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K u t z t o w n u n i v e r s i t y M a g a z i n e Winter 2012 Criminal justiCe at Ku alumni serve with dedication and honor. page 7 Audiologist in southeAst AsiA Ku foundAtion homecoming bAcK to clAss INTRODUCING ThE d i r e c t o r o f alumni engagement GreetinGs from KU! i am honored to be speaking to you on behalf of the Alumni engagement office and the Kutztown University Alumni Association. KU has a proud legacy as a member of the Pennsylvania state system of Higher education, and i am thrilled to be a part of it. the staff of the Alumni engagement office and the board members of the alumni association are working hard to continue to connect and reconnect with our alumni. We want to keep you up to date on programs and events here at the university and also in towns closer to where you live. We are reaching out to you in an effort to enhance and advance the reputation of our institution for you and future graduates who will join the ranks of the 51,000 alumni of KU. these programs, events and ser vices are designed to encourage you to stay connected to your alma mater. in september, we launched the Kutztown University Alumni networking series. this series of events is designed to bring together KU graduates who are working in diverse professional fields and help forge connections among alumni. to find a list of our exciting upcoming events, to review services available to you as alumni or to update your contact information, please visit our new website at www.give2ku.org. i'd also like to extend my personal invitation for you to drop by and see us when you are in the area. We are in the Wiesenberger Alumni Center across from old main. We'd love to meet you and show you some of the new, exciting things at KU. i thank you for your continued support of the Kutztown University foundation and Alumni engagement office. Best regards, Alex oGeKA Director of Alumni Engagement PhOTO by DOUGlAS bENEDICT featureS Contents Winter 2012 7 14 17 20 22 4 24 29 Balancing JuStice With Ku alumni go behind the scenes with criminal justice alumni making a difference. a SnaPShot in time tom shillea creates unique photography with a 100-year-old process. hearing a difference a World aWaY Dr. David Woodruff in vietnam diagnosing hearing impairment. BacK to claSS With ... 7 Dr. Connie Dent and the founding of Ku's Women's Center. Ku foundation neWS investing in Ku students paying dividends in achievement. dePartmentS neWS and noteS 14 20 From Major League baseball to Latino businesses receiving expert help. claSSnoteS Ku PreSentS! spring events on the cover FBI Special Agent Ray Carr '79 profiles and details a career in solving crime. 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Dallas aSSiStant director/PuBlicationS: Camille DeMarco '81, M '01 deSign: gipson studio, LLC � Linda gipson contriButorS: Kate auchenbach M '12 Tower magazine, issued Jan. 2, 2012, is published by Kutztown university, a member of the Pennsylvania state system of Higher education. the tower is published two times a year and is free to Ku alumni and friends of the university. address correspondence to: Kutztown university, office of university relations, P.o. box 730, Kutztown, Pa 19530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. telephone: 610-683-4114 submissions for Classnotes may be sent to: email@example.com. neWs notes and vogelsong's Comeback earns MLb all-star nod By Ken Mandell Standing along the 90-foot foul line as a first-year National League All-Star, Ryan Vogelsong saw thousands of miles of dedication. But on a baseball path littered with releases, demotions and self-doubt, the former Kutztown University (1996-98) star finally arrived as one of the league's top players last July, as a participant in the 82nd annual Midsummer Classic. "For the five or 10 minutes I was there, my career flashed before my eyes," he said. "I couldn't believe I was standing there and everything it took to get there. Even when I was tipping my cap, I saw myself walking out of managers' offices after being told I was being released. It was like, `Wow, this is real. What an amazing thing to happen.'" Being named an All-Star represented one of a series of accolades for the 34-year-old nomad, who hadn't sniffed the big leagues since 2006. Before this year, the right-hander meandered through four systems and two Japanese teams since the Giants first drafted him in 1998. That organization brought him back this spring, and Vogelsong came in prepared for anything. He then seized a rotation spot created by Barry Zito's ankle injury, and by the first week of July, he had posted an All-Star-worthy 6-1 record and 2.17 ERA. He cooled slightly in the second half but still finished at 2.71. Vogelsong capped his comeback season by earning the Willie McCovey Award, an annual honor given to the most inspirational player on the Giants, as voted by teammates, coaches, training staff and fans. "One of the things you want in this game is to be respected by your teammates," Vogelsong said. "To get that award was really special for me. The nicest thing about this year was that all the failures and bad nights were washed away. This was the journey I was supposed to be on. Now, it happened, and I have to do it again." PHoto by tHe arizona rePubLiC Pichini Named PASShE Chair becomes first state system alum to hold position Guido Pichini was recently elected chairman of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of higher Education (PASShE). he is the first PASShE alum to hold the position of chairman and fourth overall chair in the 28-year history. Pichini, of wyomissing, is also the president of Security Guards Inc. and its subsidiaries, wSK and Associates Consulting Group and vigilant Security Services. he is a '74 graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a degree in education/political science and completed graduate studies in public administration at KU. The 20-member board of governors that Pichini now leads has an overall responsibility By Kenn Marshall for planning and coordinating the development and operation of PASShE, which is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. The board establishes broad fiscal, personnel and educational policies under which the 14 PASShE universities operate. Pichini is in his second term on the board of governors. he first served from June 2005 to October 2009 and was reappointed in October 2010. he is also the former chair of the council of trustees at Kutztown University and former chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT), the statewide organization that comprises the trustees from all 14 PASShE universities. 4 TOwER | Winter 2012 KU Prof Pens U.S. Constitution Guide By Rebecca Rhodin It's our "American scripture," respected like the Stars and Stripes and the Statue of Liberty. But what's actually hidden inside the U.S. Constitution? Well, our rights as human beings, for one thing. It includes information on protections against tyranny, the separation of church and state, slavery and its abolition, and the fight against racial discrimination. The opus that some call "alive" brims with grand ideas. If all that seems like too much to stuff into one small book, don't tell KU Associate Professor Andrew Arnold. He has published a guide that, in fact, fits right in your pocket. Arnold's "A Pocket Guide to the U.S. Constitution" places both the document and its historical context at a reader's fingertips. In doing so, it also clears up a few misconceptions. "People believe the Constitution should stand for liberty, democracy and freedom," says Arnold, who teaches constitutional history at Kutztown. "The tension between that and what it actually says is a great place to start a conversation. "This book came out of my teaching," said Arnold. "I wrote it with my students in mind, and that makes me very proud." He says it is an answer to the numerous good questions students asked in class, including "Why do we have to study this?" and "Who do they mean by `We the People'?" They even want to know what the word "constitution" means. (Creating something out of nothing, Arnold answers.) "Its original purpose was to set up a government with checks and balances to prevent centralized tyranny," he says. "Today, the evolving document means what the Supreme Court says it means." Not mainly a rousing speech, the Constitution is largely a legal document that the Founding Fathers wrote to set up the mechanics of our national government, according to Arnold. The Constitution is "other persons" and "such persons"), not so much because it was a repulsive institution, but for fear of repercussions in both the North and South. In addition, notes Arnold, the Founding Fathers saw the Constitution as a framework and not a set of laws, which people over future years would have to formulate. Arnold quotes Thomas Jefferson as calling it a work written by one generation that would impose itself on all who followed. Today, attention to the Constitution focuses not so much on the firmly-inplace mechanism of government as on its Bill of Rights section, which encompasses a much larger group of people than it once did. "i wrote it with my students in mind, and that makes me very proud." --asso C iat e Pr o F. a nD r eW ar n oL D vague and open to interpretation, he explains, with aspects of a sales pamphlet. "That's because the patriots sought to build a government that most people would accept," Arnold says. For example, he notes that slavery is mentioned in it only indirectly (with references to "The Bill of Rights wasn't as important to us until the 20th century," the professor says. "Once it only applied to Congress, but people challenged it in court cases, claiming the protections as their own." Understanding the protections offered by the Constitution are often buried in multi-volume sets, where a reader "can't find anything," he points out. In contrast, anyone can tote Arnold's book around to whip out in the heat of an argument. Winter 2012 | TOwER 5 neWs notes and KU alumnus Lenin Agudo MBA '06 works with Latino businesses, advising on best practices and leadership development. Here, Agudo listens to Berks County entrepreneur Miguel Herrara. New Technology Enhances Job Interview Process As a freelance graphic designer based in Pennsylvania in 2010, Jenna Palermo '09 was applying for a position that would require her to relocate to bristol, Conn., to work for ESPN's creative services department as a graphic designer. She had already gone through initial phone interviews, but the hiring team wanted to have a face-to-face sit-down. Instead of a traditional interview with travel, ESPN