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A Magazine Published by Juniata College Office of Admission

Fall ’12

…it’s a relaxed atmosphere

…spiritual growth with intellectual discovery

…professional schools know our name

…I’ll reach my full potential

…I’m studying abroad

…students and faculty

—Ryan Wickes ’15 POE: biology

—Kelly Shunn ’15 POE: environmental science and wildlife conservation

—Danielle Zappa ’15 POE: peace and conflict studies and the arts

—Cantin Gillen ’15 POE: pre-med

—Christopher Cueto ’15 POE: physical chemistry

—Alyssa Peachey ’15 POE: biology

…it’s like family

—De’Shanae Casey ’15 POE: biology / pre-vet

…I’m creating my own major

—Chris Fulton ’15 POE: business finance and marketing

because... …it feels like home

—Reinaldo Liem ’15 POE: engineering / finance

…balance between academic & social growth —Natasha Lane ’15 POE: entrepreneurship

…two of my interests are one major —David Knecht ’15 POE: geology and political science

…it just felt right

—Shayna Yeates ’15 POE: biology and psychology

Juniata College is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences founded by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1876. Juniata’s mission is to provide an engaging, personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

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In many ways, Juniata’s Program of Emphasis resembles a traditional major—but it’s better. It’s a flexible system in which you are encouraged to combine academic interests to make you more marketable for careers and graduate school. Skills necessary in today’s world include creativity, self-discipline and selfdirection. All are developed as you work with two advisers on your POE, whether you choose a designated program or design your own. Discover an interest along the way? Consult with advisers to work it in, while keeping momentum toward graduation. Accounting Anthropology Art History Arts Production Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Communication Communication & Conflict Resolution Computer Science Digital Media Earth and Space Science Economics Education—pre-K to 4th grade Education, Secondary—biology, chemistry, earth/space science, English, environmental education, French, general science, German, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish Engineering (3-2)* Engineering Physics English Entrepreneurship Environmental Economics Environmental Science Environmental Studies Finance French Geology German Health Communication History History & Museum Studies Human Resource Management Information Technology International Business

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Juniata is published by Juniata College Office of Admission and is a biannual magazine. Please send change of address to: Juniata College, Enrollment Center, 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652. Juniata College, as an educational institution and employer, values equality of opportunity and diversity. The College is an independent, privately supported co-educational institution committed to providing a liberal arts education to qualified students regardless of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Its policies comply with requirements of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV of the Education Amendments of 1972, and all other applicable federal, state, and local statutes, regulations and guidelines.


ou might not believe it when we tell you people wave at one another as they pass on the sidewalk. You might doubt it when we tell you that one night each spring, the physics students are rock stars. You might be skeptical that the prevailing smell on the breeze at our first big student welcome event is chocolate.

That’s fine. Some things—brownie breezes, the pyrotechnic flair of Physics Phun Night, the jovial thunder of students storming The Arch, the sheer amount of times people wave hello at you—you’ll have to wait to experience until you are a student. Fortunately, most of what makes Juniata great—the welcoming community, the unusually open and green campus, the personalized attention and support of faculty, staff and peers committed to your success—is available anytime. So come and visit. Because the best way to decide on Juniata is to see the College for yourself.

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Students share what helped them choose Juniata College Photos: Aaron McCoy ’12 and Patrick McCloskey ’12

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Welcome to this issue, where you will get a sneak peak into the academics, athletics, campus life, traditions and other facets of Juniata College.

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10 Game On!

Express Yourself

Opportunities to Speak Your Mind

Juniata’s Musical Athletes Talk about Balance

11 On Location

Northern Necessities

What to Pack for College Life

Where We Were When We Chose Juniata

12 Tiny Traditions

Jocks Rock

And the Freshman Perspective

Speech Stress Quest to Compete in the Bailey Oratorical

Let’s Get Digital A Student’s Take on E-texts and Tablets

It’s the Little Things That Count

14 All the Right Moves

Students Stay Active through Internships

16 Riding the Waves

A Student’s Business Success

17 Scholarships

Why Liberal Arts?

Students Share Why It’s Important


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EXPRESS YOURSELF Speaking in public scares some people more than death—like Katie Shughrue ’11. “Before I entered Juniata, I wasn’t able to stand up in front of a crowd to save my life,” Shughrue says. But, like so many Juniata students, Shughrue fell in love with sharing her point of view. Before graduating with a Program of Emphasis in chemistry and communication, she spoke at the Library of Congress and at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Here are a few of the opportunities Juniata students explore to master public speaking and share what’s on their mind. By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06

Campus Opinions

An online news center featuring contemporary topics in the form of Q&As, Campus Opinions features students who pursue and publish the views of their peers and professors. “Students speak their mind because we do not censor the responses we receive,” says Mary Munion ’12. “I wrote an article about The Iron Lady and spoke with Alison Fletcher, an associate professor in the history department. As it turns out, she is one of the most interesting people I have ever encountered.”

