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The Centenarian

FallSummer 2009 2012

Community Service Pioneers Centenary Named to National Service Honor Roll Philanthropy + Passion

The magazine for friends and alumni of centenary college


Centenary Connections

Hackettstown Honeymoon International alumni couple travels 7,000 miles, back to where they first met

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2 View from the Dome The latest news and notes from Centenary College.

6 Community Service Pioneers Centenary College picked for community service honor. 10 In Living Watercolor Patricia White Davidson ’44 discusses the life of an artist. 12 Philanthropy + Passion Direct giving and special events support the Centenary mission. Departments Cyclones Update ... 14 Class News and Notes ... 16 Centenary Tribute ... 24

While generations of Centenary couples have exchanged vows in the George H. Whitney Chapel, not many have made the College’s main campus in Hackettstown their honeymoon destination. Until now, that is. Youngjun Kwon ’09 was a student at Soon Cheon Hyang University in his native South Korea. Eun Ji Han ’09 studied at Dongduk Women’s University. They met at the Summer Culture and Language Program (SCLP) at Centenary, a popular offering for international students who wish to learn English and experience American culture. That’s when their love story began. Continuing on, they both earned bachelor’s degrees at Centenary (Kwon in Communication, Han in Accounting), before returning to South Korea following graduation.

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On the Cover: Joseph Clarke ’16 entering Centenary College to register for classes.

Married on May 26, 2012, the couple decided to honeymoon in New York, then spend several days back at Centenary. After all, if not for the College, they would never have met. Visiting the campus brought back many happy memories. Is there a chance that their children might someday attend Centenary, too? When asked, the newlyweds responded with an enthusiastic, “Of course!” The TheCentenarian Centenarian 1




“Commencement remarks are usually focused on new careers and potential job opportunities, but I have an admission. I never worked a day in my life.” Bill Evans ’12 HA

A Glorious Day to Graduate Meteorologist Bill Evans ’12 HA addresses Centenary College’s 137th Spring Commencement Channel 7 Eyewitness News Senior Meteorologist Bill Evans ’12 HA provided a confident forecast for Centenary College’s 137th May Commencement on May 12, 2012. He wasn’t referring to the beautiful, 72-degree weather, however. “I know Commencement remarks are usually focused on new careers and potential job opportunities, but I have an admission,” he told the 508 graduates on the front lawn of Smith Hall at the Hackettstown campus, “I never worked a day in my life.” Evans’ journey to become a television personality, author and winner of 12 Emmy® awards began at the age of 13 when he took a job as a rock radio DJ in Mississippi. “I know for all of you and your families, this is an exciting yet anxious time,” Evans said. “You 2 The Centenarian

are now expected to figure out what you were born to do.” He advised the audience that the key to a long life is laughter, and the key to success is knowing when to ask for help. The May 2012 Centenary College graduating class included undergraduate and graduate students from the main campus in Hackettstown and the Centenary School of Professional Studies in Parsippany and Edison. Additional honorary degrees were awarded to Centenary College Trustee and member of Centenary’s Finance Committee Michael Halpin ’12 HA and former Mayor of Hackettstown Michael Lavery ’12 HA. “We are proud and honored to recognize these distinguished individuals, as well as the accomplishments of our graduates,” said Centenary President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite. In keeping with Evans’ affable tone, Class Valedictorian Taylor Kennedy ’12 quoted from Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You during her speech: “Today you are you, that is truer than true,” she read. “There is no one alive who is youer than you.” “Please never lose the determination, desire and self confidence to succeed that helped bring you to this day,” she said.

Fulbright Honor for Centenary College is home to two recipients of international honor and host of Fulbright Gateway Orientation The links are strong between Centenary College and the prestigious Fulbright Program, the United States government’s flagship international exchange program. In August, the College was one of 10 institutions of higher education in the country selected to host the Fulbright Gateway Orientation, a weeklong program to prepare 60 foreign students for academic and cultural life in the United States. Both Chief Academic Officer and Provost James Patterson and Assistant Professor of History Breandan Mac Suibhne could empathize with the Fulbright scholars, as both are past recipients. In fact, Dr. Patterson’s experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland led indirectly to Dr. Mac Suibhne’s arrival at Centenary. Fulbright alumni have gone on to play key roles in government, academia and industry. These include 18 heads of state, 43 Nobel Prize recipients, and 78 Pulitzer Prize winners. “It is an honor for Centenary College to be selected to host the Gateway Orientation Program” said Nancy Paffendorf, Dean for Community and College Affairs at Centenary College. “Holding the Gateway Program here is a natural fit, as we house a school of internationl programs and offer a master’s in leadership and public administration. According to Dr. Patterson, it would have been impossible to write his doctoral dissertation on Ireland’s political history without a Fulbright grant. “Almost all of the primary sources are in Dublin,” he explained. “The grant paid for me to be in Ireland for nine months. I could not have done this without Fulbright support.”

Dr. Patterson explored a previously neglected area of Irish history. “Ireland had a massive rebellion in 1798,” he said. “It was crushed brutally. It was often said that nothing happened between 1798 and 1803. In fact, a great deal was going on in Ireland in those Fulbright Gateway Orientation participants introduced their fellow students and hosts to some of the traditions five years.” of their homelands.

Dr. Patterson’s dissertation formed the basis of the book In The Wake of the Great Rebellion. He met Dr. Mac Suibhne in 1995 during the course of his research. “We were both working on a similar time period,” Dr. Patterson recalled. “He saw me looking through the same boxes of materials that he was using. Finally, he came over and asked me, ‘What are you doing?’” Based in part on Dr. Patterson’s experience, Dr. Mac Suibhne applied for a Fulbright fellowship. He came to the United States in 1992, eventually earning a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. An accomplished author and editor, he specializes in the history and culture of 18th and 19th century Ireland. In April 2011, he participated in the Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lectureship. Both Dr. Patterson and Dr. Mac Suibhne lectured at the 2012 Fulbright Gateway Orientation program, which took place on the Hackettstown campus. Participants learned about networking and academic culture in the United States, as well as culture, politics and cuisine. “The campus was gorgeous, lush and green, but still close to New York,” said Dr. Patterson. “We described our experiences abroad

and Dr. Mac Suibhne explained his experiences here.” Recently, Dr. Patterson was among 20 senior-level higher education administrators chosen to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. The goal is to prepare future college and university presidents for leadership.

James Patterson, Ph.D., wrote about Irish political history in In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

Breandan Mac Suibhne, Ph.D. The Centenarian 3


VIEW FROM THE DOME named second runner-up in the opening round of the competition and placed in the top 10 percent among participating institutions in the United States. Centenary’s presentation showcased multiple projects. One of the projects, the Pearly Gates Mentorship program, provided high school students in a struggling urban school district with goal planning workshops and mentoring. The Guapi Hope Leaf Project helped artisans create a sustainable and profitable business in Guapi, Colombia, providing hope and self-esteem, along with raising the standard of living of these artisans. “It was amazing to stand on stage in front of 3,500 people and receive the trophy,” said Kathleen Naasz, Assistant Professor of Business and Director of SIFE. Watch the C-SIFE video at watch?v=YvHFMeM6-WU.

National SIFE Showdown C-SIFE ranked in top 10 percent

The David and Carol Lackland Center was recently highlighted in American School & University Magazine in the “Outstanding Design” category. “It is such an honor for Centenary’s newest building to be recognized nationally,” said Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary College President.

After taking the regional championship earlier this spring, the Centenary College Students in Free Enterprise (C-SIFE) team brought their projects to competition’s biggest stage at the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., on May 22. The three-day exposition welcomed students from 188 regional-winning colleges and universities. Through a written report and audiovisual presentation, teams reported the results of their community outreach projects to panels of business leaders. The teams were evaluated on their success in implementing business concepts that improved the quality of life and standard of living of those in need. The Centenary College SIFE team — Kira Buono ’12, Lakiesha Coleman ’13, J.J. Mitchell ’12, Kyle Thompson ’12 and Tim Tomaino ’13 — was

Networking at Centenary Career fair and professional conference provide opportunities to meet industry professionals Many perks accompany a Centenary College education. One is that employers come to you.

Left to right: Members of C-SIFE Lakiesha Coleman ’13, Tim Tomaino ’13, Kira Buono ’12, J.J. Mitchell ’12, Kyle Thompson ’12 and Kathleen Naasz.

Members of the 2012 Alumni Association Executive Board: Vita Romanelli Young ’78/80 President

Erica Hontz Hoffman ’83 Treasurer


Michael Iris ’07

Joe Butrymowicz ’02/05

Gary Johnson ’02

Elizabeth “Blake” Downey ’71 1st Vice President

Chris Linne ’02/04 Nominating Chair

Angie Desai ’07

Kristen McKitish ’92/06

Jacqueline Banks ’04/06 2nd Vice President

Audrey Hines Bonaparte-Watts ’78 Trustee

Victoria Floriani ’10

Katie Shanahan ’06

Roberta George-Matalon ’83

Leah Marie Thorn ’05

Angela Rodriquez ’90 Corresponding Secretary

Josie Muench ’01/07 Past President

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Ann Manno Greszczak ’75 Ginny George Hook ’44

On April 17, 2012, more than 40 local, regional and national employers flooded the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center for the chance to hire Centenary’s budding young professionals. “With 40 organizations on campus, our students, alumni and members of the community have an amazing opportunity to establish meaningful connections with employers,” said Michael Iris ’07, Director of Career Services at Centenary College which hosted the event. The College welcomed the likes of Apple Inc., the Department of Law & Public Safety, Embassy Suites –Hilton, Nordstrom, Cablevision, Greater Media New Jersey, WABC and WPLJ Radio, NJ Transit, New Jersey Drug Enforcement Administration, New Meadowlands Racetrack and many more. One week later, Centenary College’s Sports Management Conference was held at the Sitnik Theater in the David and Carol Lackland Center. The seven-hour conference featured multiple panels led by acclaimed professionals in the sports industry. In addition to a keynote speech by Glenn Adamo, Vice President of Media Operations for the National Football League (NFL), the presenters included Josh Steele, Inside Sales for the New York Red Bulls, Alex Kohn, Assistant General Manager for the Newark Bears, Fred Mangione ’93, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Brooklyn Nets, and Lisa Quinn, Director of Special Events for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Jaime Ponce ’05 (left) attended the College’s Sports Management Conference along with the New York Red Bulls and many other professional sports organizations.

