Honoring Art and Artists Half a Century in the Classroom Retouching the Art Museum
Read It and Keep: Juniata Faculty and Staff Recommend... The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club, by Eileen Pollack This memoir, by a professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan, is an important read for anyone who is concerned about the lack of inclusion in the natural sciences. It describes the author’s journey into and out of science and explores the disciplinary and societal factors that caused her to leave.—Ursula Williams, assistant professor of chemistry
The Fractured Republic , by Yulal Levin Levin describes the multiple ways in which America has become divided—income, culture, religion—noting that America possessed a greater sense of unity in the two decades following World War II, but that our society’s successful efforts to increase individuality and freedom, efforts he largely applauded, have also made us more fractured. It helped me understand the increasing polarization within our society and was a valuable context through which to think about the election results.—Brad Andrew, professor of economics
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin In chapters that begin with quotes from great works, this book plays off of life’s most stressful challenges: losing a spouse, being a parent, struggling to make ends meet. And, in so doing, it reaffirms that second chances do exist and we can fall back in love with life (and reading) even after terrible things happen to us and change us.—Genna Kasun ’06, director of social media and content coordination
The Good German, by Joseph Kanon
The murder mystery takes place in Berlin immediately following the German surrender after World War II. While the placement is period, drawing just the right sense of horror experienced by Jews, Germans and the Allies, the pacing is decidedly more modern. There is considerable attention paid to the excesses of both the Nazis and the Soviets as the United States struggles to secure an advantage in rocket technology, lurching toward the looming cold war.—Randy Rennell, director of enrollment data analysis and research
Running the Rift: A Novel, by Naomi Benaron This novel follows a man set for Olympic running in Rwanda during the Hutu/Tutsi genocide in the 1990s. After reading it, I was reflecting on how fortunate I am to have freedom; to have my own identify and choice. Often we do not realize the hurdles others face in their daily existence. This book brought to light a world so different from mine that it gracefully illuminated the contrasts.—Ann Echols, associate professor of business
Golf in the Kingdom, by Michael Murphy It’s a perfect book for the liberal arts-trained golf enthusiast. Murphy suggests that many aspects of golf mirror much of what we experience in life, and his vehicle is an enchanting piece of fiction.—Randy Rosenberger, professor of business
Cold Case Christianity, by J. Warner Wallace Wallace, a former Los Angeles homicide detective and atheist, applies the scientific techniques of cold case forensics and logic to establish incredibly detailed, complete, and airtight evidence for the historicity and accuracy of Christianity, Creation, and the Bible.—Jim Latten, professor of music
PRESIDENT’S NOTE Dear Friends, As Christmas has just passed, I’m going to talk about gift-giving. Around the holidays many gifts are purchased and given, but how many of these myriad gifts have meaning? We will often buy gifts for co-workers, acquaintances, service workers, even the paper carrier. The thing is, few of those gifts have any real thought behind them. The truly meaningful gifts we receive often come from family. By family, I don’t necessarily mean blood relatives. An extended family can include people we aren’t related to but care deeply about.
James A. Troha To receive a gift from family has deep meaning because email@example.com the person giving it knows the recipient very, very well. @juniataprztroha Here at Juniata, many of its graduates think of themselves as true members of an extended family. Now this does not mean that next year you will be receiving presents from 16,000 living alumni. What it does mean is that if a Juniatian gives a gift, there is deep meaning behind it. In this issue of the magazine, we will read why alumni, Trustees, and employees have given back to the College. We will read about chemist Paul Schettler, whose most important gift was lending the College his talents as a teacher, researcher and deep thinker for 50 years. In “50 Years a Professor” you will see how Schetts has influenced students from the 1970s through today and how much he will influence future Juniatians in years to come. The story “Rooms of Our Own” details why seven donors funded the creation of art studios for the Tom and Pat Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building. These stories honor friendship, personal connections to art and technology, and deep family relationships. Plus, we will learn the backstory of how the College’s latest building got its name. Finally, the story “Preserving Memories” will give us insight into the reasons people make contributions to colleges and universities. This particular story tells why Bill Hayes, a Trustee, and his wife, Connie, made a gift to help create a cutting-edge art storage space in the Juniata College Museum of Art. The Hayes’ reasons for the gift are many, but what struck most deeply for them was the chance to help impart lessons their son, a historian and museum director who left the world too soon, would want Juniatians to learn. These stories, as well as some of our campus news items all relate stories of achievement, frivolity, political activism, international entrepreneurialism and a roundup of almost all the national rankings that give us the gift of a growing reputation. Enjoy.
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Juniata is published two times a year by Juniata College, Department of Advancement and Marketing and is distributed free of charge to alumni and friends of Juniata. Postmaster and others, please send change-of-address correspondence to: Alumni Relations, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196. Juniata can accept no responsibility for unsolicited contributions of artwork, photography, or articles. Juniata College, as an educational institution and employer, values equality of opportunity and diversity. The College is an independent, privately supported co-educational institution committed to providing a liberal arts education to qualified students regardless of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Its policies comply with requirements of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV of the Education Amendments of 1972, and all other applicable federal, state, and local statutes, regulations and guidelines.
—Photo by Veronica Cosmopolis ’20, Lima, Peru
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A student gets a lesson in eating with chopsticks at the annual Chinese Dinner, which celebrates Chinese culture through a culinary lens.—Photo by Futaba Asakawa ’19, Yokohama, Japan
Students for Dawali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, get other students up on the floor to take part on a demonstration of dance and other cultural mores. —Photo by Klarissa Juliano ’17, Kittredge, Colo.
A student actor reaches a deep commitment to his role in Stop/Kiss, a special two-night performance of the Diana Son play staged by the theatre department at the end of the semester.
—Photo by Morgan Horell ’17, Altoona, Pa.
Students gather around a very minimal meal to emulate the types of food that sustain people in developing countries at the College’s Hunger Banquet. These students are eating rice mixed with a few beans and vegetables.—Photo by
Gordon Dimmig ’17, Elizabethtown, Pa.
A bunch of students react as the answer to an obscure question is revealed at Trivia Night during Welcome Week. —Photo by Morgan Horell ’17, Altoona, Pa.
The women’s rugby team often dons “war paint” of a sort to intimidate the freshman hordes who are charged with, um, charging through Cloister Arch during Storming of the Arch. —Photo by Nahui Twomey-Jimenez, Coyoacan, Mexico
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On the cover: Paul Schettler has given Juniata 50 years of his notable academic career. Our story covers his development as a teacher and scholar. Below, Schettler poses on an outcrop of shale, which represents his most influential work. PHOTOS: J.D. CAVRICH
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The stories behind the naming of the Tom and Pat Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building and its studios are as touching and as varied as the works students have produced in Juniata’s longstanding art program.
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Paul Schettler has been teaching at Juniata since the time when a slide rule was considered state-of-the-art technology. Since the 1960s, Paul has researched atomic particles, natural gas deposits and gas chromatography. Over those 50 years, the venerated chemist has mentored thousands of students in chemistry, philosophy, and life.
Retouching the Art Museum: A Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Juniata College Museum of Art was originally a library that had rules of storage much different than those for an art museum. Read about how a gift from Kish Bank executive Bill Hayes and his wife, Connie, will enhance the museum’s ability to integrate with the community and campus by transforming a massive painting studio into a glorious storage facility. Read about how the career of Parker Hayes, a renowned curatorhistorian, inspired the gift.
Faculty Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Faculty Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Alumni Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Juniata Community Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 32nd European International Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Say “I Do” Juniata Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Alumni Weekend 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
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Belle Tuten, professor of history at Juniata, became interested in starting a blog dealing with issues women will face in their lives and that no one talks about. “What I have learned about my professional life is that you don’t learn everything you need to know in the class room. So after talking with other female professors, students, and administrators, I decided that the easiest thing to do was create a blog about gender and professional issues,” she says. And so, smartwomentalking.com was born. Tuten felt that a blog would be an effective way to help people understand their differences by gaining insight from others’ experiences. “We have students writing blogs on what it is like to be queer, religious, black, or a woman, to allow students to tell their perspectives and help us learn about their complex identities,” she adds. “In this blog, I am really interested in answering the question ‘what is it like to be fill-in-the-blank; and what do you want people to know about that?’
“From looking at data, we have learned there is a huge disconnect from minorities and women in the natural sciences.” —Belle Tuten, professor of history
“We are a small school, and answering questions like this is important because we should be able to help mentor people that need it,” Tuten says. “From looking at data, we have learned there is a huge disconnect from minorities and women in the natural sciences. These two groups of people are leaving college at high rates. We want to know if there is a reason they left and if we could have done things better. Understanding individuals and
Historian Belle Tuten felt that wom en on Juniata’s campus, as well as other colleges, needed a place to talk about gender-based issues, so she star ted a new blog: smartwomentalking.com. So far the conversations have bubbled up at a rapid-fire clip. Mathematici an Kim Roth’s essay in this magazine’s Endpaper was first publ ished on the blog.
what this question means to them helps us understand them without typecasting—and gives them the necessary tools they need to succeed in the programs they want to.” Tuten debuted the blog by advertising it in the College’s email announcements and has been inundated with Juniata students who want to contribute. “Right now we have people scheduled to do blogs through March,” says Tuten excitedly.
For any student thinking about writing an article, please contact Belle Tuten (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. There is a guide to help you get started. Professors and staff are also welcomed to submit articles. Please visit smartwomentalking.com to learn more about the issues you may face in professional life. —Marlene Matula ’17, of Salix, Pa., is a member of the campus news team.
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PHOTOS (LEFT): RICK HAMILTON, (MIDDLE, RIGHT) J.D. CAVRICH, (BOTTOM RIGHT) ANISAH PASQUALE ’19
Gender Agenda: The Blog as Forum
The College is always making improvements large and small every day of every year. Starting this summer, though, the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team earmarked a multimillion-dollar investment in infrastructure for the campus. The construction projects run the gamut from installing improved electronic residence hall locks to the $3.5 million soccer/lacrosse/tennis facility at the Winton Hill Athletics Complex. Starting in early summer, members of the facilities staff and independent contractors swarmed over buildings like Amish carpenters at a barn-raising. Workers installed new concrete steps at Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center and Lesher Hall. New flooring went down in Eagles Landing cafeteria. The baseball field received a new press box and grandstand and Knox Stadium’s existing press box got a makeover. One of the first projects to begin in June was a massive resculpting of the grassy expanse behind Ellis Hall to better facilitate stormwater runoff and drainage resulting from the other large-scale building projects, such as: —The Winton Hill Athletics Complex —The $4.5 million Thomas and Patricia Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building, which will house the fine arts faculty and five specially designed art studios. —A new roof for the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center —The construction of the Global Commons in the former Tussey-Terrace Lounge —The major renovation of the façade, front lobby, third floor, and handicapped accessibility, including an elevator, in Ellis Hall. “Juniata continues to take on a very competitive marketplace and making these improvements go a long way toward leveling the playing field between Juniata and other colleges and universities,” says James A. Troha, Juniata president. “Many of the other improvements have solved or improved accessibility issues with some of the College’s older buildings.”
PHOTO: GORDON DIMMIG ’17
Currently Under Construction: Juniata Invests in Campus Improvements
PHOTO: AMBER BORING ’18
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PHOTO: MAR-JANA PHILLIPS ’17
PHOTO: GENNA KASUN ’06
The classical façade of longtime student center Ellis Hall gets a makeover that includes an extended lobby and entrance featuring the installation of an elevator that will make the structure more accessible.
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The first stages of the new Kepp le Integrated Med and St udio Ar ts ia Building go up. Th e construction of outer walls an d masonry work will continue through the wint er as the buildin g approaches its 2017 completion date.
One of the most impressive new spaces is the Global Commons, a studentfriendly space that transformed a student lounge for the TusseyTerrace residential halls into an area to serve Juniata’s international population as well as domestic students.
The traveling whiteboard marker gets a ground-level view of the pathway leading up to France’s Palace of Versailles outside of Paris. At right, on a more intimate level, the marker is posed outside a park in Bruges, Belgium, the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the Somme Battlefield Memorial in France. A long journey for a humble writing tool.
Historic Marker: A Long, Strange Trip Hanging around the history offices on the third floor of Founders Hall can be exciting, like during a Hall Golf tournament. At other times, students’ minds can wander. Witness Bridget Redpath ’19, of Lakeville, Mass., a history and museum studies POE who noticed that a whiteboard marker owned by historian Dave Hsiung had the following legend written on a piece of tape: “I live at 313 Founders. Please do not take me on a road trip!!” “I decided that I had to take the marker on a road trip,” says Redpath, who ended up taking the marker to several countries and a couple of choice vacation spots. “I think it was the two exclamation marks on the marker that inspired me.” After carefully making another decoy marker, identical down to the masking tape-label, Redpath took the original marker on her travels throughout the summer. Hsiung was none the wiser and suspected no marker shenanigans.
Roll Out the Rankings: Juniata Rules
The annual college rankings have exploded into an extremely competitive marketplace. In addition to the granddaddy ranking poll, the venerable U.S. News and World Report College Rankings, we are now seeing at least five or six major polls, with one or two new ones popping up every year. Juniata has been included in every one, plus a few specialty rankings, so let’s see how the College measures up in all the national polls. ìThe Washington Post. Nick Anderson, education reporter, created a composite ranking from the other top polls and the newspaper’s stats gurus came up with their own. Juniata was rated 59th in the top Liberal Arts Colleges. It’s unclear if this will be an annual poll, but this is the College’s highest ranking..
ìU.S. News. Juniata was rated 108th among Top Liberal Arts Colleges. Juniata has hovered around the Top 100 for the past five years. The numbers are so finely sifted that it’s hard to make improvements in the rankings. The College is currently trying to improve its retention rates, one of the poll’s major elements. ìThe Washington Monthly. Juniata has
historically done well in this national poll, which rewards outcomes for service, such as military service, the Peace Corps, or missionary work, and economic value, two areas where Juniata excels. The College was ranked 69th, a 20-slot improvement from the previous year. ìWall Street Journal. The first college rankings poll ever released by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher
Over the summer, Redpath recorded the marker’s whereabouts at many historical sites throughout Europe. She spent a month in Lille, France as part of the Eagles Abroad summer program, but during her off time she was able to pose the marker in front of such sites as the Somme Battlefield memorial in Thiepval, France, the Palace of Versailles, and the canals of Bruges, Belgium. Upon her return home, she took the marker on a family vacation, where it stood tall on Mt. Washington, in New Hampshire, and at a water park near Cape Cod, where Redpath works during the summer. “I never lost it, although to make sure, I taped it to my camera,” she laughs. “We’re all about humor in the history department, so I knew it would be funny when I brought it back.” And indeed it was. Radpath presented Hsiung with a 13-page, 43-photo scrapbook that documented in detail the errant marker’s travels around the globe.
1,000 in total, putting Juniata in the top 20 percent of all higher education institutions. ìForbes.com. Forbes is the other ranking that lumps all colleges and universities in one poll. Juniata was rated as 172nd in this poll, rising seven slots from No. 179 the previous year. ìMoney Magazine. Juniata jumped 270 places from last year’s inaugural poll to rank as 129th. Money’s ranking
look at quality of education, affordability, and the success of its graduates. Juniata scored 399th in the previous year’s poll. ìKiplinger’s Personal Finance. This poll rewards high quality education at an affordable price and the College was slotted at 92nd last year. In addition, the College was named as one of 202 colleges and universities
deemed “cool schools” by Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. That poll rates how schools approach sustainability and “green” issues. The guidebook Princeton Review 381 Best Colleges ranked Juniata as No. 12 in its top 20 study abroad programs. 2017 Fall-Winter |
Education based its assessment on learning environment, debt burden, graduation rates, student-faculty ratios, facultypublished research, amount budgeted for instruction and academic services, alumni earning power, and more than 100,000 survey responses from students across the country. Juniata ranked 210th in this one. This poll ranked 800 colleges and universities in its online version and more than
PHOTOS: BRIDGET REDPATH ’19
Spell Her Champion: Student Piles Up Points Playing Scrabble
International student Nitya Chagti ’19 turned her passion for studying English into a sports career. She competes internationally playing Scrabble. She’s been playing Scrabble for years and practices by playing “blitz” games online with players from around the world.
Nitya Chagti ’19, a student from New Delhi, India studying history, has herself made a bit of history, by recently placing in the Top 20 at an International Scrabble Championship, held in India, which spells out s-u-c-c-e-s-s in any country. Chagti started playing Scrabble to help improve her language skills. She began by playing with her mother and then she entered a Scrabble tournament. At age 12. “I lost spectacularly,” she says with a smile. “I wanted to do better so I decided to start playing online.” So she joined the International Scrabble Club, which soon had the budding word maven battling Scrabble players from all over the world. She estimates she played Internet Scrabble for about two hours every day after she returned home from school. She also started playing in Scrabble tournaments right after that. In her first year competing, Chagti placed third in the Delhi State Championships, and the next year she placed first. However, the Scrabble she plays is not the relaxed home pastime of no time limits and endless arguments about whether “limn” is a word. For example, the Internet games she plays are timed and the style is called “blitz” Scrabble. Each player is on a timer, much like the clocks used in chess. All of this prepares elite players like Chagti for tournament games. Scrabble is played on a board, where two to four players use the game’s 100 tiles to form words either across or down the gridded gameboard. There are 100 tiles used to form words, 98 of which have a single letter of the alphabet with varying point totals attached. The other two tiles are blank and can be used as a substitute for any letter. Commonly used letters such as vowels, are worth one point. Less common letters, such as Q and Z, are worth 10 points. To get to the World Scrabble Competition, held in a different international city each year, players must come in first or second in their national championship. In her latest international-level competition, right before she returned to Pennsylvania to start the school year, she was the highest ranked female and defeated the Pakistani national champion. Since coming to Juniata, the media has covered Nitya’s Scrabble abilities. A story on her talents was printed across the coutry by the Associated Press. She also played Scrabble on television versus Joe Murgo, WTAJ-TV weatherman and Juniata parent. While top-level Scrabble players do try to gain an edge in competition, player behavior is generally exemplary compared to other sports. For example, a top player would never knowingly try to pass off a word, a practice Scrabblers call “playing a phony.” “There is no trash talking, that would be considered rude,” she explains. She does have a favorite word or two to play in games. Here’s one: caziques, which means either “tribal chief ” or a tropical bird species.
Ally Lush ’14 is a veteran of projects in west Africa. Before she graduated from Juniata she made trips to The Gambia thanks to the College’s international programs. Upon graduation, she returned to help build youth leadership through basketball.
Those outside of the United States tend to think of soccer as the ultimate game, but true to their Juniata-bred nature, Ally Lush ’14, Mike Walker ’13, and two other activists decided to use an American-made team sport— basketball—to build youth education in The Gambia. Lush is a veteran traveler to The Gambia. She studied abroad there as a sophomore, and she returned there as an assistant with the College’s short-term Gambia program. Lush met Seth Williams when the latter, a member of the Peace Corps, was founding Ascend Together. The group uses basketball to teach academic commitment, leadership, teamwork development, and discipline. When Lush graduated, the organization was in need of a program manager. “This past school year, we implemented a project called Rise Gambia.
This program involved 90 Upper Basic students (45 male and 45 female),” Lush explains, “Our coaches focus on the development of students as a whole person: academically sound, physically fit, and socially conscious. We also hold tutoring sessions with an English teacher and a math teacher for an hour before each training session.” Going into the program’s second year, Lush is preparing to transition the program to local leadership. Lush’s job is taken up by meetings to secure local partnerships and establish governmental connections. “Sports are big in The Gambia and basketball is a good platform for developing teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership,” Lush explains. “Basketball also allows student to get mentorship from coaches, it creates coaching positions as a job option for Gambians, and we are
allowed to provide life skills that would not otherwise be covered in schools.” Ascend Together is partnered with the Gambia Basketball Association and Lush and her colleagues hope to incorporate the program into the goals of Gambia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports. She says the next step for the program is to improve its tutoring program and develop a standardized curriculum. In the next year or two, although Lush left her position in July to accept a Peace Corps assignment in Zambia, the basketball project will expand into more urban schools and try to make inroads into the country’s provincial regions. “I thought returning to The Gambia would be an excellent way to gain experience and give back to a community that I was connected to through my studyabroad experience.”
