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Dear Friends, As you read this I will have just started the academic year as Juniata’s new president. The purpose of the President’s Report is to reflect on the past year in the life of Juniata’s employees and students. While most of last year focused on the final year of Tom Kepple’s accomplished presidency, the articles you are about to read inside these pages also address some of the key issues the College faces going forward. The story on our endowment, “The Numbers Game,” demystifies the financial workings of a liberal arts college with a clever graphic design approach detailing how a college uses its endowment to better educate its students. Earlier this year, the endowment reached $97 million closing in on the $100 million benchmark—a full year earlier than the college’s endowment initiative had predicted. To better illustrate how the College uses various funds to create a Juniata education, the story includes some brief portraits of programs made possible by concerned donors, including a gift dedicated to Juniata students who plan to become teachers; an amazing class gift that benefits first-generation college students; and a gift funding a new grants initiative. All colleges and universities use their endowments in some way to keep the institution healthy and to help students attain a world-class education. Juniata had recognized early that an endowment of $100 million would allow the College enough financial “space” to operate and grow, but two financial crises in 2001 (the dot-com bubble) and 2008 (the real estate bubble) delayed achieving that goal until this year. As Juniata goes forward its endowment will give the College opportunity to invest in our students and ensure their success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
There is no better way to guarantee success for students than providing workplace experience before they actually enter the workplace. In “Ms. Daniels Goes to Washington,” you’ll read about how recent graduate Jewel Daniels ’13 was able to obtain her Washington, D.C. internship. You will also see a map of where our students travel to do research or work at internships. The geographic diversity is striking. “Behind the Curtain” takes us into the process of enrolling a new class and how Juniata’s admissions counselors and staff work to make sure every student interested in Juniata knows how much the College wants them to succeed. The story reveals that at Juniata it’s less about quotas and legacies and finding dominating athletes than building the confidence of all incoming students so that they will excel. Selecting students to enter college is perhaps the most pressing issue in higher education. For Juniata to continue its success, we must be able to consistently maintain our enrollment numbers amid cutthroat competition from our peers. I think you’ll see the College’s strength in enrollment is its personalized approach and an ability to make prospective students realize that there is a community at Juniata welcoming them to the fold. I know that’s what convinced me to come here.
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“There is no better way to guarantee success for students than providing workplace experience before they actually enter the workplace.”
“I was impressed by the persistence of the politics staff in encouraging me and other students to pursue different fellowships, scholarships and an array of other opportunities. I have had the unique opportunity to study abroad twice for extended periods of time, an experience that has been formative in my undergraduate education. In both Ecuador and the Gambia, I lived in very different cultures than my own and was able to gain a much deeper understanding of the way our world operates. The support, accessibility and assistance of the community at Juniata has been paramount in my decision to apply for a Fulbright in Guatemala next year.” Ally Lush ’14 Spring Mills, Pa. POE: International Studies Ally received the James A. Finnegan Fellowship and received a paid, 10-week internship at the Bureau of Advocacy in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in Harrisburg, Pa. this summer. She also studied abroad in The Gambia in 2012 and in Quito, Ecuador in 2013.
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June 15: Physics Professor Jim Borgardt named AIP State Department Science Fellow. July: 15: Juniata partners with FHG-Bocholt in
Aug. 15: Juniata makes Honor Roll in Chronicle of
Germany to offer business master’s degree.
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“The individualized education you get at Juniata is just huge, especially for learning skills at the undergraduate level that translate into your toolkit at the graduate level. Working at a lab here is much different than at a larger institution because I can talk to Dr. Lamendella every day and email her at any time if I have questions. You will not find more interested professors anywhere else.” Andrew Maul ’14 Portage, Pa. POE: Biology Andrew was awarded an Exceptional Research Opportunities Program award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which provided him with a summer research internship with a Hughes Institute-affiliated scientist in 2013, as well as transportation and housing costs for the internship and a $4,500 stipend. He worked at Harvard University this summer.
Aug. 23: Juniata offers course to attend 2012 presidential election conventions. Aug. 30: College included in new edition of Colleges that Change Lives. Sept. 12: Juniata rated in Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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The Numbers Game
Juniata’s Endowment Decoded
By John Wall
Reflects the value of Juniata’s endowment at the end of the 2013 fiscal year.
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o those in higher education, colleges and universities have a shorthand of achievement and gravitas known as the endowment. Sort of like a .300 batting average or a 1600 SAT score, a good endowment number, say, over $100 million, gets the college noticed and taken seriously. While most people who go to college know what an endowment does, few people outside the financial services office really know how it works. By looking at some raw numbers and refined stories of how the endowment is used to provide Juniata students with a life-changing education, readers should have a better idea of how the endowment functions—at least at Juniata.
Cash is King
The 2013 fiscal year brought in $6.5 million in cash for the endowment, the largest single-year cash-to-endowment total in College history.
Juniatians dedicated 94 percent of their cash annual fund gifts to the Juniata Scholarship Fund, the largest percentage ever recorded at Juniata.
Scaling the Heights
30 for 4 4
Following the 2008 national financial crisis, the endowment steadily climbed from $65 million to $95 million in just four years.
Do Unto Others
Or, since 2005, Juniata has tallied $34 million in estate commitments, deferred gifts, and estate adjustments.
You Can’t Take it With You
10 in 2
The College leaped $10 million in the aforementioned estate commitments, etc. from 2011 to 2013.
Support Your Local Professor Number of grateful alumni who gave gifts to endow or support a professorship.
Give a little bit.
Pitch In 27 percent
Alumni participation rose to this year, but was down from a high of more than 40 percent in 2002. As Supertramp put it: Give a little bit. Every year.
Amount donated to endow or support individual professorships since the Uncommon Outcomes Campaign ended in 2005.
That Is So Money
$754, 597 The amount of cash given this past year to meet previous commitments.
$4 million—actually in cash—gifts this fiscal year.
$5.8 million Gifts from estate plans.
Juniata students are supported by this number, which reflects the total amount raised for endowed student scholarships since 2005.
The number of Juniata alumni and friends who donated funds to establish or help grow endowed scholarships for students.
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Wind Beneath Our Wings
A Gift for Teaching
Juniata Alumna Funds Endowment for Education Department
eachers are used to small heartfelt gifts—a handmade card, an apple, a Staples gift certificate. They tend not to ask for much. Indeed, in recent years, as municipal and state budgets have taken economic hits, teachers have had to make do with dwindling funding for extras and special projects. Many times, the teacher digs into his or her own pockets to buy materials or fund a project.
Which is why a recent endowment gift to Juniata from Barbara (Beachley) Marshall ’74, a retired elementary teacher for learning-disabled children in Reston, Va., is so timely. Marshall’s endowment, active as of the 2013-2014 academic year, provides about $2,500 every year for Juniata students seeking certification to become teachers or students enrolled in the College’s educational studies program. The $50,000 endowment earmarked the funds for the Department of Education “to use as the department and the provost sees fit, to support students.” Juniata’s education program is one of the College’s most popular POE and the training Juniata’s education students receive is renowned at school districts throughout Pennsylvania and other states. For department chair Kathy Jones and fellow faculty members
Fay Glosenger, Sarah DeHaas, Kathleen Biddle, Valerie Park and Paula Beckenbaugh ’92, the question was: where should the generous gift be focused? “This is the first time we have had an endowment that allows us to provide an extra educational experience for our students,” says Kathy Jones, associate professor of education. “In the past we’ve had students apply to the provost’s student research funding.” As a department, the education faculty are using the endowment to fund mini-grants. Typically the students can apply for a mini-grant to attend a conference or to fund a special project during a teaching practicum or final student teaching. Each student will be asked to apply for the mini-grant, outlining their project and how the funds will be spent. “This is giving our students another tool many other institutions do not—experience
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at writing a grant,” Jones explains. “Mini-grants are how a number of teachers get funding within their school districts.” Often each school district has several sources where teachers can apply for small grants that can fund a field trip, a new module or the planning and preparation for an entire class. School districts usually offer these type of grants through funds from state agencies, parentteacher organizations and other sources. For example, the Altoona Area School District offers its teachers mini-grants funded by the district’s alumni association. Jones estimates the department can fund 15 to 20 grant requests each year. Several students already have received small grants, including Brittany Semler ’13, of Greencastle, Pa., who self-published a children’s book created by Huntingdon Area School District elementary students. “I realized that in my 30 years of teaching that Juniata prepared me well and I wanted to find a way to pay that back,” explains Marshall. “It seems that the Education Departments of colleges are often overlooked when alumni think of giving an endowment, but my feeling is that teachers of elementary and high school students are the most important piece in preparing students to go on to higher education and become good citizens.”
Barbara Marshall ’74, a schoolteacher for 30 years in Virginia, is pleased her gift is being used to start a program for Juniata education students to apply for mini-grants, because the program will give Juniata graduates even more real-world experience when they become teachers.
—Barbara (Beachley) Marshall ’74
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“I realized that in my 30 years of teaching that Juniata prepared me well and I wanted to find a way to pay that back.”
Stay Classy, Juniatians
Grads of 1963 Blast Gift Record into Stratosphere
t had to be like one of those eye-popping moments where life exceeds expectations. Like hitting a big jackpot on the 50th try on the slot machine, or unexpectedly finding the secret level to score big points in a video game.
Or raising $1,407,763.63 (we write it out to give you the full impact) for a Juniata 50th Reunion Class Gift where the previous record for a donation for an entire class was a bit over $350,000. Welcome to the Juniata Fundraising Hall of Fame, Class of 1963. (Note: There is no Juniata Fundraising Hall of Fame for donors who are now wondering why they haven’t been recognized. We just made it up.)
