GROVE CITY COLLEGE ALUMNI MAGAZINE
GROVE CITY VALUES Shared ideals unite the community and advance the common good ROYAL REUNION MARKS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
HOMECOMING WELCOMES 17 MILESTONE REUNIONS
COLLEGEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STRATEGIC PLAN BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE
This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baccalaureate Service was literally picture perfect as the setting sun lit up the crowd of students, families, friends, staff, and faculty as they gathered on the Quad.
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M ESSAG E
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OUR VALUES PROPOSITION
n the world of higher education, there is more competition for students than ever before. Media outlets continuously report on enrollment challenges as anxious college administrators search for more effective recruiting practices. I receive emails every day from vendors offering their admissions-focused services and solutions. There are several reasons for this new reality in the admissions marketplace. The national population of collegeage teens has declined. Economic shifts affecting our region of the country have exacerbated this demographic problem. Many families continue to struggle financially, and there is stiff competition from online courses and other alternatives to the traditional four-year college program. In addition, changes in our cultural landscape have impacted student interest in attending a conservative Christian college. Given this environment, we should be very thankful that Grove City College’s financial circumstances remain strong. While many of our competitors are dealing with painful layoffs and significant cut-backs, we will enter the new academic year with a modest budget surplus and the lowest tuition increase in nearly twenty years. We’re determined to succeed in this new enrollment reality while trusting in God’s sovereign plans for our beloved institution. To this end, we launched a key initiative this past year focused on the College’s extraordinary value proposition. We know that in order to be successful in our recruiting efforts we must differentiate ourselves from other schools by communicating more effectively the amazing benefits of a Grove City College education. We must also help families assess these benefits in relation to the true financial costs they will incur on the path to a diploma. As you can see in the chart on this page and in Dr. P. Jesse Rine’s excellent article on page 50, GCC students are more likely to stay in school, graduate in four years, secure a job, and earn higher salaries than students at a large majority of other schools – including our top competitors. Considering that our tuition is less than half of the average cost at private liberal arts colleges, the competitive value of a Grove City College education is unmistakable.
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P R ES ID EN T
These statistics are truly remarkable and God has greatly blessed us. We clearly saw the benefit this past year of getting this information into the hands of families making college decisions. The more applicants that know about GCC’s value proposition, the more likely they are to attend. Yet, there is far more at the heart of our value proposition than graduation rates, placement statistics and future income, as important as those factors are. Our most important return on investment is the transformative impact a Grove City education has on students’ minds and hearts. You might call it our Values Proposition. I trust you will find in the pages that follow overwhelming evidence of these transcendent values. You will be inspired by the generosity shown to an amazing young man from Afghanistan who is now receiving a GCC education after being severely wounded by a Taliban rocket. You will also be encouraged by the compassion and drive of Sarah Daubenspeck ’00 who serves women in need in an innovative role with her employer Accenture and the World Economic Forum. And please take a moment to remember the life of David Lascell who fought tirelessly and skillfully in our legal struggle for independence and the survival of our distinctive mission in the higher education landscape. These and other stories reveal that the Grove City College community is bound together by the Lord’s grace and the values it produces. These values, seen especially every year in the eagerness of our graduates to serve the common good with humility, devotion, and vision, differentiate us in today’s world. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to strengthen this amazing values proposition.
Paul J. McNulty ’80 President
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Najib Afghan ’18 is pictured below iconic campus landmark Rainbow Bridge. Seven years ago, he experienced a life-changing tragedy in Afghanistan. Today, he’s enjoying a lifechanging opportunity at Grove City College thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.
GROVE CITY VALUES
In a world where so many things seem to divide us, we value what unites us. For our alumni and friends, one of those things is Grove City College. Students from all walks of life and corners of the globe come here for many and different reasons and find a Christian community that instills and reinforces the enduring truth that there are things that really matter, values that we hold in common: faith; freedom; scholarship; service; independence; entrepreneurship; and charity. They are “Grove City Values,” and in this issue we look at how alumni and the College community embody them. DEPARTMENTS 8 | Upfront News about the College, Alumni, Faculty and Students 30 | Features Alumni embody “Grove City Values” 38 | Class Notes Find out what fellow alumni are doing 44 | In Memory Friends we’ve lost and remember 48 | Alumni Babies Introducing our newest Grovers 50 | Faith & Learning A faculty perspective
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ON THE COVER | This issue’s cover photo was conceived and taken by Andrew Stein ’18, who works as a photographer and assists with social media in the College’s Office of Marketing & Communications. Andrew Andew Stein ’18 (via Instagram) literally waded right into the assignment. For more on the cover shoot, see the video at gcc.edu/ gedunksummer16 or scan this QR code with your mobile device.
The GēDUNK, a magazine published three times a year for alumni and friends of Grove City College, highlights campus news, student features and alumni achievements. Named after the on-campus gathering place / snack bar for students since the early 1950s, the word Gedunk made its way into the Grove City College vernacular when Navy veterans returned to campus, bringing the term with them. The name stuck. For decades, the Grove City College Gedunk has been the place to come together to share news and ideas, live and learn, and this magazine strives to connect our family in similar style.
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R ELATIO N S EDITORIAL BOARD Jeffrey Prokovich ’89 Vice President for Advancement Melissa (Trifaro ’96) MacLeod Senior Director of Alumni and College Relations Jacki Muller Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Dear Alumni and Friends,
elcome to the Alumni Association, 2016 Graduates. You join a group of more than 27,000 alumni who are doing some amazing things and making an impact that is sometimes seen, but often unseen. We are excited to have you join the Association. We have six new members of our Alumni Council (the governing body of our Alumni Association). Please join me in congratulating them on their new role with our alma mater! Janice (Barbour ’05) Brenner Brittany (Cobb ’11) Gunkler Laura (Koller ’11) Fryan Rhonda (Aiken ’87) Gibson Al Klopsic ’79 Chris Marasco ’11
EDITORIAL STAFF Nick Hildebrand Managing Editor Janice (Zinsner ’87) Inman Associate Editor, Class Notes, In Memory, Babies Brad Isles Associate Editor ALUMNI & COLLEGE RELATIONS OFFICE Charlene (Griffin ’83) Shaw Margaret Perkins Noel ’10 Tricia Corey Jami Darlington COLLEGE ARCHIVES Hilary (Lewis ’09) Walczak SPORTS INFORMATION Ryan Briggs ’01 Robert Audia
Pictured here are our 2015-2016 Alumni Council Members
I am especially excited about Homecoming this year, as we are celebrating not just 12 milestone class reunions (1956-2011) but also five milestone Greek reunions. It promises to be an exciting weekend with many returning alumni (as well as parents and friends). See pages 9 – 11 of this magazine for more information on Homecoming Weekend – Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Mark your calendar and register online today. Speaking of milestones, thank you to the returning queens who joined us for the 100th anniversary of our Spring (May) Pageant during Family Weekend. I’m thankful for the history that we were able celebrate. Celebrating history reminds me of the many alumni who have passed through Grove City College. You each represent many differences, many points of view and many ideas. And frankly, it is sometimes challenging to find our common ground. But, there are many things that bridge our differences. We are a group of people who started our professional and adult life on the campus of Grove City College and at the root of it all, we hold many common values. This magazine is a celebration of that. I hope you enjoy the stories we chose to highlight for this issue. Now grab that cup of coffee and enjoy this issue of The GēDUNK!
Melissa (Trifaro ’96) MacLeod Senior Director of Alumni and College Relations
DESIGN Justin Harbaugh Art Director/Graphic Designer ALUMNI ASSOCIATION John Mackie ’00, President Steve Solman ’96, Vice President Cover photograph by Andrew Stein ’18 Interior photography by Tiffany Wolfe, Andrew Stein ’18, Robert Audia, Brad Isles, Justin Harbaugh, Nick Hildebrand WRITE US, PLEASE Your feedback is very important to our editorial staff and we encourage you to register your comments, questions, concerns, and, hopefully, compliments. Our mailing address is The GeDUNK, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City PA, 16127-2104, but there’s no need to put pen to paper or stamp to envelope, we’ll be happy to hear what you think via email at email@example.com. Please use GeDUNK in the subject line and indicate if your letter is intended for publication.
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You can ensure that future generations have the education they need to be a positive influence in our society. Make a gift in your will to Grove City College. Here’s how it benefits you: • Your gift costs you nothing. • It may effectively reduce taxes on your estate. • You make it possible for generations of students to receive a quality higher education they need to be a transformative influence in our society.
“I came to Grove City because of affordability and have come full circle, perpetuating affordable cost by helping other students.” — Ron Brandon ‘64
Contact Adam Nowland ’07, J.D., for more information about how you can create your legacy at Grove City College at 724-458-3865 or by email at email@example.com. Or, get your free, personalized planning information at http://giftplanning.gcc.edu.
If you would like to support Grove City College through your will, please consider using the following language: “I give and devise to Grove City College (Tax ID 25-1065148), located in Grove City, PA, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for its general support (or a specific fund or program).”
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News about the College, alumni, students, campus, faculty and sports
New strategic plan in the works to guide Grove City College into the future
n February, the Board of Trustees authorized the creation of a strategic plan focused on areas critical to the future of the College. The process is providing an opportunity to examine the College’s current situation and think about how to ensure institutional flourishing in the future. Fifty-five representatives from a cross section of faculty, staff, and Trustees formed working groups to examine the key areas with a focus on identifying the College’s overall objectives. The areas of concern and key questions being addressed are: Resource sufficiency – What resources does Grove City College need to remain competitive? What are the institution’s current levels of human, physical, and financial resources — and are they sufficient? How do they compare to the resourcing of similar institutions? External relations – How can GCC expand awareness of its unique identity and cultivate its particular market niche? How well does the College market itself to prospective students, build relationships with external partners, leverage opportunities to speak into wider contexts, promote its institutional brand, and cultivate donors?
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Student recruitment – How can the College achieve and sustain optimal enrollment to ensure institutional viability and vitality? Should adjustments be made to enrollment targets, budgeting assumptions, the types of students the College recruits, the types of programs the College offers – or some combination of all four? Curricular alignment – How well does GCC’s curriculum address our current cultural, economic, and sociological context? How well do the College’s current majors/minors and degree programs meet the demand of today’s labor market and prospective student interests? Does the College’s general education program convey core content in a culturally relevant, cuttingedge manner? Student outcomes – What are the signature competencies and dispositions a GCC graduate should possess and how can the extracurricular program contribute to their development? What are the common student outcomes the College desires to see in its graduates, and how does extracurricular programming — such as the chapel program, athletics, student clubs, residence life, and career services — help to foster these outcomes? The results of their work were unveiled to the campus community in May. Faculty and staff were encouraged to weigh in on the findings to help the College’s leadership team craft a draft strategic plan this summer that will be reviewed in the fall. Approval of a plan expected early next year.
Career or Graduate School Placement
HOW WE RANK
Grove City College enjoys a national reputation for quality and our rankings across a number of sources reflect that. Forbes
Alumni placement rate is a point of pride By Molly Wicker ’18 rove City grads are going places. Six months after graduation, 97 percent of the Class of 2015 was employed or in a graduate or professional school, the College’s Career Services Office reports. Eighty percent of graduates are working and 17 percent are seeking advanced degrees or further training, according to the office’s survey, which had a 95 percent response rate. The placement rate is just one of a number of statistics that illustrate the value of a Grove City College education. PayScale, an online source for career data, reports average starting salary for College graduates at $48,100 and average midcareer earnings of $84,700. Over the course of 20 years, PayScale sets the return on investment in a Grove City College education at $435,000. These numbers are a testament not only to the caliber of Grove City graduates during the years and the College’s nationally-ranked Career Services Office, but also to the network of alumni that serve the College and its students. For many Grove City seniors, the Alumni Office holds the key to a future job or career. Students can tap into an incredible network of nearly 27,000 accomplished professionals who can offer career advice and potential positions. Websites like LinkedIn and JobGrove encourage networking and job opportunities through official alumni groups, connecting current students with alumni from around the world. For alumni of the College, networking is about more than making sure students get goods jobs. The Office of Alumni and College Relations, in partnership with Career Services and Education Career Services, looks to provide networking opportunities on an ongoing basis for alumni to help with new job searches, career advancement and career enhancement. The Alumni Directory, available online at alumni.gcc.edu/alumnidirectory, is also a great resource for alumni and students.
Best Value Colleges 2016
2016 Smartest Choice Schools
Grove City College is one of 300 American colleges and universities that’s worth the investment of time and tuition, according to Forbes, which identifies schools that “provide students with the most value for the dollar.” Grove City was ranked 35th in the nation for liberal arts colleges.
Grove City College made the exclusive ranking of 43 elite national colleges and universities where students are most likely to be accepted, stay enrolled and graduate in four years.
Newsmax National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
CPA Examination Excellence Department of Accounting graduates ranked 17th in the nation on the 2015 CPA examination among medium-sized programs. The 79 percent pass rate for first-time exam takers was nearly 25 percent higher than the national rate of 55 percent.
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The 50 Best College Newman Centers Grove City College’s Newman Club is number 28 on Best College Reviews’ list of college and university centers for Catholic students.
40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values Grove City College is ranked third in the nation, demonstrating “a commitment to conservatism, either through their original mission statements, their curricula, volunteer and work opportunities, or oncampus activities available to students.”
Colleges That Pay You Back Grove City College earned an 87 “return on education” rating to be included in an elite group of 200 schools with a national reputation that deliver on academic excellence while keeping costs down and providing excellent outcomes.
Christian Universities Online U.S. News & World Report
Liberal Arts Colleges Where Accepted Students Usually Enroll Grove City College was number 13 in the nation based on “yield rate,” which indicates the College is the first choice of many applicants.
Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities of 2016 Grove City College was second on the list, based on its “charming, park-like campus,” “unique and beautiful buildings” and “traditional yet unique feel … that suits its natural surroundings well.” For more rankings, visit www.gcc.edu/howwerank t h e G ēD UNK w w w. g c c.e d u | 9
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Class of 2016 graduates, well-prepared to pursue calling
n May 14, 2016, the second largest class in Grove City College history made its way, one-by-one, across the Arena stage to collect the diplomas they worked so hard to earn. It was an achievement that each of the class’ 595 members – and their families – had good reason to celebrate at the College’s 136th Commencement. “The significance of this day is a much greater blessing than we can appreciate,” College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 told them. “You are fully equipped to faithfully pursue your calling … You leave here with our prayers. Live a life of service to others. Lead with exemplary moral character,” McNulty said. Graduates and their families heard an inspirational and well-received address from Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate. Carson – a last-minute replacement for William J. Bennett, who had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances – related his journey from poverty and hardship to the heights of success in the world of medicine. He talked about his mother, who was married at 13 and raised Carson and his brother alone after the family was abandoned by Carson’s father. Though she couldn’t read, she made her children read books and write reports that she couldn’t decipher. Carson said he was drawn to stories of people of great accomplishment, like the biblical hero Joseph, who when he was sold into slavery by his
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brothers decided to be the “best slave there is” and eventually saved a nation – and the brothers who cast him into bondage. “Success is taking our God-given talent, developing it and using it to elevate our fellow man,” Carson said. While on campus, Carson had a surprise reunion. As he was leaving the arena, rising junior Kim Gendron ’17 rushed up to the famous surgeon to tell him that he operated on her when she was a child. She wanted a picture with the doctor and Carson obliged. Kim was born with a tethered spinal cord and when she was about 14 months-old, Carson performed surgery on her at Johns Hopkins, where he was director of pediatric neurosurgery.
Kim Gendron ’17 with Dr. Ben Carson exchanged greetings following commencement.
“The significance of this day is a much greater blessing than we can appreciate.” “I admire Dr. Carson greatly and I just wanted to introduce myself as a former patient. I was excited when I heard he was going to be speaking at graduation. He beat all odds to get to where he is today, persevering through a lot of adversity and I think he has a lot of wisdom to share with those moving on from college to the workplace,” she said. The College conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Carson and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Michael Horton, a noted theologian who spoke at the College’s Baccalaureate service. Speaker Emily Rothbard ’16 provided the student address. She likened their college careers to climbing the 63 stairs that connect upper and lower campus. The climb is arduous at first, but becomes easier as the years go by, she said. “We are standing at the start of another staircase, one that will be easier to climb” as a result of a Grove City College education, she said. Rothbard, of Bel Air, Md., graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors in Communications Studies and minors in Spanish and Biblical and Religious Studies. She was named Senior Woman of the Year by Omicron Delta Kappa, the College’s leadership honorary society The largest class in College history was the class of 2010, which had 596 members.
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SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2
Coming Home is Easy We welcome all alumni, parents and friends to Homecoming 2016 CLASS REUNIONS 2011 2006 2001 1996 1991 1986
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GREEK MILESTONE REUNIONS Five fraternities and sororities will celebrate significant anniversaries at Homecoming. All alumni members are encouraged to attend. Plus, mingle with alums and students in Greek Village on lower campus from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. PAN SOPHIC – 105TH Anniversary Reception – 6 p.m. Saturday Doubletree by Hilton, Cranberry Township, Pa. DELTA IOTA KAPPA – 100TH Golf Outing – Noon Friday Pittsburgh National Golf Club Casino Night – 7 to 10 p.m. Friday Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry Township, Pa. 1965 – 1975 Alumni Reunion – 7:30 p.m. Friday Pittsburgh Marriott North – Ballroom 4, Cranberry Township, Pa. Anniversary Reception and Dinner – 5 p.m. Saturday Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry Township, Pa. THETA ALPHA PI – 95TH Anniversary Dinner – 6 p.m. Saturday Doubletree by Hilton, Cranberry Township, Pa. 12 | w w w. g c c.e d u t h e G ēD UNK
REGISTER NOW Registration closes on Friday, September 23, at midnight.