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PHOTOS (LEFT):GORDON DIMMIG ’17; (RIGHT) COURTESY ALLY LUSH ’14
Hoops Dreams: Juniatian Builds Court Sense in The Gambia
Eagles Go Over the Mountain A group of Eagles went over the mountain, not to see what they could see, but to struggle through a 50-mile race over Tussey Mountain. Called “Tussey Mountainback Race,” the event followed paths in Rothrock State Forest. More than 25 Juniatians ran different legs of the race. “It is a lot of fun, and there’s a great feeling of camaraderie among the members of the Muddy Runners,” says historian David Hsiung. Everyone cheered for each other when watching their fellow runners cross the finish line. Ryan Mull ’17, of Fairfax, Va., created a slogan for his team at the race, “Come for the running—stay for the camaraderie!” and the other runners agreed that this embodied who they are. Historian David Sowell provided background on the race and its connection to Juniata. Members from the college started running in this race in 2002, when the teams were made up of only faculty. Throughout the years, the teams started running with local residents of the
Huntingdon community. In 2011, Juniata students also joined in. The amount of students, faculty, staff and community members have grown each year. Four teams represented Juniata, comprised of first-timers and returners. Three of Juniata’s teams were called, “the Muddy Runners.” There were 66 teams overall in the race, divided into different categories. In the Mixed Open Relay for seven- and eight-person teams, Muddy Runners Team A came in second place, and Muddy Runners Team C came in fourth. In the Men’s Open Relay for seven- and eight-person teams, Muddy Runners Team B took fifth. The Juniata team called, “Two Amazons and a Spartan,” came in fifth in
their Mixed Open Relay tri/quad group. “We exceeded our goals, so we’re happy about that,” Mull says. There were different approaches when preparing for the grueling race. “Some of the people came and ran part of the trail here to get a sense of what it was all about,” shares Erin Paschal, director of student engagement. They also practiced running hills. During the race, a member
“The vans were stopped, checking on how the other teams were doing and when they finally left, Nick had gotten to the finish line. He was there to greet the van, but it is usually the other way around”
of the team ran while the other members rode in vans to the next leg to greet the runner. When one runner reached the end of a leg, they handed off a baton to the next runner. Nick Terz ’17, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., ran the last leg of the race for Muddy Runners Team A. “The vans were stopped, checking on how the other teams were doing and when they finally left, Nick had gotten to the finish line. He was there to greet the van, but it is usually the other way around,” adds Paschal. —Alexandra Webb ’18, of Easthampton, Mass., is a member of the campus news team.
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—Erin Paschal, director of student engagement
Associate Professor Kathy Baughman
Professor Kathy Jones
Why do you teach? In my last corporate position as a vice president of finance, I discovered my most important and enjoyable responsibility was helping other employees be successful. Working with people to help them develop required skills was much more engaging for me than completing a complex financial analysis. This realization ignited my desire to enter higher education. The level of engagement with the students was rewarding in many ways. I am continually amazed by the accomplishments of our students and alumni. Their high level of dedication in academic and community issues is a consistent compelling argument about the importance of a liberal arts education. I chose to teach in high education because I thought I could make a difference; I continue to teach because our students are making a difference.
Why do you teach? I have been teaching my whole life, and my Mom used to say it was not a job, but a vocation for me. I feel so fortunate to be able to continue to share my passion for teaching with future science and math teachers. What a pleasure to also be surrounded with other college faculty also interested in teaching.
Associate Professor William Dickey Do you have a role model in teaching? Two people inspired me to pursue teaching: Russell Stiles and Linda Bufalini ’79. Stiles was my high school English teacher, and I had Bufalini for a biology class. Both were excited about the material, which further engaged students. They also made learning fun and created supportive and challenging environments to push students beyond what we thought was attainable in our thinking and learning. But, even more so, Bufalini and Stiles always seemed interested in the ideas presented by students and valued our input. These are some of the things that I’ve taken from those teachers and attempt to cultivate in my classroom.
Associate Professor Amy Frazier-Yoder
Professor Kim Roth If you could take any class at Juniata, what would you take and why? It would be difficult to decide, but Wheel Throwing with Bethany Benson. I started taking ceramics classes when I was in graduate school for my math Ph.D. as something to do for fun. However, I have been a bit busy the last few summers and haven’t been able to take the continuing education class in ceramics like I’ve wanted to and so have gotten rusty. I am sure throwing a large number of cylinders and bowls would help me get my throwing back in practice.
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Do you have a role model in teaching? Jeffrey Barnett at Washington and Lee University is one of my teaching inspirations. He brought Latin American prose and poetry into new perspectives. He asked intriguing questions, let the students work through the problems presented, and had contagious enthusiasm for what he taught. Donald Shaw, a Borges scholar and professor at the University of Virginia, was also inspiring. He encouraged his students to write and publish, and explained complicated concepts with great clarity.
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Field hockey player Sarah Spencer â€™17, of Florence, N.J., eludes an opponent from Lebanon Valley College.
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Juniata defensive players Donovan Cobb ’18, left, and Aldo Legge ’18, both from Aliquippa, Pa., wrap up an opposing player from Dickinson College. Wide receiver Kirby Breault ’17, of Elizabethtown, Pa., gracefully eludes a tackle after catching a pass.
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Football coach Tim Launtz â€™80 reacts with either outrage or joy to a play on the field. Judging by the expressions of the players behind him, it seems like the former.
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Taylor Golemboski â€™17, of Philipsburg, Pa., wraps a shot around a Lycoming University opponent at close quarters.
Ahead of the competition and a head above others, Kristin Racis ’19, of Womelsdorf, Pa., heads the ball against Goucher College.
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Juniatian Kerry Leonard ’18, of Cockeysville, Md., extends herself to make the save as goalkeeper.
Rooms of Our Own
A Building, Five Art Studios, No Waiting
Wielding shovels as deftly as they administer their duties for the College, a group of Juniata luminaries break ground for the Tom and Pat Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building. From left, are: Lauren Bowen, provost; James A. Troha, president; David Beachley ’77, president of Beachley Furniture Co.; Elizabeth Beachley, John Dale ’54, Juniata Trustee emeritus; Pat Kepple, and Tom Kepple, president emeritus. PHOTO: LAURA HESS ’11
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Although everybody has an idea who Andrew Carnegie was, many times the significance of the people campus buildings are named for are often lost to time. For example, Ohio State’s Hayes Hall. Named after Woody, right? Not quite. It was built in the 1880s and is named after Rutherford B. Hayes, one of history’s more obscure presidents. Juniata is not totally immune to such vagaries of memory. Most folks on campus don’t have any idea who Leon A. Beeghly was (a Youngstown, Ohio magnate who owned the Standard Slag Co.), or recall much about J. Omar Good (an 1890s alumnus who owned a Philadelphia printing company). One way that Juniatians honor the namesakes of many of its beloved buildings is by repeating the stories behind the gift or donation. The tale of Bill von Liebig’s woven medical stent or Maude Lesher’s short life, are repeated often enough to qualify as a sort of tradition. When John Dale ’54 walked to the podium at the groundbreaking of the new Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building to reveal its namesake, he had a reason for honoring the couple he was about to name. It might be better, however, if the honoree told the story. “To say we were stunned would be an understatement. I have been involved with art for a long, long time and I have been involved at Juniata for a long, long time and John brought those together,” says Tom Kepple, president emeritus at Juniata. Tom and his wife, Pat, were at the groundbreaking of the new building when Dale proclaimed the name as the
Thomas R. and Patricia Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building. “We had gone to dinner with John the night before and he never said a thing!” says Pat Kepple. Although Tom Kepple was rarely seen around campus lugging an easel and paints, his connections to art reach back to his childhood in Murrysville, Pa. He took art classes in high school and college and astute observers to the College’s previous presidential house would have seen several original Kepple artworks hanging on the wall. Pat Kepple also enjoys art, never failing to comment about campus art or visiting an exhibition opening at the College’s art museum. She does dabble in painting as well. “My specialty is doing what the art teacher tells me to do,” she says with a wide smile. “All my art hangs near the back stairway of the house.” Dale and his wife, Irene ’58, knew of the Kepples’ commitment to art and both had decided long ago that they would ask the College to honor its 11th president through the building. Dale, whose $3.2 million gift helped fund the arts facility, also knew that his vision and Tom Kepple’s vision for the arts at Juniata lined up perfectly. When Tom Kepple was hired in 1998, John Dale was the first trustee to contact him and Dale took the couple to dinner. During the meal, Dale and Kepple talked about their ideal liberal arts college and found a shared belief in the importance of the visual arts. Both Tom and Pat Kepple credit this dinner with assuaging any nervousness or trepidation at taking the job. Pat, a native Tennesseean, was
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n every college campus, in every state, there are buildings and rooms named after people. In most cases, these building and other facilities are named after alumni or philanthropists. For instance, Pennsylvania campuses are literally littered with Carnegie libraries (Penn State and Juniata both have one), funded by 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
Longtime friend John Dale ’54, center, wanted to surprise former Juniata pres ident Tom Kepple, right, and Pat Kepple, left, at the groundbreaking for the College’s new arts building. The Kepples were taken aback when Dale revealed the building’s new name: the Tom and Pat Kepple Inte grated Media and Studio Arts Building.
nervous about leaving family connections behind if she moved north and credits Dale with convincing her this would be a life-changing mission. “One thing I’ve always believed is that the liberal arts must include art and if Juniata is going to get better as an institution art has to be a part of that,” says the former president. “Tom does find an excuse to drive by the construction site at least once a week,” Pat points out. Once the Kepple building is completed Juniata’s art students will have dedicated studio spaces. Like many of the other important classrooms across campus, these instructional spaces, all specially designed for the type of art taught within, will be named. Of course there are stories behind each of these spaces. Some of the stories focus on friendship, some honor beloved mentors, and some are literally the things dreams are made of. Enjoy.
A Class Taken, A Friendship Formed
Bethany Benson, associate professor of art, occasionally teaches a one-day course for Alumni College during Alumni Weekend. When Eric ’77 and Karen Jensen took her course, a friendship was formed. Eric Jensen, a Trustee, and his wife, decided to help fund one of the studios within the arts building.
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Eric ’77 and Karen Jensen met when they were both students at Duke University. Eric, a Juniata Trustee, was earning his doctorate in chemistry and Karen was a research biologist, so it’s safe to assume that they did not spend a lot of time in art studios. That indeed held true until 2012 when Eric, a senior research fellow at Eli Lilly and Co., and Karen attended his 35th class reunion. “We signed up for a class taught by Bethany Benson as part of Alumni College,” recalls Eric. “We both got hooked on what Bethany was talking about.” Karen has since taken a few more classes from Bethany as part of the Trustee Spouses and Partners Group. The group maintains a schedule of activities set up for Trustees’ significant others while the College’s Trustees are in meetings or other obligations. This is the point in a story where you expect that the Jensens found their inner artistes, cleaned out a bedroom to install a pottery studio like Demi Moore’s in Ghost. Didn’t happen. “Bethany tells us the assignment and we try our best,” says Karen, who has made several pieces for the College’s Empty Bowls event. What did happen? The Jensens made a personal connection with Benson, associate professor of art. “We’ve bought several of her pieces,” says Karen, who also volunteers with several arts organization in Indianapolis, Ind., where the couple lives. “We also commissioned her to make a set of wine goblets.” The Jensens have since solidified their connection with Bethany into a solid friendship and they often get together with Bethany and her husband, Jonathan Burns, lecturer in archaeology at Juniata, when they’re in Huntingdon.
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“Seeing those connections between art and science made it easy to make the decision to donate to the 3-Dimensional Design Studio.”
Eric ’77 and Karen Jensen
fellow in Deliver and Device Research and Development) has me sitting in a department of engineers thinking about how people use things.” Karen also found resonance in how the College combines art and science in such courses as “Chemistry of Art,” “Wine in a Vessel,” and some of chemist Richard Hark’s work on examining paintings using analytical tools. “Seeing those connections between art and science made it easy to make the decision to donate to the 3-Dimensional Design Studio,” she says.
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When Eric and Karen decided to make a gift to the College, they kept coming back to their experiences in the ceramics studio. Eric also was affected by a speech made by John Dale ’54, Trustee emeritus, where Dale convinced most of those in attendance of the overwhelming need for an arts building. “For me, art was always something other people did,” Eric says. “I think this gift has a sort of happy resonance in that Bethany likes to make art that is also useful and my current job (as senior research
Karen and Eric Jensen ’77 were so taken with a ceramics class taught by ceramics artist Bethany Benson that they commissioned a set of wine goblets. Here, Bethany sends the couple a sample pair of the goblets.
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He also explains that the math-intensive computer programming of his heyday is now a hazy memory for most IT professionals. “So much of the fundamental programming of my era is gone and today it’s much more important how you present information to the end user,” he says. “The integrated media studio will give our students an amazing facility to create videos, animations, and web designs that have the potential to change how we think about IT.” Both Paulhamus and Trexler agree that the building itself has potential to cross-pollinate education in science, humanities, IT, and business. Trexler underlines that creating the Kepple Building is itself an announcement that Juniata is stretching beyond its traditional methods of education. “Juniata has come a long way in recognizing art,” Trexler says. “When I saw the progression of the art program and how this new building will integrate art more fully into the campus life, I was just thrilled.”
Recognizing Potential: Drawing on the Past
Laurie Trexler ’70 and Richard Paulhamus ’70
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Richard Paulhamus ’70, and his wife, Laurie (Patterson) Trexler ’70, came to the reasons for their donations toward the drawing studio and the integrated media studio from different pathways, but their intention is remarkably similar: to give future Juniatians more opportunity to explore. “Rich and I were there from 1966 to 1970 and during that time there was one art teacher: Steve Barbash,” recalls Laurie. “I think I took every single art course he offered and when (ceramic artist) Jack Troy arrived, I think I took every course he offered. But, back then I was not allowed to declare a minor in art.” Laurie earned her degree in elementary education and taught for 25 years in the Muhlenberg and Brandywine Heights school districts. She never used her art experience until she opened a screen printing business with her sister. “It turns out I didn’t have the talent for fine art, but I was very good at graphic design,” she says of her printing career. “I never would have had the confidence to do it without my background in art at Juniata,” she says. Rich Paulhamus took mostly math courses during his time at Juniata and his talent with numbers translated directly into the budding field of computer science. He worked at Bell Labs, a legendary research and development facility responsible for developing the transistor, Unix operating systems and several programming languages, and then moved to telecommunications giant AT&T. The retired IT consultant points to one of the pillars of “Courage to Act,” Juniata’s strategic plan, as the impetus to make a gift to support the building’s integrated media studio. “The studio will really help our ability to bring different disciplines into not only information technology but other areas as well,” he says.
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Painting a Picture: Honoring Juniata College Tom and Pat Kepple were planning on donating to the new Painting Studio even before John Dale surprised them by naming the entire building after them. Tom and Pat both believe that the College sends a message not only to students but also parents and prospective students by placing the arts building at a central part of campus. “Students will be walking past this building every day, and seeing it underlines the message that art is important at Juniata,” Tom says. He and Pat gave toward the painting studio in part because Tom is an enthusiastic (if infrequent) painter and because he believed that Juniatians should have a gorgeous studio to inspire the art that students produce year after year. “If you looked at the places where we were teaching art in the museum, the lighting wasn’t the
Tom and Pat Kepple
“Students will be walking past this building every day, and seeing it underlines the message that art is important at Juniata.” —Tom Kepple
best, the air quality wasn’t good, and the space was pretty small,” he says. “Also by getting out of these spaces, that frees up areas that can be used by the museum for storage and equally important aspects of the museum studies curriculum.” Pat Kepple pointed out that the new building studios also bring together the IT department and the art department, fostering the same sort of collaboration and interdisciplinary opportunities that resulted when Dale Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center was redesigned to house the math, business, IT, and communication departments. While the Kepples have donated to several other projects over their time at Juniata and in retirement, they both underline that their $100,000 donation for the painting studio can also inspire others to think about donating toward improving the College. “At its heart, a donation shows overwhelming belief in a project,” Tom explains. “I think if you give a gift that reveals a need on campus then that can jumpstart a movement that can be very important in a campaign.” Although the Kepples have not asked for perks like unlimited access to the painting studio after hours, Tom is seriously thinking about taking a class from Monika Malewska, associate professor of art, and painting again. He also took the liberty of commissioning a painting that will hang prominently in the building. He asked artists Ben Harris and Cliff Koetas to collaborate on a portrait. The two painters are the grandsons of John and Irene ’58 Dale and the portrait (a bit smaller than the von Liebig painting in the science center) shows their proud grandparents. “We can’t wait to see it,” Pat says.
Memories, Omens, and Dreams David Beachley ’77 doesn’t consider himself artistically inclined, although to be honest he does run a multimillion-dollar furniture company that requires at least a familiarity with design, pattern, and pleasing looks. For art, however, he relies on his wife, Elizabeth, an art major at Towson State University and a former graphic designer. The couple’s $100,000 gift for the Kepple Building’s 2-Dimensional Design Studio is important to David partly because it is one of the earliest gifts to the building, and thus could inspire others to give. It’s also vitally important to Elizabeth and her husband because it will allow Juniata students to achieve their dreams and aspirations through art. The couple would like to honor their son, Andrew Bryan Farnen, who passed away at age 21 in 2013. Andrew, an aspiring artist and musician, had taken art classes throughout his life. They also wanted to make sure that students are inspired by working in the studio and wanted to give it a name that reflects such aspirations. “I think Andrew would have loved that building and would have lived in it if he had attended Juniata,” says Elizabeth. The Beachleys were inspired to honor Andrew’s life as an artist through their gift, but they wanted the studio name to have resonance for Juniata students as well. Elizabeth Beachley’s vision for the name of the studio came after she experienced several evocative events. For example, shortly after Andrew’s funeral, Elizabeth was returning from a trip, pulled into the driveway and saw a red-tailed hawk perching on the roof of Andrew’s car. “I kept seeing hawks flying overhead when I’d be thinking of him,” Elizabeth says.
David ’77 and Elizabeth Beachley
“There is nowhere on campus that would hold as much meaning for us. It will be a wellused space and it is a great way to honor Andrew’s memory.” —David Beachley ’77
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Some time later, she had a vivid dream where Andrew was showing her an art gallery with very specific designs of wings and suns on the walls. “A while later I was leafing through an issue of Interior Design magazine and I saw a photo spread of the exact place I dreamed about,” she says. It turned out that the space was a contemplative space on the campus of Stanford University. “Elizabeth said, ‘We have to go see this’ so we took a trip to Palo Alto (California) and it turned out to be a building named Windhover, after a poem by British writer Gerald Manley Hopkins,” David explains. If you Google “windhover” you’ll see a reference for the Hopkins poem and also a definition that says, “Another name for the common kestrel. The name refers to the bird’s ability to hover in mid-air while hunting prey.” A kestrel is a small falcon and a relative of the larger hawk. Both birds hunt by soaring above the earth. The symbolic value of a bird reaching for great heights is a perfect metaphor for the life of the artist. The Beachleys felt there would be no greater name to call the 2-D studio than “Windhover.” “This has become very special to us,” David Beachley ’77 says. “There is nowhere on campus that would hold as much meaning for us. It will be a well-used space and it is a great way to honor Andrew’s memory.” >J<
Paul Schettler Reflects on Career Explorations By John Wall director of media relations PHOTOGRAPHY BY: J.D. CAVRICH unless noted
This might be the first time that Hannibal Lecter has been quoted in service of a profile of a beloved professor, but stick with us. In Silence of the Lambs, Lecter instructs, “Read Marcus Aurelius—of each thing, ask: what is it in and of itself. What is its nature?” When applied to chemist Paul Schettler, the answer becomes clear about 10 minutes into a conversation. He’s an explorer. Exploration, as it turned out, was at the center of young Paul’s wanderings and his intrinsic need to know what was on the road not taken. “I always had questions about the nature of things,” Schettler says. “From an early age.” 28
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50 Years a Professor
In the 1970s, Paul Schettler was instrumental in the research gas companies invested in recovering natural gas from shale. Here, he shares his methodology with two community members, Marjorie Berrier and the late Jane Crosby â€™38. At right, Schettler, known familiarly as â€œSchettsâ€? to most of his students and colleagues, poses next to a gas chromatograph in his lab, which, coincidentally, is named for Paul and his wife, Karen.
