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A Magazine Published by Juniata College Office of Admission

Winter ’14

Game On!

Fans Take Winning Seriously

School’s Out

The New Girl

At Least for the Weekend

One Student’s Journey from Intern to Employee

Fight Club Meets Facebook Special Topics Courses

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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.

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 self-direction. 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.



ou might not believe it when we tell you people here 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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Full Hearts and Empty Pockets


The New Girl:

One Student’s Journey from Intern to Employee


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School’s Out: At Least for the Weekend

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A Weekend at Raystown Field Station

Athletes Catch the Coaching Bug


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Full Hearts and Empty Pockets Juniata Community Fundraises Year-Round By: Erin Kreischer ’13 Photo: Sungouk Park ’14

Juniata’s Habitat club uses most of its funds to make their annual alternative Spring Break trip more affordable for participants. Recent trips have taken students to New Orleans, La., Jackson, Mo., Del Ray, Fla., and Albany, Ga. Juniata’s club fundraisers aren’t the only ways students give back. A lot of Juniata student involvement happens during annual events, like Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society and is one of the largest events that Juniata College hosts.


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“The professor who had the most votes found the toilet on their lawn Saturday afternoon. The professor could send the toilet to another professor’s house for a donation. By the end of the fundraiser, the Relay toilet visited four professors’ houses,” explains Cynthia Onorevole ’13. Another event that not only raises funds but also awareness is Juniata College’s Empty Bowls event. It’s organized through campus clubs such as Catholic Council, the peace and conflict studies club known as PAX-O, Art Alliance, and Mud Junkies, a ceramics club. “This event allows people to buy handcrafted bowls and get a great meal to help support local food banks,” Ariel Lawver ’13 says of the event pictured above.

Juniata students combine their creativity and passion to design events that benefit their surrounding communities—even if that means shearing hair or shaping ceramics.

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“We’ve done everything from moving furniture, working on a farm and mucking out the stables, to digging a drainage ditch,” says Will McGrew ’14 of Juniata College’s yearlong Hire-A-Habitatter program. Hire-A-Habitatter allows community members and professors to make club donations in return for a little help around their house.

Relay teams have also tried some less conventional methods of fundraising, like this year’s popular Flush Out Cancer fundraiser. The event allowed students and professors to purchase votes for 50 cents.

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it can be challenging to convince people to donate to a good cause. To expand community outreach and meet fundraising goals, Juniata clubs and campus events become more creative as the years pass.

Last year’s Empty Bowls raised over $4,100, and all of the proceeds will be given to the area’s local food banks. Local restaurants, community members and Juniata students donated 35 gallons of soup, 58 loaves of bread and over 400 ceramic bowls to the event.

At this year’s Relay, there were 39 teams of 376 student athletes, club members, and friends. Participants passed the school’s goal of raising $28,500. And, students donated a total of 482 inches of hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

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When Tara Black ’14 was awarded one of 200 coveted summer internships at Abbott Pharmaceuticals, which garnered nearly 12,000 student applications across the U.S., she was thrilled. But as it turned out, the best part of the health marketing student’s internship experience came the very last day. “They called me on my last day and they offered me a full-time, big-girl job with benefits!” Black exclaims. During the internship, Black acted as an analyst, critiquing and improving Abbott’s e-commerce strategies for nutritional products. Based on her investigations, she presented her findings to the director of retail sales, who threw her a curve ball by moving her hour-and-a-half presentation forward by a full day at the very last moment. “My presentation went extremely

well,” Black says. “The vice president of the company, who wasn’t even there for my talk, came and found me. He said, ‘The directors are talking about your presentation.’ I think the fact that I was adaptable and could deal with pressure sealed the deal.” Of the eight summer interns in the retail category, three were offered full-time positions. After her December graduation, Black will work in retail sales before specializing as an analyst once again. “I’m really excited,” Black says. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and moving around.”

Before her internship at Abbott, Black worked at nearby J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and as a student graphic designer in Juniata’s marketing department.

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Study Spaces Abound: Where Students Work, Collaborate and…Socialize By: Lauren Frantz ’15 Photo: Jason Jones


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Brumbaugh Academic Center

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Beeghly Library

Photo: Sungouk Park ’14

The most personalized and accommodating study spot on campus is the physics lounge in Brumbaugh Academic Center. A Dairy Queen Marquee sign, humorous posters of

If all of the quiet study areas in the library are taken, the next best place to go is Good Hall, where classrooms often function as quiet and convenient study spots for students who study social sciences. “I study in the classrooms on the fourth floor of Good Hall almost every day. There are lots of tables, not just desks, so you have plenty of room to work. There are also large chalkboards and whiteboards to write on,” Sue Stazetski ’16 says.

