Fall 2021 Dickinson Magazine

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DISTINCTIVELY DICKINSON Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer Internships


Across the country, and the globe, Dickinson students gained experience in a variety of fields.

Change a Life, Change the World


As the first initiative of Dickinson Forward: A Revolutionary Future, Dickinson announces an ambitious and gamechanging scholarship campaign.

Mr. Red Devil’s Remarkable Career


A closer look at the legacy of Coach Wilbur “Goby” Gobrecht ’52, P’84, P’87.

PAST & PRESENT our Dickinson 26

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Interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 Vice President of Marketing & Communications Connie McNamara Editor Lauren Davidson Designer Amanda DeLorenzo College Photographer Dan Loh Contributing Writers MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson Matt Getty Tony Moore Magazine Advisory Board Alexander Becket ’08 Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87 Jim Gerencser ’93 Gregory Lockard ’03 David O’Connell Carlo Robustelli Megan Shelley Dapp ’05 Adrienne Su Alisa Valudes Whyte ’93

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D I C K I N S O N M A G A Z I N E  Fall 2021 | Volume 99 | Number 2

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As part of Dickinson Forward, Dickinson has launched the boldest financial-aid fundraising initiative in college history. Learn more on Pages 20-23. Photo by Dan Loh.

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The Dickinson community welcomed the 677 members of the class of 2025 to campus on First-Year Move-In Day on August 25. Energy and excitement marked the day as incoming students and their families got a helping hand from current students, Orientation leaders, student-athletes, interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P11, and members of the board of trustees.



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After several days of Orientation, during which first-year students attended FirstYear Seminar classes, explored campus and community resources, engaged in discussions surrounding ethics and inclusivity, and got to know one another, the academic year officially kicked off with Convocation. This year members of the class of 2024 who were not able to sign in last year due to COVID-19 also participated in the sign-in ceremony. “Dickinson and the experiences that you’re about to have here will never leave you, so savor these times,” said Jones in his remarks to the first-year and sophomore students. “Challenge yourselves, get out of your comfort zones, take advantage of our world-class faculty, develop new and meaningful relationships, and, above all, take advantage of all that a truly spectacular liberal-arts curriculum has to offer.” Dson.co/convo21






Creating Our Revolutionary Future JOHN E. JONES III ’77, P’11


n the past four months, Dickinson has welcomed our entire student body, faculty and staff back together again on campus for the first time since March 2020, hosted our largest Homecoming & Family Weekend in memory and held a proper Commencement for the class of 2020, whose senior year was interrupted by the global pandemic. We’ve done it all while following careful COVID protocols, and we’ve experienced relatively few COVID infections. I am constantly energized by the spirit on campus. This is truly a world-class community, one poised to move into the post-pandemic future with boldness and innovation. I cannot thank you enough for the support and good wishes you’ve extended to me as I commenced my leadership role at this special place. To accelerate that movement, we launched one of the key components of our Dickinson Forward: A Revolutionary Future initiative earlier this month. It’s the boldest and most ambitious financial aid fundraising campaign in the history of the college. We know that Dickinson develops global leaders, individuals who go on to positively impact our society. This initiative represents our commitment to finding the best possible Dickinsonians, and then providing them with the financial support they need to take advantage of all that our liberalarts experience provides. As I have talked to alumni, I know that one of the greatest concerns is the cost of higher education, and Dickinson specifically. That’s why our scholarship initiative is so critical, and I ask all of you to consider contributing to this worthy effort. With the support of this global community of Dickinson donors, we will meet every admitted student’s full demonstrated financial need. We will provide a scholarship for every Dickinson student who needs one. And we will help to bring positive change for generations to a world that desperately needs

Joe O’Neill

Interim President

Dickinsonians. When we change our students’ lives, we truly change the world. In addition to our scholarship initiative, a campuswide resource realignment task force convened in September to look at our finances and seek ways to find budget reductions, cost savings and greater efficiencies. While we know that the kind of personalized education we provide is by its very nature labor intensive and not inexpensive, we will make the necessary adjustments to ensure that our finite resources are allocated properly. This fall we also selected a similarly broad strategicplanning committee that is charged with finding bold and innovative ideas to secure Dickinson’s place as a global higher-education leader, well into the future. The bottom line is that Dickinson is moving forward with great passion and purpose. As both an alumnus of Dickinson and parent of a former student here, I know intimately how valuable the broad-based rigorous academics, the close-knit residential experiences, and the countless practical opportunities for research, internships and community involvement can be. While the challenges in higher education are great, my plan is to lean into them. And we are doing so. I want all Dickinsonians to feel a renewed sense of pride in this great college that is continuing to thrive, innovate and reimagine what we do as we continue to navigate through a pandemic. We must be creative, and I ask each of you to share with me your ideas for Dickinson and its revolutionary future. I want to draw upon the collective wisdom of this global community, so if you have ideas for the future, please contact me at forward@dickinson.edu. Let’s create Dickinson’s revolutionary future together.


Homecoming & Family Weekend

Dickinsonians and their families had several reasons to celebrate as they gathered on campus for the first in-person Homecoming & Family Weekend since 2019. The weekend included all of the favorite events of past years, plus special tributes to members of the classes of 2015 and 2020—and a big win in Red Devils sports. “It was so nice to reconnect as Dickinsonians given all of the events we missed last year,” says Andrew Calnon, associate director of alumni relations, “and to honor the recent alumni who were unable to enjoy Commencement traditions on their graduation days.”


THE GREATEST HITS Dickinsonians and their families turned out in record numbers for the much-anticipated Saturday barbecue and tailgate, Pints With Profs and special gatherings for Dickinson clubs and organizations. Thrillingly, the Red Devils football team toppled the Gettysburg College Bullets 34-3 in the Homecoming game. This earned Dickinson the coveted Little Brown Bucket trophy against its longtime sports rival. Halftime featured an Athletics Hall of Fame presentation and recognition ceremony at the 50-yard line, in honor of Hall of Fame inductees for both 2020

HERE & THERE and 2021. Ian Mitchell ’10, Nick Karwoski ’10, Darcy McDonald ’09, Julie Martin McAllister ’96, Andy MacPhail ’76, Kent Pecora ’11, Allison Jordan ’11 and the 2009-10 men’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams gathered again on Saturday evening for this year’s Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner. (Read more on Page 8.) Student-athletes and their fans kept that Red Devils spirit burning bright all weekend long, during home games and tailgates with the field hockey, men’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer teams. Students on the cross country, women’s lacrosse and volleyball teams vied with team alumni, and students in the swimming program took their families to coffee in Allison Hall. The weekend concluded on Sunday with the 17th-annual Run for Steph, in memory of Stephanie Kreiner ’03.