staff opted for a more convenient interview through Skype, a free online text, voice and video service. Palermo was excited about the interview but slightly nervous about the unorthodox method. She had heard of friends going through online video interviews and knew they had become more common in today's marketplace. "Skype interviews may feel a little unconventional, but it is very important to treat them with the same level of professionalism as any in-person interview," she remarked. Palermo needed to prepare for the interview differently by making sure that she was familiar with the technology and comfortable having a conversation online. One advantage she noted was that you are able to view yourself as well as your interviewer on the screen, providing a perspective of the interviewer. "So much of what is communicated is in how it is communicated," Palermo says. She was eventually contracted for the job with ESPN in January 2011. Center Helps Latino businesses grow Fueled by a desire to reach out to Latino entrepreneurs, the KU Latino Business Resource Center is making sure business owners have the strategies, tactics and expertise they need to succeed in a challenging economic climate. average neW business suCCess rate aFter one year 20% suCCess oF entrePreneurs WHo Have taKen LbrC seMinars 80+% Since 2007, the KU Latino Business Resource Center has been offering free seminars in Reading, Coatesville and Kennett Square and has recently launched similar conferences in Harrisburg, Pa. The center has graduated more than 150 people throughout the course of 11 seminars. Director of the KU LBRC, Lenin Agudo MBA '06 passionately 6 TOwER | Winter 2012 stands behind this project. "Seminar graduates will have a completed business plan that they can then take to lending organizations," says Agudo. "The students have the opportunity to interact with business professionals and other entrepreneurs, engage in bilingual mentorships and sit in on classroomstyle sessions, as well as participate in workshops for their individual business plans." Recently, the KU LBRC has partnered with PNC Bank and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania to offer free bilingual seminars to Latino business owners and entrepreneurs in the Harrisburg area. Statistically speaking, roughly 80 percent of new businesses fail within the first year of business, but of those entrepreneurs who have taken a seminar with the LBRC, more than 80 percent have maintained after one year. This is great news for the Harrisburg area's growing Hispanic population; it means that in the tough economic times facing Americans, they have a business support system. This model has the potential to boost the economy in Pennsylvania, with a new group of individuals paving the way toward business and entrepreneurial success. FeatURe One of the most important building blocks for a functional society is an effective criminal justice system. As a system, it balances individual rights with public order and fairly applies the law in matters of administration of justice and retribution of victims. As a program of study, it draws on a range of interdisciplinary learning, with the intended outcome of graduating professionals who know how to apply their knowledge to realworld matters in order to enhance quality of life and assure justice. Behind the SceneS, Behind the Science of criminal JuStice On campus and in the community, state and nation, KU professors and alumni of the criminal justice department make a difference on a daily basis by exercising their skills and serving with dedication and integrity. here are a few of their stories: Contributing writers: A m y B i em i ller & f �li x A l o n s o P e� A Winter 2012 | TOwER 7 FEATURE Texas, where sect leader David Koresh and his followers had killed four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The ensuing standoff lasted 50 days, ending only when the Davidians stubbornly refused to leave even after tear gas was pumped into their building and a subsequent fire claimed the lives of 75 Davidians. Four years later, Carr was on the SWAT team that confronted the Montana Freemen, a radical, white supremacist group based near Jordan, Mont., that had proclaimed itself to be outside the jurisdiction of the United States government. Its heavily armed members, who surrendered peacefully after 81 days, had buried local authorities under a blizzard of bizarre and bogus legal paperwork, and they had used counterfeit bank documents to commit fraud. Carr, who was the Philadelphia liaison for the bureau's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, based in Quantico, Va., is mentioned in Michael W. Cuneo's "A Need to Kill," about the A lucky Man Profiles a Career in Solving Crime RAyMOND J. CARR JR. '79 counts himself lucky to be living his dream, which is being a bad guy's nightmare. Once a defensive end for the Golden Bears, Carr went on to tackle notorious criminals as an agent for the FBI, bringing them to justice in fulfillment of what he said was his goal ever since childhood. "Everybody had a dream, and that was mine; I always wanted to do that," Carr said. And he has done plenty in the almost 23 years he has been with the FBI, starting with three years in Buffalo, N.Y., and the rest of his career based in Philadelphia. In 1993, he was an FBI SWAT team member at the Branch Davidian compound, near Waco, The FBI was founded in 1908 , adopting the motto "Fidelity , Bravery , and Integrity ." 8 TOwER | Winter 2012 murders of Tom and Lisa Haines and their Halloween mask, he was impossible to identify. 16-year-old son, Kevin, in Lancaster County And he was in superb physical condition, able in 2007, and he has worked on numerous to vault over the bank counter from a standstill highly publicized cases, such as that of serial to ransack the cash drawer. rapist and murderer Troy The maps included the locations Graves � known in of more bunkers scattered throughout Philadelphia as the Center northeastern Pennsylvania, where As of Nov. 30, 2011, City Rapist � and the agents found more weapons, the FbI had a total of Boyle Street Boys drug $100,000, military-style rations gang that killed a police and other materials. employees: officer in Chester some Training and hard work aside, 10 years ago. Carr said, "It's good to be lucky. But the takedown that This guy came to me." got him significant attenHard work and teamwork helped tion from the media was turn the lucky find into a name: special agents that of the infamous Carl Gugasian, a 1971 graduate of Friday Night Bank Villanova University with a bachelor's Robber, suspected of degree in electrical engineering, committing a spate of a master's degree in systems analysis support bank robberies spread from the University of Pennsylvania professionals over about a dozen years. and doctoral work in statistics and In 2001, teenagers probability at The Pennsylvania playing in a wooded area State University. of Radnor Township, Gugasian was also a former near Philadelphia, found member of the U.S. Army's Special pieces of capped PVC Forces, and the string of bank piping inside a drainage robberies turned out to be three pipe. Opening one, they decades long, netting him more found documents referring to bank robberthan $2 million and a place in the record books ies. They contacted the police, who of dubious achievements as the most successful unearthed a small bunker filled with more bank robber in U.S. history, beating out capped pipes and waterproof containers. legendary hoodlums such as Bonnie Parker The police, in turn, contacted the local FBI, and Clyde Barrow and John Dillinger. which is where Carr has been stationed The FBI dropped the hammer on Gugasian since 1991. in February 2002; it would have done so Studying the materials from the bunker, sooner, but the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks which included books, maps, detailed inforand the anthrax scare put a strain on the bureau's mation on 160 banks from Connecticut to resources. Virginia, five guns, some 500 rounds of Carr was on ammunition and assorted masks, Carr the team that "i'm So lucKY [the had a revelation. searched "I said, `I know this guy. This is the Gugasian's guy I've been studying for the last four, apartment and five months.'" was prepared to apprehend him when he returned, Carr had developed the profile of the but another team seized the opportunity to take thief: a man in his 40s or perhaps 50s, the robber into custody at the Philadelphia Free a loner who likely had military training Library, off Logan Circle, where he had often gone and who was deadly serious about to make copies of topographic maps to plan his physical fitness. surveillance and escape routes. The FNB, as he was nicknamed, was For a time, Gugasian was defiant and uncoopersuspected of having held up banks for ative, Carr said, but that changed a few weeks more than a dozen years. Wearing heavy before his trial: "His attorney told me, `He wants clothing, a cap, gloves and a full-head to talk to you; you get one shot at this.' We kind of 35,704 13,864 21,840 hit it off, and he told me his whole life story." That's when the FBI learned that the string of bank robberies had begun 30 years earlier. Gugasian, then 55, was subsequently sentenced to 17� years in prison, but he and Carr continued speaking frequently for years. "I was kind of like his counselor, psychologist. We talked about everything. Hopefully, he comes out and does the right thing." Although he takes pride in this and all of his and the bureau's accomplishments, it's all in a day's work for Carr. In addition to his training and service with the NCAVC, he has served as a negotiator, intervening in crisis situations, since 1994 and has led the negotiations team, which may be called upon several times a month, for about 10 years. He takes it all in stride. "Sometimes I think I'm so lucky that they even chose me," he said, citing the FBI's elite status and tough requirements for its agents. When he joined in 1988, he was one of only 8,500 agents. Even now, there are only 13,000. Arguably, his credentials helped land the job. The KU criminal justice major went on to earn a master's in the field from West Chester University and an MBA and accounting degree from Widener University. He earned those advanced degrees while working in the Glen Mills School District, where he coached football and worked his way up to become director of human resources. Although he played both baseball and football in high school, he stuck to the gridiron at KU, under Coach George Baldwin. Carr treasures his Kutztown experience: fBi] choSe me." --ray Carr "If I had to do it all over