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Known for its serene view of campus and quiet atmosphere, the lounge on the fourth floor of Founders Hall is a favorite student study spot for English students. Many students enjoy being surrounded by windows and the comfortable blue couches that fill the room. “After reading a book inches from your face for hours, it is really nice to be able to look up and just see Juniata’s campus and the mountains in the distance. It’s also great on days when you wish you could be outside because you can feel the warmth from the sun through the windows,” says Asia Barron ’14.

Sometimes the best study spaces are not even meant for studying. The write-up rooms in the von Liebig Center for Science, meant to be used as a work space for chemistry and biology students doing research, also provide appealing space. “Most of my classes are in von Liebig, so I can place all of my books on the shelves in one writeup room and I do not have to carry all of my books to my classes,” says Leila Terrab ’15.

Photo: Dan Devine

rying to find the perfect place to do lastminute studying for a two-hour exam can be frustrating. However, at Juniata each academic building has some unique and accommodating nooks, dens, and lounges that are available to students seeking solitude or study partners.

professors, a microwave and mini-fridge, dartboard, and countless comic books are only a few of the items that distinguish the physics lounge from other study spaces. “The physics lounge has so much character that as you meet other students who study physics, you learn more of its history. It’s a great place to learn,” Benjamin Redman ’16 says.

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By: John Dubensky ’14 After playing four seasons at Juniata and emptying out their lockers to start their careers, many student athletes ask the same question: what do I do now? With 17 varsity sports on campus, there are many Juniata student athletes who graduate after spending years highly devoted to their sport. Fortunately, for some student athletes, Juniata provides an opportunity to begin their professional life while also remaining involved in the athletics they love through a gap year experience.

“I started interning at Penn State directly after graduating from Juniata,” says Spayd. “And I worked my way up from there. I develop and implement a comprehensive, year-round, sportspecific physical development program for both of the teams that I coach.” Before his internship at Penn State, Spayd completed an internship with Juniata’s Doug Smith, strength and condition coach, at Juniata, a registered strength and conditioning coach with emeritus status that only 37 of 33,000 coaches have nationwide.

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Just ask Julian Valdiserri ’13, an assistant football coach who works with the Eagle tight ends. Valdiserri is in his first season on the Eagles coaching staff—his first season coaching anywhere. Just last year he was playing wide receiver and serving as team captain for the Eagles.

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“I don’t say too much during practice, and I try not to sound overbearing,” says Valdiserri. “What I do is pick up on little details and help everyone improve.” Valdiserri graduated in 2013 with a Program of Emphasis (POE) in management with a secondary emphasis in environmental studies. After finishing his final season in fall of 2012, Valdiserri began helping out with spring practices.


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“I come from a coaching family,” says Valdiserri. “And I’ve been on the field all my life. Becoming a coach is what I wanted to do.” And he isn’t the only recent grad starting his coaching career.

Jill McNeish ’12 was asked by head field hockey coach Caroline Gillich to help coach during spring practices after finishing her final season in fall 2012. “After playing for four years and being a huge part of our team, it was hard to then switch out of that role and into a different leadership role,” says McNeish. “But, I can sympathize with the demands we put on them at practice and I’m sensitive to when someone is having an Organic Chemistry exam that day and, as a result, may not be functioning fully at practice or at a game.”

“While playing football at Juniata, I enjoyed the continual feedback from the coaches,” Spayd recalls. “It’s similar in strength and conditioning. There’s nothing more rewarding than having a positive impact on the life of a student athlete.”

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Juniata athletes transitioning to coaching don’t stick around for long, though. Brandon Spayd graduated from Juniata in 2010 with a POE in sports management and marketing and now works as the head strength and conditioning coach of men’s basketball and women’s tennis at Penn State University. Photo: Candice Hersh


Game On! By: Genna Welsh Kasun '06

From football to field hockey, Juniata athletes take winning seriously. So do their fans. Whether they’re on the field or on the sideline, our students wear Juniata pride on their sleeves—and their faces.

