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Track and Field Championships, held at Capital University. Dipre and his teammates—Andrew Mahone ’11, Taylor Throckmorton ’12, and Mike Vlah ’13—won the championship in the Distance Medley Relay on March 11 with an electrifying performance that broke the tape in 10:00.12. The Gators outlasted an outstanding field while setting a new Capital Center track record by 18 seconds. The victory marked the Gators’ second indoor national crown: the first was Jeremy Scott’s pole vault title in 2002. Read the full story on page 19. Photo by Dave Silverman

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meant to whet your appetite for the main course, which begins on page 2. That’s where you’ll find “25 Things We Love About Allegheny,” short but eloquent love letters from our alumni, students, and staff to the college on the hill. What do I love about Allegheny? I love the fact that in his Last Word (page 40) Matt Lacombe ’11 talks about how Tony Dipre ’11 led the relay team to a national championship while he was comping. What Matt downplayed was that he himself wrote the Last Word—a column in this magazine that is usually penned by deans and presidents and other academic heavy-hitters—while he was comping. I love the shallow puddle that forms on the granite step outside Bentley Hall’s front door. After one of Meadville’s spring rains, that small puddle stays wet long after other puddles have evaporated: a reminder of the generations of Alleghenians who have walked through that front door, wearing down the stone just a few grains more with each footfall. It’s deep history written in shallow water. Forget Homer and his paeans to the Aegean’s rosyfingered dawns. I love those mornings when the sun rises over the Wise Center to create a palette of blues and golds, making one wonder, “Could God be a Gator?” I love that The Campus has been keeping Alleghenians informed and entertained since 1876 and that one of the world’s premier journalists, Ida Tarbell, Class of 1880, served on its editorial board as a student. I love The Allegheny Review, a national journal edited by Allegheny students that for almost thirty years has published poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork by brilliantly talented undergraduates across the country. In 1984 one of those undergrads, in only the second volume of The Allegheny Review, was David Foster Wallace, one of the most inventive writers of his generation. At Allegheny we know talent.

Like many of our alumni, I love the weather here in Meadville. (Students may be too close to it to fully appreciate it.) If, as Bruce Africa ’63 says on page 10, the weather in Meadville builds character, I believe that I may be just one snowstorm shy of perfection. (But it’s May—I could still get there.) I love the spirit of volunteerism on campus. When a colleague reported that Allegheny students had put in more than 25,000 hours of community service last semester, I gently corrected him: “No, you mean last year.” Well, I was wrong—although students have in the past often put in 30,000 hours of community service a year, last fall they put their efforts into superhyperturbodrive and performed a whopping 25,000 hours in a single semester. I love your class notes, sometimes sentimental, sometimes poignant and sharp, and some of them laugh-out-loud funny. Thank you, Adam Meurer ’01 (page 36), for that unforgettable description of your and Jackie’s infant son with his “sweet mullet.” I love the Gators That Got Away: Our Allegheny faculty did such a remarkable job with Trent Reznor that only one year of an Allegheny education prepared him for a musical career that earned him fame for Nine Inch Nails and also won him an Oscar for the score to The Social Network. Imagine what Reznor could accomplish if he’d stayed for even one more semester. Speaking of Gators, I love Allegheny’s First Reptile, Chompers. He’s goofy, toothy, and sweet—not to mention a shade of green that would make fashionistas swear off alligator leather forever. And like every other Alleghenian, alum or adopted, I love the Alma Mater. My heart swells with every swelling chord through every verse to that final gorgeous Beatissima. But, truth to tell, choristers: you had us at “Fair Allegheny.” =

No matter their inspiration, the inscribed bricks paving the courtyard of the Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center have become an enduring legacy at Allegheny College. These inscriptions reflect not only the network of friendships and relationships forged on campus, but also the distinction and personalit y of the Allegheny experience. Many offer a heartfelt tribute to a family member, classmate, or mentor. Others recall a special Allegheny memor y or recognize a special occasion. And a few simply defy categorization.

For just $100 you can choose a message to be engraved on a brick—a meaningful way both to support Allegheny and become a part of College history. For more information or to purchase a brick, please visit or call the Alumni Office at (814) 332-5384.


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Eddie Taylor, Jr. ’87, Chair Earl W. Adams, Jr., Ph.D. Christian L. Allison ’83 Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton Alice Sturgeon Bierer ’59 Gladys Mullenix Black ’54 Edward J. Borkowski ’81 Willow Wilcox Brost ’74 William H. Brown, Jr. ’80 Mark R. Campbell ’82 Jane Miriam Earll ’80, Esq. Kimberly Tillotson Fleming Judith Thomas Horgan ’68 Richard T. Ingram, Ph.D. Steven D. Levinsky ’78 Robert A. Marchman ’80, Esq. D. Bruce McIndoe ’79 Isabelle Crabb Moss ’67 James H. Mullen, Jr., Ed.D. Herbert H. Myers ’61 Christine Scott Nelson ’73 Jerome V. Nelson ’83 James C. New ’67 John H. Niles, Jr. ’59, M.D. Martin Pfinsgraff ’77 Timothy L. Reeves ’83 Mary E. Sceiford ’54, Ph.D. Louis P. Scibetta ’57 M. Peter Scibetta ’54, M.D. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Reed Seon ’59, Ph.D. Dag J. Skattum ’84 Thomas N. Slonaker Robert L. Smith, Jr. ’73 William P. Steffee ’57, M.D., Ph.D. Hayes C. Stover ’62, Esq. William H. Timbers ’72 Robert C. Woodworth ’69 Douglas F. Ziegler


25 Things We Love About Allegheny On the Hill




Alumni News


Class notes


Vital Statistics


The Last Word


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Bishop George W. Bashore Ann Simakas Degenhart ’71 J. Tomlinson Fort ’50, Esq. Thomas T. Frampton ’70, Esq. Stephen W. Graffam ’53, Esq. Samuel Hellman ’55, M.D. D. Armour Hillstrom ’37 William I. Jack ’57, Esq. The Hon. Jack K. Mandel ’58 Frank E. McElree, Jr. ’47, M.D. Silas R. Mountsier III ’52 John C. Phillips, Jr. ’56 James F. Pomroy ’56 Thomas M. St. Clair ’57 Ferd J. Sauereisen ’57 Henry B. Suhr, Jr. ’55 Arthur Tepper ’58 Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Robert A. Vukovich ’65, Ph.D. John D. Wheeler ’61, Esq.


Witness to History: Allegheny Junior Sees Egyptian Revolution Firsthand

Senior Editor

Kathleen Roos Co-Editor

Cover: Photos by Bill Owen ’74.

Josh Tysiachney E d i t o r i a l Ass i st a n t

Kate Rekrut ’14 Contributors

Patrick S. Broadwater ’93 Katelyn Dornburg ’12 Shane Downing ’12 Benjamin Gleisser Alexandra Jaf fe ’12 Matt Lacombe ’11 Doug McInnis Penelope Shepherd ’12 Mar y Solberg Lyndsay Steinmetz ’12 Cam Ter williger ’04 Tim Wetsell ’09 Bernadette Wilson Design

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friends, and colleagues—“What do you love about Allegheny?” in order to try to capture something of what it is that makes Allegheny shine so brightly in alumni memories and what makes so many students say, “I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that this was the place for me.” We knew what would resonate with many of our readers: t he g ra nd tradition of t he Allegheny Singers and choirs, the classic architecture and the picture-perfect landscapes, the big, big snows and the small but tremendously meaningful moments of connection with professors and friends. 11 and But Lady Madonna in Bentley tower    Bruce Springsteen in the Campus Center    8 ? The romance of f laming toilet paper torches accented 2 ? Bats in Brooks and by the smell of kerosene    patrolling Pinkertons    1 ? Who knew? And although we asked for responses in 50 words or fewer    13 , we occasionally let you wax a little more prolific. Because, after all, who can put a word count on love?

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What? Only 25 Things?

We all know that 25 could only be the beginning. Because we received many more responses than we could print, we’re putting them up on our website. And we’d like to collect even more. If you’d like to read more “25 Things”—or submit your own posting—go to www.allegheny. edu/magazine. Let us know what you love about Allegheny.

Two things made Allegheny College special for me: singing under a grandfatherly Dr. Morten Luvaas for four years, experiencing the most beautiful choral sounds I’ve ever heard, and seeing the lovely rhododendrons in bloom in the Ravine after the harsh winter snows. “Fair Allegheny, yonder on the hill ...” – T e d G o l d s b o r o u g h ’61

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I miss the fried cauliflower and the rich chocolate cake with the white icing. I miss seeing the snow falling through the lights on campus. I miss catching bats that came onto the top floor of Brooks Hall. I miss Mr. Kleeman’s kindly listening ear and wise artistic advice. I miss the thrilling adventures we had like putting a calf on the administration building and slipping out at night after the Pinkerton persons passed by. I miss the mental challenges that met us at ever y corner and most of all the friends for life.

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for Ward Jamison—Peter Meister, husband of Sarah Loach '80

I have never heard anything as breathtakingly beautiful as the Alma Mater as performed by the choirs and alumni after the holiday concert. As the first F note echoed through the packed stairwell, the spirit and the history of Allegheny overcame me. I am so honored to be a part of the tradition. – K at e R e k r u t ’14

I loved the fact that you didn’t have to major in music or drama or art to be a part of a choir or play or take an art course. I really love 46 years later the choir reunions where we connect with Allegheny, music, and friends. Can’t wait for the next one!

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I thought that the frat serenades for “pinned” girls were the most romantic of college experiences. What’s more fun than standing on the Brooks balcony and being serenaded by a bunch of great guys (especially Phi Psi’s), some of whom are carr ying torches made of flaming t.p. laced with kerosene? – M i m i G i l l e s p i e F i l e r ’ 51

The one thing I miss the most is being with my football and basketball teammates, working out, going to practice and of course the game and celebrating at the Sports Garden or Chippers after a huge win. It was tough work, but it was worth it, and it was an honor to wear Allegheny on my uniform. I even have an old school gator (with the sweater) tattooed on my arm. Go Gators! – Justin McNeill ’07

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The beauty of the campus is what I love the most. Also, how caring the professors were; you were a student and a friend, not just a number in the “system.” What do I miss? Skipper Knights’ histor y lectures and seminars, which challenged you to think, analyze, and come up with your own opinions. The Grill in the basement of Cochran, football games, fraternity life—the best four years of my life.

I love that when you are driving on the highway and see an Allegheny College sticker, you immediately feel like you have bumped into family! –Penny H o u g h ta l i n g ’ 91

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I love Allegheny for a wide variety of reasons, but probably most importantly for the way the faculty and students interact as a family. In my four years at Allegheny I have had professors invite me over for dinner, teach me to change my car oil, comfort me after the death of a parent, and ask me if I’m okay when I look a little down. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to meet such wonderful people.

– Emm a H e l v e r s o n ’ 1 1

Allegheny feels like home when you’re there. The first time I stepped onto campus to take a tour, I knew that I was supposed to be there. When people asked me why I chose Allegheny, I said that “it just felt right.” – Carolyn Kuzell ’09

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I love Bentley Hall, which is a good thing since I’ve spent more time in it than any other building in my life, including my childhood home. I love the tilting staircase, the noisy radiators, and the 160-year-old graffiti in the bell tower. I hope we can preser ve its quirky character for another 200 years. – D a v e M c I n a l l y, Executive Vice President a n d Tr e a s u r e r

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The Bentley bell tower! I always loved hearing the alma mater chime out in the evenings, but I remember a few times being caught off guard by the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” ringing out at midday. I miss walking across campus at night—warm nights were great, but lamp-lit, snow y nights were even better! – Catriona Todd ’07


I love Allegheny professors who care and are so committed to their students that they remembered me after not seeing me for 34 years. – Holly Eckstein ’77

Allegheny was unique in that it was possible to interact with the faculty easily without layers to keep you away. I especially enjoyed being able to walk into a professor’s office in the afternoon, sit down and have an informal discussion with him or her. – Frank Weinstock ’55

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I miss Good Times Weekend, lying on the Campus Center lawn, watching movies. And I miss Bruce Springsteen in the CC auditorium: Good Friday 1976. Ticket price: $6 for students. Those were the glor y days. – H a r r y K l o m a n ’ 7 9

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I love that Allegheny takes student academic concerns seriously. There was a real, overdue need for a journalism program and when students made that clear, the English, communications and political science departments started bringing journalists to speak and finally hired a journalism professor, Caley Cook, last year. Administrators worked with the students to create something worthy of Ida Tarbell’s alma mater. – K a t r i n a T u l l o c h ’ 11

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Brooks Brunch on Sunday morning. Getting muddy playing rugby and coming into McKinley’s for a “dirty dinner.” Knowing almost ever yone I pass on campus. Working at Gill Village as an AmeriCorps Bonner. Hanging out in the dorm, but becoming even happier when I moved off campus. Being an RA and feeling like the “mother” of the floor. BBQs at 265 (the rugby house). Chapter in the suite with my lovely AXOs! I would go back in a heartbeat if they let me! – Celeste Halcomb ’05

I love my Entrepreneurship class. Professors Allison and Golden blend academic and anecdotal experience to teach the valuable art of problem solving, where grades are less important than the quality and creativity within our ideas. One of us will change the world someday. We just need time—and seed funding. (There should be exactly 50 words. I like to maximize my allowance.)


– L or en Hor s t ’12

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I love being part of the College’s historic past and am excited about its future. Allegheny also led me to my greatest love: my wife, Amanda (class of ’99). We didn’t know each other at school, but our shared Allegheny experience led us to start dating several years after graduation, and the rest is history. In gratitude, Allegheny, we have a prospective student at home who will be ready for admission in 2028! – Jim Stokes ’98

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What don’t I miss? Okay, maybe I don’t miss walking to 8 a.m. class in three feet of snow ... But nothing compares to the feeling you get standing at the top of Brooks Walk after fresh fallen snow. The peace, tranquility, and comfort of that spot cannot be experienced any where else.

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– C ai t l in O ’ Br ien - R ic e ’10

I love that Allegheny College continues to provide outstanding models for young women who love learning. Blair Hanson and Marge Kirk have passed away but were hugely influential. Jeanne Braham moved onto chapbook publishing. Courtenay Dodge is finishing up her long career. Classmate Rosemary Feal leads the Modern Language Association. – Cheryl Torsney ’77

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Love? Or loved? Let me date myself by saying that the two things I remember most fondly are Ruter Hall for its perfect lines and Julian Ross for being the perfect incarnation of an Allegheny professor. Both were inspirational. – Jack Goellner ’52

I love the sense of determination and achievement in Steffee Hall of Sciences, and the people who work there. The professors want to help the students learn science, and the students are engaged in meaningful work with their professors. The atmosphere in the building holds so much potential for discover y. I used to love the all-campus parties at Bousson. The grounds were beautiful and at night it became enchanting. – R i c h a r d Sc h o n b e r g ’ 7 6

– C a r o l y n K i l i a n y ’ 11

I have always loved the air of confidence one can sense walking through campus. Students at Allegheny have a sense of purpose. – Tony Taliani ’09


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Love ... the memor y of the academic rigor and the capstone requirement. It was a pivotal and cr ystallizing moment in my education.

