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New Music Chairman 
Continues the Tradition 



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Calendar of Events 



Nov. 25-Dec. 14 Seamus Carmichael, prints, drawings, sculptures; reception: 
Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m., Mund College Center 

Nov. 29 Coffeehouse, The Underground, Mund College Center, 9 p.m. 

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Student Council Film Series presents "Die Hard II," Miller 

Chapel, room 101; Thursday, 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 
7 and 10 p.m. 

Nm iO .Dec. 9 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee, Little 
Theater, Mund College Center 

Christmas at the Valley, Miller Chapel, 8 p.m. 

Percussion Ensemble, Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center, 8 p.m. 

Student Council Film Series presents "Christmas Vacation," 
Miller Chapel, room 101; Thursday, 9:30 p.m.; Friday and 
Saturday, 7 and 10 p.m. 

Jan. 13-Feb. 17 Gordon Wise, wood sculpture and acrylic painting, Mund 
College Center 

Jan. 20 Baritone and Guitar Recital, Philip Morgan and David Stafford, 

Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center, 3 p.m. 

Feb. 3 Community Music Institute Faculty Recital, Lutz Hall, 

Blair Music Center, 3 p.m. 

Feb. 12 International Lecture, David Twining, "The Soviet Union: 

The New Socialism," Miller Chapel, room 101, 11 a.m. 

Feb. 15-17 "The Philadelphia Story," Little Theater, Mund College Center 

Feb. 19 Founders Day and the beginning of the 125th Anniversary 

Celebration. Anniversary issue of The Valley published. 

Feb. 24 Flute recital, Theresa Bowers, Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center, 

3 p.m. 



Vol. 8, Number 2 



The Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Fall 1990 J 



Departments 



Features 



10 NEWSMAKERS 

21 NEWS BRIEFS 

23 SPORTS 

24 ALUMNI NEWS 
27 CLASS NOTES 



Editor: Judy Pehrson 

Writers: 

Beth Arbum Davis 
John Deamer 
Lois Fegan 
Wendy Weidner 
Steve White 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and distributed without 
charge to alumni and friends. It is 
produced in cooperation with the Johns 
Hopkins University Alumni Magazine 
Consortium. Editor: Donna Shoemaker; 
Contributing Editor: Sue De Pasquale; 
Designer: Royce Faddis. 



Send comments or address changes to: 
Office of College Relations 
Laughlin Hall 
Lebanon Valley College 
101 N. College Avenue 
Annville, PA 17003-0501 

On the Cover: 

The new chair of the Music Depart- 
ment, Dr. Mark Mecham, shows off the 
recently refurbished organ in the Blair 
Music Center. Photograph by Charles 
Freeman. 



Beijing Spring in Retrospect 

Fulbright Scholars gathered to share their memories 
of a tragic time in China's history. 



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32 



By Lois Fegan 



A Story of Survival 

Nothing keeps Sharon Hazard ('83) down— not even 
paralysis and a debilitating disease. 

By Beth Arburn Davis 

Sounds of Success 

From quartets to chorales, from bands to jazz ensembles, 
LVC musicians are attuned to facilities and faculty 
unmatched in the state. 

By Judy Pehrson 

Treasures Brought to Light 

New, restored and rediscovered artworks on campus range 
from landscapes to tapestries to tribal art. 

By Wendy Weidner and Judy Pehrson 





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Beijing 
Spring in 
Retrospect 

One year after the 
massacre in Tiananmen 
Square, 17 Fulbright 
Scholars met at Lebanon 
Valley to share their 
firsthand recollections 
of that tragic chapter 
in history. 

By Lois Fegan 



From their vantage point on uni- 
versity campuses across China 
in the spring of 1989, 17 Ameri- 
can Fulbright Scholars watched 
tensions build through seven 
weeks of student demonstrations. The 
situation exploded on the bloody night of 
June 3, when troops unleashed gunfire 
against two million people packed in and 
around Beijing's Tiananmen Square. 

Precisely one year later, the scholars 
recalled those experiences here in the peace 
of Pennsylvania's Lebanon County. For 
four days and three nights this past June, 
they talked till their voices gave out, in an 
emotion-charged reunion-conference at Leba- 
non Valley College. The event was co- 
sponsored by the United States Information 
Agency (USIA), the Council for Interna- 
tional Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and 
Wimpey Minerals, a globally minded Leba- 
non County business with roots in England. 
One observer described the long week- 
end as "Beijing Spring in retrospect." 

It was a weekend alternating between joy 
at seeing each other and despair at what 
they had experienced in their tenure in 



China, of story-telling and reminiscence 
about good times and hardship. And unlike 
most such social situations, intense interest 
in others' experiences prevailed, and no 
one stepped on anyone else's lines. 

Agreement was unanimous and total: 
they would do it all over again. 

The 17 at the reunion were among 24 
Fulbrighters from all over the United 
States, assigned to Beijing, Shanghai, 
Jinan, Nanjing, Changchun, Wuchang and 
Tianjin. Just as varied as their teaching 
assignments (from finance to philosophy) 
were their recollections of the who, what, 
where, when and how of their last days 
there. 

"Many of us left China under difficult 
circumstances," said Arthur Ford, associ- 
ate dean and English professor at Lebanon 
Valley. "We did not know what happened 
to our students and friends in China or to 
the other Fulbrighters." Ford lectured on 
American literature at Nanjing last year and 
was the prime mover in planning the 
reunion, for which he served as master of 
ceremonies. 

"The primary purpose of the conference 
is to get as many of us together as possible 
in order to achieve a closure of sorts," 
Ford explained at the opening session. 

But by the end of the reunion it was 
apparent to all that it was not to be a 
closure, but the first of a new cycle of 
friendships forged in sadness. Because 
what was a tragedy for China was the 
Fulbrighters' tragedy as well. 

From the moment of the first handshake 
and hug in the Faust Lounge of the Mund 
College Center, where much of the social 
activity was centered, it was easy to see the 
next several days would be poignant ones. 
The "remember when's" came thick and 
fast. 

Probably the most repeated question had 
to do with the delivery— or lack of the 
same— of valued possessions left behind 
or in custody of Chinese friends as the 
Americans scurried away from their cam- 
pus quarters. Most agreed that their bags 
and boxes probably are still stacked away 
in some remote Chinese warehouse, never 
again to see the light of day. The fortunate 
ones lost only clothing; others still are 
without important manuscripts, even con- 
tracted-for books in the making. One 
family hasn't yet seen a crate of more than 
100 gifts hand-picked for loved ones. 




In the logo of the Fulbright Conference, the 
characters wei (danger) andji (opportunity) 
together mean "crisis. " 

Over Lebanon Valley's good hearty cof- 
fee and homemade brownies in the school 
cafeteria, the professors and their spouses 
could laugh about the unfamiliar food and 
lack of creature comforts they "endured" 
during their stays in the Far East. 

And when the talk turned serious, a 
roomful of Ph.D.s kept each other spell- 
bound with their observations of a dreadful 
episode in history. Here are some of them. 

David and Marcy Miller: 
A sad parting of friends 

A "sense of missed leavetakings" is what 
David Miller remembered most. At Fudan 
University in Shanghai, where he lectured 
on 20th-century American literary theory, 
the students often visited the teachers in 
their apartments. 

"We were aware that we were moni- 
tored, but before the massacre the guards 
weren't too strict. The students didn't have 
to sign in or show IDs to get through the 
thick concrete walls that enclose all the 
buildings. After Tiananmen Square, secu- 
rity was impossible to breach. There were 



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no more visits from students. 

"We managed some contact with our 
friends by joining the crowds out on the 
streets. I would be walking briskly along 
and someone would fall into step with me, 
his head up and eyes straight ahead. We 
would talk to each other this way, never 
looking to right or left. 'Take courage,' 
we would say, and then moving on he 
might ask, 'May I keep the books?' There 
would be just enough time to say 'Keep 
them!' 

"What a sad parting of friends." 

Miller's wife, Marcy (who was much in 
demand for tutoring in English), talked 
about "the madness, the craziness" as she 
remembered the "last violent outbreak." 

It was the night noises that touched her 
most, especially the breaking of bottles all 
across the Fudan campus. 

"The students were throwing bottles and 
rocks and screaming, and we realized the 
significance. The word 'ping' in the name 
of Deng Xiaoping, China's most powerful 
leader, means 'little bottle.' The students 
were making their final protest symboli- 
cally." 

The Millers wept as they watched one 
of the final marches through Fudan, a 
suburb of Shanghai, as the ever-growing 
crowds snaked their way down the broad 
boulevards to the city's main street, the 
Bund. 

"Hundreds of students bearing banners 
were met by a great band of workers 
charging head-on at them from behind their 
factory walls. There was an instant's 
pause, then bear hugs, tears— the final 
gesture of close personal feeling by the two 
groups before the workers were shoved and 
herded back inside their gates," recalled 
David Miller. 

"The last thing we saw as the students' 
backs disappeared down the street was the 
Chinese flag with a black banner across it, 
a sign of mourning. It read 'no death for 
China.' Ten minutes later the flag had been 
ripped from their hands." 

Marcy Miller remembered, too, how it 
was after they left Fudan and made their 
way to Hong Kong. "Then it finally hit 
me when we heard the BBC broadcasting 
during the night, giving a local call-in 
number for those who needed psychiatric 
counseling after their escapes. Much later 
I wished I had called." The couple re- 
counted another incident, in Harbin, near 



China's northern border with Russia. There, 
the day after the June 4 turmoil, they came 
upon many small groups getting ready to 
demonstrate. Each group stood for a differ- 
ent idea. But they decided to agree on one 
giant banner that would be carried at the 
head of their parade, to speak as the 
consensus of all diverse opinions. 

The banner read: "From their blood shall 
come a rebirth of love." 

Slogans: From subtle to outspoken 

Banners, billboards and posters abounded, 
serving as a means to inspire demonstrators 
and keep them informed about the move- 
ment. Art Ford told of a massive poster 
showing the heads of Premier Li Peng and 

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Before the revolution, pro -democracy post- 
ers openly opposed the government. 

Deng sticking out from the top of a tank, 
saying, "We're ready, let's negotiate." 

"The billboards would change hour by 
hour," Dr. Barbara Peterson remembered, 
"and the slogans ranged from the subtle to 
the outspoken. It took great courage both 
to compose the texts and to install them." 
Richard Wilson, professor of political 
science at the University of Tennessee in 



Chatanooga, wrote at length of these "big 
character posters." 

In the paper he read at the Lebanon 
Valley conference, he noted this irony: It 
was Mao Zedong and his supporters who 
had used these means during the Cultural 
Revolution to denounce their enemies as 
traitors to the Communist system. Now the 
posters were turned on the system itself. 

After dark, people read the billboards 
by flashlight, and during the day, took 
photographs or dictated the words into 
small tape recorders. They could mail these 
records to friends elsewhere. 

"For a country with government media," 
Wilson pointed out, "it is amazing how 
fast information could travel solely by 
word of mouth. Almost hourly we got 
reports via phone call, student messengers 
on the trains, and listening to Voice of 
America broadcasts." 

In Harbin where Wilson and his 19-year- 
old son were on June 1, posters were 
everywhere. Numbers of the dead were 
painted on the sides of buses. As with a 
handwritten scoreboard, the old figure 
would be "Xed" out and the new number 
of casualties scribbled in. Openly anti- 
government signs and slogans were painted 
there also, the American noted. 

"Deng Xiaoping and Li Peng's death 
were repeatedly and publicly wished for," 
Wilson reported. "Li Peng's name was 
even painted on the cement steps of public 
parks so all could stamp on it as they 
climbed the steps." 

Michael Berlin: Reporting fact 
and fiction 

Journalists who covered the story as it 
unfolded came in for high marks from 
newsman Michael Berlin. 

He noted that they were "in place" 
purely coincidentally, invited by the Chi- 
nese government to observe and report the 
much-publicized meeting of Soviet Premier 
Gorbachev and Chinese leaders. But they 
sensed the bigger news as Tiananmen 
Square began to fill quietly with students 
and then suddenly was flooded with them, 
Berlin said. Media activity transferred to 
the Square. Cameras and reporters moved 
quickly and the resulting coverage was one 
of journalism's finest hours, he asserted. 

A 30-year veteran journalist on New 
York and Washington dailies, Berlin was 



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in China to teach journalism at the Chinese 
Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing to 
40 professors from various Chinese univer- 
sities. 

It wasn't too long before he realized that 
Chinese newspeople wrote two different 
accounts of every story they covered. 

One was the article that appeared in the 
general circulation newspapers and on 
radio and TV. That told only what the party 
wanted the people to know. The other 
account was written for the top-secret 
"Reference News," a special publication 
that went exclusively to the highest-ranking 
party members. 

"Suppose the event was the opening of 
a new factory. The report for 'Reference 
News' would be much like any Western 



Thus the 'news' was managed by party 
chiefs. 

"As a result, most Chinese journalists 
are truly good reporters, because they are 
required to provide accurate information 
for the hierarchy, while on the other hand 
being able to fictionalize and follow party 
orders for the general circulation." 

Many educated people were aware of 
this double standard, Berlin said, and were 
supportive of the press's own lobbying for 
the adoption of a national law that would 
allow reporters more freedom to report, 
and thereby limit politicians' management 
of the news. 

"My students," he went on, "were eager 
for greater press freedom and wanted to 
strengthen their case by learning the tech- 




Beijing students eagerly read and photographed these posters, and spread their messages. 



business reporter's account of such an 
event. It would be factual, would recount 
the costs, the expectation of return, the 
number of employees, a description of the 
facility and its product, all told objectively 
and well-written," he went on. 

"The fictional one, written for general 
consumption, undoubtedly would extol and 
exaggerate the great benefits to the commu- 
nity, probably with much-overblown de- 
scription and inflated figures, or any 
message that the party wanted the public 
to believe. It also would include blurbs 
praising the party leadership for its benevo- 
lent creativity in providing the facility. 



niques of fairness, objective approach and 
balance in news coverage." 

This double standard style of news 
presentation accounted for much of the 
national horror that followed the massacre 
in Tiananmen Square, Berlin explained. 
Because years of brainwashing had condi- 
tioned the public, the Chinese assumed 
that whatever they read in newspapers or 
saw on television must be politically "cor- 
rect." So when they read about or watched 
videos of marches and banners it was as if 
the government were approving and invit- 
ing the general public to join and cheer the 
students. Or even march with them. 



"In other words," Berlin declared, "the 
media had signaled the official position in 
80 to 100 cities across the country. 

"It was only after the massacre that the 
realization came that they had been had." 



Barbara Peterson: On Chinese 
women of note 

As Barbara Peterson prepared to leave 
Wuchang on May 24, she had in her 
possession only a few chapters of the book 
she was compiling on notable Chinese 
women. 

"I smelled the fear building and felt my 
associates would be less vulnerable if I 
were gone and not a threat," explained 
Peterson, professor of history at the Uni- 
versity of Hawaii and a lecturer in Ameri- 
can history and world civilization at Wuhan 
University at Wuchang. 

In fact, there were 112 biographies still 
to be translated from the Chinese, and it 
was by then impossible to contact the 
writers. A student-friend who had been 
cleared earlier to come to the United States 
volunteered to collect the chapters and 
somehow bring them with her. 

"I never questioned how she did it, but 

I have all the work in my possession now, 
with copies in the hands of a number of 
major university publishers," she said. 

It was Peterson's successful book, No- 
table Women of Hawaii, that triggered the 
volume she compiled during her year in 
China. Together with 130 Chinese col- 
leagues, she researched and wrote of the 
lives of 417 notable Chinese women who 
were selected for their accomplishments 
and pioneering actions that opened doors 
and set them apart as role models. 

Who were some of these 400-plus 
notable Chinese women? They ranged from 
the most famous embroiderer of the Tang 
dynasty to the Soong sisters of World War 

II vintage. 

Originally Peterson expected her re- 
search would qualify her for the Fulbright 
grant, but the project sparked so much 
interest the Chinese government suggested 
they join forces. She agreed to become the 
principal editor, assisted by four Chinese 
associate editors and an editorial board, 
with the faculty doing the individual biog- 
raphies. That's how it finally worked out, 
with some of the writing in English, but 



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much of the rest in Chinese, to be translated 
into English. 

Richard Wilson: Obstacles to marriage 

Romance has a way of blossoming when 
you least expect it, even during tragic times 
in history. So it was with Richard Wilson, 
the University of Tennessee professor who 
lectured in political science at Beijing 
University. It was his second year in that 
post. 

Wilson and Zhao Han, his Chinese 
assistant, had planned for some time to be 
married after she came to the United States 
as a student, and was sure she would adjust 
here. But martial law imposed in May 1989 
changed those plans. She was on the 
waiting list to emigrate, and as security 
tightened it was probable she would be 
refused a student visa. So, early in May, 
she and Wilson began to collect the various 
"proofs" they would need to be married 
in China. Ironically, the complicated pa- 
perwork took less time than they antici- 
pated, because party officials were so busy 
with the turmoil they didn't take much 
interest in personal affairs. 

Finally, the wedding day arrived. With 
documents in hand, the couple set out for 
the marriage office from their respective 
homes a city apart, she on her bike and he 
on foot. Crowds were dense, so Wilson 
begged— eventually bribed— a taxi driver 
to take him. But soon the paralyzing traffic 
became too thick. An hour's walk finally 
brought him to the rendezvous with the 
bride-to-be; then came a three-hour bike 
ride with him on the back of her cycle. 

At the bureau a nit-picking official made 
a lengthy review of the records but finally 
handed them the red ink pad. They inked 
their right thumbs and made an imprint on 
the permanent marriage card. They were 
ready to leave. 

"We joked about how it was very nice 
for all Beijing to turn out in our honor," 
Wilson remembered, as he described the 
millions of people who jammed every 
intersection. Still riding double, it took 
another hour on the bike to reach the 
American Embassy to register the marriage 
there. The couple arrived at his university 
apartment well after dark. The entire trip 
had taken more than 10 hours. 

When they were notified Zhao Han's 
Chinese passport would be ready June 2, 



it seemed that all the red tape had been 
satisfied. Wilson and his 19-year-old son 
felt it safe to fly to Harbin on June 1 to 
keep a long-standing commitment to speak 
at an important conference of Russians, 
Eastern Europeans, Japanese and other 
scholars. His new wife was to join them 
on June 3, after her legal meetings. 

But the father and son were billeted in 
the wrong hotel, so Zhao Han was shunted 
from one to another before she finally 
located them. Quite by accident she spied 
them half a block away while they were 
taking photos. Her message: permission to 
leave had not yet been cleared. 

She also brought them the frightening 
news that the army was trying to move into 
Beijing. She told of troops in plain clothes 
hiding in vans, and reported on her great 
difficulty getting to the airport. 

Within a few hours, reports of the 
Tiananmen Square killing moved over the 
"coconut wireless," and Harbin erupted 
with long, noisy demonstrations. Barri- 
cades were thrown up as people feared for 
a military move. Passengers stopped buses, 
got out and rolled the buses into position 
blocking streets. Tires were slashed, and 
some vehicles were burned and left as 
anti-tank obstacles. 

"Since only a few Chinese had come 
from Beijing, it seemed remarkable that the 
Harbin demonstrators would adopt the 
Beijing tactics," Wilson wrote. 

