Allegheny Magazine-Spring 2013
Magazine for Allegheny College alumni, parents and friends.
Vol . 31 • No. 1 • Spring 2013 Allegheny M a g a z i n e Civility in Public Life 2013 Allegheny College Prize for 13131313131 79 13 College honored two leading U.S. senators O n Feb. 26, 2013, Allegheny 1 3131 31313131 3131 with the second annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life. Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr., above right, and former Pennsylvania Governor and Allegheny advisor Tom Ridge, above left, awarded the 2013 prize to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Allegheny College is honored to award its 2013 Prize for Civility in Public Life to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Lindsey Graham,” said President Mullen. “Two proud partisans, who strive for civility in America’s most difficult political battlefields. And in doing so, challenge all of us to reflect more seriously about what civility really means.” Students attending the ceremony, pictured in the bottom photo with Gov. Ridge, were, from left, Aurley Morris ’15, Annamarie Morino ’13, Katie McHugh ’13, Aurora Arop ’15, Paul Roveda ’13, and Jesikah Leeper ’16. Trustees V o l .T 3 1 e o. A 1 l Sp r i g ng 2 e 0 1 n 3 y h e h • N • l Eddie Taylor, Jr. ’87, Chair Earl W. Adams, Jr., Ph.D. Christian L. Allison ’83 Bishop Thomas J. Bicker ton Alice Sturgeon Bierer ’59 Gladys Mullenix Black ’54 Edward J. Borkowski ’81 Willow Brost ’74 William H. Brown, Jr. ’80 Mark R. Campbell ’82 Jane Miriam Earll ’80, Esq. Gar y M. Elliott ’72 Mar y H. Feeley ’78, Ph.D. Kimberly Tillotson Fleming Judith Thomas Horgan ’68 Steven D. Levinsk y ’78 Richard W. Maine Isabelle Crabb Moss ’67 James H. Mullen, Jr., Ed.D. Herbert H. Myers ’61 Christine Scott Nelson ’73 Jerome V. Nelson ’83 James C. New ’67 John H. Niles, Jr. ’59, M.D. Mar tin Pfinsgraf f ’77 Timothy L. Reeves ’83 Mar y E. Sceiford ’54, Ph.D. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Reed Seon ’59, Ph.D. Dag J. Skattum ’84 Thomas N. Slonaker Rober t L. Smith, Jr. ’73 William P. Stef fee ’57, M.D., Ph.D. Hayes C. Stover ’62, Esq. John F. Sutphen ’78 Bruce R. Thompson ’86 Lawrence M. Thompson, Jr. ’74 William H. Timbers ’72 Douglas F. Ziegler Trustees Emeriti Allegheny M g a e g C o l l e a a z z i n i e n M a g e 2 Making a Difference in the Classroom and the Board Room Gator Graduates Work to Transform Public Education in Buffalo On the Hill Class notes 12 14 Vital Statistics 29 The Last Word 40 Bishop George W. Bashore Ann Simakas Degenhar t ’71 J. Tomlinson For t ’50, Esq. Thomas T. Frampton ’70, Esq. Samuel Hellman ’55, M.D. William I. Jack ’57, Esq. The Hon. Jack K. Mandel ’58 Silas R. Mountsier III ’52 John C. Phillips, Jr. ’56 James F. Pomroy ’56 Thomas M. St. Clair ’57 Ferd J. Sauereisen ’57 M. Peter Scibetta ’54 Henr y B. Suhr, Jr. ’55 Ar thur Tepper ’58 Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Rober t A. Vukovich ’65, Ph.D. John D. Wheeler ’61, Esq. Editor 6 Year of Transforming Education Catalyst for Change Richard D. Stanley Contributors Diana Brautigam ’80 Patrick S. Broadwater ’93 Heather L. Grubbs Aimee Knupsky James Kramer Stephanie Mar tin Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Bernadette Wilson Design Jonathan Miller Design P r i n c i pa l P h o t o g r a p h e r Bill Owen ’74 Printing Lights, Camera, Action! Longtime Allegheny Professor, Film Journal Editor Keeps His Passion Alive llegheny magazine (ISSN 0279-6724) is published three times a year by Allegheny College, 520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 for the alumni, parents and friends of the College. Opinions and comments expressed herein are not necessarily those of the College. Postmaster: Send address changes to Allegheny magazine, Allegheny College, 520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335. © 2013 Allegheny College 10 Commercial Printing, New Castle, PA Cover Photo Bill Owen ’74 A M aking a Dif f er e n c e in the C l a s sr o om a nd the B oa r d R o om G at o r G r a duat e s Wo r k t o T r a n s f o r m P ub l i c E duc at i o n in B uf fa l o 2 Allegheny Magazine • Buffalo S pring 2 013 B y Pat r i c k S . B r oa d wat e r ’ 9 3 Amy Hornbake Friedman ’81 was so dissatisfied with public education she helped to create a new school from scratch. Lou Petrucci ’87 is so committed to strong urban schools that he has served one of New York state’s largest districts for six years. Willow Wilcox Brost ’74 so strongly believes in the importance of educational opportunity, she chairs the board of an organization dedicated to helping children from underserved backgrounds achieve success at some of the best schools in the region. T hree Allegheny College alumni, with no previous connections among them, each has engaged in a struggle to improve public education in the same city. They don’t always see eye to eye, but they agree that public education is not all that it can be, particularly in their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. The city’s population peaked in 1950 with a count of 580,132 residents, but dropped sharply as shipping and manufacturing jobs left town. Today, Buffalo is the 70th largest metro area in the United States with just over 260,000 residents. It stands third, behind Rust Belt brethren Detroit and Cleveland, in the Census Bureau’s list of most impoverished cities in the nation. The fateful combination of a declining population base and poverty is reflected in the Buffalo public school system. More than 70 percent of students in the district qualify for a free lunch, approximately 11 percent of students are not native English speakers, and many student households don’t have computers, Internet access, or reliable transportation. The Buffalo public school system accepts all students within its boundaries and is responsible for providing the best possible education for those who have special needs, are homeless, or even those who are incarcerated. “ I tell people that whether it’s public or private or charter, my goal is to keep middle-class families in the city of Buffalo. Having those options is what’s going to keep Buffalo strong.” — Lou Petrucci ’87 District enrollment has plummeted in the past decade, dropping from 45,721 students in 2000 to 31,590 in the fall of 2010. Meanwhile, the Buffalo public schools’ four-year graduation rate stood at 54 percent in 2011, higher than both Rochester (45.5) and Syracuse (48.4) but well behind the statewide figure of 74 percent. However, in a region dotted with well-regarded private and parochial schools, as well as strong suburban districts, the top Buffalo public schools consistently rank among the best in Western New York. And City Honors High School is ranked among the top 25 schools in the country, according to both the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report . Perhaps the district’s dichotomy is best summed up in the fact that, of the district’s 57 schools, the same number (16) rank in the state Department of Education’s lowest category — “Restructuring (advanced) Comprehensive” — as in its highest category, “In Good Standing.” “It’s very difficult for the Buffalo public schools to be any one thing,” said Petrucci, a South Buffalo resident who was elected to Buffalo’s Board of Education in 2007 and served as board president in 2012. “One day we can be the best district in all of Western New York, and we can be the worst district in Western New York. “If you want to come and learn, we will do the best for you. We will prepare you. If you don’t want to come and don’t want to learn, then that’s the big struggle.” For Petrucci, whose four daughters attended public school, the decision to run for the school board was extremely personal. A Russian and international studies major at Allegheny who works in Buffalo City Hall as assistant director of permits and inspection services, Petrucci saw serving on the board as a way to give back to the community that has provided so much to him. During his tenure as board president, the Say Yes to Education program, a joint venture offering free college tuition to all qualifying district students who graduate high school, and the innovative Promise Neighborhood K-12 educational support program were introduced. But he realizes that much hard work remains to transform the Buffalo public schools into a successful model for a large urban district. “All of us realize the importance of education and the need to improve the present system. We are all working toward that goal but in our own distinct way,” Petrucci said. “I tell people that whether it’s public or private or charter, my goal is to keep middle-class families in the city of Buffalo. Having those options is what’s going to keep Buffalo strong.” The downside of a huge system, of course, is when a student gets lost in the shuffle or doesn’t get the individual attention she needs. Friedman, a native of Beaver, Pa., and a history major at Allegheny, moved to Buffalo with her husband, Kenneth, 27 years ago. They settled into an old home in the eclectic Elmwood Village, got involved in cultural philanthropy, and began raising a family. Friedman’s focus changed when the oldest of her three children had a difficult sixth-grade year in one of the city’s public schools. Frustrated with the lack of response from the teachers and the school’s administration, the Friedmans decided to transfer their daughter to a private school. They then met with the Buffalo public schools superintendent, his staff, and the school’s administration to discuss what had happened. “They denied everything that transpired,” Friedman said. “They basically said I made it up. I thought, ‘I cannot believe this is happening.’ They didn’t see it as an opportunity to improve or do better. I really wanted to fix that, and about that time, the idea of this school started.” Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 3 “ We looked at what was broken in public education in our estimation and two things stood out pretty strongly. One was lack of community, and the arts were missing. We felt that those were really important pieces that needed to be put back in the schools and not as special subjects, but as part of the core curriculum. ” — A m y H o r n b a k e F r i e d m a n ’ 81 That idea ultimately became Tapestry Charter School. Charter schools, independent public schools that are opened to provide additional choices to the traditional public school education, typically receive less funding than other public schools, but in exchange for meeting stricter performance benchmarks set forth in their charter are afforded more freedom and flexibility. Friedman joined the group pursuing a charter, and they received state permission to open Tapestry in 2001. It began operating in grades K-4 with 105 pupils in a tiny building it shared with the administration of Bryant & Stratton College. The charter gradually expanded to K-12, and by 2011 the school had outgrown its shared spaces and moved into a state-of-the-art facility in a former bowling alley in North Buffalo. Tapestry is distinct for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the curriculum. It’s an Expeditionary Learning school — a model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. It focuses on mastery of subject mat4 Allegheny Magazine ter but gives equal weight to how well students develop their habits of work. “We started with a very definite idea of what we wanted the school to look like. Everyone had to buy into the concept, even parents,” Friedman said. “We looked at what was broken in public education in our estimation and two things stood out pretty strongly. One was lack of community, and the arts were missing. We felt that those were really important pieces that needed to be put back in the schools and not as special subjects, but as part of the core curriculum, integrated and woven into everything that children do here.” While charter schools brand themselves as an alternative to traditional public education, their small size means there are very few spots available. Tapestry’s K-12 enrollment was 548 in 2010-11, and last year it received approximately 1,200 applications for fewer than 200 openings. “There are always parents who want more of a traditional education because it’s what they’re used to. This is not what people are used to,” Friedman said. “This isn’t an experiment any more. This is working. And it’s working for a really needy population.” Tapestry’s performance on state assessments would seem to back that up. Those scores are in line with New York state public school averages and even fare a little better at the secondary school level. Friedman left the Tapestry board a few years ago, but she has not entirely walked away from public education. She stops by Tapestry once a week with her therapy dog to work with a group of struggling second-grade readers. And she joined the board of Buffalo ReformED, a nonprofit education advocacy group, and has also been working with a group of community members to push for the closing of low-performing Buffalo public schools so that they can be reopened as charter schools. Choice is also a key component of the work Buffalo Prep does. A privately funded nonprofit, Prep is not a school, but an educational enhancement program for underrepresented students that prepares them for their next educational stage. The program has three components — Middle School Prep, High School Prep, and College Prep. In each, accepted students undergo intensive training after school, during the summer, or both. Buffalo Prep then helps the student find the ideal fit at the high school and/or college level and, if needed, offers tuition assistance. “Kids come in at different levels. This isn’t to fix, • S pring 2 013 “ We can only help so many at a time. We know we’re helping a drop in the bucket, in a sense, but on the other hand, we have to be realistic. Going forward, maybe we can figure out a way to broaden our abilities to work with more kids, because we have many more applications than spots in the program.” — Wi l l ow Wi l c ox B r o s t ’74 necessarily, what’s broken in them academically; it’s to make sure that these bright young kids are able to have academic opportunities that they may not get at the school they attend,” said Willow Brost, president of the Buffalo Prep board and a member of Allegheny’s Board of Trustees. “It would be nice if we did not need to exist, but for the foreseeable future we’re here to do what we can.” Buffalo Prep started in 1989 with a high school prep program modeled after a similar program in New York City. Students must apply and be accepted. They visit Buffalo Prep — located on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus on afternoons and Saturdays throughout eighth grade and for summers before and after their eighth-grade year. They are then graduated to one of the program’s partner high schools, which includes Western New York’s top private, independent, and parochial schools, as well as public schools such as City Honors and Hutch Tech. A decade later Buffalo Prep added the college prep program, which guides students through the college application