Hall of Fame Disc Jockey Peter “Uncle Pete” Hoff of Centenary’s WNTI Radio was inducted into the New Jersey Chapter of the American Heritage Blues Hall of Fame in April. Hoff, a New Jersey native, was introduced to music by his family, some of whom work in the business. He came of age in the late ’50s and ’60s when electric blues was in full swing and a tremendous wave of new musical styles, greatly influenced by the blues, was beginning to crest. From blues and jazz, his tastes grew to include every genre imaginable. “Uncle Pete’s Blues Party” aims to expose listeners not only to popular, established artists, but also those who otherwise might not get radio play. The veteran DJ enjoys providing an audience for many fine local artists. This focus on the rare, regional and contemporary makes Uncle Pete a true ambassador of the blues. “To be recognized by these artists as an ambassador of their music is an honor that I find humbling and most gratifying,” he said.

Centenary Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) was recently renamed the School of Professional Studies. The name change was accompanied by the addition of a new area of study designed to attract working adults: the Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

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Audrey Hines Bonaparte-Watts ’78 (right) staffs the Alumni Association Executive Board table. The Centenarian 5


Cover Story

Community Service Pioneers

Viriginia Breen and her daughter Elizabeth Bonker published a book, I Am in Here.

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Centenary has a long tradition of serving others. Here we profile some of the College’s community service pioneers and how their actions and civic engagement spurred Centenary’s selection to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. When prospective students visit Centenary College, it is immediately apparent that community service is more than an extracurricular activity — it’s part of the College’s DNA. Centenary was the first college in New Jersey to introduce community service as a graduation requirement. Each year, the College community spends more than 21,000 volunteer hours on projects such as Community Plunge for freshman, Midnight Run to assist the homeless in New York and dozens of student-run initiatives that address important social and economic needs in the region and beyond. People and organizations in need have come to rely on Centenary. The annual Disaster Relief Project is one aspect of the College’s commitment. Over the last seven years more than 700 Centenarians volunteered 20,000-plus hours to rebuild devastated communities on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. This depth and variety of community service options are why the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education named Centenary College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2012. “The honor reflects a longstanding tradition of care and concern for others,” said College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite “In our archives you can find pictures of young women knitting sweaters for servicemen. In recent history, our community service has taken on more of an activist’s role in that much of it is now ‘go out and do,’” she said. “Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS. “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to

make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.” One of the earliest supporters of Centenary’s community service initiatives was Dominick V. Romano ’01 HA. The generosity and vision of Romano, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of RoNetco Supermarkets, Inc., made possible the incorporation of community service into Centenary’s curriculum in 1991. Looking back, he recalled: “These programs became a bridge between the College and the community. Today the community regards Centenary as an asset.”

A student in a hurry to help Cynthia Cheng ’14 typifies the commitment made by Centenary students to community service. A Business Administration major, she is the Public Relations Officer for the Major and Minors Club, which helps undecided students select an appropriate course of study. Cheng also participates in Centenary Students in Free Enterprise (C-SIFE) (see Page 4). In 2011–2012 C-SIFE helped residents of Guapi, Colombia, launch sustainable businesses. She is also active in the Centenary Commuters Council and Midnight Run.

“I like helping others. I really do. I know that I gain experience, knowledge, and skills along the way. But it’s the helping that’s the best part and knowing I made a small difference.” Cynthia Cheng ’14

Cheng also volunteers off-campus. “I work at Trinity United Methodist Church,” she said. “They have an ESL program where parents who can’t speak English come to the church for classes, and students baby-sit their kids.” Recently, she helped third-grade students develop their problem-solving skills through a unique consumer education project that challenges the youngsters to develop a monthly food budget for a family of four. Josh Ecochard, Centenary’s Coordinator of The Centenarian 7


Cover Story Community Service recalled, “When I arrived on campus and was still learning how to get around, Cynthia had already come by my office to outline what we would be doing in the upcoming semester.”

Social studies teacher Matt Marciano ’10 challenged middle schoolers to improve the world.

What motivates her community service? Cheng’s answer is disarmingly simple. “I like helping others. I really do. I know that I gain experience, knowledge and skills along the way. But it’s the helping that’s the best part and knowing I made a small difference,” she said.

Changing the world, one sixth-grader at a time Centenary’s dedication to community service not only shapes current students, it also attracts talented men and women to the College. That is what happened with Matt Marciano ’10, who recalled, “It was a great factor and motivation in choosing to study at Centenary.” Now a social studies teacher at Long Valley Middle School in Long Valley, N.J., he developed a yearlong service project for 100 sixth-graders called the Change the World Project.

Marciano explained how the project works: “In November, students are given the assignment of coming up with a project that will improve the world. During January they make a poster presentation of their proposal. Next is probably the hardest part. They must actually implement that proposal by the end of the school year. The prime consideration is that the project must be something tangible.” Projects were as varied as they were thoughtful. One boy taught soccer to students with cerebral palsy at a special needs school. Another wrote a book on bullying and got it published. A girl whose father died of diabetes taught classmates about the disease. A group of students started a mentoring program to teach younger children how to read. Efforts to help area senior citizens included teaching them to use a computer, shoveling snow and companionship. Parental support is important to the project’s success, but Marciano stressed that there are limits. “At back to school night, two or three weeks into the school year, I tell the parents that I want the students to take ownership. Parents sometimes need to drive their child to whatever they have to do, but I really want the child to take the ownership,” he cautioned. “This way, at the end of this project, they feel they have accomplished something, and hopefully continue to help other people.” Marciano is both gratified and inspired by his students. “As a teacher, you hope for students to remember something positive from the classroom experience. I think they’ll probably forget a lot of the things I teach curriculum-wise, but this is a lesson they’ll never forget, which is to give back and help others,” he said.

Opening Hearts and Minds

Virginia Breen read some of her daughter’s inspirational poetry. For more information or to order a copy of I Am In Here, please visit 8 The Centenarian

Now more than ever, the northwestern region of New Jersey counts on Centenary to inform, educate and bring about positive change. The Education

Department at Centenary College has been an instrument of such change. An early innovator offering dual certification for general and special education students, the Department developed Ability Awareness Day to educate the College community about the lives, challenges and accomplishments of people with disabilities. The sixth annual event was held on April 12, 2012. One of the featured speakers was author and mother Virginia Breen. Breen’s 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Bonker, has autism and is non-verbal, yet she can communicate by writing poetry. Out of that talent grew a mother-daughter book, I Am in Here, which includes 70 of Elizabeth’s poems. “[Virginia] talked about her challenges with the school system. She talked about what her daughter could bring to the table. She read us some of her daughter’s poetry, which was just extremely moving,” said Linda Schwartz Green, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification and Special Education Graduate Program, and organizer of the annual event. “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I was in tears. My

students were in tears. The message of the poetry was ‘Don’t discount anybody. Let’s look at what’s inside. Let’s look at what all people have to offer.’” Student members of the Centenary College chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) also played an important role in bringing Ability Awareness Day to fruition. CEC members contacted all of the participating individual groups and organizations that presented and helped coordinate the day’s activities. “This year was amazing,” said Dr. Schwartz Green, noting that Ability Awareness Day will become an annual event. “The Centenary mission statement talks about being inclusive and collaborating and this event really speaks to including all people.” Continuing partnerships between Centenary and the communities it serves are an essential aspect of higher education. “Good liberal arts colleges strive to educate the whole student,” Dr. Lewthwaite stressed. “Participating in community service is part of being a good citizen.”

“The message of the poetry was ‘Don’t discount anybody. Let’s look at what’s inside. Let’s look at what all people have to offer.’” Linda Schwartz Green, Ph.D.

Meet Joseph Clarke ’16 2012 Hackettstown High School Student Scholarship recipient The College’s commitment to community service was one of the factors that influenced Joseph Clarke ’16, the recipient of the 2012 Hackettstown High School Student Scholarship, to choose Centenary. As far back as his days as a Boy Scout, Clarke participated in community cleanup projects. The incoming student was also elected to American Legion Jersey Boys State for exemplifying outstanding ideals of citizenship and leadership.

Joseph Clarke ’16

Clarke is the seventh recipient of the annual scholarship that underwrites full tuition for one Hackettstown High School graduate during his or her four years of education at the College. The scholarship is another example of Centenary’s two-way relationship with the community.

