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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. Audiologist in Southeast Asia KU foundation homecoming page 7 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. Iâ€™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. Weâ€™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, Photo by Douglas Benedict Alex OGEKA Director of Alumni Engagement Contents Winter 2012 features 7 14 17 20 22 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 Back to Class with ... Dr. Connie Dent and the founding of KU’s Women’s Center. KU Foundation News Investing in KU students paying dividends in achievement. 14 departments 4 7 Dr. David Woodruff in Vietnam diagnosing hearing impairment. 20 News and Notes From Major League Baseball to Latino businesses receiving expert help. 24 Classnotes 29 KU Presents! Spring Events On the cover FBI Special Agent Ray Carr ’79 profiles and details a career in solving crime. Cover Photography by John Sterling Ruth 17 Kutztown University Magazine PRESIDENT OF KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY: F. 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Telephone: 610-683-4114 DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT: Alex Ogeka DESIGN: Gipson Studio, LLC – Linda Gipson DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: Matt Santos M ’03 CONTRIBUTORS: Kate Auchenbach M ’12 Submissions for Classnotes may be sent to: email@example.com. and news notes Vogelsong’s Comeback Earns MLB All-Star Nod By Ken Mandell photo by The Arizona Republic 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 Pichini Named PASSHE Chair Becomes first state system alum to hold position By Kenn Marshall Guido Pichini was recently elected chairman of for planning and coordinating the develop- the board of governors of the Pennsylvania ment and operation of PASSHE, which is State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). the largest provider of higher education in He is the first PASSHE alum to hold the posi- the commonwealth. The board establishes tion of chairman and fourth overall chair in the broad fiscal, personnel and educational 28-year history. policies under which the 14 PASSHE universi- Pichini, of Wyomissing, is also the president ties operate. of Security Guards Inc. and its subsidiaries, Pichini is in his second term on the board WSK and Associates Consulting Group and of governors. He first served from June 2005 Vigilant Security Services. He is a ’74 graduate to October 2009 and was reappointed in of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with October 2010. He is also the former chair of a degree in education/political science and the council of trustees at Kutztown University completed graduate studies in public adminis- and former chair of the Pennsylvania tration at KU. Association of Councils of Trustees (PACT), the The 20-member board of governors that Pichini now leads has an overall responsibility 4 Tower | Winter 2012 statewide organization that comprises the trustees from all 14 PASSHE universities. 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.” 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 ciate pr o f. A ndr ew Ar n old 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 and news notes New Technology Enhances Job Interview Process 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. 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 Center Helps Latino Businesses Grow 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 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 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. 20% “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. 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 ĂŠli x A l o n s o P eĂą a Winter 2012 | Tower 7 FEATURE 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, 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 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 17½ 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. W 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. 10 Tower | Winter 2012 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. Sgt. Amanda Pombo ’98 knows 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. 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.” 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 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 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, 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. 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.” Captain Kisthardt makes his formal inspection of cadets at the end of the seven-month training program. 12 Tower | Winter 2012 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. “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, 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 Secor and other officials run in-house MILES laser tag simulations them out. It made me marketable to the plant,” Secor of organized offensive break-ins and attempt to defend against explained. the assault. These drills are a warm-up for the major NRC (Nuclear He made the change and started with Peach Bottom in Regulatory Commission) Composite Adversary Force assault that 2002 and, within the year, was promoted to a supervisor, in occurs every three years. charge of monitored alarm systems, perimeter cameras and “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 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 Platinum Printing Process By: A m y B i em i ller 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 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, 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 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, 16 Tower | Winter 2012 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 feature Woodruff hears children’s call By: M e l i s s a Nurczynski Humanitarian, audiologist provides solutions to hearing loss in Southeast Asia 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 18 Tower | Winter 2012 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. “I owe my career to dr. Richard Grabowski, my very first audiology professor at kutztown.” 