He described the trio's return to their 
home campus as a nightmare of many hours 
of bucking crowds, leapfrogging on foot 
from one Western hotel to another to try 
to catch cabs (at fares 10 times the normal 
rate), and satisfying police roadblocks. 
They finally reached their Beijing quarters 
in time to watch everyone leave. The 
Russian, French and British governments 
had pulled all their citizens out with the 
first shots, but the American Embassy had 
not yet made a decision. 

"It did not matter to us. We could not 
go. Despite our own steady devotion to the 
passport-visa process we were not finished 
yet. My wife's papers were not in order. I 
refused to go without her, and my son 
refused to go without me," Wilson ex- 
plained. "Finally our embassy stepped in 
and on June 9 put us in one of their 
caravans to the airport. 

But even the embassy's efforts failed. 

"At the airport I had bought three tickets, 



checked us in for the flight and had 
boarding passes in my hand when Chinese 
authorities stopped us," said Wilson. The 
three sat on their suitcases and watched the 
plane fly away. 

After making their way through the 
troops and back to the eerily empty 
university quarters, they spent the next 
three days on Zhao Han's paperwork. On 
Sunday, June 12, permission was granted. 
They left Beijing, traveling through the 
deserted city and holding as their last 
memory the ominous sight of several 
soldiers marching a young man along the 
street with his arms locked behind his head. 

George A. Doyle: Wliere is the Candle? 

It took a massacre and a personal tragedy 
to turn an economist into a poet. 

Dr. George Doyle, professor emeritus 
in the department of economics and foreign 
affairs at Assumption College in Worcester, 
Massachusetts, lectured on international 
economic relations at Shanghai Interna- 
tional Studies University. It was his second 
tour in the Far East. Having taught years 
before in Japan, he and his wife, Elise, 
were looking forward to their Fulbright 
year in Shanghai. But it was not to be. 

Shortly after arriving in China, Elise fell 
ill of cancer, and they flew home to 
Massachusetts. Three weeks later she was 
dead. But she had made her husband 
promise he would return to his Fulbright 
commitment, which he did. His Chinese 
colleagues and his students (who were 
university professors eager to learn of 
Western economic structures) were sympa- 
thetic, supportive and kind, he says, during 
those sad first days alone. 

It was then he turned to poetry, writing 
his first to the memory of Elise. 

Doyle remained in Shanghai after the 
Beijing massacre, until pressured to return 
by Senators Kennedy and Kerry and by his 
own children. 

"By that time all the streets were 
blocked, and there was no way to get to the 
airport," he recalled. So he wangled pas- 
sage on a boat to Hong Kong and engaged 
a cook with a three-wheel bike to drive him 
to the dock. At the last minute his Waiban 
(the office that oversees foreigners) miracu- 
lously arranged for air transport. Leaving 
two trunks, the boat tickets and assorted 
household goods behind, he arrived in 



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Hong Kong on June 8 with only his 
carry-on bag. His suitcase had disappeared 
on the flight but was delivered to him on 
June 1 1 . 

"So my journey ended, or so I thought," 
he told his colleagues at Lebanon Valley. 
On June 13 he wrote his third poem, 
"Where is the Candle?" It closes with these 
lines: "It is the long dark night of the soul 
for China. Where has the candle gone? 
Will someone light it again?" 

The second poem in his collection (now 
entered in the prestigious University of 
Pittsburgh competition) was written during 



Slaughter 

In the darkness 

of early morning 

while the people slept, 

tanks rolled their way 

through their tents, 

grinding, grinding, 

like huge meat machines. 

Undeserved deaths, 

blood-letting troops, 

satanic government! 

May there be a Hell 

for them/ 

This was not war. 

War is against an enemy. 

This was murder . . . 

planned, cold-blooded murder 

. . . of their own people. 

There is evil in the world, 

and it is here . . . now . . . 
Zhina. 

vfar will it go — 
slaughter in the night"? 

George A. Doyle 
June 4, 1989 



his sleepless night of the massacre and is 
titled, "Slaughter" (see above). 

White Carnations: Keeping 
the dream alive 

More memories surfaced at the reunion's 
final event on Sunday afternoon, June 3. 
After offering verbal tributes to those slain 
or arrested, precisely at 2 p.m. the Scholars 
walked solemnly outside to the quadrangle, 
and each person lovingly attached a white 
carnation to a yew bush. 

Barbara Rangan, a Washington attorney 



who taught at Wuhan University, explained 
the Chinese tradition of mourning. One 
custom is for all mourners to wear white 
flowers. 

She described coming upon a "stunning 
spectacle" on the long road leading to her 
campus two days after the massacre. 
"There were white carnations in all the 
trees and on all the bushes. A passerby 
explained that it symbolized the deaths of 
all those in Beijing. No matter that 
Tiananmen Square was a thousand miles 
away. 

Another passerby told her, "It is the only 
way we can express ourselves. We can't 
say what we believe. Those flowers say it 
for us." 

Among the conferees who spoke at the 
final memorial was Stanley Vittoz, who 
taught American society and culture at the 
Beijing Foreign Affairs College. He elected 
to read from two assignments given to 
Chinese students by a friend who is a 
professor. 

It didn't seem the least bit incongruous 
that both Chinese essays took the theme 
of the "I Have A Dream" speech of Dr. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Beginning each paragraph with the now 
famous phrase augmented by a few touches 
from Abraham Lincoln, one essay pleaded 
for unity, for hard work, for all Chinese 
to be equal, with no difference between the 
common people and the authorities. It 
ended, "When this dream becomes a 
reality, our forefathers will not have died 
in vain, and all those who fought to liberate 
us and to vitalize our nation will smile 
under earth." 

The other essay, also envisioning equal- 
ity and peace, ended: "We have the dream. 
The dream is the hope of our nation 
although it is only a daydream now." 

Anthropologist John Connor summed 
up the feelings of his colleagues about 
China's future by paraphrasing from scientist- 
physicist Max Planck's The Philosophy of 
Physics. Connor put it this way: "A 
radically new idea will triumph, not by 
converting its opponents but by outliving 
them." 

And a tearful audience replied, "Amen." 



Lois Fegan is a freelance writer, based in 
Hershey, whose journalism career spans 
nearly half a century. 



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A Story of 
Survival 



The indomitable Sharon 
Hazard ('83) remains 
optimistic and active, 
despite an illness that 
threatens her life— and 
her family. 

By Beth Arburn Davis 



Sharon Reeves Hazard ('83) 
has earned the right to complain. 
But she doesn't. She's earned 
the right to give up. But she 
hasn't. She's earned the right to 
be depressed and morose. But she's not. 

Sharon Hazard is a survivor. In the face 
of a life-threatening disease that has robbed 
her of the use of her legs and her left arm, 
a disease that now threatens her only child, 
a disease that has left her and her family 
facing bankruptcy and the loss of their 
home. Hazard is upbeat, optimistic, in- 
domitable. 

"When you've been knocking at death's 
door a million times and you're still here, 
you realize how fortunate you are," she 
says. 

It was while she was a student at 
Lebanon Valley College that Hazard learned 
the name of the disease that had been 
plaguing her since she was seven: Ehlers- 
Danlos Syndrome, a rare and often fatal 
hereditary illness whose symptoms include 
weak connective tissue, slow wound heal- 
ing and bouts of severe bleeding. 

"We have plenty of platelets," explains 
Hazard, "but they don't work, and platelets 
are what cause blood to clot." 

A New Jersey native who now lives in 
eastern Tennessee, she came to Lebanon 
Valley College after first enrolling at a 




Sharon and Kristopher have a plucky spirit that helps them fight their rare disease. 



The Valley 



small college in Tennessee. "It was not 
what I wanted," she says of the school. 
"My love was always for education, and 
there wasn't much emphasis on the curricu- 
lum." 

So she dropped out in mid-semester, 
returning home to have surgery on a knee 
she had injured as a 16-year-old ski jumper. 
It would be only one of many operations 
to come. 

While at home. Hazard learned that the 
daughter of her mother's employer had 
attended and enjoyed Lebanon Valley. The 
young woman was an education major. 
After visiting more than a dozen college 
campuses. Hazard made her decision. 

"I fell in love with Lebanon Valley 
College," she says. "I fell in love with the 
people. I fell in love with the professors, 
the students. I was just so impressed. It 
was a real homey atmosphere with a very 
Christian influence. 

"I guess I had learned my lesson already 
by being in (another) college that was all 
party, no lessons. We still had a good time 
at Lebanon Valley, but everything was 
more controlled." She fondly recalls her 
freshman year tug-of-war with the seniors, 
across a muddy stream. "I don't even 
remember who won, but we had a wonder- 
ful time." 

While other aspects of her life at Leba- 
non Valley were going well, her physical 
health was deteriorating. She developed a 
bone marrow infection. She had regular 
and serious bouts of bleeding. 

"Julie Wolfe, the head of the infirmary, 
spent nights over in my dorm when I would 
start hemorrhaging," Hazard recalls. 

Wolfe remembers it well. "We were 
almost always in touch," she says of 
Hazard's days on campus. "She's an 
incredible person. Her experiences touched 
my life. She came with one problem, and 
it just dissolved into one thing after 
another. But she was persistent. She didn't 
want to give up campus life. She didn't 
want to give in to her illness, and fought 
it all the way." 

Professors taped their lectures and classes 
for Hazard whenever she was hospitalized. 
"They were wonderful," she says. 

After graduating from Lebanon Valley, 
Sharon attended Columbia University on a 
full fellowship, earning her master's degree 
in special education in 1984, despite regu- 
lar hospitalizations. 



Shortly after that, Sharon met Jeff 
Hazard during her hometown's drive for 
blood donations for her when she had to 
go back into the hospital again. Jeff was a 
perfect blood-type match, a one-in-a- 
million discovery in a person who was not 
related to her. They were married in 1985. 
"I always tell people I married him for his 
blood," she jokes. 

In 1986, after many physical problems, 
Hazard gave birth to Kristopher. The 
Hazards moved to Sevier County in eastern 
Tennessee to be closer to Sharon's family, 
many of whom are also her blood donors. 
She got a job as a teacher. Jeff was 
working, and things seemed to be about 
as stable as they had ever been. 

But she was in and out of the hospital. 
Each time she is hospitalized, she generally 
receives from 30 to 40 units of platelets 
daily. Early this year, while picking up 
Kristopher, she injured a disc in her spinal 
column. The subsequent bleeding into the 



no money to buy one. Kristopher, who also 
has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, has required 
extensive medical care. Faced with astro- 
nomical medical bills, the family has nearly 
reached its lifetime insurance limit on 
Sharon's illness. And Tennessee does not 
provide any benefits, she says. 

Her husband, who had been forced to 
take part-time work in order to care for 
her, has recently begun a full-time position 
as supervisor of a large hotel conference 
center. His modest salary is helpful, but 
Hazard says she needs and wants to work. 

Her last hospital stay, which lasted from 
February to April 1990, cost $185,000, 
only some of which was paid by insurance 
or other agencies. Her monthly medica- 
tions alone cost nearly $200. 

The van she needs— the only one that 
can be converted for her— is a Ford E-150. 
And there are other needs: a special lift to 
get her in and out of the bath (Jeff currently 
gets up at 5 a.m. to help his wife bathe), 



"When you've been 

knocking at death's door 

a million times and you're 

still here, you realize how 

fortunate you are. " 



area caused her to become paralyzed. 
Doctors are unsure whether the paralysis 
will reverse itself. 

A series of newspaper articles about her 
resulted in the community's donating enough 
money for a special wheelchair, but there 
are other financial problems— as well as 
possibilities, Hazard says. 

Several years ago, the area school 
district had hired Sharon, impressed with 
her background, her ability and her spirit. 
Until her paralysis, she was able to get to 
and from work. 

"There's a job for me right now teaching 
talented and gifted or learning disabled 
kids in high school. But the problem is we 
can't get there. We just have a pickup 
truck," she says. 

The catch-22 is that while the state will 
pay for the special and expensive conver- 
sion of a van for her individual needs, 
Hazard has to provide the van. But she has 



a waterproof rolling chair for the shower 
so that she can bathe herself, a toilet and 
sink designed for the handicapped, and 
kitchen gadgets for the handicapped. 

"I do everything myself," Hazard says 
with great pride. "I clean, wash, cook. 
Jeff and I go grocery shopping together." 

As always, Sharon Hazard looks on the 
bright side. "Neither Kristopher nor I have 
AIDS or ARC. We have a faith that's 
remarkable, and we have each other. I 
always look ahead because I know it could 
be worse. It could always be worse." 

For those wishing more information 
about helping Sharon Hazard, write to 
the Holy Family Church/Sharon Hazard 
Fund, P.O. Box 444, Kodak, Tennessee 
37764-0444. 

Beth Arburn Davis is a York freelance 
writer who regularly writes for The Phila- 
delphia Inquirer. 



Fall 1990 



EWSMAKERS 



Retirements 

Four members of the faculty, who retired 
after having served the college for a total 
of 1 18 years, have been accorded emeritus 
status by the Board of Trustees. 

■ Mr. William H. Fairlamb, professor of 
music, joined the faculty in 1947. Over the 
years, he taught piano, music history, 
piano pedagogy, piano literature and the 
aesthetic experience, and also coached 
several piano ensemble classes. 

Fairlamb earned a bachelor's degree 
from Philadelphia Conservatory of Music 
and an artist's diploma from Philadelphia 
Musical Academy. He also did graduate 
study at Juilliard with Harold Bauer. Olga 
Samaroff and Charles DeBodo. 

He is currently director of music at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, 
and for many years was certification chair- 
man for the Pennsylvania State Music 
Teachers Association. For 28 summers, 
Fairlamb was a member of the music staff 
at Bay View Summer Conservatory of 
Music in Bay View, Michigan. 

■ Dr. Pierce A. Getz ('51), professor of 
music, joined the college in 1959. After 
earning his music education degree at 
Lebanon Valley, he earned a master's 
degree in sacred music at Union Theologi- 
cal Seminary in New York City. He spent 
five years in Japan teaching music, and 
then a year in residency at Eastman School 
of Music to work on his Ph.D. 

Getz directed the Concert Choir for 29 
of his 31 years at the college. He also 
founded the Chapel Choir and directed the 
College Chorus. He taught courses in organ 
history and literature, choral conducting 
and sacred music and oversaw the sacred 
music degree program. In 1978 he founded 
the Alumni Chorale at the request of 
several alumni. 

He has also been active as a church 
musician, and for 21 years was director of 
music at Annville United Methodist Church . 
Currently he is director of music at Market 
Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. 
In addition, Getz has been active as a guest 




Kathy Nelson 



Thomas J. Liu 



Dr. Diane Iglesius 



conductor, recitalist, organ consultant and 
director of church music workshops. 

■ Dr.Madelyn Albrecht, associate profes- 
sor of education, joined the college in 
1973. Among the courses she taught were 
foundations of education, cultural geogra- 
phy, beginning French, human growth and 
development, and practicum and methods. 
She graduated from Judson College in 
Elgin, Illinois, with a bachelor's degree in 



education and religion. She earned a mas- 
ter's in teacher's education with a minor 
in advanced French, and a Ph.D. in 
curriculum and secondary education with 
a minor in African literature, both from 
Michigan State University. 

Prior to joining the faculty here, she 
spent 16 years in Africa as an educator and 
missionary. In Zaire, she helped found 
eight elementary schools and two secon- 
dary schools. 



10 



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■ Glenn H.Woods ('51), associate profes- 
sor of English, joined the faculty in 1965 
and taught freshman composition, history 
of the English language, oral communica- 
tions and the works of Mark Twain. After 
receiving his bachelor's degree from Leba- 
non Valley, he went on to earn a master's 
degree in education in 1962 from Temple 
University. He did extensive work with the 
Vietnamese refugee program at Indiantown 
Gap in 1975, teaching English as well as 
sponsoring several refugees. He also worked 
closely with the 12 Vietnamese students 
whom the college sponsored at that time. 

New Music chair 

Dr. Mark L. Mecham has joined the 
college as chair of the Music Department. 

Mecham had been associate professor 
of music at Southern Utah State College 
for the past four years. He also was 
assistant professor of music at the Univer- 
sity of Texas at Tyler, and associate 
professor of music and director of chorale 
activities at Mary College in Bismarck, 
North Dakota. In addition, he was musical 
conductor for the Southern Utah Chorale 
in Cedar City and for the Bismarck- 
Mandan Civic Chorus in Bismarck. 

Mecham earned his doctorate of musical 
arts in choral music from the University 
of Illinois in Urbana, and his master of 
music degree in choral conducting and his 
bachelor's degree in music education from 
the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

In 1986, he was nominated for the 
AMOCO Award for Teaching Excellence 
at the University of Texas. In 1982, he 
received a faculty research award at Mary 
College. 

Elected treasurer 

Deborah Fullam C81), college controller, 
has been elected college treasurer by the 
Board of Trustees. 

After graduation, Fullam joined the 
college in 1982 as a staff assistant in the 
Computer Center and eventually became 
director of academic computing. After 
receiving an M.B.A. from the Philadelphia 



College of Textiles and Science in 1987, 
she taught management and computer sci- 
ence at the college. 

In 1988 Fullam was appointed assistant 
to the president for institutional research 
and later for budget and planning. Earlier 
this year she was promoted to controller. 

Student Activities 

Brenda Zack has been named director of 
student activities, replacing Carol Amund- 
sen, who will become admissions director 
for her alma mater, Wesley College, in 
Dover, Delaware. 

Zack earned her bachelor's degree in 
elementary education from Bloomsburg 
University, and taught for two years in an 
elementary school in Wilmington. She 
recently received her master's degree in 
student affairs in higher education from 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Admissions counselor 

Susan Borelli has joined the college as a 
counselor in the Admissions Office. Her 
responsibilities will include conducting in- 
terviews with prospective students and 
coordinating student tour guides and the 
alumni ambassador programs. 

She is a 1989 graduate of Albright 
College, where she earned a bachelor's 
degree in English/communications. She 
formerly worked at Albright as an admis- 
sions counselor and resident director. 

Assistant controller 

Michael Gallagher has become assistant 
controller, responsible for managing the 
Business Office and overseeing cash man- 
agement, accounts receivable and accounts 
payable. 

He is a 1983 graduate of Lebanon Valley 
College and was formerly an accountant 
with St. Clair and Associates. 

English Department faculty 

The English Department has three new 
faculty members: 



■ Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, who will be 
teaching the first course in the new Ameri- 
can Studies program as well as a course in 
editing, comes to the college from the 
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

He did his undergraduate work at Bates 
College in Maine and his graduate work at 
SUNY-Binghamton and Boston Univer- 
sity, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. 

Grieve-Carlson has been a Fulbright 
lecturer in Germany and has also taught at 
Virginia Tech. 

■ Anne Higginbottom, formerly an ad- 
junct faculty member in the English De- 
partment of SUNY-Binghamton, will teach 
composition and an English literature sur- 
vey course. 

At SUNY she taught women's literature 
and introduction to women's studies, con- 
temporary fiction and advanced composi- 
tion. She earned a bachelor's degree in 
English from Syracuse University and a 
master's in English from SUNY-Bing- 
hamton, and has completed her Ph.D. 
course work and exams at Binghamton. 
Her dissertation, which she expects to 
finish this year, deals with contemporary 
experimental fiction and concentrates on 
women writers. 

