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Looking Back to Move Forward Professional Arenas Academics in Action


President Margee Ensign Vice President of Marketing & Communications Connie McNamara Editor Lauren Davidson Lead Designer Amanda DeLorenzo Class Notes Designer Neil L. Mills College Photographer Carl Socolow ’77 Contributing Writers MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson Alexander Bossakov ’20 Matt Getty Kandace Kohr Tony Moore Magazine Advisory Board Jim Gerencser ’93 Donna Hughes Gregory Lockard ’03 Stefanie D. Niles David O’Connell Adrienne Su Kirk Swenson Alisa Valudes Whyte ’93


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A Greater Role for Alumni MARGEE ENSIGN, PRESIDENT


s many of you know, I have spent much of my first year as Dickinson’s president traveling about the country, getting to know our greater Dickinson community. I have also spent time learning more about the history of this wonderful college as we innovate into our third century. Over and over again I have encountered the pride our alumni take in Dickinson’s unique history and tradition, and like generations before them, they want to stay involved, to contribute to Dickinson’s success. For, as one of them, quoting our founder Dr. Benjamin Rush, reminded me: “Freedom can only exist in the society of knowledge.” Many generations of Dickinsonians have developed and supported the Dickinson vision, building on the past while redefining what our pioneering education should be for their own eras. In the latter half of the last century, we became home to one of the few community studies centers in the country, were internationally recognized for our pioneering work in global education and took the national lead in sustainability. How will Dickinson help shape the 21st century? That is our challenge, and Dickinson students from generations past have shown themselves eager to be of service to this important goal.

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The motivation to play a role in the Dickinson story in part grows out of the enduring connections made here. I was very moved by the story one alumnus shared with me. Having not revisited the campus in some 20 years, he found himself driving through Carlisle and decided to make a quick stop. Concerned that perhaps no one would remember him, he approached the building that housed his faculty advisor with trepidation, only to be greeted by his advisor, who immediately recognized him and simply said, “Welcome home.” This alumnus was not alone. I have heard many stories of lifelong relationships with Dickinson faculty members and fellow students forged at this college, and I have been struck by the continuity this represents over many decades. One of our alumni has suffered successive life-threatening illnesses. “It was my Dickinson friends,” he said, “who called me every day during my chemotherapy and gave me hope.” I have met with an array of alumni, some of whom graduated as far back as the early 1950s. (One showed up in his class tie from 1954!) They are grateful for the time that they spent on campus, and they are eager to make sure that the Dickinson experience will be available for future generations. The philanthropic generosity of today’s alumni builds on the generosity of those who went before them, those who sustained the college through difficult times such as two world wars and the Great Depression. Such support has always been indispensable. But many alumni have told me that they want to do more. In the hands-on ethos that so marks this college, they are looking for other means to help. We are finding those ways, some of which include hosting a student for a summer internship, mentoring students as they transition into their careers, helping them network and providing professional coaching. Dickinson recently partnered with Alumnifire, a new platform designed to give alumni and parents an easy way to connect with students—and each other—for career-related purposes. (Learn more on Page 38.) I strongly encourage you to join and share your enormous array of talent and expertise with the next generation. Higher education is facing many daunting challenges, the liberal arts and sciences perhaps most of all. We know how very important, how life-changing, this type of education is, and how important it is for the future of this country. Now as it was some 235 years ago, all of us working together can and will ensure that it continues to thrive.

[ your view ] Cover Love My husband, Jason Keely, and I both graduated from Dickinson in 2007. When we received this winter’s magazine, we fell in love with the cover art by Colleen Frerichs ’17. Do you know if it’s possible to purchase this print from Colleen? We would love to have it framed for our home office. AUBREY SWIFT KEELY ’07


Editor’s Note: Aubrey and Jason were not alone in their love of the winter cover, so we worked with Colleen to produce prints and notecard sets (featuring four different images) through our on-campus Print Center, and they are available for sale through the Dickinson College Bookstore (

Seminar Story Stirs Memories The First-Year Seminar 101 story from the winter issue generated quite a response on social media, with more than 25 alumni commenting on the Dickinson College Facebook page about their influential seminars and faculty members. Here are a few of those comments: Heather Stewart Loved my Eugene O’Neill seminar back in 1987! I am so thankful to Dickinson for teaching me to write. Jennifer Loch Law, Justice, and the Individual. Fall ’89. One of the 10 best classes I had. Reading Kafka one week and watching The Godfather another week. And writing, writing, writing. Peter Wright Dan Schubert’s Uses and Abuses of the Drug War changed my thinking more than any class, ever. Great intro to Dickinson. R.J. Long Images of the Suburbs with Judy Gill in the fall of 2001. Opened my eyes to so many things—from analytical writing to fictional short stories by John Cheever and rich discussions with our seminar. It served as a gateway to the college experience.

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“We’re going to be known as the place that is solving the problems not just in the U.S., but those big ones that we all face around the world.” –President Margee Ensign

• Dickinson became the first liberal-arts college to join the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international association advancing the role of community-engaged scholarship in higher education. • T  he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Dickinson $650,000 to launch a four-year initiative to enhance civic learning and engagement on campus and in the global community, including the addition of a faculty position that will engage faculty and staff to infuse practical ethics and ethical reasoning across curricular and extracurricular activities. • M  ore than 450 volunteers from Dickinson and the United Way completed 48 service projects throughout the local community as part of the Day of Caring on October 6, 2017.

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• Dickinson is home to one of the nation’s leaders in citizen science—the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM). For more than 30 years, ALLARM has been empowering volunteers to conduct research on streams and connecting students with meaningful educational opportunities. • S  ince 1996, 400 Dickinson students and 46

faculty members have engaged in more than 25 Mosaics, which are intensive, interdisciplinary, semesterlong

research programs designed around ethnographic fieldwork and immersion in domestic and global communities. Mosaics like “Responding to Disasters in the U.S. and Japan” and “From Kyoto to Copenhagen: Negotiating the Future of the Planet” intertwine the college’s foundational pillars—global, sustainable, useful—to explore and contribute to the greater good.


ounding Father Benjamin Rush marched alongside the American army, signed the Declaration of Independence, served as a physician to the Philadelphia community and maintained his position among the progressive political and intellectual minds of the budding nation. He was a revolutionary in the midst of a revolution. He founded Dickinson College to offer students a useful education grounded in a strong sense of civic duty. Today, his mission lives on. In fact, Dickinson has remained a pioneer in civic learning and community engagement ever since, and under President Margee Ensign’s leadership, we are propelled with renewed energy to lead the way.

Dickinson’s vision is one of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are deliberate about creatively, ethically and productively engaging themselves and their institution in the work of the local and the global community. Dickinson is a living laboratory and we pride ourselves on civic learning in the classroom, which helps inform hands-on learning in various communities.

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was created in 2002 to strengthen the relationship between Carlisle and Dickinson and connect civic-minded students with the local community. “Since the borough is so integrated in our community, it’s important for students to know that we don’t live in a bubble.” –Jackie Joyce ’19, 2016–17 student-ambassador

Ensign has already tried and tested “university-based community engagement firsthand” at the American University of Nigeria. Coming to Dickinson, she brought that experience into a community with a long-standing commitment to service and ignited a synergy that fueled more than 30,000 hours of service in the past year and saw the launch of the Presidential Commission on Community and Civic Learning & Engagement. This feature includes a sampling of how some of those hours were spent and of how the Dickinson community engages the world. —Alexander Bossakov ’20

Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship launched in 2017, offering a full-tuition “engaged citizenship” scholarship to a Carlisle resident.

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students participated

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trips to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Guatemala, Washington, D.C., and the Navajo Nation

COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH AND SERVICE LEARNING COURSES Service learning grows out of a collaborative relationship between a Dickinson faculty member and a community organization. Professors align the learning objectives of their courses with the needs of the partnering organization, so that both students and the community benefit from the relationship.

Sampling of Courses: • Environmental Studies 280: Environmental and Social Justice • Psychology 475: Seminar in Community Psychology • Theatre & Dance 214: Community Engagement and Artistic Activism • Policy Management 401: Policy Management Seminar • Spanish 239: Spanish for the Health Professions MORE THAN 50 CURRENT FACULTY MEMBERS include at least one communitybased service-learning or research course in their teaching portfolios.