The large endowment will be targeted for the Class of 1963 Scholarship, which is set up to provide financial aid for firstgeneration college students. Eventually, much of the $1.4 million endowment will provide numerous scholarships to people who are the first in their family to go to college. “I think what resonated so deeply with this class is that what they were raising funds for connected with them in a personal
way,” says Kim Kitchen, executive director of development. “Over 50 percent of the class were first-generation students. Members of the class wrote letters that they shared with the class about how they were the first members of their family to attend college.” Of course there were other factors that resulted in delivering an endowment roughly four times larger than
previous class gifts. First, the gift is designated for the College’s endowment, which means gifts can be deferred in a series of payments or as estate gifts. “If the 50th Reunion gift was for a building project, which many of the previous reunion gifts had been, then the gifts could not be deferred,” Kitchen says. Second, the ’63ers are one of the most engaged
classes in the College’s recent history. Dave Oliver ’63, a retired Rider University professor from Middlesex, N.J., has for decades published a class newsletter several times a year that has made the members uncommonly connected. “They were able to reach every classmate, which has never happened before,” Kitchen says. “Previous reunion gifts had about 40 to 50 percent participation. The Class of 1963 fundraising project received gifts from 53 percent of the class.”
Last, several alumni in the class made large estate gifts that will go to the scholarship endowment when the donor passes away. To date, about $120,000 is in the fund, which can immediately be used to help incoming Juniata students. The 50th Class Reunion Gift now is a formalized activity that starts when a class is five years away from its 50th reunion. Impressively titled as the President’s Commission on 50th Reunion Giving, the program really is a five-year highly organized workshop on how to have a successful
well-attended reunion and how to raise funds for a gift. The process starts with a dinner hosted by the president with top class volunteers and culminates in a brainstorming session. At each successive reunion, the College’s entire development staff offers workshops on newsletters, regional events and other activities, as well as workshops on how to explain such financial gifts as estate gifts, gift annuities and 5-year pledges. In addition the College also explains how different assets—stock, real estate, cash or an IRA—can be used to help Juniata. By the time the reunion class reaches the 49th year, Kitchen works with the class throughout the year.
In the five years before the 50th, many development officers will make visits to class members or help organize a class event. Although Kitchen estimates the $1.4 million total raises the bar for subsequent 50th reunion classes, she’s not discounting the competitive fires in other classes. Meanwhile this academic year, $5,000 in funds from the Class of ’63 endowment will be used to benefit several Juniata students. As the endowment grows, so will the number of students who benefit from the Class of ’63 largesse. “This will never be a scholarship for just one student,” Kitchen says. “They wanted it to benefit as many people as possible.”
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Various members of the Class of 1963 represent the total class gift at a celebration during Alumni Weekend in June, an eye-popping total that will be used to fund scholarships for Juniata students who are the first in their families to go to college.
Growth Industry “green” donations of green (as in $25,525 The money) dedicated to maintaining the appearance of the campus and buildings.
The number of cultivated donors who planted the seed to maintain the appearance of Juniata’s campus.
Funds donated to support faculty development such as workshops, conferences for the College’s Lakso Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and attending professional conferences and meetings.
The people who donated funds so that Juniata’s faculty can continue their education and improve the reputation of the College through professional conferences, meetings, and other activities.
Amount donated to academic and College programs that provide students with a one-of-a-kind education.
Outweigh $27 the Needs million of the One
845 The dedicated people who gave support to such disparate causes as the choir, the speakers series, Juniata Presents, instrumental music, international programs and many, many others.
It’s All in the Name
The number of endowments identified by the last name Brumbaugh.
$541,560 $468,890 The two largest Brumbaugh endowments, created by an estate gift by H.B. Brumbaugh.
9 The number of endowments identified by the name Ellis.
Age Makes Difference
107 Years since
the first donor-named endowment was established, the Mary J. Geiger Religion Endowment
107 Years since
the establishment of the Library Endowment in 1906.
The number of endowments that pay for departments or the College to bring in distinguished speakers.
The number of separate endowments that support Juniata Presents entertainment events.
The number of Juniata Presents events that arrive at Juniata each academic year to entertain and enlighten students.
In the Spotlight
The number of separate endowments that support Juniata’s Beeghly Library.
We’re In Tune
ments Separate endow ic that support mus lty at programs or facu the College
The number of left-handed Juniata students who have historically received financial aid from the Beckley Endowed Scholarship, known nationally as “the lefty scholarship.” 11
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A Left-handed Compliment
Kati Csoman, assistant dean of international programs, and Michael Henderson, associate professor of French, worked with McAllister & Quinn, a Washington, D.C.-based professional grantwriting consultancy, to secure a Fulbright-Hays grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a group study abroad experience in Morocco for Juniata faculty and other teachers.
“At Juniata, we are concentrating on pursuing funding in the sciences for undergraduate research, lab equipment, and scholarships to elevate the success the College has already experienced.”
—John McAllister, managing partner of McAllister & Quinn
n academia, the phrase “writing a grant” can inspire excitement, confidence, dread, or even resignation, in large part because the process differs from granting agency to granting agency and grant evaluation can be as inscrutable as the plot of Gravity’s Rainbow.
At liberal arts colleges, grants can make a significant difference in departmental budgets and in student opportunity. At Juniata, faculty have a long and successful track record of attracting research grants, whether it has been almost $2 million in various grants for science research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund film studies curriculum. In 2002 the College professionalized its pursuit of grants from agencies and foundations by hiring Mike Keating, director of corporate and foundation support, who has helped faculty or administrators bring in more than $20 million in funding over the past decade (with an assist in the past three years from Genna Welsh Kasun ’06, assistant director of advancement communication). But considering that Juniata’s faculty are famously dedicated teachers and researchers who know grant opportunities in their own orbits but may not readily hear of other funding opportunities, Juniata’s administration wondered if the College
Juniata Hires National Grants Consultancy Firm
Juniata, we are concentrating on pursuing funding in the sciences for undergraduate research, lab equipment, and scholarships to elevate the success the College has already experienced.” With support from a gift from Trustee Carl Glaeser ’77, the College has committed to using the grant experts to complement Juniata’s internal funding efforts for the next two years. In turn, McAllister & Quinn will prepare a minimum of four proposals per year. “The Board of Trustees has taken the initiative to support grants activity on the campus and it’s clear that using consultants who have a wider scope can help get Juniata into meetings with funders that we’ve never approached before, provide us additional experienced assistance and counsel, and provide additional resources to our staff to generate more and even larger grants,” Keating says. McAllister points out that the grant opportunities best suited to Juniata’s strengths remain the
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National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Education. The firm will visit Juniata three or four times a year to talk with faculty and administrators and make recommendations to pursue grants. Once the College decides to go forward with a grants proposal, the company assigns a professional grants writer with specific experience with the targeted granting agency. Together with the College’s grants team and contributing faculty, the consultants help write the grant and shepherd the proposal through the granting process. “We are always looking for energy and expertise to pursue grants,” McAllister says. “At Juniata you definitely have it, and we are tapping into that.”
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was “leaving money on the table.” In the coming year, Juniata will explore such opportunities by bringing in professional grant consultants who know, as Willie Sutton famously said, “where the money is.” McAllister & Quinn, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy using professional grantwriters, former grants administrators, and ex-government officials to help colleges and universities navigate the byzantine streams of federal funding, has already been on campus to do what the firm terms “an organizational analysis” and was successful in securing more than $100,000 for a Fulbright-Hays grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, which funds a study abroad trip to Morocco, was written with Michael Henderson, associate professor of French, and Kati Csoman, assistant dean of international programs. “We look at our clients to see where their signature programs are and where opportunities exist,” explains John McAllister, managing partner of McAllister & Quinn. “At
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The Next Step
Kepple Endowment Takes Juniata into International Leadership
By John Wall
media relations director Photography: J.D. Cavrich
t’s ridiculously simple when you think about it, but few colleges and universities have done it before. Yes, many places offer their students travel grants or scholarships to enable a study-abroad opportunity that is just out of financial reach. But who offers international students travel grants to come to the United States?
Juniata. And we fund both international and domestic students from the same endowment. Smart, no? Yes. This is the basic vision behind the recently established Thomas and Patricia Kepple International Opportunities Endowment, a fund that will provide financial support for students who are studying abroad as well as for international students who want to come to Juniata for their education. The $1 million endowment is the result of gifts from more than 200 fervent supporters of Juniata international education, and Tom Kepple, Juniata’s recently retired president. Starting in the 2013-2014 academic year, the new endowment can fund some of the expenses (mostly travel costs) for study abroad, conferences or internships for both international and domestic students. The fund complements
a previous program called the Dr. Chumpol Phornprapha Experiential Learning Travel Grants, which for the last three years has allowed domestic non-traditional students to study abroad or delivered funding for other students who wanted to study in non-traditional international locations. The grants were named for Chumpol Phornprapha ’65, chairman of Thitikorn PLC in Thailand and a 1996 honorary degree recipient. “What this new endowment does is make Juniata study abroad an experience anybody can do and develop it as a commonplace activity,” explains Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs. “A lot of institutions claim that they make international experiences commonplace, but we keep that promise better than most other colleges and universities.” The Kepple endowment builds the Chumpol gift and provides the
“A lot of institutions claim that they make international experiences commonplace, but we keep that promise better than most other colleges and universities.” —Jenifer Cushman, dean of international programs
The emotional reaction of Pat Kepple, left, and Tom Kepple reveals how invested they are in international education. The full amount of the Kepple International Opportunities Endowment was revealed during the April retirement dinner held for the Kepples and Provost Jim Lakso and John Hille, executive vice president for enrollment and retention.
this program to benefit international students, then that shows the College’s commitment to experiential student learning,” she added. The next step in Juniata’s international recruitment efforts will focus on such student-friendly opportunities. In addition, the College also plans to expand its own celebrated international program by improving on some of the breakthroughs that gained Juniata the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA. The College has laid out its plan for such expansion in its 2013 Juniata Initiative for Global Leadership. Some highlights: Encouraging more faculty connections with international partner campuses. “I think we can eventually connect departments that could result in team-taught courses and shared-degree programs,” Cushman says.