“Our community really needs the College on many levels,” explained Dr. Lewthwaite. “And in like kind, the College needs to be part of a community that thrives and will attract and retain students. It is a very symbiotic relationship.” Clarke plans on majoring in Criminal Justice and hopes to become a homicide detective. He also believes attending Centenary will give him numerous service opportunities. “It’s important to give back to your community,” he said. “I grew up in Hackettstown and my family is from here. Everybody knows how much good the Centenary students do. They’re a real inspiration.” Clarke is also a Centenary legacy. His mother is Cathy Mooney Clarke ’78. Both of his parents graduated from Hackettstown High School and the family has lived in the area for generations. The Centenarian 9



In Living Watercolor

Patricia White Davidson ’44 celebrates more than 50 years behind the brush

feature of a watercolor when they’re contrasted correctly. It’s a phenomenon with watercolor and I love the effect.

Q: Does the artist’s gene run in your family? A: Yes. My grandfather was quite a wonderful artist. He painted in oils. He did a number of outstanding paintings. My mother was a professional portrait photographer who started painting in her 50s. It ran on both sides of the family, so I think that’s how I picked up the genes.

Patricia White Davidson ’44

Q: What influenced you to come to Centenary? A: lt was a family connection that drew my attention to Centenary. My grandfather and great uncle went to Centenary in the 1800s. I applied and received a scholarship, which really helped. I also influenced a couple of my high school friends to join me. Elizabeth “Betty” Dickinson Dunlap ’44/’95 HA, who was on the Board of Trustees with me, and Ruth Kammelhor Hanson ’44 graduated high school with me. We all lived in South Hall together. Q: When did you first become interested in art? A: I think it was when I received a box of pastels as a birthday gift from my parents. I had never seen pastels before, and I was fascinated by them. Our town had a poster contest at Christmas time, and I won first prize. It really excited me and pushed me to get serious about painting. I took every art class that my high school and Centenary College offered. Sometimes I took courses twice just for the experience. Howard Knapp, the only art teacher, was a National Academy Sculptor. I took all of the “figure” courses with him. Back then, the figure models had to wear clothes. So we had to use a lot of imagination. Q: Your medium of choice is watercolors. What fascinates you about this particular art form? A: I love the way the paper itself glows. You leave the whites of the paper for the whites, and you have to plan around to make sure you leave enough. The whites are the most attractive 10 The Centenarian

Q: Has anyone followed in your artistic footsteps? A: I have a grandson who is truly remarkable, and my son is quite talented; my son is creative in a different way. He has his own business and he is an inventor. My daughter is very creative in decorating. She’s a fourth-grade teacher, which requires its own level of creativity. Q: How old were you when you when you began entering your pieces into exhibitions? A: It was probably during my early 30s. That was a long time ago, considering I’m now 87 years old. Over the years, I tried to be as professional about it as I could possibly be. I had to slow down when I was raising my family, but after my children were grown, I became very serious and studied at a studio in Sarasota, Fla., where we moved after retirement. It was a watercolor studio named Hilton Ridge and it was a remarkable place where all the watercolorists gathered and shared information and they imported world famous teachers. I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. Q: What do you enjoy painting the most? A: I recently painted a group of musicians I saw on the street in Prague, Czech Republic, on a trip down the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary. When I travel, I take numerous photos and when I arrive home I work on them in Photoshop. This allows me to change the lighting and so forth and provides me with a printout guide for a black and white value painting, which I do first. From that I scale it up to a larger paper. It’s a long process. Q: What were some highlights of your artistic career? A: I received an award from the Florida Watercolor Society, and

another from the Georgia Watercolor Society. Those were two outstanding points in my life. I became a member of the National League of Asmerican Pen Women. After entering three juried shows, I became a fellow of the Association of American Professional Artists. I’ve earned a signature membership, which was thrilling. I can now put the letters of the organization after my name on my paintings — which I rarely do, but at least I know that I can. Pat White Davidson ’44 has exhibited in more than 90 juried shows and was the featured artist in more than 30 solo shows since becoming a Florida resident in 1973. For more than 25 years, Davidson has supported Centenary College with gifts that include pieces of her artwork. You can view an exhibit of her work on Homecoming & Alumni Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Career Center, Edward W. Seay Administration Building.


Homecoming & Alumni Weekend

October 12–14 ____________

Join us for fun events including • 50th Reunion Reception/ Dinner • Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony honoring the Class of 1957 Athletes & Others • Book Signing • Art Exhibit Featuring Patricia White Davidson ’44 • Family Fest • Trivia Dinner ...and Much More!

Register Online at Davidson’s paintings begin as photographs. Through a lengthy process, she transforms them into vibrant reimaginations in her chosen medium, watercolor. The Centenarian 11



Philanthropy + Passion The Office of College Relations re-introduced directed giving earlier this year, providing Centenary donors the opportunity to give to their greatest passion. This spring, alumni, parents and friends turned out for special events in support of the programs and initiatives they care about most and demonstrated their steadfast belief in the Centenary mission. A Toast to Turf

Above: Paul Lewthwaite and Centenary College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite

Attendees at A Toast to Turf: An Educational Introduction to Craft Beers on May 11, 2012, had the opportunity to sample eight intriguing brews and help further The Athletic Turf Field Project. Launched in 2011, the project is part of the Cyclone Athletic Fund and includes plans for a new artificial turf field that will serve the Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse teams. Participants at this well-attended event, which grossed $13,000, enjoyed an educational talk by beverage expert Dr. Rett Oren and made a significant contribution in helping to propel Cyclone Athletics to greater levels of competition and national recognition.

gift is part of a 10-year commitment that will eventually total $250,000. D. Nicholas Miceli, Central Market President of TD Bank, pointed out that gifts to the Center, which is home to Centenary Stage Company, CCTV and 91.9 WNTI radio, have a positive impact on the entire northwestern region of New Jersey. “We saw the Center providing a great venue at the College for the students and the faculty,” he said. “It is also a resource for the entire community, for Hackettstown and all the surrounding areas. I’d compare it to NJPAC. It’s just a gem within the county that will be a resource for everyone.”

TD Bank Supports Lackland Center

Above: Guests enjoyed sampling 8 microbrews; right: Trustee M. Alden Siegel and Dorothy “Doll” Spach Siegel ’59. 12 The Centenarian

One of the TD Bank’s philanthropic priorities is to fund initiatives that benefit entire communities. That is one of the reasons why the bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated $25,000 to the David and Carol Lackland Center at Centenary College. The Foundation has supported the Lackland Center since 2007. This latest

Above: TD Bank Vice President and Community Relations Manager Renee Rattigan, Centenary College President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, TD Bank Central Market President D. Nicholas Miceli and TD Bank Vice President Cynthia Colucci. Right: TD Plaza

TD Plaza, an area directly outside of the Lackland Center, was unveiled in honor of TD Bank’s generosity.

Equestrian Center Gala For Centenarians who take great pride in the accomplishments of the College’s nationally recognized Equine Studies program, the gala Denim, Diamonds & Cavalrymen on May 10, 2012 was a night to remember. The event honored three sets of individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to further advancing an IHSA National Champion Equestrian Team and exceptional academic program. Honorees included Glenn and Laura Pabst, parents of Jessica Pabst ’13, an Equine Studies student at Centenary; the 102nd Cavalry Regiment Association, Essex Troop, an organization of elite horsemen and military veterans; and Penelope Ayers, an active community volunteer, philanthropist and accomplished equestrian. The event grossed $93,000 to benefit the Equestrian Center Enhancement Project, a program to restore and expand existing

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Above: Dr. Roland Brown of the 102nd Cavalry Regiment Association, Essex Troop, and Equine Studies Department Office Coordinator Amy Gregonis ’05/’09 with Karat; Right: Event Chairman Carol Stillwell, President of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.

facilities, and Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC), which serves children and adults with a variety of disabilities from the surrounding area. Carol Stillwell, President of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., served as Chairman of the event and

James Salerno, a College Trustee and longtime supporter of the Equine Studies program, served as Honorary Chairman. James Fairclough, from television’s “Full Metal Jousting,” was the special celebrity guest. The Centenarian 13


Cyclones UPDATE

The Storm Advances As more Centenary sports teams gain national attention, rivals heed warnings of the Cyclones’ arrival.

Caitlin Veverka gained national attention with her .843 slugging percentage.

National Nods The crowning achievement of the season for Caitlin Veverka ’12 came with her selection to the National Fastpitch Coach’s Association All-Regional Team, qualifying her for All-American eligibility. She closed the season with a batting average of .471, catching national attention with an .843 slugging percentage, among the nation’s top 20. On the other end of the pitch, Lady Cyclone Roxanne Keelan ’13 threw a perfect game, tying Kristin Durburow’s ’13 record of six shut-outs in one season. Keelan struck out 78 batters and finished the season 16–7. Additionally, Head Coach Kim Booking was named Centenary Colonial

place overall at the CSAC championship, shooting a careerlow 75 strokes on the event’s second day. Teammate Bill McNeir ’13 finished in 11th place and also received All-

Robert Linepensel ’14

Conference recognition. Linepensel and McNeir are among 48 Cyclones named to CSAC winter/ spring all-academic teams.

States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Coach of the Year and earned her 100th win.

