Patches: Winter 2015
The magazine of Harcum College - Celebrating 100 Years in 2015.
patches The Magazine of Harcum College WINTER 2015 Once In A Lifetime Celebration Year-long observance in honor of Harcum College’s Centennial! This Issue: Launching Our Centennial—Anniversary Highlights I President Wins Ciervo Award I Bear Pride New Business Programs in Accounting and Social Media I 15 Year Anniversary of Golf Classic E FE A PT TH LI & UT UT O O TA O AB AB E LL D 5 UR A N –1 AT G Y A 11 FE NIN D ES R O G A B A LE AN P M HU patches magazine The essential purpose of Patches Magazine is to inform, engage, and inspire Harcum College’s diverse readership—including alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and our many friends. Our mission is to present an honest portrait of Harcum College—showcasing our people, our programs, our history, and our core values in order to strengthen our readers’ opinion of the college, and to cultivate our commitment towards creating a “college of possibilities” higher educational environment. Patches Magazine is published biannually by the Office of Communications & Marketing at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Please send address changes and class notes to the Office of College Advancement located at 750 Montgomery venue in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 610-526-6060. Have comments? Contact us at email@example.com PATCHES MAGAZINE ONLINE Visit Patches Magazine online at patches www.harcum.edu/ © 2015 HARCUM COLLEGE Scenes from Harcum’s Centennial Kickoff on anuary 15: Melville Hall sported Centennial banners and Tiara Garnett donned Harcum purple. Hatcher the College mascot helps President Jon Jay DeTemple display the new Centennial flag to the c owd gathered to raise it. Terri Groody is absorbed in the special archival photo display in Klein Hall. On the cover: (Left to Right) Dental Hygiene students Caitlin and Caila Leiphart are one of four sets of twins at Harcum this semester (see page 23). s e h c t pa WIN TER 2015 Th az e Mag ine of Harc um Co llege Photograph by Kevin S. Nash EDITOR/WRITER Gale Martin Director of Communications & Marketing ART DIRECTION/DESIGN Bridget Goldhahn Graphic Designer & Communications Specialist CLASS NEWS EDITOR Melissa Samango Director of Alumni Relations CONTRIBUTORS Anders Back Director of Internal Communications & Publications Drew Kelly Director of Athletics Nan Myers Freelance Writer Amy Shumoski Web Manager ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY K.S.N. Images Andy Back Bridget Goldhahn Amy Shumoski patches This Issue : La ing unch Our Cente nnial —An nivers ary Hig hligh ts sid I Pre en So and cial Media e in e Onc etim n f i L a lebratio Ce r of hono l! n in ia bratio ntenn cele ’s Ce r-long llege ard Yea um Co Aw Ciervo Harc t Wins A an A—Fla d OT gship Progra ms I PT g untin Acco ms in de ar Pri Progra ess I Be Busin New The Magazine of Harcum College WINTER 2015 FEATURES 8 Harcum in the 21st Century Harcum College from 1985 to 2015 The last in a three-part series highlighting Harcum’s history in celebration of our Centennial Kickoff in 2015. 11 Learning All About the Body PTA and OTA students prepare vigorously to succeed in a variety of healthcare settings. HARCUM COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Theodore A. Rosen Chairman Thomas J. Giamoni Vice-Chair Louise Strauss Vice-Chair Denis C. Boyle Treasurer Karl Thallner Secretary Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D. President Beatrice C. Blackman ’55 Michael J. Buongiorno Samuel P. Cimino, DDS Daniel Hirschfeld Dr. Colena Johnson-Kemp Alexander Klein Marvin B. Levitties Dennis S. Marlo Denise McGregor Armbrister J. Michael McNamara Carolyn Saligman, Ph.D. Dean M. Schwartz Karin B. Takiff Karl A. Thallner Lisa Yang Susan Zeller-Kent ’72 DEPARTMENTS 2 Community News 3 President’s Message 5 Events 6. Centennial Highlights 10 Advancement News 16 Faculty & Staff News 18 Athletics 20 Alumni News 24 Bear Pride: Purple is the New Black Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. The comments and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of Ha cum College. The editorial board reserves the right to edit and select content for Patches that adheres to Harcum College’s commitment to maintaining the high standard of integrity that has always been characteristic of the college. HARCUM COMMUNITY NEWS 2013-2016 with support and input from the Board of Trustees, President, and Cabinet,” Ely said. “Progress continues on integrating state-ofthe-art reporting technologies and are geared toward a systematic approach to data-driven decision making.” creator and business owner. Both programs will be offered at Harcum’s Bryn Mawr Campus in day sessions only and require 62-63 credits to complete. Social Media Marketing will be offered in evening sessions at some of Harcum’s Partnership Sites. Pictured Left Top: Harcum Community disperses from the opening ceremony kickstarting the Centennial celebration Pictured Left: New Business Program Director— Mike Prushan Pictured Below: Danell Worrell, Student— Business Management College Establishes Office for Planning and Research Harcum College has expanded rapidly since 2007. As a college grows and matures, new functions come into view that will help the College continue on a path towards growth and academic excellence. Two of these areas, Strategic Planning and Institutional Tim Ely Executive Director, Research, have been Strategic Planning & identified as critical Institutional Research to Harcum’s Middle States Accreditation process and have been combined in one new department under the leadership of Tim Ely. Ely comes to Harcum directly from Montgomery County Community College where he served as Director of eLearning. Formerly Tim served as Harcum’s Assistant Vice President for Online Education from 2002 to 2012. “Since being formed in August 2014, accomplishments include completing a review and update of the Harcum College Strategic Plan New Business Program Director Launches Two Majors The College is recruiting students for two new associate’s degrees in business for the Fall 2015 semester— accounting and social media marketing. The programs were developed by Mike Prushan, the new director of Harcum’s Business Program, who joined Harcum College in June of 2014. “Employment in both these fields is expected to grow by about 12 percent between 2012 and 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Prushan said, “as the U.S. economy grows and business marketing strategies become more competitive.” Prushan served as Interim Director of the MBA Program at Delaware Valley College and created its experiential learning program. He holds BSBA and MBA degrees from Drexel University and has a wealth of business experience as a business STUDENT PROFILE Danell Worrell “I started my educational journey straight out of high school. As a Business Management major, Harcum has taught me plenty of things, too many to number, including how to be a leader by serving on Student Government as Public Relations Coordinator. When I started Harcum I even received the opportunity to work with the Office of Marketing & Communications. Harcum taught me to take a stand on what I feel is right and how imperative is to give back to my community by volunteering. I plan to bring the knowledge I obtained here and further it at a four-year college in the Philadelphia area.” — Danell Worrell ’15 2 patches magazine HARCUM COMMUNITY NEWS MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Between drafting our SelfStudy report for Middle States Accreditation and planning and celebrating a Centennial at the same time, Harcum College is certainly “Going Full Steam in 2015.” Both endeavors are campuswide, cutting across programs and departments, requiring dozens of faculty, staff, and trustees to plan and implement. Both required a full year of pre-planning and will reach heights of campus activity in the current calendar year. This issue of Patches opens with photos from our Centennial Kickoff on January 15. Page 6 highlights all the Centennial projects in which you can take part from volunteering to lectures to artistic projects to unabashed merrymaking at the Centennial Gala on October 10. We proudly feature two academic programs in the Allied Health field—Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assisting, both of which recruit a talented and diverse crop of students who fare very well in the world of work, with employment rates closing in on 100% upon graduation. Harcum is poised at the threshold of one of the most critical but also most exciting times in its 100-year history. As it was when Harcum was founded in 1915 and still is today, the entire campus is energized by all the possibilities for reflection, commemoration, and renewal. All Best Wishes, Artist Donates Works Following Exhibition Student Life arranged an exhibition of 9/11-themed works by Philly-based artist Joan Myerson Shrager in September. It was a deeply meaningful show, made even more impactful by having been displayed in Harcum’s Little Theatre, which is dedicated to the memory of Kevin D. Marlo, who perished in 2001 in the World Trade Center attacks. As a result, Shrager has generously donated six pieces of her 9/11 collection to the College. The Little Theatre will serve as the permanent home for the works and will they will only be removed if another show is on display in the space. Pictured above: Several of the artist’s friends attended the gallery show at Harcum. From left to right, Susanne Okamoto, Paula Mandel, Joan Myerson Shrager, and Alice Mandel 100th Anniversary Inspires New Centennial Scholarship To honor 100 years of education at Harcum College and help create even brighter opportunities for future Harcum students, President DeTemple has set an ambitious goal to raise significant endowed Centennial Scholarship funding. As Harcum commences its Centennial-year celebration in 2015, the Office of Advancement is pleased to announce scholarship pledges and commitments to date exceeding $300,000. Expect to see more fundraising endeavors to support increased Centennial Scholarship funding. Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D. President HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 3 HARCUM CAMPUS NEWS College Launches Mobile-Ready Website Harcum College launched a new website on Tuesday, August 19, just prior to the start of Fall Semester. It had been three years since the last harcum.edu redesign. In the digital world, however, three years can be something akin to a geological age because of the rapid pace at which technology changes. Harcum Supports Howl-o-ween Costume Contest Linward Robinson, Animal Center Management (ACM) Program Director, was one of four judges at the Ardmore Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest on Friday, October 3. Students from the ACM program distributed Harcum branded dog leashes and program information to contestants. Harcum Vet Tech graduate Faline Kahler ‘14 and her bat pup were among the contestants. MLT Program Reaccredited through 2021; Lab Sciences Now in OMGC The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program was officially granted continued accreditation after the September meeting of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) Board of Directors. “The awarding of the highest accreditation attainable by NAACLS is an achievement attributed to the hard work, professionalism, and dedication of the MLT staff,” said Donna Broderick, Program Director. Upon assuming the role of program director in 2008, Broderick’s goal was to lead the program in a steady 3 to 5 to 7 year accreditation status. “Maintaining that high-level accreditation status is a crowning achievement for the MLT program, and for the faculty, students, and advisory board who participated in the accreditation process,” Broderick said. The accreditation will be in effect until October 31, 2021. In addition, the lab sciences programs, including MLT, Phlebotomy, and Histotechnology, moved to the Our Mother of Good Counsel (OMGC) School in 2013. The lab, classrooms, and offices a e all located on the second floo , in the wing adjacent to the gymnasium. The mobile phone revolution overtaking the U.S. in the last three years required us to make our website mobile-ready or adaptive in order to retain prospects. The younger the user, the more likely she or he is accessing harcum.edu via a mobile device. Other changes resulting from the redesign included strengthening the brand by incorporating more of the signature purple color into the site as well as creating a Centennial presence on the homepage with click-thru 100th anniversary buttons. The homepage is more robust than ever before and now features seven different news articles at any given time, which strengthens our organic search rank. Vet Tech Program Holds Canine Blood Drive In partnership with the Penn Veterinary Blood Mobile, Harcum’s Vet Tech program hosted a Canine Blood Drive on October 7. Numerous people brought their pets to the mobile unit stationed at the rear of the Academic Center to help ensure an adequate supply of blood to treat critically ill animal patients at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Pictured Above Left: The addition of the new state-of-the-art lab will provide lab science students with modern equipment and accommodations to enhance their laboratory experience prior to attending their clinical practicum. Pictured Top Right: Harcum Vet Tech graduate Faline Kahler ‘14 and ACM Program Director Linward Robinson Pictured Left: (Back row l-r): Meghan Russell, Maritza Gingrich, Alyssa Good, Lauren DiCroce’03. (Front row l-r): Rachel DuFrayne (event organizer), Kym Marrott ’95, and Ava, a 2-year-old bulldog belonging to student Maritza Gingrich. 4 patches magazine HOMECOMING WEEKEND 2014 New Homecoming Festivities a Hit Homecoming Weekend 2014 was a winning blend of old favorites and brand new programming, engaging students and alumni on October 10 and 11. The weekend festivities kicked off with the President’s Dinner on Friday evening, October 10. The affair was held under an elegant white tent erected on the lawn of the President’s House to acknowledge donors and trustees and to formally recognize two outstanding alumnae award winners: Barbara Boswell Brunner ’77, retail entrepreneur and published author; and Ebony Fowlkes ’07, for her community involvement and service to the College. Friday night also marked the first time Ha cum hosted a student pageant for women and men. Judging categories included career wear, Harcum pride, evening wear, talent, and a question portion. The students earning the most points were Kristen Marin and Anthony Cathey. The newly crowned Miss Harcum and Mr. Harcum proudly wore their regalia all day Saturday, making their rounds at the various Homecoming events, including the Food Truck Festival and Bear Fest, hosted by Student Life. Alumni representing the Dental, PTA, and OTA programs returned for continuing education courses organized by the Office of Professional Studies. Dental Hygiene students offered Table Clinics in the Strauss Family Rotunda. Anders Back from the Office of Communications met with and interviewed 20 alumni and friends for the Oral History Project, a record number. The day’s sporting events were well attended, and Harcum athletes delivered. The Volleyball Team shutout Montgomery and Lehigh-Carbon Community Colleges. In the sixth annual Alumnae Basketball Game, veteran players squeaked out a victory over the Women’s Basketball Team, 71-68. The Men’s Basketball dominated the court in a scrimmage against the Rise Academy, with a 117-54 win. The day’s events concluded with a first-ever o f-campus Homecoming gathering at Bryn Mawr Beef & Ale, attended by 30 alums. Pictured Left: Dr. DeTemple and Urick Lewis, Dean of Student Life, present Ebony Fowlkes ’07 with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award on October 10. Pictured Top Above: Students create a bear. Andy Back of Communications and Marketing conducts interviews. The Alumnae Basketball team squeaked out a victory over the Women’s Basketball Team, 71–68. Pictured Below: Jillian Lydon and John Senat presented a clinic on the topic of caring for dental patients with Autism. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 5 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Call for Entries: 100 Years of Art Juried Show The College is currently seeking entries for a new juried show from alumni, employees, and friends. Original work in all media types whether 2D or 3D may be submitted. Work need only have been completed between 1915 and 2015 and should speak to the idea of healing through the arts. The creative force behind the show is Heidi Techner, Program Director for Interior Design, who is an accomplished artist in her own right. “For me, art and the creative process, in and of itself, is intrinsically therapeutic,” Techner said. “Art has this unique ability to lift and illuminate our inner selves; it can capture our passions, reveal our emotions, and mark our reflections. In addition to the healing powers of art for the artist, we recognize and value art for its impact in the community; it is often the glue that holds a community together and breathes life into it.” Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces by June 30, 2015 for consideration. For an entry form and detailed list of recognition and awards visit Harcum.edu/art100. An opening reception will be held in the Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre on Thursday, September 17, immediately following a Centennial lecture by Heather Rodale ’72 entitled “Healing Through the Arts.” Pictured Left: Art was an important element in the Harcum College experience for generations of students, whose work was often inspired by a beloved professor and artist Martin Zipin. Shown left: ‘Dutch Buggy Ride,’ oil on canvas by Martin Zipin. Picture Below: 100 Years of Art exhibition will cover art by the Harcum community and friends. Live graffiti body art installation by Harcum’s Graphic Designer and Communications Specialist, Bridget Goldhahn. words, literally. When translated into English, it means “Deeds before Words.” Since the College’s founding, community service has been at the core of its identity. Submit your ideas for Acts of Service using the form on the College website at least two weeks in advance of your planned service to receive further instructions and free t-shirts for your group. Pictured Above: Harcum College’s billboard complements the Philadelphia skyline. Pictured Left: The Acts of Service subcommittee models the 100 Acts of Service t-shirts, which will be distributed to all volunteers in advance of their event. R–l are Brittany Clark, Lee Bray, Shawn Madary, Katy Labbé, and Stephanie Reif. 100 Acts of Service a Centennial Goal In an early meeting, Centennial planners decided that Harcum’s 100th Anniversary celebration should reach out to and give back to our community wherever possible, using the celebration as a springboard to herald the core values of the institution. Thus, the idea of “100 Acts of Service” in 2015 was born: using our Centennial to aggregate and catalog all the service projects that are being done and encouraging faculty, staff, and students to take on more projects until our service to the community in our Centennial year numbers more than 100 acts. The College motto “Gesta Verbis Praevenient” speaks louder than 6 patches magazine CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Design a Bear or a Square! As part of our Centennial festivities, we invite students, employees, alumni, and community artists to participate in the Bears & Squares Community Art Engagement Project. If you can paint, draw, create a collage, crochet, decoupage, you name it, this project is for you. 10x10 blank canvases are available for pick-up at the Trout Library. Blank bears are available by contacting Gale Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. All completed pieces will be featured at a festive Preview Party on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Selected pieces will advance to the Silent Auction of the Centennial gala, the proceeds of which will support the Centennial Scholarship Fund. All Bears & Squares must be returned to the Communications Office or the rout Library at Harcum College with a completed submission form by May 31, 2015. Sign Our Centennial Page Do you have memories of your time at Harcum that you’d like to share? Did you have a special class or professor you’d like to acknowledge? How about a memory of playing on a sports team or doing a particularly meaningful service project? Our 100th Anniversary Page on the College website (harcum.edu) is perfect for your reflections about your time at Harcum as a student, faculty member, or employee. Free Lectures During Harcum’s Centennial A new lecture series called “The Next Hundred Years” is slated for 2015, to stimulate interest in issues that a mission-driven institution like Harcum should be encouraging students, employees, and the community to think and care about into the next hundred years. “A volunteer committee worked for months submitting and reviewing presenters to slate a series of speakers with compelling messages for thoughtful listeners,” said Gale Martin, Lecture Series Subcommittee Chair. All lectures are free and open to the campus community and the general public though registration is requested. A period for questions and answers follows each event. For a complete listing of events, see the inside back cover of this issue of Patches Magazine. Simply