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When Paul Schettler was about 6 years old in his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah, he started walking home from kindergarten to eat lunch, a distance of about two miles. When he got home, he would take the dog for a walk, usually another multimile trek. Soon, his mother, Aurelia, realizing that her young son liked to push beyond familiar environs, had to lay down rules about how far Paul could explore. His mother, who was a homemaker, had a master’s degree in biology, and Paul Sr., was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford in philosophy before returning to Utah to take a job as a trust officer at a local bank. So, when talk at the dinner table turned serious, we’re talking deep, deep topics. “My dad was a philosophy major, so I remember reading The Death of Socrates and reading Immanuel Kant at a very young age,” he recalls. “He is a deep thinker, and he is interested in complicated subjects,” says William Russey, professor emeritus of chemistry, who with fellow chemist Dale Wampler, hired the man most people call “Schetts.” “But it’s enjoyment and a sense of mission that drives both his teaching and research.”
“I always had questions about the nature of things from an early age.” —Paul Schettler JUNIATA PHOTO FILE
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A markedly younger Schettler goes through some papers for grading. Throughout his career, Schettler has been noted for spending long hours outside the classroom ensuring his students understand the intricacies of physical chemistry.
That sense of curiosity and deep thought blossomed early—in the 4th grade, when he read his dad’s high school texts on physics and chemistry. He picked up chemical concepts right away, but the math associated with physics stumped him. He begged his mother to let him quit piano lessons so he could hire a math tutor. Eventually, though, math struck the right key for him and he left home in 1958 to study chemistry at the University of Utah. At the time, Schettler wasn’t ready to push beyond the Utah state line in pursuing his education but he was making up for that in his spare time. As might be guessed from his childhood penchant for walking, Schettler turned his love of exploration into a hobby. He did a lot of mountain hikes in Utah and other states. As an undergraduate in 1956 he joined an expedition to explore Neff Canyon Cave, one of the deepest caves in the U.S., to find the bottom of the historic site. The love of outdoors extended to his romantic life, as Schettler met his wife, Karen, at a meeting of the Wasatch Mountain Hiking club. At Utah, he had been a student who learned by asking questions of all his professors. “It helped me learn the logic of things and gain a metaphysical vision of the universe,” Schettler says. “I wanted everything to be tied together.” The young student found his Utah professors open to such exchanges of information and Schettler was energized in challenging his teachers. He saw it as very much a precursor to the idea of interdisciplinary education.
Calvin Giddings (“One of the geniuses in the field,” according to Schetts) on gas chromatography. As the Utah work drew to a close, Schettler knew he did not want to enter industry. His need to know how the universe worked and how the universe related to what he was particularly interested in meant he needed to interact as a planet in a universe of experts willing to talk to him. In other words, a college campus. The thing was, as his postdoctoral stint drew to an end, teaching positions were as rare as an oscillating reaction. “When a college had an opening, it was normal to receive at least 1,000 applications,” Schettler recalls. He also realized he had better get some teaching experience. Which brought the young chemist to the campus of Antioch College, perhaps one of the most progressive, liberal, inclusive, —pick your adjective—campuses in the United States, to do a “teaching postdoc,”
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His idealistic love of Socratic interchange with his professors was shattered when Schettler left the west to study chemistry in the Yale University doctoral program. “I chose it because it appeared to have the most opportunities for connection to the worlds beyond science,” Schettler explains. “It turned out that the chemistry department was very isolated. There wasn’t much communication with other departments and very little within the department. They all stayed in their own discipline.” At Yale, Schettler began working on research on solvated electrons, which are free electrons in a solution that are useful in forming chemical compounds, particularly in radiation chemistry. Although the Yale chemistry department was less than thrilled with Schettler’s Socratic method of learning, he thrived in his research, enough to secure a postdoctoral position at Yale in 1963. Then, in 1964, he spent three years back home at the University of Utah training with
Schettler and his border collie Gael take five at home. At the end of this year, the two will probably have a little more time together, although it’s unclear whether the dog will be able to engage in the Socratic debates Schetts loves.
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“He spent at least as much time with students in voluntary homework sessions as he did in the classroom.” —Don Mitchell PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF CHEMISTRY
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sponsored by the Kettering Institute. “It was amazing, everyone was talking to everybody and I loved every minute there.” The Antiochian year gave Schettler insight into how he wanted to teach. He wanted to gather people together and exchange ideas. “I owe that to my father, I was looking for philosophical dialogues,” he recalls. Near the end of his fellowship, he saw an ad for a position in chemistry at Juniata. Ever willing to walk beyond his previous experience, Schettler applied and corralled an interview. He talked to many science faculty during the interviews, but the faculty member with whom he had intellectual chemistry? The late Esther Doyle, professor emeritus of English. “We had a great conversation and I thought Juniata would be a great place.” He jumped into teaching. A full load of chemistry, but he also taught “Modes of Thought.” “I remember reading a poem about a hawk and thinking, ‘How do I do this?’ They didn’t do this at Yale!” Over time, though, Schetts settled in and found that students responded to his “interchange of ideas” style. “I always have thought of Paul as one of those Cambridge dons who live in the same house as their students,” says Don Mitchell, professor emeritus of chemistry and who joined the faculty a year after Schettler. “He spent at least as much time with students in voluntary homework sessions as he did in the classroom.” “Teaching consists of leading students along until they get their own ideas, and then can work to solve problems that are self-generated,” Schettler says. Teaching and research occupied his time at work, but Schettler realized it was important to keep exploring at home too. It was not unheard of for him to take deep walks into the forests near his home. Then as his family grew, with the arrival of son George, and daughter Becky, he brought his children into his world of exploration. A list of their family trips reads like Call of the Wild. The Schettlers have trekked to Alaska, Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island, Banff, and even Nepal in the shadow of Mount Everest. During his extensive research career, Schettler also set off on uncharted trails. He started his research at Juniata as a continuation of his work with solvated electrons. Then, in the 1970s, he discovered a new challenge in the world of, —to paraphrase Mick Jagger—, gas, gas, gas. Ironically, Schettler’s gas adventures do not begin with a Socratic dialogue.
One of Schettler’s little known talents is in glass-blowing. Back in the old days, professors often had to construct the glass beakers and tubes for their research. PHOTO: GORDON DIMMIG ’17
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It was more like a request from thenJuniata President John Stauffer. Stauffer, a member of the board of Ohio’s Columbia Gas Corp., asked the chemist to see if he could solve a problem—why some shale wells produce gas, but most don’t. He began by trying to measure the permeability and started down a research path that would garner more than $1.3 million in research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Gas Research Institute, TerraTek Corp and Columbia Gas. Schettler’s experimental method for permeability put shale samples under pressure using methane gas. He pressurized the sample, then released the pressure while sealing the apparatus. If pressure rose in the sealed area, that meant the shale was permeable and natural gas could flow through it. By the late 1970s, Schettler was taking teams of students on drill sites and employed lab managers measuring shale samples. By the 1980s, Schettler was working on how to tell how much gas flowed through the rock. In 1981 he went on sabbatical and, with Todd Gustafson, professor emeritus of biology, designed a flow meter and an instrument that could estimate gas concentration. The invention of those two instruments eventually spelled the death of Schettler’s gas research. Flow meters turned research into business. The gas company wanted him to go measure wells throughout Appalachia, while Schettler was happiest solving problems by discussing ideas with his students and colleagues. His student researchers needed lab experience that would directly help them after leaving Juniata. Eventually, Juniata and the gas companies parted ways and Schettler sought out a new research idea. He spent 17 years working to design new analytical columns for gas chromatographs and has spent the last six years doing computational chemistry using a Terrachem computer, a calculating wizard that uses 800 processors. “Thirty years after graduation, I still lecture and use material I learned from Paul,” says Frank Dorman ’87, associate professor of chemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University. “I have traveled extensively in a technical capacity, and work at a research university. I have met many competent scientists. Paul is still my ‘go-to’ collaborator for thermodynamics and molecular modeling. He was in 1987, and he still is today.”
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“Thirty years after graduation, I still lecture and use material I learned from Paul.” —Frank Dorman ’87 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
Never willing to slow down or take it easy, Schettler has maintained the same schedule of classroom work and tutoring sessions. The payoff is that he continues to mentor students who leave Juniata to do great things. Zhongwei Hu ’12 just finished his doctoral studies at Penn State. Leslie Vogt ’05, has pursued her research career from Harvard to Yale to NYU, where she is an assistant research scientist in chemist Mark Tuckerman’s lab. “Through his innovative approach to grading exams on a personalized curve and providing individualized class projects, Schetts was one of the professors at Juniata who truly taught me how to learn,” says Vogt. “It is rare for a professor to spend so many hours helping students find their way through problem sets outside of class, which was especially needed for one of the most difficult courses in the chemistry major. We were always in awe that he could amble into the classroom with no notes and proceed to fill the boards with an hour’s worth of derivations.” All of Schettler’s explorations started with a simple question and as he nears the
end of his path he is asking a few questions about leaving a legacy. “Paul would not be able to exist without teaching,” says Peter Baran, associate professor of chemistry and a longtime colleague. “I am sure that even after this formal retirement he will seek ways to be involved in the departmental teaching activities and he deserves our appreciation for that. I am sure that he was speaking about fear of life without teaching when he created his famous line: ‘I will never retire. I will be carried out of my office.’ His teaching method employed whatever study methods brought results. The only thing he has always cared about is that students learn about physical chemistry.” Starting in the 1990s, Schettler began using his personal funds to underwrite summer research in the chemistry department. In 2012, he shifted the process of choosing grantees to the provost’s office. In 2014, he decided to use $20,000 per year for what he dubbed Innovation Educational Improvement grants. Faculty can apply for them to fund “the most
imaginative and innovative examination of what is being taught (in the classroom).” The faculty awarded the grants receive up to $10,000 that can be applied to a research program or a classroom innovation. Recent faculty recipients include chemist Sharon Simpson Yohn ’99, biologists Jason Chan and Chris Grant, historian Peter Rothstein, language professors Jim Roney and Henry Thurston-Griswold, and Amanda Siglin, director of the health professions program. Looking ahead, Schettler will continue his legacy of learning by making provision in his will to establish an endowment of $400,000 to continue these grants after his passing. “The one thing I was impressed with at Juniata was how the faculty reached out to each other through coffees, meetings, dinners, and activities,” he says. “There was a refusal to let people become isolated and everyone wanted you to feel a part of the community. That’s what I’ve tried to do here through my classes and in these donations for research and teaching. I hope it has had an impact.” >J<
“We were always in awe that he could amble into the classroom with no notes and proceed to fill the boards with an hour’s worth of derivations.” —Leslie Vogt ’05
ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Paul Schettler came to Juniata after experiencing an inspiring conversation with the late Esther Doyle during his job interview. Since then, he has consistently supported Juniataâ€™s mission to educate students. Over the past two decades, Schettler has financially supported the Collegeâ€™s mission. He established a fund to help faculty innovate with their classroom teaching methods and when he retires, he will permanently endow the project.
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Preservation of Memories
# Juniata Trustee Honors Son, a Smithsonian Director, through Museum Gift
By John Wall, director of media relations PHOTOGRAPHY BY: J.D. CAVRICH
If there is one thing Bill Hayes knows like the back of his hand, itâ€™s how to build strong relationships. He knows that if you build on trust, even at a small rural institution, you can then grow that enterprise into a formidable player in a larger market.
Connie Hayes, and her husband, Juniata Trustee Bill Hayes, discuss why it was important for them to contribute to the improvement of the storage facility in the Juniata College Museum of Art.
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Hayes started his business career in 1977, right after mustering out of the U.S. Coast Guard, at a small Mifflin County bank. He had a 1971 diploma from Lafayette College as well, but he started as a trainee, worked his way up from teller, to loan officer, and eventually, CEO of Kish Bank. Kish is now a major Pennsylvania regional bank that provides a full range of banking, insurance, wealth management, and travel services. That’s why he was intrigued when asked to become a Juniata Trustee more than a decade ago. “I felt there was a strong alignment between Kish and Juniata because of our focus on creating strong community partnerships. In particular, Juniata’s efforts to support economic development in the region, first through President Tom Kepple’s leadership, and now through President Jim Troha, resonated with me,” Hayes says.
“We were especially intrigued by the integrated approach Kathryn Blake was taking to bring the museum into the Huntingdon community. It’s not only sharing an important art resource with the community, it really represents the celebration of a wonderful architectural jewel on the Juniata campus” —Bill Hayes
CEO, KISH BANK JUNIATA TRUSTEE
Over Hayes’ first years as a Trustee, Kish Bank was a consistent supporter of various College educational initiatives. Bill and his wife, Connie, were inspired to contribute in a more personal way to Juniata’s success when they began to see the growing importance the College was placing on elevating the Juniata College Museum of Art. “When (Museum director) Kathryn Blake joined Juniata, we saw this as an important step in the College’s elevated focus on the Museum. We were especially intrigued by the integrated approach she was taking to bring the museum into the Huntingdon community. It’s not only
Surrounded by the Pennsylvania regional art and folk art that they love, Bill and Connie Hayes also want to honor their late son, Parker Hayes, who was building an amazing career as a museum director with the Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian Institution before his untimely death in 2009. The large Philadelphia Phillies logo at top was displayed at the funeral service for Parker, an avid Phillies and Penn State fan.
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sharing an important art resource with the community, it really represents the celebration of a wonderful architectural jewel on the Juniata campus,” Hayes says. The couple also was taken with Blake’s approach to incorporating students into the day-to-day work of the art museum. “I’m very impressed with how she’s tried to include students in the process of selecting and presenting the museum’s exhibitions,” says Connie, who serves on the advisory board of Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art and has been involved with Delaware’s Winterthur Museum. “I think it’s wonderful that she’s pointing the way to potential careers for students.” The central change to the infrastructure of the museum and the focus of the Hayes’ gift will be the design and installation of a “visible storage” facility in what is now the painting studio. That large room with its original woodwork on the main floor will be transformed into a central, climatecontrolled, optimally designed area where the College can store the 800-plus artworks in the permanent collection when they are not on active display. Blake will meet with facilities experts, architects and senior administrators after this magazine goes to press, but she’s envisioning a glassenclosed space where classes can view artworks in storage, and students can work in public view to prepare objects for exhibition. Currently, the permanent collection is stored in the museum’s basement, which is below ground level and could make the paintings, prints, and other art susceptible to water damage during floods or a catastrophic rain event. In addition, the cramped stairways to and from the basement, which were constructed in 1907, make accessing the basement and moving art up to the gallery area an adventure. “The stairs make it difficult for students and faculty to view the artwork and bring up larger works; some modern pieces in the collection can’t fit down the stairs at all,” Blake explains. “Right now, when we need to move larger art pieces into the gallery we have to carry them outside—which is not good for the art or for anybody.” Once installed into the new space, the visible storage area will give students another means to see what is in the 800-plus-piece permanent collection while providing faculty easier access to
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Kathryn Blake, director of the Juniata College Museum of Art, stands amid the immense room within Carnegie Hall that currently is used as a painting studio. Thanks to a gift from the Hayeses, this room will be redesigned and transformed into a visible storage area where students can more easily curate shows, learn art preservation techniques, and other skills. The â€œvisibleâ€? storage will allow for climatecontrolled storage while making sure students, secondary school students from surrounding communities, and faculty can more easily access art that is not currently hanging.
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art that can illuminate lessons in history, literature, chemistry, and other courses. “If (historian) Doug Stiffler is teaching his Japanese history course and wants his students to see some prints from the time they’re studying, this is the perfect model for that kind of interdisciplinary use.” Key holdings in the painting collection include American landscapes from the Hudson River School, still lifes and portraits; small-scale European genre scenes of the 17th through 19th centuries; a collection of 18th- to 20th-century portrait miniatures; and Modern and Contemporary works. Although the Museum of Art renovations cannot start until the Kepple Studio Arts Building is completed and the five new art studios are outfitted, the construction of that building will free up space in the museum’s basement for museum and student related activities, including exhibit preparation and storage outside of the permanent collection. One of the most important facets of an art museum’s operation is collection management, including how to take care of the many pieces of art that are not on display to the public. To date, Blake has just completed a Collection Management Policy and last October oversaw the installation of an environmental monitoring system for all the major spaces in the museum. Only the design and installation of a modern storage facility remains for the Juniata College Museum of Art to join the ranks of great regional art museums in central Pennsylvania. “Bill and Connie understood immediately why this storage system is so important and that it represented a link between their son’s dedication and our needs,” Blake says. The Hayeses too have a deep connection for art that is obvious the moment visitors go through the front
“If (historian) Doug Stiffler is teaching his Japanese history course and wants his students to see some prints from the time they’re studying, this is the perfect model for that kind of interdisciplinary use.” —Kathryn Blake DIRECTOR OF JUNIATA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART
door of their State College, Pa. home. Artwork and folk paintings from almost every period adorn every wall and paintdecorated Pennsylvania German chests and furniture are displayed throughout the home. The décor reflects Connie’s interest in art and antiques, and Bill’s interest in Pennsylvania history and folk art from the local central Pennsylvania area. But a lot of people who love art and admire art museums never get involved in donating to help bring a rural museum into the major leagues. In fact, Bill and Connie Hayes ultimately decided to donate to Juniata’s museum to honor the life and career of their late son, William Parker Hayes Jr., known to his family and to everybody else as “Parker.” One thing to know about Parker Hayes is that his mother wouldn’t let him go to Juniata. “It was too close to home!” she protests, with a wide smile. So he attended Dickinson College, where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in history and American studies. He had an internship in the state capitol, where he had a chance to do some research into some Civil War battle flags. “Parker was always interested in history and artifacts,” recalls Bill Hayes. “I remember him looking through our copies of Antiques Magazine when most kids would be reading comic books.” That curiosity would serve Parker throughout his career. After interning at museums as an undergraduate he knew that he wanted to advance the preservation and exhibition of artifacts and work in a museum environment. His next move was to enroll in SUNY Oneonta’s prestigious Cooperstown Museum Studies Graduate Program, where he was able to receive his postgraduate degree while also gaining experience at Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame and the New York State Historical Society Museum.
Connie Hayes has served as a volunteer with the Winterthur Museum and Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art. Their home also reflects her long career as an antiques dealer and collector. Bill credits the family’s interest in antiques with inspiring their son’s curatorial career.
had.” Collating his interviews and other information, Parker forwarded a Medal of Honor recommendation to the Pentagon. After a long process (in fact, Parker had moved on to another job at the Holocaust Museum) Pitsenberger was awarded the Medal of Honor in December 2000. Parker moved to Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum and in 2001 accepted a job as project director for the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibitions, which was focused on developing complete museum displays from the Smithsonian’s vast storage facilities built around a topic or personality that museums across the country could purchase and install. “Parker would create the exhibition from the Smithsonian collections and then he and his colleagues would travel to the museums to mount the show,” Connie explains. Parker created several groundbreaking exhibits. “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers,” had the sports-mad curator (he was a fanatical Penn State and Philadelphia Phillies fan) touring with retired Boston Celtic immortal Bill Russell and Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. He also traveled to Puerto Rico to interview Pittsburgh Pirate baseball immortal Roberto Clemente’s widow and children and subsequently created his last exhibition: “Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente,”
which was the institution’s first fully bilingual exhibit. Parker was in his dream job at the Smithsonian (so much so that he had previously turned down a curatorial job at the Baseball Hall of Fame to stay there) when, on August 2, 2009, at the age of 36, he took a nap after a softball game and never woke up. A cause of death was never finally determined, but Parker Hayes left a powerful legacy of appreciation for art, for history and for materials preservation and exhibition that would survive well after his passing. It will now be a legacy that will be perpetuated at Juniata College as well. “Parker was able to get great experience in college and graduate school and we are very supportive of the possibility that Juniata’s Museum of Art can become a greater level for success for Juniata students as well,” Bill says. Bill and Connie not only have contributed to the museum storage project, but also are working on an endowed internship in the museum studies program in Parker’s name. “He would always call us to tell us about what he was researching,” Connie recalls. “Finding this way to remember him and his passion for history and museums seems like a fitting remembrance for Parker.” >J<
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He published his master’s thesis upon his graduation in 1997 entitled Drawn Home: Fritz Vogt’s Rural New York, an examination of the life and work of a 19th-century itinerant folk artist who had previously been undocumented. Following graduation, Parker’s first job was in the very small Airmen Memorial Museum in Suitland, Md. The site is focused on the contributions of U.S. Air Force enlisted personnel. Parker’s job was writing historical publications on aspects of the Air Force until he came across information on one particular Air Force pararescue specialist named William Pitsenbarger. Pararescue specialists were tasked with extracting wounded from combat areas or other rescue missions. In 1966 while stationed in Vietnam, Pitzenbarger volunteered to rescue an ambushed Army unit. He loaded nine wounded men for evacuation and provided medical attention for those left on the ground before the area was overrun. He was posthumously nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroism but the medal was downgraded to another medal, the Air Force Cross. The story caught Parker’s curiosity and he kept pulling on the threads of the airman’s story. Eventually, he personally interviewed 12 survivors, later writing “the interviews were some of the toughest and most draining experiences I have ever
Love for Following Threads of Research Weaves Career in Art History
By John Wall director of media relations
student Jennifer Streb ’93 star ted out her , thinking career at Juniata as a finance POE ld help wou r telle bank a as ce her experien More her jumpstart a business career. in art telling however, was her interest ate ultim the is says she history—which interdisciplinary career field.
