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Centenary conferred degrees on 264 students during a ceremony at the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center on January 14.
2 View from the Dome The latest news and notes from Centenary College.
6 On the Verge of Discovery Collaboration and innovative programs make the Centenary Experience like no other. 10 Introducing Ways to Give The Office of College Relations introduces directed giving to alumni and friends. Departments Cyclones Update ... 12 Class News and Notes ... 14 The Last Word ... 24
On the Cover: Erin Durkin ’13 and Assistant Professor of English Richard Sévère, Ph.D., work in the Centenary Writing Collaboratory.
Bianca Santulli ’12 gives her valedictory address. The TheCentenarian Centenarian 1
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NEWS FROM CENTENARY COLLEGE College Trustee, delivered two lectures on inclusion last fall, “Race and Human Relations in America: An Evolutionary Perspective,” on October 19, 2011, and “The Three-Fifths Compromise: Our Nation’s Heritage and Burden,” on November 14, 2011. An eloquent speaker, Dr. Burrell brought his full scope of personal experiences to reflect on racial equality. Born in Mississippi when racial segregation was still public policy, Dr. Burrell attended Tennessee State University and was a member of the United States
Towards a More Inclusive Society “All races in America have experienced some form of segregation, but it is really a tribute to America when we take an honest look at where we started from, to where we are now.” Dr. Howard L. Burrell Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecturer
Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lectureship addresses race relations The 2011–2012 Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lectureship is producing honest and thoughtprovoking discussions on race relations in America, within the Centenary College community and beyond. That is exactly what organizers of this year’s lectureship were counting on. “We’re committed to starting a campus-wide dialogue to strengthen the inclusive environment of the community,” said Associate Professor of Social Work Terri Klemm, who also serves as Chair of Centenary’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion. “Hearing the experiences and perspectives of others helps broaden our awareness.” The Hon. Dr. Howard L. Burrell, a Centenary
Air Force ROTC program. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He retired from the U.S. military with the rank of Major, became a successful businessman and moved his family to Vernon, N.J., where Dr. Burrell became the first African-American to serve on the Vernon Board of Education and Township Council. He was also the first African-American to serve as a Sussex County freeholder. “All races in America have experienced some form of segregation, but it is a tribute to America when we take an honest look at where we started from, to where we are now,” Dr. Burrell said. “We are all human, and human beings take time to do things.”
Musician. Actor. Author. Activist. On February 22 and 24, Centenary welcomed the second 2011–2012 Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Steve Earle. The musician, actor, author and political activist conducted a Q&A session during which the audience asked him how he juggles his many creative endeavors.
Helping Students Achieve the Dream UPS Foundation Scholarship awarded to Centenary senior
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Meet Randy Castillo ’12, an Accounting major at Centenary College and recipient of a UPS Foundation Scholarship. Castillo, who hails from West New York, N.J., was one of 14 students from New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities to receive a $2,400 need-based financial award this year. The Financial Aid Office, where Castillo has a work study position, nominated the Centenary student. The scholarships are made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., and distributed by the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ).
Earle’s musical career began in Nashville in the ’70s, where he was known as much for his wild ways as for his songs, which have been covered by artists as diverse as The Pretenders and Johnny Cash. Steve Earle
Although he still considers music his primary career, his body of work includes a short story collection, a play and a novel. His acting credits include recurring appearances on the HBO series The Wire and Treme. As a political activist, he has advocated against the death penalty and hosted a show on progressive radio station Air America from 2004–2007. The Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lectureship at Centenary College recognizes the dedication to the College of Joseph R. Ferry, Trustee from 1948 to 1976 and treasurer of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. It was established to set high standards and goals for students and faculty alike, and to enrich the quality of life on the Centenary campus.
Centenary SIFE Returns After a one-year hiatus, Centenary SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) has returned with its largest roster in program history (55 students) and an ambitious agenda. SIFE is an international organization that mobilizes college students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. For more than 10 years, members of C-SIFE have built an outstanding track record of service, innovation and competition. Since 1996 the team has garnered 13 regional championships and has been ranked among the top 40 colleges nationwide. Kathleen Naasz, an Assistant Professor in the Business Department who also serves as the team’s advisor, described four projects launched this year. They include: the Centenary College Green Pledge, a sustainability initiative conducted entirely on Facebook that encourages students to adopt simple lifestyle acts that have a big impact on the environment; the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
project, a program developed to promote the EITC and personal finance strategies to eligible families in northwestern New Jersey; and the Pearly Gates Mentorship program, a project that is already underway through a partnership with Centenary College’s Education Opportunity Program (EOP). The aim of this program is to encourage students in the state’s urban school districts to graduate high school and also equip them with skills needed to pursue post-secondary education. C-SIFE’s most ambitious initiative is Project Guapi, a project to help residents of Guapi, Colombia, launch a sustainable business. In the initial phase of the project, students are working with area artisans to develop and market a “leaf token” made of leftover wood that is the result of heavy deforestation in the region. Centenary students will sell the “leaf tokens” in the United States, and profits will be reinvested in a long-term business, Fair Trade wooden spoons. Project Guapi is especially timely, Professor Naasz points out, since the United States passed a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia in October. “All of the projects so far have touched people and made a difference in their lives at some level,” she added. C-SIFE will compete in this year’s regional championships on April 11, 2012, in New York. If the team captures the title, it will move on to the national championships to be held in Kansas City, Mo., in May.
Soldiers on Parade A unique assortment of lead toy soldiers and other memorabilia was recently exhibited at Taylor Memorial Library. The collection of detailed soldiers and military figures was lent to the Library by Earle T. Holsapple, Jr., ’99 HA, a Trustee Emeritus of Centenary College. Holsapple, a decorated veteran of World War II, has been a collector of toy soldiers since his childhood.
Call for Nominations: Distinguished Alumni Award Five alumni will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Brunch on Sunday, October 14, 2012, as part of the Homecoming & Alumni Weekend festivities, and we’re looking for your input. The award recognizes the personal or professional achievements of Centenary Alumni and their service to the College or the community-at-large. It was established during Centenary College’s 125th anniversary celebration in 1992, when 125 alumni were chosen. In 2002, 10 additional alumni were honored in conjunction with the inauguration of Centenary College President Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt. Selection criteria and a nomination form are downloadable at alumni.centenarycollege.edu. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2012. The Centenarian 3
VIEW FROM THE DOME Two Faculty Members Retire
Dr. Anne Felder in the lab.
Centenary is saying “goodbye” to two dedicated professors, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Anne Felder and Associate Professor of English Dr. John Holt. Dr. Felder retired at the end of the Fall semester. A native of South Carolina, she began teaching at Centenary in 1992. Dr. Holt, who joined the Centenary community in 1989, will retire at the end of the academic year. During his tenure he also served as Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department. “Dr. Felder and Dr. Holt have shaped the lives and careers of so many students at Centenary,” said College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite.
Dr. John Holt
Nancy Madacsi, Director of Centenary’s Taylor Memorial Library, also announced her retirement after 15 years of dedicated service.
“Dr. Felder and Dr. Holt have shaped the lives and careers of so many students at Centenary.”
Centenary Professor Retires from USAF
Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite President of Centenary College
happy to employ other knowledge and skills during her service in the military, Dr. Gaddy says she will miss “my friends, my troops, the camaraderie and even the regimentation and structure of the military. I didn’t always agree with it, but I liked the fact that as a commander, your judgment is trusted.”
Dr. Harriet Gaddy at her USAF retirement ceremony, with her mother, Bobbie Johnson.
The 2011–2012 academic year will be remembered for the eclectic group of writers and best-selling authors who appeared on the College’s main campus in Hackettstown, N.J. The notable group included: • Bill Evans, a nationally known meteorologist, who conducted a book reading and signing of his science-based thriller Dry Ice on October 13, 2011. Evans will return to Centenary to deliver the May 2012 Commencement keynote address. • New York Times best-seller Simon Winchester conducted a reading and signing of his new book 4 The Centenarian
Asked how she managed an academic career, a part-time psychology practice and service to her country, Dr. Gaddy responded: “I have no idea. I look back and marvel.” A psychologist who was
On the Centenary College campus, students know Dr. Harriet Gaddy as a psychology professor and program advisor for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. At the McGuire Air Force Base, she is Lt. Col. Gaddy, the 108th Force
Support Squadron Deputy Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), New Jersey Air National Guard. Lt. Col. Gaddy retired last October after 27 years of service to the United States Air Force (USAF), where her most recent role involved directing the personnel and services support for all members of the 108th Air Refueling Wing. The Centenary professor was also deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries,Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, on November 7, 2011. • The Centenary College Reading Simon Winchester Series began with best-selling author and short story writer Aryn Kyle on November 1, 2011. All of the author events at Centenary were free and open to the public. For information on Aryn Kyle upcoming appearances, please visit centenarycollege.edu.
only organizing body for K9 nose work titles and order recognition tests (ORT).
K9 nose work borrows elements employed to train dogs for search and rescue, explosives or narcotics detection and adapts the training for competition and recreation. The dogs that competed on the College’s main campus in Hackettstown sniffed out
Lackland Center Recognized with Tourism Award When the David and Carol Lackland Center was still in the planning stages, one of the goals for the stateof-the-art facility was to further cultural opportunities for Northwest New Jersey and to help make the region a destination. That vision has come to pass. Last November, the Lackland Center was honored with the Warren County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Award. Now in its 33rd year, the award is given to organizations or individuals who attract visitors to Warren County through unique and creative attractions or events. The Lackland Center is home to Centenary Stage Company and features the 485-seat Sitnik Theater and the black box Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater. Since its official opening last year, theater attendance has increased more than 100 percent. This season’s performances include: The Ladies Man, A Year with Frog and Toad, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, the Centenary Blues Festival and Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, among
Canine Competition Centenary hosts first nose work trial in New Jersey Eighty-four canines competed in the first nose work trial in New Jersey on December 31, 2011, and January 1, 2012. Centenary College hosted the competition under the auspices of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the
scents in the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center as well as other campus buildings and outside areas. “All of the competitors were very complimentary about the campus and its facilities,” said participant and Centenary alumnus Charles Linepensel ’96. “It was an outstanding day, at an outstanding event and outstanding location. It was a big plus for the sport, competitors, community and College.”
From New York to Paris Fine Arts professor puts Centenary on the map Last fall, a painting by Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Associate Director of International Programs Hyo-Chong Yoo was featured in two major art shows: “Nokemee” at the Maum Gallery in New York and “Art En Capital, Comparison 2011” at the Grand Palais Gallery in Paris. The intriguing still life is entitled Affinity and depicts many symbolic references to the pursuit of learning and knowledge. The Paris show included 447 artists representing 27 groups; Professor Yoo exhibited her work as part of “Coree,” a group comprised of herself and 15 other artists from Korea.
Jigs, Centenary Head Athletic Trainer and competition organizer Karin Damon’s K9 competitor, placed second in New Jersey’s first nose work trial.