Soapbox Speeches

Photo: Jason Jones

The Juniatian

Published biweekly, Juniata’s campus newspaper features campus news, sports, and arts and entertainment. “If there is an issue you feel is important and would like to see written in the paper, you, as a writer, can put that idea on the agenda and explain to the rest of the staff why you feel it needs to be covered,” says Juniatian layout editor Brea Neri ’13. “In this way, every student can influence what they want to see written.” We also publish it online at


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A campus event where impromptu is in vogue, the Soapbox Speeches allow students to share their opinions—and a strong point of view is actually encouraged at this event—on topics ranging from presidential preferences to “-isms that relate to their life,” says Grace Fala, professor of communication. The idea is simple: get on your soapbox, say your piece and then move to the audience and listen to others.

Lift Ev’ry Voice

A celebration of the voices of authors of African descent, this coffeehouse-style production features dramatic readings of literature by students in the English courses World Literatures and African American Literature. Students, like you, plan and produce this program, choosing works to read by Langston Hughes, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, James Weldon Johnson, James Baldwin, Sojourner Truth, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker and others.

Photo: Sungouk Park ’14


Storyfest is a new tradition at Juniata that features international students who tell—and sometimes act out—stories that represent their cultures. In one, a young woman from Afghanistan played the role of a traditional bride, even wearing a dress she’d brought from home.

Photo: Erica Quinn ’10

Photo: Sungouk Park ’14

Liberal Arts Symposium

Share the research, studio art, literature and other scholarly work you’ve pursued while in college. Every year, around 180 students at Juniata do so at our on-campus scholarship conference— Liberal Arts Symposium. We’re so into it, classes are canceled so all can attend.

Grace’s Historic Speeches Class

If you’ve already conquered your fears or are interested in communication in general, check out the offerings of Juniata’s communication department. One unique class is Great Orations, in which students learn not only to recite but bring to life, once again, famous speeches from the likes of Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King Jr.


Juniata’s literary mini-magazine, Kvasir features poetry, short stories, essays, photography and scripts. “Since much of creative writing is veiled in some way, and readers usually assume that writing is not strictly autobiographical, someone can write a poem or story that deals with something they wouldn’t normally talk about out loud,” says Maggie Oldham ’12, president of Kvasir.

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So, you’ve scribbled a list of maybe two items— your smartphone charger and your mini-Keurig. But what do you really need to tackle your first semester of college? Current Juniata students from outside of Pennsylvania and around the globe share their secrets of what to pack for a full college life. By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06

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Hot Ride “A bicycle—probab ly one of the best things that I br ought to campus my freshm en year. Yes, they are a little diffi cult to transport, but it enabled me to go all over Huntingdon withou t having a car.” —Mackenzie Coult er-Kern ’13, Manchester, Ind.

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Local Neccessities “Many of the international students come from countries that have really unique cultures so I considered bringing my national dress, flag and some other small things that are used by locals in my country. Showing them is very helpful while giving presentations about my culture.” —Airokhsh Faiz Qaisary ’15, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

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“Actually, overpacking is one of the easiest things to do, so students should be aware of how many items they are actually bringing. I could fit all I needed into two duffle bags. When I arrived, I bought a fridge and some small furniture.” —Samuel Karzen ’12, Makawao, Hawaii


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“I made a list. A longboard (a 44- to 47-inch skateboard that’s popular for commuting on the West Coast) is a great way to get around campus and the nearby areas. You should also consider bringing: voter registration, a graphing calculator and hiking boots. You never know when an impromptu trip to the cliffs or Juniata River will occur. Lastly, an outgoing personality—everyone’s in a new place so get out and meet your new lifelong friends!”

“Coming from South Carolina, I highly overestimated the intensity of the winter here and I ending up sending back sweaters and heavy coats. I’m a studio arts major so all of my projects/ pieces pile up in my room. Storage centers over the summer have been very helpful, but be sure to reserve them ahead of time!”

—Nick Bauer ’12, Nashville, Tenn.

—Kim Padula ’13, Irmo, S.C.

By Nyssa Matter ’12 Photos: Krista Leibensperger ’12




Juniata Athletics Division III, NCAA men’s sports: baseball basketball cross country football soccer tennis track and field volleyball

Matt Fritz ’12 Men’s Baseball

Kelsey Fuller ’13 Women’s Volleyball

Your season doesn’t begin until spring? How do you get your team to bond in the fall, when freshmen arrive? We still have a fall season where we take the time to get to know one another. We get out on the field and practice as a team, and, along with practices, we also have strength workouts with Coach Smith. We’re really together as a team throughout the whole school year.