Young Golfers Show Promise The CSAC picked Robert Linepensel ’14 as a First-Team All-Conference athlete. The sophomore’s future looks bright after tying for second Bill McNeir ’13

Record-Breaking Season Centenary’s Women’s Lacrosse went to the CSAC tournament for the fourth consecutive year following the second-best season in program history, with 10 wins and only 5 losses. Seniors, who comprised the majority of the squad, graduated as the class with the most wins in Cyclone Women’s Lacrosse history. As opponents fell to the Lady Cyclones, so did Cyclone records, most notably the program’s all-time points record, which was broken by Danielle Bay ’12 who scored 253 points. 14 The Centenarian

A Symbol of a Cyclone

A Roster Full of Honors Six Cyclone Men’s Lacrosse players received All-Conference team honors in Centenary’s bid for the CSAC championship. The list included Cameron Gunn ’13, who made First Team All-Conference after a team-leading 68 points this season. Kyle Mcvay ’12 and Sean Lower ’13 made Second Team All-Conference, and Patrick Johnston ’15, Conor Nolan ’13 and Robert Nuzzolese ’13 made AllConference Honorable Mention. Jen Vasta ’12

Key Acquisition: Women’s Basketball Coach Centenary College is pleased to welcome Rachel Weidensaul as the new head coach of Women’s Basketball. She joins the Cyclones after serving as the interim head coach of Albright College.

New Jersey’s Finest With the team’s highest batting average and CSAC’s highest batting average against opponents, Garrett Meagher ’12 claimed All-State honors this year from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association. The third baseman was joined in All-State honors by freshman teammate Joe Forcellini ’15, who was selected for the All-State Rookie Team.

Garret Meagher ’12

Athletic Hall of Fame The induction of the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Class will be held this 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

For Jen Vasta ’12, Centenary College was love at first sight. She admits that when she was initially recruited for Women’s Basketball, she had never heard of the school, but upon arriving for her first visit, she was instantly sold: “I just fell in love with the campus; it’s a beautiful campus. I loved the gym, I loved the coaching staff and I loved all the people I met.” Vasta, an Education major, played basketball all four years at Centenary, garnering an array of honors. In the CSAC alone, she received both First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Conference twice. Perhaps the most stunning honor came when she made All-Metropolitan Area this year, a feat never before accomplished by any Lady Cyclone. “It was fantastic because I played with some of the greats. It was nice to end with such a prestigious award,” Vasta said But the basketball court was not the only venue for Vasta’s success. In her Junior year, she unexpectedly became part of the Softball team. “The coach just contacted me because she heard through the grapevine that I played. All she said was, ‘Can you play outfield?’ and I said, ‘Sure.’ The next thing I knew I was starting center fielder and we won the conference. It was such a great year,” she said. Now a Centenary graduate and the defender of the women’s basketball program’s all-time scoring record, Vasta is setting her sights on the future, applying for teaching jobs, excited to continue her athletic participation off the field. When asked if she planned on coaching one day, she responded with the same outgoing gusto that prompted her to play so many sports. “Oh yes,” she said, “I want to coach Basketball and Softball. And maybe even Cross Country.”

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Class news and notes

1. Gold Dome Award Recipients Chuck Mueller of ADP, Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’67 and Norman Worth of WRNJ Radio with Centenary President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite. 2. Chelsea Capwell ’14 and Shawnee Smith ’14. 3. The Seay Bulding on a midsummer’s night sets the scene for the Gala. 4. The Van Winkle Family. 5. Gala chairman Raymond Nisivoccia and his wife, Katherine, with Centenary alumni who work for his accounting firm. 6. Dominic V. Romano ’01HA and wife Kay with Norman Worth and family. 7. Katherine Nisivoccia and Doll Spach Siegel ’59.




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1937 Ruth Mortensen Houghton Holmes Ocean View Hilltop Lodge #2E, Apt. L347 18 Blueberry Lane Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 781-0999

1939 Carol Olsen-Voorhees 40 Sergeantsville Road Flemington, NJ 08822-1584 (908) 782-5373 16 The Centenarian

4. 1942 Edith Bolte Kutz 4561 Oak Tree Court Delray Beach, FL 33445 (561) 498-4388

1943 Georgine Hill Mendillo 222 Harbour Drive #212 Naples, FL 34103-4071 (203) 649-4708


am still involved with the Centenary Alumni Association as a member at large. Also, there is an alumni gathering being planned for the Hunterdon and Warren County area. Our own Patricia White Davidson will have her paintings displayed in the new Career Center at Centenary College. Please write and tell me how you are spending your retirement.”

1945 Barbara Wheatley Murray 89 Kensington Road Bronxville, NY 10708-1406 (914) 337-2134

Virginia “Ginny” George Hook 553 Rosemont Ringoes Road P.O. Box 93 Sergeantsville, NJ 08557-0093 (609) 397-0553


Virginia “Ginny” George Hook writes: “I thought being retired meant that I would spend the rest of my life oil painting, but no. I am a Trustee at my United Methodist Church, a Trustee to my township Historical Society, four years as a Trustee Representative from our Centenary Alumni Association; I exercise at the hospital twice a week and I

Dorothy Latchford Lota writes: “My granddaughter, who lives in Florida, was married May 18 and we went to Disney World for the reception. We now have two great-grandsons who also live in Florida. Our grandson is still single but has two beautiful Alaskan dogs. My son, Tom, has been

Dorothy Latchford Lota 418 Boxcar Way Valrico, FL 33594-6812 (813) 661-5032

her children near and they come to visit frequently. My oldest daughter, Susan, has come to live with me temporarily. She had to leave her home in Colorado, as the altitude had become a severe health hazard for her. She and her husband, a graduate of Lafayette College, are making plans to start a new life at sea level. She and I spent the month of March on Sanibel Island, Fla. We are excited about her son’s wedding here on the East End of Long Island, where he practices as an architect, next spring.”


1948 Naoma Muller Morgenstein 12100 Old Bridge Road Rockville, MD 20852-4434 (301) 230-0145


7. fighting liver and colon cancer and it has been a rough road. My son in Wyckoff, N.J., has two daughters and the oldest graduated law school in May. I just can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Don’t forget to send some news, even if it’s a short note.”

1947 Helen Eckhardt Sheehy P.O. Box 987 Amagansett, NY 11930-0987 (631) 267-8984 Lennie Eckhardt Sheehy writes: “I received a phone call from Dr. Melvin Horwith informing me that his wife, Barbara Ginsberg Horwith, had passed away. On behalf of our class I expressed condolences to him and his family. Barbara was a great asset to our class. I chatted with Ruth Fleming on the phone. She has left the house where she had lived all her life in Bethlehem, Pa. We all remember trips to Lehigh in Bethlehem. She is now living at Moravian Village in Bethlehem. Didi Koppe Byrnes has moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Madison, N.J., to better care for her husband, Bill. Didi feels fortunate to have

Naoma Muller Morgenstein writes: “Time has a way of passing us by rather quickly as we gain in age and so too, in keeping in touch with one another. We made the move from Naples, Fla., after 20 years, to the northern state of Maryland. Fortunately, the weather did not produce much in the way of snow or severe cold, but it was still cold to us after leaving the warmth of Naples. I must admit, I did enjoy seeing the fall colors that I truly missed when I first went down to Florida. As you know, I enjoy quilting and was amazed to learn that there were many quilt guilds in the area. I joined three and enjoy their speakers and activities. I watched the quilt group grow from about 10 members to over 250 members over the years down in Naples, but was surprised to see how many more there are up here.” Betty Thole Scott is still up at Paul Smiths at the Lake. In 2011 she had a blockage in her leg artery and had a bypass. She says it’s coming along quite well now. “We all wish her well and continued recovery. If you can, try to attend the Homecoming & Alumni Weekend this October 12–14, 2012. Even if we do not have a special reunion year, it is always great to get together and see a former classmate. Perhaps a few of you could plan to ‘gather’ for a visit to the campus, even if it is not our year! The colors should be great and hopefully the weather will be also. Unfortunately, I recently heard of the passing of Marilyn Rudiger Bongard. Marilyn and I had been good friends since Centenary. We had some great times together and also served on the ‘Pinafore Brigade’ serving tables, as well as living near one another in the dorms. Try to keep in touch and jot off a note to me. I would like to hear from you!”

1949 Florence Austermuhl Larson 5925 Poppy Street La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 469-7385 Florence Austermuhl Larson writes: “My husband had a sudden severe infection in his gallbladder in December and was

hospitalized for three weeks. He is recovering at home and is able to do a daily walk in the park behind our house. My grandson, Garrett, lives with us as he lost his father in May from a heart attack. I was glad to hear from Debbie Ettinger Moss, who lives in Oro Valley, Ariz., a suburb of Tucson. She is married and her husband is recovering from kidney problems. She is retired and has one child in Woodside, Calif., another in Littleton, Colo., and grandchildren in college in San Clemente, Calif.. She was friends with Hilda Pekarshy Baum from our class. Hilda was married with three children and died recently from melanoma. Evelyn Dries Mathews was in the hospital from November 5 to December 4, 2011, with septicemia and had two episodes of congestive heart failure. She is recovering from that and cataract surgery. Since she and her husband are both using walkers, they cancelled a trip to the Panama Canal. Doris Little Osterhoudt keeps busy at the Bald Eagle Commons, her retirement village in West Milford, N.J. She sings solos and is in a chorus and attends Green Pond Bible Church. Audrey Henn Nawoschik lives in Spring Valley, N.Y. She has been suffering from migraines and back pain, but hopes to go to the wedding of one of her grandchildren in June, and another in October. We want to hear from more of you.”