“I learn over and over again how compassionate and selfless and motivated students are to reach out and help others while being mindful of privilege, of trying to save others, of doing what is needed and not just what we feel good doing.” –Donna Hughes, Director of the Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice

IN THE COMMUNITY The CommServ branch of Dickinson’s Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice is a network of 15 programs that builds and maintains strong partnerships in the local community. Here’s a sampling:

• Composed: students share their passion for music and service by conducting workshops at local elementary schools

• Keep Hope: provides middle- and high-school students with food justice and nutrition education through cooking

• Prison Inmate Tutoring: assists inmates in acquiring their GED (highschool completion equivalency) certification through one-on-one tutoring

Justice Served – focuses on the intersection of community service and social justice (e.g., LGBTQ youth homelessness, Hunger Banquet)

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Montgomery Service Leaders – students engage in long-term work with community partners, promoting in-depth service and academic connections in a framework for student leadership development

“We want to see our students actively engage the world ‘beyond the limestone walls’ through critical engagement with the civic concerns in their fields of study, research or other forms of civic action or engagement.” –Shalom Staub, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Civic Engagement


IN THE WIDER WORLD • Long Way Home, Guatemala  Constructing self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship using sustainable design and materials • Repair the World, Detroit and Flint, Michigan  Engaging in social justice, advocacy and education volunteering and workshops • C  ommunity Collaborations International, Florida Creating an oyster reef and other ecosystem restoration efforts on the Gulf Coast

“Service certainly makes me more intentional and more critical of things. It’s a lens I take especially when I’m on service trips. I think it is very easy to over-glorify it all, but really it’s an exchange that you have with another culture. When I was in Laos, there was a lot I took away and a lot that I left there.” –Lea Zikmund ’18


[ college & west high ] Featured Faculty Shamma Alam, assistant professor of international studies, co-authored a book chapter, “The Distributional Impact of Fiscal Policy in Jordan,” in The Distributional Impact of Taxes and Transfers: Evidence From Eight Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Heather Bedi received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for a project in India.

The spring roundup includes a number of impressive awards as well as media mentions in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report and on and the BBC.

Research conducted by Associate Professor of Biology Scott Boback and Professor of Biology Chuck Zwemer was mentioned on the popular BBC 2 game show “QI.” The show airs in England, Scotland and Wales. Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards was quoted in a Newsweek article on Iceland’s sleeping volcanoes. Associate Professor of Physics Lars English published There Is No Theory of Everything: A Physics Perspective on Emergence through Springer International Publishing. In addition, his paper, “Analysis and observation of moving domain fronts in a ring of coupled electronic self-oscillators” was published in Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of

Nonlinear Science, which is produced by the American Institute of Physics. Two of the paper’s co-authors are Kevin Skowronski ’17 and Chris Fritz ’17.

Professor of Theatre Sherry Harper-McCombs received an international travel grant from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology for a residency with Papermoon Puppets in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Student-faculty research led by Assistant Professor of Earth Science Jorden Hayes was featured in several news outlets, including The Sentinel, Main Line News, St. Joseph NewsPress, Marietta Daily Journal, The Daily Collegian, Montgomery News and the Wellsboro Gazette. She and her team are conducting a field survey of burial grounds tied to the Mount Tabor AME Church in Mount Holly. Professor of Anthropology Ann Hill and Professor of Sociology and Director of the Community Studies Center Susan Rose ’77 earned a $35,000 grant from the ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program, which will enable them to take six

students to conduct research in a farming community in China.

In addition to the continuation of her Useful Education for the Common Good Tour and ongoing campus initiatives, President Margee Ensign continued to make her voice heard in the media and made progress in several key areas of institutional focus. • T he Philadelphia Inquirer published Ensign’s op-ed, “America is Disastrously Failing to Educate Internationally Literate Citizens.” • She published op-eds on tax reform and college endowments in The Huffington Post.

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• E  nsign signed a memorandum of understanding with The Milton Hershey School that aims to increase graduation outcomes for low-income, first-generation college students.  nsign met with U.S. Army officers and international fellows as a guest lecturer E at the U.S. Army War College (see photo at left). She discussed her experiences in Nigeria and with Boko Haram.

• In March, Ensign delivered the keynote address at the American Council on Education’s Women’s Leadership Dinner during the organization’s 100th annual meeting.

Listen Up! Dickinson’s new monthly podcast, The Good, shares stories from students, professors, alumni and friends of Dickinson. Listeners will be treated to a brain teaser and hear the latest from President Ensign. Subscribe to The Good where you get podcasts.

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Visiting International Scholar of International Studies Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob discussed the relationship between MLK and Malcom X in the feature “Three Ways MLK Speaks to Our Time.” His comments also were featured in the Christian Science Monitor story “After Parkland, a New Generation Finds Its Voice,” and in an Associated Press story, “After Years of Dejection, Proponents of Gun Laws See Hope,” which ran in nearly 500 outlets, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Denver Post and San Francisco Chronicle. Helene K. Lee, assistant professor of sociology,

published Between Foreign and Family through Rutgers University Press. The book explores

the impact of inconsistent rules of ethnic inclusion and exclusion on the economic and social lives of Korean Americans and Korean Chinese living in Seoul. Professor of Religion and Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies Andrea Lieber’s essay, “Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place,” was published in Jewish Philanthropy. Assistant Professor of Political Science Katie Marchetti discussed the formation of interest groups and think tanks in an article that was picked up by the Associated Press and ran in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Times and several other newspapers. She also discussed the youth gun control movement and its advantage over the NRA in a CNN story, “Four Reasons the NRA Should Fear the Parkland Survivors.” David O’Connell, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor story, “Why Presidential Language Matters.” He also was interviewed on FOX43

regarding the State of the Union address, Pennsylvania’s proposed congressional district map and redistricting and gerrymandering. He was a guest on WITF’s SmartTalk on Presidents Day discussing the legacy and popularity of U.S. presidents. Professor of Creative Writing and Writer-inResidence Susan Perabo’s essay, “Creating Fully Developed Fictional Characters (That Are Not Secretly You),” was published in The Writer magazine. The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed,

“In Collective Identities, We Both Lose and Find Ourselves,” by Associate Professor of Philosophy Crispin Sartwell. He also was a

speaker at the Humanities Symposium at Vanier College in Montreal in February. Associate Professor of American Studies Cotten Seiler was invited by The Guardian to

write an op-ed on automobility. It was published on March 1. Assistant Professor of Economics Vlad Tarko published Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography through Rowman & Littlefield International. Based on the recommendation of the Faculty Personnel Committee and provost, the following faculty have been appointed to endowed and named chairs: Walter E. Beach Chair in Sustainability, Professor of Earth Science Benjamin Edwards; Charles A. Dana Professorship, Professor of Theatre & Dance Karen Kirkham; Glenn E. & Mary Line Todd Chair in the Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen; John B. Parsons Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of History Karl Qualls; and Boyd Lee Spahr Chair in the History of the Americas, Professor of History Marcelo Borges. Administrator Accolades

The February cover story of NACUBO’s Business Officer Magazine highlighted Dickinson’s work with the Greater Carlisle Project and its implementation of the City Resilience Index. Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education, was interviewed.

Professor of Creative Writing Adrienne Su’s poem “Substitutions” recently earned a spot in the 2018 Best American Poetry anthology, marking the fourth time her work has been included in the series. Read more at

Vice President for Enrollment Management Stefanie Niles discussed Dickinson’s decision not to penalize applicants for participating in peaceful protests against gun violence. Her comments were featured in stories by The Atlantic, MarketWatch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WCPN, an NPR affiliate. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning awarded Regina Van Kirk and the Dickinson College Children’s Center a $38,025 Education and Retention Award. Provost Neil Weissman was mentioned in an article focusing on sustainability education in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Additionally, Lindsey Lyons, assistant director of the Center for Sustainability Education, was interviewed and quoted extensively in the piece.