Taking advantage of emerging technologies such as globally networked learning modules developed at the SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning Conference where classes in the U.S. are linked with an international university to offer a course featuring online work that is team taught by faculty at both locations. The courses can offer face-to-face sessions at each location as well. “There are a lot of interesting possibilities coming into international education currently,” Cushman says. “Collaborative learning, whether they are online courses or collaborative international courses, requires 21st-century skills and having these experiences available to our students will really benefit Juniata’s academic experience.”
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College the means to expand the opportunities to include travel grants for international students whose families might opt to pass on a Juniata education solely because they lack the travel costs to get to Huntingdon. The endowment is particularly useful to Juniata students, because, according to College statistics, 53.8 percent of Juniatians who express interest in studying abroad are considered “high need” students. “By expanding the travel grants to international students coming to Juniata, it shows the institutional commitment we have to international education,” Cushman says. “By using the POE system to select classes that are part of an academic program and keeping costs down by establishing direct exchanges with international partner institutions we’ve been able to increase our study abroad participation from the domestic students. “If we can expand aspects of
JSF Indicates number of Scholarships funded.
Leadership Giving By Society
This year we welcomed 777 members to the Juniata Societies. Membership is offered to those who commit $1,000 or more to the College in the fiscal year, with members enjoying benefits specific to their society. Investing in Juniata’s mission at this level helps to elevate us to a higher level of achievement and recognition. For more information on society membership, please visit www.juniata.edu/gifts/societies.
The Juniata Scholarship Fund raises money to award scholarships to academically qualified students who demonstrate great financial need. This year we increased the amount of each scholarship award from $2,480 to $2,500 in order to provide more assistance to the students who need it most. As we continue to welcome large classes to Juniata, we know that the impact of these awards will continue to be felt. The President’s Circle welcomed 159, a special designation for those who make a leadership gift to JSF equal to or greater than one average student award ($2,500). Together, we really are changing lives one scholarship at a time.
Number of Members
Brumbaugh Society ($10,000+) . . . . . . . . 136 . . . . . . . . $8,130,423 . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Ellis ($5,000 - $9,999) . . . . . . . . . . 74 . . . . . . . . . . $263,019 . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Quinter ($1,000 - $4,999) . . . . . . . . . 567 . . . . . . . . . . $585,649 . . . . . . . . . . 129 JSF Indicates number of scholarships funded by each society.
Information is Gold
Heritage Circle Heritage Circle members invest in the future of Juniata through planned giving. “Planned giving” simply means that individuals make gifts to the College that require some planning before they are made. Because such gifts involve accumulated assets distributed over time or through one’s will, they empower people to make leadership gifts beyond what they might think possible.
In student recruitment, information is gold, according to Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment. Although the College’s Gold Card Alumni Scholarship Program has been an unqualified success, Bartol has a few tips for enthusiastic alumni itching to reel in their first student referral. wPrint each entry clearly on the card. “It’s very easy to get names wrong or misinterpret spellings.” wMake sure every piece of information is correct. “If we are missing an address, an apartment number, are using Street instead of Avenue, all of that can cause us to miss a recruiting opportunity.” wCommunicate with the enrollment counselor assigned to your student. “Our database is huge, so the more we interact with you the better our chances are to personalize our approach to your student.”
Planned Gifts for 2012-2013
Estate gifts received (19) . . . . . . . . $5,841,944
Gold cards are available at juniata.edu/goldcard
Life Income Agreements (5) . . . . . . . . . $150,000 New estate commitments (18) . . . . . . . . $3,415,509
Total $9,407,453 Total Heritage Circle Members 305
Some planned gifts provide valuable tax benefits or income, and individuals can use a variety of assets— investments, real estate, artwork, and more—to establish them. Planned giving tools include bequests, trusts, and contracts between a donor and the College. Such commitments are among the most powerful tools for individuals to benefit themselves, their families, and Juniata. 12000000
Overall Giving A heartfelt thanks to all who gave to Juniata in fiscal year 2013 (June 1, 2012– May 31, 2013). Juniata continues to provide an extraordinary learning experience for many qualified students regardless of economic status. You help us keep the Juniata experience affordable through your gifts of time and financial resources.
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Foundations, Corporations & Business (15%) $1,591,150 Research & Gov. Grants (3%) $269,845
’13 Friends and Church of the Brethren (5%) $569,788 Parents (1%) $142,274 Alumni (76%) $8,099,210 2013 total = $10,672,267 2012-2013 President’s Report
“I remember going in a lab during a tour of Juniata and seeing a student doing independent research and thinking ‘I really want (that person) to be me’ because I thought it would be so fun to work in a lab on my own. Working with Gina Lamendella this year, we have gone to funding groups and done presentations to directly ask if they will fund our project. It’s a novel, engaged way to approach science and foster public interest in research.” Alyssa Grube ’14 Lititz, Pa. POE: Biology Honorable Mention, Goldwater Scholarship Alyssa spent the summer working in the lab of Regina Lamendella, working on a soil microbiology research project. Photo by Janice Jackson ’14
for Peace and Conflict Studies. Oct. 15: Lisa Giles ’80, healthcare consultant, spends week as the Glaeser Executive in Residence for
Oct. 1: James Skelly named interim director of Baker Institute
Jeffrey A. Bruzee ’14
Juniata’s business department.
“Juniata has transformed me. I came here as a biology major and only wanted to take biology classes until I took a communication class to fulfill a Juniata requirement and then I took an Organic Chemistry course to complete my pre-medicine prerequisites. Now I have a Biology POE with a dual secondary emphasis in Chemistry and Communication, an unusual combination that has allowed me to learn more about myself and what I love. The faculty goes out of their way to help us. My chemistry adviser has written 20 letters of recommendation for me. The supportive environment here is amazing.” Clarissa Diniz ’14 Recife, Brazil POE: Biology Clarissa received the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Award for Best Poster Presentation at the New England Science Symposium held at Harvard University. Diniz received the award for a poster explaining a research project she worked on as part of the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in summer 2012. She also works as an organic chemistry researcher for Richard Hark, professor of chemistry at Juniata. She works on the synthesis of ninhydrin molecules. Photo by Sungouk Park ’14
Chief Academic Officer award from Council for Independent Colleges. Nov. 28: Mark Mazetti, correspondent for the New York Times, speaks
Dec. 4: Juniata names James A. Troha as 12th
Nov. 13: James Lakso, provost, receives
president of the College.
on campus. Nov. 13
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Welcome to the Family
Juniataâ€™s Inauguration Week Designed to Celebrate Community By John Wall
media relations director Photography: Rick Hamilton
hen you say the word “inauguration,” thoughts zip immediately to images of motorcades, television coverage, thread-by-thread
Impromptu gatherings of students with similar interests is sort of a hallmark of Juniata—even when there is available seating nearby. This group meeting of students happened at the Incoming Class picnic, one of the first student events hosted by James Troha, Juniata’s new president.
analysis of the clothing worn by the president’s wife and children,
and finally, to a solemn, historic speech from the president.
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None of that is going to happen at the Juniata inauguration activities set for Oct. 17 through Oct 26, dates that coincide with Homecoming and the annual fall meeting for the Board of Trustees. Well, to be clear, there will be a speech by Jim Troha, who started work as Juniata’s president June 1, and most of the people in attendance will be wearing spiffy outfits, but the focus of a week’s worth of activities will be decidedly inward. “The singular thing that drew me to Juniata during the presidential search process was the College’s sense of community,” says Jim Troha, who will go through the investiture ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18. “We wanted to honor Juniata’s
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traditions by emphasizing events and activities that would bring the College, our alumni and Huntingdon together as a community.” The College also is consciously aware of getting the biggest bang for an affordable amount of bucks in a time where all institutions of higher education are watching their ledger sheets and keeping budgets low. According to Gabriel Welsch, vice president of advancement and marketing and top organizer for the inaugural schedule, the celebration for welcoming Jim Troha will be less about him and more about the collective Us. The opening of the inaugural starts on Thursday, Oct. 17 on a lighthearted note as the entire college community can opt to attend the opening of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels staged by the Juniata theatre department. Certainly the busiest day for all involved will be Friday as administrators, faculty, and Trustees attend committee meetings 22
throughout the morning. At 2 p.m., all of the delegates from other colleges and universities invited to attend the inaugural will meet to don “regalia,” the academic robes associated with the college they are representing. At 4 p.m., the inaugural ceremony will start, featuring, yes, an inaugural address by President Troha. President Troha will be introduced by Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University, in Stephenville, Texas. Dottavio was president of Heidelberg University when President Troha was an administrator at the Ohio college. But before that happens, several other Juniatians will offer remarks, including Robert McDowell, chair of the Board of Trustees, Anshu Chawla ’14, president of student government, and Kathy Westcott, associate professor of psychology and interim provost. Following the investiture ceremony, there will be a reception prior to an invited gala at 7 p.m. The real fun begins Saturday afternoon after the morning meeting
of the Board of Trustees. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a 5K “Amiable Amble” from Juniata through downtown Huntingdon and back. Serious runners, like Jim Troha and others, will no doubt lead the pack, but walking, strolling, and jogging are all encouraged. Along the way there will be way stations at local businesses and a health-and-wellness stop at the Huntingdon Health and Wellness center downtown. After a lively runjog-walk, what is more refreshing than returning to campus at 4 p.m. for Octoberfest on the quad—sponsored by the German Club. Those who missed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels can catch it at 7:30 p.m. in the von Liebig Theatre. Starting Sunday, Oct. 20 and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 26, posters from the Liberal Arts Symposium will be on display in public spaces throughout campus, primarily in lounges and public spaces. The students will not be there to provide explanations but the posters will be informative. “One of the things I was most impressed by was the Liberal Arts Symposium, when I made my first visit to Juniata after my hiring,” Troha says. “I thought it would be great to have some of the posters for the research projects from the 2012-2013 symposium available to see for the whole week heading into Homecoming.” Also starting Sunday and continuing through the week, the College will participate en masse, or as masse as we can, in a Week of Service for the Huntingdon community. “We’re asking that all Juniata employees and any students who are interested to donate an hour or more of service to a local organization,” explains Lorri Shideler, associate director of conferences and events and, with Welsch, one of the top organizers of the week. The service week ends Saturday, Oct. 26 with National Make a Difference Day, which is a national effort designed to increase community service and involvement.