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. — D r . Dav i d W o o d r u ff “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 By: M e li s sa N u rc z y nsk i photography: d o u gl a s b e ned 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 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 . CONNIE D ENT 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.” “ ” foundation Update 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 22 Tower | Winter 2012 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. 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 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 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. Madeline (Kriner) Sowers ’50 is Helen Rager ’66 is retiring from the recently widowed. Her grandson Parkway School District after 31 graduated from Princeton and is years. She has been in education for now employed at Wells Fargo in 45 years. Charlotte, N.C. Dale R. Angstadt ’67 retired as direc- Doris A. (Feiler) Kessler ’57 has tor of Saratoga County Mental been appointed veterans outreach Health Center in December 2010 representative to the Coatesville after 28½ years. Medical Center in Coatesville, Pa. THE 1960s Dr. Mark Diehl ’68 was named director of the Health Care Informatics April (Portnova) Kucsan ’64 is the district governor of Lions Club in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Program at Misericordia University. He has more than 30 years of experience specializing in HCI and the complex fit of information systems Judith (Wells) Romanisko ’64 just and information management with retired from Jim Thorpe Area the business and clinical communi- School District after 46 years in ties. He is a licensed dentist and public education. served 24 years in the Navy Dental Louis Sabler ’64 was inducted into Corps, retiring as a commander in the Lehigh Valley Recreational Hall 1996. Diehl received the American of Fame on April 9, 2011, for bas- Dental Association’s 2009 Volunteer ketball. of the Year Award. Career Journey Inspires Novick’s Stories A Sense of Justice A novel of common crimes and uncommon justice NICK Novick The life of a deputy district attorney can be something like that of a Jedi Knight — battling all alone against everybody. people who should be helping him. Even in the autobiography, which Novick tentatively “As you grapple to put criminals away, you’re besieged by calls “When All the Gods Fell,” there is a theme of disap- challenges from attorneys, process and various interpreta- pointment in authorities whom one should be able to tions of criminal law,” says Alphonsus admire. It was this same sense of injustice that first “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 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 “A Sense of Justice” is and is seeking a publisher for an autobiography of his child- long,” Novick notes. “You have to build up the story and Nick Novick’s second hood in the Pennsylvania coalfields. keep people interested. But the framework is the same.” novel. He continues “It was good to sit down and write,” says work on his third book Novick, who has been married to KU alumna on the coalfields of Lila Hartman ’50 (pictured right) for 61 years, Pennsylvania. 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 24 Tower | Winter 2012 Edward Petka ’68 retired from Magee Ron DeLong’s ’72 work was Steven Stock ’76 recently became Rehabilitation Hospital. He worked recently displayed by the PSU a grandfather. His grandson, for ARCO Chemical Company for Lehigh Valley Campus Art Gallery John William Flynn, was born on 35 years before joining Magee in in Fogelsville, Pa., in the exhibit June 8, 2010. 2002. Petka spent his entire career The Art Behind the Instruction: in human resources, retiring as direc- Artists Who Teach at Penn State tor of human resources. He and his Lehigh Valley. wife, Nancy (Bredthauer) ’68, live in Katherine (Frank) Fridirici ’77 is a district manager with Arbonne International, which Herman Fligge ’73 retired after 37 manufactures and distributes years as a teacher at Blue Mountain botanically based skin-care, Peter W. Riffle ’68 was presented High School, where he was chair- cosmetics and health and well- with the prestigious Harrison man of the math department for ness products. Sylvester Award by the LDA of 22 years. West Chester. America at its annual conference Adele Minton ’77 is marking Rev. Alana (Lucyk) Kelley ’73 and 20 years at the St. Francis her husband, David, have lived in Medical Center-Psychiatric Sandra Corpora ’69 was recently fea- Oberlin, Ohio, for 28 years. David Unit, Trenton, N.J. She is a regis- tured in The Artist’s Magazine as a teaches at Oberlin College, and tered board-certified art therapist finalist for its 28th annual art competi- Alana is a pastor of a U.C.C. church tion for her piece entitled Cefalu Fort in and licensed professional coun- in Elyria, Ohio. selor. Her son Jeffrey graduated in Jacksonville, Fla. the landscape/interior category. Her work was featured in the December William Scheck ’73 recently retired from Kutztown in 2010 with a as an art teacher for Boyertown B.S. in computer science-software Junior High School West. He spent