May 19-20 Army Heritage Days

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

May 20 2018 Commencement

John Dickinson Campus

Events music festivals art Calendar of Arts:

MAY 1-5

Department of Art All-Student Art Exhibition

Goodyear Gallery MAY 4

Downtown Carlisle First Friday MAY 5

Amani Festival MAY 5

Carlisle Happenings:

Scholarship Luncheon

Social Hall, Holland Union Building JUNE 23-JULY 4

July 14 Bluegrass on the Grass

Carlisle Summerfair

John Dickinson Campus

We can’t wait to welcome you home! Alumni Weekend: June 8-10, 2018

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Dickinson received a

record-breaking 6,222 applications

for the class of 2022!

The Trout Gallery received the 2018 James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award, presented by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Named Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Top Producing Institution for the 2017-18 academic year

One of only 300 schools to be named a “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s for 2018

No. 5

OVERALL TOP PERFORMER in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainable Campus Index 2017

One of the many ways President Margee Ensign continues to strengthen town-gown relations is through COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS, hosted at her home, which serve as opportunities for leaders in the Carlisle community to connect with leaders at the college to brainstorm ideas and initiatives for mutual benefit.

Dining Services’

SWEET AND SMOKEY ’SHROOM DEVIL BURGER was a winner in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project: Campus Edition.

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Congratulations to Chef Randy Heberlig!


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very Wednesday morning beginning in the late 1750s, on the corner of South Hanover and East High streets, a market came to life. Farmers from the valley arrived before sunrise to set up their stands. During the winter, lanterns swung above the stalls for warmth and light. Throughout the 19th century, the market had to be rebuilt several times, with the last major construction in 1878 giving rise to the impressive Carlisle Market House. Close to two centuries after its inception, the Market House was demolished due to structural instability. But in 2009, after a 50-year hiatus, Farmers on the Square brought the valley’s farmers together in downtown Carlisle anew. Staying true to its long tradition, the Farmers on the Square market brings about a warm and festive atmosphere every Wednesday. Vendors set up, display and talk about their produce with a meticulousness characteristic only of those who are personally and wholly involved in the production of their goods from the very beginning to the very end of the process. Locals and visitors are pleasantly surprised by the vibrancy of offerings, ranging from homemade salsa to alpaca fiber scarves, from fresh-cut flowers to gourmet popcorn. “This is the only place where you can get an addiction to salsa,” shares Mama Rita, who produces homemade salsa in her kitchen. She revealed that her son persuaded her to take the family recipe out of the kitchen and into the public by getting a graphic designer to create a label for her as a Christmas present. The locals’ addiction to Mama Rita’s salsa is so strong that when the yearly batch runs out by November, people start asking, “Where’s the salsa lady?” Michelle Elston from the Roots Cut Flower Farm stands behind an abundance of sunflowers, lilies and poppies. She shares that she always pictured herself as a flower farmer. “It’s this vision of a life of simplicity, hard work and natural beauty that propels me,” she says. “I hope that I can inspire people to see some of the beauty in our world.”

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At the end of the market stands the remarkable Rafiki Shoppe, a tribute to food from all over Africa, run by Uganda native Roger Godfrey. To prepare the food he serves, Godfrey brings in spices from around Africa and incorporates them into ingredients he finds here. Alongside the family food business, Godfrey’s wife, Dorothy Dulo, founded Rafiki Africa, a foundation that uses some of the profits generated by Rafiki Shoppe to help fund sustainable solutions for community development in her native village in Kenya. The philanthropic spirit of the couple does not stop there: To prepare the food sold at the market, Godfrey and Dulo employ refugee women from the Lancaster community. Farmers on the Square is often enlivened by live vocals, yoga for kids and healthy cooking sessions. Carlisle natives, Dickinson students and professors browse the stands, enjoying a fresh slice of pizza from the College Farm or tasting homemade ice cream from the Gettysburg Creamery. So next time you’re thinking of coming back to Carlisle, consider visiting on a Wednesday. —Alexander Bossakov ’20

“It’s this vision of a life of simplicity, hard work and natural beauty that propels me. I hope that I can inspire people to see some of the beauty in our world.” –Michelle Elston, Roots Cut Flower Farm

From April through October, Farmers on the Square is held every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of High and Hanover streets. Beginning in November, the market moves indoors to Project SHARE at 5 North Orange Street and runs every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. until the week before Christmas. From January until April, the market is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Project SHARE.


2018 Looking Ahead to Commencement

Alan Boutot

In addition to the exceptional graduates, the honored guests at the 2018 Commencement ceremony on May 20 will include a visionary businessperson, a philanthropic and globally minded doctor, a social entrepreneur/development economist and an influential art historian.

Stephen M. Smith ’92 will deliver the Commencement address and receive a Doctor of Business Management honorary degree. A former double major in physics and art history, Smith is CEO and president of L.L.Bean—the first in the company’s 105-year history who is not a member of the Bean family or did not rise up through the company ranks. His career in global marketing and merchandising includes senior management positions with Resort Sports Network, Delhaize Group, Walmart International and Walmart Global eCommerce. Smith is also a member of Dickinson’s board of trustees. Albert Alley ’60, a retired, board-certified ophthalmologist, will be awarded a Doctor of Humanitarian Service honorary degree for his work as founder of World Blindness Outreach, a nonprofit working to alleviate preventable and treatable blindness for patients who cannot afford or access eye care. In that role, he has led more than 85 international missions to 25 countries, where volunteer medical professionals have performed more than 10,000 cataract operations, corneal transplants and strabismus corrective surgeries. Alley and his five siblings, as well as several members of his extended family, are proud members of the Dickinson alumni community.

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Nancy Hooff ’75 will be awarded a Doctor of Social Entrepreneurship honorary degree. She is a co-founding principal of Somerset Development Company, LLC, a socially responsible real estate development firm with over 1,750 multifamily residential units, retail spaces and community buildings, focusing on the redevelopment and repositioning of distressed multifamily residential assets with the goal of creating healthy, mixed-income communities in transitoriented locations. Previously, Hooff worked in development economics, housing and community development, municipal finance and local government for 15 years, as a foreignservice officer with USAID. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. will be granted a Doctor of Art honorary degree. Wheelock is curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art, where he has overseen a significant expansion of the collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings since 1975, and a professor of art history at the University of Maryland, which created a doctoral fellowship in his name. He has lectured widely, has written many articles and a number of books and catalogs and has organized a number of major exhibitions at the National Gallery, including several featuring the works of Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. In addition, the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize in Global Environmental Activism will be presented to Our Children’s Trust, the advocacy organization that has gained significant national attention for supporting 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal government over climate action.

Thirteenth Stellfox Recipient Brings Poignant Poems, Dickinson Connections Since Jean Louise Stellfox ’60 established her posthumous gift (inspired by poet Robert Frost’s 1959 visit to Dickinson), 12 modern-day literary superstars have served residencies on campus through the Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program. This spring, American poet Naomi Shihab Nye became the 13th. A Lannan Literary Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Library of Congress’ Witter Bynner Fellowship and the Voertman Poetry Prize, Nye has written or edited more than 30 volumes, as well as several collections of young-reader fiction and poetry. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. During her March 5-6 residency, Nye met with students and faculty in and out of class and delivered a public reading, sharing works that connect everyday observations with issues like gun violence, cultural difference and bullying. But Nye’s influence was felt on campus long before her arrival. In 2015, the College Choir sang two of her poems that composer Mohammed Fairouz had set to music and Monica Thapa ’17 read Nye’s poem “What Will Happen” during last spring’s Baccalaureate ceremony. 2013 Cogan Fellow Martha Mihalick ’01 is executive assistant to one of Nye’s editors at Greenwillow Books. Mihalick attended Nye’s reading and later spoke with students interested in publishing careers. Nye was inspired by the Dickinsonians she met and the projects they were working on. “I feel a very high level of passion and hope here, which has heartened me greatly,” she said. —MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson More about Nye’s residency, including audio and video, is available at

National Recognitions for Library and Writing Center Last fall, Dickinson was lauded for innovation and commitment to communication in higher education with recognitions from two renowned organizations for its first-year programs and its multilingual writing center. The Waidner-Spahr Library earned the inaugural First Year Experience (FYE) Innovation Award for its “strong collaborative efforts, established assessment practices and proven record at improving learning outcomes.” The award, granted by Case Western Reserve Union and CREDO, an international library information-skills solutions provider, includes a $1,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque that was presented at the 2018 Personal Librarian & FYE Library Conference in March. The National Council of Teachers of English’s Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) presents the prestigious CCCC Writing Program Certificate to a handful of colleges each year. Dickinson’s Norman M. Eberly Multilingual Writing Center was one of just nine recipients nationwide this year, and the only from a liberal-arts college. “It’s an award that belongs to the whole campus community,” says Noreen Lape, associate provost of academic affairs and director of the writing program, noting that the writing program comprises the writing center, the writing associates program, Writing in the Discipline courses, faculty development around writing and assessment. —Kandace Kohr



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[ in the game ]

Pushing THROUGH Olivia Lyman ’19 could feel every muscle in her body burning as she swam forward in the pool. Her legs, still kicking smoothly, felt heavier with each stroke. Her arms ached with each downsweep, each catch, each release. There was no break in the pain.