Without looking at the photos in this story, guess who this describes: Volleyball athlete at Altoona Area High School, recruited for Juniata’s champion-level team by Larry Bock. Entered Juniata as a finance major, with dreams of becoming big in business. Took two or three art classes in high school but had trouble “keeping things in perspective.”
Surprisingly, all these counter-intuitive lines apply to Juniata’s own Jennifer Streb ’93, associate professor of art history, and her career story can almost serve as a template/testimonial for the glories of a liberal arts education. Before arriving at the College, however, Jen lived a life of studiousness, sports, and small snippets of celebrity sprinkled throughout her childhood. Her parents, Tom and Patty Streb, raised two girls in a nice house in Altoona. Her dad, known professionally as Tom Casey, started his career as a radio sports broadcaster and eventually became an iconic television personality by anchoring the Altoona-based WTAJ-TV weathercast for more than two decades.
Although everybody in central Pennsylvania knew Casey the Weatherman, few people in town outside his circle of friends know the rest of his life was listed under the name Tom Streb. That allowed the family some peace from possible prank calls, weather predictions, and requests to gain an entrée into television. “When my sister and I were little we used to think it was weird that strangers would come up to our table when we were out to dinner and ask my dad what the weather was going to be,” she says. “My favorite answer was ‘Union rules prevent me from telling,’ which seemed to work well.” So, Jen was able to fly a bit under the radar at Altoona Area High School, taking college prep courses. One day, a counselor told her to take one “fun” course every year, so she began taking art courses: “Drawing,” “Watercolor Painting,” and “Survey of Art History.” “I like art, but I wasn’t very good at it,” she admits. But she excelled at art history, right? Um, well, no. “It was boring. The lights were out, it was 7th period and the teacher stood at the back of the room and droned on like that scene in Ferris Bueller,” she laughs. Armed with that perception, she entered Juniata as a finance POE. She had worked as a bank teller throughout high school, which to her was a logical segue to the work of finance. “I was doing fine until I took Managerial Accounting with Ron Cherry ’53,” she says. “He was tough and I think I spent the semester crying about how poorly I was doing.” Although her vision of a Sheryl Steinberg-like business career was beginning to circle the drain, Jen also kept taking art courses. One course had a pre-requisite that she had to take Survey of Western Art and she met with art historian Karen Rosell to see if she would waive the pre-requisite. The answer was, “No.”
“Art isn’t created in a vacuum; it’s always been part of the larger society.” —Jennifer Streb ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART
One of Streb’s favorite courses is the museum practicum, where she can use many of the skills she’s accumulated thro ughout a career in art research. It was digging into the stories behind Henry Koer ner, a Pittsburgh artist, and Min na Citron, a 1930s-1960s-era painter, that insp ired Streb to pursue a doctorate.
The artist was Minna Citron, born in 1896. Citron started her career as a representational artist, creating satirical prints of everyday life. “Feminanities,” skewered the pretensions of middleclass women and made clear her critique of a beauty-based society. After World War II, Citron’s art evolved into abstraction. Streb’s investigation eventually led her to the Susan Teller Gallery, a New York City gallery specializing in American Art from the 1920s to 1950. She sent a letter to the owner and Susan Teller invited Jen to visit. “She gave me contact information for Minna’s sons, Casper and Thomas,” she says. Jen then sent letters to both men and received a reply from Thomas. He had artworks from his mother but didn’t have much documentation from her career as an artist—crucial for historians. Another letter, to Minna’s son Casper, went unanswered. Jen continued on with her research. Fast-forward about two years and Jen’s husband, Kevin Moist, a communications professor at Penn State Altoona, walked in to their living room and announced, “Minna’s granddaughter is on the phone.” It was indeed Christiane Citron calling. It seems that Jen’s original letter of inquiry had arrived about the time that her father, Casper, passed away. Her letter remained on the top of his desk until Christiane came to put his estate in order. “She had spent her whole life trying to get recognition for her grandmother’s career,” Jen recalls. “It was exciting for her and exciting for me that she found my letter.” Jen traveled to Christiane’s Denver, Colo., home and found a treasure trove of material—scrapbooks, exhibit catalogs, artworks— which allowed her to finish her dissertation on Citron and earn her doctorate in 2004. In 2005, she was hired by her alma mater as an art history professor. In the same way she tells her students that art history is the ultimate definition of interdisciplinary learning, working at Juniata has worked some multidiscipline magic on Jen herself. As curator of the Juniata College Museum of Art, she’s taught students everything from framing to painting walls. She collaborated with chemist Richard Hark to use lasers, X-rays, and CAT scans to analyze artwork. She even team-teaches “Chemistry of Art” with Hark. Not bad for someone who never took chemistry in college. “I’m not a painter or a sketcher,” she says, “I like finding my creativity in the museum and the classroom.” >J<
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Instead of a dry, academic dronefest, the course, taught by Rosell, energized Streb in a way that left her idea of a career in finance a bit less sure. “We spent hours talking about the art and you had to know history, religion, and other things,” she explains. “I tell all my students what makes art history great is that it’s incredibly interdisciplinary.” “Art isn’t created in a vacuum; it’s always been part of the larger society,” she adds. “I’ve found that fascinating.” When Jen graduated in 1993 she saw her career path much more clearly. She hesitated to commit to a career in art because she bought into the perception that art careers do not pay well. After seeing Rosell in action for three years and talking with other professors, she realized she could pursue a professorial career. “My mother had these two antique school desks and my sister and I would play classroom all summer,” she says. “I was always the teacher.” Foreshadowing aside, Jen decided to go to graduate school at Penn State. During her studies she found a niche in American art and began to look for an artist to research. In the summer after her Juniata graduation, Jen had worked at events at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, supervised by then-curator Michael Tomor and the museum’s then-director Michael Strueber (also a former Juniata Trustee). She mentioned she was looking for a research project and both men suggested a Pittsburgh artist named Henry Koerner. Koerner was an Austrian immigrant who fled Europe in the late 1930s and ended up teaching art at what is now Carlow College. Koerner, who painted many covers for Time magazine, also painted personal pieces that combined the urban grit of Pittsburgh with scenes of magical realism, such as dancers floating above the steel bridges. She was put in touch with Koerner’s widow and Jen began to research the life and work of the somewhat unknown Pittsburgh artist. “I like digging out these threads and seeing where things take you,” she says. “There is something about finding a piece of information that is very exciting.” Such dogged determination held her in good stead when she decided to get her doctorate at Penn State, but she needed a fresh topic to research. Asked by her adviser what she really wanted to suss out, the answer came back: art of the 1930s and feminism. Originally her idea was to research an artist and administrator involved with the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project Arts project. She started combing through art catalogs of exhibitions featuring women. She came across a catalog for “Seven Women of the Depression Decade,” a 1976 exhibit at Vassar College. In the catalog was a short blurb about a satirical series of prints with a feminist tilt called “Feminanities.”
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George Merovich, assistant professor of environmental science, with students Ryan Heisler ’18 and Logan Stenger ’18, presented a paper on smallmouth bass health in the upper Juniata River watershed at the 11th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University in November. Q: Do you plan on continuing your research? A: Yes. We need to know what’s going on in the waters first, and I’m glad we’re doing that. I have plans of continuing this on in the spring. Q: What was it like having students assist you with your research? A: They’re great. I actually started recruiting them in my class. They stood out to me in my fish management class last spring. I expressed interest to them, and they were on board. I was glad I hired them—they did a great job. —Joey DiGangi ’18, Juniata Associate for Media Relations
Jim Borgardt, Woolford Professor of Physics, presented the talk, “Results from the Galaxy Serpent Web-based Table Top Exercise Utilizing the Concept of Nuclear Forensics Libraries” at the International Conference on Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry in April in Budapest, Hungary. Borgardt presented “The Nuclear Security Summits: Prospects for Abolition” at Council on Christian Approaches to Defense and Disarmament in Bratislava, Slovakia, in August.
Kristin Camenga, assistant professor of mathematics, was asked to join Pro Mathematica Arte Council for a three-year period. The board advises handling the U.S. operations of the study abroad programs Budapest Semesters in mathematics and Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education.
Daniel R. Dries, assistant professor of chemistry, with four co-authors, published a paper on teaching biomolecular visualization in August in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. He also published an article on how loss of a protein, Nicastrin, can result in schizophrenia and hypomyelination. Dries’ 16 co-authors included Jennifer Arbella ’13. Ann Echols, associate professor of business, made a presentation on predicting success in business statistics courses at the annual conference of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics, and Technology in State College, Pa. in October. Richard Hark, Foster Chair of Chemistry, gave the keynote talk at the Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, “Analysis of Pigments and other Materials Found in Cultural Heritage Objects” in March and spoke on the same topic at Albright College in February. Hark spoke about pigment analysis at the International Geological Congress in South Africa. Hark and Jennifer Streb ’93,
associate professor of art history, attended the Summer Teacher’s Institute for Technical Art History at Yale in July. David Hsiung, Knox Professor of History, published the chapter “Environmental History and the War of Independence: Saltpeter and the Continental Army’s Shortage of Gunpowder,” in the book The American Revolution Reborn, published by the University of Pennsylvania press. Caroline Gillich, head coach for field hockey was inducted into Lock Haven University’s Sports Hall of Fame in December. Douglas Glazier, professor of biology, lectured on “Clash of the Titans: Competing Influences of Newton and Darwin in Biology” at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Fla., in November. Glazier, with co-authors, published a paper on excretion rates in aquatic animals in the journal Limnology and Oceanography. Jacob Gordon, reference and instruction librarian, published “In the Flesh? Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Verification and
Further Explanation... Kim Roth, professor of mathematics, spoke on “Reviewing Precalculus in Calculus: Integrated vs. Beginning of Course” at Mathfest, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, in Columbus, Ohio in August. She also earned a master’s degree in applied statistics from Penn State University in Fall 2016. Q: Why did you decide to pursue a master’s in applied statistics? A: Like a lot of mathematicians, because I have a Ph.D. in mathematics, I was very theoretically trained. I know a lot about the pure mathematics, but not so much about applications. I had never taken a statistics course as an undergraduate before I taught it. I felt like I need some help figuring out how to learn that because I can do the theory, but the applications are harder for me. I took a couple courses, most of which were on things I wanted to do with students, and they did help with going into depth at the introductory level, and I did some projects with students based on stuff I had learned. I enjoyed it so much that I thought I’d earn the credential. Q: What kind of projects do you do with students? A: I do a lot of work with students in bio labs. I share students with biologist Gina Lamendella. Most of the projects are statistical analyses of genomics information for bacteria. Currently, I have someone who is working on the gut microbiome and micobiomes. We did some work on that in the summer, and we will do some more work this spring.
We did some time-series analysis that’s trying to predict things that happen over time for a company in China. One of my students had done an internship there over the summer and then came back and we did this project in her senior spring.
Q: What was it like going back to school to earn your master’s in applied statistics? A: I’ve taken one online class a summer, with the exception of the summer of 2010, since 2008. I also took a few more over my sabbatical. I really enjoy it and I learn a lot from the classes. —Joey DiGangi ’18, Juniata Associate for Media Relations
Further Explanation... Monika Malewska, associate professor of art, was a Visiting Fellow Artist and presented “From Chardin’s Rabbit to Edward Bernay’s Bacon and Eggs: Representation of Bacon and Other Not-So Still-Lifes in Monika Malewska’s Work” at the Institute for American Universities, Resident Summer Fellow Program in June in Aix-en-Provence, France. Malewska also exhibited a painting at “Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All” at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Calif., and in the show “Synesthetica” in the Parallel Space Manifest Gallery, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Q: Can you tell us about the Institute for American Universities? A: IAU College was founded as the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France in 1957 by academics and former diplomats. It provides international educational opportunities for U.S. students interested in studying abroad. Students can study in a number of disciplines such as social sciences, humanities, and visual arts during fall, spring, and summer semesters. The IAU College hosts a Resident Fellows program for scholars and artists with the intention of enhancing the IAU academic curriculum through lectures and on-campus interactions with the students and academic staff. The IAU College also incorporated the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in 1966. The program offers a vibrant studio art curriculum for students interested in studying visual art (painting, drawing, photography, and art history) in the beautiful setting of Provence. Q: What kind of work did you do in the Resident Summer Fellow Program? A: I had an opportunity to spend time researching and gathering visual information on aspects of the regional cuisine of Provence. I am planning to use my photographs and sketches as source material for my larger painting compositions this
Its Implications,” about human-skin-bound books, in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. Christopher Grant, assistant research professor of biology, published a paper on the effects of fracking on Pennsylvania streams in the journal Ecotoxicology with three co-authors from the Class of 2016: Allison Lutz, Aaron Kulig, and Mitchell Stanton. Yu Gu, assistant professor of physics, transferred funding from a Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Scholars Award to Juniata. The grant will fund summer research students and well as major equipment purchases.
I participated in a painting and drawing seminar class every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that focused on the work and techniques of painters such as Cezanne and Van Gogh and explored the relationship between text and image. The seminar included two field trips to Arles and a fieldtrip following the “Cezanne Route” in Aix-en Provence. I participated in the Fellow Lecture series and attended an introductory level French class. The IAU College’s unique geographic and cultural location provided me with valuable visual resources and the opportunity to grow as an artist.
Finally, I was able to explore the possibility of short-term, faculty-led programs for Juniata students as well as semester and year-long study abroad options. Having the opportunity to see the studio art facilities and talk with IAU administrative staff and faculty enabled me to envision collaboration opportunities and possible educational programs that might be suited for Juniata students. In short, this was a very productive and educational experience with potential long-term positive outcomes for Juniata. —Joey DiGangi ’18, Juniata Associate for Media Relations
turtles in the Juniata River in Herpetological Conservation and Biology. Wade Roberts, associate professor of philosophy, recently published the article “Technocracy and Organization: Utopia and the Question of Value-Pluralism” in Selected Conference Proceedings of University of Northern Georgia Humanities conference on Utopia in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Jennifer Streb ’93, associate professor of art history, and Emma Campbell ’16 spoke on “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in an Academic Art Museum” for a panel at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Conference in October in Wilmington, Del. Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, published “El indiscreto encanto del desencanto: el narrador equívoco de El dueño del secreto” (The Indiscrete
Charm of Disenchantment: The Unreliable Narrator of Spanish Novelist Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Novella The Secret Keeper,” in Hispanic Journal. Wei-Chung Wang, associate professor of business, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan in October. Kathryn Westcott, professor of psychology, Philip Dunwoody, professor of psychology, and Mark McKellop, professor of psychology, conducted a symposium on American Psychological Association learning outcomes at the association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo., in August. At the same conference, Westcott, McKellop, and student Shayna Yeates ’15 presented a paper on using introductory psychology courses in a general education assessment.
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summer. I also completed two watercolor food compositions that I started working on during my IAU fellowship.
Juniata Started Artist’s Journey Toward Lifelong Learning ll, teacher at Holland Ha Byron Shen ’86, an art to attend nce cha a n dow ned in Tulsa, Okla., tur titute of Chicago to the School of the Ar t Ins h at Juniata. He loved glis En in pursue a degree ed Byron, after all,” nam literat ure courses (“I am a calling when he took he jokes) but found his Sandy h wit s rse cou art dy few independent stu eritus of art, toward the McBride, professor em dy eer. He went on to stu car t den stu end of Shen’s top the of one t, Ar of y at Cranbrook Academ the nation. graduate programs in
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A recurring theme in Byron Shen’s art is the horizon, a visual metaphor that implies an odyssey or trek that has yet to end. Many of the artist’s works depict landscape vistas, with the eye drawn to a mesa or an image shrouded in a haze. It’s the view of a traveler, who has yet to reach the goal in the distance. 48
It’s also a pretty good metaphor for how an artist views his work. “Art is something that is truly uplifting for one spirit, whether that’s painting, gardening, or doing a crossword puzzle,” says Shen ’86 who has taught art at Holland Hall, a college preparatory school in Tulsa, Okla., since 1997. “It’s very rarely that you encounter something that gives you the opportunity to continue to learn. If I was a dancer, I think I would have had to find something else to do after I reached 30.” Byron’s art and life in some ways reflect his search for new experiences and challenges. Indeed, a short biographical video of Byron’s work and philosophy of art is called The Journey (available on his website (byronshen.net). Byron’s own trek toward his true calling started in Hong Kong, when he traveled at age 3 with his mother as she attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She was able to work in art for a
Shen loves teaching at Holland Hall, a colleg e preparatory school, but he also has a thriving art career. Posing in his studio, his abstract landscape s sur rounding him, Sh en is represented by galler ies in Tulsa and Denver.
read great writers their work transports you to different places and different situations as you read it. That appealed to me,” he says. In his senior year he applied to the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, but was turned down. When Byron left Juniata in 1986, however, he had secured one of the rarest opportunities available to an artist—a slot at graduate school in the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cranbrook, located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. is another of the top five art schools in the nation. Although Juniata provided Byron the chance to explore art, philosophy, literature, and other topics, he was well behind most of his Cranbrook classmates. Typically graduate art students have spent four to five years in curricula focused just on art. “I spent every hour in the studio or in the library,” he says. “Cranbrook is an amazing place that lets you interact with 150 students from across the world. Juniata allowed me a well-rounded background I could draw upon.” Shortly after graduating from Cranbook in 1988, Byron agreed to teach a bunch of first-graders at the Pontiac Center in Pontiac, Mich. The experience energized him. Over the next few years Byron taught classes on more or less a freelance basis. Eventually his path led him to a job as caretaker for Villa Philbrook, a mansion formerly owned by Tulsa-based oil millionaire Waite Phillips. The mansion job gave Byron the flexibility to pursue his own art, while teaching a few classes and “watching my son grow up.” By 1997, he was ready to commit more time to teaching and he started as a part-time art teacher at Holland Hall. By 2000, he had become a full-time faculty
member. “It’s a unique place,” he says of the school. It’s sort of like It’s a Wonderful Life.” These days, Byron splits his time between teaching, family, and his own art career. He has his own website, www.byronshen.net, and he is represented by the M.A., Doran Gallery in Tulsa and Wilson Adams Gallery in Denver, Colo. His work is in several museum permanent collections and Oklahoma’s Gov. Mary Fallin recently purchased one of his paintings. Finding his path in life has been enjoyable and he would like to continue to explore art beyond the horizon of his experience. He credits the College with helping satisfy his innate curiosity and has tried to use those same tenets in his own teaching. “Like Juniata, art is all about finding the individual,” he explains. “It’s not like there is only one way to paint.” >J<
“It’s very rarely that you encounter something that gives you the opportunity to continue to learn.” —Byron Shen ’86
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short time, but eventually, after the family moved to Chevy Chase, Md., she became a stockbroker at the Washington, D.C. offices of Merrill-Lynch. Byron liked art, but he wasn’t the kind of student who filled page after page with sketches during his free time. “I was taking a lot of upper-level math and science and as a way to relax, I took an art class. It was my stress-buster.” When it came time to look at colleges, he put an art portfolio together and to his surprise he was accepted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the top five art schools in the nation. “It did not have dorms, so students had to find their own housing and live in downtown Chicago, so I decided to look at other colleges,” he says. What attracted Byron to Juniata was its dedication to ensuring a well-rounded liberal arts education. “If I had my way, I would have stayed at Juniata eight or 10 years so I could take all the different courses I wanted to fit in,” he says. The focus for most of his undergraduate career was not art. Instead he took as many literature courses as he could. He loved scheduling Mark Hochberg’s early morning classes and has vivid memories of Juniata’s longtime literature professor trudging in, throwing a leg up on the desk, and taking the class through a Nathaniel Hawthorne classic. Byron admits his academic career did not get off to a propulsive start. He went on academic probation in his first year, although his solution was unique. He decided to pile on the credit hours each semester. “It left me with no time except for school and studying,” he laughs. One unintended outcome of such a heavy class load was that Byron was able to graduate early. That left his time to do an independent study course. He had taken a ceramics course or two with ceramicist Jack Troy, but it was the painting courses he took with Alexander “Sandy” McBride that struck his imagination. “I worked with Sandy and he would paint in one area and I would work in the other,” Byron remembers. “Sandy let me develop. A huge part of art is about learning to think. Many students can reproduce an assignment but Sandy allowed me to develop my own style. He informed much of the way I teach today.” While he was honing his artistic skills, Byron still had not chosen which path to follow, literature or visual art. “When you
On September 16-18, 2016, 26 Juniatians spanning five decades enjoyed a camping trip in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Nicole Close ’92 and Roxann (Binner) Yon ’84 organized the fun-filled weekend, which included a wine tour and potluck cookout. Pictured (front row, l-r) are: Diane Nguyen ’14, Roxann (Binner) Yon ’84, Jon Yon, Nicole Close ’92, and Katelyn Hilands ’14; (back row, l-r) Ariel Cooper ’14, Genna (Huston) Rohleder ’08, Chuck Rohleder, Anshu Chawla ’14, Nicole (McCloskey) McCray ’08, Chris Albrecht, Barbara (Maxfield) Fitzsimmons ’79, Matthew Shaffer ’07, Harry Fitzsimmons, Krystle (Maier) Shaffer ’08, Martha Klockner ’78, Janice (Jackson) Bryan ’14, Carrie Golej ’08, and Jeff Witkowski. Also in attendance, but not pictured, were: Eleanor “Nori” (Kocum) Lewis ’90, Erick Lewis ’89, David Nichols ’77, Ted Nichols, and Ethan Nichols ’14. If you’re interested in connecting with fellow Juniata campers or would like to stay updated on future trips, please join the Juniata College Camping Club group on Facebook.