The French sticks in Brooks – M a r g o t G i l b e r t, French exchange student ( Fall 2010 )

– Gail Humphries ’72

I miss the comp ... not. (But it builds character!) – X Li ’09

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I miss the foul weather, the continual slate-grey skies. Since I left Allegheny to come to Northern California in 1963, I have had to endure 48 years of beautiful scener y, illuminated by sunny skies, while being bathed by moderate temperatures year ’round. Oh for the days when I had to slog through sleet, rain, or snow to go to classes. Even better, I was Phi Delt and I had to trudge all the way up and down that hill to the old Huidekoper Mansion, just to get a meal or a bed. Here in Berkeley, CA, it is almost impossible to suffer daily the way the hardy souls of Allegheny, staff and students alike, get to do ever y day. It builds character, and mine has slipped away while living in Lotus-land. – B r u c e Af r i c a ’ 6 3

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At night, when you stand in our new Gator quad and look up at the three lit floors of the Campus Center, you can see students studying in Grounds for Change, debating the latest campus issues over a late night snack in McKinley’s, planning future events at an ABC or ASG meeting, studying for their exams ... all while the “Gator Pride” sign over the entrance of the building glows. It is the perfect snapshot of our vibrant campus and it makes me love Allegheny ever y time. –Ellen Nolan, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs

What do I love about Allegheny? That is easy. I love everything about Allegheny. – Pam Teasdale, 22-year employee with t h e C o ll e g e’s O f f ic e o f Safety and Security

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What I love most are the great friendships that I formed as a student at Allegheny! Here I am, living more than a thousand miles away from Meadville, and I still keep in touch with and visit the greatest friends in my life. The intimate structure of small classes on a small campus led us to really get to know each other and even twelve years after matriculation, I know I can count on my fellow gators to be there for me, from wherever they are, when I need them most! – Sar ah Falkowski ’03


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ver and over, the protesters chanted in Tahir Square in Cairo, calling for Mubarak to resign as president of Egypt after thirty years of dictatorial rule. To Robert Raimond, an Allegheny junior studying at American University in Cairo (AUC), the chant in Arabic had a special rhythm, a certain “lovely sound,” as he stood in the midst of the historic uprising at the end of January. To Egyptians, the words signaled their freedom. “On the Friday of Rage [January 28], I went to Tahir at night and it was absolute chaos. The National Democratic headquarters was on fire,” Raimond recalls. “It was pretty horrifying. A guy came up and apologized to me. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry, but we really have to have our freedom.’ It was really inspirational that he was willing to risk his life to have his freedom.” But fighting for freedom is fraught with danger, as Raimond learned firsthand. His apartment is located only 500 feet from one of the many busy bridges that criss-cross the Nile River. He had a bird’s-eye-view of the tear-gas-shrouded neighborhood, and he heard gunfire as the military first encountered anti-government protesters. Trained in first aid, Raimond bought water,

“ A guy came up and apologized to me . He said, ‘I’m sorry . I’m sorry, but we really have to have our freedom . ’ ”


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bandages, and vinegar to help those people overcome by the effects of the smoke or who were otherwise injured. “The first couple of nights were hairy, at best,” Raimond says. “I heard gunbattles off the bridges. I couldn’t sleep that one night.” Raimond’s safety was of the utmost concern to his family in Dallas, Texas, as well as to Professor Howard Tamashiro, his adviser, and Jenny Kawata, director of international programs and services, both at Allegheny. Because Raimond was enrolled as an independent study abroad student at AUC, Allegheny could not force him to leave Egypt. Another Allegheny student, Penelope Shepherd, was also in Cairo but chose to leave and study at a program in Israel. “I requested—because of the situation and how volatile it was—that they leave the country and find another program,” Kawata explains. “Robert’s decision was to stay.” Professor Tamashiro advised his student to not get involved in any of the mob violence. As Tamashiro told Raimond, “It can be quite unpredictable over there.” Before Internet service was severed at the height of the uprising, Kawata had been in daily contact with Raimond and his family. AUC also had been in regular contact with Allegheny. Raimond, who is majoring in international studies and minoring in Spanish, says he thought about leaving and began considering other study-abroad programs. “I just decided

this is where I wanted to be,” he explains. “Nothing bad had happened to me; it was a hope and prayer that classes would start soon.” And they did. Despite continuing tensions in Egypt, Raimond’s classes resumed February 13, about two weeks late. Currently, he is studying modern standard Arabic, political anthropology, comparative economic systems, and the Palestinian question through literature. He added one course, “Esha’ab yourid isqat al nizam” (translation: “The people want to topple the regime”), about revolutions throughout history. “The revolution is exciting for my economics prof,” Raimond adds. “She’s seeing a blank slate for the economic future of Egypt right now.” Raimond has clearly gained new, life-changing perspectives since being in Cairo. For one, he’s thinking of pursuing a new interest in writing and reporting as a correspondent. While the U.S. Department of State is moving Americans out of war-torn Libya, Raimond is eager to travel there (he is a seven-hour bus ride from Libya). “I really just want to report on what correspondents haven’t been able to report on. If I can connect the dots for people, it is helpful,” Raimond explains. For now, though, he plans to finish his studies in Egypt this June. His long-term goal, however, is to return to Cairo. “I want to know what’s going to happen next,” he says. “If I don’t, it’s like not seeing the end of a movie.” =

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On the H i l l

College Launches National Civility Award Allegheny College announced the launch on January 25 of its Civility Award, which seeks to honor elected officials who showed authentic, courageous civility in an important moment and/or those who have demonstrated steadfast respect for opposing points of view throughout their career. Nominations are being accepted for the inaugural award. Two awards will be given each year: one to a Republican and one to a Democrat. The two winners will be announced in Washington, D.C. later this year. “We aren’t looking for individuals who sit on the sidelines, away from the fray,” said President James H. Mullen, Jr. “We want to honor passionate partisans on both sides of the aisle, women and men who showed noteworthy civility while continuing to fight for their beliefs and values. Media focus often flocks to the uncivil. But our honorees will model behavior that America dearly wants and needs to see.” Members of the Civility Award Committee are trustee Chris Allison ’83, former CEO of Tollgrade Communications; Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education; trustee Mark Campbell ’82, partner with the Ridge Policy Group and former chief of staff to Tom Ridge; Tony Dias, partner with Jones Day; E.J. Dionne, Jr., columnist with the Washington Post; trustee Jane Earll ’80, Pennsylvania State Senator; Mark Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith College; Katie Janocsko ’11, a political science major at Allegheny and a student fellow at 14

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the College’s Center for Political Participation (CPP); Chris Potter ’93, editor of the Pittsburgh Cit y Paper; Cha rles Queenan, Jr., partner with K&L Gates; trustee Tim Reeves ’83, CEO of the Neiman Group and former press secretary to Tom Ridge; Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania; Daniel M. Shea, professor of political science and director of the CPP; David Shribman, vice president and executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Eddie Taylor ’87, chair of the College’s board of trustees and vice president of Oswald Companies; Dan Thomasson, former editor of Scripps Howard News Service; and Robert Woodworth ’69, special advisor to Advance Publications, former CEO of Pulitzer Inc., and former publisher and president of the Kansas City Star. The CPP has commissioned and analyzed three national surveys to further explore the deterioration of civility in our political processes and, particularly, its impact on voters. In an April 2010 survey of 1,000 adults from across the country, 95 percent of Americans said that they believe civility in politics is important for a healthy democracy and 87 percent suggested it is possible for people to disagree about politics respectfully. The most recent survey in November revealed that 63 percent of Americans feel that the tone in politics is becoming less civil. “While politicians and experts debate the causes and impacts of the deterioration in political civility, it’s heartening to see that Americans agree coarseness and lack of respect are unacceptable,” said Shea. “This award aims to highlight individuals who are proving that it is possible to speak their mind without being vicious and mean-spirited—even in today’s highly charged political climate.” A nomination form, along with more information on the award and the College’s work on civility in politics, can be found at

Levinsky and Nelson Join Board of Trustees Steven D. Levinsky ’78 and Jerome V. Nelson ’83 have been elected to the College’s Board of Trustees. Levinsky is a partner with Wellesley Partners and previously was a senior vice president with Fidelity Investments. A political science major at Allegheny, he lectures internationally and serves on a number of corporate boards. Levinsky also is an active civic volunteer, serving as chair of the town personnel board in Natick, Massachusetts, and as an elected town meeting member. In addition, he creates glass sculptures at his studio in Natick and chairs the board of directors for the town’s Center for Arts. Nelson is a mining and metals consultant who previously was executive vice president for S. Levinsky ’78 sales and marketing with International Steel Group. An economics major at Allegheny, he has held sales and m a rketi ng po sitions with Armco Advanced MateJ. Nelson ’83 rials, Bethlehem Steel C or p or ation, Bi r mi ng h a m Steel Corporation, and Nucor Steel Corporation. Nelson also serves on Allegheny’s Managerial Economics Board of Visitors and is a supporter of local athletic programs in the Hudson, Ohio, area. “We are honored that Steven and Jerome have graciously devoted their time and talents to serving on the Board of Trustees,” says Allegheny president James H. Mullen, Jr. “Their distinctive achievements and enthusiastic dedication to their alma mater are a tremendous example for our students, and their leadership and insight will be key as Allegheny prepares to embark on our third century as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges.”

North Village II Residence Hall Achieves LEED Gold Allegheny College’s North Village II residence hall has become the first new construction project in northwestern Pennsylvania to achieve LEED Gold certification for sustainable features in its design, construction, and operation. North Village II, which opened in fall 2010, houses 230 students in two- and four-bedroom suites that include kitchen and bath facilities. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program recognizes excellence in energy and water efficiency,

Audience members engage in the dialogue at a panel discussion on February 16 in Ford Chapel to explore the potential environmental impacts of a tires-to-energy plant that a private corporation has proposed building in Crawford County. The plant would produce 90 megawatts of electricity—or enough to power approximately 75,000 homes—by shredding and burning 900 tons of scrap tires a day. Speakers included Conrad Volz, director of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities and the Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate Program at the University of Pittsburgh; Sherrie Mason, associate professor of chemistry and coordinator of the Environmental Sciences Program at SUNY Fredonia; and John K. Baillie, senior attorney with Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), a public interest organization that advances policies to protect and improve the state’s environment and economy. David Templeton ’77, who has covered health and science for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2006, served as moderator. The panel discussion was hosted by the College’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED).

staff consulted regularly with the project’s general contractor to ensure that specifications and materials remained consistent with LEED standards and Allegheny’s sustainability values. The building’s sustainable strategies and features include Forest Stewardship

the use of sustainable materials, and other environmentally sound strategies. The program has four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Allegheny has committed to attaining LEED Silver certification or better for all new construction projects on campus. That was the level initially expected for North Village II, but careful planning and attention to detail from the project’s earliest stages helped lead to Gold certification, says Kelly Boulton ’02, Allegheny’s sustainability coordinator. Beginning in 2008, a team of Allegheny students and staff members worked closely with WTW Architects to set sustainability goals for North Village II and provide feedback on its design. As construction progressed, College

Council–certified wood; construction materials with high recycled content and produced within 500 miles of the site; open spaces with vegetation to reduce rainwater runoff; an energyefficient heating and cooling system fed by on-site geothermal wells; the

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin, the largest political party in Northern Ireland, spoke on campus on November 3. Adams’s presentation was framed as a conversation with Joshua Searle-White, associate professor of psychology who teaches interdisciplinary courses focusing on the perceptions, experiences and worldviews of people of different national or cultural origin. Adams has been president of Sinn Féin since 1986 and was first elected as a Member of Parliament for West Belfast in 1983, a seat he has held at every subsequent election. A prominent figure in the Irish peace process, Adams is widely regarded as having played a pivotal role in its achievement. Adams’s visit was held in conjunction with the College’s Year of Global Citizenship, a series of events and activities aimed at enhancing our understanding of what it means to be a citizen in an increasingly globalized world.

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Alon Tal, Israel’s leading environmentalist and the world’s foremost expert on issues related to water in the Middle East, lectured on February in Ford Chapel. The lecture was a keynote event in Allegheny’s observance of the Year of Global Citizenship. In addition to the keynote lecture, Tal spent a week on campus meeting with students in the classroom and in more informal settings. Among other speakers this semester were Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus; imam and activist Daayiee Abdullah; Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Craig F. Walker; and Arthur Caplan, who spoke as part of the College’s Lehman Medical Ethics Lecture Series. Tal is pictured here with Mirno Pasquale ’12, who traveled on the Experiential Learning seminar to Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority with Professors Eric Pallant and Shanna Kirschner in May 2010.

presence of natural light in living spaces; efficient showerheads, faucets, and toilets; and energy-saving motors in all mechanical equipment. Incorporating these features into North Village II also made good economic sense for Allegheny, says Boulton. “This project showed us that sustainable construction isn’t significantly more expensive than conventional construction,” she explains, “and the College will benefit from reduced energy expenses to operate the facility. North Village II is an investment that will pay dividends for many years to come.” To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Allegheny College, visit

and Treasurer Dave McInally. “It represents a major step forward for Allegheny and supports our educational mission, operational efficiency and the College’s new ten-year strategic plan.” The decision to choose wind energy advances the work of achieving carbon neutrality, but long-term success

ultimately depends on the College’s maintaining its resolve to make small but measurable changes annually to save energy. In addition to using wind energy, this year the College’s energy-saving resolutions include insulating the roof of Montgomery Gymnasium; installing two solar panels on Carr Hall, the future home of the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science; upgrading the lighting system in the Campus Center and Pelletier Library; and completing a variety of building envelope improvements to the 454 House, Carnegie Hall, and the Odd Fellows Building. College Recognized for Sustainability The College’s efforts to improve energy efficiency earned it a ranking among the top fifty-two institutions of higher education in America, according to the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, an annual report of Allegheny earned an A-, qualifying it as an “Overall Sustainability Leader.” The College Sustainability Report


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Lindsay Codispot ’12 and Jigar Jethva ’12 have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to pursue academic studies abroad. The Gilman Scholarships are intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. During the Spring 2011 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program received nearly 2,900 applications for approximately 850 awards. Ryan Brindle ’12 and Assistant Professor of Psychology Sarah Conklin have had their article “Daytime sleep accelerates cardiovascular recovery after psychological stress” published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Their research, which has received international media attention, reports data collected at Allegheny College in Conklin’s Human Health and Psychophysiology Laboratory. An essay by Matt Lacombe ’11, a double major in political science and economics with a minor in philosophy, was published in the Nov. 5th Inside Higher Ed, a daily electronic publication. Lacombe’s essay, “Young Voters and the ‘Rally for Sanity,’” can be read at http:// lacombe.

Commitment to Wind Energy Cuts College’s Carbon Footprint One hundred percent of Allegheny College’s electric power is now being supplied by wind energy, a change that eliminates 52 percent of the institution’s carbon footprint. “Our agreement to purchase green e-certified wind energy for all of our power takes us halfway toward fulfilling the promise we made when we signed the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007,” says Executive Vice President

Card 2011 assesses institutions in nine categories, ranging from Climate Change and Energy to Green Building to Student Involvement to Investment Priorities. The Report Card provides detailed school profiles and grades for 322 colleges and universities, representing all fifty U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces. Complete survey data for Allegheny College is available at allegheny-college.

“I really felt I had my own unusual combination of interests and talents that led me to do this, but maybe I’m just a nerd who likes college history and had a bunch of red Legos at home,” says Assistant Director of Administrative Information Services Jason Ramsey ’98. Ramsey spent a snowbound weekend this winter creating this plastic homage to Allegheny College’s flagship building with nine hundred Lego bricks.

Annie Nybo ’11 and Julie Ropelewski ’12 placed first and second, respectively, in an undergraduate essay competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Nybo, a double major in English and history, completed a senior project for both majors titled “Manipulating the Margins: The Social and Historical Relevance of Jane Austen’s Widow Figures.” After a semester-long experience last spring

Campus Community Saves Energy, Wins a Prize: Solar Panels This article was written by students in Professor Eric Pallant’s Environmental Science 110 course.