She was on the 40th lap of the freestyle mile. She had 26 laps to go. She could feel her body shutting down. But then, as she turned her head to take a breath, she saw the swimmer next to her pulling ahead. Suddenly, Lyman knew she could push herself harder. More than 600 meters later, she touched the wall and stopped, feeling worse than she ever had in the water, sure that her time would reflect it. But then she looked up at the board—16:56.85, her best time yet, good enough to qualify for nationals in her first year as a Red Devil swimmer. “It’s like Coach says,” Lyman explains. “You can feel terrible in the water and end up with your best time. It’s all about tapping into that mental toughness, embracing the mentality that nothing is impossible and finding out what you’re capable of when you have to really push yourself.” This willingness to push herself has served Lyman well in the pool. Now a junior, she’s earned multiple spots on the All-Centennial Conference team, won three straight conference titles in the mile and the 500-yard freestyle and currently holds four individual Dickinson swimming records. That attitude also has served her well outside the pool. This fall, when the international studies major traveled to Rwanda for a study-abroad semester focused on post-genocide restoration and peace building, she faced a host of challenges. First came the culture shock, then the hurdles of communicating in different languages, and finally the emotional strain of discussing the horrors of genocide firsthand with the victims and perpetrators. Yet all the obstacles only made Lyman’s experience richer. “I learned so much more than you could get from any textbook,” she says. “It was very demanding, but once I pushed through the cultural challenges, I felt like I was more myself than I’d ever been.”

For Lyman, becoming “more herself” has meant discovering a passion for women’s empowerment advocacy. With help from Women’s & Gender Resource Center Director Donna Bickford, she launched a Dickinson chapter of the nonprofit She’s the First, which helps young women around the globe become the first in their families to graduate from high school. Having interned with lawyers at a nonprofit focused on global women’s rights last summer, she’s now considering law school or the Peace Corps after Dickinson. But either way, Lyman knows she wants to use what she’s learning here to launch an international career focused on helping more women find brighter futures through education. And she’s thankful that this is exactly what she’s found at Dickinson, where the challenges that have forced her to push herself have been balanced by the kind of nurturing and mentoring only possible in a close-knit learning community. “At first I was a little nervous about coming to a small school because I thought I would be stuck in a bubble, but the support I’ve gotten from my teammates, friends and mentors here has really done the opposite,” she says, noting that in addition to Bickford, she benefited from advice and assistance from Assistant Professor of French Linda Brindeau, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Andy Wolff and Head Women’s Swimming Coach Paul Richards. She’s even gotten a hand from President Ensign, who connected her with contacts at the Rwandan Embassy before Lyman left for her study-abroad trip. “If I’d gone to a big school, I don’t think I would have been able to go nearly as far as I have at Dickinson.” —Matt Getty


Renovated Space Commemorates Coach The Dickinson cross country and track and field teams kicked off 2018 with a well-deserved face-lift to their locker rooms thanks to generous gifts from the Dickinson community. Nearly 100 individual donors made this project possible by supporting the McAndrews Fund for Athletics. The 592-square-foot locker rooms were named for Head Coach Don Nichter, who has coached cross country and track and field at Dickinson for 34 years. “The practical benefit of having a place to store [gear] is an exciting change for our student-athletes who have always had to carry it back and forth each day to the Kline,” says Nichter. “But this does not fully capture the value of having a place that each team can call their home, a place to carry on a pre-workout conversation with a teammate about their academic day or a place for a word of support following a tough practice day on the track or in the field.”

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[ in the game ] The Red Devils enjoyed a successful winter season, including playing at a historic venue, breaking records and adding to the trophy case.

career with an outstanding season, earning first-team All-CC honors. She became the second player in program history to record over 900 rebounds, ranking ninth in the conference with 982. Lesher tallied 17 double-doubles on the year, recording 14 straight to finish the

Justus Melton ’18 and Bryce Allen ’20

were named All-CC in men’s basketball. Melton made his second appearance on the squad, earning first-team honors, while Allen received honorable mention. Melton became the 26th player to reach the 1,000-point milestone and ranks fifth in blocked shots with 73 in his career. Allen started the year with a streak of 33 consecutive free throws made, dating back to the previous season. Both players were among the conference leaders in scoring, with Melton holding the No. 3 spot in rebounding, while Allen was third with over 100 assists on the year. The Red Devils finished the season 15-11 overall and 11-7 in the conference.

Christian Payne

Kassidy Lesher ’18 capped a great

season. The Red Devils posted a 10-15 record overall and finished 10-10 in the CC.

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Basketball The men’s basketball team overcame some injuries to finish strong and make the program’s eighth consecutive appearance in the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs. The women’s basketball team just missed the playoffs by virtue of a tie-breaker under new Head Coach Emily Hays. Both teams had the opportunity to play at the historic Palestra in Philadelphia, providing a great atmosphere for fans and alumni.

Swimming The men’s and women’s swim teams had record-setting weekends at the CC championships. Molly Sternick ’20 broke her own record in the 200 butterfly prelims and then set a new mark again in the final with a time of 58.18. Sternick joined Katie Schmidt ’19, Sammy Boswell ’19 and Hannah Griffith ’21 for a school record in the 200-medley relay (1:49.72). Olivia Lyman ’19 won her third straight conference titles in the 1650 and 500-yard freestyle events. (See more about Lyman on Page 16.) Will Freeman ’20 turned in outstanding performances for the men, winning the 400 individual medley with a schoolrecord time of 4:06.43 and capturing silver in the 200 IM. Freeman joined Graham Novitch ’20, Tyler Catania ’21 and Mitch Reynolds ’18 for a school record in the 800 free relay. Both the men and women finished sixth in the team standings.

Track and Field The women’s indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the 2018 Conference Championships. The Red Devils placed third overall, just three points behind Haverford College. Sofia Canning ’18 ran to a conference title in the 5000 meters, while Natalie Suess ’20 captured her second straight gold in the 400 meters.

Kacper Rzempoluch ’21 won the conference championship in the pole vault with Adam Gamber ’20 and Gavin Wood ’21 placing third and fourth. Eric Herrmann ’19 and Bryce Descavish ’20 each captured a pair of bronze medals over the weekend, leading the Red Devils to fourth in the team standings.

Squash Men’s squash received the highest national ranking in the program’s four-year history. The Red Devils held off Franklin & Marshall College (5-4) in the final of the Summers Cup at the College Squash Association (CSA) Championships, finishing 17th in the nation. The Red Devils are looking to a bright future as well, as six first-year students broke into the starting lineup this winter. The women’s squash team had an equally impressive season, also earning a No. 17 national ranking. The Red Devils earned the top seed in the Walker Cup at the CSA Championships. They advanced to the final before falling to No. 19-ranked Bates College to finish 18th nationally.


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Looking Back to Move Forward Alumnae Advisory Board helps Delta Nu rebound from sanctions BY MATT GETTY

In October 1971, a group of young Dickinson women faced a challenge that would either define them or destroy them. The college’s Delta chapter of Chi Omega was recruiting an African-American woman, and the sorority’s national chapter was not happy about it.

