JUNIATA 2014 Spring-Summer
Campus Conversations: Juniata faculty and students weigh in on issues of the day. Reported by Davon Jackson ’17, Marlene Matula ’17, Hannah Jeffery ’16, Zach Lemon ’14, and Kate Monosalvas Tobar
—Neal Utterback, assistant professor of theatre, on the department’s “pay what you can” ticket model.
“Students and faculty have been really great about calling us when they notice ice building up. Best tip: Try not to be distracted by texting or flipping through your music playlist and watch where you walk. This minimizes your chances of falling and maybe getting injured.”
—Jesse Leonard ’05, director of public safety, on the icy 2014 winter.
“Sodexo will be offering a new line called ‘Simple Servings’ based on being free of seven of the eight most common allergens. The student or guest won’t feel that they have to look through all of the ingredient lists or ask the workers, because the food will not contain any of them. This line will be a healthy option
for everyone, not just those with dietary restrictions.”
—Patrick Goodman, executive chef, Sodexo
“Having a positive peer environment where students feel empowered to intervene with their friends when they are getting out of control is important. There is evidence that this generation of college students is less likely to drive drunk or do other dangerous things when they are drinking. There is more awareness in society to support positive peer environments where students are encouraged to take responsibility for one another and to moderate their consumption of alcohol.”
—Dan Cook-Huffman, assistant dean of students, on effective ways to control alcohol consumption on college campuses.
“A long time ago, people used to make the case that all student lending should be paid based on outcomes, so it ought to be simply based on a fraction of your income at a certain time. If you’re going to make $250,000, we’ll take one percent and that’s how you’ll repay your loans. The idea is that payment would be unequal, but it would be based on how much income you earn after college. That’s not really gone anywhere in
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the United States, but I actually think that that’s a plan that’s sensible.”
—Jim Lakso, provost emeritus, on one theory to lessen student loan debt.
“We claim to be a democracy and that means that our military must represent us. It should not comprise just people who want to go off and fight. Any military action that our government engages in, they’re doing it for all of us. Since the end of the draft, we’ve broken that connection between our military policy and democratic principles.”
—Emil Nagengast, professor of politics, on whether the military draft should be reinstated.
“The lesson here is not to seek revenge. If there is a secret out there, it is more than likely going to get out, and when it does it adds to the distrust Americans have in politicians.”
—Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics, on the Chris Christie bridgeclosing investigation.
“Scientists say humans are one of the causes of climate change. The climate changed before human beings existed, so we know that there are natural forces. Humans have become one of those forces. There is some question about what the relative degree of those forces are, but it is not debated now that humans are a major force in climate change.”
—Matt Powell, associate professor of geology, on whether humans play a role in climate change.
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“There are a lot of companies in New York that have switched over to the ‘give what you can’ model. We’d rather someone enthusiastically sit, watch, and enjoy the gift that we are trying to give to them rather than maximize our profits. Making theatre is expensive, but this way is not just making the marketing value of the ticket arbitrary.”
President’s Note Dear Friends, On my first extended visit to Juniata shortly after I was hired as the incoming president, I spent my entire first day on campus at the Liberal Arts Symposium talking to students, listening to presentations, and meeting faculty. That day, student after student earnestly explained their work, delving into the military court system, gut microbiota, President Obama’s social media strategy, and synthesis of metal complexes. I won’t pretend that I completely understood what each and every student was investigating, but what I immediately understood was the passion for research emanating from every student I met. Their faces were lit up with enthusiasm.
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This issue of the magazine is devoted to profiles of students and their research projects. The editor and writers asked faculty from each department or program to nominate worthy research projects or capstone assignments and there are more than 20 profiles of Juniatians working through the process of discovery. In these pages, you’ll discover stories from undergraduate researchers who went on a quest to identify an invasive snail to a student intent on living the literary life in a hut to two filmmakers trying to discover the John Cassavetes film style. The Liberal Arts Symposium really is a microcosm of the entire college education experience. College is the place where you discover who you are. It is where you find out what you like to do. College is where you find your path in life and most of those educated at Juniata can trace their inspiration for a career back to an intensive research assignment that seemed overwhelming at first, yet revealed itself over time. Let’s take a journey with these researchers and find out what brought them to this moment and perhaps discover what lies ahead. Sincerely,
James A. Troha President
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Lift Ev’ry Voice has become a must-see event on campus as English students celebrate African-American literature.
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Juniatians react to Kris Allen, one of the performers at this year’s Major Event concert. Allen and rapper Mike Posner performed to a capacity crowd.
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Kate McDonald â€™14 tries a shot in traffic.
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Juniata president Jim Troha, in full face-paint mode, channels his inner William Wallace as he grabs a Juniata flag and leads the menâ€™s volleyball crowd in cheers. Photo by J.D. Cavrich
JUNIATA 2014 Spring-Summer
Contents Campus Conversations . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover President’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Campus News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Student Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Scholarship and research have always been critical elements setting Juniata apart from its many competitors. Our legacy in science research reaches back into the 19th century, and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has always been strong. This issue of the magazine is devoted solely to documenting talented students in almost every academic department on campus. As they say on Law and Order, these are their stories.
Caleb McMullen . . . . 32 Allison Blumling . . . . 32 Colleen Wall . . . . . . 33 Jessica Kaplan-Bie . . 34 Derrick Magnotta . . . 34 Hannah Shultz . . . . 35 Mara Zimmerman . . 36 Jennifer Arbella . . . . 36 Becca McFadden . . . 37 Jerika Jordan . . . . . . 38 Ally Lush . . . . . . . . . 38
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Physics POE Mara Zimmerman ’16 gets ready to spot some stars in this outtake from her photo session for the Student Research Issue. Mara is researching binary stars. 4/29/14
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Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Recruit a Student (Gold Card) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Power of the Juniata Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 New Alumni Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Homecoming and Family Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 360° . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 End Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
Year after year, issue after issue, one constant has existed at Juniata’s alumni magazine. Editors have come and gone. Alumni directors have arrived and moved on. There have been offices moved, workspaces remodeled, and at least one major flood. Through it all, Evelyn Pembrooke, alumni relations and stewardship coordinator, remains the stalwart beacon of efficiency, reliability, and accuracy. For more than 25 years, since June 1988, Evelyn has been the keeper of Class Notes, those professionally written and informative missives that allow Juniatans to maintain the community connections alumni so cherish. She matches photos with bridal parties, babies with birth announcements, and nominates alumni for the Class Notes Q&A interviews. Thus, it’s not surprising that the Alumni Council has established the Evelyn Pembrooke Endowed Scholarship, with financial commitments of $50,000, to honor the most loyal of Juniatians. Every year a student will receive about $2,500 to apply against their tuition bill. “Evelyn has been the rock of Alumni Relations for nearly 25 years,” says David Meadows ’98, director of alumni relations. “In fact, there was a period of time when she was the only employee in the department. I’ve been told that she gracefully kept the office running, which is no surprise to me. Because Evelyn’s work with the Alumni Council over the years has made a special impact, it’s great they celebrate her with a scholarship that will have a lasting impact on Juniata.” This year Evelyn begins phased retirement to retire in 2016. For those who would like to donate to the Evelyn Pembrooke has been the Most Valuable endowed scholarship, go to www.juniata.edu/give. Editor for
the Juniata Magazine as she oversees Class Notes , one of the magazine’s most popula r features. A group of alu mni recently endowed a student scholarship to honor Evelyn .
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Classy Note: Alumni Council Honors Evelyn Pembrooke
Campus News Amy Mathur ’96 takes her class through the logistics of taking revenge in a lecture session for her class Literature of Revenge. She teaches such classics as Medea, stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Mathur’s favorite, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Vengeance Writ Large: Teaching Literature of Revenge “Vengeance is mine,” sayeth the Lord, and on a less heavenly note, the O’Jays warned listeners against Backstabbers, but only at Juniata would an English professor construct an entire course based on revenge.
“I love revenge,” says Amy Mathur ’96, assistant professor of English, with a smile that suggests she takes the biblical instruction “an eye for an eye” seriously. “Characters take revenge with calculation. They have to think about it and plan it. They don’t just stumble into it.” It is just this love of plotting and payback that led Mathur to create her course, “The Literature of Revenge,” several years ago. She teaches it in spring semester and has noticed a surge of interest in students who want to study retribution on the page. 12
“Revenge is emotional and dramatic,” Mathur says. “Students tend to think authors just invented sex and violence in literature in the 21st century.” Mathur and the class examine divine retribution first, by reading and discussing the “eye for an eye” passage in the Bible. The literature Mathur has the class read is not exactly genteel drawingroom revenge scenarios. They read two Euripedes plays, Medea, the story of a mother who kills her children to revenge herself on an unfaithful husband, and Hecuba,
who takes revenge for the deaths of her children by killing her enemy’s children. Not exactly Murder on the Orient Express. The class reads other authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe, and moves into modern literature with the novel, Dispatches from the Cold, by Leonard Chang. On a postmodern note, Chang read a tweet of Mathur’s course from Juniata’s Twitter feed and tweeted his congratulations for studying his work. The course concludes with a disturbing novel set in Pennsylvania called Tony and Susan by Austen
Wright. The plot uses a novel-within-a-novel structure and follows Tony, a man whose wife and daughter are murdered, in a quest for legal redress. When he is given the opportunity for revenge near the end of the novel, what does he do with it? “Tony and Susan is a great way to end the semester, because it allows the students to examine their own personal codes as they discuss the novel,” Mathur says. Well, they say reading well is the best revenge.
In an age where people record, blog, snap, or chat every waking thought, idea, or dessert tray, who better to invite on campus to make sense of it all than Daniel Ellsberg, the acclaimed whistleblower who, while employed as an analyst for the RAND Corp., leaked the landmark study of the Vietnam War, better known as the Pentagon Papers? Ellsberg, who delivered a fiery speech at Rosenberger Auditorium Jan. 30 focusing on personal privacy and the need for transparency in all operations in the U.S. government, not only spoke on campus but also sat in on a few classes, accompanied by Jim Skelly, a longtime friend and director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Seated around a seminar table in “Surveillance,” a special topics course, with about a dozen or so PACS students and Christian Eichenmueller, a PACS graduate assistant, Ellsberg posed a few questions and urged the students to ask deeper questions of their public officials, their employers and, yes even their professors. “We live in a culture of secrecy and there needs to be more
judgment brought to bear on what should be secret and what should not,” he said. “Edward Snowden has done more to keep his oath to the Constitution than any member of Congress, all the way up to the President.” Although his message about privacy and surveillance contained dire warnings, the renowned author also enjoyed mingling with students at the College, saying “I would like
young people to feel that, not just for their grandchildren or their children, but for themselves, it is up to them to do what their elders have failed to do, and that is to rally to a cause of freedom, that we did here in this country 220 years ago, but also to a concern for humanity as a whole, and to refuse this dichotomy that we’re called to by every authority at all times: us vs. them. We vs. the others.”
(Above) Daniel Ellsberg, famed whistleblower who pushed to publish The Pentagon Papers, sat in on a Peace and Conflict Studies class on surveillance. (At Right) Ellsberg gave an impassioned speech Jan. 30 on transparency and secrecy in American society, bidding the students farewell with the universally known peace sign.
Photos (left): J.D. Cavrich; (top, right) Jeff Bruzee ’14; (right) Rick Hamilton
Juniata Hosts Famed Whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg
John Carroll Associate Vice President is Juniata’s Next Provost Lauren Bowen, associate academic vice president for student learning initiatives and diversity at John Carroll University, started her new job as Juniata provost in July.
Bowen had been a higher education administrator for seven years at John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio, after joining the faculty as an assistant professor of political science in 1989. She had been an associate vice president at the university since 2007. “Lauren Bowen emerged as the person best prepared to lead Juniata during this important time in our history,” says James A. Troha, president of Juniata. “The depth of experience and broad skill set she brings to the provost position is exceptional, including a comprehensive understanding of the many complexities facing higher education today.” At John Carroll, Bowen was tasked with strengthening the student experience at the university, which included chairing the Diversity Steering Committee, helping implement a Learning Commons and academic support center, developing programs to foster student success, and strengthening major fellowship advising. As part of her work related to the student experience, she oversaw the university’s honors program, the Center for Career Services, and the Early College Program. Bowen also worked with John Carroll’s academic departments to recruit faculty from historically underrepresented populations and work to retain those faculty. She also works with faculty, administrators, students, and staff to ensure an inclusive campus environment. 14
“I’m looking forward to being part of a college that challenges and supports students by encouraging them to ask critical questions, and to find their gifts and passions,” says Bowen. “Juniata’s commitment to experiential education appealed to me because it’s a dynamic curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition and yet contemporary. I was struck by how an education at Juniata empowers graduates to leave the world better than they found it.” From 2007 to 2012, Bowen was the university’s associate academic vice president for faculty programs and diversity, where she collaborated in introducing new academic programs and coordinated interdisciplinary programs. Bowen began her career in higher education at John Carroll in 1989 as assistant professor of political science and was promoted to associate professor in 1995. She was named director of the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 until 2000. In 2000, she was named an American Council on Education Fellow at the College of Wooster for a one-year appointment where she primarily worked on diversity issues. In 2005 she was named director of John Carroll’s Core Curriculum in the Liberal Arts and oversaw the implementation of the first-year seminar program.
Lauren Bowen, who oversaw student initiatives and diversity in her duties as a senior administrator at John Carroll University, near Cleveland, Ohio, was named Juniata’s new provost in April.
Bowen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1984 from Ohio State University. She went on to earn a master’s degree in political science in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992, both from the University of Kentucky. Her academic research focuses in the impact in implementation of judicial decisions, as well as how state courts interact with state legislatures and affirmative action issues. Bowen’s teaching interests have centered in the politics of race, class, and gender as well as constitutional politics.
The winter in central Pennsylvania this year was colder than normal, but students at the Raystown Field Station sought out even colder climes as they visited the Adirondack Ecological Center. Here the students help take samples of the flora and fauna living beneath layers of snow.
Juniata students begin to realize they’re in a deep situation when they have to strap on snowshoes to get around. Plus, you’d guess that the 15 students taking part in the research semester at the Raystown Field Station would already have tons of experience tromping through Pennsylvania snow. Yes. But that didn’t stop the students, who were in search of lower temperatures, deeper snow and new academic experiences. Seeking new lows (in temperatures) and new highs in research, Chuck Yohn ’83, executive director of the Raystown Field Station, accompanied the group from Juniata’s lakeside classroom to the Adirondack Ecological Center, a field station near Newcomb, N.Y., overseen by the State University of New York university system. “The Adirondack station offers large-scale research projects run by graduate students, which exposes our students to that brand of science and helps them understand what it’s like at a graduate-level research institution,” Yohn explains. The students spent a week in New York taking part in a variety of research experiences, including studying the ecology of flora and fauna living beneath layers of snow, studying the predatorprey relationships between martens, fishers, and rodents, and studying how moose populations are affected by a parasite common to whitetail deer.
Photos (left): Rosann Brown; (right) courtesy Chuck Yohn ’83
Station to Station: ESS Students go Further, Deeper, Colder
No Keats For You! Alumnus Kuriyan Calls Juniata Education ‘A Privilege’ John Kuriyan ’81, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, outlined how 2014’s graduating class at Juniata’s 136th commencement ceremony, May 17, shares one value: “the liberal arts tradition binds you all in an intellectual unity that embraces integration over narrow specialization. A Juniata education is a privilege.” The graduating class of 372 students was awarded bachelor of arts (121) or bachelor of science degrees (251) at the ceremony. Juniata also graduated nine students who earned master’s degrees in accounting. In addition, Kuriyan was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Kuriyan, who came to Juniata as a transfer student from India after receiving a scholarship, cited ways in which Juniata is different from all other colleges and universities. “In India (and, indeed, in much of the rest of the world) one’s course of study is completely proscribed, even down to the last lecture hour,” he explained. “Are you an English Lit major who yearns for the excitement in genomics? Forbidden! Are you a physicist with a yen for the romantic poets? No Keats for you! Such narrowness is unthinkable at Juniata.” Kuriyan, who learned hands-on research methods from the College’s chemistry faculty, also mentioned how branching out into theatre and English literature changed his life. “The features that make a Juniata education so different from that at a large research university are characteristic of the best liberal arts colleges in America,” he said. “The best aspects of the American liberal arts tradition are mirrored in the deepest strengths of the American scientific enterprise, which has been a model for the world since the end of World War II.” Kuriyan wrapped up his speech by urging the class to remember the strengths Juniata instilled in them. “You are entering a world that
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is far more competitive than the one that my class entered, because of the end of the Cold War and the remarkable advances in the economies of so many countries around the world,â€? he said. â€œTake with you the individualism and creativity that Juniata has surely nourished in you, and give back to society through service and philanthropy, and we will prosper together into the next century.â€? The 2014 Senior Class Gift collected more than $58,000, a school record (83 percent of the class contributed to the gift), for an outdoor classroom to be located between the Enrollment Center and Brumbaugh Academic Center. After graduating from Juniata, Kuriyan went on to earn a doctorate in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, followed by postdoctoral studies for a year at Harvard University. Kuriyan began his faculty career at The Rockefeller University, a graduate university in New York City, working primarily in research for 14 years. The opportunity to teach undergraduates motivated him to join the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where in addition to running a research lab engaged in cancer research, he teaches undergraduates about the connection between biological systems and fundamental ideas in physics and chemistry. Kuriyan was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2001, one of five current Juniata alumni to be named to this prestigious organization.
Juniata College Honors Five Alumni With Achievement Awards Photography by: Thomas Jordan ’14
Juniata presented five alumni-related awards June 7, during the Alumni Assembly as part of its “Alumni Weekend 2014.” Fred Lytle ’64, professor emeritus of chemistry at Purdue University and currently a corporate fellow at Indigo BioSystems, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Jane Brumbaugh Gough ’60, retired program analyst and business programs specialist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Jeffrey Boshart ’89, fund manager for Church of the Brethren Inc., received the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; Khara Koffel ’00, associate professor of art at MacMurray College was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award; and Dr. George M. Zlupko ’68, director of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania in Altoona, Pa., received the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.
Fred Lytle ’64
Fred Lytle retired as professor emeritus of chemistry at Purdue University after a 40year career as a teacher and researcher at the West Lafayette, Ind. campus. He was one of the first researchers to use lasers as a tool for analytical chemistry and codeveloped the synchronously pumped dye laser. 18
Lytle, who currently is developing algorithms for pharmaceutical data processing as a corporate Fellow for Indigo Biosystems, began his academic career in 1968, joining Purdue as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and became full professor in 1979. In addition to his impressive research career, Lytle also was recognized for teaching excellence. He was named 1996 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and received such honors as Outstanding Teacher in the School of Science Award, the Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award, which recognizes the outstanding teacher at the university, and the
Outstanding Innovation in Helping Students Learn Award for his work with scientific Braille in translating chemical equations. He also received the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation and the J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. He was named a Fellow in 2009 by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and received the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry. Lytle earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Juniata and went on to earn a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry in 1968 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Editor’s Note: Every year, we ask the winners of Juniata’s teaching awards to list some of the things that have inspired them in their professional lives, be it a book, a song, a movie or a combination of those things. Here, the winners pick job perks, lab activities, and inspiring teachers.
Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service Kathy Westcott, professor of psychology and interim provost
The suite kitchenette. As it is often said, everyone gathers in the kitchen. Birthday parties weekend updates, impromptu meetings—it all happens there. Morning, afternoon, evening. You never know who will be in there, what the topic of conversation will be, or if it will involve singing. It keeps you on your toes and often keeps a smile on your face.
Access to history department golf. What a great Juniata tradition! Faculty, students, and death ducks (you hit the duck, you lose a stroke). I only got to play once, but check out the official scoreboard; I earned that exciting hole-in-one.
The Provost Office candy dish. That bowl is the heart and soul of Juniata. It is the campus stress barometer, accurately reflecting the pulse of campus. The more going on, the faster the candy moves. I have so enjoyed watching all the activity surrounding the bowl and have been truly captivated by the distinct approaches people take to the candy. Some grab on the way in, others on the way out. Some ask if they can have more than one piece, others dump the bowl to be sure to get what they came for. The Peppermint Patties always go first.
Stories, stories, stories. The manual switchboard, a blow horn and the alma mater, you just wouldn’t believe them all. The stories of the “Old Founders” are pure gold. I learned so much about so many Juniatians, past and present. The stories of friendship and fun are strong reminders of why this is a great place to work. Through all the stories, I also gained some pretty good dirt on Joanne Krugh. On second thought, she collected some on me this year, so I will stop now.
A copy of Robert’s Rules. I realized at some point this year that my struggle with Robert’s Rules actually started as a teen. My Dad, also named Robert, and conflicts with his rules led to encounters that ended with him uttering the dreaded phrase, “as long as you live under my roof ….” Who knew this would be preparation for future faculty meetings? My pleasure is leaving the copy of Robert’s Rules safely tucked on the Provost bookshelf.
