallic nanoparticles by
MALDI-MS"; and Cheryl L. Brophy '07
(chemistry) and Alison E. Hartman '07
(chemistry) for their work with Peelen,
"Development of novel C-C bond forming
reactions for the efficient synthesis of
Also attending were: Johanna M.
Scarino '06 (chemistry), who presented
her work with Harris, "Synthesis of
metallomacrocycle nano-devices through
the coordination of platinum (II), rhodium
(I), or copper (I) metal centers to ethoxy-
bridged bipyridine oligomers"; Eric
Nkurunziza '08 (chemistry), who presented
his work with Peelen, "A colorimetric assay
tor monitoring the kinetics of proline-
catalyzed additions of azodicarboxylates
to aldehydes"; AuBrei J. Weigand '07
(chemistry) and Angela E. Petiak '06
(biochemistry), who presented their work
with chemistry professor Dr. Owen A.
Moe, "Interdomain communication in
Sharon Arnold, chair
and associate professor of
sociology, and her senior
seminar capstone class
traveled to Philadelphia
to do an ethnographic
field study on the topic
of inequality in
Kensington, the poorest area in the city.
The area has one of the highest violent crime
rates in the nation. They were joined by the
executive director of the Kensington Welfare
Rights Union, who guided the group
through the neighborhood.
As preparation for this experience, the
senior seminar students read Myth of the
Welfare Qiieen by David Zucchino, a
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. During
the day, students met and interacted with
characters profiled in the book. For this
experience, Lebanon Valley students joined
with students from the Philadelphia Center,
one of LVCS off-campus study sites. Four
students from LVC completed internships
with the Philadelphia Center during the fall
semester; they are: Stephanie Brown '05,
economics; Sara Fuhrman '07, education;
Brian HinchclifFe '06, psychology; and
Rebekah Shearn '06, economics.
Dr. Dolores Buttry, assistant professor
of French and German, was chosen to
participate during July and August in a
National Endowment for the Humanities
Institute on German and European Studies
in the U.S.: Changing World, Shifting
In April 2005, Tchet Dorman, director
of multicultural affairs, was named vice
president/president-elect of the Pennsylvania
Chapter of the National Association for
Multicultural Education. Dorman has
served as the conference committee chair
of PA-NAME since fall 2003.
Dr. Shelly Moorman-
professor of music, was
selected to perform and
teach at the Pipe Organ
sponsored by the
Guild of Organists in Baltimore last
summer. She was also the featured recitalist
at University of Arizona-Tucson and at the
Kansas City RLDS Temple last spring.
Dr. Edward Sullivan,
associate professor of
and economics, is the
of" the newly formed
Board for the
Department of Business and Economics.
The group met for the first time in
September. Among its objectives are to
provide feedback and advice to the
department on curriculum, course
development, and operations; to assist in
the recruitment and retention of majors;
and to support student groups associated
with the department. Members of the
board include Melissa Carvajal '08, Bailey
Claeys '07, Aubrie Ensinger '06, Christa
Kolp '06, Karen Nee '06, Megan Pierce
'08, Alex Reber '06, Jennifer Wert '08,
and Michael Yannick '06.
Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, associate professor
of Spanish, has been included in the 2005
edition of Who's Who of American Women.
Members of the sociology senior seminar capstone
class, Amanda Lubold 06 (left) and Lyndsy Holton
06, conduct an ethnographic field study in
Kensington, one of the poorest areas in Philadelphia.
J2 The Valley
Judge John Alden Walter '53, H'06
Judge John Alden Walter '53
The Honorable John Alden Walter '53, H'06
whom the Lebanon Daily News hailed as
"one of the best-loved and most respected
jurists in the history of Lebanon County"
died Dec. 18, 2005, after a long illness. He
was 74. His wife of 48 years, Patricia Lutz
Walter '57, was by his side at Good
Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. Walter
was also one of Lebanon Valley College's
warmest friends and benefactors.
When he was a student at the Valley in
the early 1950s, he was named "Mr. LVC,"
and it was a role he never relinquished.
