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Vol.23 Number! 



Editor: 

Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

Writers/Contributors: 

Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97 

Lauren McCartney Cusick 

Marie Cusik '07 

Mary Beth Hower 

Jeff Intoccia '02 

Kenya McCullum 

Lori Myers 

Ed Novak 

Gino Trosa '06 

Design: 

Momentum Communications 

Production Manager: 
Kelly Alsedek 

Photography: 
Kelly Alsedek 
John T. Consoli 
Bill Dowling 

Send comments or address changes to: 

Office of College Relations 

Laughlin Hall 

Lebanon Valley College 

1 1 North College Avenue 

Annville, PA 17003-1400 

Phone: 717-867-6030 

Fax: 717-867-6035 

E-mail: fireston@lvc.edu 

E-mail: hanrahan@lvc.edu 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and is distributed 
without charge to alumni and friends. 

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



TheVallev 



Lebanon Valley College Magazine 



Features 



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. 



Departments 

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. 



Spring 2006 




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 



The V.^llr 



'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 

music production. 



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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 
outstanding." 

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 
they were." 

The only downside to her experience, 
she jokes, is that the "Oxford coffee" 
was terrible. 




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. 



OS 

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 
Information Centre. 



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 



Spring 2006 



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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- 
tional interest." 

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. 



The Valley 



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 EXPECTAnONS 



Great Expectations as of March 31, 2006 

Gifts to Date 

Capital Construction $20,509,322 



Endowment $17,002,731 



Current Operations $11,407,419 
*Total Campaign Contributions $50,818,602 

* including gifts to all purposes 



Campaign Goal 
$21,925,000 



$14,400,000 



$12,000,000 
$50,000,000 







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'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 
after him. 

"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 
'rear-end.'" 

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 
Trauma Center. 




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 
given him. 



"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 

—U.S. Army 

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 
sororities. 

"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 

—U.S. Army 

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 
in Scranton. 

"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 
no regrets." 



Lorl Myers is a freelance writer from 
Harrisburg wlio is a regular contributor 
to Central PA magazine. 



12 The Valley 







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 

the Valley 



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 
in enrollment. 

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 
education program. 

• 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 
summer 2007. 



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 
at www.lvc.edu/alumni. 

Mary Beth Hower is a freelance 
writer from Lebanon who also 
serves as advisor to The Quittaphilla 
yearbook staff. 



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 
Instructional Coaching 

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 
entrepreneur. 

Kenya McCullum Is a freelance writer 
based In San Francisco. 



16 The Valley 



Lois Brong 
Miller '61 

"I want to make it 

possible for young 

people to do 

what I was able 

to do in college." 

— MiHcr 



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 
that publication. 

In addition, Mary Olanich 
'05 is a biology and psychobiol- 
ogy major and not a chemistry 
major as stated on p. 5 of the 
Presidents Report. 

We are sorry for any incon- 
venience these errors may have 
caused. 




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 
musical boundaries. 

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. 



'405 



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 
in Harrisburg. 

Elizabeth Light Hamilton '44 and her 

husband, Millard, celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary on Aug. 25, 2005. 




Coach Myers 

Nets Success 



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 
spectacular. 

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 
elsewhere. 

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." 



'60j 



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 
Pittsburgh. 

Claudia Nagle Hostetter '66 retired 
from the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate 
Unit 13 and continues to keep busy by 
babysitting her grandchildren. 



TOi 



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 
America's Teachers. 

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 
New Jersey. 



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 
leading specialists. 

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 



.^WfiftTmiR-^ffiB'-*^ 



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 recalls. 

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 
accredited." 

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 



Introducing... 



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 
to China. 

"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 
is history." 

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,' 



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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 
College. 



class news & notes 




Thomas G. Myers '83 



Bonita Bomgardner GoUa '81 is an 

applications developer at the Pennsylvania 
Department of Environmental Protection 
in Harrisburg. 

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. 
Naval Academy. 

Thomas G. Myers '83, vice president 
at Prudential 
Property and 
Casualty Insurance 
Company, 
Holmdel, N.J., 
has been elected 
president of the 
Casualty Actuarial 
Society, the 
highest honor 
in the industry. 

Brian C. Trust '83 is vice president of asset 
liability management at Scottish Re Inc., 
Charlotte, N.C. 

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, 
Conn. 

Rebecca Wise Neafcy '86 is an assistant 
store manager at Macy's at the Lehigh Valley 
Mali, Whitehall. 

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 
Philadelphia. 

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. 



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The Rev. Lisa Kerlin Klinger '90 is 

the pastor of Mt. Holly Springs United 
Methodist Church. 

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, 
Texas. 

Dr. April Homing Hershey '91 is a 

principal in the Cocalico School District 
in Reamstown. 

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 
prestigious Bram 
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 
School District. 




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 
night forever? 