SPREAD THE WORD Call, message and e-mail your friends and classmates.
KAPPA ALPHA PHI – 60TH Golf Outing – Noon Friday Cranberry Highlands Cranberry Township, Pa. Anniversary Mixer– 6 p.m. Friday Cranberry Highlands Cranberry Township, Pa. Anniversary Mixer – 6 p.m. Saturday Rudy’s, Mercer, Pa. PHI TAU ALPHA – 50TH Golf Outing – 8:30 a.m. Friday Pine Grove Golf Course Grove City, Pa. 1960s Decade Reunion – 2 to 5 p.m. Friday Home of Mac McClure ’68 Slippery Rock, Pa. Anniversary Reception and Dinner – 6 p.m. Saturday Avalon Country Club, Sharon, Pa.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
11:30 a.m. Class Reunion Lunch Event - Class of 1956* 5:30 p.m. Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards Reception/Dinner Colonnade, Carnegie Alumni Center 6 p.m. 1966 (50th) Class Reunion Mixer* Barmore Room, Grove City Country Club
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Check-In and Registration (Note New Location!) Old MAP Dining Room (South Lobby) 8:30 a.m. Pre-scheduled interviews for children of alumni only Call 724-458-2100, Admissions Office, Crawford Hall Morning - Class Reunion Breakfast Events Classes of 1956, 1961 & 1966* Morledge Great Room, Rathburn Hall 9 a.m. Ketler and Faith & Freedom Society Breakfast Great Room, Breen Student Union 9 - 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Willie the Wolverine and Cheerleaders Gedunk, Breen Student Union 9 - 10:30 a.m. Academic Department Breakfasts Hall of Arts and Letters, Pew Fine Arts Center and STEM Hall Atrium 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. President’s Official Welcome Breen Student Union
11 a.m. Homecoming Parade
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. All-Alumni Lunch Hicks Cafeteria (pay at the door) 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Alumni Association - Complimentary Snacks Colonnade, Carnegie Alumni Center 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Class Reunion Lunch Events All Reunions will have a lunch* 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Parents & Grandparents Luncheon Private Tent on Main Quad 12:15 p.m. Heritage Luncheon - Classes 1961 & Prior Morledge Great Room, Rathburn Hall Noon - 3 p.m. Organizations, Teams and Group tents, Greek Village, and Future Grovers Play Area Main Quad and Bottom of Rainbow Bridge 1:15 p.m. Float Awards and Pre-Game Show Thorn Field 2 p.m. Football Game - Grove City College vs. Waynesburg University Thorn Field 4 - 6 p.m. Concert featuring Joel Ansett ’12 Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival Park, Downtown Grove City Evening Class and Greek Reunion Evening Events Classes of 2006, 1996, 1981, 1966*
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016
10 a.m. Homecoming Worship Service Message by The Very Rev. John P. Downey ’75 Harbison Chapel *Note: See online schedule and individual correspondence for specific class and Greek reunion activities and locations.
REGISTER TODAY & VIEW COMPLETE SCHEDULE: ALUMNI.GCC.EDU/HOMECOMING
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Presented during Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni Achievement awards honor alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields and to society in general, and the Distinguished Service award recognizes those who have rendered outstanding service to the College and advanced its mission. JA C K K E N N E DY M E M O R I A L A L U M N I A C H I E V E M E N T AWA R D S L. Marvin Clark, M.D., ’53 and Sandra (Marshall ’59) Clark, M.D. rs. Marvin and Sandy Clark retired after a varied career in medicine divided between private practice in ClarionBrookville, Pa. and providing medical care in underdeveloped areas of Africa and Indonesia. Marvin worked as a general surgeon and Sandy as a family physician, concentrating on pediatrics and obstetrics. The Clarks began their mission and humanitarian work in 1971 in Ethiopia. Between 1983 and 1985 they practiced in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Returning to the United States, Sandy was a fellow in Family and Community Medicine, Teaching and Research at the University of Arizona Health Science Center, where she designed a community health research project for Egypt and consulted for the Nutritional Institute of Cairo, Egypt. Marvin served with an office practice during this time. Between 1987 and 1996 they designed and implemented a malaria control/public health project in Indonesia in which Malaria incidence dropped from 65 percent to 4 percent. They have both since volunteered for Medical Emergency Relief International. The Clarks reside in Green Valley, Ariz. They have four children and 17 grandchildren. Sandra is a Gamma Chi sorority sister.
Milton W. Shlapak ’59 ilton Shlapak is president and owner of Shlapak Develpment Company, a developer of industrial and infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia; commercial and residential real estate in the U.S.; energy (co-generation and hydroelectric power) in the U.S. and Southeast Asia; and gold mining and industrial development in South America. Shlapak worked in the engineering design field and the space industry for General Dynamics (Atlas F intercontinental ballistic missile) and NASA chief project engineer for the launcher of the Saturn V missile/Apollo program. He was an airline pilot for Eastern Airlines for 25 years. At home in Atlanta, Shlapak serves on committees with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, his community and his church. He and his wife, Beverly (Opper ‘61), have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Shlapak served on the College’s Alumni Council from 1994 to 2004, and has been a College Trustee since 1995. He belonged to the Omicron Xi fraternity.
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Dr. Brian Leftow ’77 r. Brian Leftow holds one of the most prestigious posts in the world of philosophy. He is the Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oriel College of London’s Oxford University. He took this podium in 2002. Leftow is the first non-British philosopher to hold this post since Oriel College was founded in the 1300s. Leftow took his Grove City College philosophy degree to Yale University, where he earned a dual Ph.D. in philosophy and religious studies. He taught at Fordham University in New York City for 17 years before moving to Oxford. He is the author of several books, including Time and Eternity, God and Necessity, Anselm’s Proofs, Aquinas on Metaphysics, Anselm on God, and around 100 articles in metaphysics, the philosophy of religion and the history of medieval philosophy. He and his wife, Denise, live in London.
D I S T I N G U I S H E D S E R V I C E AWA R D The Rev. Dr. Richard A. Morledge ’54 etired Dean of the Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Richard Morledge ’54, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, guided spiritual life on campus from 1984 to 1999. During that time, he directed the programming of Harbison Chapel, led worship at weekly vespers, and presided over special ceremonies including presidential inaugurations and notable celebrations. He was a dedicated member of the Alumni Council, serving as director of annual giving and vice president. In 1990, he received a Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award for his work in the field of religion. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1995 and achieved Emeritus status in 2014. The College presented him with two separate honorary degrees, one in 1973 and another in 2000. He belonged to the Beta Sigma fraternity. During his Grove City College tenure, he served in a shared ministry as senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, Pa. He authored two books: It’s a Great Day in the Kingdom and also Great Days in the Kingdom.
Know someone deserving? Nominate them!
ominations for the 2017 Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service Award can be made at alumni.gcc.edu/awards. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, 2017.
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ach year, Grove City College’s Office of Alumni and College Relations asks students to take a few minutes and thank the alumni and friends who contribute so much to enhance their College experience. Their response is an enthusiastic “yes.” On Alumni Appreciation Day, held Feb. 25, 2016, hundreds of students crowded around tables in Breen Student Union to fill out postcards destined for delivery to donors who support the Grove City College mission with their financial contributions. Alumni office staff were overwhelmed by the students’ gratitude. “One student spent more than an hour filling out postcard after postcard,” Margaret Perkins Noel ’10, associate director of Alumni and College Relations, said. “It was clear that students understand and appreciate how much they owe alumni and friends of the College.” Reminders of that were apparent across campus, as red bows symbolizing gifts adorned the buildings constructed and maintained with the support of donors. A social media and email campaign accompanying Alumni Appreciation Day featured photos of students holding up “thank you” signs and a video featuring the words of grateful students. The gestures were appreciated and noted by many alums. “You’re welcome! And thank you for the amazing video. I firmly believe that the College began connecting with the alumni when Dick Jewell became president and so happy that it continues with Paul. It means so very much to us and we are so very proud to be alumni,” wrote Chuck Wazenegger ’62. “It is so nice to be appreciated,” Nancy (Horrell ’61) Shelly wrote.
“Thank you for acknowledging our annual gifts to Grove City College. That is such a truly nice gesture and means so much to all the alumni. I am so grateful for the education I received from Grove City and am more than honored to give back to my alma mater. Bless you all.” – Dave Ortmann ’67
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Hope Thurston ’16 is crowned queen of the 2016 Family Weekend Spring Pageant.
College celebrates a century of spring pageantry, campus tradition
tudents, parents, families and the Grove City College community gathered Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, to mark Family Weekend and the 100th anniversary of the College’s annual Spring Pageant. Family Weekend celebrates the cumulative academic, service, musical, athletic and social achievements of students throughout the academic year and honors the parents and families who support and encourage students along the way. Highlights include the annual Recognition Convocation, when senior awards and major scholarships are announced, and the Spring Pageant, an elaborate ceremony that includes a procession, crowning of the Spring Queen and King, and a dance show in their honor. The Spring Pageant has been an annual event at Grove City College since 1916, when it was introduced as the May Pageant and coincided with May Day, a centuries-old holiday that celebrates the arrival of spring on May 1 and often involved dancing around 16 | w w w. g c c.e d u t h e G ēD UNK
a decorated May Pole. Such rituals were common on college campuses in the late 19th and early 20th century. Students chose their first May Queen in 1905, but it wasn’t until 1916 that an official, annual and extensive ceremony was instituted around crowning a queen. In 1920, the festivities were supplemented by a pageant of elaborate dances in the queen’s honor. Initially sponsored by the women’s physical education classes, the early dances coordinated with a theme and were acted out in pantomime and sometimes extravagant costumes. The dance show remains a centerpiece of the celebration. In the late 1950s, the College folded its annual Parents’ Weekend into the festivities and the day’s activities were expanded to include a Recognition Convocation to highlight students’ academic and leadership achievements and a Greek Sing – now an AllCampus Sing – to provide a friendly musical competition for student groups. Parents’ Weekend became Family Weekend in 2015. The queen’s court includes student
attendants and flower girls and pages, who are often the children of faculty. It was expanded in 2003 to include an official consort. Spring Kings had been informally chosen, mostly as a comical figure, since the 1970s. James Boazzo ’03 became the first sanctioned Spring King and the role has been filled ever since by a vote of the student body. “The Spring Pageant is in many ways a throwback to an earlier age,” Hilary (Lewis ’09) Walczak, college archivist and resident historian, said. “But it’s also a recognition that history and tradition matter at Grove City College. It is part of what makes the College such a unique institution and generations of students have played some role in the pageant.” In fact, the College’s first May Queen, Lula (Caven ’16) Heckathorne, saw her daughter Helen (Heckathorne) Anderson become campus royalty as the 1940 May Queen. Past queens were honored with a weekend luncheon and a historical display in the Pew Memorial Room in Pew Fine Arts Center.
Clockwise from top left: The TAP one-act festival; Recognition Convocation in Harbison Chapel; the Spring Pageant Dance Show; a legacy student gets pinned; the Jazz Ensemble plays; and All-College Sing.
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Grove City College Alumni & Friends events span the country and the globe, from (1) an alumni meet up in Brooklyn, N.Y. to (2) an alumni tour of Ireland, where President and Mrs. McNulty showed the crimson and white and clowned around for a group shot, to Grover Gatherings in (3) Raleigh, N.C., (4) Naples, Fla., and (5) Cleveland, Ohio. On the opposite page, (6) student scholarship is celebrated, (7) the College flag is displayed on an alumni tour to the Christmas Markets of Europe, (8) future Grovers enjoy the annual Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater character breakfast, (9) alumni musicians rock out in Crawford Hall for a good cause, and alums gather for regional events in (10) Central Pennsylvania, (11) Atlanta, Ga., and (12) Washington, D.C.
alumni & friends events Upcoming Alumni & Friends Events July 31
Grover Gathering and Freshman Picnic Boyds, Md.
Grover Gathering and Freshman Picnic Canfield, Ohio
Central Virginia Grover Gathering Cheswick Park, Henrico, Va.
MacKenzie Lecture, featuring Os Guinness Grove City College
American Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lunch Rivers Club Pittsburgh, Pa.
Night Football Game and Alumni Band Day Grove City College
Ronald Reagan Lecture Grove City College
Showcase Series, David Kim Grove City College
Alumni and Friends Travel Flavors of Sicily
Broadway Series, A Christmas Story Pittsburgh, Pa.
State of the College Lunch and Livestream Pittsburgh, Pa.
Remember to bookmark alumni.gcc.edu/events for more dates and info on registering.
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President McNulty lent a hand when members of the senior class gathered to plant a mini-orchard beside Wolf Creek on lower campus.
Senior gifts plant seeds of future giving
Students check out the interactive teaching tools on the C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus.
n a rainy May morning a few days before they graduated, members of the Class of 2016 gathered on the western bank of Wolf Creek, picked up shovels, and started digging. In less than an hour, they planted a half-dozen apple trees, the start of the mini-orchard that was part of their class gift to the College. As well as dressing up lower campus, the trees should bear fruit in a few years, perhaps in time for the Class of 2016’s five year reunion. Included in the class gift was money to landscape the hillside on the eastern bank along the stairs that lead to Rainbow Bridge. Landscapers consulted College history to select plants and bushes that were called for in the design of campus created by the famed Olmsted brothers. The Class of 2016 raised nearly $23,000 for the gift, with nearly 35 percent of the class contributing. The gift was determined by a class vote. “This will be a fitting legacy for graduates and a huge benefit for the campus community,” Holly Pipher, director of Grove City College’s Annual Fund, said. “The senior class gift campaign invited the Class of 2016 to begin building a legacy of alumni engagement and philanthropic giving by making their first donation to Grove City College. This tradition is a way of showing their thanks to the College, demonstrating a sense of community and connection, and leaving a lasting impact that reflects the spirit of the class,” Pipher said.
C-SPAN bus kicks off at College
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The C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus kicked off its Pennsylvania Primary Tour at Grove City College on April 25 with a stop at Carnegie Alumni Center. The bus is a rolling classroom and TV studio that offered students and the community a wealth of information and interactive experiences designed to increase awareness of the American political system.
Pop Quiz! Rainbow Bridge provides a crucial link between upper and lower campus. When was the span built and why? Those who respond with the correct answer will have a chance to win a prize! Contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @GroveCtyCollege #PopQuiz.
Winter issue Pop Quiz winners!
ongratulations to Cynthia (Adamson ’81) Philson, who won last issue’s Pop Quiz by correctly answering the question: What year was the College’s Inner City Outreach Program established? The answer is: 1988.
campus Alumni encouraged to participate in Career Fair
A student talks with an alumni recruiter at last year’s Career Fair.
rove City College’s 18th Annual Career Fair will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and the Career Services Office is looking to alumni to make this year’s fair an even bigger success. The Career Fair is the College’s signature recruiting and networking event of the year. Last year, 165 employers and graduate schools came to campus and about 1,100 students from all years and majors came through the fair to learn about jobs, internships, and post-graduate education. Past recruiters have had great success identifying high caliber students for their full-time positions, internship opportunities, and graduate programs. Of the many recruiters participating in last year’s event, 150 were Grove City College alumni serving as representatives for their places of employment and helping connect Grove City students to their organizations for open positions. The Career Services Office continues to build partnerships with alumni from all fields and industries to recruit students at this special event and throughout the school year through job/ internship postings and on-campus interview schedules. “Grove City students are intelligent, motivated, and ethical young adults, and that message needs to be overtly delivered to hiring managers and human resource professionals. Our alumni can play a critical role in helping to spread that message,” Mandy Sposato ’00, associate director of Career Services, said. She encourages alumni who are made aware of entry level and/or internship opportunities in their workplaces for which students would be well-suited to consider serving as an alumni recruiter, either this fall at the Career Fair or by contacting the office during the school year. For more information about the Career Fair and how you can be involved, please visit www.gcc.edu/careerfair.
Towle ’68 retiring from VP post
oger Towle ’68, Vice President for Financial Affairs, has announced he will retire, effective Dec. 31, after 21 years with Grove City College. He was hired in January 1995 to the position, which is responsible for all financial aspects of the College. Over the course of his career at Grove City College, Towle has made sure the College practices the fiscal discipline that it preaches. The College operates on a balanced budget, refuses federal aid and the compliance costs associated with it and operates virtually debt-free. He oversaw the College’s withdrawal from the Federal student loan system and the development of a unique private education loan program. He will be recognized for his extraordinary service towards the end of the year. Towle graduated from Grove City College with an accounting degree in 1968 and is active in the College’s Alumni Association. He served in the U.S. Army and earned a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He worked as a CPA for Deloitte & Touche, Pittsburgh, and as CFO for the Abraxas Group before joining Grove City College’s leadership team. In 2014, he was named CFO of the year for large non-profit companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times. “Roger’s dedication to his alma mater and his outstanding capabilities have been an enormous blessing to the College. His excellent oversight of our finances, human resources and business affairs will leave us with some big shoes to fill,” said President Paul J. McNulty ’80. The search for Towle’s successor is under way. Anyone with extensive business experience, excited about the great mission of the College, and interested in joining the leadership team and should contact President McNulty.