As Allegheny students, we are constantly exposed by our professors and peers to issues worth advocating. But we are also encouraged to turn advocacy into action. A perfect example of this is last fall’s campus energy challenge.

at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, Nybo interned during summer 2010 with Penguin Group USA, a major publishing firm. Ropelewski, who is majoring in English with a minor in psychology, plans to focus her senior project on children’s literature by Roald Dahl, exploring the representations and roles of grandparents in those works. The American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee awarded a grant to Michelle Perry ’12 to support her travel to the society’s annual meeting in Anaheim, California. A chemistry major and French minor, Perry was one of only ten students in the nation to receive the grant, which is sponsored by Eli Lilly & Co. She presented a poster at the conference titled “Microwave syntheses and spectral characterization of coumarin-based Li+ fluoroionophores.” Perry’s research focuses on building probes that show how lithium ion salts—which are used to treat bipolar disorder—function in cells. Understanding how those salts work could aid researchers in developing new medications that have milder side effects than current treatments for bipolar disorder. Perry is the daughter of Allegheny alumni Dan ’77 and Karen ’76 Perry. A paper by Kaitlin Mackenzie ’11 that is based on work for her senior project, “Another Turn of the Screw: Adapting Henry James to the Stage,” was accepted for presentation in the Emerging Scholars Symposium at the 2011 Mid-America Theatre Conference this spring. Last year Mackenzie won first place nationally in a paper competition through American College Theatre Festival. She was awarded that prize at the Kennedy Center in April 2010. Samantha Stanko ’11, Jillian Tavares ’13, and Kat Bengston ’10 presented at the 2011 Women’s Studies Central Pennsylvania Consortium Conference, “Gender & Violence.” Stanko presented her paper on the politics

Whereas in 2009 students were encouraged to reduce electricity use in residence halls, this past semester marked Allegheny’s first campus-wide energy challenge. Students, faculty, and staff were challenged to collectively cut our electricity usage on campus by 5 percent throughout October with promises that our reductions would be reinvested into energy-efficient projects at Allegheny. Throughout the month of October the College community participated in of immigration, citizenship, and gender: “‘Anchors Aweigh, My Boys’: Subjectivity and Narrativity in American ‘Anchor Baby’ Discourses.” Tavares delivered a paper on sex worker abuse titled “To Nerve and Neglect.” Bengston presented her work on the media coverage of violence, “Selective Reporting: How Media Coverage Is Influenced by Gender, Race, and Socioeconomic Status.” Zachary Williams ’12 and Associate Professor of Computer Science Gregory M. Kapfhammer ’99 published a paper in the Proceedings of the Late Breaking Abstracts Workshop of the ACM SIGEVO Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2010). “Using Synthetic Test Suites to Empirically Compare Search-Based and Greedy Prioritizers” describes a technique that gives researchers greater control over an experiment, thus supporting the identification of trends that may contradict the established wisdom about software testing. Anne Krol ’13 and Afsaneh Samari ’11 presented papers at a conference on the Middle East hosted at the University of Pittsburgh. Samari presented on “The Middle Eastern Experience in the U.S.: How Middle Easterners Fall in Alcoff’s Rainbow,” and Krol presented on “Birth Control Policy and Options in Modern Iran.” The conference is one of a series generated by One Life, One World, One Peace, made up of students who are engaged in the struggle for understanding and social activism. The Campus newspaper won four Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association in February. Alexandra Jaffe ’11 took the top prize for General News. James Schwendener ’12 received both a first and a third place for News Photography. The Campus’s Editorial Board earned a second prize for Staff Editorial. Their winning entries can be seen at accampus/1.

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Carlyn Johnson ’11 on the roof of Carr Hall, where solar panels were installed in March as the result of her senior project on using Carr as a model for looking at energy management and efficiency. Johnson worked on the project with Tom Santarelli of NWPA Engineering Services, who donated his time as engineer/ installer; UGI Performance Solutions, which traded the solar panels for energy-audit work performed by environmental science students; and Onset, which donated system monitoring equipment. As the result of a campus-wide energy-saving contest in October, additional solar panels will be installed on another central campus building. Photo by Mirno Pasquale ’12

nu m e r o u s a c t iv it ie s centered on addressing electricity usage on campus. From pledge cards to catchy posters, from online videos to in-thedark concerts, there was no lack of creative campaigning on the part of students. That strong advocacy led to action within residence halls around campus. Residence halls had the largest impacts on campus, led by Allegheny Hall’s impressive 41 percent reduction in electricity use. Student action included turning off lights, shutting down computers, unplugging appliances when they were

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$750,000 from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The foundation has pledged an additional $250,000 as a challenge grant, to be released to the College when we raise $2 million from other foundations. The following grants (totaling more than $1.7 million) count toward this challenge. • $250,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations • $125,000 from the George I. Alden Trust • $100,000 from the Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust • $30,000 from the Thomas Lord Charitable Trust • More than $1.2 million from foundations that wish to remain anonymous Family foundation grants also count toward the Richard King


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not in use, switching to efficient light bulbs, and air-drying laundry. Even though education and advocacy remained the primary focus throughout the energy challenge, it is the result that excites us most: solar panels. Because of the dedication of the Allegheny College community, a team of students, faculty, and staff are working to get solar panels installed on a central building used by students, such as the library, the Campus Center, or possibly the Wise Center. These solar panels will not only celebrate our month-long energy challenge but they will represent Allegheny College’s continued dedication to environmental initiatives, further elevating our status as one of the most environmentally conscious colleges in the country. = — A l e x a n d r a K a t e l y n L y n d s a y

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= The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $239,553 to Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Martin Serra to conduct a three-year research project, “RUI: Thermodynamics of RNA Structural Motifs.” The objective of the project is to develop models to predict the structure of RNA molecules from their sequence. Allegheny students will perform all of the investigations, including the selection of sequences to be investigated, providing them with excellent training and valuable research experience. One hundred percent of the cost of the project will be covered by federal funds through the NSF grant. Gifts

= The Nancy Frederick Art Department Endowed Fund was established through a bequest from Nancy A. Frederick ’52. The fund will provide support for the art department at the discretion of the art department chair in consultation with the dean of the College. = The Tippins Foundation has made a gift of $500,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Allegheny. The Carolyn Horner Tippins Fund will provide scholarship support for eligible students with demonstrated financial need. = Allegheny received a gift from the estate of Judith A. Gallagher ’69 that will support the Carr Hall renovation project and the Allegheny College Plant Fund.

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Allegheny College is included among the 100 “best values” in liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Kiplinger’s, a private financial advising company. Kiplinger’s bases its evaluations on quantifiable measures that include admission rates, test scores of incoming freshmen, student-faculty ratio, on-time graduation rates, and financial factors such as tuition, room and board fees, and financial aid. “It’s always gratifying to be listed among the top schools by publications that emphasize value,” says Dean of Enrollment Jennifer Winge ’96. “For families with collegeage students, it’s important to know that you don’t have to sacrifice the best educational experience for your child to find a college that’s affordable.” Twelve colleges in Pennsylvania made Kiplinger’s top 100 list of best values among liberal arts colleges. In addition to Allegheny, those colleges include Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Muhlenburg College, Ursinus College, Juniata College, and Susquehanna University.


Distance Medley Relay Team Grabs National Title In a stunning performance, Allegheny’s distance medley relay powered to a men’s national title at the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 11. The top six teams entered the race having broken the existing national record earlier in the season, although the Gators outlasted the outstanding field in a gripping race while setting a new Capital Center track record by 18 seconds. Allegheny broke the tape in 10:00.12, with Wisconsin-Oshkosh picking up runner-up honors in 10:01.12. Haverford (10:02.18), Wisconsin-La Crosse (10:02.44), Bowdoin (10:03.46), and MIT (10:04.49) rounded out the top six. The victory marked the Gators’ second indoor national crown and first since Jeremy Scott’s pole vault title in 2002. “I couldn’t possibly be more proud,” said head coach Brent Wilkerson. “Every leg was an individual race and every guy put his heart on the line. The plan from the outset was to get Tony the stick in a good position and clearly we did that. It was so amazing to be able to share the moment with the great pack of alumni, friends, and family that made the trip all for this race.” Sophomore Mike Vlah, who delivered a break-out performance in Allegheny’s record-breaking distance medley relay at Boston University’s Valentine Invitational, replicated the tremendous lead-off run at the NCAA Championships. Vlah dropped to seventh of a tight pack early after the start but stayed in that spot throughout the 1200-meter circuit. Junior Taylor Throckmorton took the stick on the first exchange and proceeded to keep the pace during the first half of the quarter leg. Coming out of the final turn, Throckmorton moved into a different gear to pull even with sixth place. A conservative start marked the opening half of senior Andrew Mahone’s 800-meter leg. Mahone maintained

Members of the 2011 national championship team and their coaches. From left, in front: Coach Jason Headman, Taylor Throckmorton (400m), Mike Vlah (1200m), Head Coach Brent Wilkerson. In back: Jeramie Parker (alternate), Tony Dipre (1600m), Andrew Mahone (800m).

his position until the last 75 meters, when he surged to fourth toward the outstretched arm of senior Tony Dipre. The energy at the Capital Center was absolutely electric when Dipre took the baton for the final mile of the race. The senior standout took over first place within the first 25 meters and held that lead despite being challenged by some of the nation’s best milers. With about 1000 meters left in the race, Dipre conceded the lead, but after reclaiming the top spot with 500 meters to go, the reigning All-American rolled to the finish line unscathed. He came off the last turn incredibly strong and clearly in control while a throng of athletes and spectators thunderously cheered the explosive finish. Dipre was the headline of the championship run and not just because he anchored the winning effort. Posting the second-fastest mile in Division III this year (4:06.81), he made a huge individual sacrifice in pursuit of the ultimate team achievement as he pulled out of the open mile in favor of the distance medley relay. His unselfishness resulted in the most electrifying performance in team history. “We talked before the race about how we wanted it to go and we were able to execute the plan to perfection,” said assistant coach Jason Headman. “We put it together at the right time, and after Tony made his move late in the race, we knew we were experiencing something very special. On top of everything, the fan support was unreal.” A video interview with the team can be found on the Athletics website: Allegheny Magazine

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agricultural development; four years as a fundraiser and team captain for Relay for Life; and a position at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio, as a patient care technician. In 2010, Carlisle was presented with the Knights Prize, a leadership award given to a junior man or woman at Allegheny who is distinctly outstanding in activities, scholarship, and service to the College. Parker became just the second Allegheny runner to net All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in back-to-back seasons after finishing 13th overall in 2010. A three-time All-Conference performer, he was named 2009 NCAC Runner of the Year, while he helped guide the Gators to four straight conference titles during his cross country career. In 2009 he led Allegheny to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and in 2010 he helped push the program to its highest national ranking in school history (No. 2). Parker, who is a three-time Alden Scholar, is set to graduate in May with a cumulative GPA of 3.75. A political science major, he held internships with the Department of Defense (DoD) in the field of analytic intelligence and

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Seniors Jeramie Parker and Robert Carlisle were two of 29 male athletes across all NCAA divisions to be awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Allegheny’s dual selection marked the first time in school history that two athletes have received the highly coveted onetime grant in the same academic year. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Carlisle’s award comes on the heels of an outstanding season on the gridiron, during which he helped lead Allegheny football to its 25th winning campaign in 28 seasons. The Gators finished 7-3 in 2010 while Carlisle earned First Team All-Conference accolades after closing the slate as the league’s top tight end. A four-time Alden Scholar, Carlisle also earned ESPN/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honors. Carlisle, who maintains a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average, is planning to attend the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in the fall. His collegiate volunteer and service activities include a 2010 experiential learning trip to Nicaragua to assist local families with construction and

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the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-renowned think tank headquartered in London. For the past two summers, his time with the DoD focused on work in the Office of Defense Security Service (DSS) in the branch of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence. In addition, Parker has completed numerous service activities, including volunteer efforts in local soup kitchens and the Meadville Best Buddies program. Allegheny was one of three institutions to earn two scholarships in the fall, joining Stanford University and Augustana College. Last spring, Monica Schaffer ’10 became the first women’s soccer player at Allegheny to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Prior to her award, the College’s last recipient was swimmer Benjamin Whittam in 2002.  

Senior attacker Jensen Paterson became the most prolific scorer in the history of the College’s lacrosse program on March 12. In a contest against Buffalo State, Paterson made two goals, giving her four consecutive games with multiple goals to start the 2011 season.

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The NBA’s Miami Heat is preparing for a home game against the archrival Boston Celtics. The team’s three muscular superstars—LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and DeWayne Wade—whip the ball back and forth in quick passes as they run to the basket, then James leaps and jams the ball through the net. The sounds of basketballs thudding against the parquet floor lure Chris Maragno ’93 out of his office in American Airlines Arena. Thanks to James, Bosh, and Wade, the Heat is the hottest basketball team this season and Maragno, vice president of corporate partnerships for the Heat, uses the intense media exposure the trio has generated to sell the team to big-name local and national sponsors. “The team is exciting for the entire South Florida community,” says Maragno, who oversees twelve sales people. “Everyone in the organization has the feeling that we’re part of something special.” The Heat’s big-money superstars bring Miami additional national TV exposure, which in turn creates more opportunities for advertisers’ courtside signage to be seen, Maragno says. That doesn’t mean sponsors are pounding on his door, however. Maragno and his staff still must hit the bricks to pitch corporate clients. After all, somebody’s got to help pay those hefty star contracts. “The exposure has definitely opened

more doors,” Maragno says. “Our job has become much more interesting, to say the least, and there’s definitely an opportunity for us to capitalize on the attention we’re receiving from around the world.” After graduating from Allegheny with a B.A. in economics, Maragno joined the New York Yankees organization as an intern. That led to a position with the sales staff of the Tampa Yankees, the Single A affiliate of the Major League club. In 1996 business associates he’d worked with at the Yankees invited him to join the Miami Heat’s ticket sales department. He was soon promoted to corporate account executive and in 2007 was named to his current position. Before he returns to his office to make another round of phone calls, he watches Bosh aim, then sink a tough three-pointer from the corner. Hopefully, every time Bosh and company ring up shots like that, Maragno and his staff will ring up sales. Phil Ness Coaches Division III All-Star Game Phil Ness was named head coach of the East for the 2011 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s Division III All-Star Game in Salem, Va., played just prior to the NCAA Division III Championship game. The NCAA and NABC teamed a year ago to hold the first senior all-star game for Division III. Ness, who was the 2005 recipient of the NABC Distinguished Service Award, concluded his outstanding coaching career at Allegheny in 2002 and is currently a major gifts officer at Allegheny. During a 13-year coaching career, he compiled 184 wins and left the court as the all-time winningest coach in Gator history. =

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tudents turn to the Office of Career Services for guidance about post-Allegheny opportunities. When they are interested in opportunities in the nation’s capital, Career Services often turns to two alumni—Michelle ’96 and Warren ’95 Payne—who function as an unofficial auxiliary Career Services office. The Paynes have helped countless Allegheny students and alumni by providing internships, networking opportunities, and mentorship. Michelle has returned to campus to speak with English majors about making the most of their degrees in the workforce. And she works with Jim Fitch, associate director of career services, to help students find internships in Washington, D.C. “For a decade, Warren and Michelle have created and channeled opportunities for Allegheny students to exercise their skills through internships,” says Fitch. “They genuinely understand the value of networking and the challenges facing students who would like to work in D.C.” Warren has sponsored two interns

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Class Notes in the three years he has worked in the House of Representatives. One of those interns, Kristin Isabelli ’09, leveraged her internship into a full-time position. “I am so grateful to Warren for taking a chance on me,” she says, “and also to Career Services and the school for telling students just how important it is to network with our alumni.” Warren concentrates his volunteerism on helping students prepare for careers. In addition to providing internships, he has met with students on Department of Political Science field trips and on campus. He coordinated an alumni event that brought together students and alumni for a questionand-answer session about life after Allegheny, jobs, graduate school, and living in D.C. “I’ve tried to help students by making it easier for them to access alumni and helping them understand the value of having a lot of interactions with alumni while they’re students,” he says. This is especially valuable for students looking for employment in the nation’s capital. “It is really important in the D.C. market to aggressively network,” he says. “Other Allegheny alumni are a natural group for that networking. This helped me and other alumni establish professional connections that helped all of us further our careers.” In addition to offering career-related help to students, Michelle served as a member of the Alumni Council, helping with projects like the Allegheny Ambassadors (now called Class Agents), a program in which alumni encourage their peers to support the Annual Fund. She worked with Terrence Mitchell, former assistant to the president for institutional diversity, to increase diversity on campus, and she and Warren hosted Allegheny Student Government students and alumni at their home to discuss how to make a difference on campus. Michelle volunteers because she believes Allegheny is a big part of what shaped her into the person she is today. “It is a place that inspires the best in its students, both inside and outside of the classroom,” she says. She adds that professors, administrators, fellow students, 22