Are there any activities you do as a team to help freshmen connect? The big icebreaker for incoming freshmen is the team camp we hold at the end of July. Usually, all of the girls help work at the camp and then we play ball at night; it’s a good way for us to start showing them what Juniata Volleyball is all about. Also, the night before preseason, we have a team dinner at the seniors’ house and everyone can just hang out and eat a good meal before the hard work begins.

Can you recall at what moment you clicked with the team? My first year with the baseball team was my sophomore year at Juniata. I remember the upperclassmen made me feel comfortable right away—they treated me like I had been a part of the team all along. I think there is a direct correlation between how close-knit the baseball team is and its success.

How do you feel about being a team leader? It’s a big responsibility, right? During my freshman year, in the first game of the season, I was a starter, and being the only freshman on the floor was nerve-wracking. One of the seniors walked up to me and said: “You proved yourself to us in preseason. We need you and trust you so no holding back.” It was that moment that gave me confidence for the next three years.

Avery Fordham ’14 and Scott Thomas ’13 Ultimate Frisbee As a club sport, is there anything different you do to help freshmen players adjust? ST: Aside from our practices, we have leisurely disc golf sessions around campus. This is when we get to know each other better as a team. This helps improve our connection on the field, not to mention it’s a fun way to unwind from classes on a Friday evening. Think back to when you first joined the team, as a freshman. At what point did you feel like you finally clicked? AF: My freshman year a lot of the guys on the team lived together and I would go over to their room and just hang out there. I started to pick up on some of the running jokes the team had and was able to have conversations with a lot of them. At that point I realized that I was finally integrated into the team.

The Freshman Perspective: Alexis Hadden ’15 of Women’s Rugby, an intramural team How is playing collegiate rugby different from playing in high school? Playing rugby in high school just wasn’t as personal as playing for Juniata. I think a huge part of it is that we all live close together in dorms on campus. Everyone is within walking distance of each other, we all eat dinner together after practice, and we hang out on the weekends. Those are the things that make playing rugby at the college level feel more like being part of a family.

women’s sports: basketball cross country field hockey soccer softball swimming tennis track and field volleyball 2011-12 Landmark Champions: women’s volleyball 2011-12 NCAA Participants: women’s volleyball women’s basketball men’s outdoor track & field 2011-12 ECAC Participants: field hockey men’s basketball men’s volleyball

Go inside athletics at for sports information, national championships, cheerleading and more.

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One Undergrad’s Quest To Compete in the Bailey Oratorical By Ellen Santa Maria ’12 Photos: Sungouk Park ’14

can’t believe that it all fits under my pillow. Like a tooth waiting to meet Ithe Tooth Fairy, my speech rests beneath my head for eight hours straight. Why? I’m competing in my third straight Bailey Oratorical Contest. The Bailey is a speech competition for the entire student body. Started in 1915, it features a $1,000 for first prize, $500 for second, and $300 for third. The Juniata communication department treats the Bailey like football fans treat the Super Bowl. “I used to judge the John Henry Frizzell speech competition for Penn State and nobody would come,” competition director and Professor of Communication Donna Weimer says. “The level of participation the Bailey attracts showcases our students’ willingness to get involved.”

Above: Santa Maria practices her speech solo, then under the guidance of Professor Weimer. Right: Students compete in the preliminary rounds on a very tense Saturday morning. Ellen Santa Maria competed in the 2010 Bailey, placed third in the 2011 Bailey and made the semi-finals in her last Bailey in 2012. Elise Mihranian ’14, of Chester Springs, Pa., won the 2012 Bailey.

The Hours: Waiting to Speak The night before prelims, I practice frantically in an open classroom until the wee hours of the morning, coercing friends to be the audience. The day of the finals, I give my mind a break and head to dinner. At my usual table, I remind my friends that my speech is tonight, and they all swear to be there equipped with signs and foghorns. Staring down at my plate, I realize that I’ve barely even nibbled on my pizza and salad. Slowly, but surely, the realization that my only prop is my voice announces itself in my mind. Bailey Matters The Bailey isn’t just about winning prize money, or pretending we’re the President about to deliver the State of the Union Address. The Bailey is about growing—as individuals and as a community. If students can get past the fear of speaking, the Bailey can become the shining experience of their college careers. Jeffrey Bellomo ’00, the 2000 Bailey winner, says, “I realized I could do anything after I won it.” The Juniata community can’t help but be swept up in the Bailey ballyhoo. Professor Sarah Worley says that the day after the competition, the department is “inundated with emails and phone calls. People saying ‘What were those judges thinking?!’ Everybody picks their top three and hopes to match the judges.” Final Destination; The Power of the Podium Sitting in the packed auditorium next to my six fellow speakers, I can feel sweat droplets forming on my nose. I hear Donna call my name, and I rise. I’m in the zone. I look out into the audience and see my field hockey team—the best friends I’ve made at college. My professors are seated with the judges. I look in the camera, and know that back at home, my boyfriend, parents and sister are crowded around a computer screen, watching this stream live over the Internet.