Field of dreams Among the many capital improvements on campus this summer is the resurfacing of Robert E. Thorn Field. The new turf is being installed and the field will be ready for use in the fall. For photos and time-lapse video of the project in progress, visit gcc.edu/flickr
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Red Box missionaries spread the Word and do the work
ince its founding in 1976, The Red Box program has allowed Grove City College students to share the gospel through their God-given gifts, skills and passions. The name of the program comes from the Red Boxes in the narthex of Harbison Chapel. Begun to support a single summer mission trip, it has grown to become a signature ministry of the College. Eight students are serving overseas this summer. To date, nearly 150 students have served in more than 50 different countries. Donations are always accepted to support the amazing work of our students. To make a donation to the Red Box Mission’s program, go to gcc.edu/givenow and indicate your gift for Red Box. These are this year’s Red Box missionaries:
Blake Baer ’18
Lauren Bimber ’17
Biology | Bedford, Pa.
Accounting | Lombard, Ill.
Baer is serving in various areas of India with Harvest Bridge, a mission organization founded and directed by Dr. Timothy Mech, professor of Business/ Finance and Entrepreneurship. He will be working with local doctors and churches to help set up medical clinics and share the gospel. Blake would like to attend medical school.
Bimber is serving in the United Kingdom through ReachAcross, an organization geared toward sharing the gospel with Muslim people. She will be assisting with various community outreach events for immigrants. She hopes to work as an accountant for a missions or ministry organization.
Alycia Bini ’17
Jordan Good ’17
Biology | Staten Island, N.Y.
Sociology | Charlottesville, Va.
Bini is serving in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with Serving in Mission. She is assisting an oncologist. When not helping with cancer patients, she will be working in a daycare for children whose parents are incarcerated. She hopes to become a nurse.
Good is serving in Brussels, Belgium, as a hospitality intern at the ZavCentre, a retreat center for missionaries. She will be making sure guests at the center have a peaceful stay as they rest from the mission field. She is working toward a social work career.
Zachary Pitcher ’17
Grace Prensner ’17
Business Management/Biblical and Religious Studies | Rochester, N.Y.
Math/Philosophy | Harrisburg, Pa. Pressner is working in Shen Vlash and Elbásan, Albania, through Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Her tasks include helping with an English as a second language camp, working as a counselor, and serving at an orphanage. She hopes to become a teacher.
Pitcher is working in Chennai, India, through Harvest Bridge, assisting with existing businesses and creating ideas for new business startups. Raised in a missionary family, he has lived in the Czech Republic, and his career goal is to become a full-time missionary to nomadic unreached groups.
Lindsey Reichert ’17
Kaitlyn Scully ’17
Communications Studies | Northbridge, Ma.
Pre K- Education | Saxonburg, Pa.
Reichert is serving in Chennai, Delhi, Jaigaon and Patna, India, with Harvest Bridge. She is using photo-journalism, videography and blogging to document and raise awareness of the gospel work of missionaries in the area. She is pursuing a career in journalism, social media, and marketing.
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Scully is serving in both the U.S. and abroad this summer. First, in Tulsa, Okla., through Literacy and Evangelism International, where she will help with their annual literacy Institute, a conference for pastors and missionaries. She will then serve in Joyabaj, Guatemala, where she will teach English at Colegio Berea. In the future, she hopes to teach Spanish speakers abroad or in the states.
Tristan Slater ’16 and Emily Barlow ’16 with their winning Minecraft cake.
Grovers victorious in epic Food Network contest
By Molly Wicker ’18 ristan Slater ’16 and Emily Bartlow ’16 ended their careers at Grove City in the sweetest way: with a nationallytelevised victory on the Food Network’s Cake Wars. The team was challenged to create a Minecraft-themed cake. Their answer, a towering, gravity-defying explosion of pixilated deliciousness that captured the popular video game’s look and themes, overwhelmed the show’s judges and won the women a $10,000 prize. “The competition was one of the most challenging, stressful, exhilarating, surreal, lightning-fast, and unforgettable experiences of my entire life!” Bartlow gushed. “All of our competitors had their own businesses and are incredibly experienced.” Bartlow, of Sacramento, Calif., has been decorating and baking cakes since she was in junior high. She applied for the show on a whim and enlisted Slater to serve as her second on the show. The women bonded as freshman roommates over their shared love of baking. The pair had just a few weeks to prepare for the show. They didn’t know the theme but they worked on different flavor profiles, decorating techniques, and test cakes before heading off to Los Angeles over fall break to tape the show. They couldn’t tell anyone about their experience until the broadcast was scheduled and had to keep their victory a secret until February. “It was the hardest secret to keep,” Slater said.
Benjamin Marasco ’16 and Emily Rothbard ’16 flank President McNulty with their Man and Woman of the Year plaques.
he 2016 Grove City College Senior Man and Woman of the Year awards were presented, respectively, to Benjamin Marasco ’16 of Washington, Pa., and Emily Rothbard ’16 of Bel Air, Md., during the Family Weekend Recognition Convocation on campus April 30. Marasco earned degree in Finance. Rothbard earned a degree in Communication Studies with minors in Spanish and Biblical and Religious Studies. picture Mechanical engineering major Ellen Turner ’17 of Lock Haven, Pa., landed a competitive summer research position at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., where she’ll be working on robotic prosthetics. Bethany Haughey ’18 of Bowie, Md., won the Senior Level Third Place in the Seventh Chinese Bridge East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in April. The competition demonstrates the non-native-speaker student’s mastery of Chinese language and culture. Part of the competition showcases a Turner specific, culturally-relevant talent. Haughey played the erhu, a type of Chinese violin. Allen Toth ’16 of Elizabethtown, Pa., won the first-place award in the Microbiology Group for his poster and Casey Latario ’17 of Groton, Mass., won the first-place award in the Microbiology Session for his oral presentation in April at the Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 25th Annual Student Research Conference. Four history majors presented research papers in March at the regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Mercyhurst University, winning best paper honors from their reviewing panels. Their work covered a wide range of subjects, from Haughey the Boston Massacre and the Siege of Malta to slavery in America and the link between fashion and power in 16th century Europe. The students are: Vincent Michael ’17 of Aliquippa, Pa.; Sam Archibald ’18 of Grove City, Pa; Eleanor Gray ’16 of Saline, Mich; and Benjamin Allison ’18 of Newton, N.J. Benjamin Nolte ’16, an industrial management major from Hampton, Va., and Elizabeth Parsons ’16, a mechanical engineering major from Valencia, Pa., received Student Activity Member scholarships from the Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for their extracurricular activities. Five biology students had a paper describing the results of three years of student research accepted by and published in the March 29 edition of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiologist Societies) Microbiology Letters, a peer-reviewed journal. Rachel Schmidt ’16 of Evans City, Pa., Micaela Carter ’15 of Cleveland, Ohio, Michelle Chu ’18 of Cincinnati, Ohio, Casey Latario ’17 of Groton, Mass., and Sarah Stadler ’15 of Philadelphia, Pa., contributed to the project.
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Education majors take an innovative approach to professional development at Grove City College’s first edcamp.
Ed department on cutting edge with ‘un-conference’
Professor of the Year Dr. Charles Kriley ’88, second from right, holds up his award. Also pictured are his parents Bernard and Joan Kriley, Patricia Cousins, a teacher who inspired him in elementary school, and President McNulty.
rove City College hosted an edcamp “un-conference” in April under the direction of Dr. Samantha Fecich, assistant professor and instructional technologist in the Department of Education. “Edcamp is an idea developed by educators for educators,” Fecich said. The edcamp concept has gained ground in recent years as a way for teachers and would-be educators to explore innovative ways of spurring excitement about education. There is no set schedule or any pre-planned sessions. Participants submit ideas for conference topics when they arrive and sessions are built on their ideas. Students were the driving force behind Grove City College’s edcamp, Fecich said. She and other education faculty collaborated with them to organize the event and provide unique perspectives on education during discussions. “It is very participant-driven,” Fecich said. “Our students have amazing gifts and talents, and by being involved in planning and leading this event they have an opportunity to showcase those talents.” The un-conference protocol can provide high quality, personalized professional learning for all educators. It is based on the belief that professional teachers can be valuable professional development resources for their colleagues and students.
ODK taps Kriley for Prof of Year award
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rofessor of chemistry Dr. Charles Kriley ’88 was named the 2016 Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Professor of the Year at an April ceremony in Harbison Chapel. “This award is a great honor to me. It is always nice to have your hard work appreciated, but for me it is also an honor for the many people who took the time to encourage me for so many years,” Kriley said. Some of those people were there to see Kriley receive the award, including his parents and his grade school science teacher Patricia Cousins, who prodded the young student to apply himself. Kriley, who joined the faculty in 1996, graduated with a degree in chemistry. He earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University in 1993. “I would be hard pressed to think of another faculty member who has served the College in such varied capacities as Dr. Kriley,” Dr. Timothy Homan, chair of the Department of Chemistry, said. “He has faithfully taught his courses, directed undergraduate research students, taken students to national chemistry meetings, led and taught international courses, and provided outreach to the community.” Kriley’s areas of expertise include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, water chemistry, and cancer research. In the classroom, he is admired for his dedication to the work of student researchers. He also serves as the faculty coordinator for the annual student “Chem Show,” providing for community outreach to local elementary students. Kriley invests time with students outside of the classroom, as well. He is advisor to the Rho Rho Rho housing group, the College’s nationally-ranked Newman Club, and, though he never played the game, the College’s rugby team, which he also coaches. He has been recognized with a variety of awards for his professional accomplishments and his community involvement, including the Florence E. MacKenzie Campus-Community Award. The Professor of the Year award was initiated in 2000 by the Omicron Delta Kappa campus leadership honorary and is sponsored by the Grove City College Alumni Association.
Faculty news & notes
Veteran chemistry professor Dr. Harold Conder and Chris Smith ’72, associate professor of exercise science, retired this spring. Conder joined the faculty in 1973. Smith, who joined the faculty in 1979, was also the longtime head Wolverines football coach. The GēDUNK wishes them well in retirement. A paper co-authored by professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Erik Anderson was selected as a featured article in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The paper focuses on the way sea urchin larvae react to the constantly fluctuating marine water column, which impacts the survival and range of many marine organisms that have planktonic early stages. “The health of plankton populations is critical to the ecological balance of the oceans and the maintenance of stable fisheries. If plankton aren’t healthy we have an ecological disaster on our hands,” said Anderson, who was able to collaborate with colleagues at Woods Hole (Mass.) Oceanographic Institution and do research at Harvard University with the support of the College’s faculty sabbatical program. Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, chair of the Department of Economics, delivered the Ludwig Von Mises Memorial Lecture at the 2016 Austrian Economics Research Conference. The Austrian Economics Research Conference is the international, interdisciplinary meeting of Austrian school economists that brings together leading scholars at the Mises Institute’s campus in Auburn, Ala. The school of thought has been the foundation of the economics program at Grove City College since the 1950s. The College has been the permanent home of Mises’ papers since 1978.
faculty The Las Vegas ReviewJournal highlighted the work of Dr. Kristin Homan, associate professor of psychology, who researches body image issues among college-age women and the role that spirituality and religion may play in understanding how women might maintain positive attitudes about their bodies. Her work supports the idea that having a secure attachment to God “can buffer women against the negative effects of thin-ideal media,” Homan told the newspaper. Professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Erik Bardy published an article in the journal Energy based on research he completed during his spring 2014 sabbatical in France with colleagues working at ONIRIS, the activity partner for the College’s European Study Center in Nantes. Bardy’s research is focused on trying to improve the energy efficiency of the food drying process, which offers many benefits, including extended shelf life, reduced costs and out-ofseason availability, but is an energy intensive process. They found that enhancing the process with an electrostatic field yielded greater efficiencies. Dr. Fred Brenner, professor of biology, was elected as a life member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions and leadership in science. An elected fellow of both AAAS and the Ohio Academy of Science, he served as president and on the executive boards of five different scientific organizations and currently serves as the president of Regional Science Consortium based at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, Pa.
College Vice President – Chief Information Officer Dr. Vincent DiStasi ’88 was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CIO of the Year award. DiStasi, who oversees all aspects of technology on campus, was nominated in the education category by All Lines Technology/ LAN Tek, the College’s IT services and HP hardware provider. “It has been a pleasure to work with Vince and his whole team. Part of what I think makes Vince a little bit special is that he is not just a CIO by title only, he is involved in everything that is associated with IT for Grove City College,” Rodney Thompson, senior account executive, said. College President Paul McNulty ’80 is among the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” according to Ethisphere magazine. He was ranked 24 in the category of thought leadership, which also included Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffet and others. McNulty landed on last year’s Ethisphere list of “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” and was selected as the singular recipient of the magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation in its 2014 “Attorneys Who Matter” rankings. Former College President Dr. Richard Jewell ’67 received the Francis J. Michelini Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). AICUP President Don Francis said: “Individuals like Dr. Jewell, who devote seemingly endless energy to advancing colleges and universities and the students they serve, are truly the backbone of the independent higher education system.” He said Jewell was instrumental in the creation of a state scholarship program for students who maintain high GPAs in their sophomore, junior and senior years that has benefited thousands.
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GCC Baseball beats the prediction in a big way
By Ryan Briggs ’01 erhaps the best way to describe the 2016 season for the Grove City College baseball team is to borrow from Matthew 20:16. Instead of “So, the last will be first, and the first will be last,” the 2016 Wolverines could say “Those picked last will be first,” as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s head baseball coaches picked Grove City to finish last in the preseason poll. However, Grove City led the league for much of 2016, qualified for the conference tournament and capped an historic season by winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southwest championship May 20 in Erie, Pa. Interim head coach Matt Royer guided Grove City to a program-record 27 overall wins this spring as he blended a group of seasoned veterans with a talented crop of newcomers. Grove City featured just three seniors on the 2016 roster. Rubber-armed pitcher Ryan Gallagher went 6-3 during the season and earned a complete game win in the ECAC Championship game May 20 at Penn State Behrend. Designated hitter Travis Royer drove in 31 runs and tied for second on the team with 13 doubles. Meanwhile, senior left-hander Kenny Saltsman led the Wolverine bullpen with 12 relief appearances. Two juniors each earned numerous honors following the season. First baseman Matt Waugman earned All-Mideast Region recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3Baseball.com after hitting .406 with 13 home runs and 54 runs batted in. Waugaman set single-season Grove City records for games played (44), hits (65), total bases (121) and runs batted in (54). He also tied the single-season program standard with 13 home runs. Meanwhile, junior catcher Andy Fritz captured ABCA All-Mideast honors after hitting .405 with a Grove City-record 16 doubles. Fritz also drove in 41 runs. Freshman pitcher John Bini joined Waugaman on the conference’s First Team after going 9-0 with two saves in his rookie season. Bini compiled a 3.81 earned run average over 80 1/3 innings in 2016. Junior shortstop David Laylock rebounded from an early-season injury to join Fritz on the PAC’s Second Team. Laylock ignited Grove City’s lineup from the leadoff spot by posting a .474 on-base percentage. Freshman third baseman Micah Burke hit .362 while solidifying the hot corner for the Wolverines. Burke, Travis Royer and sophomore center fielder Tyler Graham all earned Honorable Mention All-PAC. Graham led the conference with 22 stolen bases in 2016 while also scoring 42 runs. The Wolverines quickly put the region on notice in March by winning eight of their first 11 games. Grove City fired the first salvo in conference play by splitting a March 11 doubleheader at perennial power W&J. Three days later, Grove City split a doubleheader at La Roche, which later won the NCAA Mideast Region title and finished third at the NCAA Division III World Series. Grove City produced the best start in program history by winning 22 of its first 29 games. The Wolverines also started 14-2 in conference play, the program’s best-ever start in league action.
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Head Coach Matt Royer confers with designated hitter Travis Royer ’16
Gibson ’02 named AD
odd Gibson ’02, assistant professor of exercise science and head men’s and women’s track and field coach, was named the College’s athletic director in December. He previously served as interim athletic director after the retirement of Dr. Don Lyle last year. Gibson joined the College’s faculty in 2004 as a member of the Exercise Science and Physical Education departments. He earned a degree in political science from the College and played football for four seasons as a split end, helping to advance Wolverine football to the conference title in 1998 and runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2000. He served as an assistant football coach for more than a decade. College President Paul McNulty ’80 said Gibson “is committed to building a varsity athletics program that is known nationally for being a culture of character, sportsmanship and student-athletic achievement.” Gibson also holds a degree in integrated social studies/secondary education from Youngstown State University and completed a master’s degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Mars, Pa., with his wife Richelle (Jobe ’02) and their two daughters.
