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patches The Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College

■ WINTER 2011

For the Love of Jazz Sandra Smolen Jaffe ’58 and her life of culture and music


“Faces,” oil on canvas by alumna Tricia Zengel ‘84, hangs alongside other student artwork throughout the hallways of the Academic Center. Many of these works were completed under the guidance of art teacher Martin Zipin.


The Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College



Suzanne Cotter Communications Editor 610-526-6143

features 8 Little Theatre to Revive On-Campus Arts

10 For the Love of Jazz; Class of ’58 Alumna Sandra Jaffe’s Founding of Preservation Hall 12 Harcum College Art and the Influence of Martin Zipin

Harry Saylor Associate Director of Annual Giving & Special Events 610-526-6074 Andy Back Director of Public Relations & Marketing 610-526-6027 Carol Greenwood Office of College Advancement 610-526-6060 Susan Friedland Director of Foundations & Special Gifts 610-526-6002 Sachiko Mallach Vice President of College Advancement 610-526-6005


Homecoming Photography Kevin Nash of KSN Images DESIGN


President’s Message and Campus Highlights


Homecoming 2010 Recap




Faculty & Staff Notes


Class Notes


Honor Roll of Donors


In Memory ............................................ For comments, questions or opinions, contact: Office of College Advancement Bedford Hall 750 Montgomery Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 610.526.6060

EDITORIAL GUIDELINES The Office of College Advancement publishes Patches. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. The comments and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of Harcum College. The editorial board reserves the right to edit and select content for Patches that adheres to Harcum’s commitment to maintaining the high standard of integrity that has always been characteristic of Harcum College. Harcum College is an equal opportunity institution and, as such, does not discriminate in its educational and employment practices with regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, applicable veteran status, or any other legally protected classification.

On the Cover: shot of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, located in the city’s French Quarter, and co-founded by 1958 graduate Sandra Smolen Jaffe. Photograph provided by Preservation Hall.

on campus As of the Fall 2010 semester, total enrollment reached 1,425 students! To put this into perspective, only 472 were enrolled in 2002 and in 2009 we reached 1,148 – which was a record high until this year.

Dear Friends, Constant Improvement is the overarching theme at Harcum this year. Major improvements are happening across campus, and we’re maintaining momentum! Highlighting the power of positive change is our goal as we continue to make additional improvements throughout 2010-2011. As you’ll read in our much improved Patches, the College is on an immediate mission to revive the arts on campus. Along with the restoration of our historic Little Theatre, we plan to build sustainable arts programming in an effort to further enrich the student experience. Harcum’s vibrant history in the arts and its positive effect on our alumni is certainly a testament to arts education, and to its importance in the lives of all Harcum students regardless of their chosen career path. The College also has many reasons to be proud at this moment. We’ve had many recent successes in sharing our message with the public, including Homecoming ads on SEPTA buses throughout the Main Line, and a new billboard on I-95 which garnered lots of attention. Word is out that it is a different era at Harcum, and morale is very high. As we move forward into this new phase, we hope you’ll stay in touch. Come back to visit as our campus grows and flourishes, take part in our community-building activities, and let us know what you’re up to – it’s important to us! Best Regards,

Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D.

The College plans to add Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) to our list of programs offered this coming Fall. We are also exploring the possibility of a concentration in geriatrics a well as a program in Hospitality Management. To accommodate our growth, we have entered an agreement to add classes to the vacant school building belonging to Our Mother of Good Counsel (OMGC), across the street from Pennswood Hall. For the past two years, our Bears have been playing Men’s and Women’s Basketball in OMGC’s gym. Final approval for use of the space was granted this semester and the Nursing Program is the first to move over. Other programs will soon be utilizing this space. A signing ceremony for a dual nursing enrollment agreement between Immaculata University and Harcum was held in September. The first cohort of students seeking the RN to BSN degree program from Immaculata has begun studying this Fall.

The Cow Whisperer

With Strong Farming Roots, Freshman Laiken Wilson Embarks on the Path of Veterinary Technology at Harcum

By Andy Back Every January, the sprawling Farm Show complex outside Harrisburg, PA comes to life with an ark-sized collection of farm animals and hundreds of people gathering for the largest indoor agricultural event in the U.S. This year, students from the private Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA showed 25 beef and dairy cattle, goats and sheep, raised in the weathered barns of the historic school, founded in 1909 by chocolate manufacturer Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine. The Milton Hershey School is a free, private, coeducational home and school, with a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education, for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. The School is funded by a trust established by Mr. and Mrs. Hershey, and received his entire estate when he passed away in 1945. Thirteen MHS students placed or earned ribbons this year. Among them is a young woman with natural empathy and a gentle way with animals that is so remarkable she is known to her fellow students as “the cow whisperer” – Laiken Wilson.

Residence Halls are currently at capacity! Although blocks of rooms in Klein and Pennswood have been converted for other purposes (daycare, staff residencies), about 210 students are occupying the other residence rooms as both singles and doubles. Civility is a key theme being addressed with our Harcum community this year. A number of events and lectures surrounding civility were offered to students, faculty and staff during Civility Week this past semester. Civility includes: proper dress, appropriate language and peaceful conflict resolution. We aim to continue to keep high standards for civility across campus. The College’s $5 million-dollar TRIO Grant for Support Services was renewed. TRIO is a federally-funded program that supports counseling and peer tutoring as well as services for special needs students. The new grant will provide funding for five more years.

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Ted Rosen has earned a national reputation for his work in sales consulting and technology integration, among other topics. He has worked closely with many state associations and community bank leagues. He has advised congressional staff and bank regulators, and has trained federal bank examiners. Rosen will serve as Chair of Harcum’s Development Committee. Nationally-recognized leader Dan Hirschfeld has an extensive background in a variety of healthcare settings. His experience ranges from acquisitions and business development roles to management of an ancillary services business and the creation of an assisted living company. During his term, Hirschfeld will serve on Harcum’s Development and Academic Affairs Committees. He was also the College’s Commencement speaker in May.


Adopted at age 7 and raised on a beef farm in Lawrence County where she in turn raised a calf named Angel, Laiken came to the MHS in her sophomore year and quickly became involved in showing the school-owned farm animals that are a key part of the school’s teaching mission. In the beef cattle barn near the center of MHS’s campus, Laiken is clearly at home. She stands in her rubber boots in a straw-filled stall among the Laiken Wilson alongside her constant lowing of cattle and sheep. Hereford calf, Cherish Swallows and doves swoop and glide through the windows and there are a half-dozen farm cats underfoot, jumping up on pails, cleaning their paws and then dashing off again. Laiken holds the lead of her Hereford calf Cherish, who came in second in junior show at the Farm Show. Her yearling, Upstager, won first in the senior calf competition, and Laiken also received the Beef Master Showman plaque. “I like the bonding, the work it takes to train Cherish to harness,” Laiken said. She adds that she enjoys the long hours of washing and grooming, the walking and talking and the unfolding relationship with each animal.






The recent Little Theatre Campaign was a great success! Our June $100,000 Challenge Grant goal was not only met, it was exceeded. Excess funding will be put towards an endowment that will support arts programming. Harcum community support made the campaign very successful. Many alumni as well as faculty and staff helped tremendously in our effort to meet this goal. Restoration of the venue is on schedule to be completed by the end of December.


Harcum’s Board of Trustees recently added industry leaders Ted Rosen and Dan Hirschfeld.


Both individuals bring to Harcum outstanding business experience and a commitment to education.



