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The Valle 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Fall 1991 

On Stage 
in Annville 


College Welcomes 
Authors & Artists 


"Jump start" in school 

Although I am not an alumna of Lebanon 
Valley, I read your magazine thoroughly. 
It is an excellent publication and you should 
take pride in its quality. 

May I share with you two in-house 
"editorials" I have written, addressed to 
our staff? I think you will be glad to know 
that some small steps, at least, are being 
taken to make professional educators aware 
of the problem you address in the article 
"Jump Start in Science and Math" in the 
Spring/Summer issue. 

Keep up the good work! 

Judith T. Witmer. Ed.D. 
Lower Dauphin School District 
Hummelstown, PA 

Diverse articles 

I have just finished reading the Spring/ 
Summer issue and wanted to tell you how 
much I enjoyed it. The section on the 
college management and actuarial science 
departments was well written and informa- 
tive. I also enjoyed the stories on Bruce 
Metzger ('35) and David Billington, and 
Art Ford's essay on his encounter in China. 

As a parent of a former student and as a 
volunteer for the college, I find The Valley 
very interesting and look forward to receiv- 
ing it. I appreciate the diversity of the 
material and the excellent writing. I also 
believe it is more objective than a lot of 
other college magazines. There is very little 
of the "puffery" that often characterizes 
in-house publications. 

One suggestion: It would be nice to 
receive the magazine earlier. Sometimes a 
couple of the events on the calendar have 
passed before I receive it. 

Ernie Kline 
Palmrya, PA 

Ethics required 

Sad to say, I have a bone to pick. On page 

II (Spring/Summer issue, management 
section by Doug S. Thomas), ethics is cited 
as important in the undergraduate manage- 
ment curriculum. However, in the remain- 
der of the article, there is only one 
additional reference to it— a misleading 

one, at that (page 14). From it, the reader 
might well conclude that a student's only 
encounter with ethical questions consists 
largely of looking at newspaper clippings. 

Fortunately, this is not true. All under- 
graduate management majors are required 
to take a formal course on ethics (Philoso- 
phy 260. Ethical Issues in Organizations), 
which I teach. 

I note, however, in the sidebar on the 
M.B.A. program, that I am quoted in 
reference to the required ethics course for 
graduate students. 

Warren Thompson 

Associate Professor of Philosophy 

Lebanon Valley College 

Keep it up 

It gets better and better! The Spring/ 
Summer issue is outstanding! Thanks for 
the effort and good work. 

Thomas C. Reinhart ( '58) 
Chairman, Board of Trustees 
Lebanon Valley College 

Share your news 

Congratulations on the recent superb issue 
of The Valley. It is really a first-class 
publication that reflects the significant 
improvements obvious when one visits the 
campus. The articles are well written and 
are of interest not only to our graduates but 
also to our friends within the community 
and business world. 

1 do hope The Valley also will serve as 
an incentive to our alumni to call or write 
our alumni programs director and update 
the college with changes in their family and 
professional status. Just as importantly, I 
hope that it will inspire them to visit our 
campus at Homecoming or at their earliest 
opportunity. We believe that such a visit 
will increase their pride in having gradu- 
ated from Lebanon Valley and encourage 
them to share that pride with prospective 

Once again, thanks for all your efforts 
and hard work. 

Betty C. Hungerford ( '54) 
President, Alumni Association 
Lebanon Valley College 

Faith is vital 

1 appreciate receiving your magazine and 
I enjoy keeping up with the progress of 
my alma mater. However, I would like to 
raise a concern about the lack of religious 
presence in the college's promotional mate- 
rials. Especially lacking in the materials I 
see is any mention of the religious life of 
the college. I expected some mention of 
the college's Evangelical United Brethren 
heritage during the 125th anniversary. The 
founders of the college had strong spiritual 
goals for their students and many were 
pre-ministerial students. 

I believe that advertising your college 
as a school with an interest in Christianity 
is a plus, and not something to be under- 
stated or unstated. 

The faith experience I had during my 
years as a student at Lebanon Valley was 
the highlight of my college education. I 
hope that a strong Christian student com- 
munity and emphasis still exists at the 
Valley. May it be celebrated and encour- 

The Rev. Peggy A. Johnson ( '75) 
Baltimore, MD 

Editor's note: See the article on Rev. 
Johnson on page 26. 

May Queen in '23 

The special anniversary issue (Winter 1991 ) 
was very interesting and informative. Much 
has happened in those 125 years. 

I would like to make a correction, 
however. On page 16, it states that the 
picture is of the May Day ceremonies in 
1921. The correct year is 1923, and I 
happened to be the May Queen at that time. 

Dorothy Fencil Smith ( '23) 
Cornwall. PA 

The Valley welcomes letters from our 
readers. Send them to: Judy Pehrson, 
Laughlin Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 
Annville, PA 17003-0501. 

Vol. 9, Number 2 















The Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Fall 1991 J 

Editor: Judy Pehrson 


Marie Bongiovanni 
Beth Arburn Davis 
John B. Deamer Jr. 
Lois Fegan 
Garry Lenton 
Donna Shoemaker 

Editorial Assistance: 
Diane Wenger 

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

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; 
Designer: Royce Faddis. 

On the Cover: 

Jim Woland heads into a sparkling 1 1th 
season of Artists & Authors, a series 
that the college has now taken under its 
wing. Photograph by Charles Freeman. 


2 The Long Journey from Sorrow to Success 

How 12 Vietnamese refugees launched new lives at the Valley. 
By Judy Pehrson 

7 White Hat and Golden Boot 

In his home, Dick Seiverling ('42) tends a museum 
for his Tom Mix memorabilia. 

By Lois Fegan 

10 Check Out This Library 

The convergence of computing and communications will have great 
impact on the college's library of the future. 

By Marie Bongiovanni and Judy Pehrson 

14 The Shows Go On 

The Authors & Artists series is now on stage in Annville. 
By Lois Fegan 

15 Live! at Lebanon Valley College 

Your guide to this fall's exciting events. 

26 Signs of Joy 

The Rev. Peggy Johnson ('75) ministers to the deaf. 
By Beth Arburn Davis and Donna Shoemaker 

Fall 1991 

The Long 
from Sorrow 
to Success 

Fleeing the turmoil of 
Vietnam, thousands of 
refugees had to rebuild their 
shattered lives in an alien 
land. Twelve of them found 
an open door at the college. 

By Judy Pehrson 

he early summer 
of 1975 was a time 
of unease and re- 
crimination in the 
United States. 
Two months ear- 
lier, America's in- 
volvement in the 
long land war in 
Asia had finally come to an ignoble end. 
Communist troops marched into Saigon, 
South Vietnamese soldiers threw down 
their rifles and fled, and the U.S. ambassa- 
dor and his staff scrambled aboard a 
helicopter from the roof of the American 
embassy. With such scenes etched on their 
psyche, Americans fervently tried to forget 
the debacle of the country's first military 
defeat. But they were reminded of it daily 
as waves of Vietnamese and Cambodian 
refugees poured into the United States. 

The unease of that summer spilled over 
into Annville when the government an- 
nounced plans to use nearby Fort Indian- 
town Gap military base as a processing 
center and holding camp for the new 

immigrants. The town's normally sleepy 
roads became choked with traffic as mili- 
tary types, bureaucrats, relief workers and 
the world press converged to preside over 
a piece of the most massive attempt to 
resettle refugees in the nation's history. Its 
impact would be felt not only in other 
sheltered towns, but throughout the land. 

At the Gap, long-unused barracks were 
hastily reopened and the Asian newcomers 
were literally crammed in. The call went 
out for clothing, books and toys and— more 
importantly— for individuals and organiza- 
tions willing to act as sponsors for the 
more than 17,000 refugees. A sponsorship 
became more precious than gold, for 
without it, a refugee couldn't leave camp. 

If the prospect of having to stay inside 
its gates was a terrifying one, the uncer- 
tainty of life after leaving the camp was 
almost as unnerving, for these people had 
been abruptly— and rather rudely— trans- 
planted to an alien environment. 

Luong Tu Nguyen ('79) was one of the 
first Vietnamese to leave the camp. He still 
gets tears in his eyes when he talks about 

The Valley 

his first encounter with Annville on June 
21, 1975— the beginning of summer. Two 
months earlier, a circuitous escape had 
taken him from the small town of Quinhon 
to Saigon, Subic Bay, Guam and finally 
to Indiantown Gap. 

"It was very hot and humid the day my 
brother, Bang, and I came out of the 
camp," he says. "I remember standing on 
Main Street in Annville, feeling very 
disoriented. Everything was strange. I was 
relieved that we were out of the crowded 
camp and grateful that we had sponsors, 

back every evening that summer. Later 
my family and I took on sponsorship of 
Luong and found a sponsor for his brother 
when their other sponsorships broke down . " 

Bang had already graduated from college 
in Vietnam. Luong was soon accepted as 
a student at Lebanon Valley, along with 
1 1 other young Vietnamese plucked from 
the Indiantown Gap refugee camp. The 
college underwrote their tuition, room and 
board, and officially sponsored six of the 
group who had nowhere else to turn. 

"It was, perhaps, Lebanon Valley's 

(Above) Glenn Woods with Luong and Bang Nguyen in 1975, and (opposite page) 
reminiscing with Luong during a recent visit. 

but frightened about what was ahead, 
especially since I didn't speak much Eng- 
lish. I also was very sad because we had 
left behind our parents and 10 brothers and 
sisters, and we didn't know what had 
happened to them. The last we heard, they 
had scattered into three different provinces 
as the communists advanced." 

As the two brothers stood on the corner, 
they were approached by Glenn Woods, 
associate professor of English (now emeri- 
tus) at Lebanon Valley College. In the 
ensuing conversation, he casually men- 
tioned that they could drop by his home if 
they would like help with their English. 
Thus the two brothers began a relationship 
with Woods and the college that has 
spanned 16 years. 

"They came that evening and stayed five 
hours," Woods recalls. "It was quite a 
conversation, with me struggling to under- 
stand their broken English, and the two of 
them trying to understand me. They came 

finest hour," says Woods. "We were the 
first college in the country to open our 
doors to the refugees. It was such a natural 
thing for us to do because of our close 
proximity to Indiantown Gap and because 
of the college's mission of service." 

The decision to help the dozen refugees 
was made by then-President Frederick 
Sample. "We decided we would take as 
many as we could comfortably counsel and 
finance— and that turned out to be 12," 
says Sample, who is now superintendent 
of Bellefonte Area School District near 
State College. "We utilized government 
loan programs, outright grants and work/ 
study to help them, plus some churches and 
the community helped out. It was a real 
group effort that involved a lot of people, 
and the help was joyfully given." 

Choosing 12 students from the 17,000 
refugees housed at the Gap was no easy 
task. Greg Stanson, then director of admis- 
sions, recalls that he and Woods inter- 

viewed refugees almost every day that 
summer. "It was the most profound experi- 
ence of my professional life. We arrived 
at the camp and all we could see was this 
incredible sea of humanity, all huddled 
together. We interviewed hundreds, and 
so many had sad, sad stories. You have to 
look into somebody's eyes and see that 
look of desperation to understand what it 
was like. I kept wishing we could help 
1,200 instead of just 12." 

Those who were eventually chosen ranged 
in age from 17 to 26. Their competency 
in English varied widely. Some could read 
and write it, but only two spoke it fairly 
fluently. Most had had some prior college 
in Vietnam, but only three had been able 
to bring their academic records with them. 
According to Woods, all 12 had been 
traumatized by the rapid fall of their 
country and their instant displacement to a 
very different culture. 

"There were many emotional problems. 
All of them had left everything behind— 
they had only the clothes that were on their 
backs. And although some of them had 
come with their families, a number of them 
were alone, and were deeply concerned 
about the fate of their families and friends." 

Luong and Bang Nguyen, for example, 
had been caught up in the panicked crowd 
waiting to board a ship, and did not even 
have a chance to leave word for their 
parents that they were going abroad. 

"I was very upset because I knew they 
wouldn't know where we were. In fact, 
my parents thought for a year that I was 
dead because someone told my mother that 
they saw a body on the street in Saigon 
that looked like me. When we were 
allowed to send home a letter, I enclosed 
two pictures to let them know we made it, 
and that I was going to school. They 
wouldn't have believed it if they hadn't 
seen the pictures," Luong states. 

Hung Nhung Vu ('78) had been an 
American Field Service student for a year 
in Arizona, but had returned to Vietnam. 
In the mid-'70s, as the situation in Vietnam 
continued to disintegrate, her mother 
pleaded with her to go back to the United 
States. Hung tells the story: "She said, 
'You must go. If the country is still here, 
you can come back and visit. If it isn't, at 
least one of us is free.' 

"I put off going and negotiated with her 
by saying I would consider it if she would 
cook my favorite meals for a week. She 
did, and at the end of the week, it was clear 
Saigon was going to fall, and so, reluc- 
tantly, I left. I didn't see her again for 16 
years," Hung says. 

Fall 1991 

Another refugee tells of how the first 
semester of school was very difficult. Dr. 
Si Pham ("79), now a surgeon at the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 
notes, "I was only 18 years old and on 
my own, and this was the first time I had 
had contact with American people. I didn't 
speak English well, so I took a lot of math 
and science classes while I worked on my 
English. I just tried to work hard and not 
think very much about home." 

Most of the college community gathered 
the 12 refugees to their hearts. 

"People were so kind," says Minh 
Phoung Dang ('79) [her maiden name was 
Nguyen before she married her classmate 
and fellow refugee, now Dr. Tuan Ann 
Dang ('79)]. "The professors were ex- 
tremely patient and helpful, and the stu- 
dents were very friendly and cooperative. 
One of the social fraternities even held a 
walkathon to buy clothes and books for 
us." Minh, now corporate controller for 
Guthrie Health Care System in Sayre, 
Pennsylvania, adds, "I look back to that 
time and feel that we were very fortunate 
to get LVC to accept us and provide 
assistance. I'm not just talking about 
financial assistance, but emotional sup- 

Dat Phat Le ('78), now a research 
scientist in the agrochemicals division of 
Rohm & Haas, is still grateful to Stanson 
and former Dean Carl Ehrhart, who let him 
stay in their homes over the summers and 
holidays when the dorms closed. "They 
treated me like a son, and they also 
encouraged me to do well in school." 

Dr. Pham recalls the kindness of the 
Kappa Psi Omega brothers after he joined 
the fraternity. "Those guys were wonderful 
to me," he states. "It really made a 
difference in my life." 

While the majority of the campus was 
supportive, there was some resentment of 
the newcomers. "Some people were upset 
about the resources expended to help the 
Vietnamese students," says Woods. "There 
were a number of people who said, 'You 
wouldn't do this for American students, 
why do it for Vietnamese?' " 

At one point, anonymous students circu- 
lated a mimeographed statement, headlined 
"UNFAIR!," which claimed the Vietnam- 
ese were getting preferential treatment at 
the expense of needy American students. 

But the 12 eventually won over all but 
the harshest critics, says Woods. "As soon 
as they proved themselves as students and 
citizens on the campus, I think even some 
of the most negative people changed their 
minds about them." 

Dr. Owen Moe, professor of chemistry, 
says the Vietnamese students were "fantas- 
tic. They had more ambition and drive than 
most students. It meant a lot to them to be 
able to be in college and they made the 
most of every minute. They were also a 
pleasure to deal with. When I look back, I 
don't know how they did it. They jumped 
right into college courses, despite not 
knowing the language." 

The Vietnamese worked hard— most 
excelled in class and all had work/study 
jobs. "The science students were mostly 
achieving at the A level," says Moe, who 

had several of them working with him in 
the summers. "All were very strong in 
science and mathematics. They raised the 
level of expectation of the classes they 
were in and they were a big benefit to my 
research program." 

Other students were impressed by their 
energy and drive, Moe adds. "They were 
excellent role models." 

The Vietnamese also brought an interna- 
tional flavor to the college, says Stanson. 
"They did a lot for a campus that hadn't 
had much multicultural experience. We 
helped these young people and they re- 
turned it in kind. Academically, they were 
superior and they were extraordinarily 
friendly. They deeply appreciated their 
education and didn't hesitate to express 

"I feel very, very warm about our 
reaching out to them," says Sample. "We 
gained handsome dividends in the suc- 
cesses of many of these youngsters." 

The Vietnamese alumni interviewed re- 
turn the compliment. Dr. Dang, an ad- 
vanced engineer for GTE, sums up the 
impressions of the group. "We all owe our 
success to Lebanon Valley College and the 
many people who helped us. Without them, 
we wouldn't be where we are today." 

Judy Pehrson is director of college rela- 
tions and editor of The Valley. //; 1975, 
she developed and taught classes in women 's 
roles and rights to refugees at Fort Indian- 
town Gap while director of information for 
the Governor's Commission for Women. 

Gathering for a portrait were (back row, l-r) Luong Nguyen, Kim Tang, Hung Vu, Glenn Woods, Joe Ngo, Hung Nguyen, Nguyen 
Hxdamm and Xuan Le. (Front row) Trung Phan, Dat Le, Tuan Dang, Si Pham, Huan Do and Phoung Nguyen. 

The Valley 

As students, Minh Phoung Nguyen showed Debbie Patschorke ('80) how to use chopsticks 
during a lunchtime cultural interchange. 