■ Marie Bongiovanni, who has taught 
freshman composition and management 
communications as an adjunct faculty mem- 
ber at Lebanon Valley, will be teaching 
courses in journalism, management com- 
munications and feature writing. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in jour- 
nalism and advertising at Temple Univer- 
sity and her M.B.A. in marketing at 
Drexel. She has worked as a public 
relations consultant and editorial assistant, 
and is a freelance writer who publishes 
regularly in local and national media. 

President's assistant 

Diane Wenger has become administrative 
assistant to President John Synodinos, 
replacing Mary Eshleman, who retired in 
June. Wenger, former secretary for the 
English and Foreign Language depart- 



Fall 1990 11 



merits, is completing a bachelor's degree 
in English at Lebanon Valley College. She 
had worked as a costing engineer at Binner 
Associates in Schaefferstown. 

Education professor 

Dr. Dale Summers has joined the Educa- 
tion Department as an assistant professor 
and director of elementary and secondary 
school relations. 

A native of Palmyra, Summers holds a 
bachelor's degree in social sciences, a 
master's in special education for the emo- 
tionally disturbed and a doctorate in educa- 
tional administration— all from Ball State 
University. 

He spent five years as a principal of 
Deny Township Elementary School in 
Hershey, and later was assistant principal 
at Hershey High School. He supervised 
special education in the West Shore School 
District prior to joining the college. 

Women's coach 

Kathy Nelson is the college's new women's 
basketball and Softball coach. She had 
coached those two sports at Utica College 
since 1987. Nelson also coached at Lansdale 
Catholic High School for three years, and 
for several summers assisted Lebanon 
Valley College basketball star Howie Landa 
'55 in directing basketball camps in the 
Northeastern United States and Europe. 

She received her bachelor's degree in 
health and physical education from Edin- 
boro State University, and a master's in 
physical education from Central Michigan 
University. 

Assistant football coach 

Ivan (Mick) K. Sload has been named 
assistant football coach in charge of the 
defensive line. He comes from Warwick 
High School, where he was a physical 
education teacher and assistant football 
coach. 

Sload received bachelor's and master's 
degrees in social studies from Shippensburg 
University, plus bachelor's and master's 
degrees in physical education from East 
Stroudsburg University. 

Harvard program 

Bill Brown ('79), associate dean of admis- 
sions, was one of 95 participants selected 
for Harvard University's summer 1990 
Management Development Program. The 



two-week program is for higher education 
administrators in mid-level positions. 

Math professor 

Thomas J. Liu, a native of Taiwan, has 
been named assistant professor of mathe- 
matical sciences. He will teach computer 
science and applied mathematics courses. 

Liu comes from the University of Flor- 
ida, Gainesville, where he was a research 
scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics 
from the University of Illinois at Chicago, 
where he also earned a master's degree in 
computer science and a second master's in 
chemical engineering. He earned a B.S. 
degree from the Tatung Institute of Tech- 
nology in Taiwan. 

Visitor from Poland 

Dr. Blazej Kruppik, asssociate professor 
of English language and literature at Marie 
Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, 
Poland, will be a visiting professor this 
year. He will teach Eastern European 
literature and history and a course in 
technical writing. 

Kruppik's research in his home country 
deals mainly with English language and 
cultural history and methods of teaching 
English. He also lectures on the history of 
England and English literature, and teaches 
composition, conversation, oral composi- 
tion and public speaking. He is currently 
researching the English Renaissance and 
preparing two textbooks on the teaching 
of English as a second language. 

Japanese instructor 

Under an educational exchange agreement 
with the Hokkaido International Founda- 
tion of Japan, Koyumi Ito will teach 
Japanese language at Lebanon Valley for 
the next two years. She will also work on 
a degree in political science. 

Ito, a graduate of Kyoto Women's Junior 
College, studied journalism for a year at 
the University of Arkansas. She has worked 
as a journalist for the Pacific Stars and 
Stripes and for the Asahi News Service in 
Japan. 

Development officer 

Matthew Hugg has been appointed direc- 
tor of advancement operations and director 
of corporate and foundation support in the 
Advancement Office. 
In his new position, Hugg, who was 



formerly director of development, will 
oversee gifts processing, research and 
budgeting, and will also direct corporate 
and foundation giving programs. 

He joined the college in 1987. He is a 
graduate of Juniata College with a bache- 
lor's degree in natural history, and spent 
three years as district executive for the 
Southern New Jersey Council of the Boy 
Scouts of America. 

Assisting in the library 

Ella Stott has joined the library staff as 
cataloguing assistant/secretary. She re- 
places Barbara Iceman, who has moved to 
the secretary/periodicals assistant position 
vacated by the retirement of Doris Gerlach. 
Stott is a graduate of Mastbaum Voca- 
tional Technical School in Philadelphia, 
where she worked for 22 years as an 
account representative for a paper manu- 
facturer. She is also certified as a lay 
speaker by the United Methodist Church. 

Computer specialist 

Curt Tomlinson has joined the college for 
a one-year appointment as a computer 
systems implementation specialist in the 
Advancement Office, responsible for im- 
plementing the office's system for alumni 
and development information. 

Tomlinson has more than 10 years of 
experience in the computer field, and was 
general manager for Triangle Computer 
Service in Lancaster. He earned his bache- 
lor's degree in industrial education from 
Millersville University. 

Economist earns Ph.D. 

Jeanne Hey, assistant professor of eco- 
nomics, received her doctorate in business/ 
economics from Lehigh University in June. 
Hey, who joined the college last year, 
earned her bachelor's degree at Bucknell 
University in mathematics/chemistry, and 
her M.B.A. from Lehigh. 

Spanish professor honored 

Dr. Diane Iglesius, professor of Spanish 
and chair of the Foreign Language Depart- 
ment, has won a 1989 Sears-Roebuck 
Foundation Teaching Excellence and Cam- 
pus Leadership Award. 

She was one of 700 faculty members 
recognized nationally by the Foundation 
for resourcefulness and leadership as a 
private college educator. 



12 



The Valley 



Sounds of 
Success 



Lebanon Valley plays second 
fiddle to no one when it 
comes to music faculty , 
facilities and finely tuned 
graduates. 



By Judy Pehrson 

Photos by Charles Freeman 



w« 




hen cellist 

John Sant' Ambrogio ('54) reflects on his 
days as a music student at Lebanon Valley 
in the 1950s, his most vivid memory is 
of stealthily climbing up the fire escape of 
Engle Hall and sneaking in through a 
window. 

"Officially the music building was closed 
on Sunday, but I was so eager to practice 
that I often broke in so I could use the 
practice rooms," says Sant' Ambrogio, 
now principal cellist for the St. Louis 
Symphony. 

If the music faculty was aware of the 
transgression, they said nothing. Indeed, 
in all probability, they turned a blind eye 
to rules broken for the sake of improving 
musicianship. Their job then, as it would 
continue to be throughout the long history 
of the department, was to inspire, train and 
support the young musicians who arrived 
at Lebanon Valley to study, to perform, to 




practice long hours in Engle and later on 
in the Blair Music Center. 

Like Sant' Ambrogio, many students 
over the years have been talented and keen 
to leam, but have lacked the background 
or financial resources for a high-powered 
music conservatory. 

"I wasn't ready for a Juilliard when I 
came to Lebanon Valley on a music 
scholarship," says Sant' Ambrogio. "I had 
only studied cello for three years at that 
point, and I was a bit green. I needed the 
small, supportive atmosphere that the col- 
lege offered." 

The caring and coaching he received at 
Lebanon Valley, he says, helped launch 
him on a long and illustrious career. It 
includes nine years with the Boston Sym- 
phony; stints with the Boston Symphony 
Trio, the Boston Ballet Orchestra and the 
Zimbler Sinfonietta; and 22 years with the 
St. Louis Symphony. He has won a number 
of honors, among them the Piatigorsky 
Award at Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 
where he was a member of the Berkshire 
Music Center. 

A former faculty member of Boston 
University, the cellist says of Lebanon 
Valley, "The faculty were all fine musi- 
cians. But the greatest thing about the 
school was its nurturing environment. It 




( Top) Associate Professor Klement 
Hambourg coaches student violinist Maria 
Abeleda and cellist Dina Litzenberger. 
(Above) Music graduate John Sant' 
Ambrogio ( '54) enjoyed the nurturing environ- 
ment at Lebanon Valley College. 



gave me incredible support for practicing 
and expanding my horizons. The faculty 
gave me the opportunity to solo— which I 
loved— and they also pushed me to explore 
my options." 

Sant' Ambrogio's assessment has been 
voiced as well by scores of other music 
graduates who have gone on to achieve in 
performance and teaching. 

"One of our chief strengths over the 
years has been our committed faculty," 
says Dr. George Curfman ('53), who has 
taught at Lebanon Valley for 30 years. 
"We've all always been willing to go out 
of our way to develop our students' talent 
and help them to succeed, no matter what 
it takes. That's always been a given here." 

Not only is it a caring faculty, it is also 
a talented one, a veritable "Who's Who" 
of graduates of some of the best music 
schools and conservatories in the country. 
The majority of the eight full-time and 15 
adjunct faculty members are outstanding 
performers within their own fields, who 
can masterfully execute the repertoire for 
their students. "That's one thing that 
impressed me about the Music Depart- 
ment," says Brad Boyer '90, a pianist who 
is doing graduate work in music at Florida 
State University in Tallahassee. "The fac- 
ulty are performers as well as teachers. 
Nobody is a textbook instructor. They are 
all practicing musicians, and most seem to 
be deeply involved in musical groups in the 
community." 

Music major Holly Hendrix ('92) con- 
curs. "The faculty aren't just sitting around 
and resting on their laurels. They go to 
conventions, seminars and workshops, and 
they keep updated. They're concerned 
about continually improving their teaching 
and performance skills." 

Faculty talents are showcased during the 
frequent recitals. In addition, many per- 
form regularly with the Harrisburg, Her- 
shey and Reading symphonies, and with a 
variety of chamber music, jazz and vocal 
groups. Some faculty members are also 
involved in pop music culture. Voice 
professor Phil Morgan, for example, each 
summer coaches singers at Hershey Park, 
which Time magazine recently recognized 



14 



The Valley 





(Top)Dennis Sweigert, an associate profes- 
sor, and Holly Hendrix work on a difficult 
passage of Liszt. (Above) Tawni Niklaus 
gets pointers from voice coach Phil Morgan. 

as having one of the country's most 
outstanding stage shows in a theme park. 

Faculty members regularly bring home 
honors and recognition to the college. 
Basic'ly Brass! (a quintet that includes 
adjunct professors Timothy Erdman and 
John Copenhaver) was among the top three 
winners last year in the Fifth Annual Brass 
Quintet Competition in New York City. 
The quintet shared the winner's circle with 
a group from Juilliard and another from the 



Oberlin Conservatory. 

The Quartet/Die Posaunen, the college's 
resident trombone quartet (which includes 
associate professor Bob Hearson and ad- 
junct professor Jim Erdman) was selected 
to perform for the International Trombone 
Workshop, held last summer at Western 
Michigan University. 

The facility that music students call 
home is as musically rich as is the faculty. 
The Blair Music Center, which opened in 
1974, remains one of the largest and 
best-equipped music facilities in the state— 
and beyond. 

"So many people who come here each 
summer for the International String Confer- 
ence are impressed by Blair," says Dr. 
Klement Hambourg, associate professor 
of music and conductor of the College 
Chamber Orchestra. They say, 'Aren't you 
lucky! We don't have anything like this.' " 

The three-story complex has no "square 
spaces." Every classroom, studio and prac- 
tice room in Blair has been designed in the 
shape of a trapezoid to produce better 
sounds. The center houses a 700-seat 
concert hall with wonderful acoustics, a 
two-story instrumental rehearsal hall, 15 
teaching studios, a piano laboratory con- 
taining 25 electropiano units, a spacious 
organ-choral room, four organ practice 



rooms, five classrooms, a dance studio, 
50 individual practice rooms (30 with 
pianos) and two state-of-the-art recording 
control rooms. The recording control rooms 
are electronically tied to two studios and 
four other rooms in the building, and are 
used for campus production and recording 
services. 

Lebanon Valley's Music Department is 
one of the few four-year programs in the 
mid-Atlantic states that offers a degree in 
recording technology. Graduates who com- 
plete the interdisciplinary program (which 
includes courses in recording, music, phys- 
ics, mathematics and computer science) 
go on to work in television and recording 
studios and film production houses. 

"Recording technology is a wonderful 
program," says Edward VanLandeghem 
('91), a recording major from Norristown. 
"You not only get the theory you need, but 
also a lot of hands-on experience in the 
studios here and during your outside intern- 
ship. Classes are small and you get a lot 
of individual attention." 

The music curriculum at Lebanon Valley 
matches the strength of its faculty and 
music facility. "It's a very intense degree 
here," says Dr. Scott Eggert, associate 
professor of music and resident composer. 
"Almost all programs and degrees are very 



Fall 1990 



15 



A Dynamo 
Takes the Podium 



You can often hear Dr. Mark 
Mecham before you see him. His 
distinctive laugh, rapidly becom- 
ing his trademark, has not only enli- 
vened the offices and halls of the Blair 
Music Center, but has come to symbol- 
ize an upbeat attitude in the Music 
Department itself. 

The new chair of the department is 
more than good-humored, however. 
Mecham is a talented teacher and a 
shrewd but light-handed administrator 
who already has earned the respect of 
faculty, students and administrators. The 
student newspaper recently dubbed him 
"a man of action," and his faculty 
concurs. "He's a real dynamo," says one 
professor. "He seems to do everything 
well and has a lot of vision. I think 
everybody is excited by his plans for the 
department and his democratic approach 
to accomplishing them." 



At too many schools, he says, "music 
is like an ornament added on." No credit 
is given for performing in choir or the 
orchestra, for example, and credit courses 
consist of tried-and-true standards like 
musicology, music literature and music 
history. "Here," says Mecham, "music 
is an integral part of a student's educa- 
tional experience. 

"That's one of the things that attracted 
me here. Music has apparently been 
accepted for a long time on this campus 
for its intrinsic value, as well as for its 
entertainment value. Obviously a lot of 
resources have been put into it." 

Mecham brings considerable insight 
and experience to his job. He has worked 
at three campuses: Southern Utah State 
College in Cedar City, the University of 
Texas at Tyler and Mary College in 
Bismarck, North Dakota. And he has 
studied at two: the University of Illinois 



went to the Music Department and asked 
for an evaluation." 

He chuckles as he recalls the result. 
"The theory person who evaluated me 
told me I should be in something like 
social work— a field where I could help 
people. That didn't deter me, however. 
I had not had a voice lesson up until then, 
but I found a voice teacher and eventually 
became a music major." 

His father, vice president of the Uni- 
versity of Utah and a professor of 
constitutional law, had expected his son 
to follow in his footsteps. "Both of my 
folks thought music was a wonderful 
avocation. They were supportive, but 
cautionary. However, I think they're 
converts now to the notion that this is 
what I'm good at." 

That theory person who evaluated him 
at Utah was right about one thing, 
however— he is good at helping people, 




Mecham seeks not only to increase 
music enrollment, but "to create the 
finest music experience available for 
students and constituents. I want to have 
Lebanon Valley on people's lips when 
they talk about good music facilities, 
talented performers and fine teachers." 

He recognizes the strengths of the 
department and intends to build on them. 
"There's a fine tradition here, and for a 
small, undergraduate institution we have 
phenomenal facilities. Both our perform- 
ing and rehearsing facilities are fantastic, 
and we have more practice rooms than 
some schools have rooms, period." 

But a department is more than facili- 
ties, he adds. "We have a superb faculty. 
Our people are not only well-qualified 
as musicians and teachers, they really 
care about our students and go out of 
their way to nurture and help them." 



at Urbana-Champaign and the University 
of Utah in Salt Lake City. He holds a 
Ph.D. in music from Illinois, and a 
bachelor's degree in music education and 
a master's degree in choral conducting 
from Utah. 

A counter-tenor, Mecham has sung in 
and directed many choirs and chorales, 
and is directing the Concert Choir at 
Lebanon Valley College. 

As an undergraduate, he almost went 
into law before he decided to become a 
"music type." He notes, "I was a pre-law 
major with a political science minor, and 
was taking a lot of history, economics, 
etc.— all the stuff that would pertain to 
a law career," he explains. "I got to my 
junior year and decided I wanted to do 
something I really enjoyed— and that was 
music. I had been involved in the 
university choir and really liked it, so I 



and that has translated into a talent for 
teaching. Mecham came to Lebanon 
Valley with a sheaf of recommendations 
for his teaching excellence, and he has 
already begun to establish himself as a 
popular professor here. 

"He's neat," says one music student. 
"He's so enthusiastic and energetic, and 
he makes you really care about what 
you're doing because you know he cares, 
too." 

Mecham and his wife, Pat, have three 
children— Carter, 11, Katherine, 8, and 
Bradley, 6. In Annville, they are settling 
down in a home near the college, on 
Maple Street. Already they feel part of 
the community. 

"We like this part of the country, and 
we have found the college a warm, 
welcoming environment," Mecham says. 
"We're really pleased we're here." 



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demanding. Other schools have tended to 
simplify or go to a five-year program, but 
we have kept to our standards." 

Says Holly Hendrix, "You are very busy 
and very challenged right from your fresh- 
man year on. Not only do you study all 
facets of music theory and music history, 
but you are required to do at least one 
campus recital. Many people end up doing 
a lot more than that." 

Music students may choose to earn one 
of four degrees: a bachelor of arts with a 
major in music, a bachelor of science with 
a major in music education, a bachelor of 
music with a major in sacred music or a 
bachelor of music performance degree. 

There are ample opportunities to perform 
in the college's symphony orchestra, con- 
cert band, concert choir, marching band, 
jazz band and a variety of string, woodwind 
and brass ensembles. 

"You're really immersed in music here. 
At the same time you are getting a really 
good liberal arts education," says Tawni 
Niklaus, a music education major from 
Williamsport. "It's a tough program, but 
an exciting one." 

Those students who stick it out, says 
Eggert, are "very well-prepared musicians. 
We've had good success with LVC stu- 
dents going directly to excellent graduate 
schools. They tend to pass the entrance 
exams in music at a very high level." 

Nadine Saada ('89), now pursuing a 
master's degree in music history at Bowl- 
ing Green State University, says she was 
one of the few candidates who passed all 
of that university's music entrance exams. 
"I felt like I was ahead of the game before 
I started," she says. "I came in with more 
than enough preparation, thanks to my 
work at Lebanon Valley. Right now I'm 
applying for a Fulbright to study Chinese 
music in Hong Kong." 

Tina Bakowski '87, who earned her 
master's degree in music at the University 
of Kansas and is currently working on a 
Ph.D. at the University of Indiana, says 
she easily passed her master's and Ph.D. 
entrance exams. "What definitely helped 
me in the history exams in both cases was 
having a framework to put events into, and 
that I got in William Fairlamb's courses at 
LVC," she says. "I also had a very 
thorough harmony background, thanks to 
Dr. Eggert, which made the harmony 
portions of the exams easy." 