In 2009 she received a blue ribbon at the Farm Show for Nicole, another MHS heifer she trained for show. Shy when she first arrived at MHS, Laiken is now a leader, helping other students learn the skills they need to show their animals to best advantage. Rachel Teller, an instructional adviser of the Milton Hershey School Animal Center, said her students love being part of the Farm Show. “The work teaches them patience and responsibility,” Teller said. “I’ve watched Laiken become an accomplished young lady and a natural at showing. I think she’s a perfect fit for Harcum’s program.” Laiken learned about Harcum’s popular veterinary technology program from her career counselor and soon decided that the program, which includes an exclusive practicum with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, was right for her. She hopes to one day have her own cattle farm in Pennsylvania. Watching her work with the bulky, balky calves in the beef barn, it’s easy to imagine Laiken being successful in any agricultural venture she undertakes. Both Harcum and MHS were founded about a century ago in Pennsylvania by entrepreneurial couples who believed in education, and wanted to help students succeed. “Harcum is looking forward to a long and productive partnership with MHS, helping students like Laiken reach their personal and professional goals with our own unique, career-oriented educational model,” said Harcum Dean of Admissions Dr. Nicola DiFronzo-Heitzer.



harcum events Held on a crisp, fall weekend, this year’s Homecoming, Craft Fair & Family Day festivities attracted alumni, friends and community members to campus on October 16th during a celebration of alumni accomplishments and a reunion of classmates and friends. Friday night’s Homecoming dinner, held at the President’s house, featured recognition of this year’s alumni award recipients Sandra (Smolen) Jaffe ’58, Devin McDonald ’07, and Dining Services’ Ms. Mary Keyes. Dinner guests enjoyed a Creole-themed buffet – a tribute to Mrs. Jaffe’s founding of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall – as well as a jazz musician and purple Harcum-themed martinis, or, “Harcumtinis.” Saturday’s events began with Continuing Education courses and a Class Recognition Breakfast for 0’ and 5’ graduates. Coffee and Conversation with the President was held in the Zises-Green lounge, and the Open Men's Basketball Practice took place in OMGC gym. Dental students held Table Clinics in the Library Rotunda to display their work for guests. The Craft Fair, Bearfest family activities, Bear-style BBQ and information tables for Interior Design projects and Admissions were held throughout the day, and staff-driven shuttles transported guests between Klein Hall and The Academic Center on the two ends of campus. Later, the Women's Volleyball game and the Alumni Women's Basketball game were held in the Klein Hall gym. Guests attended the Alumni Tea held on the President’s lawn, during which the award recipients were recognized among family and friends for their outstanding professional and personal achievements. Mrs. Jaffe received the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her co-founding of Preservation Hall, Mr. McDonald ’07 received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for his efforts as a youth drug and alcohol counselor, and Ms. Keyes, who has been part of Dining Services and student life at Harcum since 1950, was presented with the Community Service Award. Attendees enjoyed New Orleans-style tea, coffee, pralines and beignets.

Alumna Marie Calandra ‘67 came back to Harcum to display her own crafts at the Craft Fair.

President DeTemple chats with Sherill Mosee, founder and president of Family Care Solutions, Inc., a Philadelphia non-profit dedicated to childcare solutions for working parents. Also pictured is National Alumni Board member Tracey Johnson ’04.

The Office of College Advancement is now accepting nominations for the 2011 alumni awards! See for more details.

Former trustee and NAB member Mary Ann Oaks ’52 (left), husband Bill Oaks (center) and Ms. Mary Keyes (right), one of three alumni award recipients.



A Harcum family sits for a caricature drawing during Family Day festivities.

Harcum alumni return to campus to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) before reuniting with friends.

Lady Bears Alumni battled the current Women’s Basketball team in an exhibition game in Klein Hall Gym.

(from left to right) Volleyball students Kelli McMenamin, Kelsey Byler, and Kate Laird build their own Harcum Bears on the way to the Women’s Volleyball Game in Klein Hall.

(from left to right) Sandra (Smolen) Jaffe ‘58, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Ms. Mary Keyes, Community Service Award recipient; and Devin McDonald ’07, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipient.

Harcum Trustee and local Dental professional Sam Cimino, DDS chats with current Harcum Dental students.

Vendor Denise DeSantis displayed her home-made soaps, candles and aprons for guests at the Craft Fair.

National Alumni Board President Susan Zeller-Kent ‘72 and Vice-Chair Cindy Canevari ’90 present this year’s alumni awards.

(from left to right) Current Dental students Jacqueline McCardle, Emily Hayes & Angela Crossan present their “Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner” table clinic for visiting alumni.



talking sports

By Harry Saylor

Women’s Soccer Kicks-Off with Big Success The College recently launched Women’s Soccer on September 4, 2011. Before the team’s first game, College President Jon Jay DeTemple made a friendly request that the team score at least one goal. The team proved that they were stiff competition – not to be messed with – and far surpassed the President’s “request” by scoring 11 goals in their inaugural game, defeating Salem Community College 11-1. The Lady Bears finished their season with a record of 9-6 and a 5-1 home record. They also finished the season with the outstanding record of outscoring opponents 65 to 22. The Bears played vigorously throughout the season without a soccer field to call their own, as they’ve been sharing the facilities of other local schools. In the near future, Harcum hopes to renovate and build a regulation-size, multi-purpose athletic field for their growing sports program. With 13 freshmen and 3 sophomores on the roster, some standout stars of the regular season include Luteisha Shelton and Natasha Douglas of Kingston, Jamaica, and Simone Willter of Guam. Shelton earned national recognition by winning NJCAA Division I National Player of the Week on October 20. Along with Willter, Shelton was selected Second-Team All Region. Douglas received First-Team Region Honors, and is nominated for All-American Honors. The Bears went on to clinch a playoff spot in the Region 19 Tournament, but lost in a shoot out to Lackawanna College in their quarterfinal game. Though the season did not end as they had hoped, the team should be proud; the success that most schools reach after years of working together was accomplished by the Bears’ team during their first season. The new soccer team is lead by Coach Jean Senat, who comes to Harcum from his alma mater, Brescia University in Owesnboro, KY. During his time with Brescia University, Jean earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, and held the position of Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant to the Athletic Director.

Women’s Basketball to Return From Winning Season The Women’s Basketball team returns an intact squad after finishing 29-2 last season, remaining undefeated in the Conference and winning the Region 19 Championship. The Lady Bears are led by outstanding returning guards Sironda Chambers and Ana Cruz. Cruz and Chambers both averaged 18 points per game. Cruz was named 1st team All-Conference and 2nd team All-American while Chambers was named 2nd team All-Conference. Alisa Roberts is another strong contributing





Saves Goals Goals Assists Allowed Luteisha Shelton 19 13 Sashagay Spence 120 17 Natasha Douglas 17 15 Simone Willter 9 15 Coach Jean has brought an international flair to Harcum College with his background in leading college and club soccer teams and recruiting and coaching players in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean and in the United States. Jean likes the atmosphere at Harcum. “It’s a great place to work, and to make a difference in people’s lives,” he says. “Making a difference means so much to me.”

To see complete game schedules check out the Athletics section of Harcum’s website at

returner from last year’s team along with Laikesha Chambers, Chanae Council and Crystal Brown. Coming off the injury list are Brittany Clark and Tanesha Brown. The Lady Bears look forward to another successful year with both the returning and new talent. Freshman Bianca Parker, transfer Alex Messado, and transfer guard Yelissa Boyer will be a key to the team’s continued success.

Men’s Basketball 2010 - 2011 Preview After coming off of the best season in Harcum Men’s Basketball history with a 25-1 regular season record and a #3 national ranking, the Bears are gearing up for another exciting season. Coach Drew Kelly (124 -27, 6th Season) and his team are poised to make a run at the NJCAA National Playoffs hosted in Hutchinson, KS in late March. This year’s team will start the season once again in the NJCAA Top 30 Preseason Poll ranked in the 27th spot. The team will be under the leadership of returning players Percy Woods (Suitland, Md./Crossland HS), Stuart Clarke (West Windsor, Md./Friendship Collegiate), Keith Mitchell (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton HS), and Ed Reed (Milawukee, WI/Rufus King HS). The Bears need support as they gear up for this season, so be sure to come out to the OMGC Gym to attend a home game!