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 
in Wyomissing. 

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 
Services, Harrisburg. 

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 
Germany. 

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 
Catholic School. 

Wayne Sallurday '97 is a sales executive at 
Cimbrian in Lancaster. 

Brent Edward Shoemaker '97 is operations 
manager at Graham Packaging Company 
in York. 

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 
in Palmyra. 

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 
sports agent. 

Christine R. Fritz '98 graduated from the 
FBI Academy, Quantico, Va., in September 
2005. 

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. 



of Donors 



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 
rate (13%). 

• 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. 



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class news & notes 



Audra M. Popejoy '98 is a third-grade 
teacher tor the Annville-Cleona School 
District. 

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 
State College. 

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 

updates 

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 


Name 


Class Year 


Home Address 


Home Phone 


Office Phone 


E-mail address 


Committee (1st choice) 



(2nd 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, 
Harrisburg. 

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 
Band. 

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. 



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Kristen B. Arnold '00 is a third-grade 
teacher at Hambright Elementary School in 
Lancaster. 

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 

College Chaplain 

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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 
Testament." 

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 



ULLMER 



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 



Introducing... 

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 
providing excellence, 
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 
followed suit. 

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 



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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, 
2005. 

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 
in Landisville. 

Kristinia Marie Windish '00 is a labora- 
tory services specialist at Lancaster General 
Hospital. 

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 
Virginia. 

Gretchen A. Mall '01 is a kindergarten 
teacher at St. John Vianney Parish School in 
Kailua, Hawaii. 

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 
Cromwell, Conn. 

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 
district. 



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September 29 and 30, 2006 

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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. 




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class news & notes 



Leah S. Semoffsky '01 is an ofEce 
manager at Fox Machinery Associates Inc. 
in Bridgeport. 

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 
Elementary School. 

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 
Harrisburg. 

Adam L. Feltes '02 is a senior business 
analyst at Guardian Life Insurance in 
Bethlehem. 

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 
Retardation. 

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 
Elizabethtown. 

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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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 
College Baseball. 

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, 
Mexico. 

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 
June 18,2005. 

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 
Oshkosh. 

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 
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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 
Wainwright, Alaska. 

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 
New Cumberland. 

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, 
in Shamokin. 

Adam T. Brunner '04 is a sales associate at 
Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company in 
Lancaster. 

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 
Palmyra. 

Lauren Sutherly Mclntyre '04 is an associate 
auditor at Fulton Financial Corporation in 
Lancaster. 

Karen E. Penberth '04 is teaching 
ninth-grade literature, lOth-grade 
communications, and 1 1th- and 
12th-grade mythology at Middletown 
High School. 

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 
Burlington, Vt. 

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 
North Carolina. 

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 
school. 



Ashley D. Kreider '05 has been elected as 
the national marketing director for Gamma 
Sigma Sigma. 

Lynn Marie Leidig '05 is a project assistant 
at Pharmaceutical Product Development in 
Blue Bell. 

Scott E. Montgomery '05 is a fifth-grade 
teacher at Northwest Elementary School in 
Lebanon. 

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 
fourth season. 



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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 
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WRITE ON! 

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 
history. 

Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, 

chair and associate 
professor of religion 
and philosophy, 
wrote a book 
published in 
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 
concepts. 

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 
modern German 
literature at the South 
Atlantic Modem 
Language Association 
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 
attendees. 

At the national 
conference of the 
National Association 
for Multicultural 
Education in Adanta 
in November, Tchet 
Dorman, director of 
multicultural affairs; 
Eugene Kelly '01, 
assistant director of 
student activities and student development; 
and three students, Rachel Hadrick '06, 
Todd Snovel '06, and Deborah Tookes '07, 




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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 
discrimination. 

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 
Lake Harmony. 

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. 

Dr. Jeffrey 
Robbins was 

invited to speak 
in September at 
Drew University's 
Graduate Colloquium 
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 
Classes." 

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. 

HONORS 

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 
the program. 

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 
goethite." 

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 
Fmoc-protected amines." 

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 
GMP synthetase." 




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 
Narratives. 

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- 
Stahlman, associate 
professor of music, was 
selected to perform and 
teach at the Pipe Organ 
Encounter 
sponsored by the 
National American 
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 
business administration 
and economics, is the 
faculty coordinator 
of" the newly formed 
Student Advisory 
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. 





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IN MEMORIAM 




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 
politics. 

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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IN MEMORIAM 




Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'85 and his 
wife, Edna 

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 
impromptu concerts. 

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 
themselves." 

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 
couple's honor. 

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 



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resident before moving to Cornwall Manor 
with his wife of 63 years, Miriam Boonin 
Davidon. 

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 
Amnesty International. 

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. 
Davidon. 







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" 
Keller '48 

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 



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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 
wrote: 

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 
biology. 

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 
Chemical Company. 

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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