F. Samuel Brumbaugh
and wife Martha were the guests of honor at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family on July 16, 2016. Juniatians in attendance included W. Clemens Rosenberger ’54, James Brumbaugh ’79, Janelle (Brumbaugh) Weaver ’81, Scott Sauerwine ’85, Mary (Brumbaugh) Glaser ’90, Emma Brumbaugh ’11, Lydia Gorba ’14, Frank Brumbaugh ’15, Adam Weaver ’15, Catherine Brumbaugh ’16, Matthew Brumbaugh ’16, Frank Marin ’16, Rebecca Katz ’17, and Timothy Brumbaugh ’20.
We hope to see you at your 50-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Ruth M. (Perestam) France celebrated her 80th birthday with a party hosted by her family in Farmington, Mich., where Ruth lives. Guests included two of Ruth’s classmates, Lillian (Weimar) Walters ’58 and Susan (Fawcett) Fusco ’58. Lilli, Ruth, and Susan (pictured l-r) have been friends since their freshman year at Juniata.
Jay R. Muir
was named to the SPE Federal Credit Union board of directors. Jay is the owner of an accounting practice in Huntingdon, Pa., and is active in the community as a member of the Huntingdon Borough Zoning Board, the Huntingdon Borough Water and Sewer Authority, and Huntingdon County Business and Industry.
Samuel D. Shore
retired from his position as a mathematics and statistics professor at the University of New Hampshire, after 51 years of service.
William F. Berrier Sr.
was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame for football and baseball. During his career at Juniata College, Bill was an All-State and Little All-America fullback in football and set several Middle Atlantic Conference and school records, including six individual school football records. In baseball, he posted a career .325 batting average and went on to a professional career as a player and manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Bill served the College as a coach and athletic director from 1977–95.
A Message from Your Alumni Council President
We hope to see you at your 55-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “The Bee Story: Facts and Answers about Honey Bee Colony Declines.” Galen, professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., explored the importance of honey bees and the reasons behind recent declines in bee populations.
John G. Stauffer
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “The Eritrean Humanitarian Crisis: An Update.” John showed a documentary regarding the violence in Eritrea and the work of The American Team for Displaced Eritreans, an organization for which John serves as president. The documentary can be viewed at www.theeritreanexodus.com.
Carolyn A. (Ambler) Walter led an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “Navigating the Passage through Adulthood: Grief, Loss and Transformation.” Carolyn is professor emerita of social work at Widener University and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
We hope to see you at your 50-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Dear Fellow Alumni, PHOTO: SUNGOUK PARK ’14
Galen P. Dively
Change. It can be planned or unexpected. Big or small. Happy or heartbreaking. Easy or hard. But it is constant. Juniata is changing, too. As students, we probably didn’t see the College changing much. As more time passes, the physical changes on campus are easy to see—new and renovated buildings and improved spaces for students, with more planned in the coming months: juniata.edu/about/campus-projects/index.php. What has not changed is the Juniata spirit. The entire Juniata community—faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni—continue to challenge each other to think, grow, excel, succeed, and do the right things. You can see the results in the Juniata articles, the President’s email newsletter, and the College’s strategic plan. More often than not, I’m impressed—and a bit humbled—when I read about the actions and accomplishments of my extended Juniata family. Something else that has not changed is the need for alumni participation and engagement. Each of us was impacted personally and profoundly by our Juniata experiences. Now we can do the same for others. Consider encouraging and supporting Juniata’s current and future students in any of the following ways: ●
Recommend Students —Introduce prospective students to Juniata by sharing your experiences, and encouraging them to visit campus, and then submit a Juniata Community Scholarship form (formerly known as the Gold Card). If your candidate is admitted and enrolls, the student receives a $1000/year scholarship in your name, at no cost to you. For more information on how to recruit students while making Juniata more affordable, visit juniata.edu/recruit or call Cindy Gibboney, director of enrollment operations, at 814-641-3116.
Communicate Jobs & Internships—Support Career Services by notifying them about job and internship opportunities, or by participating in Juniata Career Day, held each February. By utilizing our personal and professional networks, we can improve and increase opportunities available to Juniata students. For more information, see juniata.edu/offices/career-services/.
Provide a Monetary Gift —It’s about participation, not the amount. Every contribution in support of scholarships, professorships, the endowment, or other programs not only provides funding, but also counts as the rate of alumni participation, which is a key factor in Juniata’s competition for corporate and foundation grants. When you receive a letter from your class fund agent, don’t throw it away—consider a donation of any size. For more information, see juniata.edu/offices/gifts/.
Participate in College Events—Sustain and extend the Juniata network by joining campus events, regional club activities, and reunions. Stay connected—or get reconnected—to your fellow Juniatians: juniata.edu/alumni/events
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If you’re not already active in one of the above areas, consider a change. Through giving, volunteerism, and participation, we can make a real difference for the College and the Juniata community. The next time you’re in the area, stop by and visit campus. Walk around and explore. See what has changed… and what hasn’t. —Annette (Reeder) Bair ’93, Alumni Council President
Connie B. (Baysinger) Davis
serves as the chair-elect of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. She resides in Westminster, Md.
Patricia A. Reber
retired in December 2015 from her position as chief editor for the German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse Agentur). She continues to write and report on a volunteer basis for local online media in Maryland, and is enjoying having more time with her husband, three children, and two grandchildren.
Ronald R. Redpath
retired in April 2016 from his position as chief financial officer of Aseptico, Inc., a dental equipment manufacturer and retailer.
David L. Newcomer
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “Combining General Aviation Flying and Photography.” Dave shared a collection of his own photographs captured while piloting a private general aviation airplane at low altitude. Dave is a general surgeon with a surgical practice, Mid Atlantic Surgical Services, in Lancaster, Pa.
Daniel M. Sell
led an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “The Battle of Gettysburg—A Business Case Study.” Dan is a principal owner and consultant for Dansumur Consulting in Berlin, N.J.
We hope to see you at your 45-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Esther M. (Phillips) Clark
published a children’s book, A Wish for Winellda. The book was written while she was a student teacher during her senior year at Juniata. There is an accompanying activity/ coloring book that promotes literacy and interaction between teachers and parents. More information is available at: www.winelldathewitch.com.
David P. Andrews
accepted a position as in-house counsel and faculty member at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. Dave, also a member of Juniata College’s Board of Trustees, had been a managing partner at the Andrews and Beard Law Offices in Altoona, Pa., prior to assuming his new role.
Bruce R. Erb
was elected in November 2015 as a commissioner for Blair County (Pennsylvania). Bruce joins Terrence E. Tomassetti ’75 on the Board of Commissioners.
We hope to see you at your 40-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Daniel M. Welliver
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “White Wealth.” The presentation focused on the current impact of government policies in place for decades prior to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Dan serves as associate professor of sociology at the College.
Heinrich B. Kreft
was appointed as the German ambassador to Luxembourg. Heinz previously served as deputy chief at the German embassy in Madrid.
We hope to see you at your 35-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Charles E. Yohn
led an Alumni College bird walk class during Alumni Weekend 2016. Chuck guided a group of birders on a birdwatching hike through the Old Crow Wetlands in Huntingdon, Pa. Chuck serves as executive director of the College’s Raystown Field Station.
Tracey L. (DeBlase) Huston
was promoted to associate vice president for marketing and enrollment services for outreach and online education at Penn State University in University Park, Pa. She and her husband, Bill, reside in Boalsburg, Pa.
Tracy L. (Stough) Grajewski
joined Boyden World Corporation, a global executive search firm, as a partner in its Pittsburgh office. Tracy also is currently serving as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.
Elizabeth D. (Esh) Smith
is a partner and member of the leadership team for Gee Whiz Education, a company that provides digital curriculum materials for family child care providers. Their curriculum, which Beth authored, recently earned recognition by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning as being fully aligned with the state’s learning standards for both infants/toddlers and prekindergarten.
We hope to see you at your 30-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Lee A. Abramovitz
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “Doing Well by Doing Good: Personal Benefits to Planned Giving.” Lee is president of Abramovitz Wealth Management, located in Pikesville, Md.
James L. McMonagle Jr.
was appointed to the Pennsylvania Appellate Procedural Rules Committee for a three-year term. Jim is an assistant district attorney in Luzerne County.
Keith C. Scerbo
was promoted to the position of director of advanced metering infrastructure at Orange & Rockland Utilities, based in Spring Valley, N.Y. He will lead the Smart Meter program deployment for the company, where Keith has been employed for 25 years.
We hope to see you at your 25-Year Reunion during Alumni Weekend on June 1–4, 2017! Visit www.juniata. edu/alumniweekend for more info.
Kathleen M. Collins
was named vice president for student affairs at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. Kathy, who previously served as the director of residence education and housing services at Michigan State University, is the chief student affairs officer at URI and a member of the president’s senior leadership team.
Daniel L. Crosby
accepted a position as vice president of transactional liability at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. He is based in their office in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ann M. (Yezerski) Gilmor
was honored with the 2016 All-College Faculty of the Year Award at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where she works as a professor of biology.
Kimberly J. (Manspeaker) Miller
Monitoring Water Quality in the West
earned her certification in health care administration as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is president and chief executive officer of Beaver Dam Community Hospital in Beaver Dam, Wis.
Curtis Hartenstine ’98 is no stranger to water quality catastrophes because he’s manager of the Southern Ute Tribe’s water quality program in southwestern Colorado. His expertise was tested when the Gold King Mine accidentally released acid mine water into the Animas river system five miles north of Silverton, Colo. Working alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, Curtis and his team implemented several procedures to protect the reservation waters.
Erin (Cawley) Chilcote
earned a master’s degree in education from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. Erin received the Graduate Studies Association Academic Excellence Award. She is an elementary school teacher in the Prince George’s County school system.
Q: What were the steps you took after the mine release? A: It took the waste approximately two days to reach the reservation. My water quality team and I deployed sondes—underwater probes that capture water quality samples—to compare the water quality and organism data to baseline data taken before the release, in order to monitor the impact of the acid waste. My role was to present important information and data findings, and to work with the EPA to address reservation concerns.
Elizabeth A. Roden Hall
began a position as a technical certification program manager with VMware, a company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services. Liz manages the company’s product certification assessment program.
Q: What were your findings? A: Despite the unnatural, mustard yellow hue of the Animas River, we discovered that the mine release actually didn’t make a significant ecological impact on the water quality. We still collect samples and data to ensure that the condition of the water is safe for aquatic life, drinking water, recreational activities, and cultural uses by the tribe. Q: What is your role in moving the tribe’s water quality policy?
A: My role is to assist in developing and approving the tribe’s standard for water quality, to ensure that there aren’t too many pollutants inhabiting the reservation waters. If there are pollutants, we have developed plans to fix the issue. In a nutshell, the policy states what the tribe requires from the state of Colorado so that the reservation waters are able to be used for a variety of purposes.
Angela D. (Wolf) Thompson
A: (Biologist) Todd Gustafson’s teaching style has stuck with me since my time at Juniata. He emphasized the importance of asking the right questions about the world and being able to analyze necessary data. Additionally, my time studying abroad in Ecuador during my college career is when I developed an appreciation and the ability to work well with other cultures and societies. I gained a lot of sensitivity and respect, which benefits me when I am working on the reservation. —Taylor M. Smallwood ’19 is an alumni relations intern from York, Pa.
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Mark your calendar for your 20-Year Reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Oct. 6–8, 2017! If you are interested in being on your reunion committee, contact Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 1-877-JUNIATA.
Q: What aspects of Juniata College influenced your work?
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CURTIS HARTENSTINE ’98
was named to the SPE Federal Credit Union board of directors. Angie and her husband, John Thompson ’94, are owners of Thompson’s Candle Co. in Huntingdon, Pa. They also own Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a restored historic home that was built in 1896. Angie is active in the Huntingdon community, serving on the board of directors for Huntingdon Landmarks Inc., and as marketing chair for Huntingdon Boomtown.
Going to Kathmandu: Medical Mission Carl Kihm ’05 began his first journey to Kathmandu, Nepal, five years ago and has been going yearly ever since to mend foot and ankle disabilities for the people of Nepal. Kihm, a podiatrist, works with a team from the Podiatry Institute, located in Decatur, Ga.
Amanda M. Grannas
accepted a position as associate vice provost for research at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. Amanda’s role is to advance and support faculty and student research at the university. She also oversees the Office of Research Administration and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
Sharon J. (Simpson) Yohn Q: What do your days look like when you are in Nepal? A: The first day, we typically attempt to catch up on sleep and adapt to the time change as much as possible. The next day is generally our screening day, where we will meet with follow-up patients and screen approximately 70-100 new patients to determine if they are surgery candidates based on the resources that we have available there. The number of surgeries that we complete each day vary due to the different kinds of cases, but we typically have two operating rooms running simultaneously. Over the course of the last trip in March of 2016, my team and I performed about 45 procedures. Q: The medical care changes your patients’ lives in so many ways. How do they change yours? A: The people we meet in Nepal have so little materialistically and monetarily, and their health conditions are so poor, but the patients are so genuinely happy because they focus on what they have, like family and relationships, which obviously differs entirely from what our culture values today.
To put their life into perspective, some of the patients travel as much as eight days to reach the hospital where we work. The journey is not that long necessarily because of the distance, but because they may live in remote villages with obstacles like mountains, no public transportation, and physical disabilities which hinders their abilities to walk.
Q: How did your time at Juniata influence your work in Nepal? A: All colleges are supposed to teach students to become critical thinkers, but I think Juniata was so different. The encouragement to think critically was intense, and so was the inspiration to complete volunteer work, which is something I will always remember as something the students all did together. Even though I didn’t get the opportunity to study abroad during my undergraduate career at Juniata, my experience during that time influenced my work in Nepal. Also, while I was at Juniata, I was involved with Health Occupations Students of America. The professors advising HOSA were incredibly encouraging, motivating, and excited about the health field, and that has stuck with me all of these years and impacted my career. —Taylor M. Smallwood ’19 is an alumni relations intern from York, Pa.
taught an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend, “Carbon Fee and Dividend: A Feasible Way to Address Climate Change?” Sharon is assistant professor of chemistry at the College.
Brent A. Lightner
continues as chief executive officer of Taoti Creative, a digital agency based in Washington, D.C. Recently, the company expanded into new office space in a renovated row house in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, making them the first dedicated web development shop in the area. Additionally, Taoti Creative was recognized by Inc. Magazine on its 2016 Inc. 5000 list, as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.
Rani K. Vasudeva
accepted a full-time position as an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CARL KIHM ’05
Craig D. Wharton
was promoted to corporal in the Pennsylvania State Police. He is assigned to Troop F in Coudersport, Pa., as a patrol supervisor.
Daniel J. Sahd
was promoted to campus pastor for Lives Changed By Christ (LCBC) Church in Ephrata, Pa.
Michael E. Thompson
earned a USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certification in June 2016.
Mark your calendar for your 15-Year Reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Oct. 6–8, 2017! If you are interested in being on your reunion committee, contact Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-JUNIATA.
Brad S. Hahn
was promoted to the position of chief human resources officer at Excentia, a nonprofit organization in Lancaster, Pa., that provides support for people with developmental needs to live independently within their community.
Joshua W. Hinson
joined the staff of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa., as an emergency medicine physician. Josh also will serve on the faculty of Conemaugh’s emergency medicine residency program.
Rebecca N. Compton
illustrated and self-published a children’s book titled Edgar Graduates. The book is available online at major retailers.
Stacey L. (Miller) Freitag and Nathan W. Freitag
is spending her fourth year living aboard a 41-foot sailboat with her husband, Brian. The couple has sailed more than 16,000 nautical miles along the eastern coast of the United States, in the Caribbean, and around the coasts of Bermuda, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, and Denmark. Their 2017 plans include crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The couple’s travels can be followed online at www.sailingdetour.com.
Michael W. Best
is serving in Afghanistan as an anesthesiologist for the U.S. Air Force. Mike also has a joint position as a faculty anesthesiologist at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and as an instructor for the Air Force’s Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills.
Andrew R. Michanowicz
earned a doctorate in public and environmental health from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a research scientist at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., studying climate change.
joined the staff of the Enrollment Office at the College, serving as associate director of international recruitment.
Mark your calendar for your 10-Year Reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Oct. 6–8, 2017! If you are interested in being on your reunion committee, contact Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 1-877-JUNIATA.
Mary E. Gardiner Nickel
earned a master of divinity degree in May 2016 from Princeton Theological Seminary in
Princeton, N.J. Mary was awarded the Senior Fellowship in Religion and Society and the Frederick Buechner Award for Excellence in Writing.
Garrett G. Bull
was named as head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team at West York Area High School in York, Pa.
Joshua M. Scacco
was awarded the Lynda Lee Kaid Outstanding Dissertation Award, presented by the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Josh is an assistant professor of media theory and politics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Tasia Y. White
was named director of residential life at Juniata. Tasia previously served as director of residential living and learning at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
Natalie A. Hershberger
earned her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. She accepted a position as a program coordinator for leadership at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Danial K. Hooper
wrote a novel titled Dark Genesis, which is available for purchase on www.amazon.com.
Amber R. (Thomas) Rieger was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s volleyball. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Claire E. Wakefield
was promoted to curator of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y. Her duties include overseeing the museum’s collections and directing content for exhibitions and public programs. Claire has been on the staff of the museum since 2010.