Women’s Volleyball Bump, Set, & Spike Their Way to Victory

Get Ready to “Harcum Hop” with the Cheerleading Squad

Harcum’s Region 19 Champion Women’s Volleyball Team is currently celebrating a tremendous regular season. Finishing with a regular season record of 24-11, the Lady Bears Volleyball team entered the NJCAA Region 19 Playoffs hungry for success. Beating opponents Lackawanna College (3-1) and County College of Morris (3-0), the team clinched the Region 19 Championship and will move on to District L Playoffs. If victorious in the District L Playoffs, the Harcum Volleyball team will earn a trip to Wisconsin Dells, WI to play in the tournament that will decide this year’s NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Champions.

The Harcum Bears Cheerleading Squad is back for another season! The cheerleading program has grown this year and plans to reveal some surprises during the upcoming semester as they incorporate more campus participation from Harcum students and staff into their routines. The team has also created a new dance called the “Harcum Hop.” Just like the “Electric Slide,” the “Harcum Hop” is a line dance that is easy, fun, and will get everyone in the Harcum Spirit! Make sure to see the “Crowd Dances” during halftime at the women’s and men’s basketball games. The squad will also hold giveaways during games and host events for the campus community. Coach Erneisha Moore has prepared new and original cheers while Coach Chaka Moore has assembled new dances with themes and voice-overs. The cheerleaders debuted their new routines this past November at the first Women’s and Men’s Basketball games of the season.



As The Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre Becomes the Icon for Arts Participation, The College’s Career-Focused Curriculum Makes Room for Creative Expression By Suzanne Cotter


s reconstruction of Harcum’s historic Little Theatre began this past September, the campus stirred with a sudden enthusiasm and anticipation for a reconnection to arts participation on campus. Through its implementation, the project expresses one of Harcum’s highest-priority interests: the creative growth and development of careerdriven, job-focused students. In years past, Harcum’s Little Theatre served as a vibrant, dynamic space in which students, faculty and staff held social events, arts and music exhibitions and elaborate theatrical performances. With available arts programming on campus, students and friends were able to experience an array of activities which enriched their College experience, and which contributed to their post-graduation endeavors. As Harcum has evolved to a career-focused college, arts programming has become less prevalent and use of the Theatre has become less frequent. In an effort to refurbish the venue, the Little Theatre campaign was initiated, and a final push this past May took form of a $100,000 challenge grant. It was met and exceeded, with additional funds to support an endowment for arts programming. In fact, it was an alumna from the 1940s – for whom the Little Theatre held some of her happiest memories – who responded to the challenge in a big way; this alumna was most impressed with the vision for the space as well as the strong faculty and staff response to the challenge.

What impresses me the most about this campaign is

how the entire Harcum community pulled together to support this historic opportunity – regardless of their

department, program, or connection to the school.



“What impresses me the most about this campaign,” says Sachi Mallach, Vice President of College Advancement, “is how the entire Harcum community pulled together to support this historic opportunity – regardless of their department, program, or connection to the school. With the Theatre’s restored presence, and with enough funding to provide for an endowment, Harcum hopes to recapture the creative spirit that once influenced past generations of students through theatre, music, studio arts, and design. But as the College evolves to suit the needs of career-focused students, do the arts still hold a valuable place in the student experience? Heidi Techner, Program Director for Interior Design, holds a strong belief that all students – even technical-minded students – learn valuable lessons through the arts. “A mix of the arts and sciences can be the best of both worlds,” she says. “It’s common that the two don’t usually mix, but they can be related. They both teach problem-solving, and they both allow students to think abstractly.” As witnessed by Techner in her studio art classrooms, students who engage in the visual arts tend to “dig deeper” in their academic work by learning to ask more questions and think more critically. This experience has the potential to carry over into other areas of study, she suggests. President Jon Jay DeTemple notes that: “we have established Harcum as a pre-eminent allied health college which requires substantial scientific and technical instruction. While some might argue that our curriculums are tightly packed, we must be innovative in creating space for the fine arts in rounding out a Harcum education. It makes our college distinct and is in keeping with our historical underpinnings.” While the in-class value of the arts is clear to campus educators, an arts-filled curriculum also encourages students to take a wide-ranging analytical approach to bigger, more global issues. Harcum Medley Music School coordinator Mike Caroto believes that arts education and awareness should be a significant part of student life: “Music education can cover topics like history and theory,” he notes, “and is a bigger part of life in so many ways.”

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“Art really connects to our experience as humans – socially, politically, and personally,” adds Techner. “It’s incredibly useful in expanding our view of the world. Students can facilitate a better understanding of their contribution to society.” Along with the benefits of the arts in a classroom setting, arts education has also been known to contribute to the personal success of students, as it encourages an open-minded approach to new experiences. “For our music students, the experience is very personal and challenging,” says Coroto. “Not only do they choose an instrument and genre they can relate to, they’re also given an opportunity to share their talent by performing live at Open Mic events,” says Caroto. This opportunity, he feels, enriches a student’s college experience in a way that only creative genres can do. As Techner notes, a student’s ability to learn by sharing experiences, opinions and complex thoughts through creative means is the key purpose. “An appreciation for the process of creative expression,” she says, “ultimately helps students to grow, mature and develop.”



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Or, as President DeTemple notes, “although Harcum’s focus is on preparation for a meaningful career upon graduation, it is essential that a Harcum education contributes to the development of the whole person.” As Harcum approaches a new phase in its development, the College aims to keep its creative history in mind. “We will remain true to the essential elements of Edith Harcum’s vision,” says President DeTemple. “While we are more inclusive with respect to age and gender, Harcum will continue to prepare its students for meaningful careers while fostering individual growth through exposure to the fine arts.” What most Harcum educators and administrators hope is that – in some way through the arts – students will be inspired to find their unique, individual voice. “Students can always count on their ability to exhibit strong self-expression,” says Techner, “and this can facilitate, inspire, and drive great future success.”



How 1958 Alumna Sandra Smolen Jaffe’s encounter with jazz inspired the creation of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, and fostered a life of culture and music



jazz By Suzanne Cotter “The short story,” says Jaffe about the founding of Preservation Hall, “is that it all started as a jam session in 1960 that never ended.” The longer version, she jokes, is a much more complicated story. Ranging from an unexpected interest in New Orleans culture to a deep connection to the civil rights movement in the South, Sandra’s journey is a remarkable combination of personal passion and accomplishment. It was her life-long commitment to jazz music, though, which inspired her most famous success, and which ultimately produced one of the most popular jazz venues in the country.




aised in Wynnefield, PA, Sandra rode the train to Harcum every day – which dropped her off at the Bryn Mawr station right next to campus. She studied journalism and public relations, and eventually became involved in a myriad of activities and clubs. She served as the feature editor of the newspaper as well as a member of the yearbook staff, the Mobile staff, Campus Chest and Delta Psi Omega. As she progressed, Sandra remembers quickly becoming involved in the arts. “I had never been an artist,” she confesses. “Maybe I took an art class in high school, but that was really it. I decided to take an art class at Harcum with Martin Zipin, and suddenly found myself drawing every day. It was absolutely marvelous,” she recalls. Sandra also starred in the play “Cry Havoc,” which was performed in the Little Theatre. “I had no intention of being an actress, but I really enjoyed being involved in the production. It was hard work, and I was often required to stay late. They were memorable moments,” she recalls. After graduating from Harcum in 1958, Sandra spent two years working at a Philadelphia-area advertising agency while attending classes at the University of Pennsylvania in the evenings. She met her husband Allan while watching a play in Fairmount Park. “He always insisted we had seen an Arthur Miller play, but I think it was Tennessee Williams… it was a longstanding argument,” she jokes. Sandra and Allan soon married and drove down to Mexico City, where the couple lived for about a year. On their way back to Philadelphia, Allan suggested they make a pit-stop in New Orleans. “During his military service, before we met, Allan was stationed near Louisiana. On his weekends off he would travel to New Orleans,” Sandra remembers. “He told me all about how lovely the French Quarter was, and that I absolutely had to see this place – that I would love it,” she says. As Sandra and Allan toured New Orleans, she recalls her introduction to authentic New Orleans jazz. They had been following musicians around for a few days, and ended up in an art studio which was hosting a small band performance. “When I heard the music for the first time, it felt like a total transformation. We found this whole new world… the music was just so wonderful.” Upon seeing the band, Sandra and Allan decided to stay in New Orleans for a few more days – just enough time to hear them play again. “Our parents were expecting us back in Philadelphia any day,” she laughs, “but we just had to stay a little longer.” That is, until the Jaffes were given an opportunity they couldn’t turn down. That evening, the owner told the couple the gallery would soon be moving, and that the space would be available if they wanted it. “We didn’t even think twice about it,” Sandra recalls, “it wasn’t even a thought. ‘Of course,’ we said, and that was the beginning of Preservation Hall. We never left New Orleans.” During the early months of 1961 and the beginning stages of Preservation Hall’s creation, the Jaffes spent much of their time taking in all that the French Quarter had to offer, including music, food, and new