BELATED AND BEAUTIFUL But it was the Commencement celebrations that put this Homecoming & Family Weekend into the collegehistory books. The class of 2015 waited six years to walk out the doors and down the steps of Old West together, since rain drowned out those plans on their graduation day. On Saturday, they got their big chance again—this time, under cooperating skies. A champagne toast and light reception followed in front of Old West.

Octals. The college hosted a Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, followed by a graduationnight party and a Sunday morning brunch. (See full coverage of the class of 2020 Commencement festivities on Pages 16-17.) —MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

The class of 2020 had more missed traditions to make up, and they celebrated their first reunion year in grand fashion. Interim President John E. Jones ’77, P’11, kicked off the communitywide fete with a Friday evening toast to the class, featuring a performance by class of ’20




Joe O’Neill


At Homecoming & Family Weekend, it’s all about tradition. And one of the most exciting traditions each year is the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring those Red Devils who rose to the occasion across the field of play and across the Centennial Conference (CC). This year, the ceremony included both the 2020 and 2021 inductees, as the 2020 ceremony was not held.

Above: Interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 (far left) and Athletic Director Joel Quattrone (far right) posed with all of the Hall of Fame honorees during halftime of the football game on Biddle Field.

Cheer on your Red Devils! Check out all the stats, scores, schedules and highlights at dickinsonathletics.com. Watch free live broadcasts online, produced by students in the Red Devil Sports Network (RDSN). Follow @DsonRedDevils on Twitter, Dickinson Red Devils on Facebook and @DickinsonAthletics on Instagram for daily updates. #DsonRedDevils DI CK INSON M AGAZINE Fall 2021 8

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Red Devils Honored at Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


meet the inductees In the team category, the 2009-10 men’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams were

inducted, notably having completed the triple crown—CC championships in all three sports. As a special remembrance, one of the triple crown members, Rob Jansen ’11, who passed away, was celebrated with a toast of what he called the “greatest beer of all time,” Dale’s Pale Ale. Ian Mitchell ’10  (E) earned the

football team’s Rookie of the Year award in 2006 and went on to receive co-Most Valuable Player honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was a three-time All-CC selection and became the first quarterback in conference history to rush for over 2,000 yards and throw for more than 5,000 yards in a career. He broke school records for total offense (7,668 yards), passing (5,089 yards) and touchdowns (66, rushing and passing) and in 2008 set school records for single-season total offense and passing yards. Allison Jordan ’11 was a two-time

softball team MVP and two-time team captain who was named CC Pitcher of the Year her senior year. The McAndrews Award winner made the first-team all-conference squad that year and made the CC Academic Honor Roll three times. She appeared in the CC championship game three times, with the team taking the title in 2011. Jordan threw two perfect games and 24 shutouts, racked up 56 wins and compiled a career ERA of an incredible 1.32 while averaging nearly eight strikeouts per game.

In cross country and track and field, McAndrews winner Kent Pecora ’11 (B) was named to the All-CC first team and the NCAA All-Mideast Region team in 2010. His cross country teams were CC champions in 2008, Little Three champions in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and NCAA national championship qualifiers in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In track and field, Pecora was a CC champion in the 5,000 meters and made first-team all-conference in 2011, helping the team capture two CC championships, in 2010 and 2011. In cross country, Nick Karwoski ’10 (C)  ran to all-region honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and led the Red Devils to back-to-back conference titles, in 2008 and 2009. In indoor track and field, Karwoski was named CC Outstanding Performer in 2010 and graduated holding school records in the 3,000, 5,000 and the 4x1,600 relay. Outdoors, Karwoski was the Outstanding Track Performer at the 2010 championships and was the team’s Most Valuable Runner. He broke three conference championship meet records during his career, one indoors and two in the outdoor season. Darcy McDonald ’09 (D) was part of three cross country CC championships and three NCAA Mideast Region championships, and she made four straight NCAA national championship appearances. She was the team’s Most Valuable Runner in 2008 and was the indoor track and field team’s Most

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C Outstanding Runner that same season. Outdoors, McDonald was part of a school record in the distance medley relay and broke the Little Three championship meet record with the 4x800 relay, capturing a team title in 2009. Julie Martin McAllister ’96 (A) was a three-time lacrosse regional AllAmerican and a three-time All-CC selection. She still holds the school record for career goals. She ranked in the school top 10 eight times in single-season goals, assists and points, scoring a career-high and program-best nine goals in a single game. She still holds numerous spots on the single-season top-10 lists and the school mark for ground balls in a season with 88. She ranks second in program history for points in a game. Andy MacPhail ’76 (F), pictured at right with Michael Mandaglio ’77, played baseball for the Red Devils, and his passion for the sport has led him to a long and successful career in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He is currently the president of the Phillies organization. His tenure with the Minnesota Twins led to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. With his brothers Bruce ’73 and Allen ’67, MacPhail has made significant contributions to the college, and Dickinson’s baseball field was renamed MacPhail Field in 2004.





During the summer, two Dickinson faculty members were featured by National Geographic, while others were cited in The Washington Post, Science magazine and The Wall Street Journal. From local to state to national and international outlets, our faculty and administrators continue to be go-to sources for all manner of media.



Featured Faculty Associate Professor of International Studies

“How to Handle the Infuriating ‘Here We Go Again’

Shamma Alam discussed his research with the

Feeling as the Delta Variant Rages.” The article also

trade publication Kinesiology Today, which reported

was published in the Seattle Times and Boston Herald.

on his recently published findings linking physical inactivity and the Great Recession with implications for the COVID-19 pandemic.

discussed her work on optimistic bias for the story

Professor of Biology Scott Boback (B) discussed

Not Alone” in National Geographic. Additionally, an

rattlesnake predators for a story published in

interview with Helweg-Larsen titled “Why We’re

National Geographic. Additionally, Project RattleCam,

Bad at Assessing Risk” was published in Bottom Line

which Boback co-leads, was featured in National

Inc. Research by alumnae Laurel Peterson ’06 and

Geographic. Boback discussed the project, and how

Sarah DiMuccio ’15 with Helweg-Larsen has been

community scientists can get involved, on WITF’s

published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Smart Talk, as well as in a “5 Questions With” profile published in The Sentinel and in stories published in the Steamboat (Colo.) Pilot and The Tribune (San Luis

“Struggling to Assess Pandemic Risks? You’re

Professor of Economics Ebru Kongar has co-edited a new book, The Routledge Handbook of Feminist

Obispo, Calif.).


Professor of History David Commins shared

Associate Professor of Political Science Katie

historical context on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in a report on FOX43. Beverley Driver Eddy, professor emerita of German, published Ritchie Boy Secrets: How a Force of Immigrants and Refugees Helped Win World War II

Marchetti published “Paganism, Gods and Goddesses Aside, Is the Most LGBTQ-affirming Faith in the U.S.” in The Washington Post. Visiting Professor of International Security Studies Jeff McCausland had two op-eds published by NBC

through Stackpole Books.