process, prepares them for the SAT, helps them complete the FAFSA, and even takes them on college visits. During this period, students in the program also receive tutoring and public speaking lessons, take field trips, and do internships and community service. Buffalo Prep expanded to include middle-school preparation, an enrichment program for sixth and seventh graders, in 2001. About 300 students take part in the various programs each year. “We can only help so many at a time,” Brost said. “We know we’re helping a drop in the bucket, in a sense, but on the other hand, we have to be realistic. Going forward, maybe we can figure out a way to broaden our abilities to work with more kids, because we have many more applications than spots in the program.” A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Brost isn’t a trained teacher, but she is a dedicated educator. She was a pre-med student at Allegheny, then decided after her junior year that she didn’t want to be a doctor. She instead became a critical care nurse, earned a master’s in nursing education, and began teaching college nursing classes. She did in-service training, quality control — both of which shared traits with teaching — and has been a longtime volunteer at Allegheny. Even when she volunteered at her local library, she was soon asked to instruct new volunteers. Her latest endeavor is teaching flute under the direction of her son, Ian, a 2009 Allegheny graduate. As part of his job with a social services organization in the city, Ian operates a program that provides free weekly music instruction to more than 40 children and adults. In need of someone who could teach the flute players in the program, Ian enlisted his mother’s help, even though it’s been years since she played and she has never taught the instrument before. “The reason that’s really important — as important as Buffalo Prep — is that those other types of activities really get short-shrift,” said Brost. “We’re so test-driven academically now, but those are important components to building the whole person. That’s why I’m committed to that music education piece. “That’s what we’re called to do: think about others and not ourselves,” she said. “To do anything but would be denying what my faith tells me to do.” = Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 5 Y ear • By Aimee Knupsky and Stephanie Martin of Tr a nsfor ming Bill Strickland tells the audience how he “made the impossible possible” with a passionate discussion in Ford Chapel in January 6 Allegheny Magazine S pring 2 013 Our Year of Transforming Education speakers have been passionate advocates for the importance of education, the thoughtful transformation of educational structures, and the need for major intervention. Educ ation — C a t a l y st f o r C h a n g e W hen we proposed that the annual theme for 2012-13 be the Year of Transforming Education , we had several goals. First, we wanted to explore the structural and systemic inequities in the American education system, not just at the elementary and secondary school level, but in higher education as well. Second, we wanted to identify speakers and events that would present a range of approaches for broadening educational access for all students. Third, we wanted the Year Of programming to engage our community in a conversation about the purpose and value of a liberal arts education and about the role we have to play in supporting the educational excellence of all students. Along with these thematic goals, we also were guided by the desire to include diverse perspectives and voices in our conversations. We wanted to transcend the stereotypical “town versus gown” divide and to bring the Allegheny and Meadville communities together to engage in these debates. This commitment started by including not only students, staff, and faculty in our annual theme steering committee, but community members as well. As we considered speakers and events for the year, we tried to identify those who would create conversation among our communities by exploring common-ground issues and concerns. In fact, our kickoff event for the year, cosponsored by ACCEL and Partners in Education (PiE), was a celebration of educational collaborations among the various Allegheny and Meadville communities. When developing schedules for our speakers, we made sure to include more intimate, hands-on workshops to which students, staff, faculty, and community members would be invited. For example, in the fall semester, three concurrent book groups brought together representatives of each of these communities to read and discuss Fire in the Ashes, in preparation for Jonathan Kozol’s visit, with a culminating meeting of all three groups at the Meadville Area Middle School. In the spring semester, for Bill Strickland’s visit, we arranged a luncheon that brought together local business leaders and school teachers to explore the development of innovative educational partnerships. Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 7 has been the place where our student ambassadors And, since reflect on events as they unfold, providing a “behindthe beginning the-scenes” look at the programming for the year. of the spring semester of 2012, we have o fa r , our Year of Transforming Education speakers collaborated have been passionate advocates for the importance with 23 Anof education, the thoughtful transformation of educanual Theme tional structures, and the need for major intervention. student am For example, our first keynote speaker, Jonathan bassadors who Kozol, relayed an emotionally powerful narrative about have been the reality of inequality in education, and the structural intimately Strickland interacts with students in the Campus Center factors that make it impossible for most poor children involved with to learn and graduate. Kozol has led an incredible life the planning, in which he has become deeply intertwined in the marketing, and organizing of events and who have met lives of families in poor communities in the Bronx. His with us weekly to reflect on what we have learned as narrative described the desperate state of education in the year has unfolded. In these ways, and many others, these neighborhoods. Overall, Kozol’s experiences tell we hoped that the conversations inspired by our Year us that there are structural deficiencies not only in our Of programming would help to bring our communities educational system, but also pervading all aspects of the closer together in our shared educational pursuits. lives of poor families. In order to address these crippling Finally, another guiding principle for our Year Of deficiencies, Kozol argued passionately for increasing programming has been to have fun and be creative. We public-school funding, putting an end to the rampant wanted to engage our community in serious conversations, racial and class segregation in our but to do so in a way that would generate a buzz on campus and in the At his facilities, Bill Strickland surrounds public schools, incentivizing the innovation and passion of our community at large. So, for example, students with beautiful and inspirational principals and teachers, and ending for the first time ever we have a Year Of Passport Challenge. As a part of spaces, tools, and instructors that show the standardized testing as an indicaof student and teacher success. that challenge, students, staff, faculchildren and adults enrolled there that they torOne of our three alumni ty, and community members received have great value. speakers, Andre Perry ’93, prepassports that can be stamped at a sented another perspective on select number of Year Of events. In the development and trajectory of education. Perry addition to generating excitement about the events regaled a packed auditorium with stories about New this year, the challenge has served to highlight key Orleans, his experience through Hurricane Katrina, programs and emphasize the connection among and his work running four charter schools. Perry spoke them. We also have created a Year Of Facebook page most passionately about the importance of reformwhere we post daily educational articles that anticiing education policy. He held a clear disdain for the pate upcoming speakers or extend the conversation current argument that policy should focus on “closabout topics related to our theme. We also post phoing the gap,” because there are many ways to close a tographs of our events, commentary about events gap, including dragging the top down instead of pullfrom The Campus, and encourage our fans to post ing the bottom up. Rhetoric in reform has become articles they find as well. Similarly, our Year Of blog the focus instead of discussing the real ways that the system is a complete failure, such as its inability to provide even basic skills to many poor students. Perry argued that the focus on standardized testing masks the real issues in our education system and emphasized the inextricable link between location, income, and educational success. He argued that changing the school system is only a small piece of the puzzle because a child’s neighborhood is a powerful determinant of not only educational outcomes, but also of health, life expectancy, incarceration, and employment outcomes. The former president of Bates College, Donald Harward, shifted our conversation toward the role Jonathan Kozol delivers an emotional address of higher education in shaping the education of the S 8 Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 student. Harward argued that liberal arts colleges like Allegheny are best equipped to provide educational experiences and context that produce graduates ready for the challenges of our increasingly complex world. He argued that colleges should place more emphasis on engaged learning and facilitate institutional change that integrates all aspects of learning for the whole student. Harward stressed the importance of focusing on integration — integrating student experience and learning, integrating engaged learning across all aspects of the curriculum, integrating institutional motivations for change with institutional Kozol holds a discussion group with students narrative and culture, and integrating campuses and communities in positive ways. Liberal arts colleges our educational system was in. I knew it should be fixed are uniquely positioned to take on this challenge. but I had no relationship with the problem; I saw it Also, Bill Strickland showed us how he “made the as another political issue. Kozol seemed to light a fire impossible possible” with a passionate discussion of the in me; a fire to relight the education of America.” creation of Manchester-Bidwell arts and training center In the end, passion has been an overarching and where students are encouraged to pursue artistic enunifying theme to our Year Of events. The passion our deavors. He argued that the inability of the educational speakers bring to their work has been inspirational and system to reach and educate inner-city poor children is contagious. Students have commented on their renewed due in large part to our tendency to treat students in interest in teaching, faculty have huddled together to public schools like prisoners instead of respected human formulate ideas, and combeings. At his facilities, he su r rou nd s st udent s wit h Author and educator Jonathan Kozol argued passionately munity members involved in educational initiatives beautiful and inspirational for increasing public-school funding, putting an end to the have excitedly discussed spaces, tools, and instrucrampant racial and class segregation in our public schools, potential applications in tors t hat show t he children and adults enrolled incentivizing the innovation and passion of our principals and our community. We hope that the Year of Transformthere that they have great teachers, and ending standardized testing as an indicator of ing Education will convalue. More importantly, student and teacher success. tinue to challenge all our the spaces Strickland has audiences to rethink their created ignite the passion own futures and their role in educational change and for learning in students that motivates them to expect that, moving forward, these conversations will be susand achieve more beyond the walls of his training tained in the Allegheny and Meadville communities. = center. Strickland shared the unique business and community partnerships that have provided this educational Aimee Knupsky is associate professor of psychology. Stephanie experience, without having to charge tuition. His stories Martin is associate professor of economics. For more information illustrated the transformation of these students’ souls on the Year of Transforming Education, go to www.allegheny. edu/yearof. and challenged us to engage in that transformation. O v er a ll , the Year of Transforming Education speakers and events have led to important conversations about key educational issues, but they also have transformed the dialogue in our community. The challenges from our speakers have brought Allegheny students, staff, and faculty, from across all disciplines, into common spaces with our Meadville community members to discuss shared, urgent, realworld challenges. These enriched interactions have the potential to transform the issues we face within our education system from theoretical debates into concrete, multi-faceted, and solvable challenges. As Patrick Miley ’15, a student ambassador, reflected, “Before hearing Kozol speak I was aware of the trouble The audience reacts during Strickland’s Ford Chapel discussion • S pring 2 013 Allegheny Magazine 9 L o n g t i m e A l l e g h e n y P r o f e ss o r , F i l m J o u r n a l E d i t o r K e e p s H i s Pa ss i o n A l i v e Lights, Camera, Action! by Heather L. Grubbs Professor Lloyd Michaels knows films. As the editor of Film Criticism , an Allegheny international journal of film scholarship, Michaels has been reading and editing manuscripts for 37 years. But if you ask this film scholar to tell you his favorite movie, he simply smiles. “I have seen thousands of films, so I find that question impossible to answer,” says Michaels, who has been a professor in the “ T he cr i t ic a l a na l ys i s fou nd i n t he ess ay- English department teaching American leng t h a r t icles i s of a pa r t icu la r l y h ig h literature and film q ua l i t y… Resea r cher s w i l l pr of i t f r om studies for 41 years. t he excel lent b o ok r ev iew se ct ion .” “The easier question is, ‘What movie have I seen the most? ’ Katz’s Magazines for That answer is Jules Libraries of Film Criticism and Jim , which I have probably watched about 65 times. Like all the films I study, it is beautiful and profound.” Michaels began studying film when completing his graduate work at the University at Buffalo. While writing his dissertation, he would end his day watching the foreign films being shown in the student union. When he arrived at Allegheny in 1972, he decided he wanted to share this passion with his students. Despite having no formal film studies training, he developed the College’s first film course, “Film is Narrative Art.” His film courses