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The posters for a variety of Liberal Arts Symposium projects will be displayed in lounge spaces and other open areas throughout Inauguration Week on campus. Although the research students will not be there to explain their research (many graduated in May) as seen in this image of a student explaining her work to faculty member Deb Roney, visitors can see the breadth of Juniata’s commitment to research.
all of whom have gone on to make their mark as change agents for diversity and inclusion on Juniata’s campus and in the larger world. On Saturday, get ready for some football at noon when the Eagles suit up and clash with Muhlenberg College for this year’s Homecoming game. Finally, the week of inauguration-related events will draw to a close with a musical concert for the urban-funk-meetsclassical-gas Asphalt Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in Rosenberger Auditorium.
—President Jim Troha
Preparations for the inauguration of President Troha started months before the event. Here, facilities workers Mike Henney, at right on ladder, and Jeff Ferrenberg hang a commemorative banner along the quad walkway.
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On Tuesday, the College community will have a chance to participate in the Health and Wellness Fair, held all day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Ellis Hall. The focus on community will be celebrated and reinforced on Tuesday, Oct. 22, by Distinguished Speaker Majora Carter, who will speak on “Home(town) Security,” at 7:30 p.m. in Rosenberger Auditorium. Carter is an ecologyminded community organizer and community consultant who sparked community revitalization in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood by founding Sustainable South Bronx. She and other members of the organization revitalized Hunts Point Riverside Park, as well as other parts of the Bronx River waterfront. Carter’s talk will be an expanded version of her TED Talk celebrating ecoentrepreneurs from New York and across the country. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, President Troha and his wife, Jennifer, will have lunch at Baker Refectory with students. Thursday will kick off Homecoming and Family Weekend with an Alumni Advocates Panel, featuring three graduates, Maria Clara Samaniego ’07, Leah Eslinger ’08 and Paul Blore ’05,
“One of the things I was most impressed by was the Liberal Arts Symposium, when I made my first visit to Juniata.”
Ms. Daniels Goes to Washington: Recent Graduate Experiences Capitol Culture By Genna Welsh Kasun ‘06
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“They’re amazing people. We’ve had conversations about what’s going on in Egypt and the George Zimmerman trial, and they let me throw a pool party with a few of my friends.”
—Jewel Daniels ’13, global health communication
ach morning, Jewel Daniels ’13 hops on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system, armed only with her iPod. She takes a long ride, smashing through playlist after playlist featuring Paramore, Adele and Michael Jackson. She rides from Chevy Chase, Md., through the District to Arlington, Va., where the administrative offices of Georgetown University Hospital are located. All in all, the trip takes one hour each way.
But Daniels is living a young professional’s dream. After graduating from Juniata in May, she landed an internship in public affairs and marketing at the Georgetown hospital, knowing that each day she’d be putting her POE in global health communication to work by posting to the hospital’s Facebook page and tweeting about blood drives, writing press releases, and researching media relations tactics. It’s hard to believe, now, that Daniels nearly missed out on these metropolitan opportunities—to be working and playing in a city that’s flourishing, and consequently, expensive. “My internship is unpaid and I didn’t know how I could afford to live in the D.C. area,” says Daniels. “So I asked friends, recent graduates, and alumni for help. The Alumni Office contacted the JCDC group and two people stepped up to the plate.” Aliceann Wohlbruck ’58 and her husband, Bernie Hillenbrand, not only offered Daniels housing at their District residence, but have been giving her the comprehensive D.C. living experience, chatting with her about global politics, introducing her to professionals in the area, and helping her network with potential employers. But not everything is business and politics in Washington, no matter how many times you watched The West Wing. When she can, Daniels takes advantage of all the D.C. area has to offer. “There are a lot of great things to do here even if you don’t have a lot of money,” Daniels says. “I went to a JC-DC happy hour where I
Not all retired couples would jump at the chance to let young twenty-somethings drip water through their dining room, but the WohlbruckHillenbrand family seems to see only the benefits of having a young Juniata alum in the house. “Hosting Juniata students helps us keep in touch with the College,” says Wohlbruck, whose service to Juniata has included organizing a celebration of Juniata women event, which was held in 2001. Hillenbrand also points out that helping a young female professional is a natural continuation of Wohlbruck’s work to recognize women at Juniata. But he adds that there are other reasons to help young Juniata alumni succeed. “If you’re in touch exclusively with old people, you can pick up their aches and complaints,” adds Hillenbrand. “Having Jewel stay with us is a way of staying in touch with the world and new ways people think.”
Juniata graduate Jewel Daniels ’13, center, had a chance to take an internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was able to do so when alumna Aliceann Wohlbruck ’58, left, and her husband, Bernie Hillenbrand, offered to let Jewel live with them during her internship. Jewel commuted every day to the hospital’s administrative offices, located outside the District, in Arlington, Va.
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was talking to another alum who lives in Maryland and it turns out that we went to the same place for study abroad—Quito, Ecuador—so we were reminiscing.” What Daniels really likes is that the lines between what’s fun and what’s networking were blurred in the moments she spent at the event, which was held at Blackfin, a cosmopolitan bar. “Some of the alumni were busy connecting me to their colleagues at national institutes and yet I also had the opportunity to have fun and catch up with people.” Daniels doesn’t spend all of her time networking, however. More often than not she spends evenings with Aliceann and Bernie. “They’re amazing people,” Daniels says of the couple. “We’ve had conversations about what’s going on in Egypt and the George Zimmerman trial, and they let me throw a pool party with a few of my friends.”
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very morning, Juniata students wake up and head off to hands-on experiences—but they don’t limit their opportunities to our campus. In the past year, students from the College have interned and researched around the world in Orizaba, Mexico; London, England; Trnava, Slovakia; and The Gambia. Many explore the U.S., from California and Florida to Missouri.
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he first student has double 780 SATs, and has been interested in science since winning a sixth-grade astronomy model competition. The second student has 1300 SATs in reading and math, finds business fascinating, and wants to continue playing football in college, despite being somewhat undersized. The third student has 1100 SATs and likes theatre, has been steered toward Juniata with a Gold Card recommendation from his high school drama teacher, but his parents would like to see him to study something more practical.
They are all members of Juniata’s freshman class on campus in fall 2014. Which means they are forever the Class of 2018. How did they get here? Perhaps the best way to describe how the College creates an incoming class is to show what Juniata doesn’t do. Scenario 1: Admit every student who applies and who can pay Juniata’s private college tuition. Run the student through orientation and get them into class without a lot of analysis on what an incoming student’s goals and dreams might be. Every residence hall is filled, but by the end of four years, 60 percent of the class has transferred or left. Juniata definitely doesn’t do that.
Juniata tour guide Patrick Oelschlager ’14, of Sellersville, Pa., prepares to do a little selling himself, as he meets a family interested in touring Juniata at the College’s Enrollment Center. Each guide taking a family out on tour meets them in front of the flatscreen monitor that is one of the dominant features of the newly redesigned reception desk.
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Oelschlager fields questions from a group as they prepare to go out on a campus tour. One Juniata enrollment employee says the College makes the enrollment process “as personal as possible as soon as possible.”
Scenario 2: If an institution is considered elite, it receives huge amounts of applications, enabling a team of enrollment counselors to pick and choose the “perfect” candidate for each and every freshman class slot to “build” a class. Satirized by the Tina Fey comedy Admission, this method ostensibly can find an oboe player with 1600 SATs who is interested in varsity lacrosse and usher them to a frontrow seat in the class. Juniata doesn’t do that either. The thing is, the enrollment counselors and staff in the College’s Office of Admission don’t really build a class in the sense of carefully choosing each and every student who becomes part of an incoming cohort. What Juniata does, and the College might do this better than many of our competitors, is build confidence. The confidence boost Juniata delivers applies both to the class as a whole, which comes
to collectively realize that the counselors truly are invested in their success, and to individual students, whose fears and trepidations about this next step to adulthood diminish as Juniatians support and help them through every step of the process. “What we want to do is make the enrollment journey as personal as possible as soon as possible,” explains Brett Basom ’85, director of enrollment relations. “We are able to establish personal connections to each student quicker than almost anybody else.”
The Starting Point The recruitment process for an incoming class begins a full year and a half before the student enrolls. That is, for the class that arrived in August 2013, the recruiting process began in January 2011. It all begins as it does for every other college and university in the United States. The College
Blog, Blog, Blog Enrollment Counselor Turns Tired Tool into Collective Cool
bout 10 years ago, colleges and universities noticed that people were setting up websites and writing about anything that came to mind. Some of the people using these Web logs, quickly shortened to “blogs,” became famous, others turned them into businesses and a lot of them fell by the side of the Internet highway.
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The colleges and universities recognized that
their students should and could be blogging and by 2005 every higher education website had students
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➻ “I have a 58-page final project due, two essays and two final
Juniata too. We’ve done students blogging for an
entire year. We’ve done students blogging about their
tests. It’s safe to say over the past month I didn’t go out much.” —written shortly before she took a break to attend a foam party.
study abroad experience. Sarah Diane Sadowsky, assistant director of admissions, has a better idea.
➻ “A good college experience has so much to do with the
people you surround yourself with, and I’d say I’m pretty lucky.”
She has turned blogging into sort of a news
operation. Instead of one student struggling to find something to write about, Sadowsky has put together a team of Juniata students who blog about singular events, activities and life at the College.