click on the “Wish Us a Happy 100th Anniversary” button on the homepage below the news stories and let us know about your time at Harcum or visit Harcum.edu/ happy100. We’ll be sharing your thoughts throughout the year in special emails and via social media and in the next issue of Patches. Mark Your Calendars for a Centennial Gala! The Office of College Advancement is o ganizing a festive once-ina-lifetime Centennial Gala for faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, donors, and friends slated for Saturday, October 10, 2015. The event will also help raise funds for a new scholarship fund. The gala be an elegant, black-tie optional affair at the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, which was erected for our nation’s Centennial in 1876. The evening’s festivities include cocktails at 6 p.m. in the Carousel Room and a Silent Auction; a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall; dancing with the City Rhythm Orchestra until 10 p.m.; and an open bar all evening. All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will benefit the new Centennial Scholarship Fund. Pictured Above: The Planning Subcommittee for the Centennial Lecture Series includes (clockwise, l–r) Marifa Winfree, Danyele Dove, Crystal McCray, Terri Groody, Alexandra Hilosky, and Gale Martin HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 7 HARCUM COLLEGE CENTENNIAL Harcum at the Turn of the 21st Century By Anders Back S Duzy in 1982, Dr. Lloyd J. Hubenka, Dean of General Studies at Sinclair Community College was selected after a search. Dr. Hubenka died of a heart attack in August 1982. Stepping in to bring the College through this difficult period, r. Henry Klein, a trustee and Philip Klein’s brother, was appointed Interim President. Dr. Klein served on the Board for more than 50 years. He also served as the College’s first di ector of development and public relations in 1957 as well as dean of admissions. Pictured Above: A ribbon cutting officiated by then Board Chairman Dennis S. Marlo and Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple on March 2, 2011, officially opened The Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre, and campus events were immediately booked in the new space. Pictured Left: Coeds from the 1990-91 academic year were featured in a special 75th Anniversary college calendar. tudents who chose to attend Harcum in the 1970s had one primary goal, according to research done by Boris Blai, Jr., Ed.D., Harcum’s Director of Institutional Research (IR). “Students view their college education as a means of acquiring future direct, material rewards,” Blai wrote in an IR report.Those who found their way to Harcum primarily wanted a degree in an in-demand career field. They ere people like Dorothea (Dossie) Cavallucci ’80, who came to Harcum for its popular Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) program. Cavallucci is one of the small number of alumni who became faculty members, as well as one of the only members of the Harcum community to have studied and served under nine Harcum presidents. Harcum administrators and faculty are known for agility in program creation. Cavalluci’s experience is a good example. Discovering she enjoyed teaching, she joined the faculty in 1986, a few years after the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University closed their dental hygiene schools. a local educational institution develop a dental hygiene program. Harcum was chosen as the site, Jean Byrnes-Ziegler was hired as director in 1989, and within a year, the program was accredited and recruitment of students began. The esulting shortage of hygienists led to the formation of an ad hoc committee of the Dental Society of Chester County and Delaware County, chaired by Dr. Samuel Cimino (now a Harcum trustee) to help Private “junior” colleges such as Harcum retained a public image from the time when they were perceived by some as “finishing schools.” This image still pa tially survives today but does not recognize these colleges’ freedom to try new curricula and teaching methods while retaining small classes and informality. Community colleges, linked to public funding and for the most part open admissions, were by design larger and by circumstance more impersonal. This accelerating pace of change coincided with a period of fairly rapid leadership changes at Harcum. With the retirement of long-serving President Michael A new presidential search which lasted six months and included interviews with 75 candidates ended in 1983 with the appointment of Dr. Norma Fields Furst, the first female p esident of Harcum since the reorganization of 1952-53. She was inaugurated on November 16, 1983. Dr. Furst was popular with students and academics. At Harcum she lived in the President’s House on Montgomery Avenue where the ground floor was always open to students. “She was very informal and easily made connections with people,” Cavallucci recalled. 8 patches magazine CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Harcum promotes active participation in one’s academic and personal community. Read more about our 100 Acts of Service project on page 6. Pictured Above: Dr. Norma Furst served as President of Harcum from 1983 to 1992 and enjoyed interacting with students. Pictured Left: The 2007 Student Yearbook Purple & White was dedicated to Dr. Charles “Chuck” Trout’s memory and included a photo montage Deeply committed to human rights, Dr. Furst closely followed the condition of Jews in the former Soviet Union. Under her direction, a special program for training new immigrants in Jewish life was launched. She was a delight to work for, said Margot Horwitz, former public relations director at Harcum. “I never worked for anyone, before or since, so anxious for you to do your own thing,” she said. “She trusted you.” In 1992 Dr. Furst assumed the presidency of the Baltimore Hebrew University. Dr. Narcisa Polonio became Harcum’s eighth President in 1992. Dr. Polonio wanted to improve the College’s financial situation. She developed a plan to offer three Harcum baccalaureate degrees. To get state approval required visits from official of the Department of Education who reported that the College’s facilities needed upgrading before the new degrees would be approved. While the four-year degree plan did not materialize, the College’s finances were stabilized during her tenure. In 1995, she left Harcum to accept a position at the American Council on Education. With Dr. Polonio’s departure, Dr. Patricia Ryan was the choice of the Trustees. Under her leadership the College’s first wireless connectivity project was installed using Federal Title III funds, and the College completed its 1996 Middle States accreditation review. She hosted “Coffee Talk” receptions open to all students. The Main Line Chamber of Commerce cited her help increasing collaboration between the Chamber and Harcum. In 2002 she left Harcum to become President of the York County Technical College in Wells, Maine. Dr. Charles H. Trout became President in 2002. Dr. Trout brought an infectious enthusiasm and spirit of adventure to Harcum and to those he worked with. Former marketing director Joe DiOrio recalled Trout as “cerebral and academic” but with a light and humorous touch. “He told me when I started that ‘nothing that we have done recently [in marketing] works. You have my permission to kick over all the garbage cans, just don’t embarrass the College.’ I have never before heard that promise from anyone.” With the unexpected death of Dr. Trout in 2006 from a rare blood disease, Harcum’s rebirth would have to continue under new executive leadership. Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple arrived as President in 2007, with a focus on six key areas—finances, admissions, academics, athletics, physical plant, and partnerships—yielding results that strengthened the College and improved A formal investiture for Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple was a highlight of College Commencement on May 17, 2008. both admissions and standings with peer institutions and the public. Restoring the College’s fiscal stability and reorganizing financial aid while forging new relationships with partners such as I-LEAD and developing Partnership Sites was key to increasing admissions, which in turn supported academic program growth and enrollment of student athletes on teams that earned regional and national championships. New tuition revenue and new support from both private and public sources enabled the College to restore the historic Little Theat e in memory of Kevin D. Marlo, lease the OMGC campus on Pennswood Road, completely renovate and dedicate the Charles H. Trout Library, and finish th ee critical upgrades to the Cohen Dental Center to make it a state-of-the-art learning facility. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 9 HARCUM COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT KEVIN D. MARLO GOLF CLASSIC CELEBRATES 15 YEARS Since its inception in 2000, the college’s Annual Golf Classic has raised more than $350,000 to assist deserving students. At the helm of this annual fundraiser for student scholarships for all of its 15 years is Thomas J. Giamoni, Vice President of the Bryn Mawr Trust Company and a member of the Board of Trustees, also since 2000. The Golf Classic was renamed in memory of Kevin D. Marlo, son of Trustee Dennis Marlo and sister of Christine Marlo ’00, after he perished in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. “This golf outing has made a quality, private college education within reach of dozens of Harcum’s best students over the last 15 years,” Giamoni said, explaining that during the 201314 academic year, the Kevin D. Marlo Scholarship was awarded to six students representing a range of programs, from Medical Assisting to Interior Design. “I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with an event that also honors Kevin’s memory. He was an accomplished young man— an investment banker, talented athlete, and aspiring actor with a dedication to community service.” This year’s golf classic takes place at the Llanerch Country Club in Havertown on Monday, May 11. Llanerch is a world-class, 129-acre course with a newly renovated clubhouse. Donations for the online auction are now being accepted and sponsorship opportunities abound. Please contact the Office of College Advancement at 610.526.6060 with questions or for more information, please visit: harcum.edu/golf Pictured Left: Thomas J. Giamoni, a Vice President at Bryn Mawr Trust Company, has been chairing Harcum’s annual golf classic since 2000, as long as he’s served on the College Board of Trustees. Centennial Leadership Announced Since Centennial planning began in earnest in January of 2014, several College Trustees have elected to provide a more significant level of leadership toward a successful 100th anniversary celebration. Board Chairman Ted Rosen and his wife Toni (shown top left) have volunteered to serve as Chairs of the Centennial. Trustee Dennis S. Marlo and his wife Karen (shown bottom left) are the Centennial Gala Chairs, and Dr. Carolyn Saligman (shown bottom right) will serve as Centennial Scholarship Chair. “As the Centennial approached, we brainstormed ways to involve trustees on a deeper level,” Dr. Susan E. Barrett, Vice President for College Advancement. “Some trustees assisted anniversary planning by volunteering for Centennial Steering Committee and the Centennial Implementation Group. Others stepped up to leadership roles to increase visibility and sponsorship support for signature Centennial events, like the gala. We are grateful for their generosity and willingness to lead Harcum into the next 100 years.” Dr. Susan E. Barrett was named Harcum’s new Vice President of College Advancement. For the past decade she served at the University of the Sciences as Vice-President of Corporate and Foundation Relations. “I appreciate Harcum’s longstanding tradition of synergy between programs geared toward the needs of the economy, the workplace, and society, and its role in ensuring students remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace through ongoing curriculum and program review.” 