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 (724) 625-4299

1952 Joan Thornton Teller 712 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Willow Street, PA 17584 (717) 464-6954 Joan Thornton Teller writes: “I am the new class correspondent for 1952 and would love to hear from my classmates. Please write, call or e-mail me with any news you would like to share so we can keep connected and let each other know what we have been up to. Ray and I are headed to West Falmouth on Cape Cod for a week late in July and then back to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia the first week of October, which was the beginning of our retirement in 1995, to see old friends and enjoy the gorgeous lake and Blue Ridge Mountains. We’d be happy to hear from anyone who will be in those areas or who resides there. At any other time, do get in touch with us if you are in the Lancaster, Pa., area.” The Centenarian 17


Class news and notes 1953


Drusie Fox Jenkins 208 Linden Ponds Way Apt CL 601 Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 740-1769

Eleanor Rausch Greene 2411 NE Pinecrest Lakes Blvd. Jensen Beach, FL 34957-6648 (772) 334-8006

Drusie Fox Jenkins writes: “For those of you who enjoy reading updates on our classmates, I hope that you will think about sending me news of you and your family to include in future issues of our Centenarian. Very few have written during the past six months, so this column will be short. I hope that all have had a good year, and wish you good health in the coming months. Norm and I are fine, and will head for Chatham on Cape Cod next week. We will stay there until midSeptember, and our four children and seven ‘grands’ will come and go at various times. My right knee replacement went so well a year ago that I will have my left replaced in October. I don’t want to do so during the summer when the kids visit, and we love to garden. Also, I had cataracts removed from both eyes during the past winter, and what a difference that makes to daily living.” Margie Holmes Brown has had quite a year, with some nice travel early in 2011, but then the unexpected happened when her husband, Ken died suddenly in Hartford, Conn. They had been happily married for 45 years. Her family has brought her comfort, and her saving grace has been her volunteer work at McLean. In 2011, Connecticut experienced tropical storm Irene, an earthquake and a huge October Nor’easter that dumped some 20” of snow. Luckily, Margie was only without power for just five days, while many were without for as long as 14 days. This spring, Margie sold her house and moved into a condo in Avon, Conn.

Ellie Rausch Greene writes: “It is with deepest sadness that I begin this column. Joyce Tietjen Barry passed away May 8, 2012, of pancreatic cancer after a brief illness. Joyce was a dear friend, loyal alumna and former President of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter of Centenary College. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathies to her husband, Bob, and their three boys.” Evelyn Klebe Hepper writes: “Joyce was my second-year roommate and best friend for 58 years. We almost always attended Centenary College’s homecoming reunions together. She will be sorely missed by me and my family.” Betsy Riddle Ruderfer writes: “In February, I had lunch with Marcia Blanco Rizzo, who had been married to our English Professor Philip Rizzo. Prof. Rizzo had published a couple of books and ended up as head of the English department at Wilkes University in WilkesBarre, Pa., which is where Marcia had received her nursing degree. Unfortunately, Phil passed away November 2010. Marcia is living in Germantown, Md., not far from Washington, D.C. I also had lunch with Sally Oberrender Shaffer in Allentown, Pa., in October 2011, when I was in the area for a meeting of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA). She looked great and it was such fun to get together after 56 years! I ran into Jill MacFayden Chobanian at Arena Theater here in Washington D.C., several months ago and she looks terrific, too. Jill said she has not been back in touch with Centenary for quite a long time. We were both wondering what Cynthia Eagles has been up to. I am trying to get in touch with members of the close harmony group that I sang with at Centenary College, the Octones. The group sort of died on the vine when Mr. Smith left Centenary College and Mr. Ganz took over. We actually appeared at Town Hall in New York City and then went on the Johnny Carson show that night... Imagine! The names I do remember from the group are Nancy Bartsch, Helen Preble, Toni Gleasner and myself. I’m pretty sure Cynthia Eagles was in it too. The ladies in the group from the class of 1954 were Joan Foulkes, Joan Phillips, Karen Nelson and Janice Reed. Does anyone remember this group or have any photos? As for myself, I’ve recovered from a fall down the stairs just about a year ago and I am back again producing musical programs for retirement communities. I work with a great jazz pianist and bass player. We just did a show on Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein last week. Also, I am still singing every other Friday night at a funky little restaurant in

Bev Oetjen Imgrund and John spent time in Florida this past winter, and their children surprised them with a party for John’s 80th birthday. Bev sees Nancy Franklin Cunningham from time to time. News from Dottie Baer Garner in Sarasota, Fla. She and Bob recently celebrated their 58th anniversary with family and friends attending. Dottie and Bob are active in the ARTS in Sarasota, and serve on several art boards there. “I hope to hear from more of you for our next issue. Best to everyone.”

1954 Gwen Kennedy Butz Westin Innisbrook Resort 36750 US Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (727) 943-3772

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Alexandria, Va., with a wonderful pianist who drives in from Pennsylvania, and he is even older than I am!”

Betsy Riddle Ruderfer

1956 Phyllis Cotter Graf 46 Dennison Road Essex, CT 06426-1351 (860) 767-2328

1957 Alice “Baynes” MacLea Hobbs 2814 Canyon Creek Drive San Angelo, TX 76904-7004 (325) 944-3017 Baynes MacLea Hobbs writes: “So good to hear from several of you. Congratulations to Suzee Wallbank Rowland, who is now Chair of the President’s Circle. We all appreciate all the hard work she puts into the Alumni Association. Marge Wright Dwyer reported that nine from the Class of 1957 gathered at her home in Lawrenceville, N.J., on April 28 for lunch to celebrate our 55th Reunion. Present were Gaywood May, Nancy Keegan, Marlene Schafer, Mally Holmes, Connie Cunningham, Lynd Stradley, Marion Grafton and Mary Putnam. It was a gorgeous day with azaleas and dogwoods in full bloom. Three of our buddies, Joan Sands, Pat Scott and Ginny Wiebke, had to cancel at the last minute because of family commitments. However, the mighty nine had a great time reminiscing about being l8 and comparing notes on being 74, some of whom are back on the dating scene. I can honestly say we laughed nonstop for three hours.” Gail Dawson McNally had an experience of a lifetime. Flying into Dulles from Scottsdale, Ariz., she saw the space shuttle atop the transport plane sitting on the tarmac. Connie Cunningham Bookbinder wrote she spent last August in Ventnor, N.J., and Betsy Mettler and husband stayed with her for a while. They had an earthquake and were forced to leave the island for four days, so Betsy and Mike were treated to trips to Haverford and Philadelphia, Pa. Connie went to Florida during March and hoped to visit with Carol Shepp and Jan Greer. Connie noted that the Brotherton basketball team has been chosen to be in the Athletic Hall of Fame. They won the Inter-Dorm Baskeball Championship in 1957 and will be featured as trendsetters for inner college participation. Carol Faunce Short visited

children and grandchildren in Kansas City in May and entertained other kids over the Memorial Day weekend. “We have finally had some rain in Texas to help relieve some of the drought. It will take a lot more to help our situation. Can you believe we have been out of Centenary for 55 years? Make plans now to attend our 60th Reunion that will be here before we know it. Good to hear from all of you.”

1958 C. Joy Riddell 101 East McNab Road #210 Pompano Beach, FL 33060-9278 (954) 781-9315

1959 Ann Hufnagel Rafferty 249 Long Lane Upper Darby, PA 19082-4020 (610) 352-9516 Thais McAleece Haines 1950 Hovsons Boulevard Toms River, NJ 08753-1519 (732) 255-2772 Doll Spach Siegel 10 Hartley Farms Road Morristown, NJ 07960-7045 (973) 236-9669

1960 Elizabeth “Betsy” Stanley Thomas 2206 Solmar Drive Silver Spring, MD 20904 (301) 384-8104 Gail Sylvester Longstreth 239 Halemaumau Street Honolulu, HI 96821-2055 (808) 373-4490

1961 Joyce Fierro Velzy 1253 NW Bentley Circle Apt A Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 873-9008 Joyce Fierro Velzy writes: “It seems our 50th Reunion prompted many classmates to continue to keep in touch with each other or to rekindle friendships with former roomies and friends.” Sally Swan Schwabe writes: “What fun we all had at the 50th. I thank Sally Murphy Albano for the encouragement and transportation to attend! I loved seeing Jan Auer Scrabis, who was my roommate at

Penn State. Because of the Reunion, while at Hilton Head a month later, I had a wonderful lunch with Missy Keely Bell and Judie Van Wetering Whitmore and I hope to see them again next fall.” In March, Priscilla Stanley CaspersonKing and Janice Kilgore Jobin had lunch together, along with their husbands, for the first time in 51 years! Janice lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and Priscilla lives in Tucson, Ariz.. Priscilla writes: “During Janice’s vacation in Tubac, Ariz., we made arrangements to have a mini-reunion. That day, we never stopped catching up, reminiscing and laughing, and we hope to see each other again in the future. Another mini-reunion was planned for this past June in Cape Cod, Mass., at Nancy ‘Giz’ Loewinger’s house, which was attended by Bobbi Bidwell Gallagher, Ann ‘Pottsie’ Pascale Marquardt, Sue Pederson Lamberti and Gail Scagliarini Prince.” Bobbi writes: “Sue, Gail and I attended the 50th Reunion in September 2011 and realized how much we all still have in common and how much we still enjoy each other’s company. After our Reunion, we looked for and found Nancy, who’s been in touch with Ann. Nancy, Sue, Gail and I were roommates in one of the Big Six rooms during freshman year, and Ann was across the hall in the other Big Six.” Marilyn Parsons Wortman and her husband enjoyed their annual two-week trek to Virgin Gorda this spring, and during the fall they visited Marilyn’s brother, John, and his wife, Susan Byers Parsons, at their new home on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Marilyn was looking forward to a CCW mini-reunion on Martha’s Vineyard with some great ladies she reconnected with at the 50th Reunion. I know we’ll hear about that event in the next Centenarian! After living in Missouri for almost 40 years, Sue Story Picker moved to Simpsonville, S.C., where she’s only five minutes away from her daughter, Heidi. Sue had a house built in South Carolina but, after she moved in, there were a lot of things to be fixed. Her water heater was a lemon and was replaced the night before she and her family drove to Florida, where Sue took her daughter’s family on a four-night Disney cruise. In April, Sue wrote, “I took two trips last year, one to Australia and the other on a Danube River cruise. This year my house will be my trips for the rest of my life as I have yet to sell my house in Missouri.” We hope that by the time her classmates read this, Sue will have sold her house and can once again enjoy traveling. Suzie Stevens-Hamblett enjoyed three weeks in Jupiter, Fla. in February, but had to get home, as she was doing an arrangement for the Boston Flower Show, where she won second place! She was heading to England and the Chelsea Flower Show. Suzie has connected with Marilyn Parsons Wortman and hoped to see Marilyn when she visits her daughter in South Dartmouth. Suzie is disappointed that she has lost contact with roommate Sharon Scott as well as Karen