Where They Are Now 

The Vietnamese students who came 
to the college in 1975 have chalked 
up an impressive list of achieve- 
ments. While not all could be reached for 
this article, those who were available have 
obviously left their mark on the world. 

Dr. Si Pham ('79) entered medical school 
at the University of Pittsburgh and earned 
his M.D. degree in 1983. He completed 
his general surgery residency in 1989 and 
holds a fellowship in cardiothoracic sur- 
gery at the medical center. He and his wife, 
Christine, live in Pittsburgh. 

Luong Tu Nguyen ('79) went to work for 
Rohm & Haas, near Philadelphia, after he 
completed his degree in chemistry at 
Lebanon Valley. He later earned a master's 
degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's 
University and an M.B.A. from La Salle 
University. He's now a technical service 
manager for Rohm & Haas's Pacific re- 
gion; he left in August to live in Singapore. 
He and his wife, Thi, have two children. 
Luong is the proud originator of eight 
patents from the U.S. Patent Office and 
21 foreign patents, primarily for chemical 
compounds for agricultural use. 

Dr. Than Anh Dang ('79) furthered his 
chemistry studies by earning a Ph.D. in 
chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh 
in 1983. He is an advanced engineer, 
responsible for the electro-optics group at 
GTE Products in Towanda, Pennsylvania. 

He married fellow refugee and classmate 
Minh Phoung Nguyen in 1981, and they 
have two young daughters. 

Minh Phoung Nguyen ('79) (now Dang) 
earned an M.B.A. from the University of 
Louisville after studying accounting at 
Lebanon Valley. She is corporate control- 
ler for Guthrie Health Care System in 
Sayre, Pennsylvania. 

Hung Phi Nguyen ('79) majored in eco- 
nomics and minored in biology at Lebanon 
Valley. He went to work as an economist 
for the World Bank and later for the 
International Food Policy Research Insti- 
tute in Washington, D.C. At the Johns 
Hopkins University, he is completing a 
Ph.D. in international relations. Two years 
ago, he changed careers and became a 
member of the research staff at the Center 
for Naval Analyses in Virginia, where he 
works on Soviet military doctrine and other 
issues of importance to the Navy. He and 
his wife, Hue, are expecting their first child 
in December. 

Hung Nhung Vu ('78) (now Fidler) is a 
district manager in financial management 
for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Basking 
Ridge, New Jersey, where 20 people report 
to her. An accounting major, in 1985 she 
earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickin- 
son University. She is married to alumnus 
Steven Fidler ('77), who earned a master's 
degree in computer science from Rutgers 
and is a member of the technical staff and 
a supervisor at AT&T. Last March, Hung's 

mother and sister joined her from Vietnam. 
Getting them to the United States, she says, 
is her "greatest achievement in the past 16 

Dat Phat Le ('78), who had majored in 
biology, is a research scientist in the 
agrochemicals division of Rohm & Haas, 
which is developing new agrochemicals for 
crop protection. He earned a master's 
degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's 
University, and is the originator of 10 
patents from the U.S. Patent Office. He 
and his wife, Minh, have three children. 
Dat is in the process of bringing his 
parents to America. 

The five we were unable to contact are: 

Xuan Thi Le ('80) majored in foreign 
languages and worked in Washington, 
D.C. The last address the college had for 
her was in Arlington, Virginia. 

Huan Huu Do ('78) had been a business 
administration major. He earned a master's 
degree in operations research from Virginia 
Tech and went to work for a firm in Texas. 
Apparently, he is now in Connecticut 
working as a computer consultant for an 
insurance company, although the last ad- 
dress the college has for him was in Texas. 

Tran h Trung Ngo (known as Joe) studied 
economics and left Lebanon Valley in his 
junior year. He and another refugee, Huu 
Kim Tang, moved to Texas. 

Nguyen Q. Hulanun. who had attended 
college in Vietnam, stayed only one term 
at Lebanon Valley and then transferred to 
Penn State, where he earned a master's 
degree. He worked for the National Aero- 
nautics and Space Administration and later 
was a researcher at the University of 

Love Letters to America 

Glenn Woods, who taught English 
classes for the Vietnamese both at 
the college and at his home, saved 
samples of their earliest writing, which he 
later had bound into a book called Mark- 
ings of the Twelve. Here are some excerpts: 

"Sorrows welled up" 

August 18 was an important day for me. 
It was my first day in Lebanon Valley 

Fall 1991 

College. ... I felt lost in this mass of 
people and somehow was trapped in the 
great sphere of loneliness. Sorrows welled 
up and tears came down. 

My thoughts after that was wandering 
to many different places. I wondered what 
my mother and the rest of my family in 
Vietnam had been doing. I missed them all 
so much. All the beautiful memories of 
my childhood rushed back to me. I could 
visualize so vividly the image of my house 
where my family lived happily together. 
Had I ever been this way? Now I could 
simply believe in God. I knew he never 
meant to hurt me and the greatest gift that 
he had ever granted me was the being taken 
care of under these benevolent sponsors. 
They accepted me at the very beginning 
as a real member of their family. They 
concerned about me. They helped me to 
get rid of my terrible time of the past. And 
they love me. 

Today, being in this college, I pray my 
Lord all the strength and courages I might 
need to overcome all difficulties and bore- 
dom of my studies. I will do my best for 
where there is a will, there is a way, as an 
old saying goes. 
—Hung Nhung Vu 

"My fears are groundless" 

Perhaps our experience of life in America 
is not unlike that of those immigrants who 
came before us, but this time there is an 
entirely new factor influencing our judg- 
ments and outlooks. It is the suddenness 
and traumatic situation that are unique of 
our experience. Therefore, I was intro- 
duced into American life in that frame of 
mind, worried and frightened. 

But the first thing I found while living 
in America is that my fears are groundless 
and illogical. I feel at home with practically 
everybody, although their skins are differ- 
ent, their ways of life are more or less 
exotic and the incomprehensible nuances 
of their language are very hard to grasp. 
My stereotype of a cool, calculating Amer- 
ica has broken apart because of the people 
I met are congenial, warm and very 

Of course, my experience is limited to 
the small towns, the middle-class America, 
but I think they respect the finest tradition 
and values of American life. The streets 
are very neat, the houses are small but tidy; 
the people are friendly; crimes are virtually 
non-existent; that is the place everyone in 
the world wants to live. 
—Hung Phi Nguyen 

The Valley 

"My heart was suffocated" 

My roommate is really a good friend. He 
is not a rollicking man, he never did offend 
but always divert me when I have some 
hidden sorrow. He helped me resurrect to 
the relationship of my family . . . . 

In afternoon, the light of sun was 
submerging to my room, inside of it has a 
strange beauty and warming. I had impulse 
and very surprised when I was looking 
around my room and listening, probably I 
recognized my parents' voices or my 
sister's singing. My heart was suffocated 
... my neck was choked, a couple of 

tears lines were being in my check. I 
looked at the wall front of my student table, 
under a picture of my old house I sticked 
a paper with words from a long poem: 

House made of dawn. 
House made of evening light. 
May it be beautiful front of me. 
May it be beautiful beside me. 
May it be beautiful behind me. 
May it be beautiful all around me. 
In beauty, it is finished. 

Yes, in beauty it is finished. 
—Luong Tu Nguyen 

They Still Call Him Dad 

Glenn Woods with Si Pham ('79). 

While the lives of 12 Vietnamese 
students were irrevocably 
changed by their relationship 
with Lebanon Valley College, the people 
who assisted them were transformed as 
well. Perhaps most deeply affected by the 
experience was Glenn Woods, then an 
associate professor of English. He not only 
taught the students English and dealt with 
their day-to-day problems, but he also 
welcomed them into his home and family. 
"Glenn was amazing," says Greg Stan- 
son, now dean of enrollment services. "He 
literally took those kids by the hand, put 
clothes on their backs, fed them, taught 
them English and helped them battle loneli- 
ness. He and his wife, Carolyn, became 
their parents in many ways." 

Even today, many of the Vietnamese 
alumni call the Woodses "Mom" and 
"Dad," and still speak of the impact they 
had on their lives. On a recent visit to 
Annville, Luong Tu Nguyen expressed the 
sentiments of many of the others when he 
said, "Many of us lost our parents when 
we came to America, and the Woodses 
took their place. We would not be where 
we are today without our American Mom 
and Dad." 
The Woodses continue to be proud 

parents. They have several thick photo 
albums of their "Vietnamese children" 
over the past 16 years, as well as many 
cards and letters. 

"We still maintain close contact with 
many of them," Woods says. "Over the 
years, we have participated in their wed- 
dings, rejoiced in the births of their 
children and been proud of their many 

His experience with the Vietnamese 
students "profoundly changed my out- 
look," he adds. "It was the one major event 
in my life that changed my whole perspec- 
tive. I got a whole different view of myself 
and of people. They brought something 
with them that was very appealing— 
especially their sense of family and their 
attitude toward education and hard work. 
I know it was the best experience I had in 
my whole teaching career." 

Woods found that his political views 
became altered as well. "I hadn't had 
strong feelings on the war before that, but 
when I got to know the 12 students and 
learned of their experiences, I realized the 
kinds of things the U.S. had been doing in 

The Woodses' experience with the Viet- 
namese students widened into involvement 
with other Vietnamese and Cambodian 
refugees (at one point they sponsored a 
family of five Cambodians). Carolyn, who 
had not taught school for nearly 20 years, 
was asked to teach English to immigrant 
children at Annville-Cleona High School, 
and so went back into the classroom in 
1976 and taught until just three years ago. 
Those classes of Cambodian and Vietnam- 
ese students gradually widened to include 
children from Italy, Sicily, Poland, China, 
South America and Puerto Rico. 

"Certainly the coming of the Vietnamese 
students was a watermark in our lives," 
says Glenn Woods. "It was a gift in so 
many ways." 

White Hat 
and Golden 

Dick Seiverling ('42) 
preserves a museumful of 
memories of his boyhood 
movie idol, Tom Mix, 
the Straight Shooter of 
the Old West. 

By Lois Fegan 

The old Majestic console 
radio was playing quietly as 
Dick Seiverling pored over his 
homework in the men's dorm 
at Lebanon Valley College. The 
date was October 13, 1940. 

Suddenly the regular Sunday evening 
program was interrupted with the an- 
nouncement: "Tom Mix, beloved King of 
the Cowboys, was killed yesterday when 
his yellow Cord speedster crashed into a 
gully near Florence, Arizona." 

It was a heartbreaking moment for the 
junior who had transferred less than a 
month before from Hershey Junior Col- 
lege. Seiverling was then, as he is 51 years 
later, probably the most dedicated Tom 
Mix fan in the country. 

A photo of the movie star smiled down 
from the wall in his room (Room 317, he 
recalls, was the smallest and least expen- 
sive quarters in the entire dorm). He tried 
to concentrate on his assignments due the 
next day, but the vision of his hero 
careening into that gully kept coming 
between Seiverling and his duty. 

He kept tuned for further news. It came. 
The film star cowboy, headed for Phoenix, 
had topped a rise in the terrain when a road 
work crew suddenly loomed ahead. As Mix 
hit the Cord's breaks, a metal suitcase from 

the back seat came crashing into his head, 
breaking his neck. He died instantly, his 
spotless white suit scarcely mussed. 

During an interview in his home in 
Hershey, Dr. Richard F. Seiverling ('42), 
who grew up to become a decorated Army 
officer, educator and author, thinks back 
to that October Sunday and to the sadness 
it brought to so many moviegoers. He has 
been to the very spot where the fatal 
accident occurred. 

"A seven-foot-high pedestal marks the 
scene, with a riderless horse, head lowered 
in sadness," he says. The alumnus can 
quote the inscription verbatim: "In memory 
of Tom Mix, whose characterizations and 
portrayals in life served to better fix 
memories of the Old West in the minds of 
living men." 

From early boyhood, even before he was 
enrolled in the Hershey Industrial School 
for Orphan Boys (later to become Milton 
Hershey School), he collected Tom Mix 
memorabilia. He tells of when he was 7, 
living with his family in Ephrata and going 
to Tom Mix matinees at the Grand and 
Central movie houses. 

With a grin, he walks over to a shelf in 
his "home museum" and produces the 
memento that started his collection. It's a 
photo of a chocolate cake recipe his mother 

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used. On it he had written in childish 
capital letters the name of his hero. 
"Forever after, that cake was known in our 
house as the Tom Mix cake." 

Hard put to say how or where his interest 
began, Seiverling says he just "always had 
it." The superstar (though that term was 
unheard of in those early days) became a 
role model to the boy who had just lost his 
father. As he put it, "I had someone to 
look up to— the guy in the white hat." 

Few of Seiverling 's friends at Ephrata 
or Hershey School shared his enthusiasm, 
and "certainly no one at Lebanon Valley 
even knew of my hobby," he confides. 
Until Gladys came along. 

Pretty Gladys Bender, an Annville resi- 
dent, was a student at Lebanon Business 
College. She caught the eye of the English 
major shortly after he matriculated at 
Lebanon Valley, and it wasn't long before 
they were sweethearts. Two years later, in 
1942— the year he earned his B.A. degree 
and marched off to World War II— she 
became his bride. 

While Gladys was never as involved as 
he in Tom Mix matters, she certainly didn't 
nix his collecting, either. 

And today, after almost five decades of 
marriage, she has only one complaint. A 
meticulous woman, she finds it "almost 
impossible to clean house" in certain 

That's not surprising. Much of the 
second floor is a repository of this vast 
collection. Walls are covered with rare 
pictures, theater lobby posters, mementos 
of the star's five marriages, a poem and 
music lyrics composed by the actor and 
numerous collectors' cards (including 5,000 
penny-arcade cards). 

As the head of the Ralston Straight 
Shooters Club, Tom Mix was one of the 
early celebrities to become identified with 
a commercial product. So of course, 
Seiverling has all manner of "premiums" 
of the radio show so beloved by boys 
growing up in the Depression days of the 
'30s and war years of the '40s. Ralston 
Purina even hired Seiverling as a consultant 
in the early '80s when it brought back the 

Cub reporter Seiverling interviewed Tom 
Mix at Mt. Gretna Park in 1940— one of 
the film star's last personal appearances. 

Mix premiums in its hot cereal boxes. 

In the Mix museum, brown cardboard 
cartons stack up along two walls, each 
carefully labeled. Thus it's no problem at 
all for my host to zero in on a box, and 
happily bring out, say, a glassine bag 
containing six mint condition cigar bands 
given by Tom Mix to his contemporary. 
Ken Maynard. Or a Western tie clasp, or 
a set of silver spurs, or letters bearing the 

sprawling T.M. signature. 

Shelves, desk and table tops in the big 
room are display areas for more Tom Mix 
memories, including a tuft of mane from 
Tony the Wonder Horse. This particular 
Tony, from the long line of what Seiverling 
calls "Mix's magnificent mounts," rode 
to fame in some 150 Mix movies. But the 
collection's centerpiece is the Golden Boot. 

"It's the Oscar of cowboy movies," 
Seiverling explains. "It was awarded to 
Tom posthumously in 1957, and accepted 
by his granddaughter, Victoria Mathews. 
A couple years ago, she gave it to me, 
telling me she wanted to ensure that it 
remained in good hands. 

"Hold it, lift it," he says, handing the 
trophy over. Heavy it is indeed, set on a 
solid wooden base with an engraved brass 
plaque— truly a gift to be cherished. 

Another special memento is a copy of a 

Seiverling had his own moment in the spotlight when he got to swap Mix stories with 
President Ronald Reagan, also a fan, in a special meeting in the Oval Office. 

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yellowed clipping from the July 4, 1940, 
issue of the weekly Ephrata Ensign. The 
headline reads: "Ensign Reporter Inter- 
views Tom Mix." The byline? Dick Seiver- 
ling. The interview took place at Mt. 
Gretna Park, where the star was making 
what would be one of his last personal 
appearances before his death three and a 
half months later. 

Seiverling was a cub reporter working 
at the paper the summer between graduat- 
ing from Hershey Junior College and 
entering Lebanon Valley. He recalls that 
Mix, although courteous, was not particu- 
larly warm until he made it clear that he 
was a Tom Mix fan and knew a lot about 
the star's life. 

"Then he opened right up and was very 
hospitable," says Seiverling, "He spent 
two hours with me talking about the 
military, acting, his family and so forth." 

The interview was "one of the biggest 
thrills I ever had," Seiverling states. "I 
sometimes still think it's a dream, but I 
have all the pictures so it must be true." 
A reprint of that article is featured in 
Seiverling's newly published anthology, 
Tom Mix: Portrait of a Superstar, a limited 
edition that is rapidly selling out. 

It was Gladys who encouraged her 
husband to "get on with" writing the 
320-page, lavishly illustrated book. The 
author agreed, pointing out that it was 
imperative to complete the volume "before 
all the people who ever heard of Tom Mix 
died. After all, his fans don't get any 

It is also Mrs. S. who supervises the 
packing and labeling as orders pour in to 
the Keystone Enterprises Publishers in 
Hershey. Each copy is numbered and 
contains a personal message by Seiverling. 
He offered it first to his list of Tom Mix 
aficionados, movie buffs and collectors. 

The author will present first editions 
with the recipients' names embossed in 
gold to John Synodinos, president of 
Lebanon Valley College, for the college 
library, as well as to the Milton Hershey 
School library, the Hershey Public Library 
and to a few special friends and fans. 