10 patches magazine Occupational Therapy ssistants & Physical Therapist ssistants Learning All About the Human Body and About Life by Nan Myers In a nod to the realities of today’s healthcare environment, and the fact that Baby Boomers, the largest generation of Americans, are reaching their senior years when their bodies are no longer as resilient as they once were, Harcum College is serving the needs of area citizens by graduating Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs). The two degree programs prepare students to work in a variety of settings—the same places at which Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Physical Therapists (PTs) are employed—including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, mental-health settings, and community-based programs. The Harcum College programs are unique in our area—there is one other OTA program in the surrounding counties and no other fully accredited PTA programs in the region. As a result, explains Jacki Klaczak Kopack, PT, DPT, PTA Program Director, “There is a significant demand for P As, and our applicant pool is strong. Harcum receives more applicants each year, than there are available seats in the program.” There are 36 students in the current PTA day program and 14 in the night program. Both of the disciplines work with people who have been born with or experienced disabilities. Occupational therapy utilizes everyday life activities to help people of all ages prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities that interfere with their ability to lead independent lives. Physical therapy uses the application of physical agents, therapeutic exercise, and activities in the treatment and restoration of the human body. Each program requires a high school degree. The OTA program requires the completion of a high school level biology course. The PTA program also requires the completion of algebra, geometry, and biology. Pictured Above: Dr. Michael Gerg, OTA Program Director, and “Mr. Bones” are fixtures in the Academic Center, Room 105. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 11 LEARNING ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY AND ABOUT LIFE About the Programs Accredited in 1983, the PTA program is the older of the two. It includes four full-time faculty and between four and six adjuncts and lab assistants. “All faculty members maintain clinical work. This ensures that our students are being taught by practicing clinicians, people who are still treating patients, and who are not just teaching something they remember from 5 or 10 years ago,” Kopack says. The OTA program opened in 1982 and, due to numerous factors, closed in 2004. It re-opened in 2009. “For many years after the Balanced Budget Act, there was a shortage (cutbacks) due to changes in Medicare. Nursing homes were laying people off. Many OTA programs, including Harcum, were forced to close,” says Michael J. Gerg, T, OTR/L, CHT, CEES, CWCE, OTA Program Director. “Today, OTAs are the fastest growing segment because they are more costeffective and actually cost a facility less than an OT.” The Harcum OTA program has 66 students. Like OTA, “PTA is a two-year program,” Kopack says. PTAs are also less expensive to hire than a PT. Upon graduation, students sit for the national certification examinations in each of the disciplines. As of January 2015, both programs were demonstrating a 100% overall pass rate for the May 2014 graduating class. In both programs, students have to learn the human body— inside and out. Although they are complementary, except for the core curriculum requirements, the academic experiences are different. The OTA program trains students to assist patients with basic skills that can help to improve their quality of life and to function in their environment. PTA programs focus on muscle building and motor skills; they teach the patient appropriate ways to restore physical capabilities and prevent further injury. The OTA program offers Fall and Spring starts. Classes that begin in the Fall meet on Fridays; classes that begin in the Spring meet on Saturdays. The weekly program courses are supported by online assignments. Core educational courses are offered weekdays, evenings, or online. During semesters 1, 2 and 3, for four days each semester, students do observations at clinical sites. Semester 4, the last, consists of two, full-time clinical placements, over eight weeks. PTA students can be accepted up until August for the Fall semester, although the class typically fills after the priority deadline each March. The Spring semester begins in January and the Summer semester starts in May. Students participate in three clinical affiliations—one for four weeks at the end of the junior year and two for seven weeks at the end of the senior year. Harcum’s PTA Program When describing the focus of the program, Kopack explains: “It is so important that our students can demonstrate safe and competent treatment interventions, and that they can problem solve and look for information.” Both faculty and students recognize the dedication of the PTA administration and teaching faculty, which is another reason the program is so popular. This dedication is also evidenced by the percentage of students who pass the national licensure examination and by the facilities that actively look to hire the Harcum PTA graduates. “There is a lot to know. It is a very fast-paced program,” says Sam Gruber, a 35-year-old senior in the PTA program. “The faculty does a pretty good job to get us ready for our field work. “The professors are always willing to help us and put themselves out as a resource to help us,” agrees Jennifer Crossley, a 25-year-old senior. Effective teaching involves guiding the students and helping them to learn to think about clinical options and the various ways they can be doing things to help their patients. Lauren LoCurto, a 25-yearold senior, says, “It is important in education to get along with your professors and I really love the 12 patches magazine OTA/PTA FEATURE STORY professors. They are so willing and helpful for us to be better clinicians. They put us in situations where we have to think for ourselves.” Mixing Classrooms and Clinical PTA juniors spend three days a week on campus in the first semeste , four days a week semester two, which includes 11 hours of classroom study, and at least 6 hours a week in scheduled lab practice followed by four weeks in a clinical setting over the summer. After a final fall semester of coursework, the last semester and the end of their Harcum training is also full-time clinical training; each student is placed in two different treatment settings, each for seven weeks. Crossley spent her summer clinical in the skilled nursing unit at the Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. “It was a geriatric population. I learned so much, including about patient safety. I learned that with every diagnosis there are things you cannot do with a patient. If a patient has heart issues we don’t do anything unless the doctor approves it. If a patient has dementia, you have to learn to keep them focused on what they are doing.” After only two years, students who enter the program not knowing much about the discipline and its concepts, become proficient in helping patients. The knowledge about how much each student must learn and pride in the students’ Pictured Right: Dr. Jacki Klaczak Kopack (center) organizes sessions in the PTA lab for students to practice their skills. Opposite Page (L–r): It is common for students in OTA and PTA to already hold undergraduate degrees from other institutions before they begin studying at Harcum including OTA majors Priscilla Huff and Diane Clauss. Dr. Michael Gerg demonstrates how to make splints. OTA majors Jacqueline Young and Patricia Tong trace each other’s hands, which will be used for making splints. professional and clinical growth come from the top. “We strive for a level of graduate competence where we know that if one of our loved ones is in the hospital and someone who graduated from the Harcum PTA program walked into the hospital room to treat them, any one of us (the faculty) would say thank goodness, we know our loved one is in good hands,” says Kopack. “I like the mix of hands-on training and book work,” Gruber says. “As a PTA, it is very hands on,” offers 27-year-old Matt D’Annunzio. “You will probably spend more time with the patients than the actual PT does.” “We learned to treat each other for the problems we will encounter in real life situations in our classroom labs,” says 24-year-old Lindsay Bubnis. “It was helpful but I liked doing that in my clinical much better! At the summer clinical I worked at Powerback in Center City, Philadelphia, a sub-acute facility. I did everything—all the paperwork, the notes, working to strengthen patients to get them back to their normal lifestyle, and walking with patients. “We learn the whole body,” she adds. “I learned what to do and what not to do for different injuries.” Program Diversity The students are a diverse group who share an interest in helping people to get back to their normal lives. All are happy to be in the program, although becoming a PTA was not something that many expected. Senior Sam Gruber came to Harcum with no previous higher education. “I developed a very unhealthy lifestyle as I was growing up,” he explains. He held a number of jobs including being a masonry mechanic “which is not