PAC All Sports Trophy
rove City College earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy for the 2015-16 academic year while also recording a second-place finish in the Men’s All-Sports Trophy race. Grove City’s women’s teams accumulated 76 team points, which included conference championships in cross country, swimming and diving, and tennis. It is the fourth straight year that Grove City has won the Women’s AllSports Trophy. On the men’s side, Grove City totaled 73 points. Grove City won league titles in men’s tennis and men’s golf this year. The second-place finish is Grove City’s best in the Men’s All-Sports competition since 2012-13. Grove City also led the conference with a combined 149 All-Sports Trophy points.
sports Hall of Famers
Grove City College inducted the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame class in February. The inductees are, front row, left to right: Michele (Kirin ’90) Michael, Susan Roberts, Beth (Lora ’98) Pifer, Meg (Tilley ’04) Musselwhite and Jeannie Annan ’96. Back row: George Mulholland (on behalf of John Mulholland ’65), Doug Fullerton ’97, Doug Hart ’88, Mark Timko ’94, Mark Smith ’83.
Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year
occer player Seth Loew ’16 and swimmer Megan Bilko ’16 were named Omicron Delta Kappa Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, respectively, for the 2015-16 academic year. Loew, a computer information systems major from Center Valley, Pa., concluded his career at Grove City last fall by becoming the program’s first-ever three-time AllRegion honoree as he earned Second Team All-Great Lakes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In 2015, Loew led the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with 18 goals. Loew earned First Team All-PAC in each of his four seasons and secured the league’s Player of the Year award in 2014. He graduated as Grove City’s career leader with 22 assists, while his 43 career goals are fourth on the Wolverines’ career list. His 108 points rank second on Grove City’s career list. Loew Bilko, a business management major from Canonsburg, Pa., earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley this year at the national championships in Greensboro, N.C., finishing her career as a seven-time NCAA All-American. Bilko earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer honors in February. She first captured that award as a sophomore in 2014 and also earned First Team All-PAC honors three times. This year, Bilko won conference titles in the 400 IM, 500 free and 1650. She is Grove City’s record holder in the 500, 1000, 1650 and 400 IM. She also owns the Bilko conference record in the 500, 1000 and 1650. Both Loew and Bilko earned Grove City’s “Scholar Athlete” distinction.
Wolverines to add varsity lacrosse in 2017-18
en’s lacrosse will become the 22nd intercollegiate varsity sport at Grove City College, starting with the 201718 academic year. The College will field its inaugural NCAA Division III varsity team effective spring 2018 as a member of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC), a joint venture between the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. “For many years, the men’s lacrosse team at the College enjoyed a high level of success as a club sport program competing in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association,” said Todd Gibson ’02, Grove City College athletic director. “As the College’s club lacrosse team has grown over the years, we’ve seen increased interest in our ability to offer our student athletes additional opportunities to compete at an even higher level.” Grove City College is committed to offering many and varied athletic opportunities for its men and women not only to compete, but also to build character – physically, spiritually and mentally. The addition of men’s lacrosse will give Grove City College 11 men’s sports programs and 11 women’s sports programs. The College most recently added men’s and women’s indoor track and field prior to the 2014-15 academic year.
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GCC unveils eight new fields of study
rove City students will have even more academic choices this fall with the introduction of three new majors and five new minors in the 2016-17 academic year. For many students, these new programs will serve as exciting catalysts for future careers. Ultimately, these new majors and minors point to Grove City’s continued commitment to academic excellence and reputation as an institution that prepares students to do the good work they are called to do. “These new programs reflect Grove City College’s ability to respond to the interests and needs of students and prospective students. Changes in society and emerging fields of study demand the creation of innovative new offerings and Grove City College is meeting that demand today, just as it has for its entire 140-year history,” Dr. Robert Graham, provost, said. The Department of Biology, which attracts more than 10 percent of students to the College, is home to the new majors: Biology and Health –for students who are interested in becoming doctors, physician assistants, veterinarians, dentists, nurses or other healthcare professionals. Conservation Biology – for students who wish to pursue a career in the arena of wildlife or natural resource management, or those who wish to go on to graduate school in a related field.
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Molecular Biology – for students who want to pursue biotechnical careers or attend graduate school for biomechanical, molecular, genetic or cellular biology-related fields.
The College’s new minors will augment and expand programs in the sciences and humanities, as well as provide exciting interdisciplinary opportunities for students: Medical Physics – to prepare students for careers in areas such as radiology, nuclear medicine and nuclear engineering. Robotics – will equip students with the practical and theoretical experience needed to build robots. Additionally, students will learn about ethical issues in robotics from a Christian perspective. Pre-Law – designed to prepare students for law school by focusing on essential skills such as analytical problem solving, writing, oral communication and research methods. Computer Game Design and Development – will provide students with a foundation in the world of game design through courses in game development and game critique. High-Tech Entrepreneurship – will help students start their own companies within the realm of technology.
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A Life-changing Opportunity Najib, as he is today on campus, just after he was injured by a rocket and with the Afghan ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib.
Seven years ago, Najibullah Afghan ’18 experienced a life-changing tragedy in Afghanistan. Today, thanks to his own determination and the generosity of the College’s alumni and friends, he’s a rising junior intent on making his way in a world very different from the one in which he was born.
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brother lying dead on the road. Hamid’s head had caught the brunt of the blast. “I couldn’t even see his face,” Najib said. Among the many witnesses to the explosion was English journalist Jerome Starkey, who was covering Afghanistan for the London Times. “By the time I had found the courage to sprint over … Najib was just finding the breath to wail. It was a terrifying, painful wail. … That day was supposed to be a landmark moment on Afghanistan’s path towards self-governance and democracy. It was, without doubt, the worst day of Najib’s life,” Starkey later wrote. The next day, Starkey tracked down Najib at his home. His eye was bandaged but it was clear that Najib needed better treatment than was available to the average Afghan. Plans were made to go to Pakistan for an operation, but Starkey pulled some strings to get Najib treatment at the international air base at Bagram. “He helped me. He rescued me,” Najib said of Starkey. Najib needed more sophisticated help to remove the shrapnel and eventually, with the help of the international aid organization Solace for the Children, he was brought to the U.S. for a series of surgeries. The doctors were unable to save the sight in that eye, but Najib was able to experience the American way of life while he stayed with a host family, Doug and Joyce Steele, in Charlotte, N.C. After his treatment in the U.S., Najib
ugust 20, 2009, was Election Day in Afghanistan. The country had gone through many changes since Najibullah – or Najib – was born in the years between Soviet occupation and Taliban takeover. The strict Islamic regime allowed Afghanistan to become a haven for al Qaeda, which led to the September 11 attacks on America and the subsequent U.S. invasion that ended the Taliban’s brutal reign. Najib remembers watching his city being bombed by Americans, a few years of relative calm after the invasion and installation of a new government, and finally more violence as suicide bombings and political instability became the norm. On that fateful August day, Najib, then 15, and his younger brother Hamid were riding tandem on a bicycle in front of the governor’s residence in the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, where Najib augmented his family’s meager income by selling cold drinks out of a cart. Najib was in front with his brother riding on the back of the bike when a rocket exploded beside them. Najib was knocked unconscious. When he came to, he was on the ground, his clothes in tatters and he was tangled up in the bike, crying out in pain. His left eye was pierced by a piece of shrapnel, but his first thoughts were of Hamid. He looked around and saw his 13-year-old
Summer 2016 returned to his homeland, but “wanted to leave Afghanistan really bad.” He attended a school in Kabul for students who were preparing to study abroad, where he began to learn a key lesson about life: It’s not always what you know, but who you know. Students were encouraged to reach out to anyone who could help them secure a spot at a foreign school, to use whatever network they might have to secure a better future. Najib’s network was small. “I tried contacting schools in the U.S. directly but they had no interest in me. My host family in North Carolina tried to help. Solace for the Children tried to help, but nothing happened,” he said. Then he contacted Starkey and asked him directly: “Maybe you could contact your old school?” Starkey was unsure. He’d attended the Stowe School, an English boarding school in Buckinghamshire, that boasts alumni – “Old Stoics” – including Sir Richard Branson, Superman actor Henry Cavill, screen legend David Niven and Christopher Robin Milne. (Yes, that Christopher Robin.) Starkey hadn’t maintained any connections to the school, but he emailed the headmaster anyway. After a phone interview, Najib was offered a scholarship. Starkey ended up acting as Najib’s guardian while he was at school and the journalist has written movingly of his role helping the boy adjust to his new surroundings. “It was a big challenge,” Najib said. He struggled with schoolwork, which wasn’t much of a surprise considering his limited educational opportunities in Afghanistan. “I passed some exams. I failed others. But my language improved. I improved culturally and I made lots of connections.” Najib, who had taken up running while he was in the U.S. previously, got serious about the sport. He was asked to run a marathon and agreed, though he had no idea of how to prepare for the challenge. He studied but couldn’t find a training regime that suited him. “I gotta make my own,” he said and just started adding two miles a week to his regular eight-mile run. That determination, along with an “energy drink” concocted out of honey, milk and water (all items he could scrounge from the school’s tables), got him across the finish line. His running prowess and compelling personal story elevated Najib to minor celebrity status. He met the Duchess of York and attracted some media attention while at Stowe. As his time there ran down, he began to think about where he could go to college. He wanted to return to the U.S. Help finally came as the result of a tenuous
“ ... That day was supposed to be a landmark moment on Afghanistan’s path towards self-governance and democracy. It was, without doubt, the worst day of Najib’s life.” connection. Dr. Mark Hendrickson, professor of economics at Grove City College, was visiting England and met up with his friend John Fingleton, an Old Stoic who invited Hendrickson to tour the school and have lunch with an “extraordinary young man.” “I enjoyed his company and I was impressed by his story,” Hendrickson said of Najib. The professor felt compassion for a boy living in a place that was so culturally, linguistically and religiously different from what he had known. “He later contacted me, looking for options and wondered if there was any place I knew he could attend,” Hendrickson said. “I didn’t have any connections … so I called Bill.” Bill is William Mehaffey ’64, a member of the Grove City College’s Board of Trustees. “I have a heart for international students,” said Mehaffey, who previously provided support for students from Ethiopia and Albania to attend Grove City College. “This kid deserved a break and I felt he needed a break,” Mehaffey said. “This is what we are called to do as a faith-based college.” Mehaffey organized an effort to raise the money that would be necessary to cover Najib’s tuition and room and board at the College and even met him at the airport when he arrived in Pennsylvania. Mehaffey credits about a dozen Trustees and alumni for contributing money to help Najib, and noted faculty and College staff members have gone above-and-beyond-the-call to ensure Najib’s well-being. Najib is grateful for the help and the “lifechanging opportunity” to attend Grove City College. As he had at Stowe, Najib faced a steep learning curve, academically and culturally. He had some trouble adjusting to campus life during his freshman year and acknowledges some struggles early on with the College’s “rigorous academics,” but his grades are
improving and he has landed upon a major that suits his talents and interests in entrepreneurship. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” Najib said. While he learned his father’s trade as a shoe repairman when he was very young, Najib saw a greater opportunity and convinced his family to take out a loan to buy supplies to build a cart from which he could peddle cold drinks on the streets of Lashkar Gah. He was soon bringing in twice as much money for the family as his father. Here in the U.S., Najib is honing several business ideas and money-making ventures, including one that capitalizes on his knowledge of the family business. He’s developing an idea called the Shoe Sanitizer, a box built to hold a shoe and several automated brushes and cleaning tools. Najib makes a pitch for the idea and demonstrates an early prototype on YouTube here: gcc.edu/shoebox. At Grove City College, Najib has been afforded access to schools of thought that he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to acquire elsewhere, and he’s embraced some of them. For example, he’s a self-described libertarian and devotee of Austrian economics. That mindset may have helped him pull off a bit of coup when it came time to make his plans for the summer. Najib applied for and secured a competitive internship through the Koch Institute with Atlas Network, where he’ll learn market-based management, participate in workshops to build marketable skills, study economics, philosophy and political science, apply economic thinking principles in team projects, and work with Atlas think-tank partners around the globe. While a Grove City College education is certain to favorably impact Najib’s chances for a successful and rewarding future, Mehaffey thinks students like Najib can do the same for American students. “I don’t think American students truly understand how much they can learn if they befriend international students,” he noted. Najib’s plans for after graduation aren’t set in stone. There’s no question he wants to remain in the U.S. – for good reason. With his now-extensive ties to the West, Hendrickson observed: “He really can’t go back. He’s a marked man. He’s taken the plunge and it’s sink or swim, but he’s a survivor.” n
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Dr. Smith Goes to Washington By Nick Hildebrand
Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72 tapped a rich and unexploited vein of history when he started researching the religious lives of American presidents in 2001. Fifteen years later, his thorough and illuminating scholarship has produced two books covering 22 presidents, and the chair of the College’s history department is becoming the go-to expert for explaining faith and freedom in a presidential election year.
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ou can’t truly understand a president without understanding his religious convictions.” Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72 delivers that declaration deadpan, but two scholarly books on the religious faith of American presidents clearly demonstrate his passion for the subject matter. The latest, Religion in the Oval Office, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015, just in time for this presidential election year. The book covers 11 presidents, from John Adams to Obama. Smith’s 2006 volume, Faith and the Presidency, explored the faith of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Reagan and five others. Smith started working on the subject in 2001 as an outcropping of his interest in the presidency, his role as an American religious historian and the fact that scholars had largely ignored the subject. There were only a few “incredibly superficial” volumes and nothing based on primary sources, archives or even the presidents’ own words and speeches, he said. Smith wanted to be a part of the public discourse around the intersection of religion and politics. Despite the taboo on discussing either in polite company, they’ve been part of the discussion since the nation’s founding. In more recent years, the emphasis appears to have grown exponentially. That’s driven interest in the subject of what presidents really believe and what influence it may have on their administrations and the future of the nation. “People are more cognizant of religion and politics,” Smith said. He cited George W. Bush, an unabashed Christian, as “not as much of an exception as a lot of people might think.” Since born-again Christian Jimmy Carter won in 1976, Smith said every president has been strongly influenced by his religious background. “We don’t always recognize that in the public sector, but if you probe a little more deeply into their speeches and their backgrounds and the policies they’re promoting, and look at the right sources, it is clear,” he said. Supported by an Earhart Foundation grant, Smith traveled around the country to presidential archives where he was able to “get into primary sources in a way no one else had done.” His research confirmed his argument that faith is a key influence on American leaders. In his profiles, Smith looks at how the presidents handled selected policy questions and tries to deduce how their faith impacted their decisions. They aren’t always the
“There are some judgments we can’t make ... We can only know what they say and do and it’s only between them and God ...” major challenges of an administration, but they involve policies with a strong moral component – justification for war, civil rights, religious liberties and the like. “Never do I argue that religion was the only factor, but I do argue it was an important factor in many of the decisions made, policies adopted and positions advocated,” he said. Smith tried to provide a partisan balance in each book and his research doesn’t point to one party having an advantage when it comes to belief: “Throughout American history you have people of all different kinds of political persuasions and backgrounds that have had a strong faith. It hasn’t just been limited to one party or one era. It’s been across all times and all parties.” In the latest book, Smith writes about Nixon and Clinton, who he says present conundrums considering their very public ethical lapses; however, both used the language of faith – Nixon vague, Clinton overtly Christian – and had complicated religious histories that impacted their policy choices. Throughout his work, Smith lets the record speak for itself. “There are some judgments we can’t make. We can’t know people’s hearts. We can’t ultimately know what they believe. We can only know what they say and do and it’s only between them and God where they are, spiritually speaking,” he said. “There’s no president who was an out-andout charlatan, who clearly just used religion for political purposes. Although I would say they all did, on occasions and to some extent, use
religion for political purposes, even the ones who had the most genuine and deepest faith.” Smith’s work has received favorable reviews and attracted the attention of the national media. He has been cited by The Washington Post and other leading publications, interviewed on public radio and his columns dissecting the relationship between GOP nominee Donald Trump and evangelical voters have been distributed widely on a national basis. Smith has been teaching at Grove City College since 1978, just six years after he himself was a student. He earned a B.A. in psychology, earned a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in American History from Johns Hopkins University. He’s also an ordained minister. Next year, his 39th as a professor, will be his last at Grove City. Smith is retiring after what he calls “a great experience” at the College as both a student and teacher. n Smith and his wife Jane ’89 have a blended family that includes five children and 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 15 months to 13 years. He’s very involved in the Christian Assistance Network, which helps the poor, disabled, disadvantaged and elderly in the Grove City Area School District with the basic needs of food, clothing, housing and medical expenses. Smith is also leading an Alumni Travel program tour of Cuba in January.
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Called to Serve By Nick Hildebrand
Sarah Daubenspeck ’00 faced some challenges as she made her Sarah Daubenspeck ’00 set up a leadership program to help Indian women improve conditions at an orphanage. She’s pictured here with a woman who went through the program and children at the orphanage.
way in the corporate world, but her struggles can’t compare to those of women around the world who live without any expectation of safety, autonomy or education. As a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, she wants to figure out ways to make the world a better place.