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n one side stood a national sorority with a troubling history of opposing diversity. On the other stood a tightly knit group of 18- to 21-year-olds committed to inclusivity. Their options were clear—stop recruiting the young woman, compromise their ideals and remain members; leave the sorority altogether; or disaffiliate from the national chapter and start a new sorority consistent with their values. If that last choice seems like an easy answer, keep in mind that it carried with it the threat of being sued by the national chapter, losing all funding, housing, furniture— even the plates from which they ate. “It was a very emotional debate,” recalls Barb Pim Bailey ’73. “There were a lot of tears shed. There were so many tough questions—what’s going to happen to our money, our apartment? At the same time, you had a lot of women who were saying, if we don’t do this, we’re going to leave the sorority because we don’t want to stay in an organization we can’t believe in.” Needing a two-thirds majority to disaffiliate, they took a vote. Then, to be sure, they took it again. That was how Delta Nu was formed at Dickinson more than 45 years ago as a unique, local sorority with no national affiliations. The new sisters worked over the next year to elect new leaders, draft new bylaws, choose new traditions and—with the support of the college and an attorney—fairly split up resources with the national chapter. Despite the struggle, one thing was certain—the women of Delta Nu had clearly defined themselves as an organization committed to the ideals of diversity, leadership and character. And new members noticed. “Those girls were courageous,” recalls Carol Graebner ’75 who entered the new Delta Nu sorority that year. “I was so inspired by them. For me, it was a no-brainer to join and be with people who do the right thing.” The same was true for Lindsey Goodman Iacovino ’75, who came to Dickinson opposed to Greek life. “Then I heard about a Dickinson chapter of a national sorority that, in its fight for social justice, had renounced its charter and founded a new, more inclusive organization,” she says. “I saw those women as warriors, and I wanted to be one of them.”

A Nu Challenge

For more than four decades, this was Delta Nu, a phoenix risen from the ashes of a controversial past to uphold values that shaped generations of young women at Dickinson. Then, in the spring of 2015, crisis struck again. Having previously violated community standards, the sorority was charged with hazing and underage drinking. As the college scheduled a hearing to decide the organization’s fate, things didn’t look good. The independence that had been a defining strength in 1971 now posed a significant challenge. “The problem is that without a national chapter, there was no one we could ask to swoop in and help,” explains Associate Vice President for Student Leadership & Campus Engagement Becky Hammell, who helped oversee the sorority’s disciplinary process. “The conventional wisdom is that local organizations like this can become a problem because they don’t have the backup and support you need. Here was a sorority with a great history, but it had suffered from vision and mission drift, and the question was where would we turn to help get it back on track?” When the college notified Delta Nu alumnae about the sorority’s predicament, the answer to that question came back loud and clear. “I had to get involved—there wasn’t even a choice,” says Jennifer Simpson Peterson ’93, who joined Delta Nu 20 years after Graebner and Iacovino but felt the same passion for its mission. “This legacy needed to continue.” Peterson wasn’t alone. “The emails were just flying back and forth immediately,” Graebner says. “We knew we had to do something.” “We all wrote back saying we were very interested in what was going on,” says Bailey. “We formed this sorority. We weren’t letting it die. We said, ‘We’ll do whatever we can.’ ” Impressed with the outpouring of support, the college placed Delta Nu on stayed suspension. The sorority was barred from holding social events and recruiting new members, but it could fight its way back—with the help of those alumnae. One condition of reinstatement, the college decided, was the formation of the Delta Nu Alumnae Advisory Board (DNAAB). In addition to meeting three times a year with the administration to discuss the sorority’s progress, the board would meet regularly with current Delta Nu sisters to provide the kind of guidance normally provided by a national chapter.


Firsthand History

Peterson teamed with Marisa Button ’04 and Sarah Glenn ’11 to reach out to more Delta Nu alumnae and form the board. That summer, more than 30 alumnae sisters returned to campus, and DNAAB officially launched with 15 members spanning four decades, all of them ready to work. The next question was, how would the current sisterhood feel about this? “They already have mothers, so they didn’t need us to be authority figures,” Graebner explains. “They needed us to be partners.” If the current Delta Nus were at all skeptical of the board and its intentions, that all changed by October 2015, when several board members returned to campus to celebrate the sorority’s anniversary. Gathered in the sorority’s common room, which is affectionately known as the Pink Room, current sisters sat on the pink-carpeted floor as the DNAAB members told the story of Delta Nu’s founding. Though this had long been a tradition, this would be the first time the members would get the story directly from the women who lived it. “Hearing our history firsthand brought tears to my eyes as well as many of my sisters’,” says Sally Matlock ’18, former Delta Nu president. That reaction wasn’t lost on the advisory board. “That was a huge turning point,” says Bailey. “We knew they were listening.” With DNAAB ready to guide and the current sisters ready to listen, the two sides worked together closely over the last two and a half years. DNAAB members offered professional expertise in arenas like corporate governance, business and education to help the sorority revise its constitution, define risk-management procedures and standardize new-member education. With three face-to-face meetings each year and numerous conference calls, DNAAB helped the current Delta Nu sisters manage their suspension so well, in fact, that the sorority was able to begin recruiting new members earlier than expected. “These women provide guidance, mentorship, stability and inspiration,” explains Jennifer Love, Dickinson’s associate director of alumni relations, who serves as an administrative advisor to DNAAB and Delta Nu along with Director of Admissions Communications Angie Fernandez Barone ’90. “They gave the sisterhood a foundation by setting organizational standards.”

Vital Values

At the heart of those standards were the sorority’s core values of sisterhood, academic achievement, social consciousness, community service and leadership. By connecting chapter officers with alumnae experts, creating networking and mentoring opportunities and providing leadership retreats, DNAAB translated an appreciation for the sorority’s history into guiding principles for its future. “More important than remembering our secret handshake,” says Debby Batchelder Seme ’77, “is remembering what brought us together and how we can still come together when we need each other.” The results have been dramatic. Now 105 members strong, Delta Nu is scheduled to come off stayed suspension this May. Last Alumni Weekend, DNAAB’s efforts also earned the college’s 1783 Award, which honors alumni volunteers with “demonstrated success in both quality and quantity of volunteer service to the college.” But the board’s members are quick to point out that the current sisters are just as responsible for this turnaround story. “They really embraced this and did the work,” says Graebner. “They owned up to the sorority’s problems, and they worked very hard to change their culture. We were just there to back them up.” Iacovino agrees. “I have felt such pride in watching the next generation of Delta Nus embrace our core values of diversity, inclusion and empowerment,” she says. “These young women really get it. The song lyrics and rituals may evolve a bit over the years, but our shared ideals will always be the bedrock of our sisterhood.” The current sisters, however, insist that DNAAB deserves the lion’s share of the credit. “Delta Nu sorority would not be where we are today—or even exist anymore—without the strength and perseverance of DNAAB,” says current Delta Nu President Lucy Paterson ’19. “They were our saving graces.” An added benefit, all of the DNAAB members agree, was deepening their relationships with one another. “The reconnection with alumnae from my era has been heartwarming to me,” explains Trish Godfrey Swigart ’75. “It is amazing the bond that still exists between us. We picked up right where we left off over 45 years ago.”

“Our shared ideals will always be the bedrock of our sisterhood.” –Lindsey Goodman Iacovino ’75

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DNAAB Members

Supporting the Future

Having turned to the past to redirect its present, Delta Nu is now focused on partnering with DNAAB to shape the future. To honor this remarkable turnaround as well as Delta Nu’s legacy, the sorority and the advisory board recently launched the Delta Nu Scholarship Fund. They’re currently reaching out to alumnae for gifts aimed at establishing a $100,000 permanently endowed fund to provide scholarship support to students upholding the sorority’s values. “Now we have the opportunity to be something different,” says Bailey, noting that they hope to reach the $100,000 goal in time for Delta Nu’s 50th anniversary in 2021. “We have the opportunity to go beyond our own Delta Nu community and help the wider Dickinson community.” Even once Delta Nu is fully reinstated, DNAAB will continue to advise the current sisters and take on new board members who will serve as future mentors. In that way, it’s poised to continue to highlight the positive role alumni can play in student life—in fraternities and sororities and beyond. “Having an alumni advisory board—even for other campus organizations— provides intergenerational support that can do a lot of good,” says Hammell. “This is a great model of how current students can really benefit from alumni involvement.”