News THINK: “General Milley, Critical Race Theory

A video interview with Professor of Earth Sciences

Mark,” and “Afghanistan’s Taliban Takeover Was

and Moraine Chair in Arctic Studies Ben Edwards

Predictable. How Did Biden Miss the Red Flags?”

was published by Insider. Edwards discussed the

McCausland also conducted numerous interviews

process, safety and tools used in collecting lava

on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and its


aftermath for CBS Eye on the World, CBS Radio and The

Lecturer in Psychology Michele Ford shared her expertise with The Washington Post for its story


Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen

and Why GOP’s ‘Woke’ Military Concerns Miss the

John Batchelor Show podcast.

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Assistant Professor of English Sheela Jane

The CISDRC, Gerencser and Rose have been cited

Interim President John E. Jones ’77, P’11 was

Menon penned an opinion piece for PennLive/The

and quoted in numerous publications recently,

interviewed by CBS21 and WGAL during first-

Patriot-News titled “‘Pro-Life’ Catholic Schools

including Native News Online, The New Republic,

year move-in day. He and Associate Vice

Should Mandate Children Wear Masks in the

CNN Online, Associated Press, WHYY-FM, ABC27 and

President of Student Life Angie Harris discussed



Dickinson’s vaccine mandate and fall semester

Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah

Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin

Niebler was interviewed for several stories

Sartwell’s latest Wall Street Journal opinion piece,

on FOX43, covering topics including prison

“What Have I Done to Deserve This,” explores

Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of

gerrymandering, redistricting and census data.

“America’s obsession with indiscriminate

Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87


discussed Dickinson’s pre-app for a story on

Associate Professor of Spanish Mariana Past was interviewed by FOX43 for “Haitians in

Adjunct Faculty in American Studies Katie

South Central PA Are Still in Disbelief of the

Schweighofer was quoted in the CNN online and

Assassination of Jovenel Moïse.”

CNN International story “There May Be More

Assistant Professor of French & Francophone and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Olympians Who Identify as LGBTQ Than Ever Before. But There Are Limits to Inclusion.”

Mireille Rebeiz (A) published Gendering Civil War

A story by Adjunct Faculty in Journalism

with Edinburgh University Press.

Amy Worden, “More Than a Century Later,

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and Director of Community Studies and Mosaics Susan Rose ’77 and College Archivist Jim

Disinterment Starts a Native American Girl Toward Home,” was published in The Washington Post.

Gerencser ’93 were interviewed by Scripps

Professor of Biology Chuck Zwemer discussed the

Television for the report “Historic Native

importance of crisis management planning in

American Boarding School System Faces

an article in Science magazine.

New Scrutiny,” which aired on more than 60 affiliate stations across the U.S. They discussed the history and complex legacy of the Carlisle

Administrator Accolades

Indian Industrial School (CIIS) as well as the

Associate Provost and Executive Director of the

Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

Center for Global Study & Engagement Samantha

(CISDRC), which they have developed into the

Brandauer ’95 discussed the status of study-

most comprehensive, digitized collection of all

abroad programs with CBS21.

remaining known documentation from the CIIS.

health and safety protocols for The Sentinel’s back-to-campus coverage.

“fee-free” admissions published in Inside Higher Ed. She also spoke to two network affiliates, FOX43 and WGAL, about Dickinson’s extension of test-free admissions. Director of West Coast Recruitment Phil Moreno (C) appeared as a live guest on Good Day Sacramento on KMAX-TV. He discussed advice for college applicants facing adversity from the pandemic and other emergencies, like the California wildfires. Dean and Director of Academic Advising Tara Vasold Fischer ’02 discussed Dickinson’s new Explore More first-year program in the story “Some Colleges Ease Up on Pushing Undergrads Into Picking Majors Right Away,” which was published in The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post. Shea Player ’22 also was quoted in the piece.

Kudos as of Sept. 27, 2021



Snippets of stories from around campus and beyond

20th-Anniversary Patriot Day Observance Patriot Day has been marked each year on campus since the 9/11 attacks. The Blue Mountain Battalion Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) held its annual ceremony at the flagpole on the academic quad on Friday, Sept. 10. Dickinson also hosted a panel of experts for a conversation called “Reflections on 9/11 Twenty Years Later” about how 9/11 changed politics, law and everyday life in the United States:

Samia Malik, co-founder of Community

Responders Network; on the board of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of PA

David O’Connell, associate professor of

political science at Dickinson

Christopher Patrick ’13, a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman from 2002 to 2006

Harry Pohlman, the A. Lee Fritschler Professor of Public Policy and professor of political science

Moderator: David Commins, professor of history and the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences


New Presidential Dialogues Series Kicks Off Interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 , kicked off the new Presidential Dialogues series Tuesday, Sept. 21, with a discussion with Joanne Adebayo ’21 , partnership marketing coordinator at L.L.Bean. Adebayo has a B.A. in international business & management with a certificate in social innovation & entrepreneurship and is a Young Alumni Trustee. At Dickinson she was a recipient of the Grant D. Fryling ’04 Memorial Prize for International Business, co-founder and board member of the Women of Color Summit, Presidential Fellow, co-manager of the Innovation Competition @ Dickinson, president of Dickinson Christian Fellowship, residential advisor and writing tutor. Presidential Dialogues is a discussion series that highlights stories and lessons from Dickinsonians at various stages in their career journeys. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.


Fall Arts Events

Photos by Dan Loh.

Dickinson’s arts departments roared into fall 2021 with a full schedule of in-person events. Two Trout Gallery exhibitions, made possible through a multiyear grant from the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative, highlighted works by Black artists Horace Pippin, Moses Williams and Kara Walker. They included community artmaking workshops, a Pippin-themed art contest and a discussion with local leaders on racial justice in Carlisle. Guest musicians Lynne McMurtry and Alison d’Amato also struck a social-justice chord with their concert of works by Asian, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, women and trans composers and poets. They closed with a Haydn symphony, reworked with lyrics about modern pronoun use. Dance Theatre Group unleashed a global celebration featuring Bharatanatyam, hip-hop and Irish step dance. The Goodyear Gallery showed stereotype-subverting works by Joan Lobis Brown, who photographed and interviewed baby boomer women. Dickinsonians took art outdoors with a Shakespeare review on Morgan Field, a Bread and Puppet Theater performance on the College Farm, and the unveiling of the new Goodyear mural. The season ended with musical reflections on the current era from the Dickinson College Choir and Orchestra. For the latest stories, news and events, visit dickinson.edu/arts.

At right, Joelle Dietrick, a central Pennsylvania native and professor of art and digital studies at Davidson College, designed Chasing the Sun, a mural that explores her childhood home and memories.