Matthew S. Werle
was named in May 2016 as the head men’s volleyball coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., after serving as interim head coach for the 2016 season and leading the team to the best record in program history. Matt also served as the head women’s volleyball coach at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., and coached several successful club volleyball teams.
Morgan M. (O’Dellick) Williams
was promoted to the position of intranet manager for Sheetz, Inc.
Paige E. Black
earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2016. Paige is completing her medical training in pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, N.J.
Alyssa D. Cuttler
was promoted to the position of producer for the Fresh Outlook talk show, produced by Everest Productions.
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started their own business, Free Day Popcorn Company. Nathan grows fresh, non-GMO popcorn on his family farm in Nebraska, while Stacey markets the products. The couple launched a Kickstarter project to fund the release and expansion of their signature product called “Popping Ears,” a type of popcorn that can be popped while still on the ear. To learn more about the company, visit www.freedaypopcorn.com.
Stephanie L. (Wasylyk) Grandjean
Erin V. Satterthwaite
was awarded the Switzer Environmental Fellowship by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The fellowship recipients are emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to positive environmental change in their careers. Erin, a doctoral student in environmental science and policy at the University of California-Davis, researches marine larval movement and how it informs marine conservation.
Megan M. (Sollenberger) Wytovich
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s volleyball. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Lauren Seganos Cohen
earned her master’s degree in divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass. She was honored with both the Gabriel Fackre Award for Excellence in Constructive Theology and the Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing. Lauren resides in Waterville, Maine, where she serves as a community engagement specialist with United Way of Mid-Maine and an interfaith chaplain at the Maine Medical Center.
Blake A. Colaianne
led an Alumni College class during Alumni Weekend 2016, “Mindfulness in Education.” Blake is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mind, brain, and education from Harvard University in Boston, Mass.
Nicholas A. Galante
authored a novel, Morningstar Ascendant, published by Black
Rose Writing in 2016. The novel began as his honors English capstone assignment during his senior year at Juniata.
Kristin A. Noetzel
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s volleyball. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Stephanie E. Strauss
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s volleyball. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Linden R. Will
accepted a position as an optometrist at Biscardi Vision, P.C., located in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mark your calendar for your 5-Year Reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Oct. 6–8, 2017! If you are interested in being on your reunion committee, contact Alumni Relations at alumni@ juniata.edu or 1-877-JUNIATA
Meghan E. McGlone
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in field hockey. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Elizabeth A. Morrison
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s volleyball. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary
for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Ceth W. Parker
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in men’s cross country. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Brianne D. Huffstetler Rowan
was selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 Pisacano Leadership Foundation scholarships, as an outstanding medical student with a commitment to enter the specialty of family medicine. Brianne is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash. She completed her master’s degree in public health in August 2016, also from the University of Washington, as part of a National Institutes of Health multidisciplinary predoctoral clinical research fellowship.
Zachary A. Boyd
was promoted to senior associate at Boyer & Ritter LLC, and is based in their office in State College, Pa. He was accepted into the 2017 class for Leadership Centre County.
Toni L. Harr
accepted a position as a language arts teacher at Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School in Nanty Glo, Pa.
Derek R. Heath
was promoted to senior associate at Boyer & Ritter LLC, one of the largest regional accounting firms in central Pennsylvania.
Nathaniel C. Alter
won first place for men at the 53rd Annual Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon in Wilmington, Del., an event benefitting the American Lung Association. Nate’s winning time of 1:12:32 was almost six minutes ahead of the second place runner and one of the largest victory margins in race history.
Emma S. Dahmus
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in field hockey. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Alexis K. Powell
works as an import analyst at Samuel Shapiro and Company in Baltimore, Md., and bought her first home.
Timothy J. Rule
earned a master’s degree in communication from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Katrina A. Woods
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in women’s cross country. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
Victoria L. Buser
is enrolled in a doctoral program at Penn State University, where she is a graduate assistant for outreach and online education and a research assistant for Project RESPECT. Tori is completing pre-dissertation research regarding class size and student perceptions of the classroom environment. She was
selected as the recipient for the William & Patricia Horton Scholarship and the School Psychology Endowment Scholarship. was the recipient of a Western Pennsylvania Rising Stars Award at the Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Service Summit in March 2016. The awards are presented annually to young professionals in the nonprofit, business, and governmental sectors who dedicate their time to community organizations and who are making a positive difference in the region.
Sarah E. Bilheimer
PHOTO: COURTESY OF ELENA LONG ’06
Seeking Reaction in the Physics Field Upon noticing the deficiency of fair and equal communities for LGBT physicists, Elena “Ellie” Long ’06, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., made a decision to make some serious changes in the physics world. By building a network of connections, Ellie worked with the American Physical Society to produce the first rigorous study of its kind, investigating the true level of discrimination and hardship that LGBT physicists regularly face in education and employment. For the last five years, Ellie and her colleagues have formed an ad hoc committee on LGBT Issues for the society and LGBT+ Physicists, a friendly forum for any LGBT physicists searching for mentors and resources. Q: What led you to this kind of research?
was named to the Landmark All-Decade Team in field hockey. The 2016-17 season marks the 10-year anniversary for the Landmark Conference. In conjunction with this anniversary, the conference recognized outstanding studentathletes from the past decade, as selected by conference members.
A: During my time at Juniata, I confided in and took advantage of the LGBTQ club, at the time called All Ways of Loving (AWOL). Additionally, the physics department was extremely supportive to me while I was going through the process of coming out as transgender. When I started working for the National Laboratory, I was shocked by the lack of LGBT resources. At my very first APS conference, I asked what supportive resources were available, and there was nothing but silence, because there were none. It was very isolating and depressing. I began making connections to build a community and a website for those in need (lgbtphysicists.org).
Lauren E. Lesser
A: Through extensive individual interviews, surveys and focus groups, we sent out an APS press release in March 2016 with some significant findings: over 1/3 of LGBT survey respondents considered leaving their workplace in the past year, LGBT physicists have faced unequal protection and support from legislation and policies, and LGBT physicists with two or more marginalized identities face greater levels of discrimination. We have also compiled a list of recommendations to create a more welcoming and diverse physics community, like developing advocacy efforts that support LGBT equity and inclusion, promoting inclusive practices in academia, national labs, and industry, and implementing LGBT-inclusive mentorship programs.
accepted a position at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., through the AmeriCorps VISTA Pennsylvania Campus Compact program. Lauren serves as educational outreach coordinator, where she supervises university student volunteers providing tutoring for elementary students in the Reading school district.
Shalen M. Perehinec
accepted a position as an AmeriCorps volunteer outreach coordinator with United Way of Blair County in Altoona, Pa.
Kristin N. Twardowski
was hired for the position of operations specialist for communications in the Enrollment Center at Juniata College. Kristin coordinates data processing, publications and mailings, and communications with prospective students.
Q: What progress have you made with your research?
Q: What challenges have you faced during the span of this project? A: It was considered too controversial for years to directly ask, “Are you LGBT?” on APS surveys, and I fought for five years to change this. Proving to people that there is an issue to be studied and solved is almost impossible without knowing how many LGBT physicists there are. Q: How do you manage your time? A: That is a good question. This research is an entirely volunteer effort, so it is very important to have really, really good time management since I am also completing nuclear physics research, fulfilling leadership positions, building a research program, and managing students. —Taylor M. Smallwood ’19 is an alumni relations intern from York, Pa. 2017 Fall-Winter |
PHOTO: NAHUI TWOMEY JIMENEZ ’18
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Say “I Do” Juniata Style
Tyler Hall ’10 and Greta (Gibboney) Hall, assistant director of major gifts, were married at Juniata College July 2, 2016. After growing up in the area, both Tyler and Greta knew the beautiful campus would be the perfect backdrop for their special day, and the “warm and accommodating welcome” they received at their initial planning meeting made the decision an easy one. “One of the best parts about working with Juniata was that nothing was off the table,” Greta states. From an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour to a completely unique indoor reception, the event planning and catering staff executed a “smooth and stress-free” day with “the exact type of menu and vibe” the bride and groom were hoping for. When asked if they would recommend Juniata to others for weddings/events, the newlyweds said, “Absolutely—100 percent yes!! Already have in fact!” To experience a Juniata wedding like Tyler and Greta’s, contact Conferences and Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-641-3606.
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Marriages Cara L. Helstrom ’04
and Reese Dawson were married August 13, 2016.
Peter M. Phillips ’05
and Nancy Hanna were married April 2, 2016, in Phoenix, Md. Juniata alumni and friends in attendance included (l-r): Carl Kihm ’05, Gregory Capriotti ’05, groom Peter Phillips ’05, Annamarie (Tobia) Pierotti ’07, Jonathan Enterline ’05, Lindsey (Lang) Enterline ’06, Matthew Adair ’05, and Deanna Adair.
Jaclyn C. Whitmore ’07
and Ryan McMahon were united in marriage June 25, 2016, in Bucks County, Pa. Juniatians in attendance included Amanda (Yakamook) Boozel ’07, Christine (Weaver) DeRosa ’07 (back row, third from left in photo), Daniel DeRosa ’07, Jennifer Jones ’07, and Amber Myers ’07. Also pictured (front row, l-r) are Avery DeRosa, son of Christine (Weaver) DeRosa ’07 and Daniel DeRosa ’07, and Lily and Kayla Boozel, daughters of Amanda (Yakamook) Boozel ’07. The newlyweds reside in McVeytown, Pa., and Jackie is an elementary school teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District.
Lindsay A. LaPrad ’08
and Justin Hudnor were married July 18, 2015, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Juniata alumni in attendance included (front row, l-r): Amanda (Wimer) Mosso ’08, Amanda (Albanese) Shymanski ’08, Kimberly (Wagner) Hilling ’08, bride Lindsay (LaPrad) Hudnor ’08, Ashton (Cutchall) Pilkerton ’08, Ashleigh (Ehnts) Low ’08, and Bobbi (Rickenbaugh) Leister ’07; (back row, l-r): Joseph LaPrad ’07, Bess Englehardt ’10, Andrew Orr ’10, Lisa Detweiler-Miller ’07, Bobbi Jo (Albright) Hicks ’07, and Joy (Galuschik) Short ’07.
Stephanie S. Mury ’08
and Anina Dominique Willi were married Sept. 20, 2016, in Binningen, Switzerland. Juniatians in attendance included (l-r): Kaleigh (Driscoll) Hunt ’08, Stephanie Mury ’08, Chloe Pott ’10, Anina (Willi) Mury, and Heather (McMinn) Haines ’08.
Meagan M. Hanifee ’09
and John Flaherty were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2015, in Modena, N.Y.
Christopher J. Lauver ’09
and Allison Campbell were married June 4, 2016, in Mars, Pa. Juniatians in attendance at the wedding included (l-r): Elliot Haney ’09, Karla (Rodriguez) Haney ’09, Alissa (Murphy) Smethers ’09, bride Allison Lauver, Joshua Smethers ’09, groom Christopher Lauver ’09, Meredith Eatough ’09, Jonathan Linaburg ’08, and Lisa Castagna ’09.
Ariel A. Otruba ’09 and Matthew J. Sullivan ’09
were married Aug. 15, 2015, in Cogan Station, Pa. Juniata alumni pictured (l-r) are: Jordan Aoyama ’09, Travis Hull ’09, Lance Joseph ’09, Heather (Lecrone) Ott ’09, Dane Ott ’09, groom Matthew Sullivan ’09, Anthony Zanis ’09, bride Ariel Otruba ’09, Brent Smith ’09, Brooke Kosar ’08, Michael Steiger ’09, Mary “Molly” (Coursey) Lupacchini ’08, Caroline Weisser ’09, and Christopher Shaw ’09. Also in attendance but not present for the photo were Gladys (Johnson) Rohland ’47 and James Rohland ’48, grandparents of the groom. Ariel is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University, and Matt is chief medical resident of the internal medicine program at Lehigh Valley Health Network. The couple resides in Hellertown, Pa.
Tyler M. Hall ’10
and Greta Gibboney were married July 2, 2016, in Huntingdon, Pa. The wedding took place on campus and was attended by numerous Juniata alumni, including: mother of the bride Priscilla (Grove) Gibboney ’78, father of the bride Thomas Gibboney ’78, Edward Trowbridge ’83, Jennifer (Pletcher) Mitchell ’95, Toby Mitchell ’95, Virginia Meadows ’03, Brenton Mitchell ’06, Aaron Chamberlain ’07, Jessica (Winemiller) Gibboney ’08, Jeffrey Lennox ’08, Bethany (Kozak) Chamberlain ’09, Christopher Esperance ’09, Melissa (Konawal) Lennox ’09, David Thompson ’09, Matthew Dunker ’10, Luke Jensen ’10, Andrew Miller ’10, Cassandra (Hale) Miller ’10, Beau Ryan ’10, Zachary Wakefield ’10, Jordan Baird ’11, and sister of the groom Meghan Hall ’12. Tyler is employed as a loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit, and the newlyweds reside in Huntingdon.
Chloe B. Pott ’10
and Matthieu Delanoë were united in marriage in a civil ceremony July 2, 2016, in Angers, France. Pictured are (l-r) Elizabeth (Boswell) Flaspohler ’11, Stephanie Mury ’08, bride Chloe Pott ’10, Malea Hetrick ’10, and Brittany Everett ’10. A second interfaith ceremony Sept. 25, 2016, in Chicago, Ill., was attended by Malea Hetrick ’10, Elizabeth (Boswell) Flaspohler ’11, Brittany Everett ’10, Colleen Cribbs ’10, and Sarah Ruggiero ’10. 2017 Fall-Winter | 61
Molly A. Sollenberger ’10
and Colin Zizzi were married Oct. 11, 2015. Molly works as a senior technical recruiter at JFC Staffing Company in Camp Hill, Pa., and the couple resides in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Brandi J. Flood ’11
and Robert Hancock were married June 11, 2016, in Emmitsburg, Md. Juniata alumni in attendance were Alyssa (Kress) Reed ’11, Daniel Reed ’10, and Kelsey Hoffman ’11. Brandi is a supply chain buyer for Cobham Mission Systems, and the couple resides in Westminster, Md.
Anna S. Jaworski ’11
and Prince Chidyagwai were married August 13, 2016. Juniatians in attendance included (l-r) Whittier Henke ’11, Megan Lopez ’11, bride Anna Jaworski ’11, groom Prince Chidyagwai, and Rachel Gipe ’11. Also in August 2016 Anna graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., with a doctoral degree in environmental science.
Emily R. Koval ’11 and Wade M. Branstetter ’11
were married April 15, 2016, in Lancaster, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance included (l-r): Ian Gardner ’11, Kelsey Deck ’11, Brittany Rusczyk ’11, Zachary Cupler ’11, Molly (Harlacker) Cupler ’10, Erin McGinley ’11, Patrick McShane ’11, Sarah (Slat) McShane ’10, Joseph Proto ’11, groom Wade Branstetter ’11, bride Emily (Koval) Branstetter ’11, Steven Knickel ’11, Robin (Koval) Lahr ’04, Joseph Porter ’11, Alexander Koval ’13, Daniel O’Neill ’13, Joan (Hiser) Wertz ’73, and H. Aden Wertz III ’72.
Kaitlyn A. Kunstmann ’11
and Donald Martin were united in marriage June 27, 2015. The couple lives in Alexandria, Va., and Katie is an English teacher in the Fairfax County public school system.
Dessie R. Schwentner ’11 and Jeremiah D. Zeek ’15
were married June 18, 2016, at Camp Blue Diamond in Petersburg, Pa. The couple resides in Huntingdon, where Dessie is employed as a first grade teacher by the Huntingdon Area School District.
Aimee S. Radic ’12 and Luke E. Waddell ’12
were joined in marriage June 26, 2015. The couple resides in Clayton, N.C.
Jonathan Brumbaugh Keeney ’14
and Jennifer Scarr were married June 25, 2016. The couple lives in Trotwood, Ohio.
Rebecca J. McFadden ’14
and Stephen Hendricks were married Sept. 12, 2015, in Milford, Ind. Juniata alumni in attendance at the wedding pictured are: (front row, l-r) friend of the bride Kate Stoltzfus, Alyssa Bernstein ’13, bride Rebecca (McFadden) Hendricks ’14, Mackenzie Coulter-Kern ’14, and Alyson Lush ’14; (back row, l-r) Kathryn “Kate” Brown ’14, Alyssa Grube ’14, Clayton Cooper ’13, Amanda Waller ’14, and Lydia Bridi ’13. Also in attendance but not present for the photo were Andrew Blunk ’14, Tucker Good ’13, Wendy (Chamberlain) McFadden ’81, and Phyllis (Kulp) Eller ’52, grandmother of the bride.
Rachel M. Smith ’14
and Thomas Riley were married Oct. 10, 2015.
Births Erin R. Firestone ’99
and wife Jane Nordell are proud to announce the birth of their twins, Tate Blaine and Johanna Pearl, on Sept. 9, 2016.
Stacy L. (Wenger) Holderbach ’99
and husband Michael are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Grace, on July 8, 2016.
Kristin E. Over ’99
and husband Hue are proud to announce the birth of their son, Caleb John, on May 11, 2016.
Anne M. (Steinacker) Wagner ’99
and husband Mike welcomed their son, Lucas David, on Oct. 5, 2016.
Lee H. Cain ’02
and wife Rachel are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucille Hensley, on Aug. 17, 2016.
Cara L. (Helstrom) Dawson ’04
and husband Reese are proud to announce the birth of their son, Reese Dawson IV, on April 29, 2015.
Kimberly A. (Campanaro) Lemli ’04
and husband Ryan welcomed their son, Archer Thomson, on June 20, 2016.
Levi L. Blazer ’05
and wife Alina are proud to announce the birth of their son, Henry Tadeusz, on Jan. 16, 2016.
Mandi L. Yeager-Bell ’08
and husband Brennan are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Aurora Lynne, on Feb. 28, 2016.
Amy L. (Breitinger) Hartzell ’09 and Thomas C. Hartzell ’08
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Felicity Mae, on March 31, 2016.
Rachel C. (Lachat) Dubois ’10
and husband Dan, who is Juniata’s head men’s soccer coach, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brynn Maree, on April 4, 2016.
Jennifer C. (Kline) Durney ’10
and husband Matthew are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Vivianne Jennifer, on June 5, 2016.
Cassandra M. (Hale) Miller ’10 and Andrew S. Miller ’10 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Owen Easton, on April 21, 2016.
Elizabeth B. (Boswell) Flaspohler ’11
and husband Anson are proud to announce the birth of their son, John William, on April 5, 2016.
Ariele A. (Mauery) Gordon ’11 and Zachary N. Gordon ’11 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ellis Christopher, on May 28, 2016.
Travis J. Raup ’11
and wife Amanda are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Jamison, on Sept. 14, 2015.
Nicole D. (Watson) Heinlein ’05 and Daniel G. Heinlein ’06
are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Levi Scott, on Oct. 7, 2016.
Devon I. Swancer ’05
is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Cooper Daisley, on June 9, 2016.
Megan L. (Junkin) Heckman ’06
and husand Kody are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lisette Frances, on May 26, 2015. Big sister Camilla Marie helped welcome Lisette home.
Angela H. (Davidson) O’Brien ’06
and husband George are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Graham Preston, on Jan. 21, 2016.
Megan L. Carpenter ’07
and husband Ben welcomed their daughter, Cornelia Friendship, on May 25, 2016. The family resides in Washington, D.C.
Heather L. (McMinn) Haines ’08
and husband Joshua are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maddison Lily, on Feb. 4, 2016.