The Seiverlings took three weeks out 
this summer for an Alaska sojourn (they 
are enthusiastic travelers who have visited 
many countries). They timed their return 
to complete plans for the 12th annual 
National Tom Mix Festival, of which he 
is founder and chairman. This year's event, 
in Guthrie, Oklahoma, will be held Sept. 
5-8 in conjunction with the town's Autumn 
Magic Festival and Wild West Show. 

For the first 10 years the festivals were 
held in DuBois, in Western Pennsylvania's 
Clearfield County. (The cowboy star was 
born nearby in Mix Run, Cameron County.) 
Last year's festival moved to the Imperial 
Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, where the 
restored yellow Cord 812 Phaeton Coupe 
is on permanent display. The four-day 
festival— and Seiverling and his collection— 
were profiled in Mark Singer's 15-page 
article in the New Yorker (June 3). 

Dick Seiverling's life hasn't 
been all play and no work. An 
assortment of certificates, cita- 
tions, medals and photos attests to that. 

In between tracking down this or that 
memento, the alumnus worked for his 
M.S. degree at the University of Pennsyl- 
vania. An Ed.D. degree followed at Penn 
State, and at intervals thereafter he earned 
certificates from the University of Nancy 
in France and the Armed Forces Informa- 
tion School. For more than a quarter of the 
century, he was an executive of the 
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

His academic career started with two 
years at his alma mater as director of public 
relations and alumni secretary, during the 
presidential tenure of Dr. Clyde Lynch. 

Seiverling is a veteran of 27 years of 
military service who retired from the Army 
National Guard with the rank of colonel. 
He received numerous awards and decora- 
tions in World War II, and later served 
during the Korean conflict. 

Loyalty to Lebanon Valley is high on 
Seiverling's agenda, and he has never 
missed either a Homecoming or Alumni 
Weekend. He looks forward to 1992, a 

"double 50th" anniversary of graduation 
and wedding dates. He enjoys keeping up 
with college friends, among them Edna 
('59) and Clark Carmean, Delia Hen- 
Thomas ("23) and Dr. Ralph Shay ('42). 

"And I never miss an issue of The 
Valley," he declared. "I read every word." 

One highlight of his college memories 
is singing in the glee club. "Though I 
wasn't a conservatory student, I had a 
chance to audition, and was proud to win 
one of those 32 places," he notes. These 
days, he finds time to join the Hershey 
AARP chapter chorus, "to keep in tune." 

The educator also praises the college's 
continuing work ethic, speaking with great 
admiration of Dr. Lynch's efforts to pro- 
vide scholarships for needy students. Seiv- 
erling himself waited on tables, raked 
leaves and corrected papers to earn his 

His elder brother, Daniel (later to be- 
come Dauphin County treasurer), preceded 
him by two years. "When I completed 
Hershey Junior College and was ready to 
enter my junior year at Lebanon Valley, I 
already knew a lot of the students and felt 
at home on the campus, thanks to him." 

Though his life has been devoted to 
education and though he cherishes his 
academic degrees, he admits that the award 
that made him happiest was his varsity 
letter as pitcher on the baseball team. He 
still wears the baseball/bat tie clasp to 
campus functions. 

Despite his colonel's eagles, his doctoral 
hood and the big varsity V, deep down 
Dick Seiverling is still the country's most 
ardent Tom Mix fan. 

How far does this go? When discussing 
the arrangements for picture-taking, he 
asked, "Should I dress in Western attire?" 
He has an outfit that his hero would be 
proud of, including a good copy of that 
10-gallon white Stetson that was Tom 
Mix's trademark. 

Lois Fegan is a freelance writer based in 
Hershey whose journalism career has 
spanned half a century. 

Fall 1991 

Check Out 
This Library 

You visit it by phone, 
computer and fax. That 
future is making its way 
now to campus and 
nudging students to learn 
more on their own. 

By Marie Bongiovanni 
and Judy Pehrson 

Lebanon Valley's library of the future is slowly coming into focus. 

It's 1 a.m. Jen Armstrong, class of 
1998, can't sleep and so decides 
to get a head start on researching 
her history term paper. She 
switches on her dorm room com- 
puter and links into the library network. 
Scanning the listings, she sees that two of 
the books she wants are in the college's 
library, but several others are available 
only out of state. She sends an electronic- 
mail (E-mail) message to the campus 
librarian to hold the available books for 
pick-up tomorrow and to request the other 
books by interlibrary loan. 

Next Jen checks the journal listings and 
reviews selected articles online. Two are 

available only at the University of Pitts- 
burgh library, so she sends an E-mail 
message to have the articles faxed to her. 

Then she logs onto an international 
network linking academic institutions, li- 
braries and businesses, and leaves a note 
on the electronic bulletin board inquiring 
if anyone is researching her topic, and if 
they would be willing to share information. 

Satisfied and by now sleepy, Jen logs 
off, knowing that once she collects the 
materials she's requested, she'll write the 
paper on her computer. Then she can 
decide if she'll submit the final paper to 
her professor in person via a print-out or 
to his computer via the campus network. 


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While the preceding scenario may 
seem somewhat futuristic, the 
technology to make it a reality 
is not far away. Lebanon Valley College 
is now laying the groundwork for incorporat- 
ing it into the new library and campus-wide 
information system, says Bob Riley, ex- 
ecutive director of computing and telecom- 

"Pieces of this technology are already 
available and affordable and are being used 
on the campuses of research institutions 
like Carnegie Mellon," says Riley. "At 
Lebanon Valley, we've done the planning 
and have taken such initial steps as wiring 
the residence halls so that computers 
eventually can be connected to the campus 
network, putting all the library's holdings 
into electronic format and subscribing to 
some large data bases. Our goal is a 
distributed library where access to informa- 
tion will be available from any site on 
campus that can connect to the network." 

As the college looks toward building a 
new library in the next several years, it is 
in a fortunate position, says Riley. "Be- 
cause of the timing of the library project, 
we will be able to take advantage of the 
newest technology. Rather than adapting 
an older facility, we'll be able to build from 
the inside out." 

The library of the future— both Lebanon 
Valley's and the generic one— "will no 
longer be just an attractive building, with 
lots of space, more books or more sophisti- 
cated equipment," Riley adds. "It is a way 
of thinking in the context of an information 
age, and what that must mean for a modern 
liberal arts college." 

Such changes in libraries have also 
changed the role of librarians, says Robert 
Paustian, the college's new library direc- 
tor. "Library science has become informa- 
tion science. Libraries will have to teach 
people how to use the services available 
and how to be intelligent information 
managers on their own. While they've 
always done that to a certain extent, now 
they'll be doing it in a different format. 
Librarians will be referral agents for some 
of the electronic information services out 

Residence lialls have been wired for comput- 
ers, notes Bob Riley, who heads computing 
and telecommunications. 

The number of such data bases is 
growing exponentially, according to Paus- 
tian. "There's also a lot happening in the 
area of computer conferences and list 
servers. People interested in a particular 
subject— say, particle physics, Shakespeare, 
library administration, robotics, etc.— can 
subscribe and start getting information 
even before it gets into the public domain. 
And it's information from Japan, Europe, 
Australia and all around the world." 

Increasingly, researchers using comput- 
ers can access the text of reference works 
and journals, Paustian adds. "All text will 
never be available online, but a lot of text 
is. With the right kind of equipment, you 
can download, say, Alice in Wonderland. 
Then you can manipulate it and analyze the 
text— maybe determine how many times 
Lewis Carroll used a certain word and in 
what sense. Encyclopedias are available 
online and there are plenty of services 
springing up that offer non-public domain 

Students must be taught new skills to 
equip them for this brave new world, says 
Donna Miller, the college's readers service 
librarian. To deal with the information 
explosion and be successful in the profes- 
sional world, students "need to learn how 
to find, how to select and how to use 
information. Faculty and librarians must 
work together to educate our students to 
achieve information literacy." 

Today, with research and technology 
progressing so rapidly, up-to-the-minute 
information is essential. Whether for litera- 
ture searching, global correspondence or 
research and classroom applications, the 
computer has become an integral tool for 
managing information. 

"Once people are 
connected to the campus 
network, eventually they 
will be able to connect 
to regional, national and 
international networks." 

-Bob Riley 

This convergence of computing and 
communications has already begun to 
change the dynamics of the Lebanon Valley 
campus. "We have an overall design in 
place for a campus- wide network. Eventu- 
ally we'd like to see all the computers on 
campus tied into it in some way," says 
Riley. "You could log onto the network 
and access the library for one part of your 
day, then access the academic system to 
do some statistical analysis and then send 
some E-mail to a colleague in another 

Though Lebanon Valley has computer- 
ized its library holdings, patrons must still 
visit the library to search for a title, author 
or subject. But once the campus-wide 
network is up and running, they will be 
able to access from off-site locations not 
only the library's collection but the catalogs 
of regional and national libraries as well 
as online data bases. 

These data bases give librarians and 
researchers an efficient link to books, 
journals and other primary literature. They 
also provide access to abstracts, indexes 
and articles in many fields, among them 
biology, chemistry, law, philosophy and 
social sciences. Thus a user can search 
through millions of references to world- 
wide research literature relatively rapidly 
via phone lines hooked into computers. 

"Once people are connected to the 
campus network, eventually they will be 
able to connect to regional, national and 

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"Some information 
shouldn't be in a book, 
especially information 
that changes rapidly and 
needs to be continually 

—Robert Paustian 

international networks," Riley explains. 
"Indeed, this fall, the campus goes on 
PREPnet, Pennsylvania's high-speed net- 
work of colleges, universities and busi- 
nesses that feeds into national networks 
such as NFSnet. We will then be part of 
the international collection of networks 
known as the Internet and will be able to 
access computers, library catalogs and data 
bases around the world. Signing up for 
PREPnet puts us ahead of a lot of other 
small colleges." 

Several Lebanon Valley faculty mem- 
bers have already had a taste of the 
advantages of being connected to an inter- 
national network. They reach it by using a 
modem to dial into the Franklin & Marshall 
College computer system, and accessing 
BITNET, which connects 1,300 computers 
on almost 400 campuses. 

"BITNET lets me communicate with 
people in my field, chemometrics," says 
Dr. Donald Dahlberg, associate professor 
of chemistry. "I might ask them if they 
know who's working on a particular subject 
about which I need to find information. I 
can send a message or question to another 
chemometrician in Finland or a former 
student at the University of Paris, and get 
an answer back in a few hours. 

"Also, our former students who are now 
graduate students, postdocs and professors 
all over the world still communicate with 
us. For example, a former student in 
chemometrics at the University of Wash- 
ington just sent me the new program she 
wrote in chemometrics, so I can now try a 
new method that is literally weeks old." 

Librarians now manage information in many formats and teach others to access data 
through the latest technologies, says Robert Paustian, new library director. 

The college's four science depart- 
ments have been leading the way in 
helping their students become informa- 
tion literate by teaching them how to do 
computerized data searches and use the 

"The library is a very important tool for 
science," says Dr. Dale Erskine, associate 
professor of biology. "The library is where 
you find out what the methods are for doing 
things. It's where you find out what has 
been done in the past. It's where you find 
out whether what you want to do would 
be innovative and have any significance. 

"Most people think we sit around the 
lab, do our research and publish in isola- 
tion," continues Erskine. "But scientists 
use the library heavily. They have to. They 
have to search the literature. They have to 
know what else is going on in their field. 
Otherwise, they may just be spinning their 
wheels in the lab, or miss a critical step 
that could accelerate their research." 

Science faculty encourage students to 
rely on resources other than textbooks. 

"We emphasize that the textbook is nice, 
but it's always four or five years out of 
date," says Erskine. "Things are happen- 
ing faster than textbooks can keep up with. 
So we need to be familiar with how to use 
the library to monitor developments." 

Faculty also find computerized access 
to data to be vital for their research, courses 
and professional development, Erskine adds. 
"In a field like immunology, for example, 
you can't keep up with information just 
by reading journals. You need online 
searching: It's easier, faster and more 
comprehensive. Every time I teach an 
immunology course, I start from scratch, 
reviewing the online literature and rewrit- 
ing all my lectures." 

Though many scientists still rely on 
librarians to conduct such online searches, 
personal computers have introduced elec- 
tronic data-gathering into the research labs. 

After purchasing his own Apple Macin- 
tosh computer six years ago, Dahlberg 
attended a workshop and learned to use the 
online version of Chemical Abstracts. With 


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Will books become relics? 

that resource, he can search not only for 
specific key words, but also registry num- 
bers, molecular formulas and chemical 
structures. Applying his new expertise, he 
set up a modem to access the information 
by phone in his office. 

Using a special educational version of 
Chemical Abstracts, Dahlberg also intro- 
duced online searching to his sophomores 
in organic chemistry. Requiring them to 
create their own search strategies — 
including coming up with key words— 
helped prepare them for upper-level course 
research and literature review require- 
ments. "Even when they went to the library 
and asked the librarian to do the search, 
they knew the logic and could precisely 
define their request," he states. 

Formulating an online search strategy 
influences thinking as a scientist, adds 
Dahlberg. It "forces you to think about 
exactly what you're after," he notes. 
"Solving any problem starts with defining 
the problem, though many people try to 
start before it's well defined. But having 
to do what is potentially an expensive 
search makes you think about and use 
exactly the right words and what other key 
words might be related. It both makes you 
narrow your idea so you don't get too 
many 'hits' [bibliographic citations], and 
expand your idea so you're sure you get 
everything you want. In doing so, it makes 
you think about the problem itself." 

Researching the literature by using card 
catalogs and indexes on paper has always 
done that, adds Dahlberg, "but the com- 
puter forces you to sit down and do it 
before you log on." It also means being 
very precise, for such technology does cost 
money— there are charges for the telecom- 
munications and sometimes for the data 
base. "It's instantaneous, but the problem 
is, it can be very expensive. You have to 
prepare your strategy in advance, or you 
can chew up $100 in a few minutes if you 
sit there stumbling around," he cautions. 

"Bibliographic instruction is about 15 
to 20 years old, but the new concept now 
is critical thinking," says Miller. "Librari- 
ans and faculty must work together to 

integrate this instruction into the curricu- 
lum. We must not only show students how 
to find and use information, but teach them 
how to think about what they're using, and 
about the focus, their intent and whether 
or not the information is biased." 

Dr. Jan Pedersen, assistant professor of 
psychology and a member of the committee 
planning the new library, adds, "By en- 
couraging faculty to work with library 
professionals on bibliographic instruction, 
we're hoping to get students more involved 
in their own education." 

Miller predicts that once bibliographic 
methods are fully integrated into course- 
work, "students will sit down in their 
rooms at their computers and search for 
books and periodical articles all in one 
shot. After they've been taught the con- 
cepts of how to do research, and how to 
think critically about the information that 
they've pulled up, they'll bypass the li- 
brary. They won't be as dependent on us, 
but the library's role will still grow because 
of the potential for integrating instruction 
into the curriculum." 

Teaching students how to search out and 
use computerized data will prepare them 
not only for graduate school, but for other 
professional and personal pursuits, says 
Pedersen. "Our goal is to teach them skills 
that will serve them the rest of their lives. 
That's something they don't seem to learn 
in high school. They just get content that 
may or may not be useful, but they don't 
get the skills to go on getting more content. 
Our role is not to teach them more content; 
it's to teach them to learn on their own. 
It's important for students to realize that 
they can control or manipulate their own 
education. Rather than passively accepting 
what the faculty tells them, they're empow- 
ered by the ability to seek knowledge on 
their own. They must get used to the idea 
that there are a lot of resources available, 
and they have the right to seek them out." 

Marie Bongiovanni is an assistant profes- 
sor of English and journalism. Judy Pehrson 
is director of college relations and editor 
of 'The Valley. 

As computers, online text and data 
bases make inroads into librar- 
ies, will books become obsolete? 
Robert Paustian, the new library director, 
chuckles at the question and shakes his 
head. "Books are too useful," he says. 
"They'll never become extinct. It's a 
matter of diversity of information." 

Books have a lot of appeal. "They fit the 
hand nicely and are good, compact storage 
mechanisms. They feel good and they're 
portable. But some information shouldn't 
be in a book, especially information that 
changes rapidly and needs to be continually 
updated. The usefulness of some informa- 
tion depends on how current it is," he 

As an example, he cites information for 
attorneys. "The law changes constantly. 
New laws are passed, new regulations 
come down. Attorneys need the latest 
information, and computerization has made 
that possible. There is a full-text data base 
called LEXIS, which is updated con- 

Physicians also need current informa- 
tion, and there are several medical data 
bases, says Paustian. "Johns Hopkins, for 
example, has really elaborate medical in- 
formation systems for physicians— virtu- 
ally everything is online. And you also 
have expert systems— software systems 
that incorporate the knowledge of many 
physicians— that help doctors make diag- 

The library of the future, says Paustian, 
"will run the gamut from clay tablets to 
compact disks. Libraries will still have to 
conserve and take care of manuscripts and 
books, and still be able to handle micro- 
fiche and film as well as the systems that 
access data bases. One of the really 
exciting things about working in a library 
is that you never really lose anything— you 
just gain new formats." 

Fall 1991 


The Shows 
Go On 

Thanks to the college, you 
can enjoy a vibrant series 
featuring bands, banjos, 
pianos and the Bard — 
not to mention mandolins, 
dance and jazz— all on stage 
in Annville. 