Dickinson Establishes Living Land Acknowledgment Dickinson has developed a Living Land Acknowledgment, which is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land. The process of developing land acknowledgements is endorsed by the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Following is one of the condensed versions of Dickinson’s Land Acknowledgement: Dickinson College is on the unceded lands of the Susquehannock nation. We acknowledge the many Indigenous peoples that lived with these lands, as well as the thousands of Indigenous children forced into the reprogramming camp established as the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS) in 1879. The College bears responsibility for the support and recognition it provided CIIS, a federal effort to culturally assimilate and eradicate Indigenous peoples. Accordingly, this living land acknowledgement is deliberately unfinished work. It will continue as a project dedicated to helping our entire community better understand our shared past, present, and future. Dson.co/land21


HERE & THERE / fine print

Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

When the Spirit Moves Me: Examinations of Faith John Zedolik ’88

The New White Nationalism in Politics and Higher Education: The Nostalgia Spectrum

By Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim ’79

Wipf and Stock Publishers

By Michael Gavin ’98

Oxford University Press

In his second book of poetry, Zedolik muses upon spirituality. He is an adjunct professor of English at Chatham and Duquesne universities in Pittsburgh. He has published poems in such journals as Commonweal, Poem, Poetry Salzburg Review (AUT), Transom, and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 2019, he published his first fulllength collection, Salient Points and Sharp Angles.

Lexington Books

Song of the Earth explores how geologists know what we know, the history of geological discoveries, the basic tenets of geology, a biography of the Earth and a final chapter on how knowledge of the Earth might help with the current climate and environmental issues. Song of the Earth contains nearly 100 figures, maps and illustrations to highlight important concepts and historical information. Ervin-Blankenheim is a licensed professional geologist and geology instructor at Front Range Community College in Colorado. She was hydrologist and geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for many years before pursuing a Ph.D. in science education and geologic literacy at St. Francis Xavier University.

Literacy and Pedagogy in an Age of Misinformation and Disinformation Edited by Tara Lockhart ’95, Brenda Glascott, Chris Warnick, Juli Parrish and Justin Lewis Parlor Press This collection of full-length essays and interviews brings together voices from diverse locations within—and outside of—the academy to explore networked literacies and their impact on information systems and literacy learning and action. Lockhart is professor of English at San Francisco State University, where she teaches undergraduate writing and graduate courses in literacy and composition studies, pedagogy and course design.

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Gavin analyzes a new form of white nationalism that seeks to recruit mainstream citizens to achieve its goals. This new white nationalism sees higher education—which imparts fact-based knowledge and interrogates history, social structures and power, often from antiracist and multicultural lenses—as a threat. Gavin is president of Delta College and was previously vice president of Anne Arundel Community College. His first book, Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina, examined white privilege as being supported or resisted in cultural memories of tragic events and is well-respected among scholars of race, media and cultural meanings of sport.


Injury By Maggie Hellwig ’07 Finishing Line Press Injury is a book of poetry and art, exploring the intimate relationships between human and animal. Short poems accompany each photograph, contrasting myth and reality in playful—but subtly stark—narratives. Hellwig is an instructor of English at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Durham Technical Community College. Her poetry and fiction have been published by Atticus Review, Fairlight Books and Curbside Splendor. She has also written book reviews and editorials for Chicagoist.com and Muftah.org.

Joe O’Neill

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15th-Annual Volleyball-A-Thon Raises $15K Organized each year by the men’s lacrosse team, the annual event brings the campus and Carlisle communities together for 24 straight hours of serves and spikes in support of the American Red Cross. Pictured: students enjoying a game in the sand volleyball pit outside the lower quads.

No. 17 in Sierra Magazine’s List of Cool Schools Dickinson is again a top performer, earning the spot among a record 328 qualified four- and two-year institutions across the U.S. and Canada.

More than 200 alumni owned/operated businesses now in our Small-Business Directory! Check out a sampling on Page 34, visit dson.co/directory for the full listing and watch for ways to support them on Small Business Saturday!

Dickinson has extended its test-free admissions policy through the fall 2023 admissions cycle. The move follows a yearlong trial of test-free admissions implemented in response to pandemic-related cancellations of SAT and ACT opportunities for domestic and international students. “One of the first questions I’m asked by prospective students and families is, ‘How will you evaluate my application without test scores?,’ and I assure them Dickinson has been doing that for decades,” said Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87, vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions. “Dickinson has had a test-optional policy since 1994, and we are entering our second admissions cycle with a test-free policy, reaffirming our commitment to access and equity in admissions.”



All photos by Dan Loh unless otherwise noted.

Dickinson Honors Class of 2020 With In-Person Ceremony

A. Pierce Bounds ’71



ickinson celebrated members of the class of 2020 with an in-person Commencement ceremony, Saturday, Sept. 18. Originally scheduled for May 2020, the event was delayed due to COVID-19 and held during Homecoming & Family Weekend with a host of other events to help graduates and their families celebrate this milestone.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve all felt heartache, anxiety, fear, loss, outrage and a deep sense of destabilization,” said Lisa Sherman ’79 (D), president & CEO of the Ad Council, who delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. “Today, the world is significantly different than it was when you first walked through those Old West doors. So what do we do about it? Resisting change is a fool’s errand. But responding to change, readying ourselves for change, creating change? That is the most valuable skill you can learn.”

AWARD WINNERS During the ceremony, several faculty members and students were recognized with awards, which are bestowed each year at Commencement. •

Associate Professor of Political Science Toby Reiner earned the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching. Presented each year, the honor is determined by a secret-ballot vote conducted by members of the graduating class. Joshua Lesser ’20 received

the James Fowler Rusling Prize, which recognizes excellent scholarly achievement. •

Sara Duane ’20 earned the John Patton Memorial Prize for High Scholastic Standing.

The Hufstader Senior Prizes, which are awarded annually to two graduating seniors who, in the judgment of the college president and their peers, have made the greatest contributions to the good of the college, were awarded to Kevin Ssonko ’20 (B) and Ken Bamba ’20 (A).

Ian Genao ’20 (C) was named the class’ Young Alumni Trustee. During each Commencement since 2011, Dickinson’s Board of Trustees has chosen a Young Alumni Trustee from among nominated seniors to represent young alumni on the board and serve a two-year term.

HONORARY DEGREES AND ROSE-WALTERS PRIZE In addition to awarding Sherman a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree, Dickinson awarded Michael B. Moore, vice president of diversity and inclusion officer at Blackbaud and founding CEO of the International African American Museum, an honorary degree of Doctor of Public History. The 2020 Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism was also officially awarded to Armond Cohen, founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force.

THE JOURNEY COMPLETED The Commencement ceremony ended with the tradition of the graduates

walking down Old West’s old stone steps. It may have been delayed, but the moment symbolically completed the journey they began by walking up those steps to sign in to the college as first-year students.