Photo: J.D. Cavrich
All year people have asked me how I liked working in the President/Provost Suite on the third floor of Founders Hall. I have to say, you can’t beat the office space—wonderful light, great views, and, as many of my advisees pointed out with an “Are you kidding me?,” its own private bathroom. While the space is nice, there are many other reasons it’s a prime piece of real estate on campus. Here are my top five secret pleasures of the Provost office:
Photo: J.D. Cavrich
Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service James (Jamie) White, Book Professor of Physics
Four years ago, I started teaching a new physics course intended for all incoming freshmen interested in a Physics or Engineering Physics POE. The members of the class of 2014 were the first to have taken this course. In addition to exploring the material in a traditional, first-term, calculus-based physics course, it concentrates on hands-on laboratory activities and cohort-building within the department. Offering this course in a lab setting with extended time for exploration has given us the freedom to develop lab activities and demonstrations beyond what can happen in the traditional college physics course. Here are five of my favorite lab activities from the course. Building and Shooting Rockets This is an activity that all elementary or junior-high kids should experience. However, it turns out that many of our physics students have not had the pleasure. (Of course, we also measure the thrust of the rocket engines and make predictions and models of the height of the rockets’ flights.) Video Analysis of Collisions and Projectile Motion
We use software to allow us to track the positions and speeds of objects that we videotape. This includes volleyballs being served, computer monitors being hurled off the roof, and whatever else the students are interested in experiencing and then analyzing.
We also analyze collisions of pucks on air-hockey tables…which leads to the annual air-hockey tournament. Three-foot-diameter Balloons Filled with Helium I started this lab mainly because filling a three-foot balloon with helium is a lot of fun. When I found these large, very round, balloons in a catalog, I figured we just had to play with them. In our investigations of buoyancy, we found that we can get very accurate measurements of the purity of the helium in the balloon. (This led to older students procuring a larger weather balloon and attaching GPS and microcontroller devices to it… and taking a road trip one windy day to New Jersey to retrieve it from a tree.)
Making Liquid-Nitrogen Ice Cream Since we had the liquid nitrogen to measure specific heats… we had to make a party of it. Mechanics of Exercise Each year I try a few new lab activities. This coming year, I am hoping to add a field trip to the Juniata Fitness Center. If I can get him to do it, I am hoping our strength coach, Doug Smith, will help teach our physics students about mechanical advantages and torques (as well as how to work off the liquidnitrogen ice cream).
Jane Brumbaugh Goug
Jane Brumbaugh Gough spent most of her working career as a program analyst and business programs specialist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Space Systems Technology Department in
Jeffrey Boshart is fund manager for the Global Food Crisis Fund and the Emerging Global Mission Fund for the Church of the Brethren, working at the church’s general offices in Elgin, Ill. As manager, Boshart is responsible for overseeing programs to develop food security and fight chronic hunger. Boshart also represents the Church of the Brethren at the Foods Resources Bank. Before managing the fund, Boshart was a Brethren missionary, serving as Haiti Disaster Response Coordinator from 2008 to 2012 in the Brethren Disaster Response office in New Windsor, Md. He also worked as a community development coordinator in the Dominican Republic from 2001 to 2004, where
Washington, D.C. She worked at the Naval Research Lab from 1983 to 2000. Gough began her career as a teacher, working at Central High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland from 1960 to 1963. She worked as a substitute teacher in Prince George’s County from 1964 to 1974 and taught English at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1978. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Juniata and took graduate classes at American University and the University of Maryland. Gough has been an extraordinarily involved volunteer for Juniata. She has served as one of two class fund agents for the Class of 1960 since graduating. She was a member of the Juniata
he developed a microloan program. Before that, Boshart spent two years in Haiti as an agricultural development coordinator for the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization from 1998 to 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Juniata in 1989 and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1998 in international agriculture and rural development from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He is an active volunteer, serving as vice president of the board of directors of FARMS International, a Christian microcredit organization, and on the board of directors for Renacer: Hispanic Church Planting Movement.
College Alumni Council and is a member of Juniata’s Quinter Society and Heritage Circle. She served as co-chair of the Class of 1960’s 50th Reunion Planning Committee. She also has been an active participant in regional Juniata alumni groups in the Washington, D.C. area and in central Pennsylvania. She was a four-year member of the Juniata College Concert Choir and sang with the Washington Cathedral Choral Society for 10 years. She sang in the Nativity Episcopal Church Choir, in Camp Springs, Md., for 35 years. Currently, she is a member of the Gettysburg Civic Chorus. Gough is a member of the Federally Employed Women at the Naval Research Lab and in 1989 was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation.
Jeff rey Boshart ’89
Khara Koffel ’00
Khara Koffel has been on the art faculty at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., since 2004. She joined the faculty as an assistant professor and was recently promoted to associate professor. She has been director of the college’s art program since 2011 and is director of the college’s Applebee Gallery. Koffel maintains an active career as an exhibiting artist and has earned solo exhibitions at McHenry College Gallery in Crystal Lake, Ill., Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Neb., Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, Ill., the University of Illinois at Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, and Walnut Gallery in Gadsden, Ala. At MacMurray College she teaches a wide variety of art courses, including two- and threedimensional design, sculpture, ceramics and photography. She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Juniata and earned a master’s degree in fine arts in 2003 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She returned to Juniata as a guest lecturer in 2004 and 2012 and has volunteered for the college as a Gold Card recruiter.
Dr. George M. Zlupko founded Altoona Lung Specialists, a pulmonary specialty medical practice, in Altoona, in 1977, and has been director of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania since 2010 and chair of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania since 2011. Before founding the Lung Disease Foundation, Dr. Zlupko was chief of clinical service in Pulmonary Medicine and medical director of the Respiratory Care Department at the Altoona Regional Health System from 1988 to 1991 and from 1992 to 2011. He has been medical director for hyperbaric medicine at the Altoona facility since 2000. Zlupko also has served as medical director of pulmonary rehabilitation for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital since 1986 and has been medical director of Horizons Hospice, in Altoona, since 2007. Zlupko earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 in biology from Juniata and went on to earn his medical degree in 1972 from Thomas Jefferson University. He worked as an intern at Misericordia Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He served his residency and received
Dr. George M. Zlupko ’68
pulmonary training at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa., from 1973 to 1975. Dr. Zlupko was clinical assistant professor for family and community medicine at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 1980 to 1990. He also was the professional director in the Respiratory Medicine Department at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and was professional director of the Respiratory Care Department of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley. Zlupko received the designation of Fellow of the College of Certified Wound Specialists as well as Fellow by the American College of Chest Physicians in 2004.
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Harold B. Brumbaugh ’33 Alumni Service Award Alumni Achievement Award Young Alumni Achievement Award William Swigart Jr. ’37 Alumni Humanitarian Award
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Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching Jennifer Streb ’93, associate professor of art history and curator of the JCMA
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. My first student was my younger sister, Bridget; when we “played school” for hours in the summer, I was always the teacher. Below are just a few of the many other people and things that have inspired me. Craig Zabel and Karen Rosell: Karen introduced me to art history when I was a sophomore in college and showed me that even though I couldn’t draw, I could still major in art. Dr. Zabel opened my eyes to the wonderful world of architecture. I think I took every class he offered while I was in grad school at Penn State, and in the process I also learned what makes a successful teacher.
My high school art teacher, John Skrabalak: I’m an art historian for a reason—I love art, but I can’t draw! Mr. Skrabalak showed me the power of encouragement. It didn’t matter that my figure drawings were ridiculously out of proportion (though, oddly, I did draw some pretty amazing hands); he inspired creative expression no matter one’s level of talent, and encouraged us to look within ourselves for inspiration.
Music My dad collected records; my husband, Kevin, collects records (my whole basement is filled with records!). I’ve been surrounded by and listening to music my whole life, and in those high school art classes, I learned to feel the music. You’ll often find me listening to Ornette Coleman or Tinariwen in my office while grading, to a kirtan while doing yoga, or to the Ramones while on the treadmill.
Yoga I discovered yoga during graduate school and over the years have taken classes with a number of different teachers, but my practice with Karen Sapia has proven to be the most transformative in more ways than I can enumerate. I can only hope to teach with as much compassion as she offers to her students.
My Parents: I’ve always been inquisitive, and I probably drove my parents crazy asking questions that started with “What is…?” or “What does…mean?” When I was old enough to read, they started answering by saying, “Look it up in the encyclopedia.” (if only we’d had the Internet!) Little did they realize they were inspiring in me a pursuit of knowledge that would lead to academia.
Four Years of Uncertainty Rewarded in Final By John Dubensky â€™14 Photography by J.D. Cavrich Graphic Design by Michael Melvin â€™14
On a cold, dark evening in late November 2010, a huge group of freshmen football players piled into the Juniata College football offices. Carmen Felus, the head coach at the time, had called for a meeting where he could talk to the freshmen, without any upperclassmen or other coaches present.
Jared Shope â€™14, of Altoona, Pa., steadily improved every year until he was voted allconference as a defensive lineman several times during his playing career.
Offensive coordinator Mike Newton grew as a coach and as a mentor to players during the football team’s search for a winning season.
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There were a lot of us back then. When I arrived at training camp in August, three months earlier, it was with more than 40 other players fresh out of high school. Coach Felus had worked hard to put together a large recruiting class to help rebuild the program. It had been a rough season for Juniata Football, and many of us felt negative about the entire experience—playing 10 games without winning a single one will do that to you. This is precisely what Felus wanted to address as he spoke to us. At that point football felt like a chore, the kind of thing you dreaded doing, be it practice, a meeting, or a workout. I wasn’t having any fun playing, and we weren’t winning any games–two things that were very different from my football experience in high school. “We need you guys to stick with it,” said Felus. “We need you guys to not give up.” Several months later, Coach Felus would reveal to us in another team meeting that he would be resigning as head coach to take a job in Tennessee. Tim Launtz ’80, who coached quarterbacks at the time and had been coaching football at Juniata for more than 15 years, was named head coach. By the time that Felus resigned as head coach, we barely even blinked. Losing your head coach can be devastating, especially at such a low point for the program, but at that point we were all so used to bad things happening that it didn’t even bother us. I didn’t realize it at first, but losing Coach Felus was something that was absolutely necessary for us to move forward—he had fostered such an atmosphere of negativity during my first season that we had all basically learned to accept mediocrity. “When I took over, we didn’t talk about winning,” says Launtz. “We tried to set realistic goals. From where we were to where we wanted to be, we couldn’t jump to that point—we had to take a journey.” Simple goals—like getting a couple of first downs in a game—were all that Launtz could really hope for at that point. After the winless season of my freshman year, the team just wasn’t excited to play anymore. “I didn’t go through anything near what the players did,” says offensive coordinator Mike Newton. “I remember thinking to myself how embarrassing it was to coach a winless team and that I’d have to tell my friends back home. But what’s that feel like as a player?” Newton began coaching at Juniata the same year that my recruiting class entered. He was made the same promises that we were, sold on the same ideas. He was right in suspecting that we weren’t exactly the most respected group of people on campus. We were made fun of—not necessarily to our faces, but people talked about how the football team sucked. At that point, it was hard to see any kind of light on the horizon.
Although Tim Launtz ’80 shows his intense side here as he questions a call, the longtime Juniata coach, named head coach in 2010, brought fun back into the Juniata football program.
Launtz made a point to pepper in some entertainment around practices, such as playing football golf, a team talent show, and allowing players to play music during practice. “The best thing a coach can do is try to be who you really are,” Launtz says. “I didn’t win any games my senior year of high school,” says Brandon Felus. “My coach left after that. Then I came to Juniata and the same thing happened with Coach Felus. But then Tim became head coach and he cared that we lost all those games, and he wanted the best for all of us. It was a whole different experience.” When we arrived at training camp for the 2014 season there were only 11 seniors on the team—we were all that remained of the 40-plus player recruiting class that was supposed to rebuild the program. “We had started to sense the team come together after that Susquehanna win,” says Launtz. “That gave us tremendous momentum and the team’s work ethic has been outstanding from that day forward.” At that point, I was no longer cynical about Juniata football. We no longer had the “Well, here we go again” attitude of my freshman year; in fact, it was exactly the opposite. We were ready to win, and willing to go down in flames trying. “The players had each other and the coaches,” recalls Newton, who by then was our offensive coordinator. “The team had to rally around each other, but a lot of people
Kevin Gorman ’14, Brandon Felus ’14, and Jared Shope ’14 all were members of my recruiting class. All three of them would go on to become team captains and have fantastic careers at Juniata. But after freshman year, all three of them began to wonder if it was all worth it. “I looked at transferring,” admits Gorman. “My foot was out the door. I had all the paperwork filled out. But then the transition to Coach Launtz happened, and I wanted to see where it would go.” Nine games into the 2011 season we had lost every game, and it seemed to us as though nothing had changed. The final game of the season would be played at home against our rivals, Susquehanna University. On game day, it was surprisingly sunny and warm for mid-November. When we went into the locker room at halftime, we still looked like the same old Juniata: we were losing 13-0. But during the second half, things began to change. Zack McCaulley ’14, one of my classmates, would score a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to bring us up to a 13-7 deficit. On our next drive, quarterback Ward Udinski ’15, starting as a freshman, would throw a touchdown pass to junior Julian Valdiserri ’13 to give the Eagles a 13-14 lead. A Susquehanna field goal would later put us behind at 16-14, but an amazing catch by junior De’Sean Popley ’13 late in the fourth quarter put us in the red zone. An 18-yard field goal by junior Scott Andrews ’14 with 2.9 seconds remaining would lead to the first win in my Juniata career. In the locker room after the win, there were no clichéd inspirational speeches—it was just an hour or two of the entire team yelling, screaming, and laughing with one another. For me and the other members of my recruiting class, it was the first time we had won a football game since high school. We had forgotten how it felt. That high note carried through into the off-season. We ended up finishing the next season (2012) with three wins. Three wins may not seem like a lot, but to us it was like establishing a dynasty: we went from 0–10 in 2010, to 1–9 in 2011, and finally 3–7 in 2012. “The Susquehanna game was 100 percent the turning point in the program,” says Newton. “It made us 1 and 9, but it was a very enthusiastic 1 and 9.” Newton began his career coaching on the defensive side of the ball, but after Launtz took over he moved over to offense. He admits that it was hard to stay positive after the 2010 season, but after Launtz became head coach he noticed a gradual change in the program. “Coach Launtz is a Juniata guy,” says Newton. “What was important to him was trying to make it fun again. If you’re not having fun playing football, why do it?”
gave up and left. It’s really a testament to the players that stuck around how they persevered.” “The most important thing I’ve learned is how to coach,” says Newton. “It’s been a very humbling experience. Players tend to trust you when they know you have their best interests at heart.” Newton grew with us as a coach just as we all grew as players. Gorman, Felus and Shope all learned to balance their talent with their newfound leadership roles. “I saw myself improve a lot here,” says Gorman. “From high school to college, I grew that much better. My football knowledge and skill improved with the program.” Gorman knew the defense as well as any of the coaches by the time he was a senior. When he was starting at linebacker as a freshman, he was always the first person to crack a joke or make a smart remark. As a senior he still joked around, but he also made a point to assertively teach the younger players the finer points of our defense and motivate his teammates. I learned to admire and look up to Gorman, Shope, and Felus, as well as all the other members of my recruiting class. We all became very close, and we learned to rely on each other on and off the field. “I definitely wasn’t all-conference material in high school,” says Shope, who would be awarded several allconference honors at Juniata. “But I improved a ton here. Discipline really helped us on the football field, and I learned to lead by example.” From time to time practice could get heated, with coaches yelling and players competing. Amidst the chaos, Shope would always focus on getting better—it was this kind of stoic behavior that gave the younger players a great example to follow. “Sticking with the program helped me build up confidence and skill my junior and senior year,” says Felus. “We went through a lot—more hard times than good times, and that really weeded out the people who were troublemakers or didn’t love the game.” We weren’t all stars; far from it. I knew that better than anyone—I never even got the chance to play until my senior year. All I could think during my first couple seasons was how awful it was that we weren’t winning and I wasn’t even playing, but eventually I realized that there’s much more to a football team than the starting lineup.
Author John Dubensky ’14, shown here launching a football into the stratosphere on a punt play, took over punting duties during the team’s postseason bowl appearance.
“Everybody has an important role to play,” says Newton. “Everybody. Whether it be the guys on the scout team or the guys that start 40-something games over four years. You can’t do it without one another. It takes everybody. I don’t think that people really understand how much it takes for a football program to be successful.” As both coaches and players within the program improved, the team itself also saw success. We ended up finishing the 2013 season 7–4, including a postseason appearance in the ECAC Southwest Bowl—only the third postseason appearance in Juniata football history. “Individual responsibility leads to collective success,” says Launtz. “This program was for the longest time on life support, but through the efforts and hard work of our student athletes this program is sustainable and will continue to be sustainable.” Despite our success, everyone involved with Juniata football knows that we are not where we want to be. A football team never actually reaches its destination, but it is always striving, sweating, fighting, and clawing to get there. The journey may be over for me and the other 10 players left from my recruiting class, but that’s the beauty of a good football team: coaches and players may come and go, but year after year the same spirit perseveres. Back when I was a freshman, I could have quit football forever without blinking an eye. But after four years and an unforgettable final season, having to turn in my equipment was a real challenge. It was a challenge for all 11 seniors. But we helped change the passion and motivation within Juniata football, and we’ll never forget that. >j<
—John Dubensky ’14, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the Juniata Associate for media relations.
Ward Udinski â€™15, Juniataâ€™s quarterback, looks upfield to give himself options to make a play.
Juniata students and alumni will have an instant answer when asked what quality drew them to Juniata—community. At first blush, most people assume the reference is related to the College’s legendary inclusiveness and its students’ capacity for making lifelong connections in friendships.
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That’s a big part of it, but there is also a community of scholars within the boundaries of Juniata. Juniatians are almost always intensely interested in what friends and acquaintances are working on. At a recent history presentation at the 2013 Liberal Arts Symposium, students from chemistry and biology stopped in to hear the topic. Whether the student is looking at geologic clues through the Scanning Electron Microscope or peering into the dusty pages of an 18th-century treatise, there is a common thread running through their actions. Research and scholarship is a tenet of almost every department on campus and in many cases where a POE does not require a major research project, the faculty ask students to complete a senior capstone project. In the pages to come, please meet 20 students who form a snapshot of a moment in time for Juniata researchers. What will that snapshot reveal? A community of great minds, none of them thinking alike.
Never underestimate the power of a walk in the woods. Research projects are usually inspired by something read in a book, suggested by a professor, or conceived in a rare “Eureka” moment of insight. Caleb McMullen ’14, on the other hand, found his capstone project by looking down while hiking near Huntingdon. “I was in a boulder field at about 1,700 feet elevation and I saw this brilliant blue staining on the rocks I was walking on,” says McMullen, of Huntingdon, Pa. Subsequent hikes in nearby areas revealed rocks with green and deep red staining as well. “I wanted to figure out what minerals were present in the rock that might cause these vibrant colors.” When McMullen asked his POE adviser Ryan Mathur ’96 what might cause the staining, Mathur replied, “Oxidation.” Oxidation occurs when oxygen comes into contact with an element or mineral. The most obvious example of oxidized staining is rust. However, these were not rusty rocks. McMullen’s curiosity was piqued. “I collected 15 to 20 samples and brought them back to the lab and ground up samples using a mortar and pestle,” he explains. Using an x-ray diffractor, he was able to identify the different minerals present in the samples. McMullen and Mathur then opted to investigate whether sulfides, which typically can cause staining, were present in the rock. Next, he “thin-sliced” the rock samples, which means cutting a 30-micron (about the height of a stack of two or three business cards) wafer of rock. By using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) on the slides, McMullen wanted to see signs of a common sulfide called pyrite (or fool’s gold). “Pyrite crystals grow in cubic forms, so we wanted to see corresponding spaces in the slices that would give our pyrite theory some validity,” McMullen explains. They found no sulfides. McMullen hit the trail for a second sample collection. These samples revealed rocks that had split along a fault line. Tests revealed red and blue veins of iron oxide present in the rock.