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Despite all this, I feel an incredible sense of ease. So, I do it. A little over seven minutes, and it’s all over. I can’t look for more than a second at the audience when I’m done, because I’m so focused on sitting back down and breathing normally again.

Let s Get Digital My Take on E-texts and Tablets


By Sarah Erdely ’12 Photo: Jeff Bruzee ’14

s I prepared myself for the final semester of my senior year at Juniata, I was sure to make a checklist of all of the essentials to get me through my final courses and overcome senioritis: textbooks, check; pens and pencils, check; highlighters, check; printer ink, check; and coffee for my French press, check. I felt quite prepared, but, when the first day of class arrived, I felt panicked as I reached into my backpack to pull out a notebook and, lo and behold, there was none. How could something so obvious not make it on to my checklist? Thankfully since I take my iPad everywhere with me, I pulled it out and began to type the notes.

As much as I love technology and keeping up with the latest gadgets, I’ve never been one to type my notes in class. I had used a paper and pen since kindergarten. I recalled vaguely, in the chaos, that a friend had told me about some great apps to keep notes organized (Notes Plus, Evernote, etc.), so I decided to give it a shot and I quickly began to enjoy typing my notes. Being able to quickly bold, italicize, underline, and highlight made my notes organized and the important information stand out. And, I realized that carrying the iPad was much better than lugging around a huge 5-subject notebook all day. I began to ask my friends about ebooks and using tablets in class. Those who had tablets and have tried the etextbook option aren’t going to switch back to those 30-pound overpriced hardcovers. But, the others who don’t use etextbooks said it was because they were too caught up in the routine of using pens and flipping pages. They just weren’t ready to make the switch to digital. Well, I am. I wish I had another semester to experiment and get only etextbooks and enjoy not having back pain after carrying a backpack full of books across campus all day. I’ve learned a lot about e-texts since that fateful first day of my senior year. So you would guess I’m ready to get rid of books. Not quite. Books represent humanity: our culture and our history. Since Gutenberg invented the printing press, books, newspapers and magazines have told a story about human progress. And, as they evolved, printed books have dramatically changed our communication and education system. But, rumor has it that Apple is soon to revolutionize the textbook industry, selling all textbooks for just $15 to tablet devices. At that point, I’m sure those who are hesitant to breakout of their normal routine will happily say goodbye to their hefty textbooks and help save some trees.

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Photo: Sungouk Park ’14

ed in “A liberal arts education keeps us from becoming robots train become critical one discipline. Instead, our education trains students to fi ult problems facing our society in new thinkers who can solve the diffic and innovative ways.” —Andrew Maul ’13


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WHY LIBER 3 “I chose a liberal arts college because of the smaller size of the college, allowing me more interaction with professors to better understand course work and aid me in preparation for internships and post-graduate opportunities.” —Ashley Schnader ’13

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“Liberal arts schools are much more flexible in letting students explore their own interests— Juniata let me spend a long time wandering around from department to department before I finally decided which one I wanted to settle in.” —Kelsey Molseed ’14

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“The main attraction of being at a liberal arts college is that creating a well rounded individual is the highest priority. I am a chemistry POE with a secondary emphasis in the arts and I greatly appreciate having the opportunity to be taught everything in between.” —Thomas Jordan ’13


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Game On!

Juniata’s Musical Athletes Talk about Balance Juniata students tend to clog their calendars. It’s part of the reason they become well-rounded citizens. We sat down with a few athletes who are also musicians and club members and asked them why they are uber-involved. By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 Photos: Jeff Bruzee ’14

Silas Robinson ’14: I agree. I’ve always been busy, so it’s what I’m used to. Continuing to play football has allowed me to make lots of friends and learn a lot of lessons about life.