"It's a very intense degree 
here. Other schools have 
tended to simplify or go to a 
five-year program, but we 
have kept to our standards. " 
— Scott Eggert 



Concludes Eggert, "I'm very proud of 
what we do for kids here. The experience 
in learning we offer is second to none. Our 
students go away with a strong fundamental 
understanding of how music works." 




(Top) Scott Eggert, the department's resident composer and an associate professor, discusses 
an African instrument during his music history course. (Above) The marching band 
rehearses long hours before the football season opens. 



Fall 1990 



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Alumni of Note 




From Chambermaid 
to Leading Lady 

SopranoLeighMunro('64)(formerly 
Peggy Zimmerman) has appeared 
in operatic productions around 
the world. In San Francisco, she's 
currently singing the role of Carlotta 
in The Phantom of the Opera. Much 
of the self-confidence that has pro- 
pelled her career forward, she says, 
came from the years she spent in 
Lebanon Valley's Music Department. 

"It was such a small, supportive 
environment, and the faculty really cared 
about you," says Munro. "I originally 
went to LVC because of its reputation 
as an excellent music school and also 
because of Reynaldo Rovers [now de- 
ceased], who was on the voice faculty. 

"He really stands out in my life," says 
the singer. "He believed in me from the 
very beginning. The first night I went 
on in Verdi's Stiffelio in Boston, which 
was a big break for me in my career, I 
swear I heard Reynaldo saying, 'Relax, 
get your chords warmed by humming.' " 

As a student, Munro sang in summer 
stock productions. After graduation, she 
auditioned in New York for an under- 
study role in Camelot— and landed the 
job. She went on to join the City Opera 
and has been principal artist in many of 
the company's productions. "I started 
out as the maid Adele in Die Fledermaus, 
and worked my way up to the lead role 



of Rosalinda," she says proudly. Singing 
the part of Violetta in La Traviata was 
another high point in her career, she says. 

Munro's Lebanon Valley mentors have 
kept track of her career over the years. 
Among them are Dr. Gilbert Mcllvane, 
former professor of music education, and 
Dr. James Thurmond, professor emeritus 
of music. "I've heard from Dr. Mcllvane 
from time to time, and I recently heard 
from Dr. Thurmond, who was head of 
the brass department. He saw me in New 
Moon, which I did on PBS." 

"I've always had a special memory of 
Dr. Thurmond," she adds. "I used to 
love the little practice rooms in the old 
music building. One evening I was in 
there when everyone else was in the 
dining hall. Dr. Thurmond stuck his head 
in and said, T think you're going to 
make it, kid. You've got the determina- 
tion.' I've never forgotten that." 

A Mellow Method 
to his Music 

Clarinetist Jack Snavely ' 50 is one 
of many alumni who have made 
a career out of teaching music. 
A professor of music at the University 
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he teaches 
woodwind students and directs the 
university's jazz ensemble. For seven 
years, he directed the award- winning 
University of Wisconsin band pro- 
gram. 

A highlight of his teaching career, 
Snavely says, is his revision of the Col. 
Baermann Method Book for Clarinet, 
long considered the most popular method 
book for that instrument. Written during 
the 1800s, it hadn't been revised or edited 
for 75 years until he took on the project. 

Snavely earned his master's degree at 
Northwestern University and studied at 
Peabody Institute. In addition to teach- 
ing, he manages to keep up a busy 
performance schedule, performing with 
the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the 
Waukesha Symphony and the Woodwind 
Arts Quintet at the university. He has 
been a guest soloist with the Greater 
Milwaukee Woodwind Ensemble, which 
toured Japan and Europe, as well as with 
the International Clarinet Society. 

He has three recordings out: two solo 




albums with Golden Crest and a wood- 
wind quintet album with Orion. 

The musician/teacher credits Lebanon 
Valley with broadening his musical hori- 
zons. "I was in a rather narrow musical 
world when I went there," he says. "The 
Lebanon Valley Music Department was, 
and is, well-respected and well-known. 
It has always had exceptionally high 
standards and a great deal of interest in 
students." 




She's Quite a Gal 

Vocalist Stephanie Bates ('75) 
originally planned a nice, quiet 
life of leading a church choir. 
Instead, she totes her slide trombone 
all over the country, singing and play- 
ing in a six-piece band called "The 
Fall Guys and a Gal" (her husband, 
Jim, plays the trumpet). 
"I've been singing for a living since 



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Alumni of Note 



1977, and I've performed everywhere 
from Alaska to Bermuda," Bates ex- 
plains. "We've had some pretty exciting 
times— we've opened for Rich Little, 
Joan Rivers, Lee Greenwood and Jim 
Stafford, just to name a few." 

When she first joined the band, they 
did mostly nightclub work, which meant 
considerable time on the road. "It was 
lots and lots of fun, but once I started 
having a family it was difficult to travel," 
she says. "We eventually got into corpo- 
rate entertaining, where we play for large 
company functions. You don't travel as 
much, and you work a lot less for a lot 
more money." 

Bates has positive memories of Leba- 
non Valley. "Every course there has 
helped my career," she says. "My vocal 
lessons were invaluable— Phil Morgan 
taught me to sing, and Pierce Getz helped 
me to perform. My brass classes added 
another dimension." 

Today, she and her husband have a 
home in Florida and a live-in nanny for 
their two children, ages two and six. 
"I've never become famous," says Bates, 
"but the gratification from audience 
response and applause is great. You can't 
get that in any other profession." 

Giant of Jazz 

One Lebanon Valley alummus w ho 
did become famous is Walt 
Levinsky ('51). His career as 
both a classical and jazz musician and 
conductor spans nearly four decades. 

When he was just 16 years old, 
Levinsky joined the Les and Larry 
Elgart Orchestra. He interrupted his 
college education to join the Tommy 
Dorsey Orchestra, and later was lead 
saxophonist for Benny Goodman. 

In 1957, he was hired as solo 
saxophonist with the New York Phil- 
harmonic, and performed with it for 
many years. While a studio musician, 
he recorded with Paul McCartney, 
Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughn and 
Leotyne Price, among other celebrities. 
As a composer/arranger/conductor, he 
has worked with Frank Sinatra, Liza 
Minelli, Richard Harris, and Metro- 
politan opera stars Renata Scott and 
Placido Domingo. 




In 1987, Levinsky appeared as a 
clarinet soloist— along with his quintet 
and Lionel Hampton— in a command 
performance at the White House. Since 
1987, he has devoted his energies to 
his Great American Swing Band. 

Last February, Levinsky returned to 
campus to appear with the college Jazz 
Band and to receive his long-delayed 
bachelor's degree in music. He noted 
after meeting with students, "I always 
like talking with students. I was instru- 
mental in getting the jazz program and 
band started at Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege, and it always pleases me to know 
that both the program and the band 
have flourished." 

A Sculptor of 
Talented Youth 

Pianist William C. Workinger ('57) 
enjoys cultivating the musical 
skills of young students. He is 
currently director of music for Millburn 
Township Schools in New Jersey and 
director of Millburn's high school or- 
chestra. 

"I'm very lucky. I have a lot of 
talented students," says Workinger. "It's 
my privilege to fit the pieces together 
like a sculptor. I take disparate people 
and talent and make them into a unified 
orchestra," he says. 

The music educator also enjoys the 
administrative side of his work. "You 



can bring about a lot of change in people 
and organizations," he says. "It's very 
gratifying." 

Active in professional circles, he is 
past president of both the New Jersey 
Music Administrators Association and 
the Unity Concert Series in Montclair. 
He has served on the New Jersey Music 
Educators Committee, involved with writ- 
ing a new state music curriculum. 

Workinger also performs in chamber 
music ensembles, with a duo-piano team 
and as an accompanist. He has played 
concerts throughout New York and New 
Jersey. As a duo-pianist, he was invited 
in 1985, 1988 and 1989 to tour South 
Korea, where he taught a series of piano 
master classes. He has also performed 
in Taiwan. 

Following his graduation from Leba- 
non Valley, Workinger earned a master's 
degree in music from the Manhattan 
School of Music and a Ph.D. in music 
education from New York University. 
But it was at Lebanon Valley, he says, 
that he acquired the basics on which his 
career has been built. 

"It was an ideal environment for a 
young musician," Workinger recalls, 
"The curriculum was great. I was im- 
mersed in music history, performance, 
education, vocal training, plus I got a 
splendid background in the liberal arts. 
They really crammed a lot into four 
years. It was a rigorous program that 
gave me the basics I needed— and even 
more." 




Fall 1990 



19 



Striking a Chord 
in the Community 

A young mother of two wants to 
resume the piano lessons she 
stopped as a teenager. A retired 
engineer has always wondered what it 
would be like to strum a guitar. For 
lifelong or delayed music fans like these— 
and for those who want a running 
start— the Music Department's Commu- 
nity Music Institute provides a direct 
route to instruction and performance. 

"A growing number of people are taking 
advantage of the Institute," says Suzanne 
Caldwell Riehl ('79), director of the Insti- 
tute and instructor in the Music Depart- 
ment. "We started with 10 people nine 
years ago, and now we have over 200. 
Students range from two-year-old toddlers 
studying Suzuki violin to a 72-year-old 
man learning the saxophone." 

The Institute offers private lessons in 
piano, voice, violin (Suzuki and tradi- 
tional), viola, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, 
trumpet, guitar, saxophone, percussion, 
acoustic bass and electric bass, plus a wide 
variety of group classes. Kindermusik, a 
music education program for children ages 
three to six, is the most recent addition to 
the program. 

Some 25 adjunct instructors are involved 
in teaching the lessons and courses. Al- 
though some of the Institute's students are 



college-bound or preparing for careers in 
music, most are studying for their own 
personal enjoyment and the desire to enrich 
their lives with music, says Riehl. 

Plans are currently under way to put 
together ensembles, and perhaps even an 
orchestra. "The Annville-Cleona School 
District has no orchestra or orchestra 
program," she says, "so we see this as a 
real service we can offer." 

How Summer Sounds 
in Annville 

During the late spring and summer, 
when things have slowed down 
on many other campuses, Leba- 
non Valley's Music Department plays 
host to hundreds of junior high and high 
school students at Blair Music Center. 

An honors band and honors orchestra, 
sponsored by the Music Department, give 
some of the best young musicians from the 
central Pennsylvania area a chance to 
perform with their counterparts from other 
schools. 

"They rehearse for a day and then give 
a concert," explains Bob Hearson, assistant 
professor of music. "It's an exciting time 
for the kids. They learn a lot and really 
enjoy themselves. The faculty also enjoys 
the chance to nurture young musicians." 

In July, a weeklong summer music camp 



draws 50-60 aspiring musicians who enjoy 
playing for recreation. The youngsters 
attend master classes, take courses in such 
areas as music theory and receive private 
instruction on a range of instruments. 
Campers also get the chance to perform 
with ensemble groups. There's time for fun 
as well. A trip to Hershey Park, a dance 
and a camp variety show are all part of the 
week's activities. Participants have full 
access to campus amenities, including the 
Arnold Sports Center. 

"It's definitely the best week of the 
summer for me," says Mary Ellis, a high 
school senior from Martinsville, New Jer- 
sey, who is a veteran of three Lebanon 
Valley music camps. "I love everything 
about it— the classes, the entertainment, 
the pool, the people." 

Many outside groups use Blair's facili- 
ties during the summer, too. During several 
weekends in May, the "Music in the Park" 
program brings to campus nearly 500 
students from Pennsylvania and surround- 
ing states. The students rehearse together 
in band, orchestra and ensemble groups, 
and then perform at Hershey Park and 
around the area. 

Lebanon Valley also hosts the Pennsyl- 
vania Music Educators' adjudication pro- 
gram. Outstanding young musicians come 
to the college to give solo or ensemble 
performances, which are evaluated by 
Music Department faculty. 



Echoes from the 
Early Years 

1866 Music becomes a dominant force at Leba- 
non Valley during the very year of the college's 
founding. Two of the first five faculty members are 
associated with music. The curriculum includes 
vocal music, and 42 students receive individual 
music lessons. By 1869, 80 of the 151 students 
are taking music courses. 

1879 A formal music department is established, 
which grants diplomas in piano and voice. Over 
half of the student body is enrolled in music 
courses. The most promising music graduates 
head to Boston for graduate study at the New 
England Conservatory of Music. 

1881 Students can earn certificates in piano and 
voice by taking exams based on the rigorous 
standards of the London College of Music. 

1898 Lebanon Valley College establishes a 
conservatory of music. Music students are re- 
quired to take a variety of liberal arts courses, 
including English literature, German, French, paint- 
ing, drawing, elocution and oratory. 



1900 The conservatory moves to new quarters: 
A handsome four-story Corinthian brownstone. The 
building is donated by Benjamin H. Engle, Harris- 
burg contractor and Lebanon Valley trustee. 
Though officially christened Engle Hall, the brown- 
stone will affectionately be dubbed "The Conserv" 
by generations of music students. As the new 
century begins, the conservatory enrolls 118 
students, taught by four full-time faculty members 
and several part-time instructors. Over the next 
few years, other musical organizations are born— 
the Men's Glee Club, which toured widely; the 
Eurydice Choral Club; and vocal and instrumental 
groups. 

1907 The music curriculum is tightened and 
lengthened. % obtain a diploma in music, a 
student must major in piano, organ or voice. All 
students are required to complete courses in 
harmony, history and theory, and three terms each 
in chorus, English grammar, rhetoric and compo- 
sition, literature and French or German. f> earn a 
bachelor's degree in music, students must first 
eam a music diploma and then complete two years 
of fugue, harmony, counterpoint and composition. 
They also must "write a composition for four solo 
voices and chorus to occupy about 20 minutes, 
and train, rehearse and conduct the same for 



public performance," according to a course cata- 
logue of the day. 

1915 The conservatory establishes a public 
school music course to train secondary teachers. 
The course marks the beginning of a widely 
respected teacher training curriculum that will 
produce hundreds of secondary school teachers. 
The conservatory continues to flourish for the 
next 40-odd years, adding courses, faculty, stu- 
dents, a concert orchestra and band, a marching 
band and ensemble and choral groups. 

1944 The conservatory wins full institutional 
membership in the National Association of Schools 
of Music, a distinction that recognizes its excellent 
reputation— not only in Pennsylvania but through- 
out the eastern United States. 

1958 The Conservatory of Music at Lebanon 
valley College is transformed into the Department 
of Music, bringing it closer to the academic life 
of the college. 

—Excerpted from "Music: A Dominant Force in the First 
Century of Lebanon Valley College, " a doctoral disserta- 
tion/or The University of Michigan. 1969, by Paul 
Gottshall Fisher. 



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NEWS 



BRIEFS 



Renaissance continues 

Considerable progress was made over the 
summer on the college's $7.7 million 
campus development program. 

Renovation of Lynch Memorial Hall 
is complete and the facility was rededi- 
cated in September. The management 
center has been renamed in honor of 
Emmett C. Roop '04 and the mathematical 
sciences center for Dr. William H. Lodge. 
A new entrance was constructed, as well 
as new faculty offices and classroom space 
for the departments of Math, Computer 
Science, Actuarial Science, Management 
and Computer Services. 

Phase I of the campus landscaping plan, 
which included a new walkway system and 
landscaping of the academic quad area, has 
been completed. The lawns have been 
seeded and additional plantings will take 
place in the spring. 

The Laughlin Hall new addition and 
renovation of the college's Advancement 
Office has been completed. The Develop- 
ment, College Relations and Alumni Rela- 
tions staffs moved into their new quarters 
in mid-October. 

The next phase of renovation and refur- 
bishing of the Administration Building is 
proceeding. First-floor offices for the Reg- 
istrar, Continuing Ed and Business offices 
have been completed. The next phase will 
include renovations for humanities class- 
rooms and faculty offices on the second 
and third floors. 

The college is also working on plans for 
expanded parking facilities, primarily for 
students. The site plan for a new mainte- 
nance building is in the approval process. 

In the green 

Lebanon High School graduate Sam Bowie, 
NBA basketball star for the New Jersey 
Nets, was honorary chair of the college's 
Achievement Challenge Golf Tournament, 
which raised nearly $30,000. 

The tournament, the brainchild of Leba- 
non Valley College trustee chair Thomas 
Reinhart, was held at the Lebanon Country 
Club on Sept. 28. Proceeds will go to the 




Sam Bowie takes a practice swing at the 
Achievement Challenge Golf Tournament. 

scholarship fund of the Lebanon Valley 
Education Partnership, a cooperative pro- 
gram between the college and the Lebanon 
School District. It assists students, particu- 
larly those from low-income families, in 
preparing for and enrolling in college (see 
"News Briefs" in the spring issue). 

Two committees— composed of college 
and community leaders— organized the 
tournament, which received enthusiastic 
support from the community. 

Library study 

Gossard Memorial Library is being studied 
to determine how best to bring it up to 
modern library standards. David Kaser, a 
professor of library and information sci- 
ences at Indiana University of Pennsylva- 
nia, has been hired to consult on the 
project. Kaser has completed some 200 
building proposals, including the renova- 
tion and expansion of Elizabethtown Col- 
lege's library. 

The proposal he helped draft for Leba- 
non Valley grew out of his meetings with 



administrators, faculty and students. The 
library and facilities committees have ap- 
proved the draft, which will now be 
reviewed by both the faculty and the 
executive committees of trustees. 

It is expected that a major library 
construction project will become a fund- 
raising priority, and architects will be 
selected to develop plans. 

A new arrival 

Lebanon Valley is helping to launch an 
unusual daycare center, geared to infants 
during the daytime and a range of ages in 
the evening. The college has leased Fencil 
Hall to Lebanon Lutheran Social Services 
for $1 a year. 

Lutheran Social Services will operate the 
center, which will serve some 50 infants 
and children, and will be open to all 
socio-economic groups. 

Susan Stanson, director of family daycare 
homes for Lutheran Social Services (and 
wife of Lebanon Valley admissions direc- 
tor Greg Stanson), and President John 
Synodinos have been the driving forces 
behind the project. The Lebanon County 
Builders Association will refurbish Fencil 
as a public service project. 



Over the top 



The college met its second-year goal for 
the Kline Challenge, with gifts of $703,000 
to the annual fund— some $6,000 over the 
mark for 1988-89, the Advancement Office 
announced in July. 

The Josiah W and Bessie H. Kline 
Foundation matching contribution of 
$80,000 will go toward the Arnold Sports 
Center. The money raised by Lebanon 
Valley will be put in the annual fund. 

Poetry of daily life 

The lives of long-time Annville residents 
are reflected in Porches, Volume 2, the 
second volume of free-verse poems by Dr. 
Phil Billings, professor of English. 

Many of the 29 people featured in 
Porches and Porches, Volume 2, attended 



Fall 1990 21 



a concert in November to launch the new 
book. Poems from both volumes had been 
set to music by Thomas Lanese, a retired 
music instructor for the college. Sally 
Drum ('68), and Michael Kohler ('80) sang 
several of the songs, and Billings read 
several others. Nevelyn Knisely, adjunct 
associate professor of music, was the 
pianist. 