development. He received Cecile L. (Kirchner) Martin ’69 has his entire career with the district, academic achievement awards had five art exhibitions in the past completing his student teaching in 2010 and 2011. two years in various locations in there while attending KU. Carol Oldenburg ’77 has been 2011 issue of the magazine. Georgia and South Carolina. Robert Stickloon ’73 resides in included in the book “100 Mid- Susan Shuler ’69 has been an active Pottsville, Pa. He was recently a Atlantic Artists” by E. Ashley German member of the Reading featured artist in the Art of the Rooney. Her painting Picket will Liederkranz Singing and Sport State exhibition at The State also be featured in the 2012 Art in Club for 35 years. Since retirement, Museum of Pennsylvania. Embassies Program desk calen- she has been on the board as a recording secretary. THE 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, 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. Nancy Wasch, and children, Rachel Dr. James D. Howe ’75 retired after and Danny, enjoy traveling. 36 years in teaching, stepping away Ronald L. Miller ’71 retired after 34 years of teaching middle school from his job as agricultural sciences teacher at Oley Valley High School. dar. 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 science at Schuylkill Valley. He has Robin Sweet ’75 took early retire- Manhattan for more than two two daughters who graduated from ment in July 2009 after working for decades, working as a graphic Kutztown and became teachers. the Isle of Wight County Schools designer. She is a member of the He and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated for 32 years. She worked at all South Coast Artists and Westport their 40th wedding anniversary three levels of education: elemen- Art Group and is a partner in July. tary, middle school and high school. at Gallery 11 in Bristol, R.I. 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 down. The Hunley has been retrieved from and scientific research was fabricated in small- the depths of the Atlantic and is undergoing Edward “Ned” Eisenhuth M ’78 . restoration. town Hamburg, Pa., by Eisenhuth became a teacher and led a group of Hamburg Area High School students in a project to Eisenhuth and his students crafted four lanterns out of tin over a six-month period, during which time the students videoconferenced with the replicate a mysterious Civil team working on the submarine restoration to War treasure. The tin signal- gain insight into the construction. “The cap of the lantern was tricky,” said James ing lantern was famous for being on the first-ever Malenda, KU professor of art education and crafts. submarine, the H.L. Hunley, “Ned asked me to see if I could help them.” which sank for unknown Malenda created a template for the cap in copper reasons off the coast of and enlisted a tinsmith to fabricate the tin version South Carolina in 1864. Two to match the lanterns. One lantern will be on permanent display at the witnesses to the loss of the 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. submarine were said to have Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, seen a blue light cast in the S.C., and another is displayed at the National Civil water as the vessel went War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. THE 1980s 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. Karen Wychock ’77 was awarded her com. She is the broker/sales asso- doctorate in educational leadership ciate with Balsley Losco Real from Widener University. She was Estate in Atlantic County, N.J. further honored by having her dissertation awarded as “the best” at Widener in 2011 in all fields of study. Katherine Castrianni ’82 splits her time between teaching art and home economics. Her daughter 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 Margaret Rose Snyder ’78 and her hus- Laura graduated from KU in 2010 band, Mark, run a Christmas tree farm, and is working as a social worker. Pinnacle Pines. Their daughter, Amiee, Her daughter Gina attends East graduated from Lycoming College in Stroudsburg University. December 2009 with a degree in political Commander Vito J. Petitti ’82 science and works in Frenchtown, N.J. retired from the U.S. Navy in June Janice McCormick Kautz ’79 and her 2011. He now practices family law husband, Frank, are both employed at in San Diego, Calif. Lancaster-Lebanon I.U. 13. In 2009, Jan Jill (Reifinger) Bernhard ’83 She and her husband, Allen, was nominated and received the IU’s received Best of Show honors for recently bought a home in Annie Sullivan Teacher of the Year Award. “Paycheck Party, a Whole New Fenwick Island, Del. 26 Tower | Winter 2012 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. Gretchen (Shutt) McDevitt ’87 is an Education Group in River Grove, Lindsay Ketterer Gates ’96 sold a artist/designer specializing in stained Ill., on July 29, 2011. piece of her artwork to the pres- 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. Sean T. McGinley ’91 was recently promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the legislative affairs office. tigious Art in Embassies Program. It will be a part of the permanent collection of the new American embassy in Djibouti (Africa). Additionally, her art- Ron Peterson ’92 was named work will be included in the trav- principal of Voorhees High School, eling exhibit entitled Innovators where he has been assistant and Legends: Generations of principal. Textiles and Fibers, originating at Hayden Craddolph ’93, of the the Muskegon Museum of Art in Haydenfilms Institute, announced Michigan and traveling to muse- the opening of a new office in ums around the country begin- Breinigsville, Pa. The goal of