Photos: Candice Hersh

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From Feeding Frenzy to Gym Dandy: Healthy Living at Juniata By: Michael Melvin ‘14 Photo: Jason Jones


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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college can be harder than acing a statistics exam. As an undergraduate, you’ll have to create time within your often-overwhelming schedule in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. Here are five easy tips generated from Juniata College’s own senior class that will assist you in avoiding the “Freshman 15” here at Juniata.

Snack Often, Snack Right Even before move-in day you’ll be making choices for how your eating habits will look by purchasing snacks with your family to stock your fridge. Keep in mind there are many options to choose from, and in many situations the easiest buy will be the packs of cookies, chips, or candy. Before beginning these shopping trips, do your research. In the long run, it will be economically beneficial and better for your eating habits to know as much as you can about what you’re buying. Stay away from fatty options and look for reduced-calorie products. You will be able to focus on classes without feeling guilty about what you snack on. My personal favorites are frozen grapes— they are tasty and easy to make.

Find Your Inner Julia Child Each residence hall is equipped so that you can cook for yourself—if you have any healthy recipes on your laptop. Playing chef is a great reason to get a group of friends together and learn new recipes from one another. “Cooking with friends is the best,” Samantha Ringer ’14 says. “I feel like it really brings you closer. You have to work together and be creative. And if you’re trying to eat healthier, cooking yourself, it enables you to change the recipe or at least be more aware of what goes into your body.”

Fitness, Not Included Balance is Best When you’re in Baker Refectory, the various options provided will help you make the most of your meal plan while balancing your daily nutritional intake. “I don’t think it’s ever been easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle at Juniata,” says Zachary Strouse ’14. “The dining hall now has vegetarian and gluten-free options with every meal, whether it is from our L.O.V.E.—or vegan line—or if you’re requesting that our pizza chefs serve gluten-free or vegetarian pizza. There’s also a Mongolian stir-fry line where students can customize their meal with fresh vegetables and their choice of protein. Nowadays, students can scan each menu item with a smartphone to see what ingredients each option contains, making it simple to maintain a balanced and healthconscious diet.”

There is no required exercise plan or phys-ed course you’ll be enrolled in when coming to Juniata, but what we do have are facilities and staff to help you achieve any fitness goals you may have—at Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center. “All you need is a little motivation and it’s easy to stay fit at Juniata,” says Elise Mihranian ’14. “The mat rooms are well equipped for dynamic workouts and have a variety of resistance bands, medicine balls, and jump ropes to tone up. Also, the trainers are always willing to help you create a plan that’s right for you and help you achieve your fitness goals. My favorite part of the atmosphere in Kennedy is the willingness of student athletes to work out with students who aren’t athletes, to help all of campus stay fit.”

Know Your Options Baker isn’t the only dining spot at Juniata. Simply-to-go meals are offered for students on the run in von Liebig Center for Science and Brumbaugh Academic Center. The library also has a newly opened cafe, Brewed Awakenings, which offers various hot beverage options for students. Each location presents students with eating options that help in balancing a healthy lifestyle.

“I don’t think it’s ever been easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle at Juniata.” —Zach Strouse ‘14

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Hall Golf:

A Community That Golfs Together, Learns Together By: Lauren Frantz ’15 Photos: Candice Hersh

After leaving class in Founders Hall you may want to step into your professor’s office to ask a question or get some advice. It’s just as simple to chat and interact with that faculty member by walking onto an indoor golf course in the very same building. Although it doesn’t boast plastic grass, the impromptu green is often a site where professors and students socialize during friendly competition. History professors Dave Hsiung, Jim Tuten, and David Sowell improvised the hole out of an empty mug lying flat on the ground. Their course uses the entire hallway with benches turned on their sides, a rubber duck, and a multicolored stuffed lizard next to a real, portable mini golf hole. “The benches act as barriers that players have to shoot around or underneath,” Hsiung says. “The rules of the game also differ from an average game of golf. The yellow rubber duck and the stuffed lizard are randomly


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placed around the mini golf hole as hazards, making it difficult for the players to aim for the hole.” “If a player hits his ball into the death duck, the player dies and has to then hit his ball into the life lizard to revive themselves before they can shoot for the hole,” Hsiung explains with a straight face. Students were also able to include some of their own ideas into the list of rules for the game. “I created the hole-in-zero rule,” says Emma Campbell ’16. “The more complicated mini golf hole has ramps on each side that make it harder for the ball to stay level on the platform. If a player can make the ball stay level they get a score of zero for that round.” After each game, the score is written on a whiteboard that keeps track of everyone’s score and shows the record of how many people have ever played hall golf.