Both volumes offer a special look at 
small-town America. Although Annville 
residents are featured, the books could be 
about any town. 

It is illustrated with pen-and-ink sketches 
by Dan Massad, adjunct instructor of art. 
For a copy, send $12 (plus $2 postage) to 
Billings at the English Department. 

Cream of the crop 

This year's freshman class of 247 students 
was selected from the largest applicant 
pool in the history of the college. While 
the majority hail from the Middle Atlantic 
region (Maryland, Delaware, New York, 
Virginia and Pennsylvania), some students 
come from as far away as Hawaii and 
Texas. Students from Japan, Nepal, Zaire, 
Brazil, Spain and Belize provide an inter- 
national dimension. 

Academically, the Class of 1994 is 
outstanding. It includes several valedictori- 
ans and salutatorians and many students 
who have been recognized for their scho- 
lastic achievements while in high school. 
The combined SAT scores for the class are 
once again significantly higher than the 
national average for entering freshmen. 

Physics grant 

A $23,000 Cottrell College Science Grant 
from the Research Corporation will support 
faculty and student research in physics. 

Physics professor Michael Day will 
direct the project, aimed at the develop- 
ment and application of new theoretical 
methods for determining the macroscopic 
properties of solids from their atomic 
structure. Two student researchers, Joe 
Soulders and Ottavio D'Angelis, will assist 
with the project. 

Management career day 

William F. Christ, president of Hershey 
International, was the keynote speaker for 




This year's outstanding freshman class of 247 students includes Dorjee Tsering Nepali 
from Nepal and Midori Moriyama from Japan. 



the Management Department's annual ca- 
reer day in October. Area high school 
students joined Lebanon Valley students 
in learning about eight career areas. 

Administrative stars 

A popular offering on the local theater 
circuit is a new one-act play, "Mr. Emer- 
son and Henry," written by associate dean 
and English professor Arthur Ford. Its lead 
performers are President John Synodinos 
(as Henry David Thoreau) and Dean Wil- 
liam McGill (as Ralph Waldo Emerson). 

The play was initially performed at the 
1990 Spring Arts Festival and was also 
presented in October as a College Auxiliary 
event. Rumor has it that it will move on 
shortly to Lancaster, and then possibly to 
even bigger things .... 

Tunes for tots 

The college's Community Music Institute 
is offering a new program, called Kinder- 
musik, for children ages 3 to 6. Kindermu- 
sik instruction, which began 20 years ago 
in West Germany, includes ear and voice 
training, musical notation and note values, 
ensemble experience, physical movement 
and improvisation. Children also learn 
songs and become acquainted with instru- 
ments. 

The lessons are organized to fill four 
15-lesson semesters. Children begin by 
listening to natural sounds like wind and 
water, and finish by writing and playing 
their own compositions. 



Kindermusik specialist Judy E. Burger, 
a music education graduate of West Chester 
University, will teach the course. 

Art students welcomed 

Students with good grades and a diploma 
from the Pennsylvania School of Art & 
Design (PSA&D) are now assured admis- 
sion to Lebanon Valley to complete a 
four-year degree. 

The articulation agreement, signed by 
the two schools in October, enables PSA&D 
students with a 2.3 overall grade point 
average and a three-year diploma to have 
80 credits applied toward a B.A. degree 
with a major in communication arts, fine 
arts, or interior and environmental design. 

The agreement follows two years of 
faculty exchanges between the two schools. 
PSA&D, a non-profit school in Lancaster, 
has 239 full-time day students and 23 
part-time day students. It employs 37 
full-time and adjunct faculty who are all 
professional artists. 




John Synodinos (right) and Robert Brum- 
mett, president of PSA&D. 



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SPORTS 



By John Deamer 

Sports Information Director 



Baseball (13-13) 

The Dutchmen baseball team ended with 
a .500 record overall and 3-7 in the always 
tough MAC Southwest Section. 

The team was led by Troy Celesky '92 
who hit .348 and knocked in 17 runs for 
the season. Kevin Wagner '93 led the team 
with three home runs. David Esh '92 led 
the team in pitching, with a 3-2 mark. 

The team was directed this past season 
by the new head coach, Tim Ebersole. 

Softball (7-9) 

Under head coach Kathy Tierney, the 
Softball team posted the most victories 
(seven) that the program at Lebanon Valley 
has ever had in a season, and finished 4-4 
in the MAC Southwest Section. The big- 
gest win came when Lebanon Valley 
defeated rival Dickinson 3-2 on Arnold 
Field. 

The team was led by pitcher Christy 
Engle '93, who posted a 4-4 record as a 
starter. Caprece Carrington '91 led the 
team in home runs. 

A big asset to the team was the addition 
of assistant coach Gene Wright, who 
coached the team in pitching, hitting and 
fielding. 

Men's/women's track 

The men's team had a trio of medal 
winners at the MAC Championships this 
past May at Gettysburg College's Mussel- 
man Stadium. 

Scott Davis '93 placed second in the 
javelin, Rob Kreider '93 placed third in 
pole vault and Scott Young '92 finished 
third in the 5 ,000 meters and second in the 
10,000 meters. Their efforts carried the 




Darrell Hess winds up for a pitch. 

Dutchmen to a ninth-place finish out of 18 
teams. 

The victory of Joann Giannettino '91 in 
the 400 meter hurdles and the sixth-place 
finish of Beth Moyer '91 in the shot-put 
helped the women's team finish 12th in the 
competition. 

Men's volleyball (7-18) 

In their first season playing as a varsity 
team, the Dutchmen faced a tough sched- 
ule. Lebanon Valley is one of only five 
colleges in the state and one of two in the 
eastern half (East Stroudsburg is the other) 
that plays volleyball as a collegiate sport. 

The team looks to improve upon its 
honorable beginnings, and all but one of 
the nine-player squad returns this year. 

Men's golf 

Tom Giovinazzo '91 led the men's team 
to a 12th place finish out of 21 teams, and 
placed 6th out of the top 10 golfers at the 
41st Annual MAC Championship. It was 
held at the Shawnee Inn in Shawnee-on- 
Delaware, PA, this past April. Giovinazzo's 
three-round score of 237 was 21 strokes 
over par. The junior golfer was named the 
team's most valuable player. 



Award winners 

The college held its annual sports ban- 
quet to honor award winners for 1989-90. 
Among those receiving top awards were 
Matt Andris, Fellowship of Christian Ath- 
lete of the Year Award and the John Zola 
Award; Scott Barlup, the Chuck Maston 
Award; Joe Souders, the Scott Wallace 
Awanl; Sandy Aumiller, Women's Sports- 
manship Award; and Sue Partilla, Women's 
Athlete of the Year Award. 

Daryl Hess '90 received the Henry 
Wilder Award as the Lebanon area's top 
male collegiate athlete for 1990. Hess 
starred in basketball and baseball at Leba- 
non Valley during the past four years. He 
led the basketball team in scoring during 
his junior and senior seasons and has scored 
over 1,000 points in his career. Hess was 
a career .300 hitter as a shortstop and 
pitcher. 

Sports honors 

Jay Yoder '91, a member of the men's 
baseball team, and Wendy Kiehl '92, a 
member of the women's softball team, 
were named to the MAC Spring Sports 
Honor Roll. Student athletes named to the 
list must attain a 3.4 grade point average 
for a semester. 

Caprece Carrington '91 (second base), 
a member of the women's softball team, 
was named to the MAC 1990 All- 
Conference team. Troy Celesky '92 
(catcher), a member of the men's baseball 
team, was named to the 1990 MAC 
All-Conference second team. 

Most valuable players were Rick Beard 
and Ken Wilson, football; Kevin Dempsey 
and Eyako Wurapa, soccer; John Galvin, 
Scott Young, Patricia Haeusler and Kristie 
Painter, cross country; Daryl Hess, Scott 
Barlup and Carla Myers, basketball; J.R. 
Holenchik, wrestling; Jim Horn and Becky 
Dugan, swimming; Troy Celesky and Bill 
Woland, baseball; Scott Davis, Scott Young 
and Joann Giannettino, track; Tom Gio- 
vinazzo, golf; Mike Blimline and Sue 
Kazinski, volleyball; and Diane Churan 
and Sandy Aumiller, field hockey. 



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Ross Fasick on the job at Du Pont, where he's a group vice-president. 



The right chemistry 
for business 

By Beth Arburn Davis 

Ross W. Fasick ('55) was not the first kid 
on his block to have a chemistry set, but 
he made certain he was the second. 

"It looked like a lot of fun and a good 
thing to do," recalls the chemist. Today 
he is group vice-president of Du Pont 
Chemical's automotive products depart- 
ment, a unit that in 1988 had worldwide 
sales of $2.8 million. 

The interest in chemistry that began 
when Fasick was a 10-year-old in Harris- 
burg brought him as a freshman to Lebanon 
Valley College at the urging of a respected 
high school chemistry teacher. And it was 
at Lebanon Valley that Fasick met Dr. 
Howard A. Neidig, now professor emeritus 
of chemistry. 

"I think we can all cite a handful of 
people in our lifetimes who had a great 
impact on our directions, in fact, our lives. 
That was Tony Neidig," says Fasick. "A 
good teacher is somebody you can develop 
a great deal of respect for, someone whose 
advice you weigh very heavily. Neidig is 
a brilliant man, a superb chemist and 



someone with marvelous people skills. . . 
The most important contribution that Leba- 
non Valley made to me was knowing Tony 
Neidig. To this day, I have very great 
respect for him." 

Fasick said another of Lebanon Valley's 
strengths was the liberal arts curriculum. 
"There was no dodging the broad liberal 
arts parts of the education," he says. "I 
don't believe I ever had a professor at 
Lebanon Valley whom I didn't hold in high 
regard." 

When Fasick wasn't in the Lebanon 
Valley chem lab, he was on the baseball 
diamond. He played second base and 
served as team captain for several years. 

After graduating, Fasick went on to earn 
a master's degree and Ph.D. in organic 
chemistry from the University of Dela- 
ware. He chose not to stay in academia; 
business intrigued him. 

"I like the interaction with people and 
the competition. I think with an athletic 
background many of us thrive on competi- 
tion, and while there's a great deal of 
competition in academia, it's not the same 
kind," he says. "I also like the opportunity 
to travel and move around." 

He joined Du Pont as a research chemist 
in 1959. By 1979. he had become president 
of Du Pont do Brazil in South America, a 



wholly owned subsidiary. In 1981, he was 
appointed director of the company's Latin 
American division. Last year, he made the 
move to the company's automotive prod- 
ucts department. 

In his current position, Fasick spends 
one-quarter of his time in the company's 
Troy, Michigan, facility, another quarter 
in the Wilmington, Delaware, headquar- 
ters, and the rest attending to countless 
other duties. He and his wife, Betty, make 
their home in Bloomfield Hills, near 
Detroit, while their two adult children and 
their families live and work near Wilming- 
ton. 

Fasick acknowledges that American busi- 
ness and industry didn't always recognize 
its own shortcomings, but says, "I've seen 
more change in the last two years than I 
had seen in the previous 20 . . . Having 
to compete with major European compa- 
nies and now Japanese companies brought 
[American business and industry] to the 
realization that there are people as good, 
and in some cases better, than we are. And 
we're analyzing why that's true. I have a 
lot of faith and optimism in the future." 

Beth Arburn Davis is a free-lance writer. 



In memories and music, 
practice makes perfect 

By Steve White 

Susie Reiter Wallis ('04) seems to have 
found the fountain of youth. Although she 
turned 105 in September, she has the 
appearance and drive of a much younger 
woman. 

The college's most senior alumna notes 
of her days as a student, "I have nothing 
but good memories of Lebanon Valley. I 
had a lot of fun there." 

The memories began even before col- 
lege. As a young girl, she used to board 
the trolley from her home in nearby 
Myerstown to come to campus for music 
lessons. 



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"People were so nice to me there— 
particularly the older girls. They made a 
fuss over me," she recalls. 

Following her graduation from high 
school, she enrolled in Lebanon Valley as 
a full-time music student. She studied 
piano and organ and received her degree 
in piano studies. 

"People thought I ought to go to Albright 
College in my hometown, but Lebanon 
Valley was more appealing because it was 
away from home and there was more to 
do there. It also had a good music 
department and a nice big faculty," she 
states. 

She particularly remembers Professor 
Herbert Oldham, who taught a variety of 
music courses. "He was a handsome man, 
a white-haired man. He had class, and he 
had a nice family. He liked me, and I liked 
him." 

She lived in the girls' dormitory with 
her roommate, Sadie Heckert, nicknamed 
"Bill." "She was a lovely girl from 
Dallastown, where her father was a busi- 
nessman," says Mrs. Wallis. They enjoyed 
visiting in each other's homes. 

The 500 or so students attending the 
college in the early 1900s came from all 
over Pennsylvania as well as from other 
states, she notes. She made a lot of friends 
and enjoyed Lebanon Valley's many activi- 
ties. "There were good athletics— I mean 
good," she says emphatically. "They had 
a lovely program. We had games with other 
schools. I wish I had been more active." 

On weekends, she almost always went 
home by trolley and would bring back her 
mother's cookies and other baked goods. 
"My mother loved to prepare food, and the 
students loved to eat it," she states. 

After graduation, Susie taught piano, 
played the organ at a church in Myerstown 
and accompanied singers and instrumental 
soloists. In 1906, she married Arthur 
Russell Wallis. She laughs when she points 
out that while Lebanon Valley and Albright 
were "bitter rivals," the man she married 
went to Albright. 

Following their wedding, they moved 
to Albany and later to Utica, New York. 
In 1915, they moved to Bedford, Indiana, 




Siisie Reiter Wallis: 105 years young. 

where they remained except for a few years 
in the 1950s and early 1960s in Pittsburgh. 
They raised two sons, Arthur Russell 
Wallis Jr., who lives in Dover, Delaware, 
and Don R. Wallis Sr., who died in 1989. 
Mrs. Wallis has four grandchildren, nine 
great-grandchildren and two great-great- 
grandchildren. 

Currently a resident of Englishton, a 
Presbyterian retirement home in Lexing- 
ton, Indiana, she is in remarkably good 
health, according to Mary Goode Wallis, 
her daughter-in-law. While sometimes forget- 
ful about current events, Susie Wallis has 
very clear memories of her years at 
Lebanon Valley College. 

"I loved it there, and I loved the people 
there," she says. "I thought there wasn't 
any place like Lebanon Valley." 

Steve White is a staff writer for the Madison 
Courier in Madison, Indiana. 



Alumni awards 

Five Lebanon Valley College alumni were 
honored at the Alumni Weekend awards 
ceremony in June. 

■ John Alden Walter ('53) received the 
1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award for his 
outstanding professional achievement, serv- 



ice to the college and service to his 
community. 

Walter, who is president judge of the 
Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas, 
earned a bachelor's degree in science from 
Lebanon Valley and a law degree from the 
University of Pennsylvania Law School. 
His civic, charitable and fraternal activities 
are numerous and have earned him many 
awards and titles, including Past Potentate 
of the 8,500-member Rajah Shrine Temple 
and life memberships in the Tall Cedars 
of Lebanon Muscular Dystrophy Fund and 
the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Chil- 
dren. He is also a congregational leader of 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Lebanon. 

He has served the college in many 
capacities, including president of the Alumni 
Association, instructor in business law, 
legal advisor and fund raiser, and even as 
announcer for ball games! 

■ John W Metka ('60), outgoing presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association, received 
an Alumni Citation for his professionalism 
and service to his community and the 
college. 

Metka earned a bachelor of science 
degree from Lebanon Valley and a master's 
in chemistry from Villanova University. 
His chemistry teaching career spans 30 
years and includes experience in high 
schools, with National Science Foundation 
summer institutes and at the college level. 
In addition, he has coached baseball and 
Softball. Metka counseled and recruited 
many students for Lebanon Valley and was 
the first chair of the Alumni Ambassador 
program. 

He has held various civic association 
leadership positions and is a member of his 
church's choir, governing council and 
Sunday School. 

■ Henry H. Grim ('35) was honored with 
an Alumni Citation for his professional and 
humanitarian accomplishments. 

Grim earned a bachelor's degree in 
mathematics and physics from Lebanon 
Valley and a master's degree from the 
University of Pennsylvania. His early ca- 
reer as a science and mathematics teacher 



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in New Cumberland High School was 
interrupted by World War II, during which 
the physicist developed test equipment in 
the new field of microwave physics at 
Wright Field in Dayton. Ohio. This oppor- 
tunity was the foundation for further re- 
search and testing for the General Electric 
Laboratories in Syracuse and the Naval 
Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. 
His projects involved microwaves and 
advanced radar and space electronic devel- 
opments, including large stationary equip- 
ment for orbiting commercial and military 
systems. 

Grim has also worked as a faculty 
member at Penn State's Capital Campus 
and for two years was manager of Lebanon 
Valley's computer center. He has pursued 
continuing education studies at Penn State, 
Ohio State, Maryland and Syracuse. 

Formerly chair of the Ondagua County 
Environmental Council, he has volunteered 
at Lebanon's Good Samaritan Hospital, the 
Hershey Medical Center and the Hershey 
Senior Citizens Center, where he was 
principal computer operator. He is also 
past president of the Lebanon Valley Senior 
Alumni group. 

■ Patricia L. Walter ("57) received an 
Alumni Citation for her professional achieve- 
ments and service to the community. 

A conservatory graduate of the college, 
Walter has been a music educator in 
Lebanon's public schools for 16 years and 
has taught piano, voice and saxophone 
privately for 19 years. Ten years ago, she 
initiated one of Pennsylvania's first ele- 
mentary handbell programs, which has 
achieved regional and national recognition. 

■ Harold Miller ('60) received an Alumni 
Citation for his wide-ranging civic and 
community service. 

Miller received a bachelor's degree in 
history and political science from Lebanon 
Valley and a law degree from the George 
Washington University Law School. He is 
currently a partner in the law firm of Miller 
and Bucholtz, in Reston, VA. 

He has been very active in Northern 
Virginia civic and community affairs as a 



member of the Board of County Supervi- 
sors in Fairfax County, a member and 
former vice chair of the Northern Virginia 
Transportation Committee, a member of 
the Northern Virginia Planning District 
Committee and chair of the Metropolitan 
Washington Transportation Planning Board. 

Compiled with the assistance of Alumni 
Association President Betty Hungerford. 



Alums offered Greek trip 

Lebanon Valley College alumni are invited 
to spend two weeks in Greece next May, 
as part of a Continuing Education course. 

The course, taught by Arthur Ford, 
associate academic dean and professor of 
English, is titled "World Literature: The 
Ancient Greeks." Students will read and 
discuss works by Homer and other Greek 
writers and playwrights before the trip. 
Discussions will continue in Greece as they 
visit the sites associated with the authors. 

"Many Lebanon Valley students study 
abroad for a semester or a year," Ford said, 
"but Continuing Education students never 
have that opportunity, since they work and 
cannot take off the time. In a modest way, 
this will allow those students the chance 
for international education by using their 
two-week vacation." 

The program is also open to alumni who 
would like to visit Greece but who are not 
interested in academic credit. They can 
accompany the group and participate in as 
many of the activities as they desire, paying 
just for the tour itself. 