McElroy and Barbara Barkwill. Elizabeth Salter Wood and her husband have taken many Norwegian cruises, including the most recent one on the Norwegian Sky, where they use their Latitudes memberships for each trip. Elizabeth’s daughter, Betsy, mother of two boys, is a special education teacher near Rome, N.Y., and is working on her doctorate in education. Her daughter, Catherine, is a teacher near Lafayette, N.Y., and she has two boys and a girl. Elizabeth writes: “My husband and I have lived in Spring Hill, Fla., for the past 18 years and are both retired. I retired in 2003 as a nurse in the Hernando County Jail, where I worked for five and a half years.” Elizabeth is interested in getting in touch with anyone on the west coast of Florida. Grandchildren activities keep Mary Nash busy these days. Grandson Logan is on a 12-and-under travel baseball team, and in June headed to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the big “Dreams” Tournament. Mary’s son, Mike, coaches her grandsons, Cam and Evan, in soccer. Between attending all those games and seeing the Red Sox, Mary’s in “sports heaven!” Deborah Sisbower Lingwood’s husband, Elden, e-mailed that Debbie fell in their bathroom and broke her neck! After being in the hospital and then rehab, Elden says Deb is back “ruling the roost” once more while still wearing a very confining neck brace. I spoke with Deb and she said how ironic to break her neck at home when she and Elden have recently skied, snowmobiled and hiked hills and mountains in Canada, Ireland and Scotland. We are all praying that when her collar is finally removed, Debbie will once again be able to turn and tilt her head. We have a dancin’ queen in our midst! I received the following from Wendy Taylor Bigelow: “I’m loving living here in Florida for the past 12 years and going to Cape Cod for the summer months. I took up jazz, tap and ballet dancing when I first moved here, and am now part of a senior dance group that performs in many different venues here in Ormond Beach. My biggest thrill of late is that eight of us auditioned for America’s Got Talent recently. We made it through several rounds and went before the judges, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne and a live audience of 1,200. I can’t say at this time how we did, as we had to sign a confidentiality agreement until the show airs. It was the experience of a lifetime and we were thrilled to have been chosen. We were one of 400-plus acts chosen out of 75,000 they have looked at since last season. Hi to all my former classmates; I am so proud of the great success that CCW has had since we all graduated.” There was another mini-reunion April 27, when Carolee Clark Norton’s daughter, Kelly, was married at the Morris Arboretum near Chestnut Hill, Pa. The wedding took place in a beautiful setting on a very cold day. Thankfully the reception was held inside a warm tent! Sandy Holroyd Carboni, Missy Keely Bell, Judie ‘Van’ Van Wetering Whitmore, Mary Ellen Williams Fisher and Lois Arvidson The Centenarian 19


Class news and notes Sack were all there to help celebrate the day. Carolee writes: “All I can say is, the Centenary girls know how to party! Molly Power Balzer is a faithful contributor to our Class Notes and I appreciate that! She and her family had their annual six-week winter vacation on Anna Maria Island, Fla. While there, Molly and Lee Fobes Murphy got together on Long Boat Key and enjoyed catching up over lunch. A friend of Molly’s who winters in Stuart, Fla., sent her a newspaper photo of her roommate, Judie Truppo Price and her husband, Gary, who live in Stuart, Fla.. As you read in our Spring 2012 Centenarian column, Margie Hinkel Mathisen’s youngest daughter is a Chief Warrant Officer in the Reserves. Margie and husband, Jim, are looking forward to her return from a year’s service in Guantanamo. Joyce Fierro Velzy writes: “In March, my husband, Bob, and I attended the Florida Alumni & Cyclones Dinner, held in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Baseball and Men’s Lacrosse teams were playing other colleges in tournaments in our area and it was nice to see the young men who represent Centenary in this capacity. We met Diane Finnan, Senior Vice President for College Relations & Marketing, and had a lovely dinner with Kathleen Ward, Assistant Vice President for College Relations. Though we don’t get to see our kids very much since they live in New York, we can’t praise the creator of e-mail enough, since that has kept us connected with our 9-year-old granddaughter. I’m sure a lot of you grandmothers feel the same way about Facebook, as well! We were unable to connect this year with Jan Foster Underhill and her husband, Peter, when they traveled from Connecticut to Jupiter, Fla., to visit their son and his family. They especially enjoyed attending many of their granddaughter Elise’s activities. Keep those e-mails coming, ladies! You know I love to hear from you and to pass on your information. Wasn’t it marvelous to read all the news about our classmates in the Spring 2012 Centenarian? Don’t forget to let me know if you change your e-mail address; I don’t want to lose you!”

I visit with my dear friend Bobbi Bidwell Gallagher ‘61, in Solana Beach, Calif., when time permits. Meg Breuer Scott and her husband, Richard, who recently retired from Eli Lilly, have relocated from Indianapolis, Ind., to Hilton Head, S.C., after 15 years of vacationing in that beautiful part of the country. They moved just in time to greet their sixth grandchild. One of the Centenary librarians found one of Barbara Weingard Freese’s paintings in the archives. The painting “Dancing Figures” won the art prize in 1962 and will be displayed in the library. Janet Kipp Tribus and her husband, Don, love their retirement and try to keep their eight grandchildren prominent in their lives. Janet has been a painter for many years. I heard from a few Van Winkles who are planning to attend the reunion: Patty Lesley Finneran, Judy Blakeslee Hadden (has two great-grandchildren... how did we get so old?), Nancy Beckman (resides in Holland, Pa.), Judy Colton Christensen and Betsy Zweier Paxton. Come on classmates; let’s make it a record number!” Linda Van Winkle Watkins writes: “Patsy Nason Stewart and I thoroughly enjoyed several days together and also met with many alumni and spouses from the Scottsdale, Ariz., area for a cocktail reception. A lot of conversation, ideas and enthusiasm for the 1962 50th Reunion coming up October 12–14!” Please put it on your calendar, plan to attend and if you’d like to help calling classmates in your area, please contact Centenary, Linda ( or Janet Kipp Tribus ( By the time you read this article we will have already had our June 2 get-together at Leni Finkelstein May’s home in New York City. A lot of classmates are planning to come and all are looking forward to this ‘kickoff’ for Reunion!

1962 Judi Braddock Andrews 1635 Swansea Place Westlake Village, CA 91361 (805) 497-1268 Judi Braddock Andrews writes: “Some of the following news was forwarded months ago and had missed the prior deadline. However, new or old, we are always interested in reading about our Centenary sisters. My husband, George, and I continue to travel between California and Florida to keep an eye on my 93-year-old parents. We are blessed to have this time together.

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L to R: Linda Van Winkle Watkins and Patsy Nason Stewart at the Arizona cocktail reception

Judy Colton Christensen writes: “I’ve been married for 46 years, and we have three children and nine grandkids all living nearby. We spend six weeks in Florida and I have been able to visit Judi Braddock Andrews and her parents while I am there. We still live in Potomac, Md..

1963 Janice Babcock Johnson 312 Fiedler Road Maple Glen, PA 19002-2714 (215) 628-3642

1964 Carolyn James Harbourt 661 Hillcrest Boulevard Phillipsburg, NJ 08865-1444 (908) 454-8979

1965 Claire Kilpatrick Michlovitz 47 South Curtisville Road Concord, NH 03301-5909 (603) 715-1298

1966 Judith Loveman Noonan 24 River Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02181-1640 (781) 237-1483

1967 Barbara Leighton Faulkner 6761 Pheasants Ridge Hudson, OH 44236-3265 (330) 653-6826 Barbara Leighton Faulkner writes: “I would love to hear from you. Please write! As for me, I am catching my breath after a whirlwind, four-day wedding weekend this May for my daughter, Laura, at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. The rain stayed away and the two sunset cruises that we took our guests on were perfect. Back home in Hudson I’ll be waiting for your e-mails. You girls from Cleveland, e-mail if you’d like to have a get together!” Starr Overlook Nelson writes: “Centenary was instrumental in giving me a chance to be the scholar-athlete I became when I later graduated from the University of Arizona and started my teaching career. I am a retired National Board Certified teacher and I still have some energy to run this marathon. When I graduated, I was the Editor of the Hack and it was Centenary’s 100th celebration. I certainly matured at Centenary and took those basics into my adult life.”