The enrollment staff chimes in too. Where else
will you learn which counselor likes baking desserts, which one likes “Boy Meets World,” which one made a pilgrimage to see the writing desks of the authors she admires, and which one has sat in the world’s largest
➻ “I think it’s one of the really neat things about Juniata that we give students the opportunity to meet survivors of genocide and connect with them on a personal level, rather than just teaching genocide out of a book.”
➻ “We did pretty well considering (we played against) Division I human trees. Guys. I’m six feet tall and I felt like a shrimp.” —written by a women’s volleyball player.
➻ On singing in the Choral Union: “I still can’t wait for that hour
and 15 minutes where I don’t have to think about my Research
The new approach gives prospective students
a great window into the College as Juniatians write
Methods homework or all the emails I need to respond to for my
passionately about something they are excited about.
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Juniata offers a series of workshops for prospective students and parents during Open House es designed to make college less daunting. This practice even applies to the recruitment of international students, shown here at a breakfast hosted by the Center for International Education during the August International Orientation events.
“We’ve started sessions on how to write a college essay, how to compare colleges, and we have an off-campus workshop focused on the Raystown Field Station, JCEL, and the Sill Incubator.”
—Terri Bollman-Dalansky ’85, director of enrollment operations
purchases the names and information of high-achieving high school students and begins contacting them—either through mailings or electronically. The mailings are followed up in March and April by contact from someone at Juniata, be it a counselor visiting a high school during the College’s spring travel season, or at an Open House event on campus. “We start the process by talking to students individually at visits and we make it a point to greet all the students and families at an Open House,” says Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment. “If you reduced what we do to a single sentence, I think it might be: ‘we make our students feel special.’” For high school seniors, special touches at an Open House event include meeting with one or more faculty in the department in which the student has expressed interest, and eating lunch with students whose POEs are similar to the incoming student’s POE choice. For high school juniors, the options are not quite as POE-focused (unless the student has already focused on a career path). For example, in the past year or two the College has created a series of workshops to make the college search less daunting for teenagers (and their equally fretful parents). “We’ve started sessions on how to write a college essay, how to compare colleges, and we have an off-campus workshop focused on the Raystown Field Station, JCEL, and the Sill Incubator,” says Terri Bollman-Dalansky ’85, director of enrollment operations. “We always ask if they would like go to a theatre workshop or a music session.” By offering these “news-you-can-use” events, the anxiety of shopping for what may be the most important product a family ever purchases is eased—and those same families often recall their apprehensions were lifted while visiting Juniata. “I can’t tell you how many times a parent or student has told me how amazed they are at all the information we provide,” Bartol says. “We make sure there are too many things to do during an Open House because if they are willing to stay, that’s more time they spend experiencing how Juniata works.”
Summer (No) Break Those unfamiliar with higher education might assume that summer is a down time for college enrollment departments, but the truth is that while college visits still trickle in and travel is reduced, the summer months really set the stage for the next step in making a Juniata recruitment experience distinctive. The College trains its new enrollment counselors during this critical period and the entire enrollment staff meets with each academic department during the summer to note new programs, new courses, or exciting developments within the department. It is in those months that the College determines how merit scholarships should be awarded and how much financial aid funding can be used in bringing in the new class. It’s also the time for Bartol and others to schedule target travel to regions that show promise. “Let’s say we get eight applications from Long Island, N.Y. and did not get a student from there to enroll,” BollmanDalansky explains. “By targeting
travel to different areas and having a counselor devote more personal attention to students from that area, we can work to improve yield from those regions.” Although Juniata doesn’t build an incoming class in the same way as Ivy League institutions, the enrollment staff does shape the class in the sense that counselors and enrollment administrators know what kind of students thrive at the College and continue to try and find prospective students that fit that profile. “We have historically always been successful at taking a student from rural areas or first-generation college students and giving them the tools to perform at a high level,” explains Randy Rennell, manager of enrollment data and research. The challenge, then, becomes less about hand-picking students who will raise the College’s profile in “elite” areas, and more about building in parents and students the conviction that Juniata is the only place for them.
“If you reduced what we do to a single sentence, I think it might be: ‘we make our students feel special.’” —Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment
Admissions counselor Maria Engels reads applications from roughly January through April. Each counselor personally reads each student application, as well as sitting in on scholarship interviews and other student-centered events.
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Josh Beckel ’09 When high school students see Juniata’s admission counselors on the road, many of them receive a bevy of materials bearing the “personal brand” of each counselor. The whimsical images of West Coast counselor Josh Beckel ’09, left, Rylan Good, center, and Sarah Diane Sadowsky further personalize the process for future Juniatians.
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On the Road Armed with a plan for scholarships and merit aid, the counselors hit the road in September. Each counselor not only has a Mid-Atlantic territory to cover, but also more distant markets that the enrollment office calls “tertiary territories.” For example, Stephanie Strauser, admission counselor, covers the Pittsburgh area but also has made yearly visits to schools in Indiana and Florida. “Florida does not have many liberal arts colleges and the state is an emerging area for football recruitment for Division III,” Bartol says. Some targeted enrollment areas rate a full-time counselor, a need filled last year by Josh Beckel ’09, who is a full-time counselor for California, Oregon, and Washington and who generated more than 200 applications last year. Over the past three years, more than two dozen students from California have enrolled and stayed to get a Juniata education. This year, counselor Rylan Good will establish a new territory modeled on the College’s West Coast success. Based in Connecticut, Good will devote his entire time to markets stretching from New York City to Boston. “There are also pockets of opportunity in our traditional territories,” Rennell says. “About eight years ago we started a program to recruit more effectively in the 12 counties surrounding Huntingdon and there are other areas where alumni and parents of current and past students have generated interest in Juniata.”
“A personal approach is the defining feature of a Juniata education and makes every student feel they have the support needed to succeed, so it is important to continue this tradition in China.” —Ran Tu ’06, admission counselor
The College also modeled its international recruitment in a similar fashion. When the rest of the enrollment staff fires up their rental cars for visits to college fairs across the Northeast, Brett Basom is power packing his suitcase to fly to, as the stockbrokers say, “emerging markets in Asia.” The College regularly recruits international students from longtime exchange partners in Europe and Latin America. So much of Basom’s in-person recruiting forays are focused to the east, where many colleges and universities are avidly marketing higher education in the United States. Last year, Basom made visits to Japan, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. The more rural culture of Vietnam and Myanmar has proven to be a selling point (a handful of students from both countries are currently at Juniata) to prospective students who may be leery of a university in a metropolitan area. Last year, Tom Kepple, president
emeritus, was able to establish new exchanges with institutions in Thailand and Taiwan. Juniata recognizes that China is perhaps the most important market for international education and the College has hired Ran Tu ’06 to represent Juniata as a part-time admission counselor in the Chengdu area. Ran is familiar with Juniata’s educational experience, and her mother Yanping Rinehart, science technician at Juniata and Juniata’s incountry ambassador for the College’s growing population of Chinese students, have both played major roles in Chinese recruitment. “A personal approach is the defining feature of a Juniata education and makes every student feel they have the support needed to succeed, so it is important to continue this tradition in China,” says Ran, special assistant in international admissions. “Many parents are delighted that I am in China and can speak Chinese because normally they
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Juniata extends its “personal as possible as soon as possible” approach to international recruiting as well. In addition to hiring alumna Ran Tu ’06 to be an in-country counselor in China, the College also takes time to help all the international students feel comfortable at Juniata. Here, Kati Csoman, assistant dean of international programs, goes over some of the cultural differences international students may encounter at Juniata.
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cannot communicate with colleges directly due to the language barrier. Parents play a deciding role in their child’s educational choices, so my role in communicating with them is crucial. They are comforted by the fact that there is someone to contact while their child is studying half a globe away.” This approach definitely makes us stand out in China. At all of these recruitment activities, regardless of location, Juniata strives to put a representative of the College next to whatever student is interested in the college, whether it’s a counselor, parent, faculty member, high school counselor, or Juniata alumnus.
One of the most successful parts of Juniata’s recruiting year is Department Days, where students who have identified an interest in a particular POE have their entire day focused on activities relating to that POE as scheduled by the enrollment office. Thus, students interested in the Health Professions Program can visit J.C. Blair Hospital or education students can visit a local school.
“They can’t believe they’re being shown this amazing stuff on a campus visit. It just underscores that once they come to Juniata, they won’t be one of a hundred students listening to a lecture.”
—Michelle Bartol ’84, dean of enrollment
The Home Stretch You would think that in January, February and March, Juniata’s roving counselors are off the road and for the most part that’s true. But over the course of winter and early spring, Juniata’s road warriors head off to Accepted Students Receptions, which are usually held at a hotel space in the area. Once there, an admitted student connects with Juniatians from the area, underlining the value of a Juniata education as seen through recent and not-sorecent graduates. At some of these things the enrollment counselor is the wallflower. Over the past few years, receptions have been held in Sonoma, Calif., Boston, Mass., and New York City, where Connie Lyons ’65 hosted a gathering at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. Back at Juniata, the entire enrollment staff also reads
every application and schedules scholarship interviews and helps out the international office with interviews for scholarships to study abroad. Late spring is the transition from recruitment to what enrollment experts call “yield,” which means getting students to agree to be part of the incoming class. Bartol capsulizes the mindset of the enrollment folks succinctly: “Communicate, communicate, communicate,” she says. “We try to talk or meet with the students as much as possible and try to get them on campus.” One of the most effective tools the College has used to convince prospectives that there is no other place like Juniata has been Department Days—which can best be described as a campus visit writ very, very large. In the fall, admitted students are asked to make visits
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for informal talks with current education students. Similarly, environmental science prospectives have been taken to the Raystown Field Station to band birds and Health Professions prospectives take a trip to a local hospital. “The reactions are incredible,” Bartol says. “They can’t believe they’re being shown this amazing stuff on a campus visit. It just underscores that once they come to Juniata, they won’t be one of a hundred students listening to a lecture.”