For 57 years, Walter served LVC with
unparalleled enthusiasm, most notably as a
21 -year member of the Board of Trustees,
where he served on the advancement and
facilities committees; as a 28-year member
and past president of the Alumni Council;
as a major benefactor; and as an avid
Dutchmen sports fan.
In a message to the College community.
President Stephen MacDonald wrote, "John
was a great friend and tireless advocate of
this College, which he served selflessly. The
faculty had just voted to award John the
honorary degree of doctor of humane
letters, which we were all looking forward
to conferring on him on Founders Day in
February. We will miss John very much."
Pat Walter accepted the honor posthumously
for her husband on Founders Day.
The retired President Judge of the
Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon
County received many honors from the
College. In 2004, LVC created The Judge
John and Pat Walter Society to recognize
the couple's exemplary generosity. Society
members are alumni and friends who have
given to the College for at least five consec-
utive years. In 1990, Walter received LVC's
Distinguished Alumnus Award for out-
standing service to his college, community,
and profession. In 1996, he received what
he called one of his "greatest honors," the
"Hot Dog" Frank Athletic Service Award,
named after his friend, Frank Aftosmes.
Walter's passion for athletics led him to
serve as the student manager of the great
1952-53 basketball team that made it to
the National Collegiate Athletic Association
round of 16, and 30 years later to pick up
the microphone for a 15-year career as the
colorful play-by-play public address
announcer for Dutchmen home basketball
games. "There's a lot of ham in me," Walter
told a reporter in 1992 who wrote about his
avocation for the Lebanon Daily News.
Walter's booming baritone intoned in
January 1996, "Dan is dandy from trip-
stown," as freshman Dan Strobeck sunk a
three-pointer early in the game. It was
Walter's first time back as "the voice of LVC
basketball" after suffijring the stroke in
1995 that had led to his retirement from
the judicial bench a few weeks before, but
his love of words — just one of his many
enthusiasms — and his positive energy were
back in fijll force.
When asked how he was, he typically
replied, "Like a bearcat!" — hence his nick-
name, "The Bearcat." The scoreboard in the
new LVC gymnasium was donated by the
Walters, and is just one small part of their
contributions to LVC. The Walters
are Lifetime Vickroy Society Associates in
recognition of their leadership generosity.
A native of Lebanon, Walter was born
in 1931 to a family with deep ties to LVC.
His parents, the late Daniel E. and Edith V.
Stager Walter, were both LVC graduates.
His father was a member of the Class of
1918, and his mother graduated three years
later after being crowned as the campus May
Queen. Thirty-six years later, his mother
was on hand to crown her son's future wife,
Patricia Lutz of Lititz, as the 1957 LVC
May Queen. The couple — he was Mr. LVC
and she was Miss Quittie — married later
that year. Walter had first spotted Pat, a
music education major, at a basketball game
in Lynch Memorial Hall during her freshman
year. Two years later on the same spot, Walter
asked her to be his wife. When Lynch was
remodeled recently, the Walters were given a
piece of that same basketball court floor to
commemorate their devotion to one
another and to the College.
The couple moved last year to Cornwall
Manor after being longtime residents of Mt.
Gretna and, earlier, Lebanon. Two of their
four children graduated from LVC, Heather
in 1985, now the wife of David BufFington;
Heidi in 1991, now the wife of Kenneth
Lockridge. Walter also leaves a son, John
Daniel "J.D."; another daughter, Hope,
wife of Robert Bassett; seven grandchildren;
and his sister, Nellie Walter Eaton '48. Not
only was his sister a graduate of LVC,
Walter also had a number of relatives who
attended the Valley, including two uncles,
two aunts, and two cousins.
In 1949, Walter graduated from
Lebanon High School and earned a bachelor's
degree in chemistry at LVC four years later.
In addition to his roles as "Mr. LVC" and
basketball manager, he was a class officer.
"He was involved and interested in every-
thing in college," said his friend Betty
Criswell Hungerford '54, who also worked
with him for years after graduation as a
leading volunteer at the College. "That same
spirit and love for LVC was as strong then
as it was later. LVC was his heart and his
home . . . next to his Maker, his beloved
Pat, and his children, he loved LVC best."