people. “We only knew one person – one of my husband’s fraternity brothers,” Sandra says, “and I had never had anything fried before!” Preservation Hall was officially opened during the summer of 1961, and the venue welcomed retiring jazz musicians and enthusi- The building that houses astic patrons a few times a week. Preservation Hall has housed As the space evolved and their following many businesses over the years grew, Sandra and Allan began holding live ses- including a tavern during the sions just about every night. “We had to start war of 1812, a photo studio, charging,” she recalls, “and in order to get peo- and an art gallery. ple to come out to our sessions, I relied on the skills I had learned in journalism. I had to make up schedules and use a press. Most of what I was doing was a reflection of what I had learned at Harcum and at my first job.” The Hall has since evolved to include the Preservation Hall Band, currently under the direction of Sandra’s son Ben. The band has traveled worldwide, spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form that is New Orleans jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British royalty or the King of Thailand, the band conveys a joyful, timeless spirit. Today, Preservation Hall is one of the highest-esteemed jazz performance venues in the country. The space serves mainly as a musical sanctuary which aims to protect and honor New Orleans jazz, a style Jaffe hopes to preserve through her work. In 2006, the Band received the National Medal of Arts Award. Ben and Sandy accepted the award from President George and Mrs. Laura Bush in an Oval Office ceremony on November 9 of that year. The citations reads: “With enormous talent and pride, this ageless ensemble has toured the world displaying the unbreakable spirit of New Orleans and sharing the joy of New Orleans jazz with us all.” During Harcum’s most recent Homecoming, Sandra was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Alumni Board’s highest honor, during a Creole-themed alumni tea at the President’s house. “The world has really changed for women,” Sandra says, “and I was so happy to witness the wonderful things that have happened at Harcum over the years. It was also great to see the other honorees, and to hear about the success of such wonderful men and women.” Sandra explains that it feels great to see young people being introduced to jazz. She also says: “even for a Harcum student who happens to study in the health care field, for example, getting involved in something creative is invaluable. I totally encourage it.” As the venue’s 50th anniversary approaches, Sandra admits that she still loves the music: “I never get tired of it. There’s no way to leave a performance and not be happy after hearing such beautiful music. The fact that Preservation Hall is still there, and that there’s still a place for music to be heard… that’s the most satisfying part.”

To learn more about Preservation Hall, go to HARCUM COLLEGE • WINTER 2011



The Influence of Since its founding by Edith and Octavius Harcum in 1915, Harcum College has incorporated into its curriculum a strong focus on the arts. This reflected Mrs. Harcum’s belief that the proper foundation for a liberal education and a productive life included an awareness of all facets of the arts (particularly music) and the opportunity for each individual to create, as well as appreciate, art. In addition to music, theater and dance, the arts of painting and sculpture were taught and championed by many faculty over the past ninety-five years, notably by the late faculty member Martin Zipin. Zipin, a graduate of Temple University’s noted Tyler School of Art, served as a faculty member, chair of the art department and artist-inresidence at Harcum for nearly forty years (1953-1991) and left a remarkable legacy of art for future generations of students to study and appreciate. Both Klein Hall and the Academic Center contain works created and shaped by Zipin’s perceptive and skillful hand and eye. In addition, Zipin designed sets, acted and sang in productions performed in Harcum’s Little Theatre. But it is for his painting and sculpture, as well as his inspirational teaching, that Zipin is remembered at Harcum. His former students, now alumni, work in many fields including the arts, but their memories of Harcum often center around the classes he taught and the projects he oversaw. Several of his works can be seen on the walls of the Academic Center Library, works that are on permanent loan from faculty member and Zipin friend and colleague Martin Ranft. One of the most eye-catching is what appears to the viewer as a coat and hat rack, which was a painted flat and then cut to appear three-dimensional in a style known as trompe l'oeil (“deceive the eye”). Zipin was also a skilled portrait painter. His portraits of Harcum patrons Philip and Esther Klein are hung directly over the exit of the Klein Hall cafeteria.

Above: 1968 mural features white dove of peace Right: Zipin’s coat and hat rack uses style of trompe l’oeil, or, “deceive the eye.” Facing page: “Game of life” mural, 1971



Martin Zipin


His Harcum faculty colleague Martin (“Marty”) Ranft says that much of Zipin’s work was of seascapes and shore scenes, often composed from the dock of his Jersey Shore home, where he would also hang works for sale. Inside the front door of this house he positioned a very tall coat rack with his personal collection of up to 50 hats of all styles, from berets to sombreros. Perhaps Zipin’s best-known work is, in fact, not his alone but a collaborative, volunteer, non-credit project with Harcum students that spanned twenty years. The Harcum Murals were begun by students from the Class of 1968, under Zipin’s direction, with groups working on each mural collaboratively. Each was a product of the specific time period of the mural’s composition, and addressed social and cultural issues in vivid colors and striking images of contemporary people and events reminiscent of the political poster art of the 1960’s and 70’s. Each mural was hung on the north wall of Klein Hall, between the large picture windows that look out on Montgomery Avenue, so that students and visitors to the cafeteria there could see them during meals. They range in size from four feet by eight feet to six feet by twelve feet. As Zipin noted in the book “Murals at Harcum 1967-1987” “each class would submit plans for its mural, based on the most significant themes of the year just ended. These comments ran the gamut of fashion, sports, politics, the arts and other areas of life, from a world-wide, nation-wide and Harcum-wide perspective.” The students submitted sketches that were reviewed and combined into a single work. The results are a unique group project that intended, in Zipin’s words, to “express the perceptions and concerns of our Harcum students, and illustrate patterns of awareness that change from year to year. The murals are really sociological documents – a history of our times, as seen through the eyes of our young students.”

The first mural, for 1968, features a white dove of peace prominently in the foreground and the scales of justice in the background with an American flag as a backdrop. For 1971, the mural artists created a “game of life” in which the viewer-player moved along a path that covers the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the Woodstock music festival, the dangers of pollution and Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s warning against “effete snobs.” The 1979 mural juxtaposes the ascension of Pope John Paul, the boxing prominence of Mohammed Ali, and the opening of casino gaming in Atlantic City. Each work has a sense of immediacy, tension and exuberance that has a strong impact on viewers, decades after the events depicted. This is a recognition of the energy of the student artists, but Zipin’s artistic eye and sensibility informs the entire project. The murals can be seen in the Klein Hall cafeteria, although in some cases they may be partially masked by curtains. Move the curtains a bit and fully enjoy this landmark Harcum project.



faculty & staff notes Long-time faculty member Elaine Bell retired from her esteemed career as a Harcum College educator on August 18, 2010. Since coming to Harcum in September of 1966, Elaine has taught countless Harcum courses in English and the humanities – specializing in topics like Shakespeare, women’s literature, and short stories.

Elaine has offered her leadership to a number of campus-wide projects and activities, including drama programming at Harcum’s historic Little Theatre venue. While leading theatre workshops and facilitating the production of performances, she served as a director and occasional actor in a number of plays. During her long Harcum tenure, Elaine also served as Faculty Senate president, and participated in a variety of presidential search committees.

Dr. Richard Cooper, Director of Disability Services, served as a keynote speaker and panel chair at the London International Education Conference in early September of 2010. His topic was “Characteristics of Learning Differences.” Dr. Cooper will also present as a keynote speaker in May 2011 at the Canada International Conference on Education in Toronto, Canada.