Melissa King ’13 involved in: ➤ Track and field team (as a thrower) ➤ Wind Symphony (plays trumpet) ➤ Orchestra and Brass Quintet (trumpet) ➤ Bonner Leader (community service) ➤ Campus Tour Guide ➤ Researcher at the Huntingdon County Historical Society ➤ Team Phoenix (mentoring program at nearby elementary school) Silas Robinson ’14 involved in: ➤ Juniata Eagles Football ➤ Percussion Ensemble ➤ Null Set (Juniata’s math club) ➤ Hillel (Juniata’s Jewish student organization) Ethan Cree ’15 involved in: ➤ Society of Physics Students (physics student club) ➤ Juniata Eagles Football (Linebacker) ➤ Concert Band (Trumpet) Caitlyn Bowman ’12 involved in: ➤ Juniata Eagles Field Hockey ➤ Orchestra (viola) ➤ Christian Ministry Board ➤ Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society (secretary) ➤ Science in Motion (Lab Assistant) ➤ Peer tutor


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Melissa: Plus, you’re only a crazy undergrad student for so long.

GK: Speaking of crazy, how do you avoid a breakdown if you have a paper due and an evening-long practice?

GK: You’re each athletes and musicians. What’s the downside to all of your involvement? Melissa King ’13: I don’t get a whole lot of down time. I’m usually busy from 8 or 9 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m., which leaves me a limited time to get school work done and get some sleep. On weekends, I spend Saturdays at track meets and then try to catch up on Sundays. It can be tiring. Caitlyn Bowman ’12: Sometimes I wish there were more hours in the day, but then I’d probably find a way to fill those hours, too.

GK: So, why be this deeply involved? Ethan Cree ’15: I don’t want to have any regrets when I am done with school. I don’t want to look back on this time and wish I would have continued things that I love to do, such as playing my instrument as well as playing football.

Melissa: There’s no way around the time crunch. Realistically, I get a Red Bull, find somewhere other than my room to sit, and do my best. I need my sleep, so I can rarely pull off an all-nighter, but I’ll often find myself up to 3 or 4 a.m. doing work. I can’t function unless I’m under pressure, so sometimes my best work comes out of these situations.

Caitlyn: I try not to worry about it. My roommate and I have a motto: “One way or another, it always gets done on time.” I usually try to complete my assignments the night before they’re due, but I often end up falling asleep at my desk, despite my roommate’s advice to just go to bed and finish my work the next morning.





Where We Were When We Chose Juniata



By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06

Amy Rubin ’14 first heard about Juniata College from her grandmother, who’d clipped a newspaper article about Juniata’s inclusion in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. Although Amy had her mind set on a college close to her hometown, Hillsborough, N.J., Amy visited Juniata and a host of other schools, including the college where her parents fell in love. But, despite the miles on her parents’ odometer, she was still undecided on which college to attend. One night, while researching online at, Amy had a revelation: ‘Juniata is the place for me.’


GK: What’s your advice to incoming students who seek to do it all? Ethan: Never limit yourself. If you love to do something then you should be able to continue to do it and not feel like you have to quit. Caitlyn: Yes, go for it! One of the main reasons I chose Juniata was to stay active. My involvement has provided opportunities to go places I never could have imagined, and the connections I’ve made with other students will last a lifetime. At the same time, don’t let yourself get stretched too thin. I’ve come to recognize the limits of what I can do in the time that I have, and I’ve learned to say “No” when necessary. Ethan: That’s true. Be sure not to “bite off more than you can chew.” Melissa: Chances are, if you’re the type of student who seeks to do it all, you’ll probably be able to. The only thing to be careful of is what combination you chose. I’ve had semesters where I had rehearsals, tour guide duty at open houses, track meets, and service days all on the same weekends, with no one willing to budge on letting me miss something. It pays off to plan ahead of time and not choose things that overlap so heavily. Silas: And, when times get tough, don’t give up. It seems like its nearly impossible at times, but you will be fine.

“This is kind of weird since I’m not a physics major, but I knew I wanted to come to Juniata when I walked past the physics 2 lounge. Just the feel of the place told me that people like me were at Juniata; it seemed like a place where nerds get excited about learning are not only welcome, but celebrated.” —Meg Hourigan ’13 “I did an overnight with a girl on the soccer team. My overnight host took me everywhere and it was then that I began to realize that all of the students that I met were people that I would enjoy spending time with. I chose Juniata on the car ride home, just as we were pulling away from a freshman dorm.” —Mackenzie Coulter-Kern ’13 “I was taking a bubble bath and was thinking about my future pertaining to my two remaining schools and how they would impact my life. I just thought Juniata was the better fit for me and everyone was much more friendly when I came to visit. The next day I called basketball coach Greg Curley and told him I was ready to be an Eagle.” —Jeremy Hays ’14 “I had narrowed down my choices to Juniata and two state schools, and I decided to come to Juniata after I received my financial aid letter in the mail. The surprising scholarship put me at ease. I knew a liberal arts school would be better, but I needed financial aid, too. Best decision I ever made!” —Stephanie Metz ’12

“I was working at Hershey Medical Center in a malaria research lab and the head of the lab took the time to teach me advanced lab techniques. It was his individual attention that made me realize how I want to learn biology. Therefore, I chose Juniata because the small classes and faculty to student ratio is very important to me and my success.” —Nick Deebel ’14


“I decided to come to Juniata just hours after my tour. I was walking through Juniata’s organic garden, reflecting on my visit. Everyone we met on campus was incredibly friendly, and the faculty were really enthusiastic about my educational goals. I just decided I needed to be here.” —Ally Lush ’13

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It’s the LITTLE THINGS That Count Even the smallest traditions can make a big difference in a person’s college experience. Here are some of the little-known traditions that give Juniata that extra spark.