By Lois Fegan 

Palmyra High School's annual 
Authors & Artists cultural se- 
ries, one of only two of its type 
in the Commonwealth, will go 
on this year in spite of school 
board budget cuts. Lebanon Valley College 
has come to the rescue. And the man who 
directed the first presentations will now 
direct this 1 1th season from a desk on the 
college campus. 

He is Jim Woland. teacher of English 
at Palmyra High and lover of music and 
theater. He'll have a hand in everything, 
from signing contracts with artists to 
printing and selling tickets. 

But he won't have to worry about 
facilities. Lebanon Valley is taking care 
of that. The college is offering the use of 
Lutz Hall in Blair Music Center and the 
Little Theater in Mund Center. The hall 
will give the fest its largest seating capacity 
ever, and the theater is an acoustical gem 
for concert artists. 

Authors & Artists offers musicians, 
singers, writers and outstanding theatrical 
talents ranging from Shakespearean actors 
to funk bands. Perhaps the best known of 
the array from seasons past was Julie 
Harris. She starred for two years as Emily 
Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst" and 
as Charlotte Bronte in "Currer Bell. Esq." 
Each season, the series has closely 

Jim Woland, the man behind it all. 

followed the format it established the first 
year. But there have been a few controver- 
sies over the years, too. Most memorable 
was last year's criticism of the modern 
dance company, Pilolobus. Because part 
of its repertoire is performed in the nude, 
some members of the community objected. 
"The incident was a temporary source of 
discomfort," Woland says, "but only for 
those not in attendance. The audience was 
mesmerized by the company and its ability. 
We had warned them in advance that some 
performances included nudity or partial 
nudity. It's important to let an audience 
know what they'll be seeing." 

Woland has had an extensive career in 
scouting talent, and over the years the 
reputation of Authors & Artists has grown. 
"In the beginning, some agents were a bit 
reluctant to send a performer to a high 
school venue." Woland states. "But artists 
who have appeared are eager to come back, 
and they have nothing but praise for the 
way they are treated— from food and 
accommodations to the enthusiastic audi- 
ence response." 

Because the Palmyra school board's 
action rescinding the program came after 
all the 1991-92 contracts had been signed, 
Woland in the past few months had to 
negotiate new agreements with the per- 
formers. Most of the dates remain the 
same, and only one event was lost in the 

In the future, Woland will factor the 
college calendar into his planning, gearing 
some performances toward Homecoming 
and Alumni Weekends and similar busy 
times on campus. 

During the past decade, a large following 
has developed from Lebanon. Dauphin, 
Lancaster and York counties, with other 
patrons coming from as far away as 
Reading and the Philadelphia area. 

Woland tells of an especially enthusias- 
tic 74-year-old man who each year has 

bought a front-row center seat for every 
performance. At the other end of the age 
spectrum, elementary school kids would 
stand on their seats cheering the Dirty 
Dozen Brass Band, he recalls. 

Many of the performers are making 
return engagements. The Modern Mando- 
lin Quartet made such a hit last season in 
a week-long residency at Palmyra that they 
were invited to return next February for a 
two- week session, this time on campus. 
They will work with Lebanon Valley 
student string musicians in Blair Music 
Center, and with high school musicians as 
well. They will perform February 8. 

The campus has been uniformly enthusi- 
astic about giving a home to the series, 
says President John Synodinos. "We have 
long admired the Authors & Artists pro- 
gram. It brings top-quality speakers and 
cultural events to this area, and we're 
pleased we had an opportunity to preserve 
such a successful series for the community. 
It will also bring a new and exciting 
dimension to our campus." 

The 1991-92 season begins September 
6 with The Subdudes. a Colorado-based 
band. The other artists and authors are Bela 
Fleck and the Flecktones, with banjo jazz 
from their new Warner Brothers album 
(October 4); audience favorite Michael 
Hedges, known as the "Heavy Mental" 
guitarist (October 19); Mikita, an Afro- 
Caribbean funk band (October 25); the 
10-member Phoenix Dance Company from 
England (November 9); Leo Kottke. guitar- 
ist and poet (December 6); Zachary Rich- 
ard, Cajan rock musician (March 13); 
Brian Bedford, a Shakespearean actor 
(March 28); Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, a 
Boston-based cult band (April 3); and 
closing out the season on May 15, Henry 
Butler, a New Orleans jazz pianist. The 
insert in this issue features fall perform- 
ances in the series and other events spon- 
sored by the college. 

For ticket information about the Authors 
& Artists series, contact Jim Woland at 

Lois Fegan is a freelance writer based in 


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October 1 9 

Windham Hill's "Heavy 
Mental" guitarist brings his 
newest sounds to Annville. 

Fall 1991 

Comedy, drama, music, excitement 
and just sood fun— they're all on tap 
this fall durins Lebanon Valley 
Collese's biggest-ever season 
The line-up includes world 
class performing artists, 
captivating speakers, first-run v 
films and old favorites, wild 
and wacky comedians and the 
college's traditionally excellent 
art exhibits, concerts and athletic 
events. New this year: the campus 
has given a home to the Authors & 
Artists series. 


November 8-9 
This tour marks the first U.S. 
appearance for this exciting 
new dance company from 
England. They've received 
rave reviews on the Continent. 


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Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7:30 pm 


"Dances with Wolves 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
9:30 pm 

"Dances with Wolves" 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
7 and 10 pm 

"Dances with Wolves" 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
7 and 10 pm 

8:30 1 


Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 10 pm 

The Phillips Brothers 


Little Theater 

Mund College Center 

9 pm 



LVC vs. Kutztown 
Arnold Field 
4 pm 


Bela Fleck and the Flecktones 


Blair Music Center 

8 pm 


"Man of the Century" 
Dale Johnson as 
Sir Winston Churchill 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
7:30 pm 


for Managi 
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Michael Hedges 


Lynch Gymnasium 

8 pm 


Klement Hambourg 

Student recital 


Lutz Hall 

Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 

Blair Music Center 

8:30 pm 

8 pm 


LVC vs. Lycoming 
Arnold Field 
4 pm 


LVC vs. Juniata 
Arnold Field 
3 pm 

Rita Smith \ 
Value Syste 
Little Theat 
7:30 pm 


LVC vs. Western Maryland 

Arnold Field 7 pm 

"Silence of the Lambs" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 1 pm 



LVC vs. Western Maryland 

Arnold Field 1:30 pm 


LVC vs. Western Maryland 

Arnold Field 1:30 pm 

"Silence of the Lambs" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 10 pm 


Dr. Mort Berkowitz 
Hypnotist of the Stars 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 9 pm 


3 pm 

Student Recital 
Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 
8 pm 


Miller Chapel 
Room 101 9:30 pm 

Carl Rosen 

Mund College Center 
9 pm 

Miller Chapel 
Room 1 01 
7 and 10 pm 



December 6 

The guitarist nominated for 
Grammys has been busy 
composing for orchestras, too. 
He promises an evening of 
"three-dimensional music." 


This international series 
features five classics about 
coming of age. The films, 
shown on Sundays in 
September, are: "Diner," 
"Loves of a Blond," "Closely 
Watched Trains," "My Brilliant 
Career" and "400 Blows." 


September 6 

Lean, mean and incredibly 
talented, they come from 
Colorado, by way of New 
Orleans, and are headed for 
the top. 


October 26 

An eloquent, beautiful dance/ 
theater production about 
people living with AIDS. Said 
one critic, "This work gives us 
compassion, understanding 
and hope in a difficult time." 


October 26 

A magician, comedian and 
entertainer par excellence, 
Garner has delighted 
college, club, cruise 
ship and resort 
audiences in the 
United States 
and abroad. 






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2-4 pm 

exhibition through Sept. 22 

Mund College Center 


Loves of a Blonde" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 7:30 pm 


Green Card" 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
9:30 pm 

Green Card" 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
7 and 10 pm 

Timothy Erdman 


Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 8 pm 

My Brilliant Career" 
Millet Chapel 
Boon 101 

jam' 3Gaffney 


Exhi tion through Oct. 20 

Mun College Center 



Author John Barth 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 7:30 pm 

reception in Faust Lounge 

"Sleeping with the Enemy" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
9:30 pm 

11 am 






Thomas Smith 

on Pennsylvania novelist 

Conrad Richter 

Faust Lounge 

7:30 pm 

Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
9:30 pm 


LVC vs. Scranton 

Arnold Field 

4 pm 

"Through a Shattered Looking Glass' 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 7:30 pm 

"Through a Shattered Looking Glass" 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 

7:30 pm 





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LVC vs. 

Western Maryland 
Arnold Field 
4 pm 


Little Theater 

Mund College Center 

9:30 pm 

Oct. 25 and 26, 7 and 1 pm 

25 26! 


Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 8 pm 

for Admissions 
Call for details: 


Call for details: 






Student recital 
Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 
4 pm 

"The Naked Gun 2 1/2" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
9:30 pm 



Phoenix Dance Company 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
8 pm 


"The Naked Gun 2 1/2" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 10 pm 

Phoenix D; 
Little Thea 
Mund Colli 

Women's basketball 
LVC vs. Alvernia 
Lynch Gymnasium 
7 pm 

Timothy Erdman Green Card" 

trumpet Little Theater 

LutzHall Mund College Center 

Blair Music Center 8 pm 7 and 10 pm 

"Closely Watched Trains" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 7:30 pm 


LVC vs. Franklin and Marshall 

Arnold Field 

4 pm 


LVC vs. Albright 
Arnold Field 
3:30 pm 

"Sleeping with the Enemy" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 10 pm 

Achievement Challenge 
Golf Tournament 
1 1 am 


"Sleeping with the Enemy" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 1 pm 

LVC vs. Albright 
Arnold Field 
1:30 pm 

400 Blows" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7:30 pm 


ed Looking Glass" 


LVC vs. LVC Alumni 

Arnold Field 11 am 


LVC vs. Haverford 

Arnold Field 11 am 


LVC vs. Wilkes 

Arnold Field 1:30 pm 

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LVC vs. Millersville 

Arnold Field 4 pm 


"Through a Shattered Looking Glass" 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 7:30 pm 

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Mark Twain's "The Man 

That Corrupted Hadleyburg" 

with Conrad Bishop 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 7:30 pm 


Little Theater 

Mund College Center 

9:30 pm 


or details 


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LVC vs. Susquehanna 

Arnold Field 11 am 


LVC vs. Susquehanna 
Lynch Gymnasium 
11 am 


LVC vs. Delaware 
Arnold Field 
1 :30 pm 


Before Forever Dance Theater 

Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 

7:30 pm 

"The Magic and Comedy 

of Garner" 


Mund College Center 

9 pm 


Marcia Pickwell 

Memorial Concert 

with guest saxophonist 

David Bilger 


Blair Music Center 3 pm 



for artist 

Jim Kuhlman 

2-4 pm 

exhibition Oct. 20-Nov. 22 

Mund College Center 

"Silence of the Lambs" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
9:30 pm 


"The Naked Gun 2 1/2" 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 
7 and 10 pm 

10L- 12 


Phoenix Dance Company 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 8 pm 

SUN Teresa Bowers 

Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 
3 pm 

Student recital 
Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 
8 pm 

Colonel Dale Ackels 
Army War College, Carlisle 
"America in Africa: What Next?' 
Miller Chapel 
Room 101 11 am 

Photographer Richard Darcey 
"Through a Journalist's Eye" 
Faust Lounge 
7:30 pm 


'Admission charge 

Women's basketball 
LVC vs. Alvernia 
Lynch Gymnasium 
7 pm 






Neil Dreibelbis 


exhibition through Dec. 20 

Mund College Center 



Percussion Ensemble 
Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 
8 pm 

I and Ted's Bogus 
Little Theater 
Mund College Center 
9:30 pm 

Gerry Petrofes Wrestling 


Leo Kottke 


Lutz Hall 

Blair Music Center 8 pm 

I and Ted's 
Bogus Journey" 
Little Theater 
Mund College Centei 
7 and 10 pm 

and Ted's 
us Journey" 

Little Theater 

Mund College Center 

7 and 10 pm 

for Admissions 
Call for details: 

Gerry Petrofes Wrestling 


LVC vs. Lycoming 

Arnold Sports Center 1 pm 

Men's basketball 

LVC vs. Drew 

Lynch Gymnasium 8 pm 


*Admission charge 

"Christmas at the Valley" 
concert and reception 
Miller Chapel 
7:30 pm 


All of our events are open to the public and many are free. 
Events that require a ticket are indicated with an * 
For more information on events or to inquire about tickets, 
please call: MtmPH-tW A i l\ i-^M 

Jim Woland 



Mund College Center 


Athletic Department 


Music Department 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 

By John Deamer, Jr. 
Sports Information Director 

Baseball (10-17) 

Lebanon Valley began the 1991 season on 
a positive note with a 6-5 start, but a 
nine-game losing streak ensued to keep the 
Dutchmen from recording a winning sea- 

The team's Most Valuable Players were 
co-captains Troy Celesky and Scott Wauger- 
man. Celesky led the team in hitting (.397), 
RBIs (25), homeruns (5) and hits (35). 
Waugerman sported a .293 average and 
11 RBIs. 

Larry Fry, who went 4-4 with a 4.02 
earned run average, led the pitching staff. 

Lebanon Valley enjoyed a 4-3 record 
on its annual spring trip to Cocoa Expo in 
Florida, recording wins over Concordia, 
Bethel, LaRoche and Wilkes. 

Head coach Tim Ebersole will add 13 
freshmen to a squad that lost only four 

Men's golf (10-9-1) 

Lebanon Valley golfers finished with a 
winning season and an 11th place among 
the 22 teams in the MAC Tournament. 

Senior Tom Giovinazzo again led the 
team with an average of 83. He finished 
his four-year career with an 80.5 average 
and also placed eighth, seventh and sixth 
in the MAC Tournaments during that 

Jeff Randazzo finished second on the 
team with an 84 average. Mike Spangler 
finished third with an 86 average. 

Softball (7-13) 

Lebanon Valley softball turned in a respect- 
able season under first-year head coach 
Kathy Nelson. 

The spring featured victories over Mes- 
siah College, Susquehanna University, 
King's College and two wins each over 
Washington College and Juniata College. 

Nannette Bassinsky was the team's Most 
Valuable Player. She turned in a .391 

.... &>,...- I 

Better times for baseball next year"? 

batting average with 9 RBIs and 64 hits. 

Co-captains Danielle Campbell and Jen 
Leitao hit .316 and .224, respectively. 

Christy Engle's pitching accounted for 
all seven Lebanon Valley wins. She fin- 
ished with a team-leading 2.34 earned run 

Track and Field 

Men (12-2) 

Women (6-5) 

Lebanon Valley's men's and women's 

track and field teams both finished in a 

winning way. 

Captain Scott Young turned in another 
outstanding season. The junior finished 
11th in the nation in the Steeple Chase at 
the NCAA meet in Ohio, placed in the top 
six in the Steeple Chase and 5K events at 
the MAC meet, and set a school record in 
the 3,000 meter Steeple Chase (9:13.6). 

Scott Davis set a school record with a 
javelin throw of 192'2". Davis took second 
in the MAC meet in May. Greg Kutz set a 
school record in the pole vault with 13 '9". 
He finished second in the MAC meet. 

Beth Moyer set two school records, in 
shot (38'8") and discuss (1 12'5") Captain 
Trish Haeusler placed eighth in both long 
jump and triple jump at the MAC meet. 

Athletes honored 

Six major awards were presented to stu- 
dents at the 42nd Annual All-Sports Ban- 
quet this past May. 

Carla Myers won the Outstanding Woman 
Athlete Award in recognition of her efforts 
as a center for the women's basketball 

Brian Wassell received the Chuck Mas- 
ton Award in honor of his record-breaking 
efforts with the football team. 

Teammate Ty Wilhide became the ninth 
recipient of the college's Scott Wallace 
Memorial Award. 

Karl Liedtka, also a football player, 
received the college's John Zola Memorial 

Theodore Jones, a baseball player, re- 
ceived the Fellowship of Christian Ath- 
letes' Athlete of the Year Award. 

Danielle Campbell received the college's 
Women's Sportsmanship Award. Campbell 
was co-captain of the field hockey team 
and a member of the basketball and softball 

On the MAC Honor Roll 

Five Lebanon Valley College students were 
named to the Middle Atlantic Conference 
(MAC) Spring 1991 Academic Honor Roll. 
Those so honored had to maintain a 
minimum grade point average (GPA) of 
3.4 and play a spring sport. 

Honored were Dave Esh, Kathryn Ford, 
Larry Fry, Jay Yoder and Scott Young. 

Esh, Fry and Yoder were members of 
the baseball team. Esh, a physics major, 
had a 3.54 GPA. A pitcher, he went 2-4 
with a 5.25 earned run average this past 
season. Fry, an elementary education ma- 
jor, maintained a 3.56 GPA. He pitched a 
4-4 season with a 4.07 earned run average. 
Yoder, a 1991 physics graduate, finished 
with a 3.83 GPA. A third baseman, he hit 
.204 and knocked in 10 runs during the 

Ford, an English major on the softball 
team, had a 3.51 GPA. She hit .256 this 
past season, had no errors in the field and 
stole three bases. 

Young is a mathematics/actuarial sci- 
ence major with a 3.5 GPA. The track and 
field standout was an NCAA National 
Qualifier who set a school record this past 
spring in the 3,000 meter Steeple Chase. 