good for the back.” It was while volunteering in a physical therapy office at Riddle Hospital in Media that he heard about the Harcum program. He is happy to be learning and is looking forward to becoming a PTA. “I don’t want other people to make the same mistakes I made,” he says. With a B.A. in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University in Morgantown, Virginia, Jennifer Crossley was planning to get a job in her field. She found, though, that she wasn’t getting hired because she didn’t have an advanced degree. A native of Reading, PA, where she still lives, she says “I ended up being an aide in a post-acute rehab facility in Reading. That is where I became interested in physical therapy.” She didn’t look at full physical therapy HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 13 LEARNING ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY AND ABOUT LIFE Pictured Left: Lindsay Bubnis practices applying a blood pressure cuff to Matt D’Annunzio. D’Annunzio feels as though his classmates have been a “giant help” to him. “It is good to have people going through the same things that you are,” he said. pediatrics, sub-acute, outpatient, and inpatient physical therapy or rehab are some of the choices.) “Most people who get older will have medical issues,” Bubnis observes. “It is interesting to learn how to treat people and how the body works. I didn’t know this before I started the program.” D’Annunzio says, “There is no rhyme or reason as to how long it will take a patient to heal.” “I worked with stroke and dementia patients over the summer at a Genesis Rehab skilled nursing facility. I was apprehensive before I began,” LoCurto explains, “but after four weeks I loved it. I loved seeing the progress they made in that short amount of time. It opened up a whole new career option for me.” The students are also a cohesive group. “We work together; we can work in open labs,” explains Crossley. “We also meet outside to problem solve questions. We are building on what we learned from the first yea . This semester it feels more real; we aren’t learning in pieces.” “Healthcare is tough. A giant help to me is my classmates. We get along well,” D’Annunzio says. “It is good to have people going through the same things that you are.” programs because of the financial burden of her college loans and says she was happy to find Ha cum. “It offered a shorter and less expensive program,” which will allow her to begin working sooner. Physical therapy was always a goal of Lauren LoCurto. After graduating with a B.A. in exercise science from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA., she applied to physical therapy programs, but found herself to be wait listed. Instead of “waiting another year and reapplying,” she started looking at PTA programs. She also worked as an assistant for two years at the Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Lancaster. She chose Harcum because of its location and because it “has a better percentage of students who pass the boards than some other schools.” Matt D’Annunzio graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology. In one of his classes, he took a class about the medical professions. “The PT person was outstanding,” he says, “so I pursued it.” After college he worked in various local rehabilitation facilities and went to San Diego for a year where he also worked in rehab. When he returned, he applied to Harcum. And it was the right decision. “I love it. I love the program and our teachers,” he says. When Lindsay Bubnis received a B.A. from East Stroudsburg University, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she says. In looking around she found a description for a PTA and contacted Harcum. “I wanted to go as soon as possible. The program offered me quick admission.” Harcum’s OTA Program “My students need to have a holistic understanding of what it means to be human and to live in the world,” Dr. Gerg explains. “In occupational therapy we realize that the person is more than a bunch of muscles and bones and joints.” According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, Learning about Life By working with a geriatric population, the students say they are learning about life. (Each of a student’s clinical experiences should be in a different clinical setting: 14 patches magazine OTA/PTA FEATURE STORY had varying roles at pharmaceutical companies; she left when she had to travel frequently, sometime for weeks at a time. The Friday track works for her, she says, and she likes the online learning component. Despite the fact that the students see each other only one day a week, the students in each class are a cohesive group who can work together either in-person or using collaborative technology. “We are a close group,” McKeever says. “We meet outside for study groups and recently got together for lunch to discuss fieldwork.” “I have a network with whom I communicate throughout the week,” Hammond says. “We do lots of teamwork and I find new ideas that I would never think of.” Although she is three hours away, Huff also uses texts, emails, and phone calls to communicate with her classmates for questions or ideas. “We are a very strong group,” she agrees. As the large “baby boomer” cohort ages and continues to strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is a great need for physical and occupational services. PTA and OTA clinicians assist patients of all ages in maximizing quality of life and function. Healthcare managers recognize that using PTA and OTA clinicians can be a very effective way to stretch limited healthcare resources, and the demand for qualified and competent P A and OTA graduates continues to grow. Harcum programs have a demonstrated history of great outcomes when preparing our graduates, positioning the programs and, most importantly, our graduates well for continued success in a demanding career field Pictured Above: (Left to right) Bob Baumann, of the IM ABLE Foundation, and Dan Webb, program ambassador who was paralyzed from the waist down after a fall, talked to PTA students in the Kevin D. Marlo Littler Theatre on October 22 about the foundation, which helps remove obstacles preventing people affected by disabilities from being physically active. school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation. “I wanted a career to be working with patients,” says 26-year-old Kayla McKeever. “I went for an OTA because I needed to be working while I was in school. This program fit because it combines online and campus.” She is on campus Saturdays. McKeever completed her first eight-week placement at Shannondell at Valley Forge, a senior care community. “In the beginning I had to follow a supervisor. For the final th ee weeks, though, I had a full case. I was treating between seven and 10 patients a day. I was planning therapeutic interventions, carrying out their therapy sessions, and completing all of the daily documentation.” For Priscilla Huff, being an OTA student is the beginning of a second career. When her husband became ill, she stopped working as an educator-director of adapted physical education and community recreation programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, a career she’d pursued for close to 30 years. Once he recovered, Huff realized that she didn’t want to go back and instead began looking into programs where she would work directly with patients. A resident of Tamaqua in Schuylkill County, she heard of Harcum while spending time with relatives in Philadelphia. The OTA program looked good; Huff began the Friday track in January. “Live life to the fullest despite everything. That’s what OT is—getting people to live their life the way they want. We learn that we have to know what is normal and what is not. Although people may not get back to normal, they can get back to the way they want to be. They are aging in place,” she notes. Lauren Hammond is also a second-career OTA student. She learned about OT when her daughter was sick. “The occupational therapist made her feel better and taught her to make her life more enjoyable.” Hammond HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 15 HARCUM FACULTY & STAFF NEWS Carole Champlin, Program Director for Human Services, chaired a session on “Inclusive Education” at the World Congress on Special Needs Education on Wednesday, August 13, and presented a paper “Grit Key Character Trait in School Success for Underprepared Students”. Dr. Richard Cooper, Director of Disability Services, gave a keynote presentation “Characteristics of Learning Differences” and conducted workshops entitled “Structured Learning for the Unstructured” and “The Subculture of the Undereducated” at the World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE‐2014) at Temple University from August 11-14, 2014. On November 11 and 12, 2014, he presented at the London International Education Conference. Rosalie DiFerdinand, an adjunct member of the Dental Faculty, received the University of Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Alumni Association 2014 Alumni Special Achievement Award. The award is given annually and recognizes the outstanding contributions of Dental Hygiene alumni to the growth and development of the profession of dental hygiene. Christa Eck, Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, volunteered with the Brain Steps program, which assists children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to re-enter school. She developed the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 TBI reentry team and currently assists the Berks County Intermediate Unit team. She is a certified Brain Injury Specialist and rainer. Samantha Farlow, Women’s Soccer Head Coach, was inducted into her high school’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 31. Farlow is a 2008 graduate of Bensalem High School. Farlow continued to play soccer at Temple University from 2008-2011. In her final season she was team captain. Pictured: Farlow with Diane Jones Pittam, retired Bensalem physical education teacher, who nominated her for the award. Veterans Honored in Flag Raising Ceremony Over forty members of the Harcum community attended a special Veteran’s Day observance held at the flagpole in f ont of Melville Hall on Tuesday, November 11. Residence Life Director Jameel Tucker introduced the veterans present, the U.S. flag was raised, and attendees sang the National Anthem. Veterans recognized for their service included Associate Professor Ray Rodgers (U.S. Air Force), Sodexo staffer Eric Smith (U.S. Army), Assistant Coach C.J. Scott (U.S. Air Force), President Jon Jay DeTemple (U.S. Army), Maintenance Supervisor William Knight (U.S. Navy), and Clint Ely (U.S. Marines), who is the father of Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research Tim Ely, who served in the