The Fine Arts professor said she was especially impressed by the large turnout at the Grand Palais and the French people’s enthusiasm for art. “I was proud to be there,” she said. “As a painter, as a faculty member representing Centenary College and as a citizen of America.”
Affinity oil on canvas by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Hyo-Chong Yoo.
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Andrea Proctor â€™07 at historic Waterloo Village.
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The Centenary Experience has always been collaborative, relevant and hands-on for students. Now, Centenary faculty members are introducing even more innovative programs that are taking the College’s brand of career-centered instruction to a new level of experiential learning and helping to shape the future of American higher education. Winakung at Waterloo Inc. The Centenary community is unique in many ways, but one of its greatest qualities is the continued dedication of alumni. While its graduates contribute to the College through many admirable means, some have found ways to transform their relationship with the school by creating a partnership. When Andrea Proctor ’07 founded her not-forprofit corporation, she says she always intended on collaborating with her alma mater. Proctor, who received her B.A. in History, is the Director of Winakung at Waterloo Inc., the organization behind the Division of Parks and Forestry’s re-formation of the historic district of Waterloo Village, located in Byram Township, N.J. The collaborative concept appeared when Centenary College Assistant Professor of Education Emily Anderson became aware of the alumna’s endeavors.
Anderson. “This was a great experience for our preservice teachers to see how to connect experiential learning with the content areas they will teach.” Proctor knew that Education students would benefit from working at Waterloo. “It’s a great experience for students who are on the brink of deciding what they want to do after college,” she said. “It allows them to see that, although it can be difficult to get a job in school systems, there are many other ways to teach today.” Winakung’s founder is incredibly grateful for the projects and learning exercises Centenary students introduced. During the offseason, Proctor travels to many schools to teach about the Lenape. “They introduced us to new ways of teaching kids in a controlled, classroom environment,” she said. “We already knew what we were doing in our onsite tours, but their classroom activities have helped us branch out. It was an unexpected benefit.”
“I had been putting feelers out there for a while,” said Proctor. “It was so exciting when Professor Anderson reached out to me, interested in partnering with her Foundations of Education course.”
Proctor says that she has contacted the College about internship opportunities. When asked what major she is looking for in interns, she laughed, “History, Education, Business, Biology — we can find a place for everyone here!”
The revitalization of the Village has allowed Winakung at Waterloo Inc. to teach over 2,000 visitors about Lenape history and the Morris Canal transportation system. Anderson considered this to be an ideal, hands-on environment for her Education students to engage with public school students and teachers outside the traditional classroom environment.
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“Andrea and the staff at Winakung at Waterloo provided our students the opportunity to serve as volunteers for a school field trip,” said Professor
“It’s a great experience for students who are on the brink of deciding what they want to do after college.” Andrea Proctor ’07
The journalist and nonfiction author William Zinsser once noted that “writing is thinking on paper.” Thirteen Centenary students are gaining firsthand experience in facilitating the thinking and writing process for others through the Writing Collaboratory, a peer-to-peer writing laboratory that launched on the College’s main campus in Hackettstown in January. The Writing Collaboratory is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of English Richard Sévère, Ph.D.,
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Cover Story who saw an opportunity to leverage the talent and dedication of the College’s advanced writers to help improve student writing across the curriculum. Located in the Edward W. Seay Administration Building, the English professor hopes students take full advantage of this new resource. “It’s not a matter of ‘fixing’ a paper. It’s about creating better writers,” Dr. Sévère noted.
Collaboratory volunteers Yuriy Khondo ’13 and Chris Fletcher ’13.
“These students recognize the importance of effective writing and communication. They recognize it and want to share it with their peers.” Dr. Richard Sévère Assistant Professor of English
The program is distinct in a number of ways: Students who volunteer for the Collaboratory take a six-week tutor training course that focuses on different aspects of writing, from how to approach a composition to the latest research and best practices on peer-to-peer instruction. These students also represent a diverse range of academic majors that includes English, Business, Fashion and Education. This provides even greater insight into the challenges their peers encounter in terms of writing. As a student in pursuit of a post-baccalaureate in secondary education, Erin Durkin ’13 says she greatly values the experience, especially considering her hopes to become a high school English teacher. “We came together as a collective of diverse majors and our goal is to build our ethos throughout the College,” she said. “As students, we know what they’re going through, and we want it to be known that we’re here to help.” “These students recognize the importance of effective writing and communication,” commented Dr. Sévère. “They recognize it and want to share it with their peers.” This commitment is evident in the day-today operation of the Collaboratory. According to organizers, students have taken ownership of the project by creating the logo, determining the mission statement and drafting policies. “Our mission is to have as many people as possible utilize our services,” said Finance major Yuriy Khondo ’13. “We’re not only helping them write, but we’re helping them communicate and we’re also promoting inclusion throughout the community.”
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Law & Order in Real Life As future law enforcement officials, Centenary’s Criminal Justice majors have numerous opportunities to experience the latest practices and innovations in the field. This included a trip to the New York Police Department (NYPD) Real Time Crime Center in Lower Manhattan last December. Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Norman Cetuk, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology Christopher Linne ’02/04 and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice George Petersen accompanied a group of Centenary students to gain first-hand insights into the NYPD’s $11 million centralized technology center that provides field officers and others instant and comprehensive information to help identify patterns and stop emerging crime. “We’re trying to give our students a sense of how criminal justice and law enforcement has gone high tech since 9/11,” explained Professor Linne. Equally important, he stressed, was the side visit to Zuccotti Park to witness the Occupy Wall Street protests. The reason? “Students get a sense of the enormity of the issues facing police departments today and how complex it is.” Trips such as the visit to Lower Manhattan also spark significant discussion and debate on civil liberties, free speech and the challenges to maintaining the safety and well-being of others. “Students were able to see the First Amendment in process,” said Professor Linne. “That was an opening to discuss these very important issues that cops are confronted with on a daily basis.”
Sports Management Years ago, there was little educational emphasis on sports as a business. Today, as the industry grows into one of the world’s most lucrative, this once-small niche is rapidly becoming an important area of study for colleges and universities. To better prepare students for these special professions, Centenary College’s Sports Management program is encouraging its students to learn through firsthand experience.
“To prepare them, I urge them to take any kind of experience they can get,” said Assistant Professor of Sports Management David Perricone. Prior to teaching at Centenary, Perricone climbed the managerial ladder of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils organization. Throughout his 14 years with the team, he worked his way from being a staff assistant to the Senior Director of Merchandise.
College Sports Management Association (SMA). “I wanted to get students involved, but I wanted them to lead the charge,” he said. “I told them that it’s an organization ‘for and about you guys.’” While Perricone arranges guest speakers such as Meadowlands and Metlife Stadium executives, SMA students organize sports-related events and fundraisers. “They devise the plans and I let them run with it.”
To get his “foot in the door,” Perricone underwent an internship with a professional baseball organization, the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as one with the New Jersey Devils, all while majoring in Sports Management at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa. “Most students come in wanting to be a [General Manager], owner or agent,” he said. “I want them to learn through experience and that the industry offers many more opportunities.”
Through SMA, students have organized charitysporting events, rallied their peers for “White-Out” games in support of Centenary athletic teams and participated in many community service programs. Buono, who is also the General Manager of SMA, says that although she and her peers are doing the legwork, Perricone is making it all possible from the sideline. “The first thing he told us when we started was, ‘If you want to do something, we will make it happen — whatever and whenever,’” she said.
Kira Buono ’12, a Marketing and Sports Management major, credits multiple internships as her greatest experiences as a Centenary student. Talking about her time as an intern for the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship East Regional at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “This is something on my resume that clearly stands out and I will have stories to last a lifetime about how great my time with the NCAA was.”
According to Perricone, through these experiences, students are gaining an industry necessity — networking. As Centenary continues to provide the industry with outstanding interns, he says that current students are opening doors for those who follow. He laughed, “I always tell them when making contacts to ask for two business cards; one for them and one for me.”
In addition to urging his students to intern, Perricone created an extracurricular organization for them to exercise their skills, the Centenary
“The first thing he told us when we started was, ‘If you want to do something, we will make it happen — whatever and whenever.’” Kira Buono ’12, Marketing and Sports Management major
To hear more about Kira’s experiences at Centenary, visit alumni. centenarycollege.edu and click on the video.
Career Services Newsletter Keeping You Up-to-Date Centenary College’s state-of-the-art Career Center continues to prove its worth as a vital tool for students and alumni. According to Coordinator of Career Services Dorian Alu, they are tapping into the benefits of having a Career Center right on campus. To increase awareness, Career Services is now distributing a periodical newsletter displaying the benefits of the Center. “At the Career Center, communication is key,” said Alu. “Informing the College community about career fairs, work-study program advancements and the importance of an online presence increases our visibility with all Centenarians. We enjoy getting the word out that the Career Center is multi-faceted, committed to excellence and here for you.”
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Together, We Can Change Lives Ways to Give to Centenary This spring, the Office of College Relations re-introduced directed giving to alumni and friends of Centenary College. “We want Centenarians to have the ability to support their greatest passion,” said Senior Vice President for College Relations & Marketing Diane Finnan. “By choosing any one of the giving categories, donors contribute vital resources that make an important difference in the lives of our students.”
The Centenary Fund Annual gifts to The Centenary Fund help bridge the gap between tuition dollars and the total cost of a Centenary education. Each year, this support makes the dream of higher education possible for more than 3,000 students. Giving to The Centenary Fund can also enhance the value of your degree, as alumni giving is one of many factors used to determine college rankings and ratings within higher education.
Scholarships “If it hadn’t been for my scholarship from Centenary College…” is something many Centenarians say and experience. Past generations reaching out to help those who follow is a strong tradition at the College. Alumni, parents and friends are invited to establish scholarships that will help a student defray the cost of a Centenary education. Scholarships may be established to honor the donor or memorialize a loved one, friend or classmate.
The President’s Initiative Centenary has made great strides in recent years to enhance every aspect of the student experience: academic, cultural and social. The President’s Initiative builds on this momentum with a commitment to raise $1 million to improve facilities and services that affect the day-to-day lives of students. Donors who choose to support The President’s Initiative make a meaningful 10 The Centenarian
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impact through the creation of the Student Activity Center, and will continue to make an impact with the upgrade of sophomore residence hall lounges and resource improvements in the Taylor Memorial Library that will make scholarly and academic information more readily available.
Endowment Centenary’s Endowment provides the financial strength needed to continue our ability to serve as an educational innovator, and to carry our mission well into the future. These funds are permanently held and invested by the College. A small percentage of the accrued interest is used as income to help fund everything from facilities to academic programs. When the Endowment grows, so does the College’s ability to control operating costs, provide scholarships, maintain affordability and attract the best students. Support in this area can also help establish an Endowed Professorship that would fund the salary and benefits of a faculty position. As a studentfocused institution of higher education, this would create even greater academic and research opportunities and further the College’s position as an institution of choice.