Fall 1991 


S M A K E R 

New general officer 

Robert A. Riley, executive director of 
computing and telecommunications, has 
been appointed by President John Synodi- 
nos to the position of general officer of the 

Riley, a 1976 graduate of Elizabethtown 
College, was academic coordinator of 
Lebanon Valley's computer center from 
1976 to 1978. For the next 10 years, he 
worked at Dickinson College, where he 
held several positions in the computer area, 
including associate director of computer 
services. He returned to Lebanon Valley 
three years ago as director of computer 

He joins the college's other officers who 
are responsible for top-level administra- 
tion. They are Richard Charles, vice 
president for advancement; Deborah Ful- 
lam, controller and treasurer; Robert Ha- 
milton, vice president for administration; 
William McGill, vice president and dean 
of the college; and Greg Stanson, dean of 
enrollment services. 

Two top teachers 

Dr. Scott Eggert, associate professor of 
music, and Joanne Cole Rosen, adjunct 
instructor in chemistry, at the May 1 1 
Commencement ceremony were honored 
for their excellence as teachers. 

Eggert received the $1,000 Christian R. 
and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teach- 
ing Award, and Rosen received the $500 
Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational 
Teaching. The Lindback award is sup- 
ported by grants from the Christian R. and 
Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and the 
Knisely award is named for Nevelyn 
Knisely, adjunct instructor of piano, who 
was its first recipient. 

Eggert received his D.M.A. from the 
University of Kansas. He teaches music 
theory, composition and piano. Eggert is 
active as a composer, having premiered 
major works on campus. He has been at 
Lebanon Valley College since 1983. 

Rosen holds a bachelor's degree in 

Susan Atkinson 

Owen Moe 

chemistry from the University of North 
Carolina, and is completing work on her 
master's degree. She joined the college in 
1990 after having been an adjunct professor 

Jennifer Dawson 

of chemistry at Millersville University and 
a research assistant at the Heinemann 
Research Laboratories. She teaches intro- 
ductory chemistry and lab courses. 


The Valley 

Economics appointment Blooming professionally 

Dr. Paul Heise, formerly assistant profes- 
sor of economics at St. Anselm College in 
New Hampshire, has been appointed to 
teach economics. He will be filling in for 
Dr. Ed Krebs, who is taking a two-year 
leave of absence to serve in the Pennsylva- 
nia House of Representatives. 

Interim chaplain 

The Rev. Timothy Dewald will serve as 
adjunct chaplain while the college contin- 
ues its search for a new chaplain. Dewald 
will also continue to work as an adjunct 
professor in the math department. 

Former Chaplain John Abernathy Smith 
has accepted a position as pastor of Cowan 
Fellowship Church in Cowan, Tennessee. 
Friends can write to him at P.O. Box 157, 
Cowan, TN 37318. 

Arts program manager 

Jim Woland has been hired to manage the 
Authors & Artists cultural series on a 
part-time basis. He will retain his job 
teaching English at Palmyra High School, 
where he's taught for the past 24 years. 

Woland, a graduate of Shippensburg 
University, is an expert in British literature, 
particularly the works of Shakespeare. 

Elected treasurer 

Dave Evans, director of career planning 
and placement, was elected treasurer of the 
Pennsylvania College Career Services As- 
sociation during its recent annual meeting. 

Prestigious invitation 

Dr. John Norton, chair of the political 
science department, was invited to partici- 
pate in the annual National Security Semi- 
nar at the Army War College in Carlisle. 
He was among some 130 civilians selected 
to join the current class of mid-level 
military officers in the final week of their 
year of study at the college. 

Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor of biology, 
has been accepted into the Professional 
Exchange Program at the Chicago Botanic 
Garden. The program provides hands-on 
educational experiences for both profes- 
sionals and garden staff. Verhoek will 
work with the garden's interpretive staff 
as part of her sabbatical project. 

Education awards 

Jan Ogurcak, a sophomore elementary 
education major, won the Delta Kappa 
Gamma Society International Nu chapter 
Grant-in-Aid Award for 1991. She was 
selected from a large group of female 
applicants from Lebanon County. 

Janet Montanaro, a senior elementary 
education major, was honored by the 
Lebanon-Lancaster Reading Association 
at its April banquet. She received the 
group's Outstanding Preparation for the 
Teaching of Reading and Language Arts 
Commendation Award. Montanaro also 
received the Shippensburg Chapter of Phi 
Delta Kappa's Excellence in Student Teach- 
ing Award for Elementary Education. 

Research published 

Dr. Jan Pedersen, assistant professor of 
psychology, has had a research study, 
"Conflict and Its Resolution in Small 
Groups of One- and Two-Year-Olds," 
accepted for publication in the journal 
Child Development. 

Heads teaching group 

Dr. Susan Atkinson, assistant professor 
of education, has been elected president 
of the Harrisburg Chapter of Phi Delta 
Kappa, an international teaching fraternity. 

Chemistry whiz kids 

The Eastern Analytical Symposium has 
awarded senior chemistry major Karla 
Rittle an all-expenses paid trip to the 

organization's November convention in 
New Jersey. She was one of five students 
to be selected for the award. The conven- 
tion is an annual national professional 
meeting dedicated to analytical chemistry 
and related areas. 

A paper by Dr. Owen Moe, professor 
of chemistry, and four of his students was 
published in the May 1991 issue of the 
Journal of Chemical Education. The paper 
is titled "Quantitative Determination of the 
Amino Acid Composition of a Protein 
Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spec- 
trometry." Student co-authors were Chris- 
tian Hamann ('88), David Myers ('89), 
Karla Rittle ('92) and Ed Wirth ('90). 

Essays in Vermont 

Marie Bongiovanni, assistant professor 
of English, was invited to the Writing 
Workshop at Bennington College in Ver- 
mont, held June 30 to July 14, to study 
personal essay writing under the direction 
of Philip Lopate. 

Honors for an article 

Lois Fegan, a Hershey freelancer who 
writes regularly for The Valley, captured a 
first-place award in the Pennsylvania Press 
Club contest for her article, "Beijing 
Spring in Retrospect," which appeared in 
the Fall 1990 issue. 

Student activities 

Jennifer Marie Dawson has been named 
director of student activities. Dawson earned 
a bachelor of science degree in apparel and 
textile marketing at Kansas State Univer- 
sity and a master of science degree in 
counseling, with an emphasis in college 
student personnel, from Shippensburg Uni- 

As part of her graduate assistantship, she 
interned in Shippensburg's student affairs 
office, where she assisted the director of 
student activities, helped to plan the univer- 
sity's drug and alcohol program and worked 
on multicultural workshops. 

Fall 1991 


A boost toward college . . . 

Lebanon Valley College was one of 86 
colleges and universities across the nation 
honored for their efforts to increase the 
number of minority students in college. 

The President's Forum on Teaching as 
a Profession, a coalition of college and 
university presidents, recognized Lebanon 
Valley for its Education Partnership Pro- 
gram. The honor came during a conference 
in Atlanta sponsored by the American 
Association for Higher Education. 

The college's program, a six-year pilot 
project, is following a Lebanon School 
District sixth-grade class through the next 
six years of their education. Ultimately 
focusing on economically disadvantaged 
students, the program begins by bringing 
youngsters on campus to become more 
familiar with a college environment. Later 
the program identifies those qualified to 
pursue a college education and helps them 
to do so. 

Each college-bound student is matched 
with a Lebanon Valley freshman who 
serves as a mentor and maintains contact 
throughout the high school years. The 
college will assist the students in applying 
for college and securing financial aid. A 
special scholarship fund is being created 
for those who choose to attend Lebanon 
Valley College. 

Lebanon Valley's program, like those 
of the 85 other colleges honored, "provides 
a combination of mentoring, support, skill 
building, enrichment and advocacy neces- 
sary for fostering student achievement," 
said Donald Kennedy, president of Stan- 
ford University and chair of the President's 

. . . and another boost 

An $1 1 ,035 grant will fund a program to 
provide academic and personal support to 
low-income students in grades 6-12 of the 
Lebanon School District. Some 150 private 
colleges and universities from throughout 
the country vied for one of these grants 
from the Consortium for the Advancement 
of Private Higher Education. Lebanon 

Some "clients" of the child care center that opened in the Fencil Building in July. 

Valley was one of 17 successful applicants. 

The grant will provide counseling, tutor- 
ing, mentoring, summer programs and 
campus-based activities for low-income 
Lebanon School District students, accord- 
ing to Dr. William McGill, vice president 
and dean of the college. 

"Part of the money will be used for 
scholarships for high school juniors and 
seniors to attend our Youth Scholars Insti- 
tute summer program. The rest of the grant 
will be used for the Lebanon Valley 
Education Partnership, a cooperative pro- 
gram between the college and the Lebanon 
School District." 

New partner in science 

The physics department received a Partners 
in Science Grant for $12,000 from the 
Research Corporation of Tucson, Arizona. 
The funds are being used to encourage a 
local high school science teacher to become 
actively involved in research at the college. 
The first recipient began his work this 
summer. Michael Routsong, a physics 
teacher from Cedar Cliff High School, 
joined a research team headed by physics 
professor Michael Day. They will work 
on a two-year project to test new theoretical 
methods for determining the macroscopic 
properties of magnetic solids from their 
atomic structure. 

The grant pays Routsong's salary and 
provides computer equipment for both 
Cedar Cliff High School and the college. 

Child care center opens 

The Lebanon Valley Child Care and Learn- 
ing Center, located in the college's Fencil 
Building and operated by Lutheran Social 
Services, opened its doors on July 22. 

Jackie Weaver, a former pre-kindergar- 
ten teacher at the Cornwall Children's 
Center, is coordinator of the center that can 
accommodate 49 children ranging from 
infants to pre-teens. 

All college employees are eligible for a 
10 percent discount on child care costs. 
Full-time students receive a $10 discount 
on the $25 application fee. Students may 
also work at the center and receive a $2.50 
per hour credit toward the hourly rate. 

The driving forces behind the child care 
center were Susan Stanson ('66), director 
of Family Day Care Homes for Lutheran 
Social Services, and Lebanon Valley's 
president, John Synodinos. 

Global warning 

A pressing set of environmental problems 
will determine the quality of life far into 
the future, Bill McKibben warned the 
college's 185 graduating seniors. And 

24 The Valley 

they're the ones who will have to deal with 
the problems, the author and environmen- 
talist emphasized to them. 

McKibben, who wrote the best-selling 
book The End of Nature, spoke at the 
college's 122nd Annual Commencement 
Ceremonies in early May. The environ- 
mental problems facing the world "are not 
something we can wait for scientists to 
solve. This planet is in great danger and 
we must act and act quickly," he stressed. 

Renaissance continues 

Renovations and improvements to the cam- 
pus' physical plant continued this summer. 
Bollinger Plaza and the area surrounding 
Laughlin Hall have new landscaping, and 
the English department has moved from 
English House on College Avenue. Its new 
home is the second floor of the Administra- 
tion Building, now called the Humanities 
Center. Tearing down some walls created 
two large spaces, which were subdivided 
into offices. New carpet, paint and lighting 
create a bright and pleasant atmosphere. 

Down memory lane 

Some 300 alumni returned to the campus 
June 7-9 for the annual Alumni Weekend. 
Built around the theme, "Remembering the 
Past— Celebrating the Future," the week- 
end featured a variety of entertainment, 
food and opportunities for fellowship. 
Highlights were a golf tournament, a jazz 
concert by Tom Strohman ('75) and Third 
Stream, a crab fest and a play, "The Vision 
of Miles and Thomas." The drama was 
written by Dr. Art Ford ('57) and per- 
formed by President John Synodinos and 
Dean William McGill. 

Greek odyssey 

Twelve adventurers spent two weeks in 
Greece in May as part of a continuing 
education course. 

Headquartered in Athens, they were 
within walking distance of the Acropolis, 
Syntagma Square and the Plaka shopping 

Continuing education travelers Florence Barnhart ('47), Carolyn Shenk and Donna and 
Dan ('70) Salerno take in the view at Delphi. 

and dining area. They also visited locales 
made famous in mythology: Corinth, the 
site of Medea; Mycenae, the site of 
Agamemnon; Delphi, where the oracle 
predicted that Oedipus would kill his father 
and marry his mother; and other sites, 
including Olympia, that are important to 
understanding Greek culture. Then the 12 
took a cruise on the Aegean Sea. 

Eager for more, half the participants 
flew to Cairo for several days, while the 
rest spent a few days on the island of Crete 
to investigate the ruins of the Minoan 

Dr. Arthur Ford, associate dean of the 
college, devised the course for the spring 
semester to incorporate elements of ancient 

Greek history, society, culture, architec- 
ture, sculpture and literature. The trip to 
Greece was the final exam, so to speak. 

The only hitch in the schedule occurred 
when Ford was called back to the States, 
only one day into the trip, due to the death 
of his father. His wife, Mary Ellen, also a 
seasoned traveler who had visited Greece 
several times before, took over. 

The Fords were joined on the trip by 
continuing ed students Mary Carolyn Falk, 
Laura Hager, Theresa Reynolds and Karen 
Kohr; Dan Salerno ('70) and his wife, 
Donna; Dr. Leon Markowicz, professor of 
leadership studies; Florence Barnhart ("47); 
and Carolyn Shenk and Kate Alger, friends 
of the college. 

Reminiscing at the Alumni Awards Luncheon during Alumni Weekend were (standing, 
l-r) Pauline Charles, Vice President for Advancement Dick Charles and Janet Gessner 
Roberts ('68) and (seated) Helen Neidig, Dr. H. Anthony Neidig ('43), Dr. Ned Heindel 
('59), Dr. Linda Heefner Heindel ('59) and Dr. Martin Gluntz ('53). 

Fall 1991 


Signs of Joy 

At a church for the deaf, 
the Rev. Peggy Johnson, 
a former music major, 
finds ways to communicate 
song through sight. 

26 The Valley 

By Beth Arburn Davis 

The discovery that music could 
be "heard" with the eyes laid 
the foundation for the chosen 
work of the Rev. Peggy Johnson 
('75) as minister to a deaf 
congregation. "Sign language is very musi- 
cal. In some ways I think sign is the most 
beautiful way of expressing music," says 
the pastor for two Baltimore area churches, 
Christ United Methodist Church for the 
Deaf and Lansdowne United Methodist 
Church (at the latter, she shares the 
pastoring responsibilities with her minister 
husband, Michael). 

It was at Lebanon Valley that Peggy 
Oliver first began to think of music in 
visual terms, when she was a voice student 
and music education major. "Dr. George 
Curfman emphasized that if you hear it, 
you've got to see it. He told us you have 
to listen with your eyes and he urged us to 
make music visual for children," she says. 

She learned something else at Lebanon 
Valley: how to be a student. High school 
came easy for her, and she was "a shining 
star" in her music classes. She heard about 
Lebanon Valley's good reputation in music 
education, and so applied and was ac- 
cepted. Then came reality. 

"The Valley has really high academic 
standards. And I just about died from 
academic shock. I never had to write a 
paper in high school. I was really ill- 
prepared," she notes. 

She struggled even in music, her forte, 
finding the conservatory's standards strict 
indeed. "I was dwarfed by the kids in my 
classes who were superior. I was crushed 
because I never made the band or the choir. 
I was never chosen for a recital. I went 
there for that, but by not getting it I think 
I got the better gift of learning to face 
disappointment," she says. 

Her first job after college was teaching, 
which she enjoyed, but the call to the 
ministry became stronger. "I grew up in 
the church, but I don't feel like I made a 
commitment on my own as a Christian until 
I was at the Valley. I had always felt like 

there was a claim on my life for the 
ministry, though I thought I could just do 
God's work with music." By going to 
seminary, she felt she "was answering a 
call that had been issued a long time ago." 

She entered Asbury Theological Semi- 
nary in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1977 and 
graduated three years later. While there, 
she met and married Michael Johnson, a 
fellow student. Their son Peter was born 
in 1981, and son Gabriel arrived in 1983. 

After serving in four churches in 
Frederick, Maryland, Peggy and Michael 
ended up in Baltimore as co-pastors at 
Lansdowne United Methodist Church, the 
church in which Peggy, a Baltimore-area 
native, had grown up. "Yes," she says 
with a laugh, "I'm my mother's minister." 

Her interest in the deaf was piqued 
during her work as a volunteer. She has 
also served as chaplain's assistant at Gal- 
laudet University for the Deaf. 

She took over the struggling Christ 
United Methodist Church for the Deaf in 
1988, when the congregation consisted of 
only 12 members. Today there are 70 
members who come from all over the area. 

"I find the deaf very musical people," 
she says. "Sign is a beautiful way of 
expressing music." She also appreciates 
the candidness of the deaf. "If they don't 
like something, they tell you straight out. 
They're blunt. You always know where 
you stand. If they're having a fight, they 

get it out and they're all friends again." 

The congregation regularly "talks to me 
when I'm preaching," she says, and she 
welcomes the give and take, even when 
members tell her off or disagree with her, 
"which they do occasionally." 

But it's obvious they like her. One 
parishioner, quoted in a Baltimore-area 
publication that featured her church, said 
he drives long distances to attend. "We 
don't care so much about the distance," 
he said. "We're happy to be able to go and 
worship and mix around with other deaf 

And mix they do, Johnson says. "They 
don't leave after the church service. There's 
always a covered-dish lunch, and they stay 
and talk for hours." 