“You and your families have endured a lot over the last year and a half, but you’re finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate you,” said interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 , who presided over his first Commencement as president of the college. “As a collective group, you have accomplished a lot here at Dickinson in the classrooms, on the playing fields and on the courts, through your amazing artistic and musical performances, and in our local Carlisle community. You are each now already making your way beyond Dickinson, where I know you will work to improve your own communities. It was thrilling to talk to many of you last night and find out what you’re up to and what you’re doing. You’re already becoming leaders in the world, and that’s as it should be.” —Matt Getty



“ A fter an earthquake, the

buildings that still stand don’t make it because they stand still. They’re not stronger than the shifting earth beneath them.

They survive because they’re built to sway. They’re flexible enough to absorb the shocks. So are you.” — Lisa Sherman ’79



Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer

Even in the midst of a pandemic, our students continue to get practical, wider world experience.

Theo Benson Bufferd ’22

Daisheau Player ’22

Zyon Jenkins ’22

Hadley Starr ’22




CHEMISTRY, intern at the Johns

MANAGEMENT, business banking/


sea turtle conservation and research intern at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Hopkins Department of Surgery

wealth management intern at First National Bank

STUDIES, judicial intern at the

Jenkins assisted with preparing loan documents for loans from $20,000 to $8 million. Now, citing the “many exciting positions you can have in a bank,” Jenkins is looking to pursue a career in wealth management after graduation.

After taking Judge Edward Guido ’72’s Negotiation and Advocacy class, Starr asked about available internship opportunities. And as it turns out, he had an opening. Now she’s eyeing law school after Dickinson.


The future marine biologist had two previous internships in 2020—one at the Ocean Mammal Institute in Hawaii and another at the Flatiron Grass Fed Farms in Colorado—and wants to perform research and do conservation work after getting his master’s and Ph.D. “The ability to go out into the field and perform fieldwork to help protect an endangered species was the most valuable part of this internship for me. I improved my skills of paying attention to detail and learned how to work through intense fatigue on the beach.”


Player undertook a shadow experience in a variety of surgical departments. After having previous internships at Hopkins in different departments, Player now looks to medical school as her postgraduate destination. “My internship allowed me to make connections with doctors, students and residents, who provided tons of advice on the next steps of my journey. I also learned about time management, managing expectations and the doctor-patient relationship. It has positioned me to better articulate why I plan to pursue medicine.”

“In all of the economics classes that I’ve taken at Dickinson, we talk about the theories and ideas that encourage economic events. I feel like this internship has really put context to everything I’ve learned at Dickinson, so going into senior year, I think I’ll be able to analyze problems better. I’ve also seen how a bank works from within, which has been really cool.”

Cumberland County Courthouse

“I had the opportunity to go into the courtroom and watch pretrials, trials and other settlements. I took notes on the cases to analyze them and come up with questions. I then reviewed the cases with the judge. We were able to discuss the laws and precedents, and the judge was able to answer my questions. The most valuable part has been taking the information that I learned in my Negotiation and Advocacy class and seeing how attorneys actually use those skills in the courtroom. It has been an invaluable experience.”

At Dickinson, preparing for successful careers means going far beyond the classroom. Thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff and the Advising, Internships & Career Center, students regularly embark on research expeditions, service trips, global study, internships and a host of other opportunities.

In fact,


of Dickinson students complete an internship, externship, research, servicelearning or field experience before graduation. Summer is often all about those internships. And this summer, Dickinsonians explored nearly 300 internships in medicine, finance, law, software engineering and a host of other fields across the country and across the world, taking that next step toward a career. —Tony Moore

Stephanie Uroda ’23

Philip Mollerus ’23

Himeno Yamane ’22

CHEMISTRY, NEUROSCIENCE, research assistant at Browning and Travagli Laboratory, in the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine.

COMPUTER SCIENCE, lab software engineer at the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University


Mollerus planned and devised structure for experiments, wrote and tested code, worked on debugging, collected data from test participants, interpreted data, and wrote code for data analysis. Now he hopes to enter the software engineering industry or go to graduate school to further study computer science, math or data science.

Yamane was trained with two teams, one in sales and one in analytics. Having previously interned at the Asia Society in summer 2020, she now sees herself finding a home at Bloomberg.

Finding the spring-summer-fall internship through a referral by Jessica Hampton ’17, after Zooming with several Dickinsonians looking to help current students, Uroda focused on researching the sex differences in stress adaptation, specifically how estrogen affects oxytocin levels in the hypothalamus and brain stem. “This internship has given me a glimpse into the life of a full-time researcher, a career path I have been considering for a long time. I had the opportunity to speak with the other scientists and graduate students in my lab about their experiences. These conversations have allowed me to picture myself in their shoes and reaffirmed my aspirations to continue neuroscience research after completing my undergraduate degree. After graduating from Dickinson, I plan to take a year or two to work in a research laboratory to continue exploring my interests and learn more laboratory techniques, and then I will pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.”

“The most valuable part of my internship was gaining experience in devising program structure on my own, problem-solving and developing my critical-thinking and troubleshooting skills. We spent most of our time debugging software that we created, so I thought deeply about how my code functioned, its pitfalls and how I could work around any issues/bugs that may arise.”

MANAGEMENT, sales and

analytics intern at Bloomberg LP

“Bloomberg has prepared me to overcome challenges and to learn and grow from mistakes. Rather than focusing on what you failed at or why you made that one specific mistake, they helped me recognize that I need to keep pushing and improving on different aspects of not just work, but life as a whole. As I prepare for the next chapter of my life, whether that be at Dickinson or after I graduate, I know that I will continuously reflect on, and take in, feedback from peers, as I know it’s the only way to become a better individual.”

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We are launching the boldest financial-aid fundraising initiative in the college’s history. We are

committing to raising enough money to make sure that every Dickinson student who needs a scholarship gets a scholarship. Our goal is to make sure that we provide sufficient aid to meet the full demonstrated need for every student we admit and ensure financial constraints never prevent potential Dickinsonians from experiencing this lifechanging education.


Dan Loh

—Interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11

Changethea World Life As the first major initiative in Dickinson Forward

, interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, recently unveiled a fundraising campaign to ensure that every Dickinson student who needs a scholarship gets a scholarship. The Campaign for Scholarships: Change a Life—Change the World , which is the most ambitious financial-aid fundraising effort in the college’s history, aims to raise $75 million to fund the college’s commitment to provide sufficient aid to meet the full demonstrated need for every admitted student. “Our goal is to make sure financial constraints never prevent potential Dickinsonians from experiencing this life-changing education,” says Jones. “To continue to prepare future global leaders from all walks of life, regardless of their families’ financial situations, we must do everything we can to keep this priceless education affordable.”