It’s a really big board. Whether you have no experience playing golf or you own a personally designed putter, you can still learn new tips and techniques from your classmates and professors, and the pointers go beyond the game itself. “We get a chance to stop what we normally do and we get to socialize with the students in a more laidback atmosphere,” says Tuten. “Hall golf equalizes the students and the professors so everyone can give advice on their different strategies. And it gives us an opportunity to build community.” “Don’t be shy!” adds Campbell. “Every student should play hall golf at least once before they graduate and take advantage of the fun, entertaining, and valuable experience.”


By: John Dubensky ’14 As it turns out, students aren’t the only kind of animals that call Juniata home. While they may not be cuddly, Juniata is home to a number of different creatures used for educational purposes and research. You’re Sweet, Like A Honeybee


Photo: Erica Quinn ’10

Brumbaugh Academic Center is home to a colony of honeybees, located on BAC’s roof. The bees are taken care of by the Bee Team, one of Juniata’s many registered student organizations. The guiding force for the club is Larry Mutti, professor of geology, who serves as faculty adviser and explains that no prior bee experience is necessary. “Bees are just really interesting to watch and learn about,” says Mutti. “They are a marvelous educational resource. There’s a lot of learning that goes on in the club, even though it’s not formally a course.” Mutti lists off all of the things that the club does: colony management, extraction, inspections to see if the colonies are healthy, feeding prior to winter, winterization of the hives, purchasing beekeeping supplies, and educational programs on campus and in the community.

Photo: Edward Sinnes ’12

The honeybees aren’t the only on-campus creatures students can check out. John Matter, associate professor of biology, oversees a variety of different animals for his Vertebrate Zoology class. “We have snakes, turtles, fish, and some lizards,” says Matter. In fact, the laundry list of animals in the vertebrate zoology lab includes: a couple of big boa constrictors, a corn snake, a black snake, and an Arizona mountain king snake. There’s also a couple of red-eared slider turtles, a fish tank with local fish in it, frogs, an iguana, and a bearded-dragon lizard named Samson, Matter’s favorite. “Not everybody loves snakes, turtles, or lizards even, but if there’s not at least a fascination or curiosity about these animals, then there is a real interest in how they move, how they feed, and just their general biology,” insists Matter. Students in the class learn how to handle the animals, how to care for them, and other basic husbandry skills. “My favorite animal is Peekaboo,” laughs Nicole Marks ’14, who completed the Vertebrate Zoology class. “He’s a little corn snake. He’s friendly, and he’s a really good snake to introduce to people who are afraid of snakes because he’s the sweetest thing ever.”

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Chris Grant, assistant research professor in biology, deals with different kinds of trout in his research. “For my research we capture brook trout, keeping the fish in a bucket for 10 to 30 minutes, then releasing them,” explains Grant. “We look at mercury toxicity in the fish, and do a growth rate calculation. We’re actually able to back calculate the age of the fish.” Grant also helps coordinate the toxicology lab in the spring, where students work with juvenile rainbow trout that are obtained from hatcheries.

Roy Nagle, director of environmental health and safety and chair of the animal care and use committee for the campus, helps to ensure that animals are not mistreated. “Our job is to ensure ethical use and treatment of animals on campus,” says Nagle. “We make sure the treatment is reasonable in terms of their housing and feeding schedules, and the work that’s being done on them.” The end goal is simple: that students can be more engaged in learning when they interact with real animals and that they can practice animal care in lab settings. juniata / Winter ’14 11


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Storming of the Arch is an optional rite of passage for freshmen. The goal? Get through the Cloister Arch. No one ever has. This mission is complicated by a group of upperclass “defenders,” mainly rugby players. Since fall 2013 represented his first semester on campus, newly minted President James A. Troha joined the effort.


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A Week at Raystown Field Station By: Pat Oelschlager ’14 Photos: Candice Hersh

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For Limnology class, we had a pretty long lecture in the morn ing. Professor Thorpe Halloran covered a bunch of new material on lake formation and then spent the rest of the time answering questions and reviewing for our test next week. He said he’s going to cover a little bit of everything so we’ll need to study hard. Tonight after dinner we are all going to spend some time in Shus ter Hall studying for a bit; chances are we’ll focus for an hour or two then hook up the GameCub e to the projector screen and just hang out for a while and blow off some steam.