“That means when that rock was formed some kind of ironbearing fluid flowed through,” McMullen says. “Over time that could cause the staining I was seeing.” Although McMullen’s research project ended with the confirmation of the iron oxide vein, he’s not done with geology. His interest in observing the formation of rocks above and below the ground has direct application in the mining industry, and he’s had interviews with several companies who run mining operations in the western United States. Not a bad outcome for a look downward in the woods. “In class, as long as I was able to put theories into practice I could learn all the techniques,” he says. “If I can see something, I can learn about it.” By John Wall
Surviving Cancer: After the Fight The media places a strong emphasis on the accomplishment of surviving cancer. However, do cancer survivors actually feel like survivors? Allison Blumling ’14, of Hershey, Pa., analyzed and researched the implications of surviving the disease. Blumling, a health communication and media writing POE, realized her interest in the social aspects of science after meeting Grace Fala, a professor of communication. “She allowed me to see how I could use my interest in the social implication of disease within the health communication department,” says Blumling. “Communication theory discusses a variety of content, which allowed me to research such a broad topic as cancer.” “There is such a strong community for the 32
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Rock Star: Geology Research Mines Mineral Staining
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Bright Young Researcher: Britain Revisited Like many well-read young women, Colleen Wall ’14 had a favorite author in high school: Virginia Woolf. But unlike many who enjoy Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style for its romantic backgrounds featuring soiree after soiree, Wall realized—upon rereading her favorite Woolf classic Mrs. Dalloway—she was fascinated in the cultural history of the time period in which Mrs. Dalloway lives. Why, Wall wondered, was Mrs. Dalloway so dejected while planning what should’ve been a cheerful party? For those of you who haven’t skimmed the novel in a while—spoiler alert!—Mrs. Dalloway tells the story of postWorld War I England through the struggles of everyday people. In the novel, characters are concerned with establishing a new normal after a war that ushered in massive socio-economic changes and a sense of uncertainty about the future. “There’s a lot of confusion in this time period,” Wall says. “There’s a gigantic shift in how society operates. I’m interested in cultural history—the small stuff that shapes your life while huge events happen around you.” Now, Wall is continuing her study of the history of the post-World War I era based on another literary favorite—J.D. Taylor’s Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age. After reading it over winter break, Wall decided to focus her senior honors thesis on the book’s subjects—the Bright Young People, a group of scandalous Londoners who, in Wall’s words, “experienced the war first as children and grew up in its wake.” From 1924-1930 these “wild, vulgar, and ostentatious” 20-somethings also known as “Bright Young Things,” held a mock wedding, initiated high-speed scavenger hunts (sometimes driving drunk), and introduced the concept-themed fancy dress party. At first, the group carried out their events from a desire to create an identity for their generation. Later, as Wall’s research captures, the Bright Young People began to seek media coverage for their stunts, which created lasting ramifications for the media, who grew wealthy on a young customer base eager to read about the exhibitionists. Wall illuminates this and more in her 60-page thesis, by working diligently as a bright young researcher of the 21st century. She first sorted through pages of the London Times in
interviews with cancer survivors, and compared their stories on a variety of standardized topics, such as the kind of support networks that they have each connected with. “I’m finding that people who feel like survivors seem to have more outreach from other survivors,” says Blumling. Her interviews made her readily aware of how a cancer diagnosis can make people quit the activities
Juniata’s stacks until the dust gave her a headache. Later, she headed to Penn State libraries for a fuller view of the Times. She even bought a subscription to the British Newspaper Archive to collect digital relics like articles, ads, and letters to the editor that divulge the history of the Bright Young Things and public perception of them at the time. In the end, Wall’s painstaking digital-age research has taught her more than how to find and document the details surrounding a post war British generation’s search for identity. “This project still draws me in,” Wall says. “I’ve learned to rediscover new things through this project, to keep myself passionate about it over time.” Although she considers herself an introvert and she’s clearly the opposite of her research subjects, this bright young Juniatian’s enthusiasm for analytical dissection of a period of much recent interest—thanks in part to the popularity of PBS’s Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge—shouldn’t wane. And neither will her research on the Bright Young People, as she travels on to graduate school where she intends to continue her study. “This is something I could do for a master’s thesis,” Wall concludes. “I know there are parts of this project I won’t be able to cover this year.” By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06
and hobbies that help shape their identity. Has the notion of a cancer survivor become absorbed into their identity? “People who managed to stay involved with their identity-forming activities had an easier transition back into their normal lifestyle,” says Blumling. The fight against cancer continues after the disease is actually defeated, and Blumling intends to further examine survivorship while
eventually pursuing a master’s of public health. “This research was very self-guided and I learned how to discipline myself to endure this type of project, but I also learned how much I like making stories known and working with people. In the future I would like to work in patient survey or patient advocacy.” By Lauren Frantz ’15
people who survived cancer, and I was surprised to find that there was a high rate of depression among cancer survivors,” says Blumling. She aims to understand how cancer affects the lives and relationships of cancer survivors and their transition back to their normal lives by using a research model developed by Kenneth Burke, a communication and literary theorist. She conducted five
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How Green Was My Snail Shell
It all started with a simple question: “What’s that greencolored stuff?” The question was directed toward what Jessica Kaplan-Bie, a December 2013 graduate who finished her research in February, was studying—a small freshwater snail. Mind you, she was looking at the snail for an entirely different reason. Biologists Neil Pelkey and John Matter had thought freshwater snails might be a good “indicator species” that could aid scientists in determining if an area was environmentally degraded. “Snails absorb pollutants and produce some specific chemicals that become part of their shells,” Kaplan-Bie explains. But back to the green stuff. “Actually it was more like teal,” corrects Kathleen LaForce, ’14 of State College, who was a co-investigator on the project. Both students thought the teal stuff was acidic damage, whereas Pelkey thought it looked like bacterial disease more commonly found in coral. Kaplan-Bie was 34
determined to find out what the substance was. And so, the gastropodic game was afoot. Kaplan’s first idea was to analyze the shell using a LIBS spectroscope, which uses a laser to analyze the components of any material. “We went over to (chemist) Richard Hark’s lab and took a crash course, but the LIBS didn’t work for our project.” Back to Pelkey’s idea to look at coral diseases. Kaplan-Bie and LaForce found that coral diseases are often caused by cyanobacteria, a substance that looks like algae and bores into calcium-rich substances—like mollusk shells. The next step took the two student investigators to the literature and a few very long Google sessions later, Kaplan-Bie found a paper in a journal called Algological Studies. The paper, by Aline Tribollet, a marine scientist in France’s Institute of Research for Development, detailed a colony of freshwater mussels being colonized by cyanobacteria. “She sent us the article, and now we had to figure out if this was what we had going on,” Kaplan-Bie says. First on the agenda was to try a DNA analysis, a step that took them to the lab of biologist Gina Lamendella. Lab assistant Ryan Trexler ’13 trained the students how to prepare samples for DNA analysis and sent the samples to a genomic lab in March. Kaplan-Bie then found some photos online of cyanobacteria damage in shells and wanted to see if her snails had the same damage. The environmental detectives needed to get very thin cross sections of the shells to see the damage. Next stop, the geology lab, where geologist
Matt Powell showed them how to use the rock saw to grind down the shell and Larry Mutti trained them to use diamond dust to “shine” the surface of the shell. “We could see the infestation and now we had to take photographs of it.” Kaplan-Bie and LaForce then spent a day or so with biologist and microscopy specialist Jeff Demarest and emerged a week later with detailed photos of their snail shell, which they promptly emailed to French researcher Tribollet. “We didn’t have any of these skills before we started the project and these professors taught us so many technical skills by being extraordinarily generous with their time and expertise,” Kaplan-Bie says. In the meantime. Tribollet was sending feedback on ways to make their slides better and just after Thanksgiving, she sent a message confirming the Juniata students had found a definite colonization of cyanobacteria, only the second confirmed colony in North America. “Professor Tribollet was like our lifeline,” Kaplan-Bie says. “She’s like the superstar of cyanobacteria and she would get back to us within 24 hours on our project.” In the end, KaplanBie had found a unique infestation of cyanobacteria in samples taken from Raystown Lake, the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River and the Juniata River. When the DNA analysis comes back, that might reveal whether the team has discovered a new species of cyanobacteria. If it is a new species, KaplanBie gets naming rights. You can bet the name won’t be “Green stuff.” By John Wall
Battling Bias: Politics and the Media Growing up in a family fond of discussing politics at the dinner table made Derrick Magnotta’s decision to study politics unsurprising. Did we mention he worked for President Obama’s campaign at the age of 16? Two years before he was even able to vote. Magnotta ’14, of Scranton, Pa., was faced with more choices than a presidential candidate choosing a running mate when it came to a research topic selection. Magnotta had big ideas and aspirations in his initial theses, “In an era of hyper-partisanship and shrinking budgets, what is the future in federal investment domestically?” Noting that this required Derrick to do hundreds of interviews with top scholars and regulators, Dennis Plane, associate professor of politics, gently gave him the guidance to decide on a more quantitative topic. “He played a great devil’s advocate and helped me narrow down my list. I couldn’t have done it without him,” says Magnotta. Magnotta focused his research on an individual’s ability to recognize the presence of media bias, and how a reader’s exposure to bias impacts their attitude towards government, media trust, and political engagement. With the rapid expansion of information access, having a clear understanding of bias is crucial. To make sure his own beliefs did not impact the project, Magnotta constructed a “pre-attitude survey.” Participants were asked to read five articles in which official source material is either illegible or contain
Surveying the Religious Landscape different introductory and closing paragraphs and captions. Then participants took the survey again. The students in the experiment were told that they were being asked about environmental policy. The survey didn’t include questions regarding environmental issues, but the questions are also focused on media and political perspective. The students’ change in response from taking the surveys after reading the articles helped determine their reactions and perceptions of bias. “It will be an interesting result,” Magnotta says, “If it works.” Fortunately, it worked. His research revealed that people were able to identify bias and its ideological and partisan slant. Additionally, exposure to bias decreased the people’s level of trust in the media for fair and accurate reporting. “This research pushed me to become much more organized and stay consistent throughout the
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process, and the skills and knowledge that I gained then helped me in the classroom in my last semester,” says Magnotta. “This research and past internships have also reinforced my intent to do something good for the public through civic engagement or public service.”
Hannah Shultz ’14 (earlier in fall semester ’13) has just climbed two flights of stairs in Good Hall. As she settles in for “God, Evolution, and the Holocaust,” which Robert Miller, Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies, will begin teaching shortly, she peers around, wondering who will be comfortable being her friend if she shares her true feelings—that she plans to come out. Shultz isn’t about to reveal her sexual preference, though. She’s about to reveal that she’s a Christian. And, previous conversations with her Christian friends about the acceptance of gay and lesbian individuals have shown Hannah that discussing the topic is, well, touchy. “Christianity is about love and grace, but that’s not what many Christians practice,” Shultz says. “I hear so many different reactions to this issue. Responses range from acceptance, to the idea that we as a society need to cure homosexuals.” These heated discussions have been on Shultz’s mind—so much so that it’s the topic of her senior research project, under the guidance of Don Braxton, J. Omar Good Professor of Religion. To find out what factors influence Christians’ tolerance of homosexual behaviors, Shultz decided to devise a survey to Christians at Juniata, analyzing their acceptance of gay and lesbian students. It asked questions about the surveyed student’s denomination, exposure to gay and lesbian peers, and whether they’ve taken human sexuality courses. It also records ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and the location of their home church. In the end, Shultz found that respondents who scored higher in religiosity displayed less tolerant attitudes towards homosexuals and those who had greater amounts of exposure to homosexuals displayed more tolerant attitudes. “My generation has grown up in a secular culture where our experiences play more of a role in our values than our religion,” Shultz says. “As much as it’s upsetting to me that people have these beliefs, I try to respect them. I’m concerned for Christianity as a whole. There can be such a stigma against Christians. We’re all seen as conservative and judgmental.” Shultz is excited to be doing this applied research—to be turning passionate conversations with friends into something quantitative. “Hate crimes are prevalent in middle and high schools, but most people move past that in college and end up talking about faith in their friends’ dorm rooms,” Shultz says. “At a liberal arts college, we’re all about critical thinking and expanding each other’s point of view. We’re a college that changes lives and dialogue like this will change lives.” Shultz will continue her mission to expand her own point of view by serving through the Brethren Volunteer Services next year, where she’ll undoubtedly have more life-altering conversations.
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Wishing Upon a Star (or Two): Student Research into Binary Star Systems When you look up at the night sky and watch the stars, chances are there’s a lot more going on up there than you think. Mara Zimmerman ’16 has only just begun to scratch the surface of astronomy through her research in binary star systems. Zimmerman, of Los Angeles, Calif., is working on a research project with Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, which began in summer 2013. Zimmerman and her research partner Jon Snyder ’13 spent time in the observatory with Beaky over the summer looking at binary star systems. Snyder has since graduated, and now Zimmerman is continuing the research. “A binary system is simply two stars in one system that rotate around each other,” says Zimmerman. “From this distance, it can look like one star, but it’s actually two.” Zimmerman first uses a telescope to take images of the star systems, which she then calibrates so that they are more accurate. She can then measure the light intensity of the stars and from there calculate further information about the star, such as the mass ratio and the distance between the stars. “These stars let us find out a lot about what stars do when they interact with each other,” says Zimmerman. “You can learn a lot about the composition of stars with these systems. If you have just one star out there, it’s difficult to tell what’s going on. But if you have two, you can look at the mass interaction and the life of both stars.” Specifically, Zimmerman is looking at binary star systems that have a delta scuti component, which refers to the type of pulsation that one of the stars has in respect to time. Basically, one of the stars in the system will pulsate brighter and dimmer, while the other star maintains the same level of brightness. “What I find really cool is that the mass between the two stars can transfer over time,” says Zimmerman. “Because they’re so close, the two stars can essentially become one after a long while.” Zimmerman has taken a shine to astronomy. She’s always been interested in stars, so for her it was a no-brainer to do the research when Beaky offered her the opportunity. “I like pretty much everything about it,” says Zimmerman. “I didn’t like all of the spiders in the observatory, but Dr. Beaky helped me get rid of them. Other than that, it’s really cool.”
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Of Mice and Men: Studying Human Disease in Mice The great thing about research is that if you knew exactly what was going to happen in every experiment, there would be no need for it. Sometimes things pan out differently than expected, which is what Jennifer Arbella ‘14 has learned through her biochemistry research. Arbella of Miami, Fla., is researching genetic factors for Alzheimer’s Disease using mice as test subjects. Arbella is part of a team that deleted in test mice a specific gene known as nicastrin—which has been linked to inducing Alzheimer’s disease. However, deleting nicastrin in the mice seems to have caused schizophrenia instead of Alzheimer’s. “Nicastrin is part of a protein complex that has been linked to inducing Alzheimer’s disease,” says Arbella. “We wanted to see if nicastrin had an effect on Alzheimer’s, but we’re not seeing that.” Instead, the mice exhibited behavior that might indicate schizophrenia, including hyperactivity and compulsive grooming. Arbella also said that there are some abnormalities with the brain cells of the mice, which could interfere with their learning process and communication. The research is the result of a collaborative effort between the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Juniata College’s Daniel Dries, assistant professor of chemistry. Arbella spent 11 weeks during the 2013 summer at UT Southwestern working on the project.
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“I loved the lab at UT,” says Arbella. “I learned 10 different lab techniques over there, like RNA sequencing, RNA extraction, perfusion, gel electrophoresis, and immunopanning. I love the research we’re doing, and I definitely want to get into neuroscience now.” Arbella also learned a lot about the mice she was working with. Mice are surprisingly comparable to humans anatomically and physiologically, and over 95 percent of the mouse genome is similar to the human genome. “The only problem is you can’t talk to mice when you use them as a test subject,” says Arbella. “With humans, you can see if they’re actually exhibiting the behavior phenotype you think they have by talking to them.” With roughly 45,000 lines of genetic data to sift through on an Excel spreadsheet, Arbella says that although she loves her research, it’s not a walk in the park. “You should have seen me on the first day,” says Arbella. “I had to start doing procedures on mice the next day and I couldn’t even pick one up. Learning how to grab the mice was the best part, because they’re actually really cute.” By John Dubensky ’14
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Navigating the nooks and crannies of the American healthcare system is intimidating even for those who are insured, able to understand what “co-pay” means, and have a personal rapport with their physician. Image trying to find your way through a medical appointment when you don’t understand the language. Becca McFadden ’14, of Goshen, Ind., has long thought about how non-English speakers assimilate into the culture of the United States and has devoted her senior research project in Spanish to better understand how Latino populations have access to health care. Becca is getting ready to earn a master’s degree in public health and then on to tackle medical school, but the inspiration for her project dates back earlier, to her high school soccer team to be exact. “I was captain of the team and almost all my teammates were Hispanic,” she explains. “Goshen has a growing Mexican population who have come to the area for manufacturing jobs.” Every summer, Becca would work as a volunteer at Goshen’s Center for Healing and Hope, a clinic aimed at low-income patients, and in summer 2014, she became a medical translator at Goshen’s hospital. “I wanted to find out what were the specific cultural barriers that might block access to healthcare,” explains McFadden, who spent time interviewing Hispanic patients at the local hospital in Goshen. “It was important to use my hometown because I wanted to see it through the lens of my experiences at Juniata.” In her capstone paper (fair warning: it had to be written in Spanish), McFadden found the most daunting barriers faced by Hispanic patients were socio-economic, such as income, transportation and other factors, rather than language. Her paper argues that improvements and programs aimed at improving healthcare for Hispanic populations should be instituted from two fronts: language and socio-economic factors. “I think we need to create some sort of cultural competency where the patient not only understands how to get to the doctor’s office but also when they get there the patient and staff have an interaction that both sides feel good about,” she says. The process of researching cultural barriers for Hispanic patients has McFadden feeling pretty good about her choice to focus on public health in her medical career. “If you want to address access to health care, you can’t just look at the surface, you have to look at the larger issues,” she says. “That’s what’s driving my interest in public health—it’s a chance to affirm for myself that there is an interest in public health and I hope my work is of interest to others.”
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Come Back to Texas: Student’s Journey Begins, Ends in Lone Star State Jerika Jordan ’14 has had one intention all along: to use her leadership skills to help others. During high school, she was sure she would achieve this goal by becoming a social worker. But, a senior project—similar to the ones done in many high schools that ask students to compare and contrast two careers—changed her mind. As she studied careers, Jordan had begun to daydream about the science centers, zoos, and museums her mother had taken her to as a child. To dive into museum studies at Juniata, Jordan moved from Lakeway, Texas, halfway across the country, after reading online that the Juniata College Museum of Art collection includes a Rembrandt etching. Her dream of seeing that etching would soon come true, but other wishes—ones she didn’t even know she had yet—would also become real as she added experience upon experience until, not unlike an Impressionist painting, a final image emerged. For her senior capstone project, Jordan, Shelby Miller ’15, of Pottstown, N.Y., and Karen Rosell, professor of art history, are writing and publishing a catalogue on Juniata’s Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection, a collection of nearly 500 objects that include miniatures, Asian prints, works from the Hudson River School, Old Masters and modernists like James Whistler. Jordan and Miller were hand-picked by Rosell to help write the catalog, which will allow alumni, prospective students, faculty, current students and the public to view, study and enjoy the collection through the printed catalog. Jordan’s experience—which combines her knowledge of art history, curation, marketing, and leadership skills—has resulted in 19 catalog entries written on specific collection works of art as well as a chapter introduction. Together, these skills paint a beautiful picture on her resume, which caught the eye of a familiar museum, where she’s headed next. In fact, it’s not too far from her Texas home. This summer, Jordan will intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She hopes to help in the outreach department of HMFA, saying, “One of the things that has stuck with me from my museum studies course is that it is imperative that kids have museum experiences by age five. This will determine if they visit museums as adults.” In other words, generations of kids who benefit from Jordan’s museum efforts—whether she ends up as a curator or outreach coordinator—will be glad that her mom took her to meander past Monets as a child. “I’m so glad my mom took me there,” Jordan says. “I can’t imagine life without museums.” By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06
Growth Industry: An Overstuffed Food System? No one can accuse Ally Lush ’14 of thinking small. Inspired by an internship at an organic food market and studyabroad experiences in The Gambia and Ecuador, the international studies POE created an in-depth analysis of how market values affect the global food system. Specifically, the Spring Mills, Pa. student is interested in the morality of creating a global food system dominated by agribusiness giants churning out processed foods, genetically modified crops and seeds, and industrial-scale marketing programs. “When you commodify a product, you take away its original meaning,” she explains. “When you put a price on an ear of corn, it’s 38
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no longer just corn, but also corn syrup, corn chips and other products made from corn as a commodity.” In her capstone research paper, Lush argues that the morality of installing a global agricultural food production system and expecting everyone to toe the line of large-scale food production is, at its center, ill-advised. “Is it fair for us to set up a system worldwide that is not sustainable in the long run and puts a lot of power in the hands of a few corporations?’ Lush asks. As she wrote in her report, “To address these issues, we should engage in food and agriculture policy discussions at the international, national and local level.”
Lush, an international studies POE, would like to have a seat at the table in any of these discussions if she gets the opportunity. Her passion for food equity was inspired by a summer job at a local company, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, where she saw consumers were willing to pay a few cents more for food grown on small-scale farms. She was further informed by spending the 2012 spring semester in The Gambia seeing how small-scale peanut farmers were affected by global food prices. In addition, another trip abroad in spring 2013 to Ecuador revealed how “food sovereignty,” or the right for a country to produce food sustainably and to define
Being There: Accentuating the Positive
Schuyler Beauvais-Nikl (left) with Mainstream Counseling counselor Christie Steidle.
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If students walked around campus with a personal theme song, then surely Schuyler Beauvais-Nikl ’14 would be accompanied to classes and personal interactions by the 1970s Billy Swan country hit “I Can Help.” Indeed, the lyrics describe Schuyler’s personal mantra. If you’ve got a problem, I don’t care what it is. If you need a hand, I can assure you of this. I can help. “It’s sort of a cliché, but I really enjoy helping people,” says Beauvais-Nikl, who has been pointing toward a career in social work since he was in high school in Denver, Colo., where he spend a full year shadowing a school social worker. He’s never wavered from that goal in four years at the College and found his vision was fulfilled by his professional semester in spring semester 2014. In Social Work, POEs are expected to work about 40 hours a week at a local placement and Beauvais-Nikl was placed with Mainstream Counseling, a Huntingdon drug and alcohol counseling agency. He was specifically interested in Mainstream because the agency operates several prevention programs in area school districts. “As part of the placement, I was asked to develop a project and I decided to run a four-week group with students at Southern Huntingdon High School,” says Beauvais-Nikl. “In participating in these groups I realized that many of the programs focus on the negative—don’t drink, don’t do drugs—and that can keep the focus on destructive behaviors,” he explains. “I wanted to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.” Beauvais-Nikl created the Confidence, Acceptance, Responsibility, Empowerment Support Group (CARES, for acronym aficionados). “My first group was centered on selfconfidence and body image and I used the Dove Soap “Real Women” ad campaign to spark interaction among the students,” he says. “That was really cool when you allow them to voice their emotions and you’re able to react to their words and help them move beyond it,” he says. “It set my passions flying when I saw how the program I designed succeeded.” To ensure his groups continue to evolve, Beauvais-Nikl designed, with help from Kathy Jones, professor of education, and Ron McLaughlin, professor of psychology, a pre-test and post-test that will help the budding social worker tweak his group methods. Still, he also realizes that a large part of social work is waiting for an opening to offer help. “One of the things Susan Radis (professor of social work) always tells us is “separate the deed from the doer,’ and realize there is always some good in people,” Beauvais-Nikl explains. “Even if they say they don’t want to be in the group or in school, some part of them wants to be there. They’ll come to you when they’re ready and you just have to be there when they do.”
their own food and agriculture systems, did not always work out in real life. In her final paper, Lush built the case that if enough concerned communicators work to change consumer attitudes—in other words, convince consumers to pay a bit more for sustainable products—the food system can be more moral and equitable. She will put her livelihood where her mind is after graduating when she goes to work on an organic farm in Maine. “I wrote the paper to find out how the whole process works and it kind of scared me,” she admits. “On one hand it was a lot to take in, but it was also important for me to figure out what I can do to make this understandable to a mass audience.”