Walter's leadership roles continued
throughout a lifetime of community service,
but he switched his career sights from sci-
ence to law after college. After serving for
three years in the U.S. Navy, he entered the
University of Pennsylvania, where he earned
a law degree in 1960. Back in Lebanon, he
was a successfijl partner in the law firm of
Egli, Walter, Reilly and Wolfson for nearly
1 5 years and was active in Democratic
Although he was unsuccessful in his
minority-party bids in the early 1960s to
become director of Lebanon City Schools
or a Lebanon City councilman or a U.S.
Congressman, he responded to the losses
with characteristic optimism. "Each
occasion provided me with tremendous
experience, which money otherwise cannot
buy," he wrote.
In 1975, both parties supported his
appointment to an unexpired term in the
Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon
County, and he later won re-election to
retain the position. From 1990 until his
retirement in 1995, he served as president
judge of the court.
A memorial service was held Dec. 22 in
Miller Chapel at Lebanon Valley College.
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Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'85 and his
Dr. Clark Carmean H'85
Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'85, who with his
late wife, Edna, enthusiastically dedicated
himself to generations of Lebanon Valley
College students and was deeply loved in
return, died peacefully in his sleep on Sept.
14, 2005, at United Christian Church Home
in North AnnviUe. The dean of admission
emeritus and former music professor was
101. He was highly regarded on campus for
his generosity, wisdom, and kindness.
Carmean was born May 22, 1904, in
Marysville, Ohio. His long association with
the College began in 1933, when he became
an instructor of music education and string
instruments. He went on to serve as dean of
men from 1935 to 1940 and as director of
admission from 1949 to 1973. Carmean, an
Ohio Wesleyan graduate, received his master's
degree in music education in 1932 from
Columbia Teachers College in New York City.
Long after he retired from the College in
the early 1970s, Carmean was still sought
after for his advice. Gregory G. Stanson '63,
LVC's vice president for enrollment and
student affairs and a member of the class of
1963, called Carmean his mentor. "He was
a very wise person. Clark personified all the
values I grew up with at home. He was a
great role model for generations of students."
"The College was really his life," said
Robert E. Harnish, retired manager of the
LVC bookstore. Harnish remembers that,
even after they retired, Carmean and his
wife, Edna, who died in 200 1 , would
volunteer in the College's admission office,
handwriting notes to encourage students to
come to LVC. Even in his extreme old age,
Harnish said, caregivers at United Christian
Church Home encouraged their staff and
visitors to speak about the College to
Carmean because it made his eyes light up.
The Carmeans were well known for
opening their home to students, both as
house parents in the 1930s in a men's
dormitory and later at their South Annville
home, where they spent 50 years and avidly
cultivated extensive gardens. Their home
was a haven for many students, where
they ofi^ered a warm fire and a cup of hot
chocolate in the winter, and long conversa-
tions on the porch in the warmer months.
Many nights the students gathered around
the Carmean's grand piano to sing, and
social gatherings often turned into
In an article in the Summer 1 992 issue
of The Valley magazine, Edna recalled,
"Clark was teaching in the Music
Department and sometimes he would bring
a whole class out. We usually had the same
menu — ham and string beans and potatoes,
cooked in the fireplace in a big iron kettle."
Most of the time, everybody would end up
in the den, a converted summerhouse with
a huge fireplace that took six-foot logs.
Clark remembered in the same article, "We
had a big copper coffeepot made. A huge
coffeepot, held 55 cups. We put that on a
crane in the fireplace. It would swing out,
and the kids would pour themselves a cup,
and then swing it back over the fire again.