1968 Linda Klebe Larsen 15214 Brier Creek Drive Haymarket, VA 20169 (703) 753-6462

Jean Anderson Webb 6559 Jay Miller Drive Falls Church, VA 22041-1134 (703) 354-1725 Linda Klebe Larsen writes: “Dave and I returned from a three-week vacation in South Africa and Zambia in March. We went on safari at Thornybush Game Preserve near Kruger National Park and saw lions, rhinos, elephants, warthogs and many others up close! It was an amazing experience! Our son, Dave, and his wife, Sara, are expecting a baby boy late in May. This will be our first grandchild and we are excited!”

1969 Elizabeth Braun Andreini 239-262-3837 825 Ketch Drive #301 Naples, FL 34108-4183 Betsy Braun Andreini writes: “On April 24, Quinn Vickers Montgomery, the daughter of my freshman year roommate at Centenary, Marke Miller Vickers, visited me in Naples, Fla. with her husband, Matt. They are vacationing on Sanibel Island, Fla. I first heard of Naples, Fla., when Marke came here with her family for Christmas in 1967! Marke is still living in Ohio with her husband, Lon. I am moving back to San Francisco, Calif., where I lived 25 years, for the birth of my first grandchild in October. I have been in Naples for nine years being of service to my parents and my aunt and uncle until they all passed on. I was President of our Centenary Freshman Class and Marke was Vice President! We lived in North Hall. I am Facebook friends with Linda Rudnik Mahoney, Jody WIlliamson Valentine, D’Arcy McCleary Erdman ’62, Jan Evans Emerick ’65, Lee Good Hurford ’68 and Chris Johnson Dahdah ’70.”

1970 Melinda Lord Martin 85 Windsor Road Kensington, CT 06037 (860) 225-0461

1971 Carol Swenson Tanzola 3009 Trout Run Road York, PA 17402-8952 (717) 755-3172 Carol Swenson Tanzola writes: “I would like to apologize for my lack of submission to our class notes. The last six to seven years have been devoted to caring for my parents and having lost them both, I am now an official ‘orphan.’ Something I am certain

many of you are as well. Also, both of our daughters are married, and our youngest daughter had a beautiful little girl, Annie McLain Winand, born on December 26, 2011. I keep busy with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Penn State York Foxhunting and my pet project, saving the site of Camp Security, a Revolutionary Prisoner of War campsite located in our township. I’m happy to report that the preservationists have beaten the developer in efforts to save the site. After 12 years, we are in the home stretch. A bridge loan from the Conservation Fund has allowed us to secure the acreage where 10,000-plus artifacts were found in 1979. Friends of Camp Security (a nonprofit), an organization I founded in 2001, has a year to repay the loan so needless to say, I will be busy with a national and international campaign. However, I would love to hear from my Centenary classmates and promise to do a better job of posting ‘all the news’ and reconnecting with classmates. I look forward to hearing from you and if any of you are ever passing through York, Pa., please get in touch; I would love to see you.” Shelley Costa writes that she has a twobook deal with Simon and Schuster Pocket Books for her new mystery series set in a family-owned, Italian restaurant outside Philadelphia, Pa.. The first novel in the series, You Cannoli Die Once, will be released Spring 2013. Her upcoming crime story, Strangle Vine, a fictionalized account of a lynching in 1911, will be published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, in November 2012. Shelley’s website is, and she would love to hear from classmates.

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

1974 Valerie Coleman Moore 6 Meyer Pl #2 Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-1804 (973) 839-0148

1975 Carolyn Holt Miksch 11 Windemere Terrace Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 223-7457 Carolyn Holt Miksch writes: “Hello, classmates, I am happy to announce I am now the 1975 class correspondent. This past winter an incident took place causing me to reach out and communicate with all of you. I have been married since 1975. My husband and I have two children, my daughter is my oldest, who is a highly respected teacher in a local school system. My son is married, has a son and another on the way. I am thrilled about my new role as class correspondent and I would enjoy hearing from you, so please send me your news and updates. I know your fellow classmates would like to know what you have been doing since Centenary. While reviewing the list of our class members, I was saddened to see some of our classmates have passed away. Time goes by so fast, so let’s please keep in touch!”

1976 Debra Ray Botbyl 113 Maybrook Road Campbell Hall, N Y 10916 (845) 427-5797

1977 Ellyn Minor 47 Aubrey Road Montclair, NJ 07043 (973) 744-7763

1978 Nanci Marks Oakley 2718 Plymouth Drive Easton, PA 18045 (610) 258-3737 Nanci Marks Oakley writes: “Hey, Class of 1978, don’t you think it’s time we were represented with some good news to share with our fellow classmates and Centenary alumni? Call, e-mail, snail mail —help me to fill this space in the next issue of the Centenarian! I hate to remind you all, but we are coming up on our 35th Reunion year! To update you all about my family, Ian is now 21 years old, going into his senior year of college and starting the search for law schools. Erik is 16 and entering his junior year in high school, where he is a three-sport athlete and a good student. We’ll start the search for colleges this year, although he already has ideas of his own. I’m still working

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Class news and notes in advertising and marketing for BrownDaub, a large automobile dealership in Northeast Pennsylvania. My husband, Mark, just celebrated 28 years with Service Electric Cable TV. We’re kept busy with baseball and basketball games both on the high school and college levels, plus I rarely miss a Yankee game! So that’s my story for now. What’s yours? I really do hope to hear from some of you soon.”

1979 Susan Van Schelven Fischer 43 Princeton Avenue Midland Park, NJ 07432 (201) 670-6735

1980 Miriam Santowasso Cash 1731 Clock Tower Drive West Chester, PA 19380-6473 (610) 692-0103 Miriam Santowasso Cash writes: “Hello, fellow classmates of 1980! This time of year always brings sweet memories of springtime blooming on campus and sun bathing in the parking lots! It was my favorite time at Centenary besides arriving back in the fall. I have nothing new to post for you this issue, but if you would send me some goings-on, I bet I could fill the page if your lives are anywhere as busy as mine! I do keep in touch with a few roommates, dorm mates and sorority sisters on Facebook, so look for me there as well!”

1981 Jennifer Brown MacKenzie 2 Birchwood Court Middlesex, NJ 08846-2073 (732) 469-8808

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 Erica Hontz Hoffman writes: “What a busy year. So much is going on with church, home and school at the present time. At the time of this typing, I’m two weeks from finals in my last semester of an AA in Computer Information Systems. I have a final project looming this week that needs a few tweaks to be presentation-ready. My job search begins through CareerLink, and adjunct of the unemployment office, after graduation. Unemployment funds have run out, and 22 The Centenarian

I’m living on savings. It’s surprising what you can manage on limited funds and still make charitable donations. I’m still on the Centenary Alumni Board, but attending most recent meetings by phone, as I’m too busy to drive 250 miles round trip for meetings. I also missed the spring President’s Circle event in Phoenix, Ariz., for the same reason. I hope to be able to attend next spring, wherever it occurs. I feel I’m repeating myself, but if you’ve not been back to campus, please do make the effort. The changes are evident everywhere with the new buildings and the renovations. The Lackland Center is a wellused new addition to the campus footprint. Our 30th is just around the corner. I’d love to see a big turnout for the class. I have another mission trip in the works for late June and will be staying in the States for the third summer in a row after several trips to Romania, three years prior. We’re headed to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., and will get a chance to visit New Orleans, La., before returning home. As I have mold allergies, I’ve opted for KP duties and will be assisting with food prep for the 24-member team of adults and youth. I’d love to hear from you, as would your classmates. Please feel free to send an update to me or to the Alumni Office.”

1984 Mary Sue Wines Lamb 9 Strathmore Road Freehold, NJ 07728-0061 (732) 294-0061 Katherine Godlewsky Bill 74 Harmony Station Road Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 (908) 878-7999

1985 Denise Sabasko Ciesla 6 Darby Circle West Mt. Holly, NJ 08060-3269 (609) 261-7288

1986 Laura Vitale Gambino 368 North Road Chester, NJ 07930-2327 (908) 797-8402

1987 Anne Siebecker 5 Foxhill Lane Ringwood, NJ 07456 (973) 962-6118 Lori Post Kelly 40 Scott Drive Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 281-9103

1988 Lisa Marinelli Winger 7 Edison Road Stewartsville, NJ 08886 (908) 859-2441 Lisa Marinelli Winger writes: “It has been a while since someone has written any news to me. I am asking for any updates to please send my way so I can put the great news in the Centenarian. My son is 15 and will be a freshman at Warren Hills High School in the fall. Time has really flown by. My husband, Bill, and I have been married for 12 years. One great thing that happened this past school year was my nephew Matt met and became great friends with Autumn Brouse, daughter of Rhonda Rudy Brouse and Eric Brouse. They met at Lock Haven University. It is a small world. As you remember, Rhonda and I were roommates, and we still remain great friends. Her daughter will be a junior in college and her son Ryan will be in sixth grade. I also heard from Joanne Balkau Johnson, who has been thinking a lot about Centenary recently. She says that she can’t believe it has been 24 years since we graduated. Joanne and her husband of 21 years, Steven, have two children. Kaitlyn will be 18 in May and Mitchell will be 15 in November. Kaitlyn is headed off to college in the fall. She will attend Johnson and Wales North Carolina campus. They live at the Shore and Joanne has worked for a pediatrician for the past 11 years. It was good to hear from her. I hope to hear from more of you soon.”