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and alumni all helped her reach her goals, and her sense of belonging to a life-long community motivates her volunteerism. “Volunteering for Allegheny is an extremely fulfilling experience,” Michelle says. “It helps me give back the help and support I got as a student. Everyone involved with Allegheny—from current students all the way on through—is amazing, and I am glad they are part of my life.” Fellowship Honors Faculty, Supports Students b y

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When Harry E. Bonner ’57 decided to support science and math at Allegheny, he says, he wanted “to honor the professor who was best at explaining sciences and math.” He chose to honor the late Harold State, professor emeritus of chemistry, by establishing the Harold M. State Research Fellowship. Professor State’s accessible stepby-step demonstrations of physical chemistry still stick with Bonner. “He was very understandable,” he says. “He had a knack for presenting things in a way that was interesting and exciting.” Bonner’s fellowship, established in 2000, supports one or two exemplary science students each year in conducting research with a faculty member during the summer and academic year. “The State Fellowship is different from other grants because it specifically focuses on students who continue to do research during their senior project or through another venue,” says Catharina Coenen, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “Having this fund endowed has been a real blessing,” she says. One graduate who benefited from the fund is Ibrahim Sulai ’04, who received the State Fellowship in the summer of 2003 to work with Professor of Physics Dan Willey. Sulai conducted experimental studies of low temperature collisions of ammonia gas molecules with the aim of contributing to a deeper understanding of similar processes in interstellar clouds. “The State Fellowship and the

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Harry E. Bonner ’57 with Elizabeth Fager ’09

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availability of research opportunities at Allegheny gave me an incredible opportunity to discover aspects of myself that have led me down the path that I’ve been on,” Sulai says. He is doing doctoral work on unstable exotic nuclear isotopes at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy lab managed by the University of Chicago. Sulai has received a Sugarman Award for excellence in research from the university for his innovative work. Molly Hanlon ’09 also appreciates the opportunities the State Fellowship offered. “In-depth experience doing individual research projects isn’t common among undergraduates,” Hanlon says, “and I am lucky to have had this opportunity.” Hanlon worked with Coenen on the role of the plant hormone auxin in the interaction between plants and a type of fungi, which helps plants access nutrients, such as phosphorus, in the soil. She presented her findings at the Sigma Xi undergraduate research conference at Penn State–Behrend and

again at the Council on Undergraduate Research annual “Posters on the Hill” conference, where fifty undergraduates presented their research to members of Congress on Capitol Hill. After graduating from Allegheny, Hanlon worked as a research technologist at Penn State’s Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Function, researching cellulose formation. Now pursuing a Ph.D. in Penn State’s plant biology program, Hanlon received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Award in 2010 to support her graduate work. The research she did at Allegheny with State Fellowship funding strengthened her application for the NSF award. “Thinking critically and independently and communicating science in an effective manner proved to be very important in the NSF application process,” Hanlon says. “These skills, in combination with my hands-on laboratory experience, have made my transition into the world of big-time scientific research much easier than I would have expected.” =

“I am 87 years old,” writes Robert H. Wurster ’51. “I am living in a Lutheran Church home for the elderly and enjoying my life in Buffalo, N.Y., where I was born.” Melvin Meadowcroft ’33 celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 12. Finding his party was easy, he says: he still lives in the house in which he was born. Mel’s big day was celebrated with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and in-laws, as well as plenty of neighbors.


Ken Stern sends his greetings and writes that he is president emeritus of the Residents Association of Beverly Glen in Los Angeles. One of Ken’s great points of pride about Allegheny is that he and 12 other Alleghenians who attended Midshipmen’s School together at Columbia in 1943 graduated.

You, too, can make a differ-

ence in the lives of current Allegheny students. More than 3,400 alumni have signed up to be mentors, providing students with advice about careers, graduate schools, and relocation to their areas. Mentors also may offer internships or jobshadowing opportunities. It’s quick and easy to volunteer online: go to w w or contact the Alumni Affairs office at ( 814 ) 332-5384 or

Margy (Margaret McCreary ) ’50 and Bill Roher ’50 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26. They were supported in the celebration by a family of four children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Margy and Bill continue to reside in Houston, Texas.

Anne Stewart ’55 was congratulated by State Senator Bob Robbins on Nov. 8 when she was honored by the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations with their Heart and Soul Award. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer activities. “Anne Stewart’s accomplishments as a volunteer for the Crawford County Historical Society are almost too numerous to count …,” reads the program for the event. “When a volunteer commits over 40 hours a week to a historical society, you know she is special. When asked, Anne will refer to herself as the research librarian … However, in reality, she also functions as the society’s executive director, editor of the newsletter, fundraiser and grant writer, and county historian.” Anne was nominated for the award by Diane Shafer Domnick ’64, vice president of the CCHS.

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Mandel Retires—Again.” The article reports on how retired judge Jack Mandel has retired as executive director of the Nicholas Academic Center, which offers highly successful after-school tutoring programs in Santa Ana, Calif. The article notes that the judge still plans to be a daily presence at the center, as well as continuing to bring college recruiters to Santa Ana.


Don Skinner ’56 visited with Dag ’84 and Julie ’85 Skattum in London during a recent trip to Europe.

’51 “I am looking forward to our 60th

reunion,” writes Jinney Sceiford.


“Best wishes to all my classmates for a happy and prosperous 2011,” wrote John Clendenien in December.

’58 The Orange County Register ran an article on Nov. 21 with the headline “Judge

Karlin Marsh received the 2010 Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award of the French Creek Valley Conservancy at a dinner in October. The award recognizes dedication and comm i tm e n t to environmental excellence in the French Creek Wate r s h e d. K a r li n wa s recognized for her work in conducting biological inventories, writing forest stewardship plans, serving on the board of the French Creek Valley Conservancy, writing a nature column for the Meadville Tribune, and her work on the Crawford County Natural History Inventory, among many other activities. Eli Silverman is a professor emeritus at John Jay College. Eli was quoted in the Chief Civil Service Leader, the Civil Employees’ Weekly, on efforts to ensure the accuracy of crime statistics in New York City.


Elmer Stainbrook ’61, pictured here with his wife, Pat, received the Florida Hospital Flagler Humanitarian of the Year Award in November. Elmer, who was introduced at the awards ceremony as someone who “does good wherever he finds himself,” has a long association with the hospital. He volunteered to work on the committee to build the hospital’s Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, which opened in 2007, and since then has stayed active with the house. He also serves on the board of the Family Life Center in Bunnell, where he facilitated the funding needed to double the living capacity of the women’s center. Elmer and Pat have a daughter, Susan, and two grandchildren.


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Fred Newman is a professor emeritus of the Rober t Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work of Florida International University. He ser ved as a professor in Health Policy and Management from 1990 until his retirem e n t i n 2010 . Fr e d has been involved in research on mental health, substance abuse, and health services and treatment that led to improved methods as well as changes in service delivery and funding policies. He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, three division of the American Psychological Association (5: Statistics, Measurement & Evaluation; 12: Clinical, and 29: Psychotherapy), and the American Psychological Society. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. He has coauthored three books, over 75 refereed journal articles and 17 book chapters. Fred has received several teaching awards and special commendations for his teaching. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on over two dozen funded projects. Fred lives in the Brookside section of Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Sharon Grosshart, to

“A small group of us from the Class of ’63 met at our 40th Reunion and decided to meet every year,” writes Linda Smith. “Even the three husbands who didn’t attend Allegheny visited there frequently. Here we are at our 2010 get-together in St. Mary’s City, Md. Front row: Linda Johnson Smith, Ginny Moyse Lavanish, Karen Kennon Schwarzbach and Jan Seckler Johnston. Second row: Jerry Lavanish, Dick Johnston, Bob Schwarzbach and Leslie Smith.”

be near children and grandchildren in Kansas City and Des Moines. He is still actively involved in research and consulting and can be reached at

’62 Earl A. Smith is still practicing pe-

diatrics in Tampa, where readers of Tampa’s Parent Magazine voted him best pediatrician. Tampa Children’s Hospital selected him as their Doctor of the Year for both 2009 and 2010. Outside of work, Earl leads the Fourth of July parade with his restored 1940 original community fire truck.

’64 John

Bicker ton’s description of how, as a freshman at Allegheny, he learned of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ winning the World Series in 1960 was published in the Oct. 13th Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The essay describes how John fled his Allegheny dorm room, which was filled with Yankee fans elated over the lead their team had taken over the Pirates, and walked downtown for a haircut. “As I entered the barbershop, the Yankees had tied the game, 9-9,” John wrote. “I took off my glasses and stepped into the barber’s chair as the Pirates prepared to bat in the last of the ninth … Upon hearing the announcer say there was a long drive to left field, I jumped out of the chair. I nearly had my neck cut from the straight razor. Rushing to the television set, I saw the most glorious home run ever hit in baseball history. I told the barber to give me the quickest haircut that he had ever given. I ran back to campus, my feet never touching the ground. My room

John Vanco ’67, director of the Erie Art Museum, received the Pennsylvania Creative Community Award at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in November. John was honored as part of the 30th Annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Pictured, left to right, are Governor Ed Rendell and his wife, Judge Midge Rendell, John, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts chair Diane Dalto. “I think it’s always important to choose quality over celebrity,” John said in his acceptance speech. “And that’s a real upstream battle in this society, because celebrity pervades our culture. We get lots of celebrity exposure. But great art can happen anywhere. There is plenty of wonderful art that will never bring its artists the fame and recognition that they deserve. The best that we can do is to experience that art and share it, and complete the cycle.” Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

was completely empty, not one Yankees fan to be seen.” Retired broadcaster Bill Rodgers III hosted a movie series at the Council Bluffs Public Library last fall. An article from the WorldHerald News Service noted that Bill has worked in public radio in Sioux City and Council Bluffs. He lives in Carter Lake, Iowa, with his wife, Beverly.

Ed Tetelman ’69 and his wife, Jan Bishop, were headed to the Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg, Pa., on Januar y 17 to cross-countr y ski after taking their daughter, Gabriella ’12, back to Allegheny after winter break. Ed also wanted to get a postcard in Wattsburg to send to his close friend, Allegheny trustee Bob “ Woody” Woodwor th ’69, and sign it from Bob’s freshman roommate, Roger Janes ’72, who was the only person they ever knew from Wattsburg. “We enjoyed a good lunch and a wonderful conversation with the 88-year-old woman who owns and operates the lodge,” Jan writes. “Ed was happy to find a postcard of the lodge but told the young bartender that he was disappointed that it didn’t say Wattsburg, PA on it. He shared his desire to send a postcard from Wattsburg to his close friend Woody and sign it ‘Roger Janes.’ The young man told Ed, ‘Roger Janes is my father, and he’s out grooming the trails!’” The owner turned out to be Roger’s mother, and the bartender was Roger’s son Ryan ’00. Roger’s younger son, Kyle Janes ’10, is also an alum. “When Roger returned from grooming the trails, he and Ed had a nice impromptu reunion,” Jan continues. “They were quickly joined by Ryan and Jay Badams ’86, who happened to be skiing with his wife. A postcard from the Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg was sent to Uncle Woody that day, but Ed didn’t have to sign it— Roger Janes did.” Pictured left to right are Ed, Roger, Ryan and Jay.

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Blair retired on Dec. 31. Jack and his wife, Pam Smithberger Blair ’68, reside in Winchendon, Mass., and Prince Edward Island in Canada. Dennis McFadden’s short story “Diamond Alley,” from his collection Hart’s Grove, has been selected for inclusion in Houghton Mifflin’s The Best American Mystery Stories 2011, which will be published in Fall 2011.

’66 Gary Taber retired July 1, 2010, after

a 44-year career in public education. He resides with his wife of 42 years, Claudia, in Snohomish, Wash.

’68 Stanley Harrold has published Bor-

der War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War with the University of North Carolina Press. During the 1840s and 1850s, a dangerous ferment afflicted the North-South border region, pitting the slave states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri against the free states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Aspects

of this struggle —the underground railroad, enforcement of the fugitive slave laws, mob actions and sectional politics — are well known as parts of other stories. Stanley explores the border struggle itself, the dramatic incidents that it comprised, and its role in the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War. He is a professor of history at South Carolina State University.

’70 Robert Plyler starred in Love Let-

ters at a dinner theatre in Mayville, N.Y., in February. Robert is the arts critic for the Post-Journal and is a frequent guest critic for the Chautauquan Daily. He’s been published in Opera News, Dance Magazine and the Buffalo News.

’71 Patricia Dawson was profiled in the “Women of Influence” column of the Puget Sound Business Journal on Nov. 19. Pat is a surgeon and medical director with the Swedish Cancer Institute.


President Barack Obama has appointed the Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Par tnerships. One of the nation’s leading LGBT pastors, Nancy is the Moderator (Global Leader) for the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has hundreds of churches in 38 countries. She has been a pastor in multiple MCC congregations, including congregations in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and California. Nancy is the former senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, considered the founding church of the MCC movement. For 20 years, she served as MCC’s chief ecumenical officer. She has been an active voice on HIV issues, prisoner treatment programs, LGBT issues and women’s rights. The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Par tnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in Allegheny Magazine

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E/Step Software, founded by President John Estep ’71, recently celebrated its 27th year in business, developing and supporting software, plus educating users and consulting to clients worldwide. The company provides demand forecasting and inventory planning software and services to firms from a wide variety of industries, including General Electric, Siemens, ABB, ArcelorMittal, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants, Tree Top and Salt River Project. In 2002, to celebrate his 30 years of using the programming language APL, John began teaching a pro bono class in APL to top math students from seven high schools in the Yakima, Wash., area. The top two APL vendors in the U.S. and the U.K. supply textbooks and software. Alumni from this program have a significant advantage going into math or engineering in college. “I enjoy being their mentor,” John writes, “something serious math students often need but fail to find in this rural area located far away from technological centers.”

fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to make recommendations to the government on how to improve partnerships.

’74 Dennis Blair retired from the Federal

Civil Service after 32 years at Fort Riley, Kans. After earning his master’s degree in psychology at Kansas State University, Dennis worked for two years at Fort Riley’s Civilian Personnel Office, then served for over 30 years as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the Army Substance Abuse Program. He and his wife, Sherry Wright ’72, plan to retire to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, after an interim stop in West Virginia to care for Sherry’s mother.

’75 Dave

Charlton finishe d seventh among 81 runners in the Male 55 to 59 age group of the 2010 Wineglass Marathon in Corning, N.Y., on October 3, with a time of 3:28:36, his second-fastest marathon ever. This was Dave’s second marathon in 2010, after running the Pittsburgh Marathon in 3:19 last May. Both runs easily qualified him for the 2011 Boston Marathon in April. Dave first ran the Boston Marathon in 2009 and qualified for this year’s race as well but decided to run in Pittsburgh instead. “Those who remember me will be glad to know that the years have not robbed me of my competitive fire,” wrote Dave in October. “I was disappointed in myself for deviating from a pre-race plan to run 7:25 miles. My time wasn’t really that bad, but when you consider it took me 45 minutes to cover the final four miles you can see that I was on pace for a really great result. I will do better in Boston next spring.”