Research day. Out driving this morning, we saw a doe and two fawns down along the harbor road, and one small buck. There was a flock of turkeys along the field station road where we always see them by the curve before the hil too—amazing wildlife sightings today. This afternoon, we fil ed up the feeders and checked the game cameras for the second part of our deer research. Three nights ago, a mother bear and three cubs showed up at our feeder by the Powerline Trail—they left after untying our feeder from up in the tree. Hopefully they won’t get into any mischief in the compost bins behind Shuster Hall.


In Geographic Information Systems (GIS) today, Professor Dennis Johnson had us working on adding points and shapes into a map file. It’s pretty neat to be able to map out property lines, buildings, and other features. Learning GIS wil definitely come in hand y when we make our final project for our deer research. It’s a gorgeous afternoon. I can’t wait to get out on the lake in the kayaks with everyone! Some of the guys were talking about paddling over to Brumbaugh Bay— it wil be a great afternoon on the water. There’s nothing like watching the sun set over the wate r—should be the perfect end to a great week. —Pat Oelschlager ’14 is a member of social danci ng club, campus ministry, and the Juniata Activities Board Executive Committee. He’s also a fiddle player and an avid outdo orsman. His POE is earth and environmental scienc es.

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Mixology Magic:

Vessel created by Hillary Palmer ’14, a student in the Fall 2013 course.

Professors Collaborate Across Departments to Create Unique Courses

The latest two are “Genetics and Ethics”—the result of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that has allowed Juniata to offer a Genomics Leadership Initiative—and “Wine in a Vessel.” Originally offered four years ago, the course asks students to create palatable wine and construct the bottles to store it in. This year’s wine class is bigger and better.

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“Chemistry and Art,” “Mining in the Americas,” and “Comics and Culture,” are actually combinations at Juniata that go as hand-in-hand as cookies and milk or tea and honey, if you’re so inclined. Because Juniata students have two academic advisers who cooperate on a student’s Program of Emphasis, a lot of cross-departmental collaboration happens here. And a few favorite courses have resulted.

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By: Erin Kreischer ’13

“Wine is not a taboo, but an important component of culture.”

The course is co-taught by chemist Peter Baran, who focuses on teaching the chemistry of wine, archeologist Jonathan Burns, who explores the history of wine culture throughout the development of civilization, and Bethany Benson, a ceramic artist who helps students craft wine bottles. The course explores grapey concoctions from ancient Egypt to modern-day Napa Valley. “The objective of this course is to give students better perception of the role that wine has played since the beginning of civilization,” says Baran, associate professor of chemistry. “Wine is not a taboo, but an important component of culture.”

“Students are getting a great, well-rounded experience. They keep journals, do research, go on wine tasting adventures, learn about winemaking, and create storage vessels,” says Burns, who is an adjunct professor at Juniata and director of the archeological non-profit organization AXIS Research, Inc. When it’s all said and done, students in the class will have studied chemistry and botany, produced clay vessels for their brew, and visited several area wineries, learning about entrepreneurialism, among other subjects.


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Like a master winemaker mixes different grape varieties to make certain wines, students in this class will be expected to blend their knowledge of ancient wine producing cultures with the hands-on components of the course.

—Peter Baron, associate professor of chemistry

From left: Baron, Benson, and Burns collaborate as students participate in lab.




Social Media Storms in to Juniata’s Curriculum By: Semanti Ray ’14 Facebook. Twitter. Tumblr. YouTube. These buzzwords that have become an integral part of our daily vocabulary indicate a pattern—a trend that shows social media has been woven into our social interactions and professional networking. Community building is now done over the Internet. Thankfully, Juniata has Hannah Bellwoar, an assistant professor of English, who teaches about social media and many forms of digital interaction through her course, “Writing Across Media.” “Unfortunately, with greater access to larger amounts of information, our ability to filter that information has deteriorated, and the only solution to combat this problem is knowledge of how to use social media,” says Bellwoar. Her students’ first assignment? Blogging.

Rap Chat Alexis Hadden ’15 focused her blog, “Talkin’ Smack Rap Chat,” to debunking myths about rap music and promoting it among her peers. She was careful to establish her credentials with details of her background in music and the performing arts first before writing any posts. “Rap music is one of the most misunderstood genres of music,” Alexis says. “Most people don’t realize that it’s really poetry!”