As if her life weren't busy enough, 
Johnson will begin studying for her doctor 
of ministry degree this fall at Washington 
D.C.'s Wesley Theological Seminary, with 
an emphasis on deaf and deaf/blind minis- 
try. Hoping to become fluent in Braille 
transcription, she is taking a correspon- 
dence course from the Library of Congress. 

She accomplishes everything, she says, 
because "I never sit down. Never. I just 
go, go, go." 

Beth Arburn Davis is a freelance writer 
who regularly writes for The Philadelphia 

How Her Deaf Choir Adds "Wings to the Words" 

By Donna Shoemaker 

When a neighboring church gave 
her choir a set of handbells, the 
Rev. Peggy Johnson thought 
there was no way on "God's green earth" 
that members would want to use them. All 
20 of her choir regulars are deaf, so not 
only wouldn't they be able to hear the 
tones, but holding the bells might interfere 
with how they sing: by signing the lyrics 
with their hands. 
But she brought the bells to choir 

practice one evening at the brick house 
that serves as Christ United Methodist 
Church for the Deaf in Baltimore. She 
apologized to the choir, saying "you all are 
going to think this is really funny. . . ." 
But instead, "they knocked me over to get 
to the bells," she's delighted to say in her 
rapid-fire way. And they've been ringing 
the handbells joyfully ever since. 

The deaf can sense the vibrations and 
see the rhythmic motions of ringing bells. 
Besides, they know very well when they're 
"making a racket"— and that's fun for 

Fall 1991 


The Rev. Peggy Johnson and her deaf choir make beautiful music through the medium of 
signing. She learned to think of music visually while a student. 

them in itself, adds Johnson. One choir 
member who retained some hearing in the 
high registers loves to play the smallest of 
the bells, for she can sometimes hear their 
high-octave peals. The choir occasionally 
enlists a base drum, too, feeling its deep 
reverberations through the floor. "It shocks 
my musical tastes," Johnson admits, "but 
it's perfect for them." 

Using visuals to bring the word of God 
to those who cannot hear it has special 
meaning for Johnson. She's been blind in 
one eye since birth. 

Johnson arranges the choir's tours (this 
year, they have given 40 concerts in three 
states). But she downplays her role in the 
choir's success, saying she mostly cues 
them as she plays tapes of the music— an 
aural aid both for her and for those in an 
audience who can hear. "I let the deaf lead. 
They make the decisions about how to sign 
the words," she emphasizes. "It's con- 
troversial how you sign a particular word. 
We talk about what it means to have the 
holy spirit in your heart." 

How does a deaf choir convey to a deaf 

congregation the difference between when 
they are singing a hymn and when they are 
reciting a psalm? If a composition doesn't 
have words, she observes wryly, "we're 
out of luck." The sign language used in 
singing, Johnson explains, "is more wavy, 
more frilly. The hand motions add a little 
extra curve, the arms and hands make 
more flourishes." In short, she sums up, 
singing by signing "adds wings to the 

For example, the usual way to indicate 
"me" when using sign language to talk 
with another person would be by quickly 
pointing an index finger to the chest. But 
in their "singing" sign language, for the 
word "me" choir members "sweep both 
hands down the body— it's much more 
beautiful, much more musical." 

Expressing the intangibles in any lan- 
guage requires far more than one word or 
one gesture. In singing "Holy, Holy, 
Holy" Johnson notes, she urges choir 
members to express in every way "feel, 
feel, feel." One way of signing "holy" in 
a song begins with the sign for the letter 

H. Then, she explains, your hand grace- 
fully moves into "swinging that H around 
in a circle, and letting your right hand land 
in your left palm. You smooth the right 
palm across the left palm in a motion that 
literally means clean— you're literally say- 
ing God is clean." 

Finding ways to describe the spiritual 
nature of the Lord can be especially 
frustrating as she teaches religion to deaf 
children or works with deaf/blind teen- 
agers. To represent the word "God" in sign 
language usually is done by pointing to the 
sky, then pulling the hand down toward 
Earth. Yet such a gesture, especially for 
young children, never seems to go far 
enough in explaining how a spirit differs 
from the things they can touch. 

Johnson spends several weeks each year 
with deaf children as she helps out in 
summer camps. There, at least, surrounded 
by sensory experiences— swimming, crab- 
bing, crafts— "they can just be kids and 
forget about words." 

Another of her projects adds still another 
level of complexity to communication. At 
the Maryland School for the Blind, the 
Methodist minister has teamed up with a 
nun and a layperson to teach religion to 
three deaf/blind teens, patiently one-on-one 
spelling out words into their hands. She'll 
tell them Bible stories using as many 
objects and senses as she can. To relate the 
story of the Three Wise Men, for example, 
Johnson brought in coins for them to hold 
(representing gold) and fragrant frankin- 
cense and myrrh. "We've taken them to 
churches to put their arms around the big 
pipes of pipe organs," which was a special 
treat, Johnson notes. 

She recalls the lilting sound of two of 
the deaf/blind teens playing harmonicas to 
one another, somehow harmoniously. She 
remembers her own sense of wonder as she 
listened to their notes rise and fall in a 
haunting pattern: "It made the hair stand 
up on my arms— they were together, but 
they couldn't hear or see each other." 

Donna Shoemaker is editor of the Alumni 
Magazine Consortium. 


The Valley 

Missing: A number of good friends 

Charles W. Mills '09 

Ivan L. Ressler '13 

Curvin E. Brenneman '15 

Anna Fasnacht Edmonds ' 19 
Kathryn Gingrich Richard ' 19 

Carrie Walborn Books '20 
William I. Herring '20 

Josephine Bonitz Leisman '21 

Claude S. Anderson '24 
Esther A. Gilbert '24 
John A. Wenner '24 

Leroy G. Rittle '26 
Maurice H. Williard '26 

Carl E. Rojahn '28 

Bayard L. Hammond '29 
Mary Overly Hertzler '29 

Anne Gordon '30 
Wilson K. Lewars '30 
Clarence I. Noll (Dr.) '30 
D. Ralph Sprecher '30 

Titus M. Books '31 
Robert Eshleman '31 
Henry R. Harris '31 
Robert F. Schaak '31 
James E. Wagner '31 
Earl Emerson Wolf 
(Lt. Col.) '31 

Karl R. Albert '32 
James D. Frevola '32 
Andres L. Morales '32 
Dorothy Slater Spotts '32 
Arthur W. Thompson '32 
Gerald E. White '32 
Helen M. Yingst '32 

Margaretta Dougherty '33 
Mabel O. Hoffsommer '33 
Charles E. Kraybill '33 

Harold R. Green (Dr.) '34 
Thomas S. May '34 
Clarence Pike (Rev.) '34 
Lester H. Reed '34 
Walter C. Shaffer '34 

Elizabeth Ford Anderson '35 
Alton D. Carl '35 
Charles V.B. Daugherty '35 
Harry A. Edwards '35 
Elbridge B. Hartman '35 
Isabelle Runk Nebinger '35 
Ivan C. Newcomer '35 

Dorothy Balsbaugh '36 

Alberts. Ebbert '36 

Martin J. Flinchbaugh (Dr.) '36 

John I. Funk '36 

H. Lester Krone '36 

Helen Jean Bitting Louder '36 

Mary Summer Newman '36 

Calvin H. Reber Jr. '36 

Elnora L. Reeder '36 

MillerS. Schmuck '36 

George E. Shadel '36 

Carl W Shank '36 

George R. Smoker '36 

Henry M. Uhler '36 

The Alumni Office needs your help in locating addresses for the 
following alumni. We'd like to send them The Valley and other 
alumni mailings. Other names will appear in a future issue. 

If you have any information on these missing friends, please 
write to: Monica Kline, director of Alumni Programs, Lebanon 
Valley College, 101 N. College Ave., Annville, PA 17003. Or 
call her at (717) 867-6321. 

Ruby L. Willwerth '36 
Catherine Deisher (Baxter) 
Ziegler '36 

Lawrence W Beachell '37 
Raymond C. Grandone '37 
John C. Houtz '37 
Wilbur A. Leech '37 
Burritt K.L. Lupton '37 
Charles A. Mutch '37 
Louise Hoffman Scheirer '37 
Raymond B. Stefano '37 
Elizabeth Bingaman Zorge '37 

Charles Simpson Davis '38 
Walter M. Ehrhart ' 38 
Esther Flom Guberman '38 
Paul E. Holdcraft '38 
Emma Smyser Hubsch '38 
G. Gilbert Knupp '38 
Harold W. Kroske '38 
Stuart L. Kutz '38 
Warren F. Moyer '38 
James G. Pentz '38 
Lenore Rice Rife '38 
Daniel L. Shearer '38 
D. Eugene Shenk '38 
Robert M. Snavely '38 
Ralph Walter Stone '38 
John J. Zeiter '38 

Karl E. Bowers '39 
Mebel Hummel Derr '39 
Sara K. Macewen Miller '39 
Howard A. Speece '39 
Clyde B.Raezer '39 
Walter N. Roberts '39 
M. Claude Rosenberry '39 
Howard Wenger '39 
Grover F. Zerbe '39 

Alfred B. Champlain '40 
Thomas G. Fox Jr. '40 
DwightM. Heiland'40 
Alfred H. Heilman '40 
Winfred W. Himmelwright '40 
Paul E. Horn '40 
Joseph R. Kreiser '40 
Herbert L. Miller '40 
Allen B. Zearfoss '40 

Frederick O. Brandt (Dr.) '41 
Laurene Dreas Daugherty '41 
Alexander J. Gittlen '41 
Arthur H. Kofroth '41 
Albert R. Kratz '41 
Frank R. Lennon '41 
Robert K. Long (Dr.) '41 
Josephine Early Loser '41 
James H. Ruebush '41 
Hiram C. Tindall'41 

Irene M. Barber '42 

Irvin Berman '42 

William H. Diefenderfer '42 

Sara Gayman Heverling '42 
Walter J. George '42 
Thomas W. Jackson Jr. '42 
Ralph E. Keim '42 
Dorian Loser Miller '42 
Juliet Gochnauer Stephan '42 
Gladys Parmer Sweigard '42 

Robert E. Crist '43 
Simpson B. Daugherty '43 
Joyce Hammond '43 
Robert A. Heilman '43 
Leona Witmer Judy '43 
Carl Landis '43 
Ruth Gruber Lentz '43 
PaulS. Moyer '43 
Jerome F. Novick '43 
Harry I. Oberholtzer '43 
Raymond F. Schmuhl '43 
Isaac N. Seldomridge '43 
Max G. Shively '43 
William H. Steele '43 
Verdun F. Tritch '43 
Herman VonBerge '43 
Ruth Kreider Webb '43 
Joseph H. Wolf '43 

James B. Felker '44 
Charles P. Frantz '44 
Alfred D. Keator '44 
J. Richard McCurdy '44 
Virginia Bemhard Manges '44 
Raymond G. Mowrey '44 
Jacob R. Schaeffer '44 
Leah Foltz Smith '44 
Jesse D. Wells III '44 
Claude R. Wickard '44 

Richard Albert '45 
Herbert L. Altman '45 
David H. Baker Jr. '45 
Doris H. Hoffman Denoyer '45 
Robert R. Good '45 
Audrey Heidgerd '45 
George A. Heiss '45 
Edward Martin '45 
Alexander M. Patch '45 
George W. Rodgers Jr. '45 
Virginia Kent (Diefenbach) 

Russell '45 
Donald E. Smyser '45 
Arthur W Stambach '45 
Harry A. WohlrabJr. '45 

Harvey J. Behney '46 
James F. Devlin '46 
Richard D. Dombach '46 
Richard M. Fluss '46 
Joseph Gollam '46 
Andrea Thompson Horner '46 
Lincoln F. Ramsey Jr. (Dr.) '46 
Sylvester Milton Koni-Gbagbe 

Renner '46 
KennethS. Shappell '46 

John W Swanger '46 

Richard E. Cover '47 
John W Fisher '47 
John S. Glen '47 
Miles Horst '47 
William L. Keifer '47 
Richard A. Kem '47 
Jane Lorenz Porter '47 
Robert L. Withelder '47 

Peter W Dykema '48 
Lycurgus P. Hill '48 
Lewis J. Levick '48 
Warren E. Light '48 
Joline Hackman Maxfield '48 
Alan M. Spector '48 
Sylvia Fister Sturdivant '48 
Albert C. Wedemeyer '48 

Betty Ritter Bachman '49 
Joyce E. Baker '49 
Richard Bard '49 
Mary Ellen Ceck '49 
JohnS. Coffman(Rev.) '49 
Robert Everhard (Dr.) '49 
Nancy Wall Hackman '49 
William F. Hare '49 
Homer A. Hummel '49 
Mary Neidermyer Martin '49 
Harry V. Masters '49 
Joseph J. Moyer '49 
Alphonse P. Palmieri (Dr.) '49 
Ruth E. Rauch '49 
Charles Reider (Rev.) '49 
Earl E. Rhine '49 
Charles M.A. Stine '49 
Mabel Studebaker '49 
Nicola Verni '49 
Frances Boger Wooten '49 

R. Wynn Albright '50 
John J. Beicher '50 
Clayton C. Boyer '50 
Ralph W. Clemens '50 
EarlG. Clouser (Dr. ) '50 
Charles K. Davis '50 
Richard W Donley '50 
James H. Duff '50 
John Eckert '50 
Cyril R. Faust '50 
Glenn H. Felty '50 
Clifford C. Fields '50 
Arthur W Geiselman Jr. '50 
Charles M. Goodyear '50 
Claude C. Grover '50 
Richard A. Hartman '50 
Clifford A. Heistand (Dr.) '50 
Charles R. Hoffman '50 
Anthony R. Hren '50 
Gerald S. Kleppinger '50 
Melvin M. Lane '50 
Irving A. Mall '50 
Donald M. Maurer '50 
John W. Neyer '50 
Ralph H. Paine '50 
Harold S. Patrick '50 
Richard E. Schmick '50 
John R. Sharkey '50 
Pauline Stoner '50 
Robert B. Thompson '50 
Jeanne Bozarth Uhrich '50 
Karl H. Uhrich '50 

Fall 1991 


M N I 

Meet a chemist and a dean 
who milk goats 

By Garry Lenton 

Ned Heindel and Linda Heefner (both '59) 
met in Lebanon Valley's chapel in their 
freshman year and married four years later. 
But it wasn't love at first sight. 

In fact, says Linda, though they sat side 
by side every day, they didn't talk to one 
another for nearly six months. Chapel was 
mandatory then, but taking notes on the 
sermon wasn't. "I studied biology and he 
studied chemistry, so we sat there with our 
noses in books." 

"Some of the lectures were good," Ned 
says with a chuckle. "But there was just 
something about being compelled to be 

Dr. Ned Heindel, now a Lehigh Univer- 
isty chemistry professor who conducts 
pharmaceutical research, is the 1991 Leba- 
non Valley Distinguished Alumnus. And 
Dr. Linda Heindel, associate dean of 
continuing education at Moravian College, 
was one of eight Lebanon Valley graduates 
honored with alumni citations this year. 

The couple lives in a 170-year-old 
farmhouse near Easton, where they indulge 
their interests in history and genealogy— 
and raise dairy goats. "They must be 
milked twice a day," Linda says. "I make 
cheese and yogurt and ice cream. The extra 
milk feeds a veal calf that's jumping around 
down here." 

Their farm is sited on the largest granite 
outcropping in Northhampton County. Farm- 
ers down through the years "must have 
worked pretty hard to work this property." 
Linda comments. 

The Heindels have been busy profession- 
ally since their Lebanon Valley days. In 
25 years at Lehigh, Ned has trained 31 
doctoral graduates in chemistry and 24 
post-doctoral graduates. He has worked 
on government- and industry-sponsored 
contracts to develop anti-arthritic com- 
pounds, contraceptives and cancer-fighting 
agents, among other projects. 

Dr. Linda Heindel '59 and Dr. Ned Heindel '59 were honored by the college. 

His laboratory has produced two agents 
now undergoing testing. One would be 
used to treat psoriasis, the other Alz- 
heimer's disease. 

Ned credits Dr. H. Anthony Neidig, 
chairman of Lebanon Valley's chemistry 
department, with giving him the foundation 
for his career. 

"I had a very positive experience in 
chemistry because of what was true then 
and is still true today— a very close 
student-faculty contact," says Ned. 

"Lebanon Valley prides itself on being 
a quality teaching institution. There isn't 
the incredible emphasis on publish or 
perish as there is at the major research 

"Neidig spent a lot of personal time with 
each and every student, showing us how 
to do things at the lab bench. He produced 
generation after generation of truly profes- 

sional chemists with his attention to their 

Linda started at Moravian in 1971 as an 
English instructor. Shortly after that, she 
was diagnosed with cancer and battled the 
disease for five years. At the same time, 
she completed work on her doctorate at 
Lehigh. She's spent the last nine years 
helping older adults who never started or 
completed college to find their way through 
the academic system. 

"Literacy, in its many faces, has been a 
long-standing interest," she says. "The 
rewarding thing is helping people get their 
lives in shape. You find a lot of people 
whose lives have fallen apart— especially 

When not coaching adults and students, 
conducting research or milking goats, the 
Heindels split their time among community 


The Valley 

Linda serves on the board of trustees for 
the local library. She helped develop a 
branch library that made it easier for 
residents in the outlying rural areas to 
borrow and return books. "It's just like a 
tiny little library, run entirely by volunteers 
that we try to arm-twist into helping," she 
says. She's also president of the board of 
trustees at the Mary Meuser Memorial 
Library in Wilson. 