’76 Larry Levine was honored in Feb-

ruary for his 25 years of teaching at the


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“Members of the classes of 1970–73, many of them SAEs or Kappa Alpha Thetas, gathered in Pittsburgh last July to attend the LPGA Open at Oakmont,” writes Jack Bailey ’71. “Then a core group of diehard duffers traveled up to the Meadville area for the Paddy Murphy Open, 2011. Pictured, left to right, Front Row: Carol Sankey Huff ’71, Melissa Vought Fassio ’72 and Laila Lielbriedis Avetta ’72. Second Row: Paul DeArment ’70, Jack Bailey ’71, Diane Sutter ’72, Dona Bayuk Curti ’72, Jane Offutt ’70 and Rochelle Solomon. Back Row: Paul Byrne ’75, Jim Stuart (hiding) ’72, Pete Nielsen ’70, Carol DeArment ’70, Chris Avetta ’72, Jeff Parker ’71 and John Willison ’72.”

McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. Larry was honored at the annual Jeffrey K. Poile LGBT Civil Rights Memorial Scholarship Reception. The Poile Scholarship, which Larry established in 2002 to honor his life partner, has helped 36 students use their legal education to further the civil rights of the LGBT community. The scholarship fund has raised almost $260,000. Pacific McGeorge is one of a handful of law schools with a scholarship earmarked for the betterment of the LGBT community. Larry can be reached at

Leslie Wiser Jr. is assistant chief/chief of staff for the City of Columbia (S.C.) Police Department. A 23-year veteran of the FBI, Leslie was last appointed as Special Agentin-Charge of the Newark, N.J. Division. During his tenure with the FBI he served as Agent-in-Charge in numerous divisions and served in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, National Security Division, Counter terrorism Division. He also was appointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice for the University of South Carolina.


Deborah Myers has been installed as president of the American Urogynecologic Society, a physician-based organization dedicated to research, education and sharing of best practices in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Deborah is director of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and the Program in Women’s Physical Therapy at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She also is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. An international leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Deborah serves on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the

Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network of the National Institute of Health’s Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases and on the Advisory Board for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She serves as an editorial reviewer for eight professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine and The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has published extensively. College trustee Marty Pfinsgraff has been hired by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as deputy comptroller for credit and market risk. Marty will manage and direct the agency’s market risk activities, the capital markets information gathering activities, credit and market risk policy formulation, and serve as co-chair of the OCC’s National Risk Committee. Prior to joining the OCC, Marty was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for iJet International, a worldwide risk management company. He co-founded iJet International in 2000. Previously, he served as president of Prudential Securities Capital Markets, where he was responsible for overseeing debt and equity research, sales, trading, and global investment banking operations, having previously served as chief financial officer. He also served as treasurer of Prudential Insurance Co.

’79 Pittsburgh attorney G. Timothy Con-

boy, a partner at the firm Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C., recently was named Best Lawyers’ Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year for 2011. Tim, who concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation, personal injur y, and medical malpractice, has been practicing law in Pennsylvania for over 25 years. He is the president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, an organization that promotes justice and equal access to the

Robert Marchman ’80 was congratulated by Elizabeth Pathy Salett on Nov. 10 in Washington, D.C., when Robert was honored as the first recipient of the Elizabeth Pathy Salett Award. Robert was one of the recipients of the 2010 Leading Lights Diversity Awards presented by the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) to celebrate extraordinary leadership among individuals and organizations that have advanced the future of a multicultural society through innovative diversity programs. The Salett Award, named in honor of NMCI’s founder, honors visionary individuals dedicated to building an inclusive society strengthened by diversity.

courts, where he previously served as the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Sect i o n. B e s t L a w ye r s, one of the oldest peerreview publications in the legal profession, designates Lawyers of the Year in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. Greta Lydecker has been selected as president of Chevron Environmental Management Co., where she has responsibility for abandonment, remediation and reclamation for Chevron in more than 50 countries. She and her husband live in Alamo, Calif.

’80 Phil Dineen owns the graphic design studio Designo in Denver, Colo., and writes that he would like to share the launch of his newly designed Web site at www.designo. com. “Gators welcome to stop by if they find themselves in Denver!” Phil says.


Steve Kaufman has been named the chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania by U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton. In his new position, Steve supervises 30 Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases. Steve has also been appointed a visiting professor of

Pictured at the Rainsoft/Phi Delt 2010 Myrtle Beach Golf Reunion are, left to right, Jerry Goodrick ’82, Dan Raynak ’79, Gary Kania ’79, Ken Croff ’79, Dan Bisler ’79, Doug Rehak ’81, Steve Held ’80, Pete Downing ’76, Brian Held ’84, Pat Martin ’79 and Lloyd Hamashin ’81. “Most from our era know Rainsoft,” writes Doug. “It was an apartment (an old Rainsoft water treatment office) down the hill near the old Phi house. Mostly Phi’s lived there over a four-year period before it was condemned. It was a well known place to ‘gather.’ Two groups of Phi’s with a few Independents lived there: those who graduated in ’79 and those who graduated in ’81.”

law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for the spring semester of 2011. He is currently teaching Criminal Procedure to 88 first-year law students.


C r a i g Fa r k o s , p r o g r a m /p r o j e c t manager with Michael Baker Jr. Inc., was selected to receive the President’s Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an award that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of eminent engineers. Craig was honored for his leadership on the Task Committee for Sustainability, including the development of ASCE’s new collaborative sustainable infrastructure rating system. Craig has spent the last 19 years focusing on identifying and promoting multidisciplinary approaches to improving community health and infrastructure development internationally and is one of the founders and current program manager for Baker’s Engineers Without Borders program. Robert Filaski, vice president of sales for Peoples Bank, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in commercial finance and health care lending. Robert has also served as a founding member and vice president of sales and marketing at Siemens Medical and managed that company to second in market share behind GE Healthcare Finance. Today, his program development responsibilities include building program products and services, pricing, branding, marketing, advertising and industry communications.


S usan Levit t recently became a Navy civilian employee, joining the headquarters staff in Washington, D.C. “I work with environmental planning and compliance issues for the Naval Sea Systems Command, a division which develops and builds new Naval weapons, sensors, ships and submarines,” Susan writes. Susan moved between consulting and private industry until joining the Depar tment of the Nav y in October 2010. “My career was primarily focused on

terrestrial environments of the mid-Atlantic region and Ohio River Valley and impacts from construction,” she writes. “Now I am learning about coral reefs, marine mammals and ships in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific! It’s very exciting.” Susan lives in Reston, Va., and enjoys fishing, paddling, pedaling and motorcycle riding.

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B e a c h e r, a b a n k r u p tc y attorney specializing in creditors’ rights, litigation and commercial and real estate transactional mat ters, has joined Pr yor Cashman, where he will co-chair the firm’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’

“I have been doing medical mission work in Santa Lucia, Intabuca, Honduras with the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine (I was faculty there many years before moving home to Erie) for the past 16 years,” writes Bruce Gebhardt ’83, who is family medicine residency program director at Saint Vincent in Erie. “I now take Saint Vincent residents with me. Sarah Bendel ’04 is a senior resident at Saint Vincent. This past trip in October 2010 was special as Sarah and my eighth-grade daughter, Anna Louise (hope class of ’19!), went with me. As you can see, we all packed Allegheny shirts for our trip. Santa Lucia is a small poor village on the El Salvadoran border. A nonprofit group, Shoulder to Shoulder, provides financial and personnel support to the clinic.”

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Bonnie Siefers ’87

On the Road to Eco Chic During her time at Allegheny, Bonnie Siefers passed hours hunting through Meadville’s thrift stores for that perfect vintage look: stylish clothing rescued f rom disuse, then given a new twist in her wardrobe. It’s no surprise, then, that Siefers has taken this vision of sustainability and fashion sense to the next level with her line of eco-friendly clothing, Jonäno. Founded in 2006, Jonäno brings a modern look to organic fabrics made both from familiar materials like cotton and wool, as well as more surprising sources, such as bamboo. “When I began, the time was really right for eco fashion to emerge on the scene,” Siefers says. “Organic food had been successful in the marketplace, but organic clothing options were very limited. The only things you could find were undyed cotton and hemp made into basic clothing like T-shirts—things that lacked a sense of style.” Conversely, Jonäno allows its wearers to simultaneously be fashionable and mindful of avoiding environmentally hazardous pesticides and herbicides. One particularly popular Jonäno product has been Siefers’ trademarked “ecoKashmere.” It’s a bamboo textile as soft as cashmere, but at a fraction of the cost. Before starting Jonäno, Siefers spent a year researching and visiting organic manufacturers in regions as far f lung as Brazil, India, and Turkey. Since then, working in her treehouse studio, Siefers has steadily expanded Jonäno’s

Rights Group. Previously he worked for the New York City office of Day Pitney.


Timot hy Dow ning, a par tner in the law firm Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been elected co-chair of the 43-member board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign. Tim will ser ve a two-year term and will act as the primar y liaison between the board and the CEO of the organization, address strategic organizational issues, appoint committee chairs, oversee the fulfillment of board members’ responsibilities and manage the CEO’s per formance review. With close to one million members across the countr y and a $40 million annual budget, the Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to 28

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collections each season. By now the catalogue not only includes fashion for a night on the town, but also an afternoon in bed or a day at the yoga studio. Being an eco designer has been challenging. But Siefers is used to hard work. From an early age, her family instilled her with the values of honesty, dedication, and respect for the natural world. “W hen we were k id s my mother taught us to sew without patterns, and she made all our clothing from scratch. She canned her own vegetables and gave us carrots or celery for lunch. She was just naturally an eco person, before eco was in,” Siefers says with a laugh. “I guess I got the gene too.” Siefers recalls her mother grooming a nature trail on their property in Bradford Woods, Pennsylvania. She even labeled the trees and invited students and teachers from her daughter’s school to use it. According to Siefers, part of Jonäno’s mission is to be a tribute to her mother, who was lost to cancer when Siefers was just nineteen. So what does “Jonäno” mean? It means simply “live well,” a word from the language of the Sami people, the nomadic reindeer herders of Scandinavia. Siefers first encountered the Sami while studying in Sweden during high school, and she was immediately impressed by the symbiotic way that they lived with the land. Though Jonäno draws on inf luences from all over the world, Siefers continues to find unique inspiration in the Sami people’s respect for nature. “I love to travel. I love business. I love textiles. I love art,” Siefers says. “Jonäno has been a wonderful way to bring them all together.”

achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. R ay Morandell ha s be en promote d to the executive committee of Crestmark, a provider of working capital solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. Ray, who has been with Crestmark since 2008, is senior vice president, sales manager of the Troy/Midwest Region and the Nashville transportation finance office. “After 20 years of teaching and coaching in Florida, I accepted an offer to become the head swimming coach at a college (NCA A D-II) near Cleveland,” writes Wayne Ruhl. “It is amazing how often I find myself remembering my own time as a swimmer at Allegheny

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and how often I use those experiences now to coach. Consider this a belated thank you to Coach Tom Erdos for providing us with such a well-run program for so many years. Lately, I have been on the road recruiting and becoming familiar once again with the hills of western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. It feels like coming home. I have already begun re-connecting with Allegheny friends as well. If anyone would like to contact me, my e-mail is” Kimberley Womack is employed with Decision Associates, a consulting firm in North East, Pa.

’86 Jay Badams is superintendent of the

Erie (Pa.) School District. He and his wife,

“I am grateful to report that I have finally found a way to integrate dance into a real job!” Suzie Celentano ’89 writes. A former president of Orchesis, she now travels internationally training instructors in Yoga, Pilates and mind/body wellness coaching. Suzie is pictured last summer during a trip to Asia, where she taught anatomy and asana workshops in Taiwan and fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the Great Wall. “Yoga is about breaking down walls within you,” Suzie writes, “and I am blessed that I get to share this message with others through movement and motivation.” Her start-up company, centeredbeing (www., brings mind/body wellness to people of all ages and trains affiliate coaches to deliver the message of centeredness and well-being. Suzie’s book Child’s Pose, a collection of yoga and her poetry, was recently published. Suzie is based in northern Virginia, where she lives with her three children. Her website is

Tiffany, have four children. Jay is pictured on page 25.

’87 Philippe Devé has joined GrayRob-

inson, P.A. as a shareholder. Phillippe p revi o u s l y worked at the Miami office of Yoss, LLP. His practice areas include commercial litigation, title insurance litigation, including coverage disputes, claims defense and agency defalcations, mortgage foreclosures, construction and banking litigation. He has represented title insurance underwriters in multimillion-dollar fraud cases and state and federal class action litigation. GrayRobinson is a full-service law firm providing legal assistance across the state of Florida.

a l e a d i n g p r ov i d e r of V isual Studio c omp o nents and development tools for more than 23 ye a r s. A s a te c hni c a l evangelist, Rich actively visits user groups and s p e a ks a t te c h n o l o g y m e e ti n g s a n d c o n fe rences. He is also the coauthor of the upcoming book Microsof t A zure: Enterprise Applicatio n Development from Packt P u b l i s h i n g ( h t t p: // b i t . ly/ms a zure book). Rich can be reached at rich@ His technical blog can be found at

Suzanne Sliney Boyd, Wendy Brown, Kate Andrews Griffith, Aliscia Smith Lee and Amanda Torres-Stadnik, all from the Class of 1990, met up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a 20-year reunion. “A fabulous time was had by all and will become a yearly tradition!” Suzanne writes.

John Lewis was profiled in the Jan. 5th Orlando Sentinel. John is chief executive of the Lynx regional transit agency.

Hockessin, Pike Creek and the Brandywine Hundred, Pa. An attorney with Wilmington Trust, Holly is also president of the Friends of the Hockessin Library. Holly noted in the interview that she first became involved with the Friends when they donated the books left over from their annual book sale to a project she was running to send books to Nigeria.

Trisha Schock was recently awarded a Ph.D. in early childhood education with an emphasis on children’s literature. Her dissertation topic, “Keeping the Integrity of Children’s Literature in a Technological Society,” will soon be published. Trisha resides in Fairpor t Harbor and has been teaching kindergarten for 23 years in Mentor, Ohio.

Suzanne Sliney Boyd and her family have relocated from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Brookline, Mass. Suzanne and Bob have three children: Jake, 10; Gabrielle, 9; and Olivia, 7. The Boyds spent nine years in Amsterdam until work brought them back to the U.S.

Holly June Stiefel was interviewed in the Jan. 22nd Community News of Greenville,

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In May 2010, Lou Petrucci ran unopposed for a second term as the Park district representative to the Buffalo Board of Education. He was recently appointed chairperson of the Conference of Big Five School Districts, the organization that represents the interests of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and New York City school districts. United States Steel has appointed George Thompson as vice president–tubular commercial, a newly created executive position that has executive oversight of all commercial activities in U.S. Steel’s tubular segment. George, who began at U.S. Steel in 1987, was previously general manager.