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based on the POE they have noted as their main interest. The enrollment office schedules the entire day to be focused only on that area of study. The prospective student meets faculty in the department, tours facilities where classes are taught, and sits down for an extensive conversation with a professor. Imagine coming to a university thinking of majoring in education. At Juniata’s Education Department Day, a faculty member takes the students to a local school to see a student teacher at work and arranges
“The reactions are incredible” when prospective students attending Department Days are taken out to the Raystown Field Station for a day of bird-banding. Here, some students remove a songbird from some mist netting.
One of the last duties for Juniata enrollment counselors is to write up background notes on each and every incoming student, so the Dean of Students office can use them for orientation. Typically, Sarah May Clarkson, director of academic support services, puts the notes in the student’s academic advising file to guide the adviser’s decisions in scheduling classes for the freshman year.
Welcome to Juniata College On May 1, every enrollment employee on every college or university campus anxiously awaits the day students turn in their deposits. “That’s the day you find out what your class looks like,” Bollman-Dalansky says. Typically the class looks like a bunch of eager high schoolers carrying smartphones, so the next move for enrollment is to make sure the students know of the Class Facebook page, which allows the students to get to know each other, search for roommates, find out what to bring, what not to bring, and myriad other topics. The College recently started using a Facebook application called Schools App, created by a tech company called Uversity.
Enrollment is Golden
he Juniata Gold Card Alumni Scholarship Program, an innovative college enrollment strategy that has been credited with increasing Juniata’s record enrollments over the past few years, has continued to pay dividends by bringing in 91 students into the Class of 2017 during the 2012-13 academic year.
For those of us just joining the College’s enrollment effort,
the Gold Card Program is an alumni-driven effort to identify high school students who might be a good fit for Juniata and refer the students to Juniata’s enrollment office. The alumnus then takes an active role in the student’s recruitment and if the prospective high-schooler enrolls, $1,000 of financial aid will be awarded to the student in the name of the alumnus making the referral. (There is also a similar program for parents of current and past Juniata students called Parents Pride.)
This past year has been a Golden year of records set and
records broken. For example, Pamela Kochel ’80 set a new record with 19 Gold Card referrals, which resulted in five freshmen enrolling this year. Trustee Henry H. Gibbel ’57 also had 19 Gold Card referrals in 2011-2012, but fewer students enrolled.
Lest naysayers think Gold Card referrals are only for alumni
who have been out of college for a while, two 2012 graduates, Andrew Masullo and Danielle Settimio, referred one prospective student and both of the students they recommended started classes this fall. Two other active alumni, Thelma Scott ’38 and Blanche Milligan ’39, both over age 90, referred one student apiece. Unfortunately, the students referred by the Gold Card Golden Girls did not enroll.
Perfection is hard to attain in any endeavor, but two
alumni submitted two referrals apiece and all four of the future freshmen they referred are attending Juniata this fall. The perfect duo? Eric Zolnak ’95 and Michelle (Campbell) Krall ’08.
Gold cards are available at juniata.edu/goldcard
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The application allows incoming freshmen to sign into Juniata’s Class of 2018 Facebook page and start creating social connections. The application offers more privacy than an open Facebook class page and gives students a chance to find classmates with similar interests, plan get-togethers, and receive enrollment information from the College. Once the class is set, the final task for enrollment is to write up a background note on each and every student so the Dean of Students office can organize each student’s file for orientation. The academic support services office uses these notes in a variety of ways. Sarah May Clarkson, director of academic support services, chooses two students from a previous class and creates a case study for the students and families experiencing Orientation. Then, a copy of each individual write-up is placed in the student’s file in the Dean of Students office and in the student’s academic advising file. “Each write-up may be a full page or three sentences, but the insight that those write-ups provide give those of us who advise new students a huge boost to get students off to a good start,” Clarkson says. “The enrollment counselors know and understand the academic reputations of high schools, they know and understand a family situation, and they know and understand how well the student is prepared both for Juniata and the POE he or she hopes to pursue. For instance, the counselors know that a student may really want premed, but the high school prep and SAT scores indicate that it will be a real stretch. In those situations, the advisers will use those notes, for example, to go slow on credits in the first semester, recommend that a student take an elective that may pique a new interest.” And then the whole thing starts again.
“I studied abroad in Greece and I can write the Cyrillic alphabet, so I will learn just as much from my students, because language is a two-way street. I am very grateful to all my professors and particularly those who helped with the Fulbright application. During the application stage I was student teaching and had very limited time. On numerous occasions, the professors allowed me to meet with them in the late afternoon to discuss or help draft my essays. Two faculty members even organized a practice interview session for me to ensure I was fully prepared.”
Toni Harr ’13 Johnstown, Pa. POE: Social Studies and Secondary Education Toni received a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year to teach English at a private secondary school in the Psychico section of Athens, Greece. Toni studied abroad in fall 2011 at City Unity College in Athens. Photo by Jeff Bruzee ’14
featured in a national report by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Jan. 14: Juniata students attend 2012 Inaugural for President Barack Obama.
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Dec. 12: Juniata’s international program is
“Juniata gave me the vocabulary and organizational support to discuss and truly understand communication. Juniata does a great job of preparing students for the real world, including that students are relentlessly encouraged to pursue internships and opportunities to gain tangible, beneficial work experience. On top of that, Juniata offers a great deal of work opportunities on campus, helping to constantly shape the professional preparation of its students.” Bryan Aungst ’13 Millerstown, Pa. POE: Health Communication Johnson & Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Fellowship at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Bryan’s fellowship pays two years tuition, plus a $12,000 stipend as Aungst earns a master’s degree at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J. Photo by Sungouk Park ’14
Program award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
’14, of Indonesia, places first in the Bailey Oratorical Contest.
Thomas Jordan ’14
’14 receives Exceptional Research Opportunities
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in business department. Feb. 18: Andrew Maul
spends week as Glaeser Executive in Residence
March 6: Reinaldo Liem
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Feb. 11: QVC Executive Mike Appleby ’84
Photo: Sungouk Park ’14
The incoming members of the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame are, from front row left: Shad Hoover ’95, Colleen (Carver) Faasse ’00, Jack McCullough ’76, Shawn Mullen ’80, accepting for his late father, Charles F. “Moon” Mullen ’57, and Matt Eisenberg ’01. Pictured in the back row, from left, are presenters: Michael Simpson ’95, Kristin Hershey-Smith ’00, and Bob Sill ’59.
Juniata Athletics By Jen Jones
sports information director Photography: J.D. Cavrich (unless noted)
n classic David Letterman-like reverse order, here are the best sports moments from Juniata’s past year. Enjoy.
#10 2012 Juniata Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Juniata athletics inducted five new members to the Juniata Sports Hall of Fame. Matt Eisenberg ’01 played baseball and football at Juniata and is the all-time leader in receiving yardage and all-purpose yards. Colleen Carver ’00 was a two-time All-American on the women’s volleyball team who led Juniata to two national championship matches. Shad Hoover ’95 holds the record for the most wrestling wins in a season and is the second winningest wrestler in program history. Jack McCullough ’76 ran cross country and track and field during his time at Juniata and won 34 track and field and cross country races during his career. Finally, the late Charles F. “Moon” Mullen ’57 was a linebacker and defensive tackle on three undefeated Juniata football teams. He also played all 60 minutes in Juniata’s 1956 Tangerine Bowl appearance.
Top 10 Moments of 2012-13 #9 Football: Back-to-Back Wins at Home
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Coming off a pair of tough losses, Juniata football rebounded by outscoring its next two opponents 38-13 to earn back-to-back home wins for the first time in a decade. The Eagle defense held McDaniel College scoreless through three quarters on Oct. 27 before the Green Terrors finally got on the board. Juniata responded with two more touchdowns to seal its second win of the year, 24-7. Against Moravian on Nov. 3, Juniata jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Greyhounds put a pair of field goals through the uprights, but were held out of the end zone in the 14-6 loss. The wins helped Juniata to its most successful season in a decade and an eighth place finish in the Centennial Conference.
#8 Men’s volleyball upsets No. 1 Springfield in five-game thriller at home
The sixth ranked Eagle volleyball team battled back to upset top ranked Springfield in day one’s finale at the Juniata Invitational February 15. Juniata had defeated Medaille (3-2) earlier in the day and scored the match winning point against Springfield at midnight after the teams sent game five through 11 match points. After dropping the first game 24-26, the Eagles hit a match-best .458 to take game two 25-20. But Springfield responded by taking game three 25-22 putting the Eagles down 2-1 in the match. Game four was tied seven times before Juniata pulled it out (28-26) to force game five. In a race to 15, Springfield led 8-4 at the switch. Juniata chipped away at the lead until tying it up at 11all. The decisive game would be tied 10 more times when the Eagles pushed the final two points on a kill and a block. The win avenged a 3-0 loss Juniata had suffered at Springfield earlier in the season.
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#7 Four head coaches hit milestones Two of Juniata’s longest standing head coaches hit major milestones in their careers at Juniata. Head field hockey coach Caroline Gillich and head men’s basketball coach Greg Curley coached their 300th games in the 2012-13 athletic year. Curley has 315 games under his belt at the helm of the Eagle basketball program, the most of any current Eagle coach, and is coming off the team’s most successful season in program history. Gillich, who has led Juniata to four conference titles and five postseason appearances in the past six years, has coached 301 games in the Blue and Gold. New kids on the block, head men’s soccer coach Dan Dubois and head men’s volleyball coach Kevin Moore ’02 hit the 100 games mark at Juniata. Dubois is the winningest coach in Juniata men’s soccer history and has led the Eagles to two of its three most successful seasons. Moore, a twotime conference coach of the year, has led Juniata to backto-back 20-win seasons, a first for the program.