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words And that is exactly why Laura Bitely ’14 regularly posts original art work (both traditional painting and digital art) on deviantArt—a platform for amateur artists and artwork of all kinds. “Analyzing patterns in what kinds of content draw the most visitors and comments allows me to identify target audiences and tailor my art accordingly,” Laura says.

Word Nerd Rebecca ’14 Weih’s blog “Weird Corners of the Comic World” is her way of promoting lesser known comics and graphic novels, beyond Marvel and DC. “As a student of ‘Writing Across Media,’ I get to put into practice all the skills I learn in the classroom,” says Becca. The highlight of her brand new blogging experience is her work with the local comic book store in Huntingdon and the opportunity to work at NittanyCon in State College, Pa.

Staying After Class Blogging isn’t the only class project. Students also spend a semester diving into a social media platform they’ve never tried before. Some continue their social media study after the course, like Vincent Smith ’13. Smith used Juniata’s Sill Business Incubator to start a social media consulting business, where he advises Juniata alumni and local businesses. “The advent of social media is one of the best things that could have happened to advertising,” Vinny says. “Saving both time and money, it also allows a seller to reach a massive audience much faster as well as reach specific targets based on information that users feed into social media sites.”

Visit the following URLs to see works in progress: Alexis’s blog— Laura’s dA— Becca’s blog—

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owadays, it’s possible to establish a deep personal relationship with another human being without having met them in person. But is the person you’re interacting with really the person you’re interacting with, or an identity that has been carefully constructed? Such personal thoughts and behavior are not usually the topic of a college English course. However, at Juniata, in a course titled “Constructing Identities,” students study modern novels, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, and David Fincher’s Fight Club for clues as to why and how people construct identities for themselves. “It was very interesting to think of the movie in a different way, where we analyzed if the characters were behaving because they believed real men were supposed to act that way,” says Kayci Nelson ’14, one of 14 students enrolled in the class.

Created by Will Dickey, assistant professor of English, Constructing Identities seeks to examine how contemporary technology, economic and political systems, and social ideologies “influence who we are and what we become as well as influence how we see other people.” “The new generation, particularly the post-9/11 generation, has grown up with technology and social media programs, and wants to be seen at all times,” Dickey says. “We’re looking at how cultural elements and institutions work to influence our lives, and analyzing ways people present themselves to others.” Dickey explains that the class looks at how things like race, class, and gender, along with institutions such as the church, the workplace, or the university, influence who we are.

Another student enrolled in the class, Zach Strouse ’14, was surprised at what the course turned out to be. “I actually thought it would be more of a race and gender kind of class,” says Strouse. “I was happily surprised that the class is really more about postmodern theory and the role that identity plays today.” The course soon tackles fictional characters in novels, like Poor Things, by Alisdair Gray, which reinterprets Frankenstein by focusing on a doctor who reanimates a woman by replacing her brain with the brain of a child. “The story reveals how men perceive women and also shows how a woman constructs her own identity from nothing,” Dickey explains.

In the class’s first assignment, students discuss how the protagonists in Fight Club define themselves through their possessions, homes, and behavior and the things typically associated with men and masculinity.

“It’s interesting to see how older ideas transfer in to today,” says Nelson. “But it’s also interesting to talk about the era we’re currently in and things that are currently happening, and how we perceive those things.” The course is taught in the fall semester and Dickey plans to teach it again and make it a regular part of the curriculum.

Will Dickey, assistant professor of English

Constructing Identities is one of several special topics courses at Juniata—classes that explore specific areas within their expertise. Other popular examples include: “Crimes Against Humanity,” “Gender and Sexuality,” “Ecology of Fish,” and “Explorations of Clay.”

Fight Club Meets Facebook: Finding Identity in the Age of Social Media By: John Dubensky ’14 photo: JASON JONES


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Sons of Sustainability

President James A. Troha feels he should do his part to promote our College’s ongoing sustainability effort so his everyday vehicle on campus is a Kymco scooter. He joins two other environmentally minded “Mild Ones”—chemist Richard Hark (with his red Tomos scooter), and Jim Borgardt, professor of physics, (with his Yamaha Vino scooter). Troha’s daily scooter ride is 1.25 miles and he estimates the scooter gets about 100 miles to the gallon. That’s a sustainable commute!




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Juniata College is an independent, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences founded by members of the Church of the Brethren in 18...

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