Equestrian Center Enhancement Project How high can the College’s nationally recognized Equine Studies program go? Support from alumni and friends has helped build an IHSA National Champion Equestrian Team, expanded academic programs and community resources, and made Centenary top-of-mind for ambitious undergraduates who want an education that will turn into an equestrian career. The “Building on Equine Excellence” campaign launched in 2009 has accomplished two major goals: new footing for the Equestrian Center’s main United States Equestrian Area and the Back Barn Restoration Project completed last summer. New fencing for the Center is still needed, and with
continued support, this and many additional goals will be accomplished.
Centenary’s student-athletes are some of the hardest-working individuals you will ever meet. Cyclone team members maintain high GPAs in the classroom, strive to be the best in NCAA Division III and give back to the community in meaningful ways.
Centenary is planning some great events in May and beyond. For more information go to alumni. centenarycollege.edu/ netcommunity/events.
Gifts to the Cyclone Athletic Fund directly impact student-athletes and let them know that they are supported. They will also take Centenary teams to the next level with the installation of a synthetic turf field that will be utilized by the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams, Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams and others.
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Leadership Giving Leadership giving can be for the present or the future. Members of the Cornelius Walsh Society, named for the first president of the College’s Board of Trustees, are truly Centenary’s philanthropic leaders. Loyal donors at this level commit $1,000 or more to The Centenary Fund, and are vital to the College’s ongoing pursuit of excellence. The George H. Whitney Society honors donors who have included Centenary in their estates or through other long-term planned gifts. This may include several mutually beneficial strategies such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or lead trusts. Planned gifts are also a growing priority for many, with the current federal estate tax law set to expire on December 31, 2012. To learn more about a planned giving and how it can benefit you and your loved ones, contact Kathleen Ward, Assistant Vice President for College Relations, at wardk@ centenarycollege.edu or (908) 852-1400, ext. 2468.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Turf An educational
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Friday, May 11, 2012
To participate, use the attached envelope or go to alumni.centenarycollege.edu and click on “Make a Gift.”
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Setting New Records With successful Fall and Winter seasons, Cyclone teams are setting new records on the court, the playing field and in the classroom. A Season of Firsts Andrew Pinella ’12 of the Centenary Men’s Soccer team was invited to the 12th Annual InfoSport Pro Combine for professional soccer. During his tenure as a Cyclone, he became the school’s All-Time leader in goals (37), points (93) and assists (19). In 2011, Pinella was nationally ranked 18th in goals-per-game (0.88) and 20th in points per game (2).
Andrew Pinella ’12
Andrew Pinella ’12 was invited to compete in the 12th Annual InfoSport Pro Combine in January.
CSAC Player of the Year Brittany Overland ’12 was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference’s (CSAC) Player of the Year for her outstanding performance during the 2011 Women’s Soccer season. With a total of 13 goals and five assists through 19 games, Overland was ranked 102nd in the nation for total points. She now holds Centenary’s AllTime record for assists, with 19 tallied throughout her collegiate career. Overland was also named third team on the 2011 Women’s Division III All-Mid-Atlantic team.
The Combine took place January 3–5, 2012, at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Scouts from Major League Soccer (MLS) and other professional national and international leagues attend the three-day event every year.
Fall Scholar-Athletes The Fall 2011 Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR) and Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) awards went to Cyclones from the Volleyball team, Women’s Cross Country team and the Women’s Soccer team. The three Volleyball players honored were Kelsey Walter ’12, Devon Paffendorf ’12 and Jelena Markovic ’13 (the only junior to be recognized). FAR and FAB recognized Women’s
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Soccer team member Mary Anderson ’12, and striders Chelsea Gummerson ’12 and Kelly Nielsen ’12 from the Cross Country team.
National Representatives Chris Burdge ’14
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Three Centenary College wrestlers were chosen to represent the school at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Tournament in LaCrosse, Wis. on March 9-10. Both Chris Burdge ’14 and J.D. Zitone ’13 earned automatic bids into the tournament after winning Metropolitan Conference Championship titles in their respective weights, 157 and 285 lbs. After taking home a second-place trophy at the Metropolitan Conference Championships, 125 lb. Chris Parker ’15 received a wild card bid. This was the second consecutive national appearance for the duo of Burdge and Zitone, after helping lead the Cyclones to 13th place and an eighth overall ranking in the nation last year. This year they were 21st and 23rd overall.
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Jen Vasta ’12
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Record-Setting Seniors Women’s Basketball
Seniors Jen Vasta ’12 and Hannah Ally ’12 made College history when they became the Cyclones’ All-Time leading scorer and free throw scorer, respectively, on January 20, 2012. Volleyball
In their final season as Cyclones, Kelsey Walter ’12 and Devon Paffendorf ’12 etched their names in Centenary’s Volleyball record books. Paffendorf became the All-Time sets played leader (437) and she recorded the most career kills (1,293). Walter officially became the All-Time dig leader (2,000). Junior Cyclone Jelena Markovic ’13 was the 2011 top national performer in aces per set (1.65) and she became Centenary’s All-Time aces leader. Erika Chu ’13 became the All-Time blocks leader at the College.
Erica Chu ’13
Jelena Markovic ’13
On December 29, the Centenary College Men’s Basketball team participated in the first Comfort Inn Holiday Classic. After trouncing their first opponent, St. Joseph’s College–Brooklyn, 74–66, the Cyclones went on to lose in the championship round against Montclair State University. For his performance in the Holiday Classic, Warren Murphy ’13 was chosen as the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Week. Murphy averaged 14.3 points per game, and he was named to the inaugural All-Tournament Team. The Women’s Basketball team started the 2011–2012 season with a five-game win streak. On November 30, Danielle Trucksess ’13 was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region Player of the Week. Trucksess also represented Centenary College as the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Week on November 22. During the Cyclones’ opening stretch, the forward averaged 18.5 points per game in two of the five victories.
Devon Paffendorf ’12
Kelsey Walter ’12
Athletic Hall of Fame The induction of the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Class will be held next fall as part of the College’s Homecoming & Alumni Weekend on October 12–14, 2012. Since its inception in 2010, four individuals and one team have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. To learn more about the Hall of Fame process, visit www.centenarycyclones.com/hof.aspx.
Check out the new athletic website: www.centenarycyclones.com
Women’s Basketball assistant coach Chelsea Wolf, Heather Russell ’13 and head coach Justin Phoenix. Although his new position at Centenary is his first as a head coach, Justin Phoenix brings the College Women’s Basketball program an abundance of experience. “I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to lead this group of talented young women,” said Phoenix. “Getting a team to believe in something that is new will be one of the biggest challenges, but every day with my team has been such an enjoyable experience.” As a college athlete from 1992–96, Phoenix made two NCAA Tournament and two NIT Tournament appearances with Manhattan College. Following graduation, he spent 10 years playing for multiple professional clubs in Europe. Since returning to the United States, Phoenix spent one year as an assistant coach for the Burlington County College Men’s Basketball team. Phoenix went on to coach Kean University Women’s Basketball as an assistant for three seasons. During his tenure, the team went 75-15. He helped lead KU to three NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen on two occasions and the Elite Eight during the 2009–10 season. Phoenix and his assistant, Chelsea Wolf, also a new addition to the program, began their Centenary term strong with a 5-game opening win streak. The Cyclones maintained an overall record that was one win away from matching the previous season’s “W” column and made the ECAC South Region Tournament. As the 2011–12 season unfolded, the new head coach had his goals set for seasons to come. “I believe that if you teach the future to become great, they will pass it down to the next generation,” he said. “Here at Centenary I would like to build a tradition of great leaders that will be successful on and off the court. A 100 percent graduation rate and a few championships will be more than enough for me!” The Centenarian 13
Class news and notes
Homecoming & Alumni Weekend The September 23–25, 2011, celebration brought old friends and classmates together and also introduced some exciting new events!
How to Submit Class News and Notes The next Class News and Notes Deadline is May 31, 2012. News and information can also be submitted directly to the Alumni Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edith (Edie) Bolte Kutz 4561 Oaktree Court Delray Beach, FL 33445 (561) 498-4388 email@example.com
Georgine Hill Mendillo 222 Harbour Drive #212 Naples, FL 34103-4071 (203) 649-4708
“Ginny” George Hook writes: “I am very excited about what is happening at the College. I attended Homecoming & Alumni Weekend on September 24 and had a wonderful time with fellow alumni. I worked with Joan Garey Hooper ’50 from Hunterdon County, N.J., to put together a chapter so we can all meet regularly
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6 throughout the year. We had our first meeting in December. One last thing, I want to announce — I have always wanted the Alumni Office to have its own house. If you know of anyone who owns property in the area that could help out, please let me know. Please call or write me if you have any news.”
Ruth Mortensen Houghton Holmes Ocean View Hilltop Lodge #2E, Apt. L347 18 Blueberry Lane Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 781-0999 firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Olsen-Voorhees 40 Sergeantsville Road Flemington, NJ 08822-1584 (908) 782-5373 email@example.com
1. Heirloom Discovery Day featured Brian Kathenes and Dr. Leon Castner, hosts of “Value This! With Brian and Leon” on WNTI and other Public Radio stations. 2. College Historian Dr. Raymond Frey hosted a special Trivia Dinner. 3. The Loven family enjoyed the Family Event that featured plenty of fun activities for alumni. 4. Erica Hontz Hoffman ’83 (left) was presented the prestigious Van Winkle Achievement Award by Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite for her work in support of the College and community. 5. 50th reunion birthday Mary Ellen “Honey” Williams Fisher. 6. Class of 1961 alumnae Ann Kenarney Eschenfelder, Sally Watts Rodgers and Carol Nelson Vogeley. 7. More than 25 Class of 1961 alumnae reunited for their 50th Reunion. 8. Alumnae held a pajama party (in their Centenary nightshirts) after the 50th Reunion. 9. Allison Doatch ’07, founding member of the group of talented artists showing their work at the annual Alumni Art Exhibition.
Virginia (Ginny) George Hook 553 Rosemont Ringoes Road P.O. Box 93 Sergeantsville, NJ 08557-0093 (609) 397-0553
Barbara Wheatley Murray 89 Kensington Road Bronxville, NY 10708-1406 (914) 337-2134 Barbara Wheatley Murray writes: “Marie Sutter Kammenzind turns 90 this spring and is surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gloria Hansen Pretzfelder has had some heart problems, but nothing can keep Gloria down, still volunteering at the hospital and hoping to travel to Florida to see her grandchildren. Lois Shilke Schermerhorn wrote about her large family and their successful careers. She too, enjoys great-grandchildren. Janet Cady Newill, a registered nurse, is
1946 Dorothy Latchford Lota 418 Boxcar Way Valrico, FL 33594-6812 (813) 661-5032
1947 Helen Eckhardt Sheehy P.O. Box 987 Amagansett, NY 11930-0987 (631) 267-8984 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Mayberry Johnson writes: “From Massachusetts to North Carolina to Florida we came. We met, we married. New Hampshire beckoned. Two moves there — too cold and bleak. Georgia was next. Four months there in the Atlantic suburbs where jobs were plentiful and the sunny days warmed us. Then onto the Golden Isles of St. Simons and again, up the coast of Savannah, the nicest little city in Georgia, but too hot in the summer. Finally, here we are on Cape Cod by the sea and family. North, South, East and West, we truly know home is best.”