They loved it because they could help
To provide for the College community
to which they were devoted, the couple,
who had no children of their own, became
members of the College's Laureate Society,
which includes those who have given in
excess of $ 1 million to the College. The
Carmeans also donated Cuewe-Pehelle, the
larger-than-life bronze statue of an
Algonquin Indian woman in front of
Garber Science Center. New York sculptor
Audrey Flack created the statue with out-
stretched arms to represent the welcoming
spirit of the Lebanon Valley. The plaza that
surrounds the sculpture was named in the
As honorary co-chairs of Lebanon
Valley College's TOWARD 2001 campaign,
the Carmeans assisted in a major fimd-raising
venture, which exceeded its goal and raised
over $23.9 million. In 1977, the couple's
love of music led them to endow the
Carmean Distinguished Chair in Music,
and in 1982, to establish the Carmean
String Ensemble Scholarship.
Carmean served 12 years on the
Annville school board in the 1950s and
1960s, and oversaw the building of
Annville-Cleona High School. He also
taught Sunday school at Annville United
Methodist Church and, along with his wife,
volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital in
Lebanon. Carmean received an honorary
doctorate of humane letters from the
College in 1985. His wife was a long-time
staff assistant in various departments,
including music, admission, public
relations, and the president's office. She
also served as a writer/editor for the
Alumni Review, as executive secretary for
the College's centennial celebration, and
was the College historian.
Although Carmean specified before
his death that he did not want a memorial
service, he was remembered during the fall
symphony orchestra concert.
Dr. Robert S. Davidon
Dr. Robert S. Davidon
Dr. Robert S. Davidon, a retired chair of
the Psychology Department at Lebanon
Valley College, died Nov. 29, 2005, in
Cornwall Manor. He was 86. Highly
respected for his rigorous intellectual
standards, Davidon was very supponive of
students and an "internationalist" who was
deeply interested in the wider world.
"He never restricted himself in any
sense," recalls Dr. Arthur Ford '59, an LVC
professor emeritus of English, "whether it
was new ideas or travel." Ford remembers
Davidon as someone who "raised the
students to a higher level."
Davidon taught at LVC from 1970 to
1984, and was given emeritus status on his
retirement. He was a longtime Mt. Gretna
J4 The Valley
resident before moving to Cornwall Manor
with his wife of 63 years, Miriam Boonin
Kristen R. Angstadt 74, Ph.D., who is
now a trustee at LVC and supervisor of
pupil services for Capital Area Intermediate
Unit #15, also deeply appreciated the kind
attentions of Davidon and the good prepa-
ration she received in her discipline.
"When I went on to graduate school at
the University of Maryland, I was so well
prepared. The other students would ask,
'Where did you learn how to do that?'"
Kathy Kaylor '80, of Annville, was
already in her 40s when she was studying
for her psychology degree. "I could not
have asked for a better advisor. Thanks to
him, my research paper was published, and
I felt lucky to have been his student."
Dr. Jean O. Love, a professor emerita
of psychology, remembers that Davidon,
in addition to his work teaching and
administering the Psychology Department,
was a social leader on campus, along with
his wife. "They were very cosmopolitan,"
Love said. "He and Miriam traveled a great
deal and other faculty members traveled
with them." She recalls that the Davidons
went to Egypt and also to China. They were
also active in the French Club, and enjoyed
getting to know people from other countries,
she said. Davidon and his wife spent a year
in Aix-en-Provence, France, in the early
1970s, and he studied French all his life.
During Davidon's last illness, he
received a letter from a former student at
Bryn Mawr College, where he taught for 17
years before coming to LVC in 1970. "I'm
sure that professors rarely know whether or
not their teaching made a difference. I just
wanted you to know that it did. A lot."
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on March 26,
1919, Davidon was a U.S. Army veteran of
World War II and retired as a lieutenant
colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was a graduate of the University
of Illinois and received his master's and
doctoral degrees in psychology from the
University of Pennsylvania.
Davidon was a member of the American
Psychological Association, the Mental
Health Association of Pennsylvania, and
Surviving in addition to his wife are
two sons, Richard B. Davidon and Stephen
J. Davidon. He also leaves a brother,
William C. Davidon. He was preceded in
death by another brother, Horace N.
Richard Alan Joyce Sr.
Richard Alan Joyce Sr.