Current Members

Photos by Carl Socolow ‘77.

Julie Alexander ’80 Barb Pim Bailey ’73 Sara Barakat ’81 Gail Fricke Dorosh ’80 Chris Gehrett Falvello ’73 Carol Graebner ’75 Lindsey Goodman Iacovino ’75 Gigi Jensen ’80 Sandy Smith McGrew ’73 Colleen Miller ’81 Nicole Mount ’09 Rachel Pickering ’00 Debby Batchelder Seme ’77 Trish Godfrey Swigart ’75 Jessica Walls Tuel ’07

Former Members Marisa Button ’04 Sarah Glenn ’11 Jennifer Simpson Peterson ’93

Widely regarded as an emblem of friendship, the yellow rose has been one of Delta Nu’s core symbols since the sorority was founded at Dickinson. 25

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ARENAS d ic k i n s o n ma g a z i n e Spring 2018


By Tony Moore


aybe nothing binds us or divides as perfectly as sports, starkly offering only the far reaches of the emotional spectrum— love and hate, and nothing in between. Sports create villains and heroes, bringing us to our knees, to our feet, to unexpected tears. And when the cheers have echoed off into the ether and the fields of play have emptied, meaning remains. LeBron James said sports were his way out of a life that might have been waiting for him otherwise. Mike Singletary said his favorite thing about sports is simply the opportunity to play. And for dozens of Dickinson alumni, sports represent the professional arena they now inhabit.

BRINGING SPORTS TO THE WORLD Dickinson alumni can be found in every corner of sports—from Andy MacPhail ’76, president of baseball operations for the Philadelphia Phillies, to Juliet Baker ’14, the Dalton School’s assistant volleyball coach and dance instructor. And all of them would probably agree with the assessment offered by Stephen Hildebrand ’99, NBC Sports’ vice president of technical & digital operations.

“THERE ARE WORSE THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN GETTING PAID TO THINK ABOUT SPORTS ALL DAY,” says the two-time Sports Emmy winner and former computer science and political science major, whose group is responsible for delivering the company’s content—such as the Super Bowl and the Olympics—to pretty much any platform that can stream video.

“Sports are deeply personal and emotional for both the fans and the athletes, and … it’s an honor and privilege to be able to bring those moments to people across the country.” With Super Bowl LII and the Winter Olympics now in the rearview mirror, sports fans might be turning to Major League Baseball, the NBA playoffs or the PGA Tour. Representing the tour is Kirsten Nixa Sabia ’92, vice president of integrated communications, who touts diverse facets of her Dickinson experience.

“Playing a Division III sport called for passion; writing for The Dickinsonian allowed me to get out of my comfort zone; belonging to Delta Nu instilled a spirit of volunteerism and a sense of community; studying abroad inspired a sense of adventure and comfort for travel,” says Sabia, a former soccer player and political science major who notes that Dickinson taught her how to change course, adapt and be comfortable doing so.

“I CREDIT MY TIME AT DICKINSON IN LARGE PART TO WHO I AM TODAY.” And so does Brian Jankovsky ’99, director of entertainment & sports partnerships at Google.

“What’s always jumped out to me about a liberal-arts education is that it offers a flexible and creative learning environment that gives students the opportunity to pursue their passions,” says the former American studies major, who notes that flexibility comes in pretty handy in a burgeoning realm that he says has “no playbook. The faculty essentially worked with me to create a custom curriculum that allowed me to pursue my interests but still grow and learn in areas like writing and public speaking, which are transferable to all facets of life.”


BACK TO SCHOOL When someone who had a great college experience gets to relive it, to an extent, by working in a collegiate atmosphere, and then pass down what they’ve learned to the next generation of students and studentathletes, it’s a serious win-win. Dickinson has more alumni in such roles than can be easily counted, but Susan Baldwin Troyan ’88 is a great place to start.



“Being able to talk about Dickinson is my favorite part of the job,” says Cox, whose new career at his old home allows him plenty of opportunities to reminisce.

I love working with student-athletes who truly embody what it means to be successful in the classroom and on the basketball court, and I love being able to make an impact on young people’s lives.” A common thread emerging is students who had a great college experience becoming adults who want to make a difference to younger athletes in their spheres. “I get to work with some of the best and brightest people anywhere who are all passionate about one thing—providing the best opportunities for student-athletes in college and beyond,” says Eric Hartung ’90, the NCAA’s associate director of research for Division III. Like Hildebrand (who met wife Danielle Perreault Hildebrand ’99 at Dickinson), Hartung met wife Heather (Hoover ’91) while an undergrad. And beyond the obvious benefit of that, Dickinson keeps on giving.


Why couldn’t I find a career where I could combine everything that I was passionate about—sports, research, higher education? It took a little while, but I did it.” Connections like that seem to define someone like Chris Cox ’15, a former Red Devil basketball star and international business & management (IB&M) major who is now Dickinson’s assistant director of the McAndrews Fund for Athletics—a position that combines Cox’s love of sports and his alma mater.

says the former Red Devil basketball player, who’s in her 30th year as head basketball coach at Lehigh University.

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“When I look back on my Dickinson experience, I’m deeply indebted to the notion of seeking intersections.

“IT’S NO PITCH. It’s not forced. Everyone I encounter can have an organic conversation about how Dickinson shaped them, why they chose it or why they decided to let their children attend. I just ride that wave.” Riding a wave of pure professional athletics engagement is Kiki Jacobs ’89, who has worked her way up through positions and institutions to become athletics director at Roger Williams University. “The liberal arts makes you take courses in all areas of studies,” says Jacobs, an economics and political science major and swimmer at Dickinson.

“CAREERS IN ATHLETICS VARY GREATLY. WE NEED PEOPLE AS COACHES, ADMINISTRATORS AND COMPLIANCE EXPERTS, AND IN FINANCE AND SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS, JUST TO NAME A FEW. A LIBERAL-ARTS EDUCATION HAS ALL OF THIS.” And Jenna Lamb ’16 is mounting a dual-pronged attack as director of women’s soccer operations at Santa Clara University and as coordinator with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Her jobs get her out from behind a desk, taking her all over the U.S. and to Belgium and Australia, where the former IB&M major works with both soccer legends and future soccer stars. And Dickinson has made it all a little easier. “I often feel that the liberal arts are beneficial because they provide such a well-rounded education. I can chat with people about differences in international business cultures, but I can also talk about some aspects of Buddhism or … how to identify different hawks,” she says with a laugh. “For me, it just means that I can find more ways to connect with people.”

‘DICKINSON GAVE ME THAT’ Garrett Horan ’12 is another alum who seems to have found the perfect career to extend his Dickinson experience into the professional realm, as baseball operations senior coordinator with Major League Baseball.

“My experiences as a [Dickinson] baseball player have obviously translated nicely into my current profession, but it’s definitely the leadership skills and ability to work effectively with a group that stand out,” says the former political science major. “It certainly helped me

and gave me the confidence to pursue my passion for baseball as a career after I graduated.” Working out of the Office of the Commissioner, Horan feels lucky to pursue a passion as a profession. And he’s definitely not alone.


assistant director of player personnel for the NBA’s Miami Heat. “I was a psychology major at Dickinson, and believe it or not, the major is well suited for what I do. Not only am I dealing with different personality types of people in the office—agents, coaches, etc.—but I have to learn the makeup of future players who could be a part of our team.” Two other Dickinsonians—both with the NFL—are equally well acquainted with the futures of their teams, in uniquely different ways. Scott Cohen ’91 is an assistant coach and opponent analyst for the Baltimore Ravens. And besides watching football nonstop to gather opponent information, Cohen builds the future of the organization in another way, through hiring interns.

“I found that the BEST INTERNS and the BEST


associated with are people who came from LIBERAL-ARTS BACKGROUNDS, and particularly Division III football,” says Cohen, who is deeply involved with Dickinson’s new Alumni Football Leadership Council for fundraising, recruiting, networking and mentoring. The whole package—athletics and academics—is something Cohen sees as giving Dickinson athletes a leg up.