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hen Sarah Daubenspeck ’00 graduated from Grove City College, she laughingly said she was “pretty convinced that the world was my oyster and I only needed to choose what I wanted to do.” “I graduated truly believing I could change the world immediately,” she said. “Then you enter the job market and things are a little bit harder. I hit during the dot-com bust and was laid off several times. I was pretty naïve.” Daubenspeck found herself in a series of jobs that were unfulfilling, but paid the bills. She followed her grandfather’s advice to “quiet down a little bit and put your head down and do good work.” Eventually, he told her, it would speak for itself. Looking back on that time now, Daubenspeck realizes the value of that early career struggle and the wisdom gained through the experience. “It was frustrating because I wanted to do more and felt I could do more, but I just wasn’t there,” she said. Well, she is now. After those early struggles, Daubenspeck landed a job at global professional services company Accenture and has risen in the ranks over 14 years to become a managing director in Accenture Strategy, where she is part of the leadership of the CFO and Enterprise Value practice. She said her team helps companies “figure out where to go next and how as they navigate a rapidly changing landscape and new digital agendas.” It’s a high-powered strategy consulting position that’s taken her around the world – and led to her selection earlier this year as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. The organization is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that draws luminaries from government, business, entertainment and academia. The Young Global Leader program brings up-and-comers from those spheres together with thought leaders, officials and executives to study, discuss and brainstorm solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. “The mission is to be a community of talent that is driven to solve complex global problems,” Daubenspeck explained. “It’s a community of highly motivated problem solvers, and it really is a bit of find-your-way, based on your passion and the skills you bring to the table. You have an opportunity to connect with this community and then, ideally, a new project, a piece of research or, in many cases, a company, a non-profit, advocacy for policy change and more can come out of it.”
“Being able to serve people in communities where their communities don’t serve them is something that I have taken away from my time at Grove City.” It’s early days for Daubenspeck in the role, but she’s focused on improving the lives of women. It’s a subject she’s passionate about, largely as the result of her experiences abroad and exposure to cultures where the fundamental rights of personal safety and education are not inalienable for women. “Just the right to exist as a safe individual and use your brain,” she said. “It sounds foreign, but it’s not a right that women have everywhere.” While working in Tanzania, her intellectual understanding of that fact crashed into the reality of a culture where rape was so prevalent – and tacitly accepted – that the government mounted a PR campaign to discourage it. “It was shocking to be looking at a poster that said ‘Real men don’t rape’ and to realize I was in a community that needed to explicitly state this in a campaign.” “In some countries, the lives of women are effectively disposable and that just doesn’t feel like the way God created things to be. Coming out of Grove City with a strong faith I’ve always felt called to do more for the communities that I work in. I believe in leaving every city that my project teams are a part of better than when we landed. That means there is some sort of outreach on every program that I run, some kind of teaching aspect to what we’re doing with our team,” she said. In India, where she was based for the better part of two years, that took the form of a leadership development team for women employed by the company she was working with. They focused on public speaking, management and budget skills, adopted an orphanage, using their skills to secure funding for it and improve conditions. After two years, Daubenspeck said, female representation on the company’s leadership team went from one woman out of 50 to 40 percent. In San Francisco, she partnered with Genesys Works to secure white collar internship opportunities for low income students at schools that don’t
have access to business networks. It opened doors to professional opportunities that may have not been readily apparent or accessible. “I think that being able to serve people in communities where their communities don’t serve them is something that I have taken away from my time at Grove City. It has very much shaped the way I’ve approached my professional career and fueled my personal mission as I think about the opportunities that I hope to have through the World Economic Forum process,” she said. “Now that I’m in a different position in a different stage of my career it’s time to get a little bit noisy about changing the world again. It’s time to get a little bit noisy on behalf of people who aren’t getting equal opportunities and to get a little bit louder and use the influence that I have to go after all those things I was so passionate about coming out of Grove City.” “There are alumni of Grove City that are blessed with evangelical skills. There are alumni that are blessed with medical skills, alumni that are blessed business skills and more. I have not been called to preach. But I have been called to serve.” n
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Gret Glyer and some of the children he’s helping in Malawi.
Bad Missionary By Molly Wicker ’18
Gret Glyer ’12 is using the tools of the millennial generation to spread the Word and improve conditions for the most needy in Malawi, the poorest country on earth. The entrepreneurship major has built homes, dug wells and, with two other Grove City College alums, is raising money to build a school for girls.
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ret Glyer ’12 didn’t intend to put his entrepreneurship degree to work as a missionary in Africa, but after living and working in Malawi for three years, there is absolutely no place he’d rather be. Soon after he graduated from Grove City College, Glyer landed his first job. The company looked good on paper, promised promotions and paid well. “But it wasn’t fun,” Glyer said, “It wasn’t fulfilling. If I didn’t show up to work tomorrow, it would be inconsequential. They would hire someone else to be the cog in their machine.” Inspired by a talk by Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, that he saw online, Glyer decided to switch careers – and continents. Within a month he had quit his job and boarded a plane to go teach at African Bible College in Malawi. “I never thought I would be a teacher and didn’t have a degree, but it’s difficult to get teachers out to third world countries. They don’t have super high standards, so I was a perfect fit,” he said with a laugh. In teaching, Glyer answered one of Malawi’s many needs. But in those first years he learned that he cared most about alleviating poverty. The vast majority of Malawians, more than 80 percent, live in remote villages outside the country’s few cities. In these places, tens of millions live under crushing poverty. In 2012, after just a few months in Malawi, Glyer started HOWMs,
“Graduating from Grove City was challenging, but it also showed me that in order built a sustainable contribution to the world, I have to do the hard things.”
Glyer and fellow Grovers Dan ’12 and Miranda (Skura ’12) Vaccaro are raising money to build a school for girls in Africa.
an organization that builds houses for orphans and widows at a cost of just $800. Glyer took to the internet to raise awareness and money for the work. He uses the web-friendly handle “Bad Missionary” to set himself apart from others in the field. Initially it was just something catchy, but Glyer told his podcast audience he’s grown into the name: “Calling myself Bad Missionary has given me leeway to talk about things other missionaries don’t talk about very often, but think about quite a bit.” Through his podcast, his YouTube series, “Village Fridays,” and his blog, “Math in Malawi,” Glyer talks and writes about real people trying to tackle what would be small problems outside the third world: a cut on a forehead, a broken window, or a bug bite. He is clearly attuned to the suffering of the remote villagers he lives with, but also the inexplicable joy of those same people who have nothing to hold to except God. Glyer’s videos allow supporters to follow his progress and meet, at least virtually, some of the Malawians he’s trying to help. He didn’t learn his cinematic skills at Grove City College, but he did develop a passion for sharing his ideas with other people. “Going to Grove City and being an entrepreneurship major gave me the space to learn how to be a creative problem solver … I have a unique ability to communicate these issues that are so important to me from a unique perspective,” he said. “I have been given so much, and I need to give back.” Recently, Glyer’s passion for alleviating poverty and increasing education, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, took a new turn. In January, Glyer and his team – which includes fellow Grovers Dan ’12 and Miranda (Skura ’12) Vaccaro – launched a groundbreaking campaign to raise $105,000
to build a school for girls in a remote Malawian village. Girls Shine Academy will be dedicated exclusively to educating girls – who often must leave school to help care for their families – and hopefully reverse the cycle of poverty that plagues the nation. “When you educate a girl, you educate a nation,” says Tia, a member of the village and the school’s future headmaster. “When you educate a girl, you educate a whole village,” she explained. Glyer is raising money for the school’s construction online in manageable chunks. Week by week, money has come in and the school is beginning to take shape. What started as a plot of land overrun with grass and weeds slowly became a brick building with walls and a roof. The most recent fundraising goal of $54,000 is 94 percent funded. Glyer cites his time at Grove City College as some of the best, most challenging years he’s experienced, which is saying something considering his first teaching job was across the street from a slum he said was “hell on earth.” The College instilled in him a love of learning and a desire to make education more accessible. “People always say that we, as part of the millennial generation, don’t do enough to challenge ourselves, we don’t do hard things,” he said. “Graduating from Grove City was challenging, but it also showed me that in order built a sustainable contribution to the world, I have to do the hard things.” n Gret Glyer is very active online. He’s the founder of HOWMs.org; blogs at MathInMalawi.com; podcasts at BadMissionaryPodcast.com; and makes videos on YouTube.com/BadMissionary.
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class notes 1956 Ron Altany won an inaugural Saint Joseph High School (Natrona Heights, Pa.) Spirit of Saint Joseph Award in March. The award recognizes alumni and friends of the school whose everyday lives exemplify that of their patron.
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Four Delta Omega Rho sorority sisters from the Class of ’64 met in Bedford, Pa., in early October and had dinner at the Jean Bonnet Tavern, which is owned by Melissa (Marshall ’92) and Shannon Jacobs. From left are: Barb (Babin) Ricker, Nancy (Rinehart) Black, owner Melissa, Sue (Hermanson) Roll and Nancy (Hogg) Cameron.
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Janice (Colburn) Monnat was honored by the Pulaski (N.Y.) Central School Class of 1965 at its recent 50-year reunion. She began her teaching career with that class, and retired from the school’s English Department in 1993 after serving generations of students. She also served the community on the library board, town board and various village committees.
1962 Dr. Ralph Carlson, retired professor of mathematics, wrote a new book, Truth and Consequences, that provides answers to the truth of God’s existence and the source of life on Earth. He approaches everything with statements that are either true or false.
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Three Okie brothers and their wives relaxed on Molokai, Hawaii, recently and tried out Hawaiian fashion. From left are John Bullions ’67, Charles Campbell ’66 and Harry Morton ’66, who currently live in Montana, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, respectively.
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Dr. Paul Edwards is retired after more than 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. A colonel, he served as a pathologist, including assignments to Germany,Texas, Washington,
CALIFORNIA MEETING | These 1964 alumnae met in November at the Indio, Calif., home of Linda (Beeman) Seelhorst. From left: Camille (Waterhouse) Anthony, Gayle (Patterson) Phillips, Anne (White) Manning and Seelhorst. D.C., California and Ohio. He now lives in Centerville, Ohio. Richard Jewell, Grove City College President Emeritus, was inducted into the Bethel Park (Pa.) Great Alumni Hall of Fame in January. Already a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Jewell was recognized this year for outstanding contributions professionally or in community service. He was president of Grove City College from 2003 to 2014.
1969 Dr. William Paquette, professor of history at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, was awarded an NEH 2015 Summer Institute Grant “Slavery: From Republic to Civil War.” This is Paquette’s 14th NEH Grant Award. He is listed in both the 2015 and 2016 editions of Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America. Paquette is an associate editor of the 2015 Humanities Collection Journal, co-editor of Images of America: Wellsville, New York, and is the author of a number of articles for the Wellsville, Bolivar, Allentown, Richburg and Genesee historical societies in New York. He was the banquet speaker for the Fuller Society’s annual meeting in October 2015 in Williamsburg, Va., and was selected in 2015 as one of the top 100
Educators in the World by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (UK).
1970 Maggie Irwin was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council and is in her second year as president of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Robin Lubitz received a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award contest for his thriller novel, Beyond Top Secret. The award was presented in November 2015 in Miami.
1973 Roger Grabman became a registered professional engineer in North Carolina. He also is certificated in Louisiana and Georgia. He is principal of Grab Innovations & Services, a professional engineering firm specializing in production equipment, in Flowery Branch, Ga. The Rev. J. Charles MacPherson III retired from full-time ministry in September 2015. He began
SUN CITY | These 1970 Theta Alpha Pi sisters met earlier this year at the Sun City, Bluffton, S.C., home of Jim and Anne (Forrest) Hamilton. From left: Robyn (Caldwell) Kiser, Judith (Borland) Augustin, Jane (Giorgio) Brugger, Mary (Krebs) Schaap and Hamilton. his ministerial career as an associate in McKeesport, Pa., then served 11 years as pastor of two churches in West Newton, Pa., and 14 years as head pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville, Pa. He is married to Melinda (Gettemy ’74) MacPherson.
1976 Darrell Smith was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is an attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, in its Tampa, Fla., office. Thomas Umbel was appointed chief executive officer for Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., based in San Antonio, Texas. He has 30 years of medical device and diagnostic leadership experience.
1977 Michael Lordi is now chief operating officer of the Elliott Group, Jeannette, Pa., a designer and manufacturer of compressor and turbine equipment used in the petrochemical, refining, oil and gas process industries. He most recently served as vice president of global service.
Walt Stefani was inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame for Section IV, which includes all western New York public school districts. Stefani coached or cocoached men’s varsity volleyball, men’s varsity basketball and men’s modified basketball for the Orchard Park Central School District. He had much success and within volleyball, including three regional state championships and two undefeated seasons. He taught global studies and psychology for 34 years and was department chair of social studies for 12 years. Greg Wright was inducted into the Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame. He served as the school’s sports information director for 22 years, from 1984 to 2006. Known as “Mr. Millersville,” he created the school’s first athletic website, helped establish the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame and served several positions within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference SID committee.
1980 Jack Owen and business partner Jim Conley opened a new law firm, Owen & Conley, LLC., in February. The Pittsburgh-based firm will focus on non-profit organizations, churches, taxes, employee benefits and estates and trusts.
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WEDDING REUNION | Class of 1971 Phi Sigma Chi sisters met on Hilton Head, S.C., in October for the wedding of Vicki (Gott) Liggitt’s son. Susan (Blackmore ’70) Kennihan joined them. From left: Susan (Blackmore) Kennihan, Suzanne Travis, Carol (Doctor) Bowman, Liggitt, Ashley (Mainard) Weston, Emmy (Starrett) Bocek and Suzy (Camp) Bull. The Rev. John Phipps is the new pastor at Concord United Methodist Church in North Sewickley Township, Pa.
1981 Dr. Tim Coffindaffer received a 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue University’s Department of Chemistry. He is a research fellow at Procter & Gamble Co. His research efforts resulted in 40 new product launches and more than 75 patents and applications. He also serves as a mentor and teacher for young scientists and engineers. Geoffrey Jones was recognized in January for his four years as president of The Friends of Jupiter Beach (Fla.) Board of Directors. The community organization supports and maintains healthy, clean and dog-friendly beaches in the city.
1982 Christopher Bakken was named executive vice president and chief nuclear officer for Entergy Corporation. He is based at the nuclear headquarters in Jackson, Miss. He is responsible for executive oversight of the company’s nuclear plants in seven states and management
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1983 Bob Crow was inducted into the Mercer County (Pa.) Athletic Hall of Fame in January. He was recognized as one of the top high school and college athletes ever at Grove City High School and Grove City College. In high school, he competed in basketball, golf, track, tennis and cross-country. He then had an outstanding basketball career in college. He played professionally in France and often coaches. Linda (Marino) Hicks was named a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal. She is vice president of global technology for Vertellus Specialties chemical company. Part of her job is overseeing the building of a chemical plant in China. She also promotes STEMrelated fields to kids. Tom Langmyer received the General Manager of the Year award for 2015 from the National Association of Broadcasters. In addition to serving as vice president and general manager of WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM in Milwaukee, he serves in a corporate role as vice president, news/talk/sports for the E.W. Scripps Co. Gary Lengel and colleague Kelly O’Brien are now the owners of Fox’s
Pizza Den on North Broad Street in Grove City. They welcome alumni and students of the College.
Pleas in March. Her duties include preparation of trial lists and scheduling proceedings.
Harry Smail was nominated for judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the 10th Judicial District for Westmoreland County (Pa.) in June 2014 by then-Governor Tom Corbett. Smail was confirmed by the state Senate and sworn-in in July 2014. He ran for the office in 2015 and won election to a 10-year term in November. He was sworn-in on Dec. 29, 2015.
1989 Lynne (Bobbie) and Bob ’88 Griffin, and their bed & breakfast, the Australian Walkabout Inn in Lancaster, Pa., received national recognition as an American Small Business Champion. The award, sponsored by SCORE and Sam’s Club, recognizes small businesses for their dedication to success. The Griffins have invested much time and effort in recent revitalizations. Dr. Monique Metzgar Canonico, a neurologist in Honolulu, was elected to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Chapter Board of Trustees.
1990 Heidi Shiderly was named court administrator for the Crawford County (Pa.) Court of Common
Jody Miller joined State Farm Insurance and Financial Services. He is an agent in Harborcreek, Pa.
1992 Capt. Raymond Batz accepted the position of director, branch clinics for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in July 2015, after being promoted to captain in April 2015. He now oversees the primary care and medical readiness support of more than 30,000 Marines on the largest Marine Corps base in the world through eight branch clinics. He resides in Cedar Point, N.C., with this wife and two children.
1994 Mike Duska was appointed senior manager at UHY Advisors in Atlanta. He will serve clients nationwide through the firm’s Enterprise Optimization. The company provides financial, tax and business consulting services.
TRAVELERS | From left: Melinda (Gettemy ’74) MacPherson, Chuck McPherson ’73, Beverly (Parker ’74) Shaffer and Jeff Shaffer ’75 enjoyed a 14-day trip to Italy in September 2015. The couples also traveled together to China in 2005 and Ireland in 2014.
Summer 2016 1996 Chad Whalen is now the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Calgon Carbon Corp., based in Pittsburgh. Adam Wyse and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their new daughter from China, Hannah Lin, 2, in September. Hannah joins two brothers, 4 and 3, and a sister, 1. Adam recently completed his M.Ed. at Cedarville University.