Ann Mayberry Johnson ’47 and husband Bill.
1948 9 helping care for her husband of many years, Dr. Vaun, who has had complications from diabetes, at Ware Presbyterian Village. Phoebe Parry-Jones Tyler lives alone in Plymouth, England, in her town house. Her two children live at a distance. Her brilliant granddaughter, Susan, has won a scholarship to college and her grandson, Alex, is studying Marine business. Sadly, I must report the passing of Ruth Kulp Keiser from complications of diabetes. She was one of the pretty twins who became models and had long, happy marriages to their high school sweethearts. Her sister, Virginia Kulp Saylor, called to give me the sad news. Ruth leaves children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I talked to Ruth many times and she always gave me news of the Pottstown alumni. Our condolences to Virginia, her family and her many friends.
Naoma Muller Morgenstein 12100 Old Bridge Road N. Bethesda, MD 20852-4434 (239) 591-0577 email@example.com Please note that Class Correspondent Naoma Muller Morgenstein has moved from Florida, and that all Class Notes should be sent to her new address, listed above.
1949 Florence Austermuhl Larson 5925 Poppy St. La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 469-7385 Rob.Larson@gcccd.edu Evelyn Dries Mathews and her husband, Howard, took a train trip through the Canadian Rockies, from Vancouver to Whistler, Banff and Lake Louise. They described the scenery as magnificent, as well as the food. Several helicopter rides were included. The couple flew home from Calgary.
I have just heard of the death of Barbara Banks Bassette. I remember her humor, her smile and her views of the future. All our best wishes at this time to her family. Please send me your news. I’d like to keep in touch with all of you. Let’s pray for peace this year.
Nancy Hendee Pain writes from Kitty Hawk, N.C.: “I keep busy, travel a lot. I just got home from a cruise to Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg, Russia. My husband Pete died five and a half years ago. He spent a lot of time at Centenary, so many knew him. I have three living children and four very grown-up grandchildren. I also wanted to let you know Joyce Leopold died on March 9, 2009. We were roommates and very close all our lives. We never went more than a few weeks without contact. A very large loss in my life.” Doris Little Osterhoudt is involved in many activities at her retirement village in West Milford, N.J. She recently went on a steam train trip through New England.
1950 Ann Messenger-Viau 260 Chatham Road Harwich, MA 02645-3365 (508) 432-1049
1951 Eleanor Decker McNaugher 504 Laurel Oak Drive Valencia, PA 16059-8781 firstname.lastname@example.org (724) 625-4299 Eleanor Decker McNaugher writes: “We had a wonderful summer, spending a week at the Outer Banks, N.C., (Duck) with our entire family of 18. One of our granddaughters graduated from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education; now all she has to do is find a permanent position! One of our grandsons will be graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., this coming year, and his brother will start his college career after graduating from the Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tenn. Our oldest daughter was in St. Louis, Mo., for a RELIV Conference and our middle daughter was entertained in Las Vegas; she is a travel agent with a high-end travel agency doing extensive vacations! Well, I can’t go into all our family’s activities but you get idea — we’d love to know what’s important with you all.” Joann Carl Budd and her husband, Jack, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last November. The couple has three married sons and eight grandchildren, and recently traveled to Alaska, Hawaii and Norway. David Greer, husband of Barbara von Broock Greer, sent a note on his wife’s behalf due to her inability to speak. They have been married for 40 years and live in a converted school and church in High Point, Va. The couple has one grandson who graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Gretchen Friend LeRoyer moved to Maine three years ago. She has a daughter, a son and two stepsons. She also has a granddaughter in high school. Gretchen’s husband passed away eight years ago.
Evelyn Dries Mathews ’49 and husband Howard.
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Class news and notes writes: “After living in the Fort Myers area for over 30 years, I am now in the SarasotaBradenton area. My youngest daughter, Dot, came to Florida with us as a teenager but when her husband was transferred up here I sold my place and followed. At my age I need to live near family. I lost Gerry 10 years ago — not much fun but my children are very good to me. Dot has my youngest grandchildren — 11 and 16 — and they always keep me busy. Susan, my oldest, lives in South Carolina and has three children — one just got married, one is still in college and one finished college and is working now. Greg and his family live in Sudbury, Mass. His youngest is in high school, the next one still in college and the oldest has finished college and is working — eight grandchildren in all.” Jane Arenberg Eiseman and family celebrated her 80th birthday in Jamaica, last summer. Living in St. Louis, Mo., Jane is busy with various charitable work, golf, paddle tennis and her grandchildren. Helen Hutz von der Lieth and her husband, John, retired and bought a condominium in Toronto, Canada, after spending their entire working careers in Teaneck, N.J. Barbara Wilson Morlet writes: “I graduated from Penn State University in 1953 and subsequently spent four years as a consular assistant at the American Consulate in Noumea, New Caledonia, where I met my French husband, Jacques. We were married in August 1957 in Pennsylvania. We celebrated my 80th birthday on a cruise to Alaska. Jacques and I both retired in 1986 after working many years in Washington, D.C., and moved to Hawaii to be closer to Jacques’ family. In Hawaii, Jacques worked for the French Consulate General for 12 years until it was closed, and I managed the Punahou Thrift Shop. You might know Punahou since it was the high school in Honolulu that President Obama graduated from. I took a job managing the Holy Nativity Church Thrift Shop for 15 years then finally retired at age 75 and opened an art studio in my garage. I never tire of showing friends all the interesting tourist attractions around our lovely island. Aloha!” Susan Friend Lane moved from Hingham to a beautiful condo in Danvers, Mass. She is doing well and hopes classmates are, too. Susan is looking forward to the holidays and hopes to hear from Centenarians in the future. Linda Pellett Lannin writes: “I enjoyed our 60th reunion luncheon at Centenary — wish I could have stayed longer for dinner and brunch the next day. My sister, Dr. Elizabeth Pellett Gilmore ’40, died on April 4, 2011. She was Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Miami and donated her body to the medical school there.”
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Jeni Frese Sneberger and her husband, Dan, are residents of St. Croix in the U.S.V.I., but also have an apartment in a retirement community. They spend approximately six months on the island when hurricanes don’t frequent. “Can’t believe we graduated 60 years ago — all such wonderful memories of super gals,” Jeni writes. “Can’t believe also that I was so lax as to not stay in touch. Dan and I will celebrate our 60th anniversary next April. Wow. That went fast.” Dory Sample O’Donnell and her husband, Bill, currently live in North Carolina, in a remote area south of the Oregon Inlet.
1952 Joan Thornton Teller 712 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Willow Street, PA 17584 (717) 464-6954 Jtrtteller@aol.com Joan Thornton Teller writes: “I sadly notify you that Carla Bloecher Derner died on November 19, 2010, following a 13-year struggle with various types of cancer. Her husband will be moving in September to a life-care retirement community in Denville, N.J. Carla and George were lifelong friends of my husband Ray and I, having introduced us on a blind date in our second year at Centenary. The years went by, until in 1983, our daughter married their son. This past August, Carla was able to see her first great-grandchild as a result of this union. Ray and I have now been married 55 years and, in 2005, decided to leave beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia in order to move to the continuing care retirement community, Willow Valley, which is just south of Lancaster, Pa. We are both doing well and enjoying all the wonderful scenery, Pennsylvania Dutch food, and great entertainment this area of the country has to offer.”
proofreading for an author friend. She and Vangie Roby Sweitzer talk sometimes, and reminisce. Pat Drury Sullivan wrote a wonderful note asking if anyone remembers her “boyfriend” who used to buzz our campus in his Piper Cub? He and Pat are about to celebrate their 58th anniversary, and they have five children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They live in Annapolis, Md., and still fly around in their plane. Pat Everest Sidwell ’54 is a neighbor of Drusie and is also doing well. Pat Nowack Thompson wrote in September that she has been dealing with awful back and leg pain. The fires in California forced her to gather valuables and prepare to evacuate her home. Fortunately, the rains came, removing her from immediate danger. Pat had a very successful garden, and canned many pints of veggies this year. Shirley Williams Duerr sent news of her family, and talked about time spent with Gail Dodge Williams-Smith before Gail died of pneumonia last December. Shirley and Dick celebrated their 57th anniversary this year, and live in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. They spend part of each year in their cottage in Sonoma County, Calif. Arthritis has been a big problem for Shirley, and she has had both knees replaced. Drusie encourages more classmates to send news via e-mail. She says: “Norm and I are doing well here at Linden Ponds (a life care community of some 1,200 residents now) in Hingham, Mass. We are recently back home after three wonderful months on the Cape, though it was the hottest we remember — not our favorite weather. A trip to Houston, Texas, in November is coming up, and we’ll have fun with our four children and seven grandchildren, who all live there. We plan to return to New England for the holidays. My best to each one of you, and I’ll be watching for news from more classmates whenever you’ve time to write.”
Drusie Fox Jenkins 208 Linden Ponds Way Apt CL 601 Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 740-1769 email@example.com Drusie Fox Jenkins writes: “This time a few ‘new’ classmates have written with updates on their whereabouts, activities and the like — so glad to hear from them, and hope more of you will drop me an e-mail before the next deadline for the Centenarians.” Mary Barto Hughes has lived in San Francisco for 18 years, where she met her husband, Jim. The couple moved to central Pennsylvania in 1976, and say their best vacations are spent visiting Jim’s two daughters in San Francisco. Mary and Jim have two grandchildren. Mary retired in 1998, and in recent years has been
The Class of 1953 at Homecoming & Alumni Weekend.