again, I would do the same thing," he said. "Coach Baldwin taught us about life, not just football." Carr has nothing but praise for the bureau and counts himself lucky that he gets paid for doing what he loves. With a little luck, Carr will be able to do just that � and likely much more. As his life demonstrates, he doesn't just have good luck; he knows what to do with it. Winter 2012 | TOwER 9 The estimated number of violent crimes in 2010 declined for the fourth consecutive year. Property crimes also decreased, making this the eighth straight year that the collective estimates for these offenses declined. SGT. AMANDA POMbO '98 knows hether it is the influence of popular culture, the public war on terrorism or the growth in an employment sector, the increased interest in careers in law enforcement, forensic science, security and law is impacting Kutztown University. Enrollment in the university's criminal justice program � one of its most popular majors of study � has increased more than 85 percent in the last 10 years. "There is a lot of interest," says DR. Al PISCIOTTA , professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. "We have been receiving about 750 freshman applications and internal and external transfer applications annually." Pisciotta attributes the increased interest in KU's program to a high-caliber teaching staff and a program that offers a depth of study that professionally prepares graduates in the use of technology and communication and offers a solid understanding about the legal and criminal justice system. He also notes that increased enrollment means more graduates and that graduates from KU's criminal justice degree program are making their mark in the field. "Our graduates are working in local, state and federal government agencies across the country. They are making contributions as police officers, probation officers, parole officers and prison counselors. They work for the FBI, U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service � virtually every criminal justice agency," says Pisciotta. w While the wave of student interest in the major continues to crest, the department has kept pace by hiring additional faculty who are known for their contributions in aspects of the law, technology, security, defense and corrections. "In the past five years, the number of faculty in our program has doubled," says Pisciotta. "We're happy we can attract faculty who are respected scholars with a wide range of experience working in the criminal justice system and whose research is well known in the field." Included in that faculty census are nationally and internationally known scholars and researchers like Dr. Marc Renzema and Dr. Gary Cordner, says Pisciotta. "Dr. Renzema, who just retired after 29 years of teaching at Kutztown, is one of the world's foremost authorities on electronic monitoring and technological surveillance," says Pisciotta. "Dr. Cordner is one of the country's leading authorities on policing." "What makes our program special is the faculty's commitment to our students," he says. "Despite their exceptional academic records, every member of our faculty is, first and foremost, concerned with the academic, personal and professional development of our students. Simply stated, they put their professional and personal goals second to that of teaching." Certainly, this influence is receiving a lot of attention. the value of instinct and observation. Whether responding to a domestic call, breaking up a fight or investigating a crime, a police officer's best tool is the ability to read a situation and make quick decisions about the best response. "Our job puts us in emotionally charged situations most of the time," she says. "We have to be prepared to get past the emotion and deal with the personal aspects of the situation in the most appropriate manner possible. That takes constant learning and experience." Since 2009, Pombo has been using her years of street cop experience to lead a squad of police officers as the first female sergeant for Upper Darby Township, located just outside Philadelphia. Pombo's experience on the job is extensive, as Upper Darby is one of the largest and most diverse townships in the country. She has worked as a mountain bike police unit member and participated in prestigious honor guard units, as well as more formal functions like appearing at ceremonies and serving at funerals. Pombo explains she has come to the aid of a woman held at knife point, broken up fights between rival groups on a public basketball court and negotiated peace in domestic disputes. She has also experienced the mundane and the tedious. 10 TOwER | Winter 2012 helping Inmates to a better Tomorrow "You get set to take down a burglary when you respond to an alarm, and nine times out of 10, it is a false alarm," she says. "Another day, you have to direct traffic when a light fails at a bad intersection. It's all part of a day's work," she says. "I love my job, and I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a police officer." Pombo fondly recalls her years at KU, where she was one of only a handful of women majoring in criminal justice. "Some of my best memories are from my days at Kutztown," she says. "The program really prepared me with a solid understanding of the criminal justice system." Recalling her undergraduate days, Pombo offers some important advice for today's criminal justice majors. "Have fun, but not too much fun, at college," she says. "If you want to be a police officer, seemingly little indiscretions as an undergraduate can keep you from attaining your dream." Criminal Justice Council and as a policy developer and evaluator. "I explain to my students that criminal justice is a discipline and a profession, and most of all, I want my students to learn the `why' behind the Attending KU as a nontraditional student, ChRISTINE REIChARDT '96 began as an education major, thinking education with an emphasis on psychology might be the path. Quickly, though, she found her true interest was criminal justice. "you can't find a more interesting field than criminal justice," she said from her desk, stacked with neatly organized case files of inmates in need of her guidance. Reichardt never saw herself as a police officer; however, she reflected on her collegiate days. "As a student, I never thought I would be doing what I am doing now." She found her niche in the berks County Jail in pretrial services in 1997, a nonprofit agency funded in part by the United way, where she serves as director of her department, berks Connections. "It's intensely gratifying to help people who are When dR. ARThUR GARRISON '90 was an undergraduate at Kutztown, he grew attached to the people, tempo and environment of the university. Perhaps that attachment is what has pulled him back to KU, this time to teach. As the university's newest assistant professor of criminal justice, Garrison finds academia in general and teaching in particular to his liking. He brings more than 15 years of criminal justice practice to the classroom, bolstering his teaching with experiences from his days as the project director for the Wilmington Hope Commission, as planning director for the Delaware laws regarding criminal behavior and the application of justice," he says. "Criminal justice education is a process that explores how moral and ethical principles are crystallized into legal wrongs and how society establishes systems to implement justice under the principle of the rule of law. It is our obligation as teachers to provide our students with an understanding of these complicated and important ideas and values." With the enrollment in the criminal justice program on the increase, Garrison sees his position as teacher as an important one. "Everybody is fascinated with the process of justice, and that may play a part in the increase of students in this major," he says. "Everybody has an opinion about the criminal justice system based on their ideas of what is right and wrong. What makes our students different is that they are exposed to the theory, science and art of justice and social control. This exposure provides them with a sophisticated understanding about how justice works." struggling to make a way for themselves," she explains. Reichardt works daily with inmates to teach them life skills and help them to create and maintain healthy relationships while incarcerated, as well as get them ready for life once released by assisting them to find meals, clothing and employment. "I like the work we do; we have the ability to improve someone's current and potential situation. Sometimes, my job makes me feel like a social worker � it's very rewarding." One of the truly endearing aspects of Reichardt's work is the berks Connections Mother's voice Program, which offers incarcerated mothers an opportunity to communicate with their children. while often difficult for young children to have communication with a jailed parent, this program uses audio recordings of the mothers so their children can hear their voices. "The children have a greater sense that, despite the distance, Mommy still loves and thinks of them, while at the same time, it strengthens the family unit," Reichardt said. Winter 2012 | TOwER 11 Enrollment in Kutztown University's criminal justice program � one of its most popular majors of study � has increased more than 85 percent in the last 10 years. ADAM KISThARDT '88 AND M '00, Kisthardt credits KU with helping to prepare him for circumstances such as this. "In addition to criminal justice course work, part of the curriculum required classes in psychology � that helped me a great deal with situations like Norristown State Hospital," he said. Kisthardt also credits teachers and coaches at Parkland High School, in Allentown, Pa., who advised him about KU's strong criminal justice program. "They were looking out for me," he said. "My sister, who is a federal agent, also told me about Kutztown's program." Kisthardt explains that he attended a presentation by the state police at a criminal justice club meeting and was immediately hooked. He returned to KU for a master's of public administration to gain further management skills, completing his advanced degree in 2000. Kisthardt has strong ties to Kutztown and the criminal justice department for helping him to succeed in all aspects of his career. He remains involved with the program through KU Career Day, where the state police typically get between 10 and 20 applicants. "We have a good number of KU CJ graduates coming into the state police. KU students have the qualities we are looking for." double-checks the security of his firearm in his duty belt as he walks