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Dudley has joined ComponentOne as a technical evangelist. Based in Pittsburgh, ComponentOne has been

Rebecca Miller Wise ’91, pictured here with her business partner, Paul Berkebile, has opened Lakeside Health Mart Pharmacy in Edinboro, Pa. Rebecca is also an adjunct clinical associate professor at LECOM School of Pharmacy. She can be reached at pharmacist@

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Jay Reisinger ’91

Haven’t Heard About His Work? Then He’s Doing It Right Pro sports careers are typically brief, so athletes try to cash in while they can. But they’re ill-equipped to cut their own deals in salary talks, or to represent themselves in disciplinary matters that might prove costly, so they have attorneys like Jay Reisinger go to bat for them. “There’s a fine line between players making millions of dollars a year and making a few hundred thousand,” says Reisinger, the sports law specialist at the Pittsburghbased firm of Farrell & Reisinger, LLC. “There’s a fine line between being suspended and playing. Athletes need representation. They are just like corporate CEOs. Corporate CEOs have people negotiate their contracts and handle their legal matters. That’s what I do for athletes.” He came well prepared for the job. Allegheny taught him critical decision-making skills and honed his ability to write and speak effectively, essential skills for an attorney. He was also a three-sport athlete in high school and Allegheny’s starting lacrosse goalie for three years. His family holds season tickets to the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. So his transition to sports law was relatively easy. His job, however, is not. Reisinger often doesn’t leave his downtown office until 8 p.m. Even then, his workday may not be done. “My job is to be on call twenty-four hours a day,” he explains. “It’s not unusual for me to get a call at four in the morning about somebody in trouble. They’ll say, ‘Joe Player just got a DUI. What should he do?’ ”

Reisinger’s travel schedule is grueling. He represents athletes across the U.S. and in much of Latin America. He would prefer to stay home. “I have a wonderful wife and three wonderful children,” he notes. “I hate missing birthdays and anniversaries.” But the job does have perks. He is free from the routine and the strictures that are the life of many attorneys. “Every day for me is a new challenge,” he says. “And I like being able to go to work wearing jeans every day. I like being in control of my schedule.” Reisinger has represented profe s sio n a l at h lete s i n b a s eb a l l, football, basketball, and hockey. He is perhaps best known among the general public for representing big-name players accused of infractions. He represented major leaguers Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte, and Alex Rodriguez when their names were linked to inquiries involving performance-enhancing drugs. But he prefers to avoid the media spotlight. If he has something to say, he often does it through his blog on contemporary sports issues, at http://jayreisinger.sports Otherwise, he usually toils behind the scenes to represent his clients with as few public ripples as possible. Most of his work concerns contract negotiations and disputes, which entail little or no controversy. For instance, he gathers player performance data that can be used to get a better deal in salary talks or in binding arbitration. “Today, I’m preparing for a salary arbitration case,” he says. “People don’t even know I’m working on it.” And that’s the way he likes it. “When you don’t read my name in the paper, it means I’ve done an even better job,” he says. “It means I dealt with the issue quickly and cleanly, and people never heard anything about it. In the world of professional sports, that means everything.” — D o u g

’93 and a host of other media wrote about Stan Drayton’s move to Ohio State, where he’s taken on the role of assistant coach working with Buckeye wide receivers. “Stan Drayton first and foremost is a fine person and family man,” says Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. “He is a Buckeye born and bred, and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family. We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.” Stan had been coaching Gators—the ones at the University of Florida—before this most recent move. In addition to working with a number of university programs, he served 30

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as the offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers, helping them to three NFC playoff appearances. Stan and his wife, Monique, have two daughters, Amari and Anaya. Benjamin Forbes teaches physics at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Va. “‘It’s like math with a lab,’” Ben says he was told. “But I know it’s more complicated than that. Physics is majorly exciting ... cool stuff with a bit of math!” Ryan Jurkovic has been named vice president, human resources, for Novelis Europe

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Laura Jagles ’96

Preserving a Language— and a Culture There are six Tewa-speaking pueblos in northern New Mexico. And Laura Jagles would like to keep it that way. A teacher of Southwest literature and director of multicultural life at Santa Fe Preparatory School, Jagles grew up in one of those Tewa-speaking villages, Tesuque Pueblo, a small reservation of about 900 people located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She learned Tewa from aunts, uncles, and godparents, although she didn’t consider herself f luent. As native languages have been marginalized in Native American communities across the country, fewer parents and elders are passing along their knowledge of those languages, in part because they recognize the importance of English mastery in their children’s lives. The cumulative effect has been a slow demise for Tewa and other native languages. But Jagles—serving as mentor for a project funded by the Administration for Native Americans, the Indigenous Language Institute, the Pueblo of Pojoaque, and Santa Fe Prep—is helping to stem the tide. The Tewa language project at Santa Fe Prep offered five high school students an opportunity to learn their native language and earn credit for doing so. The selfstudy curriculum, guided by Jagles, focused on different vocabulary-based themes and utilized modern technological hardware, such as iPods and video cameras, to help the students reinforce their lessons. “It’s a preservation of our culture and way of life,” Jagles says. “It is really important that people know we still maintain our way of life and culture, but they may be lost if our language is lost. We’re going to lose the meaning behind those dances and traditional ceremonies if we can’t even understand each other. And I will

practiced for 10 years in the New York Cit y area, handling legal cases ranging from civil rights violations to medical and professional malpractice. He is co-chair of the Erie County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation a n d Young L aw ye r s committees. He also serves as chair of the United Way Young Leaders Steering Committee and is a member of Young Erie Professionals, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in

lose a piece of myself if I can’t make that connection.” The group met several times per week, and at the end of the semester they presented their progress at the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium in Eugene, Oregon, where they met Daryn McKenny, the Australian who invented the Miromaa language software used in the project. Although the pilot program has ended, a documentary of the project titled The Young Ancestors is still in production. And Jagles continues to tutor students in the Tewa language. She has a new set of five students—all middleschoolers—who meet twice a week during their lunch hour. So it goes: The life of the Tewa language is being preserved, a handful of students at a time. And so, too, is the Pueblo culture that is so deeply intertwined with it. “I’m not surprised to learn of the role Laura is playing in the effort to save her native language from extinction. Even as an undergraduate, she showed that kind of commitment to her Pueblo heritage,” says Professor Emeritus of English Paul Zolbrod, who was Jagles’s faculty advisor and who is now teaching at the Navajo Nation’s Diné College. “I have always said that for a people to endure, their poetic traditions will have to prevail. And that can only happen if the language lives on.” “It takes people getting it in their hearts,” Jagles says. “If my generation can continue to bombard those that know the language fully, and we can feel it in our hearts, we can be the ones to change things.”

Pennsylvania, and the Planning Committee for the Coalition of Attorneys and Physicians in Erie. Peter is also a founding member of the Jamestown Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Program.

’95 Melissa Cameron is an attorney with the Bayer Corp. in Pittsburgh.

“I am living in Maryland with my husband and two kids, Katelyn and Matthew,” writes Janet Lam. “I love my new job at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where I work as a pediatric neurologist.”

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Chad Beyer founded a Denver-based consulting company, Solomon Therapeutics, specializing in helping small biotechnology companies discover and efficiently develop novel medications. Chad holds both an MBA and a Ph.D. He is also an assistant hockey coach for his son’s team and can be reached at Dave Kosak took a position as game designer at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, Allegheny Magazine

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Professor Emeritus Rober t Seddig sent news that Lyle Washowich was among 30 Pennsylvania attorneys selected in 2010 to be honored as “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer. Selection is based on proven ability to develop new business and/or superior capabilities in litigation, transactional or appellate work of note, as well as promotion of the legal profession through bar association involvement. Selection is limited to at torneys who are younger than 40. Honorees were honored at a dinner at the Union League of Philadelphia in October. Lyle practices with Burns White & Hickton.

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director of college counseling at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio,” writes Tracy Stockard. “What a wonderful opportunity to encourage a new group of students to explore all the possibilities at Allegheny. I can be reached at”

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named assistant coach for the Southern Maryland Special Olympics Soccer Team, which will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens during the summer of 2011. He continues to be assistant professor of history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Jennifer Bogo ’97, the senior science editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, received a science journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Marine Biological Laborator y and spent nearly three weeks at Palmer Station, located on the West Antarctic Peninsula. There, she tagged along in zodiac boats with scientists studying how climate change affects the polar marine ecosystem. A feature stor y on her experience will appear in Popular Mechanics this fall. She also took the opportunity to test extreme cold weather gear for the magazine — on one occasion, from inside a crevasse in Marr Glacier.

Class of ’97 K appa K appa Gamma sisters met for a minireunion in September in Niagara Falls, N.Y. From left are Christine Christopher Boev, Abby Goodelle Gerlach, Sara Weber Kallner, Penny Sambroak Carlson, Becki Manuel Bilott and Amy Braunsdorf Oliva.


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Calif., in 2009. He w r i te s t h a t h e’s been hard at work on the World of Warcraft franchise, an online computer role-playing game that has more than 12 m i l l i o n s u b scribers worldwide. His duties include ever ything from writing to coachi n g vo i c e a c to r s . When he wrote in October, Dave was putting the finishing touches on his first product with the company, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which was available in stores in December.

Amy Joseph has been appointed a partner in the trial practice group of the Pittsburgh of fice of Duane Morris LLP. Amy— who practices primarily in the areas of general commercial litigation, construction litigation, complex civil litigation and class action defense work—has handled a wide range of litigation disputes for construction owners, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. She has also represented banks, financial services providers, healthcare corporations and pharmaceutical companies in both state and federal cases. She has been recognized by her peers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2007, 2008 and 2010.


Nathan Crowe is vice president of commercial real estate services at Scheer Partners, a commercial real estate services company in the D.C. area. Jud Wible was named 2010 Young Engineer of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Jud is a structural engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leader in the development and operation of infrastructure. In an interview with PE Magazine, Jud explained why he chose to study physics at a small liberal arts college. “The liberal arts background has really helped my career considerably; it taught me how to think critically and not settle on just the first or easy answer,” he said. “It definitely taught me how to network and leverage my skill sets to help others. It taught me how to communicate, whether through presentations or on an interpersonal

level. I wouldn’t be even remotely close to where I am today in my career had I not had the liberal arts degree.”

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law firm Yochim, Skiba & Nash as an associate. Jason is focusing on bankruptcy and commercial law. In October, he finished his term as president of the board of trustees for the Flagship Niagara League, a nonprofit organization that formed a public-private par tner ship with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to keep the replica Niagara sailing the Great Lakes as a sailing school vessel. During his tenure, the league hosted Tall Ships Erie 2010. Jason can be reached at

’01 Tina Gibbons received her master’s

of education from Penn State. Her area of concentration was training and development, with a focus on organization development. Tina is a manager within MetLife’s Service Delivery Center in Johnstown. Brian McMahon is an assistant editor with independent book publisher Prometheus Books. He holds an M.A. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. did a feature story on Feb. 3 on Alex Mead and his show “China Shop!” at Buoy in Kittery, Maine, an arts venue that he helped to found in 2008. “Don’t expect landscapes or lighthouses,” the article notes of Alex’s show. “Instead you’ll find exciting, abstract, thought-provoking structural and multimedia sculptures.” The article also notes that Alex is a finalist in the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant competition. Nick Paladino has accepted a position as senior strategic analyst, product development, with Dick’s Sporting Goods. An MBA candidate at Carne gie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, Nick expects to graduate in May.

’03 Sharon Christie is a nurse practitio-

ner at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She received her registered nursing degree in 2005 and a master’s in nursing in 2008 from Case Western University.

Abby Collier was recently promoted to the position of assistant editor in acquisitions at the University of Chicago Press, where she has worked on high-profile science and science studies books since 2008. Abby will acquire independently and define the future of the press’s books program in geography and nonreference cartography. Shannon McNeill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her master’s in library and information science in December 2009. Throughout graduate school and the year following, Shannon worked at the Scott

Township Public Library. In December 2010 she took a position as librarian and assistant director with the Green Tree Public Librar y, an award-winning medium-sized library located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. In December 2010, Kyle O’Connor completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, receiving an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship and innovation. Kyle resides in Chicago with his wife, Emily, and works in GE Capital’s equity investment arm.

’04 John Meyer was featured in the Jan.

12th issue of Pop City, a weekly e-magazine and website with a focus on Pittsburgh. John is a sportscaster for WTAE-T V. “So sure was Meyer, who graduated with a communications degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, that sports broadcasting was the career for him that he turned down an offer by The Dead Zone producer Lloyd Segan [’80], a Phi Delta Theta fraternity brother, to intern with him in Hollywood,” reports Pop City writer Beth Marcello. “Instead, Meyer leveraged another college connection to score a summer internship at Channel 4, where his quintessentially Pittsburgh work ethic impressed the team he now calls colleagues.”

Riley Neugebauer is the campus sustainability coordinator at Skidmore College. “Neugebauer has a broad background in sustainability work,” notes the Skidmore publication Scope Online, “having served previously at American University as the sustainability coordinator; as a consultant in sustainability to Allegheny College after her graduation from the college; as a research analyst in renewable energy options and energy efficiency; and as a founder of a youth coalition in Colorado.”


Dominic Randazzo is the deputy public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. A member of the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince from 2008 to 2010. Dominic is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where he received master’s degrees in public administration and international relations. He is joined in Zambia by his wife, Crystaline Kline Randazzo, who is a professional photographer.


David DiCello is a senior financial analyst with Thermo Fisher Scientific in Pittsburgh. Brad Tuttle and Mindy Milby ’08 write that they are excited to announce their May 2010 engagement. They are planning a September 2011 wedding at Ford Chapel. Jeffrey Welbourn is manager of Southeast Asia operations with Trident Seafoods of Seattle.

Brandon Bouchard ’08 and Rachel Fodi ’09 became engaged at Homecoming on October 23, 2010.

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in the D.C. area, ran a story on Oct. 14 on the Solar Raisers program that Dan Conant directs for Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. “The program … is modeled on barn raisings of old, where a community would come together to help build a neighbor’s barn,” writes journalist Rebecca A. Cooper. “Instead of a place for horses, though, the solar raisers place a high-tech water heating system, including solar panels, in their neighbors’ South Arlington home.” Dan is on ACE’s board of directors.

Christine Dersi received a master’s in urban planning, design and development in 2009. She recently accepted a position with the American Planning Association as the co - exe cutive director of the Ohio chapter. In addition to this position, she is a practicing city planner with D.B. Hartt, a planning and development firm in Cleveland. Christine also holds board positions with the New Urbanism Division of the American Planning Association and th e D ow n tow n C l eve l a n d A lli a n c e C i t y Advocates.


Sara Curtiss moved to Pittsburgh in June 2008. She received a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh in summer 2009 and teaches ninth-grade integrated science and biology at the Science and Technology Academy, which is a magnet school with the Pittsburgh Public School District. Sara also sings first soprano with both the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Camerata Choir. “I recently published a paper in PLoS Genetics that was the culmination of a six-year-long Allegheny Magazine

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Vital Statistics project begun by my PhD advisor, Dr. Jens Walter, and his advisor, Dr. Gerald Tannock,” writes Steven Frese. “The paper examines how a single species of bacteria that inhabits the gastrointestinal system of many animals has evolved differentially with the host organisms it inhabits. It is some of the first research demonstrating su ch a re lationship, b et we e n bac te r ia l symbionts and ver tebrate hosts. The ar ticle is available as an Open Access Ar ticle on the PLoS Genetics website: http://www. ticle/info:doi/10.1371/ journal.pgen.1001314.” Maria Kennihan is a psychometrist with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute of Seattle, Washington. Natalie Nagy is a specialist at UPMC in Pittsburgh. “Though I will still be residing in Pittsburgh, I recently took the position of director of marketing and sales for the Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in the Laurel Highlands,” Zach Simons writes. “I left my job of two years as a creative services director in late November to start this new venture.”

’09 Colin Gundling and Stephanie Wolf

are engaged and planning to be married on Aug. 14, 2011, in Wheeling, W.V. “We met sophomore year at Allegheny College,” Stephanie writes. Summer Mazur and her passion for all things “I Love Lucy” were the subject of a story in the Nov. 12th Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The article notes that Summer’s collection of Lucy memorabilia started when she was 12 and has now grown to more than 200 items. “Mazur is such a fan, her family took her to Jamestown, N.Y., Ball’s birthplace and site of the Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Center, for Lucy’s 90th birthday and her 14th birthday in 1991,” the article notes. “She was one of several Lucy fans invited to recite the classic lines from the ‘Vitameatavegamin’ commercial, in a segment that aired on T V Land.” Beau Whiteman is working with the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. Beau is a Corps member of the Southern Region Campus out of Vicksburg, Miss., on a team that is ser ving in New Orleans with Project Green Light. The team is assisting the project with installing energy-saving systems into homes as well as helping with many other needs. With other team members Beau is traveling throughout the 11-state Southern Region responding to disasters and serving on projects related to environmental stewardship, energy conservation, urban and rural development and infrastructure improvement.

’10 Bobbie Sue Chapman is employed with Bay Valley Foods in North East, Pa.