1954 Gwen Kennedy Butz Westin Innisbrook Resort 36750 US Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (727) 943-3772 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwen Kennedy Butz writes: “I had a delightful dinner and evening with my roommate Debby Winne Markowitz, her son and grandson in the Philadelphia area. Deb is still working in the city and has enjoyed this job for many, many years. She has kept in touch with Vada Rittenhouse Timko, who is living in Norristown, Pa. I received a letter from Sandy Quay Welch, who resides in Hartland, Wis., and has worked for H&R Block for 25 years and is now retired. Sandy and her husband, Bob, who passed away in January 2010, had organized Navy Reunions for 25 years for all the graduates who received their commission from Northwestern University.” Gwen and several New England classmates recently reunited — Leslie Field Dunbar and her daughter, Heather, Mary Ellen Kottgen McKenna, and Lois Miller Beardwood. Leslie’s daughter Heather has worked in payroll for 25 years and is looking forward to a career in nursing. Son Jed is pursuing an associate degree while working for an Apple Computer Store and Grace Elizabeth is in her last year at Virginia Tech. Lois lives in Manchester, Vt. Most of her children live in the Vermont area and she sees them often. Mary lives in Norwich, Vt., with her husband, Charlie. Their son, John, his wife and 8-year-old son live in Barrington, R.I. Their daughter, Patricia, and husband have a 6-year-old daughter and live in Chicago, Ill. Mary and Charlie took a trip recently to Manhattan to pick up Carol Ahern and went to Louisville, Ky., to visit Marcia Leiss Brendel. The following day, Harriet Ruch Canter joined them from Greensboro, N.C. This was the first reunion for the four of them in seven years and they spent five days laughing and reminiscing about good times at Centenary. Gwen adds that she and husband Jack, spent several months this summer at their home on Quechee, Vt. She says: “Our son John, wife Cheryl and son JC are buying this house as their new summer home. They reside in Great Falls, Va. We will be leaving Vermont in a few days to see Jim and his family in Great Falls and also Brad, our colonel in the Air Force, who just returned from Afghanistan. He was recently awarded the Bronze Star for his work overseas. We see our gang very often and this year we will all be in Palm Beach in November as our Debby’s second son, Charles, will be marrying a lovely gal from Oklahoma. Debby’s oldest son, Chris, graduated from Annapolis and is now a pilot for the Marines. Daughter Jenny just returned from a semester abroad in Jerusalem and Matthew, 16, is still at home with mom and plays varsity football. Unfortunately, our Deb lost her husband, Louis, last year from a massive heart attack. Our son Jim’s oldest son, Daniel, just graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and he hopes to become a jet pilot with the Marines. Brad’s oldest,
Garrett, is a freshman at the University of Vermont. The rest of the grandkids (11 total) live at home and attend local and private schools. My dear husband of 57 years, Jack, who has been retired as a dentist for 25 years, is now working for our daughter Deb. They are enjoying working together and the company is now spreading all over the world. I am fine and busy keeping track of the gang with e-mails, Facebook, etc. Still playing golf, tennis and swimming. I would love hearing from the Class of 1954 — please write to me and fill us in on your life.”
Sandy Quay Welch ’54 and her late husband, Bob.
1955 Eleanor Rausch Greene 2411 NE Pinecrest Lakes Blvd. Jensen Beach, FL 34957-6648 (772) 334-8006 email@example.com Ellie Rausch Greene writes: “A belated thank you to all the Class of ’55 who were so generous with contributions in honor of our 55th reunion. Our total gifts were more than four times the amount pledged by any other reunion class. Your steadfast dedication to our alma mater is greatly appreciated. I was so pleased to hear from Lois Petersen Campbell. Lois said she and Ray were married for 50 happy years. (Three children and six grandchildren). In November 2006, Ray died and Lois’ lifestyle changed. She is now active as a volunteer for many organizations and charities. Gardening is a wonderful relaxation for her. Lois thanked me for being 1955’s ‘voice’. It’s truly an honor. I enjoy your notes — keep them coming.” Lois also reports that the Baltimore Sun carried the obituary of Betsy Hemphill Topping, who died in March 2011 of lung cancer. Barbara Ehresman Krauss and her husband, Bill, have been married for 53 years. Their grandson was recently married. The couple live six months in Downingtown, Pa., and six months in Fort Myers, Fla. They still enjoy playing golf, “to keep the old bones moving.” Joyce Tietjen Barry and her husband, Bob, have a busy fall and winter schedule with full season tickets for Broadway shows in New York, multiple trips are planned to Myrtle Beach, Charlestown and Parris Island. They will travel to Paris in November and St. Maarten early in 2012. Evie Klebe Hepper and her husband, Bill,
Sgt. John Campanile ’12
Centenary Sergeant When Army Sgt. John Campanile ’12 graduated high school in 2004, he began an honorable path to one day work in law enforcement. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Centenary College, the veteran looks forward to achieving his dream. With the assistance of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Campanile was given the opportunity to pursue his bachelor’s at Centenary. “When I got back after my deployment, I was very focused on my future, I had my nose to the grindstone,” said Campanile. “Centenary gave the best opportunities, especially financial help to veterans.” In 2007, Campanile deployed to Iraq along with the 812 Military Police Company out of Orangeburg, N.Y. During his yearlong deployment he spent time in both the northern city of Mosul and central Fallujah. In charge of training classes for Iraqi police forces, Campanile also maintained routine patrols and helped man armed convoys to escort high-ranking Army officers and dignitaries. “Being over there only helped,” he said. “Yeah, it built my resume, but it made me happier and it made me appreciate what I had back home.” Only 25 years old, Campanile plans to continue on his path of accomplishment. He was recently accepted into the Master’s in Leadership and Public Administration program at Centenary, and will possibly undergo an additional yearlong deployment overseas in 2013. “I realized the importance of education. Almost all police jobs now require a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “But not many people pursuing a career in law enforcement have their master’s, so I’m trying to advance myself and be more marketable in the competitive job market.” ARE YOU A VETERAN? GI Jobs magazine named Centenary College a Military-Friendly School in 2010 and 2011. You may be eligible for programs that will pay most or part of your tuition. • The Yellow Ribbon Program offers qualifying students a free tuition. • Full-time students may receive a Veteran’s Scholarship equivalent to 30% of their current tuition. • Part-time and graduate students may be entitled to a 30% tuition reduction. To learn more visit www.centenarycollege.edu/military. The Centenarian 17
Class news and notes spent a few days in Long Beach Island, N.J., followed by a visit with Evie’s sister Linda Klebe Larsen ‘68. Rachel Anderson Thompson and husband, Jim, will be in Florida for the wedding of their granddaughter, Lauren Hughes. The entire family will gather for Thanksgiving, followed by the wedding on November 26. Betsy Riddle Ruderfer is a member of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and is an officer of the District of Columbia Society of the group. She writes, “I am a singer, was a big band vocalist and now do solo performances with jazz groups, pianists and Dixieland groups. All of this didn’t start until 1998, when I was 63 years old and my husband retired from the World Bank. We spent most of our life overseas, mainly in South America but also in Bangladesh.” Evie also reports: “All is well with the Greenes. We are looking forward to hearing from alumni who are in Florida during the winter months. Please stay in touch. Everyone enjoys the news updates in this column. Until the next issue, I wish you all the best!”
a very hot, temperatures in the 100s and no rain all summer. Carol Paxton Slack e-mailed me. She attended Centenary for one year then left to marry. Her husband studied to become a neurologist and served in the Air Force. Currently Carolyn is living in Newton, Mass., where her husband, Warner, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. They have three married children and eight grandchildren. Carolyn went back to school after moving to Newton and graduated from Wellesley College. She worked at Wellesley College Greenhouses for many years giving tours and teaching. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and would like to hear from you. Carol Faunce Short is staying in contact with Gail Zabriskie McLeod, Bonnie Bush Blackaller, Sara French Moriarity and Connie Cunningham Bookbinder and they are all well. Jane Ellicott Flattery recently had knee surgery and is doing well. With the heat and drought, we also had a wildfire about five miles outside of San Angelo in March. It consumed the vegetation and trees on a ranch where my husband has a small gas plant and oil wells. Fortunately, neither of them exploded in the fire. Would love to hear from more of you. Please stay well.”
L to R: Joyce Tietjen Barry ’55, Ellie Rausch Greene ’55, Dick Greene, Evie Klebe Hepper ’55, Bill Hepper and Bob Barry.
C. Joy Riddell 101 East McNab Road #210 Pompano Beach, FL 33060-9278 (954) 781-9315 email@example.com
1959 Ann Hufnagel Rafferty 249 Long Lane Upper Darby, PA 19082-4020 (610) 352-9516 firstname.lastname@example.org
L to R: Sara, daughter-in-law of Linda Klebe Larsen ’68, Linda, Evie Klebe Hepper ’55 and Kristin, daughter-in-law of Linda.
1956 Phyllis Cotter Graf 46 Dennison Road Essex, CT 06426-1351 (860) 767-2328 email@example.com
1957 Alice “Baynes” MacLea Hobbs 2814 Canyon Creek Drive San Angelo, TX 76904-7004 firstname.lastname@example.org (325) 944-3017 Baynes Maclea Hobbs writes: “Hope everyone made it through the hot, dry summer. We in Texas have suffered through 18 The Centenarian
Thais McAleece Haines 1950 Hovsons Boulevard Toms River, NJ 08753-1519 (732) 255-2772 email@example.com Doll Spach Siegel 10 Hartley Farms Road Morristown, NJ 07960-7045 (973) 236-9669 Joan Ross Jones writes: “In June, we spent a wonderful time in the Dordogne area of France. We rented a farmhouse that was delightful, and saw the area. Came back to Paris and cruised the Seine to Normandy. What a memorable place it is. Then we came home to our daughter here from Utah and went to the Keys. An opportunity came up to go to China in August, so off we went. We had a wonderful time. We will spend Thanksgiving with one daughter in Cape Coral and Christmas will be white this year, as we will spend it in Park City, Utah, with our daughter and her family.”
Sue Brown Hart writes: “Mary ‘Mimi’ Nelson’s husband, Jack, died in early June. Mimi resides in Radnor, Pa. Judy Sailer Tierney’s husband, Ned, died in late June. Judy resides in Harwich, Mass.”
1960 Elizabeth “Betsy” Stanley Thomas 2206 Solmar Drive Silver Spring, MD 20904 (301) 384-8104 BetsyThms@aol.com Gail Sylvester Longstreth 239 Halemaumau Street Honolulu, HI 96821-2055 (808) 373-4490 firstname.lastname@example.org Betsy Stanley Thomas writes: “My husband, Paul, and I are looking forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary in April 2012. We have a daughter, Susan, who lives with her husband and daughter in Rockville, Md. Our son, Brad, has retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army and moved from North Carolina to Brooklyn, N.Y. He has two boys. We do some traveling. The last big trip was a cruise across the Atlantic from England to Norway and finally Nova Scotia before porting in Brooklyn. I keep busy playing bridge (imagine) and working with a group that has made over 6,500 afghans for wounded service personnel since the organization’s founding in 2004. Like Gail Christiansen Stewart, I love to crochet and knit. I also read a good bit since I am in two book clubs. Paul and I see Judy Waters Prochko and her husband, Bob, several times a year when we meet and try a new restaurant. Judy and Bob’s older daughter, Kristin, lives in the Chicago area with husband Andy and their two boys. Second daughter Amy lives not too far from Judy and Bob with her husband Eric and their three kids. Their son Mike is in Texas with wife Catherine and their four children. Judy and Bob like to travel in addition to visiting their kids. Please e-mail me anytime with your news. Your classmates and I would love to hear from you.” Ann Dothard Walters met Sara Broadbent and Linda Berlinger Burke for lunch on April 14 in Sarasota, Fla. Ann writes: “We’re all Florida gals. I told them all about our 50th that they were unable to attend. Sara’s grandson has just started his freshman year at Eckerd College in St. Pete, only a 30-minute drive from her in Tampa. With his mom and dad in Seattle, this provides great peace of mind for his parents. My husband is the Chairman of the Board of our local Avow Hospice. That keeps him very busy. His twin girls in Philadelphia now have babies, both girls. Lucia is 15 months old and Riley is 8 months. It’s fun to have babies in the family again and with Skype or Face Time we can enjoy their growth. Retirement is the best! Lots of time to read, play golf and volunteer or just roll over and pull up the covers!”