Graduate School Gradient By John Wall
Nowadays, college and university marketers are always searching for ways to “brand” their institution. Reduced to a slogan, the brand of a business is “the essential truth of an organization repeated over and over.”
Biologist Vince Buonaccorsi can cite chapter and verse on the success of Juniata’s students as they enter graduate programs. And not only in biology. He tracks all of the student rankings and how Juniata stacks up against other institutions.
For decades, and to some extent still today, the brand for Juniata was “the college to go to if you want to go to med school.” While there still is a long-established pipeline from Juniata’s halls to the myriad health professions schools, over time the College has morphed beyond medicine so that the new brand might be “Where to go when you want to go to GRADUATE school.” Anecdotally, it seems as though every senior Juniata student you meet is either taking the GREs, interviewing with graduate programs, or negotiating funding from a research university. Certainly the majority of students profiled in this issue are going to be furthering their education within a year or two after Commencement. Here are some statistics to mull over: Â Juniata is in the top 25 for Ph.D.s in the life sciences among the 160 colleges in Juniata’s Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification, above such competitors as Bates College, Middlebury College, and Bucknell University. Â Juniata ranks 71st out of 160 in the total number of graduates earning a doctorate over the last 10 years in all academic disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This score is above such competitors as Gettysburg College, Dickinson College, and Bennington College.
In 2014, two graduates Mike Nguyen ’12 and Danielle Fulmer ’11, received awards in geochemistry and peace studies, respectively. Nguyen is at Baylor University and Fullmer is at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, three Juniata graduates received 2014 honorable mentions, the most ever in a single year. Brandon Moyer ’11 is at the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill; Joseph Porter ’11 is at the Oregon State University; and Steven Strutt ’13 is at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley. “I think it is important to link the high-impact practice of undergraduate research at Juniata to outcomes such as Fulbright fellowships, Goldwater Scholarships, St. Andrews scholarships, and other honors,” Buonaccorsi says. “I would wager that all the students making it to this level were part of a faculty-mentored undergraduate research program at Juniata, or some other kind of high-impact practice.”
Juniata students excel at graduate educational opportunities because they are taught to ask questions, to discuss any topic in class, and to apply for experiential internships and research projects.
Chemist John Unger takes a class through a topic during one of his lecture sessions.
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One of the most telling indicators of graduate school excellence is success in graduate school. While there are many ways to define success, one of the most accurate measures is success in applying for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships. “The NSF awards Graduate Research Fellowships to students with the greatest potential for a productive career in science,” explains Vince Buonaccorsi, professor of biology. “Students who receive one of these awards have a strong stamp of approval that will be universally recognized at any college, university, or laboratory where they want to work.” Another statistic to mull over: Â Since 2007, 11 Juniata students in graduate school have received GRFP fellowships and eight have received honorable mentions. One student, Katerina Korch ’12, received her 2012 fellowship before she entered her graduate program.
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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish: Studying Mercury Toxicity in Pennsylvania Ecosystems It’s not every day that work and interests overlap. In both the professional and academic world, it isn’t uncommon to have to work on a project that you aren’t exactly enthusiastic about. However, that might just make it all the sweeter when an opportunity comes along that is right up your alley. Nicole Marks ’14, of Gardners, Pa., is very lucky in that respect: her biology research allows her to work outdoors in an effort to learn more about the ecosystems of Pennsylvania. Growing up in central Pennsylvania, she is no stranger to an outdoorsy lifestyle. Marks is part of a team headed by Chris Grant, assistant research professor, investigating the effects of Marcellus shale fracking on Pennsylvania streams. Specifically, Marks is looking at how methyl mercury interacts with ecosystems between areas that are fracked versus non-fracked. “We have streams that we’re looking at that are pristine and unaffected,”
says Marks. “Then we have streams that we’re looking at that are fracked. The ultimate goal is to see how fracking affects the ecosystem in general.” The research team looks at several different aspects of the streams, including diversity measures, water chemistry parameters, and watershed characteristics. They analyze sediment, moss, periphyton, crayfish and other macroinvertebrates, and perhaps most importantly for Marks, brook trout. “Dr. Grant’s really great about letting everybody have their own mini-project,” says Marks. “My project is looking at
carbon and nitrogen isotopes that we use to show the biomagnification of mercury throughout the food web.” Biomagnification occurs when the concentration of some substance (like mercury) in an organism (like a brook trout) surpasses the background concentration of the substance in the organism’s diet. Over the past few summers, Marks went out and electrofished in the field and collected samples. “We basically do the vast majority of our field work over the summer, and then do lab analysis, statistics, writing, and all that during the semester,” says Marks. Marks’ research affects a lot more than a couple of backwoods streams. “Whether or not people know it, a lot of people in northwestern Pennsylvania fish brook trout for consumption,” says Marks. “Methyl mercury is a neurotoxin, which has the ability to harm you if you eat brook trout that are getting a higher intake. Brook trout are also a native fish of Pennsylvania, and their populations need to be protected.” Marks, who is interested in toxicology, ecology, and conservation, seems to have reeled in a research project which is perfect for her. “Natural gas exploration looks good on paper because it’s bringing us profit and giving us energy, but any potential negative effects must be explored,” says Marks. “It’s really cool to be able to see the impacts directly.” By John Dubensky ’14
Net Profit: Finding Gold in Hoops Stats First impressions count. Take Paul Ejups ’14. He’s tall, 6'6," lanky, moves with the smooth, assured grace that many athletes have. Basketball player, right? Nope, he’s a volleyball player and performed on Juniata’s dominant men’s team the first three years he attended the College. Gut instinct counts in the National Basketball Association too. It’s easy to draft Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Lebron James. They go first, right? Well actually, Jordan was taken third and Kobe Bryant was taken 13th in the NBA draft. So how do you tell the Jordans and the Bryants from such spectacular flameouts like Adam Morrison, Kwame Brown, or Jimmer Fredette? Don’t go with your gut. Instead start digging through statistics to make a more rational decision. This approach, first applied to baseball has been lionized in books (Moneyball), movies (Moneyball), and textbooks (The Baseball Abstract). Over the past few years, savvy executives in professional football, soccer, and basketball are starting to apply sophisticated numerical analysis in their draft choices. Enter Ejups again. He’s always been a numbers guy. He has devoured sports statistics since he’s been old enough to count beyond 10. He came to Juniata to study accounting. That is, until he realized he could get a job analyzing sports stats.
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“In the last few years many sports teams have started hiring analysts and I thought I’d like to try for an entry-level position with a team,” Ejups says. The would-be stathead met with business professor Randy Rosenberger, who is overseeing Ejup’s POE in sport management, to formulate a capstone research project, to propose analyzing the results of the NBA draft from 1978 to 2012 using a recognizably accepted basketball statistic called a win share. A win share is calculated by averaging the offensive and defensive statistics (as well as points produced per 100 possessions and a couple of other metrics) and is listed for every player on a website called basketball-reference.com. “I wanted to see if there were any draft pick positions that were statistically better based on the performance of the players selected from that slot in the draft,” Ejups explains. He found some interesting trends. Interesting enough that he sent his research along with job applications to several NBA teams. Not all his research, though. It seems there’s no way to print it out. “The Excel spreadsheet is 60 cells deep and has more than 300 cells long, I can’t afford to print it out,” he says. Does he have a gut instinct he’ll get a job doing this? Who knows, but the numbers seem to say yes.
Like many Juniatians, Tessa Thomas ’14 has changed her Program of Emphasis several times. Initially interested in teaching, Tessa found that she didn’t want to spend every hour in front of a classroom full of students. But, she wasn’t thrilled to sit behind a desk, either, as she found out some marketing and IT professionals do. “After trying different options, Several road trips, surveys, and I realized I still want to work in the phone calls later, Thomas concluded education field,” Thomas says. that Juniata lags behind Lock Haven University and Saint Francis University in So, she decided to interview Justine Black ’08, assistant director creating online courses but is ahead of of instructional technology at Juniata, the pack on integrating iPads and other who spends her days both researching software applications into the physical and learning about applications that classroom. can help Juniata faculty integrate “I immediately brought my research technology into their teaching and to my job and implemented trainings the classroom. that Juniata was missing,” Thomas says. “I was able to present to my peers and to Tessa learned a lot about professors and administrators about how instructional technology—a career field where professionals with an Juniata can lead in online learning and interest in technology and education instructional technology.” can help facilitate technology use in Thomas also presented at Liberal the classroom by training educators. Arts Symposium. And, she’ll undoubtedly In addition to finding her calling, take her experience with her in her next Thomas also found a student job. phase—when she’ll be working for Aflac, Shortly after their conversation began, providing new employee technology Black hired Thomas to work as her training—after picking up her Juniata student training manager, a role in diploma in May in Instructional which Tessa has taught her professors Technology. how to use software like GarageBand, “I was ecstatic to find out I could iMovie, Prezi, Evernote, and Pinterest. train people with technology,” Thomas says. “I am a very social person and have When it came time for Thomas to complete a senior research project always enjoyed being around people and for an independent study course, helping them discover new things, so this she decided to visit and review was a perfect field for me to get into.” technology solutions centers at By Genna Welsh Kasun ’06 nearby colleges to find out how Juniata’s competitors use technology in the classroom.
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Contemplating Simplicity: College Reduced to Essentials College has always been the place where you find an interest or a path or a career. Put simply it’s a place where you find your place in the world. As it turns out, Dylan Miller’s place in the world is in a no-frills, low-thrills, high-chills structure deep in the woods near the Peace Chapel. He couldn’t be happier. Miller ’15, of Meadville, Pa., is in the preparatory phase of planning an ambitious capstone research project to earn his degree in English and philosophy that will take him out of the classroom and into a senior year devoted to the minimalist lifestyle. Shorthand version—and Dylan strives for simplicity—he will live in a structure he will build himself using nothing but wood, leaves and branches. He plans to eat most of his meals and sleep in the Spartan structure fall and spring semester next year. He even prepared for his project by living in a cave during spring semester. He’s so serious about this vision that he wrote a 21-page proposal to his advisers—Will Dickey, assistant professor of English and Wade Roberts, assistant professor of philosophy—and created a reading list that includes Thoreau, Emerson, Aldo Leopold, and a Buddhist text called The Dhammapada. “I wanted them to know I wasn’t some kid who saw Into the Wild and decided to give it a try,” Miller says. “I have given this a lot of thought and I have some experience with (the lifestyle).” Miller met with College administrators this spring and received the go-ahead in March. His research will consist of writing a journal documenting his lifestyle through fall semester 2014 and then using his own writings as a window into understanding the writings of H.D. Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and other authors and philosophers. Although Miller hopes to use his research paper as a path to graduate school to earn a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy, his academic purpose is different. “I think the project is more directly related to my past,” he says. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do and I also want to leave a positive impact and benefit others. I don’t need to be in college to do this. I could drop out and live in the woods. Instead I want to live as an example, even if it’s an extreme example.” It’s not that extreme anyway. He was partly inspired by a Juniata student who several years ago lived in a geodesic dome and he is amazed he goes to a college that would allow him the leeway to finish his dream. “This is living out the College slogan. I’m doing the ‘Act’ part.” By John Wall
Psychology in Motion: Researching Cultural Clues Tori Rehr ’14 is the first to admit that the image conjured when you hear the phrase “psychology research” assumes she’s watching rats in a maze rather than what she’s actually doing for her senior capstone research.
What she’s doing is painstakingly examining several years of surveys filled out by students and school districts who participate in Juniata’s Language in Motion program in order to find out if students in the program better understand the cultural differences and perceptions they experience and react to when encountering international students or domestic students from different cultural backgrounds. “Originally, Deb (Roney, director of Language in Motion) wanted us to assess 44
a survey she was using with the end goal of improving the survey,” explains Rehr, who presented her research this year at the NCUR conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. “I thought we could take a much more deeply analyzed look at the data.” Among the highlights she found: a) About 60 percent of Juniata’s international students participated in the program, much higher than previously estimated. b) Students believe the programs helps them understand international cultures. c)
Students are more able to evaluate their own culture in the context of foreign cultures. “I’m certainly interested in educational psychology research, which really is all about analyzing how people learn and how they develop skills,” Rehr says. “Mark McKellop (professor of psychology) said it this way: ‘If you put two chemicals in a beaker, you pretty much know what’s going to happen. If you put two people in a room, you have no idea what’s going to happen.’ That’s what is fascinating to me—human behavior is incredibly complex, but we can use science to analyze it.” Rehr started her research with Anne Gilman, visiting assistant professor of psychology, working on one of Gilman’s
Hot Commodity: Student Learns Valuable Skill in Biostatistics Nothing makes your skills more in demand than having a knack for mathematics. Even when you’re counting bacteria in the goo on the side of a sewage plant, a little math still comes in handy. Vicky Arthur ‘14 found this out after she began working with biostatistics. Arthur, of Lancaster, Pa., collaborated with Gina Lamendella, assistant professor of biology, during the fall semester to find out what microorganisms were in the wastewater at the Huntingdon water treatment plant. The plant had a lot of biofilm built up, which, explained simply, is a coating of microorganisms grouped together. Arthur worked across disciplines with Kimberly Roth, associate professor of mathematics, to figure out different statistical methods to cluster biology-related data together. Cluster analysis is a technique used to group data together in a way so that similar objects are closer together. “The gist is that every clustering method does something differently,” says Arthur. “There’s no one good clustering method based on what data you have. We’re just trying to figure out which one is better for which data.” The project itself is a combined effort for Arthur, Lamendella, and Roth, which helped Arthur to mix her interest in biology and her interest in math. The research has shown Arthur the value of adding together her experiences in different disciplines. “I might be interested in bioinformatics and biostatistics in the future,” says Arthur. “Hopefully this research will let me see how much I like these fields.” While Arthur admits that learning the statistics behind the different clustering methods is proving more complicated than she initially thought, several professors are counting on getting Arthur to work with their data as well. “We have a lot of data,” says Arthur. “There’s a whole bunch of Dr. Lamendella’s data from last semester because it’s all microbes. Then if we get through that, Dr. James Borgardt has data for us on something nuclear, and Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan has data for us on something about coyotes. I don’t know how much we’ll actually get through.” If this is any indicator of the job market, Arthur’s career prospects seem to be growing exponentially. “We didn’t really ever learn any of the actual statistics behind things in any of the bio classes,” says Arthur. “Bio majors are kind of terrified of statistics. They figure all they have to do is plug data into the computer and it gives you nice graphs.” By John Dubensky ’14
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projects focused on language usage. Rehr found she responded to the rigor of analysis. “My professors let me develop my interests; they weren’t just plugging me in to their own research.” Rehr plans to use the rigor she savors in graduate school, but first she wants to gain some classroom experience (“Educational psychologists should know what it’s like in a classroom.”) as a volunteer with Teach for America. She will spend two years teaching in Memphis, Tenn. “I like academic arguments and I like taking different sides and demystifying things,” she says. “I also like projects that have definitive outcomes, so this has taught me how to appreciate a slow and steady project and not just think in terms of the next test or the next semester.”
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Front-end Fruition: Networking Web-style Think of Ethan Nichols ’14 as a prison warden, except his interest is keeping people out of a structure instead of in. His senior research project focuses on a software program called Active Directory, a Microsoft product used in any website that requires a user name and password to get into a website. He aims to create a Web-based software application that will allow website administrators—the wardens in our metaphor—to change settings in the Active Directory program. Q: All we hear about is creating iPhone or Android apps, why choose to create a web program? A: If you make an iPhone app that’s about 40 percent of the market and an Android app is about 50 percent of the market. Creating software as a web application makes it cross-platform, or, in other words, it will work on computers, phones, and tablets. Q: Has making a Web “front end” for Active Directory been done before? A: A lot of people have done it, but there’s always room for improvement. For me, the process is more important than the product. There are a lot of system integration challenges, and computer software that manages user networks is big, it’s still growing, and there will be a persistent need for people who know how this software works. Any company—from NASA to your local church— uses this program and they will all need an IT guy. Q: What’s your process?
A: I tend to document all the issues that you see and make a list of what you’re going to do to address each issue. Then you document each problem and document each solution. I like iterative learning, where you learn to do something and repeat it again and again. Really, any software development project becomes a problemsolving exercise. I’m not (nearly as) organized in my life as I am when I’m working. Q: What do you aim for when creating a program? A: Is it simple? Is it easy to maintain? Does it allow for reuse? Is it scalable? That takes a person who focuses on efficiency and simplicity. You have to think I’m at point A, I need to get to point B. What’s the most efficient way to get there. In the end, when it all works, that’s really exciting—but there’s also a lot of frustration in working up to that point. It’s knowing there will be problems and learning to solve them that makes this great.
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Women Under the Influence of Film Mix the frenetic camerawork and raw emotional performances familiar to fans of John Cassavetes movies, the stylized symbolism of classic film noir, and the shiny, consumer-driven 1960s look of Mad Men and what do you get? Naked. No, not physically naked. This is still a family-friendly College. Instead, two Juniata theatre students, Jessie Haggerty-Denison ’14 and Libby Casey ’14, have collaborated on making Naked, a film that they hope lays out the naked emotion and desperation facing two couples as they go through a typical day. “Each character is sort of representative of ’60s (archetypes),” Haggerty-Denison says. “There’s a businessman, a classic housewife, a business executive who is also a closeted gay man, and a housewife who is sort of off her rocker.” Casey says the film collaboration arose when she decided to abandon a theatrical performance capstone monologue in order to help HaggertyDenison realize her vision of a film that channels the raw acting power of the 1960s films she loves to watch, such as Faces or A Woman Under the Influence. The two women, both theatrical
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performance POEs, also did double duty as they directed and acted in the 40-minute, black-and-white movie. They both believe the project has allowed them to grow artistically and build their skills in other areas. “Creating work is not my strength, in fact it terrifies me,” Casey says. “Working with Jessi was an opportunity to branch out while at the same time taking the pressure off myself to do everything.” “My challenge was to kind of let the project fly on its own and trust that all the different elements would come together in the end,” Haggerty-Denison says with a laugh. “Filming and editing are so specific and scheduling rooms and houses to film in was definitely nerve-wracking. I had to learn to let go of the controls.” Both actor-auteurs came through the experience stronger, wiser and not coincidentally, in possession of a pretty extensive audition piece to launch their post-Juniata careers. They already know they need to be ready for anything—like capturing a much-needed shot during a snowstorm. “We were both acting and directing in the snow—and in heels.”
Thomas Jordan ’14, of Bethesda, Md., was busy in his final Juniata semester. He completed a major research project analyzing wine with chemist Peter Baran and he completed a senior capstone art project that received a museum show in March. Jordan loves the exacting nature of science, but truly he has more chemistry with the camera and the natural world. “One of the things about photography is that it’s a very technical art,” Jordan explains. “There’s math, there’s numbers, there’s chemistry. It’s not just art.” Creating art is finally coming into focus for Jordan, who started working with photography in high school and transferred from the University of Maryland to Juniata specifically to minor in art. His capstone project is an ambitious look at landscapes using infrared photography. By adjusting his digital Canon camera to filter out all available light but infrared, Jordan created hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the area around the Great Falls of the Potomac River. “The images come out black and white,” he explains. “But the sky and water comes out very dark and the vegetation tends to be very bright. It creates a surreal effect.” Almost as surreal is the amount of time Jordan dedicated to both his art and chemistry projects. “What’s most exciting to me is the amount of freedom I was given to find the cutting edge (in both disciplines).” Jordan also has the freedom to explore the world through his camera lens and job opportunities in both chemistry and photography. In the short term, chemistry wins this round, as he hopes to work in a lab for a year after graduation. But in the long run, he believes photography is the landscape he wants to live in. He plans to apply to several graduate-level photography programs in the year after he graduates. “When I look at the work of other photographers, it provokes a strong response in me. I would like to get that response in my own work. I think it’s all about figuring out how to get other people to see the world the way you do.” >j<
THINKING OUTSIDE WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST UMA RAMAKRISHNAN’S FOCUS: NOT BEING STUCK INDOORS By John Wall Photography: Rick Hamilton
pending time hiking up into a mountain scrub forest, observing the alarm calls of a Malabar giant squirrel. Slogging through jungle environments in India, Thailand, and Indonesia observing and tracking Asian elephants. Monitoring communication among the wily bonneted macaques of the forests and urban settings around Bangalore, India. Studying the behavior of whitetailed deer in suburban Connecticut. Getting down-and-dirty studying the innards of the coyote.