#6 Three student-athletes earn player of the week honors in same week On April 8, 2013, three different student-athletes were recognized as Landmark Conference Player of the Week in their respective sports: Ben Mersky ’13 (baseball), Kelsea Decker ’14 (softball), and Brice Morey ’13 (men’s tennis). Mersky helped lead the Eagle baseball team to a 3-2 week including a series win over Landmark Conference rival Drew University. The senior outfielder hit .421 over the five games with a .526 slugging percentage, six runs, four runs batted in and two doubles.
Kelsea Decker ’14
Decker was named Landmark Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0, helping Juniata softball to two wins over conference opponents. She finished the week with 15 strikeouts, allowing just three earned runs over 18.2 innings pitched. Her 5-0 shutout win over conference rival Catholic University (April 7) was the fourth of her career and first of the season.
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Morey went undefeated, earning three wins in the No. 4 singles position, to garner the honor. The wins extended his singles win streak to eight. He also picked up four doubles wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Morey led the team in wins all season long. Brice Morey ’13
#5 Angela Shaffer’s illustrious career ends with 11th Landmark championship title Angela Shaffer ’13 will go down in history as one of the most athletic student-athletes to come through the Juniata track and field program. Shaffer competed in 13 different events across indoor and outdoor track and field. She closed out her career winning her 11th Landmark Conference title at the outdoor championships after defending her high jump title for a third straight time.
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Shaffer has placed first or second in 15 events at the conference championships during the course of her career. She is the only Eagle heptathlete on the roster and won the Messiah Invitational on April 12, 2013. The 14-time all-conference selection holds league records in the high jump and heptathlon and has been named player of the week eight times in her career. A true student-athlete, Shaffer was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. She graduated in 2013 as the president of Tri-Beta, the national biology honor society and was named the Landmark Conference Indoor Women’s Track & Field Senior Scholar-Athlete.
#4 Tennis ties program record for wins in both men’s and women’s to earn playoff berth In only his first full season at the helm, head men’s and women’s tennis coach Jason Cohen led the Eagles to record-tying seasons in 2012-13. Both the men’s and women’s programs finished with 13 wins to equal program records set back in 2006 for the men and 2009 for the women. A 4-3 record against Landmark Conference opponents on the men’s side, and a 3-3 finish for the women, earned each team a spot in the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2009. The programs combined for eight all-conference awards including first-team singles and first-team doubles selections.
#3 Softball rallies late to advance to tournament semifinals The Juniata softball team rallied late to knock off Moravian College in the Landmark Conference tournament and advance to a semifinal game against host Susquehanna. Down 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning, the Eagles loaded the bases with two outs. Katie Schroeder ’15 crushed a three-run double to left center that cleared the bases and gave Juniata the 3-1 advantage. Steph Frith ’13 then singled through the right side, allowing Schroeder to cross the plate and increase the lead to 4-1. Freshman Aly Smith ’16 came in to pitch in the bottom of the inning. She struck out the first batter looking and forced the second hitter to ground out to her, putting Juniata just one out away from the semis. After a couple errors put a runner in scoring position and a double down the left field line brought her home, the Eagles stayed composed. Smith got the next batter to ground out to second and end the game. Under new head coach Sam Kszepka, the Juniata softball team defied the preseason poll that placed them last and finished the season fourth, earning the Eagles its first postseason berth since 2010.
Aly Smith ’16
#2 Men’s volleyball wins first CVC title and advances to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in program history
Photo courtesy NCAA
The No. 5 ranked Juniata men’s volleyball team earned the program’s first NCAA tournament berth with a 3-0 win over No. 4 UC Santa Cruz in the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) championships. Down 21-24 in game one, the Eagles survived three game points to tie it up at 24-all before pulling out the 27-26 win. The rally propelled them to 25-22 wins in games two and three to earn the championship. It marked the first CVC title for the Eagles who were also the CVC East Division champions after finishing the regular season 6-2 in league play. Juniata defeated No. 7 Carthage College (3-1) to advance to the title match and went on to face No. 15 Rivier University for the first time in program history in the national quarterfinals.
#1 Men’s basketball’s record-setting season ends in first postseason title The Juniata men’s basketball team recorded its best season in program history in 2012-13. In his 12th season, head coach Greg Curley led Juniata to its first 20-win season and a postseason title. The Eagles finished 21-9 overall with a 13-1 home record. A 9-5 record in the Landmark Conference set the stage for a run in the conference tournament where the Eagles upset Scranton (Feb. 20) on the road with an 84-74 double overtime win to advance to the championship game at Catholic (Feb. 23). A jumper with three seconds remaining gave Catholic the 63-62 advantage, and the Eagles could not recover, falling in the title game. But Juniata regrouped after the heartbreaking loss and set aim at the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Tournament. Playing host to Medaille College in the first round, the Eagles breezed to a 73-58 win and then traveled to Albright College where they defeated DeSales University (69-58) to face the host Lions in the championship.
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Trailing 33-40 at the break, Juniata rallied in the second half and sent the game into overtime from the free throw line. Both teams then struggled from the floor, scoring just five points each, forcing a second overtime. Juniata found its rhythm and went on a 9-3 run to take the lead (86-78) with 54 seconds remaining. The Eagles held Albright to just two points in the final two minutes to earn the win, 91-80.
JUNIATA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2013-2014 Officers of the Board Robert N. McDowell ’67, Chair, Huntingdon, Pa., Managing Partner, CHM Partners International LLC Timothy D. Statton ’72, Vice Chair, Sonoma, Calif., Retired, President, Bechtel Telecommunications Carol J. Ellis ’71, Secretary, Palm Coast, Fla., Retired, Manager, ExxonMobil Gail M. Habecker ’76, Treasurer, West Conshohocken, Pa., Fixed Term Bond Manager, PMG Advisors
Committee on Enrollment and Retention
Robert N. McDowell ’67, Chair Timothy D. Statton ’72, Vice Chair Carol J. Ellis ’71, Secretary Gail M. Habecker ’76, Treasurer David C. Beachley ’77 Carl D. Glaeser ’77 Steven J. Holsinger ’76 Gayle W. Pollock ’68 Mary M. White ’73 Charles W. Wise III David P. Andrews ’74, at large Henry H. Gibbel ’57, at large James A. Troha, ex officio
Gayle W. Pollock ’68, Chair Bruce L. Moyer ’74, Vice Chair Patrick Chang-Lo Bruce Davis ’65 Carol J. Ellis ’71 John T. Hill II David J. Hogan ’61 Kimberly A. McDowell (C) Robert S. McMinn ’79 (C) Gary A. Raymond Timothy D. Statton ’72
Student Representatives: Anshu Chawla ’14 Matthew Guetzlaff ’15
David C. Beachley ’77, Chair Eric C. Jensen ’77, Vice Chair Carole A. Calhoun ’60 (A) Nicole C. Close ’92 (A) Henry H. Gibbel ’57 Fred C. Mason, Jr. ’73 Henry F. Siedzikowski ’75 Douglas A. Spotts ’89 (A)
Faculty Representative: John J. Wright ’93 (2015)
Student Representative: Thanh Nguyen ’14
Committee on Business Affairs
Committee on Investments
Committee on Advancement and Marketing
Steven J. Holsinger ’76, Chair Gail M. Habecker ’76 Carol J. Ellis ’71
Loren Rhodes (2014) Hannah Bellwoar (2015)
Mackenzie Coulter-Kern ’15 Victoria I. Rehr ’14
Grace Fala (Term ends 2014) James Tuten (Term ends 2015)
Committee on Trustees
Mary M. White ’73, Chair Christoph Schwemmlein ’84, Vice Chair David P. Andrews ’74 John A. Brinker ’69 Carl D. Glaeser ’77 Gail M. Habecker ’76 Barry J. Halbritter ’65 Nathan Hevrony Steven J. Holsinger ’76 Maurice C. Taylor ’72
Board of Trustees Representatives Faculty Representatives:
Carl D. Glaeser ’77, Chair John A. Brinker ’69, Vice Chair Patrick Chang-Lo Henry H. Gibbel ’57 Gail M. Habecker ’76 John T. Hill II David J. Hogan ’61 C. Todd Kulp ’80
Timothy D. Statton ’72, Chair John T. Hill II David J. Hogan ’61 Gayle W. Pollock ’68 Mary M. White ’73 Charles W. Wise III James A. Troha, ex officio Robert N. McDowell ’67, ex officio
Committee on Education and Student Life Charles W. Wise III, Chair Linda W. McKonly ’73, Vice Chair Jodie M. Gray ’88 William P. Hayes C. Todd Kulp ’80 John A. Nagl Richard E. Paulhamus ’70 George P. Valko ’75
Faculty Representatives: Henry Escuadro (2014) John Unger (2015)
Bradley Andrew (2014) Matthew Powell (2015)
Student Representatives: Daniel McClung ’14 Angela M. Myers ’14
Student Representatives: Nathaniel J. Fischer ’14 Coleman Rigg ’15
(A) Alumni (C) Church
Faculty Representative: Wade Roberts (2015)
Student Representative: Ryan Wickes ’15
Nicole C. Close ’92
Gary A. Raymond
George P. Valko ’75
Marlene Burkhardt (2014) Bethany Benson (2015)
Student Representatives: Jessica B. Matlack ’14 Elliott S. Perow ’14
Sonika Chandra ’15
Mar. 25 March 18: Juniata receives $445,000 grant from National Science
Foundation to fund genomics workshops. March 25: Clarissa
Diniz ’14, international student from Brazil, receives the Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center Award for Best Poster Presentation at the New England Science Symposium. Apr. 8
April 8: Erin McClure ’13, receives Fulbright Fellowship to University of Vienna chemistry lab.