“Generally the big picture views, the multidimensional views that we develop going to a school like Dickinson translate well to the work environment.” Like Amsler, Mark Gorscak ’79 has found that a background in psychology has served him well as an NFL scout, a position he’s held with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last couple of decades.


as a Dickinson football coach in the 1980s and has several notable claims to fame. Gorscak might be a familiar face to anyone watching the annual NFL Scouting Combine, where college football players showcase their raw skills for NFL teams. He’s been the starter at what many consider the marquee event of the combine—the 40-yard dash—for 15 years. He also has two Super Bowl rings and happened to be the center hiking the ball to Joe Montana in high school. But for Gorscak, who remains actively involved with the college, a big part of his history was made in Carlisle.

“The relationships I made with people, they will be with me for the rest of my life,” Gorscak says. “They’re lifelong friends, and we always talk, and we still get together. Dickinson gave me that.”

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[ cover ] Dickinson has more than 200 faculty members who are experts in countless fields, from Greek mythology to cybersecurity, mathematical theory to social media movements. And these academics don’t just teach—they research, inspire, create, mentor, challenge, innovate. They turn ideas into action. They bring students in on that action. They turn that action into published work, works of art, new courses, new areas of inquiry. Meet six of these scholars, and discover what they’ve been up to this year.




t’s not breaking news that students are more likely to do well, regardless of their personal socioeconomic status, if they attend schools that are considered wealthy (by various metrics). And, conversely, students are more likely to do poorly at schools considered economically disadvantaged.

But Professor of Mathematics Dick Forrester—working with Furman University’s Associate Professor of Mathematics Liz Bouzarth ’03 and two others from Furman—recently undertook a novel computational project looking for a way to tip the scales toward equality.

“As the nation struggles with the growing gap between rich and poor, public policies should help to ensure that it’s not only the affluent who get to enroll in high-scoring public schools,” says Forrester, noting that studies have shown that the average low-income student attends a school that scores at the 42nd percentile on state exams, while the average middle/high-income student’s school scores at the 61st percentile. “Our techniques not only accomplish the economic integration but do so while taking into account the distance students have to travel.” Since districts populate schools with students who live nearby, Forrester and the Furman team wrote an algorithm that mitigated the issue of travel time while balancing schools’ populations based on socioeconomic status instead of proximity. And it worked: Using 14 high schools in Greenville, South Carolina (home of Furman), as a test case, the new mathematical methodology assigned students to schools across the district so that socioeconomic variation between the schools was minimized, as was the total busing distance. “This research is meant to help those in charge of making decisions about school zoning—often a highly charged topic of debate—see how they can incorporate socioeconomic balance into their decisions,” says Bouzarth. —Tony Moore 31



As Associate Professor of English Claire Seiler was developing her fall 2017 course Celtic Revival/Harlem Renaissance, she realized something was missing. “I wanted to look at how the Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro movement, as it was more often called, took shape—and took shape in print,” Seiler says, noting that this artistic and intellectual movement of the 1920s involved visual art, musical theatre and music as well as literature, social commentary and legal advocacy. So she reached out to College Archivist Jim Gerencser ’93 and Special Collections Librarian Malinda Triller Doran. With Seiler’s wish list in hand, they facilitated the collection of a vast array of archival materials relating to that period, including rare periodicals and first editions of monographs and anthologies by African-American writers and intellectuals. “This new collection animates the movement for students, so I overhauled my whole syllabus to prioritize print culture and material history,” Seiler explains. “Being able to read and handle archival material that spoke about the failures of the Constitution allowed me to invoke what I have learned in the policy studies and English departments in a close reading analysis,” says Michaela Zanis ’19, who explored how the Sixth and 14th amendments should have better protected the African-American community. Seiler also shared the collection of archival materials, which was funded by the Goodyear Endowment, established by Mary Goodyear ’28, with Dickinson alumni during a presentation at Homecoming & Family Weekend. “Alumni and families were so glad to hear that we were investing in these materials and teaching with them, and parents were amazed at the objects their kids get to work with in their classes,” Seiler says. The experience led her to plan another session during the upcoming Alumni Weekend. Seiler is looking forward to pursuing more in-depth research of the Harlem Renaissance herself, once she wraps up her current book project on the literary and cultural history of the early postwar period. —Tony Moore and Lauren Davidson

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JACOB UDO-UDO JACOB Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob got interested in the power of media when, during his junior year in college, he was appointed to head his campus radio station. That was around the time he learned about the role of Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines in the Rwandan genocide. “I knew almost instinctively that if radio could be used as a tool for genocide, it can equally be used as a tool to build local cultures of peace,” he recalls. Today, his teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of communications and peace building, conflict and change. Following conversations with President Margee Ensign, a former colleague at the American University of Nigeria, Jacob came to Dickinson as a visiting international scholar in international relations. He has pursued his passions on campus, teaching a class on social movement theory and action, and beyond, as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC). During his fall 2017 course Social Movements, Social Media and Global Change, Jacob worked to develop “more civic-minded students with a sense of compassion and civic responsibility and with the communication tools and confidence to challenge bigotry and extremism.” This semester, he is teaching a course on the media in war and peace, centered on the question of the media’s changing role from simple observers of war to participants influencing the way wars are fought. Perfectly complementing this work at Dickinson is Jacob’s research with the CIC on countering violent extremism. He was invited to contribute to a think tank and has since helped develop “a more nuanced understanding of the role of religious identity in radicalization, terror recruitments, violent extremism and terrorism,” in turn contributing to current and emerging debates and international projects on the issue. Jacob is now working on a book on the use of radio for education and peace building in areas of limited statehood, in collaboration with Ensign, based on lessons and research from their USAID-funded project in northeast Nigeria. Alongside his presence in academia, Jacob has a history of activism himself, particularly as a graduate student in the U.K. in 2005, including “organizing unfair basketball games featuring tall and gifted players against short players to draw attention to World Trade Organization policies that give unfair advantage to rich countries” and sitting with homeless people during the winter to draw attention to the fact that millions of people around the world have no place to call home. “To see academe as separate from activism is to regard intellectualism as some sort of sidekick,” he says. —Alexander Bossakov ’20




A mass of clay is sticky and formless, but in Assistant Professor of Art & Art History Rachel Eng’s hands, it becomes orchid-delicate or concretedurable; gnarled as a barnacle or sleek as an eel. The ceramicist brings a fresh perspective to Dickinson in her first year as a full-time faculty member. Eng often incorporates nontraditional materials—like plastic, in a work about sustainability, or flickering lights, in a piece suggesting firefly-like synchronicity. During a monthlong summer residency in Iceland funded by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, she visited a once-booming fishing town and made small pieces on-site, using clay scooped up from the beach. Her work highlights the otherworldly beauty of small elements—a grain of sand, a drop of water, a single protester—that combine to create intricate patterns and systems. “The units might seem insignificant on their own, but when they’re part of a whole picture they create something more monumental,” she says. Eng and husband Mitch Shiles came to Dickinson from Boston, where she taught in community studios for two years after teaching a semester at Colorado State. Eng is teaching three ceramics courses this spring and, like her predecessor, the late Barbara Diduk, who retired in 2017 after 37 influential years at Dickinson, works closely alongside students in the Goodyear Studio. “You need to be in the studio for stretches of time,” she says, noting that because of this, ceramicists tend to get to know each other well. “Everyone shares tips and advice—it’s a community atmosphere.” Sometimes, when a student achieves an unintended effect or questions a common practice, she’s inspired to see her own work anew. An exhibition of Eng’s recent work hangs in The Trout Gallery, and she’s busy creating a large-scale, forestlike commissioned installation to be shown in the Woskob Family Gallery in State College next fall. “It’ll be like walking into a different world,” she says. —MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

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As they swept through the brand-new bulk-food grocery store, the students took copious notes. How long did it take to find common items? Was the entrance clearly marked? Later, they drew up recommendations and presented them to the business owners. They were among the 120 students who enrolled in Dickinson’s fall 2017 Fundamentals of Business course. Instead of developing proposals for fictional businesses, they studied real-life scenarios in real time, moving from students to student advisors, even as new business students.