Between the two of them, the Heindels 
hold memberships in at least five historical 
societies. "We both dabble in history as a 
hobby," he explains. "It's our safety valve 
for pressure relief when things at the office 
get to be too much." 

The Smithsonian Institution recently 
asked Ned to serve as a consultant on an 
exhibit, Science in American Life and the 
Lives of American Scientists. Opening in 
1993, it will trace the impact of such 
developments as the atomic bomb, the pill, 
Kodachrome film and nylon. It will be the 
Smithsonian's largest science exhibit ever, 
Ned says. 

Linda is secretary/treasurer and editor 
of the newsletter for the Williams Town- 
ship Historical Society. She's a member 
of the Pennsylvania German Historical 
Society, the Lenni Lenape Historical Soci- 
ety and the Northhampton County Histori- 
cal and Genealogical Society. She also 
edits the research bulletin for the James 
Burnside Historical Association. Burnside 
was a farmer in the Moravian settlement 
that later became Bethlehem. 

Such historical affiliations snowballed 
after the Heindels were appointed co-chairs 
of the local bicentennial committee in the 
early 1970s. "We ended up running some 
festivals and from that, it was decided to 
start a historical society," she says. Thus 
was born the Williams Township Historic 
Society. "It has managed to stay afloat all 
these years. The old-timers just love to get 
together to swap stories." 

Garry Lenton is bureau chief of The 
Patriot-News in Lebanon. 

Cited for service 

Six other Valley alumni and a special friend 
of the college were recognized for their 
achievements at the Alumni Award Lunch- 
eon during Alumni Weekend. 

Receiving Alumni Citations for their 
occupational or professional achievement, 
community service or service to the college 

■ David J. Fading ('56), a CPA and partner 
at Coopers & Lybrand in Philadelphia. He 
is a member of the American Institute of 
Certified Public Accountants; the Pennsyl- 
vania Institute of Certified Public Account- 
ants; and Beta Gamma Sigma, the national 
honor society for business administration. 

■ Michael P. Hottenstein ('58), a professor 
of management at Pennsylvania State Uni- 
versity in State College. He is a member 
of three honor societies: Pi Gammu Mu, 
the social science honor society; Beta 
Gamma Sigma, the business honor society; 
and Sigma Iota Epsilon, the management 
honor society. Hottenstein is also a member 
of the Academy of Management, the 
Decision of Sciences Institute and the 
Society for Manufacturing Engineers. 

■ Clair W Noll ('55), vice president of 
information services at Pennsylvania Power 
and Light in Allentown. He has served in 
the borough of Fleetwood as an auditor and 
is a member of the planning commission, 
the Central Berks County School Authority 
and the county zoning hearing board. Noll 
was also a member of the U . S . Coast Guard 
Auxiliary and of the community advisory 
committee to Allentown College's math 
and computer science department. 

■ Steve Scanniello ('78), head rosarian at 
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York. 
He has recently co-authored a book, Roses 
of America, and has served as a consultant 
to numerous publications on roses. His 
study of roses has taken him to gardens in 
eight countries, including England, France, 
Scotland and Spain. He was recently 

featured in a Sunday New York Times 
article on roses. 

■ Christian B. Walk, Jr. ('40), former 
director of the northwest region of the 
Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle, 
Washington. He was chosen from 56,000 
other employees to perform flight testing 
and certification of Boeing Aircraft Corpora- 
tion's fleet. He received the Legion of 
Merit from the United States Air Force and 
a Certificate of Recognition from President 
Nixon. Walk was also elected a fellow in 
the American Institute of Aeronautics and 

■ Ronald B. Weinel ('58), vice president 
of taxes at Ralston Purina in St. Louis. 
He was named to Who's Who in Finance 
and Industry, and has served as vice 
president and secretary of Franklin Town- 
ship's Sanitary Authority (in Chesterfield, 
Missouri), where he directed financial 
matters and accounting for a $10 million 
sewer and treatment plant construction 
project. Weinel is a member of the Finan- 
cial and Building Committees of the Park- 
way Baptist Church and is a substitute 
Sunday School teacher. 

■ Clark Carmean, retired dean of admis- 
sions at Lebanon Valley, served the college 
in a number of capacities from 1933 to 
1972. He was dean of men for five years, 
director of summer sessions for six years, 
director of auxiliary schools (all while 
teaching full-time in the music department) 
and dean of admissions from 1949 until his 
retirement. Along the way he served as 
president of Keystone Personnel and Guid- 
ance Association and as president of the 
Pennsylvania Chapter Association of Col- 
lege Admissions Counselors. During World 
War II he headed the Lebanon County Red 
Cross Disaster Committee and chaired the 
Blood Bank Committee for Lebanon Val- 
ley College. For 12 years he was a member 
of the Annville School Board. His service 
to the college continues through his con- 
sulting with admissions and serving on 
alumni committees. 

Fall 1991 



Pre- 1940s 


Edwin H. White '17 of Wemersville, PA, sends 
his greetings to classmates. Hal's current motto: One 
Day at a Time. 

Helen Hain Shearer '30 was scheduled for a hip 
operation and is hoping she can do better next year. 
Helen is busy volunteering in West Palm Beach, FL, 
and belongs to various organizations. 

Dorothy Thompson Gruber '31 is a retired ele- 
mentary school teacher in East Hartford, CT 

Paul V. Cunkle (Rev.) '38 retired as a Presbyterian 
minister of Long Island Presbytery in January 1981. 
Paul resides in "The Springs" of East Hampton 
Township, NY. 

C. Boyd Shaffer (Dr.) *38 and Louise Stoner 
Shaffer '38 are enjoying retirement and Florida living. 

Lloyd E. Beamesderfer (Rev.) '39 is the chaplain 
at Country Meadows of Hershey, a retirement center 
for the elderly in good health. Lloyd was recently 
appointed to the Advisory Council to the Religious 
Department, Dauphin County Prison. He is a member 
of the Board of Directors, Northeastern Region of 
Yokefellows International Prison Ministry. 


Mabel Moore Heller '19, May 18. 1991. Mabel 
taught in various schools, including 20 years in the 
Penn Manor School District, before retiring in 1966. 
She and her husband operated the former Berrydale 
Fruit Farm in Lancaster, PA. 

Benjamin F. Emenheiser '21, April 17, 1991. 
Benjamin taught history at City College in Baltimore 
for 44 years. In 1961 he was a guest on the television 
program, "I've Got a Secret." hosted by Baltimore 
native Garry Moore. Benjamin's secret— which a 
celebrity panel had to guess— was that he had flunked 
Moore in history. 

Gertrude Gingrich Shultz '22, Sept. 3, 1990. 

Martha L. Zeigler '24, date unknown. 

Harry E. Adams '25, April 30. 1991. 

Elsie Reider Adams '28, Dec. 2. 1989. 

Thomas C. Edwards '34, Feb. 15, 1991. Tom 
received his master's degree from the University of 
Michigan, where he went on to teach for 35 years. In 
1981 the university's Board of Regents commended 
him for his ability to communicate to his students his 
fondness of Shakespeare. Later in his career he 
translated and published The Proverbs of the Pathans 
with Mohammed Nawaz Tair, under the auspices of 
the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. 

Frank P. Boran '35, June 6, 1991. 

Raymond Patrizio '36, Feb. 18, 1991. Raymond 
was the president of his own business. York Beauty 
Supply Inc. During World War II, he served in the 
Army's 101st Paratrooper Division. 

Theodore M. Loose '37, July 30, 1988. Ted passed 
away of a heart attack at the age of 74. He was a 
veteran of World War II, having served as a supply 
sergeant. He retired from the Quality Control Depart- 
ment at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company after 33 
years. Ted was a member of Saint Mark's United 
Church of Christ. Reading. PA. He is survived by his 
wife, Edith, of Wyomissing. PA. and two daughters, 
Lorri K. Loose and Holly L. Loose. Lorri is assistant 
borough manager of Wyomissing Borough, and Holly 
is a CPA for Coopers and Lybrand and lives in 

Stoneham, MA. Ted was very fond of Lebanon Valley 
and spoke highly of his college experiences. 



John B. Mengel (Lt. Col,) '43 is president of The 
Charlotte (NC) Chapter of The International Fellow- 
ship of Christian Businessmen. 

Helen Ross Russell (Dr.) "43 of Jersey City. NJ. 
had the second edition of her book. Ten Minute Field 
Trips— Using the School Grounds for Environmental 
Studies, published by the National Science Teachers 

Mary Frank Habig '48 retired in June 1990 after 
having taught 29 years at Middletovvn Area (PA) High 
School. Mary began teaching English, then English/ 
Spanish and finally all Spanish. She was also the 
yearbook advisor for 21 years. 

Mary Eckert Hoffman '48 received a Distin- 
guished Alumna Award from the New York State 
Music Association in honor of her significant contribu- 
tions to the field. Mary has served as president of the 
Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and is 
a professor of Music and Music Education at the 
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has 
served as guest conductor of over 90 district and 
all-state choruses; as music clinician or keynote 
speaker at national, regional and state MENC meet- 
ings; and as clinician at universities and school districts 
on more than 500 occasions in 45 states, Canada and 
Germany. She has also been curriculum consultant to 
television series in Washington, D.C., and Austin, 

Helen Hartz Schule '48 since retirement has been 
a volunteer for the activities department at the Lebanon 
Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra. Since 1981, she 
has put in over 7,200 hours of service. 


Richard D. Owen (Dr.) '46, June 15, 1990. 

Mary Louise Grube Tilled '48, April 24, 1991. 
Mary retired after teaching for 22 years at elementary 
schools in the Hempfield and Spring Cove (Blair 
County, PA) school districts. 

Harold L. Feaster '49, May 23, 1990. 



Harold E. Yingst '50 of Anaheim, CA, is now 
retired and volunteers as a Gideon Elder in his church. 

Francene Swope Gates *51 was the guest speaker 
for the annual volunteer recognition meeting of the 
Lebanon Unit of the American Cancer Society. Francene 
is executive director of the Mental Health Association 
in Lebanon County. 

Patricia Werner Schmid '51 and her pastor hus- 
band, Roy R. Schmid, will retire at the end of 1991. 
They will be moving to Columbia, PA, and expect to 
find time to attend LVC events then. The Sehmids 
became grandparents for the first time recently. They 
are the parents of Karen Schmid Wilson and Lisa R. 
Schmid. Last summer Pat and Roy cruised on the 
Llangollen Canal in England into Wales. They also 

drove into East Germany. 

Allen H. Heim '53 retired as director of sponsored 
research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, on 
July 31, 1990. 

June Finklestein Mosse '53 and her husband, 
Larry, continue to enjoy Florida sunshine and their 
three little granddaughters. 

Marian Fortna Brownlow '55 taught this summer 
at the Tiferet Bet Israel summer camp in Blue Bell, 

Robert R. Jenkins '55 was listed in Who's Who in 
American Law, 5th edition. He lives in Baltimore. 

Lenwood B. Wert (Dr.) '55 was elected by District 
Two of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Asso- 
ciation (POMA) to serve on the board of trustees of the 
statewide organization for physicians holding the D.O. 
degree. Lenwood is also a member of the POMA 
House of Delegates and the Committee on Public 
Relations/Public Affairs. He maintains a private prac- 
tice in Lansdowne, PA. and serves on the medical 
staffs at Springfield (PA) and Haverford Community 
hospitals and the Osteopathic Medical Center of 
Philadelphia. Currently chairman of general practice 
at Springfield Hospital, he also is a physician consult- 
ant to Pennsylvania Blue Shield and a member and 
past president of the Lansdowne Lions Club. His other 
professional activities include being a delegate to the 
American Osteopathic Association, a member of the 
American College of General Practitioners and of the 
Pennsylvania Osteopathic General Practitioner's Soci- 
ety and secretary of the Delaware County Osteopathic 
Medical Society. 

Joan C. Conway '57 is president of the Michigan 
Music Teachers Association. Joan played concerts of 
American piano music in Japan (Tokyo and Yokohama) 
last summer. She is appearing this year with several 
leading Midwest chamber series — the Fontana Players 
and Lakeshore Chamber Players and the DeVos 
Quartet (of Grand Rapids Symphony), performing the 
Brahms F Minor Piano Quintet. Her solo recitals 
include one at Western Michigan University. Joan is 
a professor at Hope College. Her students have won 
the Kalamazoo Bach competition and been state 
finalists in several other Michigan contests. 

Wayne G. Hummer (Hon.) *59, a Lancaster 
County (PA) judge since 1980, became the county's 
first family judge, handling thousands of domestic 
cases. This field of law has changed substantially in 
the last decade because of new laws on divorce and 
property distribution. Wayne is a member of the Naval 
Reserves. He graduated from the Naval Justice School 
at Newport. RI, and served as legal counsel at the 
Norfolk Air Station. He came to Lancaster in 1966 and 
practiced privately and in firms until he was elected a 

Carolyn Shairer Moyer *59 organized a festival 
of Suzuki violin and cello students on April 13-14, 
1991, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shephard in 
Lancaster, with nearly 200 students from all over 
Eastern Pennsylvania. Their concluding public concert 
was accompanied by a chamber orchestra conducted 
by her husband, Karl E. Moyer *59. Carolyn teaches 
over 50 students on a weekly basis, in addition to 
weekly group classes. 


Ruthanne Gingrich Dexter '55, June 1 , 1989. 
Karl A. Romberger '56, May 2, 1991. Karl was 
employed by the Cabot Corp., Boyertown Plant, as a 


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research manufacturing engineer for 21 years. Prior 
to that, he was with the Atomic Energy Commission 
in the National Research Laboratory in Oak Ridge, 



Robert L. Habig (Dr.) '62 was named vice 
president, clinical, medical and government affairs. 
Diagnostics Business Group, for Miles Inc., Tar- 
ry town, NY. 

Elizabeth Miller Bains '64 has been working at 
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas. She was 
named deputy branch chief of the Simulation Systems 
Branch in October 1990. The branch has a real time 
simulation of shuttle operations and proposed pro- 
grams like the space station. Elizabeth also has been 
singing with the Bay Area Chorus (a community 
chorus) and traveled to Vienna for their Advent Sing 
in November 1990. 

Charles F. Burkhardt, Jr. '64 is hanging up his 
racquet for a while after coaching tennis for 26 years 
at Brandywine (PA) High School. Charlie would like 
to see his son, Tony, an Albright College student, 
compete at the college level. 

Joseph M. Clark (Dr.) '64 is a Lebanon, PA, 
radiologist. He recently explained the importance of 
breast self-examinations in the prevention and early 
detection of breast cancer, speaking at the eighth-grade 
girl's health classes at Cedar Crest Middle School as 
a part of Medical Awareness Month. 

Carolyn Leitner Enterline '65 was chosen for the 
cover of the Harford County (MD) Public Schools" 
1990 Annual Report. Her husband, P. D wight Enter- 
line '65, was appointed Helping Teacher in Music for 
Harford County Public Schools in October 1990. 

Dale B. Gouger (Dr.) '65 was selected to Who's 

Come Christmas Shopping 
in the Big Apple 

Saturday, December 14 

The Alumni Association is again 
sponsoring a bus trip to New York City. 
The bus leaves campus at 7 a.m. 
and returns that evening. Cost of the 
trip is $25 per person. 

For more information or to reserve 
a space, call Monica Kline or Marilyn 
Boeshore at (717) 867-6320. 

Who in Human Senices in the East for 1991-1992. 

Robert C. Lau (Dr.) '65 gave a pre-concert lecture 
for The Susquehanna Chorale on the life and works of 
Mozart, on May 11, 1991. He is a board member of 
the Chorale. 

Dariel Orefice McCallus '65 was the guest speaker 
at commencement exercises at Pottsville High School 
on June 12. Dariel has taught English at Pottsville since 
1979. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, National 
Council of English Teachers, National Education 
Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, 
Phi Delta Kappa, Pottsville Area School District 
Education Association, Board of Directors of Schuyl- 
kill Writers, Advisory Board of Lehigh Valley Writing 
Institute, Anthracite Community Concert Association 
Board of Directors, Schuylkill County Council for the 
Arts, Pottsville Club Ladies" Auxiliary, Orwigsburg 
Little League and Blue Mountain Basketball Parents' 
Organization. She is married to John E. McCallus and 
has two children, Jonathan, a student at West Virginia 
University, and Matthew, a student at Blue Mountain 
High School. 

Roberta Johns Otto '65 was promoted to executive 
director of the Plymouth (MA) Philharmonic Orchestra 
in May 1991. She has been the orchestra's manager 
since 1981. 

Carolyn Miller Soderman '66 was named Teacher 
of the Year by a panel of teachers, parents, citizens, 
administrators and board of education members as part 
of the Governor's Teacher Recognition Program. 
Carolyn teaches first grade at Wandell School in 
Saddle River, NJ. She is a co-advisor of the student 
council, a piano accompanist for school concerts and 
was instrumental in organizing the school's "Year of 
the Young Reader Celebrity Read-a-thon." Carolyn is 
a candidate for a master's degree at St. Thomas 
Aquinas College in New York. 

Barbara Lenker Tredick '66 is on the nursing 
department faculty of the University of Hawaii, 
Kapiolani Community College. Diamond Head Cam- 
pus. She also works with the Department of Health and 
the Department of Education in various projects 
involving health education and gerontology. 