Class-by-class Participation Comparison
2013 73% 2012 29% 2011 27% 2010 20% ▲ 3% 2009 22% ▲ 4% 2008 18% 2007 17% 2006 13% 200511% 2004 16% ▲ 3% 2003 12% 2002 14% 16% 2001 350000 26% ▲ 5% 2000 1999 17% ▲ 2% 1998 17% ▲ 3% 300000 1997 15% ▲ 2% 1996 11% 1995 15% ▲ 3% 1994 17% ▲ 3% 250000 20% ▲ 4% 1993 1992 16% 1991 11% 200000 19% ▲ 4% 1990 16% 1989 26% ▲ 5% 1988 20% 1987 150000 18% 1986 ▲ 7% 27% 1985 23% ▲ 2% 1984 100000 24% ▲ 5% 1983 1982 25% 1981 21% ▲ 2% 1980 24% 50000 1979 27% ▲ 1% 32% ▲ 5% 1978 30% ▲ 4% 1977 0 28%▲ 2% 1976 33%▲ 2% 1975 33%▲ 7% 1974 1973 38%▲ 2% 36%▲ 1% 1972 30%▲ 3% 1971 43% 1970 37% ▲ 1% 1969 1968 41% ▲ 2% 52% ▲ 13% 1967 1966 54% ▲ 1% 53% ▲ 2% 1965 55% ▲ 4% 1964 67% ▲ 6% 1963 48% ▲ 4% 1962 46% 2500000 1961 53% ▲ 10% 1960 1959 52% ▲ 2% 61% ▲ 10% 1958 1957 60% 2000000 53% 1956 85% 1955 42% 1954 47% 1953 1952 52% 1500000 43% ▲ 10% 1951 49% ▲ 5% 1950 46% ▲ 6% 1949 43% 1948 28% 1947 1000000 35% 1946 1945 14% 41% ▲ 6% 1944 32% ▲ 8% 1943 28% ▲ 8% 1942 500000 18% 1941 40% ▲ 27% 1940 39% 1939 & earlier
Many ranking and funding agencies use alumni participation percentages in their formulae for determining which schools will (and will not) receive awards andArecognition. Competition is keen, and Juniata’s past strong participation allowed us to stand out from the crowd. We offer our deep appreciation both to those who are loyal in making an annual gift, and to those who came on board this year for the first time. Your potential impact is far greater than the gift alone.
Grants Forty new grants were awarded, totaling $1,382,461. Within the fiscal year, $1,118,100 was received from grants in operation, including some awards made in prior fiscal years. 13% PA State Govt. $141,646
U.S. Govt. 11% $119,191 Other 4% $49,116
Foundation 60% $673,024
12% Corporation $135,123
$2,064,848 $1,598,178 $1,148,404 $1,382,461 $817,692 ’09
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April 18: Ally Lush ’14 receives a Finnegan Fellowship to work in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. April 22: Toni Harr ’13, receives Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Athens, Greece. Apr. 22
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ALUMNI COUNCIL 2013-2014 Annette Reeder Bair ’93 Christopher E. Bair ’92 Sara Davis Bowen ’01 JoAnn Bowman ’75 Christie R. Brown ’92 Carole Miller Calhoun ’60 Jack I. Carton ’73 Kathleen S. Charles ’05 William H. Chew ’64 Nicole C. Close ’92 Christopher D. Collins ’84 Mark P. Francischetti ’76
Alumni Council Officers
Lynne Smires Gale ’72 Marissa L. Gunn ’05 Bradley E. Haubert ’93 Jennifer R. Jones ’07 Heather L. Lecrone ’09 Brenton J. Mitchell ’06 Justin K. Reiter ’02 Kelli D. Sheesley ’98 Scott E. Snyder ’85 Douglas A. Spotts ’89 Michael D. Valdiserri ’81 Christine Vrabel Zlupko ’99
Bradley E. Haubert ’93, President Mechanicsburg, Pa., President, Haubert Homes Christopher E. Bair ’92, Vice President Palmyra, Pa., Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP JoAnn Bowman ’75, Past President Takoma Park, Md., Retired HR Developer & Senior Vice President, Chemonics International For a complete list of the 2013-2014 Alumni Council members’ contact information, please visit the member profiles at https://www.juniata.edu/alumni/connect/alumniCouncil/
New Council Members
10000000 8000000 Annette Reeder Bair ’93 Member-at-Large
Nicole C. Close ’92 Alumni Trustee
Marissa L. Gunn ’05 Member-at-Large
Scott E. Snyder ’85 Brenton J. Mitchell ’06 Member-at-Large 6000000Member-at-Large
Michael D. Valdiserri ’81 $7,356,229 Member-at-Large
Juniata Admission Ambassadors Affinity Programs Fundraising/Class Fund Agents/Class Committees Reunion Committees Regional Programs International/Friendship Families Juniata Career Team/Career Day Trustees Parents Council/Parent Programs Miscellaneous Volunteers Guest Lecturers/Faculty Support Alumni Council Student Alumni Association Alumni Weekend Church College Relations Council Homecoming and Family Weekend
402 239 187
103 90 81
49 44 33 Note: This chart indicates the number of 28 volunteers for each category, which may 23 include overlap. For totals, please see the 22 historical figures graph. 20 15
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place in the JCEL Business
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Scavone ’14 wins first
and retention, receive the John C. Baker Award from Board of Trustees.
Volunteer Support 2012-2013
Because volunteer activity is self-reported, actual numbers are higher than shown below. To help 0 submit your volunteerism annually via e-mail to with more accurate reporting in the future, please firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.juniata.edu/alumni.
Photo: Sungouk Park ’14
ALUMNI COUNCIL Front row (l-r): Sara Davis Bowen ’01, Christine Vrabel Zlupko ’99, Heather L. Lecrone ’09, Nicole C. Close ’92; second row: Bradley E. Haubert ’93, Kelli D. Sheesley ’98, Brenton J. Mitchell ’06, JoAnn Bowman ‘75, Annette Reeder Bair ’93; third row: Jack I. Carton ’73, Jennifer R. Jones ’07, Douglas A. Spotts ‘89, Kathleen S. Charles ’05, Justin K. Reiter ’02; fourth row: Michael D. Valdiserri ’81, Christopher D. Collins ’84, Christopher E. Bair ’92. Missing from photo: Christie R. Brown ’92, Carole Miller Calhoun ’60, William H. Chew ’64, Mark P. Francischetti ’76, Lynne Smires Gale ’72, Marissa L. Gunn ‘05, Scott E. Snyder ’85
How did you get involved with Juniata Career Day? When I was first asked to represent my employer, Merck & Co., my first thought was, “Am I really the right person? I am not part of human resources, and I am not in a position to offer any employment opportunities or internships to students.” I reached out to Michael Pennington, assistant director of career services, and he assured me that it would be valuable for me as well as the students to be a part of Career Day.
Why do you continue to participate in Career Day?
Why do you think Career Day is an important event? Career Day itself welcomes more than 100 employers to campus, and the employers are always impressed with Juniata students. I was able to talk to students about where to go to seek out jobs and how to apply for them in a large company. It also gave me the platform to educate students as to what happens in a pharmaceutical company. What kind of outcomes have you had from participating in Career Day?
Career Day is not only about offering jobs and internships, although it’s an important part of the week’s activities. It is a time to educate students. From the opening networking dinner, where I sat and talked with students about resumes, interviews, and networking, to the wine and cheese reception following Career Day, I was hooked. One of the greatest things about volunteering for Juniata is the opportunity to help recruit students who are a good fit for the College, and then see them through their four years. Interacting with current students on campus is what makes it all worthwhile.
I have been attending Career Day the past four years and it just continues to get better. Some of the students I have met have become friends and we continue to correspond. Some have reached out to me later for advice and I have assisted them in landing jobs in their fields. —Ron Seiler ’77, Employer Representative, Juniata Career Day
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May 8: Historian Belle Tuten, mathematician John Bukowski, win Beachley Awards for Teaching, Service. May 8: Geologist Matt
Kepple International Opportunities
Powell, artist Bethany Benson, receive Gibbel
Award for Distinguished Teaching. May 8
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PARENTS COUNCIL 2013-2014 Mark Stephens P’15, Co-Chair Patty Stephens P’15, Co-Chair
he Juniata Parents Council works with the College to support its programs and, ultimately, its students. The Council’s purpose is to involve parents who will help spread the word to other students and parents about Juniata, engage other parents in issues related to student success and mentor students as they prepare for and embark on professional lives. This group formed in April 2009 and represents parents from various geographic regions, campus affiliations and class years. The Council serves as a liaison between the College and the greater parent population.
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May 10: Juniata’s ceramic studio moves to the Janice Jackson ’14
May 13: Alyssa Grube ’14, receives
is named president of American Academic Leadership Institute, part of the Council for Independent Colleges.
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Linda Baker ’79 P’16 Bridget Berich ‘86 P’16 Sam Brumbaugh P’11, P’15 Wendy Brumbaugh P’11, P’15 Gary Burin P’14 Alice Burin P’14 Glenn Carnicelli P’16 Nancy Dubensky P’14
“Juniata has been integral in developing my capacity to think critically and the professors all instilled in me a mindset that made me believe that research is a goal I could accomplish,” she says. “I’ve also been able to combine my interest in science with languages. I’ve received mentoring from my professors that has been instrumental in my success.” Erin McClure ’13 Reading, Pa. POE: Biochemistry Erin received a Fulbright Fellowship to join a research team at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria for the 2013-2014 academic year in the laboratory of Alexander Loy, a researcher working on inflammatory bowel disease and studying how bacteria interact in the small intestine. She received the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in 2011 for study abroad at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. In summer 2011, she was a biomedical research intern at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., working in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Stahl, a 1984 Juniata graduate. After completing her Fulbright Fellowship, McClure will enter the doctoral program in microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Photo by Sonika Chandra ’15
June 3 June 3: Bryan Aungst ’13 receives
begins work as Juniata’s
the Johnson & Johnson Corporate
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June 1: James A. Troha
Social Responsibility Fellowship from Rutgers University.
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