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Jeff Dulik and Jiyoon Song in Februar y 2010 in Orange County, Calif. Jeff works in sales operations for MercedesBenz, USA in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Jiyoon is director of finance for Veterinary Pet Insurance in Brea. They live in Ladera Ranch with their two rescue dogs, Dax and Daisy. Sarah Bergin and Neil McEwen at the University Club of Chicago on Oct. 23, 2010. “As it coincidentally was Allegheny Homecoming, the alums in attendance paid tribute to the school by posing with an Allegheny banner,” Sarah writes. Seated left to right are Amy Jo Seaman Stavnezer ’94, Dan Stavnezer ’93, Sarah and Neil, and Marla Deluca Capsambelis ’93. Standing are Jim Smith ’94, Heather Smith, maid of honor Nicole York ’93, Aaron Joyce ’93, Mike Capsambelis ’94, Hayyal Ighneim ’94, Jason Heideloff ’95 and Runa Ighneim. Sarah and Neil reside in Chicago and write that they welcome visitors anytime. You can reach them at

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ley on Oct. 9, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y. Gators in attendance included bridesmaids Amanda Ciranni ’03, Kristen Gall ’03, Abigale Klinshaw Terrana ’04 and Heather Andersen Krakehl ’04 and attendants Nikki Morton ’03, Alicia Debelak ’03, Carrie Perkis ’03, Ian Condon ’03 and Caitlin Sutorius ’07. Adriana is an attorney specializing in Medicare law at Maximus Federal Services, and Ryan is a department manager at Wegmans. They reside in Webster, N.Y.


D Kristen Walcott and Benjamin “Beau” Justice at the University of Virginia Colonnade Club in Charlottesville on Sept. 18, 2010. They honeymooned in London, Paris and Bruges. Kristen is getting her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia, and Beau is a network engineer at Vocus in Lanham, Md.

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Carly Colatch and Jordan Hill on June 6, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh. Gators in attendance included bridesmaids Stephanie Kreutter ’06 and Dana Griswold West ’06, Brian L a s s e r ’0 6 , E l i z a b e t h Fe r g u s o n ’0 6 , Amanda Knowles ’06, Justin Gable ’08 and Ashleigh Fox ’02. The Rev. Austin Hornyak ’01 performed the ceremony. The reception was held at PPG Aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Carly and Jordan—who met when Carly studied at Lancaster University in England, where Jordan was a student—live in Leeds, England, where they both work as digital account managers. F Emily Deering and Carter Crosby on July 17, 2010, in St. Ann’s Episcopal Church By the Sea in Kennebunkport, Maine, close to Emily’s hometown of Hollis. Many of those


Benjamin and Nichol Forbes: a daughter, Edna Beatrice, on Sept. 17, 2010. Edna joins her older brother, Beckett. The Forbes family lives in Fredericksburg, Va.



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in attendance were Emily’s lacrosse teammates. Pictured, left to right, in the first row are Kathryn Damico ’08 and unofficial Gator lacrosse mascot “Norma.” Second row: Danielle Parsons ’06, Lesley Stange ’08, Laura Hoch ’08, Ashley Rogerson ’06 and Ashley Hughes ’08. Third row: Lisa Hardej, Lana Cannon ’08, Emily Naples ’06, Lindsay Vance ’06, Kelly Towns ’07 and Anna Gordon ’06. Fourth row: Lynn Zlotkowski, Marcie Langford ’06, Carter and Emily, Lauren Byrne ’06, Sara Roberts ’06 and Danielle Robine Taylor ’06. Fifth row: Brook Bowley and Rebecca Milbert ’06. Emily, who was assistant lacrosse coach at Allegheny from 2006 to 2008, earned her M.A. in communication studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she was also an adjunct faculty member. Carter, Allegheny assistant swim coach from 2006 to 2008, is an assistant coach for swimming and diving at the University of Pittsburgh, after earning his M.S. in kinesiology from Indiana University. They live in Pittsburgh. G A m a n d a Ko p n i t s k y ’0 6 a n d F r a n k Palermo III ’06 on Aug. 20, 2010, at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Bethel Park, Pa. A reception followed at the Hilton at Southpointe. Many Gators were in attendance, including bridesmaids Eileen Gallagher ’06 and Michelle Manni ’05 and groomsmen Andrew Moore ’06, Steven Noorbakhsh ’06 and Richard Whitlock III ’06. Amanda and Frank took a honeymoon trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They reside in Upper St. Clair, Pa. Frank is a certified public accountant at Palermo, Kissinger, and Associates in Washington, Pa., and Amanda is a second-degree program nursing student at Waynesburg University.

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Caroline Adamson-Adrian and her husband, Jim Adrian: their first child, Kellan Charles Adrian, on April 14, 2010. “Kellan joins the fa m ily, which includes three d o g s a n d t wo h o r s e s ,” Carrie writes. “Jim manages distributor execution for MillerCoors in Golden, Colo., and I will complete my PhD in canine biomechanics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in the spring of 2011. We re s ide in B e r thou d a n d thoroughly enjoy family life and all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer!” Lisa Selnekovic Zarwell and her husband, Todd: a son, Mason James, on May 24, 2010. He joins big brother Drew, who is 2 years old.



’08, groomsman Benny Limegrover ’09 and Lou L e v i n e ’0 8. Bre nt a nd Lindsay live in Columbus, where Brent is continuing his education at Ohio State and Lindsay is a high school teacher. I Rachel Pileggi and Matt Young on July 24, 2010. The wedding party in c lu d e d Laur en Paladino ’08, Alison Helfrich ’08, Pete Obourn ’08 and Colt Viehdorfer ’08. “The many Gators in attendance helped to make our wedding day a dream come true!” Rachel writes. J JoAnn Yovetich and Mateo Villa on July 24, 2010, in Pittsburgh. Gators in attendance included bridesmaids Meghan Collins ’08, Ellis Arato ’08, Ashley Bolton Amboyer ’07, Cristina Lazzaro ’08 and Carrie Miller ’09 and groomsmen Drew Stelzer ’09, Adam Lieb ’07 and Sean Garrit y ’08, as well as 2008 classmates Angie Ricciardi, Sarah Botti, Sarah Winter, Eric Neuenschwander, Nick Lieb, Natalie Nagy Bell, Ross Simcoe, Amy Erdlen and Matt Salera. JoAnn and Mateo reside in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. JoAnn teaches math at Mt. Lebanon High School and Mateo is an account executive at St. Moritz Building Services.


“My husband Bud and I welcomed Evan Reid Dieckmann on April 22, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas,” writes Megan McKee Dieckmann. “As a two-time breast cancer survivor, I can say that Evan’s birth is a miracle that we never expected. We thank God for every day with him. We can be reached at megan_mckee_dieckmann@”

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a son, Cole Matthew, on Dec. 22, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie. “He weighed 4 lbs. 1 oz., and surprised us a little early just before Christmas,” Re gina and Jason write. Jason works as a hematologist/ oncologist at the Yo l a n d a G . B a r c o Oncology Institute in Meadville. Regina is a family practice physician, currently working in urgent care.

Charles F. Whit aker I V and his wife, Christinia: a daughter, Cerenity Elizabeth, on Oct. 4, 2010. Cerey is the granddaughter of Charles F. Whitaker III ’66 and the great-granddaughter of the late Charles F. Whitaker Jr. ’37 and Betsy Robinson Whitaker ’38. Chad, Chrissy and Cerey live in Coldwater, Michigan, where Chad and Chrissy own Select Health, P.C. Allegheny Magazine

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Florence Green Lippolt on Jan. 17, 2011. During World War II, she worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the 1950s and 1960s she taught English and Virginia history at middle schools in Arlington, Va. Following her retirement, she did volunteer work at the Smithsonian Institution. Sur vivors include a daughter, Karen Martin, and a son, Paul.







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Kelly Kosek and Jason Wheat: a son, Sawyer Ryan Kosek-Wheat, on Sept. 29, 2010. “My sister-in-law, Jennifer Taormina Kosek, gave Saw yer his first Allegheny T-shir t when he was just hours old!” Kelly writes. “We are living in University Heights, Ohio, and can be reached at kelly.kosek@”

Nick and Lisa Radio: their second son, Zachary Reid, on Oct. 1, 2010.

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Kate Buddie Giordano and her husband, Chuck: a daughter, Giuliana Shannon. “Giuliana was born two months early on August 9, 2010 at Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster, Pa.,” Kate writes. “She is exceeding all expectations for a preemie and enjoying life at home after a long stay in the NICU!”

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Jennifer Frietsch Ehrlich and Seth Ehrlich: a son, Maclain Oliver, on Nov. 1, 2010, in Vail, Colo. “We are so excited he is here and we are enjoying life as a family in the Rocky Mountains,” Jennifer and Seth write.


band, Eric Reinagel: a daughter, Emerson Belle Reinagel, on July 25, 2010. “Emmy was welcomed by her big sister, Rowan Scout (2 years),” Aimee writes. “We’re all doing well, and are enjoying life with our two little girls.” F Jeremy and Mandy ’03 Noonan: a daughter, Avery May, on Oct. 2, 2010. “She joins her big brother Brady, who absolutely adores her!” Mandy writes. G Sarah Mizer Swigert and her husband, Matthew: twin sons, Andrew Wayne and Evan James, on Aug. 24, 2010. “Big brother Ethan, 4, is adjusting well!” Sarah writes.

D John Lee and Kendra Stanton Lee ’02: a son, Tatum, on May 20, 2010. “Tatum joins big sister Madigan in making sure the home will never be clean again,” Kendra writes.

’03 H Lindsay Smith Beck and her hus-

Adam and Jackie Meurer: a son, Locke Carnahan, on Dec. 21, 2010. “He arrived on time with a full head of hockey hair,” Adam writes. “Despite the sweet mullet, mom and baby are doing great, while big brother Dex is working on the new ground rules. Thanks for all the well wishes and please drop us a line if you know a good infant hair stylist.”

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band, Adam: their first child, Ethan William, on Oct. 5, 2010, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.V.

Williams Conti and Chris Conti: their first child, Sydney Jane, on Aug. 20, 2010.


Alicia Haley and Michael Kozak: a daughter, Madeleine Haley Kozak, on July 18, 2010.


Frances “Nellie” Hyde Butts on Sept. 14, 2010.The first female teacher in the Mahoningtown (Pa.) School District, she also taught at Union High School. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in New Castle. Sur vivor s include three daughters, Susan Swab, Carolee Wharry and Deborah Lasky; a son, David; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.Her husband, Milton, preceded her in death.

’36 Samuel Zeigler on Sept. 8, 2010.

A graduate of Pittsburgh Dental School, he operated a practice in Bradford, Pa., until his retirement in 1991. An Army medic in World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Silver Star. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bradford and served on the Bradford School Board in the 1960s. Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Herzog; a son, Joel; and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Dorothy; a son, Samuel; and a grandson, Robert.

’39 Dorothy Morrison Collins on Nov.

28, 2010. She taught French and English at West Middlesex High School in Hermitage, Pa., for 13 years and was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon. Survivors include two sons, John and Ronald; five granddaughters; and 11 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and a son, Darryl.

Mary Brickman Gamble on Feb. 2, 2011. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College, she had worked in the personnel department of Talon Inc. Survivors include two sons, John and Bruce; a daughter, Martha; and four grandchildren. Her husband, John ’36, preceded her in death.

’40 Alex Hart on Jan. 19, 2011. He was

a member of the Allegheny College Sports Hall of Fame. He had a 42-year career as a scientist with Anchor-Hocking Glass, serving as director of the package-engineering laboratory in Lancaster, Ohio, and later as division vice president and general manager of the closure group. He retired as executive vice president in 1982. He was an elder and taught Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church and led the fund-raising campaign for the Lancaster YMCA. After a move to Naples, Fla., he volunteered with the Naples Community Hospital, Meals on

Wheels and the genealogy department of the Collier County Library. He was an elder and deacon with the First Presbyterian Church of Naples. Survivors include two sons, Alex and Edward; three daughters, Anne and Georgia Hart and Miriam Foley; grandchildren; and two sisters, Edith Mostoller and Florence Watson. His wife, Rosemary, preceded him in death. Barbara Johnston Zarbock on Dec. 2, 2010. A graduate of Barnard College, she owned a mail-order business, Heritage Hill Patterns, and in 1975 published The Complete Book of Rug Hooking. Survivors include two daughters, Heidi Lindy and Sarah Zarbock; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothea Alpaugh ’53. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; a daughter, Linda; and two brothers, Paul ’39 and Jim ’46.

’41 Ann

Albright Olsen on Nov. 30, 2010. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Allegheny, she received her nursing degree from Kent State in 1980 and until her retirement was a nurse at Happy Hearts, Ashcraft and the Red Cross. She was a member of the First Presby terian Church of Ashtabula, Ohio, and was past chairman of the board of the YMCA. Survivors include two sons, Peter and Einar; a daughter, Sigrid; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Peter ’49. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and a brother, Roger.

’43 Ruth Fulton Bayless on Oct. 3, 2010.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol Rinehart, Nancy Tisch and Sally Bowles; a son, Ray; nine grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Her husband, Charles ’41, preceded her in death. Osborn Belt on Sept. 10, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; three daughters, Diane Zitzman, Julie Needham ’75 and Becky Rose; and six grandchildren.

’44 Virginia

Chester Herrick on Jan. 19, 2011. She worked as a news analyst in the public relations department of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. for 41 years. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death.


Elizabeth Shryock Bailey on Dec. 8, 2010. During World War II she worked at Keystone Ordnance Works to suppor t the war effor t. She attended the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meadville and was one of the first female pilots in northwest Pennsylvania. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Phillis and Susan Leveto; a son, Robert; nine grandchildren; and 16 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert ’43; two brothers and two sisters.


Marjorie Sweet Cooper on Nov. 15, 2010. A member of St. Andrew Episcopal

Church in Mentor, Ohio, which she had served as parish administrator, she also taught community theater classes. Survivors include a daughter, Polly; two sons, Peter and Jonathan; five grandchildren; and a greatgrandson. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death.

’48 William R. Hill on Nov. 30, 2010. He

served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 493rd Battalion Battery B, where he became a tank commander. A graduate of Jefferson Medical School and the Eye and Ear Hospital in Pittsburgh, he practiced ophthalmology for 33 years. Survivors include his wife, Ann; two daughters, Deborah Staudt and Susan Carlson; a son, David; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Wingert. A son, William, preceded him in death.

George Hopkins on Oct. 30, 2010. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he earned his master’s degree in Rochester, N.Y., and his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University. He worked in plasma physics research at General Atomic in San Diego and published extensively. Following his retirement, he worked in the reactor program at MIT. He was also a licensed pilot and a member of the First Congregational Church of Camden, Maine. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Alan; a daughter, Susan; a granddaughter; two great-grandsons; a brother, John; and a sister, Mary Greene. Harriet Eastman Kennedy on Nov. 17, 2010. With her husband, Bud, she owned and operated Kennedy’s Hardware in Cranesville, Pa. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kay Pomeroy and Susan Hamilton; a son, William; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Lois Green Ritchie on Sept. 24, 2010. A member of the Seneca Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, Fla., she sang in church choirs and volunteered in hospitals. She was also a licensed private pilot. Survivors include six daughters, Cindy O’Neil, Debbie Babinicz, Patty Werner, Laurie Guild, Karen Woodward and Marge Johnson; a son, Hal Nixon; 17 grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Her husband, Jack, preceded her in death.


Ellen Albright Dwyer on Nov. 11, 2010. She was a member of Crafton (Pa.) United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Eugene; a sister, Mary Lautanen; and two brothers, George and Denton.