Geez, this sounds like the resume of Indiana Jones crossed with Steve Irwin. Nope, this is just a partial list (be thankful we left out the cockroaches) of all the wildlife experiences amassed by Juniata biologist Uma Ramakrishnan, who has counseled countless Juniata students interested in wildlife conservation and enrolled in the College’s expanding environmental science program. Like Indiana Jones, a college professor who doesn’t do much indoor classroom work (one lecture in four movies), Uma tries to get out of the classroom and into the field.
The crucial differences between her and Indy? Well, she never wears a hat and when Uma’s outdoors, she’s still teaching. The idea of an al fresco career reaches back to Uma’s childhood in Bangalore, India, where she grew up playing sports outside, such as field hockey and track. “I think sometimes I must be claustrophobic in some way,” Uma says. “I wanted to be outdoors, but when I went to college I didn’t even know the field I eventually went into (ecology) existed.” The daughter of two college graduates, Uma knew she was college bound at an early age. Her two older brothers went into science and engineering, so she decided to study the sciences as well. To some extent Uma’s path was preordained by the Indian educational system. Patterned after the British school system, Indian students take a placement test in the 10th grade to see if they are best suited for science, business, or the arts. “I had no idea where I wanted to go, but I decided science was the way to go because I could experiment and if it didn’t work out I could try business or the arts,” she explains. Each student then had to choose between physics, chemistry, biology, and math for their specialization. So, this young, outdoor-loving, future environmental scientist obviously chose—chemistry. “I have spent years trying to figure out why I picked it,” she says with a smile. “We just 50
One of Uma Ramakrishnan’s biggest thrills is getting students out of the classroom and into the field. Here, she talks to a student and some participants from the Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt. Ramakrishnan brings a team of students to examine the coyotes taken during the event and records baseline population statistics and takes samples for a variety of research projects.
worked all the time, although the main thing I learned was that I didn’t like being in a lab. I don’t regret studying chemistry; it helped me in graduate school and it helped me get jobs.” Growing up in Bangalore, a small city back then and now a metropolis of 8.6 million, Uma didn’t get to appreciate the outdoors in a scientific sense until entering graduate school. Leaving St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, she heard from other students that Pondicherry University had a new graduate program in ecology. “In my third year I knew what I wanted to do,” she says. Her faculty adviser was administering a series of wildlife projects and Uma was assigned to study the Malabar giant squirrel, a large animal (about three feet long from tail to nose) that lives in the upper canopy of forests in southern India. The outdoors lover soon found herself living at what amounted to a truck stop on an Indian mountain road. She lived in a little house attached to the truck stop and the family there gave her meals. If she needed supplies she hitched a ride with one of the truck drivers. She spent her days hiking into forests to observe the squirrels. “I recognized this really cool behavior, an alarm call that they would do whenever they saw
me or a predator, so I designed my project around their alarmcalling behavior,” she explains. “I knew this was the job for me and I had to find a job that would allow me to do this.” The next career progression in wildlife study allowed Uma to go big—really big. She became a conservation biologist at the Asian Elephant Conservation Center, working on conservation projects in south and southeast Asia. She worked on tracking elephants, assessing crop damage, even participating in necropsies to see how individual elephants died. Studying elephants is exciting, though. “It’s probably the most dangerous job I’ve ever had,” she says. “Elephants kill more people worldwide than lions or tigers.” During her time at the conservation center, an exchange student from the University of California, Davis arrived to study human-elephant interactions. Neil Pelkey, now an associate professor of environmental science at Juniata, and Uma found that human-human interactions were interesting as well. By 1994 the couple had married and Uma was ready to look for Ph.D. programs. “If you want more control over your work, you have to have a Ph.D.,” she advises. She applied and was accepted at UC-Davis, found a project to work on and found herself back in India studying bonnet macaques. She documented predator avoidance behavior, sleeping behavior, site choice for communities and macaque behavior in urban and rural areas. “I thought that I would continue to work in India, but the bureaucracy you have to go through to get permits for research became too much,” she says. “If you have only a set amount of time to research in a country and you spend most of your time sitting in an office, that’s not good.”
When Uma and Neil returned to the United States, Uma was able to get a job as chief deer research biologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. About a year later, Neil Pelkey was hired as an assistant professor at Juniata. The couple commuted long distance for a year or so, but the appearance of their son Taran, now 8, meant Uma had to come in from the outdoors in Connecticut and enter the classroom at Juniata. She’s been at the College since 2005. Originally she and Neil shared one faculty slot, but eventually both became full-time faculty. “It was a shock at first,” she admits. “I had never written a syllabus, or a curriculum or even graded assignments.” Although she came to the College as a deer specialist and still does work on that species, she’s now overseeing a long-term project on coyotes. In addition to research on the color differences in Pennsylvania coyotes, she also is using a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to analyze the presence of metals in the animals’ kidneys and livers. She also is collaborating with biologist Chris Grant to analyze mercury in brook trout. “I’ve never had a problem finding good students for our research team and finding faculty to collaborate with,” she says. “Even (Juniata historian and noted coyote enthusiast) Dave Hsiung, who loves coyotes, wanted to talk. I had to tell him the coyotes we work with are dead, which unfortunately ended the conversation.” That said, the conversation about working with Professor Ramakrishnan is attracting more and more students, giving the College yet another devotee of hands-on learning and giving Uma many more excuses to go outside. And that’s the inside scoop on an outdoors academic. >j<
Photo: J.D. Cavrich
After beginning her career as an outdoorbased researcher in India, Uma found the transition to classroom teaching thrilling, but also a bit intimidating. She had never written a syllabus or given anyone a grade. But these days she’s well-versed at both types of classrooms— indoor and outdoor.
Faculty Notes Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, was elected to serve a three-year term as a Councilor in the Physics and Astronomy Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. He also was invited to Kutztown University in March to speak on “Asteroid Shape and Spin Modeling via Light Curve Inversion.” Bethany Benson, associate professor of art, was part of the “Ceramic World Cup” exhibition in spring 2014 at the Hyart Gallery in Madison, Wis. Jim Borgardt, Woolford Professor of Physics, led an exercise on the development of National Nuclear Forensics Libraries and their efficacy in attributing seizures recovered from nuclear smuggling events during a yearlong sabbatical at the U.S. Department of State that was recognized as a “top initiative” by the State Department for the 2014 National Security Summit, in March in The Hague, the Netherlands. John Bukowski, professor of mathematics, wrote an article, “Christiaan Huygens—The Premier Ornament of His Time,” for the April 2014 issue of Eureka!, the magazine serving the departments of mathematics, computer science, physics, and astronomy at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Vince Buonaccorsi, professor of biology, made an invited presentation on rockfish genomics (with Alex Sickler ’14) and
also spoke on Juniata’s experience in the Genome Consortium at the Plant and Animal Genome Meeting in January in San Diego, Calif. Buonaccorsi (and three co-authors) also published an article on rockfish coloration in the California Fish and Game Journal, and made several presentations on Juniata’s experience in the Genomic Consortium at Franklin & Marshall, Cold Spring Harbor Lab in New York, and the University of Nebraska. Jonathan Burns, lecturer in geography, spoke on “CRM NextGen: The Training and Future of Young CRM Archaeologists” at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in April in Austin, Texas. Kate Clarke, associate professor of theatre, taught a master class with Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, and the group Theatre of Witness in April in Derry, Ireland. Kris Clarkson, dean of students, served on a Middle States Accreditation Evaluation Team for Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Kati Csoman, acting dean, center for international education, spoke on “Institutional Student Exchange: A Fresh Look at An Old Concept,” at the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference in April in San Diego, Calif. Csoman also serves as chair of the Hungarian Room Committee of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh.
Abbey Baird, Director of Community Service and Learning, published
an original recipe for Blueberry-Sour Cream Cheesecake in the Spring 2014 Cooking Club magazine.
Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping Crust: 1 c. graham cracker crumbs 3 Tbsp. sugar 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted Combine graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter, stirring well. Firmly press crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Let cool. Cheesecake: 2 (8-oz.) pkgs cream cheese ¼ c. sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 c. sour cream 1 ½ Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla. Pour over graham cracker crust. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes. Remove and cool for 20 minutes.
Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour over baked cheese cake and return to oven for 10 minutes more. Chill overnight. Topping: 3-4 c. fresh blueberries ½3 c. water ½3 c. sugar 1 ½ Tbsp. cornstarch Mix sugar and cornstarch. Add to water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat and fold in blueberries. Pour topping over cheesecake.
To serve, place cheese cake on a platter and run a knife around the inside of the pan; remove pan sides.
When we ask, So What—we’re not being rude. It started when we asked the faculty to explain a little more about the work they do in research, developing courses, consulting, and the like. We wanted the info behind the paper title, the story behind the curricular change, the life and the thinking that make Juniata profs as interesting as they are. —Read on
Sarah DeHaas, Brumbaugh Professor of Education, spoke on “Leadership 101: Preparing Undergraduates to be Effective Change Agents,” at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in May in Washington, D.C. Doug Glazier, professor of biology, published an article (with four co-authors) on biological evolution in the International Journal of Limnology. Chris Grant, assistant research professor in biology, published a paper on the redbelly dace fish species in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. Richard Hark, Foster Chair in Chemistry, wrote two chapters in the book Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications. Pat Howard, assistant professor of art, was accepted for an artist’s residency at the Burren College of Art in Ireland to start in July. Howard also had a solo show at the Juniata College Museum of Art, “Migrations” and contributed work to “Faculty Collections Show,” in October in the Paul Robeson Gallery, Penn State University, and “Gesturing into Consciousness,” in Zoller Gallery at Penn State in May. Dave Hsiung, Knox Professor of History, presented his research, “New Ways to Understand the War of Independence” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. He also was a research fellow at the David Library of the American Revolution, in Washington Crossing, Pa., and published “The Rich Diversity of the Edge,” in Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, Spring 2014. Genna Kasun ’06, assistant director of advancement communication, worked with her husband, Kevin Kasun ’06, to exceed the $365,000 fundraising goal for United Way of Huntingdon County by raising $368,920. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology, presented “Nutritional Medicine: Advising for a Healthy Future” at the June meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. Jerry Kruse, assistant provost and Dale Professor of IT and Computer Science, with Judith Benz, associate professor of German, and Loren Rhodes, Dale Chair in Information
Technology, received honorable mention for a proposal “Advancing Internationalization through Collaborative Online International Learning,” at the Conference for Online International Learning at the SUNY COIL Center in New York City in March. In February, Kruse, Kathy Westcott, interim provost, and Jenifer Cushman, former dean of international programs, led a panel, “Mapping and Assessing Global Learning: Challenges and Strategies,” at the Association of International Education Administrators conference in Washington, D.C. Tim Launtz ’80, head football coach, spoke at the 43rd Annual Awards Banquet of The Southern Alleghenies Football Coaches Association held in Richland, Pa. in January, and at the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Annual Clinic in State College, Pa. on “Juniata’s Spread Shield Punt” in February. At the clinic, Mike Newton, offensive coordinator and Steve Hayes, offensive line coach, spoke on the “Juniata Pistol Offense, Formation/Scheme.” Monika Malewska, associate professor of art, exhibited her work in “Surreal Salon Six,” a national juried exhibition of pop-surrealist art at Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, in Baton Rouge, La., and published “Venus (video stills)” in VECTOR Artist Journal, issue 3, in February. She also accepted and participated in an artist residency at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia, in Venice Italy. Judy Maloney, lecturer in art and director of the Juniata Museum of Art, wrote the essay “Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting: Ten Year Survey 2003-2013,” for a catalog, Mia Brownell: Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting, produced at Southern Connecticut State University. Ryan Mathur ’96, professor of geology, received an Honorary Award from American Federation of Mineral Society, Eastern Division to support two graduate students.
Michael Pennington, assistant director of career services/ alumni liaison, was named a Master Career Development Professional by the National Career Development Association, in Broken Arrow, Okla. David Sowell, professor of history, spoke on “Riots, Schools, and Clinics: Writing the History of Medicine in Latin America,” at the 25th Annual History Colloquium at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in November 2013. He also wrote “Bogotá,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Jennifer Streb ’93, associate professor of art, was invited to speak at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., on her curated exhibition on Minna Citron, and received a fellowship at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del., to conduct research on portrait miniatures. Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish, presented a paper, “La sátira neorromántica y la innovación formal en Los cachorros de Mario Vargas Llosa” (Neo-Romantic Satire and Formal Innovation in Mario Vargas Llosa’s Novella The Cubs), in March at the International Conference on Hispanic Literature, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Belle Tuten, Long Professor of History, spoke on “ ‘Crepuit medius’: Privy Death and Justice in Medieval Monastic Literature” at the University of Lincoln, England, in July at a conference, “Religious Men in the Middle Ages: Networks and Communities.” Jim Tuten, associate professor of history, published “A ‘Repentant Rebel’ Addresses New York Abolitionists,” in the New York Times’ “Disunion” blog in February. Jack Troy, professor emeritus of art, wrote an article about Juniata’s “Pot Shop” and the new Ceramic Studio in the JCEL building in the November issue of Ceramics Monthly.
Neal Utterback, assistant professor of theatre, presented “The Olympic Actor: Improving Actor Confidence through the Cognitive Sciences and Sports Psychology” at “The Post-Thematic Conference” in fall 2013, in Dallas, Texas. He also wrote a chapter “Embodied Memory and Extra-Daily Gesture” for Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: Body, Brain, and Being, by Nicola Shaughnessy. Utterback’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture (of Dorian Gray) was invited to attend the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York City in May. Polly Walker, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, wrote a chapter on “Indigenous Approaches to Peace” in the book Dimensions of Peace: Disciplinary and Regional Approaches and chapters on “Decolonizing Research” in the Peace Psychology Book Series and Research Methods for Peace Psychology. Walker also published a book review on Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building in the journal Peace Review. She presented Acting Together on the World Stage: The Creative Transformation of Conflict at Derry Playhouse in Derry, Ireland in April. Jamie White, Book Professor of Physics, debuted a Compact Laser Line Spectrometer he created for MOGLabs USA, a laser startup company he began in JCEL, at the American Physical Society meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, in Madison, Wis. in June. Julie Woodling, assistant director of the library, was appointed to the board of directors for the Williamsburg Community School District in January. W. David Wilkins, instructor in College Writing Seminar, directed Noises Off, for the State College Community Theatre in June.
Karen Rosell, professor of art history, organized the ninth annual Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art
History Symposium in April. The event featured senior thesis research, the results of in-depth independent study projects, or internships by 16 art history or museum studies students from 10 of Pennsylvania’s top colleges and universities, including Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming University, Muhlenberg College, Penn State University, Ursinus College, and Juniata. Jerika Jordan ’14, of Lakeway, Texas, presented her research on documenting the entire 470 pieces in Juniata’s Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection.
So What? Q: Organizing a conference is no small thing. How far in advance did you begin working on the conference? A: These regional conferences started in 2005 and at the end of each one, a committee decides the location of the next one. Last year, I knew I was going to be on sabbatical in spring semester 2014 so I volunteered. I think if I tried to do this while I was teaching it would be a bit overwhelming. I started working on it a little over a year ago. Q: As a longtime professor, you’ve been to a lot of conferences, how hard was it to coordinate one? A: The whole concept of planning—I had no idea there were so many things to keep track of. I think coordinating with the professors and students from other schools was the most challenging part of it. Q: The most challenging part of a conference is making sure people come to it. How did you market the event? A: Well, I asked Jim Donaldson, who I know pretty well, if I could be a client for his Marketing Strategies class. A team of three students created a logo and designed a poster and the program. The whole project rocked; I was really happy with it. Photo: Jason Jones
Q: What did you do to make sure your conference was different than others you’ve attended over the years? A: At conferences I’ve been to, the topics are usually grouped according to historical period or whatever art movement, meaning you could be listening to five Renaissance presentations in a row, which can get tiring, even if you love Renaissance art. In this conference I made sure each presentation was varied, so we were able to go from Rembrandt to hip hop, or from Warhol to Raphael.
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Finding Pfizer’s Next Investment By Dinah Wisenberg Brin Photography: Peter Tobia
As executive director of venture capital for Pfizer Inc., Elaine Jones ’76 invests in biotechnology startups whose products might eventually expand business for the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. Through Pfizer Venture Investments, Jones works with U.S. and foreign companies that are developing treatments for cancer, heart disease, and inflammation, among other conditions. The companies base their potential treatments on gene therapy or other advanced processes. The Dutch company Merus, for example, is working on anti-cancer antibodies, which it calls next-generation pharmaceuticals. “You’re building companies which, hopefully, are going to deliver new drugs … to society,” says Jones. Three of the portfolio companies that she works with personally went public in late 2013 and early 2014, giving them important access to additional capital. The Pfizer job marries her specialized background in pharmaceutical venture investment and scientific research—a career that Jones links in no small part to her undergraduate experience at Juniata, where she earned a biology degree. Juniata’s intimate atmosphere, opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, and an adviser who fueled her interest in microbiology helped set Jones on her career in big pharma and venture investing. Juniata, she says, also helped prepare her to adapt to the significant advances that would come in the industry in the decades after her graduation. “Those seeds were planted there,” says Jones, who commutes to Pfizer’s offices in New York City from Wayne, Pa., near Philadelphia, where she lives with husband Keith Jones ’75, a Juniata accounting and management POE whom she met at a College dance in their respective freshman and sophomore years. The couple have two grown children and three grandchildren. 54
A Mind-Opening Experience
“It really opened my mind to subjects I didn’t know had existed before,” and helped prepare her for the unexpected— to be open to new ideas and possibilities—Jones says of the College. After growing up in what she describes as a sheltered environment in her native York, Pa., the opportunity to work closely with professors in small classes “was a whole new experience for me, honestly.” “They encouraged my interest. This allowed me to move forward with confidence to the next level,” says Jones, citing the cozy classes as part of the beauty of a small college. Jones, who also holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, came to Pfizer more than five years ago after serving as a general partner for health-care venture fund EuclidSR Partners. At EuclidSR, Jones led investments in several companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. spinoff Targacept, which is developing products to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous system disorders by targeting neuronal nicotinic receptors. Her background also includes work as an investment manager for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s venture fund, S.R. One, as a research scientist and scientific licensing director at SmithKline Beecham, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. “The science education at Juniata is the core of all that, honestly,” says Jones, pointing to her days at the College. “Juniata gave you the confidence and the interest to do something unexpected.” While it may appear that Jones had mapped out her career from an early age, a series of choices and opportune meetings helped forge the path. “I think the overarching theme of my life has been there’s been no grand plan,” says Jones, who enjoyed her high school science classes and came from an extended family in which relatively few cousins had attended college. “This was a pretty big thing…pursuing an advanced education.”
Elaine and Keith Jones met at Juniata and have sent their son Christopher, a 2003 graduate, to the College as well.
Importance of Biology
It was later, at SmithKline Beecham, that a supervisor gave Jones exposure to venture financing, which allowed her career to turn toward biopharmaceutical investing. The laboratory position she had been working in was being transferred to Nebraska, so she looked for other opportunities. Although she could have accepted a similar lab position, she also was offered a job in the licensing department. “Previously, I had been focused on the earliest stages of drug discovery research,” she explains. “Finding and evaluating new drug products and platform technologies for licensing would let me learn more about all the other disciplines that are involved in bringing a drug to market.” Her transformation from laboratory scientist to venture capitalist was not mere alchemy. She sought out new paths that took her beyond researching business opportunities. “Outside of a large company, a business development executive must have both scientific acumen and transactional experience. I nominated myself to do a sabbatical at SR One, GSK’s corporate venture fund. There I found that my experience within licensing was highly translatable to identifying and evaluating new businesses for investment but in addition, I got to negotiate and transact the terms of investment.” “I fell even more in love with my job as a venture capitalist, “she adds. “Now every day, I work within the entrepreneurial ecosystem to identify promising science and then connect it with the resources to build a successful business with the objective of bringing new therapies to market—a heady combination.” It’s helpful, says Jones to have career “sponsorship” like the SKB supervisor or Juniata’s Zimmerer—someone who’s willing to expend political capital for you, put his or her reputation on the line and actively lobby for you, a role beyond typical mentorship. Meanwhile, husband Keith has kept open to change as well. After a career as a corporate accountant, he switched course nearly 20 years ago and teaches fifth grade at a suburban elementary school. In addition to accounting courses, his activities at Juniata included studying pottery with Jack Troy. Juniata has become a tradition for a new generation in the Jones family. The Jones’s son Christopher, a 2003 graduate, played on Juniata’s volleyball team and met his wife there. The decision to attend Juniata, says Pfizer’s Jones, “totally impacted the course of my life.” >j<
At Juniata, Jones, who received a scholarship, met Bob Zimmerer, professor emeritus of biology and then her academic adviser, who ignited her interest in microbiology. Zimmerer not only suggested that Jones pursue a doctorate, but made phone calls on her behalf, she says. “That guy probably really facilitated my getting into graduate school.” Scientific study, however, wasn’t the only aspect of life at Juniata that prepared Jones for the world. “I had wide and varied interests and I made some of my best friends there,” says Jones, who remains in touch with most of her Juniata roommates. She played sports, sang in the choir, worked in student government, and participated in theater with Doris Goehring. “You just had exposure across a huge number of disciplines,” she says. Quoting her husband, Jones says, “Juniata teaches you how to think.” Not only did Juniata professors open her mind, but her focus on microbiology in college dovetailed with scientific developments coming in the two decades after graduation. “It turns out that microbiology and understanding the genome…was the basis of the molecular biological revolution going forward,” she says. Jones graduated on a summer Friday in 1975 (although she identifies with the class of ’76) and got married the next day. While she hadn’t been accepted into med technology school, which would have prepared her for a job handling laboratory test samples in a hospital, she did win acceptance to graduate school and headed to Pitt, where she focused on virology, learning about gene regulation of viruses. The newlyweds drove to Pittsburgh in a Volkswagen Beetle, which Jones remembers stalling many times on the city’s hilly streets. “This was a whole new world,” she recalls. Jones developed hypotheses, conducted experiments, and published the results. She studied with Julius Younger, who had worked with Jonas Salk on developing the polio vaccine. In her post-doctoral fellowship at NIH, Jones at first worked on basic virus biology, then learned how to use a virus as a vaccine carrier—a process that pharmaceutical companies wanted to use for vaccines and drugs. Her background with viral vectors allowed Jones to get in on the ground floor, she says.