to his office in the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, Pa. It's early, and the office is still empty and quiet; the new trainees have yet to arrive for their first day. This calm is unusual; Kisthardt's mornings are typically filled with predawn runs around the base, detailed inspections and mandatory work detail with the horses. Today is different � today is the first day of the state police training program. Kisthardt is the director of the training division at the Hershey location and guides police trainees through the many obstacles of their rigorous program. The academy is designed as a paramilitary and academic environment, similar in operation and structure to the notable United States Military Academy at West Point. Kisthardt is charged with overseeing classroom education, field training and overall teaching of self-discipline and attention to detail. "It's a tough job, but rewarding," he explains. For 13 years, Kisthardt specialized in hostage negotiation as a detective, which positioned him to be the hostage negotiation supervisor during the 1999 standoff at the Norristown (Pa.) State Hospital. A former hospital employee held several nurses hostage over a three-day period. A good lawyer is one that not only understands human behavior, but has the communication skill set to be able to listen and articulate effectively. For ChRISTINE hURST PERRUCCI '89 , counsel at the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader, majoring in psychology was an excellent stepping stone into law. "My background in psychology has certainly been helpful in dealing effectively with clients," says Perrucci, who, after graduating from Kutztown, earned her law degree from Dickinson School of Law. While Perrucci has handled civil litigation, serving clients in the areas of real estate and family, she especially enjoys litigating medical malpractice cases. "The thing I like best about taking on medical malpractice cases is that I can advocate for those who often can't advocate for themselves," she says. "Remembering how I have helped people who have been wronged obtain a good recovery really brings me a lot of joy." One of the last cases Perrucci represented before choosing to consult for the practice resulted in a $2.3 million verdict for a man who was wrongfully diagnosed. The case not only was an opportunity for Perrucci to show her skill in navigating the complexities of medical malpractice litigation, but it gave her a keen sense of personal accomplishment. Captain Kisthardt makes his formal inspection of cadets at the end of the seven-month training program. 12 TOwER | Winter 2012 "In these types of cases, you typically get very close to the clients and their families," she says. "In this particular case, I have been able to see how the settlement has helped bring closure for the family and help them financially." For Perrucci, becoming a lawyer was more than about establishing a career; instead, it was about finding a vocation that would allow her to make a difference and bring a new challenge daily. "For me, the best thing about being a lawyer is that it's different every day," she says. "Every client, every case is different from the one before. If you can bring a sense of curiosity, good communication skills and a passion to help your client, there's no better career than the law." Protecting your Peace of Mind at the Nuclear level every american fears the thought of a nuclear reactor being breached and overtaken by terrorists with night vision, highpowered weaponry and skilled, tactical training. for MIChAEl SECOR , a 1998 Ku criminal justice graduate and senior nuclear security training instructor, it's a circumstance he anticipates daily. at exelon corporation's Peach Bottom atomic Power Station, Secor and other officials run in-house mileS laser tag simulations of organized offensive break-ins and attempt to defend against the assault. these drills are a warm-up for the major nrc (nuclear regulatory commission) composite adversary force assault that occurs every three years. "We train for this and other scenarios regularly," he explains. "threats of all sizes need to be planned for with vigilance." training, though, is just one responsibility for Secor. recently, he was honored with the opportunity to act as liaison between the Peach Bottom facility, site engineers and contractors on a $5 million system upgrade that includes the installation of multiple perimeter intrusion detection systems. Secor's career almost never existed; he started at Ku as an education major. "i took a class about law that made me change my career. i could've been a teacher, but i switched to criminal justice after taking that course," he says. following four years working at the lancaster county prison and splitting that time for three years as a deputy sheriff, Secor spoke with a friend, an employee of the Peach Bottom plant, who informed him of an opportunity in the control center there. "i had experience in control center functions and operations from the prison. the controls were more difficult to operate at the prison than the plant, so that prisoners couldn't figure them out. it made me marketable to the plant," Secor explained. he made the change and started with Peach Bottom in 2002 and, within the year, was promoted to a supervisor, in charge of monitored alarm systems, perimeter cameras and perimeter intrusion detection zone surveillance. in 2008, and a few promotions later, Secor became a senior security instructor who trains both incumbent and newly hired personnel. Secor is certified as a firearms instructor by both exelon and the nra law enforcement division. he is in the classroom for part of the year and on the firing range for the rest. in the classroom, participants review safety and search procedures in theory but later apply those theories in the field and on the range. Secor is also certified to instruct in practical and tactical restraint and pepper spray assaults. he typically spends five months or more per year on the firing range, instructing the use of firearms during daytime and nighttime scenarios, tactical force, multiple targets, obstacle courses and extremecircumstance decision making. Secor treats his job with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. after all, it's a matter of national security and american peace of mind. Winter 2012 | TOwER 13 FEATURE master of the by: A m y B i em i ller printing process PlatinuM Forbes , reagan , sPaCeK , andretti and King Hold still FoR tom sHillea THOMAS SHILLEA '69 is comfortable with fame; after all, his photographic portraits of famous Americans like Coretta Scott King, Malcolm Forbes and President Ronald Reagan grace galleries and museums throughout the world. But that doesn't mean that from time to time, he isn't caught off guard when he sees his own work on public display. "I was touring the Philadelphia Museum of Art with some of my a successful artist, author and educator, doesn't have time to keep exact track of the whereabouts of his work. When he is not in the classroom, on the lecture circuit or writing books, he continues mastering an artistic craft that is challenging and laborious. Using a classic 100-year-old, 8-inch-by-10-inch view camera for his photo sessions, Shillea will yield 10 to 12 negatives that he will develop by hand. He then handcoats a piece of highquality art paper with a sensitizer of platinum and palladium metals. When dry, the paper becomes light sensitive and is exposed to the negative via the use of ultraviolet light � a technique known as the platinum printing process. The results, unique handmade photographs with dynamic tonal range and archival permanence, grace the collections of the George Eastman House, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art and National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian), to name a few. His still-life compositions colleagues, when we rounded a corner, and there was my photography on exhibit. It was quite a surprising moment," Shillea says. It is not surprising that Shillea, bring forth details as delicate as the paper-thin variances of tulip petals and as ephemeral as the interplay of light and shadow caressing bottles on a kitchen counter. His portraits capture mood and beauty, leaving a potent impression that the viewer has had a very intimate glimpse into the character of the subject. Opposite page: Shillea readies his 100-yearold equipment in a photo taken by his wife, Santa BannonShillea. Above: "Sharon Incognito" and "Parrot Tulips." Left: Coretta Scott King Winter 2012 | TOwER 15 "I realize that I am a 21stcentury artist/photographer working with a 19th-century photographic process and camera," he says. "There are very few masters of this process out there � we're a rare breed." While he is considered the master of the platinum photographic process today, back in 1965, Shillea would not have guessed that photography would become his passion when he enrolled as an art education major at Kutztown State College. It wasn't until his junior year, when he took his first photography class with Professor Paul Laincz, that the photographic artist was born. "Professor Laincz introduced me to the art, craft, science and history of photography," he says. "His passion for the medium inspired me and reawakened an interest in photography that started in my youth." With his enthusiasm reignited for photography, Shillea began photographing people he knew at college and discovered that his innate ability to connect with the person made for compelling portraits. Years later, as a graduate student in the MFA photo program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he studied Alfred Stieglitz's platinum print photographic portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe and began his 35-year journey to master the use of the large-format view camera, and the platinum printing process particularly, to create detailed and sensual portraits. While anyone can direct a person to stand, sit or look at a camera, Shillea does so after deeply connecting with who his subject is. "My art and the results of the process are as much about carefully observing the subject as about pressing the shutter," he says. "I have always been very interested in a one-on-one relationship with my subjects and use that as a technique in order to direct them and achieve the outcome I am looking for." Those outcomes make him the go-to artist for a wide-ranging pool of celebrities that include Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek, race car driver Mario Andretti, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito, golf legend Arnold Palmer and Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl. Shillea also loves teaching his art � and does so as the director of art programs at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, Pa. "Administering four thriving programs with over 300 students and teaching two classes each semester has been a wonderful way for me to utilize my many years of multi-faceted experience as an artist, photographer, business owner and teacher in a beneficial and creative way," he says. His drive to encourage his students to stretch and explore their creative gifts was part of what inspired him to cofund the Gregory Purdon Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the memory of his dear friend and art major classmate at Kutztown. The scholarship provides funding for a Northampton Community College student to continue studying at Kutztown. The scholarship is only one way Shillea helps mold new artists. While he is passionate about passing along his expertise in photography to his students, he also enjoys helping them develop their own esthetic style, using the most modern of processes and equipment. "I have enjoyed introducing students to the alchemy of the darkroom and the magic of the platinum print but also embrace and teach courses utilizing digital technologies, such as digital photography and graphic design," he says. "The bottom line is that the students I teach want to create art. My job, and the job of our entire faculty, is to help them discover every outlet in order to do that." Left: Shillea pauses for a photo by his wife, Santa Bannon-Shillea. Below: Indy 500 driver Mario Andretti examples oF tHomas sHillea's pHotogRapHs aRe available on His website at WWW.tHoMassHiLLeaPHotograPHy.CoM 16 TOwER | Winter 2012 FEATURE Woodruff hears children's call by: M e l i s s a Humanitarian, audiologist provides solutions to Hearing loss in soutHeast asia NurczyNski DR. DAVID WOODRUFF '77 has journeyed deep into the jungles of Southeast Asia, in countries like Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In rural villages, cut off from modern medicine, children born with birth defects are often left to die; their desperately poor parents are unable to care for any child who will not grow into a strong, productive adult. However, some defects, like deafness and hearing loss, often don't become apparent until the child is older � sometimes 3 or 4 years old. When the disability is discovered, parents often have no idea what to do. Winter 2012 | TOwER 17 Feature "Parents don't even know something can be done," says Woodruff, who has, since the mid1990s, journeyed to Southeast Asia to help rural families deal with their children's hearing loss. "It's our job to help." The Kutztown graduate, who later pursued a doctorate in audiology at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, has been volunteering with a group called Americans Helping Asian Children, or AHAC. Each year, along with other volunteer health care professionals, he journeys to Asia to provide children with health care, which can often transform them from a potential burden on their family to a vital part of the community. As Woodruff tells it, he almost didn't go the first time. When his former graduate advisor told him about an upcoming trip, he wanted to go but balked at the cost. Having just started in private practice, he didn't have a great deal of disposable income, and volunteers pay their own way in the AHAC program. However, after thinking about it and combing over his budget � and with the blessing of his future wife � he went. As an audiologist, Woodruff has the ability to diagnose hearing loss and offer solutions. 18 TOwER | Winter 2012 "I owe my career to dr. rIchard GrabowskI, my very fIrst audIoloGy professor at kutztown." -- d r . dav i d w o o d r u F F Audiology, or the study of hearing and hearing disorders, allows Woodruff to diagnose and search for the root causes of hearing loss, which can be anything from congenital disorders to untreated ear infections. Often, his work consists of fitting children with hearing aids and showing them and their parents how to use the technology. In countries like Vietnam, where there is only one audiologist who practices in a large city, Woodruff 's work focuses on rural villages, where the need is greatest. He's been going to these countries for years and has always witnessed a friendly environment. "When I first went there, the (Vietnam) war was fresh," he says, adding that he expected to find anti-Americanism or tension there. Instead, he found a warm welcome despite many cultural differences. "The general population is such a different type of culture," he says, adding that the ancient culture is inherently different from that of the west, something that continues to fascinate him. "It is primarily Buddhist, with history that goes back thousands of years." Vietnam has been particularly interesting to Woodruff. "I've seen a country that has been at war with various enemies for centuries adjust to relative peace. It's a culture in transition," he says. As far as he's traveled and as many people as he's helped, Woodruff credits his time at Kutztown University for starting him on his path. "I owe my career to Dr. Richard Grabowski, my very first audiology professor at Kutztown. I really had no idea of my future when I took his beginning audiology course out of curiosity. He was a wonderful teacher and succeeded in perking my interest in the relatively new field of audiology," says Woodruff. Undoubtedly, his patients both here and across the world are also grateful. Far left: A young Vietnamese student wears earphones used for hearing tests as friends watch. Critical for continued social and educational growth, the free tests are offered through school programs. Woodruff estimates AHAC has tested thousands of children since its inception. Winter 2012 | TOwER 19 Feature Back to class with ... coNNie deNt longtiMe PsyChology ProFessor helPed advanCe the involveMent oF woMen on CaMPus DR. CONSTANCE DENT's face lights up when she and engaging in her much-loved hobby of bird watching. talks about a lifetime of activism, intellectualism and "I went to Africa and I wanted to see a hammerkopf," she helping others. A professor emeritus, she still remembers says, adding that her nonbirding traveling companions were when things were tougher for girls. quite relieved when she finally spied the rare bird. "I was so "Female students weren't encouraged to take up so-called obsessed with it," she laughs. `male' disciplines like science and math," Dent explained. Dent, who was recruited to Kutztown by then-President "Even at a Normal School, with a heavy emphasis on Italo deFrancesco, taught a number of psychology classes education and an atmosphere more friendly to women, while at Kutztown, including general psychology, clinical there was that feeling of girls being less than the boys." internship and abnormal psychology (then called psychopaShe and others saw a need to give female students thology), which she enjoyed. She also started the clinical a voice. internship for the psychology program. Along with Gundry, Dent, who came to campus in 1968 as a she developed a course that explored full professor of psychology after being the biofeedback in psychology and still uses women's dean at the University of biofeedback in her practice today. In [the Women'S Pennsylvania, was delighted to help students partnership with Dr. Richard Law of find that voice. She was integral in founding the English department, she cofounded center iSn't] the Women's Action Committee, which KU's Women's Studies Program, which evolved into the campus Women's Center, thrives to this day. JuSt for Women. which still thrives to this day. She and her In the late 1980s, the Women's cohorts weren't shy about getting out and Consortium and the chancellor of it'S a center for protesting with placards if they thought it the Pennsylvania State System of Higher all StudentS. was necessary, but more importantly, they Education (PASSHE) decided each worked to make female students feel like campus needed a women's center. Because -- D r . Co n n i e D en t they were an equal part of the campus Dent had been so heavily involved in community on a daily basis. PASSHE's Women's Action Group, she Dent, who retired in 1997 but remains was a natural to become involved in the active on campus, has many great memories women's center. With the support of of her time at KU � and especially her students. "The stuthen-President David E. McFarland, the Kutztown dents then were wonderful. Really. You could really get Women's Center was founded. "It was like a closet," some great minds," she says, her voice both intense and says Dent, fondly adding that the success of the center enthusiastic. eventually prompted its move to its current space on the Though no longer teaching, she loves living close to the first floor of Old Main. campus where she spent a good portion of her career. "Well, One of the things she's most proud of is that the I really am just delighted that I am near a university town Women's Center serves all students. "It's not really just because you need intellectual and academic stimulation. So, for women," she says. "There are lots of men who go there, yes, I get back and keep in touch with what's going on." too, because they find a lot of solace and sympathy and Clad in a blue shirt and jeans, Dent remains quick support. If you look at it objectively, really objectively, it's witted, physically sturdy and passionate about psychology, a center for all students." education and ecology. She lives with her partner, former And given the stresses of the current economy, students Kutztown Professor Dr. Ann Gundry, south of Kutztown can be assured they have an advocate in Dent, who on a 300-acre farm that she plans to leave to the Berks remains very involved in the goings-on on campus. "I County Conservancy as a nature preserve. She still sees keep my eye on things," she says. "I want the very best clients as a psychologist when she's not traveling the world for all KU students." by: M e li s sa N u rc z y Nsk i PhotograPhy: d o u gl a s b eNed ict The artwork shown behind Dr. Dent is displayed in the KU Women's Center. It features 31 women who have served as U.S. senators. " " 20 TOwER | Winter 2012 Update FounDation CAMPUS FOCUS investing in our Future Support for student scholarships is a priority for the Kutztown University Foundation's comprehensive campaign, Setting the Stage, the Campaign for Kutztown University. Private support, in the form of endowed scholarships and awards, helps the university attract and retain the brightest and most talented students