Double Impact

In addition to inviting alumni, parents and friends of the college to make an impact in individual students’ lives, the campaign offers the opportunity to make a difference in the wider world by supporting students who go on to shape a brighter future beyond Dickinson. Since Dickinson graduates become tomorrow’s business and nonprofit leaders, doctors, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, lawyers and teachers, making a difference through their lives and work each day, every gift to the campaign also gives through the campaign to impact myriad worthy causes. “By investing in this effort, you will change a student’s life,” says Jones. “But you’ll also change the world, because four years after that student walks in through the doors of Old West, they walk out into the world, and Dickinson graduates don’t keep the benefits of this education to themselves.”

A Fast Start Though the campaign will be Dickinson’s largest-ever scholarship fundraising effort and take the work of thousands of Dickinsonians coming together to reach its historic goal, lead donors have already gotten the college off to a fast start with $35 million in gifts. Sam Rose ’58 kicked the historic effort off by adding $12.75 million to the Samuel G. Rose ’58 Scholarship, which has already made Dickinson possible for hundreds of students over the last two decades. His new gift will double the value of that scholarship fund, making Dickinson possible for hundreds more students over the next decade alone. “Thank you, Sam, for this life-changing and world-changing gift,” says Jones, who notes that Sam provides a great example of how Dickinsonians can collaborate with the college to find innovative solutions to contemporary challenges. (continued)


DISTINCTIVELY DICKINSON “Sam has long been passionate about increasing social mobility and equity in this country,” Jones explains. “Having lived and taught in the Baltimore and D.C. area, he was troubled by the lack of access and opportunity for students of color and low-income students. His own life was transformed by his Dickinson experience, and he wanted this same opportunity for all students regardless of race or class. So he chose to give through Dickinson, creating a scholarship that he hoped would help level the playing field. And that’s exactly what Sam’s scholarship did.” Since the Rose Scholarship was first established, the percentage of students of color at Dickinson has increased by more than 400%. During that same time, the college’s percentage of first-generation students has more than doubled.

Ideas and Innovation

In addition to Rose, other lead donors include George and Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77, who recently created an endowed scholarship fund for high-achieving students from Maryland, Jennifer’s home state. The Reynolds Leadership Scholar Program, which awards recipients $160,000 toward tuition for four years of full-time study at the college, represents a new cohort scholarship model, which the college aims to replicate in other areas throughout the course of the campaign. New scholarship models and ideas like this will be a key part of the campaign. “This is a challenge that calls for innovative, collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking,” says Jones. “Thankfully, that’s the kind of thinking Dickinsonians do best.” Accordingly, members of the global Dickinson community are invited to submit their ideas for new methods of scholarship and financial-aid support by emailing forward@dickinson.edu or visiting dson.co/change. “Maybe you want to launch a scholarship for students from your home state like Jennifer and George,” says Jones. “Maybe you have a different idea—something we haven’t even thought of yet. We want to hear from you. Just as we did with the Revolutionary Challenge, we’re looking to collaborate and innovate with you as we reach this goal together.”

Student Success One new idea already in discussion among college leaders, alumni, faculty and staff is a series of “student success” initiatives that complement scholarship support with support for the aspects of the Dickinson experience that make the college the life-changing place that it is. Conversations on new models of funding for internships, study abroad, student-faculty research, student wellness initiatives, advising and career preparation are already happening, and over the coming months Dickinson may be unveiling these as new Dickinson Forward initiatives. “Providing financial aid and scholarships is only the first step,” says Jones. “There are also all of the steps that prepare students to walk down the steps of Old West four years later.”

Every Gift Matters

In addition to ideas, of course, the success of this campaign will depend on broad support from the entire global Dickinson community. Gifts like Rose’s and the Reynolds’ aren’t the only ones with the power to “change a life— change the world.” Each year, the Dickinson Fund harnesses the collective power of gifts from thousands of donors to provide millions of dollars of support for scholarships and financial aid. Throughout this campaign, those gifts will be vital. Whether a donor makes a gift of $50, $500 or $5,000, Dickinson Fund gifts supporting scholarships will combine with endowed gifts to help Dickinson deliver on its promise to provide a scholarship for every student who needs one. “This is an exciting time for Dickinson, and I invite you all to join in,” says Jones. “Every gift of every size has a role to play. Let’s change lives, and change the world, together.”



Expanding Access for High-Need and FirstGeneration Students. Scholarships keep Dickinson accessible to students of extremely limited means who often have limited experience with higher education. Scholarships ensure that our highimpact education is available to students based on their potential, not their wealth.   Enhancing Inclusivity. Scholarships make Dickinson a more inclusive community, which benefits our students while they are here (opening them up to new people and perspectives) and prepares our graduates to thrive in the wider world.    Opening Borders. Scholarships enable Dickinson to provide a global experience at home and abroad through support for international students. In the last five years, Dickinson’s international student population has grown from 10% to 14%. International students with need do not qualify for federal grants, making college scholarship support critical to attracting and enrolling promising international students.

Attracting the Best and Brightest. Merit scholarships allow Dickinson to enroll dedicated and accomplished students whose talents enhance the reputation of the college and enrich our community.

Keeping Dickinson Affordable for Middle-Income Families. The cost of a college education has risen much more rapidly than the average family’s income over the last three decades. Scholarships ensure Dickinson remains affordable and attainable.

Supporting Study-Abroad Experiences. Scholarships make study abroad possible for students of limited financial means. Of the class of 2021, 60% studied abroad compared to about 10% of all U.S. graduates of that year. We are grateful to our donors who valued their study-abroad experience at Dickinson and want to ensure these opportunities are affordable to students today and in the future.

To learn more about scholarship support opportunities at Dickinson, visit dson.co/change.

orward A Revolutionary Future DICKINSON

study, co-curricular interests, region/hometown and GPA levels. (Per NCAA Division III regulations, Dickinson may not award athletic scholarships.)

Dickinson dedicates more than 30% of its annual budget to financial aid and scholarships. As of 2020, more than 80% of the student body receives support, with the average institutional grant surpassing $36,000. Gifts supporting financial aid and scholarships make Dickinson accessible to deserving students and allow the college to invest more in the Dickinson experience and success of all students.

Did you know? Scholarships may also be awarded according to donor preferences including majors/areas of

Endowed Scholarship Gift Opportunities

Announced by Jones this summer, Dickinson Forward is a multifaceted initiative to position Dickinson for enhanced excellence in the future. In addition to the Campaign for Scholarships, the collegewide Dickinson Forward program will incorporate a new strategic-planning process as well as several strategic initiatives that will launch over the coming months and years.

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A Career-Focused Community BERNADETTE MCFADDEN STOUT ’07


n the summer 2021 issue, I introduced the idea that “Dickinson is where you are” and challenged each of us to leverage technology and local engagement to enhance our mutually beneficial relationships with the college and one another. In this issue, I’ll share examples of how members of the Alumni Council have intentionally built relationships with their fellow alums and current students, and, in doing so, with Dickinson as an institution.