Her father, who accompanied her on college tours, liked the warm, welcoming atmosphere at science-oriented Juniata, which actively courted the pair. At the end of their visit to the campus, Jones’ father, who had a limited education himself, told his daughter that she would be going to Juniata. “I think it was a great choice,” says an affable Jones, smiling. “He was absolutely right.”
Patricia (Beale) and Charles R. Dillen ’50
celebrated their 67th consecutive Mountain Day at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, Pa. As their four children were growing up, they continued with a “family” Mountain Day at various parks throughout the area. They find it hard to believe that they have been doing this wonderful tradition for so many years, and enjoyed every minute of it together. They are looking forward to No. 68 in 2014.
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John Z. Pessy
was re-elected to a two-year term as president of Coraopolis Borough. In addition, he was elected vice president of Char-West Council of Governments, representing 19 communities of Western Pennsylvania. John also serves on the Coraopolis Water and Sewer Authority and is a member of the Civil Service Commission.
Katherine (Gillies) Dixon
Susan (Mullendore) Freed
and husband Bill celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter on Jan. 5, 2013. A homemade anniversary cake and delicious refreshments were made and served by daughter, Tammy. Susan and Bill are proud parents of four children and seven grandchildren.
published Wanderlust Satisfied, a personal story about her two-year Peace Corps volunteer experience. The book is an account of her life from the time of her education to her Peace Corps training at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in the summer of 1962, as well as her five-year stay in Saudi Arabia with her family. David E. Henrie
is now living in Wynwood House in Centre Hall, Pa. He enjoys playing piano, reading, and taking part in science activities. David is currently working with Penn State University on a seminar on symmetry, part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
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Pat J. Bruno
will retire from the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. in August of 2014. During her 14 years at the university, Elizabeth developed the archives education program from non-existent to a strong and popular specialization within the school. In May, she and husband David moved permanently to their home in Vermont.
earned pediatric child abuse board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. He is one of eight doctors in Pennsylvania and 275 nationally to earn board certification in this specialty. In 2004, Pat joined Geisinger Medical Center as a general pediatrician and medical director of the Child Advocacy Center, which was established to help victims of child abuse. During his career, he has evaluated more than 5,000 children from a 30-county area in central Pennsylvania. On March 21, 2014, Pat received the Charles P. Fasano, D.O. Memorial Medical Hero Award from the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley.
John C. Lersch
James J. Warfield
Elizabeth (Hicks) Dow
serves as minister at the Ligonier Presbyterian Church in Ligonier, Pa. In the past, he has served at Presbyterian churches in Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Alaska, Utah, and Missouri. In addition, he spent several years as a high school teacher and football coach at Slippery Rock Area High School.
received the Five Star 2014 Wealth Manager Award from Morgan Stanley, a global leader providing access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions. Out of the total pool of financial and wealth planning professionals in the Greater New York area, only 6 percent were considered for this award.
Saraunda (Andoniades) Loughlin
and husband Patrick moved to Westminster Woods in Huntingdon, Pa. in November 2013. Sandy is excited to live only a mile from the College and can’t wait to take part in activities and to volunteer for Juniata.
During the 1960s and 1970s Juniata College sent students to the Clinical Center at NIH in Bethesda, Md. to participate as subjects of clinical trials and to work as research assistants for these trials. Dr. Laura Stark of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. is embarking on a project aimed to examine the experiences of the “normal control” research subjects at the NIH. If you are interested in contributing by speaking with Dr. Stark about your experience at NIH or in learning more about this project please contact her at 860-685-3205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth (Hunsberger) Sew-Ell Arn ’67
and John Arn married in November 2011. They enjoy volunteering by leading a 4-H carpentry club at Crossroads Community Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Carol (Diggory) Shields
released her 25th children’s book titled Baby’s Got the Blues in March 2014.
John E. Neely
came to Juniata campus in November 2013 and gave an interactive presentation on how to turn our disease care system into a true healthcare system. After the presentation, he was recognized as a pioneer in integrative medicine and presented with a framed citation that will be displayed in the von Liebig Center for Science. John is a pediatric
oncologist and chair of the department of humanities at Hershey Medical Center. He also is founder of their division of pediatric hematology/oncology.
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retired from EADS, Engineering Architecture and Design Service, of Altoona, Pa., on Jan. 25, 2013 after 40 years of service. John and wife Peggy moved from Roaring Spring, Pa. to Alden Place in Cornwall, Pa. in June 2013. William D. Phillips
The Nobel Prize laureate (Physics 1997) came to Juniata in
November 2013 to give a presentation titled “Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe.” Bill has garnered a worldwide reputation for his lively and accessible lectures.
Paula (Schober) Light
proudly announces the birth of additional grandchildren. Her oldest daughter’s family Ember and Anna Kowalski are joined by brother Wilson, born Aug. 18, 2011 and sister Cassidy, born Aug. 26, 2013. Her youngest daughter’s family is joined by Anthony Velez Jr., born Nov. 7, 2012. They miss their PaPa, Wayne A. Light Jr. ’70, who died last August. Paula continues to enjoy teaching first grade in Columbus, N.J., as well as taking time for church, family, friends, traveling, and playing with her grandchildren.
Scott F. Williams
retired after 25 years with Liberty Mutual – Business Insurance, where he was responsible for managing underwriting quality and profitability for the operations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. His retirement plans include hospital visits and administrative functions for the churches where he serves as an elder. In addition, he looks forward to more time reading and golfing, as well as a longanticipated Alaskan cruise this summer with wife of 37 years, Laura.
Carl A. Koval
is director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis in Berkeley, Calif. JCAP, founded in 2010, is an energy innovation hub whose primary mission is to find a cost-effective method to produce fuels using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide.
Class of 1964 50th Reunion
(l-r) Row 1: Suzanne (Snyder) Gerhart, Sara (Barcklow) LeRoy, Marty (Gaulin) Groff, Carol Marano, Jean (Kann) Meloy, Gwen (Woodworth) Lang, Jeanne (Mather) Stamm, Eloise Swales (l-r) Row 2: Carole (Banse) Banse-Doyon, Mary Alice (Moore) Shirk, Caryl (Rinehart) Roach, Judy Young (l-r) Row 3: Thelma (Hallman) Shoneman, Susan (Habecker) Haupt, Nancy (Graybill) Becker, Marlene (Fisher) Butler, Elaine (Ake) Frazier (l-r) Row 4: Bonnie (Wineland) Crawford, Lucy Cookson, Gail (Woodworth) Mann, Sarabeth (Hoffman) Watson, Kay Larsen, Dan O’Sullivan (l-r) Row 5: Janice (Snowden) Novachcoff, Carol (Brinton) Ashworth, Hal Yocum (l-r) Row 6: Doris (Dacosta) Krueger, Sara (Colbourne) Wenner, Harold Summers (l-r) Row 7: John Taylor, Marion (Kercher) Oliver, Sue (Woods) Kopala, Jan (Wengerd) Maran (l-r) Row 8: Tom Werner, Jeff Varnes, Lee Warner, Rich Morgan (l-r) Row 9: Randy Pletcher, Phil Fair, Ron Knepper, Kenneth Dumbauld, Jim Bistline, Chet Berkey (l-r) Row 10: Fred Lytle, Rolfe Wenner, Rod O’Donnell, Harry Andrews, Bill Chew (l-r) Row 11: Terry Grove (l-r) Row 12: Larry Landini, Pete Radasch, Marv McKown, Robert Shick, Bill Crowell
Photo: courtesy of Kelly Wike ’73
Not Boxing Herself In
Who has traveled to India five times to administer polio vaccines to the less fortunate? Who has visited Nicaragua twice to build community micro-loans for small companies? Who serves as a leader in funding ShelterBoxes for distribution throughout the world? Kelly Wike ’73, that’s who.
Q: You have involved yourself in several humanitarian
concerns. Why stretch yourself so far?
A: Each opportunity presents a need that is so great. In
India, I am actually helping to save lives of the individuals with whom I am working. In Nicaragua I have a chance to help communities become stronger by assisting with business start-ups. The ShelterBox work can be accomplished from home, so that allows me to be involved in something important every day. Q: I understand the polio shots and micro-loans,
but what is a ShelterBox?
A: ShelterBoxes are emergency relief kits that include
stoves for heating and cooking, tents and blankets for temporary shelter, basic tools such as axes and shovels, pots and pans, and other items that assist families who might be in refugee or natural disaster situations. They often receive food and water support, but they have nowhere to go to get out of the weather and no way to cook the food that is provided. ShelterBoxes bridge that gap in places like Syria. To date, more than 135,000 shelter boxes have been distributed. We also provided them in the U.S. in the aftermaths of Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornado outbreak of May 2013.
Q: You were acknowledged by President Barack Obama
with a Volunteer Service Award. What is your response to that kind of recognition?
A: While it’s always nice to be recognized, the real reward
is the difference you make in someone’s life. You may never meet that person, but you do hear stories about some of those people, and you hold the babies receiving immunizations right in your arms. Nothing can match that. Q: What is your advice to those who might be interested in supporting efforts such as ShelterBox? A: Get involved in service-learning at an early age, and connect with local organizations. All of my efforts have been accomplished because of my affiliation with the local Rotary program. Many service organizations provide outlets for humanitarian aid. Anyone can get involved, to be boots on the ground, to raise money, to organize others.
For more information about the ShelterBox program, please visit http://www.shelterboxusa.org/ or contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Linda Carpenter, executive director of constituent relations
George I. Meyer
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Thomas E. Terndrup
was appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Tom comes to Ohio State from the Pennsylvania State University where he served as University Distinguished Professor, chair of emergency medicine, and associate dean for clinical research.
Cynthia (Brumbaugh) Burton
was recognized as a pinnacle professional in the field of medical devices and manufacturing by Continental Who’s Who in Warsaw, Ind. She has more than 14 years of experience acting as a liaison for the manufacturing and inventory control of computer systems. Cynthia specializes in the creation and manufacturing of orthopedic and medical devices. She is a member of APICS and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Kevin F. Powers
was voted a regent of Northern New Mexico College. He is a retired investment banker.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 35th Reunion Celebration— June 4-7, 2015. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). was promoted to vice president of operations at the Irvine Company with responsibility for the company’s office holdings in Los Angeles and Northern California consisting of 104 buildings.
Jerry S. Eisenberg
was promoted from regional director to director of operations for AIG Staff Counsel in Pittsburgh, Pa. in September 2013.
David F. Lehmann
is now the senior program manager at G2 Partners LLC in Houston, Texas, where he helps clients manage environmental risks and conditions.
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Jeffrey M. Nicholas
was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of Commission of the Georgia Trauma Care Network. He is an associate professor of surgery at Emory University. He has been full-time faculty at Grady Memorial Hospital since 2000. He was appointed chief of trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital and director of the Marcus Trauma Center in March 2012. Jeffrey also serves as the deputy chief of surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Robert E. Yelnosky
attended the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates playoff game with Juniata roommates David G. Wagner ’85 and John C. Makdad ’85.
Mary (Moynihan) Underwood
Christopher T. Ostrowski
wrote a children’s book titled Bobcat, Bear, and Fox. The book is now available for purchase at wingseedbooks.com.
1995 George N. Zanic
was appointed judge of Huntingdon County in January 2014. He served six years as district attorney, and prior to that as defense attorney and public defender. George’s first act as judge was to swear in Juniata classmate, David G. Smith ’89, as district attorney. Both George and David are graduates of Widener School of Law. (l-r) George N. Zanic ’89 and David G. Smith ’89.
was promoted to vice president of memory care for Maplewood Senior Living based in Westport, Conn. She developed the memory care program, oversees and supports the communities, and provides training to all associates for six assisted living communities.
published a book titled In Sickness and In Health: A Husband’s Story of Surviving Breast Cancer in July 2013. The book chronicles the 10-year battle against his wife Jennifer’s breast cancer.
accepted a position as senior geoscience advisor with Weatherford Laboratories in Golden, Colo.
taught a watercolor class in February and March 2014. In addition, she stays busy creating prayer quilts, as well as drawing and painting. Douglas A. Spotts
was named president of The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians for the 2014-2015 leadership year. In addition, he serves as the chapter trustee of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. Doug has been practicing family medicine for 18 years.
serves as the chief of Planning Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Baltimore District and chief of the Command Center for the $20 million Post-Hurricane Sandy Comprehensive Study.
Michael A. Streicker
David L. Matchen
Marilyn (Mitchell) Shaw
Amy (Broadbeck) Guise
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Meghan (Monaghan) Calfee
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earned her master’s degree in diplomacy with a concentration in international terrorism from Norwich University in June 2012.
Amanda M. Grannas
was one of seven faculty nationwide to receive the 2013 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She is a chemistry professor at Villanova University. Ellen (Bortel) Lippert
had a recent book signing at the Juniata College bookstore. Her book is titled George Ohr: Sophisticate and Rube. Ellen is currently an art history professor at Thiel College.
Daryl E. Christopher
has changed law firms and is now employed at Schmidt Kramer in Harrisburg, Pa. In 2013, Daryl was named to the Best Lawyers in America and recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He is a member of the American Association for Justice as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice where he serves as a 401K plan trustee and as the chair of the publications committee. He is an active member of the Medical Malpractice Section and the Amicus Curiae Committee, which presents issues to the court pertaining to personal-injury lawyers and their clients.
Photo: courtesy of Brittany Barbera ’06
Her Eye is on the ‘Sparrow Song’ Album
What were you doing on December 10, 2013? Most of us probably don’t remember, but Brittany Barbera ’06 certainly does. It was the day her first album was released on iTunes. The project, titled The Sparrow, is the culmination of years of preparation, performances delivered, prayers said, connections made, songs written, and leaps of faith taken. From Bethlehem to Nashville, it’s been quite a journey.
Q: How long have you been making music? A: I’m not a trained musician, but I’ve been
performing in one way or another since I was a kid. I’ve done a lot of singing and worship leading at church, but looking back, I had never really known a singer-songwriter until Lisa Detweiler ’07 walked into my room for the first time during my sophomore year at Juniata. We spent a lot of time writing and singing and experimenting with covers and original songs. She’s had a profound influence on my life and my music. Q: What did you do after Juniata and how did
you end up in Nashville?
A: I worked in construction management for a
Photo: courtesy of Brittany Barbera ’06
while, but the economy was unstable and I was laid off and brought back twice. One day I was talking to a friend about wanting to be in music, and wanting to know people who make music for a living. She said, “Well, let’s just pray about that.” The next day I heard about a music conference in Nashville where I could meet writers and musicians. Of course, I had to go.
Q: Did you stay after the conference? A: No, but shortly after, I just decided to pack up and drive to Nashville. I got a room and
hotel-hopped for a few months. Eventually, I found roommates and made friends with other people in the music industry. Q: How did you go from moving to Nashville to having an album on iTunes?
A: It’s been a lot of hard work and definitely collaboration. Nobody makes it on their
own. One of my friends is a sound engineer at a studio downtown and he suggested that I needed demos. So, I worked with him to record some covers. That led to more writing, which led to recording demos of my originals. I met a writer that I really clicked with and kept writing. I eventually recorded my EP. I’ve gotten some radio play in the northeast, so now my challenge is to continue talking with stations, making connections and marketing my music.
Q: How do you describe your music? A: My music is sort of a mesh of pop, country and folk. I care a lot about lyrics and my sound has been compared to artists like Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones.
Brittany’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and at www.brittanybarbera.com.
—David Meadows ’98, director of alumni relations and parent programs
Andrew J. McMullin
was promoted to manager of stakeholder management solutions at Burns and McDonnell, an engineering firm. He relocated to their regional office in Wallingford, Conn. where he manages more than 20 team members and oversees a portfolio of transmission projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and the New England states.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 15th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend—October 17-19, 2014. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Kesha A. Baptiste-Roberts
is assistant professor of nursing and public health sciences at Penn State University-Hershey. She co-edited and contributed chapters for Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice. The clinical textbook was published in December 2013. Kesha authored a chapter titled “Maternal Obesity and Implications for the Long-term Health of the Offspring,” and co-authored “Body Image as a Contributor to Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Racial Differences.”
Photo: courtesy of Brandyn Lau ’07
Juniatian Researches Silent but Deadly Killer In May of 2013, Brandyn Lau ’07 was awarded a three-year, $1.5 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as the co-principal investigator of “Preventing Venous Thromboembolism: Empowering Patients and Enabling Patient-Centered Care via Health Information Technology.” Brandyn incorporates technology to inform health care providers and patients of the danger of venous thromboembolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he is Instructor in Surgery and Health Sciences Informatics. Q: What makes VTE so dangerous? A: VTE, which comprises deep vein thrombosis and
Khara L. Koffel
is associate professor of art at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. In February, she had an art exhibition showcasing three of her pieces at the Walnut Gallery in Gadsden, Ala. Kunio M. Sayanagi
was selected to be part of the Forum for New Leaders in Space Sciences program organized jointly by U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Sciences. There were only two American planetary scientists to be in this year’s selection. Kunio is an assistant professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. John M. Siegfried
graduated from the University of California and San Diego State University in 2012 with a doctorate of philosophy degree in mathematics and science education. He is currently an assistant professor in the mathematics and statistics department at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
James W. Barnish
received his master’s degree in social work from Temple University Harrisburg on May 7, 2011. He is currently employed with Community Services for Children in Allentown, Pa. Daniel J. Sahd
is the coordinator for the international center at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.
Angela (Sauers) Silvers
is a patent agent at Workman Nydegger, an intellectual property law and litigation firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. The firm is Utah’s largest intellectual property law firm consisting of 40 attorneys and one patent agent. They provide local, national and international client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property litigation. In addition, they are ranked as a top firm by Intellectual Property Today and Chambers USA.
Jessica (Pritchard) Ickes
is the director of institutional research at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. Kristina J. Schmieder
received her master’s degree in communication from Saint Louis University on Dec. 9, 2013.
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Q: How could VTE risk be lowered for hospital patients? A: The purpose of the project is to ensure that hospitalized
patients are prescribed and administered all doses of medication to prevent VTEs. My team and I implemented a mandatory clinical decision support tool that requires physicians to consider individual patient risk factors. Upon completion, this short checklist and evidence-based algorithm recommends the appropriate treatment regimen. This could include blood thinners and/or compression stockings. Q: Is there much pushback from patients, nurses
A: There wasn’t any pushback from administration
or nurses, but what we did find was the need for standardized education among the nursing staff and patients. By making sure that talking points are consistent among physicians and nurses, we assure that patients are getting the information they need to make an informed decision regarding their VTE risk. If the patient refuses treatment, it is logged by a nurse and the reason for refusal is investigated.
Q: Do other hospitals take a similar approach? A: Despite the overwhelming evidence for the effectiveness of
medication to prevent VTE, the use of VTE prophylaxis is extremely underutilized in hospitals across the country and around the world. After we prove our intervention, we are already working to disseminate to the five other hospitals within the Johns Hopkins Medicine Network, and then hope to increase the scope of our project to include other hospitals.
—Christina (Garman) Miller ’01, assistant director of alumni relations
completed his doctorate in K-12 educational leadership at Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa. on Jan. 6, 2014.
Mindy J. Ward
pulmonary embolism, can feel like an innocent muscle cramp. Left untreated, part of the clot can break loose into the bloodstream, and eventually lodge in a small passageway, such as the lungs. The scary fact is VTE affects more than 2 million Americans a year and is the leading cause of preventable deaths. More than 100,000 patients die from this each year. That’s more than AIDS, breast cancer or car crashes combined. Every hospital patient has an increased risk for developing VTE due to several factors including, immobility, extended surgery time, cancer, pregnancy and mechanical ventilation.
William T. Campbell
Jude W. Harter
has been named education curator of The Warren County Historical Society. He is currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where he is working towards his Pennsylvania teaching certification. Curtis F. Ishler
has a new position since October 2013 as financial advisor associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in State College, Pa. Rachel N. Jones
started a new position in January 2014 as a physician recruiter at PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, Pa. Katherine (Laucks) Ruesgen
has a new position as a media department specialist at Rubenstein Public Relations in New York. Katie will be instrumental in helping RPR to expand upon its industry-leading media relations services and secure high-impact media exposure for the agency’s clients. Ryan L. Wetzel
created the One Button Studio, which has been named a 2014 Cutting Edge Service by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library and Information Technology Association.