the ning in March 2012. institute is to promote filmmaking Phil Donatelli ’89 is currently work- Nathan Linder ’96, art director in the Lehigh Valley and help ing at Broadview Networks and for Adams Outdoor Advertising, aspiring filmmakers achieve their living in Macungie, Pa. won Best in Show at the 2011 goals. Lehigh Valley Addy Awards for Chris Spohn ’89 recently signed up Rachael Miller ’94 teaches special an Adams project. for a 12-month assignment with the education in Vestal, N.Y. Ben Boswell ’97 received his Mark Fung-A-Fat ’95 is now direc- master’s degree in counseling tor of software development and with a focus on child and adoles- operations for the Massachusetts cent therapy socialization. He Medical Society, publishers. worked for eight years as a 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 Jon McTaggart ’95 was chosen as the end of the assignment, Spohn American Public Media Group’s will have 20 years in the Army next chief executive officer. Prior Reserves. to this position, he served as its THE 1990s senior vice president and chief operating officer. He has worked at 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 Stacy (Sucro) Opiela ’90 recently Minnesota Public Radio since 1983 moved back from Florida after living and has held various management manager for Tridon Industries, a there for 14 years, spending 12 of positions within the organization. Pottstown-based construction them working at Walt Disney World. Ronda Lee Seymour ’95 is an art She is now the executive director teacher in the Schuylkill Valley at the Malvern School of Oaks, Middle School. Phoenixville, Pa. Melissa S. Zane ’95 was named Ron Zeiber ’90 was selected to run director of operations for creative Hempfield High School’s football services at Lancaster-based programs. He was previously the Godfrey Advertising Inc. She has head coach of Exeter High School in been with the firm for more than Berks County from 1993 to 2002 and 15 years. Boyertown High School from 2002 to 2007. Zeiber will teach social studies at the high school. 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 Stephanie Ciampoli ’96 teaches Worthington Scranton, teaching advanced reading and conversa- courses in leadership, marketing tion, an ESL class, at Centenary and communications. Weiland Jason Barkley ’91 was awarded the College in Hackettstown, N.J. She resides in Clarks Summit with Follet Values in Action Innovation previously taught middle school his wife, Sunny, and son, Scott Award by the Follet Higher social studies for eight years. Alexander. Winter 2012 | Tower 27 class notes Burdette “Buddy” Chapel ’98 was chosen past 2½ years as a surgical oncology served as controller of Shared Services as principal for Summerville High School. nurse. Worldwide. Keith Fritz ’99 is a language arts teacher Scott Blair ’03 is currently living in at Montgomery Upper Middle School and Syracuse, N.Y. He and his wife, Katie, are has published two books. His first book, the proud parents of a little girl, Sydney, Shannon Marcus ’98 and her husband, “Night Storms,” was published in who was born in January 2011. Douglas, welcomed a son, Colin Douglas September 2009, and his second book, Marcus-Maines, in October 2010. Colin joins “Cover of Darkness,” was published in 3-year-old sister Ella. Shannon is a vice May 2011. Prior to this, he served as middle school administrator for strategic initiatives for the Allentown School District in Allentown, Pa. president with Morgan Stanley’s Legal and 2000s Steve Helms ’03 is the director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at KU and was interviewed by Security Compliance Department and resides in THE Shrewsbury, N.J. Amanda Schaeffer ’00 and Julie notifications across campus. Cory Van Brookhoven ’99 wrote his third (Urbansky) Parry ’00 participated in the DJ Lloyd ’04 developed a website for magazine on the effectiveness of mass Flag Day 5-K and Team Red, White and Cape Educational Fund, a nonprofit orga- Blue BBQ at West Point. More information nization that promotes quality education Warwick Township, Lancaster County.” His can be found at www.teamrwb.org. in Cape May County schools. first two books were entitled “The Giant Dr. Yamil Sanchez ’01 was recently named Who Walked Among Them” and “The Jeremie Musyt ’04 was recently promoted headmaster for Berks County’s first char- Legend Continues” and were about the ter school, I-LEAD Charter School. Prior to to the position of creative director at DFA, 7-foot-tall strongman Jack Fasig. this, he spent the past year heading the Charity J. (Miller) Eck ’99 gave birth to Kuumba Academy Charter School in book, which highlights the history of his hometown, entitled “Images of America: Christopher Allen Eck on April 20, 2010. His older sister is 5-year-old Mackenzie Elyssa Eck, who was born June 19, 2005. Eck Delaware. He also taught at Reading and Allentown high schools, as well as a charter school in Philadelphia. 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 received her oncology nurse certification in Bernard Womack ’01 has been appointed Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania and August 2010 and has worked at St. Luke’s director of financial services at Oneida teaches advertising/graphic design at Hospital in Cancer Care Associates for the Nation Enterprises. Prior to that, he Luzerne County Community College. 