South Pacific during the Second World War. PRESIDENT WINS AWARD Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple, President, has been selected to receive the 2015 Arthur V. Ciervo Award from CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals) which serves institutions in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. The Arthur V. Ciervo Award recognizes individuals in higher education from outside the CUPRAP organization who exemplify the mission of advancing higher education and was named in honor of Arthur V. Ciervo, one of CUPRAP’s founders and a pioneer in higher education public relations. It is the highest honor annually conferred by CUPRAP. Past winners include Mark S. Schweiker, 44th governor of Pennsylvania; and 16 patches magazine HARCUM FACULTY & STAFF NEWS Terri Groody, Director of Professional Studies, was interviewed by CBSPhilly.com questions about the most challenging aspects of teaching and the value of continuing education. She has more than 30 years of educator experience and is also an adjunct professor in the dental program. Urick Lewis, Dean of Student Life, graduated from the 2014 Leadership Main Line Program. The program is a six-month intensive curriculum with a diverse membership that involves participants in learning experiences designed to enhance the infrastructure of the Main Line. Catherine McGowan of Philadelphia, former Interim Director of Library Services was named Director of Library Services. She holds a B.A. from Villanova University and an M.L.I.S. from Drexel University. She was nominated as one of the 2014 Librarians of the Year selected by Senator Daylen Leach of Pennsylvania’s 17th Senatorial District. Gail Sklar, General Studies, was named Orchidist of the Year by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society at their end-ofthe-year banquet held on June 13 in Valley Forge. The award citation recognized her leadership of various committees and also acknowledged her genuine concern for the well-being of Society members as well as sharing a love for orchids and a devotion to friendship. Besides being an orchidist, she is also a Master Gardener. Amy Shumoski, Web Manager, was elected to serve a three-year term as a trustee for the Ardmore Library. The library is one of six within the Lower Merion Library System and offers vitally important free services and programs. She chose to volunteer her time to the Ardmore Library, sponsor of the Annual Kitchen Tour, where she knows she can make a difference. Dan Stabb was named Director of the Center for International Programs and the English Language Academy. He comes to Harcum with 11 years of experience in Widener University’s International Student Services (ISS) office Barbara Yalof Academic Affairs, published an article about the prevention of dropouts from online programs in the June edition of The Grounded Theory Review. The article identifies impediments to graduation, and elucidates the critical contribution virtual interpersonal networks make towards preventing attrition. Her paper was entitled “Marshaling Resources: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Online Learners.” 11 Michael Gerg, Program Director for Occupational Therapy, was awarded a promotion to Full Professor at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. (See feature story beginning on p. 11). Sotiria Koui, presented at the Penn Tesol East Conference on November 8 at Arcadia University. Her talk entitled “Why Teach to the Test: The ‘Elevator’ Approach to Prepare Students for IELTS and TOEFL,” discussed the importance of familiarizing students with spoken discourse when teaching reading and writing skills in English exam preparation classes. Don L. Francis, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). Criteria leading to his selection included the following: increasing enrollment to record numbers, increasing access to higher education in underserved areas within Greater Philadelphia through establishing Partnership Sites with I-LEAD; fostering a strong connection to the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, who recognized Harcum as a Main Line Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Business of the Year in 2012; advocating a strong program of continuing education opportunities for alums and working professionals; chairing the Centennial Steering Committee and driving the creation of a year-long Centennial observance to enhance our visibility and advance the mission of the College; increasing opportunities for athletes and the visibility of the NJCAA; for strengthening the College’s finances and physical plant since he took office in 2007, including renovating the Trout Library, the Cohen Dental Clinic, Klein Dining Hall, and the Veterinary Technology and MLT Labs. Dr. DeTemple will receive his award at CUPRAP’s Annual Spring Conference on Thursday, March 12, at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 17 HARCUM ATHLETICS Record Number of Fall Athletes Named All-Region Five Harcum College athletes representing three fall sports teams received All-Region honors in 2014. Volleyball player Daydria Walker (shown left) was named Region XIX Player of the Year. All-Region honorees were as follows: • Women’s Soccer All-Region XIX 2nd-Team, Nakesha Doyley, Forward, Freshman • Men’s Soccer All-Region XIX 1st-Team, Jovan James, Forward, Freshman • Men’s Soccer All-Region XIX 2nd-Team, Andy Soto, Mid-Fielder, Freshman • Volleyball All-Region XIX 1st-Team, Daydria Walker, Outside Hitter, Freshman; Nishay Carrier, Setter, Sophomore Volleyball Team Region XIX Champs The Harcum volleyball program enjoyed a resurgence in 2014 under fourth-year head coach Jenn McKeighan. The Lady Bears claimed their second NJCAA Region XIX championship (2010 was the other) since joining the NJCAA 10 season ago. “They played together, for each other. They put in the long, hard hours and had the determination that it takes to win and the drive that it takes to be champions,” Coach McKeighan said about her Region XIX winning team. Harcum improved to 26-4 overall on the season, finishing 6-0 in Region XIX play and 16-2 in EPAC games. Their 26 wins is just one short of the school record set in 2010. Men’s Soccer Finishes as Region Runner-Up Harcum finished its inaugural season of men’s soccer with a 10-7-1 overall record and as the NJCAA Region XIX runner-up. “We had more heart than anyone else we played,” said Coach Matt MacWilliams. “We had a passion to win.” MacWilliams and Assistant Coach Jake Lister are recruiting players for the 2015 season. That includes scouting players internationally, in South American soccer powerhouse countries such as Ecuador. “After last year’s success, recruiting has been an easier process bringing in high quality players,” MacWilliams explained. “Last year, Jake and I were on a hunt looking for players, but this year we are receiving more emails and interest in Harcum Soccer. Now that it’s the second year, it gives us more time and experience recruiting top notch players.” “All things considered, this was a very successful first season,” Harcum’s Athletic Director Drew Kelly added. “To finish as the Region XIX runner-up is an excellent accomplishment and should help lay the foundation for a successful men’s soccer program at Harcum.” • Volleyball Region XIX player of the year--Daydria Walker “This was a standout year for Harcum to have this number of athletes named to All-Region teams,” Athletics Director Drew Kelly said. “Congratulations to all players and their coaches for achievements that reflect ext emely well on our athletics program.” \WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL MEN’S SOCCER \WOMEN’S SOCCER MEN’S BASKETBALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Harcum Athletes Give Back to the Community The Women’s Basketball Team volunteered on Saturday, November 8 at the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania hosted by Villanova University. The women were scorekeepers, timers, and most importantly, cheerleaders for all of the athletes that participated in the roller skating events. Sophomore transfer guard,Ana Edmondson stated, “It was so much fun watching the athletes enjoying themselves and competing at the same time. It felt really good to cheer for them knowing that we were all helping make them feel good about themselves.” Women’s Soccer Advances to Semi-Finals The Women’s Soccer Team advanced to its fifth straight NJCAA Region XIX semifinals, finishing with an 8-8 record. The women are coached by Samantha Farlow, who played Division I Soccer at Temple University. Brittany Couper is the assistant coach. “As a team, we set a goal to qualify for playoffs from day one of preseason,” Farlow said. “We trained hard throughout the past months to accomplish this task, and as a result, we have reached playoffs for another consecutive year.” President Surprised with Final Four Ring Athletics Director Drew Kelly made a special presentation at the President’s Dinner October 10, surprising Harcum College President Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple with a ring commemorating the 2014 NJCAA Final Four appearance of the Men’s Basketball Team. Kelly cited Dr. DeTemple’s unwavering support of the program and his commitment and encouragement of employees such as himself, his coaches, and athletes. Judging from Dr. DeTemple’s reaction, Kelly’s gift was clearly a surprise, and the impromptu and touching addition to the annual program capped a memorable evening. The Men’s Basketball Team partnered with Our Mother of Good Counsel to complete a service project on January 19, MLK Day of Service. The men spent the day working with church parishioners and students from St. Francis in Bensalem. The group packaged meals for local shelters and wrote thank you letters to soldiers and first esponders. The day ended with the team and coaches conducting a free basketball clinic. Women’s Basketball Posts Winning Record Mid-Season The Women’s Basketball Team coached by Ana Cruz ’11 (shown below) heads into the second half of the 2014-15 season with a record of 11-9 and 6-4 in conference play. “They have done a tremendous job thus far buying into our philosophy with their dedication to Harcum and our Women’s Basketball Program,” Coach Cruz said. “The women’s motto this year has been ‘Entitled to Nothing, Grateful for Everything.’ What we have here is a very special group of girls who are driven to be successful.” As post season nears the Women’s Basketball program is focused on continuing to prepare for one game at a time in hopes to make it far into playoffs. Men’s Basketball Notches Another 20-Win Season The performance of the 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Team continues to impress. On January 29, they realized their 20th win of the season with their 118-88 thrashing of Burliington County Community College, marking Harcum’s 10th consecutive 20-win season. “In the middle of the season, you don’t think about the milestones. We have another game next week,” Bears Head Coach Drew Kelly said. “But this does show we’ve had a decade of consistency. A lot of great players have made that possible.”