Both Dr. Cooper and Associate Professor Carole Champlin were presenters at the 11th International Gentle Teaching Conference held in Haarlem, The Netherlands in early November.

Dr. Richard Cooper

V. Beth Gibbs

V. Beth Gibbs, Program Director for Radiologic Technology received her Master’s of Healthcare Management from Kaplan University on July 6th, 2010.

Diane Burling, RN, MSN, recently participated in a webinar presentation on Cloud Computing and the use of Cloud Services for Application needs.

Elaine Bell

Faculty Member Flourishes in Online Education Community With some 4.6 million college students in the U.S. taking classes online, one of the fastest-growing segments of higher education has also been one of the least studied and understood, until now. Online education saw a 17 percent increase in 2008-09, yet many institutions are just beginning to take online learning into account. Harcum began earlier than many colleges to incorporate online learning, and currently has some 600 students enrolled in online classes. Prominent on the front of the new publication WebStudy Update is a welcome article written by Tim Ely, Harcum’s Assistant Vice-President for Online Education. Since arriving at Harcum in 2002, he has become an online education leader at the College as well as a leader among WebStudy users. Ely holds a master’s degree from Penn State University in instructional systems, did post-grad training in the integration of educational technology, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational technology and e-learning at North Central University.

WebStudy began as a collaborative project between West Chester University faculty member Douglas McConatha and graduate student Daniel Franc. McConatha took the idea to educators Curt Corbi and Gisele Larose, who developed the concept into a program launched first through telecourses distributed by WHYY Inc. When he brought WebStudy to Harcum in summer of 2006, Ely felt the platform was the best available. “It was a more cost effective than Blackboard, and it was supported by WHYY,” he recalls. Formed in 2007, the WebStudy Users Group was the key, Ely felt, to make the platform accessible to faculty, as the group aims to teach the complexities of online education. Widener University’s Doreen Fisher was the first chair, and Ely was later invited to step in as chair.

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“Tim Ely has taken the lead in creating innovative solutions to enhance the learning of students,” Fisher says. “Tim’s passion for education and academic excellence is evident, honorable, and contagious! He truly is a leader in his field.” Harcum Assistant Professor Steve Pipitone is a member of the Users Group and works closely with Ely to develop WebStudy orientation programs for students. “Our goals seem simple - to determine the trends in online education and the needs of the users,” Ely says. He sees a continued growth in hybrid courses, online classes with a classroom component, and programs that will enable people to combine “seated” classes with online courses. He also foresees more integration with social media into online courses. “Education is becoming fully integrated with social media – in fact, it is happening on its own,” Ely says. – Andy Back

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5th Annual Dental Expo A thorough and dedicated student, Gibbs graduated with a 4.0 GPA! Mary A. Glatts RN, MSN, MBA, RNC was recently promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Nursing.

Terri Groody

Terri Groody, Director of Professional Studies received her Master’s of Education (concentration in Instructional Technology) from Arcadia University in December of 2009. Part of her culminating project was to create her own Google page, which is now used in EFDA instruction. She created several clinical videos that are also used in Local Anesthesia courses. Terri also manages Facebook pages for Harcum’s Dental Expo, the EFDA program, and Local Anesthesia, and she encourages alumni to stay updated and “like” her pages!

administration of Harcum’s General Studies program. In past years, Tracie taught Developmental and Liberal Studies courses at Harcum, and served as the Director of the Developmental Program and Perkins Grant from 2002 to 2007. Tracie was awarded the Klein Award in 2003 and the Lindback Award in 2007. Jackie Kopack, Program Director for Physical Therapy Assistant earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University in January, 2010. Jacki earned both her Bachelor of Health Science and Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia. “I believe strongly that a willingness on the part of practicing therapists to advance their education is pivotal to our profession’s ongoing success in treating and caring for our patients,” said Kopack. “Physical therapist assistants play an integral part in the health care physical therapy team,” she continues, “and incorporation of relevant new research strengthens both our program as well as the potential skills of our graduates… my goal is to use this new knowledge to continue to help our PTA students grow and learn.” Leslie Mickles , RN, MSN and Mary A. Glatts, RN, MSN, MBA, RNC attended the national Professional Nurse Educators Conference on Oct 22 through 24, held in Baltimore, MD

Tracie Kennedy

Tracie Kennedy, Director of Core Curriculum and General Studies returned to Harcum from a 3-year hiatus, during which she served as Coordinator of the Writing Center and Peer Tutoring program at Cabrini College. Tracie is now responsible for the continuous review and implementation of the core curriculum and oversight and

Marian C. Slater RN, PhD, was recently promoted from Associate Professor to full Professor of Nursing. Nancy Youngblood, PhD, CRNP earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Rosemont College this past summer.

Saturday, March 5, 2011 6 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Spend an exciting, informative day at Harcum gaining knowledge, making connections and reuniting with faculty & classmates! Topics include: • Anesthesia for the Team • Restorative (Garrison Dental Solutions) • Preventive (3M ESPE) • Coronal Polishing for EFDAs • Xerostomia (MedActive) • Cardiologic Concerns in Dentistry Call or email Terri Groody with questions at 610-526-1860 or Keep an eye out for further information about courses, times and registration on

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class news Josephine “Jiggie” Cobbs Jones Holt ’38 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA on May 15, 2010. She has been volunteering in community service for sixty-five years with such causes as the American Heart Association, Junior League of Lynchburg, Point of Honor, Girl Scouts Council and Habitat for Humanity along with many others. She was also the past president of the Oakwood Garden Club, and helped organize a Junior Garden Club for families.

Mary (Kalafatides) Tsamoutales ’54 has been the President of Art/Tours for the past 20 years. She has been coordinating tours for artists and friends to the Greek Isles, Italy, France, Guatemala, Portugal and Russia. She also published a book titled “Family Traditions.” She writes: “I would love to get in touch with Beth Semel Zibner ’54.”

Virginia (McDougal) Huntzinger ’56 retired on October 1, 2009 as Interim Assistant Provost for the LifelonggLearning Program. They had 20,000 enrollments at Florida Atlantic University. She writes: “please call me if you would like to see our winter course schedule for an idea of what you could do for innovative course offerings for mature seniors. No credits or tests, no homework or grades. It's a win-win situation for faculty and students.”

Phyllis (Miller) Feinert ’59 writes: “sadly, I was not able to make it out to my 50th class reunion. However I still keep in contact with my roommates Maxene Spector Greenfield & Judith Grossman Magiday.”

Jane (Reifenberg) Maytin ’59 says “it was wonderful to see my former classmates at Homecoming in 2009 to celebrate our 50th reunion. Also, it was a great opportunity to visit the campus after all those years. I hope to attend Homecoming again and it would be lovely to see more classmates attend!

Taube (Richman) Weinberg ’59 and husband Sam welcomed a grand-


daughter, Sylvia Jean, on January 6, 2009 in New York City. She was born to my son Philip and his wife Jessica. She is named in honor of her greatgrandmothers.

Merrie (Kristol) Forstein ’63 writes that after years as an elementary school teacher and media specialist, she is back to teaching pre-school – and loving it. “I still refer to the card file box I created at Harcum for ideas and support,” she says. “Seasonal activities, poetry, finger plays and science experiments never go out of style. I still remember the tongue twisters Mr. Collins taught us when we had speech class in the Little Theater (“Betty Botta bought a bit of butter”). Regards to all of my former classmates.”