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 the past two years and was awarded Minnich recently started graduate school coordinator at Propulsion Media Labs. a five-year contract. for museum studies. Daniel Kornrumpf ’05 received an MFA Juliann Schaeffer ’06 is now a writer Chelsea Gerhart ’10 was hired by Altitude from Pennsylvania Academy of the and associate editor for Great Valley Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He creates Publishing. Marketing as marketing coordinator. She 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 manages social media accounts and secures Jillian Lentz ’07 recently began a career in talent coordination for the House of Blues, Atlantic City. Prior to this, she editorial opportunities for Altitude clients. Randi Meredith ’10 completed a circumnavi- worked as the morning show producer gation of the world. She traveled to Spain, of 92.5 WXTU, Philadelphia’s country Greece, Turkey, Thailand and Fiji. radio station. Roxanne Richardson ’10 is now a photo- Christopher George McCarty ’07, grapher, Kutztown Patriot correspondent of Birdsboro, Pa., was among 260 and publishing house ghostwriter. graduates awarded the doctor of Elizabeth Schroeder ’10 is now a graduate osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic assistant, pursuing a master of science Medicine (PCOM) at the college’s degree in higher-education student affairs/ 120th commencement. counseling, at West Chester University. including two years with the New Kyle Spotts ’08 was hired as the new Emily Mulhern ’11 has accepted a position Jersey Jackals in 2006 and 2007. He athletic director for Lehighton School with the Caesar Rodney School District has been to the Division II Baseball District, Slatington, Pa. in the Dover, Del., area as an itinerant Championship as a player and coach Tavia Minnich ’09 began work at the teacher for the visually impaired. State Athletic Conference honors during his senior year. He played professionally in the Canadian-American League, three times. Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, Paul Venit ’05 was recently commis- Pa., directly after graduation. She was sioned by First Night Hazleton to design elected as event coordinator in 2010 on To have your news considered for Classnotes, its logo. He has designed the logo for the executive board of the museum. please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wycliffe Gordon: “Hello Pops” A Tribute to Louis Armstrong Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 p.m. ayhem & M Majesty Shemekia Copeland by Squonk Opera Thursday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 @ 7:30 p.m. Performing Artists & Ursa Minor’s Café 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. PASSIONATE ABOUT FUN! 610-683-4092 www.KutztownPresents.org Winter 2012 | Tower 29 inmemory Amy Field ’27 • 5/19/2011 Mabel Wieand ’32 • 4/22/2011 Katherine Chatten ’33 • 7/11/2011 Cetty Stauffer ’34 • 7/13/2011 Mary Gasser ’35 • 7/3/2011 E. Hassler ’36 • 5/29/2011 John Wenrich ’39 • 4/21/2011 Mary Louise Wertz ’39 • 8/30/2011 D. Elizabeth Bunnell ’41 • 6/18/2011 Mildred Miller ’41 • 9/22/2011 Arlene Sobresky ’41 • 10/25/2011 Evelyn Guss ’42 • 6/1/2011 Jean Haytmanek ’42 • 9/26/2011 Anna Kessler ’42 • 5/8/2011 Jeanne Banham ’47 • 4/17/2011 Yvonne Schaeffer ’49 • 4/12/2011 Samuel Taylor ’50 • 7/28/2011 Russell Wisser ’50 • 5/29/2011 Alexander Campbell ’51 • 5/31/2011 Sidney Stocker ’51 • 10/11/2011 William Mengel ’52 • 5/23/2011 J. 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Beasley Hooks Dream Job As art director for In-Fisherman magazine, Charles Beasley ’91 “I came out of the communication design program at KU well prepared, knows that Minnesota which immediately led me to a dream is the land of 10,000 career,” he explained. lakes. He also knows However, Beasley wanted more. that for every person He wanted his dream — “to combine raised fishing in my love of art with my love of fishing.” backyard ponds and In 2002, he made a change to trout-filled streams, In-Fisherman and describes it as his “dream job.” “Minnesota is a fisher- The magazine is man’s heaven.” primarily a tactical Beasley should know. As a resident of Minne- guide to fishing, as well sota, he has more than as a great source of 450 lakes within a half-hour drive personal fishing stories. “We publish seven from which to choose. regular issues a year Beasley grew up hunting and fishing in Chester County, Pa., and began plus seven special issues, his career locally with Rodale, Inc. as which can put us into an intern in his senior year at KU. deadline chasing for months,” Beasley said. After graduation, he continued work- As the art director, Beasley ing for Rodale, with brands such as Bicycling, Runner’s World and Men’s Health maga- “I came out of says the staff utilizes a lot of technical illustrations in KU well prepared, addition to photographs. art director and was in charge which immediately man is living his dream. “I of hiring both photographers led me to a zines. During his 11-year tenure at Rodale, Beasley became an and illustrators and pulling all of the pieces together to create dream career.” spend every work day contributing to our editorial mission of educating fishermen and promoting responsible use and a book, calendar or other special project. Now, this Minnesota fisher- —C h a r l e s B e as l e y care of the environment.” november 2011 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 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 5 6 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. 5 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. 6 Later that day, Woodstock tribute band Classic Albums Live performed at Schaeffer Auditorium. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID reading, PA PERMIT NO. 2000 15200 Kutztown Road Kutztown, PA 19530-0730 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED 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 squadâ€™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 We are the champions!