Parsons Wortman and Jane Whidden Ostheimer and wonders if anyone has information on Susan Byers Parsons. Suzie and her husband have a summer home in Ocean Point, Maine.
Gerry Mace Murphy writes: “Still the same old stuff — one husband of 48 years, two kids and five grandkids living in Alpharetta, Ga. I did visit Gail Christiansen Stewart, and with Ann Dothard Walters and Janine Evans Brothers last year for the reunion and had a great time.” Gail Christiansen Stewart lives in Verona, N.J. Gail’s son and daughter-in-law live in Pompton Lakes and her daughter and son-in-law reside in Creamridge. “No grandchildren, but I do have frequent opportunities to take care of ‘granddogs,’” Gail writes, “I fill my days with Curves (and Zumba), swimming at local community center, knitting and crocheting, church activities, including our church choir, lunching with friends and I am an avid walker. At least twice a year I visit my sister in Eden Prairie, Minn. I do keep in touch with Ann, Janine and Gerry.” Jeanne Ball Maurer writes: “My husband and I are playing a lot of golf and keeping busy with our six grandchildren. We have two great-grandbabies — a girl and a boy, and they are adorable! We don’t feel old enough for great-grandchildren, but I guess we are. We are planning a trip to Florida again in the winter, probably Sarasota, and also a trip with my three roommates and hubbies from Centenary to Las Vegas and Sedona, Ariz., in the spring or fall of 2012. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last December, so that was a milestone.” Suzie Wyatt Maurer writes: “I worked very hard for months calling people from our class. I called about 50 girls over six months, but we only had 22 girls at the Reunion. It really was fun talking to so many girls that I had not been in contact with since graduation.” Suzie and Judy Waters Prochko, Jeanne Maurer, Brenda Bailey Carter and their husbands reconnect every year or two for a trip. The couples have traveled to the Thousand Islands, taken a Caribbean cruise, to Puerto Valetta, and visited Jeanne and Spence (a cousin of Suzie’s husband) in Kansas. Suzie and her husband, Woody, celebrated their 50th anniversary last June. The couple has two children and grandchildren. They have lived in Vero Beach, Fla., for 17 years after 33 years in Upstate New York. Suzie is also in touch with Joy Murdock Winston.
L to R:, Sara Broadbent ’60, Ann Dothard Walters ’60 and Linda Berlinger Burke ’60.
L to R: George Walters, Ann Dothard Walters ’60, Ann Scott and her husband, Florida Governor Rick Scott.
1961 Joyce Fierro Velzy 1253 NW Bentley Circle Apt A Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986 (772) 873-9008 129 Stanwood Rd Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 666-5328 email@example.com Joyce Fierro Velzy writes: “Margie Hinkel Sbano-Mathisen was unable to attend our 50th Reunion but caught us up with her news. She and her husband, Jim, live in Alva, a little town in southwest Florida, outside Fort Myers. They live on the Caloosahatchie River with their seven ‘critters’ — four large dogs and three kittens. The kids and grandkids live nearby, so they get to see them occasionally. Margie’s youngest daughter, who is in the Army Reserves, has been sent to Guantanamo for a year. She’s a Chief Warrant Officer and still has three-and-a-half years of service. She loves the Reserves; fortunately, Sun Trust Bank, where she works, has given her leave and she’ll have her job when she returns. One of my roommates, Debbie Sisbower Lingwood, couldn’t attend but roommate Mary Jean Schofield Treon and I had such a good time that it wasn’t hard to remember why Mary Jean and I have stayed such good friends for over 50 years. The Memory Book was terrific and several of us wished more classmates had added to it. Homecoming & Alumni Weekend 2011 was very special indeed. As co-chairs, Missy Keely Bell and I appreciate all that the College, and especially Deana Cynar and Carol Brennan in the Office of Alumni Relations, did to make it an outstanding event. As someone mentioned, the Class of 1961 was wined and dined royally. After President Lewthwaite greeted us at dinner Saturday night, Missy read a wonderful letter from Gayle Sickinger Maffeo, who also wanted to make sure we had a memorable evening by supplying all the wine for the event! Thanks, Gayle! We missed you!” Suzie Stevens Hamblett didn’t attend the 50th Reunion, but enjoyed reading the Memory Book, which the Office of Alumni Relations sent to the entire class. Suzie was happy to re-connect with Marilyn
Molly Powers Balzer writes: “I enjoyed my annual six weeks on Anna Maria Island, Fla., with my family this spring but didn’t get to see Lee Fobes Murphy, as we usually catch up each year. Next, off to Minnesota for three weeks in August, where I partied with 13 female relatives on Lake Superior. In September I met up with Nancy Willoughby Charbonneau in Atlanta, hopped on a plane to Myrtle Beach, S.C., rented a little Ford Fiesta and made our way to Holden Beach, N.C., for our Second Mini-Reunion with some DuBois Hallers. Our hostess: Sue Fippin Scattergood, Betty Gilbert Murray from New Jersey and Gail Donovan from Michigan. Gail is still knitting! Weather was gorgeous; even went swimming in the ocean. We ate, drank, laughed and reminisced; I even read from my 1960 diary!” Joyce Reed Tchilinguirian was sorry to miss the Reunion but sent this update: “After Centenary, I transferred to Philadelphia College of Art and then worked in advertising and publishing in Philadelphia. I started out doing graphic design and illustration and became an account rep to a large ad agency. Following that, I was advertising art director to a commercial travel agency and became the advertising art director and copywriter for a major medical publisher in Philadelphia. I married my husband, Nubar, in 1976 and moved to Brielle, N.J., where he practiced obstetrics and gynecology. I became his ‘temporary’ office manager for the next 30 years, while raising our son, teaching Sunday school, doing fundraising projects for church and hospital and starting an art-goes-to-school program in our local school system. When Nubar retired, I retired!” The Big News for the Class of 1961 was, of course, the 50th Reunion in September. Those who attended all agree the memory of that weekend will be with them for a long time and many wrote to share their feelings about that weekend. From Bobbi Bidwell Gallagher: “It was wonderful to reconnect with those we knew and to get to know some we really didn’t know well while at Centenary! I was so impressed with the College and the Equestrian Center. The new Lackland Center and the remodeled Reeves building are super, as are the new dorms. Carol Nelson Vogeley writes: “I’m so glad Ann Kenarney Eschenfelder called to prod me to go to the Reunion. It was like turning back the clock to be with Centenary friends again, ‘after all these years.’ We will all have great memories of the weekend and some of us will always remember
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Class news and notes Pat Ryan Wren and Nancy Heimert Zabka dancing at the front steps of the Seay Building after dinner Saturday night!”
around and left the next day for Prescott, Ariz., for a golf tournament with some girlfriends.”
From Nancy Heimert Zabka: “Our Reunion was fabulous! The Seay Building is still the ‘face’ of the campus and felt most familiar. It was the perfect venue for our reception and dinner. We were wined and dined lavishly the whole weekend. I was most struck by the fact that, for most of us, having spent just two years together at Centenary 50 years ago, everyone reconnected quickly with no pretenses or cliques. It was just a lot of fun guessing who everyone was, sharing memories (what one forgot, someone else remembered) and sharing life experiences since graduation. Something special happened at CCW to build relationships like that in such a brief time. After brunch Sunday, seven of us drove to Carolee Clark Norton’s home in Pennsylvania for another two nights of girl time, which provided a nice transition before heading back to our hometowns.”
Before attending the Reunion, Jan Foster Underhill and her husband, Peter, attended a Zydeco Festival in southeastern Connecticut. From Jan: “Centenary treated us all very well and reconnecting with classmates was very special indeed. Less than two weeks later, I celebrated my 70th birthday at The Point in Saranac Lake, N.Y., with my brother and his wife.”
At the dinner Saturday night, Marilyn Parsons Wortman a.k.a. “Mickey Mouse” regaled the class with shenanigans that took place during the two years at Centenary. She writes: “The Reunion was the best ever because I had not been to one before. Thanks to co-chairs Joyce and Missy for all they did. It was so great catching up with old friends and reconnecting with other classmates! We traded some great stories. I can’t believe I did some of that stuff and heard some new ones! I hope to have a mini-reunion on Martha’s Vineyard soon with the crew and enjoy some more great laughs.” “The 50th class reunion was lots of fun and I think the only thing that could have made it better would have been if more classmates had attended; even my husband, Bill, enjoyed it!” wrote Carol Harvey Barrows. “The new Lackland Center is beautiful. Before attending, I located my second-year roommate, Betsy Garretson Vanderbilt. She has been living for 16 years in Austin, Texas. We had a couple of long phone conversations and she sounds like that same Betsy! It was really great to reconnect — just wish she hadn’t had previous plans for the time of the Reunion.” Doris Nicholson Clark writes: “I was thrilled to have been able to attend our 50th Reunion. The new Lackland Center is a wonderful asset for the students. The school outdid itself with the wonderful meals they served us. It was great reconnecting with old friends. Since I’ve been home, no grass has grown under my feet, not that there is much grass in Tuscon. My husband and I went to Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival, which was really special. There were 340 balloons launched; what a sight. We no sooner arrived home than I turned
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Margie Hinkel Sbano-Mathisen ’61 and husband Jim.
L to R: Class of 1961 members Sue Fippin Scattergood, Betty Gilbert Murray, Molly Power Balzer, Gail Donovan, Nancy Willoughby Charbonneau.
fun to play the “Did you know?” game. Patsy Nason Stewart and her husband did a tour of the East Coast with two of their grandchildren last summer. One highlight was a visit with Linda Van Winkle Watkins and Skip in Mystic, Conn. Some sad news from the Class of 1962: Doris “Boni” Boniface Albus who resides in Folsom, Calif., sent an article from the Florida Daily Commercial reporting Sandie Grant Stahr’s passing on June 4, 2011 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. One of Sandie’s greatest passions was the triathlon and she qualified for the Hawaii Ironman in 1988. Boni fondly remembers the fun and laughter she shared with Sandie and Lisa Lynch during the summer of 1962 Centenary trip to Europe. In memory of Sandie, her daughter, Sue Carter, sent a photo of Sandie and her beloved dog, Rusty. Beth Quanjer Quackenbush ’71 wanted to share the memory of her sister, Jo Quanjer Bell. Jo and her roommate, Lynne Beverly, had the polar bear rug in their room. Jo had four children, 12 grandchildren and was living in Bethesda, Md., before she passed away in March 2008 from pancreatic cancer. Patsy Nason Stewart informs Centenarians of the passing of Connie Bowen Trask. The last issue of The Centenarian featured a reunion of CCW friends at her home in Beaufort, S.C. A beautiful article can be found through an Internet search. These classmates will be deeply missed. Finally, a reminder to members of the Class of 1962: “Please keep sending news so we can continue to connect. Mark your calendars for our big “50” — Oct. 12–14, 2012!”