Linda Ogus Blum ‘64 reports that last July, her daughter Ronet and son in law Jere had a beautiful baby girl, Isabella. Isabella is joined at home with her big sister (“Hottie,” the pug). Isabella has three cousins to look up to: Emma, Rachel and Jacob. “Izzy is the light of my life, and we share a love of music and mischief,” Linda says. She also writes: “alums reading these class notes are urged to send in your news. We want everyone to re-connect with the National Alumni Board. Please contact me at Linda Ogus Blum '64 at 610-889-9433. I would love to hear from you! Also, please join us for our traditional endof-the-year Sunday brunch at Tango Restaurant, at 11:30 am on December 26, 2010.” Sharon (Clements) Hulton ’67 is living in Silver Springs, MD, four blocks from her granddaughter. She writes: “I have lots of fun looking for friends on Facebook (Sharon Jean Hulton). I had my left leg amputated. I would love to hear from Lynda Cywinskie Cook ’67.” Charlene (Cookie) Cohen ’74 graduated from Harcum in 1974 in fine arts. “Mr. Zipin was my teacher, who I will never forget,” she writes. “I still have the portrait he did of me.”


She also wants to share the exciting news that one of her paintings will be published in a non-profit magazine called “Elsie Publishing,” a magazine dedicated to women of all colors and preferences. Those interested can Google it online to see her work. She has held several shows and sold a few paintings. She also found a way to print her works so they would be more affordable for anyone who wants to purchase them. (Website can be found at The first painting you see on the website is the one that will be on the cover, she says. “This may be a new beginning for me – finally getting the recognition I wanted. Look it up, girls. A special hello to all my 1974 roomies! I always had a great time with you all. Those two years were the happiest times for me! Oh, I wonder if my mural in the cafeteria is still hanging, the one with Nixon?”

Linda Guerri Roscioli ’77 vacationed in NC this summer with former classmate Marian Kennedy Voorhees ’77. While vacationing, the pair found another former classmate, Leslie Ide Giblin ’77, who Linda hadn’t seen since her wedding! Linda and Marian are planning to go to Cape Cod to visit Leslie again in the future. Linda’s children Joseph and Kristen moved into their own places this year. Joseph

was married on October 8th and Kristen is working at St. Christopher's Hospital for children in Philadelphia, PA. Linda is currently working for Sodexo Campus Services at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.

Loretta (Johnson) Wright ’79 (pictured right) is the director of Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown. She and her husband Kelly have two sons, Michael, 22 and Morgan, 19. She was previously a teacher at Rehobath United Methodist Church, and a substitute teacher at Fountaindale Elementary. The recreation center averages 1520 children a day, and there are 60 children attending summer camp. “We are hoping to raise enough money to fill the Center’s pool for the summer so the campers can use it on a daily basis,” she reports.

Natalie (Katzenbach) Allen ’81 sends regards to fellow students, alumni and teachers. “I hope everyone is well. I intend to take some art courses at Main Line School Night

Exchange Students Reunite in Germany Former Harcum exchange students met in Freiburg, Germany this past July for their annual reunion breakfast. In past years, the students participated in Harcum’s exchange program through Freiburg University; today, many of the pictured students assist Harcum students during the Occupational Therapy Assistant program’s annual trip to Germany – serving as activity planners and guides. (from left to right) Hannah Schillinger ’09; Luc Windaus ’09; Johannes Lebfromm, Director of International Programs at Freiburg University; Kerstin Potter, Program Director for Occupational Therapy Assistant; Maria Wessels ’10; Daniela Schmidt ’08; Melanie Duerr ’05

and a local university. I’ll tell you all about it at the reunion!”

Jane Anderson ’81 reports that since graduating from Harcum, she has had jobs as a teacher assistant in Kindergarten, child care teacher of 3-year-olds and teacher assistant in the Head Start program – all in Chapel Hill, NC. She moved to Washington, NC and was a teacher of 3-year-olds at her church. Due to health problems, she has not been working but wants to soon. “I just love being in a classroom and seeing the excitement of the children,” she writes. “My experience at Harcum was wonderful. I enjoyed every moment there.” Jeanne (Lawler) Frank ’82 writes

Elaine Gonzalez ’86 is currently working at Humana in Miramar, FL as an Enrollment Advisor. She has been in the insurance industry for the last 15 years licensed as an insurance agent. Lisa (Hanold) Maginnis ’86 has worked for a local Veterinarian for 20 years and is now working for her father’s business. She has been married to her husband, Curt, for 22 years. “We have a 17 year old daughter who is interested in going to Harcum to get a degree in Veterinary Technology, just like her mother did,” she writes. “If Sharon Early Ferdinand and Michelle Pettinato are out there, I would love to hear from you.”

that her small business survived 2009 and business for 2010 seems to be on the upswing. Her oldest daughter happily made her way through kindergarten, and they celebrated having her home for 5 years in December. Her youngest is in her first year of preschool, and makes the family smile every day.

Suzanne (Young) Stuck ’88 Earned a BS in Dairy & Animal Science from PSU in 1991. She is married to Darren Stuck and has a son, Jesse, who is 8 years old. She is the President and owner of Big Valley Feed & Grain, where livestock feeds are manufactured. She writes: “If Patricia (Patsy) Cooper is out there I would love to reconnect.”

Stephanie (Pahler) Wernet ’83

Carol Lynn (Williams) Kelly ’96

writes that her family recently moved to Dana Point, CA. “We love living close to the beach,” she writes. Her daughter Clare is a senior in high school, and she is currently working with infants and toddlers in San Juan Capistrano, CA. “I would like to reconnect with Laura Przbyiski and Gabrielle Bouigne both from the class of 1983.”

is an EFDA RDH and recently received her anesthesia license in PA and NJ. “ I have three great kids!” she says. Her daughter Kristen, 19, is in her second year of pre-med at LaSalle; Brian, 18, is captain of Marple varsity football; and Kyle, 13, is a seventh grader at Paxon Hollow Middle School. “I am a proud mom!”

Amanda (Rohrbach) Spigel ’99 Luis Millis ’84 practiced physical therapy for 30 years, and is now retired and living in Florida. Over the years, she worked in various physical therapy settings, skilled nursing and acute care in West Palm Beach. She plays the trumpet in two concert bands, and has a daughter and three grand children living in Doylestown, PA.

Dana Barbry-Nuble ’85 is still working at a homeless shelter for women and children as an advocate and Education Coordinator. She writes: “I would love to re-connect with Lauren Miller ’85.”

writes: “I would like to re-connect with anyone from the Dental Hygiene classes of 1998 & 1999.”

Michelle Yerger ’01 is engaged to JL Nasuti and is planning a May 2010 wedding. After earning her associate’s degree from Harcum, she went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in 2006. She now works as a draft-person at Lutron Electronics. Marie Elaina Govannicci ’04 was recognized as citizen of the year for Rutledge Borough in July 2010. She has been married to husband, Nick, for 25 years. They have three children.

She is the Clinic Supervisor at Media Dental, and volunteers with numerous committees including the Rutledge 4th of July committee & the Youth Ministry Program at her parish.

Amy Fetter ’05 is engaged to Travis Whitehead. After graduating from Harcum with an associate’s degree in integrated health and muscle therapy, she graduated from Pennsylvania School of Massage Therapy and Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. She currently works for Penske Truck Leasing. Jennifer Klubeck ’06 will be getting married in November 2010 to Captain Lawrence Rubal. They live in Spring Lake, NC. She works as a certified veterinary technician for the United States Army at the Fort Bragg Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Jessica Lightcap ’06 currently works as a physical therapy assistant at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, and as an associate professor at Harcum. She recently became engaged to Kristopher Shumay; they are planning a May 2011 wedding.

Colleen Handerhan ’08 & Daniel Ryan ’08 are engaged and planning a May 2010 wedding. After earning her associates degree in Nursing from Harcum, Colleen went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University. She is a registered nurse with the Abington Health System. Daniel also received his associate’s degree in Nursing from Harcum and received his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University. He is also a registered nurse and works for Mercy Catholic Health System. Daniel also works as a real estate agent with Weichert Realtors.