Ford estimates that the tour package, 
including airfare, lodging, several day trips 
and breakfasts, will cost less than $1,500. 
The cost for the course itself will be the 
usual Lebanon Valley tuition. Participants 
will also be able to schedule trips around 
Greece, or to Turkey, Egypt or Yugoslavia 
at additional expense. 

Ford will conduct the course and activi- 
ties related to it, while his wife, Mary 
Ellen, will assist with non-academic activi- 
ties. The Fords have traveled widely 
throughout the world and have visited 



Greece on three earlier occasions. 

For more information, including the 
itinerary, costs and dates, contact Ford at 
the college or call him at his home (717) 
867-4714. 

Book available 

The biography of a former Lebanon Valley 
president, titled A Man of The Valley: The 
Life of Dr. Frederic K. Miller, by Dr. 
Charles A. Reed, can be purchased by 
mail through the college bookstore. Send 
$21 ($18.95 plus $2.05 for Pennsylvania 
sales tax, postage and handling) to Bob 
Harnish, Bookstore Manager, Lebanon 
Valley College, Annville, PA 17003. 

Correction 

The spring issue of The Valley carried an 
item on alumni tuition discounts that was 
incorrect. 

Alumni studying full time (taking 12 or 
more credits) are entitled to a 25 percent 
discount off the total tuition of $5,125 per 
semester. Those taking courses part-time 
(less than 12 credits) are charged $1 18 per 
credit. (Regular tuition is $236 per credit 
for part-time day students and $160 per 
credit for evening and weekend students.) 

Philadelphia gatherings 

The Philadelphia branch of the Lebanon 
Valley College Auxiliary held a luncheon 
in July. Among those attending were 
Eleanor R. Snoke ('28) (auxiliary presi- 
dent), Ruth Berger ('37), Phyllis Pickard 
Ford ('67 ), Grace G. Connell ('57), Mindy 
Fisher (Wilkes ("63), Martha Rudnicki 
('34), Helen Kaufman (her sons graduated 
from the college in 1963, 1968 and 1969) 
and Margaret Anne Kramer ('63). 

Attending from the Annville Auxiliary 
branch were Director of Annual Giving 
Ellen Arnold, Mary Ellen Ford, Ellen 
Hostetter and June Herr ('34). 

The Philadelphia group also held a 
luncheon on October 27 at the home of 
Helen Kaufman. 



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CLASS 



NOTES 



Pre-1940s 



News 

Sarah Dearwechter Neischwender '25 taught in 
Lebanon County schools and attended the North 9th 
St. Market until 1978. She raised all kinds of 
vegetables, fruits and flowers and is still a gardener at 
heart. 

Claribel Nisley Wescott Linder '26 has written 
about her days at Lebanon Valley College, during 
which she lived in South Hall. She said she had roomed 
with Dorothy Moncha and later with Betty Leachey 
from 1923-24. Claribel noted she was a cousin of 
alumna Kathryn Nisley Herr '25. She also asked for 
the present address of Hannah Fishburn Williams 
'24. [NOTE: 33 Washington Ave., Ephrata, PA 
17522] 

Emma I. Madciff *27 is a resident at the United 
Methodist retirement home in Wichita, KS, and says 
she enjoys it. She likes to know what is happening at 
Lebanon Valley College and what her old friends are 
doing. (NOTE: Emma, if you could see our college 
now you wouldn't recognize it! It is much larger than 
when we were students there.) 

Mary Kreider Roper '28 is now living in the Manor 
House for senior citizens. 

Mildred Kiehl Kiehner '29 wrote to let us know 
of the death of her husband. Miles S. Kiehner '29. 
She is well and enjoys the news. 

Anne Wengert Whitmire '31 is a retired teacher. 
She has put in 800 volunteer hours at Williamsport 
Hospital and Medical Center. She is the mother of 
Marilyn Whitmire Shenenberger '71, who is teach- 
ing music in New Jersey schools, married to William 
E. Shenenberger '70, and the mother of two boys. 

Rebecca Adams Whitlock '35 received one of the 
American Association of Retired Persons' 1990 Com- 
munity Service Awards on April 11, 1990, for her 
work in Frederick County, VA. The honor is given to 
people who follow the organization's motto: "To 
Serve, Not to Be Served." 

Mark J. Hostetter (Rev. Dr.) '36 and his wife, 
Lillian Ellen Hartman Hostetter, celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary on June 12. A buffet dinner was 
followed by a program of worship and reminiscence 
at the Annville United Methodist Church. 

Robert B. Troxel '36 has traveled extensively since 
retiring in 1980. In August he planned to go to Peru, 
and in October to Australia, New Zealand and some 
of the other islands. Robert is interested in water 
conservation, which is linked to his hobby of growing 
semi-tropical fruit trees. He lost his first wife, Patricia 
Toner, to cancer in 1984 and has married Lucille 
Wolfe. They have been married for six years and have 
had 30 honeymoons. They now have three daughters 
and nine grandchildren. 

H. Edgar Messerschmidt '37 is a Belgian horse 
breeder in Myerstown, PA. For 31 years he has driven 
and shown a team of six Belgians in parades and 
festivals. Edgar's team also competes at the Pennsylva- 
nia Farm Show. 

Paul T. Ulrich (Maj.) '38 volunteers in social 
work. The University of Houston Graduate School of 
Social Work honored Paul as Outstanding Field 
Instructor for 1989-90. He serves on the Texas 
Department of Aging's Citizens' Advisory Committee. 
He is also an ombudsman who visits two nursing 
homes every week. 

Irene Ranck Christman '39 received the MENC 
Service Award for the 1988-90 biennium of the 



National Executive Board of the Music Educators 
National Conference. Irene was also presented an 
honorary life membership by PMEA. 

Deaths 

Olive E. Darling '21, date unknown. 

Beulah Swartzbaugh Frock '21, April 18, 1990. 

Edward U. Balsbaugh '24, April 1, 1990. Edward 
was a retired school principal and a graduate of 
Columbia University. He had been a Sunday school 
teacher and superintendent, member of the administra- 
tive board and lay delegate to the Annual Conference 
at Centenary United Methodist Church in Hershey, 
PA. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State 
Education Association and the Pennsylvania Associa- 
tion of School Retirees. Edward is survived by his 
wife, three sons, a brother and eight grandchildren. 

Dora Billett Davis '24, March 23, 1990. 

Rev. Dr. Paul E. Cooper '26. March 16, 1990. 
Paul died at Manor Care Kingston Court in York, PA. 
He was retired from the United Methodist Church in 
York, and formerly had been a pastor in Lemoyne, 
Bethlehem, Dallastown, Gettysburg, Chewsville and 
Baltimore. He is survived by his wife, Helen Nye 
Cooper, a sister, and several nieces and nephews. 

Rev. D. LeRoy Fegley '27, April 20, 1990. He 
received his theological training at Princeton Theologi- 
cal Seminary, Class of 1930. As an ordained elder of 
the United Methodist Church he served the following 
appointments: Allentown: Zion 1930-32: Hummel- 
stown: Trinity 1932-47; Lancaster: Otterbein 1947-67. 
He retired in 1967 and served as the assistant pastor 
at Hummelstown: Trinity until 1970. Rev. Fegley 
received an honorary D.D. degree from Lebanon 
Valley College in 1951. He also served as a trustee for 
his alma mater. 

Charles D. Wise '27, date unknown. 

Bayard L. Hammond '29, on Jan. 29, 1990. 

Miles S. Kiehner '29, April 4, 1990. Miles was a 
former teacher and high school principal in Pottsville, 
PA, and had taught English at Glen Rock in York 
County, PA. He received a master's degree from 
Columbia University and did postgraduate work at 
Temple University. He is survived by his wife, Anna 
Kiehl Kiehner '32, and a son. 

Mary Clymer Walker '29. April 21, 1990. 

Dolores V. Gregory '30, date unknown. 

Guy A. Beaver '35, May 8, 1990. 

Edward Schmidt '37, April 23, 1989. 



1940s 

News 

Ruth Gerry Hebard '40 (also known as Margie) 
vacationed in New Zealand in the spring of 1989 with 
the Colorado Mountain Club — a fabulous experience. 

Donald S. Staley '42 was inducted posthumously 
into the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylva- 
nia Sports Hall of Fame. 

Christian G. Wornas (M.D.) '42 retired from 
active practice of internal medicine on May 30, 1990. 

Dorothy Landis Gray '44 presented a paper at a 
Capital Chapter of American Musicological Society 
meeting at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, 
VA, in March 1990. She was awarded an "Honorary 
Alumnus" status at Arkansas College in Batesville, 
AK, on May 18, 1990. She taught there for 40 years. 
Dorothy is currently working on a Ph.D. in musicology 



at the Catholic University of America in Washington, 
DC. 

Patricia Bartels Souders '45 is a member of the 
Board of Friends of the Handley Library in Winches- 
ter, VA. She reads to the children once a week and 
teaches in the literacy program. Patricia is also a 
member of the Board of the Friends of the Howe 
Library at Shenandoah College and Conservatory. 

Kathryn Albert Heckard '47 retired after 40 years 
of teaching, the last 38 in the Lebanon School District. 
Kathryn was supervisor of music for the district. She 
was feted at a surprise dinner in her honor. 

Samuel J. Rutherford '48 was elected chairman 
of the Los Angeles Rubber Group affiliate of the ACS 
Rubber Division for 1990. 

Dorothy Smith Heisey '49 retired in August 1989 
after teaching in the elementary schools of the Northern 
Lebanon School District (last 22 years) and Lower 
Dauphin School District (previous eight years). 

Deaths 

Earl T. Caton, Jr. '41, April. 1990. 

Francis G. Flurer '44, March 10. 1990. 

Rachelle "Blossom" Levitz Friedman '44, Jan. 
2. 1990. 

Charles A. Shelley (Rev.) '44, May 19, 1990. 

Donald S. Smith '45. June 22, 1990. 

Arthur W Stambach (Dr.) '45. June 26, 1990. 
Dr. Stambach was a pastor at First United Methodist 
Church in Hershey. He is also a former trustee of the 
college. 



1950s 

News 

Raymond A. Kline '50 received an honorary 
doctorate of laws degree at Commencement on May 
12, 1990. 

David H. Wallace (Dr.) '50 is a re-employed 
annuitant working full time as staff curator for the 
Division of Historic Furnishings of the National Park 
Service in Harpers Ferry, WV. He recently completed 
studies of furnishings at Theodore Roosevelt's home. 
"Sagamore Hill." and spoke about his findings at 
Hofstra University's Conference on Theodore 
Roosevelt. He has also studied the birthplace and 
childhood home of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Charles B. Weber (Rev.) '50 received the "Distin- 
guished Alumnus Award for Service to the Church" 
from Shenandoah College and Conservatory on April 
28, 1990. 

Nancy Lutz Weber '51 and Charles are living in 
Dayton, Ohio. 

Roland E. Garvin (Rev.) '51 completed six years 
as Williamsport District Superintendent of the Central 
Pennsylvania Conference. On July 1, 1990, he began 
as pastor of Yorkshire United Methodist Church in 
York. PA. 

Robert L. Meals (D.O.) '51 was chosen president- 
elect of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Asso- 
ciation during the Association's 82nd Annual Clinical 
Assembly in Philadelphia. He will be installed in May 
1991 during the 83rd Annual Clinical Assembly. 
Robert also serves the POMA as chairman of the 
Department of Association Affairs and the Committee 
on Radiology. He is currently chairman and professor 
for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's 
department of radiology, nuclear medicine, and radia- 



Fall 1990 27 



tion therapy, and serves as the college's Executive 
Committee vice chairman and as chairman of the 
Tumor Board. He is a fellow of the American 
Osteopathic College of Radiology, a delegate to the 
American Osteopathic Association, a member of 
various American Cancer Society committees, a mem- 
ber of the Philadelphia County Osteopathic Society and 
a founding member of the American Trauma Society. 

Lee R. Thierwecht '51 and Neda have recently 
formed their own company. Unique Associates. They 
will be working with corporations and individuals in 
human resource development. 

Glenn H. Woods '51 retired after 25 years of 
teaching in the English department at Lebanon Valley 
College. He has been named associate professor 
emeritus of English and has been inducted into the 
Miles Rigor Society, LVC's honorary society, for 
"invaluable and lasting contribution to LVC." Glenn 
was also a teacher in the public schools of Pennsylva- 
nia for 14 years before coming to LVC in 1965. All 
three of Glenn's children are graduates of LVC. 

Mardia Melroy (Dr.) '52 started her own choir 11 
years ago. She conducted the Philomusica Chorale at 
its annual spring concert on May 19, 1990. 

June Finkelstein Mosse '53 has been teaching at a 
private nursery school for the past 23 years and still 
loves it. June and her husband are the proud grandpar- 
ents of three adorable girls. 

John Walter (Judge) '53 was master of ceremonies 
and narrator for Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf 
when the Lebanon Valley College Symphony Orches- 
tra and the Cornwall Children's Center presented their 
performance on Friday, April 28, dunng the 20th 
Annual Spring Arts Festival at the college. 

Kenneth C. Donmoyer '54 retired June 23, 1990. 
after a combined total of 40 years of teaching public 
school music and directing church choirs in Hershey, 
PA. and Rochester. NY. 

Joan Ringle Policastro '54 retired July 1, 1990, 
after teaching general music and choral music for 25 
years in New Jersey. She is now president of the 
Alliance for Arts in Education/NJ. which is the affiliate 
of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

Samuel A. Yeagley, Jr. '54— In his memory, a 
flowering cherry tree in front of the Dauphin County 
Courthouse was dedicated on April, 25, 1990. A quote 
from the ceremony: "His life's work, indeed, was the 
social well-being of children." 

Adora Rabiger Sholley *55 is now secretary at 
Allison United Methodist Church in Carlisle, PA. 
Previously, she worked for more than 18 years on the 
staff of the Carlisle Area Opportunities Industrializa- 
tion Center, serving in many capacities at this adult 
training center; she was instructor of business and 
English, and director of operations. Adora is involved 
in the following church activities: co-chair. Commis- 
sion on Christian Unity and Social Concerns; lay 
member from Allison U.M.C.; member. Board of 
Church and Society; member, Board of Higher Educa- 
tion and Campus Ministry; chair. Committee on Lay 
Equalization; member, PA Council of Churches (repre- 
senting all United Methodists in Central PA on cabinet 
and board); Central PA Conference of United Method- 
ist Church; member, PA Commission for United 
Ministries in Higher Education. 

Melvin G. Sponsler, Sr. (Rev.) '55 was appointed 
to Mount Hope U.M. Church in Aston, PA, the fifth 
largest church in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 
on July 1,1990. He served previously at Mountville 
U.M. Church. 

Mildred Osinski Teitelman '56 received her 
M.S.W. on May 25, 1990. She did a social work 
internship in pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University 
Hospital from January 1989 to January 1990. Her son 



Stephen just completed his second year at LVC. 

Jean Lowry Wolf '56 led a group of students on a 
"Literary Tour of England, Scotland, Ireland, and 
Wales" in June 1990. It was the third trip of its kind 
and included a performance of "Much Ado About 
Nothing" in Stratford-on-Avon, several London shows, 
and visits to authors' birth sites and various cultural 
centers. 

Jerry E. Lego '57 retired from the Abington School 
District, PA. He is presently living in Bradenton. FL. 

Charles T. Brightbill '58 retired as elementary 
vocal music instructor in the Tuscarora School District 
in Mercersburg, PA. in June 1989. He is now museum 
director for the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project. 

Karl E. Moyer '59 recently played the opening 
recital on a new organ at St. Andrew Lutheran Church 
in Portsmouth, VA. 

Susan Artz Richartz '59 was honored with a 
banquet by the Clementon Board of Education for 26 
years of service, and perfect attendance the last five 
years. 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59 and Janet Blank Rismiller 
'59 recently moved to Minnesota. Bruce was appointed 
executive vice president of Northwest Airlines in 
Minneapolis. 

Catharine H. VanNess '59 says she is still substi- 
tute teaching. 

Deaths 

Bruce F. 'Pete' Morrow '53, June 1 1 . 1990. 
William H. Schreiber '59, March 24, 1990. 



1960s 



News 

John W. Metka '60 was honored with the Sigma 
Xi Scientific Research Society's annual Outstanding 
High School Teacher of the Year award at the 
Villanova University dinner. John is a member of the 
Marple Newtown High School faculty. 

Nancy Nickell Ragno '60 is senior author of two 
kindergarten through 8th grade language arts series for 
Silver Burdett & Ginn: Silver Burden & Ginn English 
and a new program. World of Language. She is listed 
in Who's Who of American Women, 1987-88. 

Martha Rudnicki Williams '60 is a historic sites 
specialist for R. Christopher Goodwin & Assoc, Inc., 
a cultural resource management firm in Frederick, 
MD. She was also appointed chair of the Society for 
Historical Archeology's education committee. 

Dale M. Chernich '61 was appointed to a three-year 
term on the Derry Township Tax Collection Associa- 
tion. He is also an executive administrator with the 
Hershey Medical Center. 

Kathy Bowman Horst '61 and husband Chet have 
lived on Penn Avenue in Cleona, PA. for the past 26 
years and will soon be moving to the rural area of South 
Annville. Their son-in-law Mike and daughter Jody 
gave birth six months ago to their first grandchild, 
Hilary Artz. Daughter Amy is a junior at Geneva 
College in Beaver Falls. PA. Since graduation from 
LVC, Kathy spent nine years working as a medical 
technologist and the last 1 1 years keeping books for 
her husband's business. 

Dean A. Flinchbaugh '62 has been elected chair- 
man of Committee E-l on Analytical Chemistry of 
Metals. Ores, and Related Materials. He will head the 
319-member standards- writing committee for a two- 
year term. Dean is a supervisor of analytical chemistry 
for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, PA. 

Robert L. Habig '62 recently moved to Tarryton, 



NY. He is vice president of clinical and medical affairs 
for Miles Inc., Diagnostic Division. 

Doris Kohl Smith '62 teaches vocal music, appre- 
ciation, theory and strings at Mepham High School in 
Bellmore. NY. She toured Yugoslavia as a soloist with 
the Long Island Singers in July 1989. Doris received 
her professional diploma in school district administra- 
tion from Long Island University in October 1989. 

Judith Snowberger Rife '63 has been hired as 
"special projects coordinator" for the Council on 
Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She will 
be working out of her home in Baltimore. 

Gary L. Wolfgang '63 was recently appointed as 
chairperson of the division of surgical departments at 
the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Gary 
will supervise and act as representative for the medical 
center's 10 surgical departments. He will also oversee 
the operation of the 17-room operating suite. 

W. Marlin Houck '64 was recognized by the PMEA 
as recipient of the "Citation of Excellence in Teaching 
Award." 

Harry D. Kehler '64 is supervisor of music for the 
York City School District. He is also director of the 
William Penn Senior High School bands. 

Dolores Mallery Neuroth '64 has just returned to 
the work force after 20 years as a full-time mother and 
volunteer. She is now working as a medical technolo- 
gist in the laboratory at Carthage Area Hospital. Her 
oldest of five children has just finished his second year 
at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her young- 
est is finishing kindergarten. 