Richard Alan Joyce Sr., a professor of
European history at LVC for 32 years, died
peacefully at home on Dec. 30, 2005. He
was 75. Joyce, who was passionate about
French history, books, and ideas, was the
quintessential professor. He looked the part,
with his beret, his ever-present pipe, which
he would draw on while reflecting, and his
quizzically raised eyebrow, directed at either
students or colleagues who were making
what he considered to be specious arguments.
"He had a very distinctive personal style,"
remembers his former student. Dr. Kevin
B. Pry '76, now an assistant English professor
at LVC. "He had a twinkle in his eye, and
he looked at you over the top of his glasses.
He was funny — very witty — and he was
always looking for students who wanted to
study seriously. He loved literature, he
loved history, and that enthusiasm was fun
to be exposed to. He always expected the
history majors in the class to be better at
the game than anyone else." Pry credits
Joyce, along with a handful of other
professors, with inspiring him to go on
to graduate school and with influencing
his own personal style as a professor.
"To me, Dick was a pure scholar,"
Dr. John D. Norton said at Joyce's memorial
service. Norton, an LVC political science
professor who once shared an office with
Joyce, continued: "He cared far more for
the stuff of history than for the hurdles
of academia. As a pure scholar, it was his
subject that was intrinsically engrossing.
History was not a vehicle to a career; it
was an intricate puzzle we wrestle with to
understand how it speaks to us. More than
anything, Dick was a man of passions and
of reason and of the struggle between them."
What triggered those passions were
words or phrases: Richard Nixon, laissez-
faire capitalism, conservative Republicans,
or power and greed, Norton said.
Joyce was granted the emeritus status
when he retired in 1998. A devoted family
man, he is survived by his wife of 46 years,
Joan Hogan Joyce; his son, Richard A.
Joyce Jr., Esq.; two daughters, Alberta M.
Joyce Bell, wife of Michael L. Bell, and
Cecily D. Joyce; his grandchildren, Alarice
R.D. Joyce, Pierson A.S. Bell, Ariella E.M.
Bell, and Nicholas M.A. Bell; a brother,
Walter E. Joyce; and a sister, Mary R. Joyce.
Joyce graduated from Lowell High
School in San Francisco and from Yale
University with a bachelor's degree in
history. He earned a master's degree in
history from San Francisco State and
completed doctoral courses at New York
University. He was active in the Democratic
Party and taught religious education classes
at the former St. Gregory the Great
Catholic Church in Lebanon.
Dr TedD. Keller '48
Dr. Theodore "Ted"
Ted D. Keller '48, a professor emeritus of
English who taught at Lebanon Valley
College for 15 years, died Oct. 11, 2005.
He was 79. Keller served the College in
many ways; along with being an assistant
professor of English, he was also the dean
of men and assisted with the Wig and
Buckle Dramatic Society's performances.
After graduating from Lebanon High
School in 1944, Keller joined the U.S.
Army and served in World War II. A
member of the 1st Division Infantry
Spring 2006 35
during the Central Europe and Rhineland
campaign, Keller was wounded and shipped
home to California, where he finished the
remainder of his time in the service.
Following his graduation from LVC,
Keller studied at Columbia University,
receiving his master's degree in English.
In 1949, he returned to LVC as a professor.
Keller went on to become acting dean of
men in 1953, a position that would later
become his until 1957. It was during the
1957-58 school year that Keller became
the first professor to take a leave under the
College's new sabbatical program. Keller
used the year to continue his post-graduate
studies at Columbia University.
In 1955, one of his former students
As a man who has influenced, directed,
and inspired countless students outside as well
as inside his classes, and as one who has
understood and helped us regardless of his
time and energies which he gave abundantly
to all, and, as far as I know continues to do
so, I would like to nominate Ted Keller as one
ofLVC's outstanding individuals and one of
their truly great men.
Keller remrned to LVC after his sabbatical
and continued to teach here until 1965, when
he moved to East Stroudsburg State College
(now ESU), where he finished his teaching
career in 1988. He remained involved with
the LVC community and donated generously
to the College over the last 10 years. In
honor of Keller, his lifelong companion,
Arthur E. Arnold II, donated $40,000 to
establish the Ted Keller Theater Fund to
help Wig and Buckle with its productions.