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I met a Juniata alum in the most unusual place... I was standing in the sports center at Robson Ranch, a gated community for adults age 55 and older in Denton, Texas, when I noticed a face that looked familiar. Upon asking her name and college affiliation, I learned that it was my classmate, Linda (Ronning) Terry ’68. In this community of 1800 homes, she lives just a few blocks from me. We both keep busy in this active adult community. I (left, in photo) spend time on the tennis courts, pickleball courts, and in the swimming pool. During the school year, I head up a program teaching pickleball during physical education classes in two school districts. I also started a penpal club with local third graders who correspond with residents of our community. Linda (right, in photo) is an active volunteer, serving as Robson Ranch library coordinator, as treasurer of the Robson Ranch Music Club, and as board chair of the Creative Arts and Technology Center, which sponsors many activities including pottery and ceramics, fabric and yarn arts, painting, stained glass, and woodworking. —Ellen (Rush) Gilgore ’68
After seeing Kelly (Crawford) Fedeli ’92 in the Spring/Summer issue of Juniata Magazine, Connor Hunter-Kysor ’16 and I decided we needed to submit our picture, too. We both are Juniata alums who work on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s staff in Harrisburg. Then we figured out that we both had POEs in communication… and that both of our parents live on the same road in Huntingdon! —Suzy Atkins ’93
In May 2016 I was attending a recertification session for Safe Crisis Management at the Army Heritage Center in Carlisle, Pa. On the second day of training, I wore my Juniata sweatshirt and was approached by Steve Bieber ’00, asking if I was a Juniata graduate. We spent several minutes talking about our time at Juniata, the things we loved, the things that have changed, and the things we missed. It is always fun to connect with a fellow Juniata graduate and share stories! —Trisha Neibert Reed ’96
When on vacation in May 2016, I stumbled upon the Remote Field Course class at the Grand Canyon North Rim. What are the odds of that happening? It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Pictured are (l-r): Kaitlin Reitz ’19, Samantha Larkin ’18, Jecenia Duran ’16, Jacob Krott ’16, Tara Fowler ’19, Vincent Kowalick ’17, Martha Carpenter ’15, Chris Brookhart ’05, Jessica Murray ’17, Austin Beyer ’18, and DeMauray McKiever ’18. (Photo credit: John Matter, professor of biology) —Christopher Brookhart ’05
At a state far, far away from our home in eastern Pennsylvania, deep in the wilds of Montana—Glacier National Park to be precise—we encountered a rare beast—a fellow Juniata graduate. After a great week of hiking and rafting in the stunning and majestic national park, my husband, Dana Cope ’81, son Thomas, and I ventured into the park headquarters with the hope of properly donating or disposing of our thankfully unused canister of bear spray. We started talking with the ranger, Amanda (Broadwell) Wilson ’10, and soon discovered she graduated from Juniata. We had a great conversation swapping favorite Juniata memories and how Juniata alums really do turn up in the most unusual places. —Linda (Fultz) Cope ’84
While visiting Scotland, my husband, Sandy (Alexander McBride, professor emeritus of art), and I attended the Royal Military Tattoo in Edinburgh on Aug. 9, 2016. We were delighted to hear the announcer welcome students from Juniata College (pronounced correctly!) that were performing at the theatre festival. Unfortunately we were not able to speak with the Juniata contingent, as we were not seated near one another. There were thousands in attendance so were unable to find them after the performance. Small world! —Kim Richardson, professor emerita of education and retired director of international programs
I ran into a Juniata alum at an Old Crow Medicine Show concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. I went to the concert with my husband and my parents, and we planned to tailgate with family neighbors, whom I’ve known since I was born. One of my family friends had brought his girlfriend, Lindy Fetter ’05 (left, in photo). Someone mentioned that Lindy had also gone to Juniata, so we started chatting, only to find out we actually attended during the same years. We discovered that we both lived in East Houses the same year. We left the concert and went our separate ways, but the more I started to think about Lindy, the more familiar she seemed. After talking to some of my old roommates, we figured out that Lindy not only lived in East our junior year, but she actually lived in our suite. For whatever reason, we didn’t remember each other (granted, I was abroad for half that year), and now we both are worried that we are getting quite old as our memories are failing us. Since the concert, we have reconnected on Facebook and are swapping tales of living in East that year. It is rare to bump into a Juniata alum, even more rare to bump into one you lived with (but have no recollection of), and rarer yet to find out this person is dating one of your oldest childhood friends! —Jessica (Collins) McCabe ’04
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PLEASE SEND YOUR STORY AND PHOTOS TO . . . Dawn Scialabba, Alumni Relations Assistant Alumni Relations Office, Juniata College 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652 Email: email@example.com
Obituaries Francis M. Derick ’35
May 5, 2016—Francis served in the U.S. Army in 1936-37 and was stationed at a base in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from McCormick Seminary in Chicago, and was ordained by the Presbytery of Ottawa in 1941, serving five pastorates during his 38-year career in the ministry. Francis was preceded in death by wife Georgia, and is survived by daughters Ruth Ann and Darlene, as well as four grandchildren. At the time of his death, Francis was Juniata’s oldest living alumnus.
H. Virginia (Strouse) Huntsinger ’37
May 30, 2016—Virginia was an elementary school teacher in the Lansdowne-Aldan school district, retiring in 1977. She enjoyed traveling, especially with her lifelong friend, Anna Kathryn “Kitty” Oller ’38. Virginia was preceded in death by husband Donald, and is survived by son Donald, daughter Virginia, and three grandchildren.
Doris E. (Caldwell) Rhoades ’40
March 19, 2016—Doris earned a master’s degree in social work and then worked in China for the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church. She returned to the United States in 1951 and took graduate courses at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and served as director of Christian education for the Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She moved back to China in 1957, and worked as a missionary in Hong Kong for 26 years. Doris was preceded in death by
husband Benton, and is survived by four stepchildren, sisters Marge and Peg, and 10 step-grandchildren, including Brett Shull ’99.
Alma M. (Bussick) Stitt ’41
May 1, 2016—Alma was a graduate of Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was an elementary school teacher for 37 years, including 17 years at Baucom Elementary in Apex, N.C. Alma was an award-winning ballroom dancer and enjoyed gardening. Alma was preceded in death by husband Ross, daughter Cassandra, and sister Betty. She is survived by sons Ross, Gregory, Tracy, and Randall, brother Pat, sister Lena, and six grandchildren.
Anna S. (Hoover) Weaver ’41
April 5, 2016—Anna had careers in teaching and nursing during her life. She was a school teacher for several years after graduation, then attended nursing school, graduating in 1950. She worked as a nurse at Indiana (Pa.) Hospital and as the assistant director of nurses at Windber Hospital. She later returned to teaching, working in the Windber school district until her retirement in 1982. Anna enjoyed traveling and was an active member of Scalp Level Church of the Brethren and of the Retired Teachers’ Association of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by husband Emmert, brothers Paul and Dean, and sister Edna. She is survived by daughters Karen, Bev, and Lynn, son Bruce, and nine grandchildren.
Laban W. Leiter ’42
July 1, 2016—After graduating from Juniata, Laban attended Harvard Medical School and served in the U.S. Navy. He started a private practice specializing in gastroenterology in Portland, Maine, in 1954. Laban also founded the Division of Gastroenterology at Maine Medical Center in 1969, and cofounded Portland Gastroenterology Associates in 1970. He continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1991. He was preceded in death by wife Iva, and is survived by sons Bruce, Karl, and John, daughters Elizabeth, Janet, and Susan, and three grandchildren.
Erwin L. Hahn ’43
PHOTO: CHRISTINE REILLY ’18
September 20, 2016—After earning his degree from Juniata, Erwin pursued graduate study in physics at Purdue University, only to be interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Navy during World War II. In the Navy he taught sonar and radar and gained an insight into radiofrequency pulses. After his military service ended, he continued his studies at the University of Illinois, earning a doctorate in
1949. During his postdoctoral studies, Erwin made a seminal discovery of spin echoes, which led to the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. He had a long and distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1955 until his death. Erwin was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and was honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the 1984 Wolf Prize and the 2016 Gold Medal from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He was the 1986 recipient of the Juniata College Alumni Achievement Award. Erwin was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian. He is survived by his second wife, Natalie, children David, Deborah and Katherine, stepchildren Welles and Elizabeth, and three grandchildren.
Marjorie L. (Hanawalt) Kauffman ’43
June 7, 2016—Marjorie served as director of the YWCA nursery school in Elgin, Ill. At the time of her death, she resided in Lancaster, Pa., where she was a member of the Lancaster Church of the Brethren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Morse ’34. She is survived by her second husband, Stewart, sons David Morse ’65, Paul Morse ’67, and Stephen, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and six grandchildren.
Dolly C. (Custer) Reeder ’43
June 6, 2016—Dolly began her career as a French translator for the Office of Secret Service during World War II, and then served as an English teacher in several different school districts in New York and Pennsylvania. She co-founded the Highland Community Library in Richland, Pa., and later owned and operated a gift and craft boutique called The Trial Balloon in Geistown, Pa. Dolly was an avid reader and also enjoyed traveling, hiking, and sailing. She is survived by her husband of more than 70 years, Charles Reeder ’42, daughters Lauri Reeder ’75, Robin, and Nan, son Rick, and three grandchildren.
Laura A. (Scott) Detar ’44
July 10, 2016—Laura served as a teacher in Millersburg, Pa., for three years during World War II. She then married and moved to Greensburg, Pa., where she lived for 66 years. Laura held several leadership roles in the Greensburg Church of the Brethren and the Western Pennsylvania District of the Church of the Brethren and was an active volunteer with several other community service organizations. Her passions included watching Pittsburgh sports teams, gardening, completing puzzles, and reading. Laura was
preceded in death by her husband, George Detar Jr. ’42. She is survived by son George, daughters Susan (Detar) Dzuik ’69, Diane, and Carol, and nine grandchildren, including Laurel (Dzuik) Books ’01.
Martha K. (Mitchell) Frye ’44
August 11, 2016—Martha was a home economics teacher, a homemaker, and a partner with her husband at their Oldsmobile dealership, Frye Motor Company in Delmont, Pa. Martha was an active member of the community. She taught Sunday School at her church, began the Delmont Elementary School lunch program, taught floral arranging, and volunteered at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children. When she moved to State College, Pa., she became active at the State College Presbyterian Church as a visiting deacon. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Paul “Herb” Frye ’46. She is survived by daughters Marsha (Frye) Hartman ’70, Mary (Frye) D’Ambrosia ’73, and Mardi Mitchell Frye-Dunklebarger ’77. Martha is also survived by sister Frances (Mitchell) Burd ’49, brother David, and nine grandchildren, including Aaron Hartman ’96, Allison D’Ambrosia ’05, Paul Dunklebarger ’10, and Mitchell Dunklebarger ’14.
R. Evelyn (Palmer) Hiatt ’44
August 8, 2016—Evelyn was a third grade teacher at Nokomis School in Ukiah, Calif., for 31 years. Evelyn enjoyed traveling and playing bridge. She was preceded in death by husband Ray, sister Norma, and brother Edward. She is survived by sons Denny and Terry, sister Marian (Palmer) Grandy ’44, and one granddaughter.
Vena A. (Walls) Jones ’44
October 10, 2016—Vena, also known as “Dot,” earned a master’s degree in education from Penn State University, and had a career as a music teacher in various school districts in Pennsylvania. She greatly enjoyed traveling and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.
Phyllis M. (Walker) Ruble ’44
Betty B. (Boucher) Maclay ’46
May 8, 2016—Betty was a resident of Monroeville, Pa., for more than 50 years and then Murrysville, Pa., for 14 years. She was preceded in death by husband, William Maclay ’47. She is survived by sons Gary Maclay ’73 and Dennis, daughters Rebekah, Bonnie, and Beth, nine grandchildren, and brother Harry Maclay ’48.
Leland W. Miles Jr. ’46
August 4, 2016—Leland had a distinguished career in higher education, culminating in two decades of service as a college president, first at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and then at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. He served as president of the International Association of University Presidents and was the organization’s representative to the United Nations, where he founded and served as chair of the joint IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. He wrote numerous books, was recognized as an expert on St. Thomas More, and hosted a television show on great books. Leland was a decorated aviator in World War II, twice being awarded the U.S. Army Air Corps’s Distinguished Flying Cross. Leland served on many corporate and non-profit boards during his lifetime, including chairing the advisory board for Save the Children. He was a recipient of the Juniata College Alumni Achievement Award in 1976, and was awarded an honorary degree by the College in 1969. He is survived by wife Virginia (Geyer) Miles ’46, daughter Christine, and son Gregory.
Mildred M. (Grimes) Wilson ’47
June 26, 2016—Mildred had a career in nursing, serving as school nurse at several school districts. She was also a trained reflexologist and an active member of Belmont United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Forest Wilson Jr. ’49, and son Kirk. She is survived by sons Jay and Craig and four grandchildren.
Paul R. Yoder Jr. ’47
May 26, 2016—Paul was a prominent opto-mechanical engineer who designed optical components and instruments used in military, government, aerospace, and medical applications. He was the co-founder of Tauton Technologies, Inc., which pioneered the research and development of human corneal reshaping using Excimer lasers as a
means of correcting refractive vision errors—the foundation of what is now known as LASIK vision correction. Both the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) named him as a Fellow. He published seven research books, 60 technical papers, and was awarded 14 US and several foreign patents. He taught opto-mechanical engineering courses for SPIE, US government agencies, and industry leaders in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is the recipient of OSA’s Engineering Excellence Award, the SPIE Directors Award, and the SPIE George W. Goddard Award. A long-standing member of the Wilton Congregational Church in Wilton, Conn., he was a member of the choir and served several terms as a deacon. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Yoder (former professor at Juniata) and Wave (Davis) Yoder ’33, his wife, Elizabeth (White) Yoder ’47, and his sister, Miriam (Yoder) Brumbaugh ’45. He is survived by sons David and Alan, daughters Martha and Carol, and five grandchildren.
Virginia R. (Weaver) Fegley ’48
January 26, 2016—Virginia worked as a chemist for Rohm and Haas in Philadelphia, Pa. She volunteered as an advocate with the Arc of Chester County in West Chester Pa., working for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Virginia enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was preceded in death by siblings Evelyn, Verna, Emmert, Kenneth, Edythe, Gladys, and Marian. Virginia is survived by husband Kenneth, sons Alan, John, and Paul, brother Edwin, sister Esther (Weaver) Shoup ’52, and three grandchildren.
Ann B. (Miller) MacMillan ’48
April 6, 2016—Ann was the first woman to receive a bachelor of science degree in economics from Juniata. She had an interest in historic architecture and was a founding member of the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County (Pa.). She summered for over 40 years in a restored cottage in Chautauqua, N.Y. Ann was an active member of the Republican Party. She was preceded in death by husband Bruce and daughter Susan, and is survived by daughter Mary Ann and three grandchildren.
Robert Z. Schreffler ’48
September 24, 2016—Prior to enrolling at Juniata, Bob was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and also served as a pilot and manager of the Mid-State Regional Airport. After graduation, Bob’s career positions as a statistician at OwensCorning Fiberglass in Huntingdon, Pa.,
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September 10, 2016—Phyllis worked for the US Department of Agriculture for 40 years as a food inspector until her retirement in 1985. She retired to Winter Haven, Fla., where she devoted her time to caring for and traveling with her mother, Viola (Speicher) Walker ’19. Phyllis was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 70 years. She enjoyed drinking coffee, spending time outdoors, and traveling. Phyllis
was preceded in death by her by her brother, Robert. She is survived by her brother, Donald Walker ’48.
and Anderson, S.C., a design engineer at Allied Chemical in Hopewell, Va., and an engineer at Thiokol Chemical in Brigham City, Utah, where he registered six U.S. patents relating to solid rock propellants. He was active as a community volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, as a math and science tutor, and as a docent at the Science Museum of Virginia. Bob enjoyed traveling and hosting international visitors through the Friendship Force International organization. Bob was preceded in death by grandson Patrick, brother Roy Schreffler ’49, and brother Thomas. He is survived by wife Ferne, daughter Carol, son Robert, three grandchildren, and nieces Virginia (Schreffler) Wimberley ’69 and Elaine (Gruver) Vincent ’83.
Franklin L. Dorman ’49
February 28, 2016—Frank received his doctorate in medicine from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa., and served as a flight surgeon for the Strategic Air Force Command during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he established a family medical practice in Elizabeth, Pa. When he retired from medicine, he was employed with the Social Security Administration. Frank was a charitable supporter of the Pittsburgh Ballet, his alma maters, and many local charities, and provided pro bono medical services to patients without financial means. He enjoyed history, reading, farming and yardwork, and exercise, including jogging, biking, tennis, and weightlifting. Frank was preceded in death by sister Orpha, and is survived by wife Virginia, son Franklin Dorman Jr. ’87, daughter Kitty, and two grandchildren.
Louis H. White ’49
June 17, 2016—Lou served in the U.S. Navy and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md. He had a great interest in the history of the American Indian, which led to his career with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington, D.C. Lou’s other passions included boating, antiquing, traveling, and singing. He is survived by wife Louise (Wengert) White ’51, children Karen, Stephen and Barbara, and six grandchildren.
Gene C. Calderwood ’50
April 11, 2016—Gene received a doctorate in chemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and had an accomplished career as a research chemist. He also served as a chemistry professor at Rutgers and at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga. Gene was a professional trumpet player in a
dance band and an accomplished vocalist. He enjoyed gardening and singing in his church choir. Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, JoAnn (Barksdale) Calderwood ’52, and is survived by his second wife, Jean, son Charles, daughters Susan, Catherine, and Jennifer, and 12 grandchildren.
Ronald A. Hausman ’52
April 20, 2016—Ronald was an oral surgeon in Livingston, Fla., where he also served as a member of the Livingston Board of Education. He was veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Ronald is survived by wife Roberta, son Ken, daughters Leslie and Marci, as well as four grandchildren.
Elaine (Seese) Keafer ’52
June 13, 2016—Throughout her life, Elaine served as a nurse, caretaker, saleswoman, and mother. She operated multiple businesses out of her home, most remembered for selling World Book Encyclopedias. Her passions included music and dancing, and she sang in and directed several church and children’s choirs. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd S. Keafer Jr. ’49. She is survived by daughter Joy, sons Bruce, Wayne, and Dale, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
William D. Long ’53
April 14, 2016—Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was then employed by Hercules Inc. He and his family lived in Chambersburg, Pa., Cumberland, Md., and Salt Lake City, Utah, where they lived for more than 50 years. He was an active volunteer at his church and with the Salvation Army. He enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises. Bill was preceded in death by wife Betty, and is survived by sons David and Richard and four grandchildren.
Patrick L. Smith ’54
April 4, 2016—Patrick earned a master’s degree in education from Penn State University, and worked as a special education and social studies teacher in the Williamsburg and Tussey Mountain school districts and as the Bedford County supervisor for Intermediate Unit 8. He served as a yeoman first class in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46, and in leadership roles with Saxton American Legion Post 169, Captain Phillips VFW Post 4125, and Broad Top Area Honor Guard. He served on Saxton Borough Council, and was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Saxton. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and softball. Patrick was preceded in death by wife LaDonna, and is survived by sons Michael and Alan, and four grandsons, including Neal Smith ’18.
George G. Pote ’55
October 16, 2016—George started his insurance career with Fidelity Mutual while still in college. He continued as an agency manager and broker with Principal Financial Group until his retirement. George served as president of both the Harrisburg (Pa.) and Pennsylvania Life Underwriters Associations and as president of the General Agents and Managers Association. He was very active at the Camp Hill United Methodist Church, where he was a lay leader, trustee, and youth activities leader. George was a dedicated College volunteer, serving as a class fund agent, president of the development council, and chair of the capital gifts program. George enjoyed softball, golfing, and hunting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Wilson) Pote ’55. He is survived by his second wife, JoAnn, daughters Denise (Pote) Burkhardt ’81 and Darlene, stepdaughter Kimberly, six grandchildren, and nephews Garry Pote ’68, S. Carl Pote ’69, and Donald Pote ’82.
Paul J. Amash ’57
April 20, 2016—After Paul graduated from the Quaker Friends’s Boys School in Ramallah, Palestine, he received a full scholarship to Juniata College. He later earned a master’s degree at Penn State University, while finding sponsors to fund his entire family’s move to the United States. Paul earned a doctorate in romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and began a career as a college professor at Elon College in Elon, N.C. His teaching career continued with positions at Pfeiffer College in Richfield, N.C., Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and the University of Dijon in France. Paul was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1987 to the University of Aleppo in Syria. Paul is survived by former wife Ann, sons Ed and Roland, daughters Jeannie and Caroline, and 13 grandchildren.