International Business & Management Lecturer Steve Riccio and IB&M Visiting Instructor Sherry Ritchey had partnered with Small Business Development Centers at Kutztown and Shippensburg universities to connect each of their intro classes with a new or emerging small business in Cumberland County. Some classes maximized generational savvy by including social-media marketing strategies in their proposals and identifying software and apps to streamline operations. Others, such as those advising the grocery store, took an old-school approach. They recommended improved signage, adjusted shelving, in-person shopper polls and snail-mailed coupons. “The best part was to see [the business owner’s] excitement in all of the new ideas we had come up with,” said Jess Goldberg ’18 (chemistry), who helped evaluate a CrossFit gym. Many of these suggestions, including recommendations to improve the grocery store signage, were put into effect immediately. One semester later, Riccio and Ritchey continue to bring students into the outside world and the outside world into their classrooms. Twelve students in Riccio’s spring human-resources class met with professionals in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Bremen, Germany, during winter break—a trip that included a visit to the largest Mercedez-Benz plant in the world. This semester, they’re continuing their study of global business practices as they visit American businesses. Two of Ritchey’s Fundamentals of Business classes continue to work with the small businesses they advised last fall. And students in her spring class Social Impact Through Communication and Storytelling are working with the Carlisle United Way to promote local 100th-anniversary celebrations, with the commissioner for Latino Affairs and Latino Connection to promote a statewide Latino Health Summit and with the College Farm to generate marketing ideas for the farm’s new soap products. —MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson The online version of this feature at includes additional links to more in-depth information on each of these faculty members and their work.


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n February, I had the opportunity to sit in during a panel discussion as four Dickinson alumni described the value of their history degrees, which really ended up being a broader discussion of the value of the liberal arts. This panel included an entrepreneur, a best-selling author, a consultant and a shopping mall developer, all of whom demonstrated radically diverse applications of their history degrees from Dickinson. As a science major myself, I was fascinated by how similar these perspectives were to other panels I’ve seen from graduates of the departments of physics or chemistry here at Dickinson. When they were asked what has been most useful about their degrees, many of the reasons had nothing to do with their history major itself. Rather, useful attributes included the ability to learn, to research complex problems and to communicate effectively. Being able to write well was of particular focus. There was also strong consensus around the concept of a liberal-arts education from Dickinson being a foundation of skills for a lifetime of learning. It strikes me that nothing could be more valuable than a strong foundation in our changing world, where the economy seems to reinvent industries, technologies and business practices at a dizzying clip. In many respects, our strong liberal-arts education enables us all to adapt and flourish amidst change. This ties directly to the question I am most often asked by alumni: “How can I help?” First, be an advocate for the liberal-arts educational model. While subjects like history are valuable for the sake of learning alone, they are also powerful mechanisms to teach foundational skills that will never expire. Second, talk about your Dickinson experience with family, friends and colleagues often, and let your passion for the institution show. Third, be a bridge for students to transition to life as a graduate. Sign up for Alumnifire, be a mentor, find internships or opportunities that help the next generation of Dickinsonians succeed. Fourth, give—whether in the form of time or treasure, a little or a lot, give something back.

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An Exceptionally Rare Opportunity If you happened to be in New York City this winter and love art, hopefully you had the chance to swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. It was an exhibition pitched as “an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience firsthand the unique genius of Michelangelo.” And Professor of Art History Melinda Schlitt guided a group of Dickinson alumni on an allaccess private tour. “To try and understand Michelangelo’s creative process through his drawings, or any artist’s for that matter, one must see the originals,” says Schlitt, an internationally recognized scholar of Italian Renaissance art and William W. Edel Professor of Humanities. “An exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings of this scope and depth will never happen again.” The exhibition comprised three marble sculptures, the artist’s first painting, a wood architectural model created for a chapel vault and, most notably, 133 of Michelangelo’s drawings, representing the largest group of original drawings by Michelangelo ever assembled for public display. “It was a wonderful exhibition to see with a group of fellow Dickinsonians,” says Christopher Sharples ’87, principal at New Yorkbased SHoP Architects. Learn more about the tour and watch a video of Schlitt discussing the work at

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[ closing thoughts ]

Red Devil Trail Magic


Agustin “Gus” Umanzor ’12 earned a dual bachelor of arts in international business & management and Spanish from Dickinson. As a student, he was a member of the varsity football team, lettering two years as an offensive guard. After college, he became an avid runner who has completed three full marathons. In October 2016, he married Laura Elizabeth Romano ’11 in the local courthouse in Annapolis, Md. The couple met at Dickinson, where Laura played field hockey and golf. Gus, also known as “Guac,” completed hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, a four-month, 2,200mile journey, in 2017. He works at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., as director of alumni relations and giving.

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he first time I heard about the Appalachian Trail (AT) was in 2010 during my sophomore year at Dickinson. I was sitting in Althouse in David Sarcone’s Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management course when I learned that I would be paired with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) for my semesterlong internship. The ATC’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office is located in Boiling Springs, and its mission is to preserve and manage the AT, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. While at the ATC, I worked on several initiatives to improve foot traffic to the ATC’s regional office. It was during this internship that I got my first glimpse of long-distance backpacking. Located near the midpoint of the AT, the office was frequented by thru-hikers stopping by with questions about where the nearest store or motel was located. I remember hikers sitting out on the porch in dirty clothes with unkempt hair waiting for rides or hitchhiking. While the experience was instrumental in my career development, little did I know that I would one day be one of those smelly hikers on the porch. Dickinson taught me to act boldly and to be unafraid to take risks, and seven years later I found myself at the southern terminus of the AT ready to embark on my own thru-hike. I was pursuing a challenge that had a 20 percent success rate in 2016. Two months into my journey, I was back in Boiling Springs, this time having walked there from Georgia. One of the best parts of thru-hiking is the combination of insatiable hunger and the inability to gain weight, so I took a day off from hiking in Carlisle and enjoyed all of my local favorites, including the Gingerbread Man, Fay’s, Three Pines Tavern, The Quarry and of course the Dickinson Dining Hall. I finished my thru-hike on June 29, 2017. The experience taught me a lot about myself, but it also showed me the value of a strong support system. The Dickinson community was a major contributing factor to my success on the AT. A quintessential part of the AT experience for many long-distance hikers is Trail Magic—an unexpected act of kindness. Lucky for me, I had Red Devil Trail Magic. I received care packages and cards at rural post offices from classmates I hadn’t spoken to in years. I was welcomed into the homes of Dickinsonians in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine, where I was served home-cooked meals and given a bed for the night. Several alumni met me along the way to hike a section of the trail with me or treat me to a meal that wasn’t freeze-dried. I wouldn’t have completed my 2,200-mile journey if it weren’t for the Dickinson community and the Trail Magic it provided. In addition to the relationships Dickinson has provided me, I constantly found myself falling back on my Dickinson education and experiences throughout the four-month journey. The lessons from my international business & management courses with professors Michael Fratantuono, David Sarcone and Michael Poulton had me thinking about the business models and profit margins of hostels and hotels I stayed at. My biology classes with Gene Wingert and Scott Boback taught me how to identify plants and animal prints in the mid-Atlantic and to respect the beauty of nature. Because of my football two-a-days and practices on Biddle Field, I was mentally and physically capable of completing this challenge. It was Dickinson that introduced me to the trail, and it was Dickinson that led me to Mount Katahdin.

Come as you are. (Red shoes not required.)

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I see the changes and feel the fears, and at the same time witness the real poverty, struggles, resilience and love of my neighbors, daily. It makes the work more personal. G IOVA N I A T I A R A C H R I S T I E ’ 1 3 , neighborhood planner at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, in Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 under 30 feature. Read it at

Spring 2018 Dickinson Magazine  

The spring 2018 issue features a roundup of recent faculty work, a look at many Dickinson alumni working in the wide worlds of sports and a...

Spring 2018 Dickinson Magazine  

The spring 2018 issue features a roundup of recent faculty work, a look at many Dickinson alumni working in the wide worlds of sports and a...