Brandyn D. Lau
was recently elected as secretary and member of the board of directors for the Maryland Public Health Association, the state affiliate of the American Public Health Association.
Audrey D. (Fry) Smith
and husband, Justin, have moved to Okinawa, Japan, where Justin will serve for four years in the U.S. Air Force.
Joshua R. Crouse
is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Timothy P. Gill
has been promoted to supervising test engineerenvironmental emissions at Public Service Electric and Gas in Salem, N.J. Ashley R. Hileman
has joined the law firm of Leech Tishman as an associate in the corporate and real estate practice groups. She counsels clients on issues related to business formation and entity selection, corporate governance, and due diligence. Laura E. Waters
received a doctorate degree in experimental geochemistry and volcanology from The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan on Dec. 15, 2013. She has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University where she will continue her research in the field of experimental geochemistry.
Be sure to mark your calendar for your 5th Reunion Celebration at Homecoming & Family Weekend—October 17-19, 2014. Please contact the alumni office if you would like to volunteer and serve on your reunion committee. (1-877-JUNIATA; firstname.lastname@example.org). John Dawes Jr.
won the Microsoft 501c Innovation Award for 2013, working with Potomac River Keepers. He created an app that allows people to quickly report water pollution to the DEP. Morgan (O’Dellick) Williams
is a senior communications consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. She develops and executes comprehensive communications strategies, tactics, deliverables, and metrics in support of the Defense sector.
Jeffrey T. Berkey
joined the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. and an office in Naples, Fla.
was recognized as one of the professionals selected for Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Foremost Under 40” in October 2013. Each year, Pennsylvania Business Central collects nominations from across its 22-county coverage area. The final list of honorees is selected by its staff, based upon who they believe to have made the biggest impact in the past year. Then, they recognize those rising stars in the business community with a brief profile, detailing their accomplishments, current projects and aspirations. William serves as the assistant vice president relationship manager for Juniata Valley Bank in Mifflintown, Pa. Diahann E. Mosier
gave a talk at the February 2014 Lunch and Learn presentation held at the Huntingdon County Historical Society in Huntingdon, Pa. She provided historical context and insights about antique and vintage clothing on exhibit from Huntingdon County Historical Society’s collection. Diahann has much experience in retailing antique textiles as well as a degree in fine arts.
Zachary N. Gordon
accepted a position with the law firm of Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko, and Pocrass, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition, Zachary won the 2013 University of Pittsburgh School of Law Appellate Moot Court Competition. Stephanie E. Strauss
started a new position in March 2014 as assistant women’s volleyball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Katelyn R. Houston
attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and plans to receive her master’s degree in chemistry in May 2017. In addition, Katelyn received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Steelman Teaching Award. Ellen T. Santa Maria
Q: What did you do to help the community you were serving? A: I worked with the local women’s group to provide and install cook-
stoves to the community. Most families use an open fire pit on a table in an unventilated room or shack. These new stoves were more fuel-efficient and clean-burning which meant better cooking and less illness to those breathing in the smoke, and it didn’t hurt that they were also more attractive looking than the fire pits. We could only provide stoves for a portion of the community, so it was important to look at who had the most need, not necessarily those whom the women’s group knew personally.
works as a writing tutor at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. since September 2013.
Q: So, even in this small community, there were
those in greater need than others. In what ways?
A: It’s interesting to see the social and economic
Sara B. Long
has joined CPA Associates in Huntingdon, Pa. as a staff accountant. She will assist the firm with auditing, tax and accounting services while working toward becoming a certified public accountant. Joel L. Rhodes
Q: What were some of the more remarkable differences between
your home life and life in the village?
A: In Connecticut, I don’t even know my neighbors, but in my
community in the Dominican Republic it wasn’t unusual to be invited into someone’s home for a visit. They’d invite me over for something to drink or just to talk. It also wasn’t unusual to sit in silence. It was awkward for me at first, but I got used to it. Also, it’s amazing how much variety we have at our disposal in the United States. Stepping into a grocery store after being back home was a bit of a culture shock.
Q: What was your biggest take away from this experience? A: I realized that one of the reasons people and countries continue to
be poor is because it takes so much time and energy to carry out the basic tasks of daily living. They spend a lot of time doing things that we take for granted – like getting clean drinking water. I’m honored to have helped in some small way. I feel like my life and hopefully theirs, too, is a little richer now.
— Katie (Padamonsky) Dickey ’97 , associate director of alumni relations
has joined Home Share Now as an AmeriCorps member via the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. Home Share Now cultivates matches for home providers and home seekers to expand the possibilities for how we live according to a statement from the organization. Facilitating shared housing where services are performed in exchange for affordable housing is about harnessing available opportunity, the release stated. Joel has studied in Ireland in addition to working in sustainable forestry in Oregon, renovating houses at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and serving at a daycare in Mexico.
Photo: courtesy of Scott Sloat ’10
stratification. Some families who were exceptionally poor got their water from the river. Those who had the resources and were physically able walked to a store, which was quite a bit away, where they filled up their five-gallon jugs with water and carried them back home. Even though that meant cleaner and safer water, I can say from personal experience that it wasn’t easy to get. A five-gallon jug is heavy.
Photo: courtesy of Scott Sloat ’10
Photo: courtesy of Scott Sloat ’10
Scott Sloat ’10 was prepared to start his service in the Peace Corps knowing that his Juniata education in International Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies would provide a strong academic background and that his two trips abroad as a student would provide the practical experience of living outside the United States. He even took a crash course in French to prepare for the assignment in West Africa. But at the last minute, he was rerouted to the Dominican Republic. There he put his Spanish language experience to good use and even got to try out the French he had worked so hard to acquire. Scott spent over two years in Higuero, a small rural community of approximately 400 individuals making up 80 to 90 families. And now less than a year since coming home to the U.S., he’s returning as a Project Director for the nonprofit organization 7Elements. He will develop sustainability programs to benefit community partners. The programs will be carried out by visiting young people with the aim of developing social and cultural awareness. Photo: courtesy of Scott Sloat ’10
Peace Corps: Lessons in Daily Living
The Power of the Juniata Network Worth its W e
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Marriages Julia C. Tutino ’00
and Casey Fuhrman were united in marriage on Nov. 9, 2013 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Conewago, Pa. The couple currently resides in Hanover, Pa. Rani K. Vasudeva ’00
and Stephen La Monica were united in marriage on March 2, 2013 at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, Pa. In attendance were Natalie (Todor) Bischof ’00, Alicia (Wann) Pereschuck ’00, Zachary A. Huber ’99, Danielle (Walker) Meagher ’01, Megan C. Brown ’02, Alicia L. Perusse ’01, Elaine (Kneller) McMullen ’01 and Ann M. E. Margrave ’01. Sarah R. Moyer ’02
and Ryan McGarry were united in marriage on Nov. 16, 2013 in Baltimore, Md. (l-r) Brooke E. Berger ’03, Clay Z. Moyer ’72, Linda (Hoover) Moyer ’72, Rory J. Kelleher ’04, Carol (Hoover) Gordon ’76, Jonathan J. Booth ’03, Sarah (Moyer) McGarry ’02, Andrew B. Raup ’03, Jillian (Davis) Pinkard ’04, Timothy Beale, Melissa E. Berdine ’04 and Jennifer L. Dorsch ’02. Laura M. Rath ’06
and Jeremy Brown were married on Sept. 7, 2013 at the Hathaway House in McGraw, N.Y. Juniata classmates Angela (Davidson) O’Brien ’06, Karin (Brown) Ranker ’06, and Julie R. Hatfield ’06 joined in the celebration.
Michael P. Martin ’08
and Ines Rosenbaum were united in marriage on Nov. 14, 2011 in Nassau, Bahamas. Ines was an exchange student from Germany at Juniata. Michael moved to Germany after graduating and received his master’s degree in finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in 2010. At the same time, Ines received a master’s degree from the University of Marburg. In 2012, they left Germany to return to Pennsylvania. Michael now works in Financial Services in State College, Pa. and Ines is a doctorate candidate for Germanic linguistics at Penn State University. Tara M. McMinn ’08
and Ryan Wotus were united in marriage on Sept. 7, 2013 in Horse Valley, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were Bethany M. Kozak ’09, Priscilla (Grove) Gibboney ’78, Kelly Popernik-Gertz ’08, Aaron P. Chamberlain ’07, Jill E. Walsh ’08, Courtney M. Callas ’08, Mindy B. Werner ’08, Robert S. McMinn ’79, Marsha (McMinn) Dykstra ’77, Edward J. Trowbridge ’83, Jessica (Winemiller) Gibboney ’08, Ali (Meckey) Schilling ’08, Katie (Rhoads) Weber ’08, John E. Weber ’07, Matthew J. Pierotti ’07, Jennifer C. Melis ’08, Travis M. Sumner ’08, Chase A. Dykstra ’13, Laurie (Nuernberger) McMinn ’80, Spencer E. McMinn ’05, and Lauren (Peppers) McMinn ’05.
Lindsee D. Ruggles ’08
and Dylan Lamborn were united in marriage on Sept. 14, 2013 at Lake Raystown Resort. (l-r) Samantha E. Monty ’08, Amy E. Hanson ’06, Ashley R. Hileman ’08, Lindsee (Ruggles) Lamborn ’08, Jennifer (Bair) Rhoten ’08, Tamara L. Wolfgang ’08, Jordan Miller ’05, Kathleen P. O’Leary ’08, and Jennifer (Gouldey) Shearer ’08. Sara (Detrick) Stoltzfus ’09
and James Fairchild were united in marriage on Aug. 10, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Sara Beth will graduate in 2014 with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas. James graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a master’s degree in speech communication. He also has a master’s degree from Texas A&M in agricultural development. The couple currently lives in Austin, Texas. Nicholas J. Wilson ’10
and Abby Mowery were united in marriage on June 1, 2013 at Lewistown Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, Pa. Juniata alumni and faculty in attendance were Daniel E. Kraft ’10, Kevin M. Branch ’11 and Dawn E. Hayes ’95, Norm Siems, and Grace Fala. In addition, Nick accepted a learning support teaching position at Lewistown Elementary School in Lewistown, Pa.
Alyssa M. Kress ’11 and Daniel R. Reed ’10
were united in marriage on Oct. 19, 2013 at The Links at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa. Juniata alumni in attendance were Kristin M. Beiswenger ’11, Clare L. Coda ’10, Molly (Harlacker) Cupler ’10, Zachary A. Cupler ’11, Alicia A. Dahl ’11, Paul J. Dennehy ’10, Lester J. Dupes ’87, Linda (Selcher) Dupes ’88, Brandi J. Flood ’11, Nikolai T. Klena ’12, Benjamin A. Maurer ’11, Jordan A. McGowan ’10, John P. O’Donnell ’10, Megan M. Peterson ’10, Erica A. Quinn ’10, Laura E. Rupprecht ’10, Katrina M. Shughrue ’11, Andrea (Gibble) Weir ’11, Mark Weir ’11, Jacob E. Weller ’11, and Jordan A. Yeagley ’10. Brittany V. Danel ’12 and Kyle R. Brewer ’12 g’13 Lisa N. Morgan ’12 and Dustin M. Drake ’12
were united in marriage on Aug. 11, 2012.
were united in marriage on Aug. 17, 2013.
Births Frank T. Armetta ’94
and wife Allison are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lance Francesco, on Nov. 9, 2012. Frank currently owns a State Farm Insurance Agency, Armetta Financial Service LLC, in Allentown, Pa. J. Andrew Forsythe ’97
and wife Tricia are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Allyria Kamaryn, on Nov. 17, 2013. Heather (Hueglin) Marchese ’97
and husband Carl are proud to announce the birth of their son, Rocco Simon, on Nov. 5 2013. (l-r) Holly (Hugelin) Wade ’98, Jonathan Wade, Cooper Marchese, Heather (Hugelin) Marchese ’97 and Rocco Marchese. Shane M. Staley ’97
and wife Ali are proud to announce the birth of their son, Wren Michael, on Sept. 8, 2013. He was welcomed home by big sister Avery, 5. Jennifer (Heaster) Chadwick ’98
and husband Jon are proud to announce the birth of their son, John Maxwell, on March 25, 2013. He weighed 8 lbs. 11 ozs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. He was welcomed home by older sisters Sophia, 8, Olivia, 6, and Isabella, 4. Heather (Carty) Forberger ’00
and husband Brian, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Abram Glenn, on Jan. 6, 2014. He was welcomed home by big sister, Wren Laurel, 5, and big brother, Evan Quinn, 3.
Brian F. Raup ’00
and wife Amy are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn, on Sept. 18, 2013. She weighed 9 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 21 inches long. She was welcomed home by big brothers, Mason, 9, and Carter, 6. Diana (Goodley) Cutrona ’01
and husband Edward are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Rose, on July 18, 2013. She weighed 8 lbs. 11 ozs. and was 21 inches long. Elizabeth was welcomed home by big sisters Abigail, 4, and Lily, 18 months. Kristin (Gallagher) Norton ’01
and husband Thom are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cyrus Thomas, on Oct. 25, 2013. He weighed 9 lbs. 2 ozs. Kathleen (Ceonzo) ’02 and Andrew R. Ashcraft ’02
are proud to announce the birth of their twins, Theo Francis and Natalie Jade on Feb. 2, 2014. Theo weighed 5 lbs. 14 ozs. and was 18 inches long. Natalie weighed 5 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 19.25 inches long. They were welcomed home by their big brother, Chad, 3. Seth T. Mesoras ’02
and wife Jennifer are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Macy Amber, on March 29, 2013. Macy was welcomed home by big sister, Bella.
Tammy (Chaloux) Tosti ’02
and husband Ed are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Everly, on Aug. 15, 2013. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 ozs. and was 18 1/2 inches long. She was welcomed home by big sister, Sydney Grace, 3. Stacey E. (McDonald) Bowser ’03
and husband Eric are proud to announce the birth of their son, Eli Thomas, on Feb. 7, 2014. He weighed 8 lbs. 8.5 ozs. and was 20 inches long. Jamie (Wallish) Hund ’03
and husband Matthew are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Lou, on Jan. 8, 2013. She was welcomed home by big brothers Andy and Josh. Megan (McElroy) ’03 and Jesse H. Rhodes ’03
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Claire, on May 23, 2013. She was welcomed home by big brother, Jake, 2 1/2. Kristin (Wilson) Rofe ’03
and husband Nick are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alden LeRoy, on Sept. 21, 2012. Luke J. Widich ’03
and wife Jen are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Robert, on March 7, 2014. He weighed 6 lbs. 8 ozs. and was welcomed home by big sisters Ava, 4, and Elle, 2. Suzanne (Gardner) Everett ’04
and husband Ray are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Violet Charles. She was welcomed home by big sister, Annabel. Kathleen (Trainor) Burns ’05
and husband Jason are proud to announce the birth of their son, Bryan Charles, on Oct. 12, 2013.
Jessa (McKillop) Blount ’06
and husband Trevor are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alan Joseph, in July 2011. Janelle (Mitchell) ’07 and Michael J. Meadows ’07
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Josephine Olida, on Feb. 16, 2014. She weighted 7 lbs. 12 ozs. and was 19 inches long. Amber (Thomas) Rieger ’09
and husband Tim are proud to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Selah Elaine and Leyna Joann on Feb. 15, 2014. Selah was 6 lbs. 4 ozs. and 19 inches long and Leyna was 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and 19 1/4 inches long. Amanda (Bair) Clouser ’10
and husband Jason are proud to announce the birth of their son, Emmett James, on June 5, 2013. He weighed 10 lbs. 12.5 ozs. and was 28.5 inches long. Daniel E. Kraft ’10
and wife Samantha are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brandton Grady, on June 22, 2013. Chellcey J. Jones ’13
and Stephen Long, former employee of Sodexo on campus, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Serenity Grace, on Aug. 12, 2013.
I met a Juniata alum in the most unusual place...