Zombie Tag Vampires are out, and zombies are in. Whether you’re kidding or not, you’ve probably heard or participated in a conversation on how to survive in the zombie apocalypse. It’s the hot-button topic of today’s youth. Juniata students have decided to test their zombie savvy. One group of friends started a Zombie Tag game. The premise? Imagine “Patient Zero”—the first “human” to be infected by a zombie. Patient Zero then attempts to tag as many of their friends as possible. If you get tagged, you are automatically a zombie the next day. Only outdoor tags count, and “humans” can fight back by running into the nearest campus building. The last surviving human wins. Sure, those who don’t know about the game might think you’re absolutely nuts when you drop your bag and sprint away from that zombie. But to be the last surviving human is truly an accomplishment.

Photos (page 12): Andy Waplinger ’12; (page 13): Janice Jackson ’14

Check out a video by Digital Media student Andy Waplinger ’12 who won a contest for new Electronic Theatre Controls @ Alternative links:


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Family Dinners

Whether you’re preparing yourself for life after college, or you just want to break the stereotype of Ramen noodles and SpaghettiO’s, cooking for yourself in college can be a really rewarding experience. With off-campus housing equipped with stoves, along with several dorms with kitchens, it’s not hard to find a way to cook for your friends, either. Some students choose to make a pseudo Thanksgiving Dinner before going home for the holiday. Lots of upperclassmen get together and have a cooking duty rotation. One group of friends calls themselves the “Supper Sisters.” No matter who you’re cooking for, there’s no better place than Huntingdon to get what you need for that perfect meal. From a weekly farmer’s market in town, to a bulk food and spices store out on Route 22, no cooking group ever feels at a loss for what to make.

Roulette, Mountain Day Style

Mountain Day is enough of a tradition by itself—where else does the College President cancel classes for a day-long picnic? A smaller component of this tradition is the prediction that takes place before Mountain Day. In the fall of every year, students try to guess when Mountain Day will be. The day-off from classes cannot be scheduled when there is an athletic event, so students will often break out the calendar and circle the only possible dates on which Mountain Day could fall. Professors often partake in the guessing game, as the date can drastically effect the class schedule. Students brave enough to bet on Mountain Day stay up the night before the assumed day-off, roaming around campus, shouting “It’s Mountain Day Tomorrow!” or, if it’s late enough in the evening, just, “It’s Mountain Day”. If they’re correct, they win bragging rights down at the Lake Raystown the following day. But if they’re wrong, well, the loss is all on them.

Pooling Together

A shadowy figure emerges from the corner, a dim light illuminating his downcast face. “How about a game of pool,” he inquires, throwing a few bills on the green felt. You accept. Okay…so playing pool at Juniata is never this “movie-esque,” but it’s certainly as fun as the movies. Located on the second floor of Ellis Hall is Eagle’s Landing, one of two main eateries on campus. Couches, computers, a printer and— best of all—pool tables flank the cafeteria. So when you’re waiting for your food, what better way to pass the time than chat with friends and play a friendly round of pool? It’s actually free.

Parent-Sponsored Fun

Pizza? Check. Wings? Check. The Superbowl? Check. Parents? This time, they’re covering the check. When you’re senior Kimberly Amrod, of Ridgefield, Conn., your parents couldn’t be any more fun. That’s because every year, for the Super Bowl, Amrod’s mom gives her $50 toward a Super Bowl Party. That’s a lot of incentive to be Amrod’s roommate, because there’s nothing like pizza, wings, friends and the game to make for a good time. With four years of sponsoring Super Bowl party fun under her belt, I think it’s pretty safe to say that parents like Amrod’s have added some needed spice to the small-scale traditions on campus.

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All the Right Moves Some students spend summer lounging by the side of a pool or flipping burgers for a few extra bucks. But, Juniata students often manage to grab some dough— or credits toward graduation—and gain valuable experience as interns. Here are just a few internships Juniata students explored in the past summer. By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 Photos: courtesy of students unless marked otherwise



2. International Love Chelsea Wilson ’13 interned for the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Md., escorting foreign delegations around the Baltimore area and attending conferences and networking events. “I liked that I got to meet people from different cultures,” Chelsea says. “I also liked exploring and learning more about my own city.”