The statistics show that almost all of us will be impacted by what’s being called the Great Attrition, the Great Resignation and the Great COVID Job Churn, according to outlets like Forbes, McKinsey and The Wall Street Journal. Many of us are tired, grieving and wanting a new sense of purpose, and as a result, one recent survey by McKinsey showed that 40% of employees said they are at least somewhat likely to quit in the next 3-6 months. In one month this past spring, 4 million Americans quit their jobs, the greatest number ever recorded, according to CNBC. And Dickinson’s own Advising, Internships & Career Center website reminds us that the average worker has 10 jobs before age 40. The question this raises, then, is how we as Dickinson alumni can position ourselves and current students to benefit from this radical movement in the employment market. Eric Fennel ’92 ’s approach suggests the

answer may be tied to connecting with the broader Dickinson community to help cultivate a diverse professional network. Eric is vice president for national network strategy, innovation and valuebased solutions for Aetna and joined the Alumni Council in fall 2020. Several years ago, one of Eric’s LinkedIn posts

spurred a connection to Daniel Kaplan ’11, a fellow alum living in Southern California and also in the health-care innovation field as an investor. What started as a one-on-one conversation to discuss their profession led to sustained monthly chats, collaboration on investment ideas and business opportunities, and a growing network through sharing of professional contacts (as well as ideas for their respective vinyl collections).

Dan Loh

Alumni Council President

Alumni Council Update The Alumni Council met on campus in September for the first time since the pandemic.

sharing time and insights (in addition to specific job, externship and internship opportunities). Skip, who practices family law at Weber Gallagher, joined the Alumni Council in 2018. He calls his son Matt a “Dickinson Career Center success story.” Matt went from an internship with an alum to a full-time job with the same alum. Skip maintains that regardless of how mundane your job is, there is someone at Dickinson or in the 24,000+ member alumni community who wants to learn something about it. Provide opportunities for these individuals via the LinkedIn Career Community and AlumniFire. (Learn more at dson.co/ac21.)

We came together with three goals: to strengthen relationships with one another, to connect with students, and to support the college in increasing alumni engagement. One of the most notable events was a networking reception and etiquette lunch with first-year students who opted in to the Explore More: Jumpstart to Connecting the Dots program, which was recently featured in The Washington Post. These students have only just begun their journey as Dickinsonians, but already they are thinking proactively about how to use their time on campus to gain not just the well-rounded, thought-provoking liberalarts education that we all so cherish, but also the tools required to be career-ready professionals.

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a seasoned working professional, Dickinson’s Advising, Internships & Career Center is available to serve you (a notable difference from many of our peer institutions where the career center focuses solely on the current student body!).

In the next issue, I will share more about how the time on campus spurred further reflection on my own affinity-groups (including the Blue Hats, caf workers, Phonathon callers and policy management majors) and how these affinity group relationships serve as a natural vehicle for engagement.

Skip Persick ’83, P’18 is focused on generously


PAST & PRESENT / our Dickinson

During his 33 years at Dickinson, Coach Wilbur “Goby” Gobrecht ’52, P’84, P’87, led and inspired roughly 1,000 student-athletes and still more physed students. Many still recall—and heed—the lessons they learned from him, on and off the field. It’s why we call him “Mr. Red Devil.” And why, in the weeks after more than 50 of his former students and colleagues gathered on Biddle Field for an Alumni Weekend event in his honor, we’re taking a closer look at Coach Goby’s distinctively Dickinsonian life.

Mr. Red Devil’s Remarkable Career

A Closer Look at Coach Gobrecht’s Legacy by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson


An Early Impact Goby was already a trailblazer at age 17, when he began his first year at Dickinson, declared a history major and joined the Red Devils football, basketball and track and field teams. “I came from a family of musicians—sports wasn’t what we did in my family,” he recalls. “But it’s what I loved.” A 10-letter, all-conference, tri-sport athlete who was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Goby earned back-to-back McAndrews Awards in 1951 and ’52. After scoring five touchdowns in a single game during his junior year, he earned all-state and Little All-America honors for rushing, receiving and passing. Many of his football teammates were World War II vets, attending college on the GI Bill, so Goby connected with students his own age through extracurriculars. He was tapped into Raven’s Claw and served as class treasurer, D Club president and vice president of Alpha Chi Rho. Goby joined the Marines after graduation and played basketball for his battalion. Next, he taught and coached high schoolers for a few years and earned a master’s in education at Duke University.

A Triumphant Return Then, in 1960—just five years after brother Lewis ’55’s graduation—Goby returned to his alma mater, this time as assistant coach for Red Devils football and basketball, assistant for track and field

and associate professor of phys ed. Four years later, he was additionally named head lacrosse coach. He was promoted to head football coach in 1965, and that same year his Dickinson team joined the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

An Enduring Legacy

The football team finished 7-1 that year, setting numerous college records.

The Gobrechts say that, while they’ve long noted the role Dickinson has played in their lives, they were overwhelmed to learn during the Alumni Weekend event the extent of the role Goby has played at Dickinson.

Two football upsets under Goby’s watch are now the stuff of Dickinson legend. Prior to the Red Devils’ Oct. 9, 1976, game against the Widener Pioneers, the late Skip Hutter, sportswriter for the Harrisburg Patriot and Evening News, predicted that Dickinson would lose by eight points. But the underdogs prevailed—and brought home Goby’s 50th intercollegiate win in the process. Two years later, Dickinson turned the tables on longtime football rival Gettysburg; after a 25-year stretch with Gettysburg as the dominant team, Dickinson won its first Little Brown Bucket trophy.

Making and Documenting History The former Dickinson history major has also published six volumes on Dickinson sports history, beginning with the first of his two books on Red Devils football, published in 1969. He also wrote a book about his family’s history, tracing it to the 1700s. Goby was inducted into Dickinson’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976. He coached football and lacrosse until 1979, after which he focused solely on lacrosse (although in 1984, he helped out as interim football coach and logged a then-record 52nd win, when the Devils beat Georgetown 27-7). He retired in 1993.

Goby remains a hearty Red Devils fan and an impassioned alum, along with wife Marcia Barndt Gobrecht ’59. They’re proud Dickinson parents to Dave ’84 and Pete ’87.