1997 Alison (Young) Maser and her husband, David, welcomed daughter Zoe Svea on Oct. 22, 2014.
1999 Todd Baumgartner and his wife, Bridget, welcomed twins Christian William and Grace Hannah on June 27, 2015. Their brother Charlie is 3. Amy Valentine Bilsland accepted a new position as chief financial officer of SFERRA, a luxury textile company based in Edison, N.J. Most recently, she was vice president of corporate finance for Chromalox, Inc., in Pittsburgh. In November, she was named to the 2015 class of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40. The magazine recognized her work and her service as a board member of Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School and with Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners.
Jennifer (Dively) Forristal received her Ph.D. in public health from the University of Louisville in December 2015. She is the innovative contracting program manager for Humana Pharmacy Solutions. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Jamieson, and their children Tyler, 10, and Addison, 9. Erin (Duryea) Gilsbach, an attorney and frequent speaker on matters regarding school law, presented at the National Counsel of School Attorneys annual conference and on two different school law topics at the National School Boards Association annual conference in Boston in April. She was voted an officer and future president of the PA School Board Solicitors Association.
2000 Lacey (Williams) and Matthew ’01 Eckert welcomed daughter Naomi Faith on May 26, 2015. Chad Ferenczy was promoted to vice president of finance for McCarl’s Inc., an industrial contractor in Beaver Falls, Pa.
SWEET SUITEMATES | All four MAP 313 suitemates, randomly put together by former Dean of Women Nancy (Lee ’54) Paxton, met again in 2015 after a their first full reunion in 2014. Prior, they had met in twos and threes. From left: Anita (Graven ’80) Jansen, Natalie (Lewis ’81) Simon, Linda (Miske ’79) Borchik and Karen (Brown ’79) Zeiset.
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Long-time friends (from left) Susan Ennis ’82, Mir (Hummel ’82) Buresh-Peterson and Meg (Manson ’82) Patton met at a Grove City, Ohio, cross-country meet in which Meg’s daughter was celebrating her senior day with Oletangy. Finding the banner, albeit for Ohio, made a perfect photo opportunity.
Alexandra (Phillips) and Steven ’01 Petcovic announce the birth of son Keaton Alexander on Dec. 17, 2015.
2002 Megan (Wittenwyler) and Brian Beirne welcomed daughter Abigail Lydia on Aug. 22, 2014. She joins brother Brian III and sisters Emma and Madalynne. Kristen (Rizzuti ’02) Dening and her husband, Christopher, are the parents of daughter Julia Faith, born January 4, 2016. She was welcomed by sisters Claire and Emily. Matthew Divelbiss was named a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm Jones Day. He is a member of the business and tort litigation practice. Richelle (Jobe) and Todd Gibson welcomed daughter Caroline Jo “Carly” on April 22, 2016. She joins sister Madeline. Jeffrey Kent and Brian McCall were both named partners at Maher Duessel auditing firm, effective January 2016. Both work out of the company’s Pittsburgh office and have spent their entire careers with the
firm. Kent works with clients in the governmental and non-profit sectors, including local authorities and human service agencies. McCall manages engagements also in the governmental and non-profit sectors, including school districts and housing authorities. Julie (Martin) Warnock and her husband, Joseph, are the parents of son Ashton Pierce, born Feb. 26, 2013.
2003 Jessica (Arnett) Campagna and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of son Tiberius Louden on Oct. 17, 2015. Jon Jenkins and his wife, Kristin, are the parents of son William Edward, born October 10, 2015. Michelle (Maturo) Petrazzuolo recently completed a book on millennials in the workplace, We’re All Okay - A Millennial’s Treatise: Decoding the Country’s Biggest Non-Mystery. In it, she offers common sense and historical perspective to illuminate why millennials have the expectations, perspectives and work ethic that they do. Susan (Vassallo) and Mark Scheufler welcomed son Noah Joshua on June 11, 2014. Noah has two older brothers: Jack, 8, and Matthew, 5.
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Grove City College Annie (Dietz) and Scott Seifert announce the birth of daughter Katie Christine on Sept. 17, 2015. Colleen (Piker) and Ben Stumpf welcomed daughter Hannah Marie on Dec. 18, 2015.
2004 Justin Copling and his wife, Kari, welcomed daughter Myla Jo on April 13, 2014. She joins brother Elliot, 3, at home in Frisco, Texas. Philip Ezzo, a pastry cook at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, received a 2016 Duquesne Club Culinary Society Professional Development award. The prize allows him to attend a program to further his culinary expertise. He plans to study gluten-free baking. Kate (Oaks) Franc and her husband, James, announce the birth of son James Anthony Jr., on Feb. 2, 2016. Joshua Gish and his wife, Janelle, are the parents of daughter Rebekah Megan, born Sept. 15, 2015, and son Luke Samuel, 2.
2005 Stephanie (Wehrheim) Brennan and her husband, James, are the parents of son James William, born Jan. 13, 2016. Janice (Barbour) and Eric Brenner welcomed son Alexander James on Feb. 22, 2015. He joins big brother Jonathan. Michael Brewster, managing associate with Frost Brown Todd in Pittsburgh, is included in the 2016 edition of Pennsylvania Rising Stars. He is a member of the law firm’s finance and real estate practice group. Rebecca (Cramer) Hollenbach and her husband, Allen, welcomed their fourth child, daughter Evangeline Marie Serafina, on Sept. 16, 2015. She joins Ezekiel, Theresa and Raymond. Rebecca (Sillick) Jones authored her first book, Broken for Good: How Grief Awoke My Greatest Hopes. It was published in April by Faith Words, an imprint of Hachette Nashville. The book is a spiritual memoir with some Grove City College in the narrative. 42 | w w w. g c c.e d u t h e G ēD UNK
Beth (Hoover) King and her husband, Joel, are the parents of sons John Leighton, born Aug. 23, 2014, and his brother, Eliam. Daniel Moch and his wife, Angela, welcomed son Isaiah Joseph on Sept. 10, 2015. Amanda (Parker) Mosley and her husband, Nathan, welcomed daughter Hailey Grace on April 21, 2016. She joins siblings Chase and Emily.
2006 Adam Bush has been promoted to senior director, Wholesaler M&A, at Anheuser-Busch InBev. He currently lives in St. Louis, Mo., with his wife, Laura (Mark) Bush ‘09, and is relocating to New York City. Kristen (Yanak) and David ’05 DiDonato welcomed daughter Faith Rebecca on Sept. 8, 2015. Jeffrey Fox and his wife, Shannon, announce the birth of son Milo Jeffrey on July 8, 2015. Jennifer (Laurin) Fuoco and her husband, Josh, welcomed son Eli Kenneth on May 1, 2015. Allison (Moore) Giles and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of daughter Adeline Belle on April 13, 2015. Andrea (Jeffries) and Joe O’Donnell are the parents of daughter Adeline Faith, born Aug. 8, 2015. Caitlin Schindler received her Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies degree from the University of Leeds, UK, in July 2015. She is now a research professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and works for Leidos as a research consultant. Sarah (Gruen) Snell and her husband, Christopher, welcomed son Jonathan Wesley on Jan. 14, 2016. Sarah is one of four teachers at Central Elementary School in Lordsburg, N.M. During her four years there, the school has improved its school grade by one full grade level each year. The school is in a low-income community about 90 miles from the Mexican border.
Rachel (Holzaepfel) Wang and her husband, Nick, welcomed son Luke Yonghua on Oct. 2, 2015.
2007 Megan (Illsley) and Joshua ’08 Sateia welcomed daughter Isabelle Rose on Oct. 18, 2015. Eric Toohey is the new full-time pastor at Bethel Presbyterian church in Prosperity, Pa. He was installed in November. Jana Volante married Nick Walshak on Oct. 3, 2015, in Sewickley, Pa. Jana and Nick now reside in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
CATCHING UP | Sigma Delta Phi sorority sisters Diane (Kyreages ’84) Arentz, left, and Cheryl (Smith 85) Johnson reconnected after many years during a July 2105 lunch in Cranberry, Pa.
Andrew Aldrich was promoted to vice president of public relations for Bonnie Heneson Communications in Owings Mills, Md. Cassandra (Cisek) Doggrell and her husband, Keith, welcomed daughter Luna on Dec. 13, 2015. Rachel (Trawick) Griffin and her husband, Jeff, welcomed son Owen David on May 27, 2015. Megan (Kildea) and Wesley Metcalf welcomed son Zachary Taylor on July 22, 2015. Robert Pye and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed son Björn Brooks Albert on Nov. 7, 2015. He joins brother Austin, 2.
Elizabeth Bicehouse married Cari Kelso on July 25, 2015, in Williamsburg, Va., where they are now living. Elizabeth is a math teacher and Cari works in corporate security. Timothy Krahe and his wife, Joanne, welcomed son Oliver James on May 7, 2015. Karen (Bennett) and Jarrett Skorup welcomed daughter Reagan Kimberly on Aug. 29, 2014. She joins brother Grayson, 3.
ANNAPOLIS IN AUGUST | Tri Sig and ABT sorority friends from the Classes of 1983 and 1984 gathered in Annapolis in August for a weekend of sailing. From left are: Holly (McCoun ’83) Foster, Le Ann (Matson ’84) Yamnitsky, Janice (Radadkovic ’83) Rindfuss, Emy (McGarvey ’84) Dougan, Gwenn (Bickar ’83) Grimm, Laura (Longwell ’83) Lindt, Becky (Evert ’83) Clapp and Barb (Bentz ’83) Staniscia. Absent from photo: Ellen (Shinners ’83) Ottaway.
Summer 2016 Rebecca (Calhoun) Steckman and her husband, Shane, are the parents of son Caleb Daniel, born Feb. 2, 2016. Maria Watson and Peter Larkins were married on Nov. 23, 2013. They now make their home in Northern Virginia. Nicole (Cibula) and Patrick Weeks are the parents of son Jackson Connor, born Nov. 2, 2015. JoLyn (Hawk) and Shaun Yasaki announce the birth of son Asher Everett on Jan. 23, 2016.
Emma (Holdrich) and Randy Schwager welcomed son William Neil on Dec. 29, 2015.
Sarah (Parris) and Sean ’11 Morris welcomed son Benjamin Elijah on Oct. 14, 2015. Peter Staats and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of daughter Ruth Arielle, on Feb. 12, 2016.
Esther Houk and Justin Powers were married on July 17, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. They currently reside in the California desert. Ellice Ohl married Joseph Cauldwell, a fellow teacher, on Aug. 15, 2015, in Cochranton, Pa. After their American wedding, they moved back to his home in the United Kingdom. Caitlin (Friihauf) and Adam Swanson welcomed son Jack Levi on May 22, 2015.
Eric Baluch passed his Professional Engineer exam and is now a registered professional engineer in Ohio. He recently joined S-E-A as a mechanical consultant in the Cleveland office. Nicole Cifra received the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York. She was recognized in April at a statewide event in Albany, N.Y. Cifra graduated in May from a dual MD/ MPH program at Upstate Medical University and is pursuing a career in pediatrics. Gray MacKenzie and his wife, Julie, welcomed daughter Laurel Rose on May 2, 2015. Christopher Meckley and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of son Ezekiel Stephen on Nov. 1, 2015. Sarah (Wilcox) and Garrison Moore announce the birth of daughter Leah Christine on Oct. 27, 2015.
Grace (Pimentel) and Lucas Brown announce the birth of daughter Rosalie Noelle on June 13, 2015.
BRAVE BOATERS | Four Tri Sig sisters were brave enough to try
kayaking at their annual reunion in Collinsville, Conn. From left: Mary Jane (Harper ’62) Jacques, Ellen (Wilson ’63) McCabe, Mary (Todd ’63) Naylor and Margaret (Hodil ’64) Ayres.
Juliann (Barrow) and Brad Holbrook announce the birth of daughter Virginia Elizabeth on Nov. 7, 2015. Kate (Nagatani) Mariani and her husband, Mark, welcomed son Scott Francis on Feb. 23, 2016. Kate is a Midwest regional admissions counselor for the College. The family lives in Indiana. Joseph Santoro and his wife, Norah, welcomed daughter Lia Rose on Sept. 6, 2015.
2014 Matt Rota joined Welcome Home Realty Group in Frederick, Md., as a real estate agent. Katherine Wingard and Jimmy Dossous were married Dec. 19, 2015, in Kittanning, Pa. The couple now resides in Morton, Ill. Alison Young and Aaron Gochnauer were married Sept. 19, 2015. Alison graduated in July 2015 from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and is now working in the Open Heart ICU at York Hospital.
2015 Hannah (Champion) and David ’13 Lewis announce the birth of their daughter Aurelia Skye on Oct. 7, 2015.
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in memory The Grove City College Alumni Association places a book in Henry Buhl Library in memory of each alumnus for whom the Office of Alumni and College Relations receives written notification of death, including a copy of the obituary. This pays tribute to the lives of deceased alumni while benefitting current and future students.
To notify the Office of Alumni and College Relations of the passing of a loved one, please send an obituary to email@example.com. Ruth (Houk) Hoyt ’37 died Aug. 24, 2015. She had lived both in Pittsburgh and Delray Beach, Fla. She is the daughter-in-law of former chemistry professor and dean the late Dr. Creig S. Hoyt, class of 1913. Survivors include sister-in-law Margaret (Hoyt ’40) Buchanan.
children, a sister, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Gerald E. Enslen ’40 died Oct. 14, 2015. He was a chemical engineer, working for DuPont until retirement. He lived in Lancaster, Pa., was very active in his church and had hobbies of furniture crafting and gardening. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are three children, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister. Jean (Blodgett) Rossman ’40 died Jan. 21, 2016. She lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dolores (Williamson) Hovis ’41 died Dec. 10, 2015. When she lived in Grove City, she was a homemaker, involved in her church, local schools and mission projects. Survivors include three children, 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Dr. Andrew J. “Jack” Pickard ’41 died Nov. 8, 2015. He was a retired dentist, formerly of Bemus Point, N.Y. Elizabeth (Knapp) Batey ’42 died March 1, 2016. She was living in Naples, Fla. Two daughters survive, including Barbara (Batey ’72) Porter. Memorial gifts may be sent to Grove City College.
Natalya (Holland) Hahn ’39 died March 15, 2016. She taught for 30 years in the Northeast, Pa., area, then started her own quilting business, “Hahncrafts.” At 90, she moved to California, where she wrote the book Nikita and enjoyed the outdoors. Survivors include her son, a grandson, sister Catherine (Holland ’61) Risley, and a brother.
Florence (Borland) Evans ’42 died Nov. 2, 2015. A New Kensington, Pa., resident, she first worked as a credit clerk, then became a homemaker, mother and volunteer. She taught children’s Sunday school for 25 years, and helped to lead the local United Methodist women, Eastern Star and Women’s Club. Five children survive, including: K. James Evans ’70, William Evans ’71, Stephen Evans ’74 and Anne (Evans) Korenowski ’84, and a brother.
Roy A. Beers Jr. ’40 died Jan. 23, 2016. An electrical engineer, he worked for more than 30 years with RCA in Camden, N.J., and holds numerous patents. He lived in Audubon and loved to fish. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, four
Frances (Purdy) Palin ’43 died Jan. 4, 2016. She taught commercial education before managing her husband’s medical office. She was a church board member in Bedford, Pa., on the hospital auxiliary and active with March of
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Dimes. Surviving are four children and eight grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City College. Jean (Heasley) Brooks ’44 died July 2, 2015, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Survivors include two sons. Janice (Crawford) Jamison ’44 died March 14, 2015. She lived in Greensburg, Pa., and had taught in the Moon, Grove City and Latrobe Area school districts. She loved theater and directed many plays. Surviving are her husband, John Jamison ’44, three children, six grandchildren and a greatgranddaughter. Zellamarie McDougall ’44 died May 1, 2016. She was a teacher both in Wisconsin and in Greensburg, Pa. She was a church deacon and Women’s Club member. Surviving are three children, including Gregory Barber ’75; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Ellen (Eisenman) Rowan ’44 died April 22, 2016. The Brookville, Pa., resident worked for many years in the school district’s business education department. Surviving are five children, eight grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. John G. Weeks ’44 died Oct. 21, 2015. The World War II Army veteran lived in Cambridge, N.Y. He had a long career in business, culminating as founder and president of the Cambridge Valley Mushroom Farm. He volunteered at hospitals and taught investment classes. Surviving are four children, three stepchildren, four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Jean (Johnston) Sackett ’45 died March 11, 2016. She worked as a registered nurse at several hospitals. She lived in Saint Petersburg, Fla., sang in the church choir, traveled widely and enjoyed boating. Survivors include three children, four grandchildren
and a great-granddaughter. Marion (Mower) Holland ’47 died Jan. 16, 2016. She taught for 25 years at Vestal (N.Y.) High School and helped transform Triple Cities College into the State University of New York. She was a Sunday school teacher and choir member. Surviving are two daughters and a grandson. Rita (Gaus) Kelly ’47 died Nov. 28, 2015. She retired as a remedial teacher at Butler (Pa.) Catholic School. She was involved in her church and organic gardening projects. Surviving are two daughters, four siblings, five stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Phyllis (Moser) Ritzert ’48 died Oct. 27, 2015. She lived in Chicora, Pa., and belonged to Eastern Star and White Shrine, and enjoyed music. Surviving are three children, two grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and a brother. Oliver F. Cashdollar Jr. ’49 died Dec. 9, 2015. He taught science and was principal of Evans City (Pa.) High school, later retiring as assistant superintendent of the Seneca Valley School District. He was a World War II veteran, a Rotarian and a Mason. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine (Walker ’46) Cashdollar; sons David Cashdollar ’71 and John Cashdollar ’79; four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Robert H. Davidson ’49 died Feb. 13, 2016. He worked in sales for the George Worthington Co., winning many awards. After retiring to Fripp Island, S.C., he and his wife established Davidson Sales and Service to repair and sell golf carts. He served stateside in the Army Air Corps. Surviving are two sons, sister Marjorie (Davidson ’47) Azelvandre and four grandchildren. Marion (Frack) Vetter ’49 died Feb. 27, 2016. She had been an elementary teacher, as well as a Sunday school teacher and altar
Summer 2016 guild member. She formerly lived in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Surviving are children Susan (Vetter ’78) Thompson and James Vetter ’83; four Grove City College grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Baldwin-Whitehall and Bethel Park school districts, plus the St. Valentine School. She was involved in her church and the Croation Fraternal Union. Survivors include two sons and four granddaughters.