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I’m a third-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. While on my orthopedic surgery rotation, I was fortunate to scrub in with the chief of orthopedic surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital. As we were preparing to start a case, he asked me where I went to undergrad school. I told him I graduated from Juniata. Before I could include my addendum of “It’s a small school near Penn State,” he started laughing. I asked him if he had heard of it and he told me that he too graduated from Juniata. Robert P. Good ’69 and I shared stories about Juniata. He played basketball and I played football, so it was neat to hear about how things have changed in the athletic department. —Mark W. Berguson ’11
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Obituaries Nancy (Pandolfino) Georgeanni ’37
December 24, 2013—Nancy was a retired school teacher from the Beverly City School District in New Jersey. She loved her church, St. Paul’s in Burlington, N.J. She was a member of St. Paul’s Young at Heart as well as Burlington Township Senior Citizens Club. Her grandchildren were the loves of her life and her new great granddaughter, Teagan, made her eyes light up with joy. Nancy is survived by son Michael and his wife Barbara, daughter Frances and her husband Brian, four grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Frederick D. Sayer ’39
November 23, 2013—Frederick received a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed by The Procter & Gamble Co. until he entered military service in 1942. Following wartime service in the Air Force in the United States, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan, he was relieved from active duty in 1946 and was employed by Sylvania Electric Products Inc. in Emporium and Altoona, Pa. Recalled to active military duty in 1949, he served in the U.S. Air Force until retirement in 1972. He also served in Korea and Vietnam and was stationed in Japan, Europe and numerous duty stations in the United States. After retirement, he returned to Brookville, Pa. where he served on the borough council, borough planning commission and the boards of the Arthurs Memorial Library and Brookville Industrial Foundation. As an elder of the Presbyterian Church, he served as a trustee and a member of the session. He was also a member of the Air Force Association, Military Officer’s Association of America, Armed Forces Benefit Association and Pinecrest Country Club. He is survived by daughter Leslie and her husband Dan, daughter Linda and her husband Tim, daughter Anne and her husband Robert, son William and his wife Meghan, two stepsons Charles and Stephen, and several grandchildren. Erma (Nissley) Beaver ’41
June 7, 2013
Dorothy (Mills) Jeffries ’41
December 8, 2013—Dorothy was preceded in death by husband Edwin A. Jeffries ’40. She is survived by daughters Kim and Pam, and son Mark. H. Willard Rhodes ’41
December 28, 2013—Willard received a master’s degree in education from The University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He was affiliated with the Church of the Brethren for most of his life. He retired as a mathematics teacher from Plymouth, Pa.—Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting,
Montgomery County, in 1982 after 20 years of service. He began his teaching career at Pleasantville High School in Alum Bank, Pa. and moved on to teach at Everett High School, North Wales High School, and Morrisons Cove High School, before moving to Montgomery County. He enjoyed reading, puzzle solving, and gardening. He was preceded in death by wife, Lois CoffmanBeegle Rhodes ’43. Harry is survived by daughter Carol and her husband Rob, stepdaughters Janet and Margo, stepson Bruce, four step-grandchildren, and a cousin, Joseph A. Hinish ’55. Stephen L. Willard ’41
November 15, 2013—Stephen received a master’s degree in history at Columbia University in New York, N.Y. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. Stephen is survived by wife Mary, son Michael, son Tim and his wife Cynthia, two granddaughters, a grandson, a greatgrandson, and a great-granddaughter. V. Elaine (Albert) Briggs ’44
November 14, 2013—Elaine was a music teacher and band leader at Slippery Rock Middle School in Slippery Rock, Pa. After retiring, she and her husband moved to Fort Myers, Fla. After her husband’s death, she moved to Brownstown, Mich., to live near her daughter. While living in Butler Pa., Elaine was involved in Butler Little Theatre, was a professional soloist with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and other local symphony orchestras, a choir director at the Hill Presbyterian Church, and was a substitute teacher in the Butler School District. Elaine was preceded in death by husband, Bruce H. Briggs ’48. She is survived by daughter Toni and her husband Thomas, son Bruce and his wife Wendy, five grandchildren, a greatgrandson, and extended family through other marriages including two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Evelyn (Springer) Kriebel ’44
December 29, 2013—Evelyn taught public school music at all levels during her 30-year career in Souderton Area (Montgomery County) and Pennridge (Bucks County) school districts and retired in 1985. She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron, and was a former president of the SoudertonTelford Jr. Women’s Club. Evelyn volunteered at Grandview Hospital until she and her husband moved to their retirement home in Loganton. During her life, Evelyn and her husband were fortunate enough to visit all 50 states in addition to many European countries. For the past 15 years, she has lived in Franklin, Tenn. where she was a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by daughter Carol, daughter Marcia, and her husband Steve, son Robert and his wife Patricia, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Geraldine (Baer) Rodan ’46
February 13, 2014—Gerry worked for Westinghouse and Public Service of New Jersey. Later, she pursued a master’s degree in education at Glassboro State College and taught language arts for more than 20 years in Haddonfield, N.J. She volunteered with Haddon Fortnightly and Girl Scouts in Haddonfield, N.J., at Mercy Hospital in Monroe, Mich. and was an active church member throughout her life. Gerry is survived by daughter Wendy and her husband Steve, son Mark and his wife Lois, three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Gerald S. Gump ’47
December 16, 2013—Gerald served in the U.S. Army and worked for 39 years at Shell Oil Company. In retirement, he continued his involvement with the Boy Scouts and enjoyed traveling with his wife of 62 years, Ada. He is survived by daughter Peggy, son Jerry, and several grandchildren and great-grandsons. John S. Schell ’48
November 1, 2013—John enlisted as a private in World War II and was discharged as a captain and commanding officer in Gen. Patton’s Third Army. He received the citations of Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. While in the service, he met an Army nurse who would become his wife. They were married in England in 1945. John then went on to receive a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from Penn State University. He spent the majority of his professional career as a dean and professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Upon retiring, John and his wife lived in southern Texas for 25 years and they were able to travel the world. In 2004, they returned to State College, Pa. where he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. In addition, he was a member of the Masons, the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. John is survived by wife, Rosalyn (Niemeyer) Schell ’48, son Alan G. Schell ’73 and his wife Terri, son John and his wife Joanne, son Gary and his wife Christina, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. William J. Allmond ’49
December 20, 2013—Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was involved in the invasion of Normandy in 1944. He was the recipient of five Bronze Stars. Bill’s 30-year career was as a district sales manager for Kellogg’s Cereal Company, which took him all over New York and parts of New
England. He was a league bowler and avid golfer for many years, and enjoyed playing into his 80s with his own “dream team” of golfing buddies. He loved big band music of the 1940s and owned a large collection of records and CD’s of famous orchestras and swing bands. Bill is survived by daughter Kathleen and her husband James, son Edward and his wife Bonnie, and granddaughter Rebecca. Richard E. Lindenberger ’49
March 7, 2014—Richard served in the U.S. Army until 1945. He landed at Utah Beach on D-Day and served with the Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge. He was later employed by Standard Steel Company of Burnham, Pa. for 36 years as a sales representative and marketing manager. Richard is survived by son Richard and his wife Tonie, son Jeffrey and his wife Margaret, and two grandchildren. Donald L. Pedrick ’49
October 11, 2013—Donald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 19501952 and moved to the Midwest in 1953. From 1966-1973, Donald was a teacher in Rockford, Ill. at the Atwood Outdoor Education Center and Marsh School, and three years in New Jersey. He was director of Community Action Child Care in Springfield, Mass. and later worked in the foster care program in Rockford Office of DCFS, retiring in 1990. In his retirement, Donald worked part-time at the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Klehm Arboretum, and volunteered for several local not-for-profit organizations. He is survived by son Jonathan, son Christopher and his wife Anne, and two granddaughters. Andrew Christos ’50
April 4, 2007
Shirley Mae (Frymire) McCall ’50
December 1, 2013—Robert served with the U.S. Marine Reserves from 1948-1950. He later served with the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He was employed for 34 years at E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Del. He served as the zone chairman and president of the New Castle Hundred Lions Club and was also Deputy District Governor of Lions International for the State of Delaware. Robert served as the Commissioner of Cub Scouts, president of his condo association, trustee in the New Castle Presbyterian Church and on the planning board of Historic New Castle in Delaware. In addition, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Pa., Elks Lodge 731, Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, and the Waynesboro Country Club. He enjoyed spending time with family, walking the Delaware beaches, reading Civil War material, watching movies and traveling the back roads of Waynesboro and Chambersburg. Robert is survived by son Robert and his wife Kristie, and three grandchildren. Joan (Weaver) Redenberger ’52
November 8, 2013—Joan was employed as a medical assistant for 17 years and retired from Abbey Home Health Care in 1992. She was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, Pa. She was a former treasurer of the Altoona Symphony League and a past president of the Blair County Chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants. In addition, she was a member of the church choir and former director of the bell choir at St. James Lutheran Church in Altoona, Pa. Joan started the chapel choir at Homewood and served as their director for eight years, and she was also a member of their religious life committee. She was preceded in death by husband, Charles E. Redenberger ’58. George A. Condos ’53
September 11, 2013—George left behind a legacy to all who he met as he was a great role
model to many friends and colleagues. He is survived by his wife Ginny of 61 years, son Glenn and his wife DiAnne, daughter Diane, daughter Barbara and her husband Thomas, daughter Debbie and her husband Brad, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Lee Dean Davis ’53
December 13, 2013—Dean served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was employed by the State of Pennsylvania as a budget analyst. He also worked in the Ad Services Department of The Harrisburg Patriot News. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was an avid golfer and doll house builder. Dean is survived by daughter Sharon and her husband William, daughter Susan and her husband Gary, a granddaughter, three grandsons, and five great-grandsons. Joseph F. Dobal ’53
November 2, 2013—Joseph served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II and with United States occupation forces in Japan after the war. He attended American University in Washington, D.C. Joseph was a sales and marketing officer and retired as a delegate from the Small Business Administration to the U.N. Industrial Development Organization. Earlier, he had sales-related jobs with Owens Corning Fiberglass in Washington, D.C. and ran a sales and marketing company called Joseph Dobal & Associates. He also worked at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Interior before joining SBA. In addition, he served on inaugural committees for Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He is survived by son Michael, daughters Marci, Danise and Karen, and six grandchildren. Bradley W. Hetrick ’53
February 5, 2014—Bradley received a master’s degree in English from the Air Force Institute of Technology. After 25 years of service, he retired from the U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam and was a navigator for
Photo: Chelsea Wonder ’10
March 10, 2014—Shirley attended the Deaconess Training School in Baltimore, Md. She worked two years as a parish worker at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lititz, Pa., followed by two years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norristown, Pa. After marriage, she taught first and third grade at Lynnewood Elementary School in Haverford Township until her children were born. Shirley taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was active in the women’s and global missions groups. In addition, she was active in the Auxiliary of the Lutheran Deaconess Community where she served as treasurer for many years. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Recently, she served as a hospice volunteer at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Shirley is survived by husband Lynn, daughter Dianne and her husband John, daughter Ellen and her husband Gary, and two grandchildren.
Robert A. Rotz ’51
flight missions all over the world. In addition, he served for many years as the church treasurer of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boiling Springs, Pa. He enjoyed life, spending time with his family, telling and hearing jokes, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and spending time at his log cabin at Raystown Lake. Bradley is survived by wife Janet, son Gregory K. Hetrick ’81 and his wife Carole, son Chris and his wife Pauline, son Curtis and his wife Betsy, stepson Jerry and his wife Suzanne, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Anthony Segalavich ’53
December 17, 2013—Anthony enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1955. After completing his military service, he returned to Juniata and served as the offensive foordinator for the football team. One of Anthony’s most memorable moments was coaching in the Tangerine Bowl. Upon completion of his coaching career, he worked for U.S. Steel Lorain Works and later as the owner and operator of the Athletic Club at Newcomerstown, Ohio. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and enjoyed woodworking and golfing in his earlier days. He is survived by wife, Annette, son William, daughter Suzanna, and a grandson. Donald R. Sikes ’53
February 27, 2014—Don was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired as a registered representative in finance and insurance with Genworth Financial. He was a longtime member and elder of the First Reformed Church of Boonton, N.J. Don enjoyed music, reading, language, gardening, history and helping people. Surviving are his beloved wife of 58 years, Margaret (Ferguson) Sikes ’54, daughters Elizabeth, Barbara, Gail, son Donald, 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Eugene R. Rothenberger ’55
January 12, 2014—Gene was inducted into Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame where he currently holds the long jump record. He graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Ind. in 1958, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Degree. Gene returned to his hometown Boyertown, Pa. and served the community for 52 years as a dedicated doctor who would see his patients at any hour of the day or night. He was an avid golfer and an Eagles fan. He also had a passion for singing and was often referred to as “Sinatra”. He was the vocalist for Arlan Saylor’s Big Band and was thrilled when he was invited to sing with the Director’s Band, after nine years, when they performed at Fredrick Living this past September. He was a member of New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville. He served the Lord in every aspect of his life and leaves behind a legacy of deep faith and trust in God. He was truly a blessing to all who knew him and touched many people with his generosity and kindness. He was preceded in death by brother, Jack R. Rothenberger ’52. He is survived by wife Nancy, daughters Tammy and Elizabeth, and two grandsons. Donald E. Replogle ’57
January 22, 2014—Donald was the regional sales manager for Eiki International Audio Visual Company and retired after more than 28 years of service. He enjoyed his work as a cast member at the Disney Co. for more than five years in addition to golfing and rooting for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He also was a member of the Florida Citrus Sports. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth (Bowser) Replogle ’57. He is survived by son Kent and his wife Kathy, son Kelly and his wife Paula, son Kevin and his wife Linda, daughter Kathy, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a cousin, Robert G. Bowers ’64.
Newton C. Taylor ’57
March 13, 2014—In 1960, Newt received his law degree from Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., where he served as president of his class. As an attorney, he was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 17, 1961, the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1964, and the United States Supreme Court in 1964. From April 17, 1961 to April 4, 1980, Newton conducted a law practice in Huntingdon, Pa. In November of 1967, he was elected district attorney of Huntingdon County. He was appointed president judge of Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas by Gov. Richard L. Thornburgh in February 1980. He was sworn in April 4, 1980, and served through Jan. 5, 1992. From that time until the present, Newt practiced law part time. During his judicial years, Newton was a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, serving on the Corrections Committee of the latter. Newt was passionate about two hobbies: baseball and bridge. Each spring, he looked forward to attending major league baseball games in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and was a “walking encyclopedia” of baseball statistics and trivia. He had been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Newt’s special interest was the U.S. presidents. He visited countless presidential museums and libraries and the gravesites and nearby exhibits of all the deceased presidents. He loved his country, its history, its traditions and its form of government. Newt is survived by wife Nancy, son David and his wife Erica, daughter Mary Jane and her husband Jack, and two granddaughters. Charles G. Passmore ’58
February 3, 2014—Charles was a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1951 to 1954 on the USS Siboney CVE–112 Escort Carrier, Norfolk, Va. He worked for the Pennsylvania Economy League in Harrisburg for seven years and then joined the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 24 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Pine Glen Church of the Brethren after transferring his membership from the Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren. Charles is survived by wife, Helen, two sisters, and brother Robert A. Passmore ’58. Charles E. Redenberger ’58
Photo: Candice Hersh
November 7, 2013—Charles received his master’s degree in music from West Chester State Teachers College. He served in the U.S. Army stateside from 1945-1947. He retired in June 1986 after 30 years as a teacher in the Altoona Area School District. He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, Pa. and a member of the church choir at St. James Lutheran Church in Altoona, Pa. He also was a
member of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra since 1942, as well as its past concertmaster. Charles was known for his chamber music and was founder of the Altoona Youth String Orchestra from 1962-1968. In addition, he conducted the Mount Aloysius College Orchestra and was well-known as a violinist and a music teacher. Charles was married to the late Joan (Weaver) Redenberger ’52. Jane (Gribben) Dean ’59
October 31, 2013—Jane was a committed housewife and mother who was a longtime member of Hiland Presbyterian Church. She is survived by husband Donald, daughter Diane (Dean) Pisarcik ’89 and her husband Mark, son David, and two grandchildren.
Photo: Christopher Shannon ’09
M. Kim Burket ’60
November 11, 2013—Kim worked at Gimbels Department Store in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1960 to 1966. From 1966 to 1968, he was employed by Swigart Associates in Huntingdon, Pa. as an auto insurance underwriter and in life insurance sales and advertising. In 1968, he began employment with Mead Consumer and Office Products in Alexandria, Pa., where he held managerial positions in various departments until he retired in 1999. After retiring, he worked at Stultz and Brown, Miller’s Auto Parts, John B. Funeral Home Inc., and taught a variety of courses at Dubois Business College in Huntingdon, Pa. Kim was an active member of the Huntingdon Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Huntingdon Rotary Club, Huntingdon Jaycees and the Huntingdon Country Club, as well as the Big Orange Golf League. He enjoyed attending sports events, especially Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football games, playing golf, and reading. His interests included politics and community organizations, automobiles, and visiting friends. Kim is survived by second wife, Jean, son Brent, daughter Amy and her husband Robert, and four grandchildren. Mary Ann (Sikora) Null ’60
January 22, 2014—Mary Ann received a master’s degree in education from Temple University. She was a member of the Fulper Stangel Club and the Shelley Club in Hampton, N.J. In addition, she was a former director of the Haytown Nursery School in Clinton Township. Mary Ann is survived by husband George, daughter Amy and her husband Andrew, son Michael, and two grandchildren. Alan S. King ’61
Thomas M. Kyper ’61
November 5, 2013—Thomas served in the U.S. Navy for four years on the destroyer USS Stockton. In addition, he spent a good amount of time in the South Pacific at the end of World War II. He received awards for his military service including the European Theater Ribbon and Pacific Theater Ribbon with seven stars, American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. In 1979, Thomas retired as a shift commander. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed deep sea fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them outdoor sports such as water skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. He was an inventor of the Kyper Flint for muzzle loaders, which was patented in 1982. He attended the First Baptist Church of Saltillo, Pa. Thomas is survived by wife Beulah, daughter Bonnie, daughter Marjorie and her husband Richard, daughter Marie and her husband William, son Thomas and his wife Rita, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Emory W. Parsons ’63
January 30, 2014—Sonny received his bachelor’s degree of science in pharmacy
from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1966. Sonny and his business partner enjoyed serving their communities at the Modnur Pharmacies in Mercersburg and St. Thomas, and McLaughlin’s Drug Store in McConnellsburg. They were business partners for 40 years. Sonny also found great joy serving on the board of directors at Community State Bank of Orbisonia for 40 years. His father, Emory, started the bank with several other men in 1951. Sonny joined the board in 1974 and was elected chairman in 1991. He was a long-standing member of the First United Methodist Church of Mercersburg where he most recently chaired the Finance Committee. He enjoyed spending his summers working the family farm in Fulton County. Sonny had many hobbies including raising dogs and small livestock, woodworking, photography, potato frying, leather working, sauerkraut stomping, ice-cream making, beekeeping and gardening. Sonny is survived by wife, Carol (Nelson) Parsons ’66, son Michael, son Andrew and his wife Trisha, daughter Jessica and her husband Joseph, daughter Emily and her husband Tim, daughter Kathryn and her husband Kohji, eight grandchildren, sister Barbara (Parsons) Barlow ’60, and niece Rebekah B. Barlow ’93. John P. Reeves ’64
November 19, 2013—John received his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He was a leading researcher who studied the function and regulation of the cell membrane sodium and calcium exchanger at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas, the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, N.J., and the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He joined the New Jersey Medical School faculty as a professor in 1993 and remained stayed there until his retirement. He published more than 130 research articles and reviews. These included several seminal papers and collaborations with many leading
October 14, 2013—Alan graduated from Harvard Medical School, where his medical training then took him to Buffalo, N.Y. and Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served two years of military service at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. In 1971, Alan brought his family to Albuquerque, N.M. to complete his
cardiology training. His cardiology practice in New Mexico included time spent as a faculty member at University of New Mexico Medical School as well as Lovelace Medical Center, Cardiology Consultants and New Mexico Heart Institute. In his retirement, he was governor of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Cardiology from 1996 to 1999 and served on the board of the New Heart Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation. Alan was an athlete and outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed playing tennis, jogging, and camping. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel J. King ’28, mother, Frances (Shelly) King ’29, and uncle, Bernard N. King ’30. He is survived by wife Ann, daughters Alison, Kathy and Deborah, sons-in-law Ed and Jared, four grandchildren, and sister, Ann (King) Layman ’63.
scientists in his field. In 2006, he was inducted into Stuart Cook Master Educators’ Guild in recognition of contributions to teaching and curriculum development in addition to a three-year-term as the associate dean for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark, N.J. During his retirement, he co-founded the Piedmont Percolator coffeehouse, was the secretary of the Democratic town committee, and was also a member of the Springfield Photographic Society. John was an awardwinning photographer, poet and drummer. He enjoyed playing tennis and listening to jazz music as well as spending time with his family at their lake house in New York. John is survived by wife, Judy, daughter Anne, daughter Kathryn and her husband Gregg, son James, and grandson Aidan. Peggy (Dilling) Walker ’64
January 7, 2014—Peggy is survived by husband Terry, son Kenneth and his wife Sandy, son Brian and his wife Jill, and four grandchildren. Donald L. Engle ’65
January 16, 2014—Donald took graduate courses at Misercordia University in Dallas, Pa. He was a teacher at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pa. and served as the athletic director for more than 30 years. He coached baseball and football. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf in addition to following local sports. Donald is survived by wife Judy, daughter Susan, daughter Tracy and her husband Sean, and three grandchildren. Stephen R. Herr ’67
November 1, 2013—Stephen received his master’s degree in paleontology from the University of Iowa in 1970 and moved to Tulsa, Okla. to work in the oil industry. His career took him to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. After he returned to the United States, Stephen earned his doctorate of philosophy in environmental science from Oklahoma State University. He then taught physical and environmental science at Oral Roberts University for more than 20 years. Stephen is survived by wife Maret (Piirand) Herr ’68, son Andrew and his wife Brenda, son Jeremy and his wife Huey, son Timothy and his wife Ryan, three grandsons, sister Helen (Herr) Stoner ’57, brother John R. Herr ’61, and brother David and his wife Judith (Hershey) Herr ’67.
years Kathleen, son James and his wife April, son Michael and his wife Tasha, daughter Renee and her husband Steve, and four grandchildren. Crystal (Smith) Nicolosi ’70
January 18, 2014 – Crystal was a school teacher as well as an instructor in critical thinking. Her greatest professional accomplishments were her work with gifted and learning disabled children. Crystal was the daughter of the late, Joseph F. Smith ’46. She is survived by husband James F. Nicolosi ’70, sons James and Jon, granddaughter Gabriella, and sister Cynthia (Smith) Zodda ’74. Jay F. Gross ’71
March 7, 2014—Jay began his career at Farboil Industries, a pioneering firm in the powder coatings industry. He worked in the industry for many years and retired from Eastman Chemical Company. Most recently, Jay worked as a consultant to NEA, a German company, as a technical service and sales representative. He loved to teach and mentor young people in sports and business. He was an active member of the Pine Lake Country Club, where he was affectionately known as “The Pool Man.” He enjoyed golfing and coaching Little League and soccer for many years with the Mint Hill Athletic Association in Mint Hill, N.C. Jay is survived by wife Linda, son Ryan and his wife Allison, son Andrew and his wife Prentis, and three grandchildren. Stephen B. Ollock ’71
January 5, 2014—Doc graduated from Temple Dental School in Philadelphia, Pa. He began his dental career in Sayre, Pa., eventually moving and establishing his own dental practice in Blossburg, Pa. He was an avid trap shooter, played minor league baseball, enjoyed turkey hunting, playing golf, fishing and traveling as well as watching sports. He is survived by wife Patricia, son Kevin and his wife Jan, son Stephen and his wife Lindsay, and son Ryan.
Harvey I. Oaks ’67
July 18, 2012—Harvey served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He retired as deputy chief probation and parole officer after 20 years of service from the Commonwealth of Virginia Beach. He was dedicated to the Plaza Little League in Virginia Beach, Va., where he coached, managed, and mentored numerous players. Harvey is survived by his wife of 43
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James G. Mutschler ’72
December 30, 2006
Kirk G. Grotyohann ’73
October 25, 2013—Kirk was employed at Strawbridge and Clothier in Philadelphia, Pa. for more than 30 years as a buyer and senior level sales manager. He is survived by his parents and brother Lee W. Grotyohann ’71. Marcia (Rhoads) MacKeller ’80
March 8, 2014—Marcia had many careers in her young adulthood including teaching English and Lamaze, freelance writing, and working as a church secretary. Marcia felt the call to ministry and attended Lancaster Theological Seminary, graduating with her master’s degree in Divinity in 2000. She spent her entire ministerial career at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pa. She is survived by daughters Karen, Marie, and Kelsey. David J. Backhus ’81
December 5, 2013—David worked as an accountant in New York City for a period of time. Later, he established an independent electrical contracting business in the Northern New Jersey area. He was a member of the Electrician’s Union in New Jersey. In addition to his parents, David is survived by daughter Arlena. Annette (Weaver) Ramke ’93
November 15, 2013—After graduating from Juniata, Annette continued her studies in Germany at the Marburg University where she received a master’s degree in German language and literature. She also received training as a certified holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Annette is survived by husband Axel, daughter Pearl, and parents Paul and Shirley Weaver.
End Paper Editor’s Note: Typically this space has been devoted to essays on the Juniata experience, ranging from students reflecting on their journey to campus to alumni reminiscing on the pathways taken as their careers came into focus. For this edition of the magazine, which is devoted to our students’ intellectual explorations, we thought it might be interesting to see Juniata through the eyes of our student photographers. We asked three graduating seniors to choose their favorite image that epitomizes Juniata. Here is how they focused on the College.
“There are several colleges where students can feel comfortable and act like themselves near other students. There are very few colleges where students can feel that same way around faculty and staff. Juniata is one of the few.” —Jeff Bruzee ’14, Rockville, Md.
“This photograph says it all about Juniata, because it depicts the spirit, vitality, and enthusiasm of the students at the most vibrant event of the year: Lobsterfest.”
—Thomas Jordan ’14, Bethesda, Md.
“It is hard to sum up my time at Juniata in just one photo. However, I think this picture does just that. Seventeen days in the desert, strangers that became friends, exploring new terrain and concepts, all while making lifetime memories with Juniata students and professors.” —Janice Jackson ’14, Roaring Branch, Pa.
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