Thomas R. Embich '67 is staff environmental 
specialist with Hershey Foods Corp. He was recently 
recognized at the Pennsylvania State Chamber of 
Commerce Directors' dinner in March, and was 
presented with a token of the Chamber's appreciation 
for his service as chair of the Environmental Affairs 

Ellen Kreiser Jarrett '67 and her husband, Albert, 
spent five months in 1988 working as short-term 
missionaries with the Baptist General Conference in 
Ethiopia. AI worked on water development and Ellen 
drove the missionary children to school. While in 
Ethiopia, their daughter, Valerie, helped to deliver a 
baby at the Guder Clinic and their son, Adam, attended 
the sixth grade at Sim's Bingham Academy. 

James R. Newcomer '68 is director of special 
education for the Quakertown Community School 
District (PA). Jim is the coordinator for events in the 
Performing Arts Series at Quakertown High School. 

Hilary M. West (Rev.) '68 was ordained an 
Episcopal priest in Nags Head, NC, in March. The 
ordination took place at St. Andrews by-the-Sea 
Episcopal Church, where Rev. West serves as assistant 
rector. She earned a divinity degree at Virginia 
Theological Seminary in 1990. She also has a degree 
from Ohio University and has been a licensed psy- 
chologist since 1975. 

John H.L. Bernhart (Dr.) '69 of Reading. PA. 
was awarded the doctor of musical arts degree by 
Temple University in January 1991. 

Linda Bell Brown '69 is an audiologist practicing 
in Pottstown, Doylestown and Colmat, PA. Linda 
reports, "It's been fun this year being back at Lebanon 
Valley College 25 years later— this time as a parent! 
Daughter Rebecca is a freshman." 

Terry L. Gehman '69 was named to Who's Who 
in Entertainment . He is employed in the music 
department at Conestoga Valley (PA) School District; 
is president of Anjoli Productions (a talent buying 
organization for fairs and festivals in the Northeast); 
and is vocalist, keyboard player and manager of the 
musical group Shucks. 



Donald C. Carter '70 recently graduated from the 
Senior Enlisted Academy at the Naval Education and 
Training Center, Newport, RI. Don prepared for future 
leadership and management responsibilities in the 

John W. "Buzz" Jones 1 72 and his band, the Buzz 
Jones Big Band, raised the roof of the stately Strand 
Capitol Performing Arts Center in York in March 

John A. Schoch '72 in early February began a new 
position as general manager of Optimol Lubricants, 
Inc. He writes, "Optimol is a U.S. operating company 
of Burmah Castrol North America, part of the Burmah 
Group in the U.K. The company is a recent acquisition 
of Burmah and we are in an aggressive growth path in 
the U.S. market. It is a position which offers many new 
and exciting challenges, as well as keeping me in a 
very strong international business climate dealing with 
the U.K., Germany, Canada and Mexico." He enjoys 
his new challenge very much. John has even more 
exciting news. He married Jamie Wright on May 4, 
1991. Jamie is a graduate of Oklahoma State Univer- 
sity and has been working as a flight attendant for 
United Airlines. 

Joseph A. Gargiulo '73, principal of Newberry 
Elementary School, promised his students he would 
spend a day on the roof of the school if they could 
accumulate 2 million minutes of reading before the end 
of the school year. He upped the ante by vowing to 
shave off his mustache if his 700 kindergarten through 
fifth-graders could reach their goal by June 1, 1991. 
The 2 millionth minute was logged April 29, and on 
May 14, Joe started shaving and climbing. 

James P. Kiernan, Jr. '74 is a funeral director with 
The Etzweiler Funeral Homes in Wrightsville, PA. Jim 
recently participated in the Lions Eye Bank of Central 
Pennsylvania's Enucleation Certification Course at 
Penn State's University Hospital and is now a certified 
enucleator in the state. 

William R. Ingraham '75 a pianist and composer 
in Mechanicsburg, PA, recently provided dinner music 
for The Capital Area Scottish Rite Ladies Night in 

Quintin A. Lerch '75 married Judith Ann Grantham 
on December 29, 1990, at Princeton Theological 
Seminary. Princeton, NJ. Quint continues his work as 
assistant director of MEND, Inc., a non-profit afford- 
able housing provider in Moorestown. His wife, Judy, 
is director of Christian education at Woodstown 

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Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ. 

John R. Longacre II '75 is president of the Marple 
Township (PA) Board of Commissioners for 1991. 

David B. Flohr '76 and his wife, Millie, welcomed 
a son, James Edward Flohr. on March 8, 1991. James 
joins siblings Richard and April. 

Gary L. Kipp '76 was promoted to corporate 
controller for The Horst Group in Lancaster, PA. 

Larry J. Feinman (Dr.) "77 was elected chairman 
of the department of surgery at University General 
Hospital in Seminole, FL. 

Robert S. Frey '77, of Columbia, MD, presented 
an invited paper at "The Cross and the Star: Faith and 
the Holocaust" conference held April 12, 1991, at 
Boston College. His paper was titled, "Leaning Over 
the Abyss: Thoughts on God and Humanity Late in a 
Century of Profound Change." The U.S. Holocaust 
Memorial Council was a co-sponsor of the conference, 
and the proceedings will be published this fall in a 
special issue of the journal BRIDGES. 

Betty Hobson Traver '77 is programming manager 
for Shared Medical Systems in Malvem, PA. Betty 
reports that she has a wonderful three-year-old son. 

Jeffrey A. Whitman (Rev.) '77 is associate pastor 
of Trinity United Church of Christ in Palmyra, PA. 
He was presented with a God and Service Award on 
Boy Scouts Sunday, Feb. 3, 1991. The national award 
is given by the Commission for Church and Youth 
Agency Relationships for distinguished service by an 
adult in the ministry to young people. 

Connie R. Burkholder (Rev.) '78 recently sang the 
alto solo in Vivaldi's "Gloria," performed by the 
Kansas City Kansas Community College Community 

Carol Geiser Cunningham '78 and husband, Law- 
rence, had a son, Andrew Kevin Cunningham, on 
Dec. 15, 1990. He joined a brother, Brian Peter, bom 
May 31, 1988. 

Esther Rittle Ziegler (Rev.) '78 has been named 
chaplain at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, 

Michael A. Baal '79 was installed as the seventh 
pastor of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ in 
Reading. PA, on April 7. 1991. Michael was elected 
a delegate to General Synod in 1989 and again for this 
year. While at St. Michael's United Church of Christ 
in Hamburg. PA, he served on the conference program 
committee, on the executive committee of the 
Heidelberg Association and as secretary of the North- 
ern Berks Ministerium. He has been coordinator of the 
Northern Berks Crop Walk for the last six years. 

Sandra Murray Morrisette '79 and David P. 
Morrisette '80 announce the birth of a son, Gordon 
A. Morrisette, on Jan. 27, 1991. David and Sandra are 
both employed by AT&T and celebrated their 11th 
anniversary May 24. Sandra was elected to 1991 
AT&T Leader's Council, honoring the company's top 
2 percent of marketing personnel in the country. 

Joan H. Squires *79 married Thomas Fay on Feb. 
16, 1991, in Milwaukee, WI. Joan is the general 
manager of the Milwaukee Symphony orchestra. 

Jane Snyder Stachow '79 recently completed her 
first year as a full-time assistant at Sterling Park (FL) 
Elementary School, where she conducted the school's 
first computer orientation course for grades K-5. She 
also continues her work as a part-time German 
instructor at Valencia Community College in Orlando. 
Her husband. Robert P. Stachow '79. worked three 
years as senior program planner monitoring the produc- 

tion of the PATRIOT missiles that became so well 
known during the Persian Gulf crisis. Now he has been 
promoted to planning administrator for the U.S. 
Army's Forward Area Air Defense systems, Line-of- 
Sight, Forward. Heavy (FAADS LOS-F-H) Program 
at Martin Marietta's Orlando. FL. facility. The FAADS- 
LOS-F-H weapon system is now being tested prior to 
a production decision in 1992. Bob recently completed 
a five-week management seminar conducted by the 
University of Central Florida's Center for Executive 


Ann Hunsberger Shenberger '74, March 25 . 



Dawn Pauli Catanzaro '80 and her husband, Frank, 
have two daughters (4 and 6 years old) and a son (a 
year old). 

Susan Smith Fitzpatrick '80 is pursuing her Ph.D. 
at Bryn Mawr College while working as a pharmaceuti- 
cal researcher for Merck Sharp and Dohm in West 
Point, PA. 

Linda C. Friskey '80 received her master of social 
work degree from the University of Maryland at 
Baltimore in May 1991. She is a psychotherapist at 
Clearview Mental Health Services in Towson, MD. 

Nancy Kettering Frye '80, of Lebanon, received a 
master of arts in American studies from Penn State 
University in May 1991. She also received the Joel 
Sater Award for Excellence in Humanities at the 
awards convocation. Nancy is a registered nurse and 
also a member of the American Studies Association 
and plans to become a freelance writer using her 
American Studies background. 

Beth Green Hertz '80 and her husband, Charles, 
welcomed a daughter, Janet Lynn Hertz, on Dec. 20. 

Julia L. Hoover '80 is a member of the Earthtones 
quartet, a women's a capella group that weaves 
together sounds and rhythms from various cultures to 
create a special musical experience. She lives in 
Millersville. PA. Alison O'Connor Jordan '80 is 
deputy director of the Contracts Unit of New York 
City's Child Welfare Administration. 

Jack D. Jordan '80 is an attorney with Kelly, Drye 
& Warren of New York City. Jack graduated from 
NYU Law School, cum iaude, in the spring of 1990. 

Dorothy Boyle Meyer '80 and husband, Douglass, 
announce the birth of a son, Kevin Douglass Meyer, 
on April 1 , 1991 . The Meyers live in Mount Joy, PA. 

Kathy A. Miller '80 has been named director of 
Philadelphia Geriatric Center's Adult Day Health 

Jennifer L. Bowen '81 is teaching sixth grade 
English at Pine Grove Area (PA) School District. She 
is also serving as public relations director and director 
of school community services for the school district. 

Louis J. Fitzpatrick '81 is pursuing a Ph.D. at 
Villanova while working for Johnson & Johnson at 
McNeil Labs in Spring House, PA. 

Kim Hemperly Moyer '81 is controller for Butler 
Manufacturing Company in Annville. Kim has an- 
nounced her candidacy for the Republican and Demo- 

cratic nominations for director of Lebanon School 

Sharon P. Love '81 married William N. Luyben 
on March 23. 1991. Sharon is director of choral music 
for the Wyomissing Area School District (PA) and 
minister of music at Bausman Memorial United Church 
of Christ in Wyomissing. 

Denise L. Achey '82 continues as choral director 
at Middletown (MD) High School, where she also 
teaches piano, music theory and guitar. She has been 
department chairperson for three years. Her choral 
groups received top ratings in January 1991 and 
recently participated in an exchange with a high school 
chorus from Williamsville, NY. Denise is also the 
adult choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church 
in Frederick. 

Roseann McGrath Brooks '82 is assistant editor/ 
articles for DEC Professional, a computer magazine. 

Ann Shaak Haldeman '83 is manager of nursing 
education for patients and staff at Community General 
Hospital in Harrisburg. Ann has announced her candi- 
dacy for school director in the Palmyra Area School 

Roger L. Kurtz '83 in June joined the music staff 
at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, as church 
organist. Roger, who began his career as church 
organist at Conestoga Church of the Brethren while 
still in high school, has since then served in several 
county churches. He is an active member of the 
American Guild of Organists and served as substitute 
dean and later as dean of the Lancaster Chapter in 
1988. He has also done private studies in organ, piano 
and voice. Roger is living is Lititz and is employed 
by Hershey and Gibble Insurance. 

Christopher L. Palmer '83 is vice president of 
Circle Computer Center in Ephrata. PA. He has started 
a new company. Computer Video Solutions, Inc., 
which sells specialized computer systems to the 
international display, multimedia and desktop video 
markets. They also produce video brochures and 
computer-generated promotional videos. 

Dawn S. Adams '84 teaches science and computers 
at Millbrook Junior/Senior High School (NY). Dawn 
also coaches varsity basketball and volleyball. 

John A. Dayton (Capt.) '84 is stationed with the 
U.S. Army at Fort Old, CA, with the 7th Infantry 
Division (Light). He is the battalion adjutant for the 
1st of the 9th Infantry regiment. His wife, Michelle 
Smith Dayton '84 works for the Army's Child 
Development Services as a child care program direc- 

Deborah A. Tobias '84 married Samuel C. Ginder 
on March 9, 1991, at the Brethren in Christ Church, 
Palmyra. PA. Deborah is a payroll specialist with 
Hershey Chocolate USA. Her husband is an electrician 
with Hawthorne Electric Inc., Mount Joy, PA. 

Marilyn G. Alberian '85 married Harout Apraha- 
mian on April 13. 1991. She has moved to Worcester, 
MA. where she plans to continue her social work, 
teaching and theatre career. 

Amy Ziegler Arndt '85 and her husband. Brad, 
announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Elizabeth 
Amdt, on April 17. 1991. 

Heidi S. Bass '85 married Anthony A. Sheffy. Heidi 
is a fourth grade teacher in Southington, CT. 

Kent D. Henry (Dr.) '86 completed his Ph.D. in 
analytical chemistry at Cornell University in May 
1991. Kent began working at Hewlett-Packard in Palo 
Alto. CA, this past June. 

David T. Kurjiaka '86 is going for his Ph.D. in 


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exercise physiology at Penn State University. 

Victoria E. Secreto '86 of Gaithersburg, MD, has 
worked at Hewlett-Packard since her graduation. Vicki 
is a systems engineer/technical instructor, specializing 
in teaching computer courses on UNIX workstations. 
As Vicki travels all over the United States on business, 
she incorporates her new hobby of square dancing. 

Stephanie M. Butter '87 is currently a a production 
supervisor in measles production for research at 
Merck. Sharp & Dohme in Rahway. NJ. 

Mark E. Clifford '87 married Nancy Williams on 
Sept. 15, 1990. 

Maria C. DeMario (Dr.) '87 was awarded the 
doctor of osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia 
College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. Maria will 
intern at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Stratford, NJ. 

Lisa R. Fazzoiari (Dr.) '87 also received her D.O. 
degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 
Medicine in June. Lisa will intern at the Philadelphia 
Hospital of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Jeffrey A. Lesher '87 is supervisor/production 
engineering for Beckett Corp., Lionville, PA. 

Eve R. Lindemuth '87 is teaching American 
government part-time at the University of Alaska. Eve 
received her M.A. in foreign affairs from the Univer- 
sity of Virginia in 1989. She has a full-time job as 
attorney's assistant for an Anchorage law firm. 

Arthur J. Palmer '87 received his M.B.A. from 
Penn State University in May 1991. 

Bonnie J. Shermer '87 is teaching strings in Anne 
Arundel County, MD and working towards a master's 

degree at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. 

Steven H. Witmer '87 graduated cum laude from 
Harvard Law School in June 1990 and passed the 
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania bar exams the follow- 
ing month. Since then, he has been working for Ivins. 
Phillips & Barker of Washington, D.C. 

Rebecca A. Chamberlain '88 is a teacher at the 
Huntingdon County Child Development Center in 
Huntingdon, PA. 

Traci Maxwell Hershberger '88 started new em- 
ployment in April 1991 as a staff accountant for the 
Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc.. in Mechanicsburg. PA. 

Patricia Moll Witmer '88 passed the CPA exam 
in May 1990 and has been working with Thomas Havey 
& Co. in Washington, D.C, for the past year. 

Edwina R. Travers '89 married Marshall Antonson 
in March 1990. 


David B. Albert '82, May 25, 1991. He was 
employed for the past five years as a corporate sales 
manager for Crabtree-Evelyn in New York City. 


PA. Lisa is also the JV girls basketball coach for the 

Stephen D. Butz '90 and Toni R. Salam '90 were 
married July 21, 1990. 

Timothy J. Eck '90 is teaching vocal music at 
Lebanon High School in Lebanon. 

Christopher A.K. Frye *90 is administrator of the 
college collections at Lebanon Valley College. 

Joann M. Giannettino '90 is a graduate student at 
Bucknell University, and is also assistant track coach 
for men and women. 

Dwayne D. Nichols '90 and wife, Deborah, an- 
nounce the birth of a son, Robert Curtis Nichols, on 
May 18, 1991. 

Daniel B. TYedinnick '90 won first place in the 
sports/outdoor column category in the Pennsylvania 
Newspaper Publisher Association's Keystone Press 
Awards Contest. Dan has been a sports writer for The 
News-Sun since July 1990. 


Lisa D. Biehl '90 is an elementary teacher at 
Brandywine Heights Area School District, Topton, 

News from Faculty 

Dr. Gilbert O. McKlveen, who taught at Lebanon 
Valley from 1949 to 1967, is preparing for publication 
an anthology of some 60 poems written over the past 
50 years. One or two refer to the 17 years he spent at 
the Valley. 

Fall 1991 


Come Home for the Big Game 

Lebanon Valley College football team, circa 1897. 


October 1143 

Homecoming at the Valley 
is always a lively event, 
especially the football 
game. This year the 
Dutchmen take on Wilkes 
University's Colonels on 
Saturday, October 12. 
Look for details of other 
Homecoming activities in 
a mailing that will reach 
you soon. 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 

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