William H. White ’49 died March 23, 2016. A West Columbia, S.C., resident, he worked in industrial management of heavy equipment. He served in the Army Air Force, was an avid golfer and 32nd degree Mason. Surviving are his wife, Audrey, two children, a stepson and stepgrandson.
Lois (Klein) Sanders ’50 died Feb. 27, 2016. A longtime resident of Sarasota, Fla., she worked as a secretary in bank and trust departments. More recently, she lived in Albuquerque. She loved fishing, yard work and cats. A daughter survives.
Richard A. Gilmore ’50 died March 31, 2016. A Navy veteran of World War II, he lived in Fairport, N.Y., where he was a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Marcie, a daughter and a sister. Gerald F. Hicks ’50 died March 18, 2016. The World War II veteran cofounded Hicks Office Equipment in Hermitage, Pa., and served as its CEO for 54 years. He later moved to Grove City and was busy with civic groups in both towns, including Rotary, Elks and his church. He loved being outdoors. Surviving are his wife, Helen; four children, including Mary Jane (Hicks ’72) Heckman; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Kenneth A. Holtz ’50 died Feb. 27, 2016. He retired as director of manufacturing after 40 years with the Struthers Wells Corp. in Warren, PA. He was involved in the Masons, church, the YMCA and founding a halfway house. He was a partner in Glade Land home construction company and an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Martha; four children, including Mark Holtz ’77 and Matt Holtz ’88; eight grandchildren and two siblings. Frank D. Lush ’50 died March 5, 2016. The Air Force veteran worked in the family firm of Lush Brothers furniture and flooring in Galeton, Pa. Following retirement, he moved to Yachats, Ore., where he enjoyed the fishing, and managing and playing in the Yachats Big Band. He moved back to Coudersport, Pa., and he again was active in the church and community. Surviving are his wife, Inez (Asher ’52) Lush, two sons, a granddaughter and a sister. Kathryn (Yurchich) Owsiany ’50 died Feb. 25, 2016. She taught from 1951 to 1986 in the Freeport Area,
Ruth (Shafer) Stubbs ’50 died Jan. 28, 2016. She lived in Kittanning, Pa., and managed the Girl Scout office. She served on boards for children, youth and church. Surviving are her husband, George Stubbs ’50, two children, four granddaughters and a greatgranddaughter. The Rev. Richard S. Beidler ’51 died Nov. 14, 2015. He was an o r d a i n e d Presbyterian minister who served the Yellowcreek and Rushcreek Presbyterian churches in Ohio. He also was the managing minister of Geneva Hills camp and he loved nature. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps. Surviving are his wife, Martha (Sisley ’50) Beidler, three children and five grandchildren. Beider created and was first to portray college mascot Willie the Wolverine. June (Harmon) Bish ’51 died Jan. 4, 2016. She leaves a daughter, brother, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Betty Lou (Elliott) Hedegore ’51 died Nov. 19, 2015. A longtime Grove City resident, she was a homemaker and office manager for the Visiting Nurses Association. She formerly taught youth Sunday school and was a hospital volunteer. Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren and many Grove City College relatives. George R. Ihnatko ’52 died April 20, 2015. A Korean War veteran, he made his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. As a human resources executive with several international companies, he was respected for his labor negotiations. He enjoyed tennis. Survivors include his wife, Lois (Iddings ’52) Ihnatko, three sons, a grandson and a sister.
William K. Mong ’52 died Jan. 2, 2016. An Army veteran of World War II, he had been a supervising design engineer for Westinghouse Airbrake and held numerous patents. He was active in his Circleville, Pa., church and was its longtime choir director. A son and daughter survive. Jean (Barton) Reid ’52 died June 11, 2014. She pursued a career in nursing and nursing administration. She and her family lived many years in Michigan. Surviving are her husband, Gare Reid ’52, two children, two siblings and four grandchildren. James R. Weber ’52 died Sept. 20, 2015. He lived in McCandless Township, Pa., near Pittsburgh. Surviving are two children, a sister, four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. The Rev. Dr. C. Vincent Wilson ’52 died Oct. 12, 2015. A Presbyterian pastor, he served churches in Mercersburg, Elderton, Ardmore and Chestnut Hill in Pa., and Akron, Ohio. He also started a campus ministry program at Indiana (Pa.) State Teacher’s College. Surviving are his wife, Connie, two children, five grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Edward G. Young ’52 died Feb. 6, 2016. He lived in Murrysville, Pa., and was a retired engineer and facilities manager with the RJ Lee Group. An Army veteran, he enjoyed traveling and home projects. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; daughters Dr. Michelle (Young ’83) Clauss, Amy (Young ’86) Kerfoot and Kimberly (Young ’89) Scutt; two sisters and five grandchildren. Grover C. Beatty Jr. ’53 died March 15, 2016. He was an engineer and lived in Grove City. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Constance (Stabler) Barron ’53 died Dec. 18, 2015. She raised her family in Wallingford, Pa., and lived in Rehoboth Beach and Dover, Del., in retirement. Surviving are three children, including son Robert Barron ’78; a brother; six grandchildren, including Amy (Barron ’05) Lucas and Kimberly (Barron ’08) Read; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City College. William E. Griffith ’53 died Nov. 19, 2015. A Navy veteran, he sold insurance and owned Stillson and
Donahay Casualty Inc., in Poland, Ohio. He was a Mason and active in his church. Survivors include his wife, Judith (Beatty ’59) Griffith; a sister; four children; stepdaughter Kristin (Black ’87) Ciaramella; nine grandchildren, including Kelsey Patton ’17; and many GCC relatives. Robert D. Sopher ’53 died March 20, 2016. After an early career with Krogers, he became a marketing teacher at the Venango (Pa.) Technology Center, where he worked for 25 years. He was interested in photography, carpentry, church and traveling. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include wife Sara “Sally” (Adams ’52) Winland; four children including Marcia Sopher ’99; three stepchildren, grandchildren and two sisters, including Evelyn (Sopher ’51) Robertson. Frederick Wellman Sr. ’54 died Oct. 24, 2015. A mechanical engineer, he lived in Cambridge Springs, Pa., and worked various manufacturing companies in the Erie area. He was a 54-year member of the Fairview Fire Department and former borough council member. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include three children, 11 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Rev. Lewis R. Bigler ’55 died April 22, 2015. For 38 years, he was an interim Presbyterian minister at churches in Western N.Y., while building a private practice in mental health counseling. He was chaplain at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 1971 to 2000. Surviving are his wife, Sylvia, three children, four grandchildren and a sister. Nancy (Harrer) Christner ’55 died Feb. 15, 2016. A resident of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., she taught at Southmoreland High School for 37 years. She was very involved with her church, Mt. Pleasant activities, Eastern Star, Amaranth and Rainbow Girls. Surviving are two daughters, including Jane (Christner ’82) Layman; a brotherin-law and a niece. Raymond D. Hosack Sr. ’55 died Jan. 20, 2016. He was an electrical engineering sales engineer for Westinghouse, Dayton Electric and REMS. He was a Marine veteran, a 32nd degree Mason, and loved the outdoors. Surviving are two children, a brother and six grandchildren.
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Grove City College Dale A. Opitz ’55 died Feb. 11, 2016. The Grove City resident taught science and math at Grove City Junior High School for 38 years. After retirement, he enjoyed travel. He also loved nature and bird watching. Surviving are his wife, Shirley; four children, including Debra (Opitz ’85) Hane; three siblings; seven grandchildren and two step-granddaughters. Capt. Alan P. Blackburn ’56 died March 10, 2016. After active service, he served in the Naval Air Reserve for 20 years. In civilian life, he worked in the insurance and investment business. He lived in Virginia Beach, Va., and was active in Lions. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, three children, 10 grandchildren and two sisters, including Marjorie (Blackburn ’61) Rea. Norman K. Lowry ’56 died Nov. 7, 2015. He lived in Buford, Ga., and enjoyed a sales career in office equipment furniture. He was a veteran who played trombone in the U.S. Army Band stationed in Italy. Surviving are his wife, Linda, two sons and three grandchildren. Samuel M. Smith ’56 died Sept. 24, 2015. He lived in Greensburg, Pa., and worked in human resources for Westinghouse and Robershaw Controls. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was involved in his church and many civic groups. Survivors include two children and two grandchildren. William R. Owens ’57 died April 21, 2016. He was a resident of New Wilmington, Pa., and a Korean War veteran. After working as an accountant and business education analyst, he was a teacher and business manager for the Laurel School District. He enjoyed singing and directed music at two churches. Surviving are daughter Rebecca (Owens ’98) Smith; two siblings and a grandson. Eugene M. Pastrick ’57 died March 4, 2016. An engineer, he worked for Bailey Meter Company and Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh, then Ralph M. Parsons and Fluor-Daniel Corp. in California. He lived in Palm Springs and enjoyed golf and sports. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Cox ’55) Pastrick, two daughters, a grandson and three siblings. E. Bruce “Pat” VanOrman ’57 died April 27, 2016. He worked as a
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production manager with Allied Chemical in New Jersey. In 1997, he was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Paterson and served a church until 2010. He served on the school board and was a Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife, Helen, three children, nine grandchildren and a sister. Albert W. Flade ’58 died April 29, 2016. After working for Moore Business Forms, he became president of Unified Data Products, later forming Bergen Business Forms with his son. He was living in Oakland, N.J. and was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Eileen; three children; sister Barbara (Flade ’56) Cardea; and eight grandchildren. Charles G. Atwell ’59 died Dec. 1, 2015. He lived in Melbourne, Fla., and retired from the space industry. He was a Korean War veteran, an Elk and involved in the community. Survivors include his wife, Pat, three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Col. Wesley M. Kurowski ’59 died Nov. 14, 2015. He was a dedicated U.S. Air Force officer (retired), accomplished hobbyist and woodworker. He lived in Falls Church, Va. Survivors include his wife, Donna, three children and eight grandchildren. Wayne M. Lyman ’59 died May 2, 2015. He made his home in Newton, N.C. Dorothy (Lundahl) Boyer ’60 died Dec. 25, 2015. She had worked as a dean’s assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. She lived in Lakeland, Fla., and loved painting, traveling, and current affairs. Survivors include two children, a stepson, two siblings and several Grove City College relatives. Dr. Frank Komitsky Jr. ’60 died Dec. 7, 2015. A chemist, he taught at Loyola University and St. Joseph’s Seminary. He also worked as a consultant and authored numerous research papers. He retired to Abita Springs, La. Surviving are his wife, Patricia, three children, two sisters, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Charles J. Guiler ’61 died January 13, 2016. He taught economics at Grove City College from 1967 to 1996
and coached the rifle team. He and son Mark started Guiler & Guiler Accounting in Mercer, Pa. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and loved to play bluegrass music. Surviving are his wife, Hazel; four children Nancy (Guiler ’81) Corbett, Mark Guiler ’87, and Teresa GuilerHorchler ’90; 10 grandchildren including Nicholas Guiler ’15 and Nathan Guiler ’18; and six greatgrandchildren. Judith (Myers) Kistler ’61 died Jan. 19, 2016. She was formerly an English teacher and speech director with Northern York (Pa) County School District. She enjoyed theater performances and showing her Kerry Blue Terriers. Surviving are a daughter, stepchildren, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Carol (Clemenson) Wilder ’61 died Dec. 6, 2015. She lived in Albuquerque, N.M., serving in many of her church’s ministries and in community groups. She enjoyed gardening and travel. Surviving are three siblings, nieces and nephews. Eve (Weidaw) Link ’62 died March 27, 2016. She taught first in York, Pa., then returned to Meadville to teach middle school English and journalism. She was very active in her church and the Lake Erie Presbytery, along with many community groups and literary clubs. Survivors include a daughter and two half-sisters. Timothy C. Wilson ’62 died Nov. 15, 2015. He lived in Murrysville, Pa. He retired from Exxon after 31 years of service in quality control, customer service and product development, earning a patent and many awards. Surviving are his wife, Janet (Orr ’63) Wilson, two sons, two granddaughters and a brother. Don L. Cook Jr. ’63 died Dec. 19, 2015. He enjoyed a 43-year career as a marketing executive with U.S. Steel Corp, living across the United States, most recently in Gibsonia, Pa. He loved to golf and tell stories. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Pucci ’63) Cook, two children, four granddaughters and a brother. Walter F. Dunlavey ’63 died Oct. 5, 2015. He retired as a major in the Air Force after 20 years of service. He earned a juris doctorate and taught law for a few years. He lived in Sharon, Pa. and
loved music. Survivors include his wife, Joan, two children and four grandchildren. Margaret (Graue) Torrito ’63 died Dec. 25, 2015. She first taught foreign languages in Greensburg, Pa., and later earned a doctor of law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Surviving are a son and two siblings. David E. Garlock Sr. ’64 died Oct. 23, 2015. He spent his career in sales and marketing of the plastics industry, then in his family business, The Trunk Mat, promoting the lawn and garden industry. The Navy veteran lived in Pawley’s Island, S.C., and loved boating. Surviving are his wife, Leez, two children and four grandchildren. John R. Dumbroski ’65 died April 2, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a colonel. At home in Belleville, Ill., he coached youth soccer and served on the Belle Valley School Board. He enjoyed gardening. Surviving are his wife, Nancy, three sons, a grandson and five siblings, including Lawrence Dumbroski ’73. Paul M. “Bud” Stahlman ’66 died July 6, 2015. He and his wife, Lindy (Morris ’66) Stahlman, retired to Savannah Lakes Village, S.C. Dr. Carl D. Shartner ’67 died Nov. 12, 2015. He lived in Nashville, Tenn. He was an electrical engineer for Western Electric who worked in satellite navigation for the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his stepmother and cousins. Linda (Riefle) Hagstrom ’68 died Feb. 9, 2016. A Grove City resident, she worked as a teacher and real estate agent. She was community volunteer, Sunday school teacher and world traveler. She enjoyed walking and completed three U.S. Air Force Half Marathons as a walker. Surviving are her husband, George, two sons and two grandchildren. William L. Huff ’68 died March 29, 2016. He was a purchasing manager for AMAX International Coal Corp., and taught management courses for IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind. He lived in Sarasota, Fla., ran triathlons and played softball. He was an Army veteran. Two daughters and five grandchildren survive. Randolph A. Munz ’68 died Nov. 18, 2015. He worked as a comptroller
Summer 2016 for manufacturing plants in New Jersey and Virginia, later becoming a cabinetmaker. With his wife, he founded Pat’s Deli in Brielle, N.J., and upon retirement to Matthews, Va., he drove carrier trucks for a greenhouse. Surviving are his wife, Pat, four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Thomas E. Arnold Jr. ’69 died Jan. 26, 2016. He lived in Leechburg, Pa., and was the president/ proprietor of Teaco Laboratories for 40 years. He was past president of the Kiski Area School Board and enjoyed sailing. A Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, he is survived by his wife, Marianne, three children and six grandchildren. Stephen W. Cooper ’69 died Jan. 15, 2016. His work in telecommunications included jobs with The Pueblo of Santa Ana (N.M.) and Samsung. He lived in Hendersonville, N.C., enjoyed singing barbershop and was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Alice, two children and six grandsons. David W. Johnson ’70 died Feb. 29, 2016. He lived in Harrisville, Pa., and worked as a project engineer with Ergon West Virginia until his 2014 retirement. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. Surviving are his wife, Cindy, three children, a sister and six grandchildren. Barbara (Berman) Schulte ’70 died Dec. 17, 2015. She lived in Irwin, Pa., and worked in procurement for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratories. She enjoyed travel and helping people. Surviving are her husband, Brian, two daughters, two grandchildren and a sister. Paul R. Albert ’72 died Feb. 18, 2016. He lived in Canonsburg, Pa., and was retired from a career as a project manager, business consulting, in both the private and government sectors. He loved dogs. Surviving are his wife, Darlene, a daughter, his father and a sister. Donald E. Harshbarger ’72 died March 5, 2016. He co-owned Harshbargers Inc. Propane and Mobile Home Sales in Aliquippa, Pa. He belonged to the American Legion. Surviving are his wife, Carol; three daughters; two brothers, including H. William Harshbarger ’65; and six grandchildren. Thomas J. Kelly Jr. ’72 died Oct. 21, 2015. The mechanical engineer
lived in Upper St. Clair, Pa., and retired in 2014 from Union Electric Steel. He enjoyed dirt bike racing and the beach. Surviving are his wife, Colleen, two children and a sister. Joyce (Firmin) Weeber ’74 died April 30, 2016. She retired in 2009 after 30 years as a signals intelligence analyst/linguist at the National Security Agency (NSA). She lived in Plum, Pa., and is survived by her husband, Michael, two sons, a grandchild and a sister. Dale (Linneman) Wilkerson ’74 died Sept. 29, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and worked as a CPA with JB Gilbert & Co. for 26 years. She sang with the Florida Philharmonic Chorus and was a founding member of the Master Chorale of South Florida. Surviving are a sister, nephews and nieces. Steven C. Stump ’75 died Dec. 11, 2015. He lived in Huntington Beach, Calif. He had worked for Brinderson Corp., then started S.S. Mechanical contracting firm. He also threw pottery, refurbished his first car and traveled extensively. Survivors include two daughters, partner Joanne, two siblings, including Sandra (Stump ’70) Labbitt and three grandchildren. William R. Dickey ’76 died Nov. 18, 2015. He worked at Pullman Standard in Butler, Pa., until its closing, then owned and operated Restorx Steamway in Jeanette. He was a Vietnam War Navy veteran who also served in the Army Reserves. He was involved in his church and photography. Survivors include his wife, Betty, two stepsons and two siblings. George R. Ballou ’81 died April 5, 2016. He was a licensed professional engineer who worked as a self-employed civil engineer. He lived in Camden, N.Y., where he also was president of Ballou Service Corp. He was an avid historian. Surviving are two children, two grandchildren and four brothers. Keith A. Bullion ’83 died March 6, 2016. He taught, coached swimming, and started the water polo programs at Grove City College between 1997 and 2002. Earlier, he worked at Buffalo State College, where he did cancer research. Later, he taught and coached at Salem International University in West Virginia. He recently became
Salem’s vice president of campus operations. Surviving are a son, two grandchildren and a sister. Rebecca L. Haenel ’84 died Jan. 24, 2016. A resident of Wake Forest, N.C., she taught at Wakelon Elementary in Zebulon, N.C. for eight years, after teaching in Fayetteville and Las Vegas. She also enjoyed reading, travel and Cleveland sports. Surviving are two brothers, including David Haenel ’82. Thomas A. Fittante II ’92 died Jan. 23, 2016. He was the assistant vice president – senior infrastructure manager for Huntington National Bank Corp. in Columbus, Ohio. He lived in Mansfield and enjoyed playing and coaching volleyball and traveling. Surviving are his wife, Melissa (Koerner ’95) Fittante, a daughter, a grandmother and his parents.