. R HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 19 HARCUM ALUMNI NEWS YOUR ALUMNI FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Share your latest accomplishment or news by submitting a class note today. Submitting your notes has never been easier with three simple ways: 1. SUBMIT VIA EMAIL email@example.com 2. VISIT OUR ALUMNI PAGE www.harcum.edu/alumni 3. CONTACT US Harcum College - Bedford Hall Office of College Advancement 750 Montgomery Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 610.526.6060 1940s Grace Phillis Hopkins ’47 wrote to say that her finest accomplishments are “three wonderful sons and nine amazing grandchildren! Congratulations Harcum College.” 1950s Ann Sproule Hunicutt ’50 published a book A New Direction in Dental Hygiene As Your Own Boss written in 1988 has been reprinted. It was ordered by the University of California, Sacramento. Now, 18 states allow RDH’s to have their own offices Marolee (Morrison) Pollock ’59 wrote that Harcum has certainly changed over the years. “When I went it was a female only school and I loved it because my education was perfect for entering into my job as a medical technician and I met my husband who was a medical student at Penn while I was a student at Harcum as well. That was a really wonderful place to be and to learn and if I hadn’t been there then I would never have met my husband of 54 years now. Hope all of the students will feel as happy and smart after graduating as I was.” Pictured Above: Bobbi Schecter Brenner ’73, Andrea Candle Cohen ’73 , Alyce Silinsky DeProspo ’73 , and Charlene Mokry ’73 sit for a picture outside of Bedford Hall while on a recent visit. 1960s Nancy Llewellyn ’62 and Marilyn Herr ’62 had a nice reunion in Cape May, NJ, in August 2014. “I go to Cape May every August, and have done so for 25 years,” Llewellyn said. “For the past five years the Herr’s have come to spend a day with me. This year was just as charming as all the other years. I am a docent at the Central Park Zoo and received my five-year pin in the fall of 2014. I also serve meals to homeless men at a shelter in New York City.” Jane (Kleppinger) Cristian ’67 is a retired teacher after 35 years. “I now spend my time biking, hiking, kayaking, and playing with four grandchildren. We spend our time between Florida and Virginia.” Ann Nobiletti-Rodi ’68 is a grateful and happy grandmother to three grandchildren. “My husband and I still work together through his construction company and my interior design. “ 20 patches magazine HARCUM ALUMNI NEWS Lila Suna ’68 and roommates Lila, Jan (Williams) Lorenson, and Ronnie Yeskel remain dear friends for 48 years now! She has also been in touch with Mina (Erlach) Perlman, Nancy (Rukin) Kossowsky, Lottaine Moore, Elizabeth (Cook) Worth, and Joan Horvath. “We had a terrific graduation class in 1968! Alumna from Class of 2008 Harcum R.N. Publishes Book About Organ Donation Have you ever considered whether you could convince grieving family members to donate the vital organs of a dying loved one to save another’s life? For Traci Lynn Graf ’08, being a Clinical Transplant Coordinator for the most successful organ donor program in the United States was the most physically, psychologically, and emotionally challenging thing she has ever done. “We went to all the hospitals in the region evaluating and moving forward when appropriate with organ donation. We spoke to the donor families, coordinated with the hospital staff, transplant surgeons, medical examiners,” Graf explained. “When a donor was pronounced brain dead, we functioned outside of the Nurse Practice Act and actually managed the donor like a critical care physician.” She’s written a book about her experiences and life lessons learned called The Gift of Life, The Reality Behind Organ Donor Retrieval published by Firefly Publishing. She wanted to elieve public fears and misconceptions regarding organ donation in the hopes that more people will donate if ever asked. Her book is readily available online and at Barnes & Nobles across the country in both paperback and ebook formats. “It is a rare opportunity to be a donor,” Graf explained. “Only 1–2% of all deaths can even be a potential donor. Over 130,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the US and 18 will die every single day when the organ is not available when they need it.” Currently she’s working both as a Home Healthcare Case Manager and a Home Care Psychiatric Nurse in the State of Florida. She relocated there with her family last June. Traci Graf came to Harcum College in 2006 with 16 years of experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist to obtain an RN and is very happy with the career path her Harcum college education allowed her to pursue. “I have comforted families and patients in sudden tragedy. I have held the hand of a frightened schizophrenic. I have inspired my coworkers to be less judgmental and more compassionate,” Graf said. “I have celebrated with patients who get good news from the doctor, who are told they are in remission from the cancer that threatened to take their life, or when the wound I have worked on for months is finally healed. Being a Registe ed Nurse is not what I am, it’s who I am. Harcum College made that possible and I will never forget it.” Lydia Shelby Coyle ’69 and family have had a very busy year. “My son, Peter, and his wife, Megan, gave birth in June to Benjamin, their second son. Big brother, Elliott, just turned two. My daughter, Carrie, gave birth Sept. 27th to Bridget, whose big sister is Campbell, age 5. My husband and I just sold our home, after almost 20 years of living, remodeling and loving it. We are moving to Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL. in January. I had a lovely chat with my suite mate, Teri Chegin Piancone 69’, and found she has a winter home in Delray Beach. Small world!” 1970s Linda Hirschfield LoBianco ’7 is now a “snow bird” living in the Pocono Mountains in the summer and a home in Florida during the winter. “Best of both worlds. If anyone from the Class of ‘71 wants to get in touch with me, please email me. Any other alumni in the south Florida area? Contact me for a mini get together. lobo504@aol. com.” Ruth Ann Felch Yohe ’72 has been married to the same man, Thomas, since August 30, 1980. “He has been retired from Norfolk southern Railroad since September 2013,” she said. ”I retired from the State of PA in July 2014. One son is training to be a Dietician at Drexel University, another son works as an accountant at Kesslers.” Thanks to the power of social media and the Alumni Office, Bobbi Schecter Brenner ’73 , Andrea Candle Cohen ’73 , Alyce Silinsky DeProspo ’73 , and Charlene Mokry ’73, returned to campus on Thursday, October 9 for a tour and a walk down memory lane. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 21 HARCUM ALUMNI PROFILE FOR ’83 ALUMNA, RENEWAL IS A WAY OF LIFE Creating healthy environments, inside and out, where people live, work, and play. That is the mission of Renewal Sustainable Environments (Renewal), a commercial and residential design company founded by Lynne Templeton ’83, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Renewal is dedicated to using sustainable products and materials to serve the needs of architects, designers, builders, developers, and facilities management groups. That includes reclaimed and recycled materials, highest quality materials which last longer and need to be replaced less frequently, products such as bamboo and cork that are native grown, and products using sustainable manufacturing practices without toxic chemicals or formaldehyde. Some of her clients and projects include Comcast, the Franklin Institute, Temple University, the Wachovia Center, and Adventure Aquarium. While studying at Harcum, Templeton did a practicum in Interior Design which became a full-time job. She has been working in the industry ever since— including freelancing for several dealerships and doing corporate fit out work for twenty years. Lynne Templeton ’83 Owner; Renewal Sustainable Environments “Sustainability issues in interior design began emerging in the 1990s.” In 2007, she started a company called “Greenable,” which eventually led to establishing Renewal in 2012. “We started with a palette of commercial products.” These products flooring, lighting, fu niture, cabinetry, fabrics, and tile. Renewal also installs eco-walls—green, living walls made entirely of plants such as ferns which allow plants to be rooted anywhere on a building’s wall surface. Her showroom in Wayne features reclaimed kitchen cabinetry made from church pews. “Your home or work environment can be healthy,” Templeton said, “and you can use resources and products responsibly.” Though she has lived and worked in Philadelphia and its suburbs throughout her career, Templeton does enjoy traveling. Two years ago, she went to Peru to bring in sustainable permaculture, working on food and water issues. She has been to South America twice for yoga trips. Her commitment to renewal extends to more than professional design services. It has become a way of life. “In the future, I’m hoping to organize some renewal retreats offering yoga and surfing to my clients. 22 patches magazine HARCUM ALUMNI NEWS Joy Schulman Lisak, ‘74: I can’t believe it’s just over 40 years that I graduated from HJC! I am still in contact with these Pennswood buddies: Mindy Heilweil Teich, Susan Ostrander Van Boskirk, Sheryl Bornheim Rockwell, Laurie Penterman Waugh, Gail Weber Moran, all from ‘74, and Sue Eadie, “75. We tried very hard to meet for a long weekend in Las Vegas, but life has a way of happening. We’ve been in touch, and it’s great! Since I live in South Florida, I’ve seen Mindy, Sheryl, Laurie and Sue Eadie, as they’ve been traveling in Florida. It was very strange that we celebrated our 60th birthdays in ‘14, and we have been lifelong friends! Katherine Mascitti Vanni ’75 wrote to say that her time at Harcum College was very special. “Harcum helped provide me with the skills I needed to succeed in today’s workforce. My education was well rounded and diversified, even though I focused on my passion for the arts. I studied under Martin Zipin; under his guidance I learned so many life lessons, along with fundamentals of design. Harcum provided me with a strong foundation on which to build upon. I went on to earn a BA from Cabrini College later, but the foundations were already in place from a school that makes an impact on students. Harcum College is a great choice for a young person to begin an educational journey; the school will be there for them every step of the way.” Sara-Jo Elverson LaForge ’76 is now living full time on her beloved Cape Cod with her pets. I had a wonderful clothing store in Naples, Florida for many years and before that my own bookkeeping business for over 13 years. I had many health issues and divorced, so the shop had “to be closed and my mom helped get me ‘home’ before I lost her five years ago. ith my cancer (‘free’ now nine years) came a rare disorder called ‘Stiff Person Syndrome’ so as a result, I can no longer work, but my two successful businesses were a result of a great education at Harcum.” 