Photo: J.D. Cavrich



1. Fusion Cooking Claire Wayman ’12 spent her summer indulging both her love of history and food as an intern at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y. “I interpreted 19th-Century food preparation techniques in period costume, and also had the opportunity to learn the art of making buttermilk biscuits and cheese,” Claire says. “Most interns don’t learn how to make cheese with rennet, the stomach lining of an unweaned calf.”

3. The Life Aquatic Caitlyn Bowman ’12 worked as a research assistant at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Laboratory in Sandy Hook, N.J. Her internship was part of the NOAA-Hollings Scholarship she was awarded in her sophomore year. “My particular research project involved analyzing seawater samples for dissolved inorganic carbon, one of the parameters used to describe the effects of global climate change on seawater chemistry,” Caitlyn says. “I also had the opportunity to help with a summer flounder project by feeding the adult and larval flounder being studied in the lab. And, I got to go out on the research vessel on several occasions to collect water samples for my project.” Later, Caitlyn presented her research at a NOAA symposium.

Photo: Tim Carn ’12

4. Teacher’s Pets Emily Layman ’13 interned for the Raystown Conservation Education Partnership and was responsible for designing, planning, researching and presenting wildlife conservation education programs to visitors of Raystown Lake. “I was able to educate almost 4,000 visitors about topics that I find important. I was really proud to design 20 programs on different topics,” Emily says. “The internship gave me a lot of experience in my fields of study—wildlife conservation and elementary education.” 5. Hostess with the Mostest Elise Mihranian ’14 interned for Dreams Resort and Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “I taught yoga and step classes and organized games, like beach volleyball,” Elise says. “My favorite part of my internship was meeting people from all around the world. I also got the opportunity, while living in another country, to utilize my Spanish skills.”



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6. Up on Quiet Creek Emily Harakal ’13 interned at Quiet Creek Farm, an organic community sponsored farm in Kutztown, Pa. Emily spent time planting seeds, weeding, irrigating crops, harvesting and interacting with members when they came to pick up their fruits and veggies each week. “I loved being outside every day and getting dirty,” Emily says.

Students Stay Active Through Summer Internships 7. Puppy Love Rebekah Sheeler ’13 interned for the municipality of Orizaba, Mexico, in the ecology department. “I got to work in several aspects of the ecology in Orizaba, such as the local greenhouse, along the river as a horticulturist’s aid, and in the local veterinary clinic,” Rebekah says. “My tasks ranged from helping around the greenhouse to assisting the doctor in operations on cats and dogs. I was given a plethora of opportunities to apply my skills in new and exciting ways.”



8. Med Express Rachel Krantz ’14 completed an internship at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. “I spent my mornings shadowing medical professionals in a variety of departments throughout the hospital, which really opened my eyes to fields I may not have considered otherwise,” Rachel says. “I really felt like my experience was interesting because it took place in a rural hospital, and rural settings have their own unique challenges and clientele. The problems these areas face have inspired me to want to work in a similar environment.” 9. Irish Blessing Jennifer Loving ’12 worked at the Glebe House in Strangford, Ireland, designing and operating programming at a kids’ summer camp. “The internship gave me an opportunity to see social contact theory in practice rather than just learning about it in a classroom,” Jennifer says. “In the end, I wrote a paper linking my internship to what I had learned in my peace and conflict classes at Juniata because there was a direct correlation.” 10. Caving In Tyler Thomas ’12 has interned at Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks for the past two summers, giving educational and interpretive tours of both caves to school groups, the general public and scout troops, contributing also to The Haunted Halloween tour during the fall. “Subjects included rocks, minerals and fossils,” Tyler says. “There is no place I would rather be than inside the Caverns, especially on a hot summer day when cave is a cool 52 degrees.”


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11. Go Fish! Jeff Gring ’12 interned with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission of Harrisburg, Pa., where he worked as an aquatic biologist aide, performing fieldwork from New York to the Chesapeake Bay. “On a day-to-day basis, I identified fish, electro-fished, collected benthic macroinvertebrates and water samples, assessed water quality and evaluated the overall habitat of various streams,” Jeff says. “I loved everything about this internship and the experience reinforced my desire to become a fisheries biologist, while also providing me with many valuable skills needed in the field.”