Judi Braddock Andrews 1635 Swansea Place Westlake Village, CA 91361 405 N. Interlachen Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 (805) 497-1268 firstname.lastname@example.org Judi Braddock Andrews writes: “I received an e-mail from Janet Kipp Tribus, who is co-chairing our Big 50th Reunion with Linda Van Winkle Watkins. She hears from Marty Wiebke Brady, Carol Letson Christensen, Marjorie ‘Jan’ Watts Waldner and Sally Funk. She and husband, Don, live in Vero Beach, Fla., in the winter and New Jersey in the summer.” Judy Blakeslee Hadden and her husband, Bruce, are semi-retired and live in Rocky Hill, Conn., and Englewood, Fla. Judy worked for the Newington Police Department for 25 years and now works at the Hartford Hospital. They have two greatgrandchildren and seven grandchildren. Judi met Linda Johnson Heinl for lunch on Park Avenue in Winter Park just before they headed to Maine for the summer months. The classmates report that it was
The late Sandie Grant Stahr ’62 and her beloved dog, Rusty.
1963 Janice Babcock Johnson 312 Fiedler Road Maple Glen, PA 19002-2714 (215) 628-3642 email@example.com
1964 Carolyn James Harbourt 661 Hillcrest Boulevard Phillipsburg, NJ 08865-1444 (908) 454-8979 firstname.lastname@example.org
1965 Claire Kilpatrick Michlovitz 47 South Curtisville Road Concord, NH 03301-5909 (603) 715-1298 email@example.com Alison Campbell Shourds writes: “I recently met up with Judy Walker Williamson in Summit, N.J. We had a great visit. Judy lives in the Jacksonville, Fla., area and her whole family is nearby, including her sister, Valerie Walker Fleming ’63. Jackie Pujol Kelly was supposed to meet us as well, but got sick at the last minute. The three of us were roommates in Washabaugh Hall our senior year. I am still living in Pennsylvania, retired from G.E. in July 2008. I have two sons and six beautiful grandchildren. Mike, the oldest, lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife and two kids. Bob, the youngest, lives nearby with his wife and four kids, so I get to see them quite often!”
Judy Walker Williamson ’65 and Alison Campbell Shourds ’65.
1966 Judith Loveman Noonan 24 River Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02181-1640 (781) 237-1483 firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy Spence Breon writes: “I was very excited to talk to many of my ’66 classmates while hoping to convince all of you to attend our 45th Centenary Reunion. I enjoyed Friday, September 23, at Centenary with our Alumni staff and talking with the Class of ’61 (50th reunion) girls. I met Rosemary Cunningham Hart for a couple of hours on my way home to Bethlehem, Pa., and we had a great time talking about Centenary and our current lives. On Saturday, September 24, Serena Smith and I met for the Alumni Luncheon and then spent the rest of the day together reviewing each other’s experiences at Centenary and our personal lives during the last 45 years. We would have loved to spend time with more of our classmates and we are both going to work together to contact you all to plan your return to Centenary College for our 50th reunion in 2016. It is such a great experience to see each other and to remember our past and share our present lives. Also, there is a lot to learn about our alma mater, like new courses, new dorms, technical buildings, and beautiful new social and entertainment centers that have been added to our campus.
My daughter, Stephanie Breon ’10, graduated from Centenary with a BFA in Fashion Design. You may have seen her in The Centenarian as she played the bagpipes for several special occasions at Centenary, including leading the procession of Pipers, Faculty and Classmates at their 2010 graduation ceremony.” Gail Scherrer Arnold, of Cleveland, Ohio, had rotator cuff surgery the week before Homecoming & Alumni Weekend. She is recuperating nicely. That same weekend, Barb Debevoise Dinsmore celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Shanon Astudillo, who lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 15 years, now resides in Carpenteria, Calif., with her husband, and a daughter who turned 21 last February. Diana “Didi” Hussa Lowenthal lives in Haverford, Pa. She has two, grown children. Wendy Wall, of Philadelphia, Pa., attended a wedding in Vermont during Centenary’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Nancy Loescher Lewis, of Royersford, Pa., provided the very sad news of the passing of Lynn Franklin Deming. Lynn lost her life on May 10, 2011, after fighting breast cancer for eight years. Judy Field has had quite a challenging life with Multiple Sclerosis but remains positive. Her life motto is “Life is not about wishing you’d been dealt a better hand, but learning to play a bad hand as well.” Bonnie Pass Feldsher, of Paoli, Pa., has two daughters and three grandchildren. Jane Bauer Harris, who now resides in Riverside, Conn., notifies classmates that her husband passed away six months ago. Cynthia “Cindy” Wack Garni, of Wellesley, Mass., suffered a massive heart attack in July 2009. Later, a drastic allergic reaction to a drug fatally affected all her limbs, and she had both legs amputated below the knees and all of her fingers amputated. Cindy now has artificial legs/feet and a myoelectric hand. She is very excited about being capable of driving and hopes to travel in the near future.
1967 Barbara Leighton Faulkner 6761 Pheasants Ridge Hudson, OH 44236-3265 (330) 653-6826 email@example.com Nancy Adler Brehm writes: “I have been in the suburbs of New York since graduation. My children are grown and my husband and I spend a good part of the winters at our home in Naples, Fla. I keep in touch with Charlene Tensen Connolly, who lives in New Jersey, and we try to get together for lunch at least once a year. We met up a few weeks ago and shared a long, leisurely lunch overlooking the Hudson River. Our 45th Reunion is coming up next year. It would be great if we could
encourage as many as possible to attend the festivities. I, for one, have never been back to Centenary since 1967 and would love to again see the place where I made so many happy memories.”
1968 Linda Klebe Larsen 15214 Brier Creek Drive Haymarket, VA 20169 (703) 753-6462 firstname.lastname@example.org Jean Anderson Webb 6559 Jay Miller Drive Falls Church, VA 22041-1134 (703) 354-1725 email@example.com Linda Klebe Larsen writes: “Our older son, David Klebe Larsen, was married to Sara Jane Bettinardi on April 9, 2011 at the Halcyon House in Georgetown during cherry blossom season. David’s brother, Jonathan, was best man. It was a fantastic wedding and we are very pleased to welcome Sara into our family. My sister, Evelyn Klebe Hepper ’55, and her husband, Bill, were among the family and friends who attended the wedding.” Peggy O’Connor writes: “After graduating from the University of Denver, I returned to New York City and tried to get a job in television, only to find that all the ‘girls’ started in the typing pool. I offered to be a gofer but was told those jobs only went to men. I ended up in the publishing business, and eventually got a job with a company that ran college bookstores, and I was transferred to New Hampshire to become a district manager. In a few years, this company was bought out and the East Coast office was closed. I took the severance package and went back to school for a master’s in Social Work. I worked in community health and then opened a group practice with some friends. After 10 years, I went back to graduate school, this time to Boston University’s School of Theology. I graduated in 2003 and have just ended my eighth year as a minister with the United Church of Christ.”
1969 Elizabeth Braun Andreini 825 Ketch Drive #301 Naples, FL 34108-4183 (239) 262-3837 firstname.lastname@example.org Betsy Braun Andreini writes: “I did connect this week with D’Arcy McCleary Erdman ’62. Her aunt, Betty Kridler, was a famous kindergarten teacher in the village of Poland, Ohio, where we grew up. September 22 was her 101st birthday dinner at D’Arcy’s in Bonita Springs, to which I was invited, as we live near each other here in southwest Florida. Four generations were present and Aunt Betty Skyped with her other niece who was not present. It was The Centenarian 21
Class news and notes an honor and a joy to be present. I have also been in touch with Jody Williamson forhelp with a Stockbroker Needlepoint that I have had in my drawer for 20 years. Now, thanks to Jody and her design company, it is finished. Also, I heard from Lee Canter Blask and her daughter, Sara, who was involved in the television interview regarding the Challenger’s last flight, on CNN.”
1970 Melinda Lord Martin 85 Windsor Road Kensington, CT 06037 (860) 225-0461 email@example.com
1971 Carol Swenson Tanzola 3009 Trout Run Road York, PA 17402-8952 (717) 755-3172 firstname.lastname@example.org
1972 Karen Clark Blane 1885 Penshurst Drive Collierville, TN 38017-9107 (901) 854-4779
1973 Gayle Manning Brown 9502 Liberty Tree Lane Vienna, VA 22182-3405 (703) 938-4169 Cynthia Johnson Dodd 704 Burning Tree Circle Salisbury, MD 21801-7002 (410) 543-1483 email@example.com
1974 Valerie Coleman Moore 6 Meyer Pl #2 Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-1804 (973) 839-0148 firstname.lastname@example.org
1975 Ellyn Minor 47 Aubrey Road Montclair, NJ 07043 (973) 744-7763 email@example.com
1976 Debra Ray Botbyl 113 Maybrook Road Campbell Hall, N Y 10916 (845) 427-5797 firstname.lastname@example.org
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1977 Ellyn Minor 47 Aubrey Road Montclair, NJ 07043 (973) 744-7763 email@example.com
1978 Nanci Marks Oakley 2718 Plymouth Drive Easton, PA 18045 (610) 258-3737 firstname.lastname@example.org
1979 Susan Van Schelven Fischer 43 Princeton Avenue Midland Park, NJ 07432 (201) 670-6735 email@example.com
1980 Miriam Santowasso Cash 1731 Clock Tower Drive West Chester, PA 19380-6473 (610) 692-0103 firstname.lastname@example.org Miriam Santowasso Cash writes: “Hi, fellow classmates! Hoping everyone is enjoying the change of seasons and looking forward to the holidays. If you attended any recent Centenary reunions or events, please write me and I can include something in the next newsletter. Also, if you have recently reconnected with some old Centenary friendships I would love to share that with our readers as well. Photos are always welcome! Until next time!”
1981 Jennifer Brown MacKenzie 2 Birchwood Court Middlesex, NJ 08846-2073 (732) 469-8808 email@example.com
1982 Tracy Toole Shikada 9557 Baycliff Court Orlando, FL 32836-5758 (407) 876-8671
1983 Erica Hontz Hoffman 568 South Chiques Road Mannheim, PA 17545 (717) 898-8452 firstname.lastname@example.org Erica Hontz Hoffman writes: “I’ve been busy with classwork, as I’m still in college, working towards an AA in Computer Information. I should complete my courses next spring. I get back to Centenary several times a year at Alumni Association Executive Board meetings, as I’m currently
the treasurer and a longtime member of the President’s Circle. Family and church obligations add to the list of scheduled meetings and appointments. If you haven’t been back to campus, now is the time. The opening of the Lackland Center has added much to the presence of the campus in Hackettstown and has influenced activities throughout the area. Holding the Scholarship Gala there last summer was amazing. Keeping the focus on the campus added to the event. Check out the College website for more information about the changes taking place on campus and at the Equestrian Center. Please keep in touch and let me, our classmates and the College know what you’ve accomplished since graduation.”