1989 Sheila Zelaskowski 545 Vath Street Jackson, NJ 08527-5221 (908) 883-0120 Sheila Zelaskowski writes: “Hello, fellow members of the Class of 1989! My journey since our graduation has taken me many unexpected places. While I never officially used my degree in elementary education, I find I apply what I learned at Centenary every day. Currently, I serve as a Staff Sergeant in the N.J. Army National Guard, D Company 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB). I work full time in support of my Unit as a Quality Assurance Specialist at our hangar on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. After several years in the Guard, I took advantage of their education benefits and received my Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a Homeland Security Certification from Thomas Edison State College in 2011. I reside in Jackson, N.J., with my boyfriend Doug and our yellow lab, Bailey. Doug is currently deployed, and back in March I met up with him for his two week R&R on the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. Halfway through the vacation, after sharing some wine on the beach and a horse and carriage ride

around town, Doug proposed! I said yes and at that moment the horse pooped, giving us a lifetime of good luck, according to the driver. In the moment, it gave me a good laugh! We are waiting until he returns home in the fall to begin discussing wedding plans, but I would love to be married in the Whitney Chapel. I am excited to become the new Class of 1989 correspondent, and I look forward to hearing from you!”

1997 Margaret (Peggy) Gibbs Guay 844 Route 28 Apt. 5A South Yarmouth, MA 02664-5264 (508) 398-2505

1998 Merrilee McMurray 10850 Church Street #W-105 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 243-3323

1999 Sheila Zelaskowski with fiancé Douglas McNeil

1990 Anna Guzzi Camooso 1715 Marconi Road Wall, NJ 07719-3919 (732) 280-9072

1991 Justine Steinfeld-Mahon 131 Bluebird Drive Unit 4A Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 874-5046

1992 Kristen McKitish 10 Quail Run Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 240-6837

1994 Michelle Brennan Abbate 5 Windy Bush Lane Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-8107

Laura A. Orbine 132 Tumble Idell Road Frenchtown, NJ 08825 (908) 996-7196

2000 Coleen Trentacosta 215 North 22nd Street Kenilworth, NJ 07033 (908) 276-5613

Natasha “Tasha” McMaster 4 Rydell Road Andover, NJ 07821 (908) 208-6729 Ashley Gibbon was married to Ian M. Cameron on March 23, 2012, at the Cathedral of the Woods in Medford Lakes, N.J. Ashley is in her eighth year of business in the equine videography industry, and Ian is a personal trainer. The couple lives in Medford with their Welsh corgi, Lizzie.

Ashley Gibbon Cameron and Ian M. Cameron. Photo Credit: Silver Image Photography



Megan Kriger Ballie 2323 168th Street Surrey, BC V3S 0A7 Canada (604) 866-3487 Jenelle Woodrup P.O. Box 2606 Clifton, NJ 07015

2003 Frances Hoare Licciardiello 935 Anderson Road Port Murray, NJ 07865 (908) 835-0451

Jennifer Cassini 194 Free Union Road Great Meadows, NJ 07838-2333 (908) 637-8658


Julia Kimball 23 Bayberry Lane South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 951-1646

Heather Bush Loven 216 Carentan Road Hopatcong, NJ 07843-1801 (973) 398-0691


Francis Hoare Licciardiello



Monique Grimme 507 Rt 46 Suite A Belvidere, NJ 07823 (908) 455-1576

the rest of our class through The Centenarian. Good luck.”

Frances Hoare Licciardiello writes: “Nine years ago this spring, we graduated from Centenary College with a bright outlook for a great career, or looking for that career upgrade because of all of our collegiate efforts. I would like to remind everyone that Centenary’s new Career Center is a great resource for students and alumni. “A key aim of the Center is to empower job seekers with the tools they need to make them stand out in today’s highly competitive job market” (The Centenarian, Fall 2011, pg. 6). Please feel free to e-mail me anytime to chat or tell me of your accomplishments so I can share with

Jillian D’Alessio 418 W. Washington St. Slatington, PA 18080-1748 (908) 727-3266

2006 Alicia Miller 5 Red Maple Road New Egypt, NJ 08533 (609) 758-0664

2010 Michelle Hill 43 Brunswick Ave Lambertville, NJ 08530 856-305-2512

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Remembering Professor Robert T. Quade ’96 HA You can understand the confusion visitors to the Hackettstown campus might have experienced last spring, arriving to see hundreds of people wearing bow ties. It was the first of May, and Professor Emeritus Robert T. Quade ’96 HA was being honored at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony for 25 years of service. That day, the College did not look like your average campus. Then again, the man being honored by all those bow ties was not an average professor — or person, for that matter. Speaking at the event, Cheryl Veronda, Chair of the Business Department, asked, “If Bob Quade had an impact on your life, please stand up.” Everyone in the room stood up. Professor Veronda, a longtime friend and colleague of Professor Quade, marveled at the impact he had at Centenary and beyond. “When he was in industry, he championed a product to sterilize things that couldn’t be autoclaved,” she said. “He helped save the lives of countless people through that. He was very proud of having been stubborn about it. He said, ‘They kept telling me it couldn’t be done.’” Professor Quade, of course, believed it could. Professor Robert T. Quade’s Centenary career began in 1986, when he was named Chair of the Business Department. A man of boundless enthusiasm, a few years later he became the moving force behind the formation of the College’s Wrestling team. While he eventually ceded coaching duties, he remained the team’s No. 1 supporter. Even after he became a Professor Emeritus in Fall 2006, he continued to play an active teaching role. He also found time for community service, as attested by his induction in 2010 to the Hackettstown Senior Hall of Fame. In 2011, the professor was inducted into the Centenary College Athletic Hall of Fame. Professor Quade was tough, but caring. Funny, yet demanding. Committed to working very, very hard. Still he could laugh at himself. He was unique. On May 30, 2012, Professor Quade passed away at the age of 83. His passing leaves an emptiness that his friends, colleagues and students will find hard to fill. “That is sad to think about,” Professor Veronda reflected, “because of all the students whom he had an impact on along the way. It is sad to think that they can’t talk with ‘Uncle Bob.’ He’d give serious advice and counsel about what they needed to improve. I feel bad for those who won’t get to know him.” Still, there is that vision of bow ties. Dozens of Centenarians in bow ties. It was not organized. The impromptu tribute just happened. It was a sight Professor Quade enjoyed. After all, there is nothing as dapper as wearing a nice bow tie. It was a fitting tribute to one of Centenary’s most beloved professors.

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Centenary College board of Trustees

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Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College in 1999.

Longtime member of the Hackettstown community and the Centenary College family Earl T. “Apple” Holsapple Jr., ’99 HA passed away peacefully in the company of his three children on May 4, 2012, at the House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown. He was 95. A graduate of Princeton University, Holsapple served in World War II and witnessed its final months as a German prisoner of war. A successful business leader, Holsapple applied his time, talent and treasure to many worthy organizations, including Centenary College. Holsapple served on the Board of Trustees for 17 years and as chairman and co-chairman of the Development Committee for approximately 10 years. In recognition of his service and accomplishments he received an Honorary

Donations can be made in his memory to the House of the Good Shepherd or Centenary College.

A Broadway Light Dims Broadway dimmed its lights to honor legendary Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm ’80 HA, who passed away July 15, 2012. The recipient of an honorary degree from Centenary was made famous by her onstage performance in Roger and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” and onscreen alongside Gregory Peck in the film “Gentleman’s Agreement.” Broadway marquees went dark for a moment of silence at 8 p.m on July 17. She was 95.

Celeste Holm ’80 HA is presented with an honorary degree from the College.

In Memoriam Our prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of the following:

Leigh Hinsie Abbott ’53 Jean Dalrymple Archer ’42


Grace Holladay Loye ’21



Cynthia Lake Maccoll ’48


Betty Seely Bailer ’45


Constance Clark Molenaor ’52 12/22/11

Christie Foster Bannak ’61


Robert T. Quade ’96 HA


Joyce Tietjen Barry ’55


James D. Reed ’01


Natalie Robinson ’42


Jean Dawson Savoy ’49


Ann L. Bechtel ’44


Marcia-Marie Weber Canavello ’43


Amy Worthington Davis ’61


Katherine J. DeHetre ’66


Rosemary Drake Shute ’52


Mary Lou Du Bois Schell Taylor ’50


Beatrice Cousins Drummond ’42 3/3/12

Lucy Burnham Thompson ’37


Gabrielle Schwarz Haab ’59

Jean Boquist Tshudy ’82


Celeste Holm HA ’80 Earle T. Holsapple ’99 HA

4/6/12 7/15/12 5/4/12

President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite Trustees Emeriti Dr. Hae-Jong Kim Harris F. Smith ’99 HA

Jeanne Staub Waldron ’46


Doris Clark Willard ’42


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As of August 20, 2012

Marguerite Rettew Horsley ’44 5/22/11

Adele Meierdiercks Yengel ’33

Doris Voltmann Johnson ’52

Helen Yurich-Cate ’88


Arden Davis Melick ’60/01 HA, Chairman Kenneth L. Hahn, 1st Vice Chairman Norman Worth, 2nd Vice Chairman Christopher Treanor, 3rd Vice Chairman Lucinda Thomas Embersits ’59, Secretary Alan J. Shaw ’11 HA, Treasurer Ellen Banks ’93 Audrey Bonaparte-Watts ’78 The Hon. Dr. Howard L. Burrell Dr. Stanley Caine Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar Tilly-Jo Emerson Rochelle A. Makela-Goodman ’97 Wolfgang Gstattenbauer ’84 Michael Halpin David W. Johnson David A. Lackland ’10 HA The Hon. George D. Muller Raymond Nisivoccia Denis Hennessy O`Rourke Jim Salerno M. Alden Siegel Orin R. Smith ’91 HA Timothy L. Smith James D. Stryker Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62


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