12. Her Cup of Tea Katie Houston ’12 spent her summer as a research associate for the conservation science department of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England, performing various analytical chemistry techniques including Raman spectroscopy and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to identify the pigments used in British portrait miniatures painted by William Wood (1769-1810). “The summer research became a part of my senior thesis,” Katie says. “I enjoyed its interdisciplinary nature. It was a great opportunity to learn about new chemistry instrumentation as well as the history behind the objects I was working on. Being in London gave the opportunity for travel as well. I was able to visit friends in France, Germany, Holland and Ireland, including a get-together of five Juniata students in Germany.” 13. Keep it in La Familia Alden Hiller ’12 interned for the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, a family services agency, of Orizaba, Mexico, thanks to an established partnership between Juniata and the municipality of Orizaba. Alden worked under the guidance of the head psychologist and the lead social worker, assessing the needs of neighboring towns and neighborhoods. “I proctored psychometric tests, reviewed psychological profiles, visited battered women clinics, and helped set up a teen graffiti art community event,” Alden says.

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Riding the Waves: By Ellen Santa Maria ’12 Photo: Jeff Bruzee ’14

e all remember those elementary school projects that really let our imaginations run loose.

From clay creations in art class to show and tell, those were always the most fun things to do in school. But how about when your teacher—probably your favorite one—asked you to invent something? That’s how the Snuggie was made.

Some business professors and alumni at Juniata decided to take student innovation to the next level and make a competition out of it, incorporating the competitiveness and tactics from ABC’s show Shark Tank. In the show, budding entrepreneurs present their business ideas to five “sharks”—successful and established business owners. These sharks have the ability to award money to the contestant whose business plan shows the most potential. Like Shark Tank, Juniata’s business plan competition featured anxiety and the thrill of success, but it also had two other important components: a special judge—former Shark Tank contestant Michael Barnett, a 1989 Juniata graduate and the founder and CEO of Romp ‘n’ Roll, a chain of play-based entertainment centers for young children—and the Sill Business Incubator, which is a campus center devoted to helping students make their business dreams a reality. The lucky winner? Sophomore Nathaniel Fischer from Ringwood, N.J. A stand-up paddle-boarding fan, Fischer wanted to find a way to bring his favorite ocean-based recreational activity to Huntingdon, Pa, the landlocked home of Juniata. With a little research, Fischer discovered that long boarding and skateboarding with a paddle to steer solves a problem that many boarders have: using one foot to propel them along. So Fischer called up some professionals he knew from home, and got permission to use a plastic prototyping machine. Soon, he had his first prototype. Once he had his business plan laid out and practiced his presentation relentlessly, he felt prepared to face the audience and judges. “Being nervous makes you stumble and get scared and freeze; being excited keeps you energized and able to keep going and make few mistakes, but also allows you to have energy to be entertaining,” Fischer says. “I figured if I could be entertaining and present all my ideas I would be fine.” After his presentation was declared smooth sailing and his idea was deemed innovative and unique, Fischer won $2,500.


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Scholarships How Much Do You Qualify for?


uniata partners with families to ensure that all students can benefit from a Juniata education. Review the information found at Complete Juniata’s Personal Cost Estimator to get an estimate of cost after scholarships and aid. The Financial Planning office invites you to work with them personally as you navigate your four-year college investment. Contact us at 814-641-3142 or

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The rigor of the courses you’ve taken and the academic reputation of your high school or college are also considered.

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Distinguished Scholars Awards

Full Tuition

National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Recognition finalists

James Quinter Scholarships

$20,000 yearly

GPA of 3.75, ACT Composite of 30, SAT (M+V) of 1320

Calvert Ellis Scholarships

$10,000 to $18,000 yearly

GPA of 3.00 and higher

Need-based Aid t application • All who demonstrate financial need and mee deadlines receive aid. $28,560. • Average financial aid for first-year students is for first-year • Campus employment up to $2,500 per year ors. students and as much as $5,400 for some seni


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…the professors are enthusiastic —Cassie Wisyanski ’15 POE: biology

…you won’t feel like just a number —Shane Joseph ’15 POE: biology and chemistry

…of the surrounding community —Peter Defnet ’15 POE: chemistry

...a comfortable transition —Dakota Bearden ’15 POE: exploratory

…campus traditions

—Kelsey McHugh ’15 POE: psychology

…new, long lasting relationships —Ariel Mouallem ’15 POE: biochemistry

…the Raystown Field Station rocks! —Cole Santichen ’15 POE: zoology

…I can play soccer competitively

—Lauren Liacouras ’15 POE: English secondary education

because... ...we’re eager to learn

—Candice Kerestan ’15 POE: environmental science / pre-law

…the sense of familiarity —Brian Hicks Jr. ’15 POE: biology and art

…I can blend my unique talents

—Megan Smith ’15 POE: marine biology and theatre

…it’s a superb liberal arts education —Kyle Salage ’15 POE: politics

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