Rhonwen A. Corton '65 is a secondary French 
teacher. She was one of 10 recipients nationally to 
receive a four-week grant from the French government 
to study at the Sorbonne in Paris during the summer 
of 1990. 

Dr. Edward L. Nickoloff '65 has been named 
professor of clinical radiology in the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 
New York City. He is also chief hospital physicist at 
Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center. 

Roberta Johns Otto '65 is beginning her 10th 
season as managing director of the Plymouth (Massa- 
chusetts) Philharmonic Orchestra. In August she will 
be a speaker at the American Symphony Orchestra 
League's "Orchestra Management Seminar" at Tan- 
glewood. Roberta is listed in the current (16th) edition 
of Marquis' Who's Who of American Women. 

Joseph D. Rutter '65 is vice president of Heritage 
Builders in Harrisburg. PA, which builds large custom 
homes. 

Mary Ellen VanHorn Rutter *65 is a legislative 
assistant to a Dauphin County member of the Pennsyl- 
vania House of Representatives. 

Carl A. Synan '65 received his doctor of ministry 
degree from Bethany Seminary in Chicago on June 3, 
1990. His doctoral thesis was on "Sociology and 
Theology of the Movement from Survival to Hope in 
Appalachian Western Maryland." Carl now directs the 
University Chapel Fellowship in Tampa, FL. 

Carolyn Miller Soderman '66 is teaching first 
grade in Saddle River, NJ. She recently remarried 
Roger Soderman; together they are raising five chil- 
dren. 

Paul S. Ulrich '66 is librarian in charge of the 
computer systems of the 135 public library branches 
in West Berlin. When the Berlin Wall was opened in 
November 1989, books were returned that had been 
checked out 28 years ago. In four months after the 
Wall opened, 24,000 new readers registered in the 
American Memorial Library where Paul works— a 
German library near Checkpoint Charlie. They have 
to limit new registration to 300 readers a day. Hundreds 
stand in line to check out books. 



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Patricia Thornton Frymoyer '67 is working for the 
Berks County Intermediate Unit #14 as an itinerant 
teacher consultant. She is also teaching an in-service 
course for the IU on Direct Instruction Reading and 
Mathematics. 

Charles 'Joe' W. Mowrer (Dr.) '67 is serving as 
director of professional services at Family Services in 
Cedar Rapids, IA. He recently began his term as 
president of the Iowa Association for Marriage and 
Family Therapy. Charles is also continuing as consult- 
ing trainer for the National Resource Center's family- 
based service at the University of Iowa. 

Lynn Garrett Phillips (Dr.) '68 married Dr. 
Edward L. Phillips on June 30, 1990. Lynn is director 
of research and development for the Tredyffrinl 
Easttown School District in Berwyn. Her husband is 
superintendent of schools for the Cornwall -Lebanon 
School District. 

Glenn A. Sullo '68 opened a glass studio in The 
Artworks At Doneckers, a newly opened collection of 
studios and galleries in Ephrata, PA. 

Stephen L. Barbaccia '69 received a mini-grant for 
student research of his family genealogy as part of the 
history program he teaches in the Millville Public 
Schools. 

Frederick 'Fritz* E. Detwiler Jr. '69 was elected 
to a one-year term as president of the Michigan 
Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. He has been 
an associate professor of philosophy/religion at Adrian 
College since 1983. 

Linda Radlof Goodrich '69 was licensed by the 
state of California as a marriage, family, and child 
therapist in January 1990. She is in private practice in 
the San Francisco Bay area. 

Franklin R. Shearer '69 has been named assistant 
vice president of sports and entertainment at Hershey 
Entertainment and Resort Co. He will oversee the 
operation of Hersheypark and Hersheypark Arena, 
Hersheypark Stadium, and Zooamerica North Ameri- 
can Wildlife Park. Lucille Koch Shearer '69 is in the 
midst of two terms as president of the Palmyra 
Elementary School PTO. 

Jan H. Wubbena (Dr.) *69 is director of the 
National Committee on Educational Resources of the 
American Guild of Organists (AGO). He presented 
workshops on the work and products of his committee 
at the national AGO conventions in Houston in 1988 
and Boston in 1990. Jan was listed in the 1990-91 
edition of the International Who's Who in Music. He 
is organist-choirmaster of Grace Episcopal Church in 
Siloam Springs, AK, and associate professor of music 
and general studies at John Brown University. His 
wife, Terri, is chairperson of the music department at 
John Brown University. They have two children: Rob, 
6, and Mary Teresa, 3. 

Deaths 

James A. Eckenrode '60, May 17, 1990. 
William M. Rapp '66, March 13, 1990. 
Lucretia A. Tate '66, June 18. 1990. 



1970s 

News 

Janice 'Jan' Sinister Maclauchlin '70 is the proud 
mom of a "bonus baby," Lorynn Rae, born December 
5, 1986. Jan also works part time as a distributor of 
Living Christian Books. 

Patrick M. Reb '70 is seeking appointment to the 
Lebanon County judge's seat. 



Susan Jones Sink *70 is program director for the 
American Lung Association of Lancaster and Berks 
counties. She is national project coordinator for 
resource guides on the pulmonary complications of 
HIV infection. Susan has been married to Elgin Sink 
for 22 years, and they have two children. Daughter 
Christy is a freshman at Dickinson College. Son Dana 
is a high school freshman. 

Thomas W. Corbett Jr. '71 was recently appointed 
United States Attorney for the Pittsburgh area. 

David C. Hostetter '72 was promoted to executive 
vice president of Fulton Bank. Dave is a graduate of 
the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the PBA 
School of Banking at Bucknell, and the School of 
Bank Marketing. 

Donald B. Frantz *73 is project manager for Walt 
Disney Company's Creative Entertainment Division, 
which is presently developing a new show at Disney 
MGM Studios, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and 
Tim Rice. 

Bonnie Guggenheim Phillips '73 is a major in the 
Army reserves. She is assigned to the Federal Emer- 
gency Management Agency in Denver. Bonnie also 
teaches geography at Skinner Middle School in Den- 
ver. She is core leader for the 7th grade and a member 
of the school building committee. She has two sons: 
Jimmy, born Feb. 22, 1983, and David, born Jan. 4. 
1988. 

Ruth Wilson Kauffman '73 is a graduate student 
and mom. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in 
clinical psychology at SUNY at Buffalo. Ruth's second 
son, Daniel Jacob, was born March 29, 1990. Daniel 
has a brother, Lucas, who is three- an d-a-half. 

Marcia Keefer Martin '73 and husband Kevin had 
a son, Kevin M. Martin Jr., on May 10, 1990. 

Lynda Bachman Maurer '73 was appointed as 
acting LPN program coordinator at the Lebanon 
County Vo-Tech. 

Bruce A. Rangnow *73 was promoted to president 
of Fidelity Federal Savings in Philadelphia. Bruce was 
also appointed to the Board of Directors of Fidelity 
Federal Savings. Cynthia Leeper Rangnow '75 is an 
elementary school teacher for Cheltenham Township 
at Myers Elementary School. She received her mas- 
ter's degree in education in May 1990. 

Kenneth R. Bickel (Rev.) '74 is senior minister at 
First Congregational United Church of Christ in 
Dubuque, IA. Nancy Nelson Bickel '75 is director of 
church life at the same church. She works in the areas 
of Christian education, music, mission interpretation 
and counseling. Ken and Nancy began their jobs 
together on March I, 1990. 

H. Edgar 'Ed' Moore (Rev.) '74 is pastor of the 
United Methodist Church of Savage, MD. He received 
his Ph.D. in the history of American Christianity from 
the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of George 
Washington University on May 15, 1990. His disserta- 
tion was entitled, "The Emergence of Moderate 
Fundamentalism: John R. Rice and The Sword of the 
Lord." Elizabeth Reitz Moore '74 is a trial attorney 
with the Office of Thrift Supervision in Washington, 
DC. 

Tomilyn Fay Campbell Forbes '75 is home 
schooling her children and active with the local 
homeschooling group. Tomilyn and husband Greg had 
a daughter, Kaylyn Jeanette, on March 2, 1989. 
Kaylyn has two brothers: Brandon, 8, and Chandler, 4. 

John R. Longacre II, CPCU, CLU, CFP '75 is 
president of CPL Insurance, Inc. John and Arpi 
welcomed a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on Feb. 21, 
1990. 

Gregory A. Souders '75 has joined the staff of the 
Grafton School in Berryville, VA. Grafton is a special 
school for the mentally and emotionally handicapped. 



He continues his affiliation with Language Connec- 
tions, a private school for short-term intensive instruc- 
tion in modem languages. 

Donald R. Buesing '76 is director of sales of The 
Quality Inn-Friends in Atlantic City, NJ. He is the 
1989-90 vice president of the Hotel Sales and Market- 
ing Association of the Atlantic City area. Don was 
recently dubbed "Knockout Champ" by members of 
the organization. He was honored due to the success 
of the first annual "Adriane Phillips Scholarship 
Swim-A-thon" he organized. The fundraiser was held 
earlier this year to benefit students who wish to pursue 
a career in the hotel industry. Don married Paulett 
KeiferonMay 13, 1989. 

Charlotte Strohecker Gingrich '76 and husband 
Dennis had a second son, Kyle Lee, on March 15, 
1990. He joins his brother, Ethan Lee. Charlotte 
teaches private piano in her home studio, and is 
organist and choir director for the St. Peter's U.C.C. 
Church in Gratz, PA. She is an active member of the 
Capital Area Chapter of the PA Music Teachers 
Association. 

Joy J. Hoffman '76 is a part-time pastor of 
Frankfort Presbyterian Church. She is studying for her 
Ph.D. in religion and literature at the University of 
Pittsburgh. Joy also teaches English part time at Beaver 
County Community College. 

Elizabeth Anne Baker Lewis '76 is a medical 
technologist at Scott and White Hospital. Daughter 
Jocelyn Ann was born July 18, 1988. 

Elyse E. Rogers '76 is an attorney for the law firm 
of Mette, Evans and Woodside in Harrisburg, PA. 

Frank A. Tavani '76 was named offensive coordi- 
nator for the Leopards' football program at Lafayette 
College. He will continue to work with the offensive 
backfield players as he has done for the past three 
years. 

Linda Weaver Blair '77 is employed in the catalog 
department of the Sibley Library of the Eastman 
School of Music. 

Christina (Tina) Duritt DeAngelo '77 and husband 
Paul welcomed a daughter, Clara Christina, on March 
10. 

Scott G. Drackley *77 accompanied Ms. Pattey, a 
mezzo-soprano, in a recital at Trinity Lutheran Church 
in Lancaster in April. 

Nancy Thompson-Frey '77 had an article on money 
management for the mentally handicapped and a book 
review published in New Ways (Evanston, IL) in spring 
1990. Nancy and her husband. Robert S. Frey '77, 
had a son, Benjamin Yuri, on June 20, 1990. The Freys 
now have four children. Robert presented an invited 
paper entitled, "Post-Holocaust Theodicy: Images of 
Deity, History, and Humanity." at the "First Biannual 
Conference on Christianity and the Holocaust" held 
at Rider College in Lawrence ville, NJ, on April 22-23, 
1990. His paper will be published as part of the 
conference proceedings. He serves as corporate infor- 
mation director/proposal coordinator for General Sci- 
ences Corporation in Laurel, MD. 

John W. Green (Rev.) '77 is pastor at Bayfield 
Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, WI. Cindy Chaffee 
Green '80 is finishing her music education degree at 
Northland College in Ashland, WI. She just completed 
a concert tour with the Northland Singers through New 
England and the Midwest. They are the parents of three 
children: Tanya, 1 1 , Erica, 9, and Jared, 7. 

Kathy Davidson Ireland '77 was recently promoted 
to associate general counsel at the Investment Com- 
pany Institute, the National Trade Association of the 
investment company industry. 

J. Hope Hall Stinson '77 married iy on Jan. 7, 
1984. They have three children: Andrew, bom Feb. 
3, 1985, and Elizabeth and Heather (identical twin 



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girls), bom Feb. 5, 1987. Hope is a private piano 
teacher and choir director/organist for St. John's 
Lutheran Church in Linthicum, MD. 

Susan Semmens Witman '77 is employed by the 
IBM Corporation in the World Trade Division in Rye 
Brook, NY. Her job responsibilities include computer 
programming and related PC software analysis for IBM 
Internal World Trade customers. 

Ronald R. Afflebach '78 married Susan Elizabeth 
Foltz on June 23, 1990, in Derry Presbyterian Church. 
Ronald is a human resource specialist for Hershey 
Foods Corp. 

David A. Baker '78 is manager of J&M Food 
Service, a Gordonville, PA, catenng business. 

Louise Bechtel Barton '78 and husband Greg had 
a second daughter on April 10, 1990. Louise teaches 
kindergarten in the Hempfield School District. 

Connie R. Burkholder '78 is pastor of First Central 
Church of the Brethren in Kansas City, KS. Connie is 
also alto soloist with the Kansas City Community 
College Chorus in a production of Mozart's Coronation 
Mass. 

Glenn R. Kreider '78 is pastor of Fellowship 
Church of Cedar Hill, TX. He graduated from Dallas 
Theological Seminary in May 1990. 

William L. Routson '78 is technical project man- 
ager for MIS, McCrory Stores Corporation, in York, 
PA. 

Patricia L. VanOstenbridge '78 is teaching music 
in the Green Brook Public Schools in Green Brook. 
NJ. She is also president of the Green Brook Education 
Association. 

Suzanne Caldwell Riehl '79 and Jeffrey S. Riehl 
'83 had a son, Nathaniel Thomas Caldwell Riehl, on 
July 4, 1990. 

Eric R. Dundore '79 is director of The Chamber 
Singers of Harrisburg. The choir is devoted to the 
performance of a wide repertoire, from major works 
of the classical masters of all periods, to spirituals and 
show tunes. Recognized for its excellence by the 
Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association and the 
American Choral Directors' Association, the choir has 
performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, at the 
National Shrine and the National Cathedral in Wash- 
ington, D.C., and at the 1988 American Choral 
Directors' Association convention. 

Nina Lunde Hansen *79 and husband Robbin have 
two children: Jeremy, three-and-a-half, and Laura, 18 
months. The children and a four-month-old puppy keep 
Nina busy at home . She occasionally fills in at 
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in the physical therapy 
department. 

Timothy A. Jenks '77 and wife Deborah Margolf 
Jenks '79 have a vocal jazz quartet, "What Four," 
which was featured in a concert series in September 
1989, in Rockville Center, NY. Tim is a choral music 
teacher at Plainedge High School, in addition to the 
quartet, the Old Bethpage Singers, and Christ Church. 
Debbie is technical support manager for IBM Corpora- 
tion's 590 Madison Ave. facility. 

Robert J. Mrazik '79 is pension actuary for Conrad 
M. Siegel, Inc., in Harrisburg, PA. Susan Slaybaugh 
Mrazik '80 is a homemaker. They have three children: 
Cheryl, 6; Jill, 4; and Daniel, 1. 

John S. Palmer '79 is associate parish musician at 
Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN. 

William D. Patterson '79 is living in Great Falls, 
VA, and working for the consulting firm of Booz, 
Allen and Hamilton as a senior engineer/consultant. 
Over the past three years, he has captained/chartered 
sailboats in the British Virgin Islands and Greece. He 
continues to crew on various racing boats on the 
Chesapeake Bay. 

Carrie Wardell Stine (Rev.) '79 is minister at 



Rehoboth Beach Presbyterian Church at Midway, DE. 
She has two children: Christian, 2, and Esther Stine, 
10 months. 

Peggy Dedrick Younkins '79 teaches kindergarten 
part time in the Yellow Springs Elementary School in 
Frederick, MD. Peggy and husband Curt have two 
daughters: Karen Lynn, born Oct. 22, 1986, and 
Allison Ann, bom May 8. 1990. 



1980s 

News 

Kenneth L. Haman *80 is staff psychotherapist and 
center coordinator for the Pastoral Counseling and 
Consultation Centers of Washington, DC. He serves 
on the board of the American Association of Pastoral 
Counselors, Atlantic Region. Lori Morgan Haman 
'80 and Ken have one child, Sarah. 6. 

Lisa E. Lancaster (Rev.) '80 married Richard 
Gudgel on October 14, 1989. Rich is a research 
meteorologist. Lisa is supply pastor of the Hillsbor- 
ough Presbyterian Church in Belle Mead, NJ. She 
graduated in May 1989 with a Th.M. degree in pastoral 
care and counseling from Princeton Theological Semi- 
nary. 

Margaret L. Flood Mattox '80 was honored at the 
99th Continental Congress of the National Society 
Daughters of the American Revolution at its headquar- 
ters in Washington, DC, as the recipient of three 
awards. Peggy received the 1990 State Outstanding 
Junior Award from the Pennsylvania State Society 
D. A.R. She was also judged to be the Eastern Division 
Winner and was chosen National First Runner-up. 
Outstanding Junior 1990. She is a member of, and 
holds offices and chairmanships in. the Robert Morris 
Chapter in Philadelphia. Peggy is employed by CIGNA 
Corporation in Philadelphia as an administrative assis- 
tant in the corporate marketing and strategy depart- 
ment. She and her husband, John R. Mattox, live in 
Secane, PA. 

Cindy Boyce Poliniak '80 and husband David 
Poliniak have two sons: Phillip, three-and-a-half, and 
Christopher Scott, bom Feb. 1, 1989. Cindy is a 
rehabilitation caseworker at Geisinger Medical Center 
in Danville, PA. David is a supervisor in nutrition and 
food services at Geisinger Medical Center. 

Brenda Bennett '80 married David Silk on Sept. 
23, 1989. 

Raymond J. Boccuti '81 recently completed his 
PA supervisor of music certification, PA elementary 
principal certification, and PA secondary principal 
certification at Trenton State College in Trenton, NJ. 
He is an itinerant instrumental music teacher in the 
Neshaminy School District in Langhome, PA. Lisa 
A. Naples Boccuti '82 and Raymond announce the 
birth of their second child. Amanda Elizabeth, on May 
8. 1989. 

Thomas A. Bowers '81 received the Life Under- 
writer's Training Council Fellowship Designation from 
the National Association of Life Underwriters in 
Washington, DC. He is an 8th grade mathematics 
teacher at Gunning Bedford Junior High School and a 
teacher for students at risk of dropping out, at William 
Penn High School in New Castle, DE. He married Jo 
Janice Helene Gerhart on Nov. 23, 1984. Their son, 
Andrew Thomas Gerhart Bower, was bom Dec. 3, 
1987. 

Shawn A. Bozarth '81 and Eileen M. Blust were 
married on June 16. 1990, at Faith Presbyterian Church 
of Harrisburg, PA. 

Brent R. Dohner (Dr.) '81 received the distin- 
guished alumnus award from Eastern Lebanon County 



(ELCO) High School, and delivered the commence- 
ment address to the class of 1990. Brent and his wife, 
Renee, had their first child, Ashley Elizabeth Dohner, 
on April 25, 1989. 

Suzanne Boyer Houp '81 is a medical social worker 
with the Berks Visiting Nurse Association. She was 
nominated for the agency Recognition Excellence 
Award in 1987 and received the award in 1988. 
Suzanne is vice president of Amity Manor, Inc. , which 
is trying to establish housing for the independent 
elderly in Amity Township. 