Marjorie Carr on Dec. 11, 2010. She worked for GE in Schenectady, N.Y., and later as a clerk at LCBA. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Erie. Survivors include a brother, Norman. Cosmo Catalano Sr. on Jan. 27, 2011. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served with the

Pacific Fleet. He earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and in 1966 joined the University of Iowa Theatre Department, following appointments at Ohio University and the University of Massachusetts. At Iowa he was professor in charge of acting and directing. He also served as department chair and as managing director of the Iowa Summer Rep. He directed more than 100 productions for the university’s theatre department, including musicals and operas. He also performed in and directed several productions at Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre. He helped found the American College Theatre Festival, and two of his Iowa productions advanced to the national ACTF Showcase at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1993 he was honored with the Kennedy Center/ACTF Gold Medallion for Lifetime Service. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Smith Catalano ’48; a daughter, Lee; a son, Cosmo Jr.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Richard and Robert; and a sister, Rosmarie. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tess. John Graham on July 9, 2010. A retired banker, he earned his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. Samuel Haszelbart on Aug. 6, 2010. He had served in the Navy during World War II. Formerly of Pittsburgh and Littleton, Colo., he was a retired rancher and civic leader in Elizabeth, Colo. He also founded the Odyssey Ranch Head Injury Program. Survivors include a daughter, Heidi; two sons, Bart and William; and two grandchildren. His wife, Patricia Griffiths Haszelbart ’51, preceded him in death. Dick Lord on Dec. 4, 2010. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy on the USS Chukawan. A co-owner of L.L. Lord Plumbing in Meadville, he later worked as director of physical facilities at Albion College, the University of Richmond and SUNY Fredonia, from which he retired. He served on the advisory board of the DunkirkFredonia Salvation Army. Survivors include his wife, Alice; four daughters, Susan Hart, Patricia Pahk, Linda Duckworth and Nancy McCune; three sons, Dick Jr., David and Douglas ’84; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel ’42, and an infant daughter, Priscilla. Anne Hershey Shaffer on Nov. 16, 2010. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sororit y, she worked for Armstrong Cork in Pittsburgh af ter graduation. She volunteered with the Republican Par t y and with the Living Deser t in Palm Deser t, Calif. Survivors include her husband, Richard; a daughter, Betsy Kesner; a son, David; and two granddaughters.

’51 John Dickinson on Jan. 4, 2011. A member of Phi Gamma Delta and a former

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Each year at Reunion the College community holds a service of worship and remembrance in Ford Chapel to honor the memory of alumni who died in the preceding year.

Marine, he was a senior executive with Alcoa and later with the Aluminum Association of America. Survivors include two sons, Q. Todd ’74 and John; three stepchildren; a granddaughter; and a sister, Ann Kurtz. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet. David Patterson on Jan. 2, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Mar y Gail; a daughter, Deborah Burdsall ’78, and her husband, Rick ’78; two sons, Bruce and Bentley; six grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Beth Hagamen. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Darlene, and a grandson. Clifford Skinner Jr. on Jan. 31, 2011. He received his M.D. from Temple School of Medicine in Philadelphia and did his residency at the University of Colorado. A pediatrician, he was physician-in-chief at the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, which he joined in 1965. He held many positions during his 32 years of service, including the first chief of pediatrics, chairman of the board of directors and physician-inchief Sacramento. Although he retired in 1994 as physician-in-chief, he continued his pediatric practice. Survivors include three sons, Clifford III, Mark and Roger; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank and Don ’54. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and a sister, Ruth Ann Hirschman ’49.


Diane Luvaas Lerohl on Oct. 7, 2010. She spent 16 years as the music teacher at Eden Prairie Middle School in Eden Prairie, Minn., and for 21 years was the organist at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minn. Survivors include her husband, Howard; three daughters, Kristin Lerohl, Kathy Lerohl Croyle ’80 and Kim Lerohl; a son, Mark; eight grandchildren; nieces Karen Luvaas Kucera ’76, Diane Luvaas Buckius ’78 and Amy Luvaas Miller ’92; and nephew Eric Luvaas ’86. She was preceded in death by her parents, Morten J. and Agnes Olsen Luvaas; a brother, Jay Luvaas ’49; and a sister-in-law, Vera Lee Luvaas ’47. “She cherished her years at Allegheny,” writes her daughter Kathy, “and especially her participation in the Singers under the direction of her father.” H. Donn McCafferty on Sept. 8, 2010. A member of Theta Chi and a graduate of George Washington University, he also did graduate work at Tufts and Harvard. During 38

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the Korean War, he served at the Pentagon with the U.S. Air Force. He taught in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and served in leadership roles with the Vermont State Department of Education for 22 years. He was president of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1981 to 1984 and also had served as chairman of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. Survivors include a sister, Janice McWilliams. Linda Dowdell Trumpore on Oc t. 10, 2010. She taught fourth grade in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for three years. An a c t i v e member of the Methodist Church in Sauger ties, N.Y., she was a Girl Scout leader and also volunteered with the Boy Scouts. Survivors include a son, George; t wo daughters, Virginia Trumpor and Bonnie Whitten; three grandsons; and a brother, Lanse. Her husband, George ’51, preceded her in death.


Rod Davenport on Oct. 28, 2010. A veteran of the U. S. Army who served from 1953 to 1955, he taught English and history in the DuBois (Pa.) School District and also farmed. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish, Falls Creek. Survivors include his wife, Ann; three sons, David, Patrick a n d Stephen; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Robert.

’56 Nancy Engstrom Kern on Sept. 6,

2010. She earned a master’s degree from Colgate University. Until her retirement in 1996, she taught mathematics at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School in Fair Haven, N.J., for 40 years. She also served on the town council and was the town’s first woman mayor. Survivors include her husband, Bill, and a daughter, Whitney.

’58 Harold Bloom on Nov. 14, 2010. He

was a veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Helen “Lynn”; a son, Mark; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by a son, H. Thomas Bloom II.


Valerie DiPipi Alexander-Brown on Nov. 25, 2010. She earned a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University and taught French and Spanish at Hollywood Hills High School for over 30 years. Survivors include a son, Kirk; a daughter, Amy; two granddaughters; a sister, Dolores Muyskens; and a brother, Marc. Sandra Wood on Dec. 3, 2010. She worked for many years in testing and evaluation for the St. Louis Board of Education. A member of the executive committee of her local chapter of the Sierra Club, she helped to plant and manage the Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, Ill. An active member of the League of Women Voters, she served as an Alton Democratic Committeeman. Survivors include three sons, Richard, Mark and Paul Edelman; seven

grandchildren; a brother, Bill; and a sister, Penny Riegle.

’60 Catherine

Owen McLaughlin on Dec. 24, 2010. She was a graduate of Villa Maria College who earned a master’s in education from Allegheny. Until her retirement, she taught in the Erie (Pa.) and Millcreek School Districts. Survivors include a daughter, Emily Fees; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi Myers and Florence Sopp; and a brother, Frederick Owen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard.


James Donato on Jan. 22, 2011. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he had ser ved in the Militar y Police while stationed in Gop pingen, Germany, from 1962 through 1964. He then worked with the Middlesex Count y ( N . J.) S h e r i f f ’s D e p a r tm e nt, a d va n c in g from cour t clerk, juvenile and domestic re lation s a s signme nt cle r k , a nd f ina lly civil assignment clerk of Middlesex County Cour t House. He retired in 2000. He was a member of St. Mar y of Mount Virgin Church in New Brunswick, N.J. Sur vivors include his wife, Mar y; a daughter, Justine; a son, James; a granddaughter; and a brother, Rober t. Bill Seybold on Jan. 9, 2011. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea. He was a well-known artist and sign painter. A member of the Meadville Community Theatre for more than 35 years, he acted in productions as well as designing and painting sets. Sur vivors include a son, Brett, and two granddaughters.

’64 James Cavendish on July 6, 2010.

A member of Phi Delta Theta, he received an M.S. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004, after 32 years in research and development, he retired as a principal research scientist with General Motors. He served for a time as an assistant math department head and published extensively, receiving a U.S. patent for the surface modeling technique Innersurf, which was used to facilitate the production of car body panels. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Reed Cavendish ’67; a daughter, Schelley; a son, Matthew; and five grandchildren.

Barbara McMurray Garber on Feb. 10, 2010. Survivors include her brother, Gio.

’66 Kristian Cordtz of Charlottenlund,

Denmark, in June 2010. He was a student at Allegheny during the 1964– 65 academic year. He and his wife, Lise Lotte Frederiksen, attended the Class of 1966 40-year reunion on campus in 2006.

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’68 Charles Waugaman on Dec. 6, 2010.

A graduate of the University of the Arts and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminar y in Philadelphia, he received his master’s from Allegheny. He headed the visual arts department at Judson College and served churches in Maine, Connecticut and Pennsylvania until 1997, when he retired to Vermont. Survivors include a daughter, Marlene Gibson; four sons, Bradford, Seth, Peter and Nathaniel; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Joan Hoiser and Kathleen Jay.


Robert Nelson on Jan. 18, 2011. Following two years of service in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a master of arts and a Ph.D. in mathematics. He taught at Mary Washington College and in 1983 joined the mathematics faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. He retired in 2010. Survivors include his mother, Ruth; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Joan Shreve.

’83 William Charles on Sept. 11, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was an optician for Your Family Eye Doctor in Murrysville and North Huntingdon, Pa. Survivors include his mother, Ann, and two sisters, Carol and Barbara.

’87 Christian

Gaudlitz on March 16, 2010. A member of Phi Delta Theta, he owned several small businesses in Long Beach, Calif., and was a longtime scoutmaster. Survivors include his wife, Silvia; twin sons, Justin and William; his mother, Shirley; two brothers, Jay ’81 and Erich ’82; and a sister, Justine Han ’92.


Laura Klopfer Wright on Jan. 30, 2011. President of Alpha Delta Pi while at Allegheny, she received her MBA from St. Bonaventure University and studied at Beijing Institute of Technology. She worked in human resources in Jamestown, Fairview and Erie, Pa., and in Lakewood, N.Y. She also taught as adjunct faculty at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College and Jamestown Community College. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, N.Y. Survivors include her husband, Clive “Bo” ’90; a son, Clive; her parents, Judith and Arthur; a sister, Alicia Bryant; a sister-in-law, Katherine Everett ’88; and her maternal grandmother, Mildred Henry.

Trustee Emeritus, Alumni Medalist Willard “Bill” Tillotson, Jr., who served as an Allegheny College trustee for more than twenty years, died on Oct. 14, 2010. He had served in the U.S. Army for two years before enrolling at Allegheny in 1948. First elected as a trustee in 1984, he headed the College’s investment committee for many years and is credited with helping to revolutionize the board’s oversight of the College’s finances. “He spent a lot of time getting the College’s investment strategies for the endowment straightened out,” says his friend, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brother, and fellow trustee Steve Graffam ’53. “It was because of him that the College developed a strong investment strategy. He recognized the need and he did it because he loved Allegheny.” Bill Tillotson chaired the “Leadership Gifts for Pittsburgh” portion of the Campaign for Allegheny College and later served on the steering committee of the Tradition & Transformation campaign. He and his wife, Carol Hefren Tillotson ’54, were generous supporters of the College throughout their lives, and a large dining room in the Tippie Alumni Center is named in their honor. In 2007 the College awarded him its oldest and most prestigious alumni award, the Alumni Medal, in gratitude for his more than fifty years of dedicated service and insightful leadership. His integrity, hard work, and sound financial sense were the foundation for the company he created in 1948 and continued to guide, Hefren-Tillotson, one of the oldest and largest full-service investment advisory firms headquartered in western Pennsylvania. He was also well known as a supporter of the arts in western Pennsylvania. In 2001 Vectors/Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization that promotes leadership experiences and service to the community, named him the Man of the Year in Finance and Central Penn Business Journal named Hefren-Tillotson the Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania, an honor that was earned multiple times. This year Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania honored him posthumously by naming him a Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Sharon Gallagher and Kim Tillotson Fleming; a son, Craig; two sisters, Cherie Anderson and Sandra Reed; and nine grandchildren, including Grant Fleming ’11. Kim Fleming has followed in her father’s footsteps as a trustee of the College.


Nicholas Silva on Nov. 28, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident. He was a standout football player during his years at Allegheny and also volunteered working with underprivileged children. Survivors include his parents, Francisco and Kelley; two brothers, Francis and Jonathan; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Martha; and his maternal grandfather, Vincent O’Rourke.

Frie nd s Martha Harry on July 15, 2010. Until her retirement in 1996 she worked in the dining halls at Allegheny. Survivors include three daughters, Christina Waid, Dorothy Adamcik and Bonita Decker; four sons, Michael,

Jeffrey, David and Paul; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Henry McAdoo on Feb. 3, 2011. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a plumbing and heating specialist at the College for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Roger and Randy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Allegheny Magazine

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The Last Word B y M a tt L a c o m b e ’ 1 1


Academically Adrift? Not at Allegheny

new book is setting off academic alarms in America. Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses makes a straightforward argument: students, while receiving better grades than their predecessors, are not learning a great deal during their undergraduate years. The results are striking: 45 percent of students fail to accrue any significant gains in their critical-thinking, complex reasoning, and writing abilities during their first two years of college, with 36 percent demonstrating no such gains at the end of four years. Based on data from the Collegiate Learning Assessment, Arum and Roksa’s analysis indicates that the likely culprit is the lack of academic rigor in undergraduate coursework. A third of the 2,300 students studied reported not taking any classes that required more than 40 pages of reading per week and half said they were enrolled exclusively in courses that assigned fewer than 20 pages of writing throughout an entire semester. While institutional introspection is a good practice at any college, my experience leads me to believe that Allegheny doesn’t need to delve into the type of soul-searching that is—or should be—going on at many other schools in light of Academically Adrift. To understand why, one need go no further than Allegheny’s course catalogue. The College’s curriculum includes distinctive features that encourage the development of skills that seem to be so sorely lacking from the repertoire of undergraduates at other institutions. The Freshman Seminar series—one class during each of a student’s first three semesters—is designed to cultivate critical reading and writing abilities early in college careers. Junior Seminar courses, a requirement for all students, prepare them for the senior project by focusing on their abilities to both critically analyze the work of other scholars and approach their own research. And finally there is the senior project, an Allegheny rite of passage in which students pursue significant research on a topic of their choice within their field of study—an experience that takes most of us deep into the land of rigor. While the College’s systematic approach to the development of critical thinking skills is evidenced by its graduation requirements, one gets an even better picture of the stimulating challenges of being a student here by taking a look at what we’re actually doing during our time on the hill. A recent example is senior Tony Dipre.


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Anchoring Allegheny indoor track’s Distance Medley Relay at the NCAA championship meet in March, Tony dominated the field during the race’s final leg, charging quickly to the front of the pack and then running away from the field over the relay’s closing laps, securing Allegheny a national championship in track. What most of those who witnessed Dipre’s awe-inspiring performance didn’t know was that, at the time, he was in the midst of a 60-page senior project, combining his majors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies, that analyzes the effects of group involvement, religiosity, and exercise on stress. Dipre demonstrates Allegheny’s strengths well because of the depth of his engagement. He isn’t just an athlete pursuing two majors. He’s an All-American choosing a long, difficult, independent intellectual adventure that appeals to his whole person. My own experience has been characterized by achievements I didn’t think possible: I produced a research paper in my Junior Seminar (in early 2010) that detailed the potential power of the use of social media among young people in popular uprisings in the Middle East and am currently working on a combined Political Science/Economics senior project that analyzes the formation and implementation of presidential economic policy in light of the politically contentious attempts of the Obama Administration to jolt the economy out of recession. I’ve worked on the Center for Political Participation’s civility project, competed in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Allegheny’s third-place team, and will start work for a national consulting firm in June. The real value of an Allegheny education is seen in its students’ ability to succeed in lots of different contexts. The College’s graduates this May will go in many directions. What will unify them as they walk away from their home on the hill is their ability to use their critical thinking skills and their predilection for deep engagement to continue learning new things each day. To think critically is really to commit to learning over the course of a lifetime; engaged minds can adapt to unstable conditions by finding unique ways to confront new problems. The inherent rigor of Allegheny’s curriculum, combined with the enthusiasm and energy of its students and the deep commitment of its faculty to teaching, means there’s not much academic drifting here. Instead the intellectual locomotion is purposeful, and invigorating—and feels like it will last lifetimes. =

Allegheny Magazine-Spring 2011  

Magazine for Allegheny College alumni, parents and friends.

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