Katy Frishmuth ’09 & ’10 writes that fashion has always been one of her biggest hobbies: “throughout middle school and high school, I spent hours on end in my room sewing and fitting the garments on my ‘live model,’ aka my little brother (he was such a good sport)! One year my mom asked

When you log on using your personal ID number (printed on your mailing label), you can find lost classmates and see what they’re up to, browse upcoming events and athletics schedules, receive alumni publications, and make a gift to the Harcum fund! me what I wanted for my birthday. With no hesitation I replied, ‘I just want to spend a whole day at Goodwill;’ my favorite way to design was recycling garments. I would go to a thrift shop, pick out some hideous things, and completely transform them into new pieces. I guess it looked pretty good because I was named ‘Best Dressed’ in high school.” Katy received two degrees in three years from Harcum, and is currently working as an Admissions Counselor at Harcum. “I now have the pleasure of speaking to prospective students about my experiences,” she continues, “and about all the possibilities the Fashion Programs at Harcum have to offer.”

Carlotta Mingo ’10 was recruited to play basketball for the University of Hawaii during the 2010-2011 season.

Melanie (Baltimore) Hudson is a new student, and this is her first college experience: “I am so excited about all the new possibilities ahead of me, as Harcum is ‘the College of possibilities.’ Since I don’t have a past with alumni, I would like to meet new people, network, rejoice and feel the Harcum spirit amongst my peers.” Samuel P. Cimino, DDS, Trustee sold his dental practice in May 2010. He will still be active in the practice as an associate-consultant. Kimberly Pezzotti ’09 was recently married to John DeWire, and honeymooned in Jamaica. She is currently attending Walden University and is a registered nurse at Devon Manor.

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honor roll

Gifts received July 1, 2009

through June 30, 2010

Harcum thanks the following alumni, friends, faculty, staff, foundations, and businesses for their generous support. President’s Circle

Maud L. Marren Society

Katherine B. O’Neil Society

Purple & White Club

Gifts of $10,000 or more


Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

Gifts of $250 to $999


Kathryn Maddux Quarles ‘49




Anneva Donahue Smith ‘50*

Firstrust Bank Tustin Mechanical Services


Cynthia Cisick Canevari ‘90 Shirley Blumenthal Carroll ‘60 Silvia Gutierrez Chapkovich ‘81 Ellen Farber ‘83 Donna L. Fuchs-Corcoran ‘83 Maureen Doyle Geddes ‘80 Dale Schoenfeld Gianni ‘70 Elaine Gonzalez ‘86 Diane Greene, LCSW ‘69 Maxene Spector Greenfield ‘59 Maura Gripp ‘08 Mary Harcum ‘81 Susan Ralff Henry ‘80 Marlene Ritardi Inman ‘68 Alice Ernst Lippincott ‘47 Gina Manno ‘05 Jane Reifenberg Maytin ‘59 Justine Kavchok McCabe ‘93 Mary Loughran McMichael ‘75 Karen Buchmann Naylor ‘92 Ruth Folkman Osman ‘73 Donna Lacheen Satir ‘68 Gwyn Verbit Sirota ‘57 Jessie Yon Smail ‘47 Jennifer D. Thorpe ‘91 Nan Simonson Towne ‘47 Susan Gallagher Wolfe ‘80

The Rittenhouse Foundation



AICUP Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation

Margaret Marben Ball ‘72 Kathryna Blum Barone ‘52 Alice Cross Dorrance ‘74 Jeanne Lawler Frank ‘82 Susan Bertoglio Grell ‘79 Betty Spaulding Haas ‘42 Sharon Lee ‘01 Mary Ann Skelton Oaks ‘52 Susan F. Zeller-Kent ‘72



Beatrice Carpenter Blackman ‘55 Denis C. Boyle Samuel P. Cimino, DDS

Ampro Sports Inc. Armstrong, Doyle & Carroll, Inc. Aqua Pennsylvania Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Embroide Me High Swartz, LLP Werner Bus Lines, Inc.



Organization Healing Through the Arts The Yoga Family

Trustees Marlo Family Heather Rodale ‘72 Louise Strauss

Philip & Esther Klein Society Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999


Main Line Health Sodexo Campus Services

Martin Zipin Society Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499

Alumni Sandi Gold Feinberg ‘64 Abigail Wright Greene ‘55 Virginia Snyder Humbert ‘49 Nancy Blum Urbach ‘63

Federal Home Loan of Pittsburgh



Bryn Mawr Periodontal Associates, LTD Bryn Mawr Trust Company David M. Banet & Assoc., Inc. Haverford Systems Hirtle, Callaghan & Company John Cipollone, Inc. Konica-Minolta Business Solutions, Inc. Woodring-Roberts Corporation

Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Foundation

Friends Ione A. Strauss

Trustees Alexander Klein Marvin B. Levitties Susan Steinberg Zises Green ‘64

Faculty & Staff Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D Nicola DiFronzo-Heitzer, Ph.D Sachiko S. Mallach Stephen J. Pipitone

Foundations Provincial Foundation Wachovia Foundation

Friends Robert Lopes Katherine Trout

Student Carolyn Jane Best ‘11

Trustees Denise McGregor Armbrister Dr. Nancy O. Brown Thomas J. Giamoni Theodore A. Rosen Karin Takiff



Faculty & Staff Anders Back Dr. Edward R. D’Alessio Timothy Ely Julia Ingersoll Drew & Meg Kelly Katherine E. Preston Ann Ranieri Gail J. Sklar Madeleine Wrightson

Friends Donald Biron Richard Galle Vincent Gaitley Joshua Klein Enrico A. Leone Christopher Lutz John McNamara Owen Murphy Carlo Ross

Organizations Montgomery/Bucks Dental Hygienists’ Phila Area Indepentent School Business

Gifts of $100 to $249

Corporations Brownstein Group Glaxo Smith Kline Pacilio’s Pizza Procter & Gamble Fund Yangming

Faculty & Staff Linda Alderman Anonymous Dr. Denise Beauchamp Maureen Bendyna Dorothea O’Connor Cavallucci ‘80 Winifred T. Curtis Susan Friedland Virginia B. Gibbs Carol E. Greenwood Terri Groody, CDA Anonymous Dr. Alexandra Hilosky Nikolay Karpalo Chet Makowski Joann T. Mirigliano Jo-Anne H. Perkinson Kerstin P. Potter Raymond Rodgers Harry T. Saylor Amy J. Shumoski Marian Slater

Heidi Techner Dr. George Thornton Debra Young-Yassine



Faculty & Staff

Lucie Cavaroc Charles Cronin Escamillio Jones Janet C. Pyewell Amy L. Singer Richard Wells Mitchell Wexler John Edward Zoller

Jean Byrnes-Ziegler Suzanne P. Cotter Susan J. Doebling ‘92 Kathryn L. Frishmuth ‘09 Philip Giarraputo Jan S. Greenlee Kathleen Hack

Ann Coleman Jak Christian DeTemple F. B. Masciangelo Jamie Singer Richard Ulrych Sarah Weingarten

Harcum Spirit Club


Gifts of $5 to $49

Patricia A. Sharr

Harcum Bears Club Gifts of $50 to $99

Alumni Susan Barrett Bullitt, CAHT ‘78 Jane Kleppinger Cristian ‘67 Karen Rust Crowell ‘57 Charles N. Hill ‘08 Amy L. Kirshner ‘78 Diane Higgins Kosik ‘72 Helene Brooks Levin ‘62 Rezan Ozmucur ‘00 Marolee Morrison Pollock ‘59 Carol Hayes Rich ‘64 Karyn Prytherch Ryan ‘96 Pamela E. Sale ‘73 Lila D. Suna ‘68 Elizabeth Elliott Truitt ‘47 Wendy Williams-Hartman ‘88

Corporations Ardmore Pizza Bank of America Matching Gifts Program Finio & Sons Inc. IBM Corporation

Faculty & Staff Judith E. Bergeron Rachel Bowen Kathleen G. Davis Ann Gallagher Marilyn Haverson Kathleen Koar ‘99 Carol R. Linfoot Carol Martin Crystal McCray