David C. Amidon Jr. ’57
September 23, 2016—Dave received his master’s degree in history from Penn State University, and completed his graduate research at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at Penn State University in Hazleton, Pa., and the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, before beginning his 42-year career teaching urban studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. He served as secretary of the Lehigh faculty for 25 years. He was an active member of Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Dave is survived by his wife, Ann (Willson) Amidon ’58, sons Daniel, Thomas, and David, daughter Jessie (Amidon) Bucchin ’84, and nine grandchildren.
Jay T. Guyer ’58
May 13, 2016—Jay, of Martinsburg, Pa., was a member of the Martinsburg Rotary Club and Iron Masters Country Club. He attended Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, where he enjoyed singing in the church choir. Jay’s passions included music, golfing, watching Pittsburgh Pirates baseball and Penn State University and Pittsburgh Steelers football. He was preceded in death by brothers Ralph and Charles. Jay is survived by wife Shirley, daughter Julie, son Jay Guyer ’93, and three grandchildren.
Barbara P. (Shaffer) Gumbiner ’59
preceded in death by husband Joel. She is survived by sister Gladys and brother Samuel.
Jeanne (Goodman) Kooken ’61
March 31, 2016—Jeanne was an elementary school teacher in the Mount Union Area School District (Pa.) for 30 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed reading. Jeanne was preceded in death by husband John and daughters Carol and Susan, and is survived by daughter Elizabeth, sons James and John, and five grandchildren.
James W. Seacrist ’61
March 31, 2016—After graduating magna cum laude from the College, Barbara began a career in education and public service, working for the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors. In 1989 Barbara moved to Washington, D.C., where she served in positions with the Institute of International Education and the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). She was honored with the Director’s Award for Superior Achievement from the United States Information Agency and the NCIV Excellence in Citizen Diplomacy and Citizen Diplomat Pillar awards. A devoted Juniata volunteer, Barbara served on Alumni Council and was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. She is survived by husband Jerome (Jerry), daughters Elaine and Ann, stepchildren Martha and Lewis, sisters Susan and Mary Lou, and nine grandchildren. Barbara’s family and friends have established the Barbara Shaffer Gumbiner ’59 Endowed Fund for International Study in her memory, and Jerry invites those who wish to honor her to make a contribution to the scholarship.
August 30, 2016—Jim was a high school math teacher in Lower Dauphin, Pa., for 34 years. During this time, he also coached high school football, baseball, and track, including serving as the head coach of the undefeated 1970 football team. He was a member of the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, Pa., and the Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited club. He enjoyed fishing, sports, gardening, reading, exercising, and traveling. Jim is survived by wife Paula, son Kevin, daughter Carrie, and four grandchildren.
Mae A. (Vonada) Saylor ’59
Elizabeth A. (Malot) Funk ’64
May 18, 2016—Mae served as an elementary school teacher for 34 years, primarily in the Penns Valley Area School District. She was active in local politics and became a Democratic Committee leader for Haines Township, where she met her husband. Mae enjoyed traveling, singing, playing piano and several other musical instruments, and camping at the Grange Fair. She is survived by husband John, sister Jeanne, daughters Jacqui, Julie, and Janel, and eight grandchildren.
Frances L. (Sweitzer) Furhman ’60
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Lois E. (Rehberg) Beamer ’64
October 8, 2016—Lois was employed as a social worker for the Catholic Social Agency in Bethlehem, Pa. She was an active member of Advent Moravian Church, where she sang in the choir and played hand bells. Lois is survived by husband Jack Beamer ’62, sons Kevin, Glenn and Michael, who serves as director of the intensive English program at the College, and three grandsons.
David N. Brinton ’67
June 7, 2015— David served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, returning as a decorated veteran. He then moved to Jackson, Wyo., where he owned and operated Porcupine Greenhouse and Nursery. David was proud to have planted many of the trees that still grow throughout the Jackson community. He was a member of the Jackson Hole Polo Club, and enjoyed traveling, fishing, and participating in outdoor recreation. He is survived by wife Maureen, sister Virginia, daughters Laura and Aspen, stepchildren Michelle, Nicole, Tolise, and Billy, and one granddaughter.
August 20, 2016—Betty managed several fabric stores during her career and retired from the Wal-Mart fabric department in Roseburg, Ore. Some of her passions included quilting, sewing, and teaching these skills to others. Betty is survived by husband Fred, daughter Catherine, son Timothy, and two grandchildren.
Thomas B. Robinson ’66
May 28, 2016—Tom earned master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from Penn State University. He served as the senior student affairs administrator at seven different colleges and universities during his career, including a stint at Juniata from 1966-75, serving in various capacities including dean of students. Tom ended his distinguished career in 2010, retiring as vice PHOTO: AMBER BORING ’18
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June 6, 2016—Frances taught home economics at Eastern York County School District for 36 years. She was active in the Shrewsbury Assembly of God as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was
Lynne Harris-Madeloni ’62
president of student services from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He was active in state and national organizations, such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Indiana Student Affairs Association, and the Council of Student Affairs of Public Land-Grant Universities. Tom was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA and a Distinguished Hoosier by the state of Indiana. He was active with several community service organizations, including United Way, Rotary International, and Special Olympics. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Paul Robinson ’35, and his mother, Mary (Howe) Robinson ’34, and his sister, Margaret (Robinson) Glick ’63. He is survived by wife Nancy, stepsons Jeffrey and Matthew, and two grandchildren.
Frederick B. Gieg Jr. ’68
August 14, 2016—Rick earned his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review and editor of the school magazine. He joined his family’s law firm in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Rick served as Blair County district attorney and as a mediator for more than 20 years. He also was owner of the Allegheny Real Estate Closing Company, Inc. Rick was a member of the Blair County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and Scotch Valley Country Club. He enjoyed sports, especially golf. Rick is survived by wife Tessie, sons Kyle, Eric, Matthew, and Michael, and four grandchildren.
Elizabeth A. (Suplicki) Casper ’69
July 27, 2016—Betsy did graduate studies in German at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and later had long career as a tax professional with H&R Block. She achieved special recognition as an enrolled agent by the U.S. Treasury Department. Betsy and her family lived in New Jersey, Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana. She enjoyed camping and other outdoor recreation, birds, flowers, cooking, sewing, and knitting. Betsy is survived by husband Lawrence Casper ’67, daughters Erin and Meghan, son Jeremy, and five grandchildren.
Richard P. Replogle ’75
April 28, 2016—Richard lived in New Enterprise, Pa. His passion was photography.
Gary C. Pachulski ’77
April 18, 2016—Gary was known as a proud football player and avid football fan. He is survived by son Max and sister Karen.
Donna L. Caton ’78
April 12, 2016—Donna, of Jacksonville, Fla., was a writer. She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Caton ’80, and is survived by daughters Erin and Jennifer, sister Patricia, and her companion, David Harrington.
Kevin M. Long ’78
Victor J. Rini ’70
August 10, 2016—Vic, of Towson, Md., was a devoted volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Baltimore Station, a drug addiction treatment center. He is survived by wife Nancy, son Victor, daughter Margaret and brother Thomas.
Susan E. Stanton ’72
Steven C. Courtney ’88
Thomas C. Herbster ’74
August 24, 2016—After graduating from Juniata College, Tom served in the U.S. Air Force and then worked for Owens Corning Fiberglas until his retirement. He was active in his community of Anderson, S.C., serving on the Anderson County School Board of Education, the state board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Westside Boosters Club, and the Upstate Equine Association. His hobbies included hunting, woodworking, and gardening. He is survived by wife Frances, son Tom, daughters Natalie and Nedra, and six grandchildren.
May 20, 2016—After attending Juniata, David joined the U.S. Army and served for five years. He worked as a pipefitter and was a high school football and baseball coach. David was an avid sports fan and a member of the American Legion and Elks lodges in Warren, Pa. He is survived by wife Margo (Miley) Rounds ’73, sister Valarie, and son David.
September 22, 2016—Kevin was a teacher for 30 years, including 17 as a science teacher at Hollidaysburg (Pa.) Area Junior High School. In addition to teaching, he owned and operated Long’s Painting Company with his brother. Kevin was actively involved at Bare Memorial Church of God in Roaring Spring, Pa., where he was president of church council and taught Sunday school. Kevin enjoyed fishing, golfing, tennis, and reading. He is survived by wife Sharon, daughters Kristin and Hillary, sister Amy, and brothers Michael Long ’71, Stephen, and Scott.
January 14, 2015—Susan is survived by her husband, Robert Erdlitz ’71.
David N. Rounds ’74
July 14, 2016—Steven earned his law degree from Widener School of Law and was a practicing attorney in Harrisburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C. Steven enjoyed traveling, visiting numerous locations around the United States as well as Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada. He was a talented chef and gardener. Steven was preceded in death by his brother Robert. He is survived by his husband, Mitchell Dedert, and brothers Wendell and Charles.
James O. Sanders ’89
May 19, 2016—After a diving accident in 1989 left Jim as a quadriplegic, he learned computer skills during his rehabilitation, which he used to start and run his own information technology services company, onezero Technologies. His other passions included
Philadelphia Eagles football, music, movies, and spending time on Cape Cod. He is survived by mother Judith, brother Robert, and sister Keryn.
Tamara (Takarchek) Reese ’90
September 12, 2016—Tammy is survived by husband, Walter Reese Jr. ’91, daughter Lillian, and son Winston.
Kraig C. Black ’93
June 1, 2016—Kraig, of Mount Airy, Md., earned his master’s degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in 1997. He was a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins and was published in several medical journals. He then went on to serve as the chief operating director of Medafor, Inc. Kraig is survived by his children, Noah, Kolton, Landon, and Campbell, brothers A. Keith Black ’73 and Kevin, and sisters Kristine, Kathy, and Karil. Kraig is also survived by nieces Danielle (Black) Evans ’00 and Rebecca (Shoaf) Kozak ’05 and nephew Adam Black ’06.
Angela C. (Minaya) Mooney ’95
July 6, 2016—Angela enjoyed ballet and crafting. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joanne and Edmund E. Minaya ’42, and is survived by mother Barbara, daughters Allicia and Aubrey, sisters Drena and Danielle, and three grandchildren.
Ellen M. (Heinly) Sosnoski ’98
October 15, 2016—Ellen earned her master’s degree in marketing from American InterContinental University in 2005. She served as an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa., and McCann School of Business & Technology in Allentown, Pa. She worked as a field hockey coach for middle school and high school teams in the Southern Columbia School District in Catawissa, Pa. Ellen was an accomplished scrapbooker, serving as a design team member and guest designer for several scrapbook companies, as well as being social media/online marketing coordinator and blog coordinator for Core’dinations. She was an active community volunteer with the Shamokin Little League, AYSO, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ashland Downtown, Inc. She is survived by her parents Larry and Barbara, husband Brian, sister Amber, and sons Owen and Henry.
Ryan S. Benjamin ’13
May 30, 2016—“Rae” was a pre-kindergarten teacher at Warwick Child Care Center in Chester County, Pa. She is survived by her mother, Annette.
Remembering Frank “Sam” Brumbaugh ’54 Sam Brumbaugh often said that Juniata was a gem. His unprecedented record of service and philanthropy during his lifetime helped to polish that stone and ensure that Juniata will remain an institution dedicated to its students, studentathletes, community, and physical fitness for years to come. While the Brumbaugh Strength and Fitness Frank “Sam” Brumbaugh ’54 Area in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center may be the most visible sign of Sam’s and his wife Martha’s dedication to the College, the impact of his many roles as a leader, visionary, admissions volunteer, and trustee go well beyond dollars or workout rooms, treadmills or free weights. While he committed significant time and resources in areas such as alumni relations, fundraising, campus projects, and other institutional initiatives, it was the students, especially new student recruitment and access to a Juniata education, that clearly mattered most to Sam. He was always willing to actively recommend and encourage a prospective student who might be a “good fit” for Juniata. It was a rarity when talking with a Juniata representative for Sam not to ask for the latest update about admissions and student retention. Sam wanted the College to be successful overall, of course, but his true passion was getting young people to explore and experience Juniata. He was never shy to share just what Juniata meant to him and what it could mean for many others. One of his most noteworthy recruiting successes came within his own family, which has ties dating back to the founding years of the College. Sam, whose father graduated in the Juniata Class of 1924, spoke proudly that there weren’t too many families who had as many children and grandchildren who became Juniata graduates as his family had seen through the years—something hard to argue. Sam Brumbaugh loved Juniata. He enjoyed walking the campus, talking to students, and visiting with parents at a football tailgate or while watching a tennis match. Introduced to Juniata in his youth, Sam glowed as one of the College’s most influential, dedicated, and unique ambassadors for decades. Juniata truly was a gem to Sam—just as Sam was to Juniata. —Joe Scialabba ’86, executive director of development
Frank “Sam” Brumbaugh ’54, a Juniata Trustee from 1987 to 1990 and from 1991 until he received emeritus status in 2003, died Nov. 4, 2016, at age 83. He was co-owner and president of the Bangor Cork Co., located in Pen Argyl, Pa., until retiring recently. He also served as mayor of Pen Argyl Borough and was president of the Pen Argyl School Board for 12 years. Brumbaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Juniata College in 1954 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He started his business career as a salesman for Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson, before buying Bangor Cork Co. Brumbaugh was very involved in supporting Juniata, starting as a reunion coordinator for his class. He was a member of the Alumni Council from 1987 to 1990 and worked as a Juniata Admissions Ambassador throughout most of his executive career. Brumbaugh was a major donor to the College. His most visible gift was for the construction and later the expansion of the F. Samuel Brumbaugh and Martha A. Brumbaugh Strength and Fitness Center in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center. He also was a member of the Juniata President’s Development Council under President Frederick Binder and served as the council’s chair from 1984 to 1988. He remained an active member of the College’s Lehigh Valley Alumni Club for most of his life and served as a member of the major gifts committee for Juniata’s Century II Campaign. He also remained an enthusiastic donor for the Uncommon Outcomes Campaign and for other projects. He was named a Brumbaugh Lifetime Benefactor by the College, which is achieved by donating $1 million over a donor’s lifetime. The Brumbaughs’ most recent gift was to fund one of the tennis courts for the Winton Hill Athletic Complex. Brumbaugh was an active member of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and was a member of the Pen Argyl Masonic Lodge. He also as a member and past president of the Pen Argyl Exchange Club. Brumbaugh is survived by his wife, Martha, and sons, Sam Jr., Stephen, David, Michael and Scott, daughter Mary Glaser, a 1990 Juniata graduate, and 12 grandchildren. 2017 Fall-Winter | 71
Remembering Ray Pfrogner ’60 Ray Pfrogner was passionate about physics and physics education. We in the department can remember the innovations he brought to his teaching at Juniata. Probably the greatest influence he had was to bring computers into the laboratory not just as data processors, but to control experiments and collect the data to be processed. Physical Ray Pfrogner ’60 processes could be followed in real time, giving the students a more elevated way of thinking about the results. He was also the first in the department to introduce math and physics software into his upper-level classroom courses. When he took over the electronics course, he introduced printed circuits and devices of greater complexity than the tubes and transistors of devices we knew as youths. His philosophy of physics teaching also bears mentioning. He wanted to get away from cookbook-type experiments and to have students perform physical measurements and then to think deeply about what they were observing. He wanted students to discover for themselves how physical objects behaved under certain circumstances rather than to have the investigation simply illustrate well known physical laws. This mode of teaching was intended to develop curiosity and creativity—characteristics of practicing scientists. He was an effective advisor who encouraged students to discover their own direction through a series of pertinent, probing questions dealing with their interests, abilities, and their educational and career goals. Ray also was active in inviting students to his home for informal get-togethers. Students will remember that he had a penchant for puzzles to be solved and physics “toys” lay about his house waiting for them to be played with.
Thus Ray made real and lasting contributions to the teaching of physics at Juniata and many of his students have expressed their appreciation to him on their return as alumni. At Ray’s memorial service, Nobel Laureate William Phillips spoke in tribute to Ray’s teaching, saying that he had learned a lot of physics from Ray before he went on to MIT. — Wilfred Norris ’54, professor emeritus of physics, and Norm Siems, professor emeritus of physics
Ray Pfrogner ’60, professor emeritus of physics at Juniata College and a resident of Huntingdon, Pa. from 1964 until his retirement in 1997, died July 5, at age 81. A native of Meyersdale, Pa., Pfrogner graduated from Somerset High School and attended Juniata from 1952 to 1954. Military service intervened, and he served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958. Upon his separation from the military, he returned to Juniata in 1959 and graduated the following year. His first job after graduation took him to Antarctica in 1961, where he worked as a geophysicist for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (now known as the National Geodetic Survey), the federal agency responsible for mapping and charting transportation and communication systems, as well as other scientific and engineering applications. During his assignment in the Antarctic, Pfrogner had to be evacuated due to a medical emergency. He elected to go to graduate school and earned a master’s degree in physics in 1964 from the University of Delaware. He joined the Juniata faculty in 1964, teaching physics. He earned his doctoral degree from Delaware in 1971, during the time he taught at the College. Pfrogner remained an avid tennis player for most of his life and coached Juniata’s women’s tennis team. He also traveled extensively visiting all seven continents. Indeed, one of the continents he visited, Antarctica, features a point of land, Pfrogner Point, located at primary latitude 72º 37’ 00” S, primary longitude 089º 35’ 00” W, that is named for him in recognition of his work there.
The Only Woman in the Room By Kim Roth
PHOTO: MEGAN BRENNEMAN
professor of mathematics
y department hired two new people this year. One afternoon early this semester, Joie Escuadro, a lecturer in math, exclaimed, “There
are only women here at the office right now. Women power!” It was then I
realized that our Juniata math department is now more than half women, something I have never experienced before.
mathematics doctoral programs is currently 32 percent. In my incoming class, there were about 20 people, of which five were women. However, I stood out more for my love of teaching than I did for my gender. There is still work to be done to get more women to choose mathematics. I notice that my non-majors classes have a higher percentage of women than my classes for majors. In fact, I have taught an upper-level math class as the only woman in the room. So how do you thrive even if you are the only woman in the room? For me, the main tools are community, mentorship, and outreach, leavened with a sense of humor and aided by stubbornness. Community was always part of my mathematical experiences, from working with my best friend, Iris, in high school math, setting up study groups within my classes in college, holding the beginning of semester party and running the math seminar for graduate students in grad school, to running workshops for new math faculty now. Community you make can be a “Team You.” Mentors helped me find my way. Jim Walsh, my undergraduate
adviser, encouraged me to go to graduate school. In grad school, Florence Newberger helped me write application materials for teaching jobs and encouraged me to join the new math faculty program, Project NExT. Project NExT provided me with a professional network that still provides me support and advice. Also, outreach helps me give back. I review grants for programs encouraging girls and women in mathematics as part of my duties on the Committee on the Participation of Women for the Mathematical Association of America. Working and mentoring in programs that I participated in as a young professor allows me to pass on the experiences that helped me. I encourage and help my women students to do what they want, making sure they are aware of jobs and have a realistic view of graduate school. Some of you may be the only woman in the room, but communities and mentors can help you through. Do not forget to pass it on. >J<
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I am not sure when my first experience being the only woman in the room occurred. While girls have been shown statistically to have the same aptitude as boys in math but persistence in higher level mathematics is lower in middle and high school, I was aware of my gender in relation to math by high school. My teacher, Mr. Grimm, was excellent but difficult. He was also known to have an unspoken view that girls could not do math and that any girl on the math team was a token. I was not on the math team. This continued in college. I distinctly remember, as an undergraduate, looking around the room in my Computer Science Theory class, a cross-listed math and computer science class, and being glad that while I was the only woman, at least I was not the only mathematician in the room. For me, the attitudes about what I could or could not do because of who I was were motivating, in the “I’ll show you” fashion. So I persisted, and I enjoyed the truth and beauty of mathematics so much that I went to graduate school. According to a recent study, the percentage of women in
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“This photo was taken in the Highlands of Scotland when I traveled to Edinburgh and had the opportunity to take the bus tour of the highlands. This was my first time out of the country. The first time really out of the East Coast of the United States. I am exploring more than I ever thought I would and it is all because of my home, Juniata College.” —Brittany Mlynek ’17. Brittany studied at York St. John, United Kingdom in the spring of 2016.