“People told us that he influenced them not only as students but that they carried the things they learned through him with them into their adult lives and careers,” Marcia says. That’s old news to Goby’s former studentathletes like John Heath ’71 , who played lacrosse under Goby’s guidance for 10 years, helped him out as assistant volunteer coach in the late ’80s and provided much of the sports history for this article. “There’s only one Goby, and he’s known for his enduring relationships with many former players,” Heath says. “Goby taught us a lot about sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership, lessons that have served us well since our playing days.” “Goby personified what a good coach at Dickinson should be, in that he didn’t just concentrate on mechanics but was a mentor and taught student-athletes about life,” added interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11 , who saw Goby’s influence manifest in the experiences of classmates and friends, on and off the Dickinson field. “His legacy is spectacular, and his impact is immeasurable.” 31

PAST & PRESENT / our Dickinson



Dickinson launched its Small-Business Directory in 2020 as a way to celebrate, share and support alumni-owned enterprises. Businesses are submitted by alumni and organized by category, ranging from home goods and health to sustainability and charitable services. There are now more than 200 listings in the directory, and we’ll highlight a few of these businesses in each issue. Here are a few from the travel, leisure and entertainment category. •

BUCKS COUNTY ACADEMY OF FENCING (Mark Holbrow ’74; Lambertville, N.J., and Hatfield, Pa.) Teaching the Olympic sport of fencing since 1981.

FERNLEAF TRAVEL (Angela Caes ’01; Redding, Conn.) A boutique travel company focused on planning exceptional, personalized travel experiences.

SIERRA MEADOWS (Reid Spice ’95; Ahwahnee, Calif.) A glamping resort complete with tiny cabins near Yosemite National Park.

THE LONELY ANGLER (Benjamin Wilson ’96; Silver Spring, Md.) A father/son business of handcrafted fishing lures.

THE MOUNTAINEER (Nancy Paternotte Wise ’93; Keene Valley, N.Y.) Outdoor specialty store and purveyor of fine mountaineering and outdoor equipment.

THE NOISE GROUP (Rick Raymond ’07; Greater New York City area) A one-stop shop to book venues or travel accommodations for personal or corporate events. View the full directory at dson.co/directory, and email alumni@dickinson.edu to submit your business for inclusion.


On This You May Reminisce ACROSS



Cosmetic mistake



Alpha Chi _____


Some Dickinson postgrads



Suddenly broke away from the pack

Buildup where a glacier stopped


Omission of a vowel, as in “l’amour”


“Can I run ______?” (bar request)


What alumni do at reunions with old friendships


Military subj. included at Dickinson


Julia Ward ______


Type of tournament


______ wish

15 Alley _____ 16 Dynamic start? 17

Pop singer Grande

18 Those doing minor adjustments 20 Campus site for Judaic studies 22 Nintendo game console 23 Like Tom Thumb 24 Activist Jamal, Malcolm X’s cousin

Agency that supports “shopkeepers” (abbr.)

27 Baseball great Slaughter

10 Where you may find a tap

29 Leisurely walk

11 Part of ETA

33 _____-friendly

12 Morse code “regular”

34 Blue fabric

14 Evans and Earnhardt

36 _____ fixe

19 Red Devil, for example

37 Kline Center feature

21 Gaunt chaser

38 Drayer and Adams denizens, for example

22 “Altar” one’s state?

42 Something bad for a GPA

26 Popular tattoo

45 Misleading move

28 Term of address in 6-Down

46 Brings in

30 Typical carpooler

50 DiCaprio nickname

31 Keats product

51 It may reflect on you

32 British author Deighton

54 Watered down

























































By Gil Ludwig ’69




















25 Slippery

58 Part of a bridge bid

Gil Ludwig ’69 is a retired attorney

61 Serious

living in Pittsburgh. He took up the

62 Synonym for 70-Across

hobby of constructing crosswords

35 Towering presence on campus?

2008 he had several of his puzzles

55 Federico Garcia _______

63 Many Dickinson postgrads’ titles (abbr.)

39 _____ generis

57 Home of St. Petersburg (abbr.)

64 Convicted spy Aldrich

40 Home of Haifa (abbr.)

59 Type of wit

his puzzles had been appearing

41 Observed

65 Arthur who played Dorothy Zbornak

Pittsburgh newspaper called the Green Tree Times.

60 Campus site for bibliophiles

42 “______ clear!”

66 Baseball stat

65 Napoleon, et al.

43 Keanu in The Matrix

68 _____ Antonio

67 Some Girl Scout cookies

44 Certain 19-Down

69 Spanish river

47 Cinnamon candies

70 Necessary course (abbr.)

48 Be the voice-over, maybe

71 Woman once called “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”

49 The limit, sometimes

72 Professor’s assistant, maybe 73 Asner and O’Neill, for two 74 Ruhr Valley City

in his late 40s, and from 1997 until published in weekday editions of The New York Times. More recently, in a suburban neighborhood


52 Hockey standout Bobby 53 Costner co-star in Tin Cup 56 Relative of a scull

Puzzle it out! All puzzlers who submit a photo/scan of their correctly completed crossword to dsonmag@dickinson.edu by Dec. 13 will be

entered to win a $25 gift card to the Dickinson College Bookstore! The completed puzzle will then be posted online at Dickinson.edu/magazine and printed in the winter issue, along with the names of the winners.

Finding Future Dickinsonians

Are you the parent of a high-school junior or senior? Perhaps you work in education, or have a co-worker, neighbor or relative with a student in the college-search process? Connect with them about Dickinson! You can regale them with tales of your college years and share the following resources that could help move Dickinson to the top of their list!

Students who submit a Pre-App (a short form that lets Dickinson know they are interested) will earn a fee waiver on their completed Common App.

All applicants, regardless of financial need, are eligible for Dickinson’s five merit scholarships, which range from $15,000 to $35,000 per year.

Students from or attending school in Maryland are eligible to apply for the new Reynolds Leadership Scholar Program, which will award several high-achieving students with $40,000 annual scholarships (made possible by the generosity of George and Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77).

Dickinson has a number of academic offerings that are distinctive among liberal-arts institutions, including data analytics, Arctic studies, international business & management, and a certificate with the world-renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.



The Dickinson Edge


of students have had an INTERNSHIP, SERVICE-LEARNING or RESEARCH EXPERIENCE by graduation.


are EMPLOYED, completing an INTERNSHIP, attending GRADUATE SCHOOL or pursuing a FELLOWSHIP one year after graduation.



(compared to the 39% national average, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges)



(compared to the 75% national average, according to the Law School Admissions Council)

As part of Dickinson Forward: A Revolutionary Future, we are launching the boldest financial-aid fundraising initiative in the college’s history. We are committing to raising enough money to make sure that every Dickinson student who needs a scholarship gets a scholarship. Our goal is to make sure that we provide sufficient aid to meet the full demonstrated need of every student we admit and ensure financial constraints never prevent potential Dickinsonians from experiencing this lifechanging education. Doing this will take an ambitious $75M scholarship fundraising campaign that makes one simple, but powerful, ask of you: Change a life—change the world. Interim President J OH N

E . J ON E S I I I ’ 7 7, P ’ 1 1 .

Read more on Pages 20-23.