and maintains the vibrancy of the academic and cultural community here at KU. Briana Koert '14 is an excellent example of investing in our future. Koert is thinking about majoring in business, with a specialization in marketing and management. "I'm interested in management because I want to be a vital part of a corporation or an industry, and I think management will give me that. There's the challenge of expressing your ideas to the other employees and the challenge of making sure the employees are doing their jobs and that they're happy and feel like they're part of the corporation, too." Koert's main extracurricular pursuit is her participation in the Kutztown chapter of Best Buddies, an organization that pairs students with local special needs children or adults. "It's been an excellent experience so far. Going into it, one thing they said was that you think you're going to have so much of an impact on their lives, but in reality, they end up having much more of an impact on your life," she says. Best Buddies was a natural fit for Koert, who has worked for a long time with special needs children at her mother's workplace. "I felt that Best Buddies would give me the same sense, but on a different level. It's had a big impact on my stay at Kutztown. I talk to my buddy, Scott, just about every day." One of the other aspects of college that she's enjoyed most has been her classes, a fact she attributes to the great interactions she's had with the Kutztown faculty. "Professors never have a problem meeting after class to make sure students understand the material," Koert says. Philanthropic partnership makes it possible for Kutztown University to provide the types of learning opportunities that change lives. Your support helps Kutztown attract talented and diverse students like Briana Koert; through scholarships, we are able to offer the Kutztown experience to all those who desire an excellent and accessible education. 22 TOwER | Winter 2012 In ribbon-cutting photo, far left (l-r): Jason Ketter, KU Foundation; Regina and Marlin Miller; Dr. Javier Cevallos, KU president; Paul Keldsen, Student Government Board president; and Dr. William Mowder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Marlin & Regina Miller Gallery Dedication ON SEPT. 8, 2011, Kutztown university dedicated the Marlin and regina Miller gallery, formerly the sharadin art gallery, and celebrated the occasion with remarks from Dr. William Mowder, dean of the College of visual and Performing arts; F. Javier Cevallos, Kutztown university president; Jason Ketter, executive director of the Kutztown university Foundation and alumni engagement office; regina M.ed. '84 and Marlin Miller. the old main SocietY IS NAMED IN hONOR OF OlD MAIN, the most historic building on campus and the central beacon of the university. The Old Main Society recognizes donors who have designated the Kutztown University Foundation as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or gifts of life insurance. Planned giving can help you preserve assets during your lifetime and allow you to provide support to Kutztown University. Creating a planned gift involves selecting the optimal method to attain your charitable and estate planning goals. Any donor who makes a planned gift to the university is eligible for membership in The Old Main Society. Members of The Old Main Society include alumni, current and emeriti faculty, and friends. ATTORNEy ChARlES STOPP '70, who has contributed to the university through a deferred gift annuity, says that one of the reasons he chose to make a planned gift was because he knew he wanted to provide economic benefits to the university and the foundation. "Gift annuities are such a simple and effective way of meeting so many goals, particularly philanthropic goals," he says. "The rewards are significant." your membership in The Old Main Society involves no dues or obligations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made. If you wish your gift intentions to remain private, we will respect that, but we hope you will consider allowing us to enroll you in the list of The Old Main Society members. Many times we have seen that the example shown by others may provide a powerful motivation to give. your generosity may inspire others to follow your lead. One of the most important benefits you will receive from joining The Old Main Society is the satisfaction derived from making a contribution to Kutztown University's long-term success. For more information on planned giving at Kutztown University, please visit www.give2ku.org/plannedgiving. Winter 2012 | TOwER 23 class notes the 1940s Madeline (Kriner) Sowers '50 is recently widowed. Her grandson graduated from Princeton and is now employed at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, n.C. Doris A. (Feiler) Kessler '57 has been appointed veterans outreach representative to the Coatesville Medical Center in Coatesville, Pa. the helen Rager '66 is retiring from the Parkway school District after 31 years. she has been in education for 45 years. Dale R. Angstadt '67 retired as director of saratoga County Mental Health Center in December 2010 after 28� years. Dr. Mark Diehl '68 was named director of the Health Care informatics Program at Misericordia university. He has more than 30 years of experience specializing in HCi and the complex fit of information systems and information management with the business and clinical communities. He is a licensed dentist and served 24 years in the navy Dental Corps, retiring as a commander in 1996. Diehl received the american Dental association's 2009 volunteer of the year award. Eleanor (Moyer) Solomon '44 retired from Kutztown area school District. she also recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Paul wilson '49 recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a glenside rotarian. He is a retired school principal and currently lives with his wife, bernice. Wilson is an accomplished author of three books about his life from childhood to the present. the 1960s April (Portnova) Kucsan '64 is the district governor of Lions Club in Lehigh and northampton counties. Judith (wells) Romanisko '64 just retired from Jim thorpe area school District after 46 years in public education. louis Sabler '64 was inducted into the Lehigh valley recreational Hall of Fame on april 9, 2011, for basketball. 1950s bessie Reese Crenshaw '50 is a continued supporter of the beaver scholarship Program at Ku. she is also a supporter and member of a local community-based Help one another program in reading, Pa. the group has helped provide books to students for more than 40 years. Career Journey inspires novick's stories JuStice A novel of common crimeS And uncommon JuStice A SenSe of The life of a deputy district attorney can be something like that of a Jedi Knight -- battling all alone against everybody. "As you grapple to put criminals away, you're besieged by challenges from attorneys, process and various interpretations of criminal law," says AlPhONSUS people who should be helping him. Even in the autobiography, which Novick tentatively calls "when All the Gods Fell," there is a theme of disappointment in authorities whom one should be able to admire. It was this same sense of injustice that first inspired him to become a lawyer. Now the drafter of many a legal brief says writing a novel isn't so different. "with fiction, you have to complete a story 200 pages long," Novick notes. "you have to build up the story and keep people interested. but the framework is the same." "NICK" NOvICK '49. Today the 86-year-old retired prosecutor channels the stress of his former job into something more therapeutic -- writing. Novick has self-published two murder mysteries and is seeking a publisher for an autobiography of his childhood in the Pennsylvania coalfields. "It was good to sit down and write," says Novick, who has been married to KU alumna lila hartman '50 (pictured right) for 61 years, from his home in Southern California. "Putting pen to paper helped me deal with all of the things that occur in the career of a prosecutor and whether you'll fight it or let it go on as it is," he explains. In his first novel, "Dead lawyers," a killer stages the deaths of criminal defense lawyers. The second, "A Sense of Justice," weaves together three plots around a rape, with a prosecutor forced to fend off the same nicK novicK "A Sense of Justice" is Nick Novick's second novel. He continues work on his third book on the coalfields of Pennsylvania. 24 TOwER | Winter 2012 Edward Petka '68 retired from Magee rehabilitation Hospital. He worked for arCo Chemical Company for 35 years before joining Magee in 2002. Petka spent his entire career in human resources, retiring as director of human resources. He and his wife, nancy (bredthauer) '68, live in West Chester. Peter w. Riffle '68 was presented with the prestigious Harrison sylvester award by the LDa of america at its annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Sandra Corpora '69 was recently featured in The Artist's Magazine as a finalist for its 28th annual art competition for her piece entitled Cefalu Fort in the landscape/interior category. Her work was featured in the December 2011 issue of the magazine. Cecile l. (Kirchner) Martin '69 has had five art exhibitions in the past two years in various locations in georgia and south Carolina. Susan Shuler '69 has been an active german member of the reading Liederkranz singing and sport Club for 35 years. since retirement, she has been on the board as a recording secretary. the Ron Delong's '72 work was recently displayed by the Psu Lehigh valley Campus art gallery in Fogelsville, Pa., in the exhibit The Art Behind the Instruction: Artists Who Teach at Penn State Lehigh Valley. herman Fligge '73 retired after 37 years as a teacher at blue Mountain High school, where he was chairman of the math department for 22 years. Rev. Alana (lucyk) Kelley '73 and her husband, David, have lived in oberlin, ohio, for 28 years. David teaches at oberlin College, and alana is a pastor of a u.C.C. church in elyria, ohio. william Scheck '73 recently retired as an art teacher for boyertown Junior High school West. He spent his entire career with the district, completing his student teaching there while attending Ku. Robert Stickloon '73 resides in Pottsville, Pa. He was recently a featured artist in the Art of the State exhibition at the state Museum of Pennsylvania. Dennis boyer '74, fellow of the interactivity Foundation, published a citizen discussion report entitled "Helping out: Humanitarian Policy for global security." barbara Teno '74 retired in June 2011 after 34 years of service with the