Chris E. Shoop '81 is working for the Tennessee 
Eastman Co., a division of Kodak, as an advanced 
development chemist. He is working in an environ- 
mental analysis laboratory. 

Sharon Diederich Shoop '81 and Chris have two 
sons, Ryan and Adam. 

John P. Shott '81 is an analyst for the PA Senate 
Policy Development and Research Office. He was 
elected to a four-year term on the Lebanon School 
Board in November 1989. 

Darlene J. Sitler '81 received her M.S. in education 
from Wilkes University in 1987. Darlene married 
Gregory L. Eldred in June 1988. She is an elementary 
teacher of general and instrumental music for the 
Northern Potter School District. She also plays French 
hom in the Wellsville Symphony (NY), Olean Com- 
munity Theatre Orchestra (NY), and Bradford Com- 
munity Theatre Orchestra (PA). Darlene has earned 
her Level I, II, and III certification in Orff-Schulwerk 
from Mansfield University. 

Michael J. VanDuren (Dr.) '81 received his MD. 
in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an 
obstetrician with Contra Costa County Health Serv- 
ices, serving a mostly indigent population. He com- 
pleted a family practice residency in Martinez. CA. 
Michael married Laura Drumm in 1985. They are the 
parents of two children: Jonathan, two-and-a-half, and 
Andrea, six months. Michael's first mission trip, to 
Haiti (while at Lebanon Valley College in 1981) has 
been followed by two-month mission trips to Kenya 
in 1986 and Costa Rica in 1989. 

Eric R. Bausher '82 married Crystal R. Fackler 
on Feb. 24, 1990. He is a social worker for Bethany 
Children's Home in Womelsdorf, PA. 

David F. Buflington '82 and Heather Walter 
Buffington '85 had a son. Nicholas Walter, on May 
10, 1990. 

Anna Marie Starr '82 married Joseph M. Finley 
on Nov. 14, 1987. She and Joseph had a son, Andrew 
Edward Finley, on July 20, 1989. Anna Marie received 
her M.B.A. in marketing/finance from Temple Univer- 
sity in May 1989. 

Julia A. Nelson Glover '82 graduated from Penn 
State University in May 1990. with a master's degree 
in higher education. 

Karen McHenry Gluntz '82 has been elected 
charter president of the new Rotary Club of Harrisburg- 
Capital City. Karen is the first woman to serve as a 
Rotary charter president in the international organiza- 
tion's 85-year history. She was inducted as a Paul 
Harris Fellow, an honor identifying an individual as 
an advocate of world peace and international under- 
standing. Karen is director of development and univer- 
sity relations for Penn State, Harrisburg, Middletown. 

Robert R Hogan (Dr.) '82 has a fellowship in 
medical oncology and hematology at Robert Wood 
Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. 
He has two daughters: Carolyn, 3, and Kathleen, 
one-and-a-half. 

James C. Sbarro '82 has a son, Anthony James 
Sbarro, born July 31, 1989. 

Timothy J. Smith '82 and Sara Wardell Smith 
'85 have a son, Daniel, who is 18 months old. Sara 



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plays French horn for Lancaster Symphony. 

Andrea Crudo '82 married Albert Stark on August 
27, 1988. She is a systems engineer with Electronics 
Data Systems in Bedminster, NJ. 

Jud F. Stauffer '82 and Kelly Sue Stauffer had a 
daughter, Maggie Rae, on Feb. 3, 1990. 

Timothy J. Wolf (Rev.) '82 and wife Donna had a 
son, Nathan Aaron, on Feb. 10, 1990. Timothy 
became a licensed minister with the Assemblies of 
God in January 1990. He is residence director, 
counselor, and instructor at Messiah College in Gran- 
tham, PA. 

Roger L. Kurtz '83 was the organist for the final 
program in the 1988-90 season of the Church Square 
Concert Series, held in the sanctuary of Lititz Mo- 
ravian Church. 

Clifford L. Leaman '83 is assistant professor of 
saxophone at Furman University. He received his 
D.M.A. degree in saxophone performance at the 
University of Michigan in 1988. Clifford was a 
featured performer at the 1990 Southwest Contempo- 
rary Music Festival. 

Marilyn L. Lennox , 83 is senior marketing research 
analyst for Hershey Chocolate U.S.A. Marilyn has two 
sons, Scott and Enc. 

Steven S. Scott '83 was in Beijing around the time 
of the Tiananmen Square incident. He left the day of 
the shooting. Steven has good photos of the Goddess 
of Democracy statue. 

Carol Jordan Fleming '84 is director of Bremen 
United Methodist Preschool and director of music at 
Buchanan United Methodist Church. 

Holly Jean Hanawalt Gainor '84 married Ray A. 
Gainor on June 23, 1990, in Zion Lutheran Church. 
Holly is a music teacher at Holy Name of Jesus School. 

Barbara R. Holden '84 is the financial forecaster 
for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital 
Area (Washington, DC). 

Gregg W. Klinger '84 and Jill Herman Klinger 
'85 had a daughter, Jaclyn Elise. on Sept. 22, 1988. 

Anthony R. Lamberto '84 and Maria 1\irsi 
Lamberto '86 had a son, Anthony Vincent, on Jan. 
18, 1990. 

Melinda Smith Niles '84 and Timothy O. Niles 
'86 had a daughter, Christine Marie, on Jan. 5. 1990. 

Deborah Detwiler Nelson '84 and Stephen M. 
Nelson '84 had a son, Michael Stephen, on March 23, 
1990. Deborah earned her doctorate in school psychol- 
ogy from Rutgers, The State University, in May 1989. 

Mark F. Wagner *84 graduated from Westminster 
Choir College in Princeton, NJ, in May 1990, with a 
master's degree in choral conducting and music 
education. He is a music teacher for the Manheim 
Township School District in Lancaster, PA. Mark 
married Bethanie Wagner. 

Joseph P. Bonacquisti *85 received his D.V.M. 
degree from Ohio State University in June 1989. He 
is a small-animal veterinarian in Charlotte, NC. 

John S. Brady '85 received his J.D. from Rutgers 
University Law School in 1988. He is an attorney at 
Morley, Cramer, Tansey, Haggerty, and Fanning in 
Woodbridge, NJ. 

Pamela Beebe Duda '85 is an accountant for 
Johnson and Johnson. She got married on October 21, 
1989, and honeymooned in Hawaii. 

Neill T. Keller '85 is a graduate student at the 
University of Maryland at Baltimore's School of Social 
Work and Community Planning. He is pursuing a 
master's degree in occupational social work. He is a 
counselor at York Hospital's Adolescent Psychiatric 
Unit in York, PA. 

Joseph A. Lamberto '85 married Maureen Monahan 
on Sept. 23, 1989. He is an internal auditor for GPU 
Service Corp. 



Barbara Donnell Osenkarski '85 is assistant pro- 
fessor of surgical technology at Pennsylvania College 
of Technology in Williamsport. Barbara was recerti- 
fied in perioperative nursing by the National Certifica- 
tion Board: Perioperative Nursing, Inc. 

David J. Ferruzza '86 is a machine vision design 
engineer for Computerized Manufacturing Products 
Inc., in Harrisburg. 

David N. Fishel '86 and wife Shelley had a 
daughter, Brittany Leigh, on May 31, 1990. 

Bret C. Hershey '86 performed a concert of sacred 
piano and vocal music at the Oxford Church of the 
Nazarene on Easter Sunday, 1990. Bret's honors and 
awards include nominations to Outstanding Young Men 
of America (1987) and Who's Who Among Students in 
American Colleges and Universities. He is currently 
involved with the Perry Hall Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Church in Baltimore. 

Marc A. Hess '86 and Annette H. Sthare '87 were 
married in Lebanon on March 31, 1990, by the Hon. 
John Walter ''53. Annette is employed by Kindercare 
Learning Center, and Marc is employed by the law firm 
of Henry and Beaver. 

D. Scott Pontz '86 and Dawn L. Shantz '90 were 
married on July 7, 1990. in the Lebanon Valley 
College Chapel. They will be living in Tampa, FL. 
Scott is employed with the Tampa Housing Authority 
and Dawn is seeking a position as an elementary 
teacher. 

Sara L. Bartlett '86 married Michael R. Schmehl 
on May 12, 1990. Sara teaches general music at 
Annville Elementary School. She also teaches saxo- 
phone part time for Lebanon Valley College Commu- 
nity Music Institute. 

Tracy A. Washington '86 has accepted a position 
as clinical instructor of social work at the Yale 
University School of Medicine in the Family Support 
Service Program. Tracy received her M.S.W. from 
Temple University in May 1989, and is currently 
completing a post-graduate clinical training fellowship 
in social work at Yale University School of Medicine's 
Child Study Center. 

Laurie A. Kamann '87 is director of social services 
at the Attleboro Retirement Village in Langhome, PA. 

Gary S. Kunkel '87 is a software developer at 
AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is pursuing a master's 
degree in computer science at the National Technologi- 
cal University, which broadcasts classes to various 
companies across the United States. Gary received an 
"Individual Performance Award" in April from AT&T 
Bell Laboratories. 

Barbara Feaster Leer '87 and husband Leonard 
welcomed a son, Jonathan Robert, on May 29, 1990. 
Barbara is a counselor in admissions at Lebanon Valley 
College. 

Sandra L. Mohler '87 is a claims specialist for 
Aetna Life & Casualty in Philadelphia. 

Jennifer Ross *87 married Douglas Pavik on Oct. 
21, 1989. They recently moved to Minnesota. She 
plans to get a job with a paper house in the Minneapolis 
area. 

Linda L. Ulmer '87 is the newly assigned adminis- 
trator of the Duke Convalescent Center in Lancaster, 
PA. Linda's daughter Robyn is a member of LVC's 
Class of 1991. 

Drew R. Williams '87 accepted a position as 
associate director of Creese Student Union Complex/ 
director of Student Activities and Media at Drexel 
University. Drew has also been appointed treasurer for 
the East Coast region of the National Association for 
Campus Activities. 

Carol A. Brennan '88 married Timothy S. Dundorf 
on June 23, 1990, in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 
in Hershey. Carol is a teacher in the Derry Township 



School District. 
Kimberli Bregler '88 married Christopher J. 

Lonie '89 on Jan. 13, 1990. Kimberli is a day activities 
worker for Elderly United of Springfield and Clark 
County. 

Theresa A. Martin '88 is an actuarial analyst for 
Foster-Higgins in Washington, DC. 

Lisa Russoniello '88 teaches vocal music at Whip- 
pany Park High School and works with the musicals 
and the flag squad. Lisa teaches private voice and 
piano as well. 

Karen Jones VanHouten *88 and Paul A. Van- 
Houten '89 were married on Dec. 30, 1989. Karen 
works for Fluor Daniel, an engineering firm. Paul is a 
first grade teacher at Radix Road Elementary School 
in Monroe Township, NJ. 

Roselyne S. Trubilla '88 married Kirk E. Watkins. 
She is a psychotherapist for Turning Point in Pottsville, 
PA. Roselyne completed her master's degree in 
clinical psychology at West Chester University in May 
1990. 

William R. Adams '89 is a graduate student/ 
research assistant in the Ph.D. program in nutrition 
science at Penn State University. 

Linda Foerster '89 married Major Robert Gardner 
U.S.M.C. on June 16, 1990. They are living in Yuma, 
AZ. 

Rebecca C. Gaspar '89 is a district coordinator for 
the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Philadel- 
phia. 

R. Jason Herr '89 is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry 
from Penn State University. He will do research for 
Dr. Steven M. Weinreb. 

Lori Storts Heverly '89 was married on April 28, 
1990. She is an actuarial assistant for Guardian Life 
Insurance Co. of America in Bethlehem, PA. 

Janelle D. Klunk '89 completed a 1 2-month 
internship in medical technology at Polyclinic Medical 
Center in Harrisburg in July 1990. She is working for 
Hanover General Hospital. 

Chad E. Saylor '89 is a legislative aide to State 
Senator David J. "Chip" Brightbill. He was elected 
chairman of the Young Republicans of Lebanon 
County. 

Aaron A. Schisler '89 is a resident intern with the 
Schisler Funeral Homes, Inc., a family business. He 
is a 1989-90 graduate of Northampton Community 
College with a certificate in funeral service. 

Benjamin Smith '89 and Lottie Leakey '89 were 
married on April 22, 1990. Lottie is a graduate student 
at Temple University in the master of social work 
program. 

Deaths 

Sharon Skiles Johnson '80, Oct. 13, 1989. Sharon 
died of cancer in Paradise, PA. She is survived by her 
husband. Brian L. Johnson '77; two sons, Andrew 
and Daniel; parents, Clair A. Skiles and Beatrice of 
Paradise, PA; sister, Elaine M. Skiles of Exton, PA; 
grandfather, Harry D. Weaver of Lititz, PA; and 
grandmother, Elsie Skiles of Honeybrook, PA. 



1990s 

News 

Diane L. Churan '90 married Robert D. Billman 
on June 16, 1990. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Stony 
Creek Mills. 

Gary L. Reesor '90 has been named assistant 
wrestling coach at Princeton University. He began his 
new position in September. 



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Treasures 
Brought to 
Light 

Rescued and restored, art 
works take their rightful 
place on campus. 

By Wendy Weidner and Judy Pehrson 




Christopher Frye displays the portrait of Bonnie Prince Charles that he helped to rescue. 



For a dozen years the oil paint- 
ings lay half forgotten, leaning 
against a dark corner wall in the 
Shenk Room: A royal portrait 
of Bonnie Prince Charles by an 
unknown 17th-century artist and two 
matched 18th-century landscapes from the 
same period by Viennese artist Christian 
H. Brand. In the basement of the Carnegie 
Building, five other paintings awaited 
discovery, each one by an illustrator in the 
style of the Brandywine School. 

These and other hidden art treasures 
have recently been brought to light as part 
of Lebanon Valley College's determined 
effort to catalogue, restore, maintain and 
display its art, and to augment the collec- 
tion. 

"It's wonderful that we're doing this," 
says Richard Iskowitz, chair of the college 
art department. "It's an indication that art 
is being given an increasingly important 
place on the campus— both visually and in 
our curriculum." 

Iskowitz, along with local artist Dan 
Massad, serves on the new College Perma- 
nent Art Collection Committee, which will 
establish guidelines for future acquisitions. 
Christopher Frye '90 has been named 
acting curator of the existing art collection. 
Frye, an artist and student at the Pennsylva- 
nia School of Art and Design, has spent the 
last several months inventorying and cata- 



loguing the works the college now owns. 

"The college has a number of real 
treasures," says Frye. "We have about 100 
pieces, ranging from original water colors 
and oil paintings to lithographs, photo- 
graphs, Flemish tapestries and even Afri- 
can tribal art. We also have a collection 
of five oil paintings, circa 1925, by 
American artist Frank Godwin that were 
used as illustrations for the books Treasure 
Island and Robinson Crusoe." 

But the most important pieces in the 
college collection, according to Frye, are 
the Brand landscapes, which were gifts 
from Mrs. Thomas S. Quinn, of Lebanon, 
following the death of her husband in 1966. 
Co-founder of the Lebanon Steel Foundry, 
Quinn was a collector of 17th-century 
English furniture, which he acquired on 
trips abroad. 

When the two landscapes were redis- 
covered in the Shenk Room, it was appar- 
ent that they needed repair and restoration. 
West Chester painting conservator Barbara 
A. Buckley was commissioned to under- 
take the project. Buckley is a former 
assistant curator to Martin J. Radecki at the 
Indianapolis Museum of Art and a Mellon 
Fellow in Painting at The Cleveland Mu- 
seum of Art. 

The complex restoration project, begun 
in February 1989, was completed a year 
later, and the two paintings, along with the 



Bonnie Prince Charles portrait, now hang 
in Kreiderheim, the president's home. 
Eventually, says President John Synodi- 
nos, the college would like to establish an 
art gallery, in the former Lutheran Church 
building on the corner of North White Oak 
and Church streets, across from the Garber 
Science Center. The gallery could also be 
used as a lecture/recital hall. 

"Such a center would elevate not only 
Lebanon Valley's cultural offerings, but 
also provide a cultural center for the 
community," the president notes. 

Meanwhile, the college is concentrating 
on displaying existing artworks and new 
purchases in a meaningful way in campus 
buildings. Two busy areas, Lynch Memo- 
rial Hall and the Administration Building, 
already have been transformed by the 
display of new works. 

In the entry way to Lynch, visitors this 
fall were greeted by 14 dramatic abstract 
collages at the top of the stairs. The 
paintings, by Lancaster artist Carolyn Gal- 
ligan, were on loan. Their vivid hues 
ranged from peach and pink to orange and 
red; from aqua and violet to purple and 
indigo. They were hung symmetrically in 
two rows. The exhibit provided a syner- 
gizing focal point in Lynch 's entrance with 
its Art Deco style. The visitor not only saw 
the space, but also felt the artistic energy 
radiating from the presence created there. 



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"The wall, left untreated," points out 
Synodinos, "would have rendered the 
space meaningless, little more than a 
dead-end landing area at the top of the 
stairs." 

The Galligan paintings were the first in 
a series of art works that will be hung in 
the Lynch entrance. The entrance way will 
be a showcase for larger works by area 
artists. 

In the Administration Building's College 
Avenue entrance, a stairway leads to a 
bare-walled landing. To create a visual 
impact, Kansas artist Douglas L. Osa has 
been commissioned to paint a large mural 
of the Lebanon Valley, as part of the 
college's 125th Anniversary Celebration. 
The landscape will depict the view seen to 
the west from the hills arising to the north 
of campus. 

The new Permanent Art Collection Com- 
mittee will strive to acquire the additional 
works needed to make the display of art 
works an integral part of college buildings. 
"Our short-term goal," says Massad, "is 
the thoughtful acquisition of a collection 
that will enrich public spaces and offices. 
We're particularly interested in collecting 
the works of local artists who can teach us 
to see more clearly, in an unsentimental 
way, the region in which we live." 

Iskowitz adds that the college will also 
continue to provide space for regular art 
exhibitions. "We've got a particularly 
impressive series of exhibits planned for 
the 1990-91 year (see the schedule this 
page). And we're creating additional bonds 
with the artistic community by a new joint 
degree program with the Pennsylvania 
School of Art and Design in Lancaster." 

He is delighted by the new emphasis on 
art at the college. "I've been talking for 
years about the importance of having art 
be a strong part of the curriculum and our 
daily life at the college. It's great that it's 
finally happening." 

Wendy Weidner is a freelance writer who 
lives in Harrisburg. 




Above: An 18th-century landscape by Vien- 
nese artist Christian H. Brand has been 
restored, along with its companion piece. 
Below: before the restoration- The paint- 
ings were a gift of Mrs. Thomas S. Quinn. 



Art for All 




The college will host a variety of art 
exhibits this year in Mund College Center. 

November 25 through December 14: 

Seamus Carmichael: prints, drawings and 
sculptures 

January 13 through February 17: 

Gordon Wise: Wood sculptures and acrylic 
paintings 

February 17 through March 22: 

lohn Allison: watercolors 



March 31 through April 21: 

Lauren Litwa Holden: watercolors 
acrylic paintings 



and 



Fall 1990 



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