1980s Sharon Davis ’80 graduated 1983 from Eastern University with B.A. in English Literature and minors in Writing and Communications. She has twenty-five years’ experience as a technical writer in software development. Maria Parnell ’84 graduated in 2007 from Chestnut Hill College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. In 2011 she obtained a graduate certificate in Business Administration from Temple University. Amy Williams ’86 is now Amy Copeland and living in Merion Station, PA and teaching Fashion Design at Philadelphia University. 2000s Christina Schappell Guinan ’11 was married on September 5, 2014. IN MEMORIAM Harcum College remembers the following alumni & friends Mary (Pearce) Allen Class of 1943 Kristine (Schmidt) Gross Class of 1985 Naomi Klein of Philadelphia passed away on September 30, 2014. The former Naomi Becker was the wife of the late Harcum Trustee and Interim President Dr. Henry Klein. Henry Klein was the brother of the late President and Board member Philip Klein. Henry and Naomi Klein are survived by their children Kenneth Klein, Ronald Klein, and Sharon Leib. Martin (Marty) Ranft, a longtime beloved Harcum College professor passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He joined the Harcum faculty in September 1970 and retired in 2013. He received the Philip Klein Memorial Award in 1987. Marty was responsible for reviewing transfer student applications and editing the annual Harcum course Catalog. He is survived by his wife Susan Cherner and eight children. Bette Zipin passed away on December 24. She was the wife of the late Marty Zipin, longtime head of the art department at Harcum College. She was the mother of Lee (Sue) Zipin, Tina Sirkin, Matthew (Melinda) Zipin, Philip (Marla) Zipin and the late Peter Zipin. She is survived by 7 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren. SEEING DOUBLE Harcum College has four sets of twins currently enrolled. You may have thought you were seeing double around campus. Caitlin and Caila Leiphart, Dental Hygiene (cover photo); (Pictured below l–r) Antony Wells, Business Management and Atashia Wells, Human Services; Morgan and Mark Mosley, General Studies; Anastasija, General Studies; and Darija Jurisic, Undeclared. HARCUM COLLEGE WINTER 2015 23 HARCUM BEAR PRIDE PURPLE IS THE NEW BLACK by Gale Martin At age 20, I purchased my first evening d ess on a waitress’s salary. Blinded by the $30 price tag, I plucked it off the discount rack at Boscov’s Department Store in Reading. I needed something dressy for a benefit show at the old Rajah Theatre. The royal purple sheath, as deep and rich as Harcum’s Gale Martin signature purple, was Director, Communications & Marketing topped by a rhinestonestudded bolero jacket. I was certain the ensemble would help my performance sparkle. Sadly, my delight at nabbing a bargain gown was short-lived. The dress wasn’t the right color for the event or the right style for someone barely 20-years-old. I looked like a mother-of-the-bride who mistakenly wandered onstage when I compared my dress to the other singers looking svelte in basic black. For decades after, as much as I admired purple in nature—purple pansies, purple martens, and purple sunsets— I avoided wearing purple all together: plum, violet, mulberry, orchid, mauve, and lavender. All shades were off limits. Since I’d never made my peace with purple, naturally the universe would intervene 35 years later, forcing me to face my purple avoidance issues when I applied for a job at Harcum College in 2013. On the first day of interviews, I was g eeted by dozens of purple tulips waving in the spring breeze outside Melville Hall. “I love purple,” I told the interviewers, trying desperately to convince myself that purple and I had kissed and made up while clutching a folder from Human Resources stuffed with profusely purple publications. Cue the tumbleweeds and the tin whistle. Were I to be offered the position at Harcum, the color purple and I were in for a showdown. A few weeks into the job, I realized I simply had to embrace my inner purple. I must have loved purple at some point. Why else would I have chosen a boldly purple dress for an important show those many years ago? Seeing many College personnel decked out in purple at my first New Student Orientation further amplified my deficit situation in the purple gar department. The only purple on me was the Harcum lanyard around my neck. I set about to correct that, with a little help from my Bon Ton charge card. First, I bought a purple sleeveless tee. Then a sequinstudded purple smock. And a purple corduroy jacket followed by another purple shell, this one flecked with metallic silve . Now, life is one big purple extravaganza. While there is only one official shade of Ha cum brand purple, it’s been fun adding to my growing personal collection of purple, including a pair of plum polyester trousers, which Danyele Dove, Harcum’s Director of Career and Transfer Services, noticed last fall. “You have purple pants,” she said, like someone else resigned to increasing the purple quotient in her wardrobe. I resisted the urge to say she’d be seeing more purple pants and jackets and maybe even a purple gown for the Centennial gala. Now that I’m a Harcum College employee, purple is hip. It’s in. It’s ill. It’s down. It’s up. It’s definitely the new black ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gale Martin has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Sirens Magazine, and in several anthologies. In 2009, she won first place in The Writers-Editors International Writing Competition for short fiction. She has published three novels with Booktrope Editions in Seattle. In 2014 she sold two ebooks to Encore, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. 24 patches magazine CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES HARCUM COLLEGE SAVE THE DATE! Preview Party: BEARS & SQUARES Thursday, September 10, 2015 4–8 pm, Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Check out this showcase of talent from our community art engagement project: Bears & Squares. All completed pieces will be featured at this festive Preview Party with selected pieces advancing to the Silent Auction of the Centennial gala. All proceeds of which will support the Centennial Scholarship Fund. Good Morning, Beautiful Business Strauss Family Rotunda Charles H. Trout Library, Harcum College Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015, 4–5:30 pm Judy Wicks, Local Economy Pioneer Lecture includes book signing. No Food Left Behind Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Mon., March 2, 2015, 7–8:30 pm Gary Oppenheimer, Founder AmpleHarvest.org Lecture in partnership with Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. 100 Years of Art Busting Myths About Human Nature Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Harcum College Thurs., April 9, 2015, 4–5:30 pm Dr. Agustín Fuentes, Chair of the Anthropology Department at Notre Dame. Lecture includes book signing. Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:45 pm–8 pm, Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Original artwork spanning 100 years between 1915 and 2015, will be on display in celebration of Harcum College’s Centennial. This juried exhibition will include artwork from all media types, 2D and 3D—from photography, painting, sculpture, and more. Healing Through the Arts Strauss Family Rotunda Charles H. Trout Library, Harcum College Thurs., Sept. 17, 2015, 4–5:30 pm Heather Rodale ’72 Vice President for Community Outreach at Rodale, Inc. and cancer survivor. CENTENNIAL GALA Saturday, October 10, 2015 6 pm–10 pm Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park Design with the Earth in Mind Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre, Harcum College Wed., Oct. 21, 2015, 4–5:30 pm Fashion, Fashion Merchandising, and Interior Designers Panelists: Lynne Templeton ’83, Amy Copeland ’86, and Lauren Handel Learn to Manage Your Money Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Harcum College Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015, 1–2:30 pm Dr. Keith Weigelt, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business Join us in the celebration of 100 years of Harcum College. This once-in-a-lifetime event, is a elegant, black-tie optional affair for faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, donors, and friends of Harcum College. For more information or tickets, sponsorships, for the Centennial Scholarship Fund, please call 610.526.6060 or visit: harcum. edu/HC100 All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will benefit the new Centennial Scholarship Fund. LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. harcum.edu/hclecture patches magazine The Magazine of Harcum College WINTER 2015 Nonproﬁt Org. U.S. Postage Phila., PA Permit No. 138 PAID 750 Montgomery Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 www.harcum.edu Harcum College is an affordable, independent residential associate’s degree granting private college with over 23 majors, specializing in preparing students for career and transfer opportunities. Our mission is to provide students with an opportunity for outstanding academic, career, and life preparation. We teach, mentor, and prepare students for success in their chosen profession in an experiential environment. Harcum’s core values of excellence, civility, empowerment, integrity, community service, and respect for diversity assure that every student is valued and supported. 15th ANNUAL KEVIN D. MARLO GOLF CLASSIC HARCUM COLLEGE CENTENNIAL Join us for a day of golfing and netwo king at the beautiful Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, PA. Experience Llanerch’s top-notch course that ranks among the finest in the Philadelphia egion while enjoying great food, cocktails, and some friendly competition (and prizes). Named in memory of Kevin D. Marlo, the golf classic benefits scholarships for students of distinction at Harcum College. Monday, May 11, 2015 Online Auction: April 30–May 11 Llanerch Country Club 950 West Chester Pike Havertown, PA 19083 WWW.HARCUM.EDU/GOLF