Panther valley school District as an elementary teacher. Dr. James D. howe '75 retired after 36 years in teaching, stepping away from his job as agricultural sciences teacher at oley valley High school. Robin Sweet '75 took early retirement in July 2009 after working for the isle of Wight County schools for 32 years. she worked at all three levels of education: elementary, middle school and high school. Steven Stock '76 recently became a grandfather. His grandson, John William Flynn, was born on June 8, 2010. Katherine (Frank) Fridirici '77 is a district manager with arbonne international, which manufactures and distributes botanically based skin-care, cosmetics and health and wellness products. Adele Minton '77 is marking 20 years at the st. Francis Medical Center-Psychiatric unit, trenton, n.J. she is a registered board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor. Her son Jeffrey graduated from Kutztown in 2010 with a b.s. in computer science-software development. He received academic achievement awards in 2010 and 2011. Carol Oldenburg '77 has been included in the book "100 Midatlantic artists" by e. ashley rooney. Her painting Picket will also be featured in the 2012 art in embassies Program desk calendar. these calendars, featuring 52 different artists, are given as gifts to heads of state and diplomats throughout the world. Mary Sexton '77 resides with her husband and works in tiverton, Mass. she works in oils and pastels, painting landscapes, still lifes and portraits as well as operating good graphic Design. she interned with Parsons school of Design and worked in the promotions department of Redbook magazine. sexton lived in Manhattan for more than two decades, working as a graphic designer. she is a member of the south Coast artists and Westport art group and is a partner at gallery 11 in bristol, r.i. 1970s Deborah Everett '70 retired in January 2011 from her job as a librarian for the stroudsburg area school District. John Stirling '70 was named senior vice president at national Penn investors trust Co. He and his wife, nancy Wasch, and children, rachel and Danny, enjoy traveling. Ronald l. Miller '71 retired after 34 years of teaching middle school science at schuylkill valley. He has two daughters who graduated from Kutztown and became teachers. He and his wife, rebecca, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July. Winter 2012 | TOwER 25 class notes KU professor Dr. James Malenda (on left) works with Ned Eisenhuth '78 on the H.L. Hunley lanterns. Eisenhuth and Students Restore Civil war-Era Relic A piece of national history replicated for historical and scientific research was fabricated in smalltown hamburg, Pa., by down. The hunley has been retrieved from the depths of the Atlantic and is undergoing restoration. Eisenhuth and his students crafted four lanterns out of tin over a six-month period, during which time the students videoconferenced with the team working on the submarine restoration to gain insight into the construction. "The cap of the lantern was tricky," said James Malenda, KU professor of art education and crafts. "Ned asked me to see if I could help them." Malenda created a template for the cap in copper and enlisted a tinsmith to fabricate the tin version to match the lanterns. One lantern will be on permanent display at the warren lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C., and another is displayed at the National Civil war Museum in harrisburg, Pa. EDwARD "NED" EISENhUTh M '78 . Eisenhuth became a teacher and led a group of hamburg Area high School students in a project to replicate a mysterious Civil war treasure. The tin signaling lantern was famous for being on the first-ever submarine, the h.l. hunley, which sank for unknown reasons off the coast of South Carolina in 1864. Two witnesses to the loss of the submarine were said to have seen a blue light cast in the water as the vessel went bob Shema '77 was featured in a commercial art exhibition titled Common Bond � A Graphic Design and Illustration Show at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa. Featured were a group of artists who studied graphic art and illustration together at Ku and now work independently. Karen wychock '77 was awarded her doctorate in educational leadership from Widener university. she was further honored by having her dissertation awarded as "the best" at Widener in 2011 in all fields of study. Margaret Rose Snyder '78 and her husband, Mark, run a Christmas tree farm, Pinnacle Pines. their daughter, amiee, graduated from Lycoming College in December 2009 with a degree in political science and works in Frenchtown, n.J. Janice McCormick Kautz '79 and her husband, Frank, are both employed at Lancaster-Lebanon i.u. 13. in 2009, Jan was nominated and received the iu's annie sullivan teacher of the year award. the 1980s Kind of Job Fair" in the 2010 Pennsylvania newspaper association's display advertising tearsheet contest, circulation over 75,000. Susan Klinger '84 was recently nationally recognized for her art. Her award-winning artwork was displayed at the seventh annual northeast national Pastel exhibition at the new arts Center in old Forge, n.y. Eric Schaeffer '84 will make his broadway debut as director of the revival of stephen sondheim's musical "Follies." now at the Kennedy Center in D.C., "Follies" will be transferred to the Marquis theatre for a limited run. Elizabeth (Peterson) weiss '85 retired from her position as executive director of the northeast berks Chamber of Commerce. she and her husband, allen, recently bought a home in Fenwick island, Del. Michael brolly '81 recently received the new Direction: excellence in Design of the Future award at the smithsonian Craft show. Daryl land '81 was awarded the real estate online Marketing award of excellence from realtor. com. she is the broker/sales associate with balsley Losco real estate in atlantic County, n.J. Katherine Castrianni '82 splits her time between teaching art and home economics. Her daughter Laura graduated from Ku in 2010 and is working as a social worker. Her daughter gina attends east stroudsburg university. Commander vito J. Petitti '82 retired from the u.s. navy in June 2011. He now practices family law in san Diego, Calif. Jill (Reifinger) bernhard '83 received best of show honors for "Paycheck Party, a Whole new 26 TOwER | Winter 2012 Gretchen (Shutt) McDevitt '87 is an artist/designer specializing in stained glass. Working professionally for more than 25 years, she has taught at both gettysburg College and Kutztown university. the HaCCgettysburg Campus recently recognized Women's History Month with an exhibit featuring McDevitt's abstract and representational images in stained glass. Anne (Schonbachler) Squadrito '88 was promoted to svP, creative director at ogilvy Commonwealth Medical Marketing. Phil Donatelli '89 is currently working at broadview networks and living in Macungie, Pa. Chris Spohn '89 recently signed up for a 12-month assignment with the army reserves, after serving as principal of Hamburg area High school for six years. He will be stationed in Fort Dix, n.J., and will travel throughout the country training units for assignments in various countries. at the end of the assignment, spohn will have 20 years in the army reserves. the education group in river grove, ill., on July 29, 2011. Sean T. McGinley '91 was recently promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the legislative affairs office. Ron Peterson '92 was named principal of voorhees High school, where he has been assistant principal. hayden Craddolph '93, of the Haydenfilms institute, announced the opening of a new office in breinigsville, Pa. the goal of the institute is to promote filmmaking in the Lehigh valley and help aspiring filmmakers achieve their goals. Rachael Miller '94 teaches special education in vestal, n.y. Mark Fung-A-Fat '95 is now director of software development and operations for the Massachusetts Medical society, publishers. Jon McTaggart '95 was chosen as american Public Media group's next chief executive officer. Prior to this position, he served as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. He has worked at Minnesota Public radio since 1983 and has held various management positions within the organization. Ronda lee Seymour '95 is an art teacher in the schuylkill valley Middle school. Melissa S. Zane '95 was named director of operations for creative services at Lancaster-based godfrey advertising inc. she has been with the firm for more than 15 years. Stephanie Ciampoli '96 teaches advanced reading and conversation, an esL class, at Centenary College in Hackettstown, n.J. she previously taught middle school social studies for eight years. lindsay Ketterer Gates '96 sold a piece of her artwork to the prestigious art in embassies Program. it will be a part of the permanent collection of the new american embassy in Djibouti (africa). additionally, her artwork will be included in the traveling exhibit entitled Innovators and Legends: Generations of Textiles and Fibers, originating at the Muskegon Museum of art in Michigan and traveling to museums around the country beginning in March 2012. Nathan linder '96, art director for adams outdoor advertising, won best in show at the 2011 Lehigh valley addy awards for an adams project. ben boswell '97 received his master's degree in counseling with a focus on child and adolescent therapy socialization. He worked for eight years as a behavior specialist consultant and child and family therapist. He also just earned a medical degree and finished a book about parenting and changing behavior in children. Katie Mcvay '97 is the marketing manager for tridon industries, a Pottstown-based construction company, and is responsible for corporate communications and sales initiatives. Dr. Scott weiland '97 was appointed senior vice president of the commercial division of semian real estate group. additionally, he is an adjunct instructor at Marywood university and at Penn state Worthington scranton, teaching courses in leadership, marketing and communications. Weiland resides in Clarks summit with his wife, sunny, and son, scott alexander. 