1984 Mary Sue Wines Lamb 9 Strathmore Road Freehold, NJ 07728-0061 (732) 294-0061 (home) (732) 761-0443 (business) email@example.com Katherine Godlewsky Bill 74 Harmony Station Road Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 (908) 859-6585
1985 Denise Sabasko Ciesla 6 Darby Circle West East Hampton, NJ 08060-3269 (609) 261-7288 firstname.lastname@example.org
1986 Laura Vitale Gambino 368 North Road Chester, NJ 07930-2327 (908) 797-8402 email@example.com Diane Bartone-Sarro writes: “Attending the 25th Reunion at Centenary was amazing. Centenary has certainly grown and changed! The dorms and facilities are stateof-the-art. What fun to walk through the campus and reminisce. It was wonderful to spend the day with former classmates and catch up. We all talked, laughed and shared as if we had just seen each other yesterday. We shared a delicious lunch and the hours flew by. We are planning to meet next year at Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. We hope you will join us. Look at Centenary’s website and see the beautiful buildings on campus. Mark your calendar for the next Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.”
You can post your Class News and Notes any time at alumni.centenarycollege.edu.
1987 Anne Siebecker 20 Valley Avenue, Apt. E6 Westwood, NJ 07675-3608 (201) 722-8749 firstname.lastname@example.org Lori Post Kelly 40 Scott Drive Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 281-9103 email@example.com
1988 Lisa Marinelli Winger 7 Edison Road Stewartsville, NJ 08886 (908) 859-2441 firstname.lastname@example.org
1990 Anna Guzzi Camooso 1715 Marconi Road Wall, NJ 07719-3919 (732) 280-9072 email@example.com
1991 Justine Steinfeld-Mahon 510-1D Auten Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 874-5046 Jn1991cc@yahoo.com
1992 Kristen McKitish 10 Quail Run Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 240-6837 firstname.lastname@example.org
1994 Michelle Brennan Abbate 5 Windy Bush Lane Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-8107 email@example.com Michelle Brennan Abbate writes: “I was very excited to see all of the wonderful changes at Centenary when my daughter and I recently visited for Alumni Weekend. I loved seeing all of the familiar old buildings. We spent time exploring the new theaters and the renovated gym, having ice cream in the new cafeteria, and chatting with my old soccer teammate, Billie Jo Blackwell ’97/’09. Then we headed to the student art show and we really enjoyed looking at a sampling of what the students had produced. I enjoyed reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ and my daughter loved seeing everything. I took a picture of her next to the sundial that’s mounted on a step from the White House and I thought about when I’d posed there myself with my grandmother during a visit. I thought of my
great-grandmother and all of the other family members who had gone to Centenary and of all my old buddies. Hope that you all get the chance to visit!”
Jenelle Woodrup PO 2606 Clifton, NJ 07015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Bush Loven 216 Carentan Road Hopatcong, NJ 07843-1801 (973) 398-0691 email@example.com Monique Grimme 507 Rt. 46 Suite A Belvidere, NJ 07823 (908) 455-1576 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances Hoare Licciardiello 935 Anderson Road Port Murray, NJ 07865 (908) 835-0451 email@example.com
1996 Jennifer Cassini 194 Free Union Road Great Meadows, NJ 07838-2333 (908) 637-8658 firstname.lastname@example.org
1997 Margaret “Peggy” Gibbs Guay 844 Route 28 Apt. 5A South Yarmouth, MA 02664-5264 (508) 398-2505 email@example.com
1998 Merrilee McMurray 10850 Church Street #W-105 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 243-3323 firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 Natasha “Tasha” McMaster 4 Rydell Road Andover, NJ 07821 (908) 852-8316 email@example.com
2005 Jillian D’Alessio 633 High St. Alpha, NJ 08865-4817 (908) 859-0116 Jillybeans82@yahoo.com
2006 Alicia Miller 5 Red Maple Road New Egypt, NJ 08533 firstname.lastname@example.org Colleen Kelleher was married to Dave DiGregorio on July 9, 2011, at the Washington United Methodist Church. Denise Kielce and Michelle Wolak were bridesmaids.
1999 Laura A. Orbine 132 Tumble Idell Road Frenchtown, NJ 08825 (908) 996-7196 email@example.com
2000 Coleen Trentacosta 215 North 22nd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033 (908) 276-5613 Yingyang252000@yahoo.com
2001 Julia Kimball 23 Bayberry Lane South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 951-1646 firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 Megan Kriger Ballie 2323 168th Street Surrey, BC V3S 0A7 Canada (604) 866-3487 email@example.com
L-R: Jenna DiGregorio, Denise Kielce ’06, Nikki Zack, Colleen Kelleher DiGregorio ’06, Michelle Wolak ’06, Kristen DiGregorio and Maria Ventura.
2010 Michele Hill 119 Oxford Road Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 MsHill6@msn.com HillM@centenarycollege.edu
Join Professor Carl Wallnau and Centenary College alumni for our second annual Alumni Travel trip to London! Stay tuned for more details.
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The Last WORD Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite is my hero
“Centenary has treated me very well, and I didn’t want to see them hurt by the cuts.” David Boynton ’12
Centenary College Political Science major David Boynton ’12, like so many New Jersey college students, felt his heart drop when he discovered his Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) would be decreased for the Fall 2011 semester.
lobbied to have these vital grants reinstated. After hearing about her triumph, Boynton took it upon himself to thank Dr. Lewthwaite.
“Right before the semester started I found out that I was receiving about $4,000 less than I expected,” Boynton said. “I was on the fence, I didn’t know if I would be able to come back. I faced a pretty difficult dilemma trying to weigh my basic needs against my educational needs.”
impact students, but it would also put the College at a great disadvantage. “Centenary has treated me very well, and I didn’t want to see the them hurt by the cuts,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the effort; it’s great for the entire community.”
According to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), nearly one in every three full-time New Jersey students received TAG. As a “need-based” form of financial assistance, individual allowance is determined according to personal economic capability by HESAA. Boynton and many other students attending N.J.’s private schools depend on their annual TAG awards to cover a portion of their tuition. Luckily for those impacted, Centenary College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite and leaders of other private institutions successfully
Boynton sees TAG as a major draw to private schools, and said losing it would not only financially
aite, Dr. Lewthw ntenary r here at Ce y I am a senio dependent upon m ry and I am ve really appreciate .I TAG award did in getting u yo rk o the w Without g restored. the fundin to have a very g it I was goin financially and ar difficult ye ng forward to ki was not loo of myself and f al h e it. On b y and N.J. r Centenar thank e th o y an m ould like to students I w r your hard work! fo ly you great weekend, Enjoy your n to David Boyn
Corrections The listing in the Honor Roll of Donors in Honor of Doll Spach Siegel ’59 was incorrect. Below is the accurate list: In Honor of Doll Spach Siegel ’59 Richard and Carole Barrett Christel Dynes Eliot and Risa Goldstein Friends of Doll Spach Siegel ’59 Risa and Eli Goldstein Gordon and Lully Gund Paul and Liz Hackett Barbara Anziano Jackson ’59 Xonia Kargl ‘59 Jefferson W. Kirby Heath and Judith McLendon Don and Fran Nikles Betsy Ohnegian James and Purcell Palmer AJ and Mindy Papetti Michael and Martha Rolland 24 The Centenarian
Salvadore Salvo Betsy and Edward Schmidt The Schwallie Foundation, Margaret M. Schwallie Jeremiah and Deborah Shaw M. Alden Siegel Betsy Pettit Smith ‘59 Briggs and Louise Spach Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stein Audrey Vieweger Wild ‘59 Margaret Williams Young ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zimmerlein The listing in the Annual Report In Honor of Jim Salerno was omitted. Below is the accurate list: In Honor of Jim Salerno Patrick and Christine Borruso Heritage Community Bank Michael Salerno and Friends
Precision Financial Services Inc., Michael Babyak Alfred and Judy Ricciardi Sam Magarino and Friends Bill Spina True & Associates The listing In the Honor Roll of Donors in Memory of Virginia Johnson Paul ’58 was incorrect. Below is the accurate list: In Memory of Virginia Johnson Paul ’58 Beverly Smith Short ’58
The cover photo in the last edition of The Centenarian/Annual Report incorrectly identified the student. On the cover (above left) is Susan Cheng ’13. The photo above right is Cynthia Cheng ’14. The sisters are both active volunteers with many College activities.
Equine Program Suffers Two Losses We are saddened to announce the passing of former Centenary Trustee Dr. John H. Fritz. A Trustee from 1990 to 2008, he was a strong proponent of the College’s Equine Studies program. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in May 2003. In 2001, the College named its new United States Equestrian Team Arena in his honor to recognize his four decades of
USET leadership, which included 15 years as executive vice president. He also served as Chair of Centenary’s Equine Advisory Council, and his leadership helped set the stage for Centenary’s success as a national leader in collegiate equestrian riding. On Friday, February 10, Erica Weimer Marshall ’07 was killed in an explosion in a hyperbaric chamber at the Kesmarc Florida equine medical facility. Marshall, who was 28 years old, was a close friend of many in the Centenary community.
In Memoriam Our prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of the following:
Janet Stolarz Althouse ’61
Gail Newell Judson ’54
Christopher Arnold ’11
Ruth Kulp Keiser ’45
Dorothy Williamson Barker ’42 8/23/11
Barbara Korpos ’86
Norma Stamp Barr ’46
Patricia McGuigan ’79
Barbara Banks Bassette ’45
Joan Jolly McIlwee ’60
Alice Apgar McNeel ’38
Hilda Pekarsky Baum ’49
Lorraine Heussler Beekman ’49 9/18/11
Erica Weimer Marshall ’07
Joan Rayner Boulanger ’60
Rosemary Flynn Miller ’55
Shirley Gongwer Cochran ’54 8/10/11
Margaret Ferguson Mullett ’50 9/14/11
Polly Compton ’78
Amanda Byron Nagy ’06
Carol Nast ’65
Shirley DeVoe Corney ’33 Elinor Knight Curtis ’41
Babette Lehman Newman ’42
Julia Franklin Deming ’66
Debra Gutleber Normann ’90
Filomena DeSantis ’34
Ann Ingersoll O’Gorman ’53
Joan Voorman Downie ’46
Joan Quinn Schmidt ’50
Audrey Berman English ’48
Diane Drumheller Smith ’53
Lois Kulzer Fitzmaurice ’57
Nancy Torrance Speier ’49
Elsie Stark Flood ’54
Martha Frey ’65
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Published on May 14, 2012