Alumni Natalie Katzenbach Allen ‘81 Jane Anderson ‘81 Lynn Dettra Bozzelli ‘79 Randi Fernbach Cohen ‘72 Christine Daniels ‘73 Deborah L. Defusco ‘77 Lena Mae Jacobs Dulling ‘45 Phyllis Miller Feinert ‘59 Merrie Kristol Forstein ‘63 Anita Tomassetti Frattura ‘98 Julie Zimmerman Gelman ‘00 Heidi Ockenlaender Guess ‘90 Margaret O. Henry ‘08 Marcia Grove Hill ‘83 Cindy Metzgar Hoffman ‘81 Virginia McDougal Huntzinger ‘56 Renee Simon Krasny ‘67 Constance Flynn Lagerman ‘40 Claire Lang ‘04 Patricia Richardson Levin ‘53 William B. Lynne ‘00 Margaret McCaughey Mahoney ‘40 Barbara Mather ‘70 Marybeth McNally ‘08 Louis Millis ‘84 Ali Johnson Naylor ‘98 Susan Crosland Pescatore ‘62 Eileen Aaron Pitel ‘63 Marilyn Jones Ramsauer ‘47* Joan Hunter Reilly ‘56 Jane Cone Roberts ‘36 Johanna Weissinger Schleyer ‘74 Dianne M. Sherry ‘63 Susan Knight Ziegenfus ‘96

Friends John Buczek Sue Haden Leon Hereford Lou Ann Deutsch Lorna Lynn Rosemary C. Peterson Sarah Salmieri Charles Waters, III

Students Joseph Corbett ‘11 Dana Warren ‘11

In-Kind Gifts Albrecht’s Nursery Amkor Karate Institute Ampro Sports Inc. Arrowroot Natural Food Store Bertucci’s Bouquet Shop Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr Running Co Comcast Spotlight Corner Bakery Cafe Cosi Delancey Street FoodSource Genesis Rehab Gullifty’s Joint & Spine Physical Therapy, LLC M&M TwoWheelers, Inc. Main Line Health Labs Milkboy Coffee Mr. Bottle Beverage Nalls Architecture, Inc. Nexus Medical Pacilio’s Pizza Peace A Pizza Platoon Fitness Poppis Pizza Primavera Pizza Kitchen Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve Ruby’s Diner Sam’s Grill Gail J. Sklar Tango Tennis Junction The Bakery House The Mud Room Tiffin W.B. Mason Barbara Yalof Yeats Pub of the Main Line

Corporations New York Painters Tennis Junction

We apologize for any errors in this list, misspellings, incorrect class listings, or omissions. If your name should be here but it is not, please call our attention to it. If you would like your name to be here next year, please contact the Office of College Advancement at 610-526-6060




in memory VIRGINIA BENDERLY ’39 ELIZABETH DICKSON MILLS PHILLIPS ’41 Elizabeth passed away on November 24, 2009. She was a volunteer pianist in Berwyn after returning from Florida. While living in Florida she was a member of the Junior League of Jacksonville and a member if the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Elizabeth was also a member of the Lambda Sigma Sigma sorority. She specialized in hand decorated furniture and worked with many interior designers. Elizabeth is the sister-in-law of Leaugeay Phillips Weber ’41

VIRGINIA ELIZABETH (RASWEILER) THOMPSON ’49 passed away on October 26, 2009 from complications of Pneumonia and COPD. She was a Secretarial Science major while at Harcum. She is survived by her husband Donald.

Jean (Truss) Smith ’44

MARILYN (JONES) RAMSAUER ’47 Marilyn passed away on December 24, 2009. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, daughter Edith and six grandchildren. Her hobbies included playing bridge and sailing. She was a graduate of Mattituck High School before attending Harcum to study Secretarial Science.

Karen Platt ’62

Evelyn Farrow ’50

Pamela Hahn ’64

Grace Meyers ’43

Dena Tarshis ’55

Diana Richmond ’47

Laure Magee ’44

JANE (MOYNEHAN) WELLS ’48 Jane passed away on November 8, 2009. She graduated from Glens Falls High School prior to attending Harcum for Secretarial Science. She was very involved in her church and volunteered with the local theater. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her six grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, two sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy (Vitt) Parmele ’44



NANCY (BLEY) EDWARDS ’56 Nancy was 73 years old when she passed away on May 5, 2010 in Lawrenceville, NJ. She was a Fashion Design major at Harcum. She retired from New Jersey Bell Telephone in 1991, and then went to work for Mercer Bucks Cardiology. Nancy was a member of the Boheme Opera Guild and a former president and secretary for Soroptimist International. She is survived by four daughters and one son and their families.

Loretta (Kitchmire) Malick ’65

Sarah Robin ’65

LORETTA (KITCHMIRE) MALICK ’65 Loretta passed away on April 25, 2010 after battling cancer. She was a graduate of St. Joseph High School, she received an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Harcum and a Bachelor’s degree from Stockton College. She worked in the insurance industry for many years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and her time spent on Susan’s Beach in Ocean City, NJ. JOAN (ROSNEY) MURPHY ’66 passed away at the age of 79 on January 20, 2010. She is survived by her five children and twelve grandchildren. Along with attending Harcum, Joan also attended Peirce Business School and Drexel University. She was dedicated to learning and was previously the District Manager for Kindercare Learning Centers before retiring in 1990.

Gail Collins ’68

LOUISE WEISS ’66 MICHELE FARLEY ’69 PATTY TAPP ’76 ROBERT DIXON ’84 ANGELINA NEUER ’88 ALYSS H. SHARR ’92 passed away on October 2, 2009. She was a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program and loved the time she spent at Harcum. She is survived by her mother, six brothers and sisters and their families, as well as her boyfriend. KASANDRA PARKS ’01 Kasandra attended Norristown High School before moving to California to attend college. She returned to Pennsylvania to attend Harcum and study Physical Therapy Assisting. She worked at Town Manor Nursing Home while in school. After graduating she worked at Suburban Woods Nursing Home & Rehab. She was involved in the choir at her church along with many other organizations prior to her death on November 9, 2009. NANCY (WITT) CALDWELL passed away at the age of 98 on July 8, 2009. She was an artist who enjoyed reading and traveling. In addition to attending Harcum she also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She was a founding member of the Spinster’s Club, a member of the Junior League both in Lynchburg as well as a member of the DAR in Lexington. She is survived by her two daughters and their families

JOAN (DOUGHERTY) DENNIS passed away at the age of 69 on November 28, 2007. She was a graduate of Haverford High School before to attending Harcum. She enjoyed gardening and was a published writer. Joan is survived by her husband and two sons. JANE (WALLEIGH) DUKE passed away at the age of 87 on July 24, 2010. She graduated from Lower Merion High School prior to attending to Harcum. Jane leaves behind a son, daughter in law, a sister and grown grandchildren FRANCES (THOMAS) LIGHT passed away on November 22, 2007 at the age of 86. After attending Harcum she spent many years at Haverford College as an Executive Assistant to the faculty. DOLORES ANN KULZER O’CONNOR passed away on March 3, 2010 in New Jersey. She was married to Joseph O’Connor and they had five children. Dolores previously worked in the Philadelphia Office of the FBI and then moved to real estate, retiring from Weichert Realtors. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and enjoyed such activities as bridge, traveling and golf as well as spending time with her family.

KATHLEEN SOLLI passed away June 2, 2010 at the age of 60. Kathleen attended St. Mary’s High School in New Haven before graduating from Harcum. She was a special education secretary at Doolittle School and Dodd Middle School. She was the former president of the Jaycees and an active member. Kathleen also participated in Relay for Life. She was married to her husband Arne for 36 years and they had a son (Kevin) and daughter (Kristina). JUDIANN (FEINBERG) VOLA passed away June 19, 2010. She was a former Miss Margate and enjoyed golfing as a member at Linwood Country Club. She graduated from Atlantic City High School before attending Harcum. She leaves behind three children and six grandchildren. DR. ELOISE TURNER-WELCH Former Faculty DR. FRANK SANDO Former Faculty EDWARD T. MCERLEAN Former Lecturer

CLAIRE (LAWALL) REICH passed away on October 20, 2010. She had four children and ten grandchildren. She graduated from Villanova University after attending Harcum. She taught at Overbrook Presbyterian Preschool

Chrissie (Fleishman) Lange ’70



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