have remained popular ever since. “Each semester, I always begin my film classes by saying, ‘This is a course designed to change your life,’” Michaels says. “Film is already a part of their lives, but my goal is to illustrate for them how to look at this part of their lives in a different way.” One year after joining Allegheny, an aspiring film journal editor in Edinboro, Pa., contacted Michaels to see if he would assist with a publication he was starting titled Film Criticism . He welcomed the opportunity and assisted with the first two issues. “In those days, we had to cut and paste the articles with X-ACTO ® knives,” he explains. “It was a lot of work.” By the third issue, the original editor had moved on, 10 Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 leaving Michaels at the helm. He continued to publish the journal out of Edinboro until 1984, when the address changed to Allegheny College. His goals for the journal back then remain the same today: To produce a consistent publication three times a year, and to submit a detailed report back to each author – within three months – citing specific feedback and stating whether or not the submission had been accepted for publication. “I read every submission and determine if it should be passed on to other members of the journal’s editorial board for a second and third read,” he says. “Based on their reports, I send the feedback and decision back to the author. “When I read a manuscript, I am looking for the best writing about film that we can find,” he continues. “All of our articles are grounded in the close reading of particular films. I always thought that as long as we kept the articles focused on that, the journal would continue to grow.” And grow, it did. Film Criticism is now one of the oldest academic film journals in continuous circulation in the country. It is distributed to approximately 600 academic libraries, national film institutes, and individuals worldwide, and its articles are cited and anthologized regularly in various publications. The majority of the journal still is printed through Allegheny’s in-house print shop. “Each issue, I receive about 20 submissions from novice and experienced film historians, theorists, and critics from around the world. The articles represent many different disciplines, cultures, and critical perspectives,” he explains. “We end up publishing three to four of the submissions each issue. We also regularly publish singletheme issues, extensive interviews, book reviews, and international festival reports. “The journal’s articles often are used for classroom study,” he adds. Throughout the years, Film Criticism has published the work of such international scholars as Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, David Cook, Robin Wood, Janet Staiger, Ann Kaplan, Andrew Horton, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Marcia Landy, and Peter Lehman. Some of these well-known scholars now serve on the journal’s editorial board. One of the board members is Harry Kloman ’79, who also serves as Film Criticism’s book review editor. As one of Michaels’ former students, Kloman wrote the first film studies senior project at Allegheny and went on to head the journalism program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is proud that Michaels has kept the journal alive. “Film Criticism survives solely because of Lloyd’s commitment to it,” says Kloman, who has regularly reviewed movies for several Pittsburgh papers over the past two decades. “He has had collaborators along the way, but they have always worked under his strong leadership and dedication to the journal.” “I started reading Film Criticism in the early 1990s when I worked as an editorial assistant for the journal and have continued to read it after joining the editorial board in graduate school,” adds Kristen Whissel ’91, associate professor of film and media at the University of California, Berkeley. “The range of topics covered by Film Criticism over the years is truly impressive. The longevity of the journal has given it remarkable breadth and depth. But really, the consistent high quality of the scholarship found in Film Criticism is Lloyd’s true accomplishment.” Former students are not the only ones contributing to Film Criticism’s success; Michaels involves current students in the process, as well. Each semester, he hires one or two students to serve as assistants. The students work behind the scenes completing data-entry, businesscorrespondence, and copy-editing tasks and occasionally are asked to evaluate manuscripts. “I am very proud of the student assistants I have had,” he says. “They are among the best students I have taught.” act F t s Fa I n 199 3 , F i l m C r i t ici s m r e cei ve d a g r a nt f r om t he Ac a demy of Mot ion P ict u r e A r t s a nd S ciences t o f u nd a s p e cia l a n n i ver s a r y i ss ue . Michaels also involves one more key individual in the process: his wife, Mary. “She designs the journal covers,” he explains. “She also has served as my movie companion all these years.” With the advent of electronic reading materials, many wonder whether hard-copy publications can survive. Michaels recognizes this trend but has no immediate plans to transition Film Criticism to an e-journal. “I am sure the future will bring electronic publication of the journal, but that transition will be the task of a different editor,” he says with a smile. “To me, there is something to be said about holding a hard copy in your hands. And I like the artwork on the covers.” With all the work that goes into producing a reputable publication – on time –three times a year, how does Michaels balance editing with each semester’s teaching workload? “I consider this to be my primary scholarship. After a while, you just find time to fit it in,” he says. “Film Criticism has been my way of opening a discourse with other film scholars. It is by far the most rewarding accomplishment of my professional life.” To read more about Film Criticism , visit Filmcriticism. allegheny.edu. = Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 11 On the H i l l Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in Harrisburg. He also was a trial lawyer for Allison and Pyfer in Lancaster, Pa. Thompson has served as a volunteer for a number of community organizations. He has been a member of the Campaign Committee of the Delta Tau Delta Alpha Chapter Sesquicentennial Campaign at Allegheny for the past year. He and his wife, Sally, are directors of the Seatreat Foundation and the parents of two children, Jennifer Meller and Marshall. Allegheny sponsored an execut ive roundt able discussion about our nation’s economic future at the Bank of America headquarters in Manhattan in October 2012. Among those participating were, from left, Marc Schmittlein ’82, Gil Ha ’86, Tom Dudeck ’75, President James H. Mullen, Jr., Sean Mathis ’65, Bruce Thompson ’86, Mike Long ’82, Gary Beyer ’82, Michael Young ’78 and Bill Fertig ’78. Board Member Joins Financial Panel Kim Tillotson Fleming P’11, P’15, Allegheny College Board of Trustees member and chairman and CEO of Pittsburgh-based financial services firm Hefren-Tillotson Inc., has been appointed to the board of the Securities Industry and F i n a n c i a l M a rkets Association (SIFMA). “It i s a g re at honor for u s to be invited on the SI F M A b o a r d ,” Fleming said. “Not many firms our size are represented, and this will provide an opportunity to add a voice at a national level. I look forward to helping SIFMA extend its leadership role to support the financial industr y while building trust and confidence in the financial markets.” He f r e n-Ti l lot s o n, fo u nd e d i n 1948, is an independent investment advi sor y a nd fi na ncial pla n ni ng firm. It was 17th among the Pittsb urgh Bu sin ess Tim es’ list of t he largest Pittsburgh-area investment services firms, as ranked by local registered representatives. In addition to downtown Pittsburgh, Hefren-Tillotson has offices in Wexford, Butler, Upper St. Clair and Greensburg. Fleming also was featured as the Two Elected to Board of Trustees The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added two members: John F. Sutphen ’78, P’09, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Lawrence M. Thompson ’74 of Fort Myers, Fla. Sutphen is the co-general counsel and secretary for O’Brien & Gere Li m ite d, a n engineering and project deliver y compa ny wit h more t h a n 850 employees across the United States. Before joining O’Brien & Gere in 1996, Sutphen worked for the law firm of MacKenzie Smith Lewis Michell & Hughes. Sutphen and representatives from O’Brien & Gere have done careerbased presentations and panel discussions at Allegheny; offered summer internships for students; recruited Allegheny graduates for jobs; and offered a scholarship for rising juniors who plan to pursue careers in environmental geology at Allegheny. Sutphen has hosted alumni events in the Syracuse region and served 12 Allegheny Magazine in leadership roles for the College’s annual giving office. In addition, he established the Allegheny College New York Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for prospective students from the central New York area. Sutphen and his wife, Jamie Sansone Sutphen ’79, have two daughters: Christina ’09 and Liz, who is in the master of music program at the Juilliard School. Thompson retired as vice chairma n of Sovereig n Ba nk in Wyom i s si n g, Pa., i n 2 0 0 7. B e g i n ning in 1986, he held va r iou s senior a nd executive positions at Sovereign Bank, including general counsel, chief operating officer and president of consumer finance. His career in banking began at Penn Savings Bank, a predecessor of Sovereign, where he was general counsel a nd secretar y. Earlier in his career, he was employed by the Office of General Counsel of the • S pring 2 013 CEO profile in the winter 2013 issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. The article focused on a speech she delivered at the quarterly CEO speakers series hosted by Pittsburgh Quarterly and Robert Morris University. The article discusses her leadership and the principles that drive Hefren-Tillotson. Call Him Mr. President A very familiar face is leaving Allegheny. O n July 1, Executive Vice President and Treasurer David McInally will become Coe College’s 15th president. Gene Henderson, chair man of Coe’s presidential search committee, announced the appointment last October but McInally agreed to remain at Allegheny until the end of the 2012-13 academic year. McInally will succeed current Coe President James Phifer, who has led that school since 1995. The applicant pool included approximately 100 p e o ple f r o m 34 states, Washington and Canada. McInally “had the broadest and d e e p e s t ex p e r ience, the kind of experience we’re looking for to guide us into the next years at Coe,” Henderson said. At Allegheny since 1986, McInally also has served as the assistant dean of students, dean of students, secretary of the College and vice president for finance and planning. His wife, Janice, is Allegheny’s assistant director of donor relations, and their children, Will and Susannah, attend the College. “There were probably only a few schools that could take me away from Allegheny,” McInally said. “Coe is such a powerful magnet for me. … Coe is exactly where I want to be.” Allegheny will bid farewell to the McInallys, but plans for those events are not complete. G r a n t s & G i f t s re c e i ve d a $ 25,0 0 0 g r a nt f ro m th e T h o m a s L o r d Charitable Trust , which will suppor t faculty-student collaborative research in the Chemistr y Depar tment and assist students from the depar tment who travel to present their work at professional meetings. This is the most recent of many generous grants the Trust has awarded to Allegheny in suppor t of our chemistr y program. Allegheny’s relationship with the Thomas Lord Charitable Trust and the Lord Corporation has its roots in the College’s earliest years. Samuel Lord, a Meadville settler in 1793, was a char ter trustee of the College, and he gave Allegheny the five-acre site that remains at the hear t of the campus today; the Lord Gates, at the Nor th Main Street entrance to Brooks Walk, bear his name. In 1924, his great-grandson, Hugh C. Lord, founded the Lord Corporation, today a major manufacturer of adhesives, rubber chemicals, primers and coatings, among other products. Allegheny awarded Hugh Lord an honorar y degree in 1948. Samuel Lord’s great-great-grandson, Thomas Lord, began managing the company in 1932, holding several progressively more responsible positions in subsequent years. Upon his death in 1989, Thomas Lord bequeathed to Allegheny $ 250,000 for suppor t of selected research, teaching and education programming in chemistr y, physics, engineering and industrial management topics. Thomas Lord’s successor as Lord Corporation chairman, Donald M. Alstadt, conceived of the Lord Lecture in 1990 as a means of direct corporate suppor t for science education in the area. It was Alstadt’s development of Chemlok ®, one of the world’s leading rubber-to-metal adhesives, that propelled the company into the chemical business in the 1950s. Allegheny awarded him an honorar y degree in 1991. Each year, the Lord Lecture brings one of the nation’s most distinguished chemists to Allegheny. = A l l e g h e ny = T h e M a x K a d e Fo u n d a t i o n , w h i c h s p o n s o r s p ro g r a m s to encourage the exchange of academic ideas among universities and colleges in the United States and German-speaking countries and which promotes international understanding through programs in those countries, has provided generous suppor t to Allegheny ever y year for many years. The foundation recently awarded Allegheny a $14,000 grant in suppor t of our Ma x Kade Writer-in-Residence, Ruth Johanna Benrath, who spent the fall 2012 semester on campus. We also received a Max Kade travel grant of $ 8,800, which provided $1,100 each to eight students who studied during the 2012-13 academic year either in Allegheny’s Cologne exchange program or in Tübingen, Germany. The Ma x Kade Foundation also awarded Allegheny a $ 6,000 grant in suppor t of programming at the Ma x Kade International Wing of our Nor th Village residence hall, a special interest area that promotes cross-cultural communication and exploration. = Allegheny received a grant of $11,250 from the Internal Revenue Ser vice in suppor t of the Volunteer Income Ta x Assistance program. T hrough this program, Allegheny students assist low-income and elderly residents of Craw ford County in preparing ta x returns. The College collaborates with United Way of Western Crawford County and Meadville Public Librar y on the project. Stephanie Mar tin, associate professor of economics, directs the project. Thir t y-one percent of the $ 36,150 cost of the project will be covered by federal funds; the remaining $ 24,900, or 69 percent of the cost of the project, is covered by Allegheny matching funds. Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 13 Class Notes James Rhinesmith celebrated his 90th bir thday on Feb. 24 with family and friends. He is a late-blooming poet, publishing three volumes. As a golden age bridge master, he taught two classes of bridge at Rosemont Presbyterian Village, Rosemont, Pa. ’44 classmates to hang in there! ’49 Edward Wellejus and his wife, Alice, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1, 2012. Edward married the former Alice White while he was still an Allegheny student. He is retired after 50 years at the Times Publishing Company in Erie, Pa. He and Alice have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Barbara Chadsey says that since retiring from the Manatee County School District administration, the Manatee County government as an evaluation contractor and her adjunct work as professor of exceptional student education for USF and Nova Southeastern Universit y, she is ser ving as the chair of the School Advisory Committee for the Just for Girls Academy Charter School in Bradenton, the first charter school for girls in the state of Florida. Dr. Peter Heber t is now living in Taupo, New Zealand, where he says he enjoys hunting. “Hello to all my college friends!” he says. Ben Benson and Mary Benson ’58 are living permanently in Florida enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Their address and email are 3624 Heron Point Cour t, Bonita Springs, Fla. 34134, ben3benson @ gmail. com. Alex Hill shares that he and his wife, Barbar a Bell Hill ’58, enjoyed a Caribbean cruise as a reunion of Barb and her siblings, including Beverly Bell Minnigh ’60 (Barb’s sister) and Wendell Minnigh ’59. On the cruise, they met Kelly Coursey Gray ’92, who was the travel guide on board. R ut h A nn Peter son Ver ell repor ts that her husband, T. Jackson Verell, Sr., passed away Jan. 28, 2013. They were married 46 years. Jack was a 1957 graduate of Virginia Tech but loved visiting Allegheny. “He was always ama zed at how friendly ever yone was,” she says. the Jefferson Award for her 20 years of work with homelessness and affordable housing. She was cited in particular for her work with HEARTH, a transitional housing facility for homeless women with children. Arlene was instrumental in the founding of HEARTH and was its first board president. She continues as a board member emeritus and serves on a number of committees, as well as on the board of Benet Woods Housing. Arlene is one of 50 volunteers from the Pittsburgh area selected for the Jefferson Award honor. ’55 William deGraw, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, retired in May 2012 after 43 years of teaching. Bill and Marge Billard ’61 live in Omaha. Amy Short Hnatko has set up a Facebook page for her newest Giclée prints on canvas – www.facebook.com/AshGiclee. “These are a distinct departure from my more traditional Giclée prints – www.ASHnatkoDesigns.com.” Don Nelson repor ts that he and his wife, Marigene, are on the edge of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary (June 15, 2013). “Our memories of Allegheny are vivid, as we often look at our pictures from graduation and other good times. How fortunate I feel to have achieved great teaching, knowledge and social life from Allegheny, which carried me through a ver y happy and successful career of teaching chemistr y and a life of happiness,” he says. ’61 ’56 ’57 Phyllis Rosen Hollander sends her regards. She and her husband, Zander, are still living in New York City. Pierre D. Poux retired as a program manager for sof tware marketing in the White Plains, N.Y., office of IBM. He is the first vice president of the board of directors for Sheltering the Homeless Is Our Responsibility, a housing organization in White Plains. Deenie Rassas Schlosser reports that she and her husband, Sid, are doing well. Sid received a new heart valve and two bypasses last February and is doing fine. They spend summers in Chautauqua, N.Y., and winters in Delray Beach, Fla., and are at home in Morristown, N.J., in between. Five of their six grandchildren will graduate in the spring — one with a master’s, two from college and two from high school. The sixth grandchild graduated last year and is interning at Sotheby’s in Barcelona, Spain. ’50 ’62 John Clarke is still relishing his daily dip in the nearby Gulf of Mexico while enjoying a growing collection of grandchildren on family visits with his children Keri, Cassy and Jos gathered in their garden of delights so carefully cultivated by wife Zulfitri. He enjoys contact with former colleagues around the world from his career in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. ’51 Jinney Sceiford has returned to the Dennis Ehrenberger lives in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He serves on the City Environmental Affairs Commission, is a member of the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council and completed a two-year term as treasurer for the Winterhaven HOA. Fred Ernst continues his medical consumer advocacy work with national speaking and radio / T V appearances. He also continues to teach anatomy and physiology at the local community college and does screening physical exams for Social Security disabilities. “Maureen and I keep busy visiting the grandkids in Atlanta and Dothon, Ala. We hope all of you are enjoying the benefits of the golden years,” he says. Marty Goldberg P’89 has been named one of five finalists for the Andy Bakjian Outstanding Official Award for 2012 from the U.S. Track and Field Association. The Andy Bakjian Award is given annually to an official who has given outstanding service throughout a career of dedication to running sports and helping to take officiating to a higher level. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla. Marty has officiated track and field throughout the country for 50 years. Wendy Rosenkilde says that for a number of years she has played keyboard for the Livermore VA Chapel and for the memorial services. She is vice chairperson for music for snowy north from North Carolina, where she had been for 20 years, to North East, Pa., where her daughter Emily lives with Jinney’s three grandsons ages 9, 6 and 4. “Living in an independent living community and love it, snow and all. Would love to hear from old (?) friends,” she writes. ’59 Arlene Busse Grubbs was awarded Fred Brown’s P’77 memoir has been published on Lulu Books. My Family, My Life includes family history, Depression days and life as a foreign correspondent. Fred and his family have lived in Japan, Nigeria, Lebanon and India. ’53 ’54 Jim Lyons and his partner, Mary Ann Green Olson, divide their time between his home in Palo Alto, Calif., and her home in Lansing, Mich. They regularly attend Chautauqua and will be there weeks three and four this summer. “If anyone is there during those weeks, give us a shout so we can get together,” he says. ’60 Karen Klomp has moved from Florida to Georgia. Her new address is 121 Ashland Place, Eatonton, Ga. 31024. Bet t ye Myer is living in Titusville and is teaching one French class at the local branch of the University of Pittsburgh. E li S il ver m an’s latest book, T h e C r i m e Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation , has brought him to presentations in the United States and abroad, including Paris, Berlin and Australia. D r. P a u l R o t h h a s b e e n e l e c te d to th e Beaufort County, S.C., Board of Education. He is looking forward to the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1954 in 2014 and reminds 14 Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 A. Short Hnatko ’61 C. Fetcko Barndollar ’64 the Northern California DAR. At Las Positas College, she is studying harmony and theory and performance. She says keyboard, flute and voice all keep her very involved in the community. As a member of the Chaplaincy Service, she encourages support for the VA, its patients and dedicated staff. Linda Alvarez has been volunteering in the Lakeland, Fla., schools for many years. She and her husband were named volunteers of the month at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) for February 2013. LVIM is a clinic for the working uninsured that provides free medical services and prescription assistance. Linda has been on nine short-term missions to places like Belize and Peru. Susan Bartlett continues to manage Sun Valley Graf fiti Busters, a graf fiti removal program funded by the City of Los Angeles, and stays busy with Neighborhood Council, Chamber of Commerce and Community Police Advisory Board activities. Larry Booth retired from mountain climbing in 2007 and from teaching in 2011. ’63 Herb Niles ’59 says that “The Falmouth Five” is an eclectic group of Allegheny alums: Bob Silberfarb ’58, common cause volunteer; Bob Lamoree ’59, semi-retired manufacturer’s representative; Frank Feigert ’59, retired college professor; Harry Blaney ’59, senior fellow, Center for International Policy and Herb Niles ’59, OB/GYN and Allegheny College trustee. The group meets for lunch four or five times a year in Falmouth, Va. Falmouth is of historical note for being the headquarters of Union General Ambrose Burnside, prior to and during the ill-fated Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. “Our group’s comings and goings will not be noted in the history books but is known to other Amy’s Restaurant patrons for sometimes overly loud, long and intense discussions of world affairs, politics and religion,” Herb says. “The meetings are marvelous reminders of similar sessions some 55 or so years ago as students of our beloved College.” Linda Hollister Crocker P’93 and her husband enjoy three months in southern California each year. They also spend time in Maine and traveled to Florence last summer. Linda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lewis F. Fisher has authored a book titled No Cause of Offence: A Virginia Family of Union Loyalists Confronts the Civil War (San Antonio: Maverick Press, 2012). S a m H a r r ison P’86 was feature d in the Meadville Tribune for writing a book titled Meandering Through Saeger town Histor y on the history of Saegertown, Pa. Sam, a retired professor from the geology department at Allegheny, also has authored You Star t With Your Left Foot: The Amazing History of Saegertown’s First School Marching Band , released in 2010. Catherine Hull Maxwell says she has great memories of her two years as a member of the Class of ’63 and hopes all who attend the reunion have a wonderful time. Becky Myton reports that after Allegheny, she went to the University of Maryland and got a master’s and Ph.D. in ecology. She joined the Peace Corps in 1971 and was sent to Honduras to establish a Biology Majors program at the Honduran National University. After the Peace Corps, she stayed on teaching at the University of Honduras for 30 years. She then started working for CARE in 2000 as program director/natural resources and climate change coordinator for 10 years in various posts including Honduras, Tajikistan, Bolivia and Mozambique. Her daughter, Jenny, and her husband, Ian, environmental engineers working in Roatan, Honduras, to conser ve the Mesoamerican Coral Re ef, wanted her closer to home (Honduras), so she is working for Save the Children in the Dominican Republic. Her email is email@example.com. Gerry Romig Seedyke retired after 31 years of administration, counseling and teaching at Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, D.C. She is living in Charlottesville, Va., near her daughter’s family (2331 Glenn Court, Charlottesville, Va. 22901). She is enjoying three grandsons and would love to hear from any classmates in the area at (202) 297-3769. Sue Steane Wielesek retired from her law practice. She was widowed in 2003 and lives with her partner, Bob Wright, a retired architect, in Eugene, Ore. She has four children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren. Carol Fetcko Barndollar has served as president of the Board of Advisors for Incarnate Word Academy (IWA) for the 201213 school year. IWA is celebrating its 139th year as the oldest downtown Houston allgirls high school. In addition, Carol and Jim Meadowcroft ’64 P’99 will be co-chairing the Allegheny Class of 1964 50th Reunion in June 2014. William Brown says that after retiring from Continental Airlines as an international DC10 captain, he was able to fulfill yet another dream by becoming a full-time farmer. On 100 acres in Rehrersburg, Pa., (in Dutch Country), he and his wife, Nancy, built a farmstead and raise sheep, lambs, hay and occasionally a few beef cattle. Henry Mathis is still working and not retired. He has a son just graduating this spring from UPenn and a daughter who is a freshman at the Kent School in Kent, Conn. His wife, Florence, is a furniture designer and the author of several books. They live in Litchfied, Conn. Cynthia Scott Amerman has been president of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (Rockford, Ill.) for the past three years and is on the board of directors of the Adult Loss of Hearing Association in Tucson, Allegheny Magazine ’64 Jean Boice Schaeffer ’63 (pictured left) says, “What a ‘find’ I made on the beach this week! Dorothy Smith Case ’66, who just moved to the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, joined the same outrigger canoe club that I’ve paddled with for the last 15 years! She’s also a sorority sister, worked as a medical technologist, same as I did, and we’re both into carving gourds using an ancient Hawaiian method! My husband and I are snowbirds here in Kona, as we’ve moved to Brainerd, Minn., but we’re looking forward to sharing 50-year-old stories of Allegheny with Dorothy and her husband. It really is a small world! ” ’65 • S pring 2 013 15 I am managing to keep busy with consulting work in the profession,” he says. He and his wife, Gaye, have two daughters who are elementary school teachers in San Antonio and Round Rock, Texas. Contact him at don. firstname.lastname@example.org. umn for a local newspaper. She is the author of Extravaganza King , the story of playwright Robert Barnet, her great-grandfather. G r eg or y Bent z , M.D., Ph.D., F. A . A .F.P., F.A.C.P.E., was named interim chief medical officer of the Loudoun Community Health Center in Leesburg, Va. The center provides comprehensive primary care services to the uninsured and underinsured. Gregor y received his master’s degree from Kent State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. After earning his M.D. from UACJ Mexico, he completed his residency in family medicine at Por tsmouth Family Medicine, Portsmouth, Va. Previously, he was CMO at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg. Diane Skinner has retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as professor and associate dean emeritus. ’67 Alison Barnet writes a biweekly col- Suzy Spence Miller ’66 reports that 26 ladies from the Class of 1966 got together at the Pink Shell Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., for four fun-filled days recalling memories of Allegheny, enjoying a fantastic eco boat trip, the beach, great restaurants and time shared together. Pictured are Linda Murphy Becker, Pat McCarthy Benninghoff , Norma Blouch , Susan Slater Blythe , Anne DeLaCroix , Dian Christman Flach , Betty “B.J.” Wood Gray, Carol Dahlbom Hagert , Ellanie Kaufman Hershberger, Mary Lou Carlson Hodgson , Connie Matz Kevil , Bev Arrowsmith Kinego , Kenna Quine Kinsey , Toni Swain Marwitz , Helen Broxton Miller, Suzy Spence Miller, Janis Elliott Morrison , Vicki Wolfram Muckinhaupt , Chris Olson , Linda Allison Palmiero , Barbara Holmes Pearson , Cherie Sebald Pfetsch , Anne Hinnebusch Rowe , Jeanne Whitney Smith , Judy Bechtel Soto and Barbara Sindberg Uhr. Ariz., where she and her husband moved in 2007 to be near their daughter. She has been appointed to the City of Tucson Commission on Disability Issues. She also has received the 2012 Hamilton Relay Better Speech and Hearing Recognition Award for the state of Arizona. Jackson Blair P’01 met Bertie Ahern, threetime prime minister of Ireland and one of only five people ever to be invited to address both the Houses of Parliament and the U.S. Congress. The prime minister was the guest of honor at the Clover Club dinner in Boston, Mass., in January. Howard Kessler serves as the county commissioner in Wakulla County, Fla. He also is volunteering as an or thopedic surgeon in indigent and children’s clinics in Tallahassee. If any alumni visit the Tallahassee region, Howard says to give him and his wife, Anne Van Meter, a call at (850) 228-9641. Barbara J. Raut ner repor ts that following graduation, she worked as a short-term dome stic mis sionar y with the Methodist church, earned her MSW and enjoyed a career in psychiatric social work. She is living in Pittsburgh where her book, To Walk With Thee, Songs of the Spirit, was published in September 2012. To Walk With Thee (RoseDog Books, Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.) is written in poetic form and reflects on spirituality and psychology. Andy Schmidt and Gale Bunce Schmidt ’66 are first-time grandparents. Liliss Marguerite Barreault was born Dec. 14 in Toulouse, France. Andy is serving a second term in the statehouse as a New Hampshire state representative. He is a member of the Education 16 Allegheny Magazine Committee. Gale is serving a second term on the school board of the Grantham Elementary School. Carole Barnes Williams P’97 says that after 12 years of quiet retirement living on Lake Chautauqua in Western New York, she and her husband, Stu ’65, P’97, have relocated to 5439 Slater Ridge, Westerville, Ohio 43082, where they are enjoying city life for a change and being closer to their children and grandchildren. Contact them at (614) 719-9256. ’68 Carolyn Carr Balmer retired in June as teacher/librarian in Ridgefield, Conn. She resides in Broomfield, Colo., and is adjusting to retirement. She would love to hear from friends and classmates at email@example.com. ’66 Dorothy Smith Case and her hus- band, David, have moved to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, after living 38 years in Anchorage, Alaska. “We enjoy outrigger canoe paddling and snorkeling,” she says. “I play ukulele and duplicate bridge and am learning mahjong. David is involved in the coffee farming community.” Pam Blair, a longtime teacher and academic leader at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts, has been named assistant head of School For Teaching Excellence at the Winchendon School. According to the Winchendon headmaster, Pam has set the standard for teaching in the classroom while mentoring hundreds of students and young teachers. Dave Eigenrauch and his wife, Betty, are living in the Centennial Mill community in Voorhees, N.J. They are both semiretired, with Dave actively involved with the Battleship New Jersey as a docent and Betty giving tours at the historic Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill. Percival Park retired in spring 2010 from his civilian job with the Army in Alexandria, Va. He returned to the Charlottesville, Va., area, where he has lived in the Lake Monticello community since August 2010. Donald Zuris retired from the Corpus Christi Muse um of Scie nc e a nd Histor y, having worked in the museum profession for 40 years. During those years he worked in museums in Missouri, Florida and Texas. “Although I am officially a ‘gentleman of leisure,’ Bill Stoeckert ’67 (left) and Ken Kolson ’67 got together in Washington, D.C., in September for the first time in 45 years. Bill lives in Cape Cod, Mass., and Ken lives in Alexandria, Va. • S pring 2 013 J. Blair ’65 H. Kessler ’65 D. Eigenrauch ’66 J. Estep ’69 J. Deily Goodman ’69 K. Patterson Wise ’69 B ill K loeblen was ele cte d as the 2013 president of the El Dorado, Kan., Chamber of Commerce. This is his second term as president, having ser ved in that role in 2005. He also is the president of the El Dorado Library Board. His regular position is senior manager of human resources and community relations at HollyFrontier’s refinery in El Dorado. Gary Mead has retired from the practice of public health d e n ti s t r y w i t h t h e s t a te of Virginia as of July 1, 2012. He is anticipating a move to Texas to be close to his two sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren (all boys !) and also fishing on the Gulf Coast. family, friends, love and life. I’d love to hear from old friends,” he says. His email is jim@ esteprealty.com. Jean Deily Goodman has retired as executive director of the Guilford County Partnership for Children. Jean and her husband, Gary (Ohio State, 1968), live in Greensboro, N.C. Jean can be reached at jean.goodman@ yahoo.com. Barbara Smith is retiring this spring from St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Barbara has been a registered nurse for 42 years. She went from Allegheny into a nursing program and spent 25 years at the bedside working on med-surg, critical care and her main love, emergency nursing. Barbara obtained her master’s degree in education and has been a nurse educator for emergency services for the last 17 years. Janet Fee Van Zuiden ’67 says that members of the Theta Class of 1967 joined for a reunion in Santa Fe, N.M., in June 2012. Those who attended the event were, sitting, left to right : Clarice Bauknight Roth , Janet Kratovil Prichard , Jackie Riley Del Negro and Andrea Ammann Parker ; first row, standing: Karlene Arnold Darby , Janet Fee Van Zuiden , Susan Bennett Cruikshank , Cathy Parsons MacGregor, Margo Anderson Faulhaber, Kay McAdams Kennedy and Pat Grimwood Frew and back row: Mimi Boyd McGriff , Sandra Millard Gold , Sue Urquhart-Brown , Dana Williams Toedtman and Carol Barbero . Andy Evriviades says, “Lots of water has gone under the bridge, and the feeling of gratefulness is over whelming. Thank you, Allegheny, for my education, and thank you, classmates, for your kindness and generosity. I have been teaching math for 41 years at Boston University, Northeastern, Milton Academy and now at Newton Country Day. My wife, Marge, and our four children live in the Boston area. There is always an empty bed and a meal for any Alleghenian at our home in Belmont, Mass. I am so grateful for all your kindness during my year s at Allegheny.” Steve Gauly and his spouse, Pat, both retired, moved to Naples, Fla., but travel back to Greencastle, Ind., for several months each summer. Nancy Reiss - Hinz , a contract technical writer, and her husband, Gary, a landscape architect, are mostly retired now. They travel and do church work. She waterpaints and takes her therapy-assisted dog, Jasmine, to an assisted living facility and libraries for story hour and READS. She says to visit her critical-thinking brick on campus (the plus means gratitude for that skill that extended past graduation), or if passing through New Hampshire, contact her at nreisshinz@juno. com. E r ne s t E . M o o r e , M.D., re ceive d the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiac Resuscitation Science by the American Heart Association at its annual meeting in Los Angeles in November. Ray Odiorne has retired from parish ministr y but is still in private practice as a psychotherapist. He and his wife, Bonnie ’71, live in Waterbury, Conn. Alan Popp has been named CEO of Colony Care at Home Inc., a senior and family respite care company serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Colony Care is an affiliate of Mason Wright, a senior living community, where Alan also serves as CEO. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jim Estep owns and operates Estep Realty Service, Ebensburg, Pa., specializing in land development, land sales and commercial sales and leasing. He shares that he took a trip down memory lane, visiting campus and also the former Erie-Lackawanna Railway Company yard where he was injured. “I got a second chance at life that fateful day and have been blessed with ’69 Judith Thomas Horgan ’68, center, was recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett as one of eight outstanding women named 2012 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania during a ceremony at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg on Oct. 11. Judith founded Child Watch of Pittsburgh in 1992, which has made great strides in mobilizing the community to focus on the needs of at-risk young people. Her work has won the Sen. John Heinz Award of the United Way in 1998, the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Isabel P. Kennedy Award in 2001 and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh’s Good Government Award in 2002. Judith has served on the boards of a number of agencies that promote programs for girls and boys. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Allegheny and has served on the College’s board of trustees since 2003. Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 17 T. Anderson ’71 & N. Wilkins ’68 Karen Patterson Wise and her horse, Black Magnum, won a blue ribbon at the September 2012 Northwest Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association Fun Show in the Western Class. This was Karen’s first time back in the show ring following an absence of several decades. reputation as an Alleghenian who stays in touch with many of the members of his class via the Internet.” He says when he read Pam Schmitt O’Brien’s ’70 third chapbook, Acceptable Losses , he sent it to Robert Murphy ’70, editor-in-chief of Ohio-based Dos Madres Press. Robert and his wife, Elizabeth Hughes Murphy ’74, started the poetry press in 2004. Robert liked Pam’s chapbook and emailed her to suggest she might publish with Dos Madres. The Answer to Each Is the Same was released in September 2012 by Dos Madres and is available from Amazon, Dos Madres or the author. years in public school education, the last 27 of which were in the position of curriculum director in the Collingswood, N.J., public schools. He and his wife, Nancy Wilkins ’68, met in Glenville High School in the Cleveland Public School District; they are the proud parents of three sons: Christopher, a professor in the City University of New York; Tom, a chemical engineer for Braskem International, and Matthew, an online journalist. J. Bailey ’71 D. Green Chandler ’71 P. Dawson ’71 D. Henninger ’71 ’70 Paul Ross has earned a “glowing Patricia Dawson reports that in June 2012, she celebrated the opening of the True Family Women’s Cancer Center at the Swedish Medical Center Cancer Institute ( SCI ) in Seattle. She is the medical director of the True Center and of the SCI Breast Program. The new center is the result of many years of planning and program coordination and is housed in a beautiful new clinic. Dan Henninge r was the project manager for the creation of the website Frenchcreekconservancy.org for the F.C.V.C. He continues to work to protect and preserve the streams and rivers in the area. “We are looking for funding to create media to tell the story of French Creek, one of America’s most pristine waterways. We also continue to assist ‘Friends of the Cheat’ in their efforts (Cheat.org). See you at the Cheat Festival!” Jordan N. Shames, president and CEO of Neighbors Home Care, received the prestigious Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year Award by the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP). This award was established to recognize an HCP member who has shown dedication and demonstrated excellence in furthering the goals and objectives of HCP. Jordan was honored at HCP’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Oct. 18, 2012 in Huntington, N.Y. Jordan has lived in Great Neck for the past 17 years with his wife, Joni. His son, Rob, is in his last year at Columbia Law School, and his daughter, Rebecca, is working as a registered nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Richard C. Tully, DVM, received the 2012 EQUUS Humanitarian Award on Jan. 19 in Louisville, Ky. of National Affairs Inc., where he was a legal editor for 32 years. He and his wife have spent the inter vening years traveling and cruising. Kathy Kristy Keller has been living in New York City for the last 24 years. She is on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which she helped to start with her husband, Tim, the author of The Reason for God. That book, The Prodigal God and a book they co-wrote, The Meaning of Marriage , all have been on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Kathy’s e-book, Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles , was released in December. Their sons have married, and they have two granddaughters, Lucy and Kate. Fred Krebs retired in 2011 after 20 years as president of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Now he consults, does a little speaking and writes a monthly column for Canadian Lawyer magazine. He also became a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law School. Gail Humphries Mardirosian has achieved investiture into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre Spring 2013. The college is an autonomous, nonprofit organization that holds its annual meeting and investiture of new members each April under the auspices of the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. N ancy Parker was chosen as Citizen of the Year for the City of Manchester, Mo., in September 2012 for her work as a volunteer in the community. In January 2013, she was elected president of the board of directors of the Circle of Concern, a large food pantry and charity serving west St. Louis County. She also works as an intake and caseworker there, as well as tutors immigrants in English as a second language for the school district. She and her spouse of 40 years, Bill Parker ’71, have three grown children and two grandchildren. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson delivered the opening reading at the inaugural interfaith prayer service in front of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with many other distinguished guests. During a visit to campus last year, Dr. Wilson led services at Ford Chapel with several students and staff in attendance. ’71 Dr. Tom Anderson retired after 40 Jack Bailey has lef t his staff position at Pittsburgh’s PMI after nearly 25 years to offer freelance soundtrack design, instruction and production services. He can be contacted at Baileysound Productions, bailjack7@gmail. com and soon via www.baileyprods.com. Deborah Green Chandler says that after 30 year s of working with weaver s in the Unite d State s, she move d to Guate mala and immersed herself in the world of Mayan weavers. Last year she retired from being the Guatemalan director of Mayan Hands, a nonprofit that provides fair trade work for women living in rural pover ty throughout the Highlands. The trail from Allegheny (for which she continues to be grateful) to Guatemala (for which she also is grateful) has taught her one thing above all else: “Life is full of surprises.” Jim Cohen has been named an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Taos. His appointment is in the ar t depar tment, where he teaches jewelry and art metal. In addition, Jim continues his studio practice out of Santa Fe, N.M., specializing in judaica. 18 Allegheny Magazine ’72 Gary Astles has been enjoying retire- ment after 37 years in New York State public education, 32 as building administrator. He now serves on the Board of Education for Trumansburg Central School District and as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at Cortland State University. Ben Cares has moved his commercial photography /graphic design busines s, Pho tographic A r ts, to 9 02 Market St. in the renovated historic Kepler Hotel next to the Market House in Meadville. His work has been published in People , Time , USA Today, Cigar Aficionado and the New York Times Magazine. His Web address is www. caresphotoarts.com. He and his wife, Mary Jo, reside in Meadville. David Gallop retired in 2009 from the Bureau Dianne Clarke-Kudless completed her years as president of Greenville, S.C., ’73 • S pring 2 013 B. Cares ’72 D. Clarke-Kudless ’73 J. Kudless ’73 M. Noble ’73 B. Smith ’73 A. Lubin ’74 with United Way and as a board member of the Greenville Rotar y. Additionally, she is working on assignments with the Society for Psychologists in Management and with ITAP International, helping to restructure international consulting business to meet various countries’ needs for improved cultural training and cross-border performance. James Kudless has completed his seventh year as vice president, business development and process excellence, with US Titles Solutions based in Lebanon, N.J. In December 2012, Jim was elected to be Worshipful Master of Host Lodge No. 6. He has been preparing for this and looks forward to his 2013 year of service. The men of his wife’s Loch/Clarke family were involved in Masonic and Scottish Rite membership, so this connects him with family tradition, as well as being a great personal honor. Mark F. Noble , his wife, Deirdre, and their two children are beginning their third year in Richterswil, Switzerland. They are enjoying exploring Europe from their home just south of Zurich. Mark is heading the global service business for Schindler Elevator, based in Luzern. “Gators are always welcome to visit in either Switzerland or Colorado,” he says. moved from the north side of Jamestown to the south side. His new address is 423 South Ave., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701-9560. Aimee A. Toth Krzton was named the first deputy secretary of banking for securities by Gov. Tom Corbett on Oct. 9, 2012. The position was created to replace the former securities commission. S per o Lappas P’11 has retired from the active practice of law and has returned to school after 35 years of practicing constitutional law and criminal defense. He is a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at the Pennsylvania State Universit y, where his research investigates the inte r se c tions and relationships bet we en American law and broader issues of American culture and politics. At Penn State he is a university graduate fellow and a lecturer in American studies. Andrew Lubin says that following seven embeds with Marines in Afghanistan, he is producing the documentary Bootsteps for PBS. In between, he writes for Leatherneck and the Marine Corps Gazette and has returned from covering USMC-Japanese joint amphibious operations off the California coast. This winter he spoke at Brandeis University’s Conflict & Coexistence Program, Harrisburg World Affairs Council and St. Anselm’s Institute of Politics. Linda Knepper Watson ’73 says she, Steve Lanier ’73 and Bill Watson ’73 visited South Africa this past fall. The three friends get together several times each year. B. Scot Smith was inducted into the 20th class of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in May. The hall of fame reco g nize s f i ve to s i x businesspeople each year for their favorable impact on the community and to civic, professional or charitable associations. In November, he was the recipient of the first Dean Callan Award in memory and in honor of a Boulder commercial real estate icon. The award was based upon integrity, hone st y, profe s sionalDebra Daugherty Schneider ’76 reports that several members and ism and community friends of the Allegheny Chamber Orchestra in the mid-1970s enjoyed a involvement. A donaspecial reunion in November. Steve Phillips ’77 played a brilliant piano tion from the Callan recital at Debbie’s home. Music-loving attendees included, left to right, family was made at Steve Phillips ’77, Lia Crede ’76, Joanne Kozlowski Finn ���76, Karen Scot’s request to the Elmeier Perry ’76, P’05, P’08, P’12, Dan Perry ’77, P’05, P’08, P’12, Jim Boulder Community Constable ’74, Ellen Schantz ’76 and Debra Daugherty Schneider ’76. Hospital Foundation. Also attending was George Bradley ’76. Sister Cities with a well-attended annual meeting and reports from youth diplomats and People2People Ambassadors, as well as the announcement of the 2012 delegation trip to reinvigorate the relationship with Bergamo, Italy. She also is involved in community work ’75 Janet Schmidt has relocated to the San Francisco area after 25 years in Washington, D.C., to work with the VA in Palo Alto. Contact her at email@example.com. Sue Steven sent this message in the middle of a Meadville winter: “My husband and I were shipwrecked in October 2012 during Hurricane Paul. We were for tunate to be rescued by the Mexican navy and hosted for two weeks on Isla Margarita, Baja, Mexico, until we could hire a ship to pull our boat off the beach and tow us to Cabo. Our boat, Seasilk , was repaired, and we are currently sailing near Mexico for the winter.” ’76 Blaine F. Aikin, CFP, has been elect- ’74 J im Gardner ed to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Blaine is the president and CEO of fi360. He was previously the chief knowledge officer and director of training at fi360. He writes the “Fiduciary Corner” column for InvestmentNews and before coming to fi360 served in leading roles in financial services firms. In addition to his CFP certification, Blaine also holds the AIFA and the CFA designations. He received his master’s • S pring 2 013 Allegheny Magazine 19 J. Dacales ’76 N. Capretto ’77 M. King ’77 M. Quinio Negri ’77 R. Sharretts ’77 B. Baxter ’78 degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Jeffrey Dacales says it has been 20 years since his Citicorp life, and he can still say teaching is as rewarding and challenging as ever. He has taught at Stowe Elementary School the last 17 years and in kindergarten the last seven. A few years ago, he was keynote speaker at Stowe High School’s commencement ceremonies for students he taught his first year there in 1996. He also lives in Stowe, which is “a paradise to live in, with a cohesive community, natural beauty, ar ts and ready adventures to be taken.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Larry Levine is a law professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, Calif. He says he is startled by questions about plans for retirement. “This is too good a gig to leave voluntarily. I just had an article published in the McGeorge Law Review about Justice Kennedy and the struggle for marriage equality,” he says. Dr. William Sonnenberg P’06 is presidentelect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP). He will begin his term as president in May 2013 in an inauguration ceremony at Bedford Springs, Pa. The PAFP represents the 4,500 family physicians and residents of the state of Pennsylvania in matters of advocacy and continuing medical education. Robert Spencer was appointed executive director of the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro, Vt., a parttime position that allows him to continue his environmental consulting business. Vermont has enacted legislation to become the first state in the United States to require that food waste be recycled, and Bob has started composting food waste from the first residential curbside organics collection program in the state in Brattleboro. medical director for Gateway Rehab, was selected as Psychiatrist of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pennsylva nia , a le ading Pe nnsylva nia me ntal health alliance. Neil, also a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was named as a Best Doctor ( Pittsburgh Magazine , May 2012), as well. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Carol Evans reports that after a rewarding 20 Allegheny Magazine career as a hematologist/oncologist, she has retired from the practice of medicine and will be starting a consulting company in 2013. Margaret King attended law school after more than 20 years performing as a clown. She became interested in alternative dispute resolution in law school and has been working as a mediator at Family Court in Las Vegas for about six years. She still clowns for events with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), etc. “If any Gators are in Las Vegas, I’d love to meet up for lunch.” Mar y Quinio Negri is the director of development for Student Success at Arizona State University (ASU). She is celebrating 10 years with the ASU Foundation. Her daughter Jessica graduated from Nor thern Arizona University in 2010, her son, Adam, graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and her daughter Emma is entering ASU in fall 2013 as a freshman. She welcomes contact from any Gators visiting the Phoenix area. Ray E. Sharretts , D.O., F.A.C.N., has been named medical director for inpatient psychiatric services at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. He is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists and a faculty member at Temple University School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served his psychiatric residency at Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. David Truesdale left Citizens Bank of Michigan and has accepted the position of director of loan review for Fulton Bank in Lancaster, Pa. He and Peg ’77 have relocated to Manhiem, Pa. Blake Baxter reports that the past year has been memorable, as he returned from FOB Salerno, Khost, Afghanistan, after a one-year deployment as an Army contracting officer in May 2012. He returned to TVA in July and then did a shor t tour with the Army and graduated from the Army Contracting Command Senior Leadership Course in November. “Nancy and I got to spend the holidays together for the first time in our new home in Ooltewah, Tenn.,” he says. Lynn McUmber received the Sheridan Humanitarian Award from Women’s Services Inc. (WSI) in Meadville. The award is named after Nancy Sheridan, a longtime WSI board member and retired College employee. Lynn was recognized for her 30 years of advocacy and support for the agency and their consumers, most recently for the last 15 years as executive director of CHAPS, the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program. Carolyn Claypool Armistead says that her bachelor’s degree in English has led to an enjoyable career writing for newspapers and magazines such as the Chicago Tribune ’80 JacqueLyn Battersby Bond ’80 shares this photo of herself with her daughter, Marissa, and Eric Turner ’80 with his daughter, Elizabeth, at their nursing school pinning ceremony in December 2012. The ceremony took place at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Melbourne, Fla., where Eric serves as the rector. “Our daughters became friends, and we did not even realize we were Allegheny classmates until our families got together for a Memorial Day cookout at Eric and Charlene’s home,” JacqueLyn says. “What a small world! ” ’78 and SHAPE . Her first work of fiction, a teen novel titled Being Henry David (published by Albert Whitman & Co.), was released March 1, 2013. Visit her website at www.calarmistead.com. Cal lives in Acton, Mass., with her husband, Tedford Armistead ’79, who works at Biogen-Idec in Cambridge. She invites all Allegheny alumni to contact her at email@example.com. John Houston says another winter season means another Fir st LEGO League ( FLL) season for his family. “As an FLL coach and the assistant director of Hudson Valley FLL, I am constantly busy with this fast-growing robotics program for kids,” he says. The family also is engaged in FLL: his daughter Elaine is coaching an FLL team in Pittsburgh; his daughter Claire is participating in FIRST Tech Challenge, coaching Jr. FLL and helping out at FLL tournaments and his daughter Joanna is on an FLL team and helping out at FLL tournaments. His wife, Toni ’81, tries to keep up with everyone and helps out whenever possible at FLL tournaments. ’77 N e il C a p r e t t o, D.O., F. A .S. A .M., • S pring 2 013 C. Claypool Armistead ’80 S. Armstrong ’81 G. Hilse ’81 J. Speak ’81 W. Demchak ’84 D. Lutz ’84 Fields Jackson , founder and CEO of Racing Toward Diversity magazine, served as a presenter in a series on ethics and leadership at the University of Notre Dame in November. Chuck Lanigan is acting director at Advanced Labor & Cultural Studies (Alcstudies.org ) . He writes and presents live and spoken-word events in Pittsburgh. “In December 2012 and January 2013, we staged an original live radio adaptation of The Thin Man (with my wife, Jeannine) at the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Brew House. So my time on stage at Allegheny wasn’t wasted!” he says. Lisa Simons says that after raising Zach ’08, Jeanne Marie (College of Wooster Class of 2010 ) and Lindsey Grace (Susquehanna University Class of 2014 ) in the beautiful hunt country of Ligonier, Pa., she is happy to be back in Western New York, dancing a lot, hosting parties as a Silpada Designs jewelr y rep and welcoming friends at 87 Liber ty Terrace, Buffalo, N.Y. 14215-1909. Her personal email address remains lisa. firstname.lastname@example.org, and her Silpada address is email@example.com. his partner, Mike, in Milton, Mass., with their two cats, Tom and Geo. Gina Hilse has retired from a 28-year career in the corporate world to launch her own business as a developmental fiction editor (Facetsfictionediting.com). She is a professional vocalist, singing with Bella Voce and other classical choral ensembles. Her recent performance was in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO’s) Chamber Music Series at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gina is engaged to CSO cellist Gary. Valerie Ramos reports that after the devastation of the Jersey Shore caused by Hurricane Sandy, she was moved to start Sand Aid NJ with two friends. Sand Aid