1990s Stacy (Sucro) Opiela '90 recently moved back from Florida after living there for 14 years, spending 12 of them working at Walt Disney World. she is now the executive director at the Malvern school of oaks, Phoenixville, Pa. Ron Zeiber '90 was selected to run Hempfield High school's football programs. He was previously the head coach of exeter High school in berks County from 1993 to 2002 and boyertown High school from 2002 to 2007. zeiber will teach social studies at the high school. Jason barkley '91 was awarded the Follet values in action innovation award by the Follet Higher Winter 2012 | TOwER 27 class notes burdette "buddy" Chapel '98 was chosen as principal for summerville High school. Prior to this, he served as middle school administrator for strategic initiatives for the allentown school District in allentown, Pa. Shannon Marcus '98 and her husband, Douglas, welcomed a son, Colin Douglas Marcus-Maines, in october 2010. Colin joins 3-year-old sister ella. shannon is a vice president with Morgan stanley's Legal and Compliance Department and resides in shrewsbury, n.J. Cory van brookhoven '99 wrote his third book, which highlights the history of his hometown, entitled "images of america: Warwick township, Lancaster County." His first two books were entitled "the giant Who Walked among them" and "the Legend Continues" and were about the 7-foot-tall strongman Jack Fasig. Charity J. (Miller) Eck '99 gave birth to Christopher allen eck on april 20, 2010. His older sister is 5-year-old Mackenzie elyssa eck, who was born June 19, 2005. eck received her oncology nurse certification in august 2010 and has worked at st. Luke's Hospital in Cancer Care associates for the past 2� years as a surgical oncology nurse. Keith Fritz '99 is a language arts teacher at Montgomery upper Middle school and has published two books. His first book, "night storms," was published in september 2009, and his second book, "Cover of Darkness," was published in May 2011. the served as controller of shared services Worldwide. Scott blair '03 is currently living in syracuse, n.y. He and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of a little girl, sydney, who was born in January 2011. Steve helms '03 is the director of the office of environmental Health and safety at Ku and was interviewed by Security magazine on the effectiveness of mass notifications across campus. DJ lloyd '04 developed a website for Cape educational Fund, a nonprofit organization that promotes quality education in Cape May County schools. Jeremie Musyt '04 was recently promoted to the position of creative director at DFa, inc. in downtown scranton. He has been with the company since 2005, beginning as a designer and becoming an integral part of the company's creative department. additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the american advertising Federation of northeast Pennsylvania and teaches advertising/graphic design at Luzerne County Community College. 2000s Amanda Schaeffer '00 and Julie (Urbansky) Parry '00 participated in the Flag Day 5-K and team red, White and blue bbQ at West Point. More information can be found at www.teamrwb.org. Dr. yamil Sanchez '01 was recently named headmaster for berks County's first charter school, i-LeaD Charter school. Prior to this, he spent the past year heading the Kuumba academy Charter school in Delaware. He also taught at reading and allentown high schools, as well as a charter school in Philadelphia. bernard womack '01 has been appointed director of financial services at oneida nation enterprises. Prior to that, he Around the world with KU's Favorite Furry Friend Similar in fashion to "Flat Stanley," Avalanche, the KU mascot and Golden bear, travels the world, stowed away in the backpacks of alumni. Recently, photos of Avalanche have been posted on the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Engagement website and have drawn a lot of attention to his jet-setting. his travel destinations have included ITAly, ENGlAND and KOREA. visit the alumni website to see where Avalanche is spotted next! www.give2ku.org Avalanche relaxes by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. 28 TOwER | Winter 2012 Mike Remp '04 is a senior account coordinator at Propulsion Media Labs. Daniel Kornrumpf '05 received an MFa from Pennsylvania academy of the Fine arts in Philadelphia. He creates detailed, hand-crafted needlepoint portraits and has had four exhibitions in 2011 at bLanK sPaCe in new york City, gallery 263 in Cambridge, Mass., and icebox gallery and Moore College of art and Design, both in Philadelphia. Clayton Kuklick '05 is now a manager for the north adams steepleCats baseball team in north adams, Mass. Kuklick was a starting catcher at Ku and earned second team all-Pennsylvania state athletic Conference honors during his senior year. He played professionally in the Canadian-american League, including two years with the new Jersey Jackals in 2006 and 2007. He has been to the Division ii baseball Championship as a player and coach three times. Paul venit '05 was recently commissioned by First night Hazleton to design its logo. He has designed the logo for the past two years and was awarded a five-year contract. Juliann Schaeffer '06 is now a writer and associate editor for great valley Publishing. Jillian lentz '07 recently began a career in talent coordination for the House of blues, atlantic City. Prior to this, she worked as the morning show producer of 92.5 WXtu, Philadelphia's country radio station. Christopher George McCarty '07, of birdsboro, Pa., was among 260 graduates awarded the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of osteopathic Medicine (PCoM) at the college's 120th commencement. Kyle Spotts '08 was hired as the new athletic director for Lehighton school District, slatington, Pa. Tavia Minnich '09 began work at the Museum of indian Culture in allentown, Pa., directly after graduation. she was elected as event coordinator in 2010 on the executive board of the museum. Minnich recently started graduate school for museum studies. Chelsea Gerhart '10 was hired by altitude Marketing as marketing coordinator. she manages social media accounts and secures editorial opportunities for altitude clients. Randi Meredith '10 completed a circumnavigation of the world. she traveled to spain, greece, turkey, thailand and Fiji. Roxanne Richardson '10 is now a photographer, Kutztown Patriot correspondent and publishing house ghostwriter. Elizabeth Schroeder '10 is now a graduate assistant, pursuing a master of science degree in higher-education student affairs/ counseling, at West Chester university. Emily Mulhern '11 has accepted a position with the Caesar rodney school District in the Dover, Del., area as an itinerant teacher for the visually impaired. To have your news considered for Classnotes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. wyClIFFE GORDON: "Hello pops" a tribute to louis armstrong thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 p.m. MAyhEM & MAJESTy by squonk opera thursday, March 29 @ 7:30 p.m. ShEMEKIA COPElAND thursday, april 12 @ 7:30 p.m. PerForMing artists & ursa Minor's CaF� series KU students, faculty and alumni can also purchase tickets at the MSU Information Desk. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. � Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. � Sunday: Noon-9 p.m. Cash or check only. 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This muskie was measured at 53 before being released back into the water. beasley hooks Dream Job As art director for In-Fisherman magazine, "I came out of the communication design program at KU well prepared, which immediately led me to a dream career," he explained. however, beasley wanted more. he wanted his dream -- "to combine my love of art with my love of fishing." In 2002, he made a change to In-Fisherman and describes it as his "dream job." The magazine is primarily a tactical guide to fishing, as well as a great source of personal fishing stories. "we publish seven regular issues a year plus seven special issues, which can put us into deadline chasing for months," beasley said. As the art director, beasley says the staff utilizes a lot of technical illustrations in addition to photographs. Now, this Minnesota fisherman is living his dream. "I spend every work day contributing to our editorial mission of educating fishermen and promoting responsible use and --C h a r l e s b e as l e y ChARlES bEASlEy '91 knows that Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. he also knows that for every person raised fishing in backyard ponds and trout-filled streams, "Minnesota is a fisherman's heaven." beasley should know. As a resident of Minnesota, he has more than 450 lakes within a half-hour drive from which to choose. beasley grew up hunting and fishing in Chester County, Pa., and began his career locally with Rodale, Inc. as an intern in his senior year at KU. After graduation, he continued working for Rodale, with brands such as Bicycling, Runner's World and Men's Health magazines. During his 11-year tenure at Rodale, beasley became an art director and was in charge of hiring both photographers and illustrators and pulling all of the pieces together to create a book, calendar or other special project. "I CAME OUT OF KU wEll PREPARED, whICh IMMEDIATEly lED ME TO A DREAM CAREER." care of the environment." Homecoming ten thousand Ku students, faculty and alumni enjoyed a day filled with games, food and entertainment at this year's homecoming, themed "Peace, love and homecoming." PhOTOS by CESAR lAURE NOvEMbER 2011 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 Students cheer on the Golden Bears from the student section of University Field. Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver and KU alumnus Andre Reed '05 catches up with Dr. Cevallos. KU Flag Front marches at halftime of the KU vs. Bloomsburg game in Homecoming tie-dye T-shirts. Avalanche stands at midfield for the crowning of Homecoming Queen Tiffany Bates and King Matthew Green. Golden Bears quarterback Kevin Morton stretches for a score. The Golden Bears beat the Huskies for the first time since 1992, 52-14, earning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division title. Later that day, Woodstock tribute band Classic Albums Live performed at Schaeffer Auditorium. 3 4 6 5 6 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID READING, PA PERMIT NO. 2000 15200 Kutztown Road Kutztown, PA 19530-0730 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED We are the champions! MEMbERS OF ThE 2011 KUTZTOwN UNIvERSITy FOOTbAll TEAM hoist the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference trophy after the Golden bears defeated Slippery Rock 21-14 in the league title game on Nov. 12 at University Field. It marked the first-ever PSAC title in the squad's 96-year history and propelled the team to its second straight trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Golden bears won their second division title in program history and won their first-ever playoff game. The Maroon & Gold finished 11-2, breaking the team record for wins in a season (10 in 2010). PHoto by Cesar Laure