Christian E. Chrosniak ’06 died Nov. 27, 2015. He had worked as a courier for PA Court Names and as a government researcher for the U.S. Army. He lived in Carlisle, Pa., and was a New York Yankees fan. Survivors include his parents, his grandmother and two siblings. Matthew T. Freiling ’16, a senior philosophy major, died Oct. 16, 2015, after illness. Surviving are his parents, and three siblings, including Nick Freiling ’13.
Trustee Emeritus Ole B. Nissen passed away Dec. 21, 2015. He served as a trustee from 1995 to 2004, then becoming emeritus. He worked in the floriculture industry and founded Sunshine State Carnations. He lived in North Palm Beach, Fla.
Trustee, esteemed counsel Lascell dies
rove City College Trustee Emeritus David M. Lascell, Esq., passed away on April 1, 2016. Lascell was the chief counsel for the College in its landmark 1984 Supreme Court Case, Grove City College v. T.H. Bell, Secretary of Education. The College and Lascell made headlines in this first court case in which an educational institution fought for the right not to accept federal or state funds. “David was not an alumnus of Grove City College but he loved and supported the College and the ideas and principles on which it stands. His quick mind, boundless wisdom and good humor were essential to the College’s cause in the courtroom and beyond as he helped chart the course that set Grove City College on the path to true independence from federal funding and control. The College owes him a debt of gratitude that is impossible to repay,” President Paul J. McNulty said. Lascell was a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester, N.Y., and a trial lawyer with more than 45 years of experience. He achieved a national reputation in higher education law, insurance law, employment litigation and antitrust litigation. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, several federal district and circuit courts and various state courts. He was a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Law Institute. Lascell was known through the years to be on the sidelines as a soccer coach and as a mentor to many young students interested in law. In recent years, he and his dog served in the therapy dog program at a local VA hospital. After serving on the Grove City College’s Board of Trustees since 1996, he was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2009. He led the Board as vice chair and also as treasurer. The College presented him with an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2008 following his Commencement speech to that year’s graduating seniors. The Alumni Association also recognized him by presenting him with a Distinguished Service Award at Homecoming 2015. Lascell and his wife Donna made their home in Rochester. He is also survived by three children, Daniel, Carrie and Christopher, and three grandchildren.
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alumni babies Ethan Daniel and Benjamin Thomas Borders Born 2-27-13 and 11-9-15 Jennifer (Thompson ’08) and Chris ’07 Borders
Reuben Elliott Bright Born 6-19-15 Nicole (Tressler ’08) and Adam ’08 Bright
Alexis Buckles Born 5-29-14 Lauren (Chung ’04) and Christopher Buckles
Cesia Naomi Davis Born 6-28-14 Kristel and Brian ’92 Davis
Rylan Atticus DiBlasi Born 5-7-14 Kristen (Cospito ’08) and Daniel DiBlasi
Gabriella Belle DiDonato Born 12-9-15 Andrea (Corso ’09) and Andrew ’10 DiDonato
Kelsey Jane Euler Born 4-8-14 Laura (Roxberry ’02) and Peter Euler
Milo Jeffrey Fox Born 7-8-15 Shannon and Jeffrey ’06 Fox
Jeremiah Garman Gilbert Born 4-18-15 Rebekah (Newborn ’10) and Ian ’10 Gilbert
John Leighton King Born 8-23-14 Beth (Hoover ’05) and Joel King
Abigail Korba Born 11-25-14 Laura (Brockson ’08) and Mike Korba
Oliver James Krahe Born 5-7-15 Joanne and Tim ’09 Krahe
CONGRATULATIONS NEW PARENTS! Grove City College welcomes your new bundle of joy. We want to send your newborn a Grove City College T-shirt. So between the feedings and late-night lullabies, be sure to send the Office of Alumni and College Relations your child’s name and date of birth. Shirts are available only in infant size. Due to the popularity of the Alumni Babies feature, photos will be limited to babies under the age of 3 in Grove City College shirts only. Digital photos must be high resolution, 300 dpi. Please do not embed photos in the body of an email message, but rather attach a high-resolution image. Submit photos at alumni.gcc.edu/babyshirt or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail pictures to: Office of Alumni and College Relations, Alumni Babies, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, Pa., 16127.
Erik Alan Gustafson Born 11-20-12 Nicole and Alan ’08 Gustafson
Sadie Nicole Horst Born 5-10-14 Kristen and Bradley ’08 Horst
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Brianna Lazzari Born 1-8-15 Elaine and Greg ’95 Lazzari
Isabella Lesher Born 8-27-13 Megan and Jason ’99 Lesher
Clayton Cyrus Messer Born 7-18-14 Courtney (Winther ’08) and Todd ’08 Messer
Fiona and Benjamin Miller Born 12-9-14 and 4-29-13 Rebekah (Johnson ’08) and Andrew ’08 Miller
Joel Micah Morley Born 8-27-15 Beth (Snyder ’10) and Chad ’07 Morley
Lyla Mae Mottet Born 8-18-15 Tiffany (Shiebler ’10) and Greg ’09 Mottet
Grady James Nicholas Born 10-15-14 Beth (Bieber ’10) and Lee ’10 Nicholas
Liliana May Norman Born 5-16-15 Lauren (Neuhart ’02) and Kevin Norman
Theron Lewis Pinkerton Born 1-26-15 Jennifer and Rob ’02 Pinkerton
Austin and Björn Brooks Albert Pye Born 12-26-13 and 11-7-15 Stephanie and Robert ’08 Pye
Zachary Michael Reese Born 8-11-13 Sarah (Lenkner ’04) and Michael ’03 Reese
Olivia Anne and Madeline Kate Reeves Born 3-1-13 and 1-13-15 Abbey (Isaacson ’04) and Justin Reeves
Mary Evangeline Schellhase Born 4-29-15 Erin (Thompson ’09) and Peter Schellhase
Noah Joshua Scheufler Born 6-11-2014 Susan (Vassallo ’03) and Mark ’03 Scheufler
Oliver Michael Schiavone Born 5-23-15 Liesl (VanHaute ’10) and Matthew ’09 Schiavone
Aurora Schreffler Born 2-16-15 Mallory (Sampson ’07) and Adam ’07 Schreffler
Miles Benjamin and Jackson Joshua Shockey Born 6-19-15 and 9-1-13 Elise (Pech ’02) and Andy ’02 Shockey
Ari Kent Short Born 9-15-14 Melissa (Parry ’09) and Tyler ’08 Short
Reagan Kimberly Skorup Born 8-29-14 Karen (Bennett ’09) and Jarrett ’09 Skorup
Malachi Strickland Born 7-28-14 Sarah (Ristow ’01) and Brian Strickland
Jack Levi Swanson Born 5-22-15 Caitlin (Friihauf ’12) and Adam ’12 Swanson
Steven Christopher Trinch Born 8-30-12 Alyse (Brannon ’09) and Christopher ’09 Trinch
Caden Joseph Vatter Born 4-15-15 Lindsey (DiGia ’07) and Michael ’98 Vatter
Ashton Pierce Warnock Born 2-26-13 Julie (Martin ’02) and Joseph Warnock
Lucy Jane Weikal Born 6-26-13 Stacy (Griffith ’00) and Adam ’00 Weikal
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faith & learning A faculty perspective into the mission of Grove City College, the role of Christian scholarship in higher education and the connection between faith and learning.
The Grove City Value By Dr. P. Jesse Rine ’01
Dr. P. Jesse Rine ’01 earned his B.A. in Christian Thought from Grove City College, where he currently serves as Assistant Provost. Previously, He directed the research programs of two national higher education associations, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). His previous work has appeared in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College and Character, Religion & Education, and Christian Higher Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia and an M.A.T. in Latin from Washington University in St. Louis.
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n recent years, the public has lost confidence in the value of American higher education, citing runaway college tuition and student loan debt as key concerns. Ironically, the very issue that is now causing such alarm—high tuition—has long been a signature feature of the financial model intentionally employed by the vast majority of smaller private colleges in the U.S. In fact, most of these institutions routinely inflate their published “sticker price” and then offer deep tuition discounts to their prospective students. Upon learning of this widespread practice, many wonder why colleges do not simply charge students the net tuition price (sticker price minus the discount) and avoid all the bad press about skyrocketing college costs. Although counterintuitive at first glance, the “high-price/high-aid” model enables colleges to signify three important institutional characteristics to students: quality, value and appreciation. First, because people tend to equate price with quality, inflating the tuition sticker price provides the appearance of educational quality. Second, offering deep tuition discounts fosters a perception of educational value, as prospective students are able to purchase a quality education at a fraction of the cost. Finally, by packaging these tuition discounts as merit scholarships, colleges are able to demonstrate their appreciation for prospective students and their unique characteristics and accomplishments. All three of these signals—the appearance of educational quality, the opportunity to realize significant value, and the sense of personal validation—provide powerful incentives for matriculation. However, the high-price/high-aid model has a number of drawbacks as well. Tuition discounting promotes artificial pricing, it
encourages students to adopt a consumerist mentality toward higher education, and it diverts attention away from the best measures of academic quality—student outcomes. Perhaps most concerning of all is the redistributionist pricing scheme that results from the high-price/high-aid model. Because all students do not receive the same discount, some students end up paying a higher tuition rate so that other students can go to college for less. Worse still, most of these students have no idea that their tuition dollars are subsidizing their classmates’ education. Believing that no one student should have to pay for another, Grove City College has chosen a different path. The College is known by many for deciding, on principle, not to accept federal student aid. Less known is the unique approach Grove City College takes to tuition pricing and financial aid. This approach is grounded in the College’s historic mission: to provide an academically excellent education in a thoroughly Christian environment at an affordable price. Grove City College’s approach to tuition pricing and financial aid is guided by several of its core institutional values: fiscal responsibility, fair pricing and academic quality. Throughout its history, the leadership of Grove City College has believed in the management principle of operating debt free. As a general rule, all necessary capital is secured for new buildings prior to construction, and annual maintenance costs are fully funded. Student tuition does support the upkeep of the college campus, but no student has to contribute to the debt service for a new building that she may never have the opportunity to use during her college career. Grove City College exercises wise stewardship of private resources by utilizing a
lean administrative structure and offering an excellent—but not extravagant—educational experience. At its founding, the College’s first board chair, Joseph Newton Pew, instructed the College’s first president, Isaac C. Ketler, “Make the College healthful, for that is essential. Make it beautiful, for that is an education.” Today, Grove City College students enjoy a Collegiate Gothic campus designed by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Noticeably absent, however, are the expensive amenities—climbing walls, lazy rivers, salons and spas—that add cost rather than educational value. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in fiscal year 2014 there were 94 private baccalaureate colleges operating in the United States with an undergraduate headcount between 2,000 and 3,000 students. Those institutions had an average operating budget of $82.4 million. In contrast, Grove City College supported its 2,502 undergraduate students that same year with an operating budget of a little more than $60 million. Grove City College sets its tuition price according to the requirements of its operating budget, not an artificial sticker price designed to capture excess consumer demand. Over the years, the College’s tuition rate has regularly been among the lowest in the country. For example, Grove City College’s published tuition and fees for 2012-13 was only $14,212—far lower than the average ($26,405) for other similar private colleges. Some Grove City College students do receive institutional scholarships that decrease their tuition bill, but these scholarships are fully funded by private sources and not by tuition surpluses collected from other students. This straightforward approach to tuition pricing
Grove City College’s approach to tuition pricing and financial aid is guided by several of its core institutional values: fiscal responsibility, fair pricing and academic quality. models the College’s core values of honesty and fairness, which cultivates a sense among prospective students and their families that the institution is trustworthy. Instead of raising its published tuition price to signal educational quality to prospective students, Grove City College seeks to maximize its performance on key indicators of academic quality: student retention, student graduation and student job placement. The College retains 88 percent of its first-year students, while similar institutions retain only 73 percent. Likewise, 77 percent of Grove City College students graduate within four years, far higher than the 42 percent average at similar institutions. Finally, 97 percent of Grove City’s graduates secure employment or admission to graduate school within six months of graduation. In practical terms, this means that students who enroll at Grove City College are
far more likely than their peers at comparable institutions to both persist to graduation and find gainful employment in a timely manner. The economic impact of this success rate is significant, because students who drop out of college, who take longer to graduate, or who fail to find jobs after graduation risk not only paying additional tuition over time but also suffering the impact of lost wages for the years during which a college graduate would be earning a full income. In sum, rather than signaling apparent quality to prospective students through its tuition price, Grove City College endeavors to achieve actual quality by ensuring student success from matriculation to graduation, and beyond. As colleges costs continue to rise, the Grove City College financial model will remain as a straightforward contrast to the high-price/high-aid scheme employed by the vast majority of smaller private colleges. Indeed, prospective students, their families and the American taxpayer can count on Grove City College to provide a transparent approach to college tuition pricing and student financial aid, one informed by enduring institutional identity rather than transient financial expediency.
This essay is an abridged version of Dr. Rine’s recent white paper, A Shell Game by Any Other Name: The Economics and Rationale behind Tuition Discounting. To learn more, please visit www.visionandvalues.org/discounting.
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These former May/Spring Queens joined us for the Centennial Celebration of the May/Spring Pageant: Kerri (Linto ’99) Smith, Rebecca (Irwin ’75) Robbins, Amy (Sterling ’85) Zastawniak, Frances (Campbell ’50) Stebbins, Gina (Imperial ’82) Magnan, Marilyn (Wolfe ’57) Louttit, Beth (Pavkov ’91) Werfel, Sandra (Stephens ’74) Whiteside, Kathy (Jurkiewicz ’70) D’Antonio, Allison Hull ’15, Sarah (Dodd ’65) Mergenhagen, Anne (Evans ’84) Korenowski, Jo Ann Bradfield ’60, Lillian (Thomas ’88) Suppa, Andrea (McMillen ’80) McClymonds, Nancy (Havekotte ’79) Wisehaupt. Also attending but not pictured: Alana (Thurston ’11) Harding, Laura Metz Crothers ’94, Jacque (Knouse ’86) Reapsome.
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