Marion Hess Kolb '26 died Aug. 13,
2005, in San Francisco, Calif Marion
served as head registrar at LVC. After her
retirement, she moved to San Francisco,
where she was active in various women's
clubs and served as an usherette at Giants
games at Candlestick Park.
Marian Heaps Cote '30 died Nov. 9,
2005, in York. She was a member of the
Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teacher's
Organization and received a Fulbright grant
to study German at the Goethe Institute of
Munich, Germany. Marian was a retired
teacher for the Penns Grove High School in
New Jersey, where she taught German and
Gerald B. Russell '35 died Nov. 26,
2005, in Annapolis, Md. He was an army
officer during World War II and retired as a
reserve colonel. He received many awards,
including the U.S. Army Legion of Merit,
Department of Defense Distinguished
Civilian Service Award, Department of
Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian
Service, Lebanon Valley College Alumni
Award, Order of the British Empire,
Philippine Legion of Honor, Republic of
China Order of the Cloud and Banner, and
Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal.
WiUiam H. Zierdt Jr. '37 died Sept. 1,
2005, in Lancaster, at the age of 91. He
served in World War II and in North Africa
and Italy with the National Guard. William
managed the Fifth Army printing plant at
Fon Knox, Ky. Following retirement from
the military, he became editor oi Army
Reserve Magazine and chief of information
for the U.S. Army Reserve at the Pentagon.
Merie S. "Muzz" Bacastow '39, M.D.,
died Sept. 2, 2005, in Scarborough, Maine,
at the age of 87. He served as a captain in
the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was
director of medical education at Methodist
Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind., and director of
medical education at the Maine Medical
Center in Portland. He is survived by a
brother, Richard I. Bacastow '47 of Hershey.
Margaret Boyd Fauber '41 died Oct.
5, 2005, in Manheim, at the age of 85. She
served on the Meals on Wheels board for
the Manheim area, and won many awards
for her knitting in Pennsylvania state
competitions. She is survived by her
husband, Joseph W. Fauber '41, and a
daughter, Stephanie J. Fauber '69.
Dr. William H. Schindel '45 died
May 2, 2005, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of
81. He established his own medical practice
in rheumatology in Dallas in 1967.
Nancy Saurman Withers '47 died
Nov. 23, 2005, in Miami, Fla. She was an
avid bridge player and a member of several
book clubs. Nancy is survived by her
husband, Edward Withers '44.
Robert K. Bowman Sr. '50 died
Aug. 9, 2005, in Lebanon, at the age of 76.
During his 39-year career with the Lebanon
School Distria, he served as a football coach,
guidance counselor, and director of pupil,
personnel, and staff services. Robert also
served as the announcer at the Lebanon
Cedars' home football games, as well as
writer of the column "Cedar Sidelights,"
which appeared in the Lebanon Daily News.
Clifford J. Light '50 died Nov 21,
2005, in Lebanon, at the age of 81. He was
a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and
retired controller of the former Lebanon
Edward H. Walton '53 died Nov. 14,
2005, in Fairfield, Conn. He served in the
U.S. Army Finance Corps during the Korean
War. Edward's true passion was for baseball
and the Boston Red Sox. He coached little
league and was a baseball historian. He was
the only person to reverse a standing record
in the Baseball Hall of Fame when he
discovered that Tris Speaker had actually hit
one more home run than was officially
credited to him. In addition to being a
member of the selection committee for the
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, he authored
three books on the Boston Red Sox: This
Date in Boston Red Sox History, Red Sox
Triumphs and Tragedies, and The Rookies.
The Rev. Richard "Dick" Leonard '56
died Nov 11, 2005, in Reynoldsburg,
Ohio. He was a retired United Methodist
minister with A6 years of service to churches
in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.
He was a member of Rotary International,
American Guild of Organists, and The Boy
Scouts of America.
Robert E Koch Jr. '64 died Aug. 11,
2005, in York, at the age of 62. He was a
U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War,
had been employed as a school counselor
at the York County Vocational-Technical
School, and was a member of the York
Chorus for more than 20 years.
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