NJ is a nonprofit relief organization that financially supports groups such as food banks and rescue squads that offer direct services to the local communities that were hardest hit by the super storm. Their fundraising efforts are primarily organized around concert events. Visit www.SandAidNJ.ne, Sand Aid NJ on Facebook and Valerie’s website, www.star9photo.printroom.com for more information. “Please spread the word, Gators!” she says. Jon Speak is in grad school at Cornell University Johnson School of Business pursuing his MBA. “It is a balance of life to have a family, be in grad school and continuing to work as a marketing director at a Danaher company. … Living on the coast, north of Boston, provides plenty of oppor tunity to be outdoors and go surfing,” he says. Lori A . Buehler is e xe c u t i ve d i r e c t o r of B re athe A me r ic a in Columbu s, O hio (www.breatheamerica.com). Son Zach is at ASU in Tempe studying political science and philosophy. Daughters Emily (age 14) and AnnieRose (almost age 12) keep her young, or at least she’d like to think so. Lori misses c olle ge days whe n she had time to read great literature and think deep thoughts! Lorraine Barclay ’83 are happy to pass along that their third son, Nick, will follow his twin brothers, Matt ’11 and Eric ’11, to Allegheny. Nick will major in economics and play baseball. The family has lived in Harborcreek, Pa., since 1988. Marty is a partner with Procure Inc. (a strategic sourcing and esourcing software provider), and Lorraine is a quality manager with BASF Catalyst Division. Mat t is in the Management Development program at PNC in Pittsburgh, and Eric is a sourcing specialist for UPMC in Pittsburgh. David Dworakowski lives with his wife and five children in Laguna Beach, a small beach community in Southern California. He has spent the past 25 years practicing law in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. In his spare time, David enjoys scuba diving and just hanging out with the family. Michael L . S idor, M.D., was the invited speaker by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapters of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals’ 13th Annual Conference held in Atlantic City, N.J. Sidor is board cer tified in or thopedic surger y, specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow and joint replacement for the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is in private practice with offices in Havertown, Pa., and Mount Laurel, N.J. Stuart H. Armstrong began a threeyear term in January 2013 on the national board of directors of the Financial Planning Association, the largest member association of financial planners in the United States. He’s been a practicing financial planner since 1986 in the greater Boston area and lives with ’81 ’84 William S. Demchak , president of ’82 PNC Financial Services Group, succeeded Chairman James E. Rohr as president and chief executive officer, effective April 23, 2013. William joined PNC in 2002 as chief financial officer. In 2005, he became head of Corporate & Institutional Banking. He was promoted to senior vice chairman in 2009 and named head of all PNC businesses in 2010. He was elected PNC president in April 2012. Lynne Bowerman Wilgucki ’84 reports that Alpha Chis from the Classes of ’83, ’84 and ’ 85 met at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., to celebrate a few milestone birthdays. Seated at Roy’s Restaurant are Brette Rupert Gillman ’84, Lynne Bowerman Wilgucki ’84, Cyndi Miles Baily ’85, Stephanie Pleva Chirigos ’83, Lisa Fiedor Baird ’84, Theresa Ryan Jehle ’84, Shawn Johnson Posway ’85, Lee Tepper McCargar ’85 and Natasha Swan Aque ’84. The event was so successful they plan on returning in 2015. “Many more are welcome! ” she says. ’83 Marty Barclay and Dan Lutz has left his law firm, Kropf, Wagner, Lutz & VanSickle LLP, where he had practiced for 15 years. He has accepted an appointment as the Wayne Count y, Ohio prosecutor to complete the unexpired fouryear term of his retiring predecessor. In November 2012, Dan was elected to a new four-year term that commenced in January 2013. He also serves in the Reserve component of the U.S. Navy, where he holds the rank of captain. In addition, Dan is a certified general court-martial military judge, and his job in the Navy Reserve is sitting as an appellate judge on the Navy & Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C. Dan and his wife, Theresa, live in Orrville, Ohio, with their youngest son, Reagan. Their other Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 21 NYC-based site The Fix (www.thefix.com), a news magazine about addiction and recover y, and her work appears on Salon and other news sites. Jen also teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter @Guinevere64. T. Downing ’85 J. Matesa ’86 ’87 Chris Brussalis has been Karen Rhen Hirsh ’86 shares this photo that was taken in Chicago in 2012 during one of the group’s biyearly reunions. Pictured left to right are Kelly Platt O’Leary ’86, Karen Rhen Hirsh ’86, Gail Huffman Roach ’86, Alissa Turner Boleky ’86, Maria Sisley McTarnaghan ’86 and Lynne Rowan Belko ’86. Susan Scheuring is working as a senior systems analyst for Wildblue Communications in Englewood, Colo. Steven Witmer has been cast in the role of Bill Bobstay in Capitol Opera of Richmond’s production of H MS Pi n a fo r e and will be covering the role of Sir Joseph Porter. His wife, Virginia ’88, and daughters Katherine and Lauren also appear in the chorus of Pinafore . Steve served as counsel to the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety. He also serves as co-director of Rider Alert, which won the 2012 Governor’s Transportation Award in the category of motorcycle safety. elected to the Phi Delta Theta Inte r national Frate r nit y’s G ene ral Council (the organization’s board of directors). Chris, a Pittsburgh resident, will serve a two-year term as a member-at-large of the board. In addition to volunteering for Phi Delta Theta, he is president and chief executive officer of The Hill Group Inc., a national management consulting firm. son, Ken, is a freshman at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. o g nize d a s o n e of th e 2013 O hi o S u p e r Law yer s . Only 5 percent of Ohio law yers are chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers . Tim is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland. Anne Rumsey Gearan joined the Washington Post as diplomatic correspondent last year, after more than 20 years with The Associated Press. She travels heavily with the secretar y of state and would love to hear from Allegheny friends overseas or at home. magisterial district judge in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. He has joined Mark Tranqilli ’89 on the campaign trail. Sean is being helped in his campaign by his daughter, Serena ’16. The Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht P’13 is serving as senior pastor of Park United Methodist Church in North East, Pa., and as adjunct professor of religious studies at both Gannon University and Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. Ellen Stephens Johns started a new dental practice in Indianapolis last year after 22 years of working for another dentist and raising four children. Keith Johns ’86 leads the U.S. insulin business for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis. “If you are ever in Indy, please look us up,” she says. J e n n i f e r M a t e s a wa s awa r d e d a ye a rlong fellowship from the Substance Abuse and Me ntal Health Se r vice s Administration, a division of the Federal Department of Health and Human Ser vices, to foster her journalism, blogging and public speaking about addiction and recovery. She was one of just eight selected nationwide. She owns a popular blog called Guinevere Gets Sober (Guineveregetssober.com), offering news, reviews and stories about addiction and healing. Her features can be read at the 22 Allegheny Magazine ’85 Timothy J. Downing has been rec- Joe Demmler has joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers Advisory Services as a managing director in financial ser vices. He resides in Boulder, Colo., with his daughter, Chloe, who is 6. David Gilson has been appointed the artistic director of the Western Reserve Chorale in Cleveland. In addition, he continues as associate dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also serves as faculty in the areas of eurhythmics and choral conducting. He serves as the director of music for the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as well. Visit Westernreservechorale.org. Thomas Purnell has been appointed senior vice president, northeast region manager, for Selective Insurance Company of America. Thomas joined Selective in 1988 as a corporate trainee and has held a variety of regional leadership positions. Claudia Davis Reshetilof f graduated in Februar y from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is now a health coach (www.HealthThatFits.com). Last summer her family also moved onto their boat (a 43-foot ketch), and at the end of October, they cast off the dock lines for good – heading south to the Caribbean for the winter. “We signed a two-year lease on our house, so we will be homeschooling our children, Max, 9, and Anya, 7, and I’ll continue health coaching from wherever we are.” They are documenting their adventure at www.svdemeter. wordpress.com. Craig Stanley has star ted his own commercial real estate solutions company called Broadwing Advisors. ’89 D av i d H . C o ok ha s joine d T hor p Re e d & A r mstrong LLP ( T hor p Re e d ) a s an associate attorney in the Commercial & Corporate Litigation Practice Group. David focuses his practice on spor ts law, white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, appellate matters and corporate law. David graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law and received his master’s in history from Boston College. ’86 Sean Audley P’16 is a candidate for Jose Rodriguez was selected by his peers as the 2012 NEAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions to a pair of first-place finishes and five top-five finishes overall on the season. He also coached his first NEAC overall men’s conference champion - Alex Kane. In addition, he was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for the work he is doing as an educator at Penn State Abington. He earned his master’s in education administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark V. Tranquilli says that after 20 years as a prosecutor and deputy district attorney of homicide in Pittsburgh, he decided to run for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge in the primar y election on May 21. More details can be found at www.tranquilliforjudge.com. ’88 David Mountain says that he has joined BlueStripe Software as vice president of marketing communications. He is living in Durham with his wife, Carol, and sons, Jack, Ben and Nick. Douglas Casa was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame (where he got his master’s) in 2012 as a tribute for the influence his work is having in the spor ts medicine community with changing health and safety policies for athletes /laborers / soldiers. He serves as the chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute (ksi. uconn.edu) at the University of Connecticut, where they conduct research, educate and advocate for changes to promote health and safety issues. ’90 • S pring 2 013 C. Brussalis ’87 J. Demmler ’87 D. Cook ’89 J. Rodriguez ’89 M. Tranquilli ’89 D. Casa ’90 B e r n a d e t t e Ks i a zek G eye r ’s fir st fulllength collection of poetry, The Scabbard of Her Throat, was published by The Word Works. She is employed as a senior copy e ditor at Mic ro Str ate g y, whe re she a ls o conducts user acceptance testing of mobile applications. She currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and daughter. Her personal website is Bernadettegeyer. homestead.com. Lisa Noel Blau is the founder and CEO of LNB Consulting LLC, a leadership d eve l o p m e n t p r a c t i c e w i t h ex p e r t i s e i n organizational and individual consulting. The organization specializes in strategic ’91 S t a c i O r i e S u mm e r s ’ 9 3 Circling the globe to give back As a teenager, Staci Orie Summers, left in photos, loved taking summer mission trips with her church youth group. So in college, when a friend asked her to participate in Hut-A-Thon – an event where students build a hut on the Allegheny campus to raise awareness and funds for homelessness — Summers, a sophomore at the time, jumped at the opportunity to give back. She never realized that this event would reignite her passion for helping others — and would eventually lead to her career in international development. “As an art history major, I was unsure of what I wanted to do upon graduation,” Summers said. “This experience at Allegheny inspired me to pursue my passion for connecting with other cultures and partnering with people in need.” Summers first acted upon that passion in 1994, when she traveled to India as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International, an organization dedicated to eradicating substandard housing. One year later, she officially turned her professional efforts to making the world a better place, serving Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps VISTA representative in fundraising and community leadership development. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in international training and education from American University in Washington, D.C. Throughout the years, Summers’ desire to, in her words, “dive into unfamiliar worlds,” has been a driving force. In addition to being a wife to her husband, Jason, and a stay-at-home mother to their children, Caton and Ainsley, Summers now serves as a volunteer team leader with Habitat’s Global Village Program, which facilitates shortterm international house-building trips. Since 1994, she has traveled to 29 countries and is planning her next trip to Malawi in September. Summers says that when she arrives at a site, the homes can be in any stage of construction. She and the team typically work alongside the future homeowner and members of the community for one to two weeks performing a variety of tasks that range from making and laying bricks to constructing a home out of bamboo. On her most recent trip to Nepal, Summers and her team worked alongside a woman named Sharmila Pariyar to construct a home for Pariyar and her son, Uttam. “Our team, with help from the community and a few hired technicians, built Sharmila’s bamboo-style house in just eight days,” Summers said. “Working alongside the Nepalese was every bit as amazing as I had expected. And just like with all of my trips, the language barrier didn’t matter. The feelings of compassion and love translate to any language.” In addition to serving as a Habitat volunteer, Summers donates her time and resources to her alma mater. Since graduation, Summers has served as a Gator Greetings volunteer, as co-chair of her 10th Reunion Committee, and as an Alumni Council member. She also is a member of the Timothy Alden Council. “Allegheny gave me the skills and confidence to do anything I wanted to do,” Summers said. “I give back because I know I wouldn’t have been able to attend Allegheny if it weren’t for the generosity of others. I want to give current students those same opportunities. I also know that Allegheny has been managed well and will put my funds to good use.” — H e a t h e r L . G r u b b s Allegheny Magazine • S pring 2 013 23 planning, busines s development, human capital strategies, executive coaching and team development. LNB Consulting LLC is located in Charlotte, N.C. S e a n C. D e n t wa s p ro m ote d to d e p u t y general counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where he manages ethics, contracts, per sonnel and fraud mat ter s. His wife, Alane R. Dent, is vice president of federal relations for the American Council of Life Insurers. Eric Lechman has been inducted into the Ce nte r High School 2012 A lumni Hall of Fame. Eric is an associate researcher at the Ontario Cancer Institute, where he is studying RNA’s role in controlling a specific type of normal and malignant stem cells. He earned a master’s degree in molecular virology and biochemistry and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Paula Pow Soto was featured in a Huf fington Post interview for her yoga service work. Paula, who maintains a psychotherapy practice in Beaver, Pa., founded Intersections Wellness to strengthen the community by sharing skills to manage stress, practice physical and mental self-care and form suppor tive connections with others. To learn more or to contact Paula, visit www.IntersectionsWellness.com or www.Facebook. com/IntersectionsWellness. Natalie Tarr reports: “I’m either a mom or doing seven things at the same time. Our girls are now 10 and 8 years old, and I am back – working two jobs, back in school and doing two ‘just for fun’ things – and continuing being a mom. Who would have thought? Also, I’m back in hometown Basel after 20 years. Who will visit? Email me: natalie.tarr@ bluewin.ch.” Eric K . Thiele has been appointed PPG Industries treasurer and a company officer. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. Eric joined PPG in 1995 and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility, such as director, financial services, aircraft transparencies; director, financial reporting, coatings businesses; director, finance and planning, automotive coatings; and director, finance, and chief financial officer, PPG Asia Pacific. He also served as assistant treasurer and credit director. He earned his master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Rebecca Miller Wise has been promoted to director of admissions for LECOM School of Pharmacy. She also is on faculty and working as a consultant in the MTM Services Pharmacy at LECOM. In addition, she is on the board of directors at Boro Women’s Services in Edinboro, Pa., is a founding administrator of Support NWPA Business in Erie and writes 24 Allegheny Magazine a column for EdinboroOnline.com called Wise Words. ’92 Melinda Cronk was named by Tarvin Realtors as salesperson of the month in September, with sales in excess of $2.9 million. She also reached her membership in the Tarvin Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club in her first year with the firm. Additionally, in January, Tarvin recognized Melinda for her outstanding year in sales, in which she exceeded $11 million in 2012. Prior to joining Tarvin Realtors, she spent 15 years in the corporate communications field at several leading financial services companies. Melinda holds a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She resides in Ridgewood with her husband, Doug, and her two children, Ethan and Audrey. Alec Marchitello, in Manitou Springs, Colo. A my Dav ison has L. Noel Blau ’91 moved from Madison, Wis., to Indianapolis. She is still in-house counsel, but she is at Simon Property Group instead of Trek Bicycle Corp. ’95 Jennifer Check , a dentist, is hap- pily practicing in Pittsburgh after a career redirection. She returned from a dental mission trip to Jacmel, Haiti, sponsored by her employer, Aspen Dental. Roz Lipsey has been promoted to chief executive officer of Jokake Construction. Roz joined the company in 1998 as a project manager and was promoted to president in 2005. As CEO, she will execute the company’s long-term vision for growth. She received a master of business administration from Kent State University. ’93 Alex Schulman Isaly says he still Jen Firek FitzPatrick , associate director of college counseling at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, has been selected by Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) for inclusion in the “Counselors That Change Lives” program. This award recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL. She also participated in a post for The Choice, a blog that features two New York Times reporters as they explore the many facets of the college admissions process. In the post, titled “November College Checklist for Seniors,” Jen gave admissions advice for the Class of 2013. Eleftherios Fylaktos says that in October 2012, he completed his master’s in visual and media anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin with his latest film, Café-Finovo. In 2012, he joined the Korsakow Institute for the production of the non-linear Web documentary, The Money and the Greeks . That same year, he also joined the INPUT and Prix-Europa teams. In 2013, he is teaching an introduction course to non-linear editing for the master’s in visual and media anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. John Means used a da Vinci robot to remove a diseased gallbladder from a Montana woman through an incision in her naval, leaving a small incision that will be virtually invisible. This surger y, per formed in July, was the fir st of its kind in nor thwe ste r n Montana with only 123 hospitals and 143 surgeons nationwide trained in performing a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder) using a single incision technique with the robot. lives in southern California, and his family has grown since his last post. “Michele and I are blessed with two princesses, Abby and Maddie,” he says. He continues to follow his passion in fitness and has shared the stage with top fitness pros in the industry. In 2008, he created the international fitness program called R.I.P.P.E.D. His programs have been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and SHAPE magazine. Visit www.alexisaly.com. Michael John Ryan P’13, Cleveland Municipal Court judge, was elected to the position of judge at Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas-Juvenile Division. Michael had just concluded his first six-year term as Municipal Cour t judge and was beginning his second when he was tapped by his party to run for Juvenile Court. He defeated the appointed judge by more than 128,000 vote s. Michael’s constitue ncy incre a se s from 400,000 to 1,400,000. He becomes the youngest (41 years old) and only the second African-American male jurist to be elected at the Juvenile Court. Also, his daughter Lauren ’13 is graduating this spring. ’94 Amber Blasingame earned her juris doctorate from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in December 2010. She passed the Colorado Bar and was sworn in as a licensed attorney on May 24, 2011. On May 25, 2011, her birthday, she began practicing as an immigration attorney for Joseph Law Firm PC. She is the associate attorney overseeing their new satellite office in Colorado Springs, Colo. On July 20, 2013, Amber will wed her longtime sweetheart and partner, Kev in G a ll a g he r, a mathematic s teacher at Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, became the first teacher in the district’s 45-year history to meet the standards necessary to attain the National Board Certification set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that is valid for 10 years and is available nationwide to teachers at all levels, K-12. Fewer than 100,000 teachers nationwide have earned the distinction. ’96 • S pring 2 013 M. Ryan ’93 J. Check ’95 C.J. Morgante is one of 10 major league soccer linesmen from the United States appointed to the FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) International Panel of Assistant Referees. At the top level for nine years, he has officiated two Major League Soccer Cup Finals, many World Cup Qualifiers and more than 200 professional soccer games over four continents. He is eligible to be a referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. C.J. is a real estate investor, owner of Enviro Seeds Wetland Seed Company, Emlenton Self Storage and a volunteer track and field coach at Slippery Rock University. He lives with his wife, Holly, and two daughters, Aleah and Arianna, in Grove City, Pa. Bret Woolcock was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. His next assignment will be as the U.S. Army attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. civil engineer in December. He also married Danielle Bradford in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 28. Luke is the grandson of the Rev. Harry Conroy ’45 and Louise Schweitzer Conroy ’45. Jennifer Bogo signed on as articles editor at Popular Science magazine, where she oversees feature stories “about the future of, well, pretty much everything.” Becca Dietrich got engaged to Zack Howe over the Thanksgiving break and has moved to Douglasville, Ga. A. Anthony ’98 D. Veschi ’98 A. Benhameda Anthony ’00 the faculty lead for strategic initiatives and operations at the MGH Learning Laboratory. He is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Macy International, the Center for Medical Simulation and the American College of Surgeons. Sammy Rado is a special education teacher in Arlington, Va., at Wakefield High School. He also has been coaching the offensive and defensive lines for the varsity football team the last four years. He is finishing his doctorate in education policy at George Mason University. He says anyone in the D.C. area can get in touch with him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jason Ramsey was featured in the Meadville Tribune in January for the foot-high, footand-a-half-wide model of Allegheny’s historic Bentley Hall that he built out of LEGOs in 2010. The structure has garnered attention via social media. Jason is the assistant director of administrative information services at Allegheny. David Veschi , who has 15 years of service in the U.S. Army under his belt, has decided to switch gears. He is attending the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. It’s a 2 1/2-year master’slevel program with an additional duty service obligation of five years. “Looks like 20 years won’t be enough for this former grunt,” he says. “Many moons ago, I was one of many aspiring pre -med students at Allegheny. Everything eventually circles back to where you started.” McNeill ’03 were featured on interview blog Yinz piration. The blog aims to interview 100 Pittsburghers. Jennifer is a member of the senior leadership team of McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, her family’s business, and Shannon is the children’s librarian/assistant director/all-around librarian at the Green Tree Library. In addition, Jennifer has been named a recipient of the 2013 Business Women First winners by the Pittsburgh Business Times . She also is serving as national vice president of Alpha Chi Omega and as a member of the Leadership Pittsburgh board of directors. Dr. Erin McAdams joined the faculty in the political science department at Presbyterian College ( South Carolina ) in fall 2012. She previously taught at College of Charleston ( S o u th Ca ro lin a ) a n d D i c k in s o n C o lle g e (Pennsylvania). She and her husband, Justin Lance (also a political science professor at J. Rubin ’99 J. Weigold ’99 Presbyterian College), live near Greenville, S.C., and published a journal article together in Politics and Religion . Contact them at email@example.com. Joshua P. Rubin has been elected as a new partner in the Buffalo, N.Y.-based law firm Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC. Formerly an associate at the firm, Joshua’s practice has primarily involved all aspects of civil tort litigation, where he has tried more than 35 cases and handled numerous appeals. He graduated from the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has become active in both coaching and judging moot court competitions. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore. Jennifer Weigold has been named manager of community relations for northern tier markets for UPMC Health Plan. Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Jenny served as manager of special events for UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., for four years. In her new position, Jenny is responsible for helping to organize sponsorships and community events in the Erie area. She also provides support for UPMC Health Plan’s marketing initiatives. ’97 Luke H. Ballard became a certified ’00 Robert Bartell and Timothy Crum ’00 have combined to start a research and investment firm specializing in competitive analytics. Their work primarily focuses on intercollegiate extracurricular and professional franchise event-based outcomes. Follow Rob (@bartells) or Tim (@tmattcrum) on Twitter. ’98 Alvin Anthony and Amal Benham- eda Anthony ’00 are living in Indianapolis with their two children, Sophia, 5, and Isaac, 18 months. Alvin is a seventh grade language arts teacher, and Amal is a disability case manager. Alvin invites you to check out his blog at Poopdeckcapt.wordpress.com, on Twitter @acjlist or at Lifeofdad.com/profile_ blog.php?uid=163, a social network for dads. ’99 J e n n i f e r D a u r o r a a nd S h a n n o n Bernie Clark has been appointed to the board of directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He will lead the chapter’s Marketing Excellence Certificate Program. Bernie holds master’s degrees in business administration and marketing management from the University of Maryland. Casey L. Timer has joined Goose Creek, S.C.-based KLM Environmental LLC as director of sales and marketing. Previously, she was director of sales and marketing for CarePoint Inc. ’01 Darcy Kucenic was featured in the Pittsb urg h Tr ib une Review for organizing the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh celebration. Darcy earned her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the director, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, and manager of education and operations, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Roy Phitayakorn is a general/endocrine surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He has been promoted to director of surgical education research and Laura Littler King completed her Ph.D. in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. She and her husband, Eric King ’00, reside in Boise, Idaho, where Laura is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